Erik Palmer-Brown’s late own goal broke the deadlock and sealed a 2-1 Houston win over Sporting KC. Major League Soccer’s Western Conference has been something of an enigma this year. FC Dallas’ historic collapse since the summer, the LA Galaxy’s failure to crawl out of the hole they threw themselves into at the start of
Robert Lewandowski shows off his college degree, Iceland demonstrate their Viking clap and more in the Sweeper. INGOLSTADT, Germany — Fresh from setting a UEFA World Cup qualifying goal-scoring record with 16 goals, a Ballon d’Or nomination and landing a bachelor’s degree, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski caught up with ESPN FC for an exclusive interview.
ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson says the time has come for Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid. It is rare when a Real Madrid victory in the European Cup does not make the front page of the sports dailies in the Spanish capital. On Sept. 17 1980, Vujadin Boskov’s Madrid scraped a 2-1 victory against lowly
Gabriel Jesus and Brazil ended Chile’s World Cup hopes with a convincing 3-0 win in Sao Paulo. Dick Advocaat praises retiring Dutch star Arjen Robben, saying the Netherlands will miss having his quality on the pitch. Jorge Sampaoli says he gets emotional coaching Lionel Messi, whom he calls the best player in history. Max Bretos,
It was Sir Bobby Charlton who greeted Jose Mourinho when he was being shown around United’s training grounds in Carrington. There is still a hint of a Newcastle accent when he talks, but Sir Bobby Charlton is Manchester United. His brother, Jack, tells a story about the scouts who traveled to their family home in
Shaka Hislop credits Barcelona for keeping Iniesta at the club for life, which will give them time to build a succession plan. Every time he’s been given the opportunity, Jordi Alba has purred about how things are going under new Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “This year we’re playing as a team,” the left-back said after
The ESPN FC crew answer your questions, including whether Carlo Ancelotti would fit in at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger may have signed a new contract last summer, but Arsenal still appear to be in a period of transition. There’s an ongoing tussle over shares, two of their major stars in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez appear to be leaving
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes react to Jeremy Mathieu’s comments regarding Neymar leaving Barcelona to win the Ballon d’Or. Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will once again be the main contenders for the Ballon d’Or
The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today’s top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye
World Cup Qualifier: Robert Lewandowski (18′) Armenia 0-2 Poland Robert Lewandowski obtained a college degree one day after leading Poland to the World Cup. On Sunday, Lewandowski scored his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland won 4-2 to secure their first World Cup appearance since 2006. And just a day later, the Bayern Munich
The FC panel look ahead at Chelsea’s fixture list and examine the impact Alvaro Morata’s hamstring injury may have on the team. The international break came at a good time for Chelsea after a gruelling September run of seven matches in 21 days, but it hasn’t offered much to lighten Antonio Conte’s mood as he
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes react to Jeremy Mathieu’s comments regarding Neymar leaving Barcelona to win the Ballon d’Or. Monday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending … BALLON D’OR: The 30 nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or are being unveiled on Monday, with 2016 winner Cristiano Ronaldo the favourite.
Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop agree that Isco’s form for Real Madrid should make him the first name on the team sheet. Stewart Robson believes it’s in Gareth Bale’s best interest to step out of the shadows of Real Madrid’s abundance of talent. Chances are not easy to come by at Real Madrid and even
Mark Ogden reports from Lisbon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face a defining night in their international careers. Alejandro Moreno explains why Argentina could find it difficult to get the result they need at Ecuador. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes go toe-to-toe in predictor ahead of the final round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Hear from NYCFC and their fans as Alexis Nunes recaps the club’s home match played more than 100 miles from Yankee Stadium. David Villa scored his first goal in more than a month to help New York City FC secure a point at Chicago Fire. Andrea Pirlo is the last of his kind in more
Steve Nicol says FIFA are fixing a system that isn’t broken by deciding to seed every team for the 2018 World Cup draw. What a comeback it’s been from Peru. They lost their first two World Cup qualifiers to Colombia and Chile two years ago, and after six games they’d won just one match and
He may have forged a stellar career using his hands, but Gianluigi Buffon has demonstrated that he’s (almost) as skilled with his feet too. Indeed, the veteran Italy goalkeeper rattled through an impressive array of tricks and flicks during a brief kick-about with professional football freestyler Lisa Zimouche. The pair met in Paris, with Buffon
The FC crew assess whether Manchester United have actually improved or are benefiting from a favourable run of fixtures. With the January window on the horizon, there’s plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. TOP STORY: Barcelona mulling Martial move Anthony Martial is hitting the
Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes talk the position battle of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and which player has the edge early in the season. The FC panel debate if Arsenal will make a legitimate push for the Premier League’s top four this season. With five clean sheets in their last five Prem games, Stewart
Steve Nicol says FIFA are fixing a system that isn’t broken by deciding to seed every team for the 2018 World Cup draw. By the time the World Cup comes around in 2018 it will be 60 years since Wales’ one and only appearance at the finals, when they reached the quarterfinals before going out