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LIVE Transfer Talk: Paris Saint-Germain monitoring David De Gea’s situation at Man United

Paul Mariner rates the sensibility of the latest transfer links, including potential comings and goings at Chelsea and Manchester United. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. TOP STORY: PSG keep tabs on De Gea situation at United Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave...

Substitutions save Mexico in back-and-forth win over Costa Rica

MONTERREY, Mexico — The Mexican national team had to rally twice on Thursday night to ultimately beat CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica in a entertaining friendly at Estadio Universitario. Here are three thoughts from Mexico's win over Costa Rica.  1. Super-subs rescue win for Mexico This was a flawed, but ultimately satisfactory night for Mexico. The 3-2 victory over Costa Rica ended a streak of four consecutive losses and after being down 2-1 at half-time, El Tri should be happy with what was…

Mexico’s Victor Guzman, Raul Jimenez get high marks for offensive showcase in win

Thursday night was filled with a number of ups and downs for Mexico. In a slightly chaotic game with defensive issues yet a resurgent attack, El Tri walked away from its latest friendly against Costa Rica with a 3-2 victory. Following the win at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, the national team will now travel to Queretaro to prepare for its next friendly against Chile this upcoming Tuesday. Positives After stumbling to a 2-1 deficit by halftime, Mexico did an excellent job of bouncing back…

UEFA Nations League next gen: Sancho, Barella, Ndombele, Suso, Bergwijn

Ross Dyer and Paul Mariner face off ahead of the latest round of UEFA Nations League qualifiers. The switch from international friendlies to the new UEFA Nations League has prompted concerns that managers will be less inclined to blood untested youngsters. With points on offer, promotion to be gained and relegation to avoid, it makes sense for coaches to prioritise results over development. There are, however, some extremely talented young players amongst Europe's major nations at the moment. Here are five who might make their competitive debut in this round of Nations League fixtures. Jadon…

Zamora’s novelty anatomical kit maintains Spanish lower-league tradition

Spanish fourth-tier side Zamora CF have enjoyed instant success with the release of their new away kit, which is inspired by the human circulatory system. The striking jersey features Zamora's club crest as the "beating heart" at the centre of the design, with various veins and arteries running down over the waistband to the shorts below. GRACIAS = | Más de 1.000.000 de personas ya han visto el traje del zamora en todo el mundo. No sabemos como agradecer toda esta difusión. #VosotrosHacéisElZamora #trajeZamora pic.twitter.com/0KO7FsFfK5— Zamora CF (@ZCFoficial) October 10, 2018 The shirts also feature a lengthy motto on the back which pays odd homage to blood, the "reddish liquid that transports life through our bodies" and "feed...

Why Jose Mourinho desperately needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at Manchester United

The FC guys and Ian Darke dive into the latest drama surrounding Jose Mourinho and the "manhunt" he believes is happening at Manchester United. If the rumours doing the rounds in Manchester's football circles are to be believed, Jose Mourinho is considering a move to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Manchester United in January. While the United manager has yet to confirm or deny his interest, there are many reasons for him to do all he can to get the Swedish forward back to Old Trafford, even if only for a couple of months. From a purely footballing perspective, the tail end of Ibrahimovic's United career in 2017-18 — when he scored just…

Real Madrid fans may turn on Karim Benzema by Florentino Perez has share of blame for slump

Shaka Hislop recaps Real Madrid's third defeat in four games but thinks it's not a crisis just yet at the Bernabeu. Three minutes isn't a very long time in football, as Karim Benzema can attest. That was how long it took during a home game last season for the Bernabeu to leap on the Frenchman's back, his heavy touch eliciting a cacophony of jeers from the stands. For Benzema it was nothing new; it's been the soundtrack to his Real Madrid career. In Spanish football's most exacting arena, the Madrid No. 9 has never won the crowd despite posting a higher goals-per-game ratio than Raul. The shirt weighs heavily…

Transfer Talk: Spurs would love to take Eric Bailly off Man United’s hands

Paul Mariner rates the sensibility of the latest transfer links, including potential comings and goings at Chelsea and Manchester United. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. Tottenham want Bailly Tottenham would very much like to sign Eric Bailly, who has swiftly and suddenly fallen from grace at Manchester United over the last few months. Restricted to just three league starts this season, the Ivory Coast defender was hauled off after just 19 minutes of Saturday's 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle….

Costa Rica’s recent rise has created a new regional rival for Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The Estadio Azteca earned its reputation as a fortress for Mexico's national team by way of sheer physical imposition. The cavernous building is surrounded by stands that appear to rise straight up into the sky, filled to the brim with fans on game day. Coupled with Mexico City's high altitude and notorious smog, the Azteca literally takes the opposition's breath away. These conditions combined to provide El Tri with a near-guaranteed win against opposition for the whole of the 20th…

Uruguay’s potential driving Oscar Washington Tabarez, 71, to another World Cup tilt

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Barcelona's biggest weakness, Luis Suarez's future and if Liverpool have any vulnerabilities this season. Oscar Washington Tabarez hauled himself onto a plane for the marathon journey from South America to South Korea, where his Uruguay side are in action on Friday, before taking on Japan next Tuesday. It is just over 30 years since Tabarez first took charge of Uruguay, in a spell that ended with second round elimination at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Uruguay then failed to make it to three of the next four World Cups, and fell in the group phase of the one they did reach. It seemed that the great…

ISL Player Power Rankings: Ferran Corominas, Rana Gharami top

The ISL Power Rankings Welcome to ESPN's inaugural ISL Power Rankings — as we go in search of the best player in the Indian Super League. How do we rank them, though? Well, we're basing it on a model that factors in a set of 10 parameters — nine objective, one subjective. Objective parameters: Goals, assists, saves, clean sheets, interceptions, tackles, yellow and red cards and shots on target. Appropriate weightage has been factored in to ensure fairness in scoring. For example, netting a goal gets a forward/midfielder…

Transfer Talk: Manchester United unrest could see David De Gea leave Old Trafford

The FC guys and Ian Darke dive into the latest drama surrounding Jose Mourinho and the "manhunt" he believes is happening at Manchester United. The Exploding Heads take you through the weekend that was in the Premier League in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package. The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January. United face fight to keep De Gea The uncertainty swirling around Manchester United leaves them facing "a serious battle" to persuade David De Gea to stay, the Telegraph reports. It says that although United are taking up an option to extend De Gea's contract by 12 months, they risk losing the Spain keeper for nothing...