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Salah, Sanchez, De Bruyne among Prem most important

A year ago, ESPN FC's correspondents selected their club's 15 most important players and just 12 months on, there's been a huge amount of changes.

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Did the Premier League season start too early?

England's top flight kicked off its new campaign a mere 26 days after the World Cup ended. While clubs benefited from an earlier transfer deadline, would a longer break have been beneficial?

For Man United, is a director of football the answer?

Would a Jose Mourinho-DoF-Ed Woodward dynamic help address issues? Managers have always been all-powerful at Old Trafford, but things are set to change.

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Jurgen Klopp vs. Sergio Ramos: A timeline

The war of words doesn't look like ending anytime soon, here is how a fight between two of football's more combustible characters has developed.

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Ramos continues war of words with Klopp

Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid captain responded again to Jurgen Klopp's comments about his actions in the Champions League final.

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Champions League 2018-19 ball released

With the Champions League group stage kicking off next month, Adidas has revealed unto us the new official match ball for the 2018-19 campaign.

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: 50-50 Challenge

Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup. Club bloggers Rob Train (Real) and Joe Walker (Atletico) preview the affair.

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Spain to continue UEFA Super Cup dominance

For the ninth time in the past 10 seasons, this major trophy will end up in Spanish hands as the country's clubs continue to dominate in Europe.

With Ronaldo gone, Modric is key to Real Madrid

Life without Ronaldo is a reality the club have to face, but the loss of Modric as well could be a blow even Real Madrid might not overcome.

Ramos hits back at Klopp comments

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos believes Jurgen Klopps comments about his collision with Mo Salah were out of frustration because Liverpool lost the Champions League final.

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Major League Soccer

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Did a foul lead to D.C. United's dramatic winner?

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Power Rankings: Rooney sends D.C. into a frenzy

Wayne Rooney's stoppage-time heroics left Orlando City reeling, while David Villa ensured that NYCFC will approach the postseason with relish.

MLS: 34 goals in 90 seconds

Check out every goal from another crazy week in MLS, including late winners in Toronto and Colorado, and an even later winner in D.C.

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Toronto FC 2-3 NYCFC: Tajouri-Shradi silences Reds

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored twice, including the late winner, to lead NYCFC past 10-man Toronto FC, which lost Jozy Altidore to a red card.

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Seattle 2-1 FC Dallas: Sounders gaining momentum

The Seattle Sounders extend their current unbeaten run to eight matches as they inch ever closer to the final playoff spot in the West.

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DC United 3-2 Orlando City: Rooney plays hero

Late game heroics from Wayne Rooney to set up Luciano Acosta gives DC United a crucial win over Orlando City to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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Portland 1-2 Vancouver: Whitecaps best of Cascadia

Vancouver deal Portland their first home loss of 2018 and break their 15-match unbeaten streak behind goals from Kei Kamara and Cristian Techera.

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LAFC 0-2 Sporting KC: Huge road win

Sporting Kansas City are now 2nd in the west after picking up an impressive road victory over LAFC.

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LA Galaxy 2-2 Minnesota United: Comeback kids

Minnesota United twice came back from a goal down to salvage a draw against the Galaxy on Saturday night.

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Chicago 0-1 NY Red Bulls: BWP scores

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 15th goal of the season as the Red Bulls win their 8th match out of ten.

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New England 2-3 Philadelphia: Union 5th in East

The Philadelphia Union leapfrogged New England to climb up to 5th in the Eastern Conference standings while the Revs are win-less in their last six.

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Columbus 1-0 Houston: Zardes strikes in stoppage time

Houston thought they earned a quality point on the road but Gyasi Zardes had other ideas, scoring in the 91st minute to secure all three points for Columbus.

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Colorado 2-1 San Jose: Rapids steal late win

Nana Boateng scored in the 94th minute to give Colorado the win, but they still lag far behind in the playoff race.

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Real Salt Lake 1-1 Montreal: Playoff spots held

Both Montreal and Real Salt Lake hold on to the final playoff spots in their respective conferences with a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

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Juventus

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Ronaldo's arrival will show Serie A is full of drama

Italian football has taken a back seat of late, but Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is a big step toward restoring Serie A to its former glory.

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How will Ronaldo and Juventus line up vs. Chievo?

Stewart Robson reveals his projected Juventus XI as Cristiano Ronaldo gets set to make his Serie A debut against Chievo.

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Ronaldo's first Juve appearance draped in tradition

Juventus could have sold out the Allianz Stadium twice over for Cristiano Ronaldo's debut. Instead, it came in a town of 4,000 some 60 km outside Turin.

FIFA 19

Ronaldo returns on the cover of FIFA 19

Cristiano Ronaldo is back on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA games, and this year he swapped the white of Real Madrid for Juventus' black and white.

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What changes do eSports players want in FIFA 19?

Ahead of the release of the new game, ESPN spoke to a selection of finalists from the eSports World Cup about the changes they'd like to see in the game.

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Transfers

Transfer Talk: Zidane eyes Man United job

Could Man United's next manager be Zinedine Zidane? Leicester are near a new £75,000-a-week deal for Harry Maguire. Transfer Talk is on it.

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Transfer Rater: Martial to AC Milan

Anthony Martial to AC Milan and Christian Eriksen to Paris Saint-Germain are some of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Roma struck gold with Steven N'Zonzi

The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the team.

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Balotelli wants out of Nice, but no one's calling

Mario Balotelli may want out at Nice, but according to ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, clubs aren't lining up to rescue the temperamental Italian striker.

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Deadline Day in 90 Seconds: Everton buy everyone

Let the Exploding Heads take you around the whirlwind action of the Premier League's transfer deadline day.

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Most expensive English transfers this summer

Now that the English transfer window is closed, take a look back at the most expensive players bought in the Premier League this summer.

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ESPN FC TV

Extra Time: Mbappe vs. Neymar, hating on Wayne Rooney

The guys answer your tweets about PSG's second year stars, Wayne Rooney's late game heroics, celebrating Independence Day and more.

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Balotelli wants out of Nice, but no one's calling

Mario Balotelli may want out at Nice, but according to ESPN FC's Julien Laurens, clubs aren't lining up to rescue the temperamental Italian striker.

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Who's more important to Man United: Pogba or Mourinho?

The FC crew try to make sense of Paul Pogba's latest comments about Manchester United and choose who they would keep between him and Jose Mourinho.

3:36

Celebrating 5 years of ESPN FC...with mean tweets

In honour of ESPN FC's fifth anniversary, Dan Thomas reads some of the more interesting responses to his tweet marking the occasion.

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Liverpool prove they can have a go at Manchester City

After Liverpool made easy work of West Ham, the FC crew examine what makes the Reds capable of challenging Man City for the Premier League title.

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Burley: Arsenal's problems can't be fixed in one window

Craig Burley and Paul Mariner believe Arsenal will have to be judged against the rest of the Prem because the gulf in quality against Man City was too great.

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Is Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele PSG bound?

With Ernesto Valverde refusing to rule out an Ousmane Dembele exit, Julien Laurens weighs in with the latest on PSG's interest in the Barca forward.

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ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the greatest moments from the past week on ESPN FC, including Stevie's big words, Herc's weird shirt and much more.

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Mexican Liga Bancomer

Cruz Azul works on shedding old identity

Liga MX's first four weeks give a sense that the name "Cruz Azul" is no longer synonymous with epic collapses and a lack of confidence.

Liga MX Power Rankings: Cruz Azul stays top

Cruz Azul continued its perfect start as America and Toluca close in, with seven teams now within striking distance of the No. 1 spot in Liga MX.

Should Mexico consider Cruz Azul's Caixinha as next manager?

Matias Almeyda and Miguel Herrera are two linked with the Mexico coaching vacancy. Tom Marshall poses a new candidate: Cruz Azul's Pedro Caixinha.

Paris Saint-Germain

Soccer

Mbappe is eclipsing Neymar at PSG

The World Cup winning Kylian Mbappe is the name on everyone's lips; Neymar will have to accept that he is no longer the star at PSG.

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Laurens: Timothy Weah continues to impress Tuchel

After a strong preseason showing, ESPN FC's Julien Laurens explains how Timothy Weah has quickly made a name for himself at PSG.

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Rabiot 7/10, Neymar 6/10 as PSG cruise in opener

PSG were missing many of their regulars but Neymar and Adrien Rabiot scored as the French champions cruised to a 3-0 season-opening win versus Caen.

Barcelona

Soccer

Barca's matchup with Boca recalls Maradona's time in Catalonia

Barcelona meet Boca Juniors for the Joan Gamper trophy, so what better moment to recall Diego Maradona's two-year stay in the Catalan capital.

Messi breaks Barca trophy record with latest title

Lionel Messi became the most honoured player in Barcelona history with Sunday's Spanish Super Cup victory against Sevilla.

Match-winner Dembele 9/10 in Spanish Super Cup victory

Ousmane Dembele was the hero for Barcelona, scoring a brilliant winning goal as Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup.

The Toe Poke

Villarreal add a little magic to their player presentation

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Ronaldo goes sneaker shopping with Complex

The Juventus and Portugal superstar spoke about his taste in footwear, as well as his childhood and how his son copies him.

Leverkusen troll Cech over error

The Bundesliga club poked fun at Cech and talked up Bernd Leno after the Arsenal keeper nearly scored a comical own goal.

The Luck Index:

Man United luckiest in 2017-18

Presenting ESPN's Luck Index

Does luck really even out over the course of a season? ESPN, in conjunction with the University of Bath and Intel, have found out. And of course, Man United come out on top.

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Luck Index: Premier League lessons for 2018-19

The Luck Index shows that Manchester United were the most fortunate team in the Premier League last season, but what can clubs do to stay lucky?

Luck Index: Fortune does not even out in football

ESPN's Luck Index, powered by Intel, makes for intriguing reading. Among its findings? Exposing as a myth the cliche that luck evens itself out over time.

Premier League

Man City can still improve; Liverpool impressive

The Premier League is back! In the first weekend of 2018-19, Man City showed there's room to grow yet and the World Cup's stars impressed, as did Liverpool.

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Premier League in 90 Seconds: New season, same results

The Exploding Heads are here to tell you that the more changes a new football season brings, the more things stay the same.

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Premier League Team of the Weekend

Paul Mariner defends his selections and omissions in the first team of the weekend of the Premier League season.

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Premier League

Arsenal can't rely on Ozil to lead them forward

Against Man City, Mesut Ozil was a peripheral figure -- his influence on the game was negligible. Arsenal need more from their star man.

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Man City impress at Arsenal; Pogba vs. Mourinho

The new season means Marcotti's Musings are back! The Premier League champions began in style, while Liverpool also cruised.

What now for Pogba, Mourinho and Man United?

"There are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined," Paul Pogba told the media after Man United's win vs. Leicester on Friday. Rob Dawson was there.

Premier League highlights

Prem: Top goals from Week 1

Relive the top strikes from Week 1 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including stunners from Man City's Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

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Prem: Top saves from Week 1

Relive the top stops from Week 1 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, including a beauty from David de Gea.

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On The Spot: Would VAR have saved Jagielka?

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26 Premier League goals in 90 seconds

Check out all the goals from the opening weekend of the Premier League including Sadio Mane's brace, Roberto Pereyra's volley and much more.

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Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City: Sterling shines for City

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva provided the goals to help Manchester City begin their title defense with a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

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Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: Salah, Mane lead Liverpool

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 19th minute and Sadio Mane added two more goals as Liverpool went on to win 4-0 against West Ham.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Everton: Wolves fight back

Raul Jimenez and Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind twice to earn a share of the points against Richarlison and 10-man Everton.

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Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: Chelsea convincing in easy win

Maurizio Sarri starts off his Chelsea tenure with an easy victory as N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro all got on the scoresheet.

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Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Weary Spurs get 3 points

Most of Tottenham's World Cup stars featured from the start and overcame fatigue and an inspired Newcastle team to get three points away from home.

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Man United 2-1 Leicester City: Luke Shaw plays hero

Luke Shaw's first senior goal proved decisive for Man United in the opening match of the Premier League season, as they held on to beat Leicester.

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Arsenal

Soccer

Where did Arsenal go wrong against Man City?

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Can Aubameyang and Lacazette coexist on the pitch?

The FC crew discuss how important the relationship between Aubameyang and Lacazette is for Arsenal and how Unai Emery can utilise both forwards.

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Is Cech really better than Leno at Arsenal?

Petr Cech is so bad with his feet that it makes you wonder how bad Bernd Leno must be with his hands if Unai Emery doesn't see him as Arsenal No.1.

Manchester City

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Rivals beware: Guardiola's Man City are evolving

Man City rivals beware: Benjamin Mendy's outstanding display against Arsenal shows that Pep Guardiola has even more weapons to draw upon this year.

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Man City can improve, World Cup stars make impact

The Premier League is back! In the first weekend of 2018-19, Man City showed there's room to grow yet, and the World Cup's stars made their mark.

Guardiola: Mendy needs to forget about social media

Pep Guardiola admits he finds Benjamin Mendy a frustrating player to manage, warning the Frenchman to lay off the social media.

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Liverpool

Soccer

Liverpool prove they can have a go at Manchester City

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Mane needs goals to emulate Salah, Firmino success

Sadio Mane is the third man of Liverpool's front three, but more goals could put him on level pegging with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Mariner: Liverpool destroyed West Ham in midfield

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner calls Liverpool's attacking prowess against West Ham "a joy to watch", hailing the debut of newcomer Naby Keita.

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Manchester United

Soccer

Burley: Mourinho can't win a fight with Ed Woodward

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Fred the midfield dynamo Manchester United have missed

In Fred, Manchester United have an asset that may help them become part of the Premier League title conversation.

Cheer for Mourinho, Man United as captain Pogba stars

The display was not perfect and bigger tests lay ahead, but Friday's win vs. Leicester was exactly what Man United needed.

Chelsea

Soccer

Sarri arrival plunges Fabregas' future in doubt

Appointing a new manager creates winners and losers. While David Luiz and Willian have a new lease of life, Cesc Fabregas is in trouble at Chelsea.

Bakayoko joins AC Milan on season-long loan

Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea to join Serie A side AC Milan on a season-long loan.

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All-round effort seals Sarri's winning start

From back to front, Chelsea's players impressed at Huddersfield and gave cause for optimism under the club's new manager.

Tottenham Hotspur

Soccer

Tottenham stadium delays show fans are cash cows

Tottenham's stadium delays leave a bad taste in the mouths of supporters who feel they have been misled and overcharged by the club.

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No signings, no problem for Spurs at Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur dismissed all the prematch talk of their lack of summer signings with a season-opening win at Newcastle.

World Cup stars Vertonghen, Alli lead weary Spurs

Spurs had to hold on at the end and several players looked short of fitness but two players who featured in Russia helped see off Newcastle.

Italian Serie A

Roma struck gold with Steven N'Zonzi

The ESPN FC guys explain what Roma are getting in new signing Steven N'Zonzi, including how his World Cup success will be an asset to the team.

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Which version of Bakayoko are Milan getting?

With Tiemoue Bakayoko heading to Milan, the FC crew discuss why he struggled at Chelsea and how he can help a club eager to return to the UCL.

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Bakayoko can rebuild his reputation at Milan

From the heights of winning Ligue 1 with Monaco to being on the periphery at Chelsea, Tiemoue Bakayoko must now prove his worth at AC Milan.

Premier League

Why can't defending champions retain the title?

Since Manchester United in 2008-09, no team has gone back-to-back as Premier League winners. What are the reasons for that and can Manchester City buck the trend this season?

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ESPN FC's 2018-19 Premier League predictions

Who will win the title? Who will finish in the Champions League spots? And which clubs will go down? Our Premier League predictions for 2018-19.

New Premier League kits: Man United run out of ink

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Contenders: Who will win 2018/19 Premier League title?

Can anyone stop Manchester City becoming the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009?

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Premier League Predictor: Season superlatives

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol predict a few key categories ahead of the Premier League season, including the managerial sack race.

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31 things that'll DEFINITELY happen this season

The Exploding Heads are back for another Premier League season and share their rather hilarious outtakes of what to expect this season.

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United States

Soccer

Julien Laurens: Miazga will be a perfect fit at Nantes

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U.S. Soccer Federation has a brand-new pitch

An initiative to build fields in inner-city neighborhoods creates opportunities for kids of color.

U.S. women ready for next phase in World Cup preparations

The U.S. women will ultimately be judged by what happens in France next summer. But the Tournament of Nations showed that the team's rebuild is working.

Mexico

Soccer

Jimenez scoring on Wolves debut heats up Hot List

It doesn't get any better than scoring on your Premier League debut, which is why Raul Jimenez leads the way in this edition of the Mexico Hot List.

Tigres' Ferretti open to interim Mexico job

Ferretti has stressed he is not a candidate for the vacant Mexico national team job, but would be keen on helping out.

Ten Mexicans abroad to watch in 2018-19

As European football gets set to resume, ESPN FC looks at the 10 Mexico internationals who will be worth watching in the Old World in 2018-19.

ESPN FC interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Mourinho sits down with ESPN FC

Jose Mourinho chats with ESPN FC about Manchester United's transfer needs, expectations for Alexis Sanchez, his love for LA and more.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jurgen Klopp's full conversation with ESPN FC

Jurgen Klopp joins Mark Ogden to discuss his expectations for Liverpool's season, Mohamed Salah's fitness, his thoughts on Christian Pulisic and more.

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EXCLUSIVE: James Rodriguez is 'happy at Bayern'

James Rodriguez talks with ESPN's Carolina Padron about his goals for the upcoming season and what needs to change for Colombia to succeed.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lothar Matthaus reacts to Ozil quitting Germany

In an exclusive interview with ESPN's Sebastian Salazar, German legend Lothar Matthaus addresses Mesut Ozil's decision to quit the national team.

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EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Sturridge's full chat with ESPN FC

Daniel Sturridge joins Mark Ogden to discuss his music ventures, how a loan move away from Liverpool gave him a 'new lease,' England's World Cup and more.

13:51

EXCLUSIVE: Vela says Mexico trust Juan Carlos Osorio

LAFC and Mexico forward Carlos Vela sits down with ESPN's Max Bretos to describe his relationship with Juan Carlos Osorio.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mahrez explains why he wanted Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez sits down with ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith to explain why he joined the reigning Premier League champions.

1:55

EXCLUSIVE: Mata hopeful to rejoin national team

Juan Mata sits down with ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes to discuss Spain's shortcomings in the World Cup and Manchester United's preseason in the US.

3:24

Rummenigge: The spirit in the Germany team wasn't good

Former West Germany striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Germany's preparation was not up to scratch ahead of the World Cup.

1:24

EXCLUSIVE: Klopp gives insight to his Karius-Alisson decision

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains his decision to bring in Alisson and reaffirms his support for Loris Karius.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mourinho says World Cup allowed Pogba to focus

Jose Mourinho tells ESPN FC that the World Cup was the perfect habitat for Paul Pogba as he could 'only think about football.'

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EXCLUSIVE: Sane opens up about World Cup absence

Leroy Sane sits down with ESPN FC's Mark Ogden to discuss not being on Germany's World Cup squad and the pain of seeing his country fail from a far.

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best of the World Cup

Editors' picks

World Cup lessons: Europe rules the world, France beware

With the World Cup over, here's a look at what we've learned from the tournament - which includes a warning for the winners and sympathy for Neymar.

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What is Russia 2018's legacy?

There are reasons to be cynical about the World Cup, but in the end, Russia 2018's legacy will be about the connections fans made with one another.

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