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Team’s star players at loggerheads over future of coach Dragan Skocic, leaving optimism and preparations for Qatar in tatters

“Azmoun and Taremi get Iranians dreaming,” was the headline for an article on Fifa’s website after “Team Melli” were drawn to face England in their first match of the 2022 World Cup. Just a few months on and with the team’s star strikers at loggerheads over the future of coach, Dragan Skocic, however, it’s not exactly been the preparation Iran supporters had hoped for as the squad attempt to make history by progressing past the group stage in Qatar.

Six days after being dismissed amid reports that the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) wanted to appoint a homegrown coach, the Croat was controversially reinstated last weekend on a technicality because the federation realised it didn’t have the authority to dismiss him until it holds elections...

4 min 33 sec
  • Swedish forward helped Milan to win first Scudetto in 11 years
  • Ibrahimovic faces up to eight months out after knee procedure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has renewed his contract for a further year at Milan, despite facing the prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation after knee surgery.

At the end of May, Ibrahimovic – soon after winning the Serie A title – had a procedure on his left knee to repair damage and instability caused by a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury. The 40-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to eight months, so is unlikely to be fully fit until halfway through the 2022-23 campaign.

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It will be a failure if Euro 2022 does not leave a lasting impact and our plan goes from schools to the very top

Welcome to Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s new (and free) women’s football newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version once a week, just pop your email in below:

As the Lionesses placed their hands on the European Championship trophy on Sunday, one eye was already on ‘what next’? For as special and historic as this moment is, it will be a failure if women’s football does not capitalise.

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4 min 33 sec

Plus: scoring at both Wembleys; mind the gigantic gap (2); and missing the team bus

“Growing up as a boy football supporter in the 1960s, I cannot remember coming across the term striker. Can anyone identify when or where this description of a goalscorer was first used?” asks Simon Warner.

It’s a good time for the question, with Erling Haaland and Darwin Núñez joining the Premier League this summer. Let’s start with the relevant part of the definition in the Collins online dictionary

An attacking player, esp one who generally positions himself or herself near the opponent’s goal in the hope of scoring

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4 min 33 sec

Faye Carruthers, Suzanne Wrack, Ceylon Andi Hickman and Jonathan Liew celebrate England’s success as they are crowned champions of Europe in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley

England are European champions.

No, this is not a drill – the Lionesses created history by winning their first major women’s tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against Germany at Wembley.

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

See if you can top the leaderboard by taking on these 10 teasers about footballers who can’t wait to get on the golf course

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4 min 33 sec

This was not just a unique goal but the uniquest goal; a goal more unique than all other goals that are also unique

In September 1994, Leeds United beat Manchester United – the first time they had done so since February 1981 – with David Wetherall and Brian Deane their scorers in a 2-1 win. Which is a strange place to begin a piece about a Roberto Carlos goal, but please bear with me: the seamless segue will soon reveal itself.

A couple of days later, I returned from school to find a letter addressed to me – a rarity, given I was 15 – so ripped open the envelope in characteristically clumsy manner to discover what can only be described as hate mail. Accompanying newspaper cuttings of the aforementioned game was a letter extolling the virtues of Phil Ma-sing-ahhhh, along with general vitriol aimed at Manchester United in general and Alex Ferguson in particular.

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4 min 33 sec

From a first Paris meeting to a bizarre Covid spectacle via some big nights at Anfield, here are half a dozen memorable matches

For clubs with such rich history in Europe it seems strange now that this was the first time they met. Preparation for the Paris final wasn’t the best, with wrangling over shirt advertising affecting the buildup and, remarkably, both sides having to contend with a dreadful Parc des Princes pitch that had been torn up by a rugby match two weeks beforehand.

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4 min 33 sec

Wolves winger wants offenders caught abusing players at games to be educated: ‘I don’t want hate meeting hate’

In the buildup to Barcelona’s Europa League meeting with Napoli in February there was a team talk, just not about tactics this time. They informed their opponents for a start, and this was bigger, the players discussing it in the dressing room and agreeing they would try something new: they were going to take the knee. Six years since Colin Kaepernick had first done so, two after Premier League clubs followed suit, it was the first time a top-flight Spanish club kneeled. It was also the last, at least in the men’s game.

The idea came from a Barcelona player born right next to the Camp Nou who had spent the previous six years in England. On loan at Barcelona then, Adama Traoré has just finished training at Wolves now as he settles in front of the screen. It is the evening before the Premier League captains announced they would now take the knee only at...

4 min 33 sec

Difference between England in the Euro 2009 final and now is like night and day and success could bring greater equality

No one with the remotest shred of credibility can now dredge up the tired old suggestion that people simply aren’t interested in watching women’s football. Not after Sunday. After all sorts of attendance records tumbled and 87,000 turned up at Wembley to see England crowned European champions we have finally reached the point so many players, coaches and administrators have worked so hard to achieve for so many years.

I was overjoyed on Sunday but I also found the experience of being at Wembley surreal. I played in the 2009 final in Finland when England lost 6-2 against Germany and the difference between then and now is like night and day. Back then my England teammates and I routinely got told to “get back in the kitchen” when we returned from tournaments and, in truth, the 2009 final was so low key it didn’t feel that much different to any other...

46 min 33 sec

Frenkie de Jong's agents have arrived in Barcelona amid continued uncertainty over the midfielder's future at the club.

1 hour 28 min

Mexico right-back Jorge Sanchez has signed for Ajax Amsterdam in the Eredivisie.

1 hour 28 min

Economic levers along with players signed this summer, but unregistered with LaLiga. Check out the latest with Barcelona's spending? Who can and can't play yet?

1 hour 52 min

AC Milan haven't given up hope of signing Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

1 hour 52 min

United States striker Matthew Hoppe has signed for English Championship side Middlesbrough from Mallorca.

1 hour 52 min

ESPN is your home for all LaLiga matches, replays and highlights. We preview all 20 squads in Spain's top flight and what to look for this season.

1 hour 52 min

Andres Iniesta and star-studded Vissel Kobe remain in the running to win the AFC Champions League. But could they get relegated from the J1 League?

1 hour 58 min

Robert Lewandowski owns countless Bundesliga goal-scoring records, so how will Bayern Munich cope without him? So far, the answer is "very well."

3 hours 9 min

The 2022 MLS vs. Liga MX All-Star Game was as intense as an exhibition can be, but it is a mere appetizer for next year's expanded Leagues Cup.

8 hours 4 min


Premier League titans Chelsea and Manchester United are to do battle to sign Celtic defender Josip Juranovic before the transfer window closes, with a reported fee of andamp;pound;25 million suggested for the player's services. Celtic are holding out for more money, but a deal is likely to be agreed shortly.

8 hours 4 min


Leeds United will wrap up a deal to sign Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr from Watford this weekend, with the Elland Road outfit paying a reported andamp;pound;24 million to secure the former Metz and Rennes attacker.andnbsp; Sarr scored 24 goals in 91 games for Watford and was a hugely popular player with the club's fans.

18 hours 4 min


Manchester United were keen on signing Timo Werner before he returned to Leipzig from Chelsea, Christian Falk reports.

18 hours 38 min


Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot is prepared to join Manchester United this summer, provided his wage demands are met.

18 hours 38 min


Former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian could make a swift return to the Premier League with Fulham this summer.

18 hours 38 min


Arsenal have received a double injury boost ahead of their Premier League meeting against Leicester City this weekend.

18 hours 38 min


Manchester United could return for Stuttgart strikerandnbsp;Sasa Kalajdzic after failing to sign Benjamin Sesko from RB Salzburg.

19 hours 4 min


Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag remains determined to bring Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona this summer.

19 hours 38 min


Chelsea remain interested in signing former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, according to Gerard Romero.

23 hours 4 min


Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is on the verge of completing a loan move away from North London to join Italian side Monza. Pablo Mari has been told that he is no longer required at the Emirates Stadium, and the Spaniard will now move elsewhere in search of regular first team football.

4 min 33 sec
  • Swedish forward helped Milan to win first Scudetto in 11 years
  • Ibrahimovic faces up to eight months out after knee procedure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has renewed his contract for a further year at Milan, despite facing the prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation after knee surgery.

At the end of May, Ibrahimovic – soon after winning the Serie A title – had a procedure on his left knee to repair damage and instability caused by a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury. The 40-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to eight months, so is unlikely to be fully fit until halfway through the 2022-23 campaign.

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

It will be a failure if Euro 2022 does not leave a lasting impact and our plan goes from schools to the very top

Welcome to Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s new (and free) women’s football newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version once a week, just pop your email in below:

As the Lionesses placed their hands on the European Championship trophy on Sunday, one eye was already on ‘what next’? For as special and historic as this moment is, it will be a failure if women’s football does not capitalise.

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

Plus: scoring at both Wembleys; mind the gigantic gap (2); and missing the team bus

“Growing up as a boy football supporter in the 1960s, I cannot remember coming across the term striker. Can anyone identify when or where this description of a goalscorer was first used?” asks Simon Warner.

It’s a good time for the question, with Erling Haaland and Darwin Núñez joining the Premier League this summer. Let’s start with the relevant part of the definition in the Collins online dictionary

An attacking player, esp one who generally positions himself or herself near the opponent’s goal in the hope of scoring

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

Faye Carruthers, Suzanne Wrack, Ceylon Andi Hickman and Jonathan Liew celebrate England’s success as they are crowned champions of Europe in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley

England are European champions.

No, this is not a drill – the Lionesses created history by winning their first major women’s tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against Germany at Wembley.

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

See if you can top the leaderboard by taking on these 10 teasers about footballers who can’t wait to get on the golf course

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

This was not just a unique goal but the uniquest goal; a goal more unique than all other goals that are also unique

In September 1994, Leeds United beat Manchester United – the first time they had done so since February 1981 – with David Wetherall and Brian Deane their scorers in a 2-1 win. Which is a strange place to begin a piece about a Roberto Carlos goal, but please bear with me: the seamless segue will soon reveal itself.

A couple of days later, I returned from school to find a letter addressed to me – a rarity, given I was 15 – so ripped open the envelope in characteristically clumsy manner to discover what can only be described as hate mail. Accompanying newspaper cuttings of the aforementioned game was a letter extolling the virtues of Phil Ma-sing-ahhhh, along with general vitriol aimed at Manchester United in general and Alex Ferguson in particular.

...

4 min 33 sec

From a first Paris meeting to a bizarre Covid spectacle via some big nights at Anfield, here are half a dozen memorable matches

For clubs with such rich history in Europe it seems strange now that this was the first time they met. Preparation for the Paris final wasn’t the best, with wrangling over shirt advertising affecting the buildup and, remarkably, both sides having to contend with a dreadful Parc des Princes pitch that had been torn up by a rugby match two weeks beforehand.

Continue reading...

4 min 33 sec

Wolves winger wants offenders caught abusing players at games to be educated: ‘I don’t want hate meeting hate’

In the buildup to Barcelona’s Europa League meeting with Napoli in February there was a team talk, just not about tactics this time. They informed their opponents for a start, and this was bigger, the players discussing it in the dressing room and agreeing they would try something new: they were going to take the knee. Six years since Colin Kaepernick had first done so, two after Premier League clubs followed suit, it was the first time a top-flight Spanish club kneeled. It was also the last, at least in the men’s game.

The idea came from a Barcelona player born right next to the Camp Nou who had spent the previous six years in England. On loan at Barcelona then, Adama Traoré has just finished training at Wolves now as he settles in front of the screen. It is the evening before the Premier League captains announced they would now take the knee only at...

4 min 33 sec

Difference between England in the Euro 2009 final and now is like night and day and success could bring greater equality

No one with the remotest shred of credibility can now dredge up the tired old suggestion that people simply aren’t interested in watching women’s football. Not after Sunday. After all sorts of attendance records tumbled and 87,000 turned up at Wembley to see England crowned European champions we have finally reached the point so many players, coaches and administrators have worked so hard to achieve for so many years.

I was overjoyed on Sunday but I also found the experience of being at Wembley surreal. I played in the 2009 final in Finland when England lost 6-2 against Germany and the difference between then and now is like night and day. Back then my England teammates and I routinely got told to “get back in the kitchen” when we returned from tournaments and, in truth, the 2009 final was so low key it didn’t feel that much different to any other...

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A touching new film about the Netherlands manager is likely to increase affection for one of the game’s eccentrics

There is a very Louis moment towards the end of Louis, the brilliant new film by Dutch director Geertjan Lassche that feels less like a documentary and more like a two-hour meditation on the meaning of sport, relationships, mortality; life through the lens of one brutally honest 70-year-old Dutch prozess-trainer.

Louis van Gaal is doing drills with the national team shortly after his latest unveiling as Netherlands manager. Virgil van Dijk approaches him, observed only by Lassche’s wonderfully wry camera, and informs Van Gaal that he, Virgil van Dijk, will be the first penalty taker in any forthcoming shootout. “Ah…,” Van Gaal says, a look of wonder spreading across his face. “So you’ve become a coach now.”

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4 hours 9 min

Serie A returns on Saturday, with Milan looking to retain their title after a first Scudetto triumph in 11 years. The Rossoneri have brought in Belgium duo Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi to bolster Stefano Pioli’s squad as they prepare to face another challenge from rivals Inter. Simone Inzaghi will have his own Belgium international striker Romelu […]

The post Serie A 2022-23: Inter favourites to regain title – Stats Perform AI predicts appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Serie A 2022-23: Inter favourites to regain title – Stats Perform AI predicts appeared first on Soccer News...

4 hours 9 min

LaLiga, home to the European champions, returns on Friday for another season. Real Madrid ended the previous campaign by winning the Champions League, the prize they covet most, but it was also a successful year in domestic action. Carlo Ancelotti’s men eased to a record-extending 35th league title by 13 points – that is the […]

The post LaLiga 2022-23: Real Madrid still the team to beat – Stats Perform AI predicts appeared first on Soccer News.

The post LaLiga 2022-23: Real Madrid still the team to beat – Stats Perform AI predicts appeared first on Soccer News.

6 hours 22 min

Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid last year came as something of a surprise to most. While the job he’d done at Everton was generally seen as fine, there was nothing about his time at Goodison Park that suggested the Italian would be back at the top of the game in his next job. His […]

The post Real Madrid: Ancelotti tempting fate by not signing a Benzema backup as he eyes elusive third season appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Real Madrid: Ancelotti tempting fate by not signing a Benzema backup as he eyes elusive third season appeared first on...

6 hours 22 min

Chelsea are ready to make a splash in the transfer market with a series of signings on the cards. The Blues have been heavily linked with Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana as they seek replacements for the departed Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in defence. Chelsea are understood to be keen to bolster their forward options […]

The post Rumour Has It: Chelsea prepare to swoop for Barcelona´s De Jong and Aubameyang appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Rumour Has It: Chelsea prepare to swoop for Barcelona´s De Jong and Aubameyang appeared first on Soccer News.

9 hours 34 min

With the Premier League once again taking center stage this weekend, we have a string of eye-catching affairs from up and down England’s top-flight. So, for those of you looking to stick on a Saturday acca, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth taking note of. Saturday August 13th BST 12:30 […]

The post August 13th: Saturday’s Premier League Accumulator – 8/1 appeared first on Soccer News.

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11 hours 9 min

Carlos Vela and Raul Ruidiaz scored as the MLS All-Stars claimed victory over the Liga MX All Stars for the second straight year, winning 2-1 in Minnesota on Wednesday. The MLS All-Stars appeared to be cruising to victory before Kevin Alvarez’s spectacular late strike was followed up a decent penalty shout for a Deandre Yedlin […]

The post Vela and Ruidiaz scores as MLS All-Stars down Liga MX All-Stars appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Vela and Ruidiaz scores as MLS All-Stars down Liga MX All-Stars appeared first on Soccer News.

12 hours 34 min

Real Madrid were simply “on another level” to Eintracht Frankfurt, according to head coach Oliver Glasner, who nevertheless demanded his team find a way to improve further. Glasner’s Eintracht side were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Champions League winners in the Super Cup on Wednesday. David Alaba put Madrid ahead in the first half at […]

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12 hours 34 min

Brazil do not want to play the suspended World Cup qualifier against Argentina due to risks ahead of Qatar 2022, with the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to rule later in August. The Selecao, along with the Albiceleste, both comfortably qualified for Qatar 2022 despite the September fixture in Sao Paulo being halted after […]

The post Brazil to oppose FIFA demand to replay suspended Argentina World Cup qualifier appeared first on Soccer News.

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13 hours 58 min

Competition: Irish Premier Division Market: Shelbourne win Odds: 5/4 @ 888sport Looking to make it four domestic victories on the spin, Shelbourne will make the trip to Drogheda on Friday night when this weekend’s Premier Division fixtures get underway. Starting with the hosts, putting in a downbeat display last weekend as they were blown away […]

The post Bitesize Prediction: Drogheda vs Shelbourne – 12/08/22 appeared first on Soccer News.

The post Bitesize Prediction: Drogheda vs Shelbourne – 12/08/22 appeared first on Soccer News.

13 hours 58 min

Competition: Ligue 1 Market: Lille draw no bet Odds: 4/5 @ 888sport Looking to make it back-to-back Ligue 1 victories on Friday night, Lille will make the trip to the Stade de la Beaujoire when they meet Nantes. Starting with the hosts, shocking almost everyone across France last season as they claimed the Coupe de […]

The post Bitesize Prediction: Nantes vs Lille – 12/08/22 appeared first on Soccer News.

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16 min 33 sec

Steven Gerrard could find himself under pressure from Aston Villa’s fans if the club make a slow start to the weekend’s match with Everton, according to club legend.

The Villans’ boss hosts his former England teammate Frank Lampard’s side to Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime – a clash that will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.

Gerrard will be under real scrutiny this season
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16 min 33 sec

Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster insists Liverpool and Man City would never dream of conducting transfer business like the Red Devils.

It comes as Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot, two contentious figures, continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Bologna have rejected a £7.6m bid for Arnautovic...

16 min 33 sec

Real Madrid will look to equal the most UEFA Super Cup victories when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the European curtain raiser tonight.

Los Blancos know a win this evening will move them level with Barcelona and AC Milan for five trophies but Frankfurt should provide a stern test.

The first European honour is up for grabs in Finland

Carlo Ancelotti’s side men booked their spot in the Super Cup having edged out Liverpool to win their 14th Champions League crown in May.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, came from behind to secure a penalty shootout win over Scottish...

16 min 33 sec

Frenkie de Jong’s game is about control and precision, but that does not mean to say he hasn’t got speed in his locker – as Chelsea fans may be about to find out.

Reports in Spain claim the Blues are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands international with an agreement ‘close’ with Barcelona.

De Jong got the better of Dembele in a sprint
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According to Spanish outlet Sport, De Jong maintains he does not want...

16 min 33 sec

Arsenal will be looking to continue their winning start to the new season by hosting Leicester this weekend.

The Gunners delivered on their pre-season promise by kicking off their campaign in perfect fashion with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Jesus and Vardy will both be looking to get off the mark with their first goals of the new season

Only Manchester City and Liverpool boasted a better home record than Mikel Arteta’s side last term...

16 min 33 sec

New Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane kicked off life in the Bundesliga with a debut goal, in a 6-1 win over Eintract Frankfurt.

But before the game had even started, the former Liverpool man had already left one of his opponents’ mascots completely starstruck.

Mane had left one fan speechless before even kicking a ball
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During his six years at Anfield, Mane made a real name for himself, winning...

16 min 33 sec

Liverpool were forced to come from behind twice to rescue a 2-2 draw with Fulham last weekend but it marked a recent trend for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travelled to west London in what many assumed would be a walkover against the newly-promoted side.

Nunez and Salah prevented what would’ve been an alarming defeat
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However, it was anything but as Aleksandar...

16 min 33 sec

Harvey Elliott has signed a new and improved long-term contract at Liverpool just a year on from him penning a five-year deal.

The 19-year-old has impressed so much at Anfield that he has been rewarded with another deal in consecutive years after showing glimpses of his talent on Merseyside.

Elliott replaced the injured Thiago
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16 min 33 sec

Italian forward Domenico Berardi restrained by police after chasing a fan of his club Sassuolo following a Coppa Italia tie.

Berardi featured for the Italian top-flight side who surprisingly crashed out of the competition to newly-promoted Serie B minnows Modena.

Berardi reacts angrily to a fan following Sassuolo’s Coppa Italia exit to Modena

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16 min 33 sec

Yes it’s only August but Ismaila Sarr may have just won the Goal of the Season award.

Sarr incredibly scored from inside his own half to give Watford the lead in their Championship clash at West Brom last night.

Yes really, Sarr managed to score from here
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