No clear favorite among Europe's super powers
All the big clubs advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League, yet no frontrunner has emerged from the field.
12/13/2018 - 04:29 PM
Chris Pratt confirms relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughter Katherine in gushing tribute: 'Happy Birthday Chief!'
Chris Pratt has confirmed his relationship with Katherine Schwarzenegger with a sweet birthday tribute. The pair are rumoured to have been dating since the summer, a year after Pratt’s high-profile split from Anna Faris, but only confirmed they were an item on Thursday as Schwarzenegger celebrated her 29th birthday. Posting a collage of photos of the two on Instagram, Pratt, 39, wrote: “Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room.
12/14/2018 - 05:15 AM
Jason Momoa upstaged by his children as he leads haka at Aquaman premiere — and fans can't cope
Jason Momoa was upstaged by his children as he led the haka at the premiere of his latest film, Aquaman. The Hawaiian actor, 39, made a splash as he performed Ka Mate – the Maori challenge most commonly performed by the All Blacks - with a support cast that included veteran New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison, who plays his father in the DC hit. Momoa stormed onto the blue carpet in Los Angeles holding his character’s trident before chucking off his coat and rallying the group into position.
12/13/2018 - 05:22 AM
'Klopp denies an answer!' - Liverpool boss dismisses questions about 'world-class' Pogba
Jurgen Klopp refused to be lured into discussing Paul Pogba ahead of Liverpool's huge clash with Manchester United, but he did admit the midfielder is a "world-class player". Pogba has not started United's last two Premier League fixtures - coming off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal before being an unused substitute in the 4-1 win over Fulham - ahead of the trip to Anfield on Sunday. The France international's situation at Old Trafford was one of the subjects discussed at Klopp's pre-match press conference on Friday, albeit only briefly.
12/14/2018 - 10:00 AM
Robben won't play again this year - Kovac
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben ruled out until 2019, head coach Niko Kovac confirmed on Friday.
12/14/2018 - 12:59 PM
Michael Owen claims Paul Pogba would be 'world class' if he was at Liverpool or Manchester City
Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has slammed Jose Mourinho for failing to get the best out of Paul Pogba. Owen believes that the French midfielder would be a ‘totally world class’ player if he was managed by Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola or Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp. While accepting that Pogba makes mistakes and can be frustrating, Owen lays much of the blame at the feet of Mourinho.
12/13/2018 - 05:23 AM
Pogba will be pushing for a move to Real Madrid, says ex-Man Utd winger
Paul Pogba will aim to force a move to Real Madrid and is not suited to the Premier League, says former Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis. The midfielder has had a very public argument with United manager Jose Mourinho which saw him stripped of the vice-captaincy after he criticised the Portuguese's tactics. Pogba moved back to United for a club record fee of £89.3 million ($112.9m) in 2016 but, although he started his career with the Red Devils, he has struggled to perform in England.
12/13/2018 - 10:58 AM
Emery hails Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka's 'big personality'
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed youngster Buyako Saka for having a 'big personality' after his performance against Qarabag in the Europa League.
12/14/2018 - 05:59 AM
Wenger tips Zidane for Premier League post amid ongoing Man Utd talk
Zinedine Zidane continues to spark speculation regarding a possible role at Manchester United and fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger believes he should take a Premier League post. The World Cup winner is currently without a job having walked away from Real Madrid on the back of a third successive Champions League triumph. Various positions have been mooted for Zidane during his absence from the dugout, with an iconic figure still in high demand.
12/13/2018 - 04:16 AM
Isco a ticking time bomb heading for explosive Real Madrid exit
However, Madrid have offered their full backing to their manager in the matter, and believe the 26-year-old must adapt and play better if he is to earn more playing time. This has left Isco feeling frustrated in Madrid, with the playmaker having gone from a starter to playing just 210 out of a possible 810 minutes under Solari. The Spain international underwent surgery in September for appendicitis but came back before he was fully fit at the request of former head coach Lopetegui.
12/14/2018 - 03:00 AM
Clyne hands Liverpool timely fitness boost ahead of meeting with Man Utd
Jurgen Klopp considers Nathaniel Clyne to be “ready” if Liverpool need him to help cover a defensive injury crisis against Manchester United. The Reds have seen their plans for an eagerly-anticipated Premier League fixture decimated by untimely fitness setbacks. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the latest to have been forced onto the sidelines, joining Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the treatment table.
12/14/2018 - 08:34 AM
Jose Mourinho increasingly angry at Manchester United over lack of transfer activity
Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, is on a fresh collision course with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over transfers as he grows increasingly angry about a lack of activity. Mourinho is desperate to recruit a centre-half next month and believes United’s defensive woes this season have underlined the folly of the failure to strengthen at the back in the summer. The transfer window is due to open in just over a fortnight and United’s approach is likely to offer the clearest indication yet of their faith in Mourinho amid continuing scrutiny over his position and doubts he will survive beyond the end of this season.
12/13/2018 - 05:30 PM
Barca squad happy with Dembele - Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba says the Barca squad get on well with the errant Ousmane Dembele
12/13/2018 - 04:56 PM
Players to watch in Week 15
The "Good Morning Football" crew talk about who the most important players are to look for in Week 15.
12/14/2018 - 09:56 AM
LIVE, Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal in action; group stage finale
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, as the group stage finale has arrived. LIVE: Europa League scores ] The two Premier League giants have already secured their spots in the last 32 of the competition, with Chelsea already clinching top spot while Arsenal know a point at home against Qarabag will be enough for them to win their group. There is still plenty to sort out elsewhere in the competition, as the likes of Glasgow Rangers, Celtic, Besiktas and Sevilla are all fighting to reach the knockout rounds heading into the final 90 minutes.
12/13/2018 - 07:48 PM
Carvajal explains Isco's snub of Real Madrid captain's armband after jeers against CSKA
Dani Carvajal claims Isco was merely honouring a promise when passing up the Real Madrid captaincy against CSKA Moscow, not snubbing a chance to take the armband. When Marcelo was replaced in the 74th minute of a Champions League clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, the role of Blancos skipper came up for grabs. As the longest-serving Madrid player still left on the field, the honour was expected to be bestowed upon Isco.
12/14/2018 - 04:48 AM
Big Match Focus...Torino aim to overturn Juve curse
Torino have won only one of their last 40 Serie A matches against the defending league champions.
12/14/2018 - 11:09 AM
The big Friday Premier League quiz
All the answers are at the bottom of the page, so you can claim the high ground when it comes to statistical knowledge! Manchester City will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they take on Everton on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side have not lost two consecutive Premier League games since December 2016 – against which two sides did those defeats come?
12/14/2018 - 03:00 AM
How the Premier League got its mid-table back: a study of top-flight averageness
Somewhere near the front of the Doom-Monger’s Guide to the Football Galaxy is a lament for the competitiveness of the Premier League. In response, the top flight has slowly re-arranged itself into a number of mini-leagues, semi-fluid skirmishes that could be classified as the M62 Title Race (Manchester City and Liverpool), the London Race for Third (Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal) and, of course, the traditional Relegation Battle (everyone from Cardiff downwards). This season, though, has seen a welcome return for a fine English footballing tradition: mid-table mediocrity.
12/13/2018 - 07:09 AM
Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Brighton
Chelsea recovered from a bad run of form after their impressive 2-0 win against the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge, but Maurizio Sarri will be keen to avoid complacency against Brighton. The Italian has repeatedly complained of a 'strange mentality' and 'lack of determination' from his players and was most angry with his team's performance in an away defeat to Wolves. Chelsea have rested a host of players due to a dead rubber mid-week Europa League clash against MOL Vidi.
12/14/2018 - 06:18 AM
Torreira billed as Emery's version of Vieira & Gilberto Silva in new-look Arsenal
Lucas Torreira is the combative midfielder Arsenal have been “crying out for”, says Paul Merson, with the Uruguayan billed as the next Patrick Vieira or Gilberto Silva. While the Gunners were famed for their ball-playing approach under Arsene Wenger and boasted plenty of creative influences in their squad, their finest sides had graft to complement the guile. World Cup winner Vieira epitomised those qualities, with the Frenchman an explosive presence who was capable of putting a boot in and driving forward.
12/14/2018 - 03:16 AM
Brexit latest: Theresa May warns of disorderly no-deal outcome if EU leaders fail to save agreement
Theresa May has warned EU leaders they risk forcing a disorderly no-deal Brexit if they fail to step in a save her exit agreement. A package of the right assurances from leaders over the backstop could “change the dynamic” at Westminster, the Prime Minister said in remarks released by Downing Street. She made clear the perception that the backstop could be a “trap” that the UK cannot escape needs to change, adding: “until we do, the deal – our deal – is at risk”.
12/13/2018 - 05:33 PM
Ed Miliband mocks David Cameron and brings back the 'Ed Stone' in Christmas card
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has mocked David Cameron and brought back the 'Ed Stone' in his Christmas card. The MP for Doncaster North referenced the former prime minister's now widely shared 2015 tweet in which he said Britain “faced a simple and inescapable choice – stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband”. The card showed Mr Miliband peeking out from behind the stone, wearing a Christmas jumper with the words ‘Merry Christmas’ written above him.
12/13/2018 - 02:30 PM
Pochettino prefers media speculation to Real Madrid than Tottenham sacking
Mauricio Pochettino admits he is not bored of reports linking him to the Real Madrid job, insisting he'd rather that than read he's being sacked by Tottenham.
12/13/2018 - 01:04 PM
Moment Theresa May confronts Jean-Claude Juncker in heated exchange after he said her Brexit offer was 'nebulous and imprecise'
Theresa May angrily confronted European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker today hours after he accused her of being “nebulous and imprecise”. British diplomats were furious with Mr Juncker for his midnight outburst which they said was inaccurate and unfair. Sources revealed to the Evening Standard details of one proposal set out by Mrs May for a 12-month time limit set out in a “joint interpretive instrument” which they believe would carry “legal force”.
12/14/2018 - 05:36 AM
Bundesliga takes notice of US teen Sargent's scoring debut
BERLIN (AP) — Still only 18 but with one Bundesliga goal from one Bundesliga match, United States forward Josh Sargent is already being touted as a possible heir to Claudio Pizarro. Sargent scored for Werder Bremen with his first touch two minutes after coming on as a substitute in his league debut against Fortuna Duesseldorf on Friday. Pizarro, who has scored more goals (194) than any other foreign player in the Bundesliga, is 40 with his one-year deal over at the end of the season. "It's a realistic goal," Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt said of Sargent. "We want to develop our own top forwards. If, next summer, Josh is the one (to replace Pizarro), then we'll have done a lot of things right."
12/13/2018 - 06:59 AM
Champions League draw: When is it, what TV channel is it on and who could English sides get in the Round of 16?
Group winners (seeded): Barcelona, Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid Group runners-up (unseeded): Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Liverpool, Lyon, Manchester United, Roma, Schalke, Tottenham Hotspur Eliminated: Club Brugge, Monaco, Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, Napoli, Red Star Belgrade, Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Moscow, Benfica, AEK Athens, Shakhtar Donetsk, Viktoria Plzen, CSKA Moscow, Valencia, Young Boys Round of 16 draw - the rules The eight group winners are seeded and will not play each other in the first knockout round, while clubs from the same country cannot be drawn against each other.
12/13/2018 - 07:04 AM
'He's a machine' - Wijnaldum heaps praise on Milner after Premier League landmark
Georginio Wijnaldum has paid tribute to fellow Liverpool midfielder James Milner after the 32-year-old stalwart made his 500th Premier League appearance last weekend. The former England international has enjoyed a hugely successful career in the English top flight after spells with hometown club Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool. Many are of the opinion that Milner is getting better with age, with the midfielder having already registered five goals and three assists so far this season.
12/13/2018 - 11:57 AM
5 stories that captured the world's attention in 2018
From a royal wedding to a soccer team trapped in a cave, to a refugee crisis and a nuclear summit, 2018 was packed with consequential events.
12/13/2018 - 11:47 AM
Gundogan glad to leave Christmas holidays behind
Ilkay Gundogan swapped sun and sand in December and January for the cut and thrust of the Premier League when he joined Manchester City – and the Germany international could not be happier. Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gundogan was Pep Guardiola's first signing at Manchester City in 2016 but had his campaign curtailed by a cruciate knee ligament injury. A cast of walking wounded at the Etihad Stadium, including Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho, means he is likely to be a key figure as the fixtures pile up this time around.
12/13/2018 - 05:30 PM
Ariana Grande Imagine: Singer shades ranting Kanye West as she drops new single
Ariana Grande threw some serious shade as she dropped the follow up to her chart-topping single Thank U, Next. Before revealing her new song and lyrics video, Grande appeared to hit out at Kanye West’s ongoing Twitter tirade against Drake . “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online rn (right now) but Miley and I dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y'all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that'd be so sick thank u,” she tweeted.
12/14/2018 - 06:38 AM
I’m feeling happy at Everton, claims Barcelona loanee Gomes
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has admitted he is enjoying his football again at Goodison Park after a few disappointing years with Barcelona. Gomes moved to the Catalan giants in 2016 but struggled to hold down a regular place in the team, and as a result, made the switch to the Premier League on a short-term basis last summer. The 25-year-old has played the last eight league games for the Toffees and has been impressive in Marco Silva’s side, so much so he has been linked with a move to Tottenham.
12/14/2018 - 05:17 AM
Serie A: 5 Things - Icardi loves to score against Udinese
Five things you need to know ahead of the weekend's Serie A fixtures.
12/13/2018 - 12:41 PM
Business bosses urge Theresa May to show leadership after in-fighting farce
Theresa May received no respite on Thursday from business leaders, who immediately called on the Prime Minister to urgently agree a Brexit deal and put the “Westminster sideshow” vote she survived last night behind her. The embattled PM narrowly won a vote on whether she should remain Conservative party leader by 200 votes to 117 last night. In the retail industry, Harrods’ managing director Michael Ward said: “The country is going through a period of unsustainable uncertainty, which is impacting the ability of businesses to plan for any form of Brexit outcome.
12/13/2018 - 06:08 AM
Barca, Lewandowski and PSG trio shine - Best of the Champions League group stage
The UEFA Champions League group stage provided upsets and standout performances as Manchester City and Barcelona emerged as favourites.
12/12/2018 - 08:22 PM
Manchester City vs Everton: Premier League preview, prediction, odds, how to watch on TV and live stream
Manchester City will look to reclaim top spot for 24 hours at least when they face Everton for the day’s early kick-off. Pep Guardiola’s side were replaced by Liverpool at the summit of the table last weekend after the reigning champions’ loss at Chelsea, their first of the campaign. Everton meanwhile have yet to record a league win in December and will face a side who were wounded at Stamford Bridge but returned to winning ways in midweek against Hoffenheim.
12/14/2018 - 09:14 AM
Mo Salah: I want AFOTY hat-trick next year
Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award for the second year in a row. The Egypt and Liverpool forward won the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals in May and scored 10 Champions League goals as Liverpool reached the final. He also scored both of Egypt's goals at the World Cup.
12/14/2018 - 12:52 PM
Premier League TV, streaming schedule: Week 17
Everton – NBCSN [STREAM] 10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Burnley – NBCSN [STREAM] 10 a.m.
12/13/2018 - 01:34 PM
Towering Van Dijk the center back Mourinho desperately needs
Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer center back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge. The imperious performances of Virgil van Dijk are helping to change the conversation around Liverpool. No longer is it all about the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, as it was last season when Liverpool powered its way to the Champions League final on the back of a prolific attack. This season, it is the Liverpool defense that is gaining all the plaudits, having secured 12 clean sheets in 23 games in all competitions
12/13/2018 - 09:19 AM
Salah or Hazard? Liverpool legend explains why Chelsea star gets the nod
Mohamed Salah cannot be considered a Liverpool legend, says Graeme Souness, with the Reds star yet to offer the same level of consistency as Chelsea forward Eden Hazard. Anfield's Egyptian frontman has been a revelation since returning to English football in 2017. A 44-goal haul in his debut campaign delivered countless honours, including the PFA Player of the Year Award and Premier League Golden Boot.
12/13/2018 - 03:59 AM
I believe Costa will stay at Atletico - Simeone
Ateltico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone said he hopes that striker Diego Costa will remain at the La Liga club.
12/14/2018 - 09:34 AM
Ligue 1: Fantasy Hot or Not - no stopping for Cavani, no scoring for Sliti
Find out who's hot and who's not ahead of this weekend's Ligue 1 fixtures
12/13/2018 - 07:33 AM
Henry expects tough test away at Lyon
As Monaco look to record back-to-back Ligue 1 wins for the first time this season, head coach Thierry Henry knows they will be tested at Champions League round-of-16 qualifiers Lyon.
12/14/2018 - 02:14 PM
La Liga: 5 Things - Barcelona chase a scoring record
Five things you need to know ahead of this weekend's La Liga fixtures.
12/13/2018 - 01:58 PM
Martellus Bennett becomes a luchador
Mostly Football hosts Martellus Bennett and Adam Caparell team up for a luchador match.
12/13/2018 - 08:02 PM
Ronaldo would support Valladolid playing La Liga games abroad
Ronaldo, the former Brazil striker and current majority shareholder of Real Valladolid, has said he would be in favour of the club playing La Liga games outside of Spain. Ronaldo bought a 51-percent stake in Valladolid in September, with the stated aim of establishing the team in the top flight after they were promoted last season. Staging fixtures abroad has become a controversial issue in Spanish football.
12/13/2018 - 08:38 AM
Chelsea attack 'brain-power' of own fans over anti-Semitic chants in Budapest
Chelsea on Thursday night questioned the "brain-power" of some of their supporters after a group of fans were heard singing an anti-Semitic chant in Budapest – just five days on from the alleged racism directed at Raheem Sterling. Only two minutes into their Europa League group match away at MOL Vidi on Thursday, a minority of the 1,273 Chelsea supporters at the match began chanting abuse about "Yids". Singing a chant that has become wearingly familiar to Chelsea regulars, the words "Barcelona, Real Madrid, Tottenham are a bunch of Yids...
12/14/2018 - 01:43 AM
Wide support for 48-team World Cup at Qatar 2022 - Infantino
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is confident that a 48-team World Cup can be achieved in 2022, even if it means taking some games outside Qatar.
12/14/2018 - 04:02 PM
Alisson thinks Roberto Firmino's best feature is his teeth
Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson thinks Roberto Firmino's best feature is his teeth but his Brazilian colleague doesn't agree. The Reds posted the latest video in their 'Bezzies' series on their official Instagram page. The Merseyside club pick two players who are friends and find out how much they know about each other. Alisson told the camera while Firmino was listening to music: 'For sure it's his teeth. For sure. It's not easy that one.' The Liverpool goalkeeper told his teammate: 'I've said it's your smile. But there aren't any options here.' Firmino replied: 'Ok, got it. You've got it wrong.' Alisson responded: 'Have I? What is it?' Firmino revealed: 'Body.' Alisson laughed and said:
12/13/2018 - 12:31 PM
How can Manchester United contain the attacking threat of Liverpool?
Why Liverpool are stronger defensively Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson have turned Liverpool from title hopefuls to genuine contenders and have improved the defence from joint-fourth best in the Premier League last season (an average of one goal conceded per game) to the clear best this season (only six goals conceded - 0.37 per game). Defending happens as a unit though, and Liverpool's entire approach to matches has changed this season. The manic high press has been turned down from 11 and Klopp's side allow their opponents more passes per defensive action (essentially, opposition teams aren't being shut down so relentlessly) and have forced fewer turnovers as a result, down from 4.97 per game ...
12/14/2018 - 08:20 AM
Arsenal have to rest players to focus on other matches - Emery
Unai Emery believes he has to rest Arsenal players to win matches because of the amount of fixtures they have to play.
12/14/2018 - 06:06 PM
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