Puig joins LA Galaxy from Barcelona, ​​but rival MLS execs are skeptical of the deal

The MLS secondary transfer window closed in very much the same way that it started: With a high-profile player arriving in Los Angeles amidst questions of how he would fit on his new club’s salary budget. A little more than a month after LAFC acquired Gareth Bale, the LA Galaxy on Thursday signed Spanish midfielder … Read more

NYCFC’s Taty Castellanos loan is proof of the power of multi-club ownership

Valentin “Taty” Castellanos is finally moving abroad — just not in the way many around MLS would have predicted. NYCFC announced on Monday morning that it has sent Castellanos on a year-long loan to Spanish club Girona FC. On the surface, the move seems a little bit underwhelming. Castellanos won the golden boot and led … Read more

Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona: Bayern want to miss the goals but not the drama

In May 2019, the Allianz Arena crowd was awash with emotion as joy and sadness pulled at opposite ends of the heartstrings. Club legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery starred in their last home game for Bayern Munich, a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt that secured their seventh championship in a row. Club president Uli … Read more

Barcelona are at the center of the transfer backlog across Europe

It was July 1 and Chelsea were trying to mean business. The new ownership, led by American Todd Boehly, was about to close its first major signing after reaching an agreement with Leeds United for Brazilian winger Raphinha. ace The Athletic reported, the price tag was set in the region of £60 million, with most … Read more

Predicting the pass, in-game shape, player pressure: welcome to next gen of football analytics

Football analytics continues to innovate. For many years there have been two branches of football data. One is event data, which logs everything that happens on the pitch, such as passes, shots, interceptions or tackles. The other is tracking data, which logs the locations of every player on the pitch at a rate of 25 … Read more

After Champions League ‘fiasco,’ UEFA probes what went wrong

The French government is blaming Liverpool fans. The English club is enraged by the “irresponsible, unprofessional” rush to conclusions. European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, will now try to uncover what went wrong in the disorder and chaos in Paris at the Champions League final before Liverpool lost to Real Madrid. UEFA is starting to gather … Read more