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Is Griezmann really worth all the fuss for Barcelona?

Barcelona may well kick off the new season with Neymar and Antoine Griezmann up front alongside Lionel Messi in a remodelled front three, but the indications from Catalonia are that they can only afford one of them this summer and, if they had to choose, then the priority would be re-signing Neymar. The Brazilian might be seen in some quarters as damaged goods but he still has plenty of allies in the Barca dressing room, including the captain Messi. Neymar has a proven track record at Barca, having won the 2015 Champions League, and would be welcomed back even if the complexity of the deal is epic in its scale. New developments at Paris Saint-Germain since Leonardo arrived as sporting director have taken place at warp speed. This is a club that for the last two years did everything to cate...

Equal Play. The USWNT Tackles Its Next Quest

The celebration of the Women’s World Cup soccer championship shifts this week from France to New York City. On Wednesday, the USWNT will be honored with a ticker tape parade and keys to the city, following its 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final in France. But amid the celebration, the women now turn their focus back to a more serious matter. A gender discrimination lawsuit, filed before the tournament, demands pay equal to that of their male counterparts. And legions of USWNT supporters say a fourth Women’s World Cup title makes the case even stronger. Equal pay In the stadium near Lyon, France, on Sunday, it didn’t take long for the pivot. From joy to indignation. As U.S. players hugged and celebrated their hard-earned victory over a tough Dutch team, c...

Mexico beats US to lift 8th Gold Cup

Mexico extended their record number of Concacaf Gold Cup wins as Jonathan dos Santos’ strike gave them a narrow victory over the United States. LA Galaxy midfielder Dos Santos latched on to a smart Raul Jimenez back heel to fire in off the bar in front of 62,493 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Christian Pulisic had a good early chance but US boss Gregg Berhalter said Mexico were the “better team”. “I think we lacked some calmness and composure,” said Berhalter. “When you talk about a step the team needs to take, we’re close but we weren’t there tonight.” The Gold Cup, referred to as the Concacaf Championship before 1991, crowns the continental champions of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Mexico now have 11 wins ...

U.S. wins World Cup with a final four-star performance

For four years, the jersey worn by the U.S. women’s national soccer team has featured three blue stars above the logo, signifying the World Cup championships won across almost three decades. On Sunday, as the players danced and hugged amid confetti and celebration following a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, they were handed new shirts made especially for the occasion. The U.S. team has been the beacon for the women’s game, both on and off the field. But until this day, it had never won consecutive world crowns. Four years after lifting the trophy in Canada, the Americans retained the title by scoring twice in an eight-minute span of the second half. Returning from injury, Megan Rapinoe recorded her sixth goal ― tied with her teammate Morgan and England’s Ellen White for the tournament le...

2019 Women’s World Cup Final Betting Tips

Jill Ellis’ impressive side are looking to retain their Women’s World Cup crown in what our tipster believes should be an end-to-end affair in Lyon The reigning World and European champions square off in Lyon on Sunday – a mouthwatering prospect for punters. USA knocked England out of the competition to reach this stage while Netherlands came through their semi-final against Sweden in extra-time. Latest odds Having won their last 11 consecutive Women’s World Cup matches, USA are 4/9 (1.44)favourites to retain their crown with a victory in normal time. The Oranje won their first major title at Euro 2017, beating Denmark on home soil. This is a much tougher ask against the best team in the world though, and bet365 make them 7/1 (8.0) underdogs to come out on top and 3...

Breaking: Frank Lampard confirmed as new Chelsea boss

Lampard, one of the greatest players in our history during his long and illustrious career returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract. The 41-year-old said: ‘I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.’ Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia (pictured above right) added: ‘It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game. ‘After 13 years w...

Alex Morgan and USWNT spoil tea time for England

“Not since Boston dumped it in the sea has England been dissed with tea like this,” declared the front page of Wednesday’s New York Post. Alex Morgan’s ‘tea drinking’ goal celebration, after heading the winner against England to send her side into the World Cup final, was definitely a diss. England forward Lianne Sanderson thought so. She called it “distasteful”. As the newspaper saw it, Morgan’s swipe at Phil Neville’s Lionesses was the best burn against the English since a load of tea was chucked in the sea in Boston in 1773, setting in motion American independence from the yoke of British rule. ‘Sticking it to the Brits’ was the US women’s national team take on it too. It said Morgan’s strike was “...

Copa América: Messi rages against referee

Leo Messi accused the referee of bias after Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-0 semi-final loss to Brazil. Leo Messi felt a number of decisions went against his side in Belo Horizonte as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in each half put Brazil through to a final against Chile or Peru. Messi was particularly aggrieved Argentina were not awarded a penalty by referee Roddy Zambrano immediately prior to Brazil’s second goal but that was only one of a number of complaints. The 32-year-old told reporters: “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn’t award. “The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on (Nicolas) Otamendi, on ‘Kun’ (Sergio Aguero). “He ...

LaLiga: Diego Godin signs for Inter

Inter have announced the signing of former Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin on a three-year deal. The Uruguayan’s contract with Los Rojiblancos came to an end and therefore joins Inter on a free transfer. Godin became an Atletico legend during his nine-year spell in the Spanish capital, winning one LaLiga Santander title, a Copa del Rey, three European Super Cups and two Europa League trophies. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” the Italian club posted on social media to welcome their new player. Godin will work under the orders of new Inter coach Antonio Conte, who is aiming to make the club serious title contenders in Serie A. The Uruguayan will add to Inter‘s already strong defensive options in Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij and his former Atletico centre-...

England Women v USA Women Betting Tips

Both teams have made plenty of early breakthroughs in the Women’s World Cup so far and we’re expecting the goalmouth action to begin quickly in Lyon. Having knocked out hosts France in the quarter finals, USA are 3/4 (1.75) favourites to win the Women’s World Cup. England are seen as the biggest danger to the defending champions according to bet365 who make them 7/2 (4.50) to go all the way. Latest odds Phil Neville’s side have won all five of their World Cup matches in France so far, but the Lionesses are underdogs to continue that run in Lyon. USA are priced at 4/5 (1.80) to keep their perfect run in tact with the draw priced at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365. The last meeting between the pair ended 2-2 at the SheBelieves Cup in March. In terms of qualification for the fi...

Marta becomes the all-time top scorer of the World Cup

Brazil star Marta set a record on Tuesday as she scored her 17th career Women’s World Cup goal. The goal came from the penalty spot 74 minutes into Tuesday’s group stage clash with Italy, which Brazil ended up winning 1-0 behind the Marta goal. Marta stepped up and smashed her spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, giving Brazil a lead they would never relinquish while making a bit of history in the process.  Marta’s 17th goal was enough to lead her past German star Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 goals across four World Cups as a member of the German national team. She is the only footballer to score at five different World Cup editions   The 33-year-old forward, who is the only footballer to score at five different World Cup editions, has scored 112 total goals...

Maurizio Sarri is the new Juventus coach

After an excellent season on the Blues bench, in which Sarri led the club to a third-place finish in the Premier League and reach the EFL Cup final. The ultimate high during his tenure in London was when he led Chelsea to the Europa League final, before going on to being crowned champions in his final game on the Blues bench. Now, Maurizio Sarri has returned to Italy, where he has coached for the majority of his career. And from today, he will take over the reins at Juventus with a contract until June 30, 2022.  Now at 60 years old, Sarri was born in Naples and spent many years living in Tuscany. In 2001, after spending several years in the world of football, Sarri began his career as a full-time coach. Thus, began an adventure that, since 2005, has taken him to the Serie B championship, l...

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