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I’ve been blamed even when I’m not playing, says Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal defender says criticism has become ‘irrational’German particularly angry about Emmanuel Petit commentsShkodran Mustafi has opened up on his troubled time at Arsenal, admitting that he has become a target for the club’s fans, and said he would c…

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Next Generation: after five years, how has our first full class of picks fared?

From Rashford to Tielemans, we check in on the initial players to be chosen for our Next Generation project Harley Willard: what happened next to one 2014 selection?In 2014 we decided that it would be interesting to pick the best young players from eac…

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Battle of the Bridge: Malmö FF and FC Copenhagen collide in Europe

There is ill-feeling between the two clubs because of a game 14 years ago and Thursday night’s tie will be a feisty oneThey have not played each other that many times but it is still a tie that is being talked about as a “hate game” in Sweden and Denma…

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‘A historic triumph in London’ – German media react to Bayern win

There was praise for Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski as the German press celebrated Bayern’s winThe German media reacted with incredulity and glee after Bayern Munich’s 7-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur.Bild called it “a historic tr…

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‘Football can transform the world’: Jürgen Klopp on joining Common Goal

• Liverpool manager to give 1% of his salary to Common Goal• Project helps disadvantaged young people and communitiesJürgen Klopp has become the latest high-profile person to join Common Goal, the organisation that is encouraging players, managers and …

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Erling Braut Haaland, the Norwegian ‘beast’ ripping up the record books | Marcus Christenson

The 19-year-old son of Alfie Håland scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut on Tuesday and has 17 goals in nine games for Red Bull Salzburg this season“This year I’ve only grown five centimetres,” Erling Braut Haaland said in an interview in N…

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Italian football pundit sacked for racist on-air remarks about Romelu Lukaku

Luciano Passirani said only way to stop him is ‘give him bananas’Telelombardia says he will not appear on the show againAn Italian TV pundit has been suspended for saying that the only way to stop Romelu Lukaku is to give “him 10 bananas to eat”. Lucia…

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‘How can it be a slip-up?’: Kevin-Prince Boateng angry at lack of racism action

Remarks by Schalke chairman deemed racist by DFB Lack of action is ‘missed opportunity’ says BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng has said he is dismayed that the football authorities in Germany did not deal more firmly with the Schalke chairman, Clemens Tönnie…

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Nicklas Bendtner to make debut behind closed doors for fear of overcrowding

FC Copenhagen reserves face rivals Brøndby‘The training ground would have blown up,’ says coachFC Copenhagen have decided to play Nicklas Bendtner’s first game for the club behind closed doors because their training ground “would have blown up” if they…

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‘I’m furious’ – Emre Can on being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad

German midfielder not part of Maurizio Sarri’s 22-man party‘The phone call didn’t even last a minute’Emre Can has said he is “shocked and furious” after being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad. The midfielder found out there was no place fo…

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Christian Eriksen: ‘I wish I could decide my future like in Football Manager’

Spurs midfielder stays at club despite wanting ‘new challenge’Player has sympathy for Pochettino over transfer windowChristian Eriksen has said that he wished he was more in control of his future after missing out on a move to Spain this summer. The To…

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‘Every player deserves some respect’: Bayern’s Kovac defends Perisic signing

Bayern criticised for not landing first-choice targetsKovac: ‘It is too easy to always criticise someone’Bayern Munich have completed the loan signing of Inter’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy the Croatian winger at the end of the season for £20m. …

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Frank Lampard denies David Luiz forced Arsenal move with strike threat

• Lampard: ‘We had honest conversations. There were no strikes’• Chelsea manager: defender’s switch purely a football decisionFrank Lampard has said the decision to sell David Luiz had nothing to do with player power. The Brazilian’s move to Arsenal on…

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Transfer deadline day 2019: Zaha, Lukaku, Sessegnon latest – live!

Premier League and Championship transfer window closes at 5pm BSTTransfer window interactive: every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesEmail Marcus here or tweet @m_christenson 7.41am BST Jonathan Bennett gets in touch via email to say: Though I apprec…

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Ryan Sessegnon set to join Tottenham from Fulham for initial £25m

Under-21 international set to become first-choice left-backSpurs also set to complete signing of Real Betis’ Giovani Lo CelsoTottenham are set to kick off their deadline day dealings with the signing of Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon after agreeing an initial…

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Jordi Osei-Tutu thanks Arsenal and Bochum for support after alleged racial abuse

• Defender claims he was racially abused against St Gallen• Swiss side say player has denied allegationBochum have launched an investigation after Jordi Osei-Tutu said he was racially abused in the pre-season friendly against St Gallen on Tuesday. Rela…

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‘They needed the money’: Pontus Jansson explains Leeds exit

Defender has joined Brentford on three-year contractJansson says language affected relationship with BielsaPontus Jansson has said he was sold to Brentford because Leeds “saw they could make some money” and hinted that his relationship with Marcelo Bie…

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‘They needed the money’: Pontus Jansson explains Leeds exit

Defender has joined Brentford on three-year contractJansson says language affected relationship with BielsaPontus Jansson has said he was sold to Brentford because Leeds “saw they could make some money” and hinted that his relationship with Marcelo Bie…

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Arjen Robben: master of the expected who brought joy and trophies

Defenders knew what Robben would do but still could not stop him and his retirement after 10 years at Bayern is a shameThere is beauty in the unexpected but sometimes even more so in the expected. Everyone knew what Arjen Robben would do, yet they coul…

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England 1-2 USA: Women’s World Cup semi-final player ratings | Marcus Christenson

Ellen White was England’s best player but the USA were strong in all areas, especially Lindsey Horan and Christen Press4-4-1-1 Continue reading…