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Sacramento To Become 29th MLS Franchise, To Debut In 2022

Oct 21, 2019 8:52 PM

Sacramento will become the 29th franchise in MLS.

The franchise is lead by Ron Burkle, who also co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sacramento will pay a $200 million fee to join the league. They are expected to build a $300 million stadium that seats 20,100 people in downtown.


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Harry Kane: This Is The 'Toughest Time' Since I've Been At Tottenham

Oct 21, 2019 1:28 PM

Harry Kane opened up about the struggles he's faced at Tottenham this season, saying it's the most difficult year since he's been at the club.

"It's hard to put a finger on exactly what's wrong. Sometimes when you're having a run of form like this, things don't always go your way in games. It's about sticking together and if we win tomorrow night that can kick start us. It's probably the toughest time since I've been here. It's just another challenge though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them," said Kane.

Tottenham have won just 3 matches this season. The team sit seventh on the table.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Highest Selling Jersey In MLS

Oct 17, 2019 2:22 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the best selling jersey in MLS for the second straight season.

Josef Martinez, Carlos Vela, Wayne Rooney, and Bastian Schweinsteiger round out the top 5.

Jordan Morris was the only USMNT player to crack the top 10.

Next season's list will have changes with Rooney leaving for Derby and Schweinsteiger retiring.

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Barcelona Forced To Change Travel Plans Due To Protests

Oct 16, 2019 1:33 PM

Barcelona were forced to change their travel plans for their match against Eibar this weekend due to ongoing protests in Catalonia.

Roads to and from the airport are expected to be blocked this weekend.

The team had planned to fly to Bilbao on Friday, but will now leave on Thursday. 

Barcelona will train at Alaves' facilities in the buildup.

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Dani Alves: Paris Got On My Nerves

Oct 16, 2019 1:29 PM

Dani Alves recounted his experience in Paris, saying that one week in the city was enough for a lifetime.

"Paris is a stressful city -- I do not like it that much. If you go there for a week, it will be the trip of a lifetime. More than that, though, and it gets on your nerves. It reminds me a bit of Sao Paulo. However, in Paris, they are f---ing racists. Very much so. They did nothing towards me, as I would have told them where to go, but I saw it with my friends," said the 36-year-old Alves.

Alves, who spent two years with PSG, returned to Sao Paulo after the end of last season.

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Bulgaria, England Charged By Uefa Over Supporter Behavior

Oct 15, 2019 1:54 PM

Uefa charged the Bulgaria football union and England's Football Association over fan behavior during their Euro 2020 qualifying match on Monday.

The Bulgaria football union have been charged with racist chants and salutes by their fans.

The incidents lead BFU president Borislav Mihaylov to resign on Tuesday. 

Both football associations were charged with disrupting their opponent's national anthems.

“Believe me, Uefa is committed to doing everything it can to eliminate this disease from football. We cannot afford to be content with this. We must always strive to strengthen our resolve. More broadly, the football family – everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans – needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society," said Uefa president Aleksandr Ceferin.


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Matthijs De Ligt: I Feel Less Invincible At Juventus

Oct 14, 2019 1:13 PM

Matthijs de Ligt admitted that he was struggling to adjust to the expectations and play at Juventus.

“I’m still not at my best, I know that. At Ajax I felt a sense of invincibility. Now I feel less so, but it’s natural. I have a little less confidence than I did last season. I’m at a new club, with a new style of play and new teammates. For me, it’s all new. It’s less familiar than at Ajax, but I’m getting better and better," said de Ligt.

De Ligt, who was forced into the starting lineup following an ACL injury to Giorgio Chiellini, has yet to lose a match with Juventus this season.


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Sporting CP Could Rename Stadium After Cristiano Ronaldo

Oct 12, 2019 1:46 PM

Sporting CP's president said that the club could one day rename their stadium after Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Calling the stadium 'Cristiano Ronaldo' is an option that, right now, we are not against. It would be a source of great pride for us ... Cristiano Ronaldo is and always will be one of the great symbols in the club's history. We are very proud to be associated with Cristiano and that the name of the best player of the world is associated with Sporting," said Frederico Varandas.

Ronaldo joined the club at age 12 before eventually moving to Manchester United.

Varandas added that he wants Sporting youth to look up to Ronaldo.

"We want him to be an example for those in our academy, we want his image to be present in the lives of our young players."

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Rodri: I Am Learning New Things At City Like 'Tactical Fouling'

Oct 11, 2019 8:14 PM

Rodri described his growth at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, including how to play the defensive midfield position by himself.

"I think it's a big challenge for me because I never used to play this position particularly. I didn't have this exact role in the team. We have lots of offensive players and many other teams try to counterattack you and a lot of the time you're alone but it's good for me. I am learning new things, how to go, when to stay, when I have to do a tactical foul, when I have to jump. It's good for me to learn these things. And for the team it's good because we need those offensive players to be able to play our game," said Rodri.

Rodri then named Liverpool as the best team in Europe.

"But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been seen the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us. They're a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they're a very good team, and they're the best team in England and in Europe."

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Manchester United To Get More Than $570 Million In Jersey Sponsorship

Oct 11, 2019 8:03 PM

Manchester United are expected to top their current $570 million shirt sponsorship from General Motors once their contract expires in 2021.

United signed their deal with General Motors in 2014.

Despite their struggles on the field, a survey found that United have increased their fan base by 67% in the last seven years to 1.1 billion supporters worldwide.

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Ansu Fati Called Up To Spain's U21 Side

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Ousmane Dembele To Miss El Clasico After Two-Match Ban

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Sergio Ramos Wants To Represent Spain In 2020 Olympics

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Jose Mourinho Turns Down Lyon For 'Another Club'

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Paxton Pomykal Signs New FC Dallas Contract Through 2024

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Spain U17's Leave Ansu Fati Off Roster

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Messi: I Want To Retire At Barcelona

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Stefano Pioli To Bring 'Different Ideas And Concepts' To Milan

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Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces Retirement

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Milan Sack Marco Giampaolo

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Barcelona Working To Renew Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Contract

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Christian Pulisic Considering Loan Move From Chelsea

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Barcelona Owe Liverpool Over $100 Million In Coutinho Transfer

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Victor Valdes Sacked As Barcelona Youth Team Manager

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Orlando City Fire Manager James O'Connor

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Zinedine Zidane On Fede Valverde: He Is A Modern Player

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Frank Lampard: Benching Christian Pulisic Is 'Harsh Decision'

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Pep Guardiola: Phil Foden Will Play A Lot This Season

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Diego Maradona Wins First Match As Gimnasia Manager

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Women Sell-Out Allotment For Iran's World Cup Qualifier Match

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