Joe Lago

  • Sepp Blatter responds to FIFA corruption probe in written statement

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 5 days ago

    FIFA released the following statement from president Sepp Blatter in response to the corruption investigation that led to the arrests of seven soccer officials in Switzerland.

    "This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

    "As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

    "While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.

    Podcast: Dan Wetzel on FIFA corruption

  • Real Madrid must make bold hire in replacing Carlo Ancelotti

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 7 days ago

    Carlo Ancelotti's firing as Real Madrid coach on Monday did not come as a surprise. Despite having led the club to its 10th European title just a year ago (366 days to be exact), the Italian manager failed to deliver the one thing that's expected at the Santiago Bernabeu – trophies. No excuses were allowed. And no, the FIFA Club World Cup title doesn't count.

    [FC Yahoo: The moment where it all went wrong for Real Madrid]

    Club president Florentino Perez's announcement that Ancelotti had been let go, as expected, threw gasoline on the already growing speculation of potential replacements ignited by Real Madrid's late-season collapse. But we're not here to explain why Rafa Benitez or Michel or Zinedine Zidane or Jogi Loew should be considered. There's only one manager who makes any sense as Ancelotti's replacement, and that man is Jurgen Klopp.

  • Nathan Redmond's mom can barely contain her excitement at Wembley

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 7 days ago

    Monday's Championship playoff final – aka the "richest game in football" for its estimated $185 million Premier League windfall – brought elation to Norwich City fans, who saw their beloved Canaries beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at Wembley to join Bournemouth and Watford as Premiership promotees.

    No Norwich supporter in the crowd, however, could match the joy of Michelle Redmond.

    Michelle is the mother of Nathan Redmond, the 21-year-old midfielder of Norwich. And one can only imagine the emotion she felt when her son's strike found the low left corner of the net to make it 2-0 Canaries in the 15th minute, just three minutes after Cameron Jerome gave Norwich a 1-0 lead.

    Filled with pride, Michelle let the world know what she was experiencing via Twitter.

    Credit hard work and dedication for Nathan's success. But don't discount the importance of a mom's devotion and commitment. Before Monday's playoff final, Michelle made sure Nathan stuck to his pregame ritual.

  • Premier League Live: Championship (and Survival) Sunday

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 8 days ago

    Chelsea will get to raise the trophy, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will play their last games before joining MLS and three teams will battle for the two Europa League spots. But on Sunday, the final matchday spotlight falls on Newcastle and Hull City as the two sides try to avoid becoming the Premier League's third and final relegated club.

    [Season review: Top 10 goals | Best saves | Best assists | Best free kicks]

    Follow the action of all 10 simultaneous games with the match pages and NBCSports.com live streams below.

  • Barcelona celebrates La Liga title, gives Xavi emotional send-off (Video)

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 9 days ago

    Saturday's 2-2 draw with Deportivo de la Coruna served as the backdrop for the celebration of Barcelona's 23rd La Liga title. The scene at the Camp Nou was a joyous one as Lionel Messi, the scorer of both Barca goals against Depor, and his teammates lifted the trophy and celebrated on the field with their families.

    The occasion was also bittersweet as Barcelona said goodbye to an all-time legend.

    Xavi graced the starting XI one last time for the club he joined as an 11-year-old and produced a typical performance with a team-best 116 passes. But in the 86th minute, it was time for the 35-year-old to leave the field awash in the home supporters' cheers and gratitude. Fittingly, Xavi was replaced by substitute Andres Iniesta, his fellow midfield maestro for over a decade.

    And there he goes. Xavi says goodbye to Camp Nou... #6ràciesXavi #beINLaLiga http://t.co/A2mG67ypIP

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  • Champions League Live: Real Madrid vs. Juventus

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 19 days ago

    We now know who Barcelona will face in the June 6 Champions League final after Real Madrid and Juventus battled another 90 minutes in the second leg of their semifinal on Wednesday. The Serie A champions, after beating Real in Turin, held on for a 1-1 draw to go through with a 3-2 aggregate win.

    [FC Yahoo: Does Gareth Bale deserve to be the scapegoat at Real Madrid?]

    Follow the action at the Santiago Bernabeu as it happened with the Scribble Live stream below.

  • Champions League Live: Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 21 days ago

    Thanks to a virtuoso performance by Lionel Messi, including a goal for the ages, Barcelona carried a comfortable 3-0 lead into the second leg of its Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The La Liga leaders lost 3-2 but advanced to the June 6 final in Berlin with a 5-3 aggregate victory.

    Follow the action from the Allianz Arena as it happened with the Scribble Live stream below.

  • Bicycle kick goal highlights Barcelona's 2-0 win over Real Sociedad (Video)

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 23 days ago

    Topping the Champions League magic he performed against Bayern Munich was never going to be easy for Lionel Messi when Barcelona turned its attention back to maintaining its La Liga lead over Real Madrid on Saturday. An organized, Everton-esque Real Sociedad side under David Moyes made things challenging during a scoreless first half before Neymar finally broke through with a 51st-minute header.

    Barca was seeing its way through to a 1-0 victory and a five-point lead over Real Madrid when the Camp Nou faithful were treated to another moment of soccer brilliance. It didn't come from Messi, though.

    Pedro, the odd-man out in Barcelona's star-studded forward trio, grabbed the spotlight after pulling off a stunning bicycle kick to complete a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad.

  • Sepp Blatter calls himself 'godfather' of women's soccer – no seriously, he did

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 25 days ago

    We have often wondered what bubble Sepp Blatter lives in. The industrial-strength Teflon president of FIFA is impervious to scandal, even when the cost is human lives. What we do know is that this place he calls home must be the closest thing to Nirvana (the idyllic state or the iconic grunge band, take your pick) because no matter what Blatter says or does comes with zero consequence.

    Cue the latest dumb thing to come out of Blatter's mouth.

    In an interview with BBC World Service radio, Blatter said he considers himself "a little bit as a godfather of the organization of women's football in FIFA," later admitting that "there is still a lot to do" in the women's game.

    So, as you can imagine, Blatter's "godfather" claim didn't go over so well on Twitter.

    Sepp Blatter calls himself "godfather" of women's soccer in BBC interview. Will now go and throw up http://t.co/2g7zsGWloK

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  • Champions League Live: Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich

    Joe Lago at FC Yahoo 27 days ago

    The second semifinal of the UEFA Champions League reunited Pep Guardiola with his former club when Bayern Munich met Barcelona in Wednesday's first leg.

    [Slideshow: Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich semifinal first leg]

    Follow the action from the Camp Nou as it happened with the Scribble Live stream below.