Soccer world reacts to sad news of Vilanova’s passing

As the soccer world mourns the loss of Tito Vilanova, numerous players, managers and clubs offered their condolences:


#DempseyWatch Turns Into #BradleyWatch

By Kyle McCarthy

Former United States men’s international Taylor Twellman sparked hysteria on Twitter this afternoon with a brief, incredible dispatch about the future of Michael Bradley:

This move carries most of the hallmarks of Clint Dempsey’s stunning move to Seattle last summer with one catch: Bradley, 26, is in the prime of his career.

The thought of Bradley — perhaps the best player in a USA shirt at the moment — exchanging Serie A for MLS at this stage raises a whole host of questions. Most of them permeated through the Internet in the ensuing minutes as people tried to process why Bradley might spurn the chance to fight for his place at Roma or stay in Europe with another club.

Perhaps the most interesting dispatch came from Philadelphia Union defender Amobi Okugo: 

Whether TFC and Bradley eventually complete the move remains uncertain at this point. One thing is clear about the present, though: #BradleyWatch has started in earnest.


Sandro snubs Italian interest

Tottenham have had a season to forget so far. Having lavished over £100 million on fresh talent after Gareth Bale’s exit, they are languishing outside the Premier League’s top four. Sandro has been one of the bright sparks in a so far disappointing campaign.

Monday’s newspapers say the Brazilian midfielder has rejected interest from Italian clubs including Roma and giants Inter Milan.

For this story and the rest of Monday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Cabaye linked with move to Serie A leaders

Yohan Cabaye alienated many Newcastle fans in the summer when he refused to play for the club after the move to Arsenal he craved failed to materialise. The Frenchman has now kissed and made up with the club and fans, and is first choice in the starting line-up once more but there are fears that he could be part of a new tug-of-war in the January transfer window. Roma, whose perfect start to the Serie A season finally ended against Torino, apparently want the 27-year-old midfielder.

Click here for this and the latest rumors on Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, plus much more. 


Italian announcer likens Michael Bradley to Lex Luthor


Michael Bradley and Lex Luthor: separated at birth?

You can see the resemblance, can’t you? Italian soccer announcer Carlo Zampa clearly does, as he loudly referred to Bradley as “LEX LUTHOR!” several times after the USMNT star scored the game-winner for AS Roma against Udinese this weekend. Listen in, and keep scrolling down to see the goal itself:

Roma improved to 9-0-0 with the win, setting a new Serie A record for best start to a season, while it was Bradley’s first goal of the season in his first game back since suffering an ankle injury in early September. An exciting moment for both club and player, and most certainly for Carlo Zampa.


Roma remain perfect in Serie A after San Siro win


Image courtesy of Getty

At first, it seemed that Roma’s perfect start to the season was an anomaly. Surely it would not last. Well here we are, seven games in and they have seven wins, 21 points and sit atop Serie A.

What has been the key to their success? It’s 37-year-old Francesco Totti.

The striker has scored three goals and notched six assists this season, proving that even in his later footballing years, he’s a huge asset to the club. His offensive firepower was especially key on Saturday in Roma’s 3-0 win over Inter, showing the world that they are the real deal and Totti definitely still has it.


Roma rejects Premier League club’s bid for Bradley

It’s hard to think of a better edition than today’s Paper Chase which contains some very interesting rumors surrounding the futures of Michael Bradley, Hulk, Wayne Rooney, Samuel Eto’o, Angel di Maria, Mesut Ozil - the list is endless. Click here to find out the latest moves in the transfer window.


Manchester United back on Modric trail

Manchester United boss David Moyes is getting desperate to strengthen his squad with the new Premier League season just one week away. Cesc Fabregas looks like a no-go option so Moyes has supposedly turned his attention to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. Tottenham are also in the market, with Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic on Andre Villas-Boas’s radar. Click here for more of the best gossip from the UK press.


AS Roma lets fans choose alternate third kit

Ever grow tired of your team’s jerseys, or even wish you could have a say in creating them? Serie A club AS Roma is giving its fans the chance to do so with an online poll. Registered fans of the club can vote between three design choices starting on Monday, August 5th and ending on September 1st.

You have to commend a big club like Roma for thinking about the fans, and they’re not the first team to do this! The LA Galaxy offered fans an even better deal last year. LA staged a contest collecting over 8,000 different fan-made designs, and after whittling it down to five final choices, fans ultimately chose this, an homage to the classic Galaxy jerseys from the past:



Let’s see if you can beat that, Roma fans. Just make sure your team doesn’t end up running around in something like this: