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USA 94 – 25 years on: football’s evolution captivates the world

Italy’s heartbreak and Brazil’s mastery are memorable moments of an event that proved a catalyst for the game’s global expansionA quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to w…

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Arsenal hope Edu’s return instils invincible ethos at a critical stage | Amy Lawrence

Former player is tasked with overseeing club’s long-term vision but will find a squad in urgent need of quality in key positionsArsène Wenger was always so resistent to the idea of a technical director that the idea never got much leverage at Arsenal u…

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Arsenal hope Edu’s return instils invincible ethos at a critical stage | Amy Lawrence

Former player is tasked with overseeing club’s long-term vision but will find a squad in urgent need of quality in key positionsArsène Wenger was always so resistent to the idea of a technical director that the idea never got much leverage at Arsenal u…

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Madagascar provide Afcon with its most unlikely success story

The team from the world’s fourth largest island has reached the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of NationsShortly before the African Cup of Nations began the magazine France Football gathered together a handful of coaches taking a team to this tourna…

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Women’s World Cup has come a long way since cupboard commentary

The media coverage and popularity of this year’s tournament highlight the dramatic transformation in the women’s gameWhen the first story after the bongs of the BBC Ten O’Clock News comes live from an established anchor reporting from outside a women’s…

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England 3-0 Cameroon: Women’s World Cup player ratings | Amy Lawrence

Lucy Bronze proved a constant thorn in Cameroon’s flank as England kept their heads in quarter-final winKaren Bardsley Continue reading…

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Freddie Ljungberg steps up to give Arsenal a glimpse of the future

The Swede made an impact at 21 and he hopes more of the club’s young players can do the sameThere was something deeply symbolic about the moment an ineffective Mesut Özil was substituted for Joe Willock as Arsenal floundered in the Europa League final….

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Mesut Özil and Unai Emery clearly do not have a connection. But will Arsenal act? | Amy Lawrence

Club’s highest earner has underperformed this season and his manager has also left many fans underwhelmed. But the board does not appear to have the conviction to make a hard decisionAs Mesut Özil trudged, head bowed, around the pitch at the end of it …

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The limping linchpin: how Koscielny went from injury hell to Arsenal inspiration

The defender’s World Cup dream was shattered by injury. Now he is set for a Europa League final but the road back was toughThe snatches of thoughts that flashed through his mind in a moment of crisis were like a brutal cinematic scene. A little over a …

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Arsène Wenger: Europa League final ‘little bit of a nightmare’ for Arsenal

• Mkhitaryan’s absence ‘something that should not happen’• Frenchman says he is ready for return to footballArsène Wenger has described Arsenal’s predicament in heading to Baku for the Europa League final as “a little bit of a nightmare”. The club’s fo…

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Arsène Wenger: ‘All of us have competition. My toughest one was with myself’

The former Arsenal manager tells Amy Lawrence he is enjoying life away from football but is still looking for the next big innovationWhen Arsène Wenger bade farewell to Arsenal with a theatrical bow after four uninterrupted decades in management, he co…

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Arsenal face prospect of having to leave Mkhitaryan at home for Baku final

• Anger within club that safety fears costing player trip• Gunners release statement about ‘extreme’ travel issuesArsenal are preparing for the prospect of leaving their Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan at home for the Europa League final in Baku…

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Pressure and thrills: what it’s like to sit in the press box at a football match

There is nothing quite like reacting to the twists of a live game – especially an intro-busting late goalWin the chance to watch a Premier League game from the press box in our young sportswriters’ competitionAs anybody who has ever attempted a match r…

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Arsenal urge Uefa to guarantee Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s safety for Baku final

• Armenian sat out Europa League group game in Azerbaijan• Arsenal ‘hugely concerned’ player could miss Chelsea matchArsenal have expressed concern that they have not yet received “acceptable guarantees” from Uefa that their midfielder Henrikh Mkhitary…

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Arsenal’s long road to Baku leads to defining moment of their season | Amy Lawrence

If Unai Emery’s side win the Europa League final against Chelsea and qualify for the Champions League their campaign has been a successful one. Lose and the problems run deeperLast May, in a series of pow-wows to determine the chosen candidate to repla…

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Unai Emery’s reunion with Valencia brings painful memories for Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

While the manager has history with his Europa League opponents, Arsenal bear long-standing wounds from past experiencesUnai Emery is not a man for harking back to the past – and it is not as if he has much time to given the mounting issues of the prese…

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Unai Emery’s reunion with Valencia brings painful memories for Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

While the manager has history with his Europa League opponents, Arsenal bear long-standing wounds from past experiencesUnai Emery is not a man for harking back to the past – and it is not as if he has much time to given the mounting issues of the prese…

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Edwin van der Sar: ‘We reached a level of football nobody really expected’

The Ajax CEO explains the strategy that kept their thrilling young side together and paved the way for Champions League heroicsLast season, as Ajax’s future balanced on a gossamer thread, the club’s hierarchy called in seven of their most talented youn…

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Aaron Ramsey hopeful of returning for Arsenal before end of season

• Midfielder suffered leg injury against Napoli in Europa League• Player tells manager he hopes to play again before Juve moveAaron Ramsey has told Unai Emery he is hoping to play for Arsenal again before the end of the season. The Wales midfielder lim…

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Europa League: Unai Emery calls on Arsenal to seize the moment at Napoli

• Gunners manager keen to silence Stadio San Paolo crowd• Napoli have lost just once at home since the start of the seasonUnai Emery insists Arsenal are in Naples with victory on their minds as they face the delicate task of how best to prepare for wha…