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Pogba, United respond to Mourinho

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:00 PDT

On the back of their manager's criticism, Man United won at Bournemouth. Paul Pogba kept his place in the lineup and was a factor in the win, while Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera also took chances to impress. Nick Ames »

Premier League winter break: How it could work and when it would be

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:50:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reacts to the news that the Premier League is considering introducing a winter break. Jupp Heynckes said if the Premier League wants to be thought of as the best league in the world, its clubs need to start winning European competitions. The Premier League in February confirmed it is open to the idea of introducing a winter break, and reports suggest it could be announced before the end of the 2017-18 season. Here, we set out exactly how it could fit into the English calendar. Why is the winter break being introduced? Foreign managers have long campaigned for a winter break, as is enjoyed by all other major European leagues. It is claimed the rest benefits players for the second half of the season, especially those in the latter...

VAR controversy enrages Eintracht Frankfurt chief: 'This is no longer my football'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:46:00 PDT

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Schalke in a match not without controversy and will meet Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final. The German FA (DFB) experienced another controversy related to the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) on Tuesday, with Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic saying after his side's DFB Pokal semifinal against Schalke that "this is no longer my football." Frankfurt reached their second consecutive DFB Pokal final in Berlin, where they will face Bayern Munich, by defeating Schalke 1-0 after Luka Jovic scored with his heel following a corner in the 75th minute. But with only nine...

Arsene Wenger 'confident' Jack Wilshere will sign new long-term Arsenal deal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:30:00 PDT

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger vents his frustration regarding the Premier League's "very bad" decision to not implement VAR for the 2018-19 season. Arsenal have won just 13 points away from home this season as they fall to Newcastle 2-1. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the Europa League semifinal matchups as Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid and Marseille square off with Red Bull Salzburg. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "confident" midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the club. Wilshere's current deal runs out in the summer and, despite an offer being on the table, the 26-year-old is yet to agree terms. "I cannot give you any news," said Wenger at his prematch press conference. "I don't know really what is in his mind. "He has not signed, he has an offer and we want him to stay. The offer is a long-term contract and I hope at some stage he will sign it. I am...

John Fashanu paid brother Justin £75,000 not to say he was gay

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:12:00 PDT

Justin Fashanu came out as gay in 1990. John Fashanu has said he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay. Justin, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out before he took his own life in May 1998 at the age of 37. As the 20th anniversary of his death approaches, John admitted he had acted like "a monster" to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers and tackle racist and anti-gay abuse. "It was a lack of education," the former Wimbledon...

Man United vs. Tottenham could be full of goals, Salah and Lukaku can find the net

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:10:00 PDT

After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Our midweek column was unlucky with its correct score pick in the game between Bournemouth and Manchester United but could still turn a profit provided Leicester beat Southampton on Thursday night. The FA Cup semifinals dominate the landscape this weekend, including Manchester United's clash with Tottenham. Running total: -£52.98 The Home Banker United have been drawn as the home team for this FA Cup semi despite the fact Spurs have been playing at Wembley this season while White Hart Lane...

Liverpool reveal Premier League home kit for 2018-19 campaign

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:00:00 PDT

Liverpool's new kit has a lot of the same features as the last. Liverpool have revealed their home kit for the 2018-19 campaign. Following the success of this season's kit, which honoured the club's 125th anniversary, Liverpool have decided to retain the retro look and Red Pepper colour going forward. The kit features "linear jacquard stripes on the front" that are inspired by the architecture of the new Main Stand at Anfield, while a collar has been reintroduced to give it "lifestyle look," according to the press release. A 96 emblem, accompanied with an eternal...

Manchester City critics obsessed over Guardiola spending overlook his talent

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:56:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Why do so many onlookers want to boil all of Pep Guardiola's achievements at Manchester City this season down to spending lots of money? This has been one of the most impressive title wins in the Premier League era, with opposing teams regularly schooled on the pitch, and yet there are many who believe the manager's influence extends as far as signing some brilliant players and letting them get on with it. Often you hear that the team has been brilliant -- but "anyone can do that" with an open chequebook. It's...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic return at World Cup may disrupt Sweden 'collective' - Johnsson

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:25:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back into the squad for this summer's World Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA Galaxy's win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire. Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks exclusively to ESPN about his move to MLS, playing under Jose Mourinho and whether or not he'll play with Sweden at the World Cup. The return of "individualist" Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Sweden squad for the World Cup could disrupt the dynamic that earned them a place in Russia, goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson has said. Ibrahimovic retired from international football after his country were knocked out of Euro 2016, but since Janne Andersson's squad saw off Italy in a dramatic qualification playoff the LA Galaxy forward has dropped regular hints that he would welcome a return to the international fold. But Johnsson, who is back-up...

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo equals scoring record ahead of Champions League semifinal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:22:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. Luis Garcia, Michael Essien and many more former stars heap praise on the ICC tournament and explain how it prepares for the long season ahead. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. Cristiano Ronaldo equalled his personal record of scoring in 12 consecutive games for Real Madrid on Wednesday and could set a new landmark against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week. Ronaldo's late equaliser in the 1-1 home draw with Athletic Bilbao means he has scored 22 goals in La Liga and the Champions League in that run. Madrid teammate Marcelo hailed him as "the best player in the world" and tipped him to set a personal record of scoring in 13 club matches in a row. Zinedine...

Manchester United boosted by Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera 9/10s

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the team that lost to West Brom over the weekend and got the result that keeps them well clear of Liverpool for 2nd. After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who's in line to make the squad for Manchester United's FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. In winning 2-0 away at Bournemouth, Manchester United produced a performance almost unrecognisable from their home loss against West Bromwich Albion. Here was a showing rich in speed and ruthlessness, both of which qualities were bafflingly absent just days ago at Old Trafford, and which sets United up well for their FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur. Positives Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera dictated play, as one would expect them to at their best, whilst Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford...

Bayern Munich lacked 'decency' hiring Niko Kovac - Frankfurt's Fredi Bobic

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:04:00 PDT

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Schalke in a match not without controversy and will meet Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final. Thomas Muller scores three as Bayern Munich hit Leverkusen for six in the DFB Pokal semifinals. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the Champions League semifinal draw which sees Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid and Liverpool vs. AS Roma. Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic has continued the war of words over Bayern Munich's hiring of Niko Kovac as coach for next season with the two sides due to meet in the DFB Pokal Final on May 19. After Bayern thumped Leverkusen 6-2 on Tuesday, Frankfurt saw off Schalke 1-0 to reach their second consecutive final under 46-year-old Kovac and set up a date with his new club in his last game for his current employers. On Friday, Bayern announced that Kovac had agreed a three-year contract...

Juventus' Max Allegri 'more than happy' with four-point advantage over Napoli

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:07:00 PDT

Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Massimiliano Allegri switched the focus to Juventus' top-of-the-table clash with Napoli after the leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Crotone on Wednesday. Juve started brightly, with Alex Sandro opening the scoring after 17 minutes but they were pegged back in the 65th minute as Simy's overhead kick drew the hosts level. And Napoli's 4-2 victory over Udinese saw Juve's advantage at the top of Serie A cut to four points. Allegri, whose side host Napoli on Sunday, seemed content with the gap. Massimiliano Allegri admitted that Juventus 'didn't play well' against Crotone on Wednesday. He...

Juventus' Stefano Sturaro turns in poor display, Serie A title race wide open

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:27:00 PDT

Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Simy's overhead kick earned 18th-place Crotone a shock 1-1 draw against front-runners Juventus at the Stadio Ezio Scida. Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Displaying a poor attitude and little to no ambition, Juventus dropped two points on Wednesday -- managing only a 1-1 draw against Crotone and opening a slender chance for Napoli to capture the Serie A title. Crotone were not a side to be underestimated. This season they have managed to defeat Fiorentina, earn a point against Inter, and convincingly thrash Sampdoria. Against Juventus, they refused to roll over. Juve, by contrast, did not seem motivated to grind out a result. Players were clearly...

LAFC opens Banc of California stadium with host of celebrity-owners on hand

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

LAFC co-owners Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra share their excitement as Banc of California Stadium is unveiled. LAFC co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson shares his thoughts on the impact Banc of California Stadium will have on the LA community. Major League Soccer expansion team LAFC officially opened its new soccer-specific Banc Of California Stadium on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $350 million arena in Los Angeles' revitalized downtown. MLS commissioner Don Garber attended the star-studded event along with LAFC owners Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm-Garciaparra, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and LAFC coach Bob Bradley. "I'm happy to be a part of this incredible ownership group," Johnson said...

Paris Saint-Germain 'concentrated' in second half to earn finals spot - Silva

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:45:00 PDT

Thiago Silva celebrates with his PSG teammates during his team's Coupe de France win against Caen. Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva felt that his team are deservedly into the Coupe de France final after beating Caen 3-1 away in the semifinals on Wednesday. Kylian Mbappe scored two, while Christopher Nkunku got the other, as Unai Emery's men ran out winners at Stade Michel d'Ornano. Speaking with France TV postmatch, Silva, 34, admitted that it was not easy at times, notably after Ismael Diomande equalised at the end of the first half, but he was relieved that he and his teammates got...

A-League finals: Can anyone beat Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:29:00 PDT

Riley McGree hit a hat-trick for Newcastle Jets as they smashed the Central Coast Mariners. The Wanderers needed a win to advance but came away empty handed after 3-2 defeat at home. Bobo's goal proved the difference in the Big Blue as Sydney FC lifted the Premiers Plate in front of The Cove. Sarpreet Singh struck twice as Wellington Phoenix came from behind to beat Melbourne City. Melbourne Victory managed to end their Asian Champions League campaign on a high with a win over Shanghai. Sydney FC failed to advance to the last 16 of Asian Champions League after disappointing 0-0 draw against Shanghai Shenhua. This A-League season has been a two-horse race, but with Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets showing glimpses of vulnerability over the past month, could one of the remaining four teams steal championship glory? That will certainly be the goal for Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar when the finals series kicks off this weekend. Both matches in week one of the finals will be held at AAMI Park in Melbourne, with City hosting Brisbane on Friday before the Victory welcome...


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