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This 15-Minute Lesson From Xavi Is Worth Any Coach’s Time

Ronald Koeman is living on borrowed time at Barcelona. After a 2-0 defeat to Atlético back on Oct. 2 that showed the ruthless effectiveness of Diego Simeone’s approach (29% possession but who cares) compared to the sterile flaccidity of Barça, Joan Laporta made it clear to Koeman that he had to win three straight matches to stay in the job.

Daniel Sturridge Arrives In Australia “As A Humble Man” After 18 Months Without A Club

MELBOURNE - Daniel Sturridge will come to Perth Glory as a "humble man" seeking to fit into a team ethos, the former Liverpool and England striker said.

Sturridge has signed a one-year contract with the Western Australian outfit for the coming 2021/22 season, which kicks off on Nov. 20 when Perth face Adelaide United.

The 32-year-old's signing has raised hopes the Glory could win their maiden A-League title after several near-misses but Sturridge said he alone could not deliver the hardware fans have long craved.

Panamá Empató Con Catar En La Copa Oro Y … Wait! ¿Por Qué Catar Está Jugando La Copa Oro?

Después de un retraso de media hora, causado por una tormenta eléctrica en los cielos de Houston, Panamá y Catar abrieron el Grupo D de la Copa Oro con un partido bastante intenso. Si bien la primera mitad terminó cero a cero, al final de los 90 minutos, el marcador señalaba un 3-3. La ráfaga de goles se produjo entre los 48’ y los 79’, y tuvo al catarí Akram Afif como la principal figura.

Ahora, ¿qué diablos está haciendo Catar en la Copa Oro?

North Korea Withdraws From 2022 World Cup Qualifying

HONG KONG - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed on Sunday that North Korea has pulled out of next month's qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

The move comes after the country had already withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Korea is due to host the remaining matches in Group H of the second round of Asia's preliminary tournament in June, but North Korean officials informed their southern counterparts of their intention to withdraw this month.

One League’s New Streaming Plan Seems Like A Great Idea To Me (If Only Every Other League Agreed)

Last summer, South Korea’s K League 1 became the first major soccer league to return to play during the Covid-19 pandemic. The K League attracted viewers from around the globe as fans everywhere were desperate for live sports.

Once An Afterthought, Australia Has Become A Covid-Free Utopia For International Footballers

Located in the far northern reaches of the Iberian Peninsula, Basque Country is a small autonomous district in Spain (and a small sliver of France) known for its unique language and cultural practices.

Two of the biggest soccer clubs in the region, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, feature lineups based heavily around home-grown talent, with Bilbao even enforcing a strict Basque-only policy at the club since 1912.