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CBF to resume league in June after flooding

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Tuesday it would resume the Brazilian Championship in early June after being forced to suspend matches last week due to historic floods in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The teams in Brazil’s southernmost state were unable to play after heavy rains battered the area since late April, with the downpours killing more than 160 people. Nearly 100 residents are still missing…

Vinicius Jr. timeline: 16 times Real Madrid star was racially abused by fans

On May 21, 2023, Vinicius Junior was racially abused by fans at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium. The Real Madrid forward’s reaction, confronting the individuals responsible and criticizing Spanish football’s failure to deal with the issue — he said “racism is normal in LaLiga” — sparked a global surge of support for the player, and he’s been a leading voice in this fight. In 2023, the Vinicius Jr. law was passed in…

Sources: Pochettino leaves Chelsea after 1 season

Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea by mutual consent after just one season in charge, the club confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Sources told ESPN that Pochettino, 52, departed following talks in the past 48 hours with co-owner Behdad Eghbali and co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, NWSL more (U.S.) Pochettino, who also publicly confirmed he had dinner with co-owner Todd Boehly on Friday,…

Sanctions urged after player covers LGBTQ badge

France’s sports minister has called for football club Monaco to be sanctioned after one of their players covered over an LGBTQ support message on the team’s shirt during the team’s final league game on Sunday. The French league staged its annual campaign against discrimination during this weekend’s final round with each team wearing a badge featuring the word “homophobia” crossed out. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) However,…

Assessing Man City’s four-peat, Liverpool’s goodbye to Klopp, more: Marcotti recaps the weekend

This weekend saw the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 seasons come to an end, with Manchester City, Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain all crowned champions. Only the first one was a bit dramatic, though Arsenal’s win over Everton couldn’t deny Pep Guardiola’s side from a historic fourth straight league title. At the same time, Liverpool said farewell to Jurgen Klopp, whose nine-year tenure came to an…

Arsenal or City? PL title race goes to final day

The Premier League title race will be wrapped up this weekend, with Manchester City in pole position to lift a record fourth straight league title and Arsenal ready to pounce should they slip. City head into Sunday’s final matchday with a two-point lead over Arsenal, meaning a victory at home against West Ham will guarantee them the title. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) – Wolves won’t get…

Transfer Talk: Modric, Kroos could stay at Real Madrid

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for another month, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals! Luka Modric has agreed in principle to stay at Real Madrid for one more season after agreeing to a reduced salary, while a similar deal could now follow for…

Triumphant Hayes ‘reinvigorated’ for USWNT role

Emma Hayes said she is “reinvigorated and re-energised” by the prospect of her new role as head coach of the United States women’s national team after winning the Women’s Super League (WSL) for the seventh time in her final game as Chelsea manager. Chelsea’s emphatic 6-0 victory over Manchester United secured their fifth consecutive WSL trophy and marked the end of Hayes’ 12-year reign at the west London club. –…

Why are Arsenal letting Miedema go and will they regret it?

Vivianne Miedema is rightly regarded as one of the best players in the world. With 172 appearances in the Women’s Super League (WSL) for Arsenal, 125 goals, 50 assists, two Golden Boot awards, one league and three Continental Cup titles, as well as being shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or three times (2019, 2021 and 2022), the stats speak for themselves. But it is the end of an era. After seven…