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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

New Ivory Coast boss Marc Wilmots wants to bring back Yaya Toure

As he prepares to take over the Ivory Coast, Marc Wilmots defended his dismissal as manager of Belgium.

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has said he hopes Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure can be persuaded to end his international retirement.

Toure brought down the curtain on his international career last year, having led Ivory Coast to the 2015 African Nations Cup.

But ex-Belgium boss Wilmots, who agreed a two-year deal to coach the team earlier this week, has said "it's not yet over" for Toure.

The BBC quoted him as saying: "We've got to get him back. The Yaya Toure case will be one of my first...

Premier League looking into transfers involving youngsters - source

Liverpool are reportedly under investigation for allegedly tapping up a Stoke City schoolboy.

The Premier League is investigating transfers and potential deals involving young academy players, a source has told ESPN FC.

The source said that the Premier League have ongoing investigations looking into a small number of young player moves and proposed moves.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday night that Liverpool are under investigation for allegedly tapping up and offering a forbidden inducement to a Stoke City schoolboy.

The report claims that the Merseyside outfit backed out of an...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Charlton pay tribute to Westminster terror attack victim PC Keith Palmer

PC Keith Palmer was a season ticket holder at The Valley.

Charlton Athletic have placed a red and white scarf on the seat belonging to PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday.

PC Palmer, who was 48, was stabbed as he protected the Palace of Westminster.

He was a season ticket holder at the League One club, who issued a statement saying they had learned of his death with "great sadness."

"Keith was a familiar face at The Valley to many supporters and sat in his same East Stand seat for many years," the statement...

 By Ben Gladwell

Gianni De Biasi's Albania exit be 'as controversial' as Claudio Ranieri axe

Gianni De Biasi was a contender to replace Antonio Conte as Italy coach in 2016.

Gianni De Biasi says that if he were to lose his job as Albania coach, it would compare with Claudio Ranieri's dismissal as Leicester City manager.

De Biasi took charge of Albania in December 2011 and led them to their first ever European Championship finals last year. They did not make it beyond the group stage and they have already lost at home to Spain and Israel in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

But the 60-year-old believes that if the Albanian FA were to show him the door, it would be the...

 By Ben Gladwell

Patrizia Panico hoping for more women coaches after managing Italy U16s

Patrizia Panico at Coverciano in January 2017.
Patrizia Panico took charge of the Italy under-16 side's game against Germany.

Italy under-16 coach Patrizia Panico says that while she enjoyed her time in the spotlight on Wednesday, she hopes it soon becomes normal to see a woman coaching a men's team.

Panico took charge of Italy's 4-1 friendly defeat to Germany and the media interest in her debut as the first female coach to lead a male national selection for Italy was substantial.

"But it never got to me," Panico told the Italian Football Federation's official website. "I'm a very balanced person and don't let emotions...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sir Alex Ferguson: Spain dominance may end as Ronaldo, Messi fade

Sir Alex Ferguson talks to Sebastian Salazar in the Heineken Boot Room about Man United, Major League Soccer and his illustrious career.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told ESPN FC that he expects Spain's dominance in Europe to end in the near future as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are getting older.

Spanish clubs have won the Champions League (Real Madrid twice, Barcelona once) and Europa League (Sevilla three times) for the past three years, and have three teams in the quarterfinals of the Champions League again this season.

However Ferguson, who won the Champions League twice during his 27 years in...