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Juve opinions on Icardi’out of sequence’ – Marotta

playIs Icardi on his way out of Inter? (1:58)Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi’s strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker. (1:58)10:50 AM GMTBen GladwellItaly correspondent Inter Milan general manager Beppe Marotta has branded Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici “out of…

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Klopp should prioritize Premier League, not UCL

Feb 18, 2019Gabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC The trick is getting head and heart to coexist in the right proportion, at the right time, and a great manager knows when to turn the dial toward the “heart” end.It’s how Liverpool came back from 3-0 down in a Champions League final, remember? You loosen the reins,…

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Resources: De Gea Number 90m deal held up by broker

playDoes Solskjaer deserve the Man United job long term? (1:47)The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. (1:47)11:11 AM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Manchester United are still hopeful of reaching an agreement with David De…

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Why Marcelo’s Madrid livelihood has to be over

8:08 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’s been a week of new beginnings in La Liga or at least, a week of new opportunities. One was merited, one is doubtful and one disastrous.The three characters on stage are…

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Resources: De Gea Number 90m deal held up by broker

playDoes Solskjaer deserve the Man United job long term? (1:47)The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. (1:47)11:11 AM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Manchester United are still hopeful of reaching an agreement with David De…

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Ibrahimovic vows to’break every record from MLS’

playIbrahimovic: I will win this second year (2:01)In typical Zlatan Ibrahimovic fashion, he tells ESPN FC that his LA Galaxy will be successful in 2019 and discusses his 500th career goal. (2:01)LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he is looking to “break every single record” in Major League Soccer.The former Manchester United man was…

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Resources: Kane in full training before program

playExtra Time: Do Spurs have a better chance of winning UCL or Prem? (4:35)The FC panel answer your tweets on Tottenham’s trophy chances this season, where Mauricio Pochettino ranks among the top Prem managers and more. (4:35)9:39 AM GMTBen PearceTottenham correspondent Harry Kane is back in training ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Burnley on…

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Mourinho speaks of’respect’ to get ex-rival Wenger

Jose Mourinho has described Arsene Wenger as “one of the best football managers in history” after the former Arsenal boss was presented with the lifetime achievement prize at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco on Monday.Mourinho famously called Wenger a “specialist in failure” and the pair would often trade verbal blows during Mourinho’s time…

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Solskjaer plan sealed Utd triumph at Chelsea – Mata

playChelsea 0-2 Man United: Blues’ FA Cup defense ends (1:35)Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United’s place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. (1:35)9:00 AM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent LONDON — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up with the perfect plan to knock Chelsea out of…

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Transfer Chat: Klopp supports Liverpool curiosity about Sancho

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.TOP STORY: Liverpool still keen on SanchoLiverpool…

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Solskjaer calls Pogba one of best’in the world’

playDoes Solskjaer deserve the Man United job long term? (1:47)The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. (1:47)10:53 PM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent LONDON, England — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Paul Pogba as “one…

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Sarri’concerned’ about consequences, not fans’ sack chants

11:00 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Maurizio Sarri said he was not worried about the hostility of the Chelsea supporters towards his football after watching his team exit the FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.The atmosphere towards Sarri turned toxic once United surged ahead thanks to first-half goals from Ander…

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Sarri’s Chelsea potential is dependent upon mercy of Abramovich

11:09 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC LONDON — It is a long way back now for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager. The players appear to have stopped listening a while ago, but now that the supporters have lost patience with him, this chastening FA Cup defeat against Manchester United could be the final straw.A…

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FA Cup draw: Wolves-Man Utd; Swansea-Man City

The Manchester sides will avoid each other in the FA Cup quarterfinal round as United visit Wolverhampton, while City to travel to Championship side Swansea City. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America’s home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy’s Serie A, Major League…

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Leeds pared #200k from EFL over’spygate’ affair

playBurley: Bielsa outrage stems from media’s Lampard love (2:09)The panel react to Marcelo Bielsa’s admission that he and his Leeds United staff have observed their opponents’ training sessions. (2:09)Championship club Leeds United have been fined £200,000 and reprimanded over a ‘spying’ controversy earlier this month, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday.Leeds Argentine manager…

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Pulisic out 1 match with knee harm

7:39 PM GMTAssociated PressBorussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic tore a thigh muscle fiber during the 3-0 Champions League defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday.The United States international sat out Dortmund’s league game at Nuremberg on Monday and is doubtful for their home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.Pulisic, on loan from Chelsea after completing a €64…

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James Eager to impress new Manager Queiroz vs. Liverpool

5:36 PM GMTTim VickerySouth America correspondent Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993.At the time this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the…

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Bayern’s Kovac: Liverpool toughest round-of-16 foe

LIVERPOOL, England — Niko Kovac believes his Bayern Munich side were paired with the toughest opponents in the Champions League as they prepare to face Liverpool in the last 16.The two-legged tie begins on Tuesday evening as the reigning Bundesliga champions travel to Anfield.Liverpool reached the final of the competition last season where they lost…

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LIVE: Chelsea host Man United in FA Cup

2018/19 English FA Cup, 5th Round Ander Herrera (31′) Paul Pogba (45′) Chelsea CHE Manchester United MAN KO Kickoff 15 Nemanja Matic Yellow Card 21 Ashley Young Yellow Card 31 Ander Herrera Goal – Header 45 Paul Pogba Goal – Header HT Halftime 58 On: Willian | Off: Pedro 60 Antonio Rüdiger Yellow Card 65…

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K-P Boateng’s home robbed during game – reports

playMoreno: A more capable team could have exposed Barcelona (1:29)Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead. (1:29)12:03 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Kevin-Prince Boateng’s house was robbed as he made his home debut for Barcelona on Saturday, according to multiple reports…

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Sources: Kompany place for reduced commission at City

10:39 AM GMTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent Vincent Kompany is set to earn a new one-year contract extension at Manchester City, sources have told ESPN FC.The City captain’s contract runs out at the end of the season but talks have been ongoing over a new 12-month deal. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is…

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EXCLUSIVE: Neuer prepared for’special’ Anfield trip

10:30 AM GMTRaphael HonigsteinGermany writer MUNICH — It would have been easy, understandable even, to cancel the interview. A few days before we were due to meet in the Bavarian capital last Sunday, Manuel Neuer had hurt his right hand in a training exercise. The injury was initially described as not serious but soon became…

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Mourinho: I want to handle France

playESPN FC Best of the Week (3:06)Look back at ESPN FC’s outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. (3:06)9:53 AM GMTAdriana GarciaFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he would like to coach in France one day.The Portuguese manager, who has been out…

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‘New Ronaldo’ composed amid United links – manager

playESPN FC Best of the Week (3:06)Look back at ESPN FC’s outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. (3:06)9:19 AM GMTAdriana GarciaJoao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and is reportedly interesting Manchester United, “has his feet firmly on the ground,” Benfica…

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Transfer Talk: Zizou palms Chelsea list of demands

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Zidane hands Chelsea list of demandsThe stakes…

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No upsets, but Foden makes the most of his moments

1:02 AM GMTNick MillerESPN.com writer While the Premier League may have taken a break this week for the fifth round of the FA Cup, Nick Miller had no such leisure. Here are his top storylines from the weekend that was in England’s oldest competition. All FA Cup games are live on ESPN+ in the U.S.,…

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Mbappe’s Attack leads PSG past Saint-Etienne

playSaint-Etienne 0-1 PSG: Mbappe does it again (0:47)Kylian Mbappe was the goal-hero for PSG again, as his late goal secured three points for the league leaders on the road. (0:47)Kylian Mbappe’s second-half strike earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne as the French champions continued their inevitable march towards the Ligue 1 title on…

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Sarri must have the time to thrive at Chelsea – Zola

10:30 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent LONDON — Pep Guardiola’s success after early difficulties at Manchester City should encourage Chelsea to give Maurizio Sarri time, his assistant Gianfranco Zola has said.Three defeats in four Premier League games — culminating in last weekend’s 6-0 humiliation at City — have put Sarri under pressure to reinvigorate Chelsea’s faltering…

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Goal can restore Sanchez’ assurance – Ole

10:30 PM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Alexis Sanchez has suffered from a loss of confidence but backed him to come good.Sanchez has managed just five goals in over a year and found himself on the fringes of the team since Solskjaer was appointed…

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Inter Milan edge Sampdoria as Icardi watches

playInter 2-1 Sampdoria: Icardi-less Inter win thriller (2:44)With Mauro Icardi watching from the stands, Inter got the better of Sampdoria in a wild match that saw three goals scored in five minutes. (2:44)Inter Milan ended a turbulent week by beating Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday under the gaze of injured top scorer Mauro…

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Serie C emergency club lose 20-0, field eight

Pro Piacenza were down 16-0 at half-time. Ian Walton/Getty ImagesSerie C crisis club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 at Cuneo on Sunday after being able to field only seven players to start the match, the minimum number needed for a game.Six of Pro Piacenza’s players, including their captain and coach for the day, Nicola Cirigliano, were…

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FA Cup: Wolves book FA Cup quarterfinal set

playBristol City 0-1 Wolverhampton: Wolves into last 8 (0:39)Ivan Cavaleiro scored the lone goal at Ashton Gate to send Wolves to the FA Cup quarterfinals with a win over Championship side Bristol City. (0:39)Wolves, Crystal Palace and Swansea City booked their places in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with victories on Sunday.Wolves won 1-0…

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Chelsea-Man Utd is about managers fighting for their future

1:50 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Manchester United revealed last week that it cost £19.6 million to sack Jose Mourinho and his coaches in December. If proof was ever needed that finding the right manager can be an expensive business, it was laid out in black and white, halfway down a news release about…

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Ramos 4/10 as crimson card caps off Madrid misery

1:20 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid appeared to be easing to a straightforward win against Girona in Sunday’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu — but the Catalans turned the game around in the second half to take a deserved 2-1 victory.PositivesIt is difficult to take many positives from a performance which recalled many…

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Each of 25 of Ramos’ red cards such as Real Madrid

1:44 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos holds the all-time La Liga record for red cards, and picked up is 20th in Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Girona. Here’s a history of all Ramos’ club record 25 red cards across all competitions for Real Madrid.1. Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid, La Liga, Sept. 18,…

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Ramos 4/10 as red card caps off Madrid misery

1:20 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid appeared to be easing to a straightforward win against Girona in Sunday’s La Liga clash at the Bernabeu — but the Catalans turned the game around in the second half to take a deserved 2-1 victory.PositivesIt is difficult to take many positives from a performance which recalled many…

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Robben chooses Anfield because his’worst arena’

playExtra Time: Son vs. Mane, precious football trinkets (8:57)The guys respond to your tweets about Son Heung-min and Sadio Mane, types of fries, their favourite football trinkets, FA Cup upsets and more. (8:57)Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has described Anfield as his “worst stadium” as he prepares to return to face Liverpool in the Champions…

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Transfer Chat: United prepared Dybala, Icardi transfers

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.United target Dybala or IcardiOn Friday night…

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Pique 8/10, Alena 7/10 as Barca border Valladolid

11:29 PM GMTSamuel MarsdenBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed a second as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday.Messi scored the only goal of the game just before half-time, firing home from 12 yards after Gerard Pique was fouled by Michel.Barca had the chance to add a second…

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Pique: We are not the’Barcelona we wish to be’

11:16 PM GMTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent BARCELONA — Gerard Pique said Barcelona were not the team they want to be after labouring to a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday.Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty — his 30th goal in all competitions this season — was the difference between the two sides at Camp…

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Man City advance but Newport, FA Cup also win large

9:40 PM GMTNick AmesESPN.com writer NEWPORT, South Wales — As Newport’s players soaked in the applause at full-time, Pep Guardiola circulated the Rodney Parade pitch until he had shaken hands with each and every one. He had an extra word or two for Padraig Amond — the striker who had, for a tantalising minute or…

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Balotelli nets again as Marseille facilitate beyond Amiens

5:57 PM GMTAssociated PressMario Balotelli scored again as Marseille beat Amiens 2-0 to move up to fourth place in Ligue 1.Balotelli, who joined Marseille on a free transfer from Nice last month having not found the back of the net all season, had come off the bench to score on his debut in a 2-1…

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Sanchez:’ United’wasn’t healthy’ with Mourinho

9:55 PM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Alexis Sanchez claimed that the atmosphere at Manchester United wasn’t healthy under Jose Mourinho, with the Chilean saying that players “lost confidence” because of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager’s methods.Sanchez, signed by Mourinho from Arsenal in January 2018, is a doubt for Monday’s FA Cup fifth…

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City’s’brilliant’ Foden confronts fight for place – Pep

10:23 PM GMTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent Pep Guardiola hailed “brilliant” Phil Foden for his starring role in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Newport County but warned he faces a fight to become a Manchester City regular.The 18-year-old scored twice as City overcame a difficult pitch to knock out the League Two side to reach…

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Zola: This Chelsea respond differently compared to mine

10:30 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent LONDON — Gianfranco Zola has said that this Chelsea squad reacts differently to defeat than the teams he played in during his time at Stamford Bridge, but insisted that Maurizio Sarri remains confident of teaching them to respond in the way he wants.Chelsea got back to winning ways with a…

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Teenager Foden 8/10 as Man City advancement in FA Cup

8:11 PM GMTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent Manchester City avoided a giant-killing to reach the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup with a 4-1 victory at Newport County. The Premier League leaders had to survive some uncomfortable moments in a goalless first half before strikes from Leroy Sane and Phil Foden seemed to end the tie.…

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Millwall dangerously juggling cup pleasure and league security

LONDON — For two clubs who have caught the attention of Hollywood scriptwriters, this Fifth Round FA Cup tie was a rather low-key affair.The story of AFC Wimbledon, the phoenix club formed by fans after the original Wimbledon FC relocated from South London to Milton Keynes, is being turned into a film by American studio…

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Transfer Talk: Man Utd’s Lukaku can depart via Inter

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Lukaku could exit via InterCould Romelu Lukaku…

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Juve make light work of Frosinone

playJuventus 3-0 Frosinone: Ronaldo stars for Juve (1:31)Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala’s screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid. (1:31)Serie A leaders Juventus made light work of Frosinone as they scored twice in the first 20 minutes on the way to a 3-0 win…

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MLS Hot Stove: How Will Nagbe end up in Columbus?

Feb 14, 2019Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.The MLS regular season isn’t due to start for another two weeks, but for a quintet of MLS teams, the start of the season has arrived. Next week the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League begins with…

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Sources: Nani close deal to join Orlando City

playExamining Europe’s perception of Major League Soccer (6:23)With MLS stars grabbing the attention of clubs overseas, the ESPN FC panel assess how the league is viewed in Europe. (6:23)5:23 PM GMTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.Former Manchester United midfielder Nani is in the final stages…

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Newport resurrection brings FA Cup magic vs. Man City

Feb 15, 2019Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC NEWPORT — Pep Guardiola has probably never experienced anything quite like Rodney Parade, the home of FA Cup fifth-round opponents Newport County, during his gilded career with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.Opened in 1877 — it hosted a Wales rugby union international against Scotland as far back…

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Coman Hurt as Bayern cut gap to Dortmund

playHislop: Liverpool have Bayern Munich beat in every position (1:01)ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich’s continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it’ll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League. (1:01)Champions Bayern Munich twice needed to come from a goal down to beat hosts Augsburg 3-2 on Friday courtesy…

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Remembering Eric Harrison,’Course of 92 builder

8:43 AM GMTAndy MittenManchester United writer Eric Harrison might not be a household name to the casual fan but his work at Man United played a major role in the club’s success. Photo Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty ImagesFormer Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison was, along with Bryan Robson, Ron Atkinson’s greatest signing. Harrison…

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Icardi saga comes at worst time for Inter

10:39 PM GMTJames HorncastleItaly writer Stillicidio is one of the great words in the Italian language. It describes a persistent annoying drip, the plip-plop noise that can cause distraction and irritation. It perhaps explains why the equivalent idiom in Italian for “the straw that breaks the camel’s back” is the drop that provokes a vase…

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Sala’s body arrives in Argentina for supper

The body of footballer Emiliano Sala arrived in Argentina on Friday, ahead of this weekend’s wake and burial in his home town.TV pictures showed a van carrying the body being slowly escorted out of the Buenos Aires airport by police vehicles.The body is being driven to Progreso, around 538 kilometres (334 miles) northwest of the…

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Guardiola: I am’miserable’ to get Mahrez’s shortage of moments

10:30 PM GMTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola has apologised to Riyad Mahrez after leaving the forward out of his Manchester City side in recent weeks.The Algerian winger has started just one Premier League match in the last two months, although he is likely to be recalled for Saturday’s FA Cup clash…

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Martial, Lingard out of Chelsea, Liverpool games

2:24 PM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for three weeks, according to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Martial and Lingard both limped off during the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday and are set to miss the FA Cup…

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Fantasy Premier League: Deciding Champions League gamers is insecure

The Champions League provides some of the best and most fascinating football that a fan could ever watch. Players of fantasy Premier League games often find them harder to enjoy, though, fearing the consequences in the following matches. For years, it has been thought that European competitions are a drain on domestic campaigns, and while…

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Hairdresser not to blame for BVB reduction – leader

playWhy Dortmund ‘completely collapsed’ vs. Tottenham (2:08)ESPN FC’s Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein explains where it all went wrong for Dortmund in the second half against Tottenham. (2:08)11:03 AM GMTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has dismissed claims that the players’ focus was broken ahead of their 3-0 Champions League defeat at Tottenham by…

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‘New Ronaldo’ Felix could acquire Ballon d’Or – broker

playExtra Time: What’s happened to Alexis Sanchez, bar food & more (7:49)The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez’s deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang’s favourite bar food and much more. (7:49)9:57 AM GMTAdriana GarciaBenfica midfielder Joao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and linked with Manchester…

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Italian FA chief on anti-racism steps

Feb 14, 2019Ben GladwellItaly correspondent Gabriele Gravina was elected president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 after almost nine months of administration under control of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) following former president Carlo Tavecchio’s resignation and failed elections for a new president.The FIGC governs 1.4 million members, approximately 13,000 clubs…

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‘Cease selling panic’ – how PSG’s calmness overcame United

Feb 13, 2019Julien LaurensFrance writer Manchester United’s “Theatre of Dreams” has never seemed such an appropriate venue for a visiting team. Even in his wildest dreams, Thomas Tuchel couldn’t have imagined his PSG side leaving Old Trafford with a 2-0 win Tuesday without both Neymar and Edinson Cavani.But they did. PSG’s injury-hit team went to…

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Pochettino demonstrates why he is prepared for the big time

Feb 14, 2019Nick MillerESPN.com writer LONDON — By now, we should probably know better than to doubt Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham’s dismantling of Borussia Dortmund was a reminder that it’s no wonder that if/when he chooses to leave Spurs, he will be able to pick exactly where he wants to go next. The Manchester United hierarchy are…

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FA Cup crucial for Man United, Chelsea but is there an upset?

8:27 AM GMTNick MillerESPN.com writer There have been some high profile exits already, but Nick Miller previews the top FA Cup storylines to watch for ahead of the fifth round fixtures…Chelsea vs. Manchester United means a lot for both bosses Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America’s home for a host of…

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Transfer Talk: Arsenal search Leverkusen’s’new Ozil’

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Ozil to be replaced by… ‘the next…

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Preseason using Almeyda’s San Jose: Behind the scenes

Feb 13, 2019Tom MarshallMexico correspondent CANCUN, Mexico — On the surface, the samurai Bushido code of conduct — “the way of the warrior” — has very little to do with any soccer team’s preseason. Perhaps even less so at an American club, led by an Argentine, amid the opulence of a pristine vacation resort. But…

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Are we heading for a generation?

8:36 PM GMTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Where is the next generation of center-forwards going to come from?You may notice it in the Champions League knockout rounds. Of the 16 teams left, how many have a proper, first-choice central striker under the age of 25?I know definitions may vary, but bear with me. If you…

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Chelsea ease stress with Europa win vs. Malmo

Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud each scored as Chelsea beat Swedish side Malmo FF 2-1 in Europa League group-of-32 action on Thursday night.The win at Swedbank Stadion provides a bit a relief for embattled boss Maurizio Sarri following Sunday’s 6-0 drubbing to Manchester City and ahead of a FA Cup clash with Manchester United.The Blues…

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Giroud, Barkley get 8/10s as Chelsea triumph in Europe

10:21 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Chelsea responded to humiliation at the hands of Manchester City by earning a 2-1 win over Swedish giants Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie, with Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scoring in each half before Anders Christiansen found the net for the home side.PositivesChelsea have…

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Arsenal suffer shock Europa loss to BATE

Stanislav Dragun’s goal before half-time gave BATE Borisov a 1-0 first-leg win over Arsenal in Europa League round-of-32 action on Thursday.Arsenal pressured the Belarusian club — who hadn’t played a competitive match since Dec. 13 — early in the match but BATE weathered the storm and began to take advantage of the Gunners’ lapse defending.BATE…

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LIVE: Chelsea Confront Malmo in Europa League

2018/19 UEFA Europa League, Round of 32 Malmo FF MAL Chelsea CHE 5-3-227Dahlin5Rieks4Safari17Bengtsson24Nielsen26Vindheim8Traustason7Bachirou14Christiansen9Rosenberg23Antonsson 4-3-31Arrizabalaga33Palmieri30David Luiz27Christensen28Azpilicueta8Barkley5Jorginho17Kovacic22Willian18Giroud11Pedro VENUE: Swedbank Stadion , COVERAGE: BT Sport 2 1′ Corner, Malmö FF. Conceded by Jorginho. 1′ Attempt blocked. Lasse Nielsen (Malmö FF) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Rosenberg. 1′ Corner, Malmö…

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UEFA opens the case against Ramos from Ajax

5:15 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent UEFA on Thursday opened disciplinary proceedings against Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid captain admitted to deliberately picking up a late booking in Wednesday’s round-of-16 first leg against Ajax.Moments after Marco Asensio had put Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 87th minute, Ramos clattered Ajax substitute Kasper Dolberg near the centre…

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Simeone suggests new Atletico contract till 2022

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has signed a new contract at the club until 2022.Simeone’s previous deal ran until June 30, 2020 and was agreed in September 2017. The 48-year-old said at that time that his decision to sign had been based on the team keeping hold of stars including Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Saul…

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Resources: Chelsea optimistic over Higuain $36m fee

playHiguain’s experience will help him adapt to Premier League (0:43)Maurizio Sarri feels Gonzalo Higuain’s expansive professional experience will allow him to adapt to the Premier League very quickly. (0:43)3:52 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent LONDON — Chelsea are confident that Juventus will sell Gonzalo Higuain for less than the agreed price of €36 million if they…

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Mourinho sacking cost Utd Number 19.6m, statistics show

playMan United get a ‘reality check’ against PSG (2:09)Craig Burley calls Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United’s first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (2:09)12:34 PM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Jose Mourinho’s sacking cost Manchester United £19.6 million, according to accounts released by the club…

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Neymar insists:’PSG isn’t only about me’

9:52 PM GMTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Injured Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar is convinced that Champions League success is just around the corner for the Ligue 1 leaders but has insisted that he is not their main man.Speaking with event sponsor Red Bull on his recent 27th birthday — one week before PSG’s 2-0 Champions League last…

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Newport’s Day too busy with newborns for City

10:58 AM GMTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent NEWPORT, Wales — Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day has said he has been too busy with his newborn twins to give much thought to facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+).Day was helping the League Two side beat Middlesbrough…

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Racist graffiti from Mbappe to be investigated

10:18 AM GMTIan HolymanFrance correspondent Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe looks on during his side’s win over Manchester United. Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty ImagesAnti-racism groups are calling for French authorities to investigate racist and anti-Semitic graffiti targeting Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.SOS Racisme and Sportitude, bodies that combat racism in professional football in France, have…

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Liverpool No. 2 on Salah’s role shift

12:00 PM GMTGlenn PriceLiverpool correspondent LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders believes Mohamed Salah’s willingness and ability to change his role this season makes him one of the best footballers in the world.Salah broke records and claimed the Premier League Golden Boot last season as he scored 44 goals for Liverpool, lining UP…

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Transfer Talk: United to splash #100m for Benfica’s Joao Felix

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.United prepared to spend big on Benfica…

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Vinicius and Real could detect UCL glory with no Ronaldo

5:16 PM GMTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.As the dust from that dust-up in Amsterdam settles there’s a statistic that tells a very big story about Real Madrid after their 2-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League.I only…

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Real Madrid suffered then struck Ajax rear – Solari

11:09 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid coach Santi Solari hailed his team’s ability to suffer and then hit back after Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League round-of-16 first-leg win at Ajax.A super intense Ajax team overwhelmed Madrid at times and could easily have been 2-0 ahead at the break but Dusan Tadic hit a post and…

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Poch: Half-time video session mended Spurs’ issues

12:04 AM GMTBen PearceTottenham correspondent Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he put on a half-time video session to remind his players of the game plan during Tottenham’s emphatic 3-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.Spurs did not manage a single shot on target in the first period of their round-of-16 clash against the Bundesliga leaders, but…

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Pochettino shows why he is ready for the big time

12:11 AM GMTNick MillerESPN.com writer LONDON — By now, we should probably know better than to doubt Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham’s dismantling of Borussia Dortmund was a reminder that it’s no wonder that if/when he chooses to leave Spurs, he will be able to pick exactly where he wants to go next. The Manchester United hierarchy are…

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Real resurgence owes a great deal to”new” Benzema

Feb 12, 2019Dermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid’s resurgence under Santi Solari has been due to many factors, but the efforts of Karim Benzema have been central. He’s in the form of his life at the moment, and just in time for Saturday’s Derbi with Atletico, with his superb all-round performances serving as proof of his…

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Real Madrid border past Ajax

Marco Asensio scored a late winner as Real Madrid secured a 2-1 victory over Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.The teams split possession evenly in the first 45 minutes with Ajax having the better of the chances.And the hosts thought they’d found their opener in…

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Tottenham overrun Dortmund at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur will take a commanding lead to the Westfalenstadion next month after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash at Wembley.Son Heung-Min, who has scored so many important goals for Spurs this season, netted just after the break before the impressive Jan Vertonghen — whose superb cross…

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Klopp charged by FA over Buddy remarks

7:06 PM GMTGlenn PriceLiverpool correspondent The English Football Association have charged Jurgen Klopp following his comments about referee Kevin Friend in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Feb. 4.The Liverpool manager has until 6 p.m. local time on Feb. 18 to respond.In a postmatch interview with Sky Sports, Klopp suggested…

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Sarri has not learned from Abramovich this week

6:51 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Maurizio Sarri said he has not spoken to Roman Abramovich about his job this week after saying he would welcome a call from the Chelsea owner.Sunday’s historic 6-0 loss Premier League champions Manchester City raised fresh questions about Sarri’s future at Chelsea, and the Italian invited further speculation about his…

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Ajax fans detained after Madrid hotel fireworks

1:04 PM GMTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Four Dutch nationals have been arrested for releasing fireworks outside Real Madrid’s team hotel around 4 a.m. on Tuesday night, Amsterdam police have confirmed to ESPN FC.Madrid are in Amsterdam for Wednesday’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Ajax — and local fans attempted to disrupt the visiting players in…

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Hazard: Sarri design suits my philosophy

playOgden: Sarri ‘a dead man walking’ at Chelsea (1:22)ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden explains why he doesn’t see a future for Maurizio Sarri and his style of play at Chelsea. (1:22)1:27 PM GMTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Eden Hazard has said Maurizio Sarri’s style of play is “more like my philosophy of football” as the Chelsea coach attempts…

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PSG’s Di Maria: I anticipated Utd fans’ abuse

10:32 AM GMTAdriana GarciaParis Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria said he fully expected a hostile reception upon his return to former club Manchester United on Tuesday night amid accusations that he swore at the home fans during his celebrations.- Ogden: Solskjaer has much to prove – PSG Ratings: Di Maria 8/10 on return – United…

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Mane and Keita: Werner should combine Liverpool

9:52 AM GMTStephan UersfeldGermany correspondent Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Naby Keita have urged Germany striker Timo Werner to move to Anfield should he decide to leave RB Leipzig this summer.Under contract at Leipzig until 2020, Werner is set to decide on his future with his club prepared to cash in on him in the…

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Spurs fans require UEFA action after Barca attacks

playTottenham-Dortmund will come down to defence (1:53)The FC panel believe both Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund will need to show improvement following their recent performances at the back. (1:53)9:17 AM GMTBen PearceTottenham correspondent The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust has called on UEFA to take action after Spurs submitted a report containing accounts from fans who allege…

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CONMEBOL’s failings surface again at Copa Libertadores

4:40 AM GMTTim VickerySouth America correspondent Tuesday’s return leg between Barcelona of Ecuador and Defensor of Uruguay was more notable for what happened off the field. Marcos Pin/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockBarcelona of Ecuador had three things working against them on Tuesday when they kicked off at home to Defensor of Uruguay in the qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores.One…

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Mbappe: It’s only’halftime,”’ can’t play scared

1:29 AM GMTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe believes that he and his teammates need to stop “being scared” in the Champions League after they overcame the absences of Neymar and Edinson Cavani to win 2-0 away at Manchester United on Tuesday.The France international scored the Ligue 1 giants’ second goal after Presnel…

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Transfer Talk: Spurs goal Perisic and Sturridge

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Pochettino to swoop for Perisic and Sturridge?Tottenham…

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Solskjaer has to prove later Tuchel’s lesson

12:12 AM GMTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC MANCHESTER — There is no hiding place in the Champions League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer probably wanted one as he and his Manchester United team were outclassed and outsmarted by Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford.As if being…

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No usage for Man Utd to feel sorry – Solskjaer

playMan United get a ‘reality check’ against PSG (2:09)Craig Burley calls Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United’s first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (2:09)11:40 PM GMTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United squad that anyone “feeling…

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