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Mexicans abroad: Raul Jimenez's three-goal week for Wolves earns him Europeo of the Week

Raul Jimenez has nine Premier League goals for Wolves and with four more would equal Javier Hernandez's single-season record for a Mexican. 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 wil...
Tags: Mexico, Football, Blog, Sport, Atlantic, Premier League, Blog Post, Jesus Corona, Javier Hernandez, Marco Fabian, Nestor Araujo, Andres Guardado, Raul Jimenez


Has Neymar fulfilled his potential as heir apparent to Ronaldo and Messi?

If one human year is worth seven in dog years, what is the equation comparing a civilian career to that of a professional footballer? Neymar turned 27 on Tuesday and next month it will be 10 years since he made his professional debut. If he were a working stiff like the rest of us, he'd be well past the halfway point, maybe somewhere in his late 40s. Nowhere near the end but at the stage when the time you have left is less than the time you had. Neymar was the next big thing in Brazilian fo...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Paris Saint-germain, Ronaldo, Brazil, Messi, Neymar, Blog Post, Blog - Marcotti's Musings


Neymar parties hard with Alves, Mbappe for 27th birthday despite being on crutches

Neymar was not going to let a little thing like being on crutches stop him throwing a huge 27th birthday party in Paris. Just as he's done for the past few years, Neymar threw himself a lavish party in Paris to celebrate his birthday on Monday night. The Paris Saint-Germain star actually turned 27 on Feb. 5 -- the same birthday as Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Sven-Goran Eriksson and about 19 million others around the world. Neymar said that he wished he had "a new metatarsal" in a tearf...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Paris, Paris Saint Germain, Brazil, Neymar, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Alves Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo Carlos Tevez Sven Goran Eriksson


Arsenal match or music video? Mkhitaryan among stars hit by fog in Premier League 2 game

Arsenal's fog-bound Premier League 2 game against West Ham produced some hauntingly stunning images. Arsenal were in Premier League 2 action against West Ham on Monday night, only for the match to be abandoned at half-time due to weather conditions for which "adverse" is an understatement. The Gunners went in 3-0 up at the break but a blanket of impenetrable fog in Borehamwood meant that officials decided to call the game off before the start of the second period. The poor conditions actual...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Premier League, Arsenal, West Ham, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, English Premier League, Mkhitaryan, Borehamwood


Aguero leads Messi, Higuain in Argentine one-two-three atop Player Power Rankings

From the heroics of Lionel Messi and Gervinho to PSG's first defeat of the season, here's how the top clubs in Europe fared at the weekend. This weekend was all about the Albiceleste, with a trio of Argentines delivering a combined total of seven goals to earn vital wins for their clubs. 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=&ap...
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Manchester City, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gervinho, Agüero, Psg, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Messi Higuain, Willi Orban RB Leipzig Vinicius Jr Real Madrid


Guardiola's gamble pays off, Barca's Messi dependency, Juve's implosion, more

Part of the luxury of being Pep Guardiola is, evidently, confidence of the sort that lets you take risks that others might not. On Tuesday, his Manchester City side lost at St James' Park against a Newcastle team that had previously won just three of 12 home Premier League games. In those circumstances, page 17 of the "Proper Football Man's Coaching Manual" tells you to play it safe and get back to basics in your next game which, incidentally, was by no means a gimme. Arsenal may be re...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Manchester City, Newcastle, Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Juventus, Messi, Barca, St James, Blog Post, English Premier League, Guardiola, Juve


LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United's Marcus Rashford to follow Anthony Martial with new deal

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Rashford set for bumper pay rise? Manchester United are keen to fend off interest from a host of European rivals by securing the long-term future of in-form striker Marcus Rashford, according to the Dai...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Transfers, United, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Anthony Martial, Rashford, Marcus Rashford


LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool make ¬70m move for Napoli striker Insigne

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Liverpool make €70m Insigne move 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. Wh...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Liverpool, Tottenham, Transfers, Espn, Leicester, Psg, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, ESPN FC TV, Napoli, Lorenzo Insigne, Acosta


Transfer Talk: Rashford next up after Martial for big Man Utd raise

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Rashford set for bumper pay rise? Manchester United are keen to fend off interest from a host of European rivals by securing the long-term future of in-form striker Marcus Rashford, according to the Daily Telegrap...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Transfers, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Rashford, Marcus Rashford, Daily Telegraph United


Man City to sink Everton? Barcelona to beat Real in Copa del Rey clash?

Tottenham's late winner against Newcastle denied us a near 14/1 treble success at the weekend but there's plenty of opportunity to get back on track this week with some big games in the Premier League, FA Cup and Spain's Copa del Rey. Running total: -£68.61 The Banker Pressure is an odd beast, and after four less than convincing performances it's a beast now resting impatiently at the gates of Anfield. Liverpool have conceded in five of their last six games and with this in m...
Tags: Football, Spain, Sport, Barcelona, Premier League, Tottenham, Newcastle, Everton, Blog Post, Blog - FC Betting Blog, Anfield Liverpool


Copa Libertadores second stage headlined by Brazil's Sao Paulo vs. Argentina's Talleres

The Copa Libertadores is underway. Who will take home the trophy in 2019 after River's success in 2018? There were some dramatic moments in the opening qualifying round of the 2019 Copa Libertadores. With the local crowd in the picturesque Ecuadorian city of Manta really getting behind their team, Delfin saw off Nacional of Paraguay. Bolivar of Bolivia looked down and out after losing their first leg 4-2 at home to Defensor of Uruguay but made a noble attempt to save themselves in the retur...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, River, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Blog Post, Bolivia, Sao Paulo, Manta, Delfin, CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, Nacional of Paraguay Bolivar


If Almiron thrives in Premier League with Newcastle, MLS will benefit most

Ale Moreno breaks down Miguel Almiron's strengths and weaknesses and explains what Newcastle fans can expect from their newest transfer. There is plenty riding on Miguel Almiron's progress in the Premier League now that he's completed his move from Atlanta United; it's bigger than Newcastle United and bigger than Paraguay. It has to do with the possibility of a shift in the architecture of the global game. Almiron's £20 million move from Atlanta United to Newcastle ha...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Premier League, Paraguay, Newcastle United, Newcastle, Major League Soccer, Blog Post, English Premier League, Ale Moreno, Atlanta United, Atlanta United FC, Miguel Almiron, Almiron, Newcastle MLS


By the numbers: Cristiano Ronaldo tops Serie A charts, Lionel Messi best in Europe

Manchester City dismantled Arsenal 3-1 to go within two points of leaders Liverpool (who play West Ham later tonight) while Manchester United continued their run under new management with a squeaky 1-0 win over Leicester City. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo's brace wasn't enough as Juventus squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Parma, and across the Mediterranean, a Lionel Messi brace found Barcelona coming back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Valencia. Oh, and Lyon stunned PSG 2-...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus, West Ham, Sergio Aguero, Leicester City


By the numbers: Ronaldo tops Serie A charts, Messi best in Europe

Manchester City dismantled Arsenal 3-1 to go within two points of leaders Liverpool (who play West Ham later tonight) while Manchester United continued their run under new management with a squeaky 1-0 win over Leicester City. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo's brace wasn't enough as Juventus squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Parma, and across the Mediterranean, a Lionel Messi brace found Barcelona coming back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Valencia. Oh, and Lyon stunned PSG 2-...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus, West Ham, Sergio Aguero


Transfer Talk: Manchester United plan swoop for Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho

The Exploding Heads recap Transfer Deadline Day where a few big names were linked with moves, but the day has become a shadow of itself. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Former City man now a United target Eyebrows were raised when Jadon Sanc...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Manchester City, Transfers, Borussia Dortmund, United, Dortmund, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Former City, Jadon Sancho


LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal eye Leipzig's Konate; Maguire to United?

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys,. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Konate chase is on 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 m...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Football, Blog, Sport, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Transfers, Espn, Leicester, Psg, United, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, ESPN FC TV


Adelaide, Brisbane serve up A-League classic; Markus Babbel joins the generation wars

Outrageous comebacks, multiple send-offs, coaches blaming generational mindsets -- this round had it all. Rob Brooks examines the rollercoaster ride that was the weekend's A-League action. Talking point of the weekend Despite the well-documented controversy and disappointment surrounding the game in Australia at the moment, the A-League is still delivering the right kind of drama on the pitch. There have been plenty of examples of that over the past few weeks, but none better than Adelaide&...
Tags: Australia, Football, Blog, Sport, Adelaide, Blog Post, Australian A-League, Adelaide United, Rob Brooks, Markus Babbel, Adelaide Brisbane


Vinicius Jr. 8/10 as Real rack up fourth straight win, thrashing Alaves

Real Madrid began their biggest week of the season so far with a straightforward 3-0 league win over Alaves at the Bernabeu, the goals coming from Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz. Positives Benzema continued his hot streak with a fifth goal in seven days, while teenager Vinicius was again excellent and deserved his first La Liga goal: surely, his first of many. Fit-again Mariano also showed himself another option in attack. A fifth straight victory in all competitions is Madrid...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, La Liga, Real Madrid, Madrid, Blog Post, Spanish Copa del Rey, Karim Benzema, Mariano, Bernabeu, Alavés, Vinicius Jr, Vinicius, Karim Benzema Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz Positives Benzema


Edinson Cavani, Dani Alves produce dire 3/10 displays as PSG slip to first Ligue 1 loss

Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir were the architects of Lyon's stunning comeback as they handed PSG their first defeat in Ligue 1 of the season. Paris Saint-Germain deservedly lost for the first time in Ligue 1 this season when they went down 2-1 to Lyon at Groupama Stadium on Sunday. Angel Di Maria opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes but OL levelled through Parisien youth academy graduate Moussa Dembele before half-time and won it with a Nabil Fekir penalty early in the second ha...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Paris Saint Germain, Lyon, Psg, Maria, Blog Post, French Ligue 1, Edinson Cavani, Dani Alves, Nabil Fekir, Parisien, Ligue, Moussa Dembele, OL


Qatar's record-breaking Almoez Ali leads Asian Cup Team of the Tournament

Qatar carved out a piece of footballing history for themselves on Friday, winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in a 3-1 upset win over four-time winners Japan in Abu Dhabi, UAE . It's all over. Qatar lifted the 2019 Asian Cup on Friday, defeating Japan 3-1 in the final, and will be almost as proud at dominating ESPN's team of the tournament. Here are our 11 best performers from Asia's premier tournament: GK: Alireza Beiranvand (Iran) The Iranian goalkeeper impressed at th...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Football, Blog, Qatar, Sport, Oman, Espn, Blog Post, Afc Asian Cup, Abu Dhabi UAE, Almoez Ali


Higuain at the double as Chelsea hammer Huddersfield

Chelsea star Eden Hazard recaps his side's comfortable 5-0 win over Huddersfield which included two goals from the mesmerising Belgian. English Premier League: David Luiz (86') Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield English Premier League: Gonzalo Higuain (69') Chelsea 4-0 Huddersfield English Premier League: Eden Hazard (66') Chelsea 3-0 Huddersfield English Premier League: Eden Hazard (45'+1) Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield English Premier Leagu...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Eden Hazard, Huddersfield, Blog Post, David Luiz, Huddersfield Town, English Premier League, Maurizio Sarri, Gonzalo Higuain, Huddersfield English Premier League


Transfer Talk: Juventus want Paul Pogba to join Aaron Ramsey in Bianconeri midfield

The Exploding Heads recap Transfer Deadline Day where a few big names were linked with moves, but the day has become a shadow of itself. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Old Lady wants Pogba-Ramsey axis With Aaron Ramsey almost certain to be ...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Transfers, Juventus, Aaron Ramsey, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Paul Pogba, Pogba Ramsey, Bianconeri midfield, Mirror Juve


LIVE Transfer Talk: Juventus want Paul Pogba to join Aaron Ramsey in midfield

The Exploding Heads recap Transfer Deadline Day where a few big names were linked with moves, but the day has become a shadow of itself. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Pogba-Ramsey axis in Turin? With Aaron Ramsey almost certain ...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Manchester United, Transfers, Juventus, Aaron Ramsey, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Paul Pogba, Turin, Pogba Ramsey


Son Heung-Min the Tottenham hero keeps Pochettino in title hunt

Tottenham left it late again at Wembley as Son Heung-min's 83rd minute winner lifted his side up to second in the Premier League. English Premier League: Son Heung-min (83') Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle Son Heung-Min produced late heroics for the second time in a week as Tottenham edged past Newcastle 1-0 at Wembley and climbed above Manchester City into second place. Having struck an 80th-minute equaliser in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Watford, Son stepped up again with an ...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle, Wembley, Pochettino, Blog Post, Son Heung-min, English Premier League, Son Heung, Heung Min, Newcastle Son Heung Min


Qatar's Asian Cup win shows that possession could be poison in international football

Qatar carved out a piece of footballing history for themselves on Friday, winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in a 3-1 upset win over four-time winners Japan in Abu Dhabi, UAE . From the universality of Total Football to the Petrosian-like stoutness of Jose Mourinho, it has always been said football has an evolutionary or permutable quality. Rules have sometimes influenced dominant tactics, much like changes to offside laws creating the W-M formation, or the back-pass rule facilitating...
Tags: Japan, France, Football, Blog, Qatar, Sport, Jose Mourinho, Abu Dhabi, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Afc Asian Cup


Ex-Man United, Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy models 'mash-up' shirt

Ruud van Nistelrooy has had his 19-year professional career encapsulated in a unique "mash-up" shirt. The retired Dutch striker was presented with the jersey by designers "Blood In Blood Out", who specialise in making artfully spliced football shirts. View this post on Instagram VAN the MAN =¯. . . . #ruudvannistelrooy #7clubs #careermode #fcdenbosch #scheerenveen #psv #manchesterunitedfc #realmadrid #hsv #malagacf #008 #vantheman #vangol #theruuddevil #vantor #footballshirtdes...
Tags: Football, Sport, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, United Real Madrid


Fellaini's move to China, Giovinco to Saudi Arabia highlight busy window in Asia

The transfer window may still be open in parts of Asia, but with the New Year holiday approaching in much of the continent, many deals have been done. ESPNFC takes a look at some of the most significant. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United, England) to Shandong Luneng, China) 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...
Tags: Asia, Saudi Arabia, China, Football, Blog, Sport, Liverpool, Marouane Fellaini, Tottenham, West Ham, Espn, Leicester, Chinese Super League, Psg, Blog Post, ESPN FC TV


Premier League W2W4: Man City need to respond to preserve title hopes; are Chelsea ripe for an upset?

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner tackle this weekends Premiere League fixtures, including a big match up between Manchester City and Arsenal. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and the FC crew discuss the 'antsy' atmosphere at Anfield and the pressure associated with a tight Premier League title race. Man City's midweek loss to Newcastle looked as if it could doom the champions' title defence but a draw by Liverpool to Leicester leaves the door slightly open. Can City edge c...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Premier League, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Leicester, Anfield, Crystal Palace, Man City, Premiere League, Blog Post, Nick Miller, English Premier League


Qatar, World Cup 2022 hosts, just won the 2019 Asian Cup. Are they better than we thought?

When Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup just over eight years ago, there were accusations from certain parts of the globe that this was a country with little to no football history. In truth, the feeling was the same in much of Asia. That can't be said any more as the team amazingly defeated Japan 3-1 in the final of the 2019 Asian Cup on Friday in Abu Dhabi, becoming continental champions for the first time and in their first-ever final appearance. To be fair, it was fully des...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Football, Blog, Qatar, Sport, Abu Dhabi, Blog Post, Afc Asian Cup


LIVE Transfer Talk: Bayern will be back for Callum Hudson-Odoi

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Bayern will be back for Hudson-Odoi Goal reports that defending German champions Bayern Munich will return for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer. That's according to their CEO Ka...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Transfers, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Bayern, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hudson Odoi Goal