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Saudis send letter of intent to FIFA for 2034 WC

Saudi Arabia announced it took the second step to bid for 2034 World Cup by submitting a letter of intent to host the event to world football governing body FIFA on Monday. “Last week we announced our ambitions to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, and this official submission continues our journey to make the dreams of our people a reality,” Yasser Al Misehal, president of the Saudi Arabian Football…

Deschamps questions FIFA over 2030 WC format

France manager Didier Deschamps has criticised FIFA’s plans for the 2030 World Cup, questioning the “sporting and ethical” coherence of the tournament. FIFA announced last week that the men’s competition in 2030 would be hosted across six countries and three continents as part of the plans to commemorate the World Cup’s 100th anniversary. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) “Beyond the fact that it’s a trend, organising [tournaments]…

Saka withdraws from England squad due to injury

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has withdrawn from the England squad due to a hamstring injury, it was announced on Monday. The 22-year-old reported to England’s St George’s Park base on Monday for medical assessments despite Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisting Saka was unavailable. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) It is not uncommon for England’s doctors to perform their own checks and following a series of examinations, Saka…

Saka out of England camp with muscle injury

Mikel Arteta said Bukayo Saka will not join up with England after missing Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday through injury. The 22-year-old suffered a slight hamstring strain in the Gunners’ midweek Champions League defeat to Lens and was unable to make the matchday squad as Arteta’s side secured their first victory over City since January 2015. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) England boss Gareth…

Salah brace not enough to seal win for Liverpool at Brighton

BRIGHTON & HOVE, England — Few of the top Premier League teams take all three points from their visits to Brighton & Hove Albion, especially after falling behind. But Jurgen Klopp’s new-look Liverpool team came close to avenging their 3-0 loss at the Amex Stadium last season, initially lifting themselves off the canvas after going a goal down, only to be pegged back to a 2-2 draw. Liverpool — who…

McTominay rescues Man United but questions mount for Ten Hag

MANCHESTER, England — Scott McTominay found an answer for Manchester United against Brentford on Saturday, but the questions are mounting for manager Erik ten Hag. McTominay came on after 87 minutes with United 1-0 down and scored in the 93rd and 97th minutes to secure a 2-1 win and blow the roof off Old Trafford. Ten Hag punched the air and McTominay sank to his knees as United gave fans…

European review: Bellingham a perfect 10 for Madrid

Another Saturday of European football has come and gone. If you merely checked the box scores, you’d think there were few surprises as the weekend’s action got underway, but those full-time figures only tell half the story. Manchester United won, although you wouldn’t know it if you walked out of Old Trafford in the 92nd minute, and so did Chelsea, they themselves coming from behind, too. Borussia Dortmund also overturned…

Ten Hag slams Man Utd squad after dramatic win

Erik ten Hag hit out at his Manchester United players after the dramatic 2-1 win over Brentford telling his squad, “if you can’t handle the pressure, don’t play here.” United needed two stoppage-time goals from substitute Scott McTominay to avoid a third successive defeat at Old Trafford. – Dawson: McTominay rescues United but questions mount for Ten Hag – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Afterward, Ten Hag said…

Who should struggling Chelsea have signed instead? Osimhen, Szoboszlai, more

Chelsea spent an unprecedented £1 billion across the last three transfer windows, but it hasn’t really worked so far. The club have won two of their seven games, drawing two and losing three under new manager Mauricio Pochettino and sit 11th in the Premier League table — already 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. While they have amassed a group of some of the most-talented young players in the…

Polish PM fumes as players arrested in Holland

Two Legia Warsaw players have been released after being detained for almost 24 hours in the Netherlands following a European game, the Polish club said Friday. The players, Josué of Portugal and Radovan Pankov of Serbia, were taken off the team bus and detained Thursday after allegedly injuring a steward following a Europa Conference League match at AZ Alkmaar, which also saw scuffles between visiting supporters and police. Legia Warsaw…