BC SOCCER WEB WORLD CUP CENTRAL
Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.
Assured France cruise into semis – Ligue 1
Goals from Raphaël Varane and Antoine Griezmann saw impressive France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Bob Lenarduzzi: England takes Kane-do mindset into Swedish match, Russia faces Croatia – The Province
The World Cup quarter-finals conclude Saturday as Sweden takes on England, followed by host Russia against Croatia. The winners meet next Wednesday.
Sweden’s special relationship with England – FIFA
When Sweden go out to play England in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup on Saturday it will be a special match for the Swedes. Firstly, because it will be the first time in 24 years that they have reached this stage of the tournament. But also because of who their opponent is.
England must make most of opportunity – Gareth Southgate – BBC Sport
Gareth Southgate says England must “make the most” of their World Cup opportunity in Russia, starting with Saturday’s quarter-final against an “older, more experienced” Sweden.
England fans dash to Russia for World Cup quarter-final – The Guardian
Unexpected release of tickets prompts some to go to extreme lengths to be in Samara.
By beating Russia, Croatia can finally shake 20-year shadow – London Free Press
Twenty years ago, Croatia made its World Cup debut with a result that happened only once previously in the tournament’s history and has never been topped.
Siberian town falls silent for World Cup star Golovin – Yahoo Sports
When Russia plays at the World Cup, Kaltan looks like a ghost town. The remote Siberian coal-mining town is the home of Russia midfielder Alexander Golovin, whose key role in the team’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals has made him a national star.
French World Cup star Mbappe could soon pass Ronaldo and Messi – Toronto Sun
While viewers here had anticipated a glimpse at Messi, Ronaldo or both players, the consolation prize could be even better. French teen Kylian Mbappe’s performance at this World Cup has fuelled questions concerning where his name sits among the game’s elite.
How this 19-year-old World Cup star went from a rough neighborhood to making $1.7 million a month – CNBC
Not long ago, Kylian Mbappe was a boy living in the poor Parisian suburb of Bondy, who returned home after soccer practice to a bedroom adorned with posters of his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo.
World Cup shows the beautiful game can also be a con game. Is Canada immune? – News 1130
The beautiful game has also been a con game at times, with stars like Brazil’s Neymar frustrating with their theatrics as well as dazzling with their individual skills. Players go down at the slightest touch in search of a free kick or exaggerate a foul to have an opponent punished. So are today’s crop of young soccer players in Canada going to follow Neymar’s example in attempting to deceive?
North American fans think soccer is full of diving, but video replay shows they’re wrong – Edmonton Journal
Rather than catching dives, the video assistants are spotting penalties that should have been called but weren’t.
French soccer fans in Montreal prepare for ‘les Bleus’ World Cup match – Sudbury.com
As she drank an apple-carrot smoothie on a patio in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood, French tourist Josiane Vignolles said there is no doubt where she will be Friday morning for the World Cup quarter-final between France and Uruguay.
The World Cup sexism that won’t go away — and the female reporters on the front line – St. Louis Tribune
On Wednesday, German television channel ZDF took the remarkable step of lodging criminal proceedings against two social-media users who it says targeted Claudia Neumann, one of the channel’s leading commentators, with a barrage of sexist abuse.
BC NDP 2026 WORLD CUP SCANDAL
EXCLUSIVE: City of Vancouver documents disprove NDP “Blank Cheque” for Vancouver 2026 World Cup – BC Soccer Web
Documents obtained by BC Soccer Web show that the BC NDP never faced a “blank cheque” scenario on the 2026 World Cup bid, and that FIFA negotiations would be ongoing with all three governments through 2020.
CONCACAF boss ‘disappointed’ with B.C. bailing on 2026 tournament – Toronto Sun
“The BC NDP had assurances,” Montagliani added. “If things weren’t to their liking from a documentation standpoint (they could have walked away by 2020). The reality is they paid no attention to the file,” Montagliani suggested. “They put a junior person on the file. They didn’t pay attention until the eleventh hour.”
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS & MLS NEWS
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Episode 281 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Fire Starters – Vancouver v Chicago Preview Show) – AFTN
Who’s up for some Whitecaps action on the day of two World Cup quarter-finals? Well there’s a World Cup winner coming to town as Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Chicago Fire head to BC Place.
‘Caps host Fire Saturday at BC Place – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back at BC Place this Saturday, hosting Chicago Fire before heading on the road for three straight matches.
Slumping Whitecaps aim to extinguish Fire in battle of similar squads – Edmonton Journal
The Chicago Fire seem to be the Vancouver Whitecaps of the Eastern Conference. Then again, they have two former Caps on their Major League Soccer roster.
Chicago Fire defender hurt in Garfield Ridge hit-and-run rollover crash – Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof was injured in a hit-and-run crash Thursday morning in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Sporting KC, Toronto looking to bounce back – Fox Sports
Two clubs playing on short rest will square off Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, as Sporting Kansas City hosts defending MLS champion Toronto FC.
Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids | Preview | July 7, 2018 – Colorado Rapids
Two teams that were left for dead appear to be making a summer comeback with the Montreal Impact having won three straight games and the Colorado Rapids coming to Stade Saputo off their first loss in four games.
Jesse Marsch quits as Red Bulls coach, replaced by Armas – Yahoo Sports
Jesse Marsch has resigned as coach of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls and has been replaced by top assistant Chris Armas, a former U.S. national team defender.
VIDEO: Jesse Marsch Reflects on his time as Head Coach at RBNY – RBNY
Jesse Marsch has resigned as coach of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.
Domenec Torrent finally names his NYCFC coaching staff – NY Post
New York City FC head coach Domenec Torrent has finally named his staff after arriving nearly a month ago, adding four new faces to the club, all who had previously served time at FC Barcelona.
Orlando City SC Hires Daniel Byrd, Thabane Sutu to First Team Technical Staff – Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC hires assistant coach Daniel Byrd and goalkeeper coach Thabane Sutu to join the technical staff of head coach James O’Connor.
Houston Dynamo sign young Venezuelan forward Ronaldo Pena on full transfer – MLS
In their first move of the summer transfer window the Houston Dynamo have added the club’s newest young attacker – 21-year-old Ronaldo Peña – to what is already a young and dynamic forward corps in Houston.
MLS: Sizing up the West at the season’s midway point – SBI
Outside of the top two or three teams, the Western Conference is once again a complete crap shoot.
Bunbury hits double-digit goals for first time with work ethic and “a killer instinct” – NE Revolution
There’s an old proverb that says you should “strike while the iron is hot,” and New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury has been capitalizing on the “strike” portion of this opportune saying throughout the first half of 2018.
Detroit MLS expansion bid looking to rework Ford Field plan – SBI
Detroit may have been passed over in this latest round of MLS expansion, but the city remains in the mix for one of the two expansion spots the league plans to add in the near future.
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BC SOCCER NEWS
Academy Championship: U-19s face LA Galaxy for a spot in the final – Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be looking to move one step closer to capturing their first ever Academy Championship when they face LA Galaxy in the U-19 semifinals on Sunday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.
Highlanders Face Sounders U-23 in Crucial Clash – Victoria Highlanders
Victoria Highlanders FC (4-7-0) travel south of the border to take on Seattle Sounders U-23 (4-4-3) in Week 10 of the Premier Development League (PDL) regular season, July 6 (7:30 PM PST KO) at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.
Pinns win nail biter at provincials – Penticton Western News
A last second penalty kick proved to be the margin of victory for the Penticton Pinnacles FC Boys U15 Thursday in the opener of the Youth Provincial Championships in Burnaby.
KEYSA Tournament a fantastic weekend – EKnow
Another year for the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association (KEYSA) annual youth soccer tournament has come and gone.
Golden Wings Soccer Tournament welcomes over 50 teams to Campbell River – Campbell River Mirror
Three-day event took over fields at Carihi, L’École Phoenix and Quinsam Reserve.
Fort St. John U13 Girls Northern Strikers go 1-3 at Kelowna tournament – Alaska Highway News
The Fort St. John U13 Girls Northern Strikers were in Kelowna on July 1 for the Kelowna Canada Day Tournament. Although the team won their first game 3-1 against West Kelowna, they would lose their next three.
Call for interest for 2018 TD Diploma course – BCSA
Based on the level of interest, BC Soccer is planning to host a 2-day Technical Director’s course in late November or early December of 2018 (dates and location TBA). If you are interested in this course, please let BC Soccer know so they can update you.
PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.
PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.
TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season – TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season tickets are only $70.
Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on sale – Victoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.
Becoming a BC Soccer Referee – BCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.
The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field – BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.
Introducing BC Soccer Web Syndication – BC Soccer Web
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Send your Soccer News to BC Soccer Web! – BC Soccer Web
BC Soccer Web is the hub for soccer in British Columbia. We want to share your soccer news with the entire province, and you can help by letting us know! We want your match reports, club news, league standings, and info on upcoming tournaments and clinics. Whether you submit links to existing news on the web, or your own original writing, we want to share it with the soccer community in B.C.
CANADA SOCCER NEWS
A New Sports Stadium Could Be Coming to Mississauga – Insauga
Recently, a group of Mississauga residents launched a campaign to bring soccer into Canada’s sixth largest city, or at least a franchise under the umbrella of the incoming Canadian Premier League, which is expected to begin playing next year.
Ciociaro Club bringing Italian pro team Frosinone Calcio to the Windsor area – Leader Post
The Ciociaro Club will host professional club Frosinone Calcio, which will play in Italy’s top Serie A this coming season.
Cornwall’s Isaac Charbonneau Barcelona bound – Standard-Freeholder
Some might call it the trip of a lifetime. For Isaac Charbonneau, it will be two visits in five years. Charbonneau, 12, is off to Barcelona, Spain in September of 2019, competing with the Canadian entry at the Danone Nations Cup. He’ll be 13 then, five years removed from his first trip to Barcelona, in August of 2014.
‘Lucky to be alive’: London soccer coach survives fall into Norway crevasse – London Free Press
London soccer coach Jurgen Klaus is lucky to be alive after being trapped four hours in a mountain crevasse in Norway following a 20-metre fall.
Holland College adds soccer quintet – Journal Pioneer
The Holland College Hurricanes men’s soccer program has turned to a group of Island talent in pursuit of a national championship on home soil.
UPEI women’s soccer team adds P.E.I. player – Journal Pioneer
Panthers head coach Graeme McDonald has announced that Maddie Hurley has committed to the Panthers. Hurley competed on five provincial teams, and was named the 2016 P.E.I. Soccer Association junior female player of the year.
Chipudhla scores as Nova Scotia ties N.L. in U-15 soccer championship – Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia played to a 2-2 draw with Newfoundland and Labrador in the opening game of the under-15 boys Atlantic Soccer Championship at the BMO Soccer Centre on Thursday.
History-making 1986 team frustrated Canada hasn’t returned to World Cup – New West Record
Canadian head coach Tony Waiters knew what he wanted when he prepared his team for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
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USL & LOWER DIVISION NEWS
Eastern Conf. Notebook — Setbacks Don’t Deter Indy’s Progress – USL
Rowdies looking for added attacking sharpness; Mid-game adjustments help Hounds.
Michael Lahoud is a midfield buoy for FC Cincinnati in USL play – Cincinnati.com
Michael Lahoud can go unnoticed. His latest press conference, which happened beneath the booms and cracks of Saturday’s post-match fireworks show, proved that.
Nashville’s Roadies Aim to Make a Difference – USL
After forming nonprofit, supporters group does more than “drink beer then go cheer”.
NWSL & WOMEN’S WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg suspended for kicking Seattle’s Allie Long – Oregonian
Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for kicking Seattle Reign midfielder Allie Long in the knee during a match between the two clubs on June 30.
Damallsvenskan week 10 review: Hammarby and Vittsjö pick up big wins – Vavel
Wins for Vittsjö in Piteå and Hammarby at home to Rosengård left Göteborg up to third with a late win against Växjö as Linköping thrashed Kalmar. Elsewhere, Djurgården grabbed a late point against Kristianstad as LB07 slipped to a late defeat at the hands of Eskilstuna.
Scott has faith in Hibs squad to break City’s title hold – Scottish WPL
Hibernian Ladies have been prepared since January for the departures of Lizzie Arnot and Kirsty Smith says head coach Grant Scott.
West Ham Ladies sign Esmee De Graaf and Lucienne Reichardt – BBC Sport
West Ham United Ladies have made the double Dutch signing of Esmee De Graaf and Lucienne Reichardt.
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WORLD SOCCER NEWS
Ex-Thai Navy SEAL dies trying to rescue trapped soccer team – Edmonton Sun
The rescuers trying to help a youth soccer team stranded in a Thai cave suffered a disheartening loss Friday with the death of a former SEAL diving in the flooded passageways to deliver supplies.
Buffon set for Paris Saint-Germain medical as Ligue 1 switch moves closer – SN
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is ready to swap Serie A for Ligue 1 as he prepares for his next challenge with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Juventus confident of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid – The Guardian
Juventus are increasingly confident of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, with the Portugal forward having agreed terms on a four-year contract worth a staggering €30m (£26.5m) a season.
PSG to launch huge Kante bid as Chelsea target Lyon’s Ndombele – SN
Paris Saint-Germain have made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante their priority transfer target, with the Blues eyeing Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele as a potential replacement.
Tottenham enter race to sign Nice striker Alassane Plea after Newcastle fail to move quickly enough – Yahoo Sports
Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to land Nice striker Alassane Plea after Newcastle United failed to move quickly enough to complete the signing as they haggled over the price.
Chelsea’s Eduardo completes season-long Vitesse loan move – SN
Vitesse have announced the season-long loan signing of Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper Eduardo.
North African alliance: Morocco could join with Algeria and Tunisia for 2030 bid – Inside World Football
Morocco’s unexpected recent announcement that it will bid for the 2030 World Cup despite five previous failures can be explained by the fact that it will almost certainly be a joint effort with its north African neighbours.
‘Forget Fifa ban, Nigerian football needs a thorough overhaul’ – Adegboye Onigbinde speaks out on NFF crisis – SN
In the wake of the crisis swamping the Nigeria Football Federation, chief Adeboye Onigbingbe has declared that Fifa’s statute is not above the country’s law.
Italian soccer alarmed by ban on gambling adverts – Leader Post
Italian soccer’s top league has expressed “extreme worry” after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy.