Copa Libertadores Final: Top Transfer Targets

Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa leads the Libertadores with seven goals. The 23-year-old is practically a shoe-in to be the Brazilian Serie A’s top scorer for the second year in a row as well. The forward’s return to Brazil after a failure in Italy and Portugal has done the striker the world of good. After joining Flamengo at the beginning of the year, Gabigol has seemingly been in the best form of his career. While it may be enticing to remain in Brazil and continue to thrive under manager Jorge Jes

Copa Libertadores Final: What You Need To Know

Flamengo and River Plate will play the 60th Copa Libertadores final in Lima, Peru on Saturday and it will be the first time that South America’s prestige club tournament is decided by a one-off match. Defending champions, River Plate, are looking to be the first team to win the Libertadores twice in a row since arch-rivals Boca Juniors did so back in 2000 and 2001. While River Plate looks to make history, Flamengo is set to end a title drought in Rio de Janeiro. The Carioca club has not won the

Oh, The Places Zlatan Can Go

The LA Galaxy’s 2019 season ended Thursday night after noisy neighbors LAFC handed them a 5-3 defeat in one of the wildest MLS playoffs matches we’ll ever see. Following the match, there was plenty of speculation toward Zlatan Ibrahimović’s future: Would the Galaxy's star striker stay in MLS? Would he stay in LA? Well, Mere moments his season ended, the Swede provided some insight toward those questions by torching the league with statements like, “If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS

Copa Libertadores Preview: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate

In a mere matter of days, we will know which two teams will have stamped their tickets to Santiago, Chile for the 2019 Copa Libertadores final. On the Brazil side of the semifinal bracket, Gremio, having only mustered a draw in the first leg against Flamengo, will now have a fight for survival on their hands on Wednesday in one of the most historic soccer venues on the planet: The Maracana. Before that though, there's the not-so-little matter of Boca Juniors' attempt to overhaul a two-goal def

Copa Libertadores: The Reawakening of Flamengo

Flamengo is one of Brazil’s most historic and successful club teams. O Mengao boasts one of if not the biggest fan followings in the country, and while having the biggest crowds can certainly be a source of pride, the Rio de Janeiro outfit’s supporters have had little else to celebrate in recent years. Flamengo has not won a Brazilian Serie A title since 2009, and the last (and only) time the club lifted the Copa Libertadores was way back in 1981. But the good times could be about to return. F

Copa Libertadores: Gremio's Magic Man Everton Soares

Anyone watching a Gremio game for the first time could be forgiven for thinking star man Éverton Soares had only just burst onto the scene and would imminently be joining a European club. The baby-faced winger has all the attributes of a South American soccer super icon, but so far has eluded a move away from his native Brazil. The 23-year-old rose to global prominence over the summer during Brazil’s triumphant Copa America campaign, leaving an indelible impression on opposition defenders with

Copa Libertadores: River vs. Boca Semifinal First Leg Preview

The story of the 2019 Copa Libertadores semifinals could not have been written better if we tried. There are a total of 14 Libertadores trophies between the four remaining clubs in South America’s elite competition. On one side of the bracket, we have an all-Brazilian matchup comprised of Gremio and Flamengo. On the other side, is a rematch of last year’s controversial Libertadores final between Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors. No matter how this stage plays out we are guaranteed

Copa Libertadores: What To Watch In Gremio vs. Flamengo Semifinal First Leg

The story of the 2019 Copa Libertadores semifinals could not have been written better if we tried. There are a total of 14 Libertadores trophies between the four remaining clubs in South America’s elite competition. On one side of the bracket, we have an all-Brazilian matchup comprised of Gremio and Flamengo. On the other side, is a rematch of last year’s controversial Libertadores final between Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors. No matter how this stage plays out we are guaranteed

Copa Sudamericana Semifinals: Profiling the Final Four

And then there were four. Corinthians, Independiente del Valle, Colon and Atletico Mineiro will do battle over the next two weeks to decide which two will make it to the big dance in Asuncion, Paraguay on 9 November. With two Copa Libertadores titles accumulated between the Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro, two remaining Brazilian teams will march into their respective matchups as favorites. That said, their Argentine and Ecuadorian opponents have not got this far by accident and will be looki

Copa Libertadores Preview: Palmeiras vs. Gremio

Last week's first leg encounter between two of last year’s Copa Libertadores semi-finalists was dominated by the visiting team. In front of a packed and increasingly frustrated Arena do Gremio, Palmeiras controlled the majority of the match, and through the Swiss army knife-like versatility of Gustavo Scarpa left with the aggregate score tipped in their favor. Scarpa's long-range strike to break the deadlock will go down as one of the best goals of the tournament. Here's a reminder for anyone

Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals Preview: River Plate vs. Cerro Porteño

The quarterfinal stage of the Copa Libertadores is nearly at its halfway point, with six of the eight remaining teams having already faced off this week. And to round off the first leg action, the organizers have saved the best till last. The defending champions, River Plate, return to action on Thursday night when they host the hope of nation, Cerro Porteno, at El Monumental. For a second there, River Plate fans thought the dream of a repeat Libertadores title was over. Despite looking out o

Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals Preview: LDU Quito vs. Boca Juniors

With eight teams left standing in the 2019 Copa Libertadores, Wednesday night sees the only remaining Ecuadorian outfit in action. LDU Quito will be look to make more memories in an already amazing run in South America's most prestigious club competition when they welcome last year's runners-up, Boca Juniors, in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Breaking: Boca Juniors has added a certain holding midfielder by the name of Daniele De Rossi to its roster. The former Roma player will be availabl

Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals Preview: Flamengo vs. Internacional

Eight teams are left standing in the 2019 Copa Libertadores, including four clubs hailing from Brazil. While anything can happen in this wild competition, with the bracket set as it is, the only thing we know for sure is that one of the 2019 Libertadores finalist will be Brazilian. After Palmeiras edged Gremio in their first leg on Tuesday, the second all-Brazil quarterfinal tie kicks off on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. Flamengo just barely made it through the Round of 16 alive after defeatin

Copa Libertadores Preview: Gremio vs. Palmeiras

The wheat has been separated from the chaff. Of the eight teams left standing in the 2019 Copa Libertadores, four reached this same stage last year. Boca Juniors, Gremio and Palmeiras are all back in the rarified air of the quarter-finals along with reigning champions River Plate. And while the quarterfinalists consist of clubs from four different South American countries, one entire half of the bracket is comprised exclusively of teams from just one: Brazil. Fittingly, this week’s action kic

RCD Mallorca - LaLiga's Most North American Club

While an influx of summer signings has brought a whole host of familiar names to LaLiga, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Frenkie De Jong and Kieran Trippier making their maiden bows in the league, the most recognizable faces at one club, for North American fans at least, actually reside in the front office, not the locker room. Newly promoted RCD Mallorca is partly owned by three former athletes: Stu Holden, Kyle Martino and Steve Nash. With the help of investment group Liga ACQ Partners, the tr

Preview: Wednesday's Copa Libertadores Round of 16 Second Legs

Last week's Copa Libertadores Round of 16 first leg encounters left fans with a multitude of cliffhanger notes. Is the gig up for Flamengo? Can Athletico Paranaense cause an upset in Buenos Aires? And will San Lorenzo snap their losing streak away from home? All those questions will be answered this Wednesday... Internacional (BRA) vs. Nacional (URU) – 6:05pm ET live on beIN SPORTS (ENG) Last week’s meeting in Montevideo had scoreless draw written all over it until one man stepped up to tip

Preview: Tuesday's Copa Libertadores Round of 16 Second Legs

The stakes are at vertigo-inducing levels heading into Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores Round of 16 second leg games as defending champions River Plate stare over the precipice of elimination while Olimpia pray for a miracle in front of their home fans. Cruzeiro (BRA) vs. River Plate (ARG) – 6:05pm ET live on beIN SPORTS (ENG) The defending champions have their backs against the wall and may very well be facing an early exit from the tournament following last week’s scoreless draw at El Monumental.

Sports Burst – Madrid Derby: Made In The USA

The two most valuable summer transfers in Madrid face off for the firs time Friday night lights will shine upon the two biggest names in Madrid on Friday evening: Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane. Also, Eden Hazard and Joao Felix are set to face off for the first time with. After all of the back and forth this week provided by way of Real Madrid’s ‘Bale out,’ there has not been much development. The Welshman is not in China, nor is he on his way to an EPL club. Bale continues to train with ‘L

Sports Burst – Who Will Fill In For Asensio?

Zidane's asensio solution is already on the real madrid roster It’s official: Marco Asensio will likely miss the majority of this upcoming season, if not all of it. With silly season in full effect, one can be forgiven to immediately think of the transfer market when a star like Asensio goes down for a team like Real Madrid. Here’s the thing: there are plenty of options at the ready for Zidane to plug in. The only problem is whether Zizou actually wants to use any of them. Isco Alarcon, Gare

Sports Burst - Real Madrid's Capital Casualty

Okay Madridistas, we know it has been a rather annoying week. The Gareth bale transfer saga seems like it will never end (trust us, we know) so we’ll give you a break and share some good news for once. Ready? Good news: Real Madrid defeated Arsenal on penalty kicks Tuesday Night for the ICC near Washington DC. Yay! Also, Gareth Bale came off the bench and scored! In fact, Bale played one heck of a match. The Welshman was even seen diving to produce a goal line save! How about them apples, ‘Zizo
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