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Why the NFL shouldn't be an economic model for the Champions League

The Champions League could never follow an NFL model but some owners would love to see UEFA try.

The Champions League revamp announced this past August, with Europe's four top-ranked leagues guaranteed 16 of the 32 spots, caused many to complain about polarization, greed and the one-percenters sticking it not just to the little guys (that happened a long time ago), but to the game's middle classes as well.

UEFA were caught between a rock (Europe's big clubs wanted even more allowances from wild-card entries to games on weekends) and a hard place (if they didn't get what they wanted, some...

Jose Mourinho under pressure, Barca's gritty win, young Milan stun Juventus

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Jose Mourinho may have lost some confidence after the first month of the season.

Jose Mourinho is right. Games start at 0-0. Manchester United's trip to Stamford Bridge effectively began with Chelsea a goal up, a function of some absurd collective defending from David De Gea, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind. (For De Gea, such a mental error was hugely uncharacteristic. For the other two, not so much.) Implied in this is that United had to chase the game, and that's always hard to do away from home, especially when Chelsea could then sit back, defend and counter.

It's a nice...

Gianluigi Buffon continues to defy time when it comes to goalkeeping

Juventus barely got a 1-0 win over Lyon, who dominated the match, FC's Raphael Honigstein discusses the root of their issues.
Gianluigi Buffon made three superb saves to preserve Juve's win at Lyon on Tuesday night.

All of us will have to deal with declining ability as we age. Some of us are dealing with it now, in fact, but really, as long as you're over the age of 20, odds are there are some things you can no longer do. (Thankfully, there are also others you do better.)

For professional athletes, it's a bit different. The ones who make it to the top level have notions of confidence and self-belief drilled into them from a young age. Heck, anyone who has played sports at any level probably recalls some...

Inter Milan need to look after Mauro Icardi, Pep Guardiola's latest tweaks

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into Mauro Icardi's comments in his autobiography that reignited a feud with Inter supporters.

When your own fans greet you with a banner calling you a clown and a turd and ask you to never wear the captain's armband ever again, you know you've screwed up. Big time.

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has had a colorful and controversial enough career even before you get into the Wanda Nara business. But on Sunday, things spiraled into a wholly different sphere after Icardi published a book that both Inter's hardcore fans and the club objected to in the most strenuous way.

Where to begin?


There's a great deal more to Bob Bradley than an American accent

U.S. fans share their thoughts on former USMNT boss Bob Bradley's appointment at Swansea with ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes.

On Saturday, when he leads Swansea against Arsenal, Bob Bradley will become the first American to coach in the top-flight of a major European league. But among the things that make him different, his heritage is possibly the least relevant when it comes to assessing his chances for success.

So much about him is unorthodox.

Bradley played at Princeton University but never professionally -- in fact, he stopped playing at age 22 -- and, for the first 15 years of his coaching career, he didn't even...

Premier League shouldn't be too affected by falling exchange rates

The guys answer your tweets regarding the slog of the international break, 2018 WC predictions, and the fastest FC member.

Four months ago, a British pound was worth €1.30. On Tuesday, it slipped as low was €1.09. Around the same time, a pound was worth $1.49, whereas this week it slipped to $1.21. As I write this on Wednesday, it's around €1.11 with the euro and $1.23 with the dollar.

Why does this matter in a football column? Well, because the single biggest expense for most football clubs is player costs, both transfer fees and wages. And Premier League clubs tend to acquire a disproportionate...