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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Singapore, Malaysia drop places in latest FIFA rankings

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Malaysia and Singapore head for Thursday's tough away World Cup qualifiers against Asian Cup semifinalists United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Syria dampened with news that they have fallen in the latest FIFA Rankings.

Bernd Stange's side -- who are unbeaten in their two Group E World Cup qualifiers and have four points including a goalless draw at the home of four-time Asian champions Japan -- have fallen two places and are ranked 157th.

The Lions lost 4-0 to Qatar in a friendly on Friday shipping in...

Abou Diaby omitted from Marseille's Europa League group squad

In the past three seasons, Abou Diaby has appeared in just 12 Premier League matches.
Diaby moved back to his native France after an injury-hit spell with Arsenal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been left out of the Marseille squad for the Europa League group stages.

Diaby, 29, joined Marseille on a free transfer earlier in the summer after nine years with the Gunners.

The midfielder has been plagued by injury problems but was praised by Marseille's medical staff last month as they prepared him for a return to first-team action.

But it appears...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Javier Hernandez bids farewell to Man United fans after Leverkusen move

Martin Ainstein reports from Leverkusen on the latest about Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and his move to Bayer Leverkusen.
ESPN FC's Paul manager and Gabriele Marcotti give their thoughts on why Chicharito wasn't part of Louis van Gaal's tactics, but the pair have vastly different opinions on his future success at Bayer Leverkusen.
New Manchester United forward Anthony Martial claims he is trying to move past the hefty price tag that has surrounded his move from AS Monaco.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsene Wenger's comments on Manchester United signing Anthony Martial whom the Arsenal manager praised as a "huge talent".
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down all you need to know about Man United's deadline day teenage signing Anthony Martial.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United fans, but not Louis van Gaal, after completing his move to Bayer Leverkusen.

Chicharito, 27, signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club on Monday for a reported fee of £8.75 million.

United manager Louis van Gaal had signalled that the Mexico international would be one of his strikers for the season, but that changed when the former Premier League champions moved to sign French forward Anthony Martial...

Papy Djilobodji determined to impress at Chelsea and in Premier League

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says the recent transfers of centre back Papy Djilobodji to Chelsea brings experience and options to the EPL side.
Rafael Honigstein says that new signing Papy Djilobodji could play in central midfield, similar to how Kurt Zouma has for Mourinho.

New Chelsea signing Papy Djilobodji has vowed to prove his worth in England.

Djilobodji, 26, was a surprise signing for the English Premier League champions, joining them for £2.7 million shortly before the transfer window closed.

The former Nantes defender has been left out of Chelsea's squad for the Champions League but he says he is willing to work hard to prove himself in London.

"It's one part of my dream that's coming true," he told Nantes' official website. "The path was very long but...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Kevin De Bruyne was wanted by Bayern Munich before Man City move - agent

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol thinks Manchester City's stellar start is more than just a fluke; he says manager Manuel Pellegrini's transfers this summer have all made sense.
As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more
Alexis Nunes sits down with ESPN FC's Paul Mariner to discuss the possible advantages of VfL Wolfsburg signing the young winger Julian Draxler from Schalke 04.

Bayern Munich backed out of an approach to sign Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg before the midfielder joined Manchester City, according to the player's agent.

De Bruyne, 24, signed for City from Wolfsburg on Sunday for £54 million, bringing to an end a summer-long transfer saga.

The Belgium international's agent, Patrick De Koster, said Bayern and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain were also keen to acquire his services.

"We had heard that Bayern had an interest," De Koster told sporza. "I then...

Swansea could sell Andre Ayew for €100m - ex-Marseille president

Andre Ayew has made an instant impact as a Swansea player.

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has said Swansea could make a €100 million profit on Andre Ayew.

Ayew, 25, was out of contract at Marseille and joined the Swans on a four-year deal this summer.

The Ghana international has made an outstanding start to his career at the Liberty Stadium, scoring in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on his debut and adding further goals in home wins over Newcastle and Manchester...