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» Bobby Madley leaves refereeing colleagues stunned as more reasons emerge why he could have quit
Yorkshire-born Madley missed the first weekend of the season and has told a pal he has been disappointed at the lack of support received
» What channel is Tottenham vs Fulham? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds and the match referee, here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» What channel is Leicester vs Wolves? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds and the match referee, here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» What channel is West Ham vs Bournemouth? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds and the match referee, here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» What channel is Chelsea vs Arsenal? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds, the match referee to head-to-head record - here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» What channel is Everton vs Southampton? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds and the match referee, here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» What channel is Cardiff vs Newcastle? Team news, prediction and how to live stream Premier League game
From squads to odds and the match referee, here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game
» Chelsea vs Arsenal likely line-ups revealed as Unai Emery searches for first win as Gunners boss
The London rivals face off in front of the TV cameras at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening
» Manchester United's predicted line up for Brighton clash as World Cup hero returns to starting XI
Paul Pogba will wear the captain's armband again and United have no fresh injury worries heading into Sunday's trip to Brighton in the Premier League
» Chelsea vs Arsenal live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge
Keep track of all the action as it happens from the big evening game, live in the UK on BT Sports 1. Kick-off: 5.30pm
» West Ham vs Bournemouth live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash at the London Stadium
Keep track of all the action as it happens, with team news and latest updates throughout the game. Kick-off: 3pm (UK time)
» Leicester vs Wolves live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash
Keep track of all the action as it happens, with team news and latest updates throughout the game. Kick-off: 3pm (UK time)
» Everton vs Southampton live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash
Keep track of all the action as it happens, with team news and latest updates throughout the game. Kick-off: 3pm (UK time)
» Tottenham vs Fulham live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash at Wembley Stadium
Keep track of all the action as it happens, with team news and latest updates throughout the game. Kick-off: 3pm (UK time)
» Cardiff vs Newcastle live: Latest score and goal updates from Premier League clash at Cardiff City Stadium
Keep track of all the action as it happens from the lunchtime game, live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event. Kick-off: 12.30pm
» Premier League predictions: Mirror Football writers have their say on the scores of all this weekend's games
Cardiff and Newcastle kick off proceedings on Saturday lunchtime while Liverpool travel to Palace in the last game on Monday night
» Chievo vs Juventus live streaming: How to watch Cristiano Ronaldo's debut - and what time it starts
The waiting is over, Juventus fans will finally be able to see Ronaldo in their colours in league action this weekend
» Mesut Ozil told to 'work harder' by Unai Emery as Arsenal boss calls out star midfielder
Emery made it clear he expects Ozil to track back, defend and get more involved rather than be a luxury player in a No10 role
» Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut vs Chievo to be blacked out for first 15 minutes
The Portuguese joined the Old Lady for £88m this summer from Real Madrid but UK fans could miss his first goal in Italian football
» REVEALED: The Premier League goalkeeper who England boss Gareth Southgate will watch today
Southgate faces a dilemma before he names his squad for next month’s clashes with Spain and Switzerland
» Is Harry Kane fit? Mauricio Pochettino has his say after TV pundits verdict on Tottenham striker
Tottenham boss Pochettino has hit back at claims that Kane looks like he needs a longer rest following the World Cup
» Tyson Fury boxing record: Heavyweight boxer's history in full as he prepares to fight Francesco Pianeta
The Gypsy King is one of the most feared heavyweights on the planet and does not boast a single defeat on his record
» What are the Asiad or Asian Games? 45 countries competing in everything from athletics to Pro Evolution Soccer
Esports make their debuts as a demonstration event at the games hit Jakarta and Indonesia's oldest city Palembang
» Ken Sema put himself on football map with goal against Arsenal - now he wants Premier League "greatness"
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sema's £2m arrival at Watford may have gone under the radar in a summer of huge spending
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» Lucas Torreira, the man from Fray Bentos, can beef up Arsenal’s midfield | Amy Lawrence
The Uruguayan caught the eye in the World Cup. Now the Gunners hope he will do the same for them

Time for Torreira. That is the motto Arsenal chose to accompany all their messaging about the most pivotal of the five new recruits they have welcomed to try to help Unai Emery rework the shape of the team. Arguably, time for Torreira is long overdue in the sense that Arsenal have missed the kind of characteristics he possesses for aeons.

It feels like a long time since Arsenal went to Chelsea armed with a midfield ready to compete seriously in that department. Once upon a time they used to approach this fixture with a feeling of superiority that came from years unbeaten at Stamford Bridge. A look at the lineup towards the end of that era spells out why they felt able to walk so tall. A central midfield built around the muscular Patrick Vieira, Gilberto and Edu – all athletes over six feet tall who were as comfortable protecting the back four as projecting the game forwards – was a formidable obstacle for any team trying to make inroads of their own.

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» Manchester United’s Alex Greenwood: ‘Casey knows how to get the best out of me’

England’s Alex Greenwood left Liverpool and stepped down a division to join Manchester United and manager Casey Stoney

“I think originally – it sounds really bad – I was telling myself: ‘It’s not going to happen,’” says the England left-back Alex Greenwood on Casey Stoney’s first contact with her as the Manchester United manager.

It did happen and, sitting in the dugout at the Leigh Sports Village in front of a pristine pitch, where Manchester United Women will play their home games, Greenwood looks relaxed in United training gear.

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» Salomón Rondón: ‘Asprilla told me Newcastle was a great city for my family’

Newcastle’s latest No 9 did his homework before arriving and aims to make as big an impact as the South Americans before him

Salomón Rondón sought expert counsel from a South American farmer before committing himself to leaving West Bromwich Albion for a season on loan at Newcastle United. “I spoke to Faustino Asprilla, we have things in common,” says Rafael Benítez’s new centre-forward, his face breaking into the broadest of smiles. “He told me this was a great city for my family.”

Rondón laughs and shakes his head when asked if those similarities with the former Newcastle and Colombia striker turned sugar-cane rancher extend to off-field activities. When Asprilla, famed for a lively social life on Tyneside, eventually vacated his rented Northumberland village home, bullet holes were found in one of the walls.

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» Jürgen Klopp tells unhappy Liverpool players to up their game

• Alberto Moreno did not feature against West Ham
• Klopp: ‘They always have a chance to change the situation’

Jürgen Klopp has said any player unhappy at being overlooked at Liverpool has a responsibility to force his way back into the manager’s plans on the training ground.

Related: Crystal Palace v Liverpool: match preview

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» Eden Hazard can become best in the world, says Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri

• Manager intent on holding on to Belgian playmaker
• ‘I feared losing him for 20 days,’ says Italian

Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard has the ability to establish himself as the best player in the world but has admitted he feared losing the Belgium forward in the three weeks after taking charge as Chelsea’s manager.

Hazard, who came off the bench to set up the final goal in the 3-0 opening weekend win at Huddersfield, is expected to start against Arsenal on Saturday as Sarri oversees his first competitive fixture at Stamford Bridge.

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» Harry Kane to get chance to break August duck for Tottenham

• Striker has failed to score in 14 games during August
• Kane has been below best form since return from ankle injury

Harry Kane looks set to be given another opportunity to break his August duck against Fulham, despite the Spurs and England captain having effectively had no pre-season training. After being handed a start in Tottenham’s league opener, only five days after returning to training following the World Cup, Kane failed to score and looked short of sharpness in the 2-1 win at Newcastle last Saturday. The 25-year-old has failed to score in 14 games during August and has also appeared beneath his best form since returning from an ankle injury at the end of last season. But Mauricio Pochettino believes external impressions do not tell the full story.

Related: Tottenham v Fulham: match preview

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» Roy Hodgson: loss of Holmesdale Fanatics will not affect Crystal Palace
• Influential group has lost seats in ground in row over expansion
• ‘It won’t affect me, the team or the atmosphere,’ manager says

Roy Hodgson wants an amicable solution to the spat that has seen an influential group of Crystal Palace fans credited with inspiring Selhurst Park’s vibrant atmosphere lose their seats in the ground.

The Holmesdale Fanatics, with the support of the club, have in recent years led a “singing section” at Selhurst Park. The group bring flags, drums and songs to each game and lead much of the chanting. But after a row over an attempted expansion of the section this summer, the Fanatics refused to return to their original seats and have since found them sold to other fans. Hodgson hopes the matter can be resolved quickly but also downplayed the significance of the Fanatics’ actions.

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» Marco Silva tells Richarlison, Bernard and Yerry Mina to learn to speak English

• Everton manager admits his own English skills must improve
• ‘Richarlison has settled in well but he has to learn English’

Marco Silva has told his summer signings Richarlison, Bernard and Yerry Mina they have to learn English to immerse themselves in the Everton squad.

Richarlison made an immediate impact on his Premier League debut with two goals at Wolves but off the pitch, Silva believes, the adaptation process has been slowed by the language barrier. The 21-year-old Brazilian’s compatriot Bernard and the Colombia centre-half Mina face the same predicament.

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» Pep Guardiola considers dropping Sergio Agüero for Huddersfield match
• Manchester City manager could opt for Gabriel Jesus instead
• City expect Kevin De Bruyne to return in three months

Pep Guardiola is considering dropping Sergio Agüero for Manchester City’s game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday, with the manager contemplating starting Gabriel Jesus instead.

Guardiola is intent on City bouncing back from the blow of losing Kevin De Bruyne, who it was confirmed on Friday will miss up to three months of the season with a knee injury.

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» Fulham need time to find feet in Premier League, says Slavisa Jokanovic

• Fulham hit by injuries and suspensions for game against Spurs
• ‘We must find solution for completely new team,’ manager says

Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted Fulham will need time to find their feet back in the Premier League as he seeks to integrate a dozen new players into his squad at Craven Cottage.

The newly promoted side make the trip back to Wembley, where they won the Championship play-off in May, on Saturday for a daunting confrontation with Tottenham Hotspur. Jokanovic has major concerns across his backline, where injuries and suspension have left Fulham with a makeshift feel, but took enough positives from their opening weekend defeat by Crystal Palace to offer optimism.

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» Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the deadline day Premier League moves plus the latest deals and club-by-club guides for England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany

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» England beat Dutch to reach Women's U20 World Cup semi-finals

• England 2-1 Netherlands
• England will play Germany or Japan in the semi-final

England reached the semi-finals of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time by beating Netherlands 2-1 in Vannes. Victoria Pelova put the Dutch ahead with a fine finish but Georgia Stanway hit two in the first half to seal their place in the last four.

Mo Marley’s side will now face Germany or Japan on Monday for a place in next Friday’s final.

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» 'This is for real': Usain Bolt arrives in Sydney to chase football dream

Central Coast club hopes to turn eight-time Olympic gold medallist into A-League material in just three months

A-League club Central Coast Mariners are leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to get Olympic legend Usain Bolt’s professional football career up and running.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion touched down in Sydney early on Saturday for what the Mariners are calling an “indefinite training period.”

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» José Mourinho: I’ve never been so happy with Paul Pogba as I am now

• Manchester United manager says Pogba is ‘working well’
• ‘I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him’

José Mourinho has claimed to be enjoying his strongest ever working relationship with Paul Pogba and the Manchester United manager praised the France midfielder for his application since returning from the World Cup – pointing in particular to last Friday’s display against Leicester City.

Pogba continues to be an issue for Mourinho following the 25-year-old’s comments after that 2-1 win over the Foxes when he claimed he would be fined for “saying certain things”. Compounded by Barcelona’s rejected bid for him and Mourinho’s assertion that Pogba must treat each match for United with the same intensity as those he played for his country at Russia 2018 the pair have been reported to have a difficult relationship.

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» Gareth Southgate to run rule over Southampton’s Alex McCarthy
• England manager will assess goalkeeper at Goodison Park
• Southgate to attend Crystal Palace v Liverpool on Monday

Gareth Southgate will attend Southampton’s game at Everton on Saturday to scrutinise first-hand the progress of Alex McCarthy in the visitors’ ranks as the England manager considers his options for the national side’s autumn internationals.

The World Cup semi-finalists confront Spain in the Uefa Nations League at Wembley on 8 September, with a friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power stadium three days later. Southgate is due to name his squad for the fixtures on 30 August but already knows he will be without Burnley’s Nick Pope for the foreseeable future after the England third choice dislocated a shoulder in the Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen last month.

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» West Ham should not fear playing at the London Stadium, says Manuel Pellegrini

• West Ham have won only 18 home games in last two seasons
• Club still awaiting sanction for crowd trouble against Burnley

Manuel Pellegrini has said there is no reason for West Ham to fear playing at the London Stadium.

They have struggled since leaving Upton Park in 2016 and expect a fine from the Football Association following the crowd trouble that marred last season’s home game against Burnley but Pellegrini made it clear he is not interested in excuses before Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.

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» Swansea’s on-form Erwin Mulder keeps out Birmingham for a draw

Swansea’s goalkeeper Erwin Mulder proved he was worth the wait as he played a significant part in his side holding on for a point at Birmingham.

Mulder – in for the injured Kristoffer Nordfeldt – had to wait 408 days for his Swans debut, which he made last week, and was their saviour at St Andrew’s as Swansea claimed a 0-0 draw on Friday evening.

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» Gus Poyet suspended by Bordeaux after he called owners ‘a disgrace’
• Former Brighton manager hit out at sale of Gaëtan Laborde
• Bordeaux players refuse to train in protest

Gus Poyet’s suspension by Bordeaux following his rant against the club’s owners was followed by his players refusing to train in protest against the treatment of the former Brighton and Sunderland manager.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder hit out after the 2-1 win over Marioupou in the Europa League. Poyet had been informed the striker Gaëtan Laborde had been sold to Montpellier without his knowledge.

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» Real Madrid report Internazionale to Fifa over Luka Modric approach

• Inter tried to sign Croatian during transfer window
• Atlético Madrid fined £40,000 for breaking ‘third-party’ rules

Real Madrid have reported Internazionale to Fifa over their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric.

A Fifa spokesperson confirmed football’s world governing body had received a complaint from Real.

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» Chelsea v Arsenal: match preview

Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery are still feeling their way into a new league. Yet this derby may provide a far better gauge of their capabilities than Chelsea’s walkover at Huddersfield, or Arsenal’s toils against Manchester City. Sarri, who is considering offering Eden Hazard a first start, believes his opponents “will be competitive” under Emery this season in the pursuit of a place in the Champions League. Lucas Torreira may start for the visitors, who may need the Uruguayan’s steel in the centre. Dominic Fifield

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

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» Cardiff v Newcastle: match preview

Cardiff and Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from opening defeats but neither will have been distraught by their performances. Rafael Benítez’s side have won their past 10 successive league matches against Cardiff so the omens are not brilliant for the home side. Supporters are unlikely to care even if that is the case as they savour their unlikely return to the Premier League. Neil Warnock is set to give Harry Arter his debut. Graham Searles

Saturday 12.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

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» Tottenham v Fulham: match preview

Tottenham wave goodbye to Son Heung-min who will be competing at the Asian Games until September with South Korea’s Under-23 side as one of their three senior players. Tottenham are counting on the favourites prevailing as a gold medal will mean Son is exempt from two years’ military service. Mauricio Pochettino has ample cover but with disappointment at the new stadium’s delay and legs still weary from exertions in Russia this could be a perfect time for Fulham to at least grab a point. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side showed promise against Crystal Palace especially from Jean Michaël Seri. Naturally Harry Kane’s never ending search for a goal in August, now standing at 898 minutes, continues. Graham Searles

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» West Ham v Bournemouth: match preview

Manuel Pellegrini wants West Ham to brighten the mood at the London Stadium with attacking football, although they will need to sharpen up at the back after last week’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. West Ham conceded 68 goals last season and Bournemouth have the players to exploit any defensive frailties. Jacob Steinberg

Saturday 3pm

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» Everton v Southampton: match preview

There was an immediate improvement from last season in Everton’s forward play and work rate in the Premier League opener at Wolves and Goodison Park craves more of the same in Marco Silva’s first home league match having endured Sam Allardyce’s soul-destroying approach last season. Mason Holgate may replace the suspended Phil Jagielka with Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma only starting training with their new club this week. For Southampton, new arrival Danny Ings is pressing for inclusion in an attack thwarted by Burnley’s defence last weekend. Andy Hunter

Saturday 3pm

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» Leicester v Wolverhampton Wanderers: match preview

Rúben Neves will have had fantasy football nerds in virtual ecstasy after the Wolves midfielder’s goal and assist against Everton proved their scouting ability. Leicester need to take an even closer look at Neves in order to atone for their disappointing display at Old Trafford. Jamie Vardy’s return to the starting lineup is likely to give them a chance. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

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» Manchester City v Huddersfield: match preview

Given the blow of losing Kevin De Bruyne for three months owing to a knee injury Pep Guardiola will want Manchester City to respond to Huddersfield as they did when travelling to Chelsea last September. Then Sergio Agüero was unavailable after a car accident and Benjamin Mendy because of a knee problem. City beat Chelsea 1-0 and would not lose for over two months. Guardiola will hope his side prevail again to begin a similar sequence. Jamie Jackson

Sunday 1.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

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» Burnley v Watford: match preview

Burnley are continuing to fight on two fronts just to get into the Europa League proper, and though they won through to a final play-off round against Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday the tie once again went to extra time. Sean Dyche is attempting squad rotation, something that does not come naturally, and fatigue may start to show before the end of the month. Watford made a sprightly start against Brighton and may sense an opportunity to open their away points account. Paul Wilson

Sunday 1.30pm

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» Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo heralds lift in Serie A mood for new season | Paolo Bandini
Transfer coup means Juve want to win the Champions League while Inter are likely to be their closest challengers at home

This was supposed to be a grim summer for Italian football supporters. For the first time in six decades a World Cup was taking place without their national team. As the tournament in Russia got under way, the departing sports minister, Luca Lotti, portrayed the moment as calcio’s “Year Zero”.

The fans themselves, though, did not seem so troubled by the prospect of a World Cup without the Azzurri. Mediaset recorded a cumulative TV audience of 297m across the 64 games – 49m more than the previous rights holders, Rai and Sky, had achieved between them in 2014.

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» Eyes down for kick-off in La Liga, where Barcelona remain the team to beat

Real Madrid are in transition without Zidane and Ronaldo, and Atlético are still the most likely to upset the old duopoly

On 16 May Barcelona met Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in Johannesburg. The Mandela Centenary Cup was the prize, Barcelona beat South Africa’s champions 3-1 and the highlight for the crowd at Soccer City was seeing Lionel Messi come off the bench in the second half.

Related: Could La Liga’s US venture spark a Premier export? | Ed Aarons

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» Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham must tighten up and will sparks fly between Benítez and Warnock?

With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beaten comfortably in the end, Huddersfield exposed Chelsea’s weakness to attacks down the wings last week and Arsenal may aim to do likewise, while David Luiz, in particular, will likely struggle to keep up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle. But Chelsea’s midfield thrusters – who could include Eden Hazard from the start as well as N’Golo Kanté in all-new Roving Mode – could wreak havoc at the other end, especially if certain Arsenal midfielders remain dozy when it comes to defensive duties. That is something Unai Emery needs to change and he could start by picking Lucas Torreira instead of Granit Xhaka. Or he might consider deploying both in a midfield trio with Mattéo Guendouzi. But even that would probably not be enough to keep Chelsea at bay so Emery will most likely err on the side of adventure and start Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey in a difficult away assignment. Petr Cech is likely to start in goal at Stamford Bridge but how long can the manager persevere with a keeper less suited to his approach than the new signing Bernd Leno? PD

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» Liverpool and Manchester United to do battle as women’s season kicks off
With Neil Redfearn and Casey Stoney taking charge for the first time, the Continental Tyres League Cup tie at Prenton Park is about much more than M62 bragging rights

Neil Redfearn and Casey Stoney will arrive at Prenton Park on Sunday ready to embark on individual, and ambitious, missions to redraw the landscape of women’s football in England.

As the new season begins with a round of Continental Tyres League Cup matches, the tie at Tranmere’s home involving Redfearn’s Liverpool and Stoney’s Manchester United is about much more than M62 bragging rights.

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» The Joy of Six: footballers who can take or leave football | Nick Miller

Some players are happy to live their lives and not let careers on the pitch dominate their existence. Here are a few of them

Of all the players who seemed to play football with a passion and joie de vivre, Batistuta seemed among the most passionate and joiest de vivrest. Those lusty shots, those screaming celebrations, those goals. But, it seems, he wasn’t especially keen on football. “I do not like football, it is just my profession,” he once said in an interview with Argentinian TV.

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» 'We need to improve': Lopetegui on Real Madrid's Super Cup defeat – video

Julen Lopetegui's tenure as Real Madrid manager did not perhaps begin as he would have hoped after Atlético put four past his side to clinch the Uefa Super Cup. A Diego Costa double was enough to take the game to extra-time before Atléti settled the tie with two further goals

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» Kevin De Bruyne seen on crutches at Manchester City documentary premiere – video

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training. The Belgian midfielder arrived at the premiere of Manchester City's 'All or Nothing' documentary with his knee heavily strapped and on crutches. It is not known yet the extent of the injury

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» Cristiano Ronaldo scores on Juventus debut amid pitch invaders' welcome – video

Cristiano Ronaldo made Juventus fans wait only eight minutes before scoring his first goal in a pre-season friendly against the club's youth team on Sunday. Ten minutes later he pressured Riccardo Capellini into an own-goal to make it 2-0 and the Juventus A team went on to win 5-0. The game was abandoned in the 72nd minute after supporters invaded the pitch as part of a tradition dating back many years.

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» Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool cannot be anything but the challenger – video

Jürgen Klopp was pleased with Liverpool's convincing start to the season, but has warned there will be much tougher tests ahead. Liverpool underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham at Anfield. 

Klopp's side have been tipped by many as the side most likely to challenge Manchester City for the crown  but the Liverpool manager is not getting carried away after one result. 

'It is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard. We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in,' the German said

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» Andrés Iniesta opens J-League account in style – video

Andrés Iniesta scored his first goal for Vissel Kobe in a 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata. The Spaniard, who moved to Japan from Barcelona in May, combined immaculate ball control and enviable composure before rounding the goalkeeper to score

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» Cliftonville's Billie Simpson scores stunning volley from inside own half – video

A women's football match in Northern Ireland was topped with an incredible first-time volley straight from a goal kick. Cliftonville Ladies defender and Northern Ireland international Billie Simpson scored from inside her own half during the 2-2 draw with Sion Swifts in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership

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» The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10
Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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» FFA chairman Steven Lowy to walk away from football

Lowy says he will not seek re-election after losing patience with the protracted battle over governance of the game in Australia

Football Federation Australia’s chairman, Steven Lowy, will not seek re-election to his post in November, saying a bitter fight about the future of the game would be better without his personality at the centre of the debate.

Lowy announced his intention to quit on Friday in a move that will end his family’s more than 50-year association with football in Australia.

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» Lille are finally over Marcelo Bielsa and ready to fight for Europe

Christophe Galtier’s conservatism has allowed Lille to make careful but considerable progress in Ligue 1

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Christophe Galtier’s reputation in France isn’t quite on par with that of Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce, that of being an overly negative, needs-must type, but neither has he ever shown much interest in attacking football. His teams at Saint-Étienne, who he regularly guided to the European places despite limited resources and key players departing were decidedly prosaic, often deployed in a 4-3-3 with full-backs who rarely made it forward. It was more of the same last season after he supplanted Marcelo Bielsa, but there were brief uses of the sort of 4-2-3-1 that Galtier deployed on Saturday evening against a Rennes side who have spent heavily of late, eclipsing Lille as the league’s current ambitious outsiders after the opening day.

Even as the formation with which Galtier has started the season contains shadows of the familiar, likewise the playing personnel (only summer signings Jonathan Bamba and Zeki Çelik were making their debuts for Lille), the verve with which they played was truly remarkable. Nicolas Pépé cut a forlorn figure under Bielsa as striker last season, but the January return from loan of Lebo Mothiba gave Les Dogues a physical focal point around which to build, seeing the former Angers man thrive instead as right-sided inverted winger, scoring nine goals and assisting on a further five. One wondered at that juncture what the team might have been, had Galtier been afforded more space by having a similarly talented complement on the opposite flank, as the frustrating Luiz Araújo was often preferred on the left.

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» Keisuke Honda to coach Cambodia national team while playing in A-League
  • Honda signs two-year contract and won’t receive a salary
  • Melbourne Victory insist he won’t miss A-League matches

Former Japan international Keisuke Honda has been named general manager of Cambodia’s national team just a week after signing for Melbourne Victory in the A-League.

However, Melbourne Victory were quick to assure fans that their marquee signing would not miss A-League matches, being available to Cambodia only when the competition paused for Fifa-sanctioned international dates.

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» After six months, is Carlos Cordeiro close to reviving US soccer fortunes?

The new US Soccer president helped bring the 2026 World Cup to North America, but problems from a new coach to infighting need to be addressed

When Carlos Cordeiro was elected US Soccer Federation (USSF) president, his mandate was to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and to transform the federation’s governance.

But his critics fretted that he would merely effect incremental change, not the sweeping reforms they think are needed. For others he was an enigma, little-known beyond the USSF representatives who had elected him vice-president two years prior.

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» Usain Bolt's gimmick tag will be hard to shake in A-League | Stephen Ganavas

The commercial benefits of the Jamaican’s arrival clearly outweigh doubts over his on-pitch ability

Usain Bolt in the A-League. It’s a fascinating prospect. An announcement from the Central Coast Mariners that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist would be joining the club on trial for an indefinite period of time sparked a global frenzy this week.

Bolt, after all, has never played a professional football match in his life, and it must be stressed – this is a trial. At this point, he is still not a contracted Mariners player and there is every chance he never will be. However, there is great potential for this to help further embed the club in the community, allowing young potential Mariners fans to see one of the world’s most famous and recognisable athletes donning a Mariners shirt. A training shirt, but a Mariners shirt nevertheless.

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» Real Madrid's strategy of signing World Cup stars goes back 60 years

Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos and Ronaldo are all part of a transfer policy first used by Santiago Bernabéu in 1958

By Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last Man

It is a quadrennial tradition that Real Madrid swoop for standout performers from the recent World Cup. West German left-back Paul Breitner was an early and successful example of this policy in action when he joined the club weeks after winning the World Cup on home soil in 1974. Gheorghe Hagi, Predrag Spasić, Fernando Redondo, Robert Jarni, the Brazilian Ronaldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira all arrived on the back of strong World Cup performances. Thibaut Courtois, the golden glove winner in Russia this summer, is just the latest player to turn up in Madrid after impressing at the World Cup.

Real Madrid’s two acquisitions after the 2014 World Cup – James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos – provide a curious parallel with the past. One was South American and the other European; one was a highly effective midfielder and sublime passer of the ball who had won the World Cup; and the other was a young, skilful goalscoring forward with an outstanding future ahead of him.

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» Fenerbahce lead the way as young players take centre stage in Turkey
There has been a summer of austerity in Turkey with free-spending club presidents being held accountable for clubs’ debt and this has given young, homegrown players a chance

After the feast, the famine. This has been a summer of austerity in Turkey. A combination of the weakening Turkish Lira, Financial Fair Play regulations and new policies introduced by the Turkish Football Federation to hold free-spending club presidents accountable for the clubs’ debt has had a dramatic effect. Just £22.8m has been spent over the transfer window. In contrast, Galatasaray alone ran up a £38.5m bill last summer.

Free transfers and loan deals are on the menu. Clubs are being forced to make use of, or establish, scouting networks instead of relying on agents offering them players for inflated prices. And perhaps the most exciting side effect of this newfound frugality is a growing appetite for young, homegrown players.

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» Ligue 1 season preview: PSG will be even stronger under Thomas Tuchel

Lyon are best placed to challenge PSG, Patrick Vieira will hope to take Nice into Europe and Caen face a relegation battle

By Adam White for Get French Football News

Anything other than an eighth Ligue 1 title in PSG’s history would be huge surprise. Although PSG have skirted the transfer spotlight so far this summer, with FFP still a concern, they have quietly made a few shrewd moves. Thomas Tuchel will make them a more proactive and tactically diverse team and Gianluigi Buffon could be the dressing room leader (and quality keeper) they have long lacked. Their 4-0 win over Monaco in the Trophée des Champions confirmed the gap is only widening.

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» Usain Bolt's A-League trial confirmed by Central Coast Mariners
  • World’s fastest man invited to train for ‘indefinite period’
  • Jamaican to arrive in Gosford later this month

Usain Bolt will link up with the Central Coast Mariners for an “indefinite training period” in an attempt to realise his dream of becoming a professional footballer. The A-League club has confirmed Bolt, an eight-time Olympic athletics gold medallist, will arrive in Gosford later this month.

Related: Melbourne Victory unveil Keisuke Honda as A-League's latest marquee player

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» The big exodus: why are young English players moving abroad? | Ed Aarons
Jonathan Panzo’s decision to swap Chelsea for Monaco is the latest example of a promising English prospect seeking first-team football abroad rather than at the club that nurtured him

Ian Rush blames it all on Kenny Dalglish. “I didn’t actually say Italy was ‘like living in a foreign country’,” insisted the former Liverpool striker in an interview in 2016. “When he re-signed me, a reporter asked me, ‘Why have you come back?’ Kenny quipped, ‘He said it was like playing in a foreign country’. He’s got a lot to answer for.”

But while Rush would be the first to admit Juventus supporters did not see the best of him during his solitary season in Italy in 1987 as he struggled with a new language and culture, the next generation of young British players are taking the plunge and heading overseas in search of opportunities to play.

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» David Squires on … the return of the Premier League season

Our cartoonist on a Mo Salah superfan, an underwhelmed Maurizio Sarri and Arsenal’s new 15-year-old

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» Owls’ anguish over George Hirst could spread far and wide | Daniel Taylor

Signing of Sheffield Wednesday’s brightest prospect by Srivaddhanaprabha-owned OH Leuven says much about the relationships that exist in modern football

No doubt there are more than a few of us who feel a twinge of nostalgia when the mind goes back to the days when David Hirst was one of the more dynamic strikers in the country and, as unimaginable as it may seem in today’s game, the times when it wasn’t so easy for the elite clubs to snaffle up all the best players.

Related: Championship: fans from all 24 clubs preview the 2018-19 season

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» The Fiver | Howls of anguish at the modern proclivity of new-fangled coaches

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Seconds away for round two of the Premier League, following an opening weekend The Fiver couldn’t help notice was a little low on surprises. Southampton didn’t score, José fell out with one of his players, Manchester City won doing cartwheels and Sam Allardyce appeared as a guest on Goals On Sunday, perched on the studio settee in the traditional out-of-work manager role, commonly reserved for vultures like the former Limerick, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackeye Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace and Everton gaffer, who would like to remind any watching chairmen that they are still knocking around and very much available. As season openers go, the first round of fixtures were entertaining enough alright, but lacked the kind of thriller that would have got the collective juice flowing ahead of similar humdingers to come.

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» Football transfer rumours: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Milan or Juve?

Today’s fluff starts with an earthquake

A little over a week after the drama, excitement and largely underwhelming-apart-from-Everton actuality of England’s transfer deadline day it is Italy’s turn to bring the curtain down on the summer market. They have until the clock strikes eight in Rome on Friday to complete their business, and the day dawns with one particularly big name – in more ways than one – the subject of heightened speculation.

It looks like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the young Lazio midfielder so frequently linked with the Premier League’s power hitters in the early summer, is going to make a big-money move. Milan are apparently in the driving seat, with rumours circulating that they have struck a €40m loan deal with Lazio that includes a right to make the deal permanent if they feel like it, though Tuttosport believes that Juventus will rival them for the Serb’s signature and the Gazzetta dello Sport thinks Adrien Rabiot could end up in Milan instead.

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» Bledisloe Cup classics, a Maradona unveiling and a Barry Chuckle tribute | Classic YouTube

Also featuring Stuart Broad and beans at Trent Bridge, a goose on the pitch and a Nick Kyrgios 115mph forehand winner

1) It’s the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2018 between New Zealand and Australia so let’s begin with this utterly ridiculous Christian Cullen try from 2000, with significant input from Jonah Lomu and Tana Umaga. Cullen, again, this time going it alone in Dunedin in 1997. Stirling Mortlock waltzing through the All Black midfield before popping the ball off to Scott Staniforth at the MCG in 2007. Or two monstrous counterattacks from each side; first, Matt Burke in 1996 and then, Frank Bunce on the end of a move involving seven other players in 1992.

2) Villarreal got all David Copperfield when they unveiled Santi Cazorla as their new signing at El Madrigal. Revisit an age when unveiling signings consisted of Diego Maradona booting a ball high into the San Paolo having joined Napoli in 1984, Neymar, in more innocent and likeable times, a sheepish Kaká stepping out at the Bernabéu (it was all downhill from there), Cristiano Ronaldo having 80,000 people turn up for his Madrid welcome or even David Beckham looking very 2003 for Los Blancos. Finally, there’s Gazza getting mobbed in Rome after signing for Lazio.

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» What is the hottest match ever played in England? | The Knowledge

Plus: players with comic-book nicknames, successive suffix fixtures and the least deserving champions in football history

“What is the hottest English league or cup game on record?” asks Mike Dunn.

“In our era of climate change, the answer is probably last week, but I think I know the game that was most affected,” perspires Andy Wright, before letting us in on a remarkable saga of woe. “Bizarrely, it took place in Manchester.

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» Not a weekend for the Premier League underdog – Football Weekly

Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Mark Langdon to review the first Premier League weekend of the season, Liverpool’s impressive start, same old Arsenal (or is it?), Luke Shaw’s release from wherever José Mourinho was hiding him and a foul from Burundi

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Mark Langdon to discuss the opening weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League season, starting with reigning champions Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Arsenal.

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» David Squires on … emo Mourinho's Premier League 2018-19 preview

Our cartoonist puts himself inside a surly teenage version of Manchester United’s manager to look at the season ahead

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» The big Premier League preview – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Andy Brassell and John Brewin for Football Weekly’s bumper preview of the 2018-19 Premier League season

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Andy Brassell and John Brewin for Football Weekly’s bumper preview of the 2018-19 Premier League season, starting with the teams playing in Friday’s first game of the season, Manchester United v Leicester.

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» The Joy of Six: World Cup goal celebrations

From Roger Milla’s hips to a human Slinky, half a dozen joyful celebrations from the festival of football

Want to feel old? Bebeto’s third son Mattheus Oliviera, the celebration’s subject, recently turned 23, and has signed for Sporting Lisbon. Back to 1994, an hour gone, and from a wayward header Bebeto embarrassed the entire Dutch back-four, caught waiting for an offside flag that never came. Running unimpeded through on goal, he rounded Ed de Goey with a touch both deft and impetuous, before slotting into the empty net. Like your dad at a family barbecue, Bebeto started to laugh at his own joke before the punchline, heading towards the corner flag with a giddy grin plastered on his face. Shaping his arms into a cradle, he began to rock the proverbial baby, before being joined by team-mates Mazinho and Romário in a tableau of parental bliss. Hopefully this will have assuaged the anger of his other half; the Brazilian sheepishly explained this was the only child whose birth he wasn’t present for. Perhaps a touch hubristically, he added: “When I made that celebration maybe it was like Mattheus was baptised by God.” At the least it christened a celebration copied in recent years by a succession of happy parents.

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» Eat, sleep and respect the ball: inside Barcelona’s modern La Masia | Jamie Fahey
The famous residential farmhouse that helped nurture Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta has been replaced but the emphasis on football perfection remains

The dimly lit, studiously grey lecture room carries the feel of a sixth-form block in a suburban high-school. On the opposite side of the street, about the width of a football pitch away, stands a typical Aldi supermarket, intensifying the acute sense of suburban normality. But this is no conventional school environment.

This is the heart of La Masia 2.0, Barcelona’s modern incarnation of the famous residential farmhouse that helped nurture the finest generation of footballers the club has ever seen. The place where Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta and the rest of the tiki-taka brigade were schooled in the art of strangling the opposition with relentlessly mesmeric ball-hogging manoeuvres.

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» Brentford happy to do it their own way in quest for promotion
Using statistical analysis to sign players, ditching their academy and scrapping the captaincy are some of the innovations that have turned Brentford into Championship contenders

With the transfer deadline looming on Thursday, you could forgive scurrying rivals for peering over the wall at Brentford in envy. It may seem an odd thing to say given they have lost their captain, John Egan, and the winger Florian Jozefzoon to Championship competitors this summer but few clubs navigate transfer windows better.

Brentford do not panic but rather rebuild and, once more, Dean Smith’s stimulating side – top of the tree after a thumping 5-1 first-game win – have plans for surprising the field.

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» What does Stan Kroenke's takeover of Arsenal mean for the club?

Arsenal supporters have voiced fears about Stan Kroenke’s takeover – but are they right to be concerned?

The first thing to note about Stan Kroenke’s takeover is that it cannot be stopped. The American already owns 67% and has secured an irrevocable commitment from Red and White Holdings, owned by Alisher Usmanov, for the Uzbek billionaire’s 30%.

Under UK takeover rules, anyone owning more than 90% of a company’s shares can force any other shareholders to sell their stock for a fee. Kroenke Sports & Entertainment has said it intends to do precisely that.

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» Carl Ikeme: ‘People are diagnosed with terminal cancer … I was grateful I was given a chance’

The former Wolves goalkeeper is in full remission after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia 13 months ago and says he feels grateful to savour simple pleasures again

The first week of pre-season training at Wolverhampton Wanderers was over and Carl Ikeme had just popped out to buy some paint for the house when his mobile started to ring. His world was about to be turned upside down. “It was the doctor at Wolves,” Ikeme says. “I remember him talking about Stiliyan Petrov and Geoff Thomas, and I knew what it was. I was devastated.”

On a still summer afternoon in Sutton Coldfield, in the relaxed family home where his two little girls are happily playing, Ikeme has been reflecting on that awful moment 13 months ago when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and the life-changing journey that followed.

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» Crystal Palace v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool have won their past four trips to Selhurst Park in all competitions, though they will still consider this a distinctly awkward fixture. Crystal Palace have been buoyed by the contracts signed by Roy Hodgson and Wilfried Zaha and have not lost in the 13 Premier League matches with James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho at in the centre of defence. They are unbeaten in seven top-flight games either side of the summer, too. That suggests this will be a test of the visitors’ credentials as title challengers as they seek to ensure Manchester City do not sprint clear from the outset. Dominic Fifield

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

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» Brighton v Manchester United: match preview

The omens favour Brighton, who have won their past two home games against Manchester United, 1-0 at the Amex in May to secure their Premier League status and by the same margin, thanks to Peter Ward, in November 1982. The odds, however, remain very much in the favour of José Mourinho’s side and they should have Romelu Lukaku available after his World Cup exertions and Jesse Lingard is in the squad. Brighton will be without their captain Bruno, who injured a hamstring during the defeat at Watford, and are expected to make several changes. “If we look at our starting lineup last weekend we had one new player starting; others will be introduced over a period of time,” Chris Hughton said. With a trip to Liverpool coming up next week, they need to get some points on the board. Mark Tallentire

Sunday 4pm Sky Sports Premier League

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