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Qatar's mystery men may not be 2022 flops after all

Xherdan Shaqiri admitted Qatar "deserved to win" against Switzerland this week. Can the unknown players of the next World Cup hosts shock the world?

Even after 15 years, Messi remains must-watch

Lionel Messi's ability to regularly conjure up moments of brilliance can make fans numb. Here's how to remain awake to his majesty.

Football Exposed: The hand-over-mouth conundrum

The Exploding Heads delve into football's biggest cover ups, but can they crack the case of why players insist on covering their mouths?


Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.




Transfer Talk: Chelsea boss Sarri wants £200m spree

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has several targets in mind when the winter transfer window opens up in January. The price tag? £200 million.

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Italy 0-0 Portugal: Portugal top group after stalemate

Portugal will go to the UEFA Nations League final after they held Italy to a goalless draw in Milan.


Albania 0-4 Scotland: Scots win in style

Scotland took control of the game early and never looked back, as they secured a much needed three points on the road.


Turkey 0-1 Sweden: Penalty relegates Turkey

Sweden's hopes of winning Group B2 in the Nations League stayed alive with a win over Turkey, which guaranteed the hosts' relegation to League C.


Malta 0-5 Kosovo: Promotion in sight for Kosovo

Kosovo continued their march toward promotion to League C in the Nations League with a dismantling of Malta, which remain at the bottom of Group D3.


Romania 3-0 Lithuania: Romania avoids relegation

Romania put together a dominating performance against Lithuania, to grab the three points needed to avoid possible relegation into Group D.


Serbia 2-1 Montenegro: Mitrovic goal decisive

Adem Ljajic and Aleksandar Mitrovic's first-half goals were enough for Serbia as they held off a spirited Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.


Wales 1-2 Denmark: Danes gain promotion in Cardiff

Denmark held on against Wales despite Gareth Bale's late goal to move up into Group A in the UEFA Nations League.


Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch relegate Germany

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam see Germany relegated from League A Group 1.


Croatia 3-2 Spain: Jedvaj delivers dramatic victory

Tin Jedvaj scored his 1st-career goal for Croatia, then netted his 2nd in stoppage time to give Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League.


England 3-0 United States: A winning send-off for Rooney

The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S.


Germany 3-0 Russia: Sane shines for Die Mannschaft

Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry secured the victory for a side with just two 2014 World Cup winners in the starting lineup -- goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Matthias Ginter.


Belgium 2-0 Iceland: Batshuayi lifts Belgium

Michy Batshuayi scored twice in the 2nd half to help Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.


Major League Soccer

LAFC must live up to the hype in Year 2

LAFC was a wildly successful expansion team, despite falling short in the playoffs. Its sophomore season will require a more successful ending.

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Pulisic: Rooney an inspiration for American soccer

Taylor Twellman spoke to Christian Pulisic for ESPN about playing in Wayne Rooney's last England match and how the USMNT can prove themselves among the best teams in the world.


NY Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United: Who has the edge?

The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks.


Sporting KC vs. Portland: Can Timbers oust the West's best?

With Sporting KC and Portland Timbers ready to meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final, the FC crew assess both sides' chances to progress.


MLS Best XI: Which star would Paul Mariner build around?

Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around.


Atlanta 3-1 NYCFC: Five Stripes surge into last 4


Sporting KC 4-2 RSL: Sporting survive wild second leg

Sporting KC held on for dear life in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals against RSL, fending off their rivals in a dramatic win.


New York Red Bulls 3-0 Columbus: Royer provides the spark

Daniel Royer's pair of second-half goals saw the New York Red Bulls overturn a first-leg deficit and advance into the Eastern Conference finals.


Rooney: DC need to build on playoff disappointment

DC United's Wayne Rooney insists the side will take confidence from reaching the playoffs after he felt they exceeded their expectations.


Seattle 3-2 Portland: Timbers advance on penalties

A crazy night in Seattle saw Dairon Asprilla and the Portland Timbers defeat the Sounders on penalties to advance to the Western Conference final.


Football Agents: Everyone gets an England cap!

The Exploding Heads turned football agents are back! In this edition, they field calls from former England players looking for one final appearance, a la Wayne Rooney.


Injured Rakitic to miss England-Croatia clash

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the winner-takes-all Nations League game against England at Wembley on Sunday due to injury.

Do England have too much firepower for Croatia?

Paul Mariner says that beating Croatia is an important step in the progression of Gareth Southgate's England team.



State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

There are now just two rounds of games left in the Nations League, and the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation

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Permutations by day, group and league

The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

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