Manchester United's title hopes take hit after upset loss

Soccer Jan 28, 2021

Manchester United's title hopes take hit after upset loss

Manchester United's Premier League title hopes suffered a huge blow on Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat against last-place Sheffield United, while Chelsea started the Thomas Tuchel era with a scoreless draw against Wolves. The shock result at Old Trafford leaves Manchester City a point clear ...

FIFA report highlights pandemic's impact on transfer market

Soccer Jan 19, 2021

FIFA report highlights pandemic's impact on transfer market

The number of international transfers of male soccer players in 2020 dropped by 5.4% compared to the previous year, while total transfer fees were down significantly — by 23.4% — due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a FIFA report published Monday revealed. In ...

Frank Lampard defends goal celebrations as officials call for restraint

Soccer Jan 15, 2021

Frank Lampard defends goal celebrations as officials call for restraint

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard defended his players on Thursday amid a growing debate about teams celebrating goals with hugs and high-fives while the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. England's deputy chief medical officer has urged players to stop such physical contact and a senior ...

Frank Lampard says players at risk due to PL's match scheduling

Soccer Nov 20, 2020

Frank Lampard says players at risk due to PL's match scheduling

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on the Premier League to scrap early kickoffs on Saturdays to protect player welfare amid a congested schedule. His side is scheduled to visit Newcastle United in the early lunchtime slot on Saturday and Lampard is concerned with the ...

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 24, 2019

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

by Dan Orlowitz

The possibility exists that Tuesday's Rakuten Cup match between Barcelona and Chelsea was being considered by some influential soccer figure or another as an audition for Japan's inclusion in the increasingly popular International Champions Cup, the international preseason tournament that is currently taking place ...

Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

Soccer Jul 23, 2019

Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

by Dan Orlowitz

A confident Chelsea overcame a depleted Barcelona side to win 2-1 on Tuesday in the opening game of the inaugural Rakuten Cup. The friendly at Saitama Stadium was touted as the first-ever meeting between two European clubs in Japan when it was announced in March. ...

Petr Cech returns to Chelsea as technical adviser

Soccer Jun 21, 2019

Petr Cech returns to Chelsea as technical adviser

Chelsea has appointed its former goalkeeper Petr Cech as technical and performance adviser, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Cech spent 11 years as a player at Chelsea, winning 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League, before moving to ...