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Who might emerge — as Messi once did — at South America Under-20 Championships?

In 2005, South America's under-20 tournament proved a springboard for Lionel Messi to U20 Wrld Cup and global stardom.
Venezuela are the only South American nation never to have made it to a World Cup. But they are convinced that their time will come in 2022 — and their optimism is based on much more than mere faith. Two years ago they went to the final of the Under-20 World Cup, where they missed a penalty before losing 1-0 to England.
In Venezuela, they believe this generation will carry them all the way to Qatar — an illustration of the importance that South America attaches to its under-20 teams.
There is…

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Transfer Talk: Arsenal willing to pay Mesut Ozil to leave the club

Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil.

        With reports Mesut Ozil would reject a January loan move, ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein examines how he can get in Unai Emery's squad on a regular basis. 

        With Mesut Ozil reportedly missing out on Arsenal's trip to Liverpool, the FC crew assess his future at the club and the issue his wages present. 

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.
Ozil out, whatever the cost
Arsenal are willing to pay some of Mesut Ozil's wages after he leaves the Emirates if that would make a potential move more likely, according to the Mirror.
Just one year ago, the German signed a new contract which made him the club's highest earning player on £350,000…

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Manchester United fans furious at reduced ticket allotment for FA Cup clash at Arsenal

The FC guys believe Manchester United and Arsenal will put it all on the line when they face off in the FA Cup fourth round.

        The ESPN FC crew examine Paul Pogba's improved performances at Manchester United with the departure of Jose Mourinho. 

Manchester United supporters have been left furious as it appears they are to be offered a reduced ticket allocation for next week's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Arsenal.
According to the competition guidelines, United are entitled to up to 15 percent of the 60,000 capacity at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium when the two sides meet on Jan. 25.
While the allocation for the match should be around 9,000 tickets, Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) said they have been told that Arsenal are offering…

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Newcastle get extra-time win, Stoke fall to Shrews in Cup replays

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By Ian ChadbandLONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Newcastle United beat Blackburn Rovers 4-2 after extra time while Championship side Stoke City threw away a two-goal lead as they suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat by third-tier Shrewsbury Town in FA Cup third-round replays on Tuesday.Newcastle fans, who had seen their side narrowly escape defeat in the home match with Championship Blackburn, were given some respite from their top-flight struggles with a replay win against their fellow six-time FA Cup winners...
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Blackburn 2-4 Newcastle: Magpies leave it late

Extra time goals from Joselu and Ayoze Pérez saw Newcastle United through to the FA Cup 4th round with a 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.

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Extra Time: Liverpool, Milan, Gab drops some knowledge

The FC panel answer your tweets on how Trent Alexander-Arnold's injury affects Liverpool, Milan's reported interest in Krzysztof Piatek and much more.

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Why Arsenal won’t sign anyone in January

Gab Marcotti cites lucrative contracts and a sense of confusion at the club as reasons Arsenal are unlikely to sign new players in January.

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Austin FC announced as 27th MLS franchise, will begin play in 2021

The Austin franchise has already released plans for a new stadium.
Austin FC will become Major League Soccer's 27th franchise, the league confirmed on Tuesday.
The Texas club will join MLS as an expansion franchise after its ownership group Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) spent the past year exploring moving its previous club — the Columbus Crew — to the Texas capital.
PSV finalized its sale of the Crew to new owners the Haslam and Edwards families last week, leaving it clear to launch the expansion side in Austin.
Austin FC will&nbsp;begin play in 2021, in a…

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Austin FC announced as 27th Major League Soccer franchise

The Austin franchise has already released plans for a new stadium.
Austin FC will become Major League Soccer's 27th franchise, the league confirmed on Tuesday.
The Texas club will join MLS as an expansion franchise after its ownership group Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) spent the past year exploring moving its previous club — the Columbus Crew — to the Texas capital.
PSV finalized its sale of the Crew to new owners the Haslam and Edwards families last week, leaving it clear to launch the expansion side in Austin.
Austin FC is expected to begin play in 2021,…

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Asian Cup: Tom Rogic heroics send Australia to last 16; Jordan top group

Australia left it late in their win over Syria on Tuesday.
Tom Rogic smashed home an injury-time winner to earn defending champions Australia a 3-2 win over Syria on Tuesday evening and a place in the knockout rounds of the Asian Cup.
The Celtic midfielder struck from 25 yards out to see off a determined Syrian side in an incident-packed clash, with victory ensuring the Socceroos advance to the round of 16 in second place in group B alongside Jordan.
Jordan, meanwhile, won the group after playing out a goalless draw with Palestine, leaving the Syrians bottom…

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Thompson’s trick shots with the Globetrotters – Via Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson helps the Harlem Globetrotters add a bit of soccer flavor to their famous basketball routine.

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Fulham sign ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel from Besiktas until end of season

Own goals from Fulham's Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win.

        Own goals from Fulham&apos;s Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. 

        Own goals from Fulham&apos;s Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. 

Fulham have signed Dutch international forward Ryan Babel from Turkish club Besiktas on a permanent deal running until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
Babel makes a return to the English game, having made 146 appearances for Liverpool during his three-and-a-half year stint on Merseyside between 2007 and 2011.
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How a transfer works
With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer.

What's a medical like?
Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers — and suffers some more — through a medical at Everton.

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The 32-year-old is Claudio Ranieri's first signing of the January window as 19th-placed Fulham seek a way out of the Premier League relegation zone.
"I definitely…

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Moreno: Isco’s time at Real Madrid is coming to an end

FC's Ale Moreno delves into what is going wrong for Isco at Real Madrid as rumours continue to swirl over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Premier League will lose its most unique player when Mousa Dembele leaves Tottenham

Dembele's skills as a disruptive, creative and aggressive central midfielder probably won't be found in the same player again.

Promising young footballers are regularly compared to a current or former great and it's usually based upon a couple of attributes: the new Thierry Henry, the new Lionel Messi, the new Ronaldo. They rarely live up to the billing, but it's a useful shortcut for describing their style. It's difficult, though, to imagine anyone being an accurate "new Mousa Dembele" not because the Belgian was so magnificent that no-one could possibly come close, but because Dembele is unlike anyone else before or…

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Transfer Rater: Isco, Morata, Malcom & more

Alejandro Moreno sifts through all the big transfer news surrounding the likes of Isco, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and more.

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Does Kane’s injury spell the end of Spurs’ season?

Harry Kane's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Alejandro Moreno questions whether Spurs can cope without their star striker.

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Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat leaving over transfer strategy – sources

Craig Burley says Arsenal's recent poor form was always expected, and the club have to respect Unai Emery's treatment of Mesut Ozil.
Sven Mislintat is set to leave Arsenal after a series of disagreements over the Gunners' organisational structure and transfer strategy, a source within the club has confirmed.
The 46-year-old head of recruitment had been hired just over a year ago by Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger to replicate the success he has had in spotting undervalued talents such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund.
Transfers

How a transfer works
With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer.

What's a medical like?
Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers — and suffers some more — through a medical at Everton.

Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S.

LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk

FC Exclusives

  • United join race for Under
  • Morata loan, Chelsea want Higuain
  • United cool Milenkovic interest
  • Hudson-Odoi won't sign Chelsea deal
  • Man United to wait for Koulibaly

However, after Gazidis left to take charge at AC Milan in…

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In praise of the ‘underappreciated’ Petr Cech

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno looks back at Petr Cech's Premier League career as he announces he'll retire at the end of the campaign.

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Tottenham: Kane suffers ankle ligament damage, back in training early March

David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham.

        David De Gea&apos;s 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. 

        Craig Burley goes to the tape and demonstrates how the pace of Manchester United&apos;s front three played a key role in their win at Tottenham. 

        Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer&apos;s tactics and vital saves from David de Gea helped them overcome Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley. 

        Check out the best of David De Gea&apos;s 11-save performance for Manchester United in a crucial 1-0 win at Tottenham. 

        David De Gea&apos;s 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham. 

Tottenham forward Harry Kane will be out of action until March after scans confirmed he had suffered ankle ligament damage, the club have said.
Kane limped off the field following Spurs' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley, and Maurico Pochettino said after the match that the club would be awaiting the results of a scan.
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"Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday's match," a tweet on the club's official…

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Vieira: Strange & exciting to manage vs. Thierry Henry

Ahead of Nice's clash with Monaco, Patrick Vieira says it'll be strange to manage against his former teammate and tips Henry to turn Monaco's recent form around.

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Vieira: Strange & exciting to manage vs. Thierry Henry

Ahead of Nice's clash with Monaco, Patrick Vieira says it'll be strange to manage against his former teammate and tips Henry to turn Monaco's recent form around.

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Emery says Arsenal can only sign loan players … and the reason why should worry fans

Last week Arsenal boss Unai Emery came out and said something surprising "We cannot sign players where we have to make a payment… we can only make loan signings." That's not what you expect to hear from a club that is six points away from fourth place and is in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots for the third successive season, after 19 consecutive years of playing in the world's biggest club competition.
Nor is it what you'd expect from a club that ranked sixth in the most…

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Emery says Arsenal can only sign loan players … and the reason why should worry fans

Last week Arsenal boss Unai Emery came out and said something surprising "We cannot sign players where we have to make a payment… we can only make loan signings." That's not what you expect to hear from a club that is six points away from fourth place and is in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots for the third successive season, after 19 consecutive years of playing in the world's biggest club competition.
Nor is it what you'd expect from a club that ranked sixth in the most…

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PSG confident Frenkie de Jong will choose them over Barca, Man City – sources

PSG's Thomas Meunier believes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would benefit from having stadiums close together for a better atmosphere after visiting the Al Wakrah Stadium.

        Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea&apos;s big night, Coppa Italia action and more. 

        Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbapp&eacute; and Marquinhos were on the scoresheet for PSG, helping the league leaders to a comfortable 0-3 win at Amiens. 

        French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbapp&eacute; (70&apos;) SC Amiens 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain 

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly optimistic that they will beat Barcelona and Manchester City to the signing of Ajax midfielder&nbsp;Frenkie de Jong&nbsp;this summer, according to ESPN FC sources close to the French champions.
The Netherlands international is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs but PSG, Barca and City have emerged as the 21-year-old's three main options with Pep Guardiola's men a distant third to the Ligue 1 giants and the Catalans.
One source said the guaranteed key role…

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PSG confident Frenkie de Jong will choose them over Barca, Man City – sources

PSG's Thomas Meunier believes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would benefit from having stadiums close together for a better atmosphere after visiting the Al Wakrah Stadium.

        Check out what you may have missed at the weekend, including another Messi milestone, David De Gea&apos;s big night, Coppa Italia action and more. 

        Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbapp&eacute; and Marquinhos were on the scoresheet for PSG, helping the league leaders to a comfortable 0-3 win at Amiens. 

        French Ligue 1: Kylian Mbapp&eacute; (70&apos;) SC Amiens 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain 

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly optimistic that they will beat Barcelona and Manchester City to the signing of Ajax midfielder&nbsp;Frenkie de Jong&nbsp;this summer, according to ESPN FC sources close to the French champions.
The Netherlands international is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs but PSG, Barca and City have emerged as the 21-year-old's three main options with Pep Guardiola's men a distant third to the Ligue 1 giants and the Catalans.
One source said the guaranteed key role…

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Palestine 0-0 Jordan: Nervous wait for Palestine

After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.

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Fabregas and Morata row over whether eggs crack on grass for some reason

Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge.

        Willian&apos;s sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. 

        Willian&apos;s sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. 

        Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he needs to have cover for Jorginho after Cesc Fabregas left the club to join Monaco. 

Cesc Fabregas may no longer be a Chelsea player, but he has aimed a parting shot to former teammate Alvaro Morata that may have kicked off 2019's first social media craze.
If you are one of the many people who are trying to cut meat and dairy out of your diet for "Veganuary," or just bristle at the sight of food being wasted, best look away now.
At some point during a standard day at training, Morata obviously took Fabregas aside and told him about his theory that an egg won't break if it lands…

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Fabregas and Morata row over whether eggs crack on grass for some reason

Willian's sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge.

        Willian&apos;s sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. 

        Willian&apos;s sublime second-half curler gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle, at Stamford Bridge. 

        Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he needs to have cover for Jorginho after Cesc Fabregas left the club to join Monaco. 

Cesc Fabregas may no longer be a Chelsea player, but he has aimed a parting shot to former teammate Alvaro Morata that may have kicked off 2019's first social media craze.
If you are one of the many people who are trying to cut meat and dairy out of your diet for "Veganuary," or just bristle at the sight of food being wasted, best look away now.
At some point during a standard day at training, Morata obviously took Fabregas aside and told him about his theory that an egg won't break if it lands…

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Australia 3-2 Syria: Rogic sends Socceroos to knockouts

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.

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Tom Rogic, Chris Ikonomidis earn 8/10, cover Australian defensive lapses vs. Syria

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
Australia progressed to the Asian Cup Round of 16 courtesy of a second-place finish in Group B, but did so in less than convincing fashion by narrowly defeating Syria 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Positives
Despite having pressure put on them by a Syrian team that needed a win to finish second in the group themselves, the Socceroos found just enough grit to get the job done, which will please coach Graham Arnold ahead of the more difficult contests.
The performances — and goalscoring — of Awer Mabil and…

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