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Short transfer window a 'massive mistake' - Poch

17 hours 45 minutes ago
Craig Burley picks the winners and losers from the Premier League's second weekend and delves into Mauricio Pochettino's love-hate relationship with VAR. Steve Nicol dismisses any naysayers that VAR is not a positive after he feels it correctly ruled off Man City's goal late on versus Tottenham. Stewart Robson and Craig Burley discuss Christian Eriksen's potential impact on the match if he starts for Tottenham at Manchester City. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are ready to compete for Premier League title with Manchester City. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that he wants the summer transfer window for English clubs to stay open longer, calling the decision to close it before the start of the Premier League season a "massive mistake." As of last season, the summer transfer window in England has closed before the Premier League season began due to complaints by clubs of having unsettled squads when starting the campaign. But with transfer windows around Europe closing as late as September, Premier League players,...
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Poch: transfer window should be open longer

17 hours 45 minutes ago
Craig Burley picks the winners and losers from the Premier League's second weekend and delves into Mauricio Pochettino's love-hate relationship with VAR. Steve Nicol dismisses any naysayers that VAR is not a positive after he feels it correctly ruled off Man City's goal late on versus Tottenham. Stewart Robson and Craig Burley discuss Christian Eriksen's potential impact on the match if he starts for Tottenham at Manchester City. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs are ready to compete for Premier League title with Manchester City. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that he wants the summer transfer window for English clubs to stay open longer, calling the decision to close it before the start of the Premier League season a "massive mistake." As of last season, the summer transfer window in England has closed before the Premier League season began due to complaints by clubs of having unsettled squads when starting the campaign. But with transfer windows around Europe closing as late as September, Premier League players,...
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H2No! Azteca vendors caught watering down beer

19 hours 35 minutes ago
Vendors at the famous Estadio Azteca were caught watering down beers on Saturday. MEXICO CITY -- Estadio Azteca owners are set to take legal action against vendors who were caught watering down beers at the famous stadium by filling part of the cup with liquid from the ice-filled bath the beers are stored in. A video purporting to show a beer seller employing the practice during Club America's 1-0 victory over Morelia last Saturday went viral in Mexico, where it is normal for vendors to wander around the stands during the game to sell food and beer. El #EstadioAzteca no acepta prácticas que afecten a la afición. Circula un video que exhibe a vendedores alterando producto. Ya se retiró a los implicados permanentemente de las instalaciones. Estamos ejerciendo acciones legales. No permitiremos estas conductas.— Estadio Azteca (@EstadioAzteca) August 18, 2019 "Estadio Azteca doesn't accept...
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Man City were unlucky vs. Spurs but don't blame VAR. Plus: Bayern getting a good deal with Coutinho?

19 hours 53 minutes ago
Gab Marcotti is here to recap a busy, dramatic weekend in soccer. Welcome to Monday Musings. Jump to: Man City vs. Spurs | Breaking down Coutinho to Bayern | Man United's Alexis problem | Bale dazzles for Real | Arsenal got a gem in Ceballos | Balotelli returns home | Lampard and Chelsea so far | Dortmund look good | Joao Felix is a gem | PSG in chaos? | And finally... Were Man City unlucky vs. Tottenham? It may have been overshadowed by the late disallowed goal, but Manchester City's...
Gabriele Marcotti

Balotelli has no 'fear of failing' in Serie A return

20 hours 26 minutes ago
The FC guys delve into the reports that Mario Balotelli is poised to make a move back to Italy to join his hometown club Brescia. Mario Balotelli says his mother cried when he told her he was joining hometown club Brescia and insists he has no fear of failing on his return to Serie A after an absence of three years. Balotelli was born in Palermo but moved to Brescia at the age of two and his adoptive family still lives there, although his father died in 2015. Speaking at his first news conference on Monday when he was unveiled by the club, Balotelli said: "My mum cried initially when I told her that I might be going to Brescia....
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Ibrahimovic, Messi nominated for Puskas award

23 hours 51 minutes ago
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice after LA Galaxy went down to 10 men, but a wild gaffe helped Seattle earn a draw. To watch MLS sign up to ESPN+. Major League Soccer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (66') LA Galaxy 2-1 Seattle Sounders. To watch MLS sign up to ESPN+. Major League Soccer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (45') LA Galaxy 1-1 Seattle Sounders. To watch MLS sign up to ESPN+. Ale Moreno believes that MLS should have known Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opinions were part of the package deal when they brought him into the league. Shaka Hislop says that while he doesn't understand the motive behind it, he agrees with Zlatan Ibrahimovic that new teammate Cristian Pavon is far above an average MLS player. LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona's Lionel Messi are among the 10 nominees for the 2018-19 Puskas award, the honour for the season's best goal. Ibrahimovic saw his volley with the outside of the foot against Toronto nominated. The Swede watched a long ball come down over his shoulder, before he turned and hooked the ball past the goalkeeper in one swift motion. - ESPN fantasy: Sign up now! - Ibrahimovic unveils The Simpsons as LA Galaxy 'reinforcements' Meanwhile, Messi's delicate...
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MLS Power Rankings: LAFC books postseason spot; Rooney and D.C. fading down the stretch

1 day ago
There are many candidates for when the stretch run of the season begins in Major League Soccer. Maybe it's when the final full month of the regular season begins. (This year, that's September.) Maybe it's when rosters freeze and teams can't make any more additions to their squads (coming Aug. 30). Maybe it's when the schedules finally sync up and everyone is on the same number of games played (no idea). Or, maybe it's when the first team officially qualifies for the postseason. If that's the...
Jason Davis

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC books postseason spot, Rooney and D.C. fading down the stretch

1 day ago
There are many candidates for when the "stretch run" of the season begins in Major League Soccer. Maybe it's when the final full month of the regular season begins (this year, that's September). Maybe it's when rosters freeze and teams can't make any more additions to their squads (coming Aug. 30). Maybe it's when the schedules finally sync up and everyone is on the same number of games played (no idea). Or, maybe it's when the first team officially qualifies for the postseason. If that's...
Jason Davis

Ochoa, Dos Santos arrivals show Club America thinking beyond Liga MX

1 day ago
MEXICO CITY -- As Guillermo Ochoa eased his way through the throngs of Club America fans waiting for him at Mexico City's international airport last Tuesday, it felt more like a celebrity's homecoming arrival rather than a new summer signing for a Liga MX club. Fans had begun preparations, without much hindrance from security, a couple of hours beforehand, meticulously carving out a yellow-and-blue clad path for the Mexico goalkeeper to exit the airport and reach his transportation. Drums...
Tom Marshall

Club America's move for Ochoa and Dos Santos shows they still have power to make big signings

1 day ago
MEXICO CITY -- As Guillermo Ochoa eased his way through the throngs of Club America fans waiting for him at Mexico City's international airport last Tuesday, it felt more like a movie star's arrival rather than a new summer signing for a Liga MX club. Fans had begun preparations, without much hindrance from security, a couple of hours beforehand, meticulously carving out a yellow-and-blue clad path for the Mexico goalkeeper to exit the airport and reach his transportation. Drums and chants echoed...
Tom Marshall

China call up first-ever non-Chinese player

1 day 2 hours ago
Brazilian-born Elkeson has been called up by China. Brazilian-born striker Elkeson is the first player of non-Chinese heritage to have been included in the China squad, after he was called up for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Maldives on Sept. 10. The decision follows weeks of speculation the Guangzhou Evergrande forward had been awarded citizenship in the country after playing in the Chinese Super League since 2013, thereby meeting FIFA's five-year residency requirements. - World Cup 2022 qualifying: All you need to know The inclusion of...
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