Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. (Getty Images)
Champions League Kicks Off

Real Madrid’s “newest star” Gareth Bale was reportedly clocked at 40 kilometers per hour (approximately 25 mph) by Spanish website La Sexta during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Villa Real. The New York Daily News covers the player’s “lightning speed.”


New York Daily News
reporter Jaime Uribarri writes, “First he eclipsed Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive soccer player, now could Gareth Bale be trying to compete with Usain Bolt for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Man’?”
Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo. (Getty Images)

Reuters covers Cristiano Ronaldo’s “sparkling” role in Real Madrid’s “goals bonanza.” The “leading contenders” opened the Champions League group stage “with a bang” on Tuesday.

London-based journalist Gabrielle Marcotti writes, “Tuesday night was one of the most one-sided Champions League matchdays in recent memory.” Marcotti explores statistics which prove Real Madrid’s “romp” over Galatasaray could substantially impact the Turkish side. 
Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes makes one thing very “clear” to Wayne Rooney: “The greatest opportunity to leave a legacy that would last a lifetime lay at Old Trafford, not Stamford Bridge…the opportunity to become a Manchester United legend.”
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. (Getty Images)
Rooney’s performance at Old Trafford on Tuesday served as “compelling evidence to support United’s case for the refusal to countenance his departure,” BBC Sport reporter Phil McNulty writes. McNulty explores Rooney’s history with the club and predicts his next “strides” toward a potential United legacy.
Despite Manchester United’s “quiet” performance in the transfer window, the club reportedly announced “record revenues of $580 million for the year.” The 20-time league winner in England also said its commercial revenues “soared” to a record $244 million.
In Other News
ESPN FC columnist Roger Bennett asks, “Is there such a thing as a happy football fan?” Bennett describes the range in emotions he experienced during Everton’s match against Chelsea on September 14: “When Everton’s Nikica Jelavic snapped his neck to waft the ball across the face of goal…the initial rush I experienced as a lifelong Evertonian soon evaporated. No sooner had I punched the air and landed back in my seat than my stomach tightened, throat constricted and a cold sweat descended.” Bennett reports on the neuroscience behind the “fragile psyches” of football fans.
Afghans celebrate their national football team’s victory in the SAFF Championship. (Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s national football team has “achieved what no other institution has managed to do recently: unify the country.” The team beat India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. Afghans across the country “took to the streets to fire their guns and celebrate.” National Public Radio’s Renee Montagne talks to Afghan midfielder Ahmad Arash Hatifie. This is Afghanistan’s first-ever international football trophy.


The Guardian’s
Andy Hunter reports on Luis Suarez’s upcoming return. “Brendan Rodgers expects Suarez to be fit enough to make a ‘seamless’ return for Liverpool when his 10-match suspension expires in time for next week’s Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United,” Hunter writes. Liverpool’s “leading striker” has not played competitively for his club since the “Ivanovic incident” last spring. 
FOX Sports covers critic Andrew Jennings comments on the controversial 2022 World Cup: “Increasing pressure over the ‘bizarre’ choice of Qatar as 2022 World Cup host could bring down FIFA and its embattled president Sepp Blatter.” 
FIFA.com features beach soccer star Andrey Bukhlitskiy: “When it comes to soccer on sand, he is one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet.” Russia is reportedly “shouldering its way into the global elite.” According to FIFA.com, Russia is now the “team to beat.” Tahiti is staging the 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup which ends on September 28.
By INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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