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A.C. Finchley »
Adult Male
A.C. Hemel »
Adult Male
A.C. Malone »
Woolgrove Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
A.F.C Hertford »
Hertingfordbury Park, West Street, Hertford
Adult Male
A.F.C Storm »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Watford
Adult Male
A.F.C. Blunham »
Male, U13
A.F.C. Bushey »
Garston, Watford, Hertfodshire
Adult Male
A.F.C. Oxhey Hall »
Horseshoe Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
A.F.C. Stevenage (Youth) »
Telford Avenue, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Female, U15
Abbots Youth »
Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Afc Crooked Billet »
Webb Rise, Pin Green, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Afc Downley »
Walton Drive, Totteridge, High Wycombe
Adult Male
Afc Spartans »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Afc Wellsbourne »
The Rye, Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe
Adult Male
Albion Rovers Youth F.C »
Tollpits Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire
Male, U16
Amersham Town Youth »
Spratleys Meadow, School Lane, Amersham
Male, U15, U12
Anchor Tring »
Adult Male
Apsley Blues F.C. »
St Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, U14
Arlesey Town Ladies »
The Armadillo Stadium, Hitchin Road, Arlesey
Adult Female
Asia »
Norton Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Athletico Rod »
Adult Male
Aylesbury »
Haywood Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Male, U18
Aylesbury Dynamos »
Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, Bucks
Adult Male
Aylesbury Town Corinthians »
Male, Female, U18, U9
B.S.I F.C »
Washington Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Baldock Town Letchworth Fc »
Baldock Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Barmond United »
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U16, U11, U10
Bedgrove Dynamos »
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U11, U10, U8
Bedwell Rangers »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Bedwell Rangers (Cssl) »
Adult Male
Bengeo Tigers »
Welwyn Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Bennetts End Athletic »
Adult Male
Berkhamsted Raiders »
Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Berkhamsted Raiders Youth »
Kitcheners Field, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Boreham Wood »
Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood
Adult Male
Borehamwood 2000 »
Brook Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U13, U12, U11, U10, U8
Brady Maccabi (Youth) »
Belford Road, Borehamwood, Herts
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Britannia United »
Adult Male
Broadhall »
Adult Male
Brookside »
Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Broxbourne Saints (Mw) »
West Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Bucks (Aylesbury) »
Adult Male
Bucks Cc Colts »
Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire
Male, U15
Buntingford Cougars Youth »
Buntingford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Buntingford Wanderers F.C. »
Adult Male
Bushey »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Watford
Adult Male
Bushey Rangers Ladies »
Bournehall Lane, Bushey, Hertfordshire
Adult Female
Chalfont Saints Athletic »
Male, U13
Chalfont Saints Girls »
Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10
Chesham Athletic »
Bois Moor Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Chesham Town »
Bellingdon Village Hall, Chesham, Bucks
Adult Male
Chesham United Ladies »
Amy Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10
Chesham United Rangers »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U11
Chipperfield Corinthians »
Queens Street, Chipperfield, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Christchurch Ware »
Hoe Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Colne Valley »
Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford
Adult Male
Comets Sports Club »
Gadebridge Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Copers Cope »
Adult Male
Crown Old Boys »
Adult Male
Croxley Guild Y.F.C. »
New Road, The Green, Croxley Green
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Dynamo Botley F.C. »
Shepherds Rd, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Echoes Youth »
Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U12, U10, U9
Elmhurst »
Adult Male
Everett Rovers »
Gammons Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
F.C. Comets »
., St Ippolyts, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9
F.C. Cornerstone (Hscfl) »
Redcar Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
F.C. Heath »
Green Lane, Oxhey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
F.C. Rangers »
Brocket Road, Lemsford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Fairlands Youth »
High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U10, U9, U7
Fc Bedgrove »
Adult Male
Fc Disraeli »
Adult Male
Fc Leisure »
Adult Male
Fc Mandeville Youth »
Male, U16
Flackwell Heath »
Magpie Ground, Magpie Lane, Flackwell Heath
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14
Flackwell Heath Scorpions »
Flackwell Heath, , Buckinghamshire
Male, Female, U15, U12, U10
Four Seasons »
Buckmaster Road, Cressex, High Wycombe
Adult Male
Garston Gunners »
Cedarwood Drive, Garston, Watford
Adult Male
Glenn Sports Youth »
Male, U17
Global A.F.C. »
Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Grapevine Sports »
Bellmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Great Eastern »
Hartham Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Green Dragon »
Bushey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Green Park Rovers F.C. »
Adult Male
Hammer Ogb »
Aldenham Road, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Hammer Youth »
South Way, Watford, Hertfordshire
Male, U15
Haydon United »
66 High Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Hazlemere Sports »
Amersham Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe
Male, Female, U18
Hemel Abbotts »
Adult Male
Hemel Celtic Juniors »
High Street Green, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, U15
Hemel Hempstead Girls »
Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Female, U17, U15
Hemel Hempstead Town Ladies »
Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Female
Hemel Stags Aces »
Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Herons Youth »
The Harebreaks, Watford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Hertford County »
Hoe Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Hertford Town »
Hertingfordbury Park, West Street, Hertford
Adult Male
Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue »
Adult Male
Hertfordshire Harriers F.C. »
Mill End, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Hertsmere Borough F.C. »
82 Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Hitchin Hearts Ladies »
Chambers Lane, Ickleford, Hertfordshire
Adult Female
Hitchin Town Ability Counts Fc (Youth) »
Male, Female, U16, U12
Hitchin Town Youth »
Hitchin Town Football Club, Fishponds Road, Hitchin
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Hoddesdon Owls Ladies »
Hertingfordbury Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Adult Female
Hogshead (Hsl) »
Gaunts Way, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Holy Trinity »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Horns Mill Old Boys »
Welwyn Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Horse & Jockey »
Amersham Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe
Adult Male
Inter (Osfl) »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Inter Hemel Sunday (Bksl) »
Adult Male
Interwood »
Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Jolly Bargeman Fc »
Hoe Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Karadeniz Genclik »
Adult Male
Kcinsatop »
Adult Male
Keltic Colts »
Aylesbury, Bucks
Adult Male
Kings Church (High Wycombe) »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Kings Langley »
Woodside, Kings Langley
Adult Male
Kings Langley (Youth) Eja »
Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Male, U16
Kings Langley Youth »
Male, Female, U16, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Knebworth Youth »
Off Watton Road, Knebworth, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Landrovers »
Adult Male
Leavesden Green »
Clarke Way, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Letchworth Garden City Eagles (Hscl) »
Baldock Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Leverstock Green »
Adult Male
Loop Construction »
Shaftesbury Road, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Luton Town Ladies »
Carlsberg Stadium, Langford Road, Biggleswade
Male, Female, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10
Mallard Old Boys »
Adult Male
Mangrove »
2 Hartham Court, Hartham, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Meadowcroft United »
Adult Male
Miami Penguins F.C. »
Aldenham Road, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Mokoko »
Adult Male
New Carpathians »
Hervines Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
New Life Assembly (R.C.C.G) »
Adult Male
Oak (Oakridge & Kastlefield) »
Adult Male
Oakview »
Green Lane, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Old Challoners »
Hervines Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Old Kolsassians »
Adult Male
Old Town Wetherspoons »
Stevenage, , Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Oxfordshire County Ladies Rep Team »
Adult Female
Oxhey »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Oxhey Wanderers »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Pavillion Rangers »
Green Lane, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Pheasant (High Wycombe) »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Pin Green Juniors »
Male, Female, U17, U14, U12, U11, U10, U8, U7
Pioneer »
Adult Male
Potton Colts »
Mill Lane, Potton, Bedfordshire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Prebendal Boyz »
Meadowcroft Road, Aylesbury, Aylesbury
Adult Male
Probuild (Saturday) »
High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Psv Shades (Ehcl) »
Church Lane, Wormley, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Radlett Road Fc »
Park Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Raf Police »
Raf Henlow, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Adult Male
Raiders »
Adult Male
Railway Arms F.C. »
Adult Male
Red Hart (Hsl) »
Woodgrove Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Redwood Rangers »
Redwood Drive, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Rifle Volunteer (Wsl) »
Aldenham Road, Bushey, Watford
Adult Male
Risborough Colts J »
Merton Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Male, U12, U11
Risborough Rangers Juniors »
Aylesbury Road, Monks Risborough, Bucks
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Riverside Athletic F.C »
Adult Male
Riverside Royals »
Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Royal Standard H.G.S.A »
The Pavillion, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green
Adult Male
Royston Town Ladies »
Adult Female
S.C.S. Fc »
Adult Male
S.M.U. »
Gaunts Way, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Samba »
Secondary Mixed School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury
Male, Female, U13, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Scouting For Goals »
Adult Male
Seer Green United »
Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Male, Female, U14, U13, U9, U8, U7
Sele Farm »
Hertford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Shephall Centre »
Adult Male
Slough Ladies »
Holloways Park, Slough Rd, Beaconsfield
Adult Female
South Manx »
Thirsk Road, Woolmer Road, Borehamwood
Adult Male
Sportspace »
Adult Male
Square »
Adult Male
St Andrews Church (Hw) »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
St Georges (Hsl) »
Baldock Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
St Josephs (South Oxhey) »
Belmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
St Margaretsbury »
Station Road, St Margarets, Stanstead Abbotts
Adult Male
St Margaretsbury »
Adult Male
Stevenage »
Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Stevenage Borough Youth (Eja) »
Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14
Stevenage Fencing »
Stevenage, , Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Stevenage Old Town F.C. »
Adult Male
Stonham Superstars »
Adult Male
Sun Postal Sports »
Belmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Sun Postal Sports »
Belmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
T&F Motors »
Adult Male
The Artichoke (Croxley) »
Adult Male
The Bridge House F.C »
Hoe Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
The Bull Athletic »
Adult Male
The Fox »
Wolmer Green, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
The Good Guys »
Adult Male
The Herald »
Adult Male
The Leyden All Stars »
Adult Male
The Midland »
St Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
The Pavillion »
Oxhey, Watford
Adult Male
The Three Blackbirds »
Adult Male
Three Churches F.C. »
Park Road, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Times Club »
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Torpedo Galaxy »
Adult Male
Totteridge »
Amersham Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe
Male, U18, U16, U13, U12
Tring Athletic »
Male, U18
Tring Corinthians A.F.C. »
Icknield Way, Tring, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Tring Tornadoes »
Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Tring Tornadoes - Hawks U12 »
Tring, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Union Baptist Colts »
Walton Drive, Totteridge, High Wycombe
Male, U16
United »
Shepherds Lane, Rickmansworth, Watford
Adult Male
Vale Park »
Meadowcroft Road, Aylesbury, Aylesbury
Adult Male
Vic »
Adult Male
Walton Court Wanderers »
Adult Male
Wanderers (Hsl) »
Adult Male
Ware Lions Re - Utd (Hdl) »
Park Road, Ware, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Ware Spartans »
Adult Male
Warners End (Bksl) »
Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Watford Labour Club »
Tolpits Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Watford Ladies (Youth) »
Belmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U15, U14, U12, U10, U9
Watton Youth »
Hartham Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U17, U15, U12, U10, U8
West Herts »
Park Avenue, Watford, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
West Herts College »
Gadebridge Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Adult Male, Adult Female
West Herts Social »
Adult Male
West Watford Conservative Club (Osfl) »
Park Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Westwell »
Adult Male
White Eagle »
Adult Male
White Hart (North Herts) »
High Street, Old Town, Stevenage
Adult Male
White Hart Hemel (Bskl) »
Longlands, Hemel Hempstead, Hemel Hempstead
Adult Male
White Horse (Thundridge) »
Adult Male
White Lion (Ehcl) »
Adult Male
White Swan A.F.C. »
Maltby, , South Yorkshire
Adult Male
Wilbury Wanderers Vets »
Adult Male
Winchmore Hill »
Winchmore Hill, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Woodside Athletic »
Adult Male
Wycombe Athletic »
Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Wycombe Judo »
Barry Close, Booker, High Wycombe
Adult Male
Wye Rangers »
Shelley Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Adult Male
Wymondley Old Boys »
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Adult Male
Zimstars »
Adult Male

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» Tottenham Hotspur confirm death of Serge Aurier's brother in Toulouse
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  • ‘Nothing can stop’ return to top if progress maintained

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United are now a “proper team”, the midfielder pointing to a newly achieved balance between attack and defence.

United host Southampton on Monday night, having won their past four league games in an unbeaten run of 17 in all competitions. With Chelsea and Leicester City losing at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side can leapfrog both and take third position with three matches remaining if Saints are beaten.

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» Norwich find out slick technique can be fool's gold in Premier League | Paul MacInnes

From the heady heights of beating Manchester City it all went downhill for Daniel Farke’s side, with injuries, inexperience and a loss of confidence all significant factors in their demise

When Norwich beat Manchester City 3-2 last September, the Canaries released a piece of content that went viral. A video featuring clips of the team playing their way out from the back, under intense pressure, with sharp angled passes and dextrous movement was watched more than six million times. The caption read: “Beating the press by sticking to our philosophy.”

Since the restart Southampton and Arsenal have pressed Norwich’s backline into goal-conceding errors. Brighton have capitalised on misplaced passes to do the same. Simple goals from crosses, meanwhile – a weakness exploited by Sergio Agüero even on that summer’s evening in Carrow Road – have been plundered by Everton, Watford and, finally, West Ham.

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» Gareth Ainsworth makes Wycombe unlikely Wembley headliners

Wycombe’s manager has led the relegation candidates to the League One play-off final while fronting a rock band

When nine players pitched up for the first day of pre-season last summer, there was little expectation that Wycombe Wanderers would reach the League One play-off final. Then again, how many other managers have had to cancel band practice because they have a date at Wembley?

Gareth Ainsworth, the country’s longest-serving manager and part-time frontman, is the inspirational leader who has taken a team tipped for relegation to the verge of an extraordinary promotion. “When your gaffer drives into training in a Mustang, wearing a leather jacket, and plays rock‘n’roll while working out in the gym, how can that not be contagious?” says the defender Darius Charles.

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» Bournemouth grab lifeline at expense of 10-man Leicester with Solanke double

There simply was no better time for Dominic Solanke to score his first Premier League goals in a Bournemouth shirt. The striker’s double ensured Eddie Howe’s side rallied from behind to dent Leicester’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with an improbable victory that relights their fight for survival.

Solanke scored in the league for the first time in 788 days before wrapping up a priceless victory with his second goal but it was a sore evening for Leicester, who imploded after being reduced to 10 men when Caglar Soyuncu’s minute of madness handed Bournemouth a lifeline.

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» Playing for Jack Charlton was a joy. He gave us moments we will never forget | Kevin Sheedy

The Ireland camp under Charlton was a place where fools were not suffered, Guinness flowed – and team spirit bloomed

Watching and reading the tributes to Jack Charlton has been very moving. It was sad knowing a great man had passed away. But generally, when I think of Jack it just brings a smile to my face, partly because he gave me some of the best football moments of my life with the Republic of Ireland but also because just being in his company was great.

Related: Jack Charlton obituary

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» Tottenham win but derby leaves fog of confusion over north London | Jonathan Wilson

Key questions about both sides’ forwards went unanswered in a game where Spurs and Arsenal showed their flaws

After all the optimistic talk, the north-London derby was a sobering reminder for Arsenal of just how much still needs to be done, just how pervasive are the problems Mikel Arteta inherited. And while the victory lifted Tottenham above Arsenal, and for all this in some respects resembled a classic José Mourinho mugging, it was a result that did little to clear the doubts about the manager and his approach.

Spurs won because their defence were less chaotic than Arsenal’s but the picture, really, was of two attacks seeking an identity. At least it was possible to discern a Tottenham attack, which wasn’t the case against Everton or Bournemouth.

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» Sophie Bradley-Auckland suspends Liverpool return to manage care home
  • Captain’s family owns Covid-19-threatened home in Nottingham
  • ‘I can’t return until a risk isn’t posed on the care home’

The Liverpool Women captain, Sophie Bradley-Auckland, will not be returning to the squad for the time being as she helps her family run their care home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the club said on Sunday.

The defender, named the club’s player of the year last year, is also the manager of Edenhurst care home in Nottingham, a business run by her family for generations.

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» Pablo Hernández sinks Swansea to put Leeds on verge of Premier League

Marcelo Bielsa felt Leeds had taken a “step forward” to winning promotion after Pablo Hernández’s late winner secured a 1-0 victory at Swansea.

On a day when Leeds paid tribute to club great Jack Charlton, who died at the age of 85 on Friday, Bielsa’s side moved to within four points of ending their 16-year wait to play in the top flight of English football.

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» Police arrest 12-year-old boy after racist messages are sent to Wilfried Zaha
  • Crystal Palace forward received threats before Villa match
  • Zaha offered support on Twitter by Ian Wright

West Midlands police have confirmed they have arrested a 12-year-old boy after Wilfried Zaha was subjected to racist abuse on social media before Crystal Palace’s match against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Zaha shared screenshots of messages sent to his Instagram account in the early hours of Sunday, including one of members of the white supremacist organisation the Ku Klux Klan. “Woke up to this today,” Zaha wrote.

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» Raúl Jiménez boosts Wolves' European hopes and sinks sorry Everton

It is correct to begin by hailing the victors, particularly when they are as good as this. For anyone seeking a snapshot of Wolves’ identity under Nuno Espírito Santo, this match would be a fair case study. They had not been at their best in the previous week, looking sluggish enough to suggest their top-six credentials were at severe risk, but after a slow start they pulled clear and should have won by more.

Solid, methodical, supremely drilled and allowed to spark into life around the final third: the now-familiar notes were all hit and there remains, for now at least, the hope that next season’s Champions League will dance to their tune.

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» Toby Alderweireld punishes Arsenal errors to give Spurs derby glory

José Mourinho had said he could not wait for the season to finish and, given the gloomy mood that shadowed Tottenham into this derby and the state of the Premier League table, it was easy to see why. Yet there was a dose of unexpected cheer at the expense of their nearest and dearest rivals when Spurs found a way to turn the tide of a second half that was slipping away from them.

The decisive blow was struck late on by Toby Alderweireld, who rose to flick Son Heung-min’s corner into the roof of the net. Defensively, Arsenal broke down – why was Kieran Tierney marking Alderweireld? – and it meant Spurs had done enough. It was not a vintage performance from them and there remain doubts over the cohesion of their attacking football. But this was a day when Mourinho needed a result and he got one.

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» David de Gea could have another decade at the top, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær
  • Keeper set for 400th Manchester United appearance
  • Manager says he has never considered dropping De Gea

David de Gea is set to make his 400th Manchester United appearance on Monday against Southampton, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær believing the 29-year-old could play at least another decade for the club.

The goalkeeper was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2011 and has since won every domestic trophy and the Europa League, and been voted as the fans’ player of the year four times. Yet Solskjær believes the Spaniard remains hungry.

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» José Mourinho targets Europa League after Tottenham edge past Arsenal
  • Spurs on course to finish above rivals for fourth year in row
  • Manager says ‘it would not be bad’ to win third Europa League

José Mourinho said he wants to secure Europa League qualification for Tottenham from the remaining games of the season after watching his team edge to a derby win over Arsenal.

The manager knows Spurs are set fair to finish above their rivals for a fourth season in a row after a 2-1 home victory on Sunday thanks to Toby Alderweireld’s late winner.

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» Jack Charlton: a footballing giant who was forever a man of the people | Kevin Mitchell

The World Cup winner went down the pit at 15 and was loved unconditionally for his impish wit and unbounded generosity

He was Ireland’s favourite Englishman. He was Leeds’s favourite Geordie. And, with due respect to his illustrious brother, Jack was nearly everyone’s favourite Charlton. On Friday night at home in Northumberland, Jack Charlton died in his sleep at 85 in the embrace of his family after suffering for more than a year with lymphoma and dementia. The outpouring of affection for him in the hours since has been as rich with anecdotes of laughter and mischief as for his deeds in football.

Charlton is remembered largely for his part in England’s World Cup victory in 1966, 23 years at Leeds and taking Ireland to two World Cup finals. There were successful spells of management, too, at Middlesbrough (where he was manager of the year in 1974), and Sheffield Wednesday, whom he rescued from ignominy, and Newcastle, where he and a young Paul Gascoigne worked together for a short time.

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» Transfers provide a silver lining for WSL and may soon have a Bronze hue

Top clubs have been the most active in the market and Manchester City could land two England full-backs

In what will be a seven-month stretch without domestic women’s football, interest in the comings and goings at clubs is reaching a new peak. The unpredictability of the effects of Covid-19 has added spice to the current transfer window.

The window opened on 19 June but until the past week the announcements had come in no more than a steady trickle as the pandemic curtailed the ability of clubs to do business. Medicals, photographs and even the signing of a contract have had to be done remotely, externally or delayed.

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» Jack Charlton: an exceptional leader who had Ireland dancing in the streets | Paul Doyle

The celebrations were more memorable than the matches but Jack Charlton leaves an indelible mark on Irish football

Jack Charlton was to the Republic of Ireland what Pelé was to Brazil. He defined the national team to the world, establishing a style against which all of the country’s sides since have been measured, for better or worse. Charlton, Ireland’s first foreign manager, even helped to alter society.

The beauty of a game depends on the beholder. For nearly 10 years Charlton’s Ireland were hard to watch and harrowing to play against, yet they gave unprecedented joy to millions. He was fortunate that during his reign Ireland had some of the greatest players in their history but it took an exceptional leader to rally them. The manager, a surprising appointment, brought a charisma and a clarity of vision that had been missing.

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» Roberto Martínez: 'I did not expect to be in the international game this long'

Belgium’s manager on feeling ready to go all the way at Euro 2020, moving on from the golden generation and why he loves English football

Until he took the Belgium job, Roberto Martínez felt much the same as any club manager: that there was rarely a timely international break. “But then, when you experience that side of football, you realise it takes the game into a different level,” he says. “Having a whole nation kicking a ball and celebrating a goal or going through the misery of not being able to win a major tournament. Nothing unifies, or takes celebration to a global scale, like international football.”

Put like that, perhaps Euro 2020 will provide a salve for troubled times when it belatedly begins next June. Had Covid-19 not intervened, it is conceivable Martínez would have been leading Belgium out at Wembley in the final on Sundayand their golden generation, a decade in the making, would have achieved its crowning moment.

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» Jack Charlton obituary

Leeds United footballer and member of the victorious 1966 World Cup England squad, he went on to manage the Republic of Ireland

Jack Charlton, who has died aged 85 after suffering from lymphoma and dementia, spent a large part of his life in the shadow of his younger brother, Bobby, whom he always referred to as “our kid”. But he had a stellar footballing career in his own right, winning a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and multiple honours with the formidable Leeds United side of the late 1960s and early 70s.

Unlike his brother he also became a successful big-club manager after retiring as a player, peaking with a remarkable and colourful 10-year stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland, taking them twice to the World Cup finals, including, in 1990, to a quarter-final.

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» Jack Charlton: England World Cup winner dies aged 85 – video obituary

Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England and a former Republic of Ireland manager, has died aged 85.

Charlton, the elder brother of Bobby, played 35 times for England as a central defender, including all six matches at the 1966 World Cup. He spent his whole playing career at Leeds United and after retiring as a player became a successful manager. 

He started with Middlesbrough, but is arguably best remembered as a manager for his work with the Republic of Ireland

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» Daniel Farke reflects on Norwich's Premier League relegation – video

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke said 'it was not unexpected' that Norwich City would be relegated from the Premier League  after their 4-0 home defeat to West Ham United confirmed they would be returning to the Championship after just one season.

An emotional Farke spoke following the loss and said he felt especially sorry for the Norwich supporters

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» José Mourinho 'very happy' with clash between Son and Lloris – video

José Mourinho has said he was 'very happy' after the half-time confrontation between the Tottenhgam captain, Hugo Lloris, and Son-Heung min during the 1-0 win over Everton. The pair were seen pushing one another as they left the field. The Spurs manager added that he does not want to manage a team capable of winning nothing more than the Fair Play Cup

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» Jürgen Klopp says Manchester City loss nothing to do with sealing title – video

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, says being crowned Premier League champions last week had no impact on his team's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. Klopp said the defeat hurt, and that says City had a point to prove while Liverpool failed to capitalise on their chances. The result is the Reds' second league loss of the season, but still leaves them 20 points clear of Pep Guardiola's side

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» Saudi takeover of Newcastle would be 'humiliating', says MP – video

The Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, has hinted that the Newcastle takeover saga could be concluded shortly, but he was warned by MPs that it would be 'humiliating' to allow a Saudi Arabian consortium to take over a club given the country’s record on piracy and human rights. The SNP’s John Nicolson also pointed out that the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test would be considered bizarre if it gave approval to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, given that it failed to allow One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson to take over Doncaster Rovers

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» Disorder in Liverpool as fan celebrations continue in the city – video

Liverpool Football Club has condemned the behaviour of crowds of fans who gathered in the city to celebrate the club winning their first ever Premier League title. On Saturday the club, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police issued a joint statement saying: 'Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.' Footage published on social media showed fireworks aimed at the Liver Building and thousands of people packing the streets.

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» Espanyol slip away to Barcelona's tune but the silence will sting too | Sid Lowe

Barcelona’s other team were relegated at an empty Camp Nou, a cold and cruel final blow to a season that crumbled painfully

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol left the first division to the opening bars of “Cant del Barça”, the anthem of the club that has cast a shadow over them for so long. It was, their director general said, “a dark night”, although it could have been even darker. Relegated after 26 years and at the Camp Nou of all places, symbolism in them taking their first steps into segunda at their rivals’ home, this hurt. But at least there was virtually no one there to see it, no salt for their wounds, players slipping off silently when the end came.

As the final minutes ticked away, Ví­ctor Sánchez sank his head into the seat, wanting it to be over. Sitting nearby, Raúl Tamudo swore into his mask. Below them, self-appointed emergency coach Francisco Rufete stood powerless, cap pulled down tight. Twelve years ago, Rufete’s pass released Tamudo to score a late equaliser here, denying Barcelona a title that turned on 18 ludicrous seconds. “The shag of the century,” AS called it. Some Espanyol fans consider that to be their best moment, certainly the most ecstatic. This was perhaps the most empty.

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» Milan's thrilling win over Juve shows Pioli will be a hard act to follow | Nicky Bandini

Ralf Rangnick will replace him next season but Stefano Pioli has been so effective fans feel he is deserving of a longer run

Stefano Pioli woke up on Tuesday morning to another round of headlines about the man who is being hired to replace him. After months of courtship, Ralf Rangnick is understood to have agreed a deal to become Milan’s manager next season. The story was front-page news for Italy’s best-read newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, with a picture of the German underneath the words “It’s Done”.

There remains some ambiguity about what that means for Pioli. Gazzetta speculated he could be given a temporary role alongside Rangnick, who has worked more as a director than a manager over the past eight years – first at RB Leipzig and, more recently, in an overarching role across Red Bull’s football empire. Yet while Rangnick is expected to shape Milan’s transfer policy, all indications are he intends to coach the first team too.

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» MLS is back ... in a Covid-19 hotspot with terrible food

The league resumes with a month-long tournament but there is disquiet about playing in a state where coronavirus is surging. And then there are the sandwiches ...

Omar Gonzalez probably expected a little more from a summer trip to Walt Disney World than a soggy-looking sandwich and a banana in a box. No Dole Whips or Mickey Mouse lollipops in sight, and there was certainly no evidence of the “house roasted prime New York strip loin” the Toronto FC defender’s $65 lunch had been billed as on the menu.

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» European roundup: Barcelona find top gear against Villarreal to stay in title race
  • Barcelona win 4-1 at El Madrigal to keep Real Madrid in sight
  • Inter beaten by Bologna, Napoli strike late to defeat Roma

Barcelona put their recent struggles aside in an impressive display at Villarreal, winning 4-1 to move back to within four points of the La Liga leaders, Real Madrid, with four games apiece remaining.

Recent draws with Atlético and at Celta Vigo, coupled with Madrid’s earlier 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao, meant the defending champions kicked off at El Madrigal seven points behind their arch-rivals, but there was no sign of the pressure telling in a breathtaking first-half display.

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» Zidane demands 'respect' after VAR helps Real Madrid edge closer to title

Sergio Ramos was the hero from the penalty spot again as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, a seventh consecutive victory that tightened their grip on the La Liga title.

Zinedine Zidane’s side temporarily moved seven points clear of second-placed Barcelona, who cut the gap back to four by winning 4-1 at Villarreal later on Sunday. After the game, Zidane hit back at suggestions his team have benefited from refereeing decision in recent games, saying his team “deserve more respect”.

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» The 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is a rare chance for sport to shape a better world | Craig Foster

The tournament in 2023 presents a unique opportunity to address equality, racism and Indigenous culture, and climate change

The announcement of hosting rights for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is serendipitous not just for Australian football or the country, but perhaps sport itself.

July 2023 could create a new paradigm in global sport following the social awakening of Covid-19, a more meaningful role for sport in society by following the lead of athletes worldwide and making public, advocatory contributions to important issues.

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» Bayern Munich win German Cup as Buffon sets Serie A appearance record
  • Robert Lewandowski reaches 50 goals for the season
  • Buffon passes Paolo Maldini’s record with 648 appearances

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich kept their hopes of a treble alive after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday to win the German Cup for the 20th time.

David Alaba gave Bayern the lead with a free-kick in the 16th minute after Robert Lewandowski was fouled at the edge of the box.

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» Atalanta's fairytale overwritten by tragedy but momentum continues | Nicky Bandini

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side continue to win relentlessly amid the shared trauma of a city that was hit hardest by Covid-19

Not even Gian Piero Gasperini knew if Bergamo was ready to start watching football again this June. Before the coronavirus outbreak, his Atalanta team had been enjoying the finest season in their 113-year history. A club representing a city of 120,000 people sat fourth in Serie A, outscoring the giants from Milan, Rome and Turin. Competing in the Champions League for the first time ever, Atalanta reached the quarter-finals by smashing Valencia 8-4 over two legs.

Theirs was the latest great footballing fairytale. And then it was overwritten by tragedy. Bergamo became the one of the cities worst hit by the pandemic, with an estimated 6,000 deaths across the wider province. It is feared that their first leg against Valencia – played in neighbouring Milan, as all of Atalanta’s European home games have been this season, to allow for bigger crowds – contributed to the virus’s rapid spread.

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» European roundup: Eriksen, Sánchez and Young score as Inter win 6-0
  • Victory over Brescia moves Inter closer to Champions League
  • Valencia beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao in La Liga

Alexis Sánchez produced an imposing performance to inspire Internazionale to a 6-0 win over Serie A strugglers Brescia at San Siro. Sánchez scored for Inter for only the second time but helped set up other goals as they consolidated third place and moved closer to a berth in next season’s Champions League.

“Sánchez is starting to do well,” said Inter manager Antonio Conte. “He’s still not the Sánchez I liked in England, but he’s on the right track. He did well against Parma, coming in with the right attitude. Today there was great commitment on his part, he played an excellent game.”

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» David James: 'I struggle to find a scenario where my ethnicity hampered my career'

The former England goalkeeper on the lack of BAME coaches, his desire to manage again and dropping Dimitar Berbatov in India

David James describes the situation as complicated. He had not signed Dimitar Berbatov, rather he inherited him midway through the 2017-18 Indian Super League season after he took charge of Kerala Blasters for his first job in full-time management.

The former England goalkeeper chooses his words carefully but it does not take a detective to decipher the subtext, which talks to the perception of Berbatov as a high‑maintenance stroller, for whom the finer things are the only things that matter.

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» Word is spreading about Aston Villa Women and what we are trying to achieve | Eni Aluko

Pre-season training starts next week, the WSL season in early September, and our promoted side are focusing on becoming the top team in the Midlands

As the Premier League season draws to a close, a new Women’s Super League campaign is rapidly approaching, and Aston Villa Women start pre-season training next week for our first year in the top flight. We have announced two signings with more to come, and the first games are scheduled for the first weekend of September, which will be our chance to establish ourselves at a higher level and set new benchmarks and targets.

It was really important that we kept the core group that got us promoted and before we brought anyone in we made sure that 13 of those players were retained. A number of them are from Birmingham and I think it was really important to maintain that DNA within the team, to have a squad that shows young girls that it is possible to reach the first team one day.

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» Well Offside: buy a classic European football photo from yesteryear

On the eve of what should have been the Euro 2020 final, here’s your chance to own a print featuring tournament legends such as Paul Gascoigne, Ruud Gullit and Peter Schmeichel

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» David Squires on … Wigan Athletic going into administration

This week’s cartoon looks at the sad story of the famous club, featuring Dave Whelan, the new owners and Rick Parry’s feet

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» Eddie Nketiah, Eric Dier and disciplinary debates – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Jonathan Fadugba to discuss Eddie Nketiah’s red card for Arsenal, Eric Dier’s four-game ban for Tottenham, and Scottish farming communities of the 19th century

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Jonathan Fadugba to discuss Eddie Nkeitiah’s red card, Eric Dier’s ban, and Scottish farming communities of the 19th century.

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» The Fiver | New normals featuring ruffled former Football Weekly panellists

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In the depths of lockdown, The Fiver attempted to better itself. There was a three-month self-imposed Tin ban, now long forgotten amid a blizzard of park-bench swilling not seen since the days The Fiver was a fan of The Levellers. The front garden at Fiver Towers was set for the Capability Brown treatment and yet long weeds grow among cigarette dimps and discarded Frazzles packets. Inside, box-fresh copies of Philip Roth and Dostoevsky lie unthumbed on the shelf, as the complete works of Jeffrey Archer have been devoured as comfort reading.

And an attempt to become better versed in statistics amid the barrage of log files and seven-day averages of Covid-19 has also failed. Standard deviation is still what Weird Uncle Fiver gets up to of an evening. The grey matter is not what it was way back in those happy, carefree days of February when the world’s biggest worry was how Nigel Pearson might get on at Watford. It may not just be The Fiver whose senses are dulled. The Big Cup and Big Vase tombola on Friday was a shambolic affair to suggest that any new normals are going to feature panicked, disorganised chaos. Even smooth-talking erstwhile Football Weekly panellist Pedro Pinto looked ruffled as a series of video links crashed, and various Euro football club bigwigs defied social distancing guidelines in those brief moments when Zoom was actually working properly.

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» Morricone's music, Ivanisevic's Wimbledon win and dancing robots | Classic YouTube

Also featuring Gazza being great at Lazio, Nicklaus v Watson at Turnberry and football’s Saturday Fever from 1961

1) The legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone died this week. His towering influence on popular culture extended to writing the official theme tune for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. The hosts’ 3-1 victory against The Netherlands in the final is well worth your time. Just for good measure, here’s a written interview with the late Morricone celebrating his country’s semi-final win against Germany in 2006. “They fought like lions!”

Related: Sir Everton Weekes, spectacular Steffi Graf and Lothar Matthäus loses it

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» Luton Town's Manager Idol – podcast

The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet.

In this episode: Primetime TV would prove the inspiration for one of the most shambolic managerial appointments in football history.

Read the text version here

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» What are the best poems about football? | The Knowledge

Plus: Zinedine Zidane and Cameroon feature in another slew of songs about specific games

“Are there many good poems about football?” wrote M Stapleton last week. “I’ve read a few anthologies and collections but very few stand out, aside from Paul Durcan’s World Cup ‘82.”

Related: Have any songs been written about specific football matches? | The Knowledge

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» Golden Goal: Dietmar Hamann for Germany v England (2000) | Alex Hess

The final goal at the old Wembley marked the end of an era – and the start of the golden generation’s big-stage letdowns

The final goal at the old Wembley had all the hallmarks of a footballing fairytale: it was a long-range thunderbolt that snatched an unlikely win and gave the complacent favourites their comeuppance. Only problem was, those favourites were the hosts of the party. In the final match at the old national stadium on 7 October 2000, England were beaten by the Germans. Again.

There’s an irony that the party pooper in question would go on to become one of his country’s most popular players on these shores: a German whose long career in England left him with a cricket obsession and an enduring scouse-Bavarian twang.

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» The Joy of Six: football's wing wizards | Gregg Bakowski

From the ‘Wizard of Dribble’ to Ryan Giggs, via Garrincha and Jimmy Johnstone, we celebrate touchline-hugging wonders

Formations in modern-day football, improved playing surfaces and the evolution of tactics have completely changed the role of the winger. Now it is more accurate to describe an attacking player who plays on one of the wings as a forward, because the modern-day “winger” rarely hogs the touchline and often plays inside-out. Players such as Johan Cruyff, Luis Figo, George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo all excelled as wingers but their talent was such that their positions evolved to the extent that they are rightly remembered as supreme all-round footballers, not just gifted wide men. Those celebrated in this list get to the essence of what a winger used to be, delighting in trickery, seeing their job as that of an entertainer/provider and never more at home than when within a few feet of a white touchline.

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» Musa Juwara: from a refugees' dinghy to San Siro supersub with Bologna

The Gambian, who arrived in Italy as an unaccompanied young teenager, underlined his talent with a ‘dream’ goal at Internazionale

Sinisa Mihajlovic says it was destiny. With his Bologna side a man down after Roberto Soriano’s red card and trailing 1-0 at Internazionale on Sunday, the coach surveyed his bench and weighed up his options.

“The first idea was to put [Mattias] Svanberg on the right, then watching the game I said to myself: ‘Let’s put Musa on. He always causes a mess when he plays and they won’t understand anything,’” Mihajlovic recalled.

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» Jordan Henderson: 'As you get older, your dreams get bigger' | Jonathan Liew

Liverpool’s captain talks pressing, politics, what makes Jürgen Klopp angry and the mentality that breeds success

“Through tough times, you can forget how much you love the game,” Jordan Henderson says. “You can take it for granted a little bit. When you’re a small kid, you don’t really think about trophies and winning things. You’re just thinking about playing football. But as you get older, your dreams get bigger. When you get to 16, 17, 18, it comes down to winning at all costs. Doing anything you can.”

We’re talking about trophies, and fulfilment, and happiness. When does pure enjoyment, the thrill of the game, give way to something larger? Why do footballers fixate so much on silverware, measure their lives in medals? At what point does it stop being about the taking part, and become about the winning?

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» Brutal and bizarre: the story of how Wigan collapsed into administration | David Conn

On the day Au Yeung took ownership after a £41m purchase he decided not to fund the club, and an investigation is now due

The brutal, bizarre collapse of Wigan Athletic has raised many glaring and alarming questions, but one central contradiction lies in the ruins. The Championship club have become the first to fall into administration during the Covid-19 crisis which could claim many more, but Wigan’s own insolvency has little to do with the coronavirus shutdown.

It is one of the most unlikely and baffling scenarios ever thrown up even among the frequently outlandish sagas of football’s relationship with money.

Related: Wigan go into administration four weeks after Hong Kong takeover

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» Life in the Premier League's Amber Zone – a view of Project Restart

Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins has documented the Premier League since its restart in June. Here, he looks back on the experience of shooting matches in empty grounds amid strict Covid-19 precautions

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That bloody bird has been putting me off all game. High up in the stand above me at Carrow Road, a seagull is roosting and making a right old racket. It seems to be distracting the Norwich defence too, as Nathan Redmond strolls through and scores to put Southampton 3-0 up. There’s a brief cheer and a polite round of applause from a couple of Saints staff members in the stand before Redmond performs a Black Power salute. It’s all very surreal. Black Lives Matter meets Behind Closed Doors football. Welcome to the world of Project Restart, the Covid-19 version of the Premier League.

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» Next Generation 2019: 60 of the best young talents in world football

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s son, the new Paul Pogba and Barça’s Ansu Fati are among our 60 most talented players in the world born in 2002. Check the progress of our 2018 picks | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Photographs by DZfoot, BackpagePix, Club Atlético Belgrano, EFE, EPA, Getty Images, Uwe Gruen/Hoffenheim, AMA/Getty Images, Rex/Shutterstock, Zuma Press/PA, FIFA, Tigres, Damir Krajac/CROPIX, Alamy, Daniel Reyes/Ecuafutbol, Reuters, Atromitos, Imago/PA, fotoBERNAMA, New Straits Times, José Alonso Paredes Sánchez, Agencja Gazeta, David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty, AP, Asian Football Confederation, Danubio FC and Championat Asia

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» Next Generation 2019: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

The Guardian selects the best young players at each club born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Photographs by David Price/Arsenal/Getty Images, Neville Williams/Aston Villa/Getty Images, AFC Bournemouth, Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC, Paul Dennis/TGS/Shutterstock, Clive Howes/Chelsea/Getty Images, Danny Loo/PPAUK, Emma Simpson/Everton/Getty Images, Nick Taylor/Liverpool/Getty Images, Manchester City/Getty Images, Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images, Jason Dawson/Jasonpix, James Wilson/Sportimage, Simon Bellis/Sportimage, Robin Jones/Digital South/Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur/Getty Images, Alan Cozzi/Watford, Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United and Sam Bagnall/AMA

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» Next Generation: after five years, how has our first full class of picks fared?

From Rashford to Tielemans, we check in on how our initial Next Generation players have got on before the 2019 ones are announced this week

In 2014 we decided that it would be interesting to pick the best young players from each Premier League club – as well as 40 from around the world – and follow them for five years to see how they progressed.

The idea was to try to get a sense of how difficult it is to become a professional footballer despite being one of the best in that country at the age of 16 or 17.

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