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Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?

The ruling body’s principle of rotating finals is a good one but the golden ticket has to be awarded for the right reasonsYou had to admire Uefa’s steadfastness in the face of unfortunate timing. The decision to award the hosting rights for this year’s…

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Premier League 2018-19 review: goals of the season

From Vincent Kompany’s thunderbolt to Aaron Ramsey capping a sublime team move, via a one-man show at ChelseaWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2018-19 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to…

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Premier League 2018-19 review: players of the season

From a pair of stars at the Etihad and Anfield, plus Spurs’ superstar South KoreanWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2018-19 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to get the discussion going: …

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Spurs ready for final after watching Liverpool and dancing to Oasis

Eric Dier says the Reds’ win over Barelona inspired Tottenham against Ajax, leading to a spontaneous post-match singalongLiverpool may yet deny Tottenham a historic European triumph but Jürgen Klopp’s team helped Spurs set up a Champions League showdow…

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Valencia v Arsenal: Europa League semi-final, second leg – live!

Europa League semi-final, second leg updates (first leg: 1-3) Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt – the latest from the other semiAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him here 7.39pm BST “If Messi can disappear in a semi-final and see his team get turned ove…

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Football transfer rumours: Matthijs de Ligt to spurn Barcelona for Liverpool?

Today’s fluff is not coming down just yetCompiling transfer rumours is an exercise fraught with peril because some of the stories simply will not stand the test of time. They will turn out to have been based on dud information or giddy impulses. They w…

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Xhaka happy to host Brighton but rues repeat of Arsenal’s tricky travels

Emirates form holds no concerns but the Swiss midfielder fears Burnley away on last day has potential to ‘kill’ seasonIf there had not been such a strange discrepancy between Arsenal’s home and away performances this season, there would be no pressure …

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Football rumours: Rio Ferdinand to be Manchester United sporting director?

Today’s fluff talks a good game on TwitterA widely held view, supported by a Schwarzenegger-like body of evidence, is that Ed Woodward has not shown much canniness when it comes to Manchester United’s transfer dealing. Too emotional or kneejerk in his …

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Norwich close to Premier League return as Championship climax looms

• Canaries need just a point with two games to play• Play-off place and final relegation spot yet to be decidedAnother dramatic Championship season enters its penultimate weekend with three clubs still jostling for automatic promotion, at least three v…

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Manchester United v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offDo read: Marina Hyde on football and its pathetic omertasAnd you can email Paul or tweet him here 7.19pm BST More from Keane, who says he is not expecting City to suffer a backlash from a united team eage…

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Juventus v Ajax: Champions League quarter-final – live!

Champions League updates from the second leg (first leg: 1-1)Barcelona v Manchester United: Champions League – live!And you can email Paul here or tweet him here 4.28pm BST Welcome to a tie that remains very much alive. Sure, Juventus are well placed t…

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The Fiver | Ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazis

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver’s heart sang when we realised we would at last get to tell a good news story. Too often it has been our sad duty to report on outbreaks of malice, ineptitude and, yes, despicable drunken buff…

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Arsenal v Napoli: Europa League quarter-final first leg – live!

• Follow all the first leg action from the Emirates Stadium• Ancelotti back in London with focus on Arsenal test• Email Paul or get in touch with him via Twitter 7.24pm BST “Look at those badges,” booms Matt Dony. “Arsenal v Netscape Navigator. A meet…

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Arsenal v Napoli: Europa League quarter-final first leg – live!

• Follow all the first leg action from the Emirates Stadium• Ancelotti back in London with focus on Arsenal test• Email Paul or get in touch with him via Twitter 7.24pm BST “Look at those badges,” booms Matt Dony. “Arsenal v Netscape Navigator. A meet…

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Manchester United v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final, first leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 8pm BST kick-offYou can email Paul here or tweet him hereAjax v Juventus – join Nick Miller for live updatesLive scoreboard: the latest from Wednesday’s matches 7.07pm BST United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Sh…

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Liverpool are too greedy for success to go easy on Porto, says Jürgen Klopp

• Taking Europe lightly to boost domestic push not on the agenda• ‘It’s at Anfield, it’s a quarter-final, it’s a big one for us’Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool are too hungry for success to consider rationing their efforts in the Champions League. With…

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Brighton’s Yves Bissouma: ‘It was hard to leave my parents aged 13’

Mali midfielder, set to face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, was played out of position in France before thriving under Chris HughtonYves Bissouma, a midfielder with rare qualities, has been the revelation of Brighton’s season so far. It is a…

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Football transfer rumours: Philippe Coutinho heading back to England?

Today’s rumours don’t get involved in the rest of that muckPhilippe Coutinho is a man in demand – just not at Barcelona, apparently. The Brazilian has failed to gain a regular starting spot at the Camp Nou since joining from Liverpool a little over a y…

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Careful Huddersfield pay inevitable price but are set up to return | Paul Doyle

With Premier League’s lowest wage bill and ineffective strikers, relegation is no surprise but Jan Siewert’s men are equipped to come backAnd so Huddersfield’s Premier League journey nears the end that has long been signposted, via a sequence of result…

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Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

All the news as the focus returns to domestic football againPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Paul here. Tweet @Paul_Doyle 10.07am GMT Have you heard the one about the burger launched from Sheffield on a mission to explore sp…