NBA star Carmelo Anthony bringing professional soccer back to Puerto Rico

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“I think it’s a completely different time and a completely different ownership group,” he said. It was founded in 2003 and last played in 2012. territory’s last professional soccer team was the Puerto Rico Islanders. The team participated in the CONCACAF Champions League and won Caribbean Football Union Club championships in its last years of existence despite a steady drop in attendance at home games.

“It is an honor for me to bring back soccer to Puerto Rico, my beloved island, birthplace of my father,” Anthony, who plays for the New York Knicks, said at a news conference in the U.S. It’s a sport that’s definitely on a pretty steep trajectory.”

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The club “will start taking a look at players not only from this region, but around the world,” he said in a phone interview.

Puerto Rico FC is the NASL’s 13th club and will play home games at the 12,500-seat Juan Ramn Loubriel Stadium in Bayamn. “Soccer on the island is growing very quickly. “To the thousands of fans in Puerto Rico that have been waiting for soccer to come back, I can promise a world-class organization in a world-class league.”

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson, who was in Puerto Rico for the announcement, told the Associated Press that officials are interviewing potential coaches and technical directors as well as scouting for new players.

The soccer team is Anthony’s latest investment in Puerto Rico. He also has helped rebuild several basketball courts through his charitable foundation in recent years.

The new club, called Puerto Rico FC, will begin playing in the second-tier North American Soccer League in fall 2016.

Peterson said he is confident the new club will be able to draw a large number of fans.. territory. Details of the financial deal were not disclosed.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) NBA star Carmelo Anthony announced Thursday that he is bringing a professional soccer team to Puerto Rico for the first time in three years.

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Biggest Wins in Soccer History

In a match played on September 12, 1885, in Arbroath, Scotland, 3 dozen goals were scored by Arbroath against Bon Accord. Nevertheless, this stands as a Guinness Record, but saw the suspension of the coach, along with 4 players from the team for some time.

Biggest International Wins

Biggest Premier League Wins

Biggest Club Wins

Biggest International Wins

This encounter was a Euro 1996 Qualifying match that was played on September 7, 1995, in Stade Abb Deschamps, France. No single player dominated the game, and there were 8 different players from France who found the opposition’s net in this 10-to-nothing thumping.

On the same day as the game above, September 12, 1885, Dundee pumped in 35 goals against Aberdeen Rovers. Australia’s Archie Thompson netted a record 13 goals for his team, while David Zdrilic scored 8.

Again, Tahiti at the receiving end! In this June 20, 2013 Confederations Cup match, World Champions Spain toyed around with the Tahitians on their way to scoring 10 goals. This could have been a record, as the referee had awarded 37 goals, but Dundee, in an act of honesty, were adamant that they had netted only 35. Brent Fisher and Vaughan Coveny scored hat-tricks, with 5 goals coming in each half of the match for New Zealand.. In the first 5 minutes itself, Brazil was 3 goals up, and at the end of the match, the highest scorer was Lus Alberto, with 4 goals to his credit.

Talking about genuine records as far as club matches are concerned, this one should top the list. Commonly known as the ‘Soccer Massacre’, this dozen-goal hammering is Ghana’s biggest victory in an international encounter. This title ended Manchester United’s three-season reign as champions. Santillana, top scored with 4 goals, and helped Spain top their group.

World Football’s Biggest Victories

This Premier League game was played on March 4, 1995, at Old Trafford, Manchester. The star of the game was Duan Bajevi, who went on to score 5 goals for Yugoslavia. Carlos Alonso Gonzlez, a.k.a. On April 11, 2001, playing a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Australia demolished American Samoa by pumping in 31 goals into their net. Nevertheless, Latif and Dhiya scored 3 goals each, while Al Alawi and Abdulrahman managed 2 each, for the winners.

The match was played in Blantyre, Malawi, on October 15, 1962. Robin van Persie top scored for the winners, netting 4 goals in the match.

On October 31, 2002, in a Champions League playoff match in Madagascar, AS Adema beat their arch rivals Stade Olympique de l’Emyrne (SOE) by a world record margin of 149 goals, without having to even do anything by themselves. Obviously, later on, they regretted doing so, on hearing the result between Arbroath and Bon Accord.

Records are meant to be broken, although milestones like these aren’t toppled easily. It became a record-winning margin by any team in the European Championships. Aaron Hughes, Kieron Dyer, and Gary Speed completed the tally with a goal each.

This Premier League game was played on May 9, 2010 at Stamford Bridge. The hosts treated the cheering crowd at the Philips Stadion to 11 goals. FIFA ran an investigation regarding this match, since Indonesia fielded a weak side in this game. Osei Kofi and Kofi Pare top scored with 4 goals each.

In a qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Bahrain took on Indonesia on February 29, 2012, in Riffa, Bahrain. Still, there are some records in soccer that have stood for ages.

Here’s all about the biggest wins in soccer history, broken down into international, premier league, and club matches.

This was an Oceania Football Confederation match that was played in Adelaide Australia, on June 4, 2004, where New Zealand battered the Tahitians with 10 goals. Surprisingly, Tahiti held ground for half an hour, before Spain opened the floodgates and ran away with the match. Well, no doubt this is an understatement. Andy Cole scored a Premier League record of 5 goals for Manchester United.

This was a Euro 2012 Qualifying match that was played in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 2, 2011. John Petrie scored 13 goals, which still stands as a club record as we speak.

Played at St. Mfum scored 5 goals, while Edward Acquah netted 4 goals for the winners.

December 23, 2012, Stamford Bridge, London, witnessed the brilliant blues trashing an in-form Aston Villa by 8 goals. Goal!

In a match played in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 12, 1965, Ghana overpowered hapless Kenya by 13 goals to 2. Drogba netted 3 for Chelsea.

This match was played in Serravalle, San Marino, on September 6, 2006, as a qualifier for Euro 2008. Alan Shearer was the star for Newcastle United, netting 5 goals into the opposition’s net. Lukas Podolski top scored with 4 goals, and San Marino were knocked out from the tournament.

This one was a Group 3 match played in the Brazil Independence Cup on June 14, 1972. James Park on September 19, 1999, this Premier League game saw Newcastle United record their biggest win ever. David Villa scored a hat-trick for Spain.

In a UEFA Euro 1984 Group 7 qualifying game held in Seville, Spain, on December 21, 1983, Spain pounded a dozen goals into the opposition’s net, conceding just 1 goal themselves. Man U were reigning champions, while Ipswich barely made it to the First Division. SOE coach Zaka Be instructed his team to shoot self goals in protest against a refereeing decision that affected SOE in a previous playoff. On 17th October, in a Group D encounter, Brazil clobbered Nicaragua by 14 goals to top their pool. 5 other players scored a goal each to take Yugoslavia’s tally to double figures.

Spurs biggest ever win in the Premier League came in Tottenham, London, in this match played on November 21, 2009. Feel free to jot down any amazing soccer fact or record you like, in the comments section below. With two-third ball possession, and more than 3 times shots on goal as compared to their opponents, Chelsea handed Aston Villa their worst ever defeat in Premier League history.

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In his career that spanned over 2 decades, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pel, scored 1,279 goalsthe most by any soccer player ever.Soccer is also known as football in most parts of the world. The unbelievable thing here was, Kenya were the ones who took the lead in just the 3rd minute of the match. Every day, there is a soccer match going on somewhere or the other around the world. Biggest Premier League Wins

This was a match in the 1975 Pan American Games. The scoreline would have been even worse for Wigan, but for some excellent saves by their goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. Chelsea clinched the Premier League title after thrashing Wigan by 8 goals. For the Spurs, Jermain Defoe scored 5 goals, to give his team a resounding win.

This is the biggest win ever in an international soccer match

Manchester United players and WAGs at UNICEF charity dinner

TV stars: Mark Wright and Catherine Tyldesley were dressed for the occasion

If the players are anywhere near as sharp as they were here, he should have no trouble cutting through the QPR defence.

Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron's girlfriend)Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron’s girlfriend)

United: David de Gea and Javier Hernandez looked like they were having fun

Stylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpetStylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpet

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Chart-topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performed at the event, which was hosted by actor and broadcaster Angus Deayton and attended by several first team players and their wives and girlfriends, along with the boss himself.

Match: Federico Macheda and girlfriend Sophie Larissa HoughtonMatch: Federico Macheda and girlfriend Sophie Larissa Houghton

Also present and correct were ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright and ‘Coronation Street’ actress Catherine Tyldesley.

But on Monday the Red Devils were altogether less troublesome than their moniker suggests, as they held their annual charity ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner.

Loved up: Michael Carrick and wife Lisa grinning, while Ashley Young and his childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike pose for the camera

Wright also got in on the Twitter action, saying he was having ‘a lovely night for such a lovely cause’, which Ferdinand promptly retweeted..

Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)

Anybody who witnessed Manchester United’s demolition of Wolves on Saturday might not think Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in a particularly charitable mood these days.

The event, hosted at Old Trafford, celebrated twelve years of partnership between the two organisations – the longest such link between a Premier League club and a charity.

Unlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio da Silva smile for the cameraUnlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio Da Silva smile for the camera

R&R: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand looking sharp at the UNICEF event

Boss Ferguson will hope he can have a similarly pleasant evening after his team visit Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. ByRik Sharma

Updated: 12:23 GMT, 13 December 2011

Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand mentioned the event on the social networking site and even gave a ‘big shout’ to one girl’s parents, who donated 10,000 to UNICEF so she could meet and greet the players

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How Benteke will adapt when Daniel Sturridge returns from injury remains to be seen. Whilst not hugely prolific, he does possess a creditable record of 21 goals in 68 games and his presence will be a valuable addition.

Koeman deserves a lot of credit for his management of Southampton. Whilst Kane is a goalscorer his all round play seems to get better each time I see him. Come the Arsenal game don’t be surprised to see a top v bottom clash with Arsenal coming off two defeats and Liverpool off two victories. Sure Stoke is a tough place to visit and Liverpool did well to win and they do have away games against Arsenal and Man Utd to come. Southampton will be hard to beat but ultimately their season will depend on how they handle playing in the Europa League this season with the games being on a Thursday and meaning that potentially they play their Premier League games on a Sunday should they qualify for the group stage. He really broke into the side last season and scored 21 goals in 34 Premier League games. I have never really thought much of Henderson and do not think he is a Liverpool player. The signing of Toby Alderweireld over the summer will certainly bring solidity to the defense and with Hugo Lloris in goal, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen also at the back they are a tough side to breakdown as Manchester United found in their opening game on Saturday despite their 1-0 victory. He also clearly has a great attitude and is enthusiastic about the game. I expect Tottenham to finish in the top six but I don’t think they have enough to make the top 4 once again.


Players In (major only) – James Milner (Man City), Danny Ings (Burnley), Adam Bogdan (Bolton), Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope he can build on last seasons efforts and finally get Tottenham into the champions league for the first time since the 2010/11 season. Having managed to hold onto the likes of Mane, Tadic, Pelle and Victor Wanyama Southampton promise to be a force to reckon with once again. The addition of Clasie is a very shrewd one and he will prove a good replacement for Schneiderlin. He scores the odd goal and creates and he could provide some of the energy that will be gone with no Gerrard. Pelle will be expected to supply the goals and will be supported by Long and Rodriguez. Benteke is more prolific (42 goals in 88 games) but Heskey was better with a strike partner. Certainly Tottenham have the quality but whether they can find the consistency to get there remains to be seen. They are the most successful club in England but whether Brendon Rogers is the right man to lead them remains to be seen. Milner on the other hand could be Rodgers best signing. Kane has more to his all round game then Klinsmann and thats not saying the German was a bad player. With the European Championships looming at the end of the season, Kane will also want to make sure he is on the plane to France with the England team.. Certainly Firmino is an excellent signing but quite how he fits in the same side as Coutinho is open to question. Much has been made of the supposed tough start Liverpool have this season. He dispensed with Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh from his backroom staff adding Gary McAllister and Sean O’Driscoll. Perhaps Rodgers will adopt a 3 up front with Benteke at the point and Coutinho and Firmino playing off him.

Players Out (major only) – Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Glen Johnson & Brad Jones (Both released), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Rickie Lambert (West Brom)

Who can break into the top 4?

Part 3 of my series looks at those teams who have a chance to break into the coverted top 4.

Players Out (major only) – Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg), Younes Kaboul (Sunderland).

Elsewhere in the squad with the likes of Lamela, Chadli, Dembele, Dier and Mason Spurs have good depth in midfield and defense. I think they have some of the personal but the wrong man at the helm. England striker Rodriguez returns after missing the entire 2014/15 season and will be like a new signing. Furthermore, Koeman welcomes back striker Jay Rodriguez after long term injury and signed Steklenburg to step in whilst no 1 Fraser Forster recovers from long term injury. Pochettino is short on forwards so expect another striker to join before the end of the window. Clasie signed for 5 years for GBP8 million and I would expect Southampton to make a substantial profit within the next 3 years. It is a fixture challenge that in recent seasons some clubs have found hard to manage with their squad. He proceeded to bring in 7 players, 5 of which were linked with Manchester United and whether there was any truth in those rumors and the players really did choose Liverpool over United we shall never know. With Klopp available it was somewhat surprising that the owners did not decide to make a change and that could be the difference between the riches of the Champions League and the mediocrity of the Europa League. An energetic and enthusiastic player he will provide energy in the middle and was a good pick up. However, I would expect any deal involving Hernandez would involve Kane going the other way and Spurs pocketing a whole load of cash too. Rodgers will also rely on the sharp shooting and creativity of Coutinho but if they miss out on the Champions League this season I expect he will be the next to leave. So often Tottenham have good result only to spoil it by losing to a side they should really beat. Southampton also boast a very good youth policy which over the years has seen the likes of Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott graduate just to name a few. This summer they lost two key players in Schneiderlin and Clyne but replaced them with Jordy Clasie and Soares. More of a cross between Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham would perhaps be fair but he has time on his side and could end up being the best centre forward England has had since Wayne Rooney. The man labelled as the dutch Xavi is just 24 and he has made 11 appearances for the Netherlands national team. With Koeman’s experience I expect Southampton to continue to flourish and their opening day 2-2 draw with an impressive Newcastle side was a solid start. At the back the signings of Clyne and Gomez look solid ones and it will be interesting to see if Skrtel and Loveren can develop an understanding at the back. Charlie Austin has been linked as has Javier Hernandez. Benteke cost GBP32.5 million and is a powerful forward whose signing reminds me of the signing of Emile Heskey a few years ago. However, Kane has great self belief without being arrogant. However, I expect it to be the other way round come the end of the season and Liverpool once again will miss out on a top 4 place.

Last season many people, myself included, wrote Southamption off as having lost too many players and had them as relegation candidates. I also expect Koeman to continue to add depth to his squad as he showed with the signing of Chelsea’s Romeu and with just over two weeks left in the transfer window expect more of the same.

Tottenham Hotspur

Players In (major only) – Kevin Wimmer (Cologne), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)

As for his new players, Benteke and Firmino are probably the most notable ones. Whether they will be at Spurs will depend on their ability to break into the top 4 and play in the Champions League.

It has been a busy summer for Brendon Rogers. They also have the talented Alli and watch for him to break through this season. (Note – thanks to for transfer information throughout article).


Players In (major only) – Juanmi (Malaga), Cedric Soares (Sporting CP), Marten Skelenburg (Fulham), Cuco Martina (FC Twente), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Steven Caulker (QPR – Loan), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea)

In midfield, Jordan Henderson is the captain and he will be partnered by Milner. However, with homes games against Bournemouth, West Ham, Norwich and Aston Villa there really is no excuse for a bad start. He has a big season ahead of him. He also lost Raheem Sterling and chose to let Steven Gerrard leave. He has been likened to Jurgen Klinsmann and an old fashioned centre forward. Certainly, Liverpool will never lose its attraction due to its history over the years. Liverpool are a tough one to call. Some are wondering if last season will be a one off and if he can score goals again this season. Going forwards much will be expected of playmaker Christian Eriksen and goalscorer Harry Kane. If Rodgers, the man who once described Joe Allen as the Welsh Xavi, has not won at least 4 games by the end of September it could be time for a change with Jurgen Klopp laying in wait and a man suited for such a stage.

Players Out (major only) – Artur Boruc (Bournemouth -Free), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Dano Osvaldo (Released), Morgan Schneiderlin (Man Utd)

Kane is a local lad and the Spurs fans always sing that ‘he is one of our own’. James Ward-Prowse and Harrison Reed are the latest potential stars and with Koeman being familiar with the famed Ajax youth model the young players are under good tutelage. Both had great seasons last year and at 23 and 22 respectively have great futures ahead of them. Enter dutchman Ronald Koeman who led them to a creditable 7th place finish and a place in the Europa league

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On two occasions this season alone, Fabregas has failed to track the opposition goalscorer, coming against Newcastle and Saints. Opposition managers have clearly pinpointed Ivanovic as the weak link in the Chelsea backline, reinforced in that hes being dribbled past an average of 1.4 times per game, that return its highest in the Premier League.

There was a moment in the second half of Southamptons 3-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend where one felt nothing but sorrow for Branislav Ivanovic. The entire Blues defence has been culpable of a series of errors that have seen them ship 17 league goals already this season; only Sunderland (18) have conceded more. The 31-year-old has started the season abysmally following a consistent campaign in the Blues backline last term.

As such, Ivanovic has been forced into taking drastic measures in order to stem the flow of attacks down his side of the pitch.

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Of course, he isnt the only player who can be blamed for Chelseas lackadaisical start to the campaign. On the contrary, Ivanovic is one of two Chelsea players along with Eden Hazard to play every minute in Englands top tier this season.

His lacklustre defensive showings have also hindered his attacking approach, limiting his influence pressing forward. His average of 0.4 key passes per game is his lowest, while only 31% of Chelseas attacks are coming down his side of the pitch, a stark contrast to the left (39%). Thibaut Courtois injury concerns have not helped matters either, but it would be unfair to place the blame squarely at Ivanovics feet.

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The Serbian defender has hardly been offered the necessary protection from teammates, particularly those in midfield. His average of 1.8 fouls per game is his joint highest average in the Premier League in the last seven seasons, while he already has 3 yellow cards to his name. Given Blues boss Jose Mourinho isnt short of options at full-back, its something of a miracle that the Serbia international is yet to be dropped. Having seconds earlier hooked a ball back into his own box the right-back was one-on-one with compatriot Dusan Tadic, yet was unable to rob the Saints star of possession. One would not bet against him matching or bettering the 12 cautions he received in the 2010/11 season.. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matics performance levels have dropped significantly, the former especially guilty of shirking his defensive responsibilities. A labourious Ivanovic is not only faltering defensively, but failing to leave his mark on games in the final third, which is one of his strongest assets.

Its got to the stage where opposition sides are specifically targeting him as a means of getting in at goal. The lack of work off the ball has indeed left Ivanovic isolated and with his advancing years; the defender is clearly struggling.

Mourinho has hinted that he is willing to drop his big name players in order to improve Chelseas fortunes, with Ivanovic surely at risk of losing his starting spot in the foreseeable future. The full-back struggled to contain the Swans wideman at Stamford Bridge and, since the stalemate, its been more of the same for the right-back. Given Cesar Azpilicueta is a more than adequate stand in at right-back and summer arrival Baba Rahman is capable of coming into the side, the powerful Serb must be fearing for his place in the starting XI.

Indeed, of outfielders to start every Premier League match this campaign, Ivanovic has the lowest rating (6.56), with that figure far and away his lowest in the last seven league seasons. After being spun by the winger, Ivanovic fell to the floor and looked a defender bereft of confidence. The opening day of the season set the benchmark, where Jefferson Montero routinely exploited Ivanovics defensive deficiencies in Swanseas 2-2 draw with Chelsea