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Manchester United's Fred has been influenced by Brazil's greats

ESPN FC's Man United expert Mark Ogden discusses the likelihood that Toby Alderweireld, Fred and Alex Sandro move to Old Trafford this summer.
Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba.

With Manchester United havign signed Fred, here are five things to know about the 25-year-old Brazilian international midfielder:

1. He scored his first goal against his hero Ronaldinho

Fred is a holding midfielder nowadays, but started out as a left-back at Atletico Mineiro in his home town of Belo Horizonte. Upon moving to Internacional of Porto Allegre at the age of 16 in 2009, he was used as a winger and playmaker at the academy, and unsurprisingly Ronaldinho was his ultimate idol.

At the time...

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo top lengthy list of stars on final chance for World Cup glory

After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.
Taylor Twellman joined the Get Up! crew to discuss the possible impact of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.
Luis Figo said that he expects Lionel Messi to be at his best during the World Cup, as it will probably be his last chance to win the tournament.

The temptation is to assume that Bastian Schweinsteiger entered decline the moment the final whistle blew in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. Actually, it probably began earlier. It made it all the more remarkable that he ran 15 kilometres in 120 minutes, staving off decline and resisting Argentina alike. In the history of the planet's most popular sport, only 20 people can say they have been the best player on the pitch in a World Cup final. Schweinsteiger is one of them.

Events of that magnitude...

 By Nick Miller

World Cup's biggest upsets: United States stun England, Brazil's Maracanazo woe

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson believes Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico hatched a perfect, counterattacking game plan against an aging Germany side.
With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

This article has been edited and originally appeared on ESPN FC on May 30, 2014.

Sports fans love an underdog story and the World Cup has provided a number of them down the years, including Mexico's win over World Cup champions Germany in 2018.

Here are 10 of the most memorable World Cup upsets to have caught the football-loving public's imagination.

10. Italy vs. Germany, 2006

While the eventual champions and three-time winners beating anyone might not seem to be the most galloping shock, the defeat...

Cristiano Ronaldo makes GOAT case with hat-trick as Portugal draw Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning 88th minute free-kick completed his hat trick and secured a vital 3-3 against Spain in the process.
The FC crew examine how Cristiano Ronaldo has adjusted his game with age to remain one of the world's elite players.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Three points from Portugal and Spain's remarkable 3-3 draw at Fisht Stadium in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sublime hat-trick.

1. Ronaldo's three goals earn Portugal a point

For a guy whose deeds are so often defined by numbers, whether it's the fact that he has more goals than games for Real Madrid or the fact that nobody has more Ballon d'Or awards stashed away in his trophy cabinet, there was one that seemed out of sync before this World Cup began: three, as in the number...

Portugal are a dangerous underdog vs. Spain that you wouldn't bet against

The ESPN FC crew feel Spain must get out to a flying start versus Portugal to silence any doubters following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.
The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
The PTI guys draw similarities between Spain's managerial change before the World Cup to the coaching change made before Michigan's 1989 title run.
The FC crew answer your tweets on Spain's chances at the World Cup after sacking their manager, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol's golf game and more.
Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.
Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation.

SOCHI, RUSSIA -- You can't help but think back to those cheesy heist movies.

"Hey Cristiano... let's get the boys together for one last big score."

"You sure? But we just nailed the big one, the Euros, two years ago. My first major international trophy and, of course, Portugal's too."

"Nah man, we got another one in us, trust me -- we'll be there with you, nobody will see us coming. The old man is on board too, you two are going to lead us one last time..."

"Wow -- you really think we can...

Spain, Hierro preach message of calm and continuity after chaotic week

The PTI guys draw similarities between Spain's managerial change before the World Cup to the coaching change made before Michigan's 1989 title run.
The FC crew answer your tweets on Spain's chances at the World Cup after sacking their manager, Craig Burley and Steve Nicol's golf game and more.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into Julen Lopetegui's sacking as Spain manager just two days out from their World Cup opener against Portugal.
Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson assesses the fallout of Julen Lopetegui's sacking and believes new Spain boss Fernando Hierro has quite the challenge ahead.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes put their prognostication skills to the test for the first four matches of the World Cup.
Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation.

SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Spain captain Sergio Ramos and his freshly installed coach, Fernando Hierro, looked like they'd rather have been in the dentist's chair than facing questions ahead of Friday's Group B opener against Portugal.

"I think I'd like this to be over now..." joked Ramos at the end. "Come on, it feels like a funeral. It's a World Cup. We're supposed to be happy."

Yet there was no escaping the heavy, suffocating mood and not just because they faced the press in an overstuffed room in...