History

Dudek’s save in the 2005 UCL Final shows why keepers must keep both feet on the line for PKs

Have you ever wondered why the rule that forces goalkeepers to keep both their feet on the goal-line during a penalty kick exists?

Well, an old video of Jerzy Dudek saving a penalty in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and AC Milan has resurfaced on social media, serving as a prime example of why that is.

Warning, it's a hard watch.

Alyssa Thompson becomes youngest draft pick in NWSL history after being selected No. 1 overall

LOS ANGELES — Angel City FC on Thursday selected 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson with the first pick of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft, making the Los Angeles native the first player in league history drafted directly out of high school.

"Alyssa Thompson, for us, is a phenom and generational player," said Angel City general manager Angela Hucles Mangano.

"She's a player who can make an immediate impact, but she's also young and can develop and look to be a player that we're building a future off of, too."

Christian Pulisic expected to ‘be out for a couple of months’ says Chelsea boss Graham Potter

U.S. men’s national team star and Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic is expected to miss at least two months of action due to a knee injury.

Christian Pulisic Knee Injury

Pulisic’s injury came during Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Jan. 5. In the first half Pulisic had his shot blocked by John Stones. Pulisic would go down injured and be substituted out minutes later.

5-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale announces his retirement

Wales and Los Angeles FC winger Gareth Bale said on Monday he had decided to end his playing career at the age of 33, having reached exceptional milestones in both club and international football.

Bale played a Wales record of 111 games for his country and was a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid. He helped the Welsh reach the 2016 and 2020 Euros before leading them in their first World Cup since 1958 at Qatar 2022.

Taylor Twellman leaves ESPN after nearly 13 years giving us an excuse to show his iconic Trinidad rant

Taylor Twellman is leaving ESPN. An iconic and sometimes polarizing figure in the U.S. Soccer sphere, Twellman has been on TV screens for ESPN since Nov. 2011 providing us with his commentary and occasional rant.

Love him or hate him, the former USMNT player has played a big part in growing the game in the country with his work at ESPN.

Christian Pulisic forced to exit Man City game early after suffering injury (it’s not his nuts this time)

Christian Pulisic had to be substituted out in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City on Thursday after picking up an injury. The Pulisic injury happened in the 16th minute when John Stones put in a perfect tackle to deny the American a clean shot on goal.

Pulisic tried to continue playing but was replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka in the 22nd minute.

USWNT star forward Mallory Pugh will be changing the last name on the back of her jersey

The United States women’s national team is preparing for two January friendlies in New Zealand against the Football Ferns. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski released the 24-player roster for the friendlies on Thursday and some fans were surprised to not see star player Mallory Pugh on the list.

What those fans didn’t realize was that a Mal Pugh name change had taken place since the last time the U.S. played. In December the Chicago Red Stars forward married Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Hasta siempre, Pelé: El rey del fútbol ha muerto

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, ha muerto hoy a los 82 años.

Para muchos, O Rei fue el mejor jugador en la historia del fútbol, por lo que su partida deja un legado difícil de borrar entre quienes aman el deporte.

Pelé alcanzó la fama apenas con 17 años, al convertirse en una de las estrellas con que Brasil obtuvo el Mundial de 1958. Y de ahí en adelante seguiría escribiendo historia con letras doradas.

Pelé, Brazil's sublimely skilled star who charmed the world, dead at 82

Pelé, the magical Brazilian soccer star who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died at the age of 82, his daughter said on Instagram on Thursday.

He had been in and out of hospital in recent months after a tumor was found on his colon.

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