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For most clubs, losing a star like Frenkie De Jong would be a killer. For Ajax, it's their business model

Access all areas at Ajax where Edwin van der Sar and Matthijs de Light reveal what makes their academy so special. AMSTERDAM -- Matthijs de Ligt knows everyone outside of Ajax is talking about his future and which European superpower will secure his much-coveted signature. "Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit," De Ligt tells ESPN. "But it doesn't matter to me if there's an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn't matter, at all." He is on...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Ajax, Espn, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Ajax Amsterdam, Edwin Van Der Sar, Matthijs de Ligt, de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, AMSTERDAM Matthijs de Ligt


For most clubs, losing top talent is a killer. For Ajax, it's their business model

Access all areas at Ajax where Edwin van der Sar and Matthijs de Light reveal what makes their academy so special. AMSTERDAM -- Matthijs de Ligt knows everyone outside of Ajax is talking about his future and which European superpower will secure his much-coveted signature. "Am I annoyed by the rumours? No. Bored? A little bit," De Ligt tells ESPN. "But it doesn't matter to me if there's an article about where I should go or what I should do. It doesn't matter, at all." He i...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Ajax, Espn, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Ajax Amsterdam, Edwin Van Der Sar, Matthijs de Ligt, de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, AMSTERDAM Matthijs de Ligt


Dani Alves, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both 7/10 but Neymar injured in PSG's cup win

Paolo Bandini, Gab Marcotti and Mina Rzouki discuss Allan's potential move to PSG and ask whether Amadou Diawara could take his vacant spot in the side. Paris Saint-Germain are into the Coupe de France round of 16 after a 2-0 win over Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on Wednesday courtesy of Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria goals. However, Neymar's second-half injury and tears as he made his way off will have coach Thomas Tuchel worried about his star man's fitness ahead of the Ch...
Tags: France, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Angel Di Maria, Strasbourg, Psg, Neymar, Blog Post, Edinson Cavani, Dani Alves, French Coupe de France, Amadou Diawara, Mina Rzouki


Was it wrong for Man City to beat Burton 9-0? Or are critics missing the point of football?

Man City's outrageous victory was seen as an insult in some circles. Was the rout justified? When Manchester City defeated Burton Albion in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal early this month, the result sent Twitter into a tizzy. Did Pep Guardiola & Co. need to score that many goals? Was it overkill? Or was it City's duty to go out and win as emphatically as possible? As we head into the second leg (watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET or on replay on ESPN+), ESPN FC senior writer Mar...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester City, Burton Albion, Mark Ogden, Man City, James Martin, Blog Post, English Premier League, Burton, ESPN ESPN, English Carabao Cup, Pep Guardiola Co


Rumour Rater: Arsenal eye Gelson Martins on loan; PSG want Julian Weigl

It's January, and the transfer window is open. Which players are likeliest to move before the window closes at the end of the month? David Amoyal rates the top rumours from around world football. Gelson Martins to Arsenal: 40 percent After his controversial move from Sporting Lisbon, Gelson Martins has failed to gain a spot in Atletico Madrid's starting XI, pushing Los Colchoneros to consider loaning out the Portuguese winger. In the background, Arsenal are keeping a close eye on this ...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Mario Balotelli, Arsenal, Transfers, Atletico Madrid, Psg, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Matteo Darmian, David Amoyal, Andrea Belotti, Julian Weigl, Gelson Martins, Los Colchoneros


Eric Garcia catches the eye, Kevin De Bruyne tries new position as Man City see out second leg

Carabao Cup: Sergio Aguero (26') Burton Albion 0-1 Manchester City   BURTON, England -- Manchester City confirmed their place at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final with a 1-0 victory over League One's Burton Albion. The tie was over after the 9-0 first-leg victory and they added to the size of the aggregate margin with a first-half goal from Sergio Aguero. The trophy was Pep Guardiola's first in England and he will find out this season's opponent when Chelsea play Tottenham ...
Tags: England, Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Burton Albion, Wembley, Sergio Aguero, Man City, Kevin De Bruyne, Blog Post, Eric Garcia, English Carabao Cup, Garcia Erick


Malcom, Philippe Coutinho both struggle again as Barca dig another Copa del Rey hole

With Barcelona's late coup for Frenkie de Jong complete, check out what the budding Dutch star brings to the Camp Nou. Barcelona's defence of the Copa del Rey was left on the rocks on Wednesday as they were beaten 2-0 by Sevilla in the first leg of their quarterfinal. Both Sevilla goals came in the second half at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Pablo Sarabia scored the first in the 58th minute, with Wissam Ben Yedder adding the second less than 20 minutes later. The two sides will meet again...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Sevilla, Barca, Camp Nou, Blog Post, Spanish Copa del Rey, Coutinho, Phillippe, Jong, Camp Nou Barcelona, Malcom, Wissam Ben Yedder, Clement Lenglet


Mexicans abroad: Hector Herrera wins Europeo of the Week after red-hot form at Porto

Herrera, right, was exceptional in both games this week as Porto advanced in the Portuguese Cup and remained top of the league. More than ever before, some of the top names in Mexican soccer are playing for clubs abroad. With several key figures playing week in and week out in a number of top European leagues, keeping track of all the high-profile stars can at times be daunting. In order to help keep tabs on those across the Atlantic, we've created a weekly award that will be given to the...
Tags: Mexico, Football, Blog, Sport, Atlantic, Porto, Blog Post, Hector Moreno, Hector Herrera, Herrera, Nestor Araujo, Raul Jimenez, Diego Reyes, Mexican Liga BBVA Bancomer


Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel laments latest slip-up

Ritchie de Laet equalised in the 84th minute, and then Melbourne City seized all three points in injury time. Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has seen it happen all too often this season, but his side's latest A-League implosion was no easier to stomach. This time it was poor discipline and a lack of concentration in key moments against Melbourne City that proved pivotal in a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat at AAMI Park on Tuesday night. The performance continued a frustrating run of ...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Story, Western Sydney Wanderers, Australian A-League, Melbourne City, Ritchie De Laet, Markus Babbel


Transfer Talk: Barcelona set to sign Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens reveals the latest on Barcelona's efforts to land Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. Barcelona win race to sign De Jong After months of speculation surrounding the future of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, it appears there is finally light at the end...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Ajax, Transfers, Espn, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Ajax Amsterdam, Julien Laurens, De Jong, Camp Nou Sport, Frenkie de Jong


LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona set to sign Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens reveals the latest on Barcelona's efforts to land Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. TOP STORY: Barcelona win race to sign De Jong After months of speculation surrounding the future of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, it appears there is finally light...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Ajax, Transfers, Espn, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Ajax Amsterdam, Julien Laurens, De Jong, Frenkie de Jong, Camp Nou Catalunya Radio


LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid to beat Man City to £90m Paulo Dybala

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month. TOP STORY: Real to fight Man City for Dybala Real Madrid are hoping to defeat Manchester City in the race to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and are ready to splash £90m on the Argentina international, reports the Sun. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former To...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Transfers, Argentina, Juventus, Mls, Espn, Man City, Barca, United


FFA's clumsy handling of Alen Stajcic's sacking is damaging the Matildas

FFA boss David Gallop announces the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic just five months before the World Cup. Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament. It's a phrase whose origin lies in Aesop's fables, but in modern parlance "killing the golden goose" refers to d...
Tags: Japan, Australia, Football, Blog, Sport, Blog Post, Matildas, Aesop, FFA, David Gallop, Alen Stajcic, Sam Kerr, Australia Matildas, FIFA Women's World Cup


Arsenal defeat exposes issues for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. PLUS: Real get revenge, Spurs' injury crisis

We gravitate towards simple explanations so the reason why Chelsea lost 2-0 away to Arsenal at the Emirates is simple: Maurizio Sarri played his two best players (N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard) out of position. Easy, right? Wrong. For a start, Chelsea had no divine right to win at the Emirates, not when they were one place ahead of them in the table. Not when they'd actually beaten them just once in their seven previous encounters, and not when they hadn't played particularly well...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, Emirates, Blog Post, English Premier League, Maurizio Sarri, Golo Kante, Blog - Marcotti's Musings


Chivas deserve to be top of Liga MX. PLUS: Juan Pablo Vigon stars for Atlas

There's a clear unity evolving at Chivas under the guidance of Jose Cardozo. GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Chivas fans, pinch yourselves, your team is clear at the top of Liga MX. If that might sound slightly patronizing, cast your minds back just one month to Chivas losing on penalties to Esperance de Tunis to finish dead last in sixth of the Club World Cup. The proud all-Mexican club not only embarrassed itself, but also Liga MX and CONCACAF. Now fast forward to Sunday and Chivas defeating Tol...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Blog Post, Guadalajara, Toluca, Mexico Chivas, Jose Cardozo, Estadio Akron, Mexican Liga BBVA Bancomer, Esperance de Tunis, Juan Pablo Vigon


Jose Mourinho shows why he's out of touch and out of a job at Man United

Jose Mourinho offered some interesting observations during his two-game stint as a pundit on BeIN Sports, but his advice to Arsenal manager Unai Emery that Mesut Ozil "needs a little bit of care and a little bit of love" to perform at his best was the one which would have had everyone at Manchester United rolling their eyes. Self-awareness has never been one of Mourinho strong points, but telling a rival manager that he needs be more aware of a player's feelings appears to be a classic case...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Arsenal, Mesut Ozil, Jose Mourinho, Man United, Blog Post, Mourinho, English Premier League, Unai Emery


Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines can learn from Vietnam's remarkable rise

Ali Adnan sealed a 3-2 win for Iraq over Vietnam in the Asian Cup in dramatic fashion, by netting a sublime 90th minute free-kick. Mat Ryan saved two spot kicks in a penalty shootout against Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup round of 16, after the game finished 0-0. Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16. After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Australia, China, Iraq, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Football, Blog, Sport, Syria, Philippines, Malaysia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Jordan


Paul Pogba's card game on a train with Man United teammates goes viral

Paul Pogba ended up shocking a soccer fan halfway around the world after taking a photo with the fan's parents. What if your parents ended up spending a train journey with mega-famous soccer stars but had no idea who they were? Well, what follows is a beguiling yarn spun on Twitter by Nate Patrick, a FIFA 19 and E-sports commentator whose mother and father had the pleasure of bumping into a train full of Manchester United players. To set the scene a little, Nate was obsessed with football...
Tags: Australia, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Fifa, Man United, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Paul Pogba, English Premier League, Nate, Nate Patrick


Tottenham's Fernando Llorente 3/10 in woeful showing as Harry Kane backup

Harry Winks scored with the final kick of the game to lead Tottenham past Fulham after losing Dele Alli to injury late on. Harry Winks scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Mauricio Pochettino's side initially fell behind after Fernando Llorente's first-half own goal. But Dele Alli halved the deficit in the 51st minute and Winks headed home from substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's cross in the final seconds, keepin...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Tottenham Hotspur, Tottenham, Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane, Fulham, Blog Post, Fernando Llorente, Dele Alli, English Premier League, Craven Cottage, Harry Winks, Georges Kevin Nkoudou


Can Delfin follow in the Copa Libertadores footsteps of Independiente del Valle?

Ecuador's Independiente del Valle marched all the way to the Copa Libertadores final in 2016. On Tuesday night, Delfin of Ecuador kick off the 2019 Copa Libertadores when they host Nacional of Paraguay in the qualifying round. Delfin might draw some inspiration from one of their compatriots; three years ago, Independiente del Valle were in the qualifying round of the Libertadores, also against Paraguayan opposition. And had Guarani scored a last minute penalty, the Ecuadorian side would hav...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Paraguay, Ecuador, Blog Post, Delfin, Guarani, Independiente del Valle, CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores


Chelsea rant from Sarri smacks of Mourinho, Spurs hit with more horrible injury news

Rant of the weekend Maurizio Sarri's fairly remarkable rant after Chelsea's defeat to Arsenal was surprising in some respects, but not quite so much if you've been listening to him over the past couple of months. This has been brewing. Sarri has complained a number of times that his players have found it strangely difficult to concentrate for a full game, switching off after an hour and either letting points slip or going extremely close to doing so. Clearly he's been frust...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Blog Post, English Premier League, Maurizio Sarri, Sarri, Mourinho Spurs


A-League referees in the spotlight after another controversial weekend

Controversial refereeing decisions sadly dominated the A-League headlines again this week. Rob Brooks explains that voices of discontent over perceived preferential treatment for some clubs are now too loud to ignore. Talking point of the weekend Do big clubs get the rub of the green when it comes to refereeing decisions? Obviously it's a point well made across not only football, but every professional sport across the globe, and there is a fear that it is reaching boiling point in the A-Le...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Blog Post, Australian A-League, Rob Brooks


Arsenal led by 9/10 Koscielny in defence and attack; Lacazette also shines

English Premier League: Laurent Koscielny (39') Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea Arsenal put in a fantastic first-half performance to reignite the race for the top four as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to close the gap on the Blues to three points. With Manchester United also in form and breathing down their necks, this was a massive result as Unai Emery's side answered their critics with arguably their best performance of the season. Positives Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tott...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Mls, Espn, Laurent Koscielny, Barca, Psg, Blog Post, ESPN FC TV, English Premier League


Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson all 8/10 as PSG hit nine vs. Guingamp

Paris Saint-Germain put on a show at the Parc des Princes with a Neymar brace alongside hat tricks from Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani marking a 9-0 win. Paris Saint-Germain obliterated Guingamp 9-0 at Parc des Princes on Saturday to move a provisional 13 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit. Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani both scored hat tricks, while Neymar added two and Thomas Meunier another one in the most one-sided of results. Positives The three points, Mbappe and Cavani getting treb...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Paris, Paris Saint Germain, Psg, Neymar, Blog Post, French Ligue 1, Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti, Guingamp, Cavani, Ligue, Saint Germain, Parc des Princes


Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante underwhelm as Chelsea well-beaten by rivals Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points. Craig Burley breaks down how Unai Emery adjusted his Arsenal side to nullify Maurizio Sarri's rigid tactics for Chelsea. LONDON -- First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over a woeful Chelsea at the Emirates to make the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League tighter than eve...
Tags: London, Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Premier League, Arsenal, Emirates, Eden Hazard, Laurent Koscielny, Blog Post, Alexandre Lacazette, English Premier League, Maurizio Sarri, Craig Burley, Golo Kante


Liverpool saved by Salah's 9/10 as Premier League leaders beat Palace

Mohamed Salah scored twice, including his 50th Premier League goal, to help Liverpool hold off Crystal Palace in a back-and-forth match at Anfield. English Premier League: Mohamed Salah (75') Liverpool 3-2 Crystal Palace LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool re-established a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a breathtaking 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. But the Reds had to come from a goal down and were hanging on in the final seconds with 10-men after...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Premier League, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Reds, Palace, Blog Post, Mohamed Salah, English Premier League, Max Meyer, Salah, 50th Premier League, Anfield English Premier League, Crystal Palace LIVERPOOL England Liverpool


Marcus Rashford 9/10, Paul Pogba 7/10 as Man United stay perfect under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Man United won their seventh straight game under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer through goals from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United's made it seven straight wins under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks to a fantastic goal from Marcus Rashford on his 150th appearance for the club. Rashford scored the second against Brighton at Old Trafford, after Paul Pogba has scored a penalty earlier, to help United to a 2-1 win over Chris Hughton&apo...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Brighton, United, Blog Post, Paul Pogba, Chris Hughton, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, English Premier League, Rashford, Marcus Rashford, MANCHESTER England Manchester United, Pascal Gross


Luka Modric, Casemiro step up vs. Sevilla, fire Madrid up to third in La Liga

Luka Modric's late goal wrapped up the points for Madrid and capped a strong performance from the Ballon d'Or winner. Real Madrid moved into third place in La Liga thanks to a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, with midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric getting on the scoresheet in the second half. Positives Madrid were the better team in a battle against a direct rival for Champions League qualification -- even if that shows the lowered standards around the...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, La Liga, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Madrid, Blog Post, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Bernabeu, Ballon, Spanish Primera Division, Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric Casemiro, Positives Madrid


Maurizio Sarri blasts his players but Chelsea's issues are his fault

Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points. Craig Burley breaks down how Unai Emery adjusted his Arsenal side to nullify Maurizio Sarri's rigid tactics for Chelsea. Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to give Arsenal a massive London derby win over Chelsea to close the top-four gap to three points. Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored to...
Tags: London, Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Arsenal, Jose Mourinho, Laurent Koscielny, Blog Post, Blog - The Match, Alexandre Lacazette, English Premier League, Maurizio Sarri, Craig Burley, Sarri, Unai Emery


Who Owns The Copyright To A Photo?

We’ve all taken a photo at least once before. It’s literally as easy as pushing a button. Once you have taken the photo, the next question to ask is who owns the copyright to the photo? It may be surprising to some of us, but the person who owns the copyright is the person who […] The post Who Owns The Copyright To A Photo? appeared first on Vincent LoTempio | Registered Patent Attorney, Trademark, and Copyright | 1-800-866-0039.
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