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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


Man United charity auction: Solskjaer's watch raises twice as much as Mourinho's

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to put his predecessor at Manchester United, Jose Mournho, in the shade. The entire Manchester United squad assembled at Old Trafford on Tuesday night for the club's Unicef charity dinner and auction. The evening was a black-tie affair, with the players and their manager dressing up to the nines for the occasion. Arriving in style at #United4UNICEF earlier... #MUFC pic.twitter.com/VHFqe5HViP— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 22 January 2019 One of the biggest sel...
Tags: Football, Sport, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho, Mufc, Unicef, United, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mourinho, English Premier League, Gunnar Solskjaer, Solskjaer, Jose Mournho


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


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


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


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


Cavani beats out Zapata's four-goal haul to top Player Power Rankings

Check out how Europe's top clubs fared at the weekend, including PSG's 9-0, a big night for Arsenal and another win for Manchester United. When you add a pair of assists to a hat trick, the odds of you being No. 1 in Player Power Rankings are pretty good. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (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.j...
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Paris Saint-germain, Psg, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Edinson Cavani, Cavani, Zapata, Manchester United When


Mat Ryan an 8/10 as he keeps Australia's Asian Cup title defence alive

Mat Ryan's saves ensured Australia's Asian Cup title defence remained alive in a penalty shootout win over Uzbekistan. Australia's Asian Cup title defence remains alive after narrowly defeating Uzbekistan 4-2 on penalties, after 120 minutes ended with the sides scoreless, in a truly uninspiring performance on Monday. Positives From an incredibly slow start, the Socceroos did eventually grow into the contest and by extra-time they were the only team who looked like they wanted t...
Tags: Australia, Football, Sport, Uzbekistan, Blog Post, Afc Asian Cup, Socceroos, Mathew Ryan, Mat Ryan, Uzbekistan Australia


Liverpool's James Milner sent off by former teacher, now referee, Jon Moss

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. Little did we know when referee Jon Moss issued James Milner with a red card during Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace that the pair had a history that extended far back beyond their Premier League days. It came to light after the incident that Moss and Milner have known each other for a long, long time as the former was actually the latter&ap...
Tags: Football, Sport, Liverpool, James Milner, Crystal Palace, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Mohamed Salah, Moss, English Premier League, Milner, Jon Moss, 50th Premier League, Anfield Little


Liverpool's James Milner sent off by his former teacher, now referee, Jon Moss

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. Little did we know when referee Jon Moss issued James Milner with a red card during Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace that the pair had a history that extended far back beyond their Premier League days. It came to light after the incident that Moss and Milner have known each other for a long, long time as the former was actually the latter&ap...
Tags: Football, Sport, Liverpool, James Milner, Crystal Palace, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Mohamed Salah, Moss, English Premier League, Milner, Jon Moss, 50th Premier League, Anfield Little


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


LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United step up Bergwijn chase, Tottenham keen on PSV winger

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: Man United step up Bergwijn chase PSV and Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn has caught the eye of Manchester United and Tottenham, with the Red Devils making a £25m move to land their man, according to the Sun. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former T...
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Netherlands, Tottenham, Transfers, Mls, Espn, Barca, United, Red Devils, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk


Transfer Talk: Manchester United's Pogba, Chelsea's Hazard do U-turns on future

The guys discuss whether Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri needs to adjust from his typical tactics, with Manchester United and Arsenal showing good form. 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: Pogba does United U-turn Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of...
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Old Trafford, Transfers, Mls, Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard, Espn, Barca, United, Red Devils


LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United's Pogba, Chelsea's Hazard do U-turns on future

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: Pogba and Hazard do U-turns over moves? Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in t...
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Old Trafford, Transfers, Mls, Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard, Espn, Barca, United, Red Devils


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 to deepen Chelsea woe in Carabao Cup?

Steve Nicol sounds off on Maurizio Sarri's comments about not being able to motivate Chelsea, saying he should get out if he can't do that. A good weekend of profit for the column courtesy of a couple of 19/10 and 13/5 winners from Arsenal and Napoli respectively. There's cup action this week from England, Spain and France with Chelsea's Carabao Cup semifinal second leg against Tottenham among the highlights. Running total: -£40.61 The Banker It's surprising to see Chel...
Tags: France, Football, Sport, Chelsea, Spurs, Tottenham, Arsenal, Blog Post, Napoli, Blog - FC Betting Blog, Maurizio Sarri, Steve Nicol, England Spain


Huddersfield's new boss Jan Siewert announced by doppelganger 'Martin from Wakefield'

Huddersfield lost 3-0 at home to Man City on Sunday without a manager in the dugout, following David Wagner's departure last week. By all accounts Jan Siewert, head coach of Borussia Dortmund's second string, was being lined up by the Terriers to step into Wagner's wake. And word quickly spread that Siewart was in the crowd to watch his new side take on City at the John Smiths' Stadium, which sparked a race among the attending media outlets to spot him up in the terraces. Sky...
Tags: Football, Sport, Huddersfield, Borussia Dortmund, Man City, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Huddersfield Town, English Premier League, Martin, Wagner, Wakefield, David Wagner, John Smiths, Jan Siewert, Siewart


Are you Huddersfield's potential new boss Jan Siewert? 'No. I'm Martin from Wakefield.'

Huddersfield lost 3-0 at home to Man City on Sunday without a manager in the dugout, following David Wagner's departure last week. It would appear that Jan Siewert, head coach of Borussia Dortmund's second string, is the man being lined up by the Terriers to step into Wagner's wake. And word quickly spread that Siewart was in the crowd to watch his new side take on City at the John Smiths' Stadium, which sparked a race among the attending media outlets to spot him up in the t...
Tags: Football, Sport, Huddersfield, Borussia Dortmund, Man City, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Huddersfield Town, English Premier League, Martin, Wagner, Wakefield, David Wagner, John Smiths, Jan Siewert, Siewart


Horse breeding, wine making, fishmongering and biotech research -- footballers' interesting side projects

While professional football constitutes the perfect job for many, there are some pro players who use their newfound fortune to bankroll the extra-curricular projects that they've always dreamed of doing. Here we look at some of the most interesting labours of love adopted by pros as sidelines to their hectic sporting day job. (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&...
Tags: Football, Sport, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, English Premier League, Spanish Primera Division


Without Kane and Son, Pochettino facing toughest task yet with Spurs

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 with the final kick of the game to lead Tottenham past Fulham after losing Dele Alli to injury late on. Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer look at how Tottenham dug deep to defeat Fulham, and evaluate the side's deepening injury woes with Dele Alli going off. LONDON -- With about 10 minutes left at Craven Cottage, a fizzing cross was deli...
Tags: London, Football, Sport, Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs, Tottenham, Fulham, Blog Post, Blog - The Match, Fernando Llorente, Dele Alli, Kane, English Premier League, Ross Dyer, Paul Mariner, Craven Cottage