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PSG's Africans finally secure the silverware: Africans Abroad review

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:31:00 GMT

Paris Saint-Germain were finally able to celebrate winning the French title on Sunday after LOSC Lille had been held by Toulouse earlier in the day, as their African contingent became the first winners of a major European league this season. Thomas Tuchel's side could have clinched the title back on April 7, but a draw against Strasbourg coupled by subsequent defeats by nearest challengers Lille, a shocking 5-1 thumping, and Nantes delayed the coronation. Ultimately, it was a Lille slip-up that...

A scoring drought is a striker's worst nightmare: How do you break the curse?

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT

Romelu Lukaku has struggled at times with Man United, enduring two droughts this season of at least six weeks. Fernando Torres was struggling. Having scored 72 goals in his first three seasons at Liverpool, he had found the net just once in the first 10 games of what would turn out to be his final half-season at Anfield, in 2010-11. With Torres' confidence through the floor, his Liverpool manager at the time, Roy Hodgson, tried something unusual to get the goals flowing again for the Spaniard. In training games, according to an interview with former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger a couple of years...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester City to break club record for Atletico's Rodri

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 03:18:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is set to open soon. Find out when here and rest assured that Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Man City to reel in Rodri and break transfer record The Telegraph reports that Manchester City are ready to smash their transfer record by spending more than £60 million on Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Rodri, 22, has been identified by...

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.

Man United rebuild must follow in footsteps of hated rivals Liverpool

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:46:00 GMT

For Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Sunday's humiliating 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park had at least one positive. If every cloud really does have a silver lining, this one offered validation of United's determination to rip it up and start again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and follow the example set by, of all clubs, their biggest rivals, Liverpool. You will hear plenty of talk this week about the United-Liverpool rivalry and how the men from Old Trafford have...

Man City to beat United in key Manchester Derby?

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:52:00 GMT

Craig Burley doubles down on his opinion that Man United were rash in appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager and might pay the consequences. Not much went right for the column at the weekend but attention now shifts to Wednesday evening and a huge Manchester derby that could go a long way towards settling this season's title race. Running total: -£70.25 The Banker Manchester United were truly terrible in that 4-0 loss to Everton on Sunday and even the most optimistic fans must be worried ahead of Wednesday's crunch Manchester Derby clash. Much has been made over whether United fans might actually prefer neighbours City to win the...

Premier League review: Liverpool, City the gold standard as United, Spurs and Arsenal struggle

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 01:17:00 GMT

Nick Miller recaps another wild weekend in the Premier League, as Man United were hammered, Liverpool and Man City kept up their title challenges, and Tottenham and Arsenal lost. Jump to: Jones, Smalling not good enough | Mustafi a liability | Vardy happy again | Rafa doing well | TOTW Ludicrous standard of the weekend March 3, which was 50 days ago, was the last time one of the top two dropped points in the Premier League -- 12 flawless games between them. You have to go back as far as January...

Numbers: Ronaldo makes history as Juventus win 8th straight Serie A title

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:07:00 GMT

Juventus created history with an eighth successive Serie A title, clinched by a 2-1 win against Fiorentina. Along the way, Cristiano Ronaldo carved himself a little slice of history. In France, a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick helped PSG seal their eighth Ligue 1 title with a 3-1 stroll against Monaco. In Spain, Barcelona continued their relentless march to a 26th La Liga title with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, maintaining their nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid. Below those two, Zinedine Zidane's...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool move for Lille's Pepe and Leverkusen's Brandt

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 03:40:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Liverpool move for Pepe and Brandt Liverpool aren't having too many problems up front this season, but they need a reliable backup for Roberto Firmino and have reportedly made a move for Lille striker Nicolas Pepe. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton...

Nigeria players union renews call for insurance system after Christian Chukwu illness

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 01:38:00 GMT

Nigeria's football players union has called on the national federation once again to assist in implementing an insurance scheme to provide welfare coverage for players who have fallen on hard times. ESPN has learned of the renewed desire to act in the wake of inaccurate reports that Nigeria's Super Eagles legend Christian Chukwu had been "abandoned" in ill-health. Austin Popo, a retired player and current General Secretary of the Nigeria players union, the National Association of Nigeria Professional...

'Liverpool' among most popular passwords guessed by hackers in UK

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 01:06:00 GMT

Shaka Hislop wasn't too impressed by Manchester City's win over Tottenham but says they have proven they can hold off Liverpool in the title race. Liverpool may have the best defence in the Premier League this season -- but don't count on them if you want to keep secure in everyday life. The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK conducted its first "cyber survey," which will help inform government policy and give guidance on how to keep your details safe online. (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')); The survey found that "Liverpool" was one of the more popular passwords, with a staggering 280,723 instances of Jurgen Klopp's side being used to prevent unwanted access to...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid set for Pogba, Hazard but face Bale showdown

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:57:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Pogba to follow Hazard to the Bernabeu as Bale makes Madrid sweat Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has identified Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as his main transfer target, and is pressing ahead with efforts to sign his compatriot this summer, according...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Lukaku could leave Manchester United with club open to offers

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:24:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Man United 'listen to offers' for Lukaku Romelu Lukaku could be on the way out of Manchester United after just two seasons, with the club open to offers for the Belgium international. That's according to the Daily Telegraph, who believe Lukaku is open to...

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

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:05:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe makes the case that Liverpool's attacking prowess could have the potential to overwhelm Barcelona in the Champions League semis. ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Tottenham and Ajax will be the tie of the round, after both sides reached the semifinals in dramatic fashion. The ESPN FC panel says Lionel Messi alone makes Barcelona favourites over Liverpool. Are the Reds good enough to stop him? ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona. ESPN FC's Craig Burley credits Ajax for teaching Juventus a footballing lesson over two legs in their Champions League quarterfinal tie. 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+.

Chelsea's David Luiz meets his doppelganger from Slavia Prague

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 02:33:00 GMT

Chelsea secured themselves safe passage into the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday night with an entertaining win over Slavia Prague. Already leading 1-0 from the first leg in the Czech capital, the Blues got their scoring done early to muster a 4-3 win in the second at Stamford Bridge. View this post on Instagram Was so good to see u my friend ! God bless u always and for sure u will continue to be great !!! Keep going!! Good luck =J<û @alexkral98_ @slaviapraha A post shared by David Luiz (@davidluiz_4) on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:11pm PDT On a personal level, it was also an incredibly memorable night for David Luiz, who was reunited with his long lost twin -- Slavia midfielder Alex Kral. The sight of two chaps with heads full of plentiful...

Transfer Talk: Hazard to Real Madrid to be announced within days

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:29:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Hazard to Real Madrid "in days" Real Madrid are set to announce the signing of Chelsea winger&nbsp;Eden Hazard in the next few days, according to Spanish outlet Marca. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future They're reporting that Madrid are close to announcing the capture of the Belgian following...

Explaining the VAR drama: Why Fernando Llorente's goal stood as Spurs eliminated Man City

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:13:00 GMT

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham's third goal. In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City's season is reduced to a "mere" potential Treble and how Tottenham are 180 minutes away from their first European Cup final. But we live in an imperfect world, and one of the legacies of Wednesday night at the Etihad is the controversy surrounding Fernando Llorente's goal and the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR). After speaking to multiple...

UEFA Champions League final four: Why Barca, Liverpool, Spurs and Ajax will or won't win it all this season

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:49:00 GMT

It's a cliche because it's true. With just 270 minutes (plus extra time) left to play, anyone can win the Champions League. Liverpool were in the final just a year ago and Barcelona were the last team not named Real Madrid to actually win it. Ajax and Tottenham look like the longshots but have earned their places by taking down Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus in the past two rounds. Plus, thanks to the fact that the quarterfinal and semifinal draws were made at the...

Liverpool's new 2019-20 pinstripe kit a tribute to Paisley (and Nicol -- sort of)

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:25:00 GMT

The pinstripes on the new kit hark back to the 1982-83 campaign, when ESPN's own Steve Nicol made his debut. Liverpool have unveiled their new kit for the 2019-20 season which is very much an echo of the club's glorious past. (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'));

Mohamed Salah and Egypt hold no fear for Sebastien Desabre's Uganda

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:33:00 GMT

English Premier League: Mohamed Salah (53') Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre is quietly confident that the Cranes may have an edge after being drawn against hosts Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the Frenchman is already putting together a plan to neutralise the Pharaohs' star man Mohamed Salah. The East Africans were handed a particularly tough first-round assignment after being pitted alongside Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe in Group A of the 2019 Afcon, which kicks off in Cairo on June 21. However, Uganda have plenty...

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