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‘Ice-cold’ Jamal Musiala making waves at Bayern after leaving Chelsea

Attacking midfielder is back in the country of his birth but remains an England youth international – at least for nowEven Jamal Musiala couldn’t have expected his first year back in Germany to end quite so well. On 20 June, aged 17 years and 115 days,…

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‘Ice-cold’ Jamal Musiala making waves at Bayern after leaving Chelsea

Attacking midfielder is back in the country of his birth but remains an England youth international – at least for nowEven Jamal Musiala couldn’t have expected his first year back in Germany to end quite so well. On 20 June, aged 17 years and 115 days,…

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Pep Guardiola: ‘I have trained incredible players and Foden will be one of them’

Manager speaks after Man City’s 4-0 win over LiverpoolJürgen Klopp laments misses but ‘saw brilliant attitude’Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the attitude of his Manchester City players as Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden inspired them to a 4-0 victory aga…

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Fears grow over seven Eritrea football internationals on the run in Uganda

Players fled after tournament and are seeking asylumWorries they could be captured and punished ‘as traitors’Seven Eritrea internationals who have been in hiding in Uganda for more than six months fear being captured and sent home “as traitors” if they…

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Frank Lampard says defeat at West Ham is ‘a sign of where Chelsea are’

Chelsea miss chance to go third with shock defeatLampard: ‘We have a lot of hard work to do’Frank Lampard admitted his team are far from the finished article after Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham meant they missed out on the chance to leapfrog Leicest…

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Pep Guardiola pays tribute to title-winning Liverpool’s ‘incredible season’

‘They played every game like it was the last,’ says GuardiolaCity manager believes his team were not consistent enoughPep Guardiola believes Liverpool’s “incredible focus” on ending their 30-year title drought was the decisive factor in Jürgen Klopp’s …

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Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal resolve after ‘two difficult weeks’ since restart

Arteta: ‘I could see the reaction was really positive’Arsenal win at Southampton after defeats by City and BrightonMikel Arteta acknowledged Arsenal have endured “two difficult weeks” after securing his first away win in the Premier League with a 2-0 v…

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Nathan Ferguson close to Crystal Palace move after rejecting West Brom stay

Defender turns down ‘attractive offer’ at the HawthornsFerguson recovering from knee injuryCrystal Palace are getting closer to finally completing the signing of Nathan Ferguson after West Brom confirmed the teenage defender has rejected their offer of…

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Ricardo Pereira: ‘People should have respect for everyone – we’re all equal’

The Leicester full-back on his experience of being racially abused and pushing for Champions League football with his club and a Euro spot for Portugal”Yes, I think it was just once but I was young,” says Ricardo Pereira, taking a deep breath as he rem…

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‘It created an image’: how Brian Stein’s England call-up boosted anti-apartheid struggle

In an extract from his book Made in Africa, Ed Aarons explains why the sons of activist Isaiah Stein made history in English football On 7 February 1968, a former boxer – known as ‘Boston Tababy’ in his fighting days – and his family arrived at Cape To…

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Premier League restart preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Team’s fine form before lockdown has all but ensured safety but will the home fans be treated to more goals in the run-in?What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? The 1-0 victory against Watford courtesy of Jordan Aye…

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Premier League restart preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Team’s fine form before lockdown has all but ensured safety but will the home fans be treated to more goals in the run-in?What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? The 1-0 victory against Watford courtesy of Jordan Aye…

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A brief history of BAME managers in England: from Wharton to Ince | Ed Aarons

The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be short but their history stretches back to 1895The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be a short one but their history stretches back even beyond t…

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A brief history of BAME managers in England: from Wharton to Ince | Ed Aarons

The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be short but their history stretches back to 1895The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be a short one but their history stretches back even beyond t…

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A brief history of BAME managers in England: from Wharton to Ince | Ed Aarons

The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be short but their history stretches back to 1895The list of black and ethnic minority managers in English football may be a short one but their history stretches back even beyond t…

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Jürgen Klopp: ‘Tony Yeboah had a big impact on German society’

In an extract from a new book on African players, the Liverpool manager talks about Tony Yeboah and his respect for Mo Salah“I love the fact that we have so many African players … until the Africa Cup of Nations starts. Then it’s: ‘Oh my God!’” says Ju…

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Julien Faubert to Madrid: the surreal transfer tale inspiring a TV drama

Yvan Le Mée recalls how his client somehow switched West Ham for the Bernabéu, a move that landed the agent the nickname David CopperfieldThere were only two days of the 2009 January transfer window remaining when Yvan Le Mée answered his phone. At the…

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Julien Faubert to Madrid: the surreal transfer tale inspiring a TV drama

Yvan Le Mée recalls how his client somehow switched West Ham for the Bernabéu, a move that landed the agent the nickname David CopperfieldThere were only two days of the 2009 January transfer window remaining when Yvan Le Mée answered his phone. At the…

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‘It’s going to be very hard’: pandemic leaves academy players in limbo | Ed Aarons

Many teenagers have been unable to find a new club and there are fears they could be lost to the gameZubayr Boadi thought his big chance had finally arrived. Having spent two years on the fringes of the academy system, the 16-year-old defensive midfiel…

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My favourite game: Crystal Palace make history in the ZDS Cup final | Ed Aarons

Palace’s 4-1 win over Everton in the 1991 Zenith Data Systems Cup was a huge moment for the club and life-changing for meLet me start with a confession: I haven’t always supported Crystal Palace. Growing up in Croydon at the same time as Ian Wright and…