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AFC Wimbledon: set-piece kings aim to make Arsenal dance to their tune

League One club head into Carabao Cup tie with specialist coaches in restarts, performance mindset and substitutionsIt is Monday morning at AFC Wimbledon’s training base and as the squad filter up the clubhouse stairs to the sound of the 80s before a t…

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Reading in line for points deduction over breach of EFL financial rules

Championship club face losing six to nine points Reading were placed under transfer embargo in summerReading are set to be deducted between six and nine points by the English Football League for breaching financial rules. The Championship club are unde…

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Behind the scenes at Wycombe as they prepare to face Manchester City

Training-ground visit shows thoroughness, fun and humility as ‘awesome’ Carabao Cup trip draws nears for League One clubIt is 10.30am on Thursday, the morning after Manchester City put six goals past RB Leipzig, but at Wycombe Wanderers’ training groun…

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Derby County facing potential 21-point deduction in administration

Nine-point deduction looms for breaching financial regulationsClub also faces 12-point penalty for entering administrationDerby County face a potential 21-point deduction after filing for administration. The club will be automatically issued with a 12-…

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‘Ticking timebomb’: Oldham braced for more protests amid sorry decline

The owner Abdallah Lemsagam is determined to cling on in the face of supporter anger with the club bottom of League TwoThis week an artist shared a painting of Boundary Park in happier times, packed with fans waving flags. In reality, the picture at Ol…

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‘Ticking timebomb’: Oldham braced for more protests amid sorry decline

The owner Abdallah Lemsagam is determined to cling on in the face of supporter anger with the club bottom of League TwoThis week an artist shared a painting of Boundary Park in happier times, packed with fans waving flags. In reality, the picture at Ol…

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Harrogate’s rise shows no sign of slowing in a land of football giants | Ben Fisher

Manager Simon Weaver, who has Gareth Southgate in town and Marcelo Bielsa nearby, has taken team to League Two summitYorkshire is home to managerial royalty, from Gareth Southgate to Marcelo Bielsa, but in the eyes of Harrogate supporters, Simon Weaver…

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Harrogate’s rise shows no sign of slowing in a land of football giants | Ben Fisher

Manager Simon Weaver, who has Gareth Southgate in town and Marcelo Bielsa nearby, has taken team to League Two summitYorkshire is home to managerial royalty, from Gareth Southgate to Marcelo Bielsa, but in the eyes of Harrogate supporters, Simon Weaver…

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Gareth Bale warns Wales to take Estonia seriously in World Cup qualifier

‘We’re fully focused on trying to win the group,’ says captainBale driven to lead Wales to first World Cup finals since 1958Gareth Bale has warned Wales they must take Estonia seriously after his hat-trick helped them to dodge an embarrassing defeat ag…

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Gareth Bale keeps Wales’ World Cup hopes alive with Belarus hat-trick

Just as it seemed Wales’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were in danger of drifting out of sight behind closed doors in Kazan, Gareth Bale completed his hat-trick to supply a winning formula. Two disastrous first-half minutes left Wales with wor…

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Gareth Bale hopes fresh start at Real Madrid proves boost for Wales

Wales captain now a regular again under Carlo AncelottiDepleted squad in Russia for World Cup qualifier with BelarusGareth Bale said he was reaping the rewards of a better environment at Real Madrid after featuring prominently under Carlo Ancelotti in …

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Harry Wilson misses from spot as Wales are held in Finland friendly

In the summer, it was Gareth Bale who fluffed his lines from the penalty spot without any significant consequences and on Wednesday it was Harry Wilson who failed to beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards as Wales played out a friendly stalemate in Finland….

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Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United puts pressure on Solskjær, says Rooney

Former United striker believes manager must deliver trophies ‘He still wants to be the best, he will want to have a big influence’ Wayne Rooney has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United will increase the pressure on Ole Gunna…

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Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United puts pressure on Solskjær, says Rooney

Former United striker believes manager must deliver trophies ‘He still wants to be the best, he will want to have a big influence’ Wayne Rooney has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United will increase the pressure on Ole Gunna…

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Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United puts pressure on Solskjær, says Rooney

Former United striker believes manager must deliver trophies ‘He still wants to be the best, he will want to have a big influence’ Wayne Rooney has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United will increase the pressure on Ole Gunna…

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Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United puts pressure on Solskjær, says Rooney

Former United striker believes manager must deliver trophies ‘He still wants to be the best, he will want to have a big influence’ Wayne Rooney has said Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Manchester United will increase the pressure on Ole Gunna…

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Lee Carsley calls on Harvey Elliott as he begins new England Under-21s era

The former Everton midfielder has stepped into the managing role his predecessor Aidy Boothroyd called ‘utterly impossible’This time the discourse centred on the emergence of Tino Livramento, Folarin Balogun and Harvey Elliott, the youngest and one of …

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Wales’ Robert Page calls decision to move Belarus game a ‘nightmare’

World Cup qualifier in Russia because of Belarus sanctionsInterim manager Page picks 27-man squad for triple-headerRobert Page, the Wales manager, has questioned Uefa’s decision to stage their World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Russia and said his …

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Wales’ Robert Page calls decision to move Belarus game a ‘nightmare’

World Cup qualifier in Russia because of Belarus sanctionsInterim manager Page picks 27-man squad for triple-headerRobert Page, the Wales manager, has questioned Uefa’s decision to stage their World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Russia and said his …

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Wales’ Robert Page calls decision to move Belarus game a ‘nightmare’

World Cup qualifier in Russia because of Belarus sanctionsInterim manager Page picks 27-man squad for triple-headerRobert Page, the Wales manager, has questioned Uefa’s decision to stage their World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Russia and said his …