Soccer News by ESPN

'Who needs Messi when we have Passi'

2 weeks 1 day hence
   Nineteen-year-old Swapnil is so pumped about the India-UAE game that he and his friends have travelled to the Zayed Sports City stadium almost six hours ahead of kick-off. A college student based in Mumbai, Swapnil is one of 150 fans who have travelled together and will be seated together for the Group A clash on Thursday night. More fans have bought tickets but will be in the UAE section of the crowd because they assumed India would be the away team tonight, while the fixtures have...
Debayan Sen in Abu Dhabi

Hakeem al-Araibi, freed from Thai prison, returns to Pascoe Vale: 'It's a very special moment'

18 hours 23 minutes ago
Al-Araibi's return to Pascoe Vale was met with a rich and warm reception. It's expected he'll be fit enough to be back in the team within a few weeks. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Drums, dancers and a dizzying amount of cameras greeted Hakeem al-Araibi on Friday night as the Bahraini refugee watched his semi-professional football club for the first time since his Thai extradition ordeal ended last week. The large crowd, many wearing #HakeemSaved shirts, traveled from around the country to Pascoe Vale, in Melbourne's north, to celebrate with a footballer they had campaigned to have released from a Thai prison for more than two months. "The celebrations...
Jamie van Leeuwen

Chelsea's transfer ban explained: What did they do wrong and how will the punishment play out?

19 hours 19 minutes ago
FIFA have banned Chelsea for a period of two transfer windows after violations of the Article 19 and Article 18b of the Regulation on the Transfers and Status of Players (RTSP) nearly two months after the club completed the signing of Christian Pulisic. Here's a Q&A to make sense of it: Q: Let's see: so Chelsea won't be able to sign anybody new until the 2020-21 season? That's got to be a massive blow, doesn't it? A: Easy there. We've been here before with the transfer bans inflicted...
Gabriele Marcotti

Aymeric Laporte signs new deal, commits to Manchester City until 2025

19 hours 28 minutes ago
Manchester City's quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola's side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. Aymeric Laporte has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester City until 2025. The French defender only moved to the Etihad Stadium from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018 but has impressed Pep Guardiola so much that he has already earned a new deal on enhanced terms. Laporte, 24, has started every Champions League game and has been rested for just one Premier League match this season. He's staying! =L=% @Laporte =%=5 #mancity pic.twitter.com/ozEJrkfCGC— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 22, 2019 "I could not be happier to commit my long-term future to Manchester City," Laporte said....
Jonathan Smith

Man United to host Man City in rescheduled derby on April 24

21 hours 4 minutes ago
Manchester City's quest for the quadruple continues on Sunday at Wembley as Pep Guardiola's side take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. The rearranged Manchester derby at Old Trafford will be played on Wednesday April 24, the Premier League has announced. Manchester United will host rivals City at 8 p.m. in a fixture that had to be rescheduled because both clubs are playing in FA Cup quarterfinals on March 16, when it had originally been due to take place. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! The new date means the derby will be played in the closing weeks of the season, with only three games remaining to be played after it. United, revitalised under caretaker manager...
ESPN

Manchester City boss Guardiola fears Chelsea backlash in Carabao Cup final

22 hours 33 minutes ago
Despite victory, Pep Guardiola does not believe his Manchester City side are ready to fight for Champions League honours. 10-man Manchester City left Germany with a 3-2 victory over Schalke, while Atletico Madrid took down fancied Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano. ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manchester City showed another facet of their game by coming from behind in a gritty contest against Schalke. MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola has said he almost regrets Manchester City beating Chelsea 6-0 earlier this month because he expects a reaction from them in Sunday's Carabao Cup final. Premier League leaders City demolished Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago, but Guardiola said he knows how dangerous Maurizio Sarri's side can be after they became the first team to beat City in the league in December. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "In that moment I was so happy to beat them, but now I would prefer not to have beaten...
Jonathan Smith

Carabao Cup final: What you need to know for Manchester City vs. Chelsea

22 hours 48 minutes ago
The first major trophy of the season is up for grabs Sunday when Manchester City face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley. City go into the game looking to defend the trophy they won against Arsenal last season and potentially set up the first leg of an unprecedented Quadruple (Premier League title, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League). Chelsea, struggling for form under Maurizio Sarri, will aim to avenge their 6-0 defeat against City at the Etihad earlier this month in a game that...
Mark Ogden

Premier League managers: Can you name the oldest and youngest to take charge of the 'Big Six'?

22 hours 58 minutes ago
Jose Mourinho described former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as of the 'best managers in football history' and admitted he enjoyed the challenge of facing his sides. This weekend, the venerable Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager to ever take charge of a Premier League match when he steps into the away dugout for Crystal Palace's trip to Leicester City. Hodgson will be aged 71 years and 198 days come kick-off on Saturday, thus making him one day older than previous record-holder Sir Bobby Robson was when he took charge of Newcastle United against Aston Villa in 2004 (before being sacked two days later). By a quirk of fate, Palace also boast the Premier...
Chris Wright

Manchester United's Diogo Dalot uses first paycheck to buy minibus for former club

23 hours 58 minutes ago
Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno go head-to-head predicting all the Premier League match ups of the weekend, including the big one on Sunday between at Man United and Liverpool. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. Diogo Dalot used his first paycheck at Manchester United to buy a minibus for the club where he began his playing career. The 19-year-old, who signed for United from Porto in the summer, played for four years at the Escola de Futebol O Fintas in his native Braga. Dalot acquired a new nine-seater for his former football school and surprised them this month, it has emerged. "Diogo had sent us a signed [Manchester United] jersey and we were talking to him on Skype when he told us to go outside...
Adriana Garcia

Chelsea must sell winger for Hudson-Odoi to play more - Sarri

1 day ago
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be joining Bayern Munich this transfer window. With Jorginho not starting against Malmo, the FC guys explain how Maurizio Sarri missed the perfect opportunity to play N'Golo Kante in his preferred position. LONDON -- Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has said the club will have to sell a winger in the summer if Callum Hudson-Odoi is to get more first-team opportunities. Hudson-Odoi marked his first start since the close of the January transfer window with a goal in Thursday's 3-0 Europa League win over Malmo, prompting the Stamford Bridge crowd to serenade the 18-year-old with chants of: "We want you to stay." Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Sources have told ESPN FC that Hudson-Odoi -- yet to start a Premier League game under Sarri...
Liam Twomey

Transfer Talk: England assistant Steve Holland eyed for Chelsea job

1 day ago
The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Sarri to Italy, Holland to Stamford Bridge? Chelsea's recent form has seen column inches grow when it comes to speculation about the future of their star players, particularly Eden Hazard. Yet Calcio Mercato are suggesting that...
Nick Judd for ESPN

Brazil's Neymar says post-Pele debate 'makes no sense to me' after not making top 10 in ESPN Brasil poll

1 day ago
The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why he believes Neymar may come to regret not maximizing his talent for both club and country. Paris Saint-German forward Neymar believes the debate over the best Brazilian player since Pele doesn't need to take place. Neymar was named the best Brazilian player post-Pele in his country's monthly magazine, Placar, but failed to appear among the top 10 in a recent poll conducted by ESPN Brasil. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "This business of naming the best Brazilian player post-Pele makes no sense to me," Neymar told DAZN. "I'm not going to name the [best] Brazilian player post-Pele. For me, all of them are important....
Adriana Garcia
Checked
1 hour ago
Soccer News by ESPN
ESPN FC News RSS Feed
Subscribe to Soccer News by ESPN feed