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 By Chris Wright

Austrian team attempt dizzy penalty shoot-out

Back in the good old days when Toe Poke was still in short trousers and wet-look hair gel, there used to be such a thing as "American penalty shoot-outs".

We're sure some of our readers of a slightly more senior vintage may remember them well. If not, allow us to fill you in.

First used in the NASL in the 1970s and on into the 1980s in various guises, this alternative take on the penalty shoot-out saw players given five seconds to dribble toward goal from 35 yards out before attempting to beat the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2015 MLS season predictions by the ESPN FC experts

The ESPN FC discuss which teams are the favourites to win the Eastern Conference title.
The ESPN FC discuss which teams are the favourites to win the Western Conference title.
ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman discusses the attributes of Orlando City SC and NYCFC and what sets the two MLS sides apart.

ESPN FC MLS reporters Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre and Jason Davis join analysts Adrian Healey, Stuart Holden, Paul Mariner, Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol, as well as ESPN Insider's Adrian Melville and ESPN.com's Marc Stein in making their picks for the upcoming season.

Trophy winners

Which teams will have the most successful seasons? Our panel picks who will lift MLS Cup, the Supporters' Shield for best regular season record, as well as each conference.

How Major League Soccer owners and players agreed a CBA, avoided a strike

Our experts debate about the new CBA agreement between the MLS and Players Union.

It was late last Tuesday night, and the MLS Players Union had just voted 18-1, with one abstention, to go on strike. The league's representatives had left the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. It seemed like the start of the MLS regular season, set for March 6, was doomed.

"I had a lot of emotions that were running through my head," said Danny Cruz, one of the Philadelphia Union's player representatives. "My palms were sweating, but I was ready."

LA Galaxy...

 By Richard Hall

Inter travel to Napoli with one eye still on Europe

Facing upcoming matches against Napoli and Wolfsburg, Roberto Mancini and Inter will need to prioritise Serie A or the Europa League.

Inter Milan face Napoli on Sunday in a game that will not only be difficult on the pitch but also in the planning. Roberto Mancini has to weigh up his options between concentrating on a solid end to the Serie A season, or whether he should put all his efforts into the Europa League. His team selection will be very telling but neither option seems favourable.

His team's performances have perhaps left him thinking that they are not capable of challenging in two competitions. Instead, the sensible...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What do you dislike most in football?

The FC TV panel have their say. What do you think? Vote now!

There are plenty of things that raise hackles when it comes to the beautiful game, but what is your biggest complaint?

What do you dislike most in football?

Could it be, as Craig Burley suggests, the positive spin that managers put on bad results? Or is it, as Alejandro Moreno claims, diving protests? Or perhaps you agree with Steve Nicol, who gets irate when referees don't explain their decisions?

Or maybe you think it is something else entirely? Spitting? Two-footed tackles? Time wasting?

Watch the FC TV discussion, then vote. Plus,...

Compressed Bundesliga table is costing historically significant clubs

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp contends that his side are turning things around.

Inequality might be rising globally, but not in the Bundesliga. The gap, results-wise, between the haves and have-nots has become much smaller this season. By this stage of the 2013-14 season, a whopping 51 points separated league leaders Bayern Munich from bottom team Eintracht Braunschweig. In the current campaign, the gap has shrunk to 39 points.

Another way to look at these figures is to say that the convergence is simply down to Pep Guardiola's team being 10 points worse off this season. But...