2
May

Series Recap: ‘Rise as One’ offers inside look at soccer’s storied history

The groundbreaking documentary series, “Rise as One,” presented by Budweiser and FOX Sports, showcased six of the most unique soccer stories from around the world.

Now is your change to re-live some of the greatest moments, seen below:

Power of Unity: The Japanese women’s national team overcame intense personal pain to inspire their country after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The story was truly uplifting and one of the best moments in sports to date:

Breaking Barriers: The United States men’s national team and Iran went head-to-head at the 1998 World Cup amid volatile politics and intense scrutiny, which helped break diplomatic tension — albeit for a short moment in time — on the world stage:

One Nation: Les Bleus’ memorable 1998 World Cup title run unified the racially diverse nation and helped inspire France to one of the most memorable victories in world soccer history:

Match for Peace: The story of how an exhibition match between World Cup champions Brazil and war torn Haiti, helped lift the spirits of the island nation during one of its darkest hours:

Forever Heroes: Nearly 20 years after a plane crash killed all but three men from Zambia’s national team, ”Forever Heroes” shows how the new survivor-led club overcame tragedy to capture the African Cup of Nations, just miles from the crash site:

 World War Truce: During a tense, frozen Christmas in World War I, German and British soldiers held a secret cease-fire to play a friendly soccer game. 

For information or video footage on “Rise as One,” visit FOXSoccer.com or Rise as One.

6
Dec

Impressed? Trevor Pryce predicted USA’s World Cup group

Do we have a fortune teller among our ranks at FOX Sports 1?

Crowd Goes Wild’s resident soccer enthusiast Trevor Pryce correctly predicted the World Cup group for the United States earlier this week.

Anticipating that it was the USA’s turn to end up in the “Group of Death,” Pryce listed Germany, Ghana and Portugal as his guesses for who the US would face in a segment on Wednesday’s show. The odds of getting that perfectly right were approximately 1 in 4,000.

Just call him the Prophet of Doom!

We at the FOX Soccer Blog wish he was completely wrong, but now we’re just scared. Pryce also said he think the USA would finish last in the group.

You’ve got your work cut out for you, Yanks.

20
Aug

Shakhter Karagandy’s strange superstition involves sacrificing sheep

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Photo: AP

It’s not unusual for athletes and teams to have pregame rituals. Everything from not washing certain items of clothing to prayer to eating specific meals — the list is endless. Apparently, for Shakhter Karagandy, it includes sacrificing a sheep. And guess what? It’s been working.

The Kazakh champions beat Celtic in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League playoffs tie on Tuesday, and will take the 2-0 advantage back to Scotland for the return leg next week.

The tradition of killing a sheep before the match is a ritual that Shakhter Karagandy has done throughout this year’s Champions League run. Karagandy manager Viktor Kumykov confirmed that the club had slaughtered a sheep a day ahead of the clash against Celtic and explained how the ritual sacrifice was standard practice. According to Pitchside Europe, he said,

"We are just observing a tradition. The guys decided that being in the playoff is a new level and we are not going to violate this tradition."

While fans of the club are thrilled at their success, sheep across Kazakhstan are probably coming up with rituals of their own to stop the team from winning.

Our Crowd Goes Wild crew on FOX Sports 1 ate the story up:

9
Jul

Behind the scenes: Alex Morgan’s FOX Sports 1 Promo shoot

FOX Sports 1, the one that makes sports fun again, coming to you August 17th!

See the full ad during the MLB All-Star Game, July 16, LIVE on FOX!

3
Jul

Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre talks Mexico, Gold Cup and more

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By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com

The Gold Cup is a deceptively difficult tournament. This biennial championship of the CONCACAF region, constituted of North and Central America and the Caribbean, is short on marquee names.

Just don’t tell that to Mexico’s manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.

Mexico is in crisis. An alarming start to World Cup qualifying and an inglorious exit from the Confederations Cup have left Mexico’s manager a man whose job could be taken from him any day now.

The Mexican federation claims this isn’t true. “There is no Plan B,” national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu said in a press conference last week. “I’m confident that we will qualify for the World Cup and we will win the Gold Cup.”

In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports, de la Torre explains the current state of Mexico’s national team before this summer’s Gold Cup tournament:

Make sure to catch the interview in its entirety on July 7 (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET). For the latest Gold Cup news, visit FOXSoccer.com.

19
May

Thank you fans!

It’s not a good-bye.

Thank you all for watching and for supporting the Premier League all these years on FOX Soccer. It’s been a blast and our pleasure bringing it to you, the fans.

As a reminder, FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, will be our new home for soccer starting August 17. Until then, FOX Soccer has next weekend’s Champions League final on tap, as well as this summer’s Gold Cup and plenty more.