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» Callum Wilson will not settle for England call-up, explains former coach
The Bournemouth striker is in line for a Three Lions debut after receiving his first call-up aged 26
» Premier League chiefs spark outrage with plan to give Scudamore £5m send-off
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck floated the idea of all 20 clubs contributing £250,000 as a golden handshake
» Paul Pogba will make Manchester United fans very happy with his latest declaration
The French ace's future has been in question - but it appears he is very much at Old Trafford to stay
» Real Madrid confirm Santiago Solari as new permanent manager until 2021
The Argentine has impressed in temporary charge and has now been handed a two-and-a-half year deal
» FA suspend referee after he forgets coin and gets captains to play rock, paper, scissors
David McNamara was officiating the Women's Super League clash between Manchester City and Reading on October 26, when he forgot his coin for the pre-game coin toss
» Danny Welbeck sends message to Arsenal fans as he shares picture on crutches
The England striker faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon
» Wayne Rooney praises "fearless" Gareth Southgate ahead of England finale
The 33-year-old will win his 120th and final England cap when they take on USA at Wembley on Thursday
» Arsenal starlet Ben Cottrell on Borussia Dortmund's radar as Germans search for 'next Jadon Sancho'
Marseille are also keen on the prospect after an impressive season with the Gunners' Under-18s
» Alan Sugar makes new Tottenham stadium toilet confession after tour
The former Tottenham owner was given a tour of the club's new 62,000-seater stadium
» Footballer Juan Sebastian Quintero survives assassination attempt from own fan
The Deportivo Cali star was driving home when a supporter reportedly shot at him, shouting: "I killed you, son of a b*tch
» Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County following 'stormy' 10-week reign
The Australian won just three of his 14 games and County have the second worst defensive record in the entire Football League
» Susanna Dinnage confirmed as new Premier League chief, replacing Richard Scudamore
Dinnage, a senior executive at media organisation Discovery, says she is "excited" to be taking on the role
» Alisson opens up on pressure created by £65m Liverpool fee
"Some people expect to me to be perfect" says Alisson of record Liverpool move that made him most expensive keeper ever
» Sky Sports' Premier League team of the season so far includes MAJOR surprise
Four Manchester City stars feature and one Liverpool ace makes the cut but there's no room for any of Manchester United's players
» Harry Redknapp breaks I’m a Celebrity 2018 silence - and asks one important question
Harry Redknapp has signed up for this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, which starts on Sunday night on ITV
» Paul Pogba injury update after Man Utd star pulls out of France squad
Pogba missed United's Manchester derby defeat with a thigh problem and won't play against Holland or Uruguay this week
» Liverpool legend suggests 2 players they should buy in the transfer window
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge would be open to the idea of the Reds signing two players from Premier League strugglers Fulham
» Steve Mounie delivers his response to failing to score for Huddersfield
The Benin striker has failed to score in his 11 appearances this season for David Wagner's strugglers
» Xherdan Shaqiri opens up about being left out of Liverpool's trip to Belgrade
Jurgen Klopp omitted Shaqiri because he did not want him to be a distraction
» Virgil van Dijk explains how Liverpool can catch Manchester City in Premier League title race
The Reds are two points behind Pep Guardiola's side and the Dutch defender is remaining focused
» Lille deliver their verdict on Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa's time in charge
Bielsa was in charge of the French club for seven turbulent months before his sacking
» Eden Hazard reveals the former team-mate who convinced him to join Chelsea
The Belgium forward has gone on to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Europa League trophy with the Blues
» Robert Rowan dead: Brentford technical director dies, aged 28
The Championship club announced the sad news on Tuesday afternoon
» Crystal Palace fans chant hilarious song to Jermaine Jenas at the urinal
Palace fans had some fun with BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas during half-time on Saturday

Other sport news:

» Dinnage will be one of most powerful women in sport as Premier League chief
• Susanna Dinnage to replace Richard Scudamore in January
• Head of Discovery’s Animal Planet will be new chief executive

The television executive Susanna Dinnage is to become one of the most powerful women in professional sport after being named Richard Scudamore’s successor at the Premier League.

Dinnage will take up her role as chief executive at the beginning of next year. She is currently the global president of Animal Planet, part of the Discovery group of TV channels. She replaces Scudamore, who will step down from his position as executive chairman after nearly 20 years in charge.

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» Robert Rowan, Brentford’s technical director, dies aged 28
• Club confirms sudden death of key staff member
• Rowan was appointed to new role in February

Brentford have announced the death of Robert Rowan, the club’s technical director, at the age of 28.

Rowan, who was born in Fife and started his career as a scout for Celtic, had been with Brentford since late 2014 and was appointed as the head of football operations in the summer of 2015. He oversaw the establishment of the club’s ‘B’ side following the decision to close their youth academy as a response to the restrictions imposed on them by the Premier League’s elite player performance plan. The Scot was appointed technical director in February.

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» From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players

Underrated they may be but from the Premier League’s unsung heroes are quietly going about their business

Nomination for the October player of the month award (well, one of them – he made the PFA’s shortlist, but not the official Premier League-endorsed version) showed that Duffy’s sterling performances are being noticed. Since being named man of the match in the 3-2 win over Manchester United in August, the 6ft 3in centre-back has been vital to Brighton’s good form, scoring vital goals against United and Southampton and being responsible for more clearances (96) and more clearances off the line (two) than any other top-flight player. The five-year contract he signed last month was reward for his efforts. “We’re conscious of how well he’s done for us,” said Chris Hughton, “and it’s a good opportunity for this club to protect an asset.”

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» David Squires on … Mourinho, Ederson and all the Manchester derby fallout

Our resident cartoonist picks over the bones of Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over their city rivals

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» The next goal for women’s football is to help clubs balance the books | Suzanne Wrack

A first professional league has changed the women’s game but how stable are the foundations of the pyramid?

The first fully professional women’s league in the world, with a semi-professional second tier, is a huge step forward. For the first time, girls playing in playgrounds and schools, no matter the obstacles they may face, can see a pathway to a career in the game. The quality of the product is getting better and better. With Women’s Super League players not needing a job to make ends meet, technical and fitness levels are only going to continue to improve.

But how stable are the foundations of this restructured pyramid which marks a new era for the domestic game? What are the commercial prospects? And what is needed to steady the ship?

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» Harry Kewell leaves Notts County amid flurry of Football League sackings

• Former Australia forward dismissed after 10 weeks at helm
• AFC Wimbledon, Swindon and Shrewsbury all sack managers

Harry Kewell has been sacked by Notts County after just over two months at the helm. The former Australia forward was appointed to replace Kevin Nolan at the end of August but saw his side win just three out of 14 matches under his stewardship.

With County 22nd in League Two after last week’s 2-2 draw with Oldham, a statement from chairman Alan Hardy on Tuesday confirmed that Kewell, assistant manager Warren Feeney and first-team analyst Paul Murphy have all left with immediate effect: “Harry’s passion and commitment as a coach is unquestionable. I enjoyed seeing first-hand his love for the job and it gives me absolutely no pleasure to take that away from him.

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» The Fiver | Bushcraft skills which extend no further than walking his dogs

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The worst kept secret in showbusiness has been confirmed – ‘Arry Redknapp will be participating in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! So rife had speculation been, due in no small part to the fact ‘Arry basically kept telling anyone who enquired that, yes, he’d signed up for the show, that jokes about him taking Niko Kranjcar, Milan Mandaric’s chequebook or the driver’s side door of a Range Rover with fully functioning electric window as his luxury item have been doing the rounds of assorted social media disgraces for weeks.

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» Uefa warns Manchester City it could reopen FFP investigation from 2014

• City were fined £49m for breaching rules
• Uefa says case could be reopened in light of recent allegations

Uefa has warned Manchester City it may reopen its 2014 Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigation into the club. Citing documents and emails provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, German magazine Der Spiegel has published a series of articles over the past 10 days accusing City’s Abu Dhabi owners of trying to circumvent European football’s FFP rules.

Related: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over alleged betting breaches

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» Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over alleged betting breaches

• Striker insists he has ‘never gambled on football’
• Charge believed to relate to loan move to West Brom

Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association betting rules in January, although the Liverpool striker insists that he has “never gambled on football”.

Even if this is found to be true a guilty verdict could still be returned due to the rules Sturridge is alleged to have contravened being wider than directly betting on the sport.

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» Nicky Butt: Manchester United have daunting task to overhaul City
• Old Trafford academy manager admits City ‘better than us’
• ‘We want to be biggest club in the country, but also the city’

Nicky Butt has admitted Manchester United face a daunting task to restore themselves as “the biggest club in the country but also in the city” after witnessing the staggering progress made by their rivals Manchester City over the past decade.

United’s academy manager, who won six Premier League titles and a Champions League there as a player, was speaking 24 hours after his club’s 3-1 defeat in the derby. That victory took City, the reigning champions, 12 points clear of United.

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» 'I'm not making any demands': Wayne Rooney on his England farewell – video

Wayne Rooney has said he hopes his England farewell could be repeated in the future for the likes of current captain Harry Kane as he shrugged off criticism about his last international appearance. 

Rooney will win his 120th and final cap on Thursday in a friendly against the United States at Wembley, a move that has sparked widespread debate since it was announced. 

England's record goalscorer said: 'I think as a country obviously we haven't done anything like this before. This is the first time and I hope that in 10 or 15 years time we're sat here for someone, say Harry Kane, who could possibly go on and get the goalscoring record and it'll be something which will happen again.'

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» Premier League’s new chief right at home doing multibillion TV deals | Mark Sweney
Fulham fan Susanna Dinnage is no stranger to high-powered negotiations and will know how to package the Premier League for the digital age

Susanna Dinnage is one of the most senior female executives in British television with more than two decades’ experience. For the last 10 years she has worked at the US pay-TV giant Discovery, which owns the Eurosport brand, where she has spent the last year in the role of global president of its Animal Planet brand.

Based in the UK, Dinnage, a Fulham fan, was responsible for running Discovery UK and Ireland’s operation. The 51-year-old will not be daunted by the triennial, £5bn auction for Premier League TV rights having had experience, albeit not directly, in negotiations for crown jewel sports assets.

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» ‘Footballers can feel lost in real life’: the network encouraging clubs to care

Premier Sports Network was founded to address off-field player welfare. Its latest conference drew a capacity audience

The lineup invited up on stage carried considerable clout. The Premier Sports Network offered a platform to figures as wide-ranging as the former England midfielder Ryan Mason, on coping with premature retirement, to Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. Jermaine Pennant and David Cotterill spoke eloquently about careers touched by controversy and depression, while Nicky Butt, Manchester United’s academy manager, talked of Sir Alex Ferguson “the forward thinker” and addressed the pressures placed on the next generation.

Yet it was arguably the make-up of the audience, crammed into the ballroom at the Corinthia hotel on London’s embankment, which demonstrated sport’s increasing commitment to off-field player welfare. There were representatives of 17 top-flight clubs and 25 from further down the pyramid, alongside administrative figures from the Football Association and Johan Cruyff Institute, Premier League and RFU, NFL and Premiership Rugby.

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» Caitlin Foord sparks goal rush as Matildas crush Chile
  • Australia win 5-0 in Newcastle
  • Foord hits hat-trick; Sam Kerr also on scoresheet

The Matildas are back. After falling to a shock defeat in Penrith on Saturday, a degree of order was restored on a wild night in Newcastle where four goals in 17 breathless minutes accounted for Chile at the second time of asking and ensured Alen Stajcic’s side will end the year on a winning note.

A goalless, if entertaining, first half at McDonald Jones Stadium gave way to a brief but game-defining period of carnage, sparked by Caitlin Foord in the 53rd minute, as the Matildas wreaked havoc in the Chilean defence to gain some revenge for the weekend’s 3-2 reverse in western Sydney.

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» Samir Nasri faces fitness battle to make West Ham move after doping ban

• Midfielder must satisfy concerns before signing short-term deal
• West Ham reinstate academy coach but give him final warning

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could be set for a return to the Premier League – if he can convince West Ham of his fitness following his doping ban.

Nasri, who played under the West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini at City, was pencilled in for a medical but would have to satisfy doubts over his fitness before signing the six-month deal on the table which also includes an option to extend his stay.

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» Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck undergoes two operations on broken ankle
• Club say both procedures ‘went well, without complications’
• Squad spoke to Welbeck on FaceTime before Wolves match

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has had two successful operations to repair his broken ankle, the Premier League club have announced.

The 27-year-old faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering what the club described as a “significant” injury in last week’s goalless Europa League draw against Sporting.

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» Kevin De Bruyne set to be back for Manchester City earlier than expected
• Midfielder on track to play against Watford on 4 December
• De Bruyne was initially thought to be out for six weeks

Kevin De Bruyne is on track to return from his knee injury for Manchester City’s trip to Watford on 4 December and should be fit to face Chelsea away four days later.

De Bruyne injured his left knee ligaments in the Carabao Cup win over Fulham on 1 November and initially expected to be out for up to six weeks. The expectation now is he will be back earlier, because his rehabilitation is progressing smoothly.

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» Guiseley draw Fleetwood in FA Cup second round – as it happened

Guiseley were rewarded for their 4-3 win over Cambridge with a home tie against Joey Barton’s League One side, while Wrexham will host Newport County in a Welsh derby

National League North side Guiseley, who knocked Cambridge United out in a first-round thriller, will host Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town in the second round after the draw was made on Monday.

Other standout ties will see National League leaders Wrexham face Newport County in an all-Welsh affair, Solihull Moors host 1953 Cup winners Blackpool and Woking travel to Swindon Town, who are managerless after the departure of Phil Brown.

Guiseley v Fleetwood Town
Bury v Luton Town
Wrexham v Newport County
Tranmere or Oxford City v Southport
Southend United or Crawley v Barnsley
Shrewsbury Town or Salford City v Scunthorpe
Solihull Moors v Blackpool
Chesterfield or Billericay Town v Grimsby
Peterborough United v Aldershot or Bradford City
Swindon Town v Woking
Maidstone United v Oldham Athletic
Lincoln City v Carlisle United
Morecambe or Halifax v Wimbledon
Plymouth v Oxford United or Forest Green
Barnet or Bristol Rovers v Stockport County
Rochdale v Portsmouth
Walsall v Sunderland
Accrington Stanley v Ebbsfleet or Cheltenham
Mansfield or Charlton v Chorley or Doncaster
Sutton United or Slough v Gillingham or Hartlepool

Guiseley v Fleetwood Town
Bury v Luton Town
Wrexham v Newport County
Tranmere or Oxford City v Southport
Southend United or Crawley v Barnsley
Shrewsbury Town or Salford City v Scunthorpe
Solihull Moors v Blackpool
Chesterfield or Billericay Town v Grimsby
Peterborough United v Aldershot or Bradford City
Swindon Town v Woking
Maidstone United v Hampton & Richmond or Oldham
Lincoln City v Carlisle United
Morecambe or Halifax v Wimbledon
Plymouth v Oxford United or Forest Green
Barnet or Bristol Rovers v Stockport County
Rochdale v Portsmouth
Walsall v Sunderland
Accrington Stanley v Ebbsfleet or Cheltenham
Mansfield or Charlton v Chorley or Doncaster
Sutton United or Slough v Gillingham or Hartlepool

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» Boca Juniors and River Plate draw 2-2 in Copa Libertadores final first leg
  • Carlos Izquierdoz own goal ensures River escape with draw
  • Ramón Ábila and Darío Benedetto on target for Boca

Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final that took place a day later than scheduled due to heavy rain in Argentina.

Ramon Abila put Boca ahead after 34 minutes before Lucas Pratto equalised for the visitors less than two minutes later. Dario Benedetto put Boca ahead again just seconds before halftime but Carlos Izquierdoz put through his own goal after 61 minutes to leave the tie all square.

Anyway ... thanks for joining me. It was a pretty exciting game with a stunning atmosphere and the results was the right one, in my opinion.

Until we meet again.

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» World Cup in Mexico offers sporting chance for homeless footballers

England’s 16-strong squad selected by Centrepoint have the chance to reconnect with life playing street football in a tournament comprising 500 players from 47 countries

As the clocks went back and another gloomy British winter beckoned, Craig McManus developed an enjoyable daily ritual. “I kept checking the weather forecast for Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been around 23C.”

McManus landed in the Mexican capital on Sunday but his trip is about much more than finding an antidote to vitamin D deprivation. The 43-year-old Glaswegian is a street football coach and senior development officer at Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity, and he will spend the next week on England’s coaching staff at the Homeless World Cup.

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» Rock-solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his best

John Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out in the post-match montage, didn’t come steaming across to launch a heroic goal-bound siege-tackle, or head the ball away with a conical white bandage twined around his bloodstained brow.

This is usually a good sign when it comes to Stones, a player who only ever seems to get picked out when he makes a mistake, and whose recent run of form in a reconfigured defence provides another convincing argument City may just be ready to reach down and hit a deeper gear this season.

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» Despite the superlatives, hype and awards, Lionel Messi is underrated | Sean Ingle

He may have won five Ballons d’Or since he made his debut 15 years ago this week but the Argentinian is underappreciated

In his new book, Nothing is Real, a collection of essays that stretch and soar across a career spanning five decades, the acclaimed music journalist David Hepworth starts with an essay that tickles and provokes. The Beatles, he suggests, were underrated. Yes, you read that right. Underrated.

You may have raised an eyebrow, given that barely a month goes by without the Fab Four topping some poll or other. But Hepworth maintains that “the richness of their golden period has never been equalled”, with “listeners ricocheting from one hook to another like a metal ball in one of Bally’s machines”. And he insists that for all the “garlands that posterity has placed upon their brow” their genius is underappreciated.

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» Real Betis's Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for him

In the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Quique Setién, approached Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets and asked him for his shirt. He wanted to frame it, he said. Busquets nodded and smiled, so Setién thanked him and headed out towards the bench at the Camp Nou. As he went, he also had a word with Lionel Messi, whose shirt already hangs on his wall, alongside that of Luka Modric. Messi was returning to action after three weeks out with a broken arm, today of all days, and Setién sidled up to him, greeting him fondly.

“I’d have waited a bit longer, not taken any risks,” he grinned. “I couldn’t,” Messi replied; sitting out was driving him up the wall and he was desperate to play.

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» What Manchester United must do to end stagnation under José Mourinho

The latest Manchester derby provided more evidence of a gulf in class but United can bridge the divide with a squad overhaul

Manchester United face a crisis: are they prepared to accept mediocrity or will Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, allow José Mourinho a serious squad overhaul? When wages are factored in the bill for this will run to close to half a billion – as much as United are in debt via their owners, the Glazers. Here is what is required to end United’s stagnation as the one-step forward, one-step back proposition they have become.

Related: José Mourinho’s midfield dogs of war yap harmlessly at City ankles | Jonathan Wilson

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» José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.

'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. 

But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'

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» Boca Juniors v River Plate: the fiercest rivalry in football – video

For the first time ever city rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's most prestigious club trophy. The derby, referred to as the Superclásico, is renowned for its drama, bitterness and the sheer hatred between the two Argentinian sides. The first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, the home of Boca. The second leg takes place at River's home stadium El Monumental on 24 November

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» Leicester City hold tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in first home match – video

Leicester City players and fans paid an emotional tribute to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, prior to their match against Burnley. Vichai''s sons Aiyawatt and Apichet were in attendance. It was Leicester's first home game since their owner's death in a helicopter crash at the stadium

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» Thousands of Leicester City fans march to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – video

Thousands of Leicester City fans marched on Saturday to honour former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, who were killed when their helicopter crashed following Leicester's previous home match against West Ham. 

Fans gathered in Jubilee Square and marched towards the team's King Power Stadium  ahead of their match with Burnley waving Leicester City and Thai flags, with others holding up banners.

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» 'Make Us Dream': Steven Gerrard's highs and lows at Liverpool and beyond – video trailer

Steven Gerrard, the only footballer ever to score in an FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup and Uefa Cup final, has been reflecting on his triumphs and struggles since joining Liverpool's academy at the age of eight.

In 'Make Us Dream', the Rangers manager said during his playing career he often questioned whether he was "worthy enough" and added that "football is not about turning up and playing, it's about dealing with everything that comes with it."

The documentary will be satellite broadcast to cinemas in the UK on 15 November and then streamed globally on Prime Video.

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» 'Pure lies': an exclusive look at Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football – video

For 26 years, Carlos Kaiser was one of the most famous footballers in Brazil – even though he had zero intention of ever kicking a ball.

The story of his stunning fraud has now been told in the film Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football. In this exclusive clip, the conman explains how he was able to fool his coaches, teammates and the media for more than two decades.

The film, which will be released in the UK and Ireland on DVD and video-on-demand this week, features interviews with legends of Brazilian football such as Carlos Alberto, Zico, Júnior, Bebeto and Renato Gaúcho. An accompanying book by Guardian writer Rob Smyth is also available to purchase here.

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» The 100 best footballers in the world 2017

Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10
Meet our panel of judges for 2017 | 2016 edition | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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» Mathew Leckie: 'Anything can happen at the Asian Cup' | Robert Kidd

The Socceroo talks football philosophy, returning from injury and Asian Cup hopes

Mathew Leckie’s eyebrows rise in surprise. “Am I?” he asks. The Socceroo had not realised his eight international goals make him the joint-highest scorer, along with Tomi Juric and Tom Rogic, in the Australian squad to face South Korea this weekend. But on a bright Autumn day in Berlin, the Hertha forward tells Guardian Australia he is ready to fire – however he fits into the new-look national team.

Related: Daniel Arzani loss opens door to A-League contenders for Asian Cup

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» Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him back

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Memphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consistent” but he is on a remarkable run. He scored two goals and set up two more as Lyon beat Guingamp 4-2 on Saturday, continuing his brilliant form this year. Depay has either scored or set up 29 of his club’s goals in 2018. That’s more than Kylian Mbappé and Neymar – and every other player in Ligue 1 for that matter. In fact, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have been more effective so far this calendar year. However, despite Depay’s newfound end product and a mooted return to Manchester United, his attitude continues to hold him back.

Depay was dropped for Lyon’s 2-1 win at Angers last month but, after coming off the bench to score the winning goal, he berated Lyon coach Bruno Génésio. “I do not always feel like I am a player who is respected,” said the Dutchman. “I do the job each time. I have to accept the decisions of the coach but I deserve more than this and I should be playing every match.”

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» USA call up Jürgen Klinsmann's son for squad to play England and Italy
  • Jonathan Klinsmann is a goalkeeper for Hertha Berlin
  • Twenty-one year-old was raised in California

Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of German World Cup winner Jürgen Klinsmann, has been added to the USA squad for their upcoming friendlies against England and Italy.

Klinsmann was born in Germany but moved with his parents to California while still an infant. His mother, Debbie, is American and his father coached the US national team between 2011 and 2016.

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» FFA chair election offers hope of imperfect compromise | Richard Parkin

AAFC’s forum laid bare an uncomfortable fact for all to see: there is no perfect candidate in this election

“This is not a game, it’s a mission.” Like a heat-seeking missile, Craig Foster’s entrance into Monday night’s community forum was as direct, as fervent and as unapologetic as the man himself. Cutting through the usual waffle of words about “consultative leadership” and the “headwinds” that were buffeting the game, the outspoken former Socceroo didn’t mince words – “it’s time to stop outsourcing our governance”, and it’s time to “build business around football, not the other way round”.

On a night in which seven of the 11 would-be directors of the first post-Lowy Football Federation Australia board outlined their credentials (with statements from a further two unable to attend in person) it’s hard not to conclude that Foster, a man who almost radiates with his fervour for football, was the headline success.

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» MLS playoffs: Atlanta United set up Conference final with New York Red Bulls
  • More than 70,000 fans see United beat New York City FC
  • Sporting KC will play Portland in Western Conference final

The fans showed their love for the coach before the game. Then Atlanta United’s players made sure Tata Martino has to stick around for at least a few more weeks.

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» Paco Alcácer the hero as red-hot Dortmund down Bayern in thriller

Marco Reus scored twice as the Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund, came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in a thrilling showdown at Signal Iduna Park. Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern ahead against his former club with a bullet header, but Reus equalised from the penalty spot early in the second half.

The Poland forward nodded in a second before Reus levelled again with a stunning finish and the substitute Paco Alcácer secured a memorable victory with a third on the break. Lewandowski was twice denied a hat-trick by an offside flag – the second coming deep into stoppage time – on a day when Dortmund opened up a seven-point lead over their rivals, who stay third.

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» Paris St-Germain face football inquiry and lawsuit over racial profiling

• French Football Federation look into club’s recruitment policy
• French league of human rights files discrimination lawsuit

The French Football Federation has said its ethical council will look into Paris Saint-Germain’s recruiting policy after club scouts illegally profiled the ethnic origins of potential young recruits.

The federation said the council would have the right to ask the French league disciplinary commission to step in when its investigation was over.

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» New generation of golden girls not dampened by Matildas' shock loss

Thousands flocked to Western Sydney to see superstar Sam Kerr’s Matildas - the result didn’t sour the positive impression

The Matildas’ growing army of fans – a new generation of golden girls, turned up in their thousands to see their heroine show off her famous skills. To prove it, many of them were kitted out in Australia shirts with Sam Kerr’s name emblazoned on the back.

The Penrith pitch was a perfect green and the blazing sun bathed the stadium in a golden light. Everything was set for the women in their matching colour scheme of green and gold to fire themselves up for next year’s World Cup with a ritual thrashing of Chile.

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» USA extend unbeaten run to 27 games with victory over Portugal
  • Jessica McDonald scores winner in second USWNT appearance
  • USA’s last defeat came in July 2017 against Australia

Jessica McDonald, making just her second appearance for the US, scored in the 43rd minute as her team recorded their 500th victory with a 1-0 win over Portugal in Lisbon on Thursday. The US are now 500-65-74 overall since their inception in 1985. With the victory, the Americans remain undefeated this year at 17 wins and two draws. The team’s last defeat came in a 1-0 loss to Australia in July 2017.

The streak comes as the US prepare for the World Cup next year in France. The defending World Cup champions qualified for the tournament last month at the Concacaf women’s championship. The United States are currently the top-ranked team in the world, while Portugal are ranked No33 and did not qualify for France.

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» Football’s collective voice must be mobilised to rid the streets of knives | Richard Williams
Top players, the FA and the Premier League need to devote time, energy and influence to persuading teenagers to ‘drop the knife and save a life’

Like many 10-year-old boys throughout Britain in the year 2000, Damilola Taylor was a fan of Manchester United, happily in thrall to the team of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Andy Cole. He loved playing the game, too. Today, 18 years after he bled to death in the stairwell of a Peckham housing estate, his name is on the youth centre where he practised his skills.

Beyond the fact he had left Lagos for south London a few months earlier with his mother and a sister who needed specialised treatment for epilepsy, a love of football was among the few things that could be used to build a picture of Damilola when the news of his death made headlines in a Britain that could still be shocked by the idea of children killing each other. Now the connection is made all the time in reports of boys dying by violence on the streets. An involvement in rap music is often mentioned. But football is the interest that, by providing the victims with a sense of aspiration, most frequently gives us a clue to who they were.

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» Sublime Klassiker suggests there's finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this season

The 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was felt keenly by Borussia Dortmund’s coach Lucien Favre, pushed up tensely on to the edge of his technical area, waving his arms maniacally – were part of such a dizzying swirl of fluctuating momentums and emotions that it’s hard to pick a moment to distil it.

If we were going to try, though, how about 13 seconds before Paco Alcácer’s winner hit the net as Dortmund, typically for a Favre side, tore Bayern apart at the seams on the counterattack? This was the moment when Jadon Sancho – whose second-half display of incandescent talent and industry eclipsed a flat first period and fully justified his hype – dispossessed Franck Ribéry, so often the focal point of bustling energy in this fixture and rolling back the years to his irrepressible best in Bayern’s lusty first-half display.

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» José Mourinho’s midfield dogs of war yap harmlessly at City ankles | Jonathan Wilson

Coach deployed Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini as defensive block – but City simply skirted round it

Two contrasting philosophies, a clash of styles, possession against directness, attack against defence – all that discussion and, in the end, very little of it meant anything. Manchester City fundamentally are just better than United.

Much of the pre-match talk had surrounded whether José Mourinho would send his side out to attack, given how his own side look better chasing games and the lingering suspicion that City, impressive as their defensive record appears, can be got at if teams could get through their press. Which is fine but, as Mike Tyson said, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

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» Football transfer rumours: Wigan Athletic's Nick Powell to Leipzig?

Today’s fluff has freedom of movement

Today’s Mill is jam-packed with players poised to swap the continent for Britain, and vice versa. That could all change after Brexit – with some reports suggesting Premier League sides would be restricted to just 12 (twelve!) overseas players. If it comes to pass, we can surely expect plenty of last-ditch passport applications and searches for British grandparents.

One man who could be boarding the last plane out of Luton is Aaron Ramsey. Milan have been linked with everyone from Arsène Wenger to Gunnersaurus since boardroom big cheese Ivan Gazidis rocked up at the San Siro, but with the Welsh midfielder out of contract in the summer, this could be a goer. Milan also like the look of Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini while Arsenal, who haven’t read the Brexit memo, want Lille’s Nicolas Pépé to cover for the crocked Danny Welbeck.

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

Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight

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» David Squires on … a European Super League and other life-affirming stories

Our cartoonist on the possibility of impoverished big clubs finally stumbling upon a way to make some money

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» Which match has featured the most Ballon d'Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend

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“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three Ballon d’Or winners on the same pitch, back when Charlton, Law and Best were playing,” notes Dan Wardle. “Is this right? And which match featured the most winners at the same time?”

Dara O’Reilly kicks off with an excellent answer. “While Dan Wardle’s annual was probably correct at the time of going to press, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to point out that, when Michael Owen joined Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Original Ronaldo at Real Madrid in 2004, that meant the club were able to, on numerous occasions over that season, field four players who had won football’s most prestigious individual prize.

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» All square at the Emirates, young debutants and bollards – Football Weekly

Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Mark Langdon to discuss Arsenal v Liverpool sharing points, James McClean, Juan Foyth and outfield players in goal

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Mark Langdon to look back at another packed weekend of football, starting with the standout fixture between Arsenal and Liverpool, which finished as square as James Milner’s jaw.

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» Golden Goal: Ronaldo for Barcelona v Compostela (1996)

Il Fenomeno’s one season at the Camp Nou brought 47 goals – one against Compostela will live long in the memory

Sometimes, you’re remembered for being close to history, rather than making it. Take SD Compostela: for most of their existence they’ve played in the Spanish regional leagues, but their four seasons in the top flight in the mid-1990s just happened to coincide with one of the greatest individual campaigns football has ever seen. Pretty much everyone outside of Spain remembers them for one moment, in a game they lost 5-1.

Ronaldo scored 47 goals in 1996-97, his only season at Barcelona, but it isn’t the numbers that make nostalgics go moist at the eye. At the most basic level, what thrilled in that season was his combination of speed and delicacy, impossible control at implausible pace, one of those rare players who appealed both viscerally and cerebrally. “I’m just a regular player – he’s on another planet,” said Juan Antonio Pizzi, the poor sod who occasionally had to deputise for him.

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» Football quiz: who are the Premier League top goalscorers by country?

Mesut Özil became the top-scoring German in Premier League history on Monday. Who else leads the way for their country?

Which Spaniard has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Cesc Fàbregas

Diego Costa

Fernando Torres

David Silva

Which Brazilian has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Roberto Firmino


Philippe Coutinho


Which Australian has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Mark Viduka

Harry Kewell

Tim Cahill

Mile Jedinak

Which Italian has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Mario Balotelli

Fabrizio Ravanelli

Paolo Di Canio

Gianfranco Zola

Which Scot has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Charlie Adam

Duncan Ferguson

Gary McAllister

Kevin Gallacher

Which Irishman has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Niall Quinn

Roy Keane

Shane Long

Robbie Keane

Which Frenchman has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Nicolas Anelka

Eric Cantona

Olivier Giroud

Thierry Henry

Which Colombian has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Juan Pablo Ángel

Faustino Asprilla

Hugo Rodallega

Radamel Falcao

Which Swede has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sebastian Larsson

Tomas Brolin

Freddie Ljungberg

Which Ghanaian has scored most goals in the Premier League?

Michael Essien

Tony Yeboah

André Ayew

Asamoah Gyan

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4 and above.


5 and above.


6 and above.

A fine score

7 and above.

A fine score

9 and above.


0 and above.

Oh dear.

10 and above.

You are the Alan Shearer of football goalscoring quizzes

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

Arsenal attack in waves, Chelsea look downbeat, Manchester City have a star of the future and Liverpool stay strong

Vivianne Miedema has nine goals from five games this season, after her hat-trick against Reading. Now that she’s injury-free, she’s been super-clinical, the world-class striker she promised to be previously, and she’s benefiting from the attacking wave that is Arsenal. They’ve got attacking players like Lisa Evans and Beth Mead on the flanks, and then they flood players down the middle, like Jordan Nobbs and Daniëlle van de Donk. New goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin is also a huge asset. She’s that new breed of goalkeeper, like Ederson – very comfortable in possession and starts attacks. Arsenal beat Reading 6-0 and their pressing was something to behold. They scored within two minutes in the first half, two minutes in the second half and right at the end of the first half – critical times to score. The way they’re blowing teams away is ruthless.

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» Next Generation 2018: 60 of the best young talents in world football

From Lilian Thuram’s son to Real Madrid-bound Rodrygo and the ‘Croatian Neymar’, the Guardian picks 60 of the most talented players born in 2001. Check out the progress of our 2017 class | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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» A perfect cup tie: when school kids taught the league champions a lesson

Not even the FA Cup first round produces underdogs as big as the Japanese high school team who played the J League champions in the Emperor’s Cup – and took them all the way

By Will Sharp for These Football Times

Japan’s main cup competition is similar to the FA Cup, the Coppa Italia and the Copa del Rey in many ways. But one key difference is that the Emperor’s Cup encourages universities, colleges and even high school teams to compete, which is precisely how, in 2003, a team of teenage students came within inches of beating the champions of Japan.

Every club in Japan’s professional league system, the J League, is automatically granted entry to the Emperor’s Cup, where they are joined by teams that have won their regional cups. Each of these 47 regional competitions – one for every prefecture in Japan – is open to local clubs, universities and even schools. It is not uncommon for university teams to beat local semi-professional sides, but only on near-mythical occasions do high school sides vanquish all before them, win the trophy and qualify for the Emperor’s Cup. But that is how Funabashi Municipal High School began their remarkable journey in 2003.

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» City’s David Silva and Sergio Agüero display their enduring brilliance | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s golden pair of old lags proved the dominant forces as the champions ran rings around Manchester United

On an afternoon of cold, imperious dominance at the Etihad Stadium, two things stood out. First Manchester City produced passages of football that were utterly breathtaking, so beautifully engineered in their movement and passing that at times the result felt like an inevitability.

And second David Silva and Sergio Agüero, the two most bizarrely gong-free superstars in the Premier League, were once again the dominant forces. It is an unarguable truth of this City project. For all the hundreds of millions spent, the renovation of every surface, the best trick City ever pulled was signing Silva and Agüero eight and seven years ago respectively.

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» FA’s novelty player clanger insults US and threatens special relationship | Marina Hyde
Expect economic sanctions and expelled diplomats once the American public wise up to what Wayne Rooney’s one-night-only appearance against USA really means

What a fascinating entry to international politics for the Football Association, who clearly anticipated the failure of a “red wave” to materialise in the US midterms and had their condemnatory response already prepared. In a move widely seen as the first salvo in a transatlantic cold war that will destroy the imaginary “special relationship”, Wayne Rooney (retired) has been called up for England’s friendly against the USA.

The decision to play Rooney can only – only! – be read as a fantastically pointed insult to the Americans, who may not have qualified for the last World Cup but against whom we are openly fielding a novelty player. You could not send a clearer message to the US, even if you made sure pitchside advertising hoardings throughout the match read ELECT SHIT GET BANGED. And in a very smart two-for-the-price-of-one, the FA also contrived to insult the Nations League, given England’s match with Croatia is the competitive fixture for which the England-USA friendly is notionally the warm-up.

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» Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent manager

• Solari oversaw four consecutive wins as interim boss
• Real Madrid trail league leaders Barcelona by four points

Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge.

Solari oversaw four consecutive victories in all competitions, with 15 goals scored, as Real’s interim manager after the departure of Julen Lopetegui last month and has now been handed the reins full-time until June 2021. Last season’s Champions League winners are four points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table.

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