Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes run through this week’s player power rankings, which see Neymar and Leo Messi top the list. Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe are both hoping Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or with the French club. PSG trio Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe were all named among the 30 contenders for the
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes react to Jeremy Mathieu’s comments regarding Neymar leaving Barcelona to win the Ballon d’Or. Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will once again be the main contenders for the Ballon d’Or
Bayern president Uli Hoeness says Jupp Heynckes is the right man to see the club through the rest of the season. Thomas Muller feels new head coach Jupp Heynckes will act as a ‘new motivation’ for the Bavarians after a slow start to the season. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Thomas Tuchel remains in
Chile head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi insists his team will continue their usual style of play in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Brazil. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has said he is “gutted” to miss Chile’s key World Cup qualifier in Brazil on Tuesday but expects his side to clinch a place in Russia.
“> The top five teams in Shaka’s power rankings stay the same, but there is plenty of movement in the bottom half. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he would not swap coach Maurizio Sarri for Pep Guardiola. After seven wins in a row, Napoli sit at the top of the Serie A table
World champion Germany put five past Azerbaijan and finished World Cup qualifying with a 100 percent record. Jamie Redknapp criticised the Liverpool defence but insisted that there are still positive signs for the club moving forward. Stewart Robson weighs in on the current doubts over Jurgen Klopp following Liverpool’s latest draw against Newcastle. Emre Can
Nick Pope’s new contract includes an option for a further 12 months. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s season continues to improve after he signed a new three-year contract. The 25-year-old made his Premier League debut last month as a substitute after established number one Tom Heaton dislocated his shoulder in the home win over Crystal Palace.
Belgium overturned a first-half deficit and overcame a spirited Bosnia-Herzegovina side in a seven-goal thriller. Marouane Fellaini was forced off after 29 minutes in Belgium’s WCQ clash at Bosnia-Herzegovina with an apparent knee injury. Romelu Lukaku heads in the winning goal for Belgium in Greece, punching the Red Devils’ ticket to the 2018 FIFA World
Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes run through this week’s player power rankings, which see Neymar and Leo Messi top the list. Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his pride at seeing a full Bernabeu when he joined Real Madrid in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo jokes that he’ll follow in the footsteps of former teammate Rio Ferdinand and
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes react to Jeremy Mathieu’s comments regarding Neymar leaving Barcelona to win the Ballon d’Or. Monday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending … BALLON D’OR: The 30 nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or are being unveiled on Monday, with 2016 winner Cristiano Ronaldo the favourite.
Lukasz Piszczek suffered the injury while on international duty. Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek will be out of action “for the time being” after suffering a ligament injury while on international duty with Poland, the club have announced. Piszczek, 32, and Poland keeper Wojciech Szcezsny collided shortly before half-time in the win over Montenegro on
Atlanta took the lead with 10 men, but two late goals from Minnesota earned the Loons a shock win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United have signed technical director Carlos Bocanegra to a four-year contract extension until 2022 and given him the title of vice president. Bocanegra was rewarded on Monday for building a high-scoring squad
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Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Alejandro Moreno explains why Argentina could find it difficult to get the result they need at Ecuador. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predictor ahead of the final round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez insists the side will stick with Luis Suarez, despite his current struggle in front goal. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has dismissed reports that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez will need knee surgery and expects him to play in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. Tabarez’ side are second in the CONMEBOL standings and
He may have forged a stellar career using his hands, but Gianluigi Buffon has demonstrated that he’s (almost) as skilled with his feet too. Indeed, the veteran Italy goalkeeper rattled through an impressive array of tricks and flicks during a brief kick-about with professional football freestyler Lisa Zimouche. The pair met in Paris, with Buffon
The FC crew assess whether Manchester United have actually improved or are benefiting from a favourable run of fixtures. With the January window on the horizon, there’s plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. TOP STORY: Barcelona mulling Martial move Anthony Martial is hitting the
Eleven down, 21 to go on the Road to Russia 2018. The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is reaching its climax. So far, 12 nations have booked their place to join host nation Russia in next year’s tournament. Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Belgium, Brazil, England, Germany, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria,
Raf Honigstein says Sven Ulreich needs to show he’s up for being the goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer’s absence at Bayern. Shaka Hislop believes Jupp Heynckes is the right choice for Bayern in the short term as he returns for his fourth spell. Raphael Honigstein responds to reports indicating that Jupp Heynckes is set to take
Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes talk the position battle of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and which player has the edge early in the season. The FC panel debate if Arsenal will make a legitimate push for the Premier League’s top four this season. With five clean sheets in their last five Prem games, Stewart