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Ligue 1: Why We Watch

He may not be the best player in world football but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in a class of his own.

With the latest international break coming to a close and the frenzy of the club season about to resume, we asked some of our writers to chronicle what they love, both past and present, about the leagues they follow. It's #WhyWeWatchFootball. Julien Laurens tells us about his love for Ligue 1.

I can still remember my first Ligue 1 game. 1987. I was just seven years old. My dad took me to the Parc des Princes for PSG vs. Marseille. The home side won 4-0 and I was hooked; since then, I've yet...

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Talking football with Xabi Alonso

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein sits down with Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso where he talks about his move from Real Madrid and the similarities between the Bundesliga and Premier League.

It's sounds odd to call a World Cup, European championship and Champions League winner a revelation, but that's exactly what Xabi Alonso has been since swapping the white of Real Madrid with the red and white of Bayern Munich this summer. The Spaniard has emerged as the most influential player in the Bundesliga in the space of only three months.

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein sat down with the 32-year-old at Bayern's club centre last week to talk tactics, manager Pep Guardiola and Bavarian architecture.


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James Pallotta wants to take AS Roma, Serie A, to top of world football

Ahead of their league clash with Torino, Roma head coach Rudi Garcia believes his side can achieve great things this season.

The thing about owning AS Roma and telling the world about your long-term project to make the giallorossi into the dominant force in Europe is that there almost too many clichés.

It wasn't built in a day, we get it. But, ultimately, all roads lead there, which is why there is so much potential. The key though, now that you're in Rome, is knowing when -- and to what extent -- to do as the Romans do and when to do your own thing, your way.

James Pallotta eschews these aphorisms. He has his own....

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about an hour ago

Milan derby a sad reminder of Europe's fallen kings

Former Inter striker Diego Milito supports Roberto Mancini's appointment as the team's new head coach.

As far as Fernando Torres is concerned, this is the moment he has been waiting for. When the striker landed at Milan's Malpensa airport, back in the final throes of the summer transfer window, the few hundred AC Milan fans who had gathered to meet him made just one demand of their club's new signing. "Winning the derby," he says, "is the first thing they asked me."

This weekend brings with it one of Europe's great fixtures, the game they call ll Derby della Madonnina. Filippo Inzaghi's AC Milan...

 By Mark Worrall
3 hours ago

Costa's back from injury; that spells trouble for Premier League defenders

Tim Howard weighs in on Chelsea's ability to stay unbeaten in the Premier League.

The key piece of information that Jose Mourinho shared at his Friday news conference -- that Diego Costa is totally recovered from his hamstring worries -- will have delighted Chelsea supporters and terrified forthcoming opposition defences in equal measure.

Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer, Costa has been niggled by recurring problems that were exacerbated on international duty with Spain last month. Despite a spell on the treatment table which saw the Brazil-born striker miss...

 By Ben Jacobs
3 hours ago

Foxes in free fall towards Premier League trap door

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson expects a 'well organised' Sunderland side at King Power Stadium.

Leicester are in free fall. That's no exaggeration, and it's a decline not too many of us saw coming after the scintillating 5-3 comeback victory over Manchester United in September.

A few weeks ago, the Foxes were sitting pretty in mid-table while Sunderland had just been mauled 8-0 at Southampton. Since then, Gus Poyet's side have beaten Crystal Palace and drawn with Everton to move three points above City, who are winless and goalless in their last four games and now find themselves in the relegation...