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Arsenal must do more to convince

Published: November 20, 2017

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Fitness and tactics won the North London derby but can Arsenal kick on? Elsewhere, derby day in Madrid was ‘won’ by Barcelona, Paul Pogba boosted Man United, Juventus slumped and Valencia won again


The 2018 World Cup field is set

Published: November 16, 2017

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The 32 teams at the World Cup are complete after Peru clinched the last spot. It’s all about being there, part of the VIP club that will compete for the title of world champions. You don’t want to be left on the outside.


Italy have themselves to blame

Published: November 13, 2017

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Italy need to play the FIFA rankings game but it won’t help them vs. Sweden.


Real aren’t in crisis yet, but Zinedine Zidane needs to halt the slide quickly

Published: November 2, 2017

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Real Madrid have now lost two straight games in all competitions, and while that may prompt some to view it as a cataclysmic event, in


Can Sampaoli save Argentina?

Published: October 9, 2017

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Whether or not Argentina make the World Cup, their coach is worth keeping. Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps deserves credit, England are experimenting and Egypt’s will make a heartwarming return to the biggest stage. Gab Marcotti »


Ronaldo Inc.: What the superstar sells

Published: September 6, 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t just great on the pitch; he’s the G.O.A.T. off it, too. In the wake of his brand association with an Egyptian steel production company, we dig into the bizarre world of CR7′s many, many endorsements.


Paulo Dybala’s hat trick vs. Genoa enough to top Player Power Rankings

Published: August 28, 2017

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ESPN FC’s worldwide editorial desks nominate their top performers from the weekend’s action, and the results are collated into a top


What was Ronaldo thinking?

Published: August 14, 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Super Cup dismissal was stupid, but showed he’s human. Plus: Nemanja Matic might well be a game-changer for Man United and Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut went as well as you’d expect. Marcotti’s Musings »


The 50 most influential in football: Who made our list this time around?

Published: July 18, 2017

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One thing is quite obvious when it comes to assessing influence in football: Once you have it, it’s hard to lose — particularly when you


Zidane proves everyone wrong

Published: June 5, 2017

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He had doubters, but Zinedine Zidane showed he is right for a demanding job.


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