We forget they are human Guardiola defends players after Norwich defeat

Manchester Citys manager, Pep Guardiola, refused to criticise his players after their 3-2 defeat by Norwich, saying that sometimes we forget they are human Pep Guardiola could only put his hands up after Norwich Original Article : HERE ;

FIFA must act after death of Iran’s ‘Blue Girl,’ says activist

(CNN)An Iranian activist is lashing out at FIFA following the death of a female fan who set herself on fire after she was denied access to a soccer stadium in Tehran. Dubbed the “Blue Girl” on social media, after the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal, Khodayari, was charged with “‘openly committing a sinful act by “appearing in public without a hijab’” when she attempted to enter a stadium “dressed as a man” in March, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Khodayari appeared in a Tehran court last week. When the case was adjourned, she poured gasoline over herself and set herself on fire. She died on Monday September 9. Khodayari was suffering from bipolar disorder and …

Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers … or are its defenders just terrible?

Goals are up this season in MLS and players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic are thriving. But are they just feasting on easy pickings? Zlatan Ibrahimovics 50th game in Major League Soccer came earlier this month. The LA Galaxy suffered Original Article : HERE ;

Euro 2020 qualifiers roundup: Malen and Netherlands stun Germany

Donyell Malen enjoyed a dream debut for the Netherlands after his goal helped give the Dutch their first win in Germany for almost 17 years Donyell Malen enjoyed a dream debut for the Netherlands after his goal helped give the Dutch their first win in Germany for almost 17 years. The 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward struck 11 minutes from time in Hamburg before Georginio Wijnaldum sealed a 4-2 victory which puts Ronald Koemans side right back in contention in Group C qualifying for next years European Championship. Not since November 2002 had Holland beaten their neighbours in their own back yard. That day they enjoyed a 3-1 success thanks to goals from Patrick Kluivert, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jimmy Floyd …

Inters Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini

A group of Inter supporters defending the abuse of their own player was the latest sign that ultras have more loyalty to one another than to their clubs Romelu Lukaku has adapted quickly to life in Serie A, scoring in his first two games for Internazionale. Sadly, he received a similarly swift introduction to some of the worst elements of Italian football culture. Targeted with monkey chants during the win at Cagliari, he was then addressed with an open letter from a group of his own clubs ultras insisting he ought not to interpret such abuse as racist. You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a REAL problem, said the …

Football transfer rumours: Lus and Skriniar to Manchester City?

Sheffield United after Younousse Sankhar? | Donny van de Beek for Real Madrid? | Edwin van der Sar to be Manchester United transfer guru? Despite recruiting midfield bulwark Rodri for a club record 62.8m in July, Pep Guardiola may renew his interest in Benficas Florentino Lus. The Lisbon-born 20-year-old has a 60m release clause in his contract and was previously linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in April. With Aymeric Laporte facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines recovering from the knee injury he suffered against Brighton, Pep may make another move for Inter defender Milan Skriniar in January. His initial advances for the Slovakian 24-year-old were rebuffed by the Serie A side this summer. Meanwhile in South …

Mexico hand sluggish USA heavy defeat in friendly

Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade Javier Hernndez scored after US newcomer Sergio Dest was nutmegged in the 21st minute, rick Gutirrez and Uriel Antuna added late goals and Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade. Mexico took total control of the match after an even first 20 minutes. Gutirrez scored the second goal in the 78th, a minute after entering, following a poor clearance by US goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Antuna, another late substitute, added an 82nd-minute goal on a counterattack. The Americans lost to Mexico by …

Roberto Firmino adds shine to Liverpools victory over Burnley

Liverpools 3-0 win at Burnley maintained their winning start to the Premier League season Liverpool not only kept up their 100% record this season with a fourth successive victory. In beating Burnley by a comfortable margin to return to the top of the Premier League table they set a club record of 13 successive top-flight wins. Manchester City for as long as possible and they can now spend the international break looking forward to Newcastle at home when the domestic programme resumes. Burnley may not have been expecting to win this game anyway, though having its outcome established so early meant they were obliged to spend most of the second half watching their opponents stroke the ball around. Both sides …

Internazionale agree loan deal with Manchester United for Alexis Snchez

Internazionale have finally reached a deal to sign Alexis Snchez on a loan from Manchester United Internazionale have finally reached a deal to sign Alexis Snchez on a loan from Manchester United. The two clubs have been discussing a possible deal for several weeks now and a breakthrough in negotiations day saw the reaching of an agreement. Snchezs loan is believed to be for 10 months and Inter do not have an option to buy, although the Serie A club will pay 175,000 of Sanchezs 390,000 weekly salary. The 30-year-old will have his medical in Milan on Wednesday. Snchez joined United as part of the sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter. The move will leave Solskjr short up front. The Norwegian …

Kurt Zoumas late own goal gives Sheffield United a point at Chelsea

Tammy Abraham scores twice but it is not enough as Chelsea are caught late on by Sheffield United for a 2-2 draw Chelsea have a striker who knows how to find the back of the net but there will be no end to their teething problems under Frank Lampard until they learn how to defend. They remain far too open at the back and at the moment they lack the experience to hold firm when opponents start to ask the kind of difficult questions that allowed Sheffield United to snatch a point with a thrilling comeback at a disgruntled Stamford Bridge. Slack defending and second-half collapses have become a recurring theme for Chelsea, who walked off to muted boos at …

More Champions League enrichment would risk great cost to football | Paul Wilson

Everybody has their favoured format for Uefas tournament but few want to see it evolve into a European Super League Europe, Sir Alex Ferguson said, actually a little before Manchester Uniteds 1999 success in the Champions League helped to bring a knighthood his way, ought to be the cherry on the cake. No one wants it to be the whole cake that would spoil everything. Ferguson was responding, a couple of decades ago, not only to non-champions being allowed into the hallowed event he would mellow on seeing United go all the way in Europe after finishing second behind Arsenal in 1998 but to Uefa tweaking the format once again to introduce a double group stage involving more matches.In the …

Three-year NFL vet reveals he is bisexual

(CNN)Ryan Russell has played in the NFL for three seasons, but when he suits up and takes the field for his next gameday he will be the first man to play in a regular season game who identifies as bisexual. After sitting out the 2018 season due to an injury, Russell said he wants to live honestly and that means being honest with his teammates. “Today, I have two goals: returning to the NFL, and living my life openly,” he said. “Those two objectives shouldn’t be in conflict. But judging from the fact that there isn’t a single openly LGBTQ player in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball or the NHL, brings me pause. I want to change that.” Other …

Carli Lloyd received offer to kick in NFL preseason game, trainer says

The World Cup hero received an offer to kick in an NFL preseason game this week, her trainer told FOX Sports Carli Lloyd received an offer to kick in an NFL preseason game this week, her trainer told FOX Sports. Alas, Lloyd has plans, as the United States womens national team is scheduled to play Thursday against Portugal. Lloyd attended a joint training camp practice last Tuesday and with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens on a break in their workout, she prompting conversation about the potential for a female soccer player to transition into professional football. According to Lloyds trainer, James Galanis, a team he wouldnt name offered Lloyd a roster spot and a chance to kick in an …

Tammy Abraham doubles up as Chelsea edge Norwich in five-goal thriller

Tammy Abraham scored twice as Chelsea secured their first win under Frank Lampard a 3-2 victory against Norwich at Carrow Road Frank Lampard stood in his technical area until the bitter end, a picture of tension as he urged his players on and applauded every tackle. This is what the job has done to Chelseas new manager. He was a bag of nerves until the sweet sound of Martin Atkinsons final whistle allowed him to march across the pitch and milk the applause of the adoring travelling support. After four games Lampard is finally off the mark, though he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement after gaining his first competitive win. Tammy Abraham was the hero …

Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running

Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi gave Aston Villa a 2-0 win over Everton at Villa Park, securing the home sides first points of the Premier League season It turns out Dean Smith was right to call for some perspective. What are we coming to if were judging players after two games? Original Article : HERE ;

Eni Aluko: We all have moments in life when our morals are called into question

When the striker called out racism in the England camp, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth it Eniola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than 100 times for England. She has scored some of the Lionesses most memorable goals, was the first female pundit on Match Of The Day, and is a qualified lawyer, having graduated from Brunel University London with a first in 2008. But it is as a whistleblower that she is destined to be best remembered. And, like many whistleblowers, she has spent the subsequent years being rubbished by those she exposed. Now she has written a memoir. They Dont Teach This is a fascinating …