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FIFA change begins with Blatter resignation, but future is uncertain

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley react to Sepp Blatter's resignation in Berlin ahead of the Champions League Final.

The rumors spread like lighter fluid on a barbecue from the moment it was announced, just before 4 p.m. local time: FIFA news conference at 6 at the self-described "home of football."

Such hastily called news conferences usually mean only one thing: Something big is going down. And common sense pointed to the fact that whatever was happening would involve Jerome Valcke, FIFA's general secretary.

Earlier in the day, documents emerged that he had authorized three bank transfers from FIFA accounts...

Sepp Blatter resigns, so who will become next FIFA president?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop believes UEFA president Michel Platini is the favorite to become the next president of FIFA.
ABC News reported that Sepp Blatter is currently under investigation by the FBI.

Within minutes of FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigning Tuesday as the leader of football's ruling body, the race to succeed him had started.

According to FIFA rules, all potential candidates must have played an active role in football for at least two years and have the backing of at least five member associations. Blatter acknowledged Tuesday that FIFA needs an "overhaul," and here we take a look at just who might be the person to do it.

Odds according to William Hill. For more information on...

De Gea, Courtois, Lloris and Hart -- assessing the #PremRank goalkeepers

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner, Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno discuss the four goalkeepers that are included in the Premier League top 50 in #PremRank, citing David De Gea is the most commanding of the goalkeepers.

Four goalkeepers have made #PremRank, ESPN FC's countdown of the top 50 players in the Premier League. Shaka Hislop runs the rule over David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart.

David De Gea

He is different from someone such as Thibaut Courtois because De Gea doesn't seem to be very vocal, but he exudes a quiet confidence that others respond to. The Manchester United of today don't have as many dominant characters as they did five or 10 years ago, but I think De Gea has become one...

Buffon and Ter Stegen are the rocks at the heart of Juventus and Barcelona

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reckons Barcelona will have too much for Juventus in the Champions League final.

As Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen clasp hands in Berlin on Sunday for the traditional show of solidarity before a big game, the wonder is whether they will talk about the one piece of common ground between them, beyond the fact they're gracing a stage like the Champions League final.

They're not just at opposite ends of the pitch; they're at opposite ends of their careers, with totally opposing circumstances. It's difficult to think of a contrast between...

Triumphant Wolfsburg aiming high after DFB Pokal success

Wolfsburg celebrated their first German Cup triumph in style, partying with thousands of fans after returning from Berlin.

Saturday night saw a fairytale ending in Berlin, even if it wasn't the one that most of the watching world had been waiting for. Wolfsburg sent Jurgen Klopp on his way from Borussia Dortmund empty-handed with a 3-1 win in the DFB Pokal final, but while it flattened the dreams of the estimated 100,000 ticketless Schwarzgelben fans taking over the capital, it was a fitting end to an intense season for Dieter Hecking's players.

If the prematch talk was of feelings running high for Dortmund, then emotion...

 By Uli Hesse

Is the Bundesliga suffering through an injury crisis?

Holger Badstuber's long injury layoff might be part of a fluke in German football. Or it could be a new trend.

I'm rapidly closing in on my 400th column for ESPN FC (formerly ESPN Soccernet), which tells you I've been pushing the pen for quite a while now. Many things have changed during those more than 12 years; the very first column, for instance, name-checked players such as Thomas Linke and Carsten Ramelow while quoting Paul Gascoigne.

Or what about No. 50? It wondered if the lack of quality players forced a certain formation on the Germany coach, whose name was Rudi Voller. Oh, and it included the line:...