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Vicente del Bosque shaves moustache: how would Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and others look with it?

Vicente del Bosque losing his iconic moustache got us wondering: which Premier League boss would look best with his famous facial hair?

We have reached a most significant point in the annals of football history. After over four decades spent in each other's company, Vicente del Bosque has parted company with his wonderful moustache.

The 67-year-old shocked everybody by arriving at the 2018 Men's Health Gala in Madrid on Tuesday with a freshly deforested upper lip -- a sight unseen in more than 40 years.

By his own volition, Del Bosque has been paired with "El Bigoton" ("The Big Moustache") since around 1975, first growing it during...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.


Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...

Sergio Ramos vs. Dejan Lovren: Real Madrid star 'likes' Instagram post trolling Liverpool rival

With Dejan Lovren's latest outburst towards Sergio Ramos causing a stir, our ESPN FC crew try to make sense of it all.

While hardly edifying for either player, the spectacularly petty war of words between Sergio Ramos and Dejan Lovren continues to rumble on into yet another new week.

The ill feeling between Ramos and several members of the Liverpool camp began during last season's Champions League final, wherein the Real Madrid captain tangled with Mohamed Salah and injured the Egypt forward's shoulder.

Several minor flare-ups have occurred since, before Lovren fully reignited the feud last month in an interview...

Jordi Alba is the best player in La Liga right now, something Luis Enrique cannot ignore

Despite his reported falling out with Luis Enrique, ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why Jordi Alba couldn't be ignored ahead of Spain's clash at Croatia.
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation.

"I think I've talked about Jordi Alba enough," Luis Enrique protested, but there was one more thing to say, left to the last minute. In the end, even he couldn't resist. On Thursday, the Spain coach returned Alba to the national team for the first time since the World Cup and the first time since he took over, finally ending one of the oddest absences anyone could remember.

Luis Enrique said he didn't change his mind because of the "clamour," but the noise, like the evidence, had become overwhelming....

Julen Lopetegui, David Moyes and Gary Neville among culprits for worst career moves

The Exploding Heads recap October which consisted of Tottenham's stadium debacle and Jose Mourinho getting out-Mourinho'd.
Craig Burley believes Arsene Wenger could help Real Madrid, while Steve Nicol contends the former Arsenal manager isn't the right fit.
The FC crew explain what challenges lie ahead for Santi Solari, but agree that the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure remains a significant issue.

It only takes one bad move to derail a promising coaching career. Here, we pick 10 of the worst career decisions ever taken by managers...

10. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes the Cardiff job

There was an emotional section of Manchester United's fanbase that, having observed his success with Molde in his native land, wanted their old hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to return and rescue the post-Alex Ferguson era. That emotion swelled even more as David Moyes's tenure went further and further south when he...

The Clasico on a golf course: Barca vs. Real Madrid doesn't lose its fire even in retirement

TARRAGONA, Spain -- An Olympic gold medallist is lost among the trees. Albert Ferrer, founder member of the "Dream Team," winner of five league titles and of the European Cup at Wembley in 1992 -- an exorcism that remains the most emblematic moment in FC Barcelona's entire history -- can't find what he is looking for.

He climbs a small hill, circling through the shade, still trying to work out what happened, trying to gain his bearings when a 69-year-old, white-haired man comes to his assistance,...