Los Angeles Football Club officially launched

The new MLS franchise, set to begin playing in 2018, have finally revealed their crest and visual identity, an elegant combination of black and gold that combines Hollywood glamour with urban grit. That is not teir only connection with Hollywood, though, as the recognized comedy actor Will Ferrell is among the club’s owners, that also includes Vincent Tan (Cardiff City owner), USWNT legend Mia Hamm, the one and only Magic Johnson and others. This unlikely combination of forces will surely result in interesting things for a soccer team. We’ll have to wait and see…


Read more: LAFC Reveals Colors And Crest Internet announced Didier Drogba’s retirement… only that he didn’t

It’s no secret that Didier Drogba wants to return to Chelsea FC as part of Guus Hiddink coaching staff, and it would be a huge morale boost for the club and its fans. However, he still has contract with Montreal Impact, and it has been widely reported that both sides have been talking about it for a few weeks now. This week, a rumor announcing his retirement began spreading on the internet (we even made a beautiful post with our top 11 Drogba moments) and the Ivorian decided to take the matter in his hands and put an end to it before it was too late. Anyway, we love you Didier!

Neymar x Air Jordan, coming soon
Only a few basketball players were part of the select group sponsored by Nike’s Michael Jordan inspired division, and it has been reported that the Swoosh brand will break the mold by making Neymar the first soccer player in history to take part of the launch of a new model of the iconic Air Jordan. According to the news, Basketball and Soccer will come together next spring.

Zinedine Zidane, new Real Madrid manager
Zidane named Real Madrid manager
Everyone saw it coming: Rafael Benitez is not Real Madrid coach anymore. The club’s rocky start this season and total lack of connection with the fans were the reasons that led president Florentino Perez to terminate his contract and immediately name French legend Zinedine Zidane as his replacement. Zidane will restore the severed link with the fans, but the team’s performance on the field will be what ultimately decides if Florentino’s decision was correct.

Read more: Zidane Named Real Madrid Manager

MLS 2016 schedule revealed

After some extended waiting and a few funny tweets, the Major League Soccer finally revealed the schedule for the 2016 season, that will feature once again 20 clubs (second season for both Orlando City and New York City), two rivalry weeks (end of May and August) and 10 concurrent games in the last game of the regular season, also known as ‘Decision Day’. The full schedule can be consulted for each club in the MLS official website.

Indoor Week Promotion!
Free Shipping during Indoor Week at World Soccer Shop
You haven’t seen the last of our deals, and knowing that the cold and ruthless winter means that most games must be taken indoor, we have decided to throw an special promotion this week: free shipping for indoor-related orders over $75 by using the code INDOOR16. There’s still time left, the deal will run until 1/10/16 midnight, ET.

This is the end for this week’s recap, be sure to come back next week for the most relevant news from our beloved soccer world. See you on Friday for another recap!