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» Ex-Arsenal star sees red and sparks brawl with violent tackle on Vinicius Jr
Ex-Arsenal man Gabriel Paulista was shown his marching orders after kicking Vinicius Junior to the ground during Valencia's 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Thursday night
» MLS side LAFC worth more than 14 Premier League sides after $1bn valuation
Premier League clubs have started to be overtaken by teams in Major League Soccer when it comes to valuation, with LAFC the first team to reach a figure of $1billion
» MLS ace training alone after missing out on dream Barcelona transfer by 18 seconds
Julian Araujo was just 18 seconds away from leaving Los Angeles Galaxy for Barcelona, and he's training alone while FIFA investigate and make a ruling over the failed transfer
» Erik ten Hag looks to learn from Mikel Arteta mistake in bid to replace Cristiano Ronaldo
The Manchester United manager is looking to succeed where his Arsenal counterpart failed in trying to sign Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic to solve his striker problem
» Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped as Man United future remains uncertain
England footballer Mason Greenwood will not face trial over an alleged sex attack with all charges against the Manchester United player, including attempted rape, dropped by the CPS
» Graham Potter makes prediction about Chelsea's summer transfer window plans
Chelsea have spent over £600million on transfers in the last two windows including a £105m deal for Enzo Fernandez - a British record - but the war chest is likely to be smaller this summer
» Graham Potter makes jibe at Brighton as Chelsea manager explains "significant" challenge
Graham Potter ditched Brighton to join Chelsea earlier this season and has £600million worth of talent to fit into his already high-quality squad after a summer and January transfer splurge
» Paul Ince slams Erik ten Hag’s ‘disrespectful’ Man Utd staff for post-match antics
Paul Ince was left frustrated after he didn't receive an invite to join Manchester United's coaching staff following his Reading side's 3-1 defeat in the FA Cup at Old Trafford
» Vinicius Jr takes matters into own hands with blackout boots after Nike row
Vinicius Junior wants to end his partnership with Nike but still has five years left on his contract - which was signed in 2018 before he became a superstar at Real Madrid
» Man Utd decision on Mason Greenwood's future should have nothing to do with Erik ten Hag
Manchester United have released a short statement confirming they will undergo their "own process" after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against Mason Greenwood
» VAR history made as referee explains his decision to crowd at Club World Cup
VAR was introduced in the Premier League ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and many critics have called for decisions to be explained to curious spectators by the referee
» Mason Greenwood included in Man Utd Premier League squad despite club inquiry
The 21-year-old will no longer stand trial for attempted rape after prosecutors said "key witnesses" had withdrawn co-operation and all charges against the Man Utd forward were dropped
» Gabriel Martinelli 'signs new Arsenal contract' as Mikel Arteta and Edu resolve situation
The young Brazilian international clearly believes in Mikel Arteta's Arsenal vision as he has signed a new deal with the club that keeps him at the Emirates for the next four-and-a-half years
» Man Utd star Antony branded a "bluffer" and slammed for "embarrassing" display
The 22-year-old winger has struggled to get to grips with English football in his first few months as a Manchester United player and underwhelmed again earlier this week
» Glenn Hoddle's new outlook on life after surviving near-fatal cardiac arrest
EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest in October 2018 and the former England manager believes he is very lucky to be alive today
» Takehiro Tomiyasu admits he doesn't like facing aggressive Arsenal team-mate in training
Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu joined Arsenal from Italian side Bologna in August 2017 and has got to know his Gunners team-mates well during the last 17 months
» PFA chief met with Premier League captains to propose radical solution to fixture fears
JOHN CROSS COLUMN: UEFA is expanding the Champions League and Arsene Wenger wants a World Cup every two years - with both plans causing worries about player welfare
» Gary Neville responds to backlash after liking tweet about Mason Greenwood
Charges of attempted rape and assault were dropped against England international Mason Greenwood, who plays for Premier League club Manchester United, on Thursday
» Mikel Arteta has had to change his original Jorginho plan after 2019 comments resurface
The Gunners boss has been a fan of his newest recruit for quite some time but may have to tweak how he actually uses Jorginho in this Arsenal time after comments from four years ago emerge
» Darwin Nunez details Jurgen Klopp's two pieces of advice as he admits "I'm not playing well"
Darwin Nunez has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Liverpool since his £85million move last summer - but he has not found the net in the league for nearly three months
» Mason Greenwood won't return to Man Utd as club lays out next steps after charges dropped
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood faced allegations of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault against a woman, and was set to face trial in November 2023
» Revolutionary new football regulator plans declared "positive" amid fan power
Tracey Crouch conducted a fan-led review when she was Sports Minister and now the Government is due to publish a detailed White Paper on new legislation for football
» Mason Greenwood breaks silence as all charges dropped a year after arrest
Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood has spoken for the first time after charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault against a woman were all dropped
» Bruno Fernandes discloses private chat with Jadon Sancho amid struggle for Man Utd form
The Red Devils midfielder has sung the praises of Manchester United colleague Jadon Sancho after he ended his four month absence from first-team action on Wednesday night

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» Manchester United face a huge decision over Mason Greenwood | Jamie Jackson

After charges were dropped against perhaps the club’s most talented young player, will they take him back?

After Mason Greenwood’s attempted rape and assault charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday, what next for his Manchester United career?

The 21-year-old last pulled on a team jersey on 22 January 2022 at Old Trafford, in a 1-0 win over West Ham. He was arrested later that month, then, in October, charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He denied the charges.

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» Movers, shakers and loan rangers: key takeaways from the women’s window

Star players moving (or not) between top rivals is a hot potato, especially Arsenal’s bid for Manchester United’s Alessia Russo

Arsenal’s late bid for the Manchester United forward Alessia Russo and Chelsea’s reported interest in Arsenal’s Katie McCabe stirred the pot. Players moving between rival clubs is far more common in women’s football than in men’s football. Short-term contracts have been the norm, and big-money transfers are a relatively new phenomenon. In the past, often the short deals players were on would expire and they would move for free. With one-year deals and a lack of benefits the norm in the semi-professional and amateur games, it was hard to begrudge players taking whatever opportunity came their way.

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» Potter admits challenge of keeping larger dressing room happy at Chelsea
  • Eight January signings including £106.8m Enzo Fernández
  • Total spending now more than £500m under Todd Boehly

Graham Potter has admitted it will be challenging to maintain dressing-room harmony after Chelsea increased the size of their squad with their frantic January transfer business.

The club took their spending to more than £500m under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership when they broke the British transfer record by buying Enzo Fernández from Benfica for £106.8m on deadline day.

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» Football and the climate crisis: does the game really want to tackle it?

Green Football Weekend raises awkward questions about the game’s readiness to start taking genuinely ambitious action

About three years ago, in the thick of a League Two promotion campaign, Michael Doughty began to notice something. An unusually wet winter had flooded Swindon Town’s training pitches, forcing them to trek up and down the country in search of a usable facility. The postponements were piling up. “It would be unseasonably warm, then super-cold, which made performance more difficult,” the midfielder remembers. “The effect was really tangible. And I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a discussion.”

For Doughty it was a realisation that would set off an unusual chain of events. After retiring from the game he set up a sustainable sportswear brand, but soon realised that he wanted to work in football again. And so, aged just 30, he has returned to his old club, not as a coach or a scout or an ambassador, but as their chief sustainability officer: the first former player to take such a position at an English league club.

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» Antonee Robinson: ‘If a card trick looks achievable I want to do it. It’s fun to wow someone’

From magic to a World Cup hug that went viral, there is more to the USA left-back they call Jedi at Fulham than meets the eye

“I just try to be a good person because if everyone had that mindset then, yeah, you’d have world peace,” Antonee Robinson says as he remembers his reaction when he comforted Ramin Rezaeian a few minutes after the USA had knocked Iran out of the World Cup last November. The heartfelt embrace between two defenders from very different countries went viral as Robinson consoled and hugged a sobbing Rezaeian for a long time.

In a setting as divisive and discriminatory as Qatar, Robinson’s warmth and humanity not only helped Rezaeian but turned the vitriolic world of social media into a briefly unified haven. His empathy was striking because, before their opening game against England, Rezaeian and his teammates had refused to sing the national anthem in protest against state oppression and violence towards women in Iran.

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» Vinícius Júnior and Marco Asensio steer Real Madrid past Valencia

Vinícius Júnior had more than his goal to celebrate in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Valencia in La Liga on Thursday. The Brazilian will also have been glad to escape serious injury after a vicious foul by the centre-back Gabriel Paulista in the second half that ignited a brawl and earned the Valencia player a straight red card.

Paulista struck a hard kick at Vinícius’ legs after the forward got past him in the 72nd minute, sending him hard to the ground. Vinícius quickly got up and confronted Paulista, shoving him from behind as other players arrived to join the scuffle. The Real defender Éder Militão, who had been substituted earlier in the match, also confronted Paulista as he made his way to the tunnel after being sent off.

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» Dyche asks Everton fans to park anger over failure to make January signing
  • New manager denies receiving promises over transfers
  • Dyche conducts Q&A with players about poor season

Sean Dyche appealed to disgruntled Evertonians to park their grievances with the club and lift his relegation-threatened team, as he denied receiving promises over transfers before taking the job.

The new Everton manager witnessed the fracture between fans and board on his second day in charge when protests were held outside Finch Farm training ground over the failure to make a January signing. Demonstrations against the board are planned for before and after Saturday’s home match against the league leaders Arsenal, with organisers pledging their support to Dyche and his players during the game.

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» ‘Indications are positive’: Tracey Crouch encouraged by football regulator leaks
  • Former sports minister wrote 2021 review on governance
  • Leaks suggest stronger tests for prospective club owners

Tracey Crouch has said the “indications are positive” that the government will introduce a properly independent regulator for English football, after an apparent leak of key aspects of the legislation.

Sources inside Westminster say final details of the white paper, promised by the government last summer, are still being agreed. But leaks to the Sun suggest a regulator will have the right to grant an operating licence to clubs, prevent teams from joining breakaway leagues and have control over an owners and directors test that will establish where prospective owners have sourced their money.

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» Sean Dyche will get Everton back to basics and can simplify their survival task | Karen Carney

Former Burnley manager arrives at Goodison refreshed and looks the right man to re-energise the squad, and keep them up

Considering the situation Everton are in, sitting second bottom of the Premier League, Sean Dyche was the smartest appointment the board could have made. He has been in similar positions and knows how to successfully manage a relegation battle.

Everton have two points from their past eight matches and one victory in 12. Dyche has the tough task of facing the league leaders, Arsenal, at Goodison Park on Saturday in his first match, followed by the derby at Anfield. No pressure, Sean.

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» Premier League’s spending bubble offers only cheap thrills in winter of disconnect | Jonathan Liew

Like the City of London, the top flight is now an unregulated plaything with little relevance to the real world beyond it

So, how was your January? Perhaps like many people you engaged in a little belt-tightening, foreswore alcohol, began a new fitness regime, creatively restructured a few festive debts. Or perhaps you simply grimaced and shivered your way through a month of rising prices and falling temperatures, waited patiently in the bus queue or on the picket line, simply trying to make it to the next place.

At which point enter the Premier League, with its £815m of January spending, its doctrine of schlock and awe, its unshakeable fixation on persuading men in shirts to wear other shirts before a clock runs out. And on one level the dissonance here is hard to ignore, the temptation to juxtapose Chelsea’s bottomless balance sheet with the efficiencies and strictures being demanded of those who watch them every week. Just imagine how many nurses’ salaries Todd Boehly could have funded with the purchase of one Enzo Fernández. But of course he won’t, will he?

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» Football Daily | King Kazu’s astonishing longevity and a new move to Portugal

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Way back in 1993, while playing out his twilight years with Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, Gary Lineker was beaten to the inaugural J-League Most Valuable Player award by a 26-year-old striker named Kazuyoshi Miura. Banging them in for Grampus Eight’s rivals Verdy Kawasaki, “King Kazu” was six years Lineker’s junior at the time, a state of mathematical affairs you’ll be unsurprised to learn hasn’t changed in the intervening 30 years. But while Lineker has long since hung up his boots to forge an extremely successful career as a savoury snack shill, pun-slinging BBC presenter, successful producer of those niche aural innovations called “podcasts” and voluntary woke, leftie snowflake who grinds the gears of gammons on Social Media Disgrace Twitter, Kazu has kept raging against the dying of the light in his Japanese lantern and still remains a professional player as he approaches his 56th birthday.

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» Nottingham Forest make free agent André Ayew their 30th signing of season
  • Former Swansea and West Ham forward left club in Qatar
  • Ayew says Steve Cooper is ‘special coach and special human’

Nottingham Forest have brought in the free agent André Ayew, making him their 30th signing since promotion to the Premier League last May.

The 33-year-old Ghana forward was without a club after leaving the Qatari team Al Sadd and has a deal until the end of the season. He follows the deadline-day signings Felipe, Jonjo Shelvey and Keylor Navas to Forest.

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» Manchester United cruise to Wembley and a Mundial cameo – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paul MacInnes, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, and James Bird to discuss the latest action and transfers

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Today: Manchester United see off Nottingham Forest to book their place in the Carabao Cup final at the end of February. The pod discuss the game as well as looking ahead to the weekend of Premier League action.

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» Matildas coach dodges questions on Saudi Women’s World Cup sponsorship
  • Gustavsson says ‘everyone knows values of this team’
  • Media asked not to question players on sponsorship

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson has sidestepped the issue of Saudi Arabia’s potential sponsorship of the Women’s World Cup but suggested his side’s values do not align with those of the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Visit Saudi – the tourism arm of a country with a human rights record described by Amnesty International as “appalling” – has been linked with becoming the headline sponsor of this year’s tournament.

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» European roundup: Mbappé has penalty saved before injury strikes in PSG win
  • Arsenal loanee Balogun goes top of Ligue 1 scoring charts
  • Cancelo creates assist for Bayern; Barcelona win 2-1 at Real Betis

Kylian Mbappé missed a penalty and limped off injured as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain battled to victory at Montpellier.

The World Cup golden boot winner saw a spot-kick saved by Benjamin Lecomte before a retake was ordered and the France forward missed again. He was then forced off after just 21 minutes having suffered an injury.

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» Manchester United see off Nottingham Forest to reach Carabao Cup final

Manchester United’s canter of a victory in the opening leg made this an easy night. That was the theory and so the practice proved: Nottingham Forest were dominated and by the final whistle Erik ten Hag’s men victorious – courtesy of late Anthony Martial and Fred finishes – and had booked a Wembley date with Newcastle.

The final will be the same as the FA Cup showpiece of 1999 which United claimed, and is a chance to end a trophy-drought that stretches back six years to when José Mourinho’s vintage won the Europa League against Ajax in Stockholm.

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» Scottish roundup: Rangers beat Hearts but Celtic win maintains nine-point lead
  • Taylor, Maeda and Furuhashi score in 3-0 Celtic win
  • Morelos hits two in Rangers’ 3-0 victory at Tynecastle Park

Celtic showed no signs of letting up in the title race as they brushed aside Livingston 3-0 in a one-sided Parkhead encounter.

Greg Taylor eventually breached a resolute Livi defence in the 29th minute with a thunderous drive and three minutes later Daizen Maeda rather fortuitously added a second. His fellow Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi struck on the counter just before the break with his 21st goal of the season and perhaps surprisingly that was the end of the scoring.

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» Transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared in January

Chelsea had an eye-catching window, Arsenal settled for Plan B and Leeds were among the clubs who strengthened intelligently

Arsenal settled for plan B after being unable to land Mykhailo Mudryk or Moisés Caicedo but the alternatives were hardly bad. Leandro Trossard and Jorginho are proven top-flight performers who will need scant integration time in adding depth and quality to their title push. Longer-term additions, particularly in midfield, will be sought in the summer. The Polish defender Jakub Kiwior, signed from Spezia, has arrived with the future in mind but will hope to compete for a place quickly. Albert Sambi Lokonga, loaned to Crystal Palace, is playing for his Arsenal future in the next four months. Nick Ames

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» Moving the Goalposts | Fallout from failed Alessia Russo bid may shape Arsenal and United futures

Arsenal’s attempt to sign title rivals’ star striker in women’s world-record bid is likely to impact the player and both clubs

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

Arsenal’s audacious late swoop to sign the Manchester United striker Alessia Russo set the already busy January transfer window alight.

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» The football fans who travelled to the wrong countries for matches | The Knowledge

Plus: more footballer diss tracks, double hat-tricks and repeatedly hitting the woodwork

“Has there ever been a case of a team travelling to the wrong country by mistake, Slovenia instead of Slovakia for example?” tweets Stephen Dinsdale.

In 2019, the former snooker world champion Neil Robertson had to forfeit a game after driving to the wrong Barnsley. So far, we haven’t been able to find any football teams who have made a similar mistake, whether travelling domestically or internationally. Football fans, on the other hand, aren’t always known for their clear-headedness, and there are plenty of stories of away supporters who weren’t particularly satnav savvy.

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» David Squires on … Bielsa, Dyche and the Everton manager interview process

Our cartoonist looks at the new man in charge at Goodison Park and how he may have ended up there

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» How Chelsea’s transfer strategy works – and what could happen next

The club have handed new signings long-term contracts to spread costs but Uefa has swiftly closed the loophole

Amortisation is a creative accounting practice that can be used by clubs as a way of balancing the books. It is merely a process of gradually writing off the initial cost of a player over the course of their contract.

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» Orlando Pride’s Haley Carter: ‘I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot here’

Former US marine takes on general manager role and is determined to change the culture and win a NWSL championship

Haley Carter, Orlando Pride’s new general manager and vice-president of soccer operations, is not afraid to address the culture shift needed in the NWSL, including at her club. “There are consistencies we should see across the board: it needs to be safe, it needs to be inclusive and at this level it needs to be a winning culture too,” she says. “I’m very serious about player advocacy, player safety and creating an inclusive safe culture.”

Carter’s CV is extensive and with the sport in the US undergoing reforms after the NWSL abuse scandal she comes in with the ambition of making Orlando somewhere “players want to be” as well as an NWSL championship-winning side.

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» 'A new adventure': João Cancelo joins Bayern Munich on loan – video

João Cancelo insisted a fractured relationship with Pep Guardiola was not the reason he left Manchester City on deadline day after the defender completed a shock loan move to Bayern Munich, following a decline in playing time at the Etihad in recent weeks. Cancelo shared his delight at signing for the Bundesliga giants, but insisted he hasn't said farewell to City, despite Bayern's €70m (£61.6m) option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season. Cancelo told reporters:'We have to see what these five months bring', However, he insisted that he wanted a clear head during his time at Bayern to focus on supporting the team.

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» Feyenoord goalkeeper thinks outside the box to leave FC Twente incensed – video

The Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow left FC Twente fuming after his quick thinking avoided a potential goal threat. Feyenoord were winning 1-0 when Bijlow raced out of his area to make a tackle. His pace saw him beat Twente's Virgil Misidjan to the ball at the expense of a throw, but with Bijlow stranded on the sidelines the forward sensed an opportunity for a quick goal. Bijlow's quick thinking scuppered that idea however, as the Feyenoord keeper grabbed a stray ball and threw it onto the pitch to stop play, much to Misidjan's chagrin. The Twente winger threw the ball at the keeper in anger, and Bijlow received a yellow card for his gamesmanship

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» 'Today was much better': Klopp looks for positives after FA Cup exit – video

Jürgen Klopp insisted there were positives to be taken from Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Brighton in the FA Cup fourth Round. The two sides were on equal footing until Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma fired in a last-gasp winner to send the Seagulls through. Whilst Klopp was 'not over the moon about the performance' he admitted that it was a marked improvement from their 3-0 loss to against Brighton two weeks ago, saying: 'today was much better'

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» The good, the bad and the 'absolute shambles': Lampard sacked as Everton manager – video

The Guardian's Merseyside football correspondent Andy Hunter discusses the highlight of Frank Lampard's time as Everton manager and the key reasons that led to his sacking. Hunter explains that Lampard's poor run of form is due largely to the club's lack of a goalscorer following Richarlison's exit in the summer, however insists that the former manager 'isn't the be all and end all' of the club's problems. Looking ahead at what's next for the club following Lampard's departure, Hunter says people will have to trust those who have 'put Everton in this absolute shambles in the first place to make a right decision'

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» Veteran Alessandro Diamanti scores late wonder goal in A-League – video

Alessandro Diamanti's brilliant strike in the 86th minute sealed a much-needed win for Western United as Sydney lost for the fourth time in six matches. Coming on for Dylan Pierias in the 80th minute, the 39-year-old Italian put his name on the scoresheet in style just six minutes later with a left-footed strike from distance that caught Andrew Redmayne, the Sydney goalkeeper, off guard. It is Diamanti's second goal of the season and moved Western United up to eighth in the overall standings on 15 points, one ahead of Sydney.

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» Five-a-side football game in Turkey produces series of spectacular misses – video

Players in a five-a-side football match in Turkey were unable to score, despite opponents falling over and clear access to the goal. After the most calamitous miss in a game, players continued to try and score, with little success

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» David Squires on … Graham Arnold’s Socceroos deal, Vegemite sweat and culture wars

Our cartoonist casts his eye over the Australia coach’s new contract which will see him stay in charge for the 2026 World Cup campaign

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» Iñaki Williams’ 251-game run is over. But some things stay the same

The player who had been on the pitch for every league game since 2017 watched his team lose 1-0 to Iago Aspas and Celta

Weird things happened this weekend, circle closed at the Bernabéu with a 0-0 draw that wasn’t just better than it sounds, but better than almost anything all season. Xavi Hernández, the Barcelona coach who declared “our history says you have to win and play well; a 1-0 in the 90th minute is no use”, went to Girona and oversaw a third 1-0 victory in a row, completing a run from pre-history to go five points clear and become winter champions. Real Madrid, who turned the plan upside down by playing well and not winning, didn’t score for the first time in 30 games. And Real Valladolid did score, six matches and nine hours later and in the 90th minute, a Canadian flying to the rescue.

Cyle Larin’s coach had welcomed him four days earlier by admitting “we need your help” and he was just 14 minutes into his Valladolid career when he took off to volley a brilliant winner against Valencia. Cádiz, whose top scorer had two, the entire squad on eight, beat Mallorca 2-0, climbed out the relegation zone and then slipped in again, up five places and down four in a day. Sevilla striker Youssef En Nesyri, who hadn’t scored in 15 league games, scored twice in 15 minutes, the opener a leap so prodigious he could have cracked his head on the moon. And Saúl Ñíguez finished the way Atlético’s forwards don’t for his first in two years.

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» Union boss the Berlin derby again and Hertha’s Bobic pays the price

Hertha were motivated and applied themselves well against city rivals Union. The problem was the result

It was always going to be aesthetics and so it proved. The importance of the eighth top-flight derby between Hertha and Union was everywhere you looked, not least in the sold-out stands of the Olympiastadion, such a contrast to the relatively paltry turnout for Wednesday’s humiliating hammering for Hertha at the hands of Wolfsburg.

The problem was that, even at such an early stage of this as an elite-level rivalry, we already knew which way this was going and so it proved. Hertha’s coach, Sandro Schwarz, suggested before the game the result didn’t matter as much as the performance, trying to take any unnecessary drama out of the moment, which succeeded and failed at the same time.

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» Marseille show resilience, spirit and class as they reel in Monaco

Monaco dominated the first half but Marseille responded brilliantly in this scintillating 1-1 draw at the Vélodrome

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

It was not a great weekend for the Ligue 1 teams pushing for Europe. Lorient, who beat Rennes in a Breton derby on Friday, were the only side in the top seven to pick up three points. The biggest match of the weekend saw two of the top four – Marseille and Monaco – meet at the Stade Vélodrome for a scintillating 1-1 draw that was a tale of two halves.

Monaco went into the game with the second-best away record in the league, after Paris Saint-Germain. With just one defeat on their travels this season – which came in a wild match against a magnificent Lille side – Monaco have quietly edged back into contention for the Champions League, shaking off their bitter Coupe de France elimination to second-tier Rodez and winning three of their four league matches since the World Cup.

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» Once Manchester City’s sibling, NYC FC is now more like a distant cousin

MLS franchise once helped itself to some of the Premier League side’s best young players. Those days are over, although that’s not necessarily a negative

Before New York City FC, there was only Manchester City under the City Football Group (CFG) umbrella. The establishment of Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise in 2013 marked the creation of a new global soccer entity that would soon enough stretch across five continents and count several clubs among its network, but CFG’s first outpost outside the UK was in New York.

This was to NYC FC’s benefit. While Manchester City has always been CFG’s primary focus, a strong connection was forged between the Premier League and MLS siblings. Four City players were signed to be part of NYC FC’s squad for their debut season in 2015. Over the next few years, City sent some of their prospects (including Angelino and Yangel Herrera) to the Bronx for first-team experience and NYC FC sent some of their best players in the other direction – see Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison.

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» Graham Arnold signs new deal to remain Socceroos coach until 2026
  • Football Australia reward Arnold for successful campaign in Qatar
  • Coach will attempt to guide team to sixth straight World Cup

Graham Arnold will lead the Socceroos through to the conclusion of the 2026 World Cup campaign after the coach eschewed interest from Europe and the Middle East to sign a new contract with Football Australia.

The governing body confirmed on Monday that Arnold will remain in his post for another four-year cycle during which he will attempt to guide Australia to Asian Cup success and to a sixth consecutive World Cup – where he aims to deliver an even better performance than last year.

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» Anthony Hudson’s USA held to scoreless stalemate by Colombia in friendly
  • US men end camp in scoreless draw with Colombia
  • Four more Americans make international debuts

Sean Johnson kept his sixth career clean sheet, and four more US players made their senior international debuts as the men wrapped up their annual January training camp with a scoreless draw with Colombia on Saturday night.

Interim head coach Anthony Hudson’s young US squad scored only one goal in their two friendlies in Southern California this week. Hudson still got another 90 minutes of experience for a roster with only five players from last year’s World Cup team. Eight players made their US debuts Wednesday night against Serbia, the most in one match in over 30 years.

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» NWSL to expand in Boston, Utah and San Francisco Bay Area – report
  • Wall Street Journal reports NWSL is close to expanding league
  • Boston, Bay Area groups set to pay record $50m franchise fees

The National Women’s Soccer League is close to expanding by three teams, which will be in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco area, according to a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal.

The women’s pro league previously indicated it would add at least two teams by 2024. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the franchises in northern California and Utah are set to start play next year, with Boston to join at a later date.

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» Copa América 2024 to be played in the United States with 16 teams
  • US will host and likely take part in Copa América in 2024
  • Four Conmebol teams to play in Concacaf W Gold Cup

Next year’s Copa América will be played in the United States and will include six Concacaf teams.

South American soccer body Conmebol said Friday its 10 national teams will play the tournament out of their region after a deal with the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

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» Liverpool lost in transition but Jürgen Klopp could be their golden thread | Barney Ronay

The Liverpool manager is left trying to build a new era while continuing to win – it is possible if he is given time

With 11 minutes left in this FA Cup fourth-round tie and the score 1-1 Jürgen Klopp could be seen racing out to the touchline, yanking the snood from his face and performing a series of furious scything gestures with his right arm, as though trying to break free from some invisible set of manacles.

Klopp shrieked. He threw his head back. Just as quickly he stopped, crouched, and mooched back towards his seat. Nothing was really happening. Klopp was reacting to the shapes in his head, seeing danger, slackness, loose stitching in Cody Gakpo’s off-the-ball positioning during a lull in play with the ball 40 yards away, out there urging his false-10 central attacker to stand 10 yards deeper, trying to plaster some kind of attacking plan across this oddly angsty Liverpool team in real time.

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» FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

It was a good weekend for Amad Diallo and Son Heung-min – but a bad one for shocks and a rough one for referees

There was a grim moment towards the end at the Amex Stadium as Fabinho propelled his right foot through the back of Evan Ferguson’s leg, crunching his achilles. Ferguson stayed down in genuine pain, before eventually limping off. Fabinho knew instantly it was a horrible tackle and looked genuinely ashamed. Jordan Henderson knew it was a horrible tackle, apologising to the Brighton players and shaking his head. And yet the referee David Coote, somehow, didn’t. Neil Swarbrick, the VAR, also thought it was, you know, probably fine. Presumably this is an extension of the diktat about not re-reffing the game, allowing the initial view to stand if the on-field referee saw it clearly. But it is also the kind of mistake that discredits the entire fussicky, delay-ridden video system. Fabinho got a yellow that should have been a red, and a good red, the kind of red that discourages dangerous play. Don’t blame the robots. Humans are, as ever, the problem here. It is to be hoped Ferguson is not badly injured. Barney Ronay

Match report: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

Match report: Wrexham 3-3 Sheffield United

Match report: Manchester United 3-1 Reading

Match report: Preston 0-3 Tottenham

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» As a footballer I am surrounded by gambling ads. This needs to stop | David Wheeler

I would rather be paid less if it meant not profiting from addiction, harm and suicide – and I am not the only one

I’ve been a professional footballer for more than a decade. In nearly all of my 500 appearances, I’ve had an online casino advert either on my shirt or surrounding me on the pitch.

It’s no surprise. It’s impossible to watch a match in the top five men’s divisions in England without seeing adverts for gambling. My career has not taken me to the Premier League (yet) but these ads can appear more than 700 times a match on television in our top flight, where nearly half the teams have a betting sponsor on the front of their shirts.

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» Football Daily | Newcastle and Everton: two sleeping giants waking up in different worlds

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The 1906 FA Cup finalists, Everton and Newcastle United, are unquestionably two of the biggest clubs in English football. Between them they’ve won 13 league championships, 11 FA Cups – let’s gloss over their combined record in the League Cup – and one major European trophy each. That’s a pretty good haul. Only problem is, the freshest tick on the ledger is 28 years old, entered when the Toffees won their last FA Cup in 1995. Newcastle’s most recent contribution came 54 years ago, in a competition that doesn’t exist any more and isn’t retrospectively recognised by Uefa. But the Fairs Cup was nothing if it wasn’t something, and they did win it, so that’s good enough for Football Daily. Who hangs their hat on anything Uefa says anyway?

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» David Squires on … getting to the bottom of football’s offside rule

Our cartoonist delves into the murky world of football’s laws, with the help of some condiments

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» Which footballers have been the subject of diss tracks? | The Knowledge

Plus: the biggest wins for caretaker managers and non-scoring outfield players

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“Shakira’s epic takedown of her ex, Gerard Piqué, has been a smash hit worldwide (certainly in terms of YouTube views),” writes Rashaad Jorden. “Has any other footballer been the subject of a diss track?”

Diss tracks are another part of modern life that we don’t really understand, but we’ve clicked on enough bait to know that they are increasingly commonplace – and that Piqué isn’t the first footballer to be on the receiving end.

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» WSL pitch farce leaves more questions than answers – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers wraps up a weather-affected weekend of WSL action with the help of Suzanne Wrack, Sophie Downey and James Lewis

In this week’s pod: hands up if you actually saw some football this weekend? Don’t worry, who needs football when Chelsea are opening a new ice rink at Kingsmeadow?

On a serious note, postponements are top of the agenda, followed by Manchester United moving top of the table, Aston Villa taking more points from Manchester City and Everton’s youngsters running the show against West Ham.

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» Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal reap the rewards of an old-school striker, Thiago Silva turns back the clock and Ten Hag’s tactics hit a snag

Fast-paced, tactically intricate and dramatic to the last, Arsenal v Manchester United was a heavyweight clash that lived up to its billing. It also showcased two models of centre-forward that were meant to be extinct: the old-fashioned target man and the old-fashioned poacher. Spearheading United’s attack, Wout Weghorst pressed with zeal and offered a focal point for United’s free-roaming wide men. It was his peeling run, drawing Gabriel to his left, that afforded Marcus Rashford the angle to blast home the opener. Eddie Nketiah pressed with similar intelligence but dropped deep when required to link with his midfield. Both his goals were straight from the school of the penalty-box predator, ghosting in at the back post to meet a cross and jabbing home a loose ball from practically underneath the crossbar. In the age of the all-round No 9, both these moulds of striker had supposedly been consigned to the past. Both players proved their worth in a match that certainly belonged to the present. Alex Hess

Match report: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United

Match report: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

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» Reading’s Sanne Troelsgaard: ‘Teammates ask how I go home and work’

Denmark midfielder discusses her online fitness company, stopping for months after her father died and her World Cup dream

Sanne Troelsgaard is, by her own admission, “not a normal professional football player”. Instead of winding down after training – perhaps by watching some Netflix, like her teammates – the Reading midfielder gets straight back to work on what she describes as her “online coaching universe”: that is her own company, Troelsgaard Fitness, set up during the pandemic.

As well as being a professional footballer, Troelsgaard is an online coach, providing tailored nutritional plans and exercise programmes to her clients, now more than 30 people. “All my teammates always say: ‘How can you just go home and then still work?’

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» Linda Caicedo: ‘Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of playing abroad’

The Colombian 17-year-old on being one of the most coveted players in the world, overcoming cancer and the World Cup

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

Linda Caicedo has four layers on but is still feeling the cold. The 17-year-old Colombian wonderkid is in London for a few days with her mother, Herlinda Alegría, and is enjoying the anonymity while she can because it is unlikely to last.

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» Sol Campbell: ‘Wishing someone is going to die? What world are we living in?’

Former Spurs defender is still abused 22 years on for joining Arsenal. He opens up on the hurt and why it is time for a clean slate

White Hart Lane station, 8.20pm, the Sunday before last. The north London derby has finished a couple of hours earlier, Arsenal winning 2-0, and a lone Tottenham fan starts to sing. The man, in his mid-to late-50s, wants it to be known that everyone will be “having a party when Sol Campbell dies”. The platform is not particularly crowded and nobody else joins in. Equally, no one steps in. The train arrives, the man gets on and goes home.

In the seconds before kick-off, there had been a different chant from the Spurs support in the South Stand. This time, it comes from hundreds of them and is similarly vile. It is drowned out by the roar for the start of the game and everybody’s focus shifts.

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» Coaching has given me months of headaches – but also bags of joy | Anita Asante

Working as an assistant at Bristol City has been an eye-opener – a mix of overthinking, mental exhaustion and enjoyment

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

Coaching wasn’t alien to me. My first experience came in the US when I worked at some of the summer camps connected to Sky Blue FC (now NJ/NY Gotham FC), the club I was playing for at the time. I would get to go out into different areas within New Jersey, meet local football clubs and work with youth players across different ages. Sometimes with really young children, from age six all the way through to 14 and 15.

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» John Yems was given a get-out-of-jail-free card over racism by FA panel | Sanjay Bhandari

By asking the former Crawley manager if he was ‘consciously racist’ the panel gave him an excuse to double down on denial

Despite being found guilty of 12 charges of discriminatory conduct, but buoyed by the ludicrously outrageous finding that he was “not consciously racist”, John Yems believes that he is the real victim and is owed an apology. For those who believe we live in a culture of victimhood, this is its natural but absurd logical extreme. Truly, we are through the looking glass.

This week, an independent panel commissioned to adjudicate on charges brought by the Football Association against Yems published its reasoned judgment. That judgment catalogued Yems performing a shocking greatest hits of lazy racist tropes: use of the N-word, referring to a player as a “curry muncher”, describing Muslim players as “terrorists” and many more. Despite this grotesque cabaret, most attention has focused on the panel’s finding that, while acknowledging it was an “extremely serious case” that “came across to the victims and others as offensive, racist and Islamaphobic”, Yems was “not consciously racist”. That conclusion was unnecessary, dangerously muddled thinking and does not appear justified by the panel’s other findings.

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» Sacking Lampard was the right decision, but Everton’s woes don’t end there | Barney Ronay

The real problem at Goodison Park is simply the board are extremely bad at running a football club

The beanie hat was the real giveaway. Frank doesn’t wear a beanie hat. This is the same Frank Lampard who drew awed gasps from his fellow West Ham youth players at his vast and immaculate wardrobe crammed full of Ralph Lauren jumpers. Frank is sharp. Frank carries himself right. Frank understands projection, image, display. Frank understands about not wearing a beanie.

And yet Lampard did wear a beanie, lurking like a dispirited hiker on the London Stadium touchline through the 2-0 defeat that would prove to be his last engagement as manager of Everton.

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» Next Generation 2022: 60 of the best young talents in world football

From Antonio Nusa to Mathys Tel, we pick 60 of the most talented players born in 2005. Check the progress of our classes of 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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» Next Generation 2022: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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» From Haaland to Gordon: what happened to Next Generation 2017?

Five years ago we picked 80 promising players from around the world and have followed their progress since then.

Premier League Next Gen 2017 | Rest of the world 2017

Talent spotting in football can be a brutal and precarious business. There are so many pitfalls on the way and a player who is outstanding at 16 may not make it for a variety of reasons: loss of form and/or confidence, injuries and a host of personal reasons.

Every now and then, however, a player comes through who is so good that he or she seems destined to make it to the top. Erling Haaland – or Erling Braut Håland as he was known back then – is one of them. Of course, a serious injury could have derailed his career but he was one of those kids who stand out from an early age.

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» Next Generation 2022: Why scouts select players based on ‘the relative age effect’

If you want a child to make this list, you better make sure he is born as soon as possible after 1 September

Last month the Guardian released Next Generation 2022: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs. As with previous years it selected “the best youngsters at each club”, this time among those born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, an age band known as “first-year scholars”.

As in earlier seasons it makes for interesting reading. But the brain works in mysterious ways, and I did something different this year: I looked at the month of birth of these players. Thirteen were born in the first semester of the selection year (1 September 2005 to 28 February 2006) and seven in the second semester (1 March 2006 to 31 August 2006). Almost twice as many were from the first half.

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» David Squires on … Pelé, the kid who would be football king

Our cartoonist looks back at the life and times of Brazilian football legend Pelé, who has died aged 82

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» Pelé’s shimmering legend was forged in the heat of the 1970 World Cup finals | Jonathan Wilson

The displays that brought worldwide affection came in a tournament that has a mythic place in the collective memory

Football is rarely just football and footballers are rarely just footballers. Pelé was a brilliant forward, a player of grace and imagination, of explosive pace and extraordinary balance, but that is not why his death on Thursday caused such a widespread sense of loss. Nor is it the three World Cups or the two Copa Libertadores he won. To respond to the question of why Pelé mattered with a list of attributes or medals is to miss the point: he mattered because of what he represented.

But to define what he represented is almost impossible, not least because, particularly once his playing career was over, his capacity to represent almost anything made him an advertiser’s dream. He existed in a perfect commercial space, somebody of stature and charisma who was somehow also a blank canvas, capable of promoting almost anything, from Puma to Pepsi, Viagra to diamonds made by heating his own hair under extreme pressure.

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» We called him Rei because Pelé was the king, but he never acted that way | Léo Júnior

The former Brazil international came to know Pelé the man, his patience and humility: ‘He was warm, close’

Pelé called me his idol once. That was the day I played with him, the only time I did, and it was my most emotional moment with him. It was a benefit match at the Maracanã in April 1979, with 140,000 people there after flooding in Minas Gerais. Flamengo against Atlético Mineiro. “My idol!” he called me; that was him, that was his humour, his character, always embracing you. He played with us – Zico and I were in the Flamengo team – and playing with him was like a dream, especially when I played him a pass. I mean, caramba, I gave the ball to Pelé!

Pelé was the greatest for everyone from our generation. It’s hard to express what he meant to us. He had been the best for me from an early age, and thinking of him always brings to mind my grandmother. Santos used to play their big games at the Maracanã rather than in São Paulo: games against teams such as Garrincha’s Botafogo, or Milan.

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