Racially abused by their fans, Togolese striker Francis Kone has taken on hero status after saving a rival goalkeeper's life in a Czech top-flight game last weekend. Half an hour into Saturday's tie pitting Bohemians 1905 Prague against Kone's FC Slovacko, Bohemians keeper Martin Berkovec sprinted towards the edge of the box to head out a long pass. The home crowd in Prague watched in horror as the impact left the 28-year-old Berkovec unconscious on the pitch with a swallowed tongue.
(CNN)Money appears to be no object in the Chinese Super League, as some of soccer's top stars are being lured to clubs that previously flew well below the radar of most fans. Shanghai SIPG paid $63 million to sign Oscar from Chelsea, while Shanghai Shenhua made 33-year-old Carlos Tevez the highest paid player in the world, offering him reported wages of $765,000 -- double the amount Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earns. Going into the 2017 season, 13 out of the league's 16 teams are managed by foreign coaches, including 2002 World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, English Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini, multiple German Bundesliga champion Felix Magath and former Chelsea, Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas.
BONN, Germany — Julian Green has been in the public eye long enough that it’s hard to believe he’s never really gotten his professional soccer career untracked. At the same time, it seems hard to believe that a player who is just 21 needs a jump-start for what was once a rapid ascent on the U.S. national team. Famously developed through the Bayern Munich youth system, the Tampa-born, German-raised Green has spent the vast majority of his club career trying to justify its auspicious beginning. Little came of four years of struggling to break through with one of the best teams in the world. So in January, Green made what could be seen as a humbling move to Stuttgart, which was relegated after last