Why does every club want to sign a left-footed centre-back?

In the football world, the left-footed player has long been considered aesthetically superior — more skilled, technically gifted and easier on the eye — as opposed to those relying on their right, despite the evidence being overwhelmingly anecdotal or unsupported by science. In bygone days this often resulted in the idea that the left-sided centre-back … Read more

Arsenal leave Liverpool’s title tilt in tatters Dortmund keep theirs alive

Another weekend of headlines, golazos and unpredictable finishes across Europe’s biggest leagues. From Borussia Dortmund‘s dramatic 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich, to Liverpool dropping even further back in the Premier League title race, there was no shortage of drama. ESPN correspondents Rob Dawson, Julien Laurens, Sam Marsden, James Tyler and James Olley break down the … Read more

Must-see games in Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga before World Cup

Chelsea‘s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday was the first of 13 matches the Blues will end up playing between October 1 and November 12. Most of their biggest English rivals will end up playing 12 matches in that span. 2 Related Borussia Dortmund will have crammed in a DFB-Pokal match, four huge Champions … 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

How Union, Freiburg are turning the Bundesliga upside down

In retrospect, Danny Drinkwater‘s prowess was the sign that Leicester City had something special going on. The Foxes had plenty of soon-to-be huge names on their Premier League-winning 2015-16 roster — N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and of course Jamie Vardy — but after Drinkwater made a big-money move to Chelsea in 2017, he was barely … Read more

Premier League pause, Real Madrid and Barcelona in form, VAR trips Juventus: Weekend review

The weekend in European football saw Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain take care of business in their respective league matches. Juventus, however, are looking off-kilter while Borussia Dortmund lost to RB Leipzig — led by a familiar face. Meanwhile, the Premier League postponed its weekend matches as a mark of respect after the death … Read more

RB Leipzig sack Tedesco after Champions League home debacle

Domenico Tedesco has paid the price for bad results at RB Leipzig. Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images RB Leipzig have parted ways with coach Domenico Tedesco on Wednesday following a bad start to the Bundesliga and a 4-1 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Shakhtar came to Leipzig with a weakened squad … Read more

Rafael Leao the king of Milan Vinicius all class VAR spoils Premier League

Another weekend of headlines, golazos and unpredictable finishes across Europe’s biggest leagues. From AC Milan securing the first derby win of the Serie A season to fans, coaches and players raging at VAR in the Premier League, there was no shortage of drama. ESPN correspondents Rob Dawson, Alex Kirkland, Julien Laurens, James Tyler and Mark … Read more

Joe Scally’s Gladbach ascent has U.S. defender on the World Cup radar, and rightly so

1:53 PM ET Dan HajduckyESPN Close Hajducky is a reporter/researcher for ESPN. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and played on the men’s soccer teams at Fordham and Southern Connecticut State universities. Scally is getting consistent playing time in the Bundesliga and his performances have stood out, making him a sleeper … Read more

Odegaard, Haaland, Thiago, Pedri and more

It is an immense quirk that we get about 10% of the way through the soccer season before the rosters are actually locked into place. It’s difficult for an American sports fan to grasp, I’m sure. In college football, rosters are mostly set three months before the season starts. In professional sports, you’ve got a … Read more