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Behind El Tri's win over USMNT

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 By Nick Ames

Netherlands fail to qualify for Euro 2016 leaving big questions over future

Despite a late rally, the Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in Group A with their 3-2 loss to Czech Republic.

Three thoughts from the Netherlands 3-2 loss against the Czech Republic in a qualifier for the 2016 European Championship. The defeat means that the Dutch will not play in next summer's competition in France.

1.The Dutch bow out ignominiously

It was an exit perfectly in tune with the skittish, error-strewn nature of the Netherlands' qualifying campaign.

While the team's qualification chances ultimately depended on the result of Turkey's match against Iceland (which Turkey won), Danny Blind's side...

Valencia face tough spell and an Alvaro Negredo vs. Paco Alcacer dilemma

Alvaro Negredo's scoring struggles have become an issue as Valencia look to keep pace near La Liga's summit.

Whether the most cynical Valencia fans sniffed more disparagingly about the appearance of the club's sports psychologist or a set of black rubbish bins on the training ground these last few days, it's hard to guess. Whatever Javier Figueroa has been doing since joining in the summer isn't yet bearing fruit.

At one end of the pitch, Valencia are missing sitters. At the other, they're shipping in avoidable goals more quickly than Apple ships our new iPhones. Mental concentration, cutting edge,...

United States and Mexico clash captures imagination among fans

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

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

The 21-year-old El Tri fan had made the journey from his native Phoenix 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 again in a heartbeat....

 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...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

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...