The FC crew preview the league cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City, and examine what the Gunners can do to get the better of City. The Carabao Cup is the poor relation of English football, the competition toward which most teams direct the least of their energy. But now that we are at the
It’s been New York Fashion week this week, and that got us wondering who the most fashionable men in football are? Here’s what we came up with. MAGNIFICENT MANAGERS Pep Guardiola: The creative executive Pep Guardiola has learned from Roberto Mancini and Steve Jobs. At times this season it’s been unclear whether Pep is wearing
Julian Green speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the 2014 World Cup, what he must do to get back into the USMNT fold and much more. FURTH, Germany — On July 1, 2014, Julian Green had the world at his feet. Coming off the bench for the United States in the World Cup round of
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether enough is being done to protect Manchester City’s players. Football is often considered conservative with its rule changes, but in recent decades there have been various subtle but crucial alterations to the Laws of the Game, which are often overlooked. The back-pass law in the early 1990s, for example,
The FC crew discuss Chelsea’s striker issue. No Chelsea player will understand how far Emerson Palmieri has come better than Marcos Alonso, the very man he will fight against for a place in the starting lineup on the left flank. Few would have imagined that Alonso wpuld become such an important star at Stamford Bridge
English Premier League: Christian Eriksen (1′) Tottenham 1-0 Manchester United Christian Eriksen’s 11 second strike for Tottenham against Manchester United on Wednesday was the third fastest goal in Premier League history. But who else has scored one of the quickest goals of all-time? 8.1 seconds: Christian Benteke (Belgium 6-0 Gibraltar, World Cup qualifier 2017) Belgium striker
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Philippe Coutinho’s first moments at the Camp Nou after joining Barcelona. Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admits he’s surprised by Ousmane Dembele’s injury setback, but is hopeful his plan of easing the 20 year old back into the squad will still work. Following their performances in Barcelona’s first league win
Paulo Dybala was the star of the weekend in Serie A as Juventus and leaders Napoli created a little space at the top of the table. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours surrounding Paulo Dybala, Daniel Sturridge, Riyad Mahrez and more. With the January transfer window now open, James Horncastle looks at
The FC pundits give their most memorable moments in the world of football this past year. Neymar explains his ‘difficult decision’ to depart Barcelona and join Ligue 1’s PSG via Facebook. Shaka Hislop points to Cristiano Ronaldo’s late-season heroics and UCL triumph as reasons why he beat Lionel Messi in Ballon d’Or voting. Max Bretos
The FC pundits give their most memorable moments in the world of football this past year. It has been another action-packed year. ESPN FC brings you our favourite stories, features and projects from 2017 as we head into the New Year. New season, new kits To kick off the 2017-18 season, we brought you a swish
The ESPN FC guys reflect on 2017’s Retirement XI and the players that will be missed most. Over the course of 2017 the football world has said goodbye to a number of legends who have hung up their boots for the final time and retired from the professional game. It seems only right to honour
Dan Thomas and the FC crew believe the top-seeded countries will all be delighted with their matchups at the World Cup. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti predicts who will emerge from each group at the 2018 World Cup. PARIS — Nearly a decade ago, Arsene Wenger ranked the Paris region as the second-best talent pool in
With reports emerging that Alexis Sanchez is set to join Man City in the summer, the FC crew wonder if he’d even make it into the lineup. Man City can match the success of the 2003-04 Arsenal ‘Invincibles’, according to former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires. Pep Guardiola has dismissed the idea of Manchester City winning
The Exploding Heads present a few must-have’s for fans of the Premier League to put on their holiday wish lists. It has been a year of highs and lows, the good, the bad and the ugly, but what have been football’s best and worst moments of 2017? Best game: Manchester City 5-3 Monaco This was
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reckons only winning the Champions League can save Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley reckons only winning the Champions League can save Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. With the season at its half way point, it’s time to take stock of how clubs across Europe are getting on.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the ramifications of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup humiliation. The Manchester United academy is used to welcoming players from Europe but in Matty Willock, they have sent one the other way. The 21-year-old midfielder swapped the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s first team for the Netherlands and FC Utrecht in the summer.
Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. Despite the resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, Shaka Hislop says inconsistency is still their downfall and wonders which Liverpool will show up against Arsenal on Friday. It’s one of
The ESPN FC crew make a case that David De Gea, not Manuel Neuer, should be the top goalkeeper on the ESPN FC 100. Stewart Robson discusses the particular assets Robert Lewandowski brings to Bayern Munich. Stewart Robson discusses the particular assets Robert Lewandowski brings to Bayern Munich. The 2017 ESPN FC 100 was released
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Moscow ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup draw, including the Luzhniki Stadium which will host the final on July 15th, 2018. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson take a look at who England can draw in their group at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Exploding Heads recap November
With Neymar already being linked to Real Madrid, PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson assesses the Brazilian’s future at PSG. They are the two teams in Europe attracting the most attention this season: Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are playing some beautiful football, winning, and leaving their rivals trailing. But which is the more exciting to watch?