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Trending: Diego Maradona and Juan Sebastian Veron in heated exchange

Diego Maradona and Sebastian Veron argued when leaving the pitch for halftime during the Match for Peace.
Diego Maradona confronts former Man United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron during the Pope-organised Match of Peace.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

ARGENTINA: Diego Maradona and Juan Sebastian Veron clashed in a charity game in Rome on Wednesday night, with a heated exchange between the pair on their way off the field at half-time.

MAN UNITEDPaul Pogba has said he'll do whatever is best for his team, but that he thinks playing deeper is "costing" him on the pitch and that he would prefer to play in a more advanced attacking role.

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has told...

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Trending: Lionel Messi set for Barca return, Toni Kroos signs new contract

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe addresses the concerns surrounding Barcelona's worst La Liga start in over 10 years.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol isn't too concerned with England's poor play given they secured an important point in World Cup qualifying.
Slovenia were certainly the better of the two teams, but they share points thanks to a super display from Joe Hart.
Slovenia were unfortunate not to take the lead against England after a slew of quality chances.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday and is expected to make his comeback from a groin injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday

REAL MADRIDLos Blancos have announced that midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension with the Liga giants until 2022.

- Authorities in Colombia have opened an investigation into an alleged death threat received by Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and his mother.

Crystal Palace owe Mile Jedinak for establishing them in Premier League

Mile Jedinak and Scott Dann
Mile Jedinak was stripped of the captaincy this season.

It is a testament to Mile Jedinak's leadership qualities that when former teammates speak about him, they do so in glowing terms that highlight his qualities as a person and a player.

For most Crystal Palace fans, Jedinak has been an iconic leader -- up there with greats like Jim Cannon and Geoff Thomas -- as an establishing force in the side. It might also be why his current manager feels it's time for him to move on.

The Australia international arrived at Palace in 2011 with the club in serious...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Dalian Atkinson will be remembered fondly by Aston Villa fans

A look back at the most memorable moments of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.

Ask any non-Aston Villa fan what they remember of Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday at the age of 48, and the answer is inevitable: That goal against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. It was scored in October 1992 during the Premier League's first season and few goals since have eclipsed Atkinson's strike in terms of sheer technique, bravado and cheek. 

Winning the ball midway inside Villa's half, Atkinson dribbled upfield -- part bulldozing, part skipping -- past two further challenges before...

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Premier League previews for 2016-17

The 2016-17 Premier League season is nearly upon us. Lots has happened already this summer, so our ESPN FC bloggers take a look at how their teams will fare in the coming campaign.


LEICESTER: Leicester City are the defending Premier League champions. And that sentence still takes some getting used to. Now, they're the team to beat and Claudio Ranieri's men must balance a title defence with Champions League football. Read >> -- Ben Jacobs

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ESPN FC's predicted Premier League table and writers' picks

The ESPN FC crew debate which team will win the 2016-17 Premier League trophy.

ESPN FC's editorial desk has made its choice for the 2016-17 season, with Manchester City our choice to top in the Premier League.

But who do our writers think will win the title? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Who are the three clubs who will go down at the end of the season? And which players will finish as top scorer and Player of the Year, respectively?

Gab Marcotti

Top four: 1. Arsenal 2. Manchester United 3. Chelsea 4. Tottenham
Relegated: Hull, Burnley, Crystal Palace