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Brockie on target as Sundowns claim friendly win over Chiefs

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Mamelodi Sundowns struck a pre-season psychological blow when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in a friendly clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. Jeremy Brockie netted the opener and Themba Zwane added a late second, before Bernard Parker pulled a goal back for the AmaKhosi. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane handed a start to academy graduate Sphelele Mkhulise in midfield, where he impressed, while Kennedy Mweene was given a rare run in goal. Chiefs started Khama Billiat against his former employers...
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Transfer Tracker: Signings, departures for Europe's largest clubs

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ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater. With the transfer window open across Europe, clubs are now able to finalise the signings of players they have monitored and negotiated with for months. The transfer window is shorter this summer but that does not mean it will be any less busy. See who has left which club, where they are headed and the terms of the moves with our transfer tracker below: PREMIER LEAGUE ARSENAL In: Bernd Leno (from Bayer Leverkusen), Stephan Lichtsteiner (from Juventus), Sokratis (from Borussia Dortmund), Lucas...
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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid ready £112 million bid for Eden Hazard, also targeting Mauro Icardi

1 hour 45 minutes ago
Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea want all their top players to stay. After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: Real Madrid to move for Hazard, Icardi Real Madrid are preparing a £112 million bid for Eden Hazard and have also tabbed Mauro Icardi a target.  Madrid have been closely linked with Hazard for the last couple of seasons and already consider...
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Andre Schurrle set for Borussia Dortmund exit as talks open with another club

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Andre Schurrle sat out Borussia Dortmund's International Champions Cup friendly win over Manchester City as he is holding talks with another club, the German side have said. Dortmund claimed a 1-0 win over the Premier League champions through Mario Gotze's penalty; with Schurrle playing no part. 9 @Andre_Schuerrle war bei #MCFCBVB nicht im Kader, da er aufgrund von Verhandlungen mit einem anderen Klub freigestellt ist.— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 21, 2018 Afterwards, the club tweeted an update on the former Chelsea man, which confirmed he had sat out the match as held talks with another club -- and sporting director Michael Zorc later added that he had...
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AC Milan target Champions League football after boardroom reshuffle

3 hours 45 minutes ago
Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe. Juventus' new man Cristiano Ronaldo shares what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club. ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus and Italy's hopes for the future. AC Milan confirmed the "dawn of a new era" following the change of ownership which allowed for them to be re-instated in the Europa League -- and the club is targeting Champions League football. A recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) saw them banned from competing in this season's Europa League due to financial irregularities. However, former owner Li Yonghong was finally forced out of the club by U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management after failing to pay back the €32...
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Prince Tjiueza the early star of COSAFA U-17 Cup

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Namibian fans may find it hard to keep their feet on the ground after they began their COSAFA U-17 Cup campaign with an emphatic 8-3 victory over Seychelles on Thursday. However, in Prince Tjiueza, the Baby Warriors boast the outstanding individual of the competition so far, and a player who has the quality to fire the Namibians to the title. Regardless of the young forward's class in his four-goal display in the evisceration of the Seychelles, this bout was a long time coming for a Namibia side...
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Christian Pulisic, Jadon Sancho impress Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre

4 hours 44 minutes ago
Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago. Mario Gotze discusses Borussia Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the ICC and describes how the German side is feeling early in preseason. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Christian Pulisic must improve his end product at Borussia Dortmund this season. CHICAGO, Illinois -- Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre believes the club have have two very talented teenagers after watching their display in the 1-0 International Champions Cup win over Manchester City on Friday. In his first match in charge of the club, Favre heaped praise on 19-year-old Christian Pulisic and 18-year-old Jadon Sancho. Pulisic started the Bundesliga side's first preseason match, and immediately made a nuisance of himself on City's left side. The U.S. international had drawn...
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Chicago Fire sign Nicolas Hasler from Toronto FC with Jon Bakero heading the other way

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Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero each scored in the first half for Minnesota United FC in a hard fought 2-1 win over New England. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer's punishment for Mike Petke's outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints. Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies. Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola's big night at D.C.'s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end its slump. Chicago Fire have agreed a deal to sign right-back Nicolas Hasler from Toronto FC for a fee of $50,000 with Jon Bakero going the other way. The Fire have been in need of a new right-back and Hasler should slot straight into the first team. The Liechtensteiner started 11 games last season, contributing three assists. He signed for Toronto last summer, starting nine of the 20 matches played in 2017 and appearing in two playoff games. Bakero heads to Toronto after the Fire made aggressive moves to...
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New York Red Bulls to complete Andreas Ivan signing once visa is processed

6 hours 41 minutes ago
The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer's punishment for Mike Petke's outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints. Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies. Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola's big night at D.C.'s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end its slump. New York Red Bulls are on the verge of completing the signing of Andreas Ivan, the club have announced. Once the Romanian right-winger's P-1 visa is processed, he will become the MLS side's first signing of the transfer window. Ivan, 23, had joined the team as a trial for a week in June and will take up an international spot in the squad. "We are pleased to welcome Andreas to our club," Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. "Andreas is a young, dynamic player with a lot of qualities we...
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