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LIVE Brazil vs. Costa Rica: Coutinho, Jesus go close

Celso Borges went close to opening the scoring for Costa Rica, but Brazil should be ahead and have missed a number of chances. Follow live and #AskESPNFC to contribute.

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Neymar does not need to do it all for Brazil

He was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, but might that have been partly a result of Neymar's approach to the game? It's time he went back to basics.

Thiago Silva back in Brazil's good graces

Thiago Silva was notorious in Brazil's 2014 failure and seemed destined for exile. Yet he's back and captaining the Selecao again under Tite.

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 around him against Croatia, their star could do little. Now an early exit looms large.

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.

The reasons why Argentina find themselves in such a mess at this World Cup

With an unbalanced squad and a coach whose style doesn't fit the players, Argentina's problems have been written on the wall for some time now.

Argentina 0-3 Croatia: La Albiceleste self-destruct

Lionel Messi and Argentina absolutely imploded in Novgorod, falling 3-0 at the hands of Croatia who punched their ticket to the knockout stages.

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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.

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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.

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Ballsupski: VAR, VAR, VAR

4:51

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.

2:39

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.

5:55

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.

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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.

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Project Russia: Russia runs out of beer at the World Cup!

Could it really be true?! Charlie Gibson heads out to investigate...

2:38

The 6,000km cycling journey without a match ticket

ESPN's Alison Bender catches up with a Spanish fan who embarked on a 74-day journey, cycling from Valencia to Moscow without a match ticket.

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Matchday 7: Ronaldo's record, Suarez & Costa net winners

Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record versus Morocco, Luis Suarez led Uruguay past Saudi Arabia and much more headline Matchday 7.

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Argentina defeat opens the door for Nigeria & Iceland

The FC crew assess the state of Group D and how the tone of Nigeria-Iceland has changed following Croatia's defeat of Argentina.

2:52

Extra Time: Ronaldo's goatee; Uruguay the real deal?

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's new look and whether Uruguay can win the World Cup.

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Moments with Mimi: Inside Russian submarine

Mimi Fawaz heads to one of Kaliningrad's most famous sites - a Cold War submarine.

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Project Russia: Mexico fans take over the World Cup

Episode six of Project Russia takes you through Mexico fans' rollercoaster of emotions before, during and after El Tri's historic win over Germany.

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Project Russia: Ronaldo's takeover

Ronaldo joins episode five of Project Russia to discuss Brazil's World Cup hopes and his ambitions for Neymar.

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Transfer Talk

LIVE Transfer Talk: Sarri to raid Napoli for Chelsea?

Sarri is plotting a £76m raid on Napoli's roster if he moves to Stamford Bridge, and Juventus are eyeing Joao Cancelo. Transfer Talk is on it.

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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.

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.

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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.

France 1-0 Peru: Mbappe sends Peru out

Kylian Mbappe's first-half tap-in proved enough for France ending Peru's World Cup hopes in the process.

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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.

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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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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.

The many contradictions of Mexico's Carlos Vela

Whatever people think of Carlos Vela's past, the 29-year-old can still be a game-changer in Russia and he remains El Tri's most talented forward.

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All Access: Mexico's World Cup training session

ESPN FC's Herc Gomez takes you behind-the-scenes of what it's like to cover Mexico at the World Cup.

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Mexico's World Cup plan was months in the making

Many World Cup fans were stunned when Mexico beat Germany in its opener, but those in El Tri's camp knew the result was months in the making.

Would point deductions curb Mexican fans' chants?

The Sportscenter Mexico crew discuss El Tri's latest fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" against Germany and how to stop them.

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Gomez: Mexico's Layun key against South Korea

ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez believe Miguel Layun's versatility can be pivotal to helping Mexico overcome South Korea.

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Osorio: Mexico must be the protagonists

ESPN's John Sutcliffe speaks to Juan Carlos Osorio who hopes Mexico can be the protagonists against South Korea.

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Fabian to start vs. South Korea, Lozano bound for Barca?

ESPN FC's Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez address Hirving Lozano to Barcelona rumours and delve into Juan Carlos Osorio's potential starting XI versus South Korea.

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Would point deductions curb Mexican fans' chants?

The Sportscenter Mexico crew discuss El Tri's latest fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" against Germany and how to stop them.

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Marcotti: Lozano to Barca not likely

The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on whether Mexico's Hirving Lozano would suit Barcelona and how he would fit in the side.

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Gomez: Mexico's Layun key against South Korea

ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez believe Miguel Layun's versatility can be pivotal to helping Mexico overcome South Korea.

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Osorio: Mexico must be the protagonists

ESPN's John Sutcliffe speaks to Juan Carlos Osorio who hopes Mexico can be the protagonists against South Korea.

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Two on Tri: Lozano to Barca is 'in rarified air'

ESPN FC's Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez debate whether or not a move to Barcelona for Hirving Lozano would make sense for both club and the player.

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Fabian to start vs. South Korea, Lozano bound for Barca?

ESPN FC's Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez address Hirving Lozano to Barcelona rumours and delve into Juan Carlos Osorio's potential starting XI versus South Korea.

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Sebastian Salazar admits he was wrong on Juan Carlos Osorio

Sebastian Salazar heaps praise on Juan Carlos Osorio for a coaching 'masterpiece' in what he and Herculez Gomez call Mexico's best performance ever.

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Argentina defeat opens the door for Nigeria & Iceland

The FC crew assess the state of Group D and how the tone of Nigeria-Iceland has changed following Croatia's defeat of Argentina.

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Iceland look to seize on Nigeria's sense of urgency

Iceland received deserved praise for coming back from a one-goal deficit against Lionel Messi & Co. But bigger goals beckon.

First and second balls crucial for Nigeria

The loss to Croatia has left Nigeria needing to beat Iceland to keep their World Cup hopes alive. To do that, Gernot Rohr's men must be sharper.

Confident Nigeria gearing up for must-win vs. Iceland

Kwese Sports' Mimi Fawaz gets an inside look into how Nigeria are preparing differently to avoid a second group stage defeat in Russia.

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Udoh questions credibility of Nigeria live chicken request

ESPN FC's Colin Udoh spoke with leaders of two Nigeria fan groups who refuted rumours fans wanted to bring a live chicken into World Cup matches.

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World Cup predictions: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, Nigeria vs. Iceland, Serbia vs. Switzerland

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.

Play ESPN FC Match Predictor: Will Neymar and Co. bounce back vs. Costa Rica?

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.

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.

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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.

Denmark 1-1 Australia: Jedinak keeps Aussie hopes alive

Australia's World Cup dreams remain just about intact after an entertaining 1-1 draw vs' Denmark.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Portugal 1-0 Morocco: Ronaldo winner in scrappy win

Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco.

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Hislop: Ronaldo's focused on being a leader with Portugal

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, who is becoming the leader his country need at the World Cup.

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Ronaldo makes history in Portugal's sub-par display

While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.

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ESPN Onscene

Argentina fans getting fired up for the match against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Packed house for Brazil's press conference ahead of tomorrow's game vs. Costa Rica. DefenderThiago Silva and coach Tite set to speak.

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Welcome to Yekaterinburg. Perhaps the home of the first Cristiano Ronaldo statue in Russia. And they like a statue in Russia...

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The Toe Poke

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.

PSG, U.S. star Weah answers NYC team's call

An amateur team in New York was scrambling for players in order to fill a full side -- rising PSG and U.S. star Timothy Weah came to the rescue!

Hierro's not here to be Spain's caretaker: this is his team now

Fernando Hierro was the accidental manager after Spain fired Julen Lopetegui but it's clear that he's working hard to make this his team.

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Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

Spain have defended sloppily and struggled to establish a rhythm in two group-stage matches. Could their World Cup be over before it really begins?

Burley: You'll see a better Spain against better teams

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.

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Iran 0-1 Spain: Costa makes the difference

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lift Spain past Iran, despite the best efforts of Carlos Queiroz's side to find an equaliser.

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World Cup stars

FIFA Player Profiles- Neymar

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Lionel Messi

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Cristiano Ronaldo

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Mo Salah

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Paul Pogba

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Harry Kane

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- Kevin De Bruyne

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

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FIFA Player Profiles- David De Gea

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

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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.

Postcards from Russia: In search of World Cup fever

The World Cup hasn't exactly turned Russia into a nonstop footballing party.

Real Madrid

Soccer

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.

England

Soccer

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.

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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.

Ogden: Scarce flights make it hard for England fans

Mark Ogden feels the lack of transport available around Russia could be the reason for so few England fans making the trip to Russia.

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Extra Time: Macca on Southgate, Sterling's shooting woes

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets on England's game-winning goal, Gareth Southgate's coaching, Raheem Sterling fluffing his lines and more.

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Arsenal

Soccer

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.

Germany

Pressure on after Mexico defeat

Muller unfazed by criticism as Germany prep for Sweden

Thomas Muller is struggling for form with Germany but is still positive about their chances of a result against Sweden on Saturday.

Khedira offered ticket home by cheeky Swedish journalist

An intrepid journalist tried to catch the Germany midfielder off guard but he was more than ready for the ruse.

Philipp Lahm: Germany must stay calm

It's not been a great start for Germany, but captain-turned-ambassador Philipp Lahm remains positive for the short- and long-term.

World Cup 2026 vote

Exclusive: Donovan talks 2026 and missing out on Russia

The U.S. soccer icon sat down with ESPN to talk about the 2026 United Bid, missing out on 2014 and watching a World Cup with no American team.

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United bid, Infantino are winners from 2026 vote

The result was not as close as once seemed likely; the 2026 World Cup -- all 80 games of it -- is coming to a trio of hosts in North America.

Coming to America: Looking ahead to the 2026 World Cup

ESPN's Sam Borden joins Bob Ley to discuss what the 2026 tournament will look like and what kind of an impact it will have on the host nations.

4:12

Borden: United bid put on a full-court press

Sebi Salazar is joined by Sam Borden and Gab Marcotti to delve deeper into how the 2026 World Cup bid was won by the United bid.

7:34

Cordeiro: USMNT can win 2026 World Cup

USSF president Carlos Cordeiro feels that hosting the 2026 World Cup will have a positive impact that can help the United States challenge for the World Cup.

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Twellman: USMNT will benefit from 2026 World Cup

Former USMNT player Taylor Twellman feels that the game will grow in popularity by hosting the 2026 World Cup in the United States.

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2026 World Cup is 'rocket fuel' for United States

MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks about the 2026 World Cup coming to North America and what it means for soccer in the United States.

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Gulati: I had a feeling we'd be successful

Sam Borden caught up with former USSF president Sunil Gulati after the 'United 2026' bid was selected to host the 2026 World Cup.

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Infantino not worried over Donald Trump interference

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not worried about political interference from United States president Donald Trump.

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United Bid wins convincingly to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Premier League

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.

Man United's stars are proving their worth at World Cup

While Jose Mourinho undoubtedly would like his squad back for preseason as soon as possible, lengthy World Cup runs could pay off for Man United.

european football

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.

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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?

Who should Barca buy after missing out on Griezmann?

Barcelona thought they'd be signing Antoine Griezmann but having missed out, they must quickly regroup and reinvest in their midfield and defence.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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FIFA World Cup

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.

United States

Soccer

What U.S. sport could learn from international football

What's cooler: teams called the Nets, Mets and Jets, or the Eagles of Carthage, Pharaohs of Egypt and Samurai Blue? Sam Borden rests his case.

Who should U.S. fans support in Russia?

Whether you like powerhouses or underdogs, here's a quick look at the histories of the five teams U.S. World Cup fans are likely to cheer on.

Arena gets candid on U.S. World Cup qualifying failure

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explains why he believes the United States missed the World Cup and the changes he'd like to see in U.S. Soccer.

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Bruce Arena makes his World Cup picks

Bruce Arena makes his picks for the World Cup, including which CONCACAF team has the best chance of reaching the knockout stages.

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Arena talks young USMNT players and general manager position

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena shares his thoughts on the USMNT's performance against France and his vision for the U.S. general manager position.

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France 1-1 United States: Young USMNT denied shock win

Kylian Mbappe scored a late equalizer for France to offset a goal from Julian Green and deny an inexperienced USMNT side a win in Lyon.77

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