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» Rafa Benitez recalls message to Liverpool stars during chaotic half-time in Istanbul
Benitez had a plan to get Liverpool back into the game from 3-0 down in 2005 Champions League final, but confusion reigned when he was suddenly told one player couldn't continue
» Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after first win in 10 games
Gunners midfielder welcomes back 'winning feeling' after victory over West Ham but warns there's plenty of work ahead for Freddie Ljungberg's team
» Kieran Tierney update after Arsenal star forced off in West Ham win with shoulder injury
Arsenal left-back sent to hospital for tests on shoulder after landing awkwardly during 3-1 victory at London Stadium, while Hector Bellerin was injured in the warm-up
» Manuel Pellegrini fighting for West Ham future after second-half collapse against Arsenal
The Hammers boss is set to find himself under the spotlight ahead of Saturday's game with Southampton after defeat against the Gunners left his side with just one win in 11 games
» Freddie Ljungberg hails Arsenal's second-half response in West Ham victory
Arsenal ended their dismal run of form by scoring three times in just nine minutes to increase the pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini
» Freddie Ljungberg off the mark as Arsenal outlook changes in space of nine minutes
Arsenal fought back from a dismal first-half performance to secure their first win since October to climb up the table
» Rafa Benitez sends Nicolas Pepe warning after his heroics inspire Arsenal comeback
Nicolas Pepe has struggled to justify his £72million price tag so far this season, but was the difference for Arsenal in their 3-1 win over West Ham at London Stadium
» Jurgen Klopp sets sights on third consecutive Champions League final for Liverpool
Liverpool need a point from their final Champions League group stage encounter to be sure of their place in the knockout stages
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenges Marcus Rashford to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd
Marcus Rashford continued his excellent form at the start of the season by scoring the opener in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Saturday
» West Ham 1-3 Arsenal: Gunners return to winning ways in London derby - 5 talking points
Nicolas Pepe scored his first Arsenal goal from open play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli on target for the Gunners
» West Ham 1-3 Arsenal player ratings as Nicolas Pepe helps inspire Gunners comeback
Arsenal went behind against West Ham at London Stadium, but turned the tie around with goals coming from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
» Jamie Carragher reacts to Rafa Benitez's 'Liverpool now have good defenders' comment
The former Liverpool boss hailed Jurgen Klopp's side, pointing out they have quality defenders like Virgil van Dijk... while in the company of Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio
» Arsenal impressed by PSG boss Thomas Tuchel and 'make him top managerial candidate'
Arsenal have been linked to a number of top managers including Mikel Arteta, Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri, but are reportedly very keen on Thomas Tuchel
» Kieran Tierney forced off with injury after Arsenal lose Hector Bellerin in warm-up
Arsenal lost Hector Bellerin to injury in the warm-up before summer signing Kieran Tierney was forced to make way after damaging his shoulder in the first half against West Ham
» Jurgen Klopp refusing to accept excuses if Liverpool are knocked out of Champions League
Liverpool could be knocked out if they don't beat Red Bull Salzburg but Jurgen Klopp will not accept their hectic fixture schedule will have played a part
» Jurgen Klopp lauds Erling Haaland ahead of Liverpool clash with Red Bull Salzburg
Liverpool take on Red Bull Salzburg in their final Champions League group game and come up against in-demand striker Erling Haaland
» Hector Bellerin suffers injury in warm-up ahead of Arsenal's clash with West Ham
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin suffered an injury in the warm-up at London Stadium, and has been replaced with Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the match against West Ham
» Bolton striker Daryl Murphy admits he served ban for taking cocaine
Daryl Murphy has revealed he served a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine during his time with Nottingham Forest
» Rafa Benitez makes decision on whether he'd take Arsenal manager's job
Rafa Benitez has been linked with the Arsenal and Everton jobs after just a few months in the Chinese Super League with Dalian Yifang
» Premier League and FA must stop paying lip service and do something to combat racism
STAN COLLYMORE COLUMN: Manchester United stars Jesse Lingard and Fred were targeted during the derby with Man City and the Premier League must come down stronger
» Barcelona president sends message to Pep Guardiola as Man City 'prepare to lose him'
The Manchester City board are reportedly sounding out possible future candidates for the manager's job amid claims Pep Guardiola could leave at the end of the season
» Jonny Evans outlines how Liverpool are fuelling Leicester title challenge
Leicester have not tasted defeat since they were beaten by Liverpool in October with Jonny Evans instrumental in their recent form
» West Ham 1-3 Arsenal RECAP: Pepe leads Gunners to crucial derby win
Nicolas Pepe inspired a second-half comeback at the London Stadium to give Freddie Ljungberg his first victory since taking charge of the Gunners
» Alan Pardew recalls brutal Joey Barton reaction on his first day as Newcastle manager
Alan Pardew was not a popular choice among Newcastle fans when he was appointed in 2010 and the players were not too keen on him either
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» Martinelli and Pépé spark Arsenal comeback victory against West Ham

If that sensational nine-minute flurry is indicative of what a Freddie Ljungberg side is supposed to represent, perhaps Arsenal will not have to look elsewhere for Unai Emery’s replacement. After an hour of ineptitude the gloom lifted and a night that had threatened to push this wounded club deeper into turmoil ended with Ljungberg on the pitch, hugging his victorious players and celebrating in front of a jubilant and rather surprised away end.

Nobody had seen the turnaround coming at half-time, with West Ham in charge, in the lead and delighted to hear Arsenal booed off by the travelling support. Yet the home sections would empty out long before the end. Arsenal had belatedly discovered their swagger and, when it was done, Ljungberg, his wait for a win over at the third time of asking, clenched a fist and reflected on his bold calls paying off.

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» Jürgen Klopp gets his game face on for a match Liverpool dare not lose | Andy Hunter

Manager in no mood for joking as he landed in Salzburg with his side’s Champions League campaign hanging in the balance

The Austrian media who were expecting a bit of light-hearted banter with Jürgen Klopp at the Red Bull Arena were to be disappointed. It was not the time or place. There was confusion over where to sit alongside Jordan Henderson at the pre-match press conference, a TV light on full beam was shone directly into the face of the Liverpool manager, who then had to correct the interpreter over a mistranslation of his captain’s words. “As you can see,” said Klopp by way of apology, “I am in competitive mood already.” Salzburg should know to expect nothing less.

Liverpool find themselves on familiar ground in the final game of their Champions League group: needing a result to qualify and to keep alive hopes of reaching the final of every European competition they have played under Klopp. Two years ago they needed to avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow and won 7-0. Last season they had to beat Napoli, one of the teams who could prompt the holders’ elimination on Tuesday, and won 1-0. RB Salzburg have “nothing to lose” according to their prolific 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has predicted a 3-1 win for the Austrian champions and a hat-trick for himself in “the biggest game of my career so far”. Liverpool know what it takes to win.

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» Fans must take it upon themselves to resist football's politics of hate | Barney Ronay

As poison drips from parliament, racism in football has surged. Clearly our leaders cannot be trusted to set the right tone

Gary Neville was right. It might have struck a jarring note in the post-match Sky Sports studio, sandwiched between the unsmiling platitudes of Roy Keane and an ad-break sting. But Neville was right to state that for the last few years British politicians have deliberately, or at best carelessly [narrator: it was deliberate], leveraged racial tensions for political gain.

Don’t just take Gary’s word for it. Ask the UN, who have in the last year criticised British politics for exactly this, with specific reference to the “hostile environment” shambles on immigration policy and the insidious rhetoric around Brexit. These things don’t happen in a vacuum. There is a price to be paid.

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» Marcus Rashford can be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, says Solskjær

• Rashford having his most prolific season at Manchester United
• Solskjær: ‘It’s very easy to compare the two of them’

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has encouraged comparisons between Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo and admitted the England forward has the ability to emulate his predecessor at Manchester United.

Rashford’s penalty in the victory over Manchester City in Saturday’s derby took him to double figures in the Premier League for only the second time in his career despite more than half of the season remaining. With 16 goals for club and country so far the 22-year-old is enjoying by far his most prolific campaign since breaking into the United first team under Louis van Gaal in 2016, having been utilised mainly off the left flank by Solskjær and the England manager, Gareth Southgate.

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» Joaquín's feat is a hat-trick for the ages, 19 years in the making | Sid Lowe

At 38 years and 140 days, the Real Betis forward has become the oldest player to score three in a La Liga match

They were all there except him, everyone waiting for the old man again. It was six minutes to two, time to go, and in the tunnel at the Benito Villamarín 21 players lined up ready to go out alongside the referee, Valentín Pizarro Gómez, and one of his assistants. Just up the stairs, the other linesman stood by the dressing-room door, flag in one hand, getting a little impatient. “We’re only missing Joaquín,” he called down, “… yeah I know.” Alongside him the Betis manager, Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’, wore a look that said what do you want me to do? so the linesman took a step inside. “Come on Joaquín!” he shouted. “Let’s go mate. We’re waiting for you here.” Rubi looked at his watch, then stuck his head round the door, nervous now.

The next time he looked it said one minute past two, 01.28 on the screens around the stadium, and the place was going wild. Joaquín had finally left the dressing room, high-fived his manager and, with linesman in tow shouting “come on let’s go”, led them into the sunshine. He had shaken hands with all of Athletic’s players, Betis’s anthem booming round as he went along the line, and posed for a team picture with dozens of kids, many in wheelchairs. He had chosen ends, Iñaki Williams calling wrong, stood head bowed in silence in honour of former player Francisco Aparicio, and belted the ball into the net. He had been out only seven minutes, touched the ball only twice, and hadn’t even been playing 90 seconds, but he had already scored.

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» Duncan Ferguson lifts Everton gloom and Son goes solo – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, John Brewin, Flo Lloyd-Hughes and George Elek discuss Solskjær’s derby advantage, Big Dunc’s energy, Son v Ronaldo, Liverpool and Leicester, WSL wondergoals and a one-sided cup final

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We take a look back at the weekend’s football, starting with Manchester United’s shock 2-1 win over Manchester City – the second Manchester derby they’ve won in their last three visits to the Etihad.

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» Burnley supporter, 13, ejected from Spurs stadium for alleged racist gesture

• Boy alleged to have directed gesture at Son Heung-min
• Incident adds to depressing weekend in Premier League

Burnley have confirmed that a 13-year-old supporter was ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following an alleged racist gesture towards Son Heung-min during a Premier League weekend blighted by a number of alleged racist and discriminatory incidents.

Burnley said in a statement that the alleged abuse by the supporter, who was accompanied by a guardian at Saturday’s game, is being investigated by the Metropolitan police, assisted by Lancashire police and the two clubs.

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» Frank Lampard urges Chelsea to embrace ‘big night’ against Lille

• Manager says his side need to take their chances at home
• Win will ensure Champions League qualification from group

A troubling statistic before Chelsea attempt to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by beating Lille on Tuesday evening: aside from the Carabao Cup victory over League Two’s Grimsby Town in September, Frank Lampard’s young side have not held a half-time lead at Stamford Bridge since the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on 31 August.

It has been a common sight this season, Chelsea getting bogged down at home after failing to build on fast starts, and Lampard needs his players to discover the clinical edge they have shown on the road when they host Lille.

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» Russia banned from Tokyo Olympics and football World Cup
  • Wada hands Russia a four-year ban for doping offences
  • Individual athletes can still compete under a neutral banner

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from international sporting competition for a doping cover-up that means the country will not feature at the Tokyo Olympics next summer or the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar.

An emergency meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday unanimously voted to exclude Russia and also prevent it from hosting or bidding to host any global tournaments. The ban was imposed by Wada’s executive committee after Russia was found to have tampered with laboratory data handed over to Wada as a condition for ending a previous three-year ban for state-sponsored doping.

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» Freddie Ljungberg hands Arsenal a warning after West Ham win
• Interim manager celebrates his first victory in charge
• Manuel Pellegrini admits he is worried about Hammers

Freddie Ljungberg warned his players not to get carried away after a spectacular comeback against West Ham boosted the Swede’s hopes of landing the Arsenal job on a permanent basis.

Ljungberg earned his first win as Arsenal’s interim coach after a nine-minute burst that will force West Ham to reconsider Manuel Pellegrini’s position as manager. Pellegrini’s side led at half-time thanks to a goal from Angelo Ogbonna but the visitors secured their first victory in 10 matches thanks to strikes from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pépé and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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» The 100 best female footballers in the world 2019

Sam Kerr has narrowly beaten Lucy Bronze to finish top of our ranking of the best players in the world this year. In association with The Offside Rule

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» Jesse Marsch: 'At Salzburg, I'm not treated like an American coach'

The Wisconsin-born coach went viral with his half-time rant at Anfield but his star will rise higher still if his team can eliminate Liverpool

It was a typical scene, really.

The players sit stoically in the visitors’ dressing room, watching their coach pace and gesticulate, listening carefully as he implores them to toughen up in the face of a two-goal half-time deficit. He tells them they’re showing too much respect for their opponent, in this case the reigning champions of Europe. They must be more physical, he insists, even if it means picking up a foul. His words are delivered in German with a dash of English.

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» Pépé caps a lightning revival to give Freddie Ljungberg glimmer of hope | Nick Ames

Forward scored vital goal against West Ham when Arsenal’s frontline offered a glimpse of stand-in manager’s vision

One flourish of the left foot and, for a few days at least, everything else could be forgotten. Nicolas Pépé’s adaptation to the Premier League has been uncertain and, in truth, nobody could really have envied him the introductory few months he has endured at a troubled Arsenal. It must have felt like being asked to parachute safely on to the north face of Everest; in which case the telling slalom through West Ham’s ever-obliging defence, and the rich oxygen its denouement breathed into both his campaign and that of his team, could hardly have seemed a more blessed relief.

Pépé had not scored for Arsenal in open play before flashing a 66th-minute finish beyond David Martin to give them a comeback lead and, from a state of dejection and disarray, put a flame under Freddie Ljungberg’s tenure. It has been easy to question the wisdom of the £72m fee paid to Lille for the Ivorian; it says plenty for Pépé, though, that as he shaped to shoot there seemed only one outcome. He has beautiful shooting technique on his favoured side and, given a rare chance to prove the point, shone the brightest of lights where there had been none.

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» Liverpool ‘will go for everything’ in key Salzburg game, says Jürgen Klopp
• Defeat in Austria could eliminate holders Liverpool
• Klopp: ‘We are still ambitious like crazy’

Jürgen Klopp has warned Salzburg that Liverpool “are still ambitious like crazy” and will not be stopped from achieving their aims by the most intense schedule he has ever encountered.

The European champions can progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesdaywith a win or draw in Austria, or with a defeat should Napoli lose at home to Genk. They will be eliminated, however, should Napoli win and Salzburg beat Klopp’s side by the same scoreline or better than their 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October.

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» Two Wolves supporters arrested for homophobic abuse at Brighton game

• Brighton confirm arrests during 2-2 draw on Sunday
• ‘We simply won’t stand for it at the Amex’

Brighton have announced that two visiting supporters were arrested on suspicion of homophobic abuse during Sunday’s match with Wolves at the Amex Stadium.

Two men, aged 46 and 48 from Bridgnorth in Shropshire, were ejected from the away section during the 2-2 draw and later arrested by Sussex Police outside the ground. They have since been released pending investigation.

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» Agent Saif Rubie banned for six weeks and fined over ‘improper’ use of Twitter
• Tweets related to Adam Johnson and England Women’s team
• Rubie claimed ‘dirty dishes’ tweet referred to male cleaner

The Football Association has banned the agent Saif Rubie for five weeks and fined him £10,000 for “improper” comments he made on Twitter relating to the former Manchester City winger Adam Johnson and the England women’s football team.

Rubie, who accused Liverpool of “mentally bullying” his client Bobby Duncan before the England youth forward’s move to Fiorentina in September, has been suspended from all “intermediary activities” until 15 January after being found guilty of two breaches of the FA’s rule E3 by an independent regulatory commission. He will also have to attend an FA education programme for improper use of social media within four months, with failure to do so leading to a potential further ban.

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» Dalian Atkinson death: police officers to stand trial next September

Benjamin Monk is accused of murder and Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith denies assault

A police officer accused of the murder of the former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson will stand trial in September alongside a colleague who denies assaulting the ex-footballer.

PC Benjamin Monk, 41, was not required to enter pleas to a count of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter during a pre-trial hearing at Birmingham crown court on Monday.

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» Jürgen Klopp happy after Naby Keïta makes up for lost time at Liverpool

• Midfielder impresses in destruction of Bournemouth
• Sadio Mané set to return at RB Salzburg this week

Jürgen Klopp has admitted he sought to reaffirm his confidence in Naby Keïta, after the Liverpool midfielder endured a difficult start to the season, but said he never doubted the player’s ability to make a meaningful impact. Keïta had played only 14 minutes in the Premier League this season before an impressive display against Bournemouth on Saturday, with the one-time club-record signing on the scoresheet as Liverpool extended their lead at the summit to 11 points.

Keïta has been limited to a bit-part role since his £52.75m move from RB Leipzig last year and this season has been particularly frustrating for him after he sustained a muscle injury in August. Keïta, who has made 16 league starts in all for Liverpool, missed the end of last season with a thigh problem but shone after being promoted to the starting lineup for the 3-0 victory and Klopp said his belief in the midfielder has never wavered.

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» Beth England’s goal helps unbeaten Chelsea overcome Manchester City

Beth England’s first goal in a Chelsea shirt against Manchester City and her assist for a Maren Mjelde second helped the Blues come from behind to earn their first Women’s Super League win against their title rivals in five years.

Emma Hayes praised the “ice cool” nature of her side, who have now earned comeback victories against title contenders Arsenal and City this season. “I think it says a lot about the character of the team,” the Chelsea manager said.

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» General election beckons but sportsmen and women are staying quiet | Jonathan Liew
Lineker and Sterling are among the few to speak out in this campaign but the trend is a growing political apathy in sport

Three years ago, with the EU referendum on a knife-edge and the Remain campaign struggling to gain traction, No 10 hit on the idea of trying to mobilise support within the world of sport. A well-connected agent called Jon Smith was despatched to try to drum up interest and perhaps secure a few valuable endorsements. As he went, however, he quickly realised he was running against a brick wall.

On learning Leave was doing alarmingly well in the north-east Smith tried to arrange a photo opportunity with Newcastle’s Andros Townsend, Sunderland’s Fabio Borini and David Cameron. Borini was open to the suggestion but Townsend flatly refused and the idea was shelved. It was a similar story elsewhere: virtually nobody within the game was prepared to go on the record. As Smith later wrote in his book The Deal: “Most people in football wouldn’t put their head above the parapet. They felt the campaign had been so onerous they didn’t want to offend potentially half of their club’s fanbase.”

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

Aston Villa need more firepower, Tottenham’s front four are flying again and Manchester City have fallen behind

The difference between finishing 17th and 18th in the Premier League is often a striker who can score 10 goals a season. Aston Villa’s line is being led by Wesley, a £22m summer signing from Club Brugge. Thus far he has scored four goals in 16 Premier League appearances, the last coming more than two months ago. There is no doubting the Brazilian is short of confidence, not troubling Kasper Schmeichel on Sunday, but his hold-up play and lack of physicality must be a concern for Dean Smith whose reserve, Jonathan Kodjia, was deemed not worthy of replacing Wesley in Villa’s thrashing. Admittedly, Leicester’s defence is the best in the league but Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu barely broke sweat. January is fast approaching and Smith will have to do some business to avoid the drop. Do nothing and Villa’s fate could be sealed quickly. Will Unwin

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Chelsea make it six in a row, Arsenal stay two points clear while Liverpool and Bristol City look destined for a relegation scrap

Chelsea are the division’s only unbeaten team, and having come from behind to win against Manchester City on Sunday are two points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. That’s their sixth league win in a row, which demonstrates the consistency they are now achieving, and Beth England’s goal was her sixth in five games in all competitions. She’s an old-school centre-forward: a poacher and a grafter, and as she showed on Sunday she will be in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball in if necessary. With England in great form, Sophie Ingle stepping up to be that physical presence in midfield and Maren Mjelde, who got the winning goal against City, showing her quality, allied to the reliable excellence of their Rolls-Royce player, Ji So-yun, Chelsea are in a great place. Ellie Roebuck was City’s outstanding player, and it was her saves that kept the score respectable. For me she’s now England’s No1, no question, and Caroline Weir is getting better and better, but across the team there’s been a lack of investment, compared with what other WSL teams have been doing, and that’s now being punished.

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» Gladbach dare to believe after stirring win over Bayern in 'real Klassiker' | Andy Brassell

More than 40 years since Borussia Mönchengladbach were champions, rising hopes for them are a boost for the Bundesliga

This, the more gnarled of Bundesliga followers would tell you, is the real Klassiker. Years of mere intermittent threats to Bayern Munich’s dominance have made Borussia Dortmund, Germany’s most visible other club and the champions’ most frequent irritants, the default opposition for a showpiece. More than 40 years have passed since Borussia Mönchengladbach were champions for a fifth and as yet final time, an era in which the mantle of top dogs was a real back-and-forth. In the 1970s, Gladbach’s first two titles and last three were split by a Bayern run of three in succession.

It may be way too early to declare a similar state of suspense but something has changed, and not only because the last time Gladbach were top for this long was that 1976-77 season in which Jupp Heynckes, Rainer Bonhof, Allan Simonsen and company swept Die Fohlen to the Meisterschale. Bayern were here and worse at this time last year, trailing Dortmund by nine points. It does, however, feel “different” this time around, as Joshua Kimmich remarked in the corridors of Borussia-Park as Saturday evening drew in.

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» Super rich versus the rest: Champions League groups hampered by inequality | Jonathan Wilson
Despite the efforts of Dinamo Zagreb, Club Brugge, Slavia Prague and Olympiakos, group stages are still all too predictable

What have we done to deserve this? The last round of Champions League group fixtures is on us and only half the qualifiers are already known. There will actually be something to play for, intrigue on both nights, which is rare enough by this stage. Football is spoiling us.

Liverpool, the holders, could conceivably go out. There’s a head-to-head showdown between Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta. There are complicated permutations to determine which two of Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia go through. It has been a better group stage than most. And yet it remains easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for an outsider to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

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» Aleksander Ceferin’s ‘long nose’ issue highlights the VAR offside conundrum | Greg Wood

Proposal to give attackers 10-20cm leeway on offsides shows the dangers of being too precise in tight situations

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, whose book How Not To Be Wrong – the Hidden Maths of Everyday Life makes only one, oblique reference to football anywhere in its 18 chapters. Aleksander Ceferin, a former lawyer from Slovenia, is the president of Uefa, the sport’s European governing body. They do not, on the face of it, have a great deal in common, but given Ceferin’s suggestion this past week that VAR is, by and large, “a mess”, he might like to know that Ellenberg has an interesting argument as to why that might be the case.

Ceferin, who was interviewed by the Daily Mirror, was talking about VAR in general, but ultra-tight offside decisions in particular. “If you have a long nose,” he said, “you can be in an offside position these days. Also the lines are drawn by the VARs. So it’s a bit subjective drawing of objective criteria.”

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» Sam Kerr: Australia striker named Guardian's best female footballer of 2019 – video profile

Sam Kerr has been named the Guardian's best female footballer of 2019. The Australian player, who recently joined the Women's Super League title contenders Chelsea, scored five goals at the World Cup this summer, leading Australia to the last 16. The 26-year-old tops the all-time scorer charts in both the Australian W-League and the US National Women's Soccer League and improves on her second-place finish in our top 100 last year

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» ‘Maybe next season will be better’: Guardiola reacts to Manchester derby defeat - video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was left to lament his side's defensive failings after they were 2-1 at home by rivals Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial put United 2-0 up in the first half and although Nicolás Otamendi pulled a goal back for the champions and set up a nerve-wracking finish, the visitors held firm.

Manchester City's return of 32 points after 16 games is the worst start to a season for Pep Guardiola in his managerial career. 

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» Ferguson jokes he 'can't go through this again' after debut Everton win – video

Duncan Ferguson was in jovial mood after he led Everton to victory over Chelsea – but said he is taking one game at a time. The caretaker manager inspired Everton to move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 win.

'I don't know if I can go through this again to be honest with you,' Ferguson joked. 'I need my fitness level up that's for sure, the way I ran up and down the touchline.'

Everton 3-1 Chelsea: match report

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» Solskjær praises Rashford as Mourinho admits Manchester United were better than Spurs – video

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjær has praised Marcus Rashford for his performance in the team's win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United revelled in their 2-1 victory with José Mourinho admitting that the opposition 'were much better than us' 

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» ‘Why would I want to leave Leicester?’: Rodgers plays down Arsenal link – video

Brendan Rodgers has moved to quash speculation about him taking the vacant manager role at Arsenal. When asked about the role on Monday, Rodgers said 'I'm happy here, very happy and I feel I want to continue with that'. Leicester currently sit second in the Premier League, 13 points above the Gunners.

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» Freddie Ljungberg 'proud' of Arsenal after draw with Norwich City on managerial debut – video

Interim Arsenal manager, Freddie Ljungberg, spoke after the Gunners drew 2-2 away to Norwich City in his first game in charge. 

Arsenal came from behind twice, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring both of the visitors' goals.

Ljungberg said that was he was 'proud and honoured' to be standing on the touchline and leading Arsenal. 

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» Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto are leading Lazio's surge | Nicky Bandini

Win over Juventus might have allowed a third horse to enter Serie A’s title race – with a wealth of attacking riches to call on

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic needed only one glance to know it was time to start running. Few of the 60,000 fans in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico could have guessed what was about to happen as the Serbian, moving without the ball in the middle of the Juventus half, began to accelerate towards the left touchline. Seconds later, he was beside the penalty spot, scoring to give Lazio a 2-1 lead.

It was a strike that highlighted the breadth of Milinkovic-Savic’s talent. He had judged his movement perfectly, pulling away from Alex Sandro and bending a run into the blind spot behind Matthijs de Ligt at centre-back. Strength and finesse were required to hold off the Dutchman while taming a cross on one boot and burying it with the other.

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» A week at Bordeaux: protests, fallouts, a huge win and a familiar defeat

Bordeaux won 6-0 on Tuesday and were beaten 3-1 on Sunday. And that’s only half the story

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

As Laurent Koscielny trudged off the pitch on Sunday evening at the Stade Vélodrome, he must have been experiencing no small amount of déjà vu. The former Arsenal stalwart left London to escape the disappointment that comes when you play well against a team that is also challenging for a Champions League place, but let a lead slip thanks to some sloppy defending and poor marking at set pieces. When he joined Bordeaux in the summer he was hoping to add some nous to an ambitious project centred around youth, but the 3-1 defeat at Marseille would have felt awfully familiar.

There is no shame in losing to Marseille – who are flying in the league after six straight wins – even if the defeat did lay bare the fallibility of Paulo Sousa’s 3-4-2-1 formation. Pablo, Koscielny and Vukasin Jovanovic are technically intelligent centre-backs, but they are not especially gifted with pace or the ability to pick a pass under pressure. And the Bordeaux goalkeeper, Benoît Costil, is not particularly proficient with his feet.

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» Ange Postecoglou wins J-League title with Yokohama F.Marinos
  • Yokohama wrapped up title with 3-0 win over Tokyo FC
  • Victory adds to coach’s Asian Cup, A-League and NSL titles

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has completed one of the most significant achievements by an Australian coach, winning the J-League with Yokohama F.Marinos.

Postecoglou’s team wrapped up the Japanese championship in style on Saturday, defeating nearest rivals Tokyo FC 3-0 to secure the title by six points.

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» David Squires on ... how long can Markus babble on at Leaky Wanderers?

Our cartoonist looks at how it has gone wrong for the Western Sydney Wanderers coach this season

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» Bordeaux ultras storm pitch and cause 25-minute delay … then team win 6-0
  • Fans demanding resignation of club president
  • London-born Josh Maja fires hat-trick in rout

Dozens of Bordeaux fans stormed on to the pitch during their Ligue 1 match against Nîmes, forcing the game to be halted for 25 minutes.

The angry supporters staged a protest on the touchline, causing the referee, Clément Turpin, to stop the game after 11 minutes and send both teams back into the dressing rooms. Bordeaux’s group of hardcore fans, known as the Ultramarines, were demanding the resignation of the longtime president, Frédéric Longuépée, despite the club’s impressive season so far.

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» US Soccer has $162m in the bank. So where does all the money go?

The US Soccer Federation has huge cash assets but it may need to drain that fund with lawsuits looming, and the men’s team in need of revival

In 2000, the US Soccer Federation was on shaky financial ground. A couple of business plans list ambitious ideas to build the sport in America while reining in expenses to balance against projected revenues around of $30m. The effort worked, and the sport’s American overseers doubled their assets to $14m.

As of March 2018, according to the Form 990 filing required of nonprofits, the federation’s assets are $162.7m. Roughly a third of that money is from the one-time windfall of hosting the 2016 Copa America Centenario, but US Soccer still brought in more than $120m in revenue in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2018, the same fiscal year that the men’s national team flopped in World Cup qualifying.

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» Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’Hara

In Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back Ellie Carpenter, who has been voted the 88th best women’s footballer on the planet.

It was the second half, and Australia had dragged themselves back into the game after conceding twice, largely against the run of play. Carpenter collected the ball in her own half and drove into the empty green space beyond. It was an image anybody who has recently watched the 19-year old is familiar with: her torso upright, her arms slicing through the air, her white-blonde ponytail blazing out behind her.

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» Socceroos given shot at Lionel Messi and Argentina at Copa América
  • Graham Arnold’s side also face Luis Suárez’s Uruguay
  • Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay complete Group A

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is daring to dream after Australia were drawn alongside co-hosts Argentina and Lionel Messi for next year’s Copa América. Wednesday’s draw in Colombia for the South American continental championship put Australia into Group A alongside the two-time World Cup champions as well as Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and old rivals Uruguay.

The Socceroos will play five group matches against each nation, with the top four teams from the pool progressing into the quarter-finals of the 12-nation tournament. A provisional draw from governing body Conmebol has Australia kicking off their campaign in Cordoba against Uruguay, famously the nation the Socceroos got past in a play off in 2005 to reach their first World Cup since 1974.

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» Atlético Madrid get on the wrong side of Lionel Messi's genius once again

When Messi picked up the ball in the 86th minute on Sunday, what would follow for Diego Simeone’s team became inevitable

“It smelt of danger,” Diego Simeone said. Late on Sunday night, all drenched in black, Atlético Madrid’s manager could see it coming and so could everyone else, a ball collected 50 yards out that felt like an open goal. Chests tightened: there was a long way to go, a lot of defenders in front of him – five six, seven of them – a passage so tight and a target so small it was hard enough to see, let alone hit, but it already felt like Lionel Messi had escaped. They had, after all, seen this so many times before: the same moment, the same movement, the same outcome, simultaneously happening in slow motion and stuck on fast-forward, which defines him somehow. It was all so very Messi.

Related: Lionel Messi’s late winner sinks Atlético Madrid and puts Barcelona top

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» Next Generation 2019: 60 of the best young talents in world football

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s son, the new Paul Pogba and Barça’s Ansu Fati are among our 60 most talented players in the world born in 2002. Check the progress of our 2018 picks | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Photographs by DZfoot, BackpagePix, Club Atlético Belgrano, EFE, EPA, Getty Images, Uwe Gruen/Hoffenheim, AMA/Getty Images, Rex/Shutterstock, Zuma Press/PA, FIFA, Tigres, Damir Krajac/CROPIX, Alamy, Daniel Reyes/Ecuafutbol, Reuters, Atromitos, Imago/PA, fotoBERNAMA, New Straits Times, José Alonso Paredes Sánchez, Agencja Gazeta, David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty, AP, Asian Football Confederation, Danubio FC and Championat Asia

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» Next Generation 2019: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

The Guardian selects the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Photographs by David Price/Arsenal/Getty Images, Neville Williams/Aston Villa/Getty Images, AFC Bournemouth, Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC, Paul Dennis/TGS/Shutterstock, Clive Howes/Chelsea/Getty Images, Danny Loo/PPAUK, Emma Simpson/Everton/Getty Images, Nick Taylor/Liverpool/Getty Images, Manchester City/Getty Images, Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images, Jason Dawson/Jasonpix, James Wilson/Sportimage, Simon Bellis/Sportimage, Robin Jones/Digital South/Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur/Getty Images, Alan Cozzi/Watford, Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United and Sam Bagnall/AMA

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» Next Generation: after five years, how has our first full class of picks fared?

From Rashford to Tielemans, we check in on how our initial Next Generation players have got on before the 2019 ones are announced this week

In 2014 we decided that it would be interesting to pick the best young players from each Premier League club – as well as 40 from around the world – and follow them for five years to see how they progressed.

The idea was to try to get a sense of how difficult it is to become a professional footballer despite being one of the best in that country at the age of 16 or 17.

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» Harley Willard: ‘Iceland’s a good place just to concentrate on your football’

The winger, who was part of the Guardian’s first Next Generation in 2014, talks about rebuilding his career after being released by Southampton

Harley Willard made one of those sliding-doors decisions that can turn anyone’s life around last December. He had arrived at Heathrow airport, packed and ready for the 14-hour slog back to Phnom Penh, and at that point another season at the Cambodian club Svay Rieng felt like a trade-off he could just about stomach. The football there offered few real prospects but he had enjoyed the lifestyle and, after such an uncertain year and a half since leaving Southampton, surely his happiness was the most important thing.

Related: Next Generation: after five years, how has our first full class of picks fared?

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» Amazon creeps into football’s broadcast jungle with stream designed to drown us | Jonathan Liew
Amazon Prime’s debut night was aiming for continuity, as if you wouldn’t even notice it further monetising your love of football

One of the lesser known but more frequently thumbed tomes on my bookshelf is something called The Premier League Handbook. Published in the summer of 1992 before the launch of a zippy new competition called the FA Premier League and competitively priced at £3.99, it’s a nostalgic and richly comic artefact, a sepia‑tinted window into the hoopla and razzmatazz that greeted English football’s brave new dawn.

And so in among the usual season previews (Dean Saunders and Jason Dozzell were among the “players to watch” that year) was a six-page feature on an upstart young broadcaster called Sky Sports, which was promising to reinvent the way we watched football and not the least reticent about it. Sky, we were told, would bring with it “space-age gadgetry” and “computer graphics”. Tension would be heightened by – and I quote – “a clock running constantly in one corner of the screen”. It was, in so many ways, a more innocent age.

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» Like Chelsea, Arsenal need legend in the dugout and his name is Patrick Vieira | Eni Aluko

Frank Lampard has transformed atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s former captain would do same at Emirates

When I left Chelsea to join Juventus last year Antonio Conte was a couple of weeks away from the sack. I had arrived for my second spell at Chelsea in 2012 just a few weeks after Roberto Di Matteo had lost the job. The men’s team won two league titles in the six years I was there but there was also a lot of disappointment and a lot of managers who struggled to really connect with the fans, a problem that continued under Maurizio Sarri last season. On Wednesday, a few days after my return from Turin, I went back to Stamford Bridge working as a pundit to find a club transformed.

Related: Freddie Ljungberg wants results to do talking under Emirates spotlight | Ed Aarons

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» Vivianne Miedema: Arsenal's six-goal headline stealer who hates limelight

The hyper-intelligent forward scored six goals and set up four last Sunday in one of the great individual displays of any era

On Sunday, in north London, records were smashed. Arsenal’s 11-1 pounding of Bristol City became the highest-scoring game in Women’s Super League history – surpassing Liverpool’s 9-0 defeat of Doncaster Belles in 2014.

A scoreline that emphatic often prompts talk of the collective clicking like never before, of teamwork triumphing. At Meadow Park that was true; the crisp instinctive passing, the movement of the midfield diamond, the high line and searing passes of the back three, made you drool.

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» The Fiver | It doesn’t bear thinking about, does it, Liverpool fans?

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Depending on which way you look at things, it was either a good or bad weekend for Liverpool. Let’s start with events at the Scottish Tin Pot final, where Pope’s Newc O’Rangers thrashed the Queen’s Celtic by nil goals to one. Poor $tevie Mbe, standing there in the pouring rain, soaked to the bone, cursing Steve McClaren, unable to shelter under a brolly lest the tabloid press brands him a dry ponce. What must have been going through the poor man’s dripping noggin, history repeating itself as a furious South American striker ran around kicking people for no good reason while his team’s hopes of a title went up in smoke. At least he didn’t slip over in a puddle, eh ladies and gentlemen, am I right, etc.

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» Football transfer rumours: Marouane Fellaini to Mourinho's Tottenham?

Today’s fluff has a face like a magnet

According to Belgian paper la Dernière Heure, José Mourinho has identified a Belgian player who would be an ideal recruit for his Tottenham revolution – and it’s Marouane Fellaini. Apparently after playing for Shandong Luneng Taishan in their defeat to Shanghai Shenhua in Friday’s China Cup final second leg, the elbow-swinging midfielder “received a call that would have been a balm to his heart” – from Mourinho himself. “The Portuguese coach would like to bring our compatriot back to the Premier League,” they write, “and has made the move a priority for his first transfer window at Tottenham, particularly given that there is nobody currently at the club with a similar profile … This is the beginning of what could be the great drama of this winter window.” They go so far as to describe Fellaini as “Mourinho’s special one”, though whether Spurs fans will view the 31-year-old’s potential arrival quite so tenderly remains to be seen.

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

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» David Squires on … how are Arsenal doing, boss?

Our resident cartoonist on what the Gunners will do next after Unai Emery’s sacking

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» The best scoring seasons by players from Asia or Oceania in Europe | The Knowledge

Plus: managers with a knack for getting sacked, goal-hungry teams of 10 men and Premier League Vans

“What’s the highest position in a goalscoring chart a player from Oceania or Asia has finished in Europe?” asks Kenn Rushworth.

If we are talking about the top five leagues in Europe (Spain, Italy, England, France and Germany) the answer is second. New Zealand’s Wynton Rufer scored 17 goals for Werder Bremen in 1992-93 to lead them to the Bundesliga title by one point. The striker, who was named Oceania Player of the Century, was also joint-top scorer in the 1993-94 Champions League with eight goals alongside Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman.

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» Football quiz: José Mourinho v Tottenham Hotspur

Mourinho has won more games against Spurs than any other club. Can you remember his victories, defeats and moans?

What happened the last time José Mourinho led out a team against Tottenham?

He suffered the biggest home defeat of his whole career

He won his last game as Manchester United manager

He lost the match and was sacked the next day

He was sent to the stands for shouting at the fourth official

Mourinho came out fighting after that defeat, demanding “respect, respect, respect man”. What did he say to reporters after the match, while holding up three fingers?

“I won the Champions League three times”

“We should have had three penalties. Three clear penalties”

“I have won league titles in three countries. I am Mr Europe”

“I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them”

Mourinho’s first ever game against Tottenham, in September 2004, finished 0-0. After the match he said: "They brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. I'm really frustrated because there was only one team looking to win." Who was the Tottenham manager at the time?

Martin Jol

Harry Redknapp

Tim Sherwood

Jacques Santini

Despite Mourinho’s claims about Spurs “parking the bus” against his Chelsea team, Tottenham pulled off a brilliant 5-3 win when the clubs met on New Year’s Day in 2015. Who scored a penalty for Spurs that day – the only penalty he has ever scored in the league?

Christian Eriksen

Andros Townsend

Roberto Soldado

Paulinho

Mourinho has faced his new clubs once in the Champions League – when Real Madrid were drawn against Spurs in the quarter-finals of the tournament in 2011. How did that tie finish after two legs?

Real Madrid 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid 6-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Real win on penalties)

Real Madrid 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs win on away goals)

Which former Premier League player scored two goals against Tottenham in that tie?

Luka Modric

Xabi Alonso

Cristiano Ronaldo

Emmanuel Adebayor

Spurs lost the first leg of that tie 4-0. Having one of their players sent off after just 14 minutes did not help. Who was shown the red card?

Michael Dawson

Jermaine Jenas

Peter Crouch

Williams Gallas

Mourinho claims that Tottenham tried to appoint him in 2007. What reason did he give for turning them down?

“Because they never spend any money”

“Because I completed the Premier League many times”

“Because I prefer west London”

“Because I love Chelsea supporters too much. I’m Chelsea”

Before this season began, Mourinho was asked which teams could win the league. He replied: “Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and …

“… Arsenal if they give me the job”

“… any team that appoints me before Christmas”

“… hang on, not Tottenham. They will bottle it”

“… the Man City B team”

Mourinho has won a cup final against his new club. He was the Chelsea manager when they beat Spurs 2-0 to win the League Cup at Wembley in 2015. John Terry scored the first goal for Chelsea that day. Who scored the second?

Hugo Lloris

Kyle Walker

Danny Rose

Eric Dier

1 and above.

You are a specialist in failure

2 and above.

You are a specialist in failure

3 and above.

You are a specialist in failure

4 and above.

You are a specialist in failure

5 and above.

You won the League Cup early on but were sacked in your third season

6 and above.

You won the League Cup early on but were sacked in your third season

7 and above.

You won the League Cup early on but were sacked in your third season

8 and above.

You are the special one

9 and above.

You are the special one

0 and above.

You are a specialist in failure

10 and above.

You are the special one

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» Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 top scorers 2019-20

Keep up with the top scorers in European football’s leading five leagues, updated throughout the season

16 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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» The Joy of Six: football and the outside of the boot | Rob Smyth

From Brazilian screamers to an extravagant shank via Peruvian insouciance, we celebrate one of football’s most difficult skills

NB: The point of the Joy of Six is not to rank things, only to enjoy them

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» The forgotten story of ... Ray Freeman, the ‘madman’ manager and trailblazer

The British coach enjoyed such success in Norway with Brann in the 1970s that he was awarded honorary citizen status

SK Brann’s Europa League campaign ended on Thursday with a 2-1 defeat by Shamrock Rovers in Dublin, just down the road from where their very first continental adventure foundered 46 years ago at the hands of the Belfast side Glentoran. Decades of competition in Europe for the Norwegian club began under the guidance of an intrepid Englishman, Ray Freeman, who died this year and is remembered with great fondness.

Brann fans used to call him the Madman of Bergen because of his touchline gesticulations and hollering. But his method and personality won such admiration that within two years of his arrival he became the first person to be awarded honorary citizen status in Norway’s second-biggest city. He inspired Brann to their first Norwegian Cup triumph for 47 years. Which was some going for a man who took the job when he was only 27 and just after Brann’s star player, Roald Jensen, had been banned for kicking a referee up the backside.

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» Marco Silva appears to be done in England – but he remains a managerial mystery | Barney Ronay

The sacked Everton manager has been in English football for three years but has not grown roots at any of his three clubs, built no notable teams and won only 32 league matches

“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.” When it comes to Marco Silva and the Premier League it is tempting to wonder which part of Joseph Heller’s dictum is most applicable. The third part? All of them? None?

There was something haunting about the sight of Silva on the Anfield touchline as Liverpool scored four goals in the first half on Wednesday evening. Usually managers in this position – forced to stand in the light as a game, a season, a version of their own future slips away – have a set of mannerisms to sustain them.

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» Four screens and countless tweets: the modern perils of consuming football

Amazon’s major selling point, that you can watch all the games, is the worst thing about it. You CAN watch them all. Add in social media, and being an armchair fan becomes exhausting

TV to the left of me, laptops to the right, there I was, stuck in the middle with Amazon Prime. Primed for prime on a Tuesday night – waiting like all other broadcasters who hadn’t been asked to take part to see if it fell apart.

A centre-forward relies on the service from the wide men. Here Gabby Logan and friends depended on the service of your broadband. And I had no complaints. It ran smoothly and the football happened. Like it always does. The football, of course, wasn’t the important bit. What mattered was how well social media performed over the course of the evening.

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» Unai Emery fails to clear language barrier in era of manager-storytellers | Jonathan Liew

Spaniard did not fail at Arsenal because of his poor English, but for a modern Premier League manager language is a weapon to be used with precision and nuance

The first question of the press conference was about Petr Cech. The veteran Arsenal goalkeeper had just announced his retirement from football at the end of the season, and as Unai Emery was asked to offer some words of tribute you could see the cogs whirring in his head as he composed his response. A short pause. “Good afternoon,” he began with his customary courtesy. “First, I think he’s a very big person.”

Certainly there could be no qualms about the factual content of the statement, given Cech’s height of 6ft 5in. Yet the suspicion remained that this was not quite the glowing tribute to his outgoing stalwart that Arsenal’s manager had quite intended. And as Emery departs north London, the suspicion remains that it is little comic vignettes like this – as much as anything he achieved on the pitch – that will be the true legacy of his time at Arsenal.

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