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» Petr Cech issues statement on his future - but Arsenal star DOES have Chelsea offer
The Arsenal goalkeeper retires at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to his former club
» Super-keen England star reports for Nations League finals duty WHOLE WEEK early
Gareth Southgate gave England squad different days to arrive depending on their club's last game — but one couldn't wait
» Chelsea's Christian Pulisic says he is a man on a mission after £58m move
USA international Pulisic could be Chelsea's only new face this summer as they face a transfer embargo
» Aston Villa vs Derby: Police investigate as ticket resale prices reach £1500 for Play-off Final
It has become one of the biggest games in English football, with a place in next season's Premier League at stake
» England stars vow to win next World Cup — but fancy Lionesses to get there first
EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Lingard is "positive" England's men will win Qatar 2022 and Man Utd pal Marcus Rashford tips the women to shine in their World Cup this summer
» Chris Wilder plans big tactical gamble as Sheffield United rejoin Premier League
EXCLUSIVE: Boss Wilder accepts Sheffield United are in for some hidings in first Premier League season for 12 years
» Education key to halting the rise in football racism, says Derby's Curtis Davies
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran defender Davies also opened up on the lack of opportunities for BAME coaches in the pro game
» Mauricio Pochettino contract info revealed as Jurgen Klopp release clause emerges
Both the Tottenham and Liverpool bosses have been linked with the vacant Juventus manager's position
» Raphael Varane transfer decision as Real Madrid star confirms he's staying put
The France international defender had put his future in question last month, but will now stay at Real Madrid
» Champions League final live stream details announced ahead of Liverpool vs Tottenham
BT Sport have revealed big plans for their broadcast of this season's showpiece event - including ways to watch for FREE
» Man City release video showing how they smashed 'Premier League trophy'
Manchester City fans were mortified thinking the Premier League trophy had been destroyed on Monday
» Alexandre Lacazette makes Arsenal claim after being named club's player of the year
The Frenchman has a chance to end the season on a high with the Gunners in the Europa League final on May 29
» Iker Casillas' wife Sara Carbonero reveals she's fighting ovarian cancer
Real Madrid legend Casillas is currently recovering after suffering a heart attack earlier this month
» Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool contract release clause revealed amid Juventus interest
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the vacant manager's position at Juventus
» England "in a great position" for World Cup glory, says legend Casey Stoney
EXCLUSIVE: Hundred-cap Stoney sees England Women topping what her semi-finalists did at World Cup 2015 this summer
» Isco transfer: Two Premier League clubs waiting on Real Madrid decision
Madrid could offload Isco to make room for new arrivals - with United's Paul Pogba heavily linked with a move
» Henrikh Mkhitaryan decision sees Europa League Final turn from farce to absolute disgrace
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play in the all-English Final in Baku, due to political tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan
» Why Man Utd chief Ed Woodward will meet Inter Milan bosses 'in the coming days'
United's executive vice-chairman is due for a liaison with representatives of the Serie A club this week
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to offer Paul Pogba captaincy to keep him at Man Utd
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of Paul Pogba amid interest from Real Madrid
» Chelsea ordered to pay Antonio Conte £9million after Italian wins legal battle
Chelsea have been ordered to pay their former manager £9million in compensation following the Premier League ruling
» Phil Neville out to win England a World Cup in July — and so's his sister Tracey
As women's football boss Phil goes for glory in France, Tracey will be chasing another netball gold on home territory
» Premier League changes coming in 2019/20 season that will affect every team
A new kick-off time is just one of the things that will be introduced to the Premier League next season
» How Henrikh Mkhitaryan broke news of Europa League final absence to Arsenal teammates
Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Azerbaijan
» Real Madrid fans vote on transfer targets - and it's embarrassing for Paul Pogba
Spanish publication AS canvassed 160,000 Real supporters to ask them who they want the club to sign this summer
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» Christian Pulisic: ‘There’s a champion mentality at Chelsea’ | Dominic Fifield

The young American may well be the only new recruit at Stamford Bridge next season and he is planning to make an impact

Early afternoon at Stamford Bridge and the man who could yet prove to be the only new face in Chelsea ranks next season was still pinching himself to be here at all. Christian Pulisic has had six months to contemplate life in the Premier League, having pushed to see out the season in fruitless pursuit of the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund. “I’m still trying to take it all in,” he said. “It’s been a huge dream of mine, to play here in England. So to be here is incredible.”

Pulisic’s arrival is one of the few certainties at a club in flux. The likelihood is he will never play alongside Eden Hazard, a player vigorously courted by Real Madrid and with a parting of the ways seeming inevitable. Doubt persists, too, over the identity of the head coach. Maurizio Sarri has secured Champions League football and steered the team into next week’s Europa League final, but it says everything about his uneasy relationship with club and support that should Juventus offer to buy out his contract Chelsea’s resistance may be perfunctory.

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» Cardiff chairman criticises ‘shoddy behaviour’ of Willie McKay in Sala deal
• Mehmet Dalman calls for ‘big bang’ in football regulation
• Cardiff and Nantes still at impasse over Sala fee

Cardiff City’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, has called for radical regulation of football agents in the wake of the death of the Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala after likening the mentality of some of them to the wild west.

Dalman was particularly critical of Willie McKay, who played a key role in Sala’s transfer from Nantes to Cardiff, including arranging a private flight that crashed into the Channel, even though he was not a licensed agent and was acting on behalf of his son Mark.

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» Baku farce is a reminder football should use its influence for the better | Paul MacInnes
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s absence from the Europa League final suggests the sport must rise to this political moment

Just as political enthusiasts found themselves casually deploying the lexicon of international trade after the Brexit vote, so football supporters are having to brush up on their international relations. After becoming familiar with the internecine struggles of the Arabian gulf these past few weeks, attention now turns to the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the implications for a showpiece final next week.

At base, it’s a question of safety. Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with his Arsenal teammates to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the Europa League final because – as an Armenian – he believes he will not be safe in the city. Azerbaijan customarily refuses entry to Armenian nationals and while its Football Association (and Uefa) insist “Micki” is welcome and every necessary preparation has been taken to protect him, neither the player nor his club are inclined to accept this argument. As a result, he is staying in London and rightly so. No game of football is worth endangering a person’s safety. To suggest, as the Azerbaijani ambassador to the UK has done, that the midfielder is playing politics with his decision is an inexcusable provocation.

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» England’s Fabian Delph reports early to prove fitness for Nations League

• Manchester City midfielder has given up rest time
• Nations League finals are in Portugal in early June

Fabian Delph is to report early for the England squad following the completion of Manchester City’s record-breaking season in an attempt to prove form and fitness before next month’s Nations League finals.

Gareth Southgate welcomed 12 players from Everton, Leicester, Burnley, Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Manchester United and Bournemouth to St George’s Park on Tuesday as preparations began for the two-game tournament in Portugal.

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» Manchester City and PSG should be thrown out of Europe, says La Liga president
• Javier Tebas says the two clubs are ‘playthings of a state’
• City deny breaking Financial Fair Play rules

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are “playthings of a state” who should be kicked out of European competition for violating Financial Fair Play rules, the La Liga president has said.

Javier Tebas, who has run Spanish football’s top league for the past six years, also warned English clubs they would be making a huge mistake if they backed a proposed new European Super League as it would “ruin” domestic football.

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» Steve Clarke tells disillusioned Scotland players to 'un-retire themselves'

• New Scotland manager says he won’t do the chasing
• ‘I only want players that are 100% committed’

Steve Clarke says he will welcome back players who have previously called time on their Scotland careers but they will “have to un-retire themselves” because he won’t be chasing them.

Speaking at his unveiling as Scotland manager, Clarke told the BBC he hopes his vision will persuade the likes of James McArthur, Allan McGregor and Scott Brown to think again about retiring from international duty.

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» Vincent Kompany walks into a mess at Anderlecht – can he save them?

With no European football for the first time in 56 years and unrest off the pitch, the Belgian club’s appointment of their former defender as player-manager is a remarkable stunt

On Sunday, on as dark a day as imaginable in Anderlecht’s history, Belgium’s record champions stunned the world with the appointment of their biggest international icon of the last 25 years. Enter Vincent Kompany, stronger than any PR machine the club could possibly have built.

The name Anderlecht suddenly hummed around the football world again. Missing out on European football for the first time in 56 years and the last game of a disastrous season against Gent, another painful defeat, suddenly did not matter any more to the long-suffering fans.

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» England’s Nikita Parris joins Lyon after leaving Manchester City
• Forward signs for the European champions
• Parris is part of England’s World Cup squad

The England forward Nikita Parris has joined the European champions Lyon after leaving Manchester City.

Parris, the all-time leading scorer in Women’s Super League, spent more than four years at City before confirming this month that she would leave at the end of her contract.

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» Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final over safety fears
• Armenian will not travel to Baku for match against Chelsea
• Situation is unacceptable, says club’s managing director

Arsenal say it is “completely unacceptable” that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unable to travel to the Europa League final in Baku because of fears over his safety and have urged Uefa to ensure that such a situation is never repeated.

Related: Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?

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» Giroud signs new contract at Chelsea before possible transfer ban for club
• Striker gives Chelsea boost by signing a new one-year contract
• Club faces a transfer ban for the next two windows

Olivier Giroud has given Chelsea a boost by signing a new one-year contract for next season ahead of next week’s Europa League final. Giroud was due to be out of contract this summer, 18 months after his arrival from Arsenal, and had been linked with a return to France as he struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge.

But with the club facing a transfer ban for the next two windows, subject to an appeal before the court of arbitration for sport, they were keen to keep a reliable performer in an area of the pitch where they lack depth.

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» David Squires on … Manchester City's dominance and football whataboutery

Our cartoonist on the FA Cup final fallout, Pep Guardiola’s treble and press box invaders

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» Women’s World Cup ticket fiasco shows Fifa’s capacity for chaos

Organiser’s reaction when it emerged some tickets booked together are not next to one another left a lot to be desired

Following the still simmering fury over Uefa’s choice of Baku for the Europa League final and its corporate-heavy ticket policy for both its showpiece men’s competitions, Fifa has given us an outstanding proverbial ‘hold my beer’ moment.

Just 18 days before hosts France open the Women’s World Cup against South Korea at Parc des Princes a number of fans have found that tickets purchased at the same time are not next to one another. Families and friends heading to the tournament face being split up.

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» Fifteen Canada Women players sign up for Common Goal project
• Players have more than 1,200 senior caps between them
• This is what our Canadian legacy is all about, says McLeod

Fifteen players and one member of the coaching staff from the Canada women’s national team have joined Juan Mata’s Common Goal campaign, where footballers pledge 1% of their salaries to charity.

Related: Juan Mata: ‘People underestimate football. It gives hope to so many people’

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» Australia launches 2023 Women's World Cup bid with hopes high for France 2019
  • Successful bid will inspire new generation, says FFA
  • FFA are quietly confident of a deep run in France

Australia’s bid to host the Women’s World Cup was officially launched on Tuesday, with FFA chief executive David Gallop saying he was confident the Matildas would enjoy a deep run at this year’s tournament.

Just over two weeks out from the start of the 2019 edition of the World Cup, star striker Sam Kerr backed Australia’s bid by fronting a video as Gallop said FFA would use the upcoming tournament as an opportunity to lobby decision makers congregated in France.

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» Graham Potter’s appointment is not a gamble, says Brighton’s owner
• Tony Bloom: ‘Graham became the outstanding candidate’
• Potter: job is culmination of ‘14 years’ hard work and sacrifice’

The Brighton & Hove Albion owner, Tony Bloom, has insisted Graham Potter’s appointment as manager does not constitute a risk as the club seeks to establish itself more securely in the Premier League after this season’s relegation scare.

Related: Graham Potter to leave Swansea for Brighton manager’s job

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» Women’s World Cup: tickets bought together may not be next to each other

• Fifa hope fans ‘will be able to enjoy matches as they envisaged’
• Buyers call for rethink in response to Twitter announcement

Fifa has told fans that ticketing arrangements for the forthcoming Women’s World Cup cannot be changed. The governing body said after receiving complaints it had made clear at the time of purchase that “not all seats would be located next to each other”.

Related: Women’s football: how girls are moving the goalposts

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» Antonio Conte set to replace Luciano Spalletti as Inter manager
  • Former Chelsea manager to sign three- or four-year deal
  • PSG and Bayern had shown interest in 49-year-old

Antonio Conte has agreed terms with Internazionale to take over as their new manager in the summer. The former Juventus manager, who has not worked since leaving Chelsea in 2018, will sign a three- or four-year contract soon to replace Luciano Spalletti.

Related: Massimiliano Allegri to leave Juventus at end of season

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» Lyon’s Lucy Bronze makes World Cup pledge to Barcelona’s Toni Duggan
• Bronze thrilled by her team’s Champions League final 4-1 win
• Tells England teammate Duggan, ‘We’ll win World Cup together’

Lucy Bronze has revealed she told her distraught England teammate Toni Duggan they will “win the World Cup together instead” this summer following Lyon’s 4-1 Champions League final dismantling of Barcelona for her second consecutive winners’ medal and her club’s fourth title in a row.

Related: Hegerberg stars as Lyon crush Barcelona to win Women’s Champions League

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» Kylian Mbappé casts doubt on future at PSG after hinting at possible exit
• Striker talks of career ‘turning point’ and may leave French club
• Toni Kroos agrees contract extension to 2023 with Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappé surprised the Ligue 1 awards ceremony audience on Sunday night by hinting that his future may lie away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite pledging his future to the club following yet another early Champions League exit in March, when they were knocked out by Manchester United in the last 16, the striker cast doubt on his intentions for next season. When collecting his Ligue 1 player of the year award he spoke of wanting “more responsibility” in the future, adding it would be either at PSG or “somewhere else”.

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» Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality

We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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» Premier League 2018-19 season review: our writers’ best and worst

The best players, greatest games and standout signings – plus those that didn’t work out, and what needs to change

Ed Aarons: Virgil van Dijk. Raheem Sterling runs him close but in terms of impact and influence, the big Dutchman has been peerless.

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» Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season

Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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» Premier League 2018-19 review: the big quiz of the season

Who can’t wait to get out? Who sees trains? And who lost 6-0?

Which team suffered the heaviest defeat of the season?

Cardiff City

Bournemouth

Fulham

Chelsea

Which team lost 10 London derbies?

West Ham

Fulham

Crystal Palace

Arsenal

Three players shared the golden boot with 22 goals each. Which continent are they from?

Europe

South America

Africa

Asia

Which team won the majority of their points from away matches?

Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace

Huddersfield Town

Fulham

Who scored 37.1% of his team’s goals – the highest percentage in the league?

Glenn Murray

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Jamie Vardy

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

What is the missing word in this quote: "It is like a **** that, every day in 10 years, sees the train cross in front at the same time. If you ask the **** what time is the train going to come, it is not going to know the right answer. In football, it is the same. Experience, yes, but hunger, motivation, circumstance, everything is so important."

Player

Farmer

Conductor

Cow

Four clubs had stints at the top of the league. Liverpool were top for 141 days; Manchester City were top for 125 days; and Chelsea were top for nine days. Which club was top for one day?

Manchester United

Leicester City

West Ham

Southampton

A 38-year-old set up a goal for a 35-year-old in October. Which team were they playing for?

West Ham

Brighton

Newcastle United

Watford

Who said: “We are going to make much more points in the second part of the season than we did in the first part”?

Mark Hughes

Claudio Ranieri

David Wagner

José Mourinho

What was the state of play in the title race at the start of 2019?

Liverpool and Manchester City were level on points and goal difference

Liverpool were two points clear

Liverpool were four points clear

Liverpool were seven points clear

Two managers started their reigns by going unbeaten for 12 league games. Ole Gunnar Solskjær and …

Unai Emery

Maurizio Sarri

Brendan Rodgers

Ralph Hasenhüttl

Which club started the season with three defeats and finished it with three victories?

Burnley

Southampton

Brighton

West Ham

There are currently five English managers in the league. How many of them finished in the top half?

None

One

Two

Three

Who was talking about what when he said: “I can't wait to get out of it, if I'm honest. I think we'll be far better out of the bloody thing”?

Sean Dyche on the Europa League

Mauricio Pochettino on the League Cup

Jürgen Klopp on the FA Cup

Neil Warnock on the European Union

What did Harvey Elliott do this season?

He became the youngest referee in Premier League history

He made two appearances and picked up two red cards

He became the youngest player in Premier League history

He scored five goals without starting a game

Southampton, Manchester United, Huddersfield and Leicester did it once. Who did it twice?

Chelsea

Fulham

Newcastle

Watford

Who was the top scoring Englishman in the league this season?

Harry Kane

Callum Wilson

Jamie Vardy

Raheem Sterling

Who has joined a group of players that contains Henning Berg, Ashley Cole, Gaël Clichy, Robert Huth, Nicolas Anelka, Kolo Touré, Carlos Tevez and N'Golo Kanté?

Raheem Sterling

Riyad Mahrez

Alisson

Virgil van Dijk

Huddersfield only won three games all season. Which team did they beat twice?

Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur

Wolves

Southampton

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You are the Fulham of football quizzes

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You've been relegated

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You've avoided relegation – but only just

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You've been relegated

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You've avoided relegation – but only just

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You've avoided relegation – but only just

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A solid, midtable finish

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A solid, midtable finish

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You've earned a place in the Europa League

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You've earned a place in the Champions League

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That's a top-four finish

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You've been pipped to the title – just like Liverpool

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You've been pipped to the title – just like Liverpool

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You've been pipped to the title – just like Liverpool

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You are the Huddersfield of football quizzes

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You are the Manchester City of football quizzes!

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» Premier League 2018-19 review: what we learned tactically from the season | Jonathan Wilson
For the elite clubs press-and-possess remains the dominant mode and the league’s less wealthy simply cannot compete

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, football was a game in which two teams battled for the ball and, when they had it, tried to score a goal. Teams had different ways of doing that. They used strength and they used pace and they used skill. They tried different shapes. They tried to win the ball back in different parts of the pitch. The ball could be capricious and hard to tame, but pretty much everybody agreed that it was safer not to let your opponents have too much of it.

Related: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City can be judged with England’s very best | Richard Williams

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» Bale digs in as face-off with Zidane over Real Madrid future intensifies | Sid Lowe
Relationship between the two men is broken but, with three years left on his contract and no other club likely to match his wages, the Welshman is in no mood to go quietly

Gareth Bale did not even get to say goodbye. If, that is, he is even going – and there is no guarantee that the Welshman will leave the Santiago Bernabéu. The message from Real Madrid could hardly have been clearer, right up to the final day of the season when the manager, Zinedine Zidane, left the Welshman on the bench, but that does not necessarily mean he will depart. Nor will he accept any offer and so far there have been none. Instead there is an increasingly bitter stalemate with no easy solution.

Related: Real Madrid end season with damning defeat and Bale again stewing on bench

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» Valencia make a mockery of reason by sealing Champions League place | Sid Lowe

They were four points off relegation in January but Marcelino García Toral clung to his job to enact an incredible turnaround

There were 60 seconds left in the hardest, most inexplicable season of Marcelino García Toral’s career and things had finally fallen into place, at last making a little sense, when he looked to the sky and seemed to say something. “I was thinking about my dad, who’s not here,” he revealed: a brief moment alone before he was engulfed, ended by the final whistle on the final day. Rubén Uría grabbed him from one side, Ismael Fernández from the other, and together Valencia’s manager and his assistants – his confidents – tried but mostly failed to take it all in. Around them, Valladolid’s supporters celebrated another season in primera; across the pitch, 900 Valencia fans celebrated another season in the Champions League.

If that shouldn’t have been so remarkable – Valencia qualified for the Champions League last season and at €165m they have the fourth-biggest budget in the first division – there was a reason why they leapt about like they did, a reason for all the emotion, the tears fighting through and the lumps in their throats. There had been resistance; now there was relief, redemption and a lesson for those prepared to listen. Valencia had got there and Marcelino had got there with them. For most of a year in which, in the words of José Luis Gayá, they had suffered like dogs, a season in which Marcelino said they had been “punched in the face daily”, neither of those things looked likely. But here they were, still standing.

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» Lyon are taking a big gamble on Juninho and Sylvinho

Lyon legend Juninho has returned to the club as sporting director, with Sylvinho taking over as his head coach

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

It’s difficult to overstate Juninho’s legendary status at Lyon. Between 2002 and 2008 the club won seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles, a run even PSG have not matched. Alongside winger Sidney Govou, goalkeeper Grégory Coupet and outspoken president Jean-Michel Aulas, Juninho was one of few constants at the club. Where many dynasties are built around a single manager, four contributed to Lyon’s run. The club’s intelligent recruitment and Aulas’ oversight were pivotal during their success but Juninho’s gloriously unerring free-kicks from every position remain the iconic image of that period. Now, after a quiet revolution, “Juni” has returned.

Juninho Pernambucano is unquestionably Lyon’s greatest ever player and a titan of French football. As a result, he carries significant capital with what has recently become a fractious and aggressive Lyon fanbase. Fan campaigns against Bruno Génésio – who is stepping down as head coach at the end of the season – had become toxic, with divisions emerging between the coach, the board and the supporters. Juninho’s introduction is designed to ease those tensions. Earlier this month, when his return as sporting director was merely rumoured, Juninho’s name was sung before any free-kick in shooting range during Lyon’s draw with Lille.

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» Scotland calling: five areas new head coach Steve Clarke must focus on

Steve Clarke has got the job, now he needs to make the setup appealing to players, reconnect with the public and pick a formation and stick to it

It may seem an obvious point but Scotland’s best chances of success lie in their players being available for selection. It was one of many troubling aspects of Alex McLeish’s tenure that call-offs arrived by the barrowload. The new regime must incentivise players by making the Scotland setup appealing and making it plain that those who want to pick and choose when to appear will not be indulged. The fixtures fall in June, when holidays will inevitably have been booked by potential squad members, and that means the extent to which a fresh regime can carry appeal faces an instant test.

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» Ten Championship players Premier League clubs have on their radar | Ben Fisher
Jack Grealish, who deserves a bigger stage, leads the talent ready to take the step up to the highest level

As a fascinating Championship season draws to a close we select 10 players who could thrive in the Premier League next season. We have not included players who have been on loan from Premier League clubs this season, such as Harry Wilson and Tammy Abraham, and neither have we picked players from the two automatically promoted teams (Norwich and Sheffield United) as those players are set to play in the top division next season anyway.

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» Arsenal want to win Europa League for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, says Iwobi – video

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said he respects Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision not to play in the Europa League final but conceded it is ‘bad news’ for his side. The Armenian’s safety was a concern because of the dispute between his country and Azerbaijan, the host nation of next week’s final.

Teammate Alex Iwobi added that it is ‘very upsetting’ Mkhitaryan will miss out of the opportunity to guarantee Arsenal a spot in the Champions League, but added: ‘We’re going to fight and hopefully win the trophy, not just for us but for him.’

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» 'The best club': Kompany bids farewell to Man City after open-top bus parade – video

Manchester City celebrated their historic domestic treble with an open top bus tour through the heart of their home city. Celebrations culminated with an emotional speech from outgoing captain Vincent Kompany, who hailed City as 'the best club in the world' before leaving to become player-manager at Belgian team Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City to become Anderlecht’s player-manager

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» 'We should all appreciate Vincent Kompany's legacy for English football' – video report

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany is leaving the club after 11 years to become player-manager at Anderlecht, where he played between the ages of six and 20.

The announcement of his departure came just one day after he captained City in their 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford, which secured a historic domestic treble for the club.

Kevin De Bruyne, Kompany’s team-mate and compatriot, said: 'The legacy he left behind is great, not only for City but the Premier League, and I think everyone should appreciate what he’s done for English football'.

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» Pep Guardiola furious over financial fair play question after Man City's treble triumph – video

Pep Guardiola was infuriated in the immediate aftermath of Manchester City’s historic domestic treble when asked by a journalist if he was being accused of 'receiving money' through separate payments from the club’s Abu Dhabi owners.

City had just trounced Watford 6-0 but Guardiola’s celebrations were soon marred when the subject was raised of previously reported leaks concerning alleged payments to his predecessor Roberto Mancini to keep within Uefa’s financial fair play regulations. 

The club have long strongly denied any wrongdoing but this past week it has been suggested that Uefa may impose a one-year ban on their competing in the Champions League, following an investigation.

After the victory at Wembley, Guardiola said: 'I said yesterday, we are not guilty until it’s proven'.

He added: 'I listen to my chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak] and my CEO [Ferran Soriano], they give me the arguments for why we are under investigation and I trust them. They tell me we fair and we absolutely follow the rules, I believe them.'

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» Juventus coach Allegri emotional after sacking: 'I won't cry now. I cried enough' - video

Massimiliano Allegri said on Saturday that it was Juventus who decided he would not coach the club next season, despite leading them to a record-extending eight straight Serie A title. Allegri had tears in his eyes as he looked at the Juventus players, who were all sat in the front rows

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» Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video

The FA has rebooted its Respect Campaign this season to protect grassroots referees in England but many continue to suffer both mental and physical abuse. There are some horrifying stories but hope remains: as of 2019-20 season a new sin-bin system will be rolled out across all grassroots leagues for anybody caught abusing a referee, with other initiatives also in the pipeline. 

Michael Butler meets four referees, as well as the FA, to find out just how bad the abuse has got, what is being done about it and if that is enough for the men and women in the middle. 

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» Bayern celebrate toughest title in years with 'Robbery' send-off party | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich had to work to win the Bundesliga at last but as two great heroes depart, questions remain over the manager

For two minutes and 40 seconds, it was on. The last-day drama in the Bundesliga title race that all neutrals – OK, all non-Bayern Munich fans – and Borussia Dortmund supporters had hoped for had legs for a brief spell at the beginning of the second half, after Sébastian Haller prodded in an equaliser for Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena. It was the season in microcosm. It didn’t last.

Before the window was up, Kevin Trapp could do no more than parry Thomas Müller’s hit from the edge of the area and David Alaba raced in to snaffle the rebound and devour any remaining nerves. At 1-1, with Bayern needing a point to guarantee the title should Dortmund win at Borussia Mönchengladbach, where they were in the process of cruising to a 2-0 victory, there was room for doubt. After Alaba’s intervention, this time, there would be no stopping Bayern.

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» Fond farewells the precursor to more tears as Serie A's finale draws closer | Paolo Bandini

Juve, Milan and others said goodbye to key players and staff but struggling clubs are still battling not to say so long to Serie A

“No more tears, I’ve shed enough already,” insisted Massimiliano Allegri on Saturday. Nobody in the audience was fooled. Juventus had announced one day previously that his time as manager was coming to a close. Allegri could scarcely get through the first sentence of a press conference called to honour his achievements before he had to break off into a hum as he fought to compose himself.

There was no such attempt to hold back the emotion one day later, as he stood and hugged Andrea Barzagli for what felt like an eternity in front of the dugouts at the Allianz Stadium. The player had just completed his final home appearance for Juventus, as he prepares to enter retirement.

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» Wayne Rooney has driven a revolution at DC United

It’s nearly a year since the former England captain joined MLS. DC United are almost unrecognisable from the shambles he found when he arrived

For years, DC United had targeted June 2018 as a turning point. It was the moment everything would change for one of American soccer’s most storied institutions, which had fallen on tougher times in recent years. And, as it happened, the opening of a new $400m stadium last summer did coincide with a dramatic upturn in fortunes for the club. Bricks and mortar cannot explain what has happened at DC United over the past year, though.

Whether by design or not, the opening of Audi Field coincided with the arrival of Wayne Rooney, something that will go down as the most significant moment in DC United’s recent history. The former England and Manchester United striker was always likely to make an impact in MLS, such is his undoubted quality, but few predicted the cultural change he would bring to his new club.

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» Kevin Muscat stands down as Melbourne Victory coach
  • Wednesday’s ACL game will be coach’s last in charge
  • ‘An undisputed legend of the club,’ say Victory

Melbourne Victory have never known life without Kevin Muscat but soon will after the four-time A-League champion agreed an exit from the club. Muscat, the club’s foundation captain and longest serving coach, has decided the time is right to leave the A-League powerhouse and will depart after Wednesday’s Asian Champions League match with Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

That dead rubber is now transformed into an era-ending occasion, with Muscat, captain Carl Valeri and marquee Keisuke Honda to sign off. Other players will also leave this off-season, but none with Muscat’s gravitas.

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» Real Madrid end season with damning defeat and Bale again stewing on bench
• Gareth Bale an unused sub as Real Madrid suffer final-day defeat
• Loren and Jesé give Real Betis a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu

Loren Morón and Jesé teamed up to hand Real Betis a famous victory at the Bernabéu as Real Madrid’s disappointing season ended with a whimper.

Related: Antoine Griezmann’s exit may lead to summer exodus at Atlético Madrid | Sid Lowe

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» Uefa promise 82% of Euro 2020 tickets will go to fans and general public
  • Uefa announces its ticket pricing and policy for Euro 2020
  • One million tickets will be priced at €50 or less

Uefa has announced its ticket pricing and policy for next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, which is to be staged in 12 different cities across the continent.

Related: Women’s football: how girls are moving the goalposts

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» Case for defence presents penalties to settle A-League grand final | Jonathan Howcroft

It’s common to bemoan the ending of a football match in such fashion, but not in Perth on Sunday night

Seven kicks. A championship season 140 matches long spanning seven months came down to seven kicks. Sport can be grotesquely cruel.

Those seven kicks formed the A-League grand final penalty shootout after 120 minutes of combat between Perth Glory and Sydney FC ended in stalemate. A record crowd of 56,371 saw five of those seven kicks find the back of the Optus Stadium net. Crucially, they saw two of them repelled by goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne to steer the Sky Blues to a fourth championship trophy.

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» Sydney FC crowned A-League champions for fourth time after shootout win in Perth
  • Perth Glory 0-0 (aet) Sydney FC; Sydney win 4-1 on pens
  • VAR controversy forgotten Andrew Redmayne stars

Video killed the radio star, according to The Buggles in 1980 and many in 2019 would have you believe that VAR has killed football. Yet after a first half goal for Sydney FC was ruled out in the A-League grand final, the controversy was largely forgotten by the end of a heart-stopping penalty shootout as the resilient Sky Blues ran out 4-1 winners over Perth Glory.

It was a fourth A-League championship trophy for Sydney; for Perth, who lost their nerve in the shootout with only one of their three spot kicks successful, the bitter 15-year-wait for another title goes on.

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» Bayern Munich win Bundesliga with decisive goals from Robben and Ribéry
• Departing pair help secure seventh league title in a row
• Victory leaves Bayern two points ahead of Dortmund

Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The Bavarians, who can secure a domestic double if they beat Leipzig in the German Cup final on 25 May, have now won the German league title a record 29 times.

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» Women’s football: how girls are moving the goalposts

With young players joining grassroots clubs and England’s Lionesses preparing for their World Cup run, the sport is finally getting the recognition it deserves

‘Izzy, to me, to me,” the cry comes from many voices. Izzy, two brown pigtails flying out behind her, passes the ball to her friend, who turns with it, neatly avoiding the opposition player on her heels. She passes to Holly in the blue boots. But then, as Holly turns and passes, the ball is lost in a tangle of players.

Suddenly the red team have it. It’s down the other end of the pitch in two passes. The midfielder crosses to a player in bright white socks and pink boots who, finding herself with space all around her, turns, aims and effortlessly shoots the ball into the back of the net over the outstretched hand of the keeper. “Yeees!” comes the cry from her teammates, who jog back to the centre of the pitch, pride evident in their faces.

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» Tired but still hungry, Pep Guardiola knows City need Champions League

Manchester City manager admits to exhaustion after team’s treble – but knows his burden will grow until he wins the European Cup

The Champions League: Manchester City’s final frontier. After a clean sweep of domestic trophies in a staggering 2018-19 campaign, and after claiming five of the last six competitions available in England, only Europe needs to be conquered by Pep Guardiola and his juggernaut team.

The manager knows it. At a Lionel Messi-led Barcelona, Guardiola guided his boyhood club to European Cup wins in 2009 and 2011. The Catalan has managed seven times in the continent’s blue riband club tournament since and failed to win it again: once with Barça, three with Bayern Munich and three with City.

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» Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?
The ruling body’s principle of rotating finals is a good one but the golden ticket has to be awarded for the right reasons

You had to admire Uefa’s steadfastness in the face of unfortunate timing. The decision to award the hosting rights for the Europa League final to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, was made public in September 2017, just a few weeks after entirely unrelated revelations about a huge underhanded campaign to whitewash Azerbaijan’s international reputation.

The so-called Azerbaijani Laundromat scandal came to light thanks to bank leaks that showed about £2bn had been funnelled out of oil-rich Azerbaijan between 2012 and 2014 through various European financial institutions and companies, including some registered in Britain. It was primarily an elaborate money-laundering scam but some lolly found its way into the pockets of lobbyists and politicians who were encouraged to help polish the reputation of Azerbaijan.

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» The Fiver | Don't call it a comeback

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Yesterday, 4.10pm The last line of the Fiver reads: BANNED UNDER A FORMER REGIME, THE ‘HOW WE WORK’ FIVER CAME PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO A COMEBACK

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» Dominance and difficult questions for Manchester City – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Mark Langdon discuss Manchester City 6-0 Watford, the price of supremacy, the Women’s Champions League, a rare crestfallen goalscoring keeper and botched Panenkas

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We look back at the FA Cup final, which Manchester City won 6-0, casting Watford aside like a team which wasn’t assembled by one of the greatest football managers in history at great expense. We discuss the line of questioning pursued by the Associated Press’s Rob Harris, which angered Pep Guardiola, and the implications of living with a team this much better than the rest.

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» Sex, respect and a big mistake: who gave these quotes this season?

Who gave up? Who couldn’t believe it? Whose eyes don’t lie?

Who said: "Three for me and two for them, two. So respect man, respect, respect, respect"?

Pep Guardiola

José Mourinho

Jürgen Klopp

Zinedine Zidane

"It was the right decision. He made a big mistake and paid with the club, so then he had to pay with the team ... When you are young, you can make mistakes. The most important thing is that you need to understand very well, after every mistake. So now, for me, the issue is closed"

Mauricio Pochettino

Unai Emery

Brendan Rodgers

Maurizio Sarri

"Ips ... Isspw ... Isspitch ... Isswitch ... OK, I give up"

Daniel Farke

Aitor Karanka

Marcelo Bielsa

Steve McClaren

"I have had enough. At the minute, how I've programmed myself now, I just think that I've got five or six more years left in football and I just can't wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute"

Raheem Sterling

Paul Pogba

Danny Rose

Álvaro Morata

"We scored a perfectly good goal to make it 2-0 and the game is done and dusted. We won the game, but the officials cost us two points today ... You go on about VAR this and VAR that, help the officials out. Clearly they need help. We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most watched league in the world. So give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It's a joke"

Neil Warnock

Charlie Austin

Glenn Murray

Jamie Vardy

"Mo Salah, you little dancer!"

Jurgen Klopp

John Aldridge

Graeme Sounness

Jamie Carragher

"I prefer the sex ... by far"

Roy Hodgson

Mauricio Pochettino

Jürgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola

"I've got three very questions for you: How long you would you like on your contract? What would your salary be? And where would you like the statue?"

Gary Neville

Gary Lineker

Alan Shearer

Jamie Carragher

"It’s 10 past 10, most of the children are in bed ... these boys are fucking mentality giants – it's unbelievable. If you have to fine me, fine me. I'm not native so I don't have better words for it."

Mauricio Pochettino

José Mourinho

Jürgen Klopp

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

"I wouldn’t believe a word he says. I don’t believe he does. The guy is a talented boy, but the number of times I’ve seen him in games not running back. He’s a big problem for United. And my eyes don’t lie to me."

José Mourinho

Roy Keane

Gary Neville

Graeme Souness

1 and above.

Oh dear

2 and above.

Oh dear

3 and above.

Oh dear

4 and above.

Respectable

5 and above.

A respectable score

6 and above.

That's an impressive score

7 and above.

That's a very impressive score

8 and above.

That's a very impressive score

9 and above.

You were brilliant but just missed out – like Liverpool

0 and above.

Oh dear

10 and above.

You've almost done too well there

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» Football transfer rumours: João Felix to Real Madrid or Manchester United?

Today’s tittle-tattle gives it to you straight

Manchester City’s good-tempered collective post-treble party will finally end in a comedown when Leroy Sané is bundled out of the door. But to where? Not sure. Pulitzer, please!

BREAKING NEWS: Eden Hazard is for the off from Chelsea!

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» Football quiz: FA Cup final underdogs

Watford finished 48 points behind Manchester City in the league but previous finalists have overcome bigger challenges

During Wimbledon’s famous 1-0 victory over Liverpool in 1988, Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to do what in an FA Cup final?

Make an assist

Save a penalty

Get sent off

Come off injured

Who scored the decisive goal when Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City 1-0 in the 2013 final?

Ben Watson

Callum McManaman

Shaun Maloney

James McCarthy

West Ham were in the Second Division when they beat Arsenal in the 1980 final and they remain the last side from outside the top flight to have won the Cup. How many teams from outside the top flight have reached the final since?

One

Two

Three

Four

Southampton were in the second tier when they beat Manchester United the final. What was the year?

1968

1972

1976

1980

Sunderland finished sixth in the Second Division in the 1972-73 season. They also won the FA Cup, shocking the holders in the final. Who did they beat?

Arsenal

Liverpool

Leeds United

Newcastle United

Cardiff City are the last side from outside the top flight to reach the Cup final. They were beaten 1-0 by Portsmouth, which makes Harry Redknapp ...

... the last manager to win the FA Cup as a player and manager

... the oldest FA Cup-winning manager

... the last English manager to win the FA Cup

... the only English manager to have won the Cup with two clubs

Arsenal went into the 2014 final as strong favourites but needed extra-time to beat Hull City. What made the game particularly difficult for Arsenal?

They had a man sent off after 20 minutes

They were 2-0 down after eight minutes

They were forced into making three substitutes in the first half after an injury crisis

They had two goals wrongly ruled out for offside

Manchester United needed extra time to overcome Crystal Palace in 2016. Who was in charge of Palace and attracted considerable attention for his dance moves after they took the lead?

Tony Pulis

Alan Pardew

Roy Hodgson

Sam Allardyce

Despite finishing 13 places and 38 points behind Manchester United in the 1994-95 season, which team beat them in the FA Cup final?

Everton

Aston Villa

Coventry City

West Ham United

Ipswich Town were underdogs when they beat Arsenal in the 1978 final. What happened to Roger Osborne while he celebrated his goal?

He lost his shorts

He pulled a muscle and limped around the pitch for the remaining 15 minutes

He got a nosebleed that did not stop for 45 minutes

He fainted and had to be substituted

Tottenham beat second-tier QPR in the 1982 final but only after ...

... a last-minute winner

... two fortuitous penalties

... a replay

... a penalty shootout

Which side has made the most appearance in finals without lifting the trophy? Their most recent final was in 1969 – the same season they were relegated from the First Division.

Birmingham City

Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester City

Luton Town

1 and above.

Oh dear. You were knocked out in the first round

2 and above.

Oh dear. You were knocked out in the third round

3 and above.

Are you concentrating on the league this season?

4 and above.

Are you concentrating on the league this season?

5 and above.

Are you concentrating on the league this season?

7 and above.

Are you concentrating on the league this season?

6 and above.

Are you concentrating on the league this season?

8 and above.

You had a good run, but lost in the quarter-finals

9 and above.

You had a good run, but lost in the quarter-finals

10 and above.

You had a great run, but lost in the semi-finals

11 and above.

You came close, but lost in the final

0 and above.

Oh dear. You were knocked out in the first round

12 and above.

Underdog? You are the big dog of FA Cup quizzes

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» Has the goal of the season ever been scored on the opening day? | The Knowledge

Plus: winning runs that didn’t deliver a title, late-blooming international stalwarts and Bob Crompton’s Wembley drought. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“What is the earliest goal scored in a league season that went on to win goal of the season?” wonders Tom Kingsbury. “Similarly for individual club goal of the season winners, has there been a winner from the first goal/match?”

“A quick Wikipedia reveals that Gerry Francis (possibly) used the powers bestowed on him by his glorious mullet to win goal of the season in 1975-76 with an opening-day strike for eventual league runners-up QPR against eventual league winners Liverpool in a 2-0 victory,” writes Mike Coxon.

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» The Dozen: the final weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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» Karel Poborsky: ‘They put me into a coma. All my face muscles were paralysed’
The former Manchester United winger talks about a visit from Ferguson, his relationship with Beckham and the brain infection that could have killed him

“If I arrived at the hospital one day later than I did, this interview would not happen. I arrived at the hospital too late to find out the root of the infection; they put me straight into a coma. After I woke up, they asked me what my name was and the seven times table. All of my face muscles were paralysed – it was an infection of the brain. I spent three weeks quarantined in hospital on powerful antibiotics, directly to the veins. I couldn’t eat, I had to keep my eyes covered because I was so sensitive to light. I was very scared.”

Karel Poborsky still does not know how he got ill in the summer of 2016 – one theory is that a tick living in his beard bit him – but the important thing is that he is now healthy and well. Sitting in the reception of a plush London hotel alongside his long-term partner, Andrea Tomsu, his eyes dance brightly behind a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and he talks animatedly about his life and career.

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» FA Cup victory shows Manchester City are a team to love, admire and fear | Barney Ronay

Emphatic win against Watford showcased Pep Guardiola’s men at their well-grooved best, full of invention and good habits

Welcome to the new order. Domestic games: played 51, won 43. Domestic trophies: three out of three. Five-goal hauls: 11. Defeats since Christmas: one.

Scan the history books, fan back to the big city clubs of Victorian times, linger on the red-shirted eras of the last 50 years. English domestic football has never seen anything quite like this single-season hit from Manchester City. It turns out we really do all live in a sky blue world now.

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» You might not like it but star footballers not unpredictability turn on TV viewers | Sean Ingle

Manchester City’s FA Cup final demolition of Watford may have been boring for some but research shows TV audiences seem to prefer high-quality entertainment over shocks

There was a moment late in Saturday’s FA Cup final when Manchester City turned the Wembley pitch into the world’s biggest rondo. Ping. Tap. Dink. Tap. Ping. Donk. Watford did not touch the ball for almost three minutes as City strung together 76 passes. It brought to mind Leeds United’s 39-pass move against Southampton in 1972 during a 7-0 win, a rare voyage into the ethereal by Don Revie’s side, which was described by the giddy BBC commentator Barry Davies as “almost cruel”. Yet for City this was merely a routine act in an almost routine 6-0 victory.

It was both brutal and boring, the footballing equivalent of watching a matador slowly drawing blood from a calf. If ever a game illustrated the vast financial chasm between the rich and the rest, this was it. Much of football’s charm lies in its unpredictability: the notion that one team can not only buck the odds on any given Saturday, but that it happens more often than in other sports. Increasingly at the top level that seems like a tall tale told to the gullible.

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» Marcelo Bielsa’s play-off agony with Leeds was a lesson in beautiful failure | Barney Ronay

Leeds fell short against Derby but it was a reminder of the joys brought by football’s great nonconformist

Fail again. Fail better. When Pep Guardiola was planning for his second life as a manager he went to meet various hand‑picked tactical super-brains. Among them was Marcelo Bielsa, recently resigned as manager of Argentina. Bielsa invited Pep to his home in Rosario. They had a barbecue. Then they sat and talked about football for 11 hours.

Yes, 11. It is just such a brilliantly macho interpretation of the basic idea of having a bit of a chat. Why not 12 hours? Why not 36? Why not five weeks glued to the garden loungers?

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