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Premier League leaders Liverpool might beg to differ that corners are overrated for scoring

Sun, 24 May 2020 08:22:00 GMT

Corner kicks can seem pointless, can't they? Over the past decade in Europe's top five leagues, about 3% of all corners have led to goals. If goals are so unlikely, why even try? If it's a choice between lumping the ball into the penalty area, with the faint hope that this is one of the three times out of 100 that your team miraculously converts, or playing it short and re-establishing your standard patterns of possession, then, well, it doesn't seem like much of a choice at all. Jose Mourinho...

Liverpool take note: Celtic show how to celebrate title without fans

Sun, 24 May 2020 01:19:00 GMT

Football without fans is something we're all having to get used to amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Celtic showed how to get everyone involved as they celebrated their Scottish Premiership title across social media on Saturday. The Hoops picked up their ninth title in a row and dedicated a day of social (distancing) fun to the cause. Streaming a virtual party on Celtic TV, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, Celtic got fans to show how they were celebrating at home throughout the day and...

Manchester City's 2008-09 squad: Where are they now?

Sun, 24 May 2020 01:00:00 GMT

Manchester City have been transformed beyond recognition by the takeover of Sheikh Mansour. More than a decade of Abu Dhabi ownership has yielded 11 major trophies, including four Premier League titles, and more than £1.5 billion spent on players. It began with a bang on Sept. 1, 2008 when the Abu Dhabi Group agreed to buy City from Thaksin Shinawatra and on the same day spent a club record £32.5 million to sign Robinho from Real Madrid. But success wasn't instant and, on May 24, Mark...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool to move for Wolves winger Traore

Sun, 24 May 2020 12:13:00 GMT

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond. TOP STORY: Liverpool to move for Wolves winger Traore Once the transfer window opens, Liverpool are keen to add some quality backup for their 'Fab Three' trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Jurgen Klopp has reportedly identified Wolves' Adama Traore, according to The Sun, though the speedy winger would set him back at least...

Coronavirus: Premier League confirms two more positive tests after latest batch

Sat, 23 May 2020 03:02:00 GMT

Two people from two clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League confirmed on Saturday. It takes the number of positive tests to eight from England's top-flight clubs, whose players returned to limited group training on Tuesday. "The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs," the statement said. -...

Burnley's Dyche confident in Premier League's safety guidelines and ready to get on with season

Sat, 23 May 2020 05:48:00 GMT

Sean Dyche is ready to get back to business. The Burnley manager has been through the box sets, soaked up the Michael Jordan experience by binge-watching "The Last Dance" documentary and jet-washed everything in sight, but with Premier League clubs given the green light to return to training this week, he insists that he and his players will be ready to restart the season on June 12 if required. "I wouldn't want to do those things forever, but I enjoyed that little window," Dyche told ESPN. "Little,...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City enter race for Leverkusen star Havertz

Sat, 23 May 2020 01:00:00 GMT

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond. TOP STORY: Man City enter race for Leverkusen star Havertz Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is of interest to pretty much every top club in Europe, but now Manchester City are part of the race, says The Sun. Havertz, 20, is valued at around €100 million with Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona seemingly most keen. City will be...

Zlatan, Tevez, Courtois among best loan stars; worst include Higuain, Falcao, Kallstrom

Sat, 23 May 2020 01:00:00 GMT

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the football world, the transfer market will change radically. Clubs are likely to turn to loan and swap deals rather than paying up front for a player, so we look back at some of the best and worst loan moves ever in Europe. THE BEST 10. Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea to West Brom (2012-13) Ten years and over 200 goals into his career, there are still some people unconvinced by Lukaku, but you only need to look at his season on loan at West Brom...

Pochettino: No ill will toward Mourinho replacing me at Spurs

Fri, 22 May 2020 04:24:00 GMT

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy in London but is open to a move abroad for his next job. Don Hutchison and Craig Burley examine Mauricio Pochettino's options now that his gardening leave is over. Don Hutchison explains why Newcastle should focus on obtaining Mauricio Pochettino ahead of players. Steve Nicol says Tottenham's biggest mistake wasn't firing Mauricio Pochettino, it was hiring Jose Mourinho. Mauricio Pochettino reveals he wants to return to Spurs in the future to "finish work we did not finish." Don Hutchison and Shaka Hislop give their take on who the next manager of Newcastle should be. Julien Laurens breaks down the possibility of Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino heading to Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino said he bears no ill will toward Jose Mourinho for replacing him as Tottenham Hotspur manager last year. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ - ESPN's Insider Notebook: United face Sancho battle, Pep slapped on head Pochettino was relieved of his duties by the north London club last November following a poor start to the season and promptly replaced by the ex-Manchester United and Chelsea...

Coronavirus: Premier League chief growing 'confident' on June re-start

Fri, 22 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber explains how the club are dealing with player fears on return to training. Gab and Juls discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's comments regarding personal agendas at Man United. Frank Leboeuf suggests players who refuse to train despite all the protocols should be okay without pay. Julien Laurens says Man United have high cash reserves for the summer, after the club announced being £429M in debt. The Premier League is "as confident as we can be" about England's top-flight football league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ - ESPN's Insider Notebook: United face Sancho battle, Pep slapped on head The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 amid the coronavirus crisis and June 12 has been identified...

Manchester United sue Football Manager makers over image rights

Fri, 22 May 2020 10:55:57 GMT

Don Hutchison has no problem with Man United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting bad apples out of the locker room. Julien Laurens says Man United have high cash reserves for the summer, after the club announced being £429M in debt. Manchester United are suing the makers of the popular Football Manager series for allegedly infringing their trademark by using the club's name "extensively throughout the game." United also claim that Sega and SI have infringed their trademark over its logo by not using the official club crest in the game, but replaced it "with a simplified red and white striped logo." - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ - ESPN's...

Vertonghen's Tottenham future in doubt beyond June 30 - sources

Fri, 22 May 2020 05:42:47 GMT

Shaka Hislop says he understands Danny Rose's apprehension, but says his explanation went too far. Craig Burley reacts to Tottenham's Serge Aurier reportedly breaking social distancing guidelines again. Gab and Juls congratulate Heung-min Son for being one of the top 5 in his class for his South Korea military service. Jan Vertonghen is increasingly likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer -- and is yet to agree an extension to his contract beyond June 30, sources have told ESPN. The Belgium international is understood to be seeking a two-year deal on his present £70,000-a-week salary but the club have so far shown no willingness to agree to those terms. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ - ESPN's Insider Notebook: 

Man United face Sancho competition from Bayern, Guardiola slapped on head, Barca stars' horses

Fri, 22 May 2020 12:13:00 GMT

Welcome to ESPN's Insider Notebook, featuring contributions from our reporters across the top leagues around the world.  In this edition, Manchester United face a battle to land their top target, Pep Guardiola was slapped on his head during training, and Monaco face a big sale. PLUS: Barcelona stars have been winning ... on the horses. Jump to: Pep slapped on head  | Barca stars win on horses | Big sales in store at Monaco | Glazers set for £11m Utd payday |...

Manchester United's finances amid coronavirus: a warning sign to all of soccer

Thu, 21 May 2020 12:51:00 GMT

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward can be prone to hyperbole, but his latest statement about the financial landscape facing not only his club, one of the biggest in the world, but football in general, should be taken as a blunt reality check of what is facing the game as it attempts to reemerge from the coronavirus pandemic. "There are still profound challenges ahead," Woodward said on a conference call to United's investors on Thursday. "For football as a whole, it is safe...


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