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Giants seek Chibuku Super Cup redemption

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The Chibuku Super Cup kicks off this weekend, with the league's traditional giants eager to make amends in Zimbabwe's premier knockout tournament after finding themselves reduced to mere spectators in the title race. First on the park are ailing giants Dynamos, who will look to set aside their league woes and focus solely on the job of getting past Bulawayo City in their first-round assignment at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday. Twenty-four hours later, Highlanders begin their own journey to redemption...
Simba Mushati

Javier Martinez set for Vipers bow vs. KCCA FC

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Javier Espinosa Martinez will oversee his first match with reigning Uganda Premier League champions Vipers Sports Club when they face Uganda Cup holders KCCA FC in Saturday's 2018 FUFA Super Cup at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium. The match is the traditional curtain-raiser of the domestic season, and represents a first chance to catch a glimpse of Vipers following the shock exit of former coach Miguel Da Costa. The Portuguese tactician was fired after winning the league title, having failed to...
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Jurgen Klopp laughs off Mohamed Salah talk after slow start: 'Wow that's a crisis'

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Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah just needs time to get back to his goal-scoring form of last season. ESPN FC chronicles Liverpool's Champions League matchweek against PSG, from the buildup around the city to the celebrations following Firmino's winner. Liverpool are creating a new training complex which will see both the first and the youth teams training at the same complex in the club's history. LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp said he is not worried about Mohamed Salah's start to the campaign and believes the forward is being harshly compared to last season's standards. Salah broke the Premier League record for most goals scored in a 38-game season in 2017-18 and has started the follow-up campaign with two goals in six appearances. He began last season, his first at Liverpool following a move from Roma, with three goals in six outings and then went on to score 44 times in all competitions. "Of...
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Bernd Leno 'frustrated' at being Petr Cech understudy at Arsenal

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Unai Emery was pleased with goalkeeper Bernd Leno's debut for Arsenal as they beat Vorskla 4-2. Arsenal's Alex Iwobi revealed the team are enjoying manager Unai Emery's new system and his increasing demands are causing them to train much harder than before. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has admitted "it's a bit frustrating" to serve as Petr Cech's backup and is still hoping to play in the Premier League this season. Leno made his debut in Arsenal's 4-2 win over FC Vorskla in the Europa League on Thursday, where he had little to do before being beaten by two late strikes. He has been on the bench for the Gunners' first five Premier League games as coach Unai Emery has opted to stick with Cech as his No. 1 despite spending €25 million on Leno this...
Mattias Karen

MLS fines Zlatan Ibrahimovic again for putting hands on opponent

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 500th career goal, but Toronto's offensive explosion of five goals was too much as Toronto defeated LA Galaxy 5-3. Major League Soccer has issued another fine to LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for putting his hands on an opponent. Ibrahimovic repeatedly jostled the head of Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund while they were lining up ahead of a free kick in the Galaxy's 5-3 loss last weekend. MLS did not disclose the amount of the fine. The incident marks the second time in less than a month that the league has fined the Swedish star for violating its policy regarding "hands to the face, head or neck of an...
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UEFA concerned by Turkey's human rights record amid Euro 2024 bid

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UEFA expressed concerns about Turkey's approach to guaranteeing human rights in its evaluation of the bid submitted by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to host Euro 2024. The report, released on Friday, acknowledged that the TFF said it remained committed to guaranteeing personal freedoms in its formal presentation but offered no substantial proof of that responsibility. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increasingly cracked down on political dissent during his presidency, especially since a failed military...
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Lyon issue life ban to Nazi-saluting fan during Manchester City clash

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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. Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is thrilled by Nabil Fekir and the whole side as they beat Manchester City. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Lyon have confirmed they have identified a fan accused of performing a Nazi salute during their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League group-stage opener on Wednesday and will ban him from games for life. A video that circulated via social media showed a supporter raising his right arm, leading to a police investigation over an alleged hate crime. Editors' Picks How Man City changed football forever Ten years ago, Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City, transforming the club from Premier League punchline to a dynasty in the making. Premier League clubs on a cliff edge as Brexit looms Brexit could have wide-ranging implications for Premier League clubs. What is likely to change when the UK leaves the EU? Champions League alternative fans' guide This is a story about the little guy, the decadent, the where did they come from, and once-mighty clubs returning to the big stage. In a statement, Lyon confirmed their security team had identified the man in question and reiterated that the fan will not be...
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Barcelona's Sergio Busquets to sign new contract in coming weeks - sources

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ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV. Sergio Busquets is expected to sign an improved contract at Barcelona with an announcement expected in the coming weeks, sources have told ESPN FC. Busquets' deal, signed just two years ago, runs until 2021 and includes a clause which would see it automatically renew until 2023 based on the number of games he plays in the coming years. However, the club have decided to fast-track the midfielder's extension to bring him in line with some of the club's other top earners. Mundo Deportivo report that...
Samuel Marsden

Tottenham respected Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino too much - Mauricio Pochettino

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Stewart Robson and Steve Nicol believe there's more to Spurs' losing run than fatigue, suggesting Mauricio Pochettino is to blame for his frequent changes to the lineup. Craig Burley believes Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should practice the team-continuity that is helping Liverpool succeed this season. Paul Mariner breaks down how Spurs threw away their comfortable 1-0 lead at Inter to lose their opening Champions League match, at the San Siro. Mauricio Pochettino said he is frustrated by different aspects of Tottenham's passing in their last two defeats and suggested his defenders were intimidated by Liverpool's forwards last Saturday. Spurs have given the ball away in dangerous areas against both Jurgen Klopp's Reds in the Premier League and Inter Milan in the Champions League in the last week, losing 2-1 both times. But Pochettino has identified contrasting deficiencies and feels it would be entirely wrong to apply the same analysis...
Ben Pearce

Francesco Totti: I rejected MLS move to avoid tarnishing Roma legacy

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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. Roma scored two first-half goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante, but Chievo battled back with two second-half goals to earn a 2-2 draw. Roma icon Francesco Totti has said he turned down a move to Major League Soccer because he didn't want to "ruin" his 25-year career. Totti retired in 2017, having spent his entire professional career with boyhood club Roma, making his debut in 1992. He had offers to continue playing, but insisted he wanted to maintain his promise of never playing for another club. Serie A Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy's Serie A TIM, one of the world's top soccer leagues. The agreement will bring more than 340 matches per season to ESPN+ | Schedule LISTEN: The Serie Awesome Podcast In the second episode of The Serie Awesome Podcast, Mina Rzouki, Paolo Bandini discuss the latest happenings in Serie A. Plus, how long will Cristiano Ronaldo be out after his first Champions League red card? Confessions of a failed Ronaldo fan Brian Phillips: For some reason, Cristiano Ronaldo has as many haters as fans. Do we have the new Juventus star all wrong? "I would have ruined a 25-year career," Totti told La Repubblica when asked why he decided not to play in Asia or the United States....
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Transfer Rater: Memphis Depay to Manchester United, James Milner to Leeds

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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. Frenkie De Jong to Manchester United The Dutch youngster is one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment, and Manchester United are the latest club to throw...
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Hoffenheim ban Borussia Dortmund fans after insulting owner

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Hoffenheim have banned at least 33 Borussia Dortmund supporters from the Rhein-Neckar-Arena for the Bundesliga game on Saturday after they were identified as having insulted Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp last season. The fans are also awaiting criminal proceedings by Heidelberg's public prosecution after insulting Hopp and his mother during the final match of last season. In a document shared with ESPN, a statement from Hoffenheim said: "On the occasion of the meeting of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and...
Stephan Uersfeld

Jose Mourinho tells Diogo Dalot to wait for Premier League debut after impressing vs. Young Boys

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Craig Burley sings Paul Pogba and Man United's praises after their win over Young Boys, but isn't convinced they'll advance from their group just yet. 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. MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho has told Diogo Dalot he will have to wait for his Premier League bow despite an impressive debut against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday. Dalot, 19, starred on his first senior start as United won 3-0 in Switzerland but club captain Antonio Valencia will return against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday as Mourinho's men go in search of four straight wins for the first time since January. "I want him in this process of adaptation to play totally...
Rob Dawson

Cristiano Ronaldo should not face ban, VAR needed after red card controversy - Marcello Lippi

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Steve Nicol believes Cristiano Ronaldo needs to adjust his game and his mindset as he ages, playing through the middle more for Juventus. 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. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. 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. Cristiano Ronaldo should not face a suspension following his red card against Valencia and UEFA should immediately introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR), former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi has said Ronaldo was sent off following a tussle with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in the box during the Bianconeri's 2-0 Champions League win on Wednesday. After the match, Massimiliamo Allegri claimed VAR would have reversed the decision -- but UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is against...
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Sources: Earthquakes inquire about LAFC assistant Marc Dos Santos

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LAFC assistant coach Marc Dos Santos joins an increasingly lengthy list of candidates for the San Jose Earthquakes. Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that the Quakes have asked LAFC for permission to speak to Dos Santos. TVA Sports first reported that Dos Santos is on the team's list of candidates. The Quakes fired Mikael Stahre earlier this week following a dreadful season that sees San Jose with the worst points total (20) in the entire league. Former assistant Steve Ralston is currently...
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