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World Cup quarterfinals preview: What to know about each team, predictions, schedule and more

With the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals set, we bring you one key factor and one player to know ahead of the matchups, plus predictions.

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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 DAILY

One big thing for the last 8 teams, the latest on USA and Berhalter

With two days of no games ahead of the quarterfinals, there's plenty to look ahead before the action picks up again. Here's the latest from Qatar.

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WORLD CUP'S BEST

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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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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Were Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal comments sincere?

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TRANSFERS

Transfer Talk: USA's Yunus Musah on Inter Milan's radar after stellar World Cup

USA star Yunus Musah is attracting interest from Inter Milan following his string of World Cup performances. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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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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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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