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"18.01.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com Police confirm more than 500 potential victims in sexual abuse scandal The number of clubs affected by British football's historic child sex abuse scandal has leapt to 248, according to figures released today by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) 526 potential victims, 184 potential suspects, 248 clubs
"18.01.2017 10:56:28" theguardian.com Valencia's journey from the Champions League to utter disarray Peter Lim was hailed as a saviour when took over Valencia in 2014 but – seven managers later – the fans now want him out. How did it come to this? Peter Lim was meant to save Valencia CF when he took over in 2014 but – seven managers later – the fans now want him out. How did it come to this?
"18.01.2017 10:03:44" theguardian.com FA Cup roundup: Blackpool shock Barnsley as Burnley see off Sunderland Bright Osayi-Samuel struck in the last minute of extra-time to give the League Two side Blackpool victory over Barnsley of the Championship, while Burnley and Bristol City secured places in the fourth round What you missed in the FA Cup last night
"18.01.2017 08:17:00" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United? Chelsea or Spurs to sign Luke Shaw? | Álvaro Morata to leave Madrid for Stamford Bridge? | Manchester City to buy somebody who can defend? Today's Rumour Mill: Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United? Chelsea or Spurs to sign Luke Shaw? | Álvaro Morata to leave Madrid for Stamford Bridge? | Manchester City to buy somebody who can defend?
"18.01.2017 00:01:03" theguardian.com Christian Benteke double inspires Crystal Palace win against Bolton Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke came off the bench to score twice and secure victory against Bolton in their FA Cup third-round replay Crystal Palace Football Club 2-1 Bolton Wanderers Official – The Emirates FA Cup
"17.01.2017 22:58:13" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp seeks legal advice over Joël Matip stalemate Jürgen Klopp will consult Liverpool's lawyers over whether to select Joël Matip at Plymouth Argyle amid concern the defender's inclusion could result in the club's expulsion from the FA Cup Jurgen Klopp turns to the lawyers over Liverpool FC's Joël Matip. stalemate
"17.01.2017 22:42:09" theguardian.com Nathan Arnold's late winner sends ecstatic Lincoln City into fourth round On a night they remembered former manager Graham Taylor, Lincoln City struck late on to eliminate Ipswich and reach the fourth round Lincoln City Football Club 1-0 Ipswich Town Football Club – The Emirates FA Cup report
"17.01.2017 22:18:04" theguardian.com Sutton's Maxime Biamou and Dan Fitchett strike late to stun Wimbledon in FA Cup The National League side Sutton are in the fourth round of the FA Cup after two late goals stunned 10-man AFC Wimbledon to secure a 3-1 win at Kingsmeadow AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United FC – The Emirates FA Cup report
"17.01.2017 18:59:01" theguardian.com West Ham warn Dimitri Payet there is no financial pressure to sell Marseille have bid £20m for Dimitri Payet but West Ham want £30m for the French playmaker and the London club can resist selling the Frenchman in summer if he stays until then Marseille have bid £20m for Dimitri Payet but West Ham United want £30m
"17.01.2017 17:49:48" theguardian.com Diego Costa returns to Chelsea first-team training but wants summer move Diego Costa has taken his first step towards reintegration into the Chelsea squad following last week's spat with the manager, Antonio Conte, by resuming training with the team Diego Costa hopes to play his part in Chelsea's title pursuit before leaving in the summer
"17.01.2017 16:16:12" theguardian.com Liverpool frustration over Joël Matip saga grows after Fifa drags its feet Jürgen Klopp said it could be another two weeks before he knows whether Joël Matip is eligible to play for Liverpool Jürgen Klopp says it could be another two weeks before he knows whether Joël Matip is eligible to play for Liverpool FC
"17.01.2017 15:02:42" theguardian.com Jan Vertonghen facing up to two months out with ankle injury Tottenham Hotspur are braced to be without Jan Vertonghen for up to two months after the defender underwent scans on an ankle ligament injury Bad news for Tottenham Hotspur's title bid
"17.01.2017 14:03:24" theguardian.com David Squires on … the life of Graham Taylor After the death of former England manager Graham Taylor, our cartoonist David Squires looks back at his footballing career In the not too distant past when football clubs were still sponsored by wallpaper paste and photocopiers, Graham Taylor was king
"17.01.2017 14:00:39" theguardian.com David Squires on … the life of Graham Taylor After the death of former England manager Graham Taylor, our cartoonist David Squires looks back at his footballing career 'At a time when it feels like the world could do with a few more decent people, his loss is felt keenly'
"17.01.2017 13:10:00" theguardian.com Afcon 2017 nicknames quiz Who are the reigning champions: the Elephants, the Wild Beasts or the Horrors? Do you know the Warriors from the Pharaohs?
"17.01.2017 12:05:49" theguardian.com Claudio Bravo is not the only shot-stopper struggling in the Premier League The Manchester City goalkeeper faced four shots on target against Everton and saved none of them, but his poor record is part of a general decline in standards The Manchester City goalkeeper faced four shots on target against Everton and saved none of them, but his poor record is part of a general decline in standards in the Premier League
"17.01.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com Louis van Gaal to retire from football for 'family reasons' Louis van Gaal has confirmed he intends to retire from coaching despite the former Manchester United manager receiving an offer to manage a club in Asia where he would have earned £44m in three seasons Louis van Gaal was offered £44m to manage a club in Asia for three years but turned it down for family reasons
"17.01.2017 09:57:13" theguardian.com West Ham's striking failure: 7 years, 32 signed, no solution In the seven years since David Sullivan and David Gold took charge, West Ham United have signed 32 strikers who have managed 125 goals in 641 games West Ham United have signed 32 strikers in the last seven years. They have scored an average of 3.9 goals each
"17.01.2017 08:47:56" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Manchester City to sign Barcelona's Lionel Messi? Radamel Falcao to join Tianjin Quanjian? Manchester United to snap up Celtic's Kieran Tierney? And Arsenal to land Kostas Manolas? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Manchester City to sign Lionel Messi for a world-record fee?
• Celtic FC's Kieran Tierney is wanted by Arsenal
• And will Watford FC snap up Mauro Zárate?
"17.01.2017 08:25:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola to target new Manchester City goalkeeper in summer Manchester City are set to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer with manager Pep Guardiola unlikely to offer a new contract to the present understudy Willy Caballero Manchester City want to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer
"17.01.2017 08:11:40" theguardian.com Diego Costa will not return to Chelsea team unless his attitude improves Antonio Conte has no plans to hold clear-the-air talks with Diego Costa and the onus will be on the forward in training to prove he warrants a swift restoration to the Chelsea side Antonio Conte has no plans to hold clear-the-air talks with Diego Costa and the onus will be on the Spain forward in training this week to prove he warrants a swift restoration to the Chelsea Football Club side for the visit of Hull City on Sunday
"17.01.2017 07:55:00" theguardian.com Everton's Tom Davies confirms Leighton Baines' view of a proper player How 18-year-old Davies has handled first-team life at Goodison Park has impressed Baines, who has seen other young players be overwhelmed early in their careers "He trains well but he finds another level when he gets out on the pitch and that is always the sign of a proper player. He's a lovely kid, a great player and he's Everton Football Club – he's one of the ones we'll all get behind" – Leighton Baines
"17.01.2017 07:35:05" theguardian.com Lincoln City going for gold in lucrative FA Cup replay with Ipswich Town After a draw at Portman Road, Lincoln City take on Ipswich Town in a third round replay, a match eagerly anticipated by the non-league club's 'gold members' A queue several hundred fans deep awaited the release of replay tickets and the game sold out within three hours of the box office opening. That means 8,000 home fans alone, more than double Lincoln's average gate
"16.01.2017 23:03:48" theguardian.com Paul Pogba can handle the '24-hour pressure', says Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no doubt Paul Pogba can handle the '24-hour pressure' of playing for Manchester United despite a poor display against Liverpool “Pressure is something I enjoy. I don't know Paul personally to be able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level. If you want to play at the top, pressure is 24 hours."
"16.01.2017 22:30:37" theguardian.com Juventus unveil bold new club crest at ceremony in Turin Juventus have unveiled a new club crest – with club president Andrea Agnelli claiming the unusual, minimalist design has been one year in the making The new Juventus crest has been unveiled
"16.01.2017 21:20:00" theguardian.com Ex-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to retire for 'family reasons' Louis van Gaal has confirmed he intends to retire from coaching despite the former Manchester United manager receiving an offer to manage a club in Asia that would have seen him earn £44m in just three seasons Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to retire after reportedly turning down a big-money offer from a club in Asia
"16.01.2017 20:34:36" theguardian.com Liverpool's Joël Matip could be out for a month due to Cameroon row Liverpool could be without the defender Joël Matip for a month after Fifa failed to resolve the dispute over his eligibility during the Africa Cup of Nations Liverpool FC could be without Joël Matip for another six matches with no resolution in sight for his ongoing dispute with Cameroon
"16.01.2017 19:15:00" theguardian.com West Ham reject second bid for Dimitri Payet from Marseille West Ham have rejected a second bid from Marseille for Dimitri Payet West Ham United have rejected a second bid from Marseille for Dimitri Payet
"16.01.2017 18:45:00" theguardian.com Rudy Gestede and sport's great rotten streaks The Middlesbrough striker hasn't won in the Premier League since August 2015 – while things are even worse for Sunderland's Jack Rodwell. Who else has had similar runs to forget? Rudy Gestede has only played once for Middlesbrough FC but he's already set an unwanted record: 32 games without a win
"16.01.2017 18:31:15" theguardian.com Diego Costa will not return to Chelsea team unless his attitude improves Antonio Conte has no plans to hold clear-the-air talks with Diego Costa and the onus will be on the forward in training to prove he warrants a swift restoration to the Chelsea side There will be no clear-the-air talks between Chelsea Football Club manager Antonio Conte and Diego Costa
"16.01.2017 18:00:00" theguardian.com What has happened to Pep Guardiola's project at Man City? The club spent four years chasing the Catalan so why has he inherited an ageing squad with big problems in defence – and will he change his ways after the 4-0 drubbing at Everton? Manchester City spent four years chasing Pep Guardiola so why has he inherited an ageing squad with big problems in defence – and will he change his ways after the 4-0 drubbing at Everton?
"16.01.2017 17:15:00" theguardian.com The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the top flight The best pictures from the weekend's Premier League football
"16.01.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Sevilla end Real Madrid's run as Sergio Ramos shows sense of theatre again Real Madrid were set to extend their unbeaten run to 41 matches until a late own goal, against his old club, by Sergio Ramos and Stevan Jovetic's winner stunned Zinedine Zidane's side Sergio Ramos has made a habit of scoring late and decisive headers for Real Madrid C.F. but this weekend he scored one in the wrong net
"16.01.2017 15:40:41" theguardian.com Paulo Sousa silences hunchback taunts by beating Juventus Fiorentina's manager has been savaged by his own fans for his Juventus links and ill-conceived words but beating his old club may prove a turning point for him ACF Fiorentina manager Paulo Sousa has been savaged by his own fans for his Juventus links and ill-conceived words but beating his old club may prove a turning point for him
"16.01.2017 14:50:00" Five non-league goals Dele Alli would be proud to score
"16.01.2017 14:00:00" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Alex Morgan The American star striker is an active campaigner for women's equality off the field and has set her sights on becoming the world's leading player on it, having taken the plunge with a six-month loan spell at Lyon, she tells Donald McRae "It's great to see women standing up in their own line of work and fighting for fair value,” says Alex Morgan of Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift “We're trying to do the same thing and we've come a long way. But it gets exhausting having to do this
"16.01.2017 13:09:16" theguardian.com What do footballers do while recovering from long-term injuries? Manchester City's players were mocked for wearing 'Gundogan' shirts in December but that camaraderie will keep him positive and help him recover Manchester City's players were mocked for wearing Ilkay Gündogan shirts but that camaraderie will keep him positive and help his recovery
"16.01.2017 12:14:06" theguardian.com Chinese Super League reduces number of foreign players allowed to play China's football association has announced a series of measures in response to “irrational” spending by clubs on transfer fees and player salaries China's football association has changed the rules in response to clubs' "irrational" spending
"16.01.2017 10:55:00" The gifs that keep on giving: http://bit.ly/2iZbt4t
Featuring a defender being turned inside out and falling on his face....
"16.01.2017 10:16:18" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez goes to the dogs to find solace from his big city blues The Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez has cut a brooding figure recently but finds comfort in the positive vibrations of his labradors Atom and Humber A group of Arsenal think a banner bearing a photograph of Alexis Sanchez with his dogs might cheer him up. They launched a fundraising drive, needing £500 to turn their vision into reality. Within 24 hours £600 had been pledged and the banners were in
"16.01.2017 07:41:06" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Manchester City resemble the girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead, N'Golo Kanté's return to Leicester shows Wilfred Ndidi what needs to be done and David Moyes regrets catching the bullet dodged by Mark Hughes Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action
"15.01.2017 23:38:03" theguardian.com The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos The weekend's best Premier League photos
"15.01.2017 22:42:28" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger aims to save Alexis Sánchez's energy for tougher battles | Nick Miller The Arsenal forward showed his frustration when he was substituted during their 4-0 win over Swansea, but Wenger dismissed it as a 'non-story' “Individually, you want everybody to behave well, but we don't live in a perfect world. He's a guy who wants to fight everywhere, sometimes where he shouldn't.”
"15.01.2017 22:14:33" theguardian.com Stevan Jovetic seals Sevilla win over Real Madrid in thrilling late turnaround Sevilla ended Real Madrid's 40-match unbeaten run in all competitions by coming from behind with two late goals to secure a 2-1 home win over the La Liga leaders Sevilla FC strike twice at the death to end Real Madrid C.F. unbeaten run
"15.01.2017 20:44:10" Jurgen Klopp and José Mourinho offer their thoughts after Manchester United and Liverpool FC draw
"15.01.2017 18:17:07" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes late for Manchester United in draw with Liverpool Zlatan Ibrahimovic's scored late for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford Premier League: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool FC
"15.01.2017 15:57:36" theguardian.com Ademola Lookman adds flourish for Everton in defeat of Manchester City Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 in the Premier League with second-half goals from Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman capping an earlier strike by Romelu Lukaku Premier League: Everton Football Club 4-0 Manchester City
"15.01.2017 15:10:33" theguardian.com Manchester United v Liverpool: Premier League - live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Manchester United extend their nine-match winning run at home to rivals Liverpool? Join Jacob Steinberg to find out Manchester United v Liverpool FC – live!
"15.01.2017 12:44:44" theguardian.com Everton v Manchester City: Premier League - live! Minute-by-minute report: Can Manchester City break back into the Champions League places with a win over Everton? Join Simon Burnton now Everton Football Club v Manchester City – live!
"15.01.2017 00:22:02" theguardian.com Afcon 2017: Cameroon held as Issoufou Dayo earns Burkina Faso a point Burkina Faso scored a late equaliser through the centre-back Issoufou Dayo to earn a fortuitous 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday Burkina Faso national football team 1-1 Cameroon National Football Team – CAF / Africa Cup of Nations report
"14.01.2017 23:53:03" theguardian.com Paul Pogba's potency energises José Mourinho for United's ultimate test Manchester United's manager has tweaked his system in the run-up to the Liverpool match in the hope his new protege can be as prolific as Frank Lampard José Mourinho has tweaked his Manchester United system in the weeks before the Liverpool FC clash in the hope Paul Labile Pogba can become as prolific as Frank Lampard at Chelsea Football Club
"14.01.2017 23:07:21" Chelsea Football Club's Antonio Conte: 'I'll give you the truth about Diego Costa'
"14.01.2017 22:29:25" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet and co cross a line with their striking self-indulgence | Daniel Taylor Moments such as the West Ham star refusing to play are when people in other team sports must wonder why footballers find it so hard to maintain professional decency Payet received a £1m bonus in September and if West Ham United truly want to be a big club they surely cannot bend on this one. It might cost them a fair bit of money, but this is the part these footballers do not understand – what price a club's honour?
"14.01.2017 21:43:55" theguardian.com Antonio Conte insists he did not lie over Diego Costa's absence from team Diego Costa missed Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester due to a back pain, according to Antonio Conte, who insisted it was not due to a lucrative offer from a club in China “Before the game I told the truth, I don't lie. On Tuesday during the training session Diego Costa stopped because he felt a pain in his back. For this season today he wasn't available. This is the reason, the truth”
"14.01.2017 20:07:39" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp hoping counterattacks can blast hole in United resurgence | Jonathan Wilson José Mourinho probably cannot repeat the Manchester United tactics from October's 0-0 draw at Liverpool, in the latest clash with a manager who bested him in a pivotal 2013 game Football changed in April 2013. Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund beat José Mourinho's Real Madrid C.F. and Jupp Heynckes's FC Bayern München beat Tito Vilanova's FC Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and the hegemony of a Spanish
"14.01.2017 19:50:41" theguardian.com Watford held by Middlesbrough as Graham Taylor is remembered Graham Taylor was warmly remembered at Vicarage Road but the game failed to match the occasion as Watford and Middlesbrough played out a dull 0-0 draw Watford FC 0-0 Middlesbrough FC
"14.01.2017 19:38:10" theguardian.com Chelsea bandwagon rolls on as Marcos Alonso double sees off Leicester Goals either side of half-time from Marcos Alonso helped Chelsea secure a 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City Leicester City Football Club 0-3 Chelsea Football Club
"14.01.2017 19:03:39" theguardian.com Abel Hernández double secures Hull comeback against Bournemouth Marco Silva got off to a dream start as Hull manager after two goals from Abel Hernández helped Hull fight back from an early penalty to secure a 3-1 home win over Bournemouth Hull City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth
"14.01.2017 18:49:56" theguardian.com Afcon 2017: Juary Soares header for Guinea-Bissau denies Gabon at the last Guinea-Bissau ensured the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations got under way with a shock result, as Juary Soares secured a 1-1 draw after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had tapped in for Gabon Gabon 1-1 Guinea-Bissau – CAF / Africa Cup of Nations report
"14.01.2017 18:33:38" theguardian.com Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on target as Barcelona thrash Las Palmas Luis Suárez scored a brace and Lionel Messi was also on target as Barcelona thrashed Las Palmas 5-0 with a ruthless second-half display at the Nou Camp FC Barcelona 5-0 Las Palmas
"14.01.2017 18:17:35" theguardian.com Burnley rewarded for Joey Barton gamble with win against Southampton Joey Barton announced his return to the Premier League with a 78th-minute winner as Burnley moved into the Premier League's top half with a 1-0 victory over Southampton Burnley Football Club 1-0 Southampton FC
"14.01.2017 18:05:54" theguardian.com Marko Arnautovic hits double for Stoke to pile pressure on Sunderland Marko Arnautovic scored twice and Peter Crouch added a third and despite Jermain Defoe's goal for Sunderland, Stoke City ran out comfortable 3-1 winners Sunderland AFC 1-3 Stoke City Football Club
"14.01.2017 17:56:10" theguardian.com West Ham forget troubles as Andy Carroll stars in win over Crystal Palace Andy Carroll's spectacular goal helped West Ham United shrug off the absence of Dimitri Payet to win 3-0 at home to Crystal Palace West Ham United 3-0 Crystal Palace Football Club
"14.01.2017 17:37:57" theguardian.com Arsenal canter to easy win as Swansea concede two costly own goals Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sánchez each scored for Arsenal in their 4-0 Premier League win at Swansea where the home helped them along with two own goals Swansea City Football Club 0-4 Arsenal
"14.01.2017 15:42:41" theguardian.com Gabon v Guinea-Bissau: Afcon 2017 – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will hosts Gabon get off to a flyer against Guinea-Bissau in the Afcon 2017 opener in Libreville? Join Ben Fisher to find out Gabon national football team v Guinea-Bissau national football team Afcon2017 – live!
"14.01.2017 14:59:36" theguardian.com Harry Kane hat-trick leads Tottenham's brilliant thumping of West Brom Tottenham Hotspur blew West Bromwich Albion to establish a 2-0 first-half lead that should have been more, and Harry Kane's second and third goals, added to his opener, made it 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-0 West Bromwich Albion
"14.01.2017 14:32:06" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet will not be sold by West Ham in January, says defiant David Sullivan The West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has insisted that Dimitri Payet will 'not be sold' in the January transfer window "The board's position is that we do not want to sell Dimitri Payet, we do not need to sell Dimitri for financial or any other reasons, and we will NOT sell Dimitri in the January transfer window.”
"14.01.2017 14:31:08" theguardian.com Anthony Pilkington strikes late to seal Cardiff comeback win at Bristol City Cardiff City came from behind to beat Bristol City 3-2 at Ashton Gate, condemning Lee Johnson's side to a 10th defeat in 11 league matches Bristol City FC 2-3 Cardiff City Football Club
"14.01.2017 11:57:09" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp: don't make Manchester United v Liverpool bigger than it is Jürgen Klopp insists Liverpool's trip to face Manchester United does not take on any extra significance just because both teams are back battling at the top of the table “It is not about making it bigger than it actually is" – Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp
"14.01.2017 10:18:07" theguardian.com In defence of the 48-team World Cup The World Cup is for the whole world, so why not invite more guests to the party? "There will be 80 matches rather than 64, but is having 16 more games once every four years really too much to bear? If we can stomach the Europa League, surely we can survive a few more FIFA World Cup games. You don't have to watch all of them, you
"13.01.2017 23:10:39" theguardian.com Burnley's Andre Gray: 'I was just relieved I hadn't been stabbed in the eye' The striker talks about the homophobic tweets that have tarnished an impressive debut Premier League season and his difficult upbringing in Wolverhampton “My mum brought me up but it's hard for a woman to try to teach a son man things, so I've had to practically raise myself. I made some bad choices, there's no doubt about that'
"13.01.2017 22:08:36" theguardian.com Pere Gratacós dismissed by Barcelona for remarks about Lionel Messi Barcelona club official Pere Gratacós has been sacked for making remarks about Lionel Messi's qualities that did not match those of the club who are looking to extend the player's contract 'FC Barcelona have dismissed Pere Gratacós as head of institutional sporting relations with the Royal Spanish Football Federation for having publicly expressed a personal opinion that does not match that of the club'
"13.01.2017 19:36:16" theguardian.com Diego Costa dropped by Chelsea after row over huge offer from China Diego Costa has been dropped from the Chelsea squad for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Leicester City, after a row that involves a massive offer which has been made to him from a club in the Chinese Super League Diego Costa has been the subject of an eye-watering offer from China and there is the fear at Chelsea Football Club that his advisers could be using it to lever him away
"13.01.2017 19:15:00" theguardian.com Crystal Palace sign Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester for around £12m a four and a half year deal Crystal Palace have signed Jeffrey Schlupp for £12m
"13.01.2017 18:32:55" Think things were better in your day? You might be right...
"13.01.2017 17:55:14" theguardian.com Afcon 2017 begins against a backdrop of political unrest A range of teams could win the 2017 tournament, which takes place against a backdrop of political unrest The Africa Cup of Nations begins tomorrow in Gabon but a significant proportion of the country did not to host the tournament
"13.01.2017 17:01:02" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Rooney, Mayweather and Taylor Who has joined Swansea? Whose record is Rooney chasing? And who is 'uppity'? Which European Cup winner has joined Swansea? Whose record is Wayne Rooney chasing now? And which actress is 'uppity'?
"13.01.2017 15:39:44" "Hello?" – José Mourinho answers a reporter's phone
H/T: Manchester United
"13.01.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com Fiorentina v Juventus: a rivalry stoked by 'theft', Baggio and machine guns Juventus beat Fiorentina 11-0 when the clubs first met but the animosity really began when Juve 'stole' the 1982 title and then signed La Viola's best player Juventus beat ACF Fiorentina 11-0 when the clubs first met in 1928 but the animosity really began when Juve 'stole' the 1982 title and then signed La Viola's best player, Roberto Baggio, for a world record fee
"13.01.2017 13:35:23" Footballer scores bicycle kick, proposes to girlfriend ... gets booked
H/T: PNC Sports Guam and Guam Football Association
"13.01.2017 13:00:01" theguardian.com Robert Snodgrass wants to stay in Premier League despite offers from China Robert Snodgrass has been offered the opportunity to move to clubs in China and Turkey but is determined to remain in the Premier League, with West Ham and Middlesbrough among several potential suitors for the Hull playmaker. Robert Snodgrass has been offered around £4m a season to move to China but he wants to stay in the Premier League
"13.01.2017 12:12:26" theguardian.com Middlesbrough hopeful of completing £8m signing of Stoke's Bojan Krkic Middlesbrough remain optimistic about their chances of securing Bojan Krkic in an £8m transfer from Stoke City by the end of the month Middlesbrough FC hope to complete an £8m deal for Bojan Krkic by the end of the month
"13.01.2017 11:25:22" theguardian.com Mesut Özil's future at Arsenal doesn't depend on mine, says Wenger Arsène Wenger has insisted that his own future will not form the “main part” of Mesut Özil's decision as to whether to extend his contract with Arsenal "He would like to know what happens on the managerial front but I don't think that is the main part of his decision. It's not the only thing. There are many other ingredients."
"13.01.2017 10:13:45" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Manchester United may go for jugular against Liverpool, Morgan Schneiderlin must settle quickly at Everton and Ahmed Musa has chance to shine for Leicester Our big preview to the weekend's Premier League matches
"13.01.2017 00:08:05" theguardian.com Patrice Evra in talks over move to Crystal Palace The Juventus left-back Patrice Evra could join Crystal Palace in this transfer window after the France defender asked to leave the Italian champions last week Crystal Palace Football Club are in talks with Patrice Evra over a permanent transfer from Juventus after the former Manchester United defender asked to leave the Italian champions last week.
"13.01.2017 00:06:14" theguardian.com Real Madrid's late equaliser at Sevilla sets new 40 games unbeaten record Karim Benzema's equaliser in added time earned Real Madrid a 3-3 draw at Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, but also helped them set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten Real Madrid C.F. set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the Copa del Ray.
"12.01.2017 21:48:14" theguardian.com Manchester City will get off lightly over breaking testing rules, say athletes Manchester City are likely to be fined £25,000 if guilty of breaching the Football Association's 'whereabouts' rule Medal-winning athletes and anti-doping officials have told the Guardian they believe footballers are subject to less stringent anti-doping procedures as it emerged Manchester City are likely to be fined around £25,000 if found guilty of breaching the FA's
"12.01.2017 20:12:58" theguardian.com Graham Taylor rescued Paul McGrath and put Watford on an upward path | Simon Burnton Graham Taylor took Watford and Aston Villa to the top flight while the former England manager was also a gentle man who was generous with his time Simon Burnton on Graham Taylor: "Alongside and scarcely less important than his impact on the field was his commitment to building ties between the club and the community."
"12.01.2017 20:06:25" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet has had his head turned at worst possible moment for West Ham | Amy Lawrence West Ham's Dimitri Payet does not want to play for the club again but these disputes often end up in an awkward truce, briefly convenient for both sides Amy Lawrence on Dimitri Payet: "In the words of a wise old football negotiator who has overseen countless deals, the standoff between West Ham United and Payet smacks of one thing: 'There is always another club behind it.'"
"12.01.2017 19:51:44" theguardian.com Gordon Cowans: Graham Taylor was someone we all wanted to play for The former Aston Villa midfielder pays tribute to a 'kind, generous, good man' whose success was rooted in his honesty, coaching ability and man management Gordon Cowans on Graham Taylor: "Graham was a very kind, very honest, straight, helpful man, he was always true to himself, never pretended to be something or someone he wasn't and all the Villa players bought into that."
"12.01.2017 19:28:27" theguardian.com Manchester City's doping test charges explained: why they are in trouble The Premier League club are accused of failing to give testing officials accurate information about player whereabouts and are likely to attribute this to administrative error Sean Ingle gives the lowdown on why Manchester City have been charged by the FA in relation to its rules on anti-doping and what will happen next
"12.01.2017 18:35:00" theguardian.com Morgan Schneiderlin joins Everton for initial £20m Morgan Schneiderlin has moved to Everton from Manchester United in a £20m deal which could rise to £24m and declared his determination to get the club back 'where it belongs' Morgan Schneiderlin is an Everton player
"12.01.2017 17:55:00" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet tells Slaven Bilic he wants to leave West Ham for Marseille Dimitri Payet held emotional talks with Slaven Bilic on Tuesday in which he told the manager of his wish to leave West Ham United for Marseille, partly because of his family's unhappiness in London Dimitri Payet wants to leave West Ham United for Marseille
"12.01.2017 16:57:55" theguardian.com 'The nicest man in football': our readers' tributes to Graham Taylor The death of the former England manager at the age of 72 has led our readers to pay their respects to a 'gentleman' of the game "His old man was the local paper sports reporter and I had the privilege a few years ago of hearing Graham recounting how he used to go along to the Old Showground with his dad to help him identify players during the game"
"12.01.2017 14:47:26" A Pointless contestant won the £2,250 jackpot by taking the advice of her Celtic-supporting boyfriend, who told her to "go for Henrik Larsson" if asked anything about football
"12.01.2017 14:00:00" "Until he changes his attitude, he's out of the team. He's not going to train with us because we are not going to sell him"
"12.01.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Graham Taylor, former England manager, dies at the age of 72 Graham Taylor, the former England manager, has died at the age of 72 Graham Taylor, the former England, Aston Villa, Watford, Wolves and Lincoln manager, has died at the age of 72
"12.01.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com Fans from 48 countries react to the 48-team World Cup format Our Brazil supporter 'can't get enough World Cup football', our Canada fan says 'the more the merrier' and our Vanuatu fan wants a 64-team tournament "We'll finally manage to make it to a World Cup competition. Well, maybe..."
"12.01.2017 12:30:00" theguardian.com Manchester United trigger extension clause in Marouane Fellaini's contract Manchester United have handed Marouane Fellaini a one-year contract extension in order stop the midfielder leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer Manchester United have handed Marouane Fellaini a one-year contract extension to stop him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer
"12.01.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin sign new Arsenal contracts Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all signed new long-term contracts with Arsenal, the club have announced Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have agreed to extend their contracts at Arsenal
"12.01.2017 11:00:00" theguardian.com Dimitri Payet wants to leave West Ham, says Slaven Bilic Dimitri Payet has refused to play for West Ham United and says he wants to leave the club, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed “We don't want to sell our best players but Payet does not want to play for us. He wants to leave" – West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
"12.01.2017 10:26:46" theguardian.com Manchester United still making up for Louis van Gaal's expensive lost time Few of Louis van Gaal's costly signings succeeded at Manchester United and many, like the Everton-bound Morgan Schneiderlin, soon found their careers in limbo Which Louis van Gaal signings worked out? Not as many as Manchester United would have liked. He bought Ángel Di María (£59m), Anthony Martial (£35m), Luke Shaw (£26m), Memphis Depay (£25m), Ander Herrera (£29m), Morgan Schneiderlin (£24m), Marcos Rojo
"12.01.2017 09:52:46" theguardian.com Manchester United still making up for Van Gaal's expensive lost time | Paul Wilson Few of Louis van Gaal's costly signings succeeded at Manchester United and many, like the Everton-bound Morgan Schneiderlin, soon found their careers in limbo Few of the former Manchester United manager's costly signings succeeded at Old Trafford and many, like the Everton-bound Morgan Schneiderlin, soon found their careers in limbo
"12.01.2017 09:07:06" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Adam Lallana wanted by Barcelona, Juventus and PSG? Ross Barkley on his way out of Everton? | Crystal Palace to sell Christian Benteke and buy Carl Jenkinson? | United to usurp Chelsea for Tiemoué Bakayoko? Adam Lallana is linked with a move away from Liverpool in today's Rumour Mill
"11.01.2017 22:52:09" theguardian.com Chelsea get permission for new 60,000-capacity Stamford Bridge stadium The new build, designed by the architects behind Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, could be completed in time for 2021-22 season after plans were approved by the council Chelsea get permission for new 60,000-seat stadium:
"11.01.2017 22:05:18" theguardian.com Nathan Redmond gives Southampton narrow edge against Liverpool Southampton beat Liverpool in EFL Cup semi-final first leg thanks to a first-half goal from Nathan Redmond Southampton FC beat Liverpool FC 1-0 in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg. Read David Hytner's match report:
"11.01.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester United fans won't like Mourinho's criticism – but he has a point Mourinho's moan about the poor atmosphere at Old Trafford against Hull had some justification yet was designed to produce a reaction against Liverpool José Mourinho has a point about the atmosphere at Old Trafford
"11.01.2017 19:00:00" theguardian.com A decade on, did David Beckham's move to MLS make a difference? This week marks 10 years since the former England captain announced his move to LA Galaxy. But how did his decision shape soccer in the States? David Beckham announced his move to LA Galaxy a decade ago. Did his decision to swap Real Madrid C.F. for MLS shape soccer in the US?
"11.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Manchester City charged by FA over anti-doping rules Manchester City have been charged in relation to the Football Association's rules on anti-doping Manchester City have been charged with a breach of anti-doping rules
"11.01.2017 17:50:00" theguardian.com Lionel Messi contract offer hindered by Barcelona's spending caps Barcelona's hopes of improving Lionel Messi's current deal, which is worth €22m a year after tax, are hampered by a La Liga rule limiting a club's wage outlay to 70% of its budget FC Barcelona could struggle to offer Leo Messi an improved contract
"11.01.2017 16:25:58" theguardian.com Everton agree £10.4m fee for striker Ishak Belfodil Everton are close to competing a move for Algerian striker Ishak Belfodil after agreeing a £10.4m fee with Standard Liège Everton Football Club are close to signing Algeria striker Ishak Belfodil after agreeing a £10.4m fee with Standard de Liège
"11.01.2017 14:52:36" theguardian.com Luis Suárez's first season in Europe: love, anger, 15 goals and one broken umbrella Luis Suárez arrived in the Dutch city of Groningen in 2006 as an overweight teenager. He left for Ajax a year later with the habits that would make him a star Luis Suarez arrived at FC Groningen in 2006 as an overweight teenager. He left for AFC Ajax a year later with the habits that would make him a star
"11.01.2017 13:17:52" theguardian.com Infantino's World Cup: a dire prequel that will award itself every Oscar We could be roused by the Fifa president's claim that 'football's back' – if it wasn't for his bloated new-look tournament that flies in the face of sporting meritocracy Fifa has clearly realised it has no mountains left to climb as far as financial corruption was concerned and consequently has graduated to corrupting the product itself
"11.01.2017 12:30:00" What is going on at Millwall Football Club? Their fans explain
"11.01.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com The best goals of the week: Bent, Messi and Courtois Featuring the best strikes from the FA Cup third round, a couple of masterful free-kick from Lionel Messi and two moves straight off the training pitch "Sometimes I score too!" – Thibaut Courtois
"11.01.2017 11:03:04" theguardian.com Which footballer has scored the most goals for a single club? Plus: consecutive last-place finishes, commentator subs, cold football and more Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton have both scored 249 goals for Manchester United but which player scored 383 for Everton?
"11.01.2017 10:10:52" theguardian.com A decade on, did David Beckham's move to MLS make a difference? This week marks 10 years since the former England captain announced his move to LA Galaxy. But how did his decision shape soccer in the States? Then football's most recognisable star, David Beckham arrived in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the goal of improving the American game. Beckham promised to 'make a difference' Stateside, but where did he fail and where did he succeed?
"11.01.2017 09:45:50" theguardian.com Vote on compulsory purchase of Millwall land dramatically postponed Politicians on all sides have called on Lewisham's mayor and cabinet to halt the compulsory purchase order as the verdict on the future of the club is put back until February The vote on the compulsory purchase of Millwall Football Club's land around The Den has been dramatically postponed just 24 hours before the controversial land-grab was due to be confirmed
"10.01.2017 23:00:10" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney's supporting cast grow frustrated at chasing records | Paul Wilson Surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton has become a distraction as well as making the Manchester United captain too easy to mark out of the game A Wayne Rooney waiting in the middle is too easy to mark or, put another way, too difficult for his team-mates to find, which is why from the midpoint of the first half onwards the Manchester United striker's support cast began to take matters into their
"10.01.2017 22:13:55" theguardian.com Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini put Manchester United on top against Hull Second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini broke Hull's resistance and put Manchester United in control of their EFL Cup semi-final Manchester United 2-0 Hull City – EFL Cup semi-final first-leg report
"10.01.2017 21:48:27" theguardian.com Aston Villa to rival Crystal Palace and West Brom for Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp Aston Villa are interested in signing Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester but face competition from Crystal Palace and West Brom for the Ghana international Aston Villa FC - Official to rival Crystal Palace Football Club and West Bromwich Albion for Leicester City Football Club's Jeffrey Schlupp
"10.01.2017 21:13:20" theguardian.com Brentford turn down £12.5m from West Ham United for striker Scott Hogan Brentford are determined not to sell striker Scott Hogan for less than their £15m valuation after rejecting West Ham's latest offer worth up to £12.5m for the striker Brentford FC have rejected a £12.5m from West Ham United for Scott Hogan. The Championship club want £15m for the striker
"10.01.2017 20:38:11" theguardian.com Everton's £22m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin accepted by Manchester United Manchester United have accepted a £22m bid from Everton for Morgan Schneiderlin which could rise to £24m Manchester United have accepted a £22m bid from Everton Football Club for Morgan Schneiderlin. The fee could rise to £24m with bonuses
"10.01.2017 19:29:49" theguardian.com Hull agree loan deal for Everton's Oumar Niasse with £10m option to buy Hull City have agreed a loan with Everton for Oumar Niasse until the end of the season, when they will have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of £10m Hull City agree loan deal for Everton Football Club's Oumar Niasse with £10m option to buy
"10.01.2017 19:00:00" theguardian.com Money makes the World Cup go round Fifa's Gianni Infantino has pushed through his 48-team World Cup but those complaining, mostly from Europe, must know that the modern tournament has always been about commerce and politics as much as football glory More teams means more cash for FIFA
"10.01.2017 18:10:00" theguardian.com Lionel Messi statue in Buenos Aires vandalised A statue in Buenos Aires of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has been vandalised, leaving only the legs and a football on display Only Leo Messi's legs and football remain
"10.01.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com The Best Fifa World Football Awards 2016 – in pictures The Getty Images photographers Mike Hewitt and Alexander Hassenstein were assigned to take pictures of all the leading contenders and winners of The Best Fifa Football Awards 2016 in Zurich Some photos of Fifa's best footballers of 2016
"10.01.2017 16:55:00" theguardian.com Hull's class of 1952 offer current team hope against Manchester United In January 1952 Manchester United were on their way to their first top-flight title since 1911 but 'they met their Marathon' at home to Second Division Hull in the FA Cup Hull don't beat Manchester United very often but they did it in January 1952
"10.01.2017 15:45:20" theguardian.com Is the 48-team World Cup a good idea? What do you think about Fifa's plan to expand the tournament from 2026? What do you think about Fifa's plan to expand the tournament?
"10.01.2017 14:36:20" theguardian.com An alternative to Fifa's team of 2016 Fifa's team is full of stars – nine from Real Madrid and Barcelona – but players such as Filipe Luís, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alex Sandro deserve recognition Fifa's team is full of stars – nine from Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona – but players such as Filipe Luís, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alex Sandro deserve recognition for their work in 2016
"10.01.2017 13:50:00" theguardian.com Fifa's plan for the 48-team World Cup explained The 32-team finals since 1998 have felt long enough, but for purely sporting reasons – nothing to do with money – Fifa has decided to add 16 sides and fiddle with the format How will a 48-team World Cup work? Here's an explainer...
"10.01.2017 12:52:09" theguardian.com David Squires on … Millwall and the New Den's uncertain future Our resident cartoonist takes a look at the controversial stadium wrangle in south London … with added Merson and Farage, obviously Our resident cartoonist takes a look at the stadium wrangle in south London … with added Paul Merson and Nigel Farage, obviously
"10.01.2017 12:02:00" Diego Maradona thinks the new 48-team World Cup is an "excellent" idea. Do you?
"10.01.2017 11:00:56" Philippe Coutinho: the futsal years
"10.01.2017 09:56:42" theguardian.com Fifa approves plan to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 Council votes unanimously to rubber-stamp plans to expand the event which will feature 16 groups of three The FIFA World Cup will feature 48 teams from 2026
"10.01.2017 09:26:22" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to Manchester United? Manchester City to sign Jack Wilshere? | Jürgen Klopp warns Barcelona off Philippe Coutinho? | Chelsea to sign Llorente, Hector and Antonio? All of today's football transfer gossip, including …
• Tottenham Hotspur pair heading to Manchester United?
• Jack Wilshere set for Manchester City?
• FC Barcelona still keen on Philippe Coutinho?
"10.01.2017 08:47:22" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo wins world's best player at first Fifa 'The Best' Awards Cristiano Ronaldo pipped Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to win the world's best player award at the inaugural Fifa 'The Best' Awards a month after beating Messi to the Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the world's best player at the inaugural Fifa 'The Best' Awards in Zurich
"09.01.2017 22:05:01" theguardian.com Leeds United's Alex Mowatt proves too bright for Cambridge in FA Cup Leeds United recovered from a 1-0 deficit at half-time against League Two Cambridge United to reach the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-1 win Cambridge United 1-2 Leeds United – The Emirates FA Cup report
"09.01.2017 21:19:24" theguardian.com Clamour grows to review Millwall scheme as Sadiq Khan urged to step in The controversy surrounding Millwall's stadium has taken another significant turn There are fresh calls to scrap the Millwall Football Club stadium scheme with the mayor of London Sadiq Khan now being urged to step in
"09.01.2017 20:49:20" theguardian.com Gianni Infantino's 48-team World Cup plan set to be approved by Fifa Amaju Pinnick, the Nigerian Football Federation president, said it would be 'big surprise' if Fifa did not adopt Gianni Infantino's proposals to expand the World Cup from 2026 Gianni Infantino's 48-team FIFA World Cup plan is set to be approved
"09.01.2017 19:58:31" theguardian.com FA Cup fourth-round draw: Arsenal to face Southampton or Norwich, Manchester United host Wigan Non The Emirates FA Cup fourth-round draw: Arsenal to face Southampton FC or Norwich City FC, Manchester United host Wigan Athletic, Derby County v Leicester City Football Club
"09.01.2017 18:45:00" theguardian.com Gerard Piqué points finger as Villarreal push title out of Barcelona's hands The Barcelona defender appeared to remonstrate with the La Liga president after Bruno's handball went unpunished, but the cracks were already showing before the draw at la Cerámica FC Barcelona draw. Gerard Piqué blames the refereeing
"09.01.2017 18:00:01" Some everyday football magic from Glentoran. Look out for the backheel flick
"09.01.2017 16:44:00" theguardian.com Olivier Giroud close to signing contract extension at Arsenal The 30-year-old French striker has returned to the side in recent weeks to score four goals in as many appearances Olivier Giroud says he is close to signing a contract extension and “continuing the adventure” at Arsenal
"09.01.2017 15:50:00" theguardian.com Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino's house burgled by gang Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was targeted by burglars just two days before the Brazilian was arrested and charged with drink-driving, local police have confirmed. £70,000 worth of belongings were stolen from the Liverpool FC player's house
"09.01.2017 14:44:14" theguardian.com Do English managers deserve more chances in the Premier League? Phil Thompson thinks Hull's appointment of Marco Silva is 'astonishing', 'baffling' and 'embarrassing' but why would any club promote an Englishman? Phil Thompson thinks Hull's appointment of Marco Silva is 'astonishing', 'baffling' and 'embarrassing' but why should a Premier League club promote an Englishman?
"09.01.2017 14:00:01" theguardian.com Manchester United will not sign centre-back despite Marcos Rojo injury José Mourinho will not move for a centre-back despite Marcos Rojo's injury leaving only Phil Jones and Chris Smalling available in that position With Marcos Rojo injured and Eric Bailly at Africa Cup of Nations, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are Manchester United's only fit centre-backs. But José Mourinho is not in the market for a central defender
"09.01.2017 13:12:24" theguardian.com Today's transfer rumours: Ivan Rakitic to Manchester City? Alexis Sanchez to PSG or Atletico? | Mamadou Sakho to Southampton? | Liverpool set to move for Quincy Promes? | Inter to bid for Lionel Messi? Today's transfer rumours...
Ivan Rakitić to Manchester City
Alexis Sanchez to PSG - Paris Saint-Germain or Atlético de Madrid
Quincy Promes to Liverpool FC?
"09.01.2017 10:14:05" theguardian.com FA Cup: talking points from the third round matches Plymouth's defence was classy and defiant, Ndidi excelled on Leicester debut, Batshuayi proved little and Stourbridge showed romance is alive, even in defeat Our big roundup of the weekend's FA Cup action
"09.01.2017 09:15:41" theguardian.com Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe calls Jordon Ibe a 'disappointment' Eddie Howe lamented a lack of match time for Jordon Ibe and said his side failed to gel as a team after making wholesale changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Arsenal "I still feel there's a lot of potential in there, but obviously he's got to fulfil that when he gets chances like today"
"09.01.2017 08:35:09" theguardian.com Anfield draw was my greatest experience as a Plymouth fan – but pure pain | Josh Widdicombe Pilgrims fan and comedian Josh Widdicombe documents his FA Cup awayday at Anfield alongside more than 8,500 Plymouth Argyle supporters Josh Widdicombe was in the away end as Plymouth Argyle Football Club earned an FA Cup replay against Liverpool FC
"08.01.2017 19:42:00" theguardian.com Antonio Conte believes John Terry did not deserve red card for last-man tackle John Terry was unfairly shown the red card after a last-man tackle on Peterborough's Lee Angol according to the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte "I think it wasn't right this decision from the referee" – Chelsea Football Club manager Antonio Conte
"08.01.2017 18:59:01" theguardian.com Son Heung-min secures Tottenham's FA Cup passage against Aston Villa Son added to Ben Davies's headed opener as Tottenham progressed to the fourth round of the Cup with a dour 2-0 win over Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa FC - Official
"08.01.2017 18:58:23" theguardian.com Mesut Özil: 'My future at Arsenal depends on Arsène Wenger staying' Mesut Özil has said that he would like to sign a new contract but that he wants to know if Arsène Wenger is staying at the club beyond 2018 before committing his future to the club Arsenal's Mesut Özil: 'Thierry Henry doesn't know what's going on, his comments don't interest me'
"08.01.2017 18:22:48" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp does not regret Liverpool's youngest lineup in Argyle draw Jürgen Klopp said he had no regrets over selecting the youngest starting lineup in Liverpool's history and a third-round replay was deserved reward for Plymouth Argyle after 0-0 draw “I don't think the lineup was a mistake, it depends on how you want to see it" – Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp
"08.01.2017 17:48:35" theguardian.com John Terry sees red, but comfortable Chelsea ease past Peterborough Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge, but John Terry was sent off for a professional foul Chelsea Football Club 4-1 Peterborough United
"08.01.2017 17:05:14" theguardian.com Arsenal 'need to start games better', says Olivier Giroud of Cup escape Olivier Giroud saved his Arsenal side for the second time in a week against Preston North End after Arsène Wenger admitted to being 'angry' at half-time "The Sybil Fawlty degree course in stating the bleedin' obvious has just welcomed a new student."
"08.01.2017 17:01:03" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney has equalled the record – but what does the future hold for striker? It is inevitable that the forward will soon hold the Manchester United record for himself but it is his desire for longevity that sets him apart as a special player "To be leading scorer for club and country is an inarguable statement of quality. Longevity is the next challenge …"
"08.01.2017 16:30:12" theguardian.com Plymouth hold out against Klopp's young Liverpool to earn FA Cup replay Plymouth Argyle's resilient showing and Liverpool's wasteful display ensured a 0-0 draw at Anfield and a FA Cup third-round replay Liverpool FC 0-0 Plymouth Argyle Football Club
"08.01.2017 15:38:35" theguardian.com Morecambe supporters pay manager Jim Bentley's £1,000 FA charge Jim Bentley, the Morecambe manager, was reduced to tears after the club's supporters paid the £1,000 sum of fines and costs for his improper conduct charge The Morecambe FC manager was reduced to tears
"08.01.2017 15:16:06" theguardian.com FA is powerless to stop World Cup expansion, says Martin Glenn Martin Glenn has admitted the FA cannot stop expansion to a 48-team World Cup, while Laureano González, the Venezuelan Football Federation president, claims Fifa has proposed merging North and South American qualifying "I can't influence FIFA"
"08.01.2017 14:54:34" theguardian.com Ryan Sessegnon seals victory for dominant Fulham against Cardiff Goals from Stefan Johansen and Ryan Sessegnon secured an 2-1 FA Cup win for Fulham at Cardiff, but the early kick-off time affected the crowd size Cardiff City Football Club 1-2 Fulham Football Club
"08.01.2017 13:18:07" theguardian.com Nathan Aké recalled from Bournemouth and will return to Chelsea immediately Chelsea have exercised the option to recall Nathan Aké from his loan deal at Bournemouth and the defender will return to his parent club with immediate effect Chelsea Football Club have recalled Nathan Aké from his loan at AFC Bournemouth
"08.01.2017 10:35:26" theguardian.com Said & Done: Sick China; Captain Fiasco; and the real Mike Dean Also featuring: Bob Bradley; José Fonte; and Diego Maradona's testimony of love Helping China's long-term model while their clubs pay Oscar £400k a week, Axel Witsel £85m over five years and Carlos Tevez £1 a second: George Osborne's 2015 deal to invest £3m of UK public money into Chinese grassroots football. Osborne: “This is just
"08.01.2017 10:31:56" theguardian.com Premier League title could come down to leaving Europe as quickly as possible | Paul Wilson The top six already seems settled and they are standing up for themselves instead of standing aside as happened last season The Premier League top six already seems settled and they are standing up for themselves instead of standing aside as happened last season
"08.01.2017 10:30:05" theguardian.com Chinese Super League's spending celebrates materialism and extravagance | Ed Aarons Teams are trying to outspend each other in an ostentatious show of strength so players – and their agents – are the real winners “There's an ostentatiousness about it now. Teams are trying to outspend each other because they want to be known as the ones who have spent the most money,”
"07.01.2017 23:26:59" Arsenal needed to dig deep in win over Preston North End Football Club, says Wenger
"07.01.2017 22:17:17" theguardian.com Football clubs suffering as owners experiment with chaos theory 'Communication is difficult,' say Morecambe of contacting their Brazilian owner, who disappeared within a few months of taking over, but more and more clubs seem to have problems It is still not clear where Morecambe FC's owner Diego Lemos is, or what his intentions are, other than the club confirming that communication has “continued to be difficult”. English football's first Brazilian owner, a bit like the town's piers, has
"07.01.2017 21:21:10" theguardian.com Northampton's Rob Page sorry for 'unacceptable' 'men against girls' jibe Rob Page said that describing Bristol Rovers' 5-0 over his Northampton side was like 'men against girls' was totally unacceptable "After the match I made a comment, when speaking to our local media, about the game being a case of 'men against girls'. I immediately realised that this comment was totally unacceptable"
"07.01.2017 20:25:40" theguardian.com FA Cup third round: AFC Wimbledon's return to Sutton United – in pictures AFC Wimbledon return to Sutton United FC in a repeat of their first-ever match in 2002 – A Tom Jenkins picture essay from The Emirates FA Cup third round
"07.01.2017 19:48:45" theguardian.com Arsenal break Preston hearts as Olivier Giroud scores last-minute winner Olivier Giroud scored in the 89th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 FA Cup third-round win at Preston, after the Gunners had gone behind in the seventh minute Preston North End Football Club 1-2 Arsenal
"07.01.2017 19:39:12" theguardian.com Chelsea set to recall defender Nathan Aké from Bournemouth loan Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager, says he expects Nathan Aké to be recalled by Chelsea from his season-long loan deal Chelsea Football Club set to recall defender Nathan Ake from AFC Bournemouth loan, says Eddie Howe
"07.01.2017 19:00:00" theguardian.com Jerome Sinclair helps Watford stop their rot against Burton Albion The striker followed up Christian Kabasele's opener to secure a 2-0 win for Watford over Burton Albion in the FA Cup and end a run of five matches without a win Watford FC 2-0 Burton Albion FC
"07.01.2017 18:50:42" theguardian.com Biamou goes close to more history for Sutton United against Wimbledon Sutton United had the better chances in a 0-0 FA Cup draw with local rivals AFC Wimbledon, the French striker hitting the bar in a pulsating derby Sutton United FC 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
"07.01.2017 18:30:30" theguardian.com Wolves pull off shock at Stoke inspired by Hélder Costa's touch of class Wolves won an FA Cup tie for the first time since 2011 as goals from Hélder Costa and Matt Doherty helped them see off Stoke City 2-0 in their third round tie at the bet365 Stadium Stoke City Football Club 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
"07.01.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Ince hits winner as Derby County fight back to shock West Bromwich Albion Two Derby goals in three minutes turned this FA Cup tie on its head as Bent's stunning drive and Ince's clever free-kick beat Premier League West Brom 2-1 West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Derby County
"07.01.2017 18:00:38" theguardian.com Crystal Palace hang on for goalless draw after Bolton's Josh Vela hits bar Sam Allardyce, the Crystal Palace manager, went back to his old club Bolton but striker Loïc Rémy was unable to break the deadlock on his debut for the London club Bolton Wanderers Official 0-0 Crystal Palace Football Club
"07.01.2017 17:49:10" theguardian.com Steven Naismith rescues last-ditch draw for Norwich City against Southampton The Norwich striker's stoppage-time header secured a 2-2 draw in which Southampton often looked like comfortable victors in the FA Cup third-round tie Norwich City FC 2-2 Southampton FC
"07.01.2017 17:39:12" theguardian.com Leicester come back to sink Everton with Ahmed Musa's quickfire double Two goals in five minutes from Ahmed Musa earned Leicester a 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Everton, after Romelu Lukaku had put the hosts ahead Everton Football Club 1-2 Leicester City Football Club
"07.01.2017 17:28:19" theguardian.com Booing Joey Barton the only sport as Sunderland and Burnley draw Sunderland and Burnley played out a 0-0 draw in their FA Cup third round tie in which neither set of fans had much to get excited about Joey Barton booed as Sunderland AFC and Burnley Football Club play out FA Cup stalemate
"07.01.2017 17:21:19" theguardian.com Steve Morison sets Millwall on way to shock win over Bournemouth Shaun Cummings and Shane Ferguson also scored in Millwall's 3-0 home win against a Bournemouth side that showed 11 changes from the draw with Arsenal Millwall Football Club 3-0 AFC Bournemouth
"07.01.2017 17:19:44" theguardian.com Hull City give Marco Silva perfect start with victory over Swansea City Abel Hernández and Josh Tymon scored late on as Hull City handed their new manager a 2-0 home win over Swansea City in the FA Cup third round Hull City 2-0 Swansea City Football Club
"07.01.2017 15:53:18" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: AFC Wimbledon – then and now AFC Wimbledon fan Barry James is photographed before the FA Cup match against Sutton United at exactly the same viewpoint from where he was photographed during AFC Wimbledon's first match in 2002. AFC Wimbledon fan Barry James is photographed before The Emirates FA Cup match against Sutton United FC at exactly the same viewpoint from where he was photographed at the club's first-ever match, at the same ground, in 2002.
"07.01.2017 15:16:00" theguardian.com Real Madrid crush Granada to equal Spanish record unbeaten run Isco scored twice as Real Madrid cruised past Granada to extend their La Liga lead and equal Barcelona's 39-game unbeaten record La Liga: Real Madrid C.F. 5-0 Granada CF
"07.01.2017 15:04:25" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney equals record as Manchester United ease past Reading Manchester United beat Reading 4-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round, thanks to Wayne Rooney's 249th goal for the club, a Marcus Rashford double and an Anthony Martial strike Wayne Rooney equalled Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for Manchester United as they beat Reading Football Club 4-0 in the FA Cup third round
"07.01.2017 11:22:48" theguardian.com London Stadium helped Manchester City beat West Ham, says Pep Guardiola Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his team felt they had more time in the London Stadium while West Ham's Slaven Bilic said: 'It was a very bad night for us' "It looks like it's bigger. It's an impression. Here in England, the stadiums are close – it looks like the space is smaller, the opponent arrives quicker. Here [at the London Stadium] it looks like you have more time. I don't know if it's an impression.
"06.01.2017 22:13:37" theguardian.com Manchester City cruise past West Ham thanks to David Silva masterclass David Silva scored, as did Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero and John Stones to add to a West Ham own goal, as Manchester City won 5-0 in the third round of the FA Cup Five-star Manchester City turn on the style in the FA Cup third round against West Ham United, with David Silva the hosts' chief tormentor
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"06.01.2017 18:00:00" Five cracking goals to kick off the weekend. H/T Copa90
"06.01.2017 16:39:53" theguardian.com Enter Gabriel Jesus: an intriguing punt for Manchester City Pep Guardiola must remember Keirrison at Barcelona as a cautionary tale but will believe his latest skinny-legged signing can deliver Manchester City need something. Will Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian teenager signed from Palmeiras for £27m, improve Pep Guardiola's mood?
"06.01.2017 15:45:00" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney to start for Manchester United against Reading, says Mourinho Wayne Rooney will start for Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup third round meeting with Reading at Old Trafford as the defending champions bid to win the trophy for a record 13th time Wayne Rooney will start for Manchester United against Reading in the FA Cup – and Bastian Schweinsteiger may feature too
"06.01.2017 14:50:48" 10 things to look forward to this weekend in the FA Cup
"06.01.2017 14:15:01" theguardian.com The characters who make the FA Cup third round special From non-league managers plotting an upset to the north-west's fastest mascot and the son of a former Cup winner, we speak to some of the characters who make the third round special Non-league players, managers and mascots open up about the Cup
"06.01.2017 13:30:01" theguardian.com Chelsea keen to sign Fernando Llorente from Swansea Chelsea are hoping to sign the Swansea striker Fernando Llorente in January to provide back-up for Diego Costa Chelsea Football Club would like to Fernando Llorente
"06.01.2017 12:36:32" theguardian.com FA Cup quiz: test your knowledge before the third round Who won it seven times? Who scored after 25 seconds? And who won 6-0? Who lost an FA Cup final in his last match as a player-manager?
"06.01.2017 11:45:00" theguardian.com Burton 1-6 Leicester: the FA Cup tie that was replayed after a fan injured a player Gary Lineker thought his hat-trick had settled the tie but Burton's goalkeeper had been injured by a missile thrown from the crowd so the FA called for a replay Leicester won the tie 6-1 – with Gary Lineker scoring a hat-trick – but the Burton Albion goalkeeper had been knocked out by an object thrown from the crowd so the FA demanded a replay
"06.01.2017 11:00:00" theguardian.com 10 things to look out for in the FA Cup third round A nostalgic trip down Gander Green Lane, Eastleigh hope to go one better, Ipswich could be tested by Lincoln and Sam Allardyce returns to Bolton Your big preview to the weekend's FA Cup ties
"06.01.2017 10:10:55" theguardian.com Bayer Leverkusen look to sell Javier Hernández in summer transfer window Bayer Leverkusen will not extend Javier Hernández's contract with the club and plan to sell the striker this summer Bayer Leverkusen are planning to sell Javier Hernández
"06.01.2017 09:02:10" theguardian.com Mikel John Obi announces he is joining Chinese Super League from Chelsea John Obi Mikel has become the latest Chelsea player to head to the Chinese Super League after announcing he is joining Tianjin TEDA John Obi Mikel announces he is leaving Chelsea Football Club "to seek a new challenge" at the Chinese Super League club Tianjin TEDA F.C.
"05.01.2017 23:42:19" theguardian.com Paul Clement recalls replacing Cristiano Ronaldo as he takes charge at Swansea Swansea's head coach Paul Clement believes having taken off Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid will help him handle players – but chairman's treatment of Alan Curtis casts a shadow "I could say to some of the Swansea City Football Club players if I take them off and they shake their head: 'I've taken off Cristiano Ronaldo, so I can take you off'”
"05.01.2017 23:40:32" theguardian.com Barcelona stunned by nine-man Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Rey last-16 first leg Barcelona were beaten 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao after the hosts took a two-goal lead through Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams and held on despite going down to nine men Copa del Rey report: Athletic Club 2-1 FC Barcelona
"05.01.2017 22:39:34" theguardian.com Arséne Wenger praises the passion of Arsenal's 'jaded' Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez's passion has been praised by Arséne Wenger, who admits the Chilean is tired and said he would be rested for Arsenal's FA Cup tie at Preston “Mentally and physically Sánchez is a bit jaded. You could see that he is tired. He can have sometimes emotional reactions but face to face he is always very respectful”
"05.01.2017 19:57:07" theguardian.com Millwall admit council scheme could force club to leave Lewisham Millwall have admitted they may have to relocate to Kent if Lewisham council's plan to compulsorily purchase areas around the Den and sell them to an offshore developer go ahead Millwall Football Club may be forced out of Lewisham borough, and could leave London altogether, thanks to a local council scheme that has drawn disbelief and mass protest
"05.01.2017 18:55:34" theguardian.com Everton's Ronald Koeman planning new bid for Morgan Schneiderlin Ronald Koeman is planning a second bid for Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin after an opening £19m offer was rejected, with Everton also interested in team-mate Memphis Depay After signing Ademola Lookman, Ronald Koeman is planning a new Everton Football Club bid for Morgan Schneiderlin
"05.01.2017 17:30:00" theguardian.com Southampton captain José Fonte submits transfer request The Southampton captain José Fonte has submitted a transfer request, according to the club's director of football Les Reed The Southampton FC captain has asked to leave the club
"05.01.2017 16:46:08" theguardian.com Jaap Stam ready for return to Manchester United with Reading United's treble-winning centre-half will be back on familiar territory when he takes his team to Old Trafford for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie Jaap Stam helped Manchester United win the treble in his first season in England. Now he is going back to Old Trafford in the FA Cup as the manager of Reading Football Club
"05.01.2017 15:06:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola insists he has 'no plans to retire' Pep Guardiola has moved to clarify remarks made in a recent interview with NBC, which led to speculation that the Manchester City manager might be disillusioned in England and was already thinking about retirement “All I said was that I would not be still a trainer when I am 60. I stand by that, because I started young and I have been in football for a long time, but at the moment I am 45. I have no plans to retire. I love my job and I am in a perfect place to do
"05.01.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com Hull City appoint Marco Silva as new manager on deal until end of the season Hull City have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager having sacked Mike Phelan following a run of one win in 10 matches to leave the club bottom of the Premier League Marco Silva has taken over from Mike Phelan at Hull City
"05.01.2017 13:44:30" theguardian.com Why Chinese clubs are spending big – and why players are wise to go Oscar gave up benchwarming at Chelsea to quadruple his wages and become one of the biggest stars in a continent of four billion people. Is that so bad? Oscar gave up benchwarming at Chelsea Football Club to quadruple his wages and become one of the biggest stars in a continent of four billion people. Is that so bad?
"05.01.2017 12:15:00" theguardian.com Arsenal to be without Francis Coquelin for up to four weeks Arsenal are set to be without Francis Coquelin for up to four weeks because of a hamstring injury Arsenal will be without Francis Coquelin for up to four weeks
"05.01.2017 11:34:56" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino shows teams how to beat Chelsea's 3-4-3 formation Tottenham's coach has made his reputation as a master tactician and he showed why when his side stalled the Chelsea juggernaut with a 2-0 home win Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea by matching their 3-4-3 formation. Will other Premier League clubs follow their lead?
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"05.01.2017 09:53:11" theguardian.com The Dozen: the best photos from the final batch of festive Premier League fixtures Angry Alexis Sánchеz, delighted Dele and a happy David De Gea
"05.01.2017 01:03:45" theguardian.com Real Madrid's James Rodríguez gives Sevilla rude awakening in Copa del Rey Real Madrid started 2017 by extending their unbeaten run to 38 matches in all competitions with a 3-0 victory over Sevilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 clash Real Madrid C.F. 3-0 Sevilla FC
"04.01.2017 22:06:48" theguardian.com Tottenham's Dele Alli brings an end to Chelsea's 13-match winning run Goals in either half by Dele Alli gave Tottenham a 2-0 win over Chelsea who were thwarted in their bid to win 14 consecutive Premier League games Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea Football Club
"04.01.2017 21:18:44" theguardian.com Looking for a Silva lining: the big problems facing Hull's new manager Marco Silva has managed Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos but is he fully ready for the troubles on and off the pitch with the Premier League's basement club? Marco Silva has managed Sporting Clube de Portugal and Olympiacos FC but is he ready for the troubles on and off the pitch with the Premier League's basement club Hull?
"04.01.2017 19:30:00" theguardian.com Golden Goal: Claude Makélélé for Chelsea v Tottenham, 2006 The Frenchman was a master of understatement but 10 seasons ago he hogged the limelight when he scored at White Hart Lane with his only shot of 2006-07 Claude Makélélé took one shot in the 2006-07 season – and he scored this ripper for Chelsea Football Club against Tottenham Hotspur
"04.01.2017 19:15:19" theguardian.com Sunderland reject £6m bid for Jermain Defoe from West Ham United West Ham have come back with another offer for the striker after their first bid of £5m was rejected Sunderland AFC have rejected a £6m bid for Jermain Defoe from West Ham United but his former club are understood to have encouraged David Moyes to name his price for the 34-year-old
"04.01.2017 18:30:00" Introducing Marco Silva, the manager who is set to replace Mike Phelan at Hull City
"04.01.2017 18:00:00" If Dimitri Payet, Roberto Carlos, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Scholes and Loris Karius played non-league football...
"04.01.2017 17:17:45" theguardian.com Sofiane Feghouli has red card rescinded West Ham's midfielder Sofiane Feghouli has had his red card against Manchester United rescinded by the Football Association The red card given to Sofiane Feghouli against Manchester United has been rescinded
"04.01.2017 16:15:00" theguardian.com Quiz: how much do you know about the Africa Cup of Nations? When were the first finals? Who was sent home? And who is the top goalscorer? When was the first Africa Cup of Nations? Which pair were sent for home for misbehaving? And how many times did Didier Drogba win it?
"04.01.2017 15:26:25" theguardian.com Hitchin Town sack midfielder over 'disgraceful' abuse sent to Harry Arter Hitchin Town have sacked semi-professional footballer Alfie Barker over offensive comments sent on Twitter to the Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter about his stillborn daughter. Hitchin Town have sacked Alfie Barker after he sent AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter tweets about his stillborn daughter
"04.01.2017 14:09:36" theguardian.com Middlesbrough sign striker Rudy Gestede for £6m Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede for a fee understood to be in the region of £6m Middlesbrough FC have signed Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa
"04.01.2017 14:00:00" theguardian.com Transfer rumours: Michail Antonio and Arturo Vidal to Chelsea? Ben Gibson to Everton? | Robbie Brady to Leicester? | Borja Baston to Sevilla? | Michy Batshuayi to Lille? | Matty Cash to RB Leipzig? Who will Chelsea Football Club sign to help their title bid?
"04.01.2017 13:30:00" theguardian.com How Arsenal won the least celebrated title in their history To commemorate their 100th birthday, the Football League put on a naff tournament that was unloved by fans and forgotten quickly by the winners Remember the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy? Arsenal don't
"04.01.2017 12:30:01" theguardian.com How will the Africa Cup of Nations affect Premier League clubs? Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland, Leicester and others may be hit by loss of players to tournament as clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City capitalise Liverpool FC and Manchester United may suffer, giving Chelsea Football Club and Manchester City a chance to capitalise in the Premier League title race
"04.01.2017 11:25:44" theguardian.com What is the fastest penalty ever awarded? Plus: total domination, team v team; the 2004-05 'camel'; and brothers sent off for the same club How do you concede a penalty after just 6.18 seconds?!
"04.01.2017 09:58:25" theguardian.com Bob Bradley denies Swansea players nicknamed him 'Ronald Reagan' Bob Bradley has denied that Swansea players called him Ronald Reagan behind his back during his ill-fated spell in charge of the Premier League club. "Trust me, not one of those players knows who Ronald Reagan is"
"03.01.2017 23:25:04" www.theguardian.com Hull City part company with Mike Phelan following West Brom defeat Hull have parted company with their manager Mike Phelan. The Tigers announced on Tuesday night that the 54-year-old, only appointed as boss on a permanent basis in October, had left the club Hull City have sacked Mike Phelan
"03.01.2017 22:51:37" www.theguardian.com Olivier Giroud caps Arsenal's fightback to earn point in Bournemouth thriller Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with 10-man Bournemouth in a thrilling clash at the Vitality Stadium AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal
"03.01.2017 19:00:00" theguardian.com Leicester complete £15m deal for Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi The 20-year-old defensive midfielder can play for Leicester during the Africa Cup of Nations because Nigeria did not qualify Leicester City Football Club have signed Wilfred Ndidi for £15m
"03.01.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Transfer window: players who should interest Premier League clubs Conor Hourihane could do a job for Sunderland or Middlesbrough and Manchester City should be bidding for Virgil van Dijk and Ederson Moraes Conor Hourihane could do a job for Sunderland AFC or Middlesbrough FC. Manchester City should be bidding for Virgil van Dijk and Ederson Moraes. And Felipe Anderson would suit Chelsea Football Club
"03.01.2017 17:22:26" theguardian.com Chelsea football fans convicted of racist violence in Paris Four men given suspended prison sentences and ordered to pay €10,000 to black commuter pushed off Métro carriage Four Chelsea fans have been given suspended prison sentences and ordered to pay €10,000 to a black commuter they pushed off a Métro carriage
"03.01.2017 16:43:04" theguardian.com Paul Clement appointed as Swansea City manager on two-and-a-half-year deal Paul Clement, the former Bayern Munich assistant manager, has been installed as Bob Bradley's replacement and takes over with the side bottom of the Premier League Paul Clement is the new Swansea City Football Club manager
"03.01.2017 15:45:40" theguardian.com FA ask Bacary Sagna to explain his '10 against 12' post Bacary Sagna has been asked to explain himself by the Football Association following a social media post which may have questioned referee Lee Mason's integrity Bacary Sagna:'s view of Manchester City's win over Burnley Football Club "10 against 12, but still fighting and winning as a team'"
"03.01.2017 15:10:03" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's winter of discontent is nothing new in Premier League Manchester City's manager and Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp have not enjoyed the festive mayhem unique to the English game, but that is one of the many hurdles to overcome to prosper in the Premier League Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have not enjoyed the festive mayhem but it is one of the many hurdles they will have to overcome to prosper in the Premier League
"03.01.2017 14:19:07" theguardian.com Alan Smith named as Notts County's caretaker manager Notts County have confirmed the appointment of former Leeds, Manchester United and Newcastle player Alan Smith as caretaker manager Former Leeds United and Manchester United player Alan Smith has been placed in temporary charge of Notts County Football Club while they look for a new permanent manager
"03.01.2017 13:08:36" theguardian.com Manchester United reject Everton bid for Morgan Schneiderlin Offer worth around £19m is not enough to seal deal for the midfielder who is also wanted by West Bromwich Albion Manchester United have rejected a £19m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin
"03.01.2017 11:59:01" theguardian.com Transfer window: all the moves and news – interactive Every deal in the top five leagues in Europe – Spain, England, France, Germany and Italy – as they happen A new bookmark for January 2017
"03.01.2017 10:35:48" theguardian.com What can we expect from football in 2017? Our resident cartoonist looks ahead to the next 12 months and foresees some inevitably worrying things There's plenty to look forward to in 2017. As well as the conclusion of the Checkatrade Trophy, we will also discover whether Chelsea will win the league in March or April. Then there's the always-anticipated Confederations Cup, which this year will be
"03.01.2017 09:08:19" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Real Madrid to sign £50m Dele Alli from Spurs? Paulo Dybala also on his way to Real Madrid? | RB Leipzig to make Brentford's Scott Hogan their record signing? | Cristian Benteke to stay at Crystal Palace? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• Real Madrid C.F. to sign £50m Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur?
• RB Leipzig looking at £15m Brentford FC striker?
"02.01.2017 19:45:00" theguardian.com Manchester United beat West Ham with goals from Mata and Ibrahimovic Manchester United's Juan Mata opened the scoring after West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli was harshly sent off and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 from an apparent offside position Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata on target as Manchester United beat West Ham United
"02.01.2017 19:10:36" theguardian.com Manchester United secure sixth league win in a row at West Ham Manchester United continue their fine recent run against West Ham West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United
"02.01.2017 17:25:10" theguardian.com Liverpool drop points as Jermain Defoe strikes twice from the spot A cooly-taken penalty with six minutes to go, Defoe's second of the game, earns Sunderland a 2-2 draw as Liverpool twice let the lead slip Sunderland AFC 2-2 Liverpool FC
"02.01.2017 16:59:35" theguardian.com All the full-time results in the Premier League All the action the Premier League, Championship and further afield Full-time scores in the Premier League
Sunderland AFC 2-2 Liverpool FC
Manchester City 2-1 Burnley Football Club
Everton Football Club 3-0 Southampton FC
West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Hull City
"02.01.2017 15:10:02" theguardian.com Middlesbrough fail to scale Robert Huth's Leicester battlements Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramírez missed a great chance in the 82nd minute but Leicester deserved a draw thanks to Robert Huth's defensive masterclass While 2016 was a year to remember for Leicester City and Middlesbrough, much work is still to be done if 2017 does not turn into an almighty dud. Neither side deserved to win this scrap of a Premier League match that will probably go down as one of the
"02.01.2017 14:25:00" theguardian.com Bayern Munich give Swansea permission to speak with Paul Clement Paul Clement has been given permission by Bayern Munich to speak with the Premier League club about their managerial vacancy FC Bayern München have given Swansea City Football Club permission to speak with their assistant manager Paul Clement
"02.01.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com A celebration of scorpion kicks, from Zico to Zlatan You wait years for a scorpion kick and then two come along in a week. Henrik Mkhitaryan and Olivier Giroud pulled off audacious volleys that will now sit alongside these classics from René Higuita, Anthony Knockaert and Festus Baise Henrik Mkhitaryan and Olivier Giroud's audacious backheel volleys will now sit alongside these classics from René Higuita, Anthony Knockaert and Festus Baise
"02.01.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos Our favourite photos from the weekend's Premier League matches
"02.01.2017 11:55:49" theguardian.com Middlesbrough v Leicester City: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will the champions improve their dismal away form when they visit the Riverside? Join Gregg Bakowski The Premier League champions are in action in a relegation battle. Follow the match with our live blog
"02.01.2017 09:44:35" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to make £145m Atlético move? Chris Smalling to Everton? | Marseille in for Dimitri Payet? | Liverpool eye Jacob Murphy? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football transfer gossip …
• Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United?
• Saúl Ñíguez to Manchester United?
• Everton Football Club to sign Chris Smalling?
"02.01.2017 08:43:57" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce says Premier League fixture organiser should be sacked The Crystal Palace manager is furious at the timing of festive games, with Swansea City next up in a crunch match 'We've been dealt the blow of not having enough recovery time between now and Tuesday night, why can't we play Wednesday? I don't know who does the fixtures but he needs sacking really'
"02.01.2017 08:02:03" www.theguardian.com Manchester United's Ibrahimovic says he has made critics 'eat their balls' Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Manchester United striker, said of his doubters: 'They get paid to talk shit, I get paid to play with my feet' Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I came to the Premier League and everyone thought it would not be possible but like always I make them eat their balls. It gives me a lot of energy, trust me,because they get paid to talk shit and I get paid to play with my feet,
"01.01.2017 22:50:05" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola feels pressure as tempers fray and Manchester City toil | Andy Hunter Pep Guardiola was angry behind the scenes at Liverpool and the defeat showed he has yet to recreate the understanding at Manchester City that he enjoyed at Barcelona Pep Guardiola feels the pressure as tempers fray after loss at Liverpool https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/01/pressure-grows-on-pep-guardiola-manchester-city-toil
"01.01.2017 22:05:55" theguardian.com Love it or hate it, the January transfer window provides unique excitement | Barry Glendenning From Christophe Dugarry's arrival in Birmingham to Peter Odemwingie's drive, 14 years of transfer windows have given us many memorable moments Love it or loathe it, the January window provides much excitement:
"01.01.2017 20:43:00" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino claims everyone else wants Spurs to beat Chelsea 'It is important for the Premier League and us to try and beat Chelsea,' claimed the Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Chelsea who will bid to make it 14 successive wins in the same season “Maybe we will feel how Leicester City Football Club felt last season" – Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino
"01.01.2017 20:36:59" theguardian.com Donkey or scorpion? Olivier Giroud's volley defies classification | Barney Ronay The Arsenal striker Giroud's acrobatic opening goal against Crystal Palace will live long in the memory and is likely to be the highlight of his career Olivier Giroud's stunning goal against Crystal Palace is likely to be his career highlight, writes Barney Ronay:
"01.01.2017 19:42:48" theguardian.com Olivier Giroud's brilliant back-heel helps Arsenal sink Crystal Palace A back-heel volley over his head after a cross went behind him enabled Olivier Giroud to put Arsenal on the way to a 2-0 Premier League win against Crystal Palace Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace Football Club
"01.01.2017 16:21:16" theguardian.com The worst January transfers every year since the winter window started | Simon Burnton Some got roughed up by Gary Neville, others had an obsession with Twitter, but from Michael Ricketts to Oumar Niasse, these players all have a dismal January transfer in common From Ricketts and Reyes to Nsereko and Forren – the worst January transfers …
"01.01.2017 15:39:30" theguardian.com Tottenham's Harry Kane and Dele Alli prove double trouble for Watford Watford's resistance was negligible and two goals each for both Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the first 46 minutes gave Tottenham Hotspur an easy 4-1 win at Vicarage Road "Tottenham Hotspur could not have asked for a less taxing afternoon than this. So poor and lacking in energy were Watford that it is tempting to wonder whether Mauricio Pochettino's team will have a more comfortable Premier League assignment in 2017."
"01.01.2017 10:20:46" theguardian.com Premier League: fans from all 20 clubs make their transfer window selections The Observer's Fans Network look forward to what each Premier League club needs in the January sales Who's on your wishlist for the January sales?
"31.12.2016 21:21:16" theguardian.com Usain Bolt surprises MUTV with phone call to discuss win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough Manchester United's in-house television channel got a shock when Usain Bolt called up to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough
"31.12.2016 19:50:07" theguardian.com Gigi Wijnaldum header gives Liverpool deserved win against Manchester City Dutchman Gini Wijnaldum headed home after eight minutes for Liverpool to beat Manchester City 1-0 and stay in second, six points behind the leaders, Chelsea Dutchman Gini Wijnaldum headed home after eight minutes for Liverpool to beat Manchester City 1-0 and stay in second, six points behind the leaders, Chelsea
"31.12.2016 19:20:00" theguardian.com Josh King seals easy Bournemouth win to leave Swansea rooted at the bottom Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Josh King eased Bournemouth to a 3-0 victory and made sure managerless Swansea City would start 2017 propping up the Premier League Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Josh King eased Bournemouth to a 3-0 victory and made sure managerless Swansea City would start 2017 propping up the Premier League
"31.12.2016 19:00:00" theguardian.com Hal Robson-Kanu's touch of class fires West Brom past Southampton Hal Robson-Kanu scored a wonderful winning goal for West Bromwich Albion as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's Stadium Hal Robson-Kanu scored a wonderful winning goal for West Bromwich Albion as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's
"31.12.2016 18:40:00" theguardian.com Andre Gray grabs hat-trick as Burnley leave Sunderland floundering Burnley cruised to a seventh home win in the Premier League this season to ramp up the pressure on David Moyes Burnley cruised to a seventh home win in the Premier League this season to ramp up the pressure on David Moyes
"31.12.2016 18:20:00" theguardian.com Islam Slimani heads relieved Leicester to victory over West Ham The Leicester striker headed home Marc Albrighton's cross in the 20th minute for a welcome 1-0 win against West Ham The Leicester striker Islam Slimani headed home Marc Albrighton's cross in the 20th minute for a welcome 1-0 win against West Ham
"31.12.2016 18:00:01" theguardian.com Willian double sinks brave Stoke and extends Chelsea run to 13 straight wins Chelsea completed their 13th straight victory against a spirited Stoke side who twice equalised at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa's 85th-minute goal sealed their 4-2 Premier League win Chelsea completed their 13th straight victory against a spirited Stoke side who twice equalised at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa's 85th-minute goal sealed their 4-2 Premier League win
"31.12.2016 17:29:18" theguardian.com Paul Pogba caps dramatic fightback to save Manchester United's winning run Two goals in two minutes late on from Martial and Pogba shock Middlesbrough after Leadbitter's opener as United triumph 2-1 at Old Trafford Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough FC
"31.12.2016 16:33:51" theguardian.com Liverpool v Manchester City: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will City or Liverpool secure three points when Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp meet? Join Barry Glendenning Follow all the action from Liverpool FC v Manchester City
"31.12.2016 15:44:19" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet Our countdown of the best 100 footballers in the world for 2016
"31.12.2016 14:34:02" theguardian.com Rangers 1-2 Celtic Moussa Dembélé and Scott Sinclair scored after Kenny Miller's opener as the Scottish champions won the Old Firm game at Ibrox Celtic FC came from behind to win the Old Firm game at Rangers FC, moving 19 points clear at the top with a game in hand
"31.12.2016 14:04:18" theguardian.com Watford v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Tottenham Hotspur may be missing Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker through suspension but Mauricio Pochettino will still believe his side can start the new year with a bang against Watford Watford FC v Tottenham Hotspur: our match preview for the first Premier League game of 2017
"31.12.2016 13:27:04" theguardian.com Arsenal v Crystal Palace: match preview Arsenal need to continue their recovery with a better performance against Crystal Palace especially as Chelsea could have stretched the gap to Arsène Wenger's side by another three points at kick-off Arsenal v Crystal Palace Football Club: our match preview for the Premier League London derby
"31.12.2016 12:36:21" theguardian.com Sport picture of the day: footballers in the mist This festive season has seen parts of the United Kingdom blessed/cursed (delete as appropriate) with an abundance of foggy days, and this was just the case on Friday night as Yeovil Town hosted Portsmouth This festive season has seen parts of the UK blessed/cursed with an abundance of foggy days, and this was just the case as Yeovil Town FC hosted Portsmouth Football Club at Huish Park. The League Two game, rather unsurprisingly, finished 0-0
"31.12.2016 11:59:12" theguardian.com Leicester City v West Ham United: match preview West Ham United have found a rich vein of form will look to end the year on a high against Leicester by earning a fourth successive league win Leicester City Football Club v West Ham United: match preview
"31.12.2016 11:27:07" theguardian.com Football quiz: 2011 to now and beyond The last of a series of quizzes tracing footballing decades from the 70s to now. It's hardly been a great decade off the pitch has it? So let's just focus on these questions about what's been going on from a footballing perspective Test your football knowledge from 2011 to now and beyond
"31.12.2016 10:24:11" theguardian.com Football and social media: a turbulent 12 months in review From Aston Villa's Twitter tit-for-tat with Virgin Trains to Nicklas Bendtner's humble hashtags, it has been a tough year for some on social media From Aston Villa's Twitter tit-for-tat with Virgin Trains to Nicklas Bendtner's humble hashtags, via Neymar Jr., Joey Barton and Victor Anichebe, it has been a tough year for some on social media
"31.12.2016 09:44:42" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Bayern's Arturo Vidal? Roy Hodgson in at Norwich? | Everton to sign Michael Keane? | Taulant Xhaka set for West Ham? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including:
• Arturo Vidal to join Chelsea Football Club?
• Roy Hodgson in at Norwich City FC?
• West Ham United set to land Taulant Xhaka?
"31.12.2016 07:47:26" www.theguardian.com Manchester United v Middlesbrough: match preview Manchester United, who face Middlesbrough, have the chance of recording a fifth successive league win and if successful will go level with fourth-placed Tottenham who play on New Year's Day Manchester United v Middlesbrough FC: our match preview
"31.12.2016 00:12:20" theguardian.com The New Saints eclipse Cruyff and co with record 27th straight win Welsh Premier League side The New Saints surpassed Ajax's record for the longest winning streak in top flight football with their 27th consecutive victory at Cefn Druids The New Saints F.C. have broken a 44-year old record
"30.12.2016 23:30:00" theguardian.com Newcastle back at top as Dwight Gayle brace sees off Nottingham Forest Dwight Gayle scored twice as Newcastle United moved back to the top of the Championship with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at St James' Park Newcastle United 3-1 Nottingham Forest
"30.12.2016 23:19:42" theguardian.com Chelsea ready to reward Thibaut Courtois and retain Michy Batshuayi Chelsea ready to increase the wages of Thibaut Courtois to head of Real Madrid and intend to retain Michy Batshuayi in the face of West Ham interest in a loan deal Chelsea Football Club are set to offer Thibaut Courtois a new contract thought to be worth over £150,000 per week to fend off interest from Real Madrid C.F.
"30.12.2016 23:10:33" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp finally gets a chance to face Pep Guardiola on level playing field | Andy Hunter Liverpool's manager insists his focus is on Manchester City's players not the man in the dugout as the old foes rekindle their Bundesliga rivalry After four wins apiece in clashes between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola renew their rivalry at Anfield on New Year's Eve
"30.12.2016 22:05:41" theguardian.com Everton's Ross Barkley denies Hull rare win after Robert Snodgrass magic Ross Barkley's late header earned Everton a 2-2 draw at Hull City after Robert Snodgrass's stunning free-kick seemed to have earned the home side a desperately needed win Hull City 2-2 Everton Football Club
"30.12.2016 19:33:21" theguardian.com Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli becomes latest to leave Mestalla Cesare Prandelli, who was Valencia's ninth coach since 2012, has resigned from the La Liga club after one win in eight league matches Cesare Prandelli has quit as Valencia CF coach with the team 17th in La Liga and in danger of relegation
"30.12.2016 18:57:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger denies preventing Arsenal exit for Mathieu Debuchy Arsène Wenger has denied blocking Mathieu Debuchy from moving to Manchester United last year, but the Arsenal manager has revealed the French defender is up for sale “I wasn't playing a lot, it was Manchester United, there's nothing else to say. For me it was almost unexpected, but the coach said no,” Debuchy told L'Equipe. “It's something I did not appreciate."
"30.12.2016 18:04:00" theguardian.com Yaya Touré the reborn star in Manchester City's war to win league | Barney Ronay Unexpected return to form of the powerful Yaya Touré has coincided with a run of victories for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City but their form will be tested against Liverpool Yaya Touré is a powerful force awakened at Manchester City
"30.12.2016 17:11:21" theguardian.com Liverpool v Manchester City: match preview Christmas has come late for neutrals as Liverpool and Manchester City, who welcome Sergio Agüero back from suspension, do battle for second place in the Premier League Our guide to the Liverpool FC v Manchester City showdown
"30.12.2016 16:25:04" theguardian.com Chelsea v Stoke City: match preview Chelsea will be confident they can defeat Stoke City and maintain their advantage at the top after Liverpool dismantled Mark Hughes' side comfortably on Tuesday Chelsea Football Club v Stoke City Football Club: match preview
"30.12.2016 14:58:12" theguardian.com West Brom's £13m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin rejected, says Mourinho José Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United rejected West Bromwich Albion's £13m offer for Morgan Schneiderlin and that Anthony Martial will not go on loan to Sevilla José Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United rejected West Bromwich Albion's offer for Morgan Schneiderlin … and that Anthony Martial will not go on loan to Sevilla FC
"30.12.2016 14:22:27" theguardian.com Old Firm derby a sideshow to season as Rangers need time to develop talent With Brendan Rodgers' Celtic odds-on for the title and Mark Warburton unable to compete with their spending, the match is merely 90 minutes in manic isolation With Celtic FC odds-on for the title and Rangers FC unable to compete with their spending, the match is merely 90 minutes in manic isolation
"30.12.2016 13:42:52" theguardian.com Crystal Palace to reject any offers from Tottenham for Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace will resist any renewed interest from Tottenham Hotspur in their Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha next month and remain confident they will eventually agree a new contract Crystal Palace Football Club will resist any renewed interest from Tottenham Hotspur in their Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha next month and remain confident they will eventually agree a contract with him to extend his stay at Selhurst Park
"30.12.2016 13:11:47" theguardian.com A 2016 football moment to remember: Brazil finally win Olympic gold After several visits to the Olympic Games podium but none to the top level of it, Brazil's young footballers finally managed it in Rio last summer– and it had to be Neymar With its epicentre at the Maracanã, the guttural roar of release that greeted Brazil's opener rolled out in all directions across Rio and beyond, making quite the mockery of folk who sniffily claim that Olympic football is rather trifling and
"30.12.2016 12:31:01" theguardian.com Premier League club-by-club guide to the transfer window We look at each Premier League club, what they need to strengthen and who they are hoping to sign in the January transfer window We look at each Premier League club, what they need to strengthen and who they are hoping to sign in the January transfer window
"30.12.2016 11:53:43" theguardian.com Mark Clattenburg says he would consider move to Chinese Super League Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the biggest finals in football in 2016, would consider a transfer from the Premier League to the wealthy and ambitious Chinese Super League 'I have to look at [the] long-term strategy of my career. How long can I last as a referee? I have been in the Premier League 12 years. It's been a wonderful 12 years. There is no offer on the table but if they made an offer it would be under
"30.12.2016 11:13:52" theguardian.com Football quiz: the noughties The fourth of a series of quizzes tracing footballing decades from the 70s to now. It was the decade of tight jeans, box-sets and a brain-numbing amount of mobile phone technology but what do you recall of events on the pitch? See how much you can remember from football in the noughties
"30.12.2016 09:49:30" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: London calling for Ross Barkley? Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid? | Chelsea also in for Fernando Llorente? | Liverpool eye Kasper Schmeichel? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including:
• Is Ross Barkley on his way to London?
• Real Madrid C.F. in for Thibaut Courtois?
• Chelsea Football Club target Fernando Llorente (oficial)?
"30.12.2016 08:57:48" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Liverpool's attacking prowess will put Manchester City to the test, Aitor Karanka faces an old friend, and will Claudio Ranieri's Mahrez gamble pay off? Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
"30.12.2016 08:02:16" theguardian.com Paul Clement and Gary Rowett left as Swansea City frontrunners Swansea City's search for a new manager took an unexpected twist when Chris Coleman's wife said publicly he was out of the running, leaving Paul Clement and Gary Rowett as the main contenders Swansea City Football Club's search for a new manager took an unexpected twist when Chris Coleman's wife publicly ruled him out of the job, leaving Paul Clement and Gary Rowett as the main contenders for the post
"30.12.2016 00:31:45" theguardian.com Chinese offered Real Madrid €300m for Cristiano Ronaldo, says agent Jorge Mendes has said that Cristiano Ronaldo rejected a deal from an un-named Chinese club that would have given him wages of €100m a year Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has claimed that his client has rejected a deal from an un-named Chinese club that would have involved offering Real Madrid C.F. €300m to sign the Portuguese forward and paying him more than €100m a year in wages
"29.12.2016 22:51:32" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp hails Pep Guardiola for choosing 'difficult' Premier League Liverpool's German manager said his Manchester City counterpart took a risk but added that his 'clear philosophy' stands him in good stead Jürgen Klopp has said Pep Guardiola deserves credit for testing a “fantastic career” in the Premier League when easier options were available to the former Bayern Munich manager
"29.12.2016 22:04:50" theguardian.com Jonathan Kodjia spot-kick helps Aston Villa save point against Leeds A late handball allowed Aston Villa to salvage a home draw against Leeds in a match in which the visitors looked the stronger of the two teams Aston Villa FC - Official 1-1 Leeds United
"29.12.2016 14:07:43" theguardian.com A 2016 football moment to remember: Iceland light up Euro 2016 Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams was not a popular decision at first but one of the debutants supplied the most memorable storyline of the tournament Increasing the European Championship to 24 teams was not a popular decision at first but one of the debutants supplied the most memorable storyline of the tournament
"29.12.2016 12:05:06" theguardian.com The year in football: highs and lows of 2016 – from Allardyce to Zlatan Leicester City's title win was every bit the fairy story, as was Wales' run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, but England displayed their unerring ability to ruin the mood Leicester City's title win was every bit the fairy story, as was Wales' run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, but England displayed their unerring ability to ruin the mood
"29.12.2016 11:10:24" theguardian.com Fabio Pisacane: 'I tried to take my pyjamas off but my arms did not respond' The Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane is the Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year for his determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at 14 The Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane is the Guardian's inaugural Footballer of the Year for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story
"29.12.2016 10:34:10" theguardian.com Philip Green, Vibrac and Riverdance: the mystery of Everton's 'shadow investor' An MP's question in October detailed rumours of Sir Phillip Green's involvement at Goodison, but is there any connection between the retail magnate and companies who have lent millions of pounds to Premier League clubs? An MP's question in October detailed rumours of the retail magnate's involvement at Goodison, but is there any connection between him and companies who have lent millions of pounds to Premier League clubs?
"29.12.2016 10:06:58" theguardian.com Football quiz: the 1990s The third of a series of quizzes tracing footballing decades from the 70s to now. Away from the stadiums it was the decade of Britpop, Furbies, George Foreman's grill and dial-up internet, but what can you remember from the world of football? It was the decade of Britpop, Furbies, George Foreman's grill and dial-up internet, but what can you remember from the world of football?
"29.12.2016 10:00:36" theguardian.com Carlos Tevez signs for Shanghai Shenhua in deal worth £615,000 a week Carlos Tevez is the latest high-profile international player to join the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua confirming the signing of the Argentinian striker from his boyhood club Boca Juniors on Thursday Carlos Tevez is set to earn £615,000 a week after a move to the Chinese Super League for a reported £71.6m
"28.12.2016 23:06:21" theguardian.com Liverpool v Manchester City: a game that threatens to live up to the hype | Sachin Nakrani Liverpool meet Manchester City at Anfield on New Year's Eve, promising an explosive encounter in a tightly fought title contest between two of the Premier League's highest scorers Liverpool FC and Manchester City look to end 2016 in style
"28.12.2016 22:52:58" theguardian.com Liverpool consider January move for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Jürgen Klopp is interested in Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to bolster Liverpool's forward options but animosity from the 2013 Luis Suárez transfer saga could hamper any deal Liverpool FC could make a January bid for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
"28.12.2016 22:15:01" theguardian.com Tottenham beat 10-man Southampton as Dele Alli leads fightback Tottenham beat Southampton, who had Nathan Redmond sent off, 4-1 despite falling behind and later a shocking penalty miss from Harry Kane Southampton FC 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
"28.12.2016 21:42:54" theguardian.com Manchester United shun Benfica's Victor Lindelof after defence improves Manchester United have opted against making move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof after José Mourinho decided he is satisfied with his defensive options Manchester United have decided against a January move for Sport Lisboa e Benfica defender Victor Lindelof
"28.12.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs and Gary Rowett on Swansea's shortlist to replace Bob Bradley Wales' Chris Coleman has emerged as the frontrunner for Swansea's managerial position with Ryan Giggs and Gary Rowett also under consideration Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs and Gary Rowett are all in contention for the vacant Swansea City Football Club manager's job
"28.12.2016 19:08:06" theguardian.com Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Spurs keep pace in the race for the top four with victory in a tricky fixture at St. Mary's? Join Barry Glendenning Join us for minute-by-minute coverage of Southampton FC v Tottenham Hotspur
"28.12.2016 18:05:08" theguardian.com Middlesbrough close in on £6.5m signing of Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede Middlesbrough are closing in on the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede, with Aitor Karanka's side expected to pay around £6.5m to secure the Benin international Middlesbrough FC are close to signing Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa FC - Official while Jordan Rhodes could head the other way
"28.12.2016 17:11:31" theguardian.com Juan Sebastián Verón to return for Estudiantes and donate pay to club Estudiantes have confirmed Juan Sebastián Verón's return to football at the age of 41, two years after he announced his retirement Now chairman of Club Estudiantes de La Plata, the 41-year-old had announced his retirement in 2014 but has now signed an 18-month contract and will be available to play in the 2017 Copa Libertadores
"28.12.2016 13:20:23" theguardian.com Chelsea's £21m offer for midfielder Franck Kessié rejected by Atalanta Atalanta have rejected a €25m offer from Chelsea for Franck Kessié, with the Ivorian midfielder's agent claiming there is also interest from several other Premier League sides including Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal “We have a lot of interest from the Premier League – Chelsea Football Club, Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. We are talking about one of the best young players in the world"
"28.12.2016 12:18:41" theguardian.com David Squires on ... football in 2016 Our resident cartoonist looks back on a year to savour for Welsh Leicester City fans From Jamie Vardy's triumph to Big Sam's setback, our resident cartoonist reviews a year to savour for Welsh Leicester City Football Club fans
"28.12.2016 10:33:52" theguardian.com Football quiz: the 1980s The second of a series of quizzes tracing footballing decades from the 70s to now. Away from the stadiums, it was a decade of industrial decline, synth-pop, bangles and brand clothing but what do you remember of events on the pitch? Gary Lineker scored 24 goals for struggling Leicester City Football Club in 1984-85. Who did he share the First Division golden boot with?
"27.12.2016 17:12:27" theguardian.com Darren Bent spot on for Derby County to earn victory over Birmingham City Derby County moved within a point of the play-off zone by extending their unbeaten run in the Championship to nine games with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City Derby County 1-0 Birmingham City FC
"27.12.2016 15:06:22" theguardian.com Aston Villa owner Tony Xia 'rejects £25m offer' for Jordan Amavi Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has claimed to have rejected a £25m offer for France under 21 defender Jordan Amavi and insisted he is not for sale • Reports in France claimed OM | Olympique De Marseille had made bid for Aston Villa FC - Official defender
• Liverpool FC and Everton Football Club have also been linked with Amavi
"27.12.2016 14:53:12" theguardian.com Brighton go top of Championship after cruise against 10-man QPR Goals by Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert, and a Glenn Murray penalty, send Brighton & Hove Albion top of the Championship with a 3-0 win against 10-man QPR Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3-0 QPR FC
"27.12.2016 13:37:33" theguardian.com The Dozen: Boxing Day's best Premier League photos The Dozen: the best Boxing Day Premier League photos
"27.12.2016 13:15:09" theguardian.com Ten January window transfer targets – from Lindelof to Upamecano As the January transfer window is about to open, we pick 10 players from around Europe who could be the subject of big-money deals As the January transfer window is about to open, we pick 10 players from around Europe who could be the subject of big-money deals
"27.12.2016 12:38:47" theguardian.com Controversy in Armenia as Henrikh Mkhitaryan is omitted from Top 10 list A Top 10 list of Armenia's sporting stars for 2016 has caused controversy there after it failed to include the Manchester United and Armenia footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan “It's immoral that the overwhelming majority of sport journalists, who have taken part in the same voting, start their professional business with news about Henrikh Mkhitaryan and end it again with Henrikh Mkhitaryan every single day.”
"27.12.2016 11:42:43" theguardian.com Harry the Hornet was 'out of order' – Allardyce wants action against mascot Sam Allardyce has suggested that the Football Association should take action against the Watford mascot, Harry the Hornet, after mocking the Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha “The mascot is out of order, isn't he? The Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do.”
"27.12.2016 10:42:45" theguardian.com A 2016 football moment to remember: Dejan Lovren sets the Kop on fire | Paul Doyle For unadulterated joy it is impossible to look beyond the maligned Liverpool defender's moment of redemption in the Europa League against Borussia Dortmund The first in a four-part series in which our writers choose their favourite football moments of the year
"27.12.2016 10:01:32" theguardian.com Football quiz: the 1970s The first of a series of quizzes tracing footballing decades from the 70s to now. Long hair, flares and groovy cheesy disco music dominated away from the stadiums but how much do you know about this period on the pitch? Quiz! Quiz! Quiz! Test your 1970s football knowledge here …
"27.12.2016 00:06:55" theguardian.com The unexpected team of the year Some footballers excel every year, but we wanted to do something different, so here are 11 players who went well beyond what was expected of them in 2016 Renato Sanches, Marcus Rashford, Dimitri Payet and more: it's Copa90's unexpected stars of 2016
"26.12.2016 20:20:00" theguardian.com Bob Bradley expects crisis talks after Swansea fans demand his sacking Bob Bradley accepts it is inevitable the board will discuss his position after the Swansea City fans turned on him during the 4-1 home defeat to West Ham "We all heard the response in the stadium, it doesn't feel good"
"26.12.2016 19:45:00" theguardian.com Manchester City leave it late before Touré and Iheanacho see off Hull City were made to sweat by struggling Hull but a Touré penalty, Iheanacho's finish and an own goal in the last 18 minutes sealed a 3-0 victory Hull City 0-3 Manchester City
"26.12.2016 19:21:09" theguardian.com Liverpool prepared to let Lucas Leiva join Inter on loan Liverpool are prepared to let Lucas Leiva join Inter on loan for the rest of the season Lucas Leiva could be heading for the exit door at Liverpool FC
"26.12.2016 18:50:00" theguardian.com West Ham's Andy Carroll twists the knife on Bob Bradley and Swansea Goals from André Ayew, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll gave West Ham a comprehensive 4-1 win on a day when the Swansea fans vented their anger Swansea City Football Club 1-4 West Ham United
"26.12.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com Leicester's gloom darkens after Romelu Lukaku seals win for Everton Romelu Lukaku scored in added time after Kevin Mirallas had put Everton ahead in a 2-0 away win against Claudio Ranieri's misfiring Leicester City Leicester City Football Club 0-2 Everton Football Club
"26.12.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com Arsenal's Olivier Giroud snatches late win against West Brom Olivier Giroud scored on his first league start for Arsenal this season, looping home an 86th-minute header in a 1-0 win over West Brom Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
"26.12.2016 17:44:56" theguardian.com Henrikh Mkhitaryan sets seal on Manchester United win over Sunderland Manchester United extended their winning run in the Premier League to four games after beating Sunderland 3-1 in David Moyes' first competitive return to Old Trafford Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland AFC
"26.12.2016 17:30:39" theguardian.com Chelsea's Pedro torments Bournemouth to stretch league winning run to 12 Chelsea gained their 12th successive Premier League win after Pedro (twice) and Eden Harzard scored in a 3-0 defeat of Bournemouth Chelsea Football Club 3-0 AFC Bournemouth
"26.12.2016 15:26:24" theguardian.com Troy Deeney's 100th goal for Watford denies Sam Allardyce debut Palace win Watford earn 1-1 draw with 71st-minute penalty after spirited Crystal Palace respond to Allardyce's arrival to take the lead through Yohan Cabaye Watford FC 1-1 Crystal Palace Football Club
"26.12.2016 14:48:28" theguardian.com José Mourinho denies he is unhappy to be living in Manchester José Mourinho has spoken out strongly to state he is not unhappy at Manchester United, following comments the manager made in October that living in Manchester is “a bit of a disaster” “To give people this idea that I'm not happy here but that I was happy in London – it's bullshit … I don't go to cities to enjoy cities, I go to work … If I wanted to enjoy places I would go to Los Angeles and go to the beach every day. I'm here to arrive
"26.12.2016 14:13:34" theguardian.com Leicester City give fans 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks to wear in protest at ban Leicester City's owners have given out around 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks to supporters before their home game against Everton on Monday in protest at the striker's three-game suspension Jamie Vardy was banned by the Football Association after being sent off for a two-footed challenge on Mame Biram Diouf during champions Leicester's recent 2-2 draw at Stoke City
"26.12.2016 13:55:06" theguardian.com Roberto Firmino charged with drink-driving after Liverpool city centre arrest The Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been charged with drink-driving after being pulled over by police on Christmas Eve The Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been charged with drink-driving after being pulled over by police on Christmas Eve and will appear in court on the day (31 January) when Liverpool play Chelsea
"26.12.2016 12:12:47" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman: Steve Walsh has Everton set up for transfer window Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, believes the club are well equipped for the January transfer window thanks to the work of new director of football Steve Walsh Ronald Koeman, the Everton Football Club manager, believes the club are well equipped for the January transfer window thanks to the work of new director of football Steve Walsh
"26.12.2016 11:00:59" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger wills Arsenal to pass the stress test against West Brom The Arsenal manager wants his team to rev up their Premier League title drive after defeats by Everton and Manchester City The Arsenal manager wants his team to rev up their Premier League title drive after defeats by Everton and Manchester City
"26.12.2016 10:37:39" theguardian.com José Mourinho offers sympathy to David Moyes over Manchester United sacking Jose Mourinho has said David Moyes's sacking by Manchester United was the kind of experience all top managers must go through but would have relished following Sir Alex Ferguson "I think a manager that's not sacked is not a manager, or at least is not a good manager. We have to be sacked. So I think it was just a bad moment in David's career and he has to do what I did [post-Chelsea], what we all do, move on and he did that.
"24.12.2016 15:19:25" theguardian.com Julian Draxler agrees move to PSG from Wolfsburg in reported £40m deal The Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is joining Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg The fee is reported to be £35.8m, rising to £40m
"24.12.2016 12:45:11" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce: losing England job 'one of the darkest moments of my career' New Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that losing the England job earlier this year was one of the darkest moments of his career “The first four weeks was something that was one of the darkest moments in my career, certainly the early reaction which was a bit hysterical to say the least, looking back on it”
"24.12.2016 10:16:19" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for in Boxing Day and festive fixtures Leicester hope to party like it's 1963, Liverpool must find a way to stop Joe Allen scoring and it is eight years since Phil Brown's infamous Hull City team talk Leicester City Football Club hope to party like it's 1963, Liverpool FC must find a way to stop Joe Allen scoring and it is eight years since Phil Brown's infamous Hull City team talk
"23.12.2016 20:29:21" theguardian.com Milan win Supercoppa Italiana in shootout triumph over Juventus Mario Pasalic scored the winning penalty as Milan lifted the Supercoppa Italiana for the first time in five years with a 4-3 shootout victory over the holders Juventus in Doha A.C. Milan 1-1 Juventus (4-3 pens)
"23.12.2016 19:30:42" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce the organiser will bring normality back to Crystal Palace Selhurst Park does not need a complete overhaul – the tools are already in place for the new man to flourish There had been grumbling behind the scenes this term. Players complained privately about how all the detailed analysis conducted by Alan Pardew and his staff was relayed to the squad, bemoaning too much information and too little explanation. They found
"23.12.2016 18:42:26" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce replaces Alan Pardew as Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has made a swift return to football management after his ill-fated 67-day stint in charge of the England senior team, as Alan Pardew's replacement at Crystal Palace Sam Allardyce has made a swift return to football management after his ill-fated 67-day stint in charge of the England senior team, as Alan Pardew's replacement at Crystal Palace Football Club
"23.12.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com The world's best footballers and where they play Data and statistics from the Guardian's top 100 list: which league and nation is out in front, who got the most No1 picks, plus the oldest, youngest and more Crunching the numbers behind our top 100 footballers of 2016
"23.12.2016 17:15:00" theguardian.com FA charges Joey Barton with misconduct over alleged 1,260 bets The Burnley midfielder is alleged to have placed the bets over a 10-year period Joey Barton has been charged by the FA, who claim that he made 1,260 bets over a 10-year period
"23.12.2016 16:30:00" theguardian.com Messi Christmas, the seasonal gift from Barcelona Lionel Messi's amazing dribble against Espanyol was my moment of the week, festive season and possibly year, conveying a feeling of warmth, goodwill and childish wonder Forget Christmas. Let's talk Leo Messi. It is funny how it still seems important to go on about him 12 years into his extraordinary sporting life. You'd think by now we might have become glazed by repetition. But not when he keeps doing the things he
"23.12.2016 15:29:38" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce arrives at Crystal Palace to 'complete talks' Sam Allardyce has arrived at Crystal Plaace's training ground to “complete talks” over succeeding Alan Pardew as manager Sam Allardyce has arrived in south London
"23.12.2016 14:21:48" theguardian.com José Mourinho questions Manchester United's Christmas fixture 'congestion' José Mourinho has questioned the Premier League's fixture policy during the festive period, with Manchester United having to play three games in three days less than leaders Chelsea Is the fixture list fair? José Mourinho has his doubts
"23.12.2016 12:50:01" theguardian.com Chelsea agree £52m fee with Shanghai SIPG for Oscar The Brazilian international is set to move to China in January after Chelsea agreed a fee for his transfer Shanghai SIPG have agreed to pay Chelsea £52m for Oscar
"23.12.2016 12:09:55" theguardian.com West Brom bid £18m for Morgan Schneiderlin West Brom boss Tony Pulis refused to discuss the Baggies' bid for Morgan Schneiderlin but confirmed they have made offers for several players West Bromwich Albion have offered Manchester United £18m for Morgan Schneiderlin
"23.12.2016 10:45:42" theguardian.com Christmas quotes quiz – 'best day of the year by far' Who writes cards? Who doesn't party? And who needs a more colourful tree? Who writes long cards for Big Sam? Who doesn't party? And who needs a more colourful tree?
"23.12.2016 10:05:43" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 – interactive Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet Cristiano Ronaldo is back at No1. But who else made the top 10?
"22.12.2016 23:15:00" theguardian.com Fifa: the video game that changed football | Simon Parkin The Long Read: Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What's the secret of its success? The Long Read: How the Fifa video game series changed modern football
"22.12.2016 22:57:38" theguardian.com Serie A roundup: Roma rally to see off Chievo and make ground on leaders Roma bounced back from their defeat by the leaders Juventus to beat Chievo 3-1 while Fiorentina and Napoli shared six goals in an enthralling draw Serie A roundup: AS Roma 3-1 A.C.ChievoVerona, ACF Fiorentina 3-3 SSC Napoli
"22.12.2016 22:35:05" theguardian.com Liverpool clean sheets and resilience a big plus, says Jordan Henderson Liverpool's resilience and defensive organisation in the victories over Everton and Middlesbrough pleased the captain, Jordan Henderson, who is not surprised his side are second in the Premier League “I saw no reason, when I looked at the manager and the squad and the way the summer had gone, why Liverpool FC could not challenge for trophies. It isn't a surprise to me that we are doing well"
"22.12.2016 21:30:00" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 – interactive Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet No.11: Sergio Aguero
No. 16: N'Golo Kanté
No. 17: Paul Labile Pogba
No.19: Jamie Vardy
"22.12.2016 20:51:21" theguardian.com Some Crystal Palace fans will be alarmed by Sam Allardyce's impending arrival Crystal Palace have taken drastic action to ensure they stay in the Premier League but the manager they have lined up brings a history of suspicion Sam Allardyce's expected arrival at Crystal Palace may not be universally popular with fans
"22.12.2016 18:38:30" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce set to take Crystal Palace job after Alan Pardew's sacking Sam Allardyce is set to formalise his return to football over the next 24 hours at Crystal Palace following the sacking of Alan Pardew Sam Allardyce looks set to return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace Football Club after Alan Pardew's departure
"22.12.2016 17:00:30" Five strikingly good assists, via Copa90
"22.12.2016 15:09:07" theguardian.com Crystal Palace sack manager Alan Pardew Crystal Palace have sacked manager Alan Pardew. A club statement on Thursday confirmed that the former Newcastle manager has been asked to step down from his post Alan Pardew has been sacked by Crystal Palace Football Club
"22.12.2016 15:02:22" theguardian.com Hugo Lloris signs new Tottenham contract to 2022 Tottenham have announced the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract until 2022 Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur
"22.12.2016 12:59:02" theguardian.com Why Sting's son has gone in search of the new Messi to launch City of Angels FC Joe Sumner, a Newcastle fan, and Evertonian PJ Harrison are aiming to make American soccer more blue collar with their new club in California It went largely unnoticed but something unusual occurred this week: two Englishmen became owners of a foreign football club. It is their creation too. The licence has been granted, a long-term business plan and proof of funding vetted and now City of
"22.12.2016 11:38:00" theguardian.com Premier League's best over-30s before Zlatan Ibrahimovic With the Manchester United striker having hit the ground running in the top flight aged 35, we select the finest players who also made their Premier League debut in their fourth decade Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the Premier League's best golden oldie?
"22.12.2016 10:52:18" theguardian.com Which athletes are playing Santa? – quiz Santa Claus is coming to town – but which athlete is below the suit? Who are the secret Santas?
"22.12.2016 09:55:24" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 – interactive Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet Our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations have compiled a list of the greatest male players on the planet. Now we reveal Nos 100-11
"22.12.2016 09:14:10" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Virgil van Dijk to Manchester City for £50m? Arsène Wenger to PSG? | Dimitri Payet to Manchester United? | Antoine Griezmann and £180m of talent also to Manchester United? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including …
• Manchester City to sign £50m Virgil van Dijk?
• PSG - Paris Saint-Germain look to appoint Arsène Wenger?
• Manchester United set for £180m spree?
"21.12.2016 22:03:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho: I'm too young to consider being a manager in China The Manchester United manager, 53, said he had 'too many years of football to go to a place like China' “I'm too young to go to a place like China. I want to stay in the most difficult place to win”
"21.12.2016 18:24:04" theguardian.com Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig: Bundesliga – live! Minute-by-minute report: It's first at home to second in this Bundesliga summit meeting. Follow the action with Daniel Harris FC Bayern München v RB Leipzig – live!
"21.12.2016 16:23:36" theguardian.com Coventry City appoint Russell Slade as new manager Russell Slade has been named as the new manager of League One side Coventry City Slade installed as No1 in time for Christmas
"21.12.2016 15:34:33" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku to sign new Everton deal but may leave in summer, says agent Romelu Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, has said the striker has agreed '99.9%' of a new contract with Everton but that the player's future will be reassessed in the summer Will Romelu Lukaku leave Everton Football Club in the summer?
"21.12.2016 14:29:23" theguardian.com Joey Barton back at Burnley and in the last-chance saloon The midfielder's move to Rangers did not work out (to put it mildly) but it will be intriguing to see how he fares on his return to the English top flight The announcement that Joey Barton is to return to Burnley Football Club heralds the beginning of a new chapter in the colourful life of a footballer whose most significant contributions since leaving the club for Rangers last summer have come in literary,
"21.12.2016 13:06:29" theguardian.com Manchester United close in on Benfica's Victor Lindelof to strengthen defence Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Benfica's Victor Lindelof in the January transfer window Manchester United are closing in on Benfica's Victor Lindelof, with Ed Woodward hopeful of buying the central defender in January for less than his release clause of around €45m (£37.8m)
"21.12.2016 12:30:05" Who scored the best goal of 2016? Mesut Özil, Jamie Vardy, Xherdan Shaqiri?
"21.12.2016 11:40:01" theguardian.com Mesut Özil does more defensive work for Arsenal than you'd think The Arsenal player doesn't throw himself into tackles but he has a knack for winning possession high up the pitch and creating chances for team-mates In defence of Mesut Özil's defensive work
"21.12.2016 11:00:01" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet We've reached the top 40...
"21.12.2016 10:13:01" theguardian.com Fifa: the secret of the game's success The Long Read: Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What's the secret of its success? EA SPORTS FIFA: the video game that changed football
"21.12.2016 09:37:00" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford to West Ham? United ready to pay £60m for Antoine Griezmann? | Arsenal in for Valencia left-back José Gaya? | West Brom in for Robert Snodgrass and Rudy Gestede? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• West Ham United to sign Rashford or Martial?
• José Gaya heading for Arsenal?
• PSG - Paris Saint-Germain to land Julian Draxler?
"21.12.2016 09:05:09" theguardian.com Tottenham's new stadium: the changing face of White Hart Lane – in pictures As Tottenham Hotspur release new aerial pictures of their new stadium development, we take a look at how work has progressed over the past seven months
"21.12.2016 08:40:40" theguardian.com Yaya Touré: I want Manchester City to be bigger than Manchester United Yaya Touré said he wants to remain at Manchester City until José Mourinho and the rest of the Old Trafford neighbours have been fully eclipsed Yaya Touré: 'I came to Manchester City to make history. I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than Manchester United. I know it's going to be a lot of work but that's my dream'
"20.12.2016 23:55:55" theguardian.com Manchester United consider offering José Mourinho contract extension José Mourinho would like to stay at Manchester United and it is understood the club would be happy to look at extending his deal Manchester United are delighted with the start the side have made and believe José Mourinho is the man to bring a 21st league title to Old Trafford
"20.12.2016 22:03:00" theguardian.com Joey Barton to make return to Burnley when January window opens Joey Barton has agreed a deal with Burnley that will tie him to the club until the end of the season The 34-year-old has been training with Burnley Football Club since his contract with Rangers FC was terminated last month
"20.12.2016 17:36:41" theguardian.com Newcastle set to appeal against Jonjo Shelvey's ban for racial abuse Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was proven Newcastle United are expected to appeal against Jonjo Shelvey's five-match suspension and £100,000 fine
"20.12.2016 16:06:01" theguardian.com Real Madrid's transfer ban cut and now only applies to January window Real Madrid's transfer ban has been commuted, allowing the club to sign players in the summer of 2017 although they remain banned for the January transfer window Real Madrid C.F. will be allowed to buy players in the summer
"20.12.2016 14:38:06" theguardian.com David Squires on … football at Christmas Our resident cartoonist busts out the Matchmakers in his festive look at the game Our resident cartoonist busts out the Matchmakers in his festive look at the game
"20.12.2016 13:54:12" theguardian.com Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey given five-match ban and £100,000 fine for racial abuse Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was proven Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was proven
"20.12.2016 12:30:00" theguardian.com The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the top flight Our favourite photos from the weekend's Premier League football
"20.12.2016 11:31:55" Own goals, gaffes, howlers and a few great goals, via Copa90
"20.12.2016 10:06:38" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016 – interactive Led by Hernán Crespo, Faustino Asprilla and Javier Zanetti, our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest male players on the planet Our panel of 124 experts from 45 nations compiled a list of the greatest male players on the planet. Today we reveal Nos 100-71 before counting down all the way to No1 by Friday
"20.12.2016 09:14:58" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Benfica's Victor Lindelof to Manchester United? Memphis Depay to Everton or Southampton? | Marouane Fellaini to Milan? | Dimitri Payet to Marseille? | Diego Laxalt to Chelsea? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football transfer tittle-tattle
"20.12.2016 08:30:55" theguardian.com Manchester United to return to United States for 2017 summer tour Manchester United are set to return to the west coast of the United States for the club's summer tour and could play Manchester City as part of preparations for next season Manchester United are poised to return to the west coast of the United States for the club's summer tour and could play Manchester City as part of preparations for next season
"20.12.2016 00:17:21" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp praises Daniel Sturridge for helping Liverpool to derby victory Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp said substitute striker Daniel Sturridge 'helped us a lot in a difficult game' after the 1-0 victory over Everton Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp: "When you have Daniel on the bench you are always thinking about when is the right time to bring him on"
"19.12.2016 23:18:54" theguardian.com Liverpool find the finish to take the edge off Everton's furious intent | Paul Wilson An enforced goalkeeping change was bad luck on Everton but they could not say Liverpool's win was a false result on the balance of scoring chances created As Joe Royle used to say about these frequently over-hyped and excitable events, much of the action and atmosphere could have taken place without the need for a ball on the pitch. Like many of the 226 Merseyside derbies that preceded it, this was looking
"19.12.2016 22:24:37" theguardian.com Sadio Mané's injury-time winner earns Liverpool dramatic derby victory Liverpool striker bundles home late goal to clinch 1-0 win at Goodison Park and inflict more pain on Everton after hard-fought derby encounter Everton Football Club 0-1 Liverpool FC
"19.12.2016 22:09:36" theguardian.com Mesut Özil, the ghost in Arsenal's machine, picks bad time for flimsy day With talk of Özil demanding a huge new contract, his wan performance in Arsenal's defeat at City will have Arsène Wenger wondering if he is worth it When your good moments are as good as Arsenal's Mesut Özil's it is easy to overlook the omissions. If we really are going to start talking Messi-level wages there are still quite a few things Özil doesn't do. Such as kicking the ball with his right foot,
"19.12.2016 16:16:06" theguardian.com Bundesliga managers on edge before winter break as Red Christmas awaits Every day, another manager gets it. Every day, another manager gets closer to to getting it in the neck. And all eyes are on Borussia and Wolfsburg Every day, another manager gets it. Every day, another manager gets closer to to getting it in the neck. It's all heading for a horrific, watch-through-your-fingers mid-season finale (spoiler alert). Call it: The Red Christmas
"19.12.2016 15:43:47" theguardian.com Villarreal liberated under Escribá as Yellow Submarine enjoys calmer waters Escribá's appointment was a shock on the eve of the season but Villarreal have moved serenely into fourth place with a more relaxed approach It's often said that Villarreal CF's results go under the radar; it's more that they live under the radar
"19.12.2016 14:19:05" theguardian.com Middlesbrough to rival Crystal Palace in pursuit of Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede Middlesbrough are to challenge Crystal Palace in pursuit of the Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede Middlesbrough FC are to challenge Crystal Palace Football Club in pursuit of the Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede as they seek to boost their goalscoring options in the mid-winter transfer window
"19.12.2016 13:48:30" theguardian.com Hi-vis jackets and low-level bother: a steward's view of a football match Working as a steward can be a thankless task – being called a 'lanky streak of piss' isn't pleasant – but the camaraderie and the cash keep my Saturdays interesting 'For all the oddness and the occasional suggestion that my mother wasn't married to my father, I find that the Saturdays when the team are playing away are much less interesting and that, in spite of myself, I've started feeling a kind of love for the
"19.12.2016 13:22:47" theguardian.com Fifa fines English and Scottish FAs over poppies at World Cup qualifier The Football Association has been fined 45,000 Swiss francs (£35,300) by Fifa over the pre-match remembrance ceremonies and wearing of poppies at the World Cup qualifier at home to Scotland in November • English FA fined £35,300 and Scottish FA must pay £15,700
• Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fined over 'political symbols'
"19.12.2016 12:53:00" theguardian.com Football stadiums then and now interactive quiz, part four Can you identify these 10 British football stadiums from the historical photographs? Look for the clues in each image, make your choice and watch as the image fades into a contemporary photograph taken from exactly the same perspective Can you identify these 10 British football stadiums from the historical photographs? Look for the clues in each image, make your choice and watch as the image fades into a contemporary photograph taken from exactly the same perspective
"19.12.2016 12:20:28" theguardian.com The 100 best footballers in the world 2016: who should be on our list? We've canvassed the views of 124 experts from 45 countries but, as ever, we want to know what our readers think. So who's with me: Neymar for No1? We've canvassed the views of 124 experts from 45 countries but, as ever, we want to know what our readers think. Who should make the cut?
"19.12.2016 11:26:01" theguardian.com Juventus and Higuaín widen the chasm of domestic domination in Italy The gap between the champions and chasing pack in Serie A looks as wide as it has ever done after Gonzalo Higuaín bulldozed Juve to a win over Roma Right now, the gap between Juventus and the chasing pack looks as wide as it has ever done. 'The suspicion is that it's already over,' ran one headline in La Repubblica on Monday morning. It is not just the cold numbers that would lead them to think so
"19.12.2016 10:52:14" The amazing world of sport in 2016 From the good and the bad to the downright ugly, we take a look back of some of the best clips from the past 12 months
"19.12.2016 10:06:59" theguardian.com Gianfranco Zola puts on brave face after hospital pass at Birmingham Gianfranco Zola walked to the Birmingham dugout to no fanfare and saw his new team lose 2-1 to Brighton but many fans cannot understand why he has replaced Gary Rowett As Gianfranco Zola walked towards the Birmingham City FC dugout there was no fanfare, no introduction, no real hearty welcome from the home supporters. Some handshakes, a couple of autographs, a few more photographers than usual, but the fans did not
"19.12.2016 09:07:25" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Louis van Gaal to replace Unai Emery at PSG? Wilfried Bony to the Chinese Super League? | Niklas Süle to snub Chelsea? | Franck Kessié to Chelsea, Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including:
• Louis van Gaal heading for PSG - Paris Saint-Germain?
• Bony Wilfried eyes move to China?
"19.12.2016 08:35:38" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Claude Puel's rotation proves a winner, opportunity finally knocks for Michy Batshuayi, and Mesut Özil's invisibility at City should worry Arsène Wenger Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend
"18.12.2016 15:32:39" theguardian.com Jay Rodriguez's stunning volley seals Southampton victory at Bournemouth Jay Rodriguez scored the twice for Southampton, including a fine volley from outside the area, in a 3-1 victory after Nathan Aké's opener for Bournemouth was cancelled out by Ryan Bertrand AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton FC
"18.12.2016 15:01:33" theguardian.com Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia recovers from penalty to miss to down QPR Jonathan Kodjia's eighth goal of the season was enough to hand Aston Villa a deserved 1-0 win at QPR, the lively striker bouncing back from a first-half penalty miss QPR FC 0-1 Aston Villa FC - Official
"18.12.2016 14:05:40" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick wins Club World Cup for Real Madrid after scare Real Madrid suffered an almighty fright before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick hauled them back from 2-1 down beat Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup final Real Madrid C.F. 4-2 鹿島アントラーズ Kashima Antlers FC
"18.12.2016 13:23:25" theguardian.com Gary Neville hits out at FA for 'throwing Wayne Rooney overboard' in hotel row Gary Neville has accused the Football Association of failing the England captain, Wayne Rooney, with its handling of the controversy that surrounded his late-night behaviour at the team hotel last month "When you talk about fanning the flames, that's exactly what the FA did that week. Martin Glenn came out and said he would start an investigation – disaster, that was a disastrous statement. It's not an investigation, it's a phone call to say 'what
"18.12.2016 12:59:27" theguardian.com Arsenal know they have to make statement of intent at Manchester City | Amy Lawrence It is almost two years since Arsène Wenger was able to celebrate an away win at a major Premier League rival and victory at the Etihad could define their season It is almost two years since Arsène Wenger was able to celebrate an Arsenal away win at a major Premier League rival and victory at Manchester City could define their season
"18.12.2016 11:38:56" theguardian.com Premier League fans' half-time verdict part 2: Manchester United to West Ham The Observer fans' network on the season so far: United in transition, Stoke's messy start and the problem with Bob Bradley Part 2 of the Observer fans' network on the season so far, from Manchester United, through Sunderland AFC and Tottenham Hotspur to West Ham United … including Stoke City Football Club's messy start and the problem with Bob Bradley
"18.12.2016 11:16:15" theguardian.com Premier League fans' half-time verdict part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City The Observer fans' network on the season so far: Chelsea sitting pretty, Alan Pardew's flaws, and how the champions have come unstuck The Observer fans' network on the season so far, from Arsenal, through Liverpool FC to Manchester City … Chelsea Football Club sitting pretty, Alan Pardew's flaws, and how the champions Leicester City Football Club have come unstuck
"18.12.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: match preview Burnley's away form this season has earned them just one point from seven matches and Tottenham will be confident of adding another defeat to their record Match preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley Football Club
"18.12.2016 08:30:00" theguardian.com Bournemouth v Southampton: match preview Bournemouth will be raring to record their first consecutive wins of the season against Southampton and considering the visitors inability to score at present Eddie Howe should be quietly confident Match preview: AFC Bournemouth v Southampton FC
"18.12.2016 08:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester City v Arsenal: match preview Victory is imperative for both Manchester City and Arsenal so neither side loses ground to Chelsea in the title race but City may struggle to score without Sergio Agüero Match preview: Manchester City v Arsenal
"17.12.2016 23:00:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola learns to accept fans only sing when you're winning Manchester City manager has hit some duff notes in recent weeks as he grapples with the English game, but should be more attuned to Arsenal's style of play “I have found that what works in Spain and Germany does not always work in England. In this country the more important thing is controlling the second ball. That is the key. This has never happened to me before, but I will have to adapt.”
"17.12.2016 22:45:22" theguardian.com Gonzalo Higuaín punishes Roma to send Juventus seven points clear Gonzalo Higuaín struck with a left-foot shot that proved decisive in their Serie A top-of-the-table 1-0 win against Roma Juventus 1-0 AS Roma
"17.12.2016 22:05:52" theguardian.com Football League your thoughts: Newcastle top of the tree at Christmas Derby County concede at last, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday leave it late, cash in-hand for Yeovil Town and more drama in south Wales It will be a happy Christmas for Newcastle United, Scunthorpe United FC and Plymouth Argyle Football Club
"17.12.2016 20:57:08" theguardian.com Oscar will get to count Chinese cash but he will pay a heavy price | Daniel Taylor Playing in China earns you many millions but aged 25 Oscar is leaving Chelsea for a league of lower standard than the MLS and surely some players will resist wasting their careers Still only 25, Oscar is too good for the Chinese Super League – it is no place for any footballer with genuine ambition
"17.12.2016 19:50:00" theguardian.com Patrick van Aanholt lifts Sunderland with vital win over Watford Patrick van Aanholt made up for an earlier miss to give Sunderland a 1-0 win over Watford and edge his side two points clear of Swansea and Hull at the foot of the table Sunderland AFC 1-0 Watford FC
"17.12.2016 19:37:37" theguardian.com Manchester United ease past West Brom thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic double Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Manchester United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester United
"17.12.2016 19:20:00" theguardian.com Middlesbrough add to Swansea City's woes as Álvaro Negredo hits double Álvaro Negredo and Marten de Roon were on target as Middlesbrough eased to a 3-0 home win over struggling Swansea City Middlesbrough FC 3-0 Swansea City Football Club
"17.12.2016 18:20:00" theguardian.com Mark Noble penalty earns West Ham fortunate win over dominant Hull Hull dominated at the London Stadium but sod's law intervened as Mikhail Antonio won a soft penalty late on that Mark Noble converted to earn West Ham a lucky three points West Ham United 1-0 Hull City
"17.12.2016 17:50:00" theguardian.com Chapecoense defender says he was persuaded to swap seats before crash Alan Ruschel, one of six survivors when a plane crashed into the mountains near Medellín, Colombia, says the Chapecoense club director encouraged him to swap seats on the flight 'Cadu Gaucho asked me to sit further forward and let the journalists sit together at the back. I didn't want to but then I saw [Jackson] Follman and he insisted that I sit beside him. Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and
"17.12.2016 17:21:00" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy in red card controversy as 10-man Leicester battle back to draw Vardy sent off for an adjudged two-footed challenge but Leicester City fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Stoke City Jamie Vardy was controversially sent off as Leicester City Football Club came back from 2-0 down at Stoke City Football Club to grab a late draw in a fiery encounter
"17.12.2016 17:01:00" Chelsea can continue run, says Conte after 11th straight leagu... Chelsea Football Club manager Antonio Conte: 'The run is fantastic. Congratulations to my players, not me. I am pleased for them because they deserve this'
"17.12.2016 16:35:00" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp hopes Daniel Sturridge can return for Merseyside derby cameo 'Having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes against Everton would be fantastic,' said the Liverpool manager, who could also call on Emre Can at Goodison Park after a knee injury Daniel Sturridge has missed Liverpool FC's last five matches with a calf injury but stepped up his recovery during the week and, with the short trip to Everton Football Club not taking place until Monday evening, has time to prove he can play some part
"17.12.2016 15:58:42" theguardian.com West Ham's on-loan striker Simone Zaza set to return to Juventus imone Zaza's less-than-successful loan spell at West Ham United will come to an end in January, his agent, Vincenzo Morabito, has reportedly claimed Simone Zaza's less-than-successful loan spell at West Ham United looks like coming to an end in January
"17.12.2016 15:24:00" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez 'very happy' at Arsenal but says new deal is up to club Alexis Sánchez has said he is very happy at Arsenal but says any new contract will be up to the club as Arséne Wenger grows weary of the speculation Alexis Sanchez: 'It depends on Arsenal. I enjoy the relationship with the fans. I want to achieve more for them. I want to win the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League'
"17.12.2016 14:30:52" theguardian.com Diego Costa sends Chelsea soaring at Palace with 11th straight league win Antonio Conte's side equalled a club record after Diego Costa's first-half header secured all three points at Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Football Club 0-1 Chelsea Football Club
"17.12.2016 13:35:37" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: match preview Burnley's away form this season has earned them just one point from seven matches and Tottenham will be confident of adding another defeat to their record Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley Football Club: match preview
"17.12.2016 12:49:20" theguardian.com Manchester City v Arsenal: match preview Victory is imperative for both Manchester City and Arsenal so neither side loses ground to Chelsea in the title race but City may struggle to score without Sergio Agüero Manchester City v Arsenal: our guide to the big match
"17.12.2016 11:36:55" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Chelsea make it 11 wins on the spin in the Premier League or might Palace upset the odds? Join Lawrence Ostlere Today's teams!
Crystal Palace Football Club: Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward; McArthur, Ledley; Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon; Benteke
Subs: Speroni, Fryers, Mutch, Lee, Townsend, Husin, Campbell
Chelsea Football Club: Courtois; Azpilcueta, David Luiz,
"17.12.2016 11:01:21" theguardian.com Stoke City v Leicester City: match preview Stoke City will miss the attacking flair of Mark Arnautovic but will believe their strike force will still have too much for the wildly inconsistent Leicester City to handle Stoke City Football Club v Leicester City Football Club: match preview
"17.12.2016 10:23:55" theguardian.com Champions League: fans from around Europe reflect on the last-16 draw We asked fans from the 16 remaining clubs for their expectations – and found more confidence in Napoli than Barcelona We asked fans from the 16 remaining clubs in this season's UEFA Champions League for their expectations – and found more confidence at SSC Napoli than FC Barcelona
"17.12.2016 09:50:37" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: match preview West Bromwich Albion are out-performing expectation this season and José Mourinho will have to be wary his Manchester United side do not arrive at the Hawthorns in complacent mood West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: our match preview
"17.12.2016 09:08:54" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Chelsea: match preview Chelsea will have no doubts over their ability to record an 11th successive league win against Crystal Palace who are without a large number of players through injury Crystal Palace Football Club v Chelsea Football Club: match preview
"17.12.2016 00:23:12" theguardian.com Everton's Ronald Koeman looks to punish Liverpool's defensive frailties Ronald Koeman has told Everton it is time to improve their dismal derby record against Liverpool and is drawing encouragement from their rivals' problems at the back "Liverpool are strong but they lost their way at Bournemouth and drew against West Ham. It is not so difficult because, if Bournemouth can win against them, we have possibilities to win, too."
"16.12.2016 23:37:40" theguardian.com David Moyes may not have taken Sunderland job if he had known cash woes David Moyes says he may not have joined Sunderland in the summer if he'd known the club's financial situation, which leaves him short of funds for the transfer window “Managing Sunderland AFC always had an appeal to me but, if I'd known about the financial situation, I'd have needed to look at it in a different way. I'd have had to have thought a lot more about taking the job. I didn't see us having no money in
"16.12.2016 22:35:15" theguardian.com Anthony Martial annoyed by his lack of Manchester United action The French forward Anthony Martial admits life is a challenge at Manchester United after starting only seven Premier League games this season “It's annoying to be on the bench. It's truly annoying but it's a test you have to overcome and that's how you progress. It's difficult because all you want is to be able to help the team and, when you're on the bench, you can't. But these are choices and
"16.12.2016 21:10:11" theguardian.com Tony Pulis's whip has West Brom ready to torment Manchester United | Paul Doyle West Bromwich Albion are on a roll and their forceful manager's ability to get the most out of a modest team has an admirer in José Mourinho As West Bromwich Albion's lone centre-forward Rondón performs a role often akin to self-flagellation, although it is Pulis who wields the whip. Rondón runs down every channel, challenges for every ball, duels with every defender and generally drains every
"16.12.2016 19:45:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola salutes Arsenal's chief Arsène Wenger The Manchester City manager said he admires the way Arsène Wenger tries to play “He's the boss, no? The commander-in-chief, the chief for Arsenal. He has been there a long time. What happens at a club such as Arsenal, it's because a person is doing a good job. I understand it's not easy to win the Premier League but I have a lot of
"16.12.2016 19:10:00" theguardian.com Why Héctor Bellerín said no to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City Arsenal right-back was perfect fit for City's new manager – a young player with Barcelona DNA and an education in the Premier League “Héctor feels loved at Arsenal and he's one of those who needs to feel loved. He's built a lot of good relationships at the club and Arsenal are hardly the worst one in the world to be playing for. He's made some good decisions. One was signing for
"16.12.2016 18:17:40" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp gears up for first visit to Everton by watching Creed Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is looking forward to his first visit to Everton after watching Rocky spin-off film Creed, featuring a scene shot in Goodison Park “Yesterday I watched the movie Creed and that was my first impression of Goodison Park. It will be very special to be at Goodison for the first time" – Jürgen Klopp on his preparations for the Liverpool derby
"16.12.2016 16:53:29" theguardian.com Antonio Conte: Chinese Super League a danger to all teams Antonio Conte has admitted the money-flushed Chinese market represents “a danger” to clubs across Europe's elite leagues as Chelsea prepare to confirm the departure of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG in a deal potentially worth £60m “The Chinese market is a danger for all. Not only for Chelsea but all the teams in the world."
"16.12.2016 14:58:58" theguardian.com Manchester City's Ilkay Gündogan set to miss rest of season with cruciate injury Ilkay Gündogan is set to miss the rest of the season after tearing the cruciate ligaments in his right knee Ilkay Gündogan is likely to miss the rest of the season
"16.12.2016 13:38:27" theguardian.com Wenger: speculation will not affect Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger says 'there is no concern' speculation surrounding the futures of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil will impact upon their form for Arsenal “If people want to go to China, they go to China. You can understand that I have completely different worries than China today ahead of the Manchester City game” – Arsène Wenger on Alexis Sanchez
"16.12.2016 12:12:40" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's poor buys and endless tinkering take toll on City History shows Guardiola needs time but he has not helped himself by buying players City do not need rather than those they do and by endless subtle changes that leave the team vulnerable before facing Arsenal Pep Guardiola needs time but he has not helped himself by buying players Manchester City do not need and making endless subtle changes that leave his team vulnerable
"16.12.2016 10:45:00" A look ahead to the weekend's Premier League action
"16.12.2016 10:04:36" theguardian.com Manchester United finally show some signs of life under Mourinho | Jonathan Wilson One defeat in 11 games has led to an upturn under José Mourinho but problems remain with the reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick, both 35 'Nobody could pretend Manchester United played well at Selhurst Park. Nobody could say this is the beginning of United's new age. But at last perhaps there are glimmers and, amid the frustration, the side are taking on certain Mourinho characteristics'
"16.12.2016 09:28:46" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend The balance shifts from Arsenal to Manchester City, Chelsea could take a defining step away from the pack and Jack Wilshere's chance to crack on Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
"16.12.2016 08:59:52" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Cesc Fàbregas to leave Chelsea for China? And Leonardo Ulloa to join Sunderland or Swansea? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Chelsea Football Club's Cesc Fàbregas to exit for China?
• Callum Wilson to join Everton Football Club?
• And Arsenal left unsure over Alexis Sanchez's wage demands
"15.12.2016 15:57:11" theguardian.com The best goals of the week: Tevez, Robben and Grealish Featuring a perfect lob from St. Pauli, a curler from the Superclásico, a neat turn in the box from Leigh Griffiths and a precide finish from Gonzalo Higuaín Carlos Tevez has still got it
"15.12.2016 14:49:00" theguardian.com Real Madrid beat Club América to reach Club World Cup final The video review system was called into question after Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time goal first appeared to be ruled offside and then was allowed to stand Real Madrid C.F. booked their place in the Club World Cup final by beating Club América 2-0, although Fifa's new video technology was again the talking point after confusion reigned following Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time strike
"15.12.2016 13:30:00" theguardian.com The Fiver Christmas Awards 2016 Give the one you love something special this year: a free subscription to The Fiver. The gift that never starts giving 2016 was a very bad year. Brexit and Trump. Terrorism and global warming. The Zika virus and James Corden's Christmas song. And all those celebrity deaths! Bowie, Prince, Ali, Arnold Palmer, George Martin, Harper Lee, Victoria Wood, Garry Shandling,
"15.12.2016 12:27:22" theguardian.com Tottenham have been stuck in third gear this season, admits Danny Rose Rose said Spurs have yet to hit the heights of 2015-16 but expected them to improve after switching to a back three for the 3-0 home win over Hull "We're probably still in third gear compared to last season. We haven't hit the heights of last season. I've no idea why we haven't hit the heights of last season yet. We know that, though, and I think that's a positive to take. We're in the park still
"15.12.2016 11:07:13" theguardian.com 10 talking points from the midweek Premier League action Jürgen Klopp was right to take Loris Karius out of the spotlight, Tottenham's back three can set their full-backs free and Marcos Rojo has not learned Our big review of the midweek matches in the Premier League
"15.12.2016 10:15:08" Five acrobatic goals you probably haven't seen before, via Copa90
"15.12.2016 09:50:31" Antonio Conte on Chelsea's 10th league win in a row Chelsea Football Club's Antonio Conte after his team beat Sunderland 1-0 to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League: 'This league is very tough … it will be a great battle between six teams'
"15.12.2016 09:19:51" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Ross Barkley to leave Everton for Spurs? Oscar to stay at Chelsea? | Oxford to sign a new deal? | PSG fancy Draxler The Rumour Mill: all of today's football transfer gossip:
• Ross Barkley to join Tottenham Hotspur?
• PSG - Paris Saint-Germain in for Julian Draxler?
"14.12.2016 23:50:00" theguardian.com Stoke survive early Marko Arnautovic red card to hold Southampton Stoke had Marko Arnautovic sent off after 24 minutes but held Southampton to a goalless draw Stoke City Football Club 0-0 Southampton FC
"14.12.2016 23:36:06" theguardian.com West Brom's Salomón Rondón swamps Swansea City with headed hat-trick Three headers in 14 second-half minutes gave Salomón Rondón a hat-trick and West Bromwich Albion a 3-1 home win against Swansea City, for whom Wayne Routledge scored late on West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Swansea City Football Club
"14.12.2016 23:15:00" theguardian.com Two-goal Christian Eriksen inspires Tottenham to victory over Hull City Tottenham bounced back from their defeat at Manchester United to beat Hull City 3-0 at White Hart Lane with Christian Eriksen scoring twice Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Hull City
"14.12.2016 23:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester City sink tame Watford with Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva strikes Pablo Zabaleta's first goal in two years and a late David Silva strike gave Manchester City a 2-0 win over Watford as Pep Guardiola again rang the changes in his starting lineup Manchester City 2-0 Watford FC
"14.12.2016 22:45:00" theguardian.com Cesc Fàbregas sweeps Chelsea past Sunderland and six points clear at top Chelsea have gone six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 1-0 in at Sunderland thanks to Cesc Fàbregas' first-half goal Sunderland AFC 0-1 Chelsea Football Club
"14.12.2016 22:40:00" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic late goal gives Manchester United win at Crystal Palace The Swede gave Manchester United a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace after a magical James McArthur goal for the home side Crystal Palace Football Club 1-2 Manchester United
"14.12.2016 22:23:15" theguardian.com Adam Lallana scores twice to ease Liverpool to victory over Middlesbrough Jürgen Klopp's team moved into second place in the Premier League after this triumph at the Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough FC 0-3 Liverpool FC
"14.12.2016 21:00:01" theguardian.com Gianfranco Zola takes charge at Birmingham City after Rowett sacking Birmingham have appointed Gianfranco Zola as Gary Rowett's successor Gianfranco Zola is the new Birmingham City FC manager
"14.12.2016 20:01:24" theguardian.com Sunderland v Chelsea and more: Premier League clockwatch – live! Follow all the latest action from all the evening's Premier League games with Tim Hill There are eight Premier League games under way – follow the action with our live clockwatch
"14.12.2016 18:05:54" theguardian.com Ballon sur bitume: celebrating street football in France A documentary on concrete football in the suburbs – where players such as Riyad Mahrez learned their game – gains traction on the back of passion and nostalgia “This documentary is very important for us at this time, especially with all the shit going on right now in France, the US, everywhere. We want to show something positive from the suburbs, from the streets. We want to show people who don't know people
"14.12.2016 16:24:47" theguardian.com Gianfranco Zola set to take over at Birmingham City after Rowett sacking Birmingham are set to appoint Gianfranco Zola as Gary Rowett's successor Birmingham City would like Gianfranco Zola to become their new manager
"14.12.2016 15:32:25" theguardian.com Guardiola and Koeman recognise difficulties of tackling the full English Manchester City and Everton managers confirm that mastering English football and the emphasis on second balls is making life more difficult than they imagined it to be Is English football any good or not? Do we have an aggressive, brave game, or is our version just a primitive ancestor of what everyone else is playing, a throwback revelling in the physical aspects of confrontation that more cerebral exponents bypassed
"14.12.2016 13:49:14" A wonderful act of fair play from FC Bocholt player Toni Munoz, who is awarded a penalty but tells the referee he wasn't fouled. H/T: Copa90
"14.12.2016 12:20:57" theguardian.com Loris Karius, the Nevilles and football's established hierarchies Liverpool's young goalkeeper is free and welcome to say what he wants, even if it does upset Sky Sports' thin-skinned prefect of punditry Liverpool FC's young goalkeeper Loris Karius is free and welcome to say what he wants, even if it upsets Gary Neville, the thin-skinned prefect of punditry
"14.12.2016 11:29:52" theguardian.com Seattle's triumph and good riddance to Gerrard The Sounders won the championship despite a final to forget – but plenty was worth remembering. Graham Parker reflects on another fascinating MLS year The 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season in review
"14.12.2016 10:24:38" theguardian.com Away days: on the road to Ayr United with Hibs fans Photographer Alan McCredie and writer Daniel Gray joined Hibs fans on their journey to Somerset Park in Ayr to take in the unique charms of the away trip A photo essay from Scotland, via Nutmeg Magazine
"14.12.2016 09:10:02" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger's referee complaints ridiculed by Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman ridiculed Arsène Wenger for claiming the referee Mark Clattenburg was responsible for Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Everton 'I am not surprised about Wenger and his comments. It is the third time in a row I won at home against Arsenal as a manager and three times in a row it was about the referee'
"13.12.2016 23:00:46" www.theguardian.com Marc Pugh's half-volley drives Bournemouth past Leicester City Marc Pugh's first-half half-volley proved enough for Bournemouth to beat Leicester City 1-0 in the Premier League AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City Football Club
"13.12.2016 22:49:59" www.theguardian.com Williams atones for error as Everton come from behind to sink Arsenal Everton's Ashley Williams atoned for his first-half error as Everton came from behind to sink high-flying Arsenal Everton Football Club 2-1 Arsenal
"13.12.2016 20:23:08" www.theguardian.com Crystal Palace look into loaning Ben Davies and signing Rudy Gestede Crystal Palace are to explore the possibility of taking Ben Davies on loan from Spurs and have been made aware of the potential availability of Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede Crystal Palace Football Club are to explore the possibility of taking Wales international defender Ben Davies on loan from Tottenham next month and have been made aware of the potential availability of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede
"13.12.2016 18:15:00" theguardian.com Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski extends contract to 2021 The forward joined Bayern in 2014 from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and was the league's top scorer in the 2015-16 season 'I am happy that we managed to tie one of the best centre forwards in the world to the club for the long-term. We have now guaranteed that another key player will continue to wear the FC Bayern München shirt for the coming years'
"13.12.2016 17:03:29" theguardian.com Chelsea ready to sanction £60m sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG Chelsea are ready to sanction the sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG after the Chinese Super League club, now managed by André Villas-Boas, formalised their interest and tabled an offer worth up to £60m for the Brazil midfielder Shanghai SIPG, now managed by André Villas-Boas, have formalised their interest and tabled an offer worth up to £60m for the Chelsea Football Club and Brazil midfielder
"13.12.2016 16:18:33" Afghan boy who had plastic bag Messi shirt meets idol A young Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after being photographed in a homemade replica of Leo Messi's famous football strip has finally come face-to-face with his idol
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"13.12.2016 16:00:01" theguardian.com Football Association clinches new £400m England kit deal The Three Lions have been with Nike for three years and the FA has now signed a 12-year contract extension The England football team will continue wearing Nike until 2030 after the FA secured a deal that could be worth in excess of £400m
"13.12.2016 15:20:01" theguardian.com Will England regret missing out on Wilfried Zaha if he plays for Ivory Coast? Wilfried Zaha put in another standout performance for Crystal Palace against Hull City at the weekend. Should Gareth Southgate try to intervene? On a weekend packed with goals and entertaining football, Jamie Vardy's hat-trick stole Premier League headlines, but his wasn't the only standout display
"13.12.2016 14:20:00" theguardian.com Are the New York Cosmos dead again, or waiting for another resurrection? The club that brought Pelé and Raúl to America have shed their staff and players. So why does their chairman insist the team has a future? The club that brought Pelé and Raúl to America have shed their staff and players. So why does their chairman insist the team has a future?
"13.12.2016 13:41:07" theguardian.com Millwall suffer bitter blow before verdict on The Den development plans A decision is due on Thursday regarding the proposed compulsory purchase of the land around Millwall's stadium, The Den, by an offshore-registered company called Renewal The saga of Millwall Football Club, the mayor and mystery developers is about to reach a decisive point of crisis. Already the club's hopes have received a bitter blow with the publication of an in-house council report recommending the Labour cabinet
"13.12.2016 13:01:33" theguardian.com Radja Nainggolan strikes to give Roma the edge as Juve's closest challengers It was billed as the battle between Juve's nearest rivals and while Roma prevailed, Saturday's trip to Turin will be a truer test of their credentials It was billed as the battle between Juventus's nearest rivals and while AS Roma defeated A.C. Milan, Saturday's trip to Turin will be a truer test of their credentials
"13.12.2016 11:42:13" theguardian.com Yaya Touré admits to drink-driving but denies intentionally consuming alcohol Yaya Touré has apologised to Manchester City supporters after admitting drink-driving, but insisted he had 'not intentionally consumed alcohol' 'As I was above the permitted limit when tested on the night, I decided not to challenge the charge. However, it was important to me that I told the court that I had not intentionally consumed alcohol. The judge in his sentencing remarks accepted that I
"13.12.2016 11:09:57" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Cesc Fàbregas to leave Chelsea for Roma? Chelsea to get Antonio Rüdiger and/or Radja Nainggolan? | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid? | Joe Hart to West Ham? The Rumour Mill: today's football transfer gossip …
• Cesc Fàbregas heading for AS Roma?
• West Ham United in for Joe Hart?
• Real Madrid C.F. to sign Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick?