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Marcotti's Musings: Napoli stun Juve, Iniesta inspires, Mou and Conte rewarded

Thanks to a late goal, the Serie A title race is very much on. Plus, Pochettino's puzzling comments, Milan's problems and Bas Dost!

Wright Thompson: The last days of Juventus?

As the most dominant club in Italy fights for its record seventh straight league title, it is also fighting the forces of time.

Have Napoli turned the tide in the Serie A title race?

The ESPN FC guys discuss the rejuvenated title race in Serie A and debate the quality of the match between Juventus and Napoli.



MLS highlights

MLS: 46 goals in 90 seconds.


Portland 3-0 NYCFC: Timbers rout MLS leaders.


Seattle 3-1 Minnesota: Sounders winless no more.


LA Galaxy 0-2 Atlanta: Five Stripes prevail - Via MLS.


RSL 3-0 Colorado: Late surge lifts RSL - Via MLS.


Montreal 3-5 LAFC: Impact implode - Via MLS.


FC Dallas 2-0 Philadelphia: Dallas remain unbeaten - Via MLS.


Orlando City 3-2 San Jose: Lions hold off the Quakes - Via MLS.


Sporting KC 6-0 Vancouver: SKC thrash 9-man Whitecaps - Via MLS.


Houston 5-1 Toronto: Dynamo rout TFC reserves - Via MLS.


Transfer rumours

Transfer Talk: Martial ready to quit Man United

Anthony Martial's days at Manchester United may be numbered, but Paul Pogba is not counting down to anything himself. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Transfer Rater: Jan Oblak to Liverpool

Jan Oblak to Liverpool and Clement Lenglet to Manchester United are two of today's transfer rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers.

Dortmund keen to sign Chelsea's Batshuayi

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed the club's interest in signing Michy Batshuayi.

Premier League

Why Salah scooped PFA award ahead of De Bruyne

Mohamed Salah edged out Kevin De Bruyne to win the PFA Player of the Year award -- but was it the right choice?

Salah worthy over De Bruyne for PFA prize?

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is the 2017-18 PFA Player of the Year over Man City's Kevin De Bruyne. ESPN FC's bloggers which player's case was strongest for the award.

PFA Player of the Year award belongs to Salah.

Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno sing the praises of Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool star was named the PFA Player of the Year.


must-see video

WATCH: The night Steve Nicol's Liverpool conquered Rome.


WATCH: Exploding Heads lay Wenger's coat to rest.


Extra Time: Morata or Lukaku? Sarri or Allegri for Chelsea?


WATCH: Iniesta lifts the Copa del Rey trophy for Barcelona.


Premier League

Premier League in 90 seconds: Man City caught up in the moment?


Spurs fall short, De Bruyne's super strike

The weekend review has praise for Paul Pogba and Danny Ings, while it was a case of "same old Tottenham".

Arsenal, De Bruyne lead Prem TOTW

Four Arsenal stars made it in our Premier League team of the weekend, including Arsene Wenger on the touchline. Who else makes the cut?

Burley: Wenger sounds bitter about stepping down.


Wenger reception shows relationship with fans is broken

It should have been a celebration of Arsene Wenger's tenure, but it was just another Sunday morning in North London and it was weird.

Wenger's successor boosted by awesome attack

Whoever follows Arsene Wenger at Arsenal has got plenty of work to do but luckily, he will inherit a side with fearsome attacking power.

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham: Gunners pull away late.


Arsenal 4-1 West Ham: Gunners pull away late.


Lacazette quickly doubles up and makes it four for Arsenal.


Lacazette smashes in Arsenal's third.


Ramsey's cross-shot restores Arsenal's lead.


Arnautovic's powerful strike brings West Ham level.


Monreal volleys home Xhaka's corner for Arsenal's opener.


Major League Soccer

WATCH: Ale's weekly MLS awards.


MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta at the top

Atlanta United took down a surging LA Galaxy away from home, while New York City FC's unbeaten start to the season ended in Portland.

Seattle beats Minnesota for first win of season

The Seattle Sounders rode two first-half goals to a much-needed 3-1 win against Minnesota United at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.

UEFA Champions League

UCL semi-finals: Things you need to know.


Ogden: Dzeko can cause Liverpool problems.

ESPN's Mark Ogden believes Liverpool would be foolish to write off AS Roma who he feels are capable of beating any team at the Stadio Olimpico.


A 'Max Minute' on the Champions League semis.

Max Bretos checks in from Miami and holds fast to his earlier prediction that Liverpool is the team to beat.


Liverpool primed for difficult Roma test

Liverpool exploited the role of underdog against Manchester City to perfection. Tuesday against Roma will be a different kind of challenge.

Liverpool's and Roma's Boston connection

Liverpool and Roma have a shared history around the 1984 European Cup final but also in their American owners who have revived their fortunes.

WATCH: The night Steve Nicol's Liverpool conquered Rome.

Steve Nicol reflects on Liverpool's 1984 European Cup final against Roma, which ended in triumph despite his missed penalty.


Roma's road to the semifinals.


Liverpool's road to the semifinals.


Ogden: Dzeko can cause Liverpool problems.


WATCH: The night Steve Nicol's Liverpool conquered Rome.


Ancelotti: Roma can get revenge for '84 final defeat.


Manchester United


Fans happy but FA Cup final ticket woe looms

Saturday was a day to remember and a sign of Man United's improvement, but not everyone present will be able to attend May's decider vs. Chelsea.

Sanchez delivers, Man United reach FA Cup final

After going down early, Man United and partifulary Alexis Sanchez rose to the occasion against Tottenham and now sit one step from FA Cup glory.

Man United win over Spurs a tale of 2 managers.


The Toe Poke

Lacazette meets 'crazy' tattoo fan

Alexandre Lacazette met up with one of his biggest supporters at the weekend.

Falaco, James star in Colombia music video

With the 2018 World Cup just weeks away, Colombia have been gifted an unofficial anthem that will hopefully spur them to glory out in Russia.

Zlatan as a movie star? Yes, please!

Everyone's favourite Swashbuckling Swede -- the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- has admitted he's considering a career as a film star.



Why Iniesta's success can't be defined by stats.


Iniesta's show-stealing Copa del Rey final tops Power Ranking

ESPN FC's global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Andres Iniesta lifting the Copa del Rey for Barca tops this week's edition.

Have Napoli turned the tide in the Serie A title race?


Napoli beat Juve to make a true Serie A title race

If Napoli go on to win a historic Serie A title, Sunday night's dramatic injury-time win over Juventus will be that turning point.

Dybala 4/10 as Napoli reel in Juve

Juventus took a reactive approach and struggled to hold off Napoli's press before surrendering in the final minutes. Now the title race is on.

Juventus vs Napoli.


Serie A Title Race round-up: Week 34.


Sarri: Thanks to Napoli, Serie A is the only league with open title race.


Have Napoli turned the tide in the Serie A title race?


How Chelsea need to improve for the FA Cup final.


Giroud the hero as Chelsea book FA Cup final spot

Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata took their chances against a wasteful Southampton side to book the Blues' spot in the FA Cup final.

Giroud, Morata prove their worth up front

Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata each scored, providing Chelsea with timely goals from the front in the FA Cup semifinal win over Southampton.

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton: Blues onto the final.


Southampton unhappy with match officials after Chelsea defeat.


How Chelsea need to improve for the FA Cup final.


Manchester City


City stars the big winners in Guardiola philosophy

Nicolas Otamendi, Ederson and Fabian Delph have been arguably the greatest beneficiaries of Pep Guardiola's approach at Manchester City.

Rising star Sane a potential Ballon d'Or winner

Leroy Sane fully deserved his PFA Young Player of the Year award and under Pep Guardiola, he has the potential for even greater honours.

Sane thanks 'perfect' Man City.

Leroy Sane has paid tribute to his 'perfect' Manchester City team-mates after collecting the PFA Young Player of the Year award.


Why Bayern can beat Real Madrid this time

Here are six reasons why the newly crowned German champions are better placed to reach the final this time around against Real Madrid.

Bayern warm up for Real with easy Hannover win.

Robert Lewandowski's 150th career goal in all comps for Bayern punctuated a straightforward 3-0 victory over Hannover at the HDI-Arena.


Are Real Madrid underdogs against Bayern?

The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie.


Bayern's road to the semifinals.


Real Madrid's road to the semifinals.


UCL semi-finals: Things you need to know.


Marcotti: Battle of heavyweights in UCL semis.


Tottenham Hotspur


Why Tottenham can't get the job done in big games.


Pochettino struggling to rid Tottenham of nearly men tag

Mauricio Pochettino might have got his team selection wrong but his inability to instil a winning mentality at Tottenham is the real problem.

Tottenham approaching a crossroads

Tottenham have tons of talent but nothing tangible to show for it. As such, Mauricio Pochettino & Co. are approaching a critical junction.

Real Madrid


Isco's rise to Real's crown jewel

Just two months ago, it seemed Isco would leave Real Madrid this summer. Now he's arguably Los Blancos' most important player.

Bale deserved better at Real Madrid if this is the end

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid career looks to be coming to a unceremonious end but if this is in fact how it ends, he should be remembered favourably.

Money won't deter Perez over Arrizabalaga

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen on signing Athletic 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and when Perez wants you, cost isn't normally an issue.

Liga MX


Lobos BUAP crash out of Liga MX

Lobos BUAP lasted just two years in Liga MX, while the playoffs have taken shape with five teams earning spots and three spots up for grabs.

Toluca still at the top of MX Power Ranks

Toluca continued their dominance with just one week remaining while Monterrey's victory over relegation-bound Lobos Buap jumps them into second.

How to fix the Copa MX

The Copa MX has been completely overshadowed by other competitions this time around. What can be done to restore its prestige?

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Moreno: Toronto looked like they didn't belong.


Toronto must discover ruthless streak

After missing chances in the first leg, Toronto must now score two goals at minimum, something no team has done to Chivas in this tournament.

Chivas players protest club directors before CCL

Chivas players took to social media just four days before the CONCACAF Champions League final, second leg, to criticize the club's directors.

Moreno: Toronto looked like they didn't belong.

Alejandro Moreno and Herculez Gomez break down everything that went wrong for Toronto against Chivas in the 1st leg of the CCL final.


fifa world cup

Messi's role in shaping Argentina squad

With Argentina's World Cup success riding on Lionel Messi, coach Jorge Sampaoli should consult with his star player when selecting the squad.

Banks vs. Pele and the best World Cup saves

Some of the best goalkeepers to grace the game are in Nick Miller's Top Tenner of World Cup saves, including THAT one from Gordon Banks vs. Pele.

World Cup auditions highlight Libertadores

One of the early trends in this year's Copa Libertadores is that players are getting a chance to audition for European clubs and World Cup spots.

How Barca righted their wrongs to win the Copa del Rey.


Iniesta, Barca deliver masterclass in Copa del Rey stroll

Barcelona picked a poor Sevilla apart in the Copa del Rey final, as Andres Iniesta turned back the clock to treat the fans to one final masterpiece.

Iniesta 9/10 in likely his last Barca final

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta scored a goal and rated 9/10 in the Copa del Rey final vs. Sevilla, in what was likely his last final with Barca.

Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona: History for Barca.


WATCH: Iniesta lifts the Copa del Rey trophy for Barcelona.


WATCH: Iniesta gets standing ovation after being subbed off.


Coutinho's penalty makes it 5-0 Barcelona.


Iniesta dances his way to Barcelona's fourth goal.


Suarez makes it 3-0 on give-and-go with Messi.


Alba sets up Messi goal with backheel pass.


Suarez puts Barcelona ahead in the Copa del Rey final.


German Bundesliga

Sancho scores as Dortmund thrash Leverkusen 4-0.


Dortmund have bright future despite tough season

Dortmund have endured a rough season of change and disappointment, but they'll still be in the Champions League next season. There is hope.

Muller, Mai 8/10 as Bayern rout Hannover

Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski impressed off the bench while debutant Lukas Mai anchored the defence as Bayern routed Hannover.

Areola preserves PSG victory at Bordeaux

Paris Saint-Germain were well below their best, and if not for the heroics of Alphonse Areola, they likely would've dropped points at Bordeaux.

PSG showed 'character' against Bordeaux - Emery

PSG manager Unai Emery praised his players' character after a Giovani Lo Celso goal and a string of Alphonse Areola saves secured a 1-0 win.

Lo Celso lifts PSG with second-half strike.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain continued their winning ways following Giovani Lo Celso's 76th minute finish against Bordeaux.



wenger era draws to a close

Who will be Arsenal's next manager?


Can Gazidis, Arsenal get Wenger replacement right?

Ivan Gazidis sounded confident in the club's ability to find Arsene Wenger's successor but as Man United showed after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, transition is a messy business.

Arsenal overhaul: which players stay or go?

Arsenal's squad could undergo a massive overhaul in the offseason once Arsene Wenger is replaced. Which players will have a future at the club?



Why Wenger decided to leave Arsenal: The inside story

Officially, Arsene Wenger wasn't pushed out of Arsenal. He jumped. But it's the sort of leap you take when there's no way out and events over this season made it clear he had no choice, writes Gab Marcotti.

Wenger leaves Arsenal with tarnished legacy

Mark Ogden: Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal with a tarnished legacy after staying on too long but in time, fondness and respect for his achievements will return.

How Wenger revolutionised football at Arsenal.

The FC crew discuss the timing of Arsene Wenger's decision to leave Arsenal, his legacy after 22 years at the club and what he will do next.



Arsenal Fan TV host reacts to Wenger leaving.


Gazidis: Wenger made art out of football.


WATCH: Arsenal's tribute to Arsene Wenger.


Fans’ Eye View: Wenger is a fraud.


Conte: Wenger one of the best mangers in the world.


Klopp: Football will be different without Wenger.


Hughes: Wenger moved the goalposts for everybody.



Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg.


Last Train to Russia: Kazan.


Last Train to Russia: Samara.


Last Train to Russia: Saransk.


Last Train to Russia: Nizhny Novgorod.


Last Train to Russia: St. Petersburg.




Enjoy Marquez while you still can

Rafa Marquez's playing career is coming to a close, and with it the opportunity to appreciate one of the greatest players in Mexican soccer history.

EXCLUSIVE: Marquez opens up about World Cup hopes.

Mexican legend Rafa Marquez sits down with ESPN to discuss his lengthy career and the possibility of playing in a fifth World Cup before retiring.


Osorio's big idea for Mexico's World Cup prep

Juan Carlos Osorio has developed an online platform of learning and nutrition for his Mexico players as they prep for the World Cup.

international champions cup

ICC includes Madrid, Barca, Manchester clubs, Liverpool

The International Champions Cup announced its full 2018 schedule, featuring games like Real Madrid-Man United and Man United-Liverpool.

Man Utd-Liverpool, Madrid-Juve among the biggest games

The International Champions Cup is back for 2018 and will see the game's top teams face off in preseason. Here are six must-see games.

WATCH: Stars heap praise on International Champions Cup.

Luis Garcia, Michael Essien and many more former stars heap praise on the ICC tournament and how it prepares for the long season ahead.


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