Category Other

Ten Hag: Top players now want to join Man Utd

Erik ten Hag says “top players want to come” to Manchester United this summer and insists a successful transfer window is not dependent on the club qualifying for the Champions League. United are in danger of missing out on a place in the top four after back-to-back defeats to Brighton and West Ham. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) But Ten Hag believes he can still attract players…

With Bielsa back in business, can football’s famed pied piper deliver success at Uruguay?

Football’s pied piper is back in business, ready to enchant his next group of young players and lead them forward, always forward — Marcelo Bielsa has been named Uruguay’s new coach through the 2026 World Cup. It means that an astonishing seven of CONMEBOL’s 10 nations are now coached by an Argentine — including Chile’s onetime Bielsa assistant Eduardo Berizzo. Brazil, still without a coach, will remain an obvious exception.…

Haaland wins FWA award by biggest ever margin

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland won the prestigious Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year award after his impressive debut season in England, it was announced Friday. Haaland, 22, won the prize by a record margin, earning 82% of the vote ahead of Arsenal players Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, who finished second and third respectively. – When can Manchester City win the Premier League? – Stream on ESPN+:…

Superstar Vinicius shows range in UCL performance, and will Man United fold in top four race?

Each week, Luis Miguel Echegaray discusses the latest from the soccer world, including standout performances, what you might have missed and what to keep an eye on in the coming days. Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal was entertaining, filled with strategic moves by both sides, outstanding defensive performances (looking at you, Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba) and even some…

New kings of Queens: NYCFC unveils spectacular images of planned stadium

Major League Soccer club New York City FC has unveiled images of its plans for the city’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium, and they look spectacular. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) NYCFC has gained approval to build a new 25,000-seat arena at Willets Point, an industrial neighbourhood in Queens right next to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The club hopes to have the $780 million project…

Man City Keep or Dump: Who stays and who should go this summer?

Manchester City are undoubtedly in a great place on the pitch and manager Pep Guardiola’s contract extension gives us a clearer view of the project in the medium term. We don’t expect a big summer, but they’ll need to make some moves at the back, especially in light of the way he has reshuffled the formation this year as well as certain players getting older and perhaps not fitting Pep’s…

Agent: Bale’s body can’t handle Wrexham return

Gareth Bale rejected the opportunity to come out of retirement to play for Rob Reynolds and Rob McElhenney-owned Wrexham because “he doesn’t want to play football anymore,” according to the former Tottenham, Real Madrid and Los Angeles FC forward’s long-term agent. Bale, 33, announced his playing retirement in January after representing Wales at Qatar 2022 in the country first appearance at a World Cup since 1958. – Stream on ESPN+:…

Inter jump Milan early to take UCL derby lead

Inter Milan scored two early goals to secure an impressive 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday and stay on course to become the first Italian team to win the trophy since they did so 2010. Inter struck after eight and 11 minutes, with Edin Dzeko smashing in a close-range volley before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead from Federico Dimarco’s cross to stun…

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid try again for Mbappe as Bellingham chase continues

The January transfer window may be closed around Europe, but teams are looking ahead to the summer and there’s plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals! Real Madrid are preparing to make another approach for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, according to the Telegraph. It is reported that the LaLiga side are confident of persuading…

Out of fear or respect, Man City and Real Madrid both held back. Who must cut loose next week?

MADRID — Manchester City avoided a repeat of their Real Madrid nightmare, but they can’t dream about winning the Champions League just yet. The fear and respect displayed by both sides in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu served a purpose, but the side which cuts loose and goes for broke at next week’s return leg at the Etihad will make it to the final in Istanbul on June…