Month: November 2021

6:59 AM ET Adriana Garcia Belenenses have asked the Portuguese league for their game against Benfica to be played again in order to clean a “dark page” in the country’s football. The Primeira Liga game at the Jamor stadium was abandoned three minutes into the second half on Saturday with Belenenses trailing, 7-0, and not
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10:24 AM ET Ralf Rangnick could be forced to wait until mid-December to officially start his role as Manchester United‘s interim manager due to a delay in securing a work visa, sources have told ESPN. The former Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig coach, who has resigned from his position as sporting director at Lokomotiv Moscow
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8:16 AM ET Jurgen Klopp has questioned the outcome of the 2021 Ballon d’Or award and said both Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah have been unfairly overlooked after Lionel Messi won the trophy for a record seventh time. The award, held by French magazine France Football and voted for by selected journalists around the world,
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11:21 AM ET In the NWSL’s first big move of the offseason, U.S. women’s national team midfielder Samantha Mewis is headed from the North Carolina Courage to the Kansas City Current. In exchange, defender Kiki Pickett is headed to the Courage, along with the Current’s natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL college draft, which
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7:07 AM ET A massive deflection saw Australia grab a late equaliser against the United States women’s national team (USWNT) as their second friendly match ended 1-1 on Tuesday. Kyah Simon’s 88th minute strike cruelly bounced off Becky Sauerbrunn and into the net, cancelling out Ashley Hatch’s earlier goal. – McNamee: Ballon d’Or tainted by
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4:00 AM ET Unai Emery can thank his lucky stars that his billionaire employer at Villarreal, Fernando Roig, is both a grateful and forgiving man. At least for the moment. There are plenty of ruthless, elite clubs around Europe who, in identical circumstances, would already be sniffing out opportunities to poach a rival coach —
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5:12 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United fans are planning a tribute to sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources have told ESPN. Supporters are planning to unveil a huge flag dedicated to Solskjaer in the Stretford End ahead of Arsenal‘s visit to Old Trafford on Thursday, the first home game since the Norwegian’s dismissal on
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10:32 PM ET New Zealand coach Danny Hay has criticised FIFA for scheduling part of Oceania’s World Cup qualifying tournament outside the international window, saying it would not happen to any other region. The nine-team tournament will be staged in Qatar from March 14-30 to decide which team advances to a playoff against the fourth-placed
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5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva still doesn’t get the credit he deserves, according to teammate Ilkay Gundogan. Silva has been a key part of three title-winning teams at the Etihad Stadium and been capped 64 times by Portugal, but Gundogan believes he is not fully appreciated. “I think he’s very
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12:26 PM ET European champions Chelsea learned the three teams they could face in the Club World Cup on Monday. Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images European champions Chelsea will face either UAE Pro League side Al Jazira, New Zealand’s Auckland City FC or AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal in the FIFA Club
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7:16 PM ET Associated Press Portland Thorns have named Rhian Wilkinson as their new head coach. Lynne Cameron – The FA/The FA via Getty Images Former Canada national team player and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Rhian Wilkinson has been named coach of the Portland Thorns. Wilkinson, 39, replaces Mark Parsons, who stepped down at the end
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3:18 PM ET Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas has become the first Spain international to win the Ballon d’Or since 1960 after leading her club to the Treble this year. She was named the best women’s player in the world on Monday as she received the Ballon d’Or Feminin. Putellas, who was also named UEFA Women’s Player
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3:54 PM ET Lionel Messi now has seven Ballon d’Or awards, two more than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious Ballon d’Or for a record-extending seventh time in a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday. Messi, who led Argentina the
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2:11 PM ET Manchester United‘s Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed Ballon d’Or organiser and editor-in-chief of France Football Pascal Ferre for lying about his rivalry with Lionel Messi and using Ronaldo’s name to “promote his publication.” Ferre told the New York Times last week that Ronaldo’s only career ambition was to win more awards than Messi.
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11:37 AM ET The European soccer weekend was its usual wild and wonderful self: Manchester United have their new manager (and completed a dull draw at Chelsea), Real Madrid shrugged off their most credible challenger to date in LaLiga’s title race, and Juventus suffered on-pitch woe against Atalanta to go with the police investigation off
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9:31 AM ET Adriana Garcia Real Madrid announced on Monday they have dismissed women’s first team coach David Aznar and appointed Alberto Toril as his replacement. Aznar had been at helm of the team for two-and-a-half seasons when it was known as CD Tacon and he remained in charge after Real Madrid took over the
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10:16 AM ET PSG’s Neymar was in clear distress when he was stretchered off the pitch. Marcio Machado/Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain‘s Neymar is set to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining ligament damage in his left ankle in their win over Saint-Etienne on Sunday. The Brazil international was stretchered off the pitch on 85 minutes
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