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Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt: European Super Cup – live!

The Guardian Rob Smyth - 24 minutes ago

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-off in HelsinkiThe Fiver: At least Frankfurt don’t have to deal with Di StéfanoGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughtsHere come the players. The captains, Karim Benzema and Sebastian Rode, are each carrying the trophies they won last season. In a couple of hours, one of them will be holding the Super Cup an’ all. “I was at the UCLA campus recently in the Los Angeles when lo and behold the Real Madrid team turned up in golf cards to be ferried to some practice sessions,” says Liverpool fan Ian Copestake. “It completely spoiled my morning.” Continue reading...

Premier League players’ names read to jurors in Benjamin Mendy trial

The Guardian PA Media - 4 hours ago

Potential jurors asked if they knew five footballers personallyManchester City defender Mendy denies further charge of rape Potential jurors in the sexual offences trial of the Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy have been asked if they have connections to five other Premier League players. Mendy, 28, denies eight counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one sexual assault against seven complainants. The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2018 and August last year.The names of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones – who all either play for or previously played for City – were read to a jury panel at Chester crown court on Wednesday in advance of the trial, which is expected to open on Monday. Continue reading...

The Fiver | At least Eintracht Frankfurt don’t have to deal with Puskas and Di Stéfano

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin - 4 hours ago

Like this? Forward it to your friend(s) and they can sign upTonight’s Super/Splendid/Marvellous Cup in Helsinki, between Big Cup holders Real Madrid and Euro Vase winners Eintracht Frankfurt, represents an echo of European football’s glorious past and a glimpse into its AI-powered future. The previous competitive encounter between these two clubs was the European Cup final at Hampden Park in 1960. Not much happened: Madrid won 7-3 thanks to four goals from the great Ferenc Puskas, plus a hat-trick from someone called Alfredo Di Stéfano. Continue reading...

BBC stands firm on decision to scrap classified football results on Radio 5 Live

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 5 hours ago

Change widely criticised since its institution on SaturdayResults would ‘constrain number of sports we could cover’The BBC has refused to back down over its decision to scrap the classified football results on Radio 5 Live and said that continuing to broadcast the full service would “constrain the number of sports we could cover”.A British radio institution that has been broadcast since the 1950s, the full classified service was quietly dropped on Saturday’s edition of Sports Report to make way for extra live coverage of Premier League matches kicking off at 5.30pm – a change from last season’s schedule. Continue reading...

Addiction to sleeping tablets a big problem in football, says Ryan Cresswell

The Guardian PA Media - 6 hours ago

Former Rotherham and Northampton defender speaks outCresswell says addiction nearly cost him his lifeThe former Football League defender Ryan Cresswell has warned of the danger of players becoming addicted to sleeping pills after the problem nearly claimed his life.Cresswell, whose clubs included Rotherham, Southend and Northampton, reached 12 months of sobriety earlier this summer after a second stint at the Sporting Chance rehab clinic and his life is now on the up. The 34-year-old is back working in football as manager of Sheffield FC – the world’s oldest club – and is feeling positive about his future. Continue reading...

Ryan Giggs made ex-girlfriend ‘slave to his every need’, court told

The Guardian Josh Halliday North of England correspondent - 7 hours ago

Kate Greville says former Manchester United footballer was regularly aggressive and exerted control over her social lifeThe ex-girlfriend of former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has told a court she became “a slave to his every need” and that he was “regularly aggressive”.Giving evidence on the third day of Giggs’s assault trial, Kate Greville said he exerted control over her social life and the end of their six-year relationship was “pretty much relentlessly awful”. Continue reading...

The feud between Best and Charlton that shattered Manchester United

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson - 9 hours ago

By the early 1970s the warring club legends were so divided that they were no longer speaking – nor passing – to one anotherWhen Matt Busby retired in 1969, Manchester United’s three exceptional talents, three winners of the Ballon d’Or, were in decline. Bobby Charlton was 31 and age was closing in. Denis Law was 29 but had never fully recovered from his knee injury. George Best was 22 but had already won his last trophy.“I represented the future of Manchester United – or should have done,” Best acknowledged. “Charlton represented the past.” That was not simply about age; it was also about attitude. Best once said that he was “grateful” to have been born in 1946 and not 1926. “We don’t have to stick rigidly to the short back and sides and wear-your-club-blazer-at-all-times routine of the past,” he said. Continue reading...

Brentford snap up Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria for €15m

The Guardian Fabrizio Romano and Joel Mians - 9 hours ago

Danish international joins Bees on five-year dealDamsgaard could make debut against Manchester UnitedBrentford have agreed a deal to sign the highly rated Denmark midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria on a five-year deal for a fee of €15m (£12.7m).The 22-year-old has completed his medical and will become the club’s sixth summer signing. Continue reading...

World Cup set to start a day earlier than planned to allow Qatar to play in opener

The Guardian Reuters - 9 hours ago

Fifa expected to agree to proposal for change of dateSwitch would allow host nation to play in opening gameThe World Cup in Qatar will kick-off a day earlier than scheduled if Fifa’s ruling bureau agree to a plan to hold the opening ceremony and the host nation’s first match on Sunday 20 November.The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s game on 21 November against Ecuador, which created the unusual situation of two matches being held before the ceremony. Continue reading...

Newcastle have a shot at Europe with Joelinton and Guimarães in midfield

The Guardian Ben McAleer - 9 hours ago

The Brazilian pair have been outstanding under Eddie Howe. If they stay fit, Newcastle will keep moving up the tableBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredNewcastle may be the richest football club in the game, but they have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer. Far from splashing the cash, they have only signed three senior players – bringing in goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley for £10m, signing centre-back Sven Botman from Lille for £31.9m, and making Matt Targett’s loan move from Aston Villa permanent.For the most part, Eddie Howe is going with the same side he picked in the second half of last season. Pope displaced Martin Dubravka between the sticks for their opening game of the season against Nottingham Forest on Saturday but all 10 outfield starters were players who had been at the club last season. Dan Burn proved a superb addition at the heart of the defence in January and he kept his place, with new signing Botman left on the bench until the 90th minute. Considering Newcastle’s flying form in 2022 – only Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have picked up more than their tally of 41 points this year – Howe thinks there is no need to fix something that isn’t broken. Continue reading...

Mark Parsons departs as manager of Netherlands women after Euro failure

The Guardian Guardian sport - 9 hours ago

• Reigning champions eliminated in quarter-finals• KNVB: Results were disappointing and we cannot afford thatMark Parsons has left his post as manager of the Netherlands Women by mutual consent after his side were eliminated in the quarter-finals at Euro 2022.A statement from the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) on Wednesday confirmed that Parsons, who succeeded Sarina Wiegman in May 2021 after she had led them to victory at the previous Euros, would be leaving his post. Continue reading...

The classified results still gave fans joy – even if we all knew the scores

The Guardian Steven Pye - 11 hours ago

The classified football results were not just a tradition. They unified the pyramid and gave fans another reason to cheerBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt doesn’t take much for a media storm to brew. Take something traditional, ditch it without giving any notice and stand back to assess the damage. Removing the classified football results from the BBC Sports Report programme at 5pm on a Saturday was always going to set teeth gnashing up and down the country.I know I’m possibly a dinosaur who should let go of things such as this, but I’m still trying to get over the loss of Teletext so cut me some slack. Yes, we all have access to football results at our fingertips now. Personally I love the fact that checking the latest scores when out and about has progressed since the 1980s. But there is surely still a space for something as cherished as the classified football results. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Milan’s Sandro Tonali to Arsenal for £50m?

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin - 12 hours ago

Today’s goss is counting down the daysArsenal are warming up the Emirates fax machine after making inquiries to Milan about Sandro Tonali, the 22-year-old holding midfielder who helped the Rossoneri win a Scudetto last season. The Milan manager, Stefano Pioli, wants to keep the former Brescia player, sometimes dubbed the “new Pirlo”, but a bid from the Gunners in the region of £50m may make things happen.Staying with Italian midfielders, Chelsea’s proposed move for Cesare Casadei of Internazionale looks to be in danger of being hijacked by Ligue 1’s Nice. Todd Boehly and co are said to have already had more than one offer rebuffed by Inter – the Nerazzurri reportedly want £20m as well as a buy-back clause – and it now seems the French club are willing to outbid the Blues in yet another transfer setback for Tommy Tuchel. Continue reading...

Do any football clubs have a record signing from more than 30 years ago? | The Knowledge

The Guardian Guardian sport - 14 hours ago

Plus: drastic variance in pre-season friendly opposition; ties of two halves; and chants for players from 80-plus years agoMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge\_GU“Bristol Rovers’ record signing (Andy Tilson, £370,000) was made in 1992,” notesOscar Felix Ramirez. “Do any other league clubs still have a record signing from 30-plus years ago?”We had no idea the early-1990s was such a boom time for record signings, but it seems Bristol Rovers aren’t alone. “Steve Claridge is still Cambridge’s record signing (£252,000),” writes Russell Connor. “They actually have signed him twice, once in 1990 and then again only two years later after interim club Luton didn’t like what they saw. He seems to have been bought in the same summer of 1992 as Tilson, so not sure who came first.” Continue reading...

Carabao Cup roundup: Stevenage and Bradford upset Championship sides

The Guardian PA Media - 22 hours ago

Stevenage beat Reading 2-1 with Danny Rose goalMorecambe beat Stoke 5-3 on penaltiesStevenage produced one of the shocks of the Carabao Cup first round as they beat Championship side Reading 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Danny Rose.Stevenage dominated a scrappy first half, going ahead early on when the 19-year-old loanee Saxon Earley scored from inside the home area. Reading levelled in the 63rd minute through Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan’s first goal for the club but Rose pounced one minute from time to send the Hertfordshire side through. Continue reading...

Malik Tillman caps rousing Rangers comeback against Union Saint-Gilloise

The Guardian Ewan Murray at Ibrox - 1 day ago

Rangers 3-0 Union Saint-Gilloise (Agg: 3-2)Van Bronckhorst’s side overturn two-goal deficitRangers are one step away from the Champions League and what they will not unreasonably regard as the completion of a redemption story following their financial implosion of 2012. Union Saint-Gilloise entered this second leg two goals to the good. They left Ibrox dizzy. Rangers progressed to the playoff round with swagger. The prospect of both halves of the Old Firm playing Champions League group stage football for the first time since 2007-08 remains a live one. PSV Eindhoven lie between Rangers and their holy grail.“The pressure was on us,” said the Rangers manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst. “I am so proud of my players. They played with passion, fire and desire. It was an amazing night for all of us.” Continue reading...

Manchester City close to signing Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht

The Guardian Fabrizio Romano and Rob Bleaney - 1 day ago

Fee of more than €10m agreed for Spain Under-21 left-backCity will decide whether to keep Gómez or loan him to GironaManchester City are closing in on a deal to sign the Spanish left-back Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht.City will pay a fee in excess of €10m (£8.5m) for the 21-year-old, who will provide cover and competition for João Cancelo after Oleksandr Zinchenko was allowed to join Arsenal for £30m. The details of the transfer are being discussed with the Belgian club, with the deal set to be finalised soon. Continue reading...

Chelsea strikers continue to leave with Tuchel short of replacements | Jacob Steinberg

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 1 day ago

Timo Werner has returned to RB Leipzig and Tuchel has only Raheem Sterling as a guaranteed source of goalsOne by one, the attacking disappointments are heading out of the exit door at Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku has already gone, loaned back to Internazionale a year after joining Chelsea for a record £97.5m, and now Timo Werner has followed his fellow forward in choosing to bring a premature end to his underwhelming spell in England.Like Lukaku, Werner has decided to head back to the place where he played his best football. The Germany striker is returning to RB Leipzig in a deal worth around £25m, a mere two years after leaving the Bundesliga club for £47.5m, and while it was impossible not to admire the 25-year-old’s effort in a Chelsea shirt it is difficult to argue with Thomas Tuchel’s decision to let him leave. Continue reading...

Ryan Giggs head-butted ex-girlfriend when she tried to leave him, court hears

The Guardian Helen Pidd North of England editor - 1 day ago

Kate Greville alleges former Manchester United player attacked her after years of ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’Ryan Giggs grabbed his then girlfriend by the shoulders and head-butted her when she tried to leave him after years of “coercive and controlling behaviour”, a court has heard.Kate Greville, 36, told a jury at Manchester crown court that she had planned to leave the former Manchester United player when he attacked her in November 2020, and had secretly rented her own flat to move into. Continue reading...

Granit Xhaka: ‘People say you don’t give everything for the club, but that’s bull’ | Nick Ames

The Guardian Nick Ames - 1 day ago

The Swiss midfielder on his surprising longevity at Arsenal, his admiration for Mikel Arteta and why fans should be allowed to come and watch trainingThe behind-the-scenes documentaries so beloved of modern times are not known for their rough edges but, for Granit Xhaka, that was part of the point. He allowed the cameras into his home for the Amazon series that followed Arsenal last season and if it humanised him beyond the spiky, sometimes rash, often divisive but frequently highly effective character seen on the pitch then the film had done its work.“For me it is fine because I have nothing to hide,” he says. “I am Granit here and the same at home. Only on the football pitch do I have a different mask: people have to accept that.” Continue reading...

‘Big signing’ – Aston Villa joy at deal for European champion Rachel Daly

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Euro 2022 winner moves to the Women’s Super LeagueVilla’s Carla Ward: ‘We can’t wait to see her scoring goals’Aston Villa have signed European champion and England international Rachel Daly on a three-year contract.The versatile Lioness played left-back in Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022-winning side but can also play higher up the pitch, with Villa manager Carla Ward intending to use her talents up front. Continue reading...

Transfer roundup: Tottenham agree Udogie deal, Vlasic to leave West Ham

The Guardian Fabrizio Romano and Jacob Steinberg - 1 day ago

Spurs set to pay €20m for Udinese for left-back Vlasic joining Torino on season-long loanTottenham have won the race to sign the highly-rated Udinese full-back Destiny Udogie for a fee of €20m (£17m), beating a host of other clubs to secure a deal for the Italy Under-21 international.The two clubs were locked in talks on Monday and reached an agreement late at night. Udogie is set to be loaned back to Udinese for the 2022-23 season and join up with Antonio Conte and his team for pre-season next summer. Continue reading...

The Fiver | Shamrock Rovers, FC Shkupi and ‘evil’ airport-related bureaucracy

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 1 day ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Anyone who has flown through Dublin airport in recent months will probably be aware it is suffering from huge problems. Staff shortages in all areas have resulted in the kind of lengthy queues for cancelled or delayed flights that compel frustrated passengers to tweet their dissatisfaction to followers who don’t care because the misfortune is being suffered by somebody else and besides … apologies, The Fiver is digressing. On Tuesday night, League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers take on North Macedonian side FC Shkupi in the second leg of their Big Vase qualifying round, knowing a win will guarantee them group-stage action at the very least this season. The Super Hoops are 3-1 up from the first leg in Tallaght and will almost certainly have flown to Skopje International airport full of optimism, unless of course their hosts engineered a revenge plot to divert their plane elsewhere. Continue reading...

Manchester United end interest in Marko Arnautovic after bid rejected

The Guardian Fabrizio Romano - 1 day ago

Premier League club made an offer of around £8mRabiot deal edging closer but personal terms not agreedManchester United have pulled the plug on a potential deal to sign the Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic after a bid of around £8m was rejected.The 33-year-old Austrian was keen on the move but United decided that they were not going to increase their offer. There had been a significant backlash from underwhelmed United fans as news of the club’s interest in the former West Ham striker deal came out over the weekend. Continue reading...

Everton sign rising Belgian talent Amadou Onana in €40m agreement

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 1 day ago

Toffees beat competition from West Ham for Lille midfielderYoung player fifth signing of summer window at GoodisonBelgium international midfielder Amadou Onana has joined Everton in a deal worth up to €40m.Everton beat off competition from West Ham to secure the powerful 20-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park. The club will pay €36m plus €4m in add-ons to Lille, who signed Onana for almost £6m from Hamburg only a year ago, plus 20% of any future sell-on fee. Continue reading...

Monaco start the Ligue 1 season with a statement win in Strasbourg | Eric Devin

The Guardian Eric Devin - 1 day ago

Philippe Clement had to rest and rotate players on the opening weekend but his squad showed they mean businessBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLigue 1 had more than its fair share of surprising results on the opening weekend. Chief among them was Lorient winning at Rennes in the derby, and Nice only scraping a draw against promoted Toulouse, but the match with the biggest potential for an upset surely had to be Monaco’s trip to Strasbourg.Strasbourg’s ground, La Meinau, has long been a difficult place to play and Julien Stéphan’s teams have turned plenty of heads with their vibrant performances. However, Monaco returned home with a 2-1 win, showing why they are one of the favourites to finish in the top three. Continue reading...

What is going on at Barcelona? – Football Weekly

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini, Philippe Auclair and Sid Lowe. Produced by Joel Grove and executive produced by Danielle Stephens - 1 day ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini, Philippe Auclair and Sid Lowe for the first Euro pod of the seasonRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Today: the panel tries to make some sense of goings on at Barcelona. Can they register players? Will Frenkie de Jong ever leave? Plus, we remind ourselves that Real Madrid exist and have a very good side. Continue reading...

David Squires on … the opening weekend of the Premier League season

The Guardian David Squires - 1 day ago

Our cartoonist on Erik ten Hag’s sinking feeling, fun times at Fulham and Manchester City’s unstoppable robot boyLike what we do? Consider supporting our journalismBrowse our print store for more of David’s drawingsContinue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool look to move for Marcelo Brozovic?

The Guardian Will Magee - 1 day ago

Today’s fluff is in desperate need of a midfielderAs their focus has swung wildly from Marko Arnautovic to Adrien Rabiot in recent days, Manchester United’s summer transfer strategy has started to look increasingly unstrategic. In the words of Roy Keane on Sunday: “My goodness. What’s going on?”Having spent so much of the summer fruitlessly toiling over Frenkie de Jong, their scramble for reinforcements in the middle of the park could end up with them landing on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. United’s record of signing midfielders from Lazio is mixed, as Juan Sebastián Verón can attest. Torino goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, Sergej’s brother, was briefly on the books at Old Trafford, so at least they can get a decent character reference. He may not have the fondest memories of that period of his career, however, given that he couldn’t get a work permit and failed to make an appearance for the club. Continue reading...

Women’s Euro 2022 showed how to attract a disengaged younger audience | Suzanne Wrack

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 1 day ago

Affordable ticket prices are key to giving football fans the live experience which can develop into a lifelong commitmentFootball is bending over backwards to prove its relevance. From 60-minute matches to sin bins and throw-ins taken with feet, Fifa, the game’s governing body, is exploring every option in a bid to attract a newer, younger audience.These ideas are not new. Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, used the claim of a growing army of disinterested youth to justify the case for the European Super League. The 75-year-old said on the Spanish TV show El Chiringuito that 40% of fans aged between 16 and 24 are not interested in football. “Why? Because there are a lot of low-quality games and they have other entertainment platforms,” he said. “It’s a reality. They say the games are too long. We have to change something if we want football to stay alive. Sometimes we don’t understand our children or grandchildren.” Continue reading...

Conor Coady joins Everton on loan as Wolves sign Guedes for £27.5m

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 1 day ago

Coady wants to play regular football ahead of World CupGuedes arrives from Valencia to boost Wolves attackEverton’s new signing Conor Coady has pledged to “help the club move forward” after completing a season-long loan move from Wolves. Bruno Lage sanctioned the temporary exit of his captain to allow him to play regular football in the buildup to the World Cup. Everton will have an option to buy the England centre-back at the end of the season.Wolves, meanwhile, have made the Valencia forward Gonçalo Guedes their second summer signing in a £27.5m deal. Continue reading...

Watford’s Sarr scores from 60 yards but misses penalty in draw at West Brom

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Ismaïla Sarr’s wonder goal was described as “a moment of genius” by Watford head coach Rob Edwards after they drew 1-1 at West Brom.Sarr was Watford’s hero and villain – scoring a goal reminiscent of David Beckham’s strike at Wimbledon in 1996 before missing a penalty. The 24-year-old Senegal forward gave Edwards’ side a 12th-minute lead with a spectacular chip from almost 60 yards out, before Karlan Grant equalised in first half stoppage time. But Sarr missed a 73rd-minute penalty as Albion controlled the game and should have won at a canter. Continue reading...

Barcelona blocked by La Liga from registering new players before season

The Guardian Sid Lowe - 2 days ago

La Liga audit says Barça do not have enough money Top summer signing is striker Robert LewandowskiBarcelona still cannot register their summer signings after La Liga rejected an attempt to use the club’s own funds to inflate the value of two of the asset sales they had resorted to in order to balance the books and strengthen their team.The intention now is to turn to a fourth source of extraordinary income with the sale of a further 25% of their content production company, Barça Studios, for an estimated €100m in the hope that it will allow them to include new arrivals such as Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen and Jules Koundé in the squad for their opening game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night. Continue reading...

What can Ten Hag do about the sorry decline of Manchester United? | Jamie Jackson

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 2 days ago

Poor management, on and off the field, and middling signings have left the club far behind Manchester City and LiverpoolErik ten Hag: you have three weeks to save Manchester United’s season. Sound ridiculous after only 90 minutes of Premier League action, even if that was a dire 2-1 home defeat by Brighton on Sunday – their first ever home loss against those opponents in 113 years?Of course it does, but this is the glaring truth that faces the new manager. And it certainly does not help that Ten Hag’s ability to rebuild an embarrassingly mediocre squad is materially affected by two branches of the executive: the smarts of football director, John Murtough, and the desire of the Glazer family to splurge a serious amount of cash. Continue reading...

Rio Ferdinand unaware of monkey gesture by Wolves fan, court hears

The Guardian PA Media - 2 days ago

Jamie Arnold charged with abusive behaviour at Manchester United match last yearThe former footballer Rio Ferdinand was unaware of being targeted by racist abuse, including a monkey gesture, by a “fixated” football fan during a Premier League match, a court has heard.Jamie Arnold is accused of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress to Ferdinand by using “threatening, abusive or insulting” words or behaviour at the Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United match at Molineux on 23 May last year. Continue reading...

Ryan Giggs subjected ex-partner to ‘litany’ of abuse, court hears

The Guardian Josh Halliday North of England correspondent - 2 days ago

Former Manchester United and Wales football star has pleaded not guilty to all charges as trial begins Ryan Giggs head-butted his former partner after subjecting her to a “litany” of physical and psychological abuse over three years, a court has heard.The former Manchester United and Wales footballer, 48, “entirely lost his self-control” and attacked his then partner, Kate Greville, and elbowed her sister in the jaw during an argument about his alleged infidelity, jurors were told. Continue reading...

Rangers ‘raring to go’ in bid to keep Champions League campaign alive

The Guardian Ewan Murray - 2 days ago

Union St-Gilloise lead 2-0 after first leg of third qualifying roundGiovanni van Bronckhorst insists fans will see ‘a different team’Rangers have become so accustomed to scaling heights in Europe that there would be bruised egos to match a bruised balance sheet if Union St‑Gilloise terminate their Champions League involvement at the qualifying stage.Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team, Europa League finalists in May, must cancel out a 2-0 deficit at Ibrox on Tuesday after an error-strewn showing in Belgium. USG last featured in European competition in the Fairs Cup of 1964-65. Continue reading...

The Fiver | A soothing aural balm for match-going fans in the comfort of their cars

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 days ago

Like this? Forward it to your friend(s) and they can sign upWhen it comes to football discourse, Twitter has long been a haven of reasoned, informed debate and tranquility. Whatever the talking point du jour – the taking of the knee, the increasingly insidious modern geopolitical dimensions of the game, or the puzzling philosophical conundrum of when exactly one-time Arsenal target Jackson Martínez might turn 29 – the Social Media Disgrace is the go-to meta-parlour for decorous, inoffensive and in no way deranged discussion. Continue reading...

Issa Diop asks to leave West Ham as Fulham near £15m deal for defender

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 days ago

Diop has told West Ham he wants to leave the clubCentre-back would be Fulham’s seventh summer signingFulham are close to completing the £15m signing of the centre-back Issa Diop from West Ham.The deal to take Diop to Craven Cottage is a major boost for Marco Silva, who has been looking for additions in central defence following his side’s promotion to the Premier League. Continue reading...

Borussia Dortmund enter race to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 days ago

Winger interested in move having told Chelsea he wants to leaveTimo Werner close to returning to RB Leipzig on permanent dealBorussia Dortmund have entered the race to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi, who wants to leave Chelsea after Thomas Tuchel left him out of his side’s 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.Southampton have also approached Chelsea about a loan deal for Hudson-Odoi, while there is interest too from Leicester, and the winger is keen to assess his options carefully before making his next move. Continue reading...

Manchester United reach agreement to sign Adrien Rabiot for initial £15m

The Guardian Jamie Jackson, Fabrizio Romano and Jacob Steinberg - 2 days ago

Discussions at early stage with Juventus midfielder27-year-old Frenchman has record of discipline issuesManchester United have reached an agreement with Juventus over the purchase of the France midfielder Adrien Rabiot for an initial £15m.Discussions are at an early stage regarding the player’s personal terms, and while Juventus are happy to sell the 27-year-old approval will be required from his agent and mother, Veronique, before a deal can proceed. Continue reading...

‘Talk about an OG’: BBC ditches classified football results on Radio 5 live

The Guardian Will Magee and Jim Waterson - 2 days ago

Results have been read out on Saturday evenings since 1950sSports Report ‘has been condensed into a shorter programme’The BBC has marked the end of an era by discontinuing its classified football results service on 5 live, ending a British radio institution that has been broadcast since the 1950s.The decision to drop the longrunning feature – in which all major English and Scottish matches were given equal treatment, often with a distinctive intonation – has led to suggestions that the BBC is prioritising Premier League football over the lower leagues. Continue reading...

Bayern cogs turn ominously but new faces breathe life into Bundesliga | Andy Brassell

The Guardian Andy Brassell - 2 days ago

Bayern Munich might win their 11th title in a row, but between now and then we can enjoy another fascinating seasonMeet the new boss, just like the old boss. Though the opening weekend of the Bundesliga had its familiar themes and outcomes, it most definitely had a story to tell. Some will tut or shrug, but they shouldn’t. “You don’t go to the theatre because you’re wondering how the swan from Swan Lake will turn out,” as Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Martin Schneider put it.Let’s start with what the world most expected, or at least feared. Bayern Munich began 2022-23 like a hurricane, not so much pulling back the curtain to the campaign on Friday night at Eintracht Frankfurt as tearing it off and discarding it. Even a flickering thought that the champions might struggle to find their attacking feet without the departed Robert Lewandowski was quickly extinguished. Julian Nagelsmann’s team were ferocious, with Sadio Mané immediately fitting into the vertical onslaught. It was clear from the coach’s celebrations on the touchline just how thrilled he was by his team’s front-foot manner. Continue reading...

Is Arnautovic really the answer to Ten Hag’s problems? – Football Weekly

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Lars Sivertsen. Produced by Joel Grove and executive produced by Danielle Stephens. - 2 days ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and John Brewin to review the first weekend seasonRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Today; new season, same old Manchester United? As Brighton passed them off the pitch and earned their first ever win at Old Trafford, the panel ask: is Marko Arnautovic really the answer? Continue reading...

César Azpilicueta admits he considered leaving Chelsea for Barcelona

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 2 days ago

Defender wanted return to Spain after winning Club World CupHe decided to stay after conversation with club’s new ownersCésar Azpilicueta has admitted he considered leaving Chelsea last season until deciding to “stay in my home” after the turmoil that ushered in a new era under Todd Boehly.The Chelsea captain signed a two-year contract extension last week having held talks over a return to Spain with Barcelona. His previous deal had been due to expire this summer, although Chelsea activated a 12-month extension clause and the club’s former owners had offered a new one-year contract. Continue reading...

Real Betis defender Alex Moreno rejects Nottingham Forest move

The Guardian Will Unwin - 2 days ago

Club were confident of completing dealForest lost opening game 2-0 at Newcastle on SaturdayAlex Moreno has rejected the chance to join Nottingham Forest, and will stay at Real Betis.Forest made an offer to sign the defender and were confident of completing a deal for him this week but Moreno has decided to stay at the club he joined in 2019. In a message posted on social media, the defender confirmed he would be remaining at Real Betis after carefully considering the offer from Forest. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Bayern’s Leroy Sané to Manchester United?

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 days ago

Today’s fluff is highly sibilantLifelong Liverpool fan Conor Coady is on the verge of joining Everton. No longer assured of his place in the Wolves lineup following their acquisition of Nathan Collins from Burnley, the popular Scouser is wanted by Frank Lampard now that Ben Godfrey has been sidelined indefinitely with a broken ankle. Godfrey picked up the injury during Everton’s opening-day defeat at the hands of Chelsea, a match in which his injury-prone fellow central defender Yerry Mina also pulled up lame.Everton expect to complete a loan deal with an option to buy the 29-year-old England international once personal terms have been agreed. Spotted in the directors’ box at Goodison Park on Saturday, Lille midfielder Amadou Onana is also expected to be unveiled as an Everton player on Monday. Continue reading...

The Premier League is back with all its problems – and captivating football | Sachin Nakrani

The Guardian Sachin Nakrani - 2 days ago

The juggernaut returned at the weekend and there is a lot to be concerned about, but it can still deliver magnificent footballIt is the best walk in football. Out of Putney Bridge station, up Ranelagh Gardens, through the underpass, through Bishops Park with the Thames to your left and the sun overhead, past rows of pristine Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing and towards Craven Cottage, which even in the midst of major redevelopment remains a beautifully quaint sporting venue. There really is nothing like going to Fulham on a summer’s day.And so it was on Saturday as the club hosted Premier League football for the first time since sweeping to the Championship title last season. It was a glorious afternoon in southwest London, perfect in many ways, and the excitement was tangible. Liverpool were in town, this was what it meant to be back in the big time, and it was impossible not to get swept up in it all among the shiny happy supporters of both clubs as they walked the walk to the ground. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 days ago

Debutants made an impact on their first outings but some did far better than others on the opening weekendIt is unfair to pick out one player from Manchester United’s dire opening display under Erik ten Hag but Lisandro Martínez seriously struggled against Brighton. These are, of course, the earliest of days for the new centre-back but he will have to learn fast. The diminutive Argentinian is a footballer the manager knows well but there are question marks over his stature. There will be serial aerial bombardment this season of the type he failed to deal with against Brighton, with Danny Welbeck rising highest above him when missing a close-range header in the second half. Martínez might also have conceded a penalty when bundling over the same player in a performance that did nothing to suggest the 24-year-old can help plug United’s leaky rearguard. Jamie JacksonMatch report: Manchester United 1-2 BrightonMatch report: Fulham 2-2 LiverpoolMatch report: West Ham 0-2 Manchester CityMatch report: Crystal Palace 0-2 ArsenalMatch report: Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham ForestMatch report: Tottenham 4-1 Southampton Continue reading...

Erling Haaland ‘born to score goals’, says Pep Guardiola after City victory

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium - 3 days ago

Norwegian striker scores both goals in 2-0 win at West Ham'He’s a guy with incredible talent,’ says City’s managerPep Guardiola said Erling Haaland was born to score goals after Manchester City’s new striker helped the champions to open their Premier League title defence with a comfortable 2-0 victory against West Ham.Haaland scored twice as City ran out winners at the London Stadium. The Norwegian said it was “a bit shit” that he missed out on a hat-trick, but Guardiola could not have been happier with the former Borussia Dortmund player’s display. Continue reading...

After all the sparring, heavyweight Haaland delivers two crushing blows | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 3 days ago

Manchester City’s new star announced his arrival in a way that carried with it a dreamy sense of deja vuWith 64 minutes gone at a chokingly hot London Stadium Erling Haaland killed this Premier League game with a goal that carried its own dreamy sense of deja vu. It was a goal that already felt like a repeat, like something emerging out of traces in the air, a bend in the space-time continuum. How many times has this happened, that rangy, slanted figure, veering in from the right, the sense of a familiar reel of film playing out?Haaland’s second goal of this game, the second of his Premier League debut, felt like confirmation of the old truism. Knowing what your opponent is about to do is one thing. Actually being able to stop it is something else. And Haaland was very good in this 2-0 defeat of West Ham, really very good indeed after the clumsiness of the Community Shield game. Even better, he was good in a way that was entirely his own. Adaptation you say? Fine, yes, good. But how about we just score some goals first. Continue reading...

Erik ten Hag admits he has ‘hell of a job’ after Manchester United defeat

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford - 3 days ago

United lose at home against Brighton for first time‘We dropped down a level in belief,’ says DutchmanErik ten Hag admitted Manchester United lost belief in their 2-1 home defeat against Brighton on Sunday and described his challenge at Old Trafford as a “hell of a job”.The visitors dominated throughout in Ten Hag’s first Premier League match, winning after two goals from Pascal Gross in the space of nine first-half minutes, United pulling a goal back through Alexis Mac Allister’s second-half own goal. Continue reading...

European roundup: Aaron Ramsey scores Nice debut equaliser

The Guardian Agencies - 3 days ago

Wales midfielder earns draw against ToulouseRB Leipzig draw 1-1 with Stuttgart in BundesligaAaron Ramsey scored one minute after coming off the bench to rescue a 1-1 draw on his debut for Nice in their Ligue 1 clash against Toulouse.The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder joined the French club on a free transfer earlier this month. He started Sunday’s fixture as a substitute before he replaced Calvin Stengs with just 13 minutes remaining at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. And at the same ground as he netted for Wales in their 3-0 win against Russia at Euro 2016, Ramsey was on target again.Following a driving run from Bilal Brahimi, Ramsey latched onto his teammate’s pass before executing a fine finish. Until Ramsey’s intervention, Toulouse had looked on course for victory after Thijs Dallinga opened the scoring with 20 minutes gone. Continue reading...

'It will not come overnight': Erik ten Hag on Manchester United's opening day defeat – video

The Guardian - 3 days ago

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United were punished for their mistakes by Brighton in their opening day 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in the Dutchman's first Premier League game in charge. Two first-half goals from Pascal Gross were enough to win it for the south coast side, despite an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister giving United hope in the second half. Horror start for Ten Hag as Groß fires Brighton to win at Manchester UnitedContinue reading...

Manchester City’s Haaland strikes twice on league debut in win at West Ham

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at London Stadium - 3 days ago

It is going to become a familiar sight this season: Kevin de Bruyne picking the ball up in the middle of the pitch, lifting his head and playing a defence-shredding pass through for Erling Haaland to race away from his markers and slot a clinical finish past a despairing goalkeeper.Who said there is no place for a striker in a Pep Guardiola side? For Manchester City, the early evidence suggests the addition of a classic No 9 is not going to disrupt Guardiola’s passing machine. If anything the champions look even more dangerous with someone running in behind and, if there is a consolation for West Ham after they opened their campaign with a limp 2-0 defeat, it is that they will surely not be the last side to suffer against De Bruyne and Haaland. Continue reading...

West Ham v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

The Guardian Daniel Harris - 3 days ago

Premier League updates from the 4.30pm BST kick-offAnd feel free to email Daniel or tweet him @DanielHarrisToday, I imagine Moyes will want his wingers staying wide, trying to push Walker and Cancelo back. That’d allow Rice, Soucek and Lanzini to scrap with Rodri, Gundogan and De Bruyne for midfield control, and give West Ham a decent chance of turning that into a physical affair. There’s a lot of pressure, though, on Jarrod Bowen, who looks his side’s most likely creator – though they’ll always have their set-pieces. I mentioned below that West Ham might play 4-4-2 in some games. That’s because, in Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, Moyes has the legs in midfield to allow strikers and wingers – and perhaps explains the pursuit of Amadou Onana, who’s now going to Everton. I do, though, wonder if they need a bit more guile. Continue reading...

Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schulz accused of domestic violence

The Guardian Reuters - 3 days ago

Club have spoken to Schulz but will not take action at this pointPlayer’s former girlfriend files criminal complaint against himBorussia Dortmund officials have talked to the former Germany international Nico Schulz about a complaint of domestic violence filed against him, but at this stage would not be taking any action, the club said on Sunday.The player’s former girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, has filed a criminal complaint against him for domestic violence in 2020, with an investigation under way. Continue reading...

Boyle makes dream return for Hibs with last-gasp equaliser against Hearts

The Guardian PA Media - 3 days ago

Martin Boyle enjoyed a fairytale return to Hibernian as he stepped off the bench to score a 95th-minute equaliser against city rivals Hearts in front of a full house at Easter Road. Lawrence Shankland’s first competitive goal looked like it was going to be enough to secure a third Edinburgh derby victory in succession for the visitors.But Boyle, who signed for the Easter Road club on Saturday just seven months after sealing a lucrative transfer to the Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly, struck with the last kick of the game, sparking a mini pitch invasion from the jubilant home support. Continue reading...

Manchester United optimism quickly snuffed out by return of old failings | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson at Old Trafford - 3 days ago

The manager is new and Cristiano Ronaldo did not start but none of that fixed problems that have haunted United for yearsA bright sun, a blue sky, the temperature climbing beyond 20C. The trams packed well over three hours before kick-off, the megastore rammed. The stewards and security men disconcertingly chirpy. The face of the new manager glaring from the scarves stretched out on the stalls on Matt Busby Way. A distinct buzz in the air. Perhaps even, if one really looked for it, a sense of optimism. Then they kicked off.There have been plenty of dispiriting afternoons for Manchester United in recent years but few quite so dispiriting as this. The feeling was perhaps that Brighton, having sold Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella, would not be quite what they had been last season, the hope for home fans that Erik ten Hag’s hardline approach would have transformed them. But Brighton outplayed United for long periods and might, in truth, have won more comfortably, particularly had Lisandro Martínez been penalised for what seemed an obvious barge in the box on Danny Welbeck. All the familiar late United surge achieved was to reduce the margin of defeat to 2-1. New dawn? Same old United. Continue reading...

Josh Dasilva snatches late point for Brentford at Leicester City

The Guardian Peter Lansley at the King Power Stadium - 3 days ago

Managing the new allowance of five substitutes will be a key factor in the Premier League this autumn and Thomas Frank’s decision to utilise all of his replacements encouraged Brentford to rally from 2-0 down to earn a point courtesy of Josh Dasilva’s late equaliser.Leicester, seemingly cruising to victory with goals from Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall just reward for their excellent first hour, dropped off in the East Midlands heat but made only one change. Brentford, meanwhile, were the better side from when Ivan Toney scored with half an hour to go and it was no surprise when Dasilva, granted the freedom to advance forwards and cut inside, swerved home a fine goal four minutes from time. Continue reading...

Horror start for Ten Hag as Gross fires Brighton to win at Manchester United

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford - 3 days ago

This was the worst of possible starts for Manchester United under Erik ten Hag. All the optimism of pre‑season and a new manager curdled as Old Trafford proved a theatre of the Dutchman’s worst nightmares. Employed on a ticket of “proactive” (his word) pressing football the precise opposite was on show until a rally that drew a farcical consolation.Brighton gave the Dutchman an uncompromising welcome to the Premier League. Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck and Pascal Gross were their stars in an impressive visit from Graham Potter’s men. At any moment it seemed as if they would score so Ten Hag and his players will have to rouse themselves for the trip to Brentford next weekend before hosting Liverpool in the next home fixture. Continue reading...

Manchester United 1-2 Brighton: Premier League – live reaction!

The Guardian Rob Smyth - 3 days ago

Premier League updates from the 2pm BST kick-offMan Utd consider £10m Arnautovic deal to boost attackAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts“Hi Rob,” says Ian Copestake. “Does the bench Ronaldo is on have weights, a squat rack and a power cage?”No, but you can still order Big Macs on Deliveroo. They’ll deliver to the dugout. Continue reading...

Manchester United consider £10m Marko Arnautovic deal to boost attack

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 3 days ago

Austrian has two years left on contract at BolognaErik ten Hag has only one recognised striker in MartialErik ten Hag is targeting Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic as a possible signing as he seeks to strengthen Manchester United’s depleted attacking options. The fee would be in the region of £10m for the 33-year-old.With Cristiano Ronaldo wishing to leave United and Mason Greenwood indefinitely suspended, Ten Hag’s only recognised central striker is Anthony Martial. Continue reading...

Leicester lurk as Callum Hudson-Odoi tells Chelsea he wants to leave on loan

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 3 days ago

Winger was left out of squad entirely for win at EvertonSouthampton could also challenge for 21-year-old’s signatureCallum Hudson-Odoi has asked to leave Chelsea on loan before the transfer window shuts. The winger was not even named on the bench when Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi has struggled for opportunities under Thomas Tuchel and he believes that a move would increase his chances of playing regularly.Leicester and Southampton are two of the clubs who are interested in signing Hudson-Odoi on loan. Chelsea are interested in signing the Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana this summer and are willing to bid £85m for the Frenchman, but they are yet to indicate that they will offer Hudson-Odoi to the Midlands club as part of that deal. Continue reading...

From 1966 to 2022: two finals a world apart, but Lionesses’ win felt even sweeter | Tony Leighton

The Guardian Tony Leighton - 3 days ago

Pioneering reporter was a Wembley witness to both Alf Ramsey’s World Cup winners and a stunning Euro 2022 victoryIt had to be. Surely? Fifty-six years and a day after being at Wembley to see Alf Ramsey’s England beat West Germany to win the men’s World Cup, I walked with my son towards the stadium in a state of nervous anticipation before last Sunday’s Women’s Euro final.As much as I cherish the memory of that historic day in 1966, standing behind the goal into which Geoff Hurst smashed his “they think it’s all over” victory clincher and then roaring like three lions at the final whistle, I felt even more involved and invested this time round as the Lionesses prepared to meet Germany. Continue reading...

European roundup: Messi acrobatics light up PSG’s opening rout of Clermont

The Guardian PA Media and Reuters - 3 days ago

Lionel Messi scores two as PSG begin Ligue 1 campaign in styleDortmund edge past Leverkusen but Adeyemi picks up injuryLionel Messi scored two goals, including a sensational bicycle-kick, as Paris Saint-Germain began their Ligue 1 title defence with an emphatic 5-0 win at Clermont.Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos were also on target at the Stade Gabriel Montpied as PSG made an impressive start under their new coach, Christophe Galthier, despite the absence of Kylian Mbappé through injury. It took only nine minutes for PSG to go ahead, Messi brilliantly flicking the ball on for Neymar to finish. Continue reading...

Brentford get ready for life after Eriksen and close on deal for Mikkel Damsgaard

The Guardian Uzzi Majid - 3 days ago

Frank says other players can step up to fill creative voidClub poised to bring in Sampdoria’s Danish midfielderAfter a relatively stress-free pre-season, Brentford go into Sunday’s Premier League opener at Leicester brimming with confidence and with a far stronger squad than last season. That is no small achievement given that they have lost their creative spark, Christian Eriksen. Thomas Frank, though disappointed to have lost his compatriot, is looking ahead. “We had a good team before Eriksen and we still have a good team,” he said.Eriksen’s impact after his January arrival was striking but it is lazy to suggest he kept the team up on his own and that perception has angered many fans. Frank is adamant some of his other midfielders can step up. Continue reading...

Patience and potential are key to Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United vision | Will Unwin

The Guardian Will Unwin - 3 days ago

New manager accepts ‘there will be setbacks’ but backs his ability to get the best out of an underperforming squadWhen Erik ten Hag was appointed Bayern Munich II head coach he quickly fell out with the team’s striker. Kevin Friesenbichler grew frustrated at being left out of the team until he was able to meet Ten Hag’s exacting standards.The Dutchman, who will take charge of his first Manchester United game against Brighton on Sunday, had to make it very clear what he needed from his players in order for them to fit into his team and not disrupt the dressing room. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City stay ‘not dependent’ on European glory

The Guardian Will Unwin - 3 days ago

Manager says he simply wants team ‘to improve and play better’Manchester City open season at West Ham on SundayAs Pep Guardiola enters his seventh season as Manchester City manager, he says he is fired by the desire to get better each year rather than Champions League glory. City start their Premier League campaign at West Ham on Sunday for what he hopes will end with his fifth Premier League title and the elusive triumph in Europe.Few could have anticipated Guardiola would stay in east Manchester so long after a four years with Barcelona and another three at Bayern Munich. He has spent the summer refreshing his squad as City aim to maintain the momentum that has rarely dipped during the Spaniard’s tenure. Continue reading...

Bristol City manager Lauren Smith says fan told her to stay ‘in the kitchen’

The Guardian PA Media - 4 days ago

Women’s manager was watching men’s team play SunderlandClub statement: ‘This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated’The Bristol City Women manager, Lauren Smith, has revealed she was told to stay “in the kitchen” while watching the men’s team against Sunderland on Saturday.Smith was in attendance with her players at Ashton Gate to watch the Robins’ 3-2 defeat and posted afterwards on Twitter about a comment made to her. “Supporting Bristol City with the team today, and was told women shouldn’t be at the football but in the kitchen,” she wrote. Continue reading...

Ten Hag’s first task is to sort out United’s biggest mistake: bringing Ronaldo back | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson - 4 days ago

A fresh start will be difficult if the forward lingers, with his lack of movement causing problems on and off the pitchIt wouldn’t quite be true to say that everything was rosy at Manchester United a year ago, but they had finished second in the Premier League the previous season and had added Jadon Sancho and Raphäel Varane to the squad. The doubts around Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s management meant a serious title challenge still seemed unlikely but nobody really expected them to fall to sixth, with 16 points fewer than they had gathered the previous season.The campaign began well enough, with a 5-1 demolition of Leeds and then four points from admittedly less-than-inspiring performances in away games at Southampton and Wolves. This seemed the familiar pattern: Solskjær’s United excelled against teams who came at them and left space for the pace of their forward line to exploit, but found it harder against teams who sat deep. Continue reading...

Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Premier League – live reaction!

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 4 days ago

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning2 min: Everton advance and Vitally Mykolenko picks up the ball on the left touchline but is unable to get a cross in. He plays it backwards. 1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing white shirts with light blue stripes, white shorts and blue socks. Everton wear their customary home kit of blue shirts, white shorts and white socks. Continue reading...

Jorginho on the spot to earn Chelsea hard-fought opening win at Everton

The Guardian Andy Hunter at Goodison Park - 4 days ago

It was not a statement performance to launch a new season under ambitious new owners yet Chelsea found rare encouragement at Everton nevertheless. “Maybe it was not the most exciting game in the history of the Premier League,” Thomas Tuchel massively under-stated; “But a win is a win is a win.” A potentially significant one, given Chelsea’s recent toils at Goodison Park.Jorginho’s penalty late in first-half stoppage time ended a run of four successive league defeats for Chelsea at Goodison. Tuchel’s team were dogged not decisive, solid not spectacular, and lacking in penetration despite a lively contribution from Raheem Sterling. Continue reading...

Scottish Premiership: Celtic and Rangers made to work hard for wins

The Guardian PA Media - 4 days ago

Celtic score twice in final 10 minutes to beat Ross County 3-1Morelos returns to fire Rangers to 2-0 win over KilmarnockMoritz Jenz headed a late debut goal as Celtic were again made to work in Dingwall as they beat Ross County 3-1.Kyogo Furuhashi gave Celtic the lead in the 48th minute, but Alex Iacovitti levelled with Ross County’s first effort on target 10 minutes later. Continue reading...

Championship: Blackburn see off Swans and Simms shines for Sunderland

The Guardian PA Media - 4 days ago

Burnley held to 1-1 home draw by Luton at Turf MoorChris Willock screamer helps QPR hold off MiddlesbroughSammie Szmodics’ debut strike helped send Blackburn top of the formative Championship standings with a 3-0 win at Swansea.Szmodics made a quick impact on his maiden outing after a switch from Peterborough, with Ben Brereton Díaz and Lewis Travis also on target. Rovers are the only side to boast two wins from two matches in the embryonic Championship campaign, topping the table ahead of promoted Sunderland. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp hits out at Liverpool performance and laments Thiago injury

The Guardian John Brewin at Craven Cottage - 4 days ago

Liverpool manager concedes Fulham display ‘was a defeat’Klopp says latest injury will not force him into transfer marketA disappointed Jürgen Klopp said “the most positive thing was the result” after Liverpool could only draw 2-2 at newly-promoted Fulham. Despite the £85m signing Darwin Núñez’s contribution as a goalscoring substitute, the Liverpool manager felt his team had made an escape from Craven Cottage.Aleksandar Mitrovic’s two goals were cancelled out by equalising strikes from Núñez and Mohamed Salah, but Klopp pronounced himself as a “12” on a 1-10 scale of disappointment. “The performance was a defeat,” Klopp said. “The result wasn’t a defeat but the performance was. That’s why we have to figure out what happened. If we win today and not learn anything it’s much worse than a point and not learning the right things. But it was not us. Continue reading...

Brenden Aaronson inspires Leeds to comeback victory over Wolves

The Guardian Will Unwin at Elland Road - 4 days ago

Brenden Aaronson’s only disappointment from his Premier League debut is that he will not be attributed with the winner, not that he will accept it was an own goal. Jesse Marsch made the American his first Leeds signing, getting his compatriot to join six days after they scraped Premier League survival.The forward showed everything that the new Leeds should be with his relentless work off the ball and skill on it before essentially forcing Rayan Aït-Nouri to put the ball into his own net. The relief of survival at Elland Road has been replaced by hope of progress in an American revolution. Continue reading...

Lionesses’ legacy at risk as school PE fails girls, experts warn

The Guardian Miranda Bryant - 4 days ago

In the past 10 years alone, 42,000 hours of PE lessons have been lost in UK secondary schools – and girls are the worst hitTwelve years of Tory government have had a disastrous impact on girls’ sport in schools, experts have said, warning that last weekend’s women’s Euro victory will be squandered unless drastic action is taken.In the past 10 years, 42,000 hours of PE lessons have been lost in secondaries – with girls the most affected – and the situation is getting worse, according to the Youth Sport Trust. Continue reading...

Schär and Wilson strike to give Newcastle winning start against Forest

The Guardian Louise Taylor at St James' Park - 4 days ago

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for NUFC and we’re feeling good,” read a giant banner unfurled in the Gallowgate End before kick off.Nottingham Forest’s initial obduracy would test the optimism of the legions of Newcastle fans buying into that message but, well before 5pm, Fabian Schär’s superlative opening goal and another fine finish from Callum Wilson would ensure it was most definitely not a case of tempting fate. Continue reading...

Bournemouth win on top-flight return as Lerma and Moore sink Aston Villa

The Guardian Ben Fisher at the Vitality Stadium - 4 days ago

Perhaps Scott Parker’s frank forewarning was a feat of kidology. Bournemouth’s manager did not sugarcoat his words in the buildup to their first Premier League game in two years, saying his squad was under-resourced and weaker than the one promoted from the Championship. The reality is Bournemouth totally outsmarted an Aston Villa team fresh from a summer facelift. The hosts flew out of the blocks, Jefferson Lerma leathering in on three minutes after feasting on some poor Villa defending, and they doubled their advantage with 10 minutes to play when Kieffer Moore headed in unchallenged. Bournemouth deserved victory on their return to this level but for Steven Gerrard, who acknowledged his side need to walk the walk after a positive pre-season, this alarming display will have provided a rude awakening.For Villa it was an afternoon reminiscent of their opening-day defeat to Watford last season, when a promoted team wiped the floor with them and they trailed 3-0 inside 67 minutes. As stoppage time ticked away Gerrard stood forlorn on the edge of his technical area, hands in pockets. Bournemouth took the lead from an early corner, Lerma hammering home after Lloyd Kelly nodded Marcus Tavernier’s floated ball back across the box. If that made uncomfortable viewing for Gerrard on the touchline then Moore’s header, which stemmed from a Bournemouth free-kick, was an equally painful watch. Kelly was allowed to swing in a high cross from the byline and both Boubacar Kamara, who along with Diego Carlos wilted on debut, and Matty Cash seemed reluctant to challenge, to the delight of Moore who picked his spot. Continue reading...

Tottenham bounce back from early setback to sink Southampton

The Guardian Ed Aarons at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - 4 days ago

If it is going to be the season that Tottenham finally live up to the lofty expectations of their long-suffering supporters then this was some way to start. A superb comeback instigated by the dazzling feet of Dejan Kulusevski ensured that Antonio Conte’s side recovered from the shock of falling behind to an early strike from James Ward-Prowse to record a convincing opening day victory.Goals from defenders Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier steadied Spurs by the break before a comical own goal from Mohammed Salisu and a fourth from the outstanding Kulusevski rounded off a perfect afternoon for the hosts. Continue reading...

From Lionesses to missed chances: why elite success doesn’t always transform the grassroots

The Guardian Emma John - 4 days ago

England women’s Euros triumph has created massive interest in the game, but elite success doesn’t necessarily benefit sport at a lower levelOn Tuesday, the FA announced that tickets for the England women’s football friendly against the USA in October had gone on sale. Within an hour, its website had crashed from the demand. Gabby Logan had predicted as much when she signed off from the Lionesses’ victory at the European Championships last Sunday. “You think it’s all over?” she told viewers. “It’s only just begun.”In the week since England’s historic win over Germany in the final, there has been understandable excitement about the future of women’s football in the UK. Even the Queen, not noted for her football punditry, has added her voice to the throng. “You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations,” she said in her congratulatory message to Leah Williamson’s side. Continue reading...

Tottenham v Southampton, Newcastle v Nottingham Forest: clockwatch – live!

The Guardian Rob Smyth - 4 days ago

Live scoreboard! Follow all the day’s goals as they go inGet in touch! Send your thoughts to RobThere are 15 minutes remaining at Craven Cottage, where - would you believe it, Frank - Fulham lead Liverpool 2-1. Barry Glendenning has the latest.No new faces in the Spurs XI, though Ivan Perisic is one of five new faces on the bench. Richarlison isn’t among them; he’s suspended after misbehaving with a flare when Everton beat Chelsea last season. Continue reading...

'That wasn't us': Klopp frustrated after Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Fulham – video

The Guardian - 4 days ago

Jürgen Klopp said that Liverpool's 'performance was a defeat' after his side had to twice come from behind to draw 2-2 at Fulham on the opening weekend of the Premier League. Mohamed Salah scored a late equaliser after Fulham twice led from two goals by Aleksandar Mitrovic but Klopp says he will learn valuable lessons from the match. '\[If\] we win today and don't learn anything from the game \[it\] is much worse than getting a point and learning the right things,' he said.Núñez and Salah deny Fulham dream start after Mitrovic torments LiverpoolContinue reading...

Dean Smith rails at ‘scandalous decision’ after Norwich frustrated by Wigan

The Guardian PA Media - 4 days ago

Dean Smith railed against referee Matt Donohue after Norwich’s sluggish start to the Championship campaign continued with a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Wigan.Smarting from an opening-day defeat at Cardiff, Norwich dominated for long periods in the East Anglian sunshine but were unable to make their superiority count. Max Aarons had cancelled out James McClean’s opener and was taken out by a strong challenge from Tom Naylor as he went looking for his second goal of the game. Naylor got the ball but Smith felt the challenge was overzealous. Continue reading...

Núñez and Salah deny Fulham dream start after Mitrovic torments Liverpool

The Guardian John Brewin at Craven Cottage - 4 days ago

Darwin Núñez’s impact was almost immediate. Until his arrival six minutes into the second half Liverpool had been listless, frequently beaten to the punch by Fulham. The Uruguayan, direct, speedy and hungry, soon had the promoted team on the back foot. The £85m man’s first Premier League goal, a smart backheel, came within 15 minutes of his introduction and he also played his part in Mohamed Salah’s goal to rescue a draw.The day belonged to another striker, too. Aleksandar Mitrovic, coming off 43 Championship goals last season and attempting to buck the reputation of being short of Premier League class, scored twice. The first was a trademark header, the second a penalty converted after a foul by a foxed, lunging Virgil van Dijk, to suggest that the Serbian – and Fulham – may belong in the top division. Continue reading...

Fulham 2-2 Liverpool: Premier League – live!

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 4 days ago

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenningFulham’s ticket prices: There has been much dissatisfaction among fans on this particular subject during the summer months. If you don’t have a season card, the cheapest adult ticket for today’s game is £65 (rising to £100!), while the most affordable child ticket is £35.On BT Sport, Lynsey Hipgrave reveals that neither Tony Khan, the club’s vice-chairman, nor CEO Alistair McIntosh were prepared to speak to the network about these extortionate prices during the week. Continue reading...

‘Once a blue, you’re a blue’: Haaland renews family bonds with City

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 4 days ago

Erling Haaland’s arrival at the Premier League champions is met with more cheer than father Alfie’s sad early retirementErling Haaland may be a rarity in the brand-conscious world of blockbuster transfers: a superstar signing whose professed love for Manchester City is actually genuine. Where many footballers kiss the badge and cite being childhood fans of Club A, Haaland is the 22-year-old centre-forward whose father, Alfie, played for City, was popular with teammates and staff and would take his infant son to the champions’ former stadium, Maine Road.Roy Bailey was City’s physiotherapist when Haaland Sr was at the club for three seasons from 2000. “I remember him bringing his young lad Erling in when he was injured on a Sunday morning,” he says. “He had the freedom of Maine Road. I’d see him as a toddler when he brought him into the treatment room and he let him run about on the pitch. Alfie was very fond of City.” Continue reading...

Saliba and Zinchenko fire Arsenal’s early-season hopes in sultry opener | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 4 days ago

Mikel Arteta’s new team were excellent in an encouraging opening-day victory at a scorched Selhurst ParkYes: the rumours are true. The Premier League, which never really went away, has returned. And it felt pretty good on a sultry Friday night, watching an Arsenal team of eager new moving parts do an excellent job of raising some tender early-season hopes at Selhurst Park.It was 24 degrees in South London as kick-off approached on the earliest date the English top tier has ever begun. This was a desiccated kind of heat, the grass scorched white, the sky a deathly blue. The English summer does at least have a sense of irony. To avoid the Gulf sun the Premier League will instead play through a heatwave in England. Continue reading...

Sadio Mané strikes as Bayern Munich send message with rout of Frankfurt

The Guardian Reuters - 4 days ago

Champions Bayern Munich fired five goals past Eintracht Frankfurt in the first half on the way to an electric 6-1 victory in the Bundesliga season opener on Friday.Summer signing Sadio Mané was on target as the visitors put down a marker at the start of the campaign as they look to land an 11th consecutive league crown. Europa League winners Eintracht, who face Real Madrid in the Super Cup next week, were outclassed as Bayern scored five inside 38 minutes. Continue reading...

Nobody wants to touch ‘cursed’ Chelsea No 9 shirt, admits Thomas Tuchel

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 4 days ago

Shirt has been worn by succession of underperforming strikersTuchel: ‘I’m also superstitious, I can understand’Thomas Tuchel has admitted “nobody wants to touch” the Chelsea No 9 shirt vacated by Romelu Lukaku because of a “curse” that stretches back to the days of Fernando Torres.Lukaku rejoined Internazionale on loan in June after returning to Stamford Bridge in a club-record £97.5m deal and scoring only 15 goals in 44 appearances last season. Chelsea, who completed the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton on Friday in a deal that could reach £62m, are considering a move for Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after last month rejecting an opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. Continue reading...

Steven Gerrard urges Aston Villa players to start ‘walking the walk’ in top flight

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 4 days ago

Manager targets top-half finish after making five signings‘Finishing 14th wasn’t acceptable. We need to give our fans more’Steven Gerrard has said Aston Villa must start “walking the walk” if they are to achieve a top-half finish after being backed by the club’s billionaire owners to revamp the spine of his team.Villa have made five signings, including Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal, and Gerrard is hopeful of adding an attacking midfielder. Gerrard has replaced Tyrone Mings as captain, with John McGinn given the armband, and the manager hopes his decision allows the England defender to rediscover his best form. Continue reading...

Lampard believes ‘beautiful’ survival battle has made Everton stronger

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 4 days ago

Manager believes sense of togetherness on and off the pitch can push club forward after successful battle against the dropThe noise outside Goodison Park is much quieter than when impassioned Evertonians inspired their team towards safety in May but Frank Lampard can hear it just as clearly. Another fight for survival. First manager to be sacked, according to the bookies. Whatever unfolds, a crash course in management at opposite ends of the Premier League table has made Lampard better-equipped to handle it.“I don’t mind that,” he says of the doom-laden prophecies that accompany Everton into the season. “I’m not immune to hearing it. I know it’s there in certain places. If you come off a relegation battle and lose a player of high value to the team on the pitch \[Richarlison\] I think it’s understandable. I understand when I listen to the radio and people say we’re probably going to be in a fight again. That’s no problem. Other clubs are probably being told they’re going to be in the European places. It means nothing at the minute. Continue reading...

Mohamed Salah will flourish again after signing Liverpool contract, says Klopp

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 4 days ago

Egypt international signed three-year contract last month‘After a holiday Mo is always full of power and energy’Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s new contract will benefit Liverpool on the pitch with the forward having no distractions over his Anfield career.Salah became the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history last month when signing a new three-year contract worth about £350,000 a week. The agreement ended months of uncertainty over the 30-year-old’s future and gave “all of us a boost” according to the Liverpool manager. Salah score 31 club goals last season despite his output declining after the Africa Cup of Nations. Continue reading...

Arsenal sink Crystal Palace after Gabriel Martinelli gives them head start

The Guardian Nick Ames at Selhurst Park - 5 days ago

A new season and a new, ruthless winning machine called Arsenal? Nobody would sensibly take things to such an extreme but this was a big improvement on the fare they were serving up a mere four months ago. Back then they were demolished here, losing 3-0 and simply failing to turn up; no such accusation could be levelled this time and, while there were enough wobbles to leave Crystal Palace feeling a draw would have been fair, the fact they steered home safely at a traditionally turbulent hunting ground can only augur well.As opening games go this was intense, engaging fare in which both sides carried the fight admirably. A goal in each half settled things but perhaps the defining sequence, from an Arsenal perspective at least, came eight minutes after half-time when Wilfried Zaha was denied by the cleanest of tackles from William Saliba as he twisted towards the byline. An old foe had been bested by a newcomer to the league and it would not be the final time; Saliba was outstanding in his first game for Arsenal, three years after arriving from Saint-Etienne, and came into his own during waves of second-half pressure from the hosts. He will take some dislodging from their central defence now. Continue reading...

Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Premier League season kicks off – live!

The Guardian Rob Smyth - 5 days ago

Updates from Selhurst Park as 2022-23 campaign beginsTeam news for all the weekend’s top-flight matchesGet in touch: email Rob with your thoughts“As an Arsenal fan I have a feeling at the start of this season that I haven’t had for many, many years,” says Matt Emerson. “It’s actual Optimism, rather than it’s nastier, mendacious cousin Hope. This will all change by 8:20 I’m sure, but it’s nice to welcome it back, however briefly…”I was trying to remember the last time Arsenal had such a good young side. The late 2000s/early 2010s, I guess, but then you have to go back to the early days of George Graham. Continue reading...

Brendan Rodgers gives his Leicester players a mountain to climb … literally

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 5 days ago

Leicester manager hopes pre-season trip to Mont Blanc shows his squad that they can come through the tough timesDuring a pre-season trip to France Brendan Rodgers, keen to take his Leicester squad out of their comfort zone, set off with his players on a glacier walk and climb up Mont Blanc. After a hard few days of double sessions, they left Évian-les-Bains at 7.30am for Chamonix, at the base of western Europe’s highest peak, to get kitted out with crampons and helmets, before hiking into the Italian Alps.“I think they all enjoyed the experience,” Rodgers says. “Vards \[Jamie Vardy\], as he does, likes to prey on the vulnerable on the cable car and there were a few screams … when you’re going up, it’s high! The whole thing around it was that this season can be a tough season for us. But if you are going to achieve and get to the highest point you can you’ve got to get through those moments.” Continue reading...

'Wrong moment, wrong reasons': Jürgen Klopp angry at winter World Cup – video

The Guardian - 5 days ago

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said he is 'angry' about the 2022 World Cup, which is being held mid-season in Qatar after years of controversy. The German likened the situation to climate change crisis, saying 'as much as everybody knows it's not right, nobody talks often enough about it.' The men's World Cup will take place between 21 November and 18 December despite concerns over player welfare, the state's poor human rights record and allegations of bribery over the vote to award Qatar the tournament in 2010. Continue reading...

‘Do something now’: inside the Lionesses’ drive to get girls playing

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 5 days ago

Lotte Wubben-Moy inspired the letter demanding football for all girls in school and will not settle for ‘hot air’ from politiciansOn Monday the England centre-back Lotte Wubben-Moy ducked down the aisle of the team bus as it wove its way from the Euro 2022 victory celebrations in Trafalgar Square. The 23-year-old was on a mission.“I don’t know whether it was the energy of being in London, being around people out in front of the National Portrait Gallery that were screaming our names as we were dancing in front of them, but it was a catalyst for me to then go say it to everyone and go to Leah \[Williamson, the captain\] and Sue \[Campbell, the director of women’s football at the Football Association\] to say: ‘We need to do something now.’” Continue reading...

Premier League returns: team news and transfers as we count down to kick-off – live!

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin (now) and Tom Davies (earlier) - 5 days ago

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendYou can contact Luke by email, Twitter or comment BTLLoan news: Fulham have signed Shane Duffy on a season-long loan from Brighton. Not all our writers are convinced:It’s a busy old morning for transfer news – would be interested to see how Brighton fans feel about the likely loss of Cucurella to Chelsea, and how it impacts their prospects after such an enjoyable 2021-22 campaign. Continue reading...