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A.C. Cheam »
Grand Drive, Raynes Park, London
Male, U16
A.F.C. Brooklands »
Woburn Park, Weybridge Road, Addlestone
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
A.F.C. Epsom Youth »
The Drive, Banstead, Surrey
Male, U14
A.F.C. Ewell Youth »
West Street, Ewell, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
A.F.C. Wimbledon (Youth) »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Abbey Rangers Youth »
School Lane, Addlestone, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Abbey Youth »
Hill House Road, Waltham Abbey
Male, Female, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Academy At Peckham (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Acorn Yfc »
Capel Road, Aldersbrook, London
Male, U18
Actual Soccer »
Scrubs Lane/Artillery Road, Ducane Road, London
Male, Female, U17, U14, U13, U12, U10, U9
Afc South Ruislip »
Sidmouth Drive, Ruislip, Middlesex
Male, U17
Afc Wandsworth »
Tooting Bec Road, London, Greater London
Male, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11
Afc Wembley Youth »
Donnington Road, Willesden, London
Male, Female, U17, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Aim High Y »
Buckhurst Way, Buckhurst Hill
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9
Aldenham F.C. »
Male, U18, U17, U16, U15
All Commers Fulham (Youth) »
Male, Female, U13, U11, U10, U9
Angel Islington (Youth) »
Capel Road, Aldersbrook Road, London
Male, Female, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Archbishop Tenisons (S/C) »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Arsenal Ladies Youth »
St Albans Road West, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10
Ashtead Colts »
Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Aveley Girls »
Aveley Bypass, South Ockendon
Female, U17, U15
Ballers (Youth) »
Male, Female, U14, U13, U11, U10, U9
Barking Colts Y »
Off Goodmayes Lane, Ilford
Male, Female, U17, U11, U10, U9, U8
Barking Girls »
Lodge Avenue, Barking
Female, U15, U13, U11
Barking Juniors (Youth) »
Lodge Avenue, Barking, Essex
Male, U18, U16, U15
Barnes Eagles Girls »
Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, Surrey
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Barnet Centre Of Excellence »
Camrose Avenue, Edgware
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Battersea And Wandsworth Borough Ladies (Youth) »
Barnes, London
Female, U11
Battersea Park Technology College (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Bealonians »
Forest Road, Fairlop, Ilford
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Bealonians Youth »
Forest Road, Fairlop, Ilford
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Beaumont Athletic (Youth) »
London, Greater London
Male, U18
Bec United »
Dr Johnstone Ave, Tooting, Greater London
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Beckenham Athletic (Youth) »
12 Dulwich Village, Dulwich, London
Male, U16
Beddington Rangers »
34 Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey
Male, U11
Bedhead (Youth) »
Male, Female, U14, U12, U10, U9, U8, U7
Belmont United Youth »
Camrose Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex
Male, Female, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Belsize (Youth) »
The Hub, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Belvedere »
The War Memorial Sports Ground, 101A Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood
Male, U15, U12
Bishop Challoner (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Bishop Thomas Grant (S/C) »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Blackheath Bluecoat (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Blackheath Wanderers (Youth) »
63 Eltham Road, Eltham, Greenwich
Male, Female, U17, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U8
Bollo United »
Southfield Road, Acton, Greater London
Male, U16, U13, U12
Bramham United (Youth) »
Lillie Road, Fulham, Fulham
Male, Female, U14, U12, U10
Brazilian United Academy (Youth) »
Male, Female, U7
Brent Ladies (Youth) »
Hillside, Stonebridge, London
Female, U15
Brickie Rangers (Youth) »
Male, Female, U14, U12, U10, U8
Brimmington Park (Youth) »
Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, Greenwich
Male, U11
Brimsdown Rovers »
Goldsdown Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, Female, U18
Briset Youth Fc (Youth) »
Charlton Park Lane, Woolwich, Greater London
Male, U18
Broxbourne Borough V&E Youth »
Goffs Lane, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Bush Hill Rangers (Youth) »
Bell Road, Enfield
Male, U17, U13, U12
Camden Community School (S/C) »
Male, U15, U14, U12
Camden Strikers Youth »
Regent's Park, London, Greater London
Male, U15
Cardinal Pole (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Carshalton Athletic Girls »
War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton
Male, Female, U11, U10
Carshalton Juniors »
Church Road, Beddington, Surrey
Male, U16, U13, U12, U11
Castles United (Youth) »
Chapel Farm Road, New Eltham, Greater London
Male, U16
Catford Park Royals Y »
Off Stifford Clays Road, Grays
Male, U17
Central Foundation (S/C) »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Chafford Y »
Garron Lane, South Ockendon
Male, U13
Charlton Athletic (Centre Of Excellence) »
Grove Park Road, Mottingham, Surrey
Male, Female, U19, U18, U16, U14, U12, U10
Charlton Conservative (Youth) »
Male, U14, U12
Charlton Park Boys (Youth) »
Charlton Road, Charlton, Greater London
Male, U12
Charter (S/C) »
Hawkstone Road, Surrey Quays, London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Chase Lodge Athletic Junior »
Farm Road, Morden, Greater London
Male, U14
Chase Side Youth »
Chalk Lane, Cockfosters
Male, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11
Chelsea »
Fulham Road, Fulham, Greater London
Male, U18
Chelsea Elite »
Cavendish Road, Chiswick, Greater London
Male, U18, U16
Chertsey Town Juniors »
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U7
Chertsey Town Youth »
Alwyns Lane, Chertsey, Surrey
Male, U18
Cheshunt Youth »
The Stadium, Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt
Male, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Chessington Sports Youth »
Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U15, U13, U11
Chiswick Youth »
Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London
Male, U15, U14, U13
City & Islington Sixth Form College (S/C) »
Male, U18
Clapham Rangers Juniors »
Dr Johnson Avenue, London
Male, Female, U13, U11, U10
Clapton »
Upton Lane, Forest Gate, London
Male, U18
Clapton (Youth) »
Upton Lane, Forest Gate, London
Male, U18
Clissold Rangers (Youth) »
Capel Road, Aldersbrook Road, London
Male, Female, U12, U10, U9, U8
Cobham Chix »
Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey
Female, U18
Cobham Youth »
Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey
Male, U18
Colebrook Royals Y »
High Road, Chigwell
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U7
Collier Row Youth »
Lodge Lane, Collier Row, Romford
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Coopersale Youth »
Crawley Road, Leyton, London
Male, U15, U12, U11
Creativo Soccer Academy Y »
Clayhall, Ilford, London
Male, Female, U13, U12, U10, U9, U8, U7
Crystal Palace (Youth) »
Crystal Palace Fc, Selhurst, Greater London
Male, U18
Culverley Rangers (Youth) »
Stansstead Road, Catford, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10
Dagenham Park Rangers Y »
Dagenham Road, Dagenham
Male, Female, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Debden Sports Club Y »
Chigwell Lane, Loughton
Male, U15, U14
Doverhouse Lions (Youth) »
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Dulwich Devils (Youth) »
Red Post Hill, Dulwich, London
Male, U13
Dulwich Magic (Youth) »
Turney Road, Dulwich, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Dunraven (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
East Barnet Old Grammarians »
Alan Drive, Barnet, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U17
Eastcote (Youth) »
Well Hall, Kidbrooke Lane, London
Male, U16
Eastside Colts (Youth) »
Crawley Road, Leyton, Greater London
Male, U15
Eastward Tigers (Youth) »
Harrow Road, Leytonstone, London
Male, U13
Eaton Manor Youth »
Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, U17, U16, U13
Ebog Youth »
Off Mays Lane, Barnet, Middlesex
Male, U17
Ec1 (Youth) »
Norman Street, Islington, Greater London
Male, U14
Eclipse Y »
Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London
Male, Female, U16, U11, U10, U9, U8
Edgware Town F.C. Youth »
Male, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Elite Colts Y »
Pettits Lane, Romford
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Elite Pro Sports (Youth) »
1 Millfields Road, Hackney, London
Male, Female, U18, U15, U10, U8
Elite Youth Juniors (Youth) (Barking) »
Male, U14, U11
Elliott (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Elms Junior (Youth) »
Elm Lane, Off Perry Hill, London
Male, U18, U16, U13, U12
Eltham Progress (Youth) »
Charlton Park Lane, Woolwich, Greater London
Male, U17, U15
Emblem Y »
Lambs Lane South, Rainham
Male, Female, U16, U12, U8
Enfield Community »
The Ride, Enfield
Male, U18, U16, U14
Enfield Elite Youth »
Lincoln Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, U17, U16, U15, U14
Enfield Rangers »
Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Enfield Town »
Goldsdown Road, Brimsdown, Enfield
Male, U18
Enfield Youth »
Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Englefield Green United »
School Lane, Addlestone, Surrey
Male, U18
Epsom Eagles »
Salisbury Road, Worecester Park, Epsom
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Epsom Rangers Youth »
Windsor Avenue, New Malden, Surrey
Male, U11
Esher Youth »
Lynwood Road, Hinchley Wood, Surrey
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Euro Dagenham Y »
Lodge Avenue, Barking
Male, Female, U16, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Excel Sports »
Male, Female, U11, U9
F.C. Bermondsey (Youth) »
Male, U14
F.C. Santacruzense (Youth) »
Male, Female, U18, U15, U13, U10
Fc Eagles Kosova »
The Hub, London, Greater London
Male, U17
Fc Kensington Youth »
Scrubs Lane/Artillery Road, Ducane Road, London
Male, U18, U17
Fernhead Academy (Youth) »
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10
First Touch Y »
Male, Female, U16, U13, U10, U8
Fit4kidz (Youth) »
Wandsworth, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10
Flanders Y »
118 Napier Road, East Ham, London
Male, U16, U14, U11
Forest Hill (S/C) »
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Forty Youth »
Hertford Road, Enfield, Enfield
Male, U18, U11
Freestyle (Youth) »
Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham
Male, Female, U15, U14, U8, U7
Fulham Autistic Boys 'Fab' »
Motspur Park, New Malden, Greater London
Male, U16, U12
Fulham Community Sports Trust Youth »
Fulham Fc Training Ground, New Malden, Greater London
Male, U17, U14
Fulham Wanderers (Youth) »
Hurlinham Road, Fulham, Fulham
Male, U11
Gems (Youth) »
Queensbridge Road, Hackney, Greater London
Male, U18, U14
George Greens (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U15, U14, U13, U12
Gladstone Rangers Youth »
Donkey Lane, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield
Male, U17
Graveney (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Grays Athletic Youth »
Purfleet Road, Aveley
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Greenford Celtic »
Horn Lane, Ealing, Greater London
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Greenhouse Bethwin S.E. (Youth) »
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Grey Coat Hospital School (S/C) »
Female, U15, U13
Griffin Sports Junior (Youth) »
Timber Pond Road, London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U12, U10
Haberdashers Askes (Hatcham) (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Hackney Free & Parochial (S/C) »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Hampton Court Royals »
Walton Road, West Molesey, Surrey
Male, U14
Hampton Youth »
Church Grove, Hampton, Middlesex
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Harold Hill Youth »
Masefield Close, Harold Hill, Romford
Male, Female, U17, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Harpenden Forza Storm Y.F.C. »
Male, U12
Harrow St Marys Youth »
Roxborough Road, Harrow, Greater London
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Havering Girls »
Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, Ilford
Female, U18
Haverstock (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Heath (Youth) »
Highgate Road, Camden Town, Greater London
Male, Female, U9, U8
Heath Park »
London Road, Romford
Male, U21
Henry Compton (S/C) »
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Hersham Youth »
Hersham Road, Hersham, Surrey
Male, Female, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Hf Sports Jfc (Youth) »
Rubens Street, London
Male, Female, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Highgate Rangers (Youth) »
Highgate Road, Camden Town, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Holland Park School (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Hurst Park Allstars »
Male, Female, U10, U8
Ilford Colts »
Capel Road, Wanstead, London
Male, Female, U11, U10, U9, U8
Ilford Y »
486 High Road, Ilford
Male, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14
Imber Court Juniors »
Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey
Male, Female, U11, U9
Independent Youth »
Tooting Bec Road, London, Greater London
Male, U16, U14, U13
Inter Ditton Youth »
Ewell Road, Long Ditton, Esher
Male, U12
John Warner Youth »
Stanstead Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Junior Fulham (Youth) »
Stevenage Road, Fulham, Fulham
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
Junior Reds (Youth) »
Chapel Farm Road, Mottingham, Greater London
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Junior Robins (Boys) »
War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
Kenningwell United (Youth) »
Ledrington Road, Greater London
Male, U16
Kent Magpies Ladies (Girls) »
239A Footscray Road, London, Greater London
Female, U18
Kids Company (Youth) »
Male, U18, U13
Kingsdale Foundation (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Kingston Ll »
Dinton Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U10, U8
Kingstonian Youth »
Dinton Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Kodak »
Harrow View, Harrow, Greater London
Male, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Ladywell Fc (Youth) »
Private Banks Sports Ground, Canadian Avenue, Catford
Male, U13
Lakeview J »
Loxford Lane, Ilford
Male, Female, U16, U15, U13, U12, U9
Lapton (Youth) »
Male, Female, U12, U8
Latymer Old Boys »
East Lodge Lane, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, U11
Latymer Upper (S/C) »
Male, U18, U16
Lea Valley United »
Bell Lane, Enfield, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Leatherhead Ladies »
River Lane, Randalls Road, Leatherhead
Female, U14
Lee Green United (Youth) »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13
Leeford (Youth) »
Grove Park Road, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U12, U9
Lessa Albion J.F.C. (Youth) »
Footscray Road, Eltham, Greater London
Male, U15
Lewisham (Youth) »
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Lewisham Junior Soccer Team (Youth) »
Male, U15
Leyton (Youth) »
282 Leabridge Road, Leyton, Greater London
Male, U18, U15
LFT FC »
49 Adelaide Grove, , London
Male, U12
Limassol »
Donkey Lane, Enfield, Middlesex
Male, U18
Links »
Marina Avenue, Motspur Park, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Ljj Frontiers »
Queens Drive, Acton, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
London Apsa Y »
Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London
Male, Female, U7
London French (Youth) »
Male, U17
London Nautical (S/C) »
Male, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
London Tigers (Youth) »
Park Place, Acton, London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U12, U10, U9
Long Lane Junior Boys (Youth) »
Dursley Road, Kidbrooke, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Loughton Y »
Avondale Close, Loughton
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U11, U10, U9
Mass (Youth) »
Male, Female, U12, U8
Millwall »
Zampa Road, London, Greater London
Male, U18, U16
Millwall Albion (Youth) »
Stebondale Street, Isle Of Dogs, London
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Morden Ll »
Tudor Drive, Morden, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Mossbourne Academy (S/C) »
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Mountnessing Boca Y »
The Recreation Ground, Bridge Road, Grays
Male, U18
Netherne Falcons »
The Drive, Banstead, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Netherne Falcons Girls »
Church Road, Beddington, Surrey
Female, U14
New Hope »
The Hub, London, Greater London
Male, Female, U13, U12, U10, U9
New Hope (Youth) »
Ilchester Place, Chelsea, Greater London
Male, Female, U14, U12, U10, U8
New Malden Ll »
Malden Road, New Malden, Surrey
Male, Female, U13, U10
Nl Eagles »
Inner Circle, St Johns Wood, London
Male, U16
North Kensington (Youth) »
Male, U17, U13, U12, U11
Northbrook (S/C) »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Northwood Youth »
Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, Middlesex
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Ockendon Rhinos Girls »
Garron Lane, South Ockendon
Female, U15
Old Actonians Youth »
Pope's Lane, Hounslow, Middlesex
Male, Female, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Old Rutlishians Afc »
Poplar Road, Merton Park, London
Male, U17
Omonia Youth »
Enfield, Middlesex
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Ottershaw Boys »
Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey
Male, U16
Oxshott Royals Youth »
Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey
Male, Female, U17, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Peckham Town (Youth) »
Dulwich Common, Dulwich, London
Male, Female, U15, U13, U11, U10
Petchey Academy (S/C) »
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12
Phoenix Royals »
Northey Avenue, Cheam, Surrey
Male, U16
Pinnacle Youth »
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Pinner Albion »
Pinner View, Harrow, Greater London
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U11, U10
Pitshanger »
Scotch Common, Ealing, Greater London
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Potters Bar United »
Coopers Lane, Northaw, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Potters Bar United »
Coopers Lane, Northaw, Hertfordshire
Male, Female, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Predator Motorsport F.C. »
Ascots Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Male, U17
Primrose Hill Soccer School Camden (Youth) »
The Hub, London, Greater London
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The Hub, London, Greater London
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Watling Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex
Male, U14
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London
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Eastern Avenue, Romford
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Dr Johnson Ave, Tooting, London
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48 Mollison Drive, South Beddington, Greater London
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Station Road, Barkingside
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London
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Male, U12
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Sutton Common Road, Sutton, Greater London
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Church Lane, Wormley, Hertfordshire
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Church Lane, Wormley, Hertfordshire
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» Harry Kane injury: Mauricio Pochettino on what Tottenham will, and won't, do now
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» New Liverpool golden era is just getting started, predicts Jurgen Klopp
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» Jurgen Klopp PITIES rival fans desperate for Liverpool not to win this title
The 'Anyone But Liverpool' attitude is noticeable among supporters of other clubs as they head for their first title since 1990
» Maurizio Sarri GLAD transfers aren't his job as Chelsea wait for Gonzalo Higuain
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» Brighton star relying on his lucky TOILET for win over Man Utd at Old Trafford
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» Arsenal's Champions League hopes could END against Chelsea, admits Unai Emery
Lose to top-four rivals Chelsea on Saturday and Arsenal will be nine points adrift of the last Champions League spot
» Rafa Benitez on Newcastle's Cardiff six-pointer and fixing dismal home record
David Wagner's Huddersfield exit leaves Newcastle boss Benitez as the manager with worst home form in all four divisions
» Marko Arnautovic transfer: Why West Ham have dropped star man
Shanghai SIPG target Arnautovic won't face Bournemouth on Saturday even though West Ham rejected £35m offer
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns Man Utd stars as he bids for seventh win out of seven
United's play and results have been transformed under interim boss Solskjaer to the point he now fears complacency
» Jordan Pickford will learn from mistakes and come good, says Everton boss
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» Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer: Bayern's huge wage offer to Chelsea star
The 18-year-old is wanted by the German giants and is seriously considering a move away from London
» Man Utd star on verge of signing five-year deal with Old Trafford club
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» Liverpool 'have £61m offer rejected' for Benfica teenager Joao Felix
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» Mesut Ozil sends message to Unai Emery ahead of Chelsea clash
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» Arsenal ready to rival Juventus for young Portuguese attacker
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» Why Ousmane Dembele could hold the key to Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona future
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» Arsenal respond to Per Mertesacker missing FA Youth Cup derby to watch NBA
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» Arsenal’s era of austerity is not over yet: Emery must make do and mend | David Hytner

High wages, the lack of Champions League revenue and Kroenke’s parsimony are making the Gunners uncompetitive

It was the news that Arsenal supporters had longed to hear and it was delivered with an uncharacteristic flourish by Ivan Gazidis. The date was 6 June 2013 and the club’s then chief executive told a group of journalists that Arsenal’s austerity era – necessitated by the move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 – was over.

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» Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp wary of Crystal Palace after Etihad victory

• ‘In counterattacks, at set pieces, it is clear they are good’
• Klopp dismisses speculation of Anfield return for Coutinho

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool must heed the warning of Crystal Palace’s recent victory at Manchester City to avoid a similar shock against Roy Hodgson’s side.

Related: Liverpool v Crystal Palace: match preview

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» Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay
Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness years

Carry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fellaini might be on his way out of Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Friday press conference went the other way. Instead Solskjær offered what newspapers like to call “a vote of confidence” in the gangling Belgian utility-menace, talking up Fellaini’s continued presence through this, his sixth year as a Manchester United player.

It isn’t hard to see why some said his time was up. Under Solskjær Fellaini has played three minutes in the Premier League. His basic footballing presence has seemed at odds with a more mobile, fluid style. Plus there is of course a wider symbolic aspect to all this.

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» Gonzalo Higuaín to arrive in London for formalities of Chelsea loan move

• Striker will join initially for six months from Juventus
• Maurizio Sarri also hopes to sign a midfielder this month

Gonzalo Higuaín is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities of his move to Chelsea from Juventus, initially on a six-month loan, with Maurizio Sarri still keen for the striker to be joined by a midfielder at Stamford Bridge.

Higuaín, who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Milan, has said his goodbyes to his Rossoneri teammates having pushed to be reunited with Sarri, under whose stewardship he scored 36 goals for Napoli in Serie A two seasons ago.

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» West Ham tested by second bid for unhappy Marko Arnautovic
• Guangzhou Evergrande bid £35.2m for player, who aims to leave
• Manuel Pellegrini drops striker for Bournemouth trip

West Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic has been tested by a €40m (£35.2m) offer from Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Premier League club are furious with Arnautovic over behaviour that has led to the striker being dropped for the game at Bournemouth and apologising to his teammates, but are likely to hold out for a third bid from the Chinese Super League side, who had previously offered €35m.

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» Huddersfield told by Dortmund to pay €300,000 for manager Jan Siewert
• Siewert has coached the Dortmund under-23s since 2017
• He would be making the same move as outgoing David Wagner

Huddersfield Town have identified Borussia Dortmund’s second team manager, Jan Siewert, as their preferred choice to replace David Wagner. Talks have taken place between the clubs with Dortmund looking for a €300,000 compensation package before releasing the 36-year-old.

Related: Huddersfield’s sporting director follows David Wagner out of club

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» When we lose a game we’ll see how good we are, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær

• Solskjær’s side have not gone behind in his six games in charge
• Manchester United host Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday

Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes his management of Manchester United will face a different test when a game is finally lost but is confident he and the players will respond.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United?

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» Unai Emery says Arsenal can forget top four if they lose to Chelsea

• Fifth-placed Arsenal are six points behind Saturday’s visitors
• Emery wary of threat of Eden Hazard in Emirates showdown

Unai Emery accepts that Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via Premier League position will be over if they lose to Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Related: Arsenal’s era of austerity is not over yet: Emery must make do and mend | David Hytner

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» Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

• Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury
• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on bench

Mauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to replace the injured Harry Kane and the absent Son Heung-min. The Tottenham manager stressed that Fernando Llorente was also in his thoughts for the lead striker role, even though the Spaniard has started only one Premier League game in his 18 months at the club.

Related: Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

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» Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: In other countries everyone spies
• Manager says he still respects Leeds’s Marcelo Bielsa
• Guardiola considering buying new left-back in summer

Pep Guardiola has said his Bayern Munich team were spied on but that he would never resort to such tactics in England, as the fallout from the Marcelo Bielsa affair continued.

Bielsa has admitted to spying on every team Leeds United have played this season. Guardiola said it had done nothing to damage his respect for the Argentinian and that spying was common in Spain, where he managed Barcelona.

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» Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

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

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» Time running out for Claude Puel’s quest to galvanise Leicester
The club may sit eighth in the Premier League but the football has largely been stodgy and their manager’s attempts to forge a new possession-based identity are not bearing fruit

Another week, another audience with Leicester City’s manager, and another question about his future. “It’s a common thread, all press conferences, I cannot manage these rumours,” Claude Puel replied, smiling. “It’s often we have a lot of bets about my future. But I’m sorry for lots of people who made this bet because they lost a lot of money.”

Puel remains the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job, which may come as a surprise to those whose knowledge of Leicester begins and ends with their position in the table: eighth. The assumption that tends to follow is that any disgruntled Leicester supporters have ideas above their station, fuelled by that 5,000-1 triumph three years ago, and now expect to challenge for the title every season.

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» Norwich sink Birmingham with early flurry to return to winning ways

Norwich moved back into second place and to within a point of Leeds at the top of the Championship last night after beating Birmingham in a match that featured an early flurry of goals.

Related: The best young players in the Championship this season

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» Huddersfield’s sporting director follows David Wagner out of club
• Olaf Rebbe had good relationship with fellow German Wagner
• Willy Sagnol and Jan Siewert among manager’s job candidates

Huddersfield have parted company with their sporting director, Olaf Rebbe, three days after manager David Wagner left by mutual consent. The Premier League’s bottom club thus have two significant vacancies as they search for an improbable escape route from relegation.

Rebbe, who joined Huddersfield last May after being let go by Wolfsburg, would have had a say in the appointment of Wagner’s successor even if his role did not carry as much power as that of people with similar job titles at some clubs. He would have had a big influence over any transfers between now and the closure of the transfer window. Rebbe had a good relationship with Wagner and worked with his fellow German on player recruitment in addition to overseeing scouting, analysis, sports science and medicine. Huddersfield are keen to appoint a permanent successor to Wagner soon, with the under-23 coach, Mark Hudson, in temporary charge of the first team for Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Manchester City. Contenders for the position on a full-time basis include Willy Sagnol, formerly in charge of Bordeaux and Bayern Munich, and Jan Siewert, the 36-year-old head of Borussia Dortmund’s reserves. Wagner held the same job before being headhunted by Huddersfield in November 2015.

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» Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit
• 700 top division clubs across 55 leagues record profit of £545m
• Uefa report confirms commercial dominance of Premier League

Clubs across the top divisions of European leagues have recorded an overall profit for the first time, reversing years of losses before the implementation of financial fair play (FFP) rules, a Uefa analysis of the 2017 financial year has revealed.

The unprecedented “bottom line” profit, a total of €615m (£545m) made by the 700 top-flight clubs in Europe’s 55 national leagues, represents a fundamental turnaround since 2008-11, when clubs’ total losses amounted to more than €5bn (£4.4bn), Uefa said.

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» Andy Robertson signs ‘no-brainer’ new five-year Liverpool contract
• Scotland full-back is latest to commit long-term future
• ‘This was done in almost record time,’ says Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has praised Andy Robertson after the left-back became the latest Liverpool player to commit his long-term future by signing a five-year contract.

Related: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold out for up to month with knee injury

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» José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football

• ‘People don’t know what is going on behind the scenes’
• Portuguese says his next job will be in ‘top-level football’

José Mourinho has used his first major interview since Manchester United sacked him to suggest that his former club does not have the structure in place to cope with the demands of modern football, with player power now heavily influencing the game.

Related: Manchester United need to use head not heart over future of Solskjær | Eni Aluko

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» Ashley Cole discusses Derby County move to reunite with Frank Lampard
• Full-back, 38, has been without a club since November
• Retirement also being considered by former Chelsea player

Ashley Cole is in talks with Derby County with a view to joining the Championship club until the end of the season. The 38-year-old former England international is understood to be weighing up whether to sign a short-term deal for Derby in a move that would see him reunited with Frank Lampard, his former Chelsea teammate, or whether to call time on a distinguished career.

Related: Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

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» Premier League braced for chief executive hunt to take until end of year
• Fresh blow after BBC’s Tim Davie also turns down the role
• Dawn Airey a potential candidate in drawn-out process

The Premier League are braced for their hunt to find a new chief executive to take until the end of the year after being rebuffed by a second candidate to fill the vacancy left by Richard Scudamore.

Tim Davie, the chief executive of BBC Studios, turned down the Premier League’s advances on Wednesday, forcing the governing body to turn once again to their shortlist of candidates. Their first choice, Susanna Dinnage, pulled out of replacing Scudamore at the end of last year just weeks before she was meant to start the job.

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» Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester: match preview

Wolves have lost five of their last seven matches at home and will want to avoid a third defeat to Leicester this season. Claude Puel is under pressure despite Leicester sitting comfortably in eighth and the chance to earn a third successive away win at the Molineux. Disappointing defeats to Newport County and Cardiff are the source of unrest and Puel’s reliance on Jamie Vardy is a problem. Leicester have won three of the 11 matches Vardy has played in but failed to score. Stopping him is key. Graham Searles

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» Liverpool v Crystal Palace: match preview

Liverpool have gone 31 league games unbeaten at Anfield since losing to Palace in April 2017, winning 22 and drawing nine in a formidable sequence that also includes 21 clean sheets. Another victory here would restore a seven-point lead over Manchester City, at least until Sunday, and set a new club record for points won after 23 matches. Roy Hodgson returns to his former club without his main goalkeeping options, the injured Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita, meaning a first start since December 2017 for the Premier League’s oldest player, 39-year-old Julian Speroni. Andy Hunter

Saturday 3pm

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» Manchester United v Brighton: match preview

If Manchester United can reel off the seventh straight win under Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure they will gain ground on Arsenal or Chelsea whatever the result in the fixture between them. Do so and suddenly United’s bid to earn a Champions League berth is realistic, the Norwegian having taken over with the gap 11 points. Jamie Jackson

Saturday 3pm

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» Newcastle United v Cardiff: match preview

There is little love lost between Rafa Benítez and Neil Warnock so expect technical area tensions during this relegation six-pointer. Newcastle have won only twice at home all season and Benítez hopes their fans will contain understandable anger at the owner, Mike Ashley’s regime. “Cardiff’s game-plan will be to stop us and make sure our fans are nervous and anxious,” said Newcastle’s manager. “My message is very clear: stay together behind our team, keep helping the players. If we want to stay up, we need every single fan behind the players.” Louise Taylor

Saturday 3pm

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» Bournemouth v West Ham: match preview

West Ham impressed against Arsenal and will be raring to face a Bournemouth side with the third worst defensive record in the league. Eddie Howe’s charges concede almost two goals a game on average so attack, as usual, will be the best form of defence for Bournemouth. Doubts remain over the fitness of top scorer Callum Wilson though. After a dreadful start Manuel Pellegrini has done a magnificent job turning West Ham’s season around. A win could send them seventh. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

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» Southampton v Everton: match preview

Southampton could further ease their relegation fears by following up victory at Leicester against another top-half team struggling to meet high expectations. Ralph Hasenhüttl was left concerned by the midweek FA Cup defeat on penalties to Derby, which has sapped his squad’s energy as well as their morale. The Austrian plans to freshen up his starting XI, with Danny Ings winning his fitness battle and both Charlie Austin and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg back from suspension. Everton’s away form this season and record at St Mary’s are equally poor – two wins from 10 in both cases. Marco Silva has suggested he may not invest in attacking reinforcements in this transfer window, and is banking on Richarlison rediscovering his goalscoring touch – the Brazilian last scored on Boxing Day. Niall McVeigh

Saturday 3pm

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» Watford v Burnley: match preview

Watford and Burnley are unbeaten since Boxing Day. Sean Dyche seems to have stumbled across a purple patch thanks largely due installing Tom Heaton back in goal. Heaton has conceded two goals in four successive Burnley wins since Joe Hart conceded five to Everton. Goals still come at a premium for Dyche though as illustrated by miraculously beating Fulham 2-1 without a single shot on target. Watford will miss Will Hughes through concussion but Troy Deeney has hit form with four goals in six matches. Graham Searles

Saturday 3pm

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» Arsenal v Chelsea: match preview

For Arsenal, the situation is laced with peril. Lose and their top-four hopes could be over. Unai Emery’s side have hit a downturn, losing three of their last six league games, but the defeats have come away from home. As Emery has been happy to point out, Arsenal have been impressive at the Emirates. Chelsea are not firing on all cylinders, with goals difficult to come by. January transfer activity (or the lack of it at Arsenal) provides the background noise. David Hytner

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» Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Who will Pochettino turn to up front? Will Lindelöf banish bad memories of Brighton? And should Sarri start Giroud?

If Mauricio Pochettino could have picked one Premier League team to start playing against without his top scorer and his most in-form attacker, then he would surely have plumped for Fulham. Claudio Ranieri’s defensively chaotic side are the perfect opponents in a far-from-ideal scenario for Tottenham, who must learn to cope without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. It will still be interesting to see how Mauricio Pochettino tries to overcome those losses. Perhaps he will ask Dele Alli or Lucas Moura to play as a shifty striker or maybe he’ll deploy Fernando Llorente, a more conventional centre-forward who netted a hat-trick in the recent annihilation of Tranmere Rovers? Or the manager might even push his faith in youth to an unprecedented extreme by giving a start to the highly promising 16-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott, who has yet to appear for the senior team? Whatever the manager opts for, Spurs can be confident of victory given that Fulham have been so hapless this season that they even managed to concede two goals last week despite restricting Burnley to no shots on target. PD

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» When Liverpool gave Crystal Palace their biggest ever defeat 30 years ago

Eight different players scored in the 9-0 thrashing at Anfield, but that was not the last Liverpool saw of Palace that season

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

When Crystal Palace made the daunting trip to Anfield in September 1989, Liverpool were still hurting from that Michael Thomas moment in the previous campaign and were in no mood to show mercy to a newly promoted team. What looked a tough examination on paper for Palace proved to be even worse on grass. It was to be a day their fans and players would never forget.

At least Steve Coppell’s team made the journey north on the back of a win. Having picked up just one point from their first three league games, Palace beat Wimbledon 2-0 a few days before their trip to Liverpool in their first of many south London derbies that season; 1989-90 remains the only campaign in which all four local sides – Palace, Wimbledon, Charlton and Millwall – have played in the top flight.

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» ‘No one is allowed to rest’: Dortmund braced for Bayern Bundesliga charge
The Bundesliga restarts on Friday with Bayern Munich six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Can Lucien Favre’s young team keep Bayern at bay?

The Bundesliga restarts after the winter break on Friday with something very unfamiliar yet extremely tantalising on the horizon: a proper title race.

Borussia Dortmund lead the German league at the halfway point by six points from Bayern Munich, with Borussia Mönchengladbach a further three behind. This is unusual, to say the least. Bayern have been the Herbsmeister (autumn champions) for the past seven years and have won every league title since 2012-13.

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» With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend | Jonathan Wilson
The Leeds manager has an almost pathological honesty and there are few people in football so ready to admit fault as him

Marcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He had not made it as a player, too slow to make more than four appearances in central defence for Newell’s Old Boys. He had floated about the lower leagues for a while, studying agronomy and physical education. A university side was an obvious stepping-stone to greater things, but Bielsa did not treat it as such. Rather, he watched 3,000 players before selecting his squad of 20.

The 63-year-old has always been meticulous. When he was given a job in youth development at Newell’s, he wondered whether clubs were missing out on players from the interior, so got a map of Argentina, divided it into 70 sections and arranged a trial in each. Because he did not like flying, he ended up driving more than 5,000 miles in his Fiat 147 to see the results, establishing a theme that would become familiar of human fallibility, often his own, banging up against his plans and principles.

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» Manchester United need to use head not heart over future of Solskjær | Eni Aluko
The interim manager has made a superb start but United should turn to Zinedine Zidane to build a dynasty

I’ve been intrigued to see the reaction to Manchester United’s win against Spurs at the weekend, with lots of supporters and pundits already making a case for why Ole Gunnar Solskjær should be given the job full-time. Prior to the Spurs game, many said “Manchester United haven’t played anyone yet” but the Norwegian quickly showed how far his side have come in defeating a title-challenging Tottenham team.

Related: José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football

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» 'I belong at the top': José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video

A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place finish was one of his ‘best achievements in football’. At 55, he said he was too young to retire from club management

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» 'I observed all the rivals we played': Marcelo Bielsa's 'spygate' presentation – video

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spied on all of his sides opponents this season. One of Bielsa's staff was recently caught observing Derby County prior to their match in the Championship. 'So why did I send someone to watch them?' said Bielsa. 'I wasn't violating the norm.' The Argentinian also gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation to a room packed with journalists outlining the extensive analysis he does on each opponent

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» Solskjær praises De Gea's heroics and Manchester United's 'blistering pace' after Spurs win – video

Ole Gunnar Solskjær lauded David de Gea after a breathtaking display at Tottenham that underlined to the Manchester United caretaker manager that he has the 'best goalkeeper in the world'. 

Marcus Rashford's sublime first-half strike sealed a 1-0 win against Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs and extended Solskjær's winning start to a club-record sixth successive match in all competitions, but the main subject of conversation afterwards was De Gea. 

After a quiet opening period, the United goalkeeper pulled off 11 saves in an exceptional second-half display to earn plaudits aplenty. 

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» 'To hell with the rest of the world': Neil Warnock attacks government's handling of Brexit - video

Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government's handling of Brexit negotiations - insisting a clean exit form the EU will be better for Britain 'football-wise', and 'in every aspect'

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» 'I need a player for that position': Sarri asks Chelsea for Fàbregas replacement - video

Maurizio Sarri insisted that Chelsea need a replacement for Cesc Fàbregas after his side's 2-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle on Saturday. Central midfielder Fàbregas joined Monaco on Friday, leaving Jorginho as the only player Sarri considers capable of playing the pivot position in his preferred formation.

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» Klopp praises 'most mature' Liverpool performance after Brighton win – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp praised his players' mentality after their 1-0 victory over Brighton.

A Mohamed Salah penalty was the difference between the two sides, restoring Liverpool's seven-point lead at the top of the table. 

Klopp was satisfied with his team's "mature" response to back-to-back losses against Manchester City in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup

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» Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked five months before World Cup

FFA boss David Gallop says they no longer have confidence that Stajcic is the right person to lead the team and staff

Less than five months before the start of the Women’s World Cup, Football Federation Australia has terminated the contract of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic following an internal review.

The national body held a news conference at midday on Saturday to announce the outcomes of the two-month review.

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» David Squires on ... the Socceroos' progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyards

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» Refereeing decisions blight wild match as Socceroos advance | Scott McIntyre

The official played a part but, inspired by Tom Rogic, Australia were deserving winners over Syria

In the middle of 2018 an influential Saudi royal adviser bought an unheralded Egyptian football club, renamed it Pyramids FC and then proceeded to create a new club logo dominated by a sphinx rather than any actual pyramids.

Amongst the tens of millions that Turki Al-Sheikh spent was the signing of Syrian defender Omar Midani and if the 24-year-old is confused by his new club’s identity he was even more dumfounded after playing a crucial part in a wild match that saw Australia progress to the round of 16 at the Asian Cup.

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» 'All guilty': Marseille fans spell out their anger at players, coach and club

Marseille are without a win in eight games after their dispiriting 1-1 draw at home to Monaco

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Marseille’s recent travails continued at the Vélodrome on Sunday during and after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Monaco. The game not only underscored issues in terms of their squad building, but also their fans’ heightened level of dissatisfaction. Marseille’s failure to invest in the summer has left the club lacking depth, at least in the opinion of their manager Rudi Garcia.

Not for the first time this season, Garcia picked Luiz Gustavo in central defence. This had been a matter of necessity in the past, as Rolando had been unavailable, but on Sunday Adil Rami sat on the bench while Luiz Gustavo partnered Rolando. Quite apart from what that says about Garcia’s confidence in his defenders, it also robbed the hosts of having their best midfielder playing in his preferred position.

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» 'We need to talk about this': Markus Babbel lashes 'blind' FFA on refereeing
  • Wanderers fall to late Glory winner in 4-3 thriller
  • Controversial penalty scored by Perth’s Juande

Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel has criticised the quality of refereeing in the A-League, saying Football Federation Australia are “blind” if they can’t see there is a problem. Babbel was left fuming after his side suffered a 4-3 loss to Perth Glory on Sunday following a soft penalty decision in the dying minutes.

Referee Kurt Ams pointed to the spot in the 86th minute after judging that Glory striker Andy Keogh had been held by Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill. But replays showed Keogh initially had an arm around Hamill as well while he was backing into the Wanderers defender.

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» Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women
Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in October

When, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.

In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe.

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» Shay Evans: the groundbreaking Indigenous footballer unafraid to push back | Michael McGowan

From playing barefoot in a remote Northern Territory town to Sydney FC, the 17-year-old’s journey has been remarkable

When Shadeene “Shay” Evans made her W-League debut on Thursday night it marked another step in the career of a footballer long touted as one of Australia’s brightest prospects. The 17-year-old striker’s 82nd minute introduction in Sydney FC’s 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Leichhardt Oval was just reward for a player who has developed a reputation among her teammates as a “fighter” with a fierce competitive streak.

“I think back home, competing against the boys, I reckon it comes from that,” she tells Guardian Australia. “The boys up there are pretty rough with everyone and I reckon I just thought, if they give me a push why not give them a push back. But I’ve always been competitive and rough and tough. When I’m training, in the games. Even going out hunting and stuff, chasing goannas, things like that, I always want to give it my best.”

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» Mabil and Maclaren put Australia on course for Asian Cup win over Palestine
  • Palestine 0-3 Australia
  • Socceroos’ qualification chances remain alive after victory

While tougher challenges lie ahead, the Socceroos answered some of the questions being posed of their quality as they produced a scintillating performance to beat Palestine 3-0 in front of 11,915 fans in Dubai.

A first-half one-two punch from the Australians did the bulk of the damage. The opener came in the 18th minute as a delightfully weighted cross from Chris Ikonomidis found Jamie Maclaren in between two defenders. Maclaren glanced a header into the far corner to score his first goal for his country.

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» Egypt wins right to clean up another avoidable Africa Cup of Nations mess | Nick Ames

Football-mad fans and the presence of Mohamed Salah can revive flagging tournament but for the fourth time in a row the original hosts – this time Cameroon – have had to be replaced

Six weeks ago the notion that Egypt might host this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations had barely passed anyone’s lips. Yet Tuesday’s overwhelming decision by the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee has conferred on them that responsibility and it marks the end of a chaotic process that, quite aside from the logistical blundering that has brought about this situation, leaves the continent once again asking itself broader questions.

Egypt’s candidacy was approved by a vote of 16 to one, with one abstention, a rival South African bid having failed to get off the ground because of inadequate financial commitments. The process was hurried through after Cameroon were stripped of hosting rights on 30 November; an initial reaction is that Caf has stumbled upon the best possible sticking plaster for a bad job but there is little merit in its flair for sailing close to the wind.

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» David Wagner can hold head high after end of Huddersfield love affair | Barry Glendenning
The German will not struggle to find another job given the miracles he produced at the John Smith’s Stadium

When football clubs and their managers part by “mutual consent” the consent is invariably a lot more mutual on the part of one side than the other. Social media being as it is, it came as little or no surprise when the reaction of many Huddersfield Town fans and neutrals to Monday’s announcement by the club’s Twitter account that David Wagner and the club had severed ties in just such a fashion was one of mouth-foaming outrage based on the incorrect assumption the German had been fired.

For those who actually took the time to read the accompanying statement, it was soon clear the agreement on this parting of the ways seemed genuinely reciprocal. The conversation that ultimately led to his departure was initiated by Wagner, who offered to stand down at the end of the season citing his need for a break “from the rigours of football management”. It was eventually decided between the hierarchy and manager that it would be best for the club if he left immediately. Now they find themselves marooned at the bottom of the Premier League without the man who masterminded their unlikely passage to the top tier. One of top-flight football’s few genuinely warm and gloopy romances has come to an amicable but ultimately sad end.

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» Mysterious death of Kit Carson leaves too many questions unanswered | Daniel Taylor

Alleged victims may never get the answers they seek about former coach who was set to face trial for child abuse

Of all the many unanswered questions, there is one that leaps out in particular: why, 15 minutes before he was due to start the first day of his trial for multiple child-abuse charges, was the former football coach Kit Carson driving on a country road 45 miles from where he was supposed to be?

The difficult truth is that his alleged victims may never get the answers they seek about why, rather than taking his place in the dock at Peterborough crown court, he was behind the wheel of his red Mazda on the A1303 between Cambridge and Newmarket and, for reasons as yet unexplained, driving in completely the wrong direction.

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» Farewell to Cesc Fàbregas, the conjuror, creator and tempo dictator | Sean Ingle

Whether for Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona or Spain, at his peak the midfielder was the supreme master of the assist

After Cesc Fàbregas had uttered his fond farewells to Chelsea on Friday night, the club’s social media team posted a collection of his greatest assists. Most were 40- or 50-yard passes, launched from within his own half. Yet whether the ball was caressed or caned, sent skyward or scuttling along the ground, it always landed precisely on the foot of a teammate. It provoked the same quiet awe as seeing a major golf winner repeatedly hit a flop wedge to within four feet of the flag, no matter how dicey the approach, or dangerous the lie.

That, I think, is how the Premier League will remember the Spaniard. Sitting deep, unlocking defences, redefining the art of the assist. Yet at his peak, somewhere in his early to mid 20s, Fàbregas was much more than that. Not only a conjuror but a conductor too, able to dictate the tempo and flow of a game as well as change it in an instant – and also buzzy enough to get around the pitch and in opponent’s faces.

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» The Fiver | A kind of softly moving statue by which to remember Arsène Wenger

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The big January transfer news continues to roll in, after Oumar Niasse, a player famously deprived of a locker at Everton by Ronald Koeman, left Goodison Park to join Cardiff City. Then Yohan Benalouane, a player stored in a locker for almost two years by Claude Puel, did one from Leicester to hurry into the warm embrace of Nottingham Forest’s new manager, Martin O’Neill, who confirmed he hopes to swell the good vibes at the City Ground by bringing along, as his assistant, that most eminent graduate of the Wealdstone Raider School of Motivational Discourse, Roy Keane.

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» Which football teams doctored their playing surface to hinder opponents? | The Knowledge

Plus: top-scoring defenders, non-league double delight and strange middle names. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.

Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography.

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» Football transfer rumours: Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United?

Today’s tit-bits are taming the shrews

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been so successful at banishing the stench left by José Mourinho that Manchester United chiefs are starting to think he may be even more than a Norwegian toilet spray. Having won six out of six matches and got United playing with such brio that David de Gea only had to make 647 saves during the victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Solskjær is to be invited to make a formal presentation to Ed Woodward and other United executives in which he will lay out his plan for taking the club forward, with the fact that it is unlikely to involve talking to Daniel Levy considered to be a big point in the Norwegian’s favour.

The future of the right-back slot at United could be entrusted to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whom United want to prise from Crystal Palace to leapfrog Diogo Dalot in the hierarchy. The Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar now looks unlikely to be moving to United, whose interest has convinced the Italian club to offer him a juicy new contract. Who says transfer gossip is worthless? Marcus Rashford is to be given a new contract worth £150,000-per-week to stave off interest from Real Madrid and further highlight what a sweet deal Alexis Sánchez got. Scott McTominay, on the other hand, is to be given a pat on the back and wave goodbye if Celtic make a loan offer.

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» David Squires on … football spying and Neil Warnock's Brexit views

Our cartoonist looks at the off-field stories dominating the headlines at Leeds, Derby, Cardiff … and Newcastle

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» Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)

1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of the winning rider, Damien Oton, who somehow stayed upright while whizzing down the French Alps on a bike … in the snow.

2) There have been plenty of dancing footballers down the years but not many quite so enthusiastic as Raul Meireles in Lip Sync Portugal. Just look at those shoulders go. He’s got form from his playing days, mind. But spare a thought for poor Mo Salah. He would have probably preferred Sadio Mané to win African Footballer of the Year had he known he was going to be forced to dance on stage by Youssou N’Dour. And we’re not sure about Carlos Tevez’s moves in this video when he was in a band called Piola Vago. He looks as if he’s having much more fun than he ever had in the Chinese Super League, though. Sergio Agüero is another South American footballer whose body moves better on a pitch than in time to music. Here he is self consciously fronting a song about himself by the band Los Leales. Youri Djorkaeff takes his dancing far too seriously in this R&B effort. And Jürgen Klopp did a bit of dad-dancing recently too. We’ve seen worse.

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

Manchester City go top after Chelsea blow the title race wide open with victory over threadbare Arsenal

Make no mistake, the title race is wide open now. Chelsea were scintillating at Arsenal and Emma Hayes should be lauded for getting her tactics spot-on. They pressed a makeshift Arsenal backline with real ferocity, defending tirelessly from the front and forcing the home side into a first half full of errors. The energy of Beth England, Karen Carney and Erin Cuthbert, who scored their two goals, was fundamental to their approach. It was evident from the opening minutes that Chelsea, who have not lost since going down 5-0 at home to Arsenal on 14 October, were the team with the momentum and that they were attacking something of a wounded animal. The resources on their bench, which was full of seasoned internationals like Fran Kirby and Anita Asante, are astonishing and they are beginning to reap the rewards of the investment they made to bolster last season’s squad. This was their seventh successive league win and they are gunning for honours in all four major competitions. In this form, and with the belief palpably oozing from them, you would not bet against them achieving something special.

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» The forgotten story of … Di Jones and the footballers who died of tetanus

The infection was a serious threat to British players in the years before a vaccination was introduced, claiming several lives, including that of the Manchester City full-back in 1902

In the past five recorded years, there have been 29 confirmed cases of tetanus in England and Wales and two fatalities, both women in their 80s. Vaccination has been so successful that the vicious, fatal effect of the infection has been forgotten.

But before a vaccination was introduced in the UK in 1961 tetanus was startlingly common and, as it is possible for even the most trivial wound to lead to infection, it made almost any activity potentially fatal. To give a few British-based examples: in 1923 a seven-year-old died after hurting his hand on a toy pistol; in 1927 a farmer died after falling over a pig; the previous year a 62-year-old woman died after scraping her elbow while picking peas; and in August 1899 a man died from an injury sustained while playing the leisurely garden game of quoits. His was the fourth death from tetanus in Kent that week.

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

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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» ‘Football has no gender or religion’: Annie Zaidi’s journey into coaching | Suzanne Wrack

Solihull Moors Ladies’ head coach on how years of abuse could not quash her love for the game and how she owes her career to that fearlessness and Les Ferdinand

‘I still have to pinch myself. Head coach. Ladies’ first team. At a club with so much credibility.” You can hear the giddy excitement in Annie Zaidi’s voice. The new head coach of Solihull Moors Ladies, who play in Division One Midlands of the Women’s National League, has worked hard for this opportunity – harder than most have to because the 34-year-old is not only a woman working in a profession dominated by men but has also had to battle racial and religious stereotyping and abuse as a Pakistani Muslim.

She strives to avoid being defined by those labels, craving the day when her talent is all anyone notices. Widely known as “Coach Annie”, Zaidi has been working with Solihull’s boys’ youth teams since 2017.

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» Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’
The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in football

Sven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career – and it is still going – having managed 16 teams in eight different countries but, he says on a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, there are not many things he would have done differently over the past 42 years.

Not a single one? “Well …” the current Philippines coach says when we meet at a swish hotel next to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Maybe one then … and that would be that last World Cup.”

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» Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs | Eni Aluko

Why take on a rebuilding job in Manchester when he could win Tottenham the title for the first time in almost 60 years with a little help from the board?

Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe his comments this week about his future at Tottenham as a direct call for action to the club’s board following his show of loyalty. I understood Pochettino to be saying to them: “I have showed and I am showing my loyalty to you by batting away the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, but now if you back me financially I want to stay for the next 20 years”.

Pochettino has been at Tottenham for five years, which is rare in modern football and yet has spent a lot less money than rivals clubs who challenge for the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp has turned Liverpool into real title contenders in only three years and has had to spend a lot of money to try to bridge the gap to Manchester City. But Klopp has also moulded that team in his own image, with an exciting brand of play which we have seen in abundance this season. Pochettino has done the same but how much of building a team to win the Premier League is down to having much more spending power versus a coach’s ability to change the playing style, tactical blueprint and perhaps most importantly the winning mentality of the team?

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» The best young players in the Championship this season

Tammy Abraham turned down a move to the Premier League this week. He is not the only youngster who could step up

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Tammy Abraham has already been offered a chance to play in the Premier League in this transfer window. He rejected a loan move to Wolves earlier this week in favour of staying with Aston Villa to help with their push for promotion. Not every player would turn down a Premier League club but his decision may prove wise. There’s little doubt the 21-year-old striker will be a Premier League player next season, wherever that may be, so his choice to stick with a side and system that play to his strengths is admirable. Abraham, who has two England caps, is the joint top scorer in the Championship this season with 16 goals in 20 appearances – and 12 of those goals have come in his last 10 games. Rating: 7.40

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