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

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

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

Real Madrid beat Elche as Ballon d’Or winner Benzema scores

4:45 PM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema scored a goal but had two others overruled by VAR as Real Madrid beat bottom side Elche 3-0 in LaLiga action on Wednesday. Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio also netted goals in Madrid’s comfortable win, who also beat Clasico rivals Barcelona earlier this week. … Read more

Kylian Mbappe, PSG and Real Madrid: It’s complicated

Kylian Mbappe wants out at PSG and Real Madrid are keen, but what’s really going on? ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. Jump to: Xabi Alonso tipped as potential Real Madrid manager | Man Utd wary of Barcelona’s Dalot interest | Man City identify key area to rebuild Kylian Mbappe’s complicated relationship with Real Madrid … 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

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