1-0 wins are not flashy. They are not ideal. Even so, they are necessary. On Saturday, Manchester City collected three important points winning 1-0.
In an announcement that shocked the whole world, FC Barcelona issued an official statement Thursday that the club would not be re-signing Lionel Messi. The official statement, citing the financial state of the club, announced the club could not afford to sign Messi within La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules. This announcement coming despite the desire of both parties to sign a new contract.
For the second time this summer, transfer rumors have linked Fulham’s Antonee Robinson to Manchester City. The USMNT left-back has been the target of many in the past 18 months, beginning with AC Milian in January 2020.
Off the pitch, Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich and Germany’s star midfielder, has been a leading voice in numerous social causes as well as COVID relief. He has spoken out against racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany-AfD) Germany’s far-right political party.
Off the Pitch will feature articles on player work outside of the game. There are numerous footballers doing extremely important work in society; their work deserves recognition. Unfortunately, the world we live in can be harsh and cruel. The athletes featured in this series have taken the fame that comes with their career, and used it to try and improve our world.
Manuel Neuer, the German captain, has worn a rainbow captain’s armband in Germany’s Euro 2020 matches thus far. It is a small gesture to show support for the community during Pride Month. A gesture that was given little serious attention until UEFA decided to intervene.
Today Forward Madison of USL League 1 announced a developmental partnership with Eintracht Frankfurt of the German Bundesliga. The goal of the partnership is to expand Forward Madison and Eintracht Frankfurt’s global presence as well as to grow the game in Wisconsin.