Soccer’s looming transfer window crisis Explaining FIFA’s bold plan to handle player contracts

Think of it as football’s Y2K, the legal bug in the system that could — if unaddressed — unleash havoc if 2019-20 competitions continue past June 30. More than one out of five players in Europe’s Big Five leagues —…

Premier League’s isolation idea all about product, not fans PLUS Juve’s short-term fix, Kane not leaving Spurs

We’re no closer to knowing when soccer might return to action given the global reaction to slowing the coronavirus outbreak, but there’s still a lot happening in the broader soccer world. Gab Marcotti reacts to the main talking points in…

Arsenal to Wolves: What we miss most about the Premier League

The world is still navigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis and with no firm date yet when soccer might return, we asked Nick Miller to round up the little things we miss about every team in the English Premier…

Aubameyang in Arsenal limbo, UEFA consider relaxing FFP, Bielsa’s unique check-ins with Leeds players

Welcome to our latest European football notebook, featuring contributions from ESPN writers across the continent. In this edition, Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ponders whether to stay or go, top defender Kalidou Koulibaly hints at a PSG move, Barcelona move…

Premier League should crown Liverpool now as final 10 games don’t change much at top or bottom

Heading into Matchday 30 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, things were looking pretty good at Old Trafford. Manchester United hadn’t yet lost a league match under their interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They were sitting in fourth place and…

The 2019-20 Premier League must be completed Football arguments should be settled on the pitch

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti questions why the Premier League has committed to complete the 2019-20 season. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti explains the financial impact behind postponing UEFA competitions. Julien Laurens explains why UEFA has set a hard deadline of June…

Coronavirus puts European soccer on hold: Bill Connelly’s 10 biggest unresolved questions

It’s blatantly obvious that sports are not the most important thing in the world, especially now. If or when they can still be staged safely, however, sports can still provide an immense and welcome distraction. If nothing else, so can…

Premier League review: Manchester City’s loss to United doesn’t bode well for Champions League

Another wild weekend in the Premier League is done and dusted. We get you caught up on the action with the Weekend Review. JUMP TO: Problems mount for Man City | Fred the man driving Man United | Liverpool to…

Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Man United: How the January signing revived a struggling team

It was in the away dressing room at Goodison Park that Bruno Fernandes confirmed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest of Manchester United’s coaching staff that he is the right fit for the Norwegian’s Old Trafford revolution. Fernandes had…

De Gea 5/10, Fernandes 8/10 as Man United salvage a draw at Everton

Craig Burley discusses the enticing Europa League round of 16 fixtures and picks his current favourite to win. Steve Nicol understands why Manchester United would be after West Ham’s Declan Rice. Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at…

How Firmino and Salah Sterling and De Bruyne rank among best duos in soccer when it comes to chemistry

Duos are dying. Back when everyone played a 4-4-2, there were pairs everywhere. You had two centerbacks, wingers and full-backs, two midfielders and two strikers. The treble-winning Manchester United side of 1998-99 played Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole up front,…

Hakim Ziyech can be Chelsea’s new Eden Hazard, if they let him loose

One of the most thrilling sights in football is watching Hakim Ziyech fire a 50-metre, cross-field pass. Ziyech thinks so too. He’ll often pause for a split-second to admire its flight. Sometimes, after backheeling his way past another opponent, he’ll…

Premier League review Mourinho’s whining is wearing thin Fernandes fits at Man United Burnley get lucky

Another wild weekend in the Premier League is done and dusted. We get you caught up on the action with the Weekend Review. JUMP TO: Mourinho’s moaning | Vertonghen done at Spurs? | Giroud could be key for Chelsea |…

Why Liverpool’s Robertson is the best value transfer since 2014-15, and why Chelsea, Man United have lost money

It’s hard to imagine it now, but not everyone loved Liverpool’s signing of Virgil van Dijk when it was confirmed on Jan. 1, 2018. Although the fee was in keeping with the percentage of revenue big clubs typically spend on…

Mohamed Salah masterful in 9/10 night as Liverpool go 19 clear

Mohamed Salah turned in one of his best performances of the season as Liverpool beat West Ham. Liverpool moved 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they cruised to a 2-0 win over West Ham…

Chelsea’s youth movement is ahead of schedule but how many of this team have a future in blue?

Steve Nicol says an experienced centre forward could have helped Chelsea avoid their 2-2 draw vs. Arsenal. Frank Lampard gives an update on Tammy Abraham’s injury as he’s set to miss Chelsea’s clash with Hull City. Pretend for a moment…

Man United lose at Liverpool and lose Rashford. PLUS: Haaland’s magic Dortmund debut, Setien’s winning start, Ronaldo on fire

Missed any of the action around Europe this weekend? Have no fear: Gab Marcotti is here to catch you up with all the talking points in the latest Monday Musings. Jump to: Man United’s Rashford mistake? | Haaland’s magic BVB…

Mourinho came to Spurs to ‘fix’ them and reinvent himself. Can he find a solution to stop Liverpool?

Not only is the honeymoon over, but you’re starting to notice things: the toilet seat left up, the remote control lost somewhere in the couch every night and far too much time spent playing Candy Crush. But to some degree…

How to fix the FA Cup: Scrap replays, force Premier League clubs to play stars, remove VAR

The FA Cup third round passed by this weekend with few shocks and even fewer full-strength teams fielded by leading Premier League clubs. Liverpool beat neighbours Everton with a second-string side packed with youngsters, Manchester City coasted to victory against…

Jesus 9/10, Foden 8/10 as City’s reserves shine vs. Everton

Pep Gaurdiola heaps praise on new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti ahead of their New Year’s Day fixture. Don Hutchison explains why this will not be Manchester City’s year in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are out of…