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Twellman: Bob Bradley will have LAFC chomping at the bit

Taylor Twellman previews the MLS playoffs and explains why Bob Bradley won't let LAFC rest on their laurels.

Read more October 16, 06:20

Barcelona forward Messi presented with Golden Shoe for record sixth time

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they may impact La Liga. Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. Lionel Messi was presented with the European Golden Shoe on Wednesday for a record-breaking sixth time after holding off a challenge from Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe. Messi, 32, scored 36 league goals for Barcelona last season to finish ahead of Mbappe, who scored 33 in France, and Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who netted 26 times in Italy's Serie A. - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? It was the third successive season that the Barca forward has...

Read more October 16, 06:07

Sources: La Liga want Barcelona-Real Madrid moved from Camp Nou amid local protests

Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. The ESPN FC crew are again at odds with Shaka Hislop's "random collection of teams" in his Power Rankings. Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. Alejandro Moreno examines the players Barcelona may have to sell to get their books in order. La Liga have requested Barcelona's clash with Real Madrid on Oct. 26 be moved from Camp Nou to the Bernabeu amid protests in the Catalan city following the jail sentences handed down to several separatist leaders, sources have told ESPN FC. Real Madrid are surprised at the request and, sources have told ESPN FC, are reluctant to agree to a change of venue. - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? Sources at Barcelona have told ESPN FC that they have yet to receive...

Read more October 16, 05:19

La Liga want Barcelona-Real Madrid moved from Camp Nou amid local protests

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they may impact La Liga. Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. La Liga have requested Barcelona's clash with Real Madrid on Oct. 26 be moved from Camp Nou to the Bernabeu amid protests in the Catalan city following the jail sentences handed down to several separatist leaders. Real Madrid are surprised at the request and, sources have told ESPN FC, are reluctant to agree to a change of venue. - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? Sources at Barcelona have told ESPN FC that they have yet to receive any request to change...

Read more October 16, 05:19

How the Catalonia protests may impact La Liga

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they may impact La Liga.

Read more October 16, 04:59

Toe Poke Daily: Huge sculpture of PSG star Neymar goes on display on streets of Paris

Frank Leboeuf is not concerned about Neymar's latest injury having a negative impact on PSG's season. 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: Trent Alexander-Arnold plays his way into Guinness Book of World Records | Official! Success in Football Manager can get you into the real-life game Neymar will be quite literally showing his face on the streets of Paris on a daily basis for the next month after a new sculpture of the Paris Saint-Germain star went on...

Read more October 16, 04:05

Toe Poke Daily: Bust of PSG star Neymar goes on display on streets of Paris

Frank Leboeuf is not concerned about Neymar's latest injury having a negative impact on PSG's season. 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: Trent Alexander-Arnold plays his way into Guinness Book of World Records | Official! Success in Football Manager can get you into the real-life game Neymar will be quite literally showing his face on the streets of Paris on a daily basis for the next month after a new sculpture of the Paris Saint-Germain star went on...

Read more October 16, 04:05

Sources: Barcelona forced to change travel plans for La Liga clash with Eibar

Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. The ESPN FC crew are again at odds with Shaka Hislop's "random collection of teams" in his Power Rankings. Ale Moreno feels international duty will bring a huge deal of confidence for Antoine Griezmann. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. Barcelona have been forced to change their travel plans for this weekend's game against Eibar due to the ongoing protests in the city following a Spanish court ruling which saw nine Catalan separatists jailed for between nine and 13 years, sources have told ESPN FC. A strike has been called on Friday in Catalonia and a number of marches are planned across the region to protest at the ruling. Roads in and out of Barcelona are expected to be blocked, which could make it difficult for the Spanish champions...

Read more October 16, 03:15

Lazio handed partial stadium ban for fans' racist behaviour vs. Rennes

Lazio will face a partial stadium ban against Celtic on Nov. 7. Lazio have been ordered to close four sections of their stadium for their next Europa League home game due to racist behaviour by the Italian club's fans during a group stage match against Rennes earlier this month. European football's governing body UEFA said in a statement that Lazio must also display a banner carrying the words "#EqualGame" with the UEFA logo on it for the match against Celtic on Nov. 7. - Europa League group stage: All you need to know The club were also fined €20,000...

Read more October 16, 01:16

Berg's header puts Sweden in front

Euro 2020 qualifying: Marcus Berg (50') Sweden 1-0 Spain. Watch more Euro qualifying on ESPN+.

Read more October 15, 12:54

Anderlecht fined for allowing Vincent Kompany coach team without license

Vincent Kompany was appointed Anderlecht's player-manager in May. Belgian giants Anderlecht were fined the maximum €5,000 ($5,516.00) on Tuesday for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach their team without the required diploma, the Belgian football association said. "The club violated the regulations for a long time and despite that it being against the rules did not hesitate to publicly unveil a coach without a diploma," the association's licensing committee said in a statement. Editor's Picks Top 30 players under 21 in men's soccer Freddy Adu: 'I'm not ready to give it up' - Viewers guide: Stream ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Belgium requires the head coach at all its top-flight clubs to hold a UEFA...

Read more October 15, 12:39

Anderlecht fined for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach team without license

Vincent Kompany was appointed Anderlecht's player-manager in May. Belgian giants Anderlecht were fined the maximum €5,000 ($5,516.00) on Tuesday for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach their team without the required diploma, the Belgian football association said. "The club violated the regulations for a long time and despite that it being against the rules did not hesitate to publicly unveil a coach without a diploma," the association's licensing committee said in a statement. Editor's Picks Top 30 players under 21 in men's soccer Freddy Adu: 'I'm not ready to give it up' - Viewers guide: Stream ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Belgium requires the head coach at all its top-flight clubs to hold a UEFA...

Read more October 15, 12:39

Pukki leads Finland past Armenia and closer to history

Teemu Pukki and Finland close in on their first ever major tournament. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+.

Read more October 15, 12:12

Denmark cruise to win over Luxembourg

Nice's Kasper Dolberg scored twice in the Danes' demolition of Luxembourg.

Read more October 15, 12:06

Italy score quickly in Liechtenstein

Euro 2020 qualifying: Federico Bernardeschi (2') Liechtenstein 0-1 Italy. Watch more qualifying on ESPN+.

Read more October 15, 12:01

Toe Poke Daily: Cristiano Ronaldo joins soccer legends Pele, Puskas and Romario in 700-goal club

Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty for Portugal vs. Ukraine is his 700th career goal for club and country. Craig Burley says that Fernando Santos seems to be struggling to balance Portugal's stars into the side. 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. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th goal of his senior career as Portugal fell to a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Kiev, putting him in a very exclusive club that includes some of the game's greats.. Ronaldo had the chance to pass the milestone in Friday's match against Luxembourg, but he was only able to find...

Read more October 15, 12:00

Spain's David de Gea limps off in second half against Sweden

Euro 2020 qualifying: Marcus Berg (50') Sweden 1-0 Spain. Watch more Euro qualifying on ESPN+. David de Gea limped off with an injury in Spain's Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday. De Gea had been superb until Marcus Berg nodded home the opener from close range in the 51st minute. Shortly afterwards the 28-year-old keeper sat down on the pitch before being replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga. De Gea's club side Manchester United are set to meet leaders Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Read more October 15, 11:20

David De Gea limps off early as Spain clinch Euro 2020 spot

Rodrigo broke Swedish hearts as Spain qualified for Euro 2020. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. Steve Nicol and Gab Marcotti examine how Spain can improve after they booked their spot at Euro 2020. Euro 2020 qualifying: Marcus Berg (50') Sweden 1-0 Spain. Watch more Euro qualifying on ESPN+. David de Gea limped off with an undisclosed injury in Spain's Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday. De Gea had been superb until Marcus Berg nodded home the opener from close range in the 51st minute. Shortly afterwards the 28-year-old keeper sat down on the pitch before being replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga. The game finished 1-1 after substitute Rodrigo cancelled out Berg's strike with a stoppage-time goal, allowing La Roja to punch their ticket for Euro 2020. - Euro...

Read more October 15, 11:20

Top 5 Golden Boy candidates

Steve Nicol ranks his top five candidates of who will win the 2019 Golden Boy award.

Read more October 15, 11:17

Pukki brace puts Finland on brink of historic Euro qualification with win over Armenia

Finland Armenia 3 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Finland picked up a crucial home win in their quest to qualify for Euro 2020 as Teemu Pukki netted a brace to down Armenia 3-0 in Turku on Tuesday night. Fredrik Jansen opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark for Finland, who have never qualified for the European Championship finals. - Euro 2020: Who will reach the finals? - Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to know Norwich striker Pukki added a pair of cheeky second-half goals, chipping Armenia keeper Aram Airapetyan twice to secure the...

Read more October 15, 11:00

India salvage a point, while Bangladesh make one

Have you ever heard the sound of sixty thousand hearts breaking simultaneously? It sounds like, well... nothing. Just a vast, sudden, emptiness where there once was a wall of noise. It's eerie. On Monday, Jamal Bhuyan, captain of the Bangladesh national football team, all swagger and smirking confidence, had promised he'd break Indian hearts. On Tuesday, he did just that. It was his wicked delivery that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu flapped at, that Saad Uddin turned in to give Bangladesh the surprise lead...

Read more October 15, 10:50

Roberto Alvarado, Rodolfo Pizarro shine in Mexico's easy win over Panama

Roberto Alvarado (11) celebrates with teammates after opening the scoring for Mexico against Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is now two for two in the group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League. Following last week's 5-1 thrashing of Bermuda, El Tri returned home to collect another three points during Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Panama. The match also marked the Estadio Azteca debut for manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino, who now has 14 victories as national team boss. Positives Mexico's quick passing was brilliant to watch. The midfield and frontline regularly connected as a fluid and dynamic unit that rapidly moved...

Read more October 15, 10:34

U.S. players lack 'passion and love' - Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda

Weston McKennie feels Christian Pulisic's additional minutes for the USMNT will do him a load of confidence. Shaka Hislop evaluates the state of the U.S. under Gregg Berhalter ahead of a crucial match vs. Canada. Michael Bradley says the U.S. will have to be at their best to win their Nations League match in Canada. Gregg Berhalter explains why he played Christian Pulisic in multiple positions in the USMNT's win vs. Cuba. San Jose Earthquakes coach and former Argentina international Matias Almeyda warned that players from the United States need to play like every match matters and put more passion into their game.  The United States competes for the 16th time this year, against Canada, in CONCACAF Nations League play on Tuesday. Canada hasn't beaten the U.S. since a 2-0 friendly win back in 1985, a stretch of 17 games. Last week, the United States beat Cuba, 7-0, in their most recent tournament match. Almeyda,...

Read more October 15, 10:24

Western Sydney Wanderers sign Germany international Nicolai Muller

Perth Glory had the game in their hands but let it slip through their fingers in the final minute of play as Roy O'Donovan scored a late equaliser. Mark Rudan secured victory on his first return to Wellington with his Western United side. Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City couldn't sort out their differences at Marvel stadium as their match ended in a draw. Western Sydney Wanderers kicked off their new A-League season with a 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners. Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United. Australia maintain their perfect start to 2022 World Cup qualifying with a 7-1 victory at Chinese Taipei. Big names from across the A-League launch the new season, set to get underway on Friday October 11. A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers have signed German attacker Nicolai Muller from Eintracht Frankfurt to bolster their stocks. Muller, 32, joins on an injury replacement contract for Polish midfielder Radoslaw Majewski, who is sidelined with a long-term knee injury. The winger has been capped by Germany, while his former clubs include German sides Mainz, Hamburg and Hannover 96. - Ruthless Socceroos hit Chinese Taipei for seven - Ex-Premier League boss Scudamore to help A-League clubs - A-League...

Read more October 15, 09:41

Sources: Manchester United's Luke Shaw a doubt but Anthony Martial could return vs. Liverpool

Gab Marcotti identifies areas of Manchester United's squad that need strengthening in January. Stewart Robson offers his plan to fix Man United, starting with a change to the system to help Marcus Rashford. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating on the fitness of defender Luke Shaw ahead of Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, sources have told ESPN FC. Shaw, 24, has not played since suffering a hamstring injury during the defeat to Crystal Palace in August and despite returning to training before the international break remains a doubt to face Jurgen's Klopp's table-toppers. - ESPN Premier League fantasy: Sign up now! - VAR in the Premier League: Ultimate guide - When...

Read more October 15, 09:14