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"25.03.2017 16:24:04" theguardian.com Gordon Strachan labels Scotland's qualifier with Slovenia a 'must-win' Gordon Strachan said 'There's no grey areas to it – it's must-win' ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifying match with Slovenia at Hampden Park 'There's no grey areas to it – it's must-win. That's dealing with reality. We have to win. But sometimes when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you'
"25.03.2017 15:31:12" theguardian.com Being the Hardest Man in Football He played for 10 diff erent clubs, but whoever it was knew to expect a full-blooded display. Here Billy Whitehurst recounts a notorious episode in his career 'I've put my thumb in his eye, smashed his head against the wall then his friend has pulled one of those coshes that you can extend and he's smashed me over the nose with it. His other mate has hit me on the other side and as I have turned round he has
"25.03.2017 14:51:32" Timeline Photos How well do you know your clichés?
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"25.03.2017 13:43:59" theguardian.com Italy's Gianluigi Buffon caps 1,000th game with clean sheet and win Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Palermo thanks to goals from Daniele de Rossi and Andrea Belotti to keep pace in Group G with Spain, who won 4-1 against Israel Gianluigi Buffon kept a clean sheet on his 1,000th professional appearance as Italy kept pace with Spain at the top of Group G in World Cup qualifying
"25.03.2017 13:08:55" theguardian.com Serbian football's eye-watering racism problem shows no sign of abating Everton Luiz's tearful response to appalling abuse at FK Rad highlighted an old problem in Serbia but clubs are powerless and frightened to intervene against the ultras Everton Luiz's tearful response to appalling abuse at FK Rad highlighted an old problem but clubs are powerless and frightened to intervene against the ultras
"25.03.2017 12:26:25" theguardian.com Rogues' gallery: English football's worst owners, from Becchetti to Bates Leyton Orient fans believe their owner is leading them to oblivion but Hicks and Gillett at Liverpool and Peter Ridsdale at Leeds remind us feckless owners are nothing new Leyton Orient Football Club fans believe their owner is leading them to oblivion, reminding us that feckless owners are nothing new
"25.03.2017 11:49:21" theguardian.com Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic lead the way as USA trounce sorry Honduras Bruce Arena's team claim first win in the Hex as Honduras fall apart on a rainy night in San Jose U.S. Soccer 6-0 Honduras
"25.03.2017 11:15:48" theguardian.com Ignore the cult of Kanté. Eden Hazard is the player of the year The stifling orthodoxy that N'Golo Kanté is the top flight's most important player ignores the bravery and skill of Chelsea's Belgian playmaker alongside him The general view on this is pretty clear. N'Golo Kanté should obviously win it. This has become so ingrained by now that even suggesting otherwise is pretty much a deliberate act of provocation. Only an attention-seeking fool would suggest that at the
"25.03.2017 10:36:46" theguardian.com Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by top four this season | Paul Wilson The teams in the top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand The teams in the Premier League's top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list, while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand
"25.03.2017 10:06:45" theguardian.com Megan Rapinoe: 'God forbid you be a gay woman and a person of colour in the US' The US women's team star caused quite a stir by kneeling for the national anthem. But, she tells Matt Pentz, she has no regrets about fighting for what's right 'We need to talk about a larger conversation in this country about equality in general and respect – especially with the recent election and subsequent narrative coming from the White House right now'
"25.03.2017 08:52:54" theguardian.com Leroy Rosenior: 'There were 5,000 Leeds fans shouting Sieg Heil at us, hatred in their eyes' In an exclusive book extract, the former Fulham, QPR and West Ham forward recalls the racism he faced in the 1980s, including being spat at by a schoolboy In an exclusive book extract, the former Fulham, QPR and West Ham forward recalls the racism he faced in the 1980s, including being spat at by a schoolboy
"25.03.2017 00:30:09" theguardian.com Séamus Coleman's leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O'Neill Martin O'Neill described Séamus Coleman's broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury in the goalless draw against Wales Martin O'Neill: “Séamus has gone to hospital, it's been confirmed by the doctor that he has broken his leg, obviously it's a real blow to him. He's having the season of a lifetime at club level, he's a big player for us and a great character”
"24.03.2017 22:00:16" theguardian.com Séamus Coleman broken leg overshadows Republic of Ireland draw with Wales The Republic of Ireland defender Séamus Coleman had a leg broken in a tackle by Wales's Neil Taylor in their World Cup qualifier in Dublin that ended 0-0 Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales
"24.03.2017 19:00:00" theguardian.com Giampaolo Pazzini, new Wembley's first goalscorer, feels the emotions 10 years on The striker took only 30 seconds to register the rebuilt stadium's first goal for Italy Under-21s, ending with a hat-trick, and tells Paolo Bandini he is still moved by the standing ovation from England's fans when he was substituted Exactly 10 years have passed since Giampaolo Pazzini scored the first goal, and then the first hat-trick, at the new Wembley Stadium. “I've kept photos from that match, as well as my boots and the ball – signed by everyone,” he says. “For me, it was a
"24.03.2017 18:00:00" theguardian.com Uwe Rösler: 'English football is fantastic – wow. But you also have a dark side' Former Manchester City striker is working wonders at Fleetwood but feels too many clubs' structures are flawed, leaving talented managers on the scrapheap "In the Championship, you see good people, good coaches, losing their jobs. That doesn't happen in other countries nowhere near as much. When you look at, say, Serie B or the second Bundesliga, before the season there are three or four clubs who have
"24.03.2017 17:03:34" Gianluigi Buffon will make his 1,000th appearance as a professional footballer tonight. What a player
"24.03.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Who could begrudge Lukas Podolski his Roy of the Rovers ending? Lukas Podolski professionalism, jovial charm and steely determination helped him win 130 caps and score 49 goals for Germany. He earned all the praise Popular striker becomes captain for the night and signs off in front of a capacity crowd by scoring the winner against an old enemy with a screamer into the top corner. It's all a bit Roy of the Rovers, but who could begrudge a happy ending to Lukas
"24.03.2017 15:03:14" Are the prawn sandwich brigade getting good value for money at Wembley Stadium?
"24.03.2017 12:59:34" theguardian.com 'Woman on!' Arsenal's girls benefiting from mixing it with the boys Arsenal Ladies' under-10s and under-12s are in a league with boys from this season and an afternoon watching the younger age group reveals a genderless environment which is helping the girls to achieve their potential Arsenal Ladies' under-10s and under-12s are playing in a league with boys this season. An afternoon watching the younger age group reveals that this genderless environment is helping the girls to achieve their potential
"24.03.2017 10:58:35" theguardian.com Italy's veteran manager turns to youth to restore their former World Cup glories Gian Piero Ventura has been coaching for 41 years but the squads he has picked for Italy's World Cup qualifiers show he has not lost his faith in young players For the first time in a long time the Italy squad is brimming with young players – and they are being picked by a coach who has been in management for more than 40 years
"24.03.2017 10:19:51" theguardian.com Brazil thrash Uruguay as Argentina edge past Chile Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a hat-trick as Brazil thrashed their nearest World Cup qualifying rivals 4-1 in Montevideo and they could qualify for Russia as soon as next Tuesday It was a good night for Argentina – and an even better one for Brazil
"24.03.2017 09:07:10" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Manchester City to move for Kingsley Coman? Gianluigi Donnarumma to City too? | Moussa Sissoko ready to quit Spurs? | Riyad Mahrez and Hector Bellerín to Barça? | Michael Keane to Merseyside? In today's Rumour Mill:
• Kingsley Coman and Gigi Donnarumma to Manchester City?
• Riyad Mahrez and Hector Bellerín to FC Barcelona?
• Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid C.F.?
"24.03.2017 08:47:16" www.theguardian.com International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying Wales have a great chance to beat an injury-ravaged Ireland, Gordon Strachan faces his last chance with Scotland and Kylian Mbappé could start for France Wales have a great chance to beat an injury-ravaged Republic of Ireland, Gordon Strachan faces his last chance with Scotland and Kylian Mbappé could step up for France
"23.03.2017 22:41:39" theguardian.com Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea Real Madrid may offer Álvaro Morata in part-exchange for Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who they believe can usher in a post-Ronaldo era The transfer window will not open for another couple of months, but Real Madrid are already planning their latest raid on the Premier League.
"23.03.2017 19:44:57" theguardian.com Everton's Bramley Moore stadium opportunity is one they cannot miss | Andy Hunter The club have planned to leave Goodison Park before and failed; this time they appear to have the imagination and ambition to pull it off The regeneration plan for north Liverpool is mapped out. There is an acceptance at Everton that, having missed out once before, they must be part of it.
"23.03.2017 17:57:53" theguardian.com Everton seek £300m to build new stadium Everton have cleared the first hurdle in their attempt to build a new stadium on Liverpool's waterfront by agreeing a deal to purchase land at Bramley Moore dock and receiving backing from the city council to act as guarantor for the £300m-plus loans Everton FC have taken significant steps towards building a new stadium on Liverpool's waterfront
"23.03.2017 17:07:25" theguardian.com Italy and Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon prepares for 1,000th game When the 39-year-old faces Albania in Palermo he will reach a milestone in a remarkable career that has seen him become a beacon of stability Gianluigi Buffon will play his 1,000th senior match as a professional on Friday night when Italy face Albania tomorrow night
"23.03.2017 16:12:37" theguardian.com England football away trips: a gap year for the Brexit generation The songs of some England fans at the Germany game were boneheadedly inappropriate but the general vibe was not aggressive, with many youthful fans like a slightly tougher version of the Inbetweeners "Fuck the Pope! Fuck the IRA! War, war, war! Germans. RAF pilots. Why are 20-something blokes singing this stuff? And not just singing it but bringing it back, proudly ramping up the volume on songs that have always been there but seem to have been
"23.03.2017 14:30:00" Oh dear...
"23.03.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Wembley at 10: is the iconic venue value for money? It is 10 years since the reconstructed stadium opened at a cost of £757m after years of arguments about its financing and role. Its world-class status is scarcely in doubt but not everyone considers it an unadulterated success The new Wembley Stadium opened 10 years ago at a cost of £757m. It is a world class ground but not everyone considers it a success
"23.03.2017 12:46:10" theguardian.com Argentina face must-win game against Chile It may not be a crisis yet but it will be if bogey team Chile defeat Argentina – and it will add to the many issues that are affecting the national game Argentina are not quite in crisis yet but they will be if they lose to their bogey team in the World Cup qualifier tonight
"23.03.2017 11:07:10" theguardian.com Life with the last Italian football club left in England In 1968 Luigi Farnesi took his priest's advice and set up Italia Wasteels. Luigi still goes every week but his Italian community has changed beyond recognition Forty-nine years ago Luigi Farnesi took his priest's advice and set up Italia Wasteels Football Club. Luigi is still going every week but the Italian community in London has changed beyond recognition
"22.03.2017 22:47:08" theguardian.com Germany 1-0 England: five talking points from the friendly in Dortmund | Jamie Jackson Gareth Southgate's world is brave and bright; Jake Livermore and Michael Keane show promise in Dortmund, and Wayne who? Gareth Southgate's world is brave and bright; Jake Livermore and Michael Keane show promise, and Wayne who? – five talking points from England football team's defeat against Germany Football Team - Die Mannschaft
"22.03.2017 22:13:27" theguardian.com Steven Naismith rescues Scotland on a miserable night against Canada Canada scored an early opener against Gordon Strachan's team but the Norwich striker equalised before the interval Scotland national football team 1-1 Canada
"22.03.2017 22:02:36" theguardian.com Lukas Podolski's farewell stunner for Germany downs new-look England Lukas Podolski scored superb winner in his 130th and final game for Germany to hand 1-0 defeat to Gareth Southgate's new-look England in Dortmund friendly Germany Football Team - Die Mannschaft 1-0 England football team
"22.03.2017 19:17:17" theguardian.com Everton urged to end StubHub ticket partnership by supporters trust Everton Supporters Trust has urged the club to end its partnership with StubHub amid claims fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange The Everton Supporters Trust has urged Everton FC to end their partnership with StubHub amid claims fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange
"22.03.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Does the Premier League have too many powerful clubs? Manchester United's José Mourinho, faced with the club missing out on Champions League football again, has made the point that it is more difficult to buy success because power is divided among too many clubs Does José Mourinho have a point about power being divided in the Premier League or is the Manchester United manager trying to get his excuses in early?
"22.03.2017 17:25:00" theguardian.com Wenger says contract talks with Sánchez and Özil are on hold at Arsenal Arsène Wenger has said contract negotiations with Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil have been put on hold until the summer Arsène Wenger says contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil have been put on hold until the summer
"22.03.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com England set to face Germany with Michael Keane in three-man defence Gareth Southgate is planning a bold change of system that is expected to see Michael Keane make his England debut against Germany Michael Keane is expected to make his debut for the England football team tonight against Germany in a three-man defence
"22.03.2017 15:30:00" theguardian.com China are the England of Asian football: big hopes followed by inevitable failure Chinese clubs are spending a fortune on players but the national team are 86th in the world rankings and have little chance of going to the World Cup in Russia A league that brings in expensive foreign players, media that expects success and a team that rarely lives up to the hype. Sound familiar?
"22.03.2017 14:20:00" theguardian.com Russia 2018 World Cup: how the main contenders are shaping up From a rejuvenated Brazil to France's incredible strength in depth, we look at the frontrunners' starting XIs to see how they compare With 15 months to go until the FIFA World Cup in Russia, we spoke to football experts from around to world to see how the frontrunners are shaping up
"22.03.2017 13:17:11" Ronnie Moran, Liverpool FC captain, coach and boot room legend, has died aged 83
"22.03.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Schweinsteiger signing does little to dispel view of MLS as retirement home Kristan Heneage: The Fire's $4.5m move for the former German international seems to share many parallels with ill-fated veteran signings of the past Chicago Fire's splashy $4.5m move for Bastian Schweinsteiger seems to share many parallels with ill-fated veteran signings of the past
"22.03.2017 12:15:00" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic still fired up by Pep Guardiola feud for Manchester derby Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is still motivated by his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, adding 'the problem wasn't with me, it was with him' "The problem wasn't with me, it was with him, and he never came to terms with it" – Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola
"22.03.2017 11:14:51" theguardian.com How it feels to have made one appearance in the Premier League Established stars speak about top-flight football the way we talk about office jobs but players with one appearance remember just how surreal and exciting it is “I'll never forget walking out. Maine Road was huge and most of the crowd were singing: 'Who the fucking hell are you?'"
"22.03.2017 10:43:30" theguardian.com England's starless brigade can build again under Gareth Southgate England have left Wayne Rooney behind and Gareth Southgate can concentrate on creating a side that recaptures the imagination with a strong team ethic and a game plan The real task for Gareth Southgate is to build a team who play beyond their own levels and, in doing so, communicate a basic sense of joy rather than the usual angst and fear
"22.03.2017 09:53:28" theguardian.com Ronnie Moran, Liverpool player, coach and assistant manager, dies aged 83 The former Liverpool captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died aged 83 after a short illness, his son Paul has announced The former Liverpool FC captain, coach and caretaker manager Ronnie Moran has died aged 83 after a short illness
"22.03.2017 09:11:58" theguardian.com Manchester United to face Real Madrid and Barcelona in pre-season US tour A Manchester derby will take place in the United States in July when United and City compete for the International Champions Cup with Barcelona and Real Madrid Manchester United will face Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona and Manchester City this summer in the International Champions Cup in the United States
"21.03.2017 23:51:00" theguardian.com Gareth Southgate looks to Marcus Rashford and sets bar high for England Gareth Southgate has told his England players they should aim to win the 2018 World Cup with their first step being against Germany in a friendly in Dortmund "We have to think differently and work differently. I'm trying to open their eyes to what we believe is possible. It will be a lot of hard work and it might need some more challenging conversations and difficult decisions on my part but that is why we are
"21.03.2017 22:41:16" theguardian.com Wales's Chris Coleman plots to sink Ireland in the land of his father Return to Dublin stirs fond memories for the Wales manager once pursued by Jack Charlton but World Cup qualifying points are his priority “I'll have a pint of Guinness after the game definitely, and that will be remembering him. But beforehand it will be business.”
"21.03.2017 21:23:14" theguardian.com Phil Jones withdraws from England's squad to face Germany with injury Phil Jones has pulled out of the England squad after picking up an injury in training before the trip to Germany for the friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday Phil Jones will miss England's match in Dortmund on Wednesday, while the former coach Roy Hodgson has criticised "dishonest" reporting of his team's performance at Euro 2016.
"21.03.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Germany great Lukas Podolski set for perfect sendoff, says Joachim Löw Joachim Löw praised Lukas Podolski as one of Germany's greats before the winger's 130th and final appearance for his country against England in Dortmund "Lukas and myself have gone a long road together. We have gone over many hurdles, many tournaments, disappointments but also the biggest joy as coach and player with the World Cup victory in 2014. So the stage tomorrow is appropriate. Germany against
"21.03.2017 15:38:06" theguardian.com Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal in the league this year? Arsenal are no worse than they were last season but Tottenham have improved again. Will Spurs finish above their rivals for the first time in 22 years? Will it be 22nd time lucky for Tottenham Hotspur?
"21.03.2017 14:45:00" theguardian.com Mario Götze: the 'once in a century talent' who is now fighting to save his career His artistry made Germany World Cup champions but a debilitating muscle disorder and an unfavourable public image have disrupted the progress of the Dortmund midfielder who will play no part in the friendly against England Mario Götze's artistry made Germany World Cup champions but a debilitating muscle disorder and an unfavourable public image have disrupted the progress of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who will play no part in the friendly against England
"21.03.2017 13:30:01" theguardian.com Rio Ferdinand talks of pain and helplessness after wife's death Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the helplessness and pain he felt after the death of his wife, Rebecca Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the helplessness and pain he felt after the death of his wife, Rebecca. The former Manchester United defender revealed that without his wife or club to lean on, he “didn't have a clue” how to do things such as making a
"21.03.2017 12:52:08" theguardian.com Thibaut Courtois shrugs off Real Madrid talk and plans to stay at Chelsea Thibaut Courtois has insisted he will remain at Chelsea and dismissed speculation that he will move to Real Madrid next season Thibaut Courtois: “I don't see myself at Real Madrid C.F. I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them"
"21.03.2017 11:25:28" theguardian.com David Squires on Germany v England and other business Our resident cartoonist looks ahead to international fortnight, while taking in Tim Sherwood's potty-mouth, an aerial dogfight over the Hawthorns and more The England football team are off to Dortmund to face Germany in one of world football's great one-sided rivalries. Here's David Squires with his match preview...
"21.03.2017 10:10:00" theguardian.com Arsenal require major surgery whether Arsène Wenger stays or goes The decay is palpable and delaying an awkward decision for so long has made the club less attractive to potential successors to the Frenchman Arsenal's three biggest signings have not taken the club to the next level: Alexis Sanchez will surely leave in the summer, Mesut Özil has not signed his contract and Granit Xhaka has struggled. Just as disappointingly, the many young prospects – Theo
"21.03.2017 08:35:33" theguardian.com Bastian Schweinsteiger joins Chicago Fire from Manchester United The midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined the Chicago Fire from Manchester United, it was reported on Tuesday The midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed his move to the Chicago Fire from Manchester United
"21.03.2017 00:09:37" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn's Wales call-up The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is unhappy at not being consulted by Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn's Wales call-up “Actually, I was surprised about this. I don't know exactly how it's normal here ... usually when you call up a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me"
"20.03.2017 23:03:42" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy: I got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking at Leicester The Leicester City and England striker has said he and his family came under attack after the departure of Claudio Ranieri and the club's poor form “[One story] said I was personally involved in a meeting when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours. The stories were quite hurtful. A lot of false accusations were being thrown out there and there's nothing us, as players, could do about it.”
"20.03.2017 22:25:11" theguardian.com Olivier Giroud: Arsenal players want Arsène Wenger to stay on Olivier Giroud believes the Arsenal players are right behind Arsène Wenger and want him to stay on as the manager “We want Arsène Wenger to renew his contract, to continue his adventure, because we support him"
"20.03.2017 22:01:04" theguardian.com Chelsea's Eden Hazard facing fitness race for clash with Manchester City Chelsea's Eden Hazard is facing 10-15 days out with a calf injury, national team caoch Roberto Martínez has confirmed Eden Hazard faces '10-15 days' according to Roberto Martínez, with Chelsea Football Club facing Manchester City on 5 April
"20.03.2017 21:02:46" theguardian.com Tim Sherwood given stadium ban for foul-mouthed rant at referee, FA reveals The FA has revealed that Tim Sherwood, the director of football at Swindon Town, was given a two-game stadium ban for his foul-mouthed rant towards referee Mark Brown Sherwood swore at Mark Brown and called the referee a 'mug' during Swindon Town Football Club's defeat to Bury
"20.03.2017 19:34:17" theguardian.com England given powerful message by Gareth Southgate, says James Ward-Prowse England's ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it James Ward-Prowse called Gareth Southgate's England football team vision 'very powerful' while Jermain Defoe said Southgate was 'the perfect man for the job'
"20.03.2017 18:45:01" theguardian.com Atlético Madrid give Sevilla a Father's Day to forget A 3-1 scoreline was flattering to the losers, La Liga's third-place side and a run of four games without a win in all competitions encapsulates a season threatening to end prematurely “Oé, Oá, Sevilla aren't in the Champions League,” sang the Atlético de Madrid fans through the smirks
"20.03.2017 17:45:01" theguardian.com The peaceful one: José Mourinho says he is now more mature José Mourinho has said he is a more mature manager than he was at the start of his career "I've matured, I'm more at peace. A win no longer represents the moon to me, and a defeat no longer means hell. And I think I can transmit that serenity to my players. I have the same ambitions as before, the same involvement and the same professionalism.
"20.03.2017 16:44:16" Derry City captain Ryan McBride has died aged 27, just one day after playing in a 4-0 victory. Sean Barrett, the club's CEO, said: "We are absolutely devastated. We haven't come to terms with it and we probably never will. He was our man"
"20.03.2017 15:27:46" theguardian.com Sérgio Conceição turned Leicester down and is now turning Nantes around Sérgio Conceição has revitalised Nantes; Angers keep winning; Lorient languish in last place; and France look forward to games with Luxembourg and Spain Sérgio Conceição had the chance to move to Leicester City to replace Claudio Ranieri but he stayed with FC Nantes – and aren't they glad he did
"20.03.2017 15:21:37" theguardian.com Referee banned for life for match-fixing in World Cup qualifier Joseph Odartei Lamptey incorrectly awarded a penalty during a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup between South Africa and Senegal in November last year A Ghanaian referee has been banned for life by Fifa after being found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifier
"20.03.2017 13:44:28" theguardian.com Would Thomas Tuchel be fight fit for Arsenal? The Dortmund coach refreshed a tired club with a way of working 'never seen before' – it is understandable why he is being linked with a move to north London Thomas Tuchel renewed a tired Borussia Dortmund team with a way of working "never seen before" – would he do the same at Arsenal?
"20.03.2017 13:17:33" theguardian.com Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies at 27 The cause of death for player, who passed away 24 hours after leading his side to victory over Drogheda United, is so far unknown "He wasn't just our captain or leader. He was our warrior on the park. But a gentleman off it. Devastated" – Ryan McBride's team-mate, Nicky Low, sums up the mood at Derry City Football Club
"20.03.2017 11:39:45" Pep Guardiola has won the European Cup three times and La Liga nine times but he says he will remember Manchester City's 1-1 draw against Liverpool FC as "one of the most special days of my life"
"20.03.2017 10:15:53" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Watford are slipping towards dangerous territory, Chelsea fancy their chances of staying unbeaten from hereon in and Tony Pulis is finally showing his softer side Watford FC are slipping towards dangerous territory, Chelsea Football Club fancy their chances of staying unbeaten from hereon in and Tony Pulis is finally showing his softer side at West Bromwich Albion
"20.03.2017 00:45:22" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger determined to stay on as Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger remains determined to stay on at Arsenal for yet another cycle despite the club being mired in the worst sequence of Premier League results of his long tenure The loss at West Bromwich Albion sparked the latest calls for the manager to be replaced at the end of the season when his current contract expires and on Sunday night there were reports from Germany that Arsenal had made an official approach to the
"19.03.2017 22:57:57" theguardian.com Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona survive early Valencia shock Lionel Messi scored twice as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a persistent Valencia, who had Eliaquim Mangala sent off in the first half, to win 4-2 in La Liga LaLiga: FC Barcelona 4-2 Valencia CF
"19.03.2017 21:20:35" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool 'one of my happiest days' Pep Guardiola insisted he would remember Manchester City's 1-1 draw against Liverpool as 'one of the happiest days of my life as a manager' “This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. After our defeat in the UEFA Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn't talk too much. We arrived here against Liverpool, who haven't had European
"19.03.2017 18:59:18" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero pegs back Liverpool to rescue point for Manchester City Sergio Agüero scored the equaliser for Manchester City as they fought back to draw 1-1 with Liverpool in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium Premier League: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool FC
"19.03.2017 17:38:02" theguardian.com Manchester United's José Mourinho refuses to discuss Middlesbrough spat José Mourinho refused to answer questions about unseemly altercation in the tunnel following bad-tempered end to Manchester United's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough A suddenly silent José Mourinho walked out of his post‑match press conference when asked about it
"19.03.2017 16:41:57" theguardian.com Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli hand Spurs victory over Souithampton Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli scored in a narrow victory against Southampton – Spurs' 13th consecutive win at White Hart Lane in all competitions Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton FC
"19.03.2017 14:27:15" theguardian.com Antonio Valencia seals win for Manchester United over Middlesbrough Antonio Valencia sealed a 3-1 win for Manchester United against Middlesbrough, but the game at the Riverside Stadium ended in acrimony Middlesbrough FC 1-3 Manchester United
"19.03.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Quiz: how much do you know about Manchester City v Liverpool matches? Where did they first meet? What did Guardiola say about Klopp? Who won 6-0? How did Pep Guardiola describe Jürgen Klopp before the teams met earlier this season on New Year's Eve?
"19.03.2017 10:59:00" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'I'm carrying on with my career, dude. I'm starting over' Also featuring: Ahmad Ahmad, Yaya Touré, and the Teddy Bear Stadium “Dude, what happened, happened. I made a mistake, a serious one, but mistakes happens in life – I'm not a bad guy"
"19.03.2017 10:29:15" theguardian.com Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate's England? | Jacob Steinberg Harry Kane's ankle injury has exposed an England weakness with only three forwards in the squad for the games against Germany and Lithuania, one them being 34-year-old Jermain Defoe The England football team still has quality in attack and the potential for plenty of goals from midfield
"19.03.2017 00:02:22" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's Manchester City nurse a headache against Liverpool | Paul Wilson Champions League exit leaves Manchester City and Pep Guardiola vulnerable to the danger of missing another target when facing the manager's old foe Jürgen Klopp UEFA Champions League exit leaves Manchester City and manager vulnerable to danger of missing another target when facing Pep Guardiola's old foe Jürgen Klopp
"18.03.2017 22:36:46" theguardian.com Real Madrid stretch lead over Barcelona thanks to Benzema and Casemiro Benzema and Casemiro on target as Real Madrid go five points clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Athletic Club 1-2 Real Madrid C.F.
"18.03.2017 21:08:41" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku's ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman's | Daniel Taylor Everton manager has readily changed clubs to further his own career and this response to Lukaku's desire to move shows an all too common double standard 'It is a bit rich for Ronald Koeman to lecture Romelu Lukaku unless he is willing to apply the same rules to his own life'
"18.03.2017 19:51:50" theguardian.com Benik Afobe double lifts Bournemouth and keeps Swansea in peril A goal in each half from Benik Afobe lifted Bournemouth closer to safety in a 2-0 win over Swansea, who remain at risk just outside the relegation zone AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City Football Club
"18.03.2017 19:32:59" theguardian.com Sunderland draw blank against Burnley to heap pressure on David Moyes Sunderland remain bottom and deep in the relegation mire after they drew 0-0 with a Burnley side still seeking their first away win of the season Sunderland AFC 0-0 Burnley Football Club: Sunderland survival hopes slipping away after stalemate
"18.03.2017 19:07:23" theguardian.com Troy Deeney's own goal gifts Crystal Palace rare home win against Watford A fine performance from Wilfried Zaha and an own goal from Watford's captain Troy Deeney gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace Football Club 1-0 Watford FC
"18.03.2017 18:56:42" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku maintains Everton hot streak with brace in 4-0 defeat of Hull Everton maintained their push for European football next season after two late goals from Romelu Lukaku helped them to a 4-0 Premier League win over Hull Everton FC 4-0 Hull City
"18.03.2017 18:17:49" theguardian.com Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel plays heroic role in West Ham defeat The Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel played a key role in the 3-2 defeat of West Ham West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City Football Club
"18.03.2017 17:39:37" theguardian.com Chelsea believe the title is coming after Gary Cahill sinks Stoke A late goal from Gary Cahill gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at Stoke and had Antonio Conte and his players greeting chants of 'We're going to win the league' with conviction Stoke City Football Club 1-2 Chelsea Football Club
"18.03.2017 17:25:33" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger will shortly announce decision regarding his Arsenal future Arsène Wenger admitted he had made up his mind regarding his future at Arsenal after their 3-1 defeat at West Brom but is not making his decision public just yet 'You will soon know …'
"18.03.2017 15:50:20" theguardian.com Daniel Pinillos earns Nottingham Forest late point against Derby County Daniel Pinillos headed home in injury time to earn Nottingham Forest a 2-2 draw against Derby County in the battle of the new Championship managers at the City Ground Nottingham Forest 2-2 Derby County
"18.03.2017 14:44:13" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson soars to give Arsenal a fresh low Two towering headers from corners by Craig Dawson exposed Arsenal's weakness at set pieces and helped West Bromwich Albion to a 3-1 win West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Arsenal
"18.03.2017 13:16:22" theguardian.com David Wagner's survivalist mentality steels Huddersfield for the big time David Wagner's rigorous fitness regime and astute signings have Huddersfield pressing richer rivals in the push for the Premier League and daring to recall past glories Wagner has given his team a clear identity without being dogmatic. He can adapt. Huddersfield add long passing to their repertoire when teams try to sabotage more intricate moves.
"18.03.2017 10:12:48" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's zonal theory will take time for Manchester City to learn | Jonathan Wilson The Barcelona and Bayern Munich players were already familiar with Pep Guardiola's complex juego de posición theory – at City he was virtually starting from scratch "Guardiola's project, his basic theory of play, is more complex. His preferred term for his philosophy is juego de posición and to instil it he divides the training pitch into 20 sections … The idea is that players adjust their position according to which
"18.03.2017 09:30:00" theguardian.com Bournemouth v Swansea City: match preview Swansea, despite improving under Paul Clement, have been poor away from home recently but will see Bournemouth's shaky defence as a perfect opportunity for three points Premier League match preview: AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City Football Club
"18.03.2017 09:10:00" theguardian.com West Ham United v Leicester City: match preview Leicester have to forget about Atlético Madrid for the moment and focus on a trip to West Ham United where Craig Shakespeare will be demanding a win to continue his side's move away from danger Match preview: West Ham United v Leicester City Football Club
"18.03.2017 08:50:00" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Watford: match preview Crystal Palace will be targeting a third successive win to boost hopes of Premier League survival but Watford, fresh from a two-week break, have the flair to upset the home fans Premier League match preview: Crystal Palace Football Club v Watford FC
"18.03.2017 08:30:00" theguardian.com Stoke City v Chelsea: match preview Chelsea will be out to prove their title credentials at the Bet365 Stadium against a Stoke City side unbeaten in their past eight matches at home Match preview: Stoke City Football Club v Chelsea Football Club
"18.03.2017 07:50:00" theguardian.com Everton v Hull City: match preview Everton's Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his past five games and is likely to add to his tally against a Hull City side that have conceded 34 goals away from home this season Premier League match preview: Everton FC v Hull City
"18.03.2017 07:30:00" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal: match preview Arsenal may arrive at the Hawthorns under-cooked, after facing non-league Lincoln City last weekend, and will have to be at their best against West Brom to earn a vital set of three points Match preview: West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal
"17.03.2017 23:53:00" theguardian.com Granit Xhaka will not be cut any slack until he refines scissor-style tackle Arsène Wenger claims the Arsenal midfielder's technique and reputation have made him a marked man for referees in England “I believe that he is now in a position where on the first foul, he gets a yellow card. So, he is a victim a little bit of his reputation.”
"17.03.2017 20:30:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola: 'I have more power than ever' Pep Guardiola received the backing of Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, despite Manchester City's Champions League exit at Monaco "I have more power than ever in my life as a manager" – Pep Guardiola
"17.03.2017 19:30:01" theguardian.com Managers suffer in Championship that never sleeps Derby's quickfire turnover symptomatic of the alarming hire and fire culture in the division that has shown 14 managers the door this season 14 Championship managers have been sacked this season
"17.03.2017 19:16:28" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola: Manchester City challenge is bigger than Barcelona or Bayern Pep Guardiola received the backing of Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, despite Manchester City's Champions League exit at Monaco 'It's the first time in my career as a manager when I feel that now is the moment you have to see yourself like a manager. That's the first time. For the other ones, I was so lucky managing and training big clubs.'
"17.03.2017 18:15:01" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino hopes Harry Kane could make swift return Mauricio Pochettino believes that Harry Kane's positive mindset could allow the Tottenham Hotspur striker to make a swift return from his ankle ligament injury Some good news for Tottenham Hotspur fans
"17.03.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Mamadou Sakho puts drug test and Klopp behind him at Crystal Palace A year on from the positive drug test which curtailed his Liverpool season and led to Euro 2016 heartbreak, the defender is thriving at Crystal Palace and showing his appetite for a scrap A year on from the positive drug test that curtailed his Liverpool FC career and deprived him of a place at Euro 2016, Mamadou Sakho is thriving at Crystal Palace and showing his appetite for a scrap
"17.03.2017 16:59:39" theguardian.com Mamadou Sakho puts drug test and Klopp behind him at Crystal Palace A year on from the positive drug test which curtailed his Liverpool season and led to Euro 2016 heartbreak, the defender is thriving at Crystal Palace and showing his appetite for a scrap A year on from the drug test which curtailed his Liverpool season and led to Euro 2016 heartbreak, Mamadou Sakho is thriving at Crystal Palace Football Club and showing his appetite for a scrap
"17.03.2017 16:20:30" theguardian.com Predictions and tactics for the Champions League quarter-finals Will Barcelona be able to cope with Alex Sandro over two legs and will Bayern benefit from Carlo Ancelotti's tactical consistency against his former club? – Atlético de Madrid to edge Leicester City in a low-scoring tie
– AS MONACO to spring a surprise on Borussia Dortmund
– FC Bayern München to progress against Real Madrid C.F.
– FC Barcelona's front three to prove too strong for Juventus
"17.03.2017 15:30:00" theguardian.com Raheem Sterling in shape to show Liverpool he made the right move The forward can expect abuse from the away fans when Manchester City host his former club on Sunday but his form under Pep Guardiola and strength of character indicate he can make an impact when it matters most With Manchester City and Liverpool FC separated by one point and one place, Raheem Sterling must feel this is the perfect time for him to wound those he knows so well. He has the talent, form and opportunity to make it clear that he was right to go from
"17.03.2017 14:30:01" theguardian.com La Liga's foreign players are easy targets until they master Spanish Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and David Beckham have all been criticised for not being fluent in Spanish but, if they're performing well, does it really matter? Gareth Bale, David Beckham, Toni Kroos and Mesut Özil have all been criticised for not being fluent in Spanish but, if they're performing well, does it really matter?
"17.03.2017 13:55:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho hits out at Premier League José Mourinho has accused the Premier League of lacking in “common sense” "I get that the Premier League just expects everyone to be grateful for all the money it makes, but with a little common sense things could be better for everyone. Is the Premier League happy to have just one English club in the Champions League and one
"17.03.2017 13:15:00" Leicester City Football Club are going back to Spain in the Champions League
"17.03.2017 12:23:00" theguardian.com Europa League: quarter-final draw – live! Manchester United are off to Belgium in the quarter-finals Manchester United will play RSC Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals
"17.03.2017 11:38:39" theguardian.com Leicester to face Atlético Madrid in Champions League quarter-finals Leicester will face 2016 runners up Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Bayern Munich facing holders Real Madrid And the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals are...
Atlético de Madrid v Leicester City Football Club
Borussia Dortmund v AS MONACO
FC Bayern München v Real Madrid C.F.
Juventus v FC Barcelona
"17.03.2017 10:34:56" theguardian.com Champions League: quarter-final draw – live! Who will Leicester be pared with in their first Champions League quarter-final? Get the latest from Niall McVeigh Leicester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are in the hat. Follow it live...
"17.03.2017 09:03:06" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Everton and Romelu Lukaku get to shift their attention to the pitch, Liverpool face off with Manchester City, and Spurs look to push on without Harry Kane Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
"17.03.2017 08:42:09" www.theguardian.com Mark Warburton admits Nottingham Forest's scorching hot seat is a risky job | Nick Miller The former Rangers manager wasn't expecting the City Ground job until the summer but now faces a battle to stay in the Championship, beginning against Derby In the 16 months since Nottingham Forest and Derby County last met at the City Ground, the two have changed managers eight times between them. It is as if they are competing to see which can be the most chaotic club
"17.03.2017 00:38:38" theguardian.com José Mourinho blames Paul Pogba injury on crowded fixture schedule José Mourinho hit out at English fixture scheduling after losing Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury in the Europa League victory over Rostov José Mourinho said Manchester United "have lots of enemies" after Paul Pogba limped off through injury at Old Trafford.
"16.03.2017 23:30:31" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney loses his England place and with it the captaincy Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has been omitted from the England squad despite declaring his fitness and with it seems to have lost the captaincy “I don't think he expects, if he is not playing every week for his club, to be picked in this sort of situation.”
"16.03.2017 22:36:08" theguardian.com Happy birthday, Theo, you're dropped – England bombshell for Walcott Gareth Southgate and Theo Walcott had words after the England manager phoned the forward on his birthday with bad news “I've got to say he wasn't chuffed to bits to get the call. And I understand that. I don't expect him to be happy but I've got to make decisions and I think it was the right thing to call him to talk that through – even if the timing wasn't great.”
"16.03.2017 22:03:24" theguardian.com Juan Mata helps Manchester United to Europa League victory over Rostov Goal in 70th minute takes Manchester United comfortably into last eight after first-half stalemate It was a forgettable night at Old Trafford, but Manchester United are into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
"16.03.2017 21:04:11" theguardian.com Manchester City's Monaco failure should put Pep Guardiola on defensive | Jamie Jackson Pep Guardiola saw his side score six and concede six across two legs of the Champions League last 16 but blamed his high-scoring attack, not his high-conceding defence, for failure "It would seem a dereliction of duty for Guardiola not to consider recalibrating his ethos to draw up a more defensive blueprint for nights like the one in Monaco."
"16.03.2017 20:35:42" theguardian.com Middlesbrough control freak Karanka pays price for conservatism and clashes | Louise Taylor Boro's volatile manager was sacked after his cautious tactics failed to deliver Premier League points and led to fallouts with players and fans Aitor Karanka's mistake was to see compromise and delegation as signs of weakness – and that eventually led to his departure as Middlesbrough manager.
"16.03.2017 17:20:30" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman criticises Romelu Lukaku Ronald Koeman is not prepared to be held to ransom by his Everton players, having insisted he is 'not afraid' of Romelu Lukaku's contract situation and warned Ross Barkley to sign a deal or be sold "I am not happy about that interview. If Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition I would not be manager. But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has more than two years on his contract"
"16.03.2017 16:12:52" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: football celebrations gone wrong From Steve Morrow falling from Tony Adams's shoulders to Stuart McCall headbutting an affordable car, here are half-a-dozen bittersweet moments They were the best of times ... and the worst of times
"16.03.2017 14:53:41" theguardian.com Why are English clubs failing in Europe? Gruelling festive fixture lists may not be good preparation for playing Champions League football in February but Tottenham were already out by Christmas Lack of a winter break or not good enough?
"16.03.2017 14:08:31" theguardian.com Jermain Defoe among surprise England call-ups Jermain Defoe has been included in the England squad to be announced by Gareth Southgate Jermain Defoe is back in the England squad
"16.03.2017 12:57:14" theguardian.com Things you learn from going to football matches with a 10-year-old When my son agreed to come and watch Queen of the South with me it was one of those skip-down-the-street-when-you-think-nobody-is-looking moments "When my son finally agreed to come to the football with me it was one of those skip-down-the-street-when-you-think-nobody-is-looking moments. If I had been in an old Hollywood movie, I would have put my hat on at a jaunty angle, maybe pulled up the
"16.03.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com Aitor Karanka leaves Middlesbrough Aitor Karanka has left Middlesbrough with club second from bottom after a run of 10 Premier League games without a win "I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with. I'd also like to thank the fans for their support" – Aitor Karanka
"16.03.2017 11:06:40" theguardian.com The making of Gareth Southgate: from Crystal Palace captain to England boss Gareth Southgate has not won much as a manager but he captained every club he represented and his former colleagues believe he has enough grit to lead England Gareth Southgate has not won much as a manager but he captained every club he represented and his former colleagues believe he has enough grit to lead the England football team
"16.03.2017 10:15:13" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola set for Manchester City clearout with 18 players at risk Pep Guardiola is ready to embark on Manchester City's greatest overhaul since Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008, with up to 18 players' futures in the balance Manchester City may get rid of 18 players this summer
"16.03.2017 09:28:01" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to pounce for Timo Werner? Moussa Dembélé to Everton? | Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona? | Nemanja Matic to Barcelona? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• Liverpool FC target Timo Werner?
• Ousmane Dembélé set for FC Barcelona?
"16.03.2017 08:15:47" www.theguardian.com Samir Nasri tells Jamie Vardy to 'play the game like a man' after red card Samir Nasri says Jamie Vardy play-acted to get him sent off in Leicester's win over Sevilla 'For me, he is a cheat. Because if he was a foreign player, you, the English press, would say he is a cheat. They were winning 2-0; play the game like a man'
"16.03.2017 00:11:03" theguardian.com 'We weren't there in first half,' admits Pep Guardiola after City exit Pep Guardiola denied Manchester City's defence was to blame for their Champions League exit after they went out on away goals against Monaco "The problem was the first half when we were not there" – Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
"15.03.2017 23:50:07" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku questions Everton's ambitions to 'win big trophies' After rejecting a new contract, Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether Everton share his ambitions to win trophies and play Champions League football "You cannot only be remembered by scoring goals, you want to be remembered by winning trophies. That is what the fans want. So instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead" – Everton FC striker Romelu Lukaku
"15.03.2017 23:30:00" theguardian.com England's Gareth Southgate looks to Marcus Rashford as injury list lengthens Gareth Southgate's diminished options for forward places in his first England squad since being confirmed as manager have led to a change of heart about the team Marcus Rashford ought to join Gareth Southgate has decided to include the Manchester United forward in the senior squad for the forthcoming games against Germany and Lithuania
"15.03.2017 23:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester City's toothless strike force misread Pep Guardiola's blueprint for success | Jamie Jackson The frustrated manager faces a grilling after his cast of stars sleepwalk out of the Champions League at the hands of Monaco Attack is only the best form of defence if a side attacks. This truism haunted the ultimate shock-and-awe manager, Pep Guardiola, as Manchester City sleepwalked out of the Champions League
"15.03.2017 22:26:34" theguardian.com Atlético go through motions against Bayer Leverkusen to reach last eight Atlético Madrid, 4-2 up from the first leg, eased to 0-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen to reach the Champions League quarter-finals Atlético de Madrid 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (agg: 4-2)
"15.03.2017 21:58:08" theguardian.com Monaco's Tiemoué Bakayoko condemns Manchester City to away-goals agony Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Monaco on away goals after the Ligue 1 side won 3-1 in the second leg AS MONACO 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-6)
"15.03.2017 18:33:00" theguardian.com Kasper Schmeichel's Champions League brilliance confirms his rise to the elite The Leicester goalkeeper's penalty save from Steven N'Zonzi was a high point in a career that has meandered to the top and suggested he is among the world's best Kasper Schmeichel's brilliance across both legs of the Champions League last-16 stage confirms his own rise, aged 30, to the elite goalkeeping caste
"15.03.2017 15:33:00" José Mourinho: "It is not Paul's fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past. It is not his fault that some pundits are in real trouble with their lives and need every coin to survive, while Paul is a multi-millionaire"
"15.03.2017 14:19:51" theguardian.com The five outsiders who deserve to be called up to the England squad Gareth Southgate should consider Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, Ross Barkley and Nathan Redmond before posting his squad on Thursday Gareth Southgate announces his squad for England's matches against Germany and Lithuania tomorrow. Here are a few outsiders he should consider
"15.03.2017 13:20:43" theguardian.com José Mourinho hits out at 'envious' pundits over Paul Pogba criticism José Mourinho has sprung to the defence of Paul Pogba and claimed pundits are envious of the money modern players are earning 'It is not Paul's fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past. It is not his fault that some pundits are in real trouble with their lives and need every coin to survive, while Paul is a multi-millionaire. I think Paul deserves
"15.03.2017 13:00:09" theguardian.com Which manager has been most successful after a vote of confidence? Plus: teams of 11 nationalities, playing finals in second-choice kits and scoring consecutively in different kits Does anyone beat Sir Alex Ferguson in this contest?
"15.03.2017 12:10:00" theguardian.com Monaco out to restore French football's pride The humbling of France's leading club, PSG, and its leading manager, Arsène Wenger, last week have led to much criticism of French football but Monaco have recovered from first-leg deficits before Paris Saint-German were humbled by Barcelona. Arsène Wenger was embarrassed by Bayern Munich. Will AS MONACO save French football's reputation against Manchester City?
"15.03.2017 11:30:02" theguardian.com Juventus want to avoid Leicester in Champions League, says Buffon Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is worried about the possibility of the Italian giants being drawn to play Leicester in the Champions League quarter-finals “I would like to avoid Leicester City. You have everything to lose against them” – Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
"15.03.2017 10:33:20" theguardian.com The contrary Chinese football fans who support Japanese opponents Chinese fans are expected to be patriotic when their clubs face Japanese opposition but a Shanghai Shenhua fangroup has defied that convention Chinese fans are expected to be patriotic when their clubs face Japanese opposition but a group of radical Shanghai Shenhua supporters have defied that convention
"15.03.2017 09:52:57" "We're in there on merit, make no mistake about that. We might just be the surprise team" – Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare on their incredible run in the UEFA Champions League
"14.03.2017 23:29:37" theguardian.com Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored to make it 2-0 and Kasper Schmeichel then saved a penalty to guide Leicester past 10-man Sevilla and into the quarter-finals Goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton, then a penalty save by Kasper Schmeichel, put Leicester City into the quarter-final of the Champions League after beating Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate
"14.03.2017 18:38:26" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku stuns Everton with decision to reject new contract Romelu Lukaku has fired the starting gun on a summer transfer scramble with the intention of playing in the Champions League Romelu Lukaku has turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton's history
"14.03.2017 17:30:51" theguardian.com Manchester United charged by FA but Marcos Rojo in clear over 'stamp' Manchester United have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players at Chelsea but Marcos Rojo is in the clear over an alleged stamp on Eden Hazard Manchester United have been charged with failing to control their players at Chelsea – but Marcos Rojo is in the clear over his alleged stamp on Eden Hazard
"14.03.2017 15:13:27" theguardian.com Quiz: which footballers have played under these pairs of managers? Which players link the two bosses? Which players link the managers?
"14.03.2017 14:31:32" theguardian.com Leicester City ready to seize Champions League chance against Sevilla Leicester City seemed down and out of the Champions League before Jamie Vardy's first-leg goal but Craig Shakespeare's side now look equipped to give Sevilla a proper game Leicester City looked down and out before Jamie Vardy's goal in the first leg, but Craig Shakespeare's team now look equipped to give Sevilla a proper game
"14.03.2017 13:41:33" theguardian.com Did José Mourinho's back six show the best way to stop Chelsea? The Manchester United manager took a leaf from one of Sir Alex Ferguson's old books but Ander Herrera's red card changed the game and there are signs Antonio Conte has plans to counteract a back-six strategy What is the best way to beat Chelsea Football Club? A back six? Man-mark Eden Hazard?
"14.03.2017 12:20:00" theguardian.com Anthony Vanden Borre: from being the future of Belgian football to DR Congo The 29-year-old, who made his Anderlecht debut aged 16, fell out of love with the European game and moved to TP Mazembe this month. 'I am simple and honest, but the football world is hard,' he says Anthony Vanden Borre won 28 caps for Belgium, announced that he was retiring at the age of 29 due to "a lack of motivation" and then made a comeback – in the Democratic Republic of Congo
"14.03.2017 11:45:02" theguardian.com David Squires on … the FA Cup quarter-finals Our resident cartoonist looks back on the tear-ups, flare-ups, gatecrashing and manager-bashing that went on in the last-eight ties of the competition The FA Cup quarter-finals, as seen by our resident cartoonist
"14.03.2017 11:00:00" "Judas is No1" – José Mourinho responds to taunts from Chelsea fans
"14.03.2017 10:17:49" theguardian.com AFC Wimbledon heighten security for first visit of MK Dons Heightened security measures will be in place at AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow stadium for the highly charged first home match against MK Dons, the club that took away the old Wimbledon to Milton Keynes 15 years ago Heightened security measures will be in place at AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow stadium tonight for the highly charged first home match against MK Dons, the club that took away the old Wimbledon to Milton Keynes 15 years ago
"14.03.2017 08:58:36" theguardian.com Pedro Caixinha places glory in Europe at forefront of grand Rangers plans Pedro Caixinha used his Rangers unveiling to ask for time from those who harbour doubts about his credentials before identifying European glory as a legitimate target 'I want to make this club even bigger than it is. To try and achieve something that maybe we haven't achieved. We are talking about European trophies. It will take time, for sure, but at this level you need to set goals up high. If you set them low, it's
"14.03.2017 00:14:08" theguardian.com José Mourinho hits back at Chelsea fans and Conte: 'Judas is still No1' José Mourinho hit back at Antonio Conte and a section of the home support by insisting 'Judas is still No1' at Chelsea as Manchester United's defence ended at the hands of his former club “The fans can call me what they want. I am a professional. I defend my club. Until the moment Chelsea Football Club have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'm the No1. When they have somebody who wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'll
"13.03.2017 23:16:31" theguardian.com Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: five talking points from the FA Cup tie There is needle to the relationship between Antonio Conte and José Mourinho; the goalkeepers may tempt Real Madrid; and N'Golo Kanté is a bargain buy Chelsea Football Club 1-0 Manchester United: five talking points
"13.03.2017 22:15:53" theguardian.com N'Golo Kanté sends Chelsea past 10-man Manchester United in FA Cup N'Golo Kanté scored the winner as Chelsea reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Manchester United Match report: Chelsea Football Club 1-0 Manchester United
"13.03.2017 18:47:51" theguardian.com Deportivo's humbling of Barcelona marks a happy new chapter for Pepe Mel | Sid Lowe The strugglers' new manager felt his new job would be an emotional one as well as a tactical one – and his players delivered on all fronts at Riazor “Football is a state of mind and this is the proof. With the way we were before, we would have lost this game for sure. Now we think we're capable of anything”
"13.03.2017 17:28:19" theguardian.com Manchester United's striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, faces a striking crisis with four forwards ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final visit to Chelsea Wayne Rooney: injured
Marcus Rashford: ill
Anthony Martial: injured
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: suspended
"13.03.2017 15:19:20" theguardian.com Memphis Depay is back in the goals and fuelling Lyon's grand ambitions Memphis Depay struggled at Manchester United but he has found form since signing for Lyon and scored the 'goal of his life' against Toulouse on Sunday Memphis Depay struggled at Manchester United but he has found form at Lyon and scored the 'goal of his life' at the weekend
"13.03.2017 13:49:02" theguardian.com Internazionale deliver seven reasons to dream of Champions League Juventus's last-gasp win over Milan all-but settled the title but the race is on for a top-three spot and Inter's 7-1 destruction of Atalanta gives them reason to believe Juventus beat A.C. Milan to all-but settle the Serie A title race, but the battle for the Champions League places has a way to run yet
"13.03.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com Venice isn't known for its great football team. Will Pippo Inzaghi change that? Venezia play in the third tier of Italian football in a ground that was built in 1913 but their ambitious owners, manager and captain are set on reaching Serie A Venezia FC play in the third tier but their ambitious owners, World Cup-winning manager and captain say they won't rest until they reach Serie A
"13.03.2017 11:00:00" theguardian.com Premier League and FA Cup: talking points from the weekend Arsène Wenger overcomes resistance to change, Aitor Karanka wants fighters more than Stewart Downing, and José Mourinho has more pressing concerns than getting revenge at Chelsea How will Harry Kane's injury affect Tottenham Hotspur?
Is Emre Can a liability at Liverpool FC?
And should a Premier League pitch also be a rugby field?
"13.03.2017 10:22:38" theguardian.com Son's hat-trick the perfect response to Millwall's idiot minority Son Heung-min was subjected to racist abuse by Millwall fans on Sunday. His hat-trick was a fine riposte, and gives Tottenham hope after Harry Kane's injury Heung Min Son was subjected to racist abuse by Millwall fans on Sunday. His hat-trick was a fine riposte and it gives Tottenham Hotspur hope after Harry Kane's injury
"12.03.2017 23:30:00" theguardian.com Chelsea's Antonio Conte: I never, ever, ever train for the counterattack Antonio Conte has responded to José Mourinho's insinuations that Chelsea are defensive by insisting before Monday's FA Cup quarter-final that he does not focus on counterattack “José Mourinho wrote a good part of the history of Chelsea Football Club ... It's important, always, not to forget this. I have great respect for him because he's a winner. I like his mentality."
"12.03.2017 23:10:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City | Louise Taylor Pep Guardiola has not had the easiest start in England but the manner of Manchester City's dispatching of Middlesbrough suggests his ideology is starting to take hold Pep Guardiola's plan is coming together at Manchester City
"12.03.2017 22:56:52" theguardian.com Danny Cowley revels in Lincoln's brush with big time and praises Arsène Wenger | Amy Lawrence Cowley will now focus on Lincoln's National League and FA Trophy campaigns, while his Arsenal counterpart admitted there is no escape from criticism Danny Cowley insisted that his Lincoln City Football Club players swept the Arsenal dressing room – then spent 90 minutes talking football with Arsène Wenger
"12.03.2017 22:42:24" theguardian.com Manchester United's striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, faces a striking crisis with four forwards ruled out of the FA Cup quarter-final visit to Chelsea Manchester United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea Football Club
"12.03.2017 22:21:31" theguardian.com Sergio Ramos the Real Madrid saviour again as they scrape past Real Betis Sergio Ramos scored a late winner for Real Madrid reclaimed top spot in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Real Betis Real Madrid C.F. 2-1 Real Betis Balompié
"12.03.2017 21:04:47" theguardian.com Derby County part company with Steve McClaren Steve McClaren has left Derby County for the second time following the 3-0 Championship defeat to Brighton on Friday evening Steve McClaren has left Derby County with a club statement claiming “the heartbeat, commitment, focus and passion has been lacking something fundamental"
"12.03.2017 19:00:01" theguardian.com Icardi and Banega net hat-tricks as Inter put seven past Atalanta in Serie A Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi scored a perfect hat-trick in 10 first-half minutes and Ever Banega also helped himself to three goals in a 7-1 rout of hapless Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday. Internazionale 7-1 Atalanta
"12.03.2017 18:33:00" theguardian.com Harry Kane could miss rest of season with recurrence of ankle injury Harry Kane limped off during Tottenham's 6-0 win over Millwall and left White Hart Lane on crutches, with his right foot in a protective boot Harry Kane could miss the rest of Tottenham Hotspur's season after suffering an ankle injury in the FA Cup win over Millwall Football Club
"12.03.2017 18:21:22" theguardian.com Liverpool struggle past Burnley thanks to Emre Can and Lowton's miss Eight days after beating Arsenal, Liverpool had to come from behind at Anfield to beat Burnley 2-1, Emre Can scoring a fine winner but Matthew Lowton wasting a late chance to level Liverpool FC 2-1 Burnley Football Club
"12.03.2017 17:45:24" theguardian.com Deportivo La Coruña's Alex Bergantinos brings Barcelona back to earth Four days after their astonishing win against PSG, Barcelona lost 2-1 at Deportivo La Coruña, Alex Bergantinos heading the winner for the La Liga strugglers Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña 2-1 FC Barcelona
"12.03.2017 16:43:06" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur hammer Millwall in Cup with Son Heung-min hat-trick Son Heung-min scored the second, third and final goals in the last FA Cup tie at the current White Hart Lane, as Tottenham Hotspur beat Millwall 6-0 in their quarter-final Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 Millwall Football Club
"12.03.2017 15:00:00" theguardian.com Kazuyoshi Miura scores at 50 to beat Sir Stanley Matthews' record The Japanese striker, Kazuyoshi Miura, has become the oldest professional footballer to score a competitive goal, beating Sir Stanley Matthews' 52-year-long record The 50-year-old made his debut in 1986
"12.03.2017 14:25:28" theguardian.com Rangers' Clint Hill strikes late to deny Celtic in Old Firm game Clint Hill was the Rangers hero in an Old Firm game watched from the stands by his new manager, Pedro Caixinha, the veteran defender's late goal securing a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park Celtic FC 1-1 Rangers FC
"12.03.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Marcus Rashford and a back three: how to halt Chelsea without Ibrahimovic José Mourinho may follow Tottenham's lead and reinforce Manchester United's defence in FA Cup sixth-round tie to counter the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic The only side to beat Chelsea Football Club in the league since their switch to a back three was Tottenham Hotspur, also using a back three
"12.03.2017 10:48:23" theguardian.com Granada's rented trio fight relegation while seeking Premier League future Chelsea's Jérémie Boga and Victorien Angban and Manchester United's Andreas Pereira talk about life on loan in a La Liga relegation battle and their hopes of making it big in England Chelsea Football Club against Manchester United is on television on Monday night, 8.45pm on Teledeporte, so here's the question: who's getting the food in?
"11.03.2017 22:47:09" theguardian.com N'Golo Kanté was a champion already but Antonio Conte has made him better | Dominic Fifield N'Golo Kanté was already a Premier League winner with Leicester City but when Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup they will field someone who has plainly improved N'Golo Kanté has drawn praise from manager Antonio Conte and his Chelsea Football Club team-mates, with Eden Hazard saying "when I'm on the pitch it's like I see him twice"
"11.03.2017 22:09:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger still obsessed with Bayern despite high five against Lincoln Arsène Wenger beat Lincoln 5-0 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals but could not resist returning to the battering by Bayern Munich “We played an outstanding game against Bayern Munich ... I've watched this game three times and our game was killed by the referee.”
"11.03.2017 21:45:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho left trailing by calmed-down Antonio Conte | Daniel Taylor Chelsea's manager, whose team host Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday, has got under his predecessor's skin by winning games rather than by goading Antonio Conte earned a reputation at Juventus for arguing with opposing managers – but that side of Conte has disappeared at Chelsea Football Club
"11.03.2017 21:28:18" theguardian.com Ryan Sessegnon double takes play-off hopefuls Fulham past Newcastle Two goals from Ryan Sessegnon helped boost Fulham's play-off hopes with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United a year to the day since Rafael Benítez took over as manager on Tyneside Newcastle United 1-3 Fulham Football Club
"11.03.2017 21:15:02" theguardian.com Hull survival prospects boosted as Oumar Niasse double sees off Swansea The on-loan Everton forward Oumar Niasse scored a second-half double for Hull City as they weathered a nervy last few minutes to record a 2-1 win over Swansea at the KCom Stadium Hull City 2-1 Swansea City Football Club
"11.03.2017 20:39:10" theguardian.com Football League: Josh Wright scores three penalties in nine minutes for Gillingham Wright's quickfire hat-trick of spot-kicks seals comeback win over former club Scunthorpe, Bristol City end their away-day blues at Wigan, Jonathan Kodjia proves his worth for Aston Villa and a glimmer of hope for Newport Josh Wright scored three penalties in just nine minutes to complete a dramatic comeback for Gillingham Football Club against his former club Scunthorpe United FC
"11.03.2017 19:49:05" theguardian.com Theo Walcott opens floodgates for Arsenal to end Lincoln's fairytale run Arsenal ended Lincoln's Cup odyssey with an eventually emphatic 5-0 win at the Emirates after the non-league side had matched them for the first 45 minutes Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City Football Club
"11.03.2017 18:12:00" theguardian.com Millwall's Tony Craig: 'All those scars show the sort of player I am' The Millwall captain has gone under the knife six times and been sold twice by his boyhood club but tells Dominic Fifield he is back living the dream as Tottenham await in the FA Cup "I think all those scars show the sort of player I am. I put my body on the line every week. I wish I was more gifted, but I'm not" – Millwall Football Club's Tony Craig
"11.03.2017 17:36:10" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku sets Everton record in three-goal romp over West Brom Everton made light work of West Brom as Romelu Lukaku set a club record of 19 for Premier League goals in a season when making it 3-0 in the 82nd minute Everton FC 3-0 West Bromwich Albion – Romelu Lukaku sets club scoring record for the season
"11.03.2017 17:28:41" theguardian.com Joshua King hits hat-trick as Bournemouth see off West Ham in thriller Joshua King scored grabbed a last-minute winner to complete a hat-trick for Bournemouth as they beat West Ham 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at the Vitality Stadium AFC Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham United – Premier League report
"11.03.2017 14:47:59" theguardian.com 'Nine thousand Lincoln fans at Arsenal is going to be unreal' Lifelong Lincoln fan Rob Arnold has been going to games for more than 45 years and witnessed promotions and play-off finals but nothing matches Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Arsenal "Nine thousand Lincoln fans at Arsenal is going to be unreal"
"11.03.2017 14:36:12" theguardian.com Manchester City and David Silva catch Middlesbrough cold to reach semi David Silva's third-minute goal put Manchester City on the way to a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough in their FA Cup quarter-final, with Sergio Agüero adding the second Middlesbrough FC 0-2 Manchester City – The Emirates FA Cup match report
"11.03.2017 12:50:45" theguardian.com Liverpool v Burnley: match preview Jürgen Klopp will be expecting Liverpool, after easing past Arsenal, to beat a Burnley side who have not won away this season in any competition Liverpool FC v Burnley Football Club: our Premier League match preview
"11.03.2017 11:54:31" theguardian.com Rangers head into daunting Old Firm match with shaky hands on the tiller Rangers' match with Celtic on Sunday takes place against a background of major changes needed to Ibrox's chaotic strategy – and Ally McCoist's intervention was no help The ominous element in relation to Pedro Caixinha relates to a wandering career that does nothing to suggest his role at Rangers FC will rumble even into a third year – this at a time when Rangers crave stability. Caixinha swaps countries as regularly as
"11.03.2017 10:57:14" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall: match preview Tottenham are focused on booking a trip to Wembley for the semi-finals of the FA Cup but will need to be at their best to beat Millwall despite their League One status Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall Football Club: our FA Cup match preview
"10.03.2017 23:00:00" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino prefers to have Tottenham talent at home, not on loan Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino spelt out a key aspect of his managerial approach – he would rather keep young players and work with them in training than loan them to other clubs "I want to offer them the potential to be first-team players here" – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino
"10.03.2017 22:28:44" theguardian.com Paulo Dybala nets controversial last-minute penalty as Juventus beat Milan Paulo Dybala scored an injury-time penalty to earn Juventus a 2-1 Serie A win over rivals Milan, after defender Mattia De Sciglio was penalised for handball Juventus 2-1 A.C. Milan
"10.03.2017 22:21:00" theguardian.com Brighton ease past Derby to move level on points with leaders Newcastle Brighton and Hove Albion breezed past Derby County 3-0 at the Amex Stadium, thanks to goals from Anthony Knockaert, Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3-0 Derby County
"10.03.2017 22:00:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger has been living on borrowed time at Arsenal for too long | Richard Williams Left unchallenged at the club the manager continues to survive only because of former glories and careful husbandry The football club Arsène Wenger might have managed – and still might – did him a favour this week. Just 24 hours after his Arsenal team stumbled out of the Champions League, defeated 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain stole the
"10.03.2017 21:30:00" theguardian.com Bournemouth v West Ham United: match preview Bournemouth will be eager to build on their excellent draw at Old Trafford last time out but may struggle against West Ham United who welcome back Michail Antonio from suspension AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United: our Premier League match preview
"10.03.2017 21:00:00" theguardian.com Everton v West Bromwich Albion: match preview Everton are on the hunt for a top-six finish and if Ronald Koeman's side are to succeed then a win against West Bromwich Albion is imperative Everton FC v West Bromwich Albion: our Premier League match preview
"10.03.2017 20:30:00" theguardian.com Hull City v Swansea City: match preview Swansea, in contrast to Hull, have a striker on top form in Fernando Llorente and Paul Clement will be counting on the Spaniard earning his side a vital win Hull City v Swansea City Football Club: our Premier League match preview
"10.03.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Arsenal v Lincoln City: match preview Lincoln City will be out to pull off one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all-time by beating Arsenal at the Emirates and advancing to Wembley for the semi-finals Arsenal v Lincoln City Football Club: our FA Cup match preview
"10.03.2017 19:30:30" theguardian.com Middlesbrough v Manchester City: match preview Pep Guardiola will be hungry for a first English trophy and will see relegation-threatened Middlesbrough as a side Manchester City should comfortably beat Middlesbrough FC v Manchester City: our FA Cup match preview
"10.03.2017 18:23:21" theguardian.com Norwich sack Alex Neil with club off Championship promotion pace Alex Neil has been sacked by Norwich City with the club eighth in the Championship, nine points off the final play-off spot Norwich City FC have terminated Alex Neil's contract, bringing an end to the 35-year-old manager's two-year reign at Carrow Road
"10.03.2017 17:15:00" theguardian.com The FA Cup has ditched quarter-final replays, denying us some classic matches A look back at previous replays in FA Cup finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals suggests we should be celebrating these historic fixtures rather than culling them A look back at previous replays in FA Cup finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals suggests we should be celebrating these historic fixtures rather than culling them
"10.03.2017 17:09:17" theguardian.com Safe standing a step closer after Football League's green light for rail seats The government body responsible for ground safety has granted a request from the Football League to permit rail seating in 21 grounds not subject to all-seater requirements A letter sent by the Football League's chief executive, Shaun Harvey, to clubs this week, which has been seen by the Guardian, revealed that the Sports Grounds Safety Authority has agreed 'to establish a process' whereby rail seating such as the type used
"10.03.2017 16:00:00" Lincoln City Football Club are unbeaten in 10 matches. Arsenal have lost five of their last seven.
Will we see a massive shock in the FA Cup this weekend?
"10.03.2017 15:30:01" theguardian.com Bruno, still guilty of murder but bafflingly welcome to walk back into football The Brazilian goalkeeper was sentenced to 22 years for the killing of the mother of his only child. After serving seven, he has been released on appeal and several clubs are looking to sign him Bruno was given a 22-year sentence for ordering a woman's murder and feeding her to his dogs but, after serving seven, he has been released. The 32-year-old goalkeeper has been training in prison and wants to play again – maybe even at the World Cup next
"10.03.2017 14:45:00" Five screamers from South Shields FC to set up your weekend
"10.03.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Barcelona, Arsenal and 'lovemaking' Who saw yellow? Who is expecting babies? And who also lost 6-1 in Barcelona? Who is expecting babies? Who is unbeaten this season? And who lost 6-1 at FC Barcelona last Wednesday?
"10.03.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Joe Hart admits he is 'surplus to requirements' at Manchester City Joe Hart acknowledges his future is uncertain and believes being a club's No1 goalkeeper is more important than making a Premier League return "Top of my wishlist is to play for a club that wants me to be their goalkeeper" – Joe Hart
"10.03.2017 11:28:34" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet: I was bored by West Ham's defensive approach Dimitri Payet has admitted he left West Ham in January because he was “bored” with playing for a team in the lower half of the Premier League table “I had no desire to play in the lower reaches of the Premier League. The defensive system that we put in place did not give me any pleasure. You could say that I was pissed off, yes. I worked hard in every game without taking any pleasure. You could say I
"10.03.2017 10:10:21" theguardian.com There aren't many English footballers in Italy – but there is one at CS Lebowski When Gavin Ferguson read that football fans in Florence had set up a club in honour of The Big Lebowski, he asked them for a trial – and was given a contract When a Sunday League player read that football fans in Florence had set up a club in honour of The Big Lebowski, he asked them for a trial – and was given a contract
"10.03.2017 01:21:42" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger confident he can win back faith of Arsenal fans Arsène Wenger has said he feels confident he can win over the Arsenal fans again and takes heart from the way Barcelona's manager, Luis Enrique, went from idiot to hero against PSG Arsène Wenger feels confident of winning the Arsenal fans over again, citing the example of FC Barcelona's Luis Enrique, who has gone from being “an idiot to a hero” in a few weeks
"09.03.2017 23:23:24" theguardian.com Europa League roundup: Lacazette gives Lyon advantage against Roma Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette scored in injury time as they beat Roma 4-2 in France while Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach finished 1-1 in their all-German match OL - OL - Olympique Lyonnais 4-2 AS Roma
KAA Gent 2-5 KRC Genk official
Olympiacos FC 1-1 Beşiktaş
"09.03.2017 20:15:16" theguardian.com Manchester United pegged back by Rostov but Mkhitaryan claims away goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring for Manchester United but they were held 1-1 in their Europa League last-16 first leg by Rostov after Aleksandr Bukharov equalised Футбольный клуб "Ростов" / FC Rostov 1-1 Manchester United
"09.03.2017 18:44:57" theguardian.com Pedro Caixinha cleared by Qatari club to take post as Rangers manager Al-Gharafa announced they have given their Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha permission to join the Scottish Premiership club Pedro Caixinha looks set to join Rangers FC quickly – but he is unlikely to be in the dugout for their match against Celtic FC on Sunday
"09.03.2017 17:20:00" theguardian.com Arsenal break silence as Arsène Wenger addresses fan protests over future The club chairman Sir Chips Keswick says the club will make a decision over their coach 'at the right time in the right way' Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick says a decision over the future of manager Arsène Wenger will be a mutual one and will be “communicated at the right time in the right way"
"09.03.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Neymar stands apart to make the impossible possible for Barcelona The Brazilian has been criticised for a lack of goals but all night against PSG he led from the front, culminating in seven minutes and 17 seconds in which he won Barcelona the tie "As long as there's a 1% chance, we'll have 99% faith,” wrote Neymar Jr. in the aftermath of FC Barcelona's 4-0 destruction in Paris. By the time his team had pulled off their comeback, he was on his knees, thanking God for making the impossible possible
"09.03.2017 15:30:01" theguardian.com Donald Trump travel ban could prevent United States hosting World Cup The United States is favourite to win the right to host the 2026 World Cup, either on its own or in a cross-border bid with either, or both, Mexico and Canada Donald J. Trump's travel ban could prevent the US from hosting the FIFA World Cup
"09.03.2017 14:46:08" theguardian.com Unai Emery must carry the can for PSG's unspeakable defeat at Barcelona By selecting Thiago Silva ahead of Presnel Kimpembe at centre-half the coach abandoned the meritocracy which was bringing progress at PSG and has lost more than just an extraordinary Champions League tie as a result The manager must take full responsibility for this dismal defeat
"09.03.2017 14:13:45" theguardian.com Sócrates: 'It was not a goal, it was an endless orgasm. Unforgettable' In this exclusive extract from a new book on the legendary Brazil midfielder, team-mates reveal how he lost weight and even gave up his infamous smoking habit before captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain In this exclusive extract from a new book on the legendary Brazil midfielder, team-mates reveal how Sócrates lost weight and even gave up his infamous smoking habit before the 1982 World Cup finals
"09.03.2017 13:40:00" FC Barcelona's futsal team and fans – including Shakira – celebrate after an incredible night at Camp Nou
"09.03.2017 13:00:01" theguardian.com Xabi Alonso announces he will retire from football at end of season Reports earlier this year suggested Xabi Alonso was going to hang up his boots when his Bayern Munich contract runs out in the summer, and the 35-year-old midfielder has now confirmed that will be the case "Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game" – Xabi Alonso confirms that he will retire at the end of the season
"09.03.2017 11:56:09" theguardian.com Barcelona 6-1 PSG: the internet reacts to an absurd game of football Barcelona humiliated Paris Saint-Germain as they produced one of the greatest comebacks of all time – and gave football fans something to talk about online The best reaction to FC Barcelona's 6-1 win, featuring Del Boy, Céline Dion, the New England Patriots and La La Land
"09.03.2017 10:45:00" theguardian.com Luis Enrique: It was a crazy night that no kid in Barcelona will ever forget No team had come back from a four-goal deficit before, but Barcelona made the impossible happen at the Camp Nou on an incredible night with a 6-1 win against PSG “It is difficult to explain in words. This is a sport for crazy people, a unique sport. Any kid who was in the Camp Nou tonight will never forget this in their life"
"09.03.2017 10:07:20" theguardian.com Wenger says he will consider Arsenal fans' protests before signing contract The Gunners manager insisted that he had not told players whether he had decided to extend his contract, which runs out at the end of the season Will Arsene Wenger be affected by fans' protests when deciding if he will stay at Arsenal? "It will not be the most important [factor] but I will consider it of course. It is difficult for me to judge [the protests]. I have worked very hard for 20 years
"09.03.2017 09:26:00" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to join Arsenal exodus? Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea? | Barcelona to snap up Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta? | West Ham United to sign Kévin Malcuit? | Tiemoué Bakayoko on his way to Premier League? – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to join Arsenal exodus?
– FC Barcelona to sign Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta from Chelsea Football Club?
– Premier League big guns battle for AS MONACO's Tiemoué Bakayoko?
"09.03.2017 08:42:56" theguardian.com LA Galaxy bid to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic highest-paid in MLS history The Swede's current one-year contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer and though there is an option to extend by a further 12 months it is yet to be signed LA Galaxy want to prise Zlatan Ibrahimovic away from Manchester United with a deal that would make the striker the highest paid player in Major League Soccer (MLS) history
"09.03.2017 08:18:41" Luis Enrique and Gerard Piqué on FC Barcelona's 'miracle' UEFA Champions League win over PSG - Paris Saint-Germain
"09.03.2017 01:04:22" theguardian.com Luis Enrique: It was a crazy night that no kid in Barcelona will ever forget No team had ever done it before, but Barcelona made the impossible happen at Camp Nou "This is a sport for crazy people, a unique sport. Any kid who was in the Camp Nou tonight will never forget this in their life. It was a torrent of feelings. I don't cry – I would like to, but the tears don't come out."
"08.03.2017 22:21:35" theguardian.com Barcelona shatter PSG as Sergi Roberto caps absurd 6-1 comeback win Barcelona scored three times from the 88th minute to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in their Champions League last-16 second leg and go through 6-5 on aggregate Barcelona produced the greatest comeback in Champions League history on a mind-bending night at Camp Nou.
"08.03.2017 20:09:04" theguardian.com Antonio Conte and Chelsea set to agree new contract beyond 2019 Chelsea are close to agreeing fresh terms with Antonio Conte, killing off Inter's hopes of prising the Italian away, but there may be no announcement until the title race is over After a triumphant start to life in London, Antonio Conte is set to extend his stay at Chelsea.
"08.03.2017 18:00:31" theguardian.com Imagine Diego Simeone being let loose in Arsenal's dressing room Hiring the Atlético Madrid coach would be entertaining but surely Arsenal need a steady pair of hands rather than such a revolutionary re-gearing of this one-man club now Arsène Wenger's time is clearly up Hiring Diego Simeone would be entertaining but surely Arsenal need a steady pair of hands now Arsène Wenger's time is clearly up
"08.03.2017 17:15:28" theguardian.com Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings banned for five matches Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match suspension with immediate effect, following an independent regulatory commission hearing Tyrone Mings has been given a five-match ban for violent conduct
"08.03.2017 15:30:01" theguardian.com Stan Bowles: the twinkle is still there but the memories are gone The brilliant former QPR player is suffering from Alzheimer's, with friends and family pushing for a testimonial year at the club where he dazzled in the 1970s “Everyone was equal to Stan. It didn't matter if you were collecting rubbish or a pop star. If QPR FC were up in Manchester, he might stay over and play for a Sunday league team"
"08.03.2017 14:30:19" theguardian.com Steven Gerrard: 'I thought I was a bit young to be Liverpool's captain at 23' Steven Gerrard sits down to talk about leadership, the players he looked up to and how he felt 'a bit young' when he became Liverpool's captain aged 23 Steven Gerrard sits down to talk about leadership, the players he looked up to and how he felt 'a bit young' when he became Liverpool FC captain aged 23
"08.03.2017 13:10:00" theguardian.com Arsenal tactics allowed Bayern Munich to run riot, says Mats Hummels Mats Hummels suggested after Bayern Munich's 5-1 Champions League win at Arsenal that sometimes it becomes preferable simply to limit the damage “Arsenal wanted to keep being offensive. They tried to score another goal to win this game. But we have been very clever in the counterattacks. We had some very nice goals" – Mats Hummels on Arsenal 1-5 FC Bayern München
"08.03.2017 12:07:28" theguardian.com When Arsenal last let in five at home in Europe fans stayed to clap the opposition Arsenal fans did not turn on their team or manager after their 5-2 defeat to Spartak Moscow in 1982 – they stayed to the end to pay tribute to the winners Arsenal fans did not turn on their team or manager after their 5-2 defeat to Spartak Moscow in 1982 – they stayed to the end to pay tribute to the winners
"08.03.2017 12:04:22" theguardian.com José Mourinho says Rostov pitch is 'hard to believe' José Mourinho has slammed the state of the pitch at Rostov's Olimp-2 stadium as one he finds “hard to believe”before Manchester United's Europa League last-16 first leg game on Thursday "It is still hard for me to believe we going to play tomorrow on that field – if you can call it a field"
"08.03.2017 11:03:48" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale tells Real Madrid to sign Dele Alli? Today's fluff has no evidence Will Dele be joining Gareth Bale at Real Madrid C.F.?
"08.03.2017 00:20:03" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger blames 'unexplainable and scandalous' decisions for collapse The Arsenal manager lashed out at the match officials from Greece as he attempted to explain away Arsenal's 5-1 Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich Arsène Wenger lashed out at the team of match officials from Greece, describing some of their decisions as “absolutely unexplainable and scandalous,” as he attempted to explain away Arsenal's 5-1 Champions League humiliation at the hands of FC Bayern
"08.03.2017 00:14:47" theguardian.com Germany's Anja Mittag downs England to end SheBelieves Cup hopes England's hopes of winning the SheBelieves Cup ended after a 1-0 defeat to Germany in Washington SheBelieves Cup: Germany 1-0 England
"07.03.2017 23:33:20" theguardian.com Arsenal's illusion of a comeback against Bayern gives way to latest collapse | Barney Ronay If it seems likely this may be the last glimpse of Alexis Sánchez in the Champions League in that shirt, then the sense of shifting sands had been the backdrop to this oddly febrile semi-dead rubber If it seems likely this may be the last glimpse of Alexis Sánchez in the Champions League in that shirt, then the sense of shifting sands had been the backdrop to this oddly febrile semi-dead rubber
"07.03.2017 23:19:19" theguardian.com Sergio Ramos rescues Real Madrid by snuffing out Napoli's comeback Real Madrid were in trouble at Napoli until their captain inspired a 3-1 win that took the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals SSC Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid C.F. (agg: 2-6)
"07.03.2017 22:38:58" theguardian.com Manchester United need to beat Rostov to make José Mourinho 'smell the final' The Manchester United manager said the Europa League would grab his attention if they able to 'smell the final' José Mourinho has said Manchester United will focus seriously on the Europa League if they knock out Rostov and reach the quarter-finals owing to the Champions League qualification that winning the competition secures
"07.03.2017 22:09:53" theguardian.com Reading hold firm to earn a point and slow down Newcastle's promotion push Newcastle United's relentless push for promotion back to the Premier League hit a stumbling block at the Majedski Stadium when Reading held them to a 0-0 draw in the Championship Reading Football Club 0-0 Newcastle United
"07.03.2017 21:54:19" theguardian.com Arsenal and Arsène Wenger humiliated again by ruthless Bayern Munich Bayern Munich capitalised on Laurent Koscielny's second-half red card to inflict a 5-1 defeat upon Arsenal Arsenal 1-5 FC Bayern München (agg: 2-10)
"07.03.2017 17:44:17" theguardian.com Lincoln's Danny Cowley: 'We have one-in-1,000 chance at Arsenal but we can do it' Schoolteacher turned National League manager tells Donald McRae his plan for an FA Cup shock, his views on Arsène Wenger and his desire to rise to the top “Facing Arsenal at the Emirates? Facing Arsène Wenger in the opposite dugout? A 60,000 crowd? The first game I managed at Concord Rangers was watched by 62 people. Concord against Sawbridgeworth. We won 6-1"
"07.03.2017 16:30:01" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic to serve three-match ban after Tyrone Mings elbow incident The 35-year-old will be suspended for Monday's FA Cup clash at Chelsea and the Premier League fixtures with Middlesbrough and West Brom Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Manchester United's next three domestic games – including the FA Cup tie against Chelsea
"07.03.2017 15:36:31" theguardian.com Manolo Gabbiadini has Southampton scoring again. Now to bolster the defence Manolo Gabbiadini has become the first Southampton player to score in his first four games for the club. Their next job will be buying an equally accomplished defender Manolo Gabbiadini has rejuvenated Southampton FC's attack. The club's next job will be to buy an equally accomplished defender
"07.03.2017 14:26:44" theguardian.com How Partizan Belgrade overcame QPR after losing the first-leg 6-2 at Highbury QPR won the first leg – which was played at Highbury as they couldn't use the plastic pitch at Loftus Road – but lost 4-0 in Belgrade and went out on away goals Fret not Arsenal fans – recovering from a four-goal defeat in Europe is possible...
"07.03.2017 12:03:38" theguardian.com Craig Shakespeare set to be named Leicester City manager Leicester City are set to confirm that Craig Shakespeare has been given the manager's job for the remainder of the season Craig Shakespeare has won his first two games in charge and is set to take on the job for the rest of the season
"07.03.2017 11:17:17" theguardian.com David Squires on … video referees Our resident cartoonist looks at the future of football with video assistant referees helping to clear up controversial decisions, among other things Our resident cartoonist imagines how football could change when video referees are introduced
"07.03.2017 00:42:55" theguardian.com Antonio Conte says his Chelsea players will not slip up in title race Antonio Conte says his Chelsea players will not slip up in title race after the Premier League leaders beat West Ham 2-1 at the London Stadium "It's important for us to know the others have this ambition so that we keep our own will to fight and stay on top of the league. I trust my players to do this because they are showing me great will to work and improve. I trust them. Absolutely.”
"07.03.2017 00:22:09" theguardian.com More money, more football, but are we now reaching saturation point? | Jacob Steinberg BT Sport has gambled on the Champions League with a new £1.18bn deal but could the competition's predictability lead to more people switching off? With the UEFA Champions League group stages as predictable as ever, will BT's billion-pound gamble on live rights pay off?
"06.03.2017 23:11:54" theguardian.com Kick It Out sticks boot into FA's 'unfair' and 'superficial' reforms The chairman of Kick It Out, Lord Ouseley, has been less than impressed by the FA's plans to modernise the organisation “The same people still run the main authorities and professional clubs. Until we see real change and inclusion in these positions of power, changes are likely to just be superficial. After decades of campaigning for change, that is a crying shame"
"06.03.2017 22:59:59" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger says relationship with Alexis Sánchez is 'honest and normal' The Arsenal manager added that he wants Arsenal to play with total commitment in the face of the 5-1 deficit against Bayern Munich Arsène Wenger and Alexis Sanchez shook hands at Arsenal training with the striker expected to return to the starting line-up against FC Bayern München
"06.03.2017 22:27:21" theguardian.com Chelsea restore 10-point lead at top of Premier League after win at West Ham Chelsea restored their advantage at the top of the Premier League thanks to a 2-1 win at West Ham, with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea Football Club
"06.03.2017 20:55:30" theguardian.com Osasuna on their way out of La Liga after a miracle too far | Sid Lowe Unexpected promotion meant Osasuna were always going to struggle in La Liga this season. Now, with 12 games still to go, that struggle seems over Club Atlético Osasuna may be certainties to be relegated from LaLiga this season, but it was a miracle they got promoted
"06.03.2017 18:40:00" Not a bad way to score your first goal for your new club...
"06.03.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Pepe Reina gives Napoli a big helping hand with The Save A remarkable save preserved the win for Napoli at Roma. It might yet prove a turning point for a side that had lost three games in four Pepe Reina's remarkable save helped Napoli beat Roma. It might yet prove a turning point for a side that had lost three games in four
"06.03.2017 17:15:00" Francis Koné, the footballer who has now saved the lives of four opponents
"06.03.2017 16:00:00" Arsène Wenger says reports of a training ground row between Alexis Sanchez and his Arsenal team-mates are "completely false"
"06.03.2017 15:08:34" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings charged with violent conduct by FA Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for their respective elbow and stamp on each other during Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday If Zlatan Ibrahimovic is found guilty he faces a three-match ban, ruling him out of Manchester United's FA Cup tie with Chelsea, as well as two Premier League matches
"06.03.2017 14:14:15" theguardian.com Chelsea's new £500m stadium gets green light from London mayor Chelsea's new £500m stadium at Stamford Bridge may be ready for the 2021-22 season after the plans were approved by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan Take a look at the plans for Chelsea Football Club's new stadium
"06.03.2017 13:34:03" theguardian.com Pascal Dupraz kept Toulouse up last year. Now his 'dirty kids' are aiming for Europe When Pascal Dupraz took over as Toulouse manager last March they were 10 points from safety. He pulled off one miracle and is now aiming for another When Pascal Dupraz took over at Toulouse last March they were 10 points adrift of safety with 10 games to play. Dupraz pulled off one miracle by keeping them up – and he now he is trying to pull off another
"06.03.2017 12:25:01" theguardian.com Francis Koné, the footballer who has now saved the lives of four opponents Togo international Francis Koné has just saved a player's life in the Czech Republic, the fourth time he has done so in his peripatetic, eight-year career. 'Never run away if something bad happens,' he tells Dominic Fifield Francis Koné has just saved a player's life in the Czech Republic – the fourth time he has done so in his eight-year career
"06.03.2017 11:25:22" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez and Arsène Wenger shake hands at Arsenal training after bust-up Alexis Sánchez trained with Arsenal and shook the hand of Arsene Wenger on Monday morning after a bust-up last week Alexis Sánchez has returned to Arsenal training and shaken Arsène Wenger's hand
"06.03.2017 09:55:58" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Alexis Sánchez to Paris Saint-Germain? Massimiliano Allegri to Arsenal? | Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham Hotspur? | Daniel Sturridge to PSG? What now for Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez?
"06.03.2017 09:14:41" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Hull City's Harry Maguire is dreaming of England, Tottenham are better to placed than ever to best Arsenal and Aitor Karanka continues to divide opinion Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action
"06.03.2017 09:04:20" theguardian.com BT keeps Champions League rights after £1.2bn bid beats Sky Company holds on to exclusive rights to football competition for three more years after upping previous bid by nearly a third BT has paid 32% more than its existing £897m deal to keep control of all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League rights until the summer of 2021
"05.03.2017 20:34:01" theguardian.com Harry Kane finds pocket of calm amid Spurs' high energy against Everton | Barney Ronay The striker is now the Premier League's outright top scorer and his brace – alongside his workrate – against Ronald Koeman's attritional team showed why Harry Kane is the Premier League's outright top scorer but it was his calm incision for Tottenham Hotspur in the midst of a full-body collision of a game that really stood out
"05.03.2017 19:12:08" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez dropped at Liverpool after storming out of Arsenal training Alexis Sánchez stormed out of an Arsenal training session last week and was involved in a dressing-room slanging match with some of his team-mates – which was, seemingly, part of the reason why Arsène Wenger dropped him from the starting XI at Liverpool Alexis Sanchez reportedly walked out of Arsenal training and exchanged angry words with team-mates before being dropped for the defeat at Liverpool FC
"05.03.2017 18:29:12" theguardian.com David Silva runs the show as Manchester City waltz past Sunderland– Sergio Agüero and Leroy Sané were on the scoresheet as Manchester City saw off Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light Sunderland AFC 0-2 Manchester City
"05.03.2017 18:00:15" theguardian.com West Ham United v Chelsea: match preview Slaven Bilic has already beaten Chelsea at the London Stadium, in the EFL Cup, but West Ham will be desperate for the focus to remain on the pitch this time Match preview: West Ham United v Chelsea Football Club
"05.03.2017 16:14:39" theguardian.com Harry Kane double fires Tottenham to victory as they swat aside Everton Harry Kane scored twice and Dele Alli got Tottenham's late third as they survived goals from Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia to earn a 3-2 win over Everton Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Everton Football Club
"05.03.2017 15:23:14" theguardian.com Russian MP offers solution to hooligan violence: make it a spectator sport Russian politician Igor Lebedev has proposed an unorthodox solution to the country's hooliganism problems – holding legalised fights between fans in arenas Igor Lebedev has proposed a new sport to "turn fans' aggression in a peaceful direction" – fights between groups of hooligans in arenas
"05.03.2017 13:38:39" theguardian.com José Mourinho is turning Manchester United into specialists in draws The manager renowned for his ruthlessness and finishing first is too reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the result is a regular failure to beat supposedly inferior opposition Manchester United have drawn seven of their 14 league games at home this season, with Old Trafford more community centre than fortress
"05.03.2017 12:02:07" theguardian.com Relegate half the Premier League? It's excessive … but not without merit | Simon Burnton Worried Premier League clubs could do worse than adopt Chapman's 1926 suggestion to scrap transfers once the season starts – and to relegate half the division Worried Premier League clubs could do worse than adopt Herbert Chapman's 1926 suggestion to scrap transfers once the season starts – and to relegate half the division
"05.03.2017 11:15:01" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'I've had enough of football. I'm back in the seminary to serve God' Also featuring: Maurizio Zamparini, Obese Person Tickets, and Amos Adamu starting over Man of the week: Maurizio Zamparini, 75 – selling Palermo after 15 years and 40 coaching changes, but ready to stay as “football consultant” to the club's new Anglo-American owners. “I'm needed here. They don't know a damn thing about football.”
"05.03.2017 10:40:22" theguardian.com Shaun Goater: 'Adapt or die is my motto. I like to play different ways' Shaun Goater tells Paul Doyle he has found his calling developing youngsters at non-league Ilkeston after returning from Bermuda to pursue his passion for football 'Shaun Goater stands at the edge of Ilkeston FC's pitch and declares: “OK, total football, Pep Guardiola-style!” Then laughs as a groundsman sticks a fork in the waterlogged pitch and there's a little splash.'
"05.03.2017 08:30:00" theguardian.com Sunderland v Manchester City: match preview Sunderland's Fabio Borini may be banking on a shaky defensive showing from Manchester City but that is unlikely to matter considering the attacking prowess of Pep Guardiola's side Sunderland AFC v Manchester City: our match preview
"05.03.2017 08:00:00" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Everton: match preview Tottenham Hotspur have won eight league games in succession at White Hart Lane but that hot streak is in danger of ending if Everton continue to dazzle in 2017 Tottenham Hotspur v Everton Football Club: our match preview
"04.03.2017 22:42:10" theguardian.com US Soccer orders players to 'stand respectfully' during national anthem Soccer federation passes official policy requiring players to stand, after swirl of controversy kicked off by Colin Kaepernick last year A new U.S. Soccer policy requires players for all national sides to "stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems"
"04.03.2017 22:24:07" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero out to prove his value in Manchester City's finishing stretch | Paul Wilson Sergio Agüero may see himself in the shop window, as opposed to a player with a long-term Manchester City future, but four goals in his last two outings speak for his sharpness Whether he is fighting for his first-team future or putting himself in the shop window, Sergio Aguero is looking sharp with Manchester City still fighting on three fronts
"04.03.2017 21:30:00" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez the substitute symbolises Arsenal's decade of sorry stagnation | Jonathan Wilson The Chilean, dropped for the crunch fixture against Liverpool, threatens to be the latest in long line of false dawns at the Emirates If Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal, can the club claim to have moved forward at all in the last decade?
"04.03.2017 20:30:00" theguardian.com Marko Arnautovic at the double for Stoke to sink hapless Middlesbrough Marko Arnautovic struck two first-half goals for Stoke City as they beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Bet365 Stadium to send the visitors into the relegation zone Stoke City Football Club 2-0 Middlesbrough FC
"04.03.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Fernando Llorente's late header gives Swansea vital win over Burnley Fernando Llorente proved Swansea's match-winner again in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Burnley after the visitors had profited from one of the most controversial penalties of the season Swansea City Football Club 3-2 Burnley Football Club
"04.03.2017 19:54:19" theguardian.com Liverpool bounce back into form with spirited victory over listless Arsenal Sadio Mané was inspirational as Liverpool rediscovered their intensity to move beat Arsenal and into third place Liverpool FC 3-1 Arsenal
"04.03.2017 19:32:58" theguardian.com Crystal Palace defeat West Brom as Sam Allardyce's side get physical Second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend ensured a strong-in-the-challenge Crystal Palace inflicted a 2-0 home defeat on West Brom West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace Football Club
"04.03.2017 18:23:49" theguardian.com Karim Benzema double sparks Real Madrid rout at high-flying Eibar Real Madrid romped to a 4-1 win at Eibar on Saturday afternoon despite the absence of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo SD Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid C.F.
"04.03.2017 17:56:42" theguardian.com Southampton beat Watford in seven-goal epic as Nathan Redmond scores twice Southampton came from behind in their Premier League encounter at Vicarage Road to beat Watford 4-3, thanks largely to two goals from Nathan Redmond Watford FC 3-4 Southampton FC
"04.03.2017 17:43:00" theguardian.com Riyad Mahrez revives the old magic as renewed Leicester sink Hull City Strikes from Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal by Tom Huddlestone sealed a 3-1 win for Leicester City over Hull City, who had taken an early lead through Sam Clucas Leicester City Football Club 3-1 Hull City
"04.03.2017 17:14:29" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims Tyrone Mings 'jumped into my elbow' Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he did not intend to elbow Tyrone Mings after the Bournemouth defender appeared to stamp on the Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I went for the ball and it was unlucky he jumped into my elbow. But it was nothing on purpose. I hope he's not injured. I didn't know about the stamping on the head; if it was him it was him'
"04.03.2017 17:03:40" theguardian.com Dortmund hit Leverkusen for six as Bayern canter to victory at Köln Borussia Dortmund hammered Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 while Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory at Köln that leaves them seven points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 6-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1. FC Köln 0-3 FC Bayern München
"04.03.2017 16:38:38" theguardian.com Dries Mertens double at Roma secures win for Napoli to keep rivals in sight Dries Mertens scored twice as third-placed Napoli beat Roma 2-1 away to move within two points of them in Serie A AS Roma 1-2 SSC Napoli
"04.03.2017 15:46:38" theguardian.com Joe Garner's hat-trick eases Rangers past Hamilton into semi-finals Rangers cruised into the last four of the Scottish Cup after Hamilton capitulated in the second half, losing 6-0 at Ibrox Rangers FC 6-0 Hamilton Accies
"04.03.2017 14:43:40" theguardian.com Manchester United's top-four push stalls in chaotic draw with 10-man Cherries Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved in a controversial clash with Tyrone Mings before missing a penalty as Manchester United drew 1-1 with 10-man Bournemouth Manchester United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth … but that's only the half of it
"04.03.2017 14:15:24" theguardian.com Minnesota United claim unwanted MLS record after 5-1 debut loss at Portland Loons fall to 5-1 defeat against 2015 MLS Cup winners, in biggest ever debut defeat for expansion side Minnesota United's first ever game in Major League Soccer (MLS) got off to a historic start, of a kind
"04.03.2017 13:42:20" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp ready to splash out and strengthen thin Liverpool squad Jürgen Klopp is ready to add up to six players to his Liverpool squad in the summer and says the club's owners have not tried to restrict spending Jürgen Klopp is ready to spend in the summer on up to six players to strengthen the Liverpool FC squad, even if competing with Chelsea and the Manchester clubs for transfer targets is likely to mean paying out more than ever before
"04.03.2017 13:10:44" theguardian.com Antonio Conte eyes long Chelsea future though family absence fuels Inter talk Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dismissed rumours of him being approached about a return to Serie A when insisting he was 'trying to build something important with the club' Antonio Conte sees his future with Chelsea Football Club amid mooted interest from the Chinese owners of F.C. Internazionale Milano to lure him back to Serie A, but he has admitted separation from his family, who remain in Italy, has proved a strain
"04.03.2017 12:16:40" theguardian.com Tommy Gemmell and Dundee United anniversary are reminders of a lost world It is 30 years since Dundee United's Uefa Cup quarter-final victory over Barcelona – and the reason for marking it now is the basic impossibility of it happening again It is 30 years since Dundee United Football Club's Uefa Cup quarter-final victory over FC Barcelona – and the reason for marking it now is the basic impossibity of it happening again
"04.03.2017 11:36:56" theguardian.com George Best film misses the target but his genius still shines through The ante has been raised on sporrt documentaries in recent years - the Best film needed more footage of its dazzling subject and fewer talking heads The ante has been raised on sport documentaries in recent years – the Best film needed more footage of its dazzling subject and fewer talking heads
"04.03.2017 10:46:00" theguardian.com Stoke City v Middlesbrough: match preview Middlesbrough are without a league win since December and risk slipping into the relegation zone if they are unable to find more fluency in attack to beat Stoke Stoke City Football Club v Middlesbrough FC: the lowdown on today's Premier League game
"04.03.2017 10:24:51" theguardian.com Swansea City v Burnley: match preview Swansea City will be confident they can continue their upsurge in form and secure an important win by capitalising on Burnley's poor away record this season Swansea City Football Club v Burnley Football Club: our preview
"04.03.2017 10:10:28" theguardian.com Watford v Southampton: match preview Claude Puel will be counting on Manolo Gabbiadini to continue his excellent goalscoring record since joining Southampton to ensure they earn a positive result against Watford Watford FC v Southampton FC: match preview
"04.03.2017 09:27:42" theguardian.com Leicester City v Hull City: match preview Leicester City will be looking to follow up their excellent win over Liverpool with a repeat performance against Hull to move further away from the relegation zone Leicester City Football Club v Hull City: match preview
"04.03.2017 08:50:00" theguardian.com Manchester United v Bournemouth: match preview José Mourinho will be acutely aware that if Manchester United beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford then his side will finally move up to fifth in the Premier League Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth: our match preview
"04.03.2017 07:30:58" www.theguardian.com Arsène Wenger needs Arsenal to bolster Big Six record at Liverpool | David Hytner Arsenal's away form against the other five leading clubs has been inadequate, with three wins in five seasons, and they travel to a fretful Anfield in search of a long-term spark Arsenal's home and away league record against the Big Six since 2012-13 reads: P46 W10 D18 L18. It is not good enough. They need a spark, starting at Liverpool FC
"03.03.2017 23:13:24" theguardian.com Leeds maintain promotion push as Chris Wood's brace sinks Birmingham Two goals from Chris Wood helps fourth-placed Leeds keep up their challenge for promotion with a 3-1 win at Birmingham Birmingham City FC 1-3 Leeds United
"03.03.2017 23:11:36" theguardian.com Craig Shakespeare's fate as Leicester manager hangs on Hull result Craig Shakespeare's chances of becoming Leicester City's manager for the rest of the season could hinge on the result of Saturday's match against Hull City Craig Shakespeare is due to meet the Leicester City Football Club board on Thursday, after returning from taking the players to a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, with his prospects of being given the manager's job until the end of the season likely
"03.03.2017 22:12:10" theguardian.com Video technology for game-changing incidents to be trialled in England The use of video replays for major incidents will be trialled in English football next season The use of video technology for game-changing incidents will be trialled in English football next season
"03.03.2017 21:00:00" theguardian.com Fernando Torres released from hospital following sickening head injury Fernando Torres has been released from hospital following the head-to-head collision during Atlético Madrid's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruña on Thursday that left him unconscious Fernando 9 Torres has been released from hospital
"03.03.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Golden Goal: Edmundo for Vasco da Gama v Manchester United, 2000 The volatile Brazilian endured a turbulent career but produced a moment of genius to round off United's ill-fated trip to the Club World Championship The Manchester United players looked as if they had never seen anyone like Edmundo before, and they probably hadn't. Most of the players had never played in Brazil and they later admitted they had seen no footage of their opponents in preparation. “Only
"03.03.2017 19:00:00" You've heard of Fifa. You've heard of Uefa. Now meet Ifab
"03.03.2017 17:57:50" Chinese Super League clubs spent £331m in their winter transfer window – more than Premier League clubs. Why is the country investing so much in football?
"03.03.2017 17:17:39" theguardian.com Charlton fans go to Belgium to protest against their club's owner Some Charlton fans are taking the fight to the club's owner, Roland Duchâtelet, by going to Belgium instead of their League One fixture against Northampton On Saturday morning 250 Charlton Athletic FC fans will set off to Belgium in a bid to find the club's owner and air their gripes to him. They would speak to him in London but he hasn't attended at match at The Valley since October 2014
"03.03.2017 15:35:11" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino not surprised to be on Barcelona's managerial long-list Mauricio Pochettino says he is not surprised to be on the long-list of candidates to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona in the summer “It's a big list – 100 names,” said Pochettino, with a smile
"03.03.2017 14:55:17" The Sweden women's team have dropped the names on the back of their shirts in favour of messages that “inspire and motivate women to show that everything is possible”
"03.03.2017 13:51:00" theguardian.com Chris Brunt: If I'd got my hands on the coin-thrower I'd probably have spent the night in a cell A year after having a coin thrown at him by his own supporters the West Bromwich stalwart is viewed as something of an Albion legend, not that he believes that to be the case, he tells Stuart James What is Chris Brunt's position in the West Bromwich Albion team? “I've absolutely no idea,” he replies, laughing. “I just put the shirt on and get on with it”
"03.03.2017 13:03:01" theguardian.com Michael Carrick may retire if Manchester United do not offer new contract Michael Carrick expects to speak with José Mourinho about his future soon but would probably retire if he had no deal to stay at Old Trafford "I don't think there's many places I'd want to play, if any, after this" – Michael Carrick says he will probably retire if he isn't offered a new contract by Manchester United
"03.03.2017 11:57:55" theguardian.com Want to understand Chinese football? Don't view it through a transfer window Chinese Super League clubs spent £331m in their winter transfer window but the real action begins this weekend with a cracking fixture in Guangzhou Chinese Super League clubs spent £331m in their winter transfer window but the real action begins this weekend with a match between two rivals separated by 1,300 miles and two very different languages, climates, cuisines and mindsets
"03.03.2017 11:01:56" Former Southampton FC and England football team footballer Matt Le Tissier talks to Max Whittle about the highlights from his career and takes us on a tour of his memorabilia. Leave your questions and comments below.
"03.03.2017 10:36:27" theguardian.com Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp will be back to square one without top-four finish The Liverpool manager faces another unwanted summer of trying to entice leading targets without the Champions League unless his team's form picks up, starting at home to Arsenal Why Liverpool FC must finish in the top four this season
"03.03.2017 09:13:01" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Arsenal and Liverpool tussle for Alexandre Lacazette? Marco Reus and Andre Silva also on Arsenal's radar? | Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United? | Romelu Lukaku to China? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• Liverpool FC and Arsenal tussle for Alexandre Lacazette?
• Romelu Lukaku on his way to China?
"03.03.2017 08:22:16" theguardian.com Fernando Torres in hospital with head injury suffered during Atlético match Fernando Torres was taken off on a stretcher after 85 minutes of Atlético Madrid's league game and the former Liverpool striker was spending the night in hospital for tests and observation Atlético Madrid striker Fernando Torres was taken to hospital after suffering a sickening head injury in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo
"03.03.2017 07:30:00" www.theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Will Liverpool's miserable 2017 continue against Arsenal? Could Hull do the double over Leicester? Will Sunderland be able to stop Leroy Sané? Your Premier League weekend starts here
"02.03.2017 19:13:33" theguardian.com The Ranieri theory: liberation from discipline leads to success – and decay | Jonathan Wilson Leicester City's sacking of Claudio Ranieri follows a pattern of sporting leaders who achieve glory after loosening their predecessor's strictures before disappointment follows Leicester City Football Club sacking their title-winning manager follows a pattern of leaders achieving glory after loosening an iron grip before disappointment follows, writes Jonathan Wilson
"02.03.2017 17:46:10" theguardian.com Colin Kazim-Richards: 'A lot of my cousins and friends are in jail or dead' Colin Kazim-Richards, an instant hit at Corinthians in Brazil, talks about being 'a West Indian Turk from east London', racism in football and playing for Turkey “Look, I am a mixed-race, West Indian Turk from east London. I speak three languages, I've won three league titles, three Super Cups and have a bronze medal from the Euros. For someone who comes from where I come from, to have seen and done what I have,
"02.03.2017 15:49:04" Incredible reflexes from Consett Afc goalkeeper Peter Jeffries as he makes an unlikely save against South Shields FC
"02.03.2017 14:47:26" theguardian.com Barcelona open-mouthed, not broken-hearted, at Luis Enrique's imminent exit The manager did things his way in revealing his departure but, despite all he has achieved in a relentless job, few tears were shed around the La Liga club “We were left open-mouthed,” said Ivan Rakitic about Luis Enrique's decision to step down. Open-mouthed but not broken-hearted
"02.03.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Retracing the steps of Milan founder Herbert Kilpin with his long-lost relatives When James and Simon Kilpin discovered that they are related to the man who founded, played for and managed Milan, they set off on a journey in his honour "I've got some interesting news"
"I'm related to the founder of A.C. Milan"
And so it began ...
"02.03.2017 11:53:38" theguardian.com José Mourinho called me a 'coward' in Real Madrid row, reveals Mesut Özil In his forthcoming autobiography, Arsenal's Mesut Özil has claimed that during a blistering dressing room row at Real Madrid, José Mourinho called him a 'coward' José Mourinho to Mesut Özil while at Real Madrid C.F.: "Are you giving up now? You're such a coward.What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out
"02.03.2017 10:45:01" theguardian.com Ronaldo's late double earns Real Madrid draw after Gareth Bale is sent off Cristiano Ronaldo struck two late goals for Real Madrid to force a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas at the Bernabéu in La Liga after being reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of Gareth Bale With only five minutes to go, Real Madrid C.F. were losing 3-1 and down to 10 men but two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a 3-3 draw and a precious point in the La Liga title race
"02.03.2017 09:55:29" theguardian.com Tibetan women's soccer players denied US visas for Texas tournament US embassy officials in Delhi told 15 players they 'don't have strong reasons to go to Dallas', raising questions about Trump's policy toward the contested region US embassy officials told the 15 players they "don't have strong reasons to go to Dallas"
"01.03.2017 23:06:00" theguardian.com Manchester City hit five again to see off second-string Huddersfield in FA Cup Manchester City overcame an early wobble in which Harry Bunn put Huddersfield ahead to book their place in the quarter-finals with an emphatic 5-1 win Sergio Agüero continued his good form to fire Pep Guardiola's team into the last eight of the FA Cup.
"01.03.2017 21:42:23" theguardian.com Luis Enrique announces he will leave Barcelona at end of season After watching his side thrash Sporting Gijón 6-1, Luis Enrique announced he would be standing down at the end of the season. “I won't be at Barcelona next season. I need to rest. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me, it's been three unforgettable years.”
"01.03.2017 18:57:24" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: Football flukes Scott Murray, Paul Doyle and Georgina Turner: From a Champions League final to a 1968 Division Three game, via Tomas Brolin and an infamous inflatable Mo Diame's equaliser for Newcastle United against Brighton will have to be included if we ever cover this topic again...
"01.03.2017 17:48:19" theguardian.com Eibar's remarkable journey takes them to the edge of Europe Even if Eibar don't make it into Europe – and, no, they probably still won't – the fact that there is a chance of them getting there is something Even if SD Eibar don't make it into Europe – and they probably still won't – that there is even a chance of them getting there is something special
"01.03.2017 16:51:47" theguardian.com Leyton Orient fans step up 'disaster recovery' fund-raising after winding-up petition The League Two club, already in danger of dropping out of the Football League, now face liquidation if they cannot settle their debts to HM Revenue and Customs "The coming days and weeks may be the most important in Orient's 116-year history"
"01.03.2017 15:40:00" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp joins Arsène Wenger under microscope as Liverpool meet Arsenal The German has been trusted with returning past glories to Anfield but the cracks are beginning to show before Saturday's meeting with an Arsenal side whose supporters have long been yearning for managerial change Jürgen Klopp has been trusted with returning past glories to Liverpool FC but the cracks are beginning to show before Saturday's meeting with an Arsenal side whose fans have long been yearning for managerial change
"01.03.2017 14:25:58" theguardian.com Jordi Cruyff: why I sacked myself after eight wins and a draw from nine games Maccabi Tel Aviv's sporting director stepped in as manager in January with the team drifting and transformed their fortunes but says the influence of his late father, Johan, played a big part in his decision to move back upstairs Should he stay or should he go? When it came to deciding the fate of a coach with an outstanding unbeaten record, Jordi Cruyff merely looked in the mirror and effectively fired himself
"01.03.2017 12:39:47" theguardian.com Football quiz: Premier League hat-tricks Harry Kane has scored three hat-tricks in his last nine games, which gives us a chance to test your knowledge on the Premier League's prolific goalscorers Harry Kane has scored three hat-tricks in his last nine games, which gives us a chance to test your knowledge on the Premier League's prolific goalscorers
"01.03.2017 11:44:47" theguardian.com Tata Martino happy to swap Messi for MLS and ambitious Atlanta United The former Argentina and Barcelona coach is ready to write a new chapter at the MLS expansion team. He explains his motivation to Luis Miguel Echegaray Gerardo “Tata” Martino has managed Leo Messi in his last two jobs – at FC Barcelona and Argentina – but now he is off to Atlanta United FC, the newest team in MLS
"01.03.2017 10:17:41" theguardian.com Has a football team ever been presented with the wrong trophy? Plus: own goals scored directly from kick-off, league clubs yet to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and Alan Hansen's scar "At the end of the game we got the winner's medals. The Liverpool lads came over and asked us to swap"
"01.03.2017 09:40:45" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Sevilla or Atlético Madrid in for Alexis Sánchez? Roy Hodgson to Leicester City? | Liverpool plotting summer clear-out? | Victor Lindelöf to Manchester United again? | Álvaro Morata to Chelsea? – Sevilla FC or Atlético de Madrid in for Alexis Sanchez?
– Liverpool FC plotting summer clear-out?
– Alvaro Morata to Chelsea Football Club?
- Victor Lindelöf to Manchester United again?
"01.03.2017 09:10:35" theguardian.com Liverpool announce £19.8m loss despite record £301m revenue Media and match-day revenue increased at Anfield, largely as a result of club reaching both the Europa League and Capital One Cup finals Liverpool FC made a £19.8m loss in the financial year ending 31 May 2016 despite overall revenue increasing to a record £301m
"01.03.2017 08:05:14" theguardian.com Leicester City talk to Roy Hodgson as Craig Shakespeare steadies the ship The former England manager is said to have been approached over the vacancy at the King Power Stadium Leicester City Football Club have held talks with Roy Hodgson about replacing Claudio Ranieri. The former England football team coach was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the Crystal Palace Football Club job to Sam Allardyce in December
"28.02.2017 22:58:00" theguardian.com Daniel Sturridge's Liverpool future to be reviewed in summer with exit likely Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Daniel Sturridge's future at Liverpool will be reviewed at the end of the season, with the striker likely to be a high-profile departure from Anfield "We will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season. A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time.”
"28.02.2017 22:00:46" theguardian.com Ayoze Pérez pounces to sink Brighton and put Newcastle top in late fightback Late goals from Mohamed Diamé and Ayoze Pérez gave Newcastle a 2-1 win over Brighton in the meeting of the Championship's top two at the Amex Stadium One of the strangest goals in recent memory helped decide a thrilling match between Brighton and Newcastle.
"28.02.2017 17:31:23" Despite Donald J. Trump's rhetoric about Mexicans crossing the border to the US, American soccer players such as Omar Gonzalez are heading south for new opportunities, more money and a better standard of football. We went to Pachuca, Torreón and
"28.02.2017 16:04:08" theguardian.com Chelsea's links to Vitesse Arnhem run deeper than the public was told Chelsea and Vitesse have always said they have no formal ownership link but a series of emails reveals the key involvement of senior Stamford Bridge executives in the 2010 takeover of the Eredivisie club Chelsea and Vitesse have always said they have no formal ownership link but a series of emails suggests something different
"28.02.2017 15:00:04" theguardian.com Newcastle's three away games in a week will shape the Championship title race In the next seven days Newcastle will travel to Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading to play the three clubs in the Championship with the best home records In the next seven days Newcastle United will travel to Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading to play the three clubs in the Championship with the best home records
"28.02.2017 14:10:13" theguardian.com David Squires on Claudio Ranieri's sacking and football's 'lost soul' Our resident cartoonist looks back at the Italian's Leicester demise, pie-related tawdriness and football's ongoing struggle to locate its moral compass Since Leicester City sacked Claudio Ranieri last week many people have noted that football has lost its soul. These people must have sensibly avoided the news for the last century or so
"28.02.2017 12:44:09" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney would make Everton stronger, says Ronald Koeman Manchester United's record goalscorer has been linked with a return to his boyhood club, having struggled to hold down a regular place under José Mourinho "He is one of the players who can make Everton stronger. It's all about what the player likes, what Manchester United needs to do, but every player we think can make the team stronger is welcome to Everton" – Ronald Koeman on Wayne Rooney
"28.02.2017 11:00:03" theguardian.com Craig Shakespeare checks in and scripts a winning start at Leicester City Leicester City's long-serving Craig Shakespeare finally had his day in the sun and helped to steer Claudio Ranieri's former strugglers to a decisive 3-1 win over Liverpool Leicester fans stood in unison in the 65th minute, soon after Jamie Vardy's second goal, and shone torches to profess their undimmed gratitude to Claudio Ranieri. The players' performance seemed like a pledge of support for his replacement, Craig
"28.02.2017 09:56:14" theguardian.com Brighton promotion would be bigger feat than taking Newcastle up, says Hughton Chris Hughton has said he would consider gaining promotion to the Premier League with Brighton & Hove Albion this season a more eye-catching achievement than the elevation to the top flight he oversaw at Newcastle United "Newcastle United are an established Premier League club with massive support, but this club has never been in the Premier League" – Brighton manager Chris Hughton
"28.02.2017 00:39:37" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy claims 'unfair' criticism 'fired up' Leicester City to hit back Vardy revealed Leicester City's 3-1 win over Liverpool was a reaction to claims the champions' players had played a part in Claudio Ranieri's dismissal Leicester City Football Club's Jamie Vardy: “There has been a lot of unfair stuff written and you've seen a reaction from everyone. It definitely got us fired up in a good way to put a reaction on the pitch"
"28.02.2017 00:03:57" theguardian.com Liverpool turn to EA Sports president Peter Moore for chief executive role Liverpool have named Peter Moore as their new chief executive, replacing Ian Ayre Liverpool FC have announced the appointment of Peter Moore as their chief executive to replace the departing Ian Ayre
"27.02.2017 22:48:34" theguardian.com I'm up with the best in the world on this form, says Tottenham's Harry Kane Harry Kane believes he is in the best form of his career and has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world after his third hat-trick of the calendar year Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane: "I feel that, if you look at my stats, my goals, then I'm up there”
"27.02.2017 22:10:16" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy fires back to inspire rampant Leicester to shock Liverpool Leicester City responded to the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by turning back the clock, Jamie Vardy scoring twice as the champions beat Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City Football Club 3-1 Liverpool FC
"27.02.2017 19:42:20" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not the new Cantona but buys José Mourinho time | Barney Ronay Ibrahimovic won the EFL Cup for Manchester United at Wembley yet unlike Eric Cantona 25 years ago is not the final piece in the jigsaw of an emerging side Ibrahimovic won the EFL Cup for Manchester United at Wembley, yet unlike Eric Cantona 25 years ago he is not the final piece in the jigsaw of an emerging side
"27.02.2017 17:54:20" theguardian.com Alex Young, Everton, Hearts and Scotland great, dies aged 80 Alex Young, one of the most revered players in Everton's history, has died at the age of 80 Alex Young, one of the most revered players in Everton Football Club's history, has died at the age of 80. The Golden Vision, as the former Scotland international was known, died in hospital in his native Edinburgh following a short illness. He scored 89
"27.02.2017 16:48:00" theguardian.com Aston Villa release accounts showing £81m loss for last financial year Aston Villa recorded a loss of over £81million for the last financial year, according to the club's latest accounts Aston Villa recorded a loss of over £81m for the last financial year
"27.02.2017 16:00:03" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic says 'I am a lion' after Wembley heroics Zlatan Ibrahimovic has likened himself to a lion after his match-winning performance for Manchester United in the EFL Cup final "I'm from the old school where they work hard and get what they get from doing the hard work, not like the new school where it is easy to get what you want" – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
"27.02.2017 15:15:02" theguardian.com Now Sevilla can think about La Liga title charge after beating Betis A crunch win at Betis means the question now being asked is if Sevilla could win a first league title since 1946. Why not? Sevilla FC to win La Liga?
"27.02.2017 14:11:00" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jordan Henderson out of Leicester match and may miss Arsenal clash Jordan Henderson will miss Liverpool's trip to Leicester City and possibly Arsenal's visit to Anfield with a foot injury Liverpool FC will be without their captain against Leicester
"27.02.2017 12:59:34" theguardian.com After 17 months out injured, Mickaël Le Bihan comes off the bench to rescue Nice Nice were 1-0 down against Montpellier and in danger of falling behind their Ligue 1 title rivals until Mickaël Le Bihan scored two vital goals on his comeback Mickaël Le Bihan had not played for OGC Nice for 17 months. He came on against Montpellier and scored two goals within 25 minutes
"27.02.2017 11:48:13" theguardian.com Crystal Palace coach vandalised by mistake before Middlesbrough game Crystal Palace were forced to arrange for a replacement coach to take them to Saturday's Premier League victory over Middlesbrough after the original vehicle was vandalised outside the team hotel Crystal Palace fans have accidentally vandalised their own club's bus
"27.02.2017 10:00:09" "They gave us a beautiful final for the neutral. A beautiful football match" – José Mourinho was full of praise for Southampton FC after Manchester United's victory in the League Cup final
"27.02.2017 09:01:05" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Rabiot to Spurs or Arsenal? Agüero set for Real Madrid? Michae Keane to Everton? | Jadon Sancho to Arsenal? | Two or three good players to Manchester United? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including …
• Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in for Adrien Rabiot?
• Sergio Aguero heading for Real Madrid C.F. move?
• Everton Football Club to splurge £28m on Michael Keane?
"27.02.2017 08:14:53" theguardian.com Premier League and EFL Cup: eight talking points from the weekend's action Manchester United keep the League Cup flag flying, Swansea pin their hopes on Fernando Llorente, and Sam Allardyce maintains his faith in foreign getaways Premier League and EFL Cup final: talking points from the weekend action
"27.02.2017 01:19:57" theguardian.com Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini grabs the limelight but is denied final glory | David Hytner Manolo Gabbiadini continued his rich vein of scoring form for Southampton but defensive frailty cost them dear as Manchester United snatched a 3-2 victory When he was substituted after 83 minutes, the 32,000 Southampton FC fans afforded him a spine-tingling ovation. At that point, they were set fair to land what would have been the second major trophy of their 131-year history. Then, reality intervened and
"27.02.2017 01:16:46" theguardian.com José Mourinho lauds Zlatan Ibrahimovic display and praises Southampton Manchester United's José Mourinho said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'won the game for us because he was outstanding' in the EFL Cup final, won 3-2, against Southampton José Mourinho watched Zlatan Ibrahimovic snatch what he admitted was a slightly undeserved EFL Cup final victory against Southampton and he joked that Manchester United supporters ought to camp outside the striker's house to persuade him to sign on for
"26.02.2017 22:53:09" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp: directors, not players, are undermining managers Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp claims communication between directors and players poses a threat to managers as his side prepare to visit now managerless Leicester Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp: 'Players are not more powerful, we were much more powerful as players in the past'
"26.02.2017 19:00:54" theguardian.com Ibrahimovic takes Manchester United to EFL Cup final win over Southampton Two goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Manchester United to their first trophy win under José Mourinho as Southampton were beaten in the dying minutes of the EFL Cup final at Wembley Manchester United 3-2 Southampton FC – EFL Cup final report
"26.02.2017 17:43:26" theguardian.com Lionel Messi seals win for Barcelona with late goal against Atlético Madrid Lionel Messi came to Barcelona's rescue for the second time in a week by snatching a late winner to give his side a barely deserved 2-1 win at Atlético Madrid Atlético de Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona
"26.02.2017 15:38:00" theguardian.com Sadio Mané taking long route to the top with Liverpool reaping rewards The striker's agent says that Mané is aiming to become Africa's best player and he will not just follow the money, instead focusing on steady improvement “Our plan for Sadio has always been to make him Africa's best player. The most important thing was to manage him to take the right decision. It's easy to make a fast deal but we prefer to have a long-term relationship with all of our players.”
"26.02.2017 15:37:18" theguardian.com Harry Kane hat-trick sets the tone as Tottenham Hotspur rout Stoke Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick and Dele Alli added another as Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 4-0 Premier League win at home to Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Stoke City Football Club
"26.02.2017 12:00:04" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'It was unlucky for Olga - she really is a charming girl' Also featuring: Gianni Infantino, Ronaldinho and unwavering support Ronaldinho, 36 – in China to launch an elite football academy based on “Barça values”; co-releasing a new rap video following his 2014 hit “I'm full of money/Let's Drink”; and launching a line of T-shirts, slogan: “Let's Drink – I'm single again.”
"26.02.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com Leicester's present dangers made Claudio Ranieri's past glories irrelevant | Paul Wilson Unpleasant decisions have to be made at this time of year when club owners decide whether a change could ward off relegation "Yes, what has happened to Ranieri is sad. Undeserved, quite possibly, but hardly inexplicable or unforgivable. Just football."
"26.02.2017 10:00:04" theguardian.com How Manchester United became the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show | Paul Wilson N'Golo Kanté's Chelsea impact has been phenomenal but he has not carried his team in the way the brilliant Swede has carried José Mourinho's Manchester United Few doubted Zlatan Ibrahimovic was good, even in his mid-30s and on a free transfer from PSG - Paris Saint-Germain. What was not commonly realised was that he would put the rest of Manchester United's forwards in the shade to such an extent that even the
"26.02.2017 08:30:00" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City: match preview Tottenham Hotspur have lost just one of their past 10 league games and will be confident of having the upper hand against a Stoke City side who struggle away from home Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City Football Club: our preview
"26.02.2017 08:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester United v Southampton: match preview Manchester United start as firm favourites against Southampton in the EFL Cup final but Southampton will be fiercely competitive in search of only their second major trophy Manchester United v Southampton FC: our preview of the EFL Cup final
"25.02.2017 22:49:00" theguardian.com Tottenham may not be ready to win trophies, says Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino has called for patience in Tottenham Hotspur's quest for silverware, comparing the process to the construction of the club's new stadium "It's like the stadium: if we want to move today, we are not ready to play there. We need to wait, to build the foundations. It's always a problem, to be patient"
"25.02.2017 22:33:21" theguardian.com José Mourinho: my three league titles do not match Claudio Ranieri's one José Mourinho has told Claudio Ranieri his achievement will never be forgotten but his sacking illustrates that the game is not the same as it was 20 years ago "What (Claudio Ranieri) did there was bigger than all of the titles I won at Chelsea Football Club and in 50 years' time the Leicester fans will still know that.”
"25.02.2017 22:22:00" theguardian.com Brighton go top after Anthony Knockaert seals points against Reading Sam Baldock opened the scoring as Brighton eased past Reading 3-0 at home to return to the top of the Championship Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3-0 Reading Football Club
"25.02.2017 22:17:01" theguardian.com Lawrie McMenemy: 'Southampton didn't have a cat in hell's chance' Lawrie McMenemy tells David Hytner about 1976 Wembley showpiece that gave Southampton their first silverware after shock defeat of Manchester United "We pulled up outside the Ford factory, the driver blasted the horn and everybody came out. Lots and lots of men – their faces dirty from working. I got the FA Cup and I threw it out to them and they passed it round. There were tears coming out and they
"25.02.2017 21:50:47" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's Leicester exit a tale of deceit and discourtesy | Daniel Taylor The Foxes' title-winning manager deserved better from Leicester's players and the club's ungracious owners "There was once a time when it would have been inconceivable for a player to go to the board to air his grievances about the manager. These days it is commonplace. Leicester's players, the poor little snowdrops, sound as if they have been queueing up"
"25.02.2017 21:40:36" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy denies Leicester players plotted to oust Claudio Ranieri Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Leicester manager Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Leicester City Football Club's decision to sack Claudio Ranieri
"25.02.2017 21:28:32" theguardian.com Michael Keane makes amends for Burnley to rescue point at Hull City A close-range finish from Burnley's Michael Keane, shortly after conceding a penalty, secured a 1-1 draw after Tom Huddlestone had put Hull City ahead from the spot Hull City 1-1 Burnley Football Club
"25.02.2017 21:20:00" theguardian.com West Brom's Gareth McAuley seals fightback against Bournemouth Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored after Josh King had put Bournemouth ahead to give West Bromwich Albion a 2-1 home win West Bromwich Albion 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
"25.02.2017 20:32:01" theguardian.com Crystal Palace out of drop zone after Patrick van Aanholt goal sinks Boro Patrick van Aanholt's first-half strike gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough and lifted the Eagles out of the relegation zone Crystal Palace Football Club 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
"25.02.2017 20:04:32" theguardian.com André Ayew pounces to earn West Ham hard-fought draw against Watford A second-half goal from André Ayew secured West Ham a 1-1 draw against Watford, who had taken the lead through a Troy Deeney penalty Watford FC 1-1 West Ham United
"25.02.2017 18:04:32" theguardian.com Robert Lewandowski hits hat-trick as Bayern Munich hammer Hamburg 8-0 Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga FC Bayern München obliterated Hamburg to stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and equal their opponents' heaviest ever league defeat
"25.02.2017 17:50:49" theguardian.com David Moyes suffers miserable return as Romelu Lukaku caps victory Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku gave Everton a 2-0 win to leave Sunderland two points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League Everton Football Club 2-0 Sunderland AFC
"25.02.2017 17:37:10" theguardian.com Sutton United win with outfield player in goal after Wayne Shaw exit Sutton United felt the aftermath of Wayne Shaw's departure when they were forced to use an outfield player in goal during their against Torquay Sutton United FC's wild week continued, having to play with defender Simon Downer in goal for most of their game at Torquay. But they still won 3-2
"25.02.2017 17:19:32" theguardian.com Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front Chelsea did not have it all their own way against Swansea but Cesc Fàbregas scored on his 300th Premier League appearance before goals from Pedro and Diego Costa made it 3-1 Chelsea Football Club beat Swansea City Football Club 3-1 to go 11 points clear on top of the Premier League
"25.02.2017 15:51:53" This Girl Can: campaign launches new ad Sport England release a new ad for the This Girl Can campaign, which encourages women to challenge cultural assumptions about femininity that prevent them engaging in sport and exercise
"25.02.2017 14:45:09" theguardian.com Chris Wood strikes to give Leeds derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday Leeds United reinforced their Championship promotion push after a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Owls at Elland Road Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday FC
"25.02.2017 13:49:42" theguardian.com A-League: Victory beat Adelaide, as Wellington Phoenix upset tired Roar Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide 2-1 and Wellington Phoenix beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 Melbourne Victory continued their surge toward the Hyundai A-League finals, surviving a late scare from last-placed Adelaide United to claim a 2-1 victory
"25.02.2017 13:01:01" theguardian.com The rise and fall of the Wags Archive (2009) … She won tabloid fame for dating Teddy Sheringham, but former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd argues there is more to life than going out with a footballer 'The way newspapers write about women, they always seem to put us down. Some of the things that are written about me are really nasty and malicious. Maybe it's envy. Perhaps there are a lot of journalists out there who wish they could be a successful
"25.02.2017 12:21:56" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman hopes Manchester United can help Everton's Europe dream Ronald Koeman hopes Manchester United beat his former club Southampton in Sunday's EFL Cup final Why Ronald Koeman is hoping Manchester United get the better of his former club Southampton FC in the EFL Cup final
"25.02.2017 11:32:21" theguardian.com Watford v West Ham United: match preview West Ham United are without Andy Carroll who was integral to their recent upsurge in form and Watford will see this as an excellent chance to snatch three points Watford FC v West Ham United: our match preview for the Premier League meeting
"25.02.2017 11:02:51" theguardian.com The 'giant-killing' FA Cup is no longer such a football fairytale Football loves a fairytale – especially if it involves an underdog and the FA Cup. But the reality is rather murkier Football loves a fairytale – especially if it involves an underdog and the FA Cup. But the reality is rather murkier
"25.02.2017 10:23:24" theguardian.com Hull City v Burnley: match preview Hull City will be counting on Burnley continuing to fail on their travels to build on Marco Silva's burgeoning tenure and to aid their bid for survival Hull City v Burnley Football Club: our match preview
"25.02.2017 10:10:30" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth: match preview Bournemouth are in a rut at present having not won in any competition in 2017 and could struggle against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth: match preview
"25.02.2017 09:48:20" theguardian.com Bye Claudio: two Leicester City fans give their differing verdicts on the sacking Two Leicester City supporters offer different views on whether the dramatic dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, their title-winning manager, was the right decision 'We've now blown a massive opportunity for the club to cement its long-term aim of competing regularly in Europe. This season has taken us back to where we started. But this is probably the best decision for all parties. Ranieri will never be the manager
"25.02.2017 09:35:06" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough: match preview Middlesbrough are chasing their first league win since December and maybe, if Aitor Karanka's side draw on their strong FA Cup form, the ninth attempt will be successful at Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Football Club v Middlesbrough FC: our preview of the crunch Premier League showdown
"25.02.2017 09:17:45" theguardian.com Everton v Sunderland: match preview David Moyes returns to Goodison Park for the first time since 2014 as the Sunderland manager and brings with him a number of former Everton players desperate to beat their old side Everton Football Club v Sunderland AFC: match preview for the Premier League encounter
"25.02.2017 08:44:04" theguardian.com Chelsea v Swansea City: match preview Swansea City face a difficult task at Stamford Bridge in pacifying Chelsea but under Paul Clement they are much-improved and a shock could be on the cards Chelsea Football Club v Swansea City Football Club: our match preview
"25.02.2017 06:45:19" www.theguardian.com Harry Arter: 'I felt more pressure changing a nappy than playing football' The Bournemouth midfielder, whose first child was stillborn, has a 'spring in his step' again after the recent birth of his daughter Raine 'Social media sometimes has some bad times and not so nice messages but it is nice when everybody is so positive. To receive a message from somebody who has taken time out of their day – I am really thankful for all the messages'
"24.02.2017 23:48:30" theguardian.com Paul Clement relishes being back at Chelsea six years after the boot The former Chelsea assistant manager shown the door when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked returns at the helm of a resurgent Swansea City Paul Clement returns to Stamford Bridge with Swansea City Football Club on Saturday, six years after finding out his stint as Chelsea Football Club assistant manager was over on the bus home from a game
"24.02.2017 23:20:02" theguardian.com Inverness's Billy McKay consigns Rangers to second consecutive defeat Inverness celebrated 1,000th competitive game with 2-1 victory over Rangers after Billy McKay's 89th-minute goal inflicted Graeme Murty's second consecutive Premiership defeat as caretaker manager Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 2-1 Rangers FC
"24.02.2017 23:05:00" theguardian.com Birmingham pile more pressure on Wolves after 2-1 win at Molineux Gianfranco Zola enjoyed only his second victory in 13 Championship games when his Birmingham City side beat Wolves 2-1 at Molineux, while Burton draw 1-1 with Blackburn Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1-2 Birmingham City FC
"24.02.2017 22:57:03" theguardian.com José Mourinho wants to revive Manchester United's taste for trophies Manchester United's José Mourinho says victory in the EFL Cup final against Southampton would help convince his players they could win the league title Victory over Southampton FC at Wembley would make José Mourinho the first ever Manchester United manager to win a major trophy in his first season in charge
"24.02.2017 22:52:56" theguardian.com Chelsea's Antonio Conte still feels pain of title that got away 17 years ago The Chelsea manager is haunted by losing the Serie A title in 2000 when well clear and is determined it will not happen to Chelsea Antonio Conte was part of a Juventus team who blew the title despite being nine points clear with eight games to go. He didn't sleep for six days afterwards
"24.02.2017 20:49:59" theguardian.com Leicester City getting rid of Claudio Ranieri now is hardly madness | Barney Ronay Leicester City won the title last season by being ruthless and clear-sighted so Claudio Ranieri's exit with only 13 league games left makes sporting sense Leicester City Football Club won the title last year by being ruthless and clear-sighted. Those same qualities have now dispensed, rightly or wrongly, with one of the chief architects of that success
"24.02.2017 19:51:50" theguardian.com MLS stadiums ranked: why Orlando City's new home comes out on top Almost three-quarters of teams in the league now have soccer-specific stadiums. Simon Veness runs down the great and the not-so-good Orlando City Soccer Club's new stadium is the benchmark for the future of Major League Soccer (MLS) grounds
"24.02.2017 19:02:29" "There have been a few strange decisions in 2016 and 2017 – Brexit, Trump, Ranieri" – Jürgen Klopp on Leicester City's decision to sack "a wonderful person"
"24.02.2017 17:50:51" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri: my dream died with Leicester sacking Claudio Ranieri has admitted “his dream died” when he was sacked by Leicester City, with the Italian paying tribute to the club's supporters for the “amazing adventure” which led to them being crowned Premier League champions last season for the first “Yesterday my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be"
"24.02.2017 17:03:10" theguardian.com Absence of Santi Cazorla, Arsenal's Penfold-ish skill-goblin, adds to sense of loss He resembles not so much an elite streamlined modern athlete as a clever, cheerful cartoon mouse but with Cazorla in the centre Arsenal are a different team. Mainly they're a better one Arsenal are a different team with Santi Cazorla in the centre. Mainly they're a better one, his presence above all defensive and stabilising, a leadership role. This season Cazorla has started 10 games, with eight wins and two draws.
"24.02.2017 16:00:01" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri wasn't victim of player revolt, says caretaker manager The Leicester caretaker manager, Craig Shakespeare, has rejected any claims sacked boss Claudio Ranieri had lost the dressing room "He hadn't lost the dressing room" – Craig Shakespeare, Leicester's new caretaker manager
"24.02.2017 15:14:47" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's sacking as mystifying as Trump and Brexit, says Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp has said Claudio Ranieri's dismissal ranks alongside Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the most mystifying decisions of recent times "For me there have been a few strange decisions in 2016-17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time? Obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this."
"24.02.2017 14:49:01" theguardian.com Bastia handed point deduction and stadium ban for racist abuse of Mario Balotelli Ligue 1 disciplinary committee has ordered Corsica's Bastia to close part of their stadium for three matches after a group of supporters shouted racist insults at Nice striker Mario Balotelli during a 1-1 draw in January Bastia have been punished for fans' racist abuse of Mario Balotelli
"24.02.2017 13:59:24" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Claudio Ranieri, Six Nations and nine chicken nuggets Who survived success? Who has no time for salad? And who is happy alone? Who was the last manager to win the Premier League and still be in charge of the team 12 months later?
"24.02.2017 13:00:04" Does the League Cup still matter? We asked Southampton FC and Manchester United fans what the competition means to them
"24.02.2017 11:52:33" theguardian.com Europa League last 16 draw – live! Manchester United are in the pot for the last-16 draw. Follow it live Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out by KAA Gent, the eighth best team in Belgium, but Manchester United are in the draw...
"24.02.2017 10:38:39" theguardian.com Who is the hardest-done-by manager ever? From Udo Lattek to Vicente del Bosque Claudio Ranieri has some way to go before he rivals Udo Lattek, who won three championships for Bayern Munich, was sacked, came back to the club and won three more championships – and was sacked again
"24.02.2017 09:13:17" theguardian.com Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend Managerless Leicester look to prolong Liverpool hoodoo, scoring first could prove a burden again at Wembley and Palace must shrug off home discomforts Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to watch this weekend
"24.02.2017 09:03:44" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's reign ends in cruel, brutal fashion after Leicester lose patience Leicester's owners lost faith in their manager's ability to keep the team in the Premier League but many will be saddened by the decision and puzzled by its timing Any post-mortem into why things unravelled so spectacularly at Leicester City Football Club this season would also shine an unforgiving light on the players
"24.02.2017 00:14:24" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's reign at Leicester City - in pictures Claudio Ranieri's 18 months at Leicester will never be forgotten. Here are some of the best images of his reign.
"23.02.2017 20:12:48" www.theguardian.com Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after winning Premier League Leicester have sacked Claudio Ranieri, less than a year after the Italian led to the Premier League title Leicester City Football Club have sacked Claudio Ranieri
"23.02.2017 18:06:06" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney confirms he will stay at Manchester United Wayne Rooney has confirmed he will not be leaving Manchester United despite admitting he has received offers to leave Old Trafford "I am staying at Manchester United. It's an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it" – Wayne Rooney
"23.02.2017 16:51:31" A red card, a penalty and three goals – including an absolute screamer – in stoppage time. Manchester City's eight-goal thriller against Monaco was a great game, but this match between Bath City and Weston-super-Mare is hard to beat for late drama
"23.02.2017 14:45:17" theguardian.com Héctor Bellerín open to Barcelona move if Arsène Wenger leaves Arsenal Héctor Bellerín would consider an offer from Barcelona in the summer, if Arsène Wenger was to leave Arsenal Hector Bellerin would consider an offer from FC Barcelona in the summer, if Arsène Wenger was to leave Arsenal
"23.02.2017 13:53:58" theguardian.com Fifa 17 matches to be broadcast live on TV for first time BT will start broadcasting the international regional finals next month with the Ultimate Championships concluding in May in Berlin Think you're good at Fifa 2017? Compare yourself to the best by watching them live on TV
"23.02.2017 12:24:49" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney: China or no China, as far as his legacy is concerned, he is done Wayne Rooney looks certain to leave Manchester United, either in the next few days or in the summer, but wherever he ends up, it will only be retirement deferred and won't change how he is remembered All-time top scorer for club and country, winner of five league titles and a Champions League, his career will perhaps be judged more kindly by history than at the present. But for anybody who witnessed the thrill of seeing him burst through defences at
"23.02.2017 11:15:06" theguardian.com Luke Shaw eyeing Manchester United exit if not given first-team chances Left-back has made only three starts in nearly four months and did not feature in Wednesday's Europa League match at St-Étienne Luke Shaw will consider leaving Manchester United in the summer if he does not play regularly between now and the end of the season
"23.02.2017 10:03:50" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: goals going in off the woodwork From Ronaldinho's exocet against Sevilla to Darren Anderton's both-posts rattler, via Zinedine Zidane versus Gianluigi Buffon Ronaldinho, Zidane, Véron, Anderton, Jensen and Bason
"23.02.2017 00:47:23" theguardian.com Leicester show 'big heart' to keep hopes alive at Sevilla, says Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri praised Leicester City players for showing 'big heart' to fight back and keep alive their hopes of reaching quarter-finals of Champions League Leicester City Football Club's Claudio Ranieri: "We didn't give up and then we went back and scored a goal that was important for three things: it gave strength to us, Vardy goes back to scoring, and it reopens the match in the second leg"
"22.02.2017 22:59:17" theguardian.com Pjaca and Alves deliver late double to hand Juventus edge over 10-man Porto Juventus edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from the substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 away win at 10-man Porto FC Porto 0-2 Juventus
"22.02.2017 22:02:43" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy hands Leicester City lifeline against Sevilla Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City late hope with goal in 2-1 defeat after Sevilla had dominated Champions League last-16 first leg Sevilla FC 2-1 Leicester City Football Club
"22.02.2017 20:19:52" theguardian.com Zaza and Orellana condemn Real Madrid to surprise defeat at Valencia Real Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at struggling Valencia on Wednesday as they missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of La Liga after losing for only the second time in the league this season Valencia CF 2-1 Real Madrid C.F.
"22.02.2017 19:14:50" theguardian.com Mkhitaryan ensures safe passage for Manchester United against St-Étienne Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game, though he later went off with an injury, as Manchester United eased past StÉtienne with a 1-0 win and a 4-0 aggregate victory ASSE - Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4)
"22.02.2017 18:10:48" theguardian.com Give the Sutton goalie a break: this was pie-eating, not match-fixing The non-league keeper Wayne Shaw has lost his livelihood over a silly mistake involving a bet and a hot snack. What a hypocritical overreaction Forget the magic of the Cup. Football's treatment of a loyal, fun-loving, pie-eating 45-year-old has left a nasty taste in the mouth
"22.02.2017 17:18:50" theguardian.com St-Étienne v Manchester United: Europa League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will United seal a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of St-Étienne? Join Paul Doyle José Mourinho has picked a strong team for Manchester United's second leg against St-Étienne – and it has paid off already...
"22.02.2017 16:30:07" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri looks to Sevilla for boost in Leicester's season Claudio Ranieri said if Leicester, struggling in the Premier League, can win their Champions League tie against Sevilla 'something inside could change. We need one match like this' "Sevilla could be the turning point, it could be everything. If we do a very good game, something inside could change. We need one match like this"
"22.02.2017 15:20:31" theguardian.com Chelsea's Champions League pedigree sets the standard for English clubs Manchester City are moving in the right direction but Chelsea run counter to the assumption that Champions League arrivistes can't quickly break into the cartel Why are Chelsea Football Club never mentioned when people want to make a point about history? They have one all right and they have shown what can be achieved quickly if financial backing is in place. In the UEFA Champions League, in the new millennium,
"22.02.2017 14:31:29" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney set to leave Manchester United in summer Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week and has been left surprised by José Mourinho's claim he could do so Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week – but he is set to depart the club in the summer
"22.02.2017 14:20:07" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney set to leave Manchester United if first-team absence continues Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week and has been left surprised by José Mourinho's claim he could do so Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week but is set to depart in the summer unless his playing situation vastly improves
"22.02.2017 13:08:00" theguardian.com From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the best Champions League games It was raining goals in Manchester on Tuesday but where does City's 5-3 win over Monaco stand alongside other great Champions League nights? The most exciting games in UEFA Champions League history
"22.02.2017 12:13:33" theguardian.com Where has it all gone wrong for Crystal Palace? A fan explains Crystal Palace have picked up nine points from their last 19 matches as relegation from the Premier League has gone from being merely possible to very probable Crystal Palace have won nine points from their last 19 Premier League matches. A fan explains where it has all gone wrong
"22.02.2017 10:44:43" theguardian.com The men who made Antonio Conte: Trapattoni, Lippi, Ancelotti and Sacchi Antonio Conte looks likely to become the fourth Italian manager to win the Premier League in eight seasons. He learned from the best of them Antonio Conte looks likely to become the fourth Italian manager to win the Premier League in eight seasons. He learned from the best of them
"22.02.2017 09:25:00" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Milan to sign Alexis Sánchez or Álvaro Morata? Liverpool keen on West Ham's Pedro Obiang? Man Utd to sell Daley Blind? And Tim Sherwood back in management? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez to A.C. Milan?
• Ivan Perisic to swap F.C. Internazionale Milano for Chelsea?
• And Mahmoud Dahoud to reject Liverpool FC?
"22.02.2017 09:01:16" theguardian.com José Mourinho stays in the moment as he prepares for St-Étienne return José Mourinho, Manchester United's manager, focuses on reaching the last 16 of the Europa League and only then will his attention turn to Sunday's League Cup final with Southampton José Mourinho now looks and sounds like the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
"21.02.2017 23:44:24" theguardian.com It was Champions League football – but not as Pep Guardiola has come to know it | Paul Wilson Manchester City's manager went through the whole range of emotions on a night when reckless defending by his side and Monaco produced an eight-goal thriller This was UEFA Champions League football – but not as Guardiola knows it. He might become used to it eventually, although whether he will ever enjoy it is another matter
"21.02.2017 22:20:07" theguardian.com Fernando Torres hands Atlético Madrid control against Bayer Leverkusen Atlético Madrid won 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen in a topsy-turvy game to take a firm grip on their Champions League last-16 tie Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-4 Atlético de Madrid – UEFA Champions League report
"21.02.2017 22:07:54" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco Sergio Agüero scored twice in a remarkable 5-3 victory for Manchester City over Monaco Manchester City 5-3 AS MONACO – UEFA Champions League report
"21.02.2017 21:10:21" theguardian.com Sunderland criticised for announcing redundancies a week after New York trip Sunderland have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp Sunderland AFC have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp
"21.02.2017 20:00:25" theguardian.com José Mourinho refuses to rule out China move for Wayne Rooney Manchester United manager José Mourinho has given no guarantees about the future of Wayne Rooney José Mourinho refuses to rule out possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United for China
"21.02.2017 18:30:00" Wayne Shaw has left Sutton United amid investigations into his pie-eating antics during his team's defeat to Arsenal. He is not the first athlete whose publicity stunt has backfired...
"21.02.2017 17:48:53" theguardian.com Sunderland announce redundancies after players' New York trip Sunderland have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp "I can't imagine the hotel would have been cheap and then we get this news today. It's hard to take, to say the least”
"21.02.2017 15:54:06" theguardian.com Owen Coyle sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager Blackburn Rovers have announced they have parted company with manager Owen Coyle Blackburn Rovers have sacked Owen Coyle
"21.02.2017 15:01:43" theguardian.com Sutton keeper's pie-eating stunt investigated by FA and Gambling Commission The Football Association and Gambling Commission are investigating after Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw admitted that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 defeat by “A few of the lads said to me earlier on: 'What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?' I said: 'I don't know, I've eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on. Sun Bets had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of
"21.02.2017 13:30:00" theguardian.com How full-backs became attackers | Jonathan Wilson Antonio Conte has been praised for his bold use of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso but history suggests it is part of a wider trend dating back to the 1960s When talking about wing-backs and full-backs, the use of the suffix “back” seems unhelpfully old-fashioned
"21.02.2017 12:25:04" theguardian.com Champions League: previews for the midweek matches A look forward to Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético Madrid and Manchester City v Monaco on Tuesday, plus Porto v Juventus and Sevilla v Leicester on Wednesday All four of the week's UEFA Champions League matches previewed
Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético de Madrid
Manchester City v AS MONACO
FC Porto v Juventus
Sevilla FC v Leicester City Football Club
"21.02.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com David Squires on Lincoln City, Joey Barton and the FA Cup Our resident cartoonist looks back at the last 16 of the FA Cup, including the Imps' historic upset and Leicester's Gladiators falling in the Lions' Den Fringe squad players at the ready, it's the FA Cup fifth round review...
"21.02.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: I would never manage in non-league, it is too difficult Arsenal's manager paid tribute to 'astonishing' Sutton United but Wenger said a bottle was thrown in his direction during 2-0 FA Cup win Arsène Wenger thought non-league Sutton United were "astonishing” against Arsenal. “It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24," said Wenger. "I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult"
"21.02.2017 10:14:51" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko to Milan? Hull City's Harry Maguire to Spurs? | Man City's Joe Hart to anyone for £20m? | Man City's Nicolás Otamendi to Real Madrid? | Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne to Arsenal? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip:
• A.C. Milan to sign Moussa Sissoko?
• Arsenal eye move for Lorenzo Insigne?
"21.02.2017 09:38:33" theguardian.com Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper may face FA investigation into pie-eating stunt Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is likely to face an FA investigation into a breach of its betting rules after admitting that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 Wayne Shaw is likely to face an FA investigation into a breach of its betting rules after admitting that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup
"21.02.2017 08:30:37" Sutton manager Paul Doswell on their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal Sutton United manager Paul Doswell:
'Just an overwhelming feeling of pride. [Wenger] didn't take it easy on us did he? And the reality is that if they'd have done better in Germany during the week we'd have faced a different side than we faced today'
"20.02.2017 23:45:00" theguardian.com Arsenal's stroll in suburbs a minor diversion in the Arsène Wenger endgame | Barney Ronay Arsène Wenger has time to relax as FA Cup holders' Arsenal avoid major upset against non-league Sutton United to reach FA Cup quarter-finals Arsenal will now face Lincoln in the quarter-finals, passage towards another FA Cup final at Wembley a minor note in the ongoing Wenger endgame
"20.02.2017 23:10:00" theguardian.com Tottenham fit enough to stay in running on three fronts, says Jan Vertonghen Jan Vertonghen is convinced Tottenham Hotspur's squad have the depth in quality to prolong their interest in the Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League “I think the manager understands the importance of the Europa League and the FA Cup, and it's good we take it very seriously,” – Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen
"20.02.2017 22:33:39" theguardian.com Sutton's Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale Goals from Lucas Pérez and Theo Walcott saw Arsenal survive some nervous moments to beat Sutton United 2-0 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals Sutton United F.C. 0-2 Arsenal
"20.02.2017 22:08:55" theguardian.com Newcastle back on top to leave Aston Villa's Steve Bruce in a bad place Yoan Gouffran and a Henri Lansbury own goal gave Newcastle a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, who have yet to win in 2017 Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa FC
"20.02.2017 20:59:00" theguardian.com Manchester City warned of Monaco 'killers in the box' with Falcao in form Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players to note what happened to Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League when his side face Monaco, who include a revitalised Radamel Falco in their side "The way Monaco play is perfect for Radamel Falcao. That's why he's back" – Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
"20.02.2017 19:35:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and could cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tie “I am really impressed how good they are. It is the most successful team in Europe in terms of scoring goals and a tough draw," – Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
"20.02.2017 19:00:01" theguardian.com Leo Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe in If football is a state of mind, FC Barcelona look depressed
"20.02.2017 18:10:06" theguardian.com Mark Clattenburg to continue as Premier League referee until end of season England's leading match official announced last week that he was leaving the panel of elite referees but will be in charge of at least four matches before he departs in the summer Mark Clattenburg will referee a few more Premier League matches before taking up his £500,000-a-year tax free role in Saudi Arabia
"20.02.2017 15:48:30" theguardian.com Marcelo Bielsa is joining a Lille team that has been lost in transition for too long Lille have burned through managers since they won a remarkable league and cup double in 2011. They need to establish a long-term identity under Bielsa Lille have burned through managers since they won a remarkable league and cup double in 2011. They need to establish a long-term identity under Bielsa
"20.02.2017 12:55:00" theguardian.com How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy Having abandoned a policy of spending big, Monaco, who visit Manchester City in the Champions League, are reaping the rewards of home-grown talent AS MONACO abandoned their policy of spending big – and became a better team for it
"20.02.2017 11:55:00" theguardian.com When Sutton United last went on a stunning FA Cup run ... and then lost 8-0 Sutton United's players became heroes when they beat top-flight Coventry in the third round in 1989 but they didn't fare so well against Norwich City Sutton United will be hoping they don't experience a repeat of their 8-0 hammering against Norwich City when they play Arsenal tonight
"20.02.2017 10:53:08" theguardian.com Sutton's Craig Eastmond: 'Arsenal will realise non-league is the real world' The Sutton United midfielder cannot wait for Monday's FA Cup tie and facing the club that left him feeling depressed after they let him go after just 10 appearances "The Arsenal players are probably going to think: 'What is this, really?' But this is non-league. This is the real world, the real stuff" – Craig Eastmond, who graduated from the Arsenal academy and will play against them tonight for Sutton United F.C. in
"20.02.2017 09:07:22" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Messi to Manchester City? Pochettino to Barça? Mauricio Pochettino to Barcelona? | Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City? | Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Manchester United? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• Leo Messi heading to Manchester City?
• FC Barcelona eye Mauricio Pochettino as manager?
• FC Bayern München in for Celtic's Moussa Dembélé?
"20.02.2017 08:28:52" theguardian.com FA Cup: talking points from the fifth round matches Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United's match-winner again, Burnley were tormented by Lincoln City and themselves and Arsenal must be prepared to pitch in at Sutton Our verdict on the FA Cup fifth round … so far
"19.02.2017 23:25:26" theguardian.com Lincoln's Danny Cowley focuses on North Ferriby first as Wembley beckons The Lincoln manager has been inundated with interview requests as a result of his team's historic FA Cup run but says he 'owes it to the boys' to concentrate on their promotion bid Between TV appearances on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Lincoln City Football Club's Danny and Nicky Cowley watched tapes of two North Ferriby United matches
"19.02.2017 23:05:00" theguardian.com Arsenal's Arsène Wenger worried about Sutton's artificial pitch for FA Cup Arsène Wenger says he is concerned about facing Sutton United on the National League side's artificial 3G pitch and warned his Arsenal players not to take the FA Cup fifth-round tie lightly "Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch. But it has been accepted so… competition is also about dealing with what you face. We face an artificial pitch and we have to deal with it”
"19.02.2017 22:52:15" theguardian.com Lionel Messi salvages win for Barcelona with late penalty against Leganés Lionel Messi's late penalty ensured a bedraggled Barcelona scraped a 2-1 victory over Leganés in La Liga at a divided Camp Nou FC Barcelona 2-1 Club Deportivo Leganés
"19.02.2017 22:08:42" theguardian.com Manchester United's speedy quartet show their paces in win at Blackburn | Jamie Jackson Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford were quick off the starting blocks in Manchester United's 2-1 FA Cup win at Blackburn Manchester United's front four against Blackburn Rovers – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – may be the fastest available anywhere in England