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Arsenal summer transfer activity shows clear move from Arsene Wenger's thinking

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 01:37:00 PDT

where to buy avodart in the uk FC's Paul Mariner sifts through all the latest rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Ousmane Dembele and many more in Rumour Rater. Former Arsenal player Paul Mariner assesses the various reactions to the news of Stan Kroenke's possible takeover of Arsenal's ownership. There could have been more symbolic ways of marking the end of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign at Arsenal. Burning the coat with the faulty zipper, for instance, or banning broccoli from the Emirates Stadium. Maybe signing Andy Carroll or inviting Tony Pulis to become their next manager. But in the absence of such extreme measures, Wenger's successor, Unai Emery -- along with head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, and head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi -- nevertheless managed to signal a definitive...

Meet the new class: Europe's new managers have a point to prove

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 12:18:00 PDT

follow link Niko Kovac, Julen Lopetegui and many more have changed jobs this summer. FC's Paul Mariner delves into how each will fare at their new clubs. Julen Lopetegui says there is a buoyant mood at Real Madrid ahead of the new season. This summer, a host of top European clubs have changed their manager. Some by choice, while others were forced into it. Here's what we can expect from the new arrivals. Illustrations by Rafa Alvarez. REAL MADRID: JULEN LOPETEGUI -- Move past Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo issues Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words. The look on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's face as Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to leave on a high after winning the Champions League three years running...

Gareth Bale is ready to be the leader at Real Madrid

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 07:49:00 PDT

Finpecia online prescription International Champions Cup: Gareth Bale (15') Real Madrid 2-0 Roma International Champions Cup: Marco Asensio (2') Real Madrid 1-0 Roma EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's always hard to divine much from preseason, especially one that's truncated by players away on post-World Cup vacations, extreme amounts of air travel and the need to be mindful about easing back into action after weeks away. Young talent often gets the bulk of the playing time to show whether they belong in the first-team squad or out on loan for the season. Endless subs make it dizzying to track who's playing, and how well. But one player who's very much been central...

Manchester City the Premier League's team to beat; Liverpool can challenge

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 11:06:00 PDT

Check out all the new Premier League kits for the 2018-19 season. After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection. The Premier League is back! Who better than Ian Darke to run the rule over all 20 clubs? Arsenal: Expect a tougher, better-drilled team under Unai Emery, although even a top-four place would spell success. Bournemouth: With exciting youngster David Brooks and the addition of Colombian Jefferson Lerma, they are good enough to stay out of trouble again. Brighton: Excellent defending kept them afloat last season, but Chris Hughton needs more goals to sleep easier and will hope Iranian international...

Cristiano Ronaldo tops preseason Player Power Rankings

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 11:39:00 PDT

singulair 4 mg granulado prospecto Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini sits down with ESPN FC to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival, Leonardo Bonucci's potential return and more. Juventus boss Massimo Allegri had some peculiar quotes regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. The FC guys break down what he means. Ahead of the new European campaign, ESPN FC presents our preseason Player Power Rankings. Our global editorial desks nominated their best performers ahead of the new season, and we collated their picks into the 10 best players of the preseason. 1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus Why he's here: His Portugal couldn't go any further than the round of 16, but Ronaldo bettered his goal total from the three previous World Cups put together (3), with four goals in four games in Russia. He followed that...

Community Shield value shown by a history of memorable moments

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 12:18:00 PDT

Pep Gaurdiola and Maurizio Sarri dished out the compliments ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea's Community Shield clash. The merciful silver lining to the punishingly compressed preseason cloud is that several English and Belgian players will be spared the dubious honour of ending one season and starting the next by participating in two of the most meaningless games in football. That's right: Just 22 days after the World Cup third-place playoff, Chelsea and Manchester City will drag themselves out at Wembley for the Community Shield on Sunday (10 a.m. ET, ESPN+). However, as the traditional structure of the close...

Unai Emery seeks to restore Arsenal glory after Arsene Wenger's exit

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 11:59:00 PDT

Hector Bellerin reveals the biggest differences between life under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner is cautious over Arsenal's chances of reaching the top four this season. New season, different mood music at Arsenal. And that will make the Gunners a fascinating watch in the early weeks of the coming Premier League campaign, which they begin with games against Manchester City and Chelsea. Arsene Wenger's run as manager, which seemed to last longer in London than West End show "The Mousetrap," was ended by fan power. But will those supporters like Unai Emery's new regime any better? The 46-year-old Spaniard delivered three Europa League titles at Sevilla, then mopped...

Chelsea's move for Jorginho a stark contrast to last year's puzzling signing of Danny Drinkwater

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 08:19:00 PDT

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri believes Alvaro Morata showed he had improved dramatically since their match against Perth Glory after a fine display in their win over Inter Milan. Perhaps Jorginho's debut was always destined to be at Wembley. The only question surrounded the kit he donned. It long looked like his bow would come in the colours of Manchester City. Instead, he is set to line up against them. Chelsea's costliest ever midfielder giving the champions a glimpse of the player they could have had. The £57 million man offers not one comparison but three, all with midfielders past or present at the clubs who pursued him. If Pep Guardiola wanted Jorginho to understudy,...

Jose Mourinho's biggest bust-ups: Martial, Ozil, Casillas and more

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:19:00 PDT

After Jose Mourinho refused to answer a question about Man United's title chances, the FC crew question his demeanour during their preseason tour. Jose Mourinho has allowed Manchester United's Anthony Martial to travel to Paris, as his wife is soon to give birth to their second child. Jose Mourinho has cut a terse figure in preseason, but run-ins with players aren't new: from Anthony Martial to Mesut Ozil, Kaka to Iker Casillas. In fact, it's hard to find a superstar with whom the Special One hasn't picked a fight... We run through 10 of his most memorable bust-ups. 10. Kaka (Real Madrid) Kaka was famously one of the nicest and most mild-mannered superstars in football, so when he says a relationship between himself and a coach was "complicated," you can take that as his...

World Cup 2022: What will Argentina, France, Germany, U.S. look like?

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:19:00 PDT

The FC crew look back on the 2018 World Cup and identify four stars who either improved their stock in Russia or saw it take a hit with their play. The 2018 World Cup has only just ended, but there's already a benefit to casting ahead over the next qualification cycle to see how many of the top teams will re-equip and re-arm ahead of Qatar 2022. How will the contenders look in four years' time? Will their squads be peaking or full of new faces? We asked our writers to gaze into the future and imagine how their national teams will look by the time the next World Cup rolls around. ARGENTINA Assuming Lionel Messi is in the mix for 2022, Argentina's biggest needs are in midfield and defence. Any plans Argentina might make for the next...

Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:16:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team. This article first appeared on ESPN on April 17 and has been updated. The International Champions Cup returns in July, with games between the leading clubs in the world played across three continents in July and August. Here, we pick out six of the biggest games coming up this summer. July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) Manchester City will arrive in the United States as Premier League champions, but they will face Liverpool having lost all three...

How Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus impacted social media accounts

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:05:00 PDT

After he is unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded. Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy. With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football. Given the profile of everyone involved, it was no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo's €100 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus had quite an impact on social media. Both clubs have used Twitter and Instagram to tell their side of the summer's biggest transfer deal, and Juve have benefited from increases in follower numbers. Deal announced Madrid were first to confirm the move, saying they had "acceded to Cristiano's expressed wish" to leave the Bernabeu. Their tweet -- at 17:34 local time...

How England fell back in love with its national team

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:01:00 PDT

(Editors' note: We asked Nick Hornby -- novelist and screenwriter who wrote about his obsessive fandom of Arsenal in "Fever Pitch" -- to reflect on what it's like to follow England during a World Cup. This is the third of three pieces he wrote for ESPN while England chased glory in Russia. His first, on the unbearable hope that comes from supporting England, can be read here. His second was about the World Cup of dreams.)  These past three weeks have felt like they will soon serve as the backdrop...

Why World Cups are the worst time to buy a player

Sun, 8 Jul 2018 08:35:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti shares the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo's links to Juventus, including his motives for wanting to leave Madrid. MOSCOW -- A great soccer tradition is dying: the tournament transfer. The way it worked for decades, some obscure player would transfix the world with an unforgettable goal or a few brilliant dribbles at a World Cup or European Championship. Some big club, treating the tournament as a scouting opportunity, would buy him. The signing of a "World Cup star" would delight fans and media. But usually everyone came to regret it. Take Arsenal's purchase of Danish midfielder John Jensen in July 1992. The...

Uruguay's Diego Godin showing at World Cup that he's the best defender in football

Thu, 5 Jul 2018 12:00:00 PDT

It was a famous year for footballers called Diego. Famously, Diego Maradona won the World Cup in 1986. Less famously, Diego Godin was born. Thirty-two years on, this probably will not be a World Cup defined by a Diego -- not in the way 1986 was, anyway. Yet it might be a tournament in which another reaches new heights or, perhaps more accurately, in which his excellence gets the belated recognition it deserves. Godin has been the best defender of the World Cup so far. He might have been the finest...

How the biggest teams in football could lure Cristiano Ronaldo to their club

Tue, 3 Jul 2018 11:23:00 PDT

Where will Cristiano Ronaldo go? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in May, Cristiano Ronaldo cast doubt over his future. "It has been great being at Real Madrid," he said. Was Ronaldo simply angling for a pay rise? Probably. Was he trying to hog the spotlight? Most definitely. But his cleverly worded yet vague statement put the world on notice that CR7 might be back on the market. The latest rumours link Ronaldo with Juventus.  Even at 33, he wouldn't come cheap -- those Bugatti Veyrons don't pay for themselves,...

England to bring the World Cup home? This really is a World Cup of dreams

Sun, 1 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

(Editors' note: We asked Nick Hornby -- novelist and screenwriter who wrote about his obsessive fandom of Arsenal in "Fever Pitch" -- to reflect on what it's like to follow England during a World Cup. This is the second of three pieces he'll be writing for ESPN while England chases glory in Russia. His first, on the unbearable hope that comes from supporting England, can be read here.) I'd like to begin by quoting from an email I wrote to a friend the night before the World Cup began about our predictor...

Luka Modric beats Cristiano Ronaldo, tops World Cup Player Power Rankings

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 07:00:00 PDT

The World Cup has reached the Round of 16 and we have seen some sensational fan reaction around the globe. Who were the star performers in the group stage? We asked our global editorial desks to pick their Top 10 and collated the results to produce our final list.  (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Also receiving votes: Andreas Granqvist, Aleksandr Golovin, Hirving Lozano, Kasper Schmeichel, Thiago Silva, Luis Suarez, Denis Cheryshev, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela. Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings. Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

World Cup substitutes not scoring as much at Russia 2018 but still making an impact

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 01:00:00 PDT

As Russia's maiden World Cup kicked off, Denis Cheryshev became the first substitute to score in the opening fixture in any of the tournament's 21 editions. Then his teammate Artem Dzyuba became the second. When Cheryshev doubled his tally in the 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia back on Matchday One, it meant that six of the World Cup's past eight goals had been scored by substitutes. Before the Russian trio, there was Mario Gotze's decisive strike in the 2014 final and Andre Schurrle's brace in Germany's...

Liverpool made right decision to let Emre Can join Juventus - he will thrive there

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:18:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti and the ESPN FC crew discuss how far along Liverpool are in their contract negotiations with Roma's Alisson. Emre Can will thrive at Juventus. After four underwhelming years at Liverpool, the 24-year-old will play in Serie A next season and Italy is a better stage for him than the Premier League ever was. The midfielder arrived on Merseyside at a time of great optimism at Anfield. Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers, had run Manchester City close in the title race the previous spring. The upbeat mood was soured a little by the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona after the World Cup in Brazil but the club's...


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