FIFA: Canadian men climb two spots to No. 41

Canada has moved up two places to No. 41 in the final FIFA rankings before next month’s World Cup. The Canadian men, who topped the final round of qualifying in CONCACAF, will go to Qatar as the fourth-ranked team in the region covering North and Central America and the Caribbean, behind No. 13 Mexico, the … Read more

At least 125 die at Indonesian soccer match as police tear gas causes chaos, trampling – National

Panic and a chaotic run for exits after police fired tear gas at an Indonesian soccer match to drive away fans upset with their team’s loss left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled upon or suffocated, making it one of the deadliest sports events in the world. Attention immediately focused on the … Read more

Paul Pogba extortion case takes bizarre twist with elder brother Mathias claims

Paul Pogba is a major doubt for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to a knee injury. James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images A police investigation into allegations that France midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with his elder brother Mathias releasing a long string of videos taking … Read more

Canada Soccer makes new contract offer to men’s and women’s players

Canada Soccer has made a new offer to its players in a bid to resolve their ongoing contract deadlock. Earl Cochrane, Canada Soccer’s general secretary, said a “comprehensive compensation offer” was made Tuesday to both the Canadian men and women. He declined to share details. Canada Soccer’s previous offer was made in late June. At … Read more

Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, charged over alleged extortion attempt

Paul Pogba’s brother has been charged by French authorities in connection with an alleged organized armed extortion attempt against the Juventus midfielder, sources have told ESPN. Mathias Pogba will be held in jail while he awaits a decision from the judge regarding bail. The news comes after he was taken into police custody on Wednesday … Read more

Why Canada won’t get new kits for the 2022 World Cup

Late last month in Nike’s midtown New York City office, executives from their global design department for soccer mingled and spoke with enthusiasm as the sportswear brand unveiled to the media their World Cup kits for a dozen teams. Missing from the event was Canadian representation. Despite Nike being the kit supplier for Canada as … Read more

Why Canada won’t get new kits for the 2022 World Cup

Late last month in Nike’s midtown New York City office, executives from their global design department for soccer mingled and spoke with enthusiasm as the sportswear brand unveiled to the media their World Cup kits for a dozen teams. Missing from the event was Canadian representation. Despite Nike being the kit supplier for Canada as … Read more

Robert Lewandowski off the mark in return as Bayern beat Barcelona yet again: Reaction, ratings

MUNICH, Germany — Second-half goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane spoiled Robert Lewandowski’s return to Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League Group C action. It was an unhappy return to Bavaria for Lewandowski, who is Bayern’s second-highest all-time scorer but left in the summer after eight years to join … Read more