Leagues

Arrivals of Piatek, Paqueta have Gattuso, Milan in position to return to the Champions League

21/02/2019

Last Friday afternoon, Gennaro Gattuso walked into his pre-match news conference and did what he always does. He walked down the aisle to his desk, exchanging a few words and shaking some hands only to notice that a couple of the reporters were not in their usual places. To great curiosity and no little amusement, […]

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Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United a shot at the Premier League title

21/02/2019

The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. The most depressing day of the Premier League season so far? If you’re a Manchester United fan, it has to be October 6, 2018. That’s when Newcastle […]

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Manchester United’s FA Cup draw makes Man City reschedule more complicated – sources

21/02/2019

Manchester City’s quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola’s side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. 10-man Manchester City left Germany with a 3-2 victory over Schalke, while Atletico […]

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Tottenham’s Kane has been ready to play for 10 days – Pochettino

21/02/2019

Mauricio Pochettino speaks about Harry Kane’s recovery from injury, but stresses he’s not ahead of schedule just yet. Tottenham looked comfortable in their 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, as Real Madrid stole a late away win against the Dutch side. The FC panel answer your tweets on Tottenham’s trophy chances this season, where Mauricio Pochettino […]

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Liverpool made nearly £500m for local economy in 2017-18 according to study

21/02/2019

180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play for. Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at […]

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Man City fan in critical condition following Champions League game against Schalke

21/02/2019

Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. 10-man Manchester City left Germany with a 3-2 victory over Schalke, while Atletico Madrid took down fancied Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by […]

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Champions League best XI: Mbappe and Son plus Sane lead top performers

21/02/2019

The Champions League’s best performers from this week. We’re halfway through the Champions League round of 16, but who were the stars of the first leg ties? Here’s the best XI from the eight games so far. Goalkeeper – Anthony Lopes (Lyon) Barcelona rained in 25 shots on the Lyon goal but found Lopes in […]

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La Liga flattered by reported Premier League interest in Javier Tebas

21/02/2019

Javier Tebas was linked with a move to Serie A in 2018. La Liga is unaware of any interest from the Premier League in hiring their president, Javier Tebas, but described reports linking him to the job “as a source of pride.” The Times reported that Tebas is a contender to succeed Richard Scudamore as […]

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Marko Grujic determined to make it at Liverpool as Hertha loan flourishes

21/02/2019

Marko Grujic, 22, has played just 14 games for Liverpool in three years but is still held in high regard by the club. Liverpool will welcome a revelation to their squad at the end of the season, a player from the “top shelf” of the transfer market. A 22-year-old considered to be the best midfielder […]

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Mexican clubs open to combined Liga MX-Major League Soccer competition

20/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the challenges Matias Almeyda will face in his first season at the helm of the San Jose Earthquakes. Liga MX club presidents are looking north to the United States and aren’t discounting a combined North American league at some point in the future. “A North American league? Why […]

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Fans try to disrupt TV broadcast in protest against Monday night Bundesliga games

20/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein explains where it all went wrong for Dortmund in the second half against Tottenham. Craig Burley and the ESPN FC crew credit Tottenham for taking the game to Dortmund in the second half of their 3-0 win at Wembley. Jadon Sancho discussed his development at Borussia Dortmund, how he’s […]

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Juventus’ Khedira out for a month after treatment for irregular heartbeat

20/02/2019

Matchday 24 in Serie A saw a plethora of world-class goals, but were any better than Krzysztof Piatek’s no-look volley for Milan? Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala’s screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid. Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be on the sidelines for […]

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Real Madrid star Bale still waiting on possible ban for Barcelona double header – sources

20/02/2019

Shaka Hislop and Craig Burley shed some light on Real Madrid’s surprising loss to Girona, citing too many changes to the lineup as the problem. Gareth Bale is still facing an anxious wait to discover if he will be allowed to play in the upcoming Copa del Rey and La Liga Clasicos, with sources telling […]

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Nashville SC reveals name colors and crest ahead of joining MLS in 2020

20/02/2019

Nashville SC confirmed its name, colors and crest on Wednesday night. Nashville’s Major League Socccer franchise has an identity: Nashville Soccer Club. The expansion city announced its team’s name, crest and club colors on Wednesday night at a party in downtown Nashville in front of 2,000 fans. Every out-of-market game is on ESPN+, as is […]

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Atletico boss Simeone explains explicit gesture It took balls to include Costa, Morata

20/02/2019

ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe credits Atletico Madrid for showing their mental strength by overcoming the reversed decisions made by VAR. Following Atletico Madrid’s opener, ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno saw a Juventus side that appeared ‘flustered and rattled.’ Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone said it “took balls” for him to include Diego Costa […]

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Transfer Talk Liverpool Everton may fight over Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

20/02/2019

Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at Anfield. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio […]

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LIVE Transfer Talk Liverpool Everton may fight over Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

20/02/2019

Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at Anfield. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio […]

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Atletico’s Morata on Real Madrid past: ‘Not even Jesus Christ was liked by everyone.’

20/02/2019

Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata accepts his Real Madrid past is a problem for some Rojiblanco fans, but “not even Jesus Christ was liked by everyone.” Morata joined Atletico from Chelsea in January on an 18 month-loan deal, with some supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano having protested against the idea, but coach Diego Simeone stood […]

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Sadio Mane’s house burgled while playing for Liverpool vs. Bayern in Champions League

20/02/2019

180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play for. Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at […]

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Manchester City ‘still not ready to fight for the latter stages’ of Champions League – Pep Guardiola

20/02/2019

Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are still not ready to compete for the […]

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