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Ramos is Madrid's ultimate big-game player

Sergio Ramos gets criticised a lot for his red cards in La Liga but when it comes to big games in Europe, he's Mr. Clutch for Real Madrid.

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What it's like to referee a Champions League final

"You can't change something because it's the final. You have to think that it's a normal game." 2002 UCL referee Urs Meier tells ESPN FC about the pressure of a final.

ESPN FC pundits show off traditional Ukrainian dance skills

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Stewart Robson hit the dance floor while in Kiev to learn a traditional Ukrainian dance called hopak.


Assessing the best combined XI for Liverpool, Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson reveals his best XI comprised of both Liverpool and Real Madrid players.


Inside Real Madrid's UCL final preparations

As Real Madrid prepare for Kiev we go behind the scenes at the Bernabeu as Ronaldo grabs a lift to training, Zidane speaks about Liverpool and Kroos talks Klopp.


Del Bosque: Real superior to Liverpool

Former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has claimed that no Liverpool player would get in the current Real Madrid side.


Ronaldo: Liverpool remind me of Real

Cristiano Ronaldo says Liverpool remind him of Real Madrid from a couple of years ago.


Will the UCL final be a thriller or a stalemate?

Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson examine the styles of Real Madrid and Liverpool and how they combine to set up a potentially thrilling UCL final.


Zidane: If you criticise Ronaldo, be careful

Zinedine Zidane issues a warning to any doubters who are writing off Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Champions League final.


Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations

As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum.


Will experience be the deciding factor in the UCL final?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Jurgen Klopp's comments on the role experience will play in the Champions League final.


BBC vs. Fab Three: Who will come out on top?

Ahead of Saturday's final, take a look back at how the front three for Real Madrid and Liverpool have performed this Champions League season.


Ramos: Real want to prove we're Kings of Europe

Captain Sergio Ramos hopes Real Madrid can win third consecutive UEFA Champions League title.


Klopp: Liverpool will have a little pre-season ahead of UCL final

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed he will take his players on an overseas break ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev.



LIVE Transfer Talk: Spurs want £75m for Alderweireld

Tottenham want a top-of-market fee for their centre-back. Meanwhile, United are closing in on Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred. Follow Transfer Talk LIVE.

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Transfer Rater: Morata to AC Milan

Alvaro Morata to AC Milan and Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester United are some of the latest hot rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers.

Transfer Rater: Neymar, Willian & Martial on the move?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into rumours surrounding Neymar, Willian, Anthony Martial and more in Transfer Rater.



Major League Soccer

Why D.C. United need to convince Rooney to come to MLS


How the World Cup affects MLS

The competitive integrity of the MLS season will be affected due to the World Cup absences, and the impact will be uneven to say the least.

Arriola: I'd love the opportunity to play with Rooney

D.C. United's Paul Arriola joins the Heineken ESPN FC Boot Room to discuss his season so far, the prospect of playing with Wayne Rooney and more.


Ale's Weekly MLS Awards

Alejandro Moreno hands out his awards for the best and worst from the week that was in MLS.


MLS Predictor: Week 13

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Brian McBride square off in predicting the key fixtures throughout Major League Soccer.


MLS: 40 goals in 90 seconds

From a pair of stunning goals in Portland to Bradley Wright-Phillips' double in Atlanta, check out all 40 goals from Week 12 in MLS.


Montreal 0-1 LA Galaxy: Ibra sent off in win - Via MLS

Ola Kamara rescued LA Galaxy with a decisive goal at Montreal after a Zlatan Ibrahimovic red card reduced the visitors to 10 men.


Atlanta 1-3 New York: BWP brace caps dramatic night - Via MLS

Sunday's clash between two of the top teams in the East had just about everything, as the New York Red Bulls inflicted a second straight home defeat for Atlanta United.


Chicago 2-3 Houston: Dynamo fight back - Via MLS

Alberth Elis struck twice in the second half to turn the tide for Houston Dynamo in a comeback win at Chicago.


Portland 2-1 LAFC: Timbers slow down LAFC - Via MLS

Samuel Armenteros scored his first career MLS goal to lead Portland to three points and end LAFC's six-match unbeaten run.


Toronto 2-1 Orlando: Reds tame Lions - Via MLS

Toronto picked up just their third league win of the season, behind goals from local boys Jay Chapman and Ryan Telfer.


NYCFC 4-0 Colorado: David Villa Day - Via MLS

On a day dubbed David Villa Day in New York City, the newest member of the 400-goals club scored two more to lead NYCFC past Colorado.


Japanese J-League

Andres Iniesta arrives

Iniesta joins Japanese side Vissel Kobe

Andres Iniesta has completed a move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe just days after leaving Barcelona.

Iniesta's Barcelona goodbye in pictures

Sunday saw Andres Iniesta play his 670th and final game for Barcelona as the Spanish champions closed out their season vs. Real Sociedad.

Iniesta: Spain's greatest-ever player?

Farewell, Andres Iniesta. Applauded at the Bernabeu and loved across Spain, Barcelona's magician is set to leave. But what is his legacy?


Unai Emery unveiled as new manager

What are the biggest challenges facing Unai Emery?


Arsenal need Emery pragmatism more than Wenger idealism

Gab Marcotti: On the surface, Arsenal have gone for the opposite of Arsene Wenger in appointing Unai Emery. But a pragmatic approach is what they need most.

Meet Emery's staff set to bring new era to Arsenal

Unai Emery will bring several of his trusted backroom team with him to Arsenal. Here is a look at the men who are set to join him at the Emirates.



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Salah can match Ronaldo, Messi - Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum says Mohamed Salah has matched Cristiano Ronaldo this season but must excel for "many more years" to earn equal billing.

Henderson the most unlikely UCL winning captain?

Jordan Henderson may be one of the most unlikely European Cup winning captains ever. Mark Ogden charts his route from humble beginnings to the top.

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Liverpool have a record of unlikely European successes

Liverpool have reached a European final with a squad full of misfits and underdogs. If that seems like history repeating itself, it should.

Liverpool and Real Madrid will take this path in three short days at the Champions League Final in Kiev.

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Extra Time: Ancelotti, Emery, Zidane, Klinsmann and more

The FC panel answer your managerial related tweets on Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, Unai Emery at Arsenal, a second chance for Klinsmann and more.


Why Ancelotti's appointment at Napoli makes sense

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains what led to Carlo Ancelotti's appointment as Napoli head coach.


Robson: Methodical Emery the right fit for Arsenal

Stewart Robson details what makes Unai Emery the right choice for Arsenal and why the club would have been taking the easy route with Mikel Arteta.


How Arsenal decided on Unai Emery as manager

The FC crew react to reports Arsenal are set to replace Arsene Wenger with former PSG boss Unai Emery, rather than former Gunner Mikel Arteta.


Why Paul Pogba's future is at Old Trafford

Julien Laurens explains Paul Pogba's state of mind following a season which occasionally saw strained relationships with manager Jose Mouinho.


Laurens: Griezmann torn apart over his future

Julien Laurens provides insight into the difficult decision Antoine Griezmann faces: staying with Atletico Madrid or joining Messi at Barcelona.


Is PSG's Buffon interest tied to Financial Fair Play?

The FC crew weigh the pros and cons of PSG's reported interest in Gianluigi Buffon and ponder whether Financial Fair Play is a factor.


Moreno: Morata's Chelsea form left Lopetegui no choice

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop believe Alvaro Morata's regression in a Chelsea uniform cost him his chance at making Spain's World Cup team.


Will Argentina regret Mauro Icardi snub?

After Mauro Icardi's big season for Inter, the FC crew question his omission from Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup.


Mariner: Belgium stupid to omit Nainggolan

Paul Mariner says the World Cup will be a sadder place without Radja Nainggolan, after the midfielder was left out of Belgium's provisional squad.



From Griezmann to Rooney: The summer's top transfer targets

Mark Ogden rounds up some of the big names to watch in the summer window, which is now open.

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Rumours rated: Martial to Chelsea? Alex Sandro to Man United?

When is a rumour something more, and when is it not? David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely some moves are to take place.

Scouting Spotlight: Depay reformed

Scouting spotlight looks at Memphis Depay's reformation, a target on Chelsea and Manchester United's radar and Bayern Munich's nemesis.

Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Could anyone catch Messi in 2017-18?

We tabulated the votes from the 2017-18 Player Power Rankings to see who had the best season of them all. Could anyone match Lionel Messi's magic?

Guardiola's No. 1: Cox's best managers of 2017-18

It's no surprise that Pep Guardiola was No. 1, but who else makes Michael Cox's list of the best managers in world soccer this season?

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Pulisic wants to lead U.S. and Dortmund by example

Pulisic is the face of the U.S. men's national team and it's a lot of pressure for a 19-year-old. But he is focused on becoming a quiet leader.

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McBride: Pulisic right about USMNT failure

Former U.S. international Brian McBride backs Christian Pulisic's comments about a lack of focus being to blame for the USMNT missing the World Cup.


Pulisic addresses Liverpool links

The FC crew assess Christian Pulisic's Dortmund future after he sat down with ESPN's Jeff Carlisle to talk transfer rumours and the USMNT.



Last Train to Russia: Moscow


Last Train to Russia: Kaliningrad

Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities continues in Kaliningrad, where he boards the B413 Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea.


Last Train to Russia: Sochi

Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities arrives at Sochi's Fisht Stadium, which will host six World Cup matches this summer.


Last Train to Russia: Rostov-on-Don

Martin Ainstein's train pulls up at World Cup host city Rostov-on-Don, home of the historic Museum of Railways.


Last Train to Russia: Volgograd

Martin Ainstein's tour of Russian World Cup host cities arrives at the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest of World War II.


Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg

Martin Ainstein's latest stop on his tour of World Cup host cities takes him to Ekaterinburg, located on the border of Europe and Asia.


Last Train to Russia: Kazan

Martin Ainstein visits World Cup host city Kazan, home to one of the largest and most historic mosques in Europe.


Last Train to Russia: Samara

The fourth leg of Martin Ainstein's trip through Russia takes him to World Cup host city Samara, home of Stalin's bunker.


Last Train to Russia: Saransk

Episode 3 of Last Train to Russia sees Martin Ainstein alight at World Cup host city Saransk to examine one of the country's national obsessions - ice hockey.


Last Train to Russia: Nizhny Novgorod

A sneak peak of episode 2 of Martin Ainstein's Russian odyssey takes him to World Cup host city Nizhny Novgorod, famous for its Matryoshka dolls.


Last Train to Russia: St. Petersburg

Join Martin Ainstein on his trip to St. Petersburg in an extract from episode 1 of Last Train to Russia, airing on ESPN networks throughout this week ahead of the World Cup.




UCL in 90 seconds: 11 ways Liverpool can beat Real Madrid

From making Mo Salah feel great to having Russell Crowe support the opposition, the Exploding Heads reveal 11 ways in which Liverpool can deny Real Madrid a 13th European Cup.

The agony and ecstasy of Champions League finals

As the Champions League final approaches, Liverpool blogger Dave Usher discusses polar bears, walruses and superstitions. As you do ...

Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations

As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum.


Real Madrid


Inside Real Madrid's UCL final preparations


Casemiro's perfect response to Xavi criticism

Casemiro had the perfect response to Xavi's criticism of the Real Madrid midfielder's inability to "dominate space-time."

Zidane: No team with 'more hunger' than Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his players have shown they are motivated to win the Champions League again after a difficult season.

UEFA Champions League

Kompany: I'd be happy to see Liverpool win the UCL

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes picks Vincent Kompany's brain about the UCL final and whether Liverpool can end Spain's dominance in the competition.


Liverpool and Real Madrid's major issues to sort

Both Liverpool and Real Madrid have some issues to fix if they are to walk away with the trophy. Here are three things to watch for each side.

What to do in Kiev 3 days before the Champions League Final? For Dan Thomas and Stewart Robson, the answer was obvious - Ukrainian dance lessons.

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FIFA World Cup

32 teams in 32 days: Team Previews

World Cup 2018: Previews of all 32 teams

The 2018 World Cup won't have Italy or the U.S. but all the big hitters like Brazil, Germany and Argentina will battle. Get the info you need here.


Nigeria: Tight-knit squad need to counter question in goal

John Obi Mikel leads a talented side, but a goalkeeping issue continues to cast a long shadow and may yet destabilise the team in Russia.

What Nigeria need to do to progress out of Group D

The ESPN FC crew discuss the facets of Nigeria's game and what it will take for the Super Eagles to advance into the round of 16.




Chelsea owner Abramovich's visa issues explained

The delay by UK authorities in processing Roman Abramovich's visa renewal application won't stop him owning Chelsea, but it could cause some issues.


Chelsea need to show patience, hold on to Morata

Alvaro Morata sputtered in his debut season at Chelsea but still has the tools to succeed. Now it is up to Chelsea to show some faith in the player.

Can Chelsea's season be considered a success?

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes debate whether Chelsea's FA Cup triumph makes it a successful season and what it means for Eden Hazard's future.


Manchester United


Man United, football need break from each other

The players need a break from their manager; supporters need respite from the dull fare that was served up after April's Manchester derby.


Mourinho's United spending spree: Who does he need?

Jose Mourinho could be set for another summer of spending, but where -- or more importantly, who -- does he need to turn Man United into contenders?

Mourinho at United: If he's not winning, what's he good for?

It's Louis van Gaal football with added paranoia. Two seasons in at Manchester United and Jose Mourinho's style and manner is beginning to grate.

Premier League

Yaya Toure would undo City legacy by joining Man United

Yaya Toure has arguably been one of the driving forces in Manchester City's resurgence. So why on earth would he want to go to Manchester United?

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18 things you may have forgotten from this season

The 2017-18 season is over. But here are 18 things from across Europe you might have forgotten happened.

Hislop: Pellegrini is a perfect match for West Ham

Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop says he is excited by the club's decision to hire Manuel Pellegrini to replace David Moyes.



Cristiano Ronaldo tops ESPN World Fame 100

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 1.

33 Reasons to love and hate Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is top of the ESPN World Fame 100 list. Here are 33 reasons to love or hate the 33-year-old Real Madrid superstar.

Portugal destined for edgy and nervous World Cup

While Portugal shocked at Euro 2016, Ian Darke and company feel Cristiano Ronaldo's aging side may not be able to punch above their weight


Transfer window

Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes in Europe?

The season is over, but the transfer business is only just beginning for Europe's top clubs. ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss.

Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes in the Premier League?

The season is over, but the transfer business is only just beginning for the Premier League's top clubs. ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss.

Transfer Talk: Manchester United

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson discussed how he feels Jose Mourinho can create a side to rival Manchester City.


Transfer Talk: Arsenal

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware.


Transfer Talk: Chelsea

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey discusses the transfer business needed to turn the club into title contenders again.


Transfer Talk: Liverpool

ESPN's Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price shares his view on where Jurgen Klopp can add strength to his squad and become title contenders.


Transfer Talk: Manchester City

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathon Smith discusses what the club need to do to defend the Premier League title.


Transfer Talk: Tottenham

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals the transfers he feels will help the club win silverware in the coming season.


TOE POKE in review

Toe Poke best of the season


Pranks, fails, dodgy statues ... and of course, Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mohamed Salah's doppelganger, dodgy statues (and good ones), penalty fails and top pranks: It's the Toe Poke awards 2018!

The Toe Poke

Neymar and Brazil stars catch helicopter to training

Neymar, Douglas Costa, Thiago Silva, Philippe Countinho and the Brazil team are flying high ahead of the World Cup.

Marcelo joins son's team for header challenge

Real Madrid's Marcelo seems relaxed ahead of the Champions League final as he shares a few smiles with his son's team.


Grant Holt: The Wrestler

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt is to follow Tim Weise's lead and make the late-career move from football into the world of wrestling.

German Bundesliga

Will Favre be the man to get Dortmund back on track?

The meticulous and tactically brilliant Lucien Favre might be the best available choice for the Black and Yellows but still seems like a compromise.

Dortmund's fan connection makes them special

As Borussia Dortmund prepare for their first trip to the United States, we look at what makes the club so special after years of upheaval.

Is U.S. teenager Tyler Adams ready for the Bundesliga?

With Tyler Adams being linked to RB Leipzig, Alejandro Moreno explains why the American international is ready to make the move from MLS.


European Football

the 2017-18 season in review

The Final Word on Bundesliga: Bayern cruise as rivals regroup

Bayern showed a surprising amount of weakness early this season but still ran away with the title. It's up to their rivals to do better.

The Final Word on La Liga: Messi shines

Barcelona were runaway winners as Lionel Messi shone like never before, while Atletico and Valencia offered hope for more than a two-horse race.

The Final Word on Serie A: Dybala leads Juve

Juventus continued their title dominance but it was a close call. It's been a stunning Serie A season. Next year has a lot to live up to.

Italian Serie A

Buffon a perfect 10 in Juventus finale

For his immaculate performances over the years, stellar career and his graciousness, Gigi Buffon got a perfect 10 in his final Juve outing.


Mixed season for Milan as Rossoneri miss UCL

AC Milan's season promised much but delivered little. Nikola Kalinic flopped and financial fair play sanctions loom over the Rossoneri.

Marcotti: Inter's summer gamble pays off with top 4

Gab Marcotti explains how Inter's big decision in the summer proved decisive to securing Champions League football for the first time since 2012.


United States


More comments, no accountability after USMNT failure


U.S. not all about Pulisic as McKennie, Miazga get their chance

Christian Pulisic is the star of the latest U.S. squad but players like Weston McKennie, who is gaining minutes at club level, will also form the core.

McKennie: New USMNT faces have a lot to prove

Weston McKennie talks about his success at Schalke, the new faces on the U.S. roster and much more ahead of their training camp.



Liga MX re-institutes youth development rule

Liga MX will introduce a rule designed to give younger players more opportunities in Mexico's first division, the league announced on Wednesday.

Santos, Djaniny sum up the best of the Clausura

While the World Cup and already the Apertura loom, Tom Marshall looks back on the Clausura to offer up his best and worst in Liga MX.

Liga MX team-by team review: lightning round style

From champions Santos Laguna to relegated, now not relegated Lobos BUAP, Cesar Hernandez recaps all 18 Liga MX teams with a single sentence.



Two on Tri: Who makes Mexico's final roster?

After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.


Araujo out of Mexico's World Cup squad

Mexico defender Nestor Araujo has been released from El Tri's World Cup preparation camp and is set to miss the Russia 2018.

Marquez trains without Mexico sponsor logos

Rafa Marquez may be heading to his fifth World Cup, but it appears he'll do it without Mexico sponsor logos on his gear.

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Marcotti: Kane putting England in lose-lose situation


Kane can make captain's armband matter with goals

The captain's armband has generally lost its lustre but if that added responsibility keeps fuelling Harry Kane its value cannot be overstated.

Why Harry Kane is worthy of the England captaincy

Shaka Hislop explains why England made the right choice naming Harry Kane as captain for the 2018 World Cup.




How much will Argentina miss Sergio Romero?

ESPN FC's Brian McBride shares his thoughts on how Argentina will cope at the World Cup without injured, No. 1 goalkeeper Sergio Romero.


Messi: Inside the life of the world’s most private superstar

Sam Borden: Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.

Pavon ready to be Argentina's secret weapon

Cristian Pavon has always been confident in his abilities but has always delivered. Now he stands to be Argentina's secret weapon in Russia.

FIFA World Cup

Gazza, Suarez feature in infamous World Cup bans

We take a look at those whose World Cup was cut short for a range of misdemeanours. Here's 10 of the "best".

Was the 1998 World Cup fixed?

Michel Platini has said France influenced the 1998 World Cup group stage draw. We take a look at the background.

Tensions escalating between FIFA and UEFA

The battle lines have been drawn. UEFA's rejection of FIFA's proposed $25bn remodelling of world football have tensions at an all-time high.

Premier League

Report Cards: City top of the class, Chelsea flops

ESPN FC's club correspondents hand out their end of season reports for the top clubs in the Premier League. Manchester City are top of the class, but what of the others?

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Man City have 10-year plan to dominate - chief

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has warned their rivals that they expect the club to get even stronger over the next decade.

Manchester City 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith shares his view on a season where Manchester City finished champions 19 points ahead of Manchester United.


Manchester United 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson gives his view on the club's second place finish to rivals Manchester City.


Tottenham 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatirck shares his thoughts on a season where Mauricio Pochettino secured Champions League football during their spell at Wembley.


Liverpool 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Glenn Price reviews Liverpool's season in which Mohamed Salah won the golden boot with the club also making the Champions League Final.


Chelsea 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey shares his thoughts on the club's frustrating season where they missed out on a Champions League spot.


Arsenal 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen talks through Arsene Wenger's last season in charge of the club which ended without any silverware.


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