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Faitelson: Mexico must reclaim CONCACAF


Miguel Herrera must reclaim CONCACAF for Mexico

Mexico last claimed the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, defeating the United States 4-2 in the final.
Mexico last claimed the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, defeating the United States 4-2 in the final.

LOS ANGELES -- Let's put an end to all this confusion and to the Utopian idea that Mexico is searching for two national teams for the summer. Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera's first and only assignment is to regain supremacy in the CONCACAF region.

It can all be summed up by one simple fact: Herrera has never managed an official game in Mexico's footballing region. He ensured the country's passage to the World Cup in Brazil against New Zealand in a playoff scenario governed by FIFA rather than...

Who will make progress on the road to France 2016?

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth is back with a special offering of his tips, Euro qualifiers edition!

Northern Ireland to avoid Sunday blues

From a British point of view, Northern Ireland have been the revelation of the first four matches in qualifying for Euro 2016 and they have a golden chance to push their chances of a place in the finals by beating Finland in Belfast on Sunday.

A narrow defeat in Scotland in a midweek friendly should not have dented their confidence and though it's the first ever full international Northern Ireland have ever played at home on a Sunday, the atmosphere should inspire...

 By Sid Lowe

Copa del Rey final venue, Barcelona's Camp Nou, not decided without a fight

The Camp Nou will host the 2015 Copa del Rey final, a decision that's been a long time coming in Spain.

And so the soap opera comes to an end, and what fun it was. So much fun, in fact, that we'll do it all over again next year. Same time, same place. Or should that read "different time, different place" instead? Not long after one Seville-based sports newspaper announced that the Copa del Rey final would be held at Real Betis' Benito de Villamarin stadium, the Spanish football Federation announced that the Copa del Rey final will be held at FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on May 30.


Marquinhos' new PSG deal is a shrewd move for the club's future

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says controversies won't bring him down, and he will stay at the top.

Before Brazil's 3-1 win over France at Stade de France on Thursday, Paris was alight with chatter about one of the Selecao's star defenders in Marquinhos. However, the Paris Saint-Germain man was not in action against Les Bleus because of an injury picked up after a gruelling few weeks leading into the international break as the defending French champions fight for success on four fronts.

The reason for Marquinhos being the focus of much of the pre-match discussion was the fact that PSG made it official...

Barcelona's Camp Nou hosting Copa del Rey final sparks controversy

Barcelona's Camp Nou was controversially chosen as the site for the Copa del Rey final after their rivals Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to host it at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After weeks of endless negotiations in order to reach a mutual agreement, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have finally decided that the Camp Nou will host the Copa del Rey final on May 30. In other words, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will challenge for the title in the Catalans' home stadium.

Despite both clubs identifying the Santiago Bernabeu as the ideal scenario for the final, the Real Madrid board ignored their request and rejected the offer as soon as they were approached. A petition...

Mark Hughes extension a good sign for Stoke fans

Mark Hughes' new deal keeps him at Stoke through the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Mark Hughes' new deal keeps him at Stoke through the 2018-19 Premier League season.

With the footballing vacuum that is the international break currently in effect, Stoke fans could be forgiven for expecting little in the way of news coming out of the club this week. But with manager Mark Hughes signing a new contract, that silence has been happily broken.

The Welshman (who replaced the last Welshman, Tony Pulis) has signed a three year deal that sees his tenure extended to 2019; news that will buoy everyone associated with the club following the early promise he has shown in...