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Barcelona's Luis Suarez problem is only going to get worse

4 hours 3 minutes ago
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Barcelona's biggest weakness, Luis Suarez's future and if Liverpool have any vulnerabilities this season. Craig Burley and Paul Mariner make their predictions for the La Liga season, and one of them is backing Diego Costa for a big season. Will the real Luis Suarez please stand up? There was such an explosion of sound and fury over the way Antoine Griezmann chose to announce that he was staying at Atletico Madrid, via a video production company owned by Gerard Pique, that many have failed to properly consider what was behind Barcelona's willingness to spend €100 million (plus another €60 million in wages) on him. The answer, increasingly evidently, is that Luis Suarez is in that horrible antechamber that leads from...
Graham Hunter

Real Madrid's Luka Modric: Reports of Inter Milan approach 'nonsense'

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A goal and an assist from Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui's side off to a perfect start in La Liga. Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the ESPN FC panel question if Real Madrid will have the pieces necessary to win La Liga this season. Relevent Sports chairman Charlie Stillitano explains his vision to build and promote the La Liga brand through games played in the U.S. Real Madrid's Luka Modric said a report that he told FIFA he initiated contact with Inter Milan this summer over a potential move is nonsense. Modric had been linked with a move to Inter since winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup, but Real Madrid demanded they pay his release clause of €750 million if they wanted to sign him. Madrid reported Inter to FIFA over their alleged approach for Modric and were also unhappy with Inter's willingness to speak openly about the possibility of a deal...
Robbie Dunne

Bulgarian FA imposes one-year ban on coach for referee attack

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The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has banned the coach of second division club Kariana Erden for a year for attacking a referee and his assistant at the end of his team's 1-2 home loss to Strumska Slava on Saturday. The BFU's disciplinary commission also fined Atanas Dzhambazki, a former coach of Slavia Sofia, Montana and Litex Lovech, 1,500 levs ($877), the union said in a statement on Tuesday. Dzhambazki appeared to lose his temper and invaded the pitch after the visitors scored the winning goal...

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin formally nominated for re-election

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GENEVA -- UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was formally nominated for re-election by his home federation in Slovenia in a coordinated campaign launch Tuesday for his expected win. The federation said in a statement it sent a formal proposal to UEFA ahead of a Nov. 7 deadline for potential candidates to apply. The election will be on Feb. 7 in Rome. Eight more of the 55 European federations have also pledged support for the Slovenian lawyer, who could be unopposed to get a second term. The Italian...
Associated Press

Paul Scholes should 'advise Woodward to sell' Paul Pogba - Mino Raiola

4 hours 45 minutes ago
Mino Raiola has hit back at Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder was critical of Paul Pogba's performance in the loss at Brighton. Raiola, posting on Twitter on Tuesday morning, appeared to joke that he would have "sleepless nights" trying to find Pogba a new club. There has been speculation Raiola has already lined up a move to Barcelona for Pogba after a breakdown in his relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho. Scholes accused Pogba of going missing during the 3-2...
Rob Dawson

Mark Milligan 'joyful and happy' after Hibernian move - Graham Arnold

4 hours 56 minutes ago
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will look to change the style of the of the team and showcase players' attacking flair. Graham Arnold believes Daniel Arzani's move to Celtic will be good for his progression. Australia's Graham Arnold joked about capping Usain Bolt for the national side but believes he will be taken seriously at the Central Coast Mariners. Graham Arnold could tell over the phone just how much Mark Milligan will be revitalised by his shift to Scotland. And the new Socceroos coach is optimistic it will breathe new life into his international career, too. Veteran utility Milligan will finally realise a lifelong dream after signing with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibernian. The 33-year-old has just about seen and done it all in football but there was one glaring hole on his resume -- a successful stint in Europe with a big club. Over...

Oswaldo Alanis prefers European stay to Liga MX after Getafe exit - agent

5 hours 41 minutes ago
During the latest episode of the Two on Tri podcast, Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez examine potential candidates for Mexico's head coaching position. Mexico defender Oswaldo Alanis became a free agent on Monday when Getafe released him, but the 29-year-old is determined to stay in Europe, despite offers to return to Liga MX. Alanis was only confirmed as a Getafe player in early July, having left Liga MX side Chivas at the end of his contract, but coach Jose Bordalas stated Monday that the Mexican "wasn't the profile of player I was looking for. Alanis' agent Manfredi Caleca told ESPN AM on Tuesday that the contract rescission was "burdensome"...
Tom Marshall

Nacional sign Enugu Rangers' Christian Madu

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CD Nacional have signed midfielder Christian Madu from Enugu Rangers, the Portuguese club have confirmed. The 25-year-old has joined the Madeira-based outfit on a four-year deal according to a statement on the club's website. He joins a considerable African contingent at the Estadio da Madeira, with Mozambique's Witi, Okacha Hamzaoui of Algeria and Cameroonian goalkeeper Ohoulo Fremlin having turned out for the club recently. The defensive midfielder was a feature in the NPFL-winning team of 2016...
KweséESPN Staff

Amunike names first Tanzania squad ahead of AFCON qualifiers

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New Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike has named a 25-man squad ahead of the Taifa Stars' crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Uganda on September 8. The East Africans started their Group L campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Lesotho, and will be eager to make amends away in Uganda. "The technical team has named a 25-man squad which is expected to start training new week," Wallace Karia, the President of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) told KweséESPN on Tuesday. Top...
Andrew Oryada

Lionel Messi out of Argentina squad as doubts persist over international future

6 hours 27 minutes ago
Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side. Lionel Messi's former Argentina teammate, Carlos Tevez has said that the player must do whatever makes him and his family happy when deciding on international retirement. Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni has admitted he doesn't know if Lionel Messi will return to play for the national team again. Messi, who captained Argentina at the World Cup this summer in Russia where they were eliminated by France in the round of 16, has taken an indefinite break from the Albiceleste. The Barcelona superstar was not included in Scaloni's first squad for international friendlies against Guatemala in Los Angeles on Sept. 7 and Colombia in New Jersey four days later. Asked...
Adriana Garcia

Juventus sign Miralem Pjanic to new five-year contract

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Juventus trailed early in the second half of Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A debut, but the Bianconeri fought back to earn a late win at Chievo Verona. ESPN's Mina Rzouki got the fans thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo's debut for Juventus as they beat Chievo 3-2 in their Serie A season opener. FC's James Horncastle discusses whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo's first game at Juventus lived up to all the hype. Miralem Pjanic has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Juventus until 2023, the club confirmed on Tuesday. Pjanic joined the Bianconeri from Roma in the summer of 2016 for €32 million and was entering the third season of his initial five-year deal. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he will now earn €6.5 million per season, leaving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala among the club's highest-paid players. "Since arriving prior to the 2016-17...
Ben Gladwell

Minnesota United confirms signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando Bob

8 hours 3 minutes ago
Minnesota United have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Bob. Once he obtains his P1 Visa and ITC, Bob, 30, will join fellow Brazilians Ibson and Maximiano with the Loons. Can you hear the drums, Fernando? #MNUFC signs Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Bob— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) August 21, 2018 "Fernando Bob has a very physical presence, a great range of passing and a lovely left foot," head coach Adrian Heath said. "He first came across my radar in 2015 when he played for Ponte Preta. "We played a friendly game [against them], so I've known about him for quite a long time. We tried to...

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt retires from international football

8 hours 12 minutes ago
Northern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has announced his retirement from international football, the Irish Football Association said on Tuesday. The 33-year-old West Bromwich Albion player won 65 caps for his country across a 14-year period. Albion skipper Chris Brunt has taken the difficult decision to retire from @NorthernIreland duty.#WBA— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 21, 2018 "I have spent a lot of time thinking it over but I feel, at this point in my career, I need my sole football focus to be on helping West Bromwich Albion return to the Premier League," Brunt told the club website. Brunt played in eight of the qualifying matches...
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