Saturday brings Real Madrid’s journey toward a third-straight UEFA Champions League title to a close, with just Liverpool standing in the way. The Reds attack promises danger and entertainment, while Zinedine Zidane’s personnel choice may be just as important as his tactical decisions in Kiev. By Nicholas Mendola
ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson reveals his best XI comprised of both Liverpool and Real Madrid players.
Former U.S. international Earnie Stewart is in talks to become the GM of the U.S. men’s national team, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN FC. Stewart is currently the technical director of the Philadelphia Union, where he has spent the past two and a half seasons. One source stated that Stewart’s move to the U.S. Soccer Federation was “essentially a done deal,” though Philadelphia and the USSF still need to agree on the particulars of letting Stewart out of his Union contract early. By Jeff Carlisle
Neymar’s recovery from a foot injury has been better than expected, Brazil’s medical staff said on Wednesday, but added that a thigh problem sustained by winger Douglas Costa will affect his preparations for the tournament.
Neymar was back in training with the national team on Tuesday after being sidelined since late February with a broken bone in his right foot. He underwent surgery in Brazil on March 3.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has spoken about the difficulties faced by young players breaking into the Chelsea team, as he prepares to play in the World Cup for England.
Loftus-Cheek spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, after failing to make much of an impression on the senior side at Stamford Bridge, despite excelling at youth level. He was part of the Chelsea teams that won the FA Youth Cup in 2014 (a tournament they have won five years in a row), and also the first of their UEFA Youth League-winning sides. By Nick Miller, ESPN FC