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The Fiver | A passion that drives Gareth Bale like a sweetly struck Titleist Pro

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!If Gareth Bale had his way, he would have been firmly embedded at Jiangsu Suning by now, perhaps mastering Nankinese, exploring museums with wondrous collections of Ming and Qing imperial porcelain and…

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Dean Smith: ‘Villa have won the top trophy. Challenging in Europe has to be the aim’

Aston Villa manager on his five-year plan, what Jack Grealish asked for after England duty and the truth about the signingsDean Smith did his job exceptionally well last season, his first in the Premier League in a managerial career that began at Walsa…

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Newcastle v Blackburn, West Ham v Charlton: Carabao Cup round two – live!

Goal updates from the evening’s action in the League CupLive scores: the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd email Paul here or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.30pm BST GOAL! Bradford 0-3 Lincoln. Lewis Montsma turns a freekick from the right into the …

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Jamie Vardy is on the spot as Leicester prove too strong for West Brom

The last time Leicester won their opening match of the season, they went on to win the title. Only a crank would proclaim them future champions on the basis of this performance but it is fair to say this victory should do them good after their sorry en…

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Jamie Vardy is on the spot as Leicester prove too strong for West Brom

The last time Leicester won their opening match of the season, they went on to win the title. Only a crank would proclaim them future champions on the basis of this performance but it is fair to say this victory should do them good after their sorry en…

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Slaven Bilic delights in dire Premier League predictions for West Brom | Paul Doyle

The Baggies manager insists the naysayers have given him an even bigger motivation to stay in the top flightOn being told that most season previews – including the one put together using the accumulated brain power of the Guardian’s football journalist…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 20: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Doherty’s sale raised concerns but transfers since point to strong ambitions and a push towards the top four could be realisticGuardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 20: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Doherty’s sale raised concerns but transfers since point to strong ambitions and a push towards the top four could be realisticGuardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers…

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The Fiver | Finding yet another way to bring international football into disrepute

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!England produced an extraordinarily creative performance in Tuesday’s meaningless friendlyNations League match against Denmark, finding yet another way to bring international football into disrepute. S…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 15: Sheffield United

Chris Wilder will not entertain talk of Second Season Syndrome – and with good reason given the Blades’ blend of solidity and styleGuardian writers’ predicted position: 11th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our wr…

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Ireland slip to disappointing Finland defeat in Stephen Kenny’s home bow

For the Republic of Ireland’s first match in Dublin since the death of Jack Charlton, the stadium was festooned with banners paying tribute to the country’s most successful manager. But this was also the first home game of Stephen Kenny, who aims to br…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 10: Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers’ team can be brilliant but could go backwards if they do not adequately address shortcomingsGuardian writers’ predicted position: 7th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’…

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Premier League 2020-21 preview No 2: Aston Villa

Dean Smith and co will be hopeful of avoiding a relegation scrap this time around but reinforcements are requiredGuardian writers’ predicted position: 15th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last s…

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Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich: Champions League final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action in LisbonBarney Ronay: PSG have already won the cynical long gameAndy Brassell: Alphonso Davies speeds on to centre stageAny thoughts? You can email Paul | tweet @paul_doyle 6.43pm BST PSG’s first-choice goalkeepe…

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Glasgow City v Wolfsburg: Women’s Champions League quarter-final – live!

Updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in San SebastiánAtlético v Barcelona live with Tumaini Carayol!Get in touch! Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.53pm BST You can’t argue with the scoreline. Wolfsburg have been sharper, exposing Glasgow’s lack of prepar…

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Glasgow City v Wolfsburg: Women’s Champions League quarter-final – live!

Updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in San SebastiánAtlético v Barcelona live with Tumaini Carayol!Get in touch! Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.53pm BST You can’t argue with the scoreline. Wolfsburg have been sharper, exposing Glasgow’s lack of prepar…

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Juan Bernat: the Bayern outcast who became PSG’s Mr Reliable | Paul Doyle

The left-back jettisoned by Bayern in 2018 has forged a place for himself in a side built around superstarsIf you want to see the world’s best left-back in action – or if you are Barcelona’s Nélson Semedo and would just like to put a face to the dancin…

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Marcelo’s long road at Lyon: from pariah to defensive mainstay | Paul Doyle

In December Marcelo was at war with Lyon’s ultras but now he embodies the team’s solidity as they face Champions League semi-final against Bayern MunichOn 14 October, thousands of Lyon fans piled into an online campaign for the club’s manager, Rudi Gar…

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RB Leipzig v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League semi-final – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST game in LisbonUpamecano stands in the way of PSG’s potent attacking forceFeel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 7.20pm BST The Brazilian left Barcelona to step out of Lionel Messi’s sha…

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Dayot Upamecano stands in the way of PSG’s potent attacking force

Young French defender is also an astute force in launching attacks as RB Leipzig hope for Champions League upsetWhat a scrumptious irony it would be if, after years of domination in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain were to be thwarted in Europe by a French…