5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are missing a goalscoring “weapon” after missing out on Harry Kane. While Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea landed Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window, Kane remained at Tottenham Hotspur rather than moving to the Etihad Stadium. – ESPN+ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS,
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12:18 PM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has backed Karim Benzema to be a Ballon d’Or contender this year after an extraordinary start to the LaLiga season which has seen the forward contribute eight goals and seven assists in just six games. Benzema’s fine form continued in Real Madrid’s 6-1
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1:51 PM ET ESPN News Services Embattled Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has received a two-match ban on Friday for complaining at the end of a 0-0 draw at Cadiz in LaLiga action the day before. The result extended Barcelona’s winless streak to three matches and increased the pressure on Koeman. Koeman was sent off deep
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11:41 AM ET Adriana Garcia Brazil coach Tite has included eight Premier League-based players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers at Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay. Tite’s selection for this month’s international window was affected by the English clubs’ refusal to release their players called up by their national teams if they were to compete in
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12:41 PM ET Constantin Eckner Hertha Berlin are mired near the bottom of the Bundesliga despite a significant financial injection from Windhorst and his company. What’s going on? Matthias Hangst/Getty Images BERLIN — Some fans believe Hertha Berlin have been cursed since the 1960s. Shortly after the inauguration of the Bundesliga in 1963, Gunter Herzog, the
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8:30 AM ET Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes “it does not take a miracle” to beat Manchester City but rejected the idea he has Pep Guardiola’s number after three consecutive wins. The Blues host City on Saturday 119 days on from beating them to win last season’s Champions League final, a victory which followed on
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8:44 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has aimed a dig at Jurgen Klopp by suggesting Manchester United have not had as many penalty decisions since the Liverpool boss highlighted their record last season. Solskjaer was left frustrated after seeing two penalty claims turned down in the 2-1 win over West Ham in the
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5:23 AM ET Europe’s leading clubs have accused FIFA of attempting to “railroad” through plans for a biennial World Cup which they claim would have a “destructive” impact on the club game. The European Club Association, which represents 234 clubs and is chaired by Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, believes there has been a clear
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6:35 AM ET Aramide Oladipo Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that midfielder Thiago will be out of action until mid-October after suffering a calf injury. Thiago, 30, has impressed at the start of the campaign but limped off during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend. – Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+
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9:14 AM ET Italy’s oldest football team Genoa became the sixth Serie A side to come under American ownership on Thursday when Miami-based 777 Partners purchased the club from long-time owner Enrico Preziosi. The private investment firm is the latest U.S. owner in Italy’s top league following AC Milan, Fiorentina, Spezia, AS Roma and Venezia.
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7:40 PM ET Under fire Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman blasted the standard of refereeing in Spain after he and Frenkie de Jong were both sent off in Thursday’s goalless draw against Cadiz. Dutch midfielder De Jong picked up two yellow cards in the second half and Koeman was dismissed in stoppage time for something he
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5:56 PM ET Barcelona had another disappointing result on Thursday night, being held to a 0-0 draw with Cadiz in a match at the Nuevo Mirandilla. – Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access– ESPN+ viewers’ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more Ronald Koeman came into the game under pressure after a stuttering start to
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12:49 PM ET A Washington Spirit fan group have launched a protest and called for club owner Steve Baldwin to step down after concerns over player welfare. Richie Burke was suspended as head coach in August following an investigation into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse towards players. – Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+
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