16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!

8
Oct

U.S. Soccer makes perfect tribute video to Landon Donovan

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This Friday marks the final time Landon Donovan will strip on a USA jersey, as the 32-year-old will captain Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in a friendly match vs. Ecuador.

To mark this emotional occasion, U.S. Soccer has put together a touching tribute video for its all-time leader in both goals and assists. And it couldn’t be more perfect:

Here’s hoping No. 10 will go out with a goal or two to ring out his international career in style. We’ll miss you, Landon.

23
Sep

Nottingham Forest to honor late Brian Clough with green sweater tribute

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Brian Clough made them fashionable back in his day.

The beloved late manager, who led Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, a league title and four league cups, was famous for wearing green sweaters (the English call them “jumpers”) on the sidelines.

On Wednesday, Forest will pay tribute to their legendary coach with a beautiful gesture for their League Cup tie at Tottenham. Each traveling fan attending the match at White Hart Lane will be handed a replica green jumper to wear.

From The Guardian:

All Forest fans traveling on official club coaches to the fixture will be given replicas of Clough’s famous fashion accessory to mark the 10th anniversary of his death on 20 September 2004.

John McGovern, Nottingham Forest’s club ambassador, said: “Brian was simply the best. There will never ever be anyone in football quite like Brian again. He is synonymous with Nottingham Forest and to see 1,000 Forest fans in green jumpers at such a high-profile game will be a fantastic way to mark the anniversary.”

The jumpers will be handed out by representatives of the Nottingham-based sponsors of the competition, Capital One.

Image provided by Reuters

28
Jul

Ronaldinho leaves Atletico Mineiro, is now a free agent

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Former ‘best player in the world’ Ronaldinho is unemployed.

The 34-year-old announced on Monday that he is leaving Atletico Mineiro by mutual consent, and is due to give a press conference on Wednesday to announce his future plans.

Atletico coach Levir Culpi confirmed the news speaking with SporTV.

"I can’t call on Ronaldinho anymore. His cycle with us has ended. It’s unfortunate because he’s an idol to all of us. Everyone loves his football, the way he plays and he’s a very charismatic person," Culpi said.

"But that’s the way it goes. He’s leaving and we must move on without him."

The former Ballon d’Or winner and World Cup champion scored 28 goals in 88 games with Mineiro, and helped them win their first ever Copa Libertadores title last season. Ronaldinho’s contract with the Belo Horizonte club was set to expire at the end of this year.

While you can now officialy start day-dreaming about Ronaldinho joining Major League Soccer, take in some of his greatest moments at Mineiro:

H/T Goal.com

7
Jul

Football world reacts to death of Alfredo Di Stefano

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Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano passed away Monday afternoon at the age of 88, after having suffered a heart attack on Saturday prior to the Albiceleste’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Belgium.

The legendary striker shot Real Madrid to their first five European Cup titles from 1956-1960, becoming the first and only player to score in five successive finals.

Upon hearing the news, players and teams from across the globe took to Twitter to share their grief:

15
Mar

Brazil legend Rivaldo retires from football

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Rivaldo, one of the greatest midfielders of our generation and a living Brazilian legend, announced his retirement from football via Instagram Saturday:image

During his 24-year career, Rivaldo won the 2002 World Cup, the 2003 Champions League with AC Milan, and two La Liga titles with Barcelona, among many other accolades. He received the Ballon d’Or in 1999 and was voted into two World Cup all-star teams (1998 and 2002).

We invite you now to join us and take a moment to reminisce on Rivaldo’s brilliance. Perhaps his greatest goal came in 2001, on the final day of the La Liga season. Barcelona needed to beat Valencia in order to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Two minutes from time, with the match tied 2-2, Rivaldo stepped up:

And if that’s not enough for you, here are a lot more Rivaldo highlights:

Tchau, legend!