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Football quiz: when Chelsea won the Champions League final in 2012

How much do you remember about Roberto Di Matteo’s finest hour and a half as a manager?Ryan Bertrand had never played in the Champions League before he started in the final for Chelsea. Which club had discovered him?BournemouthGillinghamNottingham Fore…

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Lewandowski gets Bayern going and league leaders ease past Union Berlin

Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern MunichIt was business as usual in a comfortable victory for Bayern Munich, even if the low-key, low-volume return of the Bundesliga is still a highly unusual sight to behold.Taking three points from Union Berlin moved Germany’s …

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Haaland leads the way as Dortmund win by a distance on Bundesliga return

This will take some getting used to. The substitutes and coaches sat at metres’ distance from each other, all wearing face masks. Pre-match festivities did not extend beyond the piping-in of music that rattled the rafters of Signal Iduna Park. The only…

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From Beckham to Hoskins via Corrie: football in films and TV – quiz

How much do you remember about football on the big and little screen? Try these head-scratchers to find out Which TV and film star’s father was a scout who helped find Wes Brown and Paul Scholes for Manchester United? Christopher EcclestoneIan McShaneJ…

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My favourite game: Uruguay v Ghana, World Cup 2010 quarter-final

I was in the stadium to see Luis Suárez break Ghanaian hearts with his handball. It was cheating, but also an understandable act of self-sacrificeAlmost a decade on, the 2010 World Cup is recalled as a tournament of low-scoring matches, played out amid…

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester United set for a clear-out?

This fluff is marked as a key eventThe latest stage of Manchester United’s seven-years-in-the-making post-Ferguson rebuild is upon us, and this one can be added to the clear-out category of reboot. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is going to wield his viking axe a…

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Football League: Barnsley shock Fulham, Birmingham hold Brentford

QPR stage Stoke comeback, Reading rout the OwlsWimbledon deny Rotherham, Exeter get big late winAfter West Brom were held by Nottingham Forest, none of the chasers were able to make up ground on a day when only Leeds of the top seven celebrated victory…

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Brighton v Watford: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-off10 things to look out for this weekendAnd feel free to email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 4.59pm GMT Troy Deeney is a real football man.Troy Deeney, man of the people #BHAWAT pic.twitter.com/OYmZjXzHCq 4…

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Team news, previews and big weekend in Europe: football countdown – live!

Ten things to look out for around the leagues this weekendThe Recap: sign up for our weekly email of highlightsAnd you can email John, tweet him or comment BTL 10.28am GMT With Manchester City’s title chances ground to dust, the Champions League is the…

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Football League: Leeds slip up again as West Brom take over top spot

Brentford crush Hull as Forest run comes to its endRotherham surge clear, happy return for Swindon’s DoyleLeeds slipped up at home to Wigan in the latest dramatic twist at the top of the table, by losing 1-0 despite utterly dominating their relegation-…

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Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United: FA Cup fourth round – live!

Live updates from 3pm GMT kick-off at Prenton ParkSolskjær hopes win at Tranmere can kick-start United’s seasonGet in touch with John via email or on Twitter @JohnBrewin_ 3.14pm GMT 14 min: “We’re on the march with Ole’s army,” sing the United fans. Th…

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Manchester United’s Ed Woodward: admired by Glazers, despised by fans

Frontman for the unpopular Glazer family is target for hateful chants now the manager no longer doubles as a human shieldOn Wednesday night Ed Woodward discovered another problem with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as Manchester United’s manage…

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Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Premier League player ratings | John Brewin

Jordan Henderson stood out for the victors while Brandon Williams was asked to do too much for Manchester UnitedAlisson Continue reading…

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Burnley v Leicester: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 2pm GMT kick-offMatch preview | Live Sunday scoreboardTweet John or email him with your thoughts 1.28pm GMT The last time these teams met, big bad VAR reared its head. Related: Tielemans gives Leicester win but Burnley denied equ…

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Football transfer rumours: Fellaini to be denied reunion with Moyes?

This fluff knows what it likesWhen you think about it, it’s a glaringly obvious transfer link-up. Marouane Fellaini and David Moyes, the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of the English Premier League, hooking up for a third time. With Moysey getting…

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The Fiver | Ashley Young: the 34-year-old utility man to send San Siro hearts aquiver?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When in doubt, on rare days when the campaign to STOP FOOTBALL gains a temporary foothold, give or take a Sweden v Moldova friendly that serves as the latest road test for the ever more imminent Ethics…

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Football transfer rumours: Gabriel Barbosa and Dani Olmo to Chelsea?

Today’s fluff has been reading about stuff on the internetWhat is the January transfer window for if not panic buying? A month of good money after bad awaits us: for every Virgil van Dijk there is a Denis Suárez and then some.So, who leads the wanted l…

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds will not risk promotion target at Arsenal

The Championship leaders are capable of causing Mikel Arteta’s team problems but the Premier League is the goalA Mick Jones dash to the byline, his looped cross into the box and Allan “Sniffer” Clarke’s diving header taking its time to hit the back of …

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Brighton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the 12.30pm kick-offLive scores – Burnley v Aston Villa and moreContact John by email or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 12.18pm GMT Frank Lampard speaks. Ten years ago, he was Super Frank, Super goals.I think the overriding factor from the Arse…

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Brighton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the 12.30pm kick-offLive scores – Burnley v Aston Villa and moreContact John by email or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 12.18pm GMT Frank Lampard speaks. Ten years ago, he was Super Frank, Super goals.I think the overriding factor from the Arse…