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PSG appeal over UEFA re-opening FFP case upheld by CAS

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Angel Di María looked unstoppable against Marseille, scoring twice and providing the opening goal assist in a strong win at Le Parc des Princes. French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (45'+2') PSG 1-0 Marseille Kylian Mbappe's 30th goal in all competitions is now just one shy of Lionel Messi for the lead among Europe's top five leagues. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that it has upheld Paris Saint-Germain's appeal against UEFA regarding financial fair play (FFP). PSG filed an appeal to CAS in October 2018 against the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body's (CFCB) decision to reinvestigate the French champions' FFP situation in June and subsequent delay until September, and that appeal has been upheld. This means that UEFA's original decision back in June is final, so PSG have avoided...
Jonathan Johnson, PSG Correspondent

Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold out of England squad with back injury

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Jadon Sancho seemed to be enjoying England training with his ankle-breaking skills versus Harry Maguire and his panenka penalty. Premier League clubs are dominating this season's Champions League, but how do they fare in Shaka Hislop's latest power rankings? Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad for their European Championship qualifiers due to a back injury, the English FA said on Wednesday. Editors' Picks ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check it out. ESPN and Marvel teamed up to turn our favorite soccer captains into galaxy-dominating superheroes. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set line-ups, check scores! The defender had been nursing the injury and despite making progress, it is unlikely he will be fit for Friday's home match against the Czech Republic or Monday's game in Montenegro, the FA said. Alexander-Arnold has returned to Liverpool to continue his rehabilitation and has not been replaced in England manager Gareth...
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Pogba: 'Dream' to join Real Madrid but happy at Manchester United 'for now'

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The ESPN FC panel talk Paul Pogba as he made surprising headlines by suggesting it is a dream of his to join Real Madrid. Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol run the rule over the latest transfer rumours in the world of football. Alejandro Moreno addresses the latest rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez, Sadio Mane, Antoine Griezmann and more in Transfer Rater. Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner predict La Liga's notable fixtures from this weekend, but will Real Madrid get back on track under Zinedine Zidane? France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said it's his dream to play for Real Madrid one day but is happy at Old Trafford "for now."  Since Zinedine Zidane returned to the Merengues' bench, there has been speculation about the transfers Madrid are looking to make in the summer. They are expected to spend heavily on revamping their squad and are likely to sign at least one "Galactico." Zidane himself is a long-time admirer of Pogba, who could inject new blood in a midfield...
Julien Laurens

Copa America might mean more to Brazil than anyone else

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The crew weigh up Neymar's level after he fell outside the top 10 in ESPN Brazil's poll of greatest post-Pele players for the Selecao. Brazil manager Tite says he wants the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the best players available to play in the Copa America. The Copa America kicks off in Brazil in just over 12 weeks, and the current FIFA window is the last opportunity for the teams to gather before naming their squads. A glance across the South American scene leads to a clear conclusion: There are likely to be a number of undercooked sides taking part in the Copa this June and July. Brazil have chalked up six wins since the World Cup without conceding a goal. But they are aware that they have not been playing well and are struggling to find a blend....
Tim Vickery

No excuses for wannabe Olyroos - Graham Arnold

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Graham Arnold is optimistic about the Olyroos' chances of qualifying for the next Games. Graham Arnold's bid to return the Olyroos to the Olympic Games for the first time in 12 years begins on Friday night when the men's under-23 national side take on their Cambodian counterparts. The Socceroos coach has taken on the Olyroos job to "help these kids achieve their lifelong dream of going to the Olympics," while at the same time boosting the national team's longer-term prospects. Arnold has called up the best players available to him -- to the chagrin of some A-League coaches. A-League A-League Table There is not long to go in the 2018-19 A-League season. Check out where your team sits on the ladder. Australia Home Head to ESPN's home of everything A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas! "One stat...
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United Arab Emirates appoint Bert van Marwijk as new head coach

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris. Qatar cruise to the AFC Asian Cup final for the first time with a comfortable 4-0 win over the United Arab Emirates. Former Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Australia coach Bert van Marwijk has been appointed to succeed Alberto Zaccheroni in charge of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE FA announced the appointment of the 66-year-old late on Wednesday, seven weeks after Italian Zaccheroni departed when the hosts were knocked out of the Asian Cup by Qatar in the semifinals. Van Marwijk took the Dutch to the World Cup final in 2010 and, more importantly perhaps for the Emiratis, also led Saudi Arabia to qualification...
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Manchester City tracking 'new Ronaldo' Joao Felix - sources

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Liverpool legend Steve Nicol recalls his side's 1989 title challenge failure as caution for Manchester City in their quest for a quadruple. Manchester City have joined Manchester United and Real Madrid in tracking Benfica attacking midfielder Joao Felix, a source has told ESPN FC. The 19-year-old, who has been labelled the "new Cristiano Ronaldo" made his debut for the Portuguese side in August. Transfers With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. FIFA have banned Chelsea for a period of two transfer windows. But what did they do wrong and how will the punishment play out? FC Exclusives - Man City close on £80m Saul - Real face battle for Junior Firpo - Man United have no Bale plans - Griezmann looking for Atleti exit - Chelsea fear Hazard to Real Felix has gone on to contribute 12 goals and six assists in all competitions, earning him a senior call-up for Portugal's European Championship qualifiers with Ukraine and Serbia. City watched Felix come off the bench in Benfica's Europa...
Jonathan Smith

Chelsea's Giroud: Sarri not giving me fair chance since Higuain's arrival

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Alejandro Moreno addresses the latest rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez, Sadio Mane, Antoine Griezmann and more in Transfer Rater. With Chelsea's top-four hopes fading, ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes it'll take winning the Europa League for Maurizio Sarri to remain in charge. Olivier Giroud said he has not been given a fair chance by Maurizio Sarri since Gonzalo Higuain's arrival at Chelsea in January. Higuain has netted just three goals in 10 Chelsea appearances -- two against Huddersfield Town and one against Fulham -- since signing from Juventus on loan, but continues to be Sarri's preferred striker in the Premier League. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Giroud told ESPN FC in January that he had found it "difficult" to accept not being Sarri's first-choice striker this season, and is disappointed...
Liam Twomey

Sheffield United Women sack Sophie Jones after being found guilty of racist abuse

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Sheffield United Women have said they do not condone racism after their player Sophie Jones was found guilty. Sheffield United Women have terminated the contract of forward Sophie Jones after she was found guilty of racial abuse. Following a match against Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' Renee Hector suggested an opposition player had aimed monkey noises at her. Jones was charged by the Football Association with using "abusive and/or insulting" words following the fixture and that resulted in a five-match suspension and £200 fine. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule And Sheffield United have now terminated her contract. "Sheffield...
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U.S. national team big board: who joins Pulisic in starting XI if World Cup began today?

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The U.S. has a lot of depth and a lot of question marks in 2019. Who would make up the first team in a World Cup right now? It's a big time for the U.S. men's national team right now. Qualification has yet to start for the 2022 World Cup, but the March international break sees competitive friendlies, with all the Europe-based U.S. stars, against Ecuador (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and Chile (March 26, 7:55 p.m. ET, ESPN2). There's also the Gold Cup this summer, but what if action in Qatar kicked off today? How would Gregg Berhalter set up his team in that first group game? Don't worry, Gregg: we've got your back....
Gustav Elvin

What is the I-League-AIFF showdown all about?

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What is the story? The I-League clubs want a 20-team unified professional league starting with 2019-20 season. They have written to the AIFF pitching the same, but are yet to get an official response.  Nine I-League clubs have also written to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, communicating their keenness to participate in the ongoing Super Cup, subject to a meeting with federation president Praful Patel about the future of the I-League. Who all are involved? All I-League clubs with the exception...
Debayan Sen

Barcelona optimistic over signing De Ligt from Ajax in summer - sources

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Premier League clubs are dominating this season's Champions League, but how do they fare in Shaka Hislop's latest power rankings? Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez put on a show for the fans at Benito Villamarín Stadium, leading Barcelona to an easy victory. Despite them being big underdogs, Alejandro Moreno believes Manchester United have more of a chance than people think in their quarterfinal Champions League tie against Barcelona. Barcelona are optimistic that they will win the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. De Ligt, 19, is keen to move to Camp Nou, where he would join up with Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong, who will move to Barca this summer for an initial €75 million. Transfers With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. FIFA have banned Chelsea for a period of two transfer windows. But what did they do wrong and how will the punishment play out? FC Exclusives - Man City close on £80m Saul - Real face battle for Junior Firpo - Man United have no Bale plans - Griezmann looking for Atleti exit - Chelsea fear Hazard to Real Despite Barca's optimism, though, sources have also told ESPN FC that there is still work to be done to get the De Ligt deal over the line. Barca believe they have...
Sam Marsden and Moisés Llorens

Real Madrid's Navas slams 'ugly' treatment by Solari, will quit if not No. 1

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Alejandro Moreno addresses the latest rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez, Sadio Mane, Antoine Griezmann and more in Transfer Rater. Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge of Real Madrid began with a 2-0 victory, ending Los Blancos' record four-game losing streak at home. Returning Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane addresses Gareth Bale's situation and rumours linking Kylian Mbappe with a move to the Bernabeu. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has described treatment by former boss Santiago Solari as "ugly," and hinted he could leave in the summer if he is not first choice next season. Navas, 32, started as Madrid won the Champions League in each of the last three seasons before Julen Lopetegui and then Santiago Solari preferred summer signing Thibaut Courtois between the posts. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule And, after accepting a reduced role in the first team, Navas said he was disappointed not to be selected in a heavily rotated...
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