Wednesday, February 28, 2018

At Manchester United, a Win to Celebrate but Not to Savor

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At Manchester United, a Win to Celebrate but Not to Savor
United is a winning club and a financial colossus, but will that continue to be enough in a world in which fans increasingly expect style with their substance?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FFA issue Wanderers show cause notice as club shuts active support area

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FFA issue Wanderers show cause notice as club shuts active support area
RRB supporter group lit flares during Sunday derby with Sydney FCActive support area will be closed for next A-League match

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has issued the Western Sydney Wanderers with its fourth show cause notice in two years after fans lit fares during Sunday’s A-League derby with Sydney FC.

FFA has given the club until 5pm Thursday 1 March to respond to the notice, with Greg O’Rourke, head of the W-League, saying FFA was concerned about “maintain[ing] a safe and secure environment for the vast majority of football fans who attend matches and support their team in a peaceful and good natured way week in and week out.”

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Football transfer rumours: Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea?

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Football transfer rumours: Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all loves an early-morning blast of Siberian air

The future of Robert Lewandowski has become the subject of much speculative chitter-chat in recent days, after the Bayern Munich striker dispensed with the services of his longtime agent Cezary Kucharski and jumped into bed with Pini Zahavi instead. Lewandowski, 29, has spent the thick end of a decade in Germany but his change of representation has prompted no end of talk that he’s ready to leave Bayern Munich and try his luck elsewhere. Real Madrid has been mentioned as one possible destination, while Zahavi’s close relationship with Roman Abramovich means the Polish international is also being linked with Chelsea. More accustomed to snapping up talent than letting it go, Munich is rumoured to be the next destination of Malcom, the Brazilian winger unsuccessfully courted by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Related: Alan Pardew given a week to halt West Brom’s slump in form

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

European roundup: Barcelona rout Girona as Bayern Munich held by Hertha

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European roundup: Barcelona rout Girona as Bayern Munich held by Hertha

• Messi double, Coutinho screamer and Suárez hat-trick in 6-1 win
• Bayern’s winning run halted by Hertha in goalless Bundesliga draw

Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suárez combined to devastating effect to help Barcelona hammer Girona 6-1 and take the club 10 points clear at the top of La Liga, as well as set a club record of 32 league games unbeaten.

Portu gave Girona a shock lead in the third minute but Suárez quickly levelled, before two goals from Messi and another from the Uruguayan saw Barça march into a 4-1 half-time lead. Coutinho, who had set up Suárez’s second, then struck for the first time in La Liga with a spectacular long-range shot. Suárez completed a hat-trick when he tapped in a cutback from Ousmane Dembélé.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Mourinho says Chelsea games mean ‘less and less’ as Conte feud cools

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Mourinho says Chelsea games mean ‘less and less’ as Conte feud cools

• Two managers had angry exchange of words earlier in the season
• Portuguese admits emotional ties to Stamford Bridge are loosening

José Mourinho has admitted meetings with Chelsea mean “less and less” as his emotional ties with his former club steadily recede, with neither the Manchester United manager nor Antonio Conte prepared to reignite their feud before Sunday’s collision between their teams at Old Trafford.

The pair clashed towards the end of last year when Conte interpreted Mourinho’s criticisms of managers who “behave as a clown” on the touchline as a personal attack. The Italian responded by suggesting his counterpart might be suffering from “demenza senile”, with their war of words escalating further after the United manager appeared to reference the Chelsea head coach’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing while working in his native Italy. Conte went on to call his opposite number “a little man” and “fake”.

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Vitolo: We're not women, we're not going to sow discord

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Vitolo: We're not women, we're not going to sow discord
Vitolo: We're not women, we're not going to sow discord

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The ‘Two Worlds’ of the Champions League Keep Drifting Apart

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The ‘Two Worlds’ of the Champions League Keep Drifting Apart
Until the quarterfinals, the tournament has an air of inevitability as the world’s elite clubs roll easily. Will it ever become too top-heavy?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Iniesta saves his best for Stamford Bridge

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Iniesta saves his best for Stamford Bridge
Iniesta saves his best for Stamford Bridge

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rodriguez double helps Getafe sink Celta

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Rodriguez double helps Getafe sink Celta
Rodriguez double helps Getafe sink Celta

Monday, February 19, 2018

Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale and £100m for Eden Hazard?

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Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale and £100m for Eden Hazard?

Today’s tell-all is sweeping all before it at the curling

Eden Hazard has been persistently linked with Real Madrid and the latest reports suggest Chelsea’s playmaker with the magic dust sprinkled in his boots remains the Spanish side’s top target this summer. The Express says Real are ready to offer top-knotted Welsh winger Gareth Bale and as much as £100m in exchange for Hazard, in a deal that would surely tempt the Stamford Bridge bean-counters. “In football anything can happen,” Hazard said in an interview with Telefoot. “But in football nothing can happen too. Every year they talk about Real or PSG. And when I want to change clubs, I will. But at the moment I’m good where I am.”

Before Sunday’s draw with League One strugglers Rochdale in the FA Cup, Tottenham were linked with Watford midfielders Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucouré and will move for the duo in a deal worth £50m next summer. Spurs are also remain keen on making a Premier League player of 18-year-old Stevenage central defender Ben Wilmot, but will have to duke it out with Arsenal in the battle for the teenager’s signature. Wilmot has established himself as a first-team regular with the League Two side since being thrown in to face Reading in the FA Cup third round and is believed to have been the subject of failed bids from both north London clubs during January. Arsenal have also made an offer for Besiktas captain Oguzhan “Ozzie” Ozyakup, a 25-year-old midfielder who is a product of the Gunners’ own youth system before leaving for Turkey in 2012.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Malaga's woes deepen after late collapse

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Malaga's woes deepen after late collapse
Malaga's woes deepen after late collapse

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cala lauds 'complete footballer' Sergio Ramos

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Cala lauds 'complete footballer' Sergio Ramos
Cala lauds 'complete footballer' Sergio Ramos

Friday, February 16, 2018

Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

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Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?
Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own life

It doesn’t take long, listening to the stories about Mark Hazeldine, to understand why there are still people involved in football today who find it difficult to understand how someone with his rare talent could be lost to the sport.

Mark played for one of the junior teams affiliated to Manchester City, the club he grew up supporting. Blue Star FC even wore the red and black stripes that Malcolm Allison, City’s assistant manager, introduced in the 1960s, inspired by the great Milan sides.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?

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Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff needs a goal

Ninety-one days until the next window, and Mino Raiola is restless. Eighteen months after he made £41m by giving Paul Pogba’s contract a once over, Raiola’s said to be ready to help out Ed Woodward again – this time by easing through Mauro Icardi’s move from Inter to Manchester United. Icardi could cost Woodward £135m, say reports – but it’ll be worth it for all those social media interactions.

United also want Napoli’s Jorginho but only if Manchester City beat them to Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - while £54m winter target Samuel Umtiti remains a summer option, unless Barcelona match the £100,000-a-week-after-tax that United were offering him last month. Zlatan, meanwhile, has been shopping for houses in Beverly Hills. Who knows where that could lead.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

At Real Madrid, a Reign Fueled by Wins, and Dependent on More

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At Real Madrid, a Reign Fueled by Wins, and Dependent on More
Real Madrid’s longtime president, Florentino Pérez, has kept his critics at bay with a seemingly endless run of trophies. But what happens if the music stops?

In Guam, Soccer Powerbroker Is Accused of Wielding Influence Despite Ban

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In Guam, Soccer Powerbroker Is Accused of Wielding Influence Despite Ban
According to an affidavit, a soccer official banned for life after pleading guilty to receiving nearly $1 million in bribes lobbied voters to elect his handpicked replacement.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Di Maria warns Real: PSG are stronger than last season

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Di Maria warns Real: PSG are stronger than last season
Di Maria warns Real: PSG are stronger than last season

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pochettino: Kane is the present and the future of Tottenham

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Pochettino: Kane is the present and the future of Tottenham
Pochettino: Kane is the present and the future of Tottenham

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bernardeschi hits free-kick as Juventus win away to Fiorentina

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Bernardeschi hits free-kick as Juventus win away to Fiorentina
Bernardeschi hits free-kick as Juventus win away to Fiorentina

Friday, February 9, 2018

Saudi Stars Arrive in Spain, With One Eye on Russia

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Saudi Stars Arrive in Spain, With One Eye on Russia
Nine Saudi players have headed to Spain ahead of this summer’s World Cup as part of an agreement between the Saudi Arabian soccer federation and La Liga.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tottenham’s Érik Lamela breaks goal drought to end Newport’s FA Cup run

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Tottenham’s Érik Lamela breaks goal drought to end Newport’s FA Cup run

Mauricio Pochettino is sick and tired of being told he needs to win a trophy with Tottenham but the route to glory in the FA Cup appears to have opened up. This routine dismissal of Newport County has set up a visit to Rochdale on Sunday week and, if his players can negotiate the treacherous surface at Spotland, they could find themselves in the quarter-finals.

Tottenham got past AFC Wimbledon – the team who are 19th in League One – in the third round, while Rochdale are second from bottom in that division. Never before have Tottenham had a more straightforward route to the competition’s last eight. Pochettino would never admit it but he has to hear the knock of opportunity.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bellerin responds to fashion criticism: I am a human being

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Bellerin responds to fashion criticism: I am a human being
Bellerin responds to fashion criticism: I am a human being

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The clubs with changing histories: Espanyol, Liverpool, United, Marseille, Inter...

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The clubs with changing histories: Espanyol, Liverpool, United, Marseille, Inter...
The clubs with changing histories: Espanyol, Liverpool, United, Marseille, Inter...

Monday, February 5, 2018

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

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

Sam Allardyce looks to next season, Swansea find belief under Carlos Carvalhal and Liverpool’s defence worthy of praise

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Liverpool’s oft-maligned defence deserved a little credit here. For almost the entire game they kept Spurs at bay, with Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk making important blocks and Loris Karius looking a decisive shot‑stopper. Perhaps Liverpool could have been slightly quicker to close down Victor Wanyama when the Spurs substitute equalised but when Karius stood tall to deny Harry Kane from the penalty spot it appeared the home side had answered most of the criticisms of their defensive solidity. When Mohamed Salah scored at the other end in the 91st minute Anfield was ecstatic, yet Liverpool’s luck ran out with the second penalty. Van Dijk did not really kick Erik Lamela, the Spurs player just inserted himself between the defender and the ball. It was an accident but it cost two home points and a rare opportunity for Liverpool to feel good about their defending. Paul Wilson

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Luis Suarez is a Catalan derby specialist

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Luis Suarez is a Catalan derby specialist
Luis Suarez is a Catalan derby specialist

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Real Sociedad pummel Deportivo for much-needed three points

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Real Sociedad pummel Deportivo for much-needed three points
Real Sociedad pummel Deportivo for much-needed three points

Friday, February 2, 2018

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A poser for Klopp against Spurs, Walcott returns for Arsenal farewell and how will Mahrez respond to staying at Leicester?

Claude Puel said after his appointment as Leicester manager in October that he hoped to “seduce” Riyad Mahrez into staying at the club; that plan seemed to be working a charm until Manchester City made a pass at the Algerian this week. The question now is whether Puel and Leicester can convince Mahrez to forget about the gold and silverware he could have earned in Manchester, as well as the fun he could have had playing with Pep Guardiola’s men, and instead refocus on beating Burnley to seventh place. That’s a tough sell. Mahrez’s dismay could bring more opportunities for Demarai Gray and Fousseni Diabaté but this looks to be the best time this season for Swansea to be visiting the King Power. Swansea boast new confidence thanks to victories over Liverpool and Arsenal, along with some new players – especially Andre Ayew, whose brother, Jordan, has flourished since the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal. PD

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sergio Ramos' new moustache goes viral

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Sergio Ramos' new moustache goes viral
Sergio Ramos' new moustache goes viral