• The Canadian Press

    France coach Ripoll names 11 new players in Olympic squad

    PARIS (AP) — Sylvain Ripoll named 11 new players in France's Olympic soccer squad on Friday after resistance from several clubs to the coach's initial selection. Although Ripoll picked 21 players, only 19 will fly out to Tokyo, the French Football Federation said. Montpellier goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud and Lille forward Isaac Lihadji are included but will stay at home and only join up if they are needed, the FFF said on its website. Ripoll had announced his initial squad last Friday but had to m

  • Davies, Akinola highlight Canada's Gold Cup squad, David among key omissions
    The Canadian Press

    Davies, Akinola highlight Canada's Gold Cup squad, David among key omissions

    At just 20-years old, Alphonso Davies is already a CONCACAF Gold Cup veteran. The star Bayern Munich left back highlights a group of 12 returning players on Canada's 23-man roster for the championship for teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean, which kicks off July 10. It will be the third Gold Cup appearance for Davies, who has already made a name for himself at the tournament. He won the Golden Boot as top scorer (with three goals) and was named the best young player at the 2017

  • Depay has a chance to shine for the Netherlands on big stage
    The Canadian Press

    Depay has a chance to shine for the Netherlands on big stage

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Championship is finally giving Memphis Depay the chance to shine on the big stage. The Netherlands forward has two goals and two assists heading into Sunday's match against the Czech Republic in the round of 16. He has scored seven goals in eight games in 2021 and, at 27, he's entering his peak years. Depay’s mercurial ability played a large part in the team’s three wins in the group stage at Euro 2020, with the soon-to-be Barcelona forward scoring or creati

  • Hungary hosts defending champion Portugal at Euro 2020
    The Canadian Press

    Hungary hosts defending champion Portugal at Euro 2020

    Home advantage at the European Championship may not count for much when Hungary faces a Portugal team with scoring talent and one particular player looking to make history. Cristiano Ronaldo needs six more goals to become the all-time leading scorer for a men’s national team. If the defending champions go far at Euro 2020, Ronaldo could indeed break Iran striker Ali Daei's record of 109 goals. And he'll get his first chance to add to his total on Tuesday against the Hungarians at the Puskas Aren