Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all. The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver. Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON. He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.
New LA Galaxy midfielder and USMNT mainstay Jermaine Jones is hoping he can clarify Tim Howard’s controversial comments about dual nationals. Howard said Wednesday that there were commitment issues with some of the dual nationals on the United States squad, adding that players like Jones and Fabian Johnson were great for the team. Jones answered those thoughts on Thursday, labeling them “dangerous stuff”. From ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre: “With all the respect for Timmy, I feel it’s not if you’re half American or full-American. It’s more what you have in here [taps his chest]. “If you go on the field and you give everything for this country, then of course sometimes there’s a situation where you’re
If ever anyone needed a reminder of this fact, all they’d have to do is look at the many overpaid players in the National Basketball Association. If the market is going to allow professional athletes to make obscene amounts of money for playing a game, then they have an obligation to themselves — and their families — to make the most of it — literally. Now, thanks to the annual “Global Sports Salaries Survey,” courtesy of Sporting Intelligence, which pro team tops them all.