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Published: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:18:24 GMT2017-11-21T01:18:24Z

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Amanda Staveley’s consortium offers around £300m for Newcastle United

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:46:41 GMT2017-11-20T20:46:41Z

• Ashley wanted around £400m when he went to market
• Rafael Benítez’s future in doubt unless he gets January funds

Amanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory firm PCP Capital Partners has formally offered Mike Ashley a sum in the region of £300m for Newcastle United after conducting preliminary due diligence on the club’s finances.

Newcastle’s owner, who wanted nearer £400m, is pondering his next move and on Monday night was still to accept the bid in principle. Should the Sports Direct owner do so a period of exclusivity would be entered into during which specialist lawyers would undertake a period of formal due diligence. This process usually takes around a month, dictating that a final deal could theoretically still be negotiated and completed by Christmas, although a new‑year completion seems more likely.

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Escape artist Tony Pulis runs out of time after West Brom fans lose patience | Barry Glendenning

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:08:43 GMT2017-11-20T20:08:43Z

The manager did what he was asked to at first but after three years of dull football and a £40m summer outlay fans and owners expected more than survival

The signs were ominous. The conspicuous presence of Guochuan Lai, West Bromwich Albion’s usually absent Chinese owner, for his team’s Premier League defeat at the hands of visiting Chelsea spoke volumes and the emphatic nature of the scoreline was enough to seal the fate of Tony Pulis. The Welshman, who took over in January 2015, had the air of a dead man walking in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 gubbing. He was duly sacked on Monday and leaves the club a point and a place above the relegation zone.

Fans who have long been bored witlessby an unattractive brand of football that was no longer yielding the kind of results that led to finishes in 13th, 14th and 10th over the past three seasons have finally got what they wanted. The question now is whether they will regret the decision to sack the first man they would almost certainly approach with a view to extracting them from the current pickle if it was not he who had got them into it in the first place.

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Brighton’s José Izquierdo grabs share of the points from Stoke City

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:00:54 GMT2017-11-20T22:00:54Z

Brighton & Hove Albion twice came from behind to earn a draw at home to Stoke City and extend their unbeaten run to five matches with the home manager, Chris Hughton, grateful his team overcame the referee’s failure to award them a clear first-half penalty.

Pascal Gross and then José Izquierdo replied to goals by Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kurt Zouma to leave both sides with a point on the south coast, on a night when Peter Crouch made history of an altogether different kind.

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Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie reveals racist abuse after World Cup loss

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:51:11 GMT2017-11-20T22:51:11Z

• Christie says he received abuse on Twitter after defeat by Denmark
• FAI refers posts to Irish police as PFA Ireland condemns abuse

The Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has revealed that he has received racist abuse on Twitter following his country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. In a statement posted on social mediaChristie highlighted “a number of racist comments” and said those responsible “do not belong in football or any other sport”.

James McClean drew attention to the issue while speaking at the PFA Ireland awards on Saturday, and the Football Association of Ireland has now referred a number of posts aimed at the defender to police in Ireland. PFA Ireland and the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) issued a joint statement on Monday night, condemning the abuse and referencing a tweet which they claim “urged him to go to Jamaica and boasted about wanting to lynch him”.

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Liverpool’s sharpened defensive focus faces stern test in Sevilla spotlight

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:30:41 GMT2017-11-20T22:30:41Z

• Jürgen Klopp says it is key match in Champions League campaign so far
• Point would take Reds into knock-out stage if Spartak Moscow lose to Maribor

With Liverpool revelling in what their manager, Jürgen Klopp, calls “the Mo Salah period”, their marked defensive improvement has been overlooked. The changes provoked by a demoralising defeat at Tottenham Hotspur have underpinned an emphatic reaction, however, and face the fiercest examination since Wembley on Tuesday against Sevilla.

Liverpool arrived in Andalusia in punishing form, flushing memories of Spurs out of the system by winning their last four games by an aggregate score of 13-1. A fifth consecutive victory would secure a place in the Champions League knock-out stage with a group game to spare. It would also be a significant statement, given that Sevilla have not lost at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán since 22 November 2016 when they were beaten 3-1 by Juventus. “It has been a really interesting journey in the Champions League so far,” Klopp said. “But this is the game.”

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Christian Eriksen and Tottenham aim to bounce back at Borussia Dortmund

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:30:41 GMT2017-11-20T22:30:41Z

• Midfielder was on a high after hat-trick fired Denmark to World Cup
• Mauricio Pochettino likely to rotate squad with place in last 16 assured

It was the night when Christian Eriksen made one of the grandest statements of his career. Denmark needed him to perform in the World Cup play-off second leg against the Republic of Ireland – and how he answered the call.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s sumptuous hat-trick in Dublin fired a 5-1 win, qualification to the finals in Russia next summer and a wave of superlatives – the most headline-grabbing of which was from his manager, Age Hareide, who described him as one of the top 10 players in the world.

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John Stones injury will test Manchester City squad depth, admits Pep Guardiola

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:42:09 GMT2017-11-20T19:42:09Z

• City centre-back out for up to six weeks with hamstring injury
• Eliaquim Mangala to play against Feyenoord in Champions League

Pep Guardiola believes the loss of John Stones will present Manchester City with a tough examination of their title credentials. Stones, whose outstanding form led him to play back-to-back 90-minute games for England against Germany and Brazil, now faces six weeks out with the hamstring injury sustained in the win at Leicester on Saturday.

The return of the captain, Vincent Kompany, after his own lay-off is timely but, given the Belgian’s patchy fitness record, the Premier League leaders appear short of cover in central defence. Nicolás Otamendi is back after a one-game domestic ban but the only other specialist options are Eliaquim Mangala and the largely untried youngster Tosin Adarabioyo.

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Pulis gone, Arsenal's bragging rights and Buffon's broken heart – Football Weekly

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:57 GMT2017-11-20T17:32:57Z

Max Rushden and co predict managerial merry go round movement, review the latest action and find out if Roman Burki has hit the headlines in Germany

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon on his debut have plenty to get their teeth into on the day that Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom, who were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea at the weekend.

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Chris Coleman vows to introduce ‘no excuses’ culture at lowly Sunderland

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:48:25 GMT2017-11-20T17:48:25Z

• New manager fired up by challenge of life on the ‘cliff edge’
• Faces tough first Championship assignment at Aston Villa on Tuesday

Chris Coleman stepped on to the stage, smiled at the television cameras and announced a manifesto for change centred on humility, honesty and hope.

Sunderland’s ninth manager in six years was unveiled at the Academy of Light, the club’s training ground, on Monday morning and looked genuinely thrilled to be confronted with the challenge of lifting his new team off the bottom of the Championship.

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West Brom consider Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson after sacking Tony Pulis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:32:00 GMT2017-11-20T16:32:00Z

• Martin O’Neill also considered a potential candidate
• Assistant coach Gary Megson to take temporary charge

West Bromwich Albion are prepared to take time to consider their options after Tony Pulis was relieved of his post on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in the 4-0 home thrashing by Chelsea on Saturday, with Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill among the potential candidates to succeed him.

Gary Megson, who was manager between 2000 and 2004 and returned to the club in the summer as Pulis’s assistant, has been put in caretaker charge and is expected to take control for at least this weekend’s trip to face Tottenham at Wembley. But with West Brom currently only a point clear of the relegation zone after 13 matches, the club’s hierarchy are aware of the importance of making a swift appointment, with the home fixture against Newcastle United next Tuesday quickly followed by the visit of the bottom side, Crystal Palace.

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Nolito: ‘Comments hurt you and your family. Being insulted isn’t part of the job’

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:00 GMT2017-11-20T13:46:00Z

Nolito, who faces Liverpool with Sevilla on Tuesday, opens up on Pep Guardiola, explains how a joke about the English weather led to all sorts of trouble and reveals who he thinks is the best player at Manchester City

Nolito says he was “joking”, which he often is, as another cheeky grin sweeps across his face and he starts laughing again. “Bloody hell,” he says, which is something he says a lot – or its slightly ruder Spanish equivalent anyway. And then he continues: “But it was for real, eh! I had to give her vitamin D, the poor thing. We’d go outside but the sun just never came out. Even I ended up pale …” A quick glance up and he adds, giggling: “Just like you!” And just like his daughter Lola, aged nine, and one‑year‑old twins, Lara and Alegría.

Towards the end of his first season in England, by which time he knew it would be his last, the former Manchester City player, now back in Spain with Liverpool’s Champions League opponents Sevilla, said his daughter had changed colour. “She looks like she’s been living in a cave,” he said then. He says now: “It got misinterpreted. It was just a joke, a throwaway line. And it was true: there was no sun and the paediatrician said: ‘Try this …’

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Insigne runs Napoli show on uplifting Serie A weekend laced with regret | Paolo Bandini

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:57:47 GMT2017-11-20T13:57:47Z

The striker granted just 15 minutes of Italy’s play-off defeat against Sweden continued the scintillating club form that made his omission so controversial

It was a weekend for gallows humour in Italy. “Goals from [Ciro] Immobile and [Lorenzo] Insigne yesterday,” tweeted the wags from Chiamarsi Bomber on Sunday. “So we qualified, right?”

In truth, it will take a lot more than a week for a nation to digest its World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden. Gian Piero Ventura was fired as manager of the Azzurri last week, and the Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday amid reports that his support base had crumbled.

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Werder Bremen and showman Max Kruse keep reality from the door | Andy Brassell

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:57:00 GMT2017-11-20T13:57:00Z

Max Kruse’s hat-trick brought relief at the Weserstadion, but questions over the club’s long-term – and even medium-term – plan remain

“It doesn’t matter who scores the goals,” said Max Kruse on Thursday, and it sounded like he believed it. Yet even if it doesn’t quite mean everything, it means a lot. That much was evident after he retired to the bench a few minutes from the end from Werder Bremen’s emphatic 4-0 win over Hannover on Sunday, their first of the season, having hit a hat-trick – his first goals of the season. Kruse goofed around, whooping and pulling faces at the television cameras. The supporters’ relief was palpable. Not just at the result, but at their star forward taking centre stage again.

Kruse reiterated that idea of the collective afterwards, saying he was “even happier about the team’s performance” than he was about his contribution, and the others certainly put in a shift. Nobody in the Bundesliga, for example, ran more than midfielder Maximilian Eggestein’s 13.4km this weekend, with Kicker labelling him the “Kilometer-König”.

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Arsenal appoint Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:20 GMT2017-11-20T17:27:20Z

• Mislintat had recruited Lewandowski and Dembélé for Bundesliga club
• Chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down from his post after 25 years

Arsenal have secured Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment. The Gunners have drafted in the highly rated 45-year-old, who will start in December. Steve Rowley has stood down as chief scout after 25 years with the north London club.

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West Ham fans urged to stop calling 999 to complain about team’s performances

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:22:58 GMT2017-11-20T10:22:58Z

• Essex police tweet message to disgruntled Hammers supporters
• West Ham in relegation zone after defeat to Watford on Sunday

West Ham United fans have been warned to stop calling 999 to complain about their team. The side suffered a 2-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday in David Moyes’s first match in charge, with goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison settling the match at Vicarage Road.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-term injury was ‘more severe than revealed’

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:30:12 GMT2017-11-19T22:30:12Z

• ‘If people knew the real injury they would be in shock that I was playing’
• Manchester United forward returned to action in win against Newcastle

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed the career threatening injury he sustained in April was more than the “significant knee ligament damage” that Manchester United characterised it as being at the time.

The Swede made his comeback in the 4-1 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, entering proceedings on 77 minutes as a replacement for Anthony Martial. It was the 36‑year‑old’s first action since sustaining the injury on 20 April playing against Anderlecht in the Europa League.

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David Moyes pleads for unity at West Ham as fans turn on club hierarchy

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:50:00 GMT2017-11-19T22:50:00Z

• Chants of ‘sack the board’ heard as Moyes’ loses first game in charge to Watford
• Manager hits out at ‘players with big reputations’

David Moyes has appealed for unity among West Ham United supporters after watching his new team slump to a 2-0 defeat at Watford in his first match, leaving them marooned in the relegation zone.

A number of fans made their feelings known throughout the game, with Will Hughes’s opening goal in the 11th minute greeted with a chorus of “sack the board” as West Ham made a nightmare start under the Scot in his first appointment since leaving Sunderland early last summer. Andy Carroll was also singled out for criticism by a large section of away supporters when he was withdrawn in the second half soon after Richarlison had doubled Watford’s lead and Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic as manager during the international break, admitted they will have to get behind the team if West Ham are to rescue themselves from their second-worst start to a Premier League season. “I don’t know the history and all the reasons for it but I have to say we need them now,” the manager said.

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Watford brush West Ham aside to show David Moyes scale of the task he faces

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:12:34 GMT2017-11-19T18:12:34Z

If David Moyes had any illusions that keeping West Ham in the Premier League will not be among the biggest challenges of his career, then the manner of this defeat must surely act as a major wake-up call.

Aside from a 10-minute spell either side of half-time in his 500th Premier League match as a manager Moyes saw his new side totally outplayed by a Watford team brimming with confidence and instilled with a clear game plan by their manager, Marco Silva.

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European roundup: Juventus stumble in Serie A title race with loss to Sampdoria

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:47:48 GMT2017-11-19T22:47:48Z

• Samp win 3-2 to leave Juventus four points behind Napoli
• Valencia’s eighth straight league win closes gap on Barcelona

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Sunderland confirm Chris Coleman's appointment as new manager

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:23:11 GMT2017-11-19T15:23:11Z

• Coleman confirmed in post on Sunday
• Sunderland are bottom of the Championship

Chris Coleman has been confirmed as the new Sunderland manager. The 47-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to become Simon Grayson’s successor in what is a major boost for Sunderland and a huge blow for the Football Association of Wales, which had hoped to persuade Coleman to sign a new contract.

The FAW held a board meeting on Friday to discuss his position, with both parties previously involved in lengthy talks about extending the deal that was due to expire at the end of this month, but Coleman has decided the time is right to return to club management and has agreed to take the plunge with Sunderland.

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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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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:45 GMT2017-11-20T08:30:45Z

Hugo Lloris’s top-four focus for Spurs is telling, Callum Wilson is making up for lost time and can Paul Pogba yet be compared with Steven Gerrard?

After challenging for the title for the past couple of seasons, it was significant to hear Hugo Lloris contemplate looking over Tottenham Hotspur’s shoulder more than in front of them at the end of a derby defeat. “Oh, before we think about [the leaders] Man City it’s important to stay in the top four. This is the main target for our team,” he said. “We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title, blah, blah, blah. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league.” The difficulty imposing themselves on the most challenging away fixtures remains a sticking point. Having lost at Old Trafford and Arsenal in recent weeks, next month they visit the Premier League’s pace setters at the Etihad Stadium. Spurs found it hard to penetrate Arsenal’s defence, and when Mauricio Pochettino subbed off Harry Kane and Dele Alli neither could feel they had been at their most influential. “The spirit was good, we were in the fight and able to develop our game with the ball in the floor. But in the final third we need more aggression and movement,” Lloris said. “Now we need to carry on. It’s true that we wanted to do more against Manchester United and Arsenal. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that so now it’s important to have a run of victories because we need to keep our place at the top.” Amy Lawrence

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Barcelona the only winners in Madrid after derby stalemate | Sid Lowe

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:15:21 GMT2017-11-20T11:15:21Z

It is still early in the season but even a draw in the derby was not much use; Madrid and Atlético had to win. Only Barcelona did

FC Barcelona pulled out of Butarque on an angular blue and orange bus that looked like it had been borrowed from a school trip in the 90s a bit before seven on Saturday evening and headed 30 kilometres north up the M40 to the airport at Barajas, their work done. Half of it, anyway. Nearby, just about visible from the terminal, stood the Wanda Metropolitano, where the rest of it was done for them. Not long after Barça had set off, and a couple of hours after Alavés had passed on their way north back up the A1 to Euskadi, Real Madrid embarked upon the shortest journey they’ve undertaken in La Liga, making the 10-minute trip from their HQ at Valdebebas to Atlético’s new home. It was a short trip, but when they returned a little before midnight, broken and bloodied, it felt like a long way back. For Barcelona, it had been a grand day out.

From the Coliseum across to Eleven Lions Avenue – yes, really – and up to Avenida Arcentales, there were three games in Madrid on Saturday and the third of them was the game: Getafe-Alavés at 1pm, Leganés-Barcelona at 4.15pm and then Atlético-Real at 8.45pm. As flight AEA938 climbed into the sky, the first Madrid derby at the Wanda hadn’t yet started and when it landed, just after nine, it hadn’t yet finished. There hadn’t been a goal yet, either – Ángel Correa had missed the game’s best chance after three minutes, Diego Simeone looking like he was fighting back tears on the touchline, and Toni Kroos nudged one wide at the other end, but that was about it – and Barcelona’s players just about had time to get home for the second half. Those that wanted to, that is – and you might be surprised how few footballers bother.

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More than just a numbers game – how a shirt can define a player’s career | Barry Glendenning

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:27 GMT2017-11-20T10:30:27Z

Yado Mambo and the Ebbsfleet United No5 shirt offered a reminder of how the shirt number a player wears can affect how they are perceived

If the evidence presented in the opening week of the US Justice Department’s Fifa corruption trial was not grim enough, the recent sight of a footballer named Mambo not wearing No5 provided further evidence that the game is to all intents and purposes “gone”. During a televised National League match between his side and Leyton Orient, the Ebbsfleet United central defender Yado Mambo became an unlikely social media talking point when viewers noticed the 26-year-old’s club had missed a trick by failing to allocate him the obvious digit as an homage to that 1999 Lou Bega smash‑hit dancefloor filler. “Imagine signing a player called Mambo and not giving him the No5 shirt,” mused one Twitter user under a screengrab of Mambo wearing No18. “Poor form from Ebbsfleet United.”

Speaking to Radio Kent at the height of his Warholian 15 minutes, Mambo revealed that he had in fact requested the shirt number in question before the season started, but had been turned down by spoilsport Ebbsfleet manager, Daryl McMahon. “I told my gaffer the same thing, but I don’t think he believed me until over this weekend, when it has just blown up all over social media,” he said. “Maybe now he’ll take it a bit more seriously and change the numbers next season. [Mambo No5] was one of my favourite songs at that age. At school a lot of kids used to sing it to me.”

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The remarkable rise of Amiens, the club with President Macron's magic touch

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:36:44 GMT2017-11-20T15:36:44Z

Two years ago Amiens were playing to sparse crowds in France’s unglamorous third division. On Friday they held their own against Ligue 1 champions Monaco

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

At first glance, Amiens do not seem equipped to be a Ligue 1 club. They have never won a major trophy; this is their first season in the top flight in 116 years; and their pokey Stade de la Licorne would not look out of place in League Two. Nevertheless, their upward trajectory has been close to vertical in recent times. They finished third in the Championnat National, France’s third division, in 2015-16 and earned their second successive promotion 12 months later by finishing as runners up in Ligue 2. Their latest triumph came on Friday night, when they drew 1-1 with the champions Monaco.

France’s third division is a true footballing backwater. Not even considered fully professional, nearly half of the league’s average gates have dropped into the hundreds this season. Unsurprisingly, stories of clubs ascending through the divisions – like Hull City in England or Paderborn in Germany – are rare. Amiens are the archetypal National club, provincial and comparatively sparsely supported.

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West Ham's Andy Carroll leaves his mark on Watford but barely troubles the match | Simon Burnton

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:11:38 GMT2017-11-20T10:11:38Z

Back after a six-week absence, Andy Carroll contributed little to the game other than fouls and was told he was not fit to wear West Ham’s shirt by fans

With seven seconds on the clock Andy Carroll rose to challenge Marvin Zeegelaar for a high ball and left the Watford debutant on the floor, his nose bleeding. It had not taken long for the forward to make an impression on his opponents.

In the starting lineup for the first time in six weeks, handed a new chance by a new manager, there could be no better time for Carroll to prove his worth. Perhaps with this performance he could make himself the toast of his team, acclaimed by his new coach. As it happened at half-time David Moyes sought him out for a chat, but instead of receiving a congratulatory handshake he was told that having fully considered the game and all its complexities his manager had decided that he only had another 10 minutes. By then he had been booked for tripping Richarlison – whose dramatic reaction hardly helped the situation – and had left a foot unnaturally high after falling over Christian Kabasele. “Half-time was a decision because I wasn’t sure if he was going to get himself sent off,” said Moyes. “I told him I wouldn’t take him off but I’d only give him 10 or 15 minutes of the second half.”

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Garry Monk’s return to Leeds marked by hostility and defeat for Middlesbrough

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:51:00 GMT2017-11-20T08:51:00Z

A 2-1 loss and some unpleasant vitriol from the stands made it a day to forget for Boro’s manager on his first visit back to Elland Road

As football soundbites go, the summer declaration by the Middlesbrough owner, Steve Gibson, that his club would “smash the league” in their attempts to return to the Premier League this season is slowly but surely looking like one of the more misguided utterances.

It certainly threatens to become a millstone around the neck of his manager, Garry Monk, whose return to Leeds United – the club he left in controversial circumstances to work for Gibson following Middlesbrough’s relegation last season – ended in a defeat that ended his team’s recent mini-revival.

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Shkodran Mustafi insists Arsenal have the self-belief to prove doubters wrong

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:30:12 GMT2017-11-19T22:30:12Z

Defender calls on his team-mates to build on Tottenham victory as Arsène Wenger hails German’s role in north London derby triumph

Lee Dixon tells an eye-opening story in the film 89 about being pinned up against the wall of the dressing room by his own team‑mates before his first north London derby. He was warned, in no uncertain terms, that if he did not perform in this game of all games he would be in trouble. It is hard to imagine that in the modern game such threats would be part of a pre-match routine, but the words said within the Arsenal camp last week to gee them up for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur certainly had a motivating effect.

In the intensity of their play, in their body language, this was a different kind of Arsenal to the one that has a tendency to freeze up and feel the fear creeping in during high-pressure games. They seemed to relish the situation. Héctor Bellerín let out some kind of primal roar as he headed down the tunnel at half-time in recognition of a two-goal lead his team would not relinquish. Mesut Özil at one point hoiked an agricultural clearance 40 yards straight up into the air – as un-Özil-esque a technique as you could ever imagine – to clamourous acclaim. Alexis Sánchez rediscovered his appetite for careering around the pitch chasing every cause going.

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Kevin De Bruyne says freedom and discipline help Manchester City thrive

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:30:12 GMT2017-11-19T22:30:12Z

Match-winning Belgian thinks Pep Guardiola has found the perfect balance as his Premier League leaders continue to set the standard

“If the ball goes on the left foot then you just try it,” said a typically relaxed Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday evening. “Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s the same with the outside, the inside. It helps if you can do different types of things, sometimes you might put spin on it. But I’m not scared to shoot with my left foot, obviously.”

Obviously. The Belgian’s left foot decided this match; his shot from outside the Leicester City area hitting the roof of Kasper Schmeichel’s net at a speed that just did not seem feasible. It was the sort of goal that causes cheeks to puff out in astonishment and increasingly what people are hoping to see when they watch Manchester City play. Yes your team might get a chasing but there will be moments of virtuosity you won’t forget. When De Bruyne was substituted in the 89th minute, he was applauded from all sides of the King Power Stadium.

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Alvechurch striker scores sensational Bergkamp-esque volley – video

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:31:36 GMT2017-11-19T12:31:36Z

Daniel Dubidat has drawn comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp after his stunning volley sealed a 3-2 win for Alvechurch over Sheffield FC in their non-league clash on Saturday. Dubidat, channelling the technique of the former Arsenal striker, controls a long ball instantly, tees it up with his knee and then volleys a strike into the top corner

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Pep Guardiola on Feyenoord: 'They play better than results say' – video

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:51:03 GMT2017-11-20T16:51:03Z

Pep Guardiola insists Feyenoord are ‘better than the results ‘ as Manchester City prepare to play the Dutch side in the Champions League. The Premier League leaders head Group F with four wins from four games, and are unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions this season. They must play 12 games in the final six weeks of 2017, something their manager describes as ‘a tough moment’

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José Mourinho hails the return of Manchester United talisman Paul Pogba – video

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:42:30 GMT2017-11-19T10:42:30Z

José Mourinho praises Paul Pogba after the midfielder returned from injury in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Pogba was influential throughout at Old Trafford and scored United’s third goal in his first game back since straining a hamstring in September. ‘He was top, he came back with a great performance,’ says Mourinho

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Arsenal deserved derby win over Tottenham, says Arsène Wenger – video

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:13:50 GMT2017-11-18T17:13:50Z

Arsène Wenger says his Arsenal side deserved their 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday. The Gunners recorded their first victory over Spurs since March 2014 with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez. ‘I think we played with purpose, good concentration and desire,’ says Wenger

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Fans in Lima celebrate Peru reaching World Cup finals – video

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:16 GMT2017-11-16T11:28:16Z

Thousands take to the streets of Lima on Wednesday night to celebrate Peru’s qualification for next year’s World Cup. Peru defeated New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate in a play-off to secure their place in Russia. It is the first time in 36 years they have reached the finals

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Australia qualify for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras – video highlights

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:52:52 GMT2017-11-15T12:52:52Z

A hat-trick from Mile Jedinak secured a 3-1 win for Australia over Honduras on Wednesday and sent the Socceroos to their fourth World Cup in a row. There were wild celebrations at full-time in Sydney following the crucial play-off win

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Draw with Brazil gives England belief, says Gareth Southgate – video

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:50:09 GMT2017-11-15T08:50:09Z

Gareth Southgate says that his young England side can take plenty of belief from their goalless draw with Brazil on Tuesday night. The England manager also senses his team are repairing the relationship with fans following disappointing offerings in the two previous tournaments. ‘I think and hope that the English public have seen that these boys have given everything,’ says Southgate

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What are the challenges facing away fans in the age of televised football? – video

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:58:53 GMT2017-11-13T10:58:53Z

The away-day experience for thousands of football fans is becoming increasingly difficult due to the number of games that are rescheduled for television. Some kick-off times require fans to take time off work and broadcasters only need to provide six weeks' notice when moving fixtures, leaving some supporters unable to book cheap travel and hotels. We follow three sets of travelling fans to gain an insight into away days in the age of televised football

• Away days: on the road to Ayr United with Hibs fans

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Martin O'Neill defends his record after Ireland fail to reach World Cup – video

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:48:56 GMT2017-11-15T08:48:56Z

Martin O'Neill defends his managerial record following the Republic of Ireland's 5-1 loss to Denmark on Tuesday evening. The result means Ireland will play no part at the World Cup in Russia next year and O'Neill was dismissive when asked by a journalist whether his luck had run out. ‘I didn’t win trophies as a player and a manager by having luck,' he says

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Sweden team crash TV broadcast celebrating place at World Cup – video

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:27:20 GMT2017-11-14T13:27:20Z

Sweden players interrupt a live television broadcast as they celebrate qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Presenters on Eurosport are caught up in the post-match party on the San Siro pitch following the goalless draw with Italy on Tuesday night, which sent Sweden to the finals in Russia

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Gianluigi Buffon retires from Italy duty after failure to qualify for World Cup – video report

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:57:36 GMT2017-11-14T10:57:36Z

Gianluigi Buffon gives an emotional interview to Rai Italia after Italy failed to qualify for next year's World Cup, losing in a play-off to Sweden. 'I am sorry that my last match decided we didn't qualify for the World Cup,' says the goalkeeper. Italian fans and the team's manager, Gian Piero Ventura, also express disappointment with the result

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Michael O'Neill devastated after Northern Ireland fail to reach World Cup – video

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:07:40 GMT2017-11-12T22:07:40Z

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says he is devastated after the 0-0 draw against Switzerland on Sunday confirmed his side will not be at the World Cup next year. O'Neill points out that the only goal of the tie was the controversial penalty in the first leg. 'We should still be playing now,' he says

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Bloody nose for Sergio Ramos as Real and Atlético draw in Madrid derby

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:35:33 GMT2017-11-18T22:35:33Z

When the final whistle went at the end of the first ever Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s new home 12 miles across the city from their old one, there was no roar, but there was a little relief. A 0-0 draw suits neither side and was nothing to celebrate but at least it was not cruel, as some Atlético fans feel their history against Real has been. Instead, it was largely empty. It leaves both teams from the capital ten points behind Barcelona and showcased the reasons why that is the case. Isco apart, this was a game desperately lacking in creativity or control. Lacking goals too.

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A-League and Socceroos can collaborate to grow World Cup contenders

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:00:06 GMT2017-11-19T17:00:06Z

The prosperity of the Socceroos should be a shared ambition, even when it conflicts with club interests

Two days before Australia’s nil-nil draw in Honduras, Brisbane Roar announced the signing of Ivan Franjic. It is news that has understandably received little attention, but now the Socceroos have confirmed their place at the 2018 World Cup, Franjic can expect plenty of scrutiny as attention shifts to candidates auditioning for one of the 23 places in the national team squad set for Russia.

The impact of qualification on the short-term prosperity of football in Australia cannot be understated. Beyond the obvious public relations boost and the direct and indirect financial benefits, there should be a flow-on effect to the A-League. Awareness will hopefully be raised about the local competition, its contribution to the representative side and the role it plays refining the selection of the eventual World Cup squad. The competition could do with a fillip following a lacklustre opening seven rounds reflected in poor TV ratings and uninspiring crowd figures.

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Melbourne Victory find first A-League win, as Sam Kerr scores W-League double

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:19:56 GMT2017-11-19T10:19:56Z

  • A-League: Melbourne Victory 2-0 Perth Glory
  • W-League: Perth Glory 2-0 Melbourne Victory

Enemy No1 Besart Berisha came back to haunt Perth Glory yet again as Melbourne Victory notched their first win of the season with a 2-0 triumph in Sunday’s clash at nib Stadium.

Victory entered the match in the unthinkable position of last on the table after managing just four draws and two losses from the opening six A-League rounds. With the scoreline reading 0-0 approaching the hour mark, another winless week beckoned for Victory. But goals to Berisha and Leroy George broke the game wide open, with the win catapulting Victory into sixth spot on the table.

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Caleb Porter out as Portland Timbers coach in surprise move

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:52:46 GMT2017-11-17T04:52:46Z

  • Porter, 42, had been coach of the Timbers for the past five seasons
  • Portland won MLS Cup championship in 2015 under his guidance

A person familiar with the decision confirmed that head coach Caleb Porter has parted ways with the Portland Timbers.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the team. The surprise move was first reported Thursday night by the soccer website FourFourTwo.com.

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'It's just tittle-tattle': Melbourne City coach shuts down talk over Tim Cahill

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:49 GMT2017-11-18T00:00:49Z

Joyce says the speculation has not affected the team as City suffer error-ridden 3-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce has declined to answer questions about his supposedly strained relationship with Tim Cahill amid speculation the Socceroos veteran could be looking for a move.

Joyce said he had not even spoken to Cahill since he completed his international commitments on Wednesday night and didn’t know when he would be available for A-League duty again.

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Peru complete World Cup finals lineup with play-off win over New Zealand

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:14:13 GMT2017-11-16T04:14:13Z

  • Peru 2-0 New Zealand (2-0 on aggregate)
  • Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos goals send South Americans to Russia

Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals as goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental play-off.

Related: Mile Jedinak hat-trick against Honduras sends Australia to World Cup

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'Turn the page': Notes of optimism ring true as USA begin rebuild in Leiria

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:04 GMT2017-11-15T09:00:04Z

A younger United States team with eyes firmly fixed on the future emerged from the ashes of a thwarted World Cup campaign on Tuesday night in Portugal

World Cup cycles normally end with the World Cup finals and only then begin anew. But after a disastrous qualification campaign, the theme for the evening in Leiria, Portugal was that the new cycle for the United States started on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against the European champions.

“To get that kind of result against that kind of team is huge,” right back DeAndre Yedlin said in the immediate aftermath. “Obviously the feeling of not making the World Cup is not going to leave, but it’s something that makes it a little bit better and gives people some hope for the future.

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Australia v Honduras: World Cup qualifying joy – in pictures

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:07:02 GMT2017-11-16T00:07:02Z

Pictures from ANZ Stadium where the Socceroos won 3-1 thanks to a Mile Jedinak hat-trick to earn their place at next year’s tournament in Russia

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Inherent volatility of football comes to Socceroos' aid on final step to Russia | Ante Jukic

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:00:14 GMT2017-11-16T01:00:14Z

A moment of randomness changed the complexion of Australia’s must-win World Cup qualifier against Honduras

Randomness is an inescapable reality that shapes football, and can at times render all tactical preparation and planning for an individual match entirely worthless.

A seer for modern times, Nassim Taleb once wrote, “no matter how sophisticated our choices, how good we are at dominating the odds, randomness will always have the last word.”

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Essam El-Hadary, the 44-year-old preparing for his World Cup debut

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:43:37 GMT2017-11-13T15:43:37Z

The Egypt goalkeeper, who made his debut when some of his current team-mates were not even born, should become the oldest player at a World Cup

By Josh Sippie for for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The busy intersection of 25th Avenue and Steinway Street was completely shut down due to the mass of people chanting, singing, cheering and screaming. Flags were waving high above the crowds as the police simply sat and watched. This wasn’t a riot, though; this was a party. Egypt had just qualified for their first World Cup since 1990 and in the Little Egypt of New York that was cause for celebration.

It’s always special when a nation returns to the peak of their sport after a long leave of absence. People at home and abroad unite, like they did a month ago when Mohamed Salah sealed Egypt’s place at the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Congo with his coolly taken penalty kick. Egypt finished their qualifying campaign over the weekend with a 1-1 draw in Ghana but that 95th-minute winner was the moment their fans had been waiting for.

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'Crushed' Christian Pulisic questions US development after World Cup failure

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:34:00 GMT2017-11-13T16:34:00Z

  • Player says US talent exists but playing in Europe helps
  • Borussia Dortmund star confident USA will reach next World Cup

Christian Pulisic has spoken out on his dismay at USA’s failure to reach next year’s World Cup, as well as addressing the level of football talent in America.

Pulisic, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, has been able to ply his trade in the EU since he was 16 because he has dual US-Croatian citizenship. He believes it is not a lack of talent that holds US soccer back but rather a lack of opportunity.

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Football puts too many obstacles in paths of youngsters like Phil Foden | Daniel Taylor

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:30:00 GMT2017-11-19T08:30:00Z

The England U-17s World Cup winner has a host of players in front of him at Manchester City – perhaps United’s policy of having an academy product in every squad should spread

No offence intended, but I doubt I was alone, when José Mourinho took the job two summers ago, in wondering whether one of the more remarkable records in the business – the one that tells us a former youth-team player has been included in Manchester United’s match-day squad in every game since 1937 – would be one of the casualties.

Mourinho also seemed to sense it, judging by the way he came armed to his first press conference with a notebook featuring a list of names, colour-coded in red, blue and green, to nail “the lie” that he was somehow averse to bringing through players from academies.

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Arsenal defeat highlights Tottenham frailties against Premier League’s big six | Jonathan Wilson

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:22:00 GMT2017-11-19T16:22:00Z

Until Mauricio Pochettino’s side learn how to win away against their biggest rivals they will struggle to turn their undoubted potential into trophies

For all that is positive about Tottenham, for all that they are about to move into an exciting new stadium and are blessed with a crop of highly promising young players, their away record against big sides has become an issue. It’s a problem that predates Mauricio Pochettino – Spurs have now won just four of their last 87 away games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – but one that he seems a long way from resolving: although this was his first league defeat to Arsenal, he has now won just one of 18 away games against other top-six sides.

There were mitigating factors here – the fact that neither Harry Kane nor Mousa Dembélé looked fully fit and that Harry Winks wasn’t able to start, plus marginal refereeing calls on both Arsenal goals – but there always are. Pochettino, as he had to, mounted a defence, pointing out that other top-six sides also have problems in away games against the elite, but this was a game settled in the final half hour of the first half as Arsenal produced one of the displays of ferocity and discipline of which they are infrequently capable and which they have recently reserved for big games in the FA Cup. When they can press as well as this, you wonder why they don’t do it all the time.

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Granit Xhaka: ‘My dad’s first few months in jail were OK, then the beatings started’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:34:22 GMT2017-11-17T19:34:22Z

Arsenal midfielder on Saturday’s derby clash with Tottenham, why Camden market reminds him of his childhood and why he believes his mental strength comes from his father’s time as a political prisoner in the former Yugoslavia

It is the story that has shaped Granit Xhaka and fuelled the fires that rage inside him. The details are savage, barely comprehensible, and it is a wonder that the Arsenal midfielder can articulate them. Then again, like his father, Ragip – who spent three and a half years as a political prisoner in Yugoslavia – Xhaka is not a man who runs or hides.

“As far as I know, his first few months in jail were OK,” Xhaka says. “But then the beatings started.”

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The Fiver | Sucking the boing out of the Baggies

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:23:08 GMT2017-11-20T16:23:08Z

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The Fiver almost spat its Purple Tin out when it heard Tony Pulis had been at West Brom for only three years. Three years! Time moves slower than Dimitar Berbatov tracking back when Pulis is in charge. As well as the rubbish results, his lack of style is why he found himself staring forlornly at a collection of sports caps and tracksuit tops on Monday morning instead of taking a training session in which Gareth McAuley blooters a ball towards Dudley and Salomón Rondón and Jay Rodriguez take it in turns to chase it. Even Pulis knows he’s sucked the boing out of the Baggies.

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City's Sergio Agüero to Real Madrid?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:17:38 GMT2017-11-20T08:17:38Z

Today’s gossip wants to start a street party

What have Barcelona, Valencia, Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo got in common? Anyone? Yes, of course they all play in La Liga. Think harder. OK, they’ve all scored more league goals than Real Madrid. It’s the kind of statistic that just won’t do at the home of the Spanish and European champions. You see, with Cristiano Ronaldo creaking in his old age and Gareth Bale seeing more of the physio’s room than the Bernabéu turf, Real’s goals are drying up.

To solve this problem, Real’s supreme leader, Florentino Pérez, is going to do what he always does in a time of crisis – throw a load of cash at another club in the hope they give them one of their best players. In this instance, the figure is £63m, the club is Manchester City and the player is Sergio Agüero. Pérez believes City will be more than happy to accept their offer for the 29-year-old if Pep Guardiola successfully snaffles Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal for a cut-price fee in January. It could even make City look like they’re taking FFP seriously. Real will also throw a £90m offer in for Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, because they can, though he’s hardly in peak form having gone seven games without a goal.

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Sports quiz of the week: World Cup losers, Ashes winners and a promise

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:46:24 GMT2017-11-17T10:46:24Z

Who kept a promise? Why is a surfer owed a beer? Where next for rugby?• Try our quizzes from previous weeksWhich country lost to France on Friday, to Australia on Saturday and to Ireland on Sunday?New Zealand WalesScotlandPapua New Guinea At which stage have Italy been knocked out at the last two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014?The group stageThe last-16 stage The quarter-finals The semi-finals The final Six countries have qualified for the last seven World Cups (going back to 1994): Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Mexico and …Croatia SwedenEnglandSouth KoreaWhat did Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts achieve this week?He was in the Peru team that qualified for the World Cup He hit a perfect 300 in the World Series of BowlingHe ran 100m in less than 10 seconds at the US Olympic trials He hit a century break at the Shanghai Masters Which team has won the most Ashes series since England and Australia started playing each other 135 years ago?EnglandAustraliaThey are tiedIf it was France in 2007, New Zealand in 2011 and England in 2015, where will it be in 2023? QatarSouth AfricaFranceIrelandWhy does Charlie Fry owe professional surfer Mick Fanning a beer? Fry, an Olympic sailor, was going the wrong way in a race until the surfer told him to turn aroundFry qualified for Australia's Olympic skiing squad after taking balance lessons from FanningFry escaped from a shark attack by using Fanning’s technique of "punching it in the nose"Fry took up skateboarding because he “could never beat Mick in the sea” and now he is a world championWhich of these players became his country’s all-time leading goalscorer this week?Christian Eriksen Mile Jedinak Nicklas Bendtner Romelu LukakuWhat promise did Pedro Pablo Kuczynski keep this week?He walked for 50 miles with no shoes onHe sold a football club He gave everyone a day off work and schoolHe collected an award in his pantsWhat did lawyers have to explain to a court in New York this week?That the Pittsburgh Penguins are not really birds That the Dallas Cowboys are not really cowboys That the Red Sox are not pieces of clothing What football and Fifa are Continue reading...[...]


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An ice cool overtake, nauseating NFL and the worst miss of all time? | Classic YouTube

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:30:25 GMT2017-11-16T10:30:25Z

This week’s roundup also features a horrific wipeout in Portugal, car crash television at San Siro and a Roger Federer masterclass

1) To the Lithuanian city of Siauliai, where not one, but three Gintra Universitetas players missed an open goal against Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League last Wednesday. Barça ran out 6-0 winners. It did, at least, provide an excuse to recall some of the most haunting misses of all time. We’re looking at you, Ryan Giggs (2003), Freddie Ljungberg (2005), Chris Iwulemo (2008), Fernando Torres (2011) and Philipp Hofmann (2014).

Away from the big leagues, there are clangers from Croatia (2009) and Qatar (2010), from Morocco and Algeria in 2013, Serbia in 2016 and Lithuania again, also last year. Finally, two recent contenders from Salim Cissé in Romania and Dennis van Duinen in the Netherlands:

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What is the greatest height disparity between goalscoring team-mates? | The Knowledge

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:00:05 GMT2017-11-15T10:00:05Z

Plus: rap and football (the encore), Steps at Peterborough and kits that have never been worn. Send questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“On Saturday 4 November at Stoke City’s 2–2 draw with Leicester, Stoke’s two goals were scored by Xherdan Shaqiri and Peter Crouch,” writes Robin Wiles.Has there ever been a greater disparity in the heights of players scoring goals for the same team in the same match?”

Not only is it not the biggest height difference to happen ever, it is not even the greatest this season. Nor is it the largest disparity to take place for Stoke this season, as Chai points out: “According to reliable sources (Wikipedia), Peter Crouch’s height is 2.01m (6ft 7in) and Xherdan Shaqiri is 1.69m (5ft 6in), a difference of 32cm. When Stoke won 4-0 against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on 24 August this season, the height difference between two scorers was a whopping 33cm. Peter Crouch (again) towered over Stoke’s captain for the day, the 1.68m (5ft 5in) Joe Allen.” A reminder that every centimetre counts.

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Said & Done: ‘People think we’re asset-stripping. It’s absolutely ridiculous’

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:45:51 GMT2017-11-12T09:45:51Z

The week in football – also featuring: Karren Brady, Colombia and timid, tiny puppies

Karl Oyston: found to have illegitimately stripped” Blackpool of £26.77m. The ruling came 10 months after he called fans protesting about asset-stripping “a busted flush … I’m sure they’ll get bored in time. You can only go on so long trotting out the same tired rhetoric. They’re naive, child-like … I pity them.”

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Golden Goal: Ronaldinho for Barcelona v Chelsea (2005) | Daniel Harris

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:11 GMT2017-11-09T11:00:11Z

Though football has infinite possibilities, it delivers very few goals unlike any other, but the genius of Ronaldinho found a way

Football has lots of worthy aims: identity, community, competition and the like. But important though they are, none are felt quite so profoundly as the simple desire to take the piss.

Off the pitch, whether in dressing room, stand or pub, no tiny fault passes unexploited, while on it, the imperative to make opponents look silly is even more elemental than in other sports. And no one, anywhere, ever, has embraced that art and mastered that craft to the same degree as Ronaldinho Gaúcho.

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Who are the all-time top goalscorers at the biggest clubs in Europe?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:57:18 GMT2017-11-06T10:57:18Z

Sergio Agüero has followed Wayne Rooney in becoming the most prolific goalscorer at a Premier League club. Which players hold that accolade in Europe?• Who are the Premier League clubs’ top goalscorers?Who is Real Madrid's top scorer with 412 goals?RaúlCristiano RonaldoAlfredo Di Stéfano Ferenc PuskásWho is Milan's top scorer with 221 goals?Gunnar NordahlFilippo InzaghiAndriy ShevchenkoRoberto BaggioWho is Barcelona's top scorer with 523 goals?Lionel Messi Samuel Eto'o RivaldoLászló KubalaWho is Bayern Munich's top scorer with 566 goals?Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Gerd MüllerThomas MüllerArjen RobbenWho is Ajax's top scorer with 273 goals?Johan Neeskens Johan Cruyff Piet van ReenenMarco van BastenWho is Internazionale's top scorer with 284 goals? Christian Vieri RonaldoGiuseppe MeazzaJavier Zanetti Who is Juventus's top scorer with 290 goals?David Trezeguet Alessandro Del PieroRoberto Bettega Roberto Baggio Who is Celtic's top scorer with 522 goals?Henrik LarssonBobby LennoxJimmy McGroryKenny DalglishWho is Atlético Madrid's top scorer with 173 goals?Sergio Agüero Luis Aragonés Diego ForlánFernando TorresWho is Benfica's top scorer with 473 goals?Óscar Cardozo EusébioNenéNuno Gomes Who is Paris Saint-Germain's top scorer with 156 goals?Edinson Cavani Zlatan IbrahimovicGeorge Weah Raí Continue reading...[...]


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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

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Kenny Dalglish: ‘As long as we’re living we won’t have closure on Hillsborough’

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:15:38 GMT2017-11-18T18:15:38Z

In a wide-ranging interview to coincide with the launch of a film about his life, Kenny Dalglish opens up about the tragedies of Hillsborough and Heysel but also the joys of football at Liverpool and Blackburn

“I wanted to do it and they wanted to come,” Kenny Dalglish says simply on a quiet morning in Liverpool as he remembers how, in April 1989, he led his daughter Kelly and son, Paul, past a vast sea of flowers covering the ground at Anfield and headed up onto the Kop to honour the 96 people who had died that month at Hillsborough. “The kids had been at the game and so it was traumatic for them but it was also an unforgettable experience on the Kop.”

Dalglish was then the 38-year-old manager of Liverpool. Kelly was 13 and Paul was 12. Liverpool had asked him to become their player-manager almost four years earlier, on 30 May 1985, the day after the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 people lost their lives at the club’s European Cup final against Juventus.

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Saido Berahino: the former golden boy who has gone 632 days without scoring | Barry Glendenning

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:10:00 GMT2017-11-19T14:10:00Z

The Stoke striker, who faces Brighton on Monday, was labelled West Brom’s answer to Harry Kane but is yet to score for his club. Will his touch ever return?

It’s a long time, 2,159 minutes. Exactly enough to fit in Beverly Hills Cop and all four Indiana Jones movies, plus the Godfather, Toy Story, Man With No Name and the original Star Wars trilogies. Those of a more masochistic bent could spend it watching all the senior football Saido Berahino has played since he last scored a goal: 2,159 minutes and counting. By the time Stoke City take on Brighton in the Premier League on Monday night, 632 days will have passed since he celebrated one of his own. As statistics go it is shocking and must be a source of great concern for his employers. How many more movie marathons must we sit through before it is fair to label him another wasted talent with a great future behind him?

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph in early 2015, Berahino complained that “people read about me and hear about me but nobody really knows who I am”. At the time he was best known as a raw but promising 21-year-old striker with West Bromwich Albion, but the interview sketched a picture of a more complex character, offering different aspects of light and shade. A refugee forced to flee Burundi for England alone as a 10-year-old, Berahino eventually joined his mother and sisters who had also escaped the civil war that claimed the life of his father. He came across as an apparently well-adjusted young man who clearly adored his mum and had a good understanding of the suffering those left behind in his homeland were forced to endure. Heck, he was even trying to help by setting up an eponymous foundation which he hoped would eventually raise enough money to build a hospital.

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Fifa’s World Cup debacle isn’t just about money – there’s horror and death too | Barney Ronay

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:20:22 GMT2017-11-17T18:20:22Z

It is tempting to call Fifa’s corruption debacle a gift that just keeps on giving. Except it feels like something else by now, a gift that has, frankly, given too much

Are you feeling it yet? The Fifa corruption fatigue? It has, after all, been seven years in the making, from the oddly homespun excesses of the whistleblower Chuck Blazer, football’s own mobility scooter Liberace; to the cold, gangsterish disdain of the Grondona-Teixeira-Leoz axis, the kind of Fifa men who would carve out your liver with an ivory-inlaid oyster knife if it meant getting a step closer to a secret six-figure TV rights access sweetener.

This week the US justice department court case sparked into life in New York. Its first few days provided such a vivid dose of toxic colour it is tempting to call Fifa’s continuing corruption debacle a gift that just keeps on giving. Except it fees like something else by now, a gift that has, frankly, given too much, but which still keeps on dishing up its shovel-loads of corruption and human weakness. This is the other thing about the World Cup. It isn’t only the money now. It’s the horror and the death too.

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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Stoke City: Premier League – as it happened

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:01:41 GMT2017-11-20T22:01:41Z

Stoke twice took the lead but Brighton battled back to earn a point at the end of an entertaining encounter

And here’s a match report. It’s been a blast. Bye!

Related: Brighton José Iziquierdo grabs share of the points from Stoke City

Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Murray talk, about that first-half penalty incident and life in general. First, Shawcross.

I think it probably was a penalty if you look back at it. I think the attacking players on each side decided it. They’ve got a lot and we’ve got a lot. We’re disappointed [not to win]. Their goals were a bit sloppy. A point away from home for us is brilliant, so we’ll take that and move on.

It’s just one of those things. Hopefully throughout the course of the season it’ll even itself out. [The game] felt very open, it was an enjoyable game to play in, we’re just disappointed we didn’t clinch it. We’re happy with the point. We seem to be better away from home at the minute, which is something we need to sort out.

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