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Three coaches exit South African clubs in 24 hours

12 hours 47 minutes ago


It has been a rough 24 hours for coaches of professional clubs in South Africa with three losing their jobs ahead of the international window. 
Free State Stars, Black Leopards and Ajax Cape Town all announced the departure of their coaches as they seek to arrest a run of poor result ahead of a busy December period. 
Stars terminated their employment of Belgian coach Luc Eymael "by mutual consent" on Monday, just six months after he took them to an unlikely triumph in the...
Nick Said

Malaysia's AFF Cup campaign off to a good start, Vietnam to provide better test

13 hours 7 minutes ago
Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe said before his side's Monday game against Laos that "we know that there are still improvements to be made." Which certainly showed as the hosts were made to sweat in their 3-1 victory over Laos on Monday. It was a frustrating night in some ways but, at the end of it, the Harimau Malaya have maximum points from the opening two games. The tough tests start now however. After the 1-0 win in Cambodia and the home victory over Laos comes a trip to Vietnam and then a final...
John Duerden

Barcelona's Lionel Messi wins La Liga 2017-18 Player of the Year award

13 hours 9 minutes ago
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return. Lionel Messi has said he is relishing the competitiveness of La Liga this season after being named the league's best player of the 2017-18 campaign by Marca at an awards ceremony in Barcelona on Monday. Messi, 31, returned from injury to score twice as Barca were beaten 4-3 at home to Real Betis on Sunday. The Catalans remain top of the table with 24 points from 12 games but are just one point ahead of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Alaves. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are sixth with 20 points and just...
Sam Marsden

Jonathan Klinsmann called up for United States friendlies vs. England, Italy

13 hours 26 minutes ago
Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad, his club Hertha Berlin have said. Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad for the forthcoming friendlies against England and Italy after goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Darlington Nagbe withdrew from the team with injuries. Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach and Germany captain Jurgen Klinsmann, holds both German and American citizenship. <ú<ø ROSTER UPDATE: @darlingtonnagbe &amp; @zackstef_23 withdraw due to injuries, and GK Jonathan Klinsmann will join the squad for upcoming friendlies. More » https://t.co/H2F6j0uo9H pic.twitter.com/S5L3BNz08x&mdash; U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) November 12, 2018 The 21-year-old had been&nbsp;invited to take part in a Germany goalkeeper training camp in September, but was not included...
Stephan Uersfeld

Jonathan Klinsmann called up for United States friendlies - Hertha Berlin

13 hours 26 minutes ago
Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad, his club Hertha Berlin have said. Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad for the forthcoming friendlies against England and Italy, the club said&nbsp;on Monday. Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach and Germany captain Jurgen Klinsmann, holds both German and American citizenship. Flying into the @ussoccer_mnt squad like... Congrats to Jonathan #Klinsmann who has been called up the USA squad! =ª#hahohe pic.twitter.com/Lt5WKzaZRt&mdash; Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) November 12, 2018 The U.S. has not yet confirmed that the 21-year-old, who was invited to take part in a Germany goalkeeper training camp in September, had been called up. He was not among the initial squad list...
Stephan Uersfeld

Man United's late collapse the talking point vs. Man City. PLUS: Dortmund expose Bayern

13 hours 58 minutes ago
It was by no means remarkable or unexpected that Manchester City should dominate the derby against United. The gulf in class is evident, and as Paul Scholes pointed out afterwards, his United side never faced a City team that was this good. Still, the fact that nine of United's starting XI predate Jose Mourinho at the club is an eyebrow-raiser and further confirmation of how much water has been treaded at Old Trafford. (The two who weren't, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, aren't much to write...
Gabriele Marcotti

Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines making AFF Cup defence hard for Thailand - Somyot Poompanmoung

14 hours 2 minutes ago
Malaysia were made to wait until late in the second half to secure their second victory in AFF Cup Group A following a spirited showing from Laos. Keisuke Honda's Cambodia were no match for Myanmar in the AFF Cup, as the Japanese great's team conceded four times unanswered in a 4-1 defeat. Singapore have made a winning start to their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over 2016 runners-up Indonesia in Group B. Norshahrul Idlan headed home the only goal of Malaysia's Suzuki Cup opener against Cambodia. Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Suzuki Cup title but has warned that the improving Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines squads make the 2018 edition that much harder. After winning the 2014 and 2016 titles, the War Elephants kicked off their defence in Bangkok last week with a 7-0 win over Timor Leste but are aware that the challenge from rivals is increasing. "We always want to win and we will always do our best but we know that standards in the region are improving," Somyot...
John Duerden

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri wins 2017-18 Serie A Coach of Year award

14 hours 2 minutes ago
Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri felt it was good to bounce back with a 2-0 win over AC Milan after they endured their first loss since April against Manchester United. The guys respond to your tweets about Craig Burley working on a Sunday, the Scudetto race, Thierry Henry at Monaco and Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich. Juventus asserted their dominance at the San Siro, but the FC crew give credit to Milan for keeping the match close in an adverse situation. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has been named Serie A's Coach of the Season for the 2017-18, beating former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, now at Chelsea. Allegri guided Juve to a seventh straight title, his fourth since replacing Antonio Conte, to win the award for a fourth time, gaining 17 votes from Serie A and B coaches. Sarri, who led Napoli to second place, four points behind Juve, received eight votes -- the same number as Simone Inzaghi, whose Lazio missed out on qualification for the...
Ben Gladwell

Manchester United's Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial out of France squad with injuries

14 hours 36 minutes ago
Monaco's Thierry Henry believes apart from Eden Hazard, the Ballon d'Or should be dominated by French players after their World Cup heroics. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have withdrawn from the France squad for the matches against Netherlands and Uruguay because of injury, the French Football Federation said on Monday. Manchester United players Pogba and Martial arrived at France's Clairefontaine training base but were released following assessment by team doctor Franck Le Gall. Pogba was diagnosed with a muscular lesion in his left thigh, while Martial suffered an adductor issue. Midfielder Pogba missed United's 3-1 Premier League...
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola asked to explain derby ref comments

14 hours 42 minutes ago
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides. Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked for "his observations" following his recent comments about referee Anthony Taylor, the English Football Association has confirmed. The City boss said the offical would "try to do his best job" when asked the decision to appoint the Manchester-based official for Sunday's Manchester derby. An FA spokesman said: "The FA has sought observations from Pep Guardiola regards his pre-Manchester derby media comments. He has until 1800GMT on Thursday to...
Jonathan Smith

River Plate assistant unable to communicate with Marcelo Gallardo due to phone 'signal jammers'

14 hours 44 minutes ago
Gab Marcotti breaks down the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, a 2-2 thriller between eternal rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains what a Superclasico in the Copa Libertadores final means to the players and supporters alike. River Plate assistant manager Matias Biscay has said he was not able to communicate with manager Marcelo Gallardo, who was suspended for the Copa Libertadores final, because "phone signal jammers" had been installed. Gallardo was banned from attending the match at the Bombonera after he was found to have entered his side's dressing room at half-time and communicated with Biscay via radio during their semifinal second leg clash with Gremio. The final first leg was the second game of a four-match...
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Barcelona's Sergio Busquets gives signed shirt to Betis coach Quique Setien, boss tipped for Camp Nou

15 hours 12 minutes ago
Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return. After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. After becoming the first coach to inflict a home defeat on Barcelona in 26 months, Real Betis manager Quique Setien's stock has never been higher. With a reputation for prioritising attractive, attacking football, the word on the wire in Spain is that Setien may well end up plying his trade with Barca, and sooner rather than later. Indeed, with Ernesto Valverde's future uncertain beyond the summer, there are some who believe the Catalans will make their move to bring the highly-regarded Betis boss...
Chris Wright

Deportivo Cali defender Juan Quintero survives post-match shooting

16 hours 9 minutes ago
Deportivo Cali defender Juan Quintero narrowly escaped injury when his car was shot at after the Colombian team failed to make the first division playoffs, local media reported on Monday. Quintero was in a car with his brother following the game against Pasto when two men on a motorcycle sprayed his car with bullets, he told Colombian reporters. "I was driving to my flat with my brother when I felt someone knocking on the car window and I saw a gun pointing at me," the 23-year-old said. "The only...
Reuters

Manchester City's 44-pass goal vs. United: Things you can do in time it took to score

16 hours 17 minutes ago
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides. Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United. As if to rubber-stamp their derby day dominance, Manchester City wrapped up Sunday's 3-1 derby win over United with a devastating team goal in the closing stages at the Etihad Stadium. Ilkay Gundogan was the man to apply the finishing touch to a sublime 44-pass manoeuvre that took City from their own half to the back of United's net over the course of one minute and 55 seconds. To put that in some kind of perspective, here are some other things that can be done in that time, or even quicker. One...
Chris Wright

Black Queens need attention to make most of AWCON opportunity

16 hours 35 minutes ago
For a team preparing for a big continental football competition as hosts, the atmosphere at the Black Queens training grounds is unusually muted. At the El-Wak Stadium at the heart of a military base in Accra, Ghana's women's team go through their paces under scorching temperatures. The session is competitive, and coach Bashir Hayford is in top voice, encouraging the ladies, admonishing them when he has to. Apart from bus branded with logos of the Africa Women's Championship, which Ghana is hosting...
Michael Oti Adjei

Transfer Talk: Maurizio Sarri trying to persuade Nabil Fekir to join Chelsea over Real Madrid

16 hours 39 minutes ago
Paul Mariner assesses the latest transfer rumours, including the chances Alexis Sanchez, Robert Lewandowski and Patrik Schick make moves in January. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. Sarri intervenes as Chelsea chase Fekir Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir at Stamford Bridge and has spoken to him about a move, the Sun says. Fekir had been on the brink of joining Liverpool before the World Cup, but the transfer stalled and talks failed to resume. The France international has since been linked with...
ESPN

Chelsea's Eden Hazard feeling wear and tear of professional football

16 hours 42 minutes ago
Fernando Torres insists he felt like he had completed everything he needed to in Europe before he moved to Japan's Sagan Tosu from Atletico Madrid. Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew. Chelsea's Eden Hazard is feeling the "wear and tear" of more than 10 years of playing professional football and is "not happy" with the amount of times he is fouled. Hazard missed three consecutive games last month after suffering a back injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United, who were accused of targeting the Belgium international with fouls. Since joining Chelsea from Lille in 2012, Hazard has been one of the most frequently fouled players in the Premier League -- only Crystal Palace's...
Liam Twomey
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