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Mourinho's preseason worries

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Man United's manager spoke to the press on Wednesday and he's not happy. With so many players absent after the World Cup, Jose Mourinho admitted he was worried with so little time before the Premier League begins. Watch »

Chinese Super League: Beijing Guoan go first while Anderson Talisca nets debut hat trick

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Gab Marcotti explains Paulinho's move back to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande and wonders if Barcelona has another big move coming soon. Jonathan Soriano's 87th-minute strike earned Beijing Guoan a 2-1 win over Henan Jianye on Wednesday evening to move Roger Schmidt's side into first place in the Chinese Super League -- as Anderson Talisca had a debut to remember with a hat trick for Guangzhou Evergrande. Beijing moved a point clear at the summit and ahead of Shanghai SIPG, who were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening with Shandong Luneng, as the league completed its first round of action since resuming after the World Cup break. Cedric...
Michael Church, Asia correspondent

World Cup scouting spotlight: Moussa Wague, Rodrigo Betancur, Mario Fernandes

23 hours 50 minutes ago
Julien Laurens takes issue with ESPNFC.com's omission of France's N'Golo Kante in their World Cup team of the tournament. The World Cup boosted the profiles of several known stars like Kylian Mbappe but what about the next wave hoping to use Russia 2018 as a springboard into the next phases of their career? Matt Stanger scouts three such under-the-radar talents who acquitted themselves well this summer. Moussa Wague, DF, KAS Eupen/Senegal Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league. In this age of information, it's rare to see genuine unknowns emerge as potential stars at the World Cup. Moussa Wague is one such example, however, with few having heard of...
Matthew Stanger

Joining Real Madrid like going to Disneyland - Alvaro Odriozola

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ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team. After he is unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded. After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer. New Real Madrid signing Alvaro Odriozola says that the chance to join the Bernabeu outfit from Real Sociedad was impossible to turn down -- just like being offered a trip to Disneyland as a kid. Odriozola, an unused squad member with Spain at this summer's World Cup, has joined Madrid for a fee of around €40 million after coming through the ranks at La Real and impressing over the last 18 months at his hometown club. Some reports had claimed that Barcelona also approached the Basque youngster,...
Dermot Corrigan, Madrid correspondent

World Cup 2022: What will Argentina, France, Germany, U.S. look like?

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The FC crew look back on the 2018 World Cup and identify four stars who either improved their stock in Russia or saw it take a hit with their play. The 2018 World Cup has only just ended, but there's already a benefit to casting ahead over the next qualification cycle to see how many of the top teams will re-equip and re-arm ahead of Qatar 2022. How will the contenders look in four years' time? Will their squads be peaking or full of new faces? We asked our writers to gaze into the future and imagine how their national teams will look by the time the next World Cup rolls around. ARGENTINA Assuming Lionel Messi is in the mix for 2022, Argentina's biggest needs are in midfield and defence. Any plans Argentina might make for the next...
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez vows to strengthen 'with magnificent players'

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ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club will make some big signings during the transfer window, insisting "our great squad will be strengthened with magnificent players." Madrid have not made a major signing since James Rodriguez arrived after the 2014 World Cup and have actually made a profit on transfers through recent summers, with their most recent accounts showing a "cash balance" of €178 million -- even before Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus for €105m earlier this...
Dermot Corrigan

Valencia boss Marcelino signs contract extension until 2020

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ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti assesses Spain's decision to appoint Luis Enrique and the challenges he may face as an international manager. Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish FA, announces the appointment of Luis Enrique as national team manager. Valencia boss Marcelino has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Mestalla until 2020, the club have confirmed. Marcelino took over at the beginning of last season with the club in turmoil having finished 2016-17 in 12th place for the second consecutive campaign. However, he turned their fortunes around and led them to a Champions League finish within 12 months. "Valencia CF has this Wednesday reach a total agreement with Marcelino Garcia Toral for the one-year extension until June 30,...
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U.S. Open Cup: Philadelphia Union ride Bedoya goal into semis past Orlando City

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The Philadelphia Union have reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup after beating Orlando City 1-0 in the quarters at Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday night. Alejandro Bedoya got the hosts off to a perfect start, smashing home a shot from close range following a corner kick in the fifth minute. Philadelphia had far and away the better of the chances throughout the rest of the match -- particularly in the second half -- but couldn't find the final ball as the match ended with just a single...
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Australia legend Tim Cahill exits as the most effective Socceroos player of all time

1 day 2 hours ago
Tim Cahill calls time on his decorated international career, retiring as the Socceroos' all-time leading goal scorer. ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos. It seems as though a large hole has been left in Australian football following the international retirement of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill. Not that the news came as a shock to anyone. It was inevitable that Cahill would exit the international stage at this time. It has been in the cards for some time. After making 107 appearances for his country and becoming its greatest goal scorer with 50 goals, it was simply the right time for the 38-year-old to step aside. That fact was confirmed when the forward...
Rob Brooks, Australia writer

International Champions Cup: Fixtures, results and coverage

1 day 2 hours ago
Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled to not have several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S. Barcelona will be heading to the U.S. for the eighth time during preseason as they announced their participation in the International Champions Cup. ESPN FC's Rob Dawson discusses Manchester United's needs in the transfer window and what to expect from Paul Pogba when he returns. The International Champions Cup runs from July 20 until Aug. 11. Check back here daily for results, news coverage and stories on the biggest names in world football. 2018 International Champions Cup content and fixtures Fixtures: Daily match schedule Scores: Follow every match Project Football: The best on-scene video Table: How is your team faring? News and features: ESPN's home for everything ICC Ogden: Six of the biggest International Champions Cup games Upcoming games Friday: Man City vs....
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