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Puebla and Leones Negros battling against Liga MX relegation

Leones Negros' coach Alfonso Sosa reacts after the game.

If the Liga MX was truly fair, it would be Morelia who would be relegated. La Monarquia have only won four league games since last summer and have been horrific in nearly all areas of the pitch. This season, every team must have been eager for an opportunity to take on a squad that had only won two matches in last year's Apertura.

Luckily for Morelia, the current relegation system in use for the Liga MX focuses not only on recent results, but ones that stretch back during the past three years, or...

Luis Suarez to score against Bayern? Real Madrid and Juventus to draw?

For the first time since leaving the Catalan giants, Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola will face FC Barcelona in a competitive fixture.
Jean-Marie Pfaff believes that his former side Bayern Munich will succeed against Barcelona as manager Pep Guardiola prepares to return to the Camp Nou.

Suarez to give Barcelona lead

It's Champions League semifinal (first leg) week and two fabulous matches to get our teeth into. But with respect to Real Madrid and Juventus, it's the game at the Camp Nou which has everyone talking as Barcelona host Bayern Munich.

Not only are they two great sides but also, there's the Pep Guardiola effect. Guardiola is rightly revered as a legend in Barcelona for his time as a player and, most especially, as a manager there. He will have a plan for the Catalans and...

Pep Guardiola faces biggest challenge yet against former club Barcelona

The ESPN FC crew give their take on the SPI prediction that gives Barcelona a slight edge over Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the Champions League.

The wonder, and real key to the Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is whether Pep Guardiola has by now found what he describes as the "flash of inspiration ... the moment that makes sense of my profession."

Because, by the time the Bayern coach returns to the luscious lights and 99,000 welcoming fans of the Camp Nou on Wednesday, Guardiola will hope to disappoint those same fans by drawing on what he has deduced from hours spent alone in a darkened room.

It is his preparation...

The tactical keys to Chelsea's Premier League-winning campaign

Jose Mourinho lauded his Chelsea players for the determination, quality and consistency that secured the Blues' fourth Premier League title, following a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.

In the age of tactical flexibility and squad rotation, Chelsea's title has been built on old-fashioned principles. Jose Mourinho has stuck to the same 4-2-3-1 framework throughout the campaign and has used the same players: three are ever-presents in the Premier League, 10 have started at least 26 games and an 11th, Diego Costa, would surely have done likewise but for injuries and suspension.

Chelsea's triumph has been based on key performers playing key roles and, tactically, six men have been particularly...

 By John Duerden

Malaysia's Tengku Abdullah targets Asia growth on FIFA Exco

New FIFA Executive Committee member Prince Tengku Abdullah of Malaysia wants to help Asia reach its full potential.

These days, less and less of the important business of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) takes place in its home city of Kuala Lumpur. But for Malaysia, there was some good news coming out of Bahrain on Thursday night as Prince Tengku Abdullah was elected to FIFA's powerful Executive Committee at the AFC Congress in Manama.

Minutes before the elections started at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel -- with one of the two four-year seats up for grabs -- his Royal Highness spoke with ESPN FC. As...

 By Tim Vickery

Boca Juniors' questionable advantage over River Plate in the Libertadores

Boca Juniors coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena says his side must play smart not rough if they are to beat rivals River Plate in their Copa Libertadores round of 16 tie.

It's first blood to Boca Juniors, then, in the triple dose of Argentina's Superclasico. They struck late to beat Buenos Aires rivals River Plate 2-0 in Sunday's league meeting -- giving them not only three points, but also a big morale boost in the build up to the next pair duels between the eternal rivals.

This Thursday and next they meet home and away in the second round of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League. Stakes are high; one team goes through to the quarterfinals, the...