Are Off-The-Pitch Problems Threatening To Ruin The Copa America For Messi?

The Copa America Centenario is approaching fast, and for Lionel Messi and Argentina, the tournament is a chance at redemption. Having lost in the final of the World Cup in 2014 and the final of the Copa America last year, criticism is starting to grow due to Messi's underachievement. 

AFA President Says Argentina Will Not Be Forced To Withdraw From Copa America

Argentina will play in the Copa America Centenario despite earlier claims that a government investigation could cause the AFA to pull out of the competition. In a press conference on Tuesday following an emergency meeting of the AFA executive board, president Luis Segura said there was no possibility of Argentina being forced to miss the tournament.

Olympiakos and Mexico Striker Alan Pulido Found Safe After Kidnapping

Alan Pulido has been found safe by Mexican authorities, Reuters reported.

Armando Pulido, the brother of Mexico and Olympiakos striker Alan Pulido, confirmed to Mediotempo that his brother was kidnapped in the city of Victoria in Tamaulipas, Mexico on Saturday. 

Mexico Youth Struggle In Toulon, But Olympic Hopes Are Still Bright

The U-23 Mexico youth national team endured a disappointing campaign in the Toulon World Youth Festival as they slumped to a fourth-placed finish behind Mali, Czech Republic and group winners, France. They managed a solitary win against bottom of the table Bulgaria, but their overall performance does not inspire hope for the upcoming Olympics in Rio this summer. 

Marco Russ Was Diagnosed With A Tumor The Day Before A Match. He Still Went Out And Captained His Team.

Frankfurt captain Marco Russ has had a difficult week. On Wednesday, a routine doping test found an elevated level of the growth hormone HCG in his system, and the doctors found a tumor to be the root cause of the problem.

Is Marco Fabian's European Adventure Over?

There was a lot of excitement when Marco Fabian made his move to Eintracht Frankfurt last summer. It was hoped that he could follow in the footsteps of his childhood friend and fellow Chivas youth graduate Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who has been setting the Bundesliga on fire this season for Bayer Leverkusen. 

Martin Demichelis Has A Gambling Problem

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined £22,058 for betting on football matches. The veteran centerback placed 29 bets on matches between January 22 and February 15, 2016. 

The Bundesliga Knows How To Pack The House, But How Does It Keep Fans Coming Back?

Earlier this year, the Bundesliga announced that the league had recorded its second-highest Bundesliga attendance ever. A total of 6,478,680 fans attended 153 matches over the first half of the season with an average of 42,344 per game. By contrast, the Premier League averaged 36,452 over the entirety of the season. 

Wayne Rooney Puts In Masterclass Performance As He Inches Ever Closer To Becoming A Legend

Wayne Rooney put in a Man of the Match performance as Manchester United brushed aside Bournemouth 3-1 at Old Trafford. Rooney opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute after some lovely team play between Anthony Martial and Juan Mata on the edge of the box.

The goal was Rooney's 100th in the Premier League at Old Trafford, and the OptaJoe Twitter account was quick to highlight the relevance of that. 

Video Assistant Referees Are So Close...Yet So Far Away

The implementation of Video Assistant Referees has divided a good portion of the football-watching public.

There are many who think that video technology is a necessity given the high-stakes nature of the game these days and that simply leaving potential game-changing calls to the referee and his assistants allows for too many mistakes and controversial decisions.