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De Gea limps off in second half vs. Sweden

playSpain seal Euros spot with last-gasp equalizer (1:25)Rodrigo broke Swedish hearts as Spain qualified for Euro 2020. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. (1:25)David de Gea limped off with an abductor injury in Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday.De Gea had been superb until Marcus Berg nodded home the opener from close…

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Sources: Utd’s Shaw a doubt; Martial could return

playMan United ready to splash the cash in January (1:22)Gab Marcotti identifies areas of Manchester United’s squad that need strengthening in January. (1:22)5:14 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating on the fitness of defender Luke Shaw ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, sources have told ESPN FC.Shaw,…

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France haven’t looked this bad since before they won World Cup

6:40 PM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Didier Deschamps turns 51 on Tuesday and, obviously, this is not the birthday he wished for. It’s been a tough 10 days for the France head coach. First and foremost, his team didn’t secure qualification for the 2020 European Championships. A win against Turkey at home on Monday would have been…

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Bulgarian PM urges FA chief to resign amid racism

Bulgarian Football Union’s (BFU) president Borislav Mihaylov has resigned following racist abuse and monkey chants from Bulgaria fans towards England players during their Euro 2020 qualifier.Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had called for former goalkeeper Mihaylov to step down after the match, won 6-0 by England, was temporarily halted by the referee to tackle abuse from…

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Sanchez could require surgery on injured ankle

Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez may require ankle surgery, the Serie A club have said.The on-loan Manchester United man suffered an ankle injury during a clash with Juan Cuadrado in Chile’s friendly with Colombia.- When does the transfer window reopen? – All major completed transfer dealsThere were initial fears Sanchez could face a long spell…

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Nations League ‘like being amateurs’ again – Tata

12:27 AM BSTTom MarshallMexico correspondent MEXICO CITY — Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has reminded his players that participating in the CONCACAF Nations League is at times “like returning to being amateurs” and urged them to make the most of every opportunity with the national team.El Tri needed to extend its dressing room in order…

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Fati, Felix, Haaland, Sancho on Golden Boy list

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, who has been labelled the “new Cristiano Ronaldo” could achieve something his Portugal teammate failed as he was named as one of the final 20 nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy award.The honour, presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, is given to the best player aged 21 and under. Juventus defender…

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Guardiola slams jail sentences of Catalan leaders

11:49 AM BSTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said a Spanish court ruling which saw nine Catalan politicians and civil leaders sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison is a “direct affront to human rights.”All nine defendants had been held without bail for the last two years over their role…

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De Ligt: I’m struggling at Juventus

playVan der Sar: De Ligt wants to be best defender in the world (1:29)In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Edwin van der Sar says Matthijs de Ligt will improve as he acclimates at Juve. (1:29)Matthijs De Ligt has said he is not happy with his performances for Juventus so far this season.De Ligt, 20, joined…

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Valencia are a mess, but the Mestalla could offer salvation

5:51 AM BSTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.The genesis of the horrible situation which currently engulfs Valencia centres almost wholly around its epic, traditional, much-loved, volcanic but significantly out-dated Mestalla stadium.It was in 2006 that Valencia’s reprehensible club president,…

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England’s faith in three-step protocol was rewarded. Now UEFA must get tough on racism

11:19 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC SOFIA, Bulgaria — As Greg Clarke, the chairman of the English Football Association, delivered an impromptu news conference to speak of “appalling, terrible racism” during England’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory against Bulgaria on Monday in Sofia, a local journalist interrupted to offer his own verdict.”An exaggeration,” he…

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England back on track after thrashing Bulgaria

playRashford puts England ahead early vs. Bulgaria (1:21)Euro 2020 qualifying: Marcus Rashford (7′) Bulgaria 0-1 England. Watch more Euro qualifying on ESPN+. (1:21)England got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back on track with a runaway 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday in a match that was marred by more racist abuse aimed at…

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Ronaldo hits 700th career goal vs. Ukraine

playRonaldo scores 700th career goal (0:42)Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty for Portugal vs. Ukraine is his 700th career goal for club and country. (0:42)Cristiano Ronaldo reached 700 career goals in official matches by scoring for Portugal in their 2-1 loss to Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner converted a penalty in…

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Bulgaria-England halted for UEFA racism protocol

8:57 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC SOFIA, Bulgaria — England’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win against Bulgaria was temporarily halted during the first half of the Group A fixture in order to warn supporters that the match could be abandoned following racist chanting in the Vasil Levski Stadium.Match referee Ivan Bebek instructed the stadium…

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Neymar to miss two more UCL games with injury

playNicol: Neymar’s lack of class overshadows 100-cap milestone (1:30)Steve Nicol explains why Neymar isn’t one of Brazil’s top five players of all time following his 100th cap. (1:30)Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar will be out of action for four weeks because of a thigh injury, the Ligue 1 leaders announced on Monday.”Neymar underwent an…

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Lyon snub Wenger, Blanc in favour of Garcia

2:14 PM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Lyon have announced Rudi Garcia as their new head coach, preferring him to Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger, while Jose Mourinho turned down a meeting with the club, sources have told ESPN.Garcia, 55, became the front runner after impressing in his presentation and agreeing to take over the existing staff.Ex-Arsenal boss…

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Gundogan, Can backed over Tosun Insta post

2:21 PM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Germany internationals Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Can have been backed by the German FA after controversially liking a post on Cenk Tosun’s Instagram account.Tosun posted a photo showing him and other Turkey internationals saluting fans in support of the Turkish army’s offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after the…

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Sources: Man United ready to spend in January

playMan United ready to splash the cash in January (1:22)Gab Marcotti identifies areas of Manchester United’s squad that need strengthening in January. (1:22)2:33 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United are prepared to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window but are warning that they will not overpay for players just to save the…

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Barca offer support to jailed Catalan separatists

10:47 AM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona have announced their support for the nine separatist leaders from Catalonia handed prison terms of between nine and 13 years over their role in a failed bid for independence from Spain.The Spanish champions said “prison is not the solution” and called on political leaders to engage in dialogue to resolve…

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Transfer Talk: Barcelona choosing between Rashford and Firmino?

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 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewTOP STORY: Barca would target Rashford over FirminoHe has hardly been…

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Cech, in hockey debut, makes game-winning save

Former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech made his competitive ice hockey debut on Sunday, helping the Guildford Phoenix win on a penalty shootout save.The 37-year-old is a big fan of the sport and said he it was a dream to play in a game after his retirement from football last year. He signed last…

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Transfer Talk: Barcelona choosing between Rashford and Firmino?

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 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewBarca would target Rashford over FirminoHe has hardly been banging them…

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Why River Plate coach Gallardo could end up at Barcelona

9:56 AM BSTTim VickerySouth America correspondent Pep Guardiola is a big fan of River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo and it’s looking increasingly likely the Manchester City coach will be able to see his work more closely in the coming year.”What Gallardo has done with River is incredible,” Guardiola told an Argentine TV station. “Some things…

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A lion among men: Where Zlatan ranks in MLS Designated Player history

5:21 PM BSTDan HajduckyCloseReporter/researcher, ESPN The MagazineHajducky is a reporter/researcher for ESPN The Magazine. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and vehemently believes there was room for Jack on the door.Sachin Dave ChandanIt has been 12 years since David Beckham absconded to Los Angeles from Real Madrid, in the name of…

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Wales draw with Croatia to keep Euro hopes alive

playBale delays Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualification (1:13)Gareth Bale scores late in the first half as Wales draw 1-1 with Croatia. Watch Euro Qualifying on ESPN+. (1:13)Wales kept alive their flagging hopes of reaching Euro 2020 by holding Croatia to a 1-1 home draw after Gareth Bale cancelled out an early Nikola Vlasic opener for the…

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Brazil boss defends Neymar use after new injury

playNicol: Neymar’s lack of class overshadows 100-cap milestone (1:30)Steve Nicol explains why Neymar isn’t one of Brazil’s top five players of all time following his 100th cap. (1:30)Brazil national team coach Tite defended his use of Neymar in the squad’s 1-1 friendly draw against Nigeria in which the Paris Saint-Germain star limped off after 12…

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Southgate warns Maddison after casino visit

6:16 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC England manager Gareth Southgate has said that James Maddison has learned a lesson after the Leicester City midfielder was photographed in a casino a day after withdrawing from the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria with a virus.Maddison, 22, had been expected to…

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Alexis back at Inter after injury with Chile

playHow much will Alexis Sanchez’s injury hurt Inter? (1:10)ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti analyses the impact Alexis Sanchez’s injury will have on Inter in the Scudetto race. (1:10)Chile captain Alexis Sanchez has been released from the squad to undergo further tests after suffering a left ankle injury in La Roja’s friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.The…

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Neymar injury scare in Brazil’s draw

Neymar went off injured 12 minutes into Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria in a friendly in Singapore on Sunday.The Paris Saint-Germain forward, making his 101st appearance for the national team, touched the back of his left thigh as he left the pitch and was replaced by Philippe Coutinho. There was no immediate word on his…

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Van der Sar on Man Utd role: I’m interested

playExclusive: Van der Sar analyses Man United’s struggles (1:47)Edwin van der Sar chats exclusively to ESPN FC about his former club Man United’s current predicament. (1:47)Edwin van der Sar has said that he would be interested in returning to Manchester United with the club still searching for a director of football.The former United goalkeeper is…

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Toe Poke Daily: You’re getting sacked in the news conference

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.”Sacked in the morning, you’re getting sacked in the morning!” We’ve all heard the chant directed at under-pressure managers.- Game called off after players get…

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Fowler’s Roar earn point after VAR drama

Perth coach Tony Popovic agreed with the VAR decision to award Brisbane Roar a dramatic late equaliser in their 1-1 A-League draw at HBF Park.The Glory appeared headed for victory on Sunday courtesy of a 34th-minute goal from Chris Ikonomidis in front of 9,829 fans.But in a drama-filled finish, Brisbane had a goal disallowed for…

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Western United mark A-League bow with win

Western United wasted no time leaving their mark on the A-League, beating Wellington Phoenix 1-0 on their competitive debut.Besart Berisha took the first-ever touch by a United player and scored the club’s first goal, netting a first-half volley to get the expansion club up and running.Mark Rudan’s side will face tougher opponents this season –…

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Italy qualify for Euro 2020 with win vs. Greece

Italy qualified for Euro 2020 with a 2-0 defeat of Greece at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.- Euro 2020: Who will reach the finals?- Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to knowSecond-half goals from Jorginho and Federico Bernardeschi carried the Italians through after playing to a stalemate in the opening period.The Chelsea star opened…

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Spain held by Norway after late King penalty

playKing penalty makes Spain wait (1:31)Josh King’s 94th minute penalty secures Norway a 1-1 draw vs. Spain. To watch Euro Qualifying sign up for ESPN+. (1:31)A late Josh King penalty earned Norway a deserved 1-1 draw against Spain in Euro 2020 qualification at the Ullevaal Stadium on Saturday night in Oslo.The loss breaks Spain’s streak…

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New-look Melbourne derby ends in stalemate

Elvis Kamsoba found the back of the net, but the dawn of new A-League eras for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City ended in a 0-0 draw at Marvel Stadium.With coach Marco Kurz on the touchline for an A-League match for the first time for Victory and Erick Mombaerts likewise for City, both sides had decent…

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Transfer Talk: Man City, United to battle for Benfica’s Dias

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too late to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Top 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewTOP STORY: Man City, United to battle for Benfica starManchester City…

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Ronaldo nets 699th goal as Portugal cruise to win

playRonaldo seals Portugal win vs. Luxembourg (1:40)Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal in a 3-0 win in Group B. To watch Euro Qualifying sign up for ESPN+. (1:40)European champions Portugal edged closer to qualifying for the 2020 Euro with a convincing 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday night.Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 699th career goal in all…

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Liverpool ‘best in England and Europe’ – Rodri

playRodri explains the challenges of being a midfielder for City (1:25)Rodri tells Sid Lowe the challenges of being a defensive midfielder in Pep Guardiola’s system. (1:25)Manchester City midfielder Rodri has told ESPN FC he has learned “tactical fouling” while working under manager Pep Guardiola.The midfielder, 23, became City’s record signing when he joined from Atletico…

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Transfer Talk: Man City, United to battle for Benfica’s Dias

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too late to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Top 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewUnited, City to battle for Benfica starManchester City are planning a…

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Midfield will keep England from winning Euro 2020

11:16 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC PRAGUE — England are becoming accustomed to reality checks, but they don’t seem to be learning from them.Friday’s 2-1 away defeat against the Czech Republic, after FC Dallas striker Zdenek Ondrasek netted an 85th-minute winner for the home side, left England still needing at least one more victory…

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England ‘not good enough’ vs. Czechs – Southgate

playCan England hold up against better competition? (1:10)After a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, the FC crew dive into England’s weaknesses heading into Euro 2020. (1:10)England manager Gareth Southgate said his side didn’t do enough in their 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.The Three Lions suffered their first…

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Ex-Colombia star Viafara extradited to U.S.

7:10 PM BSTAdriana GarciaFormer Real Sociedad midfielder Jhon Viafara is to be extradited to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking.Colombia’s justice minister, Margarita Cabello, signed a decree on Friday that will see the ex-Colombia star handed over to the U.S. authorities.On Sept. 27, Colombia’s Supreme Court (CSJ) approved the extradition of Viafara,…

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Czech police detain 31 ahead of England match

Czech police detained 31 people for rioting near Prague’s historic Old Town Square on Friday ahead of the national team’s 2-1 Euro 2020 win over England, the police said on their official Twitter account.The authorities said they used force to detain a number of what they called “football hooligans,” including 14 foreigners. Pictures showed broken…

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England stumble to defeat against Czech Republic

England suffered their first tournament qualifying defeat for 10 years as they lost 2-1 away to the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifying Group A clash on Friday.Substitute Zdenek Ondrasek grabbed the winner five minutes from time when he confidently fired past keeper Jordan Pickford after Lukas Masopust burst down the right and picked…

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Will lack of Barca or Real ‘identity’ help or hurt Spain?

5:42 PM BSTSid LoweSpain writer LAS ROZAS DE MADRID, Spain — Villarreal’s players were still out on the pitch, stretching the morning session at the old orange grove where the club has its training ground, when the news reached them. Santi Cazorla, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno had been included in the Spain…

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Elliott banned for Kane impersonation

playAlexander-Arnold balancing focus for club & country (1:21)Trent Alexander-Arnold is taking things one game at a time for both England and Liverpool. (1:21)3:39 PM BSTMelissa ReddyCorrespondent Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott has received a 14-day club football ban for a social media video in which he appeared to perform an offensive impersonation of Tottenham striker Harry…

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Like Messi? Azmoun hits hat trick in Iran’s 14-0 win

Iran inflicted a record-breaking 14-0 thrashing on Cambodia on Thursday, making it a night to remember for female fans allowed into Azadi Stadium for a World Cup qualifying match for the first time since the Islamic Revolution.Striker Karim Ansarifard scored four goals and Sardar Azmoun hit a hat trick as the Iranians handed Cambodia their…

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Sources: Lacazette close to Arsenal return

playAre Arsenal lucky or the real deal this season? (1:26)The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Arsenal are good enough to finish third this year. (1:26)9:51 AM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Alexandre Lacazette will make his return to training with the Arsenal first team squad next week after six weeks out due to an ankle injury,…

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Is Pioli the steady hand to steer Milan’s rebuild?

2:39 PM BSTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC This was about cutting losses. This was about moving on. This was about accepting the fact that when you make tons of decisions you will inevitably make some bad ones. And how you react to bad decisions is often as important as the good decision that you do…

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Sources: United set for world record shirt deal

playHow to fix Manchester United this season (1:03)Stewart Robson offers his plan to fix Man United, starting with a change to the system to help Marcus Rashford. (1:03)11:50 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United can expect to top their £450 million Chevrolet deal as they search for a new shirt sponsor, sources have told ESPN FC.The…

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Le Fondre double, McGowan header seals Sydney win

A late header from Ryan McGowan delivered Sydney FC a 3-2 win against Adelaide United in a rollicking A-League season opener.McGowan nailed a free header in the 87th minute to settle a feisty Friday night encounter at Adelaide’s Coopers Stadium.”It’s nice to come here and get a win,” said Sydney coach Steve Corica.”I’m pleased with…

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Lionel Messi attends Cirque du Soleil premiere in Barcelona

playMoreno: El Clasico will outlast Messi and Ronaldo (1:36)Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on El Clasico. (1:36)10:00 AM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer 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…

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What’s the trouble with England’s travelling football fans?

2:13 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Prague is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, a great place to enjoy a weekend away, but from the perspective of the man charged with policing English football supporters, this Friday is most certainly not the time nor the place to stage an England Euro 2020…

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Can Rudan recreate his magic at Western United?

All you need to know about this week’s A-League action, all in one place.JUMP TO: Can Rudan recreate his Phoenix magic? | Corica’s got to make the pieces work | New season, same issues for Perth? | Forget the derby, watch the Roar | Death, taxes and #SokkahTwitter | All eyes on Brillante | Tasty…

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Belgium qualify for Euro ’20 with 9-goal onslaught

playBelgium run riot in 9-goal thrashing of San Marino (1:57)Romelu Lukaku reached the 50-goal mark for Belgium in their 9-0 triumph over San Marino. (1:57)Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th international goal as Belgium thrashed San Marino 9-0 on Thursday and became the first side through to the Euro 2020 finals.Russia are also on the verge…

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Sterling: England to ‘give UEFA chance’ on abuse

8:07 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC PRAGUE — Raheem Sterling has said that England’s players will “give UEFA a chance” to resolve any potential incidents of racially-motivated abuse during the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers away to Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Gareth Southgate’s team, who will secure qualification for Euro 2020 with a win in Prague…

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Mark de Man, Wolfgang Wolf and the most ironic names in football

3:23 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer 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.Jump to: “Alex from Glasto” meets Thiago Silva | Sacked Barnsley boss does shots with fans | Braintree Town…

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Iran women get first football tickets in 40 years

Iranian women entered the country’s national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.Women had been banned from watching men’s games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.But…

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Liverpool ‘best in England and Europe’ – Rodri

playRodri explains the challenges of being a midfielder for City (1:25)Rodri tells Sid Lowe the challenges of being a defensive midfielder in Pep Guardiola’s system. (1:25)Manchester City midfielder Rodri has told ESPN FC his side will have to overcome the “best team in England and in Europe” in Liverpool if they are to win the…

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Sources: Mourinho turns down talks with Lyon

playDoes Jose Mourinho have any options in the Premier League? (1:54)After Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down a job at Lyon, the FC crew break down his job prospects. (1:54)8:42 AM BSTAndrew Cesare Richardson and Julien LaurensJose Mourinho has turned down the opportunity to speak to Lyon over the vacant manager role, as he is looking…

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Betting: Ronaldo to bag a brace? England to win but concede vs. Czech Republic?

10:31 PM BSTDerek BiltonESPN.co.uk betting writer The Euro 2020 trail takes England to Czech Republic next on a busy weekend of international action, and our in-form column has all the best betting angles covered.Running total: +£64.40The BankerAfter a perfect five-game start to England’s qualifying campaign, Gareth Southgate may elect to shuffle his pack when England…

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Sources: Perez, Zidane battle over Eriksen, Pobga

playMarcotti: I’m not buying Bale wants to leave Real Madrid (1:16)ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti dives into Gareth Bale’s saga at Real Madrid, calling the star’s antics “idiotic.” (1:16)9:58 AM BSTRodrigo FaezMadrid correspondent Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering a move for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen in January, but manager Zinedine Zidane’s priority remains Manchester United’s…

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Sources: Barca’s Pique almost bought Notts County

playMoreno: El Clasico will outlast Messi and Ronaldo (1:36)Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on El Clasico. (1:36)10:08 AM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona defender Gerard Pique was close to putting together a deal to buy English club Notts County this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that…

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Muller: I’m too ambitious for Bayern bench

3:36 PM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Thomas Muller has responded to speculation around his future at Bayern Munich by saying he is “too ambitious” for a role on the bench at the Bundesliga club.Former Germany international Muller, 30, has featured in all seven Bundesliga matches for Bayern this term, however, he has yet to complete a…

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Bale playing at Real with ‘a lot of emotion, anger’

playMarcotti: I’m not buying Bale wants to leave Real Madrid (1:16)ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti dives into Gareth Bale’s saga at Real Madrid, calling the star’s antics “idiotic.” (1:16)Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale said anger over his treatment and media speculation about his future at the Spanish club had not distracted him from giving his best on…

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Transfer Talk: Manchester United reach Mandzukic agreement?

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too late to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Top 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewTOP STORY: Manchester United nearing Mandzukic dealTuttosport is reporting that Manchester…

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Transfer Talk: Manchester United reach Mandzukic agreement?

The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too late to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.Top 10 free agents in 2020 | European transfer reviewManchester United nearing Mandzukic dealTuttosport is reporting that Manchester United have…

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VdS: Strong characters ‘disappeared’ at Man Utd

Legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has attributed Manchester United’s struggles to the disappearance of strong characters in the dressing room, and said the situation at Old Trafford is “a long way” from the club he left eight years ago.Van der Sar spent the final six seasons of his decorated career with the Red Devils,…

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Tim Howard: A final goodbye to my fans

1:37 PM BSTTim Howard, as told to Wayne DrehsSunday afternoon in Los Angeles, after a 3-1 loss to LAFC that officially ended our Colorado Rapids season, I walked off the field as a professional football player for the 815th and very last time. Before stepping across the end line, I paused, said a brief prayer,…

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Ex-Chelsea GK Cech signs with hockey team

Petr Cech, often considered among the best Premier League goalkeepers of all time, will continue his netminding ways — but this time on ice skates.The ex-Chelsea and Arsenal keeper signed a one-year deal with the semiprofessional Guildford Phoenix ice hockey club in England on Wednesday.”I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the…

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Xabi Alonso in Madrid court for tax evasion

playMessi: Tax investigation almost led to Barca exit (1:29)Lionel Messi felt “mistreated” and thought of leaving Barca when under investigation for tax fraud in 2013. (1:29)Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was in Madrid court on Wednesday to face charges of tax fraud after opting not to accept a plea bargain.The former Spain international could face…

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Man United are a mess; how much worse can it get?

3:54 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Even before a ball was kicked, Manchester United bosses expected a hard season in 2019-20.Everton more than matched the asking price to loan defender Marcos Rojo on deadline day, but the deal was canned at the last minute over fears that Marco Silva already had a stronger squad. Chris Smalling was…

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Sources: Cavani, Silva could leave PSG

1:17 PM BSTJulien LaurensMoises LlorensEdinson Cavani and Thiago Silva could leave Paris Saint-Germain for free at the end of the season, sources have told ESPN FC.The South American pair are both into their final year of contract with PSG and the Ligue 1 giants are yet to offer either an extended stay at Parc des…

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Messi: I miss Ronaldo rivalry in Clasico, La Liga

12:22 PM BSTAdriana GarciaBarcelona forward Lionel Messi has said he misses his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo and would have liked his fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner to have continued in La Liga.Ronaldo left Real Madrid as the club’s all-time top scorer to join Juventus in a €100 million transfer in the summer of 2018. Since…

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Milan appoint ex-Inter boss Pioli as manager

playAC Milan made ‘no forward progress’ under Giampaolo (1:40)ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti outlines the reasons why Marco Giampaolo was sacked by AC Milan. (1:40)AC Milan have appointed former Inter boss Stefano Pioli as their new coach on a two-year contract.Pioli replaces Marco Giampaolo, who was sacked on Tuesday.His last role in management was with Fiorentina,…

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Alisson targets Man Utd clash with extra training

playWhy Liverpool’s season could hinge on Firmino’s health (0:52)Craig Burley says Roberto Firmino’s health will be a key factor for Liverpool in the Premier League title race. (0:52)9:09 AM BSTMelissa ReddyCorrespondent Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is undertaking extra training sessions at Melwood as he pushes for a return to action against Manchester United on Oct. 20.Players…

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England vow to all leave pitch if racially abused

playTomori’s England call-up ‘always a dream’ (0:57)Fiyako Tomori says he wasn’t expecting to make the England squad at the start of the season. (0:57)England’s players are ready to walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, striker Tammy Abraham said on Tuesday.England face…

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Power Rankings: Liverpool go top, Juventus and Barcelona climb, Bayern slump

playWeekend overreactions: Will Liverpool go undefeated? (1:45)Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson give you five overreactions from the weekend in European football. (1:45)The European Cup holders return to first place, ahead of three defending league champions. Meanwhile, Germany’s surprise leaders are a new entry.Dropping out: Manchester City, Inter, GranadaAgree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka…

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Why all 14 playoff teams could lift MLS Cup – and why they won’t

3:57 PM BSTArch BellU.S. soccer writer Decision Day has come and gone, leaving Major League Soccer’s 14 postseason-bound sides with nearly two weeks to contemplate their paths to MLS Cup glory. In the regular season’s afterglow, playoff hopes will never be higher for many, which is why we’ve detailed precisely why each team can win…

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