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World Cup lessons: Europe rules the world, France beware

With the World Cup over, here's a look at what we've learned from the tournament - which includes a warning for the winners and sympathy for Neymar.

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What is Russia 2018's legacy?

There are reasons to be cynical about the World Cup, but in the end, the main impact of the tournament will be the connections that fans from around the world made with one another.

World Cup stock: Mbappe rises as Messi, Neymar fall

The World Cup always leads to a spike in value for some of its star performers. So whose stock has gone up and whose has gone down?


Transfer Talk: Real to raid Chelsea for Hazard, Courtois

Real Madrid to raid Chelsea for Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois after Cristiano Ronaldo exit. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Higuain to Chelsea

Ante Rebic to Manchester United and Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Transfer Rater: Perisic to Man United; Higuain to Chelsea?

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson takes a look at the latest rumours in Transfer Rater, featuring Ivan Perisic, Gonzalo Higuain and more.


Cristiano Ronaldo transfer


Hysteria encompasses Juve upon Ronaldo's arrival

Juventus came oh so close to landing Cristiano Ronaldo 15 years ago. Now that the Old Lady finally has her man, Turin can't contain its excitement.

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Ronaldo's press conference: How did he do?

Cristiano Ronaldo was as genuine as he was convincing at his Juventus unveiling, a player who's won it all but still has plenty to prove.

Marcotti: Juventus didn't bring in Ronaldo to win UCL

Now that Juventus have Cristiano Ronaldo, the FC crew assess the Old Lady's chances of reclaiming the Champions League title after 22 years.


Extra Time: Ronaldo the GOAT? Liverpool's title chances?

The FC team answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's GOAT status, how VAR would have changed the 2010 World Cup and how close Liverpool are to title contention.


Will Cristiano Ronaldo take Juventus to the next level?

With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition.


How Ronaldo's move to Juve raised eyebrows

After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded.


Ronaldo: Age is irrelevant, I'm more motivated than ever

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.


Ronaldo arrives in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo is in Italy to undergo his medical ahead of his big money move to Juventus.




The World Cup champions return home

Inside France's World Cup party: The Pogba Show takes over

How did the France players celebrate their World Cup success? Julien Laurens tells the story from the dressing room to the streets of Paris.


France celebrate World Cup: The story from streets of Paris

France celebrated their second World Cup success at the weekend. ESPN FC correspondent Jonathan Johnson was in Paris to soak in the raucous scenes.

Laurens: 2018 World Cup more special to France than 1998

Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998.


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10 stars who might not feature at 2022 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup is just the beginning for Kylian Mbappe, but it might mark the end for Luka Modric. Here are 10 players we might not see in 2022.

Too-early predictions for 2022: France will struggle

The 2018 World Cup is over, so let's look at 2022. France will crash out, Africa's sides will rebound and Cristiano Ronaldo will star, then retire.

Major League Soccer

Wright-Phillips has climbed from depths of England to MLS peak

Bradley Wright-Phillips was once a highly touted prospect in English football. But after trudging its depths, he's shone since he arrived in MLS.

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The protracted battle with MLS that ended Wynne's career

Marvell Wynne is still coming to grips with how his professional soccer career ended, and his ire is directed at Major League Soccer.

Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards

Alejandro Moreno runs through his awards for Week 20 in MLS, including the best and worst of Zack Steffen and a bit of magic from Alphonso Davies.


MLS: 42 goals in 90 seconds

Check out every goal from Week 20 in MLS, including Paul Arriola's big night at D.C.'s new home and Dom Dwyer helping Orlando City end their slump.


Was Petke out of line with criticism of MLS officiating?

Alejandro Moreno and Stewart Robson debate the merits of Mike Petke's post-match reaction to referee decisions in RSL's loss at Minnesota United.


Atlanta 1-1 Seattle: Draw in front of record crowd - Via MLS

Atlanta United set another MLS attendance record, and Josef Martinez's 19th goal of 2018 helped the Five Stripes earn a home draw against Seattle.


LAFC 0-0 Portland Timbers: Unbeaten streaks continue

LAFC remain unbeaten at home while Portland have yet to lose in 12 consecutive MLS games following their scoreless draw at Banc of California Stadium.


NYCFC 2-0 Columbus: Boys in Blue keep rolling - Via MLS

After a dominant first half from Columbus, NYCFC sprung to life in the second and found two late goals to keep their home unbeaten record intact.


Moreno: Alashe-Stahre confrontation a nightmare for San Jose

Alejandro Moreno describes the confrontation between San Jose's Mikael Stahre and Fatai Alashe as a microcosm of bigger issues for the Earthquakes.


New England 2-3 LA Galaxy: Late, late show - Via MLS

Stoppage-time goals from Dave Romney and Chris Pontius saw the LA Galaxy steal all three points from a wild affair in New England.


Minnesota 3-2 Real Salt Lake: Quintero guides Loons - Via MLS

Darwin Quintero followed up last week's hat trick with another goal and two assists, helping Minnesota hold off Real Salt Lake in Minneapolis.


D.C. United 3-1 Vancouver: Rooney writes a new chapter - Via MLS

Wayne Rooney picked up an assist in his MLS debut as D.C. christened Audi Field with a comfortable win over Vancouver.



FFA cool on Usain Bolt's A-League move

Football Federation Australia has responded cautiously to reports Usain Bolt hopes to play for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

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Bolt bound for the A-League?

Sprinting great Usain Bolt appears close to securing a trial stint with the Central Coast Mariners.


Usain Bolt set for six-week A-League trial

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to Australia's top soccer league.

Mbappe shows he is football's future king

When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire, Kylian Mbappe will be the sport's leading light, and there's no limit to what he can do from here.

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Thrilling World Cup gets fitting finale

Didier Deschamps got France's stars to buy into his work ethic and the result was glory in Russia, though not before Croatia pushed them all the way in Sunday's entertaining final.

For Croatia, World Cup run must be a beginning

After the pain of falling short against France subsides, it's vital that Croatia channels its emotions into ensuring this isn't their last final.

France given heroes welcome in Paris

Led by captain Hugo Lloris, France were given a heroes welcome as they arrived back in Paris for the first time since they beat Croatia to win the World Cup.


Croatia parade around Zagreb

Croatia celebrated finishing World Cup runners-up with their fans by parading around the capital city of Zagreb in an open-top bus.


Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!


Marcotti: Croatia won its World Cup

Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.


Croatia welcomed back after World Cup campaign

Croatia's World Cup team returned to a heroes' welcome at Zagreb airport following their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow.


LEGO World Cup: France lifts second World Cup trophy

Relive the best of France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in LEGO form.


Was Kante the catalyst for World Cup winners France?

N'Golo Kante had an off day in the World Cup final, but Julien Laurens and the FC crew explain why he was pivotal to France's triumph in Russia.


Burley: Scary how ambiguous handball rule is

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno explain why the referee was put in a tough position when he awarded France a penalty for a handball by Ivan Perisic.


Robson: Pogba can be the world's best player

Stewart Robson reflects on Paul Pogba's performance at the World Cup and explains why the World Cup winner can become the best player in the world.


France run over Croatia in second half

The stars came out for France as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe all scored to help Les Bleus to their second-ever World Cup title.


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LEGO World Cup: France lifts second World Cup trophy

Relive the best of France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in LEGO form.


Extra Time: Mbappe the real king of PSG? France in '18 or '98?

The ESPN FC team answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's stock at PSG, the 2018 France squad vs. the 1998 World Cup winning side and much more.


Assessing the World Cup Best XI

Julien Laurens takes issue with's omission of France's N'Golo Kante in their World Cup team of the tournament.


OTL: What Putin achieved with the World Cup

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn reflects on how Vladimir Putin used the World Cup as part of his geopolitical strategy.


Was Kante the catalyst for World Cup winners France?

N'Golo Kante had an off day in the World Cup final, but Julien Laurens and the FC crew explain why he was pivotal to France's triumph in Russia.


Behind the scenes at the 2018 World Cup's global coverage

A rare look at how three global outlets bring the World Cup to their fans, including ESPN partner Tencent's match-day show live from Moscow and Beijing.


France rarely at their best in World Cup triumph

Stewart Robson breaks down France's World Cup final victory over Croatia, which came on a night when they were often second best to the runners-up.


Ballsupki: It's all finished now. And I'm sad.

It's the Final, It's France v Croatia and it is the final episode of Ballsupski. Find out who Anthony Richardson saves Ian Fiveankles or Monsieur Le.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Relive the highs and lows from the week on the ESPN FC set, which include more dancing from Gab Marcotti and a really excited Dan Thomas.


Project Russia: Has VAR been a success?

Various ESPN FC correspondents and fans weigh in on VAR and its impact at the World Cup in the latest episode of Project Russia.


The unique, bizarre & hilarious Cat Theatre

ESPN's Sam Borden takes in a bizarre cat theatre in Russia, which combines cat acrobatics, ballet and a circus.



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The 2018 World Cup Champions have arrived

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Hundreds of thousands of fans line Champs-Élysées to welcome home the 2018 World Cup Champions to Paris

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L'Equipe's front page to celebrate France's World Cup success.

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Manchester United


Dawson: Pressure on Man United to bolster squad

ESPN FC's Rob Dawson discusses Manchester United's needs in the transfer window and what to expect from Paul Pogba when he returns.


Mason Greenwood, Man United's best-kept secret

Man United have been keeping extremely quiet about youth prospect Mason Greenwood but bringing the 16-year-old to the U.S. is going to make noise.

New signing Lee Grant being put through his paces at Manchester United training in LA this morning. De Gea still on holiday after the World Cup.

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United States


The Twellman Doctrine: A World Cup blueprint for U.S. Soccer


LeBron shows off mutual admiration for Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is a known admirer of LeBron James. Now we know the feeling is mutual between the Borussia Dortmund teen and L.A. Lakers star.

LEGO World Cup: Donovan's winner vs. Algeria

Relive Landon Donovan's last-gasp winner from 2010 in LEGO style, as the United States defeated Algeria on their way to winning Group C.


Why is Arena putting the spotlight back on the U.S.?

Dan Thomas, Kasey Keller and Kate Markgraf discuss Bruce Arena's latest comments and how the USMNT should feel watching the World Cup from home.


Arena gets candid on U.S. World Cup qualifying failure

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explains why he believes the United States missed the World Cup and the changes he'd like to see in U.S. Soccer.


Arena talks young USMNT players and general manager position

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena shares his thoughts on the USMNT's performance against France and his vision for the U.S. general manager position.


Mexican Liga Bancomer

2018 Apertura: Season starts 7/20

Liga MX season in a sentence: Santos to repeat?

Can Santos Laguna repeat as champions in the 2018 Apertura? Cesar Hernandez sums up the expectations and offseason moves of all 18 Liga MX teams.

Wunderkind manager Leano set for Necaxa challenge

Necaxa's new manager, Marcelo Michel Leano, is just 31, but this is no publicity stunt. In fact, a Liga MX opportunity has been a long time coming.

Liga MX 2018 Apertura: What you need to know before kickoff

Who is the favorite to win the Liga MX Apertura? Can Santos Laguna defend their title? What players will emerge as the next stars? Answers here.

The Toe Poke

Neymar sinks long three-pointer ... or does he?

Neymar is relaxing after his World Cup torment but did he really sink a massive three-pointer on the basketball court?

Manchester United's new kit revealed

Manchester United have launched their new home kit for the 2018-19 season, which the club are using to mark their 140th anniversary.

"Daley's coming home!" Ajax rip off England song for Blind

Daley Blind has re-joined Ajax and the Dutch club have marked the occasion by giving England's unofficial World Cup song a new twist.



Will Sarri turn Chelsea around like he did Napoli?


Chelsea's new midfield pecking order

Jorginho's importance to Maurizio Sarri shifts Chelsea's midfield pecking order significantly, with some likely to face a reduction in playing time.

Burley: Time is right for Hazard to leave Chelsea

After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer.




Lack of depth means Sturridge must stay

Liverpool have few options behind Roberto Firmino beyond youngsters full of potential, which is why it's imperative the Reds keep Daniel Sturridge.

Shaqiri to Liverpool makes sense for Klopp

Xherdan Shaqiri is a no-brainer for Liverpool. He's available for a reasonable fee and could provide strong competition for Jurgen Klopp's squad.

England glee proves why Liverpool fans revelled in CL run

A lot of people revelled in England's World Cup run before they fell short, just like Liverpool in the Champions League final.

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Photos: How the FIFA World Cup trophy is made

Every four years, from a small city in Milan, a FIFA World Cup trophy is created. See how it's made by the master craftsmen.

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The experience of a lifetime

Trains, planes, and hostels. Fans from all over the world, most with little means, descend upon Russia to follow their national teams.



Did Wenger overstay his welcome at Arsenal?


Torreira can be Arsenal's Kante

By now everyone knows the story of Arsenal missing out on N'Golo Kante. In Lucas Torreira, they might finally have a player who can fill that role.

Emery: The Arsenal squad is complete

Unless a "big opportunity" arises, Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he won't feel the need to make any further summer signings.


Manchester City


Inside Riyad Mahrez's first day - Via Man City


Is Riyad Mahrez a guaranteed starter at Manchester City?

Riyad Mahrez cost Manchester City a club-record transfer fee, but the FC crew disagree about how the former Leicester star will fit into City's XI.


Real Madrid


Real Madrid should turn to Bale, youth in life after Ronaldo

Madrid have great players and incoming young talent, and the new coach has a system. Don't risk it by trying to fill that superstar-shaped hole.

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Gareth Bale can't be the focal point for Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team.


Laurens: 'Impossible' Mbappe moves to Real this summer

Julien Laurens expects Kylian Mbappe to play for Real Madrid at some point in his career, but says there's no way PSG sell him this summer.




Barcelona announce signing of Sevilla's Lenglet

Barcelona have completed the signing of Sevilla's Clement Lenglet after the defender deposited his €35.9 million release clause.

Yerry Mina: I'm happy at Barcelona

Yerry Mina opens up about his future with Barcelona, as rumours continue to swirl over a possible move to Everton.


Arthur welcomes Xavi, Iniesta comparisons

Arthur welcomed comparisons to Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez after becoming the first signing of what's set to be a busy summer at Barcelona.

Paris Saint-Germain


PSG hire Neymar's Brazil physiotherapist

Brazil physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti, who worked with Neymar leading up to the World Cup, has been hired to the same position by PSG.

Buffon's arrival at PSG shouldn't be at Areola's expense

Gianluigi Buffon can provide experience and guidance for PSG on and off the pitch, but the club shouldn't give up on current No. 1 Alphonse Areola.

U.S.'s Weah: I want to be greatest American ever

United States and Paris Saint-Germain rising star Timothy Weah says he wants to become his country's greatest-ever footballing export.

German Bundesliga

German football needs more flair - Bayern's Kovac

New Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac bemoaned German players' lack of flair and criticised youth development in Germany.

Dortmund transfer moves reflect philosophical shift

There's a lot of talk of change at BVB following a dip in performance. Technical skill is now less prized than strong mentality and the will to win.



Herrera is ready for the challenge of joining Europe's elite

Hector Herrera has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs. The Mexico international proved at the World Cup he's ready for the challenge.

Mexico may already be long gone from Russia 2018, but it's still a big week for the national team. News is expected about Juan Carlos Osorio's future. Here are a few thoughts on what could happen.

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Juan Carlos Osorio has to choose: Mexico, U.S. or Europe?

Mexico fell at the last-16 again but Juan Carlos Osorio emerged with plenty of credit. Now, he must decide his next move as a manager.

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Letters from Russia: Essays on host cities

A visit to Ekaterinburg Arena... and that crazy seating

Ekaterinburg made headlines for the hilarious and terrifying temporary stands outside the stadium, the latest in the city's architectural legacy.

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Rostov-on-Don's raki tradition will show visitors a good time

Rostov-on-Don is known for its communal raki (crayfish) dinners and while being a smaller city in the World Cup, it will show visitors a good time.

Moscow transformed as Russia fans, travelers party in harmony

"I've lived in Moscow all my life and never seen anything like it." Eliot Rothwell's new letter from Russia comes from the joyous capital.

LA Galaxy


ESPN's Body Issue: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never been, ahem, a modest man, so posing for the Body Issue just feels right. After the shoot, he revealed the details of his brutal knee injury and how he's adjusting to his new team.

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Zlatan: I am still the best player in the world!

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells Sam Borden why he is still the greatest and has a strong message for all his haters.


Review: Ibrahimovic delivers on star power in Zla-La-Land

LA Galaxy fans have seen their share of international soccer royalty, but nothing quite stands up to the franchise of Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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