Liverpool boss Klopp signs new deal until 2024

Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract with Premier League leaders Liverpool until 2024.”We decided to continue what worked. So far, not too bad,” Klopp, who is ranked No. 1 among the world’s top managers in ESPN’s FC 100, said. “It will be good news for some, not so good for others. We love it…

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Is the Premier League no longer obsessed with possession?

1:48 PM GMTBill ConnellyESPN Staff Writer CloseBill Connelly is a staff writer for Michael Cox’s “The Mixer,” he tells the story of Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis (1991-95) muttering “English football is s—” as he stormed off the practice field, protesting what he felt were pointless crossing drills. Kanchelskis wasn’t wrong. In the years…

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Sources: Barca happy for FIFA to settle WBA case

8:57 AM GMTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona have still not paid West Bromwich Albion a penny in compensation for England youth international Louie Barry and are happy for the case to be settled by FIFA, sources have told ESPN.Barry, 16, signed for Barca in July when his deal with West Brom expired. Under FIFA’s regulations, the English…

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Ole knew 7yo Greenwood was destined for top

playHas Solskjaer cracked the code at Man United? (2:13)Craig Burley is uncertain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘good week’ changes the long-term view at Old Trafford. (2:13)10:00 AM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew Mason Greenwood was destined to be a Manchester United star when he was just seven years-old.The United boss watched Greenwood, now…

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Friday 13th: Which players have fallen victim to bad luck?

8:50 AM GMTChris WrightToe Poke writer To mark Friday the 13th, we’re looking at which footballers have fallen victim to bad luck over the years…The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.On…

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Saka 8/10 as Arsenal draw, top Europa League group

8:48 PM GMTShaun ReynoldsArsenal ended their Europa League Group F campaign by drawing 2-2 with Standard Liege, who surrendered a two-goal lead to deny themselves a chance in the competition’s knockout phase.Freddie Ljungberg’s side were rather unfortunate to twice concede from deflected shots, but the all-action Bukayo Saka rescued a point for the Gunners by…

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Bayern’s Coman out until January with injury

Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman’s knee injury which he sustained in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur, will keep him sidelined until January as it looked worse than it actually was, the club said.The Frenchman, who has suffered several severe knee injuries in the past seasons, was injured during Bayern’s 3-1 home victory over…

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Sources: Liverpool close in on Utd target Minamino

playWould Neymar to Liverpool ‘obliterate’ Klopp’s squad? (1:28)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley doesn’t believe Neymar and Liverpool are a good fit whatsoever. (1:28)12:44 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Liverpool have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign FC Salzburg forward Takumi Minamino, with sources having told ESPN the Anfield club have agreed…

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If the Premier League did trades like NBA or MLB

We’re more than one-third of the way into the Premier League season and if the league operated under NBA or MLB rules, teams would currently be scrambling to figure out which players they could shuffle in and out of their doors. Title-chasers would be seeking out the final piece to put them over the top.…

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Transfer Talk: Man United pull ahead in Sancho chase

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: United confident in Sancho pursuitManchester United believe they are in pole position to secure a deal for Borussia…

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Man United youth take advantage of Europa League opportunity

11:35 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — The gaps in the crowd at Old Trafford on Thursday were proof enough of Manchester United fans’ attitude towards the Europa League. A cold night in December and a game with nothing riding on it does not help, but there is no escaping the fact that whether it’s…

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Man Utd need more attack options – Solskjaer

playNicol: Solskjaer is building Man United to fit Pogba perfectly (1:36)Steve Nicol says Paul Pogba will fit seamlessly into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United when he returns. (1:36)11:19 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still intends to strengthen his attack despite Mason Greenwood’s emergence this season.Greenwood scored twice as…

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UEL draw: Arsenal, Man United set to learn fate

Arsenal and Manchester United will find out their opponents in the Europa League’s round of 32 on Monday, with the seedings now confirmed.Both Premier League clubs will be seeded in the draw after winning their Europa League groups, which is also the case for Celtic and Sevilla. The best four Champions League third-placed teams will…

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Arsenal beat Liege to reach Europa League last 32

Mason Greenwood once again took his chances when given the opportunity, scoring twice and drawing a penalty as Manchester United beat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday to win Europa League Group L.The two teams were already through to the knockouts, but the group winner depended on the result of this game and…

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Prem appointed chief exec after two declined

The Premier League on Thursday announced that Richard Masters had been appointed their new permanent chief executive having performed the role on an interim basis.It comes a fortnight after David Pemsel informed the Premier League he would not be taking up the role next year following allegations in the media about his private life.- ESPN…

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Pulisic named best U.S. Male Athlete of 2019

2:15 PM GMTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.Christian Pulisic has been voted U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2019, becoming the youngest two-time winner of the award.The Chelsea attacker edged out Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordan Morris for the honor, garnering 38% of the…

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Everton need a reality check: Moyes is the best they can get

1:50 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Two weeks ago, as Marco Silva’s reign as Everton manager lurched towards its inevitable ending, graffiti was daubed on the walls of Goodison Park. Sprayed in white on the blue-painted brickwork, it read: “No Hughes, Moyes, Howe – SILVA OUT – F—Moyes.”The views of one disgruntled supporter don’t…

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3 Spanish players jailed for assaulting 15-year-old

12:22 PM GMTAssociated PressFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailThree former players of a fourth-division soccer club in Spain were convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.Former Arandina players Carlos Cuadrado, Víctor Rodriguez and Raul Calvo were each sentenced to 38 years in prison. It wasn’t clear if the players — who denied wrongdoing — would appeal the ruling.The…

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Sources: Emery in Everton talks, targets PL stay

playDoes Duncan Ferguson already deserve the Everton job? (1:25)Steve Nicol discusses whether Duncan Ferguson has made his case for the permanent Everton job after beating Chelsea. (1:25)Unai Emery has held talks with Everton and would be keen on a return to the Premier League although a deal now looks unlikely, sources have told ESPN.The 48-year-old…

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Robertson: No one wants to face Liverpool in UCL

playWould Neymar to Liverpool ‘obliterate’ Klopp’s squad? (1:28)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley doesn’t believe Neymar and Liverpool are a good fit whatsoever. (1:28)Defending champions Liverpool will be the team others want to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, left-back Andy Robertson has said.Liverpool reached the knockout…

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Robbie Fowler: A-League salary cap ‘a nightmare’

Operating within the A-League’s salary cap has been one of the biggest challenges Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler has had to deal with in the role.The Liverpool legend underwent a complete overhaul of the Roar’s squad after taking over in his first full-time head coaching position earlier this year.And he admits coming to grips with…

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea scout Werner, Dembele in Champions League

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Liverpool look to cut bargain deal for MinaminoLiverpool are looking to land FC Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino for…

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Modric goal breaks UCL record group stage tally

Luka Modric’s goal in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Club Brugge was the 307th in this season’s Champions League group stage, which set an all-time record.And that record was extended to 308 just moments later when Gonzalo Higuain put Juventus 2-0 up away to Bayer Leverkusen.In the 2017-18 campaign, there were 306 goals in the…

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea scout Werner, Dembele in Champions League

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Top story: Chelsea scout Werner, DembeleBy now, it’s no secret: Chelsea have a bucket of cash at their disposal, and…

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Mourinho wants ‘proper’ UCL rematch with Bayern

playWho are the UCL favourites in a wide-open field? (2:00)The FC crew debate which team should be considered the front-runner after the Champions League group stage. (2:00)Jose Mourinho said he would relish Tottenham facing Bayern Munich further down the line in a “proper” Champions League game despite his side losing 3-1 in Bavaria on Wednesday…

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Sessegnon 7/10, Eriksen 5/10 as Spurs fall to Bayern

Tottenham Hotspur ended their Champions League group stage campaign on a disappointing note after falling to a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in a low-key affair at the Allianz Arena.Kingsley Coman opened the scoring after 14 minutes for the Bavarians following some lax Spurs defending before Ryan Sessegnon opened his Spurs account with an equalizer…

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Vinicius 8/10 as Madrid’s burgeoning Brazilians topple Brugge

10:20 PM GMTAlex KirklandBrazilian teenagers Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior were both on the scoresheet as Real Madrid beat Club Brugge 3-1 on Wednesday with qualification for the Champions League round of 16 already assured.Eighteen-year-old Rodrygo opened the scoring early in the second half at the Jan Breydelstadion when picked out by Alvaro Odriozola’s cross. Brugge…

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UCL draw Real Madrid, Chelsea face tough tests

9:54 PM GMTDale JohnsonGeneral Editor, ESPN FC Monday’s Champions League round-of-16 draw could see some stellar ties with the seedings confirmed following the completion of the group stage.Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur all finished as runners-up in their group. They will all be drawn against one of the group winners,…

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Atalanta qualify after no wins in first 4 matches

Atalanta have made history as they qualified for the Champions League knockout phase despite failing to win any of their first four matches following a 3-0 win away at Shakhar Donetsk on Wednesday.Gian Piero Gasperini’s men lost each of their first three matches, before earning a creditable draw away to Manchester City and beating Dinamo…

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Jesus hat trick helps City win final group match

Gabriel Jesus scored a hat trick as Manchester City finished off Champions League group stage action on a high note with a 4-1 win at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.The English side had already won Group C and secured passage to the round of 16 of the competition coming in the match, but hosts Dinamo needed…

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Sources: Ancelotti not on Arsenal candidate list

playNicol: Napoli have become ‘the Spurs of Italy’ (1:30)Steve Nicol likens Napoli to Tottenham as they begin a new chapter under Gennaro Gattuso. (1:30)7:28 PM GMTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is not on Arsenal’s list of potential managerial candidates, sources have told ESPN.The Italian was sacked by Napoli despite guiding them to the…

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Why Carlo Ancelotti was fired at Napoli, and why it was wrong

2:48 PM GMTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Vendetta? Egomania? Masochism?Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis’ decision to fire Carlo Ancelotti less than an hour after his club had qualified for the Champions League knockout round may well be a function of each of the above. Or, as those close to the club suggest, it might simply…

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Sources: Liverpool owner unhurt in plane scare

One of the owners of Liverpool, Mike Gordon, was unhurt after a private plane came off the runaway at the city’s John Lennon Airport, sources at the club have told ESPN.Flights have been cancelled and the airport is expected to be closed for several hours after the incident, which occurred around 6 a.m. GMT on…

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Lukaku trolled by ex-United teammate Shaw after Champions League exit

11:22 AM GMTChris WrightToe Poke writer As if Inter Milan’s Champions League exit wasn’t hard enough, Romelu Lukaku was “welcomed” back to the Europa League by his former Manchester United teammate, Luke Shaw…The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the…

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Pulisic can inspire next U.S. wave – McConaughey

playMcConaughey praises Pulisics performance (1:20)Matthew McConaughey hopes that more American’s can join Christian Pulisic’s level of football soon. (1:20)Oscar-winning film star and Austin FC co-owner Matthew McConaughey hopes to see the next generation of U.S. soccer talent follow Christian Pulisic’s lead and make an impact in the sport around the world.Pulisic has made a major…

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Vela has Barcelona offer – Dos Santos

playEXCLUSIVE: Vela: Bradley pushed me to be better this season (1:54)2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela details how LAFC coach Bob Bradley influenced his record-breaking season. (1:54)10:34 AM GMTAdriana GarciaCarlos Vela has an offer to join Barcelona in the January transfer window, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos has claimed.Vela, a forward with Los Angeles…

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Pogba still has United role – Solskjaer

playHas Solskjaer cracked the code at Man United? (2:13)Craig Burley is uncertain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘good week’ changes the long-term view at Old Trafford. (2:13)10:44 AM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER — Paul Pogba still has a key role to play for Manchester United this season once he returns from injury, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Pogba…

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Mourinho forbids images of 7-2 Bayern defeat

playMourinho forbids Spurs players re-watching 7-2 Bayern loss (0:54)Jose Mourinho admits he has watched Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Bayern a few times but won’t show his players. (0:54)Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has banned his players from watching replays of their 7-2 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich earlier in the campaign as they…

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Under-fire Babbel facing further sanctions from FFA

Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel has been cited by Football Federation Australia for his comments after the club’s A-League defeat to Wellington Phoenix.Babbel claimed the Wanderers were playing against 12 men in the 2-1 defeat to the Phoenix on Saturday, a day after the Western Sydney coach had been reprimanded by FFA for a blast…

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Transfer Talk: Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain … for now

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Neymar available in summer after calling a truceBrazilian star Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed that the striker will stay…

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Chelsea will be vulnerable in last 16 despite Rudiger’s return

12:55 AM GMTTom writer LONDON — Loic Remy enjoyed some memorable moments during his two years as a Chelsea player, but this was the first time he had left Stamford Bridge in shocked silence. Returning to west London with Lille, the former Chelsea striker was thoroughly anonymous until the moment, 12 minutes from the…

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Mbappe must accept my decisions – PSG boss

5:10 PM GMTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has asserted that superstar Kylian Mbappe must respect his choices during matches after the France international was visibly annoyed at being substituted late on during the 3-1 win away at Montpellier in Ligue 1 last Saturday.Mbappe, 20, scored PSG’s second goal and teed up the…

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Chelsea won’t go ‘crazy’ after ban – Lampard

Chelsea will not go “crazy” when their transfer ban is lifted in January because the young players who have been given their chance to shine are improving all the time, coach Frank Lampard said on Tuesday.”I am calm about this window, I am very calm about it,” Lampard said after Chelsea secured their spot in…

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Perez 8/10 as rotated Barcelona bounce Inter

11:01 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Ansu Fati became the Champions League’s youngest ever scorer as his late goal helped Barcelona beat Inter Milan 2-1 and knock the Italians out of the competition.Inter only needed to match Borussia Dortmund’s result — the Germans beat Slavia Prague 2-1 — but were unable to win against a much-changed…

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Barca’s Fati, 17, youngest-ever UCL goalscorer

10:42 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Ansu Fati’s record-breaking season continued as he became the youngest player to ever score in the Champions League when he netted Barcelona’s winner against Inter Milan on Tuesday.The teenage forward came off the bench at the San Siro to score in the 87th minute to seal a 2-1 victory which…

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Ajax knocked out in Champs League group stage

Rodrigo scored the game’s only goal as Valencia upset hosts Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 on Tuesday to finish top of Champions League Group H and eliminate the Dutch club from this season’s competition.- Champions League round-of-16 draw: All you need to know – ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now! – Champions League tables | Fixtures…

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Ancelotti leaves Napoli despite UCL last 16 spot

Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Napoli on Tuesday after their 4-0 victory over Genk which confirmed their place in the Champions League knockout stage.”Napoli has decided to revoke the position of first-team coach from Carlo Ancelotti,” the club said in a statement.”The relationship of friendship, esteem and mutual respect between the club,…

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Liverpool still the Champions League team to beat

10:03 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC SALZBURG, Austria — Jurgen Klopp admitted to being “tense” ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League Group E clash with FC Salzburg, but as it turned out, he had nothing to worry about in a 2-0 win.There was to be no humiliation in the Austrian Alps as Liverpool marched on…

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Deschamps signs new deal with France

playGroup F’s heavyweights have ‘an escape route’ at Euro 2020 (0:49)Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman react to Germany, France and Portugal being grouped together at Euro 2020. (0:49)3:11 PM GMTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent France have extended coach Didier Deschamps’ contract until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Deschamps, who was appointed back in July of 2012…

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Champions League tifos: Europe’s most jaw-dropping fan banners

11:56 AM GMTChris WrightToe Poke writer With the Champions League group stage coming to a close this week, it’s a good time to celebrate some of the best tifos we’ve seen in Europe this season…The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling…

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Sources: Barca put off by €100m Lautaro price tag

playUCL Predictor: Will Inter take advantage of Messi-less Barca? (2:05)Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol fearlessly predict Tuesday’s best matchups for UEFA Champions League. (2:05)12:08 PM GMTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona consider Lautaro Martinez the perfect heir to Luis Suarez but sources have told ESPN that the club are looking at more affordable alternatives after being put off…

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Can Flamengo end 2019 as world champions?

Dec 8, 2019Tim VickerySouth America correspondent Given the size of the country and the number of established teams, the Brazilian league is often considered one of the most competitive in the world. But that does not apply this year after Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro turned the 2019 Championship into a cakewalk, a glorious victory…

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Is this the beginning of the end for Guardiola’s Man City?

Dec 7, 2019Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC MANCHESTER, England — Old and slow: They are two adjectives you do not usually associate with Manchester City, but as Manchester United inflicted the champions’ fourth Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola’s players suddenly looked like precisely that.That City…

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Sources: Marcelino holds Arsenal talks, keen on job

playShould Arsenal stick with Ljungberg or replace him now? (1:51)The FC crew debate whether Arsenal should stick with Freddie Ljungberg after his first victory at the helm. (1:51)8:33 AM GMTRodrigo Faez and Alex KirklandMarcelino Garcia Toral has held talks with Arsenal and is keen on becoming their next manager, sources have told ESPN.The former Valencia…

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Real’s special Vinicius Jr. on cusp of silencing critics in Madrid

8:24 AM GMTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.No one with even the hint of a soul would begrudge a single comma, vowel or exclamation mark involved in the tsunami of jubilant praise that rained down on Joaquin after his…

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Klopp: Reds facing ‘most important game’ of lives

7:48 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool face the “most important game of our lives” against FC Salzburg on Tuesday, with the reigning European champions knowing that a defeat will consign them to a group stage exit from the Champions League.A Salzburg victory, combined with Napoli avoiding defeat at home…

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Do Man United even need fit-again Pogba?

12:35 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Paul Pogba is back, or back in Manchester at least. After spending over two months on the sideline with an ankle injury, the Manchester United midfielder was a spectator at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as his team extended their recent revival with a 2-1 derby victory against…

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Exceptional forwards bail out incompetent Arsenal

11:49 PM GMTNick writer LONDON — The great thing about football is that sometimes things happen that years of knowledge, observation, conversation and analysis can’t explain. For the first hour of their 3-1 win over West Ham, Arsenal were absolutely desperate, heading for a 10th winless game in a row, staring down the barrel…

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Rashford, Ronaldo comparisons ‘easy’ – Solskjaer

playHas Solskjaer cracked the code at Man United? (2:13)Craig Burley is uncertain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘good week’ changes the long-term view at Old Trafford. (2:13)10:30 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Marcus Rashford is making it “easy” to draw comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Rashford has scored 13 goals in his past…

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Arsenal beat West Ham to snap long winless run

playShould Arsenal stick with Ljungberg or replace him now? (1:51)The FC crew debate whether Arsenal should stick with Freddie Ljungberg after his first victory at the helm. (1:51)Arsenal produced a remarkable second-half turnaround to beat West Ham 3-1 to hand manager Freddie Ljungberg his first win since taking over from Unai Emery and break the…

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Empty gesture: Magpies offer freebies to fill park

Newcastle United are offering their season-ticket holders an additional free half-season ticket as the club tries to fill St James’ Park for the rest of the season, the Premier League club said on Monday.The ticket covers 10 league games starting with Everton on Dec. 28 and includes Chelsea (Jan. 18), Tottenham Hotspur (May 2) and…

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Atlanta signs U.S.’s Hyndman from Bournemouth

Atlanta United have signed midfielder Emerson Hyndman to a permanent deal, the club announced on Monday.Hyndman, who had been loaned to United from Bournemouth in July, put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at the club through 2022.— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 9, 2019 “We’re excited to bring back Emerson…

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Haaland ‘living the dream’ ahead of Reds clash

playHaaland eyeing up Premier League & Bundesliga moves (0:55)Craig Burley explains where Erling Haaland would be best suited if he leaves Red Bull Salzburg. (0:55)3:31 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC SALZBURG, Austria — Erling Haaland has said he is “living the dream” as he attempts to score in a sixth successive Champions League game…

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Man United exposed Man City’s flaws. Can Guardiola fix them?

5:22 PM GMTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Missed any of the action around Europe this weekend? Have no fear: Gab Marcotti is here to catch you up with all the talking points in the latest Monday Musings.Jump to: Manchester derby lessons | City handle Fred abuse | Juve finally lose in Serie A | Bayern…

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Burnley eject 13-year-old for racially abusing Son

playJose Mourinho brings a ‘freshness’ to Tottenham (0:49)Steve Nicol believes Jose Mourinho’s presence is exactly what Tottenham needed to wake up their attack. (0:49)Burnley have announced a 13-year-old supporter was ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday for racially abusing Spurs attacker Son Heung-Min.The club said the minor is under investigation by the Metropolitan…

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Messi, Pique out of Barca squad to face Inter

playMessi-Suarez-Griezmann trio ‘finally clicked’ for Barca (1:30)Gab Marcotti says Barcelona’s 5-2 thrashing of Mallorca was a true Barca performance. (1:30)1:27 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique have been left out of the Barcelona squad for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Inter Milan with coach Ernesto Valverde set to ring the changes.Barca sealed…

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When is the UCL round-of-16 draw?

The draw for the round of 16 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League will be made at 11 a.m. GMT / 6 a.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 16.Group winners will be drawn against group runners-up. Teams from the same national association cannot face each other, nor can teams who played each other in the group…

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Will Haaland help Salzburg eliminate Liverpool?

playLiverpool playing with a ‘different mentality’ than last season (0:48)Steve Nicol says Liverpool are playing with a sense of confidence this season that they didn’t have last year. (0:48)9:18 AM GMTDerek betting writer Chelsea’s shock loss to Everton on Saturday scuppered a 7/1 treble and meant a weekend loss for the column. The final…

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Transfer Talk: Fellaini could be set to join Mourinho’s Spurs

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Fellaini in line for Premier League returnWe’re only just into December, but already we have a nomination for…

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Sources: Pep sought out Fred after racist abuse

playBurley: Guardiola 50/50 to stay at Man City next season (1:34)Craig Burley thinks Pep Guardiola might have lingering doubts about staying for another rebuild at Manchester City. (1:34)10:30 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Pep Guardiola sought out Fred after the Manchester United midfielder found himself at the centre of a racism storm on Saturday, sources have told…

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Pep: City ‘not able to compete’ with elite teams

playBurley: Guardiola 50/50 to stay at Man City next season (1:34)Craig Burley thinks Pep Guardiola might have lingering doubts about staying for another rebuild at Manchester City. (1:34)Manchester City must accept that they may not be able to compete with the top teams in Europe at the moment, manager Pep Guardiola has said.City’s 2-1 defeat…

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Premier League review: Rashford could be an icon for Man United

2:59 AM GMTNick writer Another wild weekend in the Premier League is done and dusted. We get you caught up on the action with the Weekend Review.JUMP TO: Rashford is a franchise player | City’s Fernandinho problem | Superb Son and clinical Kane | Chelsea need help in January | Finally some emotion for…

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A-League review: Sydney FC dominating in the heat

It’s Monday, so here’s the good, bad and ugly from Round 9 in the A-League.JUMP TO: Sydney is on fire | Time to talk about the heat | Glory find their feet | Kone shines in McDonald’s absence | Sorrow mixed with Postecoglou’s successSydney is smoking … Sydney FC look okay, tooExtending their lead atop…

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Transfer Talk: Fellaini could be set to join Mourinho’s Spurs

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Fellaini in line for Premier League returnWe’re scarcely into December, but already we have a nomination for the…

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W-League review: Brisbane get first win thanks to the Gorry Waddle

10:38 PM GMTSamantha LewisThe W-League weekend in 280 characters or lessBrisbane get their first win of the season after downing Canberra 2-1, Victory put a dent in the Wanderers’ perfect run with a 1-1 draw, Perth go bottom after 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle, and Sydney stumble after going down to City 2-1.JUMP TO:…

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Top European clubs’ best and worst signings since 2009

Dec 6, 2019Jonathan Molyneux-CarterJump to: Barcelona | PSG | Juventus | Bayern MunichIn the run-up to the January transfer window, we’re ranking some of the best and worst signings by Europe’s elite clubs over the past decade — just as we did for the English Premier League.We looked at every arrival from the 2009-10 season…

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Man United still bigger club than City – Solskjaer

10:30 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester City that Manchester United are still the biggest club in the city as they prepare to face off in the first derby of the season.Pep Guardiola has led City to back-to-back titles and a domestic Treble, while United have not mounted a…

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Messi retirement date not far away, says Valverde

playIs the Ballon d’Or what fuels Lionel Messi? (1:34)Ale Moreno feels competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or is the ultimate fuel for Lionel Messi. (1:34)Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said the football world must get used to the idea that Lionel Messi will retire in the near future, adding that he will cherish being…

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Power Rankings: Flamengo stay top but Juventus drop five spots

Menu Scores You have reached ESPN’s UK edition. Stay on current site or go to US version. FootballNFLNBAMMAF1Cricket…BoxingMLBNHLesportsWWEespnWTennisGolfNCAAMNCAAWNCAAFRugbyCyclingAthleticsOlympic SportsHorse RacingSnookerDartsCommonwealth GamesSpecial OlympicsAnalyticsX GamesBetting BlogMore ESPNFantasyPlayer FootballFootballScoresScoresFixturesFixturesTransfersTransfersTeamsTeamsLeague & CupsLeague & CupsTablesTablesFantasyFantasy Power Rankings: Flamengo stay top but Juventus drop five spots2dShaka HislopSokratis, Luiz both 4/10 as Arsenal’s winless run extends to nine1dNick JuddMessi’s Ballon d’Or-winning form…

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Rodgers signs new deal amid Arsenal links

playLeicester City are ‘in the hunt’ to win the Premier League (1:35)Craig Burley says Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City can mount a legitimate challenge to Liverpool. (1:35)Leicester City have extended manager Brendan Rodgers’s contract until June 2025 after he had been linked with the vacant coaching role at Arsenal.Rodgers, who left Celtic to take charge…

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Watford appoint Pearson, 3rd coach this season

Nigel Pearson has been named the new Watford coach, the club announced on Friday, with the hiring comes a week after Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked.Watford said in a statement on their website that Pearson was given an initial contract until the end of the season and that he will officially take over following the…

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Is Fati the answer to Barca’s post-Messi question?

7:01 PM GMTSid LoweSpain writer It’s been said that sportsmen die twice, the first time when they retire. And when that sportsman is Lionel Messi, everyone else dies too.This might sound like a wild exaggeration, and of course it is… or is it? This week, at least, it didn’t feel so far off. When Messi…

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Why always Manchester? Derby moments of the decade

8:30 AM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Saturday marks the final Manchester derby of the decade, and it has been a tumultuous 10 years for both City and United.It began with United as the kings of Manchester and the dominant force in English football and with City on the rise following Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed…

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Lampard hints at Chelsea January transfer spree

2:25 PM GMTESPNFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailChelsea boss Frank Lampard has said the club could be active in the January transfer window after their two window transfer ban was lifted on Friday.Lampard said that he will “put players forward to the club” after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) halved the club’s transfer ban to allow them…

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Madrid chief slammed for ‘selfish’ league plan

playGareth Bale ‘almost can’t’ leave Real Madrid until summer (1:17)Sid Lowe explains why it will be tough for Real Madrid to move on from Gareth Bale in January. (1:17)2:28 PM GMTAssociated PressUEFA president Aleksander Ceferin criticised Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez on Friday for reportedly planning a “selfish and egotistical scheme” to create world leagues.Perez…

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Sources: Atleti want Cavani from PSG

12:31 PM GMTMoises LlorensJulien LaurensAtletico Madrid are keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in January to bolster their attacking options, sources have told ESPN.Cavani, ranked the sixth best striker in the world in ESPN’s FC 100, is out of contract in June after seven years in Paris and sources have told ESPN that…

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Copy Liverpool: Klinsmann’s plan for Hertha

playEXCLUSIVE: Jurgen Klinsmann is ‘a big admirer’ of MLS (1:38)Despite reports he was at odds with MLS while coach of the USMNT, Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the importance of the league for young U.S. players. (1:38)11:32 AM GMTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Jurgen Klinsmann wants Hertha Berlin to follow Liverpool’s example as he targets turning the club into…

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Chelsea transfer ban cut, able to buy in January

11:00 AM GMTESPNFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailChelsea will be able to sign players in January after the Court of Arbitation for Sport (CAS) reduced the club’s transfer ban.Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban and fined £460,000 ($599,000) in December 2018 after FIFA found them guilty of breaching rules relating to the transfers of 29 players under the…

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Transfer Talk: Man United coming for Eriksen in January

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Manchester United still hopeful over EriksenManchester United are still hopeful that they can secure a deal for Tottenham…

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Sources: Vieira not top choice for Arsenal job

playDarke: What manager would even want to go to Arsenal? (1:43)Ian Darke believes Arsenal are in a crisis with no manager likely to join the club midseason. (1:43)11:33 PM GMTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Patrick Vieira is not at the top of the Arsenal wish list for their managerial role but remains in contention, sources have told ESPN…

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