Japan’s Vahid Halilhodzic has been experimenting with new players and combinations ahead of the 2018 World Cup. It was striking in November’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium that coach Vahid Halilhodzic decided to drop Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda from the Japan squad. But in a World Cup year, Japanese fans will be
They may be unbeaten since the start of the season, but it looks like Manchester City might have finally met their match. As part of Betsafe’s “Overcome the Odds” campaign, a City team consisting of Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, Danilo and club ambassador Shay Given took on the Saracens rugby team in a series
Atletico Madrid cruised to a 7-0 aggregate win in the Copa del Rey. Atletico Madrid strolled into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey as they swatted aside Lleida 3-0 in Madrid on Tuesday, sealing a 7-0 aggregate victory. They dominated from start to finish, however cut a frustrated bunch in the first half with
Zinedine Zidane says he is trying to identify the problems Real Madrid are facing, but admits some mistakes are hard to comprehend. After Real Madrid’s draw at Celta Vigo, the FC crew identify the issues that have seen the reigning La Liga winners fall 16 points off the top. Zinedine Zidane says he’s happy with
After Paul Pogba’s standout display against Everton, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol examine what allows him to give Man United his best. Mark Ogden discusses Man Utd’s attacking options and explains how Antoine Griezmann would be a great lift for the club if they were to sign him. Jose Mourinho says he apologised to Henrikh
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reacts to Liverpool and Barcelona agreeing on a reported £142 million fee for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page.
Mark Ogden discusses Man Utd’s attacking options and explains how Antoine Griezmann would be a great lift for the club if they were to sign him. Diego Simeone says he has plenty of attacking options at Atletico, but has always hoped to play Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa together. The transfer window is heating up!
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reacts to Liverpool and Barcelona agreeing on a reported £142 million fee for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona announce the highly anticipated transfer of Philippe Coutinho via this Twitter reveal. Remember the absolute brilliant best of Barcelona’s golden era? Remember how intrinsically vital Carles Puyol was? Ditto Xavi, David Villa
Leonardo Bonucci notched the lone goal in AC Milan’s win over Crotone. AC Milan kick-started 2018 with a 1-0 win over Crotone on Saturday, with Leonardo Bonucci scoring his first goal for the club. It was a much-improved performance from the Rossoneri, although they still had to endure a nervous ending as they secured all
ESPN FC’s PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson explains how the club will handle Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore returning late from winter break. PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain will get 2018 underway with a Coupe de France round-of-64 clash away at fellow Ligue 1 side Rennes on Sunday, and the three-time defending champions travel to Roazhon Park
Diego Costa was again the big story as Atletico beat Getafe and he scored before being sent off. Diego Costa scored and then was immediately sent off on his first La Liga game back for Atletico Madrid as they brushed local rivals Getafe aside 2-0 on Saturday. Truth be told, in horrible weather conditions on
The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page. TOP STORY: Mahrez in demand Riyad Mahrez is a wanted man this month after rediscovering his best form for Leicester, reports The
Victor Valdes never liked the limelight and left without it. BARCELONA, Spain — For someone who never wanted to be a goalkeeper, Victor Valdes made quite a career out of being one. And for someone who wanted to disappear after hanging up his gloves — which came coupled with the deletion of his social media
New Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella fleshes out his plans for the club and how he will set his team up for success. Vincenzo Montella struck all the right notes upon his presentation as the new Sevilla head coach. He spoke of the need to form a side who play with “spirit” and “passion,” of wanting
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley explain why Liverpool will wait until the summer to sell Coutinho to Barcelona, but Sid Lowe makes the case for a January move. Sometimes even games of the stature of the Merseyside Derby can be defined or overshadowed by bit-part players or spectators. Philippe Coutinho was benched for December’s meeting
Craig Burley believes it’s a matter of consistency and motivation when it comes to Anthony Martial’s success at Manchester United. The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page. TOP STORY:
ESPN FC PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson examines the club’s needs in January and how Financial Fair Play could play a factor. The FC crew sing the praises of PSG for their dominating play in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season. From leading Barca’s historic UCL round of 16 comeback to dominating with PSG
With the January transfer window upon us, the FC panel discuss the latest on Philippe Coutinho’s future in a Liverpool shirt. After Barcelona failed with three bids to sign Philippe Coutinho last summer, director Albert Soler claimed the club ducked out of negotiations on the final day of the transfer window due to Liverpool’s demands.
AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso believes his side still have a lot to improve on but believes their win over Inter will give them a huge confidence boost. With the January transfer window now open for business, it has unsurprisingly led to vast speculation suggesting comings and goings at AC Milan. This season has not gone
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