After months of uncertainty and upheaval at U.S. Soccer, FIFA members voted to award the hosting rights to the 2026 World Cup to a united bid from Canada, the United States and Mexico. The tournament will be the first in history to be hosted across three countries, and it’s a landmark for regional unity. Notably, this will be the first men’s World Cup hosted in Canada, the first hosted in the U.S. since 1994, and the first hosted in Mexico since 1986. Start saving your pennies now to afford the ticket prices in eight years!
It was a shock on Tuesday when Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was named manager of Real Madrid after the World Cup ended, but such a table-setting move is not unprecedented. What came next was truly shocking, as the Spanish FA fired Lopetegui as Spain national team manager on Wednesday. Apparently, the Spanish set-up was kept in the dark about Lopetegui’s talks with the three-time defending Champions League champ and didn’t take kindly to it, so they cut him loose. Fernando Hierro has been named the new Spain boss.
Four years is a long time, but in some ways it doesn’t seem like that. It seems like just yesterday that James Rodriguez burst onto the scene with Colombia, and Brazil got smashed 7-1 by Germany. However a lot has changed in four years. Four years ago Neymar was just beginning his time in Europe, and Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku were bit part players at Chelsea. Also, The Netherlands finished in 3rd at a World Cup, since then they have not even qualified for the last two major tournaments. Also, most teams were still using a back four, now many use a back three with two wingbacks. So what does it all mean, and what should we look for going into this World Cup? Mike Goodman tries to break it all down for the Ringer.
Every time the World Cup comes around, there is a young player that seizes the world stage and becomes a star. In 2014 it was James Rodriguez with Colombia. In 2010, it was Thomas Muller with Germany. Who could be that player this year? Nate Scott of SB Nation looks at a list of 10 people who could be that breakout player this time around.
NYCFC did not waste any time. Soon after Patrick Vieira announced he was leaving the team to become the new manager of Nice, NYCFC chose Domenec Torrent to be the new head coach. Who is Torrent? He has been a top assistant of Pep Guardiola for years, with Pep at his time at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. Word is Pep Guardiola personally pushed for his assistant to get this job. Torrent has one year of managerial experience, as the manager of Girona in Spain in 2006. It’s not easy taking over a team in the middle of a season, when you haven’t coached in a while. Still, having on your resumé that you were on the coaching staff of arguably the greatest team of all time, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona teams, is a nice feather in the cap.
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