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How to make soccer accessible to more kids? One group looks to pickup basketball.

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By Steven Goff

December 6, 2017 at 6:42 AM

A mini-pitch in Newark. (U.S. Soccer Foundation/)

Growing up in New York, first in Brooklyn and then North Babylon, Ed Foster-Simeon played basketball whenever he wanted. There were courts in his Bushwick neighborhood and courts at the Long Island schoolyards.

Friends got together and played pickup games for hours, learning and loving the game through boyhood experiences. There was nothing formal about it: Kids developed their own style, chemistry and nuance without adult supervision.

“I didn’t see a coach until I was in eighth grade,” he recalled in an interview this week.

Decades later, as president and chief executive of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Foster-Simeon is applying the lessons of street basketball to soccer. On Wednesday, he will join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former U.S. men’s and women’s national team...


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Liverpool FC's manager used Google to pick his captain for a crucial Champions League match

Jurgen KloppJürgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho. Getty Images

  • Jürgen Klopp looked online to see which LFC player had been there longest.
  • It was Philippe Coutinho, whom he made captain against Spartak Moscow.
  • It looks like a good call, as  Coutinho scored an incredible hat-trick which contributed to a 7-0 victory.


Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp said that he used Google to work out who should wear the captain's armband during the club's match against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Klopp used the search engine to check who was the club's longest-reigning player, discovered it was midfield playmaker Philippe Coutinho, and picked the Brazilian as his captain.

"He was the longest servant on the pitch tonight in the line-up, it was clear that he was the captain," Klopp told ITV after the game. "He's here since 2013, I had to Google it, to be honest."

Klopp's decision to pick Coutinho as skipper was...


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Liverpool FC's manager used Google to pick his captain for a crucial Champions League match

Jurgen KloppJürgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho. Getty Images

  • Jürgen Klopp looked online to see which LFC player had been there longest.
  • It was Philippe Coutinho, whom he made captain against Spartak Moscow.
  • It looks like a good call, as  Coutinho scored an incredible hat-trick which contributed to a 7-0 victory.


Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp said that he used Google to work out who should wear the captain's armband during the club's match against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Klopp used the search engine to check who was the club's longest-reigning player, discovered it was midfield playmaker Philippe Coutinho, and picked the Brazilian as his captain.

"He was the longest servant on the pitch tonight in the line-up, it was clear that he was the captain," Klopp told ITV after the game. "He's here since 2013, I had to Google it, to be honest."

Klopp's decision to pick Coutinho as skipper was...


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Secret recordings emerge as key evidence at FIFA bribe trial

NEW YORK (AP) A turning point in the investigation of soccer’s governing body came with a 6 a.m. wake-up call by the FBI to the five-star Miami hotel room of a Brazilian sports marketing executive named Jose Hawilla.

A startled Hawilla, after learning he was a target of the probe, eventually decided to cooperate by wearing a wire – a coup for U.S. prosecutors at the ongoing U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the corruption scandal that’s embroiled FIFA.

[READ: Key battles in the Manchester Derby]

The prosecutors have used the hours of the secretly recorded audio evidence to help bring charges against dozens of other soccer officials and marketing executives accused of paying them a fortune in bribes in exchange for their influence in awarding lucrative commercial rights to big tournaments. Several defendants have pleaded guilty since the case was...


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Secret recordings emerge as key evidence at FIFA bribe trial

NEW YORK (AP) A turning point in the investigation of soccer’s governing body came with a 6 a.m. wake-up call by the FBI to the five-star Miami hotel room of a Brazilian sports marketing executive named Jose Hawilla.

A startled Hawilla, after learning he was a target of the probe, eventually decided to cooperate by wearing a wire – a coup for U.S. prosecutors at the ongoing U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the corruption scandal that’s embroiled FIFA.

[READ: Key battles in the Manchester Derby]

The prosecutors have used the hours of the secretly recorded audio evidence to help bring charges against dozens of other soccer officials and marketing executives accused of paying them a fortune in bribes in exchange for their influence in awarding lucrative commercial rights to big tournaments. Several defendants have pleaded guilty since the case was...


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How Guardiola is painting his City masterpiece

The Artist

The first and only Premier League club to ever win the European treble, which consists of the domestic cup, domestic league and the Champions League, is Manchester United, back in the 1998-99 season.

A full decade of parity passed before current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola led Barcelona to the impressive six-trophy haul in the 2008-09 season. The next campaign, Inter Milan repeated the feat. Bayern Munich felt that rarest of high at the end of the 2012-13 season. Eventually, Barcelona bookended the treble era when Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, et al. made Barcelona the first club to repeat the European treble in 2014-15.

In many ways, Pep Guardiola launched the treble era when his sculpted Barcelona into a side that reached that rare air of dominance. In 2013, Guardiola picked up his brush and began painting a vision of Bayern that had never...


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How Guardiola is painting his City masterpiece

The Artist

The first and only Premier League club to ever win the European treble, which consists of the domestic cup, domestic league and the Champions League, is Manchester United, back in the 1998-99 season.

A full decade of parity passed before current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola led Barcelona to the impressive six-trophy haul in the 2008-09 season. The next campaign, Inter Milan repeated the feat. Bayern Munich felt that rarest of high at the end of the 2012-13 season. Eventually, Barcelona bookended the treble era when Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, et al. made Barcelona the first club to repeat the European treble in 2014-15.

In many ways, Pep Guardiola launched the treble era when his sculpted Barcelona into a side that reached that rare air of dominance. In 2013, Guardiola picked up his brush and began painting a vision of Bayern that had never...


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How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

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On Saturdays, I play pick-up soccer with a regular group of guys. We use any open field we can find. That got harder early in the fall, when the youth soccer leagues began their seasons. Once we saw those kids marching toward us wearing matching uniforms, flanked by coaches carrying thick playbooks, we made way. Those people are vicious. The parents are even worse.

The world was reminded of that a month ago, when a referee in Beverly Hills turned in his whistle with a blaze-of-glory email that left parents everywhere cheering in solidarity:

“Your behavior on the sidelines has, for far too long, been disrespectful and you are damaging the children,” Krut wrote. “You have said nasty things to and about too many referees and it must come to an end.”

Krut wrote that while the “vast majority” of those on the sidelines are “wonderful people,” he added that he has...


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Read more: How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

Universal Pictures

On Saturdays, I play pick-up soccer with a regular group of guys. We use any open field we can find. That got harder early in the fall, when the youth soccer leagues began their seasons. Once we saw those kids marching toward us wearing matching uniforms, flanked by coaches carrying thick playbooks, we made way. Those people are vicious. The parents are even worse.

The world was reminded of that a month ago, when a referee in Beverly Hills turned in his whistle with a blaze-of-glory email that left parents everywhere cheering in solidarity:

“Your behavior on the sidelines has, for far too long, been disrespectful and you are damaging the children,” Krut wrote. “You have said nasty things to and about too many referees and it must come to an end.”

Krut wrote that while the “vast majority” of those on the sidelines are “wonderful people,” he added that he has...


Read full article on Sports GN Soccer World News


Read more: How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

Universal Pictures

On Saturdays, I play pick-up soccer with a regular group of guys. We use any open field we can find. That got harder early in the fall, when the youth soccer leagues began their seasons. Once we saw those kids marching toward us wearing matching uniforms, flanked by coaches carrying thick playbooks, we made way. Those people are vicious. The parents are even worse.

The world was reminded of that a month ago, when a referee in Beverly Hills turned in his whistle with a blaze-of-glory email that left parents everywhere cheering in solidarity:

“Your behavior on the sidelines has, for far too long, been disrespectful and you are damaging the children,” Krut wrote. “You have said nasty things to and about too many referees and it must come to an end.”

Krut wrote that while the “vast majority” of those on the sidelines are “wonderful people,” he added that he has...


Read full article on Sports GN Soccer World News


Read more: How Not to Be a Raging Maniac at Your Kid's Soccer Game - Lifehacker

In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

Highlanders honored

Radford senior defender Fraser Colmer has been named to the Academic All-America first team for the second straight year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Colmer, who has a 3.99 GPA, became only the second RU athlete in any sport to ever make the first team in back-to-back years.

On the women’s side, Radford junior forward Jessica Wollman (Blacksburg) made the second team. She has a 4.0 GPA.

FIELD HOCKEY

W&L star recognized

Washington and Lee junior forward Haley Tucker, who scored a school-record 20 goals this year, has been named a third-team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Ex-UVa standout cited

Former Virginia standout Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was one of 10 2016-17 seniors from around the country in various sports who have won an NCAA Top 10 award for their athletic and academic success and...


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Read more: In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

Highlanders honored

Radford senior defender Fraser Colmer has been named to the Academic All-America first team for the second straight year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Colmer, who has a 3.99 GPA, became only the second RU athlete in any sport to ever make the first team in back-to-back years.

On the women’s side, Radford junior forward Jessica Wollman (Blacksburg) made the second team. She has a 4.0 GPA.

FIELD HOCKEY

W&L star recognized

Washington and Lee junior forward Haley Tucker, who scored a school-record 20 goals this year, has been named a third-team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Ex-UVa standout cited

Former Virginia standout Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was one of 10 2016-17 seniors from around the country in various sports who have won an NCAA Top 10 award for their athletic and academic success and...


Read full article on Sports GN Soccer World News


Read more: In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

Highlanders honored

Radford senior defender Fraser Colmer has been named to the Academic All-America first team for the second straight year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Colmer, who has a 3.99 GPA, became only the second RU athlete in any sport to ever make the first team in back-to-back years.

On the women’s side, Radford junior forward Jessica Wollman (Blacksburg) made the second team. She has a 4.0 GPA.

FIELD HOCKEY

W&L star recognized

Washington and Lee junior forward Haley Tucker, who scored a school-record 20 goals this year, has been named a third-team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Ex-UVa standout cited

Former Virginia standout Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was one of 10 2016-17 seniors from around the country in various sports who have won an NCAA Top 10 award for their athletic and academic success and...


Read full article on Sports GN Soccer World News


Read more: In the region: Radford soccer players honored - Roanoke Times

Soccer - Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis - SBS

An Byong Jun, Kim Song Gi and Lee Yong Jick, who play their club soccer for J League division 2 sides, will represent North Korea when they take on Japan in Tokyo on Saturday in the final round of the East Asian Football Championship.

The sporting contest is being held with the world still on edge after the North heightened alarm in South Korea, Japan and the United States by test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29 that appeared to demonstrate increasing range.

North Korea has test-fired missiles over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido twice earlier this year and has threatened to sink Japan into the sea with a nuclear bomb.

Unsurprisingly, Kim, a 29-year-old central defender, who hails from Hyogo prefecture in western Japan and plays his club soccer for Machida Zelvia in Tokyo, expects a hostile reception from Japanese supporters.

"Bring on the booing,"...


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Soccer - Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis - SBS

An Byong Jun, Kim Song Gi and Lee Yong Jick, who play their club soccer for J League division 2 sides, will represent North Korea when they take on Japan in Tokyo on Saturday in the final round of the East Asian Football Championship.

The sporting contest is being held with the world still on edge after the North heightened alarm in South Korea, Japan and the United States by test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29 that appeared to demonstrate increasing range.

North Korea has test-fired missiles over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido twice earlier this year and has threatened to sink Japan into the sea with a nuclear bomb.

Unsurprisingly, Kim, a 29-year-old central defender, who hails from Hyogo prefecture in western Japan and plays his club soccer for Machida Zelvia in Tokyo, expects a hostile reception from Japanese supporters.

"Bring on the booing,"...


Read full article on Sports GN Soccer World News


Read more: Soccer - Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis - SBS

Soccer - Born in Japan, playing for North Korea under shadow of missile crisis - SBS

An Byong Jun, Kim Song Gi and Lee Yong Jick, who play their club soccer for J League division 2 sides, will represent North Korea when they take on Japan in Tokyo on Saturday in the final round of the East Asian Football Championship.

The sporting contest is being held with the world still on edge after the North heightened alarm in South Korea, Japan and the United States by test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile on Nov. 29 that appeared to demonstrate increasing range.

North Korea has test-fired missiles over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido twice earlier this year and has threatened to sink Japan into the sea with a nuclear bomb.

Unsurprisingly, Kim, a 29-year-old central defender, who hails from Hyogo prefecture in western Japan and plays his club soccer for Machida Zelvia in Tokyo, expects a hostile reception from Japanese supporters.

"Bring on the booing,"...


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Barcelona 2-0 Sporting CP: Player Ratings

A decent performance capped off by some vital saves. Perhaps his best moment in the game came when he saved a powerful attempt by Bas Dost and the hug that followed between the international team-mates

Navjot’s rating: 7


Not his best game considering he had additional coverage from Aleix Vidal. Semedo never pushed high enough and lacked creativity. Picked up a booking which rules him out of the first leg of the next round.

Navjot’s rating: 6


A solid showing from Geri who looked comfortable in the heart of the defence. He made four clearances, won four headers, and attempted two successful tackles. All in all, a good night.

Navjot’s rating: 8


Vermaelen is building a strong case as a third choice centre-back. Yes, he can barely stay fit. But when he is healthy, he looks exceptionally composed.

Navjot’s rating: 7


Digne had an incredible game. Three tackles, four interceptions, two...


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McBride slams MLS with Columbus Crew’s future uncertain

Brian McBride is a Columbus Crew legend. Nobody can ever take that away from him.

But it seems increasingly likely that the Columbus Crew will be taken away from Major League Soccer.

With current Crew owner Anthony Precourt pushing ahead with his plans to relocate the franchise, one of the 10 MLS originals, to Austin, Texas now that the 2017 season is over, it is unclear what lies in store for Columbus’ future.

Speaking to ESPN’s Max and Herc pod earlier this week, USMNT legend McBride doesn’t believe they’ll be in Columbus for much longer.

“I’d love to see the Crew in Columbus. I honestly have to say that that is sadly not looking like it’s going to be possible (to keep the team in Columbus). When you read the (MLS) commissioner saying, ‘Well, you can apply to have a new franchise,’ all those things sort of tell me the writing’s on the wall. And that’s a shame because it is an...


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Premier League player Power Rankings

It is time to take stock on who’s on fire in the Premier League right now.

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Players from Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United dominate our rankings, which is no surprise given that they’re the form teams in the PL.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.

  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Up 1
  2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Down 1
  3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 1
  4. David De Gea (Man United) – New entry
  5. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Up 3
  6. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Down 3
  7. David Silva (Man City) – Even
  8. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Down 4
  9. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – New entry
  10. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Down 4
  11. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – New entry
  12. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – New entry
  13. Paul Pogba (Man...

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Cristiano Ronaldo demolished yet another record with this exquisite goal

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo celebrates an incredible goal against Borussia Dortmund on December 6 in Madrid. Getty Images

  • For Cristiano Ronaldo it's a case of another game, another record.
  • His glorious goal in Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund means he's scored in every Champions League group game this season.


Cristiano Ronaldo has demolished yet another record.

The Real Madrid forward's jaw-dropping goal in Wednesday's win over Borussia Dortmund means he has now scored in every single Champions League group game this season.

And boy, was it a goal to remember.

Mateo Kovačić played a short pass to Ronaldo on the edge of the box in the 12th minute. The 32-year-old took two touches to control the ball and then performed an exquisite lofted finish over the reach of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki.

You can watch the incredible goal here.

Historic night in the Champions League...


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