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Croatia have come through the wars, literally

Croatia have played 90 minutes more than France in the past fortnight, but their life experiences mean that shouldn't really make a difference.

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Croatia's controversy-filled road to the final

The four years since Croatia's last World Cup campaign have seen fan violence, FIFA fines and a perjury trial for their star player.

Croatia's Dalic reaches World Cup final via unlikely route

Zlatko Dalic's loss in the 2016 ACL final with Al Ain still haunts him. But with Croatia he has moved on to bigger and better things.



Hornby: How England fell back in love with their national team

Nick Hornby: This summer had English fans believing again. But was the team's semifinal run really that impressive?


Southgate: England disproved 'myth' of fatigue

"I didn't believe the winter break, or the hotel we'd stay in, were factors about how we do in tournaments," Southgate said.

Gerrard 'proud' of England achievements

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says he's proud of the country's performances at the World Cup, after their run was brought to an end by Croatia in the semi-finals.


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Transfer Talk: Chelsea fight to keep Hazard, Kante

Real Madrid and Barcelona are eyeing up Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante. Can Chelsea keep hold of their biggest stars? Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Kante to Barcelona

N'Golo Kante to Barcelona and Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Rumour Rater: Benzema to Napoli? Mina to Everton?

As the World Cup nears its end, the transfer rumour mill will kick into even higher gear. David Amoyal rates the newest and biggest rumours.

Golden boot hopefuls Kane, Lukaku fail when it mattered

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are battling for the Golden Boot but a deeper look at their respective World Cup campaigns reveals an awkward truth.

England are no longer laughing stock

England came up short against Croatia, but overall, they've turned a corner from being "home before the postcards" at major tournaments.

Trippier fit to play for England vs. Belgium

Kieran Trippier is fit to play for England in the World Cup third-place game against Belgium despite picking up a groin injury against Croatia.

Belgium's Meunier: 'We are better than England'

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier says his side are better than England and believes finishing third is the minimum requirement for his side.

Pogba's World Cup secret: Keep it simple

Paul Pogba has been vital in France's run to the World Cup final and largely without ego or flash. But he can still produce the fun if needed.

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France vs. Croatia: Tale of the Tape

France face Croatia in the World Cup final, but who has the edge? Mark Ogden's tale of the tape previews what looks to be an uneven contest.

The story of France's 1998 World Cup triumph

How did the hosts go from unfancied to unbeatable? Twenty years later, some of France's world champions tell the remarkable tale.


Yerry Mina: I'm happy at Barcelona

Yerry Mina opens up about his future with Barcelona, as rumours continue to swirl over a possible move to Everton.


Gerrard 'proud' of England achievements

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says he's proud of the country's performances at the World Cup, after their run was brought to an end by Croatia in the semi-finals.


Miami delay Beckham's MLS franchise

David Beckham's MLS franchise took another hit from the city of Miami as the council delays vote on stadium ballot for another week.


Mahrez: Maguire deserves to play higher than Leicester

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez believes Harry Maguire his England performances at the World Cup have shown he is capable of playing for a Champions League side.


Project Russia: France go from strength to strength

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.


Belgium once again can't deliver at a major tournament

The ESPN FC panel break down what went wrong for Belgium against France and why their golden generation failed again to live up to expectations.


Extra Time: All things France-Belgium, plus Jack Wilshere!

The FC guys answer your tweets on Kevin De Bruyne's performances in big games, Paul Pogba's impact for France, Jack Wilshere to West Ham and more.


Buffon: PSG has me feeling young again

Gianluigi Buffon revealed that joining PSG has gave him a new lease of enthusiasm about football and feels he can still play at the top level.


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Chelsea fans happy at Conte exit but job-hopper Sarri a worry

Chelsea fans are relieved that Antonio Conte has finally been sacked, bringing an end to the latest soap opera at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Antonio Conte: A timeline of tension

Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea has been a long time coming. Here's how the Italian's position went from perilous to untenable.

Marcotti: Chelsea was a learning curve for Conte

With Antonio Conte on his way out at Chelsea, ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reflects on the Italian's tenure and what led to his undoing.



Five questions for Arsenal vs. Boreham Wood

Unai Emery takes charge of his first game as Arsenal head coach on Saturday. Here are five things to look for.

England glee proves why Liverpool fans revelled in CL run

A lot of people revelled in England's World Cup run before they fell short, just like Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Major League Soccer

Rooney talks before debut (Sat., 8pm, ESPN+)

Rooney's first impressions can give D.C. hope

Big-name signings don't always come to MLS with the right attitude. It's early days yet, but Wayne Rooney has so far avoided that potential pitfall.

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D.C. United's Rooney: Everton 'happy for me to leave'

Wayne Rooney spoke exclusively to Taylor Twellman about the circumstances behind his summer move. He's set to make his MLS debut on Saturday as D.C. United open its new stadium, Audi Field, against the Vancouver Whitecaps (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

Exclusive: Rooney opens up over Everton exit

ESPN's Taylor Twellman sits down with Wayne Rooney to speak about how his exit from Everton all went down.


Why Wayne Rooney chose D.C. United

Wayne Rooney sits down with ESPN's Taylor Twellman to detail what drew him to his new club and his expectations for his time in MLS.


Rooney: Faith in youth will bring England success

Wayne Rooney isn't surprised with England's semifinal run as he's seen the Three Lions' progress quite rapidly in the past few years.


Miami delay Beckham's MLS franchise

David Beckham's MLS franchise took another hit from the city of Miami as the council delays vote on stadium ballot for another week.


Self-deception, lies the secret behind Croatia's run to final

England's collective mind got fuzzier as the game went on. Croatia's, somehow, seemed to grow clearer, scything through pain, fatigue and errors.


Russia 2018 can't be a false dawn for England

England surprised everyone at the World Cup, including themselves. The foundation of something great is in place, but that's been said before.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Mandzukic winner takes Croatia to first-ever final

Watch all highlights from Croatia's epic comeback semi-final against England in Moscow on Wednesday.

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By the numbers: Six hours of toil, three comebacks, two shootouts

For the third time in this World Cup, Croatia went the distance, as they beat England 2-1 after extra-time. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

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The inside story of Ronaldo's move from Madrid to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has rocked football (again) by leaving Real Madrid for Juventus. Here's the inside story on why this transfer makes sense for all involved. Illustration

Ronaldo's Madrid exit makes waves throughout Spain

La Liga will never be the same without Cristiano Ronaldo. Questions loom at Real Madrid, but their fiercest rivals, too, face a changing landscape.

Ronaldo's transfer changes the landscape of European football

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.


Burley: Everyone's a winner in the Ronaldo-Juve deal

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.


Ronaldo's move a divorce from Real Madrid

Martin Ainstein discusses the many different reasons as to why Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.


Will Ronaldo keep scoring goals in Serie A?

Stewart Robson tells us how Cristiano Ronaldo will fare at Juventus and if his goal-scoring prowess at Real Madrid will continue in Turin.


Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible career so far

With news breaking that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, take a look back at his many accomplishments for club and country.


Who should Real Madrid target if Ronaldo leaves?

The FC crew wonder if Harry Kane is a good replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo's goal scoring at Real Madrid if Ronaldo leaves this summer.


FIFA World Cup

How France, Croatia made it to the World Cup final

A graphical look at how each team's chances of advancing through the knockout stage changed during every game.

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich dominate World Cup final

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have had at least one player in the World Cup final since 1982. A remarkable run -- but here are the players.

Croatia outlast England: Social media reaction

Croatia rallied from an early goal down to beat England 2-1 and advance to the World Cup final vs. France. Here's how social media reacted.

Transfer news

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Cuadrado hands Ronaldo Juve No.7 shirt

Colombian had worn the jersey for the past two seasons, but will revert to the No. 16 he donned when he first joined from Chelsea.

France rail's cheeky dig at Henry after Belgium defeat

France's national rail service (SNCF) have trolled Thierry Henry after Les Bleus' victory over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals.

French fire service use Neymar to plug first aid course

Neymar's World Cup misery may be complete after firemen in France used a picture of him to advertise first aid lessons.

FIFA World Cup

Project Russia: France go from strength to strength

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.


Behind the scenes at the 2018 World Cup's global coverage

A rare look at how three global outlets bring the World Cup to their fans, including ESPN partner Tencent's match-day show live from Moscow and Beijing.


Extra Time: Should Dembele start? Messi in a comfort zone?

The guys respond to your tweets about Liverpool's goalkeepers, Ousmane Dembele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and Lobos BUAP's new mascot.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Relive the highs and lows from the week on the ESPN FC set, which include more dancing from Gab Marcotti and a really excited Dan Thomas.


Project Russia: Has VAR been a success?

Various ESPN FC correspondents and fans weigh in on VAR and its impact at the World Cup in the latest episode of Project Russia.


Extra Time: Conte a Top 5 manager? Griezmann or Neymar?


Steve Nicol roasts Lovren for his 'best defender' comment

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol doesn't mince his words when responding to Dejan Lovren's comments about being one of the world's top defenders.


Project Russia: Three Lions bow out

ESPN's Charlie Gibson takes in all the action and fanfare in Moscow as England's World Cup journey comes to an end at the hands of Croatia.


Project Russia: France go from strength to strength

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.


The unique, bizarre & hilarious Cat Theatre

ESPN's Sam Borden takes in a bizarre cat theatre in Russia, which combines cat acrobatics, ballet and a circus.


Project Russia: A Cinderella run to remember

Relive the highs and lows from Russia's unexpected but memorable World Cup journey through the eyes of ESPN's Charlie Gibson.


Inside France celebrations: Pamela Anderson and a water fight

How did France celebrate reaching their third World Cup final? Julien Laurens has the inside track following their win over Belgium.


Belgium's golden generation miss best chance to win World Cup

The golden generation has blown its best chance to take that title to its logical conclusion.

WATCH Highlights: Umtiti's header helps France enter final

Samuel Umtiti's header was the only goal in the first semi-final that was played in St Petersburg.

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By the numbers - Can Deschamps join Zagallo and Beckenbauer?

France are in their third World Cup final, after seeing off Belgium 1-0. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

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FIFA World Cup

Shaqiri to Liverpool makes sense for Klopp

Xherdan Shaqiri is a no-brainer for Liverpool. He's available for a reasonable fee and could provide strong competition for Jurgen Klopp's squad.

Pochettino's players front and centre for World Cup semis

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino has the most players left in Russia of any manager, and his knack for developing talent is also on full display.

Tuesday must-reads

Spain need Luis Enrique in charge, and here's why

Luis Enrique's appointment as Spain manager makes a lot of sense. He's young, transparent and won't accept risk-free football: just what they need.

Man United should be thrilled by Fellaini's World Cup form

Marouane Fellaini is one of Belgium's least-heralded players but has been key to their World Cup run. Man United fans should welcome him back.

Buffon brings 'enthusiasm of a child' to PSG

Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insisted that PSG were not obsessed with the Champions League at his unveiling by the club on Monday.

FIFA World Cup

Brazil's latest failure still feels like progress after 2014

Brazil have once again failed to win a World Cup, but their time in Russia was far less embarrassing than 2014's debacle. It feels like progress.


Why World Cups are the worst time to buy a player

A great soccer tradition is dying: buying players after they have a brilliant World Cup.

World Cup breakout stars XI

The World Cup is a tournament at which reputations can be made. Ian Darke selects his Best XI of up-and-comers at Russia 2018.

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Klopp set to get bitten following faith in Karius

If Jurgen Klopp thinks Loris Karius can remain Liverpool's No.1 he will be held far more accountable than the goalkeeper when it goes wrong.

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Van Dijk: We'll 'work our socks off' to end drought

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool can step up another level in the upcoming campaign as the Premier League side looks to end their trophy drought.


FIFA World Cup

Ogden: Who will make the World Cup final?

With the quarterfinals done and dusted, there are just four teams left standing in Russia. Who will book their place in the World Cup final?

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World Cup: Love of the game vs. love of family

Chris Jones has covered many World Cups, but this time around he's experiencing the tournament from the other side. It wasn't what he expected.

Project Russia: The England dream continues

Before England bounced Sweden, a hatful of ESPN FC correspondents weigh in on whether "it's coming home" in the latest episode of Project Russia.


Sterling's work rate creates space for England

Stewart Robson reveals his ratings for England in their win over Sweden, and the FC crew examine the impact of Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate.


McManaman: England never looked in danger vs. Sweden

Steve McManaman and the FC crew agree Sweden did not ask many questions of England in the quarterfinals.


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