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Neymar has Pele's Brazil record in sight, Portugal fend off Ronaldo drama: World Cup daily

Brazil are the faves coming into Qatar but we've already seen big upsets. Can Neymar get things going? The latest and what's ahead at the World Cup.

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Germany deserved to lose against Japan, but can they turn it around before their World Cup is over?

Germany might think they were unlucky vs. Japan, but really, they deserved to lose. The challenge is whether they can rebound before it's too late.



Spain thrash Costa Rica, start World Cup campaign in style as Gavi makes history

Spain delivered a masterclass against Costa Rica in their World Cup opener, proving Luis Enrique's side can make a deep run for the trophy.


Transfer Talk: Chelsea, Newcastle, Real Madrid all pass on Ronaldo

Chelsea are the latest club to reportedly turn down the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now a free agent. Transfer Talk has the latest.




Socceroos coach reacts to opening World Cup defeat


Socceroo Craig Goodwin reflects on his first World Cup goal




Football Australia targets March 2024 for NSD

Football Australia has earmarked March 2024 as its preferred start date for its proposed national second-tier competition.


Aussie Kisnorbo in historic move to Ligue 1

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo will become the first Australian to manage a side in one of Europe's top five leagues.



World Cup VAR review: Why the referee rejected a handball penalty for Denmark

We're analysing every VAR decision at the 2022 World Cup. Find out why Denmark were denied a VAR penalty at the monitor by the referee.


Why have the matches at the 2022 World Cup been so long?

The first four World Cup games had a total of 65 minutes added to them by the officials, including 14 minutes in the first half of England vs. Iran.

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  • The Far Post Podcast

    Join Angela Christian-Wilkes, Anna Harrington, Samantha Lewis and Marissa Lordanic as they dissect another big week in women's football.

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  • The story of Jean-Pierre and Bernardette Adams

    When complications from routine knee surgery left PSG and France defender Jean-Pierre Adams in a coma in 1982, his wife Bernadette refused to let go.

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  • Barcelona's next golden generation

    Amid a financial crisis, Barcelona's young players have rescued the team on several occasions times this season. But who are they?

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  • FC 100: Messi, Lewandowski top, Prem power

    ESPN's annual ranking was selected by 77 global experts and is broken down into Top 10s for every position on the pitch as well one for the managers.

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  • The battle to sign young American players

    Americans are making an impression on the global game, and Europe's biggest clubs are now rivaling MLS for the country's most gifted young players.

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  • Battle of the Leagues: The final!

    Who will be crowned champions of ESPN's Battle of the Leagues, presented by EA Sports FIFA 22? Will Ligue 1 or the Premier League reign supreme?

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  • The fight for the soul of Manchester United

    Cristiano Ronaldo is back and the club is one of the biggest in the world. But what does that mean to local fans, pushed out by the global game?

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  • Ricardo Pepi has unstoppable dreams

    After a superb start for the USMNT, Ricardo Pepi is ready to take on the world. Wherever he goes, he will carry his borderland hometown with him.

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  • Which LaLiga team should you root for?

    Spain's top flight has arrived on ESPN+ and, if you do not have a favorite team from LaLiga, here is a handy guide to all 20 to help you decide.

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  • How Man Utd got Cristiano Ronaldo to return

    In the span of 48 hours, Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus and, after seemingly agreeing a move to Man City, went back to Man United instead.

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  • How Diego Simeone became King of LaLiga

    Simeone embodies everything that is cool about Atletico Madrid: Gritty, intense and a LaLiga champion, he tells ESPN what makes him tick.

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  • How Messi came to leave Barcelona for PSG

    As August began, everyone thought Lionel Messi would remain a Barcelona player. Before the month reached its halfway mark, he was unveiled by PSG.

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  • Messi at Barcelona: The ultimate history

    The unthinkable happened: Lionel Messi left Barcelona. But as this interactive timeline shows, he will be known as the club's greatest-ever player.

  • Denmark sends emotional message to Eriksen

    Following the national team star's shocking cardiac arrest, Denmark rallied in support of Christian Eriksen with a tribute-filled Copenhagen mural.

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  • Mara Gomez: 'Football saved my life'

    In 2020, Gomez became the first transgender woman to play professionally in Argentina. She talks to ESPN about her remarkable journey.

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  • The 39 best male players age 21 or under

    Welcome to the next generation! Players from 15 countries and six leagues are named by Tor-Kristian Karlsen, a former scout and sporting director.

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  • Stories from the pandemic season

    The 2020-21 Premier League campaign was unlike any other. ESPN talked to people around the game about their experiences and lessons learned.

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  • The 21 best female players age 21 or under

    Welcome to the next generation of women's stars. With Catarina Macario leading the way, our list is dominated by players from the U.S. and England.

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  • Joe Bryan on anxiety, fear and wanting to help

    The defender tackled his anxiety and mental health head-on at Fulham. Now he wants to help others do the same and normalise the conversation.

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  • ESPN FC Women's Rank: The 50 best players

    An American World Cup winner is No. 1, followed by an Australian star forward, in an ESPN FC and espnW celebration of the sport's elite.

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  • How Barcelona signed Messi, 13, with a napkin

    On Dec. 14, 2000, Barcelona agreed a deal that would take Lionel Messi to Spain and change the course of soccer history. Here's how they did it.

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  • Why Haaland can become the world's best

    Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is writing history with every game he plays, and he is only 20 years old. But the Norwegian wants a lot more.

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  • Trinity Rodman set to make her name in soccer

    "Moving forward, it's going to be nice to distinguish that yes, [Dennis] was a successful NBA player, but I am going to be a successful NWSL player."

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  • Who is your country's greatest male player?

    Messi or Maradona? Is Pele Brazil's No. 1? Dempsey or Donovan in the U.S.? What about England? We try to settle the debates.

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  • Maradona, though flawed, was one of the best

    Diego Maradona is gone, but as Lionel Messi put it, "he'll be with us for eternity." As well as his legacy, the scope of his talent and humanity will endure.

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  • They wore that? All-time worst kits, ranked

    Man United's invisible grey, Liverpool's 'Crystanbul' attire, Barcelona's Tequila Sunrise; there have been some shockers. But only one had tassels...

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  • Football can drive the social justice message

    My message is simple, writes Shaka Hislop: Whether you speak out or stay silent, show up and be a part of the movement.

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  • The worst Premier League transfers of all-time

    Look away now, Fernando Torres, Mario Balotelli and Bebe; Bill Barnwell is back to reveal the worst moves in Premier League history.

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  • League tables

    Updated standings from the Premier League, Champions League, LaLiga, MLS and more.

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