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Sources: Brazil to name Diniz as interim coach

Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz has been named interim manager of Brazil’s national team while they wait for Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Diniz, 49, reached an agreement on Tuesday with Brazil’s Football Confederation (CBF) to guide the national team for one year, while simultaneously keeping his role with club side Fluminense. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) “It’s a dream for anyone, an honor and an enormous pride to…

FIFA yet to decide on First Nations flags at WWC

The Matildas will eagerly await a decision from FIFA on whether the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags can be displayed in stadiums during the Women’s World Cup. Indigenous pair Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams and their Matildas teammates famously posed with the Aboriginal flag before kick-off of their first group game against New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, while several of the Matildas have previously spoken about…

Messi to Miami talks took three years – owner

Inter Miami CF owner Jorge Mas said it took him three years of negotiations to bring Lionel Messi to the Major League Soccer club. A 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina, Messi announced last month he will join Inter Miami as a free agent after two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) “In 2019 [when Messi was still at Barcelona], we started thinking about…

The UEFA Champions League starts in Iceland, where tiny clubs dream (and spend) big

KOPAVOGUR, Iceland — Antonio Barretta had just realised a childhood dream. The delivery driver from San Marino, playing for the country’s league champion, Tre Penne, had scored in the Champions League under leaden skies, in an Icelandic downpour, in front of 621 supporters. But his moment was missing something. “It’s a little bit disappointing because there was no Champions League music before the game, you know? ‘The Champions!’” Barretta told…

Can you make a soccer match carbon neutral? Here’s how it could work

As far as footballing matters were concerned, there wasn’t a lot left to play for when FC Dordrecht played host to TOP Oss in their final fixture of the Dutch second-division season in May. With relegation to the third tier not at stake in the Eerste Divisie, Dordrecht and Oss were both immune from the drop and duly played out a lively 2-2 draw at the Stadion Krommedijk that saw…

Who makes our best XI of young bargain signings in Europe’s top leagues?

The transfer window is open across Europe’s top leagues so there’s no better time to look at some young talent, aged 23 or younger, who could make a real impact. The likes of Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, Barcelona’s Gavi, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao are all world-class players that fit the age requirement, but are far too expensive for most clubs to sign. So…

Vieira named Strasbourg coach on 3-year deal

French club Strasbourg appointed Patrick Vieira as their new manager on a three-year contract, the Ligue 1 club said on Sunday. Former France international Vieira coached Premier League side Crystal Palace from 2021 to this year. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) The 47-year-old guided Palace to a 12th-placed finish and an FA Cup semifinal in his first season in charge, but was sacked mid-March following a 1-0…

Ex-Barca, Arsenal star Fabregas retires aged 36

Former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from professional football aged 36. Fabregas calls time on a 20-year career that saw him win a host of major trophies during spells at Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, as well as with Spain. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) “It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots,” Fabregas…

Iniesta bids farewell to Japan in rare start

Andres Iniesta said goodbye to Japanese football on Saturday with his first league start of the season as title-chasing Vissel Kobe had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Consadole Sapporo. The 39-year-old midfielder joined Kobe from Barcelona in 2018 but has found playing time increasingly hard to come by with the latest appearance taking his playing just 94 minutes across 18 games this season. – Stream on…

FIFA opts out of rainbow armband for WWC

The anti-discrimination “OneLove” captain’s armband banned at the men’s World Cup in Qatar will be worn in an amended version at the Women’s World Cup next month, although FIFA opted out entirely of the rainbow that is known as a symbol for LGBTQIA+ pride. FIFA unveiled eight armbands Friday that captains of the 32 teams can choose to wear in Australia and New Zealand during the tournament that runs July…