CONCACAF released the dates for its 2018 World Cup qualifying, reminding teams there's no easy road to the World Cup.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
As the Portuguese returned to the summit of world football on Monday with his third Golden Ball victory, Goal takes a look at his long and arduous road to the top.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly the world's best footballer at the moment, but his cabinet of team trophies may never do justice to his individual brilliance.
The Red Devils fell to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday, though there were wins for Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Former Premier League official Mark Halsey believes the Frenchman could be damaging his reputation following another incident off the ball in Arsenal's win over Stoke.
The Red Devils lost 1-0 to Southampton on Sunday, and the Dutchman now has an identical record to his predecessor with 37 points from 21 Premier League games.
With this year's winner set to be announced in Zurich on Monday, Goal takes an in-depth look at the three contenders and their amazing statistics during the voting period.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
After a troubled week for Barcelona, Leo helped out his boss in their best performance of the season against a tough Atletico Madrid side
COMMENT: The midfield pairing led the Bianconeri to a huge win in Naples to rub salt into the Red Devils' wounds.
The French midfielder opened the scoring before Miguel Britos leveled the scoreline, but second-half strikes from Martin Caceres and Arturo Vidal secured all three points.
COMMENT: Louis van Gaal's side lost to Southampton as its 11-game unbeaten run came to an end - Goal looks at some of the major talking points.
COMMENT: The legendary Italian scored a stunning acrobatic goal before celebrating by taking a selfie; he is now the most prolific marksman in the history of the Rome derby.
Arsenal finished the game with its returning German playmaker and Theo Walcott on the pitch, but the in-form Chilean was once again the standout star against Stoke.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Welshman was back on form for Real Madrid and scored a brilliant free kick, but irked the Golden Ball contender as he failed to square the ball late on
Soccer's most prestigious individual award needs to recognize outstanding contributions in a calendar year — and not be turned into a tacky popularity contest.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The former Chelsea star was thought to be heading to NYCFC but instead will stay at Manchester City in what has become a black eye for all involved.
The 18-year-old has been a highly regarded prospect since the age of 13, but after a year that saw him make his pro and U.S. national team debuts, he is ready to break out.
Three Goal writers argue the case for each of the candidates ahead of the prestigious ceremony in Zurich next Monday.
The Switzerland star never fully delivered on his early promise at the Allianz Arena - but Pep Guardiola could rue his lack of faith in the forward.
Alexis Sanchez has carried his side's Champions League hopes almost single-handedly this season - can the England international help the Gunners into the top four again?