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MLS may view La Liga game in U.S. as 'attack' - Javier Tebas

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La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit the MLS. With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S. Gab Marcotti details how playing in the United States can benefit all La Liga clubs, not just headline acts Barcelona and Real Madrid. La Liga president Javier Tebas fears Major League Soccer may view plans to stage a regular-season game in the United States as a threat. Tebas is working on getting permission from the Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE), the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and other organisations to hold Girona's home game against Barcelona in suburban Miami on Jan. 26. "What worries me is that [MLS commissioner Don] Garber thinks that it is an attack against the MLS to come [to North America], which...
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Transfer Rater: Ivan Rakitic to Chelsea, Arnie Maier to Manchester United

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The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Arnie Maier to Manchester United United have been extensively scouting teenage defensive midfielder Maier who has played 90 minutes in all three of Hertha's matches in the...
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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino wears protective glasses to training

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Having suffered a grotesque eye injury during Liverpool's clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Roberto Firmino was a doubt to feature in their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain three days later. However, after starting on the bench, Firmino entered the fray late on and duly scored the winning goal in a dramatic 3-2 victory before celebrating by covering his eye with his hand. Firmino then reported for training on Thursday morning sporting a brand new pair of protective glasses,...
Chris Wright

FC Zurich player channels his inner 'Humpty Dumpty' in goal celebration gone wrong

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Benjamin Kololli went from hero to zero in a matter of seconds during FC Zurich's Europa League match Thursday. While not always the best football, the Europa League is, if nothing else, always entertaining. Thursday nights on the continent seem to produce as many bloopers as they do belters, as many howlers as they do highlights, and more than anything just the outright wacky. In other words, every time we think we've seen it all in football, the Europa League seems to be quick to remind us that we actually haven't. That brings us to Thursday's Europa League tie between FC Zurich and AEK Larnaca. After an...
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Cristiano Ronaldo sending off shows he must change his game to succeed at Juventus

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Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the correct decision when sending Cristiano Ronaldo off in their 2-0 win over Valencia. The FC guys explain why it's unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia will be overturned, even though they strongly disagree with the sending off. Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers to talk about his whole team after their win over Roma. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. The debate over the justification for Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League red card in Juventus' 2-0 win against Valencia will probably outlast whatever suspension he receives from UEFA, but what cannot be argued against is that the 33-year-old only has himself to blame for the mess he now finds himself in. On first inspection, and then with the benefit of replays from all angles, Ronaldo's dismissal following his clash with Valencia's Jeison Murillo appeared soft. But it was Ronaldo's stupidity...
Mark Ogden

Champions League: Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale in team of the week

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The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on the best and worst performers from UCL matchday one, if Arsenal were wise to pass on Mikel Arteta and more. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers to talk about his whole team after their win over Roma. Manchester United's Jose Mourinho insists his side have played phenomenally in their last three matches and is hoping they can take it into their match against Wolves at Old Trafford. With a goal for Real Madrid in every competitive game, the FC crew examine what's led to Gareth Bale's sublime start to the season. The Champions League is back with a bang, but who were the stars? Here's the best XI from Matchday 1. GK - Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) Juve performed heroically for an hour with 10 men to win 2-0 at Valencia after Cristiano Ronaldo's red card. They may have had to suffer a few flutters near the end had Szczesny, who is making their No. 1 spot his own after Gianluigi Buffon's departure, not saved Daniel Parejo's late penalty -- ensuring a continuation of their superb away form was guaranteed. RB...
Nick Ames

Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr. 'distorts' Segunda B - Cultural Leonesa president

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AS Roma Eusebio Di Francesco believes Real Madrid's Luka Modric has been exceptional for both club and country and rarely makes mistakes. Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers to talk about his whole team after their win over Roma. With a goal for Real Madrid in every competitive game, the FC crew examine what's led to Gareth Bale's sublime start to the season. Sergio Ramos makes fun of Antoine Griezmann's claims that he 'eats at the same table as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.' The presence of Real Madrid's €45 million signing Vinicius Jr. in their B side has "distorted" the league, Cultural Leonesa president Felipe Llamazares has claimed. Vinicius, 18, joined Real Madrid in the summer as their biggest signing of the transfer window. However, he is yet to make a matchday squad in La Liga and was an unused substitute during the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid, having been demoted to the Castilla side, which competes in Segunda B -- the third tier. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system But Llamazares...
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Coach John Gregory uses Sir Alex Ferguson's winning mantra to spur Chennaiyin FC on

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Chennaiyin FC won their second ISL title in 2018 following a 3-2 win against Bengaluru FC John Gregory is a man on a mission. Having guided Chennaiyin FC to the 2017-18 ISL title with a 3-2 win over Bengaluru FC in the final, the Englishman is hellbent on achieving something that has never been done in the as yet nascent history of the league - defend the crown. And for inspiration, he's looking to one of the game's greatest, Sir Alex Ferguson.  Speaking to ESPN about how he is motivating his champion outfit, he draws from the former Manchester United boss' relentless winning mentality. "When...
Anirudh Menon

Gonzalo Higuain lifts AC Milan to 1-0 win over Luxembourg side Dudelange

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F91 Dudelange AC Milan 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Gonzalo Higuain's deflected effort in the 59th minute sealed a 1-0 victory for AC Milan over Luxembourg side F91 Dudelange on Thursday night in Europa League action.  Dudelange, the first team from Luxembourg to reach the Europa League group phase, produced a resolute display against the seven-time European champions at the Stade Josy Barthel.  Dominik Stolz had Dudelange's best chance of the night in the 36th minute with a run up the right side that saw the German midfielder sail...
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Chelsea, Arsenal cruise in Europa League openers; Rangers draw

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Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea maintained their flying start to the season with a 1-0 victory at PAOK Salonika in their opening Europa League Group L fixture on Thursday. Brazil midfielder Willian's early strike proved sufficient to seal the points, although Chelsea could have won by a wider margin had they been sharper in front of goal. The Premier League leaders have now won their opening six games under Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in July. Meanwhile, Unai Emery returned to the competition with...
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Man City not Champions League favourites after Lyon defeat - Bernardo Silva

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Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Bernardo Silva said Manchester City should not be seen as favourites to win the Champions League after their 2-1 home defeat to Lyon in their opener on Wednesday. City, who became the first English club to lose four successive Champions League games, have never gone beyond the semifinals in the competition and, the day after Mikel Arteta labelled the squad the best in the world, Silva said City need to make big improvements after a flat performance in the defeat. "I think we have to focus on us,...
Jonathan Smith

Arsenal boss Unai Emery frustrated by late defensive lapses in Europa League win

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LONDON -- Unai Emery called on his Arsenal players to improve their defensive mentality after conceding two late goals in a 4-2 win over FC Vorskla in the Europa League. The Gunners were cruising toward a dominant victory when Mesut Ozil put them 4-0 up in the 74th minute after two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one from Danny Welbeck already had them comfortably in front at the Emirates on Thursday. But the visiting side from Ukraine pulled two late goals back to leave Emery's team without...
Mattias Karen

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng a 'colourful bird' - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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Currently on loan from FC Dallas at Bayern Munich, follow Chris Richards around behind-the-scenes at Bayern's campus. Bayern Munich have seven competitive games in a span of three weeks following the first international break of the season. Niko Kovac praised his Bayern Munich side's all-round performance in their 3-0 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described Jerome Boateng as a "colourful bird" and told the defender the door to his office is "always open." Boateng, 30, came close to leaving Bayern Munich this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing him. However, the deal collapsed as both clubs were not able to agree on a transfer fee. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system Boateng was criticised by Rummenigge, with the Bayern CEO accusing the central defender of caring more about fashion than football in 2016. In an interview with 
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