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Network Rail will lose control over Britain’s train tracks as power is handed to private operators in a major shake-up of the railway system, the Government is reportedly to announce next week. The move, which would mark the biggest change to the running of the rail network in decades, would see British rail companies such as Virgin Trains and Southern becoming responsible for repairs and maintenance for the first time, ending state-owned Network Rail’s monopoly. Transport minister Chris Grayling will announce the plans in a speech to the Conservative think tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday, according to The Daily Telegraph. The Government hopes this shift of control will incentivise train companies to carry out repairs more quickly and possibly bring in cheaper fares, . READ MORE Train fares set to rise by average of 2.3% Train fares are going up again and here's what you're paying for Network Rail pulls human rights advert for being 'too political' Network Rail fined £4 million after actress dies at level crossing Easter weekend: Record number of engineering works on UK railways It comes as the rail industry announced train fares would go up by an average of 2.3 per cent – more than double the rate of inflation – from 2 January 2017, with some unregulated fares likely to result in fares rise of considerably more. Currently Britain’s train tracks are owned by Network Rail while trains are controlled by completely separate companies. Mr Grayling has spoken previously of his lack of confidence in the railway system and his desire to give train operators more control. As the Conservatives’ front-bench transport spokesman 10 years ago, he said: “We think, with hindsight, that the complete separation of track and train into separate businesses at the time of privatisation was not right for our railways. “The separation has helped push up the cost of running the railways – and hence fares – and has slowed decisions about capacity improvements. “Too many people and organisations are now involved in getting things done – so nothing happens.” In publicity material sent out ahead of the speech, Policy Exchange reportedly said Mr Grayling’s vision will “put the passenger at its heart, ensuring that journeys are safe, quick, and provide value for money”. For Labour, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said that “privatising” the rail infrastructure would be an “irresponsible move”. “The last thing our railways need is another layer of fragmentation and complexity. Train operating companies will only engage with this if they can extract more profit from taxpayers and fare-payers,” he said. “It's remarkable that operators such as Southern who display a cavalier attitude towards cost-cutting and safety might be invited to take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the tracks. Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger. Beijing sees Taiwan as a province. Denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy. Read more from Carrie: The Trump phone call that will stun Beijing Mild reaction - Cindy Sui, BBC, Taipei China's reaction is relatively mild. It doesn't want to get off on the wrong foot with Mr Trump. And it sees Mr Trump as an inexperienced politician, so for now it's willing to forgive him and not play this up. It may also be somewhat reassured by statements from the US that its policy on China and Taiwan has not changed. But behind the scenes it's safe to say China is working hard to "educate" the Trump team on not repeating such diplomatic faux pas. This move by Taiwan's President Tsai will further infuriate Beijing and make it distrust her even more and see her as favouring Taiwan's formal independence from China. World-changing ideas summit With our powers of reasoning, rich memories and the ability to imagine what the future might hold, human intelligence is unequalled in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are adept problem solvers, making their own tools to reach food, for example. They use sophisticated gestures and facial expressions to communicate. Yet, they fall a long way short of our own ability to think and plan for the future. Thomas Suddendorf, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, describes this as the gap – the cognitive gulf that separates us from animals. But it was not always so wide, he says in the video above. Our species once shared the planet with other hominins with intelligence that may have rivaled our own. Their extinction was at least partly due to the actions of our own ancestors, according to many anthropologists. We need to be careful not to make the same mistakes again and widen the gap between the species even further in our pursuit of progress, warns Suddendorf, who spoke to BBC Future at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November. Read more: We’ve got human intelligence all wrong Jason G Goldman’s column Uniquely Human, about the similarities and differences between us and the animal kingdom Join 700,000+ Future fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as desolate as it once was. This year it became home to one of the world’s biggest solar power plants. Welcome to Future Now Your essential guide to a world in flux Change happens quickly these days and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why BBC Future has launched a new section called Future Now to bring you in-depth stories about the people, events and trends that are shaping our world. We will be publishing regular stories from all over the world about technology, energy, economics, society and much more – you can find them here. We hope you will join us as we explore the changes that matter. Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 sq m (15m sq ft) of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields. The massive complex sits on a sun-blasted site at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10km (6 miles) from Ouarzazate – a city nicknamed the door to the desert. With around 330 days of sunshine a year, it’s an ideal location. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. This is a plant that could help define Africa's – and the world’s – energy future. (Credit: Getty Images) Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 square metres of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields (Credit: Getty Images) Of course, on the day I visit the sky is covered in clouds. “No electricity will be produced today,“ says Rachid Bayed at the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen), which is responsible for implementing the flagship project. An occasional off day is not a concern, however. After many years of false starts, solar power is coming of age as countries in the sun finally embrace their most abundant source of clean energy. The Moroccan site is one of several across Africa and similar plants are being built in the Middle East – in Jordan, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The falling cost of solar power has made it a viable alternative to oil even in the most oil-rich parts of the world. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. Noor 1, the first phase of the Moroccan plant, has already surpassed expectations in terms of the amount of energy it has produced. It is an encouraging result in line with Morocco’s goal to reduce its fossil fuel bill by focusing on renewables while still meeting growing energy needs that are increasing by about 7% per year. Morocco’s stable government and economy has helped it secure funding: the European Union contributed 60% of the cost for the Ouarzazate project, for example. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) With around 330 days of sunshine a year, the region around Ouarzazate - a city nicknamed the door to the desert - is an ideal location (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The country plans to generate 14% of its energy from solar by 2020 and by adding other renewable sources like wind and water into the mix, it is aiming to produce 52% of its own energy by 2030. This puts Morocco more or less in line with countries like the UK, which wants to generate 30% of its electricity from renewables by the end of the decade, and the US, where President Obama set a target of 20% by 2030. (Trump has threatened to dump renewables, but his actions may not have a huge impact. Many policies are controlled by individual states and big companies have already started to switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.) Due to the lack sun on the day I visit, the hundreds of mirrors stand still and silent. The team keeps a close eye on weather forecasts to predict output for the following day, allowing other sources of energy to take over when it is overcast. The reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the sun like a giant field of sunflowers But normally the reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the Sun like a giant field of sunflowers. The mirrors focus the Sun’s energy onto a synthetic oil that flows through a network of pipes. Reaching temperatures up to 350C (662F), the hot oil is used to produce high-pressure water vapour that drives a turbine-powered generator. “It’s the same classic process used with fossil fuels, except that we are using the Sun’s heat as the source,” says Bayed. The plant keeps generating energy after sunset, when electricity demands peak. Some of the day’s energy is stored in reservoirs of superhot molten salts made of sodium and potassium nitrates, which keeps production going for up to three hours. In the next phase of the plant, production will continue for up to eight hours after sunset. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) “The last time the Tories privatised the tracks resulted in a series of fatal accidents that led to the creation of Network Rail in the first place. We don’t want to see a return to the bad old days of Railtrack.” Response to the reported plans on social media has been widely of concern and anger. One Twitter user said: “Government idea to turn Network Rail back into rail track in private hands to save money risks safety. Not a good idea!” Another tweet was more blunt, saying: “Government hands track repairs to profiteering Virgin and Southern. Deaths will result.” More about: Network RailtrainsRailwayVirginSouthernChris Graylingprivatisation “Whisky is all about education, understanding and driving flavour exploration,” says Greg Dillon, spirits connoisseur and editor of the Great Drams blog. “The depth of flavour, the variety and the intrigue of whisky is what is driving the trend towards whisky being a great accompaniment to meals.” Clearly, wine isn’t the only drink capable of being the perfect match for food. Whisky is gaining in popularity as the ideal partner for a range of dishes, from light starters to desserts. The many flavour descriptions vary from light to full-bodied; from a touch of sweetness and fruit, to more complex and bold with strong peat, earthy and smoky notes. Whisky is a great match for seafood, cheese, smoked and roasted meats, and desserts. The lighter styles fare better with smoked salmon and sushi, while medium-bodied whiskies work with smoked fish such as mackerel. Very few of us can claim to never tell a lie, but what if there was a way of spotting a liar without a lie-detector test? A new study has discovered which of us are actually most likely to be liars, and it’s bad news for young, single men. The study of 3,349 Americans of “all major ethnic, incomes, and geographic regions” by Curtin University, Australia, sought to discover whether there’s a link between socio-economic status and lying, and it drew some very specific conclusions. READ MORE 10 uncomfortable truths no one wants to admit All the lies and mistruths Trump told during the US election campaign Strict parenting turns children into liars, experts claim Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump is a pathological liar The researchers found that the most likely liars are young, unmarried men prone to road rage and with low levels of education - as well as asking about lying, respondents were asked questions such as “have you ever given someone the finger in traffic?” Lead study author Arch Woodside explained to the Huffington Post that a young male with low education isn’t enough to determine how prolific a liar he is, “but a young male with low education who engages in antisocial behaviour such as road rage, well by now you can be pretty sure he is.” However the second most likely group of liars is female - specifically, young, married women with low levels of education who’ve attained a high income. Woodside suggested these could be “women who have married into money.” Presumably they could also simply be women who have earned their own fortunes despite low levels of education. The world's most notorious liars 10 (CNN)The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos." Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post. Now, Mattis faces an entirely different kind of fight. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to formally nominate the former four-star to head the Pentagon, some Democrats are signaling his confirmation might not be entirely easy. Some observers question whether Mattis' battlefield experience prepares him for the very different task of running an enormous bureaucracy, while senior lawmakers worry about what the 66-year-old's nomination means for maintaining civilian control of the military. Republicans issued glowing testimonials to Mattis and his career. California Rep. Devin Nunes, who heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he could think of "no better candidate to lead America's military in our long fight against jihadism and countering other pressing threats." Noting that Mattis hasn't been out of uniform long enough to lead the Pentagon without a congressional waiver, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that while he "would make an excellent Secretary of Defense, we must also bear in mind the precedent we would be setting and the impact it would have on the principle of civilian leadership of our nation's military." Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's President Kirsten Gillibrand, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel, was more definitive. "Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy," Gillibrand said in a statement Thursday, "and I will not vote for an exception to this rule." Just one senator can demand that the waiver for Mattis meet a 60-vote threshold, meaning he would need to get the support of all Republicans and eight Democrats to move toward confirmation next year. If he's approved, Mattis would be the highest-ranking former officer to serve as defense secretary. The Washington State native and history major led troops through the conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2010 to 2013, he led Central Command, which oversees the Middle East and Southeast Asia, until the Obama administration let him go over disagreements on Iran. The White House was pushing for a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2013, the same year Mattis was telling the Aspen Security Forum that his top concern as Centcom commander was "Iran, Iran, Iran." Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill Mattis has since been critical of the deal and of the Obama administration's refusal to engage more aggressively in the Middle East, saying it has fueled extremism in the region. In 2015, he told a congressional panel that the US needed to come out of its "reactive crouch" in the Middle East and defend its values. Indeed, Mattis has not been known to mince words. He's affectionately known as "Mad Dog" by troops who trade his quips like prized baseball cards. On the news of his nomination, many of those sayings instantly became memes on Twitter. Among them: "a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy's skin like a poncho," and "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Human Rights Watch called on Congress to fully examine his views on a number of issues. "Media accounts suggest that Gen. Mattis doesn't agree with President-elect Trump's more outrageous campaign proposals, such as bringing back waterboarding, targeting terrorist suspects' family members, or tampering with anti-torture laws," said Washington director Sarah Margon. She urged that during the confirmation process "senators make sure Mattis unreservedly repudiates these proposals, acknowledges that they are illegal, and confirms that they are not up for future consideration." Mattis is one of a slew of generals Trump has been considering for other Cabinet-level jobs, including Gen. David Petraeus for the State Department, Gen. John Kelly to head Homeland Security and Adm. Mike Rogers as the director of national intelligence. Erin Simpson, a national security consultant and senior editor at WarontheRocks.com, said the incoming administration may be trying to capitalize on public respect for the military by considering so many generals. But "where there are really weak civilian institutions and an inexperienced president, it just doesn't sit right by me," said Simpson. The silver lining, she adds, is that many military and security professionals wary of Trump may be convinced to serve under Mattis. "It provides some top-cover for other qualified folks to come in who might not have otherwise," Simpson said. "There are a lot of jobs to fill at the Pentagon, this could bring in some talent and that's a net gain." show all And if you want to have an honest conversation with someone, go to an unmarried woman over the age of 70 as they were found to lie the least. The study categorised “big liars” as those of us who tell 12 significant lies per year, and it found that just 13 per cent of people tell 58 per cent of all lies. In contrast, 21 per cent of us try to live our lives without lying. Woodside explained to Broadly that although most of us think we know ourselves well, we really don’t, and “such thinking may be the biggest lie of all." big computer companies aren't happy about it! Is your computer painfully slow? Have you considered buying a new 'faster' computer but the price of even a basic one makes you cringe? Do you wish there was a cheaper, more affordable way to get a new computer? (Hint: there is – keep reading.) It's incredibly frustrating when computers slow down or stop working for seemingly no reason at all. And even after all the diagnostics, upgrades, and money spent, the amount of time waiting for that spinning wheel or hourglass to disappear never seems to get any shorter. 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With Xtra-PC, there's simply no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a new computer – only to have it peter out on you in another year or two. It makes no sense. But getting Xtra-PC does (which is why the big computer companies are so against this incredibly powerful little device). With Xtra-PC you'll be able to do the things you normally do... Heck, you can even add other programs to your computer if you wanted to. Want to download Skype? No problem, with Xtra-PC, you can. How Much Is This Going To Cost Me? This is not a joke. Xtra-PC is only $24.99! That's right – ONLY 25 bucks! And they offer a 30-Day money back guarantee. There honestly is no good reason not to try Xtra-PC. You can get Xtra-PC direct from the company's website here. Make sure to buy it from the official site as there are many knockoffs on the market today. Want to win at job-hunting and being a student? It can be done. “Seizing the opportunities available at university is a valuable way for students to boost their career prospects, as well as giving them a richer university experience,” says Maggie Westgarth, head of employability and enterprise at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Here are some suggestions for how to do it: Work placements “They enable students to apply their skills in a real-world environment and see the impact their skills can have on an organisation or industry,” says Westgarth. “Employers value this level of work experience and it gives students a significant advantage in the jobs market.” Volunteer, work or study overseas “The number of new experiences that come from living in a different country and culture is extraordinary and can make a CV stand out from the crowd,” says Westgarth. “Someone who has spent time abroad during their studies will be able to talk about experiences and skills that will be unlike any other candidate.” Get involved in sports and societies Graduate recruiters stress how important this is, says Katie Seymour-Smith, senior career consultant at the University of Derby. “Not only does it expose students to a wider skill set, networking opportunities and skill application, but it contributes towards building confidence and resilience.” And it’s fun, too. Get advice from a range of people Different people – parents, friends, lecturers, employers – will have different perspectives on the world of work, according to Tom Staunton, careers consultant at the University of Derby. To help you filter all that information, he suggests seeing a professional careers adviser. “They can help you think through the different advice you have been given, work out what it means for you and what you could do about it,” he says. Mind your surrounding READ MORE SPONSORED Giving graduates a head start in business “Don’t bury your head in the sand - there’s always something going on around campus,” says Alison Armstrong, a careers advisor at Bournemouth University. That might be a careers workshop, a volunteering opportunity at the union or an event hosted by an employer. Look out for employability awards, too. “These are structured programmes designed to help you get the most out of your time at university,” she adds. Be a part of the wider uni community “Get as involved as possible with uni life,” says Armstrong. It’s not just societies – getting involved with student papers and radio stations can be great fun and build great skills. “Volunteer for opportunities such as becoming a student rep,” adds Armstrong. “This will develop and demonstrate leadership, negotiation and team-working skills.” This can be with fellow students on forums, but Jack Wallington, community director at The Student Room suggests casting the net wider as well. “It’s good to connect with lecturers, guest speakers or anyone you’ve worked alongside, as by getting to know them you’re likely to get introduced to even more people in the industry,” he says. Tap your uni's alumni network as well. “These people have first-hand experiences and advice to offer on how to break into your chosen field,” he adds.
avid Wagner breaks into a broad grin, as though the secret of his success as Huddersfield Town manager has been unearthed, in one of those "you got me" moments. Fifteen months into his reign as manager of the Championship outfit, a famous old club bracketed alongside Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United as one of only four English teams to win three successive top flight titles, the German-born former U.S. international is preparing his players to face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the... Full Blog Post ENGLISH FA CUPHUDDERSFIELD TOWN BY DOUG MCINTYRE ShareTweetabout an hour ago Next wave of U.S. stars will pay their dues in Under-20 World Cup qualifying Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar sift through the latest action in Yanks Abroad. The United States under-20 men's national team kicks off qualifying for this spring's FIFA U20 World Cup at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Saturday, and while the Americans hope to make the main event in South Korea without too much trouble, there are plenty of reasons why domestic fans should care. For one, the U.S. has never won a CONCACAF Championship. Only three countries -- including Brazil and Spain -- have more U-20 World Cup appearances than the Americans' 14. Yet rather amazingly, the... Full Blog Post UNITED STATES BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweetabout an hour ago Trending: Wenger will manage next season, Ibra puts three past St Etienne The FC crew share their thoughts on Arsene Wenger's situation at Arsenal and discuss if he will be their manager next season. Here are the latest stories for Friday. ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger said there has been no change to his plan to decide his future in March or April but that he will still be a manager next season, "whether it is here or somewhere else." He has also denied reports of a dressing room row after the 5-1 loss at Bayern. - Alexis Sanchez is in Barcelona to deal with his court case over alleged tax fraud but will return to full training before Monday's FA Cup game against Sutton United - Mesut Ozil's... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEMANCHESTER UNITEDARSENALUEFA EUROPA LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweetabout an hour ago 'How to be more like Zlatan': Ibrahimovic reveals keys to success Zlatan Ibrahimovic is flying on all cylinders at United, but for just how much longer can he maintain this high level? Everyone wants to be like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right? Or at least the Manchester United striker thinks so. Ibrahimovic took over United's Instagram page with a series of videos on Friday, and after a lighthearted threat -- "Don't miss it or else I will come for you" -- proceeded to reveal 10 easy ways to be more like him. Included were some more pearls of wisdom to add to his seemingly endless list of memorable quotes, such as: "Why do it normal? Why do it more than normal? Do it brilliant." Here's... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEMANCHESTER UNITEDENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC BY JAMES HORNCASTLE ShareTweet3 hours ago Dzeko's reversal of form has Roma among favourites for Europa League Preview the latest Serie A action, as Radja Nainggolan continues to heat up for AS Roma. When Edin Dzeko's daughter Una woke up on Friday morning, there was a gift waiting from her papa. Dzeko picked it up for her on a work trip to Spain. It was an adidas capitano, the official match ball of the Europa League, and he wanted her to have it. "I'm taking it home to Una," Dzeko told reporters at the Estadio Ceramica, which he all but smashed to pieces. Not for the first time this season, Dzeko scored a hat trick in the Europa League. The surprise was that it came here. Villarreal have... Full Blog Post AS ROMAUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEITALIAN SERIE AEDIN DZEKO BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet 3 hours ago David Luiz knocks Chelsea TV reporter flying at Chelsea training Obviously gunning for a post-football career in professional wrestling, David Luiz laid the smack down as Chelsea's players made their way out for training on Friday. Spotting Chelsea TV's Lee Parker recording a segment, the Brazilian defender hurtled into shot and sent the presenter tumbling with a textbook flying takedown. Thankfully, Nathaniel Chalobah was on hand to count the three. Follow Chelsea FC ✔ @ChelseaFC Ouch! 😬 @DavidLuiz_4 v Chelsea TV... 8:11 PM - 17 Feb 2017 3,050 3,050 Retweets 4,531 4,531 likes Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKECHELSEADAVID LUIZ BY EDUARDO ALVAREZ ShareTweet4 hours ago Real Madrid can prove their title hunger as Bale returns vs. Espanyol Get up to date with all of the happenings from around La Liga ahead of week 23. After the hype of a promising performance in the 3-1 Champions League round-of-16 win against Napoli, La Liga is set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu. On Saturday, Real Madrid host Espanyol in the first of three very important matches in the title fight next week. After Espanyol, Zinedine Zidane's team travels to Valencia on Wednesday -- one of the two games they still have in hand -- and Villarreal on Sunday. Both away fixtures look like tough but winnable outings if the squad are as focused... Full Blog Post REAL MADRIDSPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet5 hours ago Treble 17 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic adds to his career hat tricks with Man United Zlatan Ibrahimovic is flying on all cylinders at United, but for just how much longer can he maintain this high level? Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a small piece of personal history at Old Trafford on Thursday when he scored his first hat trick for Manchester United. But the veteran striker is no stranger to trebles -- his haul vs. St Etienne, in United's 3-0 Europa League round-of-32 first-leg win, marked the 17th time in his career that he has scored three or more goals in a match. Here, we list all of Ibrahimovic's hat tricks and ESPN FC correspondents pick five of the best from the 35-year-old's illustrious career. Full Blog Post BLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDMANCHESTER UNITEDJUVENTUSAC MILANPARIS SAINT-GERMAIN SWEDENZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC BY NAYIB MORAN ShareTweet5 hours ago Clasico Nacional fever returns, Pumas defend home record in electric Week 7 In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. After a year that saw Club America and Chivas face off in two consecutive Liguillas, the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional puts the rivals back in the spotlight on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET) in Guadalajara. Here's what to watch for in Liga MX's Week 7: Clasico Nacional fever returns All eyes will be on Guadalajara's Estadio Chivas on Saturday for what promises to be an electric Super Clasico. Las Aguilas are desperate to get their winning spirits back, and what better place to do... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MX BY GRAHAM PARKER ShareTweet6 hours ago Chicago Fire under pressure to deliver in 2017 following painful rebuild The FC crew discuss the manner in which the Red Bulls went about trading Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire. "For me, this year is the year for Chicago Fire. We have nothing to lose this year, and I'm so confident that we'll do great things." Speaking with ESPN FC from preseason camp, David Accam is feeling positive for the first time in a long time. After two years in which his individual play drew praise but not enough points for a losing Chicago team, Accam has noted the offseason influx of players like Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho, and is looking forward to finally enjoying a positive... Full Blog Post CHICAGO FIREMAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER BY IAIN MACINTOSH ShareTweet6 hours ago Non-league Sutton a fun reminder of why clubs were established in England Sebastian Salazar and Craig Burley go toe-to-toe in predicting the FA Cup's enticing 5th round fixtures. At Sutton, people are doing something you don't readily associate with football at the highest level. They are having fun. SUTTON, England -- From the glittering Allianz Arena to Gander Green Lane. Rarely has an Arsenal manager ever had to prepare for two so-very-different away trips in the same week. Bayern Munich are, as they so painfully proved on Wednesday, one of the finest club sides in the world. Sutton United, on the other hand, are part-timers who were only promoted to the fifth flight of English football last May and are struggling to stay there. How best to encapsulate the differences between these two football... Full Blog Post ENGLISH FA CUPSUTTON UNITED BY PHIL LYTHELL ShareTweet7 hours ago Chelsea cannot afford complacency as Wolves target another FA Cup shock Antonio Conte was left disappointed as Chelsea were held by Burnley last time out. An FA Cup tie between the runaway leaders of the Premier League and a team struggling in the Championship should be a foregone conclusion. But in a straight knockout competition -- excepting replays, of course -- nothing should be taken for granted when Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. If Antonio Conte and his team required any reminding of the unpredictable nature of cup football they need only to look back at the last round. In what was a famous day for one of the Football... Full Blog Post CHELSEAENGLISH FA CUP BY SID LOWE ShareTweet7 hours ago Criticism of Luis Enrique is not new but reflects Barcelona's identity issues Sid Lowe suggests that Barcelona have been gradually losing their identity far before their UCL thumbing by PSG. "Hunting season is open," Luis Enrique declared. The media closed in, and so did the Barcelona directors: they were looking for someone to take his place. There was tension between players and coach; no way could he last beyond the season's end. The president and his board were worried that they might not last, either, their own culpability cowering behind the coach even as their credibility was bound up in him. Everything was falling apart. An ultimatum was delivered, crisis gripped. In one poll,... Full Blog Post BARCELONASPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN BY ANDY MITTEN ShareTweet7 hours ago Martial and Rashford exemplify United promise as Mourinho chases cups Shaka Hislop breaks down Anthony Martial's status in the Manchester United squad and maintains he's a star in the making. Thursday's entertaining 3-0 Europa League victory for Manchester United over St Etienne was another occasion where we saw more evidence of a brighter future for Jose Mourinho's side. United are still a work in progress and in transition under a new manager. Few will have sympathy for such an expensively assembled bunch, but they're better going toe to toe with St Etienne rather than Paris Saint-Germain at this stage, with more opportunity to impress and improve. Prematch headlines focused on the... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEMARCUS RASHFORDANTHONY MARTIALEFL CUP BY JOHN BREWIN ShareTweet8 hours ago Sad indictment of FA Cup as Premier League elite learn to live without it Arsene Wenger suggests that removing him as manager won't solve all of Arsenal's problems. Another round of the FA Cup, another lament on the commitment shown to the competition by English football's leading clubs. This time it's Gary Lineker, speaking as lead host of television live rights-holding BBC. "I feel sad for the old competition," he said this week ahead of the fifth round. "It's not the biggest circus in town anymore but it's still got something." Lineker, 56, and a winner with Tottenham in 1991, spoke as someone brought up with the FA Cup final as the match that... Full Blog Post ENGLISH FA CUPBLOG - ESPN FC UNITED BY DAVID FAITELSON ShareTweet 9 hours ago Chivas can send strong message of title intent with Clasico Nacional win In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. Most of the time, when it comes to the Clasico Nacional, not everything is at it seems ... Today, for example, it is assumed that all of the pressure is piled on Club America. And while it's true that Las Aguilas arrive at this game in "pre-crisis" or "crisis" mode, with the boos of their own fans still ringing in their ears, coach Ricardo La Volpe's position in question and the club on the verge of declaring a "state of emergency," Saturday's game also promises to be crucial for Chivas at this... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY DAVE USHER ShareTweet9 hours ago Henderson is no Gerrard but Liverpool captain still leads Klopp's men Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. It was first mentioned by Adam Lallana earlier in the week, but Jordan Henderson has now provided more details about the "players only" meeting he organised in between Liverpool's dreadful 2-0 loss at Hull and their morale boosting 2-0 win over Tottenham. It's easy to be cynical about such things, or to jokingly ask "Why didn't he call it at the beginning of January instead of February?" but the point is that as club captain, Henderson took the initiative and did something proactive. For that he... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEJORDAN HENDERSON BY MARK OGDEN, SENIOR FOOTBALL WRITER ShareTweet9 hours ago Jose Mourinho's 'tough love' policy at Man United yet to work on Luke Shaw Jose Mourinho says Man United's dressing room was too relaxed before their win over St Etienne, and it showed early on. Jose Mourinho's "tough love" approach is probably becoming a difficult sell to Luke Shaw right now. There has been plenty of "tough" for the Manchester United left-back but precious little "love" since Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford last summer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has endured the same treatment from Mourinho this season and come through the other side, while Anthony Martial is also beginning to show signs of making the same positive transition as the Armenia midfielder. But Shaw seems to be... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUELUKE SHAW BY JAMES MCNICHOLAS ShareTweet10 hours ago Arsene Wenger clever over exit talk, but Arsenal fans sense change is needed The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. It's an unfortunate fact of the last decade that Arsene Wenger has become rather proficient at dealing with difficult news conferences. He has, after all, had plenty of experience. Nevertheless, the manner in which the embattled Arsenal boss dealt with his latest one was particularly impressive. By declaring his intention to continuing coaching next season, he has temporarily shifted the focus onto the fans and his employers. London Colney was busier than usual, with plenty of journalists... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet11 hours ago Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid? Arsenal boss' options if he quits The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. Under-pressure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sprang a surprise at his news conference on Friday when he said: "No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it is here or elsewhere." Wenger's deal at Arsenal expires at the end of the season, and there has been intense speculation about his future following Wednesday's 5-1 humiliation at Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The 67-year-old will not be short of offers if he decides to end his 21-year association with Arsenal.... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUESPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓNITALIAN SERIE A BY BEN PEARCE ShareTweet 11 hours ago Tottenham struggling with injuries and Pochettino's tactical tweaks ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Tottenham rely on Dele Alli and Harry Kane too much. There was a time when Mauricio Pochettino was criticised for not having a Plan B; for being too tactically inflexible. Now it has become unclear what Plan A is -- if anything there has been too much tinkering. Spurs started the season using his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation but after a spell with a 4-1-4-1 system and an unsuccessful trial of a 4-4-2 midfield diamond, he moved to 3-4-2-1. The catalyst was the limp 1-0 defeat at Manchester United in December, when Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were neutralised.... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURENGLISH FA CUP BY DAVID MOONEY ShareTweet12 hours ago FA Cup could be Guardiola's best chance of debut silverware at Man City The ESPN FC crew discuss the impact of Gabriel Jesus' injury at Manchester City. It's been more than two years since Manchester City faced a team from outside of the top flight in the FA Cup. It was a shock result, too, as then-Championship Middlesbrough took a 2-0 victory away from Manuel Pellegrini's team at the Etihad in January 2015. The fans haven't had an away trip to a lower league side in the competition for even longer -- it was a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in Pellegrini's debut campaign, back in January 2014. To get a win when playing away at a team from outside the top... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER CITYENGLISH FA CUP BY DANNY LEE, FOOTBALLWHISPERS ShareTweet12 hours ago Transfer Rater: Arda Turan to Chelsea, Santi Cazorla to Fenerbahce The latest transfer rumours from around the world. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for the latest gossip. Dominic Solanke to Liverpool Young Chelsea striker Solanke will make the switch to Liverpool this summer, The Sun is reporting. The 19-year-old's contract... Full Blog Post BLOG - TRANSFER TALKTRANSFERSARDA TURANCHELSEASANTI CAZORLAARSENALFENERBAHCE BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet12 hours ago Chilean fans' campaign to coax Alexis Sanchez into leaving Arsenal Thousands of Chilean football fans have organised a campaign to coax Alexis Sanchez into leaving Arsenal. With speculation rife over Sanchez's immediate future, a Facebook page has been set up to announce that over 5,000 of his fellow compatriots are planning to march through Santiago in protest over the lack of support the 28-year-old forward is currently receiving. The march was apparently sparked by Arsenal's dismal 5-1 trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich, in which Sanchez cut an isolated... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEARSENALCHILE BY JOHN DUERDEN ShareTweet13 hours ago Mark Clattenburg to Saudi Arabia: Top ref faces big challenges ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop has backed Mark Clattenburg's move to Saudi Arabia. With the news that one of Europe's leading referees, Mark Clattenburg, has swapped the Premier League and the Champions League for Saudi Arabia, ESPN FC lists five things the high-profile official can expect in his new home. He will be the biggest international name in the league There have been times when the big Saudi clubs were not short of money but increasingly, when the most famous international stars head to the Middle East, they go to Qatar or the United Arab Emirates. In recent years,... Full Blog Post BLOG - FOOTBALL ASIA BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet 13 hours ago Nice guy Claudio Ranieri's handshakes for press before FA Cup clash Even with his Leicester City side currently fighting relegation after winning the title last season, it's nice to know that Claudio Ranieri remains a resolutely affable gentleman. Follow The Emirates FA Cup ✔ @EmiratesFACup 🤝🤝🤝 Can you count the handshakes? #emiratesfacup 12:08 AM - 17 Feb 2017 10 10 Retweets 45 45 likes As always, Ranieri held a news conference ahead of the Foxes' FA Cup tie against Millwall and, as always, the Italian did his best to make... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEENGLISH FA CUPLEICESTER CITY BY ADAM HURREY ShareTweet14 hours ago Identikit stadiums consigning 'tough place to go' grounds to the distant past Sutton United manager Paul Doswell explains what Arsenal can expect when they visit the non-league side in the FA Cup. Could it be that part of the pre and postmatch interview cliche furniture is being consigned to the past? Last weekend and this will see examples of this oft-uttered expression but it is applicable ever less often. "Yyyyyyeaaaaahno, as I say, we know it'll be hard, it's always a tough place to go." It acts as the preemptive dampener for any pride-before-the-fall catastrophes ahead of kickoff and then -- "yeah, they made it tough for us today" -- a magnanimous sign-off after the final whistle. Chelsea's... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEBLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDENGLISH FA CUPSUTTON UNITED BY CHRIS ATKINS ShareTweet14 hours ago CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande pursuing all Chinese dream PJ Roberts and John Wilkinson examine the new quota on foreign players in the CSL and its potential impact. Since Guangzhou FC fell into the hands of the Evergrande Group in 2010, the club's course has been set to a firmly upward bearing. After an immediate return to the Super League in their first year of ownership, Evergrande have claimed six consecutive CSL titles and are two-time champions of Asia. It is a remarkable story of success. Evergrande's rise is, of course, no football fairytale. Owner Xu Jiaxin's decision to invest in football was undoubtedly politically motivated and the team's success... Full Blog Post CHINESE SUPER LEAGUEBLOG - FOOTBALL ASIAGUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE BY IAN DARKE ShareTweet14 hours ago Arsene Wenger deserves to leave Arsenal with dignity and acclaim Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger may be on his way out. It was Ian Wright who first noticed the haunted, distant look in the eyes of Arsene Wenger, prompting him to declare: "I think this might be his last year." Another of his old Arsenal players, Martin Keown, said Wenger resembles a fighter who has taken too many punches. Then the 5-1 hammering at Bayern Munich happened. Arsenal's embarrassing Champions League loss does indeed look like the beginning of the end for a great man and manager. After 21 years, three titles and six FA Cups, Wenger... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BY RICHARD JOLLY ShareTweet14 hours ago Mauricio Pochettino must win silverware to back up his reputation Steve Nicol is critical of Spurs' inability to make up for the current struggles of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. If history is a guide, Tottenham will exit the FA Cup on Sunday. Not because of Spurs' record against Fulham, which shows eight wins in their past 10 meetings. Or, indeed, their past in the FA Cup, which only Arsenal and Manchester United have lifted more often. Nor, even, a recent record showing a mere two defeats and nine victories in 13 matches over all competitions. But more so because of Mauricio Pochettino's personal history. The Argentine has forged a reputation as a manager who takes teams... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEENGLISH FA CUP BY MINA RZOUKI ShareTweet 20 hours ago Pjaca should learn from Mandzukic that hard work can trump technique Massimiliano Allegri says securing a sixth straight league title would turn his Juventus side into legends. Juventus is hosting Palermo on Friday evening, but all anyone can think of is how Juve will fare in the Champions League against Porto on Wednesday. The recent midweek fixtures produced a few surprises, and while certain score lines grabbed the headlines, most would agree that no team has consistently proved to be brilliant. Paris Saint-Germain looked convincing, but certain mediocre performances in the group stage and in the league have caused many to wonder if manager Unai Emery's team can keep... Full Blog Post JUVENTUSITALIAN SERIE AMARKO PJACA BY MICHAEL WADE ShareTweet21 hours ago Lindelof and Kessie top Man United's shopping list; Bayern in for Belotti Steve Nicol believes Man United were deserving winners against St Etienne, lauding the efforts of hat-trick hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Transfer deadline day has come and gone, but Transfer Talk is already monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out all the latest deals here. Kessie, Lindelof top United target list Jose Mourinho is looking to recruit Victor Lindelof and Franck Kessie -- two of the brightest talents in world football -- for Manchester United this summer. Paris Saint-Germain and Roma have joined the race to sign 22-year-old defender Lindelof from Benfica but, according to Calcio Mercato, United... Full Blog Post BLOG - TRANSFER TALKTRANSFERSMANCHESTER UNITEDVICTOR LINDELOFFRANCK KESSIÉ BY ROB TRAIN ShareTweet23 hours ago Real Madrid's congested fixture list should give Morata, Asensio a chance The FC panel quickly share their thoughts on who will advance in the Real Madrid v Napoli UCL Round of 16 clash. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid took a huge step towards the Champions League quarterfinal with a 3-1 win over Napoli at the Bernabeu, a good sign as they seek to become the first side to successfully defend Europe's highest club honour since AC Milan in 1990. The margin of victory is enough to make Madrid clear favourites to advance. Conceding an away goal was not ideal but there's sufficient reason for optimism in the Real camp going into the match at the San Paolo on March 7: there has not been... Full Blog Post UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEREAL MADRID BY TERRY DALEY ShareTweet1 day ago Edin Dzeko, Mohamed Salah lift Roma to big win vs. Villarreal Dzeko and Salah were superb as Roma pulled away from Villarreal in the second half. Edin Dzeko was once again Roma's hero, bashing a second half hat-trick past La Liga's tightest defence as the Giallorossi all but booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a thumping 4-0 win at Villarreal. They became the first team to score four goals at the Madrigal since Barcelona in May 2010, while the Bosnian now has an astonishing 28 goals for the season. Emerson Palmieri also shone and set the away side up with a corking long-range opener just after the half-hour mark,... Full Blog Post AS ROMAUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEEDIN DZEKO BY MUSA OKWONGA ShareTweet1 day ago Zlatan's hat trick, Martial's movement lead United to rout of St Etienne Manchester United virtually booked their progress to the next round against a St Etienne side whose approach play was very good but whose finishing was woeful. The visitors could well have departed with a 1-1 draw, but they were punished for their failures by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who claimed all three of the game's goals. Manchester UnitedManchester United St EtienneSt Etienne 3 0 FT Leg 1 Game Details GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly all shone, though Ibrahimovic will inevitably take the headlines. Ander Herrera was as busily... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICANTHONY MARTIALCHRIS SMALLINGERIC BAILLYSERGIO ROMEROJUAN MATADALEY BLINDANTONIO VALENCIAANDER HERRERAPAUL POGBAMAROUANE FELLAINIJESSE LINGARDASHLEY YOUNGMARCUS RASHFORD BY RICHARD JOLLY ShareTweet1 day ago Man United take comfortable first-leg win vs. St. Etienne via Zlatan hat trick MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester United's 3-0 Europa League win over St. Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday. 1. Man United take comfortable lead to France It may be an exaggeration to say everyone else in the Europa League is quaking in their boots, but Manchester United illustrated why they have been billed as one of the favourites to win the competition. A place in the round of 16 is theirs for the taking. Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw off St. Etienne with his first... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE MATCHUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEMANCHESTER UNITEDST ETIENNE BY SHAKA HISLOP ShareTweet1 day ago Power Rankings: Juventus surge to No. 1, Real No. 2, Chelsea drop to No. 4 The FC crew question just how good Bayern Munich can be and if their big win over Arsenal has made them UCL favourites. We have a new top team in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings this week! Chelsea has slipped down the charts, but they're in first place where it matters... 1. Juventus (+1) Business as usual in Turin, then! Max Allegri's side are humming in high gear, winning six straight in all competitions and eight of their last nine. A pair of Gonzalo Higuain goals were enough to defeat Cagliari last weekend, and SPI gives them an 81 percent chance of breezing through to the Champions League quarterfinal.... Full Blog Post BLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDJUVENTUS BY JOHN CRACE ShareTweet1 day ago Dele Alli fades as unrecognisable Tottenham lack confidence at Gent A goal just before the hour mark after sloppy defending by Tottenham was enough to give Gent the advantage going into next week's Europa League round-of-32 return leg at Wembley Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino had fielded a near full-strength team, hoping to get a reaction after last Saturday's defeat in the Premier League to Liverpool at Anfield, but Spurs started sluggishly and only managed one decent shot on target in the first half. Tottenham improved briefly at the start of the second half and... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEDELE ALLI BY DAN KILPATRICK, TOTTENHAM CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago At full strength, Spurs' European struggles continue in defeat at Gent GHENT, Belgium -- Three conclusions from Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at KAA Gent on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32. 1. Spurs players not up for the cup If Tottenham want to win the Europa League -- and their manager and captain are adamant that they do -- this was not the way to show it. Spurs' hopes of winning a first trophy since 2008 were dealt a significant blow with a 1-0 defeat to Belgian minnows KAA Gent, the lowlight of a dismal season in Europe. Some Spurs fans didn't... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE MATCHUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEKAA GENTTOTTENHAM HOTSPURMOUSSA SISSOKOHARRY KANEDELE ALLIHARRY WINKS BY RAPHAEL HONIGSTEIN ShareTweet1 day ago Ancelotti allays fears that Bayern Munich have grown too comfortable The FC crew question just how good Bayern Munich can be and if their big win over Arsenal has made them UCL favourites. MUNICH -- Some stories get told so often they become a mantra, a sacred utterance believed to have spiritual powers. A prayer. For Bayern Munich, the club who carry the self-referential, self-reverential "Mia san Mia" ("We are who we are") slogan stitched inside their team shirts, the endlessly repeated story of the past few weeks told of punctuality. Or, to put it in less technical terms, of their ability to be "there" when it really matters -- in the big games, against big teams. "We said... Full Blog Post BAYERN MUNICHUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet 1 day ago Trending: Mark Clattenburg to Saudi Arabia, Arsenal won't rush Wenger Arsene Wenger searches for the cause of what unraveled Arsenal so comprehensively against Bayern. Here are the latest stories for Thursday. PREMIER LEAGUE: Mark Clattenburg is to quit his job as Premier League referee to move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. ARSENAL: Arsenal will not rush Arsene Wenger into making a decision about his future following Wednesday's 5-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, a club source has told ESPN FC. - Arsenal's meek collapse has been exposed by official UEFA statistics which show that Arsene Wenger's players committed just one foul while... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEARSENAL BY TOM MARSHALL ShareTweet1 day ago Everything you need to know about Chivas vs. America in Clasico Nacional In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. CHIVAS AMERICA GuadalajaraGuadalajara AméricaAmérica 3:06 AM UTC Game Details GameCast Lineups and Stats The Clasico Nacional ... is more than a simple game of soccer; it brings different fragments of Mexican society together and sets them against each other on the field. On one side, Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city and the capital of Jalisco, the most Mexican of states -- home of tequila, mariachi and charreria. Chivas themselves are a patriotic symbol due to their unique tradition of fielding only Mexican players, too. Then, there is Club America. Spawned... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY JAMES TYLER ShareTweet1 day ago Is it time for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal? Vote: stay or go ESPN FC's Julien Laurens assesses the reasons Arsene Wenger might want to stay at Arsenal. Doesn't it feel like deja vu to be here discussing Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal? Well, the 5-1 shellacking at Bayern Munich is a repeat of 2015's defeat and as such, the mercurial manager's job looks as shaky as the back four without Laurent Koscielny. So, should this be the time at which the club and the coach part ways? After Arsenal's latest big defeat, should Arsene Wenger leave? YES: TIME FOR SOMEONE NEWNO: BE PATIENT! SUBMIT Mark Ogden suggested that Wenger should leave and the club should be ruthless if they're to remain within reach of the top clubs. "It has become too comfortable at... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEARSENALBLOG - ESPN FC UNITED BY JOHN BREWIN ShareTweet1 day ago Aguero gets reprieve but Guardiola's clashes with Ibra, Eto'o a warning The ESPN FC crew discuss Gabriel Jesus' injury and its impact at Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus is in Barcelona as he undergoes treatment on his fractured metatarsal from Dr. Ramon Cugat, rated by Pep Guardiola as the best in the business. With Manchester City's best-case scenario being a two-month absence, wrapped in the caveat that rushing the teenager back could be damaging in the long term, Sergio Aguero will once again be his club's frontline striker. "I know how important Sergio is," Guardiola said on Monday, after the 2-0 win at Bournemouth from which Gabriel,... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER CITYENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet1 day ago Keys to Clasico Nacional: La Volpe's last stand, William's A game vs. Chivas In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. The Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America takes center stage in the Liga MX 2017 Clausura on Saturday. What about this particular edition of Mexico's biggest rivalry -- which will be broadcast through Facebook Live -- should you be following? Our experts Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran, Cesar Hernandez and Eric Gomez lay it all out below! Who will win? CHIVASCLUB AMERICADRAW SUBMIT Chivas to thrive or wilt as favorites? Club America may arrive at Saturday's game in less than tip-top condition and with pressure on coach Ricardo La Volpe,... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY JEFF CARLISLE ShareTweet 1 day ago San Jose Earthquakes' barren spell has clock ticking on coach Dominic Kinnear Herculez Gomez says Chris Wondolowski is being underutilised with the Earthquakes under coach Dominic Kinnear. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli sits down in his chair, it's clear he hasn't quite settled into his new digs at Avaya Stadium. The pictures adorning the wall and desk in his office belong to the previous occupant, Dave Kaval. While remaining the Quakes' team president, Kaval has moved up the 880 freeway to Oakland, where he's taken on the same role with the Oakland A's of Major League Baseball. The state of Fioranelli's office -- which he's occupied a... Full Blog Post SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESMAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER BY SUMEET PAUL ShareTweet1 day ago Vincenzo Montella keeps AC Milan in Serie A contention amid difficulties Vincenzo Montella has had to deal with uncertainty over AC Milan's proposed takeover. In truth, AC Milan were fortunate to take anything away from the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night in their 1-1 draw with Lazio. Similarly to how the nine-man Rossoneri snatched a win at Bologna in their previous outing, they are admirably finding a way to keep themselves in the race for Europe. While it may not be particularly pretty, it is testament to Vincenzo Montella and the players that they continue to battle on with possible excuses there for them to easily exploit. Whether it's injuries or... Full Blog Post AC MILANITALIAN SERIE A BY MATTIAS KAREN, ARSENAL CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago Arsenal and Wenger repeating history in Champions League knockouts Don Hutchison loses a bet to Layla Anna-Lee. The punishment? Wearing an Arsenal shirt in a Bayern supporters pub… When Arsenal drew Bayern Munich yet again the Champions League draw for the knockout stages, Arsene Wenger heralded it as a chance to "change history." Instead, his team proved yet again that they only know how to repeat it. The 5-1 loss in Munich on Wednesday night felt all too familiar to Gunners fans who have watched Wenger's side self-destruct in six consecutive round-of-16 ties before this season. Barring a miracle at the Emirates, this will be the seventh season in a row that Arsenal fail... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEMESUT ÖZIL BY ANDREW MANGAN ShareTweet1 day ago An Arsene Wenger exit wouldn't solve all the problems at rudderless Arsenal The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsene Wenger's desperate situation at Arsenal. In the wake of Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night, further questions have been raised about Arsene Wenger's future. The Frenchman's contract will expire in June, and although there's a two-year extension waiting to be signed, it would be less and less surprising if he decided not to renew. That Wenger is the one who will decide speaks to an incredible imbalance within the football club from a board that has long absolved itself of the responsibility.... Full Blog Post ARSENALUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet1 day ago Ryan Christie scores stunning goal as Aberdeen thrash Motherwell There may be several months of the season left to play, but it looks like the Scottish Premiership goal of the season competition has already been sewn up. The goal in question came during Aberdeen's 7-2 trouncing of Motherwell on Wednesday evening, with 21-year-old Dons midfielder Ryan Christie taking the honours. Following a slick three-pass interchange from a corner, it was Christie who applied a fitting finishing touch -- clipping a delicate lob over the keeper with the outside of his foot from... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEABERDEEN BY STEVEN KELLY ShareTweet 1 day ago Coincidences between Houllier's and Klopp's reigns as Liverpool rebuild Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen Klopp has taken his Liverpool squad to a training camp in La Manga. Since he sometimes complains about England's lack of a winter break, being knocked out of the FA Cup early gives his team a chance to belatedly regroup and revitalise. It means a 16-day gap between league fixtures. Unusual, but it's not the record for Liverpool this century as they went 20 days without a game in February 2000. It's just one of a number of coincidences between Klopp's reign and that of Liverpool's... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY MARK GLEESON ShareTweet1 day ago African Super Cup: Will anyone watch Sundowns vs. TP Mazembe? CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe will be out to surprise a few teams at the Club World Cup. TP Mazembe Englebert won the CAF Confederation Cup. The annual Super Cup seems as pointless a game as ever there was. It engenders little enthusiasm from the fans, no passion from the players and runs contrary to the principles of good competition. A single match to determine a trophy makes a mockery of the commitment, effort and sacrifice needed to lift silverware. Yet this Saturday marks the 25th time that Africa is hosting its annual meeting between the winner of the previous year's Champions League and African Confederation Cup, the continent's... Full Blog Post BLOG - FOOTBALL AFRICA BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet1 day ago Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney stars alongside Wolverine We've already seen mascots painted blue and Ashley Young fending off swarms of alien invaders, and now Manchester United's corporate partnership with 20th Century Fox has coughed up another cinematic gem. This time we're treated to Wayne Rooney in the cameo role, with the United striker appearing alongside Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in the new trailer for the Logan movie. Nobody is born a legend. You fight to become one. #Logan [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Hc7xp1EzDX - Manchester... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEMANCHESTER UNITEDWAYNE ROONEY BY GLENN PRICE, LIVERPOOL CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago Liverpool training camp in La Manga: Five players who must impress Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen Klopp is making the most of Liverpool's absence from the FA Cup. The Reds are in the south-east of Spain at a four-day warm-weather training camp and, in the eyes of the Liverpool manager, this break is seen as another "preseason" with the team not due to return to action until Feb. 27. Double training sessions are on the agenda as Klopp looks to get his Liverpool side in fine shape for the back end of the Premier League campaign. ESPN FC takes a look at five players with a point to prove... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY DANNY LEE, FOOTBALLWHISPERS ShareTweet1 day ago Transfer Rater: Riyad Mahrez to Tottenham, Arturo Vidal to Chelsea Shaka Hislop gauges the latest rumours surrounding Riyad Mahrez, Arturo Vidal and more. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for the latest gossip. Martin Caceres to Southampton Premier League side Southampton are still in pole position to sign former Juventus defender Caceres on a free transfer, despite... 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(CNN)The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos." Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War and most recently headed US Central Command, perhaps the military's most complicated and challenging post. Now, Mattis faces an entirely different kind of fight. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to formally nominate the former four-star to head the Pentagon, some Democrats are signaling his confirmation might not be entirely easy. Some observers question whether Mattis' battlefield experience prepares him for the very different task of running an enormous bureaucracy, while senior lawmakers worry about what the 66-year-old's nomination means for maintaining civilian control of the military. Republicans issued glowing testimonials to Mattis and his career. California Rep. Devin Nunes, who heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said he could think of "no better candidate to lead America's military in our long fight against jihadism and countering other pressing threats." Noting that Mattis hasn't been out of uniform long enough to lead the Pentagon without a congressional waiver, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said that while he "would make an excellent Secretary of Defense, we must also bear in mind the precedent we would be setting and the impact it would have on the principle of civilian leadership of our nation's military." Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's President Kirsten Gillibrand, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel, was more definitive. "Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy," Gillibrand said in a statement Thursday, "and I will not vote for an exception to this rule." Just one senator can demand that the waiver for Mattis meet a 60-vote threshold, meaning he would need to get the support of all Republicans and eight Democrats to move toward confirmation next year. If he's approved, Mattis would be the highest-ranking former officer to serve as defense secretary. The Washington State native and history major led troops through the conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2010 to 2013, he led Central Command, which oversees the Middle East and Southeast Asia, until the Obama administration let him go over disagreements on Iran. The White House was pushing for a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2013, the same year Mattis was telling the Aspen Security Forum that his top concern as Centcom commander was "Iran, Iran, Iran." Obama to sign Iran sanctions bill Mattis has since been critical of the deal and of the Obama administration's refusal to engage more aggressively in the Middle East, saying it has fueled extremism in the region. In 2015, he told a congressional panel that the US needed to come out of its "reactive crouch" in the Middle East and defend its values. Indeed, Mattis has not been known to mince words. He's affectionately known as "Mad Dog" by troops who trade his quips like prized baseball cards. On the news of his nomination, many of those sayings instantly became memes on Twitter. Among them: "a good soldier follows orders, but a true warrior wears his enemy's skin like a poncho," and "be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Human Rights Watch called on Congress to fully examine his views on a number of issues. "Media accounts suggest that Gen. Mattis doesn't agree with President-elect Trump's more outrageous campaign proposals, such as bringing back waterboarding, targeting terrorist suspects' family members, or tampering with anti-torture laws," said Washington director Sarah Margon. She urged that during the confirmation process "senators make sure Mattis unreservedly repudiates these proposals, acknowledges that they are illegal, and confirms that they are not up for future consideration." Mattis is one of a slew of generals Trump has been considering for other Cabinet-level jobs, including Gen. David Petraeus for the State Department, Gen. John Kelly to head Homeland Security and Adm. Mike Rogers as the director of national intelligence. Erin Simpson, a national security consultant and senior editor at WarontheRocks.com, said the incoming administration may be trying to capitalize on public respect for the military by considering so many generals. But "where there are really weak civilian institutions and an inexperienced president, it just doesn't sit right by me," said Simpson. The silver lining, she adds, is that many military and security professionals wary of Trump may be convinced to serve under Mattis. "It provides some top-cover for other qualified folks to come in who might not have otherwise," Simpson said. "There are a lot of jobs to fill at the Pentagon, this could bring in some talent and that's a net gain." China's foreign ministry says it has lodged a complaint with the US after President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan's leader in a phone call. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. US policy set in 1979 cut formal relations with Taiwan. Mr Trump's transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted "close economic, political, and security ties". The US is Taiwan's most important ally and provides Taiwan with sufficient weaponry to defend itself. China said it had lodged a "solemn representation" with Washington. According to the state news agency Xinhua, China urged the US "to cautiously, properly handle Taiwan issue to avoid unnecessary disturbance to Sino-US relations". Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the call as a "petty trick" by Taiwan, Chinese state media said. What happened? Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election. His team said that the US president-elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan last January. No US president or president-elect has spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader for decades. Following media reports pointing out the risks of angering China, Mr Trump tweeted: "Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call." The White House has said Mr Trump's conversation does not signal any change in US policy. US media reported that the White House learned of the call only after it had happened. Mr Trump's spokeswoman said he was "well aware" of US policy towards Taiwan. Read more: What's behind the China-Taiwan divide? What is the problem? This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows a man buying a newspaper featuring a photo of US President-elect Donald TrumpImage copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES Image caption China is closely watching Mr Trump's transition to president The split between China and Taiwan goes back to 1949, when the Republic of China (ROC) Kuomintang (KMT) government fled the mainland to Taiwan after being defeated by the communists under Mao Zedong. The KMT held China's seat on the UN Security Council and was, for a while, recognised by many Western nations as the only Chinese government. But in 1971, the UN switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Only a handful of countries now recognise Taiwan's government. Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing's "one country, two systems" concept, which states that Taiwan is part of China. But despite the cut, the US remains, by far, Taiwan's most important friend, and its only ally. The Taiwan Relations Act promises to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons. It says that any attack by China on Taiwan would be considered of "grave concern" to the US. China has hundreds of missiles pointing towards Taiwan, and has threatened to use force if it formally declares independence. President Tsai, Taiwan's first female leader, led the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide victory in the January 2016 election. The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China. President Tsai's administration does not accept the "One China" policy. Read more: Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's shy but steely leader From concern to alarm and anger - Carrie Gracie, BBC China editor, Beijing TaiwanImage copyrightREUTERS Image caption In an image released by her office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is seen speaking on the phone to Mr Trump Mr Trump's decision to turn his back on four decades of US protocol on Taiwan and speak directly to a president of Taiwan has stunned policymakers in Beijing. Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger. Beijing sees Taiwan as a province. Denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy. Read more from Carrie: The Trump phone call that will stun Beijing Mild reaction - Cindy Sui, BBC, Taipei China's reaction is relatively mild. It doesn't want to get off on the wrong foot with Mr Trump. And it sees Mr Trump as an inexperienced politician, so for now it's willing to forgive him and not play this up. It may also be somewhat reassured by statements from the US that its policy on China and Taiwan has not changed. But behind the scenes it's safe to say China is working hard to "educate" the Trump team on not repeating such diplomatic faux pas. This move by Taiwan's President Tsai will further infuriate Beijing and make it distrust her even more and see her as favouring Taiwan's formal independence from China. World-changing ideas summit With our powers of reasoning, rich memories and the ability to imagine what the future might hold, human intelligence is unequalled in the animal kingdom. Our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are adept problem solvers, making their own tools to reach food, for example. They use sophisticated gestures and facial expressions to communicate. Yet, they fall a long way short of our own ability to think and plan for the future. Thomas Suddendorf, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, describes this as the gap – the cognitive gulf that separates us from animals. But it was not always so wide, he says in the video above. Our species once shared the planet with other hominins with intelligence that may have rivaled our own. Their extinction was at least partly due to the actions of our own ancestors, according to many anthropologists. We need to be careful not to make the same mistakes again and widen the gap between the species even further in our pursuit of progress, warns Suddendorf, who spoke to BBC Future at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney on 15 November. Read more: We’ve got human intelligence all wrong Jason G Goldman’s column Uniquely Human, about the similarities and differences between us and the animal kingdom Join 700,000+ Future fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital, Travel and Autos, delivered to your inbox every Friday. The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as desolate as it once was. This year it became home to one of the world’s biggest solar power plants. Welcome to Future Now Your essential guide to a world in flux Change happens quickly these days and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why BBC Future has launched a new section called Future Now to bring you in-depth stories about the people, events and trends that are shaping our world. We will be publishing regular stories from all over the world about technology, energy, economics, society and much more – you can find them here. We hope you will join us as we explore the changes that matter. Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 sq m (15m sq ft) of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields. The massive complex sits on a sun-blasted site at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10km (6 miles) from Ouarzazate – a city nicknamed the door to the desert. With around 330 days of sunshine a year, it’s an ideal location. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. This is a plant that could help define Africa's – and the world’s – energy future. (Credit: Getty Images) Hundreds of curved mirrors, each as big as a bus, are ranked in rows covering 1,400,000 square metres of desert, an area the size of 200 football fields (Credit: Getty Images) Of course, on the day I visit the sky is covered in clouds. “No electricity will be produced today,“ says Rachid Bayed at the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen), which is responsible for implementing the flagship project. An occasional off day is not a concern, however. After many years of false starts, solar power is coming of age as countries in the sun finally embrace their most abundant source of clean energy. The Moroccan site is one of several across Africa and similar plants are being built in the Middle East – in Jordan, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The falling cost of solar power has made it a viable alternative to oil even in the most oil-rich parts of the world. As well as meeting domestic needs, Morocco hopes one day to export solar energy to Europe. Noor 1, the first phase of the Moroccan plant, has already surpassed expectations in terms of the amount of energy it has produced. It is an encouraging result in line with Morocco’s goal to reduce its fossil fuel bill by focusing on renewables while still meeting growing energy needs that are increasing by about 7% per year. Morocco’s stable government and economy has helped it secure funding: the European Union contributed 60% of the cost for the Ouarzazate project, for example. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) With around 330 days of sunshine a year, the region around Ouarzazate - a city nicknamed the door to the desert - is an ideal location (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The country plans to generate 14% of its energy from solar by 2020 and by adding other renewable sources like wind and water into the mix, it is aiming to produce 52% of its own energy by 2030. This puts Morocco more or less in line with countries like the UK, which wants to generate 30% of its electricity from renewables by the end of the decade, and the US, where President Obama set a target of 20% by 2030. (Trump has threatened to dump renewables, but his actions may not have a huge impact. Many policies are controlled by individual states and big companies have already started to switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.) Due to the lack sun on the day I visit, the hundreds of mirrors stand still and silent. The team keeps a close eye on weather forecasts to predict output for the following day, allowing other sources of energy to take over when it is overcast. The reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the sun like a giant field of sunflowers But normally the reflectors can be heard as they move together to follow the Sun like a giant field of sunflowers. The mirrors focus the Sun’s energy onto a synthetic oil that flows through a network of pipes. Reaching temperatures up to 350C (662F), the hot oil is used to produce high-pressure water vapour that drives a turbine-powered generator. “It’s the same classic process used with fossil fuels, except that we are using the Sun’s heat as the source,” says Bayed. The plant keeps generating energy after sunset, when electricity demands peak. Some of the day’s energy is stored in reservoirs of superhot molten salts made of sodium and potassium nitrates, which keeps production going for up to three hours. In the next phase of the plant, production will continue for up to eight hours after sunset. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) Once fully operational, the solar plant will only require about 50 to 100 employees (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) As well as boosting Morocco’s power production, the Ouarzazate project is helping the local economy. Around 2,000 workers were hired during the initial two years of construction, many of them Moroccan. Roads built to provide access to the plant have also connected nearby villages, helping children get to school. Water brought in for the site has been piped beyond the complex, hooking up 33 villages to the water grid. Water brought in for the site has been piped beyond the complex, hooking up 33 villages to the water grid Masen has also helped farmers in the area by teaching them sustainable practices. Heading towards the mountains, I visit the Berber village of Asseghmou, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Ouarzazate, where a small farm has now changed the way it raises ewes. Most farmers here rely on their intuition alone but they are being introduced to more reliable techniques -such as simply separating animals in their pens – which are improving yields. Masen also provided 25 farms with sheep for breeding purposes. “I now have better food security,” says Chaoui, who runs a local farm. And his almond tree is thriving thanks to cultivation tips. Even so, some locals have concerns. Abdellatif, who lives in the city of Zagora about 75 miles (120 kilometres) further south, where there are high rates of unemployment, thinks that the plant should focus on creating permanent jobs. He has friends who were hired to work there but they were only on contract for a few months. Once fully operational, the station will only require about 50 to 100 employees so the job boom may end. “The components of the plant are manufactured abroad but it would be better to produce them locally to generate ongoing work for residents,” he says. (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) The solar plant draws a massive amount of water from the local El Mansour Eddahbi dam. Water scarcity has been a problem in the semi-desert region (Credit: Sandrine Ceurstemont) A bigger issue is that the solar plant draws a massive amount of water for cleaning and cooling from the local El Mansour Eddahbi dam. In recent years, water scarcity has been a problem in the semi-desert region and there are water cuts. Agricultural land further south in the Draa valley depends on water from the dam, which is occasionally released into the otherwise-dry river. But Mustapha Sellam, the site manager, claims that the water used by the complex amounts to 0.5% of the dam’s supply, which is negligible compared to its capacity. Still, the plant’s consumption is enough to make a difference to struggling farmers. So the plant is making improvements to reduce the amount of water it uses. Instead of relying on water to clean the mirrors, pressurised air is used. And whereas Noor 1 uses water to cool the steam produced by the generators, so that it can be turned back into water and reused to produce more electricity, a dry cooling system that uses air will be installed. The success of plants in places like Morocco and South Africa will encourage other African countries to turn to solar power These new sections of the plant are currently being built. Noor 2 will be similar to the first phase, but Noor 3 will experiment with a different design. Instead of ranks of mirrors it will capture and store the Sun’s energy with a single large tower, which is thought to be more efficient. Seven thousand flat mirrors surrounding the tower will all track and reflect the sun’s rays towards a receiver at the top, requiring much less space than existing arrangement of mirrors. Molten salts filling the interior of the tower will capture and store heat directly, doing away with the need for hot oil. Similar systems are already used in South Africa, Spain and a few sites in the US, such as California’s Mojave desert and Nevada. But at 86ft (26m) tall, Ouarzazate’s recently erected structure is the highest of its kind in the world. (Credit: Getty Images) Africa’s sunshine could eventually make the continent a supplier of energy to the rest of the world (Credit: Getty Images) Other plants in Morocco are already underway. Next year construction will begin at two sites in the south-west, near Laayoune and Boujdour, with plants near Tata and Midelt to follow. The success of these plants in Morocco – and those in South Africa - may encourage other African countries to turn to solar power. South Africa is already one of the world’s top 10 producers of solar power and Rwanda is home to east Africa’s first solar plant, which opened in 2014. Large plants are being planned for Ghana and Uganda. Africa’s sunshine could eventually make the continent a supplier of energy to the rest of the world. Sellam has high hopes for Noor. “Our main goal is to become energy-independent but if one day we are producing a surplus we could supply other countries too,” he says. Imagine recharging your electric car in Berlin with electricity produced in Morocco. With the clouds set to lift in Ouarzazate, Africa is busy planning for a sunny day. -- Keep up to date with Future Now stories by liking BBC Future on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture,
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Full Blog Post BLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDMANCHESTER UNITEDJUVENTUSAC MILANPARIS SAINT-GERMAIN SWEDENZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC BY NAYIB MORAN ShareTweet5 hours ago Clasico Nacional fever returns, Pumas defend home record in electric Week 7 In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. After a year that saw Club America and Chivas face off in two consecutive Liguillas, the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional puts the rivals back in the spotlight on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET) in Guadalajara. Here's what to watch for in Liga MX's Week 7: Clasico Nacional fever returns All eyes will be on Guadalajara's Estadio Chivas on Saturday for what promises to be an electric Super Clasico. Las Aguilas are desperate to get their winning spirits back, and what better place to do... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MX BY GRAHAM PARKER ShareTweet6 hours ago Chicago Fire under pressure to deliver in 2017 following painful rebuild The FC crew discuss the manner in which the Red Bulls went about trading Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire. "For me, this year is the year for Chicago Fire. We have nothing to lose this year, and I'm so confident that we'll do great things." Speaking with ESPN FC from preseason camp, David Accam is feeling positive for the first time in a long time. After two years in which his individual play drew praise but not enough points for a losing Chicago team, Accam has noted the offseason influx of players like Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho, and is looking forward to finally enjoying a positive... Full Blog Post CHICAGO FIREMAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER BY IAIN MACINTOSH ShareTweet6 hours ago Non-league Sutton a fun reminder of why clubs were established in England Sebastian Salazar and Craig Burley go toe-to-toe in predicting the FA Cup's enticing 5th round fixtures. At Sutton, people are doing something you don't readily associate with football at the highest level. They are having fun. SUTTON, England -- From the glittering Allianz Arena to Gander Green Lane. Rarely has an Arsenal manager ever had to prepare for two so-very-different away trips in the same week. Bayern Munich are, as they so painfully proved on Wednesday, one of the finest club sides in the world. Sutton United, on the other hand, are part-timers who were only promoted to the fifth flight of English football last May and are struggling to stay there. How best to encapsulate the differences between these two football... Full Blog Post ENGLISH FA CUPSUTTON UNITED BY PHIL LYTHELL ShareTweet7 hours ago Chelsea cannot afford complacency as Wolves target another FA Cup shock Antonio Conte was left disappointed as Chelsea were held by Burnley last time out. An FA Cup tie between the runaway leaders of the Premier League and a team struggling in the Championship should be a foregone conclusion. But in a straight knockout competition -- excepting replays, of course -- nothing should be taken for granted when Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. If Antonio Conte and his team required any reminding of the unpredictable nature of cup football they need only to look back at the last round. In what was a famous day for one of the Football... Full Blog Post CHELSEAENGLISH FA CUP BY SID LOWE ShareTweet7 hours ago Criticism of Luis Enrique is not new but reflects Barcelona's identity issues Sid Lowe suggests that Barcelona have been gradually losing their identity far before their UCL thumbing by PSG. "Hunting season is open," Luis Enrique declared. The media closed in, and so did the Barcelona directors: they were looking for someone to take his place. There was tension between players and coach; no way could he last beyond the season's end. The president and his board were worried that they might not last, either, their own culpability cowering behind the coach even as their credibility was bound up in him. Everything was falling apart. An ultimatum was delivered, crisis gripped. In one poll,... Full Blog Post BARCELONASPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN BY ANDY MITTEN ShareTweet7 hours ago Martial and Rashford exemplify United promise as Mourinho chases cups Shaka Hislop breaks down Anthony Martial's status in the Manchester United squad and maintains he's a star in the making. Thursday's entertaining 3-0 Europa League victory for Manchester United over St Etienne was another occasion where we saw more evidence of a brighter future for Jose Mourinho's side. United are still a work in progress and in transition under a new manager. Few will have sympathy for such an expensively assembled bunch, but they're better going toe to toe with St Etienne rather than Paris Saint-Germain at this stage, with more opportunity to impress and improve. Prematch headlines focused on the... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEMARCUS RASHFORDANTHONY MARTIALEFL CUP BY JOHN BREWIN ShareTweet8 hours ago Sad indictment of FA Cup as Premier League elite learn to live without it Arsene Wenger suggests that removing him as manager won't solve all of Arsenal's problems. Another round of the FA Cup, another lament on the commitment shown to the competition by English football's leading clubs. This time it's Gary Lineker, speaking as lead host of television live rights-holding BBC. "I feel sad for the old competition," he said this week ahead of the fifth round. "It's not the biggest circus in town anymore but it's still got something." Lineker, 56, and a winner with Tottenham in 1991, spoke as someone brought up with the FA Cup final as the match that... Full Blog Post ENGLISH FA CUPBLOG - ESPN FC UNITED BY DAVID FAITELSON ShareTweet 9 hours ago Chivas can send strong message of title intent with Clasico Nacional win In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. Most of the time, when it comes to the Clasico Nacional, not everything is at it seems ... Today, for example, it is assumed that all of the pressure is piled on Club America. And while it's true that Las Aguilas arrive at this game in "pre-crisis" or "crisis" mode, with the boos of their own fans still ringing in their ears, coach Ricardo La Volpe's position in question and the club on the verge of declaring a "state of emergency," Saturday's game also promises to be crucial for Chivas at this... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY DAVE USHER ShareTweet9 hours ago Henderson is no Gerrard but Liverpool captain still leads Klopp's men Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. It was first mentioned by Adam Lallana earlier in the week, but Jordan Henderson has now provided more details about the "players only" meeting he organised in between Liverpool's dreadful 2-0 loss at Hull and their morale boosting 2-0 win over Tottenham. It's easy to be cynical about such things, or to jokingly ask "Why didn't he call it at the beginning of January instead of February?" but the point is that as club captain, Henderson took the initiative and did something proactive. For that he... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEJORDAN HENDERSON BY MARK OGDEN, SENIOR FOOTBALL WRITER ShareTweet9 hours ago Jose Mourinho's 'tough love' policy at Man United yet to work on Luke Shaw Jose Mourinho says Man United's dressing room was too relaxed before their win over St Etienne, and it showed early on. Jose Mourinho's "tough love" approach is probably becoming a difficult sell to Luke Shaw right now. There has been plenty of "tough" for the Manchester United left-back but precious little "love" since Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford last summer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has endured the same treatment from Mourinho this season and come through the other side, while Anthony Martial is also beginning to show signs of making the same positive transition as the Armenia midfielder. But Shaw seems to be... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUELUKE SHAW BY JAMES MCNICHOLAS ShareTweet10 hours ago Arsene Wenger clever over exit talk, but Arsenal fans sense change is needed The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. It's an unfortunate fact of the last decade that Arsene Wenger has become rather proficient at dealing with difficult news conferences. He has, after all, had plenty of experience. Nevertheless, the manner in which the embattled Arsenal boss dealt with his latest one was particularly impressive. By declaring his intention to continuing coaching next season, he has temporarily shifted the focus onto the fans and his employers. London Colney was busier than usual, with plenty of journalists... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet11 hours ago Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid? Arsenal boss' options if he quits The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season. Under-pressure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sprang a surprise at his news conference on Friday when he said: "No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it is here or elsewhere." Wenger's deal at Arsenal expires at the end of the season, and there has been intense speculation about his future following Wednesday's 5-1 humiliation at Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The 67-year-old will not be short of offers if he decides to end his 21-year association with Arsenal.... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUESPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓNITALIAN SERIE A BY BEN PEARCE ShareTweet 11 hours ago Tottenham struggling with injuries and Pochettino's tactical tweaks ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Tottenham rely on Dele Alli and Harry Kane too much. There was a time when Mauricio Pochettino was criticised for not having a Plan B; for being too tactically inflexible. Now it has become unclear what Plan A is -- if anything there has been too much tinkering. Spurs started the season using his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation but after a spell with a 4-1-4-1 system and an unsuccessful trial of a 4-4-2 midfield diamond, he moved to 3-4-2-1. The catalyst was the limp 1-0 defeat at Manchester United in December, when Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were neutralised.... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURENGLISH FA CUP BY DAVID MOONEY ShareTweet12 hours ago FA Cup could be Guardiola's best chance of debut silverware at Man City The ESPN FC crew discuss the impact of Gabriel Jesus' injury at Manchester City. It's been more than two years since Manchester City faced a team from outside of the top flight in the FA Cup. It was a shock result, too, as then-Championship Middlesbrough took a 2-0 victory away from Manuel Pellegrini's team at the Etihad in January 2015. The fans haven't had an away trip to a lower league side in the competition for even longer -- it was a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in Pellegrini's debut campaign, back in January 2014. To get a win when playing away at a team from outside the top... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER CITYENGLISH FA CUP BY DANNY LEE, FOOTBALLWHISPERS ShareTweet12 hours ago Transfer Rater: Arda Turan to Chelsea, Santi Cazorla to Fenerbahce The latest transfer rumours from around the world. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for the latest gossip. Dominic Solanke to Liverpool Young Chelsea striker Solanke will make the switch to Liverpool this summer, The Sun is reporting. The 19-year-old's contract... Full Blog Post BLOG - TRANSFER TALKTRANSFERSARDA TURANCHELSEASANTI CAZORLAARSENALFENERBAHCE BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet12 hours ago Chilean fans' campaign to coax Alexis Sanchez into leaving Arsenal Thousands of Chilean football fans have organised a campaign to coax Alexis Sanchez into leaving Arsenal. With speculation rife over Sanchez's immediate future, a Facebook page has been set up to announce that over 5,000 of his fellow compatriots are planning to march through Santiago in protest over the lack of support the 28-year-old forward is currently receiving. The march was apparently sparked by Arsenal's dismal 5-1 trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich, in which Sanchez cut an isolated... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEARSENALCHILE BY JOHN DUERDEN ShareTweet13 hours ago Mark Clattenburg to Saudi Arabia: Top ref faces big challenges ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop has backed Mark Clattenburg's move to Saudi Arabia. With the news that one of Europe's leading referees, Mark Clattenburg, has swapped the Premier League and the Champions League for Saudi Arabia, ESPN FC lists five things the high-profile official can expect in his new home. He will be the biggest international name in the league There have been times when the big Saudi clubs were not short of money but increasingly, when the most famous international stars head to the Middle East, they go to Qatar or the United Arab Emirates. In recent years,... Full Blog Post BLOG - FOOTBALL ASIA BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet 13 hours ago Nice guy Claudio Ranieri's handshakes for press before FA Cup clash Even with his Leicester City side currently fighting relegation after winning the title last season, it's nice to know that Claudio Ranieri remains a resolutely affable gentleman. Follow The Emirates FA Cup ✔ @EmiratesFACup 🤝🤝🤝 Can you count the handshakes? #emiratesfacup 12:08 AM - 17 Feb 2017 10 10 Retweets 45 45 likes As always, Ranieri held a news conference ahead of the Foxes' FA Cup tie against Millwall and, as always, the Italian did his best to make... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEENGLISH FA CUPLEICESTER CITY BY ADAM HURREY ShareTweet14 hours ago Identikit stadiums consigning 'tough place to go' grounds to the distant past Sutton United manager Paul Doswell explains what Arsenal can expect when they visit the non-league side in the FA Cup. Could it be that part of the pre and postmatch interview cliche furniture is being consigned to the past? Last weekend and this will see examples of this oft-uttered expression but it is applicable ever less often. "Yyyyyyeaaaaahno, as I say, we know it'll be hard, it's always a tough place to go." It acts as the preemptive dampener for any pride-before-the-fall catastrophes ahead of kickoff and then -- "yeah, they made it tough for us today" -- a magnanimous sign-off after the final whistle. Chelsea's... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEBLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDENGLISH FA CUPSUTTON UNITED BY CHRIS ATKINS ShareTweet14 hours ago CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande pursuing all Chinese dream PJ Roberts and John Wilkinson examine the new quota on foreign players in the CSL and its potential impact. Since Guangzhou FC fell into the hands of the Evergrande Group in 2010, the club's course has been set to a firmly upward bearing. After an immediate return to the Super League in their first year of ownership, Evergrande have claimed six consecutive CSL titles and are two-time champions of Asia. It is a remarkable story of success. Evergrande's rise is, of course, no football fairytale. Owner Xu Jiaxin's decision to invest in football was undoubtedly politically motivated and the team's success... Full Blog Post CHINESE SUPER LEAGUEBLOG - FOOTBALL ASIAGUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE BY IAN DARKE ShareTweet14 hours ago Arsene Wenger deserves to leave Arsenal with dignity and acclaim Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger may be on his way out. It was Ian Wright who first noticed the haunted, distant look in the eyes of Arsene Wenger, prompting him to declare: "I think this might be his last year." Another of his old Arsenal players, Martin Keown, said Wenger resembles a fighter who has taken too many punches. Then the 5-1 hammering at Bayern Munich happened. Arsenal's embarrassing Champions League loss does indeed look like the beginning of the end for a great man and manager. After 21 years, three titles and six FA Cups, Wenger... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BY RICHARD JOLLY ShareTweet14 hours ago Mauricio Pochettino must win silverware to back up his reputation Steve Nicol is critical of Spurs' inability to make up for the current struggles of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. If history is a guide, Tottenham will exit the FA Cup on Sunday. Not because of Spurs' record against Fulham, which shows eight wins in their past 10 meetings. Or, indeed, their past in the FA Cup, which only Arsenal and Manchester United have lifted more often. Nor, even, a recent record showing a mere two defeats and nine victories in 13 matches over all competitions. But more so because of Mauricio Pochettino's personal history. The Argentine has forged a reputation as a manager who takes teams... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEENGLISH FA CUP BY MINA RZOUKI ShareTweet 20 hours ago Pjaca should learn from Mandzukic that hard work can trump technique Massimiliano Allegri says securing a sixth straight league title would turn his Juventus side into legends. Juventus is hosting Palermo on Friday evening, but all anyone can think of is how Juve will fare in the Champions League against Porto on Wednesday. The recent midweek fixtures produced a few surprises, and while certain score lines grabbed the headlines, most would agree that no team has consistently proved to be brilliant. Paris Saint-Germain looked convincing, but certain mediocre performances in the group stage and in the league have caused many to wonder if manager Unai Emery's team can keep... Full Blog Post JUVENTUSITALIAN SERIE AMARKO PJACA BY MICHAEL WADE ShareTweet21 hours ago Lindelof and Kessie top Man United's shopping list; Bayern in for Belotti Steve Nicol believes Man United were deserving winners against St Etienne, lauding the efforts of hat-trick hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Transfer deadline day has come and gone, but Transfer Talk is already monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out all the latest deals here. Kessie, Lindelof top United target list Jose Mourinho is looking to recruit Victor Lindelof and Franck Kessie -- two of the brightest talents in world football -- for Manchester United this summer. Paris Saint-Germain and Roma have joined the race to sign 22-year-old defender Lindelof from Benfica but, according to Calcio Mercato, United... Full Blog Post BLOG - TRANSFER TALKTRANSFERSMANCHESTER UNITEDVICTOR LINDELOFFRANCK KESSIÉ BY ROB TRAIN ShareTweet23 hours ago Real Madrid's congested fixture list should give Morata, Asensio a chance The FC panel quickly share their thoughts on who will advance in the Real Madrid v Napoli UCL Round of 16 clash. Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid took a huge step towards the Champions League quarterfinal with a 3-1 win over Napoli at the Bernabeu, a good sign as they seek to become the first side to successfully defend Europe's highest club honour since AC Milan in 1990. The margin of victory is enough to make Madrid clear favourites to advance. Conceding an away goal was not ideal but there's sufficient reason for optimism in the Real camp going into the match at the San Paolo on March 7: there has not been... Full Blog Post UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEREAL MADRID BY TERRY DALEY ShareTweet1 day ago Edin Dzeko, Mohamed Salah lift Roma to big win vs. Villarreal Dzeko and Salah were superb as Roma pulled away from Villarreal in the second half. Edin Dzeko was once again Roma's hero, bashing a second half hat-trick past La Liga's tightest defence as the Giallorossi all but booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a thumping 4-0 win at Villarreal. They became the first team to score four goals at the Madrigal since Barcelona in May 2010, while the Bosnian now has an astonishing 28 goals for the season. Emerson Palmieri also shone and set the away side up with a corking long-range opener just after the half-hour mark,... Full Blog Post AS ROMAUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEEDIN DZEKO BY MUSA OKWONGA ShareTweet1 day ago Zlatan's hat trick, Martial's movement lead United to rout of St Etienne Manchester United virtually booked their progress to the next round against a St Etienne side whose approach play was very good but whose finishing was woeful. The visitors could well have departed with a 1-1 draw, but they were punished for their failures by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who claimed all three of the game's goals. Manchester UnitedManchester United St EtienneSt Etienne 3 0 FT Leg 1 Game Details GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly all shone, though Ibrahimovic will inevitably take the headlines. Ander Herrera was as busily... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER UNITEDUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICANTHONY MARTIALCHRIS SMALLINGERIC BAILLYSERGIO ROMEROJUAN MATADALEY BLINDANTONIO VALENCIAANDER HERRERAPAUL POGBAMAROUANE FELLAINIJESSE LINGARDASHLEY YOUNGMARCUS RASHFORD BY RICHARD JOLLY ShareTweet1 day ago Man United take comfortable first-leg win vs. St. Etienne via Zlatan hat trick MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester United's 3-0 Europa League win over St. Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday. 1. Man United take comfortable lead to France It may be an exaggeration to say everyone else in the Europa League is quaking in their boots, but Manchester United illustrated why they have been billed as one of the favourites to win the competition. A place in the round of 16 is theirs for the taking. Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw off St. Etienne with his first... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE MATCHUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEMANCHESTER UNITEDST ETIENNE BY SHAKA HISLOP ShareTweet1 day ago Power Rankings: Juventus surge to No. 1, Real No. 2, Chelsea drop to No. 4 The FC crew question just how good Bayern Munich can be and if their big win over Arsenal has made them UCL favourites. We have a new top team in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings this week! Chelsea has slipped down the charts, but they're in first place where it matters... 1. Juventus (+1) Business as usual in Turin, then! Max Allegri's side are humming in high gear, winning six straight in all competitions and eight of their last nine. A pair of Gonzalo Higuain goals were enough to defeat Cagliari last weekend, and SPI gives them an 81 percent chance of breezing through to the Champions League quarterfinal.... Full Blog Post BLOG - ESPN FC UNITEDJUVENTUS BY JOHN CRACE ShareTweet1 day ago Dele Alli fades as unrecognisable Tottenham lack confidence at Gent A goal just before the hour mark after sloppy defending by Tottenham was enough to give Gent the advantage going into next week's Europa League round-of-32 return leg at Wembley Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino had fielded a near full-strength team, hoping to get a reaction after last Saturday's defeat in the Premier League to Liverpool at Anfield, but Spurs started sluggishly and only managed one decent shot on target in the first half. Tottenham improved briefly at the start of the second half and... Full Blog Post TOTTENHAM HOTSPURUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEDELE ALLI BY DAN KILPATRICK, TOTTENHAM CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago At full strength, Spurs' European struggles continue in defeat at Gent GHENT, Belgium -- Three conclusions from Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at KAA Gent on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32. 1. Spurs players not up for the cup If Tottenham want to win the Europa League -- and their manager and captain are adamant that they do -- this was not the way to show it. Spurs' hopes of winning a first trophy since 2008 were dealt a significant blow with a 1-0 defeat to Belgian minnows KAA Gent, the lowlight of a dismal season in Europe. Some Spurs fans didn't... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE MATCHUEFA EUROPA LEAGUEKAA GENTTOTTENHAM HOTSPURMOUSSA SISSOKOHARRY KANEDELE ALLIHARRY WINKS BY RAPHAEL HONIGSTEIN ShareTweet1 day ago Ancelotti allays fears that Bayern Munich have grown too comfortable The FC crew question just how good Bayern Munich can be and if their big win over Arsenal has made them UCL favourites. MUNICH -- Some stories get told so often they become a mantra, a sacred utterance believed to have spiritual powers. A prayer. For Bayern Munich, the club who carry the self-referential, self-reverential "Mia san Mia" ("We are who we are") slogan stitched inside their team shirts, the endlessly repeated story of the past few weeks told of punctuality. Or, to put it in less technical terms, of their ability to be "there" when it really matters -- in the big games, against big teams. "We said... Full Blog Post BAYERN MUNICHUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet 1 day ago Trending: Mark Clattenburg to Saudi Arabia, Arsenal won't rush Wenger Arsene Wenger searches for the cause of what unraveled Arsenal so comprehensively against Bayern. Here are the latest stories for Thursday. PREMIER LEAGUE: Mark Clattenburg is to quit his job as Premier League referee to move to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. ARSENAL: Arsenal will not rush Arsene Wenger into making a decision about his future following Wednesday's 5-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, a club source has told ESPN FC. - Arsenal's meek collapse has been exposed by official UEFA statistics which show that Arsene Wenger's players committed just one foul while... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEARSENAL BY TOM MARSHALL ShareTweet1 day ago Everything you need to know about Chivas vs. America in Clasico Nacional In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. CHIVAS AMERICA GuadalajaraGuadalajara AméricaAmérica 3:06 AM UTC Game Details GameCast Lineups and Stats The Clasico Nacional ... is more than a simple game of soccer; it brings different fragments of Mexican society together and sets them against each other on the field. On one side, Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city and the capital of Jalisco, the most Mexican of states -- home of tequila, mariachi and charreria. Chivas themselves are a patriotic symbol due to their unique tradition of fielding only Mexican players, too. Then, there is Club America. Spawned... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY JAMES TYLER ShareTweet1 day ago Is it time for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal? Vote: stay or go ESPN FC's Julien Laurens assesses the reasons Arsene Wenger might want to stay at Arsenal. Doesn't it feel like deja vu to be here discussing Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal? Well, the 5-1 shellacking at Bayern Munich is a repeat of 2015's defeat and as such, the mercurial manager's job looks as shaky as the back four without Laurent Koscielny. So, should this be the time at which the club and the coach part ways? After Arsenal's latest big defeat, should Arsene Wenger leave? YES: TIME FOR SOMEONE NEWNO: BE PATIENT! SUBMIT Mark Ogden suggested that Wenger should leave and the club should be ruthless if they're to remain within reach of the top clubs. "It has become too comfortable at... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEARSENALBLOG - ESPN FC UNITED BY JOHN BREWIN ShareTweet1 day ago Aguero gets reprieve but Guardiola's clashes with Ibra, Eto'o a warning The ESPN FC crew discuss Gabriel Jesus' injury and its impact at Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus is in Barcelona as he undergoes treatment on his fractured metatarsal from Dr. Ramon Cugat, rated by Pep Guardiola as the best in the business. With Manchester City's best-case scenario being a two-month absence, wrapped in the caveat that rushing the teenager back could be damaging in the long term, Sergio Aguero will once again be his club's frontline striker. "I know how important Sergio is," Guardiola said on Monday, after the 2-0 win at Bournemouth from which Gabriel,... Full Blog Post MANCHESTER CITYENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY ESPN STAFF ShareTweet1 day ago Keys to Clasico Nacional: La Volpe's last stand, William's A game vs. Chivas In the 227th edition of the Clasico Nacional, Herculez Gomez pinpoints a few key factors surrounding the match. The Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America takes center stage in the Liga MX 2017 Clausura on Saturday. What about this particular edition of Mexico's biggest rivalry -- which will be broadcast through Facebook Live -- should you be following? Our experts Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran, Cesar Hernandez and Eric Gomez lay it all out below! Who will win? CHIVASCLUB AMERICADRAW SUBMIT Chivas to thrive or wilt as favorites? Club America may arrive at Saturday's game in less than tip-top condition and with pressure on coach Ricardo La Volpe,... Full Blog Post MEXICAN LIGA MXGUADALAJARAAMÉRICA BY JEFF CARLISLE ShareTweet 1 day ago San Jose Earthquakes' barren spell has clock ticking on coach Dominic Kinnear Herculez Gomez says Chris Wondolowski is being underutilised with the Earthquakes under coach Dominic Kinnear. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli sits down in his chair, it's clear he hasn't quite settled into his new digs at Avaya Stadium. The pictures adorning the wall and desk in his office belong to the previous occupant, Dave Kaval. While remaining the Quakes' team president, Kaval has moved up the 880 freeway to Oakland, where he's taken on the same role with the Oakland A's of Major League Baseball. The state of Fioranelli's office -- which he's occupied a... Full Blog Post SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESMAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER BY SUMEET PAUL ShareTweet1 day ago Vincenzo Montella keeps AC Milan in Serie A contention amid difficulties Vincenzo Montella has had to deal with uncertainty over AC Milan's proposed takeover. In truth, AC Milan were fortunate to take anything away from the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night in their 1-1 draw with Lazio. Similarly to how the nine-man Rossoneri snatched a win at Bologna in their previous outing, they are admirably finding a way to keep themselves in the race for Europe. While it may not be particularly pretty, it is testament to Vincenzo Montella and the players that they continue to battle on with possible excuses there for them to easily exploit. Whether it's injuries or... Full Blog Post AC MILANITALIAN SERIE A BY MATTIAS KAREN, ARSENAL CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago Arsenal and Wenger repeating history in Champions League knockouts Don Hutchison loses a bet to Layla Anna-Lee. The punishment? Wearing an Arsenal shirt in a Bayern supporters pub… When Arsenal drew Bayern Munich yet again the Champions League draw for the knockout stages, Arsene Wenger heralded it as a chance to "change history." Instead, his team proved yet again that they only know how to repeat it. The 5-1 loss in Munich on Wednesday night felt all too familiar to Gunners fans who have watched Wenger's side self-destruct in six consecutive round-of-16 ties before this season. Barring a miracle at the Emirates, this will be the seventh season in a row that Arsenal fail... Full Blog Post ARSENALENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEMESUT ÖZIL BY ANDREW MANGAN ShareTweet1 day ago An Arsene Wenger exit wouldn't solve all the problems at rudderless Arsenal The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsene Wenger's desperate situation at Arsenal. In the wake of Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night, further questions have been raised about Arsene Wenger's future. The Frenchman's contract will expire in June, and although there's a two-year extension waiting to be signed, it would be less and less surprising if he decided not to renew. That Wenger is the one who will decide speaks to an incredible imbalance within the football club from a board that has long absolved itself of the responsibility.... Full Blog Post ARSENALUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet1 day ago Ryan Christie scores stunning goal as Aberdeen thrash Motherwell There may be several months of the season left to play, but it looks like the Scottish Premiership goal of the season competition has already been sewn up. The goal in question came during Aberdeen's 7-2 trouncing of Motherwell on Wednesday evening, with 21-year-old Dons midfielder Ryan Christie taking the honours. Following a slick three-pass interchange from a corner, it was Christie who applied a fitting finishing touch -- clipping a delicate lob over the keeper with the outside of his foot from... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEABERDEEN BY STEVEN KELLY ShareTweet 1 day ago Coincidences between Houllier's and Klopp's reigns as Liverpool rebuild Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen Klopp has taken his Liverpool squad to a training camp in La Manga. Since he sometimes complains about England's lack of a winter break, being knocked out of the FA Cup early gives his team a chance to belatedly regroup and revitalise. It means a 16-day gap between league fixtures. Unusual, but it's not the record for Liverpool this century as they went 20 days without a game in February 2000. It's just one of a number of coincidences between Klopp's reign and that of Liverpool's... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY MARK GLEESON ShareTweet1 day ago African Super Cup: Will anyone watch Sundowns vs. TP Mazembe? CAF Champions League winners TP Mazembe will be out to surprise a few teams at the Club World Cup. TP Mazembe Englebert won the CAF Confederation Cup. The annual Super Cup seems as pointless a game as ever there was. It engenders little enthusiasm from the fans, no passion from the players and runs contrary to the principles of good competition. A single match to determine a trophy makes a mockery of the commitment, effort and sacrifice needed to lift silverware. Yet this Saturday marks the 25th time that Africa is hosting its annual meeting between the winner of the previous year's Champions League and African Confederation Cup, the continent's... Full Blog Post BLOG - FOOTBALL AFRICA BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet1 day ago Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney stars alongside Wolverine We've already seen mascots painted blue and Ashley Young fending off swarms of alien invaders, and now Manchester United's corporate partnership with 20th Century Fox has coughed up another cinematic gem. This time we're treated to Wayne Rooney in the cameo role, with the United striker appearing alongside Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in the new trailer for the Logan movie. Nobody is born a legend. You fight to become one. #Logan [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Hc7xp1EzDX - Manchester... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEMANCHESTER UNITEDWAYNE ROONEY BY GLENN PRICE, LIVERPOOL CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago Liverpool training camp in La Manga: Five players who must impress Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about Liverpool's progress under Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen Klopp is making the most of Liverpool's absence from the FA Cup. The Reds are in the south-east of Spain at a four-day warm-weather training camp and, in the eyes of the Liverpool manager, this break is seen as another "preseason" with the team not due to return to action until Feb. 27. Double training sessions are on the agenda as Klopp looks to get his Liverpool side in fine shape for the back end of the Premier League campaign. ESPN FC takes a look at five players with a point to prove... Full Blog Post LIVERPOOLENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE BY DANNY LEE, FOOTBALLWHISPERS ShareTweet1 day ago Transfer Rater: Riyad Mahrez to Tottenham, Arturo Vidal to Chelsea Shaka Hislop gauges the latest rumours surrounding Riyad Mahrez, Arturo Vidal and more. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for the latest gossip. Martin Caceres to Southampton Premier League side Southampton are still in pole position to sign former Juventus defender Caceres on a free transfer, despite... Full Blog Post BLOG - TRANSFER TALKTRANSFERS BY NICK MILLER ShareTweet 1 day ago Berahino and Pulis stoke the fires in West Brom and Stoke's gripping rivalry Stoke boss Mark Hughes discusses the leak regarding Saido Berahino's ban. The most compelling storyline in the Premier League at the moment is not the title race. It's not the relegation battle, with teams that looked dead showing life and some that seemed safe now circling the drain. It's not even whoever Jose Mourinho is arguing with this week. None of those. The most interesting -- funniest, least dignified, most entertaining, whatever you like -- tale in English football is the squabble between West Brom and Stoke. Usually, clubs prefer to keep their spats relatively... Full Blog Post ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUEWEST BROMWICH ALBIONSTOKE CITY BY CHRIS WRIGHT ShareTweet1 day ago Arsenal annihilated: The best fallout from Bayern Munich hammering The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's Champions League embarrassment. As you may have heard, Arsenal lost an important football match on Wednesday night -- and fairly heavily too. In the wake of Bayern Munich's unceremonious 5-1 evisceration of the Gunners, the social media fallout was very close to nuclear, as fans and neutrals alike came together to scorn Arsene Wenger, his sub-par players and their risible performance. Inevitably, longtime Wenger-baiter Piers Morgan was typically measured and positive about the whole thing. For God's sake, Arsene, it's over.... Full Blog Post BLOG - THE TOE POKEARSENAL BY MATTIAS KAREN, ARSENAL CORRESPONDENT ShareTweet1 day ago Arsenal collapse at Bayern Munich in UCL is 'same old story' - media reaction The verdict on Arsenal's humbling 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich was blasted across the back pages of Britain's newspapers on Thursday. The Gunners were branded "spineless" and "gutless," while many leading football writers viewed the loss as further proof that Arsene Wenger should call it quits at the end of the season. Arsenal collapsed in the second half in Munich on Wednesday evening to all but ensure that they'll exit the Champions League in the round of 16 for the seventh year running. And with... Full Blog Post UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEARSENAL BY DEREK BILTON ShareTweet1 day ago Tottenham's tough trip to Fulham, Man United to cruise, Leicester woe Tottenham survived a scare in the fourth round as they came from 2-0 down to beat Wycombe 4-3. Tottenham to be troubled at Fulham If the fourth round of the FA Cup taught us anything, it was that top teams who fail to show the competition the respect it deserves could end up embarrassed. Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds United were high profile casualties after fielding weakened teams to supposedly inferior opposition and this weekend Tottenham could be the next team to fall. Spurs' first choice starting XI is one of the strongest in the country but the squad generally lacks depth and they... Full Blog Post