Saturday, August 18, 2018

Antonio Valencia will reclaim Man United captaincy from Paul Pogba - Jose Mourinho

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Antonio Valencia will reclaim Man United captaincy from Paul Pogba - Jose Mourinho
Shaka Hislop and Stewart Robson explain what Jose Mourinho's positive comments about Paul Pogba mean in the big picture for Manchester United. The FC crew assess the seemingly deteriorating state of the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. Will Alexis Sanchez be the key to Manchester United's success this season? The ESPN FC guys weigh in. With reports that Zinedine Zidane is interested in the Man United job, the FC panel assess how he'd fit in should Jose Mourinho abdicate his position as manager. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. MANCHESTER, England -- Antonio Valencia will reclaim the Manchester United captain's armband from Paul Pogba when the defender returns from injury, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed. Pogba captained United against Leicester on the opening night of the season in Valencia's absence and will lead the team again when they line up against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. But with Valencia back in training after a calf injury and in line to return against Tottenham next weekend, Mourinho has...
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Arsenal spending beyond their means: Will Stan Kroenke's takeover help or hinder?

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Arsenal spending beyond their means: Will Stan Kroenke's takeover help or hinder?
When Stan Kroenke first joined Arsenal's board in September 2008, the club had enjoyed a trophy-laden golden decade the likes of which they had not experienced since the 1930s. A lot has changed in the 10 years since. Kroenke's initial accession to the board was as a minority shareholder, but he has held a controlling stake at Arsenal since 2011. Now he is set to make the club a wholly owned subsidiary of his Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) business as Alisher Usmanov agreed to sell his 30.05...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year

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Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year
Cork City's heaviest defeat in Europe since 1994 ends Irish interest for another year
A very disappointing night for the Leesiders as they took on Norwegian champions Rosenborg.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk

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Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk
Marcelo happy with Madrid squad amid transfer talk
Marcelo said he is happy with the state of Real Madrid after their UEFA Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid, while Julen Lopetegui turned his attention to LaLiga. Champions League holders Madrid lost their first international final since 2000 following a 4-2 extra-time defeat to city rivals Atletico in Tallinn on Wednesday. A Diego Costa brace and Saul Niguez's stunning volley saw head coach Lopetegui lose his first competitive match in charge in the Estonian capital. The defeat also raised questions over Madrid's transfer business, with the Spanish giants yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus amid ongoing links to Chelsea's Eden Hazard, though Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Alvaro Odriozola and Andriy Lunin have arrived. Marcelo – who has been the subject of reported interest from Juve – told reporters afterwards: "You have to focus on what we did well today. I feel that we put in a good shift. We had the ball, played as a team, and we fought as best we could. "We need to change our mindset because we have a whole season ahead of us. I don't make the signings. The squad looks good to me. We are united as a group. We played a good game until extra time." 2-4: The Super Cup is decided in extra time.https://t.co/9vt9elFaoy — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 15, 2018 "The winners are those who make fewer mistakes," added the Brazilian left-back, who saw Karim Benzema equalise and Sergio Ramos put Madrid ahead before Atletico rallied. "Tonight, we failed and we don't want to make those errors again because it cost us a final. "They made fewer mistakes and deserved to win it. These are mistakes resulting from fatigue, from not much training. Many players have been late back due to the World Cup, but that is no excuse." It was not the result former Spain boss Lopetegui wanted after replacing Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu in the off-season. Lopetegui became the first Madrid coach since Bernd Schuster in 2007 to lose his competitive debut, and while disappointed, he focused on Sunday's LaLiga opener against Getafe. "In a final like this, mistakes can make a key difference and Atletico are experts in taking advantage. They got a deserved win," Lopetegui told reporters. "When we leveled the scores, we were better, they tied it up in an unfortunate play. We have to congratulate them and pick ourselves up, because LaLiga is starting and we need to rebuild quickly. "I feel frustrated and sad, but I know that responsibility forces us to move on tomorrow." On Gareth Bale, who provided the assist for Benzema's first-half equaliser, Lopetegui said: "He had a great game, but it is understandable at this time of the season if the players are not at their best physically, we are very happy with his work and hopefully he will continue to improve over the next matches."
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MLS Fixtures – 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

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MLS Fixtures – 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

The 2018 MLS season is drawing to a close so make sure you know when the Cup Playoffs begin.

MLS FixturesToronto FC won the MLS Cup last year (Getty Images) The 2018 MLS season is drawing to a close so make sure you know when the Cup Playoffs begin.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out

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The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out
The Liam Miller Tribute Match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has completely sold out
All 45,000 tickets for the fundraising soccer match have been snapped up.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen

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No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen
No Cech mate - Arsenal goalkeeper hits back at Bayer Leverkusen
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech accused Bayer Leverkusen of lacking "professionalism and sportsmanship" after he was the subject of some social media jibes from the Bundesliga club. Cech started for Arsenal in the 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City in their first Premier League game under new head coach Unai Emery on Sunday. The result could have been even worse when, after receiving a back-pass from debutant Matteo Guendouzi, Cech passed the ball straight out of play for a corner, narrowly missing his own right-hand post. Leverkusen's English Twitter account responded by posting a video of Bernd Leno – who joined Arsenal from the Bundesliga club in pre-season – beginning a passing move that ultimately led to a goal, with the caption reading: "In case you were wondering how to play out of the back". In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back... pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs — Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018 Cech failed to see the funny side, however, taking aim at Leverkusen in a post on Monday while also praising his current club. Taking to his official Twitter account, the former Chelsea keeper wrote: "At Arsenal, we share important values which make us a big club, not only on the football side. "Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it's sad to see when other clubs don't share the same values. @bayer04_en." .@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en — Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018 After Cech's response, Leverkusen issued a swift apology in a reply to the goalkeeper's message. "Hi Petr. It seems our joke about wanting to see Leno, our former player, in action has been taken a bit more harshly/personally than intended," Leverkusen posted on Twitter.  "It was only a bit of banter. We’re all for the values you’ve stated and wish you and your big club all the best. Nice 1v1 save on Aguero!"
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