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Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar cleared of tax evasion charges - father

Steve Nicol and Stewart Robson debate whether Coutinho is the only option to replace Neymar if he leaves Barcelona.
ESPN's Toni Collins reports from Barcelona training as Jordi Alba is the latest to comment on the Brazilian star's future.

Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar has been cleared of criminal charges in a tax evasion case in his home country, his father announced.

A federal court judge in Rio de Janeiro last year found Neymar guilty of tax fraud for failure to report earnings from his contracts with Santos, Barcelona, and Nike, and ordered him to pay 188.8 million Brazilian reals ($52.1m, €45.9m) in fines and back-taxes.

But after appealing the fine -- which included back-taxes and interest -- a judge found in Neymar's...

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Jose Mourinho drops hint that Zlatan Ibrahimovic may return to Man United

The FC crew react to Jose Mourinho's surprising revelation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to Manchester United.
Stewart Robson dissects game footage of Romelu Lukaku with Everton to display what the striker will bring to Man United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could yet return to Manchester United for the second half of the season, Jose Mourinho has suggested. 

After scoring 28 goals in all competitions last season, the Swedish striker suffered a major knee injury at the end of last season and is not expected to recover until the new year.

His injury forced United to go shopping for a striker this summer, and Mourinho landed Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a reported £75 million. But in discussing that deal, Mourinho hinted...

Africans in the Champions League: Jean Seri stars as Nice hold Ajax

Africa's players were among the key protagonists in midweek during the Champions League third qualifying round first leg.

For this round, 20 league champions and 10 non-league champions are pitted against each other for the chance to move one step closer to the lucrative group stage.

There was significant attention on OGC Nice this week, after the French side - who finished third in Ligue 1 last season - were drawn against Dutch heavyweights Ajax in their first Champions League outing.

It was a...

Argentina, Uruguay to move forward with joint World Cup bid for 2030

ESPN's Bob Ley speaks with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the decision to make a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Herculez Gomez shares his thoughts on how the United States would factor into a three-nation World Cup bid.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina and Uruguay are going ahead with plans to make a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup despite expected competition from China and others.

The South American neighbors are counting on sentimental support with Uruguay hosting the first World Cup in 1930.

Argentine sports secretary Carlos Mac Allister said in a Wednesday interview that the presidents of both countries and leaders of the two national football federations had agreed to move ahead.

Politicians will...

Mario Balotelli leads Nice to draw with Ajax; Celtic stumble against Rosenborg

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Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal in Nice's 1-1 draw with Ajax in the Champions League.

Mario Balotelli's first-half goal was only enough for Nice to earn a 1-1 draw against Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round match on Wednesday.

Balotelli, the former Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool forward, tapped home into an empty net in the 32nd minute from Jean Seri's pass across goal after a surging run.

Four-time European champions Ajax levelled with Donny van de Beek's goal in the 49t minute to gain a slim away goals advantage ahead of the return game...

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Chelsea's Antonio Conte: 'If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane'

Antonio Conte feels Alvaro Morata will adapt to Chelsea's style of play very quickly.
Marcos Alonso feels Alvaro Morata will thrive at Chelsea but first needs time to adapt to his new squad.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed his dream striker signing would be Tottenham's Harry Kane.

The Italian, who has brought in Alvaro Morata for £58 million, was not suggesting the Blues are looking to buy the England striker, but spoke of his admiration for the 23-year-old.

Kane has finished as the Premier League's top goalscorer for the past two seasons, and when answering a question about Tottenham's title ambitions, Conte told several national newspapers: "Tottenham is a really good...