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Male, Female, U12, U10
Alexandra Park Youth »
Coppetts Road, London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Beckenham Town Junior (Youth) »
Cricket Lane, Off Kent House Lane, Beckenham
Male, U13, U12, U11
Besiktas (London Football Academy) (Youth) »
Victoria Road, Edmonton, Enfield
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8
Boundary Park Youth »
White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London
Male, Female, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9
Bromley College »
Hayes Lane, Bromley, Greater London
Male, U21
Bromley F.C. (Fa) »
Hayes Lane, Bromley, Greater London
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Chapel Boys (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Chettle Court Rangers (Youth) »
Ashley Road, South Tottenham, Tottenham
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9
Cobra Boys Fc (Youth) »
Hook Farm Road, Bromley, Kent
Male, Female, U10
Coney Hall Youth »
Coney Hall, Bromley, Kent
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Coopers Athletic »
Hawkhurst Lane, Chislehurst, Kent
Male, U17
Crown & Manor (Youth) »
Aquaterra Leisure Centre, Market Road, Greater London
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Crystal Palace Youth »
Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Eden Park »
Cricket Lane, Beckenham, Kent
Male, U16
Edmonton Eagles (Youth) »
Willoughsby Lane, Tottenham, Tottenham
Male, Female, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10
Enfield Town Ladies Youth »
Waterfall Road, Southgate, Southgate
Female, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11
Ex Blues »
Pickhurst Rise, West Wickham, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10
F.C. Elmstead 1958 (Youth) »
Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, Chislehurst
Male, Female, U17, U12, U8, U7
Fab Football »
Winchmore Hill, Finchley, Greater London
Male, Female, U11, U10, U9, U8
Fc Unity »
Durnsford Road, London
Male, Female, U9, U8
Finchley Revolution »
Coldfall Avenue, Muswell Hill
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Finsbury Park (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, U15, U14, U13, U11
Futebul De Salao (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Glebe (Youth) »
Church Drive, West Wickham, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Harbour (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U11
Haringey Borough (Youth Section) Fc (Youth) »
White Hart Lane, Tottenham, Greater London
Male, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14
Highbury Grove (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Hillyfielders (Youth) »
Ravensborniz Avenue, Bromley, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Holloway (S/C) »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Islington & Tufnell (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, U13
Junior Bromleians »
Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Junior Sports (Youth) »
Queensmead Road, Martins Hill & Town, Bromley
Male, Female, U17, U16, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Lewisham College Football Academy »
Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent
Male, U19
Locomotive (Youth) »
Aquaterra Leisure Centre, Market Road, Greater London
Male, U15, U14
Locomotive Youth »
Tottenhal Road, Palmers Green, London
Male, U15, U14
Mauritius Sports Association Girls »
Coppermill Lane, London
Female, U11
Minchenden Youth »
Bramley Road, Southgate, London
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U11
Mks Rovers (Youth) »
Male, U12
Norsemen »
Church Street, Edmonton, Enfield
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U10, U9, U8, U7
Old Aloysians »
Hurst Avenue, Highgate, Highgate
Male, U16
Olympiacos Youth »
Hedge Lane, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Orpington Fc (Youth) »
Dyke Drive, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Orpington Town (Youth) »
Footbury Hill Road, St Mary Cray, Bromley
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U12
Park View Rangers »
Queen Street, N17 8Hr, Haringey
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U12, U10, U9, U8
Peel (Youth) »
Aquaterra Leisure Centre, Market Road, Greater London
Male, U14, U13, U12
Pro Touch Soccer Academy (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U13, U11, U9
Recreativo Juniors (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U12, U10
Rivercray (Youth) »
Leesons Way, Orpington, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U10
Shoreditch »
New North Road, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U10
Soccerscool (Youth) »
Highbury Place, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U10
Somers Town (Youth) »
Market Road, Islington, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U12, U11, U8
South Manchester Juniors »
Hardy Lane, Chorlton, Lancashire
Male, U18, U14
Southgate Adelaide »
Waterfall Road, Southgate, Southgate
Male, Female, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10
Southgate Adelaide »
Waterfall Road, Southgate, Southgate
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U9
Springfield Junior (Youth) »
Egerton Ave, Hextable, Kent
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U10
Step By Step (Youth) »
Male, Female, U7
Total Football Academy (Youth) »
Male, Female, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies (Youth) »
Willoughsby Lane, Tottenham, Tottenham
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Upsetters (Youth) »
Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U13, U9
Valley Valiants (Youth) »
Hayes Hill, Bromley, London
Male, Female, U15, U10, U9
West Wickham Junior »
Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U7
Whetstone Wanderers (Youth) (Middlesex Parent) »
Woodside Lane, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Whetstone Wanderers Youth »
Southover, London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Wickham Park Colts (Youth) »
Pickhouse Rise, West Wickham, Greater London
Male, U16
Willett Wanderers (Youth) »
Hawkwood Lane, Chislehurst, Greater London
Male, U15, U13
Wood Green Youth »
Durnsford Road, London
Male, Female, U11, U10, U9
Yeni Bogazici Dogan Spor (Youth) »
Victoria Road, Edmonton, Enfield
Male, U16, U14

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» Jose Mourinho claimed he could never manage Tottenham after rejecting job
The Portuguese was appointed as the new Spurs boss on a three-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday evening following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday
» Graeme Souness lifts lid on Jose Mourinho 'anger' at Man Utd after taking Tottenham job
Jose Mourinho has secured a return to management at Tottenham after spending time as a Sky Sports pundit since leaving Manchester United
» Jose Mourinho's salary at Tottenham as former Man Utd boss replaces Mauricio Pochettino
Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager - penning a three-and-a-half-year deal after the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday night
» Mauricio Pochettino paid the price for letting his emotions get the better of him at Tottenham
The Argentinean was sacked from his position on Tuesday evening and must find a way to keep control if he is to become an elite manager in the future
» Unai Emery becomes favourite for sack as Jose Mourinho takes over at Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino became the second manager to be sacked on Tuesday night and it leaves Arsenal's Unai Emery as the new favourite to face the axe
» Harry Kane breaks silence on Mauricio Pochettino axe as Tottenham bring in Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has been appointed as Mauricio Pochettino's replacement, agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal in north London
» New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho gushes over Spurs transfer target Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes was a transfer target for Tottenham and Manchester United over the summer but remained at Sporting Lisbon - and Jose Mourinho is a big fan
» Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Amazon documentary concerns as Jose Mourinho steps in
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» Jose Mourinho's list of Tottenham players he'd like to have signed for Man Utd
The Portuguese was appointed as the new Spurs boss on Wednesday morning, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino on a three-and-a-half year deal
» Jose Mourinho's Tottenham prediction highlights how far they have fallen
Jose Mourinho claimed Tottenham were capable of mounting a Premier League title challenge this season, but he takes over with them down in 14th spot
» Jose Mourinho's comments on Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane after Champions League final
Jose Mourinho has been named new Tottenham manager after Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night - and he had plenty to say earlier this year
» Jose Mourinho's comments on dealing with Christian Eriksen transfer at Tottenham
Jose Mourinho has been named as Tottenham's new manager and addressed the situation with out-of-contract players last month as a pundit on Sky Sports
» Jose Mourinho explains why he wanted to take Tottenham Hotspur job
The Portuguese has been appointed on a three-and-a-half year deal and replaces Mauricio Pochettino in the hotseat after the Argentinean was sacked on Tuesday night
» Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager on three-and-a-half year deal
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino
» Eden Hazard backs former club Chelsea to beat Manchester City this weekend
Frank Lampard's young team travel to the champions on Saturday hoping to become the fourth side to beat them in the Premier League so far this season
» Sean Longstaff ready to fight for place in Newcastle line-up following suspension
The young centre midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer but has struggled for form this season and was sent off during the 1-1 draw against Wolves
» Tottenham move training to afternoon in preparation of new manager arrival
Spurs are expected to name their new boss within the next 24 hours following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, with Jose Mourinho the favourite to take over
» Harry Winks praised Mauricio Pochettino hours before his sacking from Tottenham
The centre midfielder, who scored for England in their 4-0 thrashing of Kosovo on Sunday, said he owed his manager everything shortly before his dismissal was announced
» Peter Crouch blasts Tottenham players following Mauricio Pochettino sacking
The former Spurs forward thinks the club have been overly hasty in ditching the manager who led them to a Champions League final last season
» Tottenham legend sends emotional message to Mauricio Pochettino following sacking
The north London club announced they had parted company with Pochettino on Tuesday following a poor run of form which saw them drop to 14th in the Premier League
» Fury in Spain as Gareth Bale holds 'inflammatory' flag after Wales qualify
The Real Madrid forward appeared to mock his club after holding a flag with the message "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order" following his country's win over Hungary
» Aaron Ramsey delighted to make up for lost time after his brace sends Wales to Euro 2020
The Juventus midfielder has missed the majority of Wales' qualifying campaign through injury but he returned when it mattered to fire his side into the finals
» Ryan Giggs hails Wales' Euro 2020 exploits as 'greatest day of my life'
Wales qualified for their second European Championships in a row after two Aaron Ramsey goals helped them see off Hungary and finish second in Group E
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» Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season, following the sacking on Tuesday of Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho adds Spurs to a long list of previous clubs he has managed including Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Spurs job will be his first managerial role since being sacked by United in December last year.

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» Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino was brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

Argentinian achieved remarkable things at a club where he spent less than most while juggling the move to new stadium

Farewell then, Poch. After the hugs and the backslaps, time now for a last wave goodbye.

It says a great deal about the strangeness of modern football that the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino by Tottenham on Tuesday night felt startling, brutal but also oddly inevitable.

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» Aaron Ramsey’s double sends Wales to Euro 2020 with win over Hungary

“It’s about time he contributed, isn’t it?” a smirking Gareth Bale said, putting his arm round the shoulder of Aaron Ramsey, who scored twice on his first Wales start for more than a year to steer his country to Euro 2020.

Soon afterwards Bale, drowned out by the blaring sound of Feeder’s Buck Rogers, was cavorting round the pitch amid a carnival atmosphere in Cardiff. He was waving a flag decorated with the words “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that Order” after he and his teammates charged at the Canton Stand before performing a synchronised belly flop in front of fans revelling in reaching a third tournament finals.

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» Eric Cantona: ‘Big democracies are, in a way, dictatorships’
Former Manchester United striker on ‘economic terrorism’, a suitcase that shed light on his family and trying to understand himself

For a man who spoke of seagulls and trawlers in March 1995 after he had karate-kicked a fan, and paraphrased King Lear when he collected Uefa’s president’s award almost 25 years later, reciting “as flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods”, there is something in the simplicity of what Eric Cantona says now. He pictures himself standing with his mother and aunt, looking into his grandfather’s eyes, and recalls the moment in the deep, slow voice that is unmistakably his. “It was something …” he begins to say, pausing to seek the right words. Eventually he settles on “emotional” and then he stops, no flourish needed. “It is the story of my family, mine,” he says.

It is some story. In 2007 a suitcase was discovered in Mexico City, where it had been hidden for almost 70 years. Inside they found 126 old rolls of film containing 4,500 negatives; they also found a part of Cantona. Most of the pictures, smuggled out of France when the Nazis arrived, were taken by the photojournalist Robert Capa during the final months of the Spanish civil war. Capa had also been in Argelès-sur-Mer, where 100,000 people fleeing Spain were held in a refugee camp, among them Pedro Raurich, 28, and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Paquita Farnòs.

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» How Luis Enrique’s Spain return turned from a fiesta into a crisis | Sid Lowe
Robert Moreno always said he would willing step aside for Luis Enrique to retake the reins but something changed and Spain were caught completely off-guard

It should have been the best of news, something to celebrate; instead, the Spanish football federation found itself confronted by another crisis. Luis Enrique, the manager forced to abandon the national team because his nine-year-old daughter had cancer, will return four months after he stepped down and three months after her death.

Robert Moreno, his assistant and friend who took charge and led Spain unbeaten to Euro 2020, completing qualification with a 5-0 destruction of Romania, steps aside – something he said he would be “delighted” to do 10 weeks ago. Spain have their manager back and seven months to prepare for the summer.

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» Football rumours: where next for Mauricio Pochettino?

Former Spurs manager will not be kicking his heels for long

A world of infinite possibility has suddenly opened up for Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs boss – and yes it does feel strange suddenly saying that – is unlikely to be kicking his heels for long. Bayern Munich currently have an interim manager in the shape of Hans-Dieter Flick, while Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coats hang on a shoogly peg at Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively. Ears will be pricking up all over the shop. There’s also been talk of Arsenal and Barcelona, but, again respectively, come off it and come on.

Related: Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

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» Serge Gnabry hat-trick helps Germany thrash Northern Ireland 6-1

Michael O’Neill admitted his worst fears were realised as a short-handed Northern Ireland were thrashed 6-1 by Germany in their final Euro 2020 qualifying Group C fixture.

With Jonny Evans out through illness and Jamal Lewis sidelined by a knee problem, Northern Ireland were missing vital Premier League experience at the back and found themselves overrun as Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick.

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» Euro 2020 qualifier roundup: Wijnaldum hat-trick sparks Netherlands rout

• Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Group C
• Benteke and De Bruyne give Belgium 6-1 win over Cyprus

Georginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final Group C qualifying clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday.

The home side were in complete control of the contest from early on, with the defender Nathan Ake and 18-year-old debutant Myron Boadu also among the goals, as they finished second in the standings with 19 points from eight games, two behind the group winners, Germany.

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» Pochettino the furious fall guy for Tottenham’s clogged exit route | David Hytner

Mauricio Pochettino’s frustrations with slow player turnover boiled over this summer, leading to his eventual departure

To understand how it has come to this for Mauricio Pochettino, why his Tottenham team have flatlined in the Premier League and why he has now been sacked as the manager, it is necessary to consider a concept that he holds dear. It involves the natural cycle of an elite player’s development.

When the player is young, he is grateful for opportunity and he seizes it with everything he has. He becomes a regular, a star, a full international. He wants more money. Then, in many cases, he wants an opportunity at another club, a bigger club, perhaps. He thinks he deserves even more money.

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» ‘The players got him the sack’ … football reacts to Pochettino’s Spurs dismissal

• Football world expresses shock at Spurs’ decision
• Harry Redknapp says squad should have played better

Tottenham’s decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night was met with shock and surprise, despite his side’s dreadful run of results that equated to 25 points from 24 games in the Premier League, with the former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp blaming the players and Gary Lineker warning the club: “Good look with finding a better replacement.”

Redknapp, who held the Spurs job from 2008 to 2012, told Sky Sports: “People talk about the players there all loving him – if they love him that much, maybe they should have started playing a bit better. At the end of the day they’ve got him the sack.

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» Rapinoe and Pique give Bale a lesson in how to tackle murky world of politics | Kevin Mitchell

The Wales forward may think of little other than football and golf but not all athletes are so disengaged with the world around them

It is a fair guess that Gareth Bale, everyone’s favourite top-knot idiot, did not rush from the pitch after Wales’s match against Hungary on Tuesday to inquire how the prime minister got on in his TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn. Or, indeed, bother to ask if we had the same prime minister as last month, when Bale pronounced in an unguarded moment of candour: “I don’t even know who the prime minister is any more … I haven’t got a clue … I follow the golf, that’s about it.”

That is, indeed, about it. In the rarefied field of 2019 Celebrity Disconnection Bale is neck and neck with Prince “I let the side down” Andrew for the gold medal, with only six weeks left in the season. Others might yet make the podium.

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» John McGinn’s brace earns Scotland comeback victory over Kazakhstan

Scotland required a second-half fightback and a John McGinn brace to conclude their doomed 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan at Hampden Park.

The Scots lost 3-0 to their opponents in their Group I opener in March, a result that soon led to the departure of boss Alex McLeish. His successor Steve Clarke watched Baktiyor Zainutdinov stun the home side with a terrific opener in the 34th minute.

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» Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

• Maradona lasts eight games at struggling Argentinian side
• Club elections cost Maradona ally his job as president

Diego Maradona has left his latest club after three months in charge. The former Argentina forward and World Cup winner, who became the manager of Gimnasia in September, said he would continue only if the club’s president, Gabriel Pellegrino, stayed on following club elections but he withdrew when an electoral pact fell apart.

Related: The real Diego Maradona comes to life in Mexico in captivating series | Ed Vulliamy

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» Manchester City target new highs after announcing record £535m revenues
• Financial results show 6% rise on 2017-18 figures
• City could overhaul Manchester United’s results next year

Manchester City have announced club record revenues of £535.2m, an increase of around 6%. The champions are confident this will rise again next year because of a lucrative new kit deal with Puma.

City posted the results in their annual report for 2018-19, which also shows that wages rose from 52% to 59% of turnover, having spent £259.2m in 2017-18, compared with £315.6m last year.

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» Chelsea set for transfer window appeal but will be kept waiting for ruling
• Cas likely to announce in December whether ban is overturned
• Leicester’s Ben Chilwell among targets when signings possible

Chelsea are unlikely to hear until December whether their two-window transfer ban will be overturned by the court of arbitration for sport, which is set to hear the case on Wednesday.

The club are unable to make signings until February 2020 after they were found guilty by Fifa of breaking transfer regulations relating to minors. They were also fined £460,000 and failed to overturn the decision when presenting their case to Fifa’s appeals committee in April.

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» Australia and New Zealand discuss dual bid for Women's World Cup in 2023
  • Expanded format leads to increased demand for venues
  • A dual bid ‘makes sense’ says FFA chair Chris Nikou

Australia’s bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup is shaping to be a joint bid with New Zealand.

The success of this year’s tournament in France resulted in Fifa expanding the 2023 edition from 24 teams to 32 and on Tuesday FFA chairman Chris Nikou said that due to the increased demand for venues a dual bid is being discussed, with a resolution expected in coming days.

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» Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels
  • Organisers charter two ships with combined 4,000 cabins
  • Boats will be berthed throughout the tournament

Once it was a three-star bed and breakfast or a capacious pitch on a camp site. Now fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar are to be offered a very different experience after organisers confirmed they had chartered two cruise ships to serve as floating hotels in 2022.

The two vessels, hired from company MSC cruises, come with swimming pools, spas and a dinosaur playroom (for children). They also offer a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins. Rates are yet to be confirmed, although current MSC cruises run from £599 per person, and anyone hoping to experience life on the open waves will also be disappointed as both boats will be berthed throughout the tournament.

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» David Squires on … new ideas for football TV series

Our cartoonist looks at some of the programmes you might find on your streaming services in the coming years

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» The Wales striker with more criminal convictions than caps

Harry Trainer was a ‘crack centre-forward’ with a big future but he could not resist stealing jewellery, cockerels and hens

By Paul Brown for The Blizzard, of the Guardian Sport Network

Police Constable James Owen was on night patrol when he discovered the robbery. It was 1.30am on Sunday morning, 11 November 1900, and the gas-lit streets of Wrexham were empty. PC Owen, in his regulation cape and helmet, was a young recruit who had recently been commended for his brave attempt to rescue a family from a fatal fire.

As he turned into Queen Street, Owen noticed the shutters of Williams’ Jeweller’s shop had been removed. One shutter was hanging from its hinges and the other was lying on the pavement. The shop’s plate-glass window had been smashed with a rock. Several yards away, under the flickering street lamps, a man was hurrying away. When Owen called out, the man began to run. Owen set off in pursuit.

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

Broken records, Arsenal’s missing link from Austria and what Phil Neville could learn from Manchester United

Women’s Football Weekend another marker to cherish

The Women’s Football Weekend proved a brilliant milestone for the game, a week on from that record-breaking crowd at Wembley for the Lionesses. A combined attendance of more than 74,000 at six venues across the country, four of which were played at men’s stadiums, was a superb turnout, with more than 23,000 at Anfield and a record Women’s Super League crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where 38,262 supporters watched the north London derby. The game at Wembley was an emotional occasion, with around 70 former Lionesses – many of whom had never been to the national stadium – invited along. Participation figures in the women’s game have risen to 2.3 million this year, in line with the 50% growth the Football Association targeted by 2020 three years ago.

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» ‘There is an anger’: where did it all go wrong for Scotland? | Ewan Murray
It’s 21 years and counting since Scotland last qualified for a major tournament – if they don’t reach Euro 2020 it would be the most severe blow yet

The latest depressing snapshot – for the greater good see alien concept – preceded the conclusion to a Scotland Euro 2020 section that will be met equally with sighs of relief and shrugs. The Scottish Professional Football League is resisting a call to postpone matches immediately before Steve Clarke guides his team into the March play-offs. Twenty-one years have passed since Scotland played in a finals; with attitudes like this, no wonder.

Kazakhstan’s visit to Hampden Park on Tuesday may just draw more than the official (and questionable) attendance of 20,699 who watched the recent dismissal of San Marino. This campaign frittered out long ago but has the curious subplot of Scotland being two wins away from clawing their way back towards relevance courtesy of the Nations League.

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» Gareth Southgate has made England likable again but slackness remains | Richard Williams

The manager has brought decency and modesty back but even a 4-0 win in Kosovo showed defensive quality is still lacking

To these eyes, at least, it was not in a stadium that the saga of the England football team in the modern era reached its lowest point. It was not Kevin Keegan resigning in the Wembley washroom in 2000, or Steve McClaren watching helplessly from beneath an umbrella as Croatia denied his team a place in the Euro 2008 finals, or the stumbling capitulation to Iceland in Nice three years ago under Roy Hodgson. It came one afternoon in the middle of Fabio Capello’s four-year reign, in the very different surroundings of a Knightsbridge shopping street.

At the behest of the Football Association’s PR department, the notoriously aloof Capello had invited a large group of senior sports writers from national newspapers to lunch. This was a rare event, with the additional lure of the location: San Lorenzo, the famous Italian restaurant favoured by Princess Diana, Jack Nicholson, Joan Collins and other celebs whose presence ensured the entrance was habitually patrolled by paparazzi.

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» Mauricio Pochettino: the road to his Tottenham sacking – video report

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club already locked in talks with José Mourinho to be his replacement. Pochettino, who oversaw year-on-year progress at Spurs after his arrival in 2014, culminating in the memorable run to last season’s Champions League final, had watched his fortunes slump after a difficult summer. Here's a look back at the road to his dismissal

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» Wijnaldum on racism in football: 'What can you do as a player? It's a problem in society' – video

The Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken strongly on the state of racism in football after a Dutch second division match was halted. The game between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior was stopped, after alleged abuse was directed at Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira. ‘It’s a problem in society and a problem that should be solved by our politicians,’ Wijnaldum said. ‘I also saw someone doing the Nazi salute in the stands. When I saw that, I thought ‘what is wrong with you if you do something like that?’. Our ancestors fought for us so we can live freely.’

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» Malaysia fans perform collective chants before game with Indonesia – video

Malaysia football fans put on an impressive display before their 2022 World Cup qualifier with Indonesia. Around 80,000 fans were packed into the national stadium in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. The hosts were 2-0 victors, with the opening goal a stunning long-range free-kick from Safawi Rasid, before the forward got a second goal in the second half

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» Nuneaton Borough keeper shanks his penalty into stands and breaks a light – video

With the scores still 0-0 in the 60th minute, Nuneaton Borough called upon an unlikely player to take a penalty in their Southern Premier Central clash with Stratford Town – step forward goalkeeper Tony Breeden. 

The bold move did not pay off, with Breeden hitting the penalty high and wide into the stands – and smashing a light in the process. The miss did not prove too costly for Nuneaton, who won 2-0 thanks to a goal from defender Joel Kettle and a late penalty from Callum Powell, who wisely took over spot-kick duties.

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» Gareth Southgate: 'Whoever plays us knows they're in for a tough game' – video

England finished their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a less than convincing victory over Kosovo, despite the heavy scoreline it wasn't until the 79th minute before Southgate's side got their second of the match. Goals from Winks, Kane, Rashford and Mount were the difference at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium

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» Zlatan Ibrahimovic: memorable goals from his time at LA Galaxy – video highlights

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has thanked LA Galaxy for making him feel 'alive again' before instructing the club’s fans to 'go back to watch baseball' now he has played his last MLS game for them. The Swedish striker will end a two-year spell at the club when his contract expires in December. In a tweet the Swedish international wrote: 'I came, I saw, I conquered … You wanted Zlatan. I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome.' The striker is linked with a move back to Serie A.

'I came, I saw, I conquered': Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves LA Galaxy

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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

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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

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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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» Emergence of young talent helps ease W-League into post-Sam Kerr era | Ella Reilly

The performances of Mary Fowler and Shadeen Evans in the opening round point to a bright future

After an off-season which seemingly stretched for a lifetime, the 2019-20 W-League is finally underway – to quite some relief. The first round kicked off a mere 24 hours after Australia’s best player confirmed her move to Chelsea and heralded a league desperately readjusting in the post-Sam Kerr era.

The storylines thrown up by these opening exchanges – the face-off between last season’s premiers and champions in this year’s first Big Blue; a club legend returning to her old stomping ground in new colours; the blooding in of new import players – wrenched attentions immediately back onto the league and the players still in it.

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» Thierry Henry's Montreal landing tips MLS's rep as managerial incubator

Patrick Vieira and Jesse Marsch are exponents of Major League Soccer’s growing reputation as a proving ground for young managers, a path Henry hopes to follow in Montreal

He was the right man at the right time for the New York Red Bulls. Having just moved into their jewel of a new stadium in Harrison, New Jersey, they needed something to capture new fans and a local media market which had somewhat lost interest. The signing of Thierry Henry fit the bill, with the legendary striker not just going on to become one of the most influential figures in RBNY’s history, but Major League Soccer as a whole.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's legacy hard to define as he bids Hollywood farewell

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» Sam Silvera, Louis D’Arrigo underline exciting future for homegrown talent | Jonathan Howcroft

Their styles may be contrasting, but Sam Silvera and Louis D’Arrigo share a common bond. They are young, raw and the embodiment of an A-League future fuelled by local product

Whatever ‘it’ is, Sam Silvera has got it. When the ball goes near the Central Coast Mariner you expect something to happen. He takes the game on at every opportunity, usually at breakneck speed, often with dazzling close control. He’s just turned 19 and his career is at that precious moment where he’s coming to terms with his potential and the rest of us get to enjoy watching him figure it out, like an action-movie hero’s coming-of-age montage.

On Saturday against Adelaide, Silvera set the tone as early as the fifth minute, turning broken play 35 metres from goal into a penalty with just three touches. The first of those was the most exciting. With the ball bouncing awkwardly in his direction he declined the opportunity to bring it under control safely and retain possession; the default play. Instead, he allowed the ball to run across his body for a split second, enabling him to maintain momentum, reach out a right boot and wrongfoot the onrushing Michael Jakobsen. At a stroke United’s defence was checking off a list of things it never wanted to do: turn at speed, face its own goal, and confront an attacker moving with the ball at pace. All of this from just one touch.

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» Eight games called off as strike in Spanish women's top flight goes ahead
  • Two Saturday games postponed, six more affected on Sunday
  • Players seek improved salary and minimum wage concessions

Footballers in the women’s Spanish top flight are pressing ahead with their planned strike this weekend, after failing to negotiate a new collective agreement with the clubs since voting to take action last month. Both of Saturday’s Primera División games were postponed with a further six matches affected on Sunday, including Barcelona’s trip to Real Sociedad, and Atlético Madrid’s visit to Valencia.

A breakdown in talks over a minimum salary and part-time contracts, after months of negotiations, saw 93% of the players vote in favour of a strike at a meeting in Madrid last month. The Spanish players’ union, the AFE, posted a video on social media featuring a number of top-flight players, including Spain and Atlético midfielder Silvia Meseguer. Players say they are fighting for former and current colleagues, and “for those who will one day be in our place”.

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» Socceroos sit pretty in World Cup qualifying but tougher tests lie ahead | Richard Parkin

An excellent first half showing in Jordan gave way to a poorer second but Graham Arnold’s side still came away with all three points

For bleary-eyed Socceroos fans braving an inhospitable midmorning kick-off it was perhaps a tale of smug self-satisfaction, followed by increasingly bewildered self-accusation.

In what was billed as Australia’s toughest assignment of AFC second round qualifying, given Jordan’s status as the Socceroos’ bogey side, for 45 minutes Australia appeared imperious.

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» Hansi Flick to stay as Bayern Munich head coach 'at least until Christmas'
  • ‘We trust him,’ Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tells club AGM
  • Herbert Hainer elected president, replacing Uli Hoeness

Hansi Flick will continue as Bayern Munich’s interim head coach “until further notice”, although the club have stopped short of offering the 54-year-old a permanent contract.

“Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I publicly announced after the Dortmund match last Saturday that Hansi Flick is our head coach until further notice,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s CEO, told the club’s annual general meeting.

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» Arsène Wenger lands new Fifa role as head of global football development
• Former Arsenal manager to oversee progress at all levels
• Wenger had been linked with Bayern Munich vacancy

Arsène Wenger has taken up a new role with Fifa as its chief of global football development, the game’s world governing body has announced.

Wenger, 70, will work full-time as head of all Fifa’s football development activities throughout the world for the men’s and women’s game, including its coaching, training and coach education programmes. His department will be involved in football elements of Fifa’s development projects through its Forward programme, under which $6m is being made available to every football association in the world.

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» David Squires on ... A-Pocalypse Now: the horror, the horror

Our cartoonist on Melbourne Victory’s poor start to the A-League season under coach Marco Kurz

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» Zlatan Ibrahimovic's legacy hard to define as he bids Hollywood farewell

The Swede has picked up and left LA Galaxy after a season and a half, but what legacy has North America’s most headline-worthy player since Pelé left behind for MLS?

In his own not-so-humble words: “Now go back to watch baseball.” Because a league without Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a league worth watching, at least according to the man himself who confirmed his exit from LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer with a typically brash social media post on Wednesday. The show is over, or at the very least it has packed up and left Hollywood.

Ibrahimovic is now expected to return to Europe, Italy specifically, where Milan, Bologna and Napoli are all believed to be interested in taking on the Swedish striker. But what legacy has he left behind for MLS? As the most headline-worthy soccer player to have played in North America since Pelé, was Ibrahimovic a good or a bad influence on the league?

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» When Saturday Comes in peril should bother everyone who cares about football | Barney Ronay

The only independent national football magazine to make it through the game’s boom times is now in need of a lifeboat

Who are the good guys anyway? It can be hard to tell. Compromise, commercial interests, good intentions cut with contradictions. Professional sport exists within this nexus. And nobody gets out of it clean. Or almost nobody.

Often villainy is the whole point. Take, for example, Edmundo, bad-boy Brazilian goal ace of the 1990s. In June 1996 the São Paulo Federation called Edmundo to a disciplinary tribunal after another violent sending-off. Fearing a ban, his club, Corinthians, took along a video of the incident, promising to prove Edmundo had only unintentionally punched the Santos defender Sandro in the mouth.

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» Preparing players for life after football should begin before the final whistle | Sid Lowe

David Villa is ready to retire but many players battle with financial and emotional problems once they have stopped playing

“I prefer to leave football before football leaves me,” David Villa said this week. Spain’s all-time top scorer once claimed he would play until he was 55 if he could. In the end he will make it to 38. For the past six seasons Villa has signed annual deals, delaying the inevitable, competitive as ever, but no more: he has announced his retirement. Over 19 years he has scored 390 goals and played 716 games; he has four left. Five, if Vissel Kobe reach the Japanese cup final. And then he will lead a new football club, founded in Queens, New York.

Villa has prepared for retirement. “There are things I couldn’t give time to before; I can now,” he said. “It’s going to be fun, that’s the most important thing.” He has things to do for sure. And that, the former player, coach and director Jorge Valdano tells the Observer, is vital. “If I gave one piece of advice to a player retiring tomorrow, I’d say: ‘When you wake up, have something to do,’” he says. “Something, anything. It doesn’t matter what. Anything that helps you feel useful. Because the worst thing is the void.”

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» Premier League 2019-20: team of the season so far

Liverpool’s full-backs, the beating hearts of Chelsea and Sheffield United and an evergreen striker make our leading XI

The biggest compliment that can be paid to the Leicester goalkeeper is that he has gone unnoticed this season. The 33-year-old has kept goal with quiet authority as Leicester’s defence has become the stingiest in the league, conceding only eight times. Ederson might have been a more obvious choice but the Brazilian has not been as assured for Manchester City this season. Schmeichel has been error-free and solid with his distribution. An honourable mention should go to Ben Foster who has made some wonderful stops while being overworked at Watford.

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» The Fiver | Welsh memories of Ivor Allchurch scoring a goal for the ages

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The Republic O’Ireland and Denmark drew a competitive football match on Monday night. It was the fifth time they’d done so in the last 24 months, the continuation of a grim existential rut which naturally reminded The Fiver of that legendary Bill Murray film. We refer of course to Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. Just 80 minutes in length, but man, it seemed like it would never end. The least successful of his Wes Anderson collaborations, in The Fiver’s book. Subs, please check.

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» Football rumours: Julian Nagelsmann to replace Pochettino at Spurs?

Today’s fluff is running the gauntlet

In news that could have been written at any given point in the past 15 years, Arsenal need defensive reinforcements. Consequently, the Gunners are training their sights on Villarreal’s Pau Torres. The 22-year-old centre-back, who made his Spain debut last month, is admittedly weighed down by a £43m release clause, but Unai Emery is undeterred, according to The Sun. However, they may face competition from Manchester City.

Emery is not the only manager in north London subject to whispers of uncertainty. The Times says Tottenham are thought to be making eyes at Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann as a potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, who is in talks with the chairman, Daniel Levy, about his future, reports the Telegraph.

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» Football quiz: leading international goalscorers

How much do you know about some of international football’s sharpest shooters?

Cristiano Ronaldo has moved up to second in the list of all-time goalscorers in the men's international game after scoring 99 goals for Portugal. Which player stands above him?

Ferenc Puskás (Hungary/Spain)

Ali Daei (Iran)

Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan)

Hussein Saeed (Iraq)

Who is the all-time leading women's international goalscorer with 184 goals in 256 games?

Marta (Brazil)

Christine Sinclair (Canada)

Carli Lloyd (USA)

Abby Wambach (USA)

Godfrey Chitalu is fifth on the list of all-time men's international scorers with 79 goals in 108 matches. Which nation did he represent?

Malawi

Nigeria

Zambia

South Africa

Andy Selva is San Marino's all-time leading scorer. How many goals did he plunder in 74 appearances?

12

11

8

2

Neymar has scored 61 goals for Brazil and is closing on the all-time record of 77 held by Pelé. There is one player just above him on 62 goals, though. Who is it?

Romário

Ronaldo

Zico

Bebeto

Who is the England women's team all-time leading scorer?

Hope Powell

Fara Williams

Kelly Smith

Ellen White

Ali Daei played for three German clubs in his career: Arminia Bielefeld, Hertha Berlin and which other?

Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Hamburg

Miroslav Klose is Germany's leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 games. Second on the list is Gerd Muller, who raced to 68 goals in how many games?

68

66

64

62

Robbie Keane is the Republic of Ireland's record scorer on 68 goals and is streets ahead of the next player on the list. Who is it?

John Aldridge

Niall Quinn

Tony Cascarino

Frank Stapleton

Who is international football's highest-scoring goalkeeper with eight goals?

Rogério Ceni (Brazil)

José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay)

René Higuita (Colombia)

Jorge Campos (Mexico)

10 and above.

Move aside Ali Daei, there's a new record scorer in town

9 and above.

You're up there with Cristiano Ronaldo

8 and above.

You're red-hot in front of goal aren't you?

7 and above.

You're pretty good in front of goal aren't you?

6 and above.

Not bad. With a bit of extra shooting practice you could go far

5 and above.

It's not a dreadful score but you still might want to brush up on your finishing

4 and above.

You're never going to be a striker are you?

3 and above.

You might want to do some extra shooting practice

2 and above.

Your shooting was wildly off target. Have you considered another career?

0 and above.

Go home. You couldn't hit a cow's backside with a banjo

1 and above.

You're never going to make it in this game. Pack your bags, it's time to go home

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» Lamar Jackson bossing it, halfway line goals and the best of David Villa | Classic YouTube

Also featuring a Bundesliga brawl, a unique view of the Rugby World Cup final and college basketballers shocking the USWNT

1) Let’s start with a couple of halfway-line goals. First up, Sam Clucas punishes a woeful free-kick from Barnsley goalkeeper Bradley Collins with a sublime 50-yard wedge into the empty goal during Stoke’s 4-2 victory. But for us, nothing beats the cool indifference with which Conor McDermott sets himself up for this thronker during Cliftonville’s 4-0 win over Warrenpoint last weekend – and here’s the club’s own aerial shot of the wonder-strike.

What a goal!

⚽️ Cliftonville defender Conor McDermott scores from his own half!

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» Which football matches have featured TV show spoilers? | The Knowledge

Plus: footballers married to other footballers, leaders getting thumped (2) and a new leader in the longest spell away stakes

“Last week, there was uproar at Whitby Town when their PA announcer, Colin, revealed the winner of the Great British Bake Off over the Tannoy during the match,” writes Elliot Leaver. “Are there any other examples of TV spoilers being given at live football events?”

Chris Page and several others got in touch with one spectacular example from 23 February 1983. “On Coronation Street, Deirdre Barlow found herself having to make a choice between staying with her husband, Ken, or leaving him for Mike Baldwin. She would eventually choose [SPOILER ALERT] … the former, leading to an announcement at Old Trafford.

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

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

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

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

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

Colchester

Seville

Glasgow

Tokyo

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

Daley Blind

Ander Herrera

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Jesse Lingard

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

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

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

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

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

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

They won it for the first time in their history

They finished bottom of their group

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

They reached the final and lost on penalties

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

Pep Guardiola

Louis van Gaal

Frank Rijkaard

Johan Cruyff

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

Rafa Benítez

Maurizio Sarri

Roberto Di Matteo

None of them

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

Fulham

Norwich City

Queens Park Rangers

Watford

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

Del Bosque accused the Real Madrid president of fraud

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

They signed David Beckham

They lost the Champions League final to Milan

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

Spain and Italy

France and Germany

Italy and Portugal

Spain and Qatar

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

Nottingham Forest

Derby County

Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United

1 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

2 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

3 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

4 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

5 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

6 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

7 and above.

Never mind the sack – you're due a promotion

8 and above.

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

9 and above.

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

0 and above.

It's time you picked up a P45

10 and above.

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

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

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

11 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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» ‘Our art and his art’: inside Cirque du Soleil’s show dedicated to Messi | Sid Lowe
Show’s female Chilean freestyler and captain of Barcelona Women on the project expressing Messi’s career through performance and their hopes for women’s sport

‘The email said: ‘You’ve been chosen for Messi10’ and I started to cry,” Catalina Vega says. “I looked at it again: ‘Wow.’” Sitting alongside her, Vicky Losada asks: “Had you ever done anything as big as this?”

The circus is empty now but for the occasional stagehand wondering through. On the way in, a woman from wardrobe passes carrying a tiny jacket in lurid colours with huge shoulder pads and a No 10 on the back. It’s quiet, late morning, 10 hours until the circus starts, but this place is still imposing. A huge marquee, a blue stage, 3,000 seats rising around it, spotlight on, nowhere to hide. It is big.

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» Wilf McGuinness: ‘I thought Munich was the end, that United were finished’
The 82-year-old former Manchester United player and coach talks about the air disaster, Sir Matt Busby and playing for £20 a week

Wilf McGuinness is 82 but his face lights up with vivid memories of the man who had such an impact on his life. “Matt Busby was a god,” McGuinness says simply as he looks up with an expression of gratitude and awe and remembers the football manager who turned Manchester United into one of the world’s greatest clubs. “We used to look up at him when we were growing up. We thought: ‘There he is. That’s the boss.’ That’s what we called him. Boss. He was a wonderful man.”

McGuinness was one of the original Busby Babes, a team of youthful brilliance which was decimated by the Munich disaster of 1958. He was injured and so missed being on the plane which took the lives of many of his best friends and teammates, while scarring those who survived. McGuinness was part of the second wave of Babes with whom Busby created a new team that would eventually become the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. Another bad injury had ended his career long before then but Busby respected him so much that he persuaded McGuinness to become a coach at Old Trafford.

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

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

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

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

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