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Reus, Koke, Griezmann ... the stars at Russia 2018?

Gareth Bale in Real Madrid’s friendly against Inter Milan.

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Miralem Pjanic scores this ridiculous goal in Roma’s friendly with Man United.

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Scouting America: Julian Green

This kid is going to be a stud for the USMNT.  He can only build upon his goal against Belgium in the World Cup and I can’t wait to see his progression.

Problems facing Brazilian soccer are complex, run across multiple levels

Brazil has some deep-rooted issues in their soccer community which SI.com examines in this article.

Since this Scolari has been fired and Brazil has re-hired Dunga as head coach of their national team.  Again, they take a step backwards.

From Messi's partner in crime to Stoke City: What has happened to Bojan?

I think we have all owned Bojan once or twice in all of our FIFA or Football Manager careers.  I hope the kid can eventually put it together.

Frank Lampard has completed his free transfer to MLS expansion club New York City FC.

Frank Lampard has completed his free transfer to MLS expansion club New York City FC.

James Rodríguez: will new galáctico fit into Real Madrid masterplan?

Sid Lowe takes an in-depth look at how James Rodriguez fits into the Real Madrid attack.

Here, WhoScored.com takes a look at how Madrid’s Midfield is Yet Stronger for Signing Kroos and Rodriguez.

ESPN’s Chris Atkins’ take on new Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic:

Serbia international Lazar Markovic is no Luis Suarez, and it appears Liverpool will need to continue looking at strengthening their attack. He is, though, a winger with frightening potential for the years ahead.
At the age of 17, he was starring for Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League against the likes of Inter Milan. Playing from the left-flank and drifting on to his favoured right foot, his ability to run with the ball at pace was a clear indication that he was bound for big things.
At Benfica for just one season, he has already enticed Liverpool to make their move. While he started slowly in Portugal, he began to show his true potential once he hit his stride later in the year, and fans of the Reds will hope he continues in that vein.
He is not the finished product yet and may still need some time to adapt given his relative youth and inexperience. His attitude, though, is said to be excellent, and under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance, he could go on to fulfil his enormous potential.

You can see more of Atkins’ take on the 5 Players to Shock the Premier League at ESPN’s The Scout Notebook.

ESPN’s Chris Atkins’ take on new Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic:

Serbia international Lazar Markovic is no Luis Suarez, and it appears Liverpool will need to continue looking at strengthening their attack. He is, though, a winger with frightening potential for the years ahead.

At the age of 17, he was starring for Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League against the likes of Inter Milan. Playing from the left-flank and drifting on to his favoured right foot, his ability to run with the ball at pace was a clear indication that he was bound for big things.

At Benfica for just one season, he has already enticed Liverpool to make their move. While he started slowly in Portugal, he began to show his true potential once he hit his stride later in the year, and fans of the Reds will hope he continues in that vein.

He is not the finished product yet and may still need some time to adapt given his relative youth and inexperience. His attitude, though, is said to be excellent, and under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance, he could go on to fulfil his enormous potential.

You can see more of Atkins’ take on the 5 Players to Shock the Premier League at ESPN’s The Scout Notebook.