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Published: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:21:03 GMT2017-10-18T15:21:03Z

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Eni Aluko accuses FA of actions 'bordering on blackmail' as Glenn and co grilled – latest

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:20:04 GMT2017-10-18T15:20:04Z

Rachel Brace is defending the FA against suggestions that it did not speak to Drew Spence. She says that Spence said in a meeting at Chelsea that she did not want to be involved in the investigation.

Rachel Brace: “We had a second meeting with Eniola and the PFA and we admitted that we hadn’t seen the video. We admitted that was an oversight.”

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Edin Dzeko: ‘I don’t run? I don’t give my best? Come on! That is a joke’

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:25 GMT2017-10-18T09:00:25Z

In an exclusive interview, the Roma striker discusses the criticism he has endured throughout his career, growing up in Bosnia during the war and facing Chelsea in the Champions League

Edin Dzeko looks as if he wants to jump up from the chair. He is animated. His cheeks are red and he gesticulates wildly. “I don’t run? I don’t give my best? Come on! That is a joke,” he says. “I can guarantee that no one in the stands or in front of the TV wants us to win games more than I do! Any match, I don’t care who we play against or what we play for, I just want to score a goal or my team to score a goal so that we win the match. Every match I give my very best. Every single match.”

It is a moment that encapsulates what the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker is all about. He has been described as being indifferent and cold but when we meet in an empty hotel restaurant on the outskirts of Sarajevo he is neither. Instead he is extremely passionate about the game, more perhaps than any other player I have interviewed, and a man who realises how lucky he is to play football for a living.

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Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new contract with Manchester City

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:18:39 GMT2017-10-18T11:18:39Z

• Agent will begin talks with City over improved terms in coming months
• Midfielder has been in brilliant form in opening period of the season

Kevin De Bruyne insists there is no rush to sign a new contract with Manchester City. The Belgium midfielder has been in brilliant form in the first two months of the season and delivered another masterful performance as City beat Napoli 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, has said he intends to begin discussions with City over improved terms in the coming months. The outcome for De Bruyne, who is paid a reported £115,000 per week on a contract that runs until 2021, could be a huge increase in wages. De Koster referenced Paris Saint-Germain’s latest big-money signings when he discussed the potential deal that he could seek.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: ‘I must be patient for first team chances at Liverpool’

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:57:03 GMT2017-10-18T11:57:03Z

• Player scored his first goal on Tuesday since his move from Arsenal
• England international has made only one start under Jürgen Klopp

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said he must be patient for first-team opportunities at Liverpool as he is still developing and adapting to Jürgen Klopp’s methods.

The England international scored his first goal for Liverpool since a £40m deadline day move from Arsenal in Tuesday’s 7-0 Champions League rout of Maribor. The strike, which Klopp claimed would lift the midfielder’s confidence and “open his chest”, followed an impressive substitute’s display against Manchester United on Saturday.

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Denmark Women’s World Cup qualifier in Sweden called off in pay dispute

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:20 GMT2017-10-18T13:01:20Z

• Last month’s friendly with Holland fell victim to players’ protest
• Danish FA and players’ association have been negotiating since last November

Denmark Women’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden has been cancelled because of a pay dispute.

The Danish team refused to play a friendly against Holland last month in protest over pay and conditions and the Danish Football Association (DBU) announced on its website on Wednesday that it had informed its Swedish counterpart that Friday’s match, scheduled to take place in Gothenburg, was off.

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The Fiver | Having to put up with Riyad Mahrez functioning in hologram mode

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:56:00 GMT2017-10-18T14:56:00Z

In today’s Fiver: FA apologies, Leicester, LinkedIn, the Pard and fan-player chat

The FA is currently getting torched by evidence heard at the DCMS select committee into its Mark Sampson investigations. At the time of writing:

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Football teams fielding three or more players with the same first name | The Knowledge

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:25 GMT2017-10-18T09:00:25Z

Plus: players who have mysteriously disappeared, European Copa Libertadores winners and brothers sent off for the same club, in the same season in the same position. Send your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Sitting down to watch Lithuania v England (with little else to do) I noticed that Gareth Southgate has handed starts to three Harrys – Winks, Maguire and Kane,” wrote Alex Chance. “When was the last time three players with the same forename lined up for England?”

It turns out this isn’t as rare as you might think. “Daniels Rose, Drinkwater and Sturridge all started against Holland in a friendly on 29 March 2016,” writes Steven Hyde. “There would probably have been a more recent example if more than one of Rose, Welbeck and Sturridge could stay fit for more than a couple of months at a time. And if you’re looking for competitive fixtures, you have to go all the way back to the last century – Davids Seaman, Batty and Beckham played alongside each other on a number of occasions, most recently in 1999 under Kevin Keegan. Also worth noting is the first match of Terry Venables’ reign, against Denmark in 1994. England played the first 67 minutes with three Pauls on the pitch (Parker, Ince and Gascoigne), and the remainder with three Davids, as Batty replaced Gazza from the substitutes bench to join Platt and Seaman.”

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Tory MP missing universal credit debate for Barcelona game is ‘doing good job’

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:53:59 GMT2017-10-18T09:53:59Z

• Douglas Ross misses Commons vote to officiate at Champions League game
• Previously criticised as MSP for missing meeting for Real Madrid match

A Conservative MP who will miss a Commons vote on welfare policy on Wednesday night to officiate at a Champions League match is “doing a good job” in his role as both a parliamentarian and a referee, one of his colleagues has insisted.

Douglas Ross, the Tory MP for Moray since June, will not take part in a debate and vote on universal credit because he will be running the line at the Camp Nou in Barcelona as the home side take on the Greek team Olympiakos.

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Leicester opt to twist rather than stick for a second time in eight months | Stuart James

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:16:27 GMT2017-10-17T20:16:27Z

Michael Appleton will take the 2015-16 champions to Swansea on Saturday, which is where Claudio Ranieri had his last stand before Shakespeare took over

The conversation lasted only a couple of minutes and there was little by way of explanation when Jon Rudkin, Leicester City’s director of football, delivered the news to Craig Shakespeare that he was out of a job only four months after he had been appointed manager on a three-year contract.

It was not the sort of day that the 53-year-old had in mind when he drove through the gates at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground earlier that morning and prepared to watch a number of his fringe players take part in a friendly match against a team from Nottingham Forest, totally oblivious to the fact that the best part of a decade of service was about to come to an end in the blink of an eye.

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World Cup play-offs: where the four European ties will be won and lost

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:02:41 GMT2017-10-18T12:02:41Z

Will Switzerland build on their form in qualifying? Are Italy going to a 15th straight World Cup? Will Croatia beat Greece? And will the Irish enjoy some luck?

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Switzerland have a right to feel hard done by having not qualified automatically with 27 points from 10 matches. Not only did they pick up their best ever points haul from a qualifying campaign, but they also finished with a higher total than five of the nine group winners in Europe. That said, Northern Ireland will go into the tie with hope, knowing the Swiss were handed a very favourable group draw.

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What does playing in the FA Cup first round mean to you?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:43:14 GMT2017-10-18T12:43:14Z

If you’re taking part in the FA Cup first round – as a fan, player, coach, manager, board member or in any way at all – we’d like to hear from you

Eighty teams will contest the first round of the FA Cup at the start of November, when there will be plenty of opportunities for the underdogs to shine. What will it mean for eighth-tier Hyde United to host League One’s MK Dons at Ewen Fields? How will Heybridge Swifts fare on their travels to League Two high flyers Exeter City? Maybe you’re part of the Truro City team who are representing Cornwall for the first time at this stage since 1969?

If your team has made it into the first round draw, we’d like to hear from you. Whether you’re a player, a member of the coaching staff or a fan who will be cheering from the stands, share your FA Cup first round hopes by filling in the form below. We’ll feature some of your contributions on the site before the matches kick off on 6 November.

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Mauricio Pochettino full of praise after Hugo Lloris saves Spurs at Real

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:28:54 GMT2017-10-17T23:28:54Z

• ‘Hugo was fantastic. He showed his real level,’ says manager
• Draw keeps Tottenham level at top of group with Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to Hugo Lloris after the goalkeeper helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid but the manager was more pleased that his team had held their own and showed they could compete at the highest level.

Tottenham led at the Bernabéu through a Raphaël Varane own goal before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised before half-time from the penalty spot. Lloris was busy and he made two outstanding saves to deny Karim Benzema and Ronaldo in the second half. Tottenham had chances of their own and Harry Kane could not find a way past Keylor Navas when he was one-on-one with him on 71 minutes.

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Kick It Out says response by FA’s Clarke to PFA’s Sampson letter was ‘disgraceful’

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:48:44 GMT2017-10-17T15:48:44Z

• Herman Ouseley ‘shocked’ the response was in form of 14-word email
• Complaint should have brought closure within days, says Kick It Out chairman

Herman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, has described himself as “shocked” by the revelations about how Greg Clarke, one of the Football Association executives to be grilled at a parliamentary hearing over the Mark Sampson affair on Wednesday, responded to allegations that the governing body had been guilty of a cover-up.

Ouseley said it was “disgraceful” that Clarke’s response to a six-page letter from the Professional Footballers’ Association setting out a series of allegations about two senior FA employees, as well as informing him of new complaints about Sampson and another member of staff from the England Women’s set-up, came in the form of a 14-word email.

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José Mourinho refuses to commit his long-term future to Manchester United

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:16:50 GMT2017-10-17T15:16:50Z

• Portuguese claims that in football, the ‘future is tomorrow’
• He signed a three-year deal when becoming manager in 2016

José Mourinho has refused to commit his long-term future to Manchester United, with the manager stating that in football the “future is tomorrow”.

The Portuguese is nearing the halfway point of a three-year contract signed in 2016, yet despite this meaning he enters its final year next summer, Mourinho is not currently prepared to commit to staying on further.

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Antonio Conte rues Chelsea’s ‘thin’ squad and ponders Álvaro Morata recall

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:11:34 GMT2017-10-17T17:11:34Z

• Manager again raises issue of squad depth after summer transfer frustrations
• Chelsea must ‘pay great attention’ against Roma says Conte

Antonio Conte has conceded Chelsea’s “thin” senior squad will force him to take risks in his team selection in the weeks ahead with a perceived lack of options, over which he had expressed concern to the hierarchy over the summer, leaving them vulnerable to suffering further injuries to key players.

Chelsea will have Álvaro Morata available again after a thigh complaint for Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Roma, the Spain international having been cleared to return to first-team duties after three days’ full training with the group.

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Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to show attacking nerve against Bayern Munich

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:00:36 GMT2017-10-17T22:00:36Z

• Manager says team should adopt aggressive approach at Allianz Arena
• Jupp Heynckes relishes return to ‘thrilling, exciting competition’

Brendan Rodgers clearly hopes Celtic’s players can produce as bullish a performance against Bayern Munich as the manager himself delivered on the eve of this Champions League fixture. Still bruised by 7-0 and 5-0 defeats by Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively in recent times, Rodgers has called on Celtic not to bow to illustrious reputation.

“We have a duty to play our game,” said the Celtic manager. “That is what we have already spoken of [to the team]. Our disappointment against Barcelona and PSG was that we didn’t quite impose our way of working. So our message is we have a duty to play how we play and that is to attack and be aggressive.

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Police now investigating over 2,000 child abuse referrals in football

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:55:51 GMT2017-10-17T14:55:51Z

• Specialist unit looking into complaints involving more than 330 clubs
• Referrals relating to sports other than football reach a total of 27

The specialist police unit investigating child abuse in football has received 142 new referrals since publishing its last updated figures in June and is currently investigating complaints involving more than 330 clubs.

The figures released on Tuesday reveal that information forwarded by police forces to Operation Hydrant up to 28 September amount to 2,028 referrals, an increase of 142 on the previous figure at the end of June.

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Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund held to draw by Apoel

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:07:19 GMT2017-10-17T22:07:19Z

• Bundesliga leaders Dortmund face missing out on last 16 after draw in Cyprus
• Spartak Moscow thrash Sevilla 5-1 in Russia to move level with Liverpool

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after they were unexpectedly held to a 1-1 draw by Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday which left them third in Group H.

Peter Bosz’s men had been expected to outclass the Cypriot minnows but they are now in danger of suffering a group-stage exit as they have yet to secure victory in the group where Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur lead the standings with seven points apiece.

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Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:54:54 GMT2017-10-17T20:54:54Z

Harry Kane’s reaction said it all. It was a mixture of disbelief and deep regret. There were 71 minutes on the clock and, suddenly, Tottenham Hotspur’s main man was in. The pass from Fernando Llorente was made to measure and, when Kane shot, all eyes followed the ball to the bottom corner of the Real Madrid net.

It squirmed agonisingly wide, Keylor Navas having got his fingertips to it and everyone seemed to take a moment to let it all sink in. Kane, who had been the pre-match story because of his explosive form and Real’s interest in him, might have made quite the statement.

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Under-17 World Cup: Curtis Anderson seals England’s penalty win over Japan

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:46:57 GMT2017-10-17T17:46:57Z

• Manchester City keeper saves and scores penalty in last-16 victory
• England through to face United States on Saturday in quarter-finals

Manchester City’s goalkeeper Curtis Anderson was the hero for England as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Under-17 World Cup in India after beating Japan 5-3 on penalties.

After England failed to find a breakthrough during normal time despite controlling most of the match in Kolkata, the first five penalties were all converted, with England leading 3-2, before Anderson saved from Japan’s Hinata Kida. The 17-year-old then stepped up to make it 4-2 before Crystal Palace’s Nya Kirby ensured Mark Cooper’s side will face USA in the last eight in Goa on Saturday.

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Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:00:05 GMT2017-10-04T09:00:05Z

From Vinicius Júnior, who has already signed for Real Madrid, to ‘the Romanian Donnarumma’ the Guardian identifies 60 of the best players in the world born in 2000

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Harry Kane relishes Real Madrid experience but key moment proves elusive | Sid Lowe

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:30:19 GMT2017-10-17T21:30:19Z

Tottenham’s top scorer could not find the decisive finishing touch at the Bernabéu but still made an impact that demonstrates how far he has come

A backheel at the Bernabéu. That is quite a baptism or it would have been if, as most of this stadium first thought, it had actually happened. The replay told a different story but it was Harry Kane the Tottenham Hotspur players ran towards as the ball settled in Keylor Navas’s net, giving them the lead just before the half-hour. The problem was that at the end of the game it was also Kane they sought out, Hugo Lloris putting an arm round his shoulder and walking him to the touchline. This was an excellent result celebrated by supporters, but it could have been even better and Kane’s face told a tale of opportunity lost.

Mauricio Pochettino has said he is forever giving Kane videos, endless clips of moments in games, things to correct, improve and learn from. He will not need to hand over footage of what happened here in the 71st minute for Kane to replay it over in his mind, when he stood alone before goal, the kind of opportunity he would have dreamed of, but saw Navas save his shot. Nor, he will be sure, will this moment sink him; it may even propel the striker to more. The manager has, after all, described him as “the best player in the world in terms of mental strength, willpower and endeavour”. That does not make it painless, though, not least as this was set up as his night. When Fernando Llorente found him with 19 minutes remaining it really could have been.

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NYC FC's Jack Harrison making mark from St George’s Park to the Bronx

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT2017-10-18T08:00:00Z

The New York City FC winger is making headlines on both sides of the pond after debuting for England’s Under-21s amid his club’s play-off push

The moment Jack Harrison realized that he had finally made it in his home country was not when he stepped onto the Riverside pitch for his England Under-21 debut, but when he walked past a TV screen.

“Growing up in England I watched Sky Sports all the time and one afternoon at St George’s Park I walked past a TV and saw myself on it and I thought, ‘That’s so weird’,” Harrison laughs.

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Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done | Suzanne Wrack

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:21 GMT2017-10-17T09:10:21Z

The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairness

A standard has been set. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s national team will now be paid the same as their men’s side. They are the first national FA to have devised an equal pay deal, just a few months after Lewes vowed to do the same for their semi-professional players at The Dripping Pan. This latest deal is especially significant, coming at a time when women’s national teams are standing up and demanding more from the shirt they pull on, and the countries they represent on the international stage.

International women footballers have had enough of low wages – or even having to pay to play – shoddy facilities, a lack of respect and what is often less than second-rate treatment. In recent years , they have been met with resistance from out-of-touch boardrooms. Players have been forced to organise and threaten action to win concessions that are often miles from any demand for parity.

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How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe's first World Cup play-offs in 1997

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:18:20 GMT2017-10-17T11:18:20Z

A few of the teams facing play-offs for next summer’s World Cup have been here before. Croatia and Italy qualified 20 years ago ... unlike the Republic of Ireland

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Of the eight countries who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup European play-offs, three of them – Croatia, Italy and the Republic of Ireland – were involved in the first Uefa play-offs held 20 years ago for qualification to the 1998 World Cup in France. At the play-offs in 1997, we witnessed the emergence of future star players, the end of a few careers, the arrival of new nations, the departure of another and one of the most extraordinary two-legged ties in international football.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, there was a rapid expansion of countries admitted to Uefa in the run-up to the 1998 World Cup. With France entering automatically as hosts, there were 14 places available for the remaining 49 European teams as opposed to the 12 slots made available for 37 teams in 1994. Among the dozen debutants were newly independent Balkan countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, plus former Soviet states such as Georgia and Moldova.

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David Nugent gives Derby some needle to skewer stilted Nottingham Forest | Nick Miller

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:15:46 GMT2017-10-16T08:15:46Z

Gary Rowett’s side make their experience count at Pride Park to take all three points from a game where they saw little possession but showed all the nous

In the East Midlands derby both Derby County and Nottingham Forest fans have their own happy place, a recent game they can recall and smile. Forest have Ben Osborn’s last-minute goal at Pride Park in 2015; for Derby it is the 5-0 win a season earlier. This particular edition was not quite that good for the Rams but it will do for now. Derby beat Forest on Sunday with goals from Matej Vydra and David Nugent, and this was a game in which statistics told bigger lies than the most dishonest of conmen.

Forest had 57% of possession, had more shots, more shots on target and completed more passes. But ask anyone who witnessed the game which team controlled it and there will be only one sensible answer. This was a lesson in the perils of sterile domination; Forest passed the ball around for 90 minutes while Derby helped themselves to two goals and three points.

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Pochettino 'so proud' after Tottenham draw with Real Madrid – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:56:28 GMT2017-10-18T09:56:28Z

Following his Tottenham side's 1-1 draw away at champions Real Madrid, manager Mauricio Pochettino congratulated his team on the result, saying: 'I'm so proud of the effort.' Harry Kane, whose deflected effort provided the first goal, said that he thought the draw represented a good result for Spurs, while Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos assessed that a draw was probably a fair result

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Manchester City: Guardiola on 'incredible performance' to beat Napoli – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:24:24 GMT2017-10-18T11:24:24Z

Speaking after watching his Manchester City side beat Serie A leaders Napoli, Pep Guardiola spoke of his pride at his players beat 'one of the best teams in Europe'. City won 2-1 thanks to early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, before Amadou Diawara pulled one back from the penalty spot in the second half. Napoli's top scorer this season, Dries Mertens, missed a penalty in the first half

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Mourinho discusses reports regarding his Manchester United future – video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:54:00 GMT2017-10-18T13:54:00Z

Speaking before his Manchester United side's Champions League match against Benfica, José Mourinho posited that the British media had taken comments he made about his future out of context. Mourinho claimed that Arsène Wenger is the last manager who'll last at a club at the top level for a long period of time, blaming the outside pressures of the job

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Hertha Berlin players ‘take a knee’ in solidarity with NFL protests – video

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:54:32 GMT2017-10-15T14:54:32Z

Hertha Berlin showed support for NFL players in the US by kneeling before their home game with Schalke. The club’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while coaching staff, officials and substitutes took a knee off it. NFL players have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms during the national anthem before games. On Twitter, Hertha said: 'Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!' The Bundesliga club lost the game 2-0

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89 trailer: documentary recounts Arsenal's dramatic title win at Anfield – video

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:25:08 GMT2017-10-11T09:25:08Z

89 tells the story of Arsenal's dramatic win at Anfield in May 1989 when Michael Thomas's late goal secured the first division title for the Gunners. Featuring interviews with Lee Dixon, George Graham, Tony Adams and Thomas himself, the documentary will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on 20 November (Australia on 29 November)

Golden Goal: Alan Smith for Arsenal v Liverpool (1989)

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Messi hat-trick secures World Cup place for Argentina – video highlights

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:47:09 GMT2017-10-11T08:47:09Z

Argentina qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ecuador on Tuesday night. The 2014 runners-up were outside the four South American qualifying spots going into the match and went behind in the first minute, but a Lionel Messi hat-trick guaranteed his side’s progress

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Bruce Arena accepts responsibility for USA's World Cup failure – video

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:02:35 GMT2017-10-11T11:02:35Z

USA head coach, Bruce Arena, says he is to blame for his side's failure to reach next year's tournament. The US  were defeated 2-1 by Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier and will miss the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. 'We should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility for that,' says Arena

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Celebrations as Iceland become smallest country to qualify for World Cup – video

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:09:50 GMT2017-10-10T01:09:50Z

Icelanders celebrate after sealing a place in the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik. The victory makes Iceland the smallest nation to have qualified for a World Cup. Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored five minutes before half-time and set up the second for Johann Berg Gudmundsson midway through the second half.

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Player misses open goal in Dutch fourth division – video

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:55:43 GMT2017-10-09T13:55:43Z

Harkemase Boys's Dennis van Duinen will want to forget the club's recent fourth division clash with Capelle after his open-goal miss proved to be the game's turning point at the weekend. With Harkemase 2-0 up, Van Duinen goes round the Capelle goalkeeper before managing to shoot over the bar with the goal completely unguarded. It sparked Capelle into gear and Harkemase went on to lose 3-2

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Valencia resist battling Betis amid the 'blessed madness' | Sid Lowe

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:12:59 GMT2017-10-16T12:12:59Z

It’s hard to know where to start with Real Betis 3-6 Valencia, the game that was always likely to be fun but proved to be even more fantastic

“I’m too old for this,” Marcelino said and he’s only 52. Three weeks ago the Valencia coach, who once got cramp in a press conference, pulled a muscle celebrating a dramatic late winner at Anoeta. That night it was his hamstring that hurt; on Sunday night it was his heart. His head too. His and everyone else’s. While he might be an excitable bundle of energy, dashing and leaping and pointing his way along the touchline, he wasn’t alone: it wasn’t just his brain spinning or his sternum about to burst. Down at the Benito Villamarín, amidst all the heat and the noise, they were having a collective coronary. When eventually it subsided, when they had survived, they realised they’d never felt so alive.

“Blessed madness,” El Mundo called it. Super Deporte went for “scandal”, which they meant in a good way; Estadio Deportivo chose “Russian Roulette”; AS, “festival”. Valencia captain Dani Parejo didn’t know what to call it, so “…?” would have to do. That and a couple of faces crying with laughter. Marcelino said it almost as well without saying anything when cameras caught him turning to assistant Rubén Uría on the bench – where, for once, he was actually sitting – and shooting a look that asked: “What the hell’s going on?” Uría shrugged. He didn’t know and it wasn’t like anything he said would be heard. All around, people shouted: “Yes, we can!” And, amazingly, everyone thought they could. Could? Would. As one cover said: “They dreamt amid the chaos.”

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Leipzig get revenge on Dortmund in clash of pretenders to Bayern throne | Andy Brassell

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:46:22 GMT2017-10-16T12:46:22Z

This was the match of the season so far in the Bundesliga, hands down, as RB Leipzig ended Dortmund’s incredible unbeaten run at Signal Iduna Park

It was clear, from the way Ralph Hasenhüttl jumped on the pitch at full-time, bouncing with his fists pumping and the full complement of equally jubilant backroom staff in tow, that this meant something – that this meant everything. In winning at Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig had done more than beaten the leaders, and more than further opened up what threatens (at least for now) to be a title race.

It meant more, even, than ending BVB’s incredible unbeaten Bundesliga run at Signal Iduna Park, incorporating 41 matches – under Jürgen Klopp, to Bayern Munich, in April 2015. “I am very, very proud,” beamed Hasenhüttl. “It was sensational, with so much passion. We had a real spectacle.”

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Choirul Huda, Indonesian goalkeeper, dies after collision with team-mate

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:32:53 GMT2017-10-15T19:32:53Z

• Huda dies in hospital following incident in top-flight match
• His club Persela Lamongan pay tribute to ‘legend’

Choirul Huda, goalkeeper for the Indonesian top-flight club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a team-mate during a league match on Sunday.

The 38-year-old collided with his defender Ramon Rodrigues and an opponent as he came off his line to challenge for the ball during a game against Semen Padang. He was rushed to hospital where he died.

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Claudio Ranieri is tinkering his way towards European football at Nantes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:59:28 GMT2017-10-16T11:59:28Z

Nantes began the season with two defeats but Claudio Ranieri has developed them into a solid outfit who look likely to challenge for a Europa League spot

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal from Leicester City in February was one of the more prominent examples of English football’s cyclical and impatient nature. The Italian was sacked just nine months after the unlikeliest of titles. Leicester were hovering just above the relegation zone and had struggled without N’Golo Kanté but Ranieri had also cruised through the Champions League group stage with just one goal conceded in Leicester’s first five matches. He hasn’t quite replicated the success of his first season at Leicester in his new job at Nantes but he has lost none of his defensive nous.

Historically, Nantes are one of France’s most successful clubs (eight titles, although none since 2000-01), but they have fallen on harder times of late. They have jumped between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 since winning that title but, when in the top flight, their style was often dire, particularly under Michel der Zakarian, a fiery presence who is currently in charge at Montpellier. Der Zakarian earned the club promotion from Ligue 2 in the 2012-13 season and kept them there until his combative relationship with club president Waldemar Kita came to a head last summer and he was replaced by René Girard.

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:48:40 GMT2017-10-15T21:48:40Z

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table
• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer Leverkusen

Internazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his hat-trick and condemned Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Milan twice hit back to equalise but were sent tail-spinning towards a crisis after their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

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Lazio shock Juventus while Hertha Berlin players ‘take a knee’

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:46:00 GMT2017-10-14T20:46:00Z

• Serie A champions lose 2-1 to Lazio in first home reverse since August 2015
• Hertha show solidarity with NFL players before 2-0 defeat to Schalke

Juventus suffered their first home defeat in Serie A in more than two years after Ciro Immobile scored twice to give Lazio a 2-1 victory in Turin.

A product of the Juve academy, who was recently a formidable goalscoring force for their cross-town rivals Torino, Immobile continued his hot streak with a leveller shortly after the break.

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Luis Suárez earns a point but Barcelona’s winning start ends at Atlético

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:21:32 GMT2017-10-14T21:21:32Z

Luis Suárez’s 82nd-minute header denied Atlético Madrid a first La Liga win over Barcelona in seven years. Barça’s perfect start to the league campaign ended with a 1-1 draw in the capital, though they were on course to leave empty-handed when Saúl Ñíguez fired home after 21 minutes.

Related: Atlético Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened

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Ange Postecoglou speculation 'not ideal', says FFA's David Gallop

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:14:52 GMT2017-10-16T00:14:52Z

  • CEO says Socceroos coach has ‘not necessarily made a decision’
  • Postecoglou remains focused on getting Socceroos to World Cup

The Socceroos’ World Cup fate will be determined against a backdrop of continuing uncertainty over their coach, after Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop refused to confirm or deny reports Ange Postecoglou would walk away from his post after next month’s decisive qualifier against Honduras.

Related: Ange Postecoglou's influence will last despite unsure end to tenure | Ante Jukic

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PSG’s Nasser al-Khelaifi alleged to have offered Jérôme Valcke use of £6.2m villa

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:32:30 GMT2017-10-13T19:32:30Z

• Italian police claim luxury property in Sardinia was made available to Valcke
• Qatari is president of TV company which will broadcast next four World Cups

A Sardinian villa valued at €7m (£6.2m) was allegedly how Nasser al-Khelaifi, the Paris Saint-Germain chairman, bribed a top Fifa official. Italian police said on Friday they seized the luxury property they claim Khelaifi, who is also a Qatari television executive, made available to the former Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke.

Details of the alleged corruption were revealed one day after Swiss federal prosecutors oversaw evidence-gathering raids in four European countries for a widening investigation of Fifa and the 2018-22 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.

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Grin and bare it: Ronny Deila strips naked to inspire Valerenga win

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:12:25 GMT2017-10-13T12:12:25Z

• Former Celtic manager makes point to players by taking off clothes
• Deila: ‘I cannot do it every time. Then it loses the surprise effect’

The former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed he inspired his new side to a crucial win – by stripping naked.

Deila is in charge of Valerenga in his native Norway and with the team lingering just above the relegation zone, they faced a vital game against Brann last month.

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Bruce Arena is gone. Should US Soccer president Sunil Gulati be next?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:22:12 GMT2017-10-13T19:22:12Z

The veteran coach could not right the systemic failure within the game in America. Maybe it’s time to look at the structure itself

Bruce Arena’s failure was not an individual failure. It’s a systemic failure that shows the United States does not yet have the soccer culture tens of millions of its citizens want.

US Soccer could not be “fixed” in Arena’s 11-month stint as the men’s national team coach. The realistic hope was that he could do what he did at the 2002 World Cup – get the most out of a couple of exceptional talents, paper over the team’s weaknesses and hope for the best.

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A-League: John Aloisi roars at Adelaide's fitness 'myth'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:35:57 GMT2017-10-13T21:35:57Z

Brisbane Roar coach says it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 win

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes it is a “myth” that Adelaide United are much fitter than other A-League sides, arguing it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 win.

The visitors came from a goal down to seal a thrilling 2-1 comeback on Friday thanks to two strikes from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen in the last five minutes at Suncorp Stadium.

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FC Sion president vows to defy ban for attacking TV commentator

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:41:35 GMT2017-10-13T10:41:35Z

• Christian Constantin attacked Rolf Fringer following a match at Lugano
• ‘If they want a war, they’ll have a war,’ says president in response to ban

The president of the Swiss top-flight club FC Sion has pledged to defy a 14-month ban imposed on him for attacking a television commentator following a league match last month.

Christian Constantin was suspended on Thursday by the Swiss Football League’s disciplinary committee and is banned from entering any part of a stadium that is hosting a domestic league, cup or national team match.

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The decline of Holland: how Dutch are doomed by total obsession with past | Priya Ramesh

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:26 GMT2017-10-15T09:00:26Z

Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of legends turned coaches have stalled the once potent Oranje Machine and results and style have suffered

In Graham Swift’s novel Waterland his narrator, a history teacher going through a mid-life crisis, says: “And where history does not undermine and set traps for itself in such an openly perverse way, it creates this insidious longing to revert. It begets this bastard but pampered child, Nostalgia. How we yearn to return to that time before history claimed us, before things went wrong.”

At some point analysis of decline becomes an ordeal, particularly when the causative factors seem numerous and varied and not independent of one another. Nostalgia lends itself to convenient explanations of why things are not as good as they were, which may overshadow the fact it is perhaps more important that one looks back to move forward and not vice versa. Dutch football has seen four talented generations of players, right from Cruyff and Van Hanegem’s cohort in the 70s, Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten and Koeman in the 80s, Bergkamp’s batch in the 90s and the 1983-84-born class of the 00s led by Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder.

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Martin O’Neill is in the managerial elite even if a top job eludes him | Daniel Taylor

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:01:12 GMT2017-10-14T21:01:12Z

The Republic of Ireland manager, once the favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, is unfortunate never to have had a chance at one of the biggest clubs

Blink, and you might have missed the part Shepshed Charterhouse, in the puddles and potholes of the Northern Premier League, played in the professional life of Martin O’Neill, back in the days when aspiring managers were prepared to start at the bottom and learn the hard way.

O’Neill’s first steps in management were actually with Grantham Town, grubbing around for points in the then Beazer Homes League, Midlands Division, a couple of rungs below the Conference. O’Neill arranged the deal at a bed-and-breakfast on the A52 and had a five-year plan in place until he ended up falling out with the chairman and, still in situ, found his job being advertised in the Nottingham Evening Post. Shepshed were next but O’Neill’s time at the Dovecote was distinguished only by how quickly he came and went. The unofficial website for what is now Shepshed Dynamo summed it up rather neatly: “1989 – July – appointed Martin O’Neill as manager. October – sacked Martin O’Neill as manager. Wonder what became of him.”

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Jürgen Klopp eases Liverpool’s pressing game in the search for solidity | Jonathan Wilson

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:30:21 GMT2017-10-15T10:30:21Z

It wasn’t just José Mourinho who was cautious – by keeping Henderson, Wijnaldum and Can on, Liverpool’s manager shunned the hyperactive approach

It is not something you often have to consider but what if José Mourinho was right? What if, on Saturday, there was for once no bluff or manipulation, no attempt to provoke or deflect attention: what if the analysis he gave of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool was straightforward and correct?

There was, of course, a passive aggressive jibe dividing the world into those who watch football for entertainment (the monsters!) and those who actually understand the game but beyond that his words seemed fairly straightforward. There was a – grudging – respect towards Jürgen Klopp for the way he had held his nerve, and perhaps that is evidence of a change in the Liverpool manager. The game never broke, Mourinho said, and so “for me the second half was a bit of chess”; this is not chess the actual game, of course, which can be played in as many ways as football, but “chess” the metaphor for something cagey.

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona's Paco Alcácer to Southampton?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:20:51 GMT2017-10-18T08:20:51Z

After all last night’s Champions League action, today’s tell-all is thin, thin gruel

Despite sacking Craig Shakespeare, speculation abounds that Leicester City do not have anyone in particular lined up to replace him. In the wake of a parting that is understood to have caused Leicester’s players much sweet sorrow and launched no end of other dreadful bard-related puns, anyone who’s anyone is currently touted as a possible replacement for the man they call “Shakey”. The club hierarchy have put Michael Appleton in charge as caretaker while they “begin the process of identifying and appointing its next first team manager” and local paper the Mercury have identified Sam Allardyce, Chris Coleman, Carlo Ancelotti, Alan Pardew, Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini as potential candidates on a shortlist that seems to have been drawn up from the list of bookies’ favourites.

Related: Leicester opt to twist rather than stick for a second time in eight months | Stuart James

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The forgotten story of … the Colourful XI tragedy

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:30:37 GMT2017-10-12T09:30:37Z

Fifteen Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. Edu Nandlal, one of the survivors, tells his story of the disaster

Edu Nandlal couldn’t sleep. Many of the other passengers on Surinam Airways flight 764 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Paramaribo Zanderij had decided to get some rest on the 12-hour journey. But this was the first time Nandlal had returned to Suriname since leaving for the Netherlands after the military coup in 1980. He wanted to see home as the plane approached.

Most were still sleeping when the flight began its descent, in the early hours of Wednesday 7 June 1989. Nandlal looked out of the window and saw lights from houses in the jungle shining. Then he felt something hit the plane. And then something else. “Shit,” he thought, “I’m dead.”

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The Fiver | High-fiving over the sobbing form of Sweden manager Jan Andersson

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:53:59 GMT2017-10-17T15:53:59Z

In today’s Fiver: A Shakespearean tragedy, World Cup tombola and the matchgoing Palmeiras pig

Craig Shakespeare has been bundled aboard the good ship Do One by Leicester City after only four months in charge. Which makes one of these a real collector’s item.

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Said & Done: ‘It takes years to create your reputation. It takes a second to destroy’

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:00:24 GMT2017-10-15T07:00:24Z

The week in football – also featuring: the Scottish FA, Ronaldinho, and when mascots go bad

Jérôme Valcke – disputing his 10-year ban for corruption and private jet abuse at Fifa. “It takes years to create your reputation. It takes a second to destroy, and that’s where I am. I never acted against the interests of Fifa.”

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Wild World Cup qualifiers, the Heineken Cup's humble start and Las Vegas heroes | Classic YouTube

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:36 GMT2017-10-12T09:00:36Z

This week’s round-up also features wingsuit madness, an miss that could make Ronny Rosenthal feel good about himself and post-truth era commentary

1) The climax of the World Cup qualifiers were as good as they have been in around two decades. Mo Salah single-handedly hauled Egypt to Russia 2018, opening the scoring and then holding his nerve to hammer home a 95th-minute penalty to beat Congo 2-1. It sparked wild celebrations on the streets of Cairo and it was all too much for this fan in his living room. Panama City witnessed a similar explosion of joy when Roman Torres lashed home a late winner to seal a 2-1 win over Costa Rica and turn the Estadio Rommel Fernández into a giant bouncy castle. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi scaled the heights in Ecuador with a sublime hat-trick to ensure Argentina will indeed go to the ball. And how do you celebrate becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup? If you’re Iceland, like this, of course.

2) Just some wingsuit madness.

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Has any striker had a more prolific month than Harry Kane? | The Knowledge

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:07 GMT2017-10-11T09:00:07Z

Plus mascots honoured on shirts; players with multiple statues; unlikely gigs at grounds (3); and John Hartson: sheep thief. Send your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Harry Kane has just scored 13 goals in September. That’s a lot. What’s the record for the most goals scored in a calendar month by a professional footballer?” asks Gregg Bakowski.

Evan Rye points out that Robert Lewandowski managed 14 in September 2015. “He started off with a goal and a double in Euro 2016 qualification matches against Germany and Gibraltar respectively, before scoring one against Augsburg in the Bundesliga. He failed to score against Olympiakos in the Champions League but bounced back with his famous five goals within nine minutes against Wolfsburg , another double against Mainz and a hat-trick in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb.”

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The Joy of Six: the best of Michael Owen | Jacob Steinberg

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:32:24 GMT2017-10-06T09:32:24Z

One of England’s most gifted players, Michael Owen’s playing career has taken in big derby goals, a famous Cup final win and that goal against Argentina

Michael Owen might have become a mild figure of fun in retirement, mocked for his stubborn hatred of films, castigated for that YouTube clip of him goading a 13-year-old goalkeeper and widely criticised for his punditry, but the bantz can make it easy to forget what a brilliant footballer he was at his peak – one of the most gifted ever produced by England.

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The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:00:43 GMT2017-05-15T11:00:43Z

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thing

Let our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing.

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Juan Mata: ‘People underestimate football. It gives hope to so many people’

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:00:31 GMT2017-10-13T11:00:31Z

The Manchester United and Spain player talks about his Common Goal project, which wants to see 1% of football’s entire industry donated to charity, his relationship with José Mourinho and the death of his grandfather

Ninety minutes with Juan Mata is a time full of space and light. It’s a little like watching him play football, where his intelligence and vision are obvious, but Mata also arrives at a small hotel in Altrincham with a minimum of fuss. He is alone, without an agent or a sponsor, and interested in a detailed conversation rather than a routine interview.

The importance of space becomes even clearer when we turn to Saturday’s visit of Mata and Manchester United to Anfield. Second in the table, just behind Manchester City on goal difference after both clubs have won six and drawn one of their opening seven Premier League games, United face their first real test against a bitter rival in Liverpool. Mata has prospered before at Anfield, most notably when scoring both goals, including an acrobatic volley during a 2-1 defeat of Liverpool in 2015. It was a volatile afternoon marked by Steven Gerrard being sent off for a stamp 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

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Why curiosity was never going to kill Arsenal’s Mesut Özil | Barney Ronay

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:32:26 GMT2017-10-13T14:32:26Z

Özil has been accused of not running enough or working hard enough but after four years at Arsenal he remains basically the same player with the same skills

You’d have to try pretty hard not to like Paul Merson as a TV pundit. Even if you insisted on making a public show of not liking him – rolling your eyes, clutching a scented handkerchief, pointing out, pedantically, that he often talks a load of rubbish – it would be hard to avoid secretly liking him all the same.

Maybe not in the same way you might like Ian Wright, who has in the past few years taken a breath, realised he can just say whatever’s on his mind and become in the process the best football pundit out there.

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Chris Kirkland: ‘I didn’t want to wake up in the morning. It just starts again’

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:59:46 GMT2017-10-11T17:59:46Z

The former Coventry, Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper talks about dealing with depression, leaving the game and why players should not suffer in silence

Chris Kirkland felt trapped, paralysed, desperate. But the former England and Liverpool goalkeeper was terrified that he might have further to fall. “What happened to Gary Speed was the thing that really worried me,” Kirkland says, with reference to the Wales midfielder’s death in 2011. “I didn’t know how far away I was from that. Hopefully, a long, long way.

“I always ask myself: ‘Would I have done something to myself? Would I have harmed myself? I like to think I wouldn’t have done. I certainly didn’t sit there one night, thinking, right, I’ve got to … you know. But you think about it. You do, yeah. Because you don’t want to wake up.

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Game changer: how Altinordu aim to dominate Turkish football with homegrown players

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:04:44 GMT2017-10-12T12:04:44Z

The Izmir-based club feel they have an obligation to develop players on and off the field and the president aims to have a completely homegrown side in the Super Lig by 2019-20

Altinordu is not your average Turkish football club. While many top-flight clubs continue their short-term thinking and chase big-name foreign signings Altinordu, currently fourth in the second division, have a completely different approach – and one that could completely transform Turkish football.

Seyit Mehmet Ozkan, president of the Izmir-based club, envisages a team comprised of academy raised players only and if that dream become reality it would be unprecedented in Turkey. “Our goal is to have a completely homegrown side competing in the Super Lig by the 2019-20 season,” he tells the Guardian. “We aim to have a completely homegrown side competing in European competition by 2023-24, export our players abroad and [for them] to benefit the national team.”

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FA apologises to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence over Mark Sampson’s racial remarks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:30:03 GMT2017-10-18T13:30:03Z

• New report by barrister finds Sampson made ill-judged attempts at humour
• FA chief executive Martin Glenn says sorry to England’s Aluko and Spence
• Katherine Newton concludes that Sampson is not a racist

The Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, has issued a full apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence after the reopened investigation into the Mark Sampson affair concluded that the now-deposed England Women’s manager did make discriminatory remarks to two of his players.

The third inquiry, conducted by the barrister Katharine Newton, has found that Sampson did tell Aluko to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to Wembley and also upset Spence, a mixed-raced player, by asking her how many times she had been arrested.

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Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:53:10 GMT2017-10-17T20:53:10Z

With the exception of José Mourinho’s stifling tactics it had always seemed a question of when, not if, Liverpool would polish their performances with a killer touch. The answer arrived in emphatic style here in Slovenia, where Jürgen Klopp’s side ignited their Champions League campaign with the biggest away win in Liverpool’s rich European history.

One win in eight games before this trip had tested Klopp’s humour but not his conviction that Liverpool are “on a good way”. Seven unanswered goals on the road in the Champions League reaffirmed the belief of manager and players. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored twice while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also on the scoresheet as the visitors secured the lead in their group.

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Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – as it happened

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:00:16 GMT2017-10-17T21:00:16Z

Spurs left the Bernabeu with a point after an intelligent and brave performance marred by one rash challenge

David Hytner was at the Bernabeu for the Guardian and his winged monkey has just pitched up in London bearing this on-the-whistle match report. Tune in later for added reflections and quotes from the players and managers involved in a great game of football in the Spanish capital.

Related: Spurs’ Harry Kane rues missed chance after Cristiano Ronaldo earns Real draw

Elsewhere in this group: Apoel and Borussia Dortmund have also shared the points after their match in Cyprus finished with an identical scoreline. Spurs and Real lead the group with seven points each, while their rivals already look to be duking it out for third place with just one point apiece.

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Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:46:58 GMT2017-10-17T20:46:58Z

Manchester City extended their perfect record on an edgy, absorbing night here that saw City purring up through the attacking gears before finding themselves reeled in by fast-breaking opponents Pep Guardiola described as “one of the best teams I have faced in professional football”.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus inside the first quarter of an hour had suggested another free-scoring sky blue romp. But by the end Napoli could feel hard done by in a game where the score really could have been anything and where a missed first-half penalty by Dries Mertens proved crucial.

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Maribor 0-7 Liverpool: Champions League – as it happened

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:55:28 GMT2017-10-17T20:55:28Z

Liverpool scored early, they scored late, and they scored quite a few in the middle as well as Maribor were thoroughly outclassed

And I’m going to leave you there. You’ve been wonderful. Here’s a farewell gift – Andy Hunter’s match report from the Stadion Ljudski vrt:

Related: Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor

And so has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!

I think we started with the right intensity. The manager said we can’t be complacent and we have to give our 100% effort, and the boys did that right from the off. Ultimately we got everything we deserved, and we were more clinical today and put away all our chances, or pretty much all of them. Every week it feels like we’ve got a lot of goals for us, but it’s not clicking at the final moments. If we keep creating chances and keep trying hopefully they’ll come off for us, and tonight they did.

We’re in an important part of the season. Everyone’s fighting for their place and I’m just ready for whenever I get the opportunity. I need to keep learning a new style of play and then whenever I get an opportunity do as well as I can.

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Jimmy Greaves takes a curtain call – archive, 18 October 1972

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:30:44 GMT2017-10-18T04:30:44Z

18 October 1972 At the end of his last match the crowd sang for Greaves and chanted “Jimmy for England”

Tottenham Hotspur 2, Feyenoord 1

The crowd was only slightly smaller than for the visit of West Ham United, the mood was nostalgic, the entertainment excellent, and the result predictable, even to the scorer of the first goal. Everything was as it should be at White Hart Lane last night for positively the last performance of Jimmy Greaves. As Tottenham Hotspur beat their Dutch visitors Feyenoord 2-1 in this testimonial match the bovver boots stamped out a rhythm of approval, the chanting was warm and witty, and the notorious North Bank led a session in which they invited 45,000 others to join them in “All who love Jimmy clap your hands.”

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