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Andre Schürrle facing the Chelsea exit, could be sold in January [Sun]

Wednesday’s Sun claims that Andre Schürrle is fighting for his Chelsea future after a run of bad form this season. The tabloid claim the German World Cup winner could even be sold in January in order to make way for new signings. Schurrle’s form has been surprisingly off given that he came into the season as the […]

France Will Take over from Germany as International Football's Next Great Force

The Germans won the 2014 FIFA World Cup; however, France's youth squad dominated in the 2013 U20 World Cup. Most of the stars from the U20 team have been called up to the senior squad for the upcoming 2016 Euro Championships. Will the...Show More Summary

Netherlands vs. Mexico: Key Issues and Decisions That Will Shape Friendly Game

Mexico and Netherlands will face each other on Wednesday for the second time in less than six months, but the circumstances for both teams are very different from what we saw during the 2014 World Cup. For starters, Mexico are goingShow More Summary

The Microsoft Engine That Nailed The World Cup Is Predicting Every NFL Game — Here Are Its Picks For Week 11

Microsoft's Cortana had a good Week 10, correctly predicting nine out of 13 NFL games for the second-straight week. It's now 97-50 (66%) on the year. Cortana is a Windows phone virtual assistant that uses a Bing Predicts algorithm to predict every NFL game this season. Show More Summary

Guus Hiddink hopes Holland can bounce back in friendly but Mexico seek World Cup revenge [Video]

Holland boss Guus Hiddink is under extreme pressure after losing two of the opening three games in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016. This is partly due to those poor results but also because Hiddink has promised to step down if they lose their next qualifier to Latvia! In a bid to increase confidence, Holland […]

Qatar Sports Minister Says He Probably Won't Imprison Gay Soccer Fans

last weekSports : Deadspin

It's hard to keep track of all the reasons it's so fucked up that FIFA decided to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, so here's one you might not have been aware of: It is illegal to be gay in Qatar, and the country's sports minister isn't willing to give anyone a straight answer on whether gay people will be welcome at the World Cup. Read more...

Qatar Vows To Be 'Creative' With Alcohol At 2022 World Cup But Offers No Guarantee

At this rate, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is going to be disaster unless a number of issues can be resolved. But according to Qatar's sports minister, there are no guarantees that solutions are coming. In an AP interview with John Leicester...Show More Summary

Qatar’s sports minister on 2022 FIFA World Cup: ‘God help the country that will host the World Cup after us.’

Qatar’s sports minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, who is helping oversee the country’s preparation for its 2022 World Cup hosting gig, shot back at critics on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press. He addressed several qualms, before boasting that the Doha World Cup would set such a high benchmark of […]

Robert Enke’s Death Is An Example Of Why Depression In Soccer Needs More Attention

last weekSports / Football : EPL Talk

November 10th seemed just like another day in the soccer calendar but the date marked the 5th anniversary of the death of Robert Enke.  The former German international, who was tipped to be his country’s No. 1 at the World Cup in South...Show More Summary

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs: ‘Walcott’s brought his Xbox, and I’ve just finished Game of Thrones’ [Video Diary]

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has been chosen as the next England player to doa video diary, after Gary Cahill did a daily diary at the World Cup. As it’s the first day training and we’re still a few days away from what should be a fairly routine England win against Slovenia, it’s not the world’s most […]

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil tweets Silver Laurel Leaf, Germany’s highest award following World Cup win

Great honour: #silver #laurel #leaf for our @DFB_Team World Cup victory given to us by our president Joachim Gauck — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 10, 2014 It was a busy day for the German national team yesterday, as they first received the Silver Laurel Leaf, before heading off to the premier of the film […]

Qatar World Cup 2022 Planners Respond to Critics

Qatar's Minister of Sport, Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, responded to a number of criticisms of his nation and how it is handling preparations for the 2022 World Cup in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday. Show More Summary

Schweinsteiger Return Could Make Bayern Well Near Unstoppable

It is easy to forget that Bastian Schweinsteiger played much of the 2014 World Cup in considerable discomfort. Easy, because he was on the pitch for all 120 minutes of the final, a match in which he helped defuse the Argentina attack,...Show More Summary

Qatar promises World Cup ‘almost impossible to beat'

The minister left no doubt that Qatar wants its World Cup — financed with vast oil-and-gas wealth — to stun the world.

Amsterdam: Food Worth Flying For: The Best Apple Cake in All of Amsterdam

last weekLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have). Show More Summary

Safet Suši? has made a mess of the Bosnian national team

Edin Džeko's injury further illustrates how the Zmajevi coach is leading a once-promising team into the abyss. Prior to the start of their first-ever World Cup finals, the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team were attracting plenty of praise. Show More Summary

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, Bayern’s Philipp Lahm, & Sepp Blatter speak at ‘Die Mannschaft’ Premiere [Videos]

Last night saw the premiere of ‘Die Mannschaft’, a behind-the-scenes film/documentary on Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign. The players and staff present in Brazil turned out at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, dressed in matching dark suits, with the beautiful WAGS in tow. Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Bayern’s Philipp Lahm spoke about the movie (in German) […]

10 Great Philipp Lahm Moments for Germany

Bayern Munich and retired Germany captain Philipp Lahm turns 31 today, and despite his advancing years can still be said to be at the top of his game. A year after winning a treble and seven months after winning the Club World Cup with...Show More Summary

Brazil Look to Close 2014 on a High After World Cup Disaster

A turbulent year is coming to an end. Following the waves of optimism at the dawn of 2014, followed by the catastrophic failure of its middle months, Dunga and Brazil look to see out the calendar year on something of a positive, as final tests against Turkey and Austria beckon. Of course, this period will never be looked upon as a success. Show More Summary

Top women’s soccer players to proceed with FIFA ‘turf wars’ lawsuit after Canadian Soccer Association rejects mediation

It looks like there will be no friendly solution to the so-called “turf wars” over the 2015 Women’s World Cup. On Friday, the Canadian Soccer Association declined to enter into early mediation with a group of top female soccer players, who filed a lawsuit against the CSA and FIFA in the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in October. The […]

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