Ridiculous red cards, confusing calls

After a few days of some truly horrible refereeing decisions in LaLiga, let me start by asking you: did you know that a leading referee like Antonio Mateu Lahoz could easily earn more than €400,000 per season? What’s your view? Chump change or more than your gross in 10 years? Enough remuneration to make refs … Read more

Ousmane Dembele ran the show as Barcelona score four against Athletic

Ousmane Dembele was brilliant in Barcelona‘s 4-0 victory over Athletic Club, keeping the gap behind league leaders Real Madrid to three points. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.) Dembele ran the show after assisting three goals and scoring once at the Camp Nou. Robert Lewandowski, Ferran Torres and Sergi Roberto were all … Read more

Frenkie de Jong wanted by Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong could be headed for the Premier League in January — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: How Man United hope to find De Gea’s heir. Jump to: Man United eye goalkeeper recruitment | Barcelona plan leadership cull | Pochettino wants Premier League job Frenkie de Jong in demand with … Read more

Charting Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or rankings

Karim Benzema won the 2022 Men’s Ballon d’Or, the most illustrious individual award in European football, for the Real Madrid striker’s herculean efforts in 2021-22. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.) The results of this year’s awards revealed at Monday’s gala also signalled something of a sea change as both Cristiano Ronaldo … Read more

LIVE Transfer Talk – Liverpool eye Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

Frenke de Jong could be facing an exit from Barcelona. Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, … Read more

Transfer Talk – Liverpool eye Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

5:57 PM ET Nick JuddTransfer writer The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals! TOP STORY: Liverpool eye De … Read more

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – Guide to season’s first Clasico

One of the football’s biggest matches returns as Real Madrid host Barcelona in the 250th competitive edition of the clash simply known as El Clasico this Sunday (Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m. ET). Sunday’s match sees both sides on top of the LaLiga table, with Barcelona just above Real Madrid due to goal difference. Barcelona snapped … Read more

Barcelona trouble, Brugge success, goals

Matchday three of the Champions League group stage is wrapped up, providing fans with plenty to talk about and more to look forward to. After an exciting third round of games, we asked our writers Sam Marsden, Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to answer some of our burning questions. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, … Read more

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona end Antoine Griezmann standoff

6:28 AM ET Rodrigo Faez Moises Llorens Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign Antoine Griezmann on a permanent basis, multiple sources have told ESPN, bringing an end to the stalemate that has seen the France forward start just one LaLiga game this season. Griezmann, 31, returned to Atletico — whom he … Read more

Man United’s Casemiro quandary, Barcelona leapfrog Real Madrid

European club football is back in full swing following the international break. We saw a couple of big derbies in the Premier League — Arsenal beating Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City seeing off Manchester United — while Barcelona now sit over Real Madrid in LaLiga standings. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Internazionale are all out of sorts. … Read more