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World Cup Best XIs: Our writers pick their stand-out teams so far

England's Jude Bellingham is one of the consensus picks among ESPN's writers in Qatar, but who else makes it in our World Cup Best XI lists so far?

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Echegaray: Bellingham is an absolute star

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USMNT LESSONS LEARNED

Roundtable: What the US got right, and where they went wrong, at Qatar 2022

Having taken a few days to decompress and reevaluate the USA's performances, ESPN's writers in Qatar sat down to talk over the Americans' World Cup.

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A way-too-early look at the USMNT depth chart for 2026 World Cup

How will the US player pool take shape for the 2026 World Cup? Here is a position-by-position breakdown.

WORLD CUP

Your guide to penalty shootouts: best takers left at World Cup, keeper stats, more

As the 2022 World Cup enters the quarterfinals, the chances of a game being decided from the spot increase exponentially. Ryan O'Hanlon breaks down the numbers on how to win a penalty shootout.

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PORTUGAL REACH QUARTERFINALS

Off the bench, Ronaldo can help Portugal in a way he refused to at Manchester United

Ronaldo's benching mirrors how things ended at Manchester United. But with a World Cup at stake, he has the chance to make this scenario work.

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Everything to know about Goncalo Ramos, the man who replaced Ronaldo and Nunez

Ronaldo was dropped vs. Switzerland for the 21-year-old, who then scored a hat trick. He's a future star.

MEET BRAZIL'S PIGEON DANCER

How Richarlison has cemented his spot for Brazil at the World Cup

With his trademark "pigeon dance" and knack for scoring goals, Richarlison has been instrumental in Brazil's quest for a sixth World Cup.

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Moreno: There is no stopping Brazil

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WORLD CUP DAILY

Spain knocked out and Ronaldo-less Portugal dominate

Morocco showed up Spain while Goncalo Ramos' hat trick suggests maybe Portugal don't need Cristiano Ronaldo after all. Here's the latest from Qatar.

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MOROCCO ADVANCE PAST SPAIN

Bounou the calm presence behind Morocco's World Cup success

Yassine Bounou's gentle voice and big grin highlights exactly why there is so much confidence flowing through the Morocco squad at this World Cup.

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Where did it go wrong for Spain?

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NETHERLANDS' RESILIENT LEADER

What motivates Van Gaal for his last dance with Netherlands at World Cup?

Taking Netherlands to a World Cup at 71 years old, not long after battling cancer, is one of many things to marvel at about manager Louis van Gaal.

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Van Gaal: Netherlands goal was just as good as Brazil's

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