Man United's Pereira called up in Brazil's first post-World Cup squad

Just a week after making his first Premier League start for Manchester United, Andreas Pereira received a surprise first call-up to Tite's Brazil squad ahead of two friendlies next month. The Belgian-born 22-year-old midfielder was amongst a host of new, young, uncapped faces in Brazil's first post-World Cup squad, including Barcelona midfielder Arthur, also 22. Having started for Jose Mourinho's United in last week's 2-1 win over Leicester City, Pereira is joined in the Brazil squad by new club team-mate Fred. Pereira, whose father was a Brazilian footballer who spent most of his career in Belgium, represented both Belgium and Brazil at youth level. Flamengo pair Hugo, 19, and Lucas Paqueta,
Yahoo - 17.08.2018 20:15

Serie A announce dates for postponed Sampdoria, Genoa games

Dates have been set for the Serie A games of both Genoa teams which were postponed after a bridge collapsed killing dozens in the northwestern port city, the Italian football league confirmed on Friday. Sampdoria will play Fiorentina at home on September 19 with AC Milan hosting Genoa on October 31. The games were to have been played on Sunday but were pushed back at the request of both teams after the collapse of the Morandi bridge on Tuesday killed at least 38 people and left the city devastated. The kick-off times will be confirmed at a later date. A minute's silence will be observed before all other matches this weekend with the Italian season kicking off with champions Juventus playing at
Yahoo - 17.08.2018 20:05

Tite ushers in Brazil's new era ahead of Copa America

Brazil coach Tite confessed that after his country´s World Cup elimination he went for his daily walk along the Rio de Janeiro beach "at 6:00 in the morning, because there was no one else around." With time, sensing a more positive response from the streets, he started out later, no longer afraid of an angry reaction. But the quarterfinal elimination to Belgium still hurts. "I went mad because we didn't go further in the World Cup," he confessed. "I've been waking up at 2:00 in the morning to head the ball along with Roberto Firmino, shoot with Gabriel Jesus and try and take the arm of [Thiabut] Courtois out of the way!" As Tite called up his first post-World Cup squad for games next month against
Yahoo - 17.08.2018 19:41

Jose Mourinho defends relationship with Paul Pogba... and insists only player he has fined is Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho has insisted he has never had a “fight” with Paul Pogba and suggested it is up to the apparently unsettled Manchester United midfielder to explain what he meant when he said “there are things I cannot say otherwise I will get fined”. In robustly defending his relationship with Pogba, who United steadfastly say will not be sold to Barcelona, Mourinho revealed that the only United player who had been fined during his time at the club was Anthony Martial. Martial upset Mourinho by leaving United’ pre-season tour to the United States early to fly back to Paris and then not returning.
Yahoo - 17.08.2018 18:15

Is Burnley vs Watford on TV? Start-time and team news for Premier League clash at Turf Moor

Burnley are back in action as they welcome Watford to fortress Turf Moor. Legs are already weary in the Clarets camp after another extra-time Europa League win on Thursday, whilst Watford began their Premier League campaign with a solid three points against Brighton. What time is kick-off? This Premier League clash takes place on Sunday, […]
TalkSport - 17.08.2018 18:07

Manchester City confirm Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months but does not require surgery on knee injury

Manchester City have confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months with a knee injury. The Citizens announced that the Belgian midfielder has suffered a lateral collateral ligament lesion (LCL) but will not require surgery. We can confirm @DeBruyneKev has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee. No surgery […]
TalkSport - 17.08.2018 13:25

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tests Maurizio Sarri with football's toughest job

Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0. When Maurizio Sarri said last week that it might take two or three months for Chelsea to play the sort of football he wanted, the instant reaction was to raise an eyebrow and say: "Good luck with that." This, after all, is not a club known for patience, and given the state of flux -- on the pitch and off it -- Chelsea find themselves in, Sarri has possibly the most difficult job in football. In the 15 years since Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have made their way through...
ESPN - 17.08.2018 12:23

When does the transfer window close? La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1

ESPN FC's Craig Burley appreciates what Liverpool did in the summer transfer window, but feels Man United were disappointing. ESPN FC's Craig Burley is "astonished" to see a club as big as Manchester United do so little in the summer transfer window. The summer transfer window in 2018 is very different to past years. Rather than every major league bringing to an end its transfer business on the same day, Aug. 31, this year there is a staggered finish. Here, we take a look at the transfer rules which govern each major European league. In all cases, clubs are still able to sign players as free agents after the deadline, and as long as they are not officially attached to any club on Aug. 31.  Premier League transfer deadline The official...
ESPN - 17.08.2018 11:00

Napoli chief accuses Roma and Liverpool owners of collusion

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. 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. Liverpool's record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according to AS Roma's director of football. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same, prompting Roma chairman James Pallotta to joke that he "also owns Barca and Bayern." In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said "a little bird has told me a few years ago" that Pallotta is in some form of partnership with Liverpool's owner John Henry. "I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool and if this were...
ESPN - 17.08.2018 09:43

Brazil include Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Andreas Pereira in squad to face U.S.

The FC crew take a gander at the short list released for FIFA's Best Men's Player award and debate whether Neymar should've been among the nominees. Neymar described Brazil's exit from the World Cup in Russia as the saddest moment of his career. The FC crew assess the seemingly deteriorating state of the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season. Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are included in a strong Brazil squad that will face the United States and El Salvador next month, with Manchester United's Andreas Pereira among the new names announced on Friday. Thirteen of the players from Brazil's FIFA World Cup squad will make the trip to the U.S. in Septemb...
ESPN - 17.08.2018 08:46

Serie A confirm rearranged dates for Sampdoria and Genoa fixtures after bridge collapse

FC's James Horncastle is in Turin to report on the news Cristiano Ronaldo will start in Juventus' opener and Claudio Marchisio has left the club after 25 years. Cristiano Ronaldo is just days away from his Juventus debut against Chievo Verona. Get hyped. ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop square off in predicting the most notable matches to kick-start the 2018/19 Serie A campaign. ESPN's Stewart Robson analyses how Massimiliano Allegri can get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the team. The Lega Serie A has rescheduled the two fixtures it postponed from the opening weekend of the new season. Sampdoria's clash with Fiorentina and Genoa's trip to AC Milan were both called off in the wake of the tragic bridge collapse in Genoa, with a minute's silence for the v...
ESPN - 17.08.2018 08:23


Remembering Nadal's Rise To No. 1... 10 Years On

Ten years ago today, on 18 August 2008, Rafael Nadal first rose to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. The Spaniard had long become accustomed to playing a waiting game, in stark contrast to his on-court dynamism and tenacity. For 160 consecutive weeks, a record, he had sat in second position, denied a place at the summit of men’s professional tennis by Roger Federer, the No. 1 for a record 237 straight weeks. In the 1,119 days between Nadal first rising to No. 2 on 25 July 2005 and finally becoming the 24th player to rank World No. 1, since the advent of the ATP Rankings in August 1973, the then 22-year-old had compiled a 220-37 match record and lifted 22 titles. He went 20-2, with three titles in 2005; 59-12 and five titles in 2006; 70-15 and six titles in 2007 and from 1 January to 18 August 2018 he compiled a 71-8 record with 8 titles. “I had three-and-a-half good years – 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008,” said Nadal. “I was winning a lot of points every year, but the...
ATP - 18.08.2018 06:30

Roger That: Seven-Time Champ Federer Moves Into QF

It might be Roger Federer’s first tournament since Wimbledon, but the Swiss certainly isn’t showing it with his tennis. The seven-time champion advanced to the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-1, 7-6(6) victory against Argentine Leonardo Mayer on Friday afternoon. Federer, who went just 1-4 in his first four appearances in Cincinnati, has now won 43 of 47 matches here since. He missed the tournament in 2016 (left knee) and 2017 (back), but his victory against the World No. 50 extends his winning streak in Ohio to 12 matches and 15 sets in a row. The 37-year-old lost just four first-serve points in his triumph, and did not face a break point. Mayer played well in the second set, giving himself an opportunity to force a decider for the second time in three matches against the World No. 2, but Federer extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head lead in their series to 3-0. Federer will next face compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who is playing his best tennis since u...
ATP - 17.08.2018 20:42

Rain & Defending Champ Dimitrov? No Problem For Djokovic

Rain nor defending champion Grigor Dimitrov were able to stop Novak Djokovic from continuing his pursuit of a first Western & Southern Open title. The former World No. 1 returned to the court Friday with a break lead in the third set after rain halted play Thursday evening, maintaining that advantage to defeat the Bulgarian 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic continues his push for the one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title he has not yet won, despite reaching the final five times in Cincinnati. He now owns 29 victories at the event, passing former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt for the most at the tournament in the Open Era without lifting the trophy. The Serbian has been victorious in 24 of his past 28 matches after a 6-6 start to the 2018 campaign. But for a moment on Thursday, it appeared that Djokovic would be leaving Cincinnati early, trailing Dimitrov by a set and a break, with little rhythm from the baseline. The Serbian did not let the reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion run away with th...
ATP - 17.08.2018 19:37

Friday Preview: Busy Day For ATP World Tour Stars In Cincinnati

It’s going to be a busy Friday at the Western & Southern Open as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament plays catch-up because of rain. Ten singles matches are scheduled, encompassing the completion of the third round and quarter-finals, in addition to three second-round doubles clashes. Five-time runner-up and No. 10 seed Novak Djokovic, looking to become the first player to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments this week, resumes his third-round match against Grigor Dimitrov at 2-6, 6-3, 2-1 on Center. The winner will challenge Canada’s Milos Raonic later on Friday. Djokovic leads Raonic 8-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, while Dimitrov has a 3-2 advantage over Raonic.  Djokovic has won his past five matches against fifth seed Dimitrov and all four of their hard-court meetings (leads 7-1 overall). Dimitrov has two Top 10 wins this year – both over Goffin – as he continues to find the kind of early-season form that helped him to the Australi...
ATP - 17.08.2018 09:29

Delpo Dominant In First Match As World No. 3

.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; } .videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Juan Martin del Potro got through his first match as the No. 3 player in the ATP Rankings in style on Thursday, ousting 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open in one hour, 21 minutes. Del Potro is into the Round of 16 in Cincinnati for his fourth straight appearance (2012-13, 2017), and he will next face Aussie Nick Kyrgios. While it was his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Chung, it will also be the recent Los Cabos runner-up’s first match against Kyrgios. "I am happy to beat these young players," Del Potro said. "He has a big future, and he is a nice player. I am glad to go through." This week one year ago, Del Potro was World No. 30. But since then, he has shown why he is one of ...
ATP - 16.08.2018 21:21