Europe

Why Joe Hart's Torino Move Is Good For England

I have a theory as to one reason (of many) the England National Team tends to underperform in major tournaments: the players all play in the same league. Every England international plays in the Premier League. One might argue this breeds familiarity and is therefore good for the national team, but I think it leads to a lack of stylistic variety in the team and makes the payer pool stagnant. It's basically like inbreeding, is what I'm saying.

Liverpool Dealt Another Blow: GK Alisson Ruled Out For Champions League Clash With Atlético

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will miss Saturday's home Premier League game against Bournemouth as well as their Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid after suffering a hip injury this week, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.

The Brazilian was left out of the squad when Liverpool lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup with Spaniard Adrian playing in goal instead and Klopp revealed he had injured his hip in training prior to Tuesday's game.

Because VAR Gets Things Too Right, IFAB Considering Massive Overhaul Of Offside Rule

MANCHESTER, England — When football's law-making body IFAB met last week, a decision that could massively impact the game at all levels passed barely noticed as the debate over VAR technology hogged the limelight.

Officials of IFAB, the International Football Association Board, made up of the four British home nations and FIFA, agreed to conduct a year-long review into the offside law, which is expected to end with a proposal for a new rule.

The implications were not lost on Mark Bullingham, chief executive of England's Football Association.

Juve President Slams Atalanta’s UCL Fairy Tale In Favor Of Protecting ‘Investments And Costs’ Of Big Clubs

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has questioned whether their smaller rivals Atalanta should have a right to play in the Champions League, saying they lack international history. His comments drew a blunt response from the mayor of Atalanta's home town Bergamo who said the team had earned their place with "sweat and imagination." 

Eric Dier Not Facing Spurs Punishment After Confronting Fan In The Stands

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier's decision to confront a fan in the stands after their defeat by Norwich City in the FA Cup on Wednesday was borne out of frustration with his team's poor performances, former England defender Paul Parker said. England international Dier appeared to be upset at something said after the game and climbed into the crowd, climbing over seats and confronting a home fan before he was restrained by security guards and other fans.

Kylian Mbappé Covers 85 Yards In Remarkable One-Man Counterattack Goal

With a hat trick in PSG’s 5-1 Coupe de France semifinal victory over Lyon, Kylian Mbappé took his total to 30 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions this season (to go with 17 assists).

Following Martin Terrier’s early opener for Lyon, Mbappé equalized in the 14th after ensuring that Layvin Kurzawa’s header found the back of the net from close range. Neymar then gave PSG the lead in the 64th minute from the penalty spot.

Henrik Larsson's Son Scores Dramatic Match Winner In Moscow Derby

Jordan Larsson, son of Sweden and Celtic legend Henrik Larsson, secured a victory for Spartak Moscow over heated city rival CSKA with a game-winning goal in the Russian Cup on Wednesday. 

After letting an early 2-0 lead slip, Spartak required extra time to get past CSKA in the Main Moscow Derby. Having come into the game in the 74th minute in place of new signing Aleksandr Sobolev, Larsson latched onto a long ball in the 107th minute and rifled a low finish past Igor Akinfeev to put Spartak into the Russian Cup semifinals, 3-2.

Serie A Will Play All Matches In Empty Stadiums For At Least A Month

All outdoor sports in Italy either must be canceled or played without a crowd on hand until at least April 3 in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading, the Italian government announced Wednesday.

Italy has been ground zero for the virus in Europe, with 107 deaths and nearly 3,100 cases, the BBC reported.

American Andrija Novakovich Enjoying Strong Spell In Italy's Serie B

Wisconsin native Andrija Novakovich is in the midst of an impressive run of form at the moment in Italy's Serie B. When it became apparent that his future was not at Championship side Reading, where he had spent five years, Novakovich shunned apparent interest from Germany's VfL Bochum and Dutch side PEC Zwolle for a deadline-day move to Frosinone in September.

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