Human Interest

USMNT World Cup Qualifiers Will Be On Up To 15 Different Channels — Here’s How To Find The Matches

The moment U.S. soccer fans have been dreading eagerly awaiting for four years is finally here. The U.S. men’s national team competes in World Cup qualifying this fall, and fans are both excited by the squad’s results this summer and nervous about getting their hearts broken again. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch USMNT World Cup qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

Dozens Of Young Afghan Female Footballers Reach Pakistan To Seek Asylum

LAHORE, Pakistan — Players from Afghanistan's female youth soccer teams have arrived in Pakistan and will seek political asylum in third countries amid concern over the status of female athletes under the new Taliban government in Kabul.

Some 81 people, including female players of several youth teams, their coaches and family members reached Pakistan through the Torkham border crossing, Umar Zia, a senior Pakistan Football Federation official, said on Wednesday. A further 34 will arrive on Thursday, he said.

Sevilla-Salzburg Had The Most Penalty-Filled Half In UCL History

The Seville skies opened up to a torrent of rain just before halftime, sending players to the locker room to regroup after an historic first half. The Sevilla-RB Salzburg match set a record for most penalties in a Champions League match — in the first half alone.

Sevilla and RB Salzburg played to a bizarre 1-1 draw on Tuesday in Seville to open Champions League play. The final score will take a back seat to the flood of penalty kicks awarded in the first half, when the referee pointed to the spot four times in the opening 42 minutes.

FIFA 22 Still Refuses To Treat Women’s Soccer As Anything More Than A Gimmick

FIFA 22 announced the full list of squads available in the latest edition of the world’s preeminent soccer video game. Sadly, EA Sports has once again failed to put any real effort into the women’s portion of the game, which remains a sad little diversion instead of a meaningful game mode. 

Christen Press Taking Time Away From Soccer For Mental Health

If there’s one thing you should take away from Season 2 of Ted Lasso, it’s that mental health is of utmost importance. Christen Press probably already knew this, and on Thursday the USWNT forward announced she would be stepping away from the beautiful game to focus on herself.

Brazil Wins Paralympic Gold With Remarkable Solo Goal

Heading into Saturday’s football 5-a-side gold medal match at the Summer Paralympics, Brazil took the status of favorite as the gold medal winner at each of the last four tournaments.  

South American rival Argentina, however, had claimed silver once and bronze twice over that period, and boasted Tokyo 2020’s leading scorer in Maximiliano Espinillo, who’d already recorded seven goals in four games.

José Mourinho Trolls Granit Xhaka About Getting Vaccinated

I can’t tell if José Mourinho is trolling Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, trying to encourage him to do the right thing or both, but the Mourinho Xhaka comment on Instagram has brought something to my attention I did not expect.

Xhaka tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the international break, keeping the midfielder out of his Switzerland’s friendly with Greece on Wednesday and putting his availability for World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Northern Ireland into doubt. 

Nike Prioritizes Employees’ Mental Health By Giving Them A Week Off

Nike is one of the largest corporations in the world, especially in the sports niche, and recently it has taken a stand to put its employees first. Covid-19 and quarantine greatly impacted many families' and individuals' lives, and the world is still trying to recover from the loss and challenges everyone experienced. Being trapped inside for over a year, the news covering a fluctuation in positive cases and the uncertainty of when the world will go back to normal are all reasons people are struggling in the workplace and even on the pitch. 

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