Thursday Kickoff: Messi, Mourinho, Balotelli and more

Thursday Kickoff: Messi, Mourinho, Balotelli and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Messi, Mourinho, Balotelli and more


One of the world’s best players is set for another spell on the sidelines, while one of the world’s best managers spoke out against his critics.

Lionel Messi has been diagnosed with a groin strain and will miss three weeks. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho spoke out against “football Einsteins” that have been critical of his tenure at Manchester United. (REPORT)

Following Mario Balotelli’s second brace in as many games, Nice coach Lucien Favre says even he has been surprised by the forward’s early goalscoring numbers. (REPORT)

As Francesco Guidolin fights to save his current job, Swansea has reportedly targeted Ryan Giggs as the club’s next manager. (REPORT)

Monaco strike Radamel Falcao was hospitalized due to a concussion. (REPORT)

Vincent Kompany was once again removed from action due to injury, and Pep Guardiola says that he hopes the defender’s latest ailment isn’t serious. (REPORT)

Danny Rose has signed a new deal that will keep him at Tottenham until 2022. (REPORT)


Prior to the centerback’s start on Wednesday, Cameron Carter-Vickers earned the praise of manager Mauricio Pochettino, who said the young defender has the potential to be one of England’s best. (READ)

Landon Donovan said he would consider a U.S. Men’s National Team return, but only if he felt fully able to contribute. (READ)

Just several months into his tenure with the club, Perry Kitchen has been named captain at Hearts. (READ)

Clint Dempsey missed the Seattle Sounders’ training sessions on Monday and Tuesday. (READ)

The owners of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have reportedly ceased funding, prompting the NASL to take over operations. (READ)

Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres was booed before suffering an injury in Cruz Azul’s recent loss to Toluca. (READ)


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