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Roma bids farewell to De Rossi, a legend who embodied the city and club

Daniele De Rossi walks off the pitch for the final time as the captain of AS Roma, after 17 years with the club.
Daniele De Rossi said goodbye on Sunday night to the club he's always loved in the city he'll always love. They'll never forget him either.

ROME -- For one last time, the 616th of his career, Daniele De Rossi pulled on the shirt he calls his "coat of armour."

He would have strapped a personalised captain's armband onto his bicep, a red one with "You're my one true bride" stitched in orange thread. His coach Claudio Ranieri, a fellow Roman and Roma fan, had promised to pay the fine if the league decided to sanction De Rossi for not wearing the standard issue fascia imposed by Serie A this season. Appearing on his sleeve and those...

Conte's potential return hangs over Roma and Juve, two clubs submerged in uncertainty

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer predict a few notable fixtures from Serie A this weekend with the race for top four at fever pitch.

Sunday's showdown between Roma and Juventus (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) will be played in an unusual atmosphere of uncertainty. In fact, we know only a couple of things for sure. The most obvious one is Juventus are champions. The other relates to Roma. On Friday, Claudio Ranieri confirmed he will leave at the end of the season. The veteran custodian has bought Roma time to identify the right successor to Eusebio Di Francesco and hopes to leave the club in the Champions League.

Everything else is up...

Inter, Roma recovering from dramatic campaign amid race for European places

Ahead of Saturday's clash at San Siro (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+), it's worth pointing out that supporting Inter Milan or Roma hasn't been particularly fun for either fan base this season. It has been weirdly captivating for everybody else, though. Netflix has struggled to produce anything capable of generating the same mix of emotions these two have elicited in Serie A. It has made for compelling, popcorn-grabbing viewing, full of genuine "I can't believe this is happening" moments.

Going into the...

VAR in focus: Manchester United, Porto benefit from late decisions

Manchester United and FC Porto advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday with dramatic, VAR-inspired winning penalties. How did the video assistant referee system do?

1. Kimpembe's handball in PSG's 3-1 loss to Man United

Diogo Dalot's shot struck PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, who had jumped and turned his back make himself bigger. Referee Damir Skomina knew the ball had come off Kimpembe and so pointed for the corner, but VAR instructed the official to take a second look...

Fernandinho and Casemiro lead the game's most underrated midfielders

Fernandinho is a classic box-to-box player but has adapted to life under Pep Guardiola at Man City. He's now more of a deep-lying creator.

Football has never been so obsessed with individual brilliance and star power given the quality on show, but not everyone can be the hero. There remains a place for the humble, workmanlike and dependable holding midfielder. Here are five who have been in particularly good form this season.

Fernandinho, Manchester City

City's title challenge seemed to falter during the Christmas period when they suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester. Notably, it was also the first two...


ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions.

UEFA Champions League 2018-19 round of 16 draw
The lineup is set for the Champions League Round of 16.

Gab Marcotti

Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City

Mark Ogden

Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Man City

Graham Hunter

Man United, Porto, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City

Raphael Honigstein

PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona,...