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Racist and anti-gay abuse rises at matches in Russia - report

3 months 3 weeks ago
With the 2018 World Cup quickly approaching, journey back to the finest moments of Martin Ainstein's tour of host cities. From the group stage to the final, find out who ESPN FC's Steve Nicol has lifting the World Cup trophy in Russia. Racist chanting and anti-gay abuse at Russian professional football matches rose sharply last season, a new report has revealed. With just weeks to go until the country stages the World Cup, the report by anti-discrimination network FARE and the Moscow-based Sova Centre criticised the Russian FA and FIFA for "missed opportunities" in tackling the issue. Discriminatory chanting, including monkey chants towards black players and neo-Nazi songs, was recorded 19 times during the 2017-18 season -- up...
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Marko Arnautovic links don't bode well for Man United's summer business

3 months 3 weeks ago
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and many more in Transfer Rater. Steve Nicol delves into the latest summer transfer rumours with Gareth Bale, Mario Mandzukic and Christian Eriksen headlining. The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba. ESPN FC's Man United expert Mark Ogden discusses the likelihood that Toby Alderweireld, Fred and Alex Sandro move to Old Trafford this summer. Manchester United have been linked with a move for Marko Arnautovic and the supporters can't work out what Jose Mourinho is thinking about. The striker, whom Mourinho apparently travelled to Austria to watch this week in a friendly against Russia, fits the bill of the forward Mourinho usually goes for. He's tall, strong and holds the ball up well. He's got pace when it's required of him and bullies defenders. However, Arnautovic isn't quite what you would call a prolific goalscorer. He's reached...
Scott Patterson

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid: All the reaction from his shock exit

3 months 3 weeks ago
Zinedine Zidane has decided to go out on top by stepping down as Real Madrid head coach after winning a third straight Champions League, The reaction to the Frenchman's sudden announcement was understandably significant, with his former club among the very first to offer their thanks. Gracias Zidane. pic.twitter.com/Npo3bFN0Mb&mdash; #CHAMP13NS <ú<ø<ì<ç (@realmadriden) May 31, 2018 UEFA offered a timely recap of Zidane's dauntingly imperious record at Los Blancos. Zidane at Madrid = (player &amp; coach combined)UEFA Champions League <Æ<Æ<Æ<ÆUEFA Super Cup <Æ<Æ<ÆClub World Cup<Æ<Æ Spanish Super Cup <Æ<Æ<ÆLiga <Æ<ÆIntercontinental Cup <Æ#UCL #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/kry1q2SquE&mdash; UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 31, 2018 While Opta were on hand with yet another outstanding statistic that encapsulated Zidane's brief but silverware-speckled tenure at...
Chris Wright

Zidane's Real Madrid farewell as impressive as his time in charge

3 months 3 weeks ago
Despite winning a third consecutive Champions League, Zinedine Zidane shockingly announces he has resigned as Real Madrid manager. Zinedine Zidane revealed he will not manage another club so soon after he stepped down as manager of Real Madrid. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez expresses his love for Zinedine Zidane and wishes he was able to change his resignation decision. Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Zinedine Zidane has chosen to end his successful run as Real Madrid manager. Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. Zinedine Zidane's final news conference as Real Madrid coach was handled with the same serenity and conviction he has shown throughout his time in charge, with the Frenchman leaving the job having achieved the pretty remarkable feat of keeping on the right side of just about everyone at the Bernabeu during his two and a half years in the job. Everyone caught off guard With Madrid's players all either off on holidays or preparing for the World Cup, nobody expected a busy Thursday around the...
Dermot Corrigan

Arsenal's Unai Emery must give youth a chance - Kevin Campbell

3 months 3 weeks ago
With Unai Emery's appointment as Arsenal head coach now official, the ESPN FC panel discuss what he'll need to do to find success at the Emirates. Raphael Honigstein explains why Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an underwhelming addition for Arsenal. The FC panel answer your managerial related tweets on Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, Unai Emery at Arsenal, a second chance for Klinsmann and more. The FC crew react to reports that Arsenal will replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG coach Unai Emery rather than Mikel Arteta. Stewart Robson details what makes Unai Emery the right choice for Arsenal and why the club would have been taking the easy route with Mikel Arteta. Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell wants to see new Gunners boss Unai Emery carry on Arsene Wenger's legacy of developing young players -- but warned that the club's academy prospects will have to get used to a new system under the Spaniard. Campbell came up through Arsenal's academy himself before making his first-team debut under George Graham in 1988, and has been encouraged by Emery's track record when it comes to bringing through young talents at his previous clubs. Emery is already adding...
Mattias Karen, Arsenal correspondent

Manchester City hoping to finalise transfers of Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho

3 months 3 weeks ago
The ESPN FC panel assess the rumours linking Napoli's Jorginho and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez with moves to Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City? Mario Balotelli back to Serie A? Alejandro Moreno rates the day's biggest transfer links. Man City's Vincent Kompany tells Alexis Nunes how their record-breaking season came together, what it's like working under Pep Guardiola and more. Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level. ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith discusses what the club need to do to defend the Premier League title. Manchester City are hoping to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Press Association Sport reports. While it remains unclear how long it might take to complete each deal, it is reported the Premier League champions want to bring both players in this summer. City had a cash-plus-player offer for Mahrez of &#163;65 million rejected in January, with Leicester demanding &#163;80m. The 27-year-old Algeria international handed in a transfer request and had a 10-day absence...
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Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid: Ex-Arsenal boss the right man to succeed Zidane

3 months 3 weeks ago
Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. As soon as word got out that Zinedine Zidane had called a news conference to make an announcement about his Real Madrid future, the whispers began among Arsenal supporters: could Arsene Wenger really be a contender to succeed his compatriot? Now that Zidane's departure has been made official, allow this Arsenal fan to make his position plain: I may have been "Wenger Out" for the past couple of years, but as far as Madrid are concerned I am very much "Wenger In." (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')); The first reason is simply that I...
James McNicholas

Can you tell fact from fiction with these World Cup statements?

3 months 3 weeks ago
Germany celebrate winning the 2014 World Cup. The countdown for the World Cup is on, and it's time to test your knowledge of the tournament's history. (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'));
Debayan Sen

Why Zidane really left Real Madrid

3 months 3 weeks ago
Zinedine Zidane shocked the football world with his decision to leave Real Madrid just days after winning his third straight Champions League title. But what's the story behind the biggest story in football. Gab Marcotti &#187

Why Zinedine Zidane really left Real Madrid after Champions League glory

3 months 3 weeks ago
Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. On Wednesday, Zinedine Zidane said, "No mas." He walks away from the biggest job in world football and the opportunity to become the first manager to win four straight European Cups. And he does it less than four days after leading Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League crown. He used the word "desgaste" -- the same choice of terms used by Pep Guardiola when he left the Camp Nou six years ago -- and it has a specific meaning. "Worn out, out of gas." And yet he also said he...
Gabriele Marcotti

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid exit shows he'll always surprise us - Christian Karembeu

3 months 3 weeks ago
Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Zinedine Zidane has chosen to end his successful run as Real Madrid manager. Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. Zinedine Zidane revealed he will not manage another club so soon after he stepped down as manager of Real Madrid. Despite winning a third consecutive Champions League, Zinedine Zidane shockingly announces he has resigned as Real Madrid manager. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez expresses his love for Zinedine Zidane and wishes he was able to change his resignation decision. Zinedine Zidane's decision to quit Real Madrid came as a surprise to even his friends, former international teammate Christian Karembeu told ESPN FC and revealed he spoke to the departing head coach in the days before the announcement and had no idea of the decision. The surprise news came just five days after Zidane led Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League under his tutelage, and Karembeu believes Zidane would have kept his decision quiet out of respect for Florentino Perez,...
Tom Hamilton

Starting spots up for grab as India prepare for Intercontinental Cup

3 months 3 weeks ago
Sunil Chhetri needs two matches to become the first Indian to play in 100 internationals Under normal circumstances, India's guaranteed three games at the Intercontinental Cup, which begins in Mumbai on Friday, would be a healthy preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in January. After all, New Zealand are a formidable side who missed out on a third World Cup finals appearance only through a playoff defeat to Peru. Chinese Taipei are on a run of six wins in their last seven matches, their scalps including teams like Bahrain and Philippines. Kenya, when at full strength, have the luxury...
Debayan Sen

The Premier League embraces the 'head coach' with Arsenal the latest post-Wenger

3 months 3 weeks ago
With Unai Emery's appointment as Arsenal head coach now official, the ESPN FC panel discuss what he'll need to do to find success at the Emirates. As Ivan Gazidis sat alongside new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery at his first news conference, the club's chief executive explained the thinking behind the appointment and was careful not to criticise the previous regime. "I don't say that," he stressed when asked if the club's management had been placed too firmly in the hands of one individual -- Arsene Wenger -- in the past. "I'm not looking backwards. We're doing it in a new way but you're never going to hear me be critical of what's gone before." At...
Nick Ames
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