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Neymar appeal over 3-match UCL ban rejected

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 04:41:13 GMT

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens explains why a return to Barcelona would make the most sense for Neymar, should he decide to leave PSG this summer. Gab Marcotti provides an update on the Neymar's future with Paris Saint-Germain, after chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi's comments warning the Brazilian. Paris Saint-Germain's appeal over Neymar's three-match Champions League suspension for "insulting match officials" after the 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United in last season's round of 16 has been rejected. The Ligue 1 giants were knocked out on away goals after a late penalty was awarded to the Premier League outfit via the video assistant referee, which prompted an angry outburst from the Brazil international on Instagram. - When is the Champions League group-stage draw? Neymar, 27, could...

Suarez: Liverpool loss worst moment of my life

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:23 GMT

With reports Barcelona are set to trigger Antoine Griezmann's release clause, the FC guys assess how the France star will fit into the current side. ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Barcelona won't be so hasty to get rid of Coutinho and will give him one more season to turn it around. Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said the shock elimination by Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals was as painful as when he was sent home from the 2014 World Cup for biting an opponent. Barca had looked certain to reach the final of Europe's top competition for the first time since 2015 after winning the first leg 3-0 but were blown away 4-0 at Anfield by Suarez's former side, who went on to win 2-0 in the final against Tottenham Hotspur. - Munoz: Copa America is Suarez's last stand - Copa...

Rocco Commisso Q&A: Fiorentina's new owner on why he's investing in Serie A and his fight with US Soccer

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:51:56 GMT

Rocco Commisso believes in the resurgence of Serie A and as the new owner of Fiorentina, he's ready to dive in. Rocco Commisso was 12 years old when he emigrated from his native Calabria, located in the toe of the Italian boot, to New York City. His quickly became an immigrant success story: academic excellence in Catholic high school, a full academic scholarship to Columbia University and then a blazing career in finance and telecommunications that saw him become a billionaire several times over. He has long been passionate about soccer -- he was an all-American in college and Columbia's stadium is named...

Toe Poke Daily: 7 ways football has changed in 10 years since Ronaldo left Man United for Real Madrid

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 04:14:02 GMT

Gab Marcotti dissects the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fans and finds it "odd" how supporters of one generally dislike the other. The FC crew discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's impactful return for Portugal after he netted three goals to send them to the UEFA Nations League final. Kate Markgraf reacts to Italy's stunning win over Australia and explains why it's still too early to tell if Brazil are contenders at the Women's World Cup. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Salah lands more silverware out at sea Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day that Manchester United accepted an £80 million offer from Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. He was unveiled at the Bernabeu a month later, and since then Ronaldo has scored 478 goals (in 481 games), becoming Real Madrid's all-time...

Toe Poke Daily: FIFA 20 trailer unveils new Volta street football mode

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 02:18:48 GMT

England beat Switzerland behind Jordan Pickford's penalty shootout heroics to claim third place in the first UEFA Nations League. FIFA Volta takes football back to the streets... and to the rooftops. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Van Dijk snubbed from UEFA's best XI | Pickford on penalty: 'I had never taken one in a real game' An exciting new game mode is coming to the FIFA franchise, with EA Sports confirming that "Volta" will be included as part of FIFA 20. Featuring lots of new flicks, tricks and skills, Volta essentially allows players to...

Will the big clubs get the Champions League revamp they crave?

Fri, 7 Jun 2019 01:17:40 GMT

Andrea Agnelli, president of the ECA and chairman of Juventus, is hoping to get his way over time regarding big reforms and guarantees for big clubs in European competitions. SAINT JULIAN, MALTA -- The European Clubs Association (ECA) met in Malta over two days to discuss what is bound to be one of the most impactful topics of the next few years: reform of European competitions. It's going to be a long process, involving the ECA, the leagues, the federations and, of course, UEFA who ultimately get to decide. Here's a Q&A to assess where we are. Q: Wait ... reform? It's that souped up crazy pro/rel Champions' League proposal that you wrote about and didn't like,...

Man City ask CAS to block FFP probe - reports

Thu, 6 Jun 2019 02:06:00 GMT

The FC guys mention Manchester United's '99 treble winners and Arsenal's '98 side when questioning if Man City are the best team of the Premier League era. Manchester City have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to throw out a case claiming they deliberately tried to cheat financial fair play (FFP). European governing body UEFA launched an investigation into a potential breach of FFP rules in March but the Premier League champions have denied any financial irregularity. Editor's Picks Summer of Soccer: Your guide on what to watch Top 30 players under 21 in men's soccer - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! The probe was launched after allegations made in German publication Der Spiegel, purportedly obtained by whistle-blowers Football Leaks, that City circumvented rules by...

Sources: Klopp could take sabbatical from 2022

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 05:49:49 GMT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol fails to see a positive outcome should Jurgen Klopp decide to take a sabbatical at the end of his Liverpool contract in 2022. Craig Burley rates the latest transfer rumours, including Tottenham's summer plans, Man United's right-back search and Mohamed Salah's future. After Liverpool's first UCL title since 2005, the FC crew discuss their silverware prospects going forward with a number of players in their prime. Shaka Hislop explains how Alisson's presence in goal and saves in key moments have been an invaluable asset for Liverpool this season. Jurgen Klopp could take a year's sabbatical at the end of his Liverpool contract in 2022 and while the club's owners are hopeful he will commit to an extension, they are minded not to put pressure on him, sources have told ESPN FC. The 51-year-old, who celebrated his first trophy as Liverpool manager with a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham last Saturday, has repeatedly stated his desire to take a break from the "very intense" demands of management when his contract expires. -...

Man Utd loss 'biggest joke in football' - Meunier

Tue, 4 Jun 2019 03:11:58 GMT

The FC guys discuss reports Neymar could be headed back to Barcelona in a swap deal that would send Ousmane Dembele to PSG. Stade de Reims jumped on Kylian Mbappe and company early and they couldn't recover, ending their Ligue 1 season with a 3-1 defeat. PSG's Dani Alves opens up about his singing career aspirations and how racism has impacted football. Paris Saint-Germain's Thomas Meunier has said the Champions League round-of-16 exit to Manchester United earlier this year was the "biggest joke in the history of football." PSG won 2-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg but fell to 3-1 home defeat in the return to crash out. The clinching goal was scored from a late penalty awarded by the video assistant referee for a handball by defender Presnel Kimpembe. - When are the Premier League fixtures published? - When does the new Premier League season...

Africans Abroad: African talent underpins Liverpool's European success

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 11:52:00 GMT

Liverpool's Champions League success in 2018-19 represents one of the most significant African contributions ever made to a European Cup-winning team. The Reds defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday as they conquered Europe for the sixth time, and ended their 14-year wait for the continental crown. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a second-minute penalty -- the second-fastest goal in the fixture's history -- before Divock Origi added a second in the 87th minute to kill any hope...

How Jordan Henderson became Liverpool's leader culminating in Champions League glory

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 08:40:28 GMT

Jordan Henderson collapsed to his knees, exhausted and happy, before he sank to the turf completely. "No one deserves this moment more than you," Adam Lallana ran over to tell his close friend as he lifted him to his feet, while tears fell from Jürgen Klopp's face as he embraced the 28-year-old, Liverpool's manager later saying: "Jordan Henderson is the captain of the 2019 Champions League winners. That is satisfying." Dejan Lovren put his arm around the England international's shoulder,...

Toe Poke Daily: Liverpool's Champions League winning parade

Mon, 3 Jun 2019 01:36:26 GMT

After Liverpool's first UCL title since 2005, the FC crew discuss their silverware prospects going forward with a number of players in their prime. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Liverpool's victory parade It didn't take long for Jurgen Klopp and the Champions League-winning Reds to return home from Madrid and begin their celebrations immediately. The victory parade was scheduled for Sunday morning -- 11 a.m. local time -- as the players took to the buses to share their sixth European Cup/Champions League title...

Champions League triumph just start - Van Dijk

Sun, 2 Jun 2019 02:30:00 GMT

Steve Nicol hails the impact of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and defender Virgil van Dijk in keeping Tottenham at bay in the Reds' Champions League Final triumph. Liverpool legend Steve Nicol was in Madrid to watch his beloved Reds win the Champions League, but relief rather than joy was his overriding emotion. Virgil van Dijk has said that Liverpool's Champions League triumph is the beginning of a new era for the club. Liverpool secured their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid. "This is just the start," Van Dijk told reporters at the Wanda Metropolitano. "It's not like we're going away. In July, we start again. Everyone starts even, and we go again. - Marcotti: Despite win, Liverpool's journey far from over - Liverpool ratings: Virgil, Alisson...


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