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 By Reuters

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'Machine' Germany should defend World Cup

The FC crew assess how many teams are capable of winning the 2018 World Cup and whether a first-time winner could emerge in Russia.
The FC crew break down ESPN's World Cup power rankings, which are led by Brazil, Germany and Spain while omitting Mexico from the top 10.
Sweden took out World Cup perennials Italy in qualifying, but will the absence of their perennial talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic mean a short World Cup?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that Germany will be the team to beat in the World Cup.

The former Sweden international, whose national team has been grouped with Germany, Mexico and South Korea, believes the 2014 winners will be able to defend their title in Russia.

"Germany is the Deutsche machine," Ibrahimovic said in Moscow at a sponsor's event. "You know they will do good, and they always do good.

"And I always say, a good team doesn't have 11 players, they have 22 fantastic players. And with Germany,...

 By Tom Marshall

Giovani dos Santos makes cut as Mexico trims three players from World Cup squad

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez reflect on Rafael Marquez's contributions to El Tri and how he might fit into Juan Carlos Osorio's World Cup plan.
ESPN FC's Sebastian Salazar harkens back to an Italy-Mexico clash in 1994 and how that World Cup shaped his life.
Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez break down Mexico's 28-man preliminary roster for the World Cup and who might miss out on the trip to Russia.

LA Galaxy attacker Giovani dos Santos will travel to the World Cup with Mexico, while Jurgen Damm, Jesus Molina and Oswaldo Alanis have been cut from Mexico's 27-player squad.

El Tri will travel to Denmark on Sunday evening with 24 players, one more than will be on the list handed to FIFA on Monday, with coach Juan Carlos Osorio still sweating over the fitness of trio Diego Reyes, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno.

All three are expected to be included in the final 23-player list, with young midfielder...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on LA Galaxy woes: 'We're better than them, but they're winning'

Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic's two goal effort, the LA Galaxy fell 3-2 to a 10-man FC Dallas.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed some frustration with the LA Galaxy's recent form, saying the club is losing to teams that are "not better than us" following Wednesday night's 3-2 defeat to FC Dallas.

The Swedish striker netted both of the Galaxy's goals in his return from a suspension following his first red card in MLS, but LA was already trailing Dallas by three goals when he got on the scoresheet.

The result ended a brief two-game win streak -- done largely without Ibrahimovic -- but the Galaxy...