Soccer News

  • Champions League title holders Real Madrid will start their domestic season with their best player in the stands after a 5-match suspension issued to Cristiano Ronaldo was upheld on appeal. Ronaldo received the ban for pushing the referee who issued him a red card in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.
  • Neymar is moving from Barcelona to Paris, and all that it took was a quarter-billion dollars. The world-renowned Brazilian forward was officially transferred from the club he has called home for his first four seasons in Europe to French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain in a record-breaking deal announced Thursday, bringing an end to weeks of speculation. The move triggered the release clause in Neymar’s contract with Barcelona, leading to a $262 million transfer fee for PSG.
  • Gianluigi Buffon has won a World Cup, along with countless Serie A and Coppa Italia titles over the course of his celebrated goalkeeping career, but he still has some unfinished business. A Champions League title has eluded him despite a pair of previous opportunities with Juventus, and he will get a third chance against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Cardiff on Saturday.
  • When Manchester United made Paul Pogba the most expensive transfer in history last summer, many wondered whether he was worth the money. Now it appears FIFA has been asking a similar question, and is taking a closer look at where all that money went.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo can’t stop scoring big goals in bunches for Real Madrid. After reaching 100 Champions League goals with a 3-goal performance in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie against Bayern Munich, Ronaldo put on a scoring clinic again Tuesday in the first leg of the semifinal with a treble in a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
  • Barcelona is hoping lightning strikes twice at Camp Nou. For the second time in as many rounds, they have a massive deficit to overcome in order to keep their Champions League run alive. Juventus carries a 3-0 aggregate advantage into the second leg of their quarterfinal tie Wednesday, but as Barcelona showed against Paris Saint-Germain, no lead is truly safe from their devastating attack.
  • Barcelona needed to perform a minor miracle to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals after losing 4-0 to Paris Saint Germain in the opening leg of their round of 16 matchup, and Wednesday’s second leg was nothing short of miraculous. Three goals scored after the 87th minute gave Barcelona a 6-1 win and a 6-5 aggregate advantage, leaving the rest of the world stunned by one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
  • No one’s job appeared safer than Claudio Ranieri’s after he guided Leicester City on one of the most incredible championship runs in sports history. What a difference nine months can make. Ranieri was relieved of his duties as Leicester City’s manager Thursday as the club tries to salvage what they can from a trying season as defending Premier League champions.
  • Toronto FC was once known as the team that couldn’t score a goal. Now they can’t stop scoring. Toronto, which has transformed into an attacking juggernaut in the playoffs, can put a decade of being an MLS punchline behind it when it hosts the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.
  • Borussia Dortmund entered Wednesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid only needing a draw to win Group F, but they left with slightly more than top position. Dortmund rallied for a 2-2 draw on a late goal by Marco Reus, which improved their group stage total to 21—the highest total in Champions League group stage history.
  • Don’t expect Montreal Impact to come out firing again when they visit Toronto FC on Wednesday for the second leg of the MLS East Final. Montreal’s uncharacteristic scoring outburst in the opening leg means it can advance to the MLS Cup Final with a draw, which will allow the Impact to play the defensive counter-attacking style they displayed for much of the season.
  • The first leg of the first-ever all-Canadian conference final in MLS history had just about everything. The Montreal Impact prevailed 3-2 at home against Toronto FC on Tuesday, carrying a slight advantage into next week’s finale but also allowing two crucial away goals, which give Toronto a fighting chance in the aggregated series.


  • For the first time in Major League Soccer history, an all-Canadian conference final is a distinct possibility. No Canadian team has ever made it past the home-and-home conference semifinals, but Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact are both in an excellent position to do so following home wins Sunday.
  • Pep Guardiola returns to Camp Nou with another new team Wednesday when Manchester City visits Barcelona for a marquee matchup in Champions League group play. Guardiola made 263 appearances for Barcelona in his playing career and managed the club from 2008-2012 before helming Bayern Munich for three seasons, and he has wasted no time inflicting his attacking flair on England’s top domestic league.
  • The Montreal Impact is having another difficult soccer season.  Currently seeded 8th in the MLS East Standings in a statistical tie with New York City FC, the Impact does have the advantage of five games in hand over the conference leading DC United.
  • BMO Field in Toronto will feature two of the final Gold Cup group stage games later today.  The late game features the Canadian soccer team betting on their first win of the competition against Costa Rica.

    To secure a position in the next round of the competition, Canada needs a win tonight against Costa Rica.  A draw could be enough to allow the Canadians to reach the knockout round as one of a handful of third place teams to advance, but a win is necessary to ensure the team reaches the next round.  A loss tonight and the game is over for Canada.
  • The transfer window is underway for soccer teams in the MLS.  The primary transfer window closed earlier in the year, but the secondary window opens today as teams search for the right players to bolster their rosters halfway through the season.
  • North American soccer fans are primarily focused on the Women’s World Cup, but that doesn’t mean MLS loyalists aren’t tuned into their favourite teams.  This week is rivalry week in the MLS, and for Canadian soccer fans, it means a head to head showdown between the Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.
  • As hosts of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Canada are certainly betting they can lift the coveted trophy on home soil, delivering a championship title to the millions of fans living all across the country who are cheering on their best players.  The team won their opening group, and is scheduled to face Switzerland on Sunday for the first game in the knockout round.
  • The Canadian women’s soccer team plays their second World Cup match tonight in Edmonton, with this meeting scheduled against New Zealand.  The host team is 1-0 in the group after a last minute 1-0 victory over China.  Can Canada go 2-0 tonight?
  • The World Cup got off to an interesting start for the Canadian women’s soccer team this weekend.  The Canadians were kept scoreless in the opening match with China for the majority of the game, and a late penalty kick by captain Christine Sinclair made all the difference as the hosts connected for a 1-0 lead that ended up being the final score.
  • Beginning tomorrow, the women’s soccer world comes to Canada for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.  For the first time since the tournament was established in 1991, Canada will host the tournament, which some sports insiders bet is a test before a bid is submitted to host a men’s World Cup.
  • On the last Friday of May, Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA President when his closest rival bowed out of the election following a disappointing first round.  The Canadian Soccer Association vowed to vote against Blatter, and refused to support the controversial four, now five term head of FIFA.
  • The Canadian Soccer Association holds a vote in the FIFA electoral process to name a new president of the world’s governing body of soccer.  CSA President Victor Montagliani told soccer fans in Canada that the organization would cast a vote against incumbent president Sepp Blatter due to allegations of corruption surrounding the four term head of soccer.
  • BMO Field in Toronto will be a busy venue later today as soccer fans around the GTA converge on the city’s premium pitch.  The Toronto FC will host the visiting Manchester City in today’s friendly meeting between the two sides as City begins preparing for a new season, and the TFC trains in the middle of a current one.
  • The Toronto FC wrapped up Week 12 in the 2015 MLS season at home on Saturday in a close game against Portland.  The game ended in a 1-0 final for the hosts after Sebastian Giovinco connected only five minutes off the clock, bringing the club one win within an even .500 record.
  • Canada will get its first shot at hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.  The tournament will be played at six soccer stadiums across the country as far west as Vancouver and as far east as Moncton.  Canadian soccer fans are betting the women’s tournament may be the first step towards hosting the men’s World Cup at a later date.
  • The Toronto FC is not off to the best of starts, with a 1-0-3 record to show for their efforts after the first four games of the season.  But all four games were played on the road, and another three away games are on the schedule before the first home game of the season against Houston on May 10th.
  • Near the end of the 2014 MLS season, Canadian soccer hopefuls betting on MLS playoffs north of the border held out hope with the Vancouver Whitecaps.  The west coast team was the only Canadian soccer club to make the playoffs last year, but the team fell to Dallas FC in the knockout round ahead of the Conference Semifinals.
  • FIFA put out a notice to all countries interested in hosting a future World Cup – nominations must be made by May 2017.  Sources close to FIFA say the governing body would love to see a CONCACAF country take up the role of host for the 2026 World Cup, which is good news for Canadian soccer aspirations.
  • Canada was awarded the role of co-host for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, alongside the United States.  The Canadian men’s soccer team will face off with the best of the best in North and Central America this summer for the right to claim the Gold Cup trophy.

    CONCACAF announced the schedule for the summer tournament this week, which saw the Canadians drawn into Group B.  The team will play El Salvador, Jamaica, and group leaders Costa Rica in the qualifying stage before the top 8 teams advance to the knockout stage.