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 By Nick Miller

Manchester City hit hard by the curse of the international break

The ESPN FC crew say that the injury Sergio Aguero sustained during the international break will have a crushing effect on Manchester City, as well as Aguero's recently renewed confidence.

"My plan is to pray now that everyone comes back from international games without any injury because we have a small group," Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after their 3-0 win over Manchester United and before the majority of his players dispersed to join their national sides. As a manager of a team who need little encouragement to embark on an injury crisis, it easy to see why Wenger is turning his thoughts to the heavens.

These breaks must be curious times for football managers, many of whom...

 By Tony Evans

Klopp faces burden of expectations that has doomed Liverpool managers

ESPN FC's Alison Bender talks to Liverpool fans about their thoughts on the club's newly appointed manager, Jurgen Klopp.

They tracked his plane across Europe with the frenzied anticipation of children following Santa's progress across the globe on December 24. Indeed, Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Anfield felt like Christmas to many Liverpool fans. The club reinforced the sense of occasion by issuing a line of merchandise devoted to the German within 24 hours of his appointment as manager.

Before Klopp has been introduced to the players, before he has selected a team, before he has won a single game in the Premier League,...

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Fire Klinsmann? Klopp to win Prem? Mourinho's future, Wales in Euro '16

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reacts to his side's 3-2 defeat by Mexico, comments on his players' performance and responds to comments made about the future of his job.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States suffered a 3-2 extra time loss to rival Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, ending the Yanks' hopes of playing in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Paired with the Stars and Stripes' disappointing showing in the Gold Cup this summer, is it time to move on from Klinsmann?

Should Jurgen Klinsmann be fired?


 By Michael Cox

Non-League Day shows similarities and differences from the Premier League

Billericay Town and Kingstonian take the field ahead of their game on Saturday.

At the end of September a Facebook post went viral - so far it has been shared over 80,000 times -- in which an American tourist listed the things he learned about England during his visit to "mostly small towns". In it was one notable line: "Football is a religion, religion is a sport". 

Saturday was a perfect example of football being a "religion" as Non-League Day, an annual celebration of local football, took place. The English game is not just about the Premier League; it's equally about...

Wales, Northern Ireland lead heroes of the international break so far

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Italy and Wales qualifying for the Euro 2016, this will be the first appearance in the Euro Championship for the Welsh since 1976.

It's the international break, but that doesn't mean there aren't heroes and villains. Iain Macintosh reviews the best and worst of the break so far.


All they needed was a point and they didn't get it. But it didn't matter! Wales lost to Bosnia-Herzegovina and qualified anyway. Chris Coleman, a manager who struggled initially with the unenviable task of replacing the much-mourned Gary Speed, is the first manager to take Wales into a major competition since Jimmy Murphy guided the Welsh...

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Sam Allardyce to give Sunderland much-needed stability following chaos

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager and will join the club on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce had been enjoying his sabbatical from football since leaving West Ham in May. "Big Sam" had cut a relaxed figure in his many punditry assignments following that departure, especially during an August appearance on Sky's Fantasy Football Club in which he chose to wear no socks under a pair of stylish loafers.

But a good football man cannot stay out of the game for too long, even if the job on offer has been turned down just a few months before. Allardyce was just...