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Blog - ESPN FC United

 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...

FIFA's corruption won't change unless others follow in U.S. DOJ's footsteps

ESPN FC's Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman do not see any escape from blame for the charges of corruption that have happened under FIFA president Sepp Blatter's watch.

For decades, FIFA and the continental confederations that sit underneath it have operated in what one soccer executive once described as the "brown envelope economy." It is the economy of bribes, kickbacks and the laundering of the funds involved.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 past and present executives from FIFA and CONCACAF, as well as two sports marketing firms, alleging a pattern of corruption that lasted over 20 years and involved up to $151 million.

More specifically,...

 By James Tyler

Jedinak, Bojan, Delph and more: Players who missed #PremRank cut

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Ross Dyer discuss the players who just missed the #PremRank cut and suggest some players they feel should have made the list.

With #PremRank unfolding nicely, adding a few surprises along the way, there are obviously far more than 50 good players in the Premier League. And there are several players who merit inclusion in our hallowed list, were it not for some more fashionable picks.

And so in this space I'll salute some of the players who could count themselves unlucky not to make our inaugural list.

There's always next year.

Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace

Being a defensive midfielder is a dismally thankless job...

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Young, Kane, Delph, Kane and Hart among most improved in the Prem

The ESPN FC crew discuss the Premier League team of the year.

They are the comeback kids, those who threw back the doubts to become leading men for their teams.

While many might bemoan the 2014-15 Premier League season as one lacking in quality, here are six players who raised their game and made themselves indispensable.

Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Recriminations flew in several different directions during David Moyes' disastrous tenure at Manchester United in 2013-14. Young was a particular pariah, barracked by his own club's fans who disliked his...

Spartak Moscow's crisis reaches historic nadir for Russia's biggest club

Under owner Leonid Fedun, Spartak Moscow are gradually fading into irrelevance in Russian football.

Imagine a Real Madrid fan being voted as Barcelona president. Imagine a Liverpool supporter taking over at Manchester United. Those situations might seem unthinkable, but a similar scenario became reality in Russia back in 2003, when Kiev-born Dynamo Kiev admirer Leonid Fedun bought Spartak Moscow.

The rivalry between Spartak and Dynamo was the most intense of the former Soviet Union. It was not only about the Russian capital versus the Ukrainian capital, but also about different footballing...

Jose Mourinho and Sergio Aguero are heroes, QPR and Liverpool are villians

The ESPN FC panel pick their favourite moments in the Premier League this season.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson discuss Brendan Rodgers' future with Liverpool and how Fenway Sports Group will handle the situation.

So that's that! The Premier League season is over, but before everyone moves on, it's time to nominate the Heroes and Villains of 2014-15.


You might not like him, but he won't care. You might not respect him, but you'd be wrong. Jose Mourinho is the best manager in England, and possibly in Europe too. There were some in 2013 who suggested that his return to Chelsea would end in tears, and with some justification. Chelsea's short-term thinking and incoherent strategies had left them with just...