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Transfer Talk: Jose Mourinho dares Paul Pogba to hand in transfer request as rift widens

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:10:00 PDT

The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. The English transfer window is closed, but the rest of Europe is still open for business, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the top European leagues? All completed moves: Prem | Champ | La Liga | Serie A | Bundesliga | Ligue 1 TOP STORY: Mou tells Pogba to 'ask for transfer' The fraught relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba is apparently approaching a breaking point...

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane 6/10 as defensive Achilles' heel rears head

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:09:00 PDT

Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. Atletico Madrid lifted the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn with a 4-2 victory powered by the brute force of Diego Costa. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored inside the 90 minutes, but in a reverse of the 2014 Champions League final, Atletico outgunned a fading Real in extra time. Positives The high-tempo press Julen Lopetegui is aiming to instill showed signs of promise, an Atletico corner towards the end of the first half winding up down the other end, at Jan Oblak's feet. Marco Asensio,...

Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui: Atletico Madrid 'punished' us in Super Cup

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:59:00 PDT

Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. TALLINN -- Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said "experts" Atletico Madrid "punished" his team in a 4-2 extra-time loss in the UEFA Super Cup. It was the first meaningful match for Los Blancos without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane and the struggle looked real after the triple Champions League holders conceded twice in extra time to come out on the losing end against Atleti. After falling behind to an early strike from Diego Costa, goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Real back...

Diego Costa, Saul star as Atletico Madrid down rivals Real Madrid in UEFA Super Cup

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:29:00 PDT

Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. Atletico Madrid finally got the monkey off their back as they defeated local rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in the European Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday night to start the season with a trophy and perhaps give a glimpse of a changing of the guard in the Spanish capital. Diego Costa's double, coupled with Saul Niguez's stunner and Koke's composed fourth gave Los Rojiblancos a deserved victory. While it might not make up for the heartache suffered in Lisbon and Milan in years gone by, it could...

Barcelona-Boca Juniors showcases South America's talent, the gap between domestic leagues

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:59:00 PDT

Malcom, Lionel Messi and Rafinha found the back of the net for Barcelona as they cruised to victory over Boca Juniors in the annual Gamper Trophy match. It would, of course, be silly to draw conclusions from a single, gentle preseason friendly, disputed by two teams a little short of full strength, and which inevitably turned into a parade of second-half substitutions. Even so, Barcelona's 3-0 win Wednesday over Boca Juniors provides more evidence toward a clear conclusion: how rich South American football is, and how poor the continent's club game has become. Boca Juniors were not disgraced -- and yet they could have lost by a much wider margin....

Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid deliver statement of intent in Super Cup vs. Ronaldo-less Real Madrid

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:14:00 PDT

Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. TALLINN, Estonia -- Three thoughts on Europa League winners Atletico Madrid's 4-2 win over Champions League holders Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. 1. Atletico finally get one over their local rivals Atletico Madrid finally won a European "derbi," with extra-time goals from homegrown midfielders Saul Niguez and Koke sealing a 4-2 UEFA Super Cup win over Real Madrid. Wednesday night's thriller at Tallinn's A. Le Coq Arena swung back and forth and into extra time, with Diego Costa netting...

Veracruz manager Guillermo Vazquez blames Liga MX 'double contracts' for resignation

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:02:00 PDT

Guillermo Vazquez has blamed his resignation as Veracruz manager on Monday on the existence of "double contracts" in Liga MX and claims the club owes him money. "Double contracts" are when a player or employee signs one contract to register with the federation as an official document and then has another on the side directly with the club or separate entity. There have been regular accusations of the existence of such contracts in Mexico. Vazquez has suggested his contractual situation was abnormal,...

Columbus Crew owners clear hurdle on Austin move after stadium vote

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:33:00 PDT

Precourt Sports Ventures has cleared a major hurdle in its bid to move the Columbus Crew to Austin, Texas. The Austin City Council voted 7-4 to approve a term sheet agreed to by the city and PSV, one that outlines details for a $200 million, 20,000-seat stadium to be built at McKalla Place, a city-owned 24-acre site in north Austin. The vote authorizes the negotiation and execution of agreements with PSV for construction, lease, and occupancy of the venue with the goal of completing construction...

David Beckham's Miami MLS team's name, crest potentially revealed by trademark filings

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:16:00 PDT

David Beckham takes time for ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes to announce his plans for an MLS franchise in Miami. Back in January, Major League Soccer confirmed David Beckham's Miami franchise as the league's next expansion outfit. Eight months later, the team has a name, colors, crest and start date, if logos filed with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office are anything to go by. Welcome to MLS, Internacional Club de Futbol Miami -- or Inter Miami. The recent filings were submitted by MIPH, LLC, the same company that filed the trademark for "Miami Freedom," the proposed name for the site that would be home...

Barcelona boss: Embattled Luis Suarez still 'getting up to speed'

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:09:00 PDT

Malcom, Lionel Messi and Rafinha found the back of the net for Barcelona as they cruised to victory over Boca Juniors in the annual Gamper Trophy match. BARCELONA -- Ernesto Valverde has backed under-fire Barcelona striker Luis Suarez to deliver when it matters. The league season has not yet begun in Spain but Suarez's form has already been called into question following a low-key performance in Barca's Spanish Super Cup win over Sevilla on Sunday. Suarez, 31, registered 31 goals last term but also suffered a number of dry spells and there have been claims that his best years are now behind him. "Luis is fine," Valverde said in a news conference...


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