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Arsenal should stay positive, Potter shows Benítez a trick and VAR makes refereeing harder

On the first Sunday of 2021, a first-half Chelsea capitulation against Manchester City hastened Frank Lampard’s exit and deepened a despondent mood. Twelve months on, Liverpool’s two early goals at Stamford Bridge could have induced Groundhog Day feelings. Instead, Thomas Tuchel’s side roared back and showed that, whatever other problems have recently beset the Chelsea manager on and off the field, this is a team that plays for him. Though they did so in a rather un-Tuchel-like manner. The intense atmosphere generated by the Premier League debut of safe standing was met with the kind of front-foot, high-tempo performance more associated with a Jürgen Klopp side. Chelsea were the better team against Liverpool but they will rue the openness at the back that meant they had to settle for another draw which probably ends their title hopes, and more than the much-discussed Romelu Lukaku it...

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Our cartoonist reflects on a weekend of cup shocks, from Tyneside to Aggborough, via the Humber

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Striker’s open desire to move to Spain is at least partly attributable to the lack of any real fun at Paris Saint-Germain

Over the years, footballers agitating for a transfer have concocted all manner of schemes and ruses in an attempt to secure their dream move. The well-placed media briefing: classic. Refusing to turn up for pre-season training: an old favourite. Few players, however, have gone to the trouble of commissioning and writing a 220-page graphic novel purely for the purpose of earning a move to Real Madrid.

You didn’t need to a be a literature scholar to glimpse the subtext of “Je M’Appelle Kylian”, the comic-book autobiography released by Kylian Mbappé in November in collaboration with the illustrator Faro. The young Mbappé makes no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid when he is older, to the point where in one early passage he is even visited in a dream by Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. In the dream, Ronaldo and Mbappé do keepie-uppies...

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Denmark and Milan defender reflects on a year in which he helped to save Christian Eriksen’s life and reached a Euros semi-final

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.

Through the window behind Simon Kjær, a grey November afternoon is dimming and the lights across the Øresund strait are starting to flicker. Boats carry commuters home between Sweden and Denmark, or in reverse; the view is striking and simultaneously mundane, a confluence of inexorable nature and everyday business. Inside, Kjær is reflecting on 12 months in which barely anything came to feel familiar. “Positive, negative, we’ve been through everything,” he says. “All the register of emotions. We had it all.” A pause; a repetition. “We...

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From ‘the next Alphonso Davies’ to Dortmund’s Moukoko, we pick 60 of the most talented players born in 2004. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 |...

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We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005*, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | ...

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With the Next Generation 2021 picks out this week we look at the final updates for the class of 2016. How did they fare?

There was a time when going abroad wasn’t cool. It was a time when British footballers stayed at home, worried about how they might fare in Europe and beyond.

Gary Lineker helped to break the mould with his switch – and success – at Barcelona in the 1980s but Ian Rush’s struggles at Juventus around the same time seemed to put off many players.

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The ‘Tanzanian Mbappé’ and the next Kai Havertz are among our players born in 2003. Check the progress of our 2019 selection | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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Everything you need to know ahead of this tonight’s fixture at the Amex Stadium

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Everything you need to know ahead of this tonight’s fixture at the Amex Stadium

2 hours 2 min

Robert Lewandowski and Alexia Putellas were worthy winners of The Best FIFA Player awards but other events at the gala caused plenty of controversy.

2 hours 2 min

It would take something seismic to stop Man City winning the Premier League again. PLUS: Real Madrid's latest trophy and more woe for Man United.

2 hours 50 min

Lionel Messi has equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's FIFA The Best record when he won the award for a second time on Monday.

6 hours 2 min

Gio Reyna probably won't play for Borussia Dortmund until after the international break, making him also unlikely for USMNT's World Cup qualifiers.

6 hours 26 min

By lifting the Spanish Supercopa, Marcelo drew level with Real Madrid great "Paco" Gento as the player with the most titles won at the club.

6 hours 26 min

Fred has hit back at claims there are cliques in the dressing room at Manchester United by dismissing the reports as "fake news".

6 hours 26 min

Sevilla's Copa del Rey exit was painful, but with a big league game up next and Real Madrid not champions yet, there's no time to dwell.

6 hours 36 min

Brentford are in talks to sign Christian Eriksen on an initial six-month contract, sources have told ESPN.

7 hours 50 min

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is open to the idea of rebuilding his relationship with Anthony Martial, sources have told ESPN.

10 hours 7 min

Gabon are looking to reach the knockout stages of the AFCON for the first time in a decade, and are using Aubameyang's absence as motivation.

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Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a cut-price deal for Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard.

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Barcelona will reportedly attempt to sign Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino during the summer transfer window.

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AC Milan have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen this summer.

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Arsenal could face a potential transfer blow with Real Madrid entering the race to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

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Manchester City have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

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Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the future of Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.

2 days 36 min


Manchester United have reportedly set a price tag of 15 million for out-of-favour defender Phil Jones.

2 days 23 hours


Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

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Chelsea have reportedly made an approach to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this month.

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Barcelona are open to parting ways with Chelsea target Sergino Dest during the ongoing transfer window.

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Denmark and Milan defender reflects on a year in which he helped to save Christian Eriksen’s life and reached a Euros semi-final

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.

Through the window behind Simon Kjær, a grey November afternoon is dimming and the lights across the Øresund strait are starting to flicker. Boats carry commuters home between Sweden and Denmark, or in reverse; the view is striking and simultaneously mundane, a confluence of inexorable nature and everyday business. Inside, Kjær is reflecting on 12 months in which barely anything came to feel familiar. “Positive, negative, we’ve been through everything,” he says. “All the register of emotions. We had it all.” A pause; a repetition. “We...

2 min 29 sec

From ‘the next Alphonso Davies’ to Dortmund’s Moukoko, we pick 60 of the most talented players born in 2004. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 |...

2 min 29 sec

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005*, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of class of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | ...

2 min 29 sec

With the Next Generation 2021 picks out this week we look at the final updates for the class of 2016. How did they fare?

There was a time when going abroad wasn’t cool. It was a time when British footballers stayed at home, worried about how they might fare in Europe and beyond.

Gary Lineker helped to break the mould with his switch – and success – at Barcelona in the 1980s but Ian Rush’s struggles at Juventus around the same time seemed to put off many players.

Continue reading...

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The ‘Tanzanian Mbappé’ and the next Kai Havertz are among our players born in 2003. Check the progress of our 2019 selection | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

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14 min 29 sec

Brighton: Sanchez; Veltman, Webster, Brun; Lamptey, Gross, Moder, Alzate, MacAllister, Cucurella; Welbeck

Subs: Schierpen, McGill, Maupay, Trossard, March, Caicedo, Roberts , Leonard, Ferguson

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14 min 29 sec
  • Liverpool midfielder cautioned by Afcon’s first female referee
  • Senegal top group after salvaging 0-0 draw with Malawi

Already-eliminated Zimbabwe upset Guinea with a 2-1 win at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde, although Guinea will still advance to the last 16 as runners-up in Group B.

Guinea’s captain, the Liverpool midfielder Naby Keïta, will however miss their knockout tie after he was shown a second yellow card of the group stage by Salima Mukansanga, the first ever woman to officiate a game at the tournament.

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  • Scot gets chance to press claims for job he wants full-time
  • Lampard expected to be interviewed and Rooney on list

Duncan Ferguson has been handed the chance to press his claims for the Everton manager’s job after being appointed caretaker for the club’s “upcoming games”.

Ferguson, who was caretaker manager between the departure of Marco Silva and arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in 2019, has assumed the role for a second time starting with Saturday’s Premier League game against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

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  • Sweden international agrees six-month contract
  • Sead Kolasinac leaves Arsenal for Marseille

The Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has become Aston Villa’s third signing of the transfer window after joining on loan from Roma.

The 32-year-old has spent the first part of the 2021-22 season on loan at Sheffield United but has not featured since the international break in November.

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1 hour 36 min

Senegal struggled to convince in a goalless draw with impressive Malawi, but still go through as group B winners after surviving a penalty scare

1 min: It comes to nothing but that was the kind of intent Senegal need to emerge with.

Senegal, all in white, kick off against the red-clad Malawi and begin at pace, winning a corner ...

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5 hours 50 min

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and OGC Nice midfielder Mario Lemina have both been sent home from the African Cup of Nations after being diagnosed with cardiac lesions. Gabon head coach Patrice Neveu says the two clubs had put pressure on them to send the players back. “He’s a key player for Arsenal, although he’s going […]

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6 hours 2 min

Nick Kyrgios compared the crowd during his Australian Open first-round win to a zoo as fans copied a famous Cristiano Ronaldo celebration at almost every point. Cries of ‘siuu’ could be heard throughout much of the home favourite’s straight-sets victory over Liam Broady, his first match since a Laver Cup defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas in […]

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According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Ousmane Dembele has 48 hours to decide where his Barcelona future lies. The forward has been extremely hot and cold throughout the course of his time at the Nou Camp and now, he may well be offered a route out of the club. It’s well known that […]

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8 hours 32 min

According to a recent report from Evening Standard, Diego Costa is eager to reunite with former Chelsea teammate Willian at Corinthians. There had been speculation that Costa was wanted by, of all people, Arsenal. The Gunners noted their interest in the Spanish international and were seemingly ready to make a move but in the end, […]

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8 hours 32 min

Competition: Championship Market: Luton Town win Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport Hoping to find a route into the top-half of the Championship table, Luton will make the trip to a struggling Reading on Wednesday night. Starting with the hosts, suffering a points deduction earlier in the season, it is fair to say that Reading are in […]

The post Bitesize Prediction: Reading vs Luton Town – 19/01/22 appeared first on Soccer News.

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8 hours 36 min

Competition: Championship Market: Blackburn win Odds: 11/8 @ 888sport Hoping to find a route back into the automatic promotion spots in midweek, Blackburn will make the trip to a struggling Hull on Wednesday night. Starting with the hosts, while Hull might have put in an impressive display against Premier League outfit Everton earlier in the […]

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9 hours 26 min

Real Madrid have announced that former star Paco Gento had died at the age of 88. The former Spain international was considered one of his country’s greatest players of the 20th century and formed part of one of the finest Madrid teams in history. Gento scored 182 goals in 600 official matches for Los Blancos, […]

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10 hours 44 min

Robin Olsen is set to join Aston Villa from AS Roma in the coming days, according to Fabrizio Romano. The clubs involved, including Sheffield United where the goalkeeper spent the first half of the season on loan, are in total agreement over the transfer, and the goalkeeper is scheduled to undergo a medical today (Tuesday). […]

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11 hours 44 min

Barcelona remain determined to strengthen their squad despite financial constraints and could be ready to move for Adama Traore. It appears the Wolves winger may be sold this month as Bruno Lage’s men have already secured a potential replacement. Any Barca deal would be complicated by interest from Tottenham, however – assuming they are prepared to […]

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18 hours 32 min

Stefano Pioli has revealed the referee apologised after ruling out what should have been a valid Milan goal in Monday’s defeat to Spezia. The Rossoneri slumped to a shock 2-1 loss as Emmanuel Gyasi scored with almost the final kick of a thriller at San Siro. Title rivals Inter drew 0-0 with Atalanta on Sunday, but […]

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Manchester United face a tricky test as they travel to take on Brentford.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are currently sitting in seventh spot in the Premier League and will be desperate to get some wins on the board in order to push themselves back into contention for the top four.

Thomas Frank and Ralf Rangnick will go head to head on Wednesday evening

Given that they drew 2-2 to Aston Villa last time out, they’ll be hoping to put in an improved display this time around.

Brentford are currently in a bit of a sticky patch having lost back-to-back games against...

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Leicester City face a tough test when they host Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

The Foxes have played just once since the turn of the year, a match that saw them secure a 4-1 victory over Watford in the FA Cup.

Leicester and Tottenham could be an entertaining encounter

For Spurs this is a match they simply need to win.

After crashing out of the Carabao Cup semi-finals against Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s side will be determined to continue their improved form in the league as they look to challenge for a top four finish.

Leicester v Tottenham: Date...

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Derby County defender Curtis Davies says he has ‘enjoyed’ this season despite the Rams’ ongoing ownership chaos, although he had some stern words for the ‘laughable’ EFL.

The Championship side have been deducted 21 points this season following breaches of the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules, as well as entering administration.

Derby have twenty games left to prevent dropping down to English football’s third division for the first time since the...

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The January transfer window is well underway and for Arsenal it could be a very good time to strengthen.

Mikel Arteta’s side have probably exceeded expectations so far this term and find themselves in fourth position in the Premier League, a spot that few would have expected them to hold at this stage of the campaign.

Mikel Arteta has been tipped to lead Arsenal back to the top
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If they’re to maintain that top four push they may need to strengthen their squad.

Several players already look like they’re heading for the exit door this month and that could...

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Joseph Parker revealed he is back in training with Tyson Fury and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams joined them both in Morecambe.

Parker and Fury have developed a close friendship and the New Zealand fighter trained in the north west with the WBC champion before fighting, and beating, Derek Chisora.

Fury, Parker and Williams are all training in Morecambe together

On Monday, a...

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The January transfer window is past the midway point and Liverpool look set to complete some major business over the coming weeks.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have found themselves off the pace set by Premier League leaders Manchester City and need to hit back.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are expected to be busy over the coming weeks
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Their season has been majorly impacted by Covid and now star men Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have departed for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Liverpool are expected to spend this winter to accommodate that while several...

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Everton’s season is now about avoiding relegation from the Premier League, supporter and former WBC cruiserweight title holder Tony Bellew claims.

And the 39-year-old believes Toffees legend Duncan Ferguson should be considered for the role, until the end of the season at least.

Bellew is a devout Everton supporter and he will not be happy to see the state his club are currently in
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Liverpool have identified West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen as a long-term transfer target, with reports the Reds are ‘monitoring’ the ace ahead of a possible summer move.

It is claimed the Reds are unlikely to make any signings in the January transfer window, but the Merseyside outfit are already beginning to make plans for the summer.

Bowen has been widely tipped for an England call-up and is now being linked with a transfer to Liverpool
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Bowen, 25, has established himself as one of the top-flight’s best performing attackers this season, with his...

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David Beckham’s Inter Miami could look to secure soon-to-be out of contract Luis Suarez following the release of Blaise Matuidi.

The World Cup winning France international’s departure has freed up a considerable amount of space on the Major League Soccer side’s wage bill, leaving room for another big name to join the American club.

Suarez has scored 448 goals across his impressive career, but has made just 13 starts for his side this campaign
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If Manchester United ever do manage to sign the sought after Erling Haaland, it’ll be a bit different to the last time they signed a young Norwegian striker.

The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager may have eventually proven to be an underwhelming one, but his signing as a player in 1996 was anything but.

Man United are long-term admirers of Haaland and would love to bring him to the Premier League but they face much...