Month: July 2017

3 things you didn’t know about Tournament of Nations

Women soccer lovers are counting the days before the beginning of the 2017 Tournament of Nations. The tournament will be held from July 27 to August 3, in three venues across the West Coast – Seattle, San Diego, and Carson, California. The participants of the tournament are the hosting team, the US, and guest teams from Brazil, Japan, and Australia. It’s the second time this four-team elite group is meeting for an occasion like this, so we were wondering are there any novelties in this year’s competition.

women soccer newsHosting Tournament of Nations

The US Women Soccer team currently holds the first place in the scoreboard, while Japan, Australia, and Brazil hold sixth, seventh, and eighth place respectively. The idea is to host a tournament each summer during the years that do not involve Olympic Games or a World Cup.

For this year, the organizers have prepared the round-robin type of competition, which was formerly held under the name SheBelieves Cup. The winner of the tournament will be selected based on the total score points, as well as overall goal difference, most total goal scores or Fifa ranking, in the case of the first tie-breaker. The total points per game are 3 for wins and 1 for a tie.

Game schedule

The opening day, July 27, starts with the game between Brazil and Japan at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The match that follows is holding between the US and Australia, which will be broadcasted on ESPN.

Three days after the opening, July 30, the teams are moving to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The pairs for this round of the tournament are Japan and Australia in the first match and the US and Brazil in the latter. This game is scheduled for a broadcast on ESPN 2. Read more →

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What Lukaku brings on Manchester United’s table?

Every international sports news channel including Noticias do Futebol is buzzing about the latest football transfer. As of this Monday, former Everton’s top striker, Romelu Lukaku (24), has signed a 5-year contract with Manchester United. The deal is worth £75 mills, which makes it the second most expensive deal in the history of British football.

Rumors broke that Lukaku’s long-term friend, Pablo Pogba (24), had a crucial role in this epic transfer. However, it’s more likely that the management of Man United made a very calculated move just before the season takes off securing the top striker before anyone else grabs him. The rivalry team, Chelsea, was also interested in bringing Lukaku on their team.

lukaku football newsLukaku’s unstoppable progress

There wasn’t a real discussion about what Lukaku brings on Manchester United’s table. In the last season, Lukaku scored 25 goals in 3267 minutes he spent on the field. His most praised skills such as dribbling, ball control, and sprint speed, has only been tackled by great football experts and followers. It’s true that Lukaku matured, which the player himself finds important for the team. However, his offending and goalkeeping skills are still modestly developed.

This 6’ 3’’ fella has also accomplished a lot when it comes to improving his attacking and movements skills. According to last season’s report, Lukaku’s overall performance scored at 85%, which is slightly bellowed his estimated playing potential. If Manchester United pulls off a good start for this season, we can hope for some great football games, lead by Lukaku, the world’s hottest center.

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The dream duo

Another hot topic which fills the lines is how will long-term friends, Lukaku and Pogba, get along in the game. While many experts predict that the duo will face some challenges because of the different game styles, fans are betting that these guys are going to make this season memorable. It’s no secret that Lu and Po share some great chemistry off-the-field, so it’s justified to expect that they will do the same on the field. Whatever it may be, let’s wait for the game with West Ham United, which will be played at Manchester’s home field on August 13.football news Read more →