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Liverpool, Tottenham fan groups ask Champions League sponsors to return final tickets

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:45
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes Tottenham's defense will be more of a problem for Liverpool than Ajax's would have been in the Champions League final. Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop examine where things went wrong for Ajax, pointing out the instances in which their inexperience cost them against Tottenham. Lucas Moura cried as he watched back his stunning last minute winner that fired Spurs into the Champions League final. Liverpool and Tottenham supporters' groups have called on sponsors to return Champions League final tickets to allow more fans to attend the showpiece in Madrid. Fans for the two sides have received a total of 33,286 tickets from the 68,000 available at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium. - When is the Champions League final? - Who qualifies for Europe from the Premier League? Liverpool's Spirit of Shankly (SOS) and Tottenham Hotspur supporter's Trutst (THST) have released a joint-statement,...
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LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid make first approach for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:30
The FC crew speculate on whether Barcelona or PSG are front-runners to land Antoine Griezmann after the Atleti star announced he'll depart this summer. The Premier League transfer window is open. You can click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with all the latest gossip below. Transfer window grades | When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Real begin pursuit of Salah Real Madrid's desire to bring Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu is well documented, but the Daily Mail says there's another Premier League attacker who's in the La Liga club's sights: Mohamed...
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Transfer Talk: Real Madrid make first approach for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:30
The FC crew speculate on whether Barcelona or PSG are front-runners to land Antoine Griezmann after the Atleti star announced he'll depart this summer. The Premier League transfer window is open. You can click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with all the latest gossip below. Transfer window grades | When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Real begin pursuit of Salah Real Madrid's desire to bring Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu is well documented, but the Daily Mail says there's another Premier League attacker that's in the La Liga club's sights: Mohamed...
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Power Rankings: Liverpool and Tottenham continue to lead the way

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:16
ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race. Craig Burley says Manchester City justified his past declaration that they're the best team in club football after they edged Liverpool to the title. Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. The Champions League finalists still set the standard, while newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City have moved up. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: None Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV, which airs daily on ESPN+.
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Paul Mariner's Top 10 Goals of the Premier League season

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:59
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner reveals his top goals of the 2018-19 Premier League season as the rest of the FC crew call his ranking into question.
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Premier League report card: Man City, Liverpool shine but Man United woeful

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:07
With another Premier League season having come to an end, it is time for the end of term reports cards. Was your team delightful or dismal? Fantastic or frustrating? Here is how this TV commentator graded all 20 Premier League clubs from "A" (superb) to "F" (awful) in terms of how they measured up against preseason expectations. - Barnwell: Premier League winners and losers - Premier League 2019-20 way-too-early predictions Arsenal: B+ (if they win the Europa League),  C+ (if they lose) The...
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When is the 2019 FA Community Shield and who is in it? All you need to know

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:50
Find out the date and details of the 2019 FA Community Shield. Where is the 2019 FA Community Shield being played? The full details have not yet been confirmed by the Football Association, but traditionally the final would be played at Wembley Stadium in London. The stadium has an official capacity of 90,000 for football, but the largest attendance was 89,874 in for the 2008 FA Cup final (Cardiff City vs. Portsmouth). The ground, which re-opened in May 2007 after a complete rebuild, is England's...
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The 2018-19 Premier League season summed up in 10 games

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
After eight months and 380 matches, the 2018-19 Premier League campaign is over. Here is a bite-size summary of the campaign through 10 games that feature all 20 sides. - Ogden: Epic title race decided by millimetres - What you might have missed on Premier League's final day Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City (gameweek 1) The Premier League's 27th year started with a thrilling, end-to-end contest and a fortunate Manchester United victory which set the tone for their campaign. Although United's...
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Liverpool's Klopp to put players through 'preseason' ahead of Champions League final

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:52
Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. Sadio Mane's brace against Wolves wasn't enough for Liverpool to steal the Premier League title on Manchester City on the final day of the season. ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race. Steve Nicol shares his candid thoughts on Liverpool's second place finish, as their 97 points set a record for the most ever by the runners-up. Jurgen Klopp says he will fill the three-week gap before the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur by putting his Liverpool players through a two-week "preseason." The two Premier League clubs played their final domestic games of the season on Sunday and are in the unusual position of having a lengthy wait for the June 1 clash in Madrid. Klopp has given his team a few days off to recover from a gruelling Premier League campaign in which they pushed Manchester City to the final day in...
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Africans Abroad: Mahrez makes his mark as City clinch title

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:21

 Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have ended the Premier League season sharing the Golden Boot, but the final day belonged to Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez. After a frustrating maiden season at City, Algeria's Mahrez made his mark on the campaign with a stunning strike against Brighton and Hove Albion, as Pep Guardiola's side clinched the Premier League title. Mahrez, City's most expensive signing, was handed a rare - and surprising -- start as the league leaders...
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Transfer window: Rabiot leads top free agents in the summer

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 02:00
Clubs missed their last chance to get some cash for one of their out-of-contract players in January, so here's who will be available on a free transfer in summer 2019 if they don't put pen to paper soon, with the help of Transfermarkt. MAN CITY: No more captain fantastic? Vincent Kompany: How do you replace the impact of a captain, leader and legend like Kompany? You can't really. The 32-year-old should really get a new one-year deal. LIVERPOOL: A striking decision Daniel Sturridge: Once a seriously...
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Transfer window: Adrien Rabiot leads top free agents in the summer

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 02:00
Clubs missed their last chance to get some cash for one of their out-of-contract players in January, so here's who will be available on a free transfer in summer 2019 if they don't put pen to paper soon, with the help of Transfermarkt. MAN CITY: No more captain fantastic? Vincent Kompany: How do you replace the impact of a captain, leader and legend like Kompany? You can't really. The 32-year-old should really get a new one-year deal. LIVERPOOL: A striking decision Daniel Sturridge: Once a seriously...
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Way-too-early predictions for next season's top 6

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:18
Craig Burley makes his very premature prediction of Premier League's top six next season one day after Manchester City secured the 2018-19 title.
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Mane tops Player Power Rankings as Silva, Mahrez split Man City vote

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:20
ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race. Steve Nicol shares his candid thoughts on Liverpool's second place finish, as their 97 points set a record for the most ever by the runners-up. Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol praises Manchester City's mentality and defensive superiority during their run-in to a second straight Premier league title. Sadio Mane earned a share of the Golden Boot to top the Player Power Rankings, as our allegiances were split between a pair of Man City champions. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Also receiving votes: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.
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Man City and Liverpool complete a truly special season. PLUS: Do Man United have a recovery plan?

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:46
After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings. Jump to: Man City, Liverpool's conclusion | The title's turning point? | Barca still have pride | Dortmund are a mess | Do Man United have a plan? | A big week for Gattuso, Milan | Bayern's VAR woe | The end for Bale at Real? | Sarri belongs at Chelsea | Allegri should be safe | Don't hate Neymar | Ajax's remarkable season Let's reflect on Man City, Liverpool's...
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Champions League draw pot possibilities for Premier League clubs

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 07:05
With both Liverpool and Manchester City able to be crowned champions, Shaka Hislop gives his predictions on what could be a thrilling Sunday in England. Lucas Moura scored a dramatic 96th-minute winner and hat trick against Ajax, our ESPN FC crew break down his performance that sent Spurs to the Champions League final. The Premier League now knows it will be sending Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League next season after they finished in the top four.  Arsenal could yet make it five English clubs in the UCL should they win the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29. But where will the clubs be placed in the Champions League group-stage draw pots, when it takes place on Thursday, Aug. 29? Tottenham might have another reason to hope Arsenal lose the UEL final...
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Premier League's final day: What you may have missed as Man City, Liverpool battled for title

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 06:00
Relive the best moments of a title race for the ages, as Man City edged Liverpool to the Premier League title, winning by a single point. Manchester City are the first team in a decade to win back to back Premier League titles, beating Brighton 4-1. Craig Burley says Manchester City justified his past declaration that they're the best team in club football after they edged Liverpool to the title. ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race. After their eighth defeat in 12 matches, ESPN FC's Craig Burley slams Man United's decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a full-time basis. It's been a wild ride, but the 2018-19 Premier League season is now done and dusted. Manchester City are champions and Liverpool are the greatest runners-up the world has ever seen and deserve their own trophy. With a full 89 days until next season gets underway, here's a compendium of the bits and bobs you may have missed on a frenetic final day. - Ogden: Epic title race decided by millimetres and seconds - Ames: City showed character, guts to retain trophy - When are next season's Premier...
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Klopp: Liverpool will have to be near-perfect to win title next season

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:00
Sadio Mane's brace against Wolves wasn't enough for Liverpool to steal the Premier League title on Manchester City on the final day of the season. Steve Nicol shares his candid thoughts on Liverpool's second place finish, as their 97 points set a record for the most ever by the runners-up. Mohamed Salah's daughter showed that she also has an eye for the goal by scoring a goal after her father picked up his second consecutive Golden Boot. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his team for an "unbelievable" season after they finished as Premier League runners-up to Manchester City and said they would need to be "very, very close to perfection" to win the title next season. A 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield was not enough to secure the crown as City won 4-1 at Brighton. Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Klopp said his team, beaten only once in the Premier League this season as they finished on 97 points, would be ready for another title challenge. "As...
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Liverpool's Mane, Salah share Golden Boot with Arsenal's Aubameyang

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 12:22
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as joint top scorers in the Premier League in Arsenal's 3-1 win at Burnley. Sadio Mane's brace against Wolves wasn't enough for Liverpool to steal the Premier League title on Manchester City on the final day of the season. Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scored twice on the final Sunday to share the Premier League's Golden Boot award for top scorer with last season's winner Mohamed Salah. The achievement of the three African strikers left Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp especially proud as he has played such an important part in the development of the trio's careers. Editor's Picks ESPN FC 100: The top players and managers in men's soccer Captain Marvel: Soccer's greatest captains from Messi to Marta - Viewers' guide: Watch ESPN+ in U.S. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! They all ended on 22 goals for the league campaign after Senegalese forward Mane scored twice in Liverpool's 2-0...
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Mane an 8/10 after leading relentless Liverpool to bittersweet win

Sun, 05/12/2019 - 12:14
Sadio Mane's brace against Wolves wasn't enough for Liverpool to steal the Premier League title on Manchester City on the final day of the season. Steve Nicol shares his candid thoughts on Liverpool's second place finish, as their 97 points set a record for the most ever by the runners-up. It may not have been enough to secure the title but Liverpool ended the season with a 2-0 win and an incredible 97-point haul after a tough encounter with a dogged Wolves side. Positives Following their Herculean efforts in midweek to overturn their Champions League tie with Barcelona there were a lot of tired legs, but Liverpool's players fought through it to get the job done. Even when news filtered through that Manchester City were home and dry at Brighton to clinch the title, Jurgen Klopp's...
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