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Transfer Talk: Bayern lead Werner chase as Liverpool hit brakes

12:02 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Bayern set to pounce for WernerEarlier, Transfer Talk reported that Bayern Munich could switch their attentions from Leroy Sane to Timo…

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European football plan mulls July, August restart

10:26 PM BSTESPN News ServicesEuropean football, currently at a standstill because of the coronavirus, is focusing on a restart in July and August with clubs and leagues being told that stopping competitions should “really be the last resort.”- Marcotti: FIFA’s bold plan to stop a looming transfer crisis – Stream ESPN FC TV on ESPN+…

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Why, and how, Barcelona and Atletico are cutting costs

8:14 AM BSTSid LoweSpain writer There were two big stories on the front of Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo last Friday. One was Barcelona’s announcement that they are about to unilaterally cut the salaries of the 1,800 people who work for them, players included. The reason, the club claim, is simple: They have to.The…

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I was there: Donovan’s late World Cup heroics

Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game’s greatest occasions. In the latest installment of a multipart series, they tell the story of the best moments they have seen in person, which include Landon Donovan’s late World Cup winner, Leicester winning the unlikeliest of titles and Man United turning around…

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Vieira: ‘Offensive’ to talk about football amid crisis

8:37 PM BSTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent French coaches will pool their money to make a donation towards the fight against the coronavirus later this week, with Nice manager Patrick Vieira remarking that it would be “offensive” to even talk about football during this unprecedented time.COVID-19 has brought the football world and beyond to a halt over…

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Prem clubs must cut wages or pay more tax – chief

Premier League clubs should face a windfall tax unless they tackle the “obscene situation” of players earning fortunes during the coronavirus crisis while other employees take pay cuts, the head of a parliamentary committee said on Thursday.Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals were continuing after…

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Sources: Barca altering summer transfer strategy

3:17 PM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona are scouring the market for players that are out of contract in the summer or that will have less than a year to run on their deals due to fears the coronavirus crisis will slash their transfer budget, sources have told ESPN.Barca have been hit hard financially by the pandemic.…

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Tevez: Footballers can survive a year without pay

playLa Liga’s epic tribute to Spain’s key workers (1:00)La Liga releases a video to thank those still going to work amid the coronavirus crisis in Spain. (1:00)3:18 PM BSTAdriana GarciaBoca Juniors veteran Carlos Tevez has encouraged footballers to volunteer and help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.Argentina has been in lockdown since March 20…

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Juve won’t accept title after coronavirus – chief

playMarcotti skeptical of De Ligt to Man United rumours (2:19)Gab Marcotti weighs up the rumour Manchester United are interested in signing Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. (2:19)Juventus would not accept winning the Serie A title as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina.Maurizio Sarri’s side lead the…

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Belgium cancels season, Club Brugge champions

play’Common sense’ move by UEFA to suspend all football (1:25)Gab Marcotti reacts to the news that UEFA has suspended all European competitions “until further notice.” (1:25)Belgium has become the first European top-tier league to cancel the rest of its season with Club Brugge crowned league champions.The league’s Board of Directors held a conference call on…

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Ramos hits back at Ajax taunt over Real Madrid’s Champions League exit

12:06 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.With many training grounds off limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they’re adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?ESPN will…

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Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal player Cole has house burgled

11:47 AM BSTAramide OladipoFormer Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole had his house burgled in January.A Surrey Police spokesperson told ESPN: “Our investigation remains ongoing following an aggravated burglary in Fetcham on Jan. 21.”Burglars broke in to the property through the rear doors around 9.45 p.m. The suspects searched the property, before escaping with a…

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Pereira willing to play every day to finish season

10:10 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has said he would be willing to play games every day if it meant being able to finish the season.The coronavirus pandemic has led to the suspension of every major league in Europe, including the Premier League, as well as UEFA club competitions.United have nine league…

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Transfer Talk: Barca to swap £135m and Griezmann for Neymar

12:45 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Barca to swap Griezmann for NeymarMore on our reports earlier that Barcelona are looking to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou,…

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I was there: When Zidane headbutted Materazzi

Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game’s greatest occasions. In the latest edition of a multi-part series, they tell the story of the most controversial moments they have seen in person. They include a pair of Luis Suarez incidents, but are dominated by a moment of infamy for Zinedine…

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City’s Walker worried about Fortnite obsession

10:30 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has joked he is worried about becoming addicted to Fortnite during his isolation.The England full-back is training at home after clubs across Europe shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.He is filling his days with kickabouts in the garden with his three sons but admits he…

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Ajax chief Overmars want Dutch league called off

play’Common sense’ move by UEFA to suspend all football (1:25)Gab Marcotti reacts to the news that UEFA has suspended all European competitions “until further notice.” (1:25)Ajax Amsterdam technical director Marc Overmars on Wednesday expressed astonishment at plans to try to complete the Dutch league season.His irritated reaction came after the Dutch football association (KNVB) issued…

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No deal reached over Premier League wage cuts

playPremier League ‘taking a different path’ on cutting wages (1:52)Julien Laurens reveals how wages will be impacted for players and non-playing staff in the Premier League. (1:52)Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals, due to the coronavirus stoppage, failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday, the…

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UEFA puts season on hold, scraps internationals

playAre UEFA right to suggest this season might be cancelled? (2:14)Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens ask whether UEFA were right to suggest the season could already be over. (2:14)UEFA indefinitely suspended the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues.After a meeting two weeks ago, UEFA and…

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Sources: Man United to rival Madrid for Haaland

playHaaland and Dortmund’s conditions for a Man United move (1:19)Rob Dawson explains how a spectacular Erling Haaland move to Man United could materialize. (1:19)12:00 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United are ready to rival Real Madrid for Erling Haaland if the striker leaves Borussia Dortmund, sources have told ESPN.Haaland decided against a move to Old Trafford…

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Liverpool’s Alisson hurls ball through own roof, celebrates like Ronaldo

12:49 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.With many training grounds off limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they’re adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?ESPN will…

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Prem stars lack morals in virus crisis – politicians

Premier League footballers have been accused of lacking morals during the coronavirus pandemic.Politicians in the United Kingdom, including the mayor of London and the chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee (DCMS), have blasted clubs such as Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich who have furloughed non-playing staff while footballers continue to earn full…

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Inter’s Godin: Italy crisis became ‘untenable’

Inter Milan defender Diego Godin returned to Uruguay after enduring two weeks of quarantine in Italy and detailed to ESPN his experiences dealing with coronavirus in one of the world’s hardest-hit areas.- Coronavirus cancellations and reactions across sport – Hunter: Coronavirus might change football forever – Karlsen: How clubs are staying sharp during shutdown”We were…

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De Bruyne plans career extension after coronavirus

11:16 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says the coronavirus pandemic has made him want to extend his playing career.The Premier League and UEFA club competitions have been suspended because of the outbreak.And De Bruyne, 28, says the enforced lay-off that has seen players train at home to keep fit has made…

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Schalke star fined for attending ‘corona party’

playKimmich: Footballers have a responsibility to help others (1:28)Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka start initiative for fight against coronavirus. (1:28)9:52 AM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Schalke 04 have fined midfielder Amine Harit for attending a “corona party” in a shisha bar.First reported by German news outlet dpa, the Morocco international attended a “corona party”…

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Brazil reliving magical 1970 World Cup win

6:31 AM BSTTim VickerySouth America correspondent It is only natural, in the absence of football, that countries fill the time by going back and revisiting a happy space — sitting round the TV together to watch matches from a favoured World Cup.But there is one commemoration, one trip back into the past, that would have…

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Sources: Man United renew interest in De Ligt

playWhy Man United should swap Pogba for De Ligt (1:17)Frank Leboeuf says he would pursue a Paul Pogba-Matthijs de Ligt swap with Juventus if he ran Man United. (1:17)5:00 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Manchester United are prepared to make a renewed bid to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer if the…

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I was there: When Zlatan announced himself to MLS

Over the years, our writers have been present for some of the game’s greatest occasions. In the first of a multipart series, they tell the story of the best individual performances they have seen in person, which include Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s incredible introduction to MLS, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham carrying their countries to a World…

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Transfer Talk: Ronaldo to leave Juventus for either PSG, Man United

12:14 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Ronaldo options limited to PSG or Manchester UnitedIt looks increasingly likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Italy when the season comes to an…

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Ex-Marseille president Diouf dies from COVID-19

10:46 PM BSTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Former Marseille president Pape Diouf died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, the French club has confirmed.Diouf, 68, was admitted to hospital in his native Senegal over the weekend and required breathing assistance.The man who led OM from 2005 to 2009 was due to be flown to Nice this week…

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Norwich to furlough staff members due to coronavirus

playLaurens: EPL ready to hear any ideas to finish the season (2:18)Julien Laurens reacts to the latest reported solution of how the English Premier League could be concluded. (2:18)Premier League side Norwich City will furlough members of their staff who aren’t able to work during the postponement of play due to the coronavirus, the club…

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Players’ union blasts Belarus as play rages on

Players in Belarus are worried about playing games in the only European top-tier league still in action during the coronavirus pandemic, their global union (FIFPro) said on Tuesday.”Frankly, it’s not comprehendible how this can be going on,” Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of the FIFPro players’ union, told reporters in a conference call.”Yes, there are players…

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Players’ union blasts Belarus as play rages on

Players in Belarus are worried about playing games in the only European top-tier league still in action during the coronavirus pandemic, their global union (FIFPro) said on Tuesday.”Frankly, it’s not comprehendible how this can be going on,” Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of the FIFPro players’ union, told reporters in a conference call.”Yes, there are players…

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Solskjaer: Wives and girlfriends can help with drills

playRating Solskjaer’s first year as permanent Man United manager (2:06)Mark Ogden says recent performances have earned Solskjaer a shot at another season as United manager. (2:06)5:09 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United players should ask their wives and girlfriends to help with football drills so they can keep sharp during isolation.The…

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FIFA, sitting on $2.7b, looking to help football recover

playAre UEFA right to suggest this season might be cancelled? (2:14)Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens ask whether UEFA were right to suggest the season could already be over. (2:14)5:08 PM BSTAssociated PressFIFA is looking to tap into its vast financial reserves to assist a football industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic wiping out games and…

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Sources: Man United renew interest in De Ligt

playBreaking down Ronaldo and Juventus’ 4-month wage cut (1:50)Gab Marcotti outlines the wage cuts Cristiano Ronaldo, Maurizo Sarri and the Juventus squad are taking. (1:50)5:00 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Manchester United are prepared to make a renewed bid to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer if the Italian club are ready…

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Bundesliga may have no fans for all 2020 – chief

4:57 PM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent German league (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert has suggested fans will not be re-admitted into football stadiums in the country for the rest of 2020.On March 13, only hours before the start of the 26th matchday, the DFL postponed all leagues amid the coronavirus outbreak in Germany. The upper two tiers…

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Bartomeu: Barca can still sign big-name players

12:06 PM BSTSam MarsdenMoises LlorensBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said the coronavirus pandemic will have huge consequences on the transfer market, including an increase in swap deals, but insists the club will still be able to sign the game’s biggest stars.Barca players have already agreed to a temporary 70% pay cut as measures are…

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Spurs announce cuts to non-playing staff

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has announced widespread wage cuts across non-playing staff at the club and has suggested players will need to be prepared to do their bit in order to battle the coronavirus crisis.Players at several top clubs, including Barcelona, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have agreed to salary cuts during the pandemic.Non-playing staff face…

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Ex-Liverpool star Maxi admits lying to Rafa to seal transfer

11:58 AM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.With many training grounds off limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they’re adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?ESPN will…

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Ajax cancel Nouri contract after heart attack

playEdwin van der Sar talks Euro 2020, Copa America being postponed (1:52)Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar discusses how moving Euro 2020 to 2021 will impact the football world. (1:52)Ajax have cancelled the contract of Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered serious and permanent brain damage after a heart attack playing for the Dutch club in a…

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Fiorentina, Torino owners express Serie A doubt

playHow much money is Ronaldo giving up to help Juventus? (2:00)Gab Marcotti explains how much money Juventus will save after the players accepted a four-month wage cut. (2:00)The heads of Fiorentina and Torino said in separate interviews on Monday that they believed that the Serie A season was unlikely to finish due to the coronavirus…

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Grealish sorry for ‘stupidly’ breaking self-isolation

playJust what was Jack Grealish thinking? (2:31)Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens discuss why Jack Grealish’s name was trending on Twitter on Sunday. (2:31)Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has apologised for breaking self-isolation a day after he was reportedly photographed at the scene of a car accident in the town of Solihull, England.Residents in England have…

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Meet the biggest Beckham boots collector in the world

1:12 PM BSTJeff Maysh, special to ESPN.comIN JUNE OF 2014, an anonymous Facebook user uploaded photographs of an astonishing collection of boots worn by global football and fashion icon David Beckham.”Mr. Beckham Matchwornboots” revealed a pair of distinctive Adidas Predators worn by Beckham during Manchester United’s historic Treble season in 1999. There were also a…

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Rashford stepping up recovery from back injury

playRating Solskjaer’s first year as permanent Man United manager (2:06)Mark Ogden says recent performances have earned Solskjaer a shot at another season as United manager. (2:06)3:25 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Marcus Rashford is stepping up his comeback from injury after being given the green light by Manchester United’s medical team.The England striker has undergone further scans…

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Champions League decision set for Wednesday

playHow do you decide UCL spots if Liverpool are awarded title? (1:21)Craig Burley says he has “no idea” how the Premier League will resolve the Champions League race. (1:21)2:49 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC UEFA will discuss the fate of this season’s Champions League in a video conference meeting on Wednesday following an admission…

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Messi agrees 70% pay cut amid coronavirus

1:17 PM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenLionel Messi said Barcelona’s players are “surprised” that people inside the club would want to pressure them into taking wage cuts and confirmed the squad are happy to take a 70% hit on their salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.Messi also said the players will make an additional contribution so that…

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Dortmund want €130m for United target Sancho

playLiverpool or Man United: Which is a better fit for Sancho? (1:17)Craig Burley says getting consistent game time will be a big factor in Jadon Sancho’s transfer decision. (1:17)8:56 AM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Borussia Dortmund will not sell Manchester United target Jadon Sancho “below value” amid the financial impacts of the coronavirus crisis, BVB chief…

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Dortmund want €130m for United target Sancho

playLiverpool or Man United: Which is a better fit for Sancho? (1:17)Craig Burley says getting consistent game time will be a big factor in Jadon Sancho’s transfer decision. (1:17)8:56 AM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Borussia Dortmund will not sell Manchester United target Jadon Sancho “below value” amid the financial impacts of the coronavirus crisis, BVB chief…

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Kane: Restart by June or aim for new season

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has said the Premier League season should be scrapped if clubs cannot play matches by June.The coronavirus has decimated the world of sport, with football leagues across the world suspended amid the worldwide pandemic.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has delivered the stark warning that this season could be “lost” if football does…

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How South American football is helping battle the coronavirus

1:06 AM BSTTim VickerySouth America correspondent The South American confederation has found a new reason to celebrate the best goal scored the last time the World Cup was staged on the continent. One of the great moments of Brazil 2014 was the strike by Colombia’s James Rodriguez against Uruguay, taking the ball down on his…

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Transfer Talk: Man United confident of snapping up Atleti’s Saul

12:02 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Saul could be on way to Man UnitedManchester United believe they’re close to a deal for Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid…

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Gundogan: Title goes to Liverpool if season over

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak.Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-placed City, the current holders, which…

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Kane won’t stay with Spurs ‘just for sake of it’

playWhy Harry Kane is better suited for Real Madrid than Barcelona (1:19)Gab Marcotti outlines the reasons why he thinks Harry Kane will end up at Real Madrid over Barcelona. (1:19)Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said on Sunday that he could leave the Premier League club if the team does not progress in the right direction…

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Xavi wants Barca job, targets Sancho, Gnabry

playTer Stegen should tell Barcelona to go take a ‘running jump’ (1:43)Sid Lowe thinks Marc-Andre ter Stegen should have no qualms about leaving Barca after how he’s been treated. (1:43)Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has said he is still eager to manage Barcelona but only if there isn’t a “toxic” atmosphere around the dressing room and…

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Turkey legend Rustu in hospital with coronavirus

playMessi and stars give advice on ‘kicking out coronavirus’ (1:11)Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it. (1:11)Former Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has been taken to hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus and is currently in a “critical period,”…

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FIFA 20, esports helping MLS clubs navigate coronavirus shutdown

2:04 PM BSTNoah DavisESPN On March 21, Cormac “Doolsta” Dooley was supposed to be at SxSW in Austin, Texas, defending his 2019 eMLS Cup title while representing as Nashville SC’s esports athlete. Instead, he was sitting on a chair in his childhood bedroom, playing a two-match series against the Columbus Crew’s Graham “SKaMzZ1992” Ellix.With a…

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Belarus derby draws full crowd despite pandemic

A capacity crowd turned out to watch FC Minsk beat derby rivals Dynamo Minsk 3-2 in Belarus’ Vysheyshaya Liga on Saturday, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Belarus is the only country in Europe which has not suspended or cancelled its main league due to the virus’ spread.- Stream ESPN FC TV on ESPN+ Monday – Friday…

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UEFA president warns season may be lost

11:37 AM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has delivered the stark warning that this season could be “lost” if football does not resume by the end of June.Every professional league in Europe, with the exception of the Vysheyshaya Liga in Belarus, has been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, with…

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Arsenal to Wolves: What we miss most about the Premier League

10:00 AM BSTNick MillerESPN.com writer The world is still navigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis and with no firm date yet when soccer might return, we asked Nick Miller to round up the little things we miss about every team in the English Premier League. Even Liverpool.Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette’s rocket right footWe can easily…

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea mulling move for Achraf Hakimi

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Chelsea make Hakimi approachChelsea have made an approach to sign Real Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi, the Mirror reports.The full-back has been on loan with German juggernauts Borussia Dortmund…

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Soccer stars, Nadal aid in raising €500,000 online

9:00 PM BSTAssociated Press MADRID — Athletes and musicians took part in an online global music festival organized by La Liga that raised more than €500,000 ($552,000) on Saturday for the fight against the coronavirus.Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and tennis star Rafael Nadal were among those who participated in the charity event…

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Juventus, players agree on €90M wage reduction

Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri have reached an agreement over a wage reduction that will save the Italian champions €90 million in the 2019-2020 financial year, the Serie A club announced on Saturday.Sarri and the players have agreed to what amounts to a four-month pay cut to help the Italian champions during the coronavirus…

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Ex-Revolution, USMNT defender De Brito, 51, dies

John DeBrito, an original member of the New England Revolution, died at age 51.The cause of DeBrito’s death on Wednesday was not immediately known.”The club sends its condolences to the family and loved ones of John DeBrito, a 1996 original draftee & member of the #NERevs,” the Revolution wrote on Twitter.DeBrito, who was a defender…

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Atletico Madrid announces death of U14 player

Atletico Madrid have announced that Christian Minchola, a 14-year-old forward who played for one of the club’s youth teams, has died.Minchola joined Atletico’s academy in the 2013-14 season and had most recently played for their U14s in his sixth campaign at the club.Club sources told ESPN that his death was not connected to coronavirus.”We are…

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Messi lookalike replaces Barca star on French TV news bulletin

playMessi and stars give advice on ‘kicking out coronavirus’ (1:11)Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it. (1:11)3:10 PM BSTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent A famous Lionel Messi look-alike got a ringing endorsement for his similarity to the Barcelona superstar on Saturday…

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Juve chief predicts NBA-style transfer window

playMarcotti: Serie A needs to set a point of no return date (1:56)Gab Marcotti says leagues need to prepare for the reality that seasons may not be completed. (1:56)Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has predicted that an NBA-style trade system could be adopted by football in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.Leagues and tournaments across…

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Celta player drives to Denmark despite lockdown

playLa Liga’s 2019-20 season ‘at the hands of the virus’ (1:07)Sid Lowe details the next steps for La Liga to complete the season in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. (1:07)2:09 PM BSTAdriana GarciaCelta Vigo winger Pione Sisto broke the government-mandated lockdown in Spain by driving to his native Denmark before informing his team, a…

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Solskjaer at Man United: Assessing his first year as full-time manager

2:01 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent It says everything about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rollercoaster year as Manchester United’s full-time manager that the coronavirus crisis has come at a bad time for the Norwegian, just weeks after he was begging for the start of the winter break.The shutdown has halted a run of 11 games unbeaten in all…

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Former Super Eagles player robbed by armed assailants

Justice Christopher (No. 15) played for Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Japan and South Korea. Nigeria 20025:17 AM BSTColin UdohSpecial to ESPN CloseItinerant writer. Engineer in a previous incarnation. One time Black Belt. Lover of football, flirter with other sports.On the same day that the kidnapped duo of Enyimba midfielder Ekundayo Ojo…

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Transfer Talk: Man City’s De Bruyne could leave for Real Madrid

12:12 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: De Bruyne pondering Madrid move?Belgian magazine Sport/Foot reports that Kevin De Bruyne is considering his future at Manchester City and is…

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Dybala: I struggled to breath with coronavirus

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, one of the highest-profile players to be infected with the coronavirus, has started training again after recovering from the illness which he said left him struggling for breath.Dybala is one of three players at Juventus who have tested positive for the virus alongside defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a…

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Carlos Vela: LAFC held up Barcelona loan move

8:41 PM BSTTom MarshallMexico correspondent Reigning MLS MVP Carlos Vela agreed to join Barcelona early last year, but the move was held up by LAFC wanting to keep hold of their star Mexican forward.Vela’s potential move to the Catalan side was reported back in January 2019 and the 31-year-old was keen to go.”Barca set up…

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Ex-Prem star apologises for breaking virus curfew

Former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano apologised on Friday after being detained by Peruvian police for being outside his house during tight quarantine hours set up to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Solano claimed he left his home on Thursday before the 8pm curfew began for a lunch that went longer than planned.”I obviously regret…

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Hazard self-shaves his head, Neymar turns to volleyball

12:25 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer With almost all football postponed for the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.With many training grounds off-limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they’re adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the…

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Klopp in tears as fans sung YNWA for nurses

12:05 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he was reduced to tears by video footage of people singing You’ll Never Walk Alone to medical staff in a hospital with patients being treated during the coronavirus pandemic.With Liverpool just two wins away from sealing the club’s first league title since…

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Ex-Real Madrid ace stars in Dutch gangster series

playWill Real Madrid spark a bidding war for Erling Haaland? (1:18)Juliens Laurens outlines whether Dortmund’s Erling Haaland may be a key target for Real Madrid in the summer. (1:18)Former Real Madrid player Royston Drenthe has recently turned to acting and is starring in the ongoing Dutch TV series, Mocro Maffia.The series revolves around the Moroccan…

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United to reimburse fans for cancelled games

playLaurens: Man United saving the No. 7 shirt for Sancho (1:43)Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens break down the latest developments on Man United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho. (1:43)11:00 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United have signalled their intent to reimburse fans if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Supporters who have already paid…

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Aubameyang in limbo at Arsenal, UEFA consider relaxing FFP

Welcome to our latest European football notebook, featuring contributions from ESPN writers across the continent. In this edition, Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ponders whether to stay or go, top defender Kalidou Koulibaly hints at a PSG move, Barcelona move on from a recent signing and much more.Jump to: Aubameyang in limbo | Koulibaly moving…

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Fernandes aiming to match Ronaldo at United

playLaurens: Man United saving the No. 7 shirt for Sancho (1:43)Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens break down the latest developments on Man United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho. (1:43)10:03 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Bruno Fernandes has set himself a target of matching compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo’s trophy haul at Manchester United.Fernandes has made a blistering start to his…

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Club sacks players who refused virus pay cut

Swiss side FC Sion have sacked nine first-team players after they refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the head of the Swiss players’ union (SAFP) calling the club’s the decision “outrageous”.Like football around the world, the Swiss league has been brought to a standstill, depriving clubs of much of…

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Australian FA lays off 70% of staff due to virus

playJohnson: FFA’s mission complicated became mission impossible (0:47)FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season. (0:47)Australia’s soccer federation has laid off 70 percent of its staff as it battles to remain solvent during a national shutdown to contain the coronavirus.”This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but…

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea look to Neuer as Kepa’s replacement

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Chelsea interested in NeuerChelsea are interested signing Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Bild reports.There is growing speculation that the popular German shot-stopper will not be able to come…

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Recovered Arteta afraid of who he infected

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta feared who he might have infected when he tested positive for the coronavirus, but said on Thursday he has completed his recovery and is ready to return to work with the Premier League side.Arsenal announced Arteta’s positive test a fortnight ago on March 12, which ultimately led to the halt in…

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Barca to cut pay as financial struggles mount

10:23 PM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona have announced that all staff at the club, including the players, will have their wages cut temporarily as they attempt to minimise the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.- Stream ESPN FC TV on ESPN+ Monday – Friday for the latest news Spain’s La Liga has been suspended indefinitely and…

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Bernabeu, Maracana used in combat coronavirus

Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium and Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana sports complex are being used to their respective countries’ efforts to stem the coronavirus crisis.- Stream ESPN FC TV on ESPN+ Monday – Friday for the latest newsReal Madrid’s home stadium will be utilized as a makeshift storage facility as Spain faces an uphill battle against…

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FA Cup final could be held as late as October

playWembley Stadium shows support for NHS workers (0:39)Wembley Stadium displays blue lights on its arch to support for NHS workers during the coronavirus outbreak. (0:39)8:07 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC The English Football Association is “reviewing all options” to complete this season’s FA Cup competition, including an autumn final, after cancelling football at every…

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How Belarus is fighting the coronavirus: vodka first, football second

3:30 PM BSTArtur PetrosyanESPN.com writer Belarusian football is not something even the most fanatical game lovers across the globe have been following over the years. Belarus is ranked 32nd out of 56 UEFA member associations, between Liechtenstein and Israel, while the national team — ranked 87th, between Haiti and Zambia, in the FIFA World Ranking…

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