PSG appeal over UEFA re-opening FFP case upheld by CAS

Angel Di María looked unstoppable against Marseille, scoring twice and providing the opening goal assist in a strong win at Le Parc des Princes. French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (45'+2') PSG 1-0 Marseille Kylian Mbappe's 30th goal in all competitions is now just one shy of Lionel Messi for the lead among Europe's top five leagues. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that it has upheld Paris Saint-Germain's appeal against UEFA regarding financial fair play (FFP). PSG filed an appeal to CAS in October 2018 against the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body's (CFCB) decision to reinvestigate the French champions' FFP situation in June and subsequent delay until September, and that appeal has been upheld. This means that UEFA's original decision back in June is final, so PSG have avoided...
ESPN - 19.06.2019 10:00

ISL: New Kerala Blasters boss Eelco Schattorie hoping to bring stablity first and foremost

Having taken NorthEast United FC to their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) play-off appearance last season, Dutch coach Eelco Schattorie is now looking to replicate the success at his new job at Kerala Blasters. At the start of the 2018-19 season, Schattorie had equated NorthEast to a 'Mini Cooper amid Ferraris' and had harped about the fact that the 'Taj Mahal was not built in a day' with regards to the task of rebuilding the club. Kerala had a forgettable campaign in ISL 2018-19 with the outfit eventually finishing second from bottom with just two wins in their 18 fixtures.
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 15:19

Toe Poke Daily: Premier League bosses get Snapchat 'baby face' filter treatment

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Whether it be dogs, kittens, grumpy pandas or rainbow-coloured vomit, Snapchat has a filter for absolutely everyone and everything these days. To that end, we have taken it entirely upon ourselves to run the Premier League's "Big Six" managers through the baby face filter just to see what they'd all look like. The results, as they say, might shock you -- and, especially in Jurgen Klopp's case, slightly haunt your dreams for the rest of eternity. - Ronaldo hangs out with F1 champ Hamilton in paddock - Liverpool loving life in pre-UCL
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 11:27

No offers yet for 'new Ronaldo' Felix

Benfica have said they have not received any offers for Joao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, but expect clubs to make a move over the summer. Attacking midfielder Felix, who has a €120 million release clause in his contract, is reported to be interesting clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus. The 19-year-old, called up to Portugal's Nations League squad on Thursday, scored 15 goals and set up nine more in 26 league appearances to help Benfica win the title in his debut season. "No offer has arrived," Benfica executive administrator Domingo Soares told Portuguese TV channel TVI24. "There is talk and rumours. It's true that top European clubs have expectations,
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 10:55

Marcello Lippi returns for second stint as China head coach

Marcello Lippi returns for second stint as China head coach Marcello Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China's national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup. The Chinese Football Association announced Friday that the 71-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, will start back next month. He ended his initial 27-month tenure after China's exit in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup in January. "When Lippi was previously in charge of the national team, the players showed a positive attitude and a fighting spirit," the CFA said in a statement. "We believe that with Lippi and his team of assistant coaches, the Chinese men's football
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 10:06

Madrid blast Poch claim over training ground stay

Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title. Do Bayern have their sights set on Leroy Sane? Is Kieran Trippier on his way to Juventus? Plus, the latest on Lorenzo Insigne and Nicolas Otamendi. Real Madrid have denied Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino's claim that president Florentino Perez had refused Spurs use of the club's residence before the Champions League final. Tottenham and Liverpool are training at Madrid's Valdebebas facility next week ahead of Saturday's final at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European Super League - Latest Champions League tables - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Speaking on Spanish radio on Thursday, Pochettino inferred that Perez had intervened to stop the team st...
ESPN - 24.05.2019 07:50

Pochettino explains what he thinks will be deciding factor in Champions League final

Mauricio Pochettino says that emotion, not tactics, will be the deciding factor in the upcoming Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham. Pochettino's Spurs will face the Reds on June 1 in Madrid, marking the club's first Champions League final appearance. The match will see two Premier League clubs go head-to-head, with Liverpool finishing second to Manchester City while fourth-placed Spurs finished just behind Europa League finalists Chelsea.
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 07:16

Friday Poll: Will Fiorentina stay up?

As you may have heard, Fiorentina are on the cusp of relegation and need a result against fellow strugglers Genoa in this, the final week of the season, to assure themselves of Serie A football next year. As you're well aware, the Viola are winless over their past 13 matches and look about as checked out under boss Vincenzo Montella as you can imagine. Montella himself is suspended for this game. The fans have done their part, calling for a halt to the protests they've held at recent matches, but that's really the only positive. Genoa, of course, have their backs against the wall as well. Winless in 9 straight, they'll be desperate to stay up, and have Cesare Prandelli to mastermind their escape.
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 07:00

Signing Ryan Fraser would be an indictment of Arsenal's transfer policy

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser, and while there are reasons to be suspicious—it could just be agent talk—there does seem to be enough smoke to make it seem as if Arsenal are interested in parting with someone between 40 to 75% of their transfer budget on the Scottish winger. For one thing, Arsenal would be paying Premier League premium price for a player who does not count as homegrown talent, for Fraser played youth football in Scotland, not Wales and England. Furthermore, despite a good season, Fraser may not be all that good; at least for what Arsenal need. For a forward, he doesn't produce a ton of shots (another thing that Arsenal really need), he doesn't do a lot of defensive actions, and produces below average xG per 90.
Yahoo - 24.05.2019 07:00

Alonso happy at Chelsea despite fans' criticism

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea must be prepared if Eden Hazard leaves the club, and also addresses his own future. Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno wonder if the best team made it through to the Europa League final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea. Marcos Alonso has said he is happy to stay at Chelsea despite a "tough season" and added that he has not let fan criticism affect him. Reports in recent months have linked Alonso, who signed a contract extension in October, with a return to Spain after he struggled to hold down a starting spot. Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Alonso said he had found it tough to adapt to Maurizio Sarri's instructions at times but saw his future at Stamford Bridge despite becoming a target for cr...
ESPN - 24.05.2019 05:47

Ronaldo, Joao Felix headline Portugal squad

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clip his son's head with the Serie A trophy during the club's title celebrations on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal as they host next month's UEFA Nations League finals, with Benfica youngster Joao Felix also in the squad. - When are the UEFA Nations League finals? Juventus star Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, took a nine-month break from the national team after the World Cup before playing in the 0-0 draw with Ukraine in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Felix earned his first Portugal call-up in March but has yet to make his debut, with the 19-year-old scoring 15 goals in Benfica's...
ESPN - 23.05.2019 07:24

LIVE Transfer Talk: PSG's Tuchel knows stars Mbappe, Neymar could depart

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner share their thoughts on the latest transfer rumours in this weeks Transfer Rater. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop looks at a few reported Man United young transfer targets, headlined by Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon. Gab Marcotti shares his thoughts on where David De Gea might end up if he decides to leave Manchester United this summer. The Premier League transfer window is open. You can click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with all the latest gossip below. - When does the window open in Europe? - QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Twin exit possible from PSG Could Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both be checking out of the French capital this summer? It's more than possible, according to PSG boss Thomas Tuchel. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Man United drop Sanc...
ESPN - 23.05.2019 04:51



Reuters - 24.05.2019 15:07

ATP And Laver Cup Join Forces

The ATP and the Laver Cup announced today an agreement that will make the annual men's team event, in which Europe takes on the rest of the world, an official part of the annual ATP Tour calendar. The agreement gives the event, now approaching its third competition in Geneva, Switzerland this September, access to ATP services, including marketing and social media, along with operational personnel such as officials and physios. "The Laver Cup team is incredibly excited about this partnership with the ATP. It has always been our hope to build the Laver Cup in partnership with the tennis world, and certification by the ATP after only two editions is an overwhelming validation of our vision,” said Tony Godsick, President and CEO of TEAM8, and Chairman of the Laver Cup. "We created the Laver Cup to celebrate the greats of the game - past, present and future - and grow interest in our great sport of tennis," Godsick added. "Partnering with the ATP positions us to continue to achieve ...
ATP - 24.05.2019 09:24

#NextGenATP Molleker Among First Eight Roland Garros Qualifiers

#NextGenATP German Rudolf Molleker is two-for-two. The 18-year-old qualified for his second Grand Slam main draw on his second attempt Thursday, defeating Colombian veteran Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at Roland Garros. “It is super-tough to qualify. These are the best players in the world playing from World No.100 to the Top 250," Molleker told "The standard is so high, so to win three matches in a row is super-hard.” Molleker, who also qualified at the Australian Open before falling to Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the main draw. Against Giraldo, who competed in the main draw at the year's second Grand Slam every season from 2007-18, Molleker hit 35 winners and broke serve five times. Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will contest the main draw in Paris for the 16th consecutive year after coming back to defeat German Oscar Otte 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and 45 minutes. Garcia-Lopez reached the fourth round here in 2014, upsetting Stan Wawrinka in the fi...
ATP - 23.05.2019 23:24

The Five Players Who Can Challenge Nadal Mano A Mano At Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal has long dominated the Parisian terre battue at Roland Garros, lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires 11 times and tallying an 86-2 record. Fresh off a triumph at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Nadal arrives at the year’s second Grand Slam with plenty of momentum. But the second seed is not as overwhelming of a favourite as usual, having taken until last week to capture his first title of the year, his longest trophy drought to start a season since 2004, when he earned his maiden tour-level crown. Nadal was surprised in the semi-finals at Monte-Carlo (l. to Fognini), Barcelona (l. to Thiem) and Madrid (l. to Tsitsipas). So Nadal's chase for a 12th title will not be easy, even if a big part of the battle some of Nadal's biggest potential challengers will face is setting a clash against the Spaniard. examines those who could pose the biggest threat to the lefty mano a mano if they do play in the coming fortnight:  Novak Djokovic Djokovic ...
ATP - 23.05.2019 22:43

ITF, WTA & ATP Deliver Optimised Professional Tennis Structure

The ITF (International Tennis Federation) has today announced an agreement with the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) to optimise the structure of men’s and women’s professional tennis. This will provide additional competitive opportunities and a clear and fair pathway for talented players. The agreement includes the allocation of ATP and WTA ranking points at $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournaments, additional ranking points at men’s $25,000 tournaments, as well as increased playing opportunities with 48-player qualifying singles draws. Players’ rankings will be updated with the new points allocations on 5 August 2019. These points will be applied retroactively to all tournaments played since August 2018. Updated men’s and women’s ATP/WTA rankings will be used for acceptances into ITF World Tennis Tour events plus ATP Challengers and WTA 125K tournaments beginning the week of 26 August 2019. A...
ATP - 23.05.2019 18:15