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Toe Poke Daily: Glastonbury to screen Women's World Cup game after England plea

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:46:00 GMT

Outside the Lines' Jeremy Schaap outlines the significance of behind the Women's World Cup quarterfinal showdown between the United States and France. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Which WWC fan has the best hat? | Young's new tattoo Music lovers at the Glastonbury Festival will still be able to get their fill of Women's World Cup action after organisers agreed to screen England's big quarterfinal clash against Norway on Thursday night. The decision to show the match on the big screens came following...

U.S. selection headaches for Berhalter

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:44:15 GMT

Herculez Gomez joins ESPN FC to talk what he expects from the United States in their third and final group stage match against Panama. USMNT players Aaron Long, Gyasi Zardes and Paul Arriola spoke after their Trinidad and Tobago victory as their eyes are firmly fixed on their next opponent, Panama. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter explains how his team went from underperforming in pre-tournament friendlies to scoring ten goals in their first two Gold Cup matches. Momentum, confidence, sharpness, cohesiveness; these are chemical-like traits for a team, and they are as desirable as they are difficult to quantify. Yet it's clear that in the wake of the 6-0 thrashing administered by the United States in Saturday's Gold Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago, these qualities are now at their peak for the U.S., at least in terms of the Gregg Berhalter era. The Americans' spot in the quarterfinals is also assured. This makes the U.S. manager's approach in Wednesday's...

Paraguay already 'winning' against Brazil, Argentina-Venezuela too close to call

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:00:53 GMT

Check out the best goals so far at the 2019 Copa America. Watch the knockout rounds live and on-demand by signing up for ESPN+. The ESPN FC crew look ahead to Argentina's matchup with Venezuela and question if Messi and company can leave their group stage struggles behind them. Make way for the real stuff: The phony war of the Copa America group phase is over. Of the 12 sides, just four go home. Guests Japan and Qatar can make the long journey feeling relatively good about themselves. Japan came with a very young, inexperienced squad and produced some flair. Qatar, with the team crowned Asian champions, showed some interesting tactical concepts and picked up valuable experience on the way to hosting the next World Cup. Bolivia and Ecuador make the shorter journey in some...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United eye Ben Yedder to replace Lukaku

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:06:09 GMT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden examines the state of Manchester United, including how transfer spending has continued to lessen under the Glazer family. Gab Marcotti says similarities between Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri's style's of play would make the Derby County manager a low-risk signing for the Blues. Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest transfer rumours in this week's Transfer Rater, including a potential short stay for Miguel Almiron at Newcastle. Alejandro Moreno examines whether Newcastle's next manager can be as successful as Rafa Benitez without significant investment from Mike Ashley. The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Could Ben Yedder be heading to United? Manchester United are interested in signing Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder, according to ABC Sevilla. The Frenchman has attracted the attention of top European clubs, including United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, after scoring 30 goals...

Alec Mudimu: From Welsh Premier League to stopping Mohamed Salah at Afcon

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:33:00 GMT

CAIRO -- Alec Mudimu believes he "learned a lifetime's work" during Zimbabwe's Africa Cup of Nations opener on Friday, as the Cefn Druids defender swapped the Welsh Premier League for a showdown with Mohamed Salah and Egypt. The Warriors ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat following Trezeguet's 41st-minute winner in front of 75,000 spectators at Cairo International Stadium, but Mudimu is taking plenty of positives from the performance after testing himself against Salah only three weeks after...

Toe Poke Daily: Luis Suarez appeals for handball inside penalty area... by goalkeeper

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:02:41 GMT

To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: There's only two Adama Traores | Inter's mint kit It's fair to say that Luis Suarez had an eventful night as Uruguay faced Chile in the Copa America on Monday (watch the tournament live on ESPN+). The Group C match at Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Maracana stadium was played on the five-year anniversary of Suarez's equally...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United back for Sancho if Pogba, Lukaku depart

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 04:06:10 GMT

The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Man United back for Sancho if Pogba, Lukaku depart Sources have told ESPN that Manchester United only have £100m to spend this summer, but if they are able to ship out some star players then they'll have a bit more. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Lukaku won't force United exit - Man United only have £100m to spend - Liverpool won't sell Origi - PSG open to Neymar sale - United frustrated over Wan Bissaka United were keen on Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon...

Hummels returns to Dortmund: a perfect fit that could unsettle Bayern

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:21:33 GMT

Mats Hummels still has plenty left to offer in a top club's defense, but will Bayern regret letting him leave so easily for their biggest and strongest rival? Why? The obvious and indeed most accurate answer is that all three parties felt that Mats Hummels' move back to Borussia Dortmund from FC Bayern Munich was in their interest. But that tells us nothing about how each of them arrived here, and then quickly found an agreement that would have seemed beyond the realm of fantasy a few months ago. Borussia's thought process is relatively easy to explain. The main reason that last season's runners-up failed to win the league was their young defence's...

Toe Poke Daily: When GOAT meets GOAT -- Ronaldo-Jordan latest encounter of sport icons

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 03:44:17 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Jordan is the latest occasion that GOAT met GOAT. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Puyol proves he's a legend in his own back garden Cristiano Ronaldo had the pleasure of meeting with a fellow sporting icon recently when he bumped into none other than Michael Jordan. The Juventus star, who is currently enjoying his summer break after a long season, met the NBA legend and recorded the meeting for posterity...

MLS Power Rankings: Rooney and DC drop, as Timbers make move

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 03:02:00 GMT

We're a little lost here at the rankings. After the Gold Cup break which Major League Soccer instituted to (checking notes...) limit the damage done by international call-ups during the month of June, the league is back at it. Week 16 (as it turns out) brought six games involving 12 teams. It wasn't a full schedule, but it was enough to cause some waves in the Power Rankings and leave some scratching their heads. Aren't all the internationals still away? You get a pass if you missed most of the...

Chile to lose to Uruguay? Salah to star for Egypt vs. DR Congo?

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:13:13 GMT

Argentina are through to the Copa America quarterfinals after beating Qatar, but Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner are far from impressed. Qatar gave Argentina a scare but failed to find the net as La Albiceleste scrambled into the last 16 of the Copa America while also denying our banker bet on Sunday night. Chile face Uruguay this week to determine who will top Group C, while there's also African Cup of Nations action from Egypt. Running total: -£41.72 The Banker Uruguay know only a win will do if they want to top Group C and they are 21/20 shots to beat Chile with bet365. Chile have been impressive in their two games so far...

Mexico's ideal Gold Cup XI is coming together nicely

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 11:48:00 GMT

Mexico's Raul Jimenez sits down with ESPN FC to discuss the pressure on El Tri to win the Gold Cup and whether playing in CONCACAF is good for them. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's job done for Mexico in Group A of the Gold Cup, with El Tri picking up nine points from the group stage for the first time since 2011. In general terms, it has been a positive start to the summer for Gerardo "Tata" Martino. Martino has talked regularly about the "Plan A" for the team and it is slowly but surely coming together. And that's good news, because the Argentine doesn't have and doesn't want to possess a Plan B, or Plan C, in the near future. The immediate goal for...

Australia should no longer accept 'honourable defeats'

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 07:10:03 GMT

Following two tense hours of football in Nice, the Matildas' hopes at the FIFA Women's World Cup rested upon Sam Kerr. And her alone. "Only big players can miss penalties, because small ones don't take them," coach Ante Milicic said following Australia's penalty shootout defeat to Norway on Saturday. It's true. That post-match comment from Milicic becomes rather conspicuous, though, bearing in mind two substitutions in the dying minutes of extra-time. Missed or converted, or if her effort was saved,...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid turn to Newcastle star Almiron?

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 03:11:57 GMT

The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Real Madrid turn to Almiron? Newcastle fans had some bad news earlier with manager Rafa Benitez choosing to leave at the end of his contract (in six days) and now they are set for more. TYC Sports claim that Miguel Almiron has caught the eye of Real Madrid. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Lukaku won't force United exit - Man United only have £100m to spend - Liverpool won't sell Origi - PSG open to Neymar sale - United frustrated over Wan Bissaka As we've...

Young guns shine but sorry Nigeria must go back to basics

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 02:16:00 GMT

Nigeria ended their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign with a 3-0 defeat by Germany, going out of the tournament with barely a whimper after just one win in four games. Despite progressing to the knockout stage for the first time in 20 years, the Super Falcons were generally a poor side overall and deserved to be beaten. Their football was tardy, riddled with errors, and mostly uncoordinated in a performances that has left way too many questions and not enough answers. The Good... It was not all...

Ighalo proves Afcon worth from bench for Nigeria

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:50:00 GMT

First of all, that was an enthralling game of football. Burundi may be ranked 89 places below Nigeria, but they looked anything but as they pushed the Super Eagles to the limit, and it took a moment of genius from Ola Aina, plus the assassin class finishing from Odion Ighalo, to put them away late in the second half. The Swallows previously had given their more illustrious opponents plenty to chew on, when Cedric Amissa and then Gael Bigirmana not only forced saves from Daniel Akpeyi but also cracked...

Pulisic aggressive, intelligent, influential in USMNT's win over Trinidad

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 08:22:00 GMT

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter explains how his team went from underperforming in pre-tournament friendlies to scoring ten goals in their first two Gold Cup matches. USMNT players Aaron Long, Gyasi Zardes and Paul Arriola spoke after their Trinidad and Tobago victory as their eyes are firmly fixed on their next opponent, Panama. The United States faced a step up in competition in its second group-stage match in the Gold Cup on Saturday night and responded to the challenge with a convincing 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Cleveland. The possibility of getting revenge against the team that knocked the U.S. out of World Cup qualifying two years ago dominated discussion heading into the game, although the emphatic nature of the win was more about reclaiming confidence following the intervening period of stagnation. Positives Ruthlessness....

LIVE Transfer Talk: Ajax name Matthijs de Ligt price with Juventus circling

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 05:34:00 GMT

Julien Laurens discusses the race for Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus have reportedly swooped in to challenge PSG for the 19-year-old Ajax defender. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest transfer rumours, including where Matthijs de Ligt will land in the summer transfer window. Craig Burley urges Matthijs de Ligt not to be tempted by the big-money offers and to choose his next club based purely on the football. The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? Will Juve stump up the cash for De Ligt? The future of Matthijs de Ligt has been a source of incessant speculation in recent months and now the Times are reporting that Ajax are asking for a bank-busting fee of £75 million from whichever club finally takes him off their hands. That claim...

Lionel Messi, Argentina on the brink of major tournament humiliation again

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:16:00 GMT

All Argentina have to do is beat Qatar and they are on to the quarterfinals of the Copa America. Given their performances over the first two games, is victory a sure thing? It's that time again. Do or die. In or out. Dust off the old cliche about how, from here on out, it's a direct elimination tournament and every game is a final. Because for Argentina it's now a reality. If Lionel Messi and Co. fail to beat Qatar on Sunday night, their Copa America is over with a whimper. The trophyless drought will extend to 26 years, all the way back to 1993, when Gabriel Batistuta, Fernando Redondo and Diego Simeone led the Albiceleste to the Copa America in Ecuador. It's by...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona want Neymar AND Griezmann

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 03:47:58 GMT

Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Barca want Neymar AND Griezmann Barcelona want to sign Neymar AND Antoine Griezmann this summer, according to a report in Spain.  While Real Madrid have been busy making moves in the market, Barca have kept quiet but if they get their way, two of world football's biggest stars...

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