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Euro 2016

Jurgen Klopp: 'I try to have influence even during games'

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp says every player in his squad will have an influence on the upcoming season.

Jurgen Klopp probably doesn't mind the image he gives off to the world. Smiley, jokey, animated, goofy, mad professor, fun-loving, dunking off a swing onto a children's basketball hoop -- it's part of his charm.

But he'll have you know there's steel beneath the big glasses and Irish Sea-wide smile.

In 2005, he was managing Mainz, who had just avoided relegation from the Bundesliga. One day, he called his best friend at the time, a midfielder named Jurgen Krammy, into his office to tell him he would...

Juventus' move to sign Higuain from Napoli is hard to justify

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop applauds the signing of striker Gonzalo Higuain by Juventus.

Barring some hugely improbable change of heart -- either from the player or Juventus -- Gonzalo Higuain will become the third most expensive player in the history of football this week, behind only Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

You can debate the exact numbers -- they're fuzzy anyway, what with undeclared bonuses and commissions as well as exchange rates -- but that's where a €90 million ($98.7 million) release clause would put him. And even if, as appears probable, Paul Pogba leaves...

Euro 2016 review: 24 thoughts about Portugal's win, Pogba, England, more

The ESPN FC panel dives into the ever-raging debate about Ronaldo vs. Messi, and if this Euro 2016 win gives Ronaldo the edge.

Euro 2016 is over and Portugal are winners. Wild, eh? Gabriele Marcotti offers 24 thoughts to round out an entertaining 24-team tournament in France.

1. Sports don't happen in a vacuum

We had severe flooding in the build-up to Euro 2016. ESPN's set on the banks of the Seine had to be evacuated and transferred elsewhere. We had strikes and demonstrations entirely unrelated to the competition that nevertheless disrupted travel and brought out police with riot gear and tear gas canisters. And we...

Man United sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make them winners again

The ESPN FC crew discuss the potential effects of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's joining Manchester United.

You wanted a statement? You got one. This is box office: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he will arrive at Manchester United.

How far back do you have to go to find the last legitimate global football-transcending A-lister to arrive at Old Trafford? (And by A-lister, we mean not just a blue chip superstar, but a commercial juggernaut who generates hype and page views, wherever he goes ...)

Angel Di Maria (2014)? Robin van Persie (2012)? Carlos Tevez (2007)? Rio Ferdinand (2002)? Juan Sebastian...

Super Mario Gomez might be just the throwback Germany needs to win Euro

PARIS -- You wonder if, when Joachim Low recalled Mario Gomez to the German national side, he figured he might take him to the Euros and put him in some kind of transparent case with a sign saying BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

We're talking the kind of emergency that occurs when you know you're going to be camped out in the opposition's final third and you need a battle-axe to break down the opposition's bus. It's what Germany experienced in each of their three group games. And it's what they...

Brexit and how the pound's value drop could affect Premier League transfers

As the dust settles on Britain's vote to leave the EU, Gab Marcotti assesses how the decision could affect football in Europe.

Opinion is still divided on the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union in the next six months to two years. In the narrower scope of football, there has been much fretting and hand-wringing over the impact the so-called Brexit vote will have on the Premier League and the fact that foreign players will require work permits, though a closer look reveals those fears are overstated.

In the short term, though, one effect we're already seeing is the pound crashing against the dollar and the...