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» Graeme Souness on why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is right to say Liverpool aren't a great team
Liverpool have a 16 point lead at the top of the Premier League and are the Champions League and Club World Cup holders - but are not great yet
» Gary Neville blasts Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Liverpool send Man Utd defender 'spinning'
Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka endured a difficult afternoon as the Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield
» Bruno Fernandes posts ambiguous Instagram message amid Man Utd transfer saga
Manchester United transfer target Bruno Fernandes is said to be 'desperate' to complete a switch to Old Trafford, but the Red Devils are yet to agree a fee with Sporting
» Bruno Fernandes included in Sporting Lisbon squad amid 'desperation' to join Man Utd
Man Utd and Sporting Lisbon have appeared to have hit an impasse during negotiations for a January transfer for £70m rated Bruno Fernandes
» Jurgen Klopp aims dig at "annoying" Man Utd after Liverpool derby victory
Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners over bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp couldn't resist aiming a subtle dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side
» Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal latest plus Bruno Fernandes updates
We are into the final two weeks of the January transfer window and clubs up and down the Premier League are desperate to add reinforcements before it slams shut
» Patrice Evra suggests 'little brother' Paul Pogba should secure Man Utd transfer exit
Former Manchester United left-back says Pogba has become a scapegoat for club's problems this season, despite the fact he has missed most of the campaign through injury
» Gary Neville blasts Ed Woodward and Man Utd board's transfer record as 'unforgivable'
Former Manchester United defender says some among club's management should lose their jobs after millions was ploughed into playing squad over past seven years
» Mikel Arteta drops Eddie Nketiah hint ahead of Arsenal clash with Chelsea
Young Gunners striker could be called on after sub appearance on Saturday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suspended for Tuesday's Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge
» Arsenal face Bruno Guimaraes battle as Lyon 'open transfer talks'
Lyon have reportedly joined the race for the Brazilian midfielder, with Arsenal in talks after Athletico Paranaense chief said Benfica had also made a bid
» Roy Keane admits he's concerned about Harry Maguire being Man Utd captain
Keane says Maguire has some of the right qualities to be Manchester United skipper - but fears for what summer signing's appointment says about rest of squad
» Gary Neville suggests Daniel James should be 'third or fourth' in line at Man Utd
Manchester United legend Neville says the club need wingers of the standard of City widemen Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as they look to bridge gap to Premier League's top four
» Frank Lampard demands Chelsea 'take their anger out' on Arsenal after latest defeat
Arsenal are set to feel the backlash in Tuesday's Premier League clash after Chelsea were defeated by a 94th-minute winner in Newcastle smash-and-grab raid
» Man Utd on red alert as Edinson Cavani hands in PSG transfer request
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirms Cavani has asked to leave with Manchester United boss Solskjaer on lookout for a new striker due to Rashford injury
» From cardboard beds to Gary Neville - How sport is leading the way on societal issues
COLUMN: Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville's recently impassioned speech on racism was a watershed moment, while the sustainability aims of this year's Tokyo Olympics are raising the bar
» Arsenal's problems weren't all down to Unai Emery - players must be held accountable
Emery was made the scapegoat for Arsenal's results, but their form under Mikel Arteta proves the players are just as much to blame, and they need to shoulder the responsibility
» Shkodran Mustafi explains how Mikel Arteta's approach has improved Arsenal
Arsenal have produced better form under their new manager having lost just once since Emery's departure,which Mustafi feels is a result of Arteta's simple demands
» Liverpool defeat proves Man Utd are truly off their perch and going backwards
Man Utd were outworked and outclassed at Anfield by rivals Liverpool, who dominated them in all but scoreline, and the sheer gulf between the teams is only growing wider
» Antonio Conte responds to Jose Mourinho criticism of Christian Eriksen transfer chase
Mourinho slammed Inter boss Conte after he discussed the prospect of signing Eriksen from Tottenham publicly, while negotiations are ongoing over the star's future
» Virgil van Dijk admits he targeted flaw in Man Utd's game plan for Liverpool
Holland international Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring for Liverpool in their win over Manchester United on Sunday before Mohamed Salah put the icing on the cake
» Man Utd urged to snub Bruno Fernandes and make Jack Grealish transfer
Pundit Paul Merson has told Manchester United to abandon their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes to try and sign Aston Villa's Jack Grealish instead
» Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool fans to dream about first Premier League title win
Liverpool went 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield
» Liverpool's title charge is becoming embarrassing for rest of Premier League
The Reds are now 16 points clear at the top after dominating their fierce rivals Man Utd in a convincing win at Anfield on Sunday, and they have two games in hand still to play
» Full transcript of Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher's furious Sky Sports row
Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher are known for being fiery individuals and the pair came to verbal blows following Liverpool's 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield

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

Grealish, Saka and Chalobah shine in draws, while Newcastle are ready for reinforcements after a late win

Arsenal’s injury problems at left‑back have led them to explore signing Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain. But what if the solution lies closer to home? Bukayo Saka is 18 and earlier this season was being rightly lauded for his rich promise as a flying winger. But he has filled in at full‑back four times in the past month, most recently against Sheffield United on Saturday, and looks the part. Saka is tenacious, diligent, has speed and energy to burn and a knack of picking out teammates with his deliveries. “I think he could,” Mikel Arteta said when asked if Saka could carve out a long-term future in the role. “He is someone that’s never played there before but he’s really trying to do it as well as possible. You can see that he’s got many strengths to play in that position.” Club and manager might have hit upon something far more exciting than they expected. Nick Ames

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» Marcus Rashford out for at least two months with double back stress fracture
• Ole Gunnar Solskjær says fracture is ‘a bad injury’
• Striker could miss England Euro 2020 warm-up games

Manchester United’s troubled season took another turn for the worse as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool and faced up to the loss of Marcus Rashford for between two and three months.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær reported that Rashford had sustained a stress fracture in his back after taking a heavy knock in the 1-0 FA Cup replay win against Wolves at Old Trafford last Wednesday. United’s manager described it as “a bad injury”.

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» Unheard-of achievement beckons as Liverpool begin their victory parade | Barney Ronay

If the champions of Europe win the title undefeated they will have to be recognised as the best of the Premier League era

They’re coming for you, they’re coming for you. The boys of ’99. Fergie and Eric. Andy and Dwight. Arsène, Thierry, Sergio and Pep. They’re coming for you.

So much for the league and so much for Manchester United, who were awkward opponents at Anfield, without ever feeling like much more than a bump in the road. At the end of this 2-0 victory Liverpool will have something else in their sights.

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» Sam Kerr opens account as Chelsea crush Arsenal in WSL title race

“Wow, wow, wow.” Their manager could not believe it. Emma Hayes turned, back to the pitch, and uttered her exclamations. A clearance from a free-kick had bounced in front of Chelsea’s Sophie Ingle and the midfielder had lashed a left‑foot half-volley into the far corner past Arsenal’s Manuela Zinsberger to give the Blues a 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes.

The Arsenal manager, Joe Montemurro, labelled it “the biggest setback I’ve had in my two and a bit years here”.

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» Football transfer rumours: Jérôme Boateng to Arsenal from Bayern?

Today’s tell-all is that little souvenir of a terrible year that makes our eyes feel sore

With Callum Chambers sidelined for up to nine months with a ruptured cruciate ligament, Mikel Arteta has turned his gaze to the Bundesliga in search of a replacement. Arsenal’s new manager has identified Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng as the ideal man to fill the Chambers-shaped hole in his squad and will be able to bring him to the Emirates if Arsenal stump up the thick end of €15m (£12.8m). The World Cup-winning 31-year-old last played in the Premier League for Manchester City against Fulham in February 2011.

Surplus to requirements at Juventus where he has featured just eight times this season, former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could make a surprise return to Merseyside wearing the blue of Everton. Carlo Ancelotti has identified the 26-year-old German international as a January target and Goodison Park bean-counters are preparing a bid somewhere in the region of £30m.

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» Lionel Messi gets Quique Setién’s Barcelona reign off to winning start

Managers come and go but Lionel Messi remains. There were 15 minutes remaining in Quique Setién’s first game as manager of Barcelona and the tension was growing, when the Argentinian finally escaped to score the goal that prevented his opening night ending in failure.

Barcelona were closing in on 1,000 passes but they had struggled to create clear chances until Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal combined. Down on the bench, Setién celebrated. It was only 1-0 but it was enough, for now. It was a start.

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» European roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo double moves Juventus four points clear
  • Rebic scores first Milan goals in 3-2 win at San Siro
  • Valencia’s Champions League hopes hit by 4-1 loss

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to continue his sensational scoring run and help move Juventus four points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over Parma. The 34-year-old’s deflected shot opened the scoring in the first half, but Juve were pegged back after the break when Andreas Cornelius headed in from a corner. Ronaldo restored the home side*s advantage just three minutes later with a low strike that took his tally for the season to 16 league goals, 11 of which have come in his last seven appearances.

Mario Balotelli was sent off just eight minutes after coming on in Brescia’s 2-2 draw with Cagliari. The striker was booked for a clumsy challenge before being dismissed almost immediately, having collected a second yellow card for dissent.

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» Pep Guardiola warns not to expect too much from returning Aymeric Laporte

• Key centre-back could play against Fulham in FA Cup
• Guardiola: ‘Aymeric is not going to solve all the problems’

Pep Guardiola said Aymeric Laporte cannot alone solve Manchester City’s defensive problems when the centre-back returns from a serious knee injury.

The defensive lynchpin has been out since the end of August during which time City’s rearguard have struggled, conceding 13 more goals than Liverpool.

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» Joe Lolley turns tables on Luton to boost Nottingham Forest’s promotion dream

Sabri Lamouchi warned Nottingham Forest they need to improve in order to gain promotion after his side returned to the Championship play-off places with a 3-1 win over Luton on Sunday.

Harry Cornick gave the visitors a deserved lead but Joe Lolley’s brace and a late penalty from Lewis Grabban secured victory for the home side at the City Ground. But Lamouchi was not impressed by his team’s sluggish start.

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» Millwall fans’ homophobic chants lead referee to halt play in win over Reading

• Keith Stroud acted after being alerted by assistant
• Millwall were fined £10,000 last year over racist chants

Millwall have condemned alleged homophobic chanting during their 2-0 Championship win against Reading, promising a “comprehensive investigation”.

Related: Football League: Brewster opens Swansea account, Owls crash at home

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» Transfer window January 2020 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

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» Westwood seals Burnley comeback win over Leicester after Vardy penalty miss

Burnley came from behind to pick up their first points this year against an oddly unconvincing Leicester, who have lost two games in a row to opponents from the bottom half of the table.

Brendan Rodgers’ team started well enough but in the second half in particular found Nick Pope an unbreachable last line of defence. The Burnley goalkeeper saved his side on at least three occasions, most notably in the 66th minute when he kept out a Jamie Vardy penalty that would have put Leicester 2-1 in front.

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» Western Sydney Wanderers sack A-League coach Markus Babbel
  • Ex-Liverpool defender third A-League coach axed
  • Departs post with 10 wins from 41 games in charge

Markus Babbel’s time was up at Western Sydney following Sunday night’s A-League loss to Perth Glory, with chief executive John Tsatsimas saying the club needed to act quickly to halt poor results. Little more than 12 hours after the Wanderers lost for the eighth time this season, 1-0 at Bankwest Stadium, the club pulled the trigger on the under-fire Babbel, axing the 47-year-old midway through his three-year contract.

The former Liverpool defender becomes the third A-League coach to be sacked this season after Marco Kurz at Melbourne Victory and Ernie Merrick at Newcastle. “It is unfortunate that we have needed to take this course of action because we have a great relationship with Markus,” Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer said in a statement.

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» Callum McGregor eases Hoops past Partick and into fifth round
• Leigh Griffiths scores first goal for Celtic since August
• Sam Cosgrove spares Aberdeen replay with Dumbarton

Goals from Leigh Griffiths and Calllum McGregor earned Celtic a narrow 2-1 win against Partick Thistle and a safe passage into the Scottish Cup fifth round despite a late scare when Jeremie Frimpong conceded a penalty converted by Stuart Brannigan.

Griffiths pounced to take advantage of a defender’s clearence to slot home the opening goal at Fir Park. McGregor added a second with a deflected shot after Kenny Miller had struck a post for the home team. Frimpong’s charge on Dario Zanatta as he raced in on Fraser Forster led to Brannigan’s penalty in injury time but it came to late to find another goal, though did provide a small reward for a diligent Thistle performance. Neil Lennon’s side picked up their 32nd consecutive victory in domestic cup competitions and take their place in Sunday’s last-16 draw.

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» Pep Guardiola baffled at Manchester City letting Zaha make crucial run
• Wilfried Zaha’s break and cross lead to Fernandinho own goal
• ‘The second goal is a mistake and we have to avoid it’

Pep Guardiola criticised the defensive mistake that allowed Crystal Palace a late equaliser against Manchester City that may kill any lingering hope of a successful title defence.

Two Sergio Agüero strikes on 82 and 87 minutes appeared to have overturned Cenk Tosun’s first-half opener. But in added time Wilfried Zaha burst into the City area and though John Stones tried to stop him the forward was still able to hit a cross at Fernandinho that deflected past Ederson to make it 2-2.

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» Isaac Hayden breaks Chelsea hearts with late winner for Newcastle

Is possession overrated? It certainly seemed so for Chelsea as they manoeuvred the ball up and down a series of apparent blind alleys and culs-de-sac before ultimately seeing all that effort reduced to nothing when Isaac Hayden headed Newcastle’s stoppage time winner.

At times Steve Bruce’s side appeared to have developed an alarming allergy to passing between themselves but few occupants of the Gallowgate End were worrying about that as Allan Saint-Maximin redirected the fallout from a poor, partially cleared, Matt Ritchie corner and Hayden rose above all comers to clinch three precious points.

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» John Fleck’s late strike stuns Arsenal to gain Sheffield United a point

You can make a team run harder, recalibrate their tactics and offer everyone a clean slate, but you cannot correct an entire mentality in the space of a month. Mikel Arteta is finding out the hard way that Arsenal’s lack of resolve is deep-rooted and the latest evidence, a third occasion during his six-game tenure in which they have thrown away a lead, carried a particular sting.

Arsenal were rarely in too much trouble against a Sheffield United side that were, by Chris Wilder’s admission, some way short of their best. But they did not exactly brim with threat themselves despite going ahead through a goal on the verge of half-time by their outstanding 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli; efforts to kill the game off lacked conviction and John Fleck’s well-taken equaliser ensured an outcome that was probably fair on a scrappy, stop-start afternoon.

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» Raúl Jiménez proves a talisman in Wolves’ 3-2 fightback at Southampton

Just as it seemed Wolves had run out of puff, they mustered the strength to launch a spirited second-half fightback to earn an extraordinary comeback victory. Adama Traoré proved the catalyst but Raúl Jiménez was the talisman again, impeccably steering home the winner having earlier rolled in the equaliser from the penalty spot.

Pedro Neto kickstarted a stirring retort eight minutes after the interval, at which point Southampton were two goals to the good. This was Wolves’ 39th game in a marathon season but they had no intention of making excuses and Nuno Espírito Santo, too, preserved some energy to toast victory with supporters at full time.

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» European roundup: Haaland hits hat-trick in 20 minutes on Dortmund debut
• Norwegian teenager turns game as Dortmund beat Augsburg 5-3
• Lazio get 11th straight Serie A win by thrashing Sampdoria 5-1

Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Erling Haaland scored a sensational hat-trick in 20 minutes on his debut to help his team come from two goals down and beat Augsburg 5-3 on Saturday as the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break. The Norwegian teenager Haaland, who joined weeks ago from RB Salzburg for a reported €20m, scored his first goal with a low drive in the 59th minute, three minutes after coming on, to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Related: Casemiro at the double to help Real Madrid fend off Sevilla and top La Liga

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» Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Premier League player ratings | John Brewin

Jordan Henderson stood out for Liverpool while Brandon Williams was asked to do too much for Manchester United


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» Will Klopp’s team become the GLOAT (Greatest Liverpool Of All Time)? | Jonathan Wilson
Since Shankly, via Paisley, Dalglish and Benítez, Liverpool have had several outstanding sides. But how do they measure up?

Statistically, this is likely to be Liverpool’s greatest league season, which for a club with 18 championships is no small achievement. The only season that could conceivably beat this one came last year, when they did not win the title – a reminder that statistics must always be considered in context. Greatness lies not only in numbers.

And in a world in which Juventus can dispense with their manager after five successive league titles, and Barcelona sack theirs after two straight titles while top of the table, in which 95+ points has come to seem standard for a Premier League champion, it’s as well to be aware that domination of a domestic league does not mean quite the same thing that it did in the past.

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» Handshakes, dark suits and money-glaze: welcome to the Mendes supremacy | Barney Ronay
The Portuguese super-agent is busy closing deals this month, but is he starting to wield too much influence in football?

When Jorge Mendes got married a few years back a story emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo had given football’s most potent agent a Greek island as a wedding present.

It is hard to know the real truth of this. But it seems fitting, given Mendes’s deep-state mystique, that the legend of Ronaldo island has been recycled admiringly ever since, gaining resonance, layers, compound interest. Either way it seems likely Mendes would have enjoyed his Greek island in the expected style: loaning it to Lazio for five years, setting up a complex series of loans for its outlying archipelago, then selling it on to Turkey for six times the original price. Cristiano. You know me so well.

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» The goalkeepers’ union: why do they stick up for each other?

There are no union meetings, subs or walkouts, but goalies do share a sense of solidarity

By Will Magee for When Saturday Comes

James Shea tells a story that captures the fraternal spirit among goalkeepers. Back when he was a novice at Arsenal – before his meandering path from the wilds of non-league took him to his current club, Luton Town – new gloves felt like a luxury and, on an academy keeper’s salary, were still a significant expense. Shea asked Lukasz Fabianski if he could borrow a pair for training. A few days later, Fabianski turned up with a big box full of gloves with Shea’s name emblazoned on them.

It was far from a one-off act of kindness. There are many goalkeepers with similar stories. Football is so often a dog-eat-dog environment but many keepers testify to a different moral code. There is even a term for this tendency towards mutual support: the goalkeepers’ union. There are no subs, no union meetings and no walkouts, but many will bear witness to the sense of solidarity between the sticks.

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» Futsal: the thinking player's game that doesn't hurt the head

With a smaller, heavier ball, the game is played on the ground, which means less worry about head injuries

Gone are the days when primary-school children were condemned to wincing, eyes shut tightly in fear, as a heavy leather football smashed against their heads. But despite advances in technology making the balls lighter there is clearly more to be done to safeguard children. In Futsal, a Fifa-sanctioned version of five-a-side football, players use their heads more, even though the ball rarely touches it. Futsal is the thinking player’s game.

Related: Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

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» How Charlton fans united and ousted the club's unfit owner

After five years of turmoil, supporters at The Valley are now looking to the future with relief, apprehension and excitement

A film by Tom Brandhorst for Copa90

In January 2014, an unknown Belgian businessman called Roland Duchâtelet bought Charlton Athletic for £14m. With the club sitting 19th in the Championship, there was excitement among Charlton fans that, in the modern age of billionaire foreign owners, they might just be on the cusp of something great. But it wasn’t to be. Within two years, hundreds of Charlton fans were marching towards the Valley in a faux funeral procession, trailing behind a coffin that symbolised the death of the football club at the hands of its reckless owner.

To many Charlton supporters, Duchâtelet’s “regime” offers the perfect example of how not to run a football club: belligerently pursuing an unrealistic vision without any consideration for the fans until the club has been driven to ruin, both on and off the pitch.

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» Beating Manchester United 'one of the best' says Klopp as Liverpool go 16 points clear - video

Liverpool took a further step forward to their first title in 30 years with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United. Jürgen Klopp's side now sit 16 points ahead of Manchester City, with a game in hand over Pep Guardiola's side. A header early in the first half from Virgil van Dijk opened the score before a stoppage-time goal courtesy of Mo Salah sealed the result

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» Fair play: futsal player refuses to score after opponent goes down injured – video

A moment of sportsmanship from a futsal match in Spain when Cartegena's Solano chooses to put the ball out of play - despite having an open goal. 

After Zaragoza's Javi Alonso goes down injured, the ball is squared to Solano to tap in, but instead he puts ball out of play. The game finished 5-5.

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» 'A catastrophe': Klopp laments decision to move Afcon back to January – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes the decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to its traditional January slot is a 'catastrophe' for his team. The tournament was scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon in the summer of 2021, which clashed with the expanded Club World Cup, but has been switched because of concerns over the climate in the country in July. It is due to be held from 9 January to 6 February.

That is likely to mean Klopp will be without Senegal’s Sadio Mané, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Guinea’s Naby Keïta for some or all of the six-week period that includes preparations.

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» 'We've got players coming through': Solskjær explains Ashley Young's United exit – video

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said the club wasn't ready to offer captain Ashely Young a two-year contract, explaining why the time was right for the former England international to leave. Solksjær said Young had been a 'good servant for the club', as he turns 35 this summer and moves on to Inter, where he's signed an 18-month contract. 

Young is the third United player to join Inter in the past six months, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez also teaming up with Conte in Milan. The Manchester United manager then confirmed Harry Maguire as the club's new full-time captain, six months after his £80m move from Leicester, saying he'd been impressed by his strong leadership skills. 

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» 'Confidence has been a struggle': Harry Winks on Spurs' season so far – video

Harry Winks has admitted that confidence and consistency at Tottenham ‘has been a struggle’ this year after his side progressed into the next round of the FA Cup. Two goals from Giovanni Lo Celso and Erik Lamela earned Tottenham a 2-1 victory over Championship side Middlesbrough. ‘It feels like we get a run of a few good results, a few wins, and all of a sudden we have a run of poor results,’ said the midfielder.

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» Notts County's Michael Doyle scores stoppage-time winner from halfway – video

There was a stunning injury-time winner in Notts County's FA Trophy tie with Dagenham and Redbridge, as 38-year-old Michael Doyle's strike secured a 2-1 victory. After a poor clearance from Daggers goalkeeper Elliot Justham, the midfielder took a touch before striking the ball from just inside the halfway line into the net. 'In your life, in your career, Michael Doyle, you're 38 years old, have you ever scored a goal like that?' said the commentators. Well, he has, but this was still a beauty.

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» David Squires on ... Melbourne Victory's coaching hot seat

Our cartoonist looks Marco Kurz’s dismissal and who may replace him in the long term

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» Markus Babbel the third A-League coaching casualty – but is the coach or club to blame?

The German is the latest A-League coach to go but club leadership shares his failure

The prevailing wisdom when a football club is underperforming is that you can’t sack all the players, so you may as well sack the coach.

Often said coach has contributed significantly to the club being in that situation – poor tactics, poor man-management, even poor recruitment if they’ve been handed that responsibility. But more often the chief burden of responsibility lies elsewhere. With the players, certainly; with backroom staff whose responsibility it is to prepare the players, potentially; with the club management, absolutely.

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» How Barcelona made a right mess of sacking Ernesto Valverde | Sid Lowe

The Barcelona head coach was eventually sacked late on Monday night after a day of waiting

Barcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he was not the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someone somewhere had to act with a little dignity. And what if it didn’t happen? He was certainly not about to make the decision for them, so Ernesto Valverde drove into San Joan Despí not long after 8am. At 11 he was out on the training pitch as normal, players gathered in a circle around him, which was one way to say: “Goodbye … probably.” By the time he drove out again he knew it was likely to be for the last time. But not because they had actually told him.

On Thursday night Valverde’s team had collapsed again. While they played better than they had so far this season, he got booed every time he appeared on the big screen. They were 2-1 up with nine minutes remaining against Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah – Barcelona lost 3-2. Echoes of Rome and Anfield, that recurring nightmare. Three times was too many. Two already had been but to almost everyone’s surprise the club did not act in the summer, instead keeping their coach. They did act now, just not particularly well. “A bit ugly,” was Andrés Iniesta’s verdict. “Unpleasant,” he called it.

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» Juventus evolution goes beyond Sarri's attire as they reach summit | Nicky Bandini

New clothes, ‘same dickhead’: for the third time in his career, Maurizio Sarri has his team in pole position at the halfway point

Maurizio Sarri had to update his wardrobe after taking over as manager of Juventus. A man who has always felt most comfortable in a tracksuit showed up for his first day of work in Turin sporting a shirt and tie. He soon confessed that his contract obliged him to wear such a uniform when representing the club away from the football pitch. For matches, a compromise was reached. Sarri’s sideline attire at Juventus has typically featured suit trousers and a zip-neck sweater.

Related: Barcelona in managerial limbo after Xavi Hernández turns down role

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» Melbourne Victory's decision to sack Kurz a mystery as much as it was obvious | Emma Kemp

The German coach was not afforded a full A-League season to adjust to the rigours of a big-budget club but poor results told their own tale

There was a moment on the touchline during Marco Kurz’s Adelaide United tenure when the notoriously flammable coach furnished one poor fourth official with what he must have perceived as the ultimate insult. “You’re only a fourth official ... in Australia,” the German bellowed.

As of Wednesday, assistant referees across the land were breathing easier after Kurz was relieved of his duties by Melbourne Victory just 13 matches into his two-year deal. That particular official was merely one in a long line to be on the receiving end of the relentless pitchside wrath of Kurz, a genuine gentleman in just about every setting except during one 90-minute spell each week.

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» Monaco show PSG the folly of their Fantastic Four frontline

PSG started Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Neymar against Monaco ... and conceded three goals

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Ligue 1 finally had a showpiece occasion to be proud of on Sunday evening. The Olympico in November between Lyon and Marseille was fitfully entertaining, but the other big fixtures this season have been disappointing. The Classique was terribly one-sided, with PSG thrashing Marseille 4-0; Lyon’s 1-0 loss to PSG was a dour affair; and their derby defeat to St Étienne was no better. For all that Ligue 1 promised this season, the biggest occasions had too often been damp squibs. That was, until Monaco – playing their first league match under new manager Robert Moreno – rocked up at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night and drew 3-3 with PSG.

Having shifted away from Leonardo Jardim’s 3-5-2 formation, the former Spain boss lined his team up in what was either 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, depending on whether one viewed Aleksandr Golovin as a No 10 or an advanced central midfielder. The change of formation allowed Monaco to play more on the front foot and use the pace of Keita Baldé and Gelson Martins on the flanks. The Portuguese winger was also liberated from the onerous task of tracking back, something that had undermined his performances as a wing-back.

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» Jets' secondment of W-League coach for men's team should not escape scrutiny | Ella Reilly

The postponement of Newcastle’s game last week may have been serendipitous but the optics of the decision were never good

It was with a touch of serendipity that Newcastle Jets’ W-League game against Adelaide United, scheduled as part of a double header last Friday, was postponed due to air quality and temperature concerns; coach Craig Deans – who has taken the reins of the club’s A-League team following the dismissal of Ernie Merrick – would not have been at the helm of the women’s team had the match been given the green light.

Theoretically he could be back in charge of his side for the rescheduled match on 1 February which, by the form books at least, the Jets should expect to get something out of. But the fact the W-League team have not played since Deans was made interim coach of the men’s team has meant the decision’s true impact has been somewhat obscured and the optics of it have largely escaped scrutiny.

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» History repeats itself for Balotelli and Inter at the start of 2020 in Serie A | Nicky Bandini

Balotelli scoring, Inter leading and racist abuse gave the new decade in Serie A an eerily familiar feel to the start of the 2010s

For Italian football, the decade began with a little bit of history repeating. It was Mario Balotelli who scored the first Serie A goal of the 2010s, and on Sunday he delivered the opening strike of the 2020s as well: spinning away from his marker in the 18th minute of Brescia’s game at home to Lazio, before dispatching Stefano Sabelli’s long pass with a first-time finish off his left boot.

Why always him? In truth, the slogan no longer feels apt. Balotelli has dazzled us only intermittently, the highs of a Premier League win and European Championship final in 2012 obscured by too many nondescript seasons since.

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» New year, new Espanyol? Barcelona draw offers hope at last | Sid Lowe

Abelardo’s side sense a ‘turning point’ in their season. It needs to be: no team has survived on fewer than 12 points at halfway

“Maybe I’m a masochist,” Abelardo Fernández had said and maybe that explains everything: it explains why they called and why he came; it might even explain why this could just work. That, at least, is the hope and at least there is hope now. The noise had just about died down, supporters heading home happy, when Espanyol’s new coach appeared, their third in half a season. It was almost midnight, cold outside, and his throat was raw but he was smiling. “You have a bad time of it, you suffer, but you enjoy it,” he admitted, “and I tell them to enjoy it too.” This time, they had. Espanyol are still the worst team in Spain, and by some way, but it’s a new year, a new them.

Before Saturday’s Catalan derby an I Will Survive remix boomed round Cornellà; by the end, some had started to believe they actually might. As the whistle went on a 2-2 draw, another song went round: “Yes, we can!” they chanted. Unable to beat Barcelona in the league in the 2010s, Espanyol had been unable to beat them at the start of 2020 too, but this wasn’t the same. Sometimes a draw feels like a victory. When they’re top and you’re bottom, when you’ve barely even drawn at home all season let alone actually won a game, you’ve blown a lead and you’re losing with two minutes left, is one of those times. When you’re desperate, searching for something, anything, to hold on to definitely is.

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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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» Ole Gunnar Solskjær is not the right manager for Manchester United | Jonathan Wilson

There has been little sign of improvement since Solskjær took over and he looks ill-equipped to turn things around

O n Friday 5 March 1909, Manchester United went to Burnley for an FA Cup quarter-final. The pitch was frozen, there was heavy snow and with 18 minutes remaining the referee, Herbert Bamlett, decided the match couldn’t go on. For United, the abandonment was fortunate: they had been 1-0 down but won the rearranged game 3-2 and went on, for the first time, to lift the FA Cup.

Bamlett, having refereed the 1914 FA Cup final, turned his hand to management, taking charge of Oldham, Wigan Borough and Middlesbrough, guiding the latter to the verge of promotion when, in April 1927, he was named manager of United.

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» The story of professional fouls: from Willie Young to Federico Valverde

The red card shown to Valverde in the Spanish Supercopa can be traced back to a foul in the FA Cup final 40 years ago

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

When Atlético Madrid striker Álvaro Morata raced through on goal with a few minutes to play in the Spanish Supercopa final, the Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde knew what he had to do. Football constantly changes, but there is always room for classic shithousery. “It was something that I should not have done,” said Valverde. “I apologised to Morata, but it was the only thing I could do because he’s a very fast player.”

Valverde’s tackle may not have been in the spirit of fair play, but it worked out well for his team. He was sent off immediately but, by taking out Morata, he helped his teammates stay in the game and play for penalties. Real Madrid went on to win the shootout and Atlético were left wondering what might have been. Not that their manager blamed Valverde. “I told him that he did what he had to do at that moment,” said Diego Simeone after the game.

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» There will be nothing friendly about the SheBelieves Cup for England | Suzanne Wrack

With the Olympics looming and England’s form poor the games in the US in March carry significance – and a chance for revenge

Friendly tournaments do not generally warrant much attention. The sponsored mini cup competitions that clubs sign up for in pre-season are a prime example of games that have very little bearing on, well, anything. The US-hosted SheBelieves Cup, though, is seen a little differently generally, as national teams pit themselves against the world champions in their own back yard. This year, for the Lionesses, March’s tournament is about more than bragging rights and the confidence boost of beating the best. Here’s why ...

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» Football transfer rumours: Cavani to Manchester United or Spurs?

Today’s piffle is older than you think

While the world has been spinning Edinson Cavani has been quietly getting old in Paris. The once-galloping Uruguayan striker will be 33 in February! How did that happen? Cavani has been struggling with injury this season. Not that Manchester United seem to care. They would love to increase the average age of their squad by bringing the PSG forward to Old Trafford, particularly now that Ashley Young has downed tools to force a move to Inter. But there’s a snag. The brass-necked Parisians value Cavani – whose contract expires in the summer – at £30m! That’s a lot of a lolly. Spurs are interested too now that Harry Kane looks set for an extended spell in the treatment room.

One player who could pop up at Old Trafford this January is Bruno Fernandes, who seems to have been linked with a move to Manchester United from Sporting since the pre-internet days. It says here that he’ll be in the stands at Anfield on Sunday to watch his potential new team take on Liverpool. They might want to force him to put pen to paper on his £50m move before that one kicks off.

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» The Fiver | A square peg who has filled a dizzying array of Manchester United holes

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After the best part of a decade at Manchester United, it’s arrivederci to Ashley Young, who has departed for pastures new. Specifically, the verdant grass rectangle at San Siro, where he will line up for Internazionale. Young leaves Old Trafford with winners’ medals from the Premier League, Big Vase, FA Cup and Milk Cup a jingle-jangling in his pockets, a tidy haul considering he was signed towards the tail-end of the Lord Ferg era. Small wonder, then, that misty-eyed tribute has been paid on social media disgraces, with assorted United fans fondly recalling that time he slipped comically during a warm-up, that time he forgot how to take a throw-in against Tottenham and that time a bird flying high over Old Trafford did its business into his mouth.

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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

17 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

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» Which footballers have suffered injuries playing other sports? | The Knowledge

Plus: top-flight careers over four decades, more big non-league gates and Garth Crooks presenting a politics show on BBC2

“After seeing Rory Burns miss an England cricket match because of an injury caused playing football, which footballers have missed matches playing other sports?” tweets Mattskating.

“Rangers’ Marco Negri suffered a serious eye injury playing squash with Sergio Porrini,” tweets Jono Bolton. “Before that, he’d scored 33 goals in 26 games.” Ah yes, February 1998 in Glasgow, with Rangers battling for a 10th consecutive league title. Negri takes up the story: “He was the wrong choice of playmate for squash because it should not have been a game in which winning became everything and yet with Sergio that was impossible … At a speed that felt like 100mph that sphere of hard, hot rubber cannoned off the concrete and straight into the centre of my eye.”

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

Bournemouth need to find goals fast, Aubameyang’s red card has caused a headache at Arsenal and Ings is in England form

Bournemouth’s defending left a lot to be desired as they crumbled against Watford but their failure to penetrate Nigel Pearson’s improving side was equally alarming. No team has scored fewer goals in the Premier League this season and those front–foot displays of yesteryear – they scored almost 100 goals en route to promotion in 2015 and more than any team outside the top six last season – feel a distant memory following a ninth defeat in 11 league matches. “Historically we have always been free-scoring and we have always had goals in us,” their manager, Eddie Howe, said. “We have always had the ability – even if we have conceded first – to come back and win games. That is probably where the feeling has gone missing, the creativity and that feeling we are going to score. We have to do better in that respect.” Ben Fisher

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» The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Hero tatts and upside down play in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures

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» Football quiz: career paths of the past decade – can you guess the player?

These well-travelled footballers have been around the block more than once in the past 10 years - see if you can name them

Portsmouth > Burnley (loan) > Leicester City > Middlesbrough > Derby County > Preston North End.

Jimmy Bullard

David Nugent

Dean Windass

Kevin Phillips

Barcelona > Roma > Milan (loan) > Barcelona > Ajax (loan) > Stoke City > Mainz 05 (loan) > Alavés (loan) > Montreal Impact.

Tuncay Sanli

Jordi Alba

Bojan Krkic

Stefano Okaka

Tottenham Hotspur > Toronto FC > Tottenham (loan) > Sunderland > Bournemouth > Rangers (loan).

Peter Crouch

Luka Modric

Rafael van der Vaart

Jermain Defoe

Blackburn > QPR > Doncaster Rovers > Market Drayton > Carlisle > Arles-Avignon > Washington > Ashton Town.

Morten Gamst Pedersen

Chris Samba

Pascal Chimbonda

Steven Nzonzi

Liverpool > Galatasaray (loan) > Sporting CP > Atlético Madrid > Rayo Vallecano (loan) > Stuttgart.

Jay Spearing

Fabio Aurelio

Daniel Ayala

Emiliano Insua

Portsmouth > Milan > Schalke 04 > Milan > Las Palmas > Eintracht Frankfurt > Sassuolo > Barcelona (loan) > Fiorentina.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Niko Kranjcar

John Utaka

Nwankwo Kanu

Chelsea > QPR (loan) > Wolves (loan) > Hamburg > Nottingham Forest > New England Revolution.

Adel Taraabt

Michael Mancienne


José Bosingwa

Arsenal > Barcelona > Roma (loan) > Vissel Kobe.

Vito Mannone

Thomas Vermaelen

Alexander Hleb

Marouane Chamakh

Birmingham City > Stoke City > Crystal Palace (loan) > Norwich City > Derby County > Goztepe.

Jordon Mutch

Gary McSheffrey

Cameron Jerome

Marcus Bent

Fenerbahce > Toulouse (loan) > Galatasaray > Olympiacos (loan) > Blackburn Rovers (loan) > Bursaspor > Feyenoord (loan) > Feyenoord > Celtic > Coritiba > Corinthians > Lobos BUAP (loan) > Veracruz.


Colin Kazim-Richards

Amine Linganzi

Jamie O'Hara

10 and above.

You're the best! Lionel Messi-level quizzing. Congratulations!

9 and above.

Very, very good. If this quiz was a stadium, there would be a statue of you outside.

8 and above.

Congratulations on an exceptional performance. You've earned yourself a testimonial at the very least.

7 and above.

Well done! You missed out on the title but you're in the Champions League, at worst.

6 and above.

A very respectable effort. You are the James Milner of quizzes.

5 and above.

Not bad, not great. A mid-table season in the Championship.

4 and above.

Definite room for improvement. The board have issued a public vote of confidence.

3 and above.

Disappointing. Knocked out in the qualifying rounds.

2 and above.

Two better than zero, you are still destined to end up on loan at Trabzonspor.

0 and above.

Your career never even began. But you probably still lie about having a trial with Stoke City.

1 and above.

A one-hit wonder. You are being sent on loan to a non-league club in Siberia.

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

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

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

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» Camp Moo: Quique Setién goes from cows to Barcelona job in 24 hours
New Barça manager, who admits to having no CV or winners’ medals, on how he has always embraced the club’s philosophy

There are 3,537 people in Liencres, 9km west of Santander, or there were. Today there is one fewer. There are also a lot of cows. “Yesterday I was walking past cows in my home town; today I was at Barcelona’s training ground coaching the best players in the world, an enormous club,” Quique Setién said at his unveiling as the new manager at the Camp Nou in place of Ernesto Valverde. “I’m an emotional manand this is a special day,” he added, and it showed. There was humility, gratitude and at times even the sense that he was overwhelmed, still trying to digest the fact that this had actually happened.

Related: Barcelona appoint Quique Setién as head coach to replace Ernesto Valverde

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» Call the super-agent! How Arda Turan might try to get his career on track | Jonathan Liew

Arda Turan’s two-year loan at Istanbul Basaksehir has been cut short but he has no intention of returning to Barcelona. You can only imagine the conversation he might have with his agent …

At first Mino Raiola was surprised by the sound of his phone ringing. The fact that it was 1am was not the surprising part: as a football agent constantly on the move he had long since grown used to being called at all sorts of strange hours. Usually it would be one of his players with some practical issue: a leaky tap, no internet, a mysterious buzzing noise that would invariably turn out to be the fridge.

Some players wanted to talk business. A few – often players living abroad for the first time – just wanted to talk. One night, very late, Raiola answered his phone to Mario Balotelli, who in a meek voice explained that he was alone in his new house and desperate for company. So Raiola went round and together they sat on his sofa in silence, watching Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys on BBC Four until Mario dozed off.

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» Peter Shilton: ‘Maradona’s the greatest player in history but I don’t respect him’
England’s most capped player has never forgiven Diego Maradona for his failure to apologise for the 1986 Hand of God goal

Fifty years since his England debut, and 30 years since his final appearance as one of the great World Cup goalkeepers at Italia 90, Peter Shilton is in a reflective mood. Having played more times for England than anyone, Shilton retains an even more impressive world record for the most appearances made by an individual in professional football. From 1966 to 1997 he played 1,390 professional games – with his closest rivals being Brazil’s Rogério Ceni, who played in goal 1,234 times, and the midfield maestro Xavi who made 1,135 appearances – mostly for Barcelona and Spain.

Related: Peter Shilton | Small Talk

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