during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France.

Bastian Schweinsteiger helped depressed referee who attempted suicide

Referees get a lot of verbal abuse from everyone in sports. Players, fans and the media will hammer a referee when they make a bad call and will call them anything and everything under the sun. We’ve all done it and have said “you suck” to a referee who made a bad call that negatively […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (C) celebrates with John Stones (L) and Leroy Sane of Manchester City (R) as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Manchester City FC and AS Monaco at Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Fourteen goals from two games highlight an exciting Champions League day

If you love high scoring contests, you were in for a treat. Defending was optional in Manchester and Leverkusen as 14 goals were scored between two incredible Champions League games. The first, Atletico Madrid took to Bayer Leverkusen for a 4-2 away win in the first leg. Normally, a tight game like that would be […]

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Sean Raggett of Lincoln City (obscure) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Lincoln City team mates during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Burnley and Lincoln City at Turf Moor on February 18, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Lincoln City outlasts Burnley and heads to FA Cup Quarterfinal for first time ever

This is why people love the FA Cup. Yes, you occasionally will see a Leicester or a Blackburn win the Premier League every 20 or so years but we all know the big boys will dominate and win. In the FA Cup, anyone in England can climb up the ladder, taking things one game at […]

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 19: Angel Di Maria of PSG celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Group A, UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and Fussball Club Basel 1893 at Parc des Princes on October 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

PSG systematically dismantles Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League round of 16

Nobody expected this. Even those who felt PSG were to somehow defeat Barcelona didn’t expect to win like this. PSG defeated Barcelona 4-0 in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16. PSG didn’t just beat Barcelona, they destroyed them. With just 43% (which is a lot against Barcelona) and a 10-1 advantage in […]

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (C) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Both Manchester teams are solidly in the top four hunt after winning Sunday

For the second time in less than a week, both Manchester teams faced a very preferable situation. After seeing how the top four finished the day before, both Manchester City and Manchester United knew that they would be able to gain points on multiple top four teams if either win. After Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool […]

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Joel Matip of Liverpool competes with Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 22, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

FIFA is making things unnecessarily worse regarding Joel Matip, Liverpool and Cameroon

Liverpool, Cameroon and FIFA are in a bit of a disagreement and Joel Matip is caught in the middle. As of now, Matip is out due to not playing for Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. FIFA rules state that if a player is called up for an international tournament that’s on the […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 31: Diego Costa (R) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal with his team mate Marcos Alonso (L) during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

No Costa, no problem: Chelsea shows resolve in win despite Costa’s argument with Conte

When news broke that Premier League Golden Boot leader Diego Costa got into an argument with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte over a transfer offer from the Chinese Super League, every neutral and non-Chelsea fan took notice. If there was any way to stop the incredible run of Chelsea and have an exciting title chase, this could […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 13: Germany celebrate with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

A 48 team World Cup was inevitable and we got the best possible format

When reports came out about FIFA looking to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, I hated it. 32 teams was the perfect format. It actually made World Cup Qualifying interesting and made structuring the knockout stage simple and not watered down. But when money is prioritized over competition, the writing was on […]

Soccer manager vaping on sideline captures what the FA Cup is about

As the Premier League gets richer and richer and becomes more of a worldwide league, the FA Cup still has an innocence to it. The tournament which includes anyone from amateur pub teams to the Premier League best, gives us a chance to go back to a time of horrible playing conditions, stadiums with basic […]

HIGHBURY, LONDON – MAY 15: Former Daily Mirror Editor, Piers Morgan with his family during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Highbury on May 15, 2004 in London. Morgan, was forced to resign from the paper on May 14, after it was proven that a set of photos he had published, purporting to show British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners were in fact fake. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Tears for Piers: The Bournemouth edition

Piers Morgan is a very polarizing figure. He’s a very opinionated person and really doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. To be honest, I can kind of respect him for that. But a lot of times, Piers Morgan can be irritating, especially irritating when he’s talking about his beloved Arsenal Football Club. It’s not […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Referee Mark Clattenburg looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chinese Super League spends big on players, now may do same for referees

China and the Chinese Super League have made no secret that they want to be a world soccer superpower as soon as possible. They have tried to do that by spending outrageous amounts of money on semi-notable Premier League and Brazilian players, as well as making Argentinian Carlos Tevez the highest paid soccer player in […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Bob Bradley manager of Swansea City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Bob Bradley’s firing by Swansea City was warranted, but the experience was essential

The Bob Bradley era at Swansea City is over. The American manager lasted 11 games and a little over two months as he was unable to improve Swansea just days before the January transfer window. The amount of blame on how Swansea has performed can go around to just about everyone involved. But regardless of Bob […]

Pedro floats in beautiful goal to give Chelsea lead

Chelsea is trying for their 12th straight win today, which would be a feat that only the “Invincibles” of Arsenal have ever seen. Playing Bournemouth, Chelsea is already well on their way to get that 12th in a row to potentially extend their Premier League lead. After this goal, we'd vote for Pedro.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Looking back on the biggest soccer stories of 2016

Over the next couple weeks, the staff of 32 Flags will be counting down some of the top achievements and moments of this calendar year. 2016 has seen many things in the soccer world from the good to the bad and the ordinary to the extraordinary. Today, we are looking back on the biggest stories […]