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Olympiakos v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 5.55pm BST kick-offPochettino preaches positivity as Spurs start healingAny thoughts? You can email Paul or tweet @paul_doyle 5.07pm BST Tanguy Ndombele is back for Tottenham, who demote Moussa Sissoko to the bench. Lu…

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‘We’re building a player’ – the transformation of Wolves’ Adama Traoré

Former Barcelona winger has added nous to his speed and trickery after being moulded into a raiding wing-back by NunoAdama Traoré made his Barcelona league debut at the age of 17 by coming on as a substitute for Neymar. That was nearly six years ago. S…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Youcef Atal from Nice?

Today’s piffle is tired of being borrowedLucas Piazon joined Chelsea in January 2012, a couple of weeks before the London club signed Kevin De Bruyne. Piazon is still a Chelsea player, whereas De Bruyne didn’t really make the grade at Stamford Bridge a…

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Football transfer rumours: where next after deadline day?

Today’s whispers are off to OsteriaWhen all civilisations are annihilated – some time in October, according to Rumour Mill sources – transfer news will survive. Verily, from the rubble, intrepid transfer hacks will rebuild. A couple of words are all th…

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Sheffield United’s John Egan: ‘I wanted to play GAA like my father’

The Sheffield United defender has a special fixture in Ireland after Saturday’s visit to Stamford BridgeThis is a special weekend for Sheffield United’s John Egan. On Saturday he will play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. On Sunday he will be one of…

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Carabao Cup plus Champions League qualifiers – live!

The latest scores and news from Wednesday night’s actionBorja Bastón: from Swansea misfit to undroppable forceAny comments? Email Paul | tweet @paul_doyle 7.21pm BST Swansea have changed their entire starting lineup from their last Championship game. S…

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The Fiver | Laughter is the best medicine and, failing that, barfing’s worth a go

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The day after Bury FC were kicked out of the football league does not seem like a good time to turn our attention to the woes of Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar but, then again, sometimes PSG and Neymar…

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Dean Smith happy with Aston Villa striker Wesley despite lack of goals | Paul Doyle

Manager has seen enough, despite defeats by Bournemouth and Spurs, to be confident Villa will not ‘do a Fulham’To really offend people around Villa Park, just say the F word. After spending at least £127m on 12 players following promotion to the Premie…

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Sheffield United’s Ollie Norwood: ‘Fergie told me I’d get here … I don’t know if he meant it’

Promoted to the top flight in three straight seasons, the midfielder is finally playing in it – and desperate to make up for lost timeIt would have been a hat-trick from hell. After winning promotion in the previous two seasons only to be jilted before…

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The Fiver | Losing the absolute run of oneself

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!As everyone in football knows, there is a fine line between declaring a public holiday after a home draw with West Brom and, on the other hand, losing the absolute run of oneself. Jürgen Klopp has alwa…

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Referee Stéphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of France’s very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on WednesdayReferees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to mak…

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Referee Stéphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of France’s very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on WednesdayReferees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to mak…

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Liverpool v Norwich: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Anfield, kick-off 8pm (BST)Team-by-team guide to the Premier League summer dealsYou can email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.44pm BST “I’m excited to watch Teemu Pukki,” discloses Steve Forstneger. “First, one of my favorite all-time hoc…

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The Fiver | There’s no sign of the Premier League succumbing to its excesses. No siree!

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There’s no need here to reel off the names of all the rock heroes who sadly lost their lives at the age of 27 – your Jimi Hendrixes, your Jim Morrisons, your Alan “Blind Owl” Wilsons and your Ron “Pigp…

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The Fiver | There’s no sign of the Premier League succumbing to its excesses. No siree!

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There’s no need here to reel off the names of all the rock heroes who sadly lost their lives at the age of 27 – your Jimi Hendrixes, your Jim Morrisons, your Alan “Blind Owl” Wilsons and your Ron “Pigp…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 20: Wolves

Nuno Espírito Santo has overseen extraordinary progress – but can he continue to do so?Guardian writers’ predicted position: 9th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’s position: seventh C…

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 9: Leicester City

The captures of Ayoze Pérez and Youri Tielemans have the potential to lift Brendan Rodgers’ buoyant side up another levelGuardian writers’ predicted position: 7th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips…

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The Man’s taken the Big Stick to po’ Fiver! Pow! Thwack! | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Two big news items have been rocking the football world today: Aston Villa signed some players, and Harvey Elliott, aged 16, has confessed to being “immature” after a wise old publication decided to re…

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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 …