Category Archives: SOCCER


Barcelona Transfer Ban Suspended by FIFA, Will Be Able to Sign Players in Summer

Barcelona will be able to sign players during the summer after FIFA suspended its decision to impose a transfer ban on the La Liga club, reported by Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association:

FIFA released an official statement confirming Barcelona’s appeal ensures a “suspensive effect” is granted.

“The club FC Barcelona has lodged an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18,” the statement said.

“Together with the appeal, the club requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect. In this respect, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period — July 1, 2014 — and the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period.

“Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected.”

Earlier in April, Barcelona were banned by FIFA from signing any players for two consecutive transfer windows after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations.

Fans will be majorly relieved by the overturning of the suspension, which means the Blaugrana can strengthen vital areas at the end of the season.

Barcelona’s season has been ravaged by off-the-field scandal and poor form. Allegations of unsolicited funds paid to Neymar and his family upon the Brazilian starlet’s arrival was just the beginning of a troubled campaign, as president Sandro Rosell left the club in the aftermath.


David Moyes Dismissed as Manager of Manchester United After Only 10 Months

Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that David Moyes has been dismissed as manager after just 10 months on the job. Ryan Giggs will be interim coach, the club announced.

Exactly a year after winning a record-extending 20th English championship, United dismissed Moyes during a meeting at the training ground on Tuesday morning.

Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last summer on a six-year contract, but was relieved of his duties after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to former club Everton, which left the club unable to qualify for the Champions League.

Ryan Giggs, who had worked as player-coach under Moyes this season, will take temporary charge of the club, but there has been speculation for some time over Moyes’ permanent successor.

Giggs’ inexperience as a manager might raise some eyebrows if he is appointed permanently, however. One way or another, United need to quickly and decisively add a manager.

They need to attack the transfer window. They must establish a style of play with consistent tactics and fit the right players into the right roles. They must not be tentative. And they must reestablish their prestige in Europe and their dominance at Old Trafford.

In other words, to return to glory, they must do all of the things Moyes could never quite achieve.


Gareth Bale Scored An Amazing Goal to Give Real Madrid the Copa Del Rey vs. Barcelona [Video]

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Gareth Bale, the Welsh star and most-expensive soccer player in the world, scored this incredible goal in the 85th minute of the Copa Del Rey for Real Madrid against eternal rival Barcelona. He picked up the ball inside his own half, dribbled almost to the touchline — fending off Marc Bartra almost the whole way — and embarrassed Barcelona backup keeper Pinto in the process, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 victory.


Brazilian Soccer Brawl Features Street Fighter Flying Kick and Eight Red Cards [Video]

Brazilian lower league teams Potiguar and Baraunas played their 100th derby over the weekend. It didn’t go too smoothly with a second-half brawl  resulting in four red cards handed out to each team. Notice the wild, flying Street Fighter II level kick toward the end of the clip.