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'Human beings have a limit' - why stars like Kane, Salah, Hazard need a rest

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ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action. Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah just needs time to get back to his goal-scoring form of last season. Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino is not concerned by Harry Kane's three game goal draught but admits his side struggle to find goals when the striker doesn't score. It feels slightly odd discussing the "out of form" Harry Kane. A couple of weeks ago, he showed off the World Cup Golden Boot at Wembley as just the second English player to win that trophy after Gary Lineker, who claimed it in 1986. He's scored twice in five league games this season: not mind-blowing, but not cause for panic either. One of those goals was at Old Trafford. But watching him this season shows that something isn't right. The problem seems clear but the cause slightly less so. It...
Nick Miller

Why Gareth Bale isn't angry anymore at a post-Ronaldo Real Madrid

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Everyone had gone except Gareth Bale. "Together, let's go," said Sergio Ramos, leading his team out the dressing room. But as they headed through the door, Bale sat there still, just him and a kit man gathering up a few things. Eventually, he stood, paused briefly, looked back and then broke into a gentle jog, the sound of his studs on the floor breaking the silence as he went out the room and into history. When he came back in again an hour or so later, he had a Champions League winners medal...
Sid Lowe

Zlatan Ibrahimovic unsure about returning to LA Galaxy

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Jonathan dos Santos lifts the ball into the box where Zlatan Ibrahimovic spins to hit the ball out of mid-air for his 500th career goal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals he couldn't have timed his 500th goal better. Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted his future is uncertain and declined Friday to commit to another season with the LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic has had a remarkable debut season in MLS, scoring 17 goals in 22 games, and is under contract for next year, but the 36-year-old told reporters he's not ready to make a decision about spending a second year in Southern California. "I don't know. This I have to discuss," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is not the moment to talk about that. It's something...
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Oscar Tabarez signs new four-year deal as Uruguay manager

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Oscar Tabarez has signed a new four-year deal as Uruguay coach that will extend his record as the world's most experienced national manager, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said on Friday. After a short stint in charge between 1988 and 1990, the Uruguayan took over again in 2006 and has led the South American nation ever since, becoming the only manager to lead their nation to four World Cups. "It will be Tabarez's fifth period in charge of the Uruguayan national team," the AUF said in...
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Liga MX W2W4: <i>Clasico Regio</i>, Chivas-Queretaro full of implications

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With the 2018-19 Liga MX Apertura just past the midway point, the race to solidify a playoff position is set to heat up. Just eight points separate first place Cruz Azul and 13th place Tijuana, so it is sure to be another sprint to the finish in Mexico. Here are three things our Liga MX correspondents are watching for from the league this weekend. Monterrey rivals battle in the Clasico Regio The Clasico Regio headlines this weekend's games in Liga MX, with Tigres hosting Monterrey in the 117th...
Tom Marshall, Cesar Hernandez and Eric Gomez

Barcelona's Malcom earns first Brazil call-up, Gabriel Jesus, Marcelo recalled

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Brazil head coach Tite admits he's copied Liverpool's attacking formation, with Roberto Firmino dropping into the midfield. Following their friendlies against Brazil and Mexico, ESPN FC's Brian McBride ranks the three U.S. players who impressed him the most. Brazil coach Tite reminded U.S. president Donald Trump about Brazil's World Cup history when asked about Trump's response to a Brazilian reporter in August. Barcelona forward Malcom got his first Brazil call-up on Friday in a largely familiar squad to face Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the October friendlies. The 21-year-old was one of three new names alongside Pablo, the centre-back who followed Malcom from Corinthians to Bordeaux earlier this year, and 19-year-old Gremio goalkeeper Phelipe. 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 "Pablo, who won the championship recently with Corinthians, is a powerful centre-back, who heads well," manager Tite, a former Corinthians boss, said. "It's...
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Sir Alex Ferguson hails 'perfect player' Paul Scholes in video message for Man United tribute

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Sir Alex Ferguson called his former Manchester United charge Paul Scholes the "perfect player" in a video message played for a tribute to the midfielder at Old Trafford on Thursday night. In the message, Ferguson said in part:&nbsp;"And the goals he's scored, unbelievable. He was an absolute perfect player and no matter how many great players we'd had in the past, Paul sits in the great pantheon of those players, no question about that." Sir Alex can't be here tonight but has sent a message. pic.twitter.com/PGDskZOjI3&mdash; Ian Stirling (@Stirling061) September 20, 2018 The ex-Manchester United manager, 76, was admitted to the...
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Toronto FC has turned the historic highs of 2017 into a catastrophic 2018 campaign

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Taylor Twellman, Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno share their varying opinions on Toronto FC's approach to the Campeones Cup following their defeat to Tigres. If you're looking to pinpoint the lowest low in what has become a downer of a campaign for Toronto FC, it would be hard to beat the moment Eriq Zavaleta's own goal crept over the line on Wednesday night with goalkeeper Alex Bono crawling on his hands and knees in a vain attempt to keep the ball out of his net. That goal effectively sealed the inaugural Campeones Cup, giving Tigres an unassailable 3-0 lead in a match the Liga MX side ultimately won 3-1. And if TFC wouldn't normally fret over losing...
Matt Pentz

Football statues: Falcao joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona in hall of shame

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Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is having a giant sculpture built in his honour. Radamel Falcao is set to be the latest footballer who, through no fault of their own, gains infamy by having a dodgy statue erected in their honour. Falcao is the subject of a new installation being constructed in his home city of Santa Marta in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena -- a stunning tribute to his sporting endeavours. The 20-foot statue, created by sculptor Antonio Irisma, has reportedly cost over 10 million pesos ($3,325) and stands pride of place in the centre of the Parque...
Chris Wright

Cardiff's direct, no-nonsense style can test Manchester City

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ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action. Resident fantasy expert Mark Donaldson shares his tips for this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Manchester City's Sergio Aguero admitted he was very happy to extend his current contract at the club until 2021. On Saturday, the greatest stylistic mismatch of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign takes place when promoted Cardiff City, managed by Neil Warnock, host Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. The statistics tell the story effectively. Man City's pass completion rate this season is 90 percent, a reflection of their determination to build patiently from the back and move the ball through a technically proficient midfield trio. Cardiff, on the other hand, have a pass completion rate of just 64 percent....
Michael Cox

Liverpool's most popular boy's name is James -- are babies being named after Milner?

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Liverpool will look to maintain their unbeaten run when Southampton visit Anfield. Catch all the action on Kwese sports. ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action. A young Liverpool fan flew from Hong Kong to see his favourite team play and after singing his way into the club's heart they treated him to a special gift. ESPN FC chronicles Liverpool's Champions League matchweek against PSG, from the buildup around the city to the celebrations following Firmino's winner. As it does each year, the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released a list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2017. The ONS has also launched a nifty tool that allows the public to search for the most popular names by area, from Adur (in West Sussex) to York. While the likes of Harry, Oliver and George continue dominate the boys list, it's perhaps noteworthy that James comes out top in Liverpool despite the name dropping well out of the UK top 10 -- dropping eight...
Chris Wright

Spanish FA unlikely to authorise moving Girona vs. Barcelona to U.S.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit 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. La Liga's hopes to have a regular-season game staged overseas every year had a setback on Friday after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) sent a letter to La Liga stating that they do not support a plan to play in Miami. La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed receipt of the letter, but reiterated his optimism.&nbsp; "We have read the letter, which is pretty long. Obviously [the RFEF] aren't excited about [a match in Miami]," Tebas told reporters. "They are not saying no, they are just...
Adriana Garcia

Manchester City players don't need to apologise for Lyon loss - Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero admitted he was very happy to extend his current contract at the club until 2021. The FC crew explain how Pep Guardiola's touchline ban combined with Mikel Arteta's unpreparedness impacted Manchester City against Lyon. 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. Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is thrilled by Nabil Fekir and the whole side as they beat Manchester City. MANCHESTER, ENGLAND -- Pep Guardiola has defended his players after&nbsp;Manchester City's surprise 2-1 home defeat to Lyon&nbsp;in the Champions League and says they have nothing to apologise for. The City boss was banned from the touchline for the game and watched from the stands as his side conceded two first half goals before Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back in an improved second half. 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 Many of his players have taken to social media to apologise for the result and while Guardiola admitted they...
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