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Blog - ESPN FC United

U.S. national team doctor recalls life-saving heroics in Denmark

The ESPN FC panel discuss the United States men's national team's recent struggles following their promising World Cup performance.
George Chiampas, middle, has served as a physician with the U.S. since 2007.

ZURICH -- Despite losing 3-2 in Denmark last Wednesday, the U.S. national team's recent trip to Aarhus was a special one for longtime team doctor George Chiampas.

It was Chiampas' first visit back to the picturesque city of 325,000 since the U.S. squad played there nearly six years ago, a 3-1 loss to the Danes in late 2009.

Following that defeat, the players and staff had their heads down as they returned to their hotel rooms that night, and as they trickled downstairs for their usual postgame meal...

Brazil's Dunga is having a positive impact in his second stint as manager

Goals from Neymar and Luiz Gustavo led Brazil's second-half charge as the Selecao overcame France on their way to a 3-1 victory.
Brazil head coach Dunga has already reminded his players that the pressure will again be on to win their next international fixture against Chile,
France head coach Didier Deschamps and defender Raphael Varane admit their side still has room for improvement after they lost 3-1 to Brazil at the Stade de France.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the difference makers and talking points from Brazil's 3-1 comeback victory over France.

To a certain extent, it was laughable that so many Brazilian media outlets referred to the 1998 World Cup final during the build-up and post-match reaction of France vs. Brazil's recent friendly. Even if Brazil had won 18-0, instead of the 3-1 result that they posted on Thursday, the disappointment in losing the world title to the French 17 years ago still lingers.

Yet, there was a feel-good wave after the Selecao's win that was interesting for another reason. Almost nine months after taking charge...

Carlo Ancelotti's success in Europe tainted by lack of domestic titles

The ESPN FC crew react to reports suggesting Spain international and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is in talks to leave the club.
The FC team discuss whether Gareth Bale should stick it out at Real Madrid or head back to the Premier League.
Real Madrid's Champions League title last May was Carlo Ancelotti's third as a manager.
Real Madrid's Champions League title last May was Carlo Ancelotti's third as a manager.

It wasn't exactly a new scenario for Carlo Ancelotti, so he pointed to an old excuse. Real Madrid had just been beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in the latest Clasico, leaving the Italian again looking up at another leader in a title race, and he duly deflected by pointing to the quality of the display and competitions beyond the domestic front.

"We are disappointed, but it is better to have better feeling in the way we played," Ancelotti said. "We can have more confidence in the future games in the...

 By Nick Miller

Top 10 summer transfer targets for Premier League clubs

The FC team discuss whether Gareth Bale should stick it out at Real Madrid or head back to the Premier League.

As Europe's league enter the final stretches of their seasons, attentions begin to turn to the summer's transfer window. With that in mind, Nick Miller looks at the window's top 10 transfer targets for Premier League clubs.

10. Alexandre Lacazette | Lyon | forward

There are several areas of the Manchester United team that should require surgery in the summer, one of which is up front. Surely, Radamel Falcao's loan will not be extended or made permanent, while Robin van Persie is not the player...

 By Sid Lowe

Copa del Rey final venue, Barcelona's Camp Nou, not decided without a fight

The Camp Nou will host the 2015 Copa del Rey final, a decision that's been a long time coming in Spain.

And so the soap opera comes to an end, and what fun it was. So much fun, in fact, that we'll do it all over again next year. Same time, same place. Or should that read "different time, different place" instead? Not long after one Seville-based sports newspaper announced that the Copa del Rey final would be held at Real Betis' Benito de Villamarin stadium, the Spanish football Federation announced that the Copa del Rey final will be held at FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on May 30.


 By Andy Mitten

Beyond United and City, Greater Manchester is the mecca of football

Manchester averages more than 122,000 spectators between Manchester United's Old Trafford, pictured, and Manchester City's Etihad.

Manchester United and Manchester City may dominate, but there are eight professional football teams in Greater Manchester. Britain's second-biggest conurbation, of 2.5 million, is a football city that also boasts numerous semi-professional sides playing to average home crowds as high as the 2,000 that attend the games of FC United of Manchester, the breakaway club that formed after the Glazer takeover of Manchester United in 2005. They're about to move into their own new, £6.3 million, 5,000-seat...