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» Chelsea fine list leaked - including huge £20k for being late to training
Players also receive punishments for offences such as phones ringing, not turning up for community events and reporting for duty in the wrong kit
» Gareth Southgate explains decision to axe Raheem Sterling from England squad
England star Sterling will not feature for the Three Lions on Thursday against Montenegro after a bust-up with Joe Gomez at St George's Park on Monday
» Was Gareth Southgate right to axe Raheem Sterling after Joe Gomez row?
Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday night after he clashed with Joe Gomez at St George's Park
» Liverpool worried over Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson injuries ahead of Crystal Palace
Both Salah and Robertson are struggling with ankle injuries and Liverpool officials are now worried that they could both be absent at Selhurst Park
» Patrick Vieira gives verdict on Unai Emery amid speculation he could replace Spaniard at Arsenal
Emery is under increasing pressure after struggling Arsenal were easily beaten by Leicester City on Saturday night
» BBC presenter Craig Mitch forced to apologise after calling Liverpool 'a s***hole'
The Match of the Day X host made the comments five years ago, including claiming Liverpool was a place where "people still haven't got jobs"
» Joe Gomez asked Gareth Southgate not to punish Raheem Sterling over canteen bust-up
Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after his clash with Joe Gomez
» Gareth Southgate press conference as England boss discusses Raheem Sterling row
Manchester City star Sterling will not be in the squad against Montenegro after tempers flared with team-mate Joe Gomez at the St George's Park canteen on Monday
» Raheem Sterling 'hung out to dry' by England boss Gareth Southgate declares Rio Ferdinand
Raheem Sterling has been axed from the England squad for the clash with Montenegro on Thursday after an altercation with Joe Gomez at St George's Park
» Joe Gomez left with scratch below right eye after Raheem Sterling row in St George's Park canteen
England trained at St George's Park on Tuesday after the row between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez which has seen Sterling dropped from the squad
» VAR chief hails impact technology has had on Premier League and scores system 7/10
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was left fuming after Liverpool's VAR-assisted 3-1 defeat of his side at Anfield on Sunday
» Arsenal told to spend £40million to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers
Arsenal chief Emery is under growing pressure from fans at the Emirates after a disappointing start to the season, but has been publicly backed by the club
» Jordan Henderson acts as peacemaker in Raheem Sterling vs Joe Gomez row
Liverpool skipper Henderson called both players to defuse the situation which arose at St George's Park on Monday morning
» Sir Alex Ferguson rejects 'Busby' appearance - because he's making his own film
EXCLUSIVE: The team behind Busby contacted Ferguson about being involved, but were told he was working on a cinematic version of his own career
» England stars unhappy with Gareth Southgate over Raheem Sterling punishment
EXCLUSIVE: England boss Southgate has axed Sterling from the Montenegro clash on Thursday after a flare-up between he and Joe Gomez on Monday at St George's Park
» Jurgen Klopp's wife prevented Liverpool boss taking Man Utd job before approving Anfield move
The German boss guided the Reds to an incredible Champions League triumph last season and has them on track for a Premier League title triumph this term
» Rio Ferdinand's comments on England's 'golden generation' amid Raheem Sterling vs Joe Gomez "farce"
Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has waded in on the row between current England stars Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez
» Jurgen Klopp asks UEFA for change as Liverpool boss speaks out at managers' summit
The Liverpool chief met up with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag at the UEFA coaches' conference in Nyon on Monday
» Inside Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez England bust-up as Man City star is dropped by Gareth Southgate
England duo Sterling and Gomez rowed in the canteen at St George's Park following Liverpool's win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday
» Man Utd 'to battle Barcelona' for £26m-rated teenager Eduardo Camavinga
Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly had bids turned down for 17-year-old midfielder who became Rennes' youngest ever assist provider this season
» Man City 'set for £100m January transfer spree' in bid to catch up with Liverpool
City boss Pep Guardiola will reportedly target replacements for Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero after falling behind Reds in title race
» Liverpool 'in advanced talks' with Bournemouth over transfer of Arsenal target Ryan Fraser
Fraser was the Premier League's second highest assist king last season and could be involved in a January deal involving Liverpool's on-loan ace Harry Wilson
» Ian Wright jokes he's entering I'm A Celebrity 2019 to escape from pain of VAR decisions
Legendary Arsenal striker says he'll miss football while he's in the I'm A Celeb jungle - but he won't miss VAR
» Reece James could be deployed in new position, hints Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
Manager said James' all-round game is so good he can play in central midfield - and can fit into whatever formation Chelsea play

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» Joe Gomez left with scratch below right eye after clash with Raheem Sterling
• Injury visible during England’s training session on Tuesday
• Sterling also training after intervention of England players

Joe Gomez had a scratch beneath his right eye when taking part in England’s open training on Tuesday as a result of the altercation with Raheem Sterling.

The Manchester City forward was also involved in the session, despite being dropped by Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley because of the incident.

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» From Piqué and Ramos to Bridge and Terry: international bust-ups

Sterling and Gomez are far from the first players to have been involved in a contretemps with a teammate on national duty

Most of the time their tongues were wedged in their cheeks, but there were moments when daggers were drawn — and within the Spanish national team there were genuine concerns about the relationship between Gerard Piqué and Sergio Ramos. Rivals for their clubs, they were partners for their country. Except that a lot of the time people questioned whether Spain was Piqué’s country, and that dimension always lingered in discussions of the players’ relationship. It was driven of course by the often bitter battle between their clubs, with Piqué more than prepared to attack Madrid and that tension sometimes taken to the national team. At least — and this is the key — by the comically partisan media. This was the battle for years, an obsession. Not that they ever came to blows, or even close. Often it was a game. Ramos summed it up when he responded to one Piqué remark by saying: “Coming from Iniesta, it would annoy you, but it’s Piqué and we all know it’s part of the show with him.”

After one game Pique claimed that “in the directors box at the Bernabéu sit the people who pull the strings in this country”. To which Ramos replied: “They have more to answer there than us”. When Ramos was sent off in a clásico, he walked past Piqué and said: “Go on, keep talking.” Afterwards Piqué insisted it was a “clear red, but they’re so used to referees letting them get away with it”. Very different characters, if perhaps not quite as different as they would like to think, they were actually a brilliant partnership and they got on better than many people liked to imagine. One day when Spain wore white, like Real Madrid, Ramos sidled up to Piqué and said: “White looks so good on you that you’re lost for words.” Sid Lowe

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» David Squires on … football and the poppy

Our cartoonist looks at football’s dignified, private reflection over the annual weekend of remembrance

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» VAR – let’s press pause on Boxing Day and check if we want to rewind technology | Richard Williams

Like Brexit, whatever sensible arguments are made for VAR, they are swamped by the damage it has caused and we need time to reflect on what kind of football we want to see

Three minutes and 47 seconds is a long time in football. An awful lot can happen. Twenty years ago in the Nou Camp it was long enough to enable Manchester United to recover from a position of defeat at the end of 90 minutes against Bayern Munich and, with the German club’s ribbons already on the trophy, to use added time first to draw level and then to win the Champions League final. Those three minutes contained as much drama and emotion as some entire seasons.

At Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium on Saturday three minutes and 47 seconds was the length of time in which no football took place at all. On the hour, two minutes after Son Heung-min had put the home side ahead, Sheffield United celebrated an equaliser when David McGoldrick applied the finish to Enda Stevens’ cross from the left. But then the referee, Graham Scott, passed the decision over to the VAR room at Stockley Park. Twenty-two players stood around waiting as, 20 miles away in west London, it took almost four minutes of deliberation to conclude that John Lundstram had been offside by the length of his big toe when he received the ball on the right wing before sending in a cross that was half-cleared to John Fleck, who fed the ball to Stevens before it was turned across to McGoldrick.

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» England manager Phil Neville admits Lionesses' form has been ‘unacceptable’

• Neville hoping to improve form of one win in past seven
• England without Houghton and three others for Czech Republic

Phil Neville has admitted that recent criticism of him and his England side is “probably only half of what it should be” and insists the team needs to “play angry” as the pressure builds before the team’s final game of the year against the Czech Republic.

“From a personal point of view I want the results to get better,” he said. “I’m a realist, I want success for this team and I know the capabilities of this team and I realise fully the criticism going my way is probably only half of what it should be, one win in seven games is without doubt unacceptable.

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» Moise Kean dropped from Everton squad after breach of club rules
• Striker left out of 18 for game at Southampton last Saturday
• Kean was late for a team meeting before match

Everton striker Moise Kean’s difficult start to his career at Goodison Park continues after it emerged he was dropped from the squad for a breach of club rules.

It is understood that the £27m summer signing from Juventus was omitted from the matchday 18 for Saturday’s win at Southampton after being late for a team meeting.

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» Arsenal say Unai Emery is ‘the right man for the job’ and will stand by him

• Arsenal urge fans to get behind manager and struggling team
• Granit Xhaka ready to play again after captaincy furore

Arsenal have given Unai Emery a public vote of confidence, backing him to turn their fortunes around but adding a clear caveat that the team’s form must improve.

Emery’s position has come under scrutiny after a turbulent start to the season that has brought a run of one win in six Premier League games. They are eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and nine short of Leicester, who beat them 2-0 on Saturday and sit in second place.

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» Football transfer rumours: André Onana to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is the only bee in your bonnet

Liverpool are monitoring Bournemouth’s 25-year-old mobile assist factory Ryan Fraser, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, and might even be able to snag him in January, reports the Sun. “Liverpool loaned winger Harry Wilson to Bournemouth in the summer and the south coast side may be keen to make the move permanent with a swap,” it trills. The Liverpool Echo, however, insists that Jürgen Klopp is “more than happy with the attacking options at his disposal” and has no plans for a mid-season move for Fraser or anyone else. It continues its joyless rumour-busting by adding that a previously trailed move for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria will also not happen, as Klopp “will continue to work with the wealth of options available to him in midfield”. Bah.

Manchester United are keeping an eye on the Ajax goalkeeper André Onana, with their interest in a potential summer move for the 23-year-old suggesting that David de Gea’s time at Old Trafford might finally be creeping towards a conclusion. In further goalkeeping news, Crystal Palace and Brighton are both monitoring the Slovan Bratislava gloveman Dominik Greif, insists the Mail, with both clubs sending their goalkeeping coaches to watch the Slovakian in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League last week. Apparently the 22-year-old impressed them both, and they will “continue to monitor” him over the next couple of months before deciding on a potential swoop.

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» Would Southgate leave out his best player for a big World Cup match?

England’s manager has handled the Raheem Sterling incident well but cynics might argue it was an easy step for this fixture

Gareth Southgate and England have just dealt with a modern problem in a pleasingly modern way. Over the course of 999 previous internationals it stretches credulity to imagine nothing like the contretemps between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez has been seen before, but the vast majority of England get-togethers took place in eras when it was perfectly possible and reasonable to hush things up and keep any small-scale disturbances in house.

These days that is not so easy, and before social media could have a field day with speculation and jigsaw identification England fronted up and laid the matter to rest. Southgate’s statement that emotions from the Liverpool v Manchester City game on Sunday were still too raw was rational and understandable, and subsequently Sterling issued an apology and accepted his share of the blame.

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» Genesis, Revelation … Exodus: has Guardiola reached City endgame? | Barney Ronay

Guardiola is generally in one of three phases of engagement – it is tempting to conclude we are in this third stage now, that the Pep exodus has begun

This is the end, beautiful friend. Or rather, it may just be a vision of it. Watching Pep Guardiola capering on the Anfield touchline on Sunday – skinny legs splayed, arms flailing, black quilted jacket bouncing about like an angry rubber ball – was at least confirmation of one thing. Manchester City’s manager remains an extraordinarily agile and sprightly 48-year-old footballing obsessive.

Beyond that it was hard to interpret this reaction to a third Premier League defeat as a sign of good health, stability and plans for the future falling neatly into place. Instead Guardiola seemed oddly isolated, out there operating without restraint, still in the field, a manager who may just have entered the next phase in a familiar career parabola. So much so it is tempting to ask another question. Will he actually be back at Anfield for another league game?

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» Kieran Trippier: ‘Everywhere I go they shout Rooney at me. Everyone’

The defender on how Diego Costa created his nickname at Atlético Madrid, what went wrong at Tottenham and missing the darts

For one brief moment Kieran Trippier sounds worried. The England defender is talking about how his Atlético Madrid teammate Diego Costa calls him Rooney and how that means everyone else calls him Rooney too when a thought crosses his mind. “It’s just because I’m the only English player here and Rooney’s the only one he’s heard of; it could have been anything,” he’s saying. “He just calls me that because it’s the first name that came into his mind. And everywhere I go, they shout Rooney. When I warm up, everyone’s shouting it. Everyone. I have Diego to thank for this. Of all the names. I don’t think I ...”

And then there’s a pause. Two men sit with him at Atlético’s Cerro del Espino training ground, empty now after the morning session. “Do you think I look like Rooney?” Trippier asks. No. “Do you think I look like Rooney?” No. And if that’s your only concern, things must be going well. “I’m just loving every moment,” Trippier says after the first question of what becomes a long chat; “I’m loving every minute of it,” he says after the second; and “I’m very happy to be part of it,” he says after the third, a pattern confirmed long before the nickname comes up, certain words recurring. “Happy” and “enjoying”, mostly.

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» Emily Gielnik fires Matildas past Chile for second time in a week
  • Australia beat South Americans 1-0 in Adelaide
  • Gielnik’s 23rd-minute goal proves to be winner

Emily Gielnik’s first-half goal proved the difference as Australia secured their second win over Chile in four days, albeit with another unconvincing display against the No 37-ranked South Americans in Adelaide.

Sam Kerr, whose immediate club future is expected to be announced imminently, laid on the only goal of the game on 23 minutes for Gielnik, who finished neatly from an acute angle.

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» Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool to stay grounded in title pursuit
• Liverpool eight points clear at top of Premier League
• Mohamed Salah to have scan on ankle injury

Virgil van Dijk has said Liverpool do not consider a commanding lead in November as cause for celebration and are focused only on improving form that has delivered 34 points from a possible 36 so far.

Related: Manchester City ‘much better’ side but the luck is with Liverpool, says Rodri

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» Neil Warnock leaves Cardiff City by mutual consent
• Manager departs Championship club with immediate effect
• Warnock led Cardiff’s promotion campaign in 2017-18

Cardiff are looking for a manager after Neil Warnock left his position by mutual consent. The 70-year-old was appointed in October 2016 with the club second from bottom in the Championship and guided them to promotion to the Premier League in 2018.

Related: Michael O’Neill makes instant impact at Stoke as top three win in Championship

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» Premier League to rule out major changes to VAR in meeting with clubs
• League to acknowledge problems but insists it is early days
• Agreement fans’ experience in stadiums needs improvement

The Premier League looks set to stick to its guns over VAR and rule out substantial changes to the technology when their 20 clubs meet this week.

Dogged by controversy since its introduction to the top flight this summer, VAR has, this past weekend alone, been criticised over a Sheffield United goal disallowed for offside against Tottenham and a Trent Alexander Arnold handball that did not result in a penalty during the game between Liverpool and Manchester City.

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» Shakhtar Donetsk captain vows never to be silent in face of racism
• Taison was sent off after reacting to abuse from supporters
• Midfielder left the pitch in tears against Dynamo Kyiv

The Shakhtar Donetsk captain, Taison, has vowed never to be silent in the face of an “inhuman and despicable act” after hearing alleged racist abuse during his team’s match against Dynamo Kyiv.

Related: Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison sent off for reaction to racist insults

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» Gareth Southgate tells England players to improve in order to win trophies
• Southgate: ‘It is hard to win and that’s got to be our aim’
• Manager wants no arrogance if England reach Euro 2020

Gareth Southgate has warned his young side they must “raise the bar” set by previous generations of England teams if they are to end the long wait for success on the international stage.

England face Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday in their 1,000th fixture knowing that a draw guarantees qualification for Euro 2020 with a game to spare. A host of former players and managers will be in attendance to mark the occasion, with England’s current players set to wear their “legacy” number – a chronological record of their first cap similar to those used by England’s Test cricket team– on their shirts as part of the celebrations.

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» Julen Lopetegui roars as the king of Seville and repays Monchi’s faith | Sid Lowe

This is the game you can’t afford to lose, and the Sevilla coach’s wild eyes showed what winning the 130th derby meant

When it was over, Julen Lopetegui started roaring, mouth so wide you could fit his half of Seville inside. He wore a wild look in his eyes and punched the air with the kind of force that dislocates shoulders. Which might not sound so unusual, but it is for him. Éver Banega was the first to leap into his arms, and then others followed, violence in the embrace.

Across the pitch, in the far corner where Banega was going now, the rest of Sevilla’s players hopped about, doing that disco thing, waving their arms up and down and shouting. Way above them at the Benito Villamarín were their fans: 6,000 had applied for tickets; 602 actually got them, and they were enjoying this. Now they were, anyway. The tension had gone with the whistle, and a 2-1 victory.

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» Radja Nainggolan and Cagliari are living the high life in dazzling style | Nicky Bandini
Midfielder has returned on loan to the club where he made his Serie A debut and is showing Internazionale what they’re missing

After watching his Internazionale team throw away a two-goal lead against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, Antonio Conte lamented a shortage of top-level experience in his playing squad. “Who am I supposed to call on?” he demanded. “Nicolò Barella, who came here from Cagliari? [Stefano] Sensi, who we signed from Sassuolo?”

These were unworthy remarks from a manager whose club splurged more than €150m on transfer fees in the summer window, delivering him several of the players he wanted most. Barella had been one of Conte’s top priorities. Sensi was Inter’s standout performer through the first two months of this season.

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» Hansi Flick weaves magic as Borussia Dortmund curse their Bayern jinx | Andy Brassell

Lucien Favre had said his side had nothing to lose, but lose they did – their sixth successive Bundesliga defeat in Munich

Every team has their blind spot, their house of horror, where they can’t put a foot right. On the weekend of Der Klassiker we were emphatically reminded that Borussia Dortmund’s bad place is against ostensibly their biggest domestic rivals.

“In Munich,” wrote the ESPN journalist Stephan Uersfeld, “Dortmund are the new Hamburg.”

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» Dimitri Payet has his revenge as Marseille finally beat Lyon in Ligue 1

Payet had a point to prove against his former manager and did it perfectly. If only he was that motivated every week

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Dimitri Payet didn’t hold back. “They have two different visions of football. The most obvious difference is that today we have a coach who speaks with his heart and does not try to make light of subjects when the hard things need to be said.” For Payet, the difference between new Marseille coach André Villas-Boas and the man he replaced, Rudi Garcia, is stark. That difference was evident this weekend, when Garcia returned to the Vélodrome as Lyon manager and suffered a 2-1 defeat. The battle between Marseille and Lyon has become the fiercest modern rivalry in Ligue 1 over the last few years and the balance of power shifted towards Villas-Boas’s team on Sunday night.

Marseille had a terrible record against Lyon under Garcia. The two clubs met five times in the league while he was Marseille manager and Lyon won all five of those encounters. In fact, Marseille’s victory this weekend was their first against Lyon since the 2014. Even though results have looked one-sided, historic tensions between the two clubs have escalated in recent seasons. Prior to their trip to PSG last month, Marseille captain Steve Mandanda even admitted: “Today, there is less rivalry [with PSG]. It’s more with Lyon that we find that now.”

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

Emery’s Arsenal have lost their direction and Spurs’ problems start at full-back but Burnley’s Dwight McNeil is on song

Riyad Mahrez impressed only in spells during his first season at Manchester City but, with Leroy Sané felled by a cruciate injury in August’s Community Shield victory, the onus was on the £60m man to step up. An imperious performance at West Ham on the opening day of the season suggested he would do exactly that, yet he has started only four league games since – two of those being defeats – and with his side desperate for goals in a critical game at Anfield he was not called on at all. Mahrez remains a magical player on his day but the suspicion remains that he is a player who reflects his team’s performance rather than dictates it. City broke the bank to sign Mahrez from Leicester. With their defence a shambles, it looks in hindsight like a woeful misjudgment. Alex Hess

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» I feel sorry for Granit Xhaka, says former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira – video

The former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira admitted he felt sorry for the club's midfielder Granit Xhaka after he was stripped of the captaincy after reacting angrily to his fans while being substiuted. 'He's going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal. But I think we have to remind ourselves that he's achieve a lot since he's at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect' said Vieira. On the current situation at the Gunners, the Arsenal invincible called for calmness and time for Unai Emery to 'resolve the issues'

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» Shakhtar's Taison 'helpless' after being sent off for reaction to racist abuse – video report

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison was sent off on Sunday after reacting to racist insults from the crowd. The Brazilian midfielder raised a finger to Dynamo Kyiv fans before kicking the ball into the stands. Taison, 31, has played in Ukraine since 2011, and left the field in tears with his Brazilian teammate Dentinho also visibly upset. Following Uefa-recommended protocol, the referee then took the players to the dressing room for five minutes, Fare said, before dismissing Taison and restarting the game which Shakhtar won 1-0. The third step of the protocol would have been to abandon the match

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» 'Don't ask me, ask the referees': Pep Guardiola on Liverpool defeat – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was visibly upset after his side's 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool. He was asked about the first goal of the game, a long-range effort from Liverpool's Fabinho that came after the ball hit Trent Alexander-Arnold's hand in the penalty area. 'Ask Mike Riley and his people,' said the Man City boss after he was asked about the decision

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» 'Just a snapshot in the big picture': Lampard has big plans for Chelsea – video

Manager Frank Lampard was delighted with Chelsea’s sixth consecutive win as they took second place in the Premier League table on Saturday. Lampard said he was proud of the young players and the squad, but added the season was about bridging the gap. Chelsea won 2-0 against Crystal Palace with Tammy Abraham scoring in the 52nd minute and Christian Pulsic in the 79th.

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» 'I don’t know if he’s going to play again': Xhaka's Arsenal future in doubt – video

Unai Emery admitted Granit Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again as he confirmed that Arsenal's former captain will miss a fourth consecutive match since his stormy departure from the Emirates Stadium pitch against Crystal Palace in October and will not travel to Leicester on Saturday evening. Emery said: 'As a coach I have a responsibility for the team: we need a player like Granit Xhaka. But also, I don’t know if he’s going to play [for us] again.'

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» Busby: first look at documentary on the legendary Manchester United manager – video teaser

In this exclusive clip from the upcoming Busby documentary, Sir Bobby Charlton recounts being called up to the first team for the first time. Charlton, an 18-year-old at the time, was suffering with an ankle injury: ‘If there was one time I didn’t want to play it was that day.’ Busby’s decision to put him in the first team would coin the phrase the Busby Babes.

Busby is in select cinemas from 11 November, and can be owned on digital from 15 November, and DVD & Blu-ray from 18 November.

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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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» W-League 2019-20 season preview: 10 reasons to be excited

From a strong Matildas contingent to emerging talent in a more competitive league, there is plenty of cause for optimism this season

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder; Australian football fans should be able to attest to that, having endured an extended off-season that will finally come to an end on Thursday. After the end of the NWSL season opened the floodgates for some of the biggest player signings in recent years, the buzz around the domestic 2019-20 season has grown ever louder and there is plenty to look forward to once the latest edition of the W-League gets underway.

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» The secret behind the Seattle Sounders' MLS dynasty? Efficiency

Major League Soccer’s original super franchise has made an understated, under-the-radar efficiency their calling card – and it served them well en route to their improbable second title

On the statistics alone, Toronto FC had the edge in Sunday’s MLS Cup final, claiming 65% of possession, attempting 408 passes in the attacking third compared to the Seattle Sounders’ comparatively low tally of 184 and registering just as many total shots (16) as their Pacific Northwest hosts. The Sounders are a team with a track record of going against the numerical grain, though.

Related: Opportunistic Sounders see off Toronto FC for second MLS Cup title in four years

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» Cristiano Ronaldo ‘leaves stadium early’ after being substituted again by Sarri
• Sarri: ‘It is a problem to be resolved with his teammates’
• Replacement Paulo Dybala scores to beat Milan 1-0 in Turin

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly left the Allianz Stadium before the final whistle of Juventus’s 1-0 Serie A win over Milan last night after being substituted for the second match in a week.

Paulo Dybala replaced Ronaldo on 55 minutes with the Argentina striker going on to score the winning goal 22 minutes later to keep Juventus top in Serie A ahead of Internazionale.

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» Frankfurt’s captain sent off for knocking over Freiburg coach, sparking chaos
• Christian Streich sent to ground by David Abraham’s shoulder
• ‘At 54 you can be run over by a young buffalo,’ says coach

Eintracht Frankfurt’s captain, David Abraham, was sent off for knocking over Freiburg’s coach, Christian Streich, as their Bundesliga game ended in chaos and red cards on Sunday.

Freiburg were leading 1-0 when the ball went out of play in injury time. Streich let the ball go by as Abraham tried to recover it, and the Frankfurt captain bundled the coach over with a shoulder as he ran past. Upset Freiberg players and staff then chased the defender on to the field.

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» Carli Lloyd hits again as imperious USA overwhelm Costa Rica in 2019 finale
  • Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian score in opening minutes of 6-0 win
  • USA finish 20-1-3 in 2019, ending on 23-match unbeaten streak
  • Lloyd scored twice in 3-2 victory over Sweden on Thursday

Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian scored in the first 10 minutes and Lynn Williams came off the bench to add a pair of second-half goals in the United States’ 6-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday night at TIAA Bank Field in the Americans’ final match of the year.

The US were 20-1-3 in 2019, finishing with a 23-match unbeaten streak.

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» Opportunistic Sounders see off Toronto FC for second MLS Cup title in four years

Sometimes cup finals are settled with a moment of brilliance, a sprinkling of stardust that will never be forgotten. And sometimes, someone just sticks out a knee.

The Seattle Sounders are MLS Cup champions after a 3-1 win over a Toronto FC side who looked the better team for long periods of Sunday’s final until they were doomed by a deflection.

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» European roundup: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top as Real chase

• Messi equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 34 trebles in La Liga
• Inter come back from 1-0 down to beat Verona at home

Lionel Messi scored two exquisite free-kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo that took Barcelona back to the top of La Liga after a difficult week.

Barça’s captain coolly converted a penalty to put them ahead in the 23rd minute but gave away a foul in a dangerous area which led to Lucas Olaza levelling for Celta with an outstanding strike from a free-kick in the 42nd.

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» Bayern Munich crush Dortmund thanks to Robert Lewandowski double

Bayern Munich crushed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 with two goals from Robert Lewandowski lifting them into third place and giving interim coach Hansi Flick an impressive debut.

Lewandowski kept up his sensational run, netting in the 17th and 76th minutes to take his league tally to 16 goals and broke a Bundesliga record in the process by scoring in each of the first 11 games of the season.

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» In defence of RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig are unloved for a good reason, but they deserve respect for trusting young players, promoting exciting managers and challenging Bayern Munich’s hegemony

By Jason Humphreys for Englische Woche

The headlines from the Bundesliga last weekend belonged to Eintracht Frankfurt and rightly so. They had just trounced Bayern Munich 5-1 and ended Niko Kovac’s brief reign. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles to the east, Mainz 05 had their backsides handed to them by RB Leipzig in a game that finished 8-0 to the hosts. Although not quite as spectacular as hammering the champions, the emphatic victory was exactly what Leipzig needed after four league games without a win. The scoreline was the latest reminder that another horse has entered the race for the Bundesliga title.

After Leipzig’s recent mini-slump, Julian Nagelsmann had demanded a reaction from his players. He got it. The 8-0 victory came days after his team had beaten Wolfsburg 6-1 in the cup. And those results were bookended by home and away wins against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League, which put Leipzig top of their group and well placed to reach the knockout phase for the first time.

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» Liverpool’s symmetrical full-backs have turned them into world leaders | Barney Ronay

For all the protests from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, this match was not settled by marginal refereeing decisions

It is the hardest thing in any sport to make astonishingly difficult things look astonishingly simple. With 13 minutes gone at Anfield Liverpool produced a piece of play that seemed to stop the day, a perfect little miniature of bold, simple lines, carved across the pitch, like a Miró line drawing.

It took six seconds, four touches and three diagonal movements for the ball to travel from right-back to left wing, back to inside-right, then back again into the left-hand corner of the net. The moment of ignition came from Trent Alexander‑Arnold, who looked up and played one of those lofted cross‑kicks, full-back to full-back.

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» Brendan Rodgers’ vision keeps Leicester in sight of another miracle

Victory over Arsenal keeps Foxes in title hunt and shows how manager has brought light back into a club struck by tragedy

In a side room at the King Power Stadium, Brendan Rodgers was allowing himself to reflect. Only eight and a half months had passed since he joined Leicester City but the 90 minutes everyone had just witnessed felt among the most significant of that time. Leicester had just outmanoeuvred Arsenal, their claim to a Champions League spot looking increasingly hard to resist, and the atmosphere around the stadium bore resemblance to the near-disbelieving euphoria that helped sweep them to the title in 2016.

“I felt the opportunity to hook into an emotion here for a number of reasons,” Rodgers said. Four months before his arrival the architect of Leicester’s lifetime high, the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was killed in a tragic helicopter crash outside the ground. At that time Leicester, under Claude Puel’s management, were still trying to navigate the shift in landscape that came with topping the league. They were struggling for a fresh identity and it was a devastating blow to lose the leader regarded by so many as “The Possible Man”.

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» Lucy Bronze: ‘We’ve come from paying to play – I had to pay for my kit’
The England and Lyon full-back talks about how far women’s football has come before England face Germany at Wembley

Lucy Bronze is ready for a sold-out Wembley. “It just creates an atmosphere,” she says. “That’s why people love football. That’s why they love the Premier League. It’s the buzz around the game. It’s the emotion in each tackle and each header, each goal. You’re not only celebrating that goal for yourself and the team but also celebrating with all these thousands of people around you.”

Germany’s visit to Wembley on Saturday is set to smash England’s record home attendance of 45,619 and possibly break the 2012 Olympic final record for a women’s game in England, set by the 80,203 fans who watched USA beat Japan. The mood is high. Sitting in St George’s Park, Bronze laughs at the memory of her first cap.

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» The Fiver | Difficult to imagine quite how Pep could have gone more Basil Fawlty

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Short of dashing out of his technical area to procure a tree branch with which to give Mike Dean a damned good thrashing, it’s difficult to imagine quite how Pep Guardiola could have gone more Basil Fawlty on the fourth official during Manchester City’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool yesterday.

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» Football transfer rumours: Ajax's Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they know

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip to splatter against the glass. While you process that image, let’s move on to Manchester United.

Ole’s back at the wheel, his minibus full of whippersnappers alighting at Old Trafford for a convincing win over Brighton. With his youthful side finally starting to click, it’s the perfect time to (checks notes) bring back 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Well, the understated Swede is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy, and United could use a spare centre-forward – but Juve’s Mario Mandzukic might be a more likely winter arrival.

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» The Dozen: flares, zorbs and Maddison's delight – the best Premier League pics

Our picture editors chose their favourite pics from the weekend’s action

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» David Squires on … Guardiola's mind games and Mourinho's all-seeing eye

Our cartoonist on Liverpool v Manchester City, Jamie Vardy’s club-based celebrations and increased sightings of José Mourinho

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» Which players have had the longest gap between spells at a club? | The Knowledge

Plus: Lopsided and unusual stadiums (3); league leaders getting hammered; and the player arrested for an on-field heist

“Port Vale signed Will Atkinson on loan in 2007,” asked Rob Fielding. “This season he has returned on a short-term contract. The gap between his spells is 11 years and 11 months. Is this the longest gap between two spells at one club?”

No, is the short answer. For the longer answer, dozens of you got in touch with suggestions of returning heroes who were gone for a dozen years or more. This, it should be pointed out, is by no means a comprehensive list:

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» Football quiz: managers who won trophies ... then got sacked

Niko Kovac was sacked months after he won the double at Bayern. He’s not the first manager who has been treated harshly

Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017, nine months after he led Leicester to their first ever league title. Where was his final game in charge?





Manchester United sacked Louis van Gaal on 23 May 2016. Which player scored the final goal of his tenure two days earlier?

Daley Blind

Ander Herrera

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Jesse Lingard

Real Madrid won the Champions League in 1998 and sacked their manager, Jupp Heynckes, a week later. How did the club’s president, Lorenzo Sanz, try to justify the decision?

He said: “We only won the final 1-0 and it was boring”

He said: “If we had not won the European Cup, this would have been one of the worst seasons in recent years”

He said: “I would rather win the Copa del Rey”

He said: “Heynckes did not look good in front of the cameras. He never smiled”

José Mourinho left Chelsea in September 2007 after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Rosenborg in the Champions League. What happened to Chelsea in the competition that season?

They won it for the first time in their history

They finished bottom of their group

They finished third, fell into the Europa League and won that tournament instead

They reached the final and lost on penalties

Bobby Robson won the Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey in his first season at Barcelona, but it wasn’t enough to save his job. Who took his place?

Pep Guardiola

Louis van Gaal

Frank Rijkaard

Johan Cruyff

Three managers have won European trophies for Chelsea this century. Which of them made it through the summer and was still at the club when the following season began?

Rafa Benítez

Maurizio Sarri

Roberto Di Matteo

None of them

Which club replaced their manager in May 2015 straight after he had secured them promotion to the Premier League?


Norwich City

Queens Park Rangers


In his four seasons as Real Madrid manager, Vicente del Bosque won La Liga twice and the Champions League twice. But apparently that wasn't good enough for the club. He was sacked in 2003, a few days after he had won the league title. What else happened at Real Madrid that week?

Del Bosque accused the Real Madrid president of fraud

They were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in the final game of the season

They signed David Beckham

They lost the Champions League final to Milan

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Chelsea in 2011, a year after he had won the Premier League and FA Cup. In which two countries has he won league titles since leaving Chelsea?

Spain and Italy

France and Germany

Italy and Portugal

Spain and Qatar

Which club won the league title in 1975, sacked their manager in 1976 and have not been champions of England since?

Nottingham Forest

Derby County

Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United

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2 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

3 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

4 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

5 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

6 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

7 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

8 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a big promotion

9 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a big promotion

0 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

10 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a big promotion

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» Buy a classic David Squires cartoon from our collection

Our cartoonist looks back at 25 of his favourite strips from down the years, all of which are now available at our Guardian Print Shop, a link to each can be found by clicking on the title of each caption below

  • David Squires is away this week
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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

11 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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» Peter Reid: ‘I told Boris Johnson he was a fat, lying disgrace’

The former midfielder on champagne socialism, his toughest opponents and party time at Everton under Howard Kendall

The air turns royally blue inside Peter Reid’s home while Boris Johnson is on TV for prime minister’s questions. The old Evertonian silences the Old Etonian – a feat he once achieved with a splenetic put-down rather than a mute button – and messages Adrian Heath about the Minnesota United coach’s impending visit from the United States. Everton’s title-winning team of 1984-85 are being reunited on Monday at a special presentation of a film about their successes under Howard Kendall. Reid’s mood – and his language – is transformed by the thought of catching up with old friends and toasting an absent one.

“It’s a word that doesn’t come out among players but it is a love,” says Reid of his former Everton teammates. “That is a nice part of it. There is a love there and you cannot beat love. Even now when we meet up it is something I look forward to and it was a long, long time ago. But it is still there. We all met in the Hilton before Howard’s funeral and it was emotional. But it was also warm. I was speaking at the funeral so I said I wouldn’t drink. Andy Gray insisted the gaffer would want me to, so of course I did. People go on about the party time but we were dedicated professionals. Nothing got in the way of the games but when we partied, we partied.”

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» Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’

Tottenham utility man opens up on the perforated appendix that laid him low for months and left him in a downward spiral

Eric Dier and the Tottenham medical team had tried to explain it away as a stomach bug. A number of the club’s players had gone down with it and Dier’s symptoms sounded similar. Except they were not. It was something far more sinister and it would be the beginning of a nightmare period for Dier, one that would see him lose his status as a regular Spurs starter and mainstay of the England squad – and from which he is still battling to recover.

It was mid-December last year, Spurs were about to play Burnley at home in the Premier League and Dier reported feeling unwell. He would be stood down from selection and on match day he was overwhelmed by a crippling abdominal pain. His appendix was perforated and infected – a dangerous situation – and he needed an emergency surgery.

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» Glasgow brace for European giants after sealing 14th title at a sports centre | Suzanne Wrack

A glamour tie awaits in the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals for Scott Booth’s predominantly part-time side

The names in the pot for Friday’s quarter-final draw of the Women’s Champions League have a familiar ring. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg, Arsenal and Atlético Madrid, the giants of women’s football are all there.

The eighth team, standing strong in the face of a more and more dominant European elite are Glasgow City.

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