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.
Paul Mariner questions whether or not Claudio Bravo can carry over his fine form for Chile to Man City. Claudio Bravo’s showstopping performance, Kylian Mbappe’s new Twitter header and more headline the Sweeper. As Claudio Bravo pushed away the third Portugal penalty in Chile’s shootout win in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, Manchester City fans
Paul Mariner laments at the transfer misfirings for Arsenal so far in the summer window. Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending… ARSENAL: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the club are “looking for top-quality players” this summer and defended the Gunners’ decision to stick with manager
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 to chase down. With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC
Jason Kreis, Luis Gil and Giles Barnes look ahead to Orlando City’s match against Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake’s long fall from grace began with a dinner invitation. Just days after RSL lost the 2013 MLS Cup final on penalty kicks, and despite a proven core seemingly primed to contend for years to come,
Lewis Holtby joined Hamburg on a permanent deal from Tottenham in 2015. Newcastle and Bournemouth are eyeing moves for Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby, sources close to the German club have told ESPN FC. Holtby, 26, is entering the final year of his contract at Hamburg and the Bundesliga side are willing to listen to offers
Coventry beat Oxford to win the Checkatrade Trophy in 2017. Manchester City and Tottenham have accepted an invitation to enter their academy sides into the 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy having turned down the opportunity last season. They join Premier League champions Chelsea in agreeing to enter their under-23 teams alongside League One and League Two sides,
The FC panel discuss the lack of love for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid and wonder if it’s time for him to make a move. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed there have been no offers from Man United for Alvaro Morata. Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he does not think Theo Hernandez
Daniel Amokachi and Andrew Kabuura discuss Germany’s youthful Confederations Cup side and why they believe they’ve been so successful. England manager Gareth Southgate is to fly to Russia for a second Confederations Cup scouting trip this weekend in order to watch Germany and Chile in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg, sources have told ESPN FC.
Kylian Mbappe has sent a not-so-subtle hint to the small army of clubs chasing his signature this summer. With the mega fee of €100 million being cited in the press, the 18-year-old Monaco striker has gone and confirmed his current market price by changing his Twitter background. Kylian Mbappé has changed his Twitter header and
Sid Lowe details what exactly Manchester City would be getting by signing Dani Alves. While there is still the chance these players may be offered a new deal before the season starts, here are some of the players who are available on a free transfer across Europe this summer. Francesco Totti Francesco Totti is 40
ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol gives his thoughts on Liverpool’s move for Virgil van Dijk. ESPN FC’s Steve Nicol gives his thoughts on Liverpool’s move for Virgil van Dijk. In a hopefully brief lull, as Liverpool plan their next big money signing, this week saw two reminders that selling can be as important as buying in
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
Raf Honigstein reveals his thoughts on the Garcia report that examined allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has told The Times that the Garcia report into corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids is “not even worth the paper it
Alexis Nunes and Stevie Nicol sift through the latest rumours around Giroud, Lacazette, Oxlade-Chamberlain and more. Eras are not always epitomised by the best players. Arguably, the past few years at Arsenal have not been defined by Alexis Sanchez — he is more the exception than the rule — as much as by Olivier Giroud.
Julien Laurens breaks down the latest PSG transfer rumours surrounding Marco Verratti and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. PARIS — Pepe is set to become Paris Saint-Germain’s first summer signing once his Real Madrid contract comes to an end, a source close to the French capital outfit told ESPN FC. The Portugal international is still on Confederations Cup
Craig Burley assesses the potential signings of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alex Sandro and how they could shape Chelsea in the coming season. Last October, Chelsea announced a new 15-year kit deal with Nike reported to be worth a British record £60 million a year. The design of the new home shirt, which will be officially
Jason Kreis, Luis Gil and Giles Barnes look ahead to Orlando City’s match against Real Salt Lake. Orlando City and midfielder Matias Perez Garcia have parted way after failing to agree a new contract, despite extensive negotiations. Perez Garcia, 32, revealed on Instagram that he would be leaving the club, which was followed up by
Sid Lowe details what exactly Manchester City would be getting by signing Dani Alves. Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta insists there are no hard feelings toward Dani Alves who has said he wants to leave. Juventus confirmed Dani Alves’ departure from the club by mutual consent on Thursday, clearing the way for the right-back’s reported move
Paris Saint-Germain’s training facility was raided by police. French police raided Paris Saint-Germain’s training facility on Thursday, acting on a request from the body responsible for collecting taxes. A person with knowledge of the case but not authorised to speak publicly about it told the Associated Press police officials searched the facility for about an