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How Premier League clubs are using their winter break this month

The FA says the February break will ‘benefit club and country’. It’s good news, too, if you like photos of footballers on beachesArsenal (13 days)A week off, and a four-day Dubai training camp. Mikel Arteta: “These last few months have been tough for t…

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The alternative 2019 sports awards: quotes, gaffes and animal cameos

A look back at another big year of sporting soap opera: Warnock on Brexit, VAR on armpits, and the ref who yakked up his tea• Neil Warnock, January – asked about Brexit while sitting in front of a “Visit Malaysia” sign put up by a Cyprus-born chairman …

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Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

• Cardiff manager attacks government’s handling of Brexit talks• ‘I can’t wait to get out. We’re better off out of the bloody thing’Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisti…

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Said & Done: Ronaldinho, marquee clubs and multiple defamations

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, a fined lion and football’s saddest lament Continue reading…

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Said & Done: Maradona, fake news media and Nigeria’s naked hex

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, dog of the week and a ban for being laconicJorge Alberto Hank – hiring Diego Maradona to work for Dorados in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland. “During my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come h…

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Football transfer rumours: Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé set for Lyon exit?

Today’s tell-all was up lateChelsea love a loan window like the Mill loves fluff. Thirty-eight players were rented out last season, 34 have gone this term, and there’s talk of shifting more before Friday’s 5pm loan deadline. Izzy Brown, Fankaty Dabo an…

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Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats

Summer roundup – also featuring Neymar’s heart, West Ham’s carpet and no more corruption Related: David Squires on … emo Mourinho’s Premier League 2018-19 preview Continue reading…

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Memes, fines and Neymar rolling: World Cup 2018 diary, week four

The best and worst of week four – also featuring: Gareth Southgate, image laundry and a packed train to LeedsGareth Southgate – national treasure since Tuesday. Fan tributes included #GarethSouthgateWould and an Atomic Kitten remix. Hasn’t brought foot…

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Diego, Neymar and Germany’s bus: World Cup 2018 diary, week three

The best and worst of week three – also featuring: viral clips, VAR abuse, and the reason economies crashDiego Maradona – Fifa’s £10,000-a-day goodwill ambassador, keeping his profile high. His message last week after his “white wine” health scare: “My…

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Ronaldo, Rostov and @Lord_Sugar: World Cup 2018 diary, week two

The best and worst of week two – also featuring: viral clips, Puyol’s hair and America’s Funniest Home VideosCristiano Ronaldo – setting a European goals record; eyeing a new pay deal to offset his €18.8m tax fraud fine; having Madeira Airport “quietly…

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Putin, Pearce and Kung Fu Pazdan: World Cup 2018 diary, week one

Also featuring: the opening week’s best viral clips, wool suits and Mel from Mel and Sue Related: David Squires on … Putin, Spain and the World Cup 2018 kick-off Continue reading…

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Said & Done 2017-18 awards: Banter, dinosaurs, and a good boy led astray

Also featuring: Owen Oyston, Sam Allardyce, and a sausage dog’s fresh start Related: David Squires on … Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and the Class of 92’s expanding empire Continue reading…

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Said & Done: Sunderland, Donald Trump and one nutmeg too many

The week in football – also featuring: Massimo Cellino, Mo Salah and sending hugs to fans Related: Sunderland sold by Ellis Short as Chris Coleman is sacked Continue reading…

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Said & Done: Leeds, Marco Polo Del Nero, and western media bias

The week in football – also featuring: Sepp, a resurrection and men seeking worms Related: The rise of Russia’s neo-Nazi football hooligans Continue reading…

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Said & Done: West Ham, Fifa’s rebrand, and Owen Oyston giving back

The week in football – also featuring: Ed Glazer, laptop abuse and 420 sucklingsWest Ham, looking to have their beer, Sky TV and VIP “hostess” provision costs met by the taxpayer. “We’re seeking no more than we’re entitled to under the contract – yet w…

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Said & Done: ‘Fifa can always bring a smile’ – Gianni Infantino

The week in football – also featuring: big issues, Steve Evans and a life lessonGianni Infantino in Tehran – “happy” with Iran’s progress on sexist attitudes: “There are now 23,000 women football players in Iran. We have some representatives of them he…

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Said & Done: ‘We’re promoting great social values’ – Greg Clarke

The week in football – also featuring: wages, red cards and a celebrity warlock Related: Greg Clarke’s FA charm offensive in Qatar: what could possibly go right? | Barry Glendenning Continue reading…

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Said & Done: ‘It’s as if you’re supposed to be penniless’ – Gordon Taylor

The week in football – also featuring: Greg Clarke, Alan Pardew and a clown faceGordon Taylor: taking his 10-year PFA income to £16.2m. Among his best work in 2017 – calling out the “disrespectful” FA for losing touch with reality: “There’s a perceptio…

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Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff needs a goalNinety-one days until the next window, and Mino Raiola is restless. Eighteen months after he made £41m by giving Paul Pogba’s contract a once over, Raiola’s said to be ready to help out Ed Woodward again – this time by easing …

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Said & Done: ‘They make up nonsense for money’ – Ramzan Kadyrov

The week in football – also featuring: Gianni Infantino, Ed Woodward and an emotional momentGianni Infantino – unhappy with “the amount of money flowing out of football” to agents. Infantino – paid £1.15m basic plus bonus, house, cars and a flowers bud…