IQ - Soccer Wiretap

Raheem Sterling Says Newspapers Help 'Fuel Racism' In Football

Dec 9, 2018 6:00 PM

In a recent Instagram post, Raheem Sterling said that newspaper portray black and white footballers in a different manner. The post comes after Sterling was allegedly racially abused by supporters during Manchester City's 2-0 loss at Chelsea. 

Sterling point to two differing headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden each buying a house for their parents. Adarabioyo was described as having spent millions "despite having never started a Premier League match", whereas Foden's purchase was described to have "set up a future" for his family.

"You have two young players starting out their careers - both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are," Sterling said. "But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player. I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour."

Katie Falkingham & Mantej Mann/BBC Sport

Tags: Manchester City, IQ

Atlanta And Portland Play Highest Rated MLS Cup Final In 20 Years

Dec 9, 2018 5:49 PM

Atlanta United's 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final drew a 1.2 rating, the highest for a finals match in at least 20 years.

It was a 71% jump from last year's final between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC.

The match pulled a 11.5 rating in Atlanta, the equivalent to over 280,00 homes in the area. 

Sydney Hunte/Dirty South Soccer

Tags: Atlanta United, IQ, Video

Josh Sargent Scores On First Bundesliga Touch For Werder Bremen

Dec 8, 2018 7:06 PM

Josh Sargent scored off a header on his first touch in the Bundesliga as Werder Bremen defeated Fortuna 3-1.

The 18-year-old striker had scored 7 goals in 12 matches for Werder Bremen's reserve team before making his debut on the senior side.

He is the second-youngest American player to score in the Bundesliga behind Christian Pulisic, who scored when he was 17 years and 7 months old for Borussia Dortmund. 

Avi Creditor/SI

Tags: Werder Bremen, IQ, Stats

Messi Sets New La Liga Goalscoring Record

Dec 8, 2018 6:59 PM

Lionel Messi has become the first player in La Liga history to score over 10 goals for 13 consecutive seasons.

He achieved the record following his two goal performance against Espanyol.

Messi has scored a total of 394 goals in 431 La Liga matches over his 15 year career. 

Opta Sports

Tags: Barcelona, IQ, Stats

Maurizio Sarri Says Chelsea Can Win Without Spending

Dec 7, 2018 7:42 PM

Ahead of their clash against Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri stated that Chelsea do not need to spend $250 million in one summer like Pep Guardiola's side to win the title. 

Sarri added that "you have to create a new mentality and a new style of playing. We need to improve. We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential. And then we can get the last five per cent with a new player. With a new player, not 11 new players.”

After starting out unbeaten in his first 18 matches in England, Sarri's side have lost two out of their last three Premier League matches. 

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Tags: Chelsea, Game Recap, IQ

MLS Owners Reach 'Tipping Point' Over Future Growth Strategies

Dec 7, 2018 7:35 PM

There is a growing divide among MLS owners in how to further grow the league in the future. MLS has focused on sustainability with its salary cap and Designated Player rule. The league will expand to 24 teams by 2019.

But there are a contingent of owners getting restless with the slow approach.

“The tipping point is here,” said D.C. United co-Chairman Stephen Kaplan. “We need to take this forward.”

Tenorio signals 2022 as an important year with the expiration of the league's $90 million per year TV deal with ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision. A new contract will significantly impact the growth of MLS.

“The league’s got to develop the value it’s getting from broadcast rights,” Kaplan stated. “That 2022 contract, whoever it is with, or if it’s multiple parties, network versus over-the-top, is the single most important deal the league will make. I think it should be a historic deal that catapults the league. Broadcast deals changed the trajectory of the NBA. … Driving our league-wide revenue will put us in a position to compete with the rest of the world.”

Paul Tenorio/The Athletic

Tags: D.C. United, IQ, Misc Rumor

Monaco Match Versus Nice Postponed Due To Planned Protests

Dec 6, 2018 6:46 PM

The match between Monaco and Nice scheduled for Friday was postponed, along with three other Ligue 1 matches.

The Derby de la Cote d'Azur created an anticipated coaching matchup between former Arsenal teammates Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. 

The postponements were in response to a planned protests around the country due to increased fuel taxes.

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Luciano Spalletti Calls For 'No Surrender' Against Juventus

Dec 6, 2018 1:53 PM

Luciano Spalletti admitted the difficulty of Inter closing the 11 point gap at the top of the Serie A table ahead of their clash against Juventus. 

"We still lack some focus during games, but we're a great team in terms of names and how we read games", the 59-year-old manager added.

Spalletti also pointed out Juventus' ability to add match-changing players in the transfer market, including losing two of his best players in Miralem Pjanic and Joao Cancelo to his rival over the years.

Harry West/Goal

Tags: Internazionale, Game Recap, IQ

Josef Martinez Receives 2018 MLS MVP Award

Dec 5, 2018 3:43 PM

Atlanta United's Josef Martinez was named the 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP. Martinez set a new record for most regular season goals with 31, breaking the previous mark of 27 goals.

Martinez received an average for 47.93% of the voting, beating teammate Miguel Almiron. 

Atlanta United play the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final. 

Tom Bogert/MLS Soccer

Tags: Atlanta United, IQ, Personal Award

Southampton Appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl As Manager

Dec 5, 2018 2:42 PM

Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to a two-and-a-half year deal to take over as Southampton manager.

The 51-year-old Austrian replaces Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday.

Hasenhuttl lead RB Leipzig to a surprise second place Bundesliga finish in 2017. He takes over a Southampton side currently in the relegation zone. 

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Gareth Southgate Calls For More English Talent In Premier League
A record low 54 English players started for their club sides in matchday 14.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Cesar Azpilicueta Signs New Contract, Maurizio Sarri Urges More
Sarri also wants long-term extensions for David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp Fined For Celebrating Goal On Field
Klopp ran onto the field to hug Alisson after Divock Origi's match winning goal.

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La Liga Features 14 Out Of Top 30 Players In Ballon d'Or Voting
Real Madrid players make up 8 out of the top 30 on the list.

La Liga Lowdown

Gareth Southgate Expects England To Top Euro 2020 Qualifying Group
England open their qualification stage begins next March against the Czech Republic.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Lionel Messi Finishes In 5th Place In Ballon d'Or Voting
It's the first time in 11 years the Argentine has finished outside of the top three for the award.

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Lucas Torreira Reminiscent Of Gilberto
Arsenal have yet to lose when Torreira starts a match and have a +17 goal differential with him in the lineup.

Jonathan Wilson/The Guardian

2019 African Cup of Nations Moved From Cameroon
The tournament, which begins next June, is being moved ahead of security concerns.

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Mesut Ozil Misses Tottenham Match With 'Back Ache'
Ozil was dropped against Bournemouth in the previous week.

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Arjen Robben To Leave Bayern Munich After End Of Season
The 34-year-old winger has won seven league titles with the German giants.

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Jose Mourinho: World Cup Is 'Perfect Habitat' For Paul Pogba
Jose Mourinho hopes Paul Pogba's play in the World Cup carries over to United.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Belgium, Uruguay, Spain Lead In xG Differential After Group Stage
Expected goals (xG) is a method developed by Michael Caley for estimating the quality of chances that a team creates or concedes in a match.

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Harry Kane: England Will Be Aggressive, Brave In Possession
Harry Kane promises England will be aggressive as they enter the World Cup.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

City 'Wanted More Passes, More Control' In Starting Ilkay Gundogan
Manchester City lost 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie against Liverpool.

Jonathan Smith/ESPN

Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Hasn't Given Up On La Masia
Ernesto Valverde talked about how Barcelona has always combined expensive transfers with academy players.

Sam Marsden/ESPN

Video: Soccer Stars Who Changed Clubs In 2017
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Alvaro Morata were just three of the biggest names to change clubs in 2017.

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Chelsea Posts Record Turnover In 16-17 Despite Missing UCL
Chelsea's finances were ultimately pulled into the black by a 69.2 million profit on player trading.

Liam Twomey/ESPN

Jurgen Klopp: Big Clubs Must Adapt To Rising Transfer Fees
Liverpool spent a world record 75 million on Virgil van Dijk.

Glenn Price/ESPN

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, KDB, Kane Headline Guardian's 2017 Top 100
Real Madrid and Barcelona combine to have 23 players on the list.

The Guardian

Six Of World's Nine Best Clubs Play Each Other In UCL Round Of 16
SPI ranks Barcelona as the best team in the world while Chelsea ranks ninth.

Michael Caley/FiveThirtyEight