Members of the Qatar bid committee engaging in commercial dealings with LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid did not influence how votes were cast in the country's successful pitch for the 2022 World Cup, according to the Garcia Report. On Tuesday, FIFA released the full report from former New York attorney Michael Garcia into the controversial concurrent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar. Garcia submitted his report to FIFA in September 2014 but said a summary published by the organisation two months later was "erroneous and incomplete".
Jordi Roura, director and head of youth football at FC Barcelona, sits inside the team’s U.S. offices in midtown Manhattan and attempts to explain the club’s philosophy in one sentence. “The Barcelona way is, ultimately, all about possession. Attacking with possession and defending with possession,” he says, surrounded by members of his coaching staff and 15 youth players who participated in La Liga Promises third annual tournament in New Jersey this past weekend.
El Clasico Miami, the highly-anticipated July 29 match between Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid and Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium, will be preceded by five days of festivities in downtown Miami and Miami Beach. The Clasico week is shaping up to be like a Super Bowl of soccer, with concerts, parties, art exhibits, and a fan festival similar to the NFL Experience during Super Bowl Week. The fun begins on Tuesday and Wednesday at the W Hotel in South Beach, where Champions League finalist Juventus of Italy and French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain will host player and legend meet-and-greets and merchandise giveaways in advance of the International Champions Cup match Wednesday night between the