Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:18:56 GMT2016-10-27T09:18:56ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:31:12 GMT2016-10-27T08:31:12Z
• Supporters clashed near the final whistle at the London Stadium
• Both clubs have promised to ban any involved for life
The Football Association has launched an investigation into the crowd trouble that marred Wednesday night’s EFL tie between West Ham and Chelsea.
Both clubs have promised to ban for life any supporters found guilty of wrongdoing after trouble flared towards the end of the 2-1 victory for West Ham.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:09:00 GMT2016-10-27T09:09:00Z• Manager breached FA rules on pre-match comments before Liverpool match
The Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been charged with misconduct over comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor prior to the game against Liverpool, the Football Association has announced.
Mourinho, a serial offender when it comes to the FA’s disciplinary unit, broke the rules forbidding members of his profession from speaking about referees in the buildup to matches, questioning whether it would be difficult for Taylor to have “a very good performance” when United visited Liverpool earlier this month.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:17 GMT2016-10-27T09:00:17Z
League One club have benefited from chairman Stewart Day’s investment but the financial picture is questionable and they aim to leave their long-time home
In a hostile, combustible derby at Gigg Lane on Monday, Bury bumped up against a bigger and stronger Bolton Wanderers side whose 2-0 win lifted them to second in League One after last season’s traumas of relegation and administration. Bury’s old ground, home throughout its history since 1885, hosted an 8,007 crowd, including 3,141 from Bolton, in seats that still bear the fading names of people who chipped in money to save the club from near-insolvency in 2001.
Now Bury are owned by a Blackburn-based property developer, Stewart Day, in whose tenure millions have been invested in manager David Flitcroft’s team, losses are being made, a series of loans taken out mortgaged on Gigg Lane, and winding up petitions issued. The latest, last week, is the third this year brandished by Revenue & Customs, chasing unpaid tax on what must now be a substantial wage bill.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:03:37 GMT2016-10-27T09:03:37Z
This week’s roundup also features the week’s most suspect tackle, a court-side haircut, and if Monday Night Football did the news
1) Carlos Alberto died on Tuesday, aged 72. His defining moment – that strike against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final – will never grow old. Longer game highlights are here, here’s the goal with Brazilian commentary, and again, brick-by-brick. Alberto joined the New York Cosmos in 1977, and reflected on his time there in a 2013 video. They paid tribute to him this week with a career montage, including the moment he was introduced to fans in New York. “The greatest defender in North American Soccer League history, number five – Carlos Alberto.”
2) World Series of Poker players giving it awkward verbals – headlined by England’s William Kassouf driving Canada’s Griffin Benger to distraction, and posing the question: when does “speech play” become “being a bad person”? Here’s more Kassouf: “I’ll keep it friendly, it’s a friendly table”; and more: “the more I talk, the more I get paid”. Plus other big poker spats: losing with good grace; more bad behaviour; and, of course, the Funniest Outburst in Poker Ever!Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:56:54 GMT2016-10-26T20:56:54Z
It took 66 minutes for the first moment of quality but it was more than worth the wait. Sofiane Boufal, making his first start in Southampton’s stripes, caressed home a curling effort beyond a helpless Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal to light up an otherwise soulless affair, desperately short on quality. It was goals like these that Southampton surely had hoped for after bringing the Morocco international to the club from Lille for a club-record fee over the summer.
For Sunderland, it was a third straight away defeat and another half-baked performance. It took 76 minutes for the visitors to test the Southampton goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, much to the frustration of the 1,500 travelling supporters that had made the 650-mile round trip. David Moyes, the Sunderland manager, felt his side should have been awarded a “stonewall penalty” for a challenge on Victor Anichebe late on, and his foul language aimed at the fourth official James Adcock in protest saw him sent to the stands.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:16:25 GMT2016-10-27T08:16:25Z
Today’s tittle-tattle is half-hearted
If there is any champagne in the mini-bar of his hotel room, José Mourinho might just crack open a bottle this morning and raise a toast to Milan and its football clubs. Firstly to Internazionale, whose new Chinese owners are eager to make a big statement in the transfer market even if that statement is “we have more money than sense”. Accordingly, Inter are preparing to make a bid for Wayne Rooney, who is expected to be warmly welcomed by the club’s ultras by dint of not being Mauro Icardi.
AC Milan, meanwhile, want to relieve United of Memphis Depay and there are
only two complications: 1) Marseille also want the winger and 2) Mourinho
can’t remember where he left him. Still, one of the paparazzi outside
Mourinho’s hotel could probably locate Memphis so he’ll be found soon
enough and then it’ll just be a case of seeing which club wants him more.
Either way, it’s win-win for United and it’s a long time since we’ve been
able to say that.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:39:28 GMT2016-10-26T21:39:28Z• Match will take place days after Premier League meeting at same venue
Manchester United will host West Ham in the stand-out tie of the EFL Cup quarter-finals, meaning that they will face each other twice at Old Trafford in a matter of days.
Slaven Bilic’s side are already scheduled to face United in Manchester on Sunday 27 November and, with all last-eight ties to be played in the week commencing Monday 28 November, the likelihood is that they will return within three days of the first fixture, probably on Wednesday 30 November. It will be the first time the sides have met in this competition since the same stage in 2010, when the Hammers won 4-0 at Upton Park.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:03 GMT2016-10-26T21:30:03Z• Displaced goalkeeper says battle is ‘a challenge I can overcome’
Simon Mignolet is determined to fight for his place at Liverpool after being displaced by Loris Karius as Jürgen Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The Belgium international started his first match for more than a month in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham after losing his place to Karius. Klopp confirmed this week that the Germany international – a £4.7m signing from Mainz in the summer – is now his No1 but Mignolet will never give up on reclaiming the status he has enjoyed since moving from Sunderland in 2013.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:09:54 GMT2016-10-26T21:09:54Z
West Ham’s players are beginning to find their feet in the London Stadium but there were more unsavoury scenes in the stands as they beat Chelsea 2-1 in the EFL Cup fourth round
It always was wishful thinking that the occasion would pass off without any ugly incidents in the stands. They came so close. But just when it seemed that West Ham United were easing towards a largely peaceful 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the League Cup, fighting broke out between home and away fans behind Darren Randolph’s goal, transforming a magnificent night on the pitch for Slaven Bilic’s resurgent side into a PR disaster.
Stewards and police were forced to intervene, coins and bottles flew through the East End air and seats were thrown as rival supporters clashed on the concourse at the back of the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand for a couple of minutes. As the nonsense unravelled, Gary Cahill pulled one back for Chelsea at the death, but West Ham still went through to the last eight. Once again, however, there were serious questions to be asked of the level of security inside their new ground, which cracked under the strain of hosting a big match.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:02:51 GMT2016-10-26T21:02:51Z
Manchester United’s week took a much needed turn for the better as a Juan Mata goal propelled them into the last eight of the EFL Cup at the expense of their neighbours. Whether José Mourinho wants an extended run in this competition is another matter – United have drawn West Ham at home in the next round – but at least he and his team have shifted some of the pressure on to his rival across town.
Doubtless Pep Guardiola is not greatly enamoured of the lesser of the domestic trophies either, though he could have done with a victory here. This was City’s sixth game in a row without a win, uncharted territory for their manager. The side he selected did not suggest an intention to win at all costs and, if he did not have an inkling before, the manager must now be fully aware that without David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne City tend to be short of snap and polish.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:21:07 GMT2016-10-26T11:21:07Z
Trump appeared on Saint and Greavsie 25 years ago to help with the League Cup fifth-round draw. Ian St John reflects on the bizarre meeting with ‘daft Donald’
“The whole thing is absolutely crazy,” Ian St John says as he mulls over the possibility of Donald Trump becoming US president. “There surely must be someone inside the Republican party who’s a more suitable candidate than him – they’d only need half a brain.”
Sadly not, it seems, and in two weeks’ time Trump could be elected to become the most powerful man on the planet. It’s unlikely but possible and St John is among the thousands on both sides of the Atlantic shaking their head in bafflement at the prospect.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:03 GMT2016-10-26T21:30:03Z• Holland international has to get used to new way of training and playing
Eric Dier has backed Vincent Janssen to adapt to English football after a testing start to life at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Holland international scored his second goal for the club in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup on Tuesday but has yet to find the net for his new side in the Premier League.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:00:10 GMT2016-10-26T11:00:10Z
• Arsène Wenger says ‘there is a little bit missing’ in the forward’s game
• Fit-again Carl Jenkinson wants first-team place at the Emirates
Arsène Wenger has challenged Alex Iwobi to find the missing piece in his game, having said he is currently “too nervous” in front of goal. The Arsenal manager played Iwobi in the No10 role in the 2-0 EFL Cup win against Reading on Tuesday night, and he watched him link the play smartly.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:00:14 GMT2016-10-26T14:00:14ZLiverpool’s main contenders are embroiled in European competition, while Jürgen Klopp’s men can stay fresh in their quest for a first title since 1990
Arsène Wenger must be a genius if he can come up with a points total that will be necessary to win the title. Between 82 and 86 points, since you ask. Either that or he was having a little joke, which has been known to happen. “He must have more experience of the English league than I thought,” the Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said, making his own little joke. “Because I have no idea how many points it will take.”
Leaving aside the matter of how Wenger expects a more competitive league to result in a higher points total than the 77 that meant Claudio Ranieri’s side claiming the title last season (they would finish the season with 81), the one thing that can be said with certainty about Leicester’s success is they were greatly helped by having no midweek distractions. No Europe to start with, out of the League Cup in October and a third round exit from the FA Cup. Several managers made the point that playing just one game a week was an advantage to Leicester, and while there may have been an element of sour grapes in defeat to that observation, that does not mean it cannot be true.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:34:04 GMT2016-10-26T21:34:04Z
US international becomes the first American to score a goal for Bayern Munich in a competitive match in German Cup victory over Augsburg
US international Julian Green became the first American to score a goal for Bayern Munich in a competitive match in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Augsburg in the second round of the German Cup.
Green, making his first start for the German champions since December, headed home a cross from Thomas Müller in the 41st minute to lift the hosts to a 2-0 lead.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:13 GMT2016-10-26T13:00:13Z
When we learned that viewing figures for live football had fallen, we asked our readers whether they had stopped watching or just stopped paying. Hundreds of you replied and most agreed that TV subscriptions do not offer value for money
The viewing figures are in and the news is not good for the TV companies: fewer people are watching televised live games than they were last season. Sky’s early-season ratings are down by a fifth and BT’s Champions League coverage isn’t picking up the slack. But are people watching less live football or just avoiding the cost of subscription fees?Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:04:31 GMT2016-10-26T09:04:31Z
• Survey of 4,000 supporters was conducted for BBC 5 Live
• Fifty per cent said they had heard homophobic abuse at a match
The majority of football fans in Britain would have no issues with an openly gay player at their club, although 8% have said they would stop going to support their club, according to a survey carried out for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Last week the Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told a Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee he “would be amazed” if there were not a gay player in the Premier League and felt “ashamed” that to date no one had been confident enough to publicly reveal their sexuality.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:08 GMT2016-10-26T09:00:08Z
Plus: fan chants to the Tetris theme tune, a physio knocked out by his own chloroform and more wandering players
“Who were the first football club to have an official website?” wonders Chris White. “And how about an unofficial website? I noticed that Those Were The Days, Ipswich Town’s unofficial fan site, has been going since 1995, so surely must be one of the first. Also, who were the first clubs to start using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter?”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:37:46 GMT2016-10-26T09:37:46Z
Featuring a long-range drive from the US women’s team, a brief return to form for Paul Pogba and a double nutmeg from a Celtic striker against RangersContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:55:04 GMT2016-10-26T16:55:04ZCaptain of the Brazilian football team that won the World Cup in 1970, acknowledged by many as the greatest international side of all time
As captain and one of the best players in what is generally acknowledged to be the greatest international side of all time – Brazil’s World Cup-winning team of 1970 – Carlos Alberto, who has died aged 72, could scarcely have had better footballing credentials. Not only was he a leader and star of that wonderful side, which included Jairzinho, Rivellino and Pelé; he scored what many footballing experts and fans regard as the “perfect goal” in the 1970 World Cup final, as Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in Mexico City.
The nature of Alberto’s 86th-minute strike, which put that game to bed in spectacular fashion, summed up the grace, precision and flair of a Brazil team which, above all others, played “the beautiful game”. After winning the ball in their own half through the tackling of the centre-forward Tostão, Brazil essayed a series of languid passes in midfield before feeding the ball to Clodoaldo, who dribbled exquisitely past four Italian players to give Rivellino an opening down the left flank. Rivellino swiftly moved the ball further down the wing to Jairzinho, who cut inside to draw in two opponents before sliding the ball across to Pelé, who was just outside the penalty box.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:46:35 GMT2016-10-26T10:46:35Z• Midfielder has been suspended by club after training ground altercation
Joey Barton will hold talks with Rangers on Thursday as the first step in resolving the midfielder’s future. Barton has been serving an extended suspension from the club’s training base following a heated argument with his manager Mark Warburton and team-mate Andy Halliday.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:20:39 GMT2016-08-18T14:20:39Z
The podders reflect on extraordinary feats by Manchester City’s star striker and Blackburn’s hapless defender. Plus, Joe Hart heads towards the exit; Paul Pogba’s (second) United debut; and a preview of the big kick off in Serie AContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:36:10 GMT2016-10-26T22:36:10ZThe Swedish striker was error prone in the first half but his improvement helped put Manchester City out of the EFL Cup
The selection said it all. Ordering room service to a suite at the five-star Lowry Hotel may constitute a bit of a disaster for José Mourinho but losing to Manchester City for the second time in seven weeks at Old Trafford, and a weakened City at that, would have left the United manager fearing the walls were closing in. It was not a risk he was prepared to accept.
Both managers were in urgent need of victory – Pep Guardiola to avoid the longest winless run of his illustrious managerial career and Mourinho to respond to growing doubts over his ability to alleviate United’s malaise. The consequences of defeat, however, were significant for only one and were avoided thanks to a determined, improved second-half display from the hosts.Continue reading...
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:17:00 GMT2014-06-10T09:17:00Z
A four-chapter series exploring the history of Brazilian football, featuring exclusive interviews with Carlos Alberto, the 1970 World Cup winning Brazil captain, and Fred, one of the current stars of the Seleção. The four chapters cover Brazil's first ever match, the drama of the 1950 World Cup, the design of the hallowed yellow jersey and the philosophy behind Brazil's style of play.
From the weathered stands at St James' Park in Exeter, the song is sung with great pride: 'Have you ever, have you ever, have you ever played Brazil?' It's a chant which is typically greeted with bemusement by traveling supporters oblivious to its significance. That a success-starved club in the fourth tier of English football would pose such a question must seem ridiculous. It's not as if Exeter City have ever played Brazil, have they?
Chapter One of our series tells the curious tale of a game staged in front of 3,000 spectators at Laranjeiras stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 21 July, 1914 ... a game in which two goals were scored and much blood was shed ... a game which would kick-start Brazilian international football and precipitate unparalleled success for the Seleção.Continue reading...Brazil composite Photograph: GuardianBrazil composite Photograph: Guardian
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:08 GMT2016-10-26T09:00:08Z
Colin Bell’s career ended in one, while Carlos Tevez was moved to call Gary Neville a socksucker – for drama, intensity and noise League Cup duels take United and City to another level
The perceived crises at the two Manchester clubs should give the EFL Cup tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday considerable edge. Even so, the game is unlikely to match the drama, intensity and noise of the previous League Cup meetings between the sides. All four, from 1969 to 2010, have gone into Manchester derby folklore.
The first, a semi-final played in December 1969, was a meeting of the holy trinities: Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee for City, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law for United. Five of the six scored in the two-leg tie and the other, Best, was heavily involved throughout. Both teams were 18 months past their triumphant peak, when City won the league and United the European Cup, but delved into the muscle memory bank to produce a pair of end-to-end epics.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:04:00 GMT2016-10-25T08:04:00ZContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:14:22 GMT2016-10-26T00:14:22ZUntil now the Italian has managed to stay out of the spotlight while presiding over the club’s rise to a top-half position in the Premier League
Last year, on the occasion of Watford’s promotion to the Premier League, Gino Pozzo gave Troy Deeney a watch. Not just any watch either, a Rolex, which the club’s owner presented to the striker in acknowledgement of a great achievement: scoring 20 goals in three consecutive seasons.
“Since Troy did not get the trophy for player of the year from the Football League, I hope this compensates,” Pozzo told the club’s end-of-season dinner. “I have been a bit surprised by the lack of recognition for the hard work our guys have done this season. Since we don’t get the recognition from this league, I think we had better stay up.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:07 GMT2016-10-26T08:00:07ZHeading can have alarming effects on the brain, a study has found. As the Jeff Astle case shows, we must find a way to let our children play the game safely
I can hear the roar already from the football fraternity for what I am about to say, but hear me out. Maybe it’s time for head-safety gear for footballers – particularly children. The alternative being discussed is to stop youngsters from heading the ball altogether, but that would not safeguard against the moment that a ball comes tantalising close at head height.
A study carried out by the University of Stirling has identified that heading a ball can significantly impair brain function and memory. The researchers found inhibitory and cognitive changes in the brain after players headed the ball 20 times. Memory function fell by up to a staggering 67% in the 24 hours after heading practice, before normalisingContinue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:19 GMT2016-10-25T09:00:19Z
Leicester striker flies flag for England internationals but real interest lies in battle for the title of world’s third-best player in which Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann are contenders
The Ballon d’Or is back in France Football’s possession, even though they contrived to elongate the release of this year’s shortlist to such an extent it made Fifa’s ceremonies seem snappy in comparison. At the conclusion of the nine-hour announcement on Monday there was still an air of predictability about it all.
Barring the most surprising result in the award’s 60-year history, Cristiano Ronaldo will be named the world’s best player for a fourth time on 9 January, with Lionel Messi trailing behind. While there were a couple of notable omissions from the list, which will not be cut to three as in previous years, all of the world’s best attacking players are present.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:16 GMT2016-10-25T18:40:16Z
The minute-by-minute report of one the great finals featuring Carlos Alberto’s iconic goal, from the pages of And Gazza Misses The Final, a collection of World Cup MBMs by Rob Smyth and Scott Murray
Final, Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico, Sunday 21 June 1970Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:38:55 GMT2016-10-24T13:38:55Z
Early season ratings for live Premier League matches on Sky Sports are down by 19%. Have you stopped tuning in or are you just not paying for the pleasure?
Viewing figures for live Premier League matches on Sky Sports are down by 19%. It’s amazing they have stood up so well in an era when you can pay nothing and miss nothing. Why would fans stump up £42 a month to watch 90-minute matches when all of the action is available for free online – where kind people will chop it up into easily digestible highlights – and they’ll even piece together the best goals and biggest moments from Champions League matches, which would set you back an extra £22 a month to watch on BT Sport? With real wages going down and the cost of watching football going up, will expensive TV subscriptions become a thing of the past? You tell us.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT2016-10-26T19:00:00Z
Our resident cartoonist casts an eye back over what was an intriguing weekend, on and off the field. And you can find David’s archive of Australian sport cartoons here and he also has a book out soon. Pre-order it hereContinue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:22:23 GMT2016-10-25T15:22:23Z
• World Cup-winning captain dies aged 72 after a heart attack
• Defender scored one of great World Cup goals in 1970 final
Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer led the tributes to their “brother” Carlos Alberto, the captain of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup‑winning side, who has died aged 72 from a heart attack.
The defender scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the World Cup, sealing the 4-1 win against Italy in the 1970 final in Mexico City.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:22:12 GMT2016-10-25T13:22:12Z
Nice are unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season and, with eight wins in 10 matches, they have more points per game than Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid
When Milan’s teenage sensation Manuel Locatelli scored the goal that condemned Juventus to a second defeat of the season, it restored some faith in the idea that the Serie A season might not be as straightforward as feared. The result also opened up the opportunity for another club to take Juventus’ spot as the most successful in Europe’s top leagues this season.
That club wasn’t Bayern Munich, or Paris Saint-Germain, who have both enjoyed domestic dominance comparable to that of their Italian counterparts in recent years. Instead, OGC Nice became the team with the most points per game this season, as their 4-2 win in Metz ensured they remained four points clear at the top of Ligue 1, with eight wins and two draws from their first 10 matches.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:53:17 GMT2016-10-26T02:53:17Z
Luke Brattan and Tommy Oar are among seven new faces in an extended 30-man squad named by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Thailand.
All 23 players who were part of the squad that drew with Saudi Arabia and Japan have been recalled, along with Brattan, Oar, Josh Risdon, Jason Geria and overseas-based trio Nathan Burns, Milos Degenek and Aziz Behich.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:40:33 GMT2016-10-25T22:40:33Z
There was exasperation and a whiff of conspiracy in the air as Melbourne Victory Kevin Muscat attempted to understand his side’s defeat to Melbourne City in their FFA Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
For the second time in 10 days, it was City that got the better of their cross-town rivals but for the first time in their October tangles, it was a contested result, and one that Muscat couldn’t accept.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:56:46 GMT2016-10-25T22:56:46Z
Sydney FC are furious at Football Federation Australia’s decision to hold the FFA Cup final at Melbourne City’s home ground, labelling it a “slap in the face” to their fans. Melbourne City scored a 2-0 win over cross-town rivals Victory on Tuesday night to book their place in the decider against the Sky Blues on 30 November at AAMI Park.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:57:47 GMT2016-10-25T14:57:47Z
The USA striker’s Premier League woes are a distant memory as he looks to lead Toronto FC to their first ever MLS Cup play-off win this week
As the ball bobbled across the face of goal, evaded his outstretched right foot and brushed off his back-side, Jozy Altidore’s Premier League career hit rock bottom.
More than a year after his previous – and only – Premier League strike for struggling Sunderland, Altidore’s final start in English football was characterized by a horrifying miss from two meters out against West Ham, just as the net was irreversibly poised to ripple.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:47:44 GMT2016-10-24T09:47:44Z• Mamelodi Sundowns hold on for a 3-1 aggregate triumph
The Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour has blamed “magic and sorcery” for his team’s African Champions League final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:33:06 GMT2016-10-24T15:33:06ZIt took a controversial injury-time penalty for Barcelona to earn victory in Valencia after a wide open and wild contest
All of that and it comes to this. The game that had everything, on the weekend that had it all, had its ending too. Mestalla, so loud your ears hurt, fell quiet for the first and last time. Briefly but it did, as if taking in what had just happened – Luis Suárez down, Alberto Undiano Mallenco blowing his whistle this time – and what was just about to. One shot, one opportunity. One moment to define a match Luis Enrique said had been “true to what a Valencia-Barcelona is: tense to the end”. The very end, in fact: 6.05 on a Saturday evening, the stadium clock long stopped at 90. It had gone from 0-1 to 1-1, 1-1 to 2-1, and 2-1 to 2-2. From there it could have gone anywhere, wide open and wild, but it came here.
There are last minute penalties and then there was this. It’s not like it doesn’t happen, just not quite like at Mestalla, not just the last men standing but the best, smoke still rising around them, the smell of sulphur. Literally and figuratively in Valencia, land of rockets, bangers and burning effigies. “Mascletá!” – a festival of firecrackers – shouted the cover of Sport the day after a game that was intense and controversial, emotional and enjoyable, in which tackles flew and goalkeepers did too, one that had over 20 shots . And one last one to settle it all, for good or bad. Like it was all building to and condensed in this moment, like two superheroes face to face. So, we meet at last.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:08:11 GMT2016-10-24T10:08:11Z
Manuel Locatelli’s stunning winner for Milan against Juventus took Vincenzo Montella’s youthful side into third place in the Serie A table
There were no tears from Manuel Locatelli this time around. The 18-year-old midfielder had wept live on TV at the start of this month, overcome by emotion after scoring a brilliant first senior goal to help Milan beat Sassuolo. On Saturday night, after serving up an even better strike to seal a 1-0 victory over Juventus at San Siro, he simply smiled, before embarking on an Oscars-worthy acceptance speech.
Locatelli thanked his parents, his cousins, his manager, and his friends – even the two who support the Bianconeri. He dedicated a thought to Riccardo Montolivo, whom he has replaced in the starting XI after the club captain tore a cruciate ligament on international duty. He gave the credit for this goal to Silvio Berlusconi, saying that the outgoing owner has been one of his biggest supporters from the start.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:28:23 GMT2016-10-24T15:28:23Z
The Bundesliga’s youngest ever manager, Hoffenheim’s 29-year-old has charmed doubters with ‘30% tactics, 70% social competence’, as well as a few victories
Not so long ago, Julian Nagelsmann turned up in the Munich suburb of Giesing for a job interview with a difference: he, the twenty-something coaching prodigy, was sounding out FC Bayern, not the other way around. The German champions, eager to appoint Germany’s most promising young trainer as their U23 team manager, pulled out all the stops. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Matthias Sammer welcomed him personally at Säbener Strasse. Pep Guardiola, too, dropped in on him, offering kind words and a nice pat on the back. Nagelsmann wasn’t swayed by the Red’s charm offensive, however. He preferred the clear path laid out for him in Kraichgau to the glamour of Bavaria. After taking TSG Hoffenheim’s U19s to the Bundesliga championship in 2013-14 and another appearance in the final a year later, the powers at 1899 secretly made up their mind that the Landsberg-born former TSV 1860 player would take over the seniors ahead of the 2016/17 season.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:10 GMT2016-10-24T09:00:10Z
The single final is insufficient, and the two-leg final doesn’t reward the higher-seeded team for their regular-season performance. So why not combine the two?
Do US soccer leagues need their own Super Bowl, a week-long festival of the sport at a neutral site? Or should they reward the best regular-season team with home-field advantage for the final game?Continue reading...
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:34:09 GMT2016-10-23T13:34:09ZSupporters across Europe have long got together as a force for good but suspicions over negative aspects of tribal warfare have left British clubs behind
Look out! The ultras are coming. Well, not quite. And definitely not those ones – although it depends on what your definition of an ultra is – but there are moves afoot in Britain to try to adopt a culture of support which often appears to be more misunderstood than Mario Balotelli.
Whenever stories about European ultras penetrate British media they invariably come dripping with negative connotations of the fans involved: extreme violence, racist chanting, threats against players and other such depressing accounts that help portray these groups as a repugnant, often entitled, subculture within football.Continue reading...
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:45:00 GMT2016-10-23T21:45:00ZThe midfielder, on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal, reached a serious milestone when he got through his first full Premier League game for two years
The final whistle had not been blown in Bournemouth’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur when humorous tweets regarding Jack Wilshere completing a Premier League match for the first time in a little over two years started coming through. “Bournemouth should get an extra point for getting 90 mins out of Jack Wilshere,” the journalist Sarah Shephard wrote, while the comedian David Schneider posted a sketch in which Wilshere is left confused by still being on the pitch at the end of the game. For the player himself, however, this was a serious milestone to reach.
A lot has happened to Wilshere in the 771 days between the game on Saturday and when he walked off at the end of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in September 2014, and indeed in the 487 days since he completed a match of any sort – England’s 3-2 victory against Slovenia in June 2015. The midfielder has gone from shining light for club and country to outcast for both on the back of a wretched fitness record but, having joined Bournemouth on loan, Wilshere is not only playing from start to finish but also regularly: this was the sixth successive league contest in which he has taken part for the club.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:10 GMT2016-10-24T09:00:10Z
The Tractor Boys’ lack off horsepower in attack was all too evident in 3-0 loss at Newcastle as both teams paid tribute to their much missed former manager
It was a spine-tingling moment and a fitting tribute to a marvellous man. Amid an atmosphere of rare, evocative harmony almost 52,000 people were singing “Walking in a Robson Wonderland”.
Most wore black and white but a significant minority were dressed in outfits accessorised by blue and white hats, scarves and replica shirts. Despite their position, perched high in the sky in the towering Leazes End stand, those visiting supporters chorused so loudly that their unfamiliar Suffolk accents were clearly audible in the damp Tyneside air.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:46:43 GMT2016-10-26T15:46:43Z
In today’s Fiver: José Mourinho takes a walk, Tino’s sheaths, Saint and Greavsie challenge Donald Trump and streaming OAPs
The theme music ends and the camera pans across the glistening cobbles. Peter Barlow looks shifty and takes a final drag on his cigarette before tossing it to the curb. Sally Webster disappears into Rita’s Kabin. And José Mourinho, shoulders hunched, the collar of his dark peacoat turned up against the rain, trudges past the Rovers Return. He mutters inaudibly but we catch the words “Conte”, “humiliation” and “Einsteins”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:34:43 GMT2016-10-26T07:34:43Z
Today’s tish and fipsy is snotty again
Clive Allen. David Unsworth. Robbie Keane. Sol Campbell. Grandpa Simpson. Robert Jarni. And now, perhaps, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Yes, the word on the street is that one of Manchester United’s much-vaunted summer signings could join the ranks of the briefest of transfers. The Armenian’s absence from the United squad has been conspicuous recently, as the team flounders and founders with him not even sitting on the bench, and word around the campfire (the campfire next to the street) is that José Mourinho has seen enough, set to pack Mkhitaryan off to whoever will have him. Poor ol’ Henrikh.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:46:36 GMT2016-10-24T15:46:36Z
The podders reflect on a humiliating return to Stamford Bridge for José Mourinho. Plus, City’s winless run continues, Liverpool host Tottenham in the EFL Cup, and AC Milan beat Juventus
On today’s Football Weekly, AC Jimbo is joined by Paolo Bandini, Nick Miller and Sasha Goryunov to conduct the inquest into Manchester United’s spectacular collapse at Chelsea. Can José Mourinho rally the troops as he faces his bête noir Pep once again in a must-win game with City in the EFL Cup? And do the last victory-less five games prove without a shadow of a doubt that Guardiola can’t hack it in England? Exactly.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:50:22 GMT2016-10-25T07:50:22Z
Today’s fluff does not like chasing wasps in the dark
Just who does José Mourinho think he is? Coming over here, winning all those medals he’s so bashful about, taking charge of Manchester United and … wait for it … adopting a “distant, hands-off approach” to training. If work-experience’s Rui Faria is going to be left to look after proceedings on the training pitch, no wonder his side proved as useful as a blow-up dartboard at the Bridge on Sunday.
But José has had enough. After his methods were exposed, rubbished and downright poo-pooed he has reached for his conductor’s hat, waltzed into training and let out an almighty roar, “all aboard the Do One Express!”. And that means you too Wayne. In fact, there’s a seat with your name on it. You see, Mourinho – never one to throw the baby out with the bath water – wants Wayne Rooney out, so he’s done the diplomatic thing and told him he can leave. Fortunately for Wazza, Shanghai SIPG are ready and waiting, buckets of cash in tow, to reunite Rooney with Sven Goran Eriksson in China.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:14 GMT2016-10-24T11:00:14Z
Answer a simple question and you could be off to Stamford Bridge to watch live Premier League football
The Guardian has teamed up with Carabao Energy Drink to give one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of home tickets to Chelsea v Everton on Saturday 5 November at 5.30pm. Recently kicking-off a new global partnership with Chelsea FC, South-East Asian energy drink Carabao – newly launched in the UK – is the club’s official training wear partner for the next three seasons.Continue reading...
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:25:02 GMT2016-10-23T08:25:02ZAlso featuring: Aleksander Ceferin, Massimo Ferrero’s intentions, and Ronaldinho’s new life
Fifa 2.0 – restoring “the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa” with a focus on ethics and human rights. Week one’s highlight: confirmation that 2017’s congress will be held in Bahrain. Gianni Infantino: “It’s not just words, it’s actions.”Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:12:01 GMT2016-10-21T09:12:01Z
From Brazil 1970 to Scarborough 1996, via Brian McClair and ludicrous long-rangers, we recall half a dozen moments of footballing farceContinue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:13:25 GMT2016-10-22T19:13:25Z
Brighton keep pace at the top, Cardiff remain unbeaten under Neil Warnock, another goal for Josh Morris and Carlisle extend unbeaten run to 14 in league
• Aston Villa celebrated that all too unfamiliar winning feeling for the second time in five days after clinching a 1-0 win over Fulham. Remarkably, Steve Bruce’s side are now just six points off the play-off pack after back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since May 2015. Jonathan Kodjia, the French striker signed from Bristol City over the summer for an initial £11m, scored for a third consecutive game under Bruce. Kodjia volleyed home his fourth goal of the season from Albert Adomah’s cross, ensuring Bruce’s first win at Villa Park. Brighton and Hove Albion extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches after a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic. Dale Stephens, who submitted a transfer request over the summer, bagged his first goal of the season to hoist Chris Hughton’s men into second. At the top remain Newcastle United, after their convincing win over Ipswich Town while Huddersfield Town returned third after Elias Kachunga’s last-minute winner over Derby County.Continue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:12 GMT2016-10-22T09:00:12Z
Featuring James Rodríguez in training at Real Madrid, two very different penalties, a tough hockey player and a footballers who should be embarrassedContinue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:03 GMT2016-10-19T09:00:03Z
“I was studying David Speedie’s Wiki page because I was supposed to be working, and it seems to suggest that he played for four teams during the 1992-93 season – Southampton. Birmingham, West Brom and West Ham,” reports Adam Webster. “I think four teams in one season is a lot, but is it a record?”
Mark Muscat was one of our eagle-eyed readers to point us in the direction of Tony Cottee, who equalled Speedie’s mark in 2000-01 … but, emails Mark, “by representing teams in each of English football’s top four tiers. Having started the season at Leicester City, after making two league appearances, he transferred to Norwich City in the First Division, where he played nine games and scored two goals as player-coach. At the end of October, he left the club and subsequently joined Barnet in the Third Division as a player-manager, where he scored 10 goals in 18 games. After resigning in mid-March he then joined Millwall, who were in the Second Division at the time …” Having completed the set, Cottee said: “I don’t know if it’s a good achievement or a bad one, to be honest. The difference between the divisions has been obvious – top quality in the Premier, the first was just a bit quick, the third had a lot of big lads huffing and puffing, while the second – I hope – will see a lot of good football being played.” Cottee lasted two games with the Lions before hanging up his boots.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:34 GMT2016-10-20T10:00:34Z
This week’s roundup also features Wayne Rooney’s best, Donald Trump back in the day, retro skiing, beating the wallet snatchers and Jerry Quarry remembered
1) With the US Grand Prix on Sunday, some choice moments from F1 in the US: Bruce McLaren takes the flag, becoming the sport’s youngest winner but Jack Brabham is the star – pushing his car over the line to take fourth and the world championship at Sebring in 1959; Gilles Villeneuve magnificent in the wet at Watkins Glen 1979; John Watson with some glorious overtaking during his win at Detroit in 1982 and his comeback to win from 22nd on the grid in 1983 at Long Beach in full: parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight; Watson talking through both races; Keke Rosberg and Villeneuve battle at Long Beach in 1982; Ayrton Sennna v Jean Alesi at Phoenix in 1990 and Lewis Hamilton uncompromising through turn one at the Circuit of the Americas on his way to the world championship last year.
2) 14 years ago: remember the name – how Wayne Rooney’s introduced himself with that first goal against Arsenal, more were to follow. More up to date: Egyptian goalie makes great save outside the box, no one notices, photographer fails to make catch outside the end zone, everyone notices.Continue reading...
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:42:12 GMT2016-10-06T09:42:12Z
The Scot’s arrival at Anfield raised eyebrows but following a stunning winner in the Merseyside derby he was well on his way to becoming a club legend
For Phil Thompson it is simply “that moment”, and a little over 15 years on he can recollect it with crystal clarity. The build-up, the pressure, the atmosphere, the seconds ticking away, the set-up, the strike, the joy that followed and how ultimately he was delighted to have been proven wrong.
It was towards the end of the 1999-00 season that Gérard Houllier, Liverpool’s then manager, asked his assistant what he thought about signing Gary McAllister, a highly-skilled, much-respected midfielder but who by that stage was 35-years-old and had spent the past four campaigns as part of a Coventry City side that was locked in the bottom half of the table. “I told Gerard that it may send the wrong message to the fans,” Thompson says. “We were meant to be building a team around our talented set of youngsters so it didn’t feel right to bring in someone of Gary’s age. He was a top-quality player, of good footballing stock, but he was at the end of his career. I didn’t see the logic in bringing him in.”Continue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:00:34 GMT2016-10-14T11:00:34Z
In May 2016, an extraordinary tournament took place in the breakaway region of Abkhazia: football’s world cup for unrecognised territories. This surreal and vibrant spectacle – and the dreams of a stateless people – are viewed through the eyes of the manager and players of one of the most fascinating teams, Iraqi KurdistanContinue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:14:09 GMT2016-10-27T08:14:09Z
Amateur footage shows crowd trouble inside the London Stadium towards the end of West Ham’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Plastic bottles, seats and coins were thrown. Police made seven arrests. Both clubs have promised to ban for life any supporters found guilty of wrongdoing
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:37:40 GMT2016-10-26T11:37:40Z
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump helps Jimmy Greaves make the fifth-round draw for the League Cup, or Rumbelows Cup, in December 1991. Trump reveals his excitement at the prospect of the USA hosting the 1994 World Cup, before being presented with a ‘Saint and Greavsie’ mug, jokingly described as ‘the most prestigious award in footballing history’Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:23:38 GMT2016-10-25T02:23:38Z
American and Australian robots battle it out in the final football match of the RoboCup Challenge in Beijing. The University of Texas at Austin’s Austin Villa eventually defeated the University of New South Wales’ Runswift 7-3. The game turns out to be not quite as seamless as human football – with remaining upright, kicking the ball and tackling all proving somewhat problematic.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:01:16 GMT2016-10-24T18:01:16Z
France Football are flying solo with the Ballon d’Or after FIFA ended its six-year association with the award last month. This 30-strong shortlist will be voted on by a select group of journalists and football figures, with the winner announced in December.Continue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:21:27 GMT2016-10-24T16:21:27Z
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was ‘not happy’ when Loris Karius was named as first choice for the League Cup match against Tottenham on Tuesday. The Belgium international has been on the bench for the past five games with Klopp favouring the summer signing Loris Karius in goalContinue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:20:54 GMT2016-10-19T10:20:54Z
Footballer Joey Barton tells the Guardian’s Owen Jones that the lack of openly gay footballers shows that the UK is not as progressive as it thinks. He says that homophobic abuse in football will eventually become as unacceptable as racism now is on the terracesContinue reading...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:01:54 GMT2016-10-12T09:01:54Z
Norwegian football pundits react with disbelief after minnows San Marino score their first away goal in 15 years against Norway on Tuesday evening. Four pundits working for VGTV Sport watch in horror as San Marino break into Norway’s penalty area and Mattia Stefanelli finds the net. They turn the lights off, such is the disbelief in the studio. Norway went on to win 4-1Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:41:04 GMT2016-10-27T06:41:04Z
• West Ham and Chelsea could face sanctions after violence between fans
• Fans will be banned for life if identified on CCTV by West Ham officials
Slaven Bilic was upset by the violent scenes that flared inside the London Stadium towards the end of West Ham’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Chelsea as unacceptable as his club promised to ban for life any supporters found guilty of wrongdoing.
Chelsea will do likewise and a spokesman from the club reflected the mood of frustration and disgust. “It was extremely disappointing to see the disturbances at the end of this game and we condemn such behaviour,” he said.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:35:07 GMT2016-10-26T22:35:07Z
• Mourinho declares ‘love of Manchester United is bigger than bad results’
• Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City need to improve results, and they will
José Mourinho said he was happy for the Manchester United fans after knocking Manchester City out of the EFL Cup, because it came after the kind of defeat the club does not deserve.
The United manager avoided saying his side’s four-goal thrashing at Chelsea was a travesty, he simply felt it was an unacceptable scoreline for the club and their supporters to have to bear.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:01:55 GMT2016-10-26T21:01:55Z
It had always promised to be an incendiary tie and, for 90 minutes, it looked as though it would be celebrated for the football, which was fast, open and exciting. West Ham United finally delivered the performance that they had wanted to electrify their new stadium and they put themselves on the right side of the result, too. They are into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, where they will face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
But all of the good things from West Ham and Chelsea would be marred in stoppage time during a couple of minutes when supporters from both clubs hurled insults and projectiles – including coins and a couple of ripped-up seats.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:58:56 GMT2016-10-26T20:58:56Z
Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game as United did just enough to beat an under-strength City at Old Trafford
Right, that’s it from me. Stick around on site for all the reports and reaction. But from me cheerio!
That was hardly a classic but an important win for Mourinho nevertheless. There remain questions for both sides to answer.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:42:23 GMT2016-10-26T20:42:23Z
West Ham go through, despite a furious late rally from Chelsea. The hosts just about deserved it: they were the better side for most of the game, and it was only really when Costa and Hazard were introduced that Chelsea perked up. The visitors played OK, but left themselves too much to do. West Ham go through to the last eight, and who knows: maybe a first League Cup title isn’t that far away.
Thanks for reading. Goodnight.
That’s it! There was barely time for West Ham to kick off.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:48:16 GMT2016-10-26T15:48:16Z• FA chief executive says Gareth Southgate is a credible contender for England
If England are ever to succeed at international football they must first eliminate the “fear factor”, according to the FA’s chief executive. Martin Glenn believes the national side must foster the mentality of a club side to overcome psychological frailties which have caused them to fail, most recently during their dismal showing at last summer’s European Championship.
“We have got a lot more talented players now, compared to say 20 years ago, but the issue seems to be getting that club spirit translated into the national team,” he said. “If you eliminate the fear factor ... when things go against you, you can adapt on the pitch. We saw it against Iceland. We were more than capable of beating Iceland but when things didn’t go our way you could actually sense players freezing up.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:08 GMT2016-10-26T09:00:08Z
The MLS postseason begins on Wednesday, and it’s all to play for. Our writers give their verdicts on who’ll win, who’ll go close, and who’ll go home early
The possibility of one more Hudson River Derby. The Red Bulls and NYC FC could face each other once again, in the playoffs and this game could be the best one yet. NYC FC, who are a totally different team since the 7-0 debacle earlier this season, would salivate at the prospect of facing their local rivals in the playoffs. As for Jesse Marsch’s men? Another opportunity to show why they still rule New York is too good to turn down. LMEContinue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:12:45 GMT2016-10-25T23:12:45Z• Under-pressure manager finding hotel life tough
Under-pressure José Mourinho has labelled his current setup a “disaster” as he prepares for the Manchester derby.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:08:34 GMT2016-10-25T23:08:34Z• Silvestri saves three penalties to earn Leeds a 3-2 shootout win
Marco Silvestri was the hero as Leeds beat Norwich 3-2 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup after a thrilling fourth-round tie at Elland Road. Silvestri saved spot-kicks from Alex Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady before Ronaldo Vieira scored the winner.
Leeds striker Marcus Antonsson had cancelled out Pritchard’s opener before the break and after Nelson Oliveira had put Norwich back in front in extra time, Chris Wood struck in the 109th minute as the game ended 2-2.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:01:36 GMT2016-10-25T23:01:36Z• Interim manager says Rooney remains influential despite being dropped
Gareth Southgate has suggested Wayne Rooney’s status as England captain is not under threat despite him being dropped by Manchester United and has left the door open for Marcus Rashford to play at the European Under-21 Championship next summer.
Rooney has not started any of United’s past four Premier League games. He missed the 4-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday through injury and was left out of Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup qualifying draw in Slovenia this month.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:30:34 GMT2016-10-25T21:30:34Z
• Guardiola finds intensity and lack of recovery time exhausting
• ‘You cannot win any game here without spending a lot of energy’
Pep Guardiola has given his first indication English football is proving more exhausting than he anticipated, as Manchester City prepare for an EFL Cup derby against Manchester United in the middle of a sequence of six games in 18 days.
Having two of them against Barcelona does not help but after previously suggesting the intensity of other leagues around Europe was just as high, Guardiola now accepts one of the reasons for City’s run of five winless games is that recovery time in England is so limited.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:28:56 GMT2016-10-25T21:28:56Z• Spain 1-2 England
The England captain, Steph Houghton, scored a fine free-kick as the Lionesses defeated Spain 2-1 in a friendly at Guadalajara’s Estadio Municipal Pedro Escartin.
As part of preparations for the Euro 2017 finals, Mark Sampson’s team were playing a friendly double-header against two European rivals, which started with a 0-0 draw against France in Doncaster.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:00:42 GMT2016-10-25T21:00:42Z
There were 11 changes on the team-sheet but Liverpool’s creativity, potency and confidence remained the same as Daniel Sturridge guided Jürgen Klopp’s side into the EFL Cup quarter-finals. A dozen games have yielded nine wins for Liverpool this season and a youthful Tottenham Hotspur team were powerless to halt the momentum gathering at Anfield.
Both Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino utilised their resources for the fourth- round tie but only the former was able to rest his favoured strike-force and retain quality in attack. That is Sturridge’s lot at present, biding his time while Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mané drive Liverpool to joint-top of the Premier League, but the patience of an outstanding predator was rewarded with two clinical goals. Vincent Janssen’s late penalty created another tense finale at Anfield but, in truth, Liverpool should have been out of sight.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:58:35 GMT2016-10-25T20:58:35Z
To Arsène Wenger, it remains one of the “craziest games” of his 20-year Arsenal career. When his team defeated Reading 7-5 at the Madejski Stadium in the League Cup four years ago, it was an occasion that tested the boundaries of credibility. It is possible that there might never be another game quite like it and, on this occasion, Wenger could content himself with victory against the same opponents, by the same margin and in the same competition but with rather lower levels of stress.
The Arsenal manager played his second string, as he had in the previous round at Nottingham Forest, and it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who made the difference.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:58:18 GMT2016-10-25T20:58:18Z
A solid performance from Arsenal, and they overcame Reading with relatively little fuss. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a good first goal and a lucky second, but the hosts had too much quality, and could have won by more, but for a series of good stops from Ali al-Habsi. Reading did OK, but the gulf in class was marked.
Thanks for reading! Goodnight.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:47:36 GMT2016-10-25T20:47:36Z
Rafael Benítez’s success in reconnecting Newcastle United with its previously disenchanted, disenfranchised supporters was affirmed by an attendance of more than 49,000.
Astonishingly high for a League Cup tie between two Championship sides, it offered further proof that something very special is happening in this corner of north-east England. Certainly as the goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic (twice), Mohamed Diamé (twice), Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Pérez flew in and the almost religious fervour mounted, it was possible to believe that Benítez really could walk on the River Tyne.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:38:51 GMT2016-10-25T20:38:51Z
Sturridge was mostly brilliant and would have had more goals if not for a couple of moments of shoddiness, but in the end his two goals were enough to give Liverpool a deserved victory. Into the quarter-finals they march.
90+3 min: Winks strides forward from midfield. Lamela, chariging in from the left, roars for a pass. There are other options, too, but none of them easy. So Winks decides the best option is to have a pop himself, but his left-footer never looked like hitting the target.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:37:42 GMT2016-10-25T19:37:42ZCarlos Alberto was the captain of Brazil’s brilliant 1970 World Cup-winning side and scored the goal that defined the tournament in the final against Italy
Carlos Alberto, who has died at the age of 72, will be remembered as the captain of Brazil’s brilliant 1970 World Cup-winning side and the scorer of the tournament’s defining goal.
The manner in which Brazil swept to victory in Mexico enchanted fans around the world. It was the first tournament broadcast globally in colour and the Brazilians, their excellence amplified in their bright yellow shirts, were spellbinding.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:46:09 GMT2016-10-25T18:46:09ZFootball punditry | Bakery discrimination case | Charity shops | Weighed on the way to Scilly | Copycat branding
Owen Gibson writes that there is a decline in the ratings for watching TV football (Sport, 25 October). Perhaps this is because football journalists, commentators and pundits largely discuss the football happenings in the same few “big clubs” and comment on the games from the perspective of those few clubs. Perhaps the legions of fans are tired of this as they have a much broader interest in football.
• Your editorial (25 October) on the Northern Ireland bakery discrimination case was admirably insightful and balanced. But you say that in the event of disputes, the law should protect sexual minorities over religious ones. On what grounds?
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:34 GMT2016-10-25T18:40:34Z• Club taking ‘extremely seriously’ accusation relating to ownership handover
The Watford chief executive, Scott Duxbury, says the club are treating as “extremely serious” the accusation that they gave falsified financial information to the football authorities, as the controversy looked set to be resolved by an independent commission and, in the event of any wrongdoing being proved, a likely fine.
The affair relates to the ownership handover at the club from Giampaolo Pozzo to his son, Gino, in 2014. Watford – who are ninth in the Premier League – were in the Championship at the time and Pozzo Jr had to show the English Football League that he had sufficient capital in the bank to comply with his responsibilities.Continue reading...
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:05:44 GMT2016-10-23T23:05:44Z
Your weekend round-up of the best photography from the top flightContinue reading...