Barcelona agree four-year shirt sponsorship deal with Rakuten

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop is surprised Lionel Messi's contract negotiations with Barcelona have hit such a stalemate. Alejandro Moreno believes that at the moment Philippe Coutinho's spot at Barcelona would be on the bench. Paul Mariner says there is no doubt Barcelona would want to take on Phillipe Coutinho and can properly utilise him. Barcelona have announced a new four-year

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Borussia Dortmund CEO: ‘I don’t want to see fans milked like in England’

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate with their supporters. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has voiced fears that rules governing the ownership of German clubs could change, telling Sport Bild: "I don't want the fans to be milked as is happening in England." The Bundesliga success of RB Leipzig, funded by Austrian soft drink company Red Bull, has sparked debate about the

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Per-Mathias Hogmo steps down as Norway coach

Per-Mathias Hogmo oversaw Norway's unsuccessful 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 campaigns. The Norwegian football federation has said coach Per-Mathias Hogmo will step down after three years in the job. With only three points from four matches in World Cup qualifying, Norway have little chance to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia. The Norwegians, who lost to Czech Republic

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino gets deja vu after international injuries

The ESPN FC guys talk World Cup qualifying following Thomas Muller's controversial quote after Germany beat San Marino 8-0. Just before the October international break, Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 -- still their last win in all competitions -- but Mauricio Pochettino welcomed the time off. "It's good, there's no problem, we're happy we have time to recover players," said

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