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» Chelsea's transfer bid to sign Michael Olise takes fresh twist as swap deal emerges
Chelsea could make a renewed attempt to sign Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise after missing out on the French under-21 international at the first time of asking
» Harry Maguire's seven-word England verdict as he recovers from Euro 2024 heartache
Harry Maguire is not a part of the England squad preparing to take on Serbia at Euro 2024, having failed to recover from a calf injury sustained with Manchester United
» Why Jack Grealish isn't at Euro 2024: Reason for Man City star's England snub
Jack Grealish is one of the high-profile English stars to have been snubbed by Gareth Southgate for Euro 2024 despite helping Manchester City win the 2023/24 Premier League title
» Why Harry Maguire isn't at Euro 2024: Reason for Man Utd star's England snub
Harry Maguire says that he is "absolutely gutted" not to be making the trip to Germany for the Euros, having been almost ever-present at international competitions under England boss Gareth Southgate
» Why Marcus Rashford isn't at Euro 2024: Reason for Man Utd star's England snub
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been left out of England's squad for Euro 2024 despite shining for his country at the World Cup in 2022
» Erik ten Hag lands new role just one week after discovering Man Utd fate
Erik ten Hag's Manchester United future was recently made secure by Sir Jim Ratcliffe despite the club suffering their worst ever Premier League finish - but they won the FA Cup
» David Moyes pays emotional tribute to Kevin Campbell after ex-Everton star's tragic death
Former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell died on Saturday at the age of 54, and his former colleagues and team-mates have been paying tribute all weekend
» Liverpool's Luis Diaz on receiving end of horror tackle as mass brawl mars Colombia win
Luis Diaz scored his 100th career goal in Colombia's 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia - but the Liverpool star was also on the receiving end of a horror tackle that prompted a mass brawl
» Wout Weghorst rides to the rescue for wasteful Netherlands to secure opening win
POLAND 1-2 NETHERLANDS: Ronald Koeman's side had looked to be running out of steam following a succession of missed chances before Weghorst popped up with the winner
» Axed MOTD star Mark Lawrenson claims BBC threatened to drop him over handbag quip
His days offering his views on Match of the Day are long gone, but ex-Liverpool hero Mark Lawrenson is still finding plenty of time to moan about the BBC
» England vs Serbia: Fans clash in violent bar fight as chairs thrown and police intervene
Police in Germany have stepped in ahead of England's Euro 2024 opener against Serbia on Sunday evening after a clash between rival fans occurred in Gelsenkirchen, with Albania fans also on the scene after their opening game in nearby Dortmund
» Dietmar Hamann brutally singles out the England star they 'can't win anything with'
Former German international Dietmar Hamann levied criticism at both Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice ahead of England's group stage clash against Serbia
» Arne Slot handed Liverpool transfer boost as Bayern rebuild takes fresh twist
Liverpool are entering a new era under Arne Slot and they look set to receive a major boost, with Bayern Munich looking to sign Jonathan Tah ahead of Reds star Joe Gomez
» Euro 2024 controversy as Italy vs Albania referee called out over match fixing scandal
Refereeing is yet to become a contested issue at Euro 2024, but one former German official tore into the man in the middle for Italy vs Albania
» Wayne Rooney's criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold exposes baffling England issue
JOHN CROSS' DIARY: England and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney was scathing in his assessment of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Euro 2024
» Matija Sarkic: Premier League ref shares brilliant story after keeper's tragic death at 26
Millwall and Montenegro goalkeeper Matija Sarkic died at the age of just 26, with the football world paying tribute to the British-born star following his passing
» Lauren Hemp explains what Man City will miss most as Lioness Esme Morgan departs
England defender and life-long Manchester City fan Esme Morgan departed the club in May and has joined National Women's Soccer League side Washington Spirit
» Meet England Euros team - wives and family lives to off-pitch scandals
As Gareth Southgate's England squad prepare for their first game of the Euros 24 in Germany against Serbia, we take a look at the lives of the star players off the pitch, from their wives and girlfriends to their passions and scandals
» Man with axe carrying 'incendiary device' shot by police outside Euro 2024 fan park
The Netherlands are due to play Poland at 2pm in Hamburg today and the build-up to the match has been marred by an incident which took place near to one of UEFA's fan parks
» Alisha Lehmann and footballer boyfriend Douglas Luiz 'set for historic double transfer'
Alisha Lehmann plays for Aston Villa's women's team while boyfriend Douglas Luiz represents the men's side, and the pair could be about to repeat the trick at a new club
» Chelsea set transfer conditions after European giants' Euro 2024 striker scouting mission
Chelsea striker Armando Broja looks set to leave the club this summer and AC Milan send a scout to Dortmund on Saturday night to watch the Albanian attacker in action against Italy at the European Championships
» England 'problem' highlighted as Gareth Southgate told he's already made major gaffe
Ahead of England's Euro 2024 opener against Serbia, ex-Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic called attention to a problem within the Three Lions squad
» Gareth Southgate sends England stars message that leaves no doubt over Euro 2024 plans
Gareth Southgate heads into his fourth major tournament as England manager and there's more pressure than ever on the Three Lions to come home with the European Championship trophy
» Brave England fan arrives at Euro 2024 after 14 rounds of chemo and 11 hour spine operation
England supporters have been making the trip to Germany for the Three Lions Euro 2024 opener from all over, but few will have cherished the journey as much as Alex Zonneveld,

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» Slovenia v Denmark: Euro 2024 – live

The teams are on the field in Stuttgart. And the stands are packed – a wall of red, a wall of white and blue.

Another email from Denmark. “Looking forward to your MBM tonight,” says John Moloney. “Following in Sorø, not so far from
Copenhagen. Rooting for the Danes tonight (obviously) but Thursday will be tough when my two Anglo/Dansk sons will have to commit one way or the other...” Can’t they yell for a draw?

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» Fans clash in Gelsenkirchen before England face Serbia in Euro 2024 game
  • One England fan left with a heavy head wound
  • Objects thrown before 200 German riot police arrive

An England fan and one police officer have been left with heavy head wounds after hooligans attacked a bar where Serbia supporters were drinking before the Serbia v England game at Euro 2024.

Shortly after 3.30pm local time, tens of Serbs standing outside a bar on Arminstraße in central Gelsenkirchen were targeted with projectiles, according to witnesses to the violence.

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» Wout Weghorst rescues Netherlands after Poland give them a shock

For all of the concern and conjecture about the Netherlands midfield, it was the absence of a killer instinct in front of goal that had largely eluded them. Cody Gakpo levelled in the first half after Poland took a surprise lead, but failure to make their dominance pay had in effect muted the glorious L-shaped hue of Oranje wrapped around one end of this vast bowl on the edge of town.

At least until the 81st minute, when Wout Weghorst replaced Memphis Depay. Wearing his personalised headband, and having been on the pitch for about 90 seconds, the hulking striker swiped in past Wojciech Szczesny with his first touch. When all else fails, call for Weghorst. Cue the Dutch ceaselessly singing the name of their No 9, contracted to Burnley, during the closing stages.

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» Alexander-Arnold can be special in England’s midfield, insists Southgate
  • Coach backs Liverpool defender to perform in new role
  • Southgate not concerned about squad’s inexperience

A sense of calm has fallen over the England camp. After a week in the luxurious surroundings of their secluded retreat in Blankenhain, there is a quiet confidence about this talented side’s chances of glory at Euro 2024.

“I don’t think there is any question that there is strong belief in the group,” Gareth Southgate said before England face Serbia in their opening match in Group C on Sunday night. “We are very happy with the way we have prepared.”

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» ‘No excuses’: Clarke admits Scotland must accept flak after 5-1 hammering
  • Manager says side will bounce back after Germany defeat
  • ‘We know it was a bad night. We believe in ourselves’

It felt appropriate that Scotland carry out media duties in an ice hockey arena when it was confirmed that Steve Clarke would appear in front of the press on Sunday. A frosty atmosphere seemed certain, less than 48 hours after the humbling 5-1 defeat against Germany.

Instead, Clarke’s tone was pitch perfect. At the Scottish training base in Bavaria, the manager offered a full mea culpa. “Listen, there are no excuses,” he said.

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» Kevin De Bruyne: the gloriously unfiltered star who gives oxygen to Belgium

Manchester City midfielder never hides his feelings and while that was bad in Qatar, it could be good in Germany

Frédéric Waseige was beginning to despair. Here he was on the touchline of the Cristal Arena, standing in the pouring rain, waiting to get the green light from the TV studio to start his post-match interview with an 18-year-old Kevin De Bruyne, with no umbrella to protect them from the elements. The teenager, who had just become a regular for Racing Genk, had been the game’s outstanding player; and here he was, getting soaked to the skin, being told every couple of minutes that he’d have to wait a bit longer for the camera to roll and the questions to begin. Waseige knew what it must have felt like for the youngster. He’d been a player too, playing a Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final for FC Liège against Juventus back in 1991, before becoming French-speaking Belgium’s most popular pundit.

He knew that the one place De Bruyne wanted to be right here, right now, was his team’s dressing room, not a now deserted rainswept stadium. So he apologised, again and again, fearing the player might disappear any second. Yet De Bruyne himself seemed unaffected by the wait. “Te tracasse pas” (“no worries”), he kept saying. “I was so embarrassed,” Waseige recalls. “But that’s Kevin for you. Should the same thing happen again today, he’d behave exactly the same way. Te tracasse pas! He never changed. What you see is what you get, and what you get is something unique: a great player who is also a normal person.”

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» England fans dance to a different tune at Euro 24 with fresh repertoire of chants

England football songs battling it out for top spot on the terraces as fans move on from the ‘disrespectful’ and ‘stupid’

As one gang of England fans start up a round of 10 German Bombers outside the Gelsenkirchen piazza bar, another nearby group chimes in: “shut up” is their contribution.

Sung to the tune of She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain, the divisive and repetitive song with its lyrics describing RAF planes shooting down German aircraft has long been chanted in certain sections of the Three Lions’ travelling support, despite England managers for decades calling for it to stop.

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» Italy bounce back from first-minute shock as Barella strike sinks Albania

Italy’s title defence is alive and well for now. Expectations around Luciano Spalletti’s new-look side have been low but this win over the tournament’s rank outsiders, achieved despite a monumental scare inside the opening half-minute, was ultimately conducted with a familiar air of authority. Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolò Barella, the Internazionale pair, stepped up with decisive interventions in a remarkable opening quarter and the remainder was a successful exercise in the kind of game management that once seemed a national pastime.

Such a narrow margin of defeat may yet prove useful to Albania’s hopes of scraping third place in the group of death. If that proves unattainable they will, at least, depart with something to remember them by. Nedim Bajrami’s emphatic finish was the fastest goal in European Championship history and lifted the roof from a stadium that has surely never hosted anything like an Albanian influx that kept temperatures high throughout.

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» Euro 2024 diary: missing underpants and lost confidence as Scotland hit Germany

It’s a week of fun and games for our correspondent – until the football actually gets under way


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» De la Fuente delights in variety of Spain attack spearheaded by Lamine Yamal
  • Manager happy for ‘insatiable’ team not to hog the ball
  • Zlatko Dalic apologises to fans for Croatia’s ‘bad show’

Luis de la Fuente apologised for arriving a little late at the post match press conference, explaining that he had encountered a “couple of roundabouts” on his way but insisted that his team had taken a direct route to victory over Croatia that shows that Spain have the versatility to “damage opponents in many different ways”.

The coach of the selección also appealed for the country to finally recognise the talent of what he called a “brilliant generation” of “insatiable” players after three first-half goals were enough to defeat Croatia 3-0 in the opening game of Group B in Berlin.

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» Euro 2024: complete guide to all 622 players

Everything you need to know (and more) about every squad member in Germany. Click on the player pictures for a fuller profile and match ratings

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» American VAR expert Christina Unkel gives ITV edge over BBC at Euro 2024

ITV, helped by having the first three games, got off to a flyer with better opening titles and a new voice on refs’ decisions

As the rights-holder not tied to their regular set of white-soled Match of the Day pundits, ITV has made significant recent gains on the BBC for tournament coverage in being able to call up some big guns. Saturday lunchtime’s Trooping The Colour had also meant the baton was ITV’s for Euro 2024’s first three matches.

Inform, entertain, hope the football is actually good and don’t hit the “let’s go off to the England camp” button too early? That was the formula, once opening idents revealed these Euros are jointly sponsored by Qatar Airways and Lidl to remind where much of football’s power lies and of the cost-of-living crisis.

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» Artem Dovbyk’s path from Ukraine’s third tier to La Liga’s finest finisher

After unsuccessful spells in Denmark and Moldova, the striker joined Girona and became a scoring sensation

It was January 2018 when Midtjylland moved for a striker they had been watching for six months. Artem Dovbyk had been playing in Ukraine’s third tier for most of that time but the 20-year-old had something different. Rather than being dragged into the morass around him he had risen above it, handling himself physically against grizzled opponents and scoring almost a goal a game. The Danish club needed a replacement for Alexander Sørloth, who was about to earn them a windfall by joining Crystal Palace. That transfer went through and, on the same day, Dovbyk’s arrival from Dnipro was confirmed. The towering No 9s were ships in the Jutland night.

Last season their worlds collided at last. Dovbyk’s hat-trick for Girona against Granada in May meant he leapfrogged Sørloth, now of Villarreal, in a two-way contest to be La Liga’s top scorer. The vaunted Pichichi was his and, from nowhere, he had become one of the most sought-after centre-forwards in the world. The 26-year-old will lead the line for Ukraine when they begin their Euro 2024 campaign against Romania on Monday and it is a far cry from the early years of a career in which, for all his raw promise, little has come easy.

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» Kevin Campbell obituary

Versatile Arsenal and Everton striker who went on to become a popular football commentator

The footballer Kevin Campbell, who has died aged 54 after a short illness, won a league title, the FA Cup, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup over a four-year period from 1990 until 1994 with Arsenal, the club he had supported, and joined, as a boy.

As a striker he scored eight times in 10 matches during the second half of the Division One championship in 1991, and during the victorious 1993–94 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign he contributed four important goals across the knockout stages, including one in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

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» Havertz warns Euro 2024 rivals Scotland rout was just the start for Germany
  • Forward hopes ‘there is more to come’ after 5-1 triumph
  • Thomas Müller calls for focus: ‘Don’t celebrate too much’

Kai Havertz has warned Germany’s rivals that the team are just getting started after the hosts opened Euro 2024 with a 5-1 thrashing of Scotland.

Havertz scored a penalty in first-half stoppage time and was one of several Germany players to shine as Scotland were humbled in Munich. The Arsenal forward believes Germany will – and must – improve as they progress through the tournament.

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» ‘The new lads will thrive’: England’s youthful call-ups ready to grasp chance

Many of those selected will be playing in their first major tournament this summer

While several of England’s more experienced stars were sweating on their places in Gareth Southgate’s squad last month, Eberechi Eze was giving something back to the community that helped to raise him.

The Crystal Palace midfielder set up the Eze Invitational tournament last year in an attempt to inspire young players at a grassroots level, and provided new boots, jerk chicken and ice-cream for more than 100 players who took part at the end of May in south London.

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» Brighton confirm 31-year-old Fabian Hürzeler as new head coach
  • German led St Pauli into Bundesliga in past season
  • He takes over from Roberto De Zerbi on south coast

Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Fabian ­Hürzeler as their head coach. The 31-year-old led St Pauli to pro­motion to the Bundesliga last month and becomes the youngest permanent manager in the Premier League era.

Hürzeler takes over from Roberto De Zerbi, who left by mutual consent. St Pauli returned to the top division after 13 years under Hürzeler and the German has signed a contract with Brighton until 2027.

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» Women’s transfer window summer 2024 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

Every deal in the WSL, Liga F, Frauen-Bundesliga, Division 1 Féminine and Serie A Femminile as well as a club-by-club guide

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» Men’s transfer window summer 2024 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

Latest transfers and club-by-club guides for every team in Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A

After financial fair play concerns stifled the January transfer market, what is the outlook for this summer? One club who have already strengthened are Real Madrid. The European champions have signed Kylian Mbappé on a free (but with a €125m signing bonus going to the player), while Brazilian sensation Endrick will join up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this summer, 18 months after a deal was agreed with Palmeiras.

There have been coaching changes at several European heavyweight clubs already this summer. Vincent Kompany (Bayern Munich), Hansi Flick (Barcelona), Arne Slot (Liverpool), Enzo Maresca (Chelsea), Antonio Conte (Napoli) and Juventus’s incoming new manager, Thiago Motta, will all surely be planning to spend money on reshaping their squads.

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» Euro 2024 team guides part 24: Turkey

Head coach Vincenzo Montella has transformed the team, trusting in youngsters such as Arda Guler

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2024 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

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» Euro 2024 team guides part 23: Portugal

Roberto Martínez’s side compiled a perfect record in qualifying and can call on the resurgent Cristiano Ronaldo

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2024 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

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» Euro 2024 team guides part 22: Georgia

Debutants are unfancied but have a world-class goalkeeper and a generational attacking talent in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2024 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

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» Euro 2024 team guides part 21: Czech Republic

Jaroslav Silhavy’s abrupt departure gave Ivan Hasek limited preparation but the Tomas Soucek-led Czechs will be dangerous

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2024 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

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» Marvel of Eriksen’s recovery reminds us that glory comes in many forms | Jonathan Wilson

The Dane’s presence at these Euros is less about creative inspiration than an affirmation of the game’s greatest values

It was the third game of the Euros. There was a slow sense of familiarity returning. The night before, Italy had beaten Turkey 3-0 in Rome. Earlier in the afternoon, Wales and Switzerland had drawn 1-1 in Baku. In Copenhagen, Denmark would face Finland. Covid restrictions meant there would be only 13,700 at Parken. But a year after it should have been played, the fact Euro 2020 was going ahead at all was a symbol that, whatever the lingering effects of the virus, something approaching normal life could return.

Finland’s 3,000-strong contingent were giddy on the euphoria of playing in their first tournament; the Denmark fans were, like everybody, glad that football was possible again and that they were hosting a game at a major finals for the first time. The long days of lockdown were in the past.

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» From a Portakabin in Ely to the Avenue of the Giants: a lifetime of tournament woes | Max Rushden

Through tearful summers with different players, fans of the England men’s team can roll their own failure stories

Euro 96 was where it started in a meaningful way or truly feeling the hope and the anguish. The BBC montage splicing together Darren Anderton off the post, Gazza’s studs and Gareth Southgate’s penalty to Walkaway by Cast. Des Lynam presumably delivered something understated but poignant, and the bluesy guitar started pinging away. The montage maker must have been working on two edits. We will never know the upbeat one – a roll of tape just gathering dust in a vault or used as insulation for a two-bed apartment in W1A.

Once in your lifetime. Isn’t that the hope for England fans? To see the men’s side do it just once. This isn’t the hubristic arrogance that forgets that other countries also play football in the weeks leading up to a tournament. It isn’t calling Southgate a failure if we lose on penalties in the semi-finals to France. It isn’t yelling “Oh not faakin’ Bowen” at a big screen in an overcrowded sticky-floored pub as he prepares to come on with eight minutes left to try to break the deadlock against Slovenia. We’re not looking for a dynasty, just one tournament to go in off our collective English backside.

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» Southgate enters the age of unreason, where he can’t win even if he wins | Barney Ronay

It’s Gareth’s Conundrum: fail to win the Euros and he’ll be cast as a fraud; win and he’ll be jeered for not winning more

Fail again. Fail better. Or maybe, with a following wind and some luck, don’t fail at all. By now it probably won’t make much difference either way. Not when it comes to things such as legacy, impact and understanding the journey from there to here. Welcome to Late Gareth, the age of unreason.

As Gareth Southgate embarks on his fourth and surely final tournament as England manager, kicking off with Sunday’s understatedly tricky Euro 2024 opener against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, something else has become increasingly clear.

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» Germany 5-1 Scotland: player ratings from the Euro 2024 opener

Kroos calls the tune and Musiala dazzles for Germany while Scotland’s Porteous has a night to forget

Manuel Neuer Has the veteran ever experienced a quieter night? Only job was to retrieve the ball after late consolation. 6

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» Forget about who will win Euro 2024. Which is the best kit?

With 24 teams competing in the tournament, there are not just lots of matches – but lots of kits to look at. Here’s our first XI

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» A single goal can make you immortal – and 10 other theories for Euro 2024 | Philipp Lahm

As the tournament gets under way, there are plenty of lessons to be gleaned about football, Europe and life in general

Football is played all over the world but Europe can confidently say that it is most successful here. It is a cultural asset in Europe, where it has been deeply rooted since it emerged in the mid-19th century in the wake of the labour movement. Europe’s clubs are unrivalled. And apart from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, only European nations have been world champions. Ten countries from Europe have reached a World Cup final.

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» Kevin Campbell, former Arsenal and Everton striker, dies aged 54 – video

Kevin Campbell, the former Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Everton striker, has died at the age of 54. Campbell’s death was announced almost two weeks after it was revealed he was seriously ill in hospital. He was a popular figure throughout the game, a league title winner with Arsenal, and a charismatic TV pundit in recent years. “We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness,” Arsenal tweeted. Everton paid their respects in a message calling him “Super Kev”.

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» 'We are fighting for freedom': Ukraine football team address the world before Euro 2024 – video

The Ukrainian national football team has released a video before Euro 2024 featuring 13 players, each hailing from hometowns affected by the Russian invasion or occupation. Among those featured are Real Madrid's Andriy Lunin and Chelsea's Mykhailo Mudryk, who are from Krasnohrad in Kharkiv Oblast, which has been shelled by the Russian army since the beginning of the war. 'Since the beginning of the full-scale war, my city has been bombarded with missiles day and night,' says Mudryk. 'Despite this, my family remains in Krasnograd. My parents continue to build their lives there and always believe in the victory of Ukraine.' The video also shows Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko, from Radomyshl, Zhytomyr Oblast, and Ilya Zabarnyi, central defender for Bournemouth from Kyiv

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» Sam Kerr signs two-year contract extension at Chelsea – video

Sam Kerr has signed a contract extension at Chelsea with the new deal keeping her at the club until 2026. The Australia forward’s contract was running out this summer and there had been speculation that she would leave after four-and-a-half years. The news will be a significant boost to the new manager, Sonia Bompastor, who is replacing Emma Hayes this summer. There had been fears that there would be an exodus of players after the departure of the popular Hayes, who has taken over as USA national team coach, but the only players who have left are Fran Kirby, Maren Mjelde and Ann-Katrin Berger.

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» Five young players at Euro 2024 you need to know – video

The Guardian's Jamie Jackson picks five young players to watch at Euro 2024. Jamal Musiala, Armando Broja, Benjamin Sesko, Charles De Ketelaere and Rasmus Højlund have all had success at club level and will bring plenty of experience to the tournament, hoping to drive their countries forward. From height to speed to having the X factor, Jackson explains why these players are ready to make a splash on the international stage

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» Soldiers and schools help announce Ukraine's Euro 2024 squad – video

Serhiy Rebrov has announced his Ukraine squad for the upcoming European Championship, with help from ordinary Ukrainians from around the country

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» 'Other players have had stronger seasons': Southgate on omissions from final England squad – video

Jack Grealish, James Maddison, James Trafford, Jarell Quansah, ­Jarrad Branthwaite and Curtis Jones all missed out as England manager Gareth Southgate trimmed his Euro 2024 squad from 33 to 26 players, while Harry Maguire was effectively ruled out through injury.

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» ‘Stop sending me money’: Singapore keeper deluged after saves help China
  • Hassan Sunny denied Thailand to aid China in World Cup
  • Sunny’s food stall receives business in person and online

The Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny has urged Chinese football fans to stop sending him money after his saves in a 3-1 defeat by Thailand helped China reach the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

The 40-year-old made 11 saves on Tuesday as Thailand fell agonisingly short of a spot in the draw for the next round on 27 June, despite their 3-1 victory. Thailand needed to win by three clear goals, or to score at least four with a two-goal victory margin, to climb above the Chinese in the standings. Hassan went viral on Chinese social media and the payment QR code of the food stall he runs with his wife was circulated online, with Chinese fans using it to send money.

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» Borussia Dortmund name Nuri Sahin as head coach as Hummels confirms exit
  • Former Dortmund midfielder replaces Edin Terzic
  • Hummels to leave following 13-year association with club

Borussia Dortmund have named Nuri Sahin as the club’s new head coach following the resignation of Edin Terzic from the post on Thursday.

Having led Dortmund to last month’s Champions League final, where they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid, Terzic declared it was time for the club to start a “new era” and that will commence under the guidance of Sahin. The German-born former Turkey midfielder played 274 matches for Dortmund and won the Bundesliga title there under Jürgen Klopp. The 35-year-old also had a brief loan spell at Liverpool a little more than a decade ago, as well as representing Real, Feyenoord, Werder Bremen and Antalyaspor.

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» Fifa to leave ‘best possible’ Paris offices after staff departures and tax setback
  • Fifa moving to smaller premises after three years
  • Staff numbers have dropped by more than half from 35

Fifa is set to leave offices at the ­prestigious Hôtel de la Marine in Paris after only three years and ­relocate its bureau to smaller premises in the French capital after staff ­numbers dropped by more than half, the Guardian understands.

The Hôtel de la Marine bureau, opened in 2021 by president ­Emmanuel Macron, is one of 12 ­established by world football’s ­governing body as part of what Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, has described as “our ambition to make football truly global”.

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» Sam Kerr gives Chelsea big boost by signing two-year contract extension
  • Australia forward’s deal was running out this summer
  • Staying at Chelsea means a lot to me, says 30-year-old

Sam Kerr has signed a contract extension at Chelsea with the new deal keeping her at the club until 2026. The Australia forward’s contract was running out this summer and there had been speculation that she would leave west London after four-and-a-half years.

The news will be a significant boost to the new manager, Sonia Bompastor, who is replacing Emma Hayes this summer. There had been fears that there would be an exodus of players after the departure of the popular Hayes, who has taken over as USA national team coach, but the only players who have left are Fran Kirby, Maren Mjelde and Ann-Katrin Berger.

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» Madrid gonna Madrid and the mighty Williamses: La Liga review and awards

It’s The Sids … featuring the revelation that was Girona, a big year in Bilbao and the Beatles besting the Stones

In the end the calendar was cruel, serving up a metaphor for the season, for football and for life. Like something out of a sitcom, someone had double booked a celebration and a funeral. Same time, same place: mid-May, a Saturday evening at Los Carmenes. Newly confirmed league champions Real Madrid had come to play Granada, who had just watched on television in the hotel as the relegation they long knew was coming finally got sealed, players sitting in tears en route to the ground, where it was all they could so to stand in formation, applaud their opponents on to the field and then lose again.

As for Madrid, they came, played, won and got out quietly, the party postponed. The Federation had suggested giving them the trophy that evening, but they said no. Instead, it was silently handed over behind closed doors the following morning, then taken on a bus down the Castellana to the statue of Cibeles, goddess of fertility and meeting point of Madridisimo. Carlo Ancelotti wore the shades, smoked the cigar, danced with Eduardo Camavinga, sang a while, and then got back to work ensuring they would be back again a fortnight later.

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» Imperious Inter show Mourinho and Allegri the door: Serie A season review | Nicky Bandini

Simone Inzaghi’s side won the league in the most satisfying way while their rivals imploded and managers exploded

The Serie A season ended on Sunday with a showdown between two European finalists. Atalanta’s game against Fiorentina had originally been scheduled for 17 March but was postponed after the Viola’s chief executive, Joe Barone, suffered a cardiac arrest at the team hotel. He was taken to hospital and placed on life support but died two days later.

His passing was felt deeply by a club who lost a captain, Davide Astori, under similar circumstances six years before. Yet the football calendar pressed on. Fiorentina reached the final of the Europa Conference League and the semi-final of the Coppa Italia. Atalanta won the Europa League, after losing to Juventus in the domestic cup final.

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» ‘We play every game with heart’: Palestine meet Socceroos with minds on Gaza | Joey Lynch

Makram Daboub’s team are in Perth for a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday when their motivation lies with bringing some joy to those who are suffering

As the final whistle rang out, waves of emotion began to crash over Michel Termanini. The weight of what had been accomplished became clear but so too what this moment would mean for so many.

Termanini and his teammates had just seen out a 0-0 draw against Lebanon to secure Palestine’s progression to the next phase of Asian qualification for the 2026 World Cup. It is the furthest the team has advanced in their attempts to secure a place at the showpiece event since joining Fifa in 1998.

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» Court condemns soccer fans’ Nazi salutes at 2022 Australia Cup final

Three men were convicted and fined $500 for ‘deliberately and intentionally’ performing the salute

Three Croatian men have been convicted and fined after separately making Nazi salutes during the 2022 Australia Cup soccer final.

Nikola Marko Gasparovic, 46, Dominik Sieben, 25, and Marijan Lisica, 45, performed the salute at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium on October 1 2022, during the match between Sydney United 58 and Macarthur FC.

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» From Man Utd to Minnesota: Eric Ramsay on adjusting to life in MLS

The former United assistant coach discusses his transition to the top job in Minnesota, the league’s unique challenges and learning from the NBA

Eric Ramsay was looking ahead to Minnesota United’s most difficult run of games since he was appointed head coach in March. A road trip featuring games in Colorado and Los Angeles in the space of five days, before returning to Minnesota, posed a logistical task as well as a sporting one. Tight schedules and travel have caught out many newcomers to MLS, but the former Manchester United assistant coach was keen to embrace that side of the league.

“Part of the appeal of this league to me, and part of the reason I wanted to take my first steps here as a head coach, was because some of the things we’re having to deal with are things you wouldn’t necessarily have to deal with at home,” Ramsay says.

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» Euro 2024: Guardian writers’ predictions for the tournament

Everyone expects France to do well and after Covid and Qatar will look forward to the return of proper atmosphere

It all shakes down to a France v Portugal showdown – with no Eder on hand to deny Didier Deschamps and company this time. Nick Ames

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» Bukayo Saka’s treatment after Iceland loss exposed familiar media failings | Morgan Ofori

Spotlight on Arsenal winger following England’s Euro 2024 warm-up defeat was an unwelcome reminder for black fans

The response by sections of the English press to England’s 1-0 defeat against Iceland in their final Euro 2024 warm-up game raised some uncomfortable issues, not for the first time. The best that can be said is that at least they emerged before the tournament and not after, and hopefully there will be some lessons (re)learned.

England played poorly in a disjointed performance that lacked sharpness. Iceland scored in the 12th minute and despite having most of Gareth Southgate’s likely first XI on the pitch, England missed chances and could not find a cutting edge. Late substitutions further muddied the waters.

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» We’re in the middle of a non-stop sporting bloom – help us bring you a pitchside view

This summer is something else, a three-month run crammed with colour, drama, escapism. We’ll be there for every moment

As the gloom of June gives way to the gloom of July, August and September, it is worth taking a second to consult the schedule. Because an unusually epic summer of global sport is well under way.

This is quite a thing. From Real Madrid’s triumph in the Champions League final at Wembley this month through to the women’s cricket T20 World Cup in October, we’re in the midst of a non-stop sporting bloom.

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» Germany thrash Scotland as Euro 2024 kicks off in style: Football Daily - podcast

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lucy Ward, John Brewin, Ewan Murray and Archie Rhind-Tutt as Germany begin in style

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On the podcast today: Germany get off to a flying start at Euro 2024 as they beat Scotland 5-1. Steve Clarke’s side were completely taken apart and will have to bounce back quickly to have any hope of making it through their group.

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» Euro 2024 Daily | Germany v Scotland: who will be left thunderstruck?

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Write off the Germans. They say you should never do it, but we just have because today Euro 2024 Daily is channeling its inner William Wallace and is – for one day only – happy to do so. In the run-up to Friday’s eagerly awaited curtain-raiser between the hosts and Steve Clarke’s travelling Tartan Army, you find us buzzing on Buckie and basking in the sense of enormous wellbeing generated by the sight and screeching sounds of that bevvied-up pipe and drum band who went viral courtesy of their march on Munich’s Marienplatz from Odeonsplatz on Thursday. OK, so they may not have been as viewed as often as that tired and emotional lone bagpiper who went bahoochie-over-brogues off the edge of a München restaurant booth without so much as missing a note as he crashed down, but if the team can maintain similar composure in the face of extreme adversity, who’s to say they won’t get a result?

Watching from the other side of the Atlantic, I am always fascinated how England enter every major tournament with an enthusiastic: ‘It’s coming home!’ Even though it is quite clear that football has read Thomas Wolfe and knows that it can’t go home again” – Pat Condreay.

I don’t understand why Steve Malone is down about Wales failing to qualify for the Euros (yesterday’s Football Daily letters). I was quite persuaded by your analysis that none of the participants will hoist the trophy. So, a la Denmark in 1992, wouldn’t the organisers look to the last eliminated, non-qualifying nation to step up? Yup, Wales to win by default (maybe jointly with fellow playoff losers Iceland and Greece). Be proud, lads” – Mike Wilner.

I’m guessing Djinkin’ Djibril Cissé couldn’t bag himself any punditry work for the Euros. This would explain why he’s doing a DJ set at a trendy nightspot near me in Poitiers on the night of the first round-of-16 fixtures” – Ian France.

So the animal prediction business has started already – an orangutan struggling to definitively choose between Germany and Scotland (yesterday’s News, Bits and Bobs, full email edition). The trouble with these things is that the choices are too limited: rather than just two bowls of food or whatever, there should be 24, weighted according to the probability of success. So France, at betting odds of 4-1, get a quarter-size bowl, while Albania at 500-1 get, er, one 500th of a bowl. Unfortunately that will make some bowls rather too small to see; we’ll need something with good eyesight – say, an osprey, or a bald eagle? The orangutan can be shifted on to UK general election duties, which looks somewhat easier to predict” – Charles Antaki.

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» David Squires on … the story of the Euros in historical objects

Our artoonist tells the story of the Euros in historical artefacts, from Yashin’s stolen cap to a certain distress flare …

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» Moving the Goalposts | What we learned from the Women’s Under-17 Euros in Sweden

Spain’s talent has been brewing for some time, with the emergence of great players starting more than a decade ago

When Celia Segura scores her second goal of the final, she runs to the bench to pick up a cuddly toy, which she puts on her head and smiles as the team rejoices around her. It’s for her teammate Silvia Cristóbal, who got injured in the semi-final of the tournament. To cheer her up Segura promised to celebrate her goal with the octopus, Cristóbal’s favourite animal.

Eight nations arrived in a sunny Malmö and Lund in Sweden to play the European Women’s Under-17 Championship, with three spots at the Under-17 World Cup in the Dominican Republic up for grabs. The tournament, featuring a group stage, semi-finals and final, plays a crucial role in providing international experience. Star players such as Aitana Bonmatí and Leah Williamson honed their skills in this competition, and young talent like Lena Oberdorf and Vicky López, individually recognised with the player of the tournament award, have gone on to excel at the senior level.

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» Is Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-decade scoring feat for Portugal a record? | The Knowledge

Plus: who has the most assists at the Euros; winning the FA Cup before the FA Youth Cup and more

“Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal on 12 June 2004, which means that if he scores at Euro 2024 (or later) his run of goalscoring for the national team will be over 20 years long. Has any player achieved this?” asks Rui Pereira.

It’s hard to believe anyone in football history has enjoyed breaking goalscoring records as much as Cristiano Ronaldo. The list, all for men’s football, includes most goals in international football, most in the European Championship, most in the Champions League, most World Cups scored in and now most goals in a Saudi Pro League season.

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» David Squires on … Whitehall FC feeling the heat before date with destiny

Our cartoonist looks at how Rishi Sunak’s under-pressure side are shaping up before the UK general election

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» Nice try Dortmund, but Real Madrid are kings of Europe again – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Jonathan Fadugba for the final pod of the domestic season

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On the podcast today; Real Madrid are outplayed for large parts of the game as Borussia Dortmund miss chance after chance in the first half but none of that matters does it? Because Real Madrid always win.

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» Barcelona reign and retain Champions League title – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers and Suzanne Wrack are joined by Sophie Downey and Ceylon Andi Hickman to review Barcelona’s 2-0 over Lyon in Bilbao

In today’s episode, the panel discuss the impact of Jonatan Giráldez as the Barça manager bows out on a high, beating Lyon in a fantastic display in Spain at the weekend and Ceylon Andi Hickman talks about how it felt to clinch promotion with her Dulwich Hamlet side last week.

Despite the club season only just ending, the panel look ahead to the Lionesses’ European qualifiers against France and the Republic of Ireland ahead of next summer’s tournament. And finally, away from European football, it is the start of a new era as Emma Hayes takes charge of the USA for the first time against the Korea Republic. The panel try and foresee how she will get on.

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» The 100 best male footballers in the world 2023

Erling Haaland has been voted the best player in the world for 2023 by our 218-strong panel, with Jude Bellingham finishing second

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» The 100 best female footballers in the world 2023

Aitana Bonmatí, Sam Kerr and Salma Paralluelo top the list of female footballers in the world in 2023 according to our judges

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» Erling Haaland voted the world’s best player – and he’s just getting started | Niall McVeigh

The Norwegian is only 23 but his devastating goal record has seen him voted as the No 1 player in the world by the Guardian’s expert panel

When Pep Guardiola tearfully claimed Manchester City could not replace the departing Sergio Agüero in May 2021, he didn’t just create a meme. Guardiola was soft-launching a global audition for his team’s new attacking talisman. An unsuccessful pursuit of Harry Kane in the summer of 2021 came between two title-winning seasons where Ilkay Gündogan (13) and Kevin De Bruyne (15) were the club’s top league goalscorers. Guardiola’s slick creative machine needed a new front man, and they found him in Erling Haaland.

Like Agüero before him – and in contrast to many of City’s most successful Pep-era signings – Haaland arrived as a bona fide superstar, a plug-and-play addition to an already stellar lineup. Whether he was a bargain is another question. The release clause paid was €60m (£51.2m), but some reports suggest Haaland’s five-year deal could cost the club in the region of £300m. And while there was an ominous logic to the move for City’s rivals, questions remained.

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» Spain and Barcelona lead way in women’s football after year of success | Rich Laverty

Aitana Bonmatí the clear winner of the Guardian’s best 100 female footballers in the world with 15 Spaniards on the list

After Alexia Putellas reigned in 2021 and 2022, her Barcelona and Spain teammate Aitana Bonmatí has been crowned the top female footballer of 2023 by the Guardian’s panel of 112 experts. The World Cup winner triumphed by a clear margin, finishing more than 500 points ahead of second-placed Sam Kerr.

Injuries and a World Cup meant there was a definite changing of the guard feel to this year’s list, sadly emphasised by the fact last year’s top two – Putellas and Beth Mead – missed a large chunk of our 12-month voting period with ACL injuries.

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» Pat Nevin: ‘I didn’t want to be a player at first but in the end I loved it’

Former Scotland winger on being an ‘accidental footballer’, Russian culture and his country’s chances at Euro 2024

An afternoon with Pat Nevin unfolds like a travelogue. The former Scotland international waits for me inside Berwick-upon-Tweed station and, in a moment of peak Nevin purity, he is reading a memoir written by Simon Raymonde, the bass player of his favourite band, the Cocteau Twins. The book is great, apparently, and sparks a stream of amusing anecdotes about a time when Nevin was considered a “weirdo” as a Chelsea and Everton footballer interested in music, books, film and politics.

We drive out of England, and into Scotland, while the 60-year-old Nevin talks about his love of travel and his relish for another European Championship, where he will work as an analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live in Germany. The tournament begins on Friday and Nevin will be there as Germany face Scotland in the opening match in Munich.

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» From Olise to Zirkzee: 10 players who could make big moves this transfer window

With the European transfer window opening on Friday we look at some of the most sought-after players in the top leagues

Missed out on France’s Euros squad despite a sensational end to the season for Crystal Palace but will play a key role for Thierry Henry’s under-23 side at the Olympics instead. It seems likely that Olise’s future lies away from south London despite signing a new four-year deal last summer when Chelsea had met his £35m release clause, although it will take £60m this time around amid interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United among others. The same applies for Palace teammates, Marc Guéhi and Eberechi Eze, who will be at the Euros with England. Guéhi has less than two years left on his contract and has been tracked by Manchester United, while Eze has a similar release clause to Olise and has admirers at Manchester City and Tottenham.

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» Project Mbappé: can a summer with France make forward smile again?

Kylian Mbappé’s career has been carefully planned but the end of his PSG stay was flat. Can the national team offer a reboot?

Cristiano Ronaldo was already 24 years old, with three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup on his honours list when the CR7 trademark was registered in June 2009, just under a year after it had been used for the first time to promote a line of underwear.

The Manchester United player had also scored 22 goals in 66 games for Portugal. He had taken part in three major international tournaments and reached the final of the 2004 European Championship. Everything – including a dream move to Real Madrid – was in place to monetise his on-field achievements as no other footballer had ever done before. Ronaldo was different. He had the talent, the looks and, more importantly, a near-exhibitionistic keenness to be filmed, photographed and admired.

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» Farewell Harry Maguire, the player who has covertly defined the Southgate era | Barney Ronay

England’s enduring defensive key-slab deserves a little fond applause – and his absence requires a profound adjustment

He’s a cheery old card,” grunted Harry to Jack

As they slogged up to [Euro 2024] with [headphones] and pack,

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» Next Generation 2023: 60 of the best young talents in world football

From Warren Zaïre-Emery to Endrick, we select some of the best players born in 2006. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

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» Next Generation 2023: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 and look at the editions from further back

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» From Saka to Ackermann: what happened to Next Generation 2018?

Five years ago we picked 80 of the most talented players in the world to follow their progress in a cut-throat business

It is the time of year when we check in on the Next Generation players we picked in 2018 to follow for five years, to assess their progress amid success, setbacks, injuries, trophies won and transfers made.

Next Generation started in 2014 with the aim of showing the difficulties that even the best prospects in the Premier League (we pick one from each club at first-year scholar age) and the rest of the world (we choose 60 born in a specific calendar year) face on their way towards the top.

A defensively minded midfielder who is incredibly strong (he used to be a wrestler) but with an excellent touch to go with his physicality. Made his debut in the Swedish top flight as a 16-year-old last year and captained Sweden as they reached the quarter-finals of the Euro Under-17 tournament in England this summer. Has taken an unusual path to the top. He left the top-flight side IFK Göteborg for sixth division Angered MBIK as a 14-year-old as he felt that he was not getting the right support for his football education. Another Gothenburg club, Häcken, snapped him up in 2017 and he made his senior debut that season. Has signed a new contract with the club from Hisingen until 2021 despite interest from Real Madrid and Benfica and trials at both Manchester clubs.

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