by Andy Scott , 22 minutes agoLionel Messi won the Best FIFA men's player prize for 2022 on the back of his World Cup triumph with Argentina and Spain's Alexia Putellas retained the women's award at the FIFA Best Awards ceremonies in Paris. In the end I got it and it was the most beautiful thing that has happened in my career," Messi said of his World Cup win as he collected his award. Putellas retained the women's prize despite spending the second half of last year out injured. Argentina's World Cup win in Qatar was also recognized as Lionel Scaloni claimed the men's coach's honor and Emiliano Martinez was named the best male goalkeeper. Meanwhile, England's European Championship victory helped its Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman win the prize for best women's coach, while Mary Earps was named the women's goalkeeper of the year.
by Paul Kennedy @pkedit, 15 minutes agohas played six Eredivisie games since his move to Groningen and scored in five of them.Sunday's goal was the first in a win -- and a big win at that.Pepi scored the first of three goals in seven minutes late in the first half for Groningen in a 4-2 win over second-place PSV.4 months ago Soccer America
She became an international referee in 2015 and officiated at the Under-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan in 2016 and again two years later in Uruguay. In 2019, she stepped up to senior level at the Women's World Cup in France alongside Bozono and fellow Japanese official Naomi Teshirogi. I want to use all of that to prepare for the World Cup." "If it hadn't been for my colleagues building up that trust, I wouldn't be going to the World Cup," she said. She won't be drawn on a particular World Cup game that sticks in her mind and says she is inspired by the "atmosphere of the whole tournament."5 months ago Soccer America
by Soccer America , 38 minutes agoAction onincludes Liverpool-Leicester City and Real Madrid at Real Valladolid. Besides the exclusive streaming programming listed here, many networks make TV programming available on streaming devices -- online, tablets and mobile. ******************FRIDAY, December 30USA NETWORKEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham-Brentford 2:45 pm. USA NETWORKEnglish Premier LeagueBrentford-Liverpool 12:30 pm. USA NETWORKEnglish Premier LeagueCrystal Palace-Tottenham 3 pm.2 months ago Soccer America
"As you know, there was a very important offer from a club in England," he said on Tuesday. "The club in question was reported to be Leeds United, but Austin FC managed to convince Driussi to stay.“I love everything about this club and everything about this city," he said. Of the top Argentines in MLS, only Minnesota United's Emmanuel Reynoso has a contract as long as Driussi does. "There was plenty of interest for Sebastian around the world in many different leagues," said Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff. “It’s a difficult task to coach a team and have them prepared every week, so I think that’s my priority.”Photos: Austin FC1 month ago Soccer America
by Ryland James , 84 minutes agoThe United States will face the Netherlands in the group phase of next year's Women's World Cup, a repeat of the 2019 final. It will be going for a third crown in a row -- something no team has never done in a men's or women's world championship. -- Paul Kennedy* * * * *With 32 teams -- divided into eight groups of four -- it will be the largest Women's World Cup since the tournament began in 1991. Beforehand, FIFA president Gianni Infantino criticized television broadcasters who have offered "100 times less" to screen the Women's World Cup compared to the men's. The Philippines, Morocco, Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia will all be competing at the Women's World Cup for the first time.5 months ago Soccer America
Security officers also inflicted verbal abuse, extracted forced confessions, and denied detainees access to legal counsel, family, and medical care. "One Qatari bisexual woman said she was beaten until she "lost consciousness several times. ""Qatar does not tolerate discrimination against anyone, and our policies and procedures are underpinned by a commitment to human rights for all. If Human Rights Watch had contacted us, we would have been able to disprove the allegations. FIFA has said that LGBTQ rainbow flags would be allowed in and around stadiums.England'sis one of several captains of European teams who have said they will wear "OneLove" arm bands at World Cup games to highlight rights concerns.4 months ago Soccer America
by John Weaver , 54 minutes agoSteven Gerrard vowed he would "never quit" after his Aston Villa team slumped to another damaging defeat. Now, Gerrard must bide his time as he waits for an opportunity to rehabilitate a reputation tarnished by his 11-month spell at Villa Park. When he joined the club they were 16th in the Premier League table. Coutinho -- brought in on a permanent deal from Barcelona after a loan spell last season -- has been a major disappointment. Other contenders could include Villarreal coach Unai Emery, who has Premier League experience with Arsenal, and former Burnley boss Sean Dyche, a veteran of numerous relegation battles with the Clarets.5 months ago Soccer America