The FC panel address Liverpool’s B-squad against Leicester, and how they won’t mind an early exit from the cup competition. The guys answer your tweets on Klopp’s effectiveness, Wenger’s dubious sale of the Ox, and Mourinho’s managerial prowess. Liverpool’s poor run of form continues after Leicester ousted them out of the Carabao Cup, with Islam
Aymeric Laporte epitomises the modern defender: equally comfortable on defence as he is in leading an attack. With so much emphasis placed on young attacking talent, it’s easy to forget there are plenty of impressive defenders out there too. Here are 10 of Europe’s best defenders under the age of 25. 10. John Stones, 23,
Tim Howard signed for Manchester United in 2003 and made 77 appearances for the club. The following is an excerpt from Tony Coton’s autobiography, “There To Be Shot At.” Taken from the chapter entitled “Tim Coward,” Coton discusses his relationship with Manchester United’s U.S. international goalkeeper from the summer of 2004 onward. Yet it was
Brazil’s Tite believes Neymar will have the freedom he enjoys at Ligue 1 side PSG following his blockbuster move. FC’s Craig Burley gushes over PSG’s front three of Cavani, Neymar, and Mbappe should the youngster join on loan from Monaco. NEYMAR PLAYED ON many big stages with Barcelona but rarely was he given his own.
Germany’s Andreas Moller celebrates his winning penalty against England in their Euro 96 semifinal. In 1996, football was coming home, and England were set to end 30 years of hurt. After a dramatic 120 minutes at Wembley, Germany and Euro ’96 hosts England were locked at 1-1 in their semifinal, and six years on from
Paulo Dybala’s first-ever Serie A hat trick helps him finish atop this week’s player power rankings. Juventus coach Max Allegri looks forward to facing Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League. ESPN FC’s worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend’s action, and the results are collated into a top 10.
Shaka Hislop dissects the UCL draw for each Premier League club and evaluates their chances of advancing from their groups. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes assess the toughest groups and most scintillating matchups this season in the Champions League. Gab Marcotti breaks down Group D in the Champions League, but can Messi finally break his
Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez will stage an event on Aug. 30 to launch their bid for the 2030 World Cup. It is about to be made official. Next week, Uruguay and Argentina will announce their wish to host the 2030 World Cup and thus celebrate the centenary of the tournament.
Steve Nicol is full of praise for Chelsea after their win at Wembley, but says Tottenham deserved something from the match. The simple conclusion to draw from Sunday’s clash between Tottenham and Chelsea is that, when you strip away the grumblings over transfers, the text messages to unwanted strikers and perhaps the garish blue training
The FC panel delve into their 2017-18 Premier League title predictions. The new Premier League campaign is finally here, starting with Arsenal’s home meeting with Leicester at the Emirates on Friday evening. But what are the major tactical issues facing the title contenders? Here’s a run-down of the major question mark about each side’s tactical
The FC panel delve into their 2017-18 Premier League title predictions. Craig Burley explains why Ousmane Dembele is a perfect example of the power players possess when it comes to transfer requests. Like it or not but football feels a lot more epic these days. Every big transfer is a saga worthy of the full
The Premier League routinely sees more stoppage time, and more stoppage-time goals, than any other league. The Premier League frequently casts itself as Europe’s most exciting league, boasting of its unpredictability, its open title race and its frenetic tempo. There’s one other crucial factor in its reputation as an entertaining, thrilling and crazy spectacle, though:
Steve Nicol reacts to Antonio Conte’s latest comments taking aim at Tottenham’s ambitions for success this season. With spending spiraling out of control this transfer window, Stewart Robson applauds Tottenham and their more conservative business plan. Antonio Conte referred to Chelsea’s 10th-place finish the last time they defended the title under Jose Mourinho. They probably
Gab Marcotti and Ale Moreno break down the latest surrounding Neymar’s future, but is he worth the reported transfer fee? MIAMI — For many, it did not matter: The ICC Miami version of El Clasico was not going to be overshadowed. 65,000 plus, clad in the colors of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s eternal rivalry, braved
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has his say on how Liverpool should proceed with Philippe Coutinho and Leipzig’s Naby Keita. Big clubs make big statements. Liverpool have spent the summer trying to flex their muscles in the transfer market, but the results have been mixed. Jurgen Klopp’s pursuit of Naby Keita appears doomed to failure,
Ian Darke reacts to Pep Guardiola’s comments about the time he’ll need to strengthen Man City and the leniency of referees. With Diego Costa supposedly bound for Spain, the FC crew assess potential replacements Chelsea can pursue. The FC panel assess Alexis Sanchez’s clouded relationship with Arsenal and the chances of him making a move
Kobe Bryant is an AC Milan fan, but also loves Barcelona. Soon after then-6-year-old Kobe Bryant moved to Italy with his family, he went down to a local park in search of a basketball game. The court was easy enough to find but what the local kids were doing on it looked a lot different.
Former Barcelona greats Carles Puyol, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and others have all arrived in Argentina for Lionel Messi’s wedding. Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi’s legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers. In honour
Even before Michael J. Garcia, a former U.S. attorney and FIFA’s chief ethics investigator into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, had submitted his report to FIFA in 2014, there were rumors that there was no “smoking gun.” Not of the kind that would see the World Cup taken away from the respective bid-winners,
Lionel Messi might not be medicine, but he can feel like it. Watching Messi with a ball at his feet is a testament to the rest of our possibilities. Maybe we aren’t so terrible, because he’s one of us. He can make us seem better than we are. He rewards so many different kinds of