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 By Ian Darke

An eyewitness account: Brazil's humiliation, Germany's World Cup

It's still mind-blowing that Brazil collapsed in the manner they did vs. Germany.
Brazil entered their World Cup semifinal as underdogs, but nobody expected what followed.

2014 will be remembered for many things in the football world, but there can be few more abiding memories than a truly remarkable World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil on July 8 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Ian Darke, who commentated the game for ESPN, looks back on what he considers to have been "one of the most surreal experiences" he has ever had during his career.

"Brazil 1, Germany 7. Do not adjust your television set. That score line is right."

Those were the words with which this...

Heroes and Villains: Arsenal show some grit, Roberto Martinez in trouble

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains Arsenal supporters should be asking for their club to win the league, and Shaka Hislop agrees that Arsenal need to address their defensive midfield issues in order to press for a title.

Arsenal were the only member of the current top six to win this weekend, but is it a conspiracy against Chelsea? Jose Mourinho thinks so. Welcome to the latest edition of Iain Macintosh's Heroes and Villains...


Writing Burnley off is proving to be a hazardous pastime. Manager Sean Dyche, quite at odds with his contemporaries, chose not to moan about the fixture pile-up, picked exactly the same XI that performed so well in the narrow 1-0 defeat against Liverpool two days ago and subsequently...

Premier League Team of the Weekend, Dec. 28

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley discusses Manchester City's inability to close the gap at the top, while Arsenal were able to close in on the top four with a win at West Ham.

After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully select 11 star performers along with a manager.

Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW. Plus, tune in to Monday's "ESPN FC" (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) for more reaction.

ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend.
ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend

Goalkeeper: Hands up -- who had the early kickoff down for a stalemate? Tottenham and...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints: Prem title, Bale or De Gea, Balotelli, sack race, diving

Cesc Fabregas was yellow carded for simulation in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Southampton, but did he actually dive?

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

It might be hard to believe, but the Premier League is already at the halfway point. After Chelsea looked like early runaway winners, the two teams from Manchester have shown some life and are sitting in second, City, and third, United, respectively. 

Who will win the Premier League?

Jose Mourinho has suggested more than once this...

 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers' management of Mario Balotelli has backfired

The ESPN FC crew discuss which Premier League players need to improve.

"There is no question over his talent -- I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way. He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly, he needs to know that the coach believes in him."

-- Andrea Pirlo on Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli spent Boxing Day afternoon on the bench at Turf Moor, as his Liverpool team huffed, puffed and scuffled their way to a 1-0 win over Burnley. And according...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Tottenham, Man United meet on the cusp of achieving their objectives

The ESPN FC panel preview Week 19's much-anticipated match between Manchester United and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Very few associated with Manchester United will recall 2014 as their favourite year. It shall be remembered as the year the club came loose of its bearings, abandoned a devotion to slow-burning stability and broke the bank to try to recover.

Two matches against Tottenham Hotspur will bookend 2014. New Year's Day saw a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford end a spell of optimism for the troubled, doomed reign of former manager David Moyes. That evening, a befuddled Moyes was forced to admit his team had already...