collectionfifatips – Geoff Cameron likely to leave Stoke City before end of EFL window – source

Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron could be leaving the club, according to sources close to the player.

United States international Geoff Cameron looks to be on his way out of Stoke City a source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to ESPN FC, though his eventual destination is unknown.

The Telegraph was first to report that Stoke manager Gary Rowett had informed Cameron and three other players that they were free to leave the club. The report went on to name Werder Bremen and Rayo Vallecano as possible landing spots, but the source indicated that Cameron wouldn’t end up at either club.

Cameron, 33, has been likely to move ever since Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League last season, and a report from NBCSports.com indicated Cameron has a buyout clause of $9.5 million.

At one point he was rumored to be heading to Southampton, where he would be reunited with former Stoke manager Mark Hughes, but the Premier League transfer window closed with Cameron remaining with the Potters.

He has yet to make the game day roster in either of Stoke’s first two games, though Cameron missed the first match in order to attend to his ailing father, who had suffered a stroke.

The transfer window for clubs in the English Football League doesn’t close until Aug. 31, so it’s possible that he could move to another team in the English Championship or elsewhere in Europe.

Cameron joined the Potters just prior to the 2012-13 campaign, and has gone on to make 186 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. He began his professional career with Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, making 124 league and playoff appearances, scoring 11 goals.

At international level Cameron made 55 appearances for the U.S., scoring four goals as well as playing in the 2014 World Cup. He was heavily involved in the 2018 cycle in which the U.S. failed to qualify, but fell out of favor with then manager Bruce Arena towards the latter stages of the campaign.

Liverpool refer apparent Mohamed Salah cell phone video to Merseyside police on collectionfifatips

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Liverpool have referred an incident caught on video of Mohamed Salah allegedly using a cell phone while driving to the Merseyside police.

In a video posted on Twitter, the striker appears to be on his phone behind the wheel while sitting in traffic and surrounded by a number of people. It is unclear where or when the video was taken.


Merseyside police issued a tweet saying they had been made aware of the incident after a Liverpool spokesperson said: “The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.

“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.

“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”

Merseyside police said they “have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving” and have passed it onto the relevant department.

La Liga lands landmark rights deal with Facebook for Indian sub-continent on collectionfifatips

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BARCELONA — Spain’s La Liga announced on Tuesday a landmark deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons free of charge on the social network.

A statement from La Liga said all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.

“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”

Facebook and La Liga declined to give the price of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.

Sony paid a reported $32 million for the right to broadcast La Liga between 2014 and 2018.

Facebook began venturing into sports streaming in 2017 by broadcasting weekly Major League Baseball games and earlier this month agreed a deal with broadcaster Eleven Sports to show one La Liga and one Serie A game per week on its platform.

The deal with La Liga is the latest statement of the growing interest of tech groups in showing sports in order to keep young viewers on their platforms.

Earlier this year, Amazon won rights to show 20 English Premier League matches a season from 2019 in Britain.

Peter Hutton, Facebook’s Director of Global Live Sports, however, described the deal with La Liga as an experiment, saying that while the company has other agreements in the works, he ruled out an immediate land grab of rights deals in sport.

“Were looking at a few other deals that are quite close to completion but this is not about going out and buying a huge amount of content worldwide,” he told Reuters.

“We’re looking at specific rights in specific markets and to try to learn from data from those experiences and work out what the next step is. If you rush into too many deals at once, you can’t do it properly.”

Facebook’s monitoring system will prevent against leakage, ensuring only viewers inside the Indian sub-continent will be able to watch the games on its platform.

The games will initially be shown without any adverts, although Hutton said Facebook is doing trials in advertising on live content in the United States which may be replicated on its La Liga coverage at a later date.

“This is one deal, it’s not something that is a big threat to the broadcast world,” added Hutton, a former CEO of Eurosport who was hired by Facebook in May to oversee its live sports operation.

“We have rights to work with broadcasters and we may bring in partners to make sure the experience is right. What’s clear about this is that 380 games will be available on Facebook, then we’ll keep our options open as to how we spread that content out so people can see it in as many ways as possible.”

The deal with Facebook is the latest and most significant step in La Liga’s expansion strategy in India, which began with the opening of an office in New Delhi in September 2016.

Facebook has 348 million users in the Indian sub-continent, while figures provided by La Liga show a rise of 2.2 million users in the league’s social network platforms in the last year.

“We have grown our presence in India a lot and we have pretty strong numbers in this territory,” added Jose Antonio Cachaza, La Liga’s country manager for India.

“This is the first step for us, we’re excited to see it and we want make it as successful as possible so we can unlock other territories around the world.”

LA Galaxy could be without Dos Santos, Alessandrini against Colorado on collectionfifatips

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The LA Galaxy’s health issues have returned with both Romain Alessandrini and Giovani Dos Santos in doubt for Tuesday’s match against the Colorado Rapids.

A full-strength Galaxy team began play on Saturday but wound up with a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Minnesota United and also saw two key players depart early.

Winger Alessandrini scored his eighth goal of the season only seven minutes into the contest, but he exited 17 minutes later after injuring his right leg. Then Dos Santos departed at the half for Los Angeles with his own left leg ailment.

Alessandrini and Dos Santos are both listed as questionable for the Tuesday contest in Carson, California.

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid admits each loss complicates a three-game, eight-day stretch for a club that already relies on several players over the age of 30. Those include star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is two goals away from 500 for club and country, outside back Ashley Cole and winger Chris Pontius.

“You sort of have lineups written in your mind, but then everything sort of goes out the window as you are dealing with the injuries,” Schmid said after Saturday’s loss. “We have to see how everybody came through the game tonight, and then we will make our decisions.”

Meanwhile, the Rapids are in a rare positive stretch this season after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday for a second-consecutive victory. Colorado earned a 2-1 home win over the Galaxy two weekends ago.

After Kellyn Acosta scored in his first two games with the Rapids, the secondary-transfer-window addition assisted on both goals Saturday against San Jose.

Colorado is 4-3-3 in its past 10 games following a miserable eight-game losing skid earlier this season. The Rapids still begin the week 12 points beneath the playoff line, though coach Anthony Hudson says his team’s mentality is as good as it’s ever been.

“Slowly, the players are believing more and more in ourselves and what we’re doing,” Hudson said. “At no point in this period did the players stop working. And what’s what they’re doing. They just continue to fight and work hard, and they’re really committed to move the team in the right direction.”

collectionfifatips | What's New in FIFA 19 Gameplay

Posted June 9th at 12:00pm.

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 delivers a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch, thanks to the introduction of the UEFA Champions League and a series of gameplay innovations on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, that provide new ways for you to control every aspect of every minute on the pitch. 

Active Touch System
This new system fundamentally changes the way you receive and strike the ball, enabling closer control, improved fluidity in movement, more creativity, and increased player personality when. First touch gets an overhaul with new tools such as the disguised touch, flick-up volleys, or even skill specific animations like the Neymar Trap, so that you can stay one touch ahead of your opponent and create scoring chances.

Dynamic Tactics

The reimagined tactical system gives players the tools to set multiple tactical approaches, deeper pre-match customization, and new options for in-match adjustments. Each tactical approach combines formations, mentalities, and attacking and defensive play styles so that you can easily customize your play in any situation.

50/50 Battles

User reactions and player attributes determine the outcome of loose ball duels across the pitch. Thanks to increased teammate intelligence and spatial awareness, every challenge matters in the fight for possession.

Timed Finishing
Get another level of control over every shot with the Timed Finishing system, which puts users in charge of how accurately they connect with the ball. Trigger a timed finish by double tapping the “shoot” button when attempting a strike. The precision and timing of the second button tap determines the result of the contact; perfectly timed strikes increase a shot's accuracy and power, while poorly timed contacts make the shot more likely to miss the mark. Whether it's a hit from outside the box, a precision header, or a deft touch, timed finishing adds a higher layer of control to finishing in FIFA 19.

Real Player Motion Technology

The game-changing animation system, which brought enhanced player personality and movement fidelity to EA SPORTS FIFA, is back with increased coverage of the entire pitch. Enhanced animations for tactical shielding, impact balancing, and physical jostling take realistic player movement, responsiveness, and personality to unbelievable heights.


FIFA 19 releases worldwide on September 28, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-order* now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ultimate and Champions Editions.

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FIFA 19 Pre-Order Offers – Ultimate, Champions, Standard Editions on collectionfifatips

Posted June 9th at 12:30pm.

The wait is almost over! FIFA 19 releases worldwide on September 28, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-order* now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ultimate and Champions Editions. Plus, give your FIFA Ultimate Team™ squad an early upgrade with special pre-order bonuses and FUT items.

Find out what's included in each version of FIFA 19:

STANDARD EDITION 

  • Up to five Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo loan item for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Also available for Nintendo Switch.

CHAMPIONS

  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

ULTIMATE

  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player Pick (Choose one of five 80 to 83 rated gold players from qualified teams) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan players for seven FUT matches
  • Special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

CHAMPIONS EDITION FOR NINTENDO SWITCH

  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks)
  • Play from September 25 with three days early access 
  • UEFA Champions League Gold Player (One 80 to 83 rated gold player from qualified teams) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. loan items for seven FUT matches
  • Special Edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

* Conditions and restrictions apply. See offer disclaimers for full for details. 


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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ update is available as a free content download to all FIFA 18 players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

FIFA 19 Release Date Details on collectionfifatips

Posted June 9th at 12:30pm.

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 officially launches worldwide September 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC.

Powered by Frostbite™*, FIFA 19 gives you the chance to experience the world’s most prestigious club competition with the addition of the legendary UEFA Champions League. Whether you want to achieve glory in the pinnacle of club football in the brand-new UEFA Champions League tournament mode, or experience the dramatic conclusion to Alex Hunter's story in The Journey: Champions*, the UEFA Champions League is woven into every mode in FIFA 19. Find out more about all of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Super Cup game modes and features.

Champions Rise in FIFA 19.

Pre-order** the Champions Edition to get three days early access, up to 20 Jumbo Premium Gold FUT Packs, a UEFA Champions League player pick, Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr FUT Loan Items for 7 matches, and more.

Pre-order the Ultimate Edition to get three days early access, up to 40 Jumbo Premium Gold FUT Packs, a UEFA Champions League player pick, Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr FUT Loan Items for 7 matches, and more. Find out more about our pre-order offers. 

Ronaldo returns to the cover, joined by neymar JR

The best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, is back as the FIFA 19 cover star, now joined by Brazil star Neymar Jr for the Champions and Ultimate Edition covers.

Ronaldo continues to rack up the honours for both himself and his club this season, picking up yet another Ballon d'Or trophy alongside a historic third consecutive Champions League title. Already the competition's all-time record scorer, the Portuguese superstar became the first player to win five UEFA Champions League trophies after Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kyiv.


Neymar had an electrifying first season at Paris Saint-Germain fresh off his blockbuster transfer last summer. Not only did the Brazilian winger dazzle defenses throughout the league on the way to being named Ligue 1 Player of the Year, he also helped PSG in their unprecedented domestic quadruple.

Play FIFA 19 from September 20 with Play First Trials (available on EA Access on Xbox One and Origin Access Basic on PC) and save 10% if you decide to buy the full game. PC players can upgrade to Origin Access Premier to get unlimited access to the full game ahead of launch.

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** Conditions and restrictions apply. See offer disclaimers for full details.


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collectionfifatips – Behind the Music: Champions League Anthem Remix with Hans Zimmer

Posted June 12th at 4:00pm.

Experience the UEFA Champions League in FIFA 19 like you've never seen—or heard—before.

EA SPORTS brought in Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (in collaboration with rapper Vince Staples) to create a special remix of the tournament's famous anthem that reflects the grandeur of the Champions League and everything it brings to FIFA 19. The track, officially titled “Champions League,” was itself a “remix” of sorts: English composer Tony Britten adapted it from George Frederick Handel's “Zadok the Priest” when the European Cup was re-branded as the Champions League in 1992.

Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video as Zimmer brings in top musicians from around the world to create the track specifically for FIFA 19.

Thanks to a decades-long career that is still going strong, Zimmer is one of the most well-known and well-regarded composers in the world. After beginning his career in the music industry, Zimmer moved on to film and television scoring in the 1980s. Zimmer became a household name after his work in the 1988 film Rain Man earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Since then, Zimmer has worked on over 100 soundtracks for television, movies, and more, many of which have been nominated for and received awards at the highest level. He won his first and only Academy Award for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, as well as two Golden Globe awards, four Grammy awards, and many more. 

Everything about the addition of the UEFA Champions League to FIFA 19 celebrates world-class talent, so when it came time to find someone to adapt the famous anthem for the game, Zimmer was at the top of the list. “This is an anthem that's known by fans across the world, it's the iconic nature of it,” Zimmer said. “When the Champions League games are on, suddenly the world stops. Everything else falls by the wayside, because everybody is into the game. It doesn't matter which team you support, there is something that connects everybody in this theme.” 

Zimmer pulled together “68 of the most amazing musicians that you can ever get” at AIR Studios in London to create this dynamic track, approaching the project with “a little bit of respect,” while also infusing “a bit of recklessness” into the process. He even jokingly called the technique of building this track “Zimmer-izing,” because his distinctive influence can be heard throughout the song. “Working with EA SPORTS is really working with people who understand the responsibility that comes with a project like this,” said Zimmer. “You hope that you're going to go and thrill the fans and give them a new experience.” With something this big, Zimmer said, you have to “be bold, be brave. Go big or, truly, stay home.”

FIFA 19 releases worldwide on September 28, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Pre-order now to get incredible offers, including three days early access with the Ultimate and Champions Editions.

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collectionfifatips | FIFA 18 Festival of FUTball Team of the Matchday 1

Posted June 21st at 12:30pm.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, which means that the Festival of FUTball party is just getting started. The first series of group stage matches set the world on fire with dramatic upsets, late winners, and quite a few stunning goals. Superstars delivered and underdogs rose to the occasion throughout the week to give us the first Team of the Matchday, part of this year's Festival of FUTball.

From Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational hat trick that sealed a 3-3 draw for Portugal against Spain, to Hirving Lozano and his strike that upset reigning champions Germany, these are the players who made the biggest impact in the opening matches of the 2018 World Cup. Look for their special FUT items in packs for a limited time and enjoy the first of many Festival of FUTball events.

Starting XI

Yann Sommer, GK, Switzerland

José Giménez, Uruguay

Aleksandar Kolarov, LB, Serbia

Jesús Gallardo, LB, Mexico

Hirving Lozano, LW, Mexico

Denis Cheryshev, LM, Russia

Phillippe Coutinho, CM, Brazil

Cristiano Ronaldo, RW, Portugal

Harry Kane, ST, England

Romelu Lukaku, ST, Belgium

Diego Costa, ST, Spain

BENCH

Hannes Þór Halldorsson, GK, Iceland

Andreas Granqvist, CB, Sweden

Aleksandr Golovin, CAM, Russia

Aaron Mooy, CDM, Australia

Alfreð Finnbogoason, ST, Iceland

Yussuf Poulsen, RW, Denmark

Isco, LW, Spain

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collectionfifatips | Liverpool target Alisson Becker wants future resolved before World Cup starts

ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol explains why Roma’s Alisson has to be Liverpool’s No. 1 transfer target this summer.

Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker hopes to have his future resolved before Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.

Alisson, 25, has been strongly linked with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea in recent months, though Roma have insisted he is not for sale. 

Speaking after Brazil 3-0 victory over Austria on Sunday evening, Alisson wants to make a decision before the weekend otherwise it will have to wait until after the World Cup.

“There are options that we are working on, together with Roma and with respect for my club,” he told Globoesporte. “We’ll see if something happens during this week.

“I believe that it will all be resolved before the start of the World Cup, or at least that is what I hope. To be honest, I’ve left it all in the hands of my agents. If it doesn’t get resolved before our first game [of the World Cup], then we’ll talk about it after because during it, my mind is only going to be 100 percent focused on Brazil.”

Despite the transfer speculation, Alisson could yet sign a contract extension with Roma.

Taffarel, Brazil’s goalkeeping coach, says Alisson is more than happy to remain in Rome next season, and he would also be delighted if he does not switch clubs.

“He’s a goalkeeper who gives you tranquillity and I’m truly delighted about him. I’d say his greatest strength, other than his technical ability, is that he’s very relaxed, very intelligent with the way he plays — he’s mentally very strong,” Taffarel told Italy’s Radio Stereo. “He’s very happy at Roma — truly very, very happy. The voices about him moving are only rumours. If he stays at Roma, I’d be very happy.

“I don’t really like making lists of who is the best, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s one of the best in the world, together with [Manuel] Neuer, who I’ve always liked and is getting back now, and [David] De Gea, [Thibaut] Courtois.”

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