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Luis Suarez Calls Backheel 'Best Goal Of My Career'

Dec 9, 2019 1:24 PM

Luis Suarez called his backheel goal against Real Mallorca the best of his career.

"It's the best goal of my career. I knew that it was a tight angle and the last option I had was to hit it with my heel. I was looking to bounce it because I had very little chance against the goalkeeper," said Suarez.

Suarez added that his relationship with Antoine Griezmann was growing with time.

"He has had to take up a new position in attack, he must find his space. I congratulate him on settling in because it's not easy."

Marca

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Premier League Matches Set Sign-Up Records For Prime Video

Dec 7, 2019 2:29 PM

Amazon said that millions of fans streamed Premier League matches on its Prime Video platform, setting a record for most sign-ups to the service since launch day.

“We’re delighted that millions of football fans enjoyed watching Amazon’s first ever round of Premier League matches on Prime Video.” said Alex Green, the managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe. “We are excited to be the first ever broadcaster to bring fans all 10 games live in a fixture round. We are thrilled and humbled by the positive response from Prime members.”

 

The company spent $118 million for a 3-year package to stream specific matches on Prime.

Amazon has an estimated 9 million Prime subscribers in the UK.

Mark Sweney/The Guardian

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Turkish Tourist Office To Sponsor Real Madrid Training Kits

Dec 5, 2019 1:13 PM

Turkish Tourist Office will become the new sponsor for Real Madrid's training kits for $13.3 million per season.

It represents the first time that Real Madrid's training kits will have a sponsor.

The club have been looking to generate income that doesn't rely on their on-field sporting activity.

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Soccer Agents Make Over $650 Million In 2019

Dec 4, 2019 1:14 PM

Soccer agents made over $653 million from commissions in 2019, a 19.3% increase from the previous year.

The data is reflective of 3,557 agents who took part in over 17,000 transfers.

80% of the total was paid by clubs from Italy, England, Germany, Portugal, Spain and France.

BBC

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Oscar Pareja Named New Manager Of Orlando City

Dec 4, 2019 1:04 PM

Orlando City named Oscar Pareja as their new manager.

Pareja, who made his name with FC Dallas, was most recently fired by Tijuana.

Orlando City have never made the playoffs in their 5 seasons.

Jeff Carlilse/ESPN

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Lionel Messi Admits He's Approaching Retirement

Dec 3, 2019 12:36 PM

Lionel Messi admitted that he's approaching a retirement age after winning a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or.

"I'm aware of how old I am. And I enjoy these moments so much because I know that retirement is approaching. Time flies," said Messi.

Messi added that he feels good physically and plans on playing several more years. 

"I'm now 32, though, and will be 33 at the end of the season, so, as I said, everything depends on how I feel physically. Right now I feel better than ever on a physical and a personal level, and I hope I can go on for a lot longer."


Moises Llorens & Sam Marsden

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Tim Howard Becomes General Manager Of Memphis 901

Dec 2, 2019 6:38 PM

Tim Howard will become the next general manager of Memphis 901, league sources told The Athletic.

Howard is the minority owner of the team that launched last year.

Howard emphasized defense in an interview with The Athletic earlier this year.

“Memphis is a basketball town first, right? And I think that we love the Grizzlies. It’s a Grit and Grind city. It’s a hard-working, blue collar-kind of town. You earn everything you get in Memphis, unlike the folks up the road in Nashville. The team takes on an identity. We like our 901 FC team to take on that identity as well.”

Jeff Rueter/The Athletic

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Inter Miami Assigned To MLS Eastern Conference

Dec 2, 2019 2:03 PM

MLS officially assigned Inter Miami to the Eastern Conference and Nashville to the Western Conference.

Both conferences now have 13 teams each, with every team playing a 34 team schedule with 17 home and away games.

MLS will have 26 teams next season, with 3 more teams by 2022.

ESPN

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Liverpool To Expand Anfield To 61,000 Seats

Nov 29, 2019 1:11 PM

Liverpool announced plans to add 7000 seats to Anfield, expanding the stadium to 61,000 seats.

Currently the 6th largest stadium in the Premier League, they will move past Arsenal to third largest following the expansion.

The expansion will also include added entertainment options, including a bar.

Liverpool currently sit top of the table by 8 points. 

ESPN

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Friedkin Group Looking To Purchase Roma For $824 Million

Nov 27, 2019 1:05 PM

The Friedkin Group are reportedly interested in purchasing Roma for $824 million, according to reports in Italy.

Current Roma owner James Pallotta is said to be ready to walk away from majority ownership of the club, though he was remain as a minority owner.

Pallotta purchased Roma in 2011.

Football Italia

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City Football Group Valued At $4.8 Billion After Sale

Charles Riley/CNN

La Liga's TV Rights To Exceed $2.2 Billion For 2019

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Antoine Griezmann Admits Lack Of Confidence In Decision Making

Juan Jiménez/As.com

Rafa Benitez, Chris Hughton Emerging As West Ham Candidates

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

Diego Maradona Stays On As Gimnasia Manager

Football Guardian

Frank Lampard: I'll Never Manage Tottenham

Marca

Claudio Reyna Named Austin FC Sporting Director

Alicia Rodriguez/MLS

La Liga To Distribute TV Money Based On Social Media Interactions

Miguel Á. Morán/Marca

2020 MLS All-Star Game To Feature Liga MX Match

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Diego Maradona Resigns As Gimnasia Manager

Kyle Bonn/NBC Sports

David Villa Announces Retirement

Diego Picó/Marca

Arsene Wenger Appointed FIFA's Chief Of Global Football Development

BBC Soccer

David Villa Granted USL Expansion Team In Queens

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Spain, Adidas Reach Jersey Agreement Through 2030

Marca

Ronaldo Nazario Looking To Purchase Team In Portugal

As.com

Copa Libertadores Moved To Peru Amid Chile Unrest

As.com

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Replaces Granit Xhaka As Arsenal Captain

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Javier Aguirre, Oscar Garcia As New La Liga Managers

Marca

La Liga Winner On Track For Lowest Point Total In 13 Seasons

Delfín Melero/Marca

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Jose Mourinho Always Asked About Bayern Munich

As.com