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‘A very intelligent player’ – Arsenal complete Albert Sambi Lokonga deal

Belgium Under-21 midfielder signs from AnderlechtVincent Kompany talks so highly of him, says Mikel ArtetaArsenal have completed the signing of the Belgium Under-21 international Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.The 21-year-old midfielder made his …

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Vincent Kompany turns down assistant coach job at Manchester City

Anderlecht player-coach will see out contract in BelgiumDoor likely to remain open for him at the EtihadVincent Kompany has turned down an opportunity to become PepGuardiola’s coaching assistant at Manchester City in favour ofcontinuing in his player-c…

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Vincent Kompany: ‘You never learn as much as when you get your arse kicked’

The former Manchester City captain – ‘100% Congolese, 100% Belgian, 100% Manc’ – on the ‘beautiful adversity’ of his new challenge at Anderlecht, racism and Brexit“Every chapter in my life has started with a setback and a struggle,” Vincent Kompany say…

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When Tottenham won their last European trophy – 35 years ago

Football has a funny way of creating heroes for a day. Just ask stand-in Spurs keeper Tony ParksBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogSport has a habit of creating heroes from the ranks of the previously unknown. In 1982, the young goalkeeper Nigel S…

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When Tottenham won their last European trophy – 35 years ago

Football has a funny way of creating heroes for a day. Just ask stand-in Spurs keeper Tony ParksBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogSport has a habit of creating heroes from the ranks of the previously unknown. In 1982, the young goalkeeper Nigel S…

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Vincent Kompany walks into a mess at Anderlecht – can he save them?

With no European football for the first time in 56 years and unrest off the pitch, the Belgian club’s appointment of their former defender as player-manager is a remarkable stuntOn Sunday, on as dark a day as imaginable in Anderlecht’s history, Belgium…

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‘We should all appreciate Vincent Kompany’s legacy for English football’ – video report

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany is leaving the club after 11 years to become player-manager at Anderlecht, where he played between the ages of six and 20.The announcement of his departure came just one day after he captained City …

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‘We should all appreciate Vincent Kompany’s legacy for English football’ – video report

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany is leaving the club after 11 years to become player-manager at Anderlecht, where he played between the ages of six and 20.The announcement of his departure came just one day after he captained City …

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Vincent Kompany: the best images from his Manchester City career – in pictures

A selection of the best images from the Belgian’s 11 years at Manchester City after his announcement that he is leaving for a player-manager role at Anderlecht Continue reading…

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Police raid Anderlecht and Belgium FA offices in money-laundering inquiry

• Police take transfer documents from FA headquarters• Aleksandar Mitrovic’s Newcastle move of interestBelgian police have raided the offices of Anderlecht and the Belgian football association in relation to a money-laundering investigation involving a…

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How the Anderlecht academy helped build Belgium’s World Cup squad

Anderlecht products make up 35% of Belgium’s squad and so far they have scored more goals than the Brazil teamBy Alex Clapham for Caño Football of the Sport NetworkIt’s handshakes and cheek-kisses all round as a troop of young men come tearing into the…

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Uefa charge against Anderlecht offers hope for fleeced fans on ticket prices

As Liverpool and Manchester United wrangle with Champions League opponents over ticket prices, a campaign by Bayern Munich fans may be about to bear fruitShortly after 6pm CET on Tuesday Anderlecht were charged with infringing Article 19 (3) …

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Celtic reach Europa League despite Simunovic gifting Anderlecht win

The big picture shows this as a box ticked by Brendan Rodgers and Celtic. From a Champions League section which also included Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, Europa League football after Christmas was always the fairest of targets.Nonetheless, C…

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Bayern Munich v PSG, Celtic v Anderlecht: Champions League – live!

Live updates from all of Tuesday’s Champions League matchesChampions League tables: check on the latest standingsAnd you can email Nick or ping him a tweet @NickMiller79 7.12pm GMT Just throwing forwards to tomorrow, this is either admirable honesty or…

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Champions League roundup: Atlético hopes of progress hit by Qarabag draw

• Atlético Madrid 1-1 Qarabag; Olympiakos 0-0 Barcelona• PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa scores hat-trick in 5-0 Anderlecht thrashingAtlético Madrid’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by the Group C minnows Qar…

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Scott Sinclair completes Celtic’s perfect night against Anderlecht

Celtic have sampled so few successes in Champions League away matches that they are entitled to cherish this one. The perfect response to a mauling at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain was supplied on a comfortable evening in Brussels.

This marked Celtic’s second win in 28 attempts on the road in the competition. It also marks the first time in the Champions League they have kept a clean sheet away from home. Wider context is positive for a team who enjoy such dominance in Scotland that ability is often underplayed. On this evidence Celtic are vastly superior to Anderlecht in all departments. Another away trip, to Bayern Munich next month, suddenly carries heavy significance.

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Anderlecht v Celtic: Champions League – live!

8.50pm BST

47 min: Appiah hurls in a long throw from near the left-hand corner flag. Teodorczyk chests it back to Onykuru at the corner of the Celtic box. he pings in a cross that’s headed behind for a corner. But the corner won’t be taken because Celtic have a freekick from offside.

8.48pm BST

46 min: No personnel changes during the break. But have Anderlecht come up with a plan to pose more of threat?

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Brendan Rodgers uses PSG ‘reality check’ to spur Celtic against Anderlecht

• Manager says players feel they will improve during Champions League run
• Anderlecht confident despite recent sacking of René Weiler as manager

Brendan Rodgers has urged his Celtic players to use memories from a “reality check” against Paris Saint-Germain to kick-start their Champions League campaign at Anderlecht on Wednesday. Celtic endured a record-equalling home defeat when they were beaten 5-0 by PSG in Glasgow, with Rodgers uncharacteristically critical of his team.

“I think games like the PSG one are little reality checks,” Rodgers said. “That’s what it’s like at this level. I always tend to think there is learning in every situation. It’s about facing problems you want to solve afterwards. The lesson learned for us in that first game means we hope to be better in the future games.

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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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José Mourinho tells injured players to be brave for Manchester United cause

• Mourinho wants Jones and Smalling to hurry back to help depleted squad
• ‘I don’t think Ibrahimovic and Rojo suffered easy injuries’

José Mourinho said Manchester United can still dream of winning the Europa League after reaching the semi-finals of the competition with victory over Anderlecht on Thursday night but implored Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to “be brave for the team” and try and accelerate recovery from injury on a night when Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both taken off on stretchers.

The Swede injured his right knee and as he has yet to agree a new one-year deal at United there are fears the 35-year-old might never play for the club again should it prove a long-term problem.

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