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Gab Marcotti explains the uncertain position Barcelona could find themselves in if Catalonia gains independence from Spain. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to keep the focus on football after Catalonia’s parliament voted to establish an independent republic on Friday. Spain’s senate responded by granting the country’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, powers to impose direct rule
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The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is reaching its climax.  So far, five nations have booked their place to join host nation Russia in next year’s tournament. Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium. EUROPE (UEFA; 13 PLACES) • European qualifying home page Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups
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Brian McBride examines Christian Pulisic’s prospects for 2017-18 and provides insight on Schalke youngster Weston McKennie. Landon Donovan says that Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe is the X-factor when it comes to the attack for the United States, and praised teenage sensation Christian Pulisic’s maturity. Speaking exclusively with ESPN FC ahead of MLS Rivalry Week,
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Paolo Bandini and the FC crew react to Tottenham’s signing of Davinson Sanchez and discuss the options he gives Pochettino. Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez, subject to a work permit, after he completed a medical. Last week, Ajax confirmed that Sanchez would depart for a transfer fee of €40
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Iain Macintosh is in place for Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle. HUDDERSFIELD, England — ESPN FC was “OnScene” at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Town hosted Premier League football for the first-ever time, with Newcastle United the visitors. Iain Macintosh was soaking up every moment as Huddersfield made it two wins out of two, running
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Raf Honigstein suggests Ousmane Dembele moving to Barcelona is no guarantee, and explains Dortmund’s looming predicament. Borussia Dortmund have said Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele remains suspended until further notice. Dortmund announced on Thursday that they had rejected a bid from Barcelona for Dembele — reported to be worth around €100 million — and suspended the
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