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U.S. defender Eric Lichaj completes transfer to Hull City

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:33:00 PDT

price benicar hct U.S. international Eric Lichaj scored a header and stunning volley to help Nottingham Forest knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup. Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj posts a picture with his new canine friend, Marcus Rashford shows off his silky moves in Dubai and more in the Sweeper. United States international defender Eric Lichaj completed his move to Hull City from Nottingham Forest on Friday. As reported by ESPN FC earlier this month, Forest were willing to sell the 29-year-old as he entered the final year of his contract. He has now signed a two-year contract with fellow Championship club Hull, who hold an option for a third season. "I'm excited about playing here and I'm looking forward to getting started with pre-season next week," Lichaj said in a statement. "It's a...

'Boring' Belgium happy to fly under the radar as World Cup heavyweights toil

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:27:00 PDT

aricept 15mg tablet The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles. Belgium's Dries Mertens was all the talk at the start of matchday five, unleashing a dipping volley to break Panama's resistance in Sochi. Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up. A sublime Dries Mertens volley and two Romelu Lukaku goals gave Belgium a straightforward 3-0 victory over Panama. Argentina have crumbled. Germany have stumbled. Brazil have stuttered. Spain have spluttered. Belgium, meanwhile, seem to be ticking along just fine while others' dramas occupy the group stage narrative. Their dismissal of Panama commanded minimal attention when set alongside the travails of their rivals; Tunisia seem ideal opponents for a continuation of that trend and maybe a group of players whose talent has been loudly trumpeted for so many years is, uncharacteristically, sneaking up quietly...

Conte, Hazard's unclear futures adds to Groundhog Day feeling at Chelsea

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:11:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti explains how Chelsea's managerial situation will play into Eden Hazard's decision to stay at Stamford Bridge or leave for Real Madrid. This weekend marks five weeks since Chelsea won the FA Cup at Wembley. At the time it was widely expected that Antonio Conte would be sacked, with Maurizio Sarri widely tipped to be appointed his successor. The ensuing saga has become a source of deep frustration for supporters, who harbour concerns about the detrimental effect the delay in resolving the matter will have on Chelsea's chances of making a competitive start to the season. It has also brought to the fore once again a couple of familiar...

Minute's silence for Argentina after World Cup defeat to Croatia

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:10:00 PDT

The reaction to Argentina's dismal World Cup defeat to Croatia hasn't exactly been sympathetic in the local press, though some outlets appear to have taken it worse than others. Indeed, the presenters and pundits on television channel TyC Sports held an actual minute's silence for the death of the national team after the game. Argentinian TV held a moment of silence after Thursday's 3-0 defeat to Croatia. #WorldCup— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 22, 2018 Live from their studio in Moscow, the TyC Sports panel collectively bowed their heads and stood in sombre silence as the six men attempted to process the dreadful performance...

Postcards from Russia: 'The sea is digging a new nipple' and other misadventures in translating Cyrillic

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:48:00 PDT

It's day 9 and your favourite dynamic duo are back in Saint Petersburg. They're talking VAR, they're talking 'on this day', they're even talking to Monsieur Le and what dishes he'll be making. What more could you ask for?! Editor's note: This is the latest of Sam Borden's Postcards from Russia, in which he shares his observations, fears, joys and travel stories from the 2018 World Cup. MOSCOW -- Traveling abroad inevitably comes with linguistic challenges, but there is a truly special level of unease when you are in a country that uses a different alphabet. Yes, sure, my French is weak (at best) and I barely speak any German, but if I'm in Paris or Munich, at least I can read -- and try to extrapolate -- the words...

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font admires Gerard Pique's innovation, eyes creative content

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:28:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti questions if Atletico Madrid would have much of a case against Barcelona for approaching Antoine Griezmann. The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on whether Mexico's Hirving Lozano would suit Barcelona and how he would fit in the side. Barcelona's sporting director Eric Abidal insists he belongs to the club and will do all in his power to help them improve. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu discusses his visit to Harvard University to explain what the club represents on and off the field. Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu sits down with ESPN FC to discuss Barca's loss to Roma, winning two titles and more. Barcelona will speak with Gerard Pique about his involvement in a documentary which saw Antoine Griezmann reject an offer from the La Liga champions, but Victor Font believes it is the type of innovative thinking the club should embrace themselves. Font, who hopes to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu as president at the Barcelona's next elections, says the club need to seek new ways to keep up with the ever-richer world of football.  Looking at the Pique situation from different perspective, Font...

Fenerbahce appoint Phillip Cocu as new manager, PSV name Mark van Bommel as replacement

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:41:00 PDT

Fenerbahce have appointed former PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu as their new coach on a three-year deal after parting ways with Aykut Kocaman earlier this week, the Turkish club said on Friday. In a statement on Fenerbahce's website, Cocu said he was "very hopeful" about the vision of the team and its new chairman, businessman Ali Koc. "I have to say I am very impressed with the club's plans for the near future," Cocu said. PSV confirmed the move in a separate statement on its own website. =O <ó<ñ #WelkomPhillip; Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) June 22, 2018 Fenerbahce,...

Maradona mocked on Hand of God anniversary as Messi and Argentina suffer

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:31:00 PDT

While an entire nation grieved, there was one person who took immense joy in Argentina's hopeless capitulation against Croatia in the World Cup group stages on Thursday evening. That man was Peter Shilton, who definitely still hasn't forgiven a certain former Argentina international for the tremendous wrong he did him over three decades ago. Diego Maradona infamously deployed the "Hand of God" to beat Shilton at the World Cup in Mexico as England were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on 22 June,...

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has to attack Mexico to keep World Cup spot

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:07:00 PDT

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez report from Rostov ahead of Mexico's Group F match Saturday against South Korea. ROSTOV -- South Korea had not lost an opening game at the World Cup since 1998 until last Monday. That 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden was not the best way to kick off a tough group that continues with a game against Mexico on Saturday and then ends with Germany. The focus now is not on trying to get to the knockout stages but simply on avoiding elimination with a game against the defending champions still to come. It would be a major embarrassment for Asia's most successful World Cup nation if...

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