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    Power Rankings: Barcelona claim No. 1, Liverpool climb as Real Madrid slide

    Power Rankings: Barcelona claim No. 1, Liverpool climb as Real Madrid slide


    ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst...

    ESPN FC's Paul Mariner gives his plaudits to PSV for their efforts, but says Lionel Messi's class shone through once again in Barcelona's UCL opener. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists they are focused on winning the Champions League whilst Philippe Coutinho admits he is anxious to play against PSV. Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop weigh Real Madrid's chances of catching Barcelona in the La Liga title-race, after Los Blancos' 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao. It's all change as Barcelona rise to the top, while their great rivals Real Madrid pay the price for dropped points in La Liga. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Watford, PSV Eindhoven, Hertha Berlin. Agree? Disagree? Let us know and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!
    Willian on target as Chelsea stroll to win at PAOK Salonika

    Willian on target as Chelsea stroll to win at PAOK Salonika


    PAOK Salonika Chelsea 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet...

    PAOK Salonika Chelsea 0 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Chelsea's Europa League campaign kicked off in style with a 1-0 win at PAOK Salonika on Thursday. Maurizio Sarri made only five changes to the side that beat Cardiff at the weekend, and their dominance showed as PAOK's unbeaten record against London clubs came to an end at Toumba Stadium. They took the lead with just seven minutes gone after Ross Barkley dribbled through the PAOK midfield and teed up Willian, who slotted home from close range to score his 20th goal in UEFA competitions. Alvaro Morata...

    Fantasy FC: Premier League Week 6


    Resident fantasy expert Mark Donaldson shares his tips for this weekend's Premier League...

    Resident fantasy expert Mark Donaldson shares his tips for this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

    Fantasy FC: La Liga week 5


    Mark Donaldson presents his La Liga fantasy selections for week 5. Be sure to get in all the action on...

    Mark Donaldson presents his La Liga fantasy selections for week 5. Be sure to get in all the action on ESPN.com/FantasyFC.

    Nicol: Ronaldo needs to accept his limitations


    Steve Nicol believes Cristiano Ronaldo needs to adjust his game and his mindset as he ages, playing through the middle more for...

    Steve Nicol believes Cristiano Ronaldo needs to adjust his game and his mindset as he ages, playing through the middle more for Juventus.

    Serie A Predictor: Juve to keep momentum in Week 5


    Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol go head-to-head to predict the fixtures in the fifth week of Serie A action, which all can be watched on...

    Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol go head-to-head to predict the fixtures in the fifth week of Serie A action, which all can be watched on ESPN+.

    Premier League Predictor: Chelsea & Liverpool to stay perfect?


    ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League...

    ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action.
    Cristiano Ronaldo likely to get 1-game ban, face Manchester United - sources

    Cristiano Ronaldo likely to get 1-game ban, face Manchester United - sources


    Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the correct decision when sending Cristiano Ronaldo off in their 2-0 win over Valencia. Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to serve a one-game Champions League ban, sources have told...

    Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the correct decision when sending Cristiano Ronaldo off in their 2-0 win over Valencia. Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to serve a one-game Champions League ban, sources have told ESPN FC, which would leave the Juventus forward free to face former club Manchester United at Old Trafford. The 33-year-old was sent off during the Italian champions' 2-0 win over Valencia on Wednesday for tugging the hair of defender Jeison Murillo. He is set to serve an automatic one-match suspension which will rule him out of the home game against Young Boys on Oct. 2. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary...
    Revealed: FIFA wants to fix transfers, deal with shady agents and address the loan system. Here's how.

    Revealed: FIFA wants to fix transfers, deal with shady agents and address the loan system. Here's how.


    In an interview with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti, FIFA President Gianni Infantino details possible changes that could improve football's transfer system. FIFA's stakeholder committee, which brings together representatives from federations, clubs,...

    In an interview with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti, FIFA President Gianni Infantino details possible changes that could improve football's transfer system. FIFA's stakeholder committee, which brings together representatives from federations, clubs, professional leagues and the players' union, FIFPro, met for the first time in March 2017. Almost exactly 18 months later, on Sept. 24, they will meet to discuss a raft of measures that, if approved, will represent the biggest overhaul to the transfer system since the Bosman ruling in 1996 (a European Court ruling that required clubs to allow players over the age of 25 to move freely between clubs once their...
    Man City's lack of European history has caused fans to be slow to embrace the Champions League

    Man City's lack of European history has caused fans to be slow to embrace the Champions League


    ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban...

    ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. Manchester City may be England's longest-running Champions League representatives (eight consecutive seasons) but the club grabbed another, less impressive record in the dispirited home defeat by Lyon, notching their fourth consecutive defeat in the competition. Three of these have been at the Etihad, just to make it even worse. No English club had hitherto achieved this particular landmark, underlining City's schizophrenic relationship with the Champions League. This has raised a number of important...

    Banyana to face Cameroon for COSAFA title


    South Africa defeated Uganda 2-0 in the second COSAFA Women's Championship semifinal at Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, with tournament top-scorer Linda Motlhalo and Jermaine Seoposenwe on...

    South Africa defeated Uganda 2-0 in the second COSAFA Women's Championship semifinal at Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, with tournament top-scorer Linda Motlhalo and Jermaine Seoposenwe on target.
    FIFA to start funding flights for Women's World Cup teams

    FIFA to start funding flights for Women's World Cup teams


    FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women's World Cup teams when they travel to the tournament in France. FIFA official Emily Shaw also told a women's sports law conference total prize money will "significantly increase" from $15...

    FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women's World Cup teams when they travel to the tournament in France. FIFA official Emily Shaw also told a women's sports law conference total prize money will "significantly increase" from $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 edition. She said the total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets from Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda. FIFA has been urged to close an equality gap between women's and men's World Cups, as the 32...

    Liverpool set to move into new training ground in 2020


    Liverpool are creating a new training complex which will see both the first and the youth teams training at the same complex in the club's...

    Liverpool are creating a new training complex which will see both the first and the youth teams training at the same complex in the club's history.
    La Liga players still not convinced about Miami game - union chief

    La Liga players still not convinced about Miami game - union chief


    La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit the MLS. La Liga's players remain unconvinced that plans for an overseas game are in their best interest, the president of the players' union, David Aganzo, said on...

    La Liga president Javier Tebas says that La Liga games in the USA will only benefit the MLS. La Liga's players remain unconvinced that plans for an overseas game are in their best interest, the president of the players' union, David Aganzo, said on Thursday.  The Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) met with La Liga on Thursday in Madrid to continue discussions over plans to stage Girona's home game against Barcelona on Jan. 26, 2019 in Miami and despite La Liga president Javier Tebas' comments that the issue regarding the players "had been practically solved," the latest developments...
    Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars drawn into group of death

    Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars drawn into group of death


    13 Nigeria Professional Football League teams, two from the Nigeria National League and Supreme Court FC, the only side left standing from the Nationwide League One, are the teams still contesting a CAF Confederation Cup berth. The Lagos centre has...

    13 Nigeria Professional Football League teams, two from the Nigeria National League and Supreme Court FC, the only side left standing from the Nationwide League One, are the teams still contesting a CAF Confederation Cup berth. The Lagos centre has thrown up a group of death, with the four teams involved - Kano Pillars, Rivers United, Kwara United and Abia Warriors - all NPFL clubs. Defending champions Akwa United are tipped to pick up one of two tickets in Group D as they make the short trip to...
    Nigeria up in latest FIFA rankings, Kenya big climbers

    Nigeria up in latest FIFA rankings, Kenya big climbers


    Nigeria have moved up one place in the latest edition of the FIFA world rankings, while Kenya took more points than any other national side. The Harambee Stars have picked up a whopping 22 points according to the latest edition of the rankings, released...

    Nigeria have moved up one place in the latest edition of the FIFA world rankings, while Kenya took more points than any other national side. The Harambee Stars have picked up a whopping 22 points according to the latest edition of the rankings, released on Thursday. After memorably beating Ghana 1-0 at home in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, before dispatching Malawi in a friendly, Sebastian Migne's side have moved up five places to 107th in the world. The Black Stars, by contrast, have been...
    Juventus' Emre Can apologises for sexist comment after Cristiano Ronaldo red card

    Juventus' Emre Can apologises for sexist comment after Cristiano Ronaldo red card


    The FC guys explain why it's unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia will be overturned, even though they strongly disagree with the sending off. Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the...

    The FC guys explain why it's unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia will be overturned, even though they strongly disagree with the sending off. Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri believes VAR would've helped the referee make the correct decision when sending Cristiano Ronaldo off in their 2-0 win over Valencia. Juventus midfielder Emre Can apologised for causing any offence after he said the red card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League game against Valencia on Wednesday was in error because "we're not women." Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute of Juve's 2-0 away win after tangling with Jeison Murillo and putting his hand on the defender's head. "That's meant to be a red card? Come on, we're not women," Can said after the game to German rightsholder DAZN. "I heard that it was for him...

    Cameroon into Cosafa Championship final


    Cameroon defeated Zambia 1-0 in the first COSAFA Women's Championship semifinal at Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, Ngo Mbeleck Edith scoring the decisive...

    Cameroon defeated Zambia 1-0 in the first COSAFA Women's Championship semifinal at Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay, Ngo Mbeleck Edith scoring the decisive goal.

    Emery demands Cech and Leno to adapt to his style


    Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants his goalkeepers to get used to his style of play as soon as...

    Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants his goalkeepers to get used to his style of play as soon as possible.