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Qatar's mystery men may not be 2022 flops after all

Xherdan Shaqiri admitted Qatar "deserved to win" against Switzerland this week. Can the unknown players of the next World Cup hosts shock the world?

Even after 15 years, Messi remains must-watch

Lionel Messi's ability to regularly conjure up moments of brilliance can make fans numb. Here's how to remain awake to his majesty.

Football Exposed: The hand-over-mouth conundrum

The Exploding Heads delve into football's biggest cover ups, but can they crack the case of why players insist on covering their mouths?

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Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea boss Sarri wants £200m spree

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has several targets in mind when the winter transfer window opens up in January. The price tag? £200 million.

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UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

There are now just two rounds of games left in the Nations League, and the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation

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Permutations by day, group and league

The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

Football Agents: Everyone gets an England cap!

The Exploding Heads turned football agents are back! In this edition, they field calls from former England players looking for one final appearance, a la Wayne Rooney.

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Injured Rakitic to miss England-Croatia clash

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the winner-takes-all Nations League game against England at Wembley on Sunday due to injury.

Do England have too much firepower for Croatia?

Paul Mariner says that beating Croatia is an important step in the progression of Gareth Southgate's England team.

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Burley: France didn't look bothered

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Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch relegate Germany

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam see Germany relegated from League A Group 1.

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Deschamps: Dutch were better than France and it hurts

France coach Didier Deschamps says there was a significant gap between the World Cup winners and the Netherlands during their 2-0 defeat in the UEFA Nations League.

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Koeman: Dutch win over France exceeded my expectations

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman admits that he was slightly taken back by his side's performance in their 2-0 win over France.

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Wijnaldum slots home Netherlands' opener

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The Toe Poke

Robertson reveals brilliant text convo with Klopp

When Andy Robertson revealed to Jurgen Klopp that he'd been made Scotland captain, the Liverpool manager's response was exactly what you'd imagine.

Rooney's England career: See how he changed down the years

See the evolution of England's record goal scorer, all the way from teenage tyro to grizzled veteran, in one gif as he wins a final cap at Wembley.

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Extra Time: Paul's shoveling stories & Portugal's odds to win Nations League

The guys respond to your tweets about Portugal, concerts, shoveling snow and much more!

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Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.

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Mariner: Pulisic should stay away from Chelsea

Former England international thinks that working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool would be better for Pulisic, should he decide to move from Dortmund.

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Do England have too much firepower for Croatia?

Paul Mariner says that beating Croatia is an important step in the progression of Gareth Southgate's England team.

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Extra Time: Shaka's Messi argument; Memphis on the move?

The guys respond to your tweets about Shaka Hislop's Lionel Messi argument, Memphis Depay's future and how they made impressions on managers.

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ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best of ESPN FC from the past week, including Steve Nicol's dislike of the beach, Paul Mariner's attire and more.

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How the USMNT missed an opportunity with Tata Martino

Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.

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What Nations League relegation means for Germany

With Germany's relegation in the UEFA Nations League confirmed, the FC crew discuss Joachim Low's future and how his team will be judged.

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Burley: France didn't look bothered

The ESPN FC crew react to France's surprise 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

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Gomez: USMNT are individuals with no guidance

Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.

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Moreno: Lovren is not at Ramos' level

With Dejan Lovren's latest outburst towards Sergio Ramos causing a stir, our ESPN FC crew try to make sense of it all.

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England trending upward; United States lacking direction

The FC crew share their takeaways from the friendly between England and the U.S., highlighting the USMNT's need for direction and a permanent coach.

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