AS Roma’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag in Champions League group play put the finishing touches on a remarkable progression for the Eternal City club. Coupled with Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s other Group C match, Roma now finish atop the group and will face a runners-up opponent in the Round of 16.
A Cologne striker has finally scored — a role in a new movie. Peruvian Claudio Pizarro voices a character in the German-language version of the new animated Pixar film “Coco,” which is out now in a Kino near you (assuming you live in Germany).
Pizarro is an old man nearing the end of his career on the pitch. He may have found a new calling with his voiceover role in “Coco,” which is about a young Mexican boy who is transported to the Land of the Dead during Día de los Muertos. The 39-year-old voices a skeleton who desperately wants to watch a soccer match.
AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Toulouse’s Alban Lafont, Benfica’s Mile Svilar and Glenavon’s Conner Byrne: while all are teenage goalkeepers playing senior football in Europe, only one stands alongside Freddy Adu as having made their professional debut at age 14 (and perhaps as also having an insatiable thirst for Sierra Mist, but that’s totally unfounded at this point).
Three years ago, Beats by Dre won the advertising battle at the World Cup without even sponsoring the event. With the likes of Neymar, Chicharito, Cesc Fabregas and Luis Suarez all rocking the headphones, FIFA was forced to ban the noise canceling contraptions to protect the event’s official audio sponsor, Sony.
Even still, Beats by Dre’s “The Game Before The Game” advert was probably the best spot at the World Cup.
You could forgive Stefan Frei for suffering from a professional hangover following his heroics in the 2016 MLS Cup final. The 31-year-old native of Switzerland's legend is forever woven inside the fabric of the league following that save on Jozy Altidore in the second half of extra-time, one of seven saves for Frei in a performance that saw him named MLS Cup MVP.
Valencia and Barcelona are set to battle it out this evening in a top-of-the-table clash. Valencia fans are certainly acting accordingly.
It’s moments like these that make you fall in love with soccer all over again. Moments like these that remind you of the emotional attachment billions of people around the world have to a simple, beautiful game.
Peru hasn’t been to a World Cup since 1982, but all that will change after La Blanquirroja beat New Zealand 2-0 in the second leg of their World Cup intercontinental qualifying playoff on Wednesday evening. The 2-0 aggregate victory sent Peru to the 2018 World Cup, ending a 36-year wait.
Carlos Valderrama wants you to touch your balls. Not your soccer balls, or your footballs, but seriously, your balls — your testicles. The iconic Colombian head of hair with magical feet has a new campaign to inform men of the necessity of self-examinations to prevent testicular cancer.
The unique Valderrama PSA video starts with a video clip of Valderrama playing for Real Valladolid against Real Madrid in 1991, when Míchel touched Valderrama in the nether regions three times to try to distract the Colombian ahead of a corner kick.