Major League Soccer kicks off its 25th anniversary season this weekend, with a full slate of eight games Saturday and another five on Sunday. Two new teams will be making their MLS debut, bringing the total number of teams to 26. Nashville FC will host league juggernaut Atlanta United Saturday, while Inter Miami visits 2020 MLS Cup favorites, Los Angeles FC Sunday.
The final round of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers are upon us this weekend, with teams looking to either punch their tickets to next summer’s continent-wide, 24 team final celebration, or merely to survive and advance. It all begins Thursday at noon Eastern, when Turkey (7-9) take on Iceland (43-10) from Istanbul. The fun doesn’t stop until the end of Matchday 10 on Tuesday. From there, well, it gets complicated.
Two more of the world’s biggest soccer leagues kick off their seasons this weekend. Bayern Munich (2-11) will look to extend their period of unparalleled dominance of the German Bundesliga, as they take on Hertha Berlin (20-1) on Friday. That same day, FC Barcelona (14-19) begin their quest for a three-peat in La Liga, away to Athletic Bilbao (4-1). Both Bayern (1-3) and Barca (4-6) are heavily favored to win their respective leagues. Both will seemingly have their sights set on the Champions League.
The most popular professional sports league in the world kicks off its 2019-20 season on Friday, as English Premier League runners-up Liverpool (2-13) take on newly-promoted Norwich City (25-1). A full slate of games follow on Saturday and Sunday. The defending champions, Manchester City (5-19), start their quest for a three-peat Saturday in East London versus West Ham United (14-1). Meanwhile, American fans can watch USMNT star Christian Pulisic with his new club, Chelsea (45-17), against traditional rival Manchester United (11-9) on Sunday.
As soon as the groups were drawn, experts feared the two teams most favored to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France and the United States, would face each other in the quarterfinals. Sure enough, the defending champions (+125) will square off Friday against the fourth-ranked hosts in Paris. The second round of the knockout stage begins the day before, with England (+100) against Norway in La Havre. Saturday features a pair of games, Italy against the Netherlands (+350) in Valenciennes, then Germany (9-2) against Sweden in Rennes. The winners face off in the semifinals, beginning July 2.
Soccer’s summer season moves along this weekend, with plenty of men’s and women’s tournament action for fans of The Beautiful Game. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup concludes group stage games on Thursday, with knockout round games commencing on Saturday. If the men’s game is more your thing, several continental confederations are showcasing their national teams’ best stars this weekend too. South America’s 2019 Copa America, and the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, of North and Central America and the Caribbean, continue with their group stages. Then, Africa’s best square off with the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
- The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, as hosts France (7-2) take on the Taegeuk Ladies from the Republic of Korea. The weekend will feature three games each, with other fancied teams Germany (6-1) facing China on Saturday, and England (7-1) against Scotland on Sunday.
- Perhaps the most thrilling title race in English football history comes to its exciting conclusion Sunday. Liverpool and Manchester City have matched each other, blow for blow, the entire season, with neither dropping a point since March 3. With 95 and 94 points, the runner-up will set the Premier League record for most points by a team that didn’t win the title.
Rio football club Flamengo became 2019’s Campeão Carioca crowned team, winning against Vasco da Gama 2-0 on Sunday, April 21st. Flamengo won earlier against them 2-0, so the team could have lost 0-1 to Vasco and still been crowned. Yet, the team never slowed, bringing their overall total to 4-0 and dominantly grabbing their record 35th Campeonato Championship.
It was a solid comeback after last year when Vasco won the professional soccer championship final against Flamengo.
- Nike shares fell Friday morning after the sneaker maker reported weaker-than-expected sales in North America during its latest quarter and warned revenue growth could slow down during the fourth and current quarter.
- Attorney Michael Avenatti was charged Monday with trying to extort $20 million from Nike as well as bank and wire fraud charges for embezzling a client’s money to pay off debts and use for his own expenses, according to authorities.
- Twenty of the league’s 24 teams, including newly-christened FC Cincinnati, take the pitch Saturday, as Major League Soccer kicks off its 24th season. Two more matches will be played on Sunday.
- Ever-modest international superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back, leading the LA Galaxy toward another playoff run. Supposing you need other storylines, like new players from abroad and rising domestic stars, the league will have plenty of those too.
Football or soccer is an important sport around the world. It’s has a wide range of spectators and it’s one of the most loved sports in the world. The availability of stadiums in almost all cities in the world attests to this fact. It might surprise you to learn how much it costs to construct some of these stadiums. In the light of this Zenox Sports bring you the 10 most expensive football or soccer stadiums in the world: