Central & South America

Piqué shot down — Shakira's got a new Top Gun (it's Tom Cruise)

The tragic romance of our time took another compelling twist this past weekend as Shakira potentially found her rebound from last year's dramatic split with Gerard Piqué. Throughout Sunday's Miami Grand Prix, Shakira was spotted hanging out with Tom Cruise. Gossip rags are now saying the Last Samurai is going to pursue her like a scene out of Mission: Impossible; he's already sent flowers. 

How to get way too invested in this week's Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship

The 2023 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship has begun in the Bahamas with spots at this year's FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on the line. There's always plenty of drama (the last three editions have provided three different winners), but even more captivating is the wild variety of bangers we see out on the sand.

Monday was only day one of the competition and things got rowdy. 

Messi returns to training after PSG suspension

Lionel Messi is training with Paris Saint-Germain again, the Ligue 1 team said on Monday, after the forward was suspended for making a trip to Saudi Arabia and missing a training session as a result.

French media reported that Messi was suspended for two weeks after an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia when he was supposed to train with the squad the day after the Ligue 1 leaders' 3-1 defeat to Lorient last month.

The Soccer Tournament: Why I love this 7-on-7 gimmick and you should too

The hype is growing around The Soccer Tournament (TST) — brainchild of the folks behind the increasingly popular The Basketball Tournament (TBT) — but I don't think anyone's talking about it nearly enough.

On June 1, 32 teams will descend on WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, for a four-day tournament with the winners taking home $1 million. It's certainly not your traditional soccer tournament with different rules, procedures and a collection of squads comprised of legends, professionals, up-and-coming talents, amateurs, viral street sensations and everyone in-between.

Agustín Canapino unveils Argentina-inspired livery for Indy 500

Juncos Hollinger Racing and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced Wednesday that driver Agustín Canapino will contest this month’s Indianapolis 500 with a livery celebrating La Albiceleste's recent World Cup triumph. Soccer and motorsports often find ways to mingle and this latest collaboration may be one of the best yet. 

Outrageous assist in Copa Libertadores deserves a million more views

Independiente Medellín scored four first-half goals en route to a 4-2 victory over Metropolitanos in Copa Libertadores group stage play on Wednesday night, and we're here to talk about the Colombian side's fourth; it might contain the assist of the tournament.

‘Pelé’ is officially a word in the dictionary and its definition is perfect

Pelé is now a word to describe 'someone out of the ordinary' as the three-time World Cup winner's name was included as a new adjective in the Portuguese edition of the Michaelis dictionary.

Earlier this month, the Pelé Foundation and Sportv launched the "Pelé in the dictionary" campaign to pay tribute and recognize his legacy in other fields besides sport.

Having reached more than 100,000 signatures, the name of the former player, who died in December, is now an entry in the dictionary.

Abel Hernandez’s last-minute bicycle kick for Peñarol is a Puskas goal-of-the-year contender

There’s quite literally nothing better in soccer than scoring a last-minute goal that gives your team the win, right?

Well, Abel Hernández did just that, but in the most spectacular fashion possible. Worthy of a ceaseless replay.

Abel Hernández’s outrageous last-minute bicycle kick vs. Plaza Colonia

Uruguayan Primera División league-leaders Peñarol visited Plaza Colonia in the 12 matchday of 15 in what was a tough visit for the charrúa giants last Sunday.

Behemothic Pelé doll with unzipped pants shocks fans during kick-off tribute

Four months after his death, people in Brazil are still mourning and paying tribute to Pelé. And last weekend, during the Pernambucano Cup final between Retro and Sport Recife, we witnessed another of those homages. 

Perhaps, the most bizarre of all. 

Pelé doll kickoffs Pernambucano final with unzipped pants

Fans at the Ilha do Retiro Stadium were left flabbergasted after a giant figure of Pelé, dressed up in a suit and a superhero cape with the colors of Brazil, entered the field to kick off the game.