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Own-goals all round as overpaid footballers get their usual kicking | Paul Wilson

Scrambling politicians, cut-throat club execs and an unobliging union have left Premier League players facing familiar ireA political football is normally the cliche of choice when something that has nothing to do with football is booted back and forth…

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Premier League players will be told to stop training amid doubts over restart

Resumption on 30 April appears increasingly unlikelyCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageThe Premier League is ready to accept the inevitable over the coronavirus pandemic and tell its players to take a break from training as doubts incre…

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Football clubs’ good deeds go a long way but shutdown exposes financial faultlines | Paul Wilson

The game’s wealthier end is doing what it can in the coronavirus crisis but the precarious financial reality for too many lower-league clubs also plain to see“What is football without a crowd?” Pep Guardiola asked a couple of weeks ago, just before it …

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My favourite game: Wigan-Hull, Challenge Cup final 1985 | Paul Wilson

Wigan won the final but all of rugby won the day in an unforgettable match featuring two legendary KangaroosBack when the earth was young the rugby league season would be played out on an assortment of northern mud heaps in winter before the Challenge …

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‘Football matches aren’t important’: Klopp sends message to Liverpool fans

‘We have to do what we can to protect one another’Premier League suspended with Liverpool 25 points clear at topJürgen Klopp has sent a message to Liverpool supporters in which he describes football as “the most important of the least important things”…

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‘Football matches aren’t important’: Klopp sends message to Liverpool fans

‘We have to do what we can to protect one another’Premier League suspended with Liverpool 25 points clear at topJürgen Klopp has sent a message to Liverpool supporters in which he describes football as “the most important of the least important things”…

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Pep Guardiola: it is inevitable English games will go behind closed doors

Italy and Spain’s reaction to coronavirus expected to be followed‘I prefer not to play games without people’ says City managerPep Guardiola believes it inevitable that England will follow the example of Italy and Spain and begin playing football matche…

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Norwich won the Championship. Why are they 19 points off Sheffield United?

Promoted teams meet on Saturday and a difference in transfer spending is not the whole story behind their divergent pathsProgress in the FA Cup apart, when Norwich City travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday the conversation among both sets of supporters w…

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Norwich won the Championship. Why are they 19 points off Sheffield United?

Promoted teams meet on Saturday and a difference in transfer spending is not the whole story behind their divergent pathsProgress in the FA Cup apart, when Norwich City travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday the conversation among both sets of supporters w…

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Rooney is not as revered as Cantona but is the complete United hero

There are plenty of special Rooney moments for Manchester United fans to recall before he faces them with Derby It is a pity in some ways that fifth-round replays have been abolished in the FA Cup. Wayne Rooney turns 35 this year, and with Derby County…

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Rooney is not as revered as Cantona but is the complete United hero

There are plenty of special Rooney moments for Manchester United fans to recall before he faces them with Derby It is a pity in some ways that fifth-round replays have been abolished in the FA Cup. Wayne Rooney turns 35 this year, and with Derby County…

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Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings: ‘We know we have to bring our A game’

Central defender sees Carabao Cup final against Manchester City as an opportunity to show they can compete with big teamsTyrone Mings will be forever grateful to Mick McCarthy for giving him his break in professional football, though as a 19-year-old d…

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André Gomes: ‘I really don’t need the picture of my foot in my memory’

Everton’s Portugal midfielder on his horrific injury, his long road back to fitness and life under Carlo AncelottiEverton’s André Gomes had so many messages of support from footballers around Europe during his recovery from his horrific ankle dislocati…

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Guardiola has Paisley record in his sights as City seek League Cup treble

Pep Guardiola could become the first manager since Bob Paisley to win three successive League Cups, yet victory would be a footnote to history unless they add the Champions LeagueManchester City’s long-term vision for Europe may be under threat and Liv…

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Guardiola has Paisley record in his sights as City seek League Cup treble

Pep Guardiola could become the first manager since Bob Paisley to win three successive League Cups, yet victory would be a footnote to history unless they add the Champions LeagueManchester City’s long-term vision for Europe may be under threat and Liv…

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Moyes plays percentages game but West Ham need inspiration soon

Successive defeats at the Etihad and Anfield were not without encouragement, but beating Southampton on Saturday now looks non-negotiableIt was hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for David Moyes when his West Ham team briefly led at Liverpool on …

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Pep Guardiola open to extending his Manchester City stay beyond 2021

We will have to see if the club is happy with me, he addsCity manager has never exceeded five years in charge at a clubPep Guardiola has hinted he may stay longer at Manchester City than his present contract, even though the club could find itself bann…

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Wenger’s offside plans offer sense but not the whole VAR solution

Goals should not be ruled out because an armpit was ahead of the last defender but issues with remote refereeing run deeperThank goodness for Arsène Wenger. It is about time someone with a genuine appreciation of the game stepped in to prevent VAR’s re…

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English quartet prepare for drama on a stage we must enjoy while we can

Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea face differing challenges in a Champions League group stage that is likely to be one of the last in the competition’s current formatThe Champions League returns on Tuesday with Liverpool back at the stadium…

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Pep Guardiola left with one more shot at Champions League with City | Paul Wilson

Last-16 tie against Real Madrid will come under even more intense scrutiny with manager unlikely to be in charge in 2023Pep Guardiola was speculating only a few days ago that he might be sacked if he does not win the Champions League with Manchester Ci…