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World Cups are the worst time to buy a player

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World Cup 2022: What will Argentina, France, Germany, U.S. look like?

The FC crew look back on the 2018 World Cup and identify four stars who either improved their stock in Russia or saw it take a hit with their play.

The 2018 World Cup has only just ended, but there's already a benefit to casting ahead over the next qualification cycle to see how many of the top teams will re-equip and re-arm ahead of Qatar 2022. How will the contenders look in four years' time? Will their squads be peaking or full of new faces? We asked our writers to gaze into the future and imagine how their national teams will look by the time the next World Cup rolls around.


Assuming Lionel Messi is in the mix for 2022, Argentina's biggest needs are in midfield and defence.

Any plans Argentina might make for the next...

Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Real Madrid should explore other options before making Gareth Bale the focal point of the team.

This article first appeared on ESPN on April 17 and has been updated.

The International Champions Cup returns in July, with games between the leading clubs in the world played across three continents in July and August.

Here, we pick out six of the biggest games coming up this summer.

July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)

Manchester City will arrive in the United States as Premier League champions, but they will face Liverpool having lost all three...


How Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus impacted social media accounts

After he is unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN takes a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Turin unfolded.
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy.
With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in Italy to undergo his medical ahead of his big money move to Juventus.
Former AC Milan midfielder Kaka believes Cristiano Ronaldo can help to raise the level in Italy and help Italian teams become great again in Europe.
Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.

Given the profile of everyone involved, it was no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo's €100 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus had quite an impact on social media.

Both clubs have used Twitter and Instagram to tell their side of the summer's biggest transfer deal, and Juve have benefited from increases in follower numbers.

Deal announced

Madrid were first to confirm the move, saying they had "acceded to Cristiano's expressed wish" to leave the Bernabeu. Their tweet -- at 17:34 local time...

 By Nick Hornby

How England fell back in love with its national team

The ESPN FC boys dissect what went wrong in England's semifinal loss to Croatia.

(Editors' note: We asked Nick Hornby -- novelist and screenwriter who wrote about his obsessive fandom of Arsenal in "Fever Pitch" -- to reflect on what it's like to follow England during a World Cup. This is the third of three pieces he wrote for ESPN while England chased glory in Russia. His first, on the unbearable hope that comes from supporting England, can be read here. His second was about the World Cup of dreams.) 

These past three weeks have felt like they will soon serve as the backdrop...

 By Simon Kuper

Why World Cups are the worst time to buy a player

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti shares the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo's links to Juventus, including his motives for wanting to leave Madrid.
With France brushing aside Uruguay and Brazil's elimination, the FC crew discuss whether Les Bleus are the clear favourites to win the World Cup.

MOSCOW -- A great soccer tradition is dying: the tournament transfer.

The way it worked for decades, some obscure player would transfix the world with an unforgettable goal or a few brilliant dribbles at a World Cup or European Championship. Some big club, treating the tournament as a scouting opportunity, would buy him. The signing of a "World Cup star" would delight fans and media. But usually everyone came to regret it.

Take Arsenal's purchase of Danish midfielder John Jensen in July 1992. The...

Uruguay's Diego Godin showing at World Cup that he's the best defender in football

The guys respond to your tweets about Brazil-Mexico, Simeone for Argentina, Uruguay's World Cup chances and Mbappe's performance against Cavani's.

It was a famous year for footballers called Diego. Famously, Diego Maradona won the World Cup in 1986. Less famously, Diego Godin was born. Thirty-two years on, this probably will not be a World Cup defined by a Diego -- not in the way 1986 was, anyway. Yet it might be a tournament in which another reaches new heights or, perhaps more accurately, in which his excellence gets the belated recognition it deserves.

Godin has been the best defender of the World Cup so far. He might have been the finest...