How Liverpool could line-up against Napoli as Jurgen Klopp’s side begin their Champions League defence

Liverpool begin their defence of the Champions League with a tough trip face Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli. Jurgen Klopp will be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu as they took on the same side 12 months ago. The Reds were drawn in a group with Napoli last season and their first away trip was […]
TalkSport - 17.09.2019 09:00

Tottenham's Lloris open to playing in MLS

The FC crew discuss Harry Kane's recent attempts to initiate contact in the penalty area, including his collision with Sokratis in the North London derby. After Watford parted ways with Javi Garcia, the FC crew assess the chances that Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino could leave his post this season. Alexis Nunes is joined by Julien Laurens and Mark Ogden to address the reasons why Tottenham Hotspur have had a horrendous start to the Premier League. Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer rank Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool in terms of who got the hardest group draw in the UEFA Champions League. Alejandro Moreno questions Mauricio Pochettino's decision not to start Christen Eriksen in Tottenham's loss vs. Newcastle. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said he is open to playing in Major League Soccer before retiring from football.  Lloris, 32, has spent seven years at the north London club and has established h...
ESPN - 17.09.2019 07:51

Toe Poke Daily: You've been saying Felix, Shaqiri and De Bruyne wrong the whole time

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale all miss out on the Exploding Heads' FIFA 20 simulation of the PSG vs. Real Madrid Champions League showdown. Alejandro Moreno picks his ultimate XI for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League and is allowed only two player choices per club. Ale Moreno feels Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus will be the key UCL fixture from matchday 1 given Cristiano Ronaldo's dominance vs. Atleti. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: When it comes to the Champions League, even the ball is special | Artist paints stunning Neymar portrait... with a football boot The Champions League is back which can only mean one thing: it's time for UEFA to release their annual player name pronunciation guide. Every season, UEFA produces the list to assist fans...
ESPN - 17.09.2019 03:53

Hazard: Madrid fans care more than Chelsea

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe analyzes how Eden Hazard changes the feel for Real Madrid and gives them creativity and speed. Shaka Hislop explains what he thinks would be the only scenario that Virgi van Dijk leaves Liverpool for a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid. Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale all miss out on the Exploding Heads' FIFA 20 simulation of the PSG vs. Real Madrid Champions League showdown. Alejandro Moreno says that Real Madrid displayed their excellent ability along with their fragility in their nail-biting 3-2 win against Levante. ESPN FC's Julien Laurens delves into Jose Mourinho's recent "flirting" of a potential return to management. Sid Lowe says he's pleased Gareth Bale expressed his true thoughts about being a scapegoat at Real Madrid. Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has said the club's supporters are more invested and fanatical about the team than Chelsea fans. Hazard joined the L...
ESPN - 17.09.2019 03:37

Missing Kenyan boy featured on Roma’s social media video announcing Henrikh Mkhitaryan loan signing found safe and returned to family

A Kenyan boy who featured in a missing child social media campaign which was launched by Roma has been found safe and returned to his family. An image of the 13-year-old child featured on Twitter alongside a post announcing the loan signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Arsenal. 🛑Brilliant news! A 13-year-old Kenyan boy featured in […]
TalkSport - 17.09.2019 00:26

Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi appears to headbutt his OWN team-mate Tyrone Mings during West Ham clash

Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi appeared to try and headbutt his own team-mate Tyrone Mings during his side’s clash with West Ham. Mings appeared to be furious with his team-mate for failing to track back as West Ham broke in a counter attack. Should El Ghazi have been sent off for this altercation with […]
TalkSport - 16.09.2019 21:53

Abraham on Nigeria call: Never say never

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno joins Ross Dyer to react to Chelsea's thumping 5-2 win at Wolves which included a hat trick from Tammy Abraham. Brian McBride feels Mason Mount's time with Frank Lampard at Derby has given him an early advantage over Christian Pulisic. Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount speaks to the media ahead of England's Euro qualifier match vs. Bulgaria on Saturday. Steve Nicol still feels Christian Pulisic has plenty to improve upon, along with the rest of Frank Lampard's youthful Chelsea side. Tammy Abraham scored three times, as Chelsea put up five to down Wolverhampton 5-2 on the road at Molineux. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has refused to rule out the possibility of playing for Nigeria despite earning two international caps for England. Abraham, 21, has represented England at two Under-21 European Championships and featured in two friendlies for the senior squad against Germany and Brazil. - ESPN Champions ...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 14:39

Man United tie De Gea to long-term contract

Marcus Rashford converted an early penalty to help a depleted Manchester United side fend off Leicester City at Old Trafford. Alejandro Moreno feels the current version of Manchester United can only grind out wins and doesn't intimidate other Premier League sides. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new long-term contract with the club ending speculation about his future. De Gea, 28, entered the final year of his contract this summer and was linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but will now extend his stay at Old Trafford until at least 2023. - ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now! "It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 09:05

Messi included in Barca squad for UCL opener

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens weighs in on 16 year old Ansu Fati's impact at Barcelona so far with two goals in his first three matches. Sid Lowe explains the significance of Lionel Messi publicly commenting on Barcelona's failed effort to bring back Neymar. Julien Laurens reads between the lines of Lionel Messi's latest comments on Neymar after Barcelona failed to bring back the Brazil star this summer. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains how Lionel Messi could add to his already historic career by reuniting with Pep Guardiola at Man City. Lionel Messi explains whether or not he'd like to remain at Barcelona, after news his contract reportedly allows him to leave this summer on a free. Lionel Messi said he would've "loved to have Neymar back" after Barcelona failed to sign the Brazilian star from Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi could make his first appearance of the season on Tuesday after being passed...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 07:51

U.S. star Morgan out for rest of NWSL season

Check out the best of two-time World Cup winner Alex Morgan's Orlando Pride career, and catch the NWSL on ESPN starting July 14. Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the NWSL season for the Orlando Pride due to a patella stress reaction in her right knee. Morgan was injured while on duty with the U.S. national team, which won the Women's World Cup in France this summer, the Pride said. Morgan appeared in six matches for the National Women's Soccer League team this season, four before the World Cup and two since. "It's obviously difficult to lose a player of Alex's caliber due to injury," Pride general manager Erik Ustruck said...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 06:38

Ludwe Mpakumpaku stars for TS Galaxy in CAF Confederation Cup

The CAF Confederation Cup commenced with its first round, first leg matches over the weekend, and we review the action by picking the top 10 performers from around the African continent.. Souleymane Coulibaly (Djoliba) Maranatha (Togo) 1-2 Djoliba (Mali) Bamako-based Djoliba have taken a stranglehold on the tie with their win in Lome, where Coulibaly scored the visitor's first goal. The young attacker provided the perfect outlet for Djoliba to sit back and play on the break, with his pace and dribbling...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 06:36

Pep: City players helped me lose 'Fraudiola' tag

Steve Nicol explains why Manchester City's defence is likely to cost them more points this season without Aymeric Laporte. ESPN FC's Don Hutchison breaks down Manchester City's defensive struggles without Aymeric Laporte in their 3-2 loss at Norwich City. In the upset of the season so far, Norwich City delivered a shocking blow to Manchester City winning 3-2 at Carrow Road. Marcus Rashford converted an early penalty to help a depleted Manchester United side fend off Leicester City at Old Trafford. Steve Nicol thinks Man City and Liverpool are the clear front-runners in the Premier League, only having each other to worry about. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised his players for helping him to lose the "Fraudiola" tag that was aimed at him during his first season in England. Guardiola failed to win a trophy in his first campaign at the Etihad and his tactics and passing playing style were questioned. - ESPN Cham...
ESPN - 16.09.2019 05:38


Pliskova beats Martic in Zhengzhou to win her fourth title of 2019

World number two Karolina Pliskova beat Croatia's Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Zhengzhou Open on Sunday to win the 15th WTA singles title of her career and her first in China.
Reuters - 15.09.2019 16:48