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"27.02.2017 09:01:05" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Rabiot to Spurs or Arsenal? Agüero set for Real Madrid? Michae Keane to Everton? | Jadon Sancho to Arsenal? | Two or three good players to Manchester United? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip, including …
• Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in for Adrien Rabiot?
• Sergio Aguero heading for Real Madrid C.F. move?
• Everton Football Club to splurge £28m on Michael Keane?
"27.02.2017 08:14:53" theguardian.com Premier League and EFL Cup: eight talking points from the weekend's action Manchester United keep the League Cup flag flying, Swansea pin their hopes on Fernando Llorente, and Sam Allardyce maintains his faith in foreign getaways Premier League and EFL Cup final: talking points from the weekend action
"27.02.2017 01:19:57" theguardian.com Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini grabs the limelight but is denied final glory | David Hytner Manolo Gabbiadini continued his rich vein of scoring form for Southampton but defensive frailty cost them dear as Manchester United snatched a 3-2 victory When he was substituted after 83 minutes, the 32,000 Southampton FC fans afforded him a spine-tingling ovation. At that point, they were set fair to land what would have been the second major trophy of their 131-year history. Then, reality intervened and
"27.02.2017 01:16:46" theguardian.com José Mourinho lauds Zlatan Ibrahimovic display and praises Southampton Manchester United's José Mourinho said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'won the game for us because he was outstanding' in the EFL Cup final, won 3-2, against Southampton José Mourinho watched Zlatan Ibrahimovic snatch what he admitted was a slightly undeserved EFL Cup final victory against Southampton and he joked that Manchester United supporters ought to camp outside the striker's house to persuade him to sign on for
"26.02.2017 22:53:09" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp: directors, not players, are undermining managers Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp claims communication between directors and players poses a threat to managers as his side prepare to visit now managerless Leicester Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp: 'Players are not more powerful, we were much more powerful as players in the past'
"26.02.2017 19:00:54" theguardian.com Ibrahimovic takes Manchester United to EFL Cup final win over Southampton Two goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Manchester United to their first trophy win under José Mourinho as Southampton were beaten in the dying minutes of the EFL Cup final at Wembley Manchester United 3-2 Southampton FC – EFL Cup final report
"26.02.2017 17:43:26" theguardian.com Lionel Messi seals win for Barcelona with late goal against Atlético Madrid Lionel Messi came to Barcelona's rescue for the second time in a week by snatching a late winner to give his side a barely deserved 2-1 win at Atlético Madrid Atlético de Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona
"26.02.2017 15:38:00" theguardian.com Sadio Mané taking long route to the top with Liverpool reaping rewards The striker's agent says that Mané is aiming to become Africa's best player and he will not just follow the money, instead focusing on steady improvement “Our plan for Sadio has always been to make him Africa's best player. The most important thing was to manage him to take the right decision. It's easy to make a fast deal but we prefer to have a long-term relationship with all of our players.”
"26.02.2017 15:37:18" theguardian.com Harry Kane hat-trick sets the tone as Tottenham Hotspur rout Stoke Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick and Dele Alli added another as Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 4-0 Premier League win at home to Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Stoke City Football Club
"26.02.2017 12:00:04" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'It was unlucky for Olga - she really is a charming girl' Also featuring: Gianni Infantino, Ronaldinho and unwavering support Ronaldinho, 36 – in China to launch an elite football academy based on “Barça values”; co-releasing a new rap video following his 2014 hit “I'm full of money/Let's Drink”; and launching a line of T-shirts, slogan: “Let's Drink – I'm single again.”
"26.02.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com Leicester's present dangers made Claudio Ranieri's past glories irrelevant | Paul Wilson Unpleasant decisions have to be made at this time of year when club owners decide whether a change could ward off relegation "Yes, what has happened to Ranieri is sad. Undeserved, quite possibly, but hardly inexplicable or unforgivable. Just football."
"26.02.2017 10:00:04" theguardian.com How Manchester United became the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show | Paul Wilson N'Golo Kanté's Chelsea impact has been phenomenal but he has not carried his team in the way the brilliant Swede has carried José Mourinho's Manchester United Few doubted Zlatan Ibrahimovic was good, even in his mid-30s and on a free transfer from PSG - Paris Saint-Germain. What was not commonly realised was that he would put the rest of Manchester United's forwards in the shade to such an extent that even the
"26.02.2017 08:30:00" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City: match preview Tottenham Hotspur have lost just one of their past 10 league games and will be confident of having the upper hand against a Stoke City side who struggle away from home Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City Football Club: our preview
"26.02.2017 08:00:00" theguardian.com Manchester United v Southampton: match preview Manchester United start as firm favourites against Southampton in the EFL Cup final but Southampton will be fiercely competitive in search of only their second major trophy Manchester United v Southampton FC: our preview of the EFL Cup final
"25.02.2017 22:49:00" theguardian.com Tottenham may not be ready to win trophies, says Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino has called for patience in Tottenham Hotspur's quest for silverware, comparing the process to the construction of the club's new stadium "It's like the stadium: if we want to move today, we are not ready to play there. We need to wait, to build the foundations. It's always a problem, to be patient"
"25.02.2017 22:33:21" theguardian.com José Mourinho: my three league titles do not match Claudio Ranieri's one José Mourinho has told Claudio Ranieri his achievement will never be forgotten but his sacking illustrates that the game is not the same as it was 20 years ago "What (Claudio Ranieri) did there was bigger than all of the titles I won at Chelsea Football Club and in 50 years' time the Leicester fans will still know that.”
"25.02.2017 22:22:00" theguardian.com Brighton go top after Anthony Knockaert seals points against Reading Sam Baldock opened the scoring as Brighton eased past Reading 3-0 at home to return to the top of the Championship Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3-0 Reading Football Club
"25.02.2017 22:17:01" theguardian.com Lawrie McMenemy: 'Southampton didn't have a cat in hell's chance' Lawrie McMenemy tells David Hytner about 1976 Wembley showpiece that gave Southampton their first silverware after shock defeat of Manchester United "We pulled up outside the Ford factory, the driver blasted the horn and everybody came out. Lots and lots of men – their faces dirty from working. I got the FA Cup and I threw it out to them and they passed it round. There were tears coming out and they
"25.02.2017 21:50:47" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's Leicester exit a tale of deceit and discourtesy | Daniel Taylor The Foxes' title-winning manager deserved better from Leicester's players and the club's ungracious owners "There was once a time when it would have been inconceivable for a player to go to the board to air his grievances about the manager. These days it is commonplace. Leicester's players, the poor little snowdrops, sound as if they have been queueing up"
"25.02.2017 21:40:36" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy denies Leicester players plotted to oust Claudio Ranieri Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Leicester manager Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Leicester City Football Club's decision to sack Claudio Ranieri
"25.02.2017 21:28:32" theguardian.com Michael Keane makes amends for Burnley to rescue point at Hull City A close-range finish from Burnley's Michael Keane, shortly after conceding a penalty, secured a 1-1 draw after Tom Huddlestone had put Hull City ahead from the spot Hull City 1-1 Burnley Football Club
"25.02.2017 21:20:00" theguardian.com West Brom's Gareth McAuley seals fightback against Bournemouth Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored after Josh King had put Bournemouth ahead to give West Bromwich Albion a 2-1 home win West Bromwich Albion 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
"25.02.2017 20:32:01" theguardian.com Crystal Palace out of drop zone after Patrick van Aanholt goal sinks Boro Patrick van Aanholt's first-half strike gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough and lifted the Eagles out of the relegation zone Crystal Palace Football Club 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
"25.02.2017 20:04:32" theguardian.com André Ayew pounces to earn West Ham hard-fought draw against Watford A second-half goal from André Ayew secured West Ham a 1-1 draw against Watford, who had taken the lead through a Troy Deeney penalty Watford FC 1-1 West Ham United
"25.02.2017 18:04:32" theguardian.com Robert Lewandowski hits hat-trick as Bayern Munich hammer Hamburg 8-0 Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga FC Bayern München obliterated Hamburg to stay five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and equal their opponents' heaviest ever league defeat
"25.02.2017 17:50:49" theguardian.com David Moyes suffers miserable return as Romelu Lukaku caps victory Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku gave Everton a 2-0 win to leave Sunderland two points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League Everton Football Club 2-0 Sunderland AFC
"25.02.2017 17:37:10" theguardian.com Sutton United win with outfield player in goal after Wayne Shaw exit Sutton United felt the aftermath of Wayne Shaw's departure when they were forced to use an outfield player in goal during their against Torquay Sutton United FC's wild week continued, having to play with defender Simon Downer in goal for most of their game at Torquay. But they still won 3-2
"25.02.2017 17:19:32" theguardian.com Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front Chelsea did not have it all their own way against Swansea but Cesc Fàbregas scored on his 300th Premier League appearance before goals from Pedro and Diego Costa made it 3-1 Chelsea Football Club beat Swansea City Football Club 3-1 to go 11 points clear on top of the Premier League
"25.02.2017 15:51:53" This Girl Can: campaign launches new ad Sport England release a new ad for the This Girl Can campaign, which encourages women to challenge cultural assumptions about femininity that prevent them engaging in sport and exercise
"25.02.2017 14:45:09" theguardian.com Chris Wood strikes to give Leeds derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday Leeds United reinforced their Championship promotion push after a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Owls at Elland Road Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday FC
"25.02.2017 13:49:42" theguardian.com A-League: Victory beat Adelaide, as Wellington Phoenix upset tired Roar Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide 2-1 and Wellington Phoenix beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 Melbourne Victory continued their surge toward the Hyundai A-League finals, surviving a late scare from last-placed Adelaide United to claim a 2-1 victory
"25.02.2017 13:01:01" theguardian.com The rise and fall of the Wags Archive (2009) … She won tabloid fame for dating Teddy Sheringham, but former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd argues there is more to life than going out with a footballer 'The way newspapers write about women, they always seem to put us down. Some of the things that are written about me are really nasty and malicious. Maybe it's envy. Perhaps there are a lot of journalists out there who wish they could be a successful
"25.02.2017 12:21:56" theguardian.com Ronald Koeman hopes Manchester United can help Everton's Europe dream Ronald Koeman hopes Manchester United beat his former club Southampton in Sunday's EFL Cup final Why Ronald Koeman is hoping Manchester United get the better of his former club Southampton FC in the EFL Cup final
"25.02.2017 11:32:21" theguardian.com Watford v West Ham United: match preview West Ham United are without Andy Carroll who was integral to their recent upsurge in form and Watford will see this as an excellent chance to snatch three points Watford FC v West Ham United: our match preview for the Premier League meeting
"25.02.2017 11:02:51" theguardian.com The 'giant-killing' FA Cup is no longer such a football fairytale Football loves a fairytale – especially if it involves an underdog and the FA Cup. But the reality is rather murkier Football loves a fairytale – especially if it involves an underdog and the FA Cup. But the reality is rather murkier
"25.02.2017 10:23:24" theguardian.com Hull City v Burnley: match preview Hull City will be counting on Burnley continuing to fail on their travels to build on Marco Silva's burgeoning tenure and to aid their bid for survival Hull City v Burnley Football Club: our match preview
"25.02.2017 10:10:30" theguardian.com West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth: match preview Bournemouth are in a rut at present having not won in any competition in 2017 and could struggle against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth: match preview
"25.02.2017 09:48:20" theguardian.com Bye Claudio: two Leicester City fans give their differing verdicts on the sacking Two Leicester City supporters offer different views on whether the dramatic dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, their title-winning manager, was the right decision 'We've now blown a massive opportunity for the club to cement its long-term aim of competing regularly in Europe. This season has taken us back to where we started. But this is probably the best decision for all parties. Ranieri will never be the manager
"25.02.2017 09:35:06" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough: match preview Middlesbrough are chasing their first league win since December and maybe, if Aitor Karanka's side draw on their strong FA Cup form, the ninth attempt will be successful at Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Football Club v Middlesbrough FC: our preview of the crunch Premier League showdown
"25.02.2017 09:17:45" theguardian.com Everton v Sunderland: match preview David Moyes returns to Goodison Park for the first time since 2014 as the Sunderland manager and brings with him a number of former Everton players desperate to beat their old side Everton Football Club v Sunderland AFC: match preview for the Premier League encounter
"25.02.2017 08:44:04" theguardian.com Chelsea v Swansea City: match preview Swansea City face a difficult task at Stamford Bridge in pacifying Chelsea but under Paul Clement they are much-improved and a shock could be on the cards Chelsea Football Club v Swansea City Football Club: our match preview
"25.02.2017 06:45:19" www.theguardian.com Harry Arter: 'I felt more pressure changing a nappy than playing football' The Bournemouth midfielder, whose first child was stillborn, has a 'spring in his step' again after the recent birth of his daughter Raine 'Social media sometimes has some bad times and not so nice messages but it is nice when everybody is so positive. To receive a message from somebody who has taken time out of their day – I am really thankful for all the messages'
"24.02.2017 23:48:30" theguardian.com Paul Clement relishes being back at Chelsea six years after the boot The former Chelsea assistant manager shown the door when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked returns at the helm of a resurgent Swansea City Paul Clement returns to Stamford Bridge with Swansea City Football Club on Saturday, six years after finding out his stint as Chelsea Football Club assistant manager was over on the bus home from a game
"24.02.2017 23:20:02" theguardian.com Inverness's Billy McKay consigns Rangers to second consecutive defeat Inverness celebrated 1,000th competitive game with 2-1 victory over Rangers after Billy McKay's 89th-minute goal inflicted Graeme Murty's second consecutive Premiership defeat as caretaker manager Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 2-1 Rangers FC
"24.02.2017 23:05:00" theguardian.com Birmingham pile more pressure on Wolves after 2-1 win at Molineux Gianfranco Zola enjoyed only his second victory in 13 Championship games when his Birmingham City side beat Wolves 2-1 at Molineux, while Burton draw 1-1 with Blackburn Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1-2 Birmingham City FC
"24.02.2017 22:57:03" theguardian.com José Mourinho wants to revive Manchester United's taste for trophies Manchester United's José Mourinho says victory in the EFL Cup final against Southampton would help convince his players they could win the league title Victory over Southampton FC at Wembley would make José Mourinho the first ever Manchester United manager to win a major trophy in his first season in charge
"24.02.2017 22:52:56" theguardian.com Chelsea's Antonio Conte still feels pain of title that got away 17 years ago The Chelsea manager is haunted by losing the Serie A title in 2000 when well clear and is determined it will not happen to Chelsea Antonio Conte was part of a Juventus team who blew the title despite being nine points clear with eight games to go. He didn't sleep for six days afterwards
"24.02.2017 20:49:59" theguardian.com Leicester City getting rid of Claudio Ranieri now is hardly madness | Barney Ronay Leicester City won the title last season by being ruthless and clear-sighted so Claudio Ranieri's exit with only 13 league games left makes sporting sense Leicester City Football Club won the title last year by being ruthless and clear-sighted. Those same qualities have now dispensed, rightly or wrongly, with one of the chief architects of that success
"24.02.2017 19:51:50" theguardian.com MLS stadiums ranked: why Orlando City's new home comes out on top Almost three-quarters of teams in the league now have soccer-specific stadiums. Simon Veness runs down the great and the not-so-good Orlando City Soccer Club's new stadium is the benchmark for the future of Major League Soccer (MLS) grounds
"24.02.2017 19:02:29" "There have been a few strange decisions in 2016 and 2017 – Brexit, Trump, Ranieri" – Jürgen Klopp on Leicester City's decision to sack "a wonderful person"
"24.02.2017 17:50:51" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri: my dream died with Leicester sacking Claudio Ranieri has admitted “his dream died” when he was sacked by Leicester City, with the Italian paying tribute to the club's supporters for the “amazing adventure” which led to them being crowned Premier League champions last season for the first “Yesterday my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be"
"24.02.2017 17:03:10" theguardian.com Absence of Santi Cazorla, Arsenal's Penfold-ish skill-goblin, adds to sense of loss He resembles not so much an elite streamlined modern athlete as a clever, cheerful cartoon mouse but with Cazorla in the centre Arsenal are a different team. Mainly they're a better one Arsenal are a different team with Santi Cazorla in the centre. Mainly they're a better one, his presence above all defensive and stabilising, a leadership role. This season Cazorla has started 10 games, with eight wins and two draws.
"24.02.2017 16:00:01" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri wasn't victim of player revolt, says caretaker manager The Leicester caretaker manager, Craig Shakespeare, has rejected any claims sacked boss Claudio Ranieri had lost the dressing room "He hadn't lost the dressing room" – Craig Shakespeare, Leicester's new caretaker manager
"24.02.2017 15:14:47" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's sacking as mystifying as Trump and Brexit, says Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp has said Claudio Ranieri's dismissal ranks alongside Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the most mystifying decisions of recent times "For me there have been a few strange decisions in 2016-17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time? Obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this."
"24.02.2017 14:49:01" theguardian.com Bastia handed point deduction and stadium ban for racist abuse of Mario Balotelli Ligue 1 disciplinary committee has ordered Corsica's Bastia to close part of their stadium for three matches after a group of supporters shouted racist insults at Nice striker Mario Balotelli during a 1-1 draw in January Bastia have been punished for fans' racist abuse of Mario Balotelli
"24.02.2017 13:59:24" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Claudio Ranieri, Six Nations and nine chicken nuggets Who survived success? Who has no time for salad? And who is happy alone? Who was the last manager to win the Premier League and still be in charge of the team 12 months later?
"24.02.2017 13:00:04" Does the League Cup still matter? We asked Southampton FC and Manchester United fans what the competition means to them
"24.02.2017 11:52:33" theguardian.com Europa League last 16 draw – live! Manchester United are in the pot for the last-16 draw. Follow it live Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out by KAA Gent, the eighth best team in Belgium, but Manchester United are in the draw...
"24.02.2017 10:38:39" theguardian.com Who is the hardest-done-by manager ever? From Udo Lattek to Vicente del Bosque Claudio Ranieri has some way to go before he rivals Udo Lattek, who won three championships for Bayern Munich, was sacked, came back to the club and won three more championships – and was sacked again
"24.02.2017 09:13:17" theguardian.com Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend Managerless Leicester look to prolong Liverpool hoodoo, scoring first could prove a burden again at Wembley and Palace must shrug off home discomforts Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to watch this weekend
"24.02.2017 09:03:44" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's reign ends in cruel, brutal fashion after Leicester lose patience Leicester's owners lost faith in their manager's ability to keep the team in the Premier League but many will be saddened by the decision and puzzled by its timing Any post-mortem into why things unravelled so spectacularly at Leicester City Football Club this season would also shine an unforgiving light on the players
"24.02.2017 00:14:24" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri's reign at Leicester City - in pictures Claudio Ranieri's 18 months at Leicester will never be forgotten. Here are some of the best images of his reign.
"23.02.2017 20:12:48" www.theguardian.com Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after winning Premier League Leicester have sacked Claudio Ranieri, less than a year after the Italian led to the Premier League title Leicester City Football Club have sacked Claudio Ranieri
"23.02.2017 18:06:06" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney confirms he will stay at Manchester United Wayne Rooney has confirmed he will not be leaving Manchester United despite admitting he has received offers to leave Old Trafford "I am staying at Manchester United. It's an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it" – Wayne Rooney
"23.02.2017 16:51:31" A red card, a penalty and three goals – including an absolute screamer – in stoppage time. Manchester City's eight-goal thriller against Monaco was a great game, but this match between Bath City and Weston-super-Mare is hard to beat for late drama
"23.02.2017 14:45:17" theguardian.com Héctor Bellerín open to Barcelona move if Arsène Wenger leaves Arsenal Héctor Bellerín would consider an offer from Barcelona in the summer, if Arsène Wenger was to leave Arsenal Hector Bellerin would consider an offer from FC Barcelona in the summer, if Arsène Wenger was to leave Arsenal
"23.02.2017 13:53:58" theguardian.com Fifa 17 matches to be broadcast live on TV for first time BT will start broadcasting the international regional finals next month with the Ultimate Championships concluding in May in Berlin Think you're good at Fifa 2017? Compare yourself to the best by watching them live on TV
"23.02.2017 12:24:49" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney: China or no China, as far as his legacy is concerned, he is done Wayne Rooney looks certain to leave Manchester United, either in the next few days or in the summer, but wherever he ends up, it will only be retirement deferred and won't change how he is remembered All-time top scorer for club and country, winner of five league titles and a Champions League, his career will perhaps be judged more kindly by history than at the present. But for anybody who witnessed the thrill of seeing him burst through defences at
"23.02.2017 11:15:06" theguardian.com Luke Shaw eyeing Manchester United exit if not given first-team chances Left-back has made only three starts in nearly four months and did not feature in Wednesday's Europa League match at St-Étienne Luke Shaw will consider leaving Manchester United in the summer if he does not play regularly between now and the end of the season
"23.02.2017 10:03:50" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: goals going in off the woodwork From Ronaldinho's exocet against Sevilla to Darren Anderton's both-posts rattler, via Zinedine Zidane versus Gianluigi Buffon Ronaldinho, Zidane, Véron, Anderton, Jensen and Bason
"23.02.2017 00:47:23" theguardian.com Leicester show 'big heart' to keep hopes alive at Sevilla, says Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri praised Leicester City players for showing 'big heart' to fight back and keep alive their hopes of reaching quarter-finals of Champions League Leicester City Football Club's Claudio Ranieri: "We didn't give up and then we went back and scored a goal that was important for three things: it gave strength to us, Vardy goes back to scoring, and it reopens the match in the second leg"
"22.02.2017 22:59:17" theguardian.com Pjaca and Alves deliver late double to hand Juventus edge over 10-man Porto Juventus edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from the substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 away win at 10-man Porto FC Porto 0-2 Juventus
"22.02.2017 22:02:43" theguardian.com Jamie Vardy hands Leicester City lifeline against Sevilla Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City late hope with goal in 2-1 defeat after Sevilla had dominated Champions League last-16 first leg Sevilla FC 2-1 Leicester City Football Club
"22.02.2017 20:19:52" theguardian.com Zaza and Orellana condemn Real Madrid to surprise defeat at Valencia Real Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at struggling Valencia on Wednesday as they missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of La Liga after losing for only the second time in the league this season Valencia CF 2-1 Real Madrid C.F.
"22.02.2017 19:14:50" theguardian.com Mkhitaryan ensures safe passage for Manchester United against St-Étienne Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game, though he later went off with an injury, as Manchester United eased past StÉtienne with a 1-0 win and a 4-0 aggregate victory ASSE - Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4)
"22.02.2017 18:10:48" theguardian.com Give the Sutton goalie a break: this was pie-eating, not match-fixing The non-league keeper Wayne Shaw has lost his livelihood over a silly mistake involving a bet and a hot snack. What a hypocritical overreaction Forget the magic of the Cup. Football's treatment of a loyal, fun-loving, pie-eating 45-year-old has left a nasty taste in the mouth
"22.02.2017 17:18:50" theguardian.com St-Étienne v Manchester United: Europa League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will United seal a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of St-Étienne? Join Paul Doyle José Mourinho has picked a strong team for Manchester United's second leg against St-Étienne – and it has paid off already...
"22.02.2017 16:30:07" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri looks to Sevilla for boost in Leicester's season Claudio Ranieri said if Leicester, struggling in the Premier League, can win their Champions League tie against Sevilla 'something inside could change. We need one match like this' "Sevilla could be the turning point, it could be everything. If we do a very good game, something inside could change. We need one match like this"
"22.02.2017 15:20:31" theguardian.com Chelsea's Champions League pedigree sets the standard for English clubs Manchester City are moving in the right direction but Chelsea run counter to the assumption that Champions League arrivistes can't quickly break into the cartel Why are Chelsea Football Club never mentioned when people want to make a point about history? They have one all right and they have shown what can be achieved quickly if financial backing is in place. In the UEFA Champions League, in the new millennium,
"22.02.2017 14:31:29" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney set to leave Manchester United in summer Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week and has been left surprised by José Mourinho's claim he could do so Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week – but he is set to depart the club in the summer
"22.02.2017 14:20:07" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney set to leave Manchester United if first-team absence continues Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week and has been left surprised by José Mourinho's claim he could do so Wayne Rooney is highly unlikely to leave Manchester United next week but is set to depart in the summer unless his playing situation vastly improves
"22.02.2017 13:08:00" theguardian.com From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the best Champions League games It was raining goals in Manchester on Tuesday but where does City's 5-3 win over Monaco stand alongside other great Champions League nights? The most exciting games in UEFA Champions League history
"22.02.2017 12:13:33" theguardian.com Where has it all gone wrong for Crystal Palace? A fan explains Crystal Palace have picked up nine points from their last 19 matches as relegation from the Premier League has gone from being merely possible to very probable Crystal Palace have won nine points from their last 19 Premier League matches. A fan explains where it has all gone wrong
"22.02.2017 10:44:43" theguardian.com The men who made Antonio Conte: Trapattoni, Lippi, Ancelotti and Sacchi Antonio Conte looks likely to become the fourth Italian manager to win the Premier League in eight seasons. He learned from the best of them Antonio Conte looks likely to become the fourth Italian manager to win the Premier League in eight seasons. He learned from the best of them
"22.02.2017 09:25:00" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Milan to sign Alexis Sánchez or Álvaro Morata? Liverpool keen on West Ham's Pedro Obiang? Man Utd to sell Daley Blind? And Tim Sherwood back in management? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez to A.C. Milan?
• Ivan Perisic to swap F.C. Internazionale Milano for Chelsea?
• And Mahmoud Dahoud to reject Liverpool FC?
"22.02.2017 09:01:16" theguardian.com José Mourinho stays in the moment as he prepares for St-Étienne return José Mourinho, Manchester United's manager, focuses on reaching the last 16 of the Europa League and only then will his attention turn to Sunday's League Cup final with Southampton José Mourinho now looks and sounds like the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
"21.02.2017 23:44:24" theguardian.com It was Champions League football – but not as Pep Guardiola has come to know it | Paul Wilson Manchester City's manager went through the whole range of emotions on a night when reckless defending by his side and Monaco produced an eight-goal thriller This was UEFA Champions League football – but not as Guardiola knows it. He might become used to it eventually, although whether he will ever enjoy it is another matter
"21.02.2017 22:20:07" theguardian.com Fernando Torres hands Atlético Madrid control against Bayer Leverkusen Atlético Madrid won 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen in a topsy-turvy game to take a firm grip on their Champions League last-16 tie Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-4 Atlético de Madrid – UEFA Champions League report
"21.02.2017 22:07:54" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco Sergio Agüero scored twice in a remarkable 5-3 victory for Manchester City over Monaco Manchester City 5-3 AS MONACO – UEFA Champions League report
"21.02.2017 21:10:21" theguardian.com Sunderland criticised for announcing redundancies a week after New York trip Sunderland have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp Sunderland AFC have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp
"21.02.2017 20:00:25" theguardian.com José Mourinho refuses to rule out China move for Wayne Rooney Manchester United manager José Mourinho has given no guarantees about the future of Wayne Rooney José Mourinho refuses to rule out possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving Manchester United for China
"21.02.2017 18:30:00" Wayne Shaw has left Sutton United amid investigations into his pie-eating antics during his team's defeat to Arsenal. He is not the first athlete whose publicity stunt has backfired...
"21.02.2017 17:48:53" theguardian.com Sunderland announce redundancies after players' New York trip Sunderland have been criticised after confirming a round of redundancies at the Premier League club a week after David Moyes's first-team squad travelled to New York for a mid-season training camp "I can't imagine the hotel would have been cheap and then we get this news today. It's hard to take, to say the least”
"21.02.2017 15:54:06" theguardian.com Owen Coyle sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager Blackburn Rovers have announced they have parted company with manager Owen Coyle Blackburn Rovers have sacked Owen Coyle
"21.02.2017 15:01:43" theguardian.com Sutton keeper's pie-eating stunt investigated by FA and Gambling Commission The Football Association and Gambling Commission are investigating after Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw admitted that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 defeat by “A few of the lads said to me earlier on: 'What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?' I said: 'I don't know, I've eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on. Sun Bets had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of
"21.02.2017 13:30:00" theguardian.com How full-backs became attackers | Jonathan Wilson Antonio Conte has been praised for his bold use of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso but history suggests it is part of a wider trend dating back to the 1960s When talking about wing-backs and full-backs, the use of the suffix “back” seems unhelpfully old-fashioned
"21.02.2017 12:25:04" theguardian.com Champions League: previews for the midweek matches A look forward to Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético Madrid and Manchester City v Monaco on Tuesday, plus Porto v Juventus and Sevilla v Leicester on Wednesday All four of the week's UEFA Champions League matches previewed
Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético de Madrid
Manchester City v AS MONACO
FC Porto v Juventus
Sevilla FC v Leicester City Football Club
"21.02.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com David Squires on Lincoln City, Joey Barton and the FA Cup Our resident cartoonist looks back at the last 16 of the FA Cup, including the Imps' historic upset and Leicester's Gladiators falling in the Lions' Den Fringe squad players at the ready, it's the FA Cup fifth round review...
"21.02.2017 10:30:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: I would never manage in non-league, it is too difficult Arsenal's manager paid tribute to 'astonishing' Sutton United but Wenger said a bottle was thrown in his direction during 2-0 FA Cup win Arsène Wenger thought non-league Sutton United were "astonishing” against Arsenal. “It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24," said Wenger. "I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult"
"21.02.2017 10:14:51" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko to Milan? Hull City's Harry Maguire to Spurs? | Man City's Joe Hart to anyone for £20m? | Man City's Nicolás Otamendi to Real Madrid? | Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne to Arsenal? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip:
• A.C. Milan to sign Moussa Sissoko?
• Arsenal eye move for Lorenzo Insigne?
"21.02.2017 09:38:33" theguardian.com Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper may face FA investigation into pie-eating stunt Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is likely to face an FA investigation into a breach of its betting rules after admitting that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 Wayne Shaw is likely to face an FA investigation into a breach of its betting rules after admitting that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club's 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup
"21.02.2017 08:30:37" Sutton manager Paul Doswell on their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal Sutton United manager Paul Doswell:
'Just an overwhelming feeling of pride. [Wenger] didn't take it easy on us did he? And the reality is that if they'd have done better in Germany during the week we'd have faced a different side than we faced today'
"20.02.2017 23:45:00" theguardian.com Arsenal's stroll in suburbs a minor diversion in the Arsène Wenger endgame | Barney Ronay Arsène Wenger has time to relax as FA Cup holders' Arsenal avoid major upset against non-league Sutton United to reach FA Cup quarter-finals Arsenal will now face Lincoln in the quarter-finals, passage towards another FA Cup final at Wembley a minor note in the ongoing Wenger endgame
"20.02.2017 23:10:00" theguardian.com Tottenham fit enough to stay in running on three fronts, says Jan Vertonghen Jan Vertonghen is convinced Tottenham Hotspur's squad have the depth in quality to prolong their interest in the Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League “I think the manager understands the importance of the Europa League and the FA Cup, and it's good we take it very seriously,” – Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen
"20.02.2017 22:33:39" theguardian.com Sutton's Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale Goals from Lucas Pérez and Theo Walcott saw Arsenal survive some nervous moments to beat Sutton United 2-0 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals Sutton United F.C. 0-2 Arsenal
"20.02.2017 22:08:55" theguardian.com Newcastle back on top to leave Aston Villa's Steve Bruce in a bad place Yoan Gouffran and a Henri Lansbury own goal gave Newcastle a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, who have yet to win in 2017 Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa FC
"20.02.2017 20:59:00" theguardian.com Manchester City warned of Monaco 'killers in the box' with Falcao in form Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players to note what happened to Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League when his side face Monaco, who include a revitalised Radamel Falco in their side "The way Monaco play is perfect for Radamel Falcao. That's why he's back" – Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
"20.02.2017 19:35:00" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and could cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tie “I am really impressed how good they are. It is the most successful team in Europe in terms of scoring goals and a tough draw," – Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
"20.02.2017 19:00:01" theguardian.com Leo Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe in If football is a state of mind, FC Barcelona look depressed
"20.02.2017 18:10:06" theguardian.com Mark Clattenburg to continue as Premier League referee until end of season England's leading match official announced last week that he was leaving the panel of elite referees but will be in charge of at least four matches before he departs in the summer Mark Clattenburg will referee a few more Premier League matches before taking up his £500,000-a-year tax free role in Saudi Arabia
"20.02.2017 15:48:30" theguardian.com Marcelo Bielsa is joining a Lille team that has been lost in transition for too long Lille have burned through managers since they won a remarkable league and cup double in 2011. They need to establish a long-term identity under Bielsa Lille have burned through managers since they won a remarkable league and cup double in 2011. They need to establish a long-term identity under Bielsa
"20.02.2017 12:55:00" theguardian.com How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy Having abandoned a policy of spending big, Monaco, who visit Manchester City in the Champions League, are reaping the rewards of home-grown talent AS MONACO abandoned their policy of spending big – and became a better team for it
"20.02.2017 11:55:00" theguardian.com When Sutton United last went on a stunning FA Cup run ... and then lost 8-0 Sutton United's players became heroes when they beat top-flight Coventry in the third round in 1989 but they didn't fare so well against Norwich City Sutton United will be hoping they don't experience a repeat of their 8-0 hammering against Norwich City when they play Arsenal tonight
"20.02.2017 10:53:08" theguardian.com Sutton's Craig Eastmond: 'Arsenal will realise non-league is the real world' The Sutton United midfielder cannot wait for Monday's FA Cup tie and facing the club that left him feeling depressed after they let him go after just 10 appearances "The Arsenal players are probably going to think: 'What is this, really?' But this is non-league. This is the real world, the real stuff" – Craig Eastmond, who graduated from the Arsenal academy and will play against them tonight for Sutton United F.C. in
"20.02.2017 09:07:22" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Messi to Manchester City? Pochettino to Barça? Mauricio Pochettino to Barcelona? | Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City? | Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Manchester United? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• Leo Messi heading to Manchester City?
• FC Barcelona eye Mauricio Pochettino as manager?
• FC Bayern München in for Celtic's Moussa Dembélé?
"20.02.2017 08:28:52" theguardian.com FA Cup: talking points from the fifth round matches Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United's match-winner again, Burnley were tormented by Lincoln City and themselves and Arsenal must be prepared to pitch in at Sutton Our verdict on the FA Cup fifth round … so far
"19.02.2017 23:25:26" theguardian.com Lincoln's Danny Cowley focuses on North Ferriby first as Wembley beckons The Lincoln manager has been inundated with interview requests as a result of his team's historic FA Cup run but says he 'owes it to the boys' to concentrate on their promotion bid Between TV appearances on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Lincoln City Football Club's Danny and Nicky Cowley watched tapes of two North Ferriby United matches
"19.02.2017 23:05:00" theguardian.com Arsenal's Arsène Wenger worried about Sutton's artificial pitch for FA Cup Arsène Wenger says he is concerned about facing Sutton United on the National League side's artificial 3G pitch and warned his Arsenal players not to take the FA Cup fifth-round tie lightly "Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch. But it has been accepted so… competition is also about dealing with what you face. We face an artificial pitch and we have to deal with it”
"19.02.2017 22:52:15" theguardian.com Lionel Messi salvages win for Barcelona with late penalty against Leganés Lionel Messi's late penalty ensured a bedraggled Barcelona scraped a 2-1 victory over Leganés in La Liga at a divided Camp Nou FC Barcelona 2-1 Club Deportivo Leganés
"19.02.2017 22:08:42" theguardian.com Manchester United's speedy quartet show their paces in win at Blackburn | Jamie Jackson Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford were quick off the starting blocks in Manchester United's 2-1 FA Cup win at Blackburn Manchester United's front four against Blackburn Rovers – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – may be the fastest available anywhere in England
"19.02.2017 21:02:32" theguardian.com José Mourinho praises Manchester United's attitude in Blackburn win José Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, had only praise for his players' attitude in fighting back from a goal down to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round “Sometimes you have difficult matches because you make it difficult for yourself. Tonight was difficult because Blackburn made it difficult for us. They played well and fought very hard"
"19.02.2017 19:09:05" theguardian.com FA Cup sixth round draw: Lincoln may face Sutton, Chelsea host Manchester United Lincoln's reward for becoming the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup sixth round since 1914 will be a tie against either 12-time winners Arsenal or National League rivals Sutton United, while José Mourinho will face his old side Chelsea after Chelsea Football Club v Manchester United
Middlesbrough FC v Huddersfield Town or Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall Football Club
Sutton United FC or Arsenal v Lincoln City Football Club
"19.02.2017 18:42:02" theguardian.com Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes on to finish off Blackburn Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on after an hour and scored the winner for Manchester United in 2-1 defeat of Blackburn Rovers 12 minutes later in the FA Cup FA Cup fifth round report: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United
"19.02.2017 18:16:51" theguardian.com FA Cup quarter-final draw – live! Who will Lincoln City draw in the last eight? Find out with Ben Fisher Join us live as Manchester United, Chelsea Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough FC, Millwall Football Club and Lincoln City Football Club find out their FA Cup quarter final opponents
"19.02.2017 17:02:13" theguardian.com Carlo Ancelotti blames raising middle finger at fans on being spat on The Bayern Munich coach, Carlo Ancelotti, could face disciplinary action after admitting making an offensive gesture following his side's 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin 'I made the gesture because I was spat on.'
"19.02.2017 16:58:33" theguardian.com Harry Kane hat-trick eases Tottenham past Fulham and into FA Cup's last eight Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to reward a dominant Tottenham performance that brought a 3-0 FA Cup win at Fulham Fulham FC Official 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
"19.02.2017 12:00:05" theguardian.com Said & Done: 'I'm feeling like Jesus to be honest - everyone at me for no reason' Also featuring: Maradona; Donald Trump's face; and a unanimous board decision Most got at coach of the week: Argentina U20 coach Gerardo Salorio, 57, suspended for trying to climb perimeter fencing to fight fans. “People call me old, a drunk, but I just climbed the fence to look for the haters. I've said a thousand sorries, but I'm
"19.02.2017 11:56:28" theguardian.com Who is Marcelo Bielsa, fabled manager and cult hero? El Loco has won league titles in Argentina and an Olympic gold medal with the national team but his personality, vision and tacticals have made him a cult hero Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa will manage Lille next season after both parties reached an agreement on a two-year contract from the 2017-18 season. But why is he a cult hero? [From 2015]
"19.02.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Revitalised Samir Nasri comes up smiling in Sevilla's latest reboot Leicester City's opponents in the Champions League last 16 have based their success on reviving players – and Nasri's loan from Manchester City is the perfect example Leicester City Football Club's opponents in the UEFA Champions League have based their success on reviving players – and Samir Nasri's loan from Manchester City is the perfect example
"19.02.2017 10:59:47" theguardian.com Premier League relegation battle: the fans' verdict on who's going down Tension is mounting at the foot of the Premier League – but it's not all doom and gloom. With 13 games to play, fans of the bottom seven weigh up their chances Who is going down? Sunderland AFC, Crystal Palace Football Club, Hull City, Leicester City Football Club, Middlesbrough FC, AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City Football Club fans have their say.
"19.02.2017 09:00:43" www.theguardian.com Blackburn v Manchester United: the Cup tie that made Mick Rathbone famous Blackburn were on the up when they last hosted Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round in 1985, but Mick Rathbone's dreadful mistake proved pivotal. United won the game – and the Cup – and Blackburn's season never recovered Blackburn Rovers were on the up when they last hosted Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round in 1985, but Mick Rathbone's dreadful mistake proved pivotal. United won the game – and the Cup – and Blackburn's season never recovered
"19.02.2017 00:44:58" theguardian.com Paul Pogba's £89m price tag will soon seem cheap, says José Mourinho Paul Pogba, as the world's most expensive player, has been under huge scrutiny since the summer but José Mourinho is convinced that fee will be surpassed in the near future Manchester United's José Mourinho on Paul Pogba: 'I am pretty sure next summer some players with only half his quality will cost the same money'
"18.02.2017 23:15:41" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger says he wants to manage for four more years – ideally at Arsenal Arsène Wenger has responded to Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich by saying he wishes to carry on in management for several more years, ideally at Arsenal Arsène Wenger has hinted his appetite for management remains so strong that he could continue for at least four more years – preferably at Arsenal
"18.02.2017 22:27:27" theguardian.com Millwall's Neil Harris says pitch invasion 'to be expected' after FA Cup win Mounted police were needed to disperse Millwall fans who invaded the pitch and threw objects at Leicester City supporters after the Lions' 1-0 FA Cup win at the Den The Millwall manager, Neil Harris, said he had not seen – but nor could he condone – the actions of home supporters who had invaded the pitch and thrown objects at Leicester fans, who replied in kind and lashed out at stewards
"18.02.2017 20:15:38" Lincoln City Football Club manager Danny Cowley: 'Whoever says that the the FA Cup is dead hasn't lived in Lincoln for the last six to eight weeks'
"18.02.2017 19:33:35" theguardian.com Pedro and Diego Costa edge Chelsea past brave Wolves and into last eight Pedro and Diego Costa struck in the second half to break Wolves' resistance and earn Chelsea a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup fifth round at Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0-2 Chelsea Football Club
"18.02.2017 19:14:25" theguardian.com James Forrest seals victory as Celtic canter past Motherwell Moussa Dembélé opened the scoring as a below-par Celtic beat Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership Celtic FC 2-0 Motherwell FC
"18.02.2017 18:03:48" theguardian.com Gareth Bale scores on return as Real Madrid see off Espanyol The Wales forward added to Álvaro Morata's opening goal in the 2-0 home win against Espanyol that took Real Madrid four points clear at the top of La Liga Gareth Bale is back and Real Madrid C.F. beat RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, SAD 2-0
"18.02.2017 17:49:18" theguardian.com Middlesbrough's Cristhian Stuani strikes late to halt Oxford fightback Cristhian Stuani scored in the 86th minute to earn Middlesbrough a 3-2 win over Oxford, after the League One side had battled back from 2-0 down to make it 2-2 Middlesbrough FC 3-2 Oxford United Official
"18.02.2017 17:36:06" theguardian.com Leicester City crash out after Shaun Cummings strikes for 10-man Millwall Shaun Cummings' late strike secured a 1-0 FA Cup win against Leicester City for League One side Millwall, who had Jake Cooper sent off early in the second half Millwall Football Club 1-0 Leicester City Football Club
"18.02.2017 17:15:31" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero draws a blank as Manchester City held by Huddersfield Sergio Agüero missed several good chances as much-changed Manchester City could only draw 0-0 at Huddersfield Town and face an FA Cup replay Huddersfield Town earn FA Cup fifth-round replay after 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City
"18.02.2017 16:54:25" theguardian.com Lewandowski rescues point for Bayern at Hertha as Dortmund beat Wolfsburg Robert Lewandowski scored with the last kick of the game for Bundesliga leaders Bayern, who looked lethargic after their midweek exploits against Arsenal • HERTHA BSC 1-1 FC Bayern München
• Borussia Dortmund 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg
"18.02.2017 16:03:02" theguardian.com Lincoln City FA Cup hero Raggett: 'I'm lost for words, it's mad, I can't believe it' Sean Raggett, the man who sealed Lincoln's historic upset at Burnley, could scarcely believe the achievement, saying it is 'unheard of' for a non-league team to make the last eight of the FA Cup Lincoln City Football Club's Sean Raggett:
'I'm lost for words, it's mad, I can't believe it. The fans were amazing, all through the game. Crazy, a non-league side in the FA Cup quarter-finals in modern football, it's unheard of'
"18.02.2017 15:31:17" theguardian.com Manchester City put future on hold as they face present danger of Monaco Pep Guardiola's side are now England's best hope for success in the Champions League but they know the Ligue 1 leaders are no pushovers Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are now England's best hope for success in the UEFA Champions League but they know Ligue 1 leaders AS MONACO are no pushovers
"18.02.2017 14:55:18" theguardian.com Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City: non-league Imps pull off historic FA Cup upset Sean Raggett scored in the 89th minute against Burnley to secure a shock FA Cup victory for Lincoln City Lincoln City Football Club are the first non-league team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years
"18.02.2017 13:39:32" theguardian.com Does 'the Arsenal way' just mean annual angst? Arsenal's identity is inextricably linked to Wenger, so what should they do after his latest humiliation? Here we pinpoint four issues the club must address now Arsenal's identity is inextricably linked to Arsène Wenger, so what should they do after his latest humiliation? Here we pinpoint four issues the club must address now
"18.02.2017 13:06:52" theguardian.com Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United: match preview Blackburn Rovers are second bottom in the Championship but knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup is a tantalising opportunity Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United: our match preview for the FA Cup clash
"18.02.2017 12:40:40" theguardian.com Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Tottenham, after a disappointing defeat in the Europa Legaue on Thursday, will likely rest some name players, giving Fulham extra incentive to pile more misery on Mauricio Pochettino's side Fulham FC Official v Tottenham Hotspur: our match preview for the FA Cup fifth-round tie
"18.02.2017 12:16:32" theguardian.com Blackburn approach visit of Manchester United under cloud of Venky's turmoil There is little appetite for the FA Cup tie among fans of the Championship club, who are staring relegation in the face under seemingly indifferent ownership 'It is a toxic club, a toxic environment and now the fans have turned on the manager. Personally I don't see administration happening. They would need to take assets out like the training ground and Ewood Park, and then dump the club, but that would be
"18.02.2017 11:50:23" theguardian.com Huddersfield v Manchester City: match preview Hudderfield have won 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions and should be confident they can pull off a memorable FA Cup upset against Manchester City Huddersfield Town v Manchester City: our match preview
"18.02.2017 11:23:45" theguardian.com Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea: match preview Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a terrific run in the FA Cup but their dream could be dashed this time by Antonio Conte's high-flying Chelsea Wolverhampton Wanderers FC v Chelsea Football Club: match preview
"18.02.2017 10:57:35" theguardian.com Middlesbrough v Oxford United: match preview Oxford United will be hoping their strong away form – four wins from their past five – provides a tangible advantage against a Middlesbrough side battling relegation in the Premier League Middlesbrough FC v Oxford United Official: FA Cup fifth round preview
"18.02.2017 10:41:37" theguardian.com Millwall v Leicester City: match preview Millwall are unbeaten in all competitions since mid-December and, considering Leicester's terrible form of late, it would hardly be dubbed an upset if the League One side are victorious Millwall Football Club v Leicester City Football Club: our FA Cup match preview
"18.02.2017 10:25:47" theguardian.com Burnley v Lincoln City: match preview It is impossible to overstate how brilliant Burnley have been at home this season, holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last time out, and Lincoln City will likely struggle as a result Burnley Football Club v Lincoln City Football Club: FA Cup preview
"18.02.2017 09:51:32" theguardian.com Last stop Rochdale in one man's quest to visit every league ground Leeds-based 51-year-old Ed Wood will leave Spotland on Saturday having visited 93 league grounds in just 189 days, reclaiming a record he held for three years in the 1990s, all in the name of charity Ed Wood will leave Rochdale AFC having visited 93 league grounds in only 189 days, reclaiming a record he held for three years in the 1990s, all in the name of charity
"18.02.2017 09:14:20" theguardian.com Can I learn to love football? I can fake it with a stranger, but I don't feel a passion for the beautiful game. Can Scotland's superfans show me the way? 'I want to care like they care. I want a conversion experience'
"18.02.2017 08:51:28" theguardian.com Vincent Janssen must prove worth on Spurs training ground, says Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Vincent Janssen needs to offer more intensity in training to justify a recall to the Tottenham first team 'He needs to show more, and then we'll see. But, at the moment, we cannot be sure if he will be in the squad'
"18.02.2017 06:38:24" www.theguardian.com Dwight Yorke 'felt like criminal' as he was denied entry to USA The former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said he was made to feel like a criminal as he was denied entry to the United States because of an Iranian stamp on his passport 'A red flag had come up against my name because of an Iranian stamp in my passport. I went there to play in a legends match to open a stadium and didn't even stay overnight'
"17.02.2017 21:48:39" theguardian.com Lincoln City and Sutton United look to take the chance of a lifetime| Paul MacInnes Lincoln City and Sutton United have the chance to be the first non-league clubs since 1914 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup "We had a lot of Cup runs over those years and we never went to close the game out. We were a fit side and a lot of the league teams couldn't handle it.
"17.02.2017 19:36:20" theguardian.com Keith Alexander's spirit lives on in Lincoln's fairytale FA Cup run | Amy Lawrence The former manager's son Matt Alexander recognises the buzz around the city and says it reminds him of the spark his father brought to the club during his times there "One of my earliest memories is coming downstairs, Dad being sat in his chair in the corner, feet up, watching Teletext. He would watch it all night, different scores coming in, what's going on in the world of football."
"17.02.2017 19:30:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger declares himself still a leader full of cheer and fight | Paul Doyle Arsène Wenger put the humiliation of Munich behind him and was clear in his intention of continuing to manage, though not necessarily at Arsenal "You have to put things into perspective. In the last 20 years only three clubs have played every season in Europe: Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. That means that although everything is not perfect, not all is wrong."
"17.02.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Why are Italian managers so good? Coverciano outside Florence has been the nerve centre of the Italian game for almost 60 years and the reverence in which it is held may many seems to have had a positive effect on plenty of its graduates No Englishman, German, Spaniard or Dutchman has ever managed a team to the Premier League title, but Antonio Conte will probably become the fourth Italian to win it in the last eight seasons
"17.02.2017 17:20:00" theguardian.com FA Cup photo essay: Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond is documenting one game from each round of the 2016-17 FA Cup, and in the fourth round he travelled to the Riverside to see League Two side Accrington Stanley take on Premier League side Middlesbrough Christopher Thomond is photographing one game from each round of the FA Cup. In the fourth round he travelled to the Riverside to watch League Two side Accrington Stanley take on Premier League side Middlesbrough
"17.02.2017 16:30:00" theguardian.com Sports quiz of the week: Wenger, Barça and Obama Who eschewed Valentine's Day? Who is unbeaten? And who has been on a cycle? Who stayed in for Valentine's Day? Who is unbeaten in the Six Nations? And who has been on a cycle for 17 years?
"17.02.2017 15:30:00" Arsène Wenger will continue to work as a manager for the foreseeable future – although not necessarily at Arsenal
"17.02.2017 14:32:51" What a rabona from Wigan Athletic U15s player Thelo Asgaard
"17.02.2017 13:34:32" theguardian.com Roberto Baggio at 50: celebrating his greatest free-kicks Happy 50th birthday Roberto Baggio. Here are his five best goals from set pieces, featuring one each from his spells at Bologna, Brescia, Inter, Milan and Juventus Happy 50th birthday Roberto Baggio
"17.02.2017 12:30:01" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: I will manage next season, at Arsenal or somewhere else Arsène Wenger has admitted he has no intention of retiring after Arsenal's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, although he has yet to make a decision on whether to sign a contract extension with the club he has “No matter what happens, I will manage next season, whether it's here or somewhere else I am not sure"
"17.02.2017 11:38:41" theguardian.com 10 things to look out for in the FA Cup fifth round Arsenal need to stand up for Wenger, Sutton United may have already tainted their big day and would Millwall beating Leicester be a shock? Our big preview to the FA Cup ties this weekend
"17.02.2017 09:49:04" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I am like Indiana Jones Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has compared his history of success to fictional archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones. "Wherever I went I won, so I am like Indiana Jones” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
"17.02.2017 00:32:50" theguardian.com José Mourinho gets tough with his Manchester United players at half-time José Mourinho has said he had to lay down the law to his Manchester United players at half-time of the Europa League game against St-Étienne "I had a feeling immediately in the dressing room – too noisy, too funny, too relaxed"
"16.02.2017 23:43:49" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp says winter schedule was a factor in Liverpool's poor run Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said the EFL Cup semi-finals were among the hurdles that took a toll on his players and that Chelsea benefited from an early exit "We are not used to being a top team, maybe we have to be. We are not clever like Chelsea Football Club who will be 2-0 up and just finish a game”
"16.02.2017 22:02:18" theguardian.com Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick drives Manchester United past St-Étienne Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a lucky free-kick, a tap-in and a late penalty as Manchester United beat St-Étienne 3-0 in the Europa League last 32 Manchester United 3-0 ASSE - Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne
"16.02.2017 20:05:40" theguardian.com Jérémy Perbet fires Gent to first-leg victory over lethargic Tottenham Jérémy Perbet scored in the second half to give Gent a 1-0 first-leg victory over Tottenham UEFA Europa League: KAA Gent 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
"16.02.2017 19:22:21" theguardian.com Arsenal and Arsène Wenger must prepare for the hardest of decisions | Amy Lawrence The jadedness Wenger identified after their defeat to Bayern Munich has been there for too long and the club face the kind of shake-up they traditionally avoid "No matter how turbulent the hullaballoo around Wenger on the subject of his future, the only two people who have any kind of significant say are Kroenke and the man in the mirror. The rest is just white noise"
"16.02.2017 18:00:01" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger expects to decide his Arsenal future in March or April Arsène Wenger has said his future as Arsenal's manager will probably be decided in March or April Arsène Wenger says his future will probably be decided in March or April as he ponders whether to take up the offer of a contract extension or leave Arsenal at the end of the season
"16.02.2017 17:00:10" Five long-range screamers from the world of non-league football
"16.02.2017 15:26:54" theguardian.com Obsession over who can fill Arsène Wenger's shoes obscures Arsenal's real problems The true football nous on the board disappeared with David Dein and it is questionable whether anyone at Arsenal is qualified to choose a successor to a manager more powerful than any other in the world It's all very well asking who can replace Arsène Wenger, but the real question is whether there's anyone left at Arsenal who is qualified to choose his successor
"16.02.2017 14:31:57" theguardian.com Mark Clattenburg to leave Premier League for Saudi Arabia post Mark Clattenburg is leaving the Premier League to take up a role with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited has announced Mark Clattenburg is swapping the Premier League for Saudi Arabia
"16.02.2017 13:30:00" Barack Obama: football hipster
"16.02.2017 12:47:22" theguardian.com Football quiz: name the missing club in these playing careers Which French club bought Ray Wilkins? Which London club picked up George Best? And which Scottish club signed – and quickly released – Fabrizio Ravanelli? Which French club bought Ray Wilkins? Which London club picked up George Best? And which Scottish club signed – and quickly released – Fabrizio Ravanelli?
"16.02.2017 11:50:00" theguardian.com Aston Villa have not won a match in 2017. Are they in danger of another relegation? Aston Villa have lost four games in a row and are now much closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs. Surely they couldn't go down to League One? Aston Villa have lost four games in a row and are now much closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs. Surely they couldn't go down to League One?
"16.02.2017 11:02:35" Arsène Wenger reflects on the "nightmare" Arsenal suffered against FC Bayern München
"16.02.2017 10:06:52" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger's exit music grows louder after Arsenal capitulate Arsenal's manager, Arsène Wenger, saw his team fold at disturbing speed despite the efforts of a frustrated Alexis Sánchez and the end now seems a lot nearer Things fall apart. The world tends towards entropy. But not usually quite as quickly as this. Odd as it sounds now, Arsenal had been cheered off at half‑time, the better half of a 1-1 scoreline. In the second half they simply unravelled.
"16.02.2017 00:40:27" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' during Bayern Munich rout Arsène Wenger says his side 'looked like we had no response' in a 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich that left Arsenal's former defender Martin Keown predicting the manager's imminent departure "The last 25 minutes was a nightmare for us. We looked like we had no response. We collapsed" – Arsène Wenger on another catastrophic night for Arsenal at FC Bayern München
"16.02.2017 00:10:13" theguardian.com Russian hooligans warn England fans of 'festival of violence' at World Cup 2018 A new documentary shows Russian hooligan groups warning of '100% guaranteed' violence for England fans travelling to next summer's World Cup Russian hooligans warn England football team fans of 'festival of violence' at World Cup 2018
"15.02.2017 22:15:32" theguardian.com Casemiro stunner hands Real Madrid the edge against brave Napoli Goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro were enough to seal a 3-1 victory for Real Madrid over Napoli, who had taken an early lead through Lorenzo Insigne Real Madrid C.F. 3-1 SSC Napoli
"15.02.2017 22:05:32" theguardian.com Thiago Alcântara and Bayern Munich leave Arsenal staring into the abyss Thiago Alcántara scored twice in a resounding 5-1 win for Bayern Munich over Arsenal FC Bayern München 5-1 Arsenal
"15.02.2017 20:40:45" theguardian.com Tottenham Hotspur eager to erase Anfield misery at Gent's expense Spurs aim to overcome the feeling of disappointment after losing at Liverpool by getting back on track in the Europa League Tottenham Hotspur eager to erase Anfield misery at Gent's expense
"15.02.2017 19:00:04" theguardian.com West Ham's managerial pair both fined £8,000 on misconduct charge West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic and his assistant Nikola Jurcevic have both been fined £8,000 after admitting Football Association misconduct charges Slaven Bilic's assault on a microphone has cost him £8,000
"15.02.2017 18:15:01" theguardian.com Luke Shaw to be left out for fourth Manchester United game in a row Luke Shaw was expected to miss out on a place in Manchester United's squad for their Europa League match against St Étienne Luke Shaw became one of the world's most expensive teenagers when he joined Manchester United for £27m but he is not even making it into José Mourinho's squad
"15.02.2017 17:20:00" theguardian.com Manchester City women sign Carli Lloyd Manchester City have staged a major coup in women's football by signing the American Carli Lloyd, a two-times Fifa world player of the year. Manchester City Women have signed Carli Lloyd, the two-times world player of the year
"15.02.2017 16:30:54" theguardian.com Is there a way back for Luis Enrique after this humiliation? The 4-0 hammering by Paris Saint-Germain has raised questions about a team that has been called a mess tactically, physically and emotionally, with no plan or youth system and a lack of leadership “Barcelona lost more than a football match in Paris. They were stripped bare, leaving exposed the sad reality of a team that is a mess tactically, physically and emotionally. There is no plan, no youth system, a lack of leadership, the style has been
"15.02.2017 14:39:59" theguardian.com Will Napoli beat Real Madrid? With Marek Hamsik, anything is possible Napoli have never made it to the Champions League quarter-finals but they are unbeaten in 18 games and are led by one of the best midfielders in Europe SSC Napoli have never made it to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals but they are unbeaten in 18 games and are led by one of the best midfielders in Europe. This could be their night
"15.02.2017 13:18:18" Arsène Wenger is feeling confident: "This season we have gone through a group stage and we have not lost a game yet. We had very difficult teams in our group stage. We had Paris Saint-Germain and we could deal with them. Let's just focus again on what we
"15.02.2017 11:23:00" "We go back to our stadium and really we need a heroic performance, but why not dream?" – Luis Enrique thinks FC Barcelona have a chance against Paris Saint-Germain even though his team lost the first leg 4-0
"15.02.2017 10:50:00" theguardian.com Which footballers have won three consecutive titles with different clubs? Plus: players refusing to play because of a team's sponsor; teams who get all their points at home; and the best emergency keepers Eric Cantona did it with Marseille, Leeds and Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did it with Internazionale, Barcelona and Milan. But they are not the only ones...
"15.02.2017 09:45:00" theguardian.com Ancelotti's tired Bayern Munich hope for Champions League boost against Arsenal | Ben Fisher An ageing side, soon to lose captain Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, are coasting to another Bundesliga title but the European Cup could help fire their future The final 120 seconds of FC Bayern München's win at Ingolstadt on Saturday could not have painted a more apt picture of their season so far under Carlo Ancelotti
"15.02.2017 08:57:34" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Antoine Griezmann to veto Manchester United move? Spurs to snap up Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha? | Danny Rose to reject China move? | And Brighton's Dale Stephens to join Burnley? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Manchester United's move for Antoine Griezmann in doubt?
• Wilfried Zaha to join Tottenham Hotspur?
• And Burnley Football Club to snap up Dale Stephens?
"14.02.2017 23:14:59" theguardian.com Jamaal Lascelles' late equaliser earns leaders Newcastle a point at Norwich Championship leaders Newcastle United drew 2-2 with Norwich City at Carrow Road thanks to a late equaliser by their captain Jamaal Lascelles Norwich City FC 2-2 Newcastle United
"14.02.2017 22:49:06" theguardian.com Kostas Mitroglou hands Benfica the edge against Borussia Dortmund Benfica defeated a misfiring Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie thanks to Kostas Mitroglou's 13th goal in his past 13 games Sport Lisboa e Benfica 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
"14.02.2017 22:48:39" theguardian.com Ángel Di María strikes twice as four-star PSG dismantle Barcelona Ángel Di María scored twice on his birthday in a 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in their Champions League last16 first leg in Paris PSG - Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 FC Barcelona
"14.02.2017 17:04:10" theguardian.com No fans, five greats and a famous nutmeg – when Maradona's Napoli last went to Real | Sid Lowe The Bernabéu tie this week has rekindled memories of the occasion when one of Real Madrid's finest sides met a Napoli inspired by Diego Maradona Diego Maradona will be at the Bernabéu to watch SSC Napoli face Real Madrid C.F. – the last time he was there, just 200 fans were in the ground to see him play
"14.02.2017 16:32:41" theguardian.com Manchester City confirm Gabriel Jesus has suffered metatarsal fracture Manchester City's Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus fractured a metatarsal in the victory over Bournemouth and could be out for up to three months Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal in the win over Bournemouth, Manchester City have confirmed
"14.02.2017 13:56:52" theguardian.com The best goals of the week: Fernando Torres, Andy Delort and Jonny Howson Featuring a long-range late winner, a flying backheel from Italy, two Barrow belters and Florent Sinama-Pongolle resurfacing in Thailand Goals of the week: Fernando 9 Torres, Javier Hernández (footballer) and double delight for Norwich City FC and Barrow AFC
"14.02.2017 12:11:03" theguardian.com David Squires on … football this Valentine's Day From new romances to creatures of habit, our cartoonist wonders where the love might be in the game today David Squires on … football this Valentine's Day
"14.02.2017 11:08:33" theguardian.com Bournemouth's Harry Arter thanks Pep Guardiola for 'unbelievable' gesture Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has thanked Pep Guardiola for the “unbelievable touch” of wishing him luck with the birth of his child, which is due later this week AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has thanked Pep Guardiola for the 'unbelievable touch' of wishing him luck with the birth of his child, which is due later this week: 'For him to offer that to me, I respected it and accepted it with a smile on my
"14.02.2017 10:39:33" theguardian.com Unai Emery's PSG hybrid faces crash test against Barcelona in Champions League | Paul Doyle For all their domestic highs, French club have failed to make inroads in Europe but tie against Barcelona should highlight if season of change is paying off PSG - Paris Saint-Germain have won nine major domestic trophies since 2011, but have struggled to progress in the UEFA Champions League. This season, FC Barcelona stand in their way in the last 16
"14.02.2017 09:45:00" theguardian.com Leroy Sané sparkles for Manchester City as attacking trident shows menace They may have come to see Gabriel Jesus but after the Brazilian's injury it was the 21-year-old German who looked the part in the win against Bournemouth Only a few months ago it would have been difficult to think of Leroy Sané as one of the first names on the Manchester City team sheet. But he is now and Sané is a welcome piece in their high-octane jigsaw
"14.02.2017 09:10:13" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Tottenham target Martial? Clattenburg to MLS? Andrea Belotti to replace Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford? | Fabinho has a 'soft spot' for Manchester City? All of today's football gossip, including …
• Tottenham Hotspur eye Anthony Martial?
• Mark Clattenburg off to Major League Soccer (MLS)?
• Isco Alarcón on his way out of Real Madrid C.F.?
"14.02.2017 08:36:56" theguardian.com Fan TV: a revolution or just a vehicle for venting attention-grabbing fury? Channels such as Arsenal Fan TV claims they give supporters the chance to have their say but are viewers just hoping to watch a car-crash moment? Channels such as Arsenal Fan TV claim they give supporters the chance to have their say but are viewers just hoping to watch a car-crash moment?
"14.02.2017 00:21:55" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola will 'pray' for Gabriel Jesus after striker is injured Pep Guardiola will 'pray' for Gabriel Jesus after Manchester City striker is injured during 2-0 win at Bournemouth "We will know exactly what is wrong in the morning. Hopefully, and I will pray tonight, it will not be a big issue"
"13.02.2017 22:35:30" theguardian.com Jordan Henderson: Liverpool up for Klopp aim to win every game in run-in Jordan Henderson says Liverpool have not atoned for bad results with their defeat of Tottenham but set the standard for realising Jürgen Klopp's dream of winning every game left "We feel as though we have let ourselves down, the manager down and the fans down. Putting in that performance doesn't make up for it but it is a start"
"13.02.2017 22:14:44" theguardian.com Raheem Sterling on target for Manchester City in win at Bournemouth Manchester City defeated Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium thanks to a Raheem Sterling strike and an own goal by Tyrone Mings Premier League match report: AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester City
"13.02.2017 19:10:47" theguardian.com Bournemouth v Manchester City: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Bournemouth end their dire run or will City go second in the Premier League? Join Niall McVeigh Premier League: AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City – live!
"13.02.2017 17:30:26" theguardian.com West Ham's Slaven Bilic charged by FA after hurling microphone in anger West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct by the FA over his conduct at the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged by the FA with improper conduct following the game against West Brom
"13.02.2017 16:38:54" theguardian.com Listen to the latest edition of the Football Weekly podcast The pod discuss all the weekend's action, including big wins for Liverpool and Swansea. Plus Burnley continuing to impress and the departure at Rangers • Liverpool FC stop Tottenham Hotspur in their tracks
• The Rangers FC situation isn't as bad as you may think
• Which Arsenal will turn up against FC Bayern München?
"13.02.2017 15:42:48" theguardian.com Sporting Gijón drag Leganés back and give La Liga a relegation battle | Sid Lowe For the first time in weeks, it feels like there will be a relegation battle in Spain after all. And Leganés will be in it Real Sporting de Gijón haven't got a prayer, but they might just have a little hope at last. The miracle arrived in the week they stopped asking for it – and the week they needed it most. The week Granada and Osasuna needed it, too
"13.02.2017 15:02:29" theguardian.com Bayern Munich begin Philipp Lahm send-off in time-honoured tradition Their late win at Ingolstadt was the spirit of Old Bayern, as they are perceived nationally, and made it 25 points from 27 to go seven points clear at the top 'This was the spirit of Old Bayern, as they are perceived nationally – not stylish but scratchy, with the win somehow falling into their laps at the end. It was something Karl-Heinz Rummenigge inadvertently alluded to post-match, too; with Arjen Robben
"13.02.2017 13:12:56" theguardian.com How Oldham Athletic's pinch-me season won over a nation Rob Smyth: Oldham's story is a reminder of what the everyman could achieve before English football became an exclusive VIP party Official Oldham Athletic FC's story is a poignant reminder of what the everyman could achieve before English football became an exclusive VIP party
"13.02.2017 12:30:10" theguardian.com Pescara endure ugliest of weeks as their dire season goes up in smoke The Delfini are suffering one of the worst seasons of any club in Serie A history, a rout at Torino coming fresh off an arson attack at their president's house That Pescara should lose 6-3 at Torino was hardly a shock. Theirs has been one of the worst seasons of any club in Serie A history
"13.02.2017 10:49:36" theguardian.com Bob Bradley: I think about how Swansea experience can make me better The former USA coach lasted less than three months in Wales but he refuses to be bitter about his short spell in the Premier League “I still think about many parts [of what happened at Swansea City Football Club], plain and simple. I certainly spend time thinking over it, but having said that I don't dwell on it. I think about it, reflect on it, to make me better, to improve”
"13.02.2017 10:13:53" theguardian.com Bob Bradley: 'I think about how my Swansea experience can make me better' The former USA coach lasted less than three months in Wales but he refuses to be bitter about his short spell in the Premier League 'I knew it was a tough task, but of course the opportunity to manage in the Premier League was something that I had worked towards for a long time. So I went for it knowing the difficulties. The way it went, the way it was covered …'
"13.02.2017 09:36:58" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappé from Monaco? Alexis Sánchez to Juventus or PSG? | Thomas Tuchel not on his way to the Emirates? | Ross Barkley to leave Everton? | Alex McLeish to take over at Rangers Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappé from AS MONACO? |
Alexis Sanchez wants Juventus or PSG - Paris Saint-Germain move? | Ross Barkley to leave Everton Football Club?
"13.02.2017 08:33:26" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Hull's new coach continues to impress despite defeat, Sam Allardyce's January signings have yet to have an impact, and the deepening muddle at Leicester Hull's new coach continues to impress despite defeat, Sam Allardyce's January signings have yet to have an impact, and the deepening muddle at Leicester City Football Club – 10 talking points from the weekend's Premier League action
"13.02.2017 08:17:52" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola admits Sergio Agüero could soon leave Manchester City Sergio Agüero has dropped out of Manchester City's starting line-up with the success of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané up front, prompting questions about his future "At the end of the season I don't know. I would like him to stay but I don't know what is going to happen. I was clear every time we spoke with Sergio from the beginning. I know his strengths” – Pep Guardiola admits Sergio Aguero could be on his way out
"12.02.2017 19:50:46" theguardian.com Swansea pile further pressure on relegation-threatened Leicester Swansea City beat Leicester City 2-0 to move ahead of Claudio Ranieri's side, who are one point above the relegation zone in 17th place Swansea City Football Club 2-0 Leicester City Football Club
"12.02.2017 15:38:53" theguardian.com Burnley peg back Chelsea thanks to Robbie Brady's superb free-kick Robbie Brady's 24th-minute goal, his first strike since his January move from Norwich, gave Burnley a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, for whom Pedro opened the scoring at Turf Moor Chelsea denied
"12.02.2017 13:42:53" theguardian.com José Mourinho starting to enjoy the fruits of Paul Pogba's growing maturity | Richard Jolly Manchester United's options continue to evolve with their record £89m signing asserting a more positive influence on the team as the season unfolds "£89m was supposed to bring in a difference maker … perhaps it has, just in a more understated way than envisaged."
"12.02.2017 11:10:15" theguardian.com A warning to Leicester: three other title defences that went horribly wrong As Leicester City flirt with the drop, veterans of post-title slumps at Leeds, Herfolge and Nürnberg explain how their teams lost their way in the season after being champions When title defences go wrong …
"12.02.2017 10:00:03" theguardian.com Florentin Pogba's dream comes true as he prepares to face brother Paul Florentin Pogba, the Saint-Étienne defender, tells Paul Doyle about his family's pride in his younger brother Paul and his relish for the Europa League clash against Manchester United Saint-Étienne's Florentin Pogba has never asked to swap shirts after a game – but will make an exception for his younger brother Paul Labile Pogba at Old Trafford
"12.02.2017 09:00:04" theguardian.com Swansea City v Leicester City: match preview Swansea City have battled their way out of the relegation zone and will see Leicester City as a prime opportunity to climb further away from trouble Swansea City Football Club v Leicester City Football Club – Premier League match preview
"12.02.2017 08:00:02" theguardian.com Burnley v Chelsea: match preview Burnley will hope to continue their excellent run of form at Turf Moor but if Eden Hazard is at his brilliant best then Chelsea will be confident of taking three points Burnley Football Club v Chelsea Football Club – Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 23:17:25" theguardian.com Cristiano Ronaldo sets up hard-fought win for Real Madrid at Osasuna Cristiano Ronaldo hit the opening goal as Real Madrid won 3-1 at bottom side Osasuna to return to the top of La Liga Club Atlético Osasuna 1-3 Real Madrid C.F.
"11.02.2017 22:50:00" theguardian.com Sean Dyche steels Burnley for Chelsea's challenge to Turf Moor fortress Sean Dyche says Burnley are now a more assured top-flight side and wants his players to 'find a way to make something happen' against Chelsea Burnley Football Club have earned 28 of their 29 Premier League points at Turf Moor this season, but Chelsea Football Club will provide the ultimate test
"11.02.2017 22:44:27" Video: Jürgen Klopp praises Sadio Mané after his two goals in Liverpool FC win over Tottenham Hotspur
"11.02.2017 22:26:12" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola must use his head over Joe Hart | Daniel Taylor The failings of the exiled Joe Hart's replacements, Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero, surely demand a rethink from Manchester City's manager for next season With Claudio Bravo struggling and Willy Caballero almost certainly leaving in the summer, will Pep Guardiola be prepared to give Joe Hart another chance at Manchester City?
"11.02.2017 22:15:00" theguardian.com Darmstadt shock Borussia Dortmund while Bayern Munich profit from upsets Bayern Munich were the only top four Bundesliga side to pick up any points to extend their lead at the top as RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt all lost SV Darmstadt 1898 e.V. got their first Bundesliga Official win since October – against Borussia Dortmund
"11.02.2017 21:52:16" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp congratulates Liverpool players on Tottenham victory Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, congratulated his players on making a belated start to 2017 with a 2-0 win over Tottenham “We finally started 2017 tonight but we should not go nuts immediately. What would you think about me now if I said I think we can catch Chelsea? Crazy? Ambitious? Maybe you can believe I am not too interested in that"
"11.02.2017 21:12:15" theguardian.com Manuel Neuer: 'Opponents have become more confident. We have to stop that' The Bayern Munich goalkeeper acknowledges the Bundesliga leaders have yet to hit their peak under Carlo Ancelotti but his own diligent form continues as they prepare for Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday Like us, Arsenal have had highs and lows this season, moments of outstanding and some poorer games. They're not the perfect draw for us. But we're not the perfect draw for them either”
"11.02.2017 19:45:01" theguardian.com Liverpool's Sadio Mané fires quickfire double to stun Tottenham Liverpool returned to their free-flowing best to deservedly beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield thanks to Sadio Mané's two first-half strikes Liverpool FC 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
"11.02.2017 19:27:35" theguardian.com Luis Suárez double helps rampant Barcelona to easy victory over Alavés Barcelona returned, at least temporarily, to the summit of La Liga for the first time since October after a double from Luis Suárez helped them to an easy 6-0 thrashing of Alavés Deportivo Alavés 0-6 FC Barcelona
"11.02.2017 18:03:54" theguardian.com Anthony Martial takes his chance as Manchester United outclass Watford Goals from Anthony Martial and Juan Mata secured a comfortable 2-0 victory for Manchester United over Watford at Old Trafford Manchester United 2-0 Watford FC
"11.02.2017 17:41:27" theguardian.com Victor Valdés proved Middlesbrough's best performer in Everton draw Aitor Karanka, the Middlesbrough manager, could take some satisfaction in his team matching an in-form Everton but ultimately could not make a breakthrough in the scoreless draw Middlesbrough FC 0-0 Everton Football Club
"11.02.2017 17:25:11" theguardian.com West Brom's Gareth McAuley denies West Ham a comeback win at the last Second-half goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini seemed to have given West Ham a win despite Nacer Chadli's opener but West Brom took a 2-2 draw through Gareth McAuley West Ham United 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
"11.02.2017 17:07:29" theguardian.com Joe Allen's cool finish adds to Crystal Palace problems as Stoke City win Sam Allardyce suffers his sixth defeat in eight Premier League as Crystal Palace manager after Allen's 67th-minute goal settled a 1-0 victory for Stoke City Stoke City Football Club 1-0 Crystal Palace Football Club
"11.02.2017 17:05:33" theguardian.com Manolo Gabbiadini double helps Southampton thrash sorry Sunderland Southampton cruised to a 4-0 victory over a sorry Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring a first-half brace to put the south-coast side in control Sunderland AFC 0-4 Southampton FC
"11.02.2017 15:45:02" theguardian.com Mousse Dembélé scores hat-trick as Celtic demolish Inverness Captain Scott Brown scored as Celtic thrashed Inverness 6-0 and stayed on course for the treble Celtic FC 6-0 Inverness
"11.02.2017 14:49:51" theguardian.com Mark Warburton carries the can for deeper malaise troubling Rangers | Ewan Murray Warburton headed for the exit at Ibrox but he had to contend with financial problems, lack of boardroom support – and Celtic's crushing superiority Such a state of flux rather sums up events at Ibrox, almost five years to the day since administration sent both Rangers FC and the Scottish game into such a tailspin that neither would ever be the same again
"11.02.2017 14:46:45" theguardian.com Alexis Sánchez hands Arsenal and Arsène Wenger relief against Hull Two goals from Alexis Sánchez, the first going in off his right arm and the second a late penalty, gave Arsenal a 2-0 win against Hull City to lift the under-fire Arsène Wenger Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
"11.02.2017 11:49:08" theguardian.com Tony Pulis called Ryan Shawcross a 'loser' in voicemail, says Mark Hughes The aggravation between Stoke City and West Brom has continued following the transfer of Saido Berahino between the two clubs Tony Pulis called the Stoke City Football Club captain Ryan Shawcross a “loser” in a voicemail message following last weekend's Premier League clash between the clubs, Mark Hughes has claimed
"11.02.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview Liverpool have won once in their past 10 matches and will need to improve to pacify a Tottenham side keen to secure their strong position in the table Liverpool FC v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 10:02:42" theguardian.com Leipzig before Red Bull: a city that can claim to be the home of German football Long before Red Bull took over a fifth-tier club in Leipzig and sullied the city's reputation, it was an important place steeped in football history Long before Red Bull took over a fifth-tier club in Leipzig, it was an important place steeped in football history
"11.02.2017 10:00:05" theguardian.com Burnley v Chelsea: match preview Burnley will hope to continue their excellent run of form at Turf Moor but if Eden Hazard is at his brilliant best then Chelsea will be confident of taking three points Burnley Football Club v Chelsea Football Club: Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 09:30:00" theguardian.com West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion: match preview West Ham United will hope Andy Carroll is fit to start against West Bromwich Albion as the striker has scored four goals in his side's last four league matches West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion – Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 09:00:04" theguardian.com Sunderland v Southampton: match preview Sunderland will be aiming to make sure Southampton, desperately missing their key defender Virgil van Dijk, continue their downward spiral and help the home side to another three vital points Sunderland AFC v Southampton FC – Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 08:00:01" theguardian.com Manchester United v Watford: match preview M'Baye Niang looks like an excellent signing for Watford and the flamboyant Frenchman will surely be relishing even the slightest opportunity to upset Manchester United at Old Trafford Manchester United v Watford FC – Premier League match preview
"11.02.2017 01:00:37" theguardian.com Birmingham's Gianfranco Zola sanguine in defeat by Sheffield Wednesday Gianfranco Zola has declared himself happy with Birmingham City's performance despite their 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Friday night Sheffield Wednesday FC 3-0 Birmingham City FC
"10.02.2017 23:36:08" theguardian.com Everton's Ronald Koeman says Roberto Martínez is 'a really good talker' Ronald Koeman has described Roberto Martínez as 'a really good talker' who left him several problems to address at Everton this season Ronald Koeman had strong words for Roberto Martínez after he criticised Everton Football Club's defensive display against Bournemouth
"10.02.2017 22:53:29" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp determined to lift Liverpool out of recent freefall Jürgen Klopp has said he is responsible for Liverpool's mid-season nose-dive but is optimistic they will still gain Champions League qualification “I am the guy responsible. I don't sit at home and criticise myself and take a bath in self-pity. I did all the things I did because I thought they were right. Did I have another alternative? I'm not sure"
"10.02.2017 22:19:43" theguardian.com Confusion at Rangers as Mark Warburton denies resigning as manager Mark Warburton has denied resigning as the Rangers manager despite a statement on the club's website claiming he has stepped down Confusion reigns at Rangers FC as Mark Warburton denies resigning after an official club statement said he had stepped down
"10.02.2017 20:35:08" theguardian.com Alfie Mawson: 'I've got a ball signed by Ranieri and the Chelsea players … but my dog chewed it' Swansea's young defender on working at his dad's fruit and veg stall, scoring from set-pieces because of his 'big head' and playing like Bayern Munich under Paul Clement “My dad said to me last Sunday: 'Agüero came on against you, Alf' ... It's mad and a bit surreal. But you've got to take it in your stride. You can't give these players half a yard or they'll punish you. Because these players don't care who you are – they
"10.02.2017 20:00:00" theguardian.com Arsenal v Hull City: match preview Arsenal are suffering after two Premier League defeats in a row and will be desperate to beat Hull to avoid a catastrophic third Arsenal v Hull City – Premier League match preview
"10.02.2017 19:05:23" theguardian.com Stoke City v Crystal Palace: match preview Sam Allardyce will hope Crystal Palace can begin to rebuild their faltering season against Stoke City with a win that could see his side climb out of the relegation zone Stoke City Football Club v Crystal Palace Football Club – Premier League match preview
"10.02.2017 19:00:40" theguardian.com Barnstorming Andy Carroll finds the form to end his England exile | Barney Ronay Four years after he last played for his country, the West Ham forward's swashbuckling presence makes him an irresistible choice for Gareth Southgate "Obviously [Andy Carroll] should play for England football team. This is self-evident. Not only is he a brilliantly schooled header of the ball, he is an extreme aerial finisher generally, with the most distinctively wholehearted overhead kick in the
"10.02.2017 16:32:27" theguardian.com Claudio Bravo is 'one of best goalkeepers in the world', says Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola insists his opinion of Claudio Bravo has not changed despite dropping him from the Manchester City side, with the head coach describing the goalkeeper as “one of the best in the world” "He's a top player, a top goalkeeper. He's one of the best in the world. His long career speaks for itself" – Pep Guardiola
"10.02.2017 15:32:17" theguardian.com Liverpool Football Club ban The Sun journalists over Hillsborough coverage Liverpool Football Club have banned The Sun from its Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over the newspaper's notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed Liverpool FC have banned the Sun from its Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over the newspaper's notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster
"10.02.2017 15:15:35" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce on 7am meeting: 'We covered everything. It was nailed' The Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce, has confirmed that his squad were summoned for an early-hours talk after the 4-0 defeat by Sunderland "We covered everything we needed to cover, we spoke deeply about it" – Crystal Palace Football Club manager Sam Allardyce
"10.02.2017 14:25:30" theguardian.com José Mourinho sure Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at Manchester United José Mourinho has suggested Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have only one more year left at the highest level, with Manchester United's manager confident it will be at the Old Trafford club "I give him the possibility of an extra day off to go to Sweden, he doesn't want this ever, so I'm totally convinced he is going to stay”
"10.02.2017 13:07:18" theguardian.com Scott Hogan: former angry young man takes Vardy route to the big time Aston Villa's new £15m man got his career back on track at Stocksbridge Park Steels after being released by Rochdale and has the pace and eye for goal to reach the Premier League As Aston Villa FC's Scott Hogan would no doubt testify, it sometimes takes rejection to change the course of history
"10.02.2017 12:59:21" theguardian.com Eddie Howe makes clear desire to sign Jack Wilshere on permanent deal Eddie Howe has made clear Bournemouth's ambition to secure Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on a permanent basis but has suggested the final decision will lie with the England midfielder "I can't rate Jack any higher. We would love to sign him. But there has been no discussion with Arsenal" – Eddie Howe
"10.02.2017 12:19:05" theguardian.com Diego Maradona says new role with Fifa is 'one of the dreams of my life' Diego Maradona says he will be delighted to work with a 'clean and transparent' Fifa after agreeing to assume a role with football's world governing body "I can finally fulfil one of the dreams, to work for a clean and transparent FIFA" – Diego Maradona
"10.02.2017 11:27:43" theguardian.com N'Golo Kanté is some player, but his exit is not the only reason for Leicester's fall | Paul Wilson Leicester have lost a lot more than just a defensive midfielder. The champions have lost drive, appetite and identity and are woefully short on confidence and conviction, exactly the qualities that teams below them are beginning to show Kanté with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at Chelsea looks every bit as impressive a triumvirate as Kanté, Mahrez and Vardy last season, but can Leicester City Football Club's slide from heroes to zeroes really be the result of losing a single player?
"10.02.2017 10:08:30" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Thomas Tuchel to succeed Arsène Wenger? Chelsea's Willian to Manchester United? | Demarai Gray to join Liverpool? | David De Gea on his way to Juventus? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Arsenal to lineup Thomas Tuchel as manager?
• David De Gea to leave Manchester United?
• And Liverpool FC to make a move for Demarai Gray?
"10.02.2017 00:02:05" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend A crunch date at Anfield, a crunch date at the Emirates and … oh, a crunch date at the Liberty Stadium. Plus Palace looking for a reaction and much more "During a Liverpool-Tottenham match at Anfield in May 2011 a man stripped off all his clothes – except his shoes and socks, because that would have been indecent – and ran out to frolic on the pitch. He was having a merry old time of it until Martin
"09.02.2017 22:48:26" theguardian.com Mauricio Pochettino delighted with added value from his Tottenham squad The Spurs manager has said he will head to Liverpool on Saturday emphasising the importance of his fit and firing 25-man squad "Sometimes you win games because the performance of the player that replaces your number one is good, and in 10 minutes changes the game, and you can win."
"09.02.2017 20:33:18" theguardian.com Parliament's 17-vote censure for FA is more a whimper than a roar | David Conn A threadbare attendance rather undermined parliament's vote of no confidence in the FA, and the wait for more meaningful and radical change is likely to continue "It was almost as if parliament has much more pressing and significant issues to consider just now, maybe even national and international crises of politicians' own making, than a session lecturing the FA on the precise ideal constitution of its board and
"09.02.2017 18:32:17" theguardian.com FA receives vote of no confidence from MPs over ability to reform The Football Association has received a vote of no confidence from MPs, amid calls for the government to introduce laws to force it to reform The FA has received a vote of no confidence from MPs
"09.02.2017 16:54:46" theguardian.com Gary Lineker hits back at Daily Mail over tax accusation Former England striker says he pays his taxes in full, will not be bullied and will continue to speak up for refugees "I have always paid my taxes on time and in full. The Daily Mail continues its vendetta against me because they don't agree with my views" – Gary Lineker
"09.02.2017 16:01:02" theguardian.com Manchester United's debt soars by £87m after Brexit impact on the pound Manchester United are on track to achieve record revenues this season, although their net debt has increased by 27.1% due to the post-Brexit collapse of the pound Manchester United's net debt has increased by 27.1% due to the post-Brexit collapse of the pound
"09.02.2017 14:44:00" theguardian.com Want to watch a new league? Try Mexico's popular and exciting Liga MX Liga MX is the best attended league outside of Europe; there are two champions every year; every game counts; and tickets are as cheap as £2. What's not to like? Liga MX is the best attended league outside of Europe; there are two champions every year; every game counts; and tickets are as cheap as £2. What's not to like?
"09.02.2017 13:45:01" theguardian.com English football's overseas arrivals who began with a bang After the 19-year-old Brazilian's stunning start for Manchester City, we pick out other overseas signings who stormed into the English game and find that a fast start does not necessarily lead to sustained success Gabriel Jesus scored on his full Premier League debut and picked up two more goals on Sunday against Swansea City but a fast start does not necessarily lead to sustained success
"09.02.2017 12:33:25" theguardian.com Golden Goal: Alan Smith for Arsenal v Liverpool, 1989 The Arsenal forward's header was inevitably overshadowed by Michael Thomas's title-winner, but you can't get the second without scoring the first Everyone remembers the goal Michael Thomas scored to win the title for Arsenal against Liverpool FC, but you can't get the second without scoring the first
"09.02.2017 11:19:19" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger calls for Arsenal fans' backing against Hull Arsène Wenger has called for unity after Arsenal's dismal week in the Premier League, insisting it 'doesn't make sense' for fans to turn against the team Arsène Wenger has told Arsenal fans that it "doesn't make sense" for them to turn against the team
"09.02.2017 10:14:46" theguardian.com Steve McClaren questions FA Cup replays after Derby lose at Leicester Steve McClaren called on the Football Association to consider abolishing replays after Leicester's extra-time win over Derby followed the managers making 18 changes between them Is it time to scrap FA Cup replays?
"09.02.2017 09:26:42" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to battle Liverpool for Joe Hart? Real Madrid to pick one of Thibaut Courtois or David de Gea? | Massimiliano Allegri to replace Arsène Wenger at Arsenal? Virgil van Dijk to stay at Southampton? Arsenal and Liverpool FC are interested in England football team's No1
"08.02.2017 23:42:03" theguardian.com Dejan Lovren: 'I know what refugees are going through – give them a chance' In a new documentary, the Liverpool defender opens up about being forced out of his childhood home during the Balkans conflict, losing a member of his family and then being asked to leave Germany and settle in Croatia Dejan Lovren: "I hope for the next generation that it'll be much easier, for my daughter and my son, maybe they'll forget it and move on. I don't know if they'll ever understand my life or my situation, what I've been through, because they live in totally
"08.02.2017 22:34:22" theguardian.com Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray steer Leicester through against Derby Claudio Ranieri's much-changed team were taken the distance by a weakened Derby County side but eventually found a way through to the fifth round Leicester City Football Club 3-1 Derby County (aet)
"08.02.2017 21:59:32" theguardian.com Vincent Janssen needs a jolt of confidence to trigger his Spurs revival | David Hytner Vincent Janssen has failed to make an impact at Tottenham but both his current and former coaches believe he has the application and workrate to turn his fortunes round Janssen's confidence looks shot. Although his general play has sometimes been good, he has taken the safe option too regularly in the attacking third, the surest sign of a loss of self-belief. He continues to be dogged by the question of whether his lack
"08.02.2017 17:53:42" theguardian.com Adam Lallana says lack of 'winning' experience has hurt Liverpool's title bid Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes the lack of title race experience in the squad has cost them over the last month as they have fallen 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea “Milly [James Milner] is probably the only one in our group who has that type of experience because it only comes from winning silverware like he did at Manchester City. Myself and the other players haven't won titles or loads of cups so we need to learn
"08.02.2017 15:35:57" theguardian.com Dan Westwood, the Wolverhampton Sporting striker with 101 goals in 72 games Premier League clubs are circling around the former Port Vale and Burton Albion striker with a scoring record like something from a computer game Dan Westwood is a schoolteacher from Wolverhampton. He is also one of the most prolific goalscorers in English football
"08.02.2017 14:21:03" theguardian.com How to win the Premier League: steamroller everyone outside the top six Chelsea's nine-point lead was not built on victories against their closest rivals – but on their record of only dropping two points against the bottom 15 clubs Chelsea Football Club have lost to three of their title rivals this season – but they have only dropped two points against the bottom 15 clubs
"08.02.2017 11:45:09" Can you name these young goalscorers?
"08.02.2017 11:08:00" theguardian.com Relegation would not taint Leicester's title win. it would add to the legend The Premier League triumph of Claudio Ranieri's side is the greatest sporting story ever told. Going down would put the finishing touches on a three-season act of narrative purity, unlikely ever to be repeated Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest sporting story ever told. Going down would put the finishing touches on a three-season act of narrative purity
"08.02.2017 10:13:49" theguardian.com Which teams have had the most hat-trick scorers in a season? Plus: lower-league foreign title-winning managers, the bumper DFB Pokal, more fallen club champions and statues Arsenal have had four different hat-trick scorers already this season: Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Pérez and Theo Walcott. But they don't have the record...
"08.02.2017 09:00:37" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Arsenal's Sánchez, Özil and Wenger to PSG? Joe Hart to join Liverpool? | Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea? | Yannick Carrasco to Arsenal? | Daniel Sturridge to West Ham? Wednesday's transfer rumours:
• Arsenal trio to join PSG - Paris Saint-Germain?
• Joe Hart replacing Simon Mignolet at Liverpool FC?
• West Ham United in for Daniel Sturridge?
"08.02.2017 08:35:56" theguardian.com Greg Clarke pledges to step down if minister rejects FA reform plans Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, has said he will resign if he cannot win the sports minister Tracey Crouch's backing for the governing body's restructuring plans FA chairman Greg Clarke is prepared to step down after just five months if he cannot convince sports minister Tracey Crouch that football's governing body can reform itself
"07.02.2017 23:35:47" theguardian.com Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich captain, to retire from playing at end of season Philipp Lahm has brought forward his retirement plans and will leave the game at the end of the current season, but said: 'this is not the best time for me' to take up Bayern's vacant sporting director position “I will stop playing at the end of the season. My leadership style is in the way I give my best every day, in every training session and every match. I believe I can do this until the end of the season but not beyond then” – Philip Lahm tells FC Bayern
"07.02.2017 23:10:33" theguardian.com Luis Suárez sent off as nine-man Barcelona edge out Atlético Madrid The former Liverpool striker Luis Suárez will miss the Copa del Rey final after scoring against Atlético Madrid and then seeing red with Barcelona, who now meet Alaves or Celta Vigo Luis Suárez was sent off as nine-man FC Barcelona edge past Atlético de Madrid in fiery Copa del Rey semi-final
"07.02.2017 20:16:17" theguardian.com Darren Bent: 'I was pleased with how I measured up against Jamie Vardy' Derby County's FA Cup draw with Leicester City has given the 33-year-old Darren Bent reassurance on the eve of the replay that he can 'still do it' in the Premier League “All week in the build-up to Leicester, and apart from my dad I haven't said this to anyone else, I thought about Jamie Vardy being at one end of the pitch and me at the other. After what he did last season I wanted to see how we measured up, how far
"07.02.2017 16:42:14" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Kevin-Prince Boateng Las Palmas's former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder talks about fighting racism, talking at the UN and waking up one day 'looking like 50 Cent: that's not me' "You try to buy happiness. I couldn't play football so I buy a Lamborghini. Wow, you're happy for a week. After that you don't even use it. Who drives around Loughton in a Lamborghini? I still have a picture: three cars, big house, I'm standing there like
"07.02.2017 15:52:29" theguardian.com Huddersfield ban man indefinitely after Turkey flag incident against Leeds Huddersfield Town said a 59-year-old man has been banned from the John Smith's Stadium 'indefinitely' after he unfurled a Turkey flag during Sunday's win over Leeds Huddersfield Town have banned a man from their ground indefinitely after he unfurled a Turkey flag at their match against Leeds, appearing to mock the stabbing of two Leeds fans who died before a match against Galatasaray in Istanbul in 2000
"07.02.2017 15:04:28" theguardian.com Southampton to sign former Juventus defender Martín Cáceres Southampton expect to complete the signing of Martín Cáceres on a deal until the end of the season Southampton FC are confident they will sign former FC Barcelona and Juventus defender Martín Cáceres in the next few days
"07.02.2017 13:43:40" theguardian.com Leicester City offer 'unwavering support' to Claudio Ranieri Leicester City have expressed their 'unwavering support' for under pressure manager Claudio Ranieri, following the champions' dreadful league form Leicester City have given Claudio Ranieri a vote of confidence
"07.02.2017 13:00:15" theguardian.com David Squires on Frank Lampard's career Our cartoonist David Squires reflects on the retirement of Frank Lampard, plus another thing or three A tribute to Frank "Frankie" "Lamps" Lampard
"07.02.2017 12:15:00" theguardian.com The rise and fall of Leicester City is a parable for troubled times Last season's fairytale Premier League champions have fallen apart, while Donald Trump's favourites, the New England Patriots, have won the Super Bowl again … It's still a Cinderella story, just a version where Prince Charming ends up killing and eating Cinderella at quarter past midnight
"07.02.2017 11:24:46" theguardian.com The fan who supported both Bristol clubs for 60 years Matty Taylor has upset some Bristol Rovers fans by signing for Bristol City. The move wouldn't have bothered Matt Nation's dad, who used to watch them both Matty Taylor has upset some Bristol Rovers fans by signing for Bristol City FC. The move wouldn't have bothered this fan, who spent a lifetime watching both clubs
"07.02.2017 10:23:40" theguardian.com Nieciecza, the village team challenging for the title in Poland A club from a village of 700 people is causing a stir in the Polish top flight thanks to an ambitious owner, drones and a strong female presence A club from a village of 700 people is causing a stir in the Polish league thanks to an ambitious owner, drones and a strong woman
"07.02.2017 08:31:55" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Inter or PSG to sign Agüero? Yakubu to Coventry? Pierre-Émerick Aubameyang to replace Sergio Agüero? Antonio Conte to leave Chelsea for Internazionale? And Georgios Samaras to Zaragoza? Today's Rumour Mill:
• F.C. Internazionale Milano to battle it out for Agüero?
• Marco Asensio to Manchester United?
• And Hull's Andrew Robertson to join Liverpool FC?
"06.02.2017 22:49:57" theguardian.com Juan Cuadrado gets his groove back as Juventus dance past Internazionale | Paolo Bandini The Colombian winger continued his knack for scoring at the right time for Juventus, with his first league goal for nine months earning victory over in-form Inter Juan Cuadrado had claimed that half the fun of scoring is the celebration, and threw a few shapes after firing a brilliant Juventus winner against F.C. Internazionale Milano
"06.02.2017 21:25:16" theguardian.com Fear and loathing at Selhurst Park: new boys must shock Crystal Palace to life | Dominic Fifield After 14 months of failure in front of their home fans, Sam Allardyce has to throw his signings in at the deep end to have any chance of staving off relegation Crystal Palace Football Club players spent Sunday revisiting their 4-0 home defeat to Sunderland in a desperate bid to shock the team out of relegation form
"06.02.2017 19:46:27" theguardian.com Pep Guardiola's ruthless past shows Sergio Agüero exit is not impossible | Daniel Taylor The Manchester City manager turfed Samuel Eto'o out of Barcelona because of a gut feeling and doesn't care if those he disappoints are the biggest names Could Sergio Aguero, scorer of the most precious goal in Manchester City history, really be heading for the exit door?
"06.02.2017 17:59:52" theguardian.com Antonio Conte says 'blind faith' in his methods is driving Chelsea title charge Chelsea's Antonio Conte says his uncompromising approach has transformed his team from an 'ugly duckling into a swan' “Those who are out in front must not falter. It sends a message to those who are following, an increasingly loud message" - Antonio Conte
"06.02.2017 16:05:40" theguardian.com Dortmund v Leipzig: the Bundesliga's newest grudge match You won't convince many BVB fans that Leipzig are good for football but on a tempestuous night at the Westfalenstadion they were good for their team You won't convince many Borussia Dortmund fans that RB Leipzig are good for football but on a tempestuous night at the Westfalenstadion they were good for Dortmund
"06.02.2017 14:15:16" theguardian.com Afcon 2017: the highs and lows from the tournament From the standout match, player and goal through to personal highlights, disappointments and more, here is the verdict on the contest in Gabon Our writers' favourite matches, players, goals and moments from the Africa Cup of Nations
"06.02.2017 13:12:08" theguardian.com Falcao's brace against Nice puts Monaco in Ligue 1 driving seat Radamel Falcao was written off after disappointing loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea but he has been a revelation for Monaco this season Falcao was written off after disappointing loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea Football Club but he has been a revelation for AS MONACO this season
"06.02.2017 12:29:42" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp searches for solution to halt Liverpool's dismal rut Liverpool have won once so far in 2017 – against League Two Plymouth – leaving Klopp looking for answers to their lack of energy and defensive frailties Liverpool FC have won once so far in 2017 – against League Two Plymouth at the second attempt. What is the answer for Jürgen Klopp?
"06.02.2017 10:42:55" theguardian.com Afcon 2017: Cameroon win final with late goal against Egypt Vincent Aboubakar scored a goal worthy of the occasion to seal 2-1 victory for Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Egypt Cameroon are the champions of Africa
"06.02.2017 09:58:40" theguardian.com Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel warns of relegation after 'unacceptable' defeat Kasper Schmeichel said Leicester's predicament is embarrassing after their 3-0 defeat by Manchester United left them one point above the relegation zone 'It has been terrible, embarrassing. It is time for each one of us – from the top to the bottom of this club – to stand up and be counted. If we don't, we will be relegated'
"06.02.2017 09:09:02" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action No team has the means to stop Chelsea's title charge, Claudio Ranieri's position is increasingly perilous, and where would Everton be without Romelu Lukaku? The final word on the weekend's Premier League action
"06.02.2017 08:51:21" theguardian.com Sam Allardyce calls Crystal Palace players in early after chairman's speech Sam Allardyce said 'fear overtook' his Crystal Palace team during their 4-0 defeat by Sunderland after his chairman, Steve Parish, gave an impassioned speech in the dressing room Crystal Palace Football Club chairman Steve Parish visited the home dressing room at Selhurst Park to address the club's under-achieving players after the side's latest crushing defeat, by Sunderland, with Sam Allardyce instructing his squad to report to
"05.02.2017 20:24:12" theguardian.com Rudderless Leicester kindle serious doubts over Claudio Ranieri's future Claudio Ranieri is the bookmakers' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after Leicester's fourth Premier League defeat in a row The key question is whether Leicester City Football Club's owners will stick or twist
"05.02.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Manchester United show ruthless streak to pile pressure on Leicester and Ranieri Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata scored the goals to give Manchester United a 3-0 win over Leicester City Leicester City Football Club 0-3 Manchester United
"05.02.2017 18:11:29" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero admits he could leave Manchester City in the summer Sergio Agüero has admitted that he could leave Manchester City in the summer after being left out for new signing Gabriel Jesus in the win over Swansea City “No, no I don't want to leave. I have to help the team as much as I can in these three months. Afterwards we'll see what the club wants to do with me" – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero
"05.02.2017 15:41:12" theguardian.com Gabriel Jesus at the double as Manchester City leave it late to beat Swansea Gabriel Jesus scored a 92nd-minute winner to deny Swansea City after Gylfi Sigurdsson's equaliser had given the Swans hope of a point Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City Football Club
"05.02.2017 14:25:01" theguardian.com Huddersfield edge Leeds but brawl and red cards overshadow Hefele's winner Passions boiled over at the John Smith's Stadium after Michael Hefele's scruffy late winner propelled Huddersfield above Leeds in the Championship play-off standings Huddersfield Town 2-1 Leeds United
"05.02.2017 13:50:19" theguardian.com Arsenal surprise element thwarted as Chelsea system drags them out of shape | Michael Cox Arsène Wenger elected to play a 4-3-3 but Antonio Conte's side essentially attack with five players and this was underlined by the Premier League leaders' first goal With Arsenal 12 points behind Chelsea Football Club, their title chances are effectively over
"05.02.2017 10:47:16" theguardian.com Juventus v Inter: how two penalty calls in one minute inflamed a rivalry Juventus had Zidane and Del Piero, while Inter had Ronaldo and Djorkaeff – but the referee proved decisive when they played off for the Serie A title in April 1998 Juventus had Zidane and Del Piero, while F.C. Internazionale Milano had Ronaldo and Djorkaeff – but the referee proved decisive when they played off for the Serie A title in April 1998
"05.02.2017 00:37:57" theguardian.com Bayern Munich winning run ended by Schalke but lead over RB Leipzig grows Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke, while RB Leipzig lost 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga roundup: FC Bayern München were held by FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund defeated RB Leipzig
"04.02.2017 22:51:13" theguardian.com Gabriel Jesus affirms Pep Guardiola's faith in his Manchester City vision Gabriel Jesus's strength and movement up front are enabling Manchester City to play the sort of football that made their manager, Pep Guardiola, famous in the first place Gabriel Jesus has made an immediate impact at Manchester City
"04.02.2017 21:05:10" theguardian.com Matt Ritchie secures win over Derby to send Newcastle top of the table Matt Ritchie scored the only goal against Derby County at St James' Park as Newcastle United took the Championship lead Newcastle United 1-0 Derby County
"04.02.2017 20:55:33" theguardian.com Leicester are showing all the symptoms of Cityitis | Daniel Taylor How did the team who eased to the league title return to the relegation quicksands so soon? How have last season's champions Leicester City Football Club ended up in a relegation battle?
"04.02.2017 20:42:06" theguardian.com Tottenham's Harry Kane scores penalty to break Middlesbrough resistance Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot after Son Heung-min had been tripped in the box to earn Tottenham a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
"04.02.2017 20:30:00" theguardian.com James Morrison strikes early to give West Bromwich Albion win over Stoke James Morrison scored the only goal to give West Brom a 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saido Berahino's return to The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke City Football Club
"04.02.2017 19:10:01" theguardian.com Watford delight after new boy M'Baye Niang scores in win over Burnley M'Baye Niang and Troy Deeney both scored headers to give Watford a 2-1 home victory over 10-man Burnley – their second win in four days Watford FC 2-1 Burnley Football Club
"04.02.2017 18:22:57" theguardian.com Arsenal fans endure another flatlining day at fluid Chelsea | Jacob Steinberg Tweaks here and some fine-tuning there make no difference as Arsène Wenger's men show at Stamford Bridge how they flatter only to deceive Examining the pattern of underachievement, there is one constant. It is Arsène Wenger who sets the tone at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger whose word is law and Arsène Wenger who has overseen 13 years of flattering to deceive
"04.02.2017 17:49:15" theguardian.com Andy Carroll inspires West Ham fightback to stun Southampton Andy Carroll's rapid equaliser set West Ham United on their way to a 3-1 win after Saints' new striker Manolo Gabbiadini opened the scoring Southampton FC 1-3 West Ham United
"04.02.2017 17:30:58" theguardian.com Sunderland's Jermain Defoe heaps misery on Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce's Crystal Palace conceded three goals in six minutes just before half-time, two of them scored by Jermain Defoe, as Sunderland won 4-0 Crystal Palace Football Club 0-4 Sunderland AFC
"04.02.2017 17:26:11" theguardian.com Romelu Lukaku hits four as Everton see off brave Bournemouth fightback Bournemouth fought hard at Goodison Park after Everton raced into a three-goal lead, but Romelu Lukaku eventually hit four goals to seal a 6-3 win for the hosts Everton Football Club 6-3 AFC Bournemouth
"04.02.2017 17:19:00" theguardian.com Hull City shatter Liverpool's title hopes as Oumar Niasse seals shock win Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse scored in each half as lowly Hull City stunned Liverpool 2-0 at the KCom Stadium Hull City 2-0 Liverpool FC
"04.02.2017 15:54:58" theguardian.com Héctor Cúper's sense of adventure takes Egypt to Africa Cup of Nations final The much-travelled coach has revived both his reputation and Egypt's fortunes by inspiring an unexpected run to the Afcon final against Cameroon “Fundamentally, what I like is to train. Football gives me life, oxygen; it always moves me, motivates me. But I needed a shock, a jolt: a big objective, a World Cup, a real competition. I found that here"
"04.02.2017 14:48:13" theguardian.com Eden Hazard mesmerises Arsenal to tighten Chelsea's Premier League grip Eden Hazard's wonderful run and finish followed Marcos Alonso's early header before Cesc Fàbregas wrapped up a 3-1 win for the league leaders, Chelsea, over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge Chelsea Football Club 3-1 Arsenal
"04.02.2017 10:17:35" theguardian.com Will deadline day signings be key for Palace, Hull, Southampton and Leicester? From Luka Milivojevic to Andrea Ranocchia, the 31 January deals may play a part in how these Premier League teams shape up for the rest of the season Better late than never? The Premier League deadline day signings that might make or break a season
"03.02.2017 23:57:41" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri faces growing unrest among Leicester players and staff There is growing unrest among Leicester City's players and staff about the team's predicament and Claudio Ranieri's management style in the face of a crisis Nine months on from one of the greatest miracles in sporting history, Claudio Ranieri is facing a crisis at Leicester.
"03.02.2017 22:35:35" theguardian.com Manchester United players have been slow off the mark, José Mourinho says José Mourinho has admitted some Manchester United players have taken longer to emerge from their comfort zone than he expected when he was appointed manager "Play to win, responsibility to win, cope with the pressure to win. This is something that has to belong to your natural habitat. For some guys it doesn't."
"03.02.2017 20:46:45" theguardian.com José Fonte's swift return with West Ham to St Mary's to provoke mixed response José Fonte's swift return with West Ham to Southampton will get a frosty reception in some quarters but not as fierce as Saido Berahino's with Stoke City to West Bromwich Albion "There's obviously no doubt that he was a superb player for us but the manner of his departure seems to have put a lot of people's noses out of joint. As a result I suspect the reception he will get will be quite frosty, though I kind of hope it isn't."
"03.02.2017 19:21:06" theguardian.com Rafa Benítez's concerns give Steve McClaren sense of deja vu at Newcastle The Derby manager returns to St James' Park to find his successor experiencing a number of the problems he did despite their lofty position in the Championship "Newcastle's is a big shirt to wear and players need a certain mentality, a certain personality, to handle it. But going there is also a big test of character for us. To play in such a big stadium in front of a huge crowd is a great challenge" –Steve
"03.02.2017 18:15:00" theguardian.com Everton have improved because of player departures, says Ronald Koeman Ronald Koeman has said Everton emerged from the January transfer window with a smaller but stronger squad that can fulfil the ambition of qualifying for Europe this season “We have a smaller squad but enough numbers to have competition. There is a different spirit now because all the players have opportunities to play. It is good for team spirit that everybody is involved" – Ronald Koeman on Everton Football Club
"03.02.2017 17:32:10" Happy Friday. Enjoy the football this weekend
"03.02.2017 16:39:00" theguardian.com MPs to consider vote of no confidence in 'outdated' FA MPs are to debate a vote of no confidence in the Football Association amid calls to reform its structure MPs will debate a vote of no confidence in the FA next week
"03.02.2017 15:32:45" theguardian.com Antonio Conte tells Chelsea title race is not over and chasing pack pose threat Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea players the Premier League title is not theirs to celebrate yet as his side seek to extend their lead at the top with victory against Arsenal "There are 15 games to play and a lot of great teams just behind us”
"03.02.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com How Marco Silva improved a dysfunctional Hull City team Marco Silva has followed his successful blueprint from time in Portugal and Greece as Hull prepare to take on Liverpool Marco Silva has given his players a lot of information and no days off – and it is working
"03.02.2017 12:25:01" theguardian.com Deadline Day is becoming a non-event despite Sky's best efforts What stood out when the transfer window closed was the paucity of eye-catching business and how action on the field took precedence If no one was listening when the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night, did it make a sound?
"03.02.2017 10:16:40" theguardian.com Saido Berahino served eight-week ban, Mark Hughes confirms Striker Saido Berahino served an eight-week suspension for 'an FA disciplinary matter' the Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed Saido Berahino served an eight-week suspension while at West Brom – reportedly for testing positive for a recreational drug
"03.02.2017 09:37:48" theguardian.com Aitor Karanka says the challenge, not the money, keeps him on Teesside Middlesbrough's manager talks of rumours, frustrations and missing out on his top transfer targets but insists his life in the north-east is 'a bed of roses' and that he loves the 'amazing challenge' of staying in the Premier League Middlesbrough FC manager Aitor Karanka:
'I'm a man who, if I want to be sacked, I don't need to be sacked. I will just say goodbye and go. I don't need the money and I don't need to take training every day. I'm here because I want to be here and the day
"03.02.2017 01:19:35" theguardian.com Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Southampton can get Manolo Gabbiadini up to speed, Leicester are desperate for goals, and would Arsenal beating Chelsea really reignite their title tilt? Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
"03.02.2017 00:06:18" theguardian.com Sergio Agüero's agent says striker intent on staying at Manchester City Sergio Agüero is intent on being at Manchester City next season and is willing to compete with Gabriel Jesus for a starting berth, according to his agent “Yes, he is very, very happy – he will be there next season”
"02.02.2017 22:46:04" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp admits he was lucky to avoid sanction over outburst Jürgen Klopp has said he was fortunate to avoid sanction for his outburst at a fourth official and that it is hard for all Premier League managers – José Mourinho included – to switch off their emotions “Behind a manager is still a human being and we are all weak in parts”
"02.02.2017 21:52:12" theguardian.com Cameroon beat Ghana to earn place in Africa Cup of Nations final Cameroon, with second-half goals from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog, beat Ghana 2-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final CAF / Africa Cup of Nations semi-final: Cameroon 2-0 Ghana
"02.02.2017 19:15:01" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp admits he was lucky to avoid sanction over outburst Jürgen Klopp has said he was fortunate to avoid sanction for his outburst at a fourth official and that it is hard for all Premier League managers – José Mourinho included – to switch off their emotions Jürgen Klopp says he has “no idea” why José Mourinho keeps talking about him
"02.02.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com Cameroon bid to become giants of Africa once more Hugo Broos, who became Cameroon manager after seeing the role advertised online, has catapulted the country into the Afcon semi-finals by instilling a new mentality Hugo Broos became Cameroon manager after seeing the role advertised online. Tonight he leads them out in an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Ghana
"02.02.2017 17:11:06" theguardian.com Saido Berahino's sorry saga at West Brom is over … almost The completion of Berahino's move came as a relief to all involved but as he seeks a fresh start at Stoke, his first away match happens to be back at the Hawthorns Saido Berahino has finally left West Brom and joined Stoke City – who happen to be playing away at West Brom this weekend
"02.02.2017 16:08:07" theguardian.com David White says he was 'petrified to spill the beans' over football sexual abuse The former England and Manchester City player David White has talked about football operating in a 'climate of fear, secrecy and ignorance' during the years when he was sexually abused David White, the one-time England international, has talked about football operating in a “climate of fear, secrecy and ignorance” during the years when he was sexually abused and confessed that he dreads to think how many other boys suffered alone
"02.02.2017 15:21:00" theguardian.com Arsenal stuck in self-defeating cycle as they head for Chelsea showdown The damaging defeat by Watford has raised familiar concerns about the capability of Arsène Wenger's Arsenal to maintain a sustained title challenge when the pressure is really on Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in September and then faltered. Arsène Wenger could really do with another great day when the teams meet again on Saturday morning. But even then, the bigger test would be for his team to go on without another ill‑timed falter
"02.02.2017 13:32:19" theguardian.com The Premier League clubs who are too reliant on one player for goals Jermain Defoe has either scored or set up 70% of Sunderland's goals this season, but he is not the only player carrying his team Jermain Defoe has either scored or set up 70% of Sunderland AFC's goals this season, but he is not the only player carrying his team
"02.02.2017 11:36:12" theguardian.com Frank Lampard retires from professional football Former West Ham, Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football "After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer" – Frank Lampard
"02.02.2017 10:25:08" theguardian.com The life of a football coach in China After impressing in Taiwan and the Philippines, Matt Ward moved to Shanghai Shenxin, where he gained 'all the experience you need to deal with anything' "A bit of time in the Chinese leagues and you'll have all the experience you need to deal with anything, that's for sure"
"02.02.2017 09:16:16" Mourinho: I am treated differently to other managers Manchester United manager José Mourinho after their 0-0 draw with Hull City:
"The rules for me are different. I am different in everything. I watch my team play in a hotel, I was forbidden to go to the stadium. My assistant had a six-match stadium ban
"02.02.2017 00:21:44" theguardian.com Manchester United close in on £85m Antoine Griezmann deal, say reports Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, with the forward to join in the summer window, according to reports in France Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Atlético de Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, with the forward to join in the summer window, according to reports in France
"01.02.2017 23:56:19" Timeline Photos Who knows where Mike Ashley's failure to trust Rafael Benítez's judgement during the January transfer window might leave Newcastle United in May but Ciaran Clark's last-gasp own goal suggested three nervous months lie in store for a presently wobbly side
"01.02.2017 22:59:53" theguardian.com Lionel Messi gives Barcelona edge over Atlético Madrid in Copa del Rey Goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final Atlético de Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona – Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg report
"01.02.2017 22:49:15" theguardian.com Veteran keeper El Hadary the shootout hero as Egypt reach Afcon final The 44-year-old goalkeeper saved two kicks as Egypt beat Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final Veteran keeper El Hadary the shootout hero as Egypt national football team beat Equipe du Burkina Faso de football to reach the CAF / Africa Cup of Nations final
"01.02.2017 22:14:12" theguardian.com Manchester United fall short of José Mourinho's demands in goalless draw Manchester United recall the uninspiring performances under Louis van Gaal as struggling Hull City hold them to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford Manchester United 0-0 Hull City
"01.02.2017 21:50:55" theguardian.com Gabriel Jesus off the mark as Manchester City rout West Ham again Gabriel Jesus scored his first Manchester City goal as they romped to a 4-0 win at West Ham West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City
"01.02.2017 17:24:01" theguardian.com Anthony Stokes avoids jail after headbutting Elvis impersonator Dublin's circuit criminal court heard that the victim suffered a broken nose and two broken teeth in the nightclub incident involving the Blackburn Rovers striker Blackburn Rovers striker Anthony Stokes has avoided jail for headbutting an Elvis impersonator in a nightclub. Yes, really
"01.02.2017 16:36:37" theguardian.com Antonio Conte changes tack against Liverpool as Chelsea eye title Liverpool played with renewed intensity at Anfield but their visitors unveiled a more vigilant blueprint, which could well be put to use once more against Arsenal on Saturday This was the first time Antonio Conte has genuinely played for a point at Chelsea. They have tended to play positive, attacking football but this was something different entirely: a more cautious, professional, more classically Italian strategy
"01.02.2017 15:12:14" theguardian.com Hull City: unrest and disillusionment in an age of success To have generated unrest and disillusionment among many fans seems all the more unnecessary given the Allams' tenure has been the most successful in the club's history Assem Allam said he would sell Hull City "within 24 hours" if he was not allowed to change the club's name. More than 1,000 days on his son remains in charge and the damage has not been healed
"01.02.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Claudio Ranieri is persisting with a system that is no longer working Jamie Vardy's running off the ball, Riyad Mahrez's dribbling and perhaps even the manager's decision-making have been nowhere near good enough this season – and time is running out Leicester are preparing for a knockout tie in the Champions League – and a relegation battle in the Premier League
"01.02.2017 13:00:00" theguardian.com Premier League clubs make transfer window profit for first time The spending by top-flight clubs reached a six-year high at £215m as they brought in £40m more than they paid out during January Premier League clubs made a £40m profit in the January transfer window
"01.02.2017 12:15:01" theguardian.com Which champions have suffered the biggest fall from grace? Plus: the most consistently inconsistent teams, players wearing No99 and more streets named after footballers Don't worry Leicester City Football Club. You're not alone
"01.02.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com Liverpool fightback gives Jürgen Klopp a lift but title race looks run Liverpool benefited from returning players, spirit and verve against Chelsea but the visitors' Premier League-winning credentials still shone through Are Liverpool FC out of the title race?
"01.02.2017 10:45:00" theguardian.com Transfer window: every deal in Europe's top five leagues Every deal in the top five leagues in Europe – Spain, England, France, Germany and Italy – as they happen. And sign up for updates on your team £651,210,639 was spent on 544 players. Here are the details
"01.02.2017 10:04:24" theguardian.com January transfer window: Premier League ins and outs A club-by-club guide to the signings made in the English top flight and a brief summary of who has left on loan or permanently and where they have gone A club-by-club guide to the January sales
"01.02.2017 09:29:58" theguardian.com Egypt's Ahmed Elmohamady: 'After all that's happened, fans want to celebrate' The Hull City wing-back was part of the side that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 and with a semi-final against Burkina Faso looming, hopes for more success are high after years of upheaval in Egypt coincided with the team's fall from grace 'For the country and fans in Egypt it's going to be a massive thing. After all that's happened in the last few years back home, in football and everything else, these fans want to celebrate again. So we're looking forward to going through the semi-final,
"01.02.2017 08:43:09" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Wayne Rooney to reject China move? Chelsea keen on Antonio Candreva? | Nani wanted by Hull? | And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Wayne Rooney to reject China move?
• Antonio Candreva to join Chelsea Football Club?
• And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wanted by Real Madrid C.F.?
"31.01.2017 23:55:00" theguardian.com Aitor Karanka left frustrated as Middlesbrough and West Brom share points Aitor Karanka was left frustrated as Middlesbrough's attacking woes continued in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough FC 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
"31.01.2017 23:39:17" theguardian.com Southampton complete £15m signing of Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini Southampton have completed the signing of the Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli for a fee of around £15m after rejecting interest from West Bromwich Albion in Jay Rodriguez Southampton FC have signed Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli and are set to keep hold of Jay Rodriguez
"31.01.2017 23:00:21" theguardian.com Sam Vokes pounces late as buoyant Burnley beat Leicester City Sam Vokes' 87th-minute strike was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Burnley over Leicester City at Turf Moor Burnley Football Club 1-0 Leicester City Football Club
"31.01.2017 22:36:03" theguardian.com Victor Wanyama wastes rare chance as Sunderland frustrate Tottenham Sunderland succeeded in frustrating Tottenham Hotspur in a 0-0 draw that does little for either side's Premier League ambitions Sunderland AFC 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
"31.01.2017 22:30:00" theguardian.com Gylfi Sigurdsson sinks Southampton and keeps Swansea looking up Gylfi Sigurdsson's 70th-minute goal ensured Swansea continued their recent improvement with a 2-1 win over Southampton Swansea City Football Club 2-1 Southampton FC
"31.01.2017 22:09:51" theguardian.com Liverpool's Simon Mignolet saves penalty to gain point against Chelsea Simon Mignolet made up for his earlier error with a penalty save to give Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea Liverpool FC 1-1 Chelsea Football Club
"31.01.2017 21:57:10" theguardian.com Troy Deeney scores Watford winner as Arsenal title hopes fade Younès Kaboul and Troy Deeney scored the goals that gave Watford their first league win in eight games, beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Arsenal 1-2 Watford FC
"31.01.2017 21:47:50" theguardian.com Dann and Benteke strike for Palace to seal crucial victory over Bournemouth Scott Dann scored the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace overcame Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace Football Club
"31.01.2017 19:14:50" theguardian.com Liverpool v Chelsea: Premier League – live! Minute-by-minute report: Will Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool arrest their poor run when they take on the table-toppers? Join Barry Glendenning Liverpool FC v Chelsea Football Club – follow it live with our minute-by-minute coverage
"31.01.2017 17:50:51" theguardian.com January transfer window: every deal Every deal in the top five leagues in Europe – Spain, England, France, Germany and Italy – as they happen. And sign up for updates on your team Your one-stop shop for transfers in Europe's top five leagues
"31.01.2017 15:29:07" theguardian.com Wayne Rooney will not be allowed to leave Manchester United this season The Manchester United forward's future has long been under scrutiny but he will remain at Old Trafford until at least the summer Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young are staying at Manchester United
"31.01.2017 14:54:03" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool can bounce back and revive their season The Liverpool manager said the season is far from over, despite three home defeats in a week, as his side prepare to play league leaders Chelsea on Tuesday “We cannot waste time or points any more," says Jürgen Klopp as Liverpool FC prepare to face Chelsea Football Club
"31.01.2017 13:28:52" Ever imagined what the transfer window would look like in 8-bit? No, neither had we – until we made this video for deadline day
"31.01.2017 12:28:15" theguardian.com David Squires on … the transfer window Our cartoonist David Squires takes a look at some abysmal signings and the trends around the latest transfer window Donald J. Trump, Raheem Sterling and Carlos Tevez all star in David Squires' look at the transfer window
"31.01.2017 11:21:51" theguardian.com Transfer window quiz: unlikely deals Which Scottish club signed Fabrizio Ravanelli? Which Chinese club spent a fortune on Hulk and Oscar? And which Everton player became a galáctico? Which Scottish club signed Fabrizio Ravanelli? Which Chinese club spent a fortune on Hulk and Oscar? And which Everton player became a galáctico?
"31.01.2017 10:05:18" theguardian.com Transfer deadline day: Chelsea chase Celtic's £30m Dembélé – live! Rolling report: Plenty of clubs are making moves as the transfer deadline draws closer. Join Marcus Christenson for all the latest Follow all the action on transfer deadline day with our live blog
"31.01.2017 09:33:35" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to sign Yannick Carrasco? Jay Rodriguez to West Brom? | Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace? | Kieran Tierney to Sunderland? | Four-way fight for Scott Hogan? | Manchester United to sign Yannick Carrasco?
Jay Rodriguez to West Bromwich Albion?
Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace Football Club?
Celtic FC's Kieran Tierney to Sunderland AFC?
"31.01.2017 08:38:03" theguardian.com Southampton rout shows Arsène Wenger's Arsenal claims may be justified Arsène Wenger has had plenty of attacking firepower in seasons past but there are plenty of reasons why his current Arsenal strike force is up there with his best Theo Walcott is not alone in delivering personal best feats for Arsenal this season. Olivier Giroud La Page Officielle is averaging a goal every 83.7 minutes. Alexis Sanchez's 125 minutes per goal for his 15 so far compares favourably with top-scoring
"30.01.2017 22:40:04" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool must repeat their form against top teams The Anfield manager took his team to Stamford Bridge and won, and he has stressed the importance of completing a double against Chelsea on Tuesday Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool FC can reignite the title race with victory over Chelsea Football Club
"30.01.2017 20:59:20" theguardian.com FA Cup fifth round draw: non-league Sutton to face Arsenal The Vanarama National League side earned rich reward for their defeat of Championship Leeds on Sunday when they were handed a visit from Arsène Wenger's side in the draw for the last 16 Sutton United FC v Arsenal
Burnley Football Club v Lincoln City Football Club
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC v Chelsea Football Club
"30.01.2017 20:46:33" theguardian.com Chelsea weighing up £30m deadline-day offer for Celtic's Moussa Dembélé Chelsea have expressed interest in Celtic's Moussa Dembélé and have been made aware of the Scottish champions' valuation of the striker Chelsea Football Club are weighing up a surprise deadline-day move for Celtic FC's Moussa Dembélé
"30.01.2017 19:38:05" Our favourite photos from the weekend's FA Cup action
"30.01.2017 19:30:00" theguardian.com Barcelona's disallowed goal shows La Liga needs goalline technology Although Real Betis, inspired by the enigmatic Dani Ceballos, took the game to Barça, a clear, ungiven goal for the champions could have title repercussions If it's good enough for Roger Federer and the Premier League, it should be good enough for FC Barcelona and La Liga
"30.01.2017 18:42:14" theguardian.com Where have Liverpool been found wanting this season? Defeat against Chelsea on Tuesday would derail Liverpool's campaign. After such a bright start, questions have been asked about why it has all gone wrong Liverpool FC have played three matches in three competitions in the last week and lost them all. Where has it gone wrong for Jürgen Klopp?
"30.01.2017 17:56:55" theguardian.com Ulloa says Leicester betrayed him and he will not play for club again Leonardo Ulloa has threatened to go on strike at Leicester City and accused Claudio Ranieri of betraying him after the Premier League champions rejected an improved offer from Sunderland "I feel betrayed by Ranieri and let down by the club. I will not play again for them"
"30.01.2017 16:38:44" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: critics would like to put me in jail without any heating Arsène Wenger said after Arsenal's 5-0 FA Cup win over Southampton 'for those who don't like me, any sentence will be too lenient' "For those who don't like me, any sentence will be too lenient. They would like to put me in jail somewhere without any heating in the middle of winter – and that would still be lenient.”
"30.01.2017 15:05:00" theguardian.com For a club with all the money, PSG are too reliant on one player Unai Emery has all the aces but he has not worked out how to play without Marco Verratti, whose absence was painfully obvious in the 1-1 draw with Monaco Paris Saint-Germain have all the aces but Unai Emery has not worked out how to play without Marco Verratti, whose absence was painfully obvious in their disappointing 1-1 draw with Monaco
"30.01.2017 14:15:00" theguardian.com José Mourinho: 'I refused a big offer to go to China' The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, said he turned down a “big offer” to coach in China but added he would not criticise those who accept lucrative contracts "I refused a big offer to go to China," says the Manchester United manager
"30.01.2017 13:21:37" theguardian.com David Sullivan hits out at Dimitri Payet after he completes Marseille move Marseille have completed the £25m transfer of Dimitri Payet from West Ham United after a protracted saga in which the forward effectively went on strike "To be frank, my board and I would have preferred for him to have stayed in order to make an example of him, as no player is bigger than the club" – David Sullivan on Dimitri Payet
"30.01.2017 10:47:27" theguardian.com 10 talking points from the FA Cup fourth round Liverpool's defence needs to find cohesion fast, Lincoln felt the force with Alan Power and Bastian Schweinsteiger is welcomed back by José Mourinho Our big review of the weekend's Cup ties
"30.01.2017 09:37:07" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Liverpool? Leonardo Ulloa to Sunderland? | Karim Benzema to Arsenal or Chelsea? And Jordan Rhodes to Aston Villa? Today's Rumour Mill:
• Antoine Griezmann to Arsenal?
• Chelsea Football Club in for Karim Benzema?
• And Liverpool FC to seal swoop for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
"30.01.2017 09:27:42" theguardian.com FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Liverpool's defence needs to find cohesion fast, Lincoln felt the force with Alan Power and Bastian Schweinsteiger is welcomed back by José Mourinho Rotation leaves Mauricio Pochettino in a spin at Tottenham Hotspur, Claude Puel misses a trick at Southampton FC and Bastian Schweinsteiger comes in from the cold to impress
"30.01.2017 08:52:17" theguardian.com Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp admits mood has changed before facing Chelsea Liverpool's FA Cup defeat against Wolves was their third consecutive loss at Anfield but Chelsea's Antonio Conte has warned his side they will face a 'wounded animal' on Tuesday “This is still a very good squad, and I am still quite a good manager even though we have lost the last three games" – Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp
"29.01.2017 23:56:19" theguardian.com Marseille complete £25m deal for West Ham United's Dimitri Payet Marseille have completed the signing of Dimitri Payet for £25m with the France international returning to the club that sold him to West Ham in 2015 Dimitri Payet has completed his return to OM | Olympique De Marseille
"29.01.2017 22:50:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger: critics would like to put me in jail without any heating Arsène Wenger said after Arsenal's 5-0 FA Cup win over Southampton 'for those who don't like me, any sentence will be too lenient' “I do not want to judge the judges. I got a sentence and I decided not to appeal to just get this behind me. For those who don't like me, any sentence will be too lenient. They would like to put me in jail somewhere without any heating in the middle of
"29.01.2017 22:35:53" theguardian.com David Beckham admits 'wrong decisions' led to rift with Alex Ferguson 'I can see why the manager got so frustrated,' says the former England captain to BBC's Desert Island Discs, reflecting on the reason his relationship with his manager deteriorated “There was one occasion when Victoria was in Ireland. I had a day off so I flew over. I didn't feel I needed to tell the manager what I was doing. As I was coming back at 6am for training, I was sat in the lounge and the manager walked in. He didn't talk
"29.01.2017 21:11:29" theguardian.com Lauren: How I rose from humble beginnings to an Arsenal 'Invincible' Lauren, one of 22 siblings, tells Sid Lowe how his family moved from Cameroon to Spain which was the starting point for a football journey that led to him becoming an Arsenal legend "I wasn't a big talker but when I had to say something, people listened. [Sol] Campbell, the same. [Jens] Lehmann could look in the mirror and have an argument. Incredible, strong characters ... Dennis [Bergkamp] was quiet. He seemed cold because he
"29.01.2017 20:15:00" theguardian.com USMNT captain Bradley attacks Trump as sports world rounds on travel ban The USA captain, Michael Bradley, has attacked Donald Trump's executive order, which bans travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries "I hoped that President Trump would be different than the campaigner Trump. That the xenophobic, misogynistic and narcissistic rhetoric would be replaced with a more humble and measured approach to leading our country. I was wrong. And the Muslim ban is
"29.01.2017 19:35:12" Video: Julio Arca scores 40-yard wonder goal for South Shields
"29.01.2017 19:16:10" theguardian.com Anthony Martial stars as Manchester United stroll to victory over Wigan Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger clinched a 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round win for Manchester United over Wigan Athletic Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic
"29.01.2017 17:09:16" theguardian.com Stefan Johansen seals win over Hull City to send Fulham into last 16 Stefan Johansen sealed an emphatic 4-1 victory against Hull City at Craven Cottage to send Fulham into the fifth round of the FA Cup Fulham FC Official 4-1 Hull City – The Emirates FA Cup report
"29.01.2017 16:41:14" theguardian.com Sutton's dream run continues after Jamie Collins penalty topples Leeds A second-half spot-kick from Jamie Collins was enough to take Sutton United into the FA Cup fifth round with a 1-0 win over Leeds United Sutton United FC 1-0 Leeds United – famous giant-killers create another piece of history in The Emirates FA Cup
"29.01.2017 16:02:45" theguardian.com West Ham agree £25m fee with Marseille for Dimitri Payet West Ham United have agreed a fee of £25m with Marseille for Dimitri Payet and the France winger has travelled to the south of France to complete the formalities of the move West Ham United have agreed a fee of £25m with OM | Olympique De Marseille for Dimitri Payet and the 29-year-old has travelled to the south of France to complete the formalities of the move
"29.01.2017 15:22:19" theguardian.com Luis Suárez saves a point for Barcelona in controversial Real Betis draw Barcelona's title hopes were dented as they drew 1-1 at Real Betis, in a game shrouded in controversy after the champions were denied a goal despite the ball clearly crossing the line Real Betis Balompié 1-1 FC Barcelona
"29.01.2017 14:45:54" theguardian.com Millwall celebrate historic week by dumping Watford out of FA Cup Premier League side Watford were beaten 1-0 by League One team Millwall after Steve Morison struck a volley in the 85th minute at The Den Millwall Football Club 1-0 Watford FC – The Emirates FA Cup report
"29.01.2017 10:29:16" theguardian.com Spurs' rise above Manchester United and City shows Daniel Levy's sums add up Frugal Tottenham are outscoring the northern powerhouses on and off the pitch but China might be about to show the Premier League the true power of money Frugal Tottenham Hotspur are outscoring Manchester United and Manchester City on and off the pitch but China might be about to show the Premier League the true power of money
"29.01.2017 09:42:00" theguardian.com Sutton's Micky Stephens: 'The Coventry tie was our chance. There was no fear' Sutton's assistant manager was pivotal in the greatest win in the club's history 28 years ago and believes another famous FA Cup shock is possible against Leeds “We all had 'real' jobs back in my day. I worked up at NatWest Bank in the City. That tie with Coventry City FC was our chance to show we could match professional players. There was no fear in our team"
"29.01.2017 09:04:24" theguardian.com Chaotic Nottingham Forest hand Clough a head versus heart dilemma | Daniel Taylor The original 'nice young man' faces an impossible choice between the relative sanity of Burton Albion and the emotional pull of his father's old club The original 'nice young man' Nigel Clough faces an impossible choice between the relative sanity of Burton Albion FC and the emotional pull of his father's chaotic old club Nottingham Forest
"29.01.2017 00:42:10" theguardian.com Arsenal's Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott run riot against Southampton Arsenal thrashed Southampton 5-0 in the FA Cup, with Danny Welbeck scoring twice and Theo Walcott grabbing a hat-trick at St Mary's Southampton FC 0-5 Arsenal
"28.01.2017 19:29:23" theguardian.com Stewart Downing sends Middlesbrough through with victory over Accrington Stewart Downing scored the winner at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough's 1-0 victory against Accrington Stanley in their FA Cup fourth‑round tie Middlesbrough FC 1-0 Accrington Stanley
"28.01.2017 19:15:02" theguardian.com Raheem Sterling leads way as Manchester City ease past Crystal Palace More gloom for Sam Allardyce's side as Leroy Sané shines and Vincent Kompany makes a rare start in Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Football Club 0-3 Manchester City
"28.01.2017 18:50:00" Jürgen Klopp takes responsibility for Liverpool loss to Wolves Liverpool FC's Jürgen Klopp on their 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves:
'In this moment we feel really bad. I feel responsible for this performance. I made a lot of changes and I thought we could do better, but we couldn't. It's not that I feel let down by the
"28.01.2017 18:27:14" theguardian.com FA Cup roundup: Oxford United cruise past Newcastle into fifth round Oxford United, who reached the fourth round last season, have gone one better after an emphatic victory over Newcastle United Oxford United Official 3-0 Newcastle United
"28.01.2017 18:08:14" theguardian.com Theo Robinson seals shock victory for non-league Lincoln over Brighton A second-half surge took Lincoln City past Championship leaders Brighton, with goals from Alan Power and Theo Robinson and a Fikayo Tomori own-goal sealing a shock 3-1 home victory Lincoln City Football Club are in the FA Cup fifth round after beating Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3-1
"28.01.2017 17:38:44" theguardian.com Son shines as Tottenham come from behind to beat Wycombe in thriller An injury-time winner from Heung-Min Son ensured Tottenham avoided an embarrassing FA Cup exit with a 4-3 win after falling two goals behind to Wycombe Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers FC
"28.01.2017 17:18:27" theguardian.com Branislav Ivanovic proves the unlikely star as Chelsea rout Brentford Chelsea's seemingly forgotten man came off the bench and rolled back the years as they strolled into the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 thumping of Brentford Chelsea Football Club 4-0 Brentford FC
"28.01.2017 15:26:07" theguardian.com Miller and Hyndman give Rangers feisty victory at Motherwell Second-half goals from Kenny Miller and Emerson Hyndman take Rangers back into second at Motherwell after both sides see red Motherwell FC 0-2 Rangers FC
"28.01.2017 14:44:05" theguardian.com Wolves stun Liverpool in FA Cup after Stearman kickstarts upset Wolves took full advantage of another limp Liverpool performance to record a major FA Cup upset at Anfield in a magnificent 2-1 win Liverpool FC 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
"28.01.2017 12:16:39" theguardian.com The Joy of Six: Africa Cup of Nations memorable moments From Mike Smith masterminding Egypt's triumph to Ivory Coast's marathon shootout win and Zambia's emotional 2012 success, half a dozen Afcon events to savour From Mike Smith leading Egypt's triumph to Ivory Coast's marathon shootout win and Zambia's emotional 2012 success, half a dozen Afcon events to savour
"28.01.2017 11:33:48" theguardian.com Accrington's Rommy Boco: 'In China it was three sessions a day, every day' Accrington Stanley's well-travelled midfielder has another taste of the big time at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup but he tells Andy Hunter his best experience was working nights in a bakery 'Even if they take a foreign manager they would have a Chinese coach beside them and the Chinese mentality is to train this way always. They won't change and it was so hard. The food as well. But you adapt. If you're getting paid millions to go you'd eat
"28.01.2017 11:16:16" theguardian.com FA Cup photo essay: Accrington Stanley v Luton in the third round Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond is documenting one game from each round of the 2016-17 FA Cup, and in the third round he travelled to the Wham Stadium where Accrington Stanley were hosting fellow League Two side Luton Town Football Club
"28.01.2017 10:45:32" theguardian.com With Lincoln on the FA Cup trail: from 4.20am ticket queues to toilet trouble Non-league Lincoln face Brighton in the fourth round having knocked out another Championship team, Ipswich. A day behind the scenes with management, players and fans uncovers a club and city with their buzz back Non-league Lincoln City Football Club face Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round having knocked out another Championship team, Ipswich. A day behind the scenes with management, players and fans uncovers a club and city with their buzz back
"28.01.2017 09:52:44" theguardian.com Sutton United v Leeds United: FA Cup fourth round match preview Sutton United will be aiming to add Leeds United to their list of giantkilling acts Sutton United FC v Leeds United: our match preview
"28.01.2017 09:43:39" theguardian.com Millwall v Watford: FA Cup fourth round match preview Watford will rotate their squad for the trip to face Millwall at The Den Millwall Football Club v Watford FC: our match preview
"28.01.2017 09:24:52" theguardian.com FA Cup fourth round: match previews All the news for this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round matches The Emirates FA Cup: match previews for the fourth-round ties
"28.01.2017 08:54:46" theguardian.com Southampton v Arsenal: FA Cup fourth round match preview Virgil van Dijk and Jay Rodriguez are among Southampton's high-profile injury absentees for the visit of Arsenal Southampton FC v Arsenal: FA Cup match preview
"28.01.2017 08:01:59" www.theguardian.com Saido Berahino blames West Brom for too fat image and bad egg reputation The Stoke striker Saido Berahino said he believed his refusal to sign a contract contributed to his exile at West Brom 'I got accused of being fat. How can I become fat after starting three games in the league and then being dropped? Suddenly, you're unfit? I tried to have a chat with Tony Pulis, he didn't say much, so I kind of knew where that was going'
"27.01.2017 22:54:15" theguardian.com Antonio Conte gives Branislav Ivanovic no guarantee of Chelsea future Antonio Conte offered no guarantees over Branislav Ivanovic's future at Chelsea and said the defender will not start the FA Cup tie against Brentford Zenit St Petersburg are understood to be willing to grant Branislav Ivanovic a deal to 2019, with English clubs, including West Bromwich Albion, also monitoring his availability
"27.01.2017 21:59:18" theguardian.com Crystal Palace v Manchester City: FA Cup fourth round match preview Vincent Kompany may return for Manchester City at Crystal Palace after a long injury absence FA Cup preview: Crystal Palace Football Club v Manchester City
"27.01.2017 20:45:30" theguardian.com West Ham confirm signing of Robert Snodgrass from Hull City for £10.3m West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Robert Snodgrass for £10.3m from Hull City on a three-and-a-half year contract The Scotland international passed his medical on Friday at West Ham United, rejected interest from Middlesbrough FC and Burnley Football Club
"27.01.2017 20:06:07" theguardian.com Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers: FA Cup fourth round match preview Liverpool are expected to put out a more experienced team against Wolverhampton Wanderers than in the last round FA Cup fourth-round preview: Liverpool FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
"27.01.2017 18:30:00" theguardian.com How the battle to save Millwall's stadium was won The fight over the land around The Den has bubbled away for years but fierce local resistance brought it to the boil in recent weeks – then something good happened The fight over the land around the Den bubbled away for years but local resistance brought it to the boil in recent weeks – then something good happened
"27.01.2017 17:27:16" theguardian.com Harry Winks: 'The buzz I get from playing for Tottenham will never go away' The midfielder, who joined Spurs as a five-year-old, talks about the influence of the 'scary' academy manager, John McDermott, and the brutal Gacon test the players do in pre-season "The music that they play at White Hart Lane before you walk out is just .... I absolutely love it. I think it's from Star Wars. Me and my dad, when we used to stand in the crowd as fans – we used to get hairs sticking up on our necks listening to it.
"27.01.2017 16:18:40" theguardian.com Liverpool task is like building a house in the rain, says Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp has compared his work at Liverpool to building a house and insisted his project will not stop at the first sign of bad weather "It is like building a house. You start and you are full of enthusiasm for this nice house you are going to live in. It is summer and the weather is good. Then the weather changes and you haven't finished and it is more difficult. It starts raining and
"27.01.2017 15:42:32" theguardian.com Anthony Martial to keep place if he is magnificent in FA Cup, says Mourinho José Mourinho says Anthony Martial will have to be magnificent against Wigan Athletic in Sunday's FA Cup tie to retain his place "He will play Sunday and, if Sunday he plays magnificent, he will play against Hull City in the next match. It's simple” – José Mourinho on Anthony Martial
"27.01.2017 14:24:30" theguardian.com Fifa and Donald Trump would be a self-regarding match made in heaven | Barry Glendenning The 45th President of the United States could be asked to back the 2026 World Cup bid – perfect for his very particular style of accountability “He was just the best, a good athlete, a great athlete" – Donald J. Trump's former room-mate
"27.01.2017 13:01:15" theguardian.com Avram Grant: 'When you say tiki-taka, it starts with Bob Paisley' The Ghana coach believes mentality is key to sporting success and is working to instil a winning one as they chase success in the Africa Cup of Nations, he tells Jonathan Wilson Avram Grant opens up about managing Ghana, how he changed José Mourinho's Chelsea team and the days he spent as a young man observing Liverpool's approach under Bob Paisley
"27.01.2017 12:00:00" Luke O'Nien's keep-up skills have gone viral. It's easy to see why...
Read the full interview with the Wycombe Wanderers FC player as his team prepares to play Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup: http://bit.ly/2jEg1ud
"27.01.2017 11:13:37" theguardian.com José Mourinho dismisses Hull City goal: 'We did not lose' Mourinho rejected Jon Moss decision that led to Hull's opener and made a jibe at Jürgen Klopp by saying Wembley will be 'windy' “It was 1-1, 1-1. I only saw two goals. I saw Pogba's goal and their goal was fantastic goal, great action. Great cross, and the guy in far post coming, 1-1.” – José Mourinho presents his alternative facts on Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at Hull City
"27.01.2017 10:19:27" "The stadium is windy and it's difficult' – José Mourinho makes a joke at Jürgen Klopp's expense
"27.01.2017 08:35:00" theguardian.com The Rumour Mill: Marseille to wrap up £30m Dimitri Payet return? Antoine Griezmann in but Matteo Darmian out at Manchester United? Liverpool to snap up Riza Durmisi? And Crystal Palace to sign Gabriel Obertan? In today's Rumour Mill:
• OM | Olympique De Marseille to increase Payet bid to £30m?
• Riza Durmisi and Quincy Promes to Liverpool FC?
• And Aston Villa FC - Official's Jack Grealish to Middlesbrough?
"27.01.2017 08:08:15" theguardian.com FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend Will Daniel Sturridge get a chance to regain his verve? Will Ranieri fine-tune for a relegation battle? Will Ravel Morrison return to Old Trafford? Including Millwall Football Club's cause for celebration, Ravel Morrison's probable return to Manchester United and free-scoring Newcastle United
"26.01.2017 23:31:59" www.theguardian.com Oumar Niasse earns Hull second-leg win but Manchester United reach EFL Cup final Oumar Niasse earned Hull a 2-1 victory in the second leg but Paul Pogba's goal was enough to put Manchester United into the EFL Cup final, giving them a 3-2 aggregate victory Manchester United will play Southampton FC in the League Cup final
"26.01.2017 19:43:15" theguardian.com Wycombe's Luke O'Nien: Juggling a tennis ball makes your touch really sensitive | Paul MacInnes Midfielder Luke O'Nien's ball-juggling skills have gone viral but he will take a more traditional approach against Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round Wycombe Wanderers FC midfielder Luke O'Nien's ball-juggling skills have gone viral but he will take a more traditional approach against Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round
"26.01.2017 17:52:48" theguardian.com José Mourinho warns Anthony Martial to improve José Mourinho has given Anthony Martial a stark warning his performances at Manchester United must improve because it would 'kill the others' if he was chosen ahead of them on current form Anthony Martial was not even among Manchester United's substitutes for their draw at Stoke City on Saturday and José Mourinho is not happy with his form
"26.01.2017 16:44:16" Three cracking goals, a wonderful goalmouth scramble and a ridiculous body slam
"26.01.2017 14:50:00" theguardian.com The Big Interview: Scott Carson The goalkeeper, whose Derby side face Leicester City in the FA Cup on Friday, tells Stuart James he is '10-20 times better' than when he played for England “I've got four caps and I was 26 when I got my last one. I know deep down that I'm 10-20 times better now than I was when I got those caps.” Scott Carson looks back on playing for England and Liverpool – and looks forward to playing for Derby County
"26.01.2017 13:45:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger has advised Granit Xhaka not to tackle Arsène Wenger is advising Granit Xhaka not to tackle after the Swiss midfielder was sent off for the second time this season against Burnley last weekend "He's not a great tackler. I would encourage him to stay on his feet" – Arsene Wenger on Granit Xhaka
"26.01.2017 13:00:01" theguardian.com The day just 3,036 fans watched a Premier League match Wimbledon's home game against Everton on this day in 1993 garnered the lowest attendance in Premier League history – but those who were there saw a game to remember "I remember looking at the opposite side of the pitch to the dugouts, it was literally one man and his dog"
"26.01.2017 12:45:00" theguardian.com Claude Puel close to completing Southampton's journey in EFL Cup final After years of increasing success under the Liebherr family, a run to the final more than makes up for Southampton's league struggles "It's not bad, eh?” Claude Puel said, with a wry smile, of Southampton FC's feat of reaching a first major final for 14 years. Now he wants to become only the second manager in the club's history – after Lawrie McMenemy – to win a major trophy
"26.01.2017 11:41:46" theguardian.com Millwall's fight for The Den: 'It's been a hell of a battle, a victory for the small man' Millwall's struggle has been shared by the fans and the whole community, on whom it has taken its toll. Finally, though, their battle looks to have been won "I'm happy for Millwall and for all the people in the community here who have had to live under this horrible shadow for so long. My neighbours and I have really suffered. I hope we can all come together now"
"26.01.2017 10:50:00" theguardian.com How Donald Trump almost bought Rangers (and Pablo Escobar's club) The economics genius that is Donald Trump – six bank bankruptcies and counting – investigated taking over football clubs in Glasgow and Colombia The economics genius that is Donald J. Trump – six bank bankruptcies and counting – wanted to buy Rangers FC
"26.01.2017 10:05:00" "It's really hard to accept it week by week by week by week" – Jürgen Klopp talks about referees after Liverpool FC are knocked out of the League Cup by Southampton FC
"26.01.2017 08:40:53" theguardian.com Southampton's job well done on Liverpool leaves Klopp needing urgent response Successive defeats at Anfield piled the pressure on Klopp's misfiring team when Championship side Wolves visit in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday There was no disguising the EFL Cup mattered to Jürgen Klopp or that the momentum and cutting edge that propelled Liverpool until new year has vanished at a critical juncture. Wembley also disappeared from view on a painful night for Klopp's team as
"25.01.2017 17:16:51" theguardian.com Southend and the dismissal of their groundman In today's Fiver: Southend, Millwall, meats and comestibles Bolton Wanderers fans have started a petition to help Southend United groundsman Ken Hare get his job back. Hare had worked for the club for 27 years but was held responsive for the pitch being frozen for Southend's match against Bolton
"25.01.2017 15:32:31" theguardian.com Antisemitic chanting caught on film before Manchester City's match against Spurs Antisemitic references were heard in songs filmed on a tramfrom Manchester city centre to the Etihad Stadium last Saturday “Sick racist chanting has been an enduring part of the football scene in this country for far too long now. It is a criminal offence. The perpetrators should be arrested and feel the full force of the law” – Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of
"25.01.2017 13:32:18" theguardian.com Millwall CPO scrapped as Lewisham mayor abandons development plan The plan to seize Millwall's land around the Den by compulsory purchase has been abandoned after fierce public pressure The plan to seize Millwall Football Club's land around the Den by compulsory purchase has been abandoned after fierce public pressure
"25.01.2017 12:41:23" theguardian.com Transfer window: Crystal Palace agree £9m fee for Robbie Brady Rolling report: Join Marcus Christenson for up-to-the-minute news and reaction on the latest January transfer news, with six days of the window remaining Want to know which average players are moving clubs for huge sums of money? We have all the answers
"25.01.2017 11:04:57" theguardian.com West Ham can afford to sell Dimitri Payet but they must keep Andy Carroll fit West Ham win more matches, score more goals and are a stronger defensive unit when Andy Carroll is in the team West Ham United are a different team when Andy Carroll plays ... but he doesn't play enough
"25.01.2017 10:13:00" theguardian.com Philippe Coutinho signs new long-term Liverpool deal Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Philippe Coutinho has signed a new deal with Liverpool FC and it does not have a buy-out clause
"25.01.2017 09:58:11" theguardian.com Philippe Coutinho signs new long-term Liverpool deal with no buy-out clause Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp believes the club have made a significant statement in tying down 'world class' Philippe Coutinho to a new contract
"24.01.2017 23:16:28" theguardian.com Jurgen Klopp urges misfiring Liverpool to 'be happy' in trophy hunt Anfield manager has told his team they have plenty to play for on the eve of Southampton's arrival in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg “We are in two cups and we must fight for a place in the Champions League. We are still close enough to fight for nearly everything. Is anyone really saying that if we cannot be champions we cannot enjoy the season?"
"24.01.2017 23:15:24" theguardian.com Philippe Coutinho close to extending Liverpool stay until 2022 Philippe Coutinho is close to committing his future to Liverpool – and dashing Barcelona's hopes of a summer move for the Brazil international – by signing a new contract "Negotiations are understood to be at an advanced stage with an agreement close. Coutinho is expected to commit himself to Liverpool until 2022 and his new contract will not include a release clause."
"24.01.2017 17:57:58" theguardian.com Granit Xhaka questioned by police over allegation of racial abuse at Heathrow The 24-year-old Arsenal midfielder was not arrested but visited a local police station after a different party reported the alleged incident Granit Xhaka allegedly called a British Airways employee "a fucking white bitch"
"24.01.2017 17:03:04" theguardian.com A very modern transfer Allegations of warring agents and accusations of high-pressure tactics have surrounded the young France striker's move from Rennes to Borussia Dortmund last year Ousmane Dembélé, Borussia Dortmund and the missing release clause
"24.01.2017 15:47:55" theguardian.com Steve Gibson rejects £50m Chinese investment offer for Middlesbrough Steve Gibson has no intention of selling Middlesbrough after rejecting a £50million offer for a stake in the club Steve Gibson has no intention of selling Middlesbrough FC after rejecting a £50m offer for a stake in the club
"24.01.2017 13:13:38" theguardian.com The 50 best young footballers in Italy Serie A's reputation as a slow league for older players is outdated. Italian football is developing some of the world's most exciting players. Here are 50 of them Serie A is developing some of the world's most exciting players. Here are 50 young footballers who could be stars
"24.01.2017 12:08:46" theguardian.com The forgotten story of Dario Dubois, the face-painted footballer When he was on the pitch he wore garish face paint, when he was off it he played in rock bands and caused controversy, but Dubois was a popular figure in Buenos Aires football in the 1990s before meeting an untimely death When he was on the pitch he wore garish face paint, when he was off it he played in rock bands and caused controversy
"24.01.2017 11:15:58" theguardian.com David Squires on football in the age of President Trump Our cartoonist David Squires takes a look at the beautiful game and Trumpism How will football change in the age of Donald J. Trump?
"24.01.2017 10:18:54" theguardian.com Hull City hope Ryan Mason will be back for start of next season The Hull City midfielder looks set to make a full recovery from a fractured skull, but will remain in hospital for close monitoring before beginning the long road back to fitness Ryan Mason looks likely to recover fully from his fractured skull and should be back playing for Hull City by the start of next season
"24.01.2017 08:54:40" theguardian.com Football transfer rumours: PSG to beat Manchester United to Gonçalo Guedes? West Ham turn down third Dimitri Payet bid? | West Brom keen on Ashley Young? | Southampton to offer £14.5m for Manolo Gabbiadini? The Rumour Mill: all of today's football gossip …
• PSG - Paris Saint-Germain to land Gonçalo Guedes?
• Ashley Young on his way to West Bromwich Albion?
• Southampton FC eye Manolo Gabbiadini for £14.5m?
"23.01.2017 22:53:51" theguardian.com Jürgen Klopp reveals 'long' clear-the-air meeting with Liverpool players Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp admitted he held a long inquest with his players the day after the 3-2 defeat by Swansea City at Anfield "What I spoke most about was enjoying what we do. We are Liverpool FC, a really good football-playing side, and we don't enjoy the job we have to do. It is not as though we are a team at the bottom of the league that has to defend 80% or 90% of the time.
"23.01.2017 19:30:00" theguardian.com Arsène Wenger charged with misconduct over behaviour against Burnley Arsène Wenger is braced to receive a touchline ban after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association Arsène Wenger is likely to be given touchline ban if found guilty