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» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer outlines Diogo Dalot's Man Utd future after Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer
Diogo Dalot's future at Man Utd had been left up in the air after they signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace
» Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool star "flying in pre-season" will shine in 2019-20
Jordan Henderson believes having one current player fully fit for the start of next season will be a huge boost for Liverpool
» Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why Man City are Premier League favourites
Liverpool might have won the Champions League last year - but their boss insists they are still Premier League underdogs
» Steve Bruce explains why he walked out on Sheffield Wednesday to join Newcastle
Bruce has walked out on the Championship side after just over six months to replace Rafa Benitez
» Jordan Henderson makes Jurgen Klopp declaration and Liverpool vow ahead of new season
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has urged Jurgen Klopp to stick around at Anfield as he vowed they will keep their work ethic
» Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes Manchester City transfer admission
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has discussed their transfer plans and revealed the true extent of their spending power compared to rivals
» Danny Rose closes on Tottenham exit with Paris Saint-Germain eyeing £20million transfer
Danny Rose looks set to follow Kieran Trippier out of the exit door this summer with French giants ready to move
» Have a Hart! Keeper Joe needs new club for fourth year running after Burnley axe
John Cross' football gossip column charts latest twist for recent England No1 Hart, plus Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and more
» Joelinton to complete £36million Newcastle transfer as Hoffenheim boss confirms move
Brazilian forward Joelinton will join Newcastle in a club-record deal, becoming Steve Bruce's first signing
» Nabil Fekir closes on £26m transfer as Lyon boss confirms exit amid Arsenal links
Arsenal have been tipped to make a move for long-term Liverpool transfer target Nabil Fekir - and he is in talks with his next club
» Footie5 predictions: Beat our expect and win £25,000 by predicting MLS scores
Predict this weekend’s MLS scores and win big with Footie 5
» Man Utd paying price for 6 years of transfer ineptitude — it's the Ed Woodward Tax
Leicester don't actually think Harry Maguire is £12.5million better than Matthijs de Ligt but clubs — like their current players' agents — have desperate Man Utd over a financial barrel these days
» Laurent Koscielny taking legal advice against Arsenal in bitter contract row
Arsenal club captain Koscielny wants to leave the Emirates and he is facing disciplinary action with a heavy fine for missing the US trip
» Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants Arsenal transfer after AFCON return
The Crystal Palace winger is Arsenal's top transfer target - and he has now told his current club he wants to leave
» Daniel Sturridge attracting interest from overseas as he responds to betting ban
The ex-Liverpool striker was banned for six weeks and fined £75,000 for breaching regulations
» Man Utd transfer gossip: Real Madrid president 'provides surprise Paul Pogba update'
PLUS: Harry Maguire has his eye on the United captain's armband and Bruno Fernandes' agent arrives in the UK
» Aston Villa deny 'doing a Fulham' with £100m post-promotion transfer spree
Fulham splurged on transfers last summer and went straight back down but Villa insist their £90m outlay (so far!) is different
» Liverpool transfer gossip: Reds 'battling Arsenal and Inter' for 22-goal forward
The rumours linking the Ivorian with the Reds simply won't go away, and feature again as we round up the latest Liverpool rumours
» Arsenal transfer gossip: Wilfried Zaha chase rumbles on as Gunners eye signings
Arsenal have just £45million to spend this summer as Unai Emery eyes fresh faces ahead of the new season
» Jonjo Shelvey 'caught up in pizza shop bust-up hours before Newcastle tour'
Newcastle United players Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow were allegedly involved in the incident in the early hours of Saturday
» Arsenal transfer target William Saliba 'likes' Tottenham kit launch picture on Instagram
Arsenal transfer target William Saliba has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons on Instagram
» Kieran Trippier living the dream after making £21.7m switch to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid completed the signing of England full-back Kieran Trippier from Tottenham on Wednesday
» Jurgen Klopp explains how James Milner's 'dirty' teamtalks are key at Liverpool
The midfielder, 33, is still going strong and looks to be the fittest player at the club in pre-season
» Man Utd to make Bruno Fernandes transfer bid in 'coming hours as agent arrives in UK'
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer transfer window

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» Afcon final unites two African coaches who represent the future | Jonathan Wilson
Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cissé used time in Europe to improve their sides and a tactical battle will decide fate of Algeria and Senegal

Champigny-sur-Marne is a banlieue about eight miles south-east of the centre of Paris. Algeria’s coach, Djamel Belmadi, was born there; Senegal’s coach, Aliou Cissé, moved there from Ziguinchor at the age of nine (Cissé is one day older). Since then they have performed an awkward dance, always threatening to meet and very rarely doing so.

They played against each other at youth level. They came head-to-head in a league game between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain in February 2001, and then with their national teams two months later. Belmadi was at Southampton when Cissé was at Portsmouth but they never played against each other in England. And on Friday, on the greatest stage either has yet trod, their sides will meet in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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» Steve Bruce pledges to ‘prove the doubters wrong’ at Newcastle
• ‘There are big shoes to fill. But I’ll give it everything’
• Hoffenheim coach says Newcastle target Joelinton will leave

Steve Bruce has vowed to win over the doubters at Newcastle after admitting he has always regretted turning down the manager’s job the first time he was offered it.

The 58-year-old was installed as Rafael Benítez’s replacement on Wednesday as angry fans vented their displeasure at owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

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» How gambling giant SportPesa made waves in Africa – and Premier League
Everton’s sponsors are hailed by the club for supporting community schemes, but there are concerns about how the Kenyan-Bulgarian firm profits from an online gambling craze

Barely heard of in Britain until it launched a spree of Premier League club sponsorships in 2016, the online gambling platform SportPesa has since spread its name across football, rugby, horseracing and Formula One, associating its branding with good works in Africa. At Everton, where SportPesa is the main sponsor, its name is prominent all over Goodison Park, the club have been in Kenya for a pre-season tour, and they promote SportPesa’s “Kits for Africa” initiative, with a donation bin in the club store.

Everton’s chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, wrote in the club’s annual report: “We value our developing relationship with SportPesa, who have demonstrated a strong alignment with our values.” A spokesperson for Everton, who describe themselves as “the people’s club”, said Barrett-Baxendale was referring to the sponsor’s support for the club’s extensive community work, which she herself pioneered in the deprived areas around Goodison Park.

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» FA sought six-month Daniel Sturridge ban for betting breaches
• Forward given six-week suspension and £75,000 fine
• FA unhappy with findings and considers sanctions too lenient

The Football Association is to appeal against the six-week suspension and £75,000 fine handed to Daniel Sturridge for breaching its betting rules. It believes the former Liverpool striker deserves at least a six-month ban having been found guilty by a regulatory commission of giving his brother inside information on a possible move to Sevilla.

Sturridge’s six-week suspension from all domestic matches came into effect on Wednesday. The former England international is without a club following his release by Liverpool and, with the final four weeks of the ban suspended, will be free to resume his career from 31 July. He will therefore not miss any competitive football unless he breaches betting rules again.

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» EFL confirms Bury will start League One season with 12-point deduction

• Club enters company voluntary arrangement to secure future
• Winding-up petition over unpaid debts adjourned last month

Bury will start the League One season with a 12-point deduction after entering a company voluntary arrangement, the EFL has announced.

The club, promoted last season, had a winding-up petition over unpaid debts adjourned at the high court last month and have secured their future with the CVA.

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» Callum Hudson-Odoi set for Chelsea talks over future amid Bayern interest
• Representatives to discuss new contract in coming days
• Lampard says Hudson-Odoi ‘can be a big player for us’

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s representatives will hold talks with Chelsea in the next few days to discuss his future at Stamford Bridge after head coach Frank Lampard admitted the teenager “can be a big player for us”.

The England forward has entered the final year of his contract but has yet to formally reopen negotiations over a new deal after handing in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Bayern Munich in January. The German champions have not given up hope of signing him after seeing a new £22.5m bid turned down last month and are still hopeful that he may reject a new contract with Chelsea worth up to £100,000 a week, leaving him free to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January.

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» Norwich spurn spending spree as promoted sides stay cautious | Ben Fisher
Daniel Farke and Chris Wilder are keen to learn from others’ mistakes and resisting the urge to splash out excessively

It is hardly a science but for a rough indication of how promoted clubs can best make a fist of staying up, perhaps it is best to examine some of the more disastrous recent attempts.

Derby’s record-low points tally in 2008 sticks in the memory, as does Queens Park Rangers’ feeble effort, largely under Harry Redknapp, four years ago, in which they finished bottom of the pile. But it was the manner in which Fulham spectacularly failed to avoid the drop last season – bulldozing all the hard work that helped them to the Premier League in the first place – that struck a chord with Stuart Webber, the sporting director at Norwich City, who won the Championship in May.

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» Qatar agrees to inquiry into death of Briton at World Cup stadium

Family of Zac Cox say a British judge will look for lessons to be learned from death in 2017

The Qatari organisation in charge of staging the 2022 World Cup has agreed to hold a wide-ranging inquiry led by a British judge into the death of a British worker during construction of a stadium for the event.

The decision, two-and-a-half years after the death of Zac Cox in January 2017, is seen as a breakthrough for campaigners disturbed by health and safety issues surrounding the building of the stadiums, even though it comes relatively close to the completion of the bulk of the construction work for the tournament.

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» British football fan detained in UAE lodges human rights complaint

Ali Issa Ahmad brings case to UN alleging he was tortured after wearing Qatar T-shirt to match

A British football fan who says he was detained and tortured while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates because he wore a Qatar shirt has lodged a legal complaint with the UN about his treatment.

In the 27-page complaint, Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, from Wolverhampton, documents his alleged torture at the hands of the UAE authorities in January and February of this year while he was visiting the country to watch Asian Cup matches.

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» Emery excited by Arsenal youngsters after Nketiah cuts down Bayern Munich
  • Bayern Munich 1-2 Arsenal
  • Lewandowski 71; Poznanski 49og, Nketiah 88

Unai Emery said Arsenal’s young players will get their chances this season after Eddie Nketiah proved to be the match-winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

After a goalless first half, Emery’s side took the lead four minutes after the restart when Louis Poznanski diverted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross into his own goal before Robert Lewandowski equalised with a fine header.

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» Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A

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» Carles Puyol: ‘La Masia was like the Scouts, 40 boys sharing four rooms’

The Spanish defender talks about Barcelona, how football became his cure and clears up rumours of liking Napalm Death

Hi Carles. Hi Small Talk.

We’re talking to you because of yoghurt, why don’t you tell us a bit about that? I am very proud to be an ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup, one of the best tournaments out there for U12s to play football. It takes place at a local level in 27 countries and the final will be played in Barcelona in October.

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» Sergiño Dest: the accidental USA star aiming to become Ajax's Marcelo

The 18-year-old attacking full-back was born in the Netherlands to an American father. And his international career is blooming for the States

There is a new generation of US stars emerging at Europe’s elite clubs. And among this talent-rich class is a player who – in soccer terms at least – is American only by chance.

Sergiño Dest, an 18-year-old full-back who signed his first professional contract with Ajax in December last year, was born and raised in Almere in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and a US serviceman father. He hadn’t even visited the States until a trip to New York City – his father’s hometown – in 2014, and hadn’t considered representing the US until the possibility came up in a phone call.

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» Matthijs de Ligt joins Juventus from Ajax in €75m deal
• Defender signs five-year contract as Juve beat PSG to signing
• Teenager could earn €460,000 a week after add-ons

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for a fee of €75m (£67.8m), with the 19-year-old defender agreeing a five-year contract worth a basic €16m (£14.5m) a season which could rise to €24m (£21.7m) with add-ons.

The full package could cost the Serie A champions €195m (£176.2m) and earn the teenager a potential weekly salary of €460,000 (£416,000) if all the add-ons are achieved.

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» Neil Lennon tips Leigh Griffiths to make major Celtic impact after personal issues
• Griffiths makes competitive return in 2-1 win over Sarajevo
• Celtic next face Estonia’s Nomme Kalju in Champions League

Neil Lennon senses Leigh Griffiths will make a major contribution for Celtic after the striker completed his comeback against Sarajevo.

The Scotland international came on for the last 12 minutes as Celtic won 2-1 to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

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» Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham

• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano
• He leaves Spurs after four years in north London

Kieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m.

The England full-back, who made over 100 appearances through a four-season stint at the north London club after arriving from Burnley, has signed a three-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 28-year-old had admitted towards the end of last season that his future at Spurs was in doubt, with Mauricio Pochettino intent on reshaping his squad for what he has called the “next chapter” of the team’s development.

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» Solskjær full of praise for Greenwood after Manchester United thrash Leeds
  • Greenwood scores as Man Utd beat Leeds 4-0 in Australia
  • Newcastle beaten 4-0 by Wolves as Bruce appointed manager

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford put Manchester United on course for a 4-0 pre-season win against Leeds in Australia. A fine move involving the impressive Paul Pogba and the £45m signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka led to 17-year-old Greenwood’s first senior goal and Ole Gunnar Solskjær said the young forward may even force his way into his starting lineup for the first match of the Premier League season, against Chelsea.

“He’s got a chance of starting that one, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “He’s more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. And I won’t say that’s not a possibility, no, it’s a good possibility. If he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well.

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» Sheffield Wednesday take legal advice after Newcastle appoint Steve Bruce
  • Bruce resigned but club say ‘issues to be resolved’
  • Former Sunderland manager is a Newcastle fan

Steve Bruce has been confirmed as the manager of Newcastle United, though the club and his former employers, Sheffield Wednesday, are locked in a legal dispute regarding compensation.

After Bruce was announced by Newcastle on a three-year contract, Wednesday expressed disappointment at the move because of “outstanding legal issues” and stated that they were consulting lawyers. It is understood no agreement has been reached over a financial settlement for the 58-year-old, who resigned from the Championship club on Monday.

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» Bolton players under ‘severe stress’ after not being paid for 20 weeks
• Club’s friendly match at Chester on Friday cancelled
• Players and coaching staff of League One club issue statement

Bolton’s friendly at Chester on Friday has been called off after the players issued a statement claiming they have been put under “severe mental and emotional stress”.

Members of the squad say they and the coaching staff have not been paid for 20 weeks. The League One club are in administration as prospective buyers attempt to complete a takeover.

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» Signing Sébastien Haller is good business for West Ham – even at £45m

Haller scores goals, sets them up, makes tackles, leads from the front and has a far better attitude than the striker he is replacing

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

So, it’s official. West Ham have broken their transfer record for the third consecutive summer with the arrival of French striker Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt. The 25-year-old has the task of replacing Marko Arnautovic, another forward who was once their most expensive signing.

Haller was apparently not the club’s first choice – Maxi Gómez chose Valencia over West Ham so he could play in the Champions League – but missing out on the Uruguayan forward may prove a blessing. Haller is nearly three years older than Gómez, but he is a much more complete striker and is better equipped to make an immediate impact.

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» Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour, from Arsenal to Wolves

We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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» Che Adams: ‘In non-league it’s just a question of how hard you’re going to get kicked’

The Southampton striker talks about growing up in Thurnby Lodge, playing non-league and being named after Che Guevara

Che Adams confirms it is “Shay” rather than “Chay” before he sits down to discuss how he has become Southampton’s newest signing in a £14m deal from Birmingham City but the spelling of his name begs an obvious question. Is there any connection to Che Guevara?

“Yeah, it was where I got my name from,” Adams replies, breezily. “Che Guevara was in the news around the time that I was born and I think it was something to do with where his body was buried, although I’m not sure. My mum just really liked the name.”

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» What Berwick Rangers going viral tells football clubs about social media

Bayern Munich and Roma are not the only clubs gaining fans online – as Berwick, Motherwell and Celtic showed last season

By Simon Meehan for Nutmeg magazine

It’s 4.50pm on a cold, blustery Saturday in March and I am at the in-laws’ house on the south coast of England. Cups of tea have been distributed, rugby is on the TV and Scotland are trundling to another defeat. Amid sympathetic murmurings, I glance at Twitter for the score that matters. Dumbarton have beaten Montrose away and my mood is saved for the evening.

My attention, however, is drawn to the multitude of likes and shares appearing on a tweet from the official Berwick Rangers account: “Ugly scenes in the dugout as Cowdenbeath’s manager has just told [Berwick manager] Johnny Harvey to ‘take his face for a sh*te’ #BRFC.”

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» Everton’s summer of stealth continues with capture of Delph | Paul Wilson
After securing the permanent services of André Gomes the arrival of the England midfielder for a cut-price £8.5m should only add to the sense of excitement at Goodison

The consensus among the more excitable news outlets is that this is going to be a record-breaking transfer window in England, with some huge deals expected in the next few weeks, even if Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Christian Eriksen and the rest are all back in pre-season training with the same clubs they were supposed to be leaving.

There is more to building an effective side than splashing the cash and playing games of brinkmanship, however, and Everton must be among the clubs quite satisfied with the business they have done so far. Basically Marco Silva has bought himself a new midfield for a cost of around £30m, even if André Gomes was already at Goodison on loan last season. Most people felt a fee of £22m for a former Barcelona player of obvious class was a fair price in today’s inflated market, which makes Fabian Delph at £8.5m either a steal or the bargain of the decade.

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» 'Amazing feeling' to play abroad: Kieran Trippier on Atlético Madrid move – video

Kieran Trippier has  joined Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m.

The England full-back, who made over 100 appearances during a four-season stint at the north London club, has signed a three-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano. 

Trippier was one of the most impressive performers as England finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia last summer, scoring early in the semi-final defeat by Croatia in Moscow, but endured a dip in form last season. 

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» Steve Bruce: the road to becoming Newcastle United manager – video report

Steve Bruce has admitted he faces a 'huge challenge' after being appointed the head coach of Newcastle United on a three-year contract.

The 58-year-old quit his job at Sheffield Wednesday and is replacing the widely admired Rafael Benítez, who left St James' Park last month after failing to agree a contract extension with the club's owner, Mike Ashley.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa manager's chances of success with the Magpies are complicated by Ashley, who wants to sell the club, and fans increasingly venting their anger over the lack of investment and ambition on Tyneside.

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» Frank Lampard on Chelsea's transfer ban: 'I don't need new players' – video

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he is 'happy' with his squad ahead of their pre-season matches against Barcelona and Kawasaki Frontale.

Uefa handed Chelsea a two-window transfer ban after the club were found guilty of breaching rules regarding their dealings with overseas players under the age of 18

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» 'You're excluding people that look like me': Megan Rapinoe's message to Trump – video

Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the World Cup-winning USA team, has told Donald Trump that he needs to 'do better for everyone' in America. Rapinoe delivered her uncompromising message in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, adding: 'You’re excluding people that look like me, you’re excluding people of colour, you’re excluding Americans that maybe support you.” 

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» Éder Militão falls ill during Real Madrid unveiling – video

Real Madrid's new signing Éder Militão's introductory news conference was brought to a halt on Wednesday when the Brazilian complained of feeling unwell. The 21-year-old, who has joined for around €50m from Porto, was nearing the end of his first meeting with journalists at his new club when he tried to loosen his tie and then held his head in his hands

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» 'I'll pay anything': Daniel Sturridge pleads for return of stolen dog – video

The former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has posted an emotional video to Instagram after his pet Pomeranian Lucci was stolen in a break-in at his Hollywood home. In the video, which shows a broken glass door, Sturridge says a number of bags were also taken

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» Bob Bradley recovers from Swansea nightmare as LAFC take MLS by storm

The former USA coach admitted he ‘failed’ during his brief stay in the Premier League. But his new team are close to unstoppable this season

Los Angeles already had the most successful franchise in Major League Soccer history. A team that have won more championships (five) and made more MLS Cup finals (nine) than any other. Between 2011 and 2014, three titles were delivered by an array of global superstars and a coach once dubbed the Sir Alex Ferguson of American soccer.

LAFC’s unashamed aim was always to usurp the Galaxy when they made their MLS debut last year. The way they saw it, Los Angeles didn’t even have a team, with the Galaxy playing their games out by the tennis courts and suburban communities of Carson. LAFC, on the other hand, play so close to downtown that the skyline is visible between the stands of the Banc of California Stadium.

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» Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona was a year in the making

Atlético Madrid are not happy, even with €120m, and there are doubts that the Frenchman will fit in with Messi and Suárez

The moment of Antoine Griezmann’s departure to Barcelona was broadcast live on television, 393 days after the Frenchman announced his decision to turn down Barcelona and stay at Atlético Madrid in a TV documentary. It had just gone 1pm on Friday when his legal representative arrived at the headquarters of La Liga wheeling a silver suitcase into the building, where he deposited the €120m (£107.6m) buyout clause that releases the striker from his contract, five years after his arrival. Barcelona confirmed the transfer two hours later.

Griezmann’s new deal will run for five years and contains a buyout clause – a legal stipulation in Spain – worth €800m. For all the twists in the plot, the crossed words and accusations, this signing had been set up from the start. It was only going to end one way and if it took longer than expected it was concluded when Griezmann’s lawyer, Sevan Karian, arrived at La Liga’s HQ – although Atlético say that €120m is not enough, claiming the true value to be €200m.

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» Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani: ‘30,000 people came to celebrate our medal’
The midfielder on how Sweden went ‘crazy’ for the Women’s World Cup and why the bronze medal win over England wasn’t nonsense

Sweden’s Kosovare Asllani has a very different view of the Women’s World Cup third-place match to Phil Neville, who labelled it a “nonsense” game, and it is fair to say that plenty of her compatriots agree with her. When the Sweden team returned from the victory over England that secured a bronze medal they were greeted by 30,000 fans in Gothenburg.

“A sign of a nation that is proud of us,” says Asllani, the midfielder who scored her country’s opening goals against Chile and England. The staggering reception came as a pleasant surprise to a squad not wholly aware of the momentum building back home during their run to the semi-finals.

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» Socceroos to meet familiar foes on path to fifth straight World Cup
  • Australia drawn with Jordan, Taipei, Kuwait and Nepal
  • Top two from Group B advance to final qualifying round

Australia have been drawn Nepal, Jordan, Taiwan and Kuwait in the second Asian qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which also serves as first qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup.

The Socceroos are gunning for a fifth straight World Cup appearance and head one of five groups made up of 40 nations in the Asian confederation.

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» USA's Allie Long says key to New York was stolen in hotel room burglary
  • Midfielder says wedding ring and key to New York were taken
  • Long, 31, made long-awaited World Cup debut against Chile
  • De Blasio promises city will replace symbolic key on Twitter

The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion United States women’s soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles.

Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at the ESPY awards on Wednesday night.

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» Neymar can leave ‘if offer suits’, says PSG sporting director Leonardo

• Leonardo updates transfer saga in French newspaper interview
• Neymar misses training amid speculation of return to Barcelona

Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo is prepared to sell Neymar after the Brazil forward failed to report for pre-season training.

Neymar was scheduled to report back to the French club’s training ground on Monday but was absent without leave as speculation surrounds a move back to his former club Barcelona.

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» Atlético Madrid open disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann

• France forward fails to show up for pre-season training
• Atlético are demanding Barcelona pay €120m fee up front

Atlético Madrid have opened disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann that could result in a fine after he failed to turn up for training.

Griezmann is awaiting a move to Barcelona and the battle between the clubs and the player is growing increasingly bitter. The France forward did not show up at the club’s Majadahonda headquarters on Sunday evening and did not travel with the rest of the squad to San Rafael de los Angeles northwest of the Spanish capital.

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» Brazil break free from the Neymar imbalance to win Copa América | Jonathan Wilson
The Brazil manager, Tite, was finally able to play his form of pressing game without the PSG forward and it led to a first major trophy in 12 years

Brazil winning a Copa América at home cannot be said to be a surprise. They have hosted the tournament five times and, after beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday, they have won it five times. But to suggest this was some sort of procession, a pacing out of the inevitable, would be misleading, and would ignore why, 12 years after Brazil’s last success in a major competition, this felt so significant.

It is not just that this showed Brazil could handle being favourites, that they did not choke on the expectation as they did so spectacularly in the World Cup five years ago. It’s that they won with a largely modern, progressive style of play and, most importantly of all, that they did so without the injured Neymar. This was a victory for Tite and all for which he stands.

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» Flying feet, tattoos and chicken masks: Copa América 2019 – in pictures

Five years after hosting the World Cup, Brazil again was home to a major competition; this time the Copa América with 12 teams competing over 26 matches. Chris Brunskill is one of a few European photographers that headed to South America to cover the tournament

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» Jimmy Greaves had the right idea: football broadcasting should be fun | John Brewin

As one half of Saint and Greavsie, the former striker spoke about the sport he loved with enjoyment and wit. We could do with some of that now

“I am someone who believes that what we need without a doubt is more of Jimmy Greaves,” wrote the performance poet John Hegley in Greavsie, an ironic yet affectionate early-1990s paean to a then ubiquitous figure. “The more I get of Greaves, the more my life achieves.”

The Premier League’s paywall model would soon be bringing down the curtain on one of the more curious and varied media careers of an ex-footballer. ITV’s failure to land broadcast rights to what the victor, Sky, would trail as a “whole new ball game” meant the axe for Saint and Greavsie in July 1992.

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» From Sheffield United to Milan: our writers pick their favourite kits

It’s that time of the year when clubs bring out their strips for the coming season, so which ones do we look back on fondly?

There’s history behind this one. It was the first ever fluorescent outfield shirt (according to Umbro, at least) and kicked off a trend that has never really gone away (no surprise given it was said at the time that it was the best selling shirt, other than England kits, that Umbro had ever produced). But more importantly, to me at least, it was a) the first away shirt I ever owned and b) the shirt Sheffield United wore as they stormed to promotion to the old First Division in 1990, which was achieved via a 5-2 win against Leicester City at Filbert Street on the final day of that season. They also wore it the following season, their first campaign in the top flight since the mid-70s. A truly iconic shirt among Blades. JA

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» Premier League transfers so far this summer and what each club still needs

Aston Villa have been the most active of the promoted clubs; Arsenal look to have work to do; Tottenham have secured their top target; Newcastle are still looking for a manager

What have they done so far? Nowhere near enough. Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from regional football in Brazil and is expected to need some adaptation and development time. David Ospina has departed for a modest fee.

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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




Which team lost 10 London derbies?

West Ham


Crystal Palace


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


South America



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

Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace

Huddersfield Town


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."





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


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

West Ham


Newcastle United


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?




West Ham

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





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?





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


Virgil van Dijk

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


Tottenham Hotspur



1 and above.

You are the Fulham of football quizzes

2 and above.

You've been relegated

5 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

3 and above.

You've been relegated

4 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

6 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

7 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

8 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

9 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

10 and above.

You've earned a place in the Europa League

11 and above.

You've earned a place in the Europa League

12 and above.

You've earned a place in the Champions League

13 and above.

You've earned a place in the Champions League

14 and above.

That's a top-four finish

15 and above.

That's a top-four finish

16 and above.

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

17 and above.

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

18 and above.

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

0 and above.

You are the Huddersfield of football quizzes

19 and above.

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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» The Fiver | Beating competition from Europe's most admired clubs and PSG

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Back in the day, Serie A attracted the best players in the world. From Diego Maradona and Michel Platini to Ruud Gullit and Paul Rideout, all the stars flocked to Italy, lured by big salaries, high-brow competition and the prospect of tucking into ice-cream with James Richardson. To an impressionable young Fiver it seemed like a ball had not truly hit a net unless a commentator screamed “Gooolaazo!”, and the Milan derby could take the edge off a Purple Tin hangover. Heady days.

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» Football transfer rumours: Joelinton to join Steve Bruce at Newcastle?

Today’s fluff is surveying the scene

As if the underworld of tittle-tattle was not incognito enough, Real Madrid are preparing to launch “Operation 200”, the kind of code that belongs in an MI6 mission to aid James Bond but, in this case, it is simply the La Liga club’s masterplan to offload James Rodríguez and Gareth Bale to fund a move for Paul Pogba. Real’s plan is music to the ears of Mino Raiola, the Manchester United midfielder’s agent, who has fuelled further fire by refusing to rule out a return to Juventus.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues

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» Which football clubs have replaced players with same-name signings? | The Knowledge

Plus: outfield players wearing trousers and more tennis-playing footballers. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Last week QPR sold Matt Smith to Millwall and signed another Matt Smith on loan from Manchester City … on the same day,” writes Martyn Bryce. “Do readers have other examples of such dealings with players of the same name.”

It doesn’t happen often Martyn, but there are some examples. Ryan Geraghty takes us back a year to the north-west of England to get the ball rolling. “I’m sure you will have a few readers responding with this one: I recall last summer Reece James – formerly of Manchester United – being released by Wigan only for Wigan to sign Reece James on loan from Chelsea. I didn’t suspect he would go on to be their player of the season and now be linked with Crystal Palace, but the name stuck in my mind. And, of course, there were the Dembélés at Fulham.”

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» David Squires on … Daniel Sturridge's dog and football's great crime novelist

Our cartoonist on the only sport story that anyone in the world is really talking about

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» The Fiver | Steve Barnes's author ego could be facing his toughest job yet

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During his second stint in management as boss of Huddersfield Town, Steve Bruce somehow found time to author three crime thrillers entitled Striker! Sweeper! and Defender! Read by few at the time but now increasingly expensive and difficult to find as collectors’ items, they have become the The Gutenberg Bibles of noir football fiction. “I looked around the stadium and sighed,” whispers crime-fighting Leddersfield Town manager Steve Barnes, looking around the stadium and sighing, in one of them. “Football is a business, and a tough one at that, but the green playing area, well, that really is the field of dreams.” Well, if Barnes thought solving the murder of his club’s groundsman was tricky and full of pitfalls, his author ego has now been tasked with the much more difficult job of dealing with what is increasingly viewed as a field of nightmares by those who sit on all four sides of it.

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» People have fallen for women’s football. We must ensure it’s a long-term relationship | Eni Aluko

The future of the women’s game has never looked brighter but keeping fans interested after the World Cup is vital to its growth

The Women’s World Cup has been a tournament we will look back on as the point when all of our longstanding expectation of what women’s football could be was realised. You just have to look at television viewing figures around the world, which have been better than anything the men’s game has managed this year with nearly 12 million people tuning in to watch England’s semi-final defeat by USA and another 25 million in Brazil watching their last-16 game. That is immense.

Related: Fifa's VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women's game shone | Hope Solo

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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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» The Joy of Six: sporting 'sliding doors' moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equal

Australians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests England won in the 2005 Ashes were the ones Glenn McGrath missed.

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» Peter Crouch, the affable beanpole who won over fans everywhere | Paul Wilson

The former England striker, who has retired at 38, had an unusual skill-set and took the robot dance back to the masses

With the possible exception of Brent Sancho, the Trinidad and Tobago defender whose dreadlocks he grabbed when leaping to score a header for England in the 2006 World Cup, no one in football can have anything but happy memories of the remarkable career of Peter Crouch.

The 38-year-old striker who on Friday announced his retirement played for a lot of Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Stoke and Burnley among them – and managed the not inconsiderable feat of remaining popular wherever he went. Partly this was due to his affable disposition, partly to his distinctive physique and partly to his surprisingly effective impact and evident enthusiasm for the game. Mostly, however, Crouch was admired up and down the country for making the absolute best of an unusual skill-set.

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» Juninho: 'I should not have left English football when I did'

The little genius talks about his time at Middlesbrough, his vision for Brazilian football and his love of Heinz Baked Beans

By Yellow & Green Football for the Guardian Sport Network

It’s the morning after Brazil beat Peru in the Copa América final to lift their first major trophy in 12 years. In an airy, well-lit office at the headquarters of the CBF, Brazil’s football association, Juninho sits behind a grand, expensive-looking wooden desk. The man who left such an impression on English football during his time at Middlesbrough has been working here since April, when CBF president Rogério Caboclo recruited him to lead a newly created department in charge of developing the domestic game in Brazil. Yet, by the end of the day, Juninho will be packing up and moving on.

Despite Brazil’s triumph at the Maracanã the previous night, there are issues to be resolved at the CBF. National team co-ordinator Edu is on his way to Arsenal and the morning’s papers are speculating that Juninho will replace him. A few hours after we leave, his new role will be confirmed, but for now Juninho remains tight-lipped: “Things are not decided,” he says.

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» Arsenal hope Edu’s return instils invincible ethos at a critical stage | Amy Lawrence
Former player, appointed to oversee the club’s long-term vision, will find a squad in urgent need of quality in key positions

Arsène Wenger was always so resistant to the idea of a technical director that it never got much leverage at Arsenal until he was gone. But a twisted route means it has taken the club more than a year to appoint their elegant former midfielder Edu. Originally the German talent spotter Sven Mislintat was earmarked for the position before it was whisked away. Then the deal was almost agreed with the Spanish transfer guru Monchi until he suddenly U-turned. Arsenal had to wait for the third man, who has been Brazil’s general coordinator. During the lull the job has not got any easier.

Related: Edu returns to Arsenal as technical director after leaving role with Brazil

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