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Kroos's redemption gives Germany belief

Germany looked destined to draw with Sweden, all but condemning them to a group-stage exit. That's why Toni Kroos' late winner changes everything.

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Kroos stunner keeps Germany's last-16 hopes alive

Germany was on the brink of elimination against Sweden, but a late Toni Kroos stunner has the defending champions back in the mix at the World Cup.

Sweden boss accuses Germany of 'rubbing in' win

Sweden coach Janne Andersson hit out at the German bench for rubbing it in as they celebrated Toni Kroos' stoppage-time winner in Germany's win.

Matchday 10: Belgium & Mexico impress, Kroos rescues Germany

Toni Kroos' goal in the dying moments gave Germany a lifeline, Romelu Lukaku powered Belgium and Mexico stayed perfect on matchday 10.


Mark Ogden's takeaways from Germany's stunning comeback

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden offers his instant analysis from outside Fisht Stadium in Sochi following Germany's last-gasp win over Sweden.


'Chicharito' has Mexico 'imagining amazing things'

Javier Hernandez was short of form entering this World Cup, but after two games, he's proven that he and Mexico should be taken seriously in Russia.

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Vela finds redemption as Mexico win again

Four years on from passing on the chance to play for Mexico in the World Cup, Carlos Vela is back and at the heart of El Tri's electric attack.

How high is Mexico's ceiling after South Korea win?

After Mexico made it two wins from two, Stevie Nicol forecasts how far El Tri's work rate and quality can continue to take them in Russia.


Gomez: Mexico must keep their foot on the pedal

With Group F still wide open after Germany's late heroics, Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez feel Mexico must keep full steam ahead versus Sweden.


Project Russia: Becoming a Mexico fan

Tag along with ESPN in the latest episode of Project Russia and get a taste of what takes to be a true Mexico supporter.



Lukaku has Belgium raising expectations

Romelu Lukaku's power was showcased again as he took his World Cup goal tally to four, raising expectations that Belgium can reach the semifinals.

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Romelu Lukaku tops Golden Boot race

We saw two sides of Romelu Lukaku in Belgium's win over Tunisia: the clinical attacker and unselfish, play-making striker.

Nicol: Defence will keep Belgium from winning World Cup

Belgium scored five goals in their win over Tunisia, but Steve Nicol says their issues at the back could prove costly in the World Cup.


Are Belgium likelier World Cup winners than Germany?

Belgium's hot start at the World Cup leads the FC crew to examine their status among the contenders and whether they can go farther than Germany.


Ames: Teams will fear playing Belgium

ESPN's Nick Ames shares his thoughts on Belgium's dominant display against Tunisia which saw them top group G.


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Matchday 10: Belgium & Mexico impress, Kroos rescues Germany

Toni Kroos' goal in the dying moments gave Germany a lifeline, Romelu Lukaku powered Belgium and Mexico stayed perfect on matchday 10.


Extra Time: Best World Cup goal, Belgium's chances and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Nigeria vs. Argentina, Belgium's chances of winning, respect for Romelu Lukaku and the World Cup's best goal.


Ballsupski: Hope it's a four game Saturday like last week

Anthony Richardson and Ian Fiveankles return to talk Neymar's tears, German nerves and Julian Draxler's dislike of daylight.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Gab dancing around on camera. Sebastian Salazar admitting he was wrong. The World Cup has resulted in plenty of funny moments on ESPN FC this week.


Matchday 9: Brazil & Swiss win late, Argentina still alive

Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.


Extra Time: Messi vs. Ronaldo, Neymar's antics and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Jorge Sampaoli, Messi vs. Ronaldo, Isco vs. Coutinho, Switzerland's first goal and Neymar's non-penalty.


Ballsupski: VAR, VAR, VAR

It's day 9 and your favourite dynamic duo are back in Saint Petersburg. They're talking VAR, they're talking 'on this day', they're even talking to Monsieur Le and what dishes he'll be making. What more could you ask for?!


Chicharito has football running through his blood

Chicharito reflects on difficult points in his career and relives the moment he matched his grandfather's World Cup feat 56 years later.


Extra Time: Should Argentina sack Sampaoli? Croatia a contender?

The FC team answer your tweets on whether Argentina would win their next match if they sack their coach and Croatia's chances of winning it all.


Matchday 8: Argentina in trouble, France & Croatia advance

Argentina's chances of making the round of 16 took a blow after a huge loss to Croatia, while Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer.


Project Russia: Young three lions teach us a lesson!

Learn from the best as ESPN meets future England stars Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Mason Mount in Russia.


World Cup Predictor: Will the real Brazil please stand up?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes predict who will come out on top between Brazil-Costa Rica, Nigeria-Iceland and Serbia-Switzerland.


Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid entering race for Nabil Fekir

After nearly joining Liverpool last week, Nabil Fekir is showing up on Real Madrid's radar. And El Tri's stars are in demand, says Transfer Talk.


Transfer Rater: Luka Modric to Tottenham

Luka Modric to Tottenham and Tanguy N'Dombele to Manchester United are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Rumour Rater: Are Madrid now favourites for Milinkovic-Savic?

The World Cup has started but the transfer rumour mill hasn't slowed one bit. David Amoyal rates some of the newest and biggest transfer rumours.

Likable England winning plenty of supporters

England's understated and humble approach doesn't make them a better team, but their young squad's relaxed approach is making them popular.

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Would Rashford for Sterling be the right move?

The FC panel try to wrap their head around a leaked team sheet that revealed Marcus Rashford could replace Raheem Sterling in the England squad to face Panama.


England need Alli, Sterling and Lingard to step up

Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have played 78 games for England, but have delivered a combined total of just five goals.

Do Panama stand a chance against England?

Ale Moreno assesses the likelihood of a Panama upset of England, while Craig Burley predicts how Gareth Southgate will approach the game with Belgium in mind.


Walker: English media need to help England

England's Kyle Walker has admitted the media should be trying to help the team and not leak Gareth Southgate's potential team line-ups.


Alexander-Arnold unsure of England line-up for Panama

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold admitted Gareth Southgate hasn't decided the team to face Panama aimed reports of a leaked team sheet.


Robson: England will beat Panama whatever team they put out

With reports that Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli are set to miss the Panama game through injury, Stewart Robson thinks it won't matter much for England.


For Neymar, relief replaces frustration

It looked like VAR's penalty reversal would cap a difficult day for Neymar. But Brazil found a way to see off Costa Rica and he found a goal, all of which explained his reaction at full-time.


Brazil -- and VAR -- triumph at World Cup

Brazil will get the headlines for leaving it late, but the biggest triumph was having Neymar's penalty overturned by VAR review.

Brazil learn World Cups are different

The Selecao finally saw off Costa Rica but it wasn't easy and Brazil's display was a far cry from the pre-tournament form shown under Tite.

Was Neymar's emotional display after goal too much?

Neymar let his emotions show after scoring for Brazil against Costa Rica, leading the FC crew to debate whether the display was over the top.


A quick portrait of Neymar's emotions

ESPN's Dalton Cara perfectly captures Neymar's emotions following Brazil's emphatic late win over Costa Rica.


Mariner: Douglas Costa made Brazil brighter

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on Douglas Costa's performance which helped Brazil get a late win against Costa Rica.


With Messi helpless, Argentina's World Cup dream fades

So much was expected but, when the game came, Lionel Messi had nothing. As Argentina crumbled against Croatia, their star could do little. Now an early exit looms.

Argentina are in shambles, and it starts with Sampaoli

Thursday's 3-0 thrashing was just the last symptom of a relationship between coach and country that never got off to the right start.

Argentina authorities want fighting fans deported

Argentina's Ministry of Security identified the four fans who attacked two Croatian supporters after Argentina's loss to Croatia on Thursday.

Ricardo Ortiz: Messi was not born to play for Argentina

ESPN announcer Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss Argentina's World Cup, the problems with Jorge Sampaoli and his sympathy for Lionel Messi.


Kempes: Argentina's a total disaster

World Cup winner Mario Kempes' faith in Argentina's chances of qualifying for the round of 16 has all but gone after their crushing defeat to Croatia.


Messi looked a 'broken man' in Croatia defeat

The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia.


Borden: Messi went missing against Croatia

ESPN's Sam Borden shares his thoughts on Croatia's 3-0 win which leaves Argentina on the brink of a World Cup exit.


Swiss scorers' Albanian flag celebrations in focus

Both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland against Serbia on Friday by making a nationalist symbol of Albania.

Swiss win over Serbia throws Group E wide open

Xherdan Shaqiri's 90th-minute winner for Switzerland against Serbia leaves the two nations just a point off Brazil on top of World Cup Group E.

Robson: Shaqiri provides the flair for Switzerland

Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.


Magic Musa inspires Nigeria, gives Argentina hope

Ahmed Musa's majestic double saw Nigeria past Iceland and in the process, threw Lionel Messi and Argentina a World Cup lifeline in Group D.

What's it like to experience the Viking Clap?

Jayaditya Gupta experiences the Icelandic Viking clap at the Volgograd Arena while also being impressed by the attendance figures so far in Russia.

Musa decisive in all-round team effort

Two-goal Ahmed Musa justified his return to the Nigeria team with an exceptional display, but which other Super Eagles impressed in the victory over Iceland?

Robson: Rohr's tactical switch paid off for Nigeria

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the adjustments Gernot Rohr made to help Nigeria overcome Iceland and blow Group D wide open.


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Editors' picks

World Cup's top 25 age-adjusted stars

For young players, making the 23-man World Cup squad is a top indicator of stardom to come. Bill Barnwell picks out the 25 next big things in 2018.

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Postcards from Russia: Misadventures in Cyrillic

'The sea is digging a new nipple' and other misadventures in trying to translate Cyrillic in Russia.


Make your picks!

World Cup predictions: Belgium vs. Tunisia, South Korea vs. Mexico, Germany vs. Sweden

The World Cup has kicked off and throughout the whole tournament our team of experts from around the globe will pit their wits against each other.

World Cup Predictor: Will Germany get past Sweden?

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes take on the World Cup Predictor ahead of Belgium-Tunisia, South Korea-Mexico and Germany-Sweden.


ESPN FC Match Predictor

Pick the outcome of each match in Russia, as well as the tournament champions and Golden Boot winner, and score points based on the accuracy of your predictions.

Mbappe announces himself on World Cup stage

France's teenage star scored the winner versus Peru in a display that showcased his outstanding talent. But he must deal better with criticism.


Mbappe seals France progress vs. enthusiastic Peru

Didier Deschamps' men will have to improve if they are to make a deep run but, thanks to their teenage striker, a last-16 place is assured.

Pogba 7/10, Griezmann 5/10 in narrow France win

Paul Pogba was a bright spot as France made it two from two at the World Cup but Antoine Griezmann was below par again, a bad sign for Les Bleus.

Leboeuf takes aim at France's second half & Pogba's leadership

Frank Lebouef feels France "played like a small team" in the second half against Peru, and doesn't hold back in his opinion of Paul Pogba as a leader.


Nicol: Players to blame for lackluster France

ESPN's Steve Nicol believes Didier Deschamps only bares some of the blame for France lacking fluidity so far in the World Cup.


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ESPN Onscene

Just your average attire for Brazil fans celebrating in St. Petersburg.

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Park Ji-Sung in the Rostov Media Center. He's hoping South Korea can produce a performance against Mexico. "It will be a difficult game because we had a bad performance and a bad result in the first match and it'll be difficult to turn around the atmosphere. Also, Mexico they won their first game against Germany, which is one of the best teams in this competition, so their atmosphere must be brilliant. But we have to prepare well and show our quality because I believe that our players didn't show their quality on the pitch in the first match. First we need to show our performance on the pitch and then need to wait because actually Mexico is a better team than us. But in football you don't know."

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Ronaldo on the scene in St. Petersburg. He's a popular guy.

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Ronaldo can't do it alone for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo got the early goal as Portugal got an "unfair" 1-0 win over Morocco but his teammates need to step up if they're to go far.

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Ronaldo surpasses Puskas, Portugal surge on

As if we needed a reminder of his powers: Cristiano Ronaldo became the leading European scorer in international history as Portugal beat Morocco.

G.O.A.T. Ronaldo explains his goatee

Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his G.O.A.T credentials in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain last time out... and is now sporting a goatee.

Denmark put Knudsen's family first at World Cup

Jonas Knudsen hasn't played a minute for Denmark at the World Cup. Even if he doesn't, there's one reason it will be a summer he never forgets.

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VAR keeps Aussies alive as Eriksen dazzles

Christian Eriksen's superb opener looked to be sending Australia home but a VAR-referred penalty converted by Mile Jedinak kept the Socceroos alive.

Arzani impresses but Socceroos slack in attack

Australia's lack of bite in front of goal proved their undoing in a 1-1 draw with Denmark, but livewire Daniel Arzani impressed off the bench.

Will Denmark or Australia advance from Group C?

With France already into the round of 16, the ESPN FC guys share their thoughts on Denmark and Australia's chances of escaping Group C.


Champion: A draw the very least Australia deserved

Jon Champion believes it's all still to play for in Group C for Australia after their 1-1 draw against Denmark.


Robson: Not much Poulsen could do about penalty

ESPN's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on the controversial penalty decision that earnt Australia a draw.


Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit

Four years ago, James Rodriguez was the World Cup's breakout star. This time around, his Colombia faces a potential early flight home from Russia.

How will Colombia respond against Poland?

The FC crew don't give Poland much of a chance against Colombia, and envision what impact a healthy James Rodriguez will have on the game.


Falcao: Colombia have character to make knockout stages

Colombia's Radamel Falcao believes the team's previous experiences mean they have the character to get out of Group H.


The Toe Poke

Spain's 'siesta hour' more important than WC games

The first World Cup matches of the day have provided some real eye-openers -- unless, of course, you're Koke.

Maradona mocked on Hand of God anniversary

Peter Shilton has had a laugh at Argentina's expense on the anniversary of Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal.

Football celebrates international Selfie Day

Today is international Selfie Day, and many of the football world's great and good have already been quick to share their celebrations.

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The complicated politics of World Cup culture

How ethnocentrism and xenophobia have helped and hurt the international game.

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Russia sheds preconceived notions of itself at World Cup

Mark Ogden's travels at the tournament have shown him that the country is showing its real self rather than the Soviet-era image many envisioned.

Opponents of VAR are wrong and other World Cup observations

VAR has been one of the biggest success stories of the welcoming, wonderful. World Cup in Russia.

World Cup stars

FIFA Player Profiles- Neymar

Will the costliest footballer in the world prove his worth on the biggest stage?


FIFA Player Profiles- Lionel Messi

Will the Atomic Flea perform under the pressure of the World Cup?


FIFA Player Profiles- Cristiano Ronaldo

After the Champion's League Trophy, can Ronaldo bring home football's biggest prize?


FIFA Player Profiles- Mo Salah

A look at Egypt's M. Salah, Liverpool's star forward


FIFA Player Profiles- Paul Pogba

Will France's bad boy of football secure the World Cup for them?


FIFA Player Profiles- Harry Kane

A look at Harry Kane rising star in the Lead up to the World Cup


FIFA Player Profiles- Kevin De Bruyne

Can Kevin De Bruyne do for Belgium what he did for Manchester City?


FIFA Player Profiles- David De Gea

Can Spain's No.1 bring back the country's glory?


Real Madrid


Real Madrid heading in a new direction

Forget about the Galacticos. In hiring Julen Lopetegui and extending Raul de Tomas' contract, it's clear that Real Madrid want to build a new core.

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Lopetegui unapologetic, defiant at Real Madrid presentation

At his presentation as Real Madrid manager, former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was calm, composed and defiant on the heels of a bizarre few days.

Lopetegui gets second chance at Real despite odd timing

Julen Lopetegui's announcement as Real Madrid's new coach was a shock given Spain's World Cup prep but he is an honest, tough and talented manager.



Leno move a gamble as Cech still holds No.1 spot

Think Bernd Leno is Arsenal's new No.1? Think again. His move is a big gamble and it's likely Petr Cech will remain first choice next season.

Leno: Arsenal's new keeper inspired by Casillas

Who is Bernd Leno, the German goalkeeper who has signed for Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen? Here are five things you must know.

For all his potential, Wilshere embodied Arsenal's past

A sensational debut aged 16 suggested a bright future for Jack Wilshere, but he came to embody an obsolete era at Arsenal and had to go.

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Alternative 2018 World Cup fans' guide

Admit it: You enjoy the World Cup but, beyond the tactics, you live for celebrity sightings (Beckham! Rihanna!), managers losing their @#$#, goal celebrations and fights.


Who lifts the football logo World Cup?

The Exploding Heads rank all 32 of the World Cup country logos, but you won't be surprised as to which country comes out on top.


Fans' World Cup allegiances in U.S. absence at World Cup

With the U.S. not in the World Cup, ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes takes to New York to ask who fans will be supporting in their absence.


Seb and Herc take a riverboat tour of Moscow

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez finally got some good weather in Moscow, so they made the most of it by taking a boat tour of the city.


Exploding Heads' genius, absurd & unique World Cup celebrations

Sit back and take all of the goal celebrations you'll see this at this summer's World Cup by the Exploding Heads' most agile athlete, Ian Fiveankles.


Seb and Herc show off their neighborhood

Take a tour of the neighborhood Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez are calling home during Mexico's journey through the World Cup.


Exploding Heads' eclectic World Cup museum

The Exploding Heads' World Cup museum is full of memories including Ronaldo's hair, Paul Gascoigne's tears and a Zinedine Zidane voice recording.


Seb and Herc take on Russian vodka and caviar

On their second day in Russia, Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez take some time to sample the local cuisine.


Seb & Herc's first day in Moscow

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez have landed in Russia and make the best out of a rainy day in Moscow.


Premier League

Groundhog Day at Chelsea as familiar problems surface

Chelsea fans are worried. With the management situation still unresolved and star players who could leave, what is going on Stamford Bridge?

Willian is the perfect Jose Mourinho player

Willian is the perfect Jose Mourinho player in the sense that he is tactically intelligent and works extremely hard in defence and attack.

Liverpool's World Cup contingent experiencing mixed results

Liverpool have eight players at the World Cup, and while most appear set to embark on knockout-round runs, their biggest star is going home early.

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Shrewd shopping helped Juventus rise to the top

While Juve will splash for a star player here and there, the players who've fueled their success -- Pirlo, Pogba, Khedira -- were bargain buys.

Should Atleti pursue sanctions for Barca's Griezmann pursuit?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti questions if Atletico Madrid would have much of a case against Barcelona for approaching Antoine Griezmann.


Boateng and Bayern's sub-zero relationship could lead to exit

Jerome Boateng's World Cup has been clouded by talk of an exit from Bayern Munich. So why did Karl-Heinz Rummenigge cast doubt on his future?

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Letters from Russia: Essays on host cities

Rostov-on-Don's raki tradition will show visitors a good time

Rostov-on-Don is known for its communal raki (crayfish) dinners and while being a smaller city in the World Cup, it will show visitors a good time.

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Moscow transformed as Russia fans, travelers party in harmony

"I've lived in Moscow all my life and never seen anything like it." Eliot Rothwell's new letter from Russia comes from the joyous capital.

Kazan: Cultures coexist in harmony but hockey dominates

Kazan is shared by ethnic Tatars and ethnic Russians, by Islam and Orthodoxy, but everything coexists in harmony in a modern, globalized city.

Major League Soccer

Review: Ibrahimovic delivers on star power in Zla-La-Land

LA Galaxy fans have seen their share of international soccer royalty, but nothing quite stands up to the franchise of Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The Undefeated - Atlanta is all about that soccer culture

The city has embraced the sport from the stadium to the street.

Columbus 0-2 Atlanta: Five Stripes stay top

Atlanta United thier lead on top of the Supporters' Shield standings with goals from Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba against the Columbus Crew.


Toronto 4-4 DC United: Eight goal thriller

Nick Hagglund scored twice late and saved Toronto FC as they played to a 4-4 draw with DC United.


NY Red Bulls 2-1 Seattle: Red Bulls reign

Bradley Wright-Phillips picked up his 10th goal of the season, lifting the Red Bulls to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders.


Montreal 3-0 Orlando: Piatti brace downs Lions

Ignatio Piatti opened and closed the scoring in Montreal's comfortable 3-0 home win against Orlando City.


San Jose 2-2 New England: Revs unbeaten run continues

New England's unbeaten run improves to five matches as they secured a point in a 2-2 draw with San Jose.


Colorado 2-2 Chicago: Katai seals draw

Colorado and Chicago scored a combined four goals in under 25 minutes in a 2-2 stalemate at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.


Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards

Alejandro Moreno highlights the highs and lows of Week 15 in Major League Soccer.


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