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Arsenal v Sporting: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offEmail Paul or get in touch via Twitter @Paul_Doyle 7.42pm GMT “A Portuguese born Londoner here,” announces Tiago Marques. “Sportinguista since childhood and adopted Arsenal early on during my upbringing. V…

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What is going so badly wrong for Thierry Henry at Monaco? | Paul Doyle

Henry, still searching for his first win after five games in charge, is facing problems on and off the pitch at the Ligue 1 club“People tell me after every match that it can’t get worse, but it does,” observed Thierry Henry after his team’s crushing 4-…

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Juventus v Manchester United: Champions League – live!

Live updates from the 8pm kick-off at Allianz Stadium Would Guardiola win the title with United’s squad?Man City v Shakhtar – live! | Follow all the goalsDrop Paul an email | Tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.41pm GMT Before kickoff today, José Mourinho might invok…

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Juventus v Manchester United: Champions League – live!

Live updates from the 8pm kick-off at Allianz Stadium Would Guardiola win the title with United’s squad?Man City v Shakhtar – live! | Follow all the goalsDrop Paul an email | Tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.41pm GMT Before kickoff today, José Mourinho might invok…

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Claude Puel says any Leicester player can opt out of Cardiff match

• Squad indicated willingness to play after helicopter tragedy• Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral begins on SaturdayClaude Puel has said any Leicester City player who does not feel ready to return to action a week after the fatal helicopter crash that…

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Fraser and Hesketh send Burton past Nottingham Forest and into last eight

Nigel Clough has brewed up another heady upset, guiding Burton to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the expense of the club he and his father helped to worldwide fame. It was no fluke. This was a deserved triumph for Burton, secured thanks to a bold an…

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League Cup a chance for the Premier League’s trophy-less to stake a claim

Five of the current Premier League clubs have never won a major trophy but for one of them the chances of finally doing so have never been so goodEngland’s second cup competition has changed names more times than a convict on the run but one cannot avo…

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The Fiver | Uppity swines and the mega-rich

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Back in 1987, when The Fiver did not exist and was at its funniest, Napoli ventured into Big Cup with the best player in the world, Diego Maradona, and their ambition as high as he often was. But the d…

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Jürgen Klopp regrets Liverpool’s lack of final-ball finesse at Huddersfield

• Liverpool manager calls for improvement after 1-0 win• ‘We could have done better. It was just the last ball – one touch’Jürgen Klopp says his Liverpool team remain a work in progress but that collecting victories while developing a more balanced sty…

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A steadfast commitment to entertain

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The idea that certain values should be upheld no matter the circumstances is one The Fiver has always fought dirty to uphold. Truly great football clubs do likewise. Take Bayern Munich, for example. Se…

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Football transfer rumours: Sánchez to leave Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is sweating in a jumper Once the euphoria subsided, a realisation floored Alexis Sánchez: it was only Newcastle. Related: Should José Mourinho be punished for his foul-mouthed outburst? | Paul MacInnes Continue reading…

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill stands firm amid growing calls for dismissal

• Defiant O’Neill says he will lead Ireland to Euro 2020 finals• Manager expects Roy Keane to stay as assistant until 2020Martin O’Neill has declared, amid growing calls for his reign as Republic of Ireland manager to be terminated and dwindling number…

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill stands firm amid growing calls for dismissal

• Defiant O’Neill says he will lead Ireland to Euro 2020 finals• Manager expects Roy Keane to stay as assistant until 2020Martin O’Neill has declared, amid growing calls for his reign as Republic of Ireland manager to be terminated and dwindling number…

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Mark Walters: ‘It wasn’t just fruit – people threw darts and a pig’s leg’

The former England winger discusses the racism he faced when he joined Rangers and why having ‘all the badges and every award going’ never landed him a top coaching jobMark Walters cannot help smiling about the time Mo Johnston, his then teammate, rece…

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The Fiver | Flinging toys out of prams with giddy abandon

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!One of the best things about being a tycoon who has made a fortune from manufacturing action figures and such like is, The Fiver imagines, that you can fling toys out of prams with giddy abandon. Few p…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsène Wenger to take PSG role?

Today’s fluff would quite like to go back to bedPeople who know Arsène Wenger say that since stepping down as Arsenal overlord, there is a fresh spring in his stride. Although it was not a decision he relished taking, the 68-year-old looks liberated, s…

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Qarabag v Arsenal: Europa League – live!

Europa League Group E updates, 5.55pm BST kick-offQarabag coach says Arsenal have ‘saved’ MkhitaryanAnd feel free to email Paul or tweet him to get in touch 5.36pm BST Alex Iwobi, in a pre-recorded interview, has been telling BT about Arsenal’s new man…

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The Fiver | Swapping a future under O’Neill and Keane for inflatable unicorns

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!For a manager who has been accused of dawdling in the past merely because he talks as if Brian Clough were on the brink of clinching another Big Cup, Martin O’Neill has spent an inordinate amount of ti…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the Group B match at WembleyLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail paul.doyle@theguardian.com or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.05pm BST As expected, there is no Eriksen, Alli, Dembélé, Vertonghen or Aurier Spurs…

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Football transfer rumours: Pogba and Sánchez face Manchester United exit?

Today’s rumours are flying soloWhen Louis van Gaal was fighting to avoid the sack at Old Trafford a little over two years ago, his old pal José Mourinho didn’t exactly lend a hand. But reports that the manager wrote a six-page letter to Manch…