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Ipswich v Huddersfield, Plymouth v Hull and more: Championship final day – live

The Guardian Scott Murray - 2 weeks ago

Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offs across the countryLive scoreboard | And feel free to mail ScottBirmingham 0-0 Norwich. The home side have started in lively fashion. Miyoshi has a dig from distance. Gunn behind it all the way.Leeds 0-0 Southampton. “I’m not sure a season where Leeds missed out on the title on the final day is the best memory to cheer Leeds fans up!” writes Adam Becker. Yes, good point, though you get the general gist, and in any case, this is Don Revie’s Leeds we’re talking about, last-gasp misery is baked in and taken for granted. Continue reading...

‘An incredible journey’: Fran Kirby to leave Chelsea at end of the season

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 weeks ago

Forward, 30, is club’s all-time top scorer in women’s football‘It has been one of the biggest privileges of my life’Fran Kirby has announced she will end her “incredible journey” at Chelsea at the end of the current season. The 30-year-old England midfielder has helped the club to six WSL titles, five FA Cups and two League Cups since signing from Reading in 2015.In an emotional interview on the club’s website, she said: “To leave with the trophies that I have won, with the teammates I’ve played with – some of the world’s best players – it has been one of the biggest privileges of my life. Continue reading...

Thiago Silva 'agrees to sign for new club' after 'receiving offers from THREE London teams' following his decision to leave Chelsea at the end of the season 

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

The defender will link up with his new club in July. Silva, 39, revealed that he will leave the Blues at the end of his contract this summer after four years at Stamford Bridge.

Shea Connors’ late strike clinches Sydney FC a record fifth A-League Women championship

The Guardian Joey Lynch at AAMI Park - 2 weeks ago

Melbourne City 0-1 Sydney FCLate strike by Connors clinches fifth championship for SydneyShea Connors was celebrating before the ball had even hit the back of the net, wheeling away as she scored what would prove the winning goal in the 69th minute of Sydney’s 1-0 triumph over Melbourne City in Saturday evening’s A-League Women grand final.Connors had been on the park for all of 120 seconds to that point, brought on to replace Princess Ibini. Now she was being mobbed by teammates converging from the pitch and the bench, having put her side on the way to a historic fifth title. Continue reading...

Sydney FC defeat Melbourne City in A-League Women grand final – live

The Guardian Jonathan Howcroft - 2 weeks ago

Shea Connors settles the grand final in 69th minuteSydney FC win record fifth A-League championshipExpect City to line up in something resembling a 4-4-2 with the powerful Hannah Wilkinson the target up front. Sydney are more likely to adopt a 4-3-3 shape with Cortnee Vine, Princess Ibini-Isei, and 16-year-old Indiana Shae dos Santos forming a dynamic forward line.Casey Reibelt is today’s referee, taking charge for her third grand final. The Queenslander was recently named the A-League Women Referee of the Year. Continue reading...

Why ‘empowering’ AFC Wimbledon let their youngsters call the shots

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 2 weeks ago

Player-led matches are one of the fresh concepts at academy that aims to give players tools for success beyond footballA few weeks ago AFC Wimbledon Under-18s won 4-3 at Cheltenham Town in the Youth Alliance Cup. The visitors went 3-0 down but did not panic, tweaking tactics and adjusting systems before storming back. It was a wild contest, a remarkable turnaround, but what was even more impressive was Wimbledon were in effect managerless for the day, with the game designated as one of their player-led matches, a pioneering concept at the heart of their academy programme. Apart from booking the team bus to Gloucestershire, the onus was on the youngsters to organise everything and cope with the challenges: absorb the pressure, problem-solve on the spot and play.It is an idea that hands the initiative to players and one Wimbledon do a few times a season from the under-nines to under-18s. Safeguarding rules differ between age groups but a physiotherapist is always present, as legally required. “When you see 10-year-olds trying to dissect the game, looking at formations, telling people what position they are going to play in, it is empowering,” says their academy manager, Michael Hamilton, who has been asked to share the concept at Premier League and Football Association conferences. “Life is not easy. There are going to be ups and downs. You might get released when you think you shouldn’t, you might not get a run of games. It is about having a bag of tools you can go into and say: ‘What do I need today?’” Continue reading...

Disappointed Rob Edwards not giving up on Luton’s survival bid

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at Kenilworth Road - 2 weeks ago

Manager frustrated after 1-1 draw at home to Everton‘We’re still in the mix. We’ve got to believe. We go again.’Rob Edwards refused to wave the white flag after Luton missed the chance to move out of the bottom three of the Premier League with two games remaining.Although Edwards did not hide his disappointment about his side ­drawing 1-1 with Everton at ­Kenilworth Road on Friday night, the Luton manager insisted that they will not let up in their quest to stay up. Luton have drawn level on points with ­Nottingham Forest, who remain in 17th place thanks to their superior goal difference, and all is not lost yet. The mood could shift if Forest fail to win at Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading...

Luton waste chance to start great escape in draw with Everton

Telegraph Will Conroy - 2 weeks ago

Elijah Adebayo marked his return from injury with a goal for Luton but it was not enough. The Hatters needed to win to apply any significant pressure upon relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and Burnley.\]\]>

Ange Postecoglou insists ‘change has to happen’ at Tottenham this summer

The Guardian PA Media - 2 weeks ago

‘We’ve still got a long way to go,’ says head coachSpurs prepared to sell Højbjerg, Lo Celso and Gil The Tottenham head coach, Ange Postecoglou, has told his squad more changes are on the horizon. Spurs had shown plenty of signs of improvement during Postecoglou’s debut season until a run of three straight losses checked their progress.Defeat at Chelsea on Thursday night highlighted some of the deficiencies in the current Tottenham squad, which has largely been put together by pragmatic managers in José Mourinho, Nuno Espírito Santo and Antonio Conte, but are now being asked to play a more progressive style of football. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden can become a Manchester City great

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 2 weeks ago

Forward wins Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year awardGuardiola adds 23-year-old can help England win Euro 24Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to become a Manchester City great and said the forward can help drive England to become European champions this summer, provided Gareth Southgate’s team believe they can win the tournament.On Friday Foden was announced as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, recognition of a career-best season in which he has scored 24 goals for City and made 10 assists. The 23-year-old has claimed five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, one Champions League, one Uefa Super Cup and one Fifa Club World Cup. Guardiola was asked whether Foden could become City’s greatest-ever player. Continue reading...

Arsenal and Mikel Arteta aim to pile pressure on City with early victory

The Guardian David Hytner - 2 weeks ago

Gunners came from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth last March and head coach hopes for a less breathless display on Saturday“In my heart and in my soul … this is what I am hoping for, yes,” Mikel Arteta says, as he prepares to go through the routine once again. It will be for the third time in the past fortnight or so and yet it is a movie the Arsenal manager has seen on countless occasions over the years – from a role on both sides, which only adds to the drama; the fear factor, too, which he must surely fight.Arteta’s team play first on Saturday as the Premier League title race nears its climax – at home to Bournemouth at 12.30pm. And then the defending champions, Manchester City, will have to respond when they host Wolves at 5.30pm. Continue reading...

Elijah Adebayo strikes but frustrated Luton fail to put Everton away

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at Kenilworth Road - 2 weeks ago

When the final story of the 2023-24 Premier League season comes to be told, it is likely that Luton Town will feel nothing but regret about the night when they ran out of inspiration and time against opponents as negative and rudimentary as Sean Dyche’s Everton.Of course, nobody inside Kenilworth Road could question Luton’s determination to fight until the end. There was a lovely equalising goal from Elijah Adebayo, whose strike cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s early penalty, and there was no shortage of endeavour. Tahith Chong, who never stopped running, was outstanding and Luton would come agonisingly close to snatching the win that would have moved them out of the bottom three before Nottingham Forest visit Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon, only for Luke Berry and Andros Townsend to spurn three inviting chances during six added minutes. Continue reading...

Luton v Everton: Premier League – live

The Guardian Simon Burnton - 2 weeks ago

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at Kenilworth RoadHave any thoughts? Send them to Simon via email4 mins: Everton are clad entirely in grey. It’s hard to be inspired by a team in grey. Or anything else that’s grey, really. I like grey herons.2 mins: Chong gets a couple of crossing opportunities: the first is sent low, straight to a defender. The second is sent high, straight to a defender. Continue reading...

Ipswich’s pulse beats faster on verge of ending Premier League exile | Nick Ames

The Guardian Nick Ames - 2 weeks ago

Kieran McKenna has transformed Tractor Boys from a third-tier team into one that has upset clubs with far greater resourcesIn Ipswich the businesses are decking their premises in blue and white while passers-by wish the hours away. Banners, flags, good-luck messages and the nervous thrill of an underlying hubbub: there is only one topic of conversation in the shops and cafes of the modest, compact town centre. Football has always sat at the heart of this proud, often understated community: it comes alive beyond recognition when things are going well. There has been little to sustain it in the past two decades but now its pulse is beating faster than at any point in memory.If Ipswich Town secure a point or more against Huddersfield on Saturday lunchtime, their return to the Premier League will be confirmed. It is a prize that many in these parts, during darker moments, had given up hope of grasping again. They can earn it in front of a packed house at Portman Road, which remains one of English football’s most distinctive venues and has hit fever pitch over the past year. The continuation of a stunning season’s form would mean it is hosting some of the best players in the world a few months from now. Continue reading...

Premier League team news: predicted lineups for the weekend action

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 weeks ago

Arsenal host Bournemouth in Saturday’s early kick-off while Tottenham visit Anfield to take on Liverpool on SundaySaturday 12.30pm TNT Sports 1 Venue Emirates Stadium Continue reading...

‘A disgrace’: Ratcliffe reads riot act after visiting Manchester United facilities

The Guardian Exclusive by Jamie Jackson - 2 weeks ago

Chief of football operations rails at ‘high degree of untidiness’IT department and age-group dressing rooms ‘reflect poorly’Sir Jim Ratcliffe has ordered ­Manchester United’s staff to raise standards after describing the level of ­untidiness in offices as a “disgrace” and some dressing rooms as “not much better”.Ratcliffe, the minority owner who now controls United’s football policy, made his comments after a two-day tour of Old Trafford and the ­Carrington training ground. Continue reading...

Manchester City told to ‘fight to the end’ despite WSL title rivals Chelsea faltering

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 2 weeks ago

Four points from final two games would clinch title for CityManager Gareth Taylor warns against complacencyGareth Taylor has played down the impact of Chelsea’s shock 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday, which gave his Manchester City side a firm advantage in the Women’s Super League title race. “It’s changed nothing,” he insisted on Friday. “There’s been a lot of talk around it but the objective is the same: win the next game.”City, who have won one WSL title, in 2016, host Arsenal at the Joie Stadium on Sunday before playing Aston Villa away in their final game. Chelsea, who on Friday announced that Maren Mjelde would leave at the end of the season, welcome relegated Bristol City to Kingsmeadow and play Tottenham away before travelling to Old Trafford to face the team they lost 2-1 to in the FA Cup semi-final last month: Manchester United. Continue reading...

Football Daily | Jürgen Klopp hurls yet another stick of dynamite at TNT Sports

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 weeks ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!While anyone who actually watched last Saturday’s lunchtime draw in the Premier League could be forgiven for thinking Liverpool’s inability to beat West Ham was down to Liverpool’s inability to defend crosses into their penalty area and repeated insistence on firing shots wide of, over and against the woodwork, Jürgen Klopp used his press conference this morning to set them straight. Clambering aboard his soapbox ahead of his side’s 15-goal thriller against Tottenham on Sunday, the outgoing Liverpool manager laid the blame for the damaging draw in east London squarely at the door of TNT Sports, who had broadcast the game for armchair and bar-stool viewers in the UK.With regard to the suit clearout at Manchester United, CFO Cliff Baty may have been asked to Do One at the end of the season but surely interim CEO Patrick Stewart has been encouraged to Boldly Go” – Declan Houton.I’m one of those readers lucky enough to have friends to go to the football with regularly. My buddy will happily regale me with tales of being bought drinks by German fans after that night in Munich, or bunking off school to see his beloved (and sadly no longer with us) Nuneaton Borough play away in the FA Cup at Firewall FC’s Old Show Ground. Therefore when you posted your gallery of images from the new FSC book At The Match, I thought it would be something that he would enjoy, especially since he has a big birthday coming up. After scrolling through them, lo and behold there he was with his family staring back at me from the picture of Yorkshire v Parishes of Jersey. Thanks for saving me the hassle of thinking of something appropriate to buy him, and hopefully you won’t see through this blatant attempt to save the £40 by winning the prized Letter o’ the Day so I can spend more money buying him beer at the NCEL Premier Playoff Final on Saturday! Up the Miners!” – Chris Richardson. Continue reading...

Klopp tears into TNT Sports; Clattenburg resigns from Forest role: football news – live

The Guardian Barry Glendenning (now) and Yara El-Shaboury (earlier) - 2 weeks ago

Premier League table | Sign up for Football Daily hereWant to share your thoughts? Send Barry an emailNottingham Forest: Nuno Espirito Santo expects his side’s Premier League relegation battle to go down to the wire. Nottingham Forest are locked in a three-way battle with Luton and Burnley to avoid the remaining two places in the bottom three and are away at already-relegated Sheffield United tomorrow afternoon. Forest are still awaiting news of their appeal against a four-point deduction due to breaking profit and sustainability rules. Nuno believes even if his side win tomorrow, their fate will not be decided until the final day of the season when they play Burnley in what could be a relegation shootout.“Looking at the table and the next matches, it’s going to be until the end, it’s not going to be solved tomorrow,” Nuno said. “We depend on ourselves and after Sheffield United it must still be in our hands so, for that, we must win.” Continue reading...

Birmingham and Rowett braced for make-or-break Championship finale

The Guardian Morgan Ofori - 2 weeks ago

New owners have big plans but after the disastrous Rooney reign Blues head into the final day in the relegation zone‘If we had three dice to start with, two are down the drain and we’ve got one left – I’ve got to hope we roll a six,” Gary Rowett said this week as his Birmingham side prepare to welcome Norwich on Saturday lunchtime in a game with huge implications for Blues. Anything other than a win plus favourable results elsewhere would likely consign the club to the third tier for the first time since 1995.After August’s American takeover with Tom Brady in tow and October’s appointment of Wayne Rooney as manager, Birmingham start the final day in the relegation zone, one place from safety. Plans were announced last month to build a new “world-class” stadium but the immediate task is less glamorous. Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn share their relegation anxiety. One of the four will go down. Continue reading...

‘Unintended friction’: Clattenburg leaves referee analyst role at Forest

The Guardian PA Media - 2 weeks ago

Former referee said he had become ‘more hindrance than help’Clattenburg warned by FA following his criticism of officiatingMark Clattenburg has stood down from his role as a referee analyst at Nottingham Forest, admitting he had become “more of a hindrance than a help” to the club.Clattenburg has been at the centre of two major controversies involving the club since he took on the advisory role in February, first speaking out over a drop-ball incident in a match against Liverpool and then ­criticising the officiating in Forest’s game at Everton on 21 April. On Friday he was also formally warned by the Football Association in relation to comments made about the latter match. Continue reading...

Wrexham announce they are releasing EIGHT players, including their captain - while they are partying in Las Vegas - as Ryan Reynolds' club get ruthless on rise up the leagues

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

The Hollywood-owned side have been celebrating promotion from League Two out in Las Vegas once again as their impressive rise up the football pyramid continued this term.

Echoes of errors: why has VAR sparked so much fury this season?

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 2 weeks ago

There have been some glaring mistakes by VAR but it also appears to have increased officiating standards on the pitchSeven months ago Englandthe country came the closest yet to entering thermonuclear war over a refereeing decision. When the referee Simon Hooper mistakenly ruled out a Luis Díaz goal at Tottenham for offside and the video assistant referee Darren England failed to correct him, the initial response was heated and only bubbled up from there.“They said it was significant, that’s very significant,” said Gary Neville on Sky at full time when a Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) statement dropped acknowledging “significant human error” in ruling out the goal. “It makes you wonder how many others they’ve got wrong as well,” chipped in Jamie Redknapp. Continue reading...

West Ham close to deal for Julen Lopetegui to take over as manager

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 weeks ago

Agreement could come next week if talks continue smoothlyWest Ham preparing to let David Moyes go at end of seasonWest Ham are close to agreeing a deal for Julen Lopetegui to take over as their new manager. The club are poised to part company with David Moyes at the end of the season and talks with Lopetegui are gathering pace.Negotiations have not been concluded and a final decision on Moyes, whose contract runs out this summer, will not be made until the Scot holds talks with the board once the campaign is over. Continue reading...

I'm a footballer's fiancee... here's what life is REALLY like as a WAG - including 3am phone calls with his manager when I'd just given birth

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

Ludlow's partner is Morecambe captain Farrend Rawson and she recently detailed her anxiety towards where the pair will end up when his contract expires.

‘Identify weaknesses and exploit them’: the rise of the set-piece coach | Ed Aarons

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 2 weeks ago

Nicolas Jover has been behind Arsenal’s excellence from corners with Aston Villa and Chelsea also investing in specialistsIt is a spectacle increasingly common in Premier League technical areas. Whenever a free-kick or corner is awarded, managers are joined by another figure who wildly gesticulates and shouts instructions at his team’s players for a few seconds before taking his seat again in the dugout.Thanks largely to the exploits of Arsenal’s Nicolas Jover, the set-piece coach’s stock has never been higher. Two goals from corners in last weekend’s north London derby mean Mikel Arteta’s side have equalled the Premier League record of 16 set by West Brom in 2016-17, managed by a certain Tony Pulis, and have 22 in total from set pieces – four more than their nearest rivals, Everton. Arsenal have also conceded only six, second to Manchester City (two), where Jover was replaced by Carlos Vicens in 2021. Continue reading...

Pochettino tells Chelsea to clear up his future after ‘stupid rumours’

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 weeks ago

Argentinian does not know if he will be in charge in August‘Ask the club if they want me to keep going or not’Mauricio Pochettino is fed up with “stupid rumours” about his job and has said it is up to Chelsea’s bosses to provide clarity on his future.Chelsea are three points below sixth-placed Manchester United with four games to play and have a growing chance of rescuing their season by qualifying for Europe after a recent upturn in form. Pochettino, who felt his side produced their best performance of his tenure when they beat Tottenham 2-0 on Thursday, is building his case to continue as head coach. Continue reading...

Jürgen Klopp attacks TNT Sports over Premier League’s European struggles

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 2 weeks ago

Liverpool manager tears into broadcaster over fixture scheduleKlopp on Fifa: ‘I probably wouldn’t survive in that sea of sharks’Jürgen Klopp has rounded on TNT Sports and accused broadcasters in England of contributing to the failure of Premier League clubs in Europe this season.The Liverpool manager was in the mood to settle a few scores before his penultimate game at Anfield, against Tottenham on Sunday, with broadcasters and Fifa among the targets. The Premier League has lost out to the Bundesliga for the extra Champions League place for next season owing to its clubs’ performances this season and, after Aston Villa’s home defeat in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg, may have no representatives in a European final. Continue reading...

'Players are overworked': Klopp tears into TNT Sports over English European struggles – video

The Guardian - 2 weeks ago

Jürgen Klopp launched an extraordinary rant at footballing authorities and broadcasters in a press conference ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The outgoing Liverpool manager specifically called out TNT Sports - referencing his side's quick turnaround between games and frequent 12.30 kick-offs - saying that players in England are overworked and play too many matches. 'I watch a lot of football all over the world, Premier League is the best league in the world. It's not overrated, the players are overworked,' he said. 'Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday 12.30 is a crime. I was actually waiting for Amnesty International to go to them.' Continue reading...

Nuno has three games to save Forest – victory is essential at Bramall Lane

The Guardian Will Unwin - 2 weeks ago

Manager has had to deal with injuries, a points deduction and VAR controversies but Forest’s future is still in their hands‘What Steve did here was huge … we are trying to improve this legacy, which is amazing,” Nuno Espírito Santo said when he was appointed as Steve Cooper’s successor. At that stage Forest were 17th; 18 matches and 16 points later, they are in the same position but with added peril.Nuno has three games to save Nottingham Forest, starting with a trip to Bramall Lane on Saturday. Victory is a must against Sheffield United, the worst team in the Premier League, to avoid wasting Cooper’s platform and further damaging his own reputation. Continue reading...

Manchester City’s Foden and Shaw win writers’ player of the year awards

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 2 weeks ago

Foden has scored 24 goals for City and contributed 10 assistsShaw, WSL’s leading scorer, ‘proud and privileged’Phil Foden has been voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Bunny Shaw, his Manchester City colleague, the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.Foden received 42% of the vote after a career-best season in which he has scored 24 goals for City and contributed 10 assists. Shaw received 53% of the votes, the striker having scored 22 goals in all competitions. Continue reading...

Arsenal lose Invincibles branding after Lehmann acquires rights for £30,000

The Guardian PA Media - 2 weeks ago

Club were unaware of sale before 20th anniversary of title winFormer Gunners goalkeeper says all profits will go to charityThe former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has bought the branding rights to ‘the Invincibles’.Lehmann completed the £30,000 purchase of the trademark used for Arsenal’s Premier League title winning season of 2003-04 ahead of its 20th anniversary. The German is now setting up a company which he says has the support of players involved in the only unbeaten season in the competition’s history, as well as its mastermind Arsène Wenger. Continue reading...

MLS power rankings: Columbus Crew continue to make history

The Guardian Joseph Lowery - 2 weeks ago

City Football Group’s New York branch is up and running, Orlando City are floundering and Wilfried Nancy has built a continental juggernautWelcome back to the Guardian’s MLS Power Rankings, where I have a beef with your specific team and your specific team alone. If you have complaints, toss ‘em in the comments down below, but be warned: I’m better at blocking out negativity than Pedro Gallese has been at stopping shots this season.Now, as a reminder, these aren’t your standard, run-of-the-mill power rankings. We’re still ranking teams from worst to first. But along with the rankings, we’re diving deep into a handful of teams from around the league who are doing particularly interesting things. Continue reading...

Prince William feels the pain as Aston Villa brought down to earth by Olympiacos

Telegraph Kieran Crichard - 2 weeks ago

Aston Villa have waited over four decades for a European semi-final and will have to do it the hard way if they are to end the season with a trophy.\]\]>

Chaos, mediocrity and unadulterated stress: the end of another football season | Max Rushden

The Guardian Max Rushden - 2 weeks ago

Last year I logged into iFollow to watch Cambridge maintain their League One status. This year I did exactly the sameAs middle age creeps along, I am continually finding new, and less interesting, ways to measure the passing of time. For much of my 20s and all of my 30s I lived on a street with a food market and after a couple of years of burritos and Turkish flatbreads, I realised the greatest advantage was the refuse collection. Every day was bin day.I took this freedom and wild abandon for waste completely for granted. I didn’t have to plan or think or tear cardboard boxes to shreds. Just toss a plastic bag on the street before 5pm and it was whisked away. I was truly alive. Now it’s a Sunday evening ritual: peer down the street – is it recycling or garden waste? That time again, eh, Frank? Feels like it was only last week we were dragging the yellow bin on to the curb. Do you have space in your green bin, Janet? I’ve been doing some pruning. There we all are, wheel them out and wait for the 6am trash-truck Monday morning chorus. Another week closer to death. Continue reading...

Dynamic Chelsea drive Ange Postecoglou to the point of disgust

Telegraph Rob Bagchi - 2 weeks ago

Ange Postecoglou has been insistent that Champions League football is “not a Willy Wonka golden ticket” for Tottenham Hotspur, and that growth as a team is more important than finishing in the top four. His problem is that, on this trajectory, Spurs are heading for neither. \]\]>

Premier League: 10 things to look out for in this weekend’s football

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 weeks ago

Elijah Adebayo’s return boosts Luton, Wolves seek another City shock and Alexander Isak eyes golden bootFriday night’s clash between deeply imperilled Luton and newly safe Everton ought to mean contrasting moods among the two sets of supporters at Kenilworth Road. Still, off-field alarms at Everton are likely to dampen the mood in the away end despite the impressive three straight wins that have delivered safety for Sean Dyche’s side. Luton’s much-admired campaign against the drop, by contrast, looks as if it is running out of road yet this well-run club have less to fear from relegation than many around them. There are hopeful portents for Rob Edwards’s team too: the Hatters’ first Premier League win of the season was secured at Goodison in September. The return of Elijah Adebayo, who came on for the final 12 minutes of last Saturday’s loss at Wolves after two months out, can also give their attack extra verve against an Everton side whose thoughts might just be beach-bound after recent exertions. Victory would lift Luton out of the bottom three and give Nottingham Forest more than conspiracy theories to worry about. Tom DaviesLuton v Everton, Friday 8pm (all times BST)Arsenal v Bournemouth, Saturday 12.30pmBrentford v Fulham, Saturday 3pmBurnley v Newcastle, Saturday 3pmSheffield United v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Tottenham were ‘so far off it’ in defeat at Chelsea, says angry Ange Postecoglou

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at Stamford Bridge - 2 weeks ago

Angry Spurs manager says his side lacked ‘positive mindset’Pochettino defiant after statement win over his former clubAnge Postecoglou admitted Tottenham had the wrong mindset after their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were hit by a limp 2-0 loss to Chelsea.Spurs, who lie seven points below fourth-placed Aston Villa with four games to go, were woefully short of fight on a damaging night. Their frailties at set pieces were exposed again and although they have a game in hand on Villa, Postecoglou had no complaints about Chelsea extending his side’s losing run to three matches. Continue reading...

Scamacca strikes as Atalanta hold Marseille to boost Europa League dream

The Guardian Reuters - 2 weeks ago

Marseille were held to a 1-1 home draw by Atalanta in a hard-fought Europa League semi-final, first-leg tie in France on Thursday.Gianluca Scamacca put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes when Teun Koopmeiners found him unmarked in the box to fire low into the far post. It was the striker’s 16th goal in all competitions this season – double the total he managed in his solitary season at West Ham. Continue reading...

Leverkusen on track for Europa League final after Andrich magic stuns Roma

The Guardian PA Media and Reuters - 2 weeks ago

Bayer Leverkusen took a huge step towards the Europa League final after a deserved 2-0 first-leg win in their last-four clash against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.Florian Wirtz gave Leverkusen a half-time lead before Robert Andrich struck a superb second as the German champions proved too strong for their hosts. Xabi Alonso’s side also extended their unbeaten run to 47 games in all competitions this season. Continue reading...

Sean Dyche ‘still earning the right to be Everton manager’ despite sealing safety

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 2 weeks ago

Dyche has secured Premier League survival amid turmoil‘The highs and lows, the hero to zero, that’s part of the job’Sean Dyche has said he is still earning the right to be Everton’s manager despite leading the club through a series of crises to achieve Premier League safety with three games to spare.Everton visit Luton on Friday with the pressure off for the first time in Dyche’s reign having secured their top-flight status with last weekend’s win over Brentford, their fourth successive league victory and clean sheet at Goodison Park. The achievement is all the more impressive given the club suffered two separate points deductions totalling eight points, had to make a profit in the transfer market last summer and has called in a firm of restructuring and insolvency advisers amid a protracted takeover saga. Continue reading...

Roma 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen: Europa League semi-final, first leg – live reaction

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin - 2 weeks ago

Europa League semi-final updates, 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard | Read Football Daily | And mail Luke“As soon as the referee blows for kick-off, everyone starts to move,” De Rossi said of his potential formation this evening. I mean, that’s undeniable, but his point is that formations are more fluid in the modern game than perhaps they once were.I’m looking forward to this one. Are you? Send me an email. Continue reading...

Aston Villa have mountain to climb after El Kaabi earns Olympiakos first-leg win

The Guardian Ben Fisher at Villa Park - 2 weeks ago

Aston Villa’s first major European semi-final since 1982 fell flat and unless they can inspire a ­memorable turnaround in the port of Piraeus next Thursday, their adventure will end in disappointment.A few minutes after the final whistle, Evangelos Marinakis, the Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner, was basking in victory, high-fiving supporters in an understandably boisterous away end. Any officiating concerns were on the back-burner here. Continue reading...

Conor Gallagher is vital for Chelsea. Selling him would be a huge mistake | Jacob Steinberg

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at Stamford Bridge - 2 weeks ago

Academy graduate showed his value to the club is greater than mere profit during statement win over TottenhamHere are two words that will send a shiver down the spine of every Chelsea fan: pure profit. In a world dominated by considerations around the Premier League’s financial regulations, they cannot help but fret about their homegrown talents being sold off to protect the bottom line.Then again, needs must at Chelsea after a loss of £90.1m in the last financial year. Perhaps, even though it would be a dreadful idea, there is no option but to sell Conor Gallagher to the highest bidder this summer. If so, though, they would be doing their rivals a huge favour. After all, nobody could possibly have watched their deserved 2-0 win over Tottenham in a fevered, skittish London derby and concluded that the smartest thing a club striving for an identity can do next would be to reduce Gallagher to a faceless number in their next set of accounts. Continue reading...

Aston Villa 2-4 Olympiakos: Europa Conference League semi-final, first leg – live

The Guardian Taha Hashim - 2 weeks ago

Conference League semi-final updates, 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard | Read Football Daily | And mail Taha2 min: The Villa supporters break into song before Podence delivers a sublime ball into the box with the outside of his right foot, and Iborra gets a head on it at the far post, with Olsen tipping it over the bar. The flag goes up … but I reckon he might well have still been on.1 min: Olympiakos knock it around at the back before Podence overhits an ambitious ball into the Villa box. Continue reading...

Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson head Chelsea to win against Tottenham

The Guardian David Hytner at Stamford Bridge - 2 weeks ago

Ange Postecoglou says he does not care about the questions being asked about Tottenham’s inability to defend securely from set pieces. The manager believes he will get it right. But he could not avoid another hail of them after his team slumped to a third defeat on the spin, their season in increasing danger of fizzling out. And it was some way from being Spurs’ only shortcoming.It was Chelsea’s night, this a victory to fire their hopes of a Europa League finish. They were excellent in the first half, Spurs so poor that Postecoglou howled in frustration on a number of occasions. It was difficult to remember seeing him so unhappy. Continue reading...

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: Premier League – live reaction

The Guardian Simon Burnton - 2 weeks ago

Premier League updates from the 7.30pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard | Read Football Daily | And mail Simon2 mins: Not a lot has happened, and all of it hasn’t happened down Tottenham’s right/Chelsea’s left.1 min: Peeeeeep! Chelsea have kicked off. Continue reading...

Chelsea 'plot surprise move for former Arsenal star' as the Blues bid to strengthen Mauricio Pochettino's £1billion squad this summer... and he could be available for less than £10m

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

There have been many instances of players transferring directly between the London rivals, such as when Kai Havertz joined Arsenal from the Blues last year.

Is it any surprise Sancho is shining away from Manchester United circus? | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 2 weeks ago

Although he was superb for Dortmund against PSG, this is not the time to start clamouring for a Euros place or United return for player who has had a tough two yearsPerhaps the most telling Jadon Sancho clip to emerge from a wonderfully creative attacking performance during Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final first leg was the one that appeared after the match.This was Sancho’s interview on CBS sports with a visibly buzzed-up Jamie Carragher, who had spent the evening pushing the broadcasting envelope by drinking eight pints of beer in the Yellow Wall end and was able afterwards to provide a real-time demonstration of just how hard it is to do the job of professional broadcaster while drunk. Belated respect for the scotch-sodden Ron Burgundy‑style anchor gods of yesteryear. It’s clearly not as easy as it looks. Continue reading...

Erik ten Hag says he is playing catch-up with new technical director Jason Wilcox as Manchester United look to develop their transfer strategy

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

CHRIS WHEELER: Despite uncertainty over his future, Ten Hag (left) is planning for a third season - and fifth window - in charge as he gets to work with the new team.

West Ham technical director Steidten asked to stay away from first team

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 weeks ago

German is involved in hiring new manager for next seasonDecision to restrict access instigated by David MoyesWest Ham’s hunt for a new manager has resulted in Tim Steidten, the technical director, being asked to stay away from David Moyes and the first team for the rest of the season. Steidten is heavily involved in the hunt for a replacement for Moyes, who is set to depart when his contract expires this summer, and that has led to growing unease behind the scenes.West Ham’s desire to make a managerial change is an open secret and they have held talks with Julen Lopetegui, Hansi Flick and Sporting’s Rúben Amorim. Continue reading...

'Totally crap': Ten Hag denies reports of a clearout at Manchester United – video

The Guardian - 2 weeks ago

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has denied reports that Manchester United are set for a summer clearout of their players in the transfer window, calling them a 'joke' and 'totally crap'. 'It's a joke,' he said. 'As long as I've worked here, every summer, every window, I think 200 players are getting interest from Manchester United. I think be calm and also take some responsibility when you make such a headline. Think, find a good source if there is some truth in it and this is totally crap.' The Dutchman also commented on Jadon Sancho's impressive Champions League performance for Borussia Dortmund and underlined his 'high value' Continue reading...

Jadon Sancho represents a high value for Manchester United, says Ten Hag

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 2 weeks ago

Manager praised winger’s display for Dortmund against PSGSancho was loaned to German club in January after falloutErik ten Hag has said he is happy for Jadon Sancho after the winger ­produced a display in Borussia ­Dortmund’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain that showed he “represents a high value” for ­Manchester United.Sancho was among Dortmund’s best performers in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory in the semi-final first leg. The 24-year-old joined the German club in January on loan having not played for United since August after a disagreement with Ten Hag regarding why the manager left him out of the squad for the 3-1 loss at Arsenal in early September. Continue reading...

Football Daily | Emma Hayes’ long goodbye and the farewell tour narrative

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 weeks ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!A little over a month ago the Chelsea women’s team were still in contention for a quadruple, but now the odds are massively stacked against them winning any shiny pots at all. It is a scenario that seemed utterly unthinkable when their charismatic manager announced in November she’d be taking herself through the door marked “Do One” come season’s end, but on Wednesday night even Emma Hayes conceded it is one that is almost certain to come to pass. No stranger to adversity on and off the field, Hayes has suffered a series of setbacks since it was revealed she was off to take charge of USA USA USA. Always fond of an eff and a jeff on the touchline, blue has been the colour of the air over assorted technical areas in which she has stood watching her team get knocked out of three different cup competitions and all but relinquish their stranglehold on the Women’s Super League title, capped by losing a seven-goal thriller at Liverpool. With the finishing line very much in sight, the WSL title – like its men’s equivalent – is now Manchester City’s to lose.As an Ipswich fan of 50 years, the key achievement of the last two seasons is not breaking numerous goalscoring and points records, gaining one – and potentially two – promotions back to back on a meagre budget (by Championship standards) or playing swashbuckling football, but an article in Football Daily. Truly, this is the Promised Land” – Richard Bradshaw.Nearly choked on my cuppa when yesterday’s Football Daily waffled on about Ipswich and talk of reaching the Premier League with back-to-back promotions. Big Website and the Daily never miss a chance to remind us of the fact football existed before the Premier League arrived and liberalised yet another national institution. But here you were making a few comparisons since the coming of the PL. What a load of cobblers. Northampton Town did it as well on their way to the old Division One, completing a round trip from the fourth tier and back in nine years” – Dave Gibson.Re: yesterday’s Memory Lane, full email edition. Garry Birtles is far from the only European Cup-winning player to see their career stall at Manchester United. He just happened to be 40 years ahead of his time” – Ed Taylor.This is an extract from our daily football email … Football Daily. To get the full version, just visit this page and follow the instructions. Continue reading...

Masters outlines Premier League’s objections to ‘risk-averse’ regulator

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 2 weeks ago

Premier League CEO makes most forceful intervention to dateMasters challenges plans for ‘complicated, duplicative system’Richard Masters has laid out a series of detailed objections to plans for an independent regulator for English football, arguing the body will be too risk-averse and subject to too much influence by government.This new series of challenges to the regulator is perhaps the ­Premier League’s most forceful piece of ­lobbying. With the football governance bill passing its way through parliament, Masters fleshed out the league’s longstanding criticism that the regulator would result in ­“unintended consequences”. Continue reading...

Ralf Rangnick opts against Bayern Munich move and stays with Austria

The Guardian Reuters - 2 weeks ago

Rangnick had been expected to take Bayern job after Euro 2024‘I am national team coach of Austria with all my heart’Ralf Rangnick will not take over at Bayern Munich next season but will remain in his role as Austria’s head coach after Euro 2024. Rangnick confirmed last week that Bayern had been in touch in their search for a successor to Thomas Tuchel and German media had reported a deal was imminent.“I am national team coach of Austria with all my heart,” Rangnick said. “This task brings me a lot of joy and I am determined to continue down the road we have started. I want to clearly stress that this is not a rejection of Bayern Munich but rather a decision for my team and our common goals. We are fully focused on the Euro. We will do everything we can to go far.” Continue reading...

Champions League team of the week: Jadon Sancho is back to his best

The Guardian John Brewin - 2 weeks ago

The semi-finals kicked off with standout performances from a trio of Premier League loanees and two old hands rolling back the clockGoalkeeper: Gregor Kobel, Borussia DortmundFrom a small pool of goalkeepers, only Dortmund’s Kobel kept a clean sheet. And if he could thank the post and bar for that on a couple of occasions – a Kylian Mbappé special rattled the woodwork at one point – he gave a solid performance in the Westfalenstadion. PSG rained 14 shots on Kobel’s goal, but none squeezed past. Kobel is the first Swiss keeper to play at this stage of the competition, and also showed off his skills with the ball at his feet. His reputation as one of the continent’s best is growing. Continue reading...

Advantage Dortmund in Champions League semis? – Football Weekly Extra

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Archie Rhind-Tutt. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Phil Maynard. - 2 weeks ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Archie Rhind-Tutt as Dortmund beat PSG 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, while Chelsea slip up in a WSL thrillerRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.On the podcast today: Dortmund beat PSG in front of the Yellow Wall. So many brilliant performances for the Bundesliga side but, in particular, Jadon Sancho. The panel try to figure out what happens to him this summer. Continue reading...

Why Zambia’s sharp-shooting Copper Queens won’t leave military behind

The Guardian Calvin Chikenge - 2 weeks ago

Despite the team’s rise on the global stage, players are often underpaid so look for opportunities in the armed forcesMoving the Goalposts: sign up for our free newsletterDespite the increasing interest in Zambian players from clubs abroad after their impressive recent performances, which have helped the women’s national team qualify for all major international tournaments in the past two years, including the Paris Olympics, there exists a desire among them to be recruited into the Zambian military.In April, three Copper Queens first-team players – Margaret Belemu, Ochumba Oseke and Mary Wilombe – graduated from Zambia air force training as noncommissioned officers. As a result they missed the Olympic Games qualifiers in February, having also missed the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) qualification round last November. Continue reading...

Do Son, Salah and Kim show damage mid-season tournaments can bring? | John Duerden

The Guardian John Duerden - 2 weeks ago

Leading players have not been at their usual club levels since going to the Asian Cup or Africa Cup of NationsOn Thursday night Son Heung-min will lead Tottenham out against Chelsea for a game vital to the north London club’s chances of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football. Had the Spurs captain not headed to the Asian Cup in the middle of the season, it is possible his club would be closer to the promised land, not just because Ange Postecolgou would have had his top scorer available for those few weeks but also because the forward might well have been in better condition in the time since.In England the discourse around mid-season continental tournaments focuses on the inconvenience for clubs as players head to Asia or Africa. Less is said about the physical and mental effect on those involved. Mohamed Salah, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool must wish that the Egyptian had never reported for Africa Cup of Nations duty in January given the injury sustained and the loss of form since. Continue reading...

Who will win the golden boot in the Premier League?

The Guardian Ryan Benson - 2 weeks ago

Erling Haaland is the frontrunner, with Cole Palmer, Alexander Isak, Ollie Watkins, Dominic Solanke and Mo Salah in pursuitBy Ryan Benson for Opta AnalystHaaland ran away with the Premier League golden boot last season, scoring 36 goals in his first campaign in England. He is unlikely to challenge his record for scoring the most goals in a single Premier League campaign, but 21 makes him the frontrunner again this season and would be considered an unequivocal success for any other striker in the league. Continue reading...

Dortmund win ends Premier League hope of extra Champions League spot

The Guardian Guardian sport and agencies - 2 weeks ago

Five Bundesliga clubs certain to be in next season’s tournamentAston Villa lead Spurs in battle for fourth place in EnglandBorussia Dortmund’s win at home to Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed that the Bundesliga, not the Premier League, will get an extra spot in next season’s Champions League.England’s slim hopes of overhauling Germany in the Uefa coefficient rankings have been extinguished and the Bundesliga’s top five finishers are guaranteed to play in the Champions League. Only the top four clubs in the Premier League will participate. Continue reading...

Awakening a dormant giant: Marseille aim to revive former glories

The Guardian Nick Ames in Marseille - 2 weeks ago

Getting to grips with club is like ‘sitting on a volcano’ but big plans are afoot as Thursday’s Europa League semi-final awaitsLooking up towards the endless galleries of Stade Vélodrome, a line of former Olympique Marseille players take in the applause. This is one of the world’s great football venues: bold, sweeping, wild, volatile. All of these 11 men graced it at one point or another, some at its emotional peak. At the right of the group stands Basile Boli, waistcoated and absorbing the scene through shades. It was Boli who entrenched Marseille in the global consciousness 31 years ago, heading past Sebastiano Rossi in Munich to beat a decorated Milan side and win the 1992-93 Champions League. He knows better than anyone that, when the stars align, there is nowhere else like this.The group of legends have been invited to a reunion of African, or African-heritage, players who once wore the all-white kit. They watch the present-day team play Nice and, with the game deep into added time, the score is 2-2. Marseille have been down to 10 men since Faris Moumbagna’s harsh red card before half-time but only a win will keep them in serious contention for this year’s European spots. In the game’s last attack Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a Gabon international, somehow musters the searing speed of old to skin two defenders and run through one-on-one. A stadium, or more accurately an entire city, holds its breath. Aubameyang chips Marcin Bulka but the weight is a fraction too heavy and the ball pings off the crossbar. It is the story of their season. Continue reading...

‘Ryan Reynolds never had to deal with this’: the slow death and (possible) rebirth of Southend United

The Guardian Tim Burrows - 2 weeks ago

In 20 years, this Essex club has tumbled down the leagues and seen its ground fall apart. Is a revival finally coming – or will hopes be dashed again?The Bentley was not on the driveway. By now, after nine months of protests, the Southend United fans knew that meant Ron Martin wasn’t home. Martin is the chairman of Southend United FC, and his almost 25 years in charge are widely seen – both by fans and more dispassionate observers – as one of the most disastrous chairmanships in modern football. Since 2007, Southend have sunk from the English game’s second tier, the Championship, down to the third and then the fourth. In 2021, the club fell out of the league entirely for the first time in its history. At this final indignity, a plaque at the Blue Boar pub, which marks the site where the club was founded in 1906, was painted over with the letters RIP.On the late September day I attended, about 40 or 50 fans were amassed on the pavement outside Martin’s residence. A large coniferous tree dwarfed the two security guards who idled on the driveway. When fans had started protesting outside Martin’s house in early 2023, a few brought bags of beer as if it was an away day. The organisers, Southend Fan Protest Group, soon put a stop to this. If they were serious about their objectives – summarised by their banner, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PAY UP. PACK UP. SELL UP” – they needed to do it properly. They replaced the cans with flyers, and their cause picked up more supporters. Continue reading...

Resurgent Jadon Sancho finds the old swagger as Borussia Dortmund hold on to beat PSG

Telegraph Daniel Zeqiri - 2 weeks ago

Jadon Sancho started the season banished from the Manchester United squad but could end it as a Champions League winner. He showed Erik ten Hag what the Dutchman has been missing and took Borussia Dortmund a step closer towards the final at Wembley. \]\]>

‘They are going to be better next season’: Pochettino on Chelsea youngsters

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 weeks ago

Manager says it is important for players to learn from mistakesChelsea face Tottenham aiming to boost their European chancesMauricio Pochettino has said the volume of youngsters at Chelsea has made it harder to guide his players down the right path.Pochettino, who is determined to build his inconsistent team’s mentality, wanted to talk before Thursday’s home game against Tottenham about the challenge of looking after a squad full of youthful players. The Argentinian explained that helping young players learn from their mistakes was more difficult when the dressing room is so short on experienced figures. Continue reading...

Ange Postecoglou warns Spurs against copying Arsenal’s ‘schoolyard’ dark arts

The Guardian David Hytner - 2 weeks ago

Ben White caused problems for Guglielmo Vicario at set pieces‘If I saw my players do it, I’d be saying: “Mate, seriously?”’Ange Postecoglou says he would not want his Tottenham players to engage in the game’s darker arts on set pieces as Ben White did for Arsenal in ­Sunday’s north London derby. White was assigned to distract the Spurs goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario, taking a starting position behind him on corners and, just before the kick was taken, moving around, backing in and blocking him from reaching the ball.The Arsenal defender performed the trick on both of his team’s first-half corners – no Spurs player was close to him – and each resulted in a goal: the first a Pierre-Emile Højbjerg own goal for 1-0, the second a Kai Havertz header for a 3-0 half-time lead. Before the first corner, White had grabbed at the cuff of one of Vicario’s gloves. None of his actions drew a whistle from the referee, Michael Oliver. Continue reading...

Füllkrug’s rocket gives Dortmund slim advantage over PSG as Sancho shines

The Guardian Jonathan Liew at Signal Iduna Park - 2 weeks ago

As the final whistle blew on this pulsating, perplexing game you could see the two sides stumbling around in a kind of daze, still trying to process things. Wondering how their combined efforts and errors had resulted in just a single goal. Wondering whether – for all their boldness and brittleness – this really could be Borussia Dortmund’s year.Niclas Füllkrug’s first-half goal ultimately settled matters, even if very little felt settled during a subsequent hour during which Gregor Kobel’s goal seemed to be doused in holy water. Kylian Mbappé had 52 touches, three shots on goal, hit the post and still left empty-handed. But perhaps Dortmund had earned their luck too. They could quite easily have scored more themselves after a performance of utter conviction and a maturity that has not always been their hallmark. “The result is OK,” Edin Terzic said afterwards, refusing to get carried away. “We have a small lead and a good opportunity.” Continue reading...

Borussia Dortmund v PSG: Champions League semi-final, first leg – live

The Guardian Scott Murray - 2 weeks ago

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at Signal Iduna ParkAny thoughts or comments? Feel free to email Scott5 min: Dortmund see plenty of the ball. Sancho popping up all over the place as well, already looking far more confident and assured when compared to his Manchester United self.3 min: Ryerson makes a glorious nuisance of himself down the right. Dribbling hard. Pressing hard, too, upon losing control. He wins a throw deep in PSG territory. It’s flung in long, but the ball’s cleared easily enough. A high-octane start by both teams. Continue reading...

Emma Hayes says ‘title race is done’ after Chelsea lose thriller at Liverpool

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 2 weeks ago

No Continental League Cup, no FA Cup, no Champions League and, whisper it, possibly no trophy at all. Emma Hayes certainly thinks so, the Chelsea manager saying “the title is done”, after the Blues suffered a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool to hand Manchester City the advantage in the title race.“I think the title is done,” she said. “Of course, mathematically it’s not, but I think the title is done. Our job between now and the end of the season is to keep pushing until the end, but I think it will be very difficult.” Continue reading...

Liverpool 4-3 Chelsea: Women’s Super League – live

The Guardian Michael Butler - 2 weeks ago

Updates from the 7pm BST kick-off at Prenton ParkGet in touch! Send your thoughts in an email to Michael7 min: Liverpool are playing with a back five tonight, but with the ball often one of the centre backs slips into midfield. That is often Gemma Bonner, who is making her 150th Liverpool appearance tonight, and after some high pressure, Bonner picks up the loose ball and tries her luck from range, but the shot loops over the bar.5 min: Beever-Jones looks sharp for Chelsea on the left wing. That flank looks like the most likely source of the opening goal. Continue reading...

Newcastle in the race for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo after the 26-year-old refused new Craven Cottage deal... with Magpies are also in talks over free transfer for Bournemouth star

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

SIMON JONES: Adarabioyo (pictured left) is out of contract this summer and has informed Fulham he will not sign a new deal with them, and was subsequently left out of the side to face Palace.

Police investigate alleged assault on teenage assistant referee during match

The Guardian Steven Morris - 2 weeks ago

Footage appears to show volunteer being punched on sidelinesIncident took place at Amlwch Town’s ground in AngleseyPolice in north Wales are investigating an incident in which a teenage volunteer assistant referee appeared to be punched while running the line.The alleged assault took place during a game at Amlwch Town FC’s ground in Anglesey on 27 April. Footage circulating on social media appears to show the assistant referee, who is believed to be 17, pass a man on the touchline in front of a dugout. Continue reading...

Heroes and Villans: How Emery has relit the flame of European desire | Ben Fisher

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 2 weeks ago

With a Conference League semi-final and Champions League qualification in sight, there is a sense of euphoria at Villa ParkUnai Emery took a deep breath, digested the question and delivered a considered response. Moments earlier, staff in Uefa clothing had hastily erected a Europa Conference League-branded backboard inside a nondescript room at Bodymoor Heath, Aston Villa’s training base, and for the manager the topic of conversation soon turned to their quest to qualify for the Champions League.Has Emery been able, in the quieter moments of a congested schedule, to reflect on the strides his side have made in little more than 18 months, since he inherited a team outside the Premier League relegation zone on goals scored alone? “At the beginning of the season, to be where we are now, maybe it was the best we could have hoped for,” he says. Continue reading...

Can Bayern Munich win Champions League with revolution afoot? | Jonathan Liew

The Guardian Jonathan Liew - 2 weeks ago

Tuchel is leaving and Rangnick likely to come in, with several Red Bull alumni already in place amid disquiet among fansThere is always something now. There is always something later. Even as the sweat was drying on Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, thoughts were beginning to turn, with alarming speed, to new plans and new eras. While the outgoing Thomas Tuchel dissected the performances of Kim Min-jae and Leroy Sané in the broadcast zone, the top brass were a few yards away discussing his likely successor: Bayern’s present, and future, and soon-to-be past, all gauchely colliding against each other in one big hot mess.The deal with Ralf Rangnick is not quite done at the time of writing, but by all accounts imminent. Rangnick is said to be keen, a three-year contract is waiting to be signed, and a seven-figure compensation deal with the Austrian Football Association, where Rangnick is contracted as national team coach, should be a formality. “We all know that Ralf Rangnick is a good coach and has achieved a lot in his career,” the sporting director, Christoph Freund, said. “If everything fits, then it will be done.” Continue reading...

Brighton will target Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna if Roberto De Zerbi quits

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 2 weeks ago

Tractor Boys close to earning place in Premier LeagueUnsettled De Zerbi reportedly wants new challengeBrighton will look to lure Kieran McKenna away from Ipswich if Roberto De Zerbi quits as manager this summer.It is understood Brighton have been making contingency plans as they prepare for the possibility of needing a new manager. De Zerbi, whose side are in dismal form, has grown unsettled and has been linked with several big jobs in recent months. Continue reading...

Pep Guardiola told Man City they were 'a team full of FAT players' when he took charge in 2016, reveals Gael Clichy as he reflects on manager's hilarious first words to the squad

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

Former Man City left-back Gael Clichy has revealed that Pep Guardiola had some rather savage first words for the team when he took charge in 2016.

Football Daily | Ipswich and a managerial punt that has almost got them back in the big time

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 weeks ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The last time Ipswich Town played in the Premier League, they lost 5-0 against Liverpool, with Nicolas Anelka and Michael Owen among the goals. Holly Valance was top of the UK charts with her debut single Kiss Kiss and current Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna was 16 years old, an age when it was not uncommon for teenage boys in his native Fermanagh and beyond to take a furtive but keen interest in the Kylie-lite Bhangra-pop stylings of the artist formerly known as Flick from Neighbours. A lot has happened in the intervening 22 years, not least Holly’s emergence as a card-carrying right winger and Kieran’s decidedly more heartwarming evolution into one of the most talented young managers in the United Kingdom.Oh joy, oh dizzy rapture. Southampton’s forward line of 2014 gets a mention! As usual, you’re taking the \[snip – Bad Word Ed\] but what the hell do we care. Surely, this was the only team who had an 8-0 trollocking captured in Lego? Streets won’t forget!” – Joe Lowry.Did you guys give the letter o’ the day prize for Tuesday’s edition to Pete Welsh because you didn’t really feel like reading the whole thing? Reminds me of my in-law who doesn’t really feel like reading dense literature, therefore referring to all of them as ‘his favourite classic’. Just saying …” – Karen Asad.Send letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’ the day is … Joe Lowry. Continue reading...

‘When it was game over, it was difficult to accept’: Robert Pires on finding life after football

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 2 weeks ago

The former Arsenal midfielder has sought help from Uefa’s career transition expert, to navigate the world outside the dressing roomRobert Pires will never forget what it was like coming to terms with being a retired footballer. “You don’t want to say stop because I had been playing for 19 seasons and football meant everything to me,” says one of the stars of Arsenal’s Invincibles, who was part of the France team that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. “Even now, football is my life and it’s in my blood, so that’s why when I said it was game over, it was very difficult to accept.”Luckily for Pires, help was at hand. He first met Stéphane Ehrhart – a former player who is now Uefa’s career transition expert – in 2009 while playing for Villarreal, when the decision to hang up his boots had barely even crossed his mind. Continue reading...

Rasmus Hojlund is spotted looking bemused at Erik ten Hag's decision to substitute Kobbie Mainoo in Man United's draw with Burnley - which sparked furious reaction from fans

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

Rasmus Hojlund (inset) cut a bemused figure as Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag decided to bring midfielder Kobbie Mainoo (left) off during Saturday's clash against Burnley.

Reynolds and McElhenney plan for Wrexham’s stadium to hold up to 55,000

The Guardian PA Media - 2 weeks ago

Welsh club’s Racecourse Ground currently holds 12,600‘We could get between 45,000 and 55,000 people in there’Wrexham’s owners, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, plan to develop the club’s Racecourse home into a stadium with up to 55,000 seats. The club will be playing in League One next season after back-to-back promotions and have attracted a worldwide fanbase thanks to the FX docuseries Welcome to Wrexham and the presence of their Hollywood A-listers.But the ground holds only about 12,600 fans, with a temporary stand on the derelict Kop end behind one goal. “We have a plan in place right now that would work from stand to stand so eventually you get all four sides,” McElhenney said in an interview with the entertainment website Collider. Continue reading...

Europa League: previews and predictions for the semi-finals

The Guardian Ben McAleer - 2 weeks ago

The ties begin on Thursday night, with Marseille hosting Atalanta and Roma facing Bayer LeverkusenBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredRoma left it late to rescue a result at the weekend, with Tammy Abraham coming off the bench to score in the 88th minute and rescue a point in their 2-2 draw against Napoli. With four rounds of fixtures to play in Serie A, Roma sit fifth in the table and are battling with Atalanta for a place in next season’s Champions League. Continue reading...

All square in Munich and Ipswich a point from Premier League – Football Weekly

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Nedum Onuoha. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Danielle Stephens. - 2 weeks ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Nedum Onuoha as the Champions League semi-finals begin with a 2-2 draw between Bayern Munich and Real MadridRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.On the podcast today; a great game at the Allianz Arena between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Could Kim Min-jae have done more to prevent either goal and who are the favourites heading into the next round? Continue reading...

Euro 2024 final: Date, time, where to watch and more

Telegraph Telegraph Sport - 2 weeks ago

Robert Lewandowski is 'at risk of being sold' by Barcelona as they plan 'summer clearout' - and only THREE stars are untouchable in Xavi's squad

Daily Mail - 2 weeks ago

Barcelona are set to refresh their squad in the summer after an underwhelming season in which they are poised to finish a distant second to Real Madrid.

Xabi Alonso was moulded by the greats and Leverkusen reflect his education | Philipp Lahm

The Guardian Philipp Lahm - 2 weeks ago

Having played under Benítez, Mourinho and Guardiola, the Spaniard has given his players a structure and identity Football is, fortunately, a game. Victory and defeat are sometimes decided by chance. When the best of the best meet, I reckon it’s 20%. The draw increases the luck factor even more. That’s nice: it makes new winners possible.It brought Manchester City and Real Madrid together in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the most spectacular game in European football for three years. Once again, it kept all its promises and thrilled with intensity and great goals. In the second leg, Carlo Ancelotti had everyone defend and said it was the only way Real had a chance. The penalty shootout was decided by psychology. Continue reading...