Michael Owen tips English club to win Champions League again

(CNN)Before Liverpool stormed to victory in the Champions League final in June, there was a spell where English football seemed off the pace of Europe’s elite. READ: Italian soccer pundit fired for racist on-air comments about Romelu LukakuREAD: Comparing Joao Felix to Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘unfair’, says Benfica boss EPL quality Owen’s prediction comes off the back of one of the most tightly fought Premier League campaigns in the competition’s history. Both Liverpool and eventual champion Manchester City set new …

Inters Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini

A group of Inter supporters defending the abuse of their own player was the latest sign that ultras have more loyalty to one another than to their clubs Romelu Lukaku has adapted quickly to life in Serie A, scoring in his first two games for Internazionale. Sadly, he received a similarly swift introduction to some of the worst elements of Italian football culture. Targeted with monkey chants during the win at Cagliari, he was then addressed with an open letter …

Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: ‘People get stuck in their American ways of thinking’

The Philadelphia Union captain went viral on Sunday when he grabbed a field microphone after scoring and urged Congress to act to prevent gun violence Alejandro Bedoya was at home in the French city of Nantes in the fall of 2015, tuned to Germanys friendly at the Stade de France against Les Bleus. Like much of the viewing public, he knew something was amiss in the first half, when the broadcast picked up loud noises emanating from outside the stadium. …

Modern football kits are stretching credibility they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarn In 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch entirely through the medium of dance. Darrells ballet is historically pretty accurate, James Kennedy wrote in his review for the Guardian. The events, as here transmuted into classical dance, did (more or less) happen. Why …

Fuzzy numbers are muddying the waters in the USWNT’s equal-pay fight

As the USWNTs equal-pay lawsuit moves toward mediation, both sides are using numbers subject to interpretation and spin US Soccers attached to an open letter from federation president Carlos Cordeiro, was comprehensive, and the numbers were also reviewed by an unnamed independent accounting firm. The top-line from US Soccer that the US women earned $34.1m from 2010 to 2018, compared to $26.4m for the men is startling. But these numbers included the salaries US Soccer pays players for participating in …

USA and France strap in for blockbuster clash of World Cup favorites

The blockbuster quarter-final between the United States and France on Friday night in Paris is shaping up to be the marquee match of this Womens World Cup In front of a room full of reporters on Wednesday, Tobin Heath sat there and waited for the next question. I am French, so I have just one question, the woman asked. Can you just try to let us win, please? Heath giggled and simply said, No and then she giggled some more. …

Scotland performance against Japan at World Cup leaves Hope Solo unimpressed

(CNN)As Scotland slipped to a second Women’s World Cup defeat at France 2019, former US star Hope Solo delivered a typically no holds barred assessment of their performance against Japan on Friday. READ: Australia stuns Brazil READ: Sam Kerr — The prodigy who became Australia’s million dollar player Many former players who move into television can find the transition difficult, especially in critiquing individual and team peformances. Not so Solo, who as well as criticizing Scotland’s first-half tactics, felt central …