Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes predict the crucial World Cup playoff matches. Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes predict the crucial World Cup playoff matches. For eight European teams, the World Cup next summer is agonisingly in reach — but first they need to negotiate a nervy playoff during the international break to book their ticket
Raf Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp has the ability to correct Liverpool’s defensive struggles and turn the season around. With Dejan Lovren still starting for Liverpool, Steve Nicol doubts Jurgen Klopp knows what it takes to be a good defender. Ross Dyer and Paul Mariner square off at predicting week 10’s Premier League fixtures, headlined by
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. Ernesto Valverde praises Luis Suarez’s effort in front of goal, despite missing an open net in Barcelona’s win over Malaga. After Man United’s loss at Huddersfield, Alejandro Moreno blasts Jose Mourinho’s constant changes to his system. While the
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo explains what it means to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award for a fifth time. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes sift through Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats from 2017 as he claimed the
The Exploding Heads run through some of the best made-up acronyms in the Champions League. For years Barcelona’s “MSN” was considered the best strikeforce in Europe, then Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The French side may now have assembled the most expensive forward line in football history — with €466 million worth of
The top five teams in Shaka’s power rankings stay the same, but there is plenty of movement in the bottom half. ESPN FC’s Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden checks in from the Camp Nou after the club decided to play behind closed doors amid political tension in Catalonia. Stewart Robson and Alejandro Moreno examine the facets
Stewart Robson and Alejandro Moreno examine the facets of Man City’s game that have propelled them to the top of the table. Pep Guardiola long made the point that he plays the way he does not because he’s wedded to some aesthetic conceit of what good football should be, but because he thinks it’s the
The FC crew react to this weekend’s Premier League best XI, as Gab Marcotti makes the case for his omitted selections. September can be a slog but it didn’t disappoint as far as the Premier League goes. Adam Hurrey looks back at the month’s winners, losers and biggest storylines. Who won the month? Manchester City
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: