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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Bournemouth reach Premier League promised land against all the odds

The ESPN FC crew respond to Bournemouth's historic 3-0 win over Bolton, which now sees Eddie Howe's side set to move onto the Premier League next season for the first time in their 116-year history.

Monday's scenes of enraptured celebration at AFC Bournemouth's bijou Dean Court ground were the lifting of what had become a gripping tension. Eddie Howe, the club's fresh-faced but flinty manager, revealed how he had side-stepped the pressure his team have been under since beginning an early season push for Championship promotion.

"I honestly didn't start thinking it; you don't want to think it is possible," he explained after beating Bolton 3-0 in front of a capacity crowd. "You work every day...

 By Rory Smith

Premier League casts a troubling shadow over football

When teams believe that being in the Premier League is all that matters, you get clubs like Newcastle who are content to languish mid-table rather than actually trying to win trophies.

Two goals at the same stage of the same competition, at the same stadium, with much the same effect. On the face of it, the reaction was the same, too: euphoria and, somewhere in the mix, just a little bit of gleeful gloating.

There was, though, the slightest of gaps between them. And in that gap lies one of the most troubling aspects of football's current age, something that should cause every fan of every team to shudder: the notion that the Premier League matters more than any other competition,...

Alexandre Lacazette facing tough choice over Lyon future

The Lyon head coach admits he's dreaming of the Ligue 1 title after seeing his side go top of the table with just four games remaining.

The world's top forwards exist on two separate planets: One is inhabited by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo; one contains everybody else, the mortal beings that include the likes of Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Diego Costa, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Neymar, Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney and Alexandre Lacazette.

I know, it is a bit early to include the Lyon striker among this list of top European talent in terms of experience, standing and profile, but take out the two superstars...

Benfica's Jorge Jesus much more than Mourinho-lite, as title closes in

Benfica remain in control of the Primeira Liga after a 0-0 draw with nearest rivals Porto.

"Benfica ganhou 0-0" (Benfica won 0-0) was the headline in Monday's edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola, and it really felt like that. In terms of spectacle, the latest edition of O Classico with the capital club's eternal rivals FC Porto was one of the less electrifying of recent times. A relatively uneventful match -- coaches Jorge Jesus and Julen Lopetegui squaring up to each other on the final whistle was probably the biggest battle of the afternoon -- suited the reigning champions right down...

 By Nick Ames

Watford's Premier League promotion: Five things to know about the club

Watford took charge of the race for promotion in 2015.

The Premier League will welcome Watford back for the 2015-16 season after Slavisa Jokanovic's men sealed promotion from the League Championship at the weekend. Here are five things to know about the north-west London club.

How have they done it?

By timing their run to perfection. Watford's mid-season form was nothing to write home about: they lost four consecutive games in November and were fifth at the turn of the year. But something clicked after a 2-0 defeat to promotion rivals Bournemouth on...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brendan Rodgers' at Liverpool, Eden Hazard's status, 'Hotel Zlatan'

The ESPN FC team react to Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player of the Year award, where Alejandro Moreno still does not feel the Belgian international is yet one of the top five players in the world.
The ESPN FC team react to Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal, where Paul Mariner explains Jose Mourinho's side should've scored a few goals, but failed to convert their chances.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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The Champions League semifinals are set, with Barcelona drawing Bayern Munich and Juventus matched up against holders Real Madrid. The fun begins May 5th and 6th.

Who will win this year's Champions League trophy?

Well, the weekend's worst-kept secret is out: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is the winner of the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award, fending off...