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Joe Hart travels with Manchester City for preseason U.S. friendlies

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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. After finally sealing a move to Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez says he has to perform and show that can play at the top level. Joe Hart and Oleksander Zinchenko were among the Manchester City players flying to the United States for the International Champions Cup despite their uncertain futures at the club. Hart, the former England goalkeeper, has spent the last two seasons on loan -- first with Torino, then West Ham United -- and has not featured in a game for City since August 2016. The 31-year-old, who was left out of the World Cup squad, wants a permanent move away from City but was a surprise inclusion when the squad...
Jonathan Smith, Man City correspondent

France celebrate World Cup win: The story from the streets of Paris

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France paraded down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans celebrated their second World Cup triumph. Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998. PARIS, France -- Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe's goals against Croatia in last Sunday's 4-2 win in the World Cup final prompted massive public ecstasy as people flooded the streets all over France to celebrate Les Bleus' second trophy. Not only Paris, but Marseille and Lyon were awash with bleu, blanc et rouge on Sunday evening. Those scenes were repeated in the capital on Monday as Didier Deschamps and his men triumphantly returned home from Russia to celebrate with their people...
Jonathan Johnson, PSG Correspondent

Inside France's World Cup party: The Pogba Show, songs for Kante, Macron's joy

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Julien Laurens explains why France's 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus' first title in 1998. France paraded down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans celebrated their second World Cup triumph. Led by captain Hugo Lloris, France were given a heroes welcome as they arrived back in Paris for the first time since they beat Croatia to win the World Cup. France's World Cup winners left each other late on Monday night, some later than others, some more tired than others and some still full of beans after two days of non-stop partying. They have two stars in their eyes and on their shirt now, too. After their triumphant 4-2 win against Croatia on Sunday afternoon and the official start of their holidays on Tuesday morning, the 23 musketeers came home victorious from their campaign in Russia on Monday, welcomed in Paris by hundreds of thousands...
Julien Laurens

Cocksure Dejan Lovren must build on Croatia exploits for Liverpool

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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. Who was the pre-tournament favourite to be the last Liverpool player standing in the World Cup? Brazil's Roberto Firmino, perhaps? As it transpired, Croatia's Dejan Lovren survived the longest. A 4-2 defeat against France in the final took some wind out of his sails, after an amusing but ill-timed self-assessment of his talents.  His club manager Jurgen Klopp was also amused. He didn't exactly call Lovren the Miles Davis of own-trumpet-blowers, but it wasn't far off. He didn't disagree...
Steven Kelly

Atletico Madrid have Jan Oblak's future 'under control' - chief

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ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti questions if Atletico Madrid would have much of a case against Barcelona for approaching Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said he is not worried about speculation over the future of reported Liverpool target Jan Oblak. Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Saul have all signed new contracts in recent years, but Oblak has not had a pay rise since joining from Benfica in 2014 and said in May after the Europa League final win that his future "does not depend on" himself. Cerezo told Onda Cero's "El Transistor" radio show that he was unaware of any possibility of Oblak leaving this summer. "As...
Dermot Corrigan, Madrid correspondent

Nigeria ambassador vows to get stranded Super Eagles fans home

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Nigeria's ambassador to Russia, Professor Stephen Davies Ugbah, has vowed to make sure the fans stranded in Moscow after the World Cup are seen safely home. Two batches of Nigerians, stranded after being scammed by fraudsters and unethical travel agents, have already left for home on the margins of the World Cup final. About 60 of the approximately 250 visitors were flown home in two groups over the weekend when Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Nigeria's Lagos State, helped provide financial resources...
Colin Udoh

England's Harry Kane thanks teammates after winning World Cup Golden Boot

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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. The guys respond to your tweets about the best World Cup final, Harry Kane, England's midfield, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and the 2022 World Cup. Harry Kane thanked his England teammates after emulating Gary Lineker by winning the Golden Boot award at the World Cup. Six goals were enough for Kane to claim the award by a convincing two-goal margin ahead of France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and Denis Cheryshev of Russia. "Very proud to have won the World Cup golden boot. Not possible without my teammates and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes," Kane...
Liam Twomey , ESPN.com writer

Heimir Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach after seven years

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Heimir Hallgrimsson has stepped down as Iceland coach after seven years with the team, the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) said on Tuesday. The 51-year-old guided Iceland to their first World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated in the group stage. "The FA of Iceland can now confirm that Heimir Hallgrimsson will not continue as head coach of the Icelandic men´s national team," KSI wrote on Twitter. "Hallgrimsson steps down as Iceland coach at his own request after seven years in the...
Reuters

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says team have 'hell of a lot of work to do'

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was happy to advance in the Europa League but said his team had work to do. A year after being humbled by Luxembourg part-timers Progres Niederkorn, Rangers advanced to the second round of the Europa League qualifiers with a 2-0 aggregate win over FC Shkupi, but manager Steven Gerrard concedes his new side are way short of where they need to be. The Scottish club's defeat at the same stage of the competition last year is regarded by many as the worst in their 146-year history, and while avoiding a similar fate at the hands of the Macedonians was the priority, Gerrard said...
Reuters

Sevilla supporters to protest one-game Spanish Supercup vs. Barcelona

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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. Yerry Mina opens up about his future with Barcelona, as rumours continue to swirl over a possible move to Everton. Two of Sevilla's leading supporters' groups will boycott the Spanish Supercup final against Barcelona next month in Tangier, Morocco, and have requested that others follow. Sevilla opposed the decision made by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), favoured by Barcelona, to play the final as one game instead of across two legs because of Barcelona's participation in the International Champions Cup in the United States. The Federacion de Penas Sevillistas San Fernando and Biris Norte, Sevilla's...
Adriana Garcia, Spain correspondent

Could Brazil's midfield deficiency be aided by changes to the domestic league?

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The FC boys dive in to Neymar's attitude following Brazil's elimination from the World Cup and how he could potentially fit at Real Madrid. Had Brazil won the World Cup, then the team's homecoming and victory parade would be competing for attention with the prompt resumption of domestic football. There were cup games on Monday, little more than 24 hours after the final ball was kicked in Russia. And the league resumes on Wednesday, when the 13th round kicks off. The previous 12 were crammed in between mid-April and the eve of Russia 2018. Brazil's football calendar is a permanent quest to fit three litres into a bottle designed to...
Tim Vickery, South America correspondent

Liga MX's wunderkind manager Marcelo Michel Leano takes center stage

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Coming off a Copa MX title, Necaxa have turned things over to 31-year-old Marcelo Michel Leano. MEXICO CITY -- Marcelo Michel Leano, Liga MX's youngest manager, was not yet born when the league's oldest boss, Puebla's Enrique Meza, took his first team over in 1982. When Leano's Necaxa and Meza's Puebla square off this August, the match also will serve to pit two very distinct schools of thought within the Mexican game: experience versus youth. For the Apertura 2018 campaign, three managers under 40 will serve on Liga MX benches. Queretaro's Rafael Puente Jr. is 39, Gerardo Espinoza of Atlas...
Eric Gomez

World Cup stock watch

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Kylian Mbappe is on the rise while Neymar's value took a notable hit in Russia. We run through the players who boosted their profiles, and those who didn't, during what proved to be a thrilling 2018 World Cup. Mark Ogden »

World Cup stock - Mbappe, Hazard, Lozano impress; Messi, Neymar, Salah down

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The World Cup always offers players a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage of all. Sometimes that even means a lucrative move to a bigger clubs afterwards (see Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez moving from Monaco to Real Madrid four years ago). But which players' values will have gone up? And which have gone down after their exploits in Russia? Here is a list of those whose stock has changed since the start of the World Cup. STOCK UP KYLIAN MBAPPE (France, PSG) Arguably the star of...
Mark Ogden, Senior Football Writer
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