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Canales: Brizuela heads up Best XI

Liga MX 19 hours ago
 By Michael Cox
17 minutes ago

Liverpool and Real Madrid's midfields have evolved since their last meeting

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner question whether or not Brendan Rodgers can adapt his tactics, avoid stubbornness and play more defensively against Real Madrid.

Liverpool's 5-0 aggregate victory over Real Madrid in the 2008-09 Champions League was arguably the genuine highlight of Rafael Benitez's six-year reign at Anfield.

OK, it didn't involve actually winning a trophy, like in the 2005 European Cup final, but as an exhibition of pure footballing brilliance, it was unparalleled. Even the most ardent Liverpool fan recognises Liverpool were far from brilliant in 2005, but defeating Real Madrid 5-0 was truly extraordinary.

The two performances were notable...

Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne
45 minutes ago

Manchester United's stalling engine room continues to hold them back

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden indicates he believes Manchester United will finish in the top four of the Premier League, much to the dismay of former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol.

Roy Keane is busy hawking his new book around and as part of another round of promotions, the former Manchester United captain recalled an old team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson lasting just three words.

"Lads, it's Tottenham," said Fergie, before walking out -- the implication being that Spurs would be no match for United's supreme authority.

But after Monday's limp 2-2 draw against West Brom and indeed the matches against Leicester, Burnley and Sunderland, one can imagine other Premier League managers...

about an hour ago

Julen Lopetegui's Porto underline doubts over tiki-taka's future

Sporting's victory over Porto in the cup has raised concerns over the team's approach.

A first defeat of the season in October can hardly be described as a disaster, but it has hit home -- and hit home hard. Porto's elimination from the Taca de Portugal at the Estadio do Dragao to rivals Sporting on Saturday meant more than being put in their place by a fellow member of os tres grandes (the nation's perpetual big three). For some, it increased the doubts over Spanish boss Julen Lopetegui that have been gradually germinating in recent weeks.

Even victory over the coach's countrymen,...

 By Chris Wright
2 hours ago

Is this Sunderland fan the unluckiest football supporter ever?

The Southampton scoreboard shows a barely believable 8-0 result between Saints and Sunderland.

If you think you've had it rough as a football fan, spare a thought for this lifelong Sunderland supporter.

Cass Farrar went to St Mary's to watch his side lose 8-0 against Southampton last Saturday and was also there on BOTH of the other times when they lost by such a scoreline.  Farrar, 69, has been a Sunderland supporter since his childhood and has travelled across the land to watch his beloved club play.

As such, he can now "boast" he has seen them succumb to a whopping 8-0 drubbing no...

3 hours ago

Bayern Munich aim to impress pope with mystery gift

Bayern will not settle for merely offering the pope a replica shirt.

Bayern Munich have been granted an audience with the pope following Tuesday night's Champions League match at Roma, and the German champions are planning to charm His Holiness with a mystery gift.

"FC Bayern is known to have good connections with the church, which has fortunately led to us being offered a private audience, which we gladly accepted," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters on Monday.

"It's very unusual for a club to be offered a private audience. We'll definitely take a replica...

 By Uli Hesse
7 hours ago

Germany struggle to rival youth of record-breaker Martin Odegaard

Fifteen-year-old Martin Odegaard became the youngest player to debut in a European competition when he came on as a substitute when his Norwegian side took on Bulgaria.

This past week, Norway's teenage phenomenon Martin Odegaard made history -- not for the first time -- when he became the youngest player to see action in a European Championship qualifier. The youngster was 65 days shy of his 16th birthday when he was brought into the game against Bulgaria.

As much as Germany is currently heralded for its youth setup, the aforementioned record is one we can't even come close to. In fact, among the 10 youngest footballers to play for Germany, only two have made their...