Ah yes, Nottingham Forest's famed City Ground, where folks clad in red gather to cheer on their plucky lads in England's Championship division. Truly, this is where the soul of football lives, away from the glitz and glamour, the flashy cars and inflated transfer fees, the private jets and inflated egos. Here, it's about one thing: the fans. Here, folks know it's the fans who make football truly special, which is why—PIE FIGHT! PIE FIGHT!
Simon Mignolet is a solid guy. The 29-year-old Belgian shot-stopper isn’t renowned for his incredible reflexes, an impeccable command of his area or world-class distribution, but he’s pretty dependable. “He is solid, he is like a machine. You can always rely on him,” says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Watford’s Miguel Britos Decides He Doesn’t Like the Look of Anthony Knockaert’s Legs, Commits Horror Tackle
Watford were forced to play most of their tie against Brighton this Saturday with 10-men. The Hornets went down a player after this nasty two-footed tackle by defender Miguel Britos in the 24th minute.
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Everton held a narrow 2-0 advantage heading into their second leg Europa League qualifying playoff against Hajduk Split in Croatia. After Josip Radosevic narrowed the advantage to 2-1 with a 30-yard rocket in the 43rd minute, Everton came out for the second half knowing that their Europa League participation was well and truly in the balance.
But less than a minute after the restart, the 35,000 packed into the Stadion Poljud in Split were silenced by what could be the best goal in the competition all season.
Ah, the modern stadium. As the governor of St. Louis so eloquently put it, “welfare for millionaires.” In place of standing-room only paddocks exposed to inclement weather, we now have free universal wi-fi, luxury suites that place you next to the players and concession prices that’ll cause your rent check to bounce.
Fan-tastic. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some features of modern stadiums are simply breathtaking or incredibly well-reasoned. Alas, some older grounds also boast truly unique features that make them a cut above the rest of the cookies.
With Liverpool’s 6-3 aggregate pasting of Hoffenheim on Wednesday, the English Premier League put five clubs in the Champions League for the first time. That’s five chances for English fans to cry over their clubs failing to come through in the continental competition.
Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 but since then English clubs have barely sniffed the final. In 2015, no EPL team even made it past the Round of 16. The days of 2008 — when the EPL had three of the four semifinalists, including both teams in the final — are barely visible in the rearview mirror.
21-year-old USMNT midfielder Lynden Gooch made a successful start to his club season on Tuesday, scoring the game-winning goal for Sunderland in their 2-1 victory over Carlisle in the EFL Cup.
Gooch earned his first two USMNT caps last fall, but a serious ankle injury last December disrupted a promising start to his Premier League season. Sunderland, of course, were relegated, but Gooch was one of the few players to escape serious criticism from supporters by virtue of actually looking like he gave a f**k.
CONCACAF aficionados have long watched the development of Joel Campbell with bated breath (what else are we supposed to do?). The Costa Rican international has routinely punished the United States in international competition, and he seemed to come of age at the 2014 World Cup after scoring against Uruguay.