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Soccer continues to favor superclubs. If we can't redistribute wealth, why not the players?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:32:00 GMT

Sometimes, it takes something bold to enact change. UEFA's annual benchmarking report, released this week, underscores what we already know. There's good news (financial stability) and not-so-good news: extreme polarization. And it's the latter that could use a fix. Over the past decade, debt has fallen, revenue has increased tremendously and the game of soccer, as a whole, is profitable. I feel like I've written this a gazillion times, but when Financial Fair Play was introduced, European club...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic were scoring iconic overhead kicks before Jahanbakhsh

Thu, 2 Jan 2020 04:44:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains how Chelsea allowed Brighton back into the game in the 2nd half. The first Premier League match of 2020 served up an incredible overhead kick that brought to mind some of the most amazing acrobatic goals ever scored by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic... The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Liverpool dog lets Sheffield United know they're on its territory As proven by Alireza Jahanbakhsh...

Messi's domination, Ronaldo's dancing, Man United's decline: It's the Toe Poke review of 2019!

Mon, 30 Dec 2019 04:30:00 GMT

The Exploding Heads present some baffling items available in Premier League club stores this holiday season. The Football Agents share their top charitable gift ideas for the players they represent. While Lionel Messi was reclaiming his crown as the world's best player in 2019, Cristiano Ronaldo still managed to stun the world with his leaps on the pitch and his dance moves off it... The Toe Poke Daily is here to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet had to offer in 2019, all in one place. Jump to: Messi | Ronaldo | Neymar | Ibrahimovic | Mourinho | Real Madrid | Liverpool | Manchester United | Manchester City | Arsenal | Chelsea...

Football's finest photos from Getty Images' top 100 of 2019

Thu, 26 Dec 2019 03:56:00 GMT

The Football Agents share their top charitable gift ideas for the players they represent. Getty Images have selected their top 100 sporting photographs of 2019, and we at Toe Poke have cherry picked our favourite footballing snaps from the album. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. From January to December, from Wolverhampton to the Women's World Cup, here's our selection of the 15 finest football photos from the collection, presented in chronological order. 1....

FC Salzburg defender Patrick Farkas suffered stroke in training

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 02:12:22 GMT

FC Salzburg defender has said he suffered a stroke in the training in October. FC Salzburg defender Patrick Farkas has revealed he suffered a stroke in the build up to the club's Champions league match against Napoli in October. Farkas, 27, collapsed at the Salzburg training ground on Oct. 21 and the club kept quiet about the severity of the defender's illness until this weekend, when the Austrian used his club's media channels to explain what happened. "I have nothing to hide and everyone should know what I really had: It was a stroke," Farkas said in a video. He said that...

Zidane on Real Madrid-Man City Champions League clash: Guardiola 'best manager in world'

Sat, 21 Dec 2019 05:14:50 GMT

Sid Lowe believes Man City's manager will be the center of attention in his team's UCL clash with Real Madrid. ESPN FC's Frank Leboeuf was left underwhelmed by Barcelona's 0-0 draw vs. Real Madrid. Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop break down what Real Madrid did to stifle Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The FC crew don't see eye to eye when it comes to the weight of expectations on Real Madrid and Man City. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called Pep Guardiola "the best coach in the world" as he prepares to face his Manchester City in the Champions League in February. Earlier this week Guardiola had said he "dreamed as a player to play with" Zidane as he reacted to the round of 16 draw. - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? The pair have never managed opposing teams in a competitive game during their coaching careers, which have seen them win five Champions...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino open to creating multinational leagues

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 06:01:48 GMT

Sid Lowe believes Man City's manager will be the center of attention in his team's UCL clash with Real Madrid. The FC panel are undecided if Jose Mourinho will be able to put the pieces together at Tottenham by February. Julien Laurens delves into the storylines ahead of Dortmund-PSG as Thomas Tuchel faces his former club. Julien Laurens wouldn't be shocked if Chelsea sprung a surprise on Bayern like they did in the 2012 final. The FC crew don't see eye to eye when it comes to the weight of expectations on Real Madrid and Man City. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the governing body could drop its long-standing opposition to cross-border leagues, as it looks to help countries who are struggling to compete. FIFA has always opposed attempts to create multinational leagues, saying that the basis of the game was the national competition. Infantino's predecessor Sepp Blatter was strongly opposed to such plans, and European governing body UEFA has also blocked such initiatives and looked to its own competitions as a way...

Joao Felix eclipses Cristiano Ronaldo by joining Lionel Messi on list of Golden Boy award winners

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 05:24:04 GMT

Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the hot takes from the weekend's soccer action to see whether they are overreactions. Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix was once dubbed "the new Cristiano Ronaldo," but he has achieved what even his idol could not by picking up the Golden Boy award... The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Ronaldo takes style inspiration from Messi at Juve's Christmas party | Leicester youth players' Stormzy rap goes viral. Stormzy approves Joao Felix collected his...

Champions League draw: Bayern Munich shaken by prospect of facing Chelsea, reliving 2012 final nightmare

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:52:01 GMT

Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson predict the CL last 16 including Man City vs. Real and Atletico vs. Liverpool. The FC crew debate whether Leicester winning the league or Liverpool finishing unbeaten is more realistic. Shaka Hislop believes the chase for a Champions League title will keep Pep Guardiola at Man City. The Champions League round-of-16 draw clearly brought back some bad memories for Bayern Munich after they were paired with Chelsea, who beat them in the 2012 final in their own backyard... The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. The clubs that made it out of the Champions League group stage learned of their fate on Monday as the draw for the round of 16 was completed at...


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