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» Jamie Carragher defends Gary Neville after Roy Keane comments on Sky Sports
Carragher was off-screen when Neville and Keane assessed the current state of Manchester United after Wednesday's derby defeat to Manchester City
» Marcus Rashford delivers withering assessment of Man Utd teammates after Man City defeat
The United striker believes the Red Devils failed to give "the bare minimum" in their defeat at Old Trafford
» Unai Emery blames one person for Arsenal's defeat at Wolves
Arsenal saw their Premier League top four hopes dented by a defeat at Wolves - and Unai Emery knows who was to blame
» Paul Pogba doesn't want to be at Man Utd, says Gary Neville
Man Utd legend Gary Neville has claimed Paul Pogba no longer wants to be at the club
» PFA Team of the Year: The 5 biggest questions from fans after XI breaks record
The announcement of the line-up has led to several fans bombarding social media with questions, and these are most pressing
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laments Man Utd's lack of goals after Man City defeat
United have now failed to find the net in each of their last three matches against Barcelona, Everton and City
» PFA Team of the Year revealed as Liverpool and Man City monopolise
The PFA Team of the Year is dominated by Liverpool and Man City stars but Paul Pogba is a shock inclusion
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals who he will keep at Man Utd next season
Man Utd are preparing for a huge summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rebuild his squad
» Transfer News LIVE: Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal latest and Gareth Bale gossip
Premier League clubs and European giants are all preparing some big transfer moves ahead of the 2019/20 season
» Manchester Derby defeat highlights Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's biggest problems at Man Utd
There was far more effort than in Sunday's no-contest at Everton but this Man Utd are simply nowhere near Man City's level
» Man Utd's Alexis Sanchez paid £75,000 for ONE touch in 16-minute cameo
His agent reportedly negotiated an incredible appearance fee on top of his £400,000 weekly Old Trafford wage
» Liverpool transfer news: Reds slap £40m price tag on star as striker is eyed up
Marko Grujic can leave Anfield for Atletico Madrid but they have been told the price must be right
» The only offer Real Madrid have received for Gareth Bale - and it's not Man Utd
Old Trafford bosses will pull out all the stops to bring the player back to England with Paul Pogba wanted by Madrid
» Real Madrid's eye-watering salary and 'sweetener' to tempt Eden Hazard revealed
The Chelsea man is ready to leave this summer and he could earn a staggering amount to become Madrid's main man
» Liverpool fans reveal conspiracy fears after Man City ease to victory at Man Utd
Liverpool point to David De Gea performance in Man City's straightforward derby win over fierce rivals
» Roy Keane's reaction as Gary Neville attempts to defend Man Utd's Luke Shaw
Irish eyes were not smiling as the former United captain tore apart their performance on Sky Sports - and fans love it
» Arsenal fans slam Granit Xhaka for what he did for opening Wolves goal
There's no hiding place for the Gunners right now and the midfielder has been accused of ducking the challenge
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Roy Keane criticism of Man Utd players
The former Manchester United captain called Solskjaer's current squad "bluffers" ahead of the derby defeat to City
» Pep Guardiola hails "incredible" Man City after comfortable win over Man Utd
City placed one hand on the Premier League trophy after a straight-forward Manchester Derby victory at Old Trafford
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes promise to Man Utd fans after Manchester derby defeat
Manchester United fell to a 2-0 defeat to City in the derby at Old Trafford, a seventh defeat in nine games for Solskjaer's side
» Man City show hallmark of champions as Liverpool’s best hope of slip disappears
The Premier League champions won the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford to close in on the title
» Marcus Rashford reveals whether Man Utd players called each other out in dressing room
The Manchester United forward spoke to the press following the Red Devils' defeat by City
» What Unai Emery told Arsenal players at half-time of dismal Wolves defeat
Arsenal were taken to pieces by Wolves in the first half at Molineux, conceding three times in 17 minutes to trail 3-0 at the break
» Racism in football: Tottenham's Danny Rose demands new approach from the FA
EXCLUSIVE: Danny Rose says current punishments for racist abuse of black footballers like him aren't working

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» Obsession with past leaves Solskjær’s United stuck in a footballing Pompeii | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s derby performance was that of a club cranking out the same jangly playlist while locked in a time warp as the present ebbs away

Not even close. Not even close to being close. If there is an accurate measure of Manchester City’s domestic dominance over the past two seasons, and more specifically that combined 50-point lead over the creaky 1990s tribute act from across the way, it is perhaps the sight of Old Trafford at the final whistle of this room-temperature 2-0 derby victory.

As the home crowd filed out in added time you could see the bones of this ground open up, its clanky iron clavicles exposed to the air. The only noise came from the sky blue corner where City’s fans sang “this city is ours” and – a little prematurely: the bigger test of Burnley away is yet to come – a few late rounds of “Campeones”.

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» PFA Team of the Year: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba a shock inclusion

• United midfielder makes players’ XI
• City have six players in team and Liverpool four

Title chasing Manchester City and Liverpool dominated the The Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year when it was announced on Thursday but there was a surprise inclusion for Paul Pogba.

Related: Leroy Sané fires Manchester City past United to tip scales in title race

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» Pep Guardiola turns Manchester City’s focus to Burnley after derby win

• City are a point ahead of Liverpool with three games to go
• Guardiola: ‘We still have a job to do’

Pep Guardiola has called on his Manchester City players to finish the season with three more victories after watching them win 2-0 against Manchester United to move into a position of strength at the top of the Premier League table.

Related: Leroy Sané fires Manchester City past United to tip scales in title race

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» Lazio blame ‘isolated elements’ for Mussolini banner and Bakayoko abuse
• Separate incidents took place around Coppa Italia semi-final
• Club rail at media holding ‘entire support jointly responsible’

Lazio have blamed “isolated elements” after some of their supporters displayed a banner honouring Benito Mussolini and aimed racist insults at Milan’s Tiémoué Bakayoko in separate incidents before their Coppa Italia match on Wednesday.

Related: Moise Kean’s story shows the far right haunts Italy’s football stadiums | Tobias Jones

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» Diogo Jota-inspired Wolves deal fresh blow to Arsenal’s top-four hopes

The script has become a familiar one in this part of the Black Country, yet Arsenal played as though they never knew what was coming. Wolves, who have been so impressive against the Premier League’s top six this season, added another scalp to their collection with a resounding win that raises major questions about Arsenal’s ability to secure a top-four finish.

Inspired by the outstanding Diogo Jota, who would later leave the field to a standing ovation, Wolves tore Arsenal apart during a devastating 19-minute spell in the first half that yielded all three goals. Ruben Neves scored the first with a glorious free-kick, Matt Doherty headed in the second and Jota dispatched the third on the stroke of half-time.

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» Football transfer rumours: Lorenzo Insigne to Liverpool or Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is all about the bass, the bass, the bass

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has identified his former Napoli charge Lorenzo Insigne as one of several missing pieces of his Chelsea jigsaw puzzle, but has the minor inconvenience of a transfer ban preventing him from snapping it into place. Should his employers fail in their efforts to get the ban overturned, or at least postponed, Liverpool could instead make a Premier League player of the Italian winger in exchange for £60m in used fifties.

Related: Manchester City weigh up bid for Benfica’s €60m-rated midfielder Florentino Luís

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» Christian Eriksen’s loss would be costly for Tottenham, says Danny Rose

• ‘When Christian doesn’t play … we don’t look the same’
• Left-back wants the powers that be to get behind the team

Danny Rose has called on the Tottenham hierarchy to ensure Christian Eriksen remains at the club next season and for many more thereafter, describing the midfielder as fundamental to how the team functions.

Eriksen is out of contract in June 2020 and there has been no suggestion he is close to agreeing fresh terms. Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday that there would be plenty of opportunity after the end of the season to discuss a new deal and that Eriksen’s situation is “special”. The manager said: “The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something is maybe different to another player.”

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» Manchester City weigh up bid for Benfica’s €60m-rated midfielder Florentino Luís
• 19-year-old has only played four times for Benfica first team
• Paris St-Germain have already had one bid turned down

Manchester City are considering making an offer for Benfica’s defensive midfielder Florentino Luís.

The 19-year-old has just broken into the first team but already has a release clause of €60m. Benfica are hoping the teenager will sign a new contract soon to increase the clause to over €100m.

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» Football’s pathetic omertas only serve to benefit those with real power | Marina Hyde
The elastic and corrosive concept of ‘respect’ is rife in football – the one set of people this cosy approach never serves is the fans

With barely a column inch or broadcast second devoted to the fallout of Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday, you may find yourself completely in the dark as to how the reaction is unfolding. If so, allow me to assist. There is a general sense that Manchester United might care to raise its head from the pillow provided by its official global mattress and pillow partner, put down the glass of red furnished by its official wine partner, turn its back firmly on the suggestions of its official global lubricant partner, and consider whether – if there really are no commercial worlds left to conquer – it could be time to consider engaging once more with its official football partner.

Commentators have found various ways of communicating this broad message. Perhaps the most eye-catching take came from former United defender Gary Neville, who delivered a lengthy and furious diatribe on the underperforming team on Sky Sports in the wake of the game. When the Sky Sports anchor suggested to him it was high time for specifics, however, Neville rather clammed up. “I don’t need to name names,” he judged. “Everyone knows who they are. They’re in the newspapers every day, they’re on social media every single day.”

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» Women's World Cup: former England players on the threat of Scotland

Avoid the hype and Phil Neville’s side can contend in France, say Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith

With almost 250 England caps and a staggering 38 domestic trophies between them, Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey know the women’s game in England like few others. Neither, though, was able to get her hands on the World Cup trophy, which they stood tantalisingly close to for photos in front of the Brighton Pavilion this week.

Making its way around the 24 nations competing in the World Cup finals this summer in France, the trophy was on the south coast four days before Arsenal have the opportunity to clinch their first title in seven years at the Amex Stadium against Hope Powell’s Brighton. The Lionesses will play their World Cup send-off match at the same stadium against New Zealand on 1 June.

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» Title race, top four, promotion and relegation – what's still at stake?

Take a look at the state of play in the Premier League, Football League and beyond as the season enters the home straight

Manchester City (89 points) are a point clear of Liverpool (88) after victory in the Manchester derby. Pep Guardiola’s side now need three wins from their last three games – against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton – to retain the title.

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» Police raid Anderlecht and Belgium FA offices in money-laundering inquiry

• Police take transfer documents from FA headquarters
• Aleksandar Mitrovic’s Newcastle move of interest

Belgian police have raided the offices of Anderlecht and the Belgian Football Association in relation to a money-laundering investigation involving agents and transfers.

An Anderlecht spokeswoman told the broadcaster VRT the club are cooperating fully, while a spokesman for the Belgian FA said police had taken away transfer documents from its headquarters.

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» EFL vote on Coventry’s expulsion over lack of a ground postponed until May

• Coventry makes assurances it is in talks over Ricoh Arena
• Club also has agreement to groundshare elsewhere if needed

The vote by EFL clubs on whether to expel Coventry has been postponed to 29 May after the club gave assurances it is in talks over a deal to continue playing at the Ricoh Arena next season.

The vote of all 72 clubs was scheduled to take place on Thursday and had been called because Coventry did not have an arrangement for a home ground beyond May, while its owner, the London-based hedge fund Sisu, pursued legal actions relating to the Ricoh, which it has lost. The club said in a statement it has reached an outline agreement “to groundshare at an alternative venue” that it did not identify.

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» Stéphanie Frappart to make history as Ligue 1's first female referee
  • Referee will take charge of Amiens v Strasbourg
  • Frappart selected to prepare her for ‘World Cup conditions’

A French top-flight match will be refereed by a female official for the first time when Stéphanie Frappart takes charge of Amiens’ Ligue 1 home match against Strasbourg on Sunday.

Frappart, who will officiate at her second Women’s World Cup in France this summer, has been picked by the French Football Federation to prepare her for “World Cup conditions”.

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» Raheem Sterling says racism stance is about protecting future generations

• ‘We’re trying to make a change for younger players’
• Sterling: player of year award would mean nothing without title

Raheem Sterling’s defiant stance against the scourge of racism has been emboldened by his desire to protect future generations from abuse.

The Manchester City forward – who is in the running to win the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award – has been vocal in the fight against discrimination from the stands, with his treatment at Stamford Bridge this season pushing the problem into the spotlight. Since then, the game has been scarred by numerous incidents but Sterling hopes by speaking out now he and his fellow professionals can avoid further pain.

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» Christian Eriksen grabs the points for Spurs as Brighton wilt at the last

Amid all the excitement surrounding Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final against Ajax it has been possible to forget their basic target for the season remains a top four domestic finish. There was no room for a slip-up against Brighton, no scope for their focus to drop and, on a dramatic night, they got the result that they wanted. Just.

Related: Shane Long scores after 7.69 seconds in Southampton’s draw at Watford

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» Shane Long scores after 7.69sec in Southampton’s draw at Watford

This must count as one of the Premier League’s more surreal occasions, and not just because John Barnes graced this stadium’s turf again, this time with microphone in hand, to bellow a karaoke version of Rocket Man during the half-time interval. More remarkable still was Southampton scoring within eight seconds of Watford’s kick-off, or Shane Long’s continued transformation from shot-shy workhorse into prolific goalscorer. It was only when reality bit late-on that Watford made their own impression on the night.

Related: Christian Eriksen grabs the points for Spurs as Brighton wilt at the last

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» Agüero up front but no room for Eriksen: my Premier League team of the season | Paul Wilson

This will not be the PFA’s team of the season, though hopefully it can be agreed that each member has had a significant season worthy of recognition

The players themselves vote for the PFA player of the season, which is why it is generally considered the highest individual accolade a footballer can receive. The journalists and writers who give their opinion a couple of weeks later like to think the FWA award is slightly grander and certainly more historic, though as many a PFA award-winner has noted in his acceptance speech, nothing beats gaining the admiration of fellow professionals, many of whom will have been playing for opponents or rivals.

One cannot argue with that process, so all six of the shortlisted PFA nominees should be considered for any team of the season too. The actual team of the season will be announced at the weekend, though judging by the shortlist it will be heavy on players from the two clubs currently vying for the title, while light on thoroughly deserving candidates from Tottenham downwards. What follows (in a 4-2-3-1 formation) is an attempt to redress that balance ever so slightly. This will not be the team the PFA announces, though hopefully it can be agreed that each member has had a significant season worthy of recognition.

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» Jamie Cureton of Bishop’s Stortford joins Xavi and Raúl in the 1,000 club | Ben Fisher

Striker and co-manager is still topping scoring charts at 43 and also trying to unearth a new generation of forwards at Arsenal

One thousand games not out, and Jamie Cureton has no plans to hang up his boots anytime soon. The 43-year-old, whose name is synonymous with a ripple of the net, has devoted his life to the game he loves so dearly but even he does not know the secret to his longevity.

Cureton’s phone buzzes away throughout the interview, the congratulatory messages flooding in after making his 1,000th competitive appearance in a tailor-made shirt bearing the same number to reflect his incredible achievement.

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» 'It was the ultimate level of joy': when Fiorentina last won a trophy

With Fiorentina in the hunt for the Coppa Italia this season, four players from their 2001 side recall their previous triumph

By Ramez Nathan for The Gentleman Ultra

In November 1999, Fiorentina beat reigning European champions Manchester United at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the Champions League. In May 2002, the club were relegated from Serie A, declared bankrupt and had to start again in the fourth tier under a new name. Between those remarkable highs and lows, they won the Coppa Italia. Eighteen years later, it remains Fiorentina’s last major trophy – although, having thumped Roma 7-1 in the quarter-finals this season, they are just 180 minutes away from rewriting that particular line in their history.

Fiorentina began the 2000-01 season with a change of manager. Giovanni Trapattoni took the Italy job after Euro 2000 and was replaced by Fatih Terim, who became the first Turkish manager to take charge of a Serie A club. The appointment was something of a risk for Fiorentina owner, Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Terim had never worked outside of Turkey and wanted to make significant changes to the way Fiorentina played.

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» Are Liverpool or Manchester City on course for a record runner-up season? | The Knowledge

Plus: long streaks in Europe, lengthy spells on loan and what happens when a club chooses to play without a manager for an extended time? Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Liverpool could finish on 97 points this season and finish second to Manchester City,” writes our very own Rob Smyth. “Would this be a record? And if not, what is the highest points tally amassed by a second-placed team?”

Let’s start in England where, as recently as 2011-12, Manchester United finished on 89 points, level with Manchester City, only to lose out on goal difference because of Agüeroooooooooo! This is the English record in a 38-game season and barring a Devon Loch-style collapse, Liverpool or Manchester City (who could finish second on 96 points) look set to break this comfortably.

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» ‘His career was incredible’ … Billy McNeill was a winner as player and manager
Billy McNeill’s career was defined as part of the all-conquering 1967 Celtic side but he also won four titles as the club’s manager

Tributes have been pouring in to Billy McNeill, the first British player to lift the European Cup as captain of Celtic’s all-conquering 1967 side, who has died at the age of 79 after a battle with dementia in his later years.

In addition to making a record 822 appearances for Celtic as a player McNeill was twice manager of the club, either side of a brief spell in England, amassing a haul of 31 trophies over the course of his career. He will always be most closely associated with the Lisbon Lions’ success under Jock Stein, when Celtic not only beat Internazionale 2-1 in Portugal to become the first British team to win the European Cup, but the first ever winners of the now recognised treble.

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» Solskjær: 'I need to see who is willing to make sacrifices for Man Utd' – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said his side did not have enough quality in Manchester United's 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City.

The loss for United may prove to be damaging in their hopes to finish in the top four, as they remain in sixth place with three matches left to play.

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» 'The title is in our hands', says Pep Guardiola after Manchester City's win at United – video

Pep Guardiola has urged his side to remain calm after they closed in on the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory at Manchester United.

The derby win saw City leapfrog Liverpool to reclaim top spot and the team now only need to win their remaining three matches to stay champions.

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» Emery 'angry' at himself not his Arsenal players as Nuno hails Wolves 'self-belief' – video

Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League have been dealt a fresh blow following their 3-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers – their heaviest defeat against a newly-promoted side in 25 years.

Unai Emery's side needed only a point to reclaim fourth spot from Chelsea but conceded three times before half-time against a clinical Wolves side who moved up to seventh.

Wolves have now picked up 16 points in their matches against the current top six this season with wins over Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and now Arsenal. 

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» Diego Maradona documentary: a first look – video teaser

A teaser clip has been released from Diego Maradona, a new documentary constructed from more than 500 hours of previously unseen footage from the footballing legend's personal archive.

The film, produced by the Academy Award and Bafta-winning team behind Senna and Amy, focuses on the Argentinian's time at Napoli as he led the club to their first ever title.

After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Diego Maradona will be in cinemas from 14 June.

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» Ole Gunnar Solskjær apologises to Man Utd fans as Marco Silva celebrates Everton's 4-0 win – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said Manchester United's performance during their 4-0 defeat at Everton was 'difficult to describe because it is so bad'.

United have conceded 48 Premier League goals in 2018-19, their highest ever tally in a single season in the competition and their most in a top-flight league campaign since 1978-79 (63)

• Everton embarrass United as Richarlison kickstarts rout

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» Jürgen Klopp claims Cardiff's dry pitch was dangerous for his Liverpool players – video

Jürgen Klopp said the dry pitch at Cardiff City was ‘dangerous’ for his Liverpool side after they came away with a 2-0 lead to regain top spot in the Premier League. The German manager said the surface did not make it easy against Cardiff, who remain in the relegation zone, although Neil Warnock praised his players for their performance and attitude

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» Robbie Fowler to run rule over Brisbane's battlers in final A-League game
  • Legendary Liverpool striker attends training
  • Brisbane Roar players have last chance at contracts

Interim coach Darren Davies admits most members of his Brisbane Roar team will be playing for their futures in their final A-League game of the season.

Davies said the Roar would be determined to send retiring great Matt McKay out a winner when they host Thursday’s Anzac Day clash with Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.

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» Huesca and Rayo drag each other towards hell in theatre of the absurd | Sid Lowe

A frantic Russian roulette-style finale created madcap drama but the worst possible result for the relegation rivals

With time and hope slipping away, the game changed. “There was nothing else for it,” said the Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez, “so you go: ‘come on then, let’s play Russian roulette. See if we get lucky.’” A few metres to his right, standing by the bench beneath a blackening sky, Huesca manager Francisco Rodríguez had pretty much the same idea and so did the 22 desperate men before them, plus the 10,542 people watching from the stands, chests tightening. “The league was leaving us,” the Huesca manager admitted and they weren’t alone: the league was leaving them both, which is why they ran wild.

“We had to,” he said.

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» Juventus's muted title celebrations an acknowledgment of work to be done | Paolo Bandini

Winning every year is not as easy as Juventus make it look but the club’s sights are already set on improvements for next season

Juventus’s title celebrations began as they always have done recently, with Juan Cuadrado and a can of shaving foam. The Colombian went after his manager first, spraying Massimiliano Allegri’s hair white before bounding off to give Andrea Barzagli a makeshift mohican. After that it was time to baptise Cristiano Ronaldo into the Church of the Insatiable Old Lady.

As he went, the voice on the public address at the Allianz Stadium bellowed “Champions of Italy!” over and over. “You risk going hoarse when you say it eight times in a row,” it eventually concluded. “But it’s worth doing all the same.”

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» Stuttgart players have nowhere to hide after Augsburg hit them for six | Andy Brassell

Thomas Hitzlsperger has put the responsibility on players to get the club out of trouble after sacking Markus Weinzierl

As Markus Weinzierl made his way into the WWK Arena on Saturday, his mood appeared to match the sun seeping through the rafters, as he waved smiling to familiar faces in the stands of the still-filling stadium. That the man who is still Augsburg’s longest-serving head coach should be warmly received is no surprise. It was just totally out of step with what has been a difficult and often fraught seven months in the Stuttgart job.

Fast forward a few hours and broadcasters could use that same footage of Weinzierl’s arrival in an entirely different context. Clutching a small piece of luggage, it looked as if the 44-year-old was making his way out – and he was, with Stuttgart’s 6-0 drubbing that afternoon precipitating an inevitable (and some would say overdue) exit from the head coaching post. Five hours after the Swabians’ biggest Bundesliga defeat since another 6-0 reverse at Werder Bremen in November 1985, Weinzierl was gone.

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» PSG are champions again. Now they need to give youth a chance

Kylian Mbappé has been PSG’s star this season but the club should start promoting more homegrown youngsters

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

The inevitable came to pass on Sunday as PSG retained the Ligue 1 title. They beat Monaco – the last club other than PSG to be champions – on Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé, but their crown was secured a few hours earlier thanks to the Toulouse defence, who put on a wonderfully rugged display to hold second-placed Lille to a scoreless draw. PSG have the chance to complete a domestic double when they face Rennes in the Coupe de France final on Saturday. With Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Ángel Di Maria all approaching full fitness, the Breton side are unlikely to spring a surprise.

Neymar and Cavani returned from injury against Monaco, but Mbappé was the star on the night – as he has been this season. His three goals moved him on to 30 in the league in just 27 matches; no Frenchman has scored as many in a single campaign since Jean-Pierre Papin hit 30 for Marseille 29 years ago. Of course, Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have exceeded that total, but Mbappé has been saddled with more pressure and has been without his regular attacking teammates for much of the season. Neymar has made just 14 appearances in the league and Cavani, who was first hurt at the World Cup, has not been at his physical best for the majority of the season.

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» Juventus win two Serie A titles in one day as men and women triumph
• Men beat Fiorentina 2-1 to win eighth consecutive title
• Eni Aluko scores as women secure league with win over Verona

Juventus overcame their European blues when they fought back to beat Fiorentina 2-1 at home on Saturday and claim the Serie A title for the eighth season in a row. Knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Juventus fell behind to a Nikola Milenkovic goal in the sixth minute and saw Federico Chiesa hit the frame of their goal twice before half-time.

But an Alex Sandro header and a Germán Pezzella own goal either side of the break wrapped up a record-extending 35th Scudetto and allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to add to the league titles he won in England and Spain with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Juve’s 28th win in 33 league games this season left them with 87 points, 20 more than second-placed Napoli who have six games to play.

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» 'Ajax, the sensation of Europe': Dutch and Italian press react to Turin triumph

Dutch press exalted the long-awaited return of Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals but in Italy Juve were savaged

Ajax’s 2-1 second-leg Champions League quarter-final win at Juventus generated an understandably rapturous reaction back home in the Netherlands.

“Incredible, incredible,” said De Telegraaf. “The achievement did not come easily but it was deserved one hundred percent.”

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» ‘We are superhero girls here’: how football is helping refugees in Lebanon | Suzanne Wrack

Barcelona are running a programme in the Bekaa Valley, aiming to harness football’s ability to break down the barriers society constructs between people and cultures

“The young boys did not accept the idea of playing with girls. I used to show them that I could play to challenge the stereotypical image of a football player in their minds. I resolved the situation by building up and training one team of female players only and had one team of male players coached by a man. Then they played each other and who won in the end? The female team. That’s how we solved the problem. We showed them girls could play. This helped them to start to accept girls” – Karime Akrouche, FutbolNet coach.

Tensions are running high in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. As one embarks on the two-hour inland drive through the mountains, away from the opulence of Beirut, the once-white tents pockmarked with scraps of canvas and topped with tyres start to appear.

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» How many Manchester United players would the fans be sad to lose? | Jonathan Wilson

Manchester United were woeful at Everton and would Ed Woodward appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjær as the club’s permanent manager now?

So that is the team Liverpool are banking on to win the title? There could have been little pleasure for Liverpool fans in watching Manchester United being gubbed by Everton on Sunday, just a desperate hope there will be a reaction, that the shame of such a limp performance will inspire them against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Perhaps it will, but you would not bank on it: almost the moment Ole Gunnar Solskjær got the job permanently, his players began acting like he was a supply teacher.

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» Toxic tactics behind Coventry’s slide from FA Cup glory to brink of oblivion

The litigious, intransigent hedge fund that owns the club is bringing a proud institution to its knees

There are a couple of signposts to help navigate the barmy situation at Coventry City, to understand how a club can be about to make itself homeless again, and face a vote this Thursday to be actually expelled from the EFL, exactly 100 years since it first joined the Football League in 1919.

Most important is to be clear that the owner, the Mayfair-based hedge fund Sisu, has no need to move the club from the Ricoh Arena, the home Coventry city council built for it in 2005, to groundshare with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, Coventry Rugby Club at their Butts Park ground (capacity 4,000), or any other unsuitable couch-surf.

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» 'The guys I’ve tried failed miserably': could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American football

When the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was interested in pursuing a job as a kicker in American football after he retired from soccer, Westhoff replied, “I’d have no problem looking at him if it were me.”

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Kane is only 25 and made it clear in an interview with ESPN that he plans to play soccer for another 10 to 12 years, and Westhoff, the New Orleans Saints special-teams coach, already has a lethal 24-year-old kicker, Wil Lutz, who was also a high school soccer star.

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» The Fiver | Turning to page 37 of his How To Manage Like Lord Ferg manual

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It’s the Manchester derby folks. Under the lights. In front of 76,000 at a raucous Old Trafford. What an occasion! So, naturally, United fans just can’t wait to see their team throw a spanner in the works of Pep’s smooth-grooved Sky Blue title-winning machine, right? Wrong. You see, some United supporters would rather see their noisy neighbours get giddy on Tin and dance all over their doorsteps having won back-to-back titles than see Liverpool end their 29-year wait for a 19th league title. Not since Lloyd Mullaney started flirting with married women on Coronation Street has the prospect of Scouse success caused such uproar in Manchester.

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» Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo demands Juve spending spree?

Today’s tattle is going tit for tat

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued Juventus with a six-man list of transfer targets, according to the Mirror, seemingly unaware the main reason Juventus won’t be able to buy those players is because they pay him too much money. At £26m a season Ronaldo earns around five times more than the next best-paid player at the club, but that hasn’t stopped him slapping a piece of paper on Massimiliano Allegri’s desk, scrawled with the names of Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane and Isco, Benfica’s João Félix, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombélé and Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

Related: Euro roundup: De Ligt scores in Ajax win as Barcelona edge closer to title

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» The Fiver | A can-kicking, makeshift, off-the-cuff approach to long-term success

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The Scottish FA is great. Really great. It’s simply the best, perhaps the main reason Shortbread McFiver has turned out to be the well-adjusted figure we know and love today. In 1950, the SFA declined to send the national side to the World Cup in Brazil despite having qualified, because they’d failed to beat England in the Home Internationals. In 1954 it agreed to send players to Switzerland, though only 13 of them to save cash, and none from O’Rangers because they were on a trip to the USA! USA!! USA!!! dancing for coin. Uruguay beat Scotland 7-0. In 1958, Matt Busby was recovering from Munich so they got the trainer from Clyde to fill in for the greatest manager of his era. The Scots lost two of their three games and were knocked out in short order, though at least nobody back home saw how it happened because the SFA was worried about attendances at junior level so banned all televised coverage. Good old SFA! And to think its pièce de résistance was still 20 years away.

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

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

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» Absurdity at the Etihad, vibrant Ajax and cones of shame – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Eliot Rothwell discuss the chaos of Manchester City’s 4-3 win over Tottenham, the vivacity of Ajax’s 2-1 win at Juventus and a telegraphed Troy Deeney red card

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We look back at the last few days of football, starting with the extraordinary game between Manchester City and Tottenham, which ended 4-3 to Manchester City, but saw Spurs getting through to the semi-finals of the Champions League. They’ll face a young and vibrant Ajax side, who travelled to Turin and beat Juventus 2-1 in their own back yard.

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» Which footballers have won player of the year awards at relegated clubs? | The Knowledge

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“Has a player ever won his league’s player of the season award when playing for a relegated club?” tweeted Lucy Keating.

Jim McEleny was on hand to answer this with a fine example from Scotland. “It was 1985 when, if I remember correctly, Jim Duffy, then playing sweeper for Greenock Morton, won the SPFA players’ player of the year award while being at the heart of a badly relegated defence. As a lifelong Morton fan I still hate to think how bad that season would have been without his regular and reliable man-of-the-match performances with last-ditch tackles behind the back four week after week. Amazingly, when Duffy won this in 1984-85, Morton came bottom of the Scottish Premier Division with 12 points from 36 games and a goal difference of -71.”

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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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» David Squires on … the Premier League's game of thrones

Our cartoonist looks at the title race, unexpected objects behind dugouts and a dagger through the heart of ancient zombies

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» From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football
A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be ‘an explosion’ unless the problem is tackled

‘He was too shocked to talk,” Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys’ teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. “The other boys told us that he was subjected to vile abuse by the opposition players,” Siminas says. “He was called a Paki on their way off the pitch.” The racial abuse was too much for Siminas to bear. He went over to talk to the other team’s coach and defend his player. Yet the response shocked him. The other coach refused to accept there had been any abuse. All he could do was walk away and go home. “Because there were kids involved we didn’t want it to escalate,” Siminas says. “We left.”

Related: Have you witnessed racism in English football?

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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 Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19

It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards

Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.

As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.

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» Lionel Messi’s one-man show draws curtain on Manchester United dreams | Sid Lowe

Barcelona’s talisman broke a personal hex and exorcised last year’s demons with yet another mesmerising big-game display

Ernesto Valverde said Lionel Messi had left Old Trafford “dazed”. Six days later, it was Manchester United’s turn. Chris Smalling’s challenge had left him with a bloody nose but on a night where he sometimes seemed to be playing a different sport, he was the one who delivered the knockout blow. He did so early in the second leg, two goals inside 20 minutes enough to end this as a contest – taking Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years – and turn it instead into a performance, a show, an exhibition of superiority. Ultimately there was little United could do but at least they are not alone.

Messi’s victims are many, and one of them is him. He is a victim of his own ability, of over a decade spent making the extraordinary routine, normalising genius. There are 880 words in this article, but maybe two are enough: Lionel and Messi. For years there’s been a severe shortage of superlatives, all those adjectives inadequate, and this was another of those nights. Sometimes the simplest judgment is the best: Messi is just better.

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» Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Premier League player ratings | Jamie Jackson
David de Gea delivered his worst performance for United, while Bernardo Silva shone for City as their back four stuttered

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» Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened
  • City return to the top of the league
  • Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sané strike

Related: Obsession with past leaves Solskjaer’s United stuck in a footballing Pompeii

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