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Lyon snub Arsene Wenger, Laurent Blanc in favour of Rudi Garcia

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 06:14:20 GMT

After Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down a job at Lyon, the FC crew break down his job prospects. Is managing a club close to the bottom of the Ligue 1 table a good move for Arsene Wenger? Neymar found the back of the net in a 1-0 win for PSG, but ESPN FC's Julien Laurens says his changed attitude was the best part of the victory. Dzsenifer Marozsan's curling one-touch finish on a pass from Lucy Bronze leads Lyon past North Carolina Courage. To watch the ICC sign up to ESPN+. Lyon have announced Rudi Garcia as their new head coach, preferring him to Laurent Blanc and Arsene Wenger, while Jose Mourinho turned down a meeting with the club, sources have told ESPN. Garcia, 55, became the front runner after impressing in his presentation and agreeing to take over the existing staff. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE It's time to find a way to fix the Champions League -- or start a European Super League - Latest Champions League tables - Champions League statistics - All the latest UCL news Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger was also interested in replacing former boss Sylvinho, who was sacked last week after just two months in charge, but was never invited to meet the Lyon hierarchy formed...

Toe Poke Daily: Petr Cech's hockey heroics among retired soccer stars' new sporting careers

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:30:00 GMT

Former Premier League 'keeper Petr Cech reveals that making his ice hockey debut fulfilled a childhood dream. 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: Jadon Sancho opens stunning new pitch in his home neighbourhood | Player tricked into wearing matchday lederhosen by teammates Petr Cech became surely the first goalkeeper to have saved a penalty in both the Champions League final and the National Ice Hockey League South 2 on Sunday. The 37-year-old made his debut for Guildford...

Fans may be forced to follow Korean Derby by fax

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 04:46:00 GMT

Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifier between North Korea and South Korea is set to take place in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Stadium. South Korea may be one of the most technically advanced countries in the world, but football fans are facing the prospect of having to follow Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang by fax. Tensions between the two countries, which are technically still at war, remain high and while North Korea has agreed to host the game, negotiations to broadcast the action live in the south came to nothing. In a joint statement issued on Monday, South Korea's three major terrestrial...

Will England suffer more Euro 2020 woe in Bulgaria?

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 01:30:00 GMT

After a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, the FC crew dive into England's weaknesses heading into Euro 2020. We drew a blank last time out with England's shock defeat to Czech Republic, one of several surprise Euro 2020 qualifying results. However there's plenty for punters to get stuck into this week as the qualifying action continues apace. Running total: +£48.40 The Banker Friday's 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic was England's first loss in qualifying for a decade and sparked a predictably hysterical reaction from the tabloids. Stream LIVE games from Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, internationals and more (U.S. only) For the first time in a long while, Gareth Southgate received some stinging...

Aribo, Ajayi set the cat amongst the Super Eagles in Brazil draw

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:32:00 GMT

Joe Aribo and Semi Ajayi are not supposed to be starters for Nigeria's Super Eagles, but after two excellent efforts in recent weeks, including a 1-1 draw against Brazil this past weekend, coach Gernot Rohr will have much to consider. When they both started the last friendly against Ukraine, it didn't look anything out of the ordinary. Aribo and Ajayi did so by default, filling in for two players who had withdrawn from injury. Aribo for Wilfred Ndidi and Ajayi for Kenneth Omeruo. One month on and...

AIFF-AFC roadmap: ISL replaces I-League as top division and more

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:54:00 GMT

The Indian Super League (ISL) as the top division of Indian football from the 2019-20 season, an expanded ISL season from 2021-22, promotion to the ISL for the I-League champions from the following season, and promotion and relegation in the ISL from 2024-25. These are the highlights of the roadmap for Indian football that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suggested to stakeholders of Indian football -- team owners of ISL and I-League clubs, and their...

Wellington Phoenix's treatment of Mark Rudan 'all part of the fun'

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 07:08:32 GMT

Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side. Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser. Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw. Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners. Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United. Western United coach Mark Rudan spent an offseason in the spotlight after his A-League defection from Wellington Phoenix. But on Sunday night he returned to Westpac Stadium, where he was booed, jeered, and even dodged a flag or two flung from the stands. "It was quite clear what my role was going to be coming back here," Rudan said after overseeing a 1-0 win. "And that was fine. We work in the entertainment industry. "No issue. No problem. No dramas. It's to be expected. All good. All part of the...

A-League review: Sydney FC set the early pace, Bruno Fornaroli's moment of magic

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:38:00 GMT

The A-League is back! Here are the biggest talking points from an opening round that saw Western United win their inaugural match and Sydney FC shoot to the top of the table. JUMP TO: Young players getting junk time | Friday's A-League Bingo | #goodplayers | Keep an eye on City's inverted full-back | Old McDonald silences critics | Fornaroli's pausa The under-23 rule Football Federation Australia announced Friday that A-League regulations had been amended to allow two extra substitutes on the bench...

Austria closer to Euro 2020 with win in Slovenia

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:23:31 GMT

Slovenia Austria 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Stefan Posch scores for Austria in a 1-0 win over Slovenia. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. Austria closed in on a place at Euro 2020 when a first-half goal from defender Stefan Posch gave them a crucial 1-0 win away to toothless Slovenia, who suffered their second defeat in four days on Sunday. Austria, with 16 points from eight games, are second in Group G and five points clear of North Macedonia and Slovenia with two games to play. The top two in the group qualify directly for next year's European Championship. - Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to know - Stream Euro 2020 qualifiers...

Senegal claim WAFU Cup of Nations over Ghana on penalty shootout

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:22:00 GMT

Ghana Senegal (1) 1 (3) 1 FT-Pens Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Hosts Senegal are the champions of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 3-1 in a penalty shootout following 120 minutes of football which ended 1-1 at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies on Sunday. Ghana almost took the lead in the tenth minute when Habib Mohammed met a left-sided free-kick from Augustine Okrah, but his eight-yard header struck the post. Senegal threatened next from a right-sided free-kick in the 13th minute when Ousseynou Niang's cross picked out Philippe Paulin Keny, but...

Gundogan lifts 10-man Germany to win over Estonia

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:55:36 GMT

Estonia Germany 0 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Ilkay Gundogan scores twice and assists on the third as Germany beat Estonia. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. Euro 2020 Qualifying: Ilkay Gündogan (51') Estonia 0-1 Germany. Watch more qualifying on ESPN+. Germany overcame an early red card to Emre Can and eventually eased to a 3-0 victory away to Estonia on Sunday in a Euro 2020 qualifier to go joint-top of Group C. Joachim Loew's side had hammered Estonia 8-0 at home back in June but got off to a rocky start in Tallinn when midfielder Can was shown a straight red card in the 14th minute for a studs up challenge. Estonia put Germany under pressure for large parts of the first half but could not capitalise on their numerical advantage, while Marco...

Substitutes take Poland to Euro 2020 with win over North Macedonia

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:52:32 GMT

Poland North Macedonia 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Poland left it late before goals from substitutes Przemyslaw Frankowski and Arkadiusz Milik, both set up by Robert Lewandowski, gave them a 2-0 win over North Macedonia which guaranteed their place at Euro 2020 on Sunday. The Poles, who hit the woodwork twice before scoring, made sure of their place from Group G with two matches to spare as they became the fourth team to qualify after Italy, Russia and Belgium. Poland struggled to make the breakthrough despite enjoying 65% of possession and...

Gareth Bale scores as Wales draw with Croatia to keep Euro hopes alive

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 01:50:00 GMT

Wales Croatia 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Gareth Bale scores late in the first half as Wales draw 1-1 with Croatia. Watch Euro Qualifying on ESPN+. Euro 2020 Qualifying: Gareth Bale (45'+3') Wales 1-1 Croatia. Watch Euro Qualifying sign up for ESPN+. Wales kept alive their flagging hopes of reaching Euro 2020 by holding Croatia to a 1-1 home draw after Gareth Bale cancelled out an early Nikola Vlasic opener for the visitors in a bruising Group E qualifier on Sunday. The result left Croatia top of the group on 14 points from seven games, two more than Hungary who ground out a fortuitous 1-0 home win over Azerbaijan in the day's early fixture. Third-placed Slovakia have 10 points from six games and Wales in fourth have eight from six. Bottom team...

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