September 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

ESPN+ Acquires Bundesliga Broadcast Rights

Sep 30, 2019 8:48 PM

ESPN+ has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in the United States beginning in August 2020.

"With a strong connection to the American soccer community, a growing audience in the U.S. and some of the most well-known clubs and players in the world, the addition of the Bundesliga further cements ESPN+ as a must-have for any soccer fan," ESPN+ Executive Vice President and General Manager Russell Wolff said in a statement.

ESPN+ and ESPN networks will televise more than 300 matches as well as the DFL Supercup.

ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund

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Jan Vertonghen Wants New Contract At Tottenham

Sep 30, 2019 7:00 PM

Jan Vertonghen said he is looking for more than a one-year contract extension with Tottenham.

“My [longer-term] future has not been a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young and it doesn’t distract me. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a couple of good years left in me," said the 32-year-old centerback.

Mauricio Pochettino said that any new deal was out of his hands.

“I am open to everything. But it’s like I said about Sissoko. That is a deal between the club and him [Vertonghen] and his agent. We’ll see what happens," said the manager.

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor

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Pep Guardiola: Riyad Mahrez 'Has Something Special'

Sep 30, 2019 6:53 PM

Pep Guardiola complimented Riyad Mahrez's form following his performance against Everton.

“All this season he is playing outstanding. The action on the first goal, the second one, the two assists he did, one especially to Raheem. His commitment defensively. One year he was the best player in the league so is an exceptional player. I’m happy for him because he’s playing at an incredible level," said Guardiola.

Mahrez scored a free kick in City's 3-1 win.

Mahrez has started five matches for the team thus far this season.

“He has the feeling when he gets that ball in that position, the 18-yard box close to the area, something is going to happen. It’s a feeling and I think all the spectators can have that feeling and that is because he has a gift. He has something special," added Guardiola. 

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Tags: Manchester City, IQ

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Gerard Pique To Meet Josep Maria Bartomeu Over Press Accusations

Sep 30, 2019 12:37 PM

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Gerard Pique are set to meet after Pique accused the Barcelona board of encouraging media to publish articles discrediting the squad.

Pique made his accusations following Barcelona's 2-0 win over Getafe over the weekend.

"We know the club, we know who the newspapers are [that have a link to the club] and who writes each article, even if their name does not appear. We don't want to get angry; our intention is to perform on the pitch and to win trophies. I hope that no one wants to incite battles [about things] that have never existed," said Pique.


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Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor

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Zinedine Zidane: Eden Hazard Needs More Time

Sep 30, 2019 12:34 PM

Zinedine Zidane backed Eden Hazard to succeed with Real Madrid after a slow start to his La Liga career.

"I'm not going to give him any advice on how to play; he knows what we want from him and we know the player he is. We all have to remain calm, I'm not worried at all. He needs more time, we have to be calm with the players who have just arrived," said Zidane.

Zidane added that he also had difficulty adjusting to Real Madrid when he first joined the side.

"The same thing happened to me, yes. This is why I'm very calm, I knew things would work out for me in time and it's the same with Hazard.

Pablo Polo/Marca

Tags: Real Madrid, IQ

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Giovanni Van Bronckhorst Could Succeed Pep Guardiola At City

Sep 30, 2019 12:27 PM

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is reportedly being groomed to succeed Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Guardiola's contract runs out in 2021. Van Bronckhorst, last of Feyenoord, is said to have taken an insider role within the club with an eye towards eventually taking over the top position.

Guardiola said last week that Mikel Arteta should replace him as manager.

Laura Beltran/Marca

Tags: Manchester City, Misc Rumor

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Jose Mourinho: Serie A Is Not In My Future

Sep 29, 2019 7:26 PM

Jose Mourinho opened up about his future managerial opportunities, ruling out a potential return to Serie A.

"My future? I don't think it will be in Italy. Inter is my home, my family. [Massimo] Moratti is a friend, my president. The story of the treble was fantastic. After [the final in] Madrid, if I returned to San Siro to celebrate, I would never leave Inter. When you say goodbye to a family it's a hard thing to deal with," said Mourinho.

Mourinho has been out of a job since getting sacked last winter by Manchester United.

BeIN Sport

Tags: IQ

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Manchester United Part Ways With Goalkeeper Coach

Sep 29, 2019 7:20 PM

Emilio Alvarez has left his job as Manchester United goalkeeper coach, the club confirmed.

Alvarez came over from Spain along with David de Gea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed Richard Hartis as goalkeeping coach last summer. 

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Tags: Manchester United, IQ

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Neymar: Relationship With PSG Fans Is Like Having A Girlfriend

Sep 29, 2019 7:18 PM

Neymar compared his relationship with PSG supporters with a romantic relationship.

"It is like being in a relationship with a girlfriend. When things are not going well with her, you go without speaking. However, through love, affection and cuddling, things go back to normal. I am here to help PSG -- to fulfill my role as a player for this club," said Neymar.

Neymar was initially booed at the start of the season after a transfer move to Barcelona broke down.

Neymar currently has three goals in four matches this season.

ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, IQ

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Christian Pulisic Frustrated About Lack Of Playing Time

Sep 29, 2019 7:16 PM

Christian Pulisic opened up about his frustrations over a lack of playing time under Frank Lampard this season.

"Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play," said Pulisic following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

Pulisic added that Lampard has not given him advice on how to get on the field.

“He just said keep working, and now I have to prove myself in training and try to get back in the line up.”

Joe Prince-Wright/NBC Sports

Tags: Chelsea, IQ

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Real Madrid Will Not Recall Martin Odegaard This Winter

José Félix Díaz/Marca

Josef Martinez Will Not Play For Venezuela Coach

ESPN

Liverpool Could Get Kicked Out Of Carabao Cup Over Ineligible Player

ESPN

Granit Xhaka Appointed As Permanent Arsenal Captain

Sky Sports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Still Highest Paid Player In MLS

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Spanish FA Consider Ansu Fati For U21s, 2020 Olympic Team

José Félix Díaz/Marca

Frank Lampard: Christian Pulisic's Time Will Come

ESPN

Carles Puyol Turns Down Barcelona Sporting Director Role

As.com

Santiago Solari Looking For Premier League Job

As.com

Rodrygo After Goal: I Don't Want Comparisons To Ronaldo

As.com

Mauricio Pochettino On Recent Struggles: 'I Am So Relaxed'

As.com

Liverpool FC's 'Liverpool' Trademark Rejected

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Barcelona Fined $329 By RFEF For Antoine Griezmann Signing

Reuters

Gerard Pique Blames Preseason Tour For Barcelona Struggles

ESPN

Bayern May Boycott National Team If Manuel Neuer Gets Replaced

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Santiago Solari Close To Becoming Inter Miami Manager

Sam Stejskal/The Athletic

Diego Valeri Could Leave Timbers At End Of Season

Sam Stejskal/The Athletic

New Balance Set To Battle Nike Over Liverpool Sponsorship

James Pearce/The Athletic

Barcelona Want Ansu Fati Available For El Clasico

Ramiro Aldunate/Marca

Messi Leaves Villarreal Match At Halftime With Injury

M. Carmen Torres/Marca