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May 11, 2017 9:14 PM Man United pay heavy price to get past Celta and reach Europa League final

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester United's 1-1 Europa League semifinal second-leg draw with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday, which sees the English side advance to the final 2-1 on aggregate. The good news for Manchester United is that they are one win away from qualifying for the Champions League, but their progression 26

May 11, 2017 1:30 PM FIFA President says ousted Governance officials were failures

FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended the controversial decision to replace the soccer body’s former ethics leaders, saying the ousted duo had failed in their task of identifying those responsible for the biggest corruption scandal in the organization’s history. Chief investigator Cornel Borbely and adjudicatory chamber head Hans-Joachim Eckert were told on Wednesday 23

May 11, 2017 12:34 PM Final 21 Starlets confirmed

The Starlets, who have been in Gabon since last Saturday to round up their preparation for the competition, are in Group A and will open their campaign against Cameroun on Sunday, play hosts, Gabon on May 17 and wrap up their group campaign against Guinea on May 20. Despite the tight group they find themselves in, the Starlets, African and world champions 33

May 11, 2017 9:24 AM Big Match Feature: Man Utd v Celta

The odds would appear to be overwhelmingly in Manchester United's favour as they welcome Celta in their Europa League decider, but the Spanish side have cause for hope after pulling off some memorable away wins this season. United's 19-year-old No19 Marcus Rashford scored his 19th goal of the season - and the first free-kick of his career - as United 14

May 11, 2017 9:22 AM Africans in the Europa League Preview

Ahead of Thursday's Europa League semifinal second legs, KweséESPN run through the African players still standing in the competition. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he's channelling his resources entirely into the Europa League this season as United seek a route into the Champions League. Their unconvincing league form has been compounded 16

May 11, 2017 8:45 AM Business as usual for Pogba & Man United ahead of Europa League tie

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claims Paul Pogba has not been distracted by FIFA’s investigation into his £89million move from Juventus. The world governing body is looking at the deal through its Transfer Matching System (TMS), the online platform that monitors cross-border transfers. This is understood to be linked to claims that agent Mino Raiola 26

May 11, 2017 6:56 AM Mourinho's Man Utd can only succeed without Rooney

Wayne Rooney has played the part of club captain and model professional superbly in recent months. When leading Manchester United out against Arsenal on Sunday he was marking back-to-back league starts for only the second time since losing his place in Jose Mourinho’s first team last September. It has been quite the fall from grace, but he has refused 18

May 11, 2017 5:06 AM UEFA CL: Atletico Comeback Falls Short As Real Reach Final

Real Madrid inflicted a fourth Champions League elimination on Atletico Madrid in as many years on Wednesday, losing their semi-final second leg 2-1 but progressing to the final 4-2 on aggregate. Atletico had threatened an incredible comeback, Saul Niguez’s powerful header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty inside 16 minutes cutting Real’s aggregate lead to a solitary 41

May 10, 2017 8:55 PM Premier League teams are way off the standard of Real Madrid and Juventus, insists Rio Ferdinand: 'Chelsea are the nearest, but we're in a transition'

Rio Ferdinand has poured cold water on the suggestion an English team could soon win the Champions League, admitting clubs like Real Madrid are way ahead. Madrid booked their place in this year's final on Wednesday night, beating city rivals Atletico over two legs to set up a showdown with Juventus. England, meanwhile, had three sides reach the knockout 29

May 10, 2017 6:49 PM Atletico Madrid needs miracle comeback vs. Real Madrid in Champions League semis

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals has all but punched Real Madrid's ticket to the June 3 final in Cardiff, but Atletico Madrid still has a chance to pull off a historic comeback and will bring everything it's got in the second leg at the last European game ever at the Estadio Vicente Calderon (2:45 p.m. ET, FS1). Real Madrid 13