Draxler is Germany's next superstar

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:45:00 PDT

Jogi Low has built Germany's Confederations Cup squad around Julian Draxler. Given free rein to roam across the pitch, Sunday's 3-1 demolition of Cameroon is proof that the 23-year-old has the world at his feet. Gabriele Marcotti »

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore wins fans over with Twitter jokes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:25:00 PDT

Peter Moore may be new to his position as Liverpool's CEO, but his recent Twitter activity has won over some supporters already. Moore began his role on Merseyside at the start of June, having left his position as chief competition officer at Electronic Arts. First up was his response when a supporter had urged Liverpool to spend big money to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. All the profits would disappear with the cost of lettering the shirts...— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) 23 June 2017 After Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah on Thursday, Moore then joked that Liverpool had used all of...

White smoke at jerk chicken shop signals new appointment at Palace

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:17:00 PDT

With Frank De Boer poised and ready to take the reins, Crystal Palace found an ingenious way to alert their Twitter followers to the imminent managerial appointment. Indeed, the club borrowed heavily from the Vatican City by releasing plumes of white smoke into the air above Selhurst Park. =­=­=­— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) June 26, 2017 However, rather than the famous old chimney at the Papal conclave, the Eagles instead used the one at the Tasty Jerk takeaway, just around the corner from their stadium. Impressive stuff, and certainly the most...

Luiz Felipe Scolari dismisses Paulinho to Barcelona speculation

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:01:00 PDT

Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options. Steve Nicol thinks Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Barcelona, but Alejandro Moreno worries about his health. In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers. In honour of Lionel Messi's 30th birthday, take a look at what he's accomplished so far and what he has left to chase down. With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder. Luiz Felipe Scolari has played down speculation Paulinho will join Barcelona during the summer transfer window as finding a replacement for the former Tottenham Hotspur man would be too expensive. Paulinho joined Guangzhou at the start of 2016 after an indifferent spell at Tottenham Hotspur and the 28-year-old has impressed, winning two Chinese Super League titles, the Asian Champions League and the Chinese FA Cup since joining the club. His form has attracted the attention of Barca, but with new...

Mo Salah signs but Klopp must continue spending spree at Liverpool

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:53:00 PDT

With Mohamed Salah in the books, Steve Nicol gives his expected starting XI for Liverpool next season. Mohamed Salah says he wants to win trophies after completing his move from Roma to Liverpool. When Liverpool finally, and somewhat amusingly, "announced Salah" last week, it provided supporters with a much-needed fillip after the shambolic failed attempt to sign Virgil Van Dijk ended with an embarrassing public apology to Southampton. At 24, Mohamed Salah is an exciting addition who looks to have everything needed to thrive in Jurgen Klopp's system. His arrival has captured the imagination of supporters, who are now wondering where the Egyptian fits into the team and who will drop to the...

Leon Goretzka, Andre Silva and Alexis Sanchez among Confed Cup stars

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:50:00 PDT

With the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals set, Janusz Michallik breaks down the two exciting matchups. With the group stages of the Confederations Cup done and dusted, Nick Miller takes a look at the five players who have stood out so far in the tournament. 1. Leon Goretzka, Germany Germany took a shadow squad to Russia for this year's Confederations Cup, but that doesn't mean there wasn't talent to admire. Lars Stindl has been impressive, and Bayern-bound Niklas Sule showed a little of why the Bundesliga champions have signed him, but one man who stuck out is Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. Player...

New York City FC taking over Big Apple rivalry with Red Bulls?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

From Jack Harrison's brilliant derby finish to David Accam's hat trick, relive every MLS goal from week 17. Another installment of MLS Rivalry Week has come and gone. Here's who stood out for the right and wrong reasons. Heroes While they did get a win last season in a New York derby, there was a sense that this past Saturday's 2-0 victory in Red Bull Arena for New York City FC signaled a power shift in the Big Apple. NYCFC were clearly better than their city rivals, with Yangel Herrera and Alexander Ring dominating the midfield, while an organized, composed defense nullified Bradley Wright-Phillips....

Portugal a good bet for Confed Cup final; Germany-Mexico a tougher call

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Mark Ogden and Nick Ames key in on Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez ahead of the semifinal between Portugal and Chile. A look at the best bets ahead of more Confederations Cup action ... Portugal gathering momentum We've reached the semifinal stage, and on Wednesday Portugal are a 7/5 shout with bet365 to beat Chile. After a 2-2 draw with Mexico in their opening match, the European champions have won their last two, with Cristiano Ronaldo finding the net in wins over Russia and New Zealand. Portugal are clearly a team gathering momentum and Ronaldo has been ably assisted in attack by Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva....

Calum Chambers ready for Arsenal chance after Per Mertesacker help

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:32:00 PDT

The FC crew react to Arsenal's interest in Alexandre Lacazette, and Craig Burley offers the club a caveat. Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes the Gunners will be stronger with Arsene Wenger staying as manager next season. NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira joins ESPN FC's Heineken Boot room to give his thoughts on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre says nice guy Arsene Wenger needs to be tougher. ESPN's Arsenal correspondent, Mattias Karen, explains who he thinks is likely to be playing at the Emerates next season. Calum Chambers wants to fight for his future at Arsenal thanks to advice he has received from his "mentor" Per Mertesacker. Chambers, 22, spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough who were relegated from the Premier League, but he hopes to make an impact with his parent club next season due to the influence of Mertesacker. He said: "The one player who has helped me a lot would be Per. Being in the same position, he was almost like my mentor for a couple of years. I have never seen a player so professional...

Another win for Dynamos as Highlanders are held

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:27:00 PDT

Dynamos kept up their Zimbabwe Premier League resurgence with a 4-3 win over Bulawayo City this weekend as log leaders Ngezi Platinum were held. Sunday's victory, their fifth in a row, lifted the Harare giants into fourth place in the standings with 26 points, just two behind the leaders. Better still, the former champions could find themselves in top spot before the week is out, with a ruling expected on their abandoned match away to Chapungu. That game was stopped in the 56th minute after a goalpost...

MLS boys, policeman dominate Ghana squad for US tour

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:42:00 PDT

There are six Major League Soccer players, and a part-time policeman, in Ghana's 22-man squad for their tour of the United States, where they will play a game each against Mexico and the USA this week. The Columbus Crew trio of defenders Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and midfielder Mohammed Abu are joined in the side by Chicago Fire forward David Accam, Gershon Koffie of the New England Revolution and midfielder Kwadwo Poku, currently on loan at Miami FC from New York City FC. The side also includes...

Clint Dempsey silences the Providence Park faithful once more

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:28:00 PDT

Clint Dempsey came on as a sub and scored in stoppage time to help Seattle steal a point against bitter rivals Portland. PORTLAND, Ore. -- In retirement, most former athletes long for the cheers, the waves of adulation. Roger Levesque misses the silence. Few players in the history of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry ever inspired the antipathy as Levesque did during his playing days, in part because he so clearly relished playing the villain. There was joy to be found in playing at home, as well, using positivity as motivational fuel. Yet there was something profound in the hush of an enemy stadium in the wake of an...

Australia's valiant Confederations Cup showing, Mile Jedinak's spot in doubt

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Tim Cahill and Ange Postecoglou reflect on Australia's 1-1 draw with Chile that ended their Confederations Cup run. Australia's encouraging Confederations Cup performance proved that while there should be a 2018 World Cup place for Tim Cahill, there may not be room for another ex-Premier League player in Mile Jedinak. It also vindicated coach Ange Postecoglou's bold, if risky, attacking approach, suggesting that his contentious 3-2-4-1 formation could be a goer -- if the right pieces of the puzzle are in place. That would mean continuing to play Mark Milligan as a centre-back, rather than in midfield, after his...

MLS: 45 goals in 90 seconds

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:44:26 PDT

From Jack Harrison's brilliant derby finish to David Accam's hat trick, relive every MLS goal from week 17.

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