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Hughes extension welcomed by fans

Stoke City

Mark Hughes extension a good sign for Stoke fans

Mark Hughes' new deal keeps him at Stoke through the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Mark Hughes' new deal keeps him at Stoke through the 2017-18 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 2018; news that will buoy everyone associated with the club following the early promise he has shown in...

 By Chris Wright

Fulham and Brentford engage in Twitter spat over goalkeeper loan

Richard Lee's loan move started a minor Twitter feud on Thursday.

While it's hardly going to go down as one of the great conflicts of our time, Championship rivals Brentford and Fulham became embroiled in a spiky Twitter spat Thursday that ended in a glorious, meme-fuelled victory for the former.

The kerfuffle began when Brentford announced the departure of their goalkeeper Richard Lee, who completed a loan move to Fulham on Thursday evening. Crucially, it was the Bees' description of Lee's new club that first riled the social media department over at Craven...

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona duo Dani Alves and Jose Manuel Pinto record song for charity

Barcelona's answer to Seals & Croft (ask your parents), Dani Alves and Jose Manuel Pinto, have joined forces with Spanish songwriter Mario Baro to record and release their very own pop song.

The single, entitled "You're Special," is a positive little ditty which aims to inspire "contagious optimism" by motivating people to "break down barriers and feel good with themselves."


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

New England Revs looking to move past struggles, Lampard's NYCFC visit

The ESPN FC panel talk about the importance of a win on the board for both Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire to get some momentum in MLS.

Some intriguing Major League Soccer storylines to watch this weekend:

The New England Revolution aiming for first win of 2015

The opening weeks of the 2015 MLS season haven't been kind to the New England Revolution. Through three games the Revs have no wins, no goals, and plenty of frustration. Not exactly what was expected of last year's MLS Cup finalist.

Without question there are some clear reasons for New England's struggles. Last year's midfield catalyst, Jermaine Jones, has been sidelined...

Mexico's defense is one of the five things to watch vs. Ecuador

A wax figure of Mexican coach Miguel Herrera was unveiled on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is usually reliable for Mexico, but with limited playing time for his club in Malaga, could rustiness be a factor?

About 90,000 fans are expected at the sold-out Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night for the friendly between Mexico and Ecuador -- and most of those in attendance will be supporting El Tri.

Mexico manager Miguel "Piojo" Herrera will have plenty of support but little time to fine-tune the squad before the Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments this summer. Including Saturday's match, Herrera has only three matches for experimenting before the Copa America tournament, which begins in June.


 By Steven Kelly

Liverpool should compete in Europe for love and trophies, not just the money

Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League at a time when it still put maximum effort into European competition.

This week marked the 50th anniversary of Liverpool's first win in a European Cup quarterfinal, the first of many. It was a match that stands out even in this club's illustrious history on the continent as it was the only time the Reds went through on the toss of a coin.

The mere thought of Liverpool's 1965 tie with FC Cologne could give Arsene Wenger nightmares. There was no away goals rule then anyway, but the two clubs drew both the original ties 0-0 and were then forced to play a replay on...