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Juventus' Emre Can may need surgery on 'thyroid nodule'

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:23:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Steve Nicol look ahead to Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' Champions match against Manchester United. Juventus have announced that midfielder Emre Can could be required to undergo surgery on a thyroid nodule. Can, 24, signed for the club on a free transfer this summer after leaving Liverpool. He has made 10 appearances for Juve so far but looks likely to miss out on the Champions League trip to Manchester United on Tuesday given Sunday's medical update. A short Juventus statement read: "Emre Can will undergo clinical tests and investigations for a thyroid nodule that could also require surgical treatment." There...

UEFA still probing reported fan incidents in Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star match

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:54:00 PDT

UEFA have decided to further investigate the incidents surrounding Paris Saint-Germain's 6-1 Champions League Group C win over Red Star Belgrade earlier this month. European football's governing body confirmed in a statement on Thursday that an "Ethics and Disciplinary inspector" will assess the behaviour of the French and Serbian giants' fans before any action is taken over the "reported incidents." Despite the closure of the Auteuil stand, where PSG's ultras gather, as well as a ban on travelling...

Roma fan cleared over GBH of Liverpool fan Sean Cox, gets three years for violent disorder

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:09:00 PDT

Roma supporter Filippo Lombardi has been found not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm to Liverpool fan Sean Cox before last season's Champions League semifinal, but was jailed for three years for "violent disorder." Cox, 53, was left in critical condition following an attack outside Anfield on April 24.  Lombardi, 21, had denied wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm following his arrest, and a jury took nine hours to deliver a not guilty verdict. He did, however, admit a separate...

Barcelona's historic run between 2008-12 to be chronicled in new documentary

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:30:00 PDT

'Take The Ball, Pass The Ball' will feature former and current Barcelona players looking back on Pep Guardiola's four years and 14 trophies with the club. Barcelona's latter day golden era is the subject of an intriguing new documentary which is due for release next month entitled "Take the Ball, Pass the Ball". Based on the book "Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World" by ESPN FC's Spanish writer Graham Hunter, the film offers a definitive look at the club's silver-laden period between 2008 and 2012. With Pep Guardiola at the helm, Barca's star-studded squad morphed into the perfect footballing entity, fuelled by the emergence...

Usain Bolt turns down two-year contract with Valletta FC

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:40:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Usain Bolt should accept the offer from Champions League-chasing Valletta FC. Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners. Usain Bolt reviews his two-goal performance in a friendly win for Central Coast Mariners and his progress during his trial. Usain Bolt has turned down Valletta FC's two-year offer after deciding against a move to Malta. The eight-time Olympic track gold medallist remains in Australia on trial for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League but received an offer earlier in the week to play for Valletta FC and spearhead their Champions League aspirations. But Bolt's agent has confirmed he opted against taking up their offer. "There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football," Ricky Simms told ESPN. "We regularly receive...

Usain Bolt offered two-year contract with Champions League-chasing Valletta FC

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 02:00:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Usain Bolt should accept the offer from Champions League-chasing Valletta FC. Usain Bolt reviews his two-goal performance in a friendly win for Central Coast Mariners and his progress during his trial. Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt admits to nervous excitement ahead of his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian League. Usain Bolt has been offered a two-year contract to play for Maltese club Valletta FC and spearhead their charge to the Champions League. Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen told ESPN on Monday that they hope to sign the eight-time Olympic sprint champion in time for him to participate in their Maltese Super Cup match on Dec. 13 against Balzan. - Hamilton: Who are Valletta FC? "A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible," said Slimen, adding that...

PSG players believe Red Star match-fixing claims can't be true - Marco Verratti

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:03:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner agrees with Antoine Griezmann saying Kylian Mbappe needs to leave PSG, just like Cristiano Ronaldo needed to leave Man United. Kylian Mbappe found his scoring touch in the second half, scoring four goals in 14 minutes to lead PSG to victory over rivals Lyon. Kylian Mbappe had a monstrous second half, netting four goals in a mere 14 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain against Lyon. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti said he and his teammates did not notice anything unusual during the Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade earlier this month that is now under investigation for potential match-fixing. L'Equipe reported that a Red Star official was suspected of betting €5 million, via accomplices, on the team to lose by five goals, resulting in France's National Financial Prosecutor's office (PNF) opening an investigation. "We did not feel anything,"...

PSG express 'stupefaction' after claims of Red Star Belgrade match-fixing

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:13:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner agrees with Antoine Griezmann saying Kylian Mbappe needs to leave PSG, just like Cristiano Ronaldo needed to leave Man United. French authorities are investigating claims that a Red Star Belgrade official tried to fix the club's 6-1 Champions League Group C defeat at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. UEFA warned France's National Financial Prosecutor's office (PNF) of possible manipulation of the result, and L'Equipe reported that the official in question was suspected of betting €5 million, via accomplices, on Red Star to lose by five goals. PNF told The Associated Press on Friday that an investigation had...

Police arrest Italian man in relation to Sean Cox attack

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 07:38:00 PDT

Italian police have arrested a man in relation to the attack that left Liverpool supporter Sean Cox in a critical condition outside Anfield in April. Merseyside Police said on Monday they had helped forces in Rome to arrest a 30-year-old man, who now faces extradition to the U.K. Cox, 53, from Dunboyne in Ireland, has recently started a rehabilitation programme after he suffered a bleed on the brain as a result of the attack. "The man was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of assault...

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa to miss time with hamstring injury

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 12:23:00 PDT

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa faces at least two weeks out with a hamstring injury sustained during the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday. "Diego Costa, who was substituted in the 69th minute against [Club Brugge], underwent a scan on Friday to find out the extent of the injury," said a statement from Atletico. "The report given by the club's medical service says he has suffered an injury in his left hamstring. His time out will be determined by how the injury evolves." Costa...

Paris Saint-Germain to ban fans involved in trouble at Red Star match

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 03:31:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol says while PSG eased past Red Star, he's looking for Neymar and company to show up in the knockout rounds. Paris Saint-Germain have moved to ban season-ticket holders involved in trouble at the Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. Despite the closure of the Auteuil stand, where PSG's ultras gather, as well as a ban on travelling fans from Serbia, an increased security presence could not prevent fighting outside the ground after the match. UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both clubs, with the case set to be heard on Oct. 18. The clubs have...

Hirving Lozano, Jesus Corona highlight Mexico players in European matches

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 02:57:00 PDT

With the UEFA Champions League and Europa League now underway, a number of Mexico's most prominent players have had the opportunity to gain highly valuable minutes during the recent mid-week matches. In case you missed any of the games, here's a quick rundown on how each of the players fared in the European competitions. Hirving Lozano -- PSV Eindhoven (UEFA Champions League) Although things aren't looking rosy for the PSV side that is now sitting at the bottom of its Champions League group, a significant...

Liverpool's Naby Keita was in hospital for back injury, not heart - sources

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 02:31:00 PDT

Jurgen Klopp accepted the blame for Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League. It was goals galore last January as Liverpool's three second half goals would be enough to hold off Man City 4-3 at Anfield. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. Liverpool are refuting claims from Italy that Naby Keita visited a hospital to undergo examinations on his heart after he was forced off early in Wednesday's defeat at Napoli, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Keita was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, having been stretchered off 19 minutes into the Champions League affair at the Stadio San Paolo. Media outlets in Italy had reported that the midfielder went to hospital for tests on his heart. However, Liverpool released a...

Tottenham in 'bad situation' after loss to Barcelona - Hugo Lloris

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 02:30:00 PDT

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino feels his side deserved a point in their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona where the Catalan's Ernesto Valverde also gives his thoughts. Captain Hugo Lloris admits Tottenham are in a "bad situation" in their Champions League group. Spurs have lost their opening two matches in Group B, with Wednesday's 4-2 defeat against Barcelona following last month's 2-1 reverse against Inter Milan, and they now lie six points behind both teams. "We need to be honest. Inter won [against PSV Eindhoven this week] so it's put us in a bad situation," said Lloris. "We need to stay calm, be focused on the Premier League and then we need two great performances...

Carlo Ancelotti 'worthy of his reputation' after Liverpool win - Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 08:51:00 PDT

Jurgen Klopp accepted the blame for Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis praised coach Carlo Ancelotti after his team beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Lorenzo Insigne's last-minute winner sealed the points and De Laurentiis, who was criticised for allowing Maurizio Sarri leave for Chelsea, was glowing about Sarri's successor. "A great victory against a great squad," he tweeted. "Ancelotti is worthy of his reputation." Match-winner Insigne also joined in with the praise for Ancelotti, saying: "More and more,...


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