Author: Skylar Darel

Manchester City launches OTT streaming service coined ‘Man City For TV’

Perhaps no club in world soccer has expanded their global brand over the past decade as much as Manchester City. On the heels of their second consecutive Premier League title, the English club have announced the launch of Man City For TV, a comprehensive OTT streaming service featuring live preseason friendlies, broadcasts of academy and women’s games, full-match replays (on delay), exclusive CityTV productions, archived matches from the club’s history as well as the customary highlights, interviews and press conference footage. Initially priced at £1.99 per month, which is roughly $2.47 in USD, Man City For TV will be available ... Read more

Remembering Lionel Messi’s best 20 minutes of his career

Barcelona are finalizing preparations for their all important first leg vs. Liverpool on Wednesday when they’ll kick off a mouthwatering Champions League semifinal matchup against Liverpool. Despite being a routine footballing Goliath, and a historically good run of domestic success, the Catalan club haven’t made it to this stage of Europe’s premier club competition since 2015 when they won the UEFA Champions League (and the treble, for good measure). Barcelona’s last three Champions League campaigns have been characterized by quarterfinal flops — they lost to Atletico Madrid in 2016, Juventus in 2017, and famously, Roma in 2018 when they squandered ... Read more

Steadying a sinking ship: How Solari and Solskjær saved two of Europe’s biggest clubs

Julen Lopetegui exited the Nou Camp in late October with both a sense of shock and a sinking realization that his dream of being Real Madrid’s manager was about to come to a screeching halt. Real Madrid had just been thrashed 5-1 at the hands of their oldest and fiercest rivals, FC Barcelona, which was their worst loss in the Clásico since a 5-0 setback in November 2010. This defeat came against a shorthanded Barcelona, without Lionel Messi. It didn’t matter. Lopetegui’s Real were torn to shreds in their fifth loss in their last seven in all competitions. Jose Mourinho ... Read more

What the signing of Frenkie de Jong means for Barcelona

Just days after making one of the more surprising signings of the January transfer window, by inking Kevin Prince Boateng to a six month loan, Spanish giants FC Barcelona made a move on Wednesday that many in Europe were expecting them to make. Frenkie de Jong, an exciting Dutch midfielder who plays his football for Ajax, will join Barcelona at the end of the season for 75 million Euros, per the club’s official website. Barcelona outbid fellow European giants Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City for de Jong’s services. At just 21, de Jong figures to be a key cog ... Read more

Pulisic’s move to Chelsea is a win for the player, Blues and Dortmund

Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports In many ways, the transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea is jaw-dropping. The American winger was sold to Chelsea on the second day of the January transfer window for a fee of £57.5 million). He was then immediately loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. It is, by some distance, the highest fee ever paid for a United States international player. It is also, according to Roger Gonzalez of CBS, the 27th most expensive transfer fee of all time. Pulisic, 20, broke onto the international scene for ... Read more

Remembering David Villa’s legacy with NYCFC and MLS

Before New York City Football Club had uniforms or a fan base, or an academy, or any semblance of a footballing identity, they had David Villa. The decorated Spanish striker became the club’s first-ever player on June 2, 2014. He joined as the Spanish national teams all-time leading goal scorer, a World Cup winner in 2010, and a winner of both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Villa’s stature in MLS was larger than life. He was the latest in a new wave of aging European stars who sought career renaissances in Major League Soccer. Almost four and a ... Read more

Why Leonardo Jardim, not Zidane, should be Manchester United’s next manager

Two years ago, Leonardo Jardim led an upstart AS Monaco side to the Ligue 1 title and the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. On October 11, Jardim was sacked, as a floundering Monaco dropped to 18th in the French top flight, with just six points from their opening nine games. Monaco’s staggering fall from grace isn’t necessarily a reflection on Jardim, who was made the scapegoat. Rather, it is the direct result of Monaco’s place on the totem pole of world football: they are a feeder club, who recycle young talent on almost a yearly basis. They snatch up ... Read more

Who should have made the World XI?

The annual FIFA “The Best” awards took place on Monday afternoon, with several controversial selections being made by the voting bodies of FIFA. Luka Modric broke a decade long duopoly between Messi and Ronaldo for Best Mens Player; Marta won Best Women’s Player, despite Sam Kerr having the best season amongst any female player; and Mohamed Salah won the Puskas Award for his 7th best goal last season, beating out worldie bicycle kicks from both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. But the big focus of the night, other than Modric, was the World XI, which was announced as well. Before ... Read more