Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stresses the need for more competition in the squad after Spurs' 2-0 win at Newcastle. Newcastle battled toe for toe with Tottenham until Jonjo Shelvey was sent off early in the second half, leading to Dele Alli and Ben Davies' goals. At some clubs, if a 20-year-old had been given his debut in the season opener, when there had not yet been any signings, it would have been interpreted as a pointed message from the manager to the chairman. Given Mauricio Pochettino's history of showing faith in academy players, and his steadfast confidence that Tottenham will strengthen their squad before the end of the month, it is unlikely that was his plan. But if it had been, it would have backfired. Rather than underlining the need for a new...
Author: Ben Pearce
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:44 pm
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:43 pm
It took just four minutes for Marco Asensio to open the scoring for Real Madrid. The 21-year-old forward, who also scored in the first leg, curled in a superb shot and the Bernabeu club now hold a 4-1 aggregate lead. GameCast Live
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:43 pm
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:42 pm
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde defends the club's purchase of Paulinho, and what he brings to strengthen the squad. Barcelona have threatened legal action against a media outlet which published a story accusing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu of signing Paulinho as part of a deal to favour his own company's interests. Brazil midfielder Paulinho joined Barca from Guangzhou Evergrande earlier this week for €40 million, a record amount for an outgoing transfer from the Chinese Super League. The surprise move led to a report from an unidentified outlet claiming Bartomeu had pushed the transfer through in...
Author: Samuel Marsden
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:21 pm
Rookie Jonathan Lewis and veteran David Villa netted stunning goals to give visiting NYCFC a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. The LA Galaxy have taken over the top spot from the Seattle Sounders in Forbes' annual ranking of MLS team valuations. Thanks to broadcast and stadium rights deals that are the highest in the league, the Galaxy's valuation came out to $315 million, a 19 percent increase from 2016. The club's revenue of $63m was $10m more than Seattle, which dropped to second place, checking in at an estimated worth of $295m. There was little movement throughout the rest of the top five. Toronto FC ($280m) moved...
Author: Jeff Carlisle
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:18 pm
Brian McBride feels Christian Pulisic may have his sights set very high when the time comes to leave Borussia Dortmund. Carlo Ancelotti isn't universally loved by Bayern fans, but he has the nous to lead them to another title. Wins in the Confederations Cup and the U-21 Euros have shown that German football continues to get an awful lot of things right, especially when it comes to player development. But the Bundesliga has not been able to fully withstand the powerful wave of Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain money that has been sweeping the continent and has brought the relative lack of investment in the top flight -- €483 million, gross -- in new personnel into sharp focus. It has divided Germans into...
Author: Raphael Honigstein
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:01 pm
Teal Bunbury's lone goal split the Revolution and Whitecaps, and puts the Revs one point outside of a playoff position. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ACL tear in his right knee, the team announced on Tuesday. Laba, 25, sustained the injury during the first half of last Saturday's match at New England Revolution, and will undergo surgery in the next one to two weeks. He is expected to recover by next spring. "Mati is an important member of the club and we wish him a speedy recovery," Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson told the team's website. "Our...
Author: Jeff Carlisle
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone -- the son
Author: PA Sport
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:54 pm
Manchester City are considering making a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, a source has told ESPN. The Northern Ireland
Author: Jonathan Smith, Man City correspondent
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:16 pm
Paulinho has been hailed for his generosity after leaving Guangzhou Evergrande to join Barcelona earlier this week. The 29-year-old
Author: Michael Church
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:44 pm
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has told PA Sport that Virgil van Dijk is "not for sale in this window" as keeping the defender is "the
Author: PA Sport
Posted: August 16, 2017, 3:17 pm
Juventus are closing in on the signing of Blaise Matuidi from Paris Saint-Germain, with the midfielder arriving in Turin for a medical on
Author: Ben Gladwell
Posted: August 16, 2017, 3:10 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barcelona after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)
Author: Dermot Corrigan
Posted: August 16, 2017, 2:09 pm
Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson has completed his transfer to Everton from Swansea City, signing a five-year contract and moving for
Author: ESPN staff
Posted: August 16, 2017, 1:24 pm
Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio's agent has told <a
Author: Dermot Corrigan
Posted: August 16, 2017, 1:13 pm
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index
Author: Andrew Gibney, Footballwhispers
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:43 am
Spanish Super Cup: Karim Benzema (39') Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:39 am
Hapoel put themselves in a prime position to qualify for the UCL group stage, thanks to their comeback win over Maribor.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:20 am
Spanish Super Cup: Marco Asensio (4') Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:13 am
The Columbus Crew ground out a gritty come from behind win over the high-flying Chicago Fire in an Eastern Conference clash. Negotiations on a contract extension between Columbus Crew SC and forward Ola Kamara have stalled, multiple sources have told ESPN FC. Kamara, 27, has been one of the league's most consistent scorers since arriving from Austria Wien prior to the 2016 campaign. He is currently tied for fifth in MLS with 12 goals this season, and his 28 goals over the past two campaigns rank him tied for third alongside Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco. Kamara is in the second season of a four-year contract, so his...
Author: Jeff Carlisle
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:11 am
Anthony Nwakaeme leveled the match for Hapoel Be'er with this lightning bolt of a volley against NK Maribor.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:04 am
The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the <a
Author: ESPN staff
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:00 am
Celtic outgunned Astana on every level, as Scott Sinclair's brace led them to victory and all but guarantees UCL group stage football.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:56 am
Sergio Escudero opened the scoring and a cheeky finish late on from Wissam Ben Yedder put Sevilla in perfect position heading into leg two.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:56 am
Olympiakos spared themselves a surprising loss, scoring two unanswered goals, with Alaixys Romao's scoring the late winner.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:47 am
Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho helped hosts Napoli take a 2-0 first-leg lead over Nice.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:46 am
Sunderland were forced to settle for a point against Sheffield Wednesday. Sunderland's Championship credentials were put to the test but they emerged with credit after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Simon Grayson's side looked like following up their win at Norwich at the weekend with another impressive three points at Hillsborough after George Honeyman's sweet fourth-minute strike and 70 minutes of control. But David Jones' stunning 30-yard drive brought Wednesday level and then the Owls launched an onslaught, with Gary Hooper hitting the crossbar. Sunderland...
Author: PA Sport
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:45 am
Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho were enough to earn Napoli a 2-0 win against Nice in their Champions
Author: ESPN staff
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:36 am
Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait until January before making further additions to his Manchester United squad after deciding against
Author: Mark Ogden, Senior Football Writer
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:03 am
At the moment, things are going so well with Real Madrid that their average fan suspects all this can't last. The team, inspiring at times and
Author: Eduardo Alvarez
Posted: August 15, 2017, 3:15 pm
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