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Gotze, Dortmund down Man City in ICC opener

Mario Gotze scored the game's only goal from the penalty spot as Borussia Dortmund beat Manchester City in the opening ICC match of the summer.

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Real Madrid


Madrid poised to return to free-spending Galactico days

Real Madrid have been rather conservative in the transfer market for the past three years, but that seems set to change this summer.

Who will emerge as Madrid's alpha with CR7 gone?

Real Madrid have always been a team with an alpha male but with Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest alpha of them all now gone, who takes up the mantle?

How Gareth Bale can fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo

ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains what it will take for Gareth Bale to seize the opportunity left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.




Nicol: It would be dereliction of duty if Klopp didn't spend


Alisson a boost but title talk premature at Liverpool

Some Liverpool fans are demanding a title challenge after their massive summer spending spree but they need to calm down -- for now.

Alisson's tough road to the top, as told by his friends

Liverpool's new addition, Alisson Becker, has overcome problems with weight, emotions and finances to become the most expensive goalkeeper ever.



Transfer Talk: Barca back with £55m-plus bid for Willian

Barcelona look set to come back for Willian with a bigger, better bid than the two Chelsea have reportedly rejected. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Could Fabinho actually convince Mbappe to join Liverpool?

Shaka Hislop explains why a text from former teammate Fabinho would never be a deciding factor if Kylian Mbappe decided to join Liverpool.


Transfer Rater: Vidal to Manchester United

Arturo Vidal to Manchester United and Gianluigi Donnarumma to Chelsea are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Manchester United


Pogba's France role won't work for Man United

Paul Pogba played more defensively when winning the World Cup, but if Man United want him to dominate games, a more attack-minded role is required.

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Miserable Mourinho must quit complaining at United

New season, same old Jose Mourinho. He may have had a break but his first news conference ahead of the new campaign showcased the same dour traits.

Mourinho worried about Man United's threadbare squad

Jose Mourinho isn't thrilled about not having several first-team players at his disposal as Man United embark on their preseason tour in the U.S.


Ibrahimovic: Pogba answered his critics

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba answered his critics as his France side won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Robson: Mourinho took a dig at Pogba in press conference

Stewart Robson reads between the lines of Jose Mourinho's press conference comments on Paul Pogba and feels his compliments were backhanded.


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.


International Champions Cup

ICC questions: Life after Ronaldo? Liverpool title hopes?

Ahead of the preseason International Champions Cup tournament and the 2018-19 campaign that follows, the world's leading clubs have big questions hanging over them.

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ICC players to watch: Future stars of Europe's elite

Some of Europe's elite will be in action in the International Champions Cup, but which young player from each club could be set for a bright future?


English Premier League

Five things the Premier League can learn from the World Cup

The World Cup offered some great insight into players who have not shown fans their best for their clubs. But what could the Premier League learn?

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Why Klopp made transfer U-turn and now splashes the cash

Jurgen Klopp criticised Man United's world-record purchase of Paul Pogba in 2016. Now the Liverpool boss is spending more than his rivals.

Pogba can enjoy World Cup glory, then lead Man United

When Paul Pogba returns to his club after a well-deserved holiday, Man United fans will want to see the player who inspired France in Russia.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta-D.C. a clash of styles on field and in front office

Atlanta United was built with young lesser-known players. D.C. United just bought Wayne Rooney. That clash of philosophies will be tested Saturday.

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Fioranelli at the epicenter of Quakes' troubles

The San Jose Earthquakes have won just twice in 19 MLS contests this season, and many of the Quakes' woes can be traced back to GM Jesse Fioranelli.

Nicol: MLS need to take Petke's criticisms on board

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Major League Soccer's punishment for Mike Petke's outburst was fair, given the substance of his complaints.


Minnesota 2-1 New England: Quintero's goal holds off Revs

Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero each scored in the first half for Minnesota United FC in a hard fought 2-1 win over New England.


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.


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.


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.


FIFA World Cup

World Cup 2022: What will top teams look like in Qatar?

The 2018 World Cup has only just ended but it won't be long until national teams begin preparing for 2022. How will the top teams look in Qatar?

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.

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Hislop: French Ambassador comments 'nothing new'

An animated Shaka Hislop gives his thoughts on the controversy over Trevor Noah's Africa World Cup joke after backlash from French the ambassador.


Nicol: Neymar making himself into a clown

After Neymar got in on the 'Neymar challenge,' Steve Nicol explains why he looks more like a clown than one of the world's best footballers.


Patrick Kluivert: Real need another star to challenge Barca

La Liga ambassador Patrick Kluivert discusses the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo following his departure from Real Madrid to join Juventus.


Patrick Kluivert: Mbappe is a future Ballon d'Or winner

Former director of football for PSG Patrick Kluivert shares his thoughts on Kylian Mbappe's World Cup and his chances of winning a Ballon d'Or.


Extra Time: Alisson inflation, Karius to Chelsea, Nainggolan at Inter

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on how Alisson's transfer affects the market, Loris Karius' chances of moving to Chelsea and much more.


Has Klopp had a change of heart on spending big?

The FC crew look back on Jurgen Klopp's comments on spending in 2016 and discuss whether he's a changed man or merely splashing the cash at an opportune time.


Walton: Use of VAR at the World Cup was magnificent

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton explains why the use of VAR in Russia exceeded his expectations.


Nicol: Alisson is a 'flawless' signing for Liverpool

Steve Nicol is over the moon with Liverpool's reported agreement to sign Alisson, explaining what the much sought-after goalkeeper brings to the club.


Does the handball law need to be amended?

Following the varying interpretations of handballs at the World Cup, Peter Walton and the FC crew discuss what needs to be clarified in Law 12.


Hislop: Messi's role isn't to prop up Argentinian football

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop feels Lionel Messi must do what is best for him after not getting support from the Argentinian FA on countless occasions.


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.


Could a pair of Croatian stars be what Man United need?

With Manchester United reportedly eyeing Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic, the FC crew examine whether the Croatian duo fit the bill for Jose Mourinho.


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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What Ronaldo's arrival at Juventus means for Higuain

ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini delves into Gonzalo Higuain's future at Juventus and discusses the chances he'll join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.


Ronaldo: I want to make Italian fans happy

Juventus' new man Cristiano Ronaldo shares what he hopes to achieve during his time at the club.


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.


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.



It may only be five days since France lifted the World Cup, but Liga MX is back! The Apertura starts tonight. Here are a few predictions for the upcoming season.

Tom Marshall, Mexico correspondent17h ago

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2018 Apertura: Season starts 7/20

W2W4: Xolos to beat Chivas? Pachuca face Monterrey

Liga MX is back and kicking off its first weekend of the Apertura is a battle between Club Tijuana and Chivas.

Liga MX predictions: Who will win the title?

The new Liga MX season is upon us and we asked our Mexico writers to predict how the season would shake out.

The Toe Poke

Worst tackle ever? Drop kick in Champions League

Just one minute before the final whistle, Dudelange defender Bryan Melisse was sent off for this absolutely shocking two-footed "drop kick" assault.

Juve kit made from recovered ocean plastics

Serie A champions Juventus are to follow the lead of Manchester United and Real Madrid by releasing a kit made using plastic recovered from oceans.

U.S. comedian Alison Becker pranks Liverpool fans

Alison Becker decided to troll Liverpool fans around the world by mischievously announcing that she had completed her big move to Merseyside.



Is there any future for Karius at Liverpool?

Jurgen Klopp has replaced Loris Karius after his errors in Kiev, but how do the confidence-drained goalkeeper and Liverpool move forward?

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Cocksure Lovren must build on Croatia exploits for Liverpool

Dejan Lovren isn't short on confidence and he'll need that iron clad self-belief to remain a fixture in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool XI.

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.



Did Wenger overstay his welcome at Arsenal?


Arsenal ultimatum over Ramsey: Sign contract or be sold

Arsenal face a make-or-break situation with Aaron Ramsey. If he doesn't want to commit to the club, then Unai Emery should sell him.

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.

Spanish Primera División

Arthur already looking at home in Barca midfield

New signing Arthur has only been at Barcelona for a little over a week but the classy Brazilian is already looking at home in Barca's midfield.

Atletico Madrid should cash in on Godin now

Diego Godin was arguably the best defender at the World Cup, but could actually now be surplus to requirements at his club, Atletico Madrid.

Would a Barcelona move make sense for Kante?

Gab Marcotti says N'Golo Kante wouldn't fit at Barcelona, but Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop think he could be a replacement for Sergio Busquets.




Thibaut Courtois crisis Chelsea's own doing

Chelsea are in a difficult situation with Thibaut Courtois, but they only have themselves to blame, putting Maurizio Sarri in a tough position.

Fabregas wants Hazard to stay

Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea want all their top players to stay.


Sarri presents himself as the anti-Conte

Consciously or not, Maurizio Sarri established himself as the ideological opposite to Antonio Conte throughout his introduction as Chelsea manager.

Tottenham Hotspur


Tottenham launch new home and away kits

Unsurprisingly, the home shirt is predominantly white -- lilywhite to be precise -- and features a dark blue gradient in the lower recesses.

Tottenham had a great World Cup but must win a trophy

No Premier League club came close to making the same impression on this year's World Cup as Spurs. But they have to win something this year.

Spurs could lose Son to Asian Games with Korea

South Korea have named Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min in their squad for the 2018 Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from Aug. 14 to Sept. 1.

Paris Saint-Germain


Hislop: Mbappe's emergence a challenge for Neymar


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.

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.

Manchester City


Man City World Cup superlatives - Via Man City

Man City represented well at the 2018 World Cup, including Benjamin Mendy lifting the trophy with France.


Man City unveil unique fonts for ICC

Manchester City will wear special Manchester-themed names and number fonts on their shirts for their International Champions Cup matches in the U.S.

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.


Italian Serie A

Milan now must topple Ronaldo, Juventus after CAS ruling

With Milan back in the Europa League after a successful appeal against their financial fair play violation, the focus turns to toppling Juventus.

Roma reeling as Alisson sale continues worrying trend

Alisson's sale to Liverpool brings Roma's transfer policy into question as yet another big-name star is sold.

Neymar: Ronaldo is a legend & genius

Neymar believes Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus will change the face of Italian football.




Juan Carlos Osorio's future with Mexico is likely to be defined very soon. It looks like he's going to be looking for another job outside of Mexico.

Tom Marshall, Mexico correspondent17h ago

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.

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.


Sampaoli wrong for Argentina, now they have to get it right

Sampaoli was a bizarre choice to take charge of Argentina and that should have been abundantly clear. Now the AFA has to take time to get it right.

Can Brazil's midfield by helped by domestic-league fixes?

Brazil's overcrowded calendar leaves little time for development, and after a quarterfinal exit at the World Cup, that's costing the Selecao.

Neymar: Brazil's failure 'saddest moment of my career'

Neymar described Brazil's exit from the World Cup in Russia as the saddest moment of his career.


United States


Is youth soccer in the U.S. a broken system?

Taylor Twellman joins Bob Ley on OTL to revisit U.S. soccer's pay-to-play model and how too much structure is driving kids away from the sport.


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

Taylor Twellman outlines the steps U.S. Soccer should take in the coming years to give the USMNT their best chance of succeeding at the World Cup.


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.


World football

Torres aims to put Sagan Tosu on world football's map

Fernando Torres' new team, Sagan Tosu, play in a small city well off the world footballing map. The Spain World Cup winner aims to change all that.

Hislop: Bolt to the A-League is a marketing ploy

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why he doesn't see Usain Bolt's six-week A-League trial as anything more than a piece of commercialism.


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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Editors' picks

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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Russia faces up to its future

Now the FIFA circus has left town, what is next for the 2018 hosts? On and off the pitch, Russia can learn from the events of the last five weeks.


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.


FIFA World Cup

Croatia celebrates being in a World Cup final

Even though it ended in heartbreak, Croats cheered loudly from every corner of the little country on the Adriatic Sea.

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.


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.


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.

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