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» Arsenal 'close on Dani Ceballos signing' as Real Madrid ace set for transfer
Ceballos had also been linked with Tottenham but the Gunners have seemingly stolen a march
» Justin Edinburgh memorial: Football world pays its respects to late boss
Players, managers and fans turned out at Chelmsford Cathedral in Essex on Tuesday
» Mauricio Pochettino gives Christian Eriksen transfer update amid Man Utd and Real Madrid links
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen admitted publicly over a month ago that he wanted a “new challenge”
» Hector Bellerin chants with Arsenal fans in LA pub as Gunners defeat Colorado Rapids
Bellerin is making the most of his time on the sidelines after being ruled out with an ACL injury
» Bruno Fernandes' Man Utd contract offer revealed as Red Devils eye £50m swoop
Bruno Fernandes has been on the Man Utd's radar for much of the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen on bolstering his midfield ranks
» Gareth Bale's agent issues update on Welshman's future amid 'Tottenham bid'
Reports emerged Spurs are interested in trying to seal a return for Bale - but they have been rubbished
» Arsenal drop transfer hint over Mesut Ozil's future with kit launch
The Gunners have switched from Puma to Adidas and have made sure that their debut design with their new kit maker is one to remember
» Pablo Zabaleta reveals this season will be his last in the Premier League
The former Manchester City defender will quit England after the next campaign with West Ham
» Wilfried Zaha addresses Arsenal transfer speculation with cryptic message
Zaha is desperate to force a move to the Emirates - but may have accepted he will need to stay at Palace
» Liverpool squad and manager Jurgen Klopp fly to US for start of summer tour
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp takes his players Stateside to continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the new season
» Neymar will be allowed to leave PSG in summer transfer on one condition
Barcelona have yet to table a formal bid to Paris Saint-Germain but will pursue the chance to bring Neymar back for the right price
» Atletico Madrid eyeing £25million Kieran Trippier transfer swoop
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is willing to let Trippier move on
» Man Utd 'told to pay £90m' to land midfield transfer target this summer
Manchester United have opened talks with Italian giants Lazio and made an offer of around £72m for one of their players
» How Paul Pogba impacted Matthijs de Ligt's Juventus transfer
Matthijs De Ligt is expected to undergo his medical with Juventus this week, arriving for a fee of £60m from Ajax
» Tottenham 'interested in Gareth Bale transfer' and name their price to Real Madrid
Gareth Bale has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Spurs in 2013 for a then world record fee of £89.2million
» Winners and losers from Arsenal's pre-season friendly win over Colorado Rapids
Arsenal's young side largely impressed as they claimed a 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids in their first game of their US tour
» Unai Emery provides Arsenal transfer update as they chase Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney
Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits the club are working in the transfer market to secure new additions to strengthen
» Unai Emery breaks silence on Laurent Koscielny strike after Arsenal win
Arsenal were without skipper Laurent Koscielny as they won their US tour opener 3-0 against Colorado Rapids
» Arsenal fans react to Gabriel Martinelli debut as new signing scores in US opener
Arsenal's only summer signing so far enjoyed a memorable debut and marked it with a goal against the Colorado Rapids
» Colorado Rapids 0-3 Arsenal: Five things we learned as young Gunners win pre-season opener
Arsenal's youthful side emerged with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids to begin their US tour
» Victor Lindelof provides update on Man Utd future after Barcelona transfer links
Man Utd defender Victor Lindelof has spoken out after being linked with a transfer to Barcelona this summer
» Arsenal fans worry new kit has been 'ruined' as they spot pre-season change
Arsenal fans spotted one "horrendous" detail on their new home kit against Colorado Rapids in their first game in the US
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops David De Gea hint as Man Utd contract talks continue
David De Gea is believed to be close to agreeing a deal to become the world's highest-paid goalkeeper at Man Utd
» Neymar 'asks to leave' Paris Saint-Germain amid Barcelona return transfer rumours
Neymar returned to Paris on Monday and reportedly informed Paris Saint-Germain of his transfer wishes

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

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» Emery says Arsenal and Koscielny 'need to speak' as Martinelli scores on debut
  • We’re playing with the spirit to create a new way, says manager
  • Martinelli, Saka and Olayinka score in win over Colorado Rapids

The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States but added the Premier League club must “keep moving ahead” regardless.

The 33-year-old French centre back, who has a year remaining on his contract, has been linked with a switch to the Ligue 1 clubs Bordeaux and Lyon.

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» West Ham reach agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt over signing of Sébastien Haller

• 25-year-old set for medical ahead of move to London
• Frenchman has scored 33 goals in 77 Bundesliga games

West Ham have reached agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt over the signing of Sébastien Haller, with the striker now set for a medical as he nears he move to the Premier League.

Related: Fabian Delph moves to Everton from Manchester City for £8.5m

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» Manchester United confident David de Gea is ready to sign bumper deal
• Club will have to make De Gea the best paid goalkeeper ever
• Paul Pogba now likely to stay on at Old Trafford

Manchester United confidently expect to persuade David de Gea to sign a new contract but have been unsuccessful so far because of the goalkeeper’s determination to drive a hard deal and establish himself among the highest earners in world football.

With De Gea now in the final year of his contract, United have been trying for the last 18 months to persuade the Spain international to agree new terms and abandon thoughts of moving to another club. United’s stance has never altered but the matter has been complicated by De Gea’s advisers insisting their client receives a financial package that recognises he has been the club’s player-of-the-year in four out of the last six seasons.

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» Aliou Cissé’s battling Senegal side stand one win away from greatness
After a penalty miss in the 2002 final Cissé has the chance as coach to lead his country to a first Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Friday’s final against Algeria

When calm had been restored on the pitch, in the stands and even in the press box, Aliou Cissé struck straight to the heart of everything that matters to Senegal now. “This generation is better than my 2002 one,” he said. “My players told me they will be better than us and they did it.”

In truth that can still be debated although, if Senegal defeat Algeria in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, the modern vintage’s case will be overwhelming. Had Cissé himself not missed a decisive penalty 17 years ago, when their most feted crop took Cameroon to a shoot-out in Bamako, then this week would be spent seeking to emulate rather than innovate. But Sadio Mané, Idrissa Gueye and Ismaila Sarr can succeed where El Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara and Khalilou Fadiga did not quite make it; Cissé, pulling the strings from the dugout this time, is quite content for the guard to change.

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» Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale back to Spurs for £54m?

Today’s fluff is ready for anything

It’s Gareth Bale’s birthday and among the popping corks and sounds of party horns being blown there is also talk of happy returns, chiefly a move back to Tottenham Hotspur, the club that helped transform Bale from a skinny, injury-prone sickly left-back into a goal-guzzling, thunderous inside-forward. With Zinedine Zidane having placed Bale on a dusty shelf in a Real Madrid closet, Spurs have offered to refresh the Bernabéu coffers with £54m and then let off a few party poppers if they bring the 30-year-old back to N17. There is a snag, though. It says here Bale earns around £600,000 a week through wages and endorsements at Real and Spurs could, at best, match half of that. So while Bale would appreciate a nice cake and a birthday knees-up in north London, he’d expect much greater gifts landing in his bank account each week to play football there. He’s pooped his own party.

Related: West Ham optimistic Sébastien Haller will join from Eintracht Frankfurt

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» Fabian Delph moves to Everton from Manchester City for £8.5m

• England international becomes club’s third summer signing
• ‘I’ve come here with ambitions to win things’

Everton have completed the signing of Fabian Delph from Manchester City with Marco Silva convinced the 29-year-old can play an influential role on and off the pitch at Goodison Park.

The England international had one year remaining on his City contract but wanted more regular first-team football having made 20 appearances in their treble-winning season. Everton will pay an initial £8.5m for the midfielder, rising to £10m with add-ons. The former Leeds and Aston Villa player has signed a three-year deal at Goodison.

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» Steve Bruce nears Newcastle move after quitting Sheffield Wednesday
• 58-year-old believed to be close to replacing Benítez
• Joselu joins Alavés in deal worth around £2.5m

Steve Bruce has resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager, clearing one of the hurdles before being able to take charge of Newcastle United.

The 58-year-old is believed to be close to replacing Rafael Benítez at the Tyneside club and has now left Wednesday, but the two clubs have yet to agree a compensation package.

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

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

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» PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi in spotlight over Pastore transfer
  • Leaked documents link Qatari official to request to pay agent
  • Questions about midfielder’s €40m move from Palermo in 2011

Nasser al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, appears to have sought payments for an agent which could have violated transfer regulations, and to have given inaccurate information to a French judge, according to leaked documents.

Khelaifi appears to have signed a letter to the chief of staff to the future emir of Qatar asking for a €2m payment to be made to Javier Pastore’s agent – when the Argentinian midfielder was transferred from the Italian club Palermo to PSG in a deal worth €40m plus bonuses in 2011. Another $200,000 in “expenses” was also requested for a private Qatari company, Oryx QSI, run by his brother.

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» Megan Rapinoe 'not sure she's qualified for office' but vows to fight for equal pay

The World Cup-winning football star Megan Rapinoe does not think she is qualified for public office, as some have suggested since she clashed publicly with Donald Trump. But she has promised to “fight for equal pay” for the rest of her life.

Related: Why Megan Rapinoe is America’s badass sweetheart

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» ‘I’m proud to be here’ – Aaron Ramsey keen to impress Sarri at Juventus
• Former Arsenal midfielder unveiled in Turin on Monday
• ‘There were other clubs but this is the right club for me’

Aaron Ramsey says he is looking forward to working with the Juventus head coach, Maurizio Sarri, having been impressed with the Italian at close-quarters last season.

Ramsey, 28, moved to Turin on 1 July after his contract at Arsenal expired – the Wales international signing a four-year deal. He will play under Sarri after the Italian manager left Chelsea to take the reins at the Allianz Stadium following a single season in charge of the Premier League club.

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» Sheffield United have £15m bid for Oli McBurnie turned down by Swansea
• Swansea want to keep hold of McBurnie after selling James
• Bid of £3m for Forest midfielder Ben Osborn also rebuffed

Sheffield United have had an opening bid of £15m for the Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie rejected, with the Championship club determined to keep hold of their talisman. The Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has identified McBurnie as his primary transfer target this summer as he prepares to bolster his squad following promotion to the Premier League.

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

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» Swedish man dismayed after being told he cannot change name to Tottenham
• 39-year-old David Lind may appeal against decision
• ‘There are a lot of strange names. Someone’s called Potato’

A 39-year-old Swedish man has expressed his disappointment after he was denied the right to change his name to Tottenham in wake of the club’s run to the Champions League final.

Related: Megan Rapinoe 'not sure she's qualified for office' but vows to fight for equal pay

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» Mason Mount commits future to Chelsea by signing five-year deal
• 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby
• Midfielder joined Chelsea academy at the age of six

Mason Mount has become the latest Chelsea youngster to commit his long-term future to the club after signing a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Related: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard era begins with Bohemians bump in Dublin | Dominic Fifield

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» Manchester City's pre-season tour finally has lift-off … two days late
  • ‘Administrative error’ led to flight leaving 48 hours late
  • Thomas Cook blames third parties for delaying tour

Manchester City finally boarded the flight to China for their summer tour on Monday morning following a two-day wait due to an “administrative error” that Thomas Cook Sport blamed on third parties.

Related: Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League. But should they be? | Paul Wilson

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» Arsenal fans tell Stan Kroenke club ‘feels like an investment vehicle’
• Fourteen supporter groups unite to express dismay at owner
• Fans want problem of ‘soulless’ Emirates Stadium to be tackled

Supporter groups have united to express their dismay at the way Stan Kroenke is running Arsenal and urged the American owner to make “new and dynamic appointments” to reinvigorate a club that “feels like an investment vehicle”. In a combined statement on behalf of 14 separate supporter groups the signatories said Arsenal fans have “never felt more marginalised”, questioned whether the board is fit for purpose and called on Kroenke to explain how he intends to get the club in a position where it is capable of winning major trophies again.

The statement, which reflects the growing sense of exasperation among Arsenal supporters about the way the club is going about its business on and off the field, read: “As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade. When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.

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» Megan Rapinoe takes the game to her rightwing critics

Conservatives wanting to carry the culture wars to the sports field have a new and discomfiting adversary

Megan Rapinoe stood on a parade float on a sun-splashed morning in lower Manhattan, the World Cup trophy in one hand and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame in the other. “I deserve this!” howled the purple-haired co-captain of the US women’s national team.

Rapinoe, 33, had overcome a somewhat ragged performance in the group stage to score the deciding goals in three of her side’s final four matches in France, earning the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the best overall player, helping the US become only the third country to successfully defend a World Cup, men’s or women’s, since the second world war.

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» Women’s World Cup captured public’s imagination despite Fifa’s worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set it up to fail but players used their platform to highlight how the governing body lets them down

Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year – at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally – that the Fifa president announced: “It’s very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics.” Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that one’s working out for him.

So much of the previous month’s tournament had felt exuberantly political, from the delicious insolence of Megan Rapinoe in pre-emptively declining any invitation to Trump’s White House, to the boos and chants of “equal pay” that greeted Infantino’s own arrival on the pitch after the final, right down to the US players running over to the stands to kiss their wives and girlfriends in the hour of maximum-ratings triumph. I know this is a moment at which we have to talk about the potential to “grow the game”. So let me say that the last of those spectacles in particular served as a reminder of how far the men’s game has to grow in this department. Let’s hope it manages to ease itself into the late 20th century at some point over the next decade, so that maybe – by the year 2086 or something – we might one day even see a gay male player feel remotely able to do the same.

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» 'They're icons': US women's champion team take victory parade in New York
  • Women’s World Cup winners go down ‘Canyon of Heroes’
  • USA beat Netherlands 2-0 to capture second straight title

The United States women’s national team were celebrated with a ticker-tape parade in New York City two days after winning their fourth World Cup as the squad’s campaign for pay equity continued to gain momentum.

Thousands of diehard fans clad in red, white and blue lined the stretch of Broadway known as the Canyon of Heroes as a caravan of floats carried the 23-member squad from the Battery to City Hall, where they received symbolic keys to the city from New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.

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

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

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

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

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» Women’s World Cup 2019: Guardian writers pick their highs and lows

From kindly taxi drivers to the great goals, games and Megan Rapinoe, our writers tell all about their month in France

Match of the tournament England 1-2 USA. Yes, England lost and, on balance, they deserved to be defeated but it was tense and tight and a wonderful advert for the women’s game. An evening when many of those who have long patronised the sport were surely won over, with even the most stubborn refuseniks having to admit that it is rather good after all.

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

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

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

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

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» How Solskjær is shaking up Manchester United’s staff in push for success

The summer has been dominated by the Pogba saga but quietly the manager has reordered the first-team and under-23 set-ups

As Ole Gunnar Solskjær grapples with the formidable challenge of overhauling his Manchester United squad, the manager is being granted unequivocal backing regarding his backroom staff.

Paul Pogba is this summer’s transfer market soap opera, Solskjær having to manage the midfielder’s wish to depart while balancing the desire to gain an optimum price for the Frenchman and his own need to maintain dressing-room cohesion.

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

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

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

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

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» Christian Eriksen running short of options for future away from Spurs

Only a handful of sides have the resources and stature to attract the midfielder and he could end up staying at Tottenham

“In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona. Call it the Marc Overmars route,” Frenkie de Jong said this past week. “But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”

It is six years since another elegant Ajax midfield graduate decided to leave in search of his fortune, opting for north London after helping to secure a third successive Eredivisie title under Frank de Boer. Christian Eriksen, born in Middelfart – a small town at the gateway to Funen, Denmark’s third-largest island – had arrived in the Dutch capital as a teenager in 2008, spurning interest from, among others, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to continue Ajax’s tradition of developing top Danish talent. He was spotted playing for Odense’s youth team by John Steen Olsen, the celebrated Scandinavian scout whose long list of discoveries includes Søren Lerby, Jan Molby and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His latest protégé fulfilled the early promise by becoming the youngest player to appear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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

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

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» Éder Militão falls ill during Real Madrid unveiling – video

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

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

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

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» 'Everybody is ready for it': World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe on equal pay – video

USA star Megan Rapinoe believes fans chanting 'equal pay' during their successful World Cup title defence is a sign that 'everybody is ready' for a change in the way men and women's football is governed.

In March, Rapinoe and her teammates sued their governing body, the USWNT, alleging years of 'institutionalised gender discrimination'. The sides have agreed to mediate the lawsuit. 

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» Atlético Madrid's João Félix unfazed by Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons – video

Atlético Madrid's new record signing João Félix has vowed not to be weighed down by the impact compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo made in the city as he attempts to follow in his footsteps. The 19-year-old Portugal forward was unveiled at a press conference on Monday after completing his €126m move from Benfica last week.

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» 'We are the kings’: Brazil fans celebrate winning Copa América without Neymar – video

Fans have been celebrating Brazil's ninth Copa América title after the host nation beat Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracanã Stadium.

Following the victory, Seleção supporters insisted it was important to prove they could win a trophy without Neymar, who was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury.

This is the first time Brazil have made it past the quarter-finals of the contest since beating Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 final.

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» Barcelona sign Antoine Griezmann and make buyout clause €800m
  • Atlético say they will take Barça to court to get €200m for player
  • Spanish champions met forward’s reduced €120m buyout clause

Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona from Atlético Madrid after
the Catalan club announced they had paid his €120m (£107.6m) buyout fee.

Related: Barcelona sign England Under-16 striker Louie Barry from West Brom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» Atlético Madrid open disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» Madagascar provide Afcon with its most unlikely success story

The team from the world’s fourth largest island has reached the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations

Shortly before the African Cup of Nations began the magazine France Football gathered together a handful of coaches taking a team to this tournament for the first time. One of them was Madagascar’s Nicolas Dupuis and at the end of this tête-à-tête he had a message for his fellow coaches: “Do not underestimate Madagascar, friends,” he said.

It was a nice touch. But in reality people had not bothered to estimate Malagasy football ever since the national team was formed in 1947. The world’s fourth-largest island, famously rich in wildlife and poor in financial health, has never been a hotbed for sporting achievement. Qualifying for this Afcon has in itself been historic. They never even entered the first seven editions when they got up and running. Then it was a tale of failed qualifications, withdrawing from even trying, and not entering in the first place, such was the shaky infrastructure of football in Madagascar, despite it being one of the most popular sports.

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» The US men's team are now a punchline. Which is a little unfair

There were always going to be comparisons after the US women’s team won the World Cup. But Gregg Berhalter’s team are showing signs of promise

Sunday started and ended with an American team meeting expectations. It’s just that one of those sides is the best in the world while the other isn’t even the best on its continent.

Predictably enough, the US women’s team were poised and in command as they retained the World Cup; the men were profligate in the first half and ragged in the second as they failed to keep hold of the Concacaf Gold Cup later in the day.

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» Brazil end Copa América drought with victory over Peru in final

• Gabriel Jesus scores and is sent off in 3-1 victory
• Éverton and Richarlison also claim goals for Brazil

Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus made one goal, scored another and was sent off in the second half as the hosts beat Peru to win the Copa América for the ninth time at the Maracanã stadium.

The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to some great skill from Jesus on the wing. The Manchester City forward bamboozled two defenders and crossed for the unmarked Éverton to fire home from close range.

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» Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League. But should they be? | Paul Wilson

City are serial winners with a great manager and squad but their short price is unusual when they have never reached the final

The second week of Wimbledon is probably far too early to be thinking about football and what may happen at the business end of next season, unless you happen to be an ante-post gambler looking for some value in the long-term market before the competitions get under way.

In which case you may be disappointed and surprised to find Manchester City priced as low as 4-1 to win the Champions League next season. Most bookmakers and betting exchanges have the English champions as clear favourites, with Barcelona offered at around 6-1 and Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus a little further out.

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» Are Aston Villa repeating mistakes Fulham made last summer? Not at all

Villa have already signed seven players this summer but every one of them is an essential addition to their depleted squad

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Norwich City and Sheffield United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window following their return to the Premier League, but the same cannot be said for play-off champions Aston Villa. This week the club have agreed a permanent deal for Tyrone Mings and brought in young centre-back Ezri Konsa, meaning they have now signed seven players so far this summer – and they aren’t finished yet.

Some outsiders have suggested Villa have been too gung-ho in the market: that they are repeating the mistakes Fulham made last summer. However, Villa’s signings have not been made out of desperation or greed, but necessity. As many as 14 first-team players left the club at the end of the season, leaving Dean Smith with a squad that contained just 17 players over the age of 21. And that includes Gary Gardner, Aaron Tshibola and Scott Hogan, who returned from loan spells with little chance of resurrecting their careers at Villa.

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» How Neymar’s PSG dream soured to leave a split looking certain | Darren Tulett
Move was meant to lead PSG to Champions League glory and Neymar to the Ballon d’Or. Now a messy divorce beckons

This wasn’t how the scenario was supposed to play out. Neither for Paris Saint-Germain, nor for Neymar. When the French club brought the Brazilian superstar to Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee two years ago, each of the actors had their own storyline in mind.

For PSG, grabbing Neymar from Barcelona showed intent. Here was a powerful statement. Not only were PSG not a selling club – they had previously resisted overtures from Barcelona for the Italian midfielder Marco Verratti – now here they were signing one of the most exciting talents on the planet and, moreover, tempting him away from one of European football’s powerhouses. Neymar would be the final piece in an expensively assembled jigsaw (the 18 year-old Kylian Mbappé would join PSG shortly after), built to win the Champions League – the holy grail for Qatari owners only partially sated by the team’s domestic dominance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which team suffered the heaviest defeat of the season?

Cardiff City




Which team lost 10 London derbies?

West Ham


Crystal Palace


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


South America



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

Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace

Huddersfield Town


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

Glenn Murray

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Jamie Vardy

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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





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

Manchester United

Leicester City

West Ham


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

West Ham


Newcastle United


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

Mark Hughes

Claudio Ranieri

David Wagner

José Mourinho

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

Liverpool and Manchester City were level on points and goal difference

Liverpool were two points clear

Liverpool were four points clear

Liverpool were seven points clear

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

Unai Emery

Maurizio Sarri

Brendan Rodgers

Ralph Hasenhüttl

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




West Ham

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





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

Sean Dyche on the Europa League

Mauricio Pochettino on the League Cup

Jürgen Klopp on the FA Cup

Neil Warnock on the European Union

What did Harvey Elliott do this season?

He became the youngest referee in Premier League history

He made two appearances and picked up two red cards

He became the youngest player in Premier League history

He scored five goals without starting a game

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





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

Harry Kane

Callum Wilson

Jamie Vardy

Raheem Sterling

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

Raheem Sterling

Riyad Mahrez


Virgil van Dijk

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


Tottenham Hotspur



1 and above.

You are the Fulham of football quizzes

2 and above.

You've been relegated

5 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

3 and above.

You've been relegated

4 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

6 and above.

You've avoided relegation – but only just

7 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

8 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

9 and above.

A solid, midtable finish

10 and above.

You've earned a place in the Europa League

11 and above.

You've earned a place in the Europa League

12 and above.

You've earned a place in the Champions League

13 and above.

You've earned a place in the Champions League

14 and above.

That's a top-four finish

15 and above.

That's a top-four finish

16 and above.

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

17 and above.

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

18 and above.

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

0 and above.

You are the Huddersfield of football quizzes

19 and above.

You are the Manchester City of football quizzes!

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

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

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

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» The Fiver | Brucey is gannin yem, man!

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As a player, Steve Bruce would put his face where the less courageous would not dare waft their boot. He wore the scars with pride. Similar has gone for his managerial career. With his 10th job as a boss set to be working with Magic Mike Ashley at Newcastle, football’s Bernard Cribbins doppelganger will be taking on a role that many have winced at. “Never go back,” Sam Allardyce said last week, even though his last Tyneside tenure and resultant redundo payment paid for that Casa St James bolthole on the Costa Blanca.

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» Football transfer rumours: Maguire to Manchester United for £80m?

Today’s fluff is still in awe

Back to reality, then. After an extraordinary sporting weekend, at least talk of a record-breaking £80m move to Manchester United for Harry Maguire is not just rumbling on but hotting up, with suggestions in some quarters that a deal is in place for a player affectionately known as “Slabhead”. The Leicester City centre-back supposedly has his heart set on a summer switch but his club want a dizzying world-record fee for the defender, and will force United to eclipse the £75m Liverpool shelled out on Virgil van Dijk to get their man.

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

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» The Fiver | Peter Crouch: an everyman appeal to go with his exceptional ability

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Of all the English language’s most welcome word pairings – including “cut price”, “extra strength” and “insufficient evidence” – the one most likely to raise a smile among football folks might just be “Peter Crouch”. So tears welled in more than a few bleary eyes when dear ol’ Crouchie announced that, at the age of 76, he has decided to call time on a playing career that spanned more than two decades, 11 clubs, 42 England caps and 7,435 urgent phone calls from ‘Arry Redknapp.

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» David Squires on … the Women's World Cup final

Our cartoonist on the USA’s victory over the Netherlands and the tournament as a whole

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» Red-card celebrations, Cricket World Cup finals and British GP belters | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features errant Wimbledon sprinklers, Netball World Cups and table tennis action

1) It’s the British Grand Prix this weekend, which gives us an excuse to raid the archives for some classic races from Silverstone and elsewhere down the years. Let’s start with the race’s first staging at Aintree, when Stirling Moss won it for the first time, and then relive the incident-packed 1976 race at Brands Hatch, when James Hunt’s victory over Niki Lauda was overturned on appeal and the race awarded to the Austrian. The 1987 edition saw Nigel Mansell sensationally overhaul Nelson Piquet at the last to win, and 1995’s featured an infamous crash between championship rivals Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher as Johnny Herbert took a surprise win. While in 2008, Lewis Hamilton underlined his promise with a magnificent victory in the wet and five years later a thrilling race was won by Nico Rosberg.

2) Fancy a pointless mud-diving goal celebration? We got ’em. Still, at least no one was sent off for their exuberance. Here’s 10 who were, including Edinson Cavani for a sniper impersonation, Carlos Tevez for a topless chicken dance, a couple of foolhardy strips and, our favourite, Medi Dresevic running into the stands and applauding himself for scoring.

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» Which footballers have also played tennis to a professional level? | The Knowledge

Plus: fruity surnames and lining up with your club for your country. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Any professional tennis players that played as professional footballers as well?” tweets Jack Chesterman.

James Clarke raises his hand. “Michael Boulding played professional tennis until the age of 22, peaking at No 1,119 in the world,” he writes. “He went on to sign for Aston Villa a couple of years after retiring, but only made one appearance, and then floated around the lower tiers of the Football League for a while.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» North Ferriby in four seasons: promoted, relegated, liquidated, resurrected

Football fans in the village of North Ferriby have seen more drama in a few years than most supporters witness in a lifetime

By Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport Network

Four years ago, a football club from a tiny village in Yorkshire went to Wembley and won the FA Trophy. The following season they earned promotion to the National League, the fifth tier of English football, where they would rub shoulders with former Football League clubs such as Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers. A lot has changed since then.

While Lincoln and Tranmere are gearing up to face Sunderland and Ipswich Town in League One, North Ferriby are preparing for a season in the Northern Counties East League Division One – seven tiers lower down the pyramid – where they will be up against sides such as Harrogate Railway Athletic and Nostell Miners Welfare.

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» After years in the wilderness, can Barcelona save the House of Neymar? | Barney Ronay
Brazil forward is still racking up the goals but he looks like more of a co-opted corporate machine than a footballer these days

For English nobles during the reign of Henry VIII the news that the king was coming to visit was a sure sign of impending ruin. In return for the honour of his company you could expect to see your house, farmland and local sewerage system trashed, pillaged and fatally bunged up, the royal party only moving on once all in its sights had been safely devastated.

During one nationwide procession in 1541 Henry stopped briefly at Hatfield and in the course of a “spectacular hunt” murdered 200 deer, a company of swans, two boats-full of assorted river birds and a trawler’s worth of fish. So yeah, cheers for that. Now, on my braves. We ride to Welwyn Garden City! It’s almost lunchtime.

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» Swedish footballer sent off for farting during match
• Defender Adam Lindin Ljungkvist sent off for breaking wind
• Referee called it ‘unsportsmanlike’ and ‘deliberate provocation’

A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”.

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» Riyad Mahrez strike sinks Nigeria and puts Algeria in Afcon final

The tournament had been waiting for Riyad Mahrez and in the semi-final he finally arrived. It came down in the end to one shot. A free-kick, perhaps 20 yards out: score it and Algeria were through to their first Cup of Nations final since 1990; miss and they faced extra-time against a Nigeria team who had been improving as the game went on and, at that point, were looking fitter and stronger than their opponents.

It was not that Mahrez has played badly. He has scored two goals and functioned efficiently in a technically gifted forward line. It was just that he had not had a match in which he had played an obviously decisive role.

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