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 By Simon Kuper

Jasper Cillessen must regain his World Cup form to have any chance at Barca

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down all the latest moves and rumours from around the world of football.
Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson discuss who will be Barcelona's No. 1 goalkeeper if Jasper Cillessen moved to the club.

When Jasper Cillessen heard a few weeks ago that FC Barcelona was interested in him, he thought it was a joke. Ajax's goalkeeper has been playing badly lately. He says -- probably rightly -- that even when he is in form, his hero Edwin van der Sar was "many times better than I am". The 27-year-old Dutchman probably isn't a world-class keeper. However, he is a Barca-type keeper: able to fulfill the very unusual demands that Barcelona places on its keeper, or as the Catalan club thinks of the job,...

Can Antonio Conte tame Diego Costa before the striker's luck runs out?

Antonio Conte stresses how important Diego Costa is to Chelsea's success this season.

When you are as street as I am, you tend to stay way ahead of the curve, which is why I was already aware of the new word that the Urban Dictionary recently introduced.

Wenger (noun) -- a person unwilling to spend money.

While "Wenger" has officially moved to cliché status, I remain cutting edge and propose a new evocative football expression for the UD to consider :

Diego (noun) -- a talented tool who you only like when he's on your team. (synonym -- see Bellamy, Craig)

I realize that there...

Five reasons why Leicester is the best city in the UK to watch football

Becky Ives heads up to Leicester to discover why Leicester was voted as the greatest sporting city in the UK.

After exhaustive research by the University of Bath, Leicester has been named as the greatest sporting city in England. This is, to put it mildly, something of a surprise.

We asked our resident Leicester expert Iain Macintosh why the city might have been honoured.

TIMING

Let's be honest, timing is everything here. If you live in Leicester and support the Foxes, you've just spent a year wrapped up in your own personalised fairytale after the club won the Premier League title.

You've seen your wildest...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

London, Liverpool and Manchester as greatest sporting city?

Becky Ives heads up to Leicester to discover why Leicester was voted as the greatest sporting city in the UK.
Layla Anna-Lee takes a closer look as to why Blackpool finished bottom of ESPN's sporting cities poll for the second year running.

As part of ESPN's look at the greatest sporting city in 2016, our club correspondents state their case for why their city rules.

Iain Macintosh puts his case forward for Leicester while London, Liverpool and Manchester all have claims too. Which city are you backing?

London

London is the capital of British sports, and not just in name. The vast multitude of options available when it comes to teams, venues and different sports makes the city one of the best in the world -- not just Britain --...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Carlos Bacca's hat trick has him leading Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson discuss the week 2 Player Power Rankings of the 2016-17 season.

Also receiving votes: Valter Birsa (Chievo), Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough), Tom Heaton (Burnely), Diego Perotti (Roma).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Keep up with the latest football updates by following ESPN FC on Twitter.

 By John Duerden

China vs. South Korea in Champions League and World Cup showdowns

Shanghai SIPG face Jeonbuk for a place in the Asian Champions League semifinals later this month.

The next few weeks produces a fascinating club and country China vs. South Korea football trilogy that could prove to be as big as a Hollywood blockbuster.

This East Asian rivalry has historically been one-sided in the favour of Seoul (Korea have lost just once in 30 international meetings) but the upper-hand is not quite as strong as it was.

That will be tested this week in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League as the two East Asian ties are both Sino-Korean affairs.

Then,...