The Exploding Heads look back on Boxing Day where Liverpool are still atop the league, Arsenal’s return to mediocrity and Jose Mourinho’s new role at Man City. The FC crew are in agreement: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been the Premier League’s top player in 2018-19. The end of 2018 is almost upon us, and
DUBAI — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed soccer’s global governing body is exploring the possibility of some of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours hosting matches at the 2022 World Cup. Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai, Infantino also confirmed FIFA was looking into a possible expansion of the tournament to 48 teams, but said diplomatic
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’s 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year. The Legion d’honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil
Landon Donovan said it is “imperative” the USA men’s national team qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, before hosting the 2026 competition along with Canada and Mexico. After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low. Former U.S. international
Julien Laurens explains why France’s 2018 World Cup title and the resulting celebration feels more special than Les Bleus’ first title in 1998. Free-Kick: Classic World Cup final as ‘Best Young Player’ Mbappe powers France to World Cup glory; Luka Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball N’Golo Kante had an off day in the World
A decision on the expansion of the 2022 World Cup will be made by March, says Gianni Infantino. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a majority of national football federations were in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams. Infantino said a decision would be made by March,
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident the club can keep their star players now that they are regularly challenging for trophies. English champions Manchester City are the biggest beneficiaries from the $209 million handed out by FIFA to clubs who released players for the 2018 World Cup, the global football body said on Tuesday.
ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow. Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup. Watch E:60’s eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar. The
Having won the World Cup with France himself in 1998, Frank Leboeuf tells the FC crew he understands Paul Pogba’s struggle to refocus. The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has thanked the country’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for his backing of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. On Monday,
Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday. Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world
Kylian Mbappe created an own goal and scored a penalty late in the second half to turn the tide against Iceland and draw 2-2. After leading France to World Cup glory in Russia, Didier Deschamps has been named the Best FIFA Men’s Coach for 2018. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has confirmed his retirement from international
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Barcelona’s biggest weakness, Luis Suarez’s future and if Liverpool have any vulnerabilities this season. Oscar Washington Tabarez hauled himself onto a plane for the marathon journey from South America to South Korea, where his Uruguay side are in action on Friday, before taking on Japan next Tuesday.
With criticism surrounding Paul Pogba at Man United, the FC guys feel time away on France duty in the UEFA Nations League will do him a deal of good. France’s Didier Deschamps believes Paul Pogba is misunderstood by football fans who think he only cares about himself but that he actually plays to get the