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Third and last time that the F.A. Cup Final was played outside London. Sheffield United beat Chelsea 3-0 at Old Trafford.
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thursday, april 24, 2014
Whitecaps to have hands full with undefeated RSL -
April was always going to be a big test for the new-look Vancouver Whitecaps with games against some of Major League Soccer's top teams. After back-to-back matches against LA Galaxy, the 'Caps now head to Rio Tinto Stadium - a place where they have never won - to face Real Salt Lake, the only remaining unbeaten team in Major League Soccer this season.
Whitecaps look to end April woes - 24 Hours
The positive way to look at the latest result of the Vancouver Whitecaps would be to point out their resiliency — fighting back twice from one-goal deficits to muster a draw and earn an early-season single point instead of none. The negative side was they couldn't pull off a victory at home and defensive miscues cost them a chance to even lead in the game en route to their third straight winless match. But as a player, you of course want to focus on the first part.
By the numbers: Pedro Morales vs. Javier Morales -
The similarities between Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Pedro Morales and Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales go far beyond the name on the back of their jerseys. They're Designated Players who play the same position.
Erik Hurtado credits coach Carl Robinson's support for
strong play in 2014 - Whitecaps FC
As Vancouver Whitecaps FC prepare to take on Real Salt Lake this weekend (Saturday, 6:30 p.m. PT), it remains unclear who will comprise the starting lineup – but there's a good chance regardless of who starts, Erik Hurtado will come off the bench to make an impact for the visitors.
The Kenny Miller conundrum - Soccer Shorts
The Designated Player rule in Major League Soccer has some advantages. It allows clubs to bring in players who would otherwise destroy the salary cap and it allows the League in general to attract “big name” players who raise the profile of the sport in North America. On other levels though it acts as a kind of counter balance to rational thought, a stimulus that induces a Pavlovian response in those of us who spend our spare time pondering upon the nature of what the makeup of our team should be.
Impact plunges to an all-time low - Montreal Gazette
Lloyd Barker: Impact plunges to an all-time low Last Saturday, a fragile Impact side faced the well-rested, reigning MLS Cup champions in another difficult away match. It was a match that inevitably presented a true test of character for the Impact — a test the club eventually failed.
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter is tested by team's
poor start - OregonLive
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has never been put to the test quite like this in his coaching career. “You can’t be a weak leader and go through this,” Porter said. “I’ve never gone through seven games without winning a game in my life, as a player or a coach. I think you really find out how good a coach you are, how strong a leader you are, in times like this.”
New York’s new MLS team building facility
at Manhattanville - New York Post
A day after Monday’s announcement that New York City FC would play its debut season in Yankee Stadium, the MLS expansion side got approval Tuesday night for a Westchester training ground. “This is another important and exciting step in the evolution of New York City FC,’’ NYC FC Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti said in a statement.
Stoppage Time: New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis
New York City FC hired Jason Kreis in December to build its franchise from scratch. Kreis knows a thing or two about constructing a squad: he played a critical role in assembling and reinforcing the foundation at Real Salt Lake during his seven years with the club.
the women's pro game
Set pieces lift Reign past Spirit, to perfect start
- The Equalizer
Seattle Reign FC won Wednesday’s match convincingly with goals coming from Kendall Fletcher, Keelin Winters, and Jess Fishlock in a 3-1 decision over the Washington Spirit. So far, the Reign are living up to expectations created by head coach Laura Harvey’s offseason rebuilding. The visiting Spirit showed they are still a work in progress.
Kids all smiles Kickin’ it with the Caps - The
Soccer Academy: Kids all smiles Kickin’ it with the Caps Langley United coach James Stumph couldn’t have been prouder as he watched his nine-year-old son Devon walk on to the pitch at B.C. Place with Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks in 2012. “(It was) a good glimpse of the future,” the Stumph said, adding that his son aspires to be a Whitecaps player himself one day. “He told me it was a memory he’ll never forget.”
Eyes on the Netherlands - Penticton Western News
Xavier Araujo and James Fraser are inching closer to most kids’ soccer dream of playing professionally. The pair, along with Bjorn Borren, Alix Varchol and Lina Campagnaro, returned recently from the Netherlands with Pinnacles FC district coach Paulo Araujo and executive director and head coach Ezra Cremers.
the local game
Langley United sends pair through to quarter-finals - Langley
After trailing by a goal at three separate times in their opening round game of the Provincial A Cup, Langley United’s Premier men’s team took their first lead and held on for a wild 4-3 victory over Port Moody on Saturday.
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First Amway Match Ends 0-0 - FC Edmonton
In weather that had fans arriving with blankets to spare, FC Edmonton took on Ottawa Fury FC for the first of the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship quarter-finals in Keith Harris Stadium on Carlton University Campus in Ottawa Ontario to a 0-0 draw.
Gorrick saves the day for Ottawa in dying moments - CSA
Another passionate crowd filled the seats at Carleton University's Keith Harris Stadium as hometown club Ottawa Fury FC made history for the second consecutive match, making their Amway Canadian Championship debut against fellow NASL outfit FC Edmonton.
Miller: FCE “in the driver’s seat” after first-leg draw in Ottawa
Call it cagey. Call it frustrating. FC Edmonton and the Ottawa Fury finished the first leg of their Amway Canadian Championship preliminary round with a 0-0 draw. But the Eddies could have snatched a precious road goal in injury time
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Cruz Azul wins CCL title, qualifies for FCWC - CONCACAF
Cruz Azul became the CONCACAF club champion for a record-setting sixth time on Wednesday, when it captured the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League title on the away-goals rule after a 1-1 draw with Toluca in the second leg of the final. The two sides played to a scoreless stalemate in the opener on April 15 in Mexico City.
women's world football
Arab and Jewish Israelis find common goal on pro women's soccer team
When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that sets the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel.
Blatter met with protests in Hong Kong - Sportsnet
A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Blatter was a guest at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Football Association’s new offices.
Sacked Man United manager thanks everyone but players - Canoe
Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club. In a statement issued through the League Manager's Association, the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then. He spoke warmly of the United staff but, perhaps pointedly, not the players.
'Tough' sanctions but no Champions League bans in first financial
fair play cases - WFP
Clubs won't be excluded from next season's Champions League for breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules, according to UEFA President Michel Platini "There will be some tough things ... but if you're expecting blood and tears, you'll be disappointed," Platini told French daily Le Parisien in an interview published Thursday. UEFA will announce the first sanctions in early-May, and more serious cases will be judged in June.
Alessandro Del Piero being touted as next Sydney manager in A-League
A vacancy at Sydney FC may have given former Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero another career option in the A-League. Del Piero, who turns 40 in November, has yet to sign a new playing contract for next season after two years as the highest profile marquee signing ever in the Australian domestic competition.
The Great Diving Menace: Finally -- from England! -- some straight
talk - Soccer America
At last, we have some honest down-to-earth talk about diving. From England -- which is important because it is the English who have created the Great Diving Menace, who have managed to stifle any attempt at a serious discussion by clothing the subject in an aura of religious rectitude. We are supposed to understand that we are dealing here with a moral issue, that the players who dive are cheats and are therefore to be punished. And despised.
wednesday, april 23, 2014
Focus shifts to Real Salt Lake as Whitecaps FC return to training
- Whitecaps FC
After back-to-back meetings with LA Galaxy, including an entertaining draw this past weekend at BC Place, the focus for Vancouver Whitecaps FC shifted to Real Salt Lake as the ‘Caps returned to training Tuesday morning at the University of British Columbia.
Rimando hopes to tie MLS record this weekend - 4utah
Nick Rimando is on the cusp of MLS history. The Real Salt Lake goalkeeper is one shutout away from tying the all-time MLS record of 112 set by Kevin Hartman. Rimando, who has played in 65 fewer games than Hartman, could tie the record Saturday night at home against Vancouver.
Robbo’s decisive substitutions earn draw against Galaxy -
Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson demonstrated he will not be intimidated by player reputations or seniority in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Mattocks’ strong game vs LA Galaxy leads to MLS Team of the
Week recognition - Back of the Net
Darren Mattocks’ praise has reached official status: he’s been named as a forward in the round 7 MLS Team of the Week. The Whitecaps’ Jamaican striker scored a fine opportunist’s goal to break the visitors’ donut, then set up Kekuta Manneh for the tying goal.
looks ahead to off-week after ‘bad day’ against Dallas Toronto
“We have to be honest with ourselves tonight and just say we weren’t good enough,” said midfielder Michael Bradley, who returned after missing a game with a strained quadriceps. “You have to have a mentality that says you’re not afraid to make mistakes. You’re not afraid to play. You’re not afraid to really get after it. And we fell short in those areas tonight.”
Perkins: "We need to show fight and that’s what’s lacking right now"
- Montreal Impact
"We created a number of opportunities and if we score, we walk into half time maybe 1-1 or 2-1 for us. But that first goal, you can see the shoulders drop and a sense of here we go again. We can’t do that. We have to say, you know what, that was unlucky. We are going to get one back and then we are even."
As winless streak carries on, Montreal Impact's Frank Klopas feels
pressure: "It's my responsibility" - Montreal Impact
After seven winless games in 2014, it was a matter of time before Joey Saputo spoke out, "Very frustrating start to the season. We need and will turn this around. Let’s stay focused and determined. More than never we need our fans."
Winless Montreal Impact seek better responses to adversity: "We
can't let one mistake bring us down" - MLS
The Montreal Impact liked the way things were going in the first 30 minutes against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday: As Kansas City struggled to find any kind of rhythm in their first game in 14 days, Montreal were showing shades of the defensively solid, ruthless counter-attackers last seen on a consistent basis in early 2013.
The Montreal Impact's loss to Sporting Kansas City is a blessing
in disguise - Mt Royal Soccer
he Montreal Impact is not going through a crisis. As it continues to stay winless in 2014, losing 4-0 to Sporting Kansas City is more indicative of the huge gap between both clubs. There is no need to compare two clubs that are at opposite ends. Though the Impact has existed one year longer than KC in North American professional soccer ; but the NASL is not Major League Soccer.
Red Bulls and Dynamo struggle to rediscover 2013 form - Soccer
A week after finally picking up its first win, the New York Red Bulls are back in action on Wednesday against Houston, another team off to slow start in 2014. Both teams are searching to rediscover the form that produced one of 2013's best playoff series won by the Dynamo over New York, the Supporters' Shield champion, following a 2-1 overtime win in the second leg at Red Bull Arena.
NYC FC Details How It Will Co-Exist With Yankees - Sports
The club will play all 17 home games in the ballpark, which will have a reduced capacity from 49,642 for baseball to 33,444 for soccer. The pitcher’s mound will be removed prior to each NYC FC match. It will take three days to completely reconfigure the park from baseball-ready to soccer-ready.
NYC FC is making lists and checking them much more than twice -
Big Apple Soccer
Slowly, but surely, New York City FC has begun the process to build a team. True, the 2015 MLS expansion team has not signed a single player yet, but the club is making lists of prospective players and checking it many more times than twice as it gears it for its franchise opener next March. NYC FC is not just doing the dirty work on only two continents, but just about everywhere in the world.
How new Atlanta stadium will transform into home of 2017 expansion
team - MLS
Last week, we heard all about the new technology that will allow Atlanta's new MLS expansion club to transform a $1.2 billion stadium from a football venue to a soccer stadium. Now with this video you actually get to see it in action. [Editor: Shades of BC Place.]
Shaw Go WiFi Coming to Victoria's Royal Athletic Park
Victoria Highlanders FC has entered into a new partnership with Shaw Communications Inc. for the upcoming 2014 Premier Development League season. Shaw Communications will provide Internet services to the press box and ticket box offices, as well as providing in-stadium WiFi services to Highlanders fans through access to the Shaw Go WiFi network.
Kicks’ 2014 Coaching Program a Huge Success
The ‘She Kicks’ program for 2014 recently concluded and was a great success. The program is a partnership between Lower Island Soccer Association and the University of Victoria Women’s Vikes soccer team that is geared to the development of female soccer coaches.
Another terrific weekend at 2014 Whitecaps FC Showcase
presented by Sport Chek - Whitecaps FC
This past weekend, the fifth edition of the annual Whitecaps FC Showcase presented by Sport Chek took place in Surrey, BC. Over 80 college scouts came out to watch more than 80 elite youth soccer teams.
amway canadian championship 2014
2014 Amway Canadian Championship set to kick off this
Wednesday - CSA
The seventh edition of the Amway Canadian Championship is set for its kickoff tomorrow, with the first of two preliminary round matches between Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton to be played on Wednesday 23 April at 19.30 local time in Ottawa, ON.
Canadian kickoff as Fury FC faces Edmonton for chance to
compete against Major League Soccer squads - Ottawa
The prospect of taking on a Major League Soccer neighbour is an exciting one for a fledgling club, and would be particularly thrilling for Fury coach Marc Dos Santos, who spent several coaching years with the Impact. But first Fury FC must get past FC Edmonton, and it must do so without several key players.
NASL sides to faced each other for first time in
Canadian Cup competition - NASL
This month’s two-legged match-up between Ottawa and FC Edmonton will mark the first time NASL sides have faced each other in Canadian Cup competition. The winner of the tie then goes on to face the Montreal Impact in a two-legged semifinal, while the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will contest the other semifinal.
David Edgar and Kevin McKenna both win promotion in
Europe - MLS
The odds just got a bit better that there will be some Canadian content in Europe’s top leagues next season. While David Edgar’s Burnley (pictured) clinched promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Wigan on Saturday, Kevin McKenna’s FC Köln punched their ticket to the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Bochum on Monday.
FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup -
FIFA’s reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar’s selection as 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body’s anti-corruption advisers. The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, led by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.
Moyes: I share the fans' frustration - Sportsnet
"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career, and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager. "I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter-finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."
Interim Man United coach Ryan Giggs rounds out staff - CBC
Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes.
Guardiola not interested in Man United job - Sportsnet
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he has no interest in taking over at Manchester United after the firing of David Moyes. Guardiola says "I am here, I am Bayern and I want to stay here two more years."
Jack: Miserable Moyes era ends at Manchester United - TSN
The jury is in. Manchester United Football Club finds David Moyes guilty of guiding them to their worst season in 25 years. Until now, none of us really knew what the club's owners thought about the whole mess that has been the 2013/14 season.
FIFA clears Barcelona to sign players during transfer appeal -
Barcelona has been cleared to sign new players this off-season after FIFA froze the club's one-year transfer embargo while the sanction is appealed. FIFA said on Wednesday its appeal panel "considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect."
Finnish police arrest Singaporean imprisoned in 2011 for bribery and
match-fixing - WFP
Police say they arrested convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal of Singapore on an international warrant last week in Finland, where he was given a two-year prison sentence in 2011 for bribing football players in the Finnish league.
tuesday, april 22, 2014
Vote Manneh for MLS Goal of the Week - Whitecaps FC
It's that time of the week again: Get your vote in now for your favorite goal from weekend's action. Week 7 saw several players score highlight reel-worthy tallies, including Kekuta Manneh's well-taken equalizerz.
Manneh starting to make lineup choices tough - 24
To start Kekuta Manneh or not to start Kekuta Manneh, that is the question. Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson certainly struggled with that decision last Saturday and, well, who knows if the result would have been any different if he did inject the sophomore striker from the get-go instead of bringing him on at the half.
Manneh's magic deserves more minutes - TSN
The super-sub did it again on Saturday. Kekuta Manneh unleashed a 25-yard bomb that even the cat-like Jaime Penedo couldn't catch up to. The Panamanian keeper wasn't even close to it. The goal earned the Whitecaps a point in a game they had to chase twice.
Gambia: America Bows to Kekuta Manneh After Another
Brilliance - AllAfrica
Football fans in the United States of America's Major League Soccer once again bowed down to Kekuta Manneh's brilliance as his late strike rescued a point for the Vancouver Whitecaps in their dramatic MLS clash with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, ensuring that the young Gambian has picked up where he left off last season.
it all together: Mattocks emerging as reliable option
for Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Whitecaps FC
There was an interesting stat floating around before Saturday's 2-2 draw between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and LA Galaxy. Darren Mattocks was playing seven consecutive matches for the first time in his young career.
deVos: Defensive frailties prove costly for Whitecaps
After losing 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, California, last weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson chose a different tactical formation for the rematch at BC Place. The Whitecaps lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield, with two changes from the previous match.
Pitch Imperfect: Stefan Ishizaki's opening goal for the
Galaxy - AFTN
Defensive lapses against the LA Galaxy have cost the Whitecaps dear these past two weeks. Vancouver may have twice fought back valiantly on Saturday against LA, but there will be disappointment in the camp about how they fell behind in the first half and were left playing the chasing game thereafter.
Whitecaps' Johnny Leveron on World Cup radar for
Honduras - The Province
Iran international Steven Beitashour might not be the only Vancouver Whitecap bound for Brazil and the FIFA World Cup in June. Members of the Honduras staff were in Vancouver last week to meet with Caps coaches and officials and watch smooth centre back Johnny Leveron in practice.
Wheeler: 5 Thoughts on Toronto FC's loss to West-leading
FC Dallas - TSN
Bring on the bye week. It was a difficult Saturday night in Dallas for Toronto FC in a 2-1 loss against the Western Conference best. It was always going to be a tricky test with seven regulars out through injury against one of the top side's in Major League Soccer.
Ex-Yankee Mariano Rivera is first New York City FC
season-ticket holder - MLS
Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is making the jump to the Yankee Stadium starting rotation. No, not that starting rotation. He really is gone from the game of baseball for good. Instead, New York City FC announced on Monday that Rivera would be the very first season-ticket holder for the club's inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2015.
NYCFC to play home games at Yankee Stadium -
New York City FC will play homes games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015. Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said at a news conference Monday he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642.
Yankee President open to permanent NYC FC home outside
New York City - Empire of Soccer
While New York City FC were busy touting their temporary home at Yankee Stadium, much of the focus remained on their future, permanent home. A familiar refrain echoed as each representative of the fledgling club assured the gathered media a stadium would be built within the five boroughs.
Orlando franchise to delay opening of stadium -
Orlando City Soccer Club says it will play its first Major League Soccer season in 2015 at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl because of delays in the city’s acquisition of land required for its downtown, soccer-specific stadium. The team announced the change on Monday after previously planning to open its new stadium in time for its first MLS season.
Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Ottawa Fury FC - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton will meet Ottawa Fury FC in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championships on Wednesday, April 23 (5:30 p.m. MT KO) before returning home for the second leg on April 30.
United FC And Cosmos Remain Perfect - NASL
Four sellout crowds watched an explosive second week of North American Soccer League Spring Season action as Minnesota United grabbed a last second winner, Carolina RailHawks fired four goals and the New York Cosmos held on to top spot in the early standings.
Kiss Appointed West Ottawa TD - Canada Kicks
The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has named former Canadian international soccer star and Ottawa native Kristina Kiss as its Technical Director.
the women's pro game
Thorns FC Battle Back to Earn 1-1 Draw at Sky Blue FC
Midfielder Allie Long scored in a second straight match, converting a penalty kick in the second half, to help Portland Thorns FC earn a point on the road in a comeback, 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on Saturday evening in front of 2,983 fans.
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Clubs rely heavily on foreigners in front sixes - Soccer America
A majority of 2014 U.S. World Cup players will likely come from MLS teams -- in a sharp contrast to four years ago when only four of 23 players were based in MLS -- but the MLS pool of players Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has to pick from remains quite small. A survey of the front sixes MLS clubs started last week shows that just 40 percent of the midfielders and forwards are Americans eligible for the national team.
Gulati: Decision on US women’s coach by mid-May - The Equalizer
“I’m pretty sure we’ll be done by the middle of May,” Gulati told NBCSN during halftime of Saturday’s Chicago Fire-New England Revolution game. “In the next week or so we’ll reach out to three or four candidates that are on the very short list, talk to them in the next two weeks, and hopefully by mid-May have a decision on which way we are going on this.”
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First win for Houston and Champions League deadlock
Although anyone hoping for goals in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals would have been left disappointed in recent days, there was far more scoring action in the Swedish and English leagues.
Giggs takes temporary charge, Klopp staying put -
Ryan Giggs has been named as Manchester United's caretaker-manager following David Moyes' sacking. The 40-year-old, who was player-coach under Moyes, will be in charge until a permanent replacement is appointed, with Louis van Gaal the front-runner.
David Moyes sacked as Manchester United manager - CBC
David Moyes was fired as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, paying the price for the soccer club's spectacular and sudden decline in his 10 months in charge since replacing Alex Ferguson.
often happy with poor performances, David Moyes lacked gravitas to
be Man United manager - WFP
When Manchester United overlooked Jose Mourinho and chose David Moyes to be the successor to Alex Ferguson, the club gambled on a manager without a winning mentality, experience of European football, and with no trophies on his resume. Instead, United went for someone with a track record of loyalty and building a dynasty, as 11 relatively successful years at Everton would attest.
Ferguson's choice proves costly for Man United - Sportsnet
Even while accustomed to success, Manchester United realized just how reliant its unprecedented dominance was on the managerial mastery of Alex Ferguson. "Any successor to our current manager may not be as successful," the club’s American owners warned potential investors in 2012, a year before Ferguson’s sudden retirement after delivering 38 titles.
Miserable Moyes Era Ends at Manchester United - TSN
The jury is in. Manchester United Football Club finds David Moyes guilty of guiding them to their worst season in 25 years. Until now, none of us really knew what the club's owners thought about the whole mess that has been the 2013/14 season.
looking like 'The Miserable One' - Sportsnet
Whether Jose Mourinho is in England or in Spain, "The Happy One" is looking a lot more like "The Miserable One" these days. Ahead of the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid, the Chelsea manager seemed like the sulky and irritable coach who marked his three-season spell at Real Madrid.
Guangzhou, Western Sydney advance to 2nd round in Asian Champions
League; Ulsan out - WFP
Guangzhou Evergrande ensured its Asian Champions League title defence progressed to the knockout stages, while Shinji Ono helped Western Sydney Wanderers reach the second round on debut. Brazilian midfielder Elkeson scored both Guangzhou's goals in the 2-1 win over Yokohama F-Marinos on Tuesday, helping the big-spending Chinese Super League champions top Group G.
Qatar 2022 organizers reviewing bid commitment to build 12 World Cup
stadiums - WFP
The organizing committee issued a statement in response to reports Monday that only eight World Cup stadiums would be constructed, saying that it was customary for hosts to review bid plans before proposing "final host cities and stadia projects" for approval by FIFA, soccer's world governing body.