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Portland Timbers 'moving on' from pursuit of Tigres Eduardo Vargas - source

Ahead of the 2019 season, coaches from around MLS share their views on how to define success in the evolving league. The Portland Timbers are prepared to move on from their pursuit of Tigres forward Eduardo Vargas, a club source with direct knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN FC. The Timbers' bid for Vargas was thought to include a transfer fee just under $10 million, but the source indicated that Portland's offer was actually $8.5m including incentives. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER WATCH ON ESPN+ ESPN+: Examining Europe's perception of MLS ESPN FC TV has all the latest MLS action and debate. Watch anytime, anywhere by subscribing to ESPN+ Preseason with the Quakes: How Almeyda is turning them around Matias Almeyda returned River Plate to Argentina's first division and won Chivas titles. Now he's tasked with reviving the San Jose Earthquakes. #SaveTheCrew worked. Now what for Columbus? After the rip-roaring success of #SaveTheCrew and a new ownership group keeping the team in Columbus comes the hard work of moving forward. - ESPN FC TV: MLS debate on ESPN+ - Upcoming fixtures - All the latest MLS news The source added that Tigres has a higher valuation of the player, but are keen to move Vargas, and could circle back to the Timbers if they decide...
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Chelsea boss Sarri faces defining week after 'disappointing' results - sources

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks over matched in the Premier League, after yet another lackluster performance from the club. Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. The FC crew answer your tweets including more speculation about Maurizio Sarri's future at Chelsea, Dortmund's loss of form and more. Maurizio Sarri faces a defining week as Chelsea head coach after recent results caused disappointment at the highest levels of the club, sources have told ESPN FC. Chelsea's 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday was their fifth loss in 12 matches in all competitions in 2019. There were also signs at Stamford Bridge that fans' patience with Sarri's possession-based style has run out. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea's next two matches -- against Malmo in...
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Former U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann received $3.35m settlement from USSF

Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola were on the scoresheet for the USMNT as they picked up their second win in the Gregg Berhalter era. Sebastian Lletget describes the feeling of scoring for the U.S. at Avaya Stadium, where he suffered a serious injury on international duty in 2017. Taylor Twellman reacts to the United States' 2-0 win over Costa Rica and assesses Gyasi Zardes' future as a national team forward. Jurgen Klinsmann received $3,354,167 million as the second part of the settlement of his contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to the USSF's 2018 tax filing. Previously, he received $3.2m during the 2017 financial year. His replacement, Bruce Arena, was given a $300,000 settlement during the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2018, according to the filing, which was released Monday. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Klinsmann was hired in 2011 and given a five-year contract extension in December 2013. He was...
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Ronaldo filled void left by Buffon at Juventus - Chiellini

Matchday 24 in Serie A saw a plethora of world-class goals, but were any better than Krzysztof Piatek's no-look volley for Milan? Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala's screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid. Italian Serie A: Leonardo Bonucci (17') Juventus 2-0 Frosinone Italian Serie A: Paulo Dybala (6') Juventus 1-0 Frosinone Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini said Cristiano Ronaldo has "filled the void" left by Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon, 41, left in the summer after 17 years with the Bianconeri and joined Paris Saint-Germain, while Ronaldo arrived from Real Madrid. Serie A Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy's Serie A TIM, one of the world's top soccer leagues. The agreement will bring more than 340 matches per season to ESPN+ | Schedule Why Italian football finds its way into your blood Roma beat Lazio, but the derby doesn't end, it merely pauses. Because like the city that birthed both clubs, it is eternal, reports Wright Thompson. LISTEN: The Serie Awesome Podcast Get the latest edition of The Serie Awesome Podcast, as the likes of Gab Marcotti, Mina Rzouki and Paolo Bandini discuss what is happening in Serie A. Speaking ahead of Juve's visit to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg, Chiellini has said swapping the goalkeeper for the forward has worked as a like-for-like transfer terms of the two players' influence off the pitch. "The arrival...
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Former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann received $3.35m settlement from USSF

Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola were on the scoresheet for the USMNT as they picked up their second win in the Gregg Berhalter era. Sebastian Lletget describes the feeling of scoring for the U.S. at Avaya Stadium, where he suffered a serious injury on international duty in 2017. Taylor Twellman reacts to the United States' 2-0 win over Costa Rica and assesses Gyasi Zardes' future as a national team forward. Jurgen Klinsmann received a $3.35 million settlement of his contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to the USSF's tax filing. His replacement, Bruce Arena, was given a $300,000 settlement during the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2018, according to the filing, which was released Monday. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Klinsmann was hired in 2011 and was given a five-year contract extension in December 2013. He was fired in November 2016 after losing his first two games in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for...
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Tottenham's Harry Kane back in full training ahead of schedule - sources

The FC panel answer your tweets on Tottenham's trophy chances this season, where Mauricio Pochettino ranks among the top Prem managers and more. ESPN FC's Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein explains where it all went wrong for Dortmund in the second half against Tottenham. Craig Burley and the ESPN FC crew credit Tottenham for taking the game to Dortmund in the second half of their 3-0 win at Wembley. Harry Kane is back in training ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's trip to Burnley on Saturday, sources have told ESPN FC. The England striker has missed Spurs' last seven matches after suffering an ankle ligament injury at the end of the 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Jan. 13. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Kane -- ranked No. 1 among the world's strikers in the ESPN FC 100 -- was initially expected to be sidelined for even longer, with the club initially saying he would return to training in early March. But his recovery...
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LA Galaxy's Ibrahimovic vows to 'break every record in MLS'

In typical Zlatan Ibrahimovic fashion, he tells ESPN FC that his LA Galaxy will be successful in 2019 and discusses his 500th career goal. The ESPN FC crew react to Ashley Cole's transfer to former teammate Frank Lampard's Derby County from the LA Galaxy. Take the mic away? Avoid him? Kick him? MLS coaches have their (tongue-in-cheek) say as to how to stop the great man. LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he is looking to "break every single record" in Major League Soccer. The former Manchester United man was speaking at the launch of his club's new kit and made one his boldest predictions yet. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER WATCH ON ESPN+ ESPN+: Examining Europe's perception of MLS ESPN FC TV has all the latest MLS action and debate. Watch anytime, anywhere by subscribing to ESPN+ Preseason with the Quakes: How Almeyda is turning them around Matias Almeyda returned River Plate to Argentina's first division and won Chivas titles. Now he's tasked with reviving the San Jose Earthquakes. #SaveTheCrew worked. Now what for Columbus? After the rip-roaring success of #SaveTheCrew and a new ownership group keeping the team in Columbus comes the hard work of moving forward. - ESPN FC TV: MLS debate on ESPN+ - Upcoming fixtures - All the latest MLS news "This season I will bring something for you," the 37-year-old told reporters. "Because they say I'm old, I am looking to break every record in MLS this season." In Ibrahimovic's first campaign with the Galaxy, he amassed 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances...
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Mourinho speaks of 'real respect' for Wenger as former rival receives lifetime achievement award

Following their Europa League defeat at BATE Borisov, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner takes Arsenal to task for their less-than-impressive showing. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop does not hold back in how Mesut Ozil has been performing at Arsenal under Unai Emery. ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop disagree about the amount of pressure Unai Emery may or may not be facing in the Premier League this season. Jose Mourinho has described Arsene Wenger as "one of the best football managers in history" after the former Arsenal boss was presented with the lifetime achievement prize at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco on Monday. Mourinho famously called Wenger a "specialist in failure" and the pair would often trade verbal blows during Mourinho's time at Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League.  Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! But their relationship has cooled since Wenger called time on his 22-year...
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Manchester United's win at Chelsea thanks to Solskjaer's game plan - Mata

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. The crew debate on whether Manchester United interim manger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done enough to win the job, or if Mauricio Pochettino will be next in command. LONDON -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up with the perfect plan to knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup, according to Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. United's 2-0 win in Monday's fifth-round tie -- thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba -- was their first victory at Stamford Bridge since 2012, and Mata was quick to credit Solskjaer and his coaching staff laying the groundwork. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "I think it was good preparation from the manager, from the staff," Mata said. "We knew what we had to do, we...
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Chelsea boss Sarri worried about poor results, not supporters' chants for sacking

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera secured Man United's place in the FA Cup quarterfinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side knocked out 2018 winners Chelsea. ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks over matched in the Premier League, after yet another lackluster performance from the club. Maurizio Sarri said he was not worried about the hostility of the Chelsea supporters towards his football after watching his team exit the FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The atmosphere towards Sarri turned toxic once United surged ahead thanks to first-half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, with boos greeting the end of both halves and chants of "F--- Sarriball" from the stands as Chelsea laboured to find a way through the visiting defence. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! It was Chelsea's...
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Leeds United fined £200k and reprimanded by EFL over Bielsa 'spygate' affair

The panel react to Marcelo Bielsa's admission that he and his Leeds United staff have observed their opponents' training sessions. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admits to having watched the training sessions of all of his team's opponents this season. Championship club Leeds United have been fined £200,000 and reprimanded over a 'spying' controversy earlier this month, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday. Leeds Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted last month that his staff had watched all the club's opponents in training this season after a spy was removed from Derby County's training ground the day before their second-tier clash. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Following Derby's 2-0 defeat at Elland Road, the EFL launched a formal investigation into...
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Orlando City signs former Man United winger Nani as designated player

With MLS stars grabbing the attention of clubs overseas, the ESPN FC panel assess how the league is viewed in Europe. Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City. On Feb. 15, ESPN FC sources reported the deal was in its final stages and on Monday Orlando announced that Nani had been given a free transfer from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon. He will be listed as a designated player and will only count partially against the team's salary cap. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - Real, United tracking 'new Ronaldo' - Bayern, Juve eye Henderson - United open talks with Rashford - Tottenham to move for £30m Soler "This is an exciting day for our organization,"...
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Paraguay name ex-Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao boss Eduardo Berizzo as manager

Eduardo Berizzo on the sidelines during a match between Athletic Bilbao and Levante. Paraguay have appointed former Celta Vigo, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao coach Eduardo Berizzo as their new manager, the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) announced on Monday. Berizzo has replaced Juan Carlos Osorio, who resigned last week after an unhappy five months in which he led the South American nation in just one game. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "Negotiations have been completed with 49-year old Argentine national Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo to be the new coach," the APF said. Berizzo, who was Jorge Sampaoli's assistant...
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Kevin-Prince Boateng's home robbed as he played for Barcelona - reports

Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead. Kevin-Prince Boateng's house was robbed as he made his home debut for Barcelona on Saturday, according to multiple reports in the Spanish media. The reports said valuables worth around €300,000, mainly jewellery, were taken in the robbery. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Police sources told ESPN FC that an investigation into a robbery in the Sarria area of Barcelona had begun but could not confirm that Boateng's home had been targeted. El Pais, citing sources close to the investigation, reported that the thieves broke in...
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Manchester City's Kompany set for one-year deal on lower wages - sources

Phil Foden and Manchester City put an end to Newport County's FA Cup run, beating the League Two side at Rodney Parade to reach the quarterfinals. Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out. It's Fashion Week and Kevin De Bruyne is given the tough task of rating the fashion sense of his Manchester City teammates. Vincent Kompany is set to earn a new one-year contract extension at Manchester City, sources have told ESPN FC. The City captain's contract runs out at the end of the season but talks have been ongoing over a new 12-month deal. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Kompany has made just 14 appearances this season and is in his testimonial season, having joined in 2008. The 32-year-old is keen to stay at the club but will have to accept terms on lower wages. The Belgium international showed his experience by marshalling the defence...
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Ex-Manchester United boss Mourinho: I would like to manage in France

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. Former Man United manager Jose Mourinho took a nasty spill after the ceremonial puck drop at a match in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno examine the re-emergence of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Manchester United at large since Jose Mourinho left. Zlatan Ibrahimovic opens up to ESPN FC about Paul Pogba's revitalization since Jose Mourinho's departure and likens it to his disagreements with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he would like to coach in France one day. The Portuguese manager, who has been out of a job since being sacked by United in December, was in the stands at the Pierre Mauroy stadium for Sunday's Ligue 1 game between Lille and Montpellier that ended in a goalless draw. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Mourinho has guided teams in Portugal, Spain, Italy and England and won a combined 25 trophies. "I see myself coaching in France one day," he said, as reported in Portuguese newspaper...
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Joao Felix remaining calm amid Manchester United links - Benfica coach

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. Joao Felix, reportedly interesting Manchester United, "has his feet firmly on the ground," Benfica coach Bruno Lage has said. Felix, promoted to Benfica's first team at the start of the season, has scored seven goals and set up three more in 13 league appearances. Diario AS has reported that United are prepared to offer £100 million for the 19-year-old, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also monitoring him. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "Joao is a youngster with a lot of potential," Lage told a news conference. "There...
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Serie C crisis club Pro Piacenza lose 20-0 with only seven players

Pro Piacenza were 16-0 down at half-time. Serie C crisis club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 at Cuneo on Sunday after being able to field only seven players, two above the minimum number needed for a game to go ahead. Pro Piacenza, whose players were all under 20 and were managed by 19-year-old captain Nicola Cirigliano, were 16-0 down at half-time in the Italian third-tier clash. Their regular playing and coaching staff had refused to travel to Cuneo because of their ongoing wait for overdue wages. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Local media outlet Sport Piacenza abandoned...
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Serie C crisis club Pro Piacenza lose 20-0 with only eight players

Pro Piacenza were 16-0 down at half-time. Serie C crisis club Pro Piacenza were beaten 20-0 at Cuneo on Sunday after being able to field only eight players, two above the minimum number needed for a game to go ahead. Pro Piacenza, whose players were all under 20 and were managed by 19-year-old captain Nicola Cirigliano, were 16-0 down at half-time in the Italian third-tier clash. Their regular playing and coaching staff had refused to travel to Cuneo because of their ongoing wait for overdue wages. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Local media outlet Sport Piacenza abandoned...
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Barcelona aren't team 'we want to be' after tough Valladolid win - Pique

Lionel Messi made just one of his two penatly opportunities, but that was all Barcelona needed to secure three points at Estadio José Zorrilla. Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead. The guys respond to your tweets about the state of Newport County's pitch, which number 9 Barcelona should sign, potential rule changes and more. BARCELONA -- Gerard Pique said Barcelona were not the team they want to be after labouring to a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday. Lionel Messi's first-half penalty -- his 30th goal in all competitions this season -- was the difference between the two sides at Camp Nou as Barca returned to winning ways after three draws in a row. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Messi missed a second penalty later in the game and Barca squandered a host of chances as they struggled to kill the game off. Pique said after the...
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Manchester City's 'brilliant' Foden faces fight for regular spot - Guardiola

Phil Foden and Manchester City put an end to Newport County's FA Cup run, beating the League Two side at Rodney Parade to reach the quarterfinals. Pep Guardiola hailed "brilliant" Phil Foden for his starring role in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Newport County but warned he faces a fight to become a Manchester City regular. The 18-year-old scored twice as City overcame a difficult pitch to knock out the League Two side to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. "The only problem I have with Phil is one, he has to compete with Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Bernardo Silva," Guardiola told a news conference. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "He's a player who...
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Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Manchester United dugout for charity match

Look back at ESPN FC's outtakes and hilarious moments from this week, including going down a Mourinho rabbit hole and vetoing Sarri-ball talk. The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. The FC crew assess Paul Pogba's performance before his red card against PSG and why he didn't play to the level he has demonstrated in recent weeks. Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Manchester City keep hold of the top spot and Manchester United drop out. Craig Burley calls Manchester United's 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United's first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Sir Alex Ferguson will return to the Manchester United dugout for the first time since his retirement when he takes charge of a United side in a charity match to mark the 20th anniversary of the club's Treble win. Ferguson -- who ended his reign as United manager in 2013 -- will guide a side likely to consist of club legends against Bayern Munich, who United beat to win the 1999 Champions League, in a game that will raise funds for Manchester United Foundation. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! It will take place on May 26, 20...
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McCaskill steers Sydney FC to W-League title against Perth Glory

Sydney FC celebrate after winning the W-League title. American forward Savannah McCaskill inspired Sydney FC to the W-League title, scoring twice in a pulsating 4-2 Grand Final win over Perth Glory. McCaskill gave the Sky Blues a half-time lead on Saturday after Sam Kerr's penalty had cancelled out Sofia Huerta's long-range opener. She made it a two-goal cushion midway through the second half at Jubilee Oval before Glory defender Alyssa Mautz pulled one back in the 68th minute. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Any thoughts of a comeback ended when Chloe Logarzo drove home from just...
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Manchester City can't use Newport pitch as excuse in FA Cup - Guardiola

Appearing on our new 'That FA Cup Podcast' Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop believe there's zero chance of an upset between Newport and Man City in the FA Cup on Saturday. MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City cannot use the pitch as an excuse when they face League Two Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round. (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+) The surface at Newport's Rodney Parade stadium, also used by two rugby union clubs, has bare and muddy patches in some areas. "We have to adapt," Guardiola told a news conference. "It is what it is, and we have to accept that challenge. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "We played in the Premier League against Tottenham when, days...
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Neymar targeting prospective Champions League quarterfinal for PSG return

Julien Laurens believes PSG's win at Old Trafford is evidence of Thomas Tuchel's ability to prepare his players and win tactical battles. Craig Burley says Kylian Mbappe is the one player who can rival the world's two best players after his big night for PSG at Manchester United. The FC crew assess Paul Pogba's performance before his red card against PSG and why he didn't play to the level he has demonstrated in recent weeks. Craig Burley calls Manchester United's 2-0 loss to PSG a lesson in football as the FC crew react to United's first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is hopeful of recovering in time to play in the Champions League quarterfinals should the French champions progress beyond Manchester United. Neymar was ruled out for 10 weeks after suffering a metatarsal fracture of his right foot in the 2-0 French Cup win over Strasbourg on Jan. 23. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! The Brazil international, having missed Tuesday's first leg in the round of 16 clash at United, which his team won 2-0, will sit out the return on March 6. The 27-year-old...
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'New Ronaldo' Joao Felix can win the Ballon d'Or - agent

The FC crew answer your tweets on Alexis Sanchez's deteriorating form, whether Solskjaer can coach against better teams, the gang's favourite bar food and much more. The FC crew assess Paul Pogba's performance before his red card against PSG and why he didn't play to the level he has demonstrated in recent weeks. Benfica midfielder Joao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and linked with Manchester United, is a future candidate for the Ballon d'Or, his agent has said. United are prepared to offer £100 million for the 19-year-old in the summer, Diario AS has reported, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also monitoring him. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "Joao Felix is one of the best talents to have emerged from the 1999 generation and has everything needed to become the most expensive transfer in Portuguese football and...
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FA Cup key for Man United, Chelsea futures; can Newport, Wimbledon cause upset?

Relive the best of the FA Cup fourth round as the drama continued with more last-gasp wins and big-time upsets. There have been some high profile exits already, but Nick Miller previews the top FA Cup storylines to watch for ahead of the fifth round fixtures... Chelsea vs. Manchester United means a lot for both bosses Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! What the FA Cup actually means to Chelsea and Manchester United (live on ESPN+ on Monday, Feb.18 at 2.30 p.m. ET) is a question that has been asked and discussed and worried about for a quarter of a century. At least one of them has made the final over the last three years, but that probably...
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Adam Taggart exits Brisbane Roar, set to join K-League club

A late goal to Dylan Wenzel-Halls has given the Brisbane Roar a 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium. Perth Glory won their third consecutive match against the Melbourne Victory putting them seven points clear on top of the ladder. Jamie MacLaren's equaliser was enough for Melbourne City to secure a point in a tight encounter with Adelaide United. Western Sydney Wanderers recorded their first win in two months with a 2-0 win over Central Coast. Former Socceroo Craig Foster reflects on Hakeem al-Araibi wanting to see his wife, his teammates, and that he felt strong. Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi speaks for the first time since landing back in Australia, thanking many for his return. Less than a year after turning his back on Perth Glory to join Brisbane, Adam Taggart has left the A-League club. The one-time Socceroo has been sold to an unnamed Asian club, believed to be South Korean team Suwon Bluewings, for an undisclosed fee. The transfer ends an eventful stint at the Roar for Taggart. Branded a "liar" by Glory owner Tony Sage after turning his back on his hometown club in May last year to sign with the Roar, Taggart scored 11 goals in 18 A-League appearances for his new...
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England should follow U.S. soccer approach and ban children heading footballs - Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason was forced to retire in February 2018. Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has called for a ban on children heading footballs.  Mason, 27, retired from football in February last year after he fractured his skull while playing for Hull City against Chelsea in January 2017.  Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! "If you have got a seven or eight-year-old heading a solid ball, and his brain and his bone in his skull isn't fully developed, that could potentially be doing damage," Mason, capped once by England, told BBC London. "I look at some kids and...
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