Five soccer clubs heating up at the right time

With the break in international play now in the books, the European football leagues are set to resume play this weekend. While still early in the season, the top contenders are at or near the top of their respective tables. However, a closer look finds some storied clubs woefully underperforming. For some, however, there is reason […]

Four English Premier League managers on the hot seat

With international competition set to commence next weekend, European soccer leagues worldwide shut down play to accommodate these upcoming matches. This break in play affords team management the time to review the results of the season thus far and to prepare for the next round of matches. In some cases, strategies and field formations are […]

Report: Clint Dempsey to miss rest of 2016 MLS season

Seattle Sounders star forward Clint Dempsey has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 MLS season due to an irregular heartbeat, the club announced on Tuesday. Dempsey, 33, had been dealing with the issue since August. He returned to practice on Sep. 14 after undergoing a medical procedure for his condition, at which point […]

Report: Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to re-join Galaxy

Retirement didn’t last long for the MLS and United States legend. Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to play for the LA Galaxy again. multiple outlets have since confirmed that the 34-year-old forward is in talks to re-join his former team. Donovan retired from soccer in 2014 after one of his best seasons ever […]

Champions League group stage preview: Which teams will advance?

With the Champions League draw completed and the group stage set to kick off, 32 teams in eight groups will be involved in top-tier football competition beginning next month. In keeping with the rules of past tournaments, no teams from the same country will compete against each other in the initial stage. The top two […]

Manchester City: capable of fighting on multiple fronts under Pep Guardiola?

“West Ham United Vs Manchester City” (CC BY 2.0) by  joshjdss  Manchester City failed to inspire confidence under Manuel Pellegrini last season as they just about held off Manchester United in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot. However, the tide is turning at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola is now at the helm and […]

Euro 2016 final preview: Who will lift the cup?

After an eventful Euro 2016 tournament, two teams remain to face each other in the final, with the winner lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup on Sunday. While we look forward to seeing Portugal battle it out against France, we also thank all of the competing European teams for showcasing some of the finest football Europe has to […]

Five managers on hot seat after Euro 2016 exits

With the Euro 2016 semifinal matches due to begin on July 6, we’ve seen some of the best football the European stage has to offer. While the players have had a lot to do with their teams’ success, the managers have contributed mightily to these efforts. However, there are some teams who have underperformed at […]

Lionel Messi fined $2.3 million for tax fraud, avoids jail time

Lionel Messi’s wallet just got a bit lighter. Wednesday, a Barcelona court ruled between 2007-2009 Messi committed tax fraud and recommended a sentence of seven months for each year, meaning a 21-month sentence. Instead, the court ruled for the $2.3 million fine, according to John Sinnott of However, because this was the first time […]

Euro 2016 semifinal predictions: Who will advance to final?

Four teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the quarterfinal round has ended. With the games scheduled for two consecutive days, beginning on July 6, which teams will be advancing to the championship game on July 10? Read on to find out. Portugal vs Wales After an early Lewandowski goal in the 2nd […]

Euro 2016 quarterfinal predictions: Who will advance?

Eight teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the first single-elimination round has ended. With the matches scheduled to begin on June 30, which teams will advance to the semifinal stage? Poland vs. Portugal After an early lead, Poland ceded its first goal of the tournament via an outstanding bicycle kick by Xherdan Shaqiri. The […]

We should celebrate Messi’s career achievements, not vilify him for retiring

With the Copa America Centenario tournament in the books, the news has not focused on Chile’s repeat victory against Argentina, but rather the announced retirement of Lionel Messi from international play. Much has been reported in the news about this, but there’s been a surprising amount of negativity and even vitriol aimed at Messi. While there […]

Iceland shocks England at Euro 2016

Iceland might be the smallest country of the participants at Euro 2016, but they’re going to be celebrating the hardest after pulling off one of the most shocking upsets in years in the Round of 16 on Monday. They sent England packing with a 2-1 win, which may have sealed manager Roy Hodgson’s fate, and […]

Lionel Messi retires from international play

Argentina star Lionel Messi is perceived by many to be the best player in the world, but he’s been less-than-impressive on the international stage and his frustration has caused him to call it quits, it seems. For the second consecutive year, Messi and Argentina watched Chile defeat them in the Copa America final on Sunday […]

Lionel Messi cries after missed penalty

Lionel Messi picked a bad time for one of his worst performances in recent memory during Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final against Chile. The knock on Messi is that he disappears in big games, and that’s exactly what happened in the match, which was a big reason why Argentina was held scoreless. Messi had a […]

Copa America final marred by card-happy referee

Fans who tuned in to watch Sunday’s Copa America Centenario final between Chile and Argentina expected an action-packed, high-scoring affair, but thanks to the man in the middle, the match was anything but. The two teams had combined for 17 goals scored in the two games leading up to the final, and even with two […]

Adam Silver marches in NYC Pride parade

The NBA sent a great message on Sunday when three of its most important people from the league office marched in the NYC Pride parade. Commissioner Adam Silver, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and another member of the league’s personnel pledged their support for the LGBTQ community, and posed for a few photos while doing so. […]

Copa America Final/third place predictions

We’ve reached the final matches in the Copa America Centenario tournament, and have seen some of the best players in the world competing for the glory of their country. Virtually every game has been competitive, with the best teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF participating in the tourney. The winner will actually receive two trophies this […]

Euro 2016 Round of 16 predictions: Who will advance to quarterfinals?

We’ve weeded out the pretenders and contenders and reached the Round of 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament. The teams remaining from group stage play are the first and second-place finishers plus the four best third-place teams from the six original groups. The winners of each of these eight matches will qualify for the quarterfinals with the […]

Cristiano Ronaldo tosses reporter’s mic into lake

When a reporter asked Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo if his team was ready for Wednesday’s Euro 2016 match against Hungary, Ronaldo responded by throwing the reporter’s microphone into a lake according to The Big Lead. Being a soccer player, it would have been more fitting if Ronaldo had kicked the microphone into the lake or […]

Lionel Messi daggers U.S. with great goal (VIDEO)

Lionel Messi played a part in all four of Argentina’s goals in their 4-0 win against the United States on Tuesday night. He became the team’s all-time leading goal scorer with this free-kick goal in the 32nd minute of the game. Those that tuned in to watch the 2016 Copa America Centenario semifinals got to […]