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7:32 AM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Eden Hazard has said that “it didn’t occur to me for a second” to leave Real Madrid this summer after two injury-hit seasons at the Bernabeu, insisting that “I won’t leave there as a failure.” Hazard played a part in Belgium‘s 3-0 win over Russia in their Euro 2020
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6:59 PM ET Brazil opened their Copa America campaign with a 3-0 win over Venezuela on Sunday. Getty Brazil kicked off another Copa America on home soil with a comfortable 3-0 win over Venezuela in Brasilia on Sunday, with Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa providing the goals to get the hosts’ campaign off to a strong
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2:07 PM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email Austria beat North Macedonia 3-1 in their Group C opening match at Puskas Arena in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday to earn their first-ever win at a European Championship as former West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic sealed the victory late on. Austria were 1-0 up
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7:18 AM ET Portugal defender Joao Cancelo has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19 and will be replaced by Diogo Dalot ahead of their tournament opener against Hungary on Tuesday, the European champions said. The versatile Manchester City player tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday and is “doing
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2:52 PM ET Twelve members of the Venezuela delegation at the Copa America have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said on Saturday, a day before they meet hosts Brazil in the tournament opener. “The 12 members of the delegation include players and members of the backroom staff,” said a statement from the Health Secretariat
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12:36 PM ET Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Fabio Paratici as “Managing Director, Football” from July 1. Spurs announced in a statement that the 48-year-old will be “responsible for managing and developing the club’s sporting operations, facilities and footballing infrastructure.” – Insider Notebook: Raiola’s Haaland roadshow Paratici left Juventus earlier this month after
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2:24 PM ET Adriana Garcia New Paris Saint-Germain signing Georginio Wijnaldum has said he thought he was going to join Barcelona this summer after leaving Liverpool but the move to the Nou Camp never materialised. The Netherlands captain joined PSG this week as a free agent despite being heavily linked with Barca for the past
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7:39 AM ET Harry Maguire has told ESPN that Euro 2020 offers him and his England teammates the chance to banish the pain that still lingers after the 2018 World Cup semifinal defeat against Croatia. Gareth Southgate’s team face Croatia, who lost the World Cup final to France in Moscow after beating England 2-1 in
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7:59 AM ET Adriana Garcia Sebastian Abreu played for 31 clubs, the most in football history. Oscar Meza/Jam Media/Getty Images Former Uruguay international striker Sebastian “El Loco” Abreu, who played for the most clubs in football history, has retired at the age of 44. Abreu had joined recently promoted Uruguay outfit Sud America in March —
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8:35 AM ET Adriana Garcia Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is more motivated than ever to lead his country to back-to-back European Championship titles. Portugal won the tournament in 2016 and begin their title defence on Tuesday against Hungary, in Budapest, in their Group F opener. “I feel as motivated or even more
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6:07 AM ET Ukraine‘s football association agreed on Friday to make the phrase “Glory to the heroes” an official slogan, even though its use on the national team’s shirt has been banned by UEFA. UEFA told Ukraine on Thursday it could keep an outline map of Ukraine that includes Russia-annexed Crimea on the shirt, although
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2:40 AM ET Bukayo Saka has hailed Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s impact on his career, including the origin of his nickname “little chilli.” The 19-year-old ended a breakthrough season with Arsenal by earning a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for Euro 2020. Saka quickly became vital to Mikel Arteta’s side and revealed the
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10:43 PM ET Atlanta United FC midfielder Emerson Hyndman sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session. The team announced the injury on Thursday, but didn’t say when or how it occurred. Atlanta United announced Hyndman will undergo surgery on a date to be determined. – ESPN+: MLS chat
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1:42 PM ET France forward Karim Benzema, who sustained a knee injury during a friendly on Tuesday, is expected to take part in his team’s Euro 2020 Group F opener against Germany, the French federation (FFF) said on Thursday. – Euro 2020 on ESPN: Latest news, features, video– Euro 2020 bracket and fixture schedule Benzema,
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8:22 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Xavi Hernandez has said he’s ready to manage Barcelona and that having to coach former teammate Lionel Messi would be a “privilege” and not a problem. The Al Sadd coach was strongly linked with the Barca job this summer before president Joan Laporta decided to stick with Ronald
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6:45 AM ET Tottenham have turned to former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their managerial search takes yet another twist, sources have told ESPN. Spurs have so far struggled to appoint a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho — who was sacked in April — having explored the possibility of Mauricio Pochettino returning to the club
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