“> The top five teams in Shaka’s power rankings stay the same, but there is plenty of movement in the bottom half. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he would not swap coach Maurizio Sarri for Pep Guardiola. After seven wins in a row, Napoli sit at the top of the Serie A table
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 champion Germany put five past Azerbaijan and finished World Cup qualifying with a 100 percent record. Jamie Redknapp criticised the Liverpool defence but insisted that there are still positive signs for the club moving forward. Stewart Robson weighs in on the current doubts over Jurgen Klopp following Liverpool’s latest draw against Newcastle. Emre Can
Nick Pope’s new contract includes an option for a further 12 months. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s season continues to improve after he signed a new three-year contract. The 25-year-old made his Premier League debut last month as a substitute after established number one Tom Heaton dislocated his shoulder in the home win over Crystal Palace.
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
Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes run through this week’s player power rankings, which see Neymar and Leo Messi top the list. Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his pride at seeing a full Bernabeu when he joined Real Madrid in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo jokes that he’ll follow in the footsteps of former teammate Rio Ferdinand and
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.
Lukasz Piszczek suffered the injury while on international duty. Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek will be out of action “for the time being” after suffering a ligament injury while on international duty with Poland, the club have announced. Piszczek, 32, and Poland keeper Wojciech Szcezsny collided shortly before half-time in the win over Montenegro on
Atlanta took the lead with 10 men, but two late goals from Minnesota earned the Loons a shock win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United have signed technical director Carlos Bocanegra to a four-year contract extension until 2022 and given him the title of vice president. Bocanegra was rewarded on Monday for building a high-scoring squad
Relive Olivier Giroud’s stunning scorpion kick vs. Crystal Palace now that the goal has been nominated for the Puskas Award. Arsene Wenger assesses Arsenal’s performance against BATE Borisov and revels in Olivier Giroud’s 100th goal for the club. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is one of three players through to the final stage of FIFA’s Puskas
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
Thomas Muller feels new head coach Jupp Heynckes will act as a ‘new motivation’ for the Bavarians after a slow start to the season. Shaka Hislop believes Jupp Heynckes is the right choice for Bayern in the short term as he returns for his fourth spell. MUNICH — Jupp Heynckes has said he never dreamed
Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes run through this week’s player power rankings, which see Neymar and Leo Messi top the list. Neymar has demanded UEFA expel Barcelona from the Champions League in a dispute over a bonus payment. Representatives of Neymar made the request to European football’s governing body as a row between the player
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.
Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez insists the side will stick with Luis Suarez, despite his current struggle in front goal. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has dismissed reports that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez will need knee surgery and expects him to play in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. Tabarez’ side are second in the CONMEBOL standings and
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