We’ve got it, we’ve pinned down two-year-old Mateo Messi’s future on the pitch. After graduating from La Masia summa cum laude, the phenom will replace a 45-year-old Sergio Busquets in Barcelona’s holding midfield role, because, according to father Lionel, Mateo is “un hijo de puta.” He’s a real mean sumbitch.
Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former FIFA president who once suggested female players wear tighter shorts to promote “a more female aesthetic” in the women’s game, has dismissed Hope Solo’s claims of sexual assault at the 2013 Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.
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.
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.
Clint Dempsey, the all-time leading goal scorer in USMNT history was named Comeback Player of the Year by Major League Soccer on Wednesday, just edging out Columbus’ Federico Higuain. Dempsey missed much of the second half of the 2016 season with an irregular heartbeat but returned in 2017 to score 12 goals.
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.
Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed his fourth child into the world following the birth of Alana Martina as announced on Twitter. The mother is 22-year-old Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, who’s been dating the Portuguese star since 2016.
“Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are fine! We are all very happy!” read the message accompanying the photo on Twitter.
Electronic Arts, publisher of the wildly successful FIFA series of video games, has been named the “worst company in America” on more than one occasion in recent years, an impressive feat in this country. On Tuesday the company tried to be the nice guys and give FIFA players a freebie in the form of a cross-promotional Star Wars uniform. The internet was not enthused.
Lionel Messi was awarded nearly $85,000 after Argentinean newspaper La Razón was found guilty of defamation (the communication of a false claim that harms the reputation of, in this case, an individual) against the international star following Argentina’s 2014 World Cup Final defeat to Germany.
Leave it to video games to try to push forward a change in attitude toward tolerance and acceptance. Football Manager 2018, the latest installment of the preeminent soccer simulator, will feature openly gay players who come out over the course of the game.