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Barcelona's Malcom earns first Brazil call-up, Gabriel Jesus, Marcelo recalled

Brazil head coach Tite admits he's copied Liverpool's attacking formation, with Roberto Firmino dropping into the midfield.
Following their friendlies against Brazil and Mexico, ESPN FC's Brian McBride ranks the three U.S. players who impressed him the most.
Brazil coach Tite reminded U.S. president Donald Trump about Brazil's World Cup history when asked about Trump's response to a Brazilian reporter in August.

Barcelona forward Malcom got his first Brazil call-up on Friday in a largely familiar squad to face Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the October friendlies.

The 21-year-old was one of three new names alongside Pablo, the centre-back who followed Malcom from Corinthians to Bordeaux earlier this year, and 19-year-old Gremio goalkeeper Phelipe.

"Pablo, who won the championship recently with Corinthians, is a powerful centre-back, who heads well," manager Tite, a former Corinthians boss, said. "It's...

Australia confirm October friendly against Kuwait

Tim Cahill says the football community needs to welcome Usain Bolt and take his football pursuit for what it is.
Tim Cahill says he couldn't believe it when he got the call that the FFA were planning a farewell match for him.

Australia will face Kuwait next month in a friendly that marks the start of Graham Arnold's second tenure in charge of the Socceroos.

The low-key game on October 15 will come after a training camp in Dubai during the international window, designed to help Australia prepare for January's Asian Cup.

"Next month's camp in the U.A.E., which will conclude with our friendly against Kuwait, will provide us with the chance to develop our play further and put our new style into a game situation," Arnold...

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min after 8 games in 26 days: 'Fatigue is an excuse'

Son Heung-min and his South Korea teammates are now exempt from mandatory military service following their 2018 Asian Games triumph.
Son Heung-min cannot thank Tottenham enough for allowing him to play in the 2018 Asian Games.
Steve Nicol examines the gap in quality between Toby Alderweireld and Man United's defence, and whether United can ever land the Spurs centre-back.

Son Heung-Min has shrugged off concerns that he will arrive back to play for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool on Saturday already drained after his hectic summer schedule.

The South Korea forward will have clocked up almost 50,000 air miles since the end of last season by the time he returns to Tottenham this week. During that time he has played for Spurs in preseason in the United States and in the Premier League while also representing his country in two different tournaments and a raft of...

England's Danny Rose: Players held inquest after 'embarrassing' first half vs. Switzerland

England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford made it two goals in two consecutive games, providing England's winner against Switzerland.
As Marcus Rashford keeps scoring for England, the FC crew discuss whether he should leave Man United in search of minutes in a central position.

England defender Danny Rose has revealed the players did not hold back from criticising each other at half-time following a bad start to Tuesday's win over Switzerland.

England, who made nine changes to the starting line-up for the friendly in Leicester, allowed Switzerland to control the match in the first half but returned much sharper to secure the 1-0 win through forward Marcus Rashford's 54th-minute strike.

"It was a bit embarrassing," Tottenham Hotspur left-back Rose told BBC Radio 5 live....

Liberia President George Weah, 51, makes surprise appearance in friendly vs. Nigeria

Former FIFA World Footballer George Weah came out of retirement this week to play for Liberia, in a friendly against Nigeria.

George Weah, President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year made a surprise return to international football in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing for 79 minutes in a 2-1 friendly loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the No. 14 jersey made famous by Weah but fans were in for a shock when, 16 years after his last international appearance, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing...