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Liverpool v PSG: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST game at AnfieldThe Fiver: sign up now and get our daily football emailAnd you can email Paul your thoughts or tweet @Paul_Doyle 4.59pm BST Well how about this for starters? Two of the most exciting attacks in t…

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PSG face tall order to lift Europe’s top prize in face of French club’s poor record | Paul Doyle

The European Cup was the brainchild of two French journalists but the nation which invented the competition has only enjoyed one controversial success 25 years agoWhat jolly scenes those were in the Stade de France last week as Les Bleus’ World Cup-win…

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The Portuguese humanitarian wiped away a tear | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!At today’s weekly rendezvous at Old Trafford with the interestingly-odoured representatives of the media, José Mourinho was eager to discuss “the ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing in…

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar, Mbappé or Hazard to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is delightedReal Madrid want the world to know that they have £330m to spend and will use it to bag a new Galactico or two, but the world is unimpressed. After all, that amount wouldn’t even pay for half a Luka Modri?, according to Real’s…

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Harry Kewell intent on bringing a bit of Frank Rijkaard to Notts County

Kevin Nolan’s replacement at League Two’s bottom club says he benefited from guidance from some great coaches but reserves special acclaim for the DutchmanAs Harry Kewell namechecks the successful managers who have influenced him – including Rafael Ben…

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Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert aiming for acceptance in Cameroon | Paul Doyle

The appointment of the Dutch duo to manage the national team has been met with scepticism but a succesful trip to Comoros would help ease some of the pressureLocated at the tip of Grande Comore island in the Indian Ocean and surrounded by elegant palm …

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Wales v Republic of Ireland, Germany v France and more: Nations League – live!

Live updates as Uefa’s new tournament gets under wayTen things to look out for in this week’s internationalsYou can email Paul here or tweet him here 7.28pm BST As for Irish permutations, it’s really not obvious how O’Neill’s men are going to line up. …

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If you want to hold a grudge follow the example of Leigh Roose | Paul Doyle

Yaya Touré is no Johan Cruyff but they are mild compared to the keeper who caused chaos for Celtic and against StokeIt is getting to the stage where we are going to have to accept Yaya Touré is no Johan Cruyff. Shame, really, because the Ivorian had th…

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Premier League team news, Mourinho, Klopp and more: weekend football countdown live!

All the latest ahead of the weekend’s footballMourinho a saint compared with Burnley’s Lord of provocationSend your emails to Paul here, or tweet @Paul_Doyle 10.10am BST Chris Hughton has been speaking to the press and said he’s not sure whether Lewis …

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José Mourinho’s duel with Mauricio Pochettino presents clash of outlooks

Manchester United’s manager has handled problems in sharp contrast to his Spurs counterpart before their Premier League matchMauricio Pochettino has just a sheet of toilet paper compared with José Mourinho’s roll of honour but that is not the most pert…

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Among the 578 who advance to the Euro Vase’s group stages

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Burnley FC have a proud European history, which began in 1960-61 when they strode into continental competition as English champions and wound up being knocked out in the quarter-finals following a goal…

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Among the 578 who advance to the Euro Vase’s group stages

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Burnley FC have a proud European history, which began in 1960-61 when they strode into continental competition as English champions and wound up being knocked out in the quarter-finals following a goal…

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Football transfer rumours: Keylor Navas to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff is picking through the ruinsOnce upon a time Real Madrid could attract any player they wanted. Who Real want, Real get – that’s what the old folks used to say. But times have changed. Those three consecutive Champions League titles were b…

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From Yaya Touré to Hatem Ben Arfa: the free agents looking for a home

The former Manchester City player believes he can carry on until he turns 42, while Football League clubs could be tempted to take a punt on Victor AnichebeClarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert named their first Cameroon squad this week after being app…

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic to PSG?

Today’s fluff could be heading northHaving spent the summer working with Roberto Martínez, Thierry Henry is more convinced than ever that he can make a career in management. Now all he has to do is persuade someone else. He might already have succeeded…

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Pleas for Usmanov’s riches may add to Big Six but result in Glasgow United | Paul Doyle

Careful what you wish for Newcastle and Everton fans – more competition could stave off a European Super League, but forward-thinking billionaires may find other corners to cutIt’s a good thing that Alisher Usmanov is not, so far as we can tell, Sacha …

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Unai Emery hoping to turn the tables on his old rival Pep Guardiola

• Arsenal manager unconcerned about daunting start• Emery names five captains in his squadIt was a statement of the obvious but Unai Emery felt it needed stressing. “There is a new way, a new process,” said the Spaniard several times on Friday at the p…

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The Fiver | Unbearably dull but not out of date

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Transfer deadline day is always a difficult time for The Fiver, especially since Sky Sports News started shielding its reporters from purple joysticks. Now the only fun we can have is making up stories…

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Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere eager to make mark

After frustration and in some cases ridicule, players whose last campaign was sabotaged by injury will be desperate to show what they have to offer as a new season gets under wayHarry Redknapp used to be tickled by the notion that top professionals wou…

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Reaching for a shot with the conviction of a man who has shampoo in his eyes | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When the Fiver heard today that Joe Hart had joined Burnley from Manchester City, we immediately thought of a similarly initialed goalkeeper who played for the same clubs over a century ago – dear ol’ …