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January 24, 2021

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How USMNT prospects adapt to life in Europe and what their clubs do to help

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Joe Scally is one of three young Americans to make the move from the U.S. to Europe this January. Brenden Aaronson went from the Philadelphia Union to FC Salzburg, his former teammate Mark McKenzie signed for Genk, and Scally completed his move to Borussia Monchengladbach having signed for them just......

Can Bayern fix their defensive woes before it costs them more trophies?

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Ahead of his live commentary on Bayern vs. Freiburg on Sunday for the Bundesliga’s world feed and on ESPN+ (9:30 am ET in the U.S.), Derek Rae says the Bavarians are suffering a defensive crisis and face highly dangerous opponents. Wednesday’s DFB Pokal exit to second-tier side Holstein Kiel only......

Was Bayern Munich’s throwback kit to blame for their shock DFB Pokal exit?

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Bayern Munich looked resplendent on Wednesday night as they turned out in the German Cup wearing their special “hand-painted” retro kit, designed by none other than singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams. The stylish strip is part of a capsule unveiled by Pharrell and his “Humanrace”......

Meet the Bundesliga’s next U.S. sensation: Schalke’s Hoppe

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It was always going to take something special for Schalke 04 to avoid equalling an embarrassing record at the weekend. The club had not won in the Bundesliga for almost a year, a total of 30 matches, and failure to beat Hoffenheim would have seen them equal Tasmania Berlin’s league......

Haaland’s latest goals record caps off incredible first year at Dortmund

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It’s almost exactly a year since Erling Haaland made his debut for Borussia Dortmund, and over the course of that wild 12 months he has more than delivered on his promise as one of Europe’s top young talents. And the 20-year-old laid down another big marker in Saturday’s win at......

U.S. teen’s hat trick earns Schalke historic win

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U.S. teenager Matthew Hoppe scored a hat trick to end Schalke 04‘s 30-match winless run as he inspired a 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim. Schalke’s last win was a 2-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 17, 2020. The German side went into the match knowing anything but a victory would......

Transfer mistakes: Pogba, Hazard, Pepe among the worst since 2010

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The world of football transfers is full of errors; no club can get it 100% right the whole time. However, some clubs have more of a track record of failure than others — whether it’s spending mountains of cash on one player (Real Madrid), consistently making poor decisions in certain......

Sources: Dallas’ Tessmann set to train with Bayern

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Tanner Tessmann has impressed in MLS this season. Abbie Parr/Getty Images Bayern Munich are set to bring FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann to the club to train during the MLS offseason, sources have told ESPN. Tessmann, 19, enjoyed a fine breakout year in MLS, starting nine games while developing his game......

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,......

Will Bayern be challenged? Who will suffer Bundesliga relegation?

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Ahead of a barely noticeable winter break in this unusual season, ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator examines the state of play in Germany’s top flight entering 2021. Will Bayern stay on top and how is the relegation scrap panning out, among other topics? One of the many reassuring aspects of Bundesliga......

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......

Top January transfer targets: Alaba, Eriksen, Alli and more

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The coronavirus pandemic saw the summer transfer window impacted across Europe, though some clubs still pushed through some big-money moves. Now we’re on to January and not much has changed, with loan moves, free transfers and cut-price deals on the agenda. 2 Related January is traditionally a quieter window, though......

Lewandowski FIFA’s Best over Messi, Ronaldo

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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has won The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2020, beating Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi and Juventus‘ Cristiano Ronaldo. – Goal of the Year! Son, Suarez, WSL stars up for FIFA Puskas Award– ESPN FC 100: Liverpool, City dominate Lewandowski, 32, joins Luka Modric......

Terzic returns Klopp-like fire to Dortmund dugout

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Edin Terzic, a son of immigrant parents from the former Yugoslavia, is living the Dortmund dream. Like many other football-mad kids born and raised in Germany‘s industrial west, his formative years were often spent conjuring up mental images of scoring goals for his club of choice, of course the Schwarzgelben.......

Dortmund sack Favre after 5-1 humiliation

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Borussia Dortmund have sacked coach Lucien Favre following a 5-1 home defeat to newly promoted Stuttgart, the club has confirmed. Dortmund, title contenders ahead of the season, have lost their last three home games and trail league leaders Bayern Munich by five points 11 match days into the season. –......

Once rooted in friendship, Berlin derby now a battle over a city’s identity

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Last season, Hertha and Union split the first-ever top-flight derbies, Union winning 1-0 in November and Hertha 4-0 in May. Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS In early November 2019, Union and Hertha Berlin fans boarded a boat at the S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße. They were to attend the first-ever......

Bayern vs. Leipzig: Nagelsmann needs statement victory to prove he can win Bundesliga

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It feels like an eternity now, but I vividly remember what I was doing on Feb. 9 of this year. As the final part of a frantic two-week spell broadcasting matches up and down Germany, I found myself on very familiar terrain at the spaceship-like Allianz Arena to the north......

FC 100: Liverpool, Bayern dominate, USMNT stars break into our annual ranking of soccer’s best players

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We’re nearly at the end of 2020, which means it’s time for ESPN’s annual ranking of the best men’s players and coaches in world soccer! Welcome to the FC 100. This year, our fifth edition of the countdown has a lot of surprises and new faces — more on that......

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