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2:29 PM ET The 2022 World Cup in Qatar next month will be the last of Lionel Messi‘s storied career. The 35-year-old Argentina star, who will play in his fifth World Cup, is still seeking his first title at the showpiece tournament (which begins on Nov. 20 this year) and admitted he feels nervous ahead
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12:48 PM ET Sophie Lawson United States women’s national team veteran Megan Rapinoe acknowledged she was “emotionally exhausted” following the findings of Sally Yates’ report into systemic abuse in the National Women’s Soccer League but said it was nothing new to her or her teammates. The independent investigation released on Monday revealed player abuse within
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6:30 AM ET England forward Beth Mead said she was “sickened” by the results of the report which found systematic abuse in the National Women’s Soccer League and said that England players are in contact with United States players to find a way to show support in their friendly on Friday. The investigation into player
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6:32 AM ET Associated Press Brazil will go to the World Cup as the top-ranked team after extending their lead over second-place Belgium in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. They are the only nation to have competed in every World Cup finals and will go into next month’s tournament in Qatar seeking a
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4:52 PM ET Chelsea earned their first Champions League victory of the season as they cruised to a 3-0 win over AC Milan to move from bottom to second in Champions League Group E at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Premier League side outclassed their Serie A counterparts throughout the encounter and grabbed an early
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10:21 PM ET Gonzalo Higuain continued his torrid play with two goals as Inter Miami CF clinched an MLS Eastern Conference playoff spot with a stellar 4-1 victory over Orlando City SC on Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Leonardo Campana and Ariel Lassiter also scored goals as Inter Miami (14-13-6, 48 points) won its
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5:27 PM ET Lionel Messi set yet another record with a sublime opening goal but Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by Benfica in their Champions League clash at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Wednesday. Messi opened the scoring midway through the first half after delightful link-up play involving Kylian Mbappe
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7:07 PM ET Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports that Erling Haaland has a clause in his contract allowing him to join Real Madrid for a lower fee. Another double by Norwegian striker Haaland ensured City strolled to a third win from three Champions League Group G matches on Wednesday with a 5-0
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10:43 AM ET Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez said he has found it “difficult to adapt” to the Premier League after scoring just once this season following his €75 million move from Benfica in the summer. Nunez, 23, admitted that his struggles were partly self-inflicted after his reckless challenge against Crystal Palace, which saw him receive
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8:30 AM ET Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said on Wednesday. The new partnership was confirmed during a news conference at the Swiss headquarters of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body. – Stream on
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12:03 PM ET Associated Press Paris will not broadcast World Cup matches on giant screens in public fan zones amid concerns over rights violations of migrant workers and the environmental impact of the tournament in Qatar. It follows similar moves by other French cities, despite France going in as the defending champion. Pierre Rabadan, deputy
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6:58 PM ET Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said he was outraged at what he believed were refereeing injustices after two handball decisions went against his side in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Inter Milan. Hakan Calhanoglu scored the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time, but the match ended in controversy when
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4:58 PM ET Barcelona are in danger of failing to make it out of the Champions League group phase after a 1-0 loss to Inter Milan on Tuesday left them with just three points from three matches. Hakan Calhanoglu scored the only goal of the game at the San Siro in first-half stoppage time to
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1:36 PM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Bayer Leverkusen are considering sacking manager Gerardo Seoane and are looking at appointing Xabi Alonso as his replacement, sources have told ESPN. Seoane will be in charge for Leverkusen’s Champions League Group B game with FC Porto on Tuesday, but his future is uncertain after a poor start
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8:21 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal hit back at Xavi after the Barcelona coach said the Champions League is “unfair” because “the best team doesn’t always win it.” Madrid won the Champions League last season thanks to dramatic late comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in the
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7:44 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United are braced for Cristiano Ronaldo to attempt to leave the club again in January if the striker cannot win back his place in Erik ten Hag’s team, sources have told ESPN. Ronaldo, 37, was an unused substitute for the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City and has not started
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5:02 PM ET Leicester City‘s James Maddison scored two first-half goals as they beat promoted Nottingham Forest 4-0 on Monday to move off the bottom of the table with their first Premier League win of the season. The pressure, for now, is off Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who looked and sounded like someone who could
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12:15 PM ET Inter Miami CF and former Argentina international forward Gonzalo Higuain announced his retirement on Monday, concluding a 17-year career that saw him play for some of the world’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea. Higuain, 34, will play out the rest of the season with Miami, which is
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8:51 AM ET Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has likened his side’s confidence crisis to the struggles of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Liverpool have won only three games this season and sit ninth in the Premier League table after drawing 3-3 with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS,
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