Paulo Dybala was the star of the weekend in Serie A as Juventus and leaders Napoli created a little space at the top of the table. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours surrounding Paulo Dybala, Daniel Sturridge, Riyad Mahrez and more. With the January transfer window now open, James Horncastle looks at
The FC pundits give their most memorable moments in the world of football this past year. Neymar explains his ‘difficult decision’ to depart Barcelona and join Ligue 1’s PSG via Facebook. Shaka Hislop points to Cristiano Ronaldo’s late-season heroics and UCL triumph as reasons why he beat Lionel Messi in Ballon d’Or voting. Max Bretos
The FC pundits give their most memorable moments in the world of football this past year. It has been another action-packed year. ESPN FC brings you our favourite stories, features and projects from 2017 as we head into the New Year. New season, new kits To kick off the 2017-18 season, we brought you a swish
The ESPN FC guys reflect on 2017’s Retirement XI and the players that will be missed most. Over the course of 2017 the football world has said goodbye to a number of legends who have hung up their boots for the final time and retired from the professional game. It seems only right to honour
Dan Thomas and the FC crew believe the top-seeded countries will all be delighted with their matchups at the World Cup. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti predicts who will emerge from each group at the 2018 World Cup. PARIS — Nearly a decade ago, Arsene Wenger ranked the Paris region as the second-best talent pool in
With reports emerging that Alexis Sanchez is set to join Man City in the summer, the FC crew wonder if he’d even make it into the lineup. Man City can match the success of the 2003-04 Arsenal ‘Invincibles’, according to former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires. Pep Guardiola has dismissed the idea of Manchester City winning
The Exploding Heads present a few must-have’s for fans of the Premier League to put on their holiday wish lists. It has been a year of highs and lows, the good, the bad and the ugly, but what have been football’s best and worst moments of 2017? Best game: Manchester City 5-3 Monaco This was
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reckons only winning the Champions League can save Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reckons only winning the Champions League can save Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. With the season at its half way point, it’s time to take stock of how clubs across Europe are getting on.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the ramifications of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup humiliation. The Manchester United academy is used to welcoming players from Europe but in Matty Willock, they have sent one the other way. The 21-year-old midfielder swapped the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s first team for the Netherlands and FC Utrecht in the summer.
Alison Bender previews the Manchester derby as Manchester United prepare to host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Don Hutchison and Alison Bender discuss Everton’s chances of a first win at Anfield since 1999. The sheer paranoia, fuss and aggressive energy that goes into them is quite something. And that’s just in the days leading up
The FC 100 is here! Take a look at who ranks at the top of each position. The FC 100 is here! Take a look at who ranks at the top of each position. The ESPN FC crew all have varying opinions as to who claims top spot in the ESPN FC 100 list of
With Neymar already being linked to Real Madrid, PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson assesses the Brazilian’s future at PSG. They are the two teams in Europe attracting the most attention this season: Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are playing some beautiful football, winning, and leaving their rivals trailing. But which is the more exciting to watch?
Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes predict the crucial World Cup playoff matches. For eight European teams, the World Cup next summer is agonisingly in reach — but first they need to negotiate a nervy playoff during the international break to book their ticket to Russia. From four-time winners Italy to Euro 2004 winners Greece, teams
Mark Hughes admitted Stoke couldn’t live with Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s 7-2 win on Saturday. Mark Hughes admitted Stoke couldn’t live with Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s 7-2 win on Saturday. Mark Hughes admitted Stoke couldn’t live with Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s 7-2 win on Saturday. After each round of
The Exploding Heads run through some of the best made-up acronyms in the Champions League. For years Barcelona’s “MSN” was considered the best strikeforce in Europe, then Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The French side may now have assembled the most expensive forward line in football history — with €466 million worth of
The top five teams in Shaka’s power rankings stay the same, but there is plenty of movement in the bottom half. ESPN FC’s Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden checks in from the Camp Nou after the club decided to play behind closed doors amid political tension in Catalonia. Stewart Robson and Alejandro Moreno examine the facets
Stewart Robson and Alejandro Moreno examine the facets of Man City’s game that have propelled them to the top of the table. Pep Guardiola long made the point that he plays the way he does not because he’s wedded to some aesthetic conceit of what good football should be, but because he thinks it’s the
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Arsenal and their preference in midfield between Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. It’s hard to figure out which Arsenal will turn up these days. Is it the team which lost 0-4 so atrociously at Liverpool or the one which played with fire and fight at Stamford
Steve Nicol says most of the goals Liverpool are conceding come down to an individual error from any given player. Liverpool won 3-2 vs. Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, and what could have been chance to follow a range of other storylines — their first victory since August, Philippe Coutinho’s stunning performance —
The FC panel address Liverpool’s B-squad against Leicester, and how they won’t mind an early exit from the cup competition. The guys answer your tweets on Klopp’s effectiveness, Wenger’s dubious sale of the Ox, and Mourinho’s managerial prowess. Liverpool’s poor run of form continues after Leicester ousted them out of the Carabao Cup, with Islam