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» Man Utd news: Takeover bid launched as Frenkie de Jong put under fresh Barcelona pressure
Manchester United have become engulfed in crisis just a week into the new Premier League, with a fresh wave of protests against the Glazers and Erik ten Hag suffering defeat in his first game
» Arsenal news: William Saliba in line to get Gunners wish amid Ben White admission
Mikel Arteta will be pleased with how Arsenal's campaign has got under way after an opening day win, while Amazon's cameras continue to pick apart last season's drama behind the scenes
» Liverpool news: Jamie Carragher explains midfield plan as loanee makes immediate impact
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is pondering the best way to solve his problem in midfield after Thiago Alcantara limped out of the 2-2 draw with Fulham on the weekend
» Karim Benzema second in Real Madrid record scorer list - but Cristiano Ronaldo way ahead
Karim Benzema now has 324 goals for Real Madrid after scoring in their UEFA Super Cup win against Eintracht Frankfurt... but won't catch Cristiano Ronaldo in the near future
» Chelsea news: Frenkie de Jong pressure increases as Thomas Tuchel makes admission
Chelsea continue to be linked with an August move for Frenkie de Jong, with the Barcelona midfielder continuing to come under pressure over his contract situation
» Frenkie de Jong saga turns ugly as Barcelona fans shout "cut your salary b****"
The Dutchman has been Man Utd's main target all summer but a number of hurdles still need to be overcome if Erik ten Hag is to be reunited with his former Ajax midfielder
» Real Madrid too good for Eintracht Frankfurt in tepid Super Cup clash - 5 talking points
Champions League holders Real Madrid won a joint-record fifth UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening after beating Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in Helsinki
» Erik ten Hag told he's "late to the party" as Man Utd transfer problems come to light
The Red Devils have made three summer signings so far but are in desperate need of more reinforcements, as highlighted by their opening Premier League loss to Brighton
» Man Utd circus repeating jokes as clown Michael Knighton returns to Old Trafford mess
Michael Knighton arrived at Old Trafford, did some keepy-uppies, promised the world but failed to raise the funds to buy the club in 1989 - now he's back to challenge the Glazers
» Carabao Cup second round draw in full as 13 Premier League sides learn opponents
The EFL Cup is now at the second round stage with all the Premier League teams who are not involved in European competition this season joining first round winners in the second round
» 5 things spotted in Man Utd training as Cristiano Ronaldo ramps up work after secret match
Erik ten Hag's Manchester United are preparing for their next Premier League game against Brentford on Saturday after losing their opener to Brighton at Old Trafford
» Mikel Arteta's £145m spending spree under spotlight as Arsenal outcast attracts interest
Arsenal have spent more than £450million on players since July 2019 but have not played a Champions League fixture since March 2017, when Arsene Wenger was still manager
» Barcelona transfer clause could open door for Man Utd to sign Frenkie de Jong alternative
United's pursuit of Dutch international De Jong is proving to be the transfer summer of the saga with no positive resolution any closer to fruition and with only three weeks of the window remaining
» Ryan Giggs and Kate Greville messages including handcuff photo made public for first time
Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs is standing trial at Manchester Crown Court, accused of controlling behaviour towards his ex-partner Kate Greville and is also accused of headbutting her during a row
» Ryan Giggs trial: Six things jury told including 'rough sex' and 'blackmail video'
Ryan Giggs' ex partner faced cross examination on day three of the trial at Manchester Crown Court, with jurors given details of their relationship and messages sent between the pair
» BBC release statement after being hit with complaints for scrapping classified results
The corporation has taken the decision to abolish reading out the scores from all the divisions, saying the length of time it takes up is no longer viable in the slimmed-down Sports Report programme
» Five footballers' names read to potential jurors in Benjamin Mendy trial
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy's sexual offences trial started at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, with a jury set to be sworn in during the coming days
» Former Arsenal star details brutal KO punch on opponent that landed him nine-game ban
Arsenal midfielder Paul Davis became the first footballer to undergo trial by TV after an ITV camera picked him up breaking Glenn Cockerill's jaw during a match
» Ryan Giggs' ex 'sent sex videos, deleted "blackmail" email and lost phone police wanted'
Kate Greville said that she had one phone stolen and lost another in a river and deleted a number of messages before handing iCloud access over the police as ex-girlfriend of former Manchester United star is cross-examined during assault trial
» Carabao Cup second round draw ball numbers as Everton, Leeds and Newcastle discover fate
The EFL Cup has already seen plenty of shocks with a vast amount of Championship sides being dumped out by lower league opposition ahead of the introduction of Premier League sides in round two
» Bernardo Silva hints at Man City exit with cryptic farewell message to fans
Barcelona have been chasing Bernardo City all summer but Pep Guardiola is desperate to keep hold of his star midfielder, although appeared resigned to losing him last week
» Frenkie de Jong's agent spotted in Barcelona after reaching Man Utd agreement
The Dutch midfielder has been United's number one transfer target all summer but remains locked in a stand-off with Barcelona over unpaid wages reported to total €17million
» Man Utd tactics exposed by football insider who explains where Erik ten Hag went wrong
The Dutchman had a managerial debut to forget as his Manchester United side were beaten by a convincingly better Brighton side on their own patch for the first time in four decades
» Cody Gakpo makes feelings clear as Man Utd transfer becomes possibility
Cody Gakpo is reportedly interested in leaving PSV Eindhoven to join Erik ten Hag's Manchester United, who have made enquiries into the £35million-rated forward
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» Thirty years of the Premier League: football’s journey from outlaw pursuit to digital juggernaut | Barney Ronay

The Sky-era revolution has transformed the product into a profit machine driven by a thirst for tech consumption

In another timeline, a version of the present where things had turned out differently on the gore-soaked fields of the satellite broadcast wars in the summer of 1990, Britain might by now be three decades into its great, transformative opera boom.

In this version of events, sparked by British Satellite Broadcasting’s decisive victory over the long-forgotten “Sky TV”, the nation has spent the years since in thrall to BSB’s relentless, beautifully packaged operatic programming – to the extent all other human activity now seems subservient to the national obsession with rolling 24-hour bel canto, Super Saturday chamber music, the multimillion-pound conductor transfer roundabout.

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» Real Madrid lift Super Cup after Alaba and Benzema sink Eintracht Frankfurt
  • David Alaba and Karim Benzema strike to give Real 2-0 victory
  • Benzema overtakes Raúl to become club’s second-highest scorer

Karim Benzema became Real Madrid’s second-highest goalscorer as his strike helped secure a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Uefa Super Cup final.

Real equalled a record in Helsinki, winning the trophy for the fifth time to join Milan and Barcelona with the highest total.

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» Carabao Cup: Sheffield Wednesday gain revenge by knocking out Sunderland
  • Adeniran and Sow ensure revenge for playoff defeat
  • League One Barnsley dump out Middlesbrough

Dennis Adeniran and Sylla Sow scored as Sheffield Wednesday ended Sunderland’s 18-game unbeaten run with a 2-0 triumph in the Carabao Cup at Hillsborough.

The result represented a small measure of revenge for Darren Moore’s men after last season’s play-off semi-final defeat against the Black Cats. The win sets up a home tie with Rochdale in the second round.

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» The feud between Best and Charlton that shattered Manchester United

By the early 1970s the warring club legends were so divided that they were no longer speaking – nor passing – to one another

When Matt Busby retired in 1969, Manchester United’s three exceptional talents, three winners of the Ballon d’Or, were in decline. Bobby Charlton was 31 and age was closing in. Denis Law was 29 but had never fully recovered from his knee injury. George Best was 22 but had already won his last trophy.

“I represented the future of Manchester United – or should have done,” Best acknowledged. “Charlton represented the past.” That was not simply about age; it was also about attitude. Best once said that he was “grateful” to have been born in 1946 and not 1926. “We don’t have to stick rigidly to the short back and sides and wear-your-club-blazer-at-all-times routine of the past,” he said.

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» Premier League players’ names read to jurors in Benjamin Mendy trial
  • Potential jurors asked if they knew five footballers personally
  • Manchester City defender Mendy denies further charge of rape

Potential jurors in the sexual offences trial of the Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy have been asked if they have connections to five other Premier League players. Mendy, 28, denies eight counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one sexual assault against seven complainants. The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2018 and August last year.

The names of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones – who all either play for or previously played for City – were read to a jury panel at Chester crown court on Wednesday in advance of the trial, which is expected to open on Monday.

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» Ryan Giggs made ex-girlfriend ‘slave to his every need’, court told

Kate Greville says former Manchester United footballer was regularly aggressive and exerted control over her social life

The ex-girlfriend of former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has told a court she became “a slave to his every need” and that he was “regularly aggressive”.

Giving evidence on the third day of Giggs’s assault trial, Kate Greville said he exerted control over her social life and the end of their six-year relationship was “pretty much relentlessly awful”.

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» BBC stands firm on decision to scrap classified football results on Radio 5 Live
  • Change widely criticised since its institution on Saturday
  • Results would ‘constrain number of sports we could cover’

The BBC has refused to back down over its decision to scrap the classified football results on Radio 5 Live and said that continuing to broadcast the full service would “constrain the number of sports we could cover”.

A British radio institution that has been broadcast since the 1950s, the full classified service was quietly dropped on Saturday’s edition of Sports Report to make way for extra live coverage of Premier League matches kicking off at 5.30pm – a change from last season’s schedule.

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» Addiction to sleeping tablets a big problem in football, says Ryan Cresswell
  • Former Rotherham and Northampton defender speaks out
  • Cresswell says addiction nearly cost him his life

The former Football League defender Ryan Cresswell has warned of the danger of players becoming addicted to sleeping pills after the problem nearly claimed his life.

Cresswell, whose clubs included Rotherham, Southend and Northampton, reached 12 months of sobriety earlier this summer after a second stint at the Sporting Chance rehab clinic and his life is now on the up. The 34-year-old is back working in football as manager of Sheffield FC – the world’s oldest club – and is feeling positive about his future.

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» Newcastle have a shot at Europe with Joelinton and Guimarães in midfield

The Brazilian pair have been outstanding under Eddie Howe. If they stay fit, Newcastle will keep moving up the table

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored

Newcastle may be the richest football club in the game, but they have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer. Far from splashing the cash, they have only signed three senior players – bringing in goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley for £10m, signing centre-back Sven Botman from Lille for £31.9m, and making Matt Targett’s loan move from Aston Villa permanent.

For the most part, Eddie Howe is going with the same side he picked in the second half of last season. Pope displaced Martin Dubravka between the sticks for their opening game of the season against Nottingham Forest on Saturday but all 10 outfield starters were players who had been at the club last season. Dan Burn proved a superb addition at the heart of the defence in January and he kept his place, with new signing Botman left on the bench until the 90th minute. Considering Newcastle’s flying form in 2022 – only Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have picked up more than their tally of 41 points this year – Howe thinks there is no need to fix something that isn’t broken.

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» Brentford snap up Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria for €15m
  • Danish international joins Bees on five-year deal
  • Damsgaard could make debut against Manchester United

Brentford have agreed a deal to sign the highly rated Denmark midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria on a five-year deal for a fee of €15m (£12.7m).

The 22-year-old has completed his medical and will become the club’s sixth summer signing.

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» Do any football clubs have a record signing from more than 30 years ago? | The Knowledge

Plus: drastic variance in pre-season friendly opposition; ties of two halves; and chants for players from 80-plus years ago

“Bristol Rovers’ record signing (Andy Tilson, £370,000) was made in 1992,” notes Oscar Felix Ramirez. “Do any other league clubs still have a record signing from 30-plus years ago?

We had no idea the early-1990s was such a boom time for record signings, but it seems Bristol Rovers aren’t alone. “Steve Claridge is still Cambridge’s record signing (£252,000),” writes Russell Connor. “They actually have signed him twice, once in 1990 and then again only two years later after interim club Luton didn’t like what they saw. He seems to have been bought in the same summer of 1992 as Tilson, so not sure who came first.”

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» Football transfer window summer 2022 – Europe’s top five men’s leagues

All of the summer’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and a club-by-club guide

The summer transfer window 2022 promises to be as busy as ever. We have already had some big transfers with Erling Haaland joining Manchester City, and Kalvin Phillips also brought in to reinforce the defending Premier League champions.

The new Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has recruited Lisandro Martínez and Tyrell Malacia from the Eredivisie. Richarlison and Yves Bissouma headline a busy summer for Spurs, while Thomas Tuchel’s rebuild of Chelsea has seen Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling arrive.

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» Football transfer window summer 2022 – Europe’s top five women’s leagues

All deals from the WSL, Serie A femminile, Primera División, Division 1 Féminine and Frauen-Bundesliga plus club-by-club guides

The women’s summer transfer window is expected to be a busy one. In England, Manchester City will have to rebuild after losing Lucy Bronze, Georgia Stanway and Caroline Weir.

Elsewhere in the WSL, Chelsea are unlikely to remain quiet while Vivianne Miedema has told Arsenal to invest in the squad after signing a new contract.

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» World Cup set to start a day earlier than planned to allow Qatar to play in opener
  • Fifa expected to agree to proposal for change of date
  • Switch would allow host nation to play in opening game

The World Cup in Qatar will kick-off a day earlier than scheduled if Fifa’s ruling bureau agree to a plan to hold the opening ceremony and the host nation’s first match on Sunday 20 November.

The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s game on 21 November against Ecuador, which created the unusual situation of two matches being held before the ceremony.

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» Mark Parsons departs as manager of Netherlands women after Euro failure

• Reigning champions eliminated in quarter-finals

• KNVB: Results were disappointing and we cannot afford that

Mark Parsons has left his post as manager of the Netherlands Women by mutual consent after his side were eliminated in the quarter-finals at Euro 2022.

A statement from the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) on Wednesday confirmed that Parsons, who succeeded Sarina Wiegman in May 2021 after she had led them to victory at the previous Euros, would be leaving his post.

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» Manchester City close to signing Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht
  • Fee of more than €10m agreed for Spain Under-21 left-back
  • City will decide whether to keep Gómez or loan him to Girona

Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign the Spanish left-back Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht.

City will pay a fee in excess of €10m (£8.5m) for the 21-year-old, who will provide cover and competition for João Cancelo after Oleksandr Zinchenko was allowed to join Arsenal for £30m. The details of the transfer are being discussed with the Belgian club, with the deal set to be finalised soon.

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» Carabao Cup roundup: Stevenage and Bradford upset Championship sides
  • Stevenage beat Reading 2-1 with Danny Rose goal
  • Morecambe beat Stoke 5-3 on penalties

Stevenage produced one of the shocks of the Carabao Cup first round as they beat Championship side Reading 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Danny Rose.

Stevenage dominated a scrappy first half, going ahead early on when the 19-year-old loanee Saxon Earley scored from inside the home area. Reading levelled in the 63rd minute through Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan’s first goal for the club but Rose pounced one minute from time to send the Hertfordshire side through.

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» Everton sign rising Belgian talent Amadou Onana in €40m agreement
  • Toffees beat competition from West Ham for Lille midfielder
  • Young player fifth signing of summer window at Goodison

Belgium international midfielder Amadou Onana has joined Everton in a deal worth up to €40m.

Everton beat off competition from West Ham to secure the powerful 20-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park. The club will pay €36m plus €4m in add-ons to Lille, who signed Onana for almost £6m from Hamburg only a year ago, plus 20% of any future sell-on fee.

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» Transfer roundup: Tottenham agree Udogie deal, Vlasic to leave West Ham
  • Spurs set to pay €20m for Udinese for left-back
  • Vlasic joining Torino on season-long loan

Tottenham have won the race to sign the highly-rated Udinese full-back Destiny Udogie for a fee of €20m (£17m), beating a host of other clubs to secure a deal for the Italy Under-21 international.

The two clubs were locked in talks on Monday and reached an agreement late at night. Udogie is set to be loaned back to Udinese for the 2022-23 season and join up with Antonio Conte and his team for pre-season next summer.

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» The classified results still gave fans joy – even if we all knew the scores

The classified football results were not just a tradition. They unified the pyramid and gave fans another reason to cheer

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

It doesn’t take much for a media storm to brew. Take something traditional, ditch it without giving any notice and stand back to assess the damage. Removing the classified football results from the BBC Sports Report programme at 5pm on a Saturday was always going to set teeth gnashing up and down the country.

I know I’m possibly a dinosaur who should let go of things such as this, but I’m still trying to get over the loss of Teletext so cut me some slack. Yes, we all have access to football results at our fingertips now. Personally I love the fact that checking the latest scores when out and about has progressed since the 1980s. But there is surely still a space for something as cherished as the classified football results.

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» David Squires on … the opening weekend of the Premier League season

Our cartoonist on Erik ten Hag’s sinking feeling, fun times at Fulham and Manchester City’s unstoppable robot boy

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» Chelsea strikers continue to leave with Tuchel short of replacements | Jacob Steinberg

Timo Werner has returned to RB Leipzig and Tuchel has only Raheem Sterling as a guaranteed source of goals

One by one, the attacking disappointments are heading out of the exit door at Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku has already gone, loaned back to Internazionale a year after joining Chelsea for a record £97.5m, and now Timo Werner has followed his fellow forward in choosing to bring a premature end to his underwhelming spell in England.

Like Lukaku, Werner has decided to head back to the place where he played his best football. The Germany striker is returning to RB Leipzig in a deal worth around £25m, a mere two years after leaving the Bundesliga club for £47.5m, and while it was impossible not to admire the 25-year-old’s effort in a Chelsea shirt it is difficult to argue with Thomas Tuchel’s decision to let him leave.

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» Women’s Euro 2022 showed how to attract a disengaged younger audience | Suzanne Wrack

Affordable ticket prices are key to giving football fans the live experience which can develop into a lifelong commitment

Football is bending over backwards to prove its relevance. From 60-minute matches to sin bins and throw-ins taken with feet, Fifa, the game’s governing body, is exploring every option in a bid to attract a newer, younger audience.

These ideas are not new. Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, used the claim of a growing army of disinterested youth to justify the case for the European Super League. The 75-year-old said on the Spanish TV show El Chiringuito that 40% of fans aged between 16 and 24 are not interested in football. “Why? Because there are a lot of low-quality games and they have other entertainment platforms,” he said. “It’s a reality. They say the games are too long. We have to change something if we want football to stay alive. Sometimes we don’t understand our children or grandchildren.”

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» Monaco start the Ligue 1 season with a statement win in Strasbourg | Eric Devin

Philippe Clement had to rest and rotate players on the opening weekend but his squad showed they mean business

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Ligue 1 had more than its fair share of surprising results on the opening weekend. Chief among them was Lorient winning at Rennes in the derby, and Nice only scraping a draw against promoted Toulouse, but the match with the biggest potential for an upset surely had to be Monaco’s trip to Strasbourg.

Strasbourg’s ground, La Meinau, has long been a difficult place to play and Julien Stéphan’s teams have turned plenty of heads with their vibrant performances. However, Monaco returned home with a 2-1 win, showing why they are one of the favourites to finish in the top three.

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» What can Ten Hag do about the sorry decline of Manchester United? | Jamie Jackson

Poor management, on and off the field, and middling signings have left the club far behind Manchester City and Liverpool

Erik ten Hag: you have three weeks to save Manchester United’s season. Sound ridiculous after only 90 minutes of Premier League action, even if that was a dire 2-1 home defeat by Brighton on Sunday – their first ever home loss against those opponents in 113 years?

Of course it does, but this is the glaring truth that faces the new manager. And it certainly does not help that Ten Hag’s ability to rebuild an embarrassingly mediocre squad is materially affected by two branches of the executive: the smarts of football director, John Murtough, and the desire of the Glazer family to splurge a serious amount of cash.

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» Lionesses’ legacy at risk as school PE fails girls, experts warn

In the past 10 years alone, 42,000 hours of PE lessons have been lost in UK secondary schools – and girls are the worst hit

Twelve years of Tory government have had a disastrous impact on girls’ sport in schools, experts have said, warning that last weekend’s women’s Euro victory will be squandered unless drastic action is taken.

In the past 10 years, 42,000 hours of PE lessons have been lost in secondaries – with girls the most affected – and the situation is getting worse, according to the Youth Sport Trust.

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» From Lionesses to missed chances: why elite success doesn’t always transform the grassroots

England women’s Euros triumph has created massive interest in the game, but elite success doesn’t necessarily benefit sport at a lower level

On Tuesday, the FA announced that tickets for the England women’s football friendly against the USA in October had gone on sale. Within an hour, its website had crashed from the demand. Gabby Logan had predicted as much when she signed off from the Lionesses’ victory at the European Championships last Sunday. “You think it’s all over?” she told viewers. “It’s only just begun.”

In the week since England’s historic win over Germany in the final, there has been understandable excitement about the future of women’s football in the UK. Even the Queen, not noted for her football punditry, has added her voice to the throng. “You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations,” she said in her congratulatory message to Leah Williamson’s side.

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» WSL clubs see ticket demand surge after Lionesses’ Euro 2022 win
  • Nine WSL clubs report ticket sales up on last season
  • Hope Powell praises Brighton’s commitment to women’s game

The impact of England’s Euro 2022 success was underlined on Wednesday when Women’s Super League clubs reported significant increases in interest from fans.

Brighton said they had sold more season tickets since Saturday – the day before the final at Wembley – than in the whole of last season and there was a similar picture elsewhere. The season starts on 9 September.

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» I cried when England won. It’s been a long journey for women’s football – and for me | Suzanne Wrack

The Euro 2022 triumph means the world to me and all the writers who have witnessed this team’s incredible rise

When the final whistle went at the end of extra time, I pressed send on my on-the-whistle match report, put my face in my hands and sobbed. Big, loud, heart-rending, back-arching sobs.

It was not the first time I had cried around the Lionesses’ stunning, swaggering run to a first major tournament trophy and I have not really stopped since.

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» 'It will not come overnight': Erik ten Hag on Manchester United's opening day defeat – video

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United were punished for their mistakes by Brighton in their opening day 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in the Dutchman's first Premier League game in charge. 

Two first-half goals from Pascal Gross were enough to win it for the south coast side, despite an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister giving United hope in the second half. 

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» 'That wasn't us': Klopp frustrated after Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Fulham – video

Jürgen Klopp said that Liverpool's 'performance was a defeat' after his side had to twice come from behind to draw 2-2 at Fulham on the opening weekend of the Premier League. Mohamed Salah scored a late equaliser after Fulham twice led from two goals by Aleksandar Mitrovic but Klopp says he will learn valuable lessons from the match. '[If] we win today and don't learn anything from the game [it] is much worse than getting a point and learning the right things,' he said.

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» 'I want him to stay': Guardiola concerned Bernardo Silva could leave Manchester City – video

Pep Guardiola has admitted Bernardo Silva could leave Manchester City amid reports Barcelona are pushing to sign the Portugal international. 'What happens will happen, and if he stays it is perfect and in the end if he has to leave it is because football is like this,' Guardiola said. The Spaniard also spoke about how he doesn't 'have any doubts' that new strike Erling Haaland will score many goals for his side.

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» Rachel Daly entertains England fans with rendition of River Deep – Mountain High – video

The England women's football team celebrated in front of 7,000 fans in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday after winning Euro 2022 at Wembley the night before. England won their first major women's tournament and the first silverware for any senior team since the men lifted the 1966 World Cup. The players sang and danced to fan-favourite songs including Ike and Tina Turner's River Deep – Mountain High, which was enthusiastically performed by full-back Rachel Daly for the ecstatic fans

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» 'It's coming home': The moment England gatecrash press conference after Euro 2022 win – video

The England women's team gatecrashed Wiegman's post match press conference with a rendition of 'It's coming home' after their historic Euro 2022 victory over Germany. The players danced around and on top of the table and entertained journalists with their jubilant celebrations. 

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» Dancing in the streets: Fans celebrate the moment England won Women's Euros – video

There was delirium across England as fans celebrated the Euro 2022 final win over Germany and their side's first ever European Championship. The close match went to extra time but Chloe Kelly's goal secured the victory for the hosts in a 2-1 victory, sparking wild scenes in Trafalgar Square and beyond. Beth Mead finished as the Golden Boot winner with six goals, edging out Germany's Alexandra Popp due to her number of assists, while Alessia Russo finished third with four goals, despite playing in a substitute role for England in the tournament

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» Bayern cogs turn ominously but new faces breathe life into Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich might win their 11th title in a row, but between now and then we can enjoy another fascinating season

Meet the new boss, just like the old boss. Though the opening weekend of the Bundesliga had its familiar themes and outcomes, it most definitely had a story to tell. Some will tut or shrug, but they shouldn’t. “You don’t go to the theatre because you’re wondering how the swan from Swan Lake will turn out,” as Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Martin Schneider put it.

Let’s start with what the world most expected, or at least feared. Bayern Munich began 2022-23 like a hurricane, not so much pulling back the curtain to the campaign on Friday night at Eintracht Frankfurt as tearing it off and discarding it. Even a flickering thought that the champions might struggle to find their attacking feet without the departed Robert Lewandowski was quickly extinguished. Julian Nagelsmann’s team were ferocious, with Sadio Mané immediately fitting into the vertical onslaught. It was clear from the coach’s celebrations on the touchline just how thrilled he was by his team’s front-foot manner.

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» European roundup: Aaron Ramsey scores Nice debut equaliser
  • Wales midfielder earns draw against Toulouse
  • RB Leipzig draw 1-1 with Stuttgart in Bundesliga

Aaron Ramsey scored one minute after coming off the bench to rescue a 1-1 draw on his debut for Nice in their Ligue 1 clash against Toulouse.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder joined the French club on a free transfer earlier this month. He started Sunday’s fixture as a substitute before he replaced Calvin Stengs with just 13 minutes remaining at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. And at the same ground as he netted for Wales in their 3-0 win against Russia at Euro 2016, Ramsey was on target again.

Following a driving run from Bilal Brahimi, Ramsey latched onto his teammate’s pass before executing a fine finish. Until Ramsey’s intervention, Toulouse had looked on course for victory after Thijs Dallinga opened the scoring with 20 minutes gone.

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» Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schulz accused of domestic violence
  • Club have spoken to Schulz but will not take action at this point
  • Player’s former girlfriend files criminal complaint against him

Borussia Dortmund officials have talked to the former Germany international Nico Schulz about a complaint of domestic violence filed against him, but at this stage would not be taking any action, the club said on Sunday.

The player’s former girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, has filed a criminal complaint against him for domestic violence in 2020, with an investigation under way.

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» Riqui Puig to LA Galaxy: the biggest summer in MLS history just got bigger

LA Galaxy’s signing of Riqui Puig, the 23-year-old not so long ago seen as Barca’s next big thing, is the latest stroke in a talent influx that’s included Bale, Bernardeschi and Insigne

Not so long ago, Riqui Puig was seen as the face of Barcelona’s future. At a time when the identity of the Catalan club was in question, the young midfielder was the embodiment of what Barca aspired to be again. He ticked all the boxes: diminutive, homegrown and extremely talented. Puig was the next La Masia graduate primed to make it big at Camp Nou, so it’s somewhat surprising to now see the 22-year-old in Major League Soccer.

The LA Galaxy announced the signing of Puig on a three-year deal on Thursday with Barcelona so keen to cut their bloated wage bill that they allowed the midfielder to leave for free. “Riqui is a very technical and well-educated player with incredible experiences for his age,” said Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney. “He will fit seamlessly into our group and style of play.”

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» A season of hope: Ukraine prepares for remarkable return of league football | Nick Ames

Barring a pronounced deterioration in the security situation, whistles will blow on 23 August in a stunning act of defiance

Five months ago, footballers in Ukraine could not afford to give a second thought to their sport. The horrors being inflicted by Russia’s invading forces left nobody untouched and the act of staying alive, while ensuring the same of their loved ones, was all that mattered.

Many players left their clubs for the country’s west, basing themselves in relatively calm locations; some sheltered underground with their families and, in a number of cases, teammates, for days on end. For those able to consider their professional futures, the idea of a swift return to competition bore little imagining and generally held even less appeal.

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» Iran’s World Cup hopes fading amid botched sacking and squad acrimony

Team’s star players at loggerheads over future of coach Dragan Skocic, leaving optimism and preparations for Qatar in tatters

“Azmoun and Taremi get Iranians dreaming,” was the headline for an article on Fifa’s website after “Team Melli” were drawn to face England in their first match of the 2022 World Cup. Just a few months on and with the team’s star strikers at loggerheads over the future of coach, Dragan Skocic, however, it’s not exactly been the preparation Iran supporters had hoped for as the squad attempt to make history by progressing past the group stage in Qatar.

Six days after being dismissed amid reports that the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) wanted to appoint a homegrown coach, the Croat was controversially reinstated last weekend on a technicality because the federation realised it didn’t have the authority to dismiss him until it holds elections for a new president at the end of next month.

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» ‘The never-ending Zlatan’: 40-year-old Ibrahimovic signs new Milan contract
  • Swedish forward helped Milan to win first Scudetto in 11 years
  • Ibrahimovic faces up to eight months out after knee procedure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has renewed his contract for a further year at Milan, despite facing the prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation after knee surgery.

At the end of May, Ibrahimovic – soon after winning the Serie A title – had a procedure on his left knee to repair damage and instability caused by a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury. The 40-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to eight months, so is unlikely to be fully fit until halfway through the 2022-23 campaign.

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» Robert Lewandowski credits ‘amazing’ Xavi for decision to join Barcelona
  • Striker hails Barça’s head coach after completing €50m move
  • ‘Xavi has an amazing future and I want to be part of this’

Robert Lewandowski has credited the Barcelona head coach, Xavi, for his decision to join the Spanish club from Bayern Munich, describing the former midfielder’s ideas and methods as the basis for an “amazing future” at Camp Nou.

Lewandowski has moved to Barcelona for a fee in a region of €50m (£42.5m) having had one year remaining on his contract with Bayern. Speaking on Barcelona’s official media channel having joined his new team on their pre-season tour of the US, the 33-year-old Poland striker said: “I was speaking with Xavi and from the beginning I know [what’s been on his] mind, his ideas. It was easy for me to decide to come to Barcelona because I’m the guy who wants to play, who wants to win, and I think that with Xavi it’s very possible.

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» History-making Sam Kerr joins Kylian Mbappé on cover of Fifa 23 video game
  • Matildas captain the first woman to feature on global edition
  • Fifa 23 Ultimate Edition expected to be released later this year

Australia captain Sam Kerr has become the first female footballer to feature on the cover of a global version of the hugely popular Fifa video game. The Matildas striker is pictured alongside France star Kylian Mbappé on the cover of Fifa 23 Ultimate Edition.

The cover art was revealed by a tweet on Monday that said: “Two phenomenal forces up front. One ultimate strike partnership.”

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» Manchester United optimism quickly snuffed out by return of old failings | Jonathan Wilson

The manager is new and Cristiano Ronaldo did not start but none of that fixed problems that have haunted United for years

A bright sun, a blue sky, the temperature climbing beyond 20C. The trams packed well over three hours before kick-off, the megastore rammed. The stewards and security men disconcertingly chirpy. The face of the new manager glaring from the scarves stretched out on the stalls on Matt Busby Way. A distinct buzz in the air. Perhaps even, if one really looked for it, a sense of optimism. Then they kicked off.

There have been plenty of dispiriting afternoons for Manchester United in recent years but few quite so dispiriting as this. The feeling was perhaps that Brighton, having sold Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, would not be quite what they had been last season, the hope for home fans that Erik ten Hag’s hardline approach would have transformed them. But Brighton outplayed United for long periods and might, in truth, have won more comfortably, particularly had Lisandro Martínez been penalised for what seemed an obvious barge in the box on Danny Welbeck. All the familiar late United surge achieved was to reduce the margin of defeat to 2-1. New dawn? Same old United.

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» Saliba and Zinchenko fire Arsenal’s early-season hopes in sultry opener | Barney Ronay

Mikel Arteta’s new team were excellent in an encouraging opening-day victory at a scorched Selhurst Park

Yes: the rumours are true. The Premier League, which never really went away, has returned. And it felt pretty good on a sultry Friday night, watching an Arsenal team of eager new moving parts do an excellent job of raising some tender early-season hopes at Selhurst Park.

It was 24 degrees in South London as kick-off approached on the earliest date the English top tier has ever begun. This was a desiccated kind of heat, the grass scorched white, the sky a deathly blue. The English summer does at least have a sense of irony. To avoid the Gulf sun the Premier League will instead play through a heatwave in England.

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» Men’s football boom offers roadmap and warning for women’s game | Jonathan Liew

In the glow of Euro 2022 victory, should women’s football aspire to be something similar yet very different to the men’s game?

Jill Scott didn’t sleep a wink. She sauntered off the Wembley pitch, went straight into what was – by all accounts – a long and messy night of celebrations, and then simply bowled out of the team hotel on Monday morning to join the victory parade in London. Perhaps, for a stalwart midfielder who had just tasted victory in her 10th and very possibly last international tournament, she was fearful that if she slept she might eventually have to wake up.

And for a glowing but hungover nation, there remains a certain surreal dreamlike quality to the events at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening. The very fact of victory was startling enough: a first major international trophy for 56 years in either the men’s or the women’s game, clinched on the sweet green grass of home. The manner of victory was more startling still: a winning goal in the 110th minute against the eight-time champions Germany, a lead skilfully and cynically sequestered in the final minutes with a display of time-wasting and gamesmanship that proved beyond doubt that the English can shithouse with the very best.

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» The Fiver | At least Eintracht Frankfurt don’t have to deal with Puskas and Di Stéfano

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Tonight’s Super/Splendid/Marvellous Cup in Helsinki, between Big Cup holders Real Madrid and Euro Vase winners Eintracht Frankfurt, represents an echo of European football’s glorious past and a glimpse into its AI-powered future. The previous competitive encounter between these two clubs was the European Cup final at Hampden Park in 1960. Not much happened: Madrid won 7-3 thanks to four goals from the great Ferenc Puskas, plus a hat-trick from someone called Alfredo Di Stéfano.

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» Football transfer rumours: Milan’s Sandro Tonali to Arsenal for £50m?

Today’s goss is counting down the days

Arsenal are warming up the Emirates fax machine after making inquiries to Milan about Sandro Tonali, the 22-year-old holding midfielder who helped the Rossoneri win a Scudetto last season. The Milan manager, Stefano Pioli, wants to keep the former Brescia player, sometimes dubbed the “new Pirlo”, but a bid from the Gunners in the region of £50m may make things happen.

Staying with Italian midfielders, Chelsea’s proposed move for Cesare Casadei of Internazionale looks to be in danger of being hijacked by Ligue 1’s Nice. Todd Boehly and co are said to have already had more than one offer rebuffed by Inter – the Nerazzurri reportedly want £20m as well as a buy-back clause – and it now seems the French club are willing to outbid the Blues in yet another transfer setback for Tommy Tuchel.

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» How women’s football can capitalise on England triumph – in six steps

It will be a failure if Euro 2022 does not leave a lasting impact and our plan goes from schools to the very top

Welcome to Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s new (and free) women’s football newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version once a week, just pop your email in below:

As the Lionesses placed their hands on the European Championship trophy on Sunday, one eye was already on ‘what next’? For as special and historic as this moment is, it will be a failure if women’s football does not capitalise.

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» The Knowledge | When was the term ‘striker’ first used to describe a football forward?

Plus: scoring at both Wembleys; mind the gigantic gap (2); and missing the team bus

“Growing up as a boy football supporter in the 1960s, I cannot remember coming across the term striker. Can anyone identify when or where this description of a goalscorer was first used?” asks Simon Warner.

It’s a good time for the question, with Erling Haaland and Darwin Núñez joining the Premier League this summer. Let’s start with the relevant part of the definition in the Collins online dictionary

An attacking player, esp one who generally positions himself or herself near the opponent’s goal in the hope of scoring

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» Football comes home as Lionesses make history – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers, Suzanne Wrack, Ceylon Andi Hickman and Jonathan Liew celebrate England’s success as they are crowned champions of Europe in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley

England are European champions.

No, this is not a drill – the Lionesses created history by winning their first major women’s tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against Germany at Wembley.

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» Football. Golf. Quiz: how much do you know about players who love the links?

See if you can top the leaderboard by taking on these 10 teasers about footballers who can’t wait to get on the golf course

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» Golden Goal: Roberto Carlos for Brazil v France (1997)

This was not just a unique goal but the uniquest goal; a goal more unique than all other goals that are also unique

In September 1994, Leeds United beat Manchester United – the first time they had done so since February 1981 – with David Wetherall and Brian Deane their scorers in a 2-1 win. Which is a strange place to begin a piece about a Roberto Carlos goal, but please bear with me: the seamless segue will soon reveal itself.

A couple of days later, I returned from school to find a letter addressed to me – a rarity, given I was 15 – so ripped open the envelope in characteristically clumsy manner to discover what can only be described as hate mail. Accompanying newspaper cuttings of the aforementioned game was a letter extolling the virtues of Phil Ma-sing-ahhhh, along with general vitriol aimed at Manchester United in general and Alex Ferguson in particular.

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» The Joy of Six: Liverpool v Real Madrid | Gregg Bakowski

From a first Paris meeting to a bizarre Covid spectacle via some big nights at Anfield, here are half a dozen memorable matches

For clubs with such rich history in Europe it seems strange now that this was the first time they met. Preparation for the Paris final wasn’t the best, with wrangling over shirt advertising affecting the buildup and, remarkably, both sides having to contend with a dreadful Parc des Princes pitch that had been torn up by a rugby match two weeks beforehand.

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» ‘Do something now’: inside the Lionesses’ drive to get girls playing

Lotte Wubben-Moy inspired the letter demanding football for all girls in school and will not settle for ‘hot air’ from politicians

On Monday the England centre-back Lotte Wubben-Moy ducked down the aisle of the team bus as it wove its way from the Euro 2022 victory celebrations in Trafalgar Square. The 23-year-old was on a mission.

“I don’t know whether it was the energy of being in London, being around people out in front of the National Portrait Gallery that were screaming our names as we were dancing in front of them, but it was a catalyst for me to then go say it to everyone and go to Leah [Williamson, the captain] and Sue [Campbell, the director of women’s football at the Football Association] to say: ‘We need to do something now.’”

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» Adama Traoré: ‘The first time you hear racist abuse, you can’t believe it’

Wolves winger wants offenders caught abusing players at games to be educated: ‘I don’t want hate meeting hate’

In the buildup to Barcelona’s Europa League meeting with Napoli in February there was a team talk, just not about tactics this time. They informed their opponents for a start, and this was bigger, the players discussing it in the dressing room and agreeing they would try something new: they were going to take the knee. Six years since Colin Kaepernick had first done so, two after Premier League clubs followed suit, it was the first time a top-flight Spanish club kneeled. It was also the last, at least in the men’s game.

The idea came from a Barcelona player born right next to the Camp Nou who had spent the previous six years in England. On loan at Barcelona then, Adama Traoré has just finished training at Wolves now as he settles in front of the screen. It is the evening before the Premier League captains announced they would now take the knee only at specific fixtures, which doesn’t mean walking away. Here or there. “Taking the knee matters and it was good a Spanish team did it,” Traoré says. “It’s a way of explaining the need to fight.”

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» Leah Williamson typifies how these Lionesses understand their platform | Anita Asante

Difference between England in the Euro 2009 final and now is like night and day and success could bring greater equality

No one with the remotest shred of credibility can now dredge up the tired old suggestion that people simply aren’t interested in watching women’s football. Not after Sunday. After all sorts of attendance records tumbled and 87,000 turned up at Wembley to see England crowned European champions we have finally reached the point so many players, coaches and administrators have worked so hard to achieve for so many years.

I was overjoyed on Sunday but I also found the experience of being at Wembley surreal. I played in the 2009 final in Finland when England lost 6-2 against Germany and the difference between then and now is like night and day. Back then my England teammates and I routinely got told to “get back in the kitchen” when we returned from tournaments and, in truth, the 2009 final was so low key it didn’t feel that much different to any other match.

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» Fragile, luminous, compelling: Louis van Gaal is football’s essential dad | Barney Ronay

A touching new film about the Netherlands manager is likely to increase affection for one of the game’s eccentrics

There is a very Louis moment towards the end of Louis, the brilliant new film by Dutch director Geertjan Lassche that feels less like a documentary and more like a two-hour meditation on the meaning of sport, relationships, mortality; life through the lens of one brutally honest 70-year-old Dutch prozess-trainer.

Louis van Gaal is doing drills with the national team shortly after his latest unveiling as Netherlands manager. Virgil van Dijk approaches him, observed only by Lassche’s wonderfully wry camera, and informs Van Gaal that he, Virgil van Dijk, will be the first penalty taker in any forthcoming shootout. “Ah…,” Van Gaal says, a look of wonder spreading across his face. “So you’ve become a coach now.”

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» Next Generation 2021: 60 of the best young talents in world football

From ‘the next Alphonso Davies’ to Dortmund’s Moukoko, we pick 60 of the most talented players born in 2004. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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» Next Generation 2021: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005*, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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» From Jadon Sancho to Alexander Isak: what happened to Next Generation 2016?

With the Next Generation 2021 picks out this week we look at the final updates for the class of 2016. How did they fare?

There was a time when going abroad wasn’t cool. It was a time when British footballers stayed at home, worried about how they might fare in Europe and beyond.

Gary Lineker helped to break the mould with his switch – and success – at Barcelona in the 1980s but Ian Rush’s struggles at Juventus around the same time seemed to put off many players.

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