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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.

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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.

Man United's complacency allowing rivals to close to gap

Man United are confident that they don't need to win trophies to remain football's dominant commercial force, but could that arrogance cost them?

Arsenal

Football

Five qualities Arsenal are looking for in Emery

Arsenal's decision to pursue former PSG boss Unai Emery is based on a specific set of qualities the manager can bring to the Emirates.

Emery can improve Arsenal overnight

Tom Adams: Pulses might not race at Arsenal's pending appointment of Unai Emery, but he possesses precisely what the Gunners lacked under Arsene Wenger.

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Liverpool

Football

Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations

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Robertson's progression reminds of Liverpool legend Kennedy

Andy Robertson started slow at Liverpool but like former left-back Alan Kennedy has become a cult figure. Can he mimic Kennedy's exploits vs Madrid?

UEFA charges Liverpool. Roma for UCL incidents

Liverpool and Roma have both been charged by UEFA for incidents that took place at last month's Champions League semifinal.

Transfers

Transfer Talk: Arsenal's new regime targets Jean-Michael Seri

Unai Emery tried to sign the Nice midfielder for PSG in the winter and will waste no time moving for him again. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Neymar to Real Madrid

Neymar to Real Madrid and Jamaal Lascelles to Liverpool 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.

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ESPN FAME 100

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

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MUST SEE

A sneak peek at 'Messi and Me'

Matt Eliason's dream of playing professionally appeared to be over, until a chance appearance in a friendly with Lionel Messi changed his life.

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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.

The Vieira-Nice saga is getting 'really weird'

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira denies reports he's close to becoming manager of Nice, but Julien Laurens says Nice officials are singing a different tune.

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Has Tuchel convinced Neymar to stay at PSG?

Julien Laurens loves the rumour that Neymar and Thomas Tuchel got along during their first meeting while discussing Neymar's role next season.

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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.

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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.

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Owen: Salah should win the Ballon d'Or

Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen believes that if his former club win the UEFA Champions League, Mohamed Salah will deserve to win the Ballon d'Or award.

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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.

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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.

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Assessing Mourinho's tenure at Man United

The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba.

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Football

The Exploding Heads' End of Season Awards

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Will Smith to sing 2018 World Cup song

Will Smith and Nicky Jam have been locked in to perform the official 2018 World Cup song, according to multiple reports.

Marcotti's Musings: Mourinho, Conte, Serie A drama and more

Jose Mourinho may not be bothered about losing the FA Cup final but he has to fix how Man United play, writes Gab Marcotti. PLUS: Andres Iniesta's place in Spain's best-ever discussion, Lazio vs. Inter delivers drama and Chelsea must be careful as to how they replace Antonio Conte.

English Premier League

Club kits for 2018-19

Arsenal's new kit: red pin stripes on white sleeves

Arsenal announced their new home kit for next season on Tuesday with a new sleeve design that has divided opinion among fans.

Lukaku, Pogba, Martial model new United kit

After securing second spot in the Premier League with a goalless draw, Manchester United celebrated by treating themselves to a brand new third kit.

Manchester City unveil new kit ahead of new season

After wrapping up the Premier League title, Man City have treated themselves to a brand new kit for the 2018-19 season.

Chelsea

Football

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.

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Chelsea would get better of Willian-Martial swap

If a deal for Martial is possible, reuniting Willian with his favourite manager would be a bitter pill well worth swallowing for Chelsea.

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.

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TOE POKE

Toe Poke best of the season

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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!

Emery announces Arsenal job ... then deletes it?

Unai Emery is clearly excited about his impending announcement as Arsenal manager. He posted a photo on his personal website, only to take it down.

Ream: Fulham's season nice distraction from U.S. failure

Tim Ream revisits the USMNT's World Cup failure with ESPN's Alison Bender and explains how it has helped him in Fulham's fight for promotion.

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Championship playoff winners to get £160m

Prize on offer in the winner-takes-all clash between Fulham and Villa at Wembley remains the biggest in world football.

Sessegnon compared to Bale, but more like Salah or Sterling

He's a left-back turned winger with a striker's instincts. It's easy to see why Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is so highly-rated.

The Toe Poke

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.

Louis Vuitton produces World Cup case

Louis Vuitton will provide a custom trophy case designed to carry the World Cup, as has launched a full range of tournament-themed leather luggage.

Salah's boots enter British Museum

Mohamed Salah has seen his football boots enter the British Museum as part of their collection of priceless Egyptian artefacts.

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Football

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.

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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.

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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.

German Bundesliga

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.

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What you need to know about Niko Kovac

From his Berlin roots to the Bayern hot seat, get the lowdown on incoming boss and 2018 DFB Pokal winner Niko Kovac.

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Real Madrid

Football

Isco at Real Madrid pre Champions League final media open day "I've seen some Liverpool games this season, I like how the play, with good football."

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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.

Real Madrid players training at open day ahead if Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool. Speaking beforehand Zidane suggested Gareth Bale's recent form could see him start.

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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.

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Iran: Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun the key men

Iran's qualifying campaign was serene, and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh and striker Sardar Azmoun may catch the eye for the potential dark horses.

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.

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Giggs backs 'impact' player Bale in UCL final

Ryan Giggs has warned Liverpool that Gareth Bale is ready to make the difference in the Champions League final.

Champions League headache for supporters in Kiev

Picking Kiev for the Champions League final has raised all manner of problems for fans. Dermot Corrigan details the problems Real Madrid are having.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Argentina

Football

Sampaoli must build around Messi, address defence

Argentina's latest coach faces an age-old problem. Will Sampaoli's playing style suit a suspect defence and allow his star to shine?

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.

England

Football

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.

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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.

England captain Kane: There's 'nothing to lose'

Newly minted England captain Harry Kane wants to use Liverpool's run to the Champions League final as inspiration for the upcoming World Cup.

Major League Soccer

All is not well with Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy

Ibrahimovic's impulsive act of retaliation to get his first red card shows his frustration with life at the LA Galaxy has been building.

USA Today

Power Rankings: NYRB usurp Atlanta

The New York Red Bulls are now Major League Soccer's team to beat, while things took a turn for the better at D.C. United.

ESPN FC TV

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why FA Cup win changes nothing for Conte and Chelsea

Despite winning the FA Cup this season, the FC crew agree Antonio Conte has likely coached his final match for Chelsea.

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How success is being redefined at Man United

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

3:28

Is criticism of Robert Lewandowski justified?

With former Bayern Munich stars lining up to criticise Robert Lewandowski's impact, the FC crew assess whether such comments are necessary.

1:44

ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best moments from the week on the ESPN FC set, including Steve Nicol's dancing skills and Sebastian Salazar's wedding.

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Santos' Liga MX title signals end of big-budget era

The idea of a team with a small budget and no marketable stars winning Liga MX seemed impossible. Now, Santos have given hope to all Mexican sides.

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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.

Villafana: Liga MX title more important than stolen money

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall catches up with Jorge Villafana, who helped Santos win the Liga MX title two days after being robbed at gunpoint.

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Football

Kompany reveals how Man City can improve in 2018-19

Man City's Vincent Kompany tells Alexis Nunes how their record-breaking season came together, what it's like working under Pep Guardiola and more.

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Kompany: Pep 'intensity' can see City retain title

Vincent Kompany said Pep Guardiola has laid the foundation for Manchester City to achieve prolonged success in the Premier League.

Can Pep keep Man City at the top for another two seasons?

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level.

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Reading between the emojis of Willian's Instagram post

The FC crew interpret what Willian's now-deleted Instagram post says about Chelsea players' relationship with Antonio Conte and Conte's future.

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Why is Conte headed for exit but Mourinho not?

Mark Ogden: One is disliked but secure, the other has won trophies but is heading for the exit. Saturday's FA Cup final showed the irony of Mourinho and Conte's respective positions.

Hazard punishes toothless United in FA Cup final

Mark Ogden: If this is goodbye Antonio Conte, he will leave with the FA Cup after Eden Hazard struck against a Manchester United side lacking bite in attack.

The story of Barcelona's rocky but successful season

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona have emerged from a tough season with a Liga-record unbeaten run and two trophies, but it still feels insufficient.

Is Iniesta the best Spanish player of all time?

After Andres Iniesta's last game for Barca, the FC crew assess his place among Spain's greats and whether he can go out on top at the World Cup.

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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.

European Football

Aves win Portuguese Cup, cap miserable season for Sporting

Desportivo das Aves' stunning cup final victory over Sporting capped a remarkable season for the minnows and the hardest week in Sporting's history.

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Croatia's Rebic is finally proving his worth

Ante Revic shone the brightest as Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern in the cup final. Though he's had a tough career, he will be at the World Cup.

Mexicans in Europe grades: A+ Lozano shines, Chicharito a C+

The European season has now drawn to a close. We grade how the most prominent Europeos performed in their 2017-18 tournaments.

Promotion/Relegation

Wolfsburg beat Holstein Kiel to stay in Bundesliga

Robin Knoche's goal 15 minutes from time ensured Wolfsburg kept their place in the Bundesliga after beating Holstein Kiel 4-1 on aggregate.

Tiny Huesca earn historic La Liga promotion

Huesca will play in La Liga for the first time in the club's history next season after beating Lugo 2-0 in the Segunda division.

Ajaccio forfeit home field in promotion playoff vs. Toulouse

Ajaccio have escaped dismissal from the playoffs for promotion to Ligue 1 but will be deprived of home advantage for the first leg of the final.

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.

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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.

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Buffon's Juventus goodbye: In pictures

Gianluigi Buffon bid farewell to Juventus on Saturday as the Serie A champions took on Verona. Here's a look at how the emotional day went down.

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.

wORLD cUP

Last Train to Russia: Kaliningrad

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Transfer window

Premier League opens May 17

Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes?

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.

World Cup, new transfer window will impact deals

With Premier League clubs electing to open the transfer window May 17 to Aug. 9, there will be an almighty scramble for new players this summer.

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.

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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.

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea

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

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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.

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Transfer Talk: Manchester City

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

2:01

Transfer Talk: Tottenham

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

2:20

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Mexico

Football

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.

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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.

"Gallito" not letting Mexico snub slow him down

Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez has had a superb Clausura for Santos Laguna as it preps for the Liga MX final. It's a shame he'll miss the World Cup.

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