When CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez compared the Copa Libertadores final to its UEFA Champions League equivalent, referring to the former as “real football” and the latter as “Playstation” football, part of me wanted him to be correct. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Champions League. But football needs an alternative to the sanitized, corporate,
12:11 PM ET Dodi Lukebakio completed a hat trick in stoppage time to earn Fortuna Dusseldorf a remarkable 3-3 draw at champions Bayern Munich on Saturday. The result was a major success for promoted Dusseldorf but left Bayern in shock and without a win in three league games, after they had twice led by two
From Wolves air fresheners to Newcastle jump suits and more, the Exploding Heads present must-haves for fans. With Thanksgiving done for another year and Black Friday sales in full swing to herald the start of the Christmas shopping season, football clubs around the world are preparing to sell you any old junk for the occasion.
Alphonso Davies joins his first Bayern Munich training session and explains just how badly he hopes to make an impact with his new club. Canada international Alphonso Davies completed his first training session at FC Bayern Munich on Wednesday and is eligible to play for the club from January. Davies, 18, signed for Bayern from
Gab Marcotti breaks down the issues between Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovach and his players, and how it could affect their title defence. Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has urged his team to stick together like a family, amid bad results and reports of dressing room unrest. Bayern have dropped to third in the Bundesliga
Manchester United took on Liverpool in the 2018 International Champions Cup at the Michigan Stadium. With global fan bases more important to big clubs than ever before — as well as the revenue streams in lucrative foreign markets they bring, of course — Europe’s superpowers are all striving to rule the world. Liverpool recently announced
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.
As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football. A leaked document sent to Real Madrid last month appears to show that plans are still ongoing for a long-speculated European Super League featuring the continent’s top football
Raf Honigstein breaks down how Bayern Munich’s press conference to confront media criticism turned into a disaster for the club. Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac insisted he will not change his approach despite the German giants’ recent poor run of form. Niklas Sule has said Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg was a much-needed
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac insisted he will not change his approach despite the German giants’ recent poor run of form. Raf Honigstein breaks down how Bayern Munich’s press conference to confront media criticism turned into a disaster for the club. WOLFSBURG, Germany — Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac said his side had taken “a
‘Take The Ball, Pass The Ball’ will feature former and current Barcelona players looking back on Pep Guardiola’s four years and 14 trophies with the club. ESPN FC’s La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe digs deeper into what’s plaguing Real Madrid and Barcelona during their respective winless streaks. ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno explains how Barcelona’s defensive
Bayern Munich slumped to their first home defeat of the season, losing 3-0 to old foe Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the original Klassiker. Positives Bayern find themselves only four points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund. The margin was five at the same stage last season when Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti to
2:22 PM ET Borussia Monchengladbach were once again tormentors of Bayern Munich, handing the German champions a 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Alassane Plea fired home from the edge of the penalty area following a quick exchange of passes in the 10th minute and Lars Stindl scored the second after Jonas Hofmann
After Bayern Munich conceded late to draw 1-1 at home to Augsburg, head coach Niko Kovac says that squad rotation is necessary when there are so many games in the season. Renato Sanches has said he believes he has “arrived” at Bayern Munich after playing the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Augsburg.
Bayern Munich have seven competitive games in a span of three weeks following the first international break of the season. Jerome Boateng has said he came close to leaving Bayern Munich in the summer and called for more support from the club’s hierarchy after feeling let down in the wake of criticism following Germany’s World
Niko Kovac praised his Bayern Munich side’s all-round performance in their 3-0 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels chose a mixture of players from past and present in his ideal 5-a-side team. Bastian Schweinsteiger revealed it was a special occasion to play his Bayern Munich testimonial against current club Chicago Fire.
UEFA look set to introduce a third European club competition to compete with the Champions League and Europa League, it has been confirmed. Andrea Agnelli, who is both Juventus president and European Club Association chairman, made the announcement to its members at a meeting on Tuesday. To many, however, the idea of a third European competition is nothing
Julien Laurens confirms Liverpool’s interest in PSG’s Adrien Rabiot and explains why the Frenchman doesn’t want to commit to staying in Paris. Julian Draxler is happy at Paris Saint-Germain but has hinted he could be interested in a move to Bayern Munich next summer. Draxler was linked with a switch to the Allianz Arena over
Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels chose a mixture of players from past and present in his ideal 5-a-side team. Bastian Schweinsteiger revealed it was a special occasion to play his Bayern Munich testimonial against current club Chicago Fire. Despite beating Hoffenheim 3-1 in their season-opener, Steve Nicol didn’t think much of the overall performance from Bayern
Jose Mourinho has revealed he was never offered an option to sign Cristiano Ronaldo before his shock move to Juventus from Real Madrid. Alejandro Moreno says Kylian Mbappe needs to learn to walk away after he was sent off in PSG’s win at Nimes for reacting to a bad challenge. ESPN FC’s Premier League correspondents