News that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for some time is not particularly welcome for Manchester City fans. One of the key men in Pep Guardiola’s centurions last season — no mean feat given the talent in the squad — he’ll be a huge hole for the manager to fill in making his team
With the Premier League back in action, Shaka Hislop and Mark Donaldson predict all of the fixtures ahead of week 2. They are not striking similarities as much as superficial ones. Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are forwards who signed last season for club-record fees in the same bracket, £58 million and £56m.
After a summer of big signings, including Arturo Vidal and Malcom, the FC crew assess whether Barcelona are early Champions League favourites. The guys respond to your tweets about Barcelona’s title credentials, Scotland’s international outlook, Bayern Munich and the FC crew’s best dancer. Sid Lowe unpacks the ‘unknown package’ that is Barcelona ahead of the
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes the club are working hard to build their brand in the United States and help improve the popularity of the sport. La Liga is coming to the U.S.! Thursday’s announcement of a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, means Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates could
Will Alexis Sanchez be the key to Manchester United’s success this season? The ESPN FC guys weigh in. The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. 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
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on their five-year anniversary, whether this PSG side has what it takes to win the Champions League and more. Paris Saint-Germain have signed defender Thilo Kehrer from Schalke, which has ended interest in Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, a source close to the French champions has told ESPN FC.
In his first appearance in a Juventus shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring during the club’s annual intra-squad friendly in Villar Perosa. This week marks 15 years since Cristiano Ronaldo made his Manchester United debut. On Aug. 16, 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson introduced a scrawny 18-year-old as a second-half substitute against Bolton Wanderers on the
The respective ways in which Neymar and Kylian Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain after the World Cup spoke volumes about how they will be viewed this season. The world’s most expensive player, Neymar, joined his teammates in China for the Trophee des Champions against Monaco. But there was no hero’s welcome for the Brazilian. In
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. Former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman explains why he can’t see his old side catching Barcelona in La Liga after losing Cristiano Ronaldo. With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real
Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. Atletico Madrid lifted the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn with a 4-2 victory powered by the brute force of Diego Costa. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored inside the 90
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo and the stars of Serie A all season long, with every match from the Italian top flight available on ESPN and ESPN+. Stewart Robson reveals his projected Juventus XI as Cristiano Ronaldo gets set to make his Serie A debut against Chievo. The journey has been longer than predicted, but the real
Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph. Atletico Madrid finally got the monkey off their back as they defeated local rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in the European Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday night to start the season with
By Andrew Cesare Richardson Former Paraguay international Carlos Gamarra could make a sensational return to football at the age of 47 — 11 years after announcing his retirement. Gamarra — who won 110 caps for Paraguay and was named in FIFA’s Team of the Tournament at the 1998 World Cup — played for Benfica, Atletico
With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real Madrid, the FC crew assess whether he improves their chances of winning La Liga more than Keylor Navas. Steve Nicol explains the role he thinks Gareth Bale should play in Real Madrid’s attack, and Julien Laurens explains how Karim Benzema factors in. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has
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
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0. The appointment of a new manager always creates some winners and losers. Maurizio Sarri’s arrival has spelt good news for David Luiz and Willian, both set for a promising future at Chelsea having both been bound for the exit after falling
With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real Madrid, the FC crew assess whether he improves their chances of winning La Liga more than Keylor Navas. Spain’s UEFA Super Cup dominance will continue on Wednesday evening in Tallinn as the country are guaranteed a ninth victory from the past 10 years. Champions League winners Real Madrid
Craig Burley and Paul Mariner believe Arsenal will have to be judged against the rest of the Prem because the gulf in quality against Man City was too great. Former Arsenal forward Paul Mariner breaks down how Manchester City were able to dominate the Gunners while urging patience with Unai Emery’s side. Anyone wondering how
Manchester City picked up where they left off last season with a dominant performance to win 2-0 at Arsenal. It is worth noting that the defending Premier League champions unpicked the opposition on Unai Emery’s debut without Gabriel Jesus, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne in the starting lineup.
With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real Madrid, the FC crew assess whether he improves their chances of winning La Liga more than Keylor Navas. Former Norway international and Premier League star Jan Aage Fjortoft has told ESPN FC that there is no need to worry about the progress of Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard