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Fulham relish Premier League return before Palace provide reality check

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:02:00 PDT

see Goals from Schlupp and Zaha meant Roy Hodgson's men kicked off the season with a win against Premier League returners Fulham. ESPN FC's Craig Burley reflects on the first Saturday of Premier League action, including a debut victory for Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri. LONDON -- It was roughly 90 minutes before kickoff when the Fulham team bus alighted on Stevenage Road and Premier League footballers ambled into Craven Cottage for the first top-flight fixture in these parts for over four years. Home fans were there in number to greet them, white replica shirts on their backs, broad new-season grins on their faces, the warm August sunshine gently beating down on their heads. The names and numbers melded pride in last's season swashbuckling promotion charge -- MITROVIC...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 01:00:00 PDT

get link After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. FC's Stevie Nicol feels Liverpool have strengthened in all the right areas to challenge for the Premier League title this season. With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room. Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection. The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up? ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19.  Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead. MAN CITY Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...

Why the Championship play-off final is the richest game in soccer

Tue, 29 May 2018 10:15:00 PDT

get link Fulham celebrate their victory over Aston Villa and resulting Premier League promotion by lifting the promotion playoff trophy at Wembley. American international Tim Ream describes the feeling of returning to the Premier League after helping Fulham beat Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. Can there be anything in football more magnificent than the goal from an overhead kick? When Gareth Bale scored exactly that goal on Saturday in a Champions League final, the acme of elite-club-football competition, it was literally breath-taking. The stage, the spectacle made it possibly the greatest goal ever scored. But for all the beauty of that goal and how it will undoubtedly be admired throughout the ages, it wasn't even the most important scored that day. That accolade rests with Tom...

Premier League-bound Fulham have the players, style to compete at a higher level

Sun, 27 May 2018 06:54:00 PDT

Fulham celebrate their victory over Aston Villa and resulting Premier League promotion by lifting the promotion playoff trophy at Wembley. American international Tim Ream describes the feeling of returning to the Premier League after helping Fulham beat Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. Back in the autumn, promotion looked not so much a distant dream as a laughable fantasy for Fulham, languishing in the lower half of the Championship with internal disagreements making anything beyond survival look like the height of optimism. But an extraordinary unbeaten run of 23 games, stretching from December to May, took them to within a whisker of automatic promotion. And on Sunday they completed the job, beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the playoff final to return to the Premier League. So who...

Tom Cairney sends Fulham back to the Premier League after playoff win over Aston Villa

Sat, 26 May 2018 11:19:00 PDT

Fulham celebrate their victory over Aston Villa and resulting Premier League promotion by lifting the promotion playoff trophy at Wembley. American international Tim Ream describes the feeling of returning to the Premier League after helping Fulham beat Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Fulham's 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final at Wembley, which sees the Cottagers return to the Premier League after four seasons in England's second division. 1. Cairney sends Fulham back to the big time Fulham are back in the Premier League after four years away, Tom Cairney's 23rd-minute winner edging them past Aston Villa in a tense and increasingly chaotic Championship playoff final. They won despite playing the last quarter...

Transfer Talk: Spurs want Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Sessegnon to replace Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose

Mon, 14 May 2018 06:01:00 PDT

Tottenham secured third place with an empathic win over Leicester City in a nine goal thriller at Wembley. Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon says he's dreaming of playing in the Premier League and following in the footsteps of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli. With the top-four race complete, Steve Nicol explains what Man United, Tottenham, and Liverpool will need to keep up with Man City next season. The summer window opens soon and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours. Pochettino wants huge Spurs shake-up This could be a big summer at Tottenham -- the Telegraph reports that Mauricio Pochettino "will ask chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis to sanction a £150 million overhaul of his squad." A 5-4 win over Leicester saw Spurs finish third in the Premier League, but Pochettino wants them to take the next step. The Telegraph says he is asking for funds "to bring in the players he wants...

What Shad Khan's Wembley deal means for England, Tottenham, Chelsea, Fulham

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:48:00 PDT

The news that Shad Khan, the billionaire owner of Fulham and the Jacksonville Jaguars, has put in a bid to buy Wembley from the Football Association caused a real stir when it broke on Thursday. As well as having big implications for the NFL's planned expansion across the Atlantic, there are potential knock-on effects for the England national team, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Khan's own club, Fulham. ESPN FC's Tottenham and Chelsea correspondents, Dan Kilpatrick and Liam Twomey, look at what...

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon compared to Bale, but more like Salah or Sterling

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:53:00 PDT

Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon says he's dreaming of playing in the Premier League and following in the footsteps of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli. It was when he was asked who his idol was growing up that it really hit home exactly how young Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon is. "Luke Shaw," was the response, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. Shaw, just for clarity, is 22-years-old. Sessegnon, who has been one of the driving forces behind Fulham's increasingly fierce tilt at promotion, is not 18 until May but already has 68 first-team appearances to his name. He has started every league game this season and even in the two EFL Cup fixtures he...

Scouting Spotlight: Benjamin Henrichs, Ryan Sessegnon, Zakaria Labyad

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:52:00 PST

Benjamin Henrichs is versatile and useful for Germany in defence. Scouting Spotlight profiles players across Europe who have caught the eye. This week, Ryan Sessegnon is Fulham's answer to Gareth Bale, Germany are excited about young full-back Benjamin Henrichs and Morocco's dead-ball king Zakaria Labyad gets attention. Benjamin Henrichs -- Bayer Leverkusen Despite Leverkusen's struggles in the Bundesliga last year, Henrichs enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign that saw him selected for Germany's Confederations Cup triumph. Injuries have interrupted...

Ryan Sessegnon, Ruben Neves among the Championship's hottest talent

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 06:28:00 PST

Ryan Sessegnon has risen through the ranks at Fulham While most Premier League clubs look abroad for January signings that could give them a boost in the second half of the season, there is a wealth of young talent to be found in the Football League. Here are five exciting prospects who have caught the eye. Ryan Sessegnon -- Fulham It has been a mixed season for Fulham in the Championship, but their 17-year-old star Ryan Sessegnon has delivered a string of outstanding performances to attract interest from Tottenham, Manchester United and even Real...

Man United target Sessegnon in January; PSG to splash ¬170m for Milinkovic-Savic

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 04:50:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Man United want Sessegnon Manchester United have made Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon a top target for the January transfer window, according to the Guardian. The 17-year-old has been in dazzling form this season after being crowned joint top scorer in England's European Under-19 Championship triumph in the summer. With Tottenham...

Transfer Rater: Ryan Sessegnon to Liverpool, Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:37:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to leave Lyon this summer and sign for Atletico Madrid, subject to the Spanish club's...

The key to Premier League promotion? Find a style that works and stick to it

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:41:00 PDT

Newcastle are a Premier League veteran, and thanks to Rafa Benitez, they're close to a return. Back in September, it seemed as if a wearying and familiar pattern would repeat itself. Garry Monk didn't get off to a good start at Leeds, and with the team in the bottom three of the Championship before a 2-1 win over Blackburn, the vultures were circling. One vulture in particular: According to a number of reports, Monk was to be the latest manager sacked by notoriously impatient owner, Massimo Cellino. Skip forward six months, and Monk is still in situ while Leeds are fourth and looking...

Harry Kane, Tottenham cruise into FA Cup quarterfinals by beating Fulham

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:59:00 PST

Harry Kane's hat trick saw Tottenham cruise past Fulham and reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Craven Cottage as Tottenham eased through the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-0 win over Fulham on Sunday afternoon. 1. Kane tallies treble as Spurs cruise  Tottenham breezed into the FA Cup quarterfinals having made short work of Fulham. Harry Kane, a prematch doubt to play at Craven Cottage, grabbed a clinically executed hat-trick: his final goal came in the 73rd minute, just as manager Mauricio Pochettino was trying to substitute his captain for the...

Four reasons why Dimitar Berbatov would be welcome in Premier League

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:30:00 PST

Dimitar Berbatov has a lot to offer the Premier League. After taking a photo with Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov is reportedly training with Manchester United in order to get himself back to full fitness. But will that mean the Bulgaria striker will be trying to earn himself a contract in the Premier League? Here are four reasons why the 35-year-old would be welcome back in the English top flight. A touch of class Technique is something in short supply in England. When you find a player whose touch is so superb that it's worth the entry money in itself,...

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney receives thank-you from young fan

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:07:00 PDT

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has revealed that he has received a surprise thank-you note from a young fan despite the club's fairly hit-and-miss start to the season. Cairney shared an image of the note on Twitter, which was sent to him by a young season-ticket holder. The Little things ���� - Cairney10 (@ThomasCairney) October 12, 2016 The supporter in question also asked his Fulham hero for "advice on bicycle kicks", "how to get the ball"...

Despite adding Premier League talent, Newcastle overawed by Championship

Fri, 5 Aug 2016 04:43:00 PDT

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez could only look on as the Tyneside club lost its first match in the 2016-17 Championship season. Football supporters are never more optimistic than before a season's opening match. The end of that first 90 minutes, though, can bring sincere deflation, a biting chill of reality. Thing are never as easy as they seem in midsummer. Matt Smith's goal to give Fulham a 1-0 win issued just such an icy blast for Newcastle United. An estimated 7,000 Newcastle fans had travelled to Craven Cottage, filling the Putney End with a sea of black and white stripes plus plenty of bare chests. They began their...

Edwin van der Sar, 45, set to come out of retirement for VV Noordwijk

Wed, 9 Mar 2016 02:06:00 PST

Edwin van der Sar retired in 2011. Former Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has announced that he is set to defy his creaking bones and come out of retirement at the grand old age of 45. Van der Sar's last competitive appearance came for Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final. His next will come in the second tier of the Dutch amateur leagues. Van der Sar (45) gaat bij hoofdklasser Noordwijk keepen - (@ADSportwereld) March 8, 2016 The...

Fulham and Brentford engage in Twitter spat over goalkeeper loan

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:53:00 PDT

Richard Lee's loan move started a minor Twitter feud on Thursday. While it's hardly going to go down as one of the great conflicts of our time, Championship rivals Brentford and Fulham became embroiled in a spiky Twitter spat Thursday that ended in a glorious, meme-fuelled victory for the former. The kerfuffle began when Brentford announced the departure of their goalkeeper Richard Lee, who completed a loan move to Fulham on Thursday evening. Crucially, it was the Bees' description of Lee's new club that first riled the social media department over at Craven...

Zesh Rehman: Pahang hold edge over JDT in Malaysia Cup final

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 PDT

Zesh Rehman has already won two trophies in Malaysia with Pahang, including the Malaysian FA Cup. Pahang's dominant record this season over Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) could play on the minds of the league champions in Saturday's Malaysia Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, according to Pahang's ex-Fulham defender Zesh Rehman. Rehman is aiming for his third trophy in less than 12 months with defending Malaysia Cup champions Pahang and his seventh in three years in Asia. He's expected to partner fellow import Damion Stewart in central defence, the Jamaican international with whom he played for Queens Park...

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