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Real Madrid Signs $1.8 Billion Deal With Adidas

Apr 20, 2019 11:46 PM

Adidas and Real Madrid have reached a jersey deal worth $1.8 billion over the next 12 years. 

Real Madrid stand to earn as much as $135 million per season. 

Adidas will also have their own space in the Santiago Bernabeu, which is expected to be the brand's largest shop in the world.

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Pep Guardiola Says Liverpool Are One Of The Best Teams He's Seen

Apr 20, 2019 9:52 PM

Pep Guardiola reiterated that Manchester City were still in the driver's seat in winning the Premier League. 

"The title is still in our hands," said Guardiola.


Both Liverpool and City have 4 games remaining on the season.

Guardiola praised Jurgen Klopp's side as one of the best teams he's ever seen.

"Every day with this club and these players - it doesn't matter what happens next - we'll fight until the end. We'll see how far we get. We are fighting with the best Liverpool ever, one of the best teams I've seen in my life."

BBC Sport

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MLS Plans To Expand To 30 Teams

Apr 19, 2019 5:20 PM

MLS intends to eventually expand to 30 teams, with teams 29 and 30 requiring a $200 million expansion fee. St. Louis and Sacramento are being eyed towards teams 28 and 29.

MLS currently has 24 teams, with Nashville, Austin, and Miami set to join.

"In the last 10 years we've been experiencing unprecedented growth for a major league in North America. Expansion has been a key driver of that growth, and it really is a great measure of the enormous enthusiasm and the commitment that our fans have in markets both new and old to support our league and our players and to see the sport grow," said MLS commissioner Don Garber.

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Pep Guardiola: I Didn't Come To City To Win Champions League

Apr 16, 2019 10:28 AM

Pep Guardiola publicly questioned how much supporters of Manchester City care about the Champions League.

City is down 1-0 going into the second leg of their tie against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

“I want to see that they want to get to the semifinals, not just the players, the fans too," said Guardiola. "I want to see that. If tomorrow night they don’t help us [then] – do it for the guys, they are so proud. We need them in our bad moments, at this stage we cannot go through. I’m really curious how our fans will be.”

Guardiola has had a disappointing track record in the Champions League since leaving Barcelona.

“I know people say I came here to win the Champions League. I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly. I came here to play with my team the way we are playing the last 20 months, that is what I came here [for], to play the way I want to play.

“And of course I want the Champions League – I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure.

“What can I say? I accept that. I have to live with that but it’s not a big problem, it pushes me better. I understand the others are better too, in this competition. They are better too. A lot of big, big clubs are not in the later stages either.”

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

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Sofiane Boufal Leads La Liga In Most Dribbles Completed

Apr 15, 2019 10:01 PM

Sofiane Boufal leads La Liga with the most successful dribbles this season.

Boufal has successfully competed 131 dribbles, with Messi in second place with 117.

Boufal, who is currently on loan at Celta Vigo from Southampton, has only scored 2 goals this season.

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Puma To Supply Official Match Balls For 2019/20 La Liga Season

Apr 15, 2019 6:24 PM

Puma will be the official provider of match day balls for the 2019/20 La Liga season.

"The ball is the most essential element in football and this sponsorship is the epitome of performance," said Johan Adamsson, PUMA's director of sports marketing.

Nike had been the official match ball since the 1996/97 season. 

"It is an honor for a historical sports brand like PUMA, that dresses great teams, important sportsmen and recognised artists, to want to associate with LaLiga, the best football national league in the world, and contribute all its technical quality to our ball, which is such an important element of our competition," added LaLiga's marketing and commercial director Juan Carlos Diaz.


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Diego Costa Receives 8 Match Ban For Insulting Ref's Mother

Apr 11, 2019 7:04 PM

Diego Costa received a 8 match suspension for his behavior while getting a red card during Atletico Madrid's 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

Costa reportedly insulted the referee's mother, although Costa claims that the ref misheard his insult. Costa received a 4 match ban for the verbal confrontation and another 4 matches for grabbing the referee's arm.

Atleti have 10 days to appeal the ban.

The club were also fined $6700, with Costa receiving a $3100 fine.


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Liverpool, Nike Negotiating Largest Jersey Deal In Premier League

Apr 11, 2019 5:48 PM

Liverpool and Nike are reportedly negotiating a jersey deal that would eclipse Manchester United's $979 million deal with Adidas.

Liverpool's currently have a deal with New Balance worth $58 million a season. The deal is set to expire in 2020.

A combination of factors would net Liverpool a record deal, including the rarity of the team becoming available for a deal and their exciting brand of play featuring Jurgen Klopp and Mo Salah. 

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Raheem Sterling On Racial Abuse: If You Walk Off, They Win

Apr 9, 2019 6:09 PM

Raheem Sterling said that he wouldn't want his side to walk off the field during racially-charged incidents.

“At the end of the day, I would rather go and win the game because that would hurt them even more. They’re trying to get you down, if you do walk off the pitch as a group then that makes them win. If you score a goal to win the match, then that’s even a better feeling which beats them. But everyone is different, everyone has their own different opinion, they take things emotionally and you have to support everyone in it," said Sterling.

Sterling criticized Leonardo Bonucci for how the Italian defender handled racist abuse hurled at Juventus teammate Moise Kean.

“I could understand what he was saying, in terms of the players going to the fans, but at the same time there was no 50-50. At the time, I didn’t agree with what he said. There’s no reason for anyone to be racially abused, no matter if they score," added Sterling.

Ed Aarons/The Guardian

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James Rodriguez Receives Spanish Citizenship

Apr 8, 2019 12:41 PM

James Rodriguez received his Spanish citizenship and will no longer count as a foreign player in La Liga.

La Liga sides are only able to register 3 non-EU players on their roster. Real Madrid will register Vinicius JuniorRodrygo, and Eder Militao in those slots next season.

Real Madrid are interested in bringing Rodriguez back from loan once it expires after this season.


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Unai Emery: Aubameyang, Lacazette Can Reach New Level
Unai Emery added that the one characteristic he looks for in a striker is goalscoring.

Jon West/Telegraph

Liverpool Paid More Than $50 Million In Agent Fees In 2018
Premier League clubs paid out just under $340 million to agents last year.

Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Zinedine Zidane On Marcelo: 'I Like How He Plays'
Marcelo has come under criticism for his performances this season.

José Luis Calderón/Marca

550 Players Try Out For Inter Miami Youth Academy
The club seek to fill 120 places between the U-12 and U-19 age groups.

MIchelle Kaufman/Miami Herald

FA Cup Semifinals To Replay VAR Calls To Stadium Fans
The decision is geared towards transparency for the fan experience.


Jose Mourinho: I Couldn't Mistreat 'His Excellency' Paul Pogba
Mourinho stripped Pogba of his vice-captaincy after Pogba went home in chauffeured Rolls-Royce instead of taking the team bus.

James Ducker/The Telegraph

Maurizio Sarri: Callum Hudson-Odoi Will 'Probably' Start On Wednesday
Hudson-Odoi made his England debut last week.


Xabi Alonso Earns Rave Reviews As U-13s Manager In La Fabrica
Alonso lead the Real Madrid U-13 side to a league title with 22 wins and 1 draw.

J. L. Calderóm/Marca

Pope Francis: Messi Is Very Good, But He Is Not God
Pope Francis said that Messi cannot be worshipped despite being very good at soccer.

Ed Maylon/Independent

Sergio Busquts On Messi Free Kick: We Have Become Used To It
Messi's free kick opened scoring in Barcelona's 2-0 win over Espanyol.


Gonzalo Higuain Retires From International Play
Higuain scored 31 goals in 75 appearances for Argentina.

BBC Sport

Mauro Icardi Returns To Training At Inter After 6 Weeks
The 26-year-old was in contract dispute with Inter and stripped of his captaincy.

Geoff Gillingham/Marca

Sergio Ramos Ranked UEFA's Best Player Of The Season
Ramos topped the rankings due to a low amount of errors and fouls, while completing a high number of passes and interceptions.

Jose Felix Diaz/Marca

Cardiff, Nantes Battle Over Emiliano Sala Transfer Fee
Cardiff will claim that Sala was not under contract at the time of his death.

The Guardian

Diego Maradona On Argentina Performance: 'I Don't Watch Horror Movies'
Maradona went on to praise Tata Martino's work with Mexico.

Tom Marshall/ESPN

Jadon Sancho On Sterling: He's Showing The Youngsters What It's About
The 24-year-old Sterling is the second most capped player in the England lineup.

Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Antoine Griezmann Named Highest Earner For French Athlete
Griezmann, Mbappe, Pogba, and Benzema were the four highest earners for a French athlete last year.

Serie A Looking To Play Matches In China
The proposed agreement would also include Chinese investment in Serie A.

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Gareth Bale: Media Made Up Problems With Ronaldo
Bale added that he has no regrets leaving Tottenham for Madrid.

Raphael Varane: 'I Do Not Want To Talk About My Future'
Varane has been rumored for a move away from Real Madrid this summer.