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UEFA, ECA presidents squash Super League rumours; discuss VAR, Football Leaks

UEFA president Aleksander Caferin insists football is not for sale and that any form of plans to create a European Super League will not go ahead.
As UEFA considers implementing VAR for the UCL knockout rounds, the FC crew debate whether replay should be added in the middle of a competition.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and European Clubs Association (ECA) President Andrea Agnelli appeared in a joint news conference on Tuesday to say they had signed a letter of intent to extend the memorandum of understanding -- the agreement that governs the relationship between clubs and governing bodies -- through 2024. In a freewheeling, hour-long conversation with journalists, they touched upon a range of issues from Financial Fair Play to the international match calendar...

England's positive vibes pay dividends, Belgium blow big lead, Dutch delight, more

When it comes to England and semifinals, it's a bit like the old London buses cliche: You wait 20 years for one and then two come along at once. OK, so the joke is beyond corny, and yes, a UEFA Nations League semifinal is a wholly different animal. However, there is no denying that the England team are buzzing in a way we have not seen in a long time.

There are plenty of holes you can pick in the 2-1 win over Croatia, which opened the doors of the final four to Gareth Southgate's crew. Until Harry...

Man United's late collapse the talking point vs. Man City. PLUS: Dortmund expose Bayern

It was by no means remarkable or unexpected that Manchester City should dominate the derby against United. The gulf in class is evident, and as Paul Scholes pointed out afterwards, his United side never faced a City team that was this good. Still, the fact that nine of United's starting XI predate Jose Mourinho at the club is an eyebrow-raiser and further confirmation of how much water has been treaded at Old Trafford. (The two who weren't, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, aren't much to write...

Real Madrid's players must get club back on track. PLUS: Man United's midfield woe

Just about everybody who sticks around long enough at some point gets booed at the Bernabeu. Well, maybe Alfredo Di Stefano never got booed by his home support, but then, he's Di Stefano. So the fact that the likes of Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos got a barracking from their own fans during the 2-0 win over Valladolid isn't surprising, particularly when you consider that until seven minutes from time, it was scoreless, and the visitors had hit the woodwork twice.

It's not a function of Real Madrid...

No smoking gun in latest Football Leaks controversy

As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens talks Financial Fair Play and the reported negotiations to keep PSG and Man City in the UEFA Champions League.
Gab Marcotti delves into ESPN FC's top 50 most influential people in football, pinpointing No. 16's "John" from Football Leaks.

On Friday, a consortium of media organisations led by the German magazine Der Spiegel released a number of stories based on another installment of the so-called Football Leaks data set.

This batch includes details of a plan by seven of Europe's biggest clubs -- Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Milan -- to break away from UEFA and FIFA and set up an independent super league.

It also details the role of Gianni Infantino (then UEFA secretary general, now...

Santiago Solari has about 3 weeks to fix Real Madrid, or it's goodbye Solari and hello ... Conte or Wenger?

It's time to look forward. A whole two weeks forward, in fact, because that is how long Santiago Solari, who was appointed interim coach of Real Madrid on Tuesday, can hold the title of interim boss according to Spanish Football Association rules.

Let's be more precise. It's actually three-and-a-half weeks since there's an international break coming and Real Madrid's next game won't be until Nov. 24, away to Eibar. That's 25 days to either appoint Solari on a permanent basis or find someone else.

Those...