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9 min 44 sec

The professional gambler understands risk – and that’s why he swapped betting on the NBA for owning a Spanish third-tier club

“Floyd Mayweather was my beard,” says the sharpest mind in sport, somewhere in the middle of another chapter from his extraordinary story. The tale of Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris is about a philosophy student, tree planter and baggage handler who bet everything on the LA Lakers, won $500,000 overnight and became arguably the world’s best gambler. How he “solved” basketball and was courted by its biggest franchises, a disrupter drafted in. And how an ice hockey fan from across the Atlantic ended up here, owner of a football team in Spain’s third tier intent on changing the game.

The way he tells it, Voulgaris would regularly lay $1m a day, beating the system, which is why bookmakers tried to lock him out and he needed “beards” to begin with, superstar names secretly betting on his behalf. A Greek-Canadian whose father took him to Vegas,...

9 min 44 sec

Not every big moment needs an elaborate frenzied celebration but it’s up to you whether you want to get annoyed about it

In my wild – drug-free and apocalyptically conformist – youth I used to play a drinking game called “finger’s on”. A group of us would each put an index finger on an empty glass and take it in turns to guess how many would remain, with participants deciding to leave their finger in place or remove it from the glass. “I think there’ll be … five” – cue frantic counting and success or failure.

If correct you were out of the game and poured a little bit of your pint into the glass – the last person remaining was required to drink the concoction in front of them. But the kicker was that you were not allowed to celebrate until you had high-fived each previously successful player in order of when they went out of the game. No glimpse of a smile, not even the slightest raise of one corner of your mouth; if your eyes even so much as glinted with happiness –...

9 min 44 sec

Plus: muted international goal celebrations, more short multi-divisional stadium-hopping and Greece taking an 1896 beating

“Without points deductions, what is the biggest points gap between two positions in a high-ish level European top flight?” tweets Daniel Storey. “I ask because this is second to third in Turkey, as it stands.”

Galatasaray are now top of the Super Lig, though Besiktas remain 24 points behind the team in second, now Fenerbahce with 64 points. As Eoghan Kelly points out, there was an even bigger gap between second and third in the Premier League in 2018-19, when Liverpool were runners-up to Manchester City,...

9 min 44 sec

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon as the Champions League knockout stages begin

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

9 min 44 sec

With three points separating the top two, it’s all to play for at Kingsmeadow – here’s where the game could be won and lost

There are few weekends in a Women’s Super League campaign that feel as pivotal as the one ahead. The course of this season’s title race could be decided as the top two go head-to-head. Under the lights at Kingsmeadow, Chelsea will host Manchester City knowing victory will give them a six-point lead at the summit and one hand on the trophy with eight games remaining. Conversely, a win for the visitors would pull them level on points with the reigning champions, setting up a mouthwatering race to the finish line.

Form: Both sides are in a strong vein of form. Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions since their 4-1 defeat away to Arsenal in early December. They have turned Kingsmeadow and Stamford Bridge into fortresses, winning their...

9 min 44 sec

Faye Carruthers, Suzanne Wrack, Sophie Downey and Tanya Oxtoby round up the FA Cup fifth-round action, including a big win for Manchester City

On today’s pod: there was no sprinkling of FA Cup magic for the lower-league teams as the WSL sides prevailed in the fifth round.

Manchester City made a bad week for Arsenal worse – they’re into the quarter-finals after a controversial game at Meadow Park.

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9 min 44 sec

Our cartoonist on why officials might want to keep their lunch hidden when talking to the Sheffield United manager

9 min 44 sec

At 14, the wonderkid became the highest paid player in MLS and youngest-ever USMNT player. His career was ultimately defined by hype and disappointment

In the summer of 2007, Freddy Adu had reached a crossroads. He was on his way back from the 2007 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Canada, at which he had played the best football of his career – a career now almost four years old, despite the fact he had turned 18 only a month earlier, and one comprised first of immeasurable hype and latterly of disappointment.

The US had reached the quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Austria. It was a modest run for a talented squad. But Adu had shone brightly throughout, captaining the side as he scored a hat-trick against Poland and dazzled with his trickery and creativity in upset victories over Brazil and Uruguay.

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9 min 44 sec

From Warren Zaïre-Emery to Endrick, we select some of the best players born in 2006. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

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9 min 44 sec

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | ...

7 hours 9 min

Real Madrid's Luka Modric stole all the headlines on Sergio Ramos' homecoming, while we saw five different Americans flourish in the top five leagues. Here's what you missed in European soccer.

7 hours 43 min

Al Ittihad are reportedly eying a move for Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen, with the Catalan club desperate to offload players and balance the books. Transfer Talk has the latest.

8 hours 9 min

Gonçalo Ramos rescued a point for Ligue 1 leaders PSG against an in-form Stade Rennais side at Parc des Princes on Sunday.

9 hours 14 min

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric came off the bench to net a stunning strike from the edge of the box late in the second half to secure a 1-0 home win over Sevilla on Sunday to stretch their lead at the top of LaLiga to eight points.

9 hours 27 min

Palmeiras are planning one last push to convince Real Madrid to allow them to keep Endrick until the end of 2024, sources have told ESPN.

9 hours 27 min

Phil Foden's 16th goal of the season earned Manchester City a 1-0 win at Bournemouth that trimmed the gap to Premier League leader Liverpool to one point and prompted plenty of praise by Pep Guardiola on Saturday.

9 hours 43 min

Chelsea's 1-0 loss in the Carabao Cup final at the hands of Liverpool only casts more doubts on the £1 billion project, with fears of going two years without any silverware.

10 hours 51 min

Will Lionel Messi represent Argentina at the Olympics and Copa América this summer? Inter Miami has issued its warning, but Messi makes his own rules.

11 hours 14 min

Hugo Lloris made seven saves and won his MLS debut, leading LAFC to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

11 hours 39 min

Jurgen Klopp's final season will end with silverware after Virgil Van Dijk's extra-time goal.

1 day 13 hours


Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has said that the club did not do enough in the opening 60 minutes against Fulham.

1 day 17 hours


Chelsea and Manchester City could go head-to-head to sign Inter Milan defenderandnbsp;Alessandro Bastoni this summer.

1 day 18 hours


Manchester United will be eyeing a fifth straight Premier League win when they host Fulham at Old Trafford this afternoon.

1 day 22 hours


Arsenal will be eyeing a sixth consecutive Premier League win when they host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

2 days 11 hours


Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto this summer, according to David Ornstein.

2 days 11 hours


Manchester United have set their asking price to offload Antony during this summer's transfer window, according to Fichajes.

2 days 11 hours


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed a double injury boost for the club ahead of the Premier League meeting against Newcastle United tomorrow.

2 days 12 hours


Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in landing Napoli striker Victor Osimhen this summer, according to Calciomercato.

2 days 12 hours


Chelsea defender Thiago Silva could be fit to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

2 days 12 hours


Manchester United are ready to move for the signing of Juventus centre-back Gleison Bremer in the coming weeks.

9 min 44 sec

Our cartoonist on why officials might want to keep their lunch hidden when talking to the Sheffield United manager

9 min 44 sec

At 14, the wonderkid became the highest paid player in MLS and youngest-ever USMNT player. His career was ultimately defined by hype and disappointment

In the summer of 2007, Freddy Adu had reached a crossroads. He was on his way back from the 2007 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Canada, at which he had played the best football of his career – a career now almost four years old, despite the fact he had turned 18 only a month earlier, and one comprised first of immeasurable hype and latterly of disappointment.

The US had reached the quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Austria. It was a modest run for a talented squad. But Adu had shone brightly throughout, captaining the side as he scored a hat-trick against Poland and dazzled with his trickery and creativity in upset victories over Brazil and Uruguay.

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9 min 44 sec

From Warren Zaïre-Emery to Endrick, we select some of the best players born in 2006. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

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9 min 44 sec

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | ...

9 min 44 sec

Five years ago we picked 80 of the most talented players in the world to follow their progress in a cut-throat business

It is the time of year when we check in on the Next Generation players we picked in 2018 to follow for five years, to assess their progress amid success, setbacks, injuries, trophies won and transfers made.

Next Generation started in 2014 with the aim of showing the difficulties that even the best prospects in the Premier League (we pick one from each club at first-year scholar age) and the rest of the world (we choose 60 born in a specific calendar year) face on their way towards the top.

A defensively minded midfielder who is incredibly strong (he used to be a wrestler) but with an excellent touch to go with his physicality....

9 min 44 sec

If you want a child to make this list, you better make sure he is born as soon as possible after 1 September

Last month the Guardian released Next Generation 2022: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs. As with previous years it selected “the best youngsters at each club”, this time among those born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, an age band known as “first-year scholars”.

As in earlier seasons it makes for interesting reading. But the brain works in mysterious ways, and I did something different this year: I looked at the month of birth of these players. Thirteen were born in the first semester of the selection year (1 September 2005 to 28 February 2006) and seven in the second semester (1 March 2006 to 31 August 2006). Almost twice as many were from the first half.

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6 hours 43 min
  • Videos show action apparently aimed at Al-Shabab fans
  • Saudi FA reported to have opened an investigation

Cristiano Ronaldo faced a flurry of criticism after appearing to make an obscene gesture at the end of Al-Nassr’s 3-2 win over Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday.

The Portugal forward opened the scoring with a 21st-minute penalty but Al-Nassr needed a late goal from Talisca, who struck twice, to settle the game with four minutes left. After the final whistle, social media videos captured Ronaldo cupping his ear before repeatedly pumping his hand forward in front of his pelvic area. The action appeared to be directed at Al-Shabab supporters.

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7 hours 33 min
  • Manager says pundit’s criticism is ‘not fair’ on his young side
  • Pochettino urges players to feel the pain of 1-0 Carabao Cup loss

Mauricio Pochettino conceded that he is running out of time to win trophies and hit back at Gary Neville’s “Blue billion-pound bottle jobs” jibe after Chelsea failed to overcome a young Liverpool side in the Carabao Cup final.

Pochettino, who urged his players to feel the pain of losing 1-0 at Wembley, was reluctant to criticise his side’s passive display in extra-time. Chelsea, who have spent around £1bn in the past two years, were on top at the end of normal time and looked likely to win after Liverpool, who have a major injury crisis, brought on three inexperienced teenagers.

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7 hours 33 min

Van Dijk will grab the headlines but Kelleher and Endo were equally effective for the depleted winning team

Djordje Petrovic Produced good saves from Díaz, Danns and Elliott but had no chance with either of Van Dijk’s headers. 7/10

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7 hours 33 min
  • Sheffield United teammates butted heads in 1-0 loss at Wolves
  • ‘We spoke to the boys and they’re fine and cool about it’

The Sheffield United teammates Jack Robinson and Vinícius Souza were involved in an extraordinary on-field clash during their team’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves, butting heads before pushing and shoving in an incident referred to VAR.

The flashpoint came in the 37th minute outside the United box when Robinson pointed a finger at Souza before offering some words to back up his annoyance. The Brazilian confronted his teammate, going forehead to forehead before something akin to a slap caught Robinson in the face.

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10 hours 51 min

Competition: League One Market: Both teams to score Odds: 4/5 @ BetUS In what could prove to be a fiery derby showdown on Tuesday night, Wigan will welcome Bolton to the DW Stadium. Starting with the hosts, while Wigan might have mounted a second-half comeback at home against Cheltenham over the weekend as they eventually […]

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10 hours 51 min

Competition: League One Market: Derby win Odds: 2/3 @ 1xBet Desperate to make an immediate return to winning ways on Tuesday night, Derby will welcome Charlton to Pride Park. Starting with the hosts, suffering a collapse away at Barnsley over the weekend as they eventually slumped to a 2-1 defeat, Derby will certainly be seeking […]

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10 hours 51 min

A late Goncalo Ramos penalty rescued a point for Paris St Germain as they drew 1-1 with Rennes in Ligue 1. Although PSG retained the majority of possession in the first-half, Rennes took their chance and Amine Gouiri fired them in front with a stunning effort into the top-corner. The hosts wasted a series of […]

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14 hours 9 min

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side for dealing with the pressure after coming from behind to snatch a last-gasp win over Motherwell. Motherwell deservedly led at half-time through Blair Spittal’s impressive goal but substitute Adam Idah quickly headed Celtic level after the break. Celtic forced Motherwell back in the final quarter of the game […]

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14 hours 9 min

Fran Kirby has withdrawn from the England squad for further assessment on a “minor knee injury”. The forward, who was forced out of the Lionesses starting line-up for Friday’s match against Austria after pulling up in the warm-up, will now return to club side Chelsea. Sarina Wiegman’s side face Italy on Tuesday in their second […]

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14 hours 9 min

Bordeaux have confirmed forward Alberth Elis remains hospitalised after undergoing emergency surgery for a “significant head impact” sustained after colliding with an opponent on Saturday night. The incident took place 34 seconds into his side’s 1-0 Ligue 2 victory over Guingamp when the Honduras international clashed with defender Donatien Gomis. He was removed from the […]

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16 hours 39 min

Adam Idah came off the bench to hit a double as Celtic came from behind to win another close contest with Motherwell in stoppage time. Celtic were in serious danger of losing more ground in the cinch Premiership title race after Blair Spittal scored a wonderful goal to give Motherwell a deserved half-time lead at […]

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16 hours 39 min

Juventus registered a first win in five Serie A games as Daniele Rugani’s stoppage-time finish secured a 3-2 victory over strugglers Frosinone at the Allianz Stadium. In an eventful first half, Juve took an early lead through Dusan Vlahovic before the visitors made a stunning reply, going in front themselves via Walid Cheddira’s header and […]

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21 hours 3 min

Jorginho insists he is happy for Arsenal to be “in the shadows” of the Premier League title race and fight as underdogs against Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners are just two points off the top of the table after easing to a 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday night. A Sven Botman own-goal set […]

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22 hours 39 min

Making what was a real Premier League title statement on Saturday night, Arsenal put in a rampant performance at the Emirates as they stormed their way to a 4-1 romp against Newcastle. While Mikel Arteta’s squad might have suffered Champions League frustration earlier in the week as they suffered a 1-0 loss away at Porto, […]

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10 hours 51 min

Liverpool’s scouts will likely be getting a raise at the end of the season thanks to Wataru Endo.

The Japanese defensive midfielder seems to be getting better game-by-game in red, and showed exactly what the club bought him for in their Carabao Cup final win.

Endo came out on top against the Premier League’s two most expensive players
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Endo played all 120 minutes of the incredible 1-0 win, making tackle after tackle as his teammates dropped like flies to injury....

11 hours 21 min

Mykhailo Mudryk was savaged for his role in Virgil van Dijk’s winning goal that spelt Carabao Cup final heartbreak for Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has failed to find his feet at the Blues since joining in a £90million deal from Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2023.

Axel Disasi remonstrated with Mudryk who was at fault for Van Dijk’s winner
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11 hours 21 min

Mauricio Pochettino says his ‘tired’ Chelsea side thought it would be ‘good’ to push for penalties in the Carabao Cup final.

With an extremely long injury list, eventual champions Liverpool ended the game with a number of youthful players on the pitch.

Pochettino explained his team’s thoughts going into extra time
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11 hours 51 min

Liverpool overcame Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final – although it came at a cost in terms of injuries.

Ryan Gravenberch lasted just 25 minutes at Wembley before he was left in a heap following a crunching late challenge from Moises Caicedo.

Gravenberch is the twelfth player now unavailable to Klopp
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The 21-year-old’s ankle felt the full force of the...

11 hours 57 min

Bournemouth’s chief of business operations insists the club is not planning to change badge despite a design of a new badge being leaked online.

The Cherries’ logo has been the same since 2013 – a cartoon head meant to be Dickie Dowsett, one of Bournemouth‘s all-time top scorers, heading a ball with red and black stripes in the background.

This is what Bournemouth’s logo currently looks like
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The south coast side looked set to completely...

12 hours 43 min

Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Carabao Cup in extra time thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s late winner at Wembley. 

The Reds won the first trophy of the season in incredible fashion after Van Dijk scored a header with two minutes to go.  

Jurgen Klopp has got his hands on some silverware in his final season as manager and he did it while dealing with injury woes. 

A team littered with teenagers managed to overcome Mauricio Pochettino’s side who were beaten in a final yet again.

13 hours 3 min

Gary Neville may have put the most brutal full stop on Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea career during their Carabao Cup final defeat.

The Blues lost the Wembley showpiece 1-0 to an injury-hit Liverpool team.

Chelsea were left stunned by Liverpool’s kids
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Many backed Chelsea pre-match once it was revealed that Mohamed Salah and...

13 hours 21 min

Virgil van Dijk was visibly emotional as he celebrated Liverpool beating Chelsea to win the Carabao Cup.

The Reds captain had had an opening goal ruled out by VAR, but rose again in the 28th minute of extra time to drive his side to a last-ditch 1-0 win and their first trophy of the season.

Van Dijk wiped his tears as he celebrated
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13 hours 27 min

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery has given his side of events after being seen to berate Lucas Digne on the bench.

The Villans claimed a 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest as they keep their quest for Champions League football alive.

Emery appeared to be furious on the touchline
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With half an hour gone at Villa Park, the host were 2-0 up with Ollie Watkins and...

13 hours 51 min

Liverpool fans have been left incensed by VAR’s decision to rule Virgil van Dijk’s header out in the Carabao Cup final.

The Reds captain thought he’d finally broken the deadlock at Wembley as he beat Ben Chilwell to head home from a free-kick just after the hour mark.

Van Dijk beat Chilwell to the header but his goal was ruled out
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However, following raucous celebrations from the red end of the stadium, VAR intervened.

Referee Chris Kavanagh soon went over to the...