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» Gareth Bale's transfer "chaos", Real Madrid revival and emulating Wayne Rooney
Once viewed as down and out at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is resurgent with Wales at Euro 2020 and flourishing in a new role - but where will he be playing his club football next season?
» Benitez belongs in Liverpool's Hall of Fame - and certainly not at Everton
ANDY DUNN COLUMN: Benitez is being strongly linked with a shock move to the Toffees but would be the wrong appointment for more than one reason
» Martin Keown shares Kieran Tierney vision and issues Emile Smith Rowe challenge
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has shared his thoughts on the role Kieran Tierney can play for the Gunners and discussed the target within reach of Emile Smith Rowe
» Portugal fans mock Cristiano Ronaldo Coca-Cola bottle incident in Germany defeat
As Euro 2020's Group of Death was blown wide open wide open, supporters poked fun at Ronaldo over his fizzy pop controversy with a banner which also gave a nod to Gareth Bale
» Cesc Fabregas provides blunt assessment of Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara
The Liverpool midfielder is currently playing for Spain at Euro 2020, though Luis Enrique's side are at serious risk of crashing out of the tournament unless they defeat Slovakia
» PSG boss Pochettino ready to hijack Arsenal's main transfer this month
Arsenal will want to bolster their squad for the 21/22 campaign after a hugely disappointing season under Mikel Arteta who is said to have financial backing from bosses
» Liverpool eye potential Salah replacement and join White chase
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be looking to fine-tune his squad ahead of a Premier League title challenge next season after a trophyless campaign at Anfield
» Hakimi left 'confused' as Chelsea backed to make Ramos move
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be keen to make his mark on his squad in what could be a busy summer transfer window for the Blues
» Man City's Jack Grealish transfer plan - and what's holding up the deal
Manchester City will look to defend their Premier League title in the 21/22 campaign and they will want to find a replacement for Sergio Aguero in the transfer window
» Details on Sancho's bumper Man Utd move and latest on Ramos
Premier League club Manchester United are lining up the deal for Borussia Dortmund and England's Jadon Sancho who they have wanted to sign throughout the 20/21 season
» Varane agents ready for Man Utd transfer talks after Real Madrid deal rejected
The France international, 28, is unhappy that Real Madrid have chosen to negotiate with Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos – who has since left the club – ahead of him
» Tuchel makes Werner transfer decision amid Real Madrid interest
Timo Werner has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer after just one season following a disappointing year, and Thomas Tuchel has come to a decision on his future
» Louis Saha makes Sergio Ramos prediction ahead of possible transfer to Man Utd
Sergio Ramos is a free agent after leaving Real Madrid this week and Manchester United are tipped to be his next landing spot after they previously made an attempt to sign him
» Man City 'ready to smash Premier League transfer record' to sign Jack Grealish
Pep Guardiola is known to be a huge fan of the Aston Villa star and appears ready to make him the club's latest high-profile addition
» Kane convinced he is still "one of the best" strikers despite poor Euros start
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner has yet to get off the mark for England this summer and has been substituted in both the Three Lions' games so far
» Southgate hints he's ready to unleash Sancho after Scotland reality check
England manager Gareth Southgate admits that the explosive ­attacking blend of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Mason Mount has failed to ignite
» Southgate makes downbeat England admission as he takes blame for Scotland draw
The Three Lions were hugely disappointing against the Auld Enemy but Southgate has urged the media to give him stick rather than the players
» Blind offers hope that Eriksen could play again as he draws on own heart trauma
The Dutch defender collapsed during a pre-season friendly last year but is still able to regularly represent his club and country
» Kane calls for "calm" from England fans following boos after Scotland stalemate
A large proportion of Three Lions supporters made their feelings clear at full-time at Wembley after a frustrating 0-0 draw with the Auld Enemy
» Southgate told to keep Maguire waiting for Euro 2020 bow ahead of Czech Republic
EXCLUSIVE: Maguire is believed to be fully fit again but Martin Keown does not believe he should be thrown straight in for the crucial Group D fixture
» Man Utd fear Paul Pogba is ready to run down contract and leave on a free
EXCLUSIVE: Man United are desperate to convince the £89million Frenchman to sign a new deal ahead of the new season after being forced to trigger a 12-month extension in his current agreement
» Wijnaldum continues to question De Boer tactics despite Netherlands victories
The Dutch are safely through to the last-16 after beating Ukraine and Austria but it appears midfielder Wijnaldum is still not satisfied
» Czech Republic's Patrik Schick gunning for England after nearly becoming a model
EXCLUSIVE: Patrik Schick will be cheered on against England by his wife Hana Behounkova, 23, and sister Kristyna, 26 when the Czechs and the Three Lions battle it out to be top of the group
» Spain running risk of embarrassing early Euros exit after dramatic Poland draw
SPAIN 1-1 POLAND: Alvaro Morata gave the hosts the lead but Robert Lewandowski equalised and Gerard Moreno missed a penalty in a lively encounter in Seville
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» Harry Kane hits back at doubters and insists transfer push is no distraction
  • England captain feels ‘as good as I’ve felt all season’
  • Kane calls for calm and backs team to go far at Euro 2020

Harry Kane has played down concerns over his fitness after being substituted during England’s 0-0 draw with Scotland and insisted he has not been distracted by the focus on his desire to leave Tottenham this summer.

England’s captain, who admitted that he is not undroppable after struggling during last Sunday’s win over Croatia, is adamant that his sluggish start to Euro 2020 is not down to a lack of sharpness. Kane, substituted against Scotland because of Gareth Southgate’s desire for more energy in attack, stressed he is not injured and the team’s main source of goals aims to be firing when it matters after fading towards the end of the 2018 World Cup.

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» Wales ‘don’t want to limp across the line’, says Page with Italy test looming
  • Wales travel to Rome knowing win will clinch top spot
  • Gareth Bale: ‘We feel there are areas we can exploit’

Robert Page has said Wales are determined to advance to the European Championship knockout stages in style and stressed they have no desire to “limp across the line” as they attempt to unseat Italy in Rome.

Both teams are poised to qualify for the last 16 but a shock Wales victory on Sunday would end Italy’s 29-game unbeaten run and guarantee top spot in the group. A draw would see Italy win the Group A and Wales finish as runners-up, regardless of Switzerland’s result against Turkey.

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» Lewandowski saves Poland as Spain’s Morata misses rebound of redemption

At the final whistle Poland’s players headed towards the stands and celebrated renewed opportunity while Spain departed to whistles, wondering how they had failed to win again and why this keeps happening to them. Even Álvaro Morata scoring the opening goal he so badly needed was not enough, a tense evening instead finishing with a draw that leaves la selección edgy and this group wide open. Robert Lewandowski scoring a second-half equaliser, Gerard Moreno hitting a penalty against the post and Wojciech Szczesny making a desperate late save summed it all up. That was how close it had been, how close it is in Group E.

After all the whistles and criticisms, the finger of blame pointing his way, Morata gave Spain the lead here, but his redemption would remain incomplete because while he scored one, he didn’t score two, three, or more when he might have done. No one else did either, nerves frayed as Spain again discovered there was no way through and Poland resisted the late pressure to take these two teams, Slovakia and Sweden into next Wednesday when anything can happen.

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» Unlikely hero Robin Gosens shows Germany anything is possible | Marcus Christenson

The wing-back has taken a circuitous route to the top but excelled in his side’s crucial Euro 2020 win over Portugal

When Robin Gosens was a young man he wanted to be a police officer, just like his grandfather. However, he was told by one regional office that his legs were too different in height to make it so he ended up pursuing plan B instead: a career as a professional footballer.

The German police force’s loss has been the Nationalmannschaft’s gain. On Saturday night Gosens was instrumental as Germany rediscovered their form and beat Portugal 4-2 to make an interesting Group F even more interesting.

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» Having 24 teams is unwieldy but Euro 2020 is a step up in quality on France | Jonathan Wilson

The qualifying tweak that admitted North Macedonia was a plus but third-placed teams advancing undermines integrity

A little over a decade ago, John Delaney, the infamous then president of the Football Association of Ireland, approached Sepp Blatter and outlined his proposal to expand the Euros from 16 teams to 24. A little later, having thought about it, Blatter came back and told him he thought it was an excellent scheme, saying: “You should be honoured the president of Fifa said it was very good.” Blatter, notoriously, was a man who had 50 ideas a day, 51 of them bad.

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» Germany strike back, Spain rue penalty failure – Euro 2020 Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Archie Rhind-Tutt, Sid Lowe, Philippe Auclair and Jonathan Wilson to discuss Germany’s win over Portugal, France’s draw with Hungary, and Spain’s point against Poland

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Germany walloped Portugal in Munich, with Thomas Müller literally conducting proceedings at times. Portugal had no answer for Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich. Archie Rhind-Tutt joins us from the Allianz Arena.

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» Steve Clarke hopeful Scotland can turn euphoria into progress

Delight at the result and performance against England at Wembley will soon evaporate if the team fail to beat Croatia and qualify for knockout stage of Euro 2020

There is no need to belittle the euphoria that engulfed the Scottish contingent as the full-time whistle blew at Wembley on Friday night. To them, this was not merely a scoreless draw.

After the frustration of a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic, Scotland used a meeting with England to properly announce their return to tournament football after 23 years. It was a composed, mature display that should arguably have won more than a point. It was also, crucially, a performance that kept Scotland alive and kicking in Group D.

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» Arsenal agree new Kieran Tierney contract and want Smith Rowe to follow
  • Tierney to sign new five-year deal in coming weeks
  • Aston Villa had bid for Smith Rowe rejected this week

Kieran Tierney has agreed a new five-year contract at Arsenal and is expected to sign it in the coming weeks.

Tying down Tierney to a fresh deal comes as a boost for Mikel Arteta, who has seen the 24-year-old become one of his most reliable players. Although Tierney’s present contract has three years to run, his star has risen significantly since he arrived from Celtic in 2019 and Arsenal have moved to underline their commitment to him for the long term.

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» Don’t panic! England must resist temptation to change too much | Barney Ronay

Progress through Group D has become a little tortured but England are not in as bad a spot as some would have us believe

Oh dear. This wasn’t how it looked in the brochures. If you believe everything you read England’s progress through Euro 2020 Group D has now become a kind of social media meme made flesh.

How it started: 37 goals in qualifying, Gareth stroking his beard in the shadow of the Goljak mountains, pondering his weapons of fluently interchangeable attacking destruction.

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» Brio of Berardi and Locatelli at the heart of revitalised young Italy

Roberto Mancini’s use of the attacking strengths of two thriving Sassuolo players has helped fire an Azzurri renaissance

This has already been a record-breaking summer for Roberto Mancini’s Italy. The Azzurri had never scored three goals in a European Championship game before their curtain-raiser against Turkey in Rome. Now they have done it twice in two matches, keeping clean sheets on both occasions.

Ask their players for their magic formula, and you might be disappointed in the reply. “This team has no secret,” insisted the midfielder Nicolò Barella after Wednesday’s demolition of Switzerland. “There’s just enthusiasm, on and off the pitch. This is a compact group.”

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» Karim Benzema’s return gives France more questions than answers | Andy Brassell

Striker’s reinstatement was debated for its effect on the dressing room – but the biggest problems are on the pitch

It needs more, we know, than the names on the teamsheet. Yet as France toiled against a stubborn, ultra-motivated Hungary who were as obstructive as their ebullient public demanded, it was difficult not to think that la mayonnaise ne prend pas – that it just wasn’t coming together. Certainly in the front part of the field, that was the case.

Some will want to pin that, inevitably, on the return of Karim Benzema to the squad amid much fanfare. Yet while there were mutterings about the sex tape scandal that had precipitated his five-and-a half-year absence from the France squad (he denies wrongdoing) and what such a strong character’s return might mean to dressing-room equilibrium, the technical aspect has remained largely free of analysis.

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» Euro 2020: your complete guide to all 622 players

Everything you need to know about all the players, including hobbies, caps, goals and match ratings. Click on the circular player picture for a full profile

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» Austria insist there will be no repeat of 1982 ‘Disgrace of Gijón’ against Ukraine
  • Draw could see both teams advance to last 16
  • Austrian FA president promises no ‘historical repetitions’

Austria have insisted they are not considering the option of a draw in their last Euro 2020 Group C game against Ukraine on Monday, a result that may help both teams but would dredge up memories of their 1982 “Disgrace of Gijón”.

That World Cup game in Spain – a 1-0 win for West Germany – was enough to send both Austria and their neighbours through at the expense of an entertaining Algeria. An early West Germany goal was followed by a soulless kickabout, neither team wanting to score, in a match also mockingly known as the “Gijón Non-Aggression Pact”.

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» Gosens inspires resurgent Germany to thrilling 4-2 victory over Portugal

Somebody had better heat up the old cliche about never writing off the Germans. This was a sensational response to their many doubters, who bore witness to exactly what had been demanded: a performance of furious intensity, channelled aggression and boundless invention that puts their name back in the conversation from nowhere. If Germany can match this standard over the coming three weeks, Joachim Löw could yet sign off by winning Euro 2020.

What a turnaround that would be given the brickbats flung his way during an entropic three years since their early World Cup exit. On Tuesday they gave France too much respect and the sense was that Hansi Flick’s first job, when he takes over next month, would be to place a rocket under the self-esteem of a football power listing to such an extent. But they were unrecognisable here in overwhelming Portugal and turning back the clock to those days when, faced with opponents who might be considered peers, they would simply crank up the volume.

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» Copa América: Ben Brereton caps full Chile debut with winner against Bolivia

Ben Brereton enjoyed a dream full debut for Chile, as his early strike sealed a 1-0 win over Bolivia in their Copa América match in Cuiabá.

The Blackburn forward was born in Stoke and played for England at youth level, but is eligible to play for La Roja because his mother was born in Chile. Brereton made his debut from the bench against Argentina in their Group B opener, but started here and fired Chile ahead with just 10 minutes on the clock.

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» Men’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

All the summer’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and club-by-club guides

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» Women’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

Latest deals and club-by-club guides for the WSL and leagues in Italy, France, Germany and Spain

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» Misfiring England need chemistry lesson to meet great expectations

Gareth Southgate expects to reach the semi-finals but with only one goal in two games things have to improve

It is the type of realism England fans do not want to hear but Gareth Southgate made the case regardless, accepting that Friday night’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Scotland was substandard but doing his best to provide context, mitigation or, whisper it, excuses.

What the manager wanted to get across was the near-uniqueness of the game – a full-blooded derby at a major tournament – and how the pressure of it, including that from an impatient Wembley crowd, was always going to sap a relatively inexperienced starting XI. England’s lineup included six players playing at their first finals; it was inevitably going to weigh heavier on them than Scotland.

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» Harry Kane left looking out of place as system built around him fails to click | Jonathan Liew

Kane tried to play his usual dual role but ended up tripping over himself as his attacking colleagues ran in circles

Perhaps it really was the end times. Perhaps it really was the nadir. Perhaps it really was the worst England performance we had seen in a generation. Certainly it will feel that way to Gareth Southgate and his team as they awaken this morning to the scalding verdict of a scornful nation, still seething at being forced to give up a perfectly good Friday night for that.

It wasn’t an awful game, as such. But given the froth and bubble of the buildup, it felt just a little hollow, a little oversold: like the slap-up meal that ends up being served to you in a Styrofoam box. Above all it was a messy and disjointed match, hardly helped by an officious Spanish referee under the apparent impression that the point of football is to win as many free-kicks as possible.

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» Jack Grealish may not have all the answers but England need to find out | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate decided not to start Aston Villa man and that caution underpinned dour display against Scotland

With four minutes to play at Wembley, with a feeling of the air shooting up out of the stadium, possibilities folding in on themselves, with the kilted men in the stands already on their feet, arms spread in a swell of fond, goalless-draw triumphalism, Jack Grealish took a pass and was followed right the way back into his own half by Stephen O’Donnell. Grealish turned and twisted and feinted, like a seahorse twirling across the coral, and eventually drew a knee to the thigh from an exasperated O’Donnell, who was booked as he sprinted back.

It is always tempting to see signs and flags. It will be tempting for England fans, Jack fans, those who identify as pro-Grealo and anti-Gareth – because these are binary times and even here we find our oppositions – to imagine that same sequence taking place an hour and a half earlier, when the game was still fluid, and England’s attacking patterns not yet congealed into something damp and soggy and unhappy.

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» ‘Everything is rotten’: no sign of Turkish delight at Euro 2020

Manager has turned his solid defence into a mess and has left the dark horses exposed and facing a dismal early exit

As is so often the case in football, it is the hope that kills you. Continuing a long tradition of dark horses who never turned up for the races, Turkey have failed to live up to their billing in the most spectacular fashion.

Just over a week ago Senol Gunes’s side were being tipped as the team to watch at Euro 2020. On Sunday, they face Switzerland and the prospect crashing out of the tournament after two crushing defeats. To make matters worse, they haven’t scored a single goal – or really looked like finding the back of the net.

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» Bruising styles, yodelled anthems and fan fever: Euro 2020 feels like the real thing | Barney Ronay

The tournament’s opening week has calmed fears of fatigued football and showcased engaged, hungry and energised players

There was a moment in Rome on Wednesday night that seemed to capture the unusually fevered pitch of Euro 2020’s opening week. As the TV camera crawled along the faces of the Italian players before kick-off against Switzerland, the feed lingered, sensually, on the magnificent spectacle of full-bore, mid-anthem Giorgio Chiellini.

Chiellini is both a very bad and a very loud singer. But his performances of Il Canto degli Italiani are still the stuff of legend: eagerly awaited and jealously ranked and pored over by Chiellini ultras, Chiellini stans.

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» Scotland’s Billy Gilmour catches the eye with star turn against England | Ewan Murray

Unassuming Ayrshire lad put in an impressive shift at Wembley that fully justified Steve Clarke’s faith in his raw talent

The Premier League prominence of Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay, John McGinn and Che Adams has enhanced Scotland’s credibility. Tierney’s return from injury for this encounter was a huge boost for Steve Clarke. Yet in Billy Gilmour, the Tartan Army sense a further elevation of standards.

Three months after Thomas Tuchel implored Clarke to stick Gilmour in his team – the Scotland manager was entitled to retort that his counterpart at Chelsea had been routinely unwilling to follow his own advice – the 20-year-old’s name leapt out from the Wembley team sheet. Gilmour’s first Scotland start arrived in the most high profile of domains. “There is no element of risk when you have someone of Billy’s talent,” Clarke said.

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» England 0-0 Scotland: Southgate and Clarke react to the Euro 2020 draw – video

England manager Gareth Southgate says he and the team are 'disappointed' following their goalless draw with Scotland in Euro 2020, saying 'our fans are entitled to react however they want'.  

Scotland counterpart Steve Clarke is more upbeat, talking about his pride in his players, especially following the criticism they received following their defeat to the Czech Republic. 

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» Scotland and England fans in London after Euro 2020 stalemate – video

Scottish football fans were the happier after their Euro 2020 match with England ended in a goalless draw as they packed out Leicester Square on a wet night. 

The Metropolitan police said 25 arrests were made in central London while five were in the vicinity of Wembley.


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» Billy Gilmour: last-minute text to parents let them know of Scotland role – video

Scotland's unassuming Billy Gilmour was named man-of-the-match in the team's goalless match against England, with the player revealing in a post-match press conference that his parents were only aware he was playing when he texted them from the bus on the way to game. 

The 20-year-old was unfussy and prominent during a bright Scotland start and by the interval, had endorsed Scotland’s confidence in him, and was particularly composed in possession.

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» Southgate and Kane defend Euro 2020 sponsors after Ronaldo's Coca-Cola snub – video

Gareth Southgate has defended the use of sponsors at Euro 2020 after Cristiano Ronaldo removed two Coca-Cola bottles and Paul Pogba hid a bottle of Heineken during press conferences at the European Championship. He said: 'Grassroots sports in our country requires a lot of investment and without some of those companies investing then it's very difficult to provide the facilities that we need'. Southgate did add that he understood the rationale for both players' actions. Harry Kane later added that he agreed with the England manager's point of view.

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» Diego Maradona honoured in holographic display at Argentina's Copa América game – video

The late Diego Maradona was honoured before Argentina's opening game against Chile in the Copa América. A 3D animation showed Maradona doing keepie-uppies and donning the kits of the teams he made his name with, such as Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors. It also featured some of his greatest moments, most notably his solo goal against England in 1986. The pre-match display took place at the Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro. The game itself saw Argentina draw 1-1 against Chile

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» Kasper Schmeichel critical of Uefa's 'heat of the moment' decision over Denmark v Finland – video

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has said that the decision for his side to continue playing after teammate Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest should ‘not have been made in the heat of the moment.’ He added: ‘I think it would probably have been a wise decision to maybe change the rules or the regulations in extraordinary circumstances’. Denmark lost their opening game to Finland 1-0 after returning to the pitch after Eriksen collapsed on the field. Eriksen is now recovering in hospital.

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» Sydney FC survive Adelaide United scare to reach A-League grand final
  • Sydney FC hold off charging Reds to win 2-1 in Kogarah
  • Sky Blues to face Melbourne City or Macarthur FC in decider

Sydney FC’s charge for an unprecedented third consecutive A-League title remains on track after an action-packed 2-1 semi-final win over Adelaide United.

First-half goals from Adam Le Fondre and Bobo had Sydney looking comfortable, but Juande’s strike just after the hour mark saw the home side on the back foot in the latter stages amid challenging, blustery conditions at Jubilee Stadium on Saturday evening.

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» Black Players for Change celebrates a year of influence in MLS

In a sport that is often predominantly white and upper middle class in the US, Black players are working together to have their voices heard

First it was the killing of Breonna Taylor. Then the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. But the final straw was the inescapable image of George Floyd calling out to his deceased mother while a police officer fatally knelt on his neck.

“Enough had been enough,” says Jeremy Ebobisse, Portland Timbers forward and co-founder of Black Players for Change. “But enough was enough again.”

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» Gianluigi Donnarumma joins PSG as Gianluigi Buffon goes back to Parma
  • Donnarumma signs five-year deal with French giants
  • Buffon returns to club where he made his name 26 years ago

The Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain having become a free agent at Milan. The news comes as Donnarumma’s legendary predecessor for the Azzurri, Gianluigi Buffon, prepares to join Parma, 26 years after he made his debut for the club.

Donnarumma has signed a five-year contract with PSG, bringing to an end months of speculation regarding the 22-year-old’s future. His decision not to sign a contract extension with Milan made it clear he was preparing to leave the club and he was at one stage linked with a move to Juventus. However, he ultimately decided to move to France and join Mauricio Pochettino’s star-studded squad.

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» Christen Press spurs USWNT to victory over Nigeria as Olympic cuts loom
  • USA 2-0 Nigeria: US’s home unbeaten run is now 53 games
  • Vlatko Andonovski will decide Olympic squad soon

The winning was expected for the US women’s national team. The harder part for coach Vlatko Andonovski may be trimming the roster to the final 18 players for the Olympics.

Christen Press scored late in the first half, Lynn Williams added a goal in the final moments and the US wrapped their Summer Series with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday night in the last match before setting the Tokyo lineup.

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» Matildas’ defensive woes addressed but questions remain ahead of Tokyo | Samantha Lewis

A clean sheet in a much improved performance against Sweden was tempered by impotency further up the field

It was a catch that Teagan Micah has made hundreds of times before. But as the Matildas’ 23-year old debutant goalkeeper sprang into the Kalmar air and cradled the ball to her chest, this simple take – the final touch of Australia’s 0-0 draw with Sweden on Wednesday morning – became much more meaningful than it first appeared.

After conceding 13 goals in the previous three international friendlies against Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, questions were asked regarding Australia’s defensive integrity and depth. Coming up against a Swedish side ranked fifth in the world and on an 11-game unbeaten streak, having scored 15 goals in their past five, this final friendly of the June window loomed as an opportunity for the Matildas to provide answers.

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» Copa América: Lionel Messi free-kick cancelled out as Chile hold Argentina

Lionel Messi scored one of his trademark free-kicks in the first half but Eduardo Vargas equalised for Chile as their Copa América Group A opener in Rio de Janeiro ended in a 1-1 draw.

With 33 minutes played at the Estádio Nilton Santos, Messi stepped up to curl a superb free-kick into the corner of Claudio Bravo’s net from 25 yards out. The breakthrough came after a strong start from Argentina, with the forwards Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás González missing early chances.

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» Carli Lloyd scores after 24 seconds as USWNT ease past Jamaica
  • US unbeaten streak at home now stretches to 55 games
  • Lloyd also becomes oldest ever scorer for USWNT

Carli Lloyd scored 24 seconds into the game and the US women’s national team went on to defeat Jamaica 4-0 on Sunday night in the Summer Series.

The US women are undefeated in 41 straight matches, the third-longest streak in team history. The team are undefeated in 55 games on American soil. Lloyd’s goal was the fastest for the Americans since Alex Morgan scored after 12 seconds against Costa Rica in 2016. Lloyd also became the oldest woman at 38 years, 332 days to score a goal for the national team. It was Lloyd’s 303rd appearance with the team.

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» Brazil is reluctantly hosting the Copa América that no one wanted

The Copa América begins on Sunday night with a match between Brazil and Venezuela but that is not even half the story

By Tom Sanderson for Yellow & Green Football

Tite’s job is safer now than it was the last time Brazil were preparing to host the Copa América, just two years ago. But his job security has little to do with the fact that he led the team to glory at that tournament, giving Brazilian fans their first major silverware in 12 years. Rather, his position has been strengthened after an argument over where – and whether – this year’s Copa América should be played. Brazilian football is in such a crisis off the field that it cannot deal with any more disruption on it.

The Copa América was meant to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina this year but, after social unrest erupted in Colombia and Covid-19 cases surged in Argentina, Conmebol bafflingly decided to move the tournament to Brazil, even though the country is suffering from both of these issues. More than 480,000 people have been lost to the virus in Brazil, where similar numbers have taken to the streets to protest against the mishandling of the pandemic by president Jair Bolsonaro.

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» Argentina’s Rodrigo de Paul: ‘Messi surprised me. He enjoys a song, cards’

The Udinese midfielder discusses Brazil rather than Argentina hosting the Copa América, his future and being a ‘spare tyre’

Rodrigo de Paul had imagined it, but not like this. “We had gone years without playing a Copa América in our country and we had the chance to live that,” he says. “We know the passion Argentinians feel. We knew stadiums would have been bursting. We knew that every team that came to play wouldn’t just be facing us but 60,000 or 70,000 people shouting. We saw it in Brazil two years ago it was like they played with an extra man. This year was our turn, with us it was going to be even more powerful, but …”

But Argentina are heading back to Brazil. The Copa América was supposed to begin at the Monumental in Buenos Aires on 12 June 2020. Instead, it begins at the Mané Garrincha in Brasília this Sunday; De Paul and his Argentina teammates start the following night against Chile in Rio. Delayed a year, the competition was lost by co-hosts Colombia amid political unrest on 20 May. Ten days later, Argentina relinquished, too, because of the coronavirus crisis. The day after, the 2019 hosts stepped in, if not exactly willingly.

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» Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid’s loudest warrior, quietly says goodbye

After 16 seasons and four Champions Leagues, the centre-back faces a future away from the club he never wanted to leave

After 16 seasons, 671 games, 101 goals and four Champions Leagues, walking in a teenager and walking out a legend, a comic book captain who embodied the club like no one else, Sergio Ramos’s farewell wasn’t the way he had planned. Not least because he hadn’t planned to depart at all.

Almost the first thing he said as he took his seat in the press room at Valdebebas for the last time on Thursday was: “I would like to say that I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. I always wanted to stay here.” A brief event had already taken place: a couple of short speeches, a few forced smiles and some applause in front of maybe 20 people. But now the room was virtually empty: just Ramos, Emilio Butragueño, the press officer, Carlos Carbajosa, a cameraman and a TV with a Zoom screen on it. Florentino Pérez, the president, wasn’t there. “It might have been good for him to be,” Ramos said, a little pointedly. “He’ll have the opportunity to speak if you have more questions.”

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» Cristiano Ronaldo still relentlessly pursuing Ali Daei and second Euros | Andy Brassell

Two late goals in Portugal’s win leaves their star on 106, three short of the record, and he will fight to keep the trophy, too

He celebrated like it was his first goal for Portugal rather than his 105th. That undampened, naked desire is what keeps Cristiano Ronaldo going and makes him continually relevant. His emphatically finished penalty polished off doubt where there had been plenty. His smoothly finished second, leaving him just three short of Ali Daei’s international goal record, re‑emphasised his ruthlessness. Hungary didn’t deserve this, but Ronaldo happens.

It marked another to his litany of records, playing and scoring in a fifth European Championship, and it will mean something to him – but it’s not the record he is really after. Daei’s high-water mark is the one he wants, along with another European title. Once, his breaking of that biggest of records in this tournament would have been treated as an inevitability. Now many doubt it, despite four goals in his last five Serie A games for Juventus, helping the outgoing champions to scrape a Champions League place.

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» Early signs point to Euro 2020 being a fresh triumph for West v East | Jonathan Wilson

Superior talent production in countries such as England and Belgium suggests a western European nation will prevail

There was a moment about 18 minutes into England’s victory over Croatia on Sunday when Mason Mount drove down the inside-left channel and Luka Modric, already apparently resigned to the way this was going, looked on with an infinite weariness. As it turned out, England soon hit a bump and never quite rediscovered the panache of that early spell, comfortable as their win ultimately was.

But in that moment, there was something very familiar. Hadn’t we seen something like that very recently? That first 20 minutes felt like the first 20 minutes of Chelsea’s performance away to Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League semi-final.

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» David Squires on … real heroes and Euro 2020’s big kick-off

Our cartoonist on the people who saved Christian Eriksen, plus opening-game memories

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» The Euro 2020 Fiver | Yep, it’s England v Scotland. Truly, yins don’t come much bigger

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It’s England v Scotland tonight: there’s your Friday Fiver! Buh-bye!

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» The Fiver | Not quite Welcome to Hell, more a town on the outskirts of Hades

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As top footer fan Boris Johnson is well aware, Scotland, England and Other Home Nations all booked their tickets to the big EN 2020 cross-continental jamboree. Much like the prime minister, The Fiver has been busy on Social Media Disgrace WhatsTok, keeping in touch with our Pobol y Cwm-watching, rugby-appreciating Welsh cousin Llanfair PG Fiver (Shortbread McFiver mysteriously left the group chat at 3.10pm on Monday). We think the indecipherable clump of emojis and expletives Llanfair PG Fiver posted from Baku on Wednesday night was meant as an emotional tribute to Wales’s thrilling victory, but we can’t be sure.

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» England v Scotland, Maradona at the Copa and Venus Williams | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Yeats and Stradivarius, Valentino Rossi rallying and Roberto Mancini falling over

1) So then, England v Scotland, the oldest/auldest rivalry in international football. Let’s start with some 1977 Home International classicism: a Scotland win, Mick Mills, some Bay City Rollers tartan and those fans swinging off the post at full-time. Or 1961 and England 9-3 Scotland, “nine past [goalkeeper Frank] Haffey” as the old joke went. Of course, there’s Uri Gellar and his Euro 96 penalty bending. And highlights of the match itself, Gazza and all. The last time the teams met in a competitive fixture at the old Wembley, Scotland won 1-0 in 1999, though it wasn’t enough for them to reach Euro 2000 after the two-leg play-off. How about some Graeme Souness ‘player cam’ during Scotland’s 1-0 Rous Cup win in 1985? Bryan Robson features heavily.

2) A glorious tribute to Diego Maradona at the Copa América, a competition he never actually won, though he did show off some of his magic at the 1989 Copa, where Argentina came third.

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» England’s rare ‘big games’ with no Liverpool, Man Utd or Arsenal players | The Knowledge

Plus: Notts County old boys at the Euros, goalkeepers flagged for offside and much more

“There were no players from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in England’s starting XI against Croatia on Sunday,” tweets Nick Parmenter. “When was the last time this happened in a major tournament?”

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are the traditional giants of English football, so it’s pretty rare for the national team to start a Big Game without any of their players. We think that Sunday’s win over Croatia was only the third time it has happened at a major tournament. The first was England’s opening match of the 1958 World Cup, a 2-2 draw against the USSR. The legendary Tom Finney was injured during that game and missed the rest of the competition, with Liverpool’s Alan A’Court coming into the team for following games.

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» Golden Goal: Bryan Robson for Manchester United v Wimbledon (1993)

A goal that meant nothing also meant everything, because football is about a lot more than football

Very little gets people as excited as football, a fairly embarrassing admission to make given 200,000 years of human history: a bunch of people kick a ball about, then the rest of us go on like it’s something we’ve done ourselves. Except in a way it is, because our clubs were built by us and form part of us, representing where we’re at and what we believe in. So inasmuch as anything makes sense the extent of our love for them makes sense, and when we talk about football what we’re really talking about is love – love for who we are.

Related: Golden Goal: Ronaldinho for Barcelona v Chelsea (2005) | Daniel Harris

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» The Joy of Six: toe-pokes in football and futsal | Jamie Fahey

From Romário’s and Ronaldo’s toe-enders to small-court specialists such as Falcão, half a dozen instinctive gems

It comes from futsal. No space? No time? No backlift? No worries. Boom. The toe-poke finish. Or toe-punt. Or toe-ender. Whatever the name – and there are plenty – its effect is felt before it is seen. As Stuart Dallas showed for Leeds recently, it’s a skill witnessed in “big” football all too rarely. So sit back and marvel at the beauty of this joyfully utilitarian act of predatory pragmatism.

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the final day of the season

Chelsea motor on with another title, Manchester City settle for second but Manchester United could pose big threat next season

Chelsea are still on course for the quadruple after beating Reading 5-0 at Kingsmeadow to retain their WSL title. Any nerves were calmed when Melanie Leupolz scored in the second minute, and a convincing win ensued. Fran Kirby and the golden boot winner Sam Kerr gave us another demonstration of their unique telepathy, which has been a feature of the whole season. I’ve no doubt Fran will be in contention for the two big player of the year awards. Everybody recognises not just how brilliant she has been, but also what she has achieved after being so ill last season.

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» Des Lynam on the story behind Euro 96: ‘Football got its smile back' | Michael Butler

Presenter reflects on a shy Gary Lineker, a charming Ruud Gullit, and how it felt to anchor coverage of England at home 25 years ago

Hello, it’s June 30th and we’re at Wembley for the European Championship final, England against Scotland. Well, we can dream can’t we?”

So began the BBC’s coverage of Euro 96’s opening match, anchored and narrated, unmistakably, by Des Lynam. Eyebrow cocked, moustache bristling, Lynam was a master of knowing when a moment required stylish understatement or a sincere and earnest address. At the semi-final stage 25 years ago, with the host nation fluctuating between euphoria and hysteria, his introduction to England against Germany was the perfect antidote: “You’ve obviously heard there is a football match on tonight.” Lynam closed that night’s coverage, after England’s penalty shootout defeat, with the line: “If you’re going to have a drink tonight, do it with pride and not with aggression.”

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» ‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

They used to look like quagmires, ice rinks or dustbowls, depending on the time of year. But as big money entered football, pristine pitches became crucial to the sport’s image – and groundskeepers became stars

It was a big moment for English football talent when Real Madrid poached Paul Burgess from Arsenal in 2009. After starting his career at Blackpool FC, Burgess had arrived at the north London club in 1999, rising to prominence at the age of just 21. He excelled on the European stage during Arsenal’s Champions League campaigns in the early 2000s, and shone at Euro 2004 in Portugal. Four years later, he put in another commanding performance at the European Championships. Not long after that, Real Madrid, the most prestigious club in world football, made their sensational transfer swoop.

If you don’t remember any of this, it’s not because Burgess was a flop at Madrid. It’s because he was Arsenal’s head groundsman. Burgess’s transfer was the beginning of a Europe-wide spending spree on British turf talent. Real’s rivals Atlético snapped up Dan Gonzalez, who had impressed with his work for AFC Bournemouth. Tony Stones, who got his start looking after bowling greens in Barnsley before eventually becoming head groundsman at Wembley, was signed to oversee the French national stadium, the Stade de France. Fifa, meanwhile, signed Alan Ferguson, a Scot who had won seven Groundsman of the Year awards during 12 seasons at Ipswich Town, as their first in-house senior pitch manager.

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» Jürgen Klinsmann: ‘We were singing Football’s Coming Home at Euro 96’

Captain of Germany’s Euro 96 winners on the current side’s need to right some wrongs, Joachim Löw’s reign and Manchester memories

Jürgen Klinsmann is arranging a 25th-anniversary celebration for Germany’s victorious Euro 96 squad this September. Despite everything – the humiliating exit from the last World Cup, the 6-0 drubbing by Spain, the home defeat by North Macedonia and the end of an era for Joachim Löw – he believes Manuel Neuer can host one of his own in 2046. Germany’s fortunes may fluctuate but Klinsmann knows better than most that the expectations never do. He fulfilled and fuelled them, after all.

Related: Euro 2020 team guides part 22: Germany

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» View from Denmark: Eriksen is one of us and that’s why it hurt so much

Denmark has witnessed a boy grow into one of Europe’s greatest players and his cardiac arrest has shocked us deeply

I still remember it clearly. Seeing this small-ish boy for the first time. He came walking down the stairs in a hotel lobby in Greece. It was in February 2009. As a football reporter at the newspaper Jyllands-Posten I followed the national team on away games and had travelled to Athens, where Denmark were to play a friendly against Greece. The game in itself did not matter that much, so I had time to do other work.

As it happened, the Denmark Under-17 team were also in the Greek capital to play and a reporter on another newspaper told me about this “wonderboy” playing for them. He was supposed to be a genuine No 10. His name was Christian Eriksen.

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» Premier League 2020-21 review: the big quiz of the season

It was a strange, quiet season. How well do you remember it?

Manchester City won the title by 12 points. Where were they in the table on Christmas Day?

Fourth

Sixth

Eighth

Tenth

Which club was four points clear at the top of the table on Christmas Day?

Manchester United

Leicester City

Tottenham

Liverpool

How many matches did Sheffield United play this season before they won one?

11

14

17

21

Which two clubs played with same sponsor on the fronts of their shirts?

Brighton and Burnley

Aston Villa and Everton

Southampton and Newcastle

Tottenham and Crystal Palace

Harry Kane finished with more goals and more assists than any other player in the league. Who was the last player to achieve this double?

Alan Shearer

Thierry Henry

Dwight Yorke

Andy Cole

Which team’s top goalscorer only scored penalties?

Manchester United

Chelsea

Sheffield United

Newcastle United

Which team scored seven goals in one match and conceded seven goals in another match?

Southampton

Aston Villa

Arsenal

Liverpool

Who was the only player to score four goals in a game this season?

Harry Kane

Patrick Bamford

Gareth Bale

Son Heung-min

What did Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have in common this season?

Their away records were better than their home records

They were the only clubs to have players booked for diving

None of them played a game that kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday

They all spent more days at the top of the table than Manchester City

Which unusual Premier League record did James Milner set this season?

The most yellow cards in Premier League history

The most own goals in Premier League history

The oldest player to score a goal in a Premier League game

The most appearances as a substitute in Premier League history

Which player scored two penalties in his team’s first game of the season and two penalties in his team’s last game of the season?

Bruno Fernandes

Jorginho

Gabriel Jesus

Jamie Vardy

A player made Premier League history when he scored an own goal, gave away a penalty and was sent off in the same game. Who was he playing for at the time?

Fulham

Southampton

Crystal Palace

Leeds

This season featured the oldest manager in Premier League history and the youngest manager in Premier League history. How old were they on the last day of the season?

33 and 69

31 and 71

29 and 73

27 and 75

Which player nutmegged opponents on 21 occasions – more than double the number of nutmegs produced by any other player in the league?

Jack Grealish

Mason Mount

Marcus Rashford

Adama Traoré

What was unusual about the goal scored at 2.28pm on 26 September 2020?

It was a winning goal scored by a goalkeeper

It was scored with just the third touch of the game

It went into the net after bouncing off both posts and the crossbar

It was scored after the final whistle had been blown

1 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

4 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

3 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

2 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

5 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

6 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

7 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

8 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

9 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

10 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

11 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

12 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

13 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

14 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

0 and above.

Ah well. Better luck next season

15 and above.

Nicely done. Enjoy the Euros

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» Premier League 2020-21 season review: our writers’ best and worst

The best players, greatest games and notable signings – plus those that didn’t work out, and what needs to change

Nick Ames Harry Kane – which might just be why he wants to set his sights higher than Spurs for the rest of his career. Thirteen assists to go with his 23 goals points to his development into the world’s best all-round centre-forward. Kevin De Bruyne has not been far behind while it has been fascinating to see Riyad Mahrez blossom into one of Manchester City’s most important players.

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» Premier League 2020-21 season review: our predictions versus reality

Before the season started we predicted where all 20 clubs would finish. We were right about one of them

It has been a strange season. Manchester City were eighth on Christmas Day but went on to win the title by 12 points. Manchester United lost six games at Old Trafford but remained unbeaten on the road. Liverpool didn’t taste defeat at Anfield for years but then proceeded to lose six games straight at their ground. Leicester spent more days in the top four than any other club but then finished fifth. And Arsenal ended the season with five wins in a row but still finished below Tottenham, who had a disappointing campaign despite having the player who both scored and set up more goals than any other in the league. Who could have predicted any of this? Not us, that’s for sure.

Pandemic football is not easy to predict. That’s our excuse and we are sticking to it. As you might notice below, we were not entirely successful in our pre-season predictions. But we were right about Brighton.

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» Premier League 2020-21: the best photos from a tumultuous season

Our picture editor Jonny Weeks selects his favourite images from the season including dodgy tackles, irate fans and unforgettable goals

With the start of the season delayed due to coronavirus and football fans still unable to attend matches, it was an eerie beginning to the 2020-21 football calendar. Few could have predicted how it would all turn out.

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» Next Generation 2020: 60 of the best young talents in world football

The ‘Tanzanian Mbappé’, Juan Pablo Ángel’s son and the next Kai Havertz are among our players born in 2003. Check the progress of our 2019 selection | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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» Next Generation 2020: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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» From Ødegaard to Mastour: what happened to Next Generation 2015?

As we prepare to publish our Next Generation 2020 selection, we say goodbye to the class of 2015. So how did they get on?

This is what the Guardian’s Andy Hunter wrote about his 2015 Liverpool player for our series the Next Generation, where we pick one player from each Premier League club in the first-year scholar age group and follow their developments for five years.

The 16-year-old has received rave reviews not only from Liverpool and England coaches during a rapid rise up the ranks but also from Steven Gerrard, his boyhood hero, in the former Anfield captain’s new autobiography. Gerrard reveals he asked Pepijn Lijnders, the first-team development coach, to always include Alexander-Arnold in his group when taking his ’B’ Licence course, and handed him the captain’s armband during a comeback game in Liverpool’s Under-18s side last season. “It was my way of telling Trent that I believed he could make it for Liverpool one day,” Gerrard writes.

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