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A very young player has scored a golazo in Brazil, which we believe means that a robot lifts Florentino Perez onto a private jet and instantly races him to South America with a contract.
The difference here is that top clubs are already well-aware of Endrick, the 15-year-old Palmeiras starlet who scored an 18-yard bicycle kick goal (off some pitiful clearance efforts) Wednesday in Brazil.
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Endrick, who doesn’t turn 16 until late July, was playing for Palmeiras in Copinha 2022, a tournament for U-20 teams in Sao Paulo, when he challenged for an aerial and sank his teeth into the second ball.
The result is the stuff of wonder.
Endrick is being linked with essentially every big club in Europe from Liverpool to Man City, Barcelona to Bayern Munich, and reports just this week claim that Manchester United’s made contact with his representatives.
Senhores e senhores… ENDRICK!
Não custa repetir: apenas 15 anos de idade. QUE GOL!!!
Palmeiras 3×0 Oeste #Copinha2022 pic.twitter.com/FIll0mmvNd
— Goleada Info (@goleada_info) January 19, 2022

With the 2022 World Cup fast approaching, plenty of World Cup kits are starting to be released and there are some intriguing looks.
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From Mexico’s snazzy away number to Germany going for a solid new look for their home kit and Puma rolling out a very specific and similar look for their national teams, just like they did for their club teams on their away kits, there is a lot to unpack here.
When November rolls around and the World Cup kicks off, which one of these jerseys will you be wearing with pride? And which one will you be wearing because it looks really cool?
Below is our rankings of the World Cup kits which have been released.
This is a lovely away kit and will become a classic. Expect these beauties to fly off the shelves and be a jersey that neutrals love just as much as El Tri fans. The home kit is very decent too.

From our roots to our present. ❤️⚽️
Meet our new away jersey for the World Cup, Incondicionales. 🇲🇽😍#ElOrigenQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/5fib7L44UK
— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) August 29, 2022

Absolutely sensational work. The home kit is unique enough but still sticks to Portugal’s bold colors, while the away kit is a classic too.
🇵🇹 #VesteABandeira. Inspirado nas cores da Nação Valente, o equipamento oficial da nossa Seleção já está disponível 👕 @nikefootball
🛒: https://t.co/JkIEKLw6A9
🇵🇹 #WearTheFlag. Inspired by the colors of the Brave Nation, our official kits are now available 👕 #NikeFC pic.twitter.com/yhYsqpejjd
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) September 15, 2022

Oh, wow. This is absolutely beautiful. The away shirt is majestic and the home shirt is classic but with some intriguing detail on the sleeves. Nicely done.
Nowa koszulka reprezentacji Polski jest już dostępna w naszym Sklepie Kibica! 🇵🇱 #KoszulkaMarzenie #KierunekKatar
— Łączy nas piłka (@LaczyNasPilka) September 15, 2022

Well, this is another classic. Japan’s home kit is inspired by anime and the design is bold and recognizable. The away kit is fantastic too, especially the long-sleeved version.
日本を、歓喜で染めろ。#サッカー日本代表 2022 ユニフォームのコンセプトは #ORIGAMI
👉https://t.co/bRzdXVKEJA#アディダス #daihyo#日本を歓喜で染めろ pic.twitter.com/oyD82vbSqA
— アディダス ジャパン (@adidasJP) August 29, 2022

The home and away kits are both lovely and the colors just work together. Well done.
Montrer au monde ce que la France a de plus beau 🇫🇷 @nikefootball
🛒 https://t.co/S3nKmkYlCJ pic.twitter.com/pWEKlLHgJP
— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) September 15, 2022

The home kit is classic. You can’t really mess up the blue and white stripes. Again, another lovely away kit. The purple is perfect and this just looks slick and silky. Much like Lionel Messi’s footwork.

Te presentamos nuestra nueva camiseta alternativa para el Mundial de #Qatar 💜
De la mano de nuestro capitán, Leo #Messi 😍
¡Vamos Argentina! 🇦🇷#adidasfootball #WorldCup @adidasAR pic.twitter.com/t0h2ZLpbIC
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) August 29, 2022

These are beautiful. The right color red on the home shirt and just enough going on without overdoing it. The away shirt is also bold and the collar is lovely. Well done.
“The Dragon on my shirt is all I need.”
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿❤️🔥 The new @adidasfootball Cymru World Cup kit is available now in store and online at @JDOfficial!
Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae#TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/REAkdLpjeM
— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) September 15, 2022

Home kit looks like a classic and the away shirt is pretty decent too, but some people may not like the funky print on the shoulders.

The blue panels on the home kit are a bit meh but the away kit is a retro beauty.
Nike have released England’s home and away kits for the upcoming World Cup ⚪️🔴
Major throwback feels 🤩 pic.twitter.com/0pO1HzM6yl
— Midnite Football (@MidniteFtbl) September 15, 2022

They kind of ruined a classic with the home kit. It’s still cool but only having the checkered design on part of the home shirt is weird. The away kit is majestic.
The classic red checks on the Home jersey are remixed with a modern twist to reflect the energy and pride of our country.#Croatia | @nikefootball | #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/LV1TnEqNjL
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) September 15, 2022

The new Away Jersey is inspired by Croatia’s nightlife and natural beauty, with vibrant Laser Blue checks reflecting the vibrancy of our country’s fast-moving festival culture and the azure waters of our coastline.#Croatia | @nikefootball | #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/RAjYGDzJE8
— HNS (@HNS_CFF) September 15, 2022

Pretty nice designs here. They could have gone with the plain white for the home and plain green for the away, but the snazzy designs work. Especially for the away kit.
The home shirt looks kind of velvety? Not the usual bright orange, which will upset some. The blue away kit is sleek and the real winner here.
Oranje Pride is Never Done.
Introducing our new 2022 Home & Away Collection! 🧡🇳🇱@nikefootball pic.twitter.com/fjDiP5qgTB
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) September 15, 2022

This is the best of the Puma jerseys, as Senegal’s away kit is very distinctive and the green is lovely. This big panel on the middle of the kit is something we will get used to seeing a lot of during the World Cup.
Lions of Teranga 🇸🇳
The 2022 @Fsfofficielle Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/FGLYxt44j1
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Again, another Puma away kit but this Ghana shirt has plenty of personality.
Bold meets proud 🇬🇭
The 2022 @ghanafaofficial Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/wkVNd508Ok
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

This is fine. Expect a bit better from Die Mannschaft and it feels like they should have an all white jersey for their home kit.
Created in the studio – mastered on the pitch 💪
Können nicht erwarten, unsere neuen Trikots im Stadion zu sehen 😍
Ab sofort erhältlich auf:
➡️ https://t.co/I3vY7E3flJ #adidasFootball @adidas pic.twitter.com/p1nGoIldZ9
— DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) August 29, 2022

The hosts have a simple, clean look. The away shirt has a nice golden pattern on it. Not bad.
The colours that have been witness to the landmark moments throughout our history 🎨🇶🇦
#AlAnnabi pic.twitter.com/7O95b6zLNE
— Qatar Football Association (@QFA_EN) September 15, 2022

The home shirt has not been received well by fans, and some players, for being too boring. But the away shirt is pretty nice.
The USMNT drop their home and away kits for the 2022 World Cup 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/NuLWtxAyzs
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 15, 2022

A bit plain, but like the collar and sleeve trims and the circular pattern around the middle is very cool.
It’s in the details 🇲🇦
The 2022 @EnMaroc Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/FozZhwFTCQ
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Eh, this could have been so much better. Spain’s home kit looks bland and the away kit is just too much with that pattern.
😍 ¡𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙖 𝙡𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙚!
✍🏻 Nuestras nuevas equipaciones para #Qatar2022 son ____.#VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/siLXV6hiRw
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) August 29, 2022

Not quite sure what to make of this. The same velvety style as the Netherlands home shirt on Australia’s home shirt. Just doesn’t work. The away kit is also just very bland.

These home kits are just a little too plain and the flame pattern on the shoulder isn’t great and looks like a shirt I’d wear to my midweek bowling league. A missed opportunity. The same applies for the away kit. Belgium’s golden generation won’t look golden this World Cup.
Meet our new @adidasfootball #WorldCup shirts! 👕😍 #DEVILTIME #FLAMETIME pic.twitter.com/OOvBLNJAGt
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 19, 2022

Meet our new #WorldCup away kits! 😍 #DEVILTIME pic.twitter.com/xgNCYWQpFS
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 23, 2022

Again, another Puma away kit which looks very similar. Uruguay’s iconic sky blue could have been used a lot better on this away shirt.
La Celeste in a fresh take 🇺🇾
The 2022 @AUFOficial Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/eAAeaydz2w
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Lovely gold in the design and makes the white away kit pop a little.
The Eagles have landed 🇷🇸
The 2022 @FSSrbije Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/E8Dwn3Yemc
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Just very bland. Not a lot going on and the panel in the middle is just a bit of an eyesore.
Stand for Suisse 🇨🇭
The 2022 @nati_sfv_asf Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/KEM3u9xwz0
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Japan and the USMNT clash in a key friendly in Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday (kick off, 8:25am ET) as both teams focus on their final preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
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With just two months to go until the tournament in Qatar, the USMNT have two final friendlies (this game against Japan and then Saudi Arabia next Tuesday) to get themselves in shape and that’s that for Gregg Berhalter’s side.
Join our live Q&A over on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel following the Japan vs USMNT game on Friday, Sept. 23, as we will be live from around 10:30am ET to answer your questions!
The USMNT will fancy their chances of getting out of their World Cup group as they have England, Wales and Iran to get by in Group B, while Japan have been drawn in Group E with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica in what looks like a really tough group.
Below is everything you need to know as the Samurai Blue and Stars and Stripes collide.
Date: Friday, September 23
Kick off time: 8:25am ET
Where: Dusseldorf Arena, Germany
How to watch: ESPN 2, UnimasTUDN
The big storylines swirling around the USMNT ahead of these friendlies seem to have been swirling around this young team for much of the last two years: who is going to play up front and who will be the second center back?
With red-hot Jordan Pefok surprisingly left off this roster despite his incredible start to the season for Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin, the duo of Ricardo Pepi and Josh Sargent have been given one final chance to prove themselves to Berhalter. Gio Reyna is back in the squad, which is a huge boost, and it gives Berhalter so many options in the attacking midfield areas. How will he squeeze Brenden Aaronson, Christian Pulisic and Reyna into the same starting lineup? Can he?
At center back things have been complicated by injuries to Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards, who were set to battle it out to see who starts alongside Walker Zimmerman at the World Cup. The likes of Aaron Long, Mark McKenzie and Erik Palmer-Brown will see this as a huge opportunity to make the roster as it seems unlikely Miles Robinson will make the squad following his Achilles injury. Yunus Musah being out with an injury is a blow as he was certain to start alongside Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie in midfield. In goal, Zack Steffen is out after being out injured and only just returning so Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson will battle it out for that third and final goalkeeping spot with Matt Turner now looking like the starter as he gets the nod to start against Japan.
Leeds United playmaker Brenden Aaronson has had a fine start to his Premier League career over the last few months and the 21-year-old is fired up with the World Cup just two months away.
“It’s crazy to think how close the World Cup is, it’s at the back of your head,” Aaronson told reporters. “With Leeds at the moment I really haven’t had a chance to think about it but it’s really growing. Seeing the guys again and thinking ‘wow, this is the last two games before the World Cup comes.’ It comes as you fast. I think the preparation and what we’ve done over the last years, we’re all ready to go and we are all looking forward to it.”
This will be just the third meeting all-time between Japan and the USMNT, as the first meeting in 1993 in Tokyo saw the hosts run out 3-1 winners with Hugo Perez grabbing the USA’s only goal. The last time these teams met was in 2006 as the USMNT won 3-2 in San Francisco as goals from Eddie Pope, Clint Dempsey and Taylor Twellman put them 3-0 up and the U.S. held on for victory.
This is a very experienced side with captain Maya Yoshida (114 caps) marshalling the back line, plus full back Yuto Nagatoma (136 caps) and goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (95 caps) also mainstays in this squad for at least a decade, plus Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu a key part of their defense. Daichi Kamada (Frankfurt), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg), Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic) and Takumi Minamino (Monaco) are attacking talents to look out for. Japan and their boss Hajime Moriyasu know they have been handed a tough assessment at the World Cup but they’re usually very good at exceeding expectations and they breezed through qualifying in the Asian Football Confederation to reach their seventh-straight World Cup.
With injuries in defense and midfield, opportunities have popped up all over the place for USMNT players to make one final statement before the World Cup roster is announced. Many expected  Erik Palmer-Brown and Mark McKenzie to get plenty of minutes at center back, but Aaron Long will start alongside Zimmerman. While there is a bit of a battle at left back with Antonee Robinson missing this squad with injury. Can Joe Scally and Sam Vines give Berhalter even more headaches in the full back area? Following his great start to the season with Antwerp, Vines will start at left back in this game against Japan.
Luca de la Torre and Malik Tillman will be looked at extensively in midfield, while up top is where this will get really intriguing. Berhalter will try to give balance to his side but also get all of his top attacking talents in the game at the same time. Berhalter has mentioned both Reyna and Aaronson will be looked at in a deeper central midfield role, so Christian Pulisic will likely start out wide. Does that mean there will be a false nine? Or will one of in-form duo Josh Sargent and Ricardo Pepi step up and grab the No. 9 jersey as they battle with Jesus Ferreira?

UEFA Nations League champions France will not go back-to-back, and Portugal is behind Spain in its bid to return to the throne room, highlighting the odds that a new Nations League winner will be crowned at the end of third edition of the tournament.
England, Wales, and Poland have also been eliminated from contention and are faced with the concept of relegation to UEFA Nations League B with just two matches left in the group stage.
France is also in early danger of not making it to back to League A, but can feel better by beating nearest combatant Austria on Thursday.
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Group A4 is the opposite sort of fight, Belgium and the Netherlands have both played very well and could see League A’s highest point total up for grabs in a meeting that could be for a semifinal place come Sunday.
UEFA Nations Leagues B, C, and D also have drama built into the final days as Ukraine and Scotland are jockeying for promotion in B1; Russia’s punishment has left B2 promotion open to Israel, Iceland, and Albania. B4 sees Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard, and Norway fighting to join League A for the next cycle.
There’s also drama as Kazakhstan and Georgia currently lead their League C groups, with Latvia and Estonia in League D’s best spots.
When: June 1, 2022 – March 26, 2024
TV rights: Fox Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Live, Fubo TV
Croatia– 3-1-1, 10 pts
Denmark — 3-0-2, 9 pts
France — 1-2-2, 5 pts
Austria — 1-1-3, 4 pts
Next fixtures
France 2-0 Austria
Croatia 2-1 Denmark
Denmark vs France
Austria vs Croatia
Spain — 2-2-0, 8 pts
Portugal — 2-1-1, 7 pts
Czech Republic — 1-1-2, 4 pts
Switzerland — 1-0-3, 3 pts
Next fixtures
Czech Republic vs Portugal
Spain vs Switzerland
Portugal vs Spain
Switzerland vs Czech Republic
Hungary — 2-1-1, 7 pts
Germany — 1-3-0, 6 pts
Italy — 1-2-1, 5 pts
England — 0-2-2, 2 pts
Next fixtures
Italy vs England
Germany vs Hungary
England vs Germany
Hungary vs Italy
Netherlands — 4-1-0, 13 pts
Belgium — 3-1-1, 10 pts
Poland — 1-1-3, 4 pts
Wales — 0-1-4, 1 pt
Next fixtures
Poland 0-2 Netherlands
Belgium 2-1 Wales
Netherlands vs Belgium
Wales vs Poland

You don’t have to like facts and don’t kill the messenger.
These are the forewarning statements from this writer ahead of this post, which will evaluate the five things to watch closest during September’s United States men’s national team friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia.
[ MORE: Japan vs USMNT preview ]
With red-hot Jordan Pefok surprisingly left off this roster, already-raised are threatening to leave the forehead, so a reminder:
Gregg Berhalter’s decisions are what we’re considering here, not what any individual writer might do (Jordan Pefok, John Brooks, Tim Ream, and Djordje Mihailovic would really like a certain individual’s takes).
So read on, as we evaluate the evaluations that are the final two World Cup warm-ups as the precious tournament approaches with great vigor.
Christian Pulisic is, basically, too good for CONCACAF. He’s also too good to be a part-time player right now, which he is with Chelsea.
The intense USMNT striker has a permanent chip on his shoulder and should feel unleashed as one of the side’s focal points.
The fact that the modifier “one of” is even included in a discussion about a player who was — and maybe is — the program’s generational talent shows how growth of young players in the program has been golden; Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Brenden Aaronson are among the talents who keep rising but haven’t touched their ceilings.
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So who is the 24-year-old (as of Sunday) Pulisic right now and what is his frame of mind? Are his 177 Chelsea minutes played out of 900 this season down to bad management, or has it been merited by form in training?
Pulisic has yet to record a goal or assist for Chelsea this season, but he has no such slum,ps in his USMNT career. He has 21 goals and 12 assists in 51 caps and it’s not all CONCACAF dominance despite the new Nations League calendar dictating that most recent games have been against regional foes; Pulisic had two assists in the 3-0 win over Morocco, scored in the 2-1 away win over Northern Ireland.
The American’s play and body language are going to be read as often as his commercial with Roy Kent has aired on television, which is fitting as this time of a World Cup cycle definitely has it’s fill of pressure-pressure-pressure-pressure.
Some would say that Arsenal backup goalkeeper was already No. 1 on the USMNT’s goalkeeping depth chart, but Zack Steffen’s injury problems have very much made the first shirt up for grabs if it wasn’t already.
Turner, 28, has 18 caps for the U.S. and when healthy was first choice for his last three World Cup qualifiers. He’s started every other game since returning for June’s international friendlies and Nations League outings clean sheets against Morocco and Grenada.
He’s been second-choice to Aaron Ramsdale since moving from Arsenal, but Turner made his Gunners and Europa League debuts with a 2-1 win over Zurich in Switzerland.
So now Turner enters September’s camp as a clear No. 1 amongst the current call-ups, in front of Luton Town’s Ethan Horvath and NYCFC’s Sean Johnson.
It’s also an important camp for Horvath, as it feels inevitable that Johnson has secured steady hand third keeper status. Johnson is five years older than Turner and six years older than Horvath and Steffen, and Berhalter’s had plenty of praise for the veteran. Horvath’s been good for the Hatters in the Football League Championship, but what if Steffen is healthy and there’s only one spot left after Turner and Johnson?
gotta give @headdturnerr his props 👊 pic.twitter.com/V4rEI2MZvN
— U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) September 20, 2022

A few will dismiss this query given that the rich status of soccer in the United States sure gets a lot of games on U.S. soil, providing limited chances to perform outside of the U.S.
But the Yanks are winless in six-straight away fixtures, drawing El Salvador, Mexico, and Jamaica while losing to Costa Rica, Canada, and Panama since a 4-1 win over Honduras at San Pedro Sula on Sept. 8, 2021.
Throw in the fact that this window’s friendlies are against strong, hungry Asian sides readying for the World Cup, and you’ve got all the makings of proper tests.
Japan thumped South Korea in July and Ghana in June. Losses to Brazil and Tunisia show they can be bested, but Japan’s got wins over plenty of World Cup contributors in their rear view mirror. Austria and Saudi Arabia combined to take only three points off the Japanese in World Cup qualifying (The Saudis won 1-0 in Jeddah).
Captain Maya Yoshia isn’t the only familiar name on Japan’s roster, as Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, Monaco’s Takumi MInamino, and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada, and Real Sociedad’s Takefuso Kubo sit behind dangerous Celtic strikers Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda.
As for Saudi Arabia, it went 13W-4D-1L in qualifying and play in a lot of 1-0 contests including recent Spain-based friendly losses to Colombia and Venezuela. The team will also feel at home in Murcia, where it played those matches and where it will tangle with Ecuador four days prior to the tilt against Berhalter’s men.
Put plainly, these are tough tests for the USMNT.Berhalter’s team is the No. 14 FIFA-ranked team and they sit No. 23 in Elo Ratings.
Here’s where those settle alongside their September opponents and World Cup group stage foes:
Game(s) on.
We’ve got a pretty good read of the definites and extremely likelies when it comes for the roster for Qatar.
First let’s use a couple of superifical metrics. Who was used in U.S. Soccer’s official jersey unveiling video? And who was included in the collectible Panini sticker book for the 2022 World Cup?
Sticker book: Turner, Steffen, Dest, Long, Richards, A. Robinson, Yedlin, Zimmerman, Aaronson, Acosta, Adams, McKennie, Musah, Ferreira, Pepi, Pulisic, Reyna, Weah
Jersey unveiling: Adams, Aaronson, Pulisic, A. Robinson, Long, McKennie, Zimmerman, Dest, Richards, Weah, Acosta, Ferreira, Musah, Arriola, Reyna, Long, De La Torre, Yedlin, Morris, Carter-Vickers, Tillman.
Who can crash the party?
Josh Sargent, Johnny Cardoso, Joe Scally, Erik Palmer-Brown, Mark McKenzie, Reggie Cannon, Ethan Horvath, and Sean Johnson are all on the roster this month and not in the above categories. McKenzie, Palmer-Brown, and Cardoso have only been called due to injuries, so this is a huge chance for them.
Barring injuries, we’re positive that Pulisic, Aaronson, Arriola, Ferreira, Weah, and Reyna are set for Qatar.
Doesn’t leave room for too many others, does it?
While positional pools are often drained of also-rans this close to a tournament, what makes the USMNT’s forward ranks so intriguing is that not only is the starting center forward job still in play, but it could come from someone who isn’t even in it right now.
That’s Jordan Pefok, who will be looming over the discussions anyway but will be downright casting his shadow over it if one of the following players fails to seal his own deal.
Ricardo Pepi’s had a pair of bright outings for Groningen, entering the window along with Josh Sargent as in-form now and ultra-bright prospects at some points during their tenure.
Jordan Morris is a proven commodity but Arriola’s seeming favorite status means Berhalter would be keeping very much like-for-like guys over the field. That said, Aaronson and Morris being in this camp means that the September group plus Weah could very well be the group.


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