BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says that Neymar won’t rejoin the team until after he plays in Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers. That means that Neymar will miss Sunday’s Spanish league match at Athletic Bilbao. Brazil plays Ecuador in Quito on Sept. 1 and five days later it hosts Colombia in Manaus. On Saturday, Neymar scored the decisive penalty in a shootout to help Brazil beat Germany for its first Olympic gold medal in men’s football. Despite the striker’s absence, Barcelona has won all three of its matches this season.
“Arsenal used to be great; Arsenal used to be feared; Arsenal used to win things.” It’s more than just a cliche coming from Patrick Vieira, because he lived it. He was it. So when Vieira comes out and says his beloved Arsenal is looks noting like the one he represented for nine trophy-filled seasons from 1996-2005 (three Premier League titles and four FA Cups), you have to listen to the man. Arsene Wenger has said time and again that the club’s long-term financial viability is his main interest. While Vieira finds that admirable in many ways, he also manages an MLS franchise bankrolled by Manchester City’s oil-rich owners. Financial prudence is hardly at the forefront of his mind — quotes from
It’s been nearly four years since John Terry last featured for the English national team, but the former Three Lions captain could be recalled by new England boss Sam Allardyce. Terry would have to accept an invitation into Allardyce’s first England squad, of course, should it come. The camp in question is but a week away, ahead of England’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier, away to Slovakia on Sept. 4. Asked on Monday whether or not he would consider recalling the 35-year-old Chelsea center back, Allardyce could have simply said, “No, I won’t be doing that. Next question, please,” but instead… — quotes from the Guardian: “Maybe so. I think it depends on what John said. Maybe if I get the opportunity