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Champions League: fans from around Europe preview the last-16 stage

Spurs dread in-form Juventus, Porto plan to cause an upset at Anfield and Neymar will show Spain what it is missingJuventus If we play as solidly as we have done in the last few months, we will be tough to beat. After a slow start to the season we have…

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Winter Olympics: fans from 15 countries pick out their medal hopes

Who will shine when 2,952 athletes from 92 countries meet in Pyeongchang to compete in 102 events? We asked our readersThe 23rd Winter Olympics are about to begin. Over the next fortnight, 92 countries are taking part in 102 events. But who should we b…

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‘It’ll go down to the wire’: Eagles and Patriots fans on Super Bowl LII

Will the Philadelphia Eagles claim their first title for 58 years or will the New England Patriots be too strong? We asked the fansThe 52nd Super Bowl will be contested in Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium. It’ll be the second Super Bowl hosted in Minneapo…

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Six Nations 2018: six fans preview the tournament

England are slight favourites but Ireland have genuine strength in depth and Scotland are feeling more confident than usualEngland are not being spoken about as clear favourites, which favours us. Given our injury list, I’m not expecting a macabre dism…

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‘It’s the best game in the world’: readers on 100 years of the NHL

To coincide with the National Hockey League’s centenary on Sunday, we asked you for your greatest memories of the sportThe National Hockey League has been busy celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2017.Ahead of its actualfounding day on the 26 Nov…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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World Cup 2018: fans from around Europe preview the play-offs

Fans from Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland fill us in on their teams before the play-offsIt was disappointing to finish behind Iceland in our group. We are a strong team with promising young…

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From ball boys to the boardroom: why the FA Cup first round matters

We asked for your thoughts on the FA Cup first round and heard from strikers, supporters, photographers, programme editors, directors and press officersKane Smith is a right-back at Boreham Wood who joined them from Hitchin Town at the start of the sea…

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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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Who to sign on deadline day? Premier League fans share their transfer requests

Fans from all 20 Premier League club tell us how well their signings are settling in and who they want to bring in before the window closes on Thursday night

Alexandre Lacazette looks ready to hit the ground running but another centre-back is a must. Virgil van Dijk would be a big improvement in a defence that includes an ageing Laurent Koscielny, an erratic Shkodran Mustafi and a slow, retiring Per Mertesacker. Having said that, Sead Kolasinac looks like a great signing. Riyad Mahrez could be the winger we sorely need and Jean-Michael Seri and unsettled Steven N’Zonzi would surely fare much better in our midfielder than the current combination of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.

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Premier League at 25: fans from all 47 clubs on their best and worst memories

Fans from the 47 clubs to have competed in the league reminisce about legends such as Paulo Wanchope, Duncan Ferguson, Juninho and Jay-Jay Okocha

Best moment: For all the rage of the last year (or two, or three, or four depending on if and when the stasis finally broke you), we have been rather blessed during the Premier League era. We have won the league at White Hart Lane, a ground that was demolished with Arsenal having won as many titles there as the home team have in their entire existence. We have won the league at Old Trafford, the home of our great rivals of the time. We have gone an entire season unbeaten. But it’s hard to remember a single moment where life was so perfect as when Tony Adams, Mr Arsenal himself, sprinted forward to bring down a chipped throughball from Steve Bould (!) and lash it home in front of the North Bank at Highbury in the glorious sunshine to seal our first Premier League title in 1997-98.

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Confederations Cup: fans from all eight countries share their predictions

Fans from Australia, Cameroon, Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Russia preview the tournament Continue reading…

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Championship: fans from all 24 clubs review their season

Our Birmingham fan is happy for Harry Redknapp, our Newcastle fan wants more spending, and our Brighton fan is excited to face some big teams – and Palace

At the start of the season I thought we would finish with more than 100 points but I underestimated just how difficult the Championship is. But it also has to be said we bought spectacularly for this level. Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie have all been superb this season.

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League Two: fans from all 24 clubs review their season

Portsmouth were promoted in style, Blackpool’s owners have been left counting seagulls, and Leyton Orient fans have endured a crushing campaign

Four years of obscurity and uncertainty in League Two and not only are we moving back up, we did it in style. We won the league and after last year’s play-off heartbreak, it’s a feeling that you can’t really describe. It feels like we’re back.

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‘Women’s football needs to stand on its own’ – readers on the FA’s new plans

The FA want to double the number of girls and women taking part in football to nearly six million by 2020. But will the ambitious new strategy work?

Last Monday the FA announced a new ‘Gameplan for Growth’ plan in an attempt to strengthen women’s football in the UK. Focus will be on developing talent and infrastructure, increasing the number and diversity of women’s coaches, referees and administrators and changing perceptions and social barriers to taking part. Enhancing the profile and value of the England team and improving the commercial prospects of women’s football has also been highlighted.

While the new plans are welcomed my many, there is scepticism from some about whether there will be much benefit at the grassroots level of women’s football, where they say more support has been needed for some time. We asked readers involved in the sport to share their views about the FA proposals and tell us what more they feel needs to be done.

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Football fans from 48 countries react to the new 48-team World Cup format

Our Brazil supporter ‘can’t get enough World Cup football’, our Canada fan says ‘the more the merrier’ and our Vanuatu fan wants a 64-team tournament

The current format needs more African teams. I think we’re missing consistent development across the continent. The African nations need to keep helping grassroots football develop. Shireen Ahmed

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Champions League: fans from around Europe reflect on the last-16 draw

We asked fans from the 16 remaining clubs for their expectations – and found more confidence in Napoli than Barcelona

To top the group for once and still get drawn against the German champions who somehow managed to come second in their group is typical Arsenal. But you have to beat the big guns at some point, so we might as well start straight away – not that I think any unseeded team would have feared being drawn against us. We haven’t done anything to make Europe stand up and take note.

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Nordic football fans reflect on their domestic seasons

As internationals once again break up domestic schedules across Europe, we’ve heard from Scandinavian football fans about how their clubs fared this season

Erlend Vagane was born and raised in the west coast city of Bergen, the second biggest city in Norway. Having been taken to Brann Stadion by his father for the first time at the age of six, he instantly fell in love with the club. “By the time I was 14 I started joined in the singing. I looked up to the older supporters and tried to understand what it meant being a true Brann supporter.”

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