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» Lucy Bronze joins Chelsea in latest signing of new Sonia Bompastor era
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Lionesses right-back Lucy Bronze who joins the club after the five-time UEFA Women's Champions League winner departed Barcelona
» Leny Yoro team-mate breaks ranks to approve Man Utd transfer in glowing endorsement
Angel Gomes left Manchester United for Lille and has been playing with defender Leny Yoro, who the Red Devils are hoping to sign this summer after striking a transfer agreement
» Liverpool's stance on Trent Alexander-Arnold clear despite Real Madrid risk
Trent Alexander-Arnold is entering the final year of his Liverpool contract, and thers is interest from Real Madrid in the Champions League-winning England international
» Trent Alexander-Arnold has already outlined his plans amid Real Madrid transfer interest
Amid rumours Real Madrid are raising interest in a move for Trent Alexander-Arnold, the defender's previous comments concerning his Anfield future have resurfaced
» Full lyrics to 'racist' chant Chelsea are investigating after Enzo Fernandez video
The lyrics to the controversial chant sung by Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez and his Argentina team-mates contained racist and transphobic language
» Chelsea slammed for 'disgusting' Enzo Fernandez statement on 'racist' video
Chelsea have addressed the alleged 'racist' video broadcast on Enzo Fernandez's social media - but the Premier League club have been criticised following the release of their statement
» Gary Neville tips Gareth Southgate for new job after Man Utd perform Erik ten Hag U-turn
Gareth Southgate is out of work after stepping down as England manager, causing a potential headache for Manchester United after they previously made him their No.1 target to replace Erik ten Hag
» Casemiro transfer update points to familiar and concerning issue for Man Utd
Manchester United are struggling to find a suitor for Casemiro as they face the prospect of having the ageing Brazilian on their books as well as his mammoth wages
» Arsenal's Nico Williams move relies on Edu completing crucial transfer task
Spain winger Nico Williams has been linked with a summer move away from Athletic Club, with Premier League big-hitters Arsenal rivalling Barcelona for his signature
» Enzo Fernandez video: Chelsea issue statement as 'disciplinary procedure' begins
Chelsea have instigated an internal disciplinary procedure following footage of Blues midfielder Enzo Fernandez, with the Argentina international issuing his own statement
» Man Utd 'decision' flies in the face of what Gareth Southgate and Jose Mourinho agreed on
Reports have suggested Manchester United don't think Gareth Southgate is the right man for the job should they need to replace Erik ten Hag, defying his shared belief with Jose Mourinho
» Four Arsenal stars pushing for transfer exits as Mikel Arteta faces pre-season dilemma
Arsenal have shipped out several fringe players so far this summer and four more players could be set to leave the club before the transfer window slams shut next month
» Leny Yoro could force Erik ten Hag to break Man Utd promise after £52m transfer boost
Manchester United have agreed a deal with Lille as they pursue Leny Yoro but adding the centre-half could impact on the promise made to Matthijs de Ligt, who the club are also looking to sign
» Jack Grealish has already made feelings clear on Eddie Howe after cruel comment
With Gareth Southgate stepping down from England, Manchester City star Jack Grealish would welcome one of the top contenders for the job if their history is anything to go by
» Sarina Wiegman shrugs off 'inappropriate' Gareth Southgate question
Gareth Southgate has quit his role as England men's manager after losing the final of Euro 2024, prompting speculation that Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman could succeed him
» Premier League transfers: One move every club MUST make before season starts
The start of the Premier League season is only a month away, and with Euro 2024 and the Copa America completed, it is full speed ahead in the summer transfer market
» Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli in talks over transfer eight years on from Anfield nightmare
Having played for six different clubs since departing Anfield, Balotelli became a free agent last month is now in talks to find a new permanent home
» Liverpool star dubbed 'one of club's best finishers' joins eighth-tier non-league side
The journeyman forward has a new club in the city where he once showed real promise but is now a far cry away from the heights of the Premier League
» England draw up extraordinary plan to land Pep Guardiola as next boss
Gareth Southgate has quit as England manager and Pep Guardiola is reportedly in the frame to replace him if he decides to leave Manchester City when his contract expires next year
» Transfer news LIVE: Yoro's Man Utd decision, Arsenal make Williams priority, Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold issue
Manchester United have learned of Leny Yoro's decision amid competition from Real Madrid while Arsenal have turned their focus to Nico Williams, who Barcelona also want to sign
» Steven Gerrard could receive England job offer as plan to replace Gareth Southgate emerges
Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard could be in line for an England job offer following Gareth Southgate's resignation as manager after defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 final
» Liverpool transfer news: Virgil van Dijk exit response as bid expected for wantaway star
Liverpool's summer transfer window has been quiet so far, though the Reds have seen captain Virgil van Dijk admit he will be considering his future over the coming months
» Cristiano Ronaldo accused of behaving in way Lionel Messi '100% never would'
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has hit out at Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo in a bold move, claiming the superstar did something his counterpart Lionel Messi "would never" do
» Arsenal transfer news: Smith Rowe bids expected as Calafiori's former boss gives verdict
Mikel Arteta is set to make new additions to his Arsenal squad this summer but the Gunners may also have to raise funds through the sale of one or more first-teamers

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» Through thick and thin Gareth Southgate was England’s perfect ambassador

Departing manager proved the impossible job could be cracked with patriotic virtues of modesty and empathy

Gareth Southgate did not want The Impossible Job. The clue was in the title and it really did feel as if they were the words that followed any reference to the role of England manager. It went even deeper for Southgate, of course – back to Euro 96 and his decisive penalty miss in the semi‑final shootout defeat by Germany.

Southgate was scarred for life. He was too scared and when the job came up after Roy Hodgson’s departure following the Iceland disaster at Euro 2016, Southgate made clear that he was not interested. He felt he had let everybody down during that much-romanticised summer 20 years previously and there was no way he would run the risk of doing so again. And yet this was not to be his path.

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» Chelsea start disciplinary action against Enzo Fernández over racist chants
  • Fernández involved in celebratory Argentina chants
  • Midfielder says he is ‘truly sorry’ and there is ‘no excuse’

Chelsea say they have “instigated an internal disciplinary procedure” against Enzo Fernández over his involvement in chants that included racist and homophobic slurs about members of the France team.

Fernández posted a video on Instagram that showed him and Argentina teammates involved in the chants as they celebrated their victory over Colombia in the final of the Copa América. The midfielder later apologised, saying the video did not “reflect my beliefs or my character”.

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» Hampton’s inclusion ahead of Earps indicates changing of guard for England | Suzanne Wrack

Sarina Wiegman’s decision is a big statement but the battle for the goalkeeping position will remain highly competitive

Two big saves, a nervy drop, solid distribution and a clean sheet. Hannah Hampton’s stock continues to rise after the Chelsea goalkeeper was given the nod to help England to secure a place at Euro 2025 with a 0-0 draw against Sweden.

Sarina Wiegman’s decision to start Hampton ahead of Mary Earps for England’s penultimate qualifier on Friday raised few eyebrows. It was just one of several changes made for the game against the Republic of Ireland before the trickier trip to Sweden.

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» ‘A plague of liars’: what caused the disastrous pitches at Copa América?

The surface at many venues for this summer’s tournament caused concern among players and coaches. Will lessons be learned for the 2026 World Cup?

For the three nations set to co-host the 2026 World Cup – the United States, Mexico and Canada – this summer’s Copa América, held in the US, provided a timely test of their ability to compete at their home tournament in two years.

The results were mixed. The US and Mexico crashed out in the group stage, while Canada made it all the way to the semi-finals, losing to the eventual champions, Argentina.

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» Comeback kings and queens at major international football tournaments | The Knowledge

Plus: teams wearing their away strip all the time; clubs dominating tournament squads; and did Stuart Pearce’s brother run the line in a Forest game?

“England came from behind to win three knockout games at Euro 2024,” notes Chris Dibsdall. “Are they the first team to do this in a major international tournament?”

Sunday’s Euro 2024 was the irresistible force versus the indestructible object. Eventually Spain broke England, but for a few giddy minutes it looked like England might win Euro 2024 after conceding the first goal in all four knockout matches.

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» Newcastle will fight to keep Eddie Howe after Gareth Southgate’s England exit
  • CEO Eales says: ‘We’re not looking to release Eddie’
  • Other candidates include Potter and Pochettino

Newcastle have warned the Football Association they will fight to keep Eddie Howe after Gareth ­Southgate resigned as England’s manager on Tuesday saying it was “time for change and for a new chapter”.

Southgate announced his departure two days after England’s Euro 2024 final defeat by Spain and ­players including Jude Bellingham paid ­tribute. Bellingham said it was “a privilege being led by someone who is so dedicated and passionate”.

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» Euro 2024 awards: the Guardian team in Germany give their verdicts

From Georgia beating Portugal to missing out on currywurst, our writers reveal their ups and downs

Austria and Turkey promised high intensity on and off the pitch in their last-16 game. Merih Demiral, later the subject of a Uefa ban, scored within a minute of kick-off and the tempo barely let up. At the very end Turkey’s goalkeeper, Mert Gunok, made one of the best saves you will ever see to deny us extra time amid a tinderbox atmosphere in Leipzig. While Austria had been good, Red Bull fuelled fun, the way Turkey fed off the vibes of their ear-splitting support was a feature of the summer. Nick Ames

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» Kylian Mbappé fulfils his Real Madrid destiny and 80,000 fans welcome him

After a transfer more than a decade in the making, the France forward was ‘one happy guy’ at his unveiling

“Good afternoon everyone. I’m going to try to speak Spanish.” Unsurprisingly for a transfer that has been more than a decade in the making, Kylian Mbappé came prepared. It was at Monaco – not long after he had been charmed by Zinedine Zidane on a visit to Real Madrid’s training ground just before his 14th birthday – that the talented teenager had started taking Spanish lessons in anticipation of this moment. And now, finally, it had arrived.

“It’s such an incredible feeling to be here, just incredible,” said Mbappé after he was eventually introduced at a packed Santiago Bernabéu stadium on Tuesday by Florentino Pérez. “I spent endless nights dreaming about one day playing for Real Madrid, and today I’m one happy guy.”

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» Six contenders to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager

Howe may be too young, Pochettino, Potter and Tuchel are available, Carsley could be the continuity candidate while Klopp would be a long shot

The attacking approach that has always been Howe’s hallmark as a manager and his unflappable temperament could make him the obvious choice to replace Gareth Southgate. At the age of 46, however, he may feel this opportunity has come too early and there would undoubtedly be resistance from Newcastle to losing the manager that led them to Champions League qualification in 2023 and seventh last season. Howe’s contract lasts until 2027 but the departures of Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi – who played a key role in his appointment – as directors last week may prove to be significant. Could he be tempted by the outstanding crop of players that would be at his disposal at the 2026 World Cup?

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» What is Gareth Southgate’s legacy? Is it the right time for him to go?

Southgate has resigned as England manager after losing a second straight Euros final. Was his tenure a success?

Gareth Southgate has resigned as England manager after eight years in charge. “It has been the honour of my life to play for England and to manage England,” he said. “It has meant everything to me and I have given it my all. But it’s time for change, and for a new chapter.”

What do you think? It is time for a change or would you prefer to see Southgate stay as England manager for the next World Cup in 2026? Was his tenure a success? He led England to two major finals, but lost both of them. Would England do better with a different manager? If so, who would you pick to replace Southgate?

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» Manchester United agree £52m fee with Lille for defender Leny Yoro
  • Teenager also attracting interest from Real Madrid
  • United targeting centre-backs Branthwaite and De Ligt

Manchester United have had a €62m (£52m) offer for Leny Yoro accepted by Lille and the defender must decide whether to accept the move, with Real Madrid also interested. United are negotiating personal terms with his representatives.

United’s deal is for an initial €50m plus €12m of add-ons. Madrid are thought to value the 18-year-old lower and may be minded to wait until next summer when he is due to be a free agent, so the Ligue 1 club’s preference is for Yoro to join United.

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» David Squires on … England and the sound of silence after Euro 2024

Our cartoonist channels Simon & Garfunkel while looking back on more heartache for the departing Gareth Southgate

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» Euro 2024: picking out the team of the tournament

Spain dominate our XI but Portugal, Georgia, Slovenia, Germany and Netherlands players also made it

By Sam Hammond for WhoScored

After Spain’s triumph over England in the Euro 2024 final, we’ve selected a team of the tournament. To be considered for selection, players must have made at least four appearances.

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» Gareth Southgate’s next step: club management, TV or well-earned rest?

Plenty of possible new roles after eight years in charge of England, the so-called impossible job

There was an air of inevitability long before confirmation landed that Gareth Southgate would step away from the often thankless environs of the England job. All the clues were there.

As the Football Association and punters alike ponder his successor, there is also a question about what next for Southgate. Have the past eight years fuelled a desire to return at the earliest available opportunity or quashed his appetite? Straight back on the horse or a secluded holiday? Horseshoe television-studio sofa or slogging it out on the touchline? A round of Neil Warnock-style stage shows, the after-dinner circuit?

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» After Germany’s football fest, rocky road lies ahead for European game

Club World Cup plans have sparked criticism and legal action and new Champions League format is unclear

While English and Spanish supporters mingled good-naturedly enough in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Sunday afternoon, plenty of glad-handing was going on a few metres away. Hotel Adlon Kempinski is one of Berlin’s most famous addresses and made an obvious honeypot for Uefa’s delegation, along with a galaxy of special guests, before the Euro 2024 final.

Arsène Wenger, flying the flag for Fifa in Gianni Infantino’s absence, posed for photographs in the lobby. The Formula One driver Lando Norris fiddled with his phone, while Europe’s football association heads huddled around tables with staff and acquaintances. Anyone not full from the previous night’s lavish dinner could order a “doner kebab” of sous-vide cooked veal and truffle shavings. The summer had passed successfully, went the consensus. Uefa and Germany had not been without wobbles but the show was drawing to an amenable close.

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» Como defend ‘Jackie Chan’ comment after Wolves complain of racism in friendly
  • ‘Incident blown out of proportion,’ claim Italian side
  • Hwang Hee-chan finds Jackie Chan reference derogatory

Como have accused Wolves of blowing “out of proportion” an alleged incident of racist abuse in their friendly on Monday, after one of their players compared Hwang Hee-chan to the martial arts stuntman Jackie Chan.

Hwang considers the remark derogatory and it is understood this was not the first time in his career that the South Korea forward has been likened to the actor, who is from Hong Kong. Wolves contemplated abandoning the match, which was played behind closed doors in Marbella.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» Transfer news: Chelsea sign PSG’s Jean-François as Spurs snap up Morris
  • France international signs three-year contract at Bridge
  • Ella Morris joins Spurs on a free from Southampton

Chelsea have completed the signing of the Paris Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Oriane Jean-François on a three-year contract, with the option of a further year.

The 22-year-old France international sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October 2023 but, before that, had enjoyed a bright start to her career, signing her first professional contract at Paris FC before moving across the French capital to their neighbours in 2022.

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» Wesley Fofana and French FA appalled by Argentina team’s ‘racist’ celebrations
  • Outrage over footage posted online by Enzo Fernández
  • Chelsea midfielder later says he is ‘truly sorry’

Wesley Fofana has hit out at “uninhibited racism” and the French Football Federation has said it will file a legal complaint alleging “racially offensive and discriminatory remarks” were made by Argentina players after their Copa América victory against Colombia on Sunday night.

The complaints follow footage posted by the Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernández on his Instagram account, which appeared to show him and his teammates involved in chants that included racist and homophobic slurs about members of the France team as they celebrated their 1-0 win in the final on Sunday. Fernández later apologised, saying the video did not “reflect my beliefs or my character”.

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» Guardiola expected to delay decision on Manchester City future until winter
  • Manager’s contract due to expire next summer
  • Off-season transfers may depend on outgoings

Pep Guardiola is expected to decide on his future as Manchester City manager between December and February, months before his contract expires.

Guardiola’s City tenure began in June 2016 and he ended the last campaign uncertain regarding extending it beyond next summer. The 53-year-old remains unsure and so is minded to take the decision midway through the season, the Guardian understands.

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» ‘Below standards’: Ten Hag unhappy as Manchester United lose at Rosenborg
  • United beaten 1-0 in Norway in first pre-season friendly
  • Manager says ‘this is not the standard for top football’

Erik ten Hag admits there is plenty of hard work to do after Manchester United opened their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 defeat away to Rosenborg.

The majority of the first-team squad were not involved in Trondheim, and Jadon Sancho – who has returned to training after resolving his differences with Ten Hag – was also not part of a travelling group mostly made up of youth players. Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Casemiro and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, though, were in the starting lineup, along with the veteran defender Jonny Evans.

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» Harry Kewell sacked as coach of Japanese club Yokohama after seven months in charge
  • Socceroos great led Marinos to an Asian Champions League final
  • Fellow Australian John Hutchinson will take the reins on interim basis

Socceroos great Harry Kewell is back in the coaching wilderness after he was sacked by J1 League powerhouse Yokohama F. Marinos after less than seven months. Kewell, who replaced compatriot Kevin Muscat last December, reached the Asian Champions League final in his first season at the helm but has battled in Japan’s top flight.

Despite breaking a four-game losing run with a 4-1 victory over Kashima Antlers on Saturday, Yokohama (8-5-10) sit 12th, just seven points clear of the relegation zone and 20 points back from leaders Machida Zelvia. The club confirmed Kewell’s departure on Tuesday, with fellow Australian John Hutchinson taking the reins on an interim basis.

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» Head of Colombian FA arrested after allegedly fighting security guards at Copa América final
  • Ramón Jesurún detained alongside son in Miami
  • Game was played amid chaotic scenes

The head of the Colombian Football Federation has been arrested after allegedly fighting with security guards at Sunday’s chaotic Copa América final.

Ramón Jesurún, who is also a vice-president of Conmebol and a member of the Fifa council, was detained along with his son, Ramón Jamil Jesurún. The pair were at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to watch Colombia play Argentina. The game ended in a 1-0 victory for Argentina.

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» This Copa América was scorching chaos. Will World Cup 2026 be different?

The days of assuming a major tournament, in the US or anywhere else, will proceed smoothly appear to be over. Organizers must prepare for disruption

Conmebol should have seen it coming.

Throughout this summer’s Copa América, the signs of an impending logistical disaster were clear. In cities throughout the United States, transportation bottlenecks frustrated fans, security failures made them less safe, hot weather endangered everyone and games themselves were either sparsely attended or, as on Sunday, the dangerous opposite.

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» Euro 2024: the tournament’s best pictures

Our picture editor, Jonny Weeks, chooses his favourite images from Germany including a distraught Luka Modric and delighted Jordan Pickford

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» Farewell Gareth Southgate: England manager’s reign – in pictures

We look back at the highs and lows of the outgoing manager’s eight-year tenure

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» Southgate oversees familiar failure – a tale of hope but lacking a clear plan | Jonathan Liew

Perennial contenders may have been tournament’s great triers but that was not enough against a far superior side

The metal crinkle of squashed pilsner cans runs up the train carriage like electricity. A song goes up: “His name is Johnny, Johnny fucking Stones, de-der der der der der de-de-de-de der.” An announcement: “Nächste station, Olympiastadion.” Another song: “Phil Foden’s on fire and he’s playing the Germans off the park.” Doors slide open. The air smells of sweat, piss, bratwurst and possibility.

There is a montage on the big screen. There are some rondos on the pitch. There is a largely forgettable musical hors d’oeuvres which sounds like a group of guys trapped under the rubble of a collapsed nightclub, screaming for help over a pounding disco beat. Pennants are exchanged. Flags draped over the barriers like beach towels. The Spanish comfortably outnumbered. This could be Benidorm or anywhere.

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» It’s Hampton v Earps: race to be England No 1 at Euro 2025 is on

The two goalkeepers have been rotated before but Wiegman selecting the 23-year-old Chelsea player for the game against Republic of Ireland felt significant

For a split second on Friday night, given the ferocity of the cheer coming from one corner of the stand behind the substitutes, you could have been forgiven for wondering if England had surreptitiously scored another goal in the Euro 2025 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Not quite. The din was merely in response to Mary Earps jogging down the touchline to warm up. The England fans’ love for the BBC sports personality of the year is stratospheric.

And much later on Friday, a quiet, touching moment offered a prime example of why Earps has such popularity. Long after full time, the new Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was up in the stands, spending time making somebody’s week. She was speaking to a girl who was accompanied by a first-aider and who had been experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Earps had helped calm her down and put the biggest of smiles on her face with a simple act of kindness.

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» As the beer rains down, one thing is clear: Uefa’s complacency puts all of us at risk | Jonathan Wilson

Journalists are not the only ones to have had plastic cups thrown at them at Euro 2024 so what will it take before the organising body reacts?

It was shortly after the final whistle had blown on England’s semi-final victory over the Netherlands that the barrage began. First one plastic cup landed in the press box, beer exploding from it in a sticky fountain, then another and another until all you could hear other than the insistent PA was the crump of plastic on desk and the shouts of journalists taking hits and trying to protect their laptops.

Looking up towards the tier from which they came, there was a terrible beauty to it, the cups with their furls of lager illuminated in the floodlit sky, falling slowly with an implausible grace before their liquid detonation.

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» Kylian Mbappé fulfils dream as he is presented at Real Madrid in front of 80,000 fans – video

Nearly 80,000 fans welcomed 25-year-old France star Kylian Mbappé during his official presentation as a Real Madrid player. After signing his five-year contract with the Spanish powerhouse alongside club president Florentino Pérez, Mbappé entered the stage set up at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to loud cheers.

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» Spain receive heroes' welcome in Madrid following Euro 2024 victory – video

Spain's players received a warm welcome back home in Madrid after beating England 2-1 in the Euro 2024 final in Berlin. Thousands of fans lined the streets of the capital to get a glimpse of the players as they made their way to the centre of the city on a bus, championship trophy in tow. England faced heartbreak for the second time in a row on Sunday, four years after their devastating Euro loss to Italy at Wembley

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» Goalkeeper fixes hole in pitch mid-match with conveniently placed shovel and dirt – video

The goalkeeper of the Scottish League Two club Stirling Albion halted their game against Raith Rovers to point out a hole on the pitch. He then ran over to a pile of dirt at the side and used a shovel to carry it back and fill in the hole before play continued

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» Argentina fans celebrate Copa América victory as Colombia supporters are left heartbroken – video

Fans in Buenos Aires and Miami celebrated wildly after Argentina secured a record 16th Copa América title by beating Colombia 1-0. Fans partied in the streets with songs, drums and fireworks. Some even hung from lampposts. Meanwhile, fans in Bogotá were left proud of their team despite the loss. One fan insisted that 'Colombia keep their spirits and heads high'.

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» Fans climb through vents to get into Copa América final – video

The Copa América final between Argentina and Colombia was delayed by more than an hour after thousands of fans without tickets tried to force their way into the stadium. Footage shows fans climbing into air vents and over fences to access to the stadium ahead of the game.

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» 'We came here to win': Jude Bellingham on Euro 2024 heartbreak – video

England’s Jude Bellingham said it was 'heartbreaking' and 'cruel' to lose the Euro 2024 final to Spain by conceding an 86th-minute goal in a 2-1 defeat at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Spain won a record fourth European Championship title after Mikel Oyarzabal’s late goal clinched victory over England, whose painful decades-long wait for a major trophy goes on. England have now lost back-to-back Euro finals and are still without a major title since winning the 1966 World Cup. Ending on a positive note however, Bellingham said: 'I came here to win. We came here to win ... I know people will be frustrated that we haven't delivered yet, but I definitely feel it's coming.'

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» Martínez inspires Argentina to historic Copa América title in chaotic final

A dramatic extra-time winner from substitute Lautaro Martínez ensured Argentina retained their Copa América title, edging out Colombia 1-0 in a thrilling game in Miami.

The Golden Boot winner’s cool 112th-minute strike settled a scintillating game, which had simply lacked a finishing touch until his arrival on 97 minutes. Martínez latched on to Giovani Lo Celso’s pass to dispatch the ball past a gallant Camilo Vargas in the Colombia goal.

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» Injury concerns mount as Matildas fall to late Canada strike in final Olympics tune-up
  • Sharn Freier opens scoring but Australia lose 2-1 in Marbella
  • Caitlin Foord joins lengthening injury list 11 days out from Games

The key image from Australia’s 2-1 defeat to Canada on Saturday evening in Spain – the final warm-up before the teams head to the Paris Olympics – probably wasn’t captured on the field of play. The sight of Caitlin Foord, caught by cameras early on in the contest sitting in the stands with an ice pack strapped to her quadricep, was the most arresting.

Just 11 days from the Matildas’ Olympic opener against Germany in Marseille on 25 July, Foord has become the latest in what is a lengthening number of injury headaches for coach Tony Gustavsson. The key attacker was withdrawn from the starting XI for the friendly hit-out in Marbella after feeling tightness in her upper leg. “All focus is on players [being] available,” for the Games was the word from a Football Australia spokesperson.

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» Sophia Smith cracker lifts USA women over Mexico in pre-Olympic friendly
  • Smith’s fourth goal in four games lifts USA to 1-0 win
  • USWNT have not conceded in three games under Hayes

Sophia Smith scored in the 64th minute and the United States got revenge for a loss to Mexico earlier this year with a 1-0 victory in the rematch on Saturday.

The friendly match at Red Bull Arena was the first of two tune-up games for the United States ahead of the 2024 Olympics. The Americans will play Costa Rica on Tuesday at Audi Field in Washington before departing for France.

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» USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter sacked after dismal Copa América performance
  • Berhalter spent six years as national team coach
  • The US dumped out of Copa in group stage

Gregg Berhalter was fired as US men’s soccer coach on Wednesday, nine days after his team’s first-round exit from the Copa América raised doubts he was the right person to remain in charge for the 2026 World Cup.

Berhalter’s second term as coach was cut short 10 months after he returned to the job with high hopes and proclaimed the team’s goal was “to change soccer in America forever.” In his second stint as coach, the US won seven games, lost six and drew once, leaving his overall record at 44 wins, 17 losses and 13 draws.

Technical director Matt Crocker rehired Berhalter and will also make the recommendation on his replacement. The team will next play in September friendlies against Canada and New Zealand.

“Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, and we have already begun our search process,” Crocker said in a statement.

Jürgen Klopp, Thierry Henry and Marcelo Bielsa are among the candidates being touted as potential replacements for Berhalter, along with Jesse Marsch, Hugo Pérez, Pellegrino Matarazzo, David Wagner, Steve Cherundolo, Jim Curtain, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino.

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» Copa América scrapped extra-time. Should other knockout tournaments?

Knockout rounds in the South American championship advance straight to penalties after full-time to help ease the burden on players

Fans enjoying the feast of football served up this month by Copa América and Euro 2024, running concurrently on either side of the Atlantic, will have noticed one key difference between the two tournaments: there is no extra time at the end of tied games in the knockout stage of the South American championship.

Conmebol, South American soccer’s governing body, decided that there would be no extra time played if scores were level at full-time in the quarter- and semi-finals. Instead, as was the case in three of the four quarter-final fixtures, the teams skipped straight to a penalty shootout. Only if all is square between Argentina and Colombia at the end of 90 minutes in the final will there be the conventional extra period of 30 minutes.

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» From Greece to Argentina: how tournaments have been won in past 20 years

The past two World Cups have been won with some flair but defence and possession were key before that

Otto Rehhagel’s Greece clinched the trophy courtesy of a 1-0 victory against their Portuguese hosts. “King Otto’s” deeply unfancied side had beaten Portugal 2-1 in Group A’s tournament opener. They proceeded to draw with Spain and lose to Russia, finishing second in the group before really hitting their stride and recording a trio of 1-0 knockout wins against France, the Czech Republic and, ultimately, Portugal. Rehhagel claimed to have little interest in tactics but confused opponents by deploying a man-marking system while playing 4-5-1 against lone strikers and 5-4-1 when confronted with front twos. With sometime-sweeper Traianos Dellas shining in central defence and Angelos Charisteas, scorer of the winner in the final, a specialist at heading goals from crosses and corners, Rehhagel reminded everyone that, sometimes, sitting deep before undoing opponents with ultra-direct counterattacks really works. Fortune does not always favour the brave.

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» Ecuador sack coach Félix Sánchez after Copa América defeat to Argentina
  • Ecuador lost on penalties in the the quarter-finals
  • Sánchez signed a new four-year contract in 2023

Ecuador have sacked head coach Félix Sánchez after Thursday’s Copa América quarter-final defeat by Argentina, the country’s football federation (FEF) said in a statement.

Ecuador reached the last eight for the third time in the last four editions but were knocked out by the defending champions in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1.

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» Canada hold nerve in penalty shootout to set up Copa América semi-final with Argentina

Canada claimed a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Venezuela on Friday to reach the Copa América semi-finals for the first time after an absorbing contest finished 1-1.

With the teams all square after five attempts each, Wilker Ángel had his spot-kick saved by Maxime Crépeau in the shootout and Ismaël Koné buried the winning penalty to send Canada through.

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» Igor Stimac’s rough breakup with India drags on after World Cup failure

Disappointing results, heart disturbances and astrological accusations led to sacking and incendiary statements

Back in 2013, the wife of South Korea’s national team coach, Choi Kang-hee, complained that having three weeks of solid drinking with officials, journalists and sponsors was making her husband ill. That’s nothing; Igor Stimac’s parting shot after five years as India’s head coach was to accuse the All India Football Federation (AIFF) of making his life so difficult that he needed heart surgery. There have been a few rough breakups in football, but this particular one has resulted in legal threats and a 1,500-word rebuttal statement.

Stimac was fired on 17 June. On his way out, the 56-year-old former Croatia international jumped into a press conference with the kind of robust challenge that West Ham and Derby fans of a certain age will remember well, telling Indian reporters that their football had been “imprisoned” by an AIFF which he claimed was more interested in looking good than actually improving anything. “The sooner Kalyan Chaubey leaves, the better it will be for Indian football,” Stimac said on 21 June. “The president of the AIFF gets pictures with people in important positions just for social media attention.”

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» Ten players at Euro 2024 who have increased their transfer value

From Turkey’s Ferdi Kadioglu to Slovakia’s Ivan Schranz, we look at players who have caught the eye in Germany

The all-action Fenerbahce defender was outstanding during his side’s run to the quarter-finals in Germany, providing a constant attacking threat down the left flank and also dropping into midfield at times. Kadioglu had been linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester City after excelling for his club, with Brighton, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund reported to be the latest to have shown an interest. IScouts from nine clubs were at the last-16 game against Austria when the 24-year-old broke a tournament record by covering 7.58 miles (12.2km) during Turkey’s 2-1 win.

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» Three years on from Wembley, I still fear for England’s black penalty-takers | Xaymaca Awoyungbo

My anxiety for the team, the black players and myself mean I hope England can win Euro 2024 final in normal time

England are playing Spain on Sunday in the final of the European Championship 2024. Let that sink in. Despite all the negativity from the media and fans for most of the tournament, Gareth Southgate’s side are in a second successive Euros final. I’m delighted.

But I’m also wary. Football culture is intense and often toxic. How will we react if the team wins or loses?

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» Citizen Mbappé taking on far right lends pride to France’s Euros exit | Philippe Auclair

He skied the chance to equalise against Spain but Kylian Mbappé’s eloquence has elevated his team

It is not because Kylian Mbappé spoke out, twice, about the necessity to take a stand against “the extremes” and, more to the point, the National Rally, that he skied a shot that would have brought France level with Spain in their semi-final. But it is because he and others, such as Marcus Thuram and Jules Koundé, did speak out that it will be possible to look back on France’s frustrating Euro 2024 with something like pride. “Never at such a moment, never such a player, never in such a trenchant, brilliant, mastered fashion, never in the history of the French national team, had we witnessed the conjunction of a major moment in French political life, the words of a captain and a great sporting event,” L’Équipe enthused.

The French sports daily had a point, even if other French footballers had taken political stances in the past. The Saint-Étienne forward Dominique Rocheteau had not hidden his unease about taking part in the World Cup held in General Videla’s Argentina in 1978, though he didn’t go as far as the Swedish players who lent their support to the mothers demonstrating on the Plaza de Mayo during the same tournament. More recently, Zinedine Zidane had called on the French electorate to vote against Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean‑Marie, in the 2002 presidential election, calling what was still the Front and not yet the Rassemblement National “a party that does not correspond at all to the values of France”. Kylian, Marcus, Jules et les autres are the heirs of Zizou in more ways than one.

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» Football Daily | England after Southgate: choose your own adventure

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With Gareth Southgate departing his role as England manager, who is next in the hot seat? Here are a few candidates a window into the imagined future of what could happen, should they get the job.

His Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is disappointed to note that several players of the Spanish male national football team celebrated their European Cup win with chants of rancid remarks about Gibraltar” – Álvaro Morata and Rodri chanting “Gibraltar es español” (Gibraltar is Spanish”) spark inevitable controversy and a complaint to Uefa.

I can only guess at how excited Football Daily is getting at being able to (possibly) use the term ‘Frank Lampard’s England’” – Peter Storch [shudders – Football Daily Ed].

Am sure Football Daily Towers is in a pandemonium right now. Also good that the news did not drop at 4.58pm. But it is nice to see such a seamless transformation. All those who were baying for his blood yesterday are suddenly singing hymns in his honour today” – Krishnamoorthy V.

Alistair Moffat (yesterday’s letters) makes an excellent point about it not being 58 years of men’s hurt, but I think he’s wrong to suggest we should measure from England not winning the European Championships in 1968. England were still the holders of the World Cup then and would be until the finals in 1970. Surely the hurt – and it really did hurt – only started when we were controversially (of course) beaten by West Germany in the quarter-finals on 14 June 1970. An event which, if memory serves, was so cataclysmic that it also ended Terry Collier’s marriage (Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?). So I make that 54 years of hurt. Of course, in 1996 ‘30 years of hurt’ scans better than ‘26 years’ so I think we can allow artistic licence” – Jack Sisterson.

In life comes at you fast, especially in football, news … from ‘redemption arc nears completion’ to ‘in the coaching wilderness’ in less than three months. It’s a harsh business, this football malarkey” – Noble Francis.

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» David Squires on … England’s performance art on their run to the Euro 2024 semis

Our cartoonist looks back on some wonky displays in the last eight of the European Championship

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» What are the most boring (and exciting) goalless draws at the Euros? | The Knowledge

Plus: long-shot winners of the Euros, double trouble in major tournaments and Chris Nicholl’s stunning feat

“After the Portugal/France game I’m wondering what was the most boring Euro game on record (no goals, fewest shorts on target, fewest corners, etc)?” tweets Nicholas Stuart.

There have been 37 goalless draws in the men’s Euros, including a record six at this year’s tournament. The first was in 1968 when Italy beat the Soviet Union on a coin toss. We can’t find the vital statistics for that one, but Sofascore has detailed data for all the others. We’ve based the answer on their “big chances” metric, even though we’re not wholly sure what that entails. Where the games are level, shots on target and then total shots are the tiebreaker.

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» Spain surge into Euro 2024 final and Lamine Yamal takes breath away – Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Semra Hunter as Spain see off France to extend march towards glory

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On the podcast today; Spain get a deserved 2-1 win over France as they progress to the final of Euro 2024. Lamine Yamal, how do you talk about him without mentioning he’s just 16? What a goal he scored.

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» The sad demise of Reading Women – and why we should have seen it coming

Reading not being able to compete in next year’s Championship is an example of what happens when we compel women’s sides to be dependent on men’s football

Were it not for some diligent reporting you would probably have missed the most significant women’s football news – that Reading told the FA they would not be able to compete in the Championship next season. Women’s FA Cup semi-finalists in 2019, Reading have a rich history in the game, competing in the top division throughout the WSL’s formative professional years.

It would have been harder to miss that Manchester United are moving their women’s team to portable buildings to give the men’s team access to the women’s training facilities while their own are being upgraded.

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» David Squires on … Scotland facing the music after another early tournament exit

Our cartoonist on a predictably Scottish outcome, England being England and Ronaldo finding his benevolent side

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» History for Georgia and heartbreak for Ukraine - Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Fadugba as Georgia make history by reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2024

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On the podcast today; Georgia stun Portugal to reach the last 16, they looked to have scored too early but maintained the level all game and left enough in the tank for the historic scenes at the end. Elsewhere in the group, Czech Republic are out, not quite doing enough against Turkey who progress.

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» The 100 best male footballers in the world 2023

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

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» The 100 best female footballers in the world 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» Like Lamine Yamal, I mixed school with football’s glare – and it is no bad thing | Karen Carney

Being thrust into the spotlight as a teen can be freeing and fun. Spain’s young star is proof of this

A lot is being made of Lamine Yamal being a prodigious 16-year-old at the Euros but by the time the final against England kicks off on Sunday, he will be an old hand after celebrating his 17th birthday on Saturday. He has already come of age by mixing playground football with decision-making beyond his years. Like Lamine Yamal, I made my first-team debut while still at school – I was 14 when I was fast-tracked by Birmingham City. Some might see it as a daunting prospect to be brought into an adult environment while most people of the same age are worrying about exams but, and I know it sounds weird, I believe it is the best time to move up to elite football.

I played in a European Championship when I was 17, scoring an injury-time winner against Finland in front of a huge crowd, and it was pure excitement to be part of the national team at such a young age. Becoming an international footballer as a teenager means you have been on an upward trajectory your whole life, so it is important to keep doing what has helped you succeed and not change because circumstances have.

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» Martin Ødegaard: ‘It’s good to get some rest but I would prefer to be at the Euros’

Arsenal captain says it took time to get over missing out on the Premier League title on the season’s final day

After a heartbreaking climax to the Premier League season, the last thing Martin Ødegaard wanted was to be sitting at home watching most of Europe’s best players battle it out in Germany. But that is exactly the position the Arsenal captain found himself in after Norway’s failure to qualify for Euro 2024, their chances having been ended by Scotland last year.

“I wanted to be in the Euros and I’m pretty disappointed that we didn’t qualify,” he says. “The amount of games we play, the intensity in the games and how tough it is to play football at the biggest stage, it is really demanding so it is a good thing to get some rest. But I would prefer to be there.”

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» Euro 2024 is a party – but continent’s fractures are there for all to see | Jonathan Wilson

This Germany team could not emulate side of 2006 in a tournament intertwined with complicated nationalism

For much of Germany’s Euro 2024 quarter-final against Spain, it had seemed like a modern rewrite of their 2006 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. In both games the technically more accomplished Spanish-speakers took the lead about five minutes after half-time, before the doughty Teutons ground their way back, taking advantage of some debatable substitutions, equalising in the final 10 minutes with a left-wing cross that was headed on to the goalscorer.

A German victory on penalties seemed inevitable, the only question whether Manuel Neuer would ostentatiously consult notes scribbled on hotel notepaper and secreted in his sock before each kick as Jens Lehmann had 18 years previously.

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» Portugal v France: a galactic battle lost in the black hole of one man’s ego | Jonathan Liew

This Euro 2024 clash could have been an all-time great quarter-final, and instead a part of it was stolen

Even his absence feels like a kind of presence. The cameras continue to seek him out. The fans in the stands in their replica Manchester United tops screech a little louder, scowl a little harder. The less he does, the more important he becomes. The more he disappears into this game, the heavier it feels, like a black hole sucking everything into its vortex.

And ultimately Portugal too. The sabotage is complete. One of the most talented squads ever assembled at this level of football disappears into that self same black hole, a Vegas-era Elvis act ultimately notable only for its ability to make us gawp and keep gawping. It’s too awful to watch. It’s too awful not to watch. The clock ticks into its third hour, the second quarter-final suspended like a sentence that can never end, and yet with the knowledge of exactly how it ends. Meanwhile, Gonçalo Ramos and Diogo Jota sit on the bench.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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