10 storylines to watch as the Europa League returns to action

04.08.2020 13:07
The Europa League resumes following a five-month hiatus. Most of the remaining last-16 ties will be contested at the originally scheduled venues before the tournament shifts to Germany. Here are 10 storylines to follow.Will the revised format cater to unpredictability?The global pandemic threw Europe's footballing calendar into disarray, and UEFA responded by making the semifinals, quarterfinals, and remaining last-16 ties one-match… more on

What Arsenal's FA Cup victory means for English teams in Europe

01.08.2020 20:21
Arsenal's 2-1 win over Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final prompted a reshuffle in English football's European places.Despite finishing eighth in the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta's Gunners qualify for the 2020-21 Europa League campaign through their success in the FA Cup.The fixture lists of Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also changed after Arsenal's Wembley triumph.How English teams enter continental competitions… more on

Criminal case opened against FIFA president Infantino

30.07.2020 13:08
Swiss authorities opened a criminal investigation Thursday against FIFA president Gianni Infantino regarding secret meetings he held with the country's top lawyer.The government appointed a special prosecutor, Stefan Keller, to review allegations of criminal conduct against attorney general Michael Lauber and Infantino.Lauber and Infantino met twice in 2016, according to The Associated Press' Graham Dunbar, and in 2017 as Swiss authorities… more on

What you need to know: Court reveals reasons behind City's ..

28.07.2020 21:12
Manchester City failed to cooperate with UEFA during its investigation into Financial Fair Play violations but there wasn't enough evidence to convict the club and uphold its two-year ban from the Champions League, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has revealed.The CAS - considered the last resort for sporting entities in legal trouble - released a 93-page document Tuesday explaining why it threw out UEFA's case against City earlier… more on

PSG's Mbappe expected to miss crucial Atalanta clash with ..

27.07.2020 16:07
Paris Saint-Germain's continental chances have been dealt a considerable blow with confirmation that Kylian Mbappe has been ruled out for around three weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the Coupe de France final."The results of today's scan confirmed an ankle sprain with damage to the external ligament. The player is expected to be sidelined for approximately three weeks," PSG's statement read.Mbappe was the victim of a robust… more on

Manchester United, Chelsea nab UCL spots as Leicester miss ..

26.07.2020 18:05
Manchester United and Chelsea have secured Champions League spots, while Leicester City missed out on a berth in the continent's preeminent competition following a frenzied final day in the Premier League.United topped Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium and Chelsea beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by the same score at Stamford Bridge to finish third and fourth in the table, respectively. The Foxes will be joined in the Europa League by… more on

Watch: Mbappe off injured as horrific tackle sparks melee in ..

24.07.2020 21:20
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe was chopped down by Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin in the first half of Friday's Coupe de France final, sparking a massive brawl and raising doubts about the World Cup winner's availability in the upcoming Champions League quarterfinals. 🏆🇫🇷 Tempers flare as Loic Perrin brings Kylian Mbappe down HARD in the #CoupeDeFrance final… more on

PSG star Mbappe unveiled as FIFA 21 cover athlete

22.07.2020 16:49
Kylian Mbappe was revealed on Wednesday as the cover star for FIFA 21, the latest installment of EA Sports' popular video game franchise.The Paris Saint-Germain and France forward is already one of world soccer's best and most exciting players at just 21 years old. He's helped PSG capture three consecutive league titles since joining the club from Monaco in 2017, and also helped lead France to a World Cup win in 2018. Cover Star â… more on

Ballon d'Or canceled for 1st time in award's history

20.07.2020 12:57
The Ballon d'Or will not be awarded in 2020 due to the "strange" sporting conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the event's organizers, L'Equipe, said with translation from AP's Jerome Pugmire.It will be the first time a footballer hasn't been handed the prize since Blackpool's Stanley Matthews won the inaugural Ballon d'Or in 1956. Megan Rapinoe took home the Ballon d'Or Feminin and Lionel Messi collected his sixth Ballon d'Or in… more on

Barca presidential candidate fears decline like Milan, ..

17.07.2020 15:53
Victor Font, an opponent of Josep Maria Bartomeu in Barcelona's 2021 election for the club presidency, fears the Catalonian giants are at risk of falling out of contention for the top domestic and continental honors."Competition over the last decade has become more and more professional," Font told BBC Radio 5 Live, according to BBC Sport."You see in the Premier League with clubs well-managed, and even states owning clubs to put in a lot… more on

Debate: Is allowing 5 substitutes per team a good thing?

15.07.2020 19:54
Nothing riles up the football community quite like a rule change.With five substitutes available instead of the traditional three, there's considerable debate about the potential effects of the relief measure. The International Football Associated Board amended the rule to keep players fresh during the pandemic, but who's to say it won't become a permanent addition to the so-called Laws of the Game?Some believe the exemption encourages… more on

5 substitutes allowed until end of 2020-21 season

15.07.2020 15:08
Teams in all competitions will have the option of bringing on five substitutes through the 2020-21 season, the International Football Association Board confirmed Wednesday.IFAB said it extended the measure because of the "impact on player welfare of competitions being played in a condensed period and in different weather conditions."The organization amended the rule - which previously limited substitutions to three per match - as European… more on

Manchester City's legal victory over UEFA sets dangerous ..

14.07.2020 23:13
How could UEFA get it so wrong?Manchester City's two-year European ban was overturned on Monday, but it wasn't because they proved themselves innocent on all counts of financial misconduct. Rather, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found that UEFA failed to follow its own guidelines in levying the suspension to begin with."Prosecution is barred after five years for all breaches of the UEFA club licensing and FFP (Financial Fair Play… more on

Mourinho, Klopp sound off on City's CAS verdict; Arteta ..

14.07.2020 14:14
Manchester City's European ban being overturned was undoubtedly the hot topic at Tuesday's press conferences around the Premier League.As most would expect, Jose Mourinho didn't shy away from an opportunity to voice his opinion on the matter.The Tottenham Hotspur manager kicked off his meeting with the media by criticizing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to overturn Manchester City's two-year ban from the Champions… more on

Football world left shocked, bemused after City's European ..

13.07.2020 15:00
Confirmation that the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned Manchester City's European ban Monday triggered a wide array of reactions across the football world.While City fans were undoubtedly ecstatic about the outcome, there were plenty of skeptics on social media questioning how City escaped the severe punishment with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Others criticized UEFA and the efficacy of Financial Fair Play regulations:… more on

Costa header secures Champions League place for Atletico Madrid

12.07.2020 00:13
Atletico Madrid are assured of a Champions League berth for the 2020-21 season thanks to Diego Costa's 74th-minute header against Real Betis on Saturday.Atleti played with 10 men from the 57th minute after Mario Hermoso was sent off for a reckless challenge, and had two goals chalked off by VAR earlier in the tie.Real Betis were the superior side in the second half, but Diego Simeone's team held on for a 1-0 win.Atletico Madrid are on 66… more on

Europa League draw: Manchester United could face Wolves in ..

10.07.2020 15:32
Friday's Europa League draw raised the prospect of an all-Premier League semifinal between Manchester United and Wolverhampton, who are on the same side of the competition's newly formed bracket.Though the Europa League is still stuck in the round of 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, each remaining team learned its path to the final on Friday. 🔥 The #UELdraw is complete 🔥2020 #UEL winners will… more on

Champions League draw: Potential for huge clashes in ..

10.07.2020 12:45
The draw for the remainder of this season's Champions League was held Friday in Nyon, Switzerland, and offered up potentially tantalizing encounters between some of Europe's biggest sides.Due to the pandemic-induced work stoppage, the competition will be completed in Lisbon using a single-game elimination format starting from the quarterfinal stage, as opposed to the usual two-legged affairs that typically lead up to the final.The matchups… more on

Dates, venues finalized for remaining Champions League last ..

09.07.2020 17:42
UEFA announced Thursday details for the four remaining fixtures of the Champions League last-16 stage that were postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The European football governing body confirmed that the four second-leg tilts will be hosted at the respective club's home venue on Aug. 7 and 8 "where travelling is possible without restrictions for the visiting clubs."The remaining four last-16 fixtures and aggregate scores are… more on

Bartomeu: Messi will finish career at Barcelona

06.07.2020 15:55
Lionel Messi assured Barcelona he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Sunday amid reports the Argentine could leave next summer."Messi has said he will end his working and footballing life at Barca," Bartomeu told Spanish network Movistar, according to Reuters. "I'm not going to explain the details because we are focused on the competition and we are negotiating with many players, but… more on