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    Tshabalala goal earns Chiefs draw against Baroka

    Tshabalala goal earns Chiefs draw against Baroka


    Veteran Siphiwe Tshabalala scored a trademark free-kick to secure an ill-deserved point for Kaizer Chiefs in their 1-1 draw with Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday. Tshabalala equalized for Chiefs after they had...

    Veteran Siphiwe Tshabalala scored a trademark free-kick to secure an ill-deserved point for Kaizer Chiefs in their 1-1 draw with Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday. Tshabalala equalized for Chiefs after they had fallen behind to a Daniel Cardoso own goal, with the Soweto giants having managed just two points from their opening three matches of the new league season. Baroka may well believe they should have got more from the game after dominating much of...

    For Manchester United, is a director of football the answer?


    Craig Burley says Jose Mourinho's post-match comments and Man United's opening win over Leicester were just more of the same to start the season. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. New Manchester United...

    Craig Burley says Jose Mourinho's post-match comments and Man United's opening win over Leicester were just more of the same to start the season. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. New Manchester United midfielder Fred could have gone somewhere other than Old Trafford when he left Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. "There were options in England and in Europe," Fred told me in Miami during United's preseason tour. "Manchester City, PSG, but I chose United. I spoke to my agent Gilberto Silva, who played for Arsenal. He told me that United was a huge club. I spoke to my family and friends. When I said United, I saw their faces. I'm sure that I made the right choice. I want to play...
    Premier League helped by early deadline but were teams ready to play?

    Premier League helped by early deadline but were teams ready to play?


    The Exploding Heads are here to tell you that the more changes a new football season brings, the more things stay the same. Paul Mariner defends his selections and omissions in the first team of the weekend of the Premier League season....

    The Exploding Heads are here to tell you that the more changes a new football season brings, the more things stay the same. Paul Mariner defends his selections and omissions in the first team of the weekend of the Premier League season. Former Premier League referee Peter Walton and Stewart Robson discuss the key decisions from the weekend. Former Premier League referee Peter Walton and Stewart Robson discuss the key decisions from the weekend. The 2018-19 Premier League season is well and truly underway and for once, that phrase feels appropriate. The English top-flight always commences in mid-August but, after a significant change to the structure of the transfer window, the new campaign will not feature the disastrous three-week period, in which clubs and media were focused more upon moves than matches. Now deadline day has already passed, the games themselves dominate. In years gone by, the first month has been compromised by numerous...
    Paul Scholes: I don't see Manchester United challenging in Premier League

    Paul Scholes: I don't see Manchester United challenging in Premier League


    The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has given his former club little chance to challenge for the Premier League title this season, and said Jose Mourinho's men seemed...

    The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has given his former club little chance to challenge for the Premier League title this season, and said Jose Mourinho's men seemed confused on the pitch in their league-opening 2-0 victory against Leicester on Friday.  United finished 19 points behind runaway winners Manchester City last term and Mourinho has been unapologetic in voicing his dissatisfaction with the lack of sufficient reinforcements this summer. Meanwhile, City and Champions League runners-up...
    Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos tells Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp to 'stick to his own business'

    Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos tells Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp to 'stick to his own business'


    Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp was pleased with how new signing Naby Keita complemented Liverpool's midfield in his debut...

    Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp was pleased with how new signing Naby Keita complemented Liverpool's midfield in his debut against West Ham. Niko Kovac, Julen Lopetegui and many more have changed jobs this summer. FC's Paul Mariner delves into how each will fare at their new clubs. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has suggested that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should "stick to his own business" because he keeps bringing up the challenge on Mohamed Salah during last season's Champions League final. Ramos, 32, also suggested that Klopp continues to use the Salah injury as a reason for Liverpool's 3-1 loss to deflect attention from the German's infamous losing record in finals. Liverpool's top scorer Salah was forced off injured in the first half of the game in Kiev following...
    Atletico Madrid will push Real 'to the limit in all ways' in Super Cup - Julen Lopetegui

    Atletico Madrid will push Real 'to the limit in all ways' in Super Cup - Julen Lopetegui


    Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says he expects his team to be pushed "to the limit in all ways" by Atletico Madrid in Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup final. Three-time defending Champions League winners Real are aiming to become the first side to win...

    Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says he expects his team to be pushed "to the limit in all ways" by Atletico Madrid in Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup final. Three-time defending Champions League winners Real are aiming to become the first side to win three-successive Super Cups and also equal the competition record of five titles currently held jointly by Milan and Barcelona. But the summer has seen the Bernabeu outfit lose both last season's coach Zinedine Zidane and the club's record-scorer Cristiano...
    Tiemoue Bakayoko can rebuild his reputation on loan at AC Milan

    Tiemoue Bakayoko can rebuild his reputation on loan at AC Milan


    With Tiemoue Bakayoko heading to Milan, the FC crew discuss why he struggled at Chelsea and how he can help a club eager to return to the UCL. Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea to join Serie A side AC Milan on a season-long loan. After a...

    With Tiemoue Bakayoko heading to Milan, the FC crew discuss why he struggled at Chelsea and how he can help a club eager to return to the UCL. Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea to join Serie A side AC Milan on a season-long loan. After a seemingly never-ending wait for confirmation of his move, Tiemoue Bakayoko was finally unveiled as AC Milan's latest summer signing after completing an initial loan move, with an option to buy, from Chelsea. From the highs of winning a Ligue 1 title with Monaco to the lows of struggling to establish himself at Stamford Bridge, it's been an eventful year for the 23-year-old as he embarks on a new challenge in Italy. Whether or not he's capable of rediscovering his best form for the Rossoneri...
    Chile to host revamped '19 Copa Libertadores final; Peru gets Sudamericana

    Chile to host revamped '19 Copa Libertadores final; Peru gets Sudamericana


    ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Chile has been chosen to host the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, the first to be played as a one-off game at a neutral venue, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Tuesday. The game, South America's...

    ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Chile has been chosen to host the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, the first to be played as a one-off game at a neutral venue, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Tuesday. The game, South America's equivalent of the Champions League, will take place at the National Stadium in Santiago, probably in November next year. The National Stadium in Lima will host the 2019 final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's equivalent of the Europa League, CONMEBOL...
    Celtic bounced from Champions League by AEK Athens; Benfica reach playoffs

    Celtic bounced from Champions League by AEK Athens; Benfica reach playoffs


    AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki gave Greek football fans plenty to cheer about as both clubs reached the Champions League playoff round and joined three former winners of Europe's elite club competition on Tuesday. AEK beat 1967 champions Celtic 2-1 in...

    AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki gave Greek football fans plenty to cheer about as both clubs reached the Champions League playoff round and joined three former winners of Europe's elite club competition on Tuesday. AEK beat 1967 champions Celtic 2-1 in a fervent atmosphere in Athens for a 3-2 aggregate win over the Scottish side while PAOK held out for a 0-0 draw at Spartak Moscow after edging the Russian outfit 3-2 in the first leg. Benfica, champions in 1961 and 1962, earned a 2-1 overall win...

    Extra Time: Mbappe vs. Neymar, hating on Wayne Rooney


    The guys answer your tweets about PSG's second year stars, Wayne Rooney's late game heroics, celebrating Independence Day and...

    The guys answer your tweets about PSG's second year stars, Wayne Rooney's late game heroics, celebrating Independence Day and more.

    Roma struck gold with Steven N'Zonzi


    The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the...

    The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the team.

    Can Aubameyang and Lacazette coexist on the pitch?


    The FC crew discuss how important the relationship between Aubameyang and Lacazette is for Arsenal and how Unai Emery can utilise both...

    The FC crew discuss how important the relationship between Aubameyang and Lacazette is for Arsenal and how Unai Emery can utilise both forwards.

    Are Real Madrid good enough to win La Liga?


    Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the ESPN FC panel question if Real Madrid will have the pieces necessary to win La Liga this...

    Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the ESPN FC panel question if Real Madrid will have the pieces necessary to win La Liga this season.

    Which version of Bakayoko are Milan getting?


    With Tiemoue Bakayoko heading to Milan, the FC crew discuss why he struggled at Chelsea and how he can help a club eager to return to the...

    With Tiemoue Bakayoko heading to Milan, the FC crew discuss why he struggled at Chelsea and how he can help a club eager to return to the UCL.

    Ramos continues war of words with Klopp


    Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League...

    Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League final.
    It's early, but Cruz Azul appears to be in the midst of redefining itself

    It's early, but Cruz Azul appears to be in the midst of redefining itself


    It's barely four weeks into the season, but Cruz Azul already has a different feel to it. SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The season's first four games don't provide enough of a sample size to make a definitive judgment on Cruz Azul's season, but they can offer...

    It's barely four weeks into the season, but Cruz Azul already has a different feel to it. SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The season's first four games don't provide enough of a sample size to make a definitive judgment on Cruz Azul's season, but they can offer hints that a once-insecure team with a habit of falling apart at the wrong time is turning things around. A valiant away draw at Tijuana's always-difficult pitch, earned with only 10 men from the 22nd minute on, made it clear that Cruz Azul is ready to move on from its recent period of uncertainty. Any conclusions at this point would be...

    Yeovil Town 0-1 Aston Villa: Hourihane nets winner


    Andre Moreira saved a penalty and Conor Hourihane scored the winner as Aston Villa advance to the second round with a 1-0 win over Yeovil...

    Andre Moreira saved a penalty and Conor Hourihane scored the winner as Aston Villa advance to the second round with a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town.

    Leeds 2-1 Bolton: Bielsa's boys keep rolling


    Marcelo Bielsa's perfect start at Leeds United continued into the Carabao Cup, with his side holding off Bolton to reach the second...

    Marcelo Bielsa's perfect start at Leeds United continued into the Carabao Cup, with his side holding off Bolton to reach the second round.
    Roma complete Steven N'Zonzi signing from Sevilla

    Roma complete Steven N'Zonzi signing from Sevilla


    Roma have made France international Steven N'Zonzi their 12th new signing this summer. The World Cup winner landed in the Eternal City from Sevilla on Tuesday to undergo a medical, having already agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi, and was...

    Roma have made France international Steven N'Zonzi their 12th new signing this summer. The World Cup winner landed in the Eternal City from Sevilla on Tuesday to undergo a medical, having already agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi, and was presented later in the evening. "I'm very happy to be here and to be a Roma player," Nzonzi told Roma TV of the move. "I'm very pleased to be here. "I really felt that the club wanted me to come. This is why I am here, and I'm happy to join such a big...
    Barcelona's Gamper Trophy opponents Boca Juniors recall Diego Maradona's time in Catalonia

    Barcelona's Gamper Trophy opponents Boca Juniors recall Diego Maradona's time in Catalonia


    Ernesto Valverde praises Ousmane Dembele's impact in the Spanish Super Cup, amid speculation about the Frenchman's future at Barcelona. For someone regarded as one of the best footballers ever, Diego Maradona's career is littered with regrets and...

    Ernesto Valverde praises Ousmane Dembele's impact in the Spanish Super Cup, amid speculation about the Frenchman's future at Barcelona. For someone regarded as one of the best footballers ever, Diego Maradona's career is littered with regrets and what-ifs, and his disappointing and chaotic two-year stay at Barcelona ranks particularly high among them. Maradona signed for Barcelona in 1982 after a protracted transfer from Boca Juniors, who visit the Camp Nou on Wednesday as Barca's opponents for the traditional Trofeo Joan Gamper, the team's final preseason friendly. A statue of Maradona greets visitors at Boca's museum and...