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U.S. vs. Mexico: 50-50 Challenge


Arsenal's reshaped attack reaping rewards


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United States vs. Mexico: 50-50 Challenge

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe speaks with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann about his side's preparations ahead of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup playoff against Mexico.

This special edition of the 50-50 Challenge takes a look at the United States-Mexico rivalry, and in particular, the upcoming CONCACAF Cup playoff that will determine which country earns the ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup. Two Mexican-Americans, Sergio Tristan, leader of Pancho Villa's Army, a Mexican national team supporters group in the U.S., and former U.S. international Herculez Gomez, give their perspectives on the game.

Where will you be on Oct. 10?

Herculez Gomez: I'll be in...

Arsenal's reshaped attack ushering in a new style

After Arsenal's resounding 3-0 win over Manchester United, the question is whether they can maintain that level over the course of a season.

For Arsenal fans, beating Manchester United is always special. Even if these two teams are no longer engaged in an annual tug-of-war over the Premier League title, the rivalry runs deep. There may no longer be a Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, or Sir Alex Ferguson to stoke the fires of enmity in these games, but the embers of that blazing animosity remain. Given Arsenal's poor record against United in recent years, any win was always likely to be met with an outpouring of joy.

However, Sunday's 3-0...

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How teams from Britain and Ireland can reach Euro 2016

Former England defender Ledley King believes youth is the key behind England's flying Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, having become the first side to book their place in the finals in France next year.

As the qualifying for Euro 2016 comes to a close, all the five countries of Britain and Ireland are in with a chance of being at the final tournament in France together.

In the English media, the expansion from a 16 to 24-team tournament caused much moaning about an anti-competitive qualifying process. England's breeze through Group E in winning each and every match may do little to prepare them for the finals but their neighbours have each embraced the greater opportunity. The Scots and Irish,...

Jurgen Klopp's rise from Bundesliga 2. to one of the most-wanted managers

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why Jurgen Klopp is a better option for Liverpool than Carlo Ancelotti.
Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.

The following is an excerpt from Raphael Honigstein's new book, Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.

In it, the clock is turned back more than a decade to look at the rise of a little-known manager named Jurgen Klopp.

Bild feted 'Kloppo' as the 'Harry Potter' of German football. He wore metal-rimmed glasses and the same youthful haircut as the wizard's apprentice, not to mention that him getting little Mainz into the Bundesliga reeked of magic. 'There's no...

U.S. vs. Mexico -- what it's like to play in the game

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe speaks with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann about his side's preparations ahead of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup playoff against Mexico.
The ESPN FC panel discuss the USMNT upcoming match against Mexico, and give their opinion as to whether or not current manager Jurgen Klinsmann should be let go if they were to lose.
Former US and LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan sits down with ESPN FC's Bernardo Osuna to discuss who he thinks should be in the US squad against Mexico.
Former USMNT forward Landon Donovan feels Clint Dempsey has the special qualities needed to defeat Mexico and debates whether or not the winner of the CONCACAF Cup will clearly determine the giant of CONCACAF.

In this guest blog, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst writes about what it's like to play vs. Mexico, citing a certain 2013 win as a specific example.

"Dos a Cero."

Playing Mexico in Crew Stadium in front of a packed house in October 2013, with qualification to the World Cup within our grasp, is one of the games I will remember the most when my career is over.

It was my first experience of the rivalry in which I was able to contribute on the field, and I can firmly say that there is no better feeling...

 By Shaka Hislop

Bayern Munich stay on top, Barcelona slip down the Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says there's no hope for anyone else in the German league; Bayern Munich are in a league of their own.

The top two remain the same, but last season's treble winners take a big tumble down Shaka Hislop's Top 10.

1. Bayern Munich (no change)

My ESPN FC colleague Ale Moreno put it best when he said, in the aftermath of Bayern's 5-1 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund, that the Bundesliga title race is "100 percent over". With Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski each scoring twice, Pep Guardiola's side eased past the only other team who had shown any evidence that they could challenge this season.