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Adelaide United coach backs new signing Ken Ilso to solve goal shortage

6 hours 41 minutes hence
Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners. Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has said he expects star signing Ken Ilso to help fix the club's lack of goals. But Kurz added that he felt the 31-year-old Danish attacker had spent too long playing in Malaysia before moving to Adelaide. Ilso played in Singapore in 2015-16 before spending the past two years in Malaysia. "He played too long in Malaysia -- in Malaysia he can play with 60 percent," Kurz told reporters on Thursday. "The players here, the intensity is higher, it's true." Ilso will make...
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Rubin Kazan get European ban over financial fair play breach

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Russian club Rubin Kazan have been banned from European competition for a season for breaching restrictions placed on them under financial fair play (FFP) rules, UEFA said on Thursday. In a statement, European football's governing body said the ban would come into effect if the club qualified for Europe in the next two seasons. "The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons," the statement said. UEFA said the...
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Telkom Knockout provides latest chance for silverware

1 hour 32 minutes ago
After the international break, South African football returns to domestic matters this weekend with the start of the Telkom Knockout, the second of three cup competitions in the season. Cape Town City lifted the first piece of silverware last month when they won the MTN8, with the failure of the so-called 'Big Three' to lift that trophy putting the Telkom Knockout into sharper focus. Kaizer Chiefs' are desperate to end their well-documented club record barren run that is stretching close to three-and-a-half...
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Kaizer Chiefs confirm lengthy Lebogang Manyama lay-off((

1 hour 33 minutes ago
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that playmaker Lebogang Manyama will miss the next six weeks with a fractured elbow, while there are also concerns over star forward Khama Billiat. Manyama was involved in a car accident on Tuesday and although he has been discharged from hospital, scans have confirmed that he will only return towards the end of November, missing next week's Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates. "Manyama has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fractured elbow," Chiefs physiotherapist...
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Manchester United's Luke Shaw signs new contract at Old Trafford - sources

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ESPN FC' Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer react to Paul Scholes' assertion that even Lionel Messi couldn't turn around the current Manchester United. Gab Marcotti calls the FA's charges against Jose Mourinho 'needless' after the Man United manager's comments were caught on camera against Newcastle. Jon Champion says Jose Mourinho makes himself an easy target for criticism and explains why the Man United boss' antics make him uncomfortable. Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has signed a new deal to stay at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC. Shaw, 23, put pen to paper a new long-term contract at Carrington on Thursday to end speculation over his future. His existing deal was due to expire next summer after United triggered a one-year extension at the end of last season. Shaw has been given a significant increase on his £100k-a-week wages after becoming Jose Mourinho's first choice left-back this season and is now one of...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Antonio Conte to replace Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid?

1 hour 35 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Ale Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Raheem Sterling, Dejan Lovren, Arturo Vidal and many more. France captain Hugo Lloris believes Paul Pogba gets judged unfairly because of the record transfer fee Manchester United paid for the midfielder in 2016. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Conte to replace Lopetegui at Real Madrid? Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Everton check on Liverpool's Origi - Loftus-Cheek won't be sold - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly phoned former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte recently to sound out his availability, so say Il Corriere dello Sport. The paper reports that Conte, who has been out of work since leaving Stamford Bridge this summer,...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Lionel Messi lobbying to get Paul Pogba at Barcelona

1 hour 35 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Ale Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Raheem Sterling, Dejan Lovren, Arturo Vidal and many more. France captain Hugo Lloris believes Paul Pogba gets judged unfairly because of the record transfer fee Manchester United paid for the midfielder in 2016. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: Messi wants Pogba at Barcelona Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Ramsey open to top six move - PSG want Wenger on transfers - Real Madrid monitoring Sterling - Bailly to consider United future - Barca board split over Pogba Several of Barcelona's senior players are pushing for the club to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, including one Lionel Messi. As per the Daily Mail, there are "influential voices" within the Barca team who believe the team would benefit from the addition of Pogba's presence,...
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Unai Emery, Arsenal predecessor Arsene Wenger both enjoy rare cameos on pitch

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Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger both got to show they've still got it as players on Wendesday. Wednesday proved to be a rare old day for Arsenal managers past and present as both Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger got to strut their stuff on the pitch. With a home tie against Leicester City coming up and a winning streak to uphold, Emery took a very hands-on approach to Arsenal's midweek training session. The 46-year-old actually took part in the session himself, testing his mettle on the pitch against several of his players, including Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin. Emery was a decent player in...
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Liverpool not optimistic over Naby Keita injury - sources

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KitAid and Friends of Mulanje Orphans have teamed up to distribute Sadio Mane shirts to underprivileged children in Malawi. Liverpool and Brazil's Fabinho insists he is still trying to settle into life under Jurgen Klopp and that his demands in training and matches are extremely intense. Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold believes The Reds can still develop despite being unbeaten in the Premier League. UEFA Nations League: Harry Wilson (58') Ireland 0-1 Wales Naby Keita's hamstring injury is of concern to Liverpool ahead of Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town, a source has told ESPN FC, but Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk are yet to be ruled out after having issues over the international break. Keita was forced off in Guinea's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Rwanda on Tuesday, which was played on an artificial surface at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo. He returned to Liverpool on Wednesday and underwent a scan on his left hamstring. The...
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AFCON qualifying winners and losers

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KweséESPN takes a look at the biggest winners and losers after the first four match days of Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying. WINNERS First Qualifiers There can be no bigger winner than Madagascar, who became the first country to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The homeland of the CAF president did so in record-breaking style -- first, with two full games to spare, and doing so for the first time in their history. Great news for the country, although television commentators...
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Bayern Munich 'don't have much time, we need success' Arjen Robben warns Niko Kovac

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Rafinha is delighted to be back training with Bayern Munich and hopes to continue to righting the recent poor results. Bayern Munich gives an unprecedented look into their academy, profiling German legend Miroslav Klose and his role as U-17 manager. Want to know how to make it as a professional at Bayern Munich? Watch this documentary on the Bayern Munich youth academy. Arjen Robben has said Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is a "winner type" but warned that the Bundesliga champions have no time to lose in turning around their poor run of form. Bayern have dropped to sixth after picking up only one point from their last three league matches, and trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points. Kovac, who took over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer, has been backed by Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who said he would defend the former Frankfurt boss "to the blood." And...
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Transfer Rater: Kerem Demirbay to Liverpool, Malcom to Inter Milan

2 hours 20 minutes ago
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Presnel Kimpembe to Juventus The Bianconeri are reportedly determined to make a major defensive addition to their squad for next season and Paris-Saint Germain's versatile...
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Wilfred Ndidi regretting costly yellow card against Libya

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Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is "really disappointed" at the thought of missing next month's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa. The Leicester City midfielder picked up a booking late in the game against Libya on Tuesday for a petulant reaction to a call. That yellow card automatically rules him out of the fixture on 16 November, a crucial clash for both sides. A dejected Ndidi told KweséESPN: "I don't really know what I was thinking. I was really, really disappointed...
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Liverpool's Divock Origi checked out by Everton - sources

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ESPN FC's Ale Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Raheem Sterling, Dejan Lovren, Arturo Vidal and many more. Gab Marcotti assesses the latest transfer rumours, including Liverpool's reported interest in Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne. UEFA Nations League: Harry Wilson (58') Ireland 0-1 Wales Everton have made tentative checks on the availability of Liverpool striker Divock Origi as they assess ways to strengthen their options upfront, sources have told ESPN FC. Origi is down the pecking order at Liverpool and has not been part of a matchday squad for Jurgen Klopp this season. A source said that Liverpool had become aware of potential interest from Everton in the 23-year-old, but were yet to receive any contact from their local rivals. Abel Xavier's £800,000 transfer from Everton...
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