On April 15th, Sepp Blatter is going to appear on a panel at the University of Basel in Switzerland. The purpose of the panel? To discuss ways in which FIFA can reform.
We'll admit we don't know much about the Hyundai A-League, also known as the Australian A League. We know that Alessandro Del Piero played there once, that it's presumably in Australia, there's probably some sort of soccer involved and that the games are at two in the freaking morning here in the USA. However, the end of this year's title race has drawn our gaze to that wonderful land down under because it is possibly the most intense title race in the world right now.
Mexico captain Andres Guardado will be out for several weeks after he suffered a thigh muscle strain in training ahead of PSV Eindhoven's game against AZ Alkmaar.
Guardado's injury couldn't come at a more inconvenient time for PSV, as they are two points behind Ajax with five games to play in the Eredivisie. Andres Guardado has been one of PSV's star players, and his trademark box-to-box style has given the Dutch side a solid spine to build off of.
Spanish outlet El Mundo reported on Tuesday that Lionel Messi's trial has been rescheduled from May 31 to June 7. Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud, that totalled $4.4 million in unpaid taxes between the years of 2007 and 2009.
Gonzalo Higuain has been banned for four matches following his complete mental breakdown against Udinese. After seeing a second yellow, Higuain completely broke rank and pushed the referee before taking his frustrations out on teammates, opponents, coaches and basically anyone and everyone that tried to intervene. It was a moment of madness that has now stripped Napoli of any chance to win the Scudetto.
The Barcelona trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – or MSN – is probably the best attacking force in soccer history. The unbelievable chemistry of the trio combined with the outrageous individual skills they all possess makes MSN unstoppable. Yet, for all their unbelievable achievements with Barcelona, success at the national level has evaded all of them. Sure, Suarez has a Copa America under his belt, and Neymar won the Confederation's Cup, but these are small potatoes compared to the ultimate prize: the World Cup.
According to a report from the AS in Spain, David Beckham is looking to make Roberto Carlos manager of his new Miami MLS expansion club. The two spent four years together at Real Madrid and have remained great friends ever since.
Ryan Shawcross is a rough-and-tumble defender. He's part of that exclusive club of old-school, fearless defenders who never shy away from a challenge and throw around their hefty frames like a sack of flour into opposing players. It's a trait that Arsenal fans still loath him for after he broke Aaron Ramsey's leg with a late tackle, an injury that kept him out of action for almost a year (Editor's note: As an Arsenal fan, Ryan Shawcross' England career can go die in a hole).
The schedule for the 2016 North American International Champions Cup was announced earlier today, and we're pleased to say that there are some tasty fixtures to look forward to. Some of the biggest matches include Real Madrid vs PSG in Columbus, Ohio and Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tournament also features Chelsea, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter, Celtic and of course, Leicester City and Barcelona.