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Thursday Kickoff: Pogba, Beckenbauer, Hart,and more



One of the world’s giants says they could have signed Paul Pogba, while Joe Hart is set to retake the role of England’s No.1, at least for the time being.

Barcelona sporting director Albert Soler says that the Spanish club had first priority on Paul Pogba, but could not justify spending the money required after bringing in several other players. (REPORT)

German legend Franz Beckenbauer is being investigated for corruption stemming from the 2006 World Cup. (REPORT)

Joe Hart is set to start England’s World Cup qualifer against Slovakia after Fraser Forster pulled out of the squad due to injury. (REPORT)

After missing out on the midfielder this transfer window, Juventus will reportedly resume the club’s pursuit of Axel Witsel in January. (REPORT)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has agreed to a salary of $1.5 million in 2016. (REPORT)

Following the retirement of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer has been named Germany’s captain. (REPORT)

Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard is eyeing a January loan move after a FIFA regulation prevented the 17-year-old from joining French side Rennes during this window. (REPORT)

While featuring for Germany, Bayer Leverkusen winger Kevin Volland suffered a broken hand that will keep him out of action for two weeks. (REPORT)


Matt Miazga has joined Dutch club Vitesse on a season-long loan deal away from Chelsea. (READ)

Jermaine Jones has withdrawn from the U.S. Men’s National Team to continue his injury rehab with the Colorado Rapids. (READ)

SBI takes a look at a possible starting XI for the USMNT’s clash with St. Vincent & The Grenadines. (READ)

The Philadelphia Union will start John McCarthy in Andre Blake’s absence, while Maurice Edu is getting closer to a return. (READ)

SBI discusses how Toronto FC can cope with the absence of reigning MVP Sebastian Giovinco. (READ)

After a big week, the Union move up the SBI MLS Power Rankings, while the New York Red Bulls jump into the Top 2. (READ)


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