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  • Van Wyk enjoying senior role at Houston Dash
    Houston Dash defender Janine van Wyk feels her second season in the National Women's Soccer League is a success so far, despite middling results on the pitch, and is enjoying her more senior role. Van Wyk, who is South Africa's most capped player -- male or female -- and the captain of the national team, joined the Dash in 2017 after being recruited by former coach Randy Waldrum. This season, she finds herself surrounded by familiar faces, especially with former South Africa coach Vera Pauw appointed... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:48 pm
  • Michel Platini can still be FIFA president - Sepp Blatter
    Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list. Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter told L'Equipe that Michel Platini can bounce back from his ban from football to take charge of the governing body. Platini's suspension and president Gianni Infantino's term both end next year, and Blatter, 82, believes the former France boss can still achieve his ambition of taking FIFA's top job. "He can always come back. He's 20 years younger than me," Blatter said. "When you've been president of the most important confederation, you can also lead... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:26 pm
  • Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes in Europe's elite clubs?
    The season is over, but the transfer business is only just beginning for Europe's top clubs. ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss who will be in the firing line in the summer window. BARCELONA (Sam Marsden) Rough budget: President Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club start every summer with the same budget: €60 million plus whatever they can bring in from sales. With €100m already looking earmarked for Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, they're going to need to be astute with their... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:07 pm
  • Fabio Cannavaro struggling in second stint with Guangzhou Evergrande in CSL
    Perhaps Luiz Felipe Scolari could see the writing on the wall as he made his exit from Guangzhou Evergrande last November after two-and-a-half trophy-filled seasons. After building on the legacy of predecessors Lee Jang-soo and Marcello Lippi to make Guangzhou the most successful club ever in China, the Brazilian no doubt knew troubled times lay ahead. Despite guiding the club to three league titles, the Asian Champions League crown in 2015 and the Chinese FA Cup a year later, the signs Guangzhou's... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:05 pm
  • Santi Cazorla brought Arsenal great skill on the ball, and earned fans' unanimous affection
    ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware. The most precious tribute you can pay Santi Cazorla is that he would have been a star on Arsene Wenger's greatest Arsenal teams. You could see him dictating play alongside Patrick Vieira in the centre of midfield or triangulating with Ashley Cole and Thierry Henry down the left wing with another display of precocious close control and high-speed passing to leave opponents dazed and dizzy. Instead, his fate was to elevate Wenger's most average Arsenal teams. And it was a role he played superbly.... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:03 pm
  • Rumours rated: Martial to Chelsea? Alex Sandro to Man United? Fellaini to Milan? Buffon to PSG?
    The FC crew weigh the pros and cons of PSG's reported interest in Gianluigi Buffon and ponder whether Financial Fair Play is a factor. Julien Laurens explains Paul Pogba's state of mind following a season which occasionally saw strained relationships with manager Jose Mouinho. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into rumours surrounding Neymar, Willian, Anthony Martial and more in Transfer Rater. With the transfer window open, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place. Anthony Martial to Chelsea: 35 percent The young French forward struggled this season under Jose Mourinho, and talk of him leaving the Red Devils is getting louder. Among the many clubs interested in him are Chelsea, in a deal that could involve Willian, who is reported to be unhappy with Antonio Conte's style of football. Despite the tense relationship between the... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 7:01 pm
  • Transfer Talk: Arsenal's new regime to start with Jean-Michael Seri; Madrid in Chelsea's way
    The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 10:59 am
  • Neymar, Costa, Silva, Coutinho and Brazil flying high before World Cup
    To help prepare for the World Cup, the Brazilian national team have set up a training camp high up in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro. However, with the Granja Comary training centre being some 800 metres above the city with just a narrow winding road connecting the two, the Brazilian football federation have laid on some rather lavish transport for their players. Neymar, Douglas Costa, Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho have all been spotted being helicoptered directly into the town of Teresopolis,... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:52 am
  • Borussia Dortmund's fourth coach in a year, Lucien Favre, has challenges ahead of him
    After helping the club secure Champions League football for a third straight campaign, Peter Stoger reveals he will not be staying on as Dortmund coach. On Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund unveiled their new head coach for the 2018-19 season. Swiss coach Lucien Favre has penned a two-year deal, joining the Westfalenstadion in a questionable move from Nice's Cote d'Azur. After BVB had a messy divorce with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, a misunderstanding with Peter Bosz and a caretaker relationship with Peter Stoger, the 60-year-old is their fourth coach in little over one season. Did they find the right man to steer them through a difficult... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:49 am
  • BFC handed tricky draw in AFC Cup
    Sunil Chhetri in action against Abahani Dhaka in an AFC Cup encounter in Bangladesh. Bengaluru FC (BFC) will face Altyn Asyr of Turkmenistan in their 2018 AFC Cup inter-zone playoff semi-finals -- effectively the quarter-finals -- on August 22 and August 29, with the home leg taking place first. This will be the first assignment for their new coach, following Albert Roca's decision to leave after guiding the club to the knockout stages after a dramatic 4-0 win away to Dhaka Abahani of Bangladesh, even as former I-League champions Aizawl FC beat New Radiant of Maldives 2-1. This... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:41 am
  • Real Madrid facing Liverpool's '11 animals' in Champions League final - Toni Kroos
    Cristiano Ronaldo says Liverpool remind him of Real Madrid from a couple of years ago. Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson examine the styles of Real Madrid and Liverpool and how they combine to set up a potentially thrilling UCL final. Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists his side have just as much hunger as Liverpool ahead of the UEFA Champions League final. As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum. The ESPN FC crew discuss Jurgen Klopp's comments on the role experience will play in the Champions League final. Ahead of Saturday's final, take a look back at how the front three for Real Madrid and Liverpool have performed this Champions League season. Ahead of Saturday's final, take a look back at how the front three for Real Madrid and Liverpool have performed this Champions League season. Captain Sergio Ramos hopes Real Madrid can win third consecutive UEFA Champions League title. Toni Kroos has said Real Madrid will face "11 animals" in Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool. Kroos said the constant pressing of Jurgen Klopp's team -- something he experienced against Klopp's Borussia Dortmund during his time at Bayern Munich -- would pose big challenges. "It is always tough, always difficult playing against Klopp's teams," Kroos said at Madrid's media open day on Tuesday. "With Bayern Munich we had a lot of problems against Dortmund, always. That is what I expect... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:40 am
  • Emery's to-do list at Arsenal
    Unai Emery won't have much time to familiarise himself at Arsenal. The club's new head coach try to turn a struggling team back into title contenders, but what's first on his list? Mattias Karen K#187 Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:39 am
  • Unai Emery's Arsenal to-do list includes fixing defence, solving Wilshere's future
    The FC crew react to reports that Arsenal will replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG coach Unai Emery rather than Mikel Arteta. Unai Emery won't have much time to familiarise himself with his new surroundings in North London after he takes up the job as Arsenal's new head coach. There is plenty of work to be done as the club move into the post-Arsene Wenger era and try to turn a struggling team back into title contenders. Emery may have to wait a while before he takes up his first training session, but he'll have no shortage of items on his to-do list from Day 1. Here's a look at the most pressing needs facing the new Arsenal... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:39 am
  • Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger
    The FC crew react to reports that Arsenal will replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG coach Unai Emery rather than Mikel Arteta. Arsene Wenger addresses the crowd at the Emirates after a 5-0 win for Arsenal over Burnley in his final home match as manager. Stewart Robson and the rest of the FC pundits aren't sold on the bookie's favourite, Mikel Arteta, leading Arsenal to the promised land. The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Mikel Arteta's chances of replacing Arsene Wenger, contract extensions for Bayern's veteran players and more. Arsenal have hired former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take them into a new era following Arsene Wenger's departure. Sources told ESPN FC that the club had been impressed by Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal midfielder and captain Mikel Arteta, but senior figures began to have reservations about his readiness for the appointment considering his lack of managerial experience. "I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game," Emery told Arsenal's website.... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:30 am
  • Van Wyk aims to erase World Cup heartaches
    Houston Dash defender Janine van Wyk is in the midst of one of the most important seasons of her career, as she prepares for what could be her last chance to qualify for a World Cup with South Africa. Van Wyk, a veteran of two Olympic Games campaigns with Banyana Banyana, is hoping to guide the team to the FIFA's showpiece in France next year, and it would be the country's first appearance at the tournament. But first, they must finish in the top three at the the African Women's Championship in... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:26 am
  • Ronaldo: Liverpool remind me of Real
    Cristiano Ronaldo says Liverpool remind him of Real Madrid from a couple of years ago. Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:09 am
  • Ukraine covers up logos of Champions League sponsor Gazprom
    Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson examine the styles of Real Madrid and Liverpool and how they combine to set up a potentially thrilling UCL final. Zinedine Zidane issues a warning to any doubters who are writing off Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Champions League final. Sadio Mane explains why Liverpool will have nothing to fear when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists his side have just as much hunger as Liverpool ahead of the UEFA Champions League final. As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum. The logo of major Champions League sponsor Gazprom has been removed from UEFA-branded material on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine, ahead of Saturday's final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. The presence of Russia's state gas company angered some Ukrainians, so the logos were hurriedly removed from a "Champions Festival" on Kiev's main street. As of Tuesday, tarpaulins covered boards bearing sponsor names to hide the Gazprom logo, and other displays were folded in half. The cover-up is explicitly... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:07 am
  • Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho open up about their inspiration in new film on Bobby Robson
    Pep Guardiola learned a lot from the master. Pep Guardiola can tell you the day he decided he wanted to be a manager. It was a Wednesday, March 12, 1997. He was on the field as Barcelona went 3-0 down by the 31st minute of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid. The white handkerchiefs were waving wildly in the stands, demanding the manager be sacked. Louis van Gaal, the man intended to replace that manager, was in the director's box, signing autographs and mentally rearranging the furniture in the coach's office. Had the... Read More
    Posted on: 23 May 2018, 8:00 am
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid winning Champions League would be 'damn great'
    Cristiano Ronaldo said it would be "damn great" to win a fifth career Champions League medal if Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Saturday's Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 6:58 pm
  • Neymar back in Brazil training ahead of World Cup
    Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia? After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company. Brazil's doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says the PSG superstar Neymar will start training with a ball next week and could make his return from injury in a friendly against Croatia on June 3.  The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad. The ESPN FC crew believe Neymar should make a decision regarding his future before he becomes a distraction for both PSG and Brazil this summer. Neymar was back in training on Tuesday to give Brazil a boost ahead of the World Cup. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been sidelined since February after having surgery on his right foot but spent an hour training on the main pitch at Brazil's Granja Comary training ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro. He was joined by Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Danilo as he took part in drills, using his recovering foot to dribble through cones and shoot from long and close range. Neymar... Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 6:38 pm
  • Bayern Munich should consider offers for Thiago Alcantara - Lothar Matthaus
    Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has criticised Thiago Alcantara's big game displays and said the German champions should consider Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 5:21 pm
  • Judith Griggs to lead Football Federation Australia reform - report
    Can Australia make an impact at Russia 2018 under new coach Bert van Marwijk? Here's a look at how the Socceroos shape up. Socceroos' Josh Brilliante believes new coach Bert Van Marwijk is creating a fresh culture for Australia ahead of the World Cup. The ESPN panel in London are skeptical of Australia ahead of the World Cup with Bert van Marwijk's defensive mindset and an aging squad. Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine hails "leader" Tim Cahill as the veteran has been included in the preliminary Australia World Cup 2018 squad. The former CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Judith Griggs, is set to lead the working group tasked with resolving Football Federation Australia's governance gridlock. AAP sources say London-based lawyer Griggs is in line to become the independent chair of the FFA congress review working group. The eight-member panel has settled on Adelaide-born Griggs as their preferred candidate, with FIFA's review committee in the process of conducting an eligibility check. It's expected the world... Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 5:03 pm
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wouldn't get in Real Madrid side - Vicente Del Bosque
    Vicente Del Bosque has said no Liverpool player, not even Mohamed Salah, would get into the Real Madrid team and predicted a 4-1 Madrid win Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 1:44 pm
  • Mooy features in AU/NZ World Fame 100
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 12:51 pm
  • Ronaldo tops ESPN's World Fame 100
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 12:50 pm
  • Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool better than 2005 Champions League winners - Rafa Benitez
    Rafael Benitez is convinced the Liverpool side which will head into Champions League final battle with Real Madrid on Saturday is better Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 12:12 pm
  • Manchester United most valuable club in Europe ahead of Real Madrid, Barcelona
    Manchester United remain the most valuable club in Europe according to the latest study of leading teams. The report looked at the Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 12:12 pm
  • Man United's Marcus Rashford writes letter to city on bombing anniversary
    Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford wrote a tribute to his home city on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 12:10 pm
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane tells Real Madrid 'goals are coming' in Champions League final
    Liverpool's Sadio Mane has warned Real Madrid he is hungry for goals in the Champions League final. Senegal international Mane has Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 11:54 am
  • Championship playoff final winners to get £160m windfall after promotion
    The Championship playoff final between Aston Villa and Fulham on Saturday could be worth at least £160 million to the Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 10:51 am
  • Argentina and Man United goalkeeper Sergio Romero to miss World Cup with injury
    Manchester United's Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup after the Argentina goalkeeper suffered a knee injury. Argentina's Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 10:28 am
  • Liverpool signing Naby Keita would strengthen any club - Ralph Hasenhuttl
    Naby Keita, who joins Liverpool from RB Leipzig this summer, would improve any club in the world, his former RB Leipzig coach Ralph Read More
    Posted on: 22 May 2018, 8:16 am