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More signings not the answer for Man United, Mourinho

Jose Mourinho deserves another season of support, but Man United's results and style of play must improve. More new signings aren't the answer.

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Man Utd won't sell wantaway Martial - sources

Anthony Martial faces a battle to leave Manchester United this summer with the club adamant they will not sell, sources have told ESPN FC.

'Easy to learn from' Carrick helping Pereira

Andreas Pereira has said Michael Carrick is helping him attempt to secure his Manchester United future, calling the club legen "easy to learn from."

Football Headlines

Transfer Talk

Latest moves and rumours

Transfer Talk: Barca back with £55m-plus bid for Willian

Barcelona look set to come back for Willian with a bigger, better bid than the two Chelsea have reportedly rejected. Transfer Talk has the latest.

BVB's Schurrle in talks with another club

The club's official Twitter account confirmed the news following their International Champions cup win over the Premier League champions.

Portugal defender Fonte set to join Lille

Portugal defender Jose Fonte is set to continue his much-travelled career in the north of France after agreeing to a two-year deal with Lille.


Signings bring feel-good factor to Anfield

Liverpool's Keita always wanted to be Gerrard

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is a great admirer of Steven Gerrard and said he emulated the Reds legend as a boy playing in the streets of Guinea.

Alisson a boost but title talk is premature

Some Liverpool fans are demanding a title challenge after their massive summer spending spree but they need to calm down -- for now.

Is there any future for Karius at Liverpool?

Jurgen Klopp has replaced Loris Karius after his errors in Kiev, but how do the confidence-drained goalkeeper and Liverpool move forward?

To what heights will Alisson take Liverpool this season?

With Alisson's move from Roma to Liverpool now official, the ESPN FC guys discuss where the club will finish with the Brazil goalkeeper on board.


Has Klopp had a change of heart on spending big?

The FC crew look back on Jurgen Klopp's comments on spending in 2016 and discuss whether he's a changed man or merely splashing the cash at an opportune time.


Nicol: Alisson is a 'flawless' signing for Liverpool

Steve Nicol is over the moon with Liverpool's reported agreement to sign Alisson, explaining what the much sought-after goalkeeper brings to the club.


Why Alisson is a smart piece of business by Liverpool

Shaka Hislop explains why he's certain Liverpool will get a return on their reported £66.9 million investment should Alisson agree to move to Anfield.


Tuchel jokes Mbappe at World Cup 'too long'

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says he is excited to work with the "extraordinary" trio of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

Weah goal in vain as Bayern rally past PSG

Bayern Munich successfully launched their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over two-time winners Paris Saint-Germain.

ICC: Fixtures, results and coverage

The ICC runs from July 20 until Aug. 11. Check back here daily for results, news and stories on the biggest names in world football.

Post-match thoughts after Bayern Munich beat PSG 3-1 in the International Champions

Post-match thoughts after Bayern Munich beat PSG 3-1 in the International Champions Cup in Klagenfurt, Austria. Video by Jonathan Johnson


Bayern Munich 3-1 PSG: Martinez sparks second-half rally

Bayern Munich came back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat PSG 3-1 in their opening International Champions Cup match.


Is PSG the best place for USMNT's Tim Weah?

After Tim Weah's goal in PSG's loss to Bayern Munich, the FC crew examine the USMNT youngster's development and his future with the French giants.


Zirkzee connects for Bayern Munich's third

Zirkzee connects for Bayern Munich's third


Sanches' stellar free kick puts Bayern on top

International Champions Cup: Renato Sanches (68') Bayern Munich 2-1 PSG


Martinez's header equalizes for Bayern Munich

International Champions Cup: Javi Martinez (60') Bayern Munich 1-1 PSG


Weah slots in PSG's opener vs. Bayern Munich

International Champions Cup: Timothy Weah (31') Bayern Munich 0-1 PSG


Buffon makes sprawling save to keep PSG level

International Champions Cup: Gianluigi Buffon (13') Bayern Munich 0-0 PSG


Mahrez's debut hints at even more potent City attack

Manchester City fell in their preseason opener to Borussia Dortmund, but among a cast of kids, Riyad Mahrez provided a glimpse of what's to come.

Pulisic, Sancho impress new BVB boss Favre

In his first match in charge of Borussia Dortmund, Lucien Favre came away impressed by teenagers Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho.

Pep 'worried' by Dortmund's strong tackles

Guardiola will be without 16 players who were involved in the World Cup and could have been without a few more following some tough tackling.

Man City 0-1 Dortmund: Gotze's penalty decisive

Mario Gotze converted after Christian Pulisic won a penalty kick to lead Borussia Dortmund past Manchester City in an ICC showdown in Chicago.


Gotze: Dortmund are in a good state right now

Mario Gotze discusses Borussia Dortmund's win over Manchester City in the ICC and describes how the German side is feeling early in preseason.


Guardiola: Joe Hart's quality is undeniable

Pep Guardiola says nothing is decided on Joe Hart's future after the English goalkeeper played 45 minutes in Man City's ICC loss to Dortmund.


Joe Hart makes save on promising Dortmund attack

International Champions Cup: Joe Hart (71') Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


Hitz reacts quickly to deny Mahrez

International Champions Cup: Marwin Hitz (45') Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


Gotze puts Dortmund ahead after Pulisic wins penalty

International Champions Cup: Mario Gotze (28') Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


Manchester United

Pre-Season Talk

Martial, Chong impress in America draw

Manchester United drew 1-1 against America, with Anthony Martial and rookie Tahith Chong catching the eye. Here's what we learned ...

United's 5 most pressing preseason concerns

With his biggest stars on summer holiday, Jose Mourinho will get a chance to take a closer look at the fringes of Manchester United's first team.

Pogba's France role won't work for United

Paul Pogba played more defensively when winning the World Cup, but if Man United want him to dominate games, a more attack-minded role is required.

Bryan Robson: Pogba is captain material

Bryan Robson sheds light on Man United's preseason preparation, which youngsters he'd like to see shine, Paul Pogba's leadership role and more.


Mourinho worried about Man United's threadbare squad

Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled about not having several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S.


Mourinho: Pogba's World Cup triumph only a good thing

Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it.


Mourinho: Fred compliments Man United midfield

Jose Mourinho speaks to whether or not Man United will sign any additional players and how he sees Fred fitting into the midfield.


Real Madrid

Who will emerge as Madrid's alpha with CR7 gone?

Real Madrid have always been a team with an alpha male but with Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest alpha of them all now gone, who takes up the mantle?

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Madrid to return to Galactico-level spending

Real Madrid have been rather conservative in the transfer market for the past three years, but that seems set to change this summer.

Vinicius vows to fight for Madrid place

Vinicius Junior has said he is ready to fight for a place in the Real Madrid first team and will work hard to adapt as quickly as possible.

Premier Soccer League

The mixed success of Chiefs' last five coaches

Kaizer Chiefs have had five permanent coaches in the last 11 years. KweséESPN looks back at the varying records of the quintet.

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Brockie on target as Sundowns claim friendly win over Chiefs

Mamelodi Sundowns struck a pre-season psychological blow when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in a friendly clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton sign South African striker Tau

Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion have announced the signing of forward Percy Tau from South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

International Champions Cup

International Champions Cup: Africans with a point to prove

KweséESPN pick out five African players who'll be desperate to make their mark in the ICC.

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ICC questions for the big European clubs

Ahead of the International Champions Cup, the world's leading clubs have big questions hanging over them. Mark Ogden highlights some of them.

ICC players to watch: Europe's future stars

Some of Europe's elite will be in action in the International Champions Cup, but which young player from each club could be set for a bright future?


Out with the old, in with the new

Lucas Perez makes Arsenal's Singapore squad

Perez's future has been the subject of speculation after he spent last season on loan in Spain but he has been back training with Arsenal.

Arsenal's Ramsey problem: Sign or be sold

Arsenal face a make-or-break situation with Aaron Ramsey. If he doesn't want to commit to the club, then Unai Emery should sell him.

Torreira can be Arsenal's Kante

By now everyone knows the story of Arsenal missing out on N'Golo Kante. In Lucas Torreira, they might finally have a player who can fill that role.

Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk LIVE: Madrid to bid for Hazard?

Eden Hazard recently said he could leave Chelsea this summer, and now the door has opened for Real Madrid. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Everton to spend £40m for Richarlison - sources

The clubs are in advanced talks over a deal for the Brazilian, who has flown back from Watford's preseason tour of Austria for talks and a medical.

Napoli president denies Cavani, Benzema talk

The Serie A club are being linked with a big-name transfer this summer in the aftermath of Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Talking Points

Could Fabinho actually convince Mbappe to join Liverpool?

Shaka Hislop explains why a text from former teammate Fabinho would never be a deciding factor if Kylian Mbappe decided to join Liverpool.


Patrick Kluivert: Mbappe is a future Ballon d'Or winner

Former director of football for PSG Patrick Kluivert shares his thoughts on Kylian Mbappe's World Cup and his chances of winning a Ballon d'Or.


How Gareth Bale can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo

ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains what it will take for Gareth Bale to seize the opportunity left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.


Extra Time: Complaining Mou, Liverpool trophies & Hazard vs. Neymar

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Jose Mourinho's negativity at Man United, how many trophies Liverpool will win this season and much more.


La Liga

Atletico have best squad in La Liga - Rodrigo

Rodrigo Hernandez believes new club Atletico Madrid have the "best squad in La Liga" and can "aspire to win everything" this upcoming season.

€54m Real Madrid teen slams Neymar critics

Real Madrid €50 million teenager Rodrygo says Neymar is a victim of a double standard amid the criticism the Brazil superstar suffered this summer.

Atletico Madrid should cash in on Godin now

Diego Godin was arguably the best defender at the World Cup, but could actually now be surplus to requirements at his club, Atletico Madrid.

Serie A

Milan now must topple Ronaldo, Juventus after CAS ruling

With Milan back in the Europa League after a successful appeal against their financial fair play violation, the focus turns to toppling Juventus.

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Milan target UCL after boardroom reshuffle

Recent change of ownership which saw Li Yonghong leave position as owner allowed CAS to re-instate the Rossoneri into the Europa League.

Alisson sale continues worrying Roma trend

Alisson's sale to Liverpool brings Roma's transfer policy into question as yet another big-name star is sold.


Cahill calls time on Socceroos

Cahill open to U.S. clubs, rules out A-League

Retired Socceroos great Tim Cahill is open to offers to continue playing club football, but has ruled out any prospect of an A-League return.

The hole Cahill leaves in Australian football

As defenders and corner flags alike breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief, Tim Cahill exits as the most effective Socceroos player of all time.


Maurizio Sarri Starts His Tenure

Sarri presents himself as the anti-Conte

Consciously or not, Maurizio Sarri established himself as the ideological opposite to Antonio Conte throughout his introduction as Chelsea manager.

Zola named as Sarri's Chelsea assistant

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Gianfranco Zola as Maurizio Sarri's assistant coach.

Can Sarri's charisma, poetic football help Chelsea rebuild?

Maurizio Sarri might not look the part for Chelsea, but his charisma and poetic brand of football will be fascinating to watch as Chelsea rebuild.

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Transfer Talk

Thibaut Courtois crisis Chelsea's own doing

Chelsea are in a difficult situation with Thibaut Courtois, but they only have themselves to blame, putting Maurizio Sarri in a tough position.

Klopp now spending big after Pogba criticism

Jurgen Klopp criticised Man United's world record purchase of Paul Pogba in 2016. Now the Liverpool boss is spending more than his rivals.

FIFA World Cup

Russia 2018 and beyond

Trevor Noah blasted for 'Africa WC win' joke

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah sparred with the French ambassador in Washington after joking that Africa, not France, won the World Cup.

3 players who caught the scouts' attention

The World Cup made a star out of Kylian Mbappe but what about the under-the-radar talents hoping to impress in Russia? We pick out three that did.

Tottenham had a great World Cup but must win a trophy

No Premier League club came close to making the same impression on this year's World Cup as Spurs. But they have to win something this year.

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Swapping career paths

Usain does down under?

Hislop: Usain Bolt to the A-League is a marketing ploy

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why he doesn't see Usain Bolt's six-week A-League trial as anything more than a piece of commercialism.


Turkish, U.S. clubs join race for Usain Bolt

The publicity around Usain Bolt's trial at CCM could cost the A-League club the opportunity to cash in on the sprint star's switch to football.

Usain Bolt set for six-week A-League trial

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to Australia's top soccer league.

CAF Competitions

We are on course for quarterfinals - Kerr

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes his team is on course to reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Enyimba claim vital win over WAC

Enyimba claimed a vital 1-0 home win over Williamsville AC to move to the top of their Group C in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Sundowns stunned in Togo

Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions League hopes suffered a blow after they lost 1-0 at Group C minnows AS Togo-Port in Lome on Tuesday.


Henderson, Lovren likely out of Reds opener

Jurgen Klopp expects to be without Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren for Liverpool's Premier League opener against West Ham.

Sturridge wants more Liverpool game-time

Daniel Sturridge says he sees himself staying at Liverpool for the upcoming campaign as he eyes regular game-time.

Cocksure Lovren must build on Croatia exploits for Liverpool

Dejan Lovren isn't short on confidence and he'll need that iron clad self-belief to remain a fixture in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool XI.

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Ronaldo Officially Arrives

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Juventus: How did he fare?

Cristiano Ronaldo was as genuine as he was convincing at his Juventus unveiling, a player who has won it all but still has plenty to prove.

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Ronaldo: Juve winning UCL 'is possible'

Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed with winning the Champions League but acknowledged he joined Juventus to help them claim the title.

Ronaldo hysteria encompasses Juventus

Juventus came oh so close to landing Cristiano Ronaldo 15 years ago. Now that the Old Lady finally has her man, Turin can't contain its excitement.

Marcotti: Juventus didn't bring in Ronaldo to win UCL

Now that Juventus have Cristiano Ronaldo, the FC crew assess the Old Lady's chances of reclaiming the Champions League title after 22 years.


Ronaldo: Age is irrelevant, I'm more motivated than ever

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.


How Ronaldo's move to Juve raised eyebrows

After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded.


Will Cristiano Ronaldo take Juventus to the next level?

With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition.


Real Madrid

Gareth Bale can't be the focal point for Real Madrid


Perez: Madrid will sign 'magnificent players'

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said "our great squad will be strengthened with magnificent players."

Madrid players meet Lopetegui at training

While Cristiano Ronaldo was completing his €100 million move to Juventus, 14 Real Madrid players underwent medical and fitness tests in Madrid.


Players' Post-World Cup Insight

'Mbappe is ahead of where Henry was'

Kylian Mbappe is ahead of where France greats Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet were at a similar age, France coach Didier Deschamps has said.

'Alien' Mbappe deserves Ballon d'Or - Varane

Raphael Varane believes that fellow World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is an "alien" who could win the Ballon d'Or.

Pogba: France didn't 'give s---' about Messi

Paul Pogba gave a passionate team talk before France's win over Argentina, stating to teammates "Messi or no Messi, we don't give a s---."


The World Cup champions return home

Inside France's World Cup party: The Pogba Show takes over

How did the France players celebrate their World Cup success? Julien Laurens tells the story from the dressing room to the streets of Paris.


France celebrate World Cup: The story from streets of Paris

France celebrated their second World Cup success at the weekend. ESPN FC correspondent Jonathan Johnson was in Paris to soak in the raucous scenes.

Laurens: 2018 World Cup more special to France than 1998

Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998.




Kwadwo Asamoah confirms Black Stars return

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has confirmed that he will return to international duty in September after four years of self-imposed exile.

Football returns to Ghana after five-week absence

After five weeks without an official game, football returns to Ghanaian soil on Wednesday as Aduana Stars host AS Vita Club of DR Congo.

NFF Crisis

NPFL suspended indefinitely due to NFF crisis

Nigeria's ongoing football crisis has taken another twist with the LMC suspending the NPFL indefinitely.

Giwa and Dalung must take responsibility if Nigeria face ban

Nigeria may imminently face the real prospect of a ban from FIFA, and Christopher Giwa and Solomon Dalung must be held accountable.

Infantino: Nigeria risk FIFA ban after domestic turbulence

Gianni Infantino has stated that Nigeria risk a FIFA ban if the Nigeria Football Federation's leadership continues to be compromised.


Can Blues hold on to Hazard?

Will Sarri turn Chelsea around like he did Napoli?

Stewart Robson delves into how Maurizio Sarri transformed Napoli and what he'll need to do to replicate a similar turnaround at Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea want Hazard stay as Real loom - sources

Chelsea's focus is on keeping Eden Hazard despite the Belgian's recent comments fuelling speculation of a move to Real Madrid, sources told ESPN FC.

Chelsea's new midfield pecking order

Jorginho's importance to Maurizio Sarri shifts Chelsea's midfield pecking order significantly, with some likely to face a reduction in playing time.

Transfer Talk

Blind leaves Man United to rejoin Ajax

Sources told ESPN FC the fee for the 28-year-old is £14.1 million, possibly rising to £18.5m with add-ons, giving United a slight profit.

Transfer Talk: Hazard would top Neymar fee

Los Blancos need an elite star to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and are in the market for a new top class goalkeeper.

Transfer Rater: Cillessen to Liverpool; Courtois to Real?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours making the rounds in Transfer Rater, involving Jasper Cillessen, Thibaut Courtois and more.


2018 FIFA World Cup

Kane thanks teammates after winning Golden Boot

Six goals were enough for Kane to claim the award by a convincing two-goal margin ahead of France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

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The best and worst of five weeks in Russia

The 2018 World Cup had some brilliant moments, but what did our correspondents on the ground in Russia think of the tournament?

Ian Darke's World Cup hits and misses

The 2018 World Cup is over, but which moments were Ian Darke's favourites? And what did he not like about Russia 2018?

Thrilling World Cup gets the finale it deserves

Didier Deschamps got France's stars to buy into his work ethic, and the result was glory in Russia, but not before Croatia pushed them all the way.

Mbappe shows why he's the future king

When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire, Kylian Mbappe will be the sport's leading light and there's no limit to what he can do from here.

This must be just the beginning for Croatia

After the pain of falling short against France subsides, it's vital that Croatia channels its emotions into ensuring this isn't their last final.

Extra Time: World Cup final special

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.


SC: Takeaways from the World Cup final

Stewart Robson shares his reflections on the World Cup final following France's 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow.


Paris Celebrations

Police arrest 102 in Paris WC celebrations

Police in Paris said they arrested 102 people celebrating France's victory in the World Cup final after demonstrations began to turn violent.


Transfer Talk: Sarri plans Higuain reunion at Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri is reportedly prepared to sell both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to make room for Gonzalo Higuain. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Liverpool sign Swiss star Shaqiri from Stoke

Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, the Merseyside club announced on Friday.

West Ham unveil record signing Felipe Anderson

Get a first look at Felipe Anderson in West Ham colours as he becomes the Hammers' record signing.


Nicol: Shaqiri will need an attitude change at Liverpool

Steve Nicol explains why Xherdan Shaqiri's attitude worries him after the Swiss star completed a move to Liverpool from relegated Stoke City.


Would a Barcelona move make sense for Kante?

Gab Marcotti says N'Golo Kante wouldn't fit at Barcelona, but Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop think he could be a replacement for Sergio Busquets.


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