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Will Guardiola vs. Klopp be the next great Premier League rivalry?

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 07:20:18 GMT

When asked directly about his relationship with Jurgen Klopp at the end of last season, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke of a "beautiful rivalry" between himself and the Liverpool manager. It was forged during their time as rivals in Germany, with Guardiola's Bayern Munich consistently topping Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, and the battle for supremacy is now fully alive again in the Premier League. Last season, Guardiola and City claimed domestic superiority only for Klopp and Liverpool...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Dani Alves could finally be coming to Premier League

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:10:11 GMT

The FC crew explain how Rodri will help shore up Man City's midfield and point out one glaring area they still need to address. Rafael Nadal takes some time away from talking tennis to share his thoughts on Real Madrid and the success of their transfer window so far. The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need TOP STORY: Pep eyes Alves reunion at City Pep Guardiola is considering bringing former Barcelona star Dani Alves to Manchester City this summer, according to the Daily Mail. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why did Prem teams spend less this window? Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? Guardiola signed Alves from Sevilla in 2008, and over the course of four seasons they won 14 trophies together at the Camp Nou including...

Transfer Talk: Man Utd favourites to sign Maguire after City bow out

Sat, 6 Jul 2019 04:49:00 GMT

Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner goes through Harry Maguire's defensive attributes and concludes that he is not worth the kind of money that Leicester City are demanding for him. Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson rate the latest transfer rumours surrounding Harry Maguire, Edinson Cavani, and a couple Real Madrid stars. The European transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the latest gossip below. Top free agents in 2020 | What do Europe's elite need United take pole position in Maguire saga Manchester City have withdrawn from the Harry Maguire transfer race, putting Manchester United in the lead to sign the Leicester City defender, the Sun reports. It's thought that Pep Guardiola was put off by the Foxes' asking price of £85 million for the centre-back,...

Rodri, Man City's club-record signing, plays like Busquets and is a classic Guardiola 'pivot' midfielder

Thu, 4 Jul 2019 07:05:15 GMT

The writing was on the wall. Well, on the shirt. Everyone pretty much already knew that Rodri was going to leave Atletico Madrid, who had set a €70 million buyout clause that was more invitation than deterrent, and that was confirmed when the Spanish club recently presented Marcos Llorente as their new signing. Not just because Llorente too is a deep midfielder, but because he was standing there grinning with his new shirt, No. 14 on the back. Rodri's number. Well, it was his number: On Wednesday,...

Toe Poke Daily: Man City, PSG and Arsenal reveal new kits

Mon, 1 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT

With Rodri set to join Manchester City this summer from Atletico Madrid, Sid Lowe breaks down how the Spaniard will make an impact on the pitch. 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. Never fear, kit launch is here With fans of the beautiful game around the world enjoying a packed summer of international football, it'd be understandable if domestic -- which starts in just over a month -- fell off your radar. But fear not, kit launch season is upon us. (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')); Roma's unique transfer mission to help missing persons Renowned...

Toe Poke Daily: Sterling meets MLB stars ahead of Yankees vs. Red Sox

Sat, 29 Jun 2019 01:47:37 GMT

With Rodri set to join Manchester City this summer from Atletico Madrid, Sid Lowe breaks down how the Spaniard will make an impact on the pitch. 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: Football at Glastonbury | Poole star joins Love Island | German ref turns DJ Sterling tries his hand at baseball Baseball is coming to the UK as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox face off in a two-game series at West Ham's London Stadium. However, instead of Jack Wilshere or Mark Noble...

Transfer To-Do Lists: What Man United, Liverpool, Barca, every top club in Europe must do this summer

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:25:06 GMT

There are several weeks left in the 2019 summer transfer window, but all of Europe's top clubs have a lot of shopping and selling left to do before they can consider themselves ready for the new campaign. With that in mind, we asked ESPN FC's experts to canvass the big teams and get a sense of their to-do lists over the next two months. What's the biggest thing they need to tackle? Which one player could make the difference? And which players should be sold in order to make room? Jump to:...

Toe Poke Daily: Bernardo Silva trolls Raheem Sterling over Man City star's running style

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 03:14:50 GMT

Manchester City teammates Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling traded blows via Instagram. 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: Man City troll Liverpool over Stones' goal-line clearance | UFC star Khabib makes Barca fan say 'Hala Madrid!' | New club makes impact with daring away kit | Alexis has a big night in the Copa | Guardiola's pricey cardigan Bernardo Silva got his mate to do a Raheem Sterling impression ># pic.twitter.com/KQKrwCbP2G— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 18, 2019 Bernardo Silva has incurred the wrath of Raheem Sterling after light-heartedly mocking his...

Rumour Rater: Paul Pogba back to Juventus? Bruno Fernandes to Man City, Liverpool or Spurs?

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:23:03 GMT

The summer transfer window is in full swing, but there's plenty of business still to be done given the flurry of international tournaments kicking off in June. Which players are likeliest to move before the 2019-20 campaign? David Amoyal rates the top rumours from around world football in the first edition of our summer Rumour Rater. Paul Pogba, Manchester United to Juventus: 40 percent The French international has maintained great relations with his former club and was recently a guest at...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United and Man City to battle for Maguire

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 05:22:21 GMT

The Premier League transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers and, below, keep up to date with the latest gossip When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Manchester clubs to battle for Maguire Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head to land England and Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, according to Sky Sports. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why did Prem teams spend less this window? Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? Sources have told ESPN that United are ready to renew their interest in Maguire,...

Six crazy transfers that would improve the Premier League's top-six

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Premier League's big six have made a slow start to the summer transfer window, with only Manchester United adding to their squad since the end of the season with the £15m signing of young Swansea winger Daniel James. Finding the right player at the right price is now becoming a challenge for even the biggest and wealthiest club. But if money was no object and the leading teams could make one signing to transform their starting XIs, whom should they go for? With the transfer market likely...

Transfer Talk: Man City and United in £120m battle for Felix

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 03:30:16 GMT

The Premier League transfer window is open. You can click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up-to-date with all the latest gossip. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: City and United in £120m battle for Felix He's a player we all have to get used to calling "The New Cristiano Ronaldo," and he's going to be a regular fixture in Transfer Talk throughout the summer. Yes, it's Benfica sensation Joao Felix, who scored...

Girona's relegation poses a problem. Will Man City still care about Pep Guardiola's brother and his club?

Thu, 30 May 2019 04:20:29 GMT

After a 10th place finish in their debut season in La Liga, Girona slipped late in the season to a surprise relegation. An hour after Girona's final game at Estadi Montilivi, the kit man was still going back and forth from the dressing room to a van parked outside the ground, making his many trips in silence, lugging bag after bag and stopping just once to embrace the security guard, a look of sadness on their faces. Neither of them said anything; they didn't need to. Watching him go and looking at the overall scene, it was hard not to see it as a case of packing away the first division. Defeated by Levante, it...

Toe Poke Daily: Premier League bosses get Snapchat 'baby face' filter treatment

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:27:04 GMT

PSG's Dani Alves opens up about his singing career aspirations and how racism has impacted football. 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: Villa caught up in Drake vs. Pusha-T beef | Marines train Women's World Cup hopefuls | Balotelli models 'Le Flow de Marseille' | Jutkiewicz goes on stag do in style Whether it be dogs, kittens, grumpy pandas or rainbow-coloured vomit, Snapchat has a filter for absolutely everyone and everything these days. To...

Man City keep or dump: Who has a part in the future for Pep Guardiola's all-conquering side?

Wed, 22 May 2019 12:25:00 GMT

The FC guys mention Manchester United's '99 treble winners and Arsenal's '98 side when questioning if Man City are the best team of the Premier League era. Pep Guardiola and Man City have won everything but the Champions League. What will their team look like next season? We thought that completing this exercise for Manchester City would be rather straightforward. You win your second league title in a row, you get a domestic treble along the way, everything is golden, right? Not quite, and not just because of the UEFA investigators. There is some work to be done on this squad if they are to stay ahead of the curve. Between players who are leaving (Vincent Kompany), might want to leave (Ilkay Gundogan, Nicolas Otamendi) and have contracts that are winding down...

Alaba's title-winning showing tops Player Power Rankings ahead of Sterling

Mon, 20 May 2019 09:59:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley can't hold in his excitement after watching Manchester City's dominant FA Cup victory over Watford. David Alaba excelled in Bayern's title-winning victory, while Raheem Sterling's performance in Man City's FA Cup triumph fell short with our panel. 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: Jean-Paul Boetius (Mainz). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Manchester City are the greatest team of the Premier League era

Mon, 20 May 2019 08:34:00 GMT

You win five of six domestic trophies. You gain 198 of a possible 228 points. You triumph both when you have a 15-point lead in December and when you have a Liverpool team breathing down your neck until the very last game. Yeah, you get to legitimately ask: are Man City the greatest team in the Premier League era? The answer is yes. As for their lack of Champions League success, it's not an asterisk against their domestic record. It's simply another target in the cross hairs, armed with the...

Mahrez completes end-of-season turnaround with FA Cup triumph: Africans Abroad

Mon, 20 May 2019 07:34:00 GMT

With the English Premier League having concluded the weekend before, attention in the United Kingdom turned to the FA Cup final in which Riyad Mahrez's Manchester City completed a domestic treble by thrashing Watford 6-0 at Wembley. The Algeria international was an unexpected starter in the final, continuing his late-season turnaround after having been handed an unlikely appearance for City's title-clinching victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the final round of EPL fixtures. The North African...

VOTE: Which is the best team in the 21st century?

Sun, 19 May 2019 05:21:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley can't hold in his excitement after watching Manchester City's dominant FA Cup victory over Watford. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol feels the FA Cup final was over once Roberto Pereyra missed his golden opportunity early on vs. Man City. Steve Nicol feels Pep Guardiola's Man City squad is perfect next season, but needs to continue to man-manage Gabriel Jesus' minutes to keep him happy. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City became the first English team to complete the domestic treble, but where do they rank among Europe's greatest in the 21st century? Vote and have your say. (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'));

Man City to auction Pep Guardiola's winning 'coatigan'

Sun, 19 May 2019 02:26:00 GMT

Steve Nicol feels Pep Guardiola's Man City squad is perfect next season, but needs to continue to man-manage Gabriel Jesus' minutes to keep him happy. After wrapping up an unprecedented domestic men's treble, Pep Guardiola is preparing to part with an item of clothing that has accompanied him and Man City on the road to success this season. Indeed, City are set to auction of the grey "coatigan" worn by Guardiola on the touchlines as his team secured the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Watford at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. Speaking after the final, Guardiola confirmed that he planned to sell his iconic hybrid outerwear to help raise funds for charity. "Yes...


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