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Man United again show they can’t handle setbacks as historically bad defence unravels in Munich

MUNICH — It says everything about Manchester United’s current state that Bayern Munich didn’t play particularly well in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday, but the Bavarians still scored four goals, could have scored more, and won far more comfortably than the 4-3 score suggested. It also says everything about United’s campaign so far that, after three straight defeats and four in their past five games, Saturday’s trip…

Spain players end boycott after FA vows change

Spain’s World Cup winning-squad agreed to end their boycott of the national team on Wednesday after the country’s football federation (RFEF) said it would make “immediate and profound changes”, including reshuffling its top management. The decision was reached around 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) after more than seven hours of meetings at a hotel in Oliva, an hour from Valencia, involving the players, RFEF officials, the National Sports…

Wiegman picked to lead Team GB at ’24 Olympics

Sarina Wiegman will coach Great Britain’s women’s football team at the 2024 Olympics, if the team qualifies, the English Football Association confirmed Wednesday. England manager Wiegman steered the Lionesses to the 2023 World Cup final, and also led them to victory in the Euros in 2022. She has been selected as the standout candidate to lead Team GB to Paris in 2024, but only if the team qualifies. – Stream…

Ten Hag admits concern over Man Utd’s injury list

Erik ten Hag has admitted Manchester United’s lengthening list of absentees is a “concern” and says he has rarely been able to play his best team during his time at Old Trafford. Harry Maguire is the latest player to pick up an injury, ruling him out of the trip to Bayern Munich along with Raphaël Varane, Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Sofyan Amrabat, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kobbie Mainoo. –…

Xavi: Barca at ‘best level’ since I became boss

Xavi Hernandez says Barcelona are playing their best football since he took over as manager after they thrashed Antwerp 5-0 in their Champions League opener on Tuesday. João Félix scored twice, with Robert Lewandowski, Gavi and a Jelle Bataille own goal completing the scoring as Barça hit five for the second time in four days after registering the same scoreline against Real Betis on Saturday. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga,…

Lazio goalie 2nd ever to score non-penalty in UCL

Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel came forward and headed in a stoppage-time equalizer to earn the Roman club a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. On the final play of the match at the Stadio Olimpico, Provedel — making his Champions League debut — showed off his unlikely attacking skills by meeting a cross from Luis Alberto with a glancing header. It was a measure of…

Are Barcelona back to their best under Xavi? Expect Van Bommel, Antwerp to push them

FC Barcelona have suddenly begun to play like Barca again, which is to say they look like the overwhelming, attractive, dynamic teams in which their current manager, Xavi, used to conduct magical football symphonies. There has been a lot of dross from Spain’s champions over the past few months. Winning dross, but pattern-free, stubborn, uninspiring stuff all the same. Yet this weekend’s 5-0 win over Real Betis was an exhilarating…

Bellingham had no part in Greenwood move – boss

Getafe coach Jose Bordalas has apologised for claiming that Jude Bellingham recommended Mason Greenwood to play in LaLiga, retracting remarks he made on Friday. Bordalas previously said that Real Madrid midfielder Bellingham played a part in Greenwood joining Getafe on a season-long loan from Manchester United. “I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding that there has been,” Bordalas said on Sunday. “I said that Mason Greenwood came to Getafe because…

Ten Hag needs results at Man United quickly to avoid familiar fate

Erik ten Hag has shown himself to be the tough-guy manager that Manchester United needed when he was hired to take charge at the end of their dismal 2022-23 season. But the former Ajax coach is in danger of seeing the football side of his job unravel at Old Trafford. The 53-year-old said Friday he inherited a “no-good culture” when he arrived at the club 16 months ago and he…