Today’s top stories:
Diego Costa has completed a medical exam ahead of his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho identified Costa as what Chelsea need to win the title.
Emre Can has officially completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool. Liverpool activated the minimum fee release clause in Can’s contract in order to sign him.
The Independent is reporting that Real Madrid are ready to bid £70 million for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
Analysts at Deloitte have confirmed that Premier League revenue has soared to over £3 billion after being at £2 billion just four years ago. Tremendous growth for the world’s greatest league.
Before joining New York City FC next season, David Villa will play ten matches for Melbourne City of Australia’s A-League. He completed that move today and mentioned that he had never had a chance to visit the country. In other news from that club, they have official changed their name from Melbourne Heart to
Melbourne City, in order to fit in with their owner’s brand Manchester City. David Villa will also retire from international football following the World Cup.
Norwich City has confirmed the signing of Bournemouth striker Lewis Gabban. He scored 22 goals in 44 appearances in the Championship last season.
Stuttgart is reportedly interested in signing the supremely confident striker Nicklas Bendtner.
Valerein Ismael has been named the manager of FC Nurnberg. The retired French footballer was previously the manager of the Hannover second team.
Roma has agreed to a €10 million fee with Fenerbahce for Salih Ucan.
World Cup News:
Prior to the World Cup, FIFA has updated their rankings. Brazil moves up one place to 3rd to overtake Portugal who’ve moved down to 4th. Colombia fell three spots from 5th to 8th. Argentina and Switzerland have both climbed two places into 5th and 6th respectively. England remain in 10th and the United States have moved up one spot to 13th. Costa Rica were big movers, moving up 6th places to 28th overall.
Sky Sports has tweeted that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out 10 days to 3 weeks for England.
The BBC is set to roll out ultra high definition 4k HD streams for the upcoming World Cup. Awesome news for those of us nerds that struggle to find high quality football streams.
A Ghanaian witch doctor has claimed that he is responsible for giving Cristiano Ronaldo his leg injuries. Claims the injury cannot be cured by any medic. I wonder if horse placenta would work.
Michel Platini has called for a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup host nation, if the allegations of corruption are proven to be true…so brave.
Only 25 days out of knee surgery, Arturo Vidal played 20 minutes last night for Chile in their friendly match against Northern Ireland.
A subway strike in Sao Paolo could be on the way after subway workers rejected a salary raise just a week before the World Cup.
In our matches from yesterday:
In Major League Soccer action:
The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw in Columbus last night. Luis Gil opened scoring in the 56th, but Ethan Finley equalized in the 88th minute.
Colorado and the Chicago Fire played to a scoreless draw.
In our international friendlies for today:
Gibraltar won the first match in the history of their footballing nation! The crucial goal that gave them a 1-0 win was scored by Kyle Casciaro. He is a 37 year old striker that plays, in the Gibraltar Premier Division for Lincoln. Congratulations to him and his teammates, a thrilling day for them.
Algeria defeated Romania 2-1 as their run up to the World Cup continues. Nabil Bentaleb opened the scoring for Algeria in the 22nd minute, but Alexandru Chipciu equalized only 8 minutes later. El Arbi Soudani then scored in the 66th to give them the win.
Tamas Priskin’s penalty conversion gave Hungary a 1-0 win over Albania
The Netherlands took on a Wales side without Garth Bale and won 2-0 thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens.
In a surprising result, Italy only managed a 1-1 draw against Luxembourg. Claudio Marchisio opened scoring in the 9th minute after Mario Balotelli sent a cross onto his head. but Italy could not find again another despite Mario Ballotelli’s best efforts. Maxine Chanot got on the end of a corner kick and headed home the equalizer in the 85th.
Ecuador and England played in to a 2-2 draw in Miami yesterday. Enner Valencia opened scoring in the 8th minute after climbing above the England defense. Wayne Rooney then equalized after what may have been a hand ball by Rickie Lambert. Rickie Lambert then capped off a fantastic run through the Ecuadorian defense before passing to Lambert who finished with the outside of the foot. In the 70th minute Michael Arroyo unleashed a furious strike which found the back of the net to level the score. Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia were then both sent off after a questionable tackle by Sterling and an overblown response from Valencia.
Iceland defeated Estonia 1-0 because of Kolbeinn Sigthorssonn
Argentina managed a 3-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, whose players bowed down to Lionel Messi in the warmups. The Messiah did not get on the scoresheet, goals from Rodrigo Palacio, Javier Mascherano, and Maxi Rodriguez
Christian Stuani and Edison Cavani scored in Uruguay’s 2-0 win over Slovenia.
Northern Ireland stood tough for over 75 minutes against Chile, but ultimately Alexis Sanchez drove Chile to victory with two assists giving his team the 2-0 win. He popped a ball over the top of the defense to Eduardo Vargas to open the scoring in the 79th. He then played an inch perfect through ball to Mauricio Pinilla for the second.
Didier Drogba scored the winning goal for C’ote D’Ivoire in their 2-1 win over El Salvador. Gervinho opened the scoring for Les Elephants in the 9th minute. Arturo Alvarez scored in the 75th from the penalty spot to make things interesting.
Before we get to our upcoming match for tonight, starting on Monday’s episode we will be having a trivia contest sponsored by the great people over at Ruffneck Scarves and Who Are Ya Designs. Head over to their websites at www.ruffneckscarves.com and www.whoareyadesigns.com to check out the awesome shirts and scarves they have for sale.
We only have one match for today and that is and Argentina Primera Division B matchup between Platense and Temperley