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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.

Paris World Cup celebrations turn violent

France fans clashed with the police after celebration turned violent with flares being thrown in the streets of Paris after 4-2 win over Croatia.


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.


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.


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.


Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!

ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.


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.


France's class proved too much for Croatia

ESPN's Alison Bender reports from outside Luzhniki Stadium with her key takeaways after France overpowered Croatia to win the World Cup.


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.


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Top 10 'what ifs' of the 2018 World Cup

It's easy to go back and say "what if" after the fact but it's fun to do nonetheless. Here are the top 10 'what ifs' from the 2018 World Cup.

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'The world is blue' - media reaction to World Cup final

France beat Croatia in the World Cup final and the media in the two countries celebrated/commiserated their teams' respective achievements.

France's glory: Social media reaction

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the second World Cup in the country's history and to no one's surprise the social media world went wild.

Rooney, DCU take shaky first step into promising new era

Wayne Rooney's Major League Soccer career got off a winning start. For his club, D.C. United, it was a shaky first step into a promising new era.

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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.


Opening night at Audi Field marred by reporter's injury

The opening of Audi Field had its share of missteps on Saturday, including a dislodged railing that fell on D.C. United's sideline reporter.

Why Wayne Rooney chose D.C. United

Wayne Rooney sits down with ESPN's Taylor Twellman to detail what drew him to his new club and his expectations for his time in MLS.


Exclusive: Rooney opens up over Everton exit

ESPN's Taylor Twellman sits down with Wayne Rooney to speak about how his exit from Everton all went down.


Rooney: Faith in youth will bring England success

Wayne Rooney isn't surprised with England's semifinal run as he's seen the Three Lions' progress quite rapidly in the past few years.


Rooney misses patented header

In his first action with DC United, Wayne Rooney comes close to scoring on a header in the 78th minute.


Rooney gets assist on Arriola's second goal

Wayne Rooney makes a pass, which leads to Paul Arriola's goal from distance against Vancouver for DC United to go up 3-0.



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Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!


Extra Time: World Cup final special

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.


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.


Extra Time: Best World Cup final? Kane lucky?

The guys respond to your tweets about the best World Cup final, Harry Kane, England's midfield, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and the 2022 World Cup.


Project Russia: Which fans are left at the World Cup?


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.


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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Happy French people in the Parisian metro!

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The celebration continues here in Paris

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool eye Cillessen

Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen to replace Loris Karius as Liverpool's No. 1. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Kante to Barcelona

N'Golo Kante to Barcelona and Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Rumour Rater: Benzema to Napoli? Mina to Everton?

As the World Cup nears its end, the transfer rumour mill will kick into even higher gear. David Amoyal rates the newest and biggest rumours.

Major League Soccer

Power Rankings: New York City FC streak to top

With Atlanta United dropping two points at home to in front of a record crowd on Sunday, NYCFC has become the team to beat in Major League Soccer.

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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.


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.


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.


Orlando 2-1 Toronto: Lions end slump - Via MLS

James O'Connor's second game in charge saw Orlando halt a nine-game losing run with a narrow win over fellow strugglers and defending MLS champions Toronto.


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.


Mike Petke slams referees, VAR in postgame rant - Via RSL

Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke criticised the officiating, including the use of the VAR, after the 3-2 loss to Minnesota United.


FC Dallas 3-1 Chicago: West leaders rebound - Via MLS

FC Dallas were back to their best after last week's defeat at RSL, brushing aside Chicago 3-1 in Frisco for their 11th win of the season.


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.


Montreal 2-0 San Jose: Impact compound Quakes' woes - Via MLS

Ignacio Piatti delivered a goal and an assist to get Montreal back to winning ways and keep a troubled San Jose side mired to the bottom of the West.


Hazard's reputation, value have never been higher

After tearing up England in the third-place game, Eden Hazard's standout World Cup performances have cemented him among football's royalty.


Hazard, Belgium deservedly grab bronze

In a match with little intrigue, Belgium were the better side against England with Eden Hazard outclassing Raheem Sterling the most glaring example.

Belgium's 10-pronged attack, Kane's open play struggles

Belgium cruised to their sixth victory in Russia, beating England 2-0 to secure third place at the World Cup. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

Was the World Cup a success for Harry Kane?

After a six-goal output at the World Cup, the FC crew evaluate Harry Kane's performance and whether it would've impressed suitors like Real Madrid.


Burley: Belgium were good enough to win this tournament

The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.


Belgium's stars shine to claim bronze

Eden Hazard and Belgium secured a 3rd-place finish by defeating England 2-0.


What can Belgium & England take away from Russia?

ESPN FC's Kasey Keller and Alexis Nunes look back on Belgium and England's World Cup journey after the Red Devils' claimed third place.


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.


Major League Soccer

The Toe Poke

Beyonce and Jay-Z perform in Paris

Beyonce and Jay-Z put on a concert in Paris on Sunday that just so happened to clash with the biggest sporting event on the planet.

Paris Metro stations renamed after World Cup win

Several metro stations in Paris have been renamed in honour of France's World Cup success.

Shaw posts photo of his offseason transformation

With no World Cup to go to, Luke Shaw spent his offseason in the gym, and his return to Manchester United preseason revealed a leaner left-back.



Burley: Time is right for Hazard to leave Chelsea


Can Sarri's charisma, poetic football help Chelsea rebuild?

Maurizio Sarri might not look the part for Chelsea, but his charisma and poetic brand of football will be fascinating to watch as Chelsea rebuild.

Sarri's to-do list at Chelsea topped by Hazard, Courtois talks

There will be no honeymoon period for new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri as he acclimatises to life as Antonio Conte's successor.

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Editors' picks

The story of France's 1998 World Cup triumph

How did the hosts go from unfancied to unbeatable? Twenty years later, some of France's world champions tell the remarkable tale.


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.

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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2018 World Cup?

And then there were two! But how well do you remember the 30 that went out? Take this quiz to find out.

La Liga influence on World Cup is evident despite Spain woe

Spain left little impression on the 2018 World Cup but La Liga's influence on Sunday's final between Croatia and France is a source of pride.

World Cup exposed flaws in Brazil, South American sides

Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay all can look back and wonder, but Brazil has the most to sort out following their exit from Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer


The inside story of Ronaldo's move from Madrid to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has rocked football (again) by leaving Real Madrid for Juventus. Here's the inside story on why this transfer makes sense for all involved. Illustration

Ronaldo's Madrid exit makes waves throughout Spain

La Liga will never be the same without Cristiano Ronaldo. Questions loom at Real Madrid, but their fiercest rivals, too, face a changing landscape.

Ronaldo's transfer changes the landscape of European football

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.


Burley: Everyone's a winner in the Ronaldo-Juve deal

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.


Ronaldo's move a divorce from Real Madrid

Martin Ainstein discusses the many different reasons as to why Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.


Will Ronaldo keep scoring goals in Serie A?

Stewart Robson tells us how Cristiano Ronaldo will fare at Juventus and if his goal-scoring prowess at Real Madrid will continue in Turin.


Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible career so far

With news breaking that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, take a look back at his many accomplishments for club and country.


Who should Real Madrid target if Ronaldo leaves?

The FC crew wonder if Harry Kane is a good replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo's goal scoring at Real Madrid if Ronaldo leaves this summer.



Make your picks!

World Cup predictions: Ricardo Puig crowned predictions king

It went down to the wire in our pundits' predictor challenge.



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.

Extra Time: Dybala to Liverpool? Best World Cup player?

The guys respond to your tweets about Paulo Dybala, the best player at the World Cup so far and the best player the guys ever played against.




England are no longer a laughing stock

England came up short against Croatia, but overall, they've turned a corner from being "home before the postcards" at major tournaments.


Russia 2018 can't be a false dawn for England

England surprised everyone at the World Cup, including themselves. The foundation of something great is in place, but that's been said before.



Five questions for Arsenal vs. Boreham Wood

Unai Emery takes charge of his first game as Arsenal head coach on Saturday. Here are five things to look for.

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.


Emery didn't guarantee Wilshere's Arsenal place

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed that he couldn't offer Jack Wilshere a regular starting role for next season.

Manchester United


Man United stars put on a show in World Cup knockout rounds

Seven Man United players are in the World Cup through the weekend, but none has impressed Gary Neville quite like Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard.

Man United announce club's first sleeve sponsor

The Red Devils agreed new a long-term deal with a U.S.-based lifestyle brand and will have a second sponsor along with car manufacturer Chevrolet.

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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Real's €45m starlet 'nervous' ahead of move

The Brazilian forward, who turns 18 on Thursday, is traveling to Spain this week to begin preseason training with the European champions.

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.



Spain need Luis Enrique in charge, and here's why

Luis Enrique's appointment as Spain manager makes a lot of sense. He's young, transparent and won't accept risk-free football: just what they need.

Marcotti: Luis Enrique not the most obvious fit for Spain

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti assesses Spain's decision to appoint Luis Enrique and the challenges he may face as an international manager.


Mexican Liga Bancomer

Gonzalez named Liga MX rookie of the year

Former U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez was named rookie of the year at Liga MX's "Balon de Oro" awards ceremony on Saturday.

Marquez takes director role with Liga MX's Atlas

Recently retired Mexico international Rafa Marquez will become a director at Liga MX club Atlas, club president Gustavo Guzman has confirmed.



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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