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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9:07 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Barcelona and Bayern Munich to the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer. Wijnaldum, 30, has agreed a three-year deal with PSG after deciding to run down his contract at Anfield, which expires at the end of June. “Signing for Paris
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5:57 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Jordi Alba has said the way Barcelona gifted Luis Suarez to title rivals Atletico Madrid last September was a “joke.” Suarez, 34, went on to score 21 goals in La Liga, including the winning goal in each of the last two games of the season, as Atletico beat
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5:54 AM ET Ukraine’s Euro 2020 shirt has been the source of controversy. Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes” from the inside of its new national team shirt ahead of the European Championship for political reasons, after a complaint from Russia. Russia on Wednesday
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3:00 AM ET Euro 2020 is a showcase for the some of the most exciting players in world football, but imagine attempting to pick 11 of them to form a European team of all talents? As ESPN senior writer Mark Ogden discovered while selecting his pre-tournament best XI, the most difficult element of that particular
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4:09 PM ET Mastercard Inc and drinks company Ambev, major sponsors of South American football, backed away from the Copa America on Wednesday as players criticised organisers for moving the tournament to Brazil despite one of the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks. – Brazilian footballers criticise Copa America switch– Brazil boss Tite denies pressure to step
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12:42 PM ET Jack Grealish said he has “never looked back” after switching his allegiance from Ireland‘s youth squads to joining England‘s Under-21s, when a bizarre bathroom incident — in which he collapsed as a teenager — led the Englishman to join Ireland. The 25-year-old played 19 times for Ireland at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21
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5:36 PM ET Tobin Heath has not played with the USWNT since last November. Getty Images U.S women’s national team manager Vlatko Andonovski says that attacker Tobin Heath and midfielder Julie Ertz are both “on schedule” to recover from their respective injuries in time to play in the Tokyo Olympics. Heath suffered an ankle injury with
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11:30 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez The Spain squad will be vaccinated by the country’s army ahead of Euro 2020, the national broadcaster RTVE has reported, after two members of the squad tested positive for COVID-19. Captain Sergio Busquets‘ positive test result on Sunday threw Spain’s preparations into disarray a week before the start
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2:19 PM ET More than a year since cancelling plans for an All-Star Game between Major League Soccer and Liga MX in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, the game is officially back on. – MLS on ESPN+: Stream games, replays on season long– Futbol Americas on ESPN+: Analysis on MLS, Liga MX, USMNT–
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6:33 AM ET Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said teammate Neymar is still unfairly judged for his antics with Brazil during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Neymar drew widespread criticism from players and supporters alike for his theatrics during the tournament, with the forward later admitting he sometimes exaggerated his reactions. – Euro
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10:19 AM ET The six English clubs that signed up to the breakaway European Super League (ESL) earlier this year have agreed to pay a total of £22 million as part of a settlement with the Premier League, it was announced Wednesday. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham also agreed to accept
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7:45 AM ET Russia’s sports minister Oleg Matytsin has expressed concern to UEFA over Ukraine’s new kit. Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images Russia have complained to European governing body UEFA over Ukraine‘s unveiling of a new national team shirt emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea, Russia’s sports minister said on Wednesday.
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