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 By Chris Wright

Buzz Lightyear and Nemo get their own football kits!

As a pet project to keep himself occupied, graphic designer Martin Turner designed a batch of fantasy football kits inspired by characters from his two favourite Pixar movies, Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

The results are really rather fantastic, with the likes of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Nemo and Dory all receiving their very own personalised strips complete with appropriate design details, colourways and shirt sponsors.

 By Tom Marshall

Breaking down the tactical battles of the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Ale Moreno debate who are the favourites to win Liga MX.

The biggest storylines of the Liga MX Apertura 2015 playoffs have already been laid out, as has what to watch out for in this week's first legs. Now tactics get their turn, with a breakdown of what to expect from the clubs in the Liga MX playoffs quarterfinals.

Club America (6) vs. Leon (3)
Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET at Estadio Azteca; Saturday, 8 p.m. ET at Estadio Leon


The hallmarks of the 2013-14 bicampeonato team remain. Leon is a fun side to watch, playing vertical soccer, moving the...

 By Rory Smith

Real Madrid are more soap opera than legitimate title contender these days

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes weigh in on whether the politics surrounding Real Madrid are damaging the team.
The FC crew answer your tweets on Rafa Benitez's future, if Barca's 2015 side is better than their 2009 squad and more.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes that the odds are stacked against Benitez to succeed as coach at Real Madrid.
The ESPN FC crew discuss who should shoulder the blame for their poor performance, and eventual loss, against Barcelona.

In hindsight, there may have been no more telling quote in world football this year. Only a few hours before, Real Madrid had sacked Carlo Ancelotti, their well-liked, warmly regarded manager. The Italian, popular with his players and respected by his fans, did not even last a year after delivering the club the tenth European Cup in its history.

Even by football's standards -- even by Real's warped standards, in fact -- it was a baffling decision. The world looked to Florentino Perez, the club's...

Borussia Dortmund need Hummels to recover his form at Krasnodar

Thomas Tuchel didn't use the testing week for the German squad as an excuse for Dortmund's defeat to Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund will travel 1,500 miles to Krasnodar, just northeast of the Black Sea, to face what is set to be the toughest match of their Europa League group stage on Thursday. A point will suffice for the Black and Yellows to seal the group win against Krasnodar, who currently sit in sixth place in the Russian Premier League and are three points adrift of BVB in Group C of the Europa League.

A loss in Russia would mean that Dortmund will have to take the last match in the group stage against...

 By Chris Wright

Malmo prepares for Zlatan Ibrahimovic return in Champions League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes that his story shows people that they can still be successful, despite their background.

With Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League action on Wednesday night, the city of Malmo has spent the last few days preparing for the return of its favourite prodigal son, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ahead of his grand homecoming, one of the striker's old stomping grounds was refreshed in his honour, with the youth of Malmo now able to follow in their local hero's footsteps by playing their football at the "Zlatan Court" -- the very pitch Ibrahimovic used to play on as a kid.

Chiapas and Puebla could cause upsets in Liga MX Liguilla

Fans look forward to seeing Puebla F.C. in the Liguilla for the first time in eleven seasons.

America, Tigres, Toluca and Pumas are justifiably receiving plenty of attention. The four aforementioned teams are the current favorites to win the Apertura title and have easily been the focus of many Liguilla conversations. While many fans await the semifinal match-ups that would include the four giants, a couple of outsiders like Chiapas and Puebla are preparing to upset playoff predictions.

When one thinks of "Apertura champions," Chiapas and Puebla aren't the first names that immediately...