Gareth Southgate: England were both ‘outstanding’ and ‘poor’ against Kosovo

Gareth Southgate admitted that he was concerned with England’s performance after they beat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary’s in Southampton. The England manager said that ‘poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game’ after Kosovo took the lead in under a minute. However, it was a good night for England’s attacking trio. Southgate singled […]

‘Amazing, very proud’: Van Dijk scoops UEFA’s Player of the year Award

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has won UEFA’s Player of the Year award. The Dutch centre-back was a crucial component of a side that sealed Liverpool’s sixth Champions League trophy.  He is the first defender to win the award, which was first presented in 2010-11. Messi and Ronaldo claimed five of the previous eight awards […]

Aduriz receives standing ovation in dressing room after stunning Barcelona

38-year-old  striker Aritz Aduriz received a standing ovation from his teammates in the dressing room after scoring a last minute wonder goal to hand Athletic Bilbao victory over champions Barcelona on the opening day of the La Liga season. Lacklustre Barca were punished when substitute Aduriz found the net with a stunning 89th-minute scissor-kick. The […]

Premier League summer 2019 transfer round-up

The Premier League’s summer transfer window has now shut and a late flurry of deadline-day signings took Premier League spending for the summer up to £1.41bn. Earlier this week Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender, after his £78m move to Manchester United.  Other big transfers included Nicholas Pépé’s £72m move to Arsenal and […]

Pep Guardiola predicts Manchester United will be title contenders with Maguire

Pep Guardiola expects Manchester United to be serious challengers for this season’s Premier League title once they complete the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £85m – a world-record fee for a defender. Guardiola was speaking after seeing his side edge past Liverpool in the Community Shield, winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw.  Subscribe […]

Megan Rapinoe on equal pay, celebrating in the USA and winning the Women’s World Cup

USA star Megan Rapinoe believes fans chanting ‘equal pay’ during their successful World Cup title defence is a sign that ‘everybody is ready’ for a change in the way men and women’s football is governed. In March, Rapinoe and her teammates sued their governing body, the USWNT, alleging years of ‘institutionalised gender discrimination’. The sides […]

‘We are the kings’: fans celebrate Brazil’s victory over Peru in Copa América final

Fans have been celebrating Brazil’s ninth Copa América title after the host nation beat Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracana Stadium. Following the victory, Selecao supporters insisted it was important to prove they could win a trophy without star Neymar, who was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury. This […]

Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa: ‘A terrible idea to put everything on the same day’

Megan Rapinoe has taken a swipe at Fifa the day before her USA side play in the women’s World Cup final. ‘It is terrible scheduling for everyone.’ the co-captain said. She added: ‘Obviously there are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup final – this is like, cancel everything day. So […]

‘Super! Incredible!’: Dutch fans roar after reaching first Women’s World Cup final

Netherlands fans let out all their excitement as they filed out of Lyon Stadium after watching their side edge Sweden 1-0 after extra time in their last-four clash on Wednesday. The game marked the first time a women’s World Cup semi-final had gone to extra time and it proved a tight contest between the two sides, who last met […]

‘Wah, wah, wah’: Megan Rapinoe dismisses criticism of Alex Morgan’s ‘tea’ celebration

Megan Rapinoe has dismissed criticism of United States teammate Alex Morgan’s ‘tea cup’ goal celebration during their 2-1 Women’s World Cup semi-final win over England. After scoring the decisive third goal of the match for the US, Morgan pantomimed taking a sip of tea and was criticised by some football fans for ‘disrespecting their opponents’. […]