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Manchester United sign Netherlands’ Jackie Groenen for first WSL season

• Midfielder arrives from German side FFC Frankfurt• Groenen made team of tournament at Euro 2017Manchester United have made their first major signing before their debut season in the Women’s Super League, having agreed a pre-contract with the Dutch in…

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How English football rules Europe (with a little help from foreigners)

For the first time four teams from the same country will contest the two major European finals. How has England done it?As Eden Hazard walked up to take his penalty for Chelsea against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night he not only had his club’s fa…

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs will not allow top-four focus to shift

• Ajax semi-final will not be a distraction, says manager• Tottenham host relegation-haunted Brighton on TuesdayMauricio Pochettino has said he does not even need to tell his squad to focus on the fight to finish in the top four of the Premier League r…

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Borussia Dortmund’s rejuvenated Mario Götze relishing Bayern return | Marcus Christenson

Having recovered from illness, the forward and his teammates can take a major step towards the Bundesliga title on Saturday“Bayern Munich didn’t finish me,” Mario Götze said this week but on Saturday afternoon he can pretty much put an end to the Bavar…

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Anti-bullying organisation questions Ronaldo’s pre-season trip to Stockholm

• Organisation which has given name to Friends Arena unhappy• Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn MayorgaThe organisation that has given its name to the Friends Arena in Stockholm has expressed its dismay that Cristiano Ronaldo has been invited…

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Germany face long road back to top after Joachim Löw’s drastic overhaul | Marcus Christenson

Manager insists he knows how to cope with pressure before Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands but there is a sense that the country has fallen out of love with its national teamBefore the game against Serbia, Germany’s followers displayed a hug…

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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘We respect PSG but we don’t fear them’

• Chelsea face PSG in first leg of Champions League quarter-final• Hayes says squad are in better shape than last seasonThe Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes, has said the Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain is a game for which they ha…

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Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdict

We run the rule over the matches, including Manchester United’s clash with Barcelona, and predict who will triumphA great opportunity for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo to take a step closer to the only title that really matters to the club now that th…

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‘No plan, no courage’ – German press lay into Bayern after Liverpool loss

Bayern Munich were heavily criticised after their defeat, with Der Spiegel writing that German football ‘has been left behind’For the first time in 13 years there will be no German club in the Champions League quarter-finals, a fact not lost on the cou…

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Real Madrid sign Brazilian defender Éder Militão from Porto for €50m

• 21-year-old becomes Zinedine Zidane’s first signing after return• Centre-back agrees six-year contract with La Liga clubReal Madrid have announced the signing of Éder Militão from Porto, the 21-year-old centre-back becoming the first transfer since Z…

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England women reveal bespoke new kit for 2019 World Cup

• Traditional white home design, with away of ‘dark red crush’• Lionesses forward Fran Kirby welcomes team’s unique kitsEngland’s women will wear a new kit specifically designed for them, rather than using the same as the men’s team, at the World Cup i…

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PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

• ‘People who know nothing about football in charge of VAR’• PSG president Al-Khelaifi says Thomas Tuchel’s job not at riskNeymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on We…

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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Joachim Löw discards Müller, Boateng and Hummels and wants ‘new’ Germany

• No room for Bayern trio in future squads, says coach• Löw’s decision backed by German FA president GrindelThe Germany coach, Joachim Löw, has said that he is planning for the future without the experienced Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Müller, Jérôme …

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So who does have the easiest run-in, Manchester City or Liverpool? | Marcus Christenson

Fixtures, form and favours from friends could all come into play between now and May. We’ve crunched the numbersWe have reached the stage where fans of the two title contenders spend a large part of their days looking at the remaining fixtures. We are …

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Too old and porous? Bayern Munich face Liverpool amid serious doubts

The German champions have been sluggish for much of the season and the problems may run to the very top“Maybe they are slowly becoming part of the problem,” mused Stefan Effenberg in November. The former Bayern Munich midfielder was referring to Karl-H…

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Neymar set to be out until April in blow to PSG’s Champions League hopes

• Brazilian will miss both last 16 legs against Manchester United• Club backs player to return with ‘courage and determination’Paris Saint-Germain have said that Neymar will be out for around 10 weeks with the metatarsal injury he suffered against Raci…

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Gonzalo Higuaín: ‘infernal machine’ ready to relaunch career at Chelsea | Marcus Christenson

The Argentinian striker is set to work with the ‘best ever manager’ Maurizio Sarri but can he conquer the Premier League at the age of 31?“Not even a phone call.” Maurizio Sarri could not hide his disappointment. Gonzalo Higuaín had just left Napoli fo…