Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to the goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tiptoe over hoops and dribble around orange cones. The kids training in this concrete court in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, play for Club Social Parque. It’s the same soccer talent factory where such international stars as Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez and Juan Roman Riquelme polished their skills as children. Spain’s “La Masia” youth academy may be the famed bedrock of Barcelona’s success and where Lionel Messi started training at 13 when he emigrated from Argentina. But Club Social Parque, a humble
Manchester United could be preparing itself for another summer of interest in goalkeeper David De Gea, according to reports. United has fended off Real Madrid’s pursuit of the Spain international for two summers running. In the final hours of the 2015
Fernandinho and Man City lost to Monaco in the Champions League round of 16. The Premier League is no longer the best or even the second-best league in Europe. Unless Leicester City miraculously makes the Champions League final in Cardiff, the Premier League will extend its drought to five years without a finalist in Europe’s top club competition.