Gareth Bale Is The Fastest Man Alive, Scores Late To Win Copa del Rey

The final el clásico of the year. A one-off match for the Copa del Rey trophy. A trophy-starved Barça's last legitimate shot for silverware. Star man Cristiano Ronaldo out with an injury. And in the middle of all this, newcomer Gareth Bale decided he'd just outrun everyone. » 4/16/14 6:32pm Yesterday 6:32pm

Finally, A Stadium Shaped Like A Crocodile

I'm as baffled as you are that it's taken so long, but it seems someday we still might get the stadium we've all known architecture really needs: Turkey's Burasapor soccer team, nicknamed the "Green Crocodiles," could soon be getting an architectural masterpiece, a structure that will rival the greatest palaces of the… » 4/11/14 6:42pm Friday 6:42pm

If You Want To Be A Pro Soccer Player, It Helps To Be Born In January

You've probably heard the Malcolm Gladwell spiel about Canadian hockey players—namely, that a massive number of them are born in January. As it turns out, this isn't just a hockey thing. Scraping birthdays from transfermarkt.de, David Bauer has found a very similar effect among professional soccer players, displayed in … » 4/11/14 6:22pm Friday 6:22pm

Atlético Madrid Beat Barça In Champions League, Dream Season Continues

It's all fun and games cheering on plucky upstarts Atlético Madrid, right up until the point they tear out your heart and play keepy-uppy with it. So excuse me if I'm not appropriately excited about Atlético's thoroughly deserved and enjoyable-for-neutrals 1-0 Champions League win over Barcelona. » 4/09/14 5:37pm 4/09/14 5:37pm

Typical José: Chelsea's Champions League Win Was Right On Schedule

José Mourinho's teams are some goddamn cockroaches, man. Just when you think you've got them squashed, their viscous innards seeping from their corrugated underbelly—as PSG could've justifiably believed, leading Chelsea 3-1 after the first leg of their Champions League tie—they somehow keep right on crawling and end up… » 4/09/14 2:03pm 4/09/14 2:03pm

Run The Jules: Your Guide To The USMNT's Newest (Maybe?) Star

During last night's USA-Mexico friendly, USMNT fans finally got a glimpse of Julian Green, the 18-year-old superstar-in-the-making(?) who spurned Germany to play for the US. The massive excitement at his arrival is matched only by the massive amount we don't know about him. Who is this guy? Is he really that good? What … » 4/03/14 11:37am 4/03/14 11:37am

Barcelona Slammed With Enormous Transfer Ban For FIFA Rules Violations

Today, FIFA announced unparalleled sanctions against Barcelona for repeated and systemic violations of the international body's youth transfer rules. Barcelona has been banned from any transfer activity for the entirety of next season. This is the coup de grâce in what already has been a monumentally embarrassing season … » 4/02/14 11:48am 4/02/14 11:48am

Watch The Stunning Champions League Strike That Put Atléti Up On Barça

Barcelona welcomed Atlético Madrid to the Camp Nou today in what is becoming a regular rivalry of increasingly large stakes. It was a Champions League matchup this time, as tense and cagey as you'd expect—that is, until Diego decided he'd had enough and straight flattened a ball into the net from about 25 yards. » 4/01/14 5:05pm 4/01/14 5:05pm

Mexican Club Tries To Dick Over USMNT For USA-Mexico Friendly

The World Cup is—holy crap—just 10 weeks away. With the U.S.'s starting XI still in flux, every international friendly matters—especially for players on the cusp, like left back DaMarcus Beasley. Unfortunately for Beasley and Jurgen Klinsmann, one stubborn Mexican club is refusing to release its two American players… » 3/31/14 3:25pm 3/31/14 3:25pm