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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Charlie Austin has taken the long way on his path to Premier League success

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson assess QPR's Charlie Austin, who comes in at No. 35 in ESPN FC's #PremRank.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson assess QPR's Charlie Austin who comes in at No. 35 in ESPN FC's #PremRank.

Queens Park Rangers' season is ending with almost all hands lost. A squad of ageing veterans and mediocre imports will be broken up in the summer, as the club's owners attempt to salvage order from chaos while also mounting a legal battle to evade a £58 million fine for breaching Football League financial rules during the club's last stay in the Championship.

Charlie Austin, though, looks certain to be back in England's first division next season. A club that desperately needs the money will...

Sevilla surge as Spanish clubs dominate the Power Rankings

The ESPN FC TV team reflect on Sevilla's Europa League win vs. Dnipro.
The ESPN FC TV team reflect on Sevilla's Europa League win vs. Dnipro.
The ESPN FC TV team reflect on Sevilla's Europa League win vs. Dnipro.

While there's no change in the top half, one Spanish club is climbing Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings after achieving yet more European success.

1. Barcelona (no change)

On the day they received the Liga trophy, Barcelona drew 2-2 with Deportivo. Lionel Messi scored two goals but the star of the show was Xavi, who played his final league game. The midfield legend has two more games in his Barca career: the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals. Not a bad way to go...

2. Juventus (no change)


Sepp Blatter: FIFA president's most memorable moments

Sports ethics campaigner Jamie Fuller has called on FIFA's sponsors to withdraw their support and for president Sepp Blatter to resign in the wake of the latest corruption scandal to hit the under-fire organisation.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a figure that divides opinion. As he prepares to battle for his job as the head of world football's governing body, here are some of the defining moments from his career to date.

December 1993: As FIFA chief executive, Blatter inadvertently found himself playing the straight man when comedian Robin Williams joined him on stage for the 1994 World Cup draw.

Referring to him as "Mr. Bladder," Williams added: "It's nice to meet you after all these years of feeling you."...

FIFA elections: Sepp Blatter vs. Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein - who will win?

How things unfolded throughout an incredible day for FIFA.

A low-key election for the FIFA presidency has exploded into life after the U.S. Department of Justice charged nine current and former officials from world football's governing body plus five others with corruption in one of the biggest scandals in the game's history.

Friday's vote by the 209 members of FIFA -- set to start at 9.30 local time (3.30 a.m. ET) and run throughout the day -- was widely expected to be little more than a formality for incumbent Sepp Blatter. Most of the football family...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Sevilla confirm European dominance but prepare to rebuild once more

The ESPN FC panel outline Sevilla's thrilling Europa League final vicory over the ever-resilent Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to secure their fourth UEFA Cup.
Sevilla clinch back-to-back Europa League titles led by two goals from Carlos Bacca.
The ESPN FC experts discuss the chances of Sevilla making history if they win the UEFA Europa League final against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

WARSAW, Poland -- Warsaw supplied compelling evidence of Spain's dominance of European football, even if Sevilla might point to the Europa League, the competition they have won four times in nine years, as their own personal domain.

There will be five Spanish clubs in 2015-16's Champions League, as winning the Europa League now qualifies the victor for its big-brother competition. Sevilla finished fifth in La Liga this season behind Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia. The qualities...

 By Chris Wright

Ronaldo, Ibra, Van Gaal and an armadillo in the Toe Poke awards

Fan of the season

British Prime Minister (and supposedly "lifelong" Aston Villa fan) David Cameron, who recently suffered the brain-muddle of temporarily forgetting which football team he supports while at a political event.

Hey, it happens to us all once in a while, right? At least he got the club colours right.

Mascot of the season

Austria Vienna mascot Super Leo, who stumbled on to the middle of the pitch in a drunken stupor after the final whistle and promptly collapsed in an unmoveable heap...