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FS1’s first Liga MX game in English will be Xolos vs. Chivas

FOX Sports will broadcast their very first Liga MX game in English this Saturday night when Club Tijuana meets Chivas de Guadalajara in a game that will be shown live across FS1. As first reported by World Soccer Talk in May, FOX Sports acquired the English-language and Spanish-language rights to the Club Tijuana home games in Liga MX and Copa MX. With the new season of Liga MX scheduled to launch this Friday, the timing couldn’t be better for FOX given that the American broadcaster has lost the rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. With ... Read more

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and ... Read more

NBC brings back NBC Sports Gold for new Premier League season

For the 2018/19 season, NBC Sports will feature 150 games behind the NBC Sports Gold paywall, which means that there’ll be 230 games available on television. Last season, NBC Sports advertised they would feature 130 games via the NBC Sports Gold Premier League Pass paid subscription service, but due to the way the matches were scheduled, NBC Sports ended up showing 150 games on NBC Sports Gold. Having learned from last season, NBC Sports will again offer 150 exclusive Premier League games via NBC Sports Gold for $50. Those games aren’t available on television. While the big clubs such as ... Read more

Sign up for 2018-19 Fantasy Premier League and join the World Soccer Talk private league

Registration is now open for the 2018-19 Fantasy Premier League season. The game is free to play. And, if you like, you can join the World Soccer Talk private league. Here’s how to join the World Soccer Talk private league today: 1. Visit the Fantasy Premier League site and log in 2. If you’ve never registered before, click the ‘Sign Up’ button, 3. After logging in, select your team (you can always change the team selection later, so don’t worry about finalizing your team right then and there), 4. Click the ‘Leagues’ tab in the top navigation, 5. Click the “Create and join ... Read more

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. PSG ICC on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Paris-Saint Germain in the International Champions Cup, you’ve come to the right place. In the second game of the 2018 International Champions Cup, the match features Bayern Munich playing Paris Saint-Germain at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria. Match: Bayern Munich vs. Paris-Saint Germain Kickoff: Saturday, 10am ET Looking to watch Bayern Munich vs. Paris-Saint Germain online from work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here are all of ... Read more

Alisson move could spark keeper merry-go-round

London (AFP) – Liverpool’s world-record signing of Alisson could trigger a reshuffle of goalkeepers at top clubs across Europe, with several others seemingly set for a move on the merry-go-round. Liverpool signed Brazil international Alisson from Roma on Thursday in a deal valued at 72.5 million euros — a record for a goalkeeper — beating Chelsea to his signature. Liverpool swiftly sold reserve goalkeeper Danny Ward to Leicester City on Friday. Wales international Ward had been back-up to Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, who made two costly blunders in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final ... Read more

Germany team doctor quits after 23 years following World Cup flop

Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s long-serving team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt quit on Friday after 23 years in the job, becoming the first casualty of the country’s World Cup flop. “I have decided to retire as team doctor. I have informed the Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff and coach Joachim Loew,” the 75-year-old told DPA news agency. Known fondly as ‘Mull’, the doctor is the first member of Loew’s backroom staff to quit following the 2014 World Cup winners’ shock first round exit at this year’s tournament in Russia. “I had 23 fantastic years with extraordinary achievements and great results. During those ... Read more

Sports court annuls AC Milan Europa League ban

Lausanne (AFP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday overturned a European ban imposed on AC Milan for violating UEFA’s financial fair play rules, calling the punishment “not proportionate.”  UEFA banned Milan from playing in next season’s Europa League citing the club’s failure to meet the “break-even requirement,” which bars clubs from taking on debt to fund daily operations.  But CAS in statement ruled that “some important elements have not been properly assessed,” by UEFA judges, notably that the “current financial situation of the club was now better following the recent change in the club’s ownership.” CAS referred ... Read more

Lamela signs new contract with Tottenham

London (AFP) – Erik Lamela became the latest Tottenham star to sign a new contract as the Argentine playmaker agreed a four-year deal with the north London club on Friday. Lamela’s new terms will keep him at Tottenham until 2022 as he followed in the footsteps of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, who have also signed improved deals since the end of last season. “We are delighted to announce that Erik Lamela has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2022,” a statement on Tottenham’s website said. Lamela made his comeback from injury last November and ... Read more

Great expectations as Brazil prodigy Vinicius Jr unveiled by Real Madrid

Madrid (AFP) – The 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr was officially unveiled by Real Madrid on Friday after completing his blockbuster transfer from Rio’s Flamengo. Madrid signed the player two years ago for 45 million euros ($52.68M), in a deal that would become official after his 18th birthday on July 12, 2018. Vinicius was accompanied on his trip to Madrid by compatriot and former Real player Ronaldo, who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002. “Vinicius is a player with a lot of quality and talent. He’s the biggest prospect for the future of Brazilian football,” said Ronaldo. ... Read more

Troubled Villa land investment boost

London (AFP) – Aston Villa will receive “significant investment” from Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris and American tycoon Wes Edens as the Championship club try to secure their financial status after missing out on promotion to the Premier League. Villa owner Tony Xia spent the close-season searching for fresh investment to plug a reported £40 million deficit after Villa were beaten by Fulham in the Championship play-off final last season. He had entered talks to hand over some of his control of Villa to Sawiris and Edens’ company NSWE in exchange for a cash injection. Those discussions have concluded with Chinese ... Read more

Huddersfield sign Diakhaby from Monaco

London (AFP) – Huddersfield signed former France Under-21 striker Adama Diakhaby from Monaco for an undisclosed fee on Friday. Diakhaby has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League club after completing a medical earlier this week. The 22-year-old joined Monaco from Rennes last season, but made just 10 Ligue 1 starts. He netted three goals in all competitions for Monaco and made five Champions League appearances. Diakhaby will now head to Germany to link up with his new Huddersfield team-mates at their training camp. “I’m very happy to be able to welcome Adama to Huddersfield Town today,” Huddersfield manager ... Read more