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Michael Bradley to skip U.S. friendly to play for Toronto FC

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses the United States' defeat to Panama on penalties in the Gold Cup third place match.

Michael Bradley will miss the United States' upcoming friendly against Peru to remain with his club Toronto FC.

The midfielder confirmed on Friday that he will miss the Sept. 4 friendly, but could return to play against Brazil four days later.

"I'll be with Toronto FC in Seattle," Bradley told reporters. "There was some discussions between everyone at U.S. Soccer and everyone at Toronto FC, going back a few months to when we played those friendlies in June.

"There was agreement that for this game...

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Michel Platini to leave UEFA in 2019 if FIFA presidential election bid fails

The former French international captain is favoured by many to take over as FIFA president after Blatter steps down. His former French international teammate, Luis Fernandez, speaks his praises and supports his decision to run for the position.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Brian McBride discuss the controversial comments made by potential FIFA reformist, Francois Carrard, who called the game in the US, "an ethnic sport for girls in schools."
Without pointing the finger directly, the 79-year-old has claimed that in the past, one continental federation had tried to exert a dominance over the others.
Former South Korean FA president Chung Mong-joon has vowed to fix "corrupt" FIFA after formally announcing his bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of world football's governing body.

Michel Platini has announced he will step down as UEFA president in 2019 if he fails to win FIFA's top job in next year's election.

Platini appeared at a UEFA news conference in Monaco on Friday but refused to speak in any detail about his campaign for the FIFA presidency -- a move likely to prevent any suggestion that he is using UEFA resources in his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter.

UEFA has already complained about an apparent smear campaign emanating from FIFA's headquarters and Platini, who had...

Sizing up La Liga title contenders

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno gives his take on the slow starts for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and believes there should be more concern at the Bernabeu than at Camp Nou.

For the first time ever La Liga will have five teams in the group stage of the Champions League. Of course, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the big names while Europa League champions Sevilla and former Champions League finalist Valencia are also in the competition.

While there is an argument to be made that all five teams could very well advance into the knockout stage in Europe, the argument would not be as convincing when talking about all five teams having a chance of winning La Liga this season. With all due respect to Sevilla and Valencia, they will get an honorable mention and a participation certificate but will not do enough over the course of the season to challenge for the title. Breaking news: La Liga will be all about the big boys!

Here's a look at all three teams, including their strengths, weaknesses and why they will or won't win the La Liga title.


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Southampton players to blame for Europa League exit - Jose Fonte

Norwich City manager Alex Neil believes their game against Southampton will be a tough one but hopes to get a win out of it.
Southampton exited the Europa League playoffs with a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Midtjylland.

Jose Fonte insists Southampton's players must accept responsibility for their European exit -- even if manager Ronald Koeman preferred to point the finger at the officials.

A 1-0 defeat to FC Midtjylland in Denmark on Thursday night was enough to send Saints packing from the Europa League playoffs, with former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen scoring the only goal of the game to earn a 2-1 aggregate win.

Southampton had a number of chances in the early stages but could not get an all-important away...

Miguel Veloso back for Portugal's games against France, Albania

Miguel Veloso did not enjoy such friendly treatment from Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal's World Cup opener against Germany.
Miguel Veloso has returned to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal squad after a year's absence.

Miguel Veloso earned his first call-up in a year as Portugal coach Fernando Santos announced his 24-man squad for a friendly against France and a European Championship qualifier in Albania.

The Dynamo Kiev midfielder was included Friday alongside full-back Raphael Guerreiro, who has yet to make his first full international appearance.

Portugal's midfield will be weakened by the absence of injured regular William Carvalho, and playmaker Joao Moutinho is still in doubt, but central defender Pepe is...

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Adnan Januzaj out for Man United against Swansea with calf injury

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel commented on Real Madrid's pursuit of Red Devils' goalkeeper David de Gea.

Adnan Januzaj has been ruled out of Manchester United's game at Swansea on Sunday with a calf injury.

Louis van Gaal has said he faces a decision on who to play as a No. 10 at the Liberty Stadium with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera in contention to take over from Januzaj.

The Spaniard scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Club Brugge when he played as a No. 10 in the second half.

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But Fellaini is eligible to make his first Premier League appearance of the season after...