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AC Milan president: I don’t have Antonio Conte’s number

Juventus asserted their dominance at the San Siro, but the FC crew give credit to Milan for keeping the match close in an adverse situation.

        AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso admitted Gonzalo Higuain needed to stay calm and focused after being sent off for dissent in their 2-0 defeat to Juventus. 

        Gonzalo Higuain lived out a nightmare at the San Siro, missing a penalty and seeing red in Milan's loss to his former side, Juventus. 

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni said he doesn't have Antonio Conte's phone number, amid reports the former Chelsea boss could replace Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso was installed as manager midway through the previous campaign following the sacking of Vincenzo Montella. But, with a change of ownership taking place this summer, there have been constant question marks over the 2006 World Cup winner's long-term future.
Conte, a three-time Serie A winner with Juventus who is out of work after leaving Chelsea…

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Socceroos captaincy still up in the air

Graham Arnold is yet to decide who will captain the Socceroos against South Korea, but did name several candidates.

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Kimmich: Germany relegation would hurt my ego

Joshua Kimmich has lamented Germany's poor results thus far in the UEFA Nations League and says how deflating it'd be to get relegated.

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Claudio Ranieri: Fulham must play like Liverpool to survive relegation

Following Fulham's sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic, the ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on the appointment of former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri.

        The man behind Leicester's fairytale title triumph is back in the Premier League, but can Claudio Ranieri hit the same heights with Fulham? 

        Leicester City fans send their messages to Claudio Ranieri after their former manager was announced as the new Fulham boss. 

Claudio Ranieri has said he will take inspiration from Liverpool as he attempts to keep Fulham in the Premier League.
Ranieri took over from Slavisa Jokanovic this week with Fulham at the bottom of the table, having won only once and conceded 31 goals in 12 games.
And the former Leicester manager said their problems could be solved by defending and attacking as a unit in the way that Liverpool do under Jurgen Klopp.
"Fulham concede a lot of goals — a lot of goals," Ranieri said. "I'm an Italian…

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Sven-Goran Eriksson starts Philippines stint with win in AFF Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening.
The former England manager was appointed last month to lead Philippines through the AFF Suzuki Cup before taking the Azkals to their first appearance at the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.
The Swede, though, has work to do if he is to build a team that will make much of an impression at the continental championships early…

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Vietnam ease past Malaysia as Myanmar fight back against Laos

Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.
Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Anh Duc found the back of the net for the Vietnamese, who move level in Group A on six points from two games with Myanmar at the top of the standings after Antoine Hey's team came back from a goal down to defeat Laos 3-1.
Malaysia also have six points but have played one game more. The top two nations in the five-team group…

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Vietnam ease past Malaysia as Myanmar fight back against Laos

Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.
Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Anh Duc found the back of the net for the Vietnamese, who move level in Group A on six points from two games with Myanmar at the top of the standings after Antoine Hey's team came back from a goal down to defeat Laos 3-1.
Malaysia also have six points but have played one game more. The top two nations in the five-team group…

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Vietnam 2-0 Malaysia: Group A heats up

Vietnam scored a goal in either half in their win over Malaysia to keep pace in Group A of the 2018 Suzuki Cup.

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Laos 1-3 Myanmar: Laos eliminated

Laos are eliminated from the 2018 Suzuki Cup following their disappointing 3-1 defeat to Myanmar.

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Garber: Mexico were bold & aggressive to get Tata Martino

MLS commissioner Don Garber says Mexico's move to get Tata Martino as their head coach was a bold one.

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Luis Enrique vows Spain will stand by youth

Luis Enrique says losses like the one Spain suffered against Croatia won't put him off trusting younger players.

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Late Tomas Rincon penalty clinches draw for Venezuela against Japan

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Venezuela captain Tomas Rincon's penalty nine minutes from full-time earned a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Japan in Oita on Friday after Hiroki Sakai scored his first international goal for the hosts.

Japan came into the match on the back of three wins from three under new coach Hajime Moriyasu but they could not maintain their perfect record as they continue preparations for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beginning Jan. 5.
In an entertaining first half in which both teams looked to…

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Leicester brand £5m golden handshake ‘arbitrary and excessive’ – source

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop discuss departing Premier League chief Richard Scudamore's proposed £5 million payoff from clubs.

        With VAR coming to the Premier League next season, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down what it means for referee's and the entire league. 

Leicester have criticised a £5 million payment to outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore, with a source describing it to ESPN FC as "arbitrary and excessive."
The Premier League confirmed Scudamore will accept the bonus payment, paid from a central fund of contributions from its 20 clubs and spread over three years. Its primary purpose is to stop Scudamore joining a rival organisation after 19 years at the Premier League.
The Premier League did not put the bonus to a vote. Each club…

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Late Tomas Rincon penalty clinches draw for Venezuela against Japan

Venezuela captain Tomas Rincon's penalty nine minutes from full-time earned a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Japan in Oita on Friday after Hiroki Sakai scored his first international goal for the hosts.
Japan came into the match on the back of three wins from three under new coach Hajime Moriyasu but they could not maintain their perfect record as they continue preparations for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beginning Jan. 5.
In an entertaining first half in which both teams looked to…

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Liverpool’s Divock Origi wanted by Galatasaray in loan move – sources

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater.

        La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe and the FC crew weigh in on the drama surrounding Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona and his links to Liverpool. 

Galatasaray want to sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi on loan in January, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sources said the Turkish club authorised an initial offer for Belgium international Origi through intermediaries.
They have approached Liverpool about signing him until the end of the season, with financial fair play rules meaning they would be unable to bring him in permanently.
Origi has struggled for playing time this season, managing just 11 minutes of first-team football and, with Roberto…

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Moses Mabhida Stadium vandals await sentencing

Nine individuals found guilty of public violence for their actions following the Nedbank Cup semifinal between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars in Durban in April face an anxious wait for their sentencing on December 12. 

In ugly scenes that saw destruction to stadium infrastructure, seats set on fire, the assault of security guards and broadcast equipment worth over R2.5-million damaged or stolen, fans rioted after Chiefs lost the cup game 2-0 to continue a poor run of results.   

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United ‘confident’ of January deal for Atletico defender Diego Godin

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater.
With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.
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Manchester United need a world-class central defender. Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin is a world-class central defender. See where we are going with this?
The Daily Star report that Godin is United's No. 1 target in January, despite having failed to land him in the summer. The paper says…

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How jaded fans can still appreciate Lionel Messi on the 15th anniversary of his Barca debut

The fact that Lionel Messi makes the extraordinary look ordinary at times shouldn't diminish just how brilliant he is.

Sporting greatness is a form of anesthetic — it has a numbing effect. The first time you watch Simone Biles skip across the floor, Roger Federer execute a perfect drop shot or Lewis Hamilton take a corner in the driving rain, you're utterly enchanted. By the hundredth time you see them do it, there's a danger that you will become immune to their sheer wonder, the same way you might if you'd grown up with your bedroom looking out toward the Northern Lights.

For that reason, there's a risk that…

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Women’s FA Cup first-round tie to be replayed after pitch size found to be wrong

The pitch dimensions for the Women's FA Cup tie were found to have been wrong.
The Women's FA Cup first round match between Cambridge City and Cambridge United will be replayed after it was found that the pitch was too small.
City, the home side, won 2-1 but a complaint from United that the pitch dimensions were significantly wrong has been upheld.
The Football Association's Women's Football Board backed the complaint after the pitch at Trinity Fields playing surface was found to be below the minimum dimensions of 100 metres in length and 64 metres in width.
In a statement,…

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Real Madrid have not agreed deal for Exequiel Palacios – River Plate

The FC panel answer your tweets on how Santi Solari's first season should be judged, what dressing rooms are like at half-time and much more.
River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has denied reports in Spain that a deal has been reached to sell midfielder Exequiel Palacios to Real Madrid.
Diario AS said Madrid had agreed terms to sign Palacios in the winter window and a deal would be completed as early as next week.
"He has not been sold, but there is an interest from Real Madrid in Palacios," D'Onofrio told America TV.
"The Real Madrid sporting director spoke to [River Plate sporting director Enzo] Francescoli regarding their interest…

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Liverpool defender Andy Robertson reveals brilliant text convo with Jurgen Klopp over Scotland captaincy

When Andy Robertson revealed to Jurgen Klopp that he'd been made Scotland captain, the Liverpool manager's response was… well, pretty much exactly what you'd imagine.
At the age of just 24, Robertson was handed the armband back in September in the wake of Scott Brown's (second) international retirement a few months previous.
Of course, brimming with pride, the left-back text Klopp to let him know before the Scottish FA made the news public.
Talking to Open Goal, Robertson described the precise…

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Christian Pulisic’s anger over England loss a good thing for U.S. – it shows he cares

The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S.

        The FC crew share their takeaways from the friendly between England and the U.S., highlighting the USMNT's need for direction and a permanent coach. 

LONDON — In the aftermath of England's 3-0 pasting of the U.S. men's national team on Thursday, Christian Pulisic's simmering mood looked like it was about to morph into full boil.
It was bad enough that the U.S. had been thoroughly outclassed by the Three Lions, and questions about his and the team's performance added to his ire. This was the case when he was asked if he should have tracked back more for Jesse Lingard's 25th-minute opener.
"You think that?" he said, his eyes throwing daggers.
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Manchester United eye move for Gremio striker Everton Soares – sources

Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Miguel Almiron, Aaron Ramsey, Christian Pulisic and many more in Transfer Rater.
Manchester United are monitoring Gremio striker Everton Soares ahead of a potential move, sources have told ESPN FC.
United's South American scouts have been watching Everton, who has also been linked with Manchester City.
The 22-year-old, who can play on the left or through the middle, has broken into the Brazil squad and made his international debut as a second-half substitute for Neymar against the United States in September.
However, United face a fight to sign Everton, who is valued at around…

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Premier League club brand £5m golden handshake ‘arbitrary and excessive’ – source

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop discuss departing Premier League chief Richard Scudamore's proposed £5 million payoff from clubs.

        With VAR coming to the Premier League next season, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down what it means for referee's and the entire league. 

A Premier League club has criticised a £5 million payment to outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore, with a source describing it to ESPN FC as "arbitrary and excessive."
The Premier League confirmed Scudamore will accept the bonus payment, paid from a central fund of contributions from its 20 clubs and spread over three years. Its primary purpose is to stop Scudamore joining a rival organisation after 19 years at the Premier League.
The Premier League did not put the bonus to a vote….

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Transfer Rater: Eric Bailly to Arsenal; Kalidou Koulibaly to Man United

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.
Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Aaron Ramsey to Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich have reportedly emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign Ramsey. The Wales international is set to leave the Gunners at the…

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Craig Foster withdraws from Football Federation Australia leadership race

Andrew Nabbout has had a tough journey back to the Socceroos after his injury in the World Cup.
Craig Foster has withdrawn from the race to lead the Football Federation Australia (FFA) board.
Foster, a former Australia captain and head of the country's footballers' union, was the popular choice to lead FFA following the resignation of Steven Lowy.
The 55-year-old published a manifesto that promised rejuvenation and reform but withdrew late on Friday citing a lack of "necessary stakeholder support to succeed."
"Football does not need a protest vote or candidate, we need unity, which is why…

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Neymar: Arsenal boss Unai Emery ‘will bring good things’ to the club

Neymar backs his former PSG coach Unai Emery to continue his strong start to life as Arsenal manager.
Neymar has said he is convinced that Unai Emery "will bring good things to Arsenal" after working with him at Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar's relationship with Emery was reportedly strained at times at PSG, with the Spanish coach even admitting in May that his star forward had more power than him at the club.
But PSG still won the domestic treble last season and the Brazil international backed his former boss to deliver success at the Emirates as well.
"Arsenal are playing really great football. They…

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Ghana primed to end Nigeria’s AWCON dominance – Hayford

Ghana coach Bashir Hayford believes his side are ready to end Nigeria's Africa Women Cup of Nations dominance when the Black Queens host the upcoming biennial showpiece.
The Super Falcons have won 10 of the previous 12 tournaments, with only Equatorial Guinea – two-time winners – able to wrest the title away from Nigeria.
However, Hayford believes that the hosts, who have been defeated by the Falcons in three finals (1998, 2002, 2006), can finally get one over on their rivals.
"In the past, Nigeria…

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Enrique vows Spain will stand by youth

Luis Enrique says losses like the one Spain suffered against Croatia won't put him off trusting younger players.

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Wayne Rooney: End of Manchester United career was ’embarrassing’

The FC guys answer your tweets on where Wayne Rooney ranks among the all-time England greats, if Zlatan will return to Europe and much more.

        The FC crew share their takeaways from the friendly between England and the U.S., highlighting the USMNT's need for direction and a permanent coach. 

        The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S. 

Wayne Rooney has told Sky Sports he felt "embarrassed" by the end of his career at Manchester United.
Rooney revealed he knew he had to leave when Jose Mourinho asked him to lift the trophy following the 2017 EFL Cup final, which he had played no part in.
United's record goal-scorer returned to his first club Everton in 2017 after losing his place in Mourinho's team and has since joined D.C. United.
"There are times when you doubt yourself as a player, and think: 'Am I good enough?' he said.
"The…

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