March 2022 - Soccer Wiretap

USMNT, Mexico Get Pot 2 Spots For 2022 World Cup Draw

Mar 31, 2022 10:28 AM

The United States and Mexico have qualified for Pot 2 in Friday's World Cup finals draw as the two countries booked the final two automatic places on Wednesday. 

Canada missed out on a place in Pot 3 after losing 1-0 to Panama and will instead be in Pot 4.

One team from the four pots will be in each group. Five of the eight groups will have a maximum of two European teams, as 13 qualify. 

Pot 1: 
Qatar
Brazil
Belgium
France
Argentina
England
Spain
Portugal

Pot 2: 
Mexico
Netherlands
Denmark
Germany
Uruguay
Switzerland
United States
Croatia

Pot 3: 
Senegal
IR Iran
Japan
Morocco
Serbia
Poland
South Korea
Tunisia

Pot 4: 
Cameroon
Canada
Ecuador
Saudi Arabia
Ghana
Wales or Scotland / Ukraine
Costa Rica or New Zealand
Peru or Australia / United Arab Emirates

Dale Johnson/ESPN

Tags: Mexico, United States, World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo Uncertain On Where To Play Next Season

Mar 30, 2022 3:05 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo is under contract with Manchester United for the 22-23 season, but sources say he has yet to make a decision on his playing future.

Ronaldo returned to United this past summer from Juventus.

Ronaldo has also been connected to a potential move to the MLS in the past.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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United Pursuing Harry Kane Transfer Involving Anthony Martial

Mar 30, 2022 3:04 PM

Manchester United is seeking a transfer for Harry Kane with Anthony Martial going to Tottenham Hotspur as a make weight.

United are in the market to sign a striker ahead of the summer transfer window.

Tottenham have enquired about Martial's availability in the past.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Lionel Messi Signs $20M Crypto Endorsement Deal

Mar 29, 2022 12:11 PM

Lionel Messi has signed an agreement worth more than $20 million to promote digital fan token company Socios.com.

Messi becomes the latest global sports personality to enter the crypto world, following Tom Brady and LeBron James. Messi's deal also comes amid a growing wave of tie-ups between crypto firms and football.

Messi will be involved in a publicity and promotion campaign for Socios in the build-up to the Qatar World Cup, which starts in November.

The "ambassador" deal for Messi does not include crypto payments and is a three-year agreement

Reuters

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain

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Wayne Rooney: I Want To Manage Manchester United Someday

Mar 28, 2022 10:42 AM

Wayne Rooney revealed he would like to manage Manchester United someday.

Rooney said in January that he turned down an interview for the manager's job at his boyhood club Everton while he continues his bid to save Championship side Derby County from relegation.

"The whole reason in me going into management is Manchester United. I got offered the job interview for the Everton job," he said.

"I want to be Manchester United manager. I know I am not ready now but I have to plan everything I do to make sure one day it will happen."

Rooney is United's all-time top scorer with 253 goals during his 13-year spell in which he won 16 major trophies including five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

United appear to prefer hiring either Erik ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino. 

ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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Eden Hazard Out For Season With Ankle Surgery

Mar 25, 2022 4:41 PM

Eden Hazard will undergo surgery to remove a metal plate in his right ankle, which will see him miss the stretch run of the season.

Los Blancos did not confirm how long Hazard will be sidelined but sources have told ESPN it is hoped he will return before the end of the campaign.

"In the coming days, our player, Eden Hazard, will undergo surgery to remove the osteosynthesis plate in his right fibula," a Real Madrid statement read.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Injury

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Italy Hopes Roberto Mancini Remains As Manager

Mar 25, 2022 4:41 PM

Italy would like Roberto Mancini to remain in his position as manager despite their failure to reach the 2022 World Cup.

"I hope Mancini will immediately dispose of the bitterness we all have and continue, because he has a commitment with us," Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina said.

Mancini led Italy to win Euro 2020 last summer.

Gravina said Mancini and Italy must move on from this huge disappointment and come back stronger.

"When you are part of the world of sport you need to accept these verdicts," he said. "The joy of the European Championship remains but now this unexpected bitterness has arrived, perhaps an undeserved result but this is football.

"There is a project, and we will react. We must go ahead with our heads held high, protect our affection for our national team. Some mistakes have been made and we need to understand their nature."

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Tags: Italy, Misc Rumor

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Adrian Simon Gill Signs Three-Year Deal With Barcelona

Mar 25, 2022 4:39 PM

Adrian Simon Gill has signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona, the club announced on Friday.

Gill, 16, first joined Barca's La Masia academy in 2018 and has advanced through the youth teams over the last four campaigns, now playing for the under-16 side.

Born in Denver, Gill has represented the U.S. at youth level and has been involved in training camps with the U17s this season.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Signing

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United Interviews Erik Ten Hag For Manager Job

Mar 23, 2022 8:03 AM

Manchester United has interested Erik ten Hag for their managerial vacancy.

United plan to speak with "multiple candidates" for the role.

Paris Saint-Germain's Mauricio Pochettino, Spain coach Luis Enrique and Sevilla's Julen Lopetegui are also on the club's shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

John Murtough, United's director of football, is leading the search for the club's fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and sources have told ESPN that Ten Hag and Pochettino, whose teams were both eliminated alongside United at the Champions League round-of-16 stage, are the leading candidates at this stage.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Ajax, Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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United To Ramp Up Search For New Manager

Mar 18, 2022 2:04 PM

Manchester United will ramp up their efforts to find a new manager during the international break. United would like to appoint a new manager before the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag remain the leading two candidates for the job.

United are also monitoring the potential availability of Thomas Tuchel. 

United have sounded out both Pochettino and Ten Hag about becoming their next permanent manager but were keen to keep negotiations informal while their clubs were still in the Champions League.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Manchester United, Misc Rumor

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Real Madrid-Chelsea Headline 2022 Champions League Quarterfinals

The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp: We Will Give City A Proper Fight

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Neymar, Gianluigi Donnarumma Clash In Dressing Room After Loss

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

Roman Abramovich Unable To Sell Chelsea As UK Freezes Assets

Jacob Steinberg, Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Todd Boehly Preparing Formal Bid To Buy Chelsea

James Olley/ESPN

Barcelona Close To Signing Pablo Torre From Racing Santander

Alex Kirkland, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund To Meet Over Erling Haaland Transfer

Alex Kirkland, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

Edinson Cavani Will Leave United In Summer, Interested In La Liga

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

United Could Pursue Carlo Ancelotti As Short-Term Manager

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Roman Abramovich Willing To Listen To Offers To Sell Chelsea

James Olley/ESPN