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 By Sam Kelly

Edgardo Bauza era with Argentina will be aided by Lionel Messi's return

Argentina's Javier Mascherano tried to put a positive spin on Argentina's recent high-profile failures in recent tournaments.
Edgardo Bauza will have a tough introduction to life as Argentina manager, but at least he has Lionel Messi.

Europe's World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 might be just preparing for kickoff, but elsewhere in the world, the process has been underway for some time, and there will be few, if any, bigger fixtures on the international calendar this week than Argentina vs. Uruguay. For new Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza, it will be a baptism of fire. His first game in charge is one of the world's oldest international clasicos.

The issues that have beset the Argentine Football Association recently...

 By Jake Cohen

How much Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N'Golo Kante actually cost

A look back as managers across Europe have referred to this transfer window as a crazy period.
Manchester United have done many deals during the transfer window, but are they finished?

When looking at how much a particular player cost his new club, transfer fees do not tell the whole story. Far from it.

There are a number of factors that go into the equation. In the Premier League, there is also a "transfer levy," which mandates that whenever a club buys a player, it must pay an additional 4 percent of the transfer fee to the league; the Football League charges a 5 percent levy. Training compensation, solidarity payments, image rights payments and agent fees can also add to...

New managers for Belgium, Spain and Italy have questions to answer

The ESPN FC crew wonder if this could be Roberto Martinez's last shot as a big-time manager.

Euro 2016 left some of the continent's major powers in need of new coaches. James Horncastle looks at the appointments made by Belgium, Spain and Italy.

Roberto Martinez (Belgium)

To an extent, you can see the logic in the Belgium FA appointing Roberto Martinez. The squad for Euro 2016 featured 11 Premier League-based players and overlooked another six, including injured captain Vincent Kompany. Since then, the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Christian Kabasele, Steven Defour and Julien de Sart...

Robbie Keane short of international elite but Irish hero's feat needs respect

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Brian McBride talk Robbie Keane's career with the Republic of Ireland.

When Robbie Keane takes off an Irish shirt for the last time following Wednesday's farewell friendly with Oman in Dublin, the game will say goodbye to the 17th highest scorer in international football.

The LA Galaxy striker needs one goal to go level Germany icon Gerd Muller and add to his 67 for Ireland, in what will be his 146th and final cap.

All of that sounds hugely impressive, until you consider some of the names above Keane and the great German in those records. To put it another way,...

 By Colin Udoh

Gernot Rohr's revolution as Nigeria coach must end with World Cup spot

Gernot Rohr, the new Nigeria coach, is tasked with guiding the country to the World Cup.

Gernot Rohr has finally knuckled down to the business of being Nigeria coach, with his first assignment the African Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania this weekend. The match itself is largely meaningless, as Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament, but Rohr's reign could do with getting off to a winning start. 

Irrespective of the finance-induced disarray within the Nigeria Football Federation, expectations for the new man have not been tempered. Rohr's main task is to qualify...

 By Michael Cox

Unnecessarily switching colours is an insult to the traditions of a club

With Norwich City releasing a questionable third kit this season, we look at some other kits that maybe should have stayed in the closet.

One of the most romantic things about football is the contrast between colours, be it in the stands, the pubs around the ground or even walking up Wembley Way on cup final day.

Thousands of people travel hundreds of miles across the country, very deliberately wearing specific colours in order to show their support for their side. The blue shirt might be complimented with a blue scarf, a blue hat and blue gloves. It can make for a magical spectacle.

Increasingly, however, the team then comes out...