Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes weigh the pros and cons of the vote to move the Premier League transfer deadline. Are Manchester United the real deal? When are Manchester City going to play like champions? Could Chelsea be a force after all? And will Liverpool be able to sustain their exciting start? Then there’s Arsenal,
If you want to be the best, like Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ve got to sell the best. It’s hard being Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s won just about every individual honor, accolade and prize there is to win, as well as a fistful of league titles in England and Spain, more than a couple of Champions League trophies,
The FC crew hail Isco as one of the leaders of a Spanish revival that could make them a 2018 World Cup favourite. Spain defeating Italy 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday was not the surprise. It was the extent of the demolition. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the old
Germany’s Andreas Moller celebrates his winning penalty against England in their Euro 96 semifinal. In 1996, football was coming home, and England were set to end 30 years of hurt. After a dramatic 120 minutes at Wembley, Germany and Euro ’96 hosts England were locked at 1-1 in their semifinal, and six years on from
Shaka Hislop dissects the UCL draw for each Premier League club and evaluates their chances of advancing from their groups. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes assess the toughest groups and most scintillating matchups this season in the Champions League. Gab Marcotti breaks down Group D in the Champions League, but can Messi finally break his
Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez will stage an event on Aug. 30 to launch their bid for the 2030 World Cup. It is about to be made official. Next week, Uruguay and Argentina will announce their wish to host the 2030 World Cup and thus celebrate the centenary of the tournament.
The FC panel delve into their 2017-18 Premier League title predictions. The new Premier League campaign is finally here, starting with Arsenal’s home meeting with Leicester at the Emirates on Friday evening. But what are the major tactical issues facing the title contenders? Here’s a run-down of the major question mark about each side’s tactical
ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol, speaking shortly after Peter Bosz’s arrival, assesses the Dortmund coach’s prospects. This is an interesting time for Borussia Dortmund. After finishing third in the Bundesliga last season behind not only Bayern Munich but also fizzy drink-funded upstarts RB Leipzig, internal machinations saw coach Thomas Tuchel depart and Peter Bosz arrive from
Steve Nicol reacts to Antonio Conte’s latest comments taking aim at Tottenham’s ambitions for success this season. With spending spiraling out of control this transfer window, Stewart Robson applauds Tottenham and their more conservative business plan. Antonio Conte referred to Chelsea’s 10th-place finish the last time they defended the title under Jose Mourinho. They probably
Check out Romelu Lukaku’s full interview with ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes on the Belgium striker’s move to Manchester United. From Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, to Paul Pogba and Zinedine Zidane, ESPN FC’s network of journalists and correspondents have sat down with some of the biggest stars in world football for exclusive interviews this summer.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane delves into Alvaro Morata, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and managing such a talented squad. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes the club must make more signings if they are to compete for the EPL title. Jose Mourinho gives an exclusive interview to Mark Ogden on the upcoming season,
Ian Darke reacts to Pep Guardiola’s comments about the time he’ll need to strengthen Man City and the leniency of referees. With Diego Costa supposedly bound for Spain, the FC crew assess potential replacements Chelsea can pursue. The FC panel assess Alexis Sanchez’s clouded relationship with Arsenal and the chances of him making a move
The FC guys debate if it’s a smart decision for Liverpool to break the bank for Leipzig’s Naby Keita. The summer transfer window officially opens on July 1, with clubs across Europe searching for the talent to make them contenders in the 2017-18 season. Some players will move for huge fees, others will look to
Kobe Bryant is an AC Milan fan, but also loves Barcelona. Soon after then-6-year-old Kobe Bryant moved to Italy with his family, he went down to a local park in search of a basketball game. The court was easy enough to find but what the local kids were doing on it looked a lot different.
Sid Lowe reflects on Lionel Messi’s legendary career now that the Argentine has hit age 30. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, the FC crew debate his place among the all-time great footballers. In honour of Lionel Messi’s 30th birthday, take a look at what he’s accomplished so far and what he has left
Even before Michael J. Garcia, a former U.S. attorney and FIFA’s chief ethics investigator into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, had submitted his report to FIFA in 2014, there were rumors that there was no “smoking gun.” Not of the kind that would see the World Cup taken away from the respective bid-winners,
The hype and excitement surrounding the 2018 World Cup hasn’t yet started. Are we excited for it? MOSCOW — In some ways, it’s sneaking up on us. Russia 2018 is a year away, yet it feels almost subdued relative to the hype and anticipation ahead of the previous two World Cups. A clear narrative for
The football schedule has always provided a kind of safe harbor for its fans. Its presence is steadying, and those months when it’s absent can feel unmoored. CARDIFF — Another football season has come to a crackling close. Real Madrid are the champions of Europe. After an ever-shortening summer break, they will begin to defend