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Gaizka Mendieta: ‘Southgate wasn’t honest with me at Middlesbrough’

The Spanish midfielder on success at Valencia with Claudio Ranieri, lockdown DJing and the ups and downs at BoroIt feels a little strange to start at the end with Gaizka Mendieta, but this is one that still smarts. The Spaniard, who was twice named the…

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Gaizka Mendieta: ‘Southgate wasn’t honest with me at Middlesbrough’

The Spanish midfielder on success at Valencia with Claudio Ranieri, lockdown DJing and the ups and downs at BoroIt feels a little strange to start at the end with Gaizka Mendieta, but this is one that still smarts. The Spaniard, who was twice named the…

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How data is pushing Twitter scouts and bloggers into football’s big time

Increased use of analytics has opened club doors to a new and more diverse set of experts, including a teenager in Bengaluru who is working with Dundee UnitedLast week Jay Socik got a new job. As head of recruitment analysis at Luton Town, he will take…

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Gareth Bale in best shape since returning to Spurs, says José Mourinho

Manager feels winger has overcome injury niggles‘He’s giving us important contributions bit by bit’José Mourinho believes Gareth Bale is in the best condition of his second stint as a Tottenham player and, liberated from anxiety about assorted niggling…

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Guardiola insists Manchester City’s players deserve the credit for success

• City are bidding to win their 20th consecutive match• Guardiola: ‘The artists are the players’Pep Guardiola has admitted some credit for Manchester City’s success but insisted he has not invented anything regarding how the team play.City host West Ha…

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Lionel Messi may be heading towards his Vegas stage but the fire still burns | Barney Ronay

The 33-year-old showed again this week exactly why Man City or PSG might just consider him worth the investmentOf all the many Elvis Presley incarnations – Vegas Elvis, Leather Elvis, Super-Handsome Young Elvis – my favourite is probably Karate Elvis.E…

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‘Do what you’re good at’: Ibrahimovic tells LeBron James to stick to sports

AC Milan striker takes swipe at NBA superstar’s activismJames has been one of NBA’s leading voices against injusticeAC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said sportspeople like Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James should quit sticking their nose into …

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Pitch problems for Birmingham Women force FA to step in and move game

Match against Manchester City moved to St George’s ParkFA says ground at Solihull Moors ‘not meeting requirements’Birmingham City’s Women’s Super League game against Manchester City on Sunday has been swapped from the team’s Damson Park home to St Geor…

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Pitch problems for Birmingham Women force FA to step in and move game

Match against Manchester City moved to St George’s ParkFA says ground at Solihull Moors ‘not meeting requirements’Birmingham City’s Women’s Super League game against Manchester City on Sunday has been swapped from the team’s Damson Park home to St Geor…

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Warmth, coaching, communication: how Tuchel got Chelsea purring again

Manager has brought more lightness and laughter since replacing Lampard but has shown ruthlessness tooThe ink on Thomas Tuchel’s contract was still drying when Chelsea’s manager got down to business. The German had arrived in a whirl, rushing to London…

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Manchester City v West Ham: match preview

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City can lose when playing precisely the same way that has swept them to 19 consecutive victories. The point is taken but so good is his side that their average is a class at least above most opponents. Here, then is David…

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The Fiver | Leicester City and The Round of Brendan Rodgers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Just as Big Cup has its Round Of Barcelona (the Round Formerly Known As The Round Of Paris Saint-Germain (the Round Formerly Known As The Round of Arsenal)), so the world’s greatest second-rate pan-Eur…

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The Fiver | Leicester City and The Round of Brendan Rodgers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Just as Big Cup has its Round Of Barcelona (the Round Formerly Known As The Round Of Paris Saint-Germain (the Round Formerly Known As The Round of Arsenal)), so the world’s greatest second-rate pan-Eur…

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Newcastle v Wolves: match preview

Late last week a giant banner was draped across an entrance to St James’ Park. In a clear message to Mike Ashley, it demanded that Newcastle’s owner “stop gambling with our club”. It follows the earlier warning – also via a banner outside the stadium –…

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Leeds v Aston Villa: match preview

Leeds will be without the injured Kalvin Phillips and Aston Villa lacking the similarly indisposed Jack Grealish. Only time will tell which talisman will prove the bigger miss but Villa may need to be mindful of their hosts penchant for so called tacti…

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Manchester United draw Milan and Europa League date with Ibrahimovic

Last-16 draw also pairs Arsenal with OlympiakosSpurs face Dinamo Zagreb, Rangers to play Slavia PragueZlatan Ibrahimovic is returning to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn against Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.The 39-year-old s…

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West Brom v Brighton: match preview

West Brom need to beat Brighton as time ebbs away for them to save their season. Sam Allardyce appears to have finally shored up their defensive problems, only two goals conceded in West Brom’s past four games, with the introduction of Okay Yokuslu as …

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Manchester United’s Mary Earps: ‘I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea’

Goalkeeper has a reputation as a joker but it belies a serious approach to her game – and to studying business and GermanMary Earps doesn’t want to be misunderstood but Manchester United’s goalkeeper no longer cares if she is. The 27-year-old has a rep…

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‘A fairytale’: when Birmingham City won the League Cup a decade ago

This season Birmingham City are fighting to avoid relegation to League One. Ten years ago, they won a cup final at WembleyBy Sean Cole for The BlizzardBy most conventional measures, Obafemi Martins’s loan spell with Birmingham City could not be deemed …

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Michail Antonio’s West Ham evolution from utility man to star striker

Forward has found his place and contributed to success story at a club seemingly inept at signing players in that positionFor West Ham fans there are certain sentences that, regardless of context or circumstance, are basically guaranteed to bring you o…