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Bielsa defends making Casilla Leeds captain despite racism verdict

‘His teammates think he deserved to be the captain’Goalkeeper was banned but denied making racist remarksMarcelo Bielsa has defended his politically freighted decision to name Kiko Casilla as the Leeds captain for the Carabao Cup defeat against Hull We…

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Neil Warnock tests positive for Covid and will miss Middlesbrough match

Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson in charge on SaturdayManager also stayed away from midweek Carabao Cup gameNeil Warnock has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Middlesbrough’s Championship game at home to Bournemouth on Saturday. Boro’s man…

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Vitality agree biggest sponsorship deal in history of Women’s FA Cup

‘It demonstrates the power of women’s football’Vitality agrees three-year deal after SSE contract endsThe financial resilience of top-level women’s football amid the alarming economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic was further emphasised on …

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Vitality agree biggest sponsorship deal in history of Women’s FA Cup

‘It demonstrates the power of women’s football’Vitality agrees three-year deal after SSE contract endsThe financial resilience of top-level women’s football amid the alarming economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic was further emphasised on …

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Ashley ‘flexed his muscles’ to net Newcastle signings, says Steve Bruce

Trio of Wilson, Fraser and Jamal Lewis have arrived for £40mAshley still looking to sell club after collapse of Saudi dealSteve Bruce believes Mike Ashley remains committed to helping Newcastle succeed despite the owner’s ongoing attempts to sell the c…

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Callum Wilson looks forward to noise of brighter tomorrow at Newcastle | Louise Taylor

The £20m signing is relishing the prospect of scoring before a packed St James’ Park when fans are able to return and says the club is ‘going places’ despite the failed takeoverCallum Wilson surveys the small group of reporters in front of him at Newca…

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Ryan Fraser insists he had no option but to stop playing for Bournemouth

Winger rejected short-term deal in order to seal Newcastle move‘I was gutted Bournemouth got relegated,’ he insistsRyan Fraser has maintained he had no option but to put himself first by declining to sign a short-term playing extension with Bournemouth…

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Ryan Fraser insists he had no option but to stop playing for Bournemouth

Winger rejected short-term deal in order to seal Newcastle move‘I was gutted Bournemouth got relegated,’ he insistsRyan Fraser has maintained he had no option but to put himself first by declining to sign a short-term playing extension with Bournemouth…

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Ryan Fraser insists he had no option but to stop playing for Bournemouth

Winger rejected short-term deal in order to seal Newcastle move‘I was gutted Bournemouth got relegated,’ he insistsRyan Fraser has maintained he had no option but to put himself first by declining to sign a short-term playing extension with Bournemouth…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 14: Newcastle United

Mike Ashley’s unloved tenure continues after the failed Saudi-led takeover but he has allowed a mini recruitment driveGuardian writers’ predicted position: 17th (NB: this is not necessarily Louise Taylor’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tip…

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Fran Kirby: ‘The cardiologist said if I didn’t slow down, I wouldn’t play again’

The Chelsea No 10’s career was in peril when she developed pericarditis, but now she’s fit and ready for a new WSL seasonFran Kirby knew something was wrong, very wrong, when she could no longer climb her stairs without resting halfway. The Chelsea and…

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Georgia Stanway fires Manchester City to winning WSL start at Aston Villa

It was a day of firsts in the West Midlands. Not only did Villa Park host both its inaugural Women’s Super League game and a debut-making World Cup winner but the fixture marked the opening of a new season.With two Georgia Stanway goals giving Manchest…

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Georgia Stanway fires Manchester City to winning WSL start at Aston Villa

It was a day of firsts in the West Midlands. Not only did Villa Park host both its inaugural Women’s Super League game and a debut-making World Cup winner but the fixture marked the opening of a new season.With two Georgia Stanway goals giving Manchest…

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Georgia Stanway fires Manchester City to winning WSL start at Aston Villa

It was a day of firsts in the West Midlands. Not only did Villa Park host both its inaugural Women’s Super League game and a debut-making World Cup winner but the fixture marked the opening of a new season.With two Georgia Stanway goals giving Manchest…

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Georgia Stanway fires Manchester City to winning WSL start at Aston Villa

It was a day of firsts in the West Midlands. Not only did Villa Park host both its inaugural Women’s Super League game and a debut-making World Cup winner but the fixture marked the opening of a new season.With two Georgia Stanway goals giving Manchest…

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Here comes El Loco: is the Premier League ready for Marcelo Bielsa?

From his flat above a sweet shop Marcelo Bielsa has masterminded Leeds’s return to the top flight. Now his search for perfection comes up against much stronger oppositionThe small crowd gathered outside Marcelo Bielsa’s modest terraced home counted dow…

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‘The football will be spectacular’ – WSL kicks off with renewed hope and energy | Louise Taylor

The Women’s Super League starts this weekend with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City favourites after signing some of the world’s best playersWhen Steph Houghton is asked where she can be found at parties the reply proves as instant and incisive as o…

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Five of the best: Women’s Super League summer signings to watch

A World Cup winner and a midfielder who has won the Champions League with two clubs feature in our selectionEmma Hayes’s WSL champions have seen their attacking armoury receive a significant upgrade with the arrival of one of the best forwards in Europ…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 9: Leeds United

Will Marcelo Bielsa’s team be another Sheffield United or more like Norwich? Much may depend on record signing RodrigoGuardian writers’ predicted position: 10th (NB: this is not necessarily Louise Taylor’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tip…

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Jess Fishlock: ‘To be in America in 2020 has been a whirlwind’

Reading’s loan signing on their prospects for the new Women’s Super League season and the possibility of her returning to SeattleIt is a sunny late summer afternoon in Berkshire but Jess Fishlock’s mind has fast-forwarded to November on another contine…