Philippe Coutinho has been in England less than a year, and his English still needs a lot of work. Luckily for the Brazilian, a young Liverpool fan took it upon herself to teach him some key English soccer phrases.
With these in hand, Coutinho can give the world’s most cliche interview.
Philippe, how did you think Liverpool played today?
"We’ve got to treat every game like a Cup final, and at the end of the day, it was a game of two halves."
Were you happy with your performance?
"I worked my socks off, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team."
Nailed it. Next crucial soccer lesson: Dismissing transfer rumors.
(H/T Off The Post)
It was always going to take a monumental effort to transform Luis Suarez into a likeable footballer.
What better place to start than being interviewed by an adorable young Liverpool fan while drinking tea and eating biscuits?
(Via Dirty Tackle)
A conference call with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – eccentric Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden striker, professional brooder, devout worshipper at the altar of Zlatan, serial third-person referrer of self, mass-winner of league championships, and delightful provocateur – is an experience.
We had one such opportunity on Friday, so here, free of framing, editing or diluting, the best things he said in his deep, ear-ringing voice during the half-hour call.
On the Ballon D’Or, for which he wasn’t nominated as a finalist:
“I’m the best, boy.”
On coming to Major League Soccer:
“I’m not nominated for the Golden Ball so, I don’t know, maybe in America nobody knows who I am there. So maybe I should come over and play some seasons so people get to know me.”
On his favorite player to watch:
“My favorite player all time is Ronaldo The Phenomeno, of course, but he’s not active today. Eeehhh… As you play every day, train every day… pffff… play games almost every three days it’s not easy to watch even football when you come home. I have two kids to take care of and other interesting things I’m doing in my life, other hobbies, so it’s not like football 24 hours. I like to see big games and that’s it. Finals of tournaments and these kind of games that is exciting to watch but I’m not the one that like to watch a lot of football.”
On what it would take for a player of his stature in his prime to come to America:
“I can only speak for myself. It could be interesting to go over to America and try the football there but today it’s not interesting.”
On continuing to improve into his 30s:
“I’m like the wine. The older the wine is the better it is. So the older I get, the better I get.”
In one of our favorite recurring segments, Kop Kids presents another sit-down interview with a young fan and a club superstar.
Here we see 10-year-old Reds fan Finn getting a chance to sit down with Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.
The whole video is so darn cute that’s it worth watching by itself, but Finn actually gives a pretty informative interview. All we can say is: Enjoy!
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sat down with Grant Wahl for FOX Soccer Daily to talk about his return to Chelsea, the club’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney, the upcoming UEFA Super Cup tilt against Bayern Munich, and — and! — a possible coaching future in the United States. Wouldn’t that be something?
Could Mourinho come stateside in the future? The Special One would certainly be a thrilling addition to any coaching staff in the USA. But for now, it seems he’s set on a lengthy stay in England with Chelsea.
FOX Soccer Daily debuts on FOX Sports 1 this coming Monday at 4pm ET, and we’re starting things off right! Our host Julie Stewart-Binks secured an exclusive interview with the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, in which the USA star touches on several topics, including his plans for the future.
For more information on America’s new home for soccer, including where you can find FOX Sports 1 on your TV, check out FOXSports1.com!
By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com
On July 5, Jozy Altidore sealed his transfer from AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands to Sunderland of the Barclays Premier League. The Black Cats will be the 23-year-old’s seventh club. His reported transfer fee of $13 million broke his own American record of the $10 million Villarreal paid the New York Red Bulls in 2008. On Friday, FOX Soccer caught up with Altidore to chat about his transfer and the reasoning behind the move:
FOX Soccer: During your last spell in the Premier League with Hull City in the 2009-10 season, you faced a steep learning curve. Do you think you’re better prepared this time around?
Jozy Altidore: “I don’t think it’s about being better prepared. Looking back on it, I think I was the number one striker on that team, not the greatest team in the world, I was always going to be up against it. It wasn’t easy. Now I’ve played in Europe more, I think I’m a little bit of a different type of player now than I was when I was 19 years old.”
FS: You matured rapidly with AZ. How did that help shape your career?
JA: “Just being there and training every single player day was good, you learned every single day. It was a really good two years for me, in every aspect. Just becoming a target man became a bit more natural for me.”
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:
Ever since Robbie Rogers’ much discussed return to Major League Soccer, he has sought out to become a leader and a role model for the LGBT community.
The LA Galaxy midfielder recently toured the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian center, meeting with the CEO to share his story and lend a helping hand. He was also able to answer questions from some of the youth at the center, many of whom were former athletes themselves.
In case you were wondering about his current relationship status: