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12:14 PM ET Every run-up to a World Cup qualifying window has its area of focus. Usually its centers around player availability, or the opponent. But the upcoming trio of games for the United States men’s national team against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio, Canada in Hamilton, Ontario and Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota has
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5:00 AM ET Ian DarkeESPN.com writer Close Darke, who called games for the network during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is ESPN lead soccer voice in the United States. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the world’s most recognizable soccer voices.
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4:23 AM ET Roy Hodgson is set to become Watford manager. Photo by STEVEN PASTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Former England coach Roy Hodgson is set to be announced as the new Watford manager, sources have told ESPN. Hodgson, 74, is due to sign a six-month contract at the struggling Premier League club. Hodgson will replace Claudio
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6:36 PM ET The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals! TOP STORY: Wijnaldum wants Prem return with Arsenal Georginio Wijnaldum could
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12:53 PM ET Mario Balotelli has been recalled to the Italy squad by Roberto Mancini. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images Mario Balotelli has been recalled to the Italy squad by Roberto Mancini for the first time since 2018 for a special training camp. In anticipation of March’s World Cup qualifying playoffs against North Macedonia and then potentially Portugal
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5:14 PM ET Associated Press At least six people have died in a stampede outside a stadium hosting an Africa Cup of Nations soccer game in Cameroon, an official said Monday. Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more casualties. The stampede happened as crowds struggled to get
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2:26 PM ET Claudio Ranieri lasted just 13 matches in charge of Watford. Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images Watford have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri after just three months in charge at Vicarage Road, the club announced on Monday. The Italian was hired as manager on Oct. 4 following the dismissal of Xisco, who had helped
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9:12 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Nicolas Tagliafico has told Ajax he wants to join Barcelona this month after the Catalan club expressed an interest in signing the defender on loan, multiple sources have told ESPN. Barcelona are in the market for a left-back in January to provide competition for Jordi Alba and have
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4:48 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Julian Alvarez has been capped five times for Argentina. Matías Baglietto/NurPhoto/Getty Images Manchester City are close to sealing a deal for River Plate forward Julian Alvarez, sources have told ESPN. City believe they have seen off competition from AC Milan for the 21-year-old Argentinian with the final details to be ironed
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4:11 PM ET Tunisia players celebrate after scoring a goal against Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations. DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/AFP via Getty Images Captain Youssef Msakni scored with a long-range shot to hand COVID-hit Tunisia an improbable 1-0 win over 10-man Nigeria in Garoua on Sunday to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals.
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5:30 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has left the door open for some of his fringe players to leave in the last week of the January transfer window. Rangnick revealed there are “negotiations with clubs” going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford as players look to for an exit
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1:28 PM ET Chelsea secured their first win in the Premier League since Boxing Day as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte made his league return to Stamford Bridge but he was unable to guide his side to a win as Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva scored for the
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10:51 AM ET Liverpool cut Manchester City‘s lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday. City could only draw 1-1 at Southampton on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp’s men took advantage, winning the first of two games in hand they have on the defending
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8:11 AM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC Barcelona won their first trophy of the year on Sunday. Angel Martinez/Getty Images Barcelona cruised to a 7-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final on Sunday to claim their first trophy of 2022. Barca were three goals up inside half an hour after Ingrid Engen gave them
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11:41 AM ET Borussia Dortmund battled to a 3-2 victory at European hopefuls Hoffenheim to close in on leaders Bayern Munich as striker Erling Haaland made it 56 goals in 57 Bundesliga games for the Ruhr valley club. The win lifted second-placed Dortmund to 43 points, three behind Bayern, who play at Hertha Berlin on
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