Ugra: Why I will miss the World Cup
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.
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.
- Everton in Mina talks with Barcelona - sources
- FIFA fines Croatia, Sweden over equipment
- Gotze facing 'crucial season' at Dortmund - CEO
- Man United to call up youngsters for U.S. tour
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.
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.
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.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo through the years
- Klopp backs Lovren after World Cup run
- Mbappe wasted time in France's win - Meunier
- England didn't match hype vs. Croatia - Rakitic
- Infantino: Nigeria risk FIFA ban after domestic turbulence
- PSG hire Neymar's Brazil physiotherapist
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.
World Cup exposed flaws in Brazil, South American sides
Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay all can look back and wonder, but Brazil has the most to sort out following their exit from Russia.
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.
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.
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+).
Is Mbappe on equal footing with Pele, Messi at 19?
Antonio Strini and Igor Resende, ESPN Brazil
Man United stars put on a show in World Cup knockout rounds
Seven Man United players are in the World Cup through the weekend, but none has impressed Gary Neville quite like Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard.
The joys and frustration inside Camp Socceroo
Charged with covering Australia's World Cup odyssey, Steph Brantz reflects on what has been a whirlwind six months for the Socceroos.
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.
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.
- England to face Croatia behind closed doors
- Arsenal summer transfer business done - Emery
- Emery: Leno to battle Cech for No. 1 spot
- Southgate got substitutions wrong - FC panel
- England players to have special welcome - May
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riyad Mahrez and Africa's ten most expensive players
Where does Manchester City new boy Riyad Mahrez rank among Africa's most expensive transfers in history?
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.
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.
- Fiat workers to strike over Ronaldo transfer
- Pogba: France must make amends for Euros loss
- Ozil affected by Turkey president fallout - Wenger
- Barca open training without Messi, World Cup players
- Ronaldo's Madrid exit won't affect Bale - agent
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.
The accountant who turned omnipresent midfielder
Arsenal can begin Premier League with a bang
Arsenal are primed to make a fast start to the Premier League season thanks to their under-representation at the World Cup's business end.
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.
Buffon now teammates with George Weah's son
Gianluigi Buffon, 40, is still going strong. Now at Paris Saint-Germain, one of his teammates is Timothy Weah ... whose dad George played vs Buffon!
Vieira out to be mix of Wenger and Mourinho
Ex-Arsenal midfielder is starting his first full-time management role in Europe and is looking at two of his former bosses for inspiration.
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.
Photo Feature: No sleep 'til Moscow
Photos and reporting by Juan Arredondo
- West Ham sign Jack Wilshere from Arsenal
- Mbappe 'deserves' Ballon d'Or - Hazard
- Luis Enrique appointed new Spain manager
- Grealish likely to leave Villa due to FFP - Bruce
- MLS, A-League await Torres' Tuesday decision
- Rangnick to lead Leipzig with Marsch as assistant
- Bayern sign American defender Richards on loan
- Herrera is ready for the challenge of joining Europe's elite
- Galatasaray open Onyekuru talks with Everton
- World Cup shows depth of Bafana's fall
- U.S. striker Wood joins Hannover on initial loan
- Conte holds preseason double session - sources
- Premier League players back in training
- Hart returns to City, seeking transfer - sources
- U.S. teenager Vint to join Man United under-18s
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.
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.
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?
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.
- Klopp admits he is a fan of Dortmund's Pulisic
- Eriksen, Sanchez, Son in Spurs' ICC squad
- Cahill: A-League fans should decide on Bolt
- City's Hart: There's no league 'I'd say no to'
- Klopp: 'True' I changed mind over Pogba fee
- Fabregas ready for 'new start' under Sarri
- Man Utd won't sell wantaway Martial - sources
- Bayern boss Kovac sees Sanches 'unfreezing'
The 2018 World Cup stories of ESPN's Jayaditya Gupta, updated as he takes in more of the sights and sounds of the host country Russia.
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