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Barcelona want to sell Philippe Coutinho, but why doesn’t any top club want him?

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12:56 PM ETSid LoweSpain writer Barcelona wanted Philippe Coutinho so badly that they spent a whole summer chasing him, lost out, looked silly and still came back again four months later, making him the most expensive player they had ever signed. Lionel Messi wanted him too; he told the club president Josep Bartomeu so.Andrés Iniesta said he had just the right profile to succeed. And the sporting director said he could be, well, Andrés Iniesta. As for Luis Suárez, he laughs at suggestions he played estate agent, but he did help Coutinho find a house. He also warned his ex-Liverpool
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NWSL Challenge Cup Draw – Equalizer Soccer

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Dan Lauletta and John Halloran react to the NWSL Challenge Cup Draw and share what they think of each team’s chances in the tournament. Listen to this pod on:  Apple  |  Spotify  |  Google Podcasts  |  Stitcher  |  Anchor  |  PodBean  |  Pocket Casts  |  Breaker  |  Overcast  |  RadioPublic JUST LAUNCHED: The Equalizer has a second podcast vertical which launches this week, called “Kickin’ Back.” Jeff Kassouf hosts this interview-based podcast series which will feature casual conversations with some of the game’s biggest names, looking back at some of the biggest moments in their careers. Click here to subscribe on your favorite platform. Subscribers: Click below for the ad-free
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FIFA World Cup 2022™ – News – Veteran Al-Mutawa eager to rewrite Kuwaiti history

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Bader Al-Mutawa is regarded as one of Kuwait's finest goalscorers He participated in all five of his side’s Qatar 2022 qualifying games The captain discusses his squad's desire to return to a position of regional prominence Kuwaiti people remain proud that their national team led the way in putting Arabic football on the map in Asia, first by winning the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and then by securing a place at the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™ thanks to a golden generation of players who left a tremendous legacy for future generations. Four decades after that historic World Cup participation,
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American coach Marsch lauds players after Salzburg wins Austrian Cup

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Edinson Cavani is going to be one of the top targets in the free agent markets, as Paris Saint-Germain’s purchase of Mauro Icardi ushers the Uruguayan out of the Ligue 1 champions’ stable. Icardi’s loan move to PSG from Inter Milan has been made permanent for big money, and the 33-year-old Cavani is set to bring his 259 goals somewhere else. Cavani scored 200 times in 300 matches with PSG after arriving from Napoli, scoring seven times despite being limited to just over 1000 minutes due to several injuries. The target striker is free to negotiate with teams having nearly
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Bayern continue relentless charge towards Bundesliga title by going 10 points clear. Is there more silverware to come?

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2:18 PM ETTom HamiltonCloseSenior Writer• Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018Bill ConnellyCloseESPN Staff WriterBill Connelly is a staff writer for ESPN.com.Bayern Munich need to start clearing space in their already-overloaded trophy cabinet. Their 5-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday was as equally impressive as it was expected.They are now 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and their eighth title in a row seems an inevitability. But while they charge towards yet another booking with the Meisterschale,
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Questions remain for some NWSL players undecided on Challenge Cup participation – Equalizer Soccer

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Masks are the new norm for training. (Photo: Orlando Pride/Mark Thor) Perhaps the show must go on, but it can’t go on without the players. The 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup wouldn’t have been announced without assurances that enough of the roughly 200 players in the league would participate, and the fact that many players seem likely to give their individual approval is possible in large part because the NWSL Players Association was able to negotiate housing and salary guarantees despite not even having yet ratified its first collective bargaining agreement with the league. Significant energy has already
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FIFA World Cup 2022™ – News – #WorldCupAtHome: Millions flock to relive World Cup memories

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Opening of FIFA video archive allowed fans to enjoy 35 premieres across nine weeks 32 full games re-broadcast, three Official FIFA Films aired on YouTube for free 750,000 votes cast on Twitter by fans to choose which matches were shown During unprecedented times of global isolation, FIFA’s digital archive was opened up with the #WorldCupAtHome campaign, and fans from across the world joined together to watch in their millions. Nine weeks of full match re-broadcasts, documentary premieres and wider engagement on social media platforms saw millions of fans flock to FIFA’s platforms to relive some of their favourite footballing memories.
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Fortuna sinks Schalke, Hoffenheim flies

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Goals and tired legs were everywhere in the midweek matches of the Bundesliga’s restart. First, the 10 men of RB Leipzig saw their title hopes drift away in a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin. Then came the 2:30 p.m. ET kickoffs, which saw a wonderful goal from an American at Schalke and an even better assist from Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner. Read on, as the relegation and seventh-place pictures swung a little on Wednesday. Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Schalke USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie’s diving header of a 54th-minute free kick gave goal starved Schalke a lift, but Fortuna Dusseldorf knocked it back
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Unstoppable Bayern set for Bundesliga title, while Dortmund rue their latest missed opportunity

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Bundesliga title No. 30 took a giant step closer to the Sabenerstrasse, Bayern Munich's spiritual home, and where the "Meisterschale" has enjoyed summering for the past eight years. Tuesday's 1-0 road win over Borussia Dortmund offered a neat summary of why it's Groundhog Day in Germany, no matter how annoying this is to all the neutrals who wanted to see a genuine title race go down to the wire, instead of seeing Bayern seven points clear with six games to go.- ESPN+: Stream ESPN FC TV daily and 30 for 30: Soccer StoriesHow did Bayern do it? They shuffled formations
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NWSL full-team training begins Saturday as tournament plans continues – Equalizer Soccer

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Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier for The Equalizer National Women’s Soccer League teams are permitted to begin full-team training on Saturday, May 30, subject to state and local governmental requirements, the league announced on Monday. Small group training (maximum of eight players) got the green light to begin on Monday, and a team must complete five days of small group training before progressing to full-team training. The news comes as the NWSL’s plans for a July tournament in Utah, which would make the league among the first in professional U.S. sports to return to play, continue to move forward. There are
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