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10 year challenge: How have Messi, Pogba, Salah aged since 2009?

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Get caught up on the Premier League weekend with the Exploding Heads in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package. Posting throwback photos my by a regular occurrence on social media -- there is a whole day of the week reserved for it, after all -- but there have been a spate of them this week thanks to the #10yearchallenge. Toe Poke thought it would have a crack at the social media trend and examine exactly how some of today's most prominent football stars looked a decade ago, back in the halcyon days of 2009. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk'));
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Manchester United consider Atletico's Andrea Berta as sporting director - sources

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The ESPN FC crew examine Paul Pogba's improved performances at Manchester United with the departure of Jose Mourinho. ESPN's Shaka Hislop says David de Gea's confidence in net has a huge psychological effect on strikers ability to score on the Manchester United keeper. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea's big night, Coppa Italia action and more. Craig Burley goes to the tape and demonstrates how the pace of Manchester United's front three played a key role in their win at Tottenham. Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta is under consideration for a role in Manchester United's structural overhaul, sources have told ESPN FC. United have considering appointing a technical director since the summer as part of changes to the club's hierarchy, and had hoped to secure the position before the January transfer window, with 47-year-old Italian Berta one of the names in the frame. Former manager Jose Mourinho was resistant to working with a technical director but since his...
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Japan's Hajime Moriyasu unfazed by potential Asian Cup round of 16 clash with Australia

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Ritsu Doan added to Yuya Osaka's two goals to ensure Asian Cup favourites Japan kicked off their tournament with a 3-2 win. Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds. Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16. After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate. After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine. Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner. Japan are out to win their group in the Asian Cup, but not due to any fear of meeting defending champions Australia in the knockout stage. The Samurai Blue face Uzbekistan in Al Ain on Thursday needing a victory to avoid a second round clash with the Socceroos in the same city. The four-time Asian Cup champions have already secured their passage to the last 16 after winning their group matches against Turkmenistan and Oman. But they trail the Uzbeks on goal difference heading into Thursday's clash,...
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Josh Wolff among U.S. Soccer key appointments to Gregg Berhalter's set-up

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Peter Vermes explains to ESPN FC why USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter's system needs to be implemented throughout the U.S. men's youth program. United States head coach Gregg Berhalter talks bigger picture of how he wants the USMNT to play moving forward and the balance in the roster. Tim Howard praises the hire of Gregg Berhalter but says he'll have his work cut out for him to get his squad ready for this summer's Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer announced key appointments to the national team on Wednesday, with former U.S. international Josh Wolff among those joining Gregg Berhalter's set-up. Wolff has been appointed an assistant coach, B.J. Callaghan as strategy analyst and assistant coach, Steve Tashjian as head performance expert and Darcy Norman as movement and conditioning coach. 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 in January - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "In putting together the staff, we looked for coaches with considerable backgrounds in four different areas: World Cups, CONCACAF, MLS and Europe,"...
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Australia hopeful Andrew Nabbout will be fit for Asian Cup round of 16 clash

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Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds. After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine. Jordan beat holders Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup. Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16. After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate. Socceroos coach Graham Arnold remains hopeful attacker Andrew Nabbout will still feature in Australia's Asian Cup campaign. The 26-year-old Nabbout is yet to feature in the United Arab Emirates after he suffered a groin injury in the final training session before Australia's opener against Jordan on Jan. 6. He was expected to return to action in Tuesday's final Group B clash with Syria but aggravated the injury in the final training session before the match. A-League A-League Table The 2018-19 A-League season is starting to take shape. Check out where your team sits on the ladder. Australia Home Head to ESPN's home of everything A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas! Despite fears Nabbout's tournament is...
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Mike Mulvey challenges Central Coast Mariners to win again after drought-breaker

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Central Coast Mariners grabbed their first win of the season and broke their 10-match losing streak being Melbourne City at the Central Coast Stadium. Kosta Barbarouses's hat-trick led Melbourne Victory to a comprehensive win over Brisbane Roar. Melbourne Victory forward James Troisi speaks on the team's tough schedule but insists they won't take any team for granted ahead of their match with Brisbane. Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey wants his team to maintain their hunger now that they've claimed their first win in more than 300 days in the A-League. The Mariners' 327-day drought was finally broken on Wednesday night, as Matt Simon tapped in a rebound from an 89th-minute penalty to claim a 2-1 victory over Melbourne City. A-League A-League Table The 2018-19 A-League season is starting to take shape. Check out where your team sits on the ladder. Australia Home Head to ESPN's home of everything A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas! The win ensured the Mariners would narrowly avoid equalling two records by one match: Firstly for the longest losing streak at 11 and the most games without a win at 19. But...
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Kane injury won't alter Tottenham's winter transfer strategy - Pochettino

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Harry Kane's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Spurs can cope without their star striker. David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. Tottenham striker Harry Kane's ankle injury that will sideline him until March was tough to take but has not affected the club's January transfer window plans, manager Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports on Wednesday. Kane damaged left ankle ligaments near the end of the 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday after being sandwiched between Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones. Tottenham are already without their South Korea forward Son Heung-min, who left after the United game to join up with...
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Melbourne City lost to 'better' Central Coast Mariners, not because of complacency

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Central Coast Mariners grabbed their first win of the season and broke their 10-match losing streak being Melbourne City at the Central Coast Stadium. Melbourne Victory forward James Troisi speaks on the team's tough schedule but insists they won't take any team for granted ahead of their match with Brisbane. Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce insists his side didn't fall victim to complacency in their shock 2-1 loss to the Central Coast on Wednesday night. Fourth-placed City struggled to make the most of their opportunities against the Mariners, who claimed their first win in 327 days with the victory and ended a 10-game losing streak. But Joyce maintained his men hadn't arrived on the Central Coast believing anything short of a strong performance would get them the points. A-League A-League Table The 2018-19 A-League season is starting to take shape. Check out where your team sits on the ladder. Australia Home Head to ESPN's home of everything A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas! "I think if you look at...
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Kathyrn Mayorga lawyers to meet with alleged Cristiano Ronaldo ex Jasmine Lennard

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Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyer has acknowledged that U.S. investigators are seeking DNA from Ronaldo in relation to an alleged sexual assault incident in 2009. The lawyer representing Kathryn Mayorga, the woman who has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of sexual assault, said in a statement on Tuesday that he spoke with and will meet with a British woman who claims to be Ronaldo's ex-girlfriend. Jasmine Lennard, who said she is a former girlfriend of the Juventus forward, published a long series of tweets last week that included a message to Mayorga and an offer to help with her defense in the case. Mayorga's legal team on Tuesday confirmed that they plan to meet...
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Transfer Talk: LAFC's Carlos Vela could be Barcelona's Plan B at striker

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Julien Laurens gives the latest updates on Paris Saint-Germain's January transfer targets. The FC crew answer your tweets on how far Juventus will go in European and domestic competitions, the chances Real Madrid and Juve do a Dybala-Isco swap & more. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to or out of your club this month. Vela could be Barcelona's Plan B Carlos Vela has emerged as a January option to fulfill Barcelona's striker shortage, according to several reports. Vela, currently at LAFC, has experience in La Liga, having played at Real Sociedad for seven seasons prior to arriving in MLS in 2018. According to...
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Barcelona manager Valverde will be at Camp Nou next season - president

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Alejandro Moreno sifts through all the big transfer news surrounding the likes of Isco, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and more. Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea's big night, Coppa Italia action and more. Luis Suarez found the net twice and Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal, as Barcelona cruised past Eibar at the Camp Nou. Unai Emery says Arsenal will not be making any permanent signings in January, including reports of a move for Barcelona's Denis Suarez. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said Ernesto Valverde will remain at Camp Nou next season, amid reports of uncertainty of the manager's future. Valverde, 54, signed an initial two-year deal when he replaced Luis Enrique as Barca boss in 2017. An option was included for that deal to be extended by an additional year but Valverde has been reluctant to commit to the club beyond the end of the campaign. However, Bartomeu said Valverde has the club's complete backing and will remain at the...
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Westwood? Roca? Moyes? Five managers who could replace Stephen Constantine as India coach

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If you had a magic lamp, and you could pick any coach in the world to be India's next, who would it be and why? Here are five potential candidates who could replace Stephen Constantine, with the possible pros and cons. Ashley Westwood Positives: With an I-League title, a runner-up finish and a Federation Cup in two years at Bengaluru FC - his debut season in India -- Westwood is a winner, understands the complexities of Indian football, brings knowledge from faraway lands, and can get the...
Arjun Namboothiri

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne City to end 327 day winless run

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Central Coast Mariners Melbourne City FC 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Central Coast Mariners grabbed their first win of the season and broke their 10-match losing streak being Melbourne City at the Central Coast Stadium. Central Coast's 327-day A-League drought is over, with a last-minute Matt Simon goal helping the Mariners to an upset 2-1 win over Melbourne City at Gosford. The home side's' hearts appeared to be broken again when City equalised late through Lachlan Wales in front of a crowd of just over 4,000. But, veteran striker Simon had the chance to win it when he was shoved over in the box by Rostyn Griffiths and referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot. However, his initial effort was saved by Eugene Galekovic,...
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Isco, Marcelo fail to seize opportunity as Real Madrid limp by Leganes in Copa del Rey

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FC's Ale Moreno delves into what is going wrong for Isco at Real Madrid as rumours continue to swirl over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu. The FC guys are incredulous that Isco keeps being left out as Real Madrid struggle to put together results under Santi Solari. Real Madrid made very heavy work of qualifying for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, winning 3-1 on aggregate over Leganes. Despite Leganes dominating Wednesday's last-16 second leg at Butarque, Los Pepineros were only able to manage one goal. Positives Just 12 months after going out of the Copa to their suburban neighbours in the quarterfinals, Los Blancos did enough to progress to the last eight on a night when Atletico Madrid crashed out. No new fitness problems was also a plus -- considering...
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