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International Champions Cup: Africans with a point to prove

KweséESPN pick out five African players who'll be desperate to make their mark in the ICC.

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ICC questions: Life after Ronaldo? Liverpool's title hopes?

Ahead of the International Champions Cup, the world's leading clubs have big questions hanging over them.

ICC players to watch: Europe's future stars

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?

Transfer Talk

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.

Transfer Talk LIVE: Donnarumma, Morata swap

With Thibaut Courtois strongly linked to Real Madrid and Alisson on the verge of joining Liverpool, Chelsea could look at Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Klopp now spending big after Pogba criticism

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

Football Headlines

Manchester United

Pre-Season Talk

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.

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Mou challenges Pogba to recreate WC form

Jose Mourinho has issued a challenge to Paul Pogba to recreate his World Cup form for Manchester United next season.

Bryan Robson: Pogba is captain material

Bryan Robson sheds light on Man United's preseason preparation, which youngsters he'd like to see shine, Paul Pogba's leadership role and more.


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.


Mourinho: Pogba's World Cup triumph only a good thing

Man United's Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba's role in France's World Cup win into perspective and outlines what he hopes Pogba will take away from it.


Mourinho: Fred compliments Man United midfield

Jose Mourinho speaks to whether or not Man United will sign any additional players and how he sees Fred fitting into the midfield.



Out with the old, in with the new

Arsenal's Ramsey problem: Sign 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.

Wenger: 22-year Arsenal stay big mistake

Arsene Wenger says staying at Arsenal for 22 years may have been his biggest mistake and that he regrets sacrificing so much for the job.


Alisson Move Close

Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss most of season

Liverpool have confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to the vast majority of the season as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Alisson move is a big boost for Liverpool

The arrival of Alisson Becker at Liverpool would be a statement to their rivals and lift the cloud over the goalkeepers at the club.

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.


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.


Why Alisson is a smart piece of business by Liverpool

Shaka Hislop explains why he's certain Liverpool will get a return on their reported £66.9 million investment should Alisson agree to move to Anfield.


Robson: Alisson would make Liverpool title challengers

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why the goalkeeping position is so pivotal for Liverpool's chances at winning the Premier League this season.



Maurizio Sarri Starts His Tenure

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.

Zola named as Sarri's Chelsea assistant

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Gianfranco Zola as Maurizio Sarri's assistant coach.

Can Sarri's charisma, poetic football help Chelsea rebuild?

Maurizio Sarri might not look the part for Chelsea, but his charisma and poetic brand of football will be fascinating to watch as Chelsea rebuild.

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La Liga

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.

Spanish tax influenced Ronaldo move - Tebas

Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine seasons to join Italian champions Juventus in a €100m transfer earlier this month.

Iniesta presence still felt at Barca - Arthur

Brazilian officially became a Barcelona player on July 10 and insists it is an 'honour' to replace his idol Iniesta at the club.

Talking Points

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Swapping career paths

Usain does down under?

Turkish, U.S. clubs join race for Usain Bolt

The publicity around Usain Bolt's trial at CCM could cost the A-League club the opportunity to cash in on the sprint star's switch to football.

Usain Bolt set for six-week A-League trial

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to Australia's top soccer league.

Bolt bound for the A-League?


Premier Soccer League

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs player jailed in the UK

Ex-Zimbabwe international Liberty Masunda has been jailed for three years in England after being found guilty of defrauding the DWP out of £450,000.

Former Bafana defender signs for Maritzburg

Premier Soccer League surprise package from last season Maritzburg United have signed experienced defender Nazeer Allie from Bidvest Wits.

Ajax not giving up on top-flight place

Ajax Cape Town are going to "throw everything" at their bid to retain their status in the SA top-flight according to club CEO Ari Efstathiou.

CAF Competitions

We are on course for quarterfinals - Kerr

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes his team is on course to reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Enyimba claim vital win over WAC

Enyimba claimed a vital 1-0 home win over Williamsville AC to move to the top of their Group C in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Sundowns stunned in Togo

Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions League hopes suffered a blow after they lost 1-0 at Group C minnows AS Togo-Port in Lome on Tuesday.


Sturridge wants more Liverpool game-time

Daniel Sturridge says he sees himself staying at Liverpool for the upcoming campaign as he eyes regular game-time.

Brewster signs first pro deal with Liverpool

Liverpool have announced that youngster Rhian Brewster has signed his first professional contract at the club.

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.

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FIFA World Cup

Russia 2018 and beyond

World Cup scouting spotlight: Wague, Bentancur, Fernandes

The World Cup made a star out of Kylian Mbappe but what about the under-the-radar talents hoping to impress in Russia? We pick out three that did.

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?

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.

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Ronaldo Officially Arrives

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Juventus: How did he fare?

Cristiano Ronaldo was as genuine as he was convincing at his Juventus unveiling, a player who has won it all but still has plenty to prove.

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Ronaldo: Juve winning UCL 'is possible'

Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed with winning the Champions League but acknowledged he joined Juventus to help them claim the title.

Ronaldo hysteria encompasses Juventus

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.

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.


Ronaldo: Age is irrelevant, I'm more motivated than ever

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.


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.


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.


Real Madrid

Gareth Bale can't be the focal point for Real Madrid


Perez: Madrid will sign 'magnificent players'

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said "our great squad will be strengthened with magnificent players."

Madrid players meet Lopetegui at training

While Cristiano Ronaldo was completing his €100 million move to Juventus, 14 Real Madrid players underwent medical and fitness tests in Madrid.


Players' Post-World Cup Insight

'Alien' Mbappe deserves Ballon d'Or - Varane

Raphael Varane believes that fellow World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is an "alien" who could win the Ballon d'Or.

Pogba: France didn't 'give s---' about Messi

Paul Pogba gave a passionate team talk before France's win over Argentina, stating to teammates "Messi or no Messi, we don't give a s---."


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.




Kwadwo Asamoah confirms Black Stars return

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has confirmed that he will return to international duty in September after four years of self-imposed exile.

Football returns to Ghana after five-week absence

After five weeks without an official game, football returns to Ghanaian soil on Wednesday as Aduana Stars host AS Vita Club of DR Congo.

NFF Crisis

NPFL suspended indefinitely due to NFF crisis

Nigeria's ongoing football crisis has taken another twist with the LMC suspending the NPFL indefinitely.

Giwa and Dalung must take responsibility if Nigeria face ban

Nigeria may imminently face the real prospect of a ban from FIFA, and Christopher Giwa and Solomon Dalung must be held accountable.

Infantino: Nigeria risk FIFA ban after domestic turbulence

Gianni Infantino has stated that Nigeria risk a FIFA ban if the Nigeria Football Federation's leadership continues to be compromised.


Can Blues hold on to Hazard?

Will Sarri turn Chelsea around like he did Napoli?

Stewart Robson delves into how Maurizio Sarri transformed Napoli and what he'll need to do to replicate a similar turnaround at Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea want Hazard stay as Real loom - sources

Chelsea's focus is on keeping Eden Hazard despite the Belgian's recent comments fuelling speculation of a move to Real Madrid, sources told ESPN FC.

Chelsea's new midfield pecking order

Jorginho's importance to Maurizio Sarri shifts Chelsea's midfield pecking order significantly, with some likely to face a reduction in playing time.

Transfer Talk

Blind leaves Man United to rejoin Ajax

Sources told ESPN FC the fee for the 28-year-old is £14.1 million, possibly rising to £18.5m with add-ons, giving United a slight profit.

Transfer Talk: Hazard would top Neymar fee

Los Blancos need an elite star to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and are in the market for a new top class goalkeeper.

Transfer Rater: Cillessen to Liverpool; Courtois to Real?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest rumours making the rounds in Transfer Rater, involving Jasper Cillessen, Thibaut Courtois and more.


2018 FIFA World Cup

Kane thanks teammates after winning Golden Boot

Six goals were enough for Kane to claim the award by a convincing two-goal margin ahead of France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

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The best and worst of five weeks in Russia

The 2018 World Cup had some brilliant moments, but what did our correspondents on the ground in Russia think of the tournament?

Ian Darke's World Cup hits and misses

The 2018 World Cup is over, but which moments were Ian Darke's favourites? And what did he not like about Russia 2018?

Thrilling World Cup gets the finale it deserves

Didier Deschamps got France's stars to buy into his work ethic, and the result was glory in Russia, but not before Croatia pushed them all the way.

Mbappe shows why he's the 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.

This must be just the beginning for Croatia

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.

Extra Time: World Cup final special

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.


SC: Takeaways from the World Cup final

Stewart Robson shares his reflections on the World Cup final following France's 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow.


Paris Celebrations

Police arrest 102 in Paris WC celebrations

Police in Paris said they arrested 102 people celebrating France's victory in the World Cup final after demonstrations began to turn violent.

Paris World Cup celebrations turn violent



Transfer Talk: Sarri plans Higuain reunion at Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri is reportedly prepared to sell both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to make room for Gonzalo Higuain. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Liverpool sign Swiss star Shaqiri from Stoke

Liverpool have completed the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, the Merseyside club announced on Friday.

West Ham unveil record signing Felipe Anderson

Get a first look at Felipe Anderson in West Ham colours as he becomes the Hammers' record signing.


Nicol: Shaqiri will need an attitude change at Liverpool

Steve Nicol explains why Xherdan Shaqiri's attitude worries him after the Swiss star completed a move to Liverpool from relegated Stoke City.


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.


DC united

Rooney makes MLS debut

Rooney, DCU take shaky first step into promising new era

Wayne Rooney's Major League Soccer career got off a winning start. For his club, D.C. United, it was a shaky first step into a promising new era.

Rooney provides assist in D.C. United debut win

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney made his Major League Soccer debut in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday.

Hazard, Belgium deservedly grab bronze

In a match with little intrigue, Belgium were the better side against England with Eden Hazard outclassing Raheem Sterling the most glaring example.

Spurs duo Kane, Rose disappoint vs. Belgium

England were left frustrated against Belgium in the third-place game, notably Harry Kane, who failed to score for the third straight game.

Belgium's 10-pronged attack, Kane's open play struggles

Belgium cruised to their sixth victory in Russia, beating England 2-0 to secure third place at the World Cup. ESPN brings you the best numbers.


Everton in Mina talks with Barca - sources

Everton are in talks with Barcelona over a deal for Colombian defender Yerry Mina, sources close to the the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.

Yerry Mina: I'm happy at Barcelona

Yerry Mina opens up about his future with Barcelona, as rumours continue to swirl over a possible move to Everton.


Lenglet 'would love' Rabiot to join Barcelona

Lenglet, 23, penned a five-year deal with Barca on Friday after the club executed his €35.9 million release clause to bring him in from Sevilla.

Premier Soccer League

Solinas is a solid choice for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs fans may feel a little underwhelmed after Italian Giovanni Solinas was named as the club's new coach on Friday, but shouldn't be.

Kaizer Chiefs unveil Giovanni Solinas as coach

Kaizer Chiefs have unveiled Italian Giovanni Solinas as their new coach, ending months of speculation over who would take over at Naturena.

Fresh Sundowns resume stuttering Champions League campaign 

Mamelodi Sundowns resume their CAF Champions League campaign on Tuesday, when they travel to West Africa to face AS Togo-Port.


Atlas Lions On The Move

Dortmund secure first refusal on Hakimi

The Morocco defender joined BVB on a two-year loan deal on Wednesday, and the German giants have also negotiated first refusal on the defender.

El Kaabi seals Hebei China Fortune switch

The Chinese Super League side have signed the Morocco international from Renaissance Berkane.


Onyekuru completes Galatasaray loan switch

The 21-year-old failed for a second successive year to qualify for a work permit to play in the English Premier League, and the move means he will play outside of Belgium for the first time since 2015.


NPFL goal king Okpotu joins Difaa El Jadida

The Moroccan side have signed the reigning NPFL top scorer from Lobi Stars on a three-year deal.

Sadiq excited to work with Gerrard at Rangers

Umar Sadiq has revealed that the allure of working under Steven Gerrard was influential in his decision to sign for Glasgow Rangers.

Major League Soccer

Rooney talks before debut

D.C. United's Rooney: Everton 'happy for me to leave'

Wayne Rooney spoke exclusively to Taylor Twellman about the circumstances behind his summer move. He's set to make his MLS debut on Saturday as D.C. United open its new stadium, Audi Field, against the Vancouver Whitecaps (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

Rooney: Bosses need more faith in English youth

Wayne Rooney says England will find more international success if foreign coaches have "a little bit more faith in young English players."

Exclusive: Rooney opens up over Everton exit

ESPN's Taylor Twellman sits down with Wayne Rooney to speak about how his exit from Everton all went down.



Riyad Mahrez Joins Manchester City

Inside Riyad Mahrez's first day - Via Man City


Mahrez: Signing for City a big step for me

After finally sealing a move to Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez says he has to perform and show that can play at the top level.


Africa's ten most expensive players

Where does Manchester City new boy Riyad Mahrez rank among Africa's most expensive transfers in history?

2018 FIFA World Cup

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Man United stars put on a show in World Cup knockout rounds

Seven Man United players are in the World Cup through the weekend, but none has impressed Gary Neville quite like Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard.

Belgium's Meunier: 'We are better than England'

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier says his side are better than England and believes finishing third is the minimum requirement for his side.

Balotelli uses England exit to hit back at 'insults'

Mario Balotelli responded to England's World Cup exit with a message on Instagram in which he said it was payback to all those who had insulted him.

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England are no longer a laughing stock

England came up short against Croatia, but overall, they've turned a corner from being "home before the postcards" at major tournaments.

Self-deception, lies get Croatia to final

England's collective mind got fuzzier as the game went on. Croatia's, somehow, seemed to grow clearer, scything through pain, fatigue and errors.

Russia 2018 can't be a false dawn for England

England surprised everyone at the World Cup, including themselves. The foundation of something great is in place, but that's been said before.

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.


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