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What happened to Steven Defour and Standard Liege's golden generation?

Steven Defour was sent off on his return to his old club as Standard Liege beat Anderlecht 2-0 in a heated Belgian Pro League encounter.

It would take a very hard heart indeed to not have sympathy for Steven Defour after his weekend. The Belgium midfielder has always been a forthright figure, to say the very least. If you skimmed a news summary noting that he had been sent off for kicking the ball into the crowd on his return to former club Standard Liege with his current team (and Standard's archrivals) Anderlecht, you might have silently nodded in recognition to yourself.

There was a pretty major footnote, though. Defour was greeted...

 By Tim Vickery

Juan Roman Riquelme: The master of his art will be missed by Argentina

The ESPN FC team reflect back on Juan Roman Riquelme's storied career and the crew is forced to pick which was the best professional footballer.

Towards the end of 2001, a tribute match for Argentine legend Diego Maradona was staged at Boca Juniors' famous stadium, La Bombonera, in Buenos Aires. The spectators included then-Argentina national team coach Marcelo Bielsa, who was roundly booed. However, the fans' ire had nothing to do with any falling out between Bielsa and Maradona, but rather the fact that the coach had no place in his team for Juan Roman Riquelme, the playmaker and idol of the Boca side of the time -- who announced his retirement...

 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho have point to prove in Capital One Cup

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Craig Burley preview Tuesday's Capital One Cup replay between Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Capital One Cup is usually regarded as a mild inconvenience by the bigger clubs, an irritation that ranks somewhere between defrosting the freezer and paying a large electricity bill. You'd rather not, but it's necessary and people will get cross if you don't bother.

It's comfortably the fourth priority for any English club involved in European competition, unless you're Mike Ashley and you regard the Europa League as even lower.

Of course, teams tend to get a little more serious about the whole...

 By James Young

Corinthians-Casuals return to Brazil for historic friendly with Corinthians

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Corinthians-Casuals may have lost 3-0, but the game was about more than the result. PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter.

Saturday afternoon saw a typically lively afternoon of action in the Ryman Isthmian League South. In perhaps the pick of the action, Ramsgate drew 3-3 at home with Three Bridges in front of 159 fans, while a bumper crowd of 459 turned out to see leaders Burgess Hill Town beat Sittingbourne.

For the team currently in 18th spot in the division, however, it was a rather unusual weekend. Instead of taking on Hastings United on a chilly January afternoon back home, amateur club Corinthians-Casuals were...

Ronaldo not happy, Pique helps Barca: 5 things we learned in La Liga

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the latest action throughout La Liga, where Real Madrid remain atop the league but may be without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Madrid derby following his red card against Cordoba.

1. Ronaldo not happy at the moment

Cristiano Ronaldo's difficult start to 2015 got even worse on Saturday. With time almost up Real Madrid were struggling at 1-1 at relegation-threatened Cordoba, and Ronaldo had been rarely noticed.

Until the Portuguese struck out at his marker, Jose Angel Crespo, after they battled to reach a corner. Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez missed that incident, but did see Ronaldo's kick out at the Andalusians' left-back Edimar the next time the ball came into...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints: Cup upsets, Messi and Neymar, Ronaldo, money league

Bradford came back from two goals down to win 4-2 to send the Blues out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Manchester United dominated possession but could manage only a goalless FA Cup draw with Cambridge United. Chelsea and Manchester City also endured embarrassing defeats in their FA Cup matches, while Arsenal survived a scare of their own vs. Brighton Hove and Albion.

What was the most surprising FA Cup result this weekend?

Financial advisors Deloitte released...