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Senegal v Algeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the final in CairoPatriotism and soft power: how Egypt sought to gain from AfconEmail Paul here or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.05pm BST As expected Salis Sané is chosen as the replacement for Koulibaly in the heart of Senegal’s d…

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The Fiver | Champions of Africa as many times as Andorra, Burnley and Richard Keys

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Senegal, regular producers of remarkable players, have been champions of Africa exactly as many times as Djibouti, Andorra, Burnley, Richard Keys, Danny Mills and Weird Uncle Fiver. So when Senegalese …

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The forgotten story of … Ray Freeman, the ‘madman’ manager and trailblazer

The British coach enjoyed such success in Norway with Brann in the 1970s that he was awarded honorary citizen statusSK Brann’s Europa League campaign ended on Thursday with a 2-1 defeat by Shamrock Rovers in Dublin, just down the road from where their …

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The Fiver | Beating competition from Europe’s most admired clubs and PSG

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Back in the day, Serie A attracted the best players in the world. From Diego Maradona and Michel Platini to Ruud Gullit and Paul Rideout, all the stars flocked to Italy, lured by big salaries, high-bro…

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The Fiver | Peter Crouch: an everyman appeal to go with his exceptional ability

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Of all the English language’s most welcome word pairings – including “cut price”, “extra strength” and “insufficient evidence” – the one most likely to raise a smile among football folks might just be …

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Madagascar v Tunisia: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – live!

Africa Cup of Nations updates from the 8pm BST kick-offJonathan Wilson: Afcon has had more drama than qualityAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him here 6.54pm BST Before we tuck into the main feast (see below), let’s enjoy the conclusion to the firs…

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Madagascar v Tunisia: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – live!

Africa Cup of Nations updates from the 8pm BST kick-offJonathan Wilson: Afcon has had more drama than qualityAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him here 6.54pm BST Before we tuck into the main feast (see below), let’s enjoy the conclusion to the firs…

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The Fiver | Arsenal’s best defender even when watching from a treatment table

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Arsenal are the legal property of a man who spends his days in front of a gigantic abacus in the USA! USA!! USA!!! showing little interest in how his club is doing on pitches back in the old continent….

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Senegal v Benin: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – live!

Africa Cup of Nations updates from the 5pm BST kick-offSouth Africa’s Baxter: ‘We can’t give the country hope’And you can email Paul here or tweet him here 5.03pm BST 3 min: Senegal have taken the initiative from the start and are playing very much in …

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The Fiver | A cunning plan to hold on to as many underperformers as possible

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It is nearly four months since Manchester United lost 4-0 at Everton through a performance Ole Gunnar Solskjær could only describe as “so bad I can’t describe it” and which Paul Pogba, a man well place…

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The Fiver | A flaw in the PSG strategy of indulging their stars’ every whim

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!This time last year the international performance artist Neymar Jr was reflecting deeply on being knocked out of the World Cup by Marouane Fellaini’s Belgium. He vowed to come back stronger and, knowin…

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Manchester United go for potential but can Solskjær nurture it? | Paul Doyle

The policy of targeting players with a point to prove is fine provided the club has the right people to guide themWith Manchester United on the hunt for a centre-back who could do for them what Virgil van Dijk has done for Liverpool, it is no wonder th…

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Uganda v Senegal: Africa Cup of Nations last 16 – live!

Minute-by-updates from the 8pm kick-off in CairoFootball Weekly: England heartache, Copa América and AfconAny thoughts? You can email Paul | tweet @Paul_Doyle 8.13pm BST 13 min: Lumala and Mugabi swap zippy passes down the right. Mugabi then tries to …

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Netherlands v Sweden: Women’s World Cup 2019, semi-final – live!

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at the Stade de LyonExciting Netherlands side have grown into the World CupStina Blackstenius: Sweden striker who came in from the coldEmail Paul here or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.26pm BST Phil Neville said that he thinks S…

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Benin v Cameroon: Africa Cup of Nations – live!

Africa Cup of Nations updates from Ismailia, 5pm BST kick-offAlso featuring Group F updates from Guinea-Bissau v GhanaEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 5.44pm BST 42 min: Sessegnon pings the freekick towards the far post, but with too …

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Uganda v Egypt: African Cup of Nations – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the match in Group ACameroon and Ghana headline day of stalematesAny comments? You can email Paul | tweet @Paul_Doyle 8.09pm BST 8 min: Uganda are proving quite the irritant to the hosts. They’re fast to launch attacks and …

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Madagascar v Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – live!

Live updates from Alexandria and Burundi v Guinea, kick-offs 5pm (BST)Morocco’s magic moment earns win over Ivory CoastFeel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.29pm BST 28 min: if Nigeria lose top spot in this group, they could face Ghana or Came…

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Madagascar v Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – live!

Live updates from Alexandria and Burundi v Guinea, kick-offs 5pm (BST)Morocco’s magic moment earns win over Ivory CoastFeel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.15pm BST Madagascar have the lead and their first ever goal against Nigeria! It came f…

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Tottenham set to sign winger Jack Clarke then loan him back to Leeds

• Teenager to join for £10m before returning to Championship• Spurs also targeting Sessegnon and NdombeleTottenham are poised to make their first senior signing in more a year after agreeing to buy the teenage winger Jack Clarke from Leeds. The clubs a…

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Morocco v Ivory Coast: Africa Cup of Nations – live!

Africa Cup of Nations updates from the Group D matchWarda returns to Egypt squad after intervention of playersAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him here 5.17pm BST Morocco: Bounou; Dirar, Benatia, Saïss, Hakimi; Belhanda, El Ahmadi; Amrabat, Ziyech,…