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Move over, Game of Thrones! Epic Iceland video has bull, eagle, dragon and giant

playDarke: Spurs goal should’ve stood ‘for crying out loud’ (1:11)Ian Darke believes it’s pretty clear Tottenham’s goal should’ve stood despite VAR’s overruling. (1:11)2:53 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer It’s not often that a stylistic rebranding of an international football federation stirs the soul but the Icelandic FA have proven that it is most definitely possible…

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Bayern should beat Leverkusen, but Havertz and Co. have hope

2:45 PM BSTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Saturday sees the German season conclude when Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, who finished fifth, meet in the German Cup final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion (2 p.m. ET; ESPN2/ESPN Deportes). Gab Marcotti breaks down the game. The pregame form and vibe…For the second straight year — and…

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Destroying Liverpool suggests Man City are primed for UCL

11:52 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC MANCHESTER, England — Applauded onto the pitch and then hunted down and chased off it — some guard of honour that turned out to be for Liverpool at Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s players delivered a dual statement of intent with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the newly…

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Sources: Auba wants £250,000-a-week to stay

4:22 PM BSTJames OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has requested a minimum three-year contract worth up to £250,000-a-week to stay at Arsenal, sources have told ESPN.The 31-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his existing agreement with talks underway over an extension after a delay in negotiations due to the coronavirus pandemic.-…

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Klopp won’t promise youngsters will get minutes

3:12 PM BSTTom HamiltonSenior Writer Close• Joined ESPN in 2011 • Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours • Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool will not be giving “Premier League games away like sweets” and will not rotate players for the…

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Full-back Hakimi joins Inter from Real Madrid

playLaurens: Hakimi could flourish under Conte at Inter Milan (2:02)Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti discuss Achraf Hakimi’s proposed transfer from Real Madrid to Inter Milan. (2:02)3:10 PM BSTAlex Kirkland and Rodrigo FaezInter Milan have signed Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid on a five-year contract for a fee of €40m plus add-ons.- Stream Serie A games…

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Solskjaer on Greenwood: ‘The sky’s the limit’

playMan United missing Haaland is ‘a massive own goal’ (1:17)Mark Ogden believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to sign the best forward for potentially the next decade. (1:17)10:43 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the “sky is the limit” for 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood.Greenwood scored his 13th goal of the season…

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Sane joins Bayern from Man City for €49m

8:03 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bayern Munich, it was announced on Friday.Sane has signed a five-year contract with the German champions after a €49 million (£44.2m) deal was agreed with City. The fee could rise to €60m and also includes a 10% sell-on clause.”FC Bayern is…

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Pep on Liverpool’s dud: Blame it on the beer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola provided a hypothesis on why Liverpool looked so listless in Thursday’s 4-0 thrashing at Etihad Stadium.- See how the Premier League table is shaping up – Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) – What did you miss? The latest from Europe’s top leagues”I think they drank a lot…

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Transfer Talk: Liverpool step up surprise interest in Turkish keeper Cakir

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Liverpool on brink of signing ThiagoLiverpool are not expected to make too many moves into the transfer market this summer, but Sport is reporting that a surprise move for Bayern Munich midfielder…

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Transfer Talk: Liverpool step up surprise interest in Turkish keeper Cakir

11:49 PM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Liverpool step up interest in Turkish keeper CakirIt’s probably fair to argue that while Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson conceded four goals against Manchester City this evening, the Brazilian’s job is…

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Aurier 4/10 as Spurs’ European hopes take a major hit

Tottenham Hotspur’s European hopes are hanging by a thread after a crushing 3-1 Premier League defeat to Sheffield United on Thursday night.Sander Berge put the Blades ahead just after the half-hour mark before Harry Kane saw his leveller controversially ruled out by VAR because of a Lucas Moura handball. Chris Wilder’s men put their foot…

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Madrid restore La Liga lead with win over Getafe

Real Madrid made hard work of a 1-0 win over Getafe on Thursday night to restore their four-point lead in La Liga.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) – Ratings: Ramos an 8/10 as Real close on titleThe best chance for Real in the first half came from Vinicius Junior, but his swift…

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Mourinho ornery at ‘office’ ref after VAR row

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho questioned the point of having referees on the pitch and said VAR was bad for the game after his side were victims of a controversially disallowed equaliser in a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United on Thursday.- See how the Premier League table is shaping up – Stream ESPN FC Daily…

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Report: Upset Messi halts Barca talks past 2021

playMessi scores his 700th goal, but was it a penalty? (1:37)The FC guys question whether Barca should’ve been awarded a penalty, which was converted by Lionel Messi. (1:37)Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his current deal expires in…

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LIVE: Man City welcome champions Liverpool

2019-20 English Premier League Kevin De Bruyne (25′ PEN) Raheem Sterling (35′) Phil Foden (45′) KO Kickoff 24 Joe Gomez Yellow Card 25 Kevin De Bruyne Penalty – Scored 35 Raheem Sterling Goal 41 Benjamin Mendy Yellow Card 45 Phil Foden Goal HT Halftime Manchester City MNC Liverpool LIV 4-2-3-131Ederson22Mendy14Laporte50García2Walker16Rodri8Gündogan7Sterling17De Bruyne47Foden9Jesus 45’+4′ First Half ends,…

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Inside MLS is Back: Players get heated as excitement builds for tournament

7:41 PM BSTJeff CarlisleCloseU.S. soccer correspondentJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.Stefano FusaroWith reporting from Stefano Fusaro in Orlando, Florida.There have been tweets about sketchy room service food, in-hotel wildlife and yes, some of the more comfortable surroundings at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort. And yet the pall…

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Trial sought for Benzema in sex-tape case

6:50 PM BSTAlex Kirkland and Rodrigo FaezFrench prosecutors have asked that Karim Benzema face trial over his alleged involvement in the attempted sex-tape blackmail of former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.The case dates back to 2015, when Valbuena claimed to have been the victim of an extortion attempt over a video of a sexual nature in which…

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Sources: Watford ready to sue Marseille for Gueye

playIs Ismaila Sarr a future Premier League star? (2:10)The FC crew examine Ismaila Sarr’s potential following his two-goal performance for Watford vs. Liverpool. (2:10)3:30 PM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Watford are preparing to take legal action against Marseille, sources have told ESPN, after the French club signed Pape Gueye who had already signed a deal with the…

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Liverpool’s rebirth: How they became Premier League champions

8:00 AM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC It is May 2015, and Liverpool have become a laughingstock. They are losing 6-1 at Stoke City on the final day of the season, the home supporters are tormenting manager Brendan Rodgers with chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” and midfielder Steven Gerrard is ending his…

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Transfer Talk: Aubameyang ready to stay at Arsenal with Saka

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Aubameyang to turn down Europe moveAll those clubs chasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer might have to concede defeat after the Gabon international hinted he might stay at Arsenal following the Gunners’ announcement…

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Three is the magic number in Chelsea’s unfortunate new kit launch

play’Stupid Chelsea’ on display against West Ham (1:39)Frank Leboeuf rips into Chelsea’s underwhelming effort after a 3-2 defeat to relegation candidate West Ham. (1:39)11:38 AM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer Chelsea unveiled their 2020-21 home kit this week, revealing a new stripped back aesthetic and a brand-new shirt sponsor along with it.Gone are the abstract mottled…

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Mourinho: I wouldn’t swap Lo Celso for Fernandes

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has said he would not swap midfielder Giovani Lo Celso for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.Fernandes has been influential in United’s 15-game unbeaten run and scored a double in their 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday.- What did you miss? The latest from Europe’s top leagues – Stream ESPN FC Daily on…

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Klopp: Liverpool will use All Blacks as inspiration

Jurgen Klopp wants to use the All Blacks to inspire Liverpool to a sustained period of success.The All Blacks are rugby union’s most dominant team. With an unrivalled win record, New Zealand became the first team to win the Rugby World Cup back-to-back and have been used as the benchmark for sustainable success in pro…

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Transfer Talk: Aubameyang ready to stay at Arsenal with Saka

1:31 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Aubameyang to turn down Europe moveAll those clubs chasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer might have to concede defeat after the Gabon international hinted he might stay at Arsenal following…

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Barcelona philosophy crumbling around Messi as Real Madrid deserve title

3:00 PM BSTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.Barcelona’s ruthless domination of La Liga truly began in 1991-92. And unless a series of remarkable events are in store for us over the next few months then that three-decade reign looks…

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Liverpool’s 2010-11 squad under Roy Hodgson: Where are they now?

8:00 AM BSTTom HamiltonSenior Writer Close• Joined ESPN in 2011 • Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours • Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018After guiding Fulham to the Europa League final, Roy Hodgson arrived to take over at Liverpool as Rafael Benitez’s successor on July…

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Arsenal’s future under Arteta starting to take shape

10:06 PM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent There have been highs and lows since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery on the Arsenal bench in December. There have been good periods, more difficult ones, positive results and negative ones. The consistency, though, was always missing. Consistency in the performances, in the style of play and of course in the…

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Pep: Sancho won’t replace Sane at Man City

10:30 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for Jadon Sancho as a replacement for Leroy Sane.Sane flew to Germany on Wednesday ahead of a proposed €50 million move to Bayern Munich. He is set to sign a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions and will not play for…

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Defending like they did at West Ham will sink Chelsea’s 2020-21 hopes

11:54 PM BSTJames OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC LONDON — Ben Chilwell won’t fix Chelsea’s defending by himself. Frank Lampard has serious designs on a Premier League title challenge next season, but the Blues must surely target further reinforcements at the back for that to become a reality. That’s not to say Chilwell isn’t a fine…

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Sources: Vela likely opting out of MLS Is Back

11:05 PM BSTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.LAFC forward and reigning MLS MVP Carlos Vela is leaning towards not participating in the MLS Is Back Tournament, but his decision, as of Tuesday night, is “not 100 percent certain,” according to a source with knowledge of…

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Iker Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto

Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called time on his five-year spell with Porto after his contract with the Portuguese club expired on Wednesday.Casillas, 39, suffered a heart attack during a training session last year and has not played any competitive football since April, 2019.He was given a role on the team’s…

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Sanchez leads Inter in 6-goal barrage vs. Brescia

Alexis Sanchez produced an imposing performance to inspire Inter Milan to a 6-0 win over Serie A strugglers Brescia at San Siro on Wednesday.Sanchez scored for Inter for only the second time but helped set up other goals as they consolidated third place in Serie A on 64 points and moved closer to a berth…

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Arsenal seventh with comfy win over Norwich

playOlley: Arsenal’s margin for error is virtually nil (1:15)James Olley stresses the importance of Arsenal winning their home game against Norwich City. (1:15)A terrible error from goalkeeper Tim Krul gifted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his 50th Premier League goal as Arsenal thumped Norwich City 4-0 at the Emirates on Wednesday, pushing the Canaries ever closer to relegation.Krul…

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Arsenal sign teen star Saka to long term deal

playOlley: Arsenal’s margin for error is virtually nil (1:15)James Olley stresses the importance of Arsenal winning their home game against Norwich City. (1:15)Arsenal have tied Bukayo Saka down to a long-term contract, the club announced on Wednesday. Sources have told ESPN it is a four-year deal.Saka, 18, has made 33 appearances this season, playing mainly…

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Mourinho: Spurs don’t need a big summer spend

3:19 PM BSTJames OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has said his team “don’t need huge investment” this summer and insisted the club can still compete in the market even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.Spurs travel to Sheffield United on Thursday aiming to close a seven-point gap between them…

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Guardiola: City have a point to prove

playGuardiola: I would have loved for Sane to stay (0:42)Pep Guardiola accepts Leroy Sane’s decision to leave for Bayern Munich, but would have liked him to stay. (0:42)2:43 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his team have a point to prove against Liverpool.City have enjoyed unprecedented domestic success over the last…

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Zidane: I hope players aren’t targeting Hazard

1:31 PM BSTAlex Kirkland and Rodrigo FaezReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he hopes star player Eden Hazard’s ankle isn’t being targeted by opponents after his return from injury.The €100 million forward was expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a fracture in March — his second ankle injury…

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Griezmann family blast Setien: A ‘passenger’

playBurley: Setien like a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ (2:03)Craig Burley doesn’t hold back his criticisms of Quique Setien after Barca’s 2-2 draw with Atletico. (2:03)3:52 PM BSTAdriana GarciaAntoine Griezmann’s brother and father have hit out at Barcelona coach Quique Setien on social media after the France international was only introduced as a stoppage-time substitute against…

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Transfer window: Grading every big signing from Europe’s top clubs

8:00 AM BSTJon Molyneux-CarterSenior Editor The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer window very different from usual. Firstly, the summer window isn’t actually open yet for the majority of leagues in Europe and it will only begin once the various 2019-20 domestic league seasons have finished. France, who cancelled the Ligue 1 season early, are…

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Messi hits 700 but Barcelona title hopes dwindle further

11:17 PM BSTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Barcelona’s title hopes are hanging by a thread after they dropped points for the third time in four games on Tuesday, twice giving up the lead as they drew 2-2 with Atletico Madrid.Barca twice led at Camp Nou thanks to Diego Costa’s own goal and Lionel Messi’s penalty, which was…

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Messi joins Ronaldo, Pele, others in 700-goal club

10:59 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer It has been quite a week for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar celebrated his 33rd birthday on June 24, then joined one of elite football’s most exclusive and illustrious clubs six days later when, against Atletico Madrid, the Argentina captain netted the 700th goal of his career.– Marcotti: Assessing…

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Why Dortmund’s Haaland shouldn’t rush his next big move

Jun 30, 2020Tor-Kristian KarlsenAs Erling Haaland closes in on the end of his breakthrough season, another year at Borussia Dortmund will serve him just fine. The Norway international’s one-year express journey from a mere talent to a household name in world football is possibly one of the most remarkable stories of the year.Dortmund’s January signing…

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Transfer Talk: Arsenal may use Guendouzi in summer swap deal

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.Arsenal to include Guendouzi in summer swap?Arsenal are said to be entertaining the idea of including midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in a swap deal during the summer transfer window.Sources told ESPN last week that a…

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Fernandes, Greenwood star in easy win at Brighton

10:36 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes.The Portugal midfielder scored either side of half-time, after teenager Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring, to leave United two points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions…

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Messi scores 700th goal for club and country

playMessi scores his 700th goal, but was it a penalty? (1:37)The FC guys question whether Barca should’ve been awarded a penalty, which was converted by Lionel Messi. (1:37)10:12 PM BSTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday, scoring from the penalty spot in his team’s 2-2 draw against Atletico…

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Setien won’t apologise to Griezmann for late sub

Barcelona coach Quique Setien said bringing Antoine Griezmann on earlier against Atletico Madrid risked “destabilising” the team after leaving the Frenchman on the bench for the third time in four games.Griezmann came on in second-half stoppage time against his former side as Barca were held to a 2-2 draw which further damaged their flagging title…

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Fernandes brace helps Man United beat Brighton

playMan United are ‘marching on’ to PL top 4 (1:10)Steve Nicol doesn’t see any reason why Manchester United won’t qualify for the top four this season. (1:10)Bruno Fernandes capped a fine individual performance with two goals and Mason Greenwood added another as Manchester United won 3-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League…

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Moyes, Messi, Iniesta: Ranking the longest contracts signed in football

1:08 PM BSTChris WrightToe Poke writer The final day of June 2020 is a truly momentous day in Premier League circles, as it marks the long-awaited expiration of Alan Pardew’s ridiculous eight-year contract with Newcastle United.Pardew signed the mammoth extension in September 2012 having guided Newcastle to European qualification the season prior, winning the Manager…

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Sources: Napoli confident of €100m double signing

playIs Victor Osimhen departing Lille for Napoli? (2:11)Colin Udoh assesses young Nigerian star Victor Osimhen’s future amid links to Serie A and the Premier League. (2:11)3:10 PM BSTJulien LaurensCorrespondent Napoli are confident they have won the race to sign Lille duo Victor Osimhen and Gabriel for a combined price of €100 million, sources have told…

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Schalke chief forced out after ’19 racist remarks

4:37 PM BSTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Schalke 04 head of board Clemens Tonnies has stepped down after weeks of fan pressure due a host of off-field issues including racist comments, which had led to his suspension.Tonnies, 64, had been the head of the Schalke supervisory board since 2001, but this season came under increasing pressure following…

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Liverpool guard of honour ‘nonsense’ – Murphy

playGuardiola: We will give Liverpool a guard of honour (1:04)Man City manager Pep Guardiola confirms Manchester City will give Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad. (1:04)Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy has said it is “nonsense” for Manchester City to give the newly crowned Premier League champions a guard of honour.Liverpool secured their first…

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Sources: Sane leaving Man City for Bayern

playNicol doesn’t see Sane as a ‘huge loss’ for Man City (2:13)Steve Nicol says that Manchester City should be looking to move Leroy Sane on as soon as possible. (2:13)7:05 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Bayern Munich have agreed to a deal to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City, sources have told ESPN.The agreement includes a 10%…

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Ranking soccer’s all-time top 101 kits

Zinedine Zidane once told Vogue, during his dalliance with modelling: “It’s not that I’m doing something different — it’s a continuation.” And he was right: the elegant playmaker would not look out of place on the catwalk wearing the tricolore France jersey in which he won the World Cup, or the classic all-white Real Madrid…

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Liverpool title party ‘got out of hand’ – PL chief

11:52 AM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Richard Masters, the chief executive of the Premier League, has said the celebrations of Liverpool supporters following the club’s title success “got out of hand,” but insisted that the gathering of thousands of fans in the city was a society issue rather than a football problem.Although a huge…

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Barca teen Jurado leaves to join Man United

11:02 AM BSTSam MarsdenMoises LlorensBarcelona youngster Marc Jurado has confirmed his departure from the Catalan club after running down his contract ahead of a move to Manchester United this summer.ESPN revealed in May that Jurado, who has been at Barca for almost a decade, had turned down several offers to stay at Camp Nou in…

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English TV comms shows racial bias – study

Television commentators praise players with lighter skin as more intelligent and hardworking than those with darker skin, a study by Danish firm RunRepeat in association with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) showed.The study analysed 2,073 statements from English-speaking commentators in 80 games from the 2019-20 season across Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, Spain’s La…

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Liverpool loanee Awoniyi grateful to be alive

6:44 AM BSTColin UdohSpecial to ESPN CloseItinerant writer. Engineer in a previous incarnation. One time Black Belt. Lover of football, flirter with other sports.Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi says he is grateful to be alive after a clash of heads caused him to black out and left him with a concussion during Mainz’s Bundesliga home game…

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Derby’s Wisdom in hospital after robbery stabbing

Derby County defender Andre Wisdom is currently in hospital after being stabbed during a robbery in Liverpool, the English second-tier club said on Monday.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)”Andre Wisdom has been the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery. He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital,” said…

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Klopp: Liverpool to look ‘internally,’ not spend big

playHislop: Klopp and Liverpool is a perfect marriage (1:28)Shaka Hislop outlines the influence Jurgen Klopp has had on Liverpool players and fans during his time as manager. (1:28)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not expect to spend heavily in the transfer window ahead of next season and sees a bright future for several youngsters…

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No fans at Champions League Final 8 – health chief

playMan City may have newfound drive to win UCL (1:41)Frank Leboeuf explains why Man City’s defence may be their Achilles heel in Champions League. (1:41)6:47 PM BSTAdriana GarciaPortugal’s health secretary on Monday stated that no fans will be at the upcoming Champions League games in the country “under the current pandemic situation.”UEFA decided on June…

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New plan wants more minority coaches in England

5:43 PM BSTAssociated PressEnglish football launched a placement program on Monday to assist players from ethnic minority backgrounds moving into coaching to increase diversity in the dugout.What did you miss? The latest from Europe’s top leaguesThe program will be open to Professional Footballers’ Association members from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background (BAME)…

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Arthur joins Juve from Barcelona for €70m

4:06 PM BSTSam MarsdenMoises LlorensBarcelona midfielder Arthur has joined Juventus in a transfer worth up to €82 million, the two clubs announced on Monday, with Miralem Pjanic moving in the other direction.Pjanic, a Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder, will join ‪Barca for €60m plus €5m in possible add-ons and has agreed a four-year deal with a…

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No ‘divine right’ for Martial, Rashford places – Ole

10:30 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial they will have to continue improving to keep their places at Old Trafford.Rashford and Martial have both scored 19 times this season — the best individual tallies of their careers — but Solskjaer insists their form will not…

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Dest: I want to play with Ronaldo, Messi

playAssessing the likelihood Sergino Dest lands at Bayern Munich (1:22)Fox Sports’ Milan van Dongen breaks down the link between Bayern and Sergino Dest. (1:22)Ajax and U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) defender Sergino Dest has said he wants to be the most expensive full-back in the world and play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Dest has…

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Sources: Barca players turning on Setien

11:57 AM BSTSam MarsdenMoises LlorensBarcelona manager Quique Setien’s relationship with his players is already showing signs of straining, with various sources having told ESPN they didn’t click from day one.Barca led La Liga in January when Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked after the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia. However,…

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Sources: Inter to sign Achraf Hakimi from Madrid

10:56 AM BSTAlex Kirkland and Rodrigo FaezAchraf Hakimi is on the verge of joining Inter Milan from Real Madrid, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN, after emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in European football during a two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund.The transfer, which both clubs expect to announce shortly, is worth…

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Inter yet to agree Sanchez loan extension

playWill the FA Cup final be a Manchester derby? (1:36)Craig Burley and Kasey Keller share their predictions for Man City vs. Arsenal and Chelsea vs. Man United. (1:36)10:13 AM BSTAdriana GarciaInter Milan have yet to agree terms with Manchester United to extend Alexis Sanchez’s loan deal for the remainder of the campaign but are “optimistic”…

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FA confirm job cuts to cover £300m black hole

1:18 PM BSTJames OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC The Football Association (FA) has announced it is cutting 124 roles as chairman Greg Clarke warned of the “immense” impact caused by the coronavirus creating a £300 million black hole in the organisation’s finances.Competitive matches may have resumed in England following a three-month hiatus due to the pandemic…

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Solskjaer: Angel Gomes likely to leave

10:55 AM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is expecting midfielder Angel Gomes to leave the club.The United boss had been hopeful Gomes would sign a new contract but with no update on the situation and the 19-year-old’s deal due to expire on Tuesday, he now looks set to leave…

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Inter to swap Skriniar for Aguero?

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Inter consider Skriniar swap for City’s AgueroCalciomercato claims Inter Milan are plotting a potential swap deal that would see Milan Skriniar head to Manchester City in exchange for City’s record goal scorer…

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Sterling 8/10 as Man City reach FA Cup semis

9:03 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s side will play Arsenal at Wembley in the semifinals after a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and a goal from Raheem Sterling earned them a comfortable victory at St James’…

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Robbie Fowler parts ways with Brisbane Roar

playWade challenges Starting XI: ‘Make something happen’ (1:16)Former Socceroos captain Paul Wade wants to believe in the FFA Starting XI’s ability to make change, but needs to see action. (1:16)Brisbane Roar have confirmed that Robbie Fowler will no longer coach the A-League side, citing the coronavirus pandemic as a major factor in the Liverpool legend’s…

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Benzema backheel better than Guti’s – Zidane

12:35 AM BSTAlex KirklandCasemiro has hailed the backheel assist from Karim Benzema that gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Espanyol as “incredible” while Zinedine Zidane believes it was even better than two similar, famous efforts from former playmaker Guti.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) – Insider Notebook: Zidane-Bale rift gets real;…

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Pulisic can reach Salah, Sterling level – Lampard

playCan Pulisic reach the levels of Salah, Mane and Sterling? (1:14)Mark Ogden discusses Frank Lampard’s claim that Christian Pulisic has the ability to reach the very top. (1:14)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said Christian Pulisic has the talent to reach the level of Premier League winners Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling.Pulisic, 21, has impressed since…

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Sources: Virus threatens Leicester home games

playWhy Leicester may have to play home games at neutral venues (1:17)Mark Ogden explains why Leicester City may not be able to play at the King Power for the rest of the season. (1:17)2:17 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Leicester City could be forced to play their remaining three Premier League home games at…

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Lampard lambasts Chelsea’s ‘bad’ first half

playCan Pulisic reach the levels of Salah, Mane and Sterling? (1:14)Mark Ogden discusses Frank Lampard’s claim that Christian Pulisic has the ability to reach the very top. (1:14)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard showed his ruthless side as he hauled off three of his brightest young players at halftime in Sunday’s 1-0 FA Cup quarterfinal win over…

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FA Cup semis: Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea learn fates

playWill the FA Cup final be a Manchester derby? (1:36)Craig Burley and Kasey Keller share their predictions for Man City vs. Arsenal and Chelsea vs. Man United. (1:36)Manchester United will square off with Chelsea and Manchester City will face Arsenal as the draw for the FA Cup semifinals was revealed on Sunday.- Stream FA Cup…

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Pulisic 8/10 as Chelsea reach FA Cup semis

Chelsea have booked their place in the semifinals of this year’s FA Cup after a tense 1-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.The visitors had their backs against the wall for large spells against Brendan Rodgers’ men, but in the end, Ross Barkley’s second-half effort sent the top-four contenders into the final…

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FA Cup run can’t mask Arsenal’s problems

4:24 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC It is open to debate as to whether the FA Cup has been a blessing or a curse for Arsenal in recent years. But after reaching the semifinals for the 30th time on Sunday, following a dramatic late win at Sheffield United, the sense of the competition giving…

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Robben refuses to rule out Netherlands return

Arjen Robben has refused to rule out returning to play for Netherlands after announcing a u-turn on his decision to retire from football, but has said his attempt at playing again depends on his fitness.Robben has agreed a one-year contract at Eredivisie side FC Groningen, the club he started out at in 2000, after initially…

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U.S. star Konrad signs new Barca deal until 2022

3:41 PM BSTSam MarsdenMoises LlorensUnited States youth international Konrad de la Fuente has signed a new contract with Barcelona, committing his future to the Spanish champions until 2022.De la Fuente’s new terms include a €50 million release clause that will rise to €100m if he is promoted to the first team before the expiration of…

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Transfer Talk: Manchester United inching closer to Villa’s Grealish

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.TOP STORY: Man United edging closer to Grealish?The Daily Express is reporting that Manchester United are edging closer and closer towards signing Aston Villa sensation Jack Grealish during the summer transfer window.Grealish has been…

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Suarez brace not enough as Barca slump to draw

Spain striker Iago Aspas dealt a fresh blow to Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes by striking a late free kick to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to the Catalans on Saturday as Quique Setien’s side twice threw away the lead in a thrilling match.The draw put Barca back on top of the table on…

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Robben out of retirement, joins Groningen

Former Netherlands international Arjen Robben has announced that he has come out of retirement to play for Eredivisie side FC Groningen.Robben started his senior professional career with Groningen in 2000 where he spent two years with the first-team before moving to PSV Eindhoven.- Insider Notebook: Bale, Zidane at breaking point – What did you miss?…

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Maguire goal sends Man United to FA Cup semis

playMaguire rescues Man United with late winner (1:43)Manchester United make tough work of Norwich in a 2-1 win after extra time. Watch the FA Cup on ESPN+. (1:43)Harry Maguire bundled home from close range late in extra time as Manchester United beat 10-man Norwich 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup at Carrow Road…

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Maguire, Ighalo lead Man United into FA Cup semifinals

8:24 PM BSTRob DawsonCorrespondent Harry Maguire scored an extra time winner as Manchester United edged past Norwich, 2-1, and into the semifinals of the FA Cup.Maguire found the net from close range with just two minutes remaining of a tight tie at Carrow Road. After a dismal first half, Odion Ighalo put United ahead before…

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Pogba, Fernandes can shine at United – Carrick

playCould Man United vs. Leicester City decide the top 4? (0:47)Shaka Hislop looks to Man United’s last game of the year vs. Leicester with both teams vying for a UCL spot. (0:47)10:28 AM BSTJames OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC Michael Carrick has told ESPN that Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes can thrive together in the heart…

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Zidane on Madrid job: It wears you out

1:03 PM BSTAlex Kirkland and Rodrigo FaezZinedine Zidane has admitted the Real Madrid job “wears you out,” saying he has no desire to coach for another 20 years.Madrid and Barcelona are locked in a frantic La Liga title race, level on points — with Zidane’s team top thanks to their head-to-head record — with seven…

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Liverpool slam ‘unacceptable’ fans after title win

playNicol: Liverpool’s 30-year drought ‘worth the wait’ (1:36)Steve Nicol says Liverpool’s current side are as good as any that’ve ever played. (1:36)Liverpool have condemned their own supporters for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour after they defied social distancing rules in the city for the second consecutive night to celebrate the club’s first league title in 30 years.Jurgen…

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Klopp: BVB’s Sancho would look good in red

playHislop: Klopp and Liverpool is a perfect marriage (1:28)Shaka Hislop outlines the influence Jurgen Klopp has had on Liverpool players and fans during his time as manager. (1:28)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said it would be good to see Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho in red but is unsure whether a deal can be completed…

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