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Why is Conte headed for exit but Mourinho safe?

Mark Ogden: One is disliked but secure, the other has won trophies but is heading for the exit. Saturday's FA Cup final showed the irony of Mourinho and Conte's respective positions.

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Can Chelsea's season be deemed a success?

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes debate whether Chelsea's FA Cup triumph makes it a successful season and what it means for Eden Hazard's future.


Hazard punishes toothless United in FA Cup final

Mark Ogden: If this is goodbye Antonio Conte, he will leave with the FA Cup after Eden Hazard struck against a Manchester United side lacking bite in attack.

Conte: I can't change, I'm a serial winner

Antonio Conte declares himself a "serial winner" after Chelsea's FA Cup win, and fires a message to the club's hierarchy regarding his future.


Mourinho: I prefer to lose with positive feelings

Jose Mourinho admits he's sad to finish the season without silverware, but feels his team were the best team in the FA Cup.


Chelsea raise eighth FA Cup in club history

Club captain Gary Cahill and the rest of the Chelsea squad celebrate the Blues' eighth FA Cup title, which ties Tottenham for third-most all-time.



LIVE Transfer Talk: Atletico plan shock move for Vardy

Jamie Vardy's exploits in the Premier League have not gone unnoticed, with Europa champions Atletico circling. Follow Transfer Talk LIVE.

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Would these Premier League clubs sign Buffon?

The 40-year-old is still an incredible goalkeeper, but is he too old to make an impact in England? We asked our correspondents.

Morata to Juventus a 'very realistic prospect'

ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini doesn't think Juventus will overpay for Alvaro Morata, however if the price is right Juventus would be very interested.



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Kompany reveals how Man City can improve in 2018-19

Man City's Vincent Kompany tells Alexis Nunes how their record-breaking season came together, what it's like working under Pep Guardiola and more.


Kompany: Pep 'intensity' can see City retain title

Vincent Kompany said Pep Guardiola has laid the foundation for Manchester City to achieve prolonged success in the Premier League.

Buffon a perfect 10 in Juventus finale

For his immaculate performances over the years, stellar career and his graciousness, Gigi Buffon got a perfect 10 in his final Juve outing.


Buffon's Juventus goodbye: In pictures

Gianluigi Buffon bid farewell to Juventus on Saturday as the Serie A champions took on Verona. Here's a look at how the emotional day went down.

Why Buffon is leaving Juventus

The ESPN FC panel discuss the timing of Gianluigi Buffon's decision to leave Juventus.


Juventus ensure Buffon bows out on a high

Serie A champs Juventus bid farewell to Gianluigi Buffon and edged Hellas Verona, 2-1 at Allianz Stadium on the final day of the season.


FIFA World Cup

Was the 1998 World Cup fixed?

Michel Platini has said France influenced the 1998 World Cup group stage draw. We take a look at the background.

U.S.-led World Cup bid nears vote that's too close to call

With geopolitical interest and a rival bid from Morocco, the U.S.-led United Bid for the right to host the 2026 World Cup is going down to the wire.

Tensions escalating between FIFA and UEFA

The battle lines have been drawn. UEFA's rejection of FIFA's proposed $25bn remodelling of world football have tensions at an all-time high.

Must-see Highlights

USMNT's Miazga scores big playoff goal for Vitesse

American international Matt Miazga scores in the second leg of the Eredivisie's Europa League playoff final to extend Vitesse's lead on Utrecht.


Eintracht Frankfurt shock Bayern to win DFB Pokal

Eintracht Frankfurt pulled off a shock 3-1 upset over Bayern Munich in the final to win their first DFB Pokal since 1998 and end Jupp Heynckes' career on a losing note.

Hummels, Sule too slow in Bayern's shock cup loss

Bayern's coach-in-waiting, Niko Kovac, exposed the German champions' lack of pace in the DFB Pokal final -- something he'll need to fix next season.

Kovac to Bayern: 'Football writes best stories'

Niko Kovac said "football writes the best stories" after his Eintracht Frankfurt side beat future employer Bayern Munich 3-1 in the DFB Pokal final.

Niko Kovac & Eintracht lift historic German Cup title

Soon-to-be Bayern boss Niko Kovac and Eintracht Frankfurt rejoice at Olympiastadion, raising the club's fifth DFB Pokal title.


Ligue 1

Ligue 1: Depay hat trick sees Lyon into UCL

Lyon hung on to the final Champions League qualification place as they defeated Nice 3-2 on the final day of the Ligue 1 season.

Rabiot's season ends with a whimper

PSG churned out a dour 0-0 at Caen on Saturday, which was perhaps a fitting finale to Adrien Rabiot's season and Unai Emery's tenure.

U.S.'s Weah handed first PSG senior-team start

Rising United States star Timothy Weah has been handed his first senior start for Paris Saint-Germain.


Why FA Cup win changes nothing for Conte and Chelsea

Despite winning the FA Cup this season, the FC crew agree Antonio Conte has likely coached his final match for Chelsea.


How success is being redefined at Man United

Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.


Is criticism of Robert Lewandowski justified?

With former Bayern Munich stars lining up to criticise Robert Lewandowski's impact, the FC crew assess whether such comments are necessary.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best moments from the week on the ESPN FC set, including Steve Nicol's dancing skills and Sebastian Salazar's wedding.


Sunday's matches


Messi: Inside the life of the world’s most private superstar

Sam Borden: Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.

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How far can Messi carry Argentina this time around?

After their runners-up finish in 2014, the ESPN FC crew assess Lionel Messi and Argentina's chances of lifting the World Cup in Russia.



Griezmann, gambling and the royal wedding

The FC crew respond to your tweets about Antoine Griezmann, Bayern Munich and sports gambling in the U.S. Plus, they recap the royal wedding.


United States


More comments, no accountability after USMNT failure




Iniesta: Spain's greatest ever player?

Farewell, Andres Iniesta. Applauded at the Bernabeu and loved across Spain, Barcelona's magician is set to leave. But what is his legacy?

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Messi rested for Barcelona's season finale

Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is likely to be rested on Sunday when Barcelona host Real Sociedad in the final game of the La Liga season.

Barcelona bashed for playing Messi in South Africa

Shaka Hislop and Ale Moreno think Barcelona was disrespectful to La Liga when they prioritized a friendly over Sunday's match with Levante.


Major League Soccer

Red Bulls' embracing youth at the expense of stars

The New York Red Bulls used to be littered with big-name players. No longer, and under Jesse Marsch, they look closer than ever to title contenders.

How MLS is luring young U.S. stars back from Europe

A generation of U.S. talent came back to MLS from Europe and regressed, but the likes of Russell Canouse and Brooks Lennon could chart a new course.

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How Toluca can turn the tide in the Liga MX final

Santos are in control of the Liga MX final, but the FC crew are not ruling out Toluca as they head home for the second leg.


Toluca under heavy pressure - Santos' Siboldi

Santos coach Robert Siboldi is adamant his side will not be going out simply to defend its 2-1 lead over Toluca from the first leg of the final.

Power outage can't stop giant slayers Santos

Throughout the postseason campaign, Santos has been David to a trio of Goliaths. The run is so improbable, even the club's manager seems surprised.

FIFA World Cup

32 teams in 32 days: Team Previews

World Cup 2018: Previews of all 32 teams

The 2018 World Cup won't have Italy or the U.S. but all the big hitters like Brazil, Germany and Argentina will battle. Get the info you need here.


Serbia: Youth will define team success

The sacking of Slavoljub Muslin after qualifying may have created unnecessary problems as Serbia adjusts to a 4-2-3-1 that may not be set by June.

Why Brazil will miss Alves at right-back

Dani Alves' injury absence will cause Brazil more headaches at the World Cup than you'd think, as right-back is a special spot for the Selecao.

Transfer window

Premier League opens May 17

Transfer lookahead: Who stays and who goes?

The season is over, but the transfer business is only just beginning for the Premier League's top clubs. ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss.

World Cup, new transfer window will impact deals

With Premier League clubs electing to open the transfer window May 17 to Aug. 9, there will be an almighty scramble for new players this summer.

Transfer Talk: Manchester United

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson discussed how he feels Jose Mourinho can create a side to rival Manchester City.


Transfer Talk: Arsenal

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware.


Transfer Talk: Chelsea

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey discusses the transfer business needed to turn the club into title contenders again.


Transfer Talk: Liverpool

ESPN's Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price shares his view on where Jurgen Klopp can add strength to his squad and become title contenders.


Transfer Talk: Manchester City

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathon Smith discusses what the club need to do to defend the Premier League title.


Transfer Talk: Tottenham

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals the transfers he feels will help the club win silverware in the coming season.


The Toe Poke

Beckham among sport stars at royal wedding

David Beckham looked as suave as ever as he and wife Victoria arrived at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Ibrahimovic: Zlatan never fails, impossible for me

Los Angeles can expect to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic cruising their streets very soon after he passed his driving test.


Salah's boots enter British Museum

Mohamed Salah has seen his football boots enter the British Museum as part of their collection of priceless Egyptian artefacts.

Griezmann leads trademark Atletico to Europa glory

Atletico Madrid stuck to script, riding another clean sheet and what could prove a farewell brace from Antoine Griezmann to the Europa League crown.


Atleti fans call for Griezmann stay at parade

Thousands of fans lined the streets to salute Atletico Madrid players as they paraded through the city to celebrate their Europa League title.

Atletico Madrid need Griezmann and Oblak to stay

Atletico Madrid won the Europa League, but will it be enough to persuade Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak to stay at the club?

Premier League

Report Cards: City top of the class, Chelsea flops

ESPN FC's club correspondents hand out their end of season reports for the top clubs in the Premier League. Manchester City are top of the class, but what of the others?

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Can Pep keep Man City at the top for another two seasons?

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level.


Manchester City 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith shares his view on a season where Manchester City finished champions 19 points ahead of Manchester United.


Manchester United 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson gives his view on the club's second place finish to rivals Manchester City.


Tottenham 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatirck shares his thoughts on a season where Mauricio Pochettino secured Champions League football during their spell at Wembley.


Liverpool 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Glenn Price reviews Liverpool's season in which Mohamed Salah won the golden boot with the club also making the Champions League Final.


Chelsea 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey shares his thoughts on the club's frustrating season where they missed out on a Champions League spot.


Arsenal 2017/18 Season Review

ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen talks through Arsene Wenger's last season in charge of the club which ended without any silverware.




England's unofficial not-in-the-squad announcement


Why Wilshere should have been in England squad

The Arsenal midfielder offers something unique among English players, the kind of X-factor that so often makes the difference.

England squad reflects Southgate's principles

Never mind reputation, England's manager based his selection on form. And it's the right call, even if it should not lead to misplaced optimism.



Two on Tri: Who makes Mexico's final roster?

After Mexico's preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn't take to Russia.


Marquez trains without Mexico sponsor logos

Rafa Marquez may be heading to his fifth World Cup, but it appears he'll do it without Mexico sponsor logos on his gear.

"Gallito" not letting Mexico snub slow him down

Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez has had a superb Clausura for Santos Laguna as it preps for the Liga MX final. It's a shame he'll miss the World Cup.


Last Train to Russia: Kaliningrad


Last Train to Russia: Sochi

Martin Ainstein's tour of World Cup host cities arrives at Sochi's Fisht Stadium, which will host six World Cup matches this summer.


Last Train to Russia: Rostov-on-Don

Martin Ainstein's train pulls up at World Cup host city Rostov-on-Don, home of the historic Museum of Railways.


Last Train to Russia: Volgograd

Martin Ainstein's tour of Russian World Cup host cities arrives at the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest of World War II.


Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg

Martin Ainstein's latest stop on his tour of World Cup host cities takes him to Ekaterinburg, located on the border of Europe and Asia.


Last Train to Russia: Kazan

Martin Ainstein visits World Cup host city Kazan, home to one of the largest and most historic mosques in Europe.


Last Train to Russia: Samara

The fourth leg of Martin Ainstein's trip through Russia takes him to World Cup host city Samara, home of Stalin's bunker.


Last Train to Russia: Saransk

Episode 3 of Last Train to Russia sees Martin Ainstein alight at World Cup host city Saransk to examine one of the country's national obsessions - ice hockey.


Last Train to Russia: Nizhny Novgorod

A sneak peak of episode 2 of Martin Ainstein's Russian odyssey takes him to World Cup host city Nizhny Novgorod, famous for its Matryoshka dolls.


Last Train to Russia: St. Petersburg

Join Martin Ainstein on his trip to St. Petersburg in an extract from episode 1 of Last Train to Russia, airing on ESPN networks throughout this week ahead of the World Cup.




Robson: Arteta would be the wrong move for Arsenal

Stewart Robson and the rest of the FC pundits aren't sold on the bookie's favourite, Mikel Arteta, leading Arsenal to the promised land.


Are Arteta or Vieira right men to replace Wenger?

Man City coach Arteta and former Gunners great Vieira know the club inside out. But are they the right men to take over from Arsene Wenger?

Arteta to Arsenal would be revolutionary if nothing else

Arsenal made a bold hire with Arsene Wenger back in 1996 but hiring Mikel Arteta -- a man with zero managerial experience -- would be revolutionary.

Manchester City


Can Pep keep Man City at the top for another two seasons?

Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner react to Pep Guardiola signing a two-year extension and debate whether he can take Man City to the next level.


How Man City's season stacks up to Arsenal's 'Invincibles'

The ESPN FC guys break down how Manchester City's 100-point season compares with Arsenal's 2003-04 unbeaten side.


Man City's 100 points equal to United treble and 'Invincibles'

Manchester City's century of points puts them in the same bracket as the Manchester United treble winners and the Arsenal "Invincibles."

United States


Why is Bruce Arena still talking World Cup?

The FC panel try to make sense of Bruce Arena's latest comments regarding the lack of time he was given to qualify the U.S. for the World Cup.


Yedlin: USA not being at the World Cup still hurts

USA's DeAndre Yedlin believes the fans' reaction after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup shows the country's passion for the sport.


Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

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Expect goals when Madrid meet Liverpool

Real Madrid will be slight favourites to win the Champions League final but Liverpool's forward line can cause an upset.

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UCL in 90 seconds: 11 ways Liverpool can beat Real Madrid

From making Mo Salah feel great to having Russell Crowe support the opposition, the Exploding Heads reveal 11 ways in which Liverpool lift the trophy.


Real Madrid only slight favorites in final

The FC boys debate whether or not the SPI projection gives too much credit to Liverpool over Real Madrid.


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