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March 4, 2021

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Neymar out vs. Barca; questions style of play

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been ruled out for four weeks due to a hip injury and will miss the Champions League round-of-16 first leg clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou on Feb. 16. The Brazil international came off injured during PSG’s 1-0 victory over Caen on Wednesday and test......

Premier League, Serie A, La Liga could all have new champions: Breaking down Europe’s big title races

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Don’t look now, but after years of one-sided champions across the majority of Europe’s “big five” leagues — English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Division and French Ligue 1 — we’re staring at the very real scenario of new titleholders almost across the board. With the......

Sources: Neymar agrees to PSG extension

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Neymar has agreed a four-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain after negotiations started a few months ago, sources have told ESPN. The Brazil international’s contract was due to expire in June 2022, and his new deal will keep him in the French capital until 2026. PSG made Neymar’s extension a......

PSG’s Neymar: I’ll never stop partying

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Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar has said he will never stop partying despite claims he is immature. Neymar is known for hosting lavish celebrations with big personalities in attendance, inevitably drawing media attention. – Stream FC Daily on ESPN+– Laurens: Reflecting on 100 games of Neymar at PSG “So,......

Sources: Lampard out at Chelsea, Tuchel in

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Chelsea are set to sack Frank Lampard and appoint Thomas Tuchel as his successor, sources have told ESPN. They are expected to make an announcement later on Monday after informing the players by text message not to come to the club’s training base at Cobham for their planned morning session......

Contract stress, loss of form: What’s going on with Mbappe at PSG?

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We have not exactly heard how he felt on Saturday night because Kylian Mbappe didn’t speak after PSG’s 1-0 win at Angers on Saturday. He didn’t even post on social media, though he didn’t need to; PSG fans could tell he was clearly unhappy on the bench. Was it because......

Poch’s first days at PSG: Bonds forming with Neymar, Mbappe as rebuild begins

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Didine, Paris Saint-Germain‘s long-time kit man, has not stopped smiling since Saturday. Well, he did for a bit. He cried when he saw Mauricio Pochettino again, back at the club as a manager 20 years after being there as a player. Didine and Pochettino shared a long hug, and the......

Transfer grades: Man United a B for Diallo

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The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer window very different from its predecessors but, with football back on the agenda, the January window will open as normal for Europe’s top leagues. 1 Related Though clubs spent nearly €1.5 billion less ($1.9bn) in the summer than they did the previous year,......

Weekend’s must-see matches: Man United are surprise contenders

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With the Bundesliga and Serie A returning after short winter breaks (stream games LIVE on ESPN+ in the U.S.), New Year’s weekend is a good time to soak in a bunch of story lines. So let’s set the table for the days ahead, with a look at several intriguing matchups,......

Messi, Alaba, Ozil, Aguero among the top free agents in 2021

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Despite the financial downturn across the globe, clubs in Europe’s top five leagues still spent over €4.6 billion in the summer window — a drop of 43% when compared with 2019. And as the economic reality of COVID-19 hits hard in the next few months, free transfers will become even......

Man United, Spurs, Milan in trouble? How big five leagues are managing minutes amid hectic season

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Over the past six months, Manchester United‘s Harry Maguire has played 38 matches in all competitions, logging a total of 3,421 minutes. In the six months before the coronavirus stoppage — so, mid-September 2019 to mid-March 2020 — he put in 40 matches for 3,552 total minutes. Teammate Bruno Fernandes......

Sources: PSG axe Tuchel; Pochettino to take over

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Paris Saint-Germain have sacked manager Thomas Tuchel with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino set to replace him, sources have told ESPN. Pochettino has been out of work since his sacking from Spurs last November after five years in charge of the north London club. – Stream ESPN FC Daily on......

Sources: PSG exploring summer move for Messi

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Paris Saint-Germain are exploring the possibility of signing Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi in the summer, sources have told ESPN. Messi wanted to leave Barca in August after the 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, and sources told ESPN at the time that Manchester City led the chase to sign him.......

Bundesliga is all Bayern, Barcelona still fancied in La Liga, Serie A wide open: Predicting Europe’s top leagues

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Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany is only going to get stronger over time. MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Last week, we took a look at the stats behind the Premier League’s odd start. The other leagues among Europe’s Big Five haven’t been quite as strange by comparison: Bayern and PSG are......

France have the talent and depth to build a dynasty. Can Deschamps do it?

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Didier Deschamps’ weekends have become really tricky in 2020. The France head coach wants to watch as many of his players featuring for their clubs every Saturday or Sunday, but the problem is that there are too many contenders now to make the squad that he and his assistants are......

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