Seven years ago, AFC Bournemouth was competing in the fourth tier of English soccer and in dire financial straits. Now the club plays in the English Premier League. Reporter (and longtime Bournemouth fan) Russell Crewe visits Bournemouth to find out how a team from a small resort town made it to the top.
Charges of corruption, bribery, money laundering and influence peddling have made FIFA the object of criticism and the subject of investigations. Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, authors of “The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot To Buy the World Cup,” join Bill Littlefield.
What’s next for women’s soccer? Will the Washington NFL franchise have to change its nickname? And should we celebrate the growing number of opportunities for young girls to play football? Yahoo Sports contributor Danielle Elliott and USA Today columnist Nancy Armour join Bill Littlefield.
Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.
Sports rivalries often start with the play on the field, but the clash between Peru and Chile began with a war. Elizabeth Trovall has our story as those two teams prepare to meet in the semifinals of the Copa America.
Located in Santiago, Chile, Estadio Nacional is currently the site of several games in the Copa America tournament. But even during intense international games, one section of the stadium always remains empty — a memorial to the deaths and suffering that happened there more than 40 years ago. David Waldstein of the New York Times joined Bill Littlefield.
How will first-year MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handle the hacking scandal? Does the MLB need to change its All-Star voting system? And is the U.S. Women’s National Team failing to live up to its hype? The NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer and sport writer Erik Malinowski join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
From 1941 until 1979, it was against the law for women to play soccer in Brazil. Now, led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, the Brazilian women have a shot at winning the World Cup. Gwen Oxenham joins Bill Littlfield to explain what a World Cup win would mean for Brazil.
Why are so many sports governing bodies calling Switzerland home? Why does Rafael Nadal have a say in who officiates his French Open matches? And should pro athletes like Steph Curry be allowed to bring their children to postgame press conferences? That’s this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
Fourteen FIFA officials were indicted this week on charges of corruption, so how the heck did FIFA president Sepp Blatter win re-election? Bill Littlefield gets the answer from longtime soccer writer George Vecsey.