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Carli Lloyd says she hit ‘rock bottom’ during last World Cup cycle

Carli Lloyd won her second World Cup with the US this summer but its safe to say she did not enjoy the experience as much as her teammates Carli Lloyd was relegated to a role off the bench this time around, and had to play as a forward rather than in her preferred position as an attacking midfielder. Lloyd appeared on ESPNs has been linked to a move to the NFL as a kicker, but she said that her main focus is playing in next years Olympics. The US are…

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Manchester United faces long road back as record revenues overshadowed by failure on the field

(CNN)If success in soccer was measured solely by results in the boardroom rather than on the field of play, then Manchester United would be the team to beat. In fact, by the time United arrives at Old Trafford to face Arsenal on Monday it could already be out of the title race — if it was really in it to start with. Keane is hardly alone in criticizing this United side. Gary Neville, the former United defender, was similarly critical after the loss at West Ham. “I suppose I shouldn’t…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjr defends United players and rues missed big chances

Manchester Uniteds Ole Gunnar Solskjr said there was nothing wrong with his players attitude and desire after his sides 2-0 defeat at West Ham Ole Gunnar Solskjr refused to criticise his Manchester United players in public after their insipid defeat at West Ham, insisting that the collective attitude was right and only the quality of their decision-making let them down. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell consigned Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/22/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-manchester-united-west-ham

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Liverpool battles back against Newcastle to maintain perfect start to the season

(CNN)Liverpool had to come from a goal behind to battle past Newcastle and extend its lead at the top of the Premier League to five points. But when Liverpool attacks the way it did against Newcastle, perhaps defending shouldn’t be too much of a concern. It took a trademark marauding, lung-busting run from Andy Robertson down the left to open up Newcastle’s defense, as Mane got onto the end of the Scot’s pass and curled his own beauty into the top corner. Though not on the score sheet himself, Firmino…

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Arsenal comes from two goals down to earn draw against Tottenham

(CNN)Arsenal and Tottenham played out yet another thrilling north London derby as the Gunners came from two goals down to earn a draw. “We were not happy (in the first half) but I think we did a great job, we played well and it was tough game — I think we deserved maybe more today, we had space to score a third.” It was a crucial match for both sides, having been on the receiving end of chastening defeats last weekend. While Arsenal was beaten convincingly away at Liverpool, Tottenham…

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Does revenue explain the USWNT’s World Cup bonus shortfall?

As the US womens soccer teams wage discrimination lawsuit heads toward mediation, heres everything you need to know about the pressing questions When the Guardian reported the many of the responses to that article centered around one topic: revenue. Revenue, some argue, must explain the difference in bonuses, whether they come from US Soccer or via Fifa. If, the argument goes, womens soccer generates less money than mens then it is natural the bonuses are smaller. Here is a look at whether that argument holds true and everything else you…

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From dream start to nightmare end, Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career turns sour

(CNN)When Gareth Bale arrived at Real Madrid in September 2013, for a then-world record fee, it looked to be a match made in heaven. READ: Guardiola hits back at Chinese media criticisms READ: Bale appears close to leaving Real How did it all get so ugly and what next for a winger who was once the world’s most expensive player? During his first season in Spain, the Welshman scored the winning goals in the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals, the latter a stunning individual effort that displayed the…

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Christen Press’s Barstool deal is a slap in the face to what the USWNT stand for

The USA stars mystifying choice to partner with Barstool, a company antithetical to the USWNTs values of inclusiveness, has allowed her teams identity to be co-opted on its victory lap Since the end of the Womens World Cup, the US womens national team have been celebrating in jubilant and brilliant fashion. They have chanted equal pay! from atop floats at a gender-equity lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation and appeared on a raft of chat shows, lending an unprecedented mainstream platform for their campaign of justice for women in football.…

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USA’s Allie Long says key to New York was stolen in hotel room burglary

The USA midfielder says her symbolic key to New York City and wedding ring were stolen from her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion United States womens soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles. Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at the ESPY awards on Wednesday night. Long wrote someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the…

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Cameroon meltdown was unimpressive but context is all important | Njie Enow

The Cameroon players lost their cool against England but they have been brought up on tales of injustice from Italia 90 and were desperate to win It was the summer of 1990 and the worlds best football nations had been battling for supremacy in Italy but a hitherto unknown central African state, Cameroon, had stolen the headlines. Jingoism was at its peak in the nation that was only appearing in the World Cup for the second time. The Indomitable Lions, as the Cameroon team are known, had become the first…

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Alexandra Popp marks 100th cap with opener as Germany reaches quarterfinals

(CNN)Alexandra Popp celebrated her 100th appearance for Germany with the opening goal for the two-time world champion in its comfortable 3-0 win over Nigeria in Grenoble to reach the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup. Follow @cnnsport But once again VAR was called upon to validate the goal as her teammate Svenja Huth appeared to be standing in the goalkeeper’s eye line in an offside position as the ball found the net.

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Brazils Roberto Firmino on target in Copa Amrica win against Peru

Brazil qualified for the Copa Amrica quarter-finals after Roberto Firmino and Willian were among the scorers in a 5-0 win against Peru Brazil overwhelmed Peru with three goals in a superb first half in So Paulo to set up a 5-0 victory and cruise into the Copa Amrica quarter-finals. Looking like their imperious old selves, the host nation went ahead after 12 minutes when Casemiro nodded home after a goalmouth scramble and Roberto Firmino made it two seven minutes later after Perus goalkeeper Pedro Gallese made a hash of his…

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Louis van Gaal: I thought Manchester United could buy every player

Louis van Gaal, Manchester Uniteds former manager, shares his thoughts with Jamie Jackson on Rooney, his own tactics, why the club is too commercial and being very surprised at Solskjrs appointment The Guardian sat down with Louis van Gaal at Noordwijks Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, three years since his dismissal by Manchester United. Jamie Jackson: Did you feel betrayed because Manchester United wanted you to do three years and then one day after you won the FA Cup final they turned around and said goodbye? Louis van Gaal At…

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Mastering momentum: exploring the anatomy of amazing comebacks | Andrew Anthony

Psychological momentum helped Spurs and Liverpool reach the Champions League final, even if they did not realise it Whatever you think about Jos Mourinho, most would agree he knows a thing or two about football. Surveying the two epic semi-final second legs of the Champions League, he came to two very different conclusions about Liverpools and Tottenhams unlikely victories. In the first case, he said, losing 3-0 in the first leg to mentality, specifically the mentality instilled in the team by Jrgen Klopp. In the second, he thought Spurs three…

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