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Marcotti: Can Mourinho save himself?


Past hardships inspire Leicester's unlikely Premier League title challenge

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains there will be an enormous demand for Leicester players come next season.

"I get hit, I get back up."

It's one of those inspirational, slightly cheesy quotes peddled by Little League coaches and inspirational Twitter accounts. But it also can ring true at the top level of sports.

Just about every professional athlete has, to some degree, suffered setbacks. Even Michael Jordan had to settle for playing JV as a high school sophomore.

But when you consider Leicester City's improbable rise to the top of the Premier League ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal, you note that the...

Leicester keep passing Premier League title race's tests; Barca win ugly

The ESPN FC panel weigh in on the SPI indicating that Leicester City are now Premier League title favourites.

You might recall that Leicester were going to be exposed as frauds with that tough run of games beginning around Thanksgiving. Matches against Everton, Swansea and Liverpool away; Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City at home. They went into that cycle top of the Premier League and after three wins, two draws and one defeat, they emerged at the other side still top albeit jointly with Arsenal, who had a slightly better goal difference.

That's when we should have known that no, they're...

Arsene Wenger is not a 'loser' despite the prevailing narrative about Arsenal

Take a look back at Arsenal's latest Premier League matches in which they failed to score, but will it cost the London club to title?

"It's always the same with you!" That's what an angry Arsene Wenger shouted at referee Lee Mason after Arsenal's scoreless draw with Southampton.

"And it's always the same with you!" That's what Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, who witnessed the scene, said to Wenger, which you can safely take to mean he doesn't take losing well and tends to blame others.

Chalk it up to the fact that competitive sports can make grown men regress to childhood. But Koeman's words perhaps cut a bit closer to the...

Man City force Pep Guardiola to commit, Barca-Atletico fallout, more

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed his time with Manchester City would end on June 30.

At the risk of being conspiratorial, you wonder about Manchester City's decision to announce on Monday what most already knew: Pep Guardiola will be taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.

City said in their statement that the choice was made "out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players" and that this way, they can "remove the unnecessary burden of speculation."

Well, unless Pellegrini spends his time off the grid in an underground cement bunker, emerging only...

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United: What can you believe?

Pressure continues to mount on Louis van Gaal and Man United following their 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Ross Dyer react to comments Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made concerning fans' expectations.
The ESPN FC panel compare Louis van Gaal's Manchester United with that of David Moyes.

The fact that it's been a long time since football clubs stopped being just that -- actual clubs where folks would band together to play football -- is ancient news.

Yet recent events at Manchester United bring into focus just what they've become.

Part retailer and part entertainment company.

Part publicity vehicle and part faith.

Part TV programming provider and part tribe.

Part click-bait and part telenovela.

Part billboard for advertisers and sponsors.

Part vehicle for buying and selling the services...

FIFA presidential candidates: Who are they and what do they offer?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives a run down of the FIFA presidential candidates ahead of the election.

With FIFA's presidential election one month away, Gabriele Marcotti gives an overview of the five candidates.

Prince Ali
Prince Ali secured more than a third of the vote when he ran for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter in May.

Name: Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
Age: 40
Background: Son of the former King of Jordan, who died in 1999, and half-brother of the current King. President of the Jordan Football Association.
Highest office held in football: Vice president of FIFA representing Asia (2011 to 2015).
Fun fact: He was a paratrooper in the Jordanian army as well as president of Jordan's film...