Men's National Teams

How The World Cup Works: A Guide For Everyone (Qatar 2022)

The FIFA men’s World Cup is the most popular tournament for the world’s most popular game. The 22nd edition kicks off in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 20, 2022. You know it’s a big deal, but do you know how the World Cup works?

Manuel Neuer is just as important to soccer’s history as Lionel Messi, claims Mario Gómez

Former Germany and Bayern Munich striker Mario Gómez provided fans with a scorching hot take and interesting debate. 

Appearing on the podcast “Phrasenmäher”, Gómez made the argument that Manuel Neuer’s legacy is just as important to the sport as Lionel Messi’s.

"I would put Manuel Neuer on the same level as Messi in terms of importance in football history," Gómez said. "I don't know if we're all aware of what we experienced with a goalkeeper who revolutionized the game! We'll only understand this 20 years from now."

Does Gómez have a point?

Christian Pulisic builds his perfect player and names one USMNT teammate

Christian Pulisic was challenged to build his perfect player, and had a share of interesting picks for each category. He didn’t forget about his favorite USMNT teammate.

In a video for Soccer dot com, the AC Milan player was challenged to name players in different categories that would build into his dream soccer player. 

Categories varied but were not exclusive to speed, passing, defending, shooting, strength. You get the gist.

Christian Pulisic builds his dream soccer player, includes Weston McKennie

Lionel Messi scores beautiful long shot after returning from injury; Inter Miami suffer late equalizer

Messi made his return to the pitch with Inter Miami and provided another masterclass performance from the bench… all for just a draw against the Rapids.

The Argentine captain reappeared for Inter Miami on Saturday against Colorado Rapids after suffering a hamstring injury that kept him off Gerardo Martino’s squad list for over two weeks.

Juventus condemn racist chants toward Weston McKennie, investigation to take place

Italian giants Juventus released a statement in support of United States men’s national team star Weston McKennie after he was the victim of racial abuse from Lazio fans on Tuesday.

A video circulating online shows McKennie walking on the sideline after being substituted in the 89th minute. In the video fans can clearly be heard making monkey sounds and chants toward the American midfielder.

Weston McKennie racial abuse vs. Lazio

Only 10 teams in the world are better than the USMNT according to FIFA

The United States men’s national team’s triumph in the Concacaf Nations League in March resulted in FIFA bumping the team up two spots in the world rankings to No. 11.

Wins against Jamaica and Mexico saw the USMNT move past Uruguay and Morocco in the rankings. Uruguay suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in March while Morocco had a surprising 0-0 draw with Mauritania.

New USMNT FIFA ranking

Germany set to redesign the No. 4 on new kits due to Nazi symbolism

The design for the number four on Germany's national team shirts will be changed over concerns that the number '44' resembled the symbol used by Nazi 'SS' units, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Monday.

The new kit, launched before Germany host the European Championship in June and July, debuted during their 2-0 friendly win over France last month.

Germany 44 kit

The18’s Copa América power rankings — Spring edition

The March international break recently finished which means it’s time for The18’s latest Copa América power rankings. The big tournament is only about three months out!

Two Concacaf teams secured the final two qualification spots with Canada and Costa Rica booking their tickets for this summer’s big event.

These rankings are based on recent performances and how we feel each team will perform in the tournament. After each person listed their top 16 teams, we aggregated the results into one official power rankings list.

Here’s our spring list for the 16 teams.

Lionel Messi says age won’t be a factor in determining when he retires

The question on many soccer fans’ minds these days is “when will Messi retire?” and the Argentina star has provided an answer (sort of).

Lionel Messi is still producing highlights on what feels like a weekly basis with Inter Miami but has given fans a clue about his retirement situation.

When speaking with Big Time Podcast the 36-year-old said that it’s not a certain age that will mark his retirement, but his play will be the determining factor.

When will Messi retire?

The top 6 goals scored during a Mexico vs. USA game that made our jaws drop

Sparks tend to fly when the United States and Mexico meet on the same field. The rivalry between North America’s two best national teams always produces entertainment and golazos. Some of the best USA vs Mexico goals have been scored in the last 20 years.