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Transfer To-Do Lists: What Man United, Liverpool, Barca, every top club in Europe must do this summer

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:25:06 GMT

There are several weeks left in the 2019 summer transfer window, but all of Europe's top clubs have a lot of shopping and selling left to do before they can consider themselves ready for the new campaign. With that in mind, we asked ESPN FC's experts to canvass the big teams and get a sense of their to-do lists over the next two months. What's the biggest thing they need to tackle? Which one player could make the difference? And which players should be sold in order to make room? Jump to:...

FIFA and Infantino have stepped in to 'rescue' African soccer but were they right to do it so quickly?

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:54:03 GMT

Infantino's decision to swoop in and oversee African football's ruling body is unprecedented. While they're in need, was he right to install Samoura, left, without consultation? Two weeks ago, one seasoned FIFA watcher likened the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to a struggling city government plagued with a range of problems that gets taken over directly by the state. In this case, FIFA are taking control of African football given several scandals and FIFA president Gianni Infantino is determined to iron things out. That analogy only applies to a point. Unlike the state with a city, FIFA doesn't have the authority to take over CAF. It had to be invited in by...

Power Rankings: Champions League winners Liverpool end season on top

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 09:19:00 GMT

After Liverpool's first UCL title since 2005, the FC crew discuss their silverware prospects going forward with a number of players in their prime. In a reversal of the Premier League standings, European champions Liverpool came out on top against Manchester City. (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')); Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Champions League, Europa League success for Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs shows power of 'London effect'

Mon, 27 May 2019 11:52:58 GMT

Tottenham's new stadium, in a drab part of outer/north London, is a thing of wonder. Automatic taps that fill the glasses from beneath can deliver 10,000 pints a minute, everything is cash-free and the South Stand alone can seat 17,500 people: more than Bournemouth's entire stadium. The new White Hart Lane also symbolizes a shift in soccer power: for the first time ever, the British capital is becoming a capital of the European game. It's no accident that London has produced three of this season's...

Lionel Messi beats Kylian Mbappe to season-long Player Power Rankings crown

Mon, 27 May 2019 08:06:24 GMT

We kicked off the 2018-19 Player Power Rankings campaign nine long months ago, with some famous faces coming in and out of our top 10 all season, and some surprise entrants making their presences felt. With the domestic calendars now all wrapped up, we looked back on a season's worth of Player Power Rankings to bring you our year-end top 10. (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')); Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Frenkie De Jong is joining Barcelona but it's nothing he can't handle

Tue, 21 May 2019 10:13:00 GMT

With Barcelona's coup for Frenkie de Jong complete, check out what the budding Dutch star brings to the Camp Nou. Frenkie De Jong receives a back-pass standing still in the Ajax half. Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric charge at him, but the Dutch playmaker, who seems to have all the time in the world, turns full circle and then accelerates away, leaving Modric chasing helplessly behind him. Vinicius, who has missed him by meters, falls over. The scene is a thing of beauty, like Charlie Chaplin escaping a posse of cops. Ajax won 4-1 in the Bernabeu on March 5. There are supposedly no secrets...

Alaba's title-winning showing tops Player Power Rankings ahead of Sterling

Mon, 20 May 2019 09:59:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley can't hold in his excitement after watching Manchester City's dominant FA Cup victory over Watford. David Alaba excelled in Bayern's title-winning victory, while Raheem Sterling's performance in Man City's FA Cup triumph fell short with our panel. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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: Jean-Paul Boetius (Mainz). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Power Rankings: Liverpool and Tottenham continue to lead the way

Thu, 16 May 2019 06:16:00 GMT

Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. The Champions League finalists still set the standard, while newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City have moved up. (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')); Dropping out: None Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Premier League way-too-early 2019-20 predictions

Mon, 13 May 2019 01:06:00 GMT

Man City were only crowned 2018-19 Premier League champions yesterday, but it is never to early to start looking ahead to next season. Will City repeat? Which club will surprise? Who is in trouble? And finally which top-six club is headed for a transition season? Nick Ames takes a way too early peak at the 2019-20 campaign and makes a few projections regarding the next edition of the Premier League. - When are the Premier League fixtures published? - When does the transfer window open? Manchester...

Mane tops Player Power Rankings as Silva, Mahrez split Man City vote

Mon, 13 May 2019 10:20:00 GMT

Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. Sadio Mane earned a share of the Golden Boot to top the Player Power Rankings, as our allegiances were split between a pair of Man City champions. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Has the USL found the way forward in soccer's concussion problem?

Mon, 13 May 2019 08:18:00 GMT

Jan Vertonghen's injury was the latest flash point to call attention to football's treatment of head injuries. The issue of head injuries in soccer -- and how to diagnose them -- has received more attention in recent weeks. The handling of an incident involving Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, who returned to the field in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Ajax after suffering a head injury, was criticized in some quarters after the player nearly collapsed shortly after being cleared for play. Now, a league is prepared to take the on-field diagnosis of head injuries to...

Power Rankings: Liverpool leapfrog Barcelona into lead, Tottenham second

Thu, 9 May 2019 03:14:00 GMT

Sensational comebacks are reflected at the top of Shaka's latest Top 10, which is led by the participants in an all-English Champions League final. (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')); Dropping out: Atletico Madrid Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Santi Mina beats Charles Aranguiz, Timo Werner to Player Power Rankings summit

Mon, 6 May 2019 12:07:00 GMT

After Chelsea guaranteed themselves Champions League football with a win over Watford, the FC crew examine the overall success of their season. Scoring twice and adding a pair of assists as your side desperately chases a Champions League place is reason enough to top Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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: Rafa Silva (Benfica), Tiquinho Soares (Porto). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Power Rankings: Barcelona continue to lead; Liverpool, Spurs drop

Thu, 2 May 2019 02:25:00 GMT

The newly-crowned Spanish champions are still No. 1, but there is movement below as two English clubs drop and Ajax climb again. (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')); Dropping out: Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

Sol Campbell starred for Arsenal and Spurs. Now he's a first-time manager leading Macclesfield's survival bid

Wed, 1 May 2019 10:46:00 GMT

Sol Campbell, 44, interviewed for several management jobs in the past but finally found a fit and a challenge in League Two. MACCLESFIELD, England -- Nestling on the edge of the beautiful Peak District National Park, 20 miles south of Manchester, is the town that produced England's robot-dancing, 6-foot-7 striker Peter Crouch, Joy Division's Ian Curtis, New Order's Stephen Morris and double Olympic gold medal-winning sailor, Ben Ainslie. Macclesfield is one of the 30 wealthiest boroughs in Britain thanks to nearby villages populated by Manchester United and City footballers and former managers including Sir Alex Ferguson,...

Salah beats Caligiuri, Vardy to top spot in Player Power Rankings

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:08:00 GMT

Mohamed Salah scored twice and added an assist in a win that kept Liverpool's title hopes alive to top Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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: Diogo Jota (Wolves), Adri Embarba (Rayo Vallecano), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Clement Grenier (Stade Rennais), Pizzi (Benfica), Nabil Fekir (Lyon). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Power Rankings: Barcelona hold firm at No. 1, Liverpool second

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 07:20:00 GMT

Barcelona are chasing a treble, and two wins last week mean they stay atop Shaka Hislop's Top 10. At the other end, there are three new entries. (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')); Dropping out: Arsenal, Chelsea, Istanbul Basaksehir Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.

The bad boys of soccer: Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez, Neymar lead the way as players you love to hate

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:20:00 GMT

Soccer's best villains match their dastardly deeds with their all-world talent to produce the ultimate in bad boy brilliance. Soccer is the beautiful game. When played the "right way," it is a pure experience. Nice passing patterns, soft touches, artistic flourishes. But enough of all that. Remember the time Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that the Barcelona dressing room was like a classroom full of preppy schoolboys? Nobody wants that. Soccer needs villainy. The game's best side is its dark side. As The Joker said: "I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve." - Football's dark arts: Your guide - ESPN FC 100: Who...

Karim Benzema leads trio of hat trick heroes in Player Power Rankings

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:37:00 GMT

A trio of hat-trick heroes made their way on to our top 10 list, but Karim Benzema's stood out in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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: Ishak Belfodil (TSG Hoffenheim), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Power Rankings: Barcelona, Liverpool remain on top; Ajax climb, Juventus fall

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:05:00 GMT

The Champions League semifinalists occupy the top four spots, while Juve's bad week is reflected by their tumble. Plus, Arsenal and Chelsea are in! (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')); Dropping out: Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.


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