That stadium is not on fire. It is merely fans making sure the Polish Cup kicked off with an immolation.
After a two-year inquest—the longest in British history—a nine-person jury has found that 96 Liverpool fans who died attending the 1988-89 FA Cup Semifinal between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool at Hillsborough Stadium were unlawfully killed.
It’s Málaga! Atlético Madrid—a team in the Champions League semifinals—shouldn’t need to resort to this kind of nonsense to beat them, but here’s a ball magically flying off the bench late in the first half today. It reportedly earned Diego Simeone a dismissal.
17-year-old American soccer prodigy Christian Pulisic followed up on last week’s career-launching goal by scoring again today for Borussia Dortmund, putting his squad up 2-0 on Stuttgart by being in the right place at the right time. Dortmund came away with the eventual 3-0 win.
Francesco Totti might be the most beloved athlete by his team’s fans in the world. At 39 he still plays for hometown club Roma, who he signed with as a 12-year-old in 1989. He is Roma’s captain—he was first named in 1998, 18 goddamn years ago—and holds numerous club and Serie A records.
American teen Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal today, putting his Borussia Dortmund team up 1-0 on Hamburg with a strike late in the first half.
MK Dons found themselves in a perilous predicament today against Preston North End, as the relegation-zone Championship side had their keeper sent off after they had already used up their three substitutions. That left them to put striker Alex Revell in goal to face what would have been the deciding goal—only to find…
It’s another cruise in the park for Real Madrid against Getafe today, but make no mistake: keeper Keylor Navas is getting his work in. Here’s the Costa Rican laying out to make the stop on an indirect free kick from right in front of the goal.
It’s not surprising that Nigel de Jong managed to mangle an MLS player’s leg with a bone-crunching tackle. But it is impressively in-character that he only waited five games, and when he struck, he got one of the coolest guys in the league. He hasn’t been formally suspended, but he’ll most likely get a harsh penalty…
Fighting to remain above the fray and qualify for promotion to the Premier League directly, Middlesborough took on midtable Reading yesterday. Deep into stoppage time the game was still 1-1, but on a last gasp corner kick, Middlesbrough scored whatever the hell this is.
Aston Villa are bad. Really bad. Really, really bad.
Nigel de Jong—who you might remember from the time he karate kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest during the World Cup Finals, or the time he broke Stuart Holden’s leg in a friendly, or the time he fractured Hatem Ben Arfa’s tibia and fibula, or all the other times he made violent tackles—now plies his trade in America,…
Watch this latest Jamie Vardy goal, his 21st of the season. Watch him pick up the ball at the halfway line, cooly assess the situation, and decide on the brute-force move of “kick it past the motherfucker and run.” Watch him bulldoze Patrick Van Aanholt, slip past Vito Mannone, and secure a 2-0 win over woeful…
Warren Byrne plays for South Shields in the tenth division of English soccer. He scored a goal yesterday against Tow Law Town that belongs amongst FIFA’s Puskás Award nominees:
The Charleston Battery are a soccer team that play in the United Soccer League—the third tier of American soccer, below MLS and the NASL—and average about 4,000 fans a game. You would think they’d be happy with any media coverage they could get, especially from South Carolina’s most-read newspaper. You would think…
Goalie Mickael Roche somehow scored this own goal in an Oceania Champions League match between AS Tefana (Tahiti) and Nadi (Fiji). If you recognize Roche’s name from anything, it’s probably because he was the poor sap in goal when Spain blasted Tahiti 10-0 in the 2013 Confederations Cup.