Another international fixture window has come and gone, with World Cup qualifiers and friendlies around the world giving us plenty to feed off while the club game (largely) took a break. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar earned a wide range of headlines, while rising stars Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Christian Pulisic made their own. Some powers inched closer to the 2018 World Cup, while others moved surprisingly farther away and a number of clubs cringed as their prized possessions fell victim to the injury bug.
The dust has begun to settle from the Chicago Fire's signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger. A few days after the announcement, everyone has had a chance to process the move, evaluate it and wonder how it will help the team. The big question that remains is how will Schweinsteiger fit in with this group? While central midfield had been a problem for the Fire last year, the additions of Dax McCarty and Juninho, both former MLS All-Stars who are currently still in their prime, seemed to have filled the hole. Now Schweinsteiger comes in and the Fire have a glut of central midfielders. When asked about finding a way to get all three on the field, coach Veljko Paunovic said it's not a concern at all. "We
The home stadium of China's Shanghai Shenhua football club caught fire early on Tuesday but there were no casualties and the blaze was extinguished by mid-morning, the city government said. The cause of the blaze at the Hongkou Football Stadium was still being investigated, Shanghai city government said on its official microblog. The Chinese Super League team has spent heavily to sign high-profile players in recent months.