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This season's group stage has shown why it is the best competition in the game. It doesn't need a European Super League to make it relevant.

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Will Atlas end 70-year title drought and bring a trophy back to Guadalajara?

Atlas have always been second in the streets of Guadalajara behind Chivas, but they have the tools to finally break a 70-year Liga MX title drought.

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Leon can further solidify status as top-tier side

Leon can make a case for themselves as the strongest Liga MX team in recent years should they win the title.

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NYCFC's depth outlasts COVID-stricken Philly

Missing 11 players, the COVID-hit Philadelphia Union kept their Eastern Conference final close, only for New York City FC's expensively assembled bench to seal a late win.

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Portland Timbers' MLS dream becomes a reality

Portland Timbers' win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday means that, for the first time, they will play host to Major League Soccer's grandest stage.

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool have Juventus' Dybala on radar for January deal

Liverpool are interested in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala on a free transfer. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

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Barca, Dortmund's young stars top U23 transfer value list

The CIES Football Observatory's data gurus have produced a list of the most valuable young players plying their trade across Europe's top leagues.

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Fragile Arsenal epitomised by 4/10 White, Partey in late Everton loss

Arsenal looked nervous, they were sloppy, and eventually Everton pushed them beyond the brink in a last-minute defeat at Goodison Park.

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  • The battle to sign young American players

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    After a superb start for the USMNT, Ricardo Pepi is ready to take on the world. Wherever he goes, he will carry his borderland hometown with him.

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    Spain's top flight has arrived on ESPN+ and, if you do not have a favorite team from LaLiga, here is a handy guide to all 20 to help you decide.

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  • How Man Utd got Cristiano Ronaldo to return

    In the span of 48 hours, Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus and, after seemingly agreeing a move to Man City, went back to Man United instead.

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  • Premier League 2021-22 kit power ranking

    It's time to dive into the most exciting thing about the 2021-22 Premier League season: the kits each club will be wearing.

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  • How Messi came to leave Barcelona for PSG

    As August began, everyone thought Lionel Messi would remain a Barcelona player. Before the month reached its halfway mark, he was unveiled by PSG.

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  • Denmark sends emotional message to Eriksen

    Following the national team star's shocking cardiac arrest, Denmark rallied in support of Christian Eriksen with a tribute-filled Copenhagen mural.

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  • Messi at Barcelona: The ultimate history

    The unthinkable happened: Lionel Messi left Barcelona. But as this interactive timeline shows, he will be known as the club's greatest-ever player.

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  • Mara Gomez: 'Football saved my life'

    In 2020, Gomez became the first transgender woman to play professionally in Argentina. She talks to ESPN about her remarkable journey.

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  • The 39 best male players age 21 or under

    Welcome to the next generation! Players from 15 countries and six leagues are named by Tor-Kristian Karlsen, a former scout and sporting director.

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  • Stories from the pandemic season

    The 2020-21 Premier League campaign was unlike any other. ESPN talked to people around the game about their experiences and lessons learned.

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  • The 21 best female players age 21 or under

    Welcome to the next generation of women's stars. With Catarina Macario leading the way, our list is dominated by players from the U.S. and England.

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  • Joe Bryan on anxiety, fear and wanting to help

    The defender tackled his anxiety and mental health head-on at Fulham. Now he wants to help others do the same and normalise the conversation.

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  • Beckham's Miami could be great, but has to win

    After a disappointing first year for Inter Miami in MLS, David Beckham risks the one thing he's spent a career trying to avoid: public embarrassment.

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  • ESPN FC Women's Rank: The 50 best players

    An American World Cup winner is No. 1, followed by an Australian star forward, in an ESPN FC and espnW celebration of the sport's elite.

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  • How Barcelona signed Messi, 13, with a napkin

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  • Trinity Rodman set to make her name in soccer

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  • Who is your country's greatest male player?

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  • Maradona, though flawed, was one of the best

    Diego Maradona is gone, but as Lionel Messi put it, "he'll be with us for eternity." As well as his legacy, the scope of his talent and humanity will endure.

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  • They wore that? All-time worst kits, ranked

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    The son of 'Captain America' and a USWNT international, the teenage midfielder is a rising star for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

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  • Football can drive the social justice message

    My message is simple, writes Shaka Hislop: Whether you speak out or stay silent, show up and be a part of the movement.

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  • The worst Premier League transfers of all-time

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    In 25 seasons since the league began, MLS has come a long way. We reflect upon the its early days with those who were there.

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