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Barcelona Jul 7, 2014
4 days ago

How Alexis Sanchez became the Premier League's new Luis Suarez

ESPN FC's Santi Solari and Paul Mariner discuss the similarities between Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez and question if Sanchez can attain the same level of success Suarez achieved in the Premier League.

When Luis Suarez decided to swap Liverpool for Barcelona after yet another tumultuous summer of transfer speculation, the Uruguayan left a yawning gap in quality to be filled in the Premier League. Liverpool have not filled that gap -- not with Mario Balotelli, not with Rickie Lambert, not with Lazar Markovic. However, Arsenal -- for all their defensive problems -- managed to do so with the signing of Chilean Alexis Sanchez for 35 million euros as he departed the Camp Nou.

Anyone who has watched...

7 days ago

Uruguay release Luis Suarez ahead of Chile friendly

Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez says he will "be smarter" on the pitch after the racism and biting controversies he has been through.

Luis Suarez will not play in Uruguay's friendly against Chile on Tuesday after la Celeste coach Oscar Tabarez agreed to release the Barcelona striker from his national team camp. 

The Barcelona striker, who scored in Uruguay's 3-3 draw against Costa Rica on Thursday during, agreed with coach Tabarez to miss the friendly against Jorge Sampaoli's side in Santiago.

"We all know what Luis means to us, but we also know that we won't have him for the Copa America, so it's good to look at alternatives...

Nov 12, 2014

Chile's Claudio Bravo excited about taking on Luis Suarez of Uruguay

Alvaro Pereira believes Uruguay can cope without team-mate Luis Suarez in next year's Copa America.

Chile captain Claudio Bravo says he is looking forward to facing his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez in Tuesday's friendly against Uruguay.

Bravo and Suarez both joined the Blaugrana in the summer, with the former Real Sociedad goalkeeper slotting straight into the team for La Liga games, while the ex-Liverpool attacker had to wait until recently to make his debut due to his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez finally made his bow in Barca's 3-1 defeat at Real...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Nov 6, 2014

Argentina denies it will bid for 2030 World Cup

Argentina says it will not bid for the centenary World Cup in 2030.

Argentina says it will not bid for the centenary World Cup in 2030, casting doubt over a rumoured joint-country bid from South America and leaving Chile or inaugural hosts Uruguay to contemplate a bid on their own, according a report.

"Argentina is not thinking about the 2030 World Cup. We haven't even considered it yet. If you asked me concretely, Argentina will not bid to organise that World Cup,"...

 By Kevin Palmer
Nov 2, 2014

Alexis Sanchez hasn't yet reached his potential, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails the performance of Alexis Sanchez, after his side beat Burnley 3-0 at the Emirates.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his in-form forward Alexis Sanchez has yet to reach his full potential, despite a sparkling start to his Gunners career.

Sanchez has been the shining star of Arsenal's season since his 35 million-pound move from Barcelona last July, with Wenger suggesting the attacking star who has scored seven goals in his first nine Premier League appearances still has room to take his game to another level.

"I believe we are in a job where you can always improve," Wenger...