Serie A Side Parma, $106 Million In Debt, Declared Bankrupt

Serie A side Parma, who are dead last and a sure thing to be relegated, was declared bankrupt in Italian court today, according to The Guardian. While it looks like they will finish out the Serie A season—possibly with funding from the league or Italian soccer federation—there remains the possibility that the club… » 3/19/15 8:00pm 3/19/15 8:00pm

Paul Pogba Scores Great Goal, Has Great Hair, Is Great

While Arsenal were laying the smackdown on Manchester United today, ex-United player Paul Pogba was in Italy's Serie A playing for Juventus, and he was flourishing, and it was a beautiful thing to behold, and we're unspeakably lucky to have him in our life doing wondrous things, all the time. » 3/09/15 6:20pm 3/09/15 6:20pm

Gonzalo Higuaín Forgets He's Really Good, Bungles Really Easy Goal

In a season where Phillip Hofmann committed this crime against finishing, it would take a special bit of incompetence to snatch away the award of Miss Of The Season. This is not that. It is, however, a really bad effort from a really good player, making it particularly embarrassing in its own right. » 3/08/15 5:24pm 3/08/15 5:24pm

Soccer Player's Leg Snaps Like A Twig After Tackle [WARNING: GRUESOME]

Warning: the video above of Roma's Radja Nainggolan sliding in on Chievo Verona's Federico Mattiello and giving him a new knee joint in the middle of his shin is pretty gnarly. Watch (and listen, because you can hear the thing crack) at your own peril. » 3/08/15 10:53am 3/08/15 10:53am

Soccer Player Kicks Ball Directly Into His Own Face, Wins Foul

AC Milan played Empoli to a draw in Serie A today, during which a very hilarious thing transpired that I will now relay to you. Empoli defender Mario Rui was under a little pressure, and tried to escape by popping a bouncing ball over his head. If it worked, I assure you it would've been super cool. » 2/15/15 6:35pm 2/15/15 6:35pm

Your January Transfer Window Roundup

Another January past, and another transfer window closes as the rumor mill, hype machine, and hope-mongering all come to screeching halts. For a little while, at least. But this window did have some fascinating moves, so let's take the opportunity to break down all the transfers that caught our eye during the only… » 2/03/15 5:28pm 2/03/15 5:28pm

Francesco Totti Scores With Flying Kung Fu Kick, Celebrates With Selfie

Somehow, it's not really a shock to see the 38-year-old Francesco Totti still scoring goals in his 23rd season with Roma with outrageous bits of athleticism like the goal below. What is surprising is that the old man actually knows what a selfie is. » 1/11/15 11:24am 1/11/15 11:24am

Who Cares If Jérémy Ménez Was Just Fucking Around, This Goal Is Dope

"Well actually," pedantic soccer fan (but I repeat myself) begins, "Ménez had been offside for a while, so the 'goal' was"—yeah, shut the fuck up. Just look at the spin on that thing: » 12/22/14 4:29pm 12/22/14 4:29pm

Nobody Wants Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres must've thought that his two-year loan move away from Chelsea—where, instead of repaying his outrageous transfer fee with a highlight reel of goals, he became more well known for his comical, almost unbelievable ability to miss unmissable shots—to AC Milan would be the perfect opportunity to recover… » 12/12/14 3:33pm 12/12/14 3:33pm

Chart: The Average Player Salaries In Soccer Leagues Around The World

A lot of what we talk about when we compare different soccer leagues, from arguing which one's the best to which one's the deepest and even which plays the most attractive style, comes down to how much money is spent on players. In that sense, this Sportsmail chart listing the average salaries of players in 34 leagues… » 11/14/14 1:20pm 11/14/14 1:20pm

How To Be A Soccer Fan

Towards the tail end of this past World Cup, more than a few readers emailed us looking for guidance on how to become a soccer fan. Never ones to disappoint our adoring readership, we've now obliged. Here's how we imagine that conversation would go. » 9/26/14 2:25pm 9/26/14 2:25pm

This Jérémy Ménez Backheel Is A Front-Runner For Goal Of The Year

Wanna see something crazy? Behold AC Milan's Jérémy Ménez score the most impressive goal you'll ever see from less than a yard out. Video below: » 9/14/14 6:07pm 9/14/14 6:07pm

Ageless Wonders, Crazy Owners, And Ultras: Our 2014-2015 Serie A Preview

Italy's Serie A is a league of stories, full of characters, narratives, plots, tensions, climaxes, and clichés. Time and again, the line between fact and fiction becomes so blurred that you just have to throw your hands up and shrug. You really couldn't make a lot of this stuff up. » 8/30/14 2:20pm 8/30/14 2:20pm

Which Leagues Are Having The Most Success At The World Cup?

For people who really know their shit about soccer, one of the fun bits of the World Cup is recognizing which club-level teammates and rivals are facing off for their various national squads. Which of these club leagues are best represented at this year's Cup? The New York Times built an elaborate web of club-level… » 6/24/14 2:02pm 6/24/14 2:02pm

Mario Balotelli Kicks Ball Really Hard

Mario Balotelli dug deep in his bag, pulled out his driver, and damn-near tore the cover off the ball to score from 40 yards or so in today's AC Milan vs. Bologna match. He might not be as visible on a shitty AC Milan squad, but he's still capable of jaw-dropping moments of brilliance like this. » 2/14/14 5:20pm 2/14/14 5:20pm

Mario Balotelli Cries; Everyone Thinks It's Because Of Racist Chants

There's a story going around that Mario Balotelli was reduced to tears after being subjected to racist chants in Italy today. This would not be shocking—there is a history here—but it's not at all clear that racism was behind his tears. » 2/08/14 7:05pm 2/08/14 7:05pm

Italian TV Presenter Goes Bananas After Kaka's 100th Milan Goal

Last time we caught up with Tiziano Crudeli, the famed AC Milan homer, he was near suicidal after a particularly tough Champions League loss. Lucky he decided against taking his life, otherwise he wouldn't have seen Kaka's 100th club goal and we wouldn't have this call. » 1/06/14 3:13pm 1/06/14 3:13pm

An Italian Soccer Manager Punched His Own Player In The Face During The…

Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi attacked player Adem Ljajic during today's match against Novara, taking offense to Ljajic's sarcastic applause after Rossi substituted for him early in the match. Ljajic—who just last week was considered a lock for a transfer to Arsenal—was apparently in poor form as Novara took a 2-0… » 5/02/12 4:37pm 5/02/12 4:37pm

Italian Soccer Match Delayed When Fans Demand Players Hand Over Their…

Today's Serie A match between Genoa and Siena was delayed for 30 minutes when Genoa supporters, angered by the team being down 4-0, took matters into their own hands. As reported at » 4/22/12 2:45pm 4/22/12 2:45pm