Soccer

Leon Goretzka: Bayern Munich to sign Schalke midfielder

BBC Football - Soccer - 49 min 25 sec ago
Schalke say they did "everything" they could to keep Leon Goretzka but the midfielder will join Bayern Munich in the summer.
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Fernandinho: Manchester City midfielder signs contract extension until 2020

BBC Football - Soccer - 1 hour 18 min ago
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho signs a two-year contract extension until 2020.
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'I always think there's a chance' - Fraserburgh boss prepares for Rangers

BBC Football - Soccer - 3 hours 8 min ago
Knocking Rangers out of the Scottish Cup may be a dream for Mark Cowie but the Fraserburgh boss insists dreams sometimes do come true.
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Newcastle United: Amanda Staveley still interested in takeover

BBC Football - Soccer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:34
Businesswoman Amanda Staveley says she still wants to buy Newcastle United despite owner Mike Ashley ending £250m takeover talks this week.
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Asensio's late volley gives Real Madrid a 1-0 win against Leganes

BBC Football - Soccer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:40
Marco Asensio scores a late winner as a much-changed Real Madrid side win at Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.
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Michael O'Neill: What would Northern Ireland boss bring to Scotland?

BBC Football - Soccer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:34
What sort of manager would Scotland be getting if Michael O'Neill accepts the job? Would his style suit their needs?
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Crystal Palace midfielder 'out for months'

BBC Football - Soccer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:30
Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to miss several months after manager Roy Hodgson said his ankle injury is worse than first thought and may require surgery.
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Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge wanted by Inter Milan, Sevilla - sources

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:42
Inter Milan and Sevilla are interested in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this transfer window, a source has told ESPN
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Houston Dynamo re-sign U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:39
DaMarcus Beasley will be back with the Dynamo in 2018. The Houston Dynamo have re-signed U.S. international defender DaMarcus Beasley, the club announced on Thursday. "We are extremely pleased to have DaMarcus return to the Houston Dynamo," Houston general manager Matt Jordan said of the signing. "He is a true professional both on and off the field and an important leader in our group. It was important to bring him back as we look to build on the strong foundation we've built in preparation for the 2018 season." Beasley, 35, joined the Dynamo from Mexican...
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Inter Milan and Roma seeking return to form in Serie A grudge match

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:28
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti looks at whether Inter Milan are regressing to the mean in Serie A. Inter Milan vs. Roma on Sunday is being billed as an anti-crisis match. A chance for Inter to turn things around. The moment Roma have been waiting for to snap out of their malaise. A win at San Siro for either side would have the effect of a jab in the arm, the best medicine for a bout of winter flu. Both teams unexpectedly slowed in December, fading in parallel. What made their respective declines all the stranger was that it came just when they seemed for real. Their title credentials checked...
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Golden Boot race: Goals dry up for stars at Premier League's smaller clubs

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:24
Ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has leapt to the defence of Romelu Lukaku, who has received criticism from some quarters for his performances during his debut season at Old Trafford. There have been inquests aplenty. The superstar strikers are not scoring in the copious quantities they were in the early weeks of the season. Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette cost the best part of £200 million between them last summer. Between the start of October and the end of Sunday, they scored a combined 14 goals in 60 club games. They may not attract much sympathy from their counterparts elsewhere, and not just because of their sizeable salaries or the quality...
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Will Ronaldo leave Real Madrid?

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:16
Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid has been thrown into doubt again. But how likely is he to leave? Do Manchester United actually want him? And who else would pay the huge wages of a player who is 33 next month? Read »
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Will Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid? Which club could he join?

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:16
The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on the reports from Spain stating that Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Madrid. The FC crew cast doubt on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United, despite his recent dip in form and reports of tension at Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane backs Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid his first three-match goalless drought for Real Madrid since April 2017 with a goal against Villarreal. With speculation once again rife that Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking an exit from Real Madrid, we asked writers from around the world for their thoughts on what lies ahead for the Ballon d'Or holder. What is Madrid's attitude toward him with regard to the future? There is increasing consensus around Real Madrid that, if Ronaldo really wants to leave, then he can go this summer. Crazy as it seems from outside, the Bernabeu has never really taken him to its heart, despite 422 goals in 418 games and...
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Juventus to 'intensify' pursuit of Liverpool's Emre Can - Beppe Marotta

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:14
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is remains a target for Juventus according to the club's general manager Beppe Marotta but a deal will not
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New deal will define Mourinho

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:13
Jose Mourinho is about to sign a contract extension at Manchester United. The Portuguese now has to return the club to the summit of European football -- and success or failure will affect how his whole career is judged. Mark Ogden »
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Jose Mourinho's career will be defined by success or failure at Man United

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:13
It was at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg, back in the summer of 2006, that Sir Alex Ferguson allowed his mask to slip on the
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Sunil Gulati: Perceptions of U.S. affecting 2026 World Cup bid

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:10
U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid. ESPN's Sam Borden chats with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid. PHILADELPHIA -- Outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati stressed that winning the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup "will be a tough battle," and that he's concerned external political forces could adversely affect the bid. The U.S. is engaged in a joint bid with Canada and Mexico to win the hosting rights, and Gulati will remain chairman of the United Bid Committee Board of Directors despite leaving his role with U.S. Soccer. The joint bid is considered a heavy favorite to win...
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Theo Walcott had his moments but never had a chance to live up to the hype at Arsenal

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:52
Arsenal's Arsene Wenger paid an emotional tribute to Theo Walcott after his Everton switch. With Theo Walcott looking set to join Everton, the FC crew examine whether a change of scenery can help the out-of-favour Arsenal forward reach new heights. Theo Walcott was doomed from the start. It seems a strange thing to say about a player who has just left Arsenal after a 12-year career which saw him score over 100 goals, but the conclusion is inescapable. Burdened with expectations which should never have been placed on a game but average player, he was always going to disappoint. His attitude was always positive, you sensed he had an understanding what it meant to play for Arsenal, and an inkling of what it meant to play in front of those fans....
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Football 'losing the plot' over transfer fees - Pardew

BBC Football - Soccer - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:32
West Brom manager Alan Pardew believes the rise in transfer fees show that football is "losing the plot".
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Andy Carroll faces injury spell, ending links to Chelsea - reports

Soccer headlines - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:31
Andy Carroll is set to stay with West Ham this winter as he faces at least a month out through an ankle injury, according to <a
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