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19 hours ago

Ligue 1: Why We Watch

He may not be the best player in world football but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in a class of his own.

With the latest international break coming to a close and the frenzy of the club season about to resume, we asked some of our writers to chronicle what they love, both past and present, about the leagues they follow. It's #WhyWeWatchFootball. Julien Laurens tells us about his love for Ligue 1.

I can still remember my first Ligue 1 game. 1987. I was just seven years old. My dad took me to the Parc des Princes for PSG vs. Marseille. The home side won 4-0 and I was hooked; since then, I've yet...

20 hours ago

Talking football with Xabi Alonso

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein sits down with Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso where he talks about his move from Real Madrid and the similarities between the Bundesliga and Premier League.

It's sounds odd to call a World Cup, European championship and Champions League winner a revelation, but that's exactly what Xabi Alonso has been since swapping the white of Real Madrid with the red and white of Bayern Munich this summer. The Spaniard has emerged as the most influential player in the Bundesliga in the space of only three months.

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein sat down with the 32-year-old at Bayern's club centre last week to talk tactics, manager Pep Guardiola and Bavarian architecture.

How...

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23 hours ago

#FCdebate -- Arsenal or Man United, who will finish higher?

The FC TV panel have their say and you can too. Vote now!

Arsenal and Manchester United go into Saturday's clash separated by one point, in sixth and seventh place, respectively, in the Premier League table. The two clubs are perennial top-four finishers, but both have experienced indifferent form so far this season.

It seems that Chelsea and Manchester City are shoo-ins to claim two of the league's four Champions League spots, but who will grab the other two? Southampton and West Ham are currently flying high, but can they sustain a challenge?

Meanwhile,...

1 day ago

Maidstone's night of FA Cup glory moves them closer to Wembley

Frannie Collin's two goals were the difference as Maidstone United stunned Stevenage.

MAIDSTONE, England -- The music is loud and the beer flows freely in the bar at Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium. And why not? After all, the small club, who play in the seventh tier of English football, have just sealed one of the greatest results in their history: A 2-1 FA Cup first-round replay victory over Stevenage, a side who play three divisions above them.

In the days before the biggest game of his career, manager Jay Saunders repeatedly referred to Maidstone as, "a family club," a statement...

 By James Dall
1 day ago

Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal cause to regret extending his contract

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Everton vs. West Ham
Leicester vs. Sunderland
Man City vs. Swansea
Newcastle vs. QPR
Stoke vs. Burnley
Arsenal vs. Man Utd

Sunday
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
Hull vs. Tottenham

Monday
Aston Villa vs. Southampton

Weekend battle: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

It was understandable why Arsenal agreed a new contract with manager Arsene Wenger in the summer. It was the easy choice, the reasons in favour apparent. It was hoped that after leading the club to the FA Cup and with it their first trophy in nine years, Wenger would usher in the dawn of a new and successful era. Wenger...

1 day ago

Man United's injury crisis, confusion continues to hurt Louis van Gaal

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Alexis Nunes give us the latest on Angel Di Maria's ankle injury and what it means for Manchester United's clash with Arsenal.

Louis van Gaal was unable to provide an answer, although not by intention. On Thursday, after a week of worry about how long Daley Blind would be out for following his medial ligament injury with the Netherlands, the Manchester United manager prolonged that wait. He said they still wouldn't know until after another scan in 10 days' time. "It shall be a long story -- but not six months or something."

At the same time, the club's official Twitter account reported it could be close to six months....