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FIFA suggests extending players' contracts, moving transfer window due to coronavirus impact

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 10:07:00 GMT

FifPro General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman explains covid-19's financial impact on even the biggest clubs. FIFA has recommended extending players' contracts which were due to end in June and said it will allow transfer windows to be moved to allow for extensions to the current European season caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it said Tuesday. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ The global football body also said it would encourage clubs and players "to work together to find agreements and solutions during the...

Ranking the best Premier League transfers of all time: 50-1

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 05:52:00 GMT

Stev Nicol ranks the four defenders he would induct into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Bill Barnwell runs down his picks for the best transfers ever. Today, we're continuing the Top 100 Premier League transfers series. After running through the best transfers from 100 to 51, we'll hit the top 50 today. Signings from 19 different clubs are represented on the list, with a likely source leading the way. Fourteen different Manchester United signings are in the top 100, the most of any team; 10 of those signings are still to come. As a reminder, I looked at every permanent transfer made by a Premier League team since the modern top-flight was created...

Liverpool will win Premier League despite coronavirus - UEFA president Ceferin

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 05:38:05 GMT

Steve Nicol believes Liverpool should "wait out" the current situation and win the title on the pitch. Craig Burley weighs the pros and cons of the Premier League following Belgium's suit and voiding the season. Julien Laurens believes clubs that furlough non-playing staff should not buy players without selling first. Liverpool's David James gets a taste of Thai food alongside John Dykes as they discuss food, football and pre-match meal routines. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said there is "no way" Liverpool will be denied the opportunity to win the Premier League title this season despite the coronavirus pandemic. Jurgen Klopp's side were two victories away from securing their first league title since 1990 before the campaign was suspended indefinitely due to the outbreak. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday through Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ Manchester United defender...

Man United's Sanchez won't take pay-cut to leave - sources

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 05:00:00 GMT

Steve Nicol questions if Alexis Sanchez will ever get back to his best even if he's 100% fit. Rob Dawson details Andreas Pereira's comments about having to train without a set goal and playing every day. Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how players will continue to train during social distancing. Danny Higginbotham breaks down whether Ole Gunnar Solskajer is still the answer at Manchester United. Alexis Sanchez will stick it out at Manchester United rather than leave in a cut-price deal in the next transfer window, sources have told ESPN. Sanchez is spending the season on loan at Inter Milan with United paying a portion of the 31-year-old's salary. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday through Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ He would be open to making the move permanent but the Italian side have reservations because of the cost of any potential...

Tottenham's Son to be exposed to tear gas, chemical warfare during Korean military training

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 01:57:31 GMT

Julien Laurens believes clubs that furlough non-playing staff should not buy players without selling first. Craig Burley says Harry Kane is now at an age where he must decide if his future still lies with Tottenham. Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-Min will be exposed to tear gas, undertake live-fire drills and go on a 30km loaded march during three weeks of intense military training in South Korea this month, a Marine Corps official said on Tuesday. All able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for around two years in South Korea, which is technically still at war with the North, but Son received an exemption for leading the country to gold at the 2018 Asian Games. - Stream new episodes of ESPN...

If you have a problem, call the player liaison officer: part concierge, counsellor and dog walker

Tue, 7 Apr 2020 12:30:00 GMT

It's morning on New Year's Day and a Premier League club player liaison officer's phone rings. A first-team player has a problem and it needs fixing. When something happens, a footballer doesn't call the manager, the owner, the captain or the physio, they call the player liaison officer. "It was one of our foreign lads, so you always have to factor in cultural differences or language issues if they have a problem," the player liaison officer tells ESPN. "On this occasion, he had an issue with his...

Premier League's proposed player pay cut makes sense but players deserve to know where that money's going

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 11:07:00 GMT

We're no closer to knowing when soccer might return to action given the global reaction to slowing the coronavirus outbreak, but there's still a lot happening in the broader soccer world. Gab Marcotti reacts to the main talking points in the latest Monday Musings. Jump to: What will PL clubs do with wage cuts? | Bayern smart to extend Flick's deal Premier League players have been asked to cut wages. What are the clubs being asked to do? Times like these call for facts, leadership and...

Liverpool make U-turn, won't use government funds to help pay furloughed staff members

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 10:43:00 GMT

Julien Laurens believes clubs that furlough non-playing staff should not buy players without selling first. Liverpool have abandoned plans to use UK government funds to pay the salaries of furloughed non-playing staff at Anfield after being subjected to intense criticism from former players, supporters and the media for the move, saying they are "truly sorry" for the controversy. The Premier League leaders had announced on Saturday that they planned to follow the lead of Newcastle United and Tottenham by applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme -- a government backed financial safety net -- to...

Tottenham's Son to complete military service in South Korea

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 08:04:00 GMT

Julien Laurens believes clubs that furlough non-playing staff should not buy players without selling first. Craig Burley says Harry Kane is now at an age where he must decide if his future still lies with Tottenham. Sid Lowe explains why some Real Madrid supporters think a Jose Mourinho return would be an "absolute disaster." Craig Burley says he has "no idea" how the Premier League will resolve the Champions League race. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min will complete mandatory military service in South Korea this month with the Premier League suspended indefinitely due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Spurs announced on Monday that the 27-year-old will complete his national service after initially receiving exemption as part of the national side that won gold at the 2018 Asian Games. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday through Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer...

Pep Guardiola's mother, Dolors Sala Carrio, dies after contracting the coronavirus

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 07:19:00 GMT

Manchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola's mother has died after contracting the coronavirus. Dolors Sala Carrio died in Barcelona after falling ill. She was 82 years old. A statement issued by City on Monday read, "The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep's mother Dolors Sala Carrio in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. "Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family...

Man United hopeful of Angel Gomes contract extension - sources

Mon, 6 Apr 2020 06:51:00 GMT

Rob Dawson details Andreas Pereira's comments about having to train without a set goal and playing every day. Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains how players will continue to train during social distancing. Danny Higginbotham breaks down whether Ole Gunnar Solskajer is still the answer at Manchester United. Manchester United are still holding out hope that Angel Gomes will sign a contract extension, sources have told ESPN. The 19-year-old has a deal until June 30, although FIFA are set to introduce special measures to ensure out of contract players can complete the season if it is extended because of the coronavirus pandemic. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday through Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ Gomes, who has made six senior appearances this...


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