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"29.04.2017 23:42:47" theguardian.com Luis Suárez fires Barcelona to derby victory over Espanyol Luis Suárez scored twice as Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga after a 3-0 derby win at Espanyol RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, SAD 0-3 FC Barcelona
"29.04.2017 22:36:24" theguardian.com Guardiola and Mourinho's brave faces can't hide Manchester clubs' grim reality | Paul Wilson This week's Manchester derby was a reminder that Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho and the north-west's other big beasts are fighting over scraps while the London clubs watch from above In terms of quality the Manchester derby is currently no better than the Merseyside version and it is rapidly becoming as irrelevant. If the Premier League does have a derby to stand comparison with the best LaLiga can offer it would have to be Chelsea
"29.04.2017 21:37:07" theguardian.com Harry Kane: Tottenham now have higher ambitions than looking down on Arsenal Harry Kane says that for all the delight Spurs might take in finishing above Arsenal, keeping up the pressure on Chelsea is now the priority "For the fans, it would be great to finish above Arsenal and actually do it by winning against them but, from our point of view, we've got bigger things to look forward to" – Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
"29.04.2017 21:02:53" theguardian.com Bayern Munich seal fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg win Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 6-0 to open up an unassailable 10-point lead with three matches remaining FC Bayern München seal fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with 6-0 win VfL Wolfsburg
"29.04.2017 20:08:32" theguardian.com Time to remember the remarkable David Rocastle | Daniel Taylor Arsenal's 'Brazilian from Lewisham', who died at 33, should have been 50 this Tuesday. Instead this charming, talented man will rightly be honoured in song at the north London derby The best tribute now to David Rocastle is the fact that, 16 years since his death, Arsenal's fans still sing his name and inevitably will do so again at White Hart Lane on Sunday. “I've seen the nearest thing to a Brazilian footballer you'll ever see,”
"29.04.2017 19:43:09" Leyton Orient Football Club fans force match to be 'abandoned' with pitch protest – video
"29.04.2017 18:28:40" theguardian.com Marcelo rescues Real Madrid with late winner against Valencia Marcelo came to Real Madrid's rescue to secure a 2-1 win over Valencia, provisionally taking Zinedine Zidane's side three points clear Real Madrid C.F. 2-1 Valencia CF
"29.04.2017 18:03:46" theguardian.com Blackburn reel in Nottingham Forest as Leyton Orient fans force 'abandonment' • There was more chaos at Leyton Orient Football Club
• Trouble looms for Nottingham Forest
• Wigan Athletic are down to League One again
"29.04.2017 17:29:47" theguardian.com Adrián and Jack Butland star as Stoke City and West Ham hit stalemate Goalkeepers Jack Butland and Adrián were in top form as Stoke City were held 0-0 at home by West Ham United Stoke City Football Club 0-0 West Ham Stadium
"29.04.2017 16:55:26" theguardian.com Eldin Jakupovic's late penalty save earns Hull City vital point at Southampton Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic the hero as Hull City ease relegation fears with goalless draw at Southampton Southampton FC 0-0 Hull City
"29.04.2017 16:27:24" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy goal keeps Leicester's resurgence going with win at West Brom A Jamie Vardy goal just before half-time took Leicester to a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, maintaining their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Leicester City Football Club
"29.04.2017 15:54:58" theguardian.com Sunderland relegated from Premier League after defeat to Bournemouth Joshua King scored the only goal of the game for Bournemouth in a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light that relegated Sunderland Sunderland AFC's stay in the Premier League is over
"29.04.2017 15:36:08" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: match preview Mousa Dembélé is a doubt for Tottenham Hotspur so Christian Eriksen may adopt a deeper midfield role against Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: our match preview
"29.04.2017 15:03:19" theguardian.com Manchester United v Swansea City: match preview Manchester United go into the game against Swansea City with eight players unavailable through injury and suspension Manchester United v Swansea City Football Club: match preview
"29.04.2017 14:33:20" theguardian.com Swansea look to profit from Paul Clement's added decisiveness Swansea face a trip to Manchester United on Sunday with memories of their win at Anfield and a lesson learned in the defeat to Spurs uppermost in the manager's mind 'What a difference a performance and a victory makes for the mood – it's incredible. Training – everything – is completely different'
"29.04.2017 13:57:00" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to show 'best of himself' against Chelsea Everton's manager, Ronald Koeman, has challenged Romelu Lukaku to show 'the best of himself' against Chelsea on Sunday and shape the destiny of the Premier League title 'First of all we like to keep the best players but that's difficult. We know that's difficult and I don't know at the moment if it's possible. Then we have to analyse the team to see what we need. We need to analyse what we need with the offensive players
"29.04.2017 13:22:28" theguardian.com Celtic humiliate Rangers 5-1 to equal their biggest victory at Ibrox At the end of a week in which Pedro Caixinha once again insisted Scottish football needs a strong Rangers, a reminder was provided as to how far away such a scenario is Rangers FC 1-5 Celtic FC
"29.04.2017 12:56:22" theguardian.com Francesco Totti in the Rome derby: his 11 goals for Roma against Lazio As Francesco Totti prepares to face Lazio for perhaps the last time, we look back on the goals that made him the most prolific player in the Derby della Capitale As Francesco Totti prepares to face Lazio for perhaps the last time, we look back on the AS Roma goals that made him the most prolific player in the Derby della Capitale
"29.04.2017 12:20:15" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp dismisses José Mourinho's 'unfair fight' complaint The Liverpool manager dismissed José Mourinho's complaint and said Manchester United have the resources to handle a gruelling schedule Jürgen Klopp has dismissed José Mourinho's complaint about being in an 'unfair fight' for Champions League qualification on the grounds Manchester United have more than enough resources to handle a gruelling schedule
"29.04.2017 11:45:28" theguardian.com Antonio Conte confident Eden Hazard will stay despite Real Madrid rumours Real Madrid weigh up a world record bid for Chelsea's Eden Hazard while Antonio Conte insists the Belgian is 'happy' but admits player's future is out of his hands Chelsea Football Club have no desire to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid C.F. regardless of whether the Spanish club's long mooted interest crystallises in a world record bid this summer, though Antonio Conte has admitted the player himself would end up
"29.04.2017 11:10:17" theguardian.com Energía universal: how Pochettino has driven the Tottenham revolution | David Hytner The guiding power behind Mauricio Pochettino and his team's high-octane style has a spiritual dimension that has transformed a mentally weak side into title chasers The guiding power behind the Argentinian and his Tottenham Hotspur team's high-octane style has a spiritual dimension that has transformed a mentally weak side into title chasers
"29.04.2017 10:42:09" theguardian.com Stoke City v West Ham United: match preview Jon Walters is a doubt for Stoke City and is unlikely make the starting lineup for the match against West Ham United Stoke City Football Club v West Ham United: match preview
"29.04.2017 10:12:59" theguardian.com Sunderland v Bournemouth: match preview Four Sunderland players face late fitness tests on an assortment of injuries before the home match against Bournemouth Sunderland AFC v AFC Bournemouth: match preview
"29.04.2017 09:38:00" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City: match preview West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu will miss the visit of Leicester City owing to injury West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City Football Club: match preview
"29.04.2017 09:07:32" theguardian.com League One finale: what's at stake in the promotion and relegation battles Bolton must hold off Fleetwood to win a first promotion since Sam Allardyce's reign but Port Vale, Gillingham, Bury and Shrewsbury fear the worst Bolton Wanderers Official must hold off Fleetwood to win a first promotion since Sam Allardyce's reign but Port Vale, Gillingham, Bury and Shrewsbury fear the worst
"29.04.2017 08:35:32" theguardian.com Is leaving Wembley early just part of the matchday experience? The mass departure at Wembley once Chelsea led 4-2 said something about the diminishing significance to today's ticket-buying public of the actual football match itself What does it say, that decision not to stick around and continue to encourage players and see what happens? Something about fans' creeping fear of another late-season implosion, perhaps. But also something about modern football and the way we watch it
"29.04.2017 07:38:08" theguardian.com Away daze: why are Hull City and Burnley such poor travellers? | Paul Wilson Between them, they have the least impressive away form in the Premier League – worse than the three sides below them in the relegation zone Burnley Football Club have yet to win away this season, their healthy return based almost entirely on 10 wins and a couple of draws at Turf Moor. Hull have performed miracles under Marco Silva, but their only away win came at Swansea in August
"29.04.2017 06:52:36" theguardian.com Manchester United: a genuinely confusing side with all still to play for José Mourinho's Manchester United have won the League Cup and are in a good position to qualify for the Champions League but it is very difficult to judge how good they are As so often, results will dictate the narrative from here. Manchester United are a short, well-placed run of wins and draws away from what would be an excellent first season for the new manager. Alternatively, lose in Europe, fade in the league at the
"29.04.2017 05:43:48" theguardian.com Newcastle tax investigation includes Moussa Sissoko and four other players HMRC's investigation into suspected £5m income tax fraud in football is focusing on payments relating to five players' transfers to Newcastle United, according to sources The investigation into suspected £5m income tax fraud in football is focusing on payments relating to five players' transfers to Newcastle United, including those of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux
"28.04.2017 18:00:00" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney may play in midfield for Manchester United against Swansea José Mourinho has admitted Wayne Rooney may have to play in midfield against Swansea City "He's an option," said Mourinho of Wayne Rooney. "We have Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick and nothing else"
"28.04.2017 17:22:19" theguardian.com Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids beware Renato Sanches increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids beware. writes Barney Ronay
"28.04.2017 17:02:00" Is this the end of the St Totteringham's Day streak?
"28.04.2017 16:15:00" theguardian.com Tottenham to play at Wembley next season during White Hart Lane rebuild Tottenham have confirmed they will leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season and spend the 2017-18 campaign at Wembley Tottenham Hotspur will play two more matches at White Hart Lane – against Arsenal on Sunday and Manchester United on 14 May – before moving to Wembley for next season
"28.04.2017 15:30:42" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Chris Hughton In an exclusive interview, the Brighton manager talks about the 'shocking' imbalance between white and BAME managers in England and his hopes for Brighton in the Premier League next season "It was lovely to be promoted officially with my wife, four children and six grandkids all around me. Most managers dedicate their lives to the job – so it's wonderful for the family to share some success" – Brighton & Hove Albion FC manager Chris Hughton
"28.04.2017 13:01:24" theguardian.com Why Arsène Wenger finally decided a back three was the way forward One of Wenger's first acts at Arsenal was to shun the system but 21 years on it is in fashion and – partly out of desperation – his team are employing wing-backs One of Arsène Wenger's first acts at Arsenal was to shun the back-three system but 21 years on it is in fashion and – partly out of desperation – his team are employing wing-backs
"28.04.2017 11:29:31" theguardian.com Marco Russ's year: a drugs scandal, cancer and a hero's return A year ago Marco Russ was accused of doping and then diagnosed with testicular cancer. This week he helped Eintracht Frankfurt reach the German Cup final A year ago Marco Russ was accused of doping and then diagnosed with testicular cancer. This week he helped Eintracht Frankfurt reach the German Cup final
"28.04.2017 10:28:57" theguardian.com Wenger rejects Arsenal-Spurs power shift: 'One year can't make up for 20' Arsène Wenger has said Tottenham may be favourites for Sunday's derby but there is no power shift taking place between the north London rivals "You cannot say the weight of one year has the weight of 20" – Arsène Wenger on Tottenham Hotspur
"28.04.2017 09:23:24" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Lionel Messi, Joshua v Klitschko and a fat lip Who farmed 50 cows? Who was cut up? And who doesn't want to fight the law? Who was cut up? Who has more assists than Cesc Fàbregas? And how many goals did Leo Messi score with his left foot?
"28.04.2017 08:27:24" theguardian.com Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend Romelu Lukaku has a big chance to make an impact against Chelsea, Hull City battle against history and Rangers seek to end Old Firm derby drought The weekend starts here
"28.04.2017 00:06:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho claims Sergio Agüero overreacted for Fellaini red card Manchester United's manager José Mourinho said Sergio Agüero 'has no broken nose, no broken head, face nice as always' after the head-butt by Marouane Fellaini José Mourinho questioned Sergio Agüero's role in Marouane Fellaini's red card after the Manchester United midfielder was sent off for a head-butt in a goalless derby
"27.04.2017 23:32:28" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's Manchester City hark back to Pellegrini era for bruising derby | Barney Ronay Manuel Pellegrini's old players, a collection Guardiola has spent most of the season trying to move on from, were to the fore with the endgame on the line Manuel Pellegrini's old players, a collection Pep Guardiola has spent most of the season trying to move on from, were to the fore with the endgame on the line
"27.04.2017 21:12:17" theguardian.com Marouane Fellaini sent off for butt as Manchester United hold on against City Marouane Fellaini was sent off seven minutes from time for a head-butt yet Manchester United held on for a point against Manchester City in their 0-0 draw Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United
"27.04.2017 20:01:51" theguardian.com France investigates votes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups and questions Blatter French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa's vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa's vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, sources close to the investigation have confirmed
"27.04.2017 19:02:54" Is it time for football to ask itself tough questions about its relationship with the gambling industry?
"27.04.2017 18:35:48" theguardian.com Joey Barton's ban for gambling on football was 'shortest possible', says FA The Football Association has published its written reasons for banning Joey Barton for 18 months on betting charges, saying it was the 'shortest possible' it could consider The Football Association has published its written reasons for banning Joey Barton on betting charges, revealing the player's 18-month suspension was the “shortest possible” it could consider
"27.04.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Steven Gerrard: 'My teams will be physical' The former Liverpool captain talks about his new role as coach of the club's under-18s, why young players should not try to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and why he turned down the MK Dons job “There is a showboating mentality through academies. A lot of kids think they have to do 10 lollipops or Cruyff turns to look good or stand out"
"27.04.2017 17:21:14" theguardian.com Newcastle old boy Sylvain Marveaux arrested in tax fraud swoop The former Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux is one of the four people arrested in France in connection with the HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation into an alleged £5m tax fraud in football transfers The former Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, who plays for the French Ligue 1 club Lorient, was one of the four people arrested in connection with the HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation into an alleged £5m tax fraud in football
"27.04.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Football quiz: name the player or manager in the suit When footballers wear suits the results can be, well, interesting. Here are some pictures from the archive. Put a name to the player or manager When footballers wear suits the results can be, well, interesting. Put a name to the player or manager...
"27.04.2017 14:00:00" theguardian.com What would a communist football competition look like? The Progress Cup From 1971 until 1991 the most improved team in the Soviet Union was given the Progress Cup, a trophy that rewarded perseverance rather than excellence An obscure, ill-conceived, out-and-out silly competition
"27.04.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Guangzhou Evergrande charged over 'Annihilate British Dogs' fan banner China's Guangzhou Evergrande have been charged by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after their fans unfurled a banner with the words 'Annihilate British Dogs' during their Asian Champions League match against Hong Kong's Eastern on Tuesday The sign read: "Annihilate British Dogs, Eradicate Hong Kong Independence Poison"
"27.04.2017 12:15:00" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez's fat lip and set-piece set–tos When Christian Fuchs caught Alexis Sánchez on the shoulder with a throw-in, the Arsenal player went down holding his face. The internet was not impressed "Wind it in. You're embarrassing yourself"
"27.04.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com City v United: a long season boiled down to one game A draw in Thursday night's derby could suit both teams but José Mourinho would clearly love to cross town and make life even more miserable for Pep Guardiola Two clubs, two managers, two long and eventful campaigns, all boiled down to one game. As Thursday nights go, this could be the one to remember.
"27.04.2017 10:20:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho prepares for the fight in the Manchester derby Jose Mourinho has confirmed the Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will not be fit to face Manchester City but he questioned his players' commitment “Maybe our opponents look at us with different eyes because we don't have Zlatan and Paul and Marcos and Mata and Jones and Smalling. Maybe they look at us with different eyes but they are not stupid. They are not naive and they know we are going to give
"27.04.2017 09:45:00" theguardian.com The forgotten story of Carlos Kaiser, football's greatest conman For more than two decades, Carlos Kaiser was one of the most famous footballers in Brazil – even though he had no intention of ever kicking a ball “The greatest footballer never to have played football”
"27.04.2017 08:57:38" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Manchester United want Mbappé, Oblak and Varane? United also keen on Michael Keane? | Kevin Stewart to Brighton? | Ibrahimovic to exit Old Trafford? It's shaping up to be a busy summer at Manchester United
"26.04.2017 22:15:00" theguardian.com Ousmane Dembélé fires Dortmund past Bayern and into Cup final Ousmane Dembélé scored the winner as Borussia Dortmund booked their place in a fourth successive DFB-Pokal final with a thrilling 3-2 victory over holders Bayern Munich FC Bayern München 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
"26.04.2017 22:07:00" theguardian.com Chelsea's young guns dismantle Manchester City to secure FA Youth Cup Chelsea thrashed Manchester City 5-1 in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge to complete a 6-2 aggregate victory, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in a row Chelsea Football Club thrashed Manchester City 5-1 in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge to complete a 6-2 aggregate victory, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in a row
"26.04.2017 21:58:00" theguardian.com Middlesbrough lifted by Marten de Roon to pile more misery on Sunderland An early goal from the Dutch midfielder was enough to give Middlesbrough a 1-0 home victory against Sunderland Middlesbrough FC 1-0 Sunderland AFC
"26.04.2017 21:28:02" theguardian.com Robert Huth's own goal gives Arsenal welcome win over Leicester City An 86th-minute own goal by Leicester City's Robert Huth secured the three points for Arsenal Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City Football Club
"26.04.2017 21:08:26" theguardian.com Eriksen closes the gap for Tottenham with precious winner at Crystal Palace Christian Eriksen closed the gap back to four points on Chelsea for Tottenham with precious winner at Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Football Club 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
"26.04.2017 20:45:56" theguardian.com Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona thrash Osasuna 7-1 Barcelona blitzed Osasuna with four goals in 10 second-half minutes to temporarily move three points clear at the top of La Liga with a 7-1 victory at the Camp Nou FC Barcelona 7-1 Club Atlético Osasuna
"26.04.2017 16:45:00" The fight for the future of Charlton Athletic FC
"26.04.2017 15:52:14" theguardian.com Neil Taylor given two-game ban for tackle that broke Séamus Coleman's leg The Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two games for the tackle which left the Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman with a double leg break Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two games for the tackle that left Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman with a double leg break
"26.04.2017 15:02:12" theguardian.com Paul Pogba ruled out of Manchester derby Jose Mourinho has confirmed the Mancheter United midfielder Paul Pogba will not be fit to face Manchester City but Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia will feature Paul Labile Pogba will not be fit to face Manchester City on Thursday night
"26.04.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com Grimsby fans hire mariachi band for Barnet game after inflatables ban Grimsby Town supporters have hired a Mariachi band to play at Saturday's game at Barnet after being banned from taking inflatables into the stadium Their inflatables were banned... so Grimsby Town fans have hired a Mariachi band
"26.04.2017 13:43:14" Sometimes route-one is the only way to go
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"26.04.2017 12:30:17" theguardian.com Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months by FA for breaking betting rules Joey Barton has been suspended from all football activity for 18 months after admitting a misconduct charge relating to betting, the Football Association has announced "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football"
"26.04.2017 11:59:55" theguardian.com The five ages of being a football fan You start off innocent and awestruck, become rambunctious, then detached and analytical, before finally reclining into a place where you say whatever you want You start off innocent and awestruck, become rambunctious, then detached and analytical, before finally reclining into a place where you do and say whatever you want
"26.04.2017 10:04:01" theguardian.com David Moyes charged by the FA over female reporter 'slap' remark Sunderland's manager, David Moyes, has been charged by the Football Association over the sexist comments he made to the BBC reporter Vicki Sparks last month David Moyes has been charged by the FA for telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks that she "might get a slap even though you're a woman"
"26.04.2017 09:15:42" theguardian.com Newcastle United raided in HMRC tax investigation into transfers Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley arrested two days after the team clinched promotion to the Premier League as West Ham are asked to provide documents relating to the case Newcastle United's managing director has been arrested just two days after the club secured promotion to the Premier League
"26.04.2017 09:06:58" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: is David de Gea's Real Madrid move on once more? Héctor Bellerín to Barcelona? | Toby Alderweireld to Internazionale? | Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham? The David De Gea to Real Madrid C.F. rumours won't go away
"26.04.2017 08:25:34" theguardian.com Brazilian goalkeeper guilty of murder back in prison after brief return to football An earlier court decision had allowed Bruno Fernandes de Souza to sign for a second-division soccer club, causing a public uproar Brazil's Supreme Court has ordered the re-arrest of the former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend before he was prematurely released and allowed to sign for a new club
"25.04.2017 23:17:22" theguardian.com Antonio Conte hails 'psychological step' in Chelsea's Premier League title bid Antonio Conte says Chelsea's win over Southampton saw the leaders pass an important test Antonio Conte believes Chelsea Football Club have passed a psychological test after bouncing back from a recent bout of indifferent form by reaching the FA Cup final and taking another significant step towards the Premier League title in the space of four
"25.04.2017 21:38:38" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: Alexis Sánchez will stay at Arsenal if he rejects new deal Arsenal remain convinced that a renewed deal is likely for Alexis Sanchez, whose current contract expires in 12 months Arsène Wenger says there is no chance Alexis Sánchez will leave Arsenal this summer and said he is prepared to run the risk of losing the forward on a free transfer next year
"25.04.2017 21:11:31" theguardian.com Chelsea tighten title grip after Diego Costa scores twice against Southampton Chelsea beat Southampton 4-2 to move seven points clear of Tottenham in the title race with Diego Costa scoring twice Chelsea Football Club 4-2 Southampton FC
"25.04.2017 20:01:19" theguardian.com Fulham helping set the pace in walking football and beyond Championship club are helping bring down the barriers between supporters and players as part of the Football League's 'day of action' initiative Championship club are helping bring down the barriers between supporters and players as part of the Football League's 'day of action' initiative
"25.04.2017 17:15:00" theguardian.com Kingstonian leave Kingsmeadow: collateral damage in a modern football parable? Kingstonian bade an emotional farewell to their ground on Saturday. Could the club, Chelsea and AFC Wimbledon have done more to prevent them moving? Kingstonian bade an emotional farewell to their ground on Saturday. Should the club, Chelsea and AFC Wimbledon have done more to prevent them moving?
"25.04.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Why are Sheffield United so desperate to re-sign Ched Evans? Ched Evans, who was acquitted of raping a 19-year-old girl, remains a hugely divisive figure among Sheffield United fans and it is highly questionable whether he is better than the strikers already at the club Ched Evans remains a hugely divisive figure among Sheffield United fans and it is questionable whether he is any better than the strikers already at the club
"25.04.2017 15:39:32" theguardian.com The full-backs Manchester City should sign to help them win a trophy next season Pep Guardiola will want to buy three or four full-backs after an underwhelming debut season in England. These are the players he should be monitoring Pep Guardiola will want to buy three or four full-backs after an underwhelming debut season at Manchester City. These are the players he should be targeting
"25.04.2017 15:07:39" theguardian.com Antonio Conte says Premier League title would be his 'greatest' feat Antonio Conte has said he is laying the foundations for Chelsea to become 'a real power for the future' "This season it's very important to understand it's not always about who spends more money who wins. Otherwise, the name of the team wouldn't be Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?"
"25.04.2017 13:03:55" theguardian.com Gareth Bale ruled out of Champions League semi-final with calf injury Real Madrid's Gareth Bale – who lasted only 35 minutes of the clásico defeat by Barcelona – will miss the last-four showdown against city rivals Atlético after tests revealed he has a tear to his left calf Gareth Bale is facing three weeks on the sidelines, which would rule him out of both legs of the Champions League tie as well as three matches in La Liga
"25.04.2017 12:00:00" theguardian.com What happens to Newcastle now depends on Mike Ashley Rafael Benítez's side have secured promotion to the top tier but plenty of questions remain about the future direction of the club Have Newcastle United underachieved or overachieved this season? And, most importantly, what happens now?
"25.04.2017 11:03:00" Newcastle United are back in the Premier League
"25.04.2017 10:31:00" theguardian.com Manchester United have a 'concrete interest' in £85m Antoine Griezmann Manchester United were the first club to make an approach for the Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to his agent "Manchester United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes"
"25.04.2017 09:46:58" theguardian.com David Squires on Arsenal and Chelsea reaching the FA Cup final Our resident cartoonist looks back on the Wembley semi-finals, featuring a terrifying hoolie firm and the depth of Antonio Conte's squad Our cartoonist on Arsenal, Chelsea Football Club, big hair and Arsène Wenger's suit
"25.04.2017 08:54:00" theguardian.com Ander Herrera says Champions League place is at stake in Manchester derby The midfielder Ander Herrera says Manchester United's Premier League match with Manchester City will be 'the game of the season' “It is going to be the game of the season" – Ander Herrera is up for Manchester United's trip to Manchester City on Thursday night
"25.04.2017 08:12:55" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Tottenham's Dele Alli to Manchester City? Kyle Walker to Manchester or Munich? | Olivier Giroud to Marseille? | Virgil van Dijk to Arsenal? | Bournemouth in double swoop on Chelsea? All of today's football gossip in one place …
• Manchester City to move for Dele Alli?
• OM | Olympique De Marseille target Olivier Giroud?
• Virgil van Dijk on Arsenal's radar?
"25.04.2017 07:30:10" theguardian.com Rafael Benítez puts owner Mike Ashley on notice after Newcastle are promoted After Newcastle secured promotion with a 4-1 defeat of Preston their manager, Rafael Benítez, said: 'We have to prepare to be strong enough for the Premier League' Rafael Benítez had no sooner secured Newcastle United's return to the Premier League than he subtly reminded Mike Ashley, the club's owner, that he is most certainly not prepared to settle for second best next season
"24.04.2017 22:27:06" theguardian.com Daniel Sturridge may have played last game for Liverpool because of injury Daniel Sturridge could miss the remainder of Liverpool's season with a recurrence of a hip injury, raising the prospect he may have played his final game for the Anfield club Daniel Sturridge may have played last game for Liverpool FC because of injury
"24.04.2017 21:39:35" theguardian.com Chelsea's Antonio Conte says Premier League title would be his 'greatest' feat Antonio Conte has said he is laying the foundations for Chelsea to become 'a real power for the future' “For sure, it would be my greatest achievement. To win in England these days is not easy. To become a great or fantastic season there is only one way: to win [the title]. This is a crucial week for us” – Chelsea Football Club's Antonio Conte
"24.04.2017 20:55:15" theguardian.com Newcastle United crush Preston North End to seal Premier League return Ayoze Pérez scored twice in a 4-1 win over Preston that sealed Newcastle's promotion Newcastle United seal promotion to the Premier League in style
"24.04.2017 18:11:20" theguardian.com Ched Evans set to re-sign for Sheffield United from Chesterfield Ched Evans is set to rejoin Sheffield United from Chesterfield, two and a half years after the club withdrew an offer for the striker to train with them following a backlash from fans and patrons Ched Evans is set to rejoin Sheffield United Football Club from Chesterfield FC, two and a half years after the club withdrew an offer for the striker to train with them following a backlash from fans and patrons
"24.04.2017 17:33:00" theguardian.com Liverpool need flawless finish and a Manchester City favour, says Emre Can Emre Can said Liverpool need to win their last four games to secure Champions League qualification while looking for a favour from Manchester City against José Mourinho's United "It is still in our hands. If we win the last four games, we will reach the Champions League" – Emre Can
"24.04.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola needs time to prove naysayers wrong at Manchester City The City manager could be forgiven for regarding Sunday's epic clásico with growing nostalgia but it was a reminder of the way systems can be torn apart by moments of individual brilliance “At Barça, my tactics consisted of getting the ball to Messi,” Pep Guardiola once told those closest to him. Without that luxury, he now has to find another way to prove himself. But he will be allowed to succeed only if Manchester City's board accept
"24.04.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com So you've been relegated from League Two. What happens next? Chin up Leyton Orient fans – it's not all doom and gloom in non-league. But as any football supporter knows, it's the hope that kills you Chin up Leyton Orient fans – it's not all doom and gloom in non-league. But as any football supporter knows, it's the hope that kills you
"24.04.2017 15:15:00" theguardian.com Lionel Messi 'slays dragon' in wonderful clásico There were countless sub-plots, players and stories to highlight after Barcelona's 3-2 win at Real Madrid. But above all – way, way above all – there was Messi Neymar Jr. was at home having his dinner, suspended. Soon after the game, his phone rang. It was Leo Messi, calling from the Bernabéu dressing room to let him join the celebrations and tell him how it went. He knew: he had watched on TV as FC Barcelona's
"24.04.2017 14:30:29" theguardian.com Christophe Galtier is Ligue 1's longest serving manager. But it's now time to go Christophe Galtier took over at St Étienne in 2009 and lifted the club, but he has taken them as far as he – or perhaps anyone – can Christophe Galtier is the second longest serving manager in Europe's big leagues – after Arsene Wenger – but he has taken St Étienne as far as he can
"24.04.2017 13:14:19" theguardian.com The Milanese malaise plumbs new depths of calamity in Serie A Sixth place is just about all that Inter or Milan can aspire to after the Nerazzurri went down 5-4 at Fiorentina and the Rossoneri lost at home to Empoli Milan and Inter both lost this weekend and now neither club is likely to finish above sixth in Serie A
"24.04.2017 11:26:00" Leyton Orient fans furious with owner after relegation Leyton Orient Football Club have been relegated to non-league football for the first time in their 136-year history. We spoke to their fans about how the club has turned into a "circus" in the last few years
"24.04.2017 10:36:26" Who would be a referee?
"24.04.2017 09:26:02" theguardian.com 'Giving up is not an option': Zlatan Ibrahimovic vows to return from injury Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted he will not retire from football but admitted he will be out “for a while” with the injury he sustained against Anderlecht last week Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he will not retire from football but admitted he will be out 'for a while' with the injury he sustained against Anderlecht last week
"24.04.2017 08:31:35" theguardian.com FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points Christian Benteke returned to haunt Liverpool, Wayne Rooney is up for the Manchester derby while Celtic's Brendan Rodgers has a problem for next season Christian Benteke returned to haunt Liverpool FC, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is up for the Manchester derby while Celtic FC's Brendan Rodgers has a problem for next season
"24.04.2017 07:50:17" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Kylian Mbappé heading for Manchester City? Luke Shaw to Liverpool or Tottenham? | Virgil van Dijk set for Chelsea? | Barcelona in for Serge Aurier? All of today's football transfer gossip …
• Manchester City in for Kylian Mbappé?
• Serge Aurier heading to FC Barcelona?
"24.04.2017 07:17:53" theguardian.com Antonio Conte's new guard maintain Chelsea's fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg Eden Hazard and co have a softer edge than their predecessors but proved against Tottenham that they can stand firm despite losing the likes of John Terry Even when Chelsea Football Club were on the ropes, to doubt them in the moments before Eden Hazard's decisive cameo was to fail to understand them
"23.04.2017 23:16:46" theguardian.com Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year N'Golo Kanté beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sánchez to take PFA player of the year award, while Dele Alli won young player prize Chelsea Football Club's N'Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side
"23.04.2017 22:25:03" Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp: "Our job is to squeeze everything out of our season"
"23.04.2017 21:17:06" José Mourinho says that Manchester United's win at Burnley Football Club was the perfect way to prepare for the derby against Manchester City this week: "In terms of emotion for the game, obviously it is better [to play] a derby with one point difference
"23.04.2017 21:01:20" theguardian.com Lionel Messi sinks Real Madrid in thriller to keep Barcelona in race Lionel Messi's second goal of the night, in added time, put Barcelona on top of La Liga thanks to a 3-2 win at Real Madrid, in which both teams had led earlier on Real Madrid C.F. 2-3 FC Barcelona
"23.04.2017 20:43:17" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce says 'exceptional' Crystal Palace exposed Liverpool weaknesses Sam Allardyce gave credit to his Crystal Palace players for the way they defended and said they 'exposed Liverpool's weaknesses time and time again' Sam Allardyce claimed Liverpool FC could not cope with a Crystal Palace Football Club game plan that “exposed their weaknesses time and time again” as Christian Benteke returned to haunt his former club at Anfield
"23.04.2017 18:03:24" theguardian.com Christian Benteke shocks Liverpool to lift Crystal Palace's hopes Crystal Palace are now seven points clear of the relegation zone after two goals from Christian Benteke against his former club gave them a 2-1 win at top-four chasing Liverpool Liverpool FC 1-2 Crystal Palace Football Club
"23.04.2017 16:49:52" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez gives Arsenal extra edge to sink Manchester City in semi Arsenal rallied to beat Manchester City 2-1 after extra time in their FA Cup semi-final, Alexis Sánchez scoring the winner after Nacho Monreal equalised Sergio Agüero's opener Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City
"23.04.2017 15:37:55" theguardian.com Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney sink Burnley Manchester United won 2-0 at Burnley to improve their Champions League qualification hopes, with Anthony Martial's 25th goal for the club and Wayne Rooney's 251st Burnley Football Club 0-2 Manchester United
"23.04.2017 13:44:49" theguardian.com Harry Redknapp's Birmingham undone by Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa beat Birmingham City 1-0 in Harry Redknapp's first game in charge, Gabriel Agbonlahor coming off the bench at Villa Park to score his first goal since February 2016 Aston Villa FC 1-0 Birmingham City FC
"23.04.2017 13:22:04" theguardian.com Celtic and Callum McGregor outclass Rangers in Scottish Cup semi-final Callum McGregor's early effort and Scott Sinclair's penalty kept Brendan Rodgers' treble-chasers on course, Celtic beating Rangers 2-0 at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final Scottish Cup semi-final: Celtic FC 2-0 Rangers FC
"23.04.2017 09:04:11" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'It's not that nice, not that nice. It wasn't a money deal for me' Also featuring: Kelvin MacKenzie, a sleeper train, and the envy of all small clubs Also featuring: Kelvin MacKenzie, a sleeper train, and the envy of all small clubs
"23.04.2017 08:28:40" theguardian.com Tottenham produce moments of magic but can't rewrite the new Wembley script | David Hytner Spurs made all the running in their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, but had their dreams shattered again by Antonio Conte's streetwise side The script for Tottenham Hotspur at what must be referred to as the new Wembley stadium has taken on a standard feel. They arrive with great expectations and leave with their dreams in tatters.
"23.04.2017 00:29:53" The FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur gives Chelsea Football Club momentum in title race, says Antonio Conte
"22.04.2017 22:20:18" theguardian.com How Leroy Sané was helped to settle at Manchester City by Mesut Özil They might be rivals in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley but the City striker tells Paul Wilson the Arsenal playmaker was crucial to him finding his feet in England “In the beginning I was thinking they were better than me and maybe I was a bit scared also. I was in a new country and a new league and it was completely different to what I was used to"
"22.04.2017 21:15:52" theguardian.com Leyton Orient relegated from the Football League after 112-year stay Swindon Town were relegated from League One while Nottingham Forest took a major step towards Championship survival with a nervy win over Reading Championship: Nottingham Forest picked up a huge win over Reading Football Club to boost their survival hopes
League One: Swindon Town Football Club are relegated,
Sheffield United Football Club are still on for a 100-point season
League Two: Leyton
"22.04.2017 20:14:36" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney at risk of going out at Old Trafford with a whimper | Daniel Taylor Manchester United's record scorer has 10 games left, at most, for the club and his chances of a fitting finale look slim It does not reflect brilliantly on Wayne Rooney that most people see him decamping to China or Major League Soccer. Everton Football Club is another option and a return to the club where it all started. Yet the fact it is even on the cards is another
"22.04.2017 19:24:04" theguardian.com Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final player ratings Willian and the substitute Eden Hazard were Chelsea's standout performers, while Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld had days to forget at the back for Spurs David Luiz: 7
Heung Min Son: 5
Eden Hazard: 8
Harry Kane: 7
"22.04.2017 19:02:33" theguardian.com Leyton Orient relegated from the Football League after 112-year stay Swindon Town were relegated from League One while Nottingham Forest took a major step towards Championship survival with a nervy win over Reading Leyton Orient Football Club's long stay in the Football League came to an end, Swindon Town Football Club were relegated from League One while Nottingham Forest took a major step towards Championship survival with a nervy win over Reading Football Club
"22.04.2017 18:28:38" theguardian.com Eden Hazard comes off the bench to clinch semi-final thriller for Chelsea Antonio Conte started with Eden Hazard on the bench but the Belgian came on to make the difference in a 4-2 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Chelsea Football Club 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
"22.04.2017 18:01:43" theguardian.com Stefan Johansen's double caps stunning Fulham win at Huddersfield Fulham capped their well-timed surge into the Championship play-off places with a stunning 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Are Fulham FC Official on the march to the Premier League?
"22.04.2017 17:36:30" theguardian.com Manchester United: Ibrahimovic and Rojo suffer 'significant ligament damage' Manchester United have confirmed that the knee injuries sustained by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo involve 'significant ligament damage' It's bad news for Manchester United
"22.04.2017 17:17:14" theguardian.com West Ham frustrate Everton's hopes of a top-four finish in incident-free draw Slaven Bilic's much-changed West Ham side held Everton to a 0-0 draw at home to quash the Merseyside team's hopes of a place in the Champions League West Ham United 0-0 Everton Football Club
"22.04.2017 16:54:18" theguardian.com Ten-man Hull's Sam Clucas seals win over Watford to boost survival bid Goals from Lazar Markovic and Sam Clucas gave Hull a vital 2-0 home win over Watford, despite having Oumar Niasse controversially sent off in the first half Hull City 2-0 Watford
"22.04.2017 16:28:08" theguardian.com Joshua King strike sets the tone as Bournemouth batter hapless Boro Bournemouth hammered relegation-doomed, 10-man Middlesbrough 4-0, with Joshua King hitting the first after 96 seconds to help take the south-coast side closer to safety AFC Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough FC
"22.04.2017 16:08:42" theguardian.com Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll seal Swansea's vital win over Stoke Goals from Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll proved that Swansea will push the relegation rivals Hull to the very end to try to secure their Premier League status, with a 2-0 home win against Stoke Swansea City Football Club 2-0 Stoke City Football Club
"22.04.2017 14:51:20" theguardian.com Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live! Minute-by-minute report: The Premier League's top two play at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final. Follow it live with Scott Murray Chelsea Football Club v Tottenham Hotspur – follow the game live
"22.04.2017 13:48:18" theguardian.com Hibs heartache as Darren McGregor own goal puts Aberdeen into Cup final Hibs fought back to level 2-2 after the shock of Aberdeen's first minute opening goal and conceding two goals in the first 25 minutes but a cruel own goal won the match for the Dons Aberdeen Football Club are through to the Scottish Cup final
"22.04.2017 13:13:03" theguardian.com Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield Lincoln City returned to League Two with a 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town, having spent six seasons out of the Football League After six years away, Lincoln City Football Club are heading back to the EFL
"22.04.2017 11:47:33" theguardian.com Memory Lane: football mascots – in pictures We have raided the archives in order to take a look at some of the two- and four-legged varieties of mascots that have graced football stadiums across the country
"22.04.2017 10:38:24" theguardian.com El Clásico will help define how Luis Enrique's Barcelona reign is remembered | Sid Lowe Barça coach takes his team to face Real Madrid at the Bernabéu having lost the initiative in battle for La Liga title – and a gory goodbye awaits him if they lose Luis Enrique's final days at the Camp Nou are dark ones and they could get even darker yet. That's how he sees it, at least – a dystopian vision of his immediate future, a gory goodbye as his time at FC Barcelona comes to a grisly end. Next up: Real
"22.04.2017 10:06:33" theguardian.com Celtic v Rangers: breaking down the Scottish Cup semi-final clash Moussa Dembélé looks to step up again, Pedro Caixinha can afford himself fresh status with an upset and referee Willie Collum faces a key juncture Moussa Dembélé looks to step up again, Pedro Caixinha can afford himself fresh status with an upset and referee Willie Collum faces a key juncture
"22.04.2017 09:36:35" theguardian.com Liverpool v Crystal Palace: match preview Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho is ineligible to face parent club Liverpool due to the terms of his loan deal Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace Football Club: match preview
"22.04.2017 09:06:14" theguardian.com Arsenal v Manchester City: match preview Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus should be fit enough to make the bench for the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City: breaking down the FA Cup semi-final
"22.04.2017 08:31:21" theguardian.com What is the last thing a football club needs? A stadium with ski jumps Playing football matches at a Winter Olympics ski-jumping venue might sound smart, but it has left Gangwon FC with a ludicrous ground they don't need Playing football matches at a Winter Olympics ski-jumping venue might sound smart, but it has left Gangwon FC with a ludicrous ground they don't need
"22.04.2017 08:07:11" theguardian.com Burnley v Manchester United: match preview Manchester United are without centre-backs Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling for their trip to Burnley Burnley Football Club v Manchester United: match preview
"22.04.2017 07:05:01" theguardian.com José Mourinho running out of options after latest Manchester United injuries José Mourinho has admitted Manchester United 'are in trouble' due to an injury crisis after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo suffered what are feared to be season-ending injuries José Mourinho admits Manchester United 'are in trouble' due to an injury crisis after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo suffered what are feared to be season-ending injuries
"22.04.2017 06:44:00" theguardian.com Bournemouth v Middlesbrough: match preview Middlesbrough's Brad Guzan will continue to deputise for the injured Víctor Valdés in the match at Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough FC
"21.04.2017 22:37:04" Watford FC's Valon Behrami: 'I see now the extreme situations in some places in the world. We should just be ready to help'
"21.04.2017 22:36:00" theguardian.com Liverpool now a more attractive place for transfer targets, says Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool will be a more attractive proposition to transfer targets this summer and positive talks have already taken place with potential recruits Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool FC will be a more attractive proposition to transfer targets this summer and positive talks have already taken place with potential recruits
"21.04.2017 22:21:00" theguardian.com Sevilla's Paulo Ganso deepens Tony Adams' woes at Granada in easy win Tony Adams's hopes of keeping Granada in La Liga suffered another blow in a 0-2 defeat at Sevilla that left them seven points from safety Sevilla FC 2-0 Granada CF
"21.04.2017 22:10:00" theguardian.com Swansea City v Stoke City: match preview Swansea City's Fernando Llorente has an ankle problem and may not start against Stoke City Swansea City Football Club v Stoke City Football Club
"21.04.2017 22:07:55" theguardian.com Leicester City and other clubs work together for refugees' better future On the weekend of 80th anniversary of Guernica bombing, from which 3,000 children fled Spain for Britain, English clubs will highlight refugees' contributions
"21.04.2017 22:04:20" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman: I give young players a chance maybe more than English managers Ronald Koeman, Everton manager, has accused English coaches of being afraid to play young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton Ronald Koeman has accused English coaches of being afraid to blood young players and claimed a lack of talent was the only reason he stuck with so few at Southampton
"21.04.2017 19:40:00" theguardian.com West Ham United v Everton: match preview West Ham's Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho are both injury doubts for the match against Everton West Ham United v Everton Football Club
"21.04.2017 18:40:00" theguardian.com Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso are both doubtful for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea Football Club v Tottenham Hotspur
"21.04.2017 17:52:00" theguardian.com Ugo Ehiogu is irreplaceable, say Spurs, and his death casts a long shadow Ugo Ehiogu, the former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre-back has lost his fight for life at the age of 44 The death of Ugo Ehiogu in the early hours of Friday morning following a cardiac arrest has plunged the footballing world into a state of sadness. The Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach had been working on one of the training pitches on Thursday morning
"21.04.2017 17:40:02" theguardian.com Hull City v Watford: match preview Hull City will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record under Marco Silva by avoiding defeat against Watford Hull Tigers v Watford FC
"21.04.2017 17:17:17" theguardian.com For how long can the Messi-CR7 global supershow go on? | Barney Ronay There is another clásico this weekend, another head-to-head between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But it is now possible to wonder how many more of these we're going to get There is another clásico this weekend, another head-to-head between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But it is now possible to wonder how many more of these we're going to get
"21.04.2017 16:43:33" theguardian.com Antonio Conte pays tribute to Ugo Ehiogu: 'We will remember him tomorrow' The Chelsea manager says that 'when this type of situation happens the football is not important' Antonio Conte has admitted that the sudden death of Ugo Ehiogu will overshadow the buildup to Chelsea Football Club's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, the club where Ehiogu had been working as an under-23 coach
"21.04.2017 14:54:17" theguardian.com Mamadou Sakho: 'Whatever they say or do, they cannot replace what they took away from me' In an exclusive interview, the Liverpool defender who is on loan at Crystal Palace, talks for the first time about his devastation at missing out on Euro 2016, what he did during his ban and his future "For me, the hardest moment was when I saw my mum, my sister, my brother, my wife in tears... they didn't understand the situation. That was difficult, seeing them upset. They were devastated, but I was there trying to explain to them I had done nothing
"21.04.2017 14:44:39" theguardian.com Ugo Ehiogu: a warrior on the field but a gentle giant off it The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender, who has passed away aged 44, will rightly be remembered as one of the best English defenders of his generation Ugo Ehiogu, who has passed away aged 44, will rightly be remembered as one of the best English defenders of his generation but also a gentleman, writes Louise Taylor
"21.04.2017 13:02:22" theguardian.com Notts County Ladies 'jobless and homeless' as club folds on eve of season Notts County have provoked anger by announcing that their ladies team will fold just two days before the start of the Women's Super League season Notts County have provoked anger by announcing that their ladies' team will fold jonly two days before the start of the Women's Super League season
"21.04.2017 11:25:25" Champions League semi-final draw Champions League semi-final draw: Real Madrid C.F. face Atlético de Madrid again and it's AS MONACO v Juventus!
"21.04.2017 10:25:37" theguardian.com Champions League semi-final draw Rolling report: Who will face each other in the Champions League semi-finals? Find out with Nick Miller now UEFA Champions League semi-final draw: Real Madrid C.F. v Atlético de Madrid, AS MONACO v Juventus
"21.04.2017 09:27:43" theguardian.com Premier League, FA Cup and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend Christian Benteke can put one over Jürgen Klopp and Vincent Kompany may prove decisive against Arsenal but what of Harry Redknapp in a Second City derby? Christian Benteke can put one over Jürgen Klopp and Vincent Kompany may prove decisive against Arsenal but what of Harry Redknapp in a Second City derby?
"21.04.2017 08:23:05" theguardian.com Ugo Ehiogu dies after suffering heart attack, Tottenham Hotspur confirm The former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44, Tottenham have announced Ugo Ehiogu (1972-2017)
"21.04.2017 06:30:44" theguardian.com Dortmund bus attack: suspect arrested as police allege share dealing plot Authorities believe a 28-year-old man staged the attack in the hope that shares in the club would fall to his financial benefit Police believe the man acquired 15,000 so-called put options (which rise in value as a stock's value falls) on Borussia Dortmund shares which he hoped would fall in the event of players being killed or injured
"20.04.2017 22:36:45" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cruel injury luck may be a blessing for Manchester United | Jamie Jackson Ibrahimovic's season might be over after he twisted a knee against Anderlecht but the injury allowed match-winner Marcus Rashford to switch to the centre Zlatan Ibrahimovic had one of those evenings when the ball bounces off him and he appears ordinary while slowing Manchester United down. If he is out for the rest of the season this may not be the greatest loss
"20.04.2017 22:06:05" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp says injuries scuppered Liverpool's Premier League title bid Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp believes their list of injuries has stopped them battling with Chelsea and Tottenham for the title Jürgen Klopp says injuries scuppered Liverpool FC's Premier League title bid
"20.04.2017 21:52:47" theguardian.com Marcus Rashford's extra-time winner takes Manchester United through United were forced to live on their nerves after injuries to Rojo and Ibrahimovic before Rashford's strike sealed a 2-1 win over Anderlecht Manchester United 2-1 RSC Anderlecht (United win 3-2 on aggregate to reach UEFA Europa League semi-finals)
"20.04.2017 18:41:24" theguardian.com Uefa attacks Wada over incorrect handling of Mamadou Sakho drugs test Liverpool defender tested positive for substance not on Wada banned list in 2016 and Uefa report found 'gaps in communication' at world doping agency UEFA has heavily criticised the World Anti-Doping Agency for wrongly flagging up a positive drugs test by the Liverpool FC defender Mamadou Sakho after he took a fat burner
"20.04.2017 16:05:13" theguardian.com Barcelona out, Brighton up, and Birmingham bring in Redknapp – Football Weekly Extra The podders look back on all the drama from the Champions League. Plus: previews of the FA Cup semi-finals, Brighton return to the top flight and Birmingham swap Gianfranco Zola for Harry Redknapp It's Football Weekly Extraaaaaaaa!
"20.04.2017 15:06:31" theguardian.com Spring Series unlikely to build bridges before Women's Super League switch The six-week competition aims to smooth the transition to a winter season but early announcement of England's Euro 2017 squad lessens its usefulness WSL Spring Series preview: all eyes on Carli Lloyd
"20.04.2017 11:05:00" theguardian.com Who will win the Europa League? Rating the chances of the eight quarter-finalists Manchester United are the outstanding favourites but Lyon pose a big threat and Celta Vigo will be keen to extend Spain's dominance over this competition "After the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals all eight sides have realistic hopes of progressing to the final four. We take a look at their prospects of winning the trophy – and earning a place in next season's Champions League."
"20.04.2017 10:14:46" theguardian.com Has José Mourinho reminded Spurs how to beat Chelsea in the Cup at Wembley? | Jonathan Wilson Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed first success against Chelsea with three central defenders and United's win will have clarified the Tottenham manager's thinking "In total, eight teams have played a back three against Chelsea this season. Six have lost. Recognising a solution and being able to enact it are not the same thing."
"20.04.2017 08:51:48" theguardian.com Chelsea and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League team of the year Chelsea and Tottenham lead the way in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year with four players each No Alderweireld, no Alonso …
"19.04.2017 23:12:12" theguardian.com Mbappé and Falcao blaze Monaco trail past Borussia Dortmund into semis Kylian Mbappé became the first player to score in his first four Champions League knockout games as Monaco beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to progress to the semi-finals 6-3 on aggregate UEFA Champions League: AS MONACO 3-1 Borussia Dortmund (6-3 agg)
"19.04.2017 22:25:29" theguardian.com No repeat miracle for eliminated Barcelona as Juventus stand firm Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after Juventus's experienced rearguard restricted their chances and earned a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona 0-0 Juventus (0-3 agg)
"19.04.2017 20:02:27" theguardian.com Harry Redknapp: I was managing Tony McCoy's XI, now I have a Midlands derby Birmingham's manager for next three games starts at Aston Villa on Sunday and he admits needs at least a win, and quickly “Last week I was out in the park across from home, coaching some under-10s. Tonight I was supposed to be at Cheltenham, managing Tony McCoy's XI in a charity game. I'm glad I don't have to do that any more because I was struggling to find a centre-half in
"19.04.2017 19:01:26" theguardian.com Manchester United manager looks beyond Anderlecht to Europa League final Manchester United face Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday and the manager is confident enough to start pondering the final in Stockholm “It will be the perfect end to the season. A difficult season, lots of matches, trying to build a team, trying to recover a certain mentality, trying to finish the season playing a European final. It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United”
"19.04.2017 13:56:50" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo has done so much for Real Madrid – so why do fans whistle him? | Sid Lowe Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than any other Real Madrid player and yet he was whistled by some against Bayern Munich. How is that possible? "There are supposed to be about 1,300 words in this article. It is tempting to just spend 1,287 of them listing the things that Cristiano Ronaldo has done at Real Madrid – and there are more than enough of them to take up all that space, that is for sure,
"19.04.2017 10:14:22" theguardian.com Pitfalls and pressure await little diamonds in cut-throat youth football | Amy Lawrence Dream of being a star can easily turn into a nightmare for parents and children – and the way footballers are developed needs addressing "A small percentage make it through to an academy and strike gold. Some will benefit from free training with elite coaching in a fantastic environment and even if it does not work out will have benefited from the experience and be let go gently with
"19.04.2017 09:35:54" theguardian.com Who took (and took) the most retaken penalty of all time? Plus: the longest reigning club presidents; the earliest World Cup qualifiers; and how Charlton got their nickname "Mohamed Jedidi stepped up … and would step up a grand total of six times due to repeated encroachment from both teams, on different occasions. Jedidi scored the first three, watched the next two saved, before converting the sixth … which stood"
"19.04.2017 09:06:59" theguardian.com The forgotten story of ... Dundee United's glory years under Jim McLean | Daniel Harris There has never been a manager like Jim McLean, the tactical genius, bully, visionary and 'absolute bampot' behind unimaginable success in the 1980s Tony Soprano once noted that “'Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation”, but he was only partially right. We are nothing if not our memories, so it makes little sense not to glory in them, all the more when circumstances take a turn for the
"19.04.2017 08:56:55" theguardian.com Kylian Mbappé: the teenage Monaco striker taking Europe by storm His goals helped put Manchester City out of the Champions League and on Wednesday the 18-year-old will be aiming to fire Monaco into the semi-finals at Dortmund's expense Monaco's £80m man
"18.04.2017 23:37:14" theguardian.com 'When Madrid got scared, the referee began his show': Vidal rages after Bayern Munich exit Arturo Vidal has hit out at the match officials in Bayern Munich's Chapions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid and suggested the German champions suffered a “robbery” in the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night “When Madrid got scared, the referee began his show. This robbery can't happen in the Champions League, we felt it a lot and you start to wonder a bit. When [referees] embarrass you like that, it's really hard to take. It makes you very angry” – Arturo
"18.04.2017 21:58:34" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Real Madrid's win over Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid finally overcame 10-man Bayern Munich with a 6-3 aggregate in their Champions League quarter-final Real Madrid C.F. 4-2 FC Bayern München (Real Madrid win 6-3 on aggregate to progress to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in controversial circumstances)
"18.04.2017 20:57:47" theguardian.com Saúl Níguez gives Atlético Madrid the edge and valiant Leicester fall just short Premier League champions fall short as Atlético Madrid hold on for a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium and win 2-1 overall Leicester City Football Club 1-1 Atlético de Madrid (Atlético win 2-1 on aggregate to go through to UEFA Champions League semi-finals)
"18.04.2017 18:09:33" theguardian.com All we can do is attack, attack and attack again, says Barcelona's Luis Enrique Barcelona prepare to enter their second successive Champions League home game with a huge deficit, 3-0 to Juventus and with a place in the semi-final at stake "We have got nothing to lose and that liberates us. All we can do is attack, attack, attack, and then when it's time to relax we have to attack again. We will take risks, for sure" – Luis Enrique reveals FC Barcelona's tactics against Juventus
"18.04.2017 16:24:19" theguardian.com The Fiver | Bodyswerving a particular monicker-based humiliation In today's Fiver: Big Cup, 'Arry Redknapp, Brighton and much more Yes, it's a huge day for Shakespeare and Leicester. Yet they've rather had their thunder stolen by Theresa M … hold on … by midlands rivals Birmingham City, who in a desperate attempt to stave off relegation to the third tier, have handed 'Arry Redknapp a
"18.04.2017 15:42:26" theguardian.com Football youth development in England: 'We're shouting and screaming. What have we become?' In an extract from a new book, Michael Calvin looks at an environment in which talented young players have become commodities not looked after properly In an extract from his new book, Michael Calvin looks at an environment in which talented young players have become commodities not looked after properly
"18.04.2017 15:17:45" theguardian.com FC Copenhagen players pelted with dead rats against Brondby – video Dead rats are thrown at Copenhagen players during the Danish League meeting with Brondby on Monday Dead rats were thrown at FC Copenhagen players during the Danish League derby with Brondby
"18.04.2017 14:06:59" theguardian.com Chelsea partly blame virus for off-colour display against Manchester United Chelsea's off-colour performance at Manchester United has partly been put down to a virus that affected a number of key members of Antonio Conte's squad Chelsea Football Club's uncharacteristically off-colour performance at Manchester United on Sunday has partly been put down to a bug that affected a number of key members of Antonio Conte's squad and ruled Marco Alonso out of the game at Old Trafford
"18.04.2017 13:36:46" Brighton & Hove Albion FC are going up
"18.04.2017 11:21:58" theguardian.com Brighton's promotion will not lead to reckless spending, says owner Tony Bloom The Brighton owner Tony Bloom will resist the temptation to make lavish changes to the playing staff following the club's return to the top flight and instead encourage gradual evolution The Brighton & Hove Albion FC owner Tony Bloom will resist the temptation to make lavish changes to the playing staff following the club's return to the top flight and will instead use the sudden influx of revenue to encourage further evolution
"18.04.2017 10:54:30" theguardian.com David Squires on … Kelvin MacKenzie and the Easter weekend of football David Squires' latest cartoon features a guest columnist who says the things you'd be ashamed to think
"18.04.2017 09:39:40" theguardian.com Brighton's long march ends in Chris Hughton's completion of a job well done Twenty years ago it looked all over but an unflappable manager, a sparkling winger and special team spirit have taken them back to the promised land In February the TV cameras picked up the Brighton & Hove Albion FC owner Tony Bloom celebrating a Glenn Murray goal against Brentford with the uncoordinated glee of a kid. This is a club where lines between those in the stands, on the pitch and behind the
"18.04.2017 08:26:33" theguardian.com Harry Redknapp parachutes in to take over as Birmingham City manager Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as their new manager, saying they believe he will help the club 'enhance their strength and create achievement' Birmingham City FC have appointed Harry Redknapp as manager of the struggling Championship club following Gianfranco Zola's resignation
"18.04.2017 08:06:02" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Everton demanding £100m for Romelu Lukaku? Liverpool's Lucas heading for Internazionale? | Real Madrid agreed a deal for Eden Hazard? | Manchester United eyeing Ousamane Dembélé? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football transfer gossip:
• Romelu Lukaku to cost suitors £100m?
• Real Madrid C.F. back in for Eden Hazard?
"17.04.2017 23:05:59" theguardian.com Wenger delighted with three-man central defence and Arsenal's timely win Arsenal's manager arrested their slide by showcasing an unexpected back three against a spirited Boro side fighting to avoid relegation and won the game 2-1 “It's the first time in 20 years I've played it. It shows that, even at my age, you can change"
"17.04.2017 21:09:14" theguardian.com Mesut Ozil supplies respite for Arsenal but despair for Middlesbrough Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four with a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough. Álvaro Negredo equalised for Boro after Alexis Sánchez had scored from a free-kick only for Meset Özil to fire home the winner Premier League: Middlesbrough FC 1-2 Arsenal
"17.04.2017 20:32:37" theguardian.com Bastia's violent fans have had enough chances. It's time for tough action Lyon players were subjected to unthinkable violence at Bastia this weekend. With misbehaviour on the rise, fan culture across Ligue 1 stands at a crossroads Lyon players were subjected to unthinkable violence at Bastia this weekend. With misbehaviour on the rise, fan culture across Ligue 1 stands at a crossroads
"17.04.2017 19:16:01" Brighton & Hove Albion FC seal promotion to the Premier League after win over Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town draw at Derby County https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/17/brighton-wigan-championship-match-report?CMP=share_btn_tw
"17.04.2017 17:32:24" theguardian.com Gianfranco Zola resigns as Birmingham manager after Burton loss Birmingham have announced that Gianfranco Zola has resigned a manager after a 2-0 home defeat against Burton left them perilously close to the Championship relegation zone Gianfranca Zola, who succeeded Gary Rowett at Birmingham City FC in December, leaves with record of just two wins from 22 matches
"17.04.2017 17:11:14" theguardian.com Chelsea announce captain John Terry will leave at end of season Chelsea have announced that John Terry will leave the club at the end of the season “After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. I will decide on my future in due course. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it's the right
"17.04.2017 16:40:58" theguardian.com Brighton all but seal promotion to Premier League with victory over Wigan Brighton defeated Wigan 2-1 at the Amex Stadium to make it almost certain they will be promoted to the Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion FC all but promoted to Premier League after 2-1 win over Wigan
"17.04.2017 15:03:24" theguardian.com Diego Godín: 'Jamie Vardy would fit in at the vast majority of teams in the world' The Atlético Madrid and Uruguay defender on his admiration for the Leicester City striker and how Diego Simeone created a 'positive wave' at the Spanish club "It is grandísimo what Leicester City Football Club did, absolutely enormous. But what we did, winning a league above Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona in this day and age, is very big. Leicester were a very consistent team that took advantage of other
"17.04.2017 13:58:38" theguardian.com Barcelona can conjure another miracle against Juventus, says Neymar Neymar is confident Barcelona can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback and overturn their 3-0 deficit against Juventus Neymar Jr.: "(FC Barcelona) did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback. I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost (already), so we have nothing
"17.04.2017 12:33:45" theguardian.com Tony Adams powerless as Granada's loan strangers tumble towards relegation | Sid Lowe The former Arsenal captain flailed wildly on the touchlines as a borrowed team of players who could not understand him – or one another – were hammered 3-0 by Celta Vigo's second-string Rafael Lamelas described Adams as a man “anchored in an age that has passed its sell-by date, an old, yellowing page, which is what distances English coaches from the front line”. AS called it “desolate”. Granada Hoy said it had been “deplorable”, a
"17.04.2017 12:04:33" theguardian.com Will other teams be able to copy José Mourinho's template for nullifying Chelsea? | Michael Cox The Premier League leaders were shut out by Manchester United's man-marking tactics at Old Trafford, and Antonio Conte must find a solution for his side to stay in pole position No side has nullified Chelsea Football Club's attacking threats as effectively as Manchester United – this was the first time for a decade that Chelsea did not have a shot on target in a Premier League match. Suddenly, the title race is back on, and
"17.04.2017 08:49:52" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Youri Tielemans to Chelsea or Manchester United? Diego Costa to China? | Álvaro Morata to Chelsea? | Christian Pulisic to Liverpool? | Sead Kolasinac to Milan or Arsenal? Diego Costa to China? | Álvaro Morata to Chelsea Football Club? | Christian Pulisic to Liverpool FC? | Sead Kolasinac to A.C. Milan or Arsenal?
"17.04.2017 07:35:50" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend's action Lukaku and Barkley owe Koeman a lot, Wilshere's Bournemouth loan has proved a damp squib and Mignolet finally proving a positive game-changer for Liverpool Ten talking points from the Premier League this weekend
"17.04.2017 07:00:00" theguardian.com Middlesbrough v Arsenal: match preview Petr Cech may return in goal for Arsenal at Middlesbrough if he can shake off a calf injury in time Middlesbrough FC v Arsenal: our match preview
"16.04.2017 22:17:16" theguardian.com Spurs' Pochettino scratches old sore over super-rich Chelsea | Sachin Nakrani Tottenham's manager has insisted before the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea his club are building in a 'natural' way: 'It is not about putting in money, money, money' Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino: “I think our answer [to losing in 2015, as well as seeing Chelsea end Spurs' title hopes last season] is fantastic,” he said. “Tottenham is not building in an artificial way. It is not about putting in money,
"16.04.2017 21:51:05" theguardian.com Tony Adams starts with a jolt against Celta Vigo as Granada head for drop Tony Adams's first game in charge of Granada ended in a 3-0 home defeat to a second-string Celta Vigo side which left the hosts' supporters resigned to relegation from La Liga Sid Lowe on Tony Adams's first game in charge of Granada CF
"16.04.2017 20:22:00" Chelsea Football Club's Antonio Conte: 'I think Tottenham now is the best team. They are in great form. They have a lot of enthusiasm because they are feeling the possibility to write history'
"16.04.2017 19:49:14" Manchester United's José Mourinho: 'This season is a phenomenal season for [Marcus Rashford]. Is he scoring enough goals? No. He's missing a little bit'
"16.04.2017 19:30:08" theguardian.com Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea: five talking points from Old Trafford | Jamie Jackson José Mourinho puts one over on Antonio Conte, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard offer vision of post-Ibrahimovic era and Eden Hazard's lack of hunger whets Spurs' appetite Five talking points from Manchester United's win over Chelsea Football Club at Old Trafford
"16.04.2017 18:39:53" theguardian.com Marcus Rashford offers Manchester United a brighter, faster future | Barney Ronay Having suffered a dip in confidence during a tricky second season, the striker sprang to life against Chelsea and powered United towards a 2-0 victory The most sustained cheer on a sodden Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford came as Marcus Rashford left the pitch after 83 minutes of this 2-0 victory, that familiar loping trot to the sidelines drawing a great barrelling wave of electricity around the stands
"16.04.2017 17:19:32" theguardian.com Marcus Rashford and Manchester United sink Chelsea to reignite title race Manchester United breathed life into both the title race and their Champions League hopes as goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera earned them a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea Football Club
"16.04.2017 16:47:23" theguardian.com Lyon players forced to flee after Bastia supporters invade pitch Lyon players fled the pitch after a pre-match training session when they were charged by supporters of Corsican side Bastia OL - Olympique Lyonnais players fled the pitch after a pre-match training session when they were charged by supporters of Corsican side Bastia, with kick-off delayed for nearly an hour
"16.04.2017 15:00:10" theguardian.com Roberto Firmino seals victory for Liverpool against West Brom Roberto Firmino's header in first-half injury-time sealed a 1-0 victory for Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Liverpool FC
"16.04.2017 12:25:40" theguardian.com Sunderland fan fury exposes David Moyes' decline and could spark his fall Sunderland do not want to sack the manager but they may be forced to rethink should further anger build during the remaining two home games from critics who have not taken to his tactics, selections or downbeat demeanour Sunderland AFC do not want to sack David Moyes but they may be forced to rethink should further anger build during the remaining two home games from critics who have not taken to his tactics, selections or downbeat demeanour
"16.04.2017 10:13:02" theguardian.com Torquay United fans fear relegation and losing their home of 96 years Promises of investment in players did not materialise and now the owner, Clarke Osborne, a wrecking ball with a history of razing stadiums, has his eyes on Plainmoor, the club's home since 1921 Promises of investment in players at Torquay United F.C. did not materialise and now the owner, Clarke Osborne, a wrecking ball with a history of razing stadiums, has his eyes on Plainmoor, the club's home since 1921
"16.04.2017 07:05:00" theguardian.com Manchester United v Chelsea: match preview Chelsea have a fully-fit squad with no injury concerns for Antonio Conte ahead of the trip to Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Football Club: our preview of the Premier League showdown
"16.04.2017 06:31:00" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool: match preview West Bromwich Albion have a fully-fit squad with which to take on a Liverpool side looking to cement a Champions League place West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool FC: match preview
"15.04.2017 21:57:56" theguardian.com Lionel Messi scores twice in Barcelona's laboured win over Real Sociedad Barcelona are still on Real Madrid's tails in the Spanish title race but they struggled to convince in a tight 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou FC Barcelona 3-2 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
"15.04.2017 21:06:58" theguardian.com Bayern Munich held to a draw while Borussia Dortmund claim emotional win Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen hold Bayern Munich to a goalless draw while Borussia Dortmund shrug off the midweek bomb attack on their bus by beating Eintracht Frankfurt FC Bayern München held to a draw by Bayer 04 Leverkusen while Borussia Dortmund claim emotional win after midweek bomb attack
"15.04.2017 20:35:30" theguardian.com Little love lost between Chelsea fans and old flame José Mourinho | Daniel Taylor When Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday the visiting supporters will again throw shocking vitriol at their former manager but his endless digs do breed contempt Mourinho's resentment of Antonio Conte seems based on professional jealousies, maybe even a little insecurity, and we should know enough about Manchester United's manager by now to realise how important it is to him to undermine anyone who is impertinent
"15.04.2017 20:00:13" theguardian.com 'Moyes out' – Sunderland fans round on manager during West Ham draw David Moyes felt the heat of significant supporter unrest for the first time this season as the Sunderland stands echoed with chants demanding the manager's sacking during the 2-2 draw with West Ham “I did hear the chants. But they were to be expected. You have to take it. I just remembered that I've got the third or fourth best win record of any Premier League manager"
"15.04.2017 19:29:48" Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham Hotspur win puts pressure on Chelsea Football Club before they face Manchester United
"15.04.2017 18:47:30" theguardian.com Vincent Kompany sets Manchester City on way to win at Southampton Second-half goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero gave Manchester City a 3-0 win at Southampton, keeping Pep Guardiola's side on course for a top-four finish Southampton FC 0-3 Manchester City
"15.04.2017 18:13:20" theguardian.com Antonio Conte: the making of Chelsea's managerial maestro | Dominic Fifield Even big-name players recognise the Italian's imposition of a huge workload is backed by knowledge gained on and off the pitch “He's the toughest coach you could imagine. It takes time to accept the sheer amount of work he is asking of you. It can be overwhelming at first. But, when you realise by buying into it you can win things, you follow”
"15.04.2017 17:33:22" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino says 'the world tried to kill Tottenham last season' Mauricio Pochettino feels his Tottenham players have a sharper focus on their title challenge, in marked contrast to last season when everyone was willing Leicester to their fairytale triumph “We learned a lot from last season. There was a very bad period at the end when we spent a lot of energy fighting against Leicester but also against West Bromwich, against Chelsea, against the media, against the people. But now we are focused on fighting
"15.04.2017 17:15:19" theguardian.com Real Madrid's Isco sinks Sporting Gijón at the last to strengthen title hopes Real Madrid twice came from behind to beat struggling Sporting Gijón 3-2, with Isco's last-minute goal maintaining Zinedine Zidane's side's advantage at the top of La Liga Real Sporting de Gijón 2-3 Real Madrid C.F.
"15.04.2017 16:58:59" theguardian.com Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Hull City with touch of brilliance Xherdan Shaqiri sealed a 3-1 victory for Stoke over Hull with a powerful, dipping shot from outside the area Stoke City Football Club 3-1 Hull City. And Xherdan Shaqiri was at it again
"15.04.2017 16:41:01" theguardian.com Late Fabio Borini goal earns Sunderland draw with West Ham A 90th-minute equaliser by substitute Fabio Borini secures rock bottom Sunderland a 2-2 home draw with West Ham Sunderland AFC 2-2 West Ham United
"15.04.2017 16:25:33" theguardian.com Everton go fifth after Romelu Lukaku completes victory over Burnley Phil Jagielka and a Ben Mee own goal also on the scoresheet in Everton's 3-1 home win against Burnley that took them above Manchester United and Arsenal Everton Football Club 3-1 Burnley Football Club
"15.04.2017 16:09:59" theguardian.com Christian Benteke goal seals comeback as Crystal Palace draw with Leicester Crystal Palace overturned a two-goal Leicester lead at Selhurst Park, with goals from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke earning them a vital 2-2 draw as both sides look to seal survival Crystal Palace Football Club 2-2 Leicester City Football Club
"15.04.2017 15:43:22" theguardian.com Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Manchester City take a step closer to securing a top-four finish? Find out with Barry Glendenning Follow all the action from Southampton FC v Manchester City as it happens
"15.04.2017 14:52:17" theguardian.com There's only one Franck Sauzee | Irvine Welsh (2009) Irvine Welsh writes a love letter to his all-time favourite Hibernian player, the Frenchman Franck Sauzee 'The marriage of my team, Hibernian Football Club, and the French International, Franck Sauzee, was one made in footballing heaven. Le God embodied the skill and spirit that Hibernian fans, known as the purists of the Scottish game, have always held in
"15.04.2017 13:34:24" theguardian.com Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth Goals from Mousa Dembélé, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen gave Tottenham a comfortable 4-0 home win over Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
"15.04.2017 12:59:57" theguardian.com Milan's Cristián Zapata pounces late for dramatic derby draw with Inter Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi gave Internazionale a half-time lead at the San Siro but Alessio Romagnoli and Cristián Zapata struck late to earn Milan a 2-2 draw F.C. Internazionale Milano 2-2 A.C. Milan
"15.04.2017 11:41:34" theguardian.com Everton join Liverpool in banning Sun journalists over coverage Everton football club have banned the Sun from their Goodison Park stadium and Finch Farm training ground over the newspaper's coverage of the city Everton Football Club: 'Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack on this city, either against a much respected community or individual, is not
"15.04.2017 11:10:02" theguardian.com Michael Carrick and co no longer in denial about Manchester United failings Anger is in the air at Old Trafford as José Mourinho and his players reflect on another frustrating season and hope the goals return to power a title challenge Michael Carrick pronounced himself 'completely disappointed' with Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Anderlecht, neatly summing up what fans have been feeling for several seasons
"15.04.2017 10:15:38" theguardian.com Southampton v Manchester City: match preview Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini are approaching full fitness and may return for Southampton against Manchester City Southampton FC v Manchester City: match preview
"15.04.2017 09:43:04" theguardian.com Stoke City v Hull City: match preview Jack Butland may return for Stoke City against Hull City after over a year out with an ankle injury Stoke City Football Club v Hull City: match preview
"15.04.2017 09:10:09" theguardian.com Watford v Swansea City: match preview Swansea City's Jack Cork is out with am ankle injury and will miss their encounter with Watford Our lowdown on Watford FC v Swansea City Football Club
"15.04.2017 08:36:34" theguardian.com Sunderland v West Ham United: match preview Mark Noble is suspended so Slaven Bilic will have to shuffle the West Ham midfield for their meeting with Sunderland Sunderland AFC v West Ham United: our match preview
"15.04.2017 08:04:29" theguardian.com Faceless, failing club owners could learn from Juve's dazzling dynasty | Richard Williams The Agnelli family (and Roman Abramovich) point the way forward for those in charge of Arsenal, Blackburn, Coventry and Leyton Orient What kind of people do you want to have running your football club? That's the question fans of teams as different as Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Leyton Orient are asking themselves. For fans of Juventus, the answer is simple
"15.04.2017 07:33:06" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger will not break Arsenal wage structure for Alexis Sánchez The Arsenal manager has told Alexis Sánchez he will not be held to ransom by the forward's wage demands and nor will he jeopardise the unity of the Arsenal dressing room by caving in to them Arsène Wenger has told Alexis Sánchez he will not be held to ransom by the forward's wage demands and nor will he jeopardise the unity of the Arsenal dressing room by caving in
"15.04.2017 06:51:10" theguardian.com Arsenal beat Everton in race to sign Schalke's Sead Kolasinac Arsenal have beaten Everton to the signature of Schalke's Bosnia international defender Sead Kolasinac Arsenal have stolen in to seal a deal for the highly rated left-back after agreeing to offer him a salary in excess of that he would have received at Everton
"14.04.2017 19:51:48" theguardian.com Eden Hazard and José Mourinho: anatomy of a rollercoaster relationship | Jonathan Wilson The pair fell out at Chelsea and while there is no animosity now, stopping the forward is a priority for Manchester United manager in Premier League match Eden Hazard and Jose Mourihno fell out at Chelsea, and stopping the forward is Manchester United's top priority, writes Jonathan Wilson
"14.04.2017 16:39:21" theguardian.com Huddersfield leave it very late to beat Preston and keep promotion bid alive Huddersfield kept alive their slim automatic promotion hopes with Collin Quaner's winner six minutes into injury time earning them a 3-2 victory over Preston Championship round-up: Huddersfield Town kept alive their slim automatic promotion hopes with Collin Quaner's winner six minutes into injury time earning them a 3-2 victory over Preston
"14.04.2017 16:10:26" theguardian.com Coventry relegated to League Two amid flying pigs protest against Charlton The League One match between Coventry City and Charlton was delayed by 15 minutes after fans threw small plastic pigs on to the pitch at the Ricoh Arena Coventry City FC have been relegated to the fourth tier of English football after an interrupted 1-1 draw with Charlton
"14.04.2017 15:38:32" theguardian.com Everton v Burnley: match preview Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson may be back in the Burnley squad for their visit to Everton Everton Football Club v Burnley Football Club: match preview
"14.04.2017 15:09:21" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth: match preview Junior Stanislas could feature for Bournemouth against Tottenham but Dan Gosling is still a major doubt Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth: our preview
"14.04.2017 14:34:09" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview Leicester City are expected to rest several key players for the trip to Crystal Palace in order to keep them fresh for Tuesday's meeting with Atlético Madrid Crystal Palace Football Club v Leicester City Football Club: our match preview
"14.04.2017 13:48:36" theguardian.com Manchester United v Chelsea is just one more game, says José Mourinho The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, said the match against his old club and the Premier League leaders, Chelsea, is 'no difference for me” 'You say that word emotion. For me, it is just a game. One more game. No difference for me, not at all'
"14.04.2017 13:17:15" theguardian.com Tony Adams: the accidental manager who has to be Granada's Winston Wolfe | Sid Lowe When Tony Adams joined Granada he never expected to be swapping his office for dugout but now he is charged with keeping the club up The former Arsenal captain arrived in Spain to carry out an audit and restructuring of Granada CF on behalf of its Chinese owners, weeks passing before anyone was even aware of his presence. Now, boots on, 'TA' stamped on his top, he is the coach
"14.04.2017 12:53:52" theguardian.com Dortmund's Marc Bartra: 'They were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life' Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra described the bomb attack on the team coach in which he was injured as the 'hardest 15 minutes' of his life 'I think that the shock is decreasing more and more and, at the same time, it adds to the desire to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to love, to believe, to play, to train, to continue to enjoy my people, loved ones, companions, my
"14.04.2017 12:22:23" theguardian.com Breaking the Law: take the penalty area out of penalty decisions (2014) In the first of our new series suggesting revolutionary new rules to improve sport, we think outside the box when it comes to spot-kick decisions Think outside the box when it comes to spot-kick decisions
"14.04.2017 11:54:00" theguardian.com Premier League relegation fight: where clubs' hopes lie and the impact if they fall With Crystal Palace and Leicester revitalised, three of four teams look destined for the Championship. We examine how Hull, Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are shaping up and the impact relegation would have Three of four teams look destined for the Championship. We examine how Hull, Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are shaping up and the impact relegation would have
"14.04.2017 11:24:30" theguardian.com Premier League must improve security after Dortmund attack, warns safety firm The founder of Elite Security Professionals has said the Premier League could be the victim of a terrorist attack if clubs do not take safety more seriously 'We have been warning people of this since the Bataclan attack in Paris and yet clubs are still only just reacting. Too many players and clubs wait until something happens and, when it does, only then decide it's time to react'
"14.04.2017 10:25:52" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Manchester City eyeing cut-price Alexis Sánchez? Barcelona in talks over Philippe Coutinho? | Liverpool closing in on Virgil van Dijk? | Chelsea to sign Sporting Gijón's Jorge Meré? All of today's football transfer gossip in one place
"14.04.2017 09:53:29" Mourinho blames United forwards for Anderlecht draw José Mourinho: 'If I was a Manchester United defender I would be very upset with the attacking players. Because they have to kill the game and they
"14.04.2017 09:23:04" theguardian.com Can a 31-year-old Englishman help USA win the World Cup? US Soccer has a new performance director – and he's the former head of sports science at the Premier League. James Bunce tells Simon Austin of his grand ambitions U.S. Soccer has a new performance director – and he's the former head of sports science at the Premier League. James Bunce tells Simon Austin of his grand ambitions
"14.04.2017 08:26:55" theguardian.com Crystal Palace lay the foundations for stronger community spirit | Dominic Fifield Crystal Palace believe they can achieve extraordinary things through working with the local community and changing people's lives for the better Crystal Palace Football Club believe they can achieve extraordinary things through working with local people and changing lives for the better
"14.04.2017 07:44:42" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Eden Hazard looks up for his reunion with José Mourinho, Steve Cook can catch the eye against Spurs and Arsenal could be under pressure at Middlesbrough Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
"14.04.2017 07:30:32" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino says English clubs should put faith in young, native talent Mauricio Pochettino has said Alex Ferguson's 'Class of 92' inspired him to put young English players at the forefront of his teams and that other clubs should follow suit 'There is big pressure to win when you are a big club. But for me the best example in football in many years was Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson – and what he created with young talent from the academy or from England'
"14.04.2017 06:23:51" theguardian.com Champagne on ice for Rafael Benítez and Newcastle as hard road back nears end | Louise Taylor If results go Newcastle United's way over the Easter weekend, they will achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking 'This club, this city, these fans, they deserve to be in the Premier League,' Benítez says. 'But first we have to get promoted. We have to actually do it'
"13.04.2017 23:02:04" theguardian.com Anderlecht's Dendoncker denies Manchester United win with late header A late equaliser by Leander Dendoncker, after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had given Manchester United the lead, gave Anderlecht a 1-1 draw in the Europa League quarter-final first leg Manchester United looked like taking an aggregate lead to the Europa League quarter-final second leg against RSC Anderlecht, but Leander Dendoncker's brilliant late header left them deflated
"13.04.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Everton set May deadline for Ross Barkley to sign new deal Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley to decide his Everton future by the end of the season and reiterated that the club is the right place for the midfielder to fulfil ambitions of Champions League football If Ross Barkley wants to stay at Everton, he will need to tell the club before the end of the season
"13.04.2017 17:00:00" theguardian.com Portsmouth's Christian Burgess: 'For two years at university I lived off scraps' The stereotype-defying defender discusses his dissertation, Donald Trump, his impromptu park coaching of kids and why Pompey need to win promotion from League Two this season The stereotype-defying defender discusses his dissertation, Donald Trump, coaching kids in a park and why Portsmouth need to win promotion from League Two this season
"13.04.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Kanté deserves PFA player of the year award but Alli is unlucky to miss out The Tottenham midfielder has been as impressive as Harry Kane and would not have looked out of place alongside his club-mate on the list for the senior prize N'Golo Kanté is the favourite to win the player of the year award – and rightly so
"13.04.2017 15:00:00" theguardian.com Who should win the PFA Player of the Year awards? N'Golo Kanté is the favourite to win the men's award and Delli Alli is expected to retain the young player prize he won last year. Which players get your votes? Who gets your vote: Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane, N'Golo Kanté, Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez?
"13.04.2017 14:50:14" Who has been the standout player in the Premier League this season?
"13.04.2017 13:49:08" theguardian.com Uefa hasty in rescheduling Dortmund v Monaco game, says Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp has claimed Uefa underestimated Tuesday's bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund when forcing his previous club to play their Champions League first-leg tie against Monaco less than 24 hours later “I was really concerned, scared for them, scared for everyone. I saw the faces of my former players after the game and I saw the shock in their eyes and that was really hard"
"13.04.2017 11:02:04" theguardian.com The student football team with sights set on the Europa League The university team won promotion to the Welsh Premier League last May and their success this season means they are in the playoffs for a place in Europe Cardiff Met FC won promotion to the Welsh Premier League last May and their success this year means they could be playing in Europe next season
"13.04.2017 10:04:28" theguardian.com Uefa made us feel 'impotent', says Borussia Dortmund manager The Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, has angrily criticised Uefa over the rescheduling of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco “We were informed by text message that Uefa was making this decision. We would have liked more time to take stock"
"13.04.2017 09:04:20" "We felt as if we were being treated as if a beer can had been thrown at our bus. It made us feel powerless" – Thomas Tuchel
"13.04.2017 07:15:57" theguardian.com Leicester dig deep to limit damage after referee error puts them in spot of bother | Stuart James Leicester City kept their Champions League dreams alive by restricting Atlético Madrid to a narrow lead after official awards home side controversial penalty Leicester City Football Club can hardly complain about the result against Atlético de Madrid but they were harshly done by over the winning penalty
"13.04.2017 07:05:22" theguardian.com Didier Drogba joins US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea striker, has joined Phoenix Rising, of the second tier of the American league system, as player and owner Didier Drogba joins second-tier US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner
"12.04.2017 22:24:47" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund's 'yellow wall' stands tall in face of attack on team European football's largest standing terrace felt vulnerable after terror attack – until one of club's famed fan choreographies "The yellow wall, the 25,000 capacity southern terrace of Borussia Dortmund's home stadium, is also a face that charts the club's emotional well-being."
"12.04.2017 22:10:25" theguardian.com Antoine Griezmann helps Atlético fans forget rivals against Leicester City | Sid Lowe Antoine Griezmann improved on his recent penalty record with the only goal to keep Atlético Madrid's hopes of Champions League redemption on track against Leicester City Antoine Griezmann was at the heart of it all. 'Di Stefano-ing', as some are calling it, playmaker and striker in one
"12.04.2017 22:05:22" theguardian.com Uefa made us feel 'impotent' says Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel The Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, has angrily criticised Uefa over the rescheduling of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco Thomas Tuchel on the rescheduling of Borussia Dortmund's tie against AS MONACO: “We were informed by text message that Uefa was making this decision. We would have liked more time to take stock. A few minutes after this attack the only question that was
"12.04.2017 21:41:07" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid edge Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice at the Allianz Arena as Real Madrid ran out 2-1 winners in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich Dominic Fifield on Bayern Munich v Real Madrid.
"12.04.2017 21:38:58" theguardian.com Antoine Griezmann gives Atlético narrow advantage over Leicester City Leicester City battled bravely and are still in with a chance of reaching the Champions League semi-finals after a 1-0 defeat at Atlético Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final Daniel Taylor's take on Atlético de Madrid versus Leicester City Football Club in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
"12.04.2017 20:04:25" theguardian.com Which footballer has played for the most teams in one city? | The Knowledge Plus: unbeaten teams failing to reach a World Cup; club colleague keepers meeting in internationals; handball horrors; and more The Knowledge: answers to which footballer has played for the most teams in one city, has any announced man of the match gone on to have a disastrous effect on the outcome of that same game and much more.
"12.04.2017 19:16:24" theguardian.com Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco crucial edge against Borussia Dortmund Monaco seized the edge in their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund with a 3-2 away win in the first leg at Signal Iduna Park A day after their team bus was damaged by explosions, Borussia Dortmund put in a spirited display, although Monaco gained an advantage in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
"12.04.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Tony Adams gives Granada trials to Kieran Richardson and Nigel Reo-Coker Kieran Richardson and Nigel Reo-Coker have joined Granada on trial, on Tony Adams' first full day as the club's head coach Kieran Richardson and Nigel Reo-Coker have joined Granada on trial on Tony Adams' first full day as the club's head coach
"12.04.2017 16:44:00" theguardian.com Marc Bartra 'doing much better' after injury in Borussia Dortmund blasts The Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra said he is 'doing much better' after suffering a wrist and arm injury when the team bus was attacked Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra says he is “doing much better” after suffering injuries when the team bus was attacked last night
"12.04.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Leicester confident of matching Atlético Madrid Craig Shakespeare said 'make no mistake, we're here to compete' as Leicester arrived to take on Atlético Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals “When I was in League Two, playing these games was what I was aiming for. The big-pressure games like this – this is what you live for, what you play for” – Kasper Schmeichel
"12.04.2017 15:00:00" theguardian.com Dortmund fans open homes to Monaco supporters Residents of German city offer #BedsForAwayFans after explosions force Champions League match to be postponed “The Borussia Dortmund fans were amazing. The events touched everyone. After that we aren't rivals but friends"
"12.04.2017 13:55:00" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund blasts: police detain suspect over pipe bomb attack Explosives used were pipe bombs with a 100-metre range, a spokeswoman for German federal prosecutors say “The consequences could have been far worse. Two suspects from the Islamist spectrum have become the focus of our investigation and one of the two has been detained"
"12.04.2017 12:30:00" Borussia Dortmund and AS MONACO fans showed admirable solidarity last night. Dortmund supporters offered up their homes to the travelling contingent when the match was postponed and the away fans chanted in support of the German club when they heard about
"12.04.2017 11:23:45" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund blasts: German media criticise hasty rescheduling Playing within 24 hours of attack was called 'sportingly and humanly unacceptable' by Welt as the German side prepare to play their Champions League tie with Monaco on Wednesday "The show must go on, but not today! Is it really to be expected for these professionals, who were anxiously cowering on the ground of their bus, who knew that a colleague was injured, to put their concentration 100% on football?"
"12.04.2017 10:05:00" theguardian.com Álvaro Morata: 'The good things are incredible; the bad are harder' The Real Madrid striker who endured dark times in Italy is upbeat for the trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League but craves a manager who trusts him "Sometimes I go home, put the game on and think: 'How can I miss that?' It affects you; it also affects you to know your career also depends on the opinion of journalists, fans, directors and sometimes they're not really qualified to judge. In my
"12.04.2017 09:18:37" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund blasts: police investigate 'Islamist link' to attack Authorities are examining document found near site of explosions by side of team bus, say reports citing security sources The statement claiming responsibility for the attack reportedly starts with a reference to “Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful” and says sports personalities and celebrities belonging to “Germany and other crusading nations” were on Isis's
"11.04.2017 23:36:35" theguardian.com #bedsforawayfans: Dortmund and Monaco supporters show solidarity after attack The incident that led to the Champions League postponement has brought both clubs closer together and visiting fans were shown hospitality by locals #bedsforawayfans: Borussia Dortmund and AS MONACO supporters show solidarity after attack on team bus
"11.04.2017 21:49:25" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund's Watzke: the team is in shock. We must get through this Borussia Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted his players are suffering from severe shock after an explosion by the side of their team coach caused Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco to be “The team is in shock. We must get through this. In extreme situations, all Borussia fans move even closer together and I'm sure the team will feel that tomorrow. Technically, it's possible to play. If the players are able to shake this off is an entirely
"11.04.2017 21:21:26" theguardian.com Juventus' Paulo Dybala leaves Barcelona with another mountain to climb Juventus defeated Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin with Paulo Dybala scoring twice Juventus 3-0 FC Barcelona – UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg report
"11.04.2017 20:44:54" Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg with AS MONACO postponed after explosions hit hosts' team bus – video report
"11.04.2017 20:21:15" theguardian.com Craig Shakespeare not worried by Claudio Ranieri's Leicester claims The current manager said he didn't think the Italian was referring to him in his comments about losing his job with the Premier League champions “My stance is still the same. We never had a falling out. I haven't seen the interview live but I think I have answered the question”
"11.04.2017 18:15:26" theguardian.com Borussia Dortmund team bus involved in explosion ahead of Monaco tie Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their team bus has been involved in an explosion ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco with defender Marc Bartra reported to have been taken to hospital Borussia Dortmund's Marc Bartra taken to hospital with injuries after the team bus was involved in an explosion before the UEFA Champions League tie with AS MONACO
"11.04.2017 17:39:12" theguardian.com Barcelona's Neymar to miss clásico after being handed three-match ban Barcelona forward Neymar will miss the clásico against Real Madrid later this month after being given a three-match ban following his red card at Malaga on Saturday FC Barcelona's Neymar Jr. to miss clash with Real Madrid C.F. after being handed extra ban for 'sarcastic applause'
"11.04.2017 17:05:00" theguardian.com 'A slap in the face for many Mexicans': our writers on the 2026 World Cup bid The US, Mexico and Canada have submitted a joint bid to host the tournament. But is it a fair deal for fans across the three countries? The US, Mexico and Canada have submitted a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Is it a fair deal for fans across the three countries?
"11.04.2017 16:26:36" theguardian.com Tony Adams vows to give Granada players 'a kick up the arse' Tony Adams took over as coach at the Spanish club Granada in an attempt to get a reaction that will save the side from relegation, but he does not intend to be there beyond the end of the season "I'm here to give the players a kick up the arse and win games. I have 40 years experience of that"
"11.04.2017 13:46:33" theguardian.com Arsenal's latest bruising beating leaves Arsène Wenger at point of no return The Arsenal manager received support from one of his former players following the 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace but so bad was his team's display and so vitriolic the abuse from away fans that he is now surely done at the club As the Arsenal manager made for the team bus, he was seen by the club's fans and boos rang out loudly, with some spitting furious words at him. “Get out of the club” was the gist of it
"11.04.2017 12:41:38" theguardian.com How signing players from Ligue 1 helped Borussia Dortmund prosper in Europe Borussia Dortmund are likely to field three former Ligue 1 players – Aubameyang, Guerreiro and Dembélé – when they host Monaco in the Champions League Borussia Dortmund are likely to field three former Ligue 1 players – Aubameyang, Guerreiro and Dembélé – against Monaco in the Champions League tonight. Their policy of signing players from France is working well for them
"11.04.2017 10:43:42" theguardian.com David Squires on Atlético v Leicester and Anglo-Spanish relations Our resident cartoonist on the Champions League quarter-finals, that Tony Adams suit, Claudio Ranieri, chicken burgers and Jamie Carragher Our resident cartoonist on the Champions League quarter-finals, Tony Adams' suit, Claudio Ranieri, burgers and Jamie Carragher
"11.04.2017 09:42:14" theguardian.com Champions League quarter-finals previews A look forward to Juventus v Barcelona and Dortmund v Monaco on Tuesday, plus Atlético Madrid v Leicester and Bayern v Real Madrid on Wednesday Facts, figures, form guides and fitness updates for the four big ties
Juventus v FC Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund v AS MONACO
Atlético de Madrid v Leicester City Football Club
FC Bayern München v Real Madrid C.F.
"10.04.2017 23:07:25" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger defiant despite Arsenal's 'damaging' defeat at Crystal Palace Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal's latest defeat, at Crystal Palace, had seriously undermined their Champions League qualifying chances but is adamant he can turn their fortunes around Arsenal's Arsène Wenger: “You understand that our fans are very unhappy. They came here with the hope they'd win the game. They are extremely disappointed and I can understand that, like we all are, but Crystal Palace were sharper than us. Every defeat is
"10.04.2017 22:39:55" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger left wincing after Arsenal wave the white flag at Crystal Palace | David Hytner Frenchman's side lose vital ground in battle for fourth on a night when they showed little appetite for the fight against opponents who scented blood Arsenal had only ever lost one previous away fixture to Palace, back in 1979, but this was a horror show on every level. With 15 minutes to go, and the game over, the travelling fans passed damning judgment. “You're not fit to wear the shirt,” they
"10.04.2017 21:21:50" theguardian.com Andros Townsend and Crystal Palace crush Arsenal's top-four hopes A shambolic Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace eased their relegation fears with a convincing victory Crystal Palace Football Club 3-0 Arsenal
"10.04.2017 19:37:13" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri: Someone behind me helped to get me sacked at Leicester Claudio Ranieri has spoken for the first time about being sacked by Leicester City Claudio Ranieri has offered a passionate defence of his former Leicester City Football Club players, denying they forced him out
"10.04.2017 16:39:57" theguardian.com Leicester and Atlético Madrid meet again – in a third European competition Tuesday's Champions League game at Atlético gives Leicester City a chance to make up for what they perceive to be refereeing injustices in the 1997-98 Uefa Cup tie Leicester will be looking for revenge in Madrid on Wednesday night
"10.04.2017 15:36:30" theguardian.com Tony Adams named as Granada manager until end of season Tony Adams has been confirmed as Granada's manager until the end of the season after Lucas Alcaraz was sacked on Monday Tony Adams has been confirmed as Granada's manager until the end of the season
"10.04.2017 13:21:45" theguardian.com Ligue 1 has Europe's tightest title race ... and most enthralling relegation battle The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal Why you should be watching Ligue 1 this season
"10.04.2017 12:07:07" theguardian.com Real Madrid earn a big point as Barcelona shoot themselves in the foot – again Barça's fate was in their own hands, which as it turned out was the worst place it could be against Málaga, despite the draw by La Liga title rivals FC Barcelona's fate was in their own hands, which was the worst place it could possibly be
"10.04.2017 10:42:19" theguardian.com Everton's Ross Barkley punched in face during night out Video footage has emerged which appears to show Everton midfielder Ross Barkley being punched in a Liverpool bar in the early hours of Monday morning The man threw two punches, knocking Barkley to the ground
"10.04.2017 10:00:11" theguardian.com Robben and Ribéry help Bayern Munich destroy Borussia Dortmund The veteran 'Robbery' pair destroyed Borussia Dortmund and have won the fight with Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman to be Ancelotti's weapons of choice Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are in their mid 30s but they remain Carlo Ancelotti's weapons of choice at FC Bayern München
"10.04.2017 09:08:26" theguardian.com Arsenal would suffer 'big damage' if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsène Wenger issued a warning over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract expiring next summer, the Arsenal manager praising the player's skills and mentality "We have to keep them all. Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gibbs. All these players we have to make decisions and manage to keep them together" – Arsène Wenger
"10.04.2017 07:45:11" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend's action Bournemouth may struggle to hold on to Joshua King, Leicester got no help from the broadcasters but Daniel Levy deserves his due for Spurs' fine season Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend's action
"09.04.2017 22:36:11" theguardian.com Slaven Bilic refuses to relax and takes positives from West Ham's tough season The Hammers' 1-0 win offer Swansea means they will probably avoid relegation, with their manager insisting the experience can make his team stronger Slaven Bilic once said he prefers to live life “on the front line”. He is not a man who believes sitting back and relaxing, having a pleasant time, is the way to get the most of the world. Given the season that West Ham United are enduring, that might be
"09.04.2017 22:30:50" theguardian.com Marcos Alonso says Chelsea 'have seven finals left' to clinch the title Chelsea's Marcos Alonso says the Premier League leaders are fired up by Tottenham's hot pursuit Chelsea Football Club's Marcos Alonso: "We have seven finals left, every game is going to be massive, we are going to have to play each game as the last one because we need the points to get closer to the title"
"09.04.2017 22:24:06" theguardian.com Blossoming talents of Tottenham's Dele Alli can take him to the very top | Sachin Nakrani Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the Spurs midfielder as a 'unique' player after his outstanding display in the 4-0 win against Watford Dele Alli turns 21 on Tuesday. It is a moment that, some say, represents a coming of age. On a personal level that may well prove the case for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, yet in a sporting sense it already feels he is a fully grown performer, a
"09.04.2017 19:47:21" theguardian.com The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England's top flight The best photography from the Premier League this weekend
"09.04.2017 18:53:28" “We're still fighting for the top four and we can win the UEFA Europa League – although it's as difficult as finishing
"09.04.2017 17:22:30" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku revives Everton as Leicester City lose way in a thriller Two goals from Romelu Lukaku helped Everton to a 4-2 win against a Leicester City side who trailed after 29 seconds at Goodison but spent 13 first-half minutes in front Premier League: Everton Football Club 4-2 Leicester City Football Club
"09.04.2017 16:02:59" Neymar Jr. could receive an extended ban and miss the Clásico for appearing to sarcastically applaud the officials as he walked off the pitch, following his red card in FC Barcelona's 2-0 defeat to Málaga CF
"09.04.2017 14:47:36" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic helps Manchester United stroll past poor Sunderland Sunderland lost Seb Larsson to a controversial red card at 1-0 down and Manchester United could ease to a 3-0 victory against opponents who look doomed Premier League: Sunderland AFC 0-3 Manchester United
"09.04.2017 11:46:29" theguardian.com Arséne Wenger defends Theo Walcott's captaincy qualities for Arsenal Arsène Wenger and his critics agree that Theo Walcott is an ideal captain for Arsenal – but they have very different reasons for that belief “He doesn't compromise with what he thinks is important. When I have meetings with players he speaks his mind. He is a positive guy”
"09.04.2017 09:01:16" theguardian.com Neymar sees red as Barcelona pass up top spot with shock defeat to Málaga Goals from Sandro and Jony Rodríguez steered Málaga to a shock 2-0 win against Barcelona, who had Neymar sent off for two rash bookings LaLiga: Málaga CF 2-0 FC Barcelona
"08.04.2017 22:58:39" 'I like the pressure, I live with pressure, if I don't see pressure I put pressure on because I think pressure gives the best of yourself'
"08.04.2017 22:39:10" theguardian.com Antonio Conte says Spurs' pressure is bringing the best out of Chelsea The Chelsea manager said Tottenham's relentless pursuit of his side at the top of the Premier League is helping to bring the best out of him and his team “I like the pressure, I live off pressure. I don't see pressure, I put pressure. I think pressure gives you the best of yourself” – Chelsea Football Club's Antonio Conte
"08.04.2017 21:46:57" theguardian.com Neymar sees red as Barcelona pass up top spot with shock defeat to Málaga Goals from Sandro and Jony Rodríguez steered Málaga to a shock 2-0 win against Barcelona, who had Neymar sent off for two rash bookings Málaga CF 2-0 FC Barcelona
"08.04.2017 21:14:47" theguardian.com Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi: 'The other players were scared and couldn't cope' Wilfred Ndidi tells Nick Ames how growing up in a Lagos military zone equipped him with the strength and running power to follow N'Golo Kanté at Leicester “It wasn't normal training, we would just keep running. Even when you were tired, he'd tell you to keep going. There would be three sessions a day: morning, afternoon and evening. Most of the other players didn't come because they were scared and couldn't
"08.04.2017 20:19:51" "It's massive, it's absolutely massive. Today you could feel it immediately in the dressing room, immediately everybody was like, 'That's very important!'."
"08.04.2017 19:49:55" theguardian.com Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann leaves it late to slow Real title charge Antoine Griezmann's classy finish five minutes from time earned Atlético Madrid a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid, who took the lead with a Pepe header Real Madrid C.F. 1-1 Atlético de Madrid
"08.04.2017 19:18:23" theguardian.com Bundesliga roundup:
Bayern Munich outclass Borussia Dortmund in thumping win Elsewhere RB Leipzig beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal by Yussuf Poulsen to keep up the pressure on the Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich FC Bayern München 4-1 Borussia Dortmund
"08.04.2017 18:05:26" theguardian.com Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City West Ham United ease their relegation fears after Cheikhou Kouyaté's goal plunges Swansea City deeper into the mire West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City Football Club
"08.04.2017 17:37:24" theguardian.com Raheem Sterling inspires Manchester City to victory over Hull City An Ahmed Elomohamady own goal, Sergio Agüero and Fabian Delph gave Manchester City a 3-1 home win against Hull City Manchester City 3-1 Hull City
"08.04.2017 16:23:10" theguardian.com Roberto Firmino caps Liverpool's rapid turnaround against Stoke City Quickfire goals from half-time substitutes Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho steered Liverpool to a 2-1 win over Stoke City, who had taken the lead through Jonathan Walters Stoke City Football Club 1-2 Liverpool FC
"08.04.2017 13:44:48" theguardian.com Dele Alli's latest delight sparks Tottenham Hotspur's rout of Watford Although Watford started brightly, once Dele Alli drove home the 33rd-minute opener Tottenham eased to a 4-0 win thanks to goals by Eric Dier and a double from Son Heung-min Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Watford FC
"08.04.2017 12:42:24" theguardian.com World first as video assistant referee called into action in Wellington and Sydney FC stalemate The video assistant referee was called into action for the first time in the A-League during a 1-1 draw between Wellington and league leaders Sydney FC The video assistant referee was called into action for the first time in a competitive match anywhere in the world during the 1-1 draw in the A-League between Wellington and league leaders Sydney FC
"08.04.2017 10:47:47" theguardian.com Antonio Conte shrugs off tunnel spat and Diego Costa's dip in form at Chelsea Antonio Conte says he has no time for off-the-pitch squabbles while Chelsea are looking to wrap up their second title in three seasons “I'm not concerned about [the lack of goals]. It can happen. For me the most important thing is he is showing great commitment and behaviour during the games and is doing what I want. He was also unlucky in a lot of circumstances. But a player like Diego
"07.04.2017 22:15:29" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp confident Liverpool can shrug off Sadio Mané blow at Stoke Jürgen Klopp remains upbeat for Saturday's match at Stoke despite Liverpool's injury list and their surprise home draw midweek with Bournemouth "It will be pretty much impossible to play again this season. He will get a longer break and will be ready for next season. That is the only good news”
"07.04.2017 20:17:45" theguardian.com Premier League agent-spend hits £174m after TV boom Manchester City and Chelsea are the highest spenders as the Premier League clubs splash out £174m on agents in the first year of the vastly enhanced TV contract • Manchester City paid the most to agents: £26.3m.
• Chelsea Football Club were the second-highest payer of agents' fees, spending £25m in the period, which covers 2 February 2016 to 31 January 2017.
• Manchester United were the third highest-paying
"07.04.2017 15:54:31" theguardian.com Manchester City v Hull City: match preview Hull City are without six players through injury for the trip to Manchester City, where they have not won since 1930 Manchester City v Hull City – team news and more https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/07/manchester-city-hull-city-match-preview?CMP=share_btn_tw
"07.04.2017 15:36:16" theguardian.com Stoke City v Liverpool: match preview Stoke City are aiming to end a run of three successive top-flight defeats in their match against Liverpool Stoke City Football Club v Liverpool FC – team news and more
"07.04.2017 13:48:32" theguardian.com Tottenham's Harry Kane in line for shock injury return against Watford Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Harry Kane is set to make a surprise return for Tottenham Hotspur against Watford on Saturday and the only decision he says he must make is whether to name him as a starter or a substitute Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Harry Kane is set to make a surprise return for Tottenham Hotspur against Watford FC on Saturday
"07.04.2017 13:06:07" theguardian.com Sadio Mané ruled out for rest of Liverpool's season with knee injury Sadio Mané has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to the Liverpool forward's need to have surgery on a knee injury Sadio Mané to miss rest of Liverpool FC season with knee injury that requires surgery
"07.04.2017 11:49:47" theguardian.com Atlético Madrid's title win was just like Leicester, says president Atlético Madrid's president has likened their La Liga title win in 2014 to Leicester becoming Premier League champions as the two sides prepare to meet in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday “Players in teams with smaller budgets can still be great players and we managed to build a good squad, we had a magnificent coach, we started the season well and we kept up the pace. The difference between teams' budgets is something to remember, but in
"07.04.2017 10:34:27" theguardian.com A Spanish derby in the Gambia to bring joy – and clean water – to Ndungu Kebbeh | Sid Lowe Real Oviedo and Sporting Gijón have teamed up to help a small village in the smallest country on mainland Africa build a solar-powered well and instal 15 taps “The derby that unites us,” they called it and it was supported by the two Spanish clubs, original members of the league who took up their place in the second division in that 1929 campaign and who have 80 top-flight seasons between them. The game was
"07.04.2017 09:36:58" theguardian.com Antoine Griezmann's advisor reveals approaches from Manchester United and Chelsea Antoine Griezmann's advisor has revealed Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs to have enquired about the France forward but hinted he would only consider leaving Atlético Madrid for a team playing in the Champions League Antoine Griezmann's advisor reveals approaches from Manchester United and Chelsea Football Club
"07.04.2017 08:06:40" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Koscielny, Giroud and Sissoko to Marseille? Sánchez to stay at Arsenal for a year? | Ndidi going nowhere | Koulibaly to Chelsea? | Perisic to Manchester United? Could Marseille take a job-lot of French players from north London? They are rumoured to be keen on Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Moussa Sissoko
"07.04.2017 01:13:53" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Romelu Lukaku needs to step up, David Moyes' limp Sunderland side have a chance against Manchester United and Bournemouth have a big part to play Romelu Lukaku needs to step up, David Moyes's limp Sunderland AFC side have a chance against Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth have a big part to play in the title race
"06.04.2017 22:01:09" theguardian.com Slaven Bilic urges West Ham to 'forget about egos' to ward off relegation fears Slaven Bilic, West Ham's manager, says 'we must leave our egos in our beds' now a dip in form has plunged them into a relegation scrap and the London Stadium move is turning sour “We have to put everything we have on the line. We have to forget about egos, about who is taking corners, forget about who is going to start the game, forget about who is going to score the goals. We have to leave our egos in our beds and be as one"
"06.04.2017 16:06:53" theguardian.com Referee Keith Stroud out of weekend fixture after Newcastle penalty blunder Keith Stroud will not take charge of Gillingham v Millwall on Saturday after his mistake in not awarding a penalty to be retaken at Newcastle 'Keith and his team are understandably upset at the lapse in concentration and apologise for the mistake'
"06.04.2017 14:30:49" theguardian.com US, Canada and Mexico set to submit joint bid to host 2026 World Cup A joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup is expected to be finalised this year, according to Victor Montagliani, the Concacaf president A joint US, Canada and Mexico bid to host the enlarged World Cup is expected to be finalised this year for submission to Fifa
"06.04.2017 13:46:46" theguardian.com Leicester's Ahmed Musa considering legal action over reports he beat up wife Leicester forward Ahmed Musa is considering legal action after “inaccurate” reports that he was arrested for beating up his wife on her birthday 'Everyone knows Musa is a jolly good fellow. He doesn't drink or smoke, doesn't party and has never been in trouble with the police all his life. He couldn't harm a fly'
"06.04.2017 12:52:38" theguardian.com Hoffenheim and Nagelsmann hit new high with historic Bayern win There was nothing Hollywood (or FC Hollywood) about Hoffenheim's victory at the 18th time of trying. It was all very real and credible If Julian Nagelsmann's rapid ascension from becoming the youngest coach in Bundesliga history to standing at the gates of the Champions League – at the ripe old age of 29 – looks like a fairytale, but there was nothing Hollywood (or FC Hollywood) about
"06.04.2017 12:23:26" theguardian.com Antonio Conte commits to Chelsea and slaps down agent's talk of possible move Antonio Conte has distanced himself from the latest wave of speculation linking him with a return to Italy in the summer 'I don't like when others speak for me. If someone wants to know something about me, then they must ask me. We're fighting for the title and we want to achieve this goal, then we'll try to build something important together.' Asked whether that meant he
"06.04.2017 11:38:43" theguardian.com Real Madrid's B-side and Barcelona's 'recital' play familiar La Liga tune | Sid Lowe It was the round of games that could have changed everything, but didn't really change anything, except that the finish line drew closer It is not that Real Madrid C.F. play OK without key players; it is that they often play better: more coherent, more organised, more intense, more collective
"06.04.2017 11:09:16" theguardian.com Christian Bassogog: 'The Chinese Super League has the power. More players will come' The 21-year-old, named best player at the Africa Cup of Nations, tells David Hytner about his journey from playing for Wilmington Hammerheads in the US third division to being given an astonishing contract in China Two years ago Christian Bassogog was earning £25 a week with Rainbow FC in the Cameroonian second division. Today he is an Africa Cup of Nations champion with Cameroon and, having been named as the best player at the recent tournament in Gabon, his weekly
"06.04.2017 10:39:48" theguardian.com Roy Hodgson brought to A-League by Melbourne City in advisory role Former England national team coach Roy Hodgson has been seconded to Australia in an advisory role to assist A-League club Melbourne City Former England football team manager Roy Hodgson has been seconded in an advisory role to assist Melbourne City FC, but the 69-year-old is not under consideration for the coaching role
"06.04.2017 08:59:01" theguardian.com Fans' group praises scheme to cap Premier League away tickets at £20 The cost of Premier League away tickets above £20 will be reimbursed for one round of fixtures later this month As part of the Twenty's Plenty campaign instigated by the The Football Supporters' Federation, Virgin Media will reimburse the costs of supporters' tickets above £20 for a single away fixture at all Premier League clubs, with the majority of matches
"06.04.2017 08:18:25" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Lewandowski and Rodríguez to Manchester United? David de Gea part of James Rodríguez deal? | Alexis Sánchez also to Old Trafford? | Álvaro Morata or Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea? | Sead Kolasinac to Stamford Bridge? | Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli to Manchester City? | Theo Hernández to Liverpool The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including …
• Manchester United to make major double signing?
• Real Madrid C.F. and Liverpool FC target Theo Hernández?
"06.04.2017 07:27:08" theguardian.com Mesut Özil sparks Arsenal win over West Ham to boost Arsène Wenger's cause Arsenal defeated West Ham 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United
"05.04.2017 22:46:57" theguardian.com Alli, Son and Eriksen strike late to give Tottenham dramatic win at Swansea Tottenham looked to have squandered the progress of last weekend but a dramatic late flurry of goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen gave them a 3-1 win at Swansea Swansea City Football Club 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
"05.04.2017 21:48:24" theguardian.com Matt Ritchie sinks Burton and puts Newcastle on top after penalty chaos Matt Ritchie's second-half goal gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Burton in a match whose main talking point was the same player's strangely disallowed goal from a first-half penalty Newcastle United 1-0 Burton Albion FC
"05.04.2017 21:45:07" theguardian.com Luke Shaw vows to stay at Manchester United and prove José Mourinho wrong Luke Shaw has described José Mourinho's criticisms as 'hard to take' but vowed to force his way back into the Manchester United starting XI Manchester United's Luke Shaw: “With the stuff that has been going on it is hard for me to take because deep down that is not me as a person. Like José said, he wants to see me fighting – and I will fight to the last second because I want to be here for
"05.04.2017 21:14:41" theguardian.com King preys on Liverpool nerves with leveller after Wijnaldum redeems error Josh King's 87-minute equaliser earns Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at Anfield after Liverpool had fought back from Wijnaldum's terrible mistake Liverpool FC 2-2 AFC Bournemouth
"05.04.2017 21:01:53" theguardian.com Eden Hazard outwits Manchester City to strengthen Chelsea's title grip Eden Hazard's double gave Chelsea a 2-1 win against Manchester City which leaves the Blues seven points clear at the top with eight games to play Chelsea Football Club 2-1 Manchester City
"05.04.2017 19:54:36" theguardian.com Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez strike to sink Sevilla Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Sevilla with a mesmerising attacking display thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suárez in the space of eight minutes FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC
"05.04.2017 16:12:47" theguardian.com Liverpool banned from signing academy players and fined £100,000 Liverpool have been fined £100,000 and banned from signing academy players from English league clubs for two years after being found guilty of tapping up a schoolboy from Stoke City Liverpool FC have been fined £100,000 and banned from signing academy players from English league clubs for two years after being found guilty of tapping up a schoolboy from Stoke City Football Club
"05.04.2017 14:00:50" theguardian.com Why Brentford ditched their academy in favour of developing Premier League outcasts | Ed Aarons Championship club's decision to focus on a reserve side playing top opposition in friendlies is paying dividends under head of football operations Robert Rowan The Championship club's decision to focus on a reserve side playing top opposition in friendlies is paying dividends …
"05.04.2017 12:30:06" theguardian.com Sunderland paid Margaret Byrne £750,000 in confidentiality deal Sunderland paid Margaret Byrne, their disgraced former chief executive, a sum in the region of £750,000 last year in exchange for her signing a confidentiality agreement Sunderland AFC paid Margaret Byrne, their disgraced former chief executive, a sum in the region of £750,000 last year in exchange for her signing a confidentiality agreement. Bryne resigned last March after taking responsibility for the gross mishandling
"05.04.2017 11:49:53" theguardian.com Manchester City set to announce partnership with Uruguayan second division club Manchester City are set to announce the latest addition to their growing portfolio of clubs after signing a 10-year partnership with a second division club in Uruguay whose average gate is just 250 Manchester City have signed a 10-year partnership with a second division club in Uruguay whose average gate is just 250
"05.04.2017 10:14:01" theguardian.com How to be a professional footballer, by some of the best players in the game We sat down with some modern greats – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham – to ask them what it takes to make the grade Copa90 sat down with some modern greats – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham – to ask them what it takes to make the grade
"05.04.2017 09:17:23" theguardian.com Has there ever been a professional football player-chairman? | The Knowledge Plus: the longest wait for a league title; intersecting careers and the fastest sending off “Have there been any player-chairmen or player-owners in the professional leagues? Or any other unusual combinations of jobs within the club – player-groundsman, player-mascot …”
"05.04.2017 02:14:14" theguardian.com José Mourinho criticises Manchester United's finishing after Everton draw José Mourinho has admitted that goalscoring is a problem for Manchester United and says he will take steps to improve the situation for next season José Mourinho has admitted that goalscoring is a problem for Manchester United and says he will take steps to improve the situation for next season
"04.04.2017 22:12:55" theguardian.com Chelsea and Tottenham separated by gulf in expectation, says Antonio Conte Antonio Conte has said that, while an expectation of victory comes with the territory at Stamford Bridge, losing is 'not a disaster' for their closest challengers, Tottenham Antonio Conte has suggested Chelsea Football Club and Tottenham Hotspur are separated by more than merely seven points at the top of the Premier League and claimed that, while expectation comes with the territory at Stamford Bridge, losing is “not a
"04.04.2017 21:54:46" theguardian.com Leicester's Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy deepen Sunderland gloom Leicester City damaged Sunderland's survival hopes by beating Dave Moyes's side 2-0 thanks to goals by Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy Leicester City Football Club 2-0 Sunderland AFC
"04.04.2017 21:12:03" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late penalty rescues Manchester United against Everton A 94th-minute penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured an unimpressive Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Everton and prolonged their unbeaten run Manchester United 1-1 Everton FC
"04.04.2017 17:03:29" Dog invades football pitch and prevents play for seven minutes An excitable dog interrupts play in the Northern Premier League meeting between Halesowen Town and Skelmersdale United, halting the non-league game for more than seven minutes as players, officials, supporters and stewards try in vain to catch the canine
"04.04.2017 16:08:04" theguardian.com Eldense coach arrested after investigation into 12-0 defeat to Barcelona B Spanish police investigating match-fixing said on Tuesday that they had detained the coach of a third-division club who lost 12-0 against Barcelona's B team over the weekend Spanish police investigating match-fixing say they have detained the coach of a third-division club who lost 12-0 against Barcelona's B team over the weekend
"04.04.2017 14:37:02" theguardian.com 'We've been changing in public toilets': Republic of Ireland women's team threaten to strike Members of Republic of Ireland women's football team have threatened to go on strike after accusing their governing body of failing to provide the team adequate support, including being forced to get changed in public toilets on the way to matches and Members of the Republic of Ireland women's football team have threatened to go on strike after accusing their governing body of failing to provide the team adequate support, including being forced to get changed in public toilets on the way to matches and
"04.04.2017 13:05:49" theguardian.com The joshing, the slap-joke, the fallout: the Great Moyes Debate has begun | Marina Hyde If David Moyes makes a habit of such joke-threats, then can the men who have been on the receiving end of them please step forward and speak out. Don't all rush at once … 'I do want any executive justice warriors reading this to understand that the following is a purely practical consideration, but the question does have to be asked: are men really cut out for these high-profile roles in football, with their emotionalism,
"04.04.2017 12:32:12" theguardian.com José Mourinho devalues Luke Shaw by questioning professionalism and attitude | Paul Wilson The manager's withering assessment of a player who cost the club £27m three years ago will probably result in a summer move for the left-back Through a verbal and highly public kick up the backside, though based on Luke Shaw's infrequent appearances for Manchester Unitedd this season it can be assumed José Mourinho ran out of patience with his left-back some time ago
"04.04.2017 12:02:09" theguardian.com Jessica Fishlock: 'Louis van Gaal was awe-inspiring but also a little crazy' As she becomes the first Wales player to reach 100 caps, the midfielder reflects on a career that has included working with the former Holland manager As she becomes the first Wales player to reach 100 caps, the midfielder reflects on a career that has included working with the former Manchester United manager
"04.04.2017 10:48:09" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger pleased Guardiola views top-four finish like winning a trophy Arsène Wenger said Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League and he was pleased that Pep Guardiola had come to realise fourth place was akin to a trophy in England "It's a good challenge to finish in the top-four this season but I think it's perfectly possible. Certainly for 20 years, I have done it and it looked always like it's nothing. Suddenly, it becomes important, so I am quite pleased that people realise that
"04.04.2017 09:59:18" theguardian.com David Squires on … Mourinho, Moyes and post-match interviews Our resident cartoonist on the trouble with asking Premier League managers perfectly reasonable questions, James Bond plot holes, that Ronaldo bust and more Our resident cartoonist on the trouble with asking managers reasonable questions.
"04.04.2017 09:52:06" theguardian.com David Squires on … Mourinho, Moyes and post-match interviews Our resident cartoonist on the trouble with asking Premier League managers perfectly reasonable questions, James Bond plot holes, that Ronaldo bust and more Here's David Squires on … Mourinho, Moyes and post-match interviews
"04.04.2017 08:50:40" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman tells Romelu Lukaku to answer his critics at Old Trafford Everton's manager accepted his star striker was below par against Liverpool at Anfield but said Manchester United away is the perfect place to put things right “He knows himself when it's good and when it isn't good like last Saturday when he was not performing what he can do and what the teams needs. But it's difficult. In the international week he was travelling back from Russia at 5am in the morning. He's a
"04.04.2017 08:12:06" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to West Ham for £30m? Alexis Sánchez to Chelsea? | Wilfred Ndidi to Manchester United or Arsenal? | Julian Brandt to Liverpool? | Diego Falcinelli to West Brom or Crystal Palace? Alexis Sánchez to Chelsea Football Club? | Wilfred Ndidi to Manchester United or Arsenal? | Julian Brandt to Liverpool FC? | Diego Falcinelli to West Bromwich Albion or Crystal Palace Football Club?
"04.04.2017 07:53:59" theguardian.com Euro 2017: England squad guide for the finals Your guide to the England squad for the Women's Euro 2017 finals in the Netherlands this summer Our player-by-player England squad guide for Euro 2017
"03.04.2017 21:51:05" theguardian.com Sadio Mané's knee injury could be worse than Liverpool first feared The Senegal striker limped out of the Merseyside derby after falling badly following a tackle by Leighton Baines and has since endured some swelling Sadio Mané knee injury could be worse than Liverpool FC first feared
"03.04.2017 20:11:47" theguardian.com Behaviour of David Moyes shows old-fashioned sexism is still lurking | Louise Taylor Comments by the Sunderland manager to Vicki Sparks of the BBC highlights that there still resides an attitude of contempt for women in football under the shiny new politically correct facade, despite claims to the contrary David Moyes has reminded us that in football old‑school, default, sexism continues to lurk beneath the shiny, superficially sanitised, outwardly politically correct surface
"03.04.2017 18:34:39" theguardian.com Manchester City offer an interesting counterpoint to Arsenal's stasis Emirates draw helped both sides a little but Pep Guardiola's Manchester City had something Arsène Wenger's Arsenal are lacking The comparison with Manchester City is fascinating, not least because this new‑build Pep Guardiola team, for all their shared defensive flaws, do have something Arsenal are lacking. In Leroy Sané and, to a lesser degree on this occasion, Raheem Sterling
"03.04.2017 17:24:55" theguardian.com Eagles soar to halt Chelsea's ascent to the title – Football Weekly Crystal Palace's shock win at Stamford Bridge breathes life into the title race. Plus, Wembley joy for Coventry, and another title for Celtic Eagles soar to halt Chelsea Football Club's ascent to the Premier League title, Wembley joy for Coventry City FC, and another title for Celtic FC – Football Weekly
"03.04.2017 16:52:38" theguardian.com Luke Shaw's reputation rests on proving José Mourinho wrong, says Gary Neville Luke Shaw has been warned by Gary Neville that his reputation will be damaged if he fails to respond to José Mourinho's scathing assessment of his commitment to Manchester United by showing he belongs at Old Trafford 'He has to respond. If he doesn't it will be a reflection upon him as a character and a personality moving forward. I think if people think words can get to you … words shouldn't hurt you. Words are words. They come and go'
"03.04.2017 15:22:23" theguardian.com Nothing is impossible, says Pochettino as Tottenham aim to close in on Chelsea Tottenham continue a potentially defining week knowing if they win their next two games and the league leaders lose against Manchester City, there would be only one point between them by 3pm on Saturday. “This is football and anything can happen. That is a good lesson for everyone. Belief is the most important thing in football, not only quality. Belief and faith and fight. In football nothing is impossible and that is our philosophy.”
"03.04.2017 14:15:27" theguardian.com Sevilla in a spin as they prepare for life after Monchi – the man who is the club | Sid Lowe Sevilla are suddenly in crisis, and the departure of their brilliant transfer wizard after 26 years leaves an enormous hole to fill at the Sánchez Pizjuán When Monchi took over, Sevilla were in the second division and in trouble. He had been the club's team delegate but knew nothing about being a sporting director, although he learnt a lot being a sub sitting close to men like Luis Aragonés and especially
"03.04.2017 13:46:30" theguardian.com England's Euro 2017 squad: four new tournament call-ups and no Eni Aluko Mark Sampson largely stuck with the tried and trusted as he named an experienced squad for the European Women's Championships in the Netherlands this summer Mark Sampson largely stuck with the tried and trusted as he named an experienced squad for the European Women's Championships in the Netherlands this summer.
"03.04.2017 13:31:44" David Moyes 'deeply regrets' telling BBC reporter she 'might g... 'Sometimes these things happen in the heat of the moment. We're in an industry where you don't always handle things the way you want to'
"03.04.2017 12:56:51" theguardian.com Edinson Cavani's face finally fits as PSG's premier forward Edinson Cavani's talismanic Coupe de la Ligue final performance in the win over Monaco marked his continuing rise out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow El Matador's restoration is now complete. A brace in the 4-1 thumping of a flagging Monaco, sorely missing their own revitalised top scorer Falcao and midfield general Fabinho, took Cavani to 40 goals in 40 games across the campaign and nine in eight
"03.04.2017 11:48:40" theguardian.com Juventus cling on at Napoli as Higuaín endures underwhelming return | Paolo Bandini The striker's reception on Naples return was tamer than expected – as was his display – in a draw that suggested Juve may be slowing down at the wrong time The striker's reception on Naples return was tamer than expected – as was his display – in a draw that suggested Juventus may be slowing down at the wrong time
"03.04.2017 11:14:38" theguardian.com Arsenal supporters should be careful what they wish for, warns Gaël Clichy Gaël Clichy has warned Arsenal supporters calling for Arsène Wenger to stand down as manager to be “careful what you wish for” following his return to the club with Manchester City on Sunday “The manager does not really deserve what he is getting … You always want something new when you are used to something and what you get is probably most of the time not better than what you have, so you have to be careful what you wish for.”
"03.04.2017 10:36:12" theguardian.com Leverkusen and Wolfsburg continue to flirt with Bundesliga oblivion | Andy Brassell The reality is jarring. Tayfun Korkut's team are three clear of the relegation play-off spot and two clear of Wolfsburg, who they held to a thrilling 3-3 draw The six goals here were more the product of jitters than genius, and there was little appetite to savour the moment. “I can't be happy with it because we deserved the victory,” said Mario Gómez of his seven-minute hat-trick that turned the game on its
"03.04.2017 09:57:47" theguardian.com Sunderland's David Moyes sorry for telling reporter she 'might get a slap' David Moyes has apologised to a BBC reporter after telling her she 'might get a slap'and saying: 'Careful the next time you come in' "Just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself … You still might get a slap even though you're a woman.”
"03.04.2017 08:23:47" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Andrea Conti to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea? Jakub Jangto to Arsenal? | Arsène Wenger to Real Madrid? | Antonio Conte to Internazionale? Andrea Conti to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea Football Club? | Jakub Jangto to Arsenal? | Arsène Wenger to Real Madrid C.F.? | Antonio Conte to F.C. Internazionale Milano?
"03.04.2017 07:32:22" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend's action Pep Guardiola makes a strangely conservative call, Burnley's tailspin continues, and the irresistible smell of schadenfreude wafts from the London Stadium The final word on the weekend's Premier League action
"02.04.2017 17:05:02" theguardian.com Crystal Palace set to offer Wilfried Zaha deal to ward off Chelsea and Manchester City Crystal Palace are expected to offer a Wilfried Zaha a new contract to make him the club's best-paid player in the summer in a bid to ward off interest in the Ivory Coast forward from a host of Premier League sides Exclusive: Crystal Palace Football Club are expected to offer a Wilfried Zaha a new contract to make him the club's best-paid player in the summer in a bid to ward off interest from Chelsea Football Club and Manchester City
"02.04.2017 16:04:55" theguardian.com George Thomas winner edges Coventry past Oxford to first trophy in 30 years Goals from Gaël Bigirimana and George Thomas helped Coventry City to a 2-1 over Oxford United at Wembley in the final of the EFL Trophy, 30 years after they won the FA Cup at the same stadium EFL Trophy final: Coventry City 2-1 Oxford United
"02.04.2017 15:02:42" theguardian.com Middlesbrough's Valdés stands tall and points are shared with Swansea City Victor Valdés made a number of important saves in Middlesbrough's 0-0 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium Swansea City Football Club 0-0 Middlesbrough FC
"02.04.2017 13:49:50" theguardian.com Five-star Celtic dispatch Hearts to secure Scottish Premiership title Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Celtic sealed the Scottish Premiership title in emphatic style with a 5-0 victory against Hearts at Tynecastle A hat-trick by Scott Sinclair helped Celtic FC to secure their sixth successive Scottish Premiership title in a commanding 5-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle.
"02.04.2017 12:50:21" theguardian.com West Ham board gives Slaven Bilic vote of confidence after Hull defeat West Ham say they have “100% faith” in manager Slaven Bilic and his ability to lead the club West Ham United say they have “100% faith” in manager Slaven Bilic and his ability to lead the club
"01.04.2017 22:04:43" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola backs Leroy Sané to provide Manchester City's cutting edge | Paul Wilson The exciting Germany winger has delighted Guardiola during his debut season with City and is seen as the solution to the side's wastefulness 'Everybody can notice his progress,' Pep Guardiola says of Manchester City's 21-year-old winger Leroy Sané. 'We are really pleased with his first season here and confident he can go on to achieve more'
"01.04.2017 20:51:36" theguardian.com Antonio Conte warns Chelsea it will still be tough to win the title Antonio Conte has pointed to Chelsea's surprise home defeat to Crystal Palace as evidence that the title race is far from over Defeat for Antonio Conte's Chelsea FC side to Crystal Palace Football Club means their Premier League lead has been cut to seven points, with the Blues and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur each having nine matches remaining …
"01.04.2017 16:52:06" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion frustrate Manchester United the Tony Pulis way An injury-hit Manchester United were unable to get past a stubborn West Bromwich Albion who were far the happier with the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford Manchester United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
"01.04.2017 16:33:58" theguardian.com Chelsea stunned by resurgent Crystal Palace and Christian Benteke Crystal Palace came from behind to shock the Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge Chelsea Football Club 1-2 Crystal Palace Football Club
"01.04.2017 16:12:46" theguardian.com Leicester City power to fourth straight league win under Craig Shakespeare Goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy ease Leicester City's lingering relegation fears by clinching a 2-0 victory over Stoke City Leicester City Football Club 2-0 Stoke City Football Club
"01.04.2017 15:26:03" theguardian.com Derry City begin tough journey towards light after tribute to Ryan McBride Derry City have been shaken to the core by the sudden death of club captain Ryan McBride and must now begin another tough journey from darkness into light Players from the club's youth sides formed into the shape of a giant '5', the number Ryan McBride wore. Paying tribute to the man the fans called 'Captain Fantastic', the City manager, Kenny Shiels, said: 'I know he is here with us tonight. We are all
"01.04.2017 14:03:27" theguardian.com Manchester United v West Brom, Burnley v Tottenham – live! Rolling report: Join Barry Glendenning for all the latest from the Premier League and beyond with Manchester United and Spurs in action Follow all of the day's action as it happens with our clockwatch
"01.04.2017 13:44:31" theguardian.com Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho quick to send Everton to derby defeat Philippe Coutinho's rapid response to Matthew Pennington's equaliser helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win against Everton at Anfield, to give Jürgen Klopp a third win in his three derbies Liverpool FC 3-1 Everton FC
"01.04.2017 12:39:11" theguardian.com The football kits that should never have seen the light of day Plus: adult entertainment in the Uefa Cup, the oldest Champions League player and the most goal-packed tournament ever While there were a whole multitude of shirts produced in the 1990s that should never have seen the light of the day due to their eyeball-bleeding ugliness, Fiorentina's was perhaps the only one banned on political grounds. It took until December of the
"01.04.2017 12:05:48" theguardian.com Toxic mood at relegation-threatened Sunderland is helping nobody David Moyes is Sunderland's seventh manager in five seasons and may be the one who finally takes them down, though unlike many of the staff his job has been guaranteed for next season David Moyes is Sunderland AFC's seventh manager in five seasons and may be the one who finally takes them down, though unlike many of the staff, his job has been guaranteed for next season
"01.04.2017 11:32:49" theguardian.com Coventry and Oxford's day out masks chaos of Checkatrade Trophy revamp Sunday's final at Wembley will be well attended but that has been far from the norm since the Football League allowed under-23 teams to compete We can only speculate how many would have attended if Sunday's decider were between two of the Premier League or Championship academy sides, but it is safe to assume the prospect of two U-23 teams going toe to toe would not have prompted a stampede to
"01.04.2017 10:48:58" theguardian.com Antonio Conte says Eden Hazard will snub Real Madrid and stay with Chelsea The Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has said Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and sign a new contract 'I don't see any problem, even if this [other] club calls itself Real Madrid C.F.. Eden is a Chelsea Football Club player, we are happy with him and he is happy with us. I don't see problems about him'
"01.04.2017 10:14:53" theguardian.com The Forgotten Story of … Abraham Klein, 'the master of the whistle' Rob Smyth: The little Israeli Abraham Klein survived politics, prejudice and even the Holocaust to become the best referee in the world Abraham Klein survived politics, prejudice and even the Holocaust to become the best referee in the world
"01.04.2017 09:28:17" theguardian.com Did the Chinese government ban a footballer for six months to save face? The government over-ruled their football association to impose a heavy publishment on Qin Sheng as his petulant stamp was broadcast overseas A player in the Chinese Super League has been given a controversial and bizarre six-month ban for a stamp, demonstrating how political interference threatens to ruin the season and the league's reputation
"01.04.2017 09:08:11" theguardian.com Watford v Sunderland: match preview Sunderland and Watford have only one point from their past four matches but the away side are fighting for their Premier League status and may have an advantage as a result Watford FC v Sunderland AFC: get the lowdown with our Premier League preview
"01.04.2017 08:52:07" theguardian.com Swansea City v Middlesbrough: match preview Swansea have a great chance to strengthen their position above the relegation zone against Middlesbrough as the away side are 19th and winless in their past 11 Premier League matches Swansea City Football Club v Middlesbrough FC: match preview
"01.04.2017 08:29:38" theguardian.com Leicester City v Stoke City: match preview Craig Shakespeare would love to earn another three points, against Stoke City, to continue Leicester's excellent run going before their historic Champions League quarter-final Leicester City Football Club v Stoke City Football Club: our match preview
"01.04.2017 08:06:36" theguardian.com Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion: match preview West Bromwich Albion will hope to claim a third win in four visits to Old Trafford and their chances are greater since Manchester United's Phil Jones and Chris Smalling returned injured from international duty Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion: match preview
"01.04.2017 07:50:47" theguardian.com Liverpool v Everton: match preview Everton's chances of earning a momentous win against Liverpool at Anfield have taken a hit due to a number of long-term injuries, Seamus Coleman's broken leg in particular, sustained recently Liverpool FC v Everton FC: our preview of the Merseyside derby
"01.04.2017 07:40:00" theguardian.com Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Burnley have a good record at Turf Moor against sides in the top six this season but Tottenham's appetite to reinforce their position in second may prove too much Match preview: Burnley Football Club v Tottenham Hotspur
"01.04.2017 07:20:00" theguardian.com Southampton v Bournemouth: match preview Bournemouth have never won at St Mary's and a recent run of good form could instil confidence to topple a Southampton side that will miss Manolo Gabbiadini's goalscoring prowess Southampton FC v AFC Bournemouth: our match preview
"01.04.2017 07:00:00" theguardian.com Hull City v West Ham United: match preview Marco Silva will be glad of Oumar Niasse's return for Hull against West Ham Utd in a match where victory for the home side is imperative to quell relegation fears Hull City v West Ham United: our match preview
"01.04.2017 06:40:00" theguardian.com Chelsea v Crystal Palace: match preview Chelsea will be confident of earning a 14th successive home win against Crystal Palace even though Sam Allardyce's side have won three consecutive games without conceding Chelsea Football Club v Crystal Palace Football Club: our match preview
"01.04.2017 00:15:25" theguardian.com Manchester City's Pep Guardiola backs Arsène Wenger to win over Arsenal fans Pep Guardiola, before his side's trip to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, has backed Arsène Wenger to win over Arsenal supporters once again “When Arsène Wenger goes back to winning, the Arsenal fans will be happy again. I promise you, 100%”
"31.03.2017 22:30:23" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino praises silk and steel of Tottenham 'genius' Mousa Dembélé | David Hytner Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, named Dembélé as one of the best players he has ever worked with on the eve of a trip to Burnley where the Belgian midfielder's skill and physicality will be “I always say to him, 'Mousa, when I write my book, you will be one of my genius players that I have been lucky enough to meet'. One was Maradona; also Ronaldinho, Okocha and Iván de la Peña – and then Mousa."
"31.03.2017 22:12:53" theguardian.com Manchester United's Juan Mata could be out for season after groin surgery Juan Mata looks set to miss the remainder of Manchester United's season after he underwent groin surgery. Manchester United's injury problems are mounting after Juan Mata underwent groin surgery on Thursday
"31.03.2017 21:45:39" theguardian.com What Arsène Wenger must do to pull Arsenal out of their slump | David Hytner Questions over Arsène Wenger's future, Mesut Özil's lack of cutting edge and absence of mental strength have been blamed for Arsenal's run of poor form • Reignite Mesut Özil
• Keep Alexis Sanchez fit
• Resolve his own future at Arsenal
"31.03.2017 20:49:56" theguardian.com Martin O'Neill's fury at Everton's Ronald Koeman over James McCarthy The Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has hit back at Everton's Ronald Koeman over James McCarthy's injury “The Everton FC manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy. Perhaps a review of Everton's pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.”
"31.03.2017 19:29:34" theguardian.com Raheem Sterling: 'I've got that face people don't like, but I'm not a brat' In an exclusive interview, the Manchester City forward opens up on his negative reputation, performing for his late father and his desire to reach the very top “I see it and think, 'Why does that story have to be about me?' If you're doing something wrong – no problem. But there's these times when you've been thinking about football, been at home, just trying to stay out of everyone's way, and you're still
"31.03.2017 18:00:20" theguardian.com Neymar won't leave Barcelona while he is hovering close to the throne Brazil's Neymar has the world at his gifted feet and as such is highly unlikely to be playing in the Premier League any time soon Why would Neymar Jr. leave FC Barcelona to play in the Premier League?
"31.03.2017 17:08:05" There are some big games in the Premier League this weekend. Here's a brief look forward to the action...
"31.03.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Charlton fan found guilty of trying to punch Crystal Palace's eagle mascot A Charlton Athletic supporter has been found guilty of trying to punch Crystal Palace's American bald eagle mascot at a cup tie marred by crowd trouble A Charlton fan has been found guilty of trying to punch Crystal Palace's eagle mascot
"31.03.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com César Azpilicueta: 'Barcelona link is flattering but I feel loved at Chelsea' Chelsea's centre-back César Azpilicueta has missed the Champions League but has nothing but praise for the hard work of Antonio Conte as they close in on the Premier League Cesar Azpilicueta: “It's flattering to be linked to FC Barcelona: it means you're playing well. I wasn't hearing those sort of stories last season. That's a consequence of us being top of the Premier League. My objective since I arrived was to grow as a
"31.03.2017 14:38:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho admits to regrets over his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger José Mourinho admits to regrets over his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger while the German was at Manchester United José Mourinho on Bastian Schweinsteiger: "The last thing I told him before he left 'I was not right with you once, I have to be right with you now'. So when he was asking me to let him leave I had to say 'yes, you can leave' because I did it once, I
"31.03.2017 13:54:43" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: winners, losers, babies and a pop star Who can't please everyone? Who is feeling alone? And who remains unbeaten? Who can't please everyone? Who is feeling alone? And who remains unbeaten?
"31.03.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com Merseyside derby: will Everton overcome hoodoo at Liverpool? Five things to look out for including how Klopp will replace Lallana and Lukakau's pursuiot of the golden boot when the two old rivals meet at Anfield on Saturday Who will win tomorrow: Liverpool FC or Everton FC?
"31.03.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo sculptor: it is impossible to please everyone The sculptor who created the bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that it may not be to everybody's taste but insisted the Real Madrid striker had given his seal of approval before it was unveiled "It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone"
"31.03.2017 11:15:00" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino: I will never manage Barcelona Mauricio Pochettino has categorically ruled out a move to Barcelona because of his allegiance to their cross-town rivals Espanyol "I love Espanyol. It's like Tottenham for me now. It will be impossible one day to move to Arsenal. It will be impossible"
"31.03.2017 10:16:24" Liverpool FC and Everton FC fans are experiencing a lot of changes right now, with the redevelopment of Anfield and Everton's plans to leave Goodison Park. We went to the city to talk to lifelong supporters about what the future holds for both clubs
"31.03.2017 10:00:00" theguardian.com Everton's plans for £300m new stadium approved by Liverpool City Council Everton's plans for a new stadium have cleared the first hurdle after Liverpool City Council approved the establishment of a scheme to help with funding for the project Everton FC's plans for a new stadium have cleared the first hurdle
"31.03.2017 09:03:00" theguardian.com Saido Berahino: spiked nightclub drink was to blame for my drugs ban The Stoke City striker, Saido Berahino, has said he failed a drugs test earlier this season because his drink was spiked in a nightclub "I still cannot understand who would want to do that to me" – Saido Berahino
"31.03.2017 08:26:47" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Chelsea sprinkle some creativity, Lee Probert returns to Vicarage Road and will Southampton shake off any rustiness against Bournemouth at St Mary's Might Manchester United be better off without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and how will Arsenal cope with Manchester City's front five?
"31.03.2017 07:18:25" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Chelsea to pip Manchester City to Virgil van Dijk? James Rodríguez to Chelsea? | Manchester United in for Dries Mertens? | Tottenham interested in Wilfried Zaha? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Southampton FC's Virgil van Dijk to Chelsea Football Club?
• Manchester United to snap up Joshua Kimmich?
• And Everton FC to land Harry Maguire?
"30.03.2017 17:38:08" theguardian.com Everton's Romelu Lukaku is a traditional No 9 who could play in any era Romelu Lukaku, a centre-forward for any age, has had another fine season for Everton and has used his pace and bulk to cause no end of problems for defenders Romelu Lukaku, a centre-forward for any age, has had another fine season for Everton FC and has used his pace and bulk to cause no end of problems for defenders
"30.03.2017 15:07:06" theguardian.com How did José Mourinho turn Manchester United into the new Invincibles? Despite being knocked out of the FA Cup at Chelsea in the quarter-final, United have pieced together an undefeated 18-match run in the Premier League Manchester United's current unbeaten run is their best in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson's side also managed 18 in March 2013
"30.03.2017 13:04:41" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Morata, Lukaku or Sánchez to Chelsea? Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United? Max Meyer to Liverpool? Harry Maguire to Everton? Roben Loftus-Cheek to Stoke? It could be a big summer for Chelsea Football Club...
"30.03.2017 12:06:20" theguardian.com Watford's M'Baye Niang: 'I'm all about strength, skill, pace, taking people on' The on-loan Watford striker has failed to live up to his wonder-kid billing since his 2011 breakthrough but is candid enough to admit mistakes and target a return to the very top "I was at a big club, playing with big players. Now I've come here because, obviously, I need to learn more. So I will get my head down and work like a dog. If I do that then I will return to the top level again" Watford FC's on loan forward M'Baye Niang
"30.03.2017 11:43:53" theguardian.com Expected goals and Big Football Data: the statistics revolution that is here to stay From predicting Leicester's grind towards the title to foreseeing Norwich's decline, analytical models are changing the way people watch football Over the past decade we have become used to the analysis of football becoming ever more in-depth … Big Football Data is another leap altogether
"30.03.2017 11:00:00" Reporter: "Is the World Cup a realistic expectation for Chicago Fire?"
Bastian Schweinsteiger: "Er..."
"30.03.2017 10:02:34" theguardian.com Race for Neymar: the inside story of how Barcelona sealed the controversial deal Real Madrid and Chelsea desperately wanted Neymar from Santos but the Brazilian had his heart set on Barcelona. This extract from a new book reveals how the chase unfolded and why it ended up in court Real Madrid and Chelsea desperately wanted Neymar from Santos but the Brazilian had his heart set on Barcelona. This exclusive extract from a new book reveals how the chase unfolded and why it ended up in court
"30.03.2017 10:00:00" theguardian.com Premier League fights back against illegal streaming As official TV audience figures decline, the Premier League is engaged with police forces across the UK and abroad and collaborating with ISPs to crackdown on piracy The Premier League has launched its biggest crackdown on piracy yet
"30.03.2017 08:55:01" theguardian.com Quiz: who are the footballers celebrated in these statues? Whoever paid for Cristiano Ronaldo's latest likeness might want a refund but can you identify the players and managers captured in these artworks? Cristiano Ronaldo's latest statue looks more like Niall Quinn but can you identify the footballers captured in these artworks?
"29.03.2017 17:56:55" theguardian.com Blinkered and crass criticism of Wilfried Zaha shows startling insularity | Barney Ronay It is ridiculous to cast split loyalties as an issue of blame and unworthiness, an absence of guts and spleen and old English backbone – the ability to understand rather than bully is the only viable future It is ridiculous to cast split loyalties, as Wilfried Zaha had with his international future, as an issue of blame and unworthiness, an absence of guts and spleen and old English backbone, writes Barney Ronay
"29.03.2017 17:20:00" Argentina aren't the only team in danger of missing the World Cup next year
"29.03.2017 16:19:28" You have to see Cristiano Ronaldo's new statue
"29.03.2017 15:00:00" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints he will stay at Manchester United beyond summer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he will never 'leave a job unfinished' with talks over extending his Manchester United stay ongoing between the club and the player Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is in talking to Manchester United about extending his contract and that he “never leave a job unfinished”
"29.03.2017 14:01:28" theguardian.com Crystal Palace are in sparkling form. With their run-in, they need to be Mamadou Sakho has helped Crystal Palace win their last three games without conceding a goal. With 10 tough fixtures to come, they need him to keep it up Mamadou Sakho has helped Crystal Palace win their last three games without conceding a goal. With 10 tough fixtures to come, they need him to keep it up to stay in the Premier League
"29.03.2017 13:22:00" theguardian.com If Fifa is serious about reckless play it must ban Taylor for longer than Messi The punishment for the challenge that broke Coleman's leg needs to be harsher than the four-game suspension Messi is serving for swearing at an official, but a zero-tolerance approach from referees is required most of all Leo Messi has been banned for four matches for swearing.
Neil Taylor could be banned for one match for breaking a leg.
Work that out
"29.03.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo has airport named in his honour … and a dubious bust Cristiano Ronaldo was joined by dozens of guests and hundreds of fans in his native Madeira Islands for an official ceremony renaming the local airport Guess who
"29.03.2017 11:45:00" The first team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup are ... Brazil
"29.03.2017 10:45:00" theguardian.com 10 talking points from the international fixtures Video technology has a strong debut, Argentina are in trouble without Lionel Messi and Ross Barkley continues to occupy the sidelines Our big round-up of the internationals
"29.03.2017 09:50:53" theguardian.com Is the Merseyside derby the dirtiest game in the Premier League? Plus: 11 years without a victory; two yellow cards for diving; shirt number age and the player-manager who sold himself Liverpool FC v Everton FC is known as the "Friendly Derby" but someone always seems to be sent off. Has any Premier League fixture had more red cards?
"29.03.2017 07:41:28" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Manchester United to splash £40m on Eric Dier? Will Chelsea snatch Tiemoué Bakayoko from under the noses of United? | England's Ben Gibson to Chelsea? | And Slaven Bilic to exit West Ham? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Manchester United to snap up Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier?
• Ben Gibson to Chelsea Football Club from Middlesbrough FC?
• And Rafael Benítez to replace Slaven Bilic at West Ham United?
"28.03.2017 21:16:51" theguardian.com Iceland's Hordur Magnusson proves too much for Ireland's second string Hordur Magnusson's first-half free-kick was enough to give Iceland a 1-0 friendly victory over a second-string Republic of Ireland side in Dublin Ireland were beaten at home for the first time in three years – thanks to a Bristol City player.
"28.03.2017 21:06:40" theguardian.com International roundup: France foiled by video assistant referee against Spain New video assistant technology twice helped officials make correct calls in a 2-0 win for Spain at Stade de France Those in favour of technology in football will be feeling very smug after events in Paris.
"28.03.2017 20:48:38" theguardian.com Fredi Kanouté: 'Muslims have to prove they are not terrorists before talking' | Paul Doyle The former Sevilla, West Ham and Spurs striker is proud of his faith and wants to be remembered for helping orphans in Mali rather than his football achievements, he tells Paul Doyle "We often see that before talking some Muslims have to almost feel sorry about being Muslim. They have to prove or justify themselves that they are not terrorists or whatever before being allowed to talk and I don't like this."
"28.03.2017 18:40:36" theguardian.com Non-league player banned after allegedly wielding knife at fan Sawbridgeworth Town have banned a footballer, who is under police investigation, for life after an incident against Clapton FC "Rather than wait until the end of the investigation, we have already taken action regarding this matter and have suspended the player with immediate effect. He will never play for the club again and has been given a life ban from the ground."
"28.03.2017 17:52:56" theguardian.com Simon Weston launches Players Trust in bid to protect young footballers The Falklands veteran stressed the need for a body that could help players in light of the recently-uncovered sexual abuse scandal A free service to protect young footballers and provide them with guidance throughout their careers was launched in Westminster by the Falklands veteran Simon Weston.
"28.03.2017 16:50:31" theguardian.com Adam Lallana to miss Merseyside derby with thigh injury The midfielder was hurt on England duty and could be out for as long as a month Adam Lallana is out of Saturday's match
"28.03.2017 15:00:32" theguardian.com Lionel Messi banned for four Argentina matches after insulting official Lionel Messi has been banned for four international matches after insulting an assistant referee in Argentina's World Cup qualifying fixture against Chile last week Lionel Messi has been banned for four internationals after "directing insulting words" at an official
"28.03.2017 13:05:39" theguardian.com From five-a-side to futsal and Star Sixes: how football's small forms went big Fewer people are playing 11-a-side games but smaller matches are more popular than ever, which makes the new Star Sixes event particularly well timed More people are turning to five-a-side football, futsal is on the rise and England's golden generation might even win an international tournament at the Star Sixes event this summer...
"28.03.2017 11:21:53" theguardian.com David Squires on great British football own goals. Oh, and article 50 Our resident cartoonist presents a collection of classic gaffes (with apologies to Chris Brass, Jamie Pollock, Wayne Hatswell, Djimi Traoré, Lee Dixon, Tony Popovic and Peter Enckelman, whose acts of self-destruction were entirely accidental) Starring David Cameron as Chris Brass...
"28.03.2017 11:17:37" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez is Chelsea's No1 summer transfer target Chelsea have made Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez their main summer transfer target, with Antonio Conte having discussed with the club's hierarchy the possibility of bringing the Chilean to Stamford Bridge Antonio Conte has met with the Chelsea Football Club hierarchy to discuss the possibility of bringing Alexis Sanchez to Stamford Bridge
"28.03.2017 09:55:37" theguardian.com What are the missing lyrics in these football songs? These lyrics make Liam Gallagher look like Morrissey. Do you remember them? Do you know your Anfield Rap from your Pass & Move?
"28.03.2017 09:24:41" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid? Malcom to Monaco? Manchester United after Bernardo Silva? Alexis Sánchez to Bayern? Is Eden Hazard on his way to Real Madrid C.F.?
Will Alexis Sanchez swap Arsenal for FC Bayern München?
Are Manchester United in the hunt for Bernardo Silva
"27.03.2017 22:40:00" theguardian.com Liverpool hire jet for return of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino Liverpool are taking no risks before Saturday's derby with Everton by hiring a private jet to bring back Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino from international duty in Brazil Liverpool FC's Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho will travel home from World Cup qualifying in style
"27.03.2017 22:10:00" theguardian.com England goalscorer Jermain Defoe says vegan diet and discipline paying off The Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has said the lifestyle changes he has made are all for the love of the game and that he 'wants to keep going for as long as possible' The secrets behind Jermain Defoe's England comeback? Cryotherapy, ice baths and spinach, kale and nettle smoothies
"27.03.2017 21:53:13" theguardian.com Gareth Southgate wanted Wilfried Zaha for England role but was too late Gareth Southgate says he failed in his efforts to win over the Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who won a senior England cap under Roy Hodgson but chose to play for Ivory Coast "You run the risk when you leave players out of them going across to another country. But in the end I have to focus on players who are desperate to play for England football team."
"27.03.2017 19:52:32" theguardian.com Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek shines as England Under-21s beat Denmark Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice in England Under-21s' 4-0 friendly win in Denmark Ruben Loftus-Cheek has only made four starts for Chelsea Football Club this season but his good international form continued as England national under-21 football team thrashed Denmark
"27.03.2017 18:42:18" theguardian.com Danny Blind pays the price after Holland's delight turns to despair Holland's decline has been sharp and their problems run far deeper than the mistakes by the young Matthijs de Ligt in their defeat by Bulgaria that cost Danny Blind his job as manager "This is a nightmare" – The Netherlands football team captain Arjen Robben summed up the mood after defeat to Bulgaria followed recent qualifying losses to Iceland, Turkey and Czech Republic
"27.03.2017 16:35:47" theguardian.com Séamus Coleman remains 'pretty down' about leg break, says Martin O'Neill Martin O'Neill believes Séamus Coleman is already looking to the future following his double leg fracture but remains 'pretty down' as he comes to terms with his injury lay-off "He's just beginning to come to terms with it. He's still pretty down about it. He's not in as much pain, the operation went very well and it's just a matter of coming to terms with it"
"27.03.2017 15:46:10" theguardian.com What has happened to Holland? - Football Weekly The podders discover why the Netherlands are struggling to qualify for a second successive major tournament. Plus, Ireland's ugly encounter with Wales; Argentina head to La Paz; and big changes at Billericay Town Holland didn't make it to Euro 2016 and now they're struggling to qualify for the World Cup next year. What is going on?
"27.03.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com Who are the in-demand players this summer? It is not yet April but, with clubs already working hard on securing their main transfer targets for the summer, we look at some of the players who are likely to move when the window opens With clubs already working hard on securing their main transfer targets for the summer, we look at some of the players who are likely to move when the window opens
"27.03.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Graham Stack: the Arsenal Invincible who has more fans in India than Islington Graham Stack was on the bench for Arsenal on the day they won the league at Tottenham in 2004, but that fixture offered little preparation for life in Kerala Graham Stack was on the bench for Arsenal on the day they won the league at Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, but that fixture offered little preparation for life with the Kerala Blasters
"27.03.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Should clubs end goal bonuses and put players on flexible pay? Rewarding players based on a team's performance – rather than individually – makes sense in the modern Premier League. But how many clubs are prepared to risk it? Rewarding players based on a team's performance – rather than their own goals – makes sense in the Premier League. But how many clubs are prepared to risk it?
"27.03.2017 11:15:00" theguardian.com Jermain Defoe rolls back the years for England Jermain Defoe showed he has lost none of his eye for goal in scoring for England against Lithuania in a 2-0 win and vindicating Gareth Southgate's decision to recall him Jermain Defoe has showed England what they were missing
"27.03.2017 10:20:22" theguardian.com Why don't teams score more goals from corners? Fans still get very excited when their team win a corner but, in the Premier League, only three per cent lead to a goal. Maybe taking one isn't so easy after all Football fans have a curious relationship with corners. They only produce a goal 3% of the time, but we sure get excited about them