September 2021 - Soccer Wiretap

Lionel Messi To Undergo Scan On Left Knee

Sep 21, 2021 4:19 PM

Lionel Messi will undergo scans for a left knee injury. 

Messi has already been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Metz and is also in doubt for next Tuesday's Champions League tie against Manchester City.

When asked about Messi's situation at a news conference, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino replied: "The club has already communicated Leo's situation and it's clear.

"We had seen that Messi was touching his knee. I'm very happy with what he did during the match [against Lyon]. After 75 minutes, taking into account the information we had, we made the decision [to bring him off].

"Messi is a great champion, and like all great champions, he didn't want to come off. I'm happy with his commitment and his performance. He hasn't scored yet, but he played very well."

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Barcelona Considering Dismissal Of Ronald Koeman

Sep 21, 2021 4:18 PM

Barcelona are beginning to consider replacing Ronald Koeman as manager.

Koeman's position was further weakened by Monday's 1-1 draw at Camp Nou against Granada in LaLiga, which followed last week's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Jordi Cruyff, who returned to Barca in an advisory capacity this summer, has championed Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, while former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, coaching Al-Sadd in Qatar, is another option.

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FC Dallas Fires Luchi Gonzalez As Manager

Sep 20, 2021 1:44 PM

FC Dallas fired coach Luchi Gonzalez on Sunday and replaced him on an interim basis with Marco Ferruzzi.

Dallas has only won six of its 26 matches this season and has nine draws.

"We made the tough decision to part ways with Luchi after a great deal of thought and deliberation. We believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the club at this time to help us achieve our goals,'' FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said in a statement. "I want to thank Luchi for everything he has done for this organization. We wish him all the best.''

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FIFA Pushing To Hold World Cup Every Two Years

Sep 20, 2021 11:41 AM

FIFA will push to hold the World Cup every two years and are set to begin a dialogue with soccer clubs, leagues and players' unions this month.

European soccer body UEFA has warned it could boycott if the World Cup moves from its historic four-year cycle, and South American counterpart CONMEBOL is also opposed.

FIFA argues biennial World Cups will give more players and teams the chance to compete in meaningful games, improve talent globally and raise more money to fuel development programs.

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James Rodriguez In Talks To Leave Everton For Qatar

Sep 20, 2021 11:39 AM

James Rodriguez is in talks on a move away from Everton to Qatar.

James hasn't featured with Everton under Rafael Benitez as it was Carlo Ancelotti who brought him to the club.

Potential moves to Porto and Istanbul Basaksehir failed to materialise during the European transfer window but an alternative is the Middle East. 

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Tags: Everton, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Leonardo Expects Kylian Mbappe To Remain With PSG Next Season

Sep 15, 2021 10:17 AM

Leonardo has said he expects Kylian Mbappe to remain with Paris Saint-Germain beyond the current season and denied that the club ever received a final bid from Real Madrid worth €200 million.

"I don't see Mbappe leaving at the end of the season," Leonardo told Canal+ on Tuesday. "The relationship Kylian has with PSG is deep. Nobody is thinking about the future of PSG without Kylian. I can't imagine it."

Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco for €180 million in 2017, beating Real Madrid to sign him.

Mbappe has so far refused to agree to a contract extension with PSG.

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: New Stars Could Convince Paul Pogba To Stay

Sep 13, 2021 9:58 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United's acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane could make Paul Pogba decide to extend his stay with the club.

Pogba has stalled on signing an extension with United and could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

"It's up to us now to get results and to prove to ourselves we can win trophies," Solskjaer told a news conference in Bern on Monday.

"Everyone who signs for Manchester United wants to win trophies. To be a part of a winning Man United team, it's the most magical feeling in the world.

"Everyone's just focusing on doing our best and let's see where we go."

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Jesse Lingard Rejects Extension Offer From United

Sep 7, 2021 9:17 PM

Jesse Lingard has rejected a new contract at Manchester United as he seeks assurances on his first team prospects.

Lingard has been offered fresh terms to extend his stay.

If a new contract is not agreed with United, Lingard, who graduated through the academy to make more than 200 senior appearances, will be able to leave as a free agent at the end of the season.

Lingard wants to find regular appearances and keep his place in the England squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup. 

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Barcelona Tried To Sign Neymar In Summer

Sep 7, 2021 7:57 AM

Joan Laporta claims Barcelona attempted to sign Neymar this summer.

"We tried to sign Neymar," Laporta told TV3 on Monday, confirming reports that had appeared in Spain earlier in the day.

"At that moment [after being elected in March], it seemed like an interesting signing. He got in contact. He was crazy about coming.

"We interpreted fair play in another way at the time. If we had known all the rules [in LaLiga], we would not have made that offer."

Barcelona instead eventually had to sell Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain. 

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Gerard Pique: Dating Shakira Changed Relationship With Pep Guardiola

Sep 7, 2021 7:55 AM

Gerard Pique revealed that his relationship with Pep Guardiola changed after he started dating Shakira.

"We reached a moment of tension with him, not just me but the dressing room in general," Pique told La Sotana on Monday.

"The rivalry with Jose Mourinho [at Real Madrid] wore us down a lot. Pep wanted absolute control over everything that was happening.

"I started dating Shakira and our relationship changed. Now, the relationship is perfect. But there was a lot of pressure on me then. I felt like I had to do everything in training perfectly.

"If there was a moment I thought about leaving Barca, it was that [2011-12] season. I struggled in that last season with Guardiola."

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Cristiano Ronaldo Will Wear No. 7 For Manchester United

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United Still Have Erling Haaland As Top Transfer Target Next Summer

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Barcelona Assigns No. 10 Jersey To Ansu Fati

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