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Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT claim hard to deny as Portugal, Spain play World Cup classic

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 03:14:00 PDT

borsa opzioni bjnarie The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players. Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain set several World Cup and international records for the Portuguese superstar. Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning 88th minute free-kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 against Spain in the process. The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B. The guys respond to your tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo following his heroic display for Portugal against Spain in the World Cup. SOCHI, Russia -- That chin-stroking celebration? It's a reference to a goat. Or, rather a GOAT: greatest of all time. And while some will rightly debate his status in the farmyard, nights like these remind you that his place in the conversation ought not be doubted. Sergio Ramos had said it a little over 24 hours earlier, when asked how he would stop Cristiano Ronaldo. "I don't know ... I just hope he doesn't have one of his best games against us." Ramos' prophecy did not come to pass. This...

Cristiano Ronaldo makes GOAT case with hat-trick as Portugal draw Spain

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:05:00 PDT

forex x opções binarias Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning 88th minute free-kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 against Spain in the process. The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players. The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B. SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Three points from Portugal and Spain's remarkable 3-3 draw at Fisht Stadium in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sublime hat-trick. 1. Ronaldo's three goals earn Portugal a point For a guy whose deeds are so often defined by numbers, whether it's the fact that he has more goals than games for Real Madrid or the fact that nobody has more Ballon d'Or awards stashed away in his trophy cabinet, there was one that seemed out of sync before this World Cup began: three, as in the number...

Portugal are a dangerous underdog vs. Spain that you wouldn't bet against

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:43:00 PDT

go The ESPN FC crew feel Spain must get out to a flying start versus Portugal to silence any doubters following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking. The PTI guys draw similarities between Spain's managerial change before the World Cup to the coaching change made before Michigan's 1989 title run. The FC crew answer your tweets on Spain's chances at the World Cup after sacking their manager, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol's golf game and more. Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation. SOCHI, RUSSIA -- You can't help but think back to those cheesy heist movies. "Hey Cristiano... let's get the boys together for one last big score." "You sure? But we just nailed the big one, the Euros, two years ago. My first major international trophy and, of course, Portugal's too." "Nah man, we got another one in us, trust me -- we'll be there with you, nobody will see us coming. The old man is on board too, you two are going to lead us one last time..." "Wow -- you really think we can...

Spain, Hierro preach message of calm and continuity after chaotic week

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:17:00 PDT

http://irinakirilenko.com/?deribaska=bin%C3%A4re-optionen-hauptberuflich&721=b2 binäre optionen hauptberuflich The PTI guys draw similarities between Spain's managerial change before the World Cup to the coaching change made before Michigan's 1989 title run. The FC crew answer your tweets on Spain's chances at the World Cup after sacking their manager, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol's golf game and more. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into Julen Lopetegui's sacking as Spain manager just two days out from their World Cup opener against Portugal. Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson assesses the fallout of Julen Lopetegui's sacking and believes new Spain boss Fernando Hierro has quite the challenge ahead. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes put their prognostication skills to the test for the first four matches of the World Cup. Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation. SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Spain captain Sergio Ramos and his freshly installed coach, Fernando Hierro, looked like they'd rather have been in the dentist's chair than facing questions ahead of Friday's Group B opener against Portugal. "I think I'd like this to be over now..." joked Ramos at the end. "Come on, it feels like a funeral. It's a World Cup. We're supposed to be happy." Yet there was no escaping the heavy, suffocating mood and not just because they faced the press in an overstuffed room in...

Julen Lopetegui behaved poorly; the Spanish FA was right to fire him

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:48:00 PDT

dating website quotes ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into Julen Lopetegui's sacking as Spain manager just two days out from their World Cup opener against Portugal. Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson assesses the fallout of Julen Lopetegui's sacking and believes new Spain boss Fernando Hierro has quite the challenge ahead. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes put their prognostication skills to the test for the first four matches of the World Cup. Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation. It is easy to be cynical in the modern game. So much so that, when someone makes a stand on principle -- even if you disagree with it -- you stand up and take notice. Perhaps you had not heard of Luis Rubiales before Wednesday. He is the head of the Spanish Football Association, and on Tuesday evening he received a call from his national team coach, Julen Lopetegui. Rubiales listened as Lopetegui told him that, in a few minutes, Real Madrid would announce that he was to be their next manager, replacing...

United bid, Gianni Infantino are big winners from World Cup 2026 vote

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:51:00 PDT

Tastylia for sale'A=0 USSF president Carlos Cordeiro feels that hosting the 2026 World Cup will have a positive impact that can help the United States team challenge for the World Cup. MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks about the 2026 World Cup coming to North America and what it means for soccer in the United States. FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not worried about political interference from United States president Donald Trump. Former USMNT player Taylor Twellman feels that the game will grow in popularity by hosting the 2026 World Cup in the United States. Sam Borden caught up with former USSF president Sunil Gulati after the 'United 2026' bid was selected to host the 2026 World Cup. MOSCOW -- In the end, the vote wasn't close. The United bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States was awarded hosting status for the 2026 World Cup, which will be the first comprising 48 nations and, quite likely, the most lucrative in history. The vote ended up 134 to 66. Why did folks think it would be a tight race? Partly because people often fear the worst and, possibly, because there was some politics going on, especially via the rhetoric of President Trump; the narrative whereby he might...

Brazil are favorites to win 2018 World Cup, but 31 teams stand in their way

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:23:00 PDT

http://a4lions.ca/?iyted=binary-domain-coop-gameplay&0d9=f6 From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson defends his picks for his 2018 World Cup Ultimate XI. You don't win a World Cup as much as you will a World Cup. The past three finals ended in a draw at full-time. Eight of the past 12 have been decided either by a single goal or in extra-time or penalties. Once you get there, it's as much about nerve and randomness, blades of grass that make a ball bounce just so or specks of dust that make you react that split-second later, as it is about who is objectively better. Bear this in mind when looking at Russia 2018. Because while there are four...

World Cup 2026: Everything you need to know about the Morocco and U.S.-led bids

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:31:00 PDT

Sbottassi inasprisca squittira http://statusme.com/fs-alabama/embed spazzi ringhiai scozzera! On Wednesday, the FIFA Congress will vote on the two bids hoping to host the 2026 World Cup: Morocco and the "United bid" which comprises Mexico, the United States and Canada. Here's a Q&A with some background ahead of the vote. Q: It's that time again ... World Cup host bidding! Which can only mean brown paper bags full of cash, investigative hidden camera stings and a whole raft of bans and indictments keeping us busy for the next couple of years. Am I right? A: Hopefully not. Although obviously...

Why the World Cup will never be the same after Russia 2018

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:21:00 PDT

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Exclusive: UEFA president Ceferin on mission to end gap between football's haves and have nots

Tue, 5 Jun 2018 05:52:00 PDT

go to site Exclusive: UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin tells Gab Marcotti the governing body will do everything to ensure a fair financial playing field. KYIV, Ukraine -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was 19 years old when he was called up to serve in the Yugoslav Army. Military service was mandatory and alongside him were teenagers from Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and the rest of a country that would soon implode in the most violent and brutal way. Five years later, civil war broke out and he was called back to arms. This time, it was the Slovenian Army and this time, his enemies were the very buddies he had served with a few years earlier. "Luckily,...

Why Zinedine Zidane really left Real Madrid after Champions League glory

Thu, 31 May 2018 06:28:00 PDT

follow url Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Zinedine Zidane has chosen to end his successful run as Real Madrid manager. The ESPN FC crew delve into the factors that led Zinedine Zidane to resign after leading Real Madrid to three consecutive UCL titles. Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. Despite winning a third consecutive Champions League, Zinedine Zidane shockingly announces he has resigned as Real Madrid manager. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez expresses his love for Zinedine Zidane and wishes he was able to change his resignation decision. On Wednesday, Zinedine Zidane said, "No mas." He walks away from the biggest job in world football and the opportunity to become the first manager to win four straight European Cups. And he does it less than four days after leading Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League crown. He used the word "desgaste" -- the same choice of terms used by Pep Guardiola when he left the Camp Nou six years ago -- and it has a specific meaning. "Worn out, out of gas." And yet he also said he...

Man United, Mourinho must fix style, Chelsea's post-Conte future

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:09:00 PDT

here Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Winning the FA Cup on Saturday will have absolutely no bearing on whether or not Antonio Conte sticks around as Chelsea manager. In that sense, the "oldest cup competition in the world" is even less relevant than usual, which doesn't mean it was a fruitless exercise. We learned something, too, getting further confirmation that he can match tactical wits in a war of attrition against almost anyone and come out on top, especially if his team gets the early goal, which they did. Jose Mourinho...

Barca's PR mess after defeat, praise for Allegri as Juve win Serie A

Mon, 14 May 2018 07:18:00 PDT

How about that for a boomerang? In the binary world of Spanish football, this was the sort of gaffe that does double damage. Right now, Barcelona should be sitting back and enjoying the fruits of a Double-winning campaign that saw them go undefeated in La Liga. Maybe send their old rival from the Bernabeu a few postcards ahead of Kiev, too, just to ratchet up the pressure. Instead, they're dealing with a PR disaster after the dramatic 5-4 defeat away to Levante (a team with nothing to play for)...

FIFA Congress on 2026 World Cup, Club World Cup: what's at stake?

Wed, 9 May 2018 12:02:00 PDT

In just over a month, the FIFA Congress takes place in Moscow, and, among other things, they'll be deciding whether to award the 2026 World Cup to Morocco or the United Bid, an entry shared by Canada, Mexico and the United States. But that's only the start. Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, is pushing hard for two other pet projects: a revamped Club World Cup and the Global Nations League, modelled on the UEFA version, which kicks off next month. Q: First things first, where will 2026 take...

Barca vs. Real still delivered drama, Chelsea vs. Liverpool underwhelms

Mon, 7 May 2018 08:48:00 PDT

Next season, La Liga will adopt VAR and while it may still divide opinion, Sunday's Clasico was a strong argument in favor of the move. Referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez made a string of poor decisions in the 2-2 draw between Barcelona and Real Madrid but what we can be most grateful for is that, in the grand scheme of things, it mattered little. Other than Barca's pursuit of an undefeated league season -- it's nice but when you step away and realize they lost in other competitions, it pales...

Champions League semifinals were fraught, flawed, frenetic and fun

Thu, 3 May 2018 01:00:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel discuss the manner in which Liverpool complicated their passage to the UCL final, winning by just one goal on aggregate. Football loves its conventional wisdom as much as any other endeavour. For a long time, there was this belief that semifinals were necessarily tight, tactical affairs, particularly in Europe. I'm not sure if it was ever based on anything other than anecdotal evidence or observation bias, but the thinking went something like this: The away team would be conservative because the first leg was really only the first half of a match lasting 180 minutes, and the home team would be terrified of conceding...

Juventus take charge of Serie A, Barca celebrate, Liverpool's Buvac stress

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:21:00 PDT

If Saturday night at the San Siro really did the decide the Serie A title -- and it sure as heck looks that way -- then neutrals could not have asked for much more in terms of drama, emotion, incident and controversy. Juventus took the lead with a deflected Douglas Costa goal, and inside 20 minutes they had the man advantage too, with Matias Vecino's stamp on Mario Mandzukic earning a VAR-assisted red card. Juve had another goal disallowed (with help from VAR) before Mauro Icardi's header levelled...

Can Bayern stop Real's march to a Champions League three-peat?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:06:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. ESPN's Alison Bender previews the Champions League semi-final matches where Liverpool take on AS Roma and Real Madrid face Bayern Munich. The last team to "three-peat" as champions of Europe, doing so 42 years ago, take on the team that is fancied to complete their own this season. It's an added layer of spice to the clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal. Not that you really need it in situations like this. European football's seascape brings together plankton and minnows, squid and sharks, but these two are bona fide whales. One or the other has been in six of the past eight Champions League...

Never-say-die Napoli stun Juve; Iniesta inspires; Mourinho, Conte rewarded

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:04:00 PDT

The ESPN FC guys discuss the rejuvenated title race in Serie A and debate the quality of the match between Juventus and Napoli. The last title race in a major European league is alive and well and owes a huge debt of gratitude to a 6-foot-5 Franco-Senegalese tower of power (who also has plenty of timing, grit and brains) named Kalidou Koulibaly. On Sunday night, during stoppage time at the end of Juventus vs. Napoli, the center-back rose into the Turin sky to power a header past Gigi Buffon, breaking a scoreless deadlock and giving his team a huge victory that cuts Juventus' lead at the top of the table to a single point. Napoli...

Arsene Wenger and the story of why he really decided to leave Arsenal

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:37:00 PDT

Journey back in time to soak in Arsene Wenger's finest moments at Arsenal during his nearly 22-year career with the club. Officially, he wasn't pushed. He jumped. But it's the sort of leap you take into thin air when a group of board members with machetes have chased you to the top of the building and there's no way out. At some point the haze will clear, the retrospectives will end, the tributes will fade and we'll be left with one incontrovertible fact. Arsene Wenger was asked to leave. Many would argue that it should have happened sooner. Maybe they are correct, but that's an argument for another time....

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