Month: April 2022

4:06 PM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Gareth Bale was absent from Real Madrid’s LaLiga title celebrations on Saturday, blaming a “bad back spasm” for his failure to attend their decisive 4-0 win over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu. Rodrygo scored twice, Marco Asensio grabbed a third and substitute Karim Benzema added his 26th league goal
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12:10 PM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Real Madrid won the LaLiga title on Saturday after a 4-0 win over Espanyol gave them an insurmountable lead over Barcelona at the top of the table with four games still to play. Rodrygo’s first half double set the champions elect on their way to the title at
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8:39 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez says Frenkie de Jong remains a key part of his long-term plans despite reports linking the midfielder with a summer move away from Camp Nou. Manchester United have been strongly credited with an interest in De Jong following the appointment of Erik ten Hag,
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10:12 AM ET Mino Raiola, one of the most high profile agents in world football, has died following a battle with illness, a statement from his family said on Saturday. He was 54. Raiola represented some of the game’s biggest players including Erling Haaland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jesse
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5:51 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Police have made an application to extend the bail of Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood following his arrest in January on suspicion of rape, assault and threats to kill. Greenwood’s initial bail period was due to expire on April 30 but Greater Manchester Police have applied to have it extended.
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5:04 AM ET Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the prestigious Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for a second time, it was announced on Friday. The 29-year-old saw off competition from Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to scoop the prize, with Salah winning with a vote share of 48%. West Ham’s
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6:50 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as Austria‘s new head coach. The 63-year-old, who has been interim manager at Manchester United since November, has signed a contract until 2024. – Insider Notebook: Ten Hag tells Man Utd to leave him alone Rangnick confirmed he has held talks with the United board
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5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believes Jurgen Klopp is wasting his time moaning about Premier League fixture chaos and suggested managers could take jobs in the “Maldives League” if they are unhappy with the schedule. Liverpool were in action against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday, winning the first
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6:15 PM ET Former United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo tweeted on Friday that she is voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program and requested that her induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be postponed until 2023. Solo, 40, was arrested on March 31 after she was found passed out behind
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9:00 AM ET Zlatan Ibrahimovic told ESPN he is the best player ever to feature in Major League Soccer, having spent two years at the LA Galaxy. The Sweden forward moved to the United States in 2018 following 18 months in the Premier League with Manchester United, which was curtailed following a serious knee injury.
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4:11 PM ET Matt Judge has resigned as Manchester United’s director of football negotiations, sources have told ESPN, as the Old Trafford side continues an overhaul of its off-field operations. Judge, who has been involved in United’s transfer business since 2014, is currently serving a notice period and will leave later this year. – ESPN+
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12:45 PM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona‘s Ronald Araujo has said money was not the most important factor after confirming he rejected more lucrative offers from the Premier League before signing a new deal with the Blaugrana this week. Araujo, 23, signed a contract extension on Friday that will keep him at Camp Nou
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12:36 PM ET The consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly is in exclusive negotations to buy Premier League club Chelsea for $3 billion (£2.4bn), a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. Boehly’s consortium was one of a number of bidders that had approached New York bank Raine with bids
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4:00 AM ET Erik ten Hag wants full focus on Ajax before his rebuilding job at Manchester United — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Paulo Dybala is a man in demand. Jump to: Dybala in demand | Fireworks at the World Cup | USMNT’s Dest gets Barca reprieve | Neves set to leave
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