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Premier League still full of surprises, with Man City stumbling, Salah back on form, Arsenal on song

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:10:00 GMT

The Exploding Heads wrap up the Premier League weekend in a tidy 90-second (plus stoppages) package. When it comes to the Premier League, we're all prone to jumping to conclusions and taking the latest preachings from the pundits as gospel. Well, predictions make fools of us all, and the action last weekend blew a few theories sky high. It turns out Manchester City are not invincible: Fancy that! Likewise, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was able to laugh in the faces of those experts, who basically told him he did not know what he was doing using "the world's top holding midfielder," N'Golo Kante,...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 10:05:00 GMT

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders. Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke. Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match. Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI. Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal. Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester. Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title. Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham. Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City. Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football. 15 Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Respite for Mourinho, home goal for Lukaku as Man United cruise past Fulham

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 09:05:00 GMT

Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford. Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match. Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. MANCHESTER, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 4-1 win vs. Fulham in the Premier League. 1. Much-needed win for Mourinho, Man United Manchester United can do routine after all. There was no crisis and no spectacular comeback, just a comfortable win against a team they were expected to beat. The pressure on Jose Mourinho, who recorded his 50th league win in charge of the club, has eased. For a few days, at least. Fulham fans in the corner of Old Trafford made sure Mourinho and his players...

Fulham draw with Leicester but are taking steps forward under manager Claudio Ranieri

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 07:22:00 GMT

James Maddison scored his second goal in as many games for Leicester as Claudio Ranieri's old side earned a share of the points at Craven Cottage. LONDON -- "One game at a time" was one of Claudio Ranieri's mantras during Leicester's miracle Premier League title triumph in 2016, and if the early days of his Fulham tenure are anything to go by, it is likely to serve him again at Craven Cottage. His first game, a knockabout 3-2 win over Southampton, brought him a first victory. He was more encouraged by his side's display in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, and there were further positives to be taken from game three, a 1-1 draw against...

Andre Schurrle's journey from winning the World Cup to fighting relegation

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 02:30:00 GMT

How would you cope if you reached the pinnacle of your profession at 23 years of age? Where would you go from there? Would you find it difficult to return to the prosaic realities of everyday life? Would you be able to rouse enthusiasm for the less glorious aspects of your job? Andre Schurrle was in that position in 2014. The German forward set up Mario Gotze's winning goal in the World Cup final over Argentina, not forgetting grabbing a couple for himself in the historic 7-1 humiliation of...

Premier League W2W4: Spurs, Chelsea have chance to show off brilliance

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 03:00:00 GMT

Marcus Rashford's name has been linked with Real Madrid, but the FC panel feel his lack of growth under Jose Mourinho may be a cause for concern. Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. Are we about to see the best of Spurs and Chelsea? It's been a curious season at the top of the Premier League. The established order is more or less in place, only goal difference keeping Watford and Bournemouth above Manchester United, and thus the top six being the big six. The elite feel more entrenched than ever, the rest having to leap upon increasingly meagre scraps. And yet, Manchester...

Claudio Ranieri will prove his elite manager status if he keeps Fulham up

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:57:00 GMT

Following Fulham's sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic, the ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on the appointment of former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri. Leicester City fans send their messages to Claudio Ranieri after their former manager was announced as the new Fulham boss. Claudio Ranieri possesses the ideal CV to manage Fulham, the Premier League's bottom club. The Italian can boast charisma, experience of managing at the highest level for over 30 years, the ability to work with demanding owners, a knack of winning over even the most sceptical supporters and, perhaps most importantly, he also has a big tick in the box marked "sporting miracles." At 67, there is little that Ranieri has not encountered, but his title success with Leicester City in 2015-16 -- when the...

Arsenal fans show they can enjoy their football again in Fulham thrashing

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 06:21:00 GMT

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Arsenal's impressive 5-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 1. Arsenal fans can enjoy their football again "We've got our Arsenal back," sang the travelling fans as Aaron Ramsey scored the Gunners' third goal in their latest victory, this one 5-1 at Fulham. This was Arsenal's ninth in a row in all competitions, making those early season woes seem like a very long time ago, and at least providing some optimism and enthusiasm in the stands. Nobody expects Unai Emery's...

Clint Dempsey's career defined by big moments for U.S., Fulham, Seattle

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:24:00 GMT

Clint Dempsey's former teammate and former manager are joined by the rest of the FC panel to reflect on Clint Dempsey's stellar career. Here are the best ten of the 57 goals that Clint Dempsey scored for the Seattle Sounders in his career. With some players, counting down their most memorable individual moments is a disservice to their overall bodies of work. Soccer is a game of subtleties, and to pick out only the highlights can feel like an oversimplification -- consider guys like Xavi and Andrea Pirlo, for whom the appeal was their ability to control entire matches as if holding an invisible string. With Clint Dempsey, it feels more apt. For Dempsey, who retired on Wednesday and finishes his career tied for the all-time goal-scoring...

Clint Dempsey personified U.S. soccer's dream: developing creative players with attitude, swagger

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:44:00 GMT

The FC crew dive into the career of Clint Dempsey, crediting him for always playing with a chip on his shoulder. The end has finally come for the man they call "Deuce". Clint Dempsey, arguably the greatest player the U.S. has ever produced, announced on Wednesday that he has retired from professional soccer, effective immediately. "After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game," said Dempsey. "I'd like to thank all of the teammates, coaches and support staff that I've worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to...

U.S. Soccer star Clint Dempsey retires from professional football: Social media reacts

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:38:00 GMT

Wednesday marks the end of an era in U.S. Soccer as joint-record goalscorer Clint Dempsey announced he will retire from professional soccer effective immediately, ending the current Seattle Sounders star's illustrious career both with the USMNT and in club football. The 35-year-old finishes level atop the U.S. Soccer scoring charts with 57 goals, tying Landon Donovan, and will be remembered as perhaps the greatest American soccer player of all-time. Dempsey's professional career began in 2004...

Liverpool in good shape if Klopp is playing down form; Jean Michael Seri proves his worth at Fulham

Sun, 26 Aug 2018 02:45:00 GMT

The third weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League season is all but in the books. Join Nick Miller as he looks back on the best and worst on offer in England's top flight. Good sign of the weekend You can tell things are looking pretty good for Liverpool because Jurgen Klopp is trying to talk down their performances. He wasn't happy after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday, and after they made it three wins from three with the 1-0 defeat of Brighton at the weekend, he was similarly...

Harry Kane breaks his August duck, as Kieran Trippier stars for Tottenham

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:13:00 GMT

Harry Kane scored an August goal for the first time in his career, adding to goals from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier in Spurs' win over Fulham. LONDON -- Three points from Wembley as a quickfire double in the second half saw Tottenham beat Fulham 3-1. 1. Harry Kane breaks his duck, as Kieran Trippier stars Harry Kane had never scored a Premier League goal in August before Saturday's match -- a statistic he was fully aware of and a curse he has been keen to lift. The striker looked jaded at Newcastle last weekend ,and as the second half wore on against Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, he looked set to draw a blank again -- especially when...

Fulham relish Premier League return before Palace provide reality check

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:02:00 GMT

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 GMT

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League 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 GMT

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 GMT

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 GMT

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 GMT

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 GMT

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...

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