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Champions League schedule on US TV: Round of 16, February 19-20

After an exciting round of matches in the UEFA Champions League last week, four new teams kick off their Round of 16 campaign this week as they start dreaming of advancing to the final in Madrid, Spain. Those matches will feature: • Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich, • Lyon vs. Barcelona, • Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus, and • Schalke vs. Manchester City. All four matches will be shown live on television in the United States. But with matches kicking off at the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday, that means that only one game will be televised in English-language each day on TNT. Still, all ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 6-10, 2019

The first leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid was the most-watched program among Spanish-language sports cable networks last Wednesday, averaging 585,000 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español. The English-language broadcast averaged an additional 235,000 viewers. Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea last Sunday averaged a combined 1.081 million viewers between NBCSN and Telemundo. NBCSN’s 732,000 viewers was the second most-watched Premier League match on cable so far in 2019, behind only January 13’s match between Spurs and Manchester United, which was watched by 876,000 on NBCSN. The match was also the most-watched Spanish-language Premier ... Read more

Top 10 streaming services for watching soccer

The two biggest misconceptions about streaming soccer are, one, many of the games aren’t available via streaming, and, two, you can’t watch the games on television. Both of these are untrue. First, there’s more soccer available via legal streaming now than ever before. Practically every soccer league worth its salt is available on a variety of soccer streaming services (we continue to update the master list of where you can find the leagues and competitions). Secondly, any of the games you watch on streaming can be viewed on your television set by taking a couple of extra steps. To walk ... Read more

US Soccer boss: Confederations Cup done, Gold Cup in doubt

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New York (AFP) – US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro says the FIFA Confederations Cup will not be played again and the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup could be scrapped after 2021. Cordeiro made the comments in a report on The Athletic website after earlier remarks at US Soccer’s annual general meeting. The eight-nation Confederations Cup has been contested every year before the World Cup since 2005, with continental champions and reigning World Cup champions joined by the upcoming World Cup host. But FIFA scrapped the event ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup given its winter scheduling due to extreme heat ... Read more

Having Ronaldo is an advantage, says Juve coach Allegri

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Madrid (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says that having Cristiano Ronaldo in his side “is an advantage” ahead of the Portuguese star’s return to Madrid for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg clash against Atletico. Ronaldo won four Champions League titles in five years at Real Madrid before joining Juve in a 100-million-euro ($117 million) deal last year, and will be hoping to be back at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final on June 1. Juventus are still bidding for their first European crown since 1996 after final defeats in 2003, 2015 and 2017, and in the last 16 ... Read more

Search for Sala plane pilot to resume next week: family

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London (AFP) – A search for the pilot of a plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala which crashed in the Channel last month is set to resume next week, his family said on Tuesday. David Ibbotson’s family said on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the search that divers would begin looking for the body “hopefully beginning of next week”. The fundraising page, which has so far raised nearly £250,000 (287,000 euros, $327,000), said there would also be “helicopter searches of the coastal areas”. The small aircraft, which was carrying the Cardiff City striker from his former club Nantes in ... Read more

Guardiola urges Man City to draw on Newport win at Schalke

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Essen (Germany) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to use the experience of their FA Cup win at lowly Newport when they play Bundesliga strugglers Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday. Guardiola’s high-flying City arrived in Germany as overwhelming favourites to win Wednesday’s last 16, first leg clash at Schalke’s Veltins Arena. While City top the Premier League on goal difference from Liverpool, Schalke are enduring a dreadful season, winless in their last four league games and not far from the Bundesliga’s relegation places. City ground out a 4-1 win at fourth-tier minnows Newport County last Saturday, ... Read more

Neymar ‘cried for two days’ after new foot injury

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Neymar “cried for two days” after injuring his right foot for a second time in January, he told Brazilian television according to an excerpt of an interview broadcast on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star recognized that damaging the same metatarsal he hurt in February 2018, necessitating an operation, was serious. “It’s more complicated. The first time I hurt myself I said, ‘I’ll have an operation, it has to be fixed as quickly as possible’. I wasn’t sad,” he told Globo TV. “This time, I took it harder. I cried for two days at home.” ... Read more

Liverpool’s Fabinho forced into unfamiliar role for Bayern visit

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was forced to name a makeshift centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho for his side’s Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Talismanic Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is suspended, while fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are injured, forcing Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to start in an unfamiliar role. Klopp does have more options in midfield where Naby Keita keeps his place with James Milner left on the bench. Roberto Firmino has also recovered from a virus that saw the Brazilian miss training on Monday ... Read more

3 reasons behind Arsenal’s recent dip in form

Times have changed quite a bit for Arsenal over the last few months. The Gunners were previously firing on all cylinders, recording a streak of 22 games unbeaten. However, since mid-December, Arsenal have managed to win just six of their last 14 total matches. Oddly enough, the Gunners went through a similar spell around the same time last season, losing eight of 13 total matches from January 7 to March 4. Nevertheless, Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to find out why the north London club has taken a step back in recent weeks. While there can be a multitude ... Read more

‘No white flag’ – underdogs Schalke ready for Man City

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Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Schalke are embracing the role of underdogs for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City with the Bundesliga strugglers promising not to raise a white flag against the reigning Premier League champions.  Schalke have failed to win in their last four league games, leaving them 14th in the Bundesliga table, and they are having difficulty scoring goals. City, in contrast, have hit a rich vein of form and were described by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as “the best team in Europe” after they thrashed his side 6-0 ten days ago, but Schalke insist they will not roll ... Read more