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Friday Kickoff: Messi, Champions League and more


It always seemed a bit unlikely that Argentina’s biggest star was calling a quits during the prime of his career, and the Barcelona forward appears to have reversed his decision.

Lionel Messi is reportedly prepared to come out of international retirement with theĀ Albiceleste. following making the decision last month when Argentina fell to Chile on penalty kicks at the Copa America Centenario. (REPORT)

The draw for the final round of UEFA Champions League League qualification was announced on Friday. Among the notable pairings is Porto taking on Roma and Manchester City facing Steau Bucuresti. (REPORT)

Following Brazil’s Olympic-opening tie against South Africa, Barcelona star Neymar admitted the result felt like a loss and that nerves played a role in the team’s poor showing. (REPORT)

The UEFA Europa League draw was also revealed for the final round of qualification. Austria Wien vs. Rosenborg and Slavia Praha vs. Anderlecht headline the matchups. (REPORT)

Wayne Rooney’s home was targeted by burglars during the Manchester United forward’s testimonial match on Wednesday. The attempt was reportedly unsuccessful. (REPORT)

Arsenal will reportedly sendĀ defender Mathieu Debuchy to Turkish side Galatasaray on a one-year loan. (REPORT)

Everton’s Muhamed Besic will miss up to six months with a knee injury sustained during Rooney’s testimonial match. (REPORT)


The U.S. Women’s National Team was pleased with its opening-match result against New Zealand, however, Jill Ellis’ group is looking ahead at bigger challenges. (REPORT)

U.S. Men’s National Team defender Edgar Castillo will miss at least eight weeks with a broken knee cap. (REPORT)

Turkish side Trabzonspor has announced a loan deal for FC Dallas attacker Fabian Castillo after a back-and-forth saga between the two clubs. (REPORT)


  1. Regarding the CL qualification draw, I’ll agree the Porto v Roma match up is notable, but what’s notable about Manchester City v Steau Bucuresti? More notable is Villareal v Monaco.

  2. Aron Johannsson returned to first team training yesterday. Sorry if this was posted on here somewhere and I missed it.


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