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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

News and press conference updates before the weekend actionTen things to look out for as the Premier League resumesEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 10.37am GMT Here’s the full story on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s crunching t…

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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

News and press conference updates before the weekend actionTen things to look out for as the Premier League resumesEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 10.37am GMT Here’s the full story on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s crunching t…

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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

News and press conference updates before the weekend actionTen things to look out for as the Premier League resumesEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 10.37am GMT Here’s the full story on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s crunching t…

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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

News and press conference updates before the weekend actionTen things to look out for as the Premier League resumesEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 10.37am GMT Here’s the full story on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s crunching t…

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Hungary’s Golden Squad: the greatest team never to win it all? | John Ashdown

The Magical Magyars embarked on one of football’s most remarkable streaks, only to fall short in the Miracle of BernThe Wankdorf Stadium in Bern was getting a soaking, but the sun was shining on Hungary’s brightest generation. Gusztáv Sebes’s side had …

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Southampton v Newcastle United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from St Mary’s, kick-off 8pm GMTTen things to look out for in the Premier League this weekendAnd feel free to email John or tweet @JohnAshdown 7.47pm GMT Here’s Tumaini’s match report from the Amex: Related: Brighton fail to brea…

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The Fiver | It’s all about who is top of the pile at the business end

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The seemingly interminable counting process in the USA! USA!! USA!!! election, and the confounding peaks and troughs that have come with it, has probably been a doddle to follow for football fans. It’s…

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F1: Lewis Hamilton looks to equal Schumacher record at Eifel GP – live!

Lap-by-lap coverage from the Nürburgring (1.10pm BST)What sets Hamilton apart from Schumacher is personal development Email John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 1.14pm BST Red, red, red, red, GREEN! And away we go. 1.11pm BST And they’re off … on the form…

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F1: Lewis Hamilton looks to equal Schumacher record at Eifel GP – live!

Lap-by-lap coverage from the Nürburgring (1.10pm BST)What sets Hamilton apart from Schumacher is personal development Email John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 1.14pm BST Red, red, red, red, GREEN! And away we go. 1.11pm BST And they’re off … on the form…

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The Fiver | Atalanta, Big Cup and a beacon of hope

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!On the surface, Wednesday night’s Big Cup big kick-off has all the hallmarks of a classic minnows-made-good Disney sports film – a team of plucky unheralded small-town misfits trying to win the Big One…

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The Fiver | Big Phil Neville and a tenure that has only ever flirted with stability

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given the team’s dismal form of late, news that Big Phil Neville is to step down as England Women’s manager when his contract expires next summer – and not therefore guide the team at the rearranged Eu…

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My favourite game: Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest, Division One play-off 2003

On a wild Thursday night, the Blades fell 2-0 down in the first half before staging a Paul Peschisolido-inspired fightbackThere are moments in football fandom that, in retrospect, you realise were the emotional high-water mark. The time when it mattere…

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Football quiz: stadiums of yore

Who flew The Nest? Who hosted the Spice Girls? Who was amused?More quizzes: sliding doors, globetrotters and La Liga in the 1990sWho are the only British club to have played home matches in a stadium that has also hosted gigs by U2, the Rolling Stones,…

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Football quiz: sliding doors moments

How well can you recall these events that nearly happened?More quizzes: globetrotters, Ashes 2005 and La Liga in the 1990sWho turned down the chance to manage Birmingham City a year after winning the World Cup?Vicente del BosqueMarcelo LippiLuiz Felipe…

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England v Pakistan: Women’s Twenty20 World Cup – live!

Updates from the Group B match in CanberraAustralia hit their stride to hammer BangladeshGet in touch with John by email or on Twitter 7.40am GMT Pakistan win it and opt to have a bowl. 5.29am GMT Hello all. So here we go again – England face a World C…

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Liverpool v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 4.30pm GMT kick-offRevamped Henderson holds up well in Liverpool midfieldEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 3.51pm GMT Some pre-match reading: Related: Will anything now derail Liverpool’s bid for a first league titl…

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – live!

Scottish Premiership updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offDerby last chance for Rangers to engage Celtic in title raceEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 11.56am GMT To while away the stressful minutes before kick-off, why not read Ewan Murray’s pre…

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The Fiver | Marco Silva and a case of the emperor’s new clothes

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The screech of tyres you could hear all the way from John Lennon Airport on Thursday afternoon will have been the private jet of one Farhad Moshiri, touching down after his flight from Monaco in order …

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The Fiver | Mercury is in retrograde which is bad news for the Catalan Capricorn

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given the predictably ludicrous levels of hype – Sky Sports News’s Countdown To Kick-Off timer tells us there’s (eek!) just two more days to go! – it’s tempting to suggest that, as with New Year’s Eve,…

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Football transfer rumours: Tottenham want Fernandes, Aarons and Mateta?

Today’s fluff is lateWhat time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?First to Spurs, where Mauricio Poc…