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Ex-Arsenal, Madrid star Ozil retires aged 34

Former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from professional football at age 34. Ozil, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, has spent the past three seasons in the Turkish Super Lig and retires after making four league appearances for Basaksehir, who he joined as a free agent last year. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) He retired from international…

Most big clubs like Barcelona and Liverpool are trending down in 2022-23 … here’s why it matters

It’s one of the odd things at the top of European football this year: very few clubs (or their fan bases) can look at their current situation, conclude the future is bright and reach for the shades. League-leading Arsenal and Napoli? Sure, no question about it. Stick them at the top of the list. Maybe a notch below them, Manchester City: they may not win the league this year (unlike…

Sources: Mbappe named new France captain

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed as the new captain for the France national team, coach Didier Deschamps said on Tuesday. Sources told ESPN that Deschamps had informed the France squad about the decision on Monday. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Speaking to French outlet Telefoot, Deschamps said: “Kylian Mbappe is the new France captain. Antoine Griezmann is the vice-captain. “Kylian ticks all the boxes…

England’s Chilwell calls mental health stigma ‘silly’

England player Ben Chilwell has experienced his share of setbacks in recent years and on Tuesday said he had benefited from being open about his mental health. Now he is urging more players to follow his lead. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) “I have been talking to someone for a few years now and the stigma around it is silly, really, especially with men and men in…

Bayern get 1st-leg edge over Arsenal in UWCL

Bayern Munich secured a narrow 1-0 home win against Arsenal in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinal thanks to Lea Schuller’s first-half header. In front of a crowd of 20,000 at the Allianz Arena, Schuller’s 39th-minute effort was enough for the side second in the Frauen-Bundesliga to take a lead back to north London for the second leg, despite intense second-half pressure from the Women’s Super…

Injured Rashford out of England’s Euro qualifiers

Marcus Rashford will miss England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine this week after picking up an injury in Manchester United’s FA Cup quarterfinal win over Fulham, the English Football Association (FA) said on Monday. Rashford, who scored three goals at the World Cup in Qatar last year, has been in scintillating form this season with 30 goals for club and country. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more…

Fulham’s Mitrovic charged over Man U incidents

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is facing a lengthy ban after the Football Association said the standard punishment for his dismissal during their 3-1 FA Cup quarterfinal defeat by Manchester United would be “clearly insufficient”. Fulham coach Marco Silva was also charged by the FA on Monday. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) During the second half of Sunday’s tie, a confrontation broke out after Fulham’s Willian was red-carded…

Weekend review: Mitrovic madness, Barca’s Clasico comeback and Haaland the shark

Another weekend of European football is in the books and, once again, there was drama across the board. Fulham turned a one-goal lead into a red-tinted calamity at Manchester United in the FA Cup, while Bayern Munich slipped up to let Borussia Dortmund take the lead in the Bundesliga title race. Elsewhere, Christophe Galtier and Antonio Conte look on borrowed time at Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively, while two…

Bayer Leverkusen stun Bayern with comeback win

Bayer Leverkusen’s Exequiel Palacios scored two second-half penalties to complete a 2-1 comeback victory over visitors Bayern Munich on Sunday and deny them the Bundesliga lead. Bayern were nowhere to be seen at the start with the hosts unleashing a flurry of shots towards Yann Sommer’s goal in the opening 15 minutes. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Their overall performance going into the one-week break for international…

Barca beat Madrid to go 12 points clear in LaLiga

Franck Kessie scored a stoppage-time winner to give Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico at Camp Nou and a massive 12-point lead over second-place Real Madrid with 12 games of the LaLiga season remaining. A freak own goal from Ronald Araujo put Real Madrid ahead in just the ninth minute, but Barcelona responded to claim a deserved equalizer through Sergi Roberto’s composed finish right on the…