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EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 9

NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League returns this weekend as first-place Liverpool visit Manchester United on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Sadio Mane and the Reds look to equal the all-time top-flight winning streak record, while Manchester United aim to collect their first win since mid-September at Old Trafford. Arlo White calls the match, joined by Graeme Le Saux and Lee Dixon. This week’s match coverage kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings, followed by a doubleheader on NBCSN: Everton v. West Ham kicks off at 7:30 a.m. ET, ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 1-6, 2019

Major League Soccer’s final regular season broadcast of 2019 featured the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers — both fighting for a spot in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs — and drew an audience of 226,000 viewers on ESPN. ESPN’s networks finished the regular season seeing a 2% increase in viewership, up to 246,000 viewers per match, making up some of the ground from ESPN’s 10% drop in viewership from 2017 to 2018. NBC’s coverage of the Premier League is averaging 780,500 viewers through their first eight broadcasts of the 2019-2020 season, down 7% from their first eight last season. Saturday’s ... Read more

Bundesliga moves to ESPN+: Everything you need to know about new US rights deal

With every deal that the Bundesliga has signed in the United States, the German league has become more popular. From GolTV to FOX Sports to, beginning in the summer of 2020, ESPN, the Bundesliga keeps on working diligently to try to crack the American market. But the Bundesliga’s deal with ESPN is something else. It’s a pre-emptive strike and gutsy move that bets the future on streaming. Yes, some games will be on television, but this is a big leap of faith at a time when being on television is still a big deal. We go into more details about ... Read more

Fanatiz demo: Watch our walkthrough of the soccer streaming app

Sometimes seeing is believing, which is why we decided to put together a walkthrough demo of the Fanatiz app to show you what it looks like and how it works. Fanatiz may not be the most well-known legal streaming service for soccer fans in the United States, but it features several advantages that may interest you. Benefits of Fanatiz: 1. Most cost-effective way to access beIN SPORTS in order to watch LaLiga, 2. Also includes games from Ligue 1, Portuguese Primeira Liga and Copa Libertadores, 3. Includes all of the beIN SPORTS Connect channels integrated into app, 4. Exclusive rights to all of the ... Read more

Pochettino not going grey over Spurs speculation

London (AFP) – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accepted on Monday his job will come under scrutiny if fails to rally the flagging fortunes of last season’s Champions League finalists. Spurs have endured a terrible start to the season, winning just three of their first 12 games in all competitions, which has seen Pochettino face prolonged criticism for the first time in five-and -a-half years at the club. “I am not surprised. That is football,” said Pochettino. “Football is always about to win today and tomorrow, what happened yesterday is gone. “I understand it’s the business. I am 47 – look, ... Read more

Man City still not clinical enough to win Champions League – Guardiola

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the English champions are still not strong enough at either end of the field to count themselves as realistic contenders to win the Champions League for the first time. City are the bookmakers’ favourites to finally win the biggest prize in European football after more than a decade of huge investment from the club’s Abu Dhabi owners and in Guardiola’s fourth season in charge. However, the Catalan, who has won the Champions League twice as a manager and once as a player at Barcelona, thinks City will be punished ... Read more

Ronaldo happy with ‘more attacking’ Juventus

Rome (AFP) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a vote of confidence on Monday when he said he was happy with the “more attacking” approach the club had adopted since Sarri came on board in the summer.  “I think the team is getting better,” said Ronaldo on the eve of Juve’s Champions League Group D meeting with Lokomotiv Moscow.  “We are getting more and more confident. We are playing a different brand of football, more attacking. “I like the way he (Sarri) wants the team to play. We are creating more opportunities, we have more confidence in ... Read more

Study finds footballers 3.5 times more likely to die from brain trauma

London (AFP) – A new study carried out by Glasgow University has found former footballers are approximately three-and-a- half times more likely to die from neurodegenerative diseases than the general population. The report, released on Monday was commissioned by England’s Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association to assess the medical records of 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland between 1900 and 1976. Their records were matched against more than 23,000 individuals from the general population, with the study led by consultant neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart of Glasgow University. His findings report that the “risk ranged from a ... Read more

Bulgaria appoint new coach in wake of racism row: reports

Sofia (AFP) – Bulgaria appointed Georgi Dermendzhiev as new national football coach in place of Krasimir Balakov who quit last week in the wake of a 0-6 loss against England overshadowed by racist abuse. “Georgy Dermendzhiev is the new Bulgarian national team coach. All has been agreed, he’s the new manager. We’ll finalise the documents tomorrow,” Bulgarian Football Union vice president Yordan Lechkov was quoted as telling sportal.bg sports website on Monday. Dermendzhiev confirmed the news to another sports website, gong.bg, adding that he expected to sign his contract “today or tomorrow”. The 64-year-old coach is one of Bulgaria’s most ... Read more

Wales have played their ‘get out of jail card’ – Gatland

Tokyo (AFP) – Wales have played their “get out of jail card”, coach Warren Gatland said Monday of his team’s nail-biting victory over France that set up a World Cup semi-final against South Africa this weekend. The Welsh edged France 20-19 in their quarter-final in Oita, but will face the Springboks without No 8 Josh Navidi after Gatland confirmed he had been ruled out of the rest of the competition with a grade two hamstring injury. Gatland said they would bring in a replacement on Tuesday, but said the management “haven’t made a decision yet” on who that might be. ... Read more

African players in Europe: Ivorian Lago stuns Real Madrid

Paris (AFP) – Ivorian Junior Lago stole the show among Africans in the major European leagues at the weekend by snatching the La Liga winner for Real Mallorca against Real Madrid.   Forward Lago struck the only goal of the match after seven minutes to give Mallorca a first home win since 2006 over the record 13-time European champions. His goal also lifted the club out of a crowded relegation zone to 14th place after a third win in nine league matches this season. ENGLAND SADIO MANE (Liverpool) The Senegal winger was denied a goal by VAR in a 1-1 ... Read more

Suele injury will keep him out until after Euros says Hoeness

Berlin (AFP) – Germany central defender Niklas Suele will miss the rest of the season and Euro-2020 after injuring his knee playing for Bayern at the weekend, club president Uli Hoeness said on Monday.  “Apparently, the season is over for him, he can forget about the Euros,” Hoeness said.  The 24-year-old tore his left knee anterior cruciate ligament on Saturday in Bayern’s 2-2 Bundesliga draw in Augsburg. He had surgery on Monday.  Joachim Loew, the national coach, said it was “very bad news” and called Suele was “a pillar” in his reconstruction project for the Euros. Loew put his faith ... Read more