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For LAFC, beating Real Salt Lake wouldn’t be ‘payback’ as much as soothing playoff wounds

LOS ANGELES — Three goals. Two shots on target. One brutal end to the season. For the first time since yanking the rug out from underneath the Los Angeles Football Club in the knockout round of the 2018 MLS Cup playoffs, Real Salt Lake returns to Banc of California Stadium. “Silencing any away crowd is always a good feeling,” RSL starting defender Aaron Herrera said. LAFC embraced the upset loss as the club prepared this week. “It’s payback time,” said Latif Blessing, LAFC’s excitable Ghanian wh...
Tags: Soccer, Sports, MLS


Mateo Kovacic eyeing Premier League stay, even if not with Chelsea – Marca

As per a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Chelsea loanee Mateo Kovacic is determined to remain in the Premier League beyond this summer, even if it means finding another English club to ply his trade for. Kovacic’s Real struggles 24-year-old Croatian international Kovacic made the surprise move to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan last summer, following another frustrating campaign largely confined to the bench of European champions Real Madrid. Having managed a solid 19 La Liga starts du...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Chelsea, Premier League, Manchester United, La Liga, Fifa, Real Madrid, Lionel Messi, Stamford Bridge, Zinedine Zidane, Inter Milan, Mateo Kovacic, Casemiro, Fc Barcelona, Bernabeu


FIFA gives life ban to Ecuador official for bribery

ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA ethics committee has given a life ban to a South American soccer official who took bribes linked to the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. FIFA says Luis Chiriboga, a former Ecuador soccer federation president, has also been fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million). It is unclear how FIFA can […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Fifa, Ecuador, Zurich, Copa América, Luis Chiriboga


FIFA will only allow natural grass fields at 2023 Women’s WC

FIFA will only allow natural grass fields at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The stipulation is contained in requirements sent to bidding nations and follows controversy over the use of artificial turf at the 2015 tournament in Canada. Some players launched a gender discrimination case —which was later withdrawn — over FIFA’s use of turf […]
Tags: News, Sports, Canada, Fifa


Man City ‘closing in on’ completing Saul Niguez transfer

One of the biggest summer transfers? Manchester City are ‘closing in on’ a deal to buy Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez after supposedly overtaking Barcelona in the race to sign him. Saul has grown into one of the best midfielders in La Liga over the past few years. As well as the fact that Saul has a knack for scoring incredible goals, the Spaniard is very versatile. That has lead to interest predominantly from Barcelona. It was also suggested all the way back in December that Man City were co...
Tags: City, Spain, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Chelsea, La Liga, Manchester City, Fifa, Pep Guardiola, Atletico Madrid, Uefa, Madrid, Man City, Barca, Etihad


For some Sounders, the international break is the best chance of upping their game in-season

Five Sounders were called in to international team duty by their countries during the two-week FIFA break. Besides being a career highlight for most, the players and their club teams usually hope they'll return from the experience a better version of themselves.
Tags: News, Sports, Fifa, Sounders


Conor McGregor explains who the next Manchester United manager should be

Manchester United supporter and UFC star Conor McGregor has explained who he thinks should be the club’s next manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino are the leading candidates for the job with United seemingly set to choose in the summer. Following a slight wobble, with two consecutive defeats, Solskjaer’s reaction could make or break his application for the job. McGregor picks United’s next manager LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Manchester United, Fifa, Mauricio Pochettino, Real Madrid, Ufc, Emirates Stadium, Psg, United, Red Devils, Arsenal Fc, Paul Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Conor Mcgregor, Ole


Korean plan among 9 possible bids for 2023 Women’s World Cup

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says nine soccer federations are interested in hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup including South Korea, which could jointly bid with North Korea. Brazil and South Africa are in the contest, suggesting underused stadiums built to host the 2014 and 2010 World Cups could be picked. Other contenders are Argentina, Australia, […]
Tags: South Korea, News, Sports, Ap, South Africa, Fifa, Zurich, Argentina Australia, North Korea Brazil


FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions

Doha (AFP) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts. The ambitious expansion... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Qatar, Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Doha, Gulf, Afp, Gianni Infantino


Women's World Cup: Record nine countries tell Fifa they want to host in 2023

A record nine countries including Brazil, Japan and South Africa tell Fifa they want to host the 2023 Women's World Cup.
Tags: Sport, South Africa, Fifa, Brazil Japan


FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Football, Sport, Society, World news, Football politics, Cameroon, Fifa, Central African Republic, Philanthropy, Samuel Eto'o, FIFA Foundation Community Programme, UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network, Fifa Foundation Continue


Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a sports marketing group to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set the fine on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn. Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA were implicated in the sprawling U.S. case […]
Tags: New York, News, Sports, Ap, Nation, Fifa, Traffic Sports USA, U S District Judge, Pamela Chen, Brooklyn Traffic Sports International


FIFA Will Publicize Its Vote on the 2023 Women’s World Cup Host

Its 37-person council will still decide on the destination of the 2023 match-up
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Soccer, Fifa, Onetime


Shocker for Man City: FIFA transfer ban threat like Chelsea

Chelsea’s FIFA transfer ban Will Chelsea be allowed to sign any players this summer? Chelsea have been hit with a FIFA transfer ban which is supposed to be in play for the next two windows. On the face of it, Chelsea cannot add any new recruits until the summer of 2020. The transfer ban was impose on Chelsea in respects of breaches in signing up minors. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all be hit with similar bans in the past. For the record, Chelsea are appealing the decision. ...
Tags: Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Chelsea, Manchester City, Swansea, Fifa, The Times, Pep Guardiola, Robin Van Persie, Mesut Ozil, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Times, Man City, Pep, Atletico Madrid Real Madrid


LAFC ready to play ball vs. NYCFC at Yankee Stadium

The New York City Football Club took a well-earned point last year in their debut at Los Angeles’ newly minted cathedral of soccer. Ahead of its first away match of 2019, the Los Angeles Football Club appear primed to do better than a draw inside NYCFC’s sporting house of worship. Despite repeated calls for a soccer-only facility to be constructed somewhere within New York City’s five boroughs, a club dubbed the Pigeons has nested on the grounds of the new Yankee Stadium since 2015. Having watch...
Tags: New York City, Sports, Los Angeles, Spain, Sport, Soccer, Manchester City, Fifa, Pep Guardiola, Mls, Pele, Major League Soccer, Yankees, Major League Baseball, David Villa, Villa


Bangladesh detains FIFA official for ‘defaming’ PM

Dhaka (AFP) – Bangladesh authorities jailed a senior member of football’s world governing body on Saturday, hours after she was arrested for allegedly defaming the country’s leader. Mahfuza Akhter, a FIFA council member since 2017... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Afp, Mahfuza Akhter


FIFA to make public the vote for 2023 Women’s World Cup

MIAMI (AP) — FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The organization’s decision-making body wants to be more transparent after concerns were raised last month that the women’s tournament wouldn’t fully follow the new voting process for the men’s World Cup. The United States, Canada […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, United States Canada


Women's World Cup 2019: VAR to be used in tournament for first time

Fifa confirms the video assistant referee system will be used at the Women's World Cup in France this summer.
Tags: France, Football, Fifa


Video review approved by FIFA for Women’s World Cup

MIAMI (AP) — Video review has been approved for the Women’s World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7 in France. The Video Assistant Referee system made its debut at the men’s tournament in Russia last year and was approved Friday for use at the women’s tournament. Of the 455 incidents checked by […]
Tags: News, France, Russia, Sports, Ap, Soccer, Fifa, Miami


Fifa Club World Cup: Revised tournament approved despite top European clubs saying they will boycott

Fifa approves a revised 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021 despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament.
Tags: Sport, Fifa


FIFA backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

Miami (AFP) – FIFA moved a step closer on Friday to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a suitable co-host can be... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Qatar, Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, Afp, AFP FIFA


European teams to boycott enlarged Club World Cup: clubs

Miami (AFP) – Top European clubs said Friday they will boycott a planned 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, dealing a blow to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino’s overhaul of the competition. In a statement released... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, Afp, Gianni Infantino, AFP Top


Manchester City Set To Be Hit With Transfer Ban

Manchester City will be banned from making signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership, according to reports. The club are already being investigated by the Football Association and Premier League for allegations related to youth transfers and financial fair play rules, with the latter also being looked at by European football’s governing body UEFA. That investigation could result in City being banned ...
Tags: London, City, Sport, Soccer, United States, Sierra Leone, Chelsea, Premier League, Manchester City, Fifa, Real Madrid, Football Association, Latvia, Uefa, Man City, Ghana


Fifa Club World Cup: Top European clubs would boycott revised tournament

Top European clubs tell Fifa they would boycott the revised Club World Cup which is scheduled for 2021.
Tags: Football, Fifa


Man City face FIFA transfer ban: report

London (AFP) – Manchester City will be banned by FIFA from making signings in the next two transfer windows after they broke rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership, according to... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: London, Sport, Soccer, Manchester City, Fifa, Afp


Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup

MIAMI (AP) — The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament. European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA’s bid to replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is […]
Tags: News, Barcelona, Ap, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, FIFA Council


Final decision on 48-team 2022 World Cup set for June: FIFA

Miami (AFP) – FIFA chiefs will decide on Friday whether to back an expansion of the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams but a final decision will only be taken at a meeting in Paris... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Paris, Fifa, Miami, Afp, AFP FIFA


Prince Ali urges FIFA to act on Afghanistan abuse investigation

Paris (AFP) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, who has twice stood for the FIFA presidency, on Thursday called on world football’s governing body to take firmer action against Afghanistan’s football chief over allegations of... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Paris, Fifa, Ali, Afp, Ali Bin Al Hussein


World Cup expansion to dominate FIFA agenda in Miami

Miami (AFP) – The possible expansion of the 2022 World Cup is poised to dominate discussions when FIFA’s ruling council meets in Miami on Friday. FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to increase the number of... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, Afp, Gianni Infantino


FIFA to vote on expanded Club World Cup in 2021

Miami (AFP) – FIFA Council members will on Friday vote for the creation of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup, with a “pilot” edition of the new tournament to be held in 2021, according to... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Fifa, Miami, Afp, AFP FIFA Council



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