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Crowds have gathered at Marcus Rashford's mural in Withington, Manchester, which was defaced following England's loss in the Euro 2020 final. The mural's artist, Akse, was able to paint over the graffiti on Tuesday, by which point it had been covered by hundreds of notes from well-wishers

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  • 72-year-old being investigated for alleged money laundering
  • John Textor requests meeting over proposed investment

Luís Filipe Vieira, who suspended his duties as president of Benfica last week after being detained as part of an investigation into alleged tax fraud and money laundering, has resigned.

Vieira, who ran the club for 18 years, said in a letter to the chairman of the board that he was no longer in a position to carry out his duties after his arrest.

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  • Messi takes pay cut in deal structured to help club finances
  • Liverpool and Chelsea keen on Saúl if Barcelona deal collapses

Barcelona are close to announcing that Lionel Messi has signed a contract to 2026 and are in advanced talks over swapping Antoine Griezmann for Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez.

Messi has agreed a five-year deal on reduced wages rather than a two-year extension initially discussed. His partnership with Griezmann in attack will end if Barcelona and Atlético finalise the proposed exchange involving the midfielder Saúl.

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  • Daryl Dike scores twice as USA win 6-1 over Martinique
  • Robinson, Zardes and Gioacchini also score for Americans

Daryl Dike scored twice and helped force an own goal, helping the United States to overwhelm Martinique 6-1 Thursday night and clinch a berth in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarter-finals.

Miles Robinson, Gyasi Zardes and Nicholas Gioacchini also scored for the US, who started a lineup of players who have not been in coach Gregg Berhalter’s top-level player pool.

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  • Stoney hired by Jill Ellis at NWSL expansion team
  • Former England player left Manchester United in May

Casey Stoney has been announced as the head coach of National Women’s Soccer League expansion team San Diego NWSL.

The former England international left her role as Manchester United manager at the end of the last Women’s Super League campaign after three seasons in charge. San Diego are currently preparing for their debut season in the NWSL. The team president is the former United States head coach, Jill Ellis.

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The Euros showed that conservatism still dominates international football, but there are signs the club-style cohesiveness shown by Spain and Italy may be taking over


The broken glass has been cleared. Wembley Way is no longer sticky underfoot. As the sense of shame and disappointment fades, and the knee-zjerk panaceas melt away, it is perhaps worth reflecting that Euro 2020, however disgracefully it ended, was one of the great tournaments, perhaps the best since Euro 2000, and asking what that might mean for next year’s World Cup and beyond.

There was a long period in which international football represented the pinnacle of the game; that was where you saw the greatest concentration of the best players. Then in the late 70s, as coordinated systems of pressing became more widespread and time spent on the training ground developing mutual understanding became increasingly important, the club game took over. Tactically speaking at least, international...

17 min 46 sec

Plus: the greatest season for underdog stories, keeping it clean at major tournaments and same-name managers

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“Watching Uruguay v Chile in the Copa América, I noticed that the manager of Chile, Martín Lasarte, was himself Uruguayan. How many times have England played teams managed by an Englishman?” wonders Thom Walsh.

“I have to admit to being very bored hence spending a few hours researching this,” writes Dan Almond, who has saved us the hard graft and detailed 19 occasions England have faced an English-managed international team. Here we go:

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Our cartoonist finds some positives amid the fallout from the final at Wembley that inevitably ended in heartbreak for England

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Were you paying attention to the 51 games played in 11 cities in 11 countries from 11 June to 11 July?


Which two countries hosted games at Euro 2020 even though their teams did not qualify for the finals?

Republic of Ireland and Sweden

Romania and Azerbaijan

Norway and Greece

Serbia and Israel

Which team topped their group even though just one of their players scored in their three group games?

Sweden

England

Austria

France

Which team were the top scorers in the group stage but were then knocked out in the last 16?

Portugal

France

Germany

...

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This episode was changed on 12th July to add a voice note from Nicky Bandini

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin, Elis James and a host of regulars – some more gutted than others – as they reflect on England’s devastating defeat. We also hear from Marcela Mora y Araujo on Argentina’s victory in the Copa América final against Brazil

In the last of our Euros episodes, the panel reflects on a thrilling final which saw Italy crowned champions of Europe. Did England score too early? How impressive were the Italians? And how happy was Barry at the full-time whistle?

Also, the panel answer your questions, read some nice emails at the end of a long season and we hear from Marcela Mora y Araujo on Argentina’s...

1 hour 23 min

Spain's young stars look to bounce back from their 0-0 draw with Egypt as they take on Australia, who opened their Olympic campaign with a shock 2-0 win over Argentina.

1 hour 27 min

Kanye West watched Atlanta United play the Columbus Crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where he working on his next album "DONDA."

1 hour 47 min

The biggest clubs across Europe have decisions to make about some of their star players who have two years left on their contracts. And there are some big names involved.

1 hour 53 min

The Harry Kane saga could go down to the wire as Manchester City are optimistic of a deal for the Spurs star. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

1 hour 53 min

Sam Kerr scored twice but had a penalty saved in a 4-2 loss vs. Sweden that sets up a big match on Tuesday between the Matildas and the United States.

3 hours 47 min

Zambia held China 4-4 in an Olympic thriller on Saturday, with China-based Barbra Banda becoming the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks.

3 hours 58 min

Mexico midfielder Erick Aguirre lined up for Thursday's Olympic opener against France with his country's flag displayed upside-down on his jersey.

3 hours 58 min

The Gold Cup quarterfinals are this weekend, but will the United States overcome early struggles with hopes of reaching the final in Las Vegas?

12 hours 58 min

France will head to the Olympics with no Mbappe, no superstars and a host of unfamiliar faces.

14 hours 23 min

Jack Grealish is nearing a move as the Aston Villa star has agreed to personal terms with Manchester City. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

1 day 17 hours


Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero this summer.

1 day 17 hours


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for a big-money move for Erling Braut Haaland.

1 day 17 hours


Manchester United are reportedly 10 million short of landing the signature of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

1 day 17 hours


Manchester United are open to sanctioning the sale of Paul Pogba after he turned down a new contract, The Mirror reports.

1 day 18 hours


Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is close to securing his transfer to Roma, a report from Sky Sport Italy claims.

2 days 16 hours


Timo Werner is open to leaving Chelsea if they land a new striker this summer, 90min reports.

2 days 16 hours


Manchester United have failed with an opening bid to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer.

2 days 17 hours


Arsenal are continuing to maintain an interest in signing Leicester City midfielder James Maddison this summer.

2 days 17 hours


Chelsea have been offered the chance to re-sign Eden Hazard from Real Madrid, Spanish publication AS report.

2 days 17 hours


Arsenal have ended their interest in signing Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, a report from Football Insider claims.

17 min 46 sec

Plus: the greatest season for underdog stories, keeping it clean at major tournaments and same-name managers

Mail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Watching Uruguay v Chile in the Copa América, I noticed that the manager of Chile, Martín Lasarte, was himself Uruguayan. How many times have England played teams managed by an Englishman?” wonders Thom Walsh.

“I have to admit to being very bored hence spending a few hours researching this,” writes Dan Almond, who has saved us the hard graft and detailed 19 occasions England have faced an English-managed international team. Here we go:

Continue reading...

17 min 46 sec

Our cartoonist finds some positives amid the fallout from the final at Wembley that inevitably ended in heartbreak for England

Continue reading...

17 min 46 sec

Were you paying attention to the 51 games played in 11 cities in 11 countries from 11 June to 11 July?


Which two countries hosted games at Euro 2020 even though their teams did not qualify for the finals?

Republic of Ireland and Sweden

Romania and Azerbaijan

Norway and Greece

Serbia and Israel

Which team topped their group even though just one of their players scored in their three group games?

Sweden

England

Austria

France

Which team were the top scorers in the group stage but were then knocked out in the last 16?

Portugal

France

Germany

...

17 min 46 sec

This episode was changed on 12th July to add a voice note from Nicky Bandini

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin, Elis James and a host of regulars – some more gutted than others – as they reflect on England’s devastating defeat. We also hear from Marcela Mora y Araujo on Argentina’s victory in the Copa América final against Brazil

In the last of our Euros episodes, the panel reflects on a thrilling final which saw Italy crowned champions of Europe. Did England score too early? How impressive were the Italians? And how happy was Barry at the full-time whistle?

Also, the panel answer your questions, read some nice emails at the end of a long season and we hear from Marcela Mora y Araujo on Argentina’s...

17 min 46 sec

A goal that meant nothing also meant everything, because football is about a lot more than football

Very little gets people as excited as football, a fairly embarrassing admission to make given 200,000 years of human history: a bunch of people kick a ball about, then the rest of us go on like it’s something we’ve done ourselves. Except in a way it is, because our clubs were built by us and form part of us, representing where we’re at and what we believe in. So inasmuch as anything makes sense the extent of our love for them makes sense, and when we talk about football what we’re really talking about is love – love for who we are.

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

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17 min 46 sec

Our cartoonist on a time for deep breaths as Gareth Southgate prepares his side for a big night at Wembley against Denmark

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The government did not back England players when fans booed them for taking the knee and now faces the consequences

So, as the prime minister has learned, a week is a long time in football. He and Priti Patel began it grinning in their crisp new England shirts, seeking kudos for their politics from a triumph in Europe just months after they took Britain out of the European Union. Instead, the racism that rained on England’s young black players following defeat on penalties on Sunday meant Johnson and Patel were finally confronted with consequences of the green light they gave to racism before the tournament started.

One senior football figure told me there was “deep outrage” in the game about Johnson and Patel backing the fans who booed England players taking a knee, describing it as “the deepest insult”, evoking the...

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Former great in charge – for now – as Luís Filipe Vieira steps aside amid inquiry into alleged tax fraud and money laundering

Rui Costa’s first assignment as Benfica’s president wasn’t exactly what he might have expected. Two days after the elegant midfielder who won 94 caps for Portugal replaced Luís Filipe Vieira, arrested last week as part of the Operation Red Card investigation into alleged tax fraud and money laundering, Costa watched the club’s women’s roller hockey team clinch the double by thrashing Infante Sagres 7-0 in the cup final on Sunday.

“We wanted to give him his first title as president,” said the forward Maria Sofia Silva. “We’ve been working all year for this – it’s the DNA of Benfica.”

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Italy’s performances and goals from Patrik Schick and Paul Pogba illuminated a wonderful championships. Sadly, some England supporters let the country down

Ed Aarons It was going to take something to beat Spain’s thrilling 5-3 victory over Croatia after extra-time but the sequel on a crazy Monday evening was even better. Paul Pogba’s elaborate celebration having scored France’s third goal came back to haunt him as Switzerland scored twice in the last 10 minutes to force extra time before Kylian Mbappé missed from the spot to eliminate the star-studded world champions.

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15 hours 23 min

Competition: Brazil Serie A Market: Atlético Mineiro win Odds: 7/10 @ 888sport Looking to continue on what has been a stellar run of form, Atlético Mineiro will welcome Bahia to the Mineirão on Sunday afternoon. Starting with the hosts, picking up what was a dramatic penalties victory against South American giants Boca Juniors earlier in […]

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15 hours 47 min

Julian Nagelsmann shrugged off the abuse he received from a small section of Bayern Munich supporters during a friendly against Ajax.  In his first game at the Allianz Arena a pocket of fans among the 8,500 crowd taunted Nagelsmann about his connections to Bayern’s arch rivals 1860 Munich. The 34-year-old, who was appointed Bayern’s head […]

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16 hours 53 min

Paul Pogba remains in talks with Manchester United over a new contract and is looking forward to the coming campaign getting under way, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The France international’s future has once again been called into question amid reports he has reached a stalemate in discussions over a deal to stay at Old Trafford. […]

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20 hours 17 min

The United States returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion to kick-start their bid for Olympic glory, while Barbra Banda tied a Games record with a second successive hat-trick for Zambia. Sweden had sensationally put an end to USA’s 44-match unbeaten streak at the start of the women’s tournament, with Megan Rapinoe admitting the beaten […]

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20 hours 17 min

Manchester United certainly can’t be accused of standing still this year. A day after sealing the signing of Jadon Sancho, they confirmed a new contract for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until at least 2024. But there’s still plenty to press on with for Solskjaer and United. While the signing of Sancho addresses one area that has […]

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Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, with the goalkeeper initially joining on a season-long loan deal that includes an option to buy. Gollini has played 89 Serie A games across the past five seasons for Atalanta, having joined the Serie A club after a spell in English football at Aston Villa. […]

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1 day 1 hour

Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement with PSV Eindhoven over the transfer of Donyell Malen, according to Fabrizio Romano. The papers that need to be signed are currently being prepared and should be sign this weekend. The fee for the 22-year-old forward is set at €30 million, and he comes to the Signal Iduna Park […]

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new three-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. Solskjaer’s United finished as runners-up to Manchester City in the 2020-21 Premier League season and reached the final of the Europa League, losing 11-10 on penalties to Villarreal. United confirmed the Norwegian’s new deal contained an […]

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Jadon Sancho has been officially unveiled as a new Manchester United player, but he says he was focusing solely on his football while at Borussia Dortmund. 🗣 “I’m happy to be wearing this jersey now.” 🔴 Jadon Sancho’s first interview as a Manchester United player 🎥 Manchester United app pic.twitter.com/UcGti59RbD — Football Daily (@footballdaily) July […]

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1 day 2 hours

Year after year, the future of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is being heavily speculated on, and manager Steven Gerrard is tired of the links being discussed more than the player’s exploits on the pitch. 🗣 “You read more about Alfredo [Morelos] in terms of who he is linked with, rather than what he does on […]

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18 hours 53 min

Juventus have reportedly rejected a massive £86million bid from Liverpool for Federico Chiesa.

The winger, 23, was one of the standout performers at Euro 2020, starring on Italy’s road to victory.

Chiesa is the son of ex-Italy star Enrico Chiesa but is now creating his own history
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19 hours 5 min

Jesse Lingard was back amongst the goals, but Manchester United were unable to prevent a 4-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in their pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The 28-year-old found the net after just three minutes at Loftus Road, slotting home after a pinpoint pass from Facundo Pellistri.

Could Lingard have a big part to play next season for United?
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However, the west London outfit responded in...

20 hours 58 min

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish may be rethinking a transfer to Manchester City due to concerns over his playing time at the club, talkSPORT transfer guru Alex Crook believes.

City have arguably the best squad depth in the league, with a host of top attacking players in the playmaking positions.

Grealish would become even better than he already is under Pep Guardiola
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Grealish may fear...

21 hours 11 min

The transfer market is in full swing once again as Premier League clubs gear up for the 2021/22 campaign.

Last summer saw a host of deals completed with the likes of Kai Havertz, Thomas Partey, Diogo Jota, Ruben Dias and Donny van de Beek completing mega-money moves.

Liverpool moved quickly to wrap up a deal for Ibrahima Konate
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The Premier League has confirmed this summer’s transfer window will run for 12 weeks from Wednesday, June 9 to 11pm on Tuesday, August 31.

Several key transfers are in the pipeline and Manchester United have completed the...

21 hours 47 min

Ellen White continued her prolific scoring streak to book Team GB’s spot in the last eight at the Olympics after victory over Japan.

The striker grabbed her third goal in just two games to seal a nervy 1-0 win over the hosts in Group E.

Ellen White scored her third goal in two games for Team GB at Tokyo 2020
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Hege Riise’s side knew three points would send them into the quarter-finals, yet they were forced to be patient against an organised Japan team.

They sit top of Group E with six points, ahead of Canada who also beat Chile 2-1 on Saturday. Team GB...

23 hours 5 min

French football fans have made it clear Paul Pogba will not be welcomed by everyone at Paris Saint-Germain with banners protesting his transfer hung around the capital.

Large banners against the Manchester United star were placed outside the Parc Des Princes and elsewhere in the city, bearing the identical message: ‘We don’t want you’.

An unnamed group of fans have protested PSG signing Paul Pogba this summer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly the most enduring of the Sir Alex Ferguson successors at Manchester United – but has he been the most successful?

The former Red Devils striker, already the longest-lasting manager at Old Trafford since Fergie’s departure, was just handed a new contract until 2024 with the option of a further year.

Solskjaer has not suffered the same fate as his predecessors just yet

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23 hours 23 min

Teddy Sheringham has insisted ‘the writing is on the wall’ for Tottenham over Harry Kane’s future and urged his former club to let the striker join Manchester City.

The rumour mill over Kane’s north London future has gone into fever pitch this week, with reports City are set to sign the England captain in a £160million deal that would destroy the British transfer record.

Kane’s days as a Spurs player appear to be numbered
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1 day 35 min

Fulham are closing in on deals for Harry Wilson and Paulo Gazzaniga, talkSPORT understands.

The Championship side have agreed a £12m fee with Liverpool for Wilson, while goalkeeper Gazzaniga is available on a free transfer after leaving Tottenham.

Wilson featured for Wales at Euro 2020
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Wilson, the Wales international had been attracting interest from Benfica but the Cottagers have jumped to the head of the queue.

The winger spent the last three seasons out on loan at Derby, Bournemouth and Cardiff respectively, was deemed surplus to requirements...

1 day 58 min

Manchester United have confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a new contract as manager.

The Norwegian has been handed a huge sign of support from the Premier League giants by penning a new three-year deal with the option for a further year, despite not yet bringing a trophy back to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a new Man United deal despite not winning a trophy as manager
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The contract, which has been rumoured for months, appears to be a parting gift from outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Solskjaer has signed a deal...