Roster shuffle pay dividends for USMNT, Berhalter in pre-World Cup win over Morocco

CINCINNATI — With a little less than six months to go until the WorldCupWednesday’s friendly against Morocco was the perfect time for US men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter to venture a bit into mad-chemist mode both in terms of roles and personnel. There are times when such experiments can blow up in a manager’s … Read more

Ukraine stuns Scotland in World Cup qualifier to give war-torn country a moral boost

The emotional victory, that brought many watching Ukrainian fans — sporting yellow and blue colors — to tears, puts Ukraine just one win away from qualifying for the Qatar World Cup later this year. Wednesday’s playoff had originally been scheduled to take place in March, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forced the match’s postponement. Ukraine … Read more

Ronaldo and Kane but no Son – trying to understand the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

In 2009, a Manchester City fan emailed Professional Footballers Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor, demanding to know how Ryan Giggs could possibly have ended up on their shortlist of candidates for the Player of the Year award. A back-and-forth followed, in which the City supporter pointed out how few matches Giggs had started and … Read more

‘There are no doubts this year’: Lionel Messi claims Karim Benzema is favorite for the Ballon d’Or

‘There are no doubts this year’: Lionel Messi claims Karim Benzema is clearly the top contender for the Ballon d’Or – but hits back at Robert Lewandowski after pipping him to the 2021 award Lionel Messi has insisted there is ‘no doubt’ about the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner The record seven-time winner backed Real Madrid’s … Read more

‘There are no doubts this year’: Lionel Messi claims Karim Benzema is favorite for the Ballon d’Or

‘There are no doubts this year’: Lionel Messi claims Karim Benzema is clearly the top contender for the Ballon d’Or – but hits back at Robert Lewandowski after pipping him to the 2021 award Lionel Messi has insisted there is ‘no doubt’ about the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner The record seven-time winner backed Real Madrid’s … Read more

France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

PARIS (AP) — French authorities defended police on Monday for indiscriminately firing tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final, while blaming industrial levels of fraud that saw 30,000 to 40,000 people try to enter the Stade de France with fake tickets or none at all. UEFA ordered an independent … Read more

Madrid wins Champions League final marred by crowd chaos

PARIS (AP) — Yet another Champions League title for Real Madrid, the undisputed king of Europe. Yet another showpiece European soccer game tarnished by chaotic crowd issues and disorder. Madrid became European champion for a record-extending 14th time — double the number of any other team on the continent — after beating Liverpool 1-0 in … Read more

Liverpool requests formal investigation into ugly scenes around Champions League final

Thegame, which Real Madrid won 1-0was delayed by over 35 minutes after Liverpool fans struggled to enter the stadium despite many arriving hours before kickoff. Tear gas was used by French police as supporters were held in tightly packed areas around the Stade de France, causing safety fears to spread among those who were there. … Read more

Three main points from match

real Madrid defeated liverpool 1-0 to win the UEFA Champions League, the 14th European title for the Spanish club. Here are main talking points from the end of the match. – Liverpool fans pepper-sprayed ahead of Champions League final– Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League: As it happened– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ … Read more

Real Madrid defeats Liverpool to win Champions League

real Madrid defeated liverpool 1-0 to win the UEFA Champions League, the 14th European title for the Spanish club. Here are main talking points from the end of the match. – Liverpool fans pepper-sprayed ahead of Champions League final– Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League: As it happened– Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ … Read more