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Behind El Tri's win over USMNT

U.S. vs. Mexico

United States and Mexico clash captures imagination among fans

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Jurgen Klinsmann should be fired as U.S. coach.

PASADENA, Calif. -- Marco Medina hadn't put head to pillow for very many hours in the nights preceding the clash between the United States and Mexico last Saturday in the Rose Bowl.

The 21-year-old El Tri fan had made the journey from his native Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday along with a group of around 25 friends. He'd been counting down the days ahead of the game.

After witnessing El Tri's epic 3-2 extra time victory over the U.S. in a CONCACAF Cup final that will go down in history, he'd do it all...

 By Nick Miller

Forest 'the greatest story in the history of team sport' - Jonny Owen

Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor built something special at Forest.

These days Nottingham Forest are a fairly unremarkable club, bobbing around in the Championship where they have been -- bar a three-year spell in League One -- since 1999, occasionally threatening promotion but not quite managing it.

However, Forest have a higher profile than most other clubs at their level because of their glorious past. Brian Clough's arrival at the club in 1975 saw Forest go from the bottom half of the second tier of English football to winning the First Division title, then...

Lassana Diarra is back with France and looks set for a key role at Euro 2016

Didier Deschamps has praised centre forward Olivier Giroud, after he scored twice in his side's 2-1 win in Denmark.

"Les Bleus? It's over."

Back in March 2013, frustrated not to have been called up since Didier Deschamps took over the French national team the previous summer, Lassana Diarra announced his international retirement. 

At the time, he played for Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, an "exotic league" as Deschamps described it just a few weeks earlier. The pair had spoken in August 2012, after which Diarra was convinced he would be included in the France squad to face Finland and Belarus the following...

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England's squad for Euro 2016: Who will make the final 23-man selection?

England became only the sixth country in history to qualify for the Euros with a 100 percent win ratio, and now have won 12 consecutive matches.

A perfect 10 was completed in Vilnius on Monday as Roy Hodgson's England completed their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with an unrivalled 100 percent record thanks to a 3-0 win over Lithuania, a strong riposte to the embarrassment of exiting the 2014 World Cup at the group stage.

Portents from the past suggest England should not get too excited, though; Bobby Robson's team won every match en route to Euro '88 before a different 100 percent record followed as they lost all three matches in West Germany...

Why Greece's European Championship campaign has been an utter disaster

In what turned out to be an epic display of attacking football, Greece claimed all three points over Hungary.
Greece have become the first top-seeded team in European Championship qualifying history to finish at the bottom of their group.

The tickets were distributed for free, but less than 10,000 spectators bothered to come to the wonderfully modern Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus to watch Greece playing Hungary on Sunday evening. Even that number was considered too high by some, who wanted the fans to boycott the fixture completely in order to send the strongest possible message to the Greek Football Federation (EPO).

A couple days before the last Greece game in Euro 2016 qualifiers, popular journalist Vangelis Braoudakis published...

 By Nick Miller

Manchester City hit hard by the curse of the international break

The ESPN FC crew say that the injury Sergio Aguero sustained during the international break will have a crushing effect on Manchester City, as well as Aguero's recently renewed confidence.

"My plan is to pray now that everyone comes back from international games without any injury because we have a small group," Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after their 3-0 win over Manchester United and before the majority of his players dispersed to join their national sides. As a manager of a team who need little encouragement to embark on an injury crisis, it easy to see why Wenger is turning his thoughts to the heavens.

These breaks must be curious times for football managers, many of whom...