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Blog - ESPN FC United

Roy Keane may be controversial but his demands aren't unreasonable

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert responded to reports that former assistant manager Roy Keane confronted Tom Cleverley at the midfielder's home believing he had leaked stories about Keane falling out with the club's players.

Roy Keane has departed and yet he still dominates the agenda at Aston Villa. As the mid-table Midlanders prepare for a testing encounter with Louis van Gaal's resurgent Manchester United, the dust still settles on the now former assistant manager's latest controversy.

In this tangled web, there are two strands that we can grip with certainty. Firstly, that a respected journalist from the Daily Mail ran a story about Keane's alleged problems with the players that was peppered with spicy quotes from...

Sepp Blatter's latest move in FIFA's Game of Thrones-style soap opera

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement saying that they will release Michael Garcia's report but the bid process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be revisited.

Maybe that's the trick. Heck, maybe it's the secret to eternal happiness. Figure out which way the wind is blowing and make sure you jump on the right bandwagon at the right time. It's the secret to survival, political or otherwise.

On Friday, Sepp Blatter released a statement saying he had asked the FIFA Executive Committee to publish Michael Garcia's report into alleged impropriety in bidding and voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Lo and behold, that's what the ExCo did. And -- guess what?...

 By Tony Mabert

Thierry Henry quits, Qatar eyes Prem club, FIFA to publish World Cup report

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

This week's biggest news stories of the week saw a true great of the modern game bow out, Manchester United step closer to another big-money deal and FIFA and Qatar do yet more wonders for their respective reputations.

TOP 5 STORIES

1. Henry deserves a big hand (Tuesday Dec. 16)

Thierry Henry calling time on his playing career was widely expected, and that allowed him the time to stage-manage his announcement perfectly. The striker picked what could be predicted as a quiet news day to make the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCdebate -- Should the Premier League take a winter break?

The FC TV panel are fans of the festive tradition. What do you think? Vote now!

The festive season is upon us and, for Premier League fans, it means a glut of games.

From Saturday until New Year's Day, England's top-flight teams will play four times in a 12-day period (they'll also be in FA Cup action the first weekend in January) as the season accelerates to the halfway point and beyond.

It's often said the holiday period can make or break a team's season, but should it be like that?  

Should the Premier League take a winter break?

Elsewhere across Europe, the top leagues take time off. For example, after Friday,...

Inter's Roberto Mancini owes some of his success to former club Lazio

Roberto Mancini has Inter playing at a different pace than under predecessor Walter Mazzarri.
Roberto Mancini and 11th placed Inter travel to Lazio, the club he helped end a lengthy trophy drought as a player and later became a indemand manager.

Roberto Mancini will swear Sunday's game against Lazio is just like any other.

When he re-encountered Lazio for the first time after leaving to become coach of Inter a decade ago, the Elegantissimo (very elegant) Mancio said: "I don't feel anything special on facing my old team and I couldn't tell you if they remember be with more anger or affection.

"I was very happy in Rome and have great memories of that period of my life. But now my mind is on other things. I have to think about winning, not...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Liverpool and Arsenal's defensive issues not an easy fix

The ESPN FC panel answer your twitter questions on Liverpool's top-four chances, Jozy Altidore's future and Chelsea's potential transfer window targets.

Liverpool's lack of attacking quality puts pressure on their defence; Arsenal's backline lets down their all-star attack. Both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger would paint themselves as devotees of attacking football, yet each manager requires defensive solutions to save his season.

A frail defence cost Liverpool last season's title, as they conceded 50 goals (two more than 11th placed Crystal Palace.) While Arsenal lost any chance to challenge at the top when being thrashed by the clubs that finished...