Real’s Zinedine Zidane isn’t known for tactics or style, just ability to win

ESPN FC’s Dan Thomas and Stewart Robson head to Hydropark in Kiev to put their innovative way of predicting the Champions League winner to the test. Zinedine Zidane smiled that Zinedine Zidane smile, the one that sometimes seems to disarm…

FIFA not transparent on ‘surprise’ competitions revamp – UEFA president

UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti about FIFA’s recent proposal of a Global Nations League. KIEV, Ukraine — UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says FIFA would have created problems of “transparency” and “good…

Mexico’s Javier Hernandez says manager Juan Carlos Osorio ‘like a genius’

After Mexico’s preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn’t take to Russia. LOS ANGELES — Javier Hernandez called Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio a “genius” at a training session on Friday, but believes…

Löw elegiría a Messi antes que a Cristiano: “Es más completo”

El seleccionador alemán, Joachim Löw, admitió que si le dieran a escoger entre Lionel Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo para incorporarlo a la ‘Mannschaft’ se quedaría con el astro argentino porque, a su entender, “es el jugador más completo”. “Me quedaría…

Germany players ‘on fire’ with desire to defend World Cup trophy – Joachim Low

Defending champs Germany look to become the third team to win back-to-back World Cups, but how will the favourites tag affect Die Mannschaft? The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on Raf Honigstein’s strongest XI for Germany at the World…

Barcelona will not bring in Arthur this summer – Gremio

ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe explains what’s delaying Antoine Griezmann from making a decision on his future. Toby Alderweireld to Man United? Jorginho to Man City? ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno breaks down those rumours and more in Rumour Rater. Barcelona legend…