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Kane's rise to No. 1 in FC 100 is down to versatility

Harry Kane isn't the best at one individual skill, but he may be the best striker on the planet. How is that possible? Musa Okwonga explains.

Ryan Inzana

Chelsea's win says more about Sarri than Guardiola

Maurizio Sarri has a reputation for pure attacking football, but he showed he can be pragmatic as his Chelsea side stunned Man City 2-0.

Prem in 90 seconds: How a massage beat Man City

The Exploding Heads wrap up the Premier League weekend in a tidy 90-second (plus stoppages) package.


Argentina's Madrid takeover: River, Boca at the Bernabeu

Fans from all over the world converged on Madrid to watch the Copa Libertadores final. Here's the best of the best from a historic day of football.


Inside Bayern Munich's Christmas party - via Bayern Munich

Take a sneak peek inside the swanky affair that was the Bayern Munich Christmas party.



ESPN FC 100: Ranking the best players

Our experts have voted on the best 100 players and managers in men's soccer for 2018. Here's the list.

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FC100: Are Manchester City the attacking midfield kings?

There's Manchester City players on the list of the top attacking midfielders, but it's Arsenal's Mesut Ozil that ignites the debate.


FC100: Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann fight for forward spot

It's the usual suspects leading the world's best forwards in 2018, but did Lionel Messi really have a better 2018 than Cristiano Ronaldo?


FC100: Is Pogba a top-five central midfielder?

Luka Modric leads a Clasico-dominated list of the best central midfielders, as Paul Pogba's positioning causes a stir.


FC100: De Gea or Ter Stegen for top goalkeeper?

David de Gea is crowned king of goalkeepers in the 2018 FC100, but have some other No.1's been overlooked?


FC100: Cavani, Suarez trail Kane for leading striker

Harry Kane claims top spot amongst the best strikers in 2018 with Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani hot on his heels.


FC100: Top centre-back a closed shop

La Liga dominates amongst the top 10 central defenders in the world, but is Sergio Ramos the true pick of the bunch?


FC100: Who reigns at left-back?

Real Madrid's Marcelo holds onto his place as the best left-back, but there's controversy amongst his challengers.


FC100: Was Carvajal the right choice at right-back?

In a competitive list of the 10 best right-backs, Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal comes out on top.


Project MLS Cup: Atlanta reigns supreme


Atlanta United ends city’s long spell of heartbreak

After two plus decades of coming within touching distance of glory but falling short, Atlanta has a champion again in the form of Atlanta United.

Ask the Ref: The foul that led to Atlanta's 2nd goal

Former GM of PRO referees Peter Walton joins the FC crew to dissect the foul on Josef Martinez that led to Atlanta's second goal against Portland.


Atlanta United 2-0 Portland: Martinez & Co. win MLS Cup

Atlanta United lift their first MLS Cup in just their second-ever season with a convincing 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers.


Gomez: Atlanta have to bring in a Tata Martino-level coach

Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar break down Atlanta United's MLS Cup victory and discuss how the team can improve on this season.


7-year-old Malea Emma's jaw-dropping national anthem

Before MLS Cup kicked off in Atlanta, young Malea Emma stole the show with another phenomenal rendition of the national anthem.


Atlanta United celebrate city's 1st championship in 23 years

The city of Atlanta turned up to celebrate Atlanta United's MLS Cup victory, the city's first major championship in 23 years.


Moreno: Portland to blame, not the officiating in MLS Cup

Alejandro Moreno explains why Portland's defending was really to blame, despite Giovanni Savarese voicing his frustrations with the officiating in MLS Cup.


Parkhurst: Tata Martino's impact is immeasurable

Michael Parkhurst talks about finally getting his hands on the elusive MLS Cup and Tata Martino's impact on both Atlanta United and MLS.


Larentowicz: Winning MLS Cup 'a bit of a relief'

Jeff Larentowicz says Atlanta's failure to win the Supporters' Shield helped spurn them on in MLS Playoffs.


Atlanta United lift the MLS Cup

Atlanta United and owner Arthur Blank celebrated winning the team's first ever MLS Cup.



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Transfer Talk: Hazard leaves door open for Madrid move

Eden Hazard was suspiciously coy about his chances of swapping Chelsea for Real Madrid. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Prem: Top goals of Week 16

Relive the top goals from Week 16 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, which include a long-distance strike from Tottenham's Heung-Min Son.


Premier League: 28 goals in 90 seconds

Check out every goal scored in the Premier League this weekend including Mohamed Salah's hat trick, Dele Alli's diving header and more.


Everton 2-2 Watford: Digne rescues Toffees

Lucas Digne's late free kick rescued Everton boss, Marco Silva, and playmaker, Richarlison, from defeat against their former side, Watford.


Top 5 Serie A goals of the week

Riccardo Saponara stunned Lazio with a 99th-minute equalizer, but was the Sampdoria midfielder's stunning finish the best in Serie A on Matchday 15?


ICYMI: Terrific Torreira, Messi magic & down goes Man City

Check out all the action from around Europe this weekend, from Lucas Torreira's overhead kick for Arsenal to Lionel Messi's heroics for Barcelona.


Chelsea 2-0 Man City: Unbeaten run comes to an end

Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season overpowering the league leaders at Stamford Bridge.


USMNT's Sargent scores 2 minutes into Bundesliga debut

American teenager Josh Sargent scores with his first touch in the Bundesliga, heading the ball in two minutes after coming on for Werder Bremen.


Argentina takes over Madrid: River-Boca magic in the Bernabeu


River Plate players revel in Copa Libertadores win

River Plate players expressed that it felt weird playing their home leg of the Copa Libertadores final in Real Madrid's Bernabeu after they beat Boca Juniors 5-3 on aggregate.


Fans clash with police in Buenos Aires after Libertadores final

Riot police clashed with fans throwing glass bottles and objects after River Plate won the Copa Libertadores final against rivals Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.


Premier League

Another Premier League full of surprises

The Premier League might have the usual suspects at the top of the table but this past weekend showed it can still spring a surprise or two.

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Prem in 90 seconds: How a massage beat Man City

The Exploding Heads wrap up the Premier League weekend in a tidy 90-second (plus stoppages) package.


The Toe Poke

Liverpool boss Klopp immortalised in mural form

The finishing touches are still being applied to the 16ft portrait, though it has provoked strong reaction from fans on both sides of the city.

7-year-old Malea Emma's jaw-dropping national anthem

Before MLS Cup kicked off in Atlanta, young Malea Emma stole the show with another phenomenal rendition of the national anthem.


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Extra Time: Should Messi move? The great Christmas debate

Peter Walton joins the panel to answer your tweets and tries to settle the debate of Die Hard's Christmas claim, Lionel Messi moving to Serie A and more.


Does Pogba really make Man United worse?

Craig Burley explains how Paul Pogba's current mindset and relationship with Jose Mourinho is negatively impacting Man United's team dynamic.


Walton: Referees the front line against fan racism

Peter Walton calls on his experience to describe how referees can combat racial abuse from fans after an incident involving Raheem Sterling.


Ask the Ref: Why the Prem hasn't implemented VAR yet

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton explains why the learning curve associated with VAR has delayed its use in the English top flight.


Ask the Ref: Did Saponara's celebration warrant red?

Riccardo Saponara was nearly naked by the time he was done celebrating Sampdoria's equalizer at Lazio. Did he go beyond a yellow-card offense?


Is Lukaku too ripped for the Premier League?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley dismisses Romelu Lukaku's latest excuse that he needed to shed muscle to be successful after the World Cup.


Burley: Barca won't let Spurs have it easy

Craig Burley fully expects Barcelona to make it difficult on Tottenham by fielding a near full-strength side in their final encounter of the group stage.


Will Anfield provide the spark for Liverpool vs. Napoli?

With Liverpool on the brink of elimination, ESPN's Craig Burley expects fireworks at Anfield Stadium when the Reds take on Napoli for their final match of the UCL group stage.


Extra Time: Kante's positioning; Ozil's future at Arsenal

The FC crew answer your tweets on N'Golo Kante's positioning under Maurizio Sarri, what Unai Emery will do with Mesut Ozil and much more.


How Sarri's Chelsea exposed Man City's weaknesses

Stewart Robson analyses how Maurizio Sarri's tactics mixed with quality individual performances were enough to inflict Manchester City's first loss of the season.


Burley: Man City didn't have their killer instinct

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.


Burley still unimpressed with Man United

Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.


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Fantasy: Sign up, set line-ups for UCL

ESPN has a brand new fantasy game! Compete against your friends or people around the world in the Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and Liga MX.


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Pogba actually makes Man United worse

Paul Pogba has the ability to be world-class but in a poor team, such as Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side, he is a liability.

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Mourinho: No water? Are we saving money for January?

Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.


2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

Foudy looking forward to match up with Sweden


Luck of the draw? How the top teams fared

With the Women's World Cup draw now set, we look at the early paths for the United States, France, Germany and other tournament favorites.

Stajcic: Any team can win Women's World Cup

Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.


Scotland & England a 'perfect script' in Group D

ESPN's Julie Foudy feels Scotland will relish being in Group D which consists of England, Argentina and Japan.


Likeable matchups for Canada in Group E

ESPN's Julie Foudy feels Canada will clearly emerge from Group E, but questions if they can get over the hurdle in the latter stages.


Foudy: Brazil always the bridesmaids, never the bride

Despite Brazil having Marta on the team, ESPN's Julie Foudy does not feel this will be their World Cup to win.


World Cup debutants Jamaica in tough spot in Group C

ESPN's Julie Foudy feels Jamaica's World Cup group consisting of Australia, Italy and Brazil will prove to be too much for the debutants.


Foudy looking forward to match up with Sweden

ESPN's Julie Foudy explains why she is happy to face Sweden in the group stage, after losing to them in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.



The latest from El Tri and Liga MX

America thrashes Pumas, books Clasico Joven final

Club America and Cruz Azul will battle for the Liga MX title, after the former took care of Pumas 6-1 in the second leg of the semifinal.

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Best Liga MX semifinal XI: Club America dominate

Club America dominate with 7/11 of the best individual performances from the semifinal stage. But who else made the cut?

Cruz Azul knock Rayados out of MX Apertura

Cruz Azul booked its place in the Liga MX 2018 Apertura final with a 1-0 victory over Monterrey on Saturday in Estadio Azteca.

EXCLUSIVE Van Dijk: Anfield atmosphere will help us overcome Napoli

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk believes Anfield's special atmosphere on Champions League nights is similar to Celtic Park and can help them progress into the Champions League knockout stages.


UEFA Champions League

Should Lionel Messi play against Tottenham?


When is the UCL round of 16 draw?

Find out when the draw for the round of 16 of the Champions League will happen.

European football

Numbers: Messi's free-kick record, Lukaku ends home rut

Lionel Messi rewrote more history, while Liverpool recorded their best-ever start to the league. Here are the best numbers from the weekend.


Power Rankings: Juve top; Liverpool, Arsenal in

The top three stay the same this week, but there's movement down below. Liverpool make their return to the top 10, as do Arsenal.

Spanish Primera División

Athletic Bilbao's dilemma: get relegated or compromise?

"I would prefer to see Athletic in the second division than to see them change the philosophy." Athletic Bilbao fighting to stay up and remain true.

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Bale, Ramos 8/10 as Real escape Huesca with a win

Gareth Bale's first goal in over 100 days proved just enough as Real Madrid held on for a hard-fought victory at Huesca.

10/10 Messi is perfection vs. Espanyol

He was only the fifth-best player in the world this year according to the Ballon d'Or voting, but no other player can produce such a performance.

German Bundesliga

Inside Bayern Munich's Christmas party - via Bayern Munich

Take a sneak peek inside the swanky affair that was the Bayern Munich Christmas party.


Favre praises Dortmund's response to VAR penalty

Lucien Favre didn't comment on the VAR penalty, instead praising Borrusia Dortmund's passion bouncing back to win 2-1.


Inter miss their golden chance in Juventus loss

Gab Marcotti breaks down how Inter's approach could have been different against Juventus if Roberto Gagliardini had converted in the first half.


United States


Amid future focus, Berhalter just wants to get to work

As their new coach was introduced in upscale New York surrounds, U.S. Soccer wanted to look forward. Who could blame them? The past has been brutal.

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Berhalter describes how he wants USMNT to play

Gregg Berhalter details what he believes the DNA of the U.S. national team should be after being introduced as the team's next head coach.



Fear and loathing at a bizarre Ballon d'Or

Two days after the "yellow vest" protestors submerged Paris in fire and tear gas, Luka Modric was voted No. 1 in a bizarre Ballon d'Or.

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Exploding Heads' Alternative Ballon d'Or awards

From the 'Most Time Spent Horizontal' to 'Nutritionist of the Year', the Exploding Heads present their quirky alternative Ballon d'Or awards.


Hegerberg: Solveig shouldn't have asked about twerking

Ada Hegerberg insists Martin Solveig's twerking question on stage didn't affect her, but would have liked a question about football.


Why Modric winning the Ballon d'Or matters in Spain

Some people don't consider the Ballon d'Or a big deal, but Sid Lowe explains why Luka Modric winning the prize will resonate in Spain.


Hegerberg: Ballon d'Or a big step forward for Women's football

The first Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg insists she didn't consider twerk comments from DJ Martin Solveig offensive as she was just happy to celebrate such an historical achievement.


Mbappe: I need more consistency to win Ballon d'Or

Kylian Mbappe won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for best under-21 player, but feels he needs to be more consistent in the year to have a chance of Ballon d'Or success.


Modric: My Ballon d'Or win over Messi, Ronaldo a victory for football

Real Madrid's Luka Modric insists that although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are exceptional talents, his Ballon d'Or win was for those players like Xavi who missed out because of their domination of the trophy.


DJ Martin Solveig apologises about 'twerk' comments at Ballon d'Or

DJ Martin Solveig made an apology on Twitter apology for asking Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg to twerk whilst she accepted her award at the ceremony.


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