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Sports Centre, Heslington, North Yorkshire
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Boroughbridge High School, Wetherby Road, Boroughbridge
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Brayton »
Doncaster Road, Brayton
Male, U21
Bridlington Rangers Juniors »
Sewerby Road, Bridlington, East Riding Of Yorkshire
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Burlington Jackdaws »
New Pastures Lane, Bridlington, Yorkshire
Male, Female, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Copmanthorpe Juniors »
Barons Crescent, Copmanthorpe, York
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, U7
Fc Filey »
West Road, Filey, North Yorkshire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U13, U9, U8
Huby United Jfc »
Cornlands Road, Acomb, York
Male, U16
New Earswick Eagles Juniors »
White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, York
Male, U14
Thirsk Falcons Juniors »
Newsham Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Thirsk Falcons Ladies »
Chapel Street, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Female, U15, U14
Woodthorpe Wanderers Jnrs »
Summerfield Road, York, North Yorkshire
Male, Female, U16, U12, U11, U10, U9, U7

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» Bristol City sack head coach Lee Johnson after Cardiff defeat
The Robins fell to defeat at Ashton Gate to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon
» Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Mason Greenwood is deadliest finisher he has seen
Solskjaer watched on as United's teenage prodigy bagged two goals - one with each foot - to help his side to a 5-2 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday
» Man Utd's new goalscoring trio can give Solskjaer his own Holy Trinity
There's a new attacking trio in town for United – and they've even eclipsed the scoring exploits of Liverpool's own title-winning triumvirate
» Vardy nets 100th Premier League goal as Leicester boost Champions League hopes
LEICESTER CITY 3-0 CRYSTAL PALACE: Brendan Rodgers' side got back on track with a convincing victory over the Eagles at the King Power Stadium
» Marcus Rashford sends warning over Man Utd teammate Mason Greenwood
Red Devils star Rashford believes his fellow forward is amongst the deadliest finishers in the Premier League - and set out his hopes for the rest of the season
» Rio Ferdinand compares 'ruthless' Mason Greenwood to two Premier League greats
Greenwood scored twice in Man Utd's 5-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday to take his tally to 15 in his breakthrough season, earning the plaudits of Red Devils legend Ferdinand
» Man Utd player ratings as Mason Greenwood stars in dramatic win over Bournemouth
18-year-old sensation Greenwood added to his tally for the season with two powerful efforts which advanced United's hopes of a top four finish and sank Bournemouth closer to relegation
» 5 talking points as Man Utd front three shine in win over Bournemouth
The young forward scored twice as the hosts moved into the top four with a dominant victory over a Cherries side which had taken the lead at Old Trafford
» Mason Greenwood proves Paul Scholes' point with two-goal display vs Bournemouth
Greenwood had a significant impact on United's fortunes on Saturday, netting the equaliser after his side had fallen behind before a stunning goal in the second half
» Ferdinand explains why Bruno Fernandes is better than 90 per cent of midfielders
Bruno Fernandes arrived at Man Utd from Sporting Lisbon in January and is yet to lose in the Premier League
» Milner admits he could have left Liverpool after Klopp's positional switch
Milner signed for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers as he wanted to play in central midfield, before Klopp asked him to fill the unfamiliar left-back role for the 2016/17 campaign
» Wolves vs Arsenal live score and goal updates from Premier League clash
Mikel Arteta's men head to Molineux to face Nuno Espirito Santo's side after three successive wins, but now face a Wolves team chasing a Champions League spot
» Milner discusses potential return to Leeds United should Whites gain promotion
Liverpool Premier League winner James Milner played 54 times for Leeds United before joining Newcastle in 2004 - but could he be ready for a famous homecoming
» Everton star Bernard opens up on visiting psychologist over anxiety attack
Bernard suffered the attack before seeking help to overcome his mental health issues and says he is much stronger for the treatment he has received
» Barcelona boss Quique Setien stays tight-lipped on Lionel Messi exit reports
Messi's contract at Camp Nou expires next summer and there are rumours of a rift between the Argentine superstar and Setien - who refused to rule out a departure
» Premier League stars take part in final Clap for Carers for NHS's 72nd birthday
Top-flight stars and match officials showed their appreciation to healthcare professionals and other key workers by clapping before kick-off ahead of the NHS' anniversary
» Bruno Fernandes wins third consecutive Man Utd player of the month award
The Portugal midfielder has picked up the accolade in every month since his January transfer - and landed June's award due to his impressive form since the Premier League's restart
» How Liverpool could line up with Thiago Alcantara as Fabinho option explored
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Bayern Munich midfielder, and his addition could see Jurgen Klopp's champions add another new dimension to their side
» Leroy Sane’s new shirt number suggests Coutinho’s future has been decided
Sane completed his move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich for £45million this week and has been given the No.10 shirt
» Paul Scholes pinpoints key difference between Mason Greenwood and Daniel James
The Red Devils legend has given his verdict on which player he prefers on United's right flank, identifying one star who looks like he is "going to score every single time"
» Man Utd vs Bournemouth live score and goal updates from Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side continued their recent good form thanks to goals from Mason, Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes
» Scholes identifies two signings Man Utd need to make to close gap on Liverpool
The former United midfielder had previously said that he thought the Red Devils were "four or five" players short of challenging the new champions, but he's reduced that number
» Kai Havertz dreams of playing in the Premier League as transfer race hots up
The Bayer Leverkusen playmaker has long harboured hopes of testing his mettle in English football, according to one of his team-mates
» Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Liverpool players feel "strange" over end of season
The midfielder scored an own goal in Thursday night's 4-0 drubbing at Manchester City, but says the new champions will learn from something of an unprecedented time

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» Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

48 min: Some space for Traore out on the right. He hooks into the centre but can’t find the advanced Dendoncker.

47 min: Saiss looks a wee bit groggy here. The physios take a good long look at him before he’s allowed to get up and continue.

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» Greenwood hits double as Manchester United thrash Bournemouth

Bournemouth took a shock early lead at Old Trafford but Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial each scored to reach 20 goals and become the first Manchester United players to do so in the same season since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernández in 2011.

The star, though, was the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood, who struck in each half to take him to 15 for the campaign in what was a topsy-turvy contest that featured two offside goals in addition to the seven legal ones as United ended nine years without a quintuple in the league at Old Trafford.

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» Jamie Vardy plunders Crystal Palace to become Leicester's man of the century

It was a struggle, it was not hugely convincing, but it was a win – and given how things have been going recently for Leicester, that is the most important thing. Not much less significant is that Jamie Vardy is scoring again. His first goal, his 100th in the Premier League, was a simple tap-in, but his second was the Vardy of old, a confident, dinked finish in injury-time after a classic breakaway. If this is a return to form, it could be decisive in Leicester holding on to third place.

Since scoring at Manchester City just before Christmas, Vardy’s only goals had come against Aston Villa in the final game before lockdown. Brendan Rodgers had been keen to stress that Vardy’s drought was indicative of a collective failing and that there has been a problem getting players up alongside him. To that end, he selected Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Vardy, with Ayoze Pérez deployed behind them.

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» Norwich stare at the trapdoor after Trossard seals win for Brighton

The game is almost up for Norwich. In a week meant to herald the start of a great escape, an insipid defeat by a Brighton team heading in a different direction leaves them almost resigned to their fate.

Leandro Trossard’s smart finish was enough to seal the victory that almost certainly assures Brighton’s Premier League survival for a third successive season – they look good to match the club’s best period in the top-flight between 1979-83.

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» Chris Martin's late equaliser for Derby County denies Nottingham Forest

Not even Chris Martin knew which part of his anatomy his equalising goal went in off but it may prove critical to Derby’s play-off ambitions after the striker claimed a broken rib and a point against his club’s fiercest rivals seven minutes into stoppage time.

Related: Jake Cooper cashes in on error to give Millwall victory at Charlton

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» Leeds close on Premier League return after easing to victory over Blackburn

Leeds took a huge stride towards the Premier League as goals from Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich helped to secure a 3-1 win at Blackburn.

The win moves the Championship leaders four points clear of second-placed West Brom, who will have the chance to haul back the deficit against struggling Hull on Sunday.

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» Said Benrahma hat-trick for Brentford completes horror week for Wigan
  • Josh Onomah’s late goal keeps Fulham in the hunt
  • Cardiff in sixth after Josh Ward strike at Bristol City

Brentford are only two points off second and an automatic promotion place after Said Benrahma scored a hat-trick against troubled Wigan, whose nine-match unbeaten run came to an end in a week where the club was placed into administration.

Fulham were on the way to dropping two vital home points against Birmingham but Josh Onomah scored in the fifth minute of injury time to keep then in the hunt after Leeds’ win at Blackburn and Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw at Derby. West Brom play Hull on Sunday. Scott Parker’s Fulham are fourth, two points behind Brentford.

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» José Mourinho 'destroyed a little bit' by Spurs defeat at Sheffield United
  • The Portuguese says team could have done more in loss
  • Result leaves Spurs in ninth place in Premier League table

José Mourinho says he was “destroyed a little bit on the inside” by his side’s lack of fight against Sheffield United on Thursday. Spurs sunk without a trace after a controversial VAR decision robbed them of a goal as their Champions League hopes were left in tatters by a 3-1 defeat. They were outplayed and outfought by the Blades and Mourinho, who called his players out on it, was “disturbed” by the performance.

“There was a lot in the game, there was a possibility of shortening distances to Champions League positions, there was the possibility of being more stable for the Europa League positions fight,” the manager said. “I believed in the evolution of the team and I thought that by a desire point of view, they put more in than us. That’s something that disturbs me.

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

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

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

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

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» Jake Cooper cashes in on error to give Millwall victory at Charlton

Jake Cooper pounced on Dillon Phillips’ error to steal Millwall a 1-0 Championship victory at Charlton.

Centre-back Cooper gleefully took advantage after goalkeeper Phillips spilled Connor Mahoney’s long-range strike, to hand Millwall their first win since the league’s resumption and keep them in the race for the play-offs.

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» Why Phil Foden won't be constrained by usual shackles on England players | Barney Ronay

He will do well at Manchester City, but for the national side he represents a genuine point of difference in a midfield too conservative to succeed regularly

There’s a game you can play that involves listing the most random internet voice to have brought you a disproportionately grave piece of world news. This is something that happens more and more at a time when just having internet access means everyone, everywhere is suddenly a source of breaking news.

And so we get to hear about the abdication of the Queen via a retweet from the bass player in Shed Seven, or discover Europe is about to be consumed by a tsunami through a trending online spat between Fiona Bruce and Darren Bent. This is the way now. The apocalypse won’t announce itself with a flash of light or an asteroid on the horizon, but via a sad-faced emoji from a recently retired New Zealand fast bowler.

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» Inter open talks with Chelsea over buying Emerson Palmieri
  • Italian club ready to offer £18m for left-back
  • Chelsea expected to demand larger fee

Inter have opened negotiations with Chelsea over buying the left-back Emerson Palmieri. Antonio Conte is keen to add the Italy international to his squad, having signed him for Chelsea in January 2018, and the Serie A club are prepared to offer €20m (£18m).

Emerson would consider the move because he is not a guaranteed starter at Chelsea and wants the best chance of being Italy’s first choice at next summer’s European Championship.

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» Frank Lampard says Chelsea could solve set-piece problem by signing tall players
  • Chelsea have worst record in league for defending corners
  • Team relied on height to defend set pieces under Mourinho

Frank Lampard has said Chelsea could attempt to solve their weaknesses at set pieces by signing tall players.

Chelsea have the worst statistics in the Premier League when defending corners this season, with nine goals conceded from 110 deliveries, and their shortcomings were exposed during their 3-2 defeat against West Ham on Wednesday. Tomas Soucek dominated Lampard’s leaky defence at set pieces, heading in a Jarrod Bowen corner shortly after having another effort ruled out by VAR.

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» Wigan Athletic: lawyers appointed to investigate collapse of club
  • Possible gambling connection cited by Rick Parry
  • EFL said various rumours and reports have been circulating

The administrator of Wigan Athletic has said lawyers have been appointed to investigate the circumstances of the club’s collapse, including the rumour of a possible gambling connection cited by the EFL chairman, Rick Parry.

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy also jointly wrote to Parry calling for the EFL to conduct an investigation, saying: “There are serious questions to be asked about the EFL’s processes, with the club’s new owner being approved just a matter of days before it was plunged into administration.” They also asked the EFL to suspend the club’s 12-point penalty for going into administration – which could apply this season or next depending on its final league position – pending the outcome of the investigation.

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» Jürgen Klopp promises title medals to entire Liverpool first-team squad
  • Premier League rules set five appearances as trigger
  • ‘These guys will get a medal, even if I produce one myself’

Jürgen Klopp believes every member of his first-team squad should be presented with a Premier League winner’s medal, regardless of the appearances they have clocked up, and has promised to manufacture more or give away his if necessary.

“If you play one game you should have a medal, if you play no games you should have a medal,” said Liverpool’s manager as he questioned the rule which sets five appearances as the trigger. “I don’t know who thought of five games, who came up with that idea, but I don’t think it’s a good rule because people don’t understand how important the squad is to win a championship. You train five million times a year and if you don’t train at the highest level you have no chance to win a championship.”

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» Wycombe run amok at Fleetwood as Oxford hold Portsmouth in play-offs
  • Nine-man Fleetwood hammered in home leg
  • Marcus Browne earns Oxford draw at Portsmouth

Wycombe took firm control of their League One play-off semi-final with Fleetwood as they cruised to a thumping 4-1 victory at Highbury.

Gareth Ainsworth’s team, who finished the regular campaign in third place, were terrific value for their victory against a home side who had two men sent off and saw their 12-match unbeaten run ended.

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» Steve Bruce confident Allan Saint-Maximin will stay at Newcastle
  • Manager hails French winger as ‘signing of the season’
  • ‘The great thing about him is he just loves playing football’

Steve Bruce has hailed Allan Saint-Maximin as the Premier League’s signing of the season. The gifted French winger is lighting up England’s top tier after joining Newcastle United for what, with hindsight, looks a bargain £16.5m from Nice last summer.

“I wouldn’t put a price on Allan now,” said Bruce. “When you look at the level of money we bought him for, he’s arguably the best pound-for-pound signing in the Premier League. You show me another better. When you look at what he’s produced for us, we have probably got the buy of the season. He’s blessed with unique skills, which he’s got in abundance.”

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

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

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

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

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» Can Manchester United sustain revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjær? | Jamie Jackson

United’s manager has been brave in cutting the squad and after going 15 games unbeaten the sense is of a more stable outfit

As a snapshot of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s evolving Manchester United, rewind to Bruno Fernandes’s second goal in the 3-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday. On 50 minutes, a commanding Harry Maguire header initiated a wow moment. Wow because of what it suggested of Nemanja Matic, whose best days are supposedly gone. And wow because it confirmed how the Serb’s rejuvenation is part of the larger team renaissance that Solskjær is overseeing.

Matic took the ball on his chest, pivoted and found Mason Greenwood with a second sight-like vision that had the 18-year-old surging along the left, before a cross found the relentless Fernandes who volleyed home at the far post.

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» Wendell: 'Brazilian players have a higher value as we produce the best'

The full-back discusses Brazil’s long love affair with Bayer Leverkusen and how his club can overcome Bayern Munich

By Joshua Law for Yellow & Green Football

For some Brazilians, the road to approbation in European football is bumpy. The most obvious obstacle is the playing style – higher paced, less forgiving – and there are the additional challenges of the climate, language, food and baffling local customs. But the route Wendell followed when he moved from Rio Grande do Sul to North-Rhine Westphalia as a fresh-faced 20-year-old in June 2014 had been smoothed by years of use.

Brazil and Bayer Leverkusen have a long-running and intense love affair. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Seleção stalwarts Jorginho, Emerson, Zé Roberto and Juan each racked up more than 100 games for the club. Paulo Sérgio was a Bayer player when he won the World Cup in 1994, as was Lúcio when he won football’s greatest prize in 2002.

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» 'Ice-cold' Jamal Musiala making waves at Bayern after leaving Chelsea

Attacking midfielder is back in the country of his birth but remains an England youth international – at least for now

Even Jamal Musiala couldn’t have expected his first year back in Germany to end quite so well. On 20 June, aged 17 years and 115 days, the former star of Chelsea’s academy became the youngest player to make a Bundesliga appearance for Bayern Munich after coming on in a 3-0 victory over Freiburg – beating a record that has been held by such luminaries as Toni Kroos and David Alaba.

It capped the England Under-17 international’s extraordinary progress since leaving the Premier League club last summer, with Musiala emerging as one of Bayern’s brightest young prospects.

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

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

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

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

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

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» Boardroom turmoil, troubling finances and Messi's influence: why Barcelona are a mess

Missing out on the Spanish title is perhaps Barça’s smallest problem – decline is setting in and most key players are above 30. This will take a long time to sort out

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the team’s eyes. It was almost midnight on the last day of the financial year and it was over.

Looking down at the scene were the club’s directors who had made it to July, surviving another season, but only just. Any lingering hope of winning La Liga had gone. Ten days before Gerard Piqué said it would be “very difficult”. Now, held 2-2 by Atlético Madrid, a third draw in four, it was virtually impossible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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» Aston Villa manager Dean Smith laments fixture congestion after Wolves defeat – video

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith blamed fatigue for his team's 1-0 loss to Wolves at Villa Park. 

'I think the biggest winner today was fatigue,' he said. 'It is not a spectacle at the moment anyway without supporters there and even less so when you are asked to play the amount of games we are playing in so many days.'

Villa are yet to win since the Premier League restarted and currently sit 19th in the league. 

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» Premier League managers on Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool's title win – video

Premier League managers congratulated Liverpool and their manager Jürgen Klopp after they sealed a first league title in 30 years. Pep Guardiola, manager of previous champions Manchester City, said: 'Congratulations for Liverpool – the fans, manager, the players. Well deserved.'

Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Brendan Rodgers, who came so close to the title with Liverpool in 2014, also praised Klopp's success. 'It's an absolutely brilliant achievement' said Rodgers, who is now Leicester manager. 'They've been consistently the best team'. 

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» 'Relieved, happy, proud': Jürgen Klopp hails Premier League triumph – video

An 'overwhelmed' Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed his squad for their Premier League triumph after Manchester City's defeat at Chelsea gave the Reds an unassailable lead. The German manager has led the club to their first domestic title since 1990, and dedicated the success to the club's fans

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

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

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

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» Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team watching from home. Barcelona are a point behind Real having played a game more.

It is a week now since Gerard Piqué said that winning the league would be “very, very difficult” – a second 2-2 draw in four days leaves it seeming impossible now, even if Barcelona win all of their last five games – and on this evidence, they won’t.

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» Lazio rely on luck and Luis Alberto's sorcery to keep title hopes alive | Nicky Bandini

Spanish playmaker got the winner against Fiorentina but Lazio needed a fortunate bounce and a questionable penalty to keep Juventus in their sights

“It’s alive!” The front page of Sunday’s Corriere dello Sport shrieked out like Doctor Frankenstein at the awakening of his creature. As late as 10pm the previous evening it had seemed one of the most compelling Serie A title races in years was coming to a premature end. And then, with a jolt, it wasn’t.

The newspaper gave credit to a Spanish sorcerer. Luis Alberto – Il Mago, as they know him in Rome – had scored the winning goal as Lazio came from behind to beat Fiorentina, dragging his team back to within four points of the leaders, Juventus.

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» Relief all round as Bayern's muted party brings Bundesliga curtain down | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich celebrated in front of empty stands at Wolfsburg but completing the season safely was the biggest victory of all

There were no torrents of beer being thrown, no families invited on to the pitch and no full stands. As Bayern Munich were presented with the Bundesliga trophy for the eighth time in a row on Saturday, it was not even at the home but at vanquished Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena.

Bayern’s players made their own amusement, with Lucas Hernandez dummying his lift of the trophy to widespread laughter and Leon Goretzka’s teammates ambushing him and rolling up his sleeves, exposing his recently augmented biceps.

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» Karim Benzema backheel sums up La Liga weekend of beauty and brilliance | Sid Lowe

The Frenchman’s assist has put Real Madrid on course for the title, but it wasn’t even the most dazzling piece of skill on an extraordinary weekend in Spain

Sometimes there’s so much brilliance you don’t even know where to begin, let alone which words to use. Stendhal Syndrome, they call it, which is a disappointingly functional phrase to define those moments when you feel overwhelmed by beauty, and Karim Benzema expressed it better. On the pitch most of all, but off it too. Not when he said pfff – because what else was he supposed to say – but when he smiled, shrugged a little and said: “that’s football.” The afternoon before, Fyodor Smolov had said it too without uttering a word. Instead, he took the ball in his arms and kissed it.

“Thanks, old girl,” Alfredo Di Stéfano used to say, addressing the ball that had given him everything. Sometimes it’s enough to be grateful for the game and this was one of those times, if only fans could have been there to see it themselves. The kind of weekend Iago Aspas scores a goal so good he tears off his shirt in an empty stadium, sliding to his knees before a solitary man in a mask; the kind that closes after midnight with Benzema trying to explain how he had dreamed up the backheeled, nutmegged assist – yes, it was a backheel, a nutmeg and an assist – that took Real Madrid clear and brought the title close now.

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» Condensed A-League season to play out mostly in NSW hub
  • Almost all games to be played in NSW once season resumes
  • Game to be played almost every day for a month

A-League clubs know when they will be playing their remaining games of the 2019-20 season but several matches are yet to have a confirmed venue.

The schedule for the remaining 27 matches of the regular season as well as finals was released by Football Federation Australia on Tuesday.

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» ‘Arjen, follow your heart’: Robben hopes to make comeback with Groningen
  • The Dutch winger retired from football in May 2019
  • Robben says return will be ‘a tough physical challenge’

Arjen Robben plans to come out of retirement to play next season for Eredivisie side Groningen, 18 years after he left the club to join PSV Eindhoven.

The 36-year-old, who made 96 appearances for the Netherlands national team, played his last match for Bayern Munich in May 2019, ending his career citing the toll injuries had taken on him.

Related: Werder Bremen hit six to avoid relegation from Bundesliga on final day

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» Australia and New Zealand's winning Women's World Cup bid is a moment of optimism for football

Hosting the Fifa tournament will also open the door to the greatest untapped commercial market in world football: Asia

In 2015, when France was announced as the host for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the dramatic reveal of the envelope was met with little more than the gentle tapping of keyboards in an otherwise silent, half-empty conference room.

Fifa could not have expected what women’s football would achieve just four years later when the tournament that preceded that anti-climactic moment attracted 1.1bn viewers and smashed records across the world.

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» Barcelona and Juventus agree swap deal for Arthur and Miralem Pjanic
  • Italian side will pay €10m to Barcelona
  • Arthur agrees deal until 2025, Pjanic until 2024

Barcelona and Juventus have agreed a swap deal for the midfielders Arthur and Miralem Pjanic, with the Serie A champions also paying €10m (£9m).

Related: Miralem Pjanic: ’We were in danger. Football wasn’t the most important thing’ | Paolo Bandini

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» English football won't really be back until women are playing again | Julie Elliott

With the WSL not restarting until September, women’s football is not on equal ground, writes MP Julie Elliott

As the Premier League season gets back into its rhythm following the immense energy and investment put into Project Restart, it is easy to look at the cancellation of the Women’s Super League with disdain, especially in light of women’s football restarting elsewhere.

After the World Cup in France last year provided a catalyst for a record-breaking WSL season, we saw attendances and viewers up, technology such as the FA player taking the game to new audiences, and players becoming household names across the country.

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» Zico: 'I would not swap watching the Premier League for any other'

The Brazil legend reminisces about scoring against England, beating Liverpool and his days playing in Italy and Japan

By Bruno Freitas for Yellow & Green Football

Zico has spent the last few months among his dogs and eight grandchildren in his beautiful house in Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro. He is not used to being at home for so long. After spending the bulk of his playing career with Flamengo, he set off on a football adventure that has taken him across the globe and back. After playing in Italy and Japan, he managed in Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Iraq, Qatar and India, before taking up his current role as technical director at Kashima Antlers in the J-League.

Being at home, then, is unusual for the 67-year-old. “This is the first time I have spent more than three months at home, enjoying my house. It’s been good,” he says. In Rio, Zico is bigger than Pelé. He scored 334 goals at the Maracanã and is worshiped as the greatest player to have pulled on the red and black of Flamengo – the most popular club in the country. Although Zico never won the World Cup, he also made history for the Seleção too, scoring Brazil’s winning goal as they became the first team from South America to win at Wembley in May 1981.

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» Football is back and we are grateful but a crowd is not a sound effect | Jonathan Liew

We may be adapting to watching games without any crowd present but it is inauthentic: let’s not start getting too used to it

Nothing really prepares you for watching a Premier League game without a crowd for the first time. I was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to watch Chelsea v Manchester City and – after completing my temperature check, filling out my health questionnaire and negotiating the dozen or so security checkpoints – what I encountered was something bare and brutal: football stripped to its bones, condensed to its basic raw materials.

Perhaps the most startling thing was not how inauthentic it felt, but how real. You realise how small a stadium really is, how much flesh and longing we pack into these four walls. You realise, too, how much it means to those involved. The normal frames of reference – school football, youth football, training games, Sunday League – do not really apply here. Perhaps this is as much projection as reality, but you feel the freight of the occasion in every pass and barge and aerial duel. You hear Antonio Rüdiger bawling at his team-mates. Kevin De Bruyne barking: “NOW! NOW!” as he seeks a quick pass. Raheem Sterling screaming “OUR BALL, REF!” as if he’s pleading for clemency from the eternal fires of damnation, rather than a throw-in level with the 18-yard box.

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» The Fiver | Liverpool's reign as undisputed champions was good while it lasted

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The Fiver would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Manchester City, winners of the 2020-21 Premier League if we’re reading the current mood in the room correctly. It’s a most dramatic development, given neighbours United had all but been awarded the title two days ago when everyone was yammering on about their statement victory at Brighton. However on Thursday night City put in a bravura flag-planting performance of their own, strolling their way through, around and over a contemporary dance collective from Merseyside who were, in a live world exclusive, showcasing their brand-new interpretive dance routine about a yawn.

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

Plus: Gooch and Smith, a journey into the mind of Roy Keane, the best of Nate Diaz and the Fash FC saga in full

1) On Wednesday, we will celebrate the return of Test cricket with England taking on West Indies. So here’s Sir Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge flaying England as was his wont: twin tons in 1976; 214 not out in 1984; 223, also in 1984; and a partnership with Desmond Haynes worth 289 in 1990. See also: Graham Gooch’s unbeaten 154 at Headingley in 1991, Robin Smith’s savage 148 not out a couple of weeks later at Lord’s … and Brian Lara’s 179 in the drawn final Test in 1995. And will anything this series touch this inspired spell from Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh?

A word for Sir Everton Weekes, who sadly died on Wednesday. The Bajan batsman was feted as one of the three Ws – the others being Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell – and can be seen here limbering up before a Test series in England in 1950. A legend of the game. RIP.

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» Taking a deep dive into Liverpool's title-winning campaign – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Ceylon Andi Hickman, Andy Hunter and Gregg Bakowski discuss all the elements behind Liverpool’s first title win in 30 years. Plus the rest of the weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup action

In this podcast the team delve into Liverpool’s first title in 30 years and how it was achieved. Was it all Jürgen Klopp? Or are there other factors behind this season’s success, which is still on course to be a record-breaker?

In part two, we ask which Liverpool players have been most instrumental in the dominance we’ve seen. And we talk about the celebrations in the city, some of which were criticised by the club in a statement.

Finally, we round up the rest of the weekend’s football, with no upsets in the FA Cup quarter-finals and damaging defeats for Watford and Aston Villa in the Premier League. There’s also Championship action, Europe’s big talking points and a discussion over whether Barry should be rested for tomorrow’s podcast. Tune in then to find out.

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» David Squires on … the Premier League's return, plane banners and all

Our cartoonist on the big restart, including Maupay v Arsenal, Liverpool’s wait and that banner

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» How John Crossan became football's most harshly treated player – podcast

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

In this episode: banned for ‘life’ in 1959, the former Northern Ireland forward John Crossan can consider himself the most harshly treated footballer of all time

Read the text version here

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» Dutch delight, 10-10 cricket and an Olympic shuttlecock challenge | Classic YouTube

Plus: Jamie Redknapp takes on Patrick Kielty, Mike Tyson opens up to Oprah and Serie A stars miss sitters

1) Thirty-two years ago today, Soviet Union v the Netherlands in Munich for the Euro 88 final. And that Marco van Basten volley – still as ridiculous as ever. The powerfully nodded opener from Ruud Gullit always bears rewatching too. Precisely 10 years earlier, reverse fortunates for the Dutch as Mario Kempes helped himself to two goals to help Argentina to their first World Cup victory – on home soil too.

More Dutch brilliance here from Patrick Kluivert, nonchalantly lobbing in from 40 yards with the outside of his boot for Barça Legends against Uganda All-Stars in 2015. The Ugandans still won 5-3 though.

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» Quiz: how much do you remember about Liverpool's title-winning season?

See if you were paying attention as Liverpool stormed to their 19th league title by testing yourself with these questions

Who scored Liverpool's first goal of the season?

Ben Godfrey

Jamal Lewis

Grant Hanley

Teemu Pukki

Which opponent was the first to take points from Liverpool?


Manchester City


Manchester United

Defending champions Manchester City's first defeat came against which opponents?




Manchester United

Who scored the winning goal in the last minute of the 2-1 victory over Leicester at Anfield on 5 October?

James Milner

Sadio Mané

Virgil van Dijk

Jordan Henderson

Who followed up the winner in the Fifa Club World Cup with a Boxing Day double against Leicester?

Sadio Mané

Mohamed Salah

Roberto Firmino

Georginio Wijnaldum

Who scored the first goal in what proved to be a November title decider against Manchester City?

Sadio Manê


Trent Alexander-Arnold

Andy Robertson

“Ask Mike Riley and the big bosses about that. Don’t ask me. Ask Mike Riley and his people. I’m here to talk about the game. Every time I’m being asked why one day it’s handball, the next day it’s not. Don’t ask me. Ask them. I know the way we were champions last two seasons, I’m so proud of that." Before that Fabinho goal the ball struck a player's arm in the Liverpool penalty area prompting this reaction from Pep Guardiola after the game. Who was the player?

Virgil van Dijk

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Andy Robertson

Joe Gomez

Early in the season, Jürgen Klopp said that he had learned the English language from which TV programme?




B.J. and the Bear

Andy Robertson scored his only Premier League goal of the season so far against which club in a dramatic comeback win in November?

Leicester City

Crystal Palace


Aston Villa

“The world at the moment is a circus with us at the centre. I am not influenced by it.” Jürgen Klopp said this after Liverpool had done what?

Won their first three league games in a row

Won their first five league games in a row

Beaten Leicester 4-0 on Boxing Day

Won their first eight league games in a row

In which match did Liverpool fans on the Kop first sing "We're gonna win the league"?

In the opening match against Norwich on 9 August

After beating Manchester City 3-1 on 10 November

During the 5-2 defeat of Everton on 4 December

During the 2-0 defeat of Manchester United on 19 January

Adrian has deputised for Alisson in how many Premier League games so far this season?





Who scored two goals for Watford to deny Liverpool their chance of an unbeaten league season?

Ismaïla Sarr

Troy Deeney

Gerard Deulofeu

Etienne Capoue

The scorer of Liverpool's last Premier League goal before lockdown was?

Sadio Mané

Mohammed Salah

Roberto Firmino

Trent Alexander-Arnold

And who scored Liverpool's first post-lockdown goal?

Takumi Minamino

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Mohamed Salah

Sadio Mané

9 and above.

You walked through a storm and held your head up high

8 and above.

You may not be 19 forever.

5 and above.

You are more 2009 and 2014 than 2020.

0 and above.

You are an Everton or Manchester United pleading ignorance

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

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

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

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

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» Carolina Rozo: 'It started with words. He would tell me I was very pretty'

Former physio with the Colombia Under-17 women’s team on the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of the coach Didier Luna

I was sexually harassed by the manager as soon as I went into the job,” says Carolina Rozo, the former physiotherapist of Colombia Women Under‑17s. “It started with words. He would tell me I was very pretty and then he would try to take advantage of me when we were together at mealtimes and other places. Saying goodbye he would push himself against me very hard and whisper into my ear how much he liked me.”

Rozo reported to the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) her allegations and those relayed to her by the players she treated, before speaking out publicly after it failed to deal adequately with the claims. Two and a half years since she went public with her allegations against the-then head coach of the under‑17s team, Didier Luna, finally Rozo has some form of justice.

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» Liverpool's new Bootroom: from Peter 'The Eye' Krawietz to Mona Nemmer | Andy Hunter

As Liverpool celebrate, we look at the team behind the team who made winning the Premier League possible

The esteemed Anfield boot room belongs to another era but was still in existence when Liverpool won the league on 28 April 1990. In Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans, Kenny Dalglish’s assistants, it also housed members of the brains trust assembled by Bill Shankly. It would be another three years before the wrecking ball demolished rich tradition for the sake of a bigger press room.

Repeated conquests of English and European football were plotted in that confined space where Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Reuben Bennett and Tom Saunders, as well as Moran and later Evans, sat on baskets surrounded by rows of boots and posters of topless pin-ups. The latter would be obscured by an open cupboard door or a strategically placed jacket when a photographer was allowed access to the inner sanctum. Sometimes they forgot.

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» How much longer will Harry Kane tolerate a career without trophies? | Barry Glendenning

Striker’s dedication to Spurs is beyond question but he cannot be blamed for casting envious glances at others’ celebrations

A penny for the thoughts of Harry Kane as he witnessed scenes of jubilation unfold outside Anfield, perhaps pondering the notion that, seven seasons into his career as a senior professional with Tottenham, the team he represents has yet to win even one of domestic football’s far less coveted baubles.

The often-ridiculed phrase “This Means More” was coined by Liverpool long before it applied to an inevitable increase in local Covid-19 cases caused by socially irresponsible public celebrations. The unbridled delight of fans who have seen their team win the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup in little over a year is unlikely to have been lost on a player who, for all the individual plaudits he has earned, remains resolutely a footballing bridesmaid rather than bride in terms of major honours won. Playing for Tottenham obviously matters a great deal to Kane, but at 26 he has reached a point in his career where lining up for a team more likely to win silverware would surely mean more.

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» Trust, patience and hard work: how Jürgen Klopp transformed Liverpool

The German was not under pressure to win titles when he arrived at Anfield in 2015 so he set about his own Project Restart. This is how he did it …

Finally. An interminable wait stretching 30 years plus one lockdown is over and Jürgen Klopp stands alongside Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan as an immortal who made Liverpool champions of England and Europe. There is no asterisk attached. Liverpool’s 19th title may have arrived with the Kop eerily silent but it was a resounding triumph for a dominant, record-demolishing side.

“I am not the guy who is going to shout: ‘We are going to conquer the world!’” said Klopp at his unveiling. Yet that is precisely what the 53-year-old from the small Black Forest town of Glatten has achieved. This is the story of his own Project Restart …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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