Sergio Aguero's best and most memorable Manchester City goals

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:49:00 PDT

English Premier League: Sergio Aguero (30') Man City 1-0 Burnley Layla Anna-Lee believes Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is a better striker than Spurs' Harry Kane. Is she wrong? The FC crew decide whether they would rather have Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero as the striker in their team. With 177 goals, Sergio Aguero has equalled Eric Brook's Manchester City's scoring record. We ranked the 10 best and most memorable from the dynamic Argentine striker. 10. vs. Sunderland, December 2014 Sometimes the most thrilling goals are when you think the scorer has made a mess of things but then recovers. When Aguero stabbed the ball past Sebastian Coates in this game against Sunderland, he looked as if he'd ceded possession before an opportunity to shoot came up. But no. A combination of his...

Power Rankings: Barcelona stay on top as Tottenham move into the top five

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:44:00 PDT

The top four remain unchanged in Shaka Hislop's latest Power Rankings -- but Tottenham continue to rise up the charts into fifth. Dropping out: Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Scouting Spotlight: Aaron Martin, Leon Goretzka, Hirving Lozano

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:02:00 PDT

Manchester United have reportedly scouted Aaron Martin. Which players are attracting attention in Europe's biggest leagues? Scouting Spotlight looks at three players each week whose performances are making headlines ... Aaron Martin -- Espanyol After making his debut in October 2016, Martin has earned a regular starting spot at Espanyol and attracted admirers across Europe with his impressive performances. The left-back has won three caps for Spain Under-21s but was overlooked for the European Championship squad in the summer. Playing style An agile,...

Father versus son highlights magic of FA Cup

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:00:00 PDT

The FA Cup is the greatest tournament in the world because it's about the sport, not the teams. LONDON -- Martin Ling, Leyton Orient's newly installed director of football, found a quiet gap between the filling stands at Victoria Road. His O's had made the short bus trip to visit Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, two National League sides drawn to begin their pivotal FA Cup campaigns against each other. For Ling, the prospects were twice nervy. His son, Sam, was starting for the Daggers. Sam, only 20, still lives at home, and it had been a little quiet around the house before the East...

Icardi single-handedly decides Milan derby to top Player Power Rankings

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Craig Burley evaluates the latest player power rankings, topped by Mauro Icardi after his hat trick in the Milan derby. Inter boss Luciano Spalletti sings the praises of Mauro Icardi after the Argentine's hat trick in the Milan derby. ESPN FC's worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend's action. Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is this week's No. 1. 1. Mauro Icardi | Inter Milan Why he's here: The Inter captain scored the opener in the Derby della Madonnina before replying to a pair of equalisers to net a hat trick in Sunday's 3-2 win over AC Milan. 2. Ciro Immobile | Lazio Why he's here: The 27-year-old scored a brace in a span of seven minutes as Lazio fought back from a goal down to...

Man City dominate Team of the Weekend as De Bruyne shines

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:16:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel defend and debate their selections for the best XI in the Premier League this weekend. The ESPN FC panel defend and debate their selections for the best XI in the Premier League this weekend. The ESPN FC panel defend and debate their selections for the best XI in the Premier League this weekend. The ESPN FC panel defend and debate their selections for the best XI in the Premier League this weekend. After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers, along with a manager. Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW. Plus, tune in to Monday's ESPN FC show (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) for further reaction. ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend. Goalkeeper: No wonder Real Madrid remain interested in Manchester United's...

Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic leading Premier League sack race

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:17:00 PDT

With just seven points from seven games, the FC guys share their thoughts on Ronald Koeman's future as Everton manager. Slaven Bilic explains why West Ham clearly deserved to win vs. Swansea, but agrees the fans had a right to boo them at halftime. An international break can be a nervous fortnight for club managers.  Not only are players out of their care, twitchy club chairmen and owners have often used the extra breathing space in between matches to make big decisions. It now looks as if Premier League bosses have escaped the axe this time around, with Frank de Boer, sacked by Crystal Palace after four matches, remaining the sole dismissal of the season.  That is not to say there are no managers under pressure. ESPN FC makes...

Liverpool vs. Man United: A fiery fixture that remains England's greatest rivalry

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Liverpool haven't beaten Manchester United in six Premier League games, can they end that run on Saturday at Anfield? Don Hutchison looks at how Manchester United will be able to secure an away win against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. Don Hutchison discusses the three main things Liverpool will need to do in order to beat Jose Mourinho's Manchester United at Anfield. Liverpool vs. Manchester United is arguably the biggest match in English football; a deep and visceral rivalry that has provided plenty of flashpoints down the years. Ahead of the latest meeting of the two most successful clubs in the domestic game, Tony Evans (Liverpool) and Andy Mitten (Manchester United) discuss the fixture, its history and their memorable personal moments from down the years. Liverpool Manchester United 0 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats When you think of Liverpool vs. Manchester United, what comes to mind? Evans: The [Merseyside]...

Europe's unbeaten: The keys for Barcelona, Man United and more

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:28:00 PDT

Across Europe's top leagues several sides have made unbeaten starts to the season, allowing them to race clear of domestic rivals and assume the role of early title favourites. ESPN FC asked club correspondents from Napoli, Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan to identify the defining factor in their strong start to the campaign. BARCELONA: (WWWWWWW) - Teamwork There have been three key factors to Barcelona's perfect...

Dutch stagnation is due to lack of new ideas, new managers at the top

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:32:00 PDT

After Netherlands failed to qualify for a second straight major tournament, the FC crew assess what went wrong. Dick Advocaat praises retiring Dutch star Arjen Robben, saying the Netherlands will miss having his quality on the pitch. You look at the Dutch team that achieved a pointless 2-0 victory over Sweden on Tuesday, while waving goodbye to qualification for next year's World Cup, and your first thought is: it's the B-team. That would explain some of the underwhelming names on the team sheet: Lyon's Kenny Tete, Hertha Berlin's Karim Rekik and eternal journeyman Ryan Babel, who was once described by Gary Neville as always fighting with his own feet. But no: also in the team was Arjen Robben, the best Dutch player of this...

The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:36:00 PDT

Taylor Twellman vents his frustrations after the U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle and Sebastian Salazar assess where it all went wrong for the U.S. and look ahead to what comes next. ESPN's Jeremy Schaap tries to put the U.S.'s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup into perspective. Max and Herc are joined by special guest Shaka Hislop to evaluate the United States' failure to qualify for the World Cup. Max Bretos, Herculez Gomez and Shaka Hislop discuss what needs to change within U.S. Soccer after their qualifying failure. Over the years, to go "full CONCACAF" has been an inside joke in some corners of soccer social media due to the region's seemingly constant periods of farce and sheer drama. From curious refereeing decisions to uniquely challenging travel, it's part of what makes World Cup qualifying in North and Central America so much fun. (Well, depending on your rooting interest.) And yet, the events of Oct. 10 might go down in the annals as the confederation's wildest evening yet. Over the course of 90...

How to fix Argentina: Improve youth set-up, support Messi, sort the defence

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:21:00 PDT

The FC crew debate how much a World Cup should factor into Lionel Messi's standing among the greatest players of all time. Max Bretos and Herculez Gomez evaluate Lionel Messi's impact on Argentina's qualification for the World Cup. Jorge Sampaoli says he gets emotional coaching Lionel Messi, whom he calls the best player in history. After Ecuador scored in the first minute, Lionel Messi took over and scored three goals to punch Argentina's World Cup ticket. After such a tense and traumatic qualification campaign, Argentina are definitely entitled to celebrate the 3-1 win away to Ecuador that cements their place in next year's World Cup. But the champagne might have an uneasy aftertaste. How did they get themselves in such trouble in the first place? And their main cause for celebration is the fact that they can count on Lionel Messi; imagine if he had gone through with his decision to retire from international football after the heartbreak of losing...

Top Tenner: The most memorable Man United vs. Liverpool games of all time

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Steve Nicol explains why Liverpool could have a hard time coping without Sadio Mane, who picked up an injury with Senegal. Don Hutchison looks at how Manchester United will be able to secure an away win against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. With Sadio Mane out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, Alejandro Moreno questions who will fill in for the striker. Manchester United and Liverpool have played some memorable encounters throughout the years. Nick Miller looks back at 10 of the best.  (This article was first published on Jan. 14, 2017) 10. Liverpool 2-0 Newton Heath, 1894 The inaugural game between Liverpool and Newton Heath, the team that would become Manchester United, was effectively a relegation playoff and would -- almost, assuming they were elected by the league -- decide whether second-division winners Liverpool would be promoted and...

Ireland's dogged, collective approach makes them team to fear in WC playoff

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Martin O'Neill has helped create a strong, determined Ireland squad that fights hard for one another. There is a terrible beauty about Martin O'Neill's Ireland team. Though frequently terrible to watch, they have proved capable of pulling off beautiful results. Monday's 1-0 victory in Cardiff "put a sword through the heart of the Welsh dragon," in the choice words of RTE commentator George Hamilton, and took Ireland into the World Cup playoffs. As Wales fans trudged tearfully away into the night, O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane took a leisurely, cheerful walk onto the Cardiff City Stadium pitch,...

U.S. rout of Panama brings new beginning, reignites World Cup hopes

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman praise the U.S. for their performance against Panama but caution there's still work to be done. Relive Christian Pulisic's goal, assist and all of his touches in between from the United States' 4-0 win over Panama. Jozy Altidore reflects on the keys to the USMNT's big win over Panama. With Panama in the rear-view, Herculez Gomez and Kasey Keller look ahead to the final U.S. qualifier at Trinidad & Tobago. Herculez Gomez and Kasey Keller weigh in on the best ways to protect star players like Christian Pulisic. Tim Howard joins the ESPN crew on set in Orlando to discuss the United States' 4-0 win over Panama. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just a few hundred yards from Orlando City Stadium, near the intersection of West Church Street and South Lee Avenue, there is a squat, beige, anonymous office building. Thousands of soccer fans who filled the stands here Friday walked past it, and most surely paid it no mind as they banged on their drums, drank from their bottles or sang. The building belongs to the Florida Department of Health. And if you look on one side, it has a sign that says, in black capital letters, what...

France 1994, Spain 1958 among best teams to miss a World Cup

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 07:38:25 PDT

Taylor Twellman assesses just how likely a possibility it is that Messi and Argentina will not be in the 2018 World Cup. With Argentina and Lionel Messi in danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we have a look at five more great sides that missed out on the tournament ... Spain, 1958 The 1958 World Cup was the only tournament for which Italy have ever failed to qualify. They didn't enter in 1930, and the 1950s proved to be a tumultuous decade in Italian football, not least because of the Superga air crash that wiped out "Il Grande Torino" and thus much of the Italian side. But perhaps...

Missing the World Cup party: How the U.S. failed to qualify for 1986

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:36:00 PDT

Despite recent struggles in the Hex, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard is confident ahead of the crucial upcoming WCQ matches. Stewart Robson questions Bruce Arena's management of the U.S. ahead of two crucial matches to end World Cup Qualifying. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even now, three decades on, Paul Caligiuri still remembers the feeling. No, not that one. Not the feeling of pure joy that came after he scored the goal that sent the United States to the World Cup in 1990, a goal that stands as one of the most historic in men's national team history. This is the other feeling -- the one that was, in many ways, the exact opposite.  In 1985 -- four years before Caligiuri and his teammates experienced the ecstasy of stunning success -- there...

U.S. national team needs a full reboot if it is going to bridge the soccer gap

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Max & Herc explain why Benny Feilhaber's inclusion on the U.S. roster shows a tactical change from Bruce Arena. Benny Feilhaber says he was shocked to get called up for the United States' final two World Cup Qualifying matches. Stewart Robson questions Bruce Arena's management of the U.S. ahead of two crucial matches to end World Cup Qualifying. A cynic might say there isn't much point in the U.S. men's national team flying to Russia next year, even if it qualifies. (It still has to beat Panama and Trinidad & Tobago this month to get there automatically.) But this weakness isn't just an American problem. Almost the entire world outside little Western Europe has been relegated to also-ran status in soccer. Why? I admit that I'd expected the rest of the world to eventually catch up. When Stefan Szymanski and I first published our book...

Tim Howard has 'no doubt' U.S. will book World Cup 2018 spot

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 05:40:00 PDT

Despite recent struggles in the Hex, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard is confident ahead of the crucial upcoming WCQ matches. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard reflects on the nationwide anthem protests ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Panama. The FC panel weigh in on who Bruce Arena should start in goal against Panama. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tim Howard did not hesitate, not even for a second. While anxiety abounds for fans of the United States men's national team ahead of its critical World Cup qualifying match against Panama on Friday night, Howard -- the Americans' long-time goalkeeper -- has refused to even consider the possibility that the U.S. might miss out on its first World Cup since 1986. In an interview Wednesday, Howard said he has "no doubt" that the United States will be in Russia for next summer's...

Scouting Spotlight: Jorginho, Mikel Oyarzabal, Levin Oztunali

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 02:28:00 PDT

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon were all on the score sheet as Napoli got their first win in Group F. Which players are attracting attention in Europe's biggest leagues? Scouting Spotlight looks at three players each week whose performances are making headlines ... Jorginho -- Napoli Now in his fifth season at Napoli, Jorginho has played a key role in Maurizio Sarri's side climbing to the summit of Serie A with seven wins from seven so far. The Brazilian-born midfielder has two caps for Italy but missed out on a place in Gian Piero Ventura's latest squad in favour of Cagliari's Nicolo Barella. Playing...

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