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Didier Drogba headlines Football For Fires volunteer players

Didier Drogba, Dwight Yorke and Park Ji-sung are among the star international footballers who have volunteered to play in the special Football For Fires match in Sydney in May.The first release of players features former international stars including David Trezeguet, Claudio Marchisio, Dario Simic, Mark Bosnich, Emile Heskey, Pedro Mendes and Geremi, all of whom…

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Transfer Talk: Barca negotiating to bring in Rodrigo

It’s go time, as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Barca step up Rodrigo interestBarcelona might have their replacement for the injured Luis Suarez, with Super Deporte reporting that Valencia…

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Carabao Cup preview: Any chance of an upset in Manchester derby?

8:07 AM GMTNick MillerESPN.com writer The second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals take place this week, with Aston Villa vs. Leicester City on Tuesday and Manchester City vs. Manchester United on Wednesday (stream matches on ESPN+). Here’s what to look for:ASTON VILLA vs. LEICESTER CITY (Jan. 28, 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+)This…

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Is Messi fed up of life at Barca?

8:16 AM GMTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.It has reached the stage where frankly nobody, not even the most hard-line Cules, could complain if Lionel Messi was preparing to walk away from Barcelona without a transfer fee this summer.…

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Frankfurt ex-chief stripped of honour for Nazi ties

12:41 PM GMTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Eintracht Frankfurt have posthumously stripped Rudolf Gramlich of his honorary presidency following an investigation into his Nazi past.Gramlich’s presidency ran from 1955 through to 1970 and he oversaw the club’s sole German championship in 1959. However, an independent investigation found him to have links with the SS before arriving at…

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Transfer Talk: Barca negotiating to bring in Rodrigo

It’s go time, as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Barca step up Rodrigo interestBarcelona might have their replacement for the injured Luis Suarez, with Super Deporte reporting that Valencia…

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Arsenal kids reward Arteta with big FA Cup win

11:52 PM GMTTom WilliamsESPN.com writer BOURNEMOUTH, England — This was one youthful team selection that could not be accused of devaluing the FA Cup.At a time when Premier League clubs face charges of debasing the game’s oldest cup competition by sending out second-string teams in the tournament’s early rounds, Arsenal fielded a side packed with…

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Sources: Man Utd want Sanchez back next season

playMan United ‘absolutely took the game’ after Maguire’s goal (1:44)Shaka Hislop praises Man United’s players for taking control against Tranmere when the opportunity arose. (1:44)11:26 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United are ready to offer Alexis Sanchez a chance to revive his Old Trafford career in the summer, sources have told ESPN.Sanchez is spending the season…

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Arsenal youth bounce Bournemouth from FA Cup

playArsenal youth earn FA Cup win vs. Bournemouth (1:01)Arsenal’s youngsters lead the way in Arsenal’s 2-1 win vs. Bournemouth. Watch the FA Cup on ESPN+. (1:01)Bukayo Saka turned in an impressive display as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday night at the Vitality Stadium.Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta…

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FA Cup draw: Man Utd could face Rooney’s Rams

playKlopp will ‘give kids and fringe players’ another opportunity (1:25)Shaka Hislop thinks Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI will not change despite a shocking 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury. (1:25)Manchester United will travel to the FA Cup replay winners between Northampton and Derby County, setting up a potential reunion with the Red Devils and former club legend Wayne…

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Non-league player shown 3 cards in 12 seconds

A non-league footballer suffered the ignominy of being shown three cards at once by the referee as he was sent off for committing two rash fouls within 12 seconds in the same passage of play.Garforth Town’s Alex Low made a late tackle on one of the Bridlington Town players to foil a counter attack in…

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Kobe Bryant’s love for soccer is part of NBA great’s legacy

4:20 PM GMTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.The magnitude of Kobe Bryant’s reach was such that his death, along with his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter accident on Sunday resonated well beyond basketball and into other sports, and soccer proved to be no exception. When…

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Sources: Arsenal deal to sign Mari collapses

playAle Moreno cools Martinelli to Real Madrid rumours (0:42)Ale Moreno says Gabriel Martinelli needs to show more maturation before making a jump from Arsenal. (0:42)Arsenal’s deal to sign Flamengo defender Pablo Mari has collapsed, sources have told ESPN Brasil.Mari, 26, arrived in London on Saturday to complete a transfer to the Emirates but the defender…

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Barcelona and Setien take a step back vs. Valencia

5:25 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: Setien’s Barca a mess so far | Kobe the soccer fan | Why Juve lost at Napoli…

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Jesus tells Guardiola: I want penalty duties back

playGuardiola: Our Premier League record ‘meant to be broken’ (0:48)Pep Guardiola says Man City’s Premier League points record will be broken after Liverpool’s incredible run. (0:48)12:58 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Striker Gabriel Jesus has vowed to reclaim penalty duties at Manchester City after being axed by manager Pep Guardiola following a series of misses.Jesus’ failure against…

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Can Liverpool make most of game in hand at West Ham?

playIs Klopp right to insist on fielding a young FA Cup team? (2:03)The panel weighs in on Jurgen Klopp’s commitment to let his first team take the winter break off. (2:03)10:00 AM GMTDerek BiltonESPN.co.uk betting writer We didn’t have much luck at the weekend as Shrewsbury’s stirring comeback in the FA Cup against Liverpool scuppered…

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Soccer reacts to Kobe Bryant, daughter deaths

playSoccer world mourns the death of Kobe Bryant (2:42)Gab Marcotti reflects on Kobe Bryant’s love for soccer as players and clubs pay tribute to the NBA legend. (2:42)Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among several people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bryant was 41.Drafted…

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Klopp won’t play Liverpool 1st team in Cup replay

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said no first-team players will be involved in their FA Cup fourth-round replay with third-tier Shrewsbury Town next month because it clashes with his side’s Premier League winter break.Klopp also said that he would not manage the team, and instead under-23s coach Neil Critchley would again take charge. Critchley was in…

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A-League review: Sydney show strength

It’s Monday, so here’s the good, bad and ugly from Round 16 in the A-League.Pace and Power undefeated | | Finals race | Olyroos and perspectiveSydney … so strong right nowSydney FC’s 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Friday night was strong. In reference to Alexander Baumjohann’s celebration for Sydney’s third goal — after the…

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Boss ‘over celebrates’ goal in 9-year-olds’ match

The coach of a Spanish junior football team has been warned about his behaviour after celebrating a goal too much and displaying non-sporting conduct in a match between nine-year-olds.Barcelona-based Sant Andreu, who play in Spain’s fourth division, received a complaint from junior level opponents Bufala de Badalona after their coach was filmed racing on to…

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Transfer Talk: Spurs’ quest to sign Milan’s Piatek back on

12:24 AM GMTNick JuddTransfer writer It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Spurs quest to sign Piatek back onTottenham appear to be busy heading into the last…

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Klopp won’t play Liverpool 1st team in Cup replay

playShrewsbury force replay as Liverpool squander 2-0 lead (2:10)League One’s Shrewsbury is going to Anfield after fighting back to draw Liverpool. Watch the FA Cup on ESPN+. (2:10)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says no first-team players will be involved in their FA Cup fourth-round replay with third-tier Shrewsbury Town next month because it clashes with the…

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Kroos 9/10 as Madrid beat Valladolid to go top

10:59 PM GMTAlex KirklandA header from Nacho gave Real Madrid a battling 1-0 win at Real Valladolid to go three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.A mostly uneventful first half saw Casemiro have a goal ruled out by VAR when the Brazilian midfielder was adjudged to have been narrowly offside on…

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Neymar honours Kobe with ’24’ salute in PSG win

playSoccer world mourns the death of Kobe Bryant (2:42)Gab Marcotti reflects on Kobe Bryant’s love for soccer as players and clubs pay tribute to the NBA legend. (2:42)Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar flashed the number “24” with his fingers following his second goal in a Ligue 1 match Sunday, honoring his friend Kobe Bryant, the NBA…

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Real Madrid win to overtake Barca in La Liga

Real Madrid scored late in the second half to beat Real Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga and take over sole possession of first place from Barcelona on Sunday.Zinedine Zidane’s side took advantage of the chance presented to them by Barcelona on Saturday after the Catalans came out on the wrong side of a 2-0 result…

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Ronaldo scores, but Napoli stun leaders Juve

Serie A leaders Juventus suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Napoli on Sunday, with coach Maurizio Sarri returning to his former club for the first time, though Cristiano Ronaldo still managed to score for an eighth league game in a row for the visitors.Juve saw their lead cut to three points by Inter Milan, who…

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Lovren 4/10 as Liverpool draw with third-tier Shrewsbury

Liverpool gave up a 2-0 lead and wound up being held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Town in their fourth-round tie at Montgomery Waters Meadow.Curtis Jones opened the scoring in the 15th minute before a Donald Love own goal made it two early in the second half. The League One underdogs then bounced back…

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Shrewsbury rally to force FA Cup replay with Liverpool

Shrewsbury Town rallied for a shock 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, forcing a replay of the match to determine which team will advance.Jurgen Klopp fielded a heavily rotated starting XI for the runaway Premier League leaders, with Harvey Elliot, Divock Origi and new arrival Takumi Minamino starting up…

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Konstandopoulos wins A-League thriller for Adelaide

Substitute Nathan Konstandopoulos has earned himself hero status as Adelaide United outfought Western United 4-3 in an A-League goal-fest.Nikola Mileusnic scored two for Adelaide, with Riley McGree also putting his name on the scoreboard.In his 200th A-League game, Western United’s Besart Berisha snatched a double, with Alessandro Diamanti adding a superb second-half equaliser before Konstandopoulos…

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Man City hit four past 10-man Fulham in FA Cup

Manchester City cruised into the last 16 of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Championship side Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Gabriel Jesus grabbed a brace while Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva also scored to knock out Fulham, who were down to 10 men for more than 80 minutes when Tim Ream…

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LIVE: Tranmere out to shock Man United

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Liverpool fans get trip to watch Genk vs. Gent after UCL mishap

Remember that fateful night in October when two intrepid Liverpool fans went to the completely wrong Belgian city to watch their team in the Champions League? Now Genk have honoured their promise to invite the duo to a game… against Gent!The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories,…

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Young sets up Inter goal in draw on debut

playNainggolan grabs leveller against parent club Inter (0:49)Serie A: Radja Nainggolan (78′) Inter 1-1 Cagliari. Watch Serie A on ESPN+. (0:49)Second-placed Inter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this season, scored a second-half equaliser for the Sardinian side in their Serie A…

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8/10 Tomori leads Chelsea at both ends

Chelsea reached the FA Cup fifth round with a hard-fought 2-1 win at the KCOM stadium.Frank Lampard’s side took the lead six minutes in thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s deflected shot and should have added to their lead before half-time, only for wayward finishing to let them down.The second goal finally came after 64 minutes, via…

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Barcelona’s slump at Valencia shows Setien’s task

7:24 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent VALENCIA, Spain — Following narrow wins against Granada and Ibiza, Quique Setien failed his first major examination as Barcelona manager when the Blaugrana crumbled 2-0 against Valencia, their first defeat at Mestalla since 2008.Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a first-half penalty from Maxi Gomez and Barca made it to half-time with…

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Maradona king for a day (and every day) yet again

Diego Maradona is king for a day (again) and he’ll be king every day that he remains in the home dugout for Gimnasia La Plata.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.Maradona…

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Roar sneak past Mariners through Miller own goal

Brisbane moved into the top-six and held on to their 17-match undefeated A-League record against Central Coast with a tense 1-0 win in Gosford.It took 86 minutes for the deadlock to break on Saturday when the Roar’s Corey Brown saw his strike go in via a wicked deflection off Mariners defender Lewis Miller.It was a…

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Sources: Arsenal, Flamengo near deal for Mari

playArteta addresses Ceballos’ return to Real Madrid speculation (0:43)Mikel Arteta admits he hasn’t spoken much to Dani Ceballos amid reports he’s set to leave Arsenal. (0:43)Flamengo’s Spanish defender Pablo Mari is nearing a deal to join Arsenal pending a medical, sources have told ESPN.The 26-year-old Mari arrived to London on Saturday, where he will be…

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Atalanta thrash sorry Torino 7-0 in Serie A rout

Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic scored a freekick from near the halfway line, one of the most remarkable Serie A goals of the season, to cap a hat-trick as they won 7-0 away to a sorry Torino side who finished with nine men on Saturday.- Watch Serie A matches and replays on ESPN+Free-scoring Atlanta were already…

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Mourinho on Eriksen saga: Don’t blame Spurs

playMourinho hails Eriksen’s professionalism amid transfer saga (0:32)Jose Mourinho says Tottenham can’t be blamed for the status of Christian Eriksen’s pending move to Inter. (0:32)Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho said that the ongoing Christian Eriksen transfer drama doesn’t lie at the feet of the club nor the player.The Danish midfielder has been in the middle of…

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Setien: Barca players struggling to adapt to me

7:18 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Quique Setien has said Barcelona’s players still don’t totally understand how he wants them to play after Valencia inflicted his first defeat as the club’s coach since replacing Ernesto Valverde earlier this month.A Jordi Alba own goal and a Maxi Gomez effort sealed a deserved 2-0 win for Valencia at…

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Chelsea survive late scare to win FA Cup tie

Chelsea survived a late scare in the FA Cup to overcome Hull City 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.Frank Lampard’s side advanced to the last 16 of the competition after goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori.- Stream live matches and replays on ESPN+Kamil Grosicki scored late on for Hull and although they pushed…

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Son 7/10, Aurier 5/10 as Spurs lapse to face another replay

Tottenham Hotspur face an FA Cup Fourth Round replay after relinquishing a lead late on to draw 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s.- Stream all FA Cup action on ESPN+ (U.S. only)Son Heung-Min opened the scoring when he drilled the ball home from the edge of the box following excellent work by Giovani Lo Celso,…

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Williams reports racism in Espanyol vs. Bilbao

playHislop: No explaining or accepting racism in football (2:30)Shaka Hislop believes football clubs have a responsibility to help eliminate racist incidents in stadiums. (2:30)Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has said he was racially abused by fans during his team’s 1-1 draw at Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.Williams, 25, had been substituted in the 69th…

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LIVE: Chelsea face Hull test in FA Cup fourth round

2019-20 English FA Cup, 4th Round Batshuayi opens the scoring for ChelseaBatshuayi opens the scoring for Chelsea1:18 4-3-31Long2Lichaj3Tafazolli5Burke16McKenzie18Honeyman41Kane37Da Silva Lopes43Wilks9Eaves20Bowen 40′ Offside, Chelsea. Marcos Alonso tries a through ball, but Mason Mount is caught offside. 39′ Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.…

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Valencia inflict Setien’s first defeat at Barca

Quique Setien’s honeymoon period as Barcelona coach is officially over after a Jordi Alba own goal and a strike from Maxi Gomez helped Valencia to a 2-0 win over the La Liga leaders on Saturday.Alba deflected home Gomez’s shot at the beginning of the second half and the Uruguayan striker, who missed a first-half penalty,…

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Can Iheanacho continue to carry Leicester in Vardy’s absence?

4:33 PM GMTNick MillerESPN.com writer LONDON — There was a time when arguments raged — admittedly informed by the side of Manchester you favoured — about who was the better young striker coming through the ranks: Marcus Rashford or Kelechi Iheanacho.It was not quite as silly as it sounds now. Iheanacho scored 14 goals in…

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Transfer Talk: Man United haven’t given up on Maddison move

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Man United eye summer move for MaddisonThe Independent reports that Manchester United are still very much interested in securing the…

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Sancho dazzles, Haaland brace in Dortmund romp

playDortmund ‘a great platform’ for Haaland (1:27)Craig Burley reacts to Erling Haaland scoring two goals off the bench after netting a hat trick on debut. (1:27)Nineteen-year-old Erling Haaland followed up his debut hat trick for Borussia Dortmund by scoring two more, again as a substitute, in a 5-1 demolition of Cologne in the Bundesliga on…

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Atletico CEO backs Simeone despite horrid run

playAtletico Madrid shocked in Copa del Rey (1:41)Cultural Leonesa came back from a goal down to stun Atletico Madrid 2-1. Watch Copa del Rey on ESPN+. (1:41)Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin urged fans not to lose faith with coach Diego Simeone and his side after their humiliating Copa del Rey defeat by…

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Power Rankings: Liverpool further cement their place on top

playInter drop out of Shaka Hislop’s Power Rankings (1:04)Following four draws in their last six games, Shaka Hislop relegates Inter Milan from his Power Rankings. (1:04)Liverpool extended their lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race, and a gap has appeared between the two in Shaka Hislop’s top 10, too.Dropping out: Inter and…

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Sources: Arsenal, Flamengo near deal for Mari

playArteta addresses Ceballos’ return to Real Madrid speculation (0:43)Mikel Arteta admits he hasn’t spoken much to Dani Ceballos amid reports he’s set to leave Arsenal. (0:43)Flamengo’s Spanish defender Pablo Mari is nearing a deal to join Arsenal pending a medical, sources have told ESPN Brasil.According to the report, the 26-year-old Mari travelled to London on…

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Transfer Talk: Man United haven’t given up on Maddison move

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Man United eye summer move for MaddisonThe Independent reports that Manchester United are still very much interested in securing the…

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Rooney’s Derby held by 4th-tier Northampton

Former England captain Wayne Rooney failed to inspire his Derby County side as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to fourth tier Northamption in an FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday.Northampton forward Vadaine Oliver went closest to a breakthrough in the first half, striking the crossbar from close range, while second tier…

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Sources: PSG may sent Arsenal target to Juventus

playWhy PSG’s Kurzawa is not a good fit for Arsenal (1:06)Craig Burley questions whether PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa would be a good addition to Arsenal. (1:06)10:41 PM GMTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are close to finalising an unexpected deal to exchange full-backs Layvin Kurzawa and Mattia De Sciglio, sources have revealed to ESPN.- Transfer…

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Zlatan scuffs chance as Rebic bails out Milan

playRebic repeats substitute magic to lift Milan (1:07)Ante Rebic scores off the bench in second straight game to give Milan a 1-0 win. Watch Serie A on ESPN+. (1:07)AC Milan forward Ante Rebic scored the winning goal for the second week running as they beat Brescia 1-0 away in Serie A on Friday, sparing the…

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Chelsea’s rebuild is ahead of schedule

6:33 PM GMTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Pretend for a moment that there’s a continuum in football. At one end, there’s the physical: the stuff you can observe and, to some degree, quantify. Technical ability. Stamina. Athleticism. Strength. We can roll many of these things up in cold, hard numbers. Analytics can’t measure them directly,…

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Copa del Rey scares for Real, Barca show cup’s revival

6:01 PM GMTSid LoweSpain writer SALAMANCA, Spain — Alvaro Romero started running a little way inside Real Madrid’s half, more or less level with the sand pit and the plaque at the side of the pitch commemorating Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump world record, and he didn’t stop until he was inside their area. As he…

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Solskjaer is the wrong man for Man United

Jan 23, 2020Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the wrong man for Manchester United. Nice guy, great goal scorer, club legend — the Norwegian is all of those, but when it comes to managing United at one of the most difficult stages in the club’s recent history, he is completely ill-equipped to…

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Solskjaer: United hierarchy support me

playNicol: Man United’s players are horrible (2:10)Steve Nicol says it won’t matter who Man United’s manager is until the players on the pitch are better. (2:10)10:04 AM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced Manchester United will give him the time to implement his long-term plan to rebuild the club.Solskjaer is coming under…

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Griezmann a misunderstood genius at Barcelona

8:17 AM GMTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.If every Barcelona player had worked as hard and as selflessly as Antoine Griezmann this season, Ernesto Valverde would still be in a job. It’s ironic because El Txingurri’s fate as Barca…

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Transfer Talk: Barca weigh Eriksen move amid Inter impasse

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Liverpool keen on €70m IscoLiverpool don’t seem like they need much improvement at this point, having won 22 of their…

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Transfer Talk: Barca weigh Eriksen move amid Inter impasse

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Barcelona enter race for EriksenBarcelona have become the latest club to register their interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen,…

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‘Chicharito’ says retirement remark misunderstood

12:00 AM GMTTom MarshallMexico correspondent New LA Galaxy signing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is looking forward to lifting trophies in Major League Soccer and said everything is in place for him to succeed, with retirement not on his mind.The striker, who attended practice with his new team for the first time on Thursday, got emotional during…

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Third-tier Leonesa shock Atleti in Copa del Rey

playAtletico Madrid shocked in Copa del Ray (1:41)Cultural Leonesa came back from a goal down to stun Atletico Madrid 2-1. Watch Copa del Ray on ESPN+. (1:41)Tiny Cultural Leonesa pulled off a shock 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid in extra time in the round of 32 on Thursday night.- WATCH! Copa del…

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Griezmann 8/10 as Barca narrowly avoid Copa del Rey shock

Jan 22, 2020Sam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the final 20 minutes as a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona came from behind to beat Ibiza 2-1 and avoid a shock Copa del Rey exit at the hands of the third-division side.Ibiza looked on course for one of the biggest upsets in the history of the…

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Chicharito must bring goals, not just hype, for LA Galaxy

Jan 21, 2020Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.It’s a signing that seems almost too perfect.Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the most recognizable Mexican player for over a decade, is now in Southern California having signed with the LA Galaxy and the marketing possibilities seem endless. The sight…

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Liverpool rise to every challenge presented to them

12:04 AM GMTTom WilliamsESPN.com writer WOLVERHAMPTON, England — It seemed to have all the ingredients for an upset.A bitingly cold night, mist swirling in the floodlights. An atmospheric old stadium, packed to the rafters, the home fans in riotous good voice from first minute to last. The premature departure of a key player. A first…

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Firmino goal fires Liverpool late show past Wolves

Liverpool left it late again in a 2-1 win over Wolves with Roberto Firmino netting in the 84th minute to restore his team’s 16-point lead in the table with a 14th straight Premier League victory on Thursday night.The leaders wasted no time taking an early lead with Jordan Henderson redirecting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner past Wolves…

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Solskjaer is the wrong man for Man United

5:00 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the wrong man for Manchester United. Nice guy, great goal scorer, club legend — the Norwegian is all of those, but when it comes to managing United at one of the most difficult stages in the club’s recent history, he is completely ill-equipped to…

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Vardy injury blow as Leicester thrash West Ham

Leicester City shrugged off a recent slump in form to strengthen their grip on third place in the Premier League with Ayoze Perez’s late double capping a 4-1 home win over lowly West Ham United on Wednesday.Victory came at a cost though as Premier League leading scorer Jamie Vardy hobbled off shortly before halftime.Back-to-back defeats…

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English teen Barry leaves Barca for Aston Villa

3:00 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of highly rated Barcelona youngster Louie Barry, bringing the England youth international back to the Midlands just six months after he left West Bromwich Albion.Barry, 16, joins the club for an initial fee of €700,000, although that could rise as high as €3 million…

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Is squad depth a problem for Premier League sides?

Death, taxes, and Antonio Conte complaining about his lack of squad depth: These are the three constants of life in the 21st Century.In January 2018, during his final season with Chelsea, the Italian manager said: “I don’t know what will happen at the end of this window. The club knows my thoughts about this. If…

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Spurs confident of Willian Jose signing – sources

playMourinho praises the wrong German manager (0:41)Jose Mourinho speaks to the media following Tottenham’s 2-1 win vs. Norwich City in the Premier League. (0:41)11:52 AM GMTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is pushing for a move to London and has a €70 million buy-out clause in his contract, but Tottenham are negotiating a much…

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Giannis and Milwaukee Bucks hang out at PSG ahead of NBA Paris game

11:30 AM GMTChris WrightToe Poke writer Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanasis got to play keep-ups on the Parc des Princes pitch as they visited Paris Saint-Germain with their Milwaukee Bucks teammates ahead of Friday’s NBA Paris match against Charlotte Hornets …The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest…

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Can Liverpool kids keep rolling in FA Cup?

9:45 AM GMTDerek BiltonESPN.co.uk betting writer We incurred a loss in midweek after Everton’s late implosion against Newcastle scuppered our 7/2 treble. Moving on, it is FA Cup fourth-round weekend and all eyes will be on Liverpool’s youngsters, who continue their Cup odyssey against Shrewsbury.Running total: -£31.92The BankerLiverpool are looking untouchable at the minute and…

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Western Sydney’s sacking of beleaguered Babbel was inevitable

“When you develop your opinions on the basis of weak evidence,” Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in The Black Swan, “you will have difficulty interpreting subsequent information that contradicts these opinions, even if this new information is obviously more accurate.”It is a pertinent idea and quote with respect to the Western Sydney Wanderers, especially following Markus…

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Mourinho jabs Man Utd on Fernandes transfer saga

playLaurens: Bruno Fernandes to Man United getting closer (1:16)Julien Laurens reports the talented Portuguese midfielder is likely heading to Old Trafford. (1:16)Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho made a pointed remark at former employers Manchester United’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.- Transfer Grades: All the big moves rated – When does the transfer window close? – All…

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Battle brewing between BVB, Bayern for Real Madrid loanee Hakimi

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.TOP STORY: Arsenal starlet Martinelli on Real Madrid radarThere’s a young player doing well in Europe, so of course Real Madrid are…

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Alli, Lo Celso 8/10 as Spurs sneak past Norwich

Tottenham ran out 2-1 winners in a testing evening against relegation-threatened Norwich City.The home side took the lead in the first half, with Dele Alli converting from close range after fine work from Serge Aurier out wide.However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Jose Mourinho’s side, who were pegged back by a Teemu Pukki penalty…

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Ronaldo helps Juve reach Coppa Italia semifinals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as a rampant Juventus beat Roma 3-1 in their Coppa Italia quarterfinal clash at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday.Juve, who won the competition four years in a row before being knocked out by Atalanta at this stage last season, appeared determined to claim the trophy back as manager Maurizio…

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Mourinho jabs Man Utd on Fernandes transfer saga

playLaurens: Bruno Fernandes to Man United getting closer (1:16)Julien Laurens reports the talented Portuguese midfielder is likely heading to Old Trafford. (1:16)Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho took a slight jab at former employers Manchester United and their seemingly endless transfer saga for Bruno Fernandes.- Transfer Grades: All the big moves rated – When does the…

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Pressure on Solskjaer as Man Utd fan anger intensifies

12:25 AM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent MANCHESTER, England — With Burnley leading 2-0 and already well on their way to their first win at Old Trafford since 1962, Manchester United fans began to sing “stand up if you hate Glazers,” in reference to the family that owns the club. Almost as one, the stadium rose to its…

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United fans right to feel ‘disillusioned’ – Solskjaer

playBurley: Manchester United ‘unsurprisingly embarrassing’ (1:15)Craig Burley believes Man United failed to take advantage of Burnley’s early mistakes in a 2-0 defeat. (1:15)12:21 AM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United fans have reason to be “disillusioned” after watching their team fall to a 2-0 defeat to Burnley.Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scored either…

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Woeful Man United humbled at home by Burnley

Manchester suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Premier League after losing 2-0 to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday.After a 2-0 loss at Anfield on Sunday, Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scored in each half as United failed to close the gap on the top four.United fans chanted protest songs aimed at the Glazer…

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Barca squeak by tiny Ibiza with Griezmann brace

playGriezmann brings Barcelona level (0:22)Copa del Rey: Antoine Griezmann (72′) UD Ibiza 1-1 Barcelona. Watch Copa del Rey on ESPN+. (0:22)Antoine Griezmann scored a second-half stoppage time goal for Barcelona as the narrowly beat third-tier minnows Ibiza 2-1 in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.The goal was Griezmann’s second…

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LIVE: Under-pressure Man United host Burnley

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Fernandes to Man United in doubt – agent

playMan United’s squad ‘isn’t good enough’ to win consistently (2:06)Steve Nicol dismisses the idea of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United being under threat. (2:06)The agent of Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes has said he is not sure whether the Portugal international will move to Old Trafford this January.Sources had told ESPN that United…

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Sources: United eye 16-year-old for £25m

playMan United’s squad ‘isn’t good enough’ to win consistently (2:06)Steve Nicol dismisses the idea of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United being under threat. (2:06)2:30 PM GMTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United are interested in signing Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham in the January transfer window, sources have told ESPN.United believe a bid of around £25 million…

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Newcastle rally from two down for Everton draw

Striker Moise Kean finally opened his Everton account with his first goal for the club but Newcastle United scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Tuesday.The 19-year-old, making his 22nd appearance since a €27.5 million move from Juventus, celebrated wildly in front of the Goodison Park faithful when…

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