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World Cup best and worst: Five weeks in Russia

The 2018 World Cup had some brilliant moments, but what did our correspondents on the ground in Russia think of the tournament?

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Too-early predictions for 2022: France will struggle

The 2018 World Cup is over, so let's look at 2022. France will crash out, Africa's sides will rebound and Cristiano Ronaldo will star, then retire.

World Cup from the Darke Side: Hits and misses

The 2018 World Cup is over, but which moments were Ian Darke's favourites? And what did he not like about Russia 2018?

The blur that is Mbappe, Ronaldo's hang time and amazing fans

From the blur of a Kylian Mbappe run to Eden Hazard's remarkable tournament, here are Jayaditya Gupta's favourite memories from Russia 2018.

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169 goals, 29 penalties, 10 late winners, 4 red cards

Several records tumbled in Russia, as 32 teams provided a month-long spectacle. Here are the best numbers from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Top 10 'what ifs' of the 2018 World Cup

It's easy to go back and say "what if" after the fact but it's fun to do nonetheless. Here are the top 10 'what ifs' from the 2018 World Cup.

WATCH Highlights: Three cracking strikes, a goalkeeping howler & VAR controversy

The six-goal thriller in Moscow included an own goal, a controversial penalty, a goalkeeping howler, three brilliant goals and even a pitch invasion. Watch it all!

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Juventus

Football

Ronaldo's first day at Juventus

Has anyone ever enjoyed a medical more than Cristiano Ronaldo? The Portuguese superstar was the centre of attention as he was introduced by Juve.

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Kaka: Ronaldo move to Juve will improve Serie A

Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top headlines

France win World Cup

Marcotti: Thrilling World Cup gets the finale it deserves

Didier Deschamps got France's stars to buy into his work ethic, and the result was glory in Russia, but not before Croatia pushed them all the way.

World Cup woe must be the beginning, not end for Croatia

After the pain of falling short against France subsides, it's vital that Croatia channels its emotions into ensuring this isn't their last final.

Extra Time: World Cup final special

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.

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Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!

ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.

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Robson: Pogba can be the world's best player

Stewart Robson reflects on Paul Pogba's performance at the World Cup and explains why the World Cup winner can become the best player in the world.

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Burley: Scary how ambiguous handball rule is

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno explain why the referee was put in a tough position when he awarded France a penalty for a handball by Ivan Perisic.

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Was Kante the catalyst for World Cup winners France?

N'Golo Kante had an off day in the World Cup final, but Julien Laurens and the FC crew explain why he was pivotal to France's triumph in Russia.

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Transfers

LIVE Transfer Talk: Hazard would top Neymar fee

Los Blancos need an elite star to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and are in the market for a new top class goalkeeper.

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Transfer Rater: Milinkovic-Savic to Chelsea

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Chelsea and Danny Ings to Southampton 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.

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Extra Time: World Cup final special

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.

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Burley: Scary how ambiguous handball rule is

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno explain why the referee was put in a tough position when he awarded France a penalty for a handball by Ivan Perisic.

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Was the World Cup a success for Harry Kane?

After a six-goal output at the World Cup, the FC crew evaluate Harry Kane's performance and whether it would've impressed suitors like Real Madrid.

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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.

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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.

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Nicol: Shaqiri will need an attitude change at Liverpool

Steve Nicol explains why Xherdan Shaqiri's attitude worries him after the Swiss star completed a move to Liverpool from relegated Stoke City.

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Would a Barcelona move make sense for Kante?

Gab Marcotti says N'Golo Kante wouldn't fit at Barcelona, but Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop think he could be a replacement for Sergio Busquets.

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Will Smith has fun with the World Cup media

Actor Will Smith has some fun with the international media at the World Cup as he shouts out which countries each are from.

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Latest news

Watch HIGHLIGHTS: Belgium's golden generation finish with bronze

Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard gave Belgium a comfortable 2-0 victory against England in the third-place playoff at the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Hazard's reputation, value have never been higher

After tearing up England in the third-place game, Eden Hazard's standout World Cup performances have cemented him among football's royalty.

Hazard, Belgium deservedly grab bronze

In a match with little intrigue, Belgium were the better side against England with Eden Hazard outclassing Raheem Sterling the most glaring example.

Belgium's 10-pronged attack, Kane's open play struggles

Belgium cruised to their sixth victory in Russia, beating England 2-0 to secure third place at the World Cup. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

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Chelsea

Football

Burley: Time is right for Hazard to leave Chelsea

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Can Sarri's charisma, poetic football help Chelsea rebuild?

Maurizio Sarri might not look the part for Chelsea, but his charisma and poetic brand of football will be fascinating to watch as Chelsea rebuild.

Sarri's to-do list at Chelsea topped by Hazard, Courtois talks

There will be no honeymoon period for new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri as he acclimatises to life as Antonio Conte's successor.

The Toe Poke

Arsenal's Torreira mobbed by fans in Uruguay

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira received a hero's welcome upon returning to his hometown in Uruguay following his performance at the World Cup.

Bostock nails 'Billie Jean' performance in initiation

John Bostock's initiation song at Toulouse was a stunning rendition of the Michael Jackson classic "Billie Jean" -- complete with choreography.

England

Football

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?

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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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Chelsea

Football

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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