FIFA president Gianni Infantino says it would be “irresponsible” to restart football too soon. Julien Laurens says Neymar is leaving his options open when it comes to his football future. Julien laurens gives his take on the best player to ever lace ’em up for Paris Saint-Germain Julien Laurens explains why the global pandemic will
Shaka Hislop explains why Arsene Wenger would only be a short-term appointment for any club considering hiring the legendary manager. Arsene Wenger will take up a job at FIFA in the coming weeks, as he continues to wait for an offer from a club with a project which interests him, sources have told ESPN FC.
Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City on top while Barcelona take a tumble following their loss to Betis. BARCELONA — FIFA’s Head of Football Technology Innovation has told ESPN FC that the organisation are already working on ways to make VAR more efficient for the next World Cup in four
With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S. La Liga may not get permission from FIFA to hold Girona’s home game against Barcelona in Miami on Jan. 26, 2019, with president Gianni Infantino expressing doubt.
Brazil’s Filipe Luis believes the best player in the world is Lionel Messi and that the fact he isn’t included in FIFA’s Best Player of the Year award means it isn’t credible. Marcus Rashford’s opener was offset by goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Rodrigo to give Spain a 2-1 away win over England. Spain coach
The president of the Palestinian Football Association has been banned from all football activity for the next year after calling on fans to burn jerseys and pictures of Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Jibril Rajoub made the comments about Messi in advance of the planned friendly match between Argentina and Israel in Jerusalem before this summer’s
The FC crew take a gander at the shortlist released for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award and debate whether Neymar should’ve been among the nominees. Juventus’ new man Cristiano Ronaldo shares what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club. ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes speaks to Paolo Maldini about Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to
Michel Platini wrote: ‘I want my integrity to be acknowledged.’ PARIS, FRANCE — Banned former FIFA vice president Michel Platini has taken his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Platini, who was banned by the FIFA ethics committee for financial wrongdoing while running for president of world football’s governing body, told the Associated
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley does not feel Russia will emerge from Group A that also contains Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay. Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has been formally removed as the chairman of the committee organising this summer’s World Cup. The document announcing his exit from the committee he has fronted since its
Vitaly Mutko has resigned from his post as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee. MOSCOW — Vitaly Mutko bowed to mounting pressure and stepped down as chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee on Wednesday after being dogged by investigations that highlighted his role in a state-backed doping program. Alexei Sorokin, the
Former Peru FA president Manuel Burga, left, was acquitted in the FIFA briber scandal on Tuesday. NEW YORK — A former South American football official was acquitted in the FIFA bribery scandal on Tuesday and walked out of the courtroom saying he’s finished with the world’s most popular sport. The verdict clearing Manuel Burga, former
WADA seized 154 samples from footballers from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory in December 2014. FIFA has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for priority status when it starts the forensic analysis of stored samples from Russian athletes not involved in the Winter Olympics in January. And with Russia hosting the World Cup next summer, FIFA
Luis Rubiales said he felt ‘endorsed, backed and respected by the people in football.’ Luis Rubiales has stepped down as chief of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) and will run for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). RFEF president Angel Maria Villar has been suspended by Spain’s top sports authority, Consejo Superior
Qatar 2022 unveiled the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, capable of being taken down and reassembled elsewhere. World Cup 2022 secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi has responded to criticism by saying Qatar’s World Cup bid was clean. Qatar 2022 Organising Committee General Secretary Hassan Al-Thawadi says the World Cup campaign suffers from misinformation but the country
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he is not concerned by Financial Fair Play rulings despite the big-money acquisitions. PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi reveals how the world record deal to bring Neymar to PSG unfolded. A sports marketing company whose owners have been charged with bribing top football officials tried to negotiate a sale
Chung Mong-joon is challenging his five-year FIFA ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge his five-year ban for failing to cooperate with ethics investigators. The court says a verdict is expected in several weeks.
After Christian Pulisic’s post for the Players’ Tribune, the FC crew debate how to improve U.S. player development. In the wake of the United States’ failure to qualify for the World Cup, Christian Pulisic has called for top American teenage players to be given more opportunities to develop at an earlier age. At just 19,
The FC crew focus in on Neymar’s red card, Dani Alves’ pre-match comments and Kylian Mbappe’s struggles in Le Classique. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he is not concerned by Financial Fair Play rulings despite the big-money acquisitions. Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi declared himself “calm” and with “nothing to hide” after his
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo explains what it means to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player Award for a fifth time. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes sift through Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats from 2017 as he claimed the
Kevin De Bruyne says he’s more interested in winning trophies with Manchester City than chasing after personal accolades. As Kevin De Bruyne’s form continues to scintillate, the FC crew debate just how world-class the midfielder’s talent is. As FIFA announce the three candidates for awards including best player and best manger, see who’s being tipped