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The Fiver | A strange and irksome day in the condiment wing of Uefa’s pantry

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Concern was writ large on faces all across Uefa HQ on Tuesday morning. First, chef forgot to put the honey glazing on the truffle macaroons. Then, a waitress slipped on a tranche of smoked barracuda an…

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Football quiz: how much do you know about caretaker managers?

Duncan Ferguson had a dream start against Chelsea on Saturday. Which other caretaker bosses have made their mark (or not)?Which World Cup winners were overseen by a caretaker boss?Uruguay in 1950 Brazil in 1970 Argentina in 1986 Italy in 2006 Who was c…

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West Ham’s Pellegrini stays for now but Southampton defeat could bring sack

Manager tells board he can turn around team’s fortunesMoyes, Hughton and Howe in running if Pellegrini sackedManuel Pellegrini will take charge of West Ham’s Premier League game at Southampton on Saturday but defeat could prompt his dismissal as manage…

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New jeer greetings: how useful is it to boo your own team?

From Arsenal fans turning on Xhaka to both sets of supporters booing on Monday night, jeering is a soundtrack to the seasonBooing season seems to come round quicker each year. The hazy days of summer (the haze being that which descends on the brains of…

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David Squires on … football and the 2019 general election

It’s election week, which means the worlds of football and politics have collided. With dismal consequencesTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy a copy of this cartoon in the Guardian print shop Continue reading…

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Amazon breaks into Champions League with German deal

Streaming service follows Premier League success with further football rights tie-upFresh from the success of streaming top-flight English football for the first time, Amazon has sets its sights on Europe’s premier club competition, securing exclusive …

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Ajax’s Dusan Tadic: ‘You cannot buy happiness. Inside I feel rich’

The forward on turning down a ‘crazy’ offer from China, the semi-final defeat by Spurs and why he is grateful to SouthamptonAfter four years in the Premier League with Southampton Dusan Tadic wanted to go to only one club. From a young age he dreamed a…

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Football transfer rumours: PSG to move for Liverpool’s Sadio Mané?

Today’s tell-all is committed to this projectWith Liverpool strolling towards the title without any of their rivals being able to lay a glove on them, Sadio Mané is being sized up for an enquiry as to whether a similar experience at Paris Saint-Germain…

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Steve Bruce is proving everyone wrong, says Newcastle’s Andy Carroll

• ‘At the beginning he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea’• Newcastle have taken seven points from three gamesAndy Carroll has admitted Steve Bruce is proving his sceptics wrong after a week that has seen Newcastle pick up seven points in three games to lift…

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Pépé caps a lightning revival to give Freddie Ljungberg glimmer of hope | Nick Ames

Forward scored vital goal against West Ham when Arsenal’s frontline offered a glimpse of stand-in manager’s visionOne flourish of the left foot and, for a few days at least, everything else could be forgotten. Nicolas Pépé’s adaptation to the Premier L…

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Jesse Marsch: ‘At Salzburg, I’m not treated like an American coach’

The Wisconsin-born coach went viral with his half-time rant at Anfield but his star will rise higher still if his team can eliminate LiverpoolIt was a typical scene, really.The players sit stoically in the visitors’ dressing room, watching their coach …

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Freddie Ljungberg hands Arsenal a warning after West Ham win

• Interim manager celebrates his first victory in charge• Manuel Pellegrini admits he is worried about HammersFreddie Ljungberg warned his players not to get carried away after a spectacular comeback against West Ham boosted the Swede’s hopes of landin…

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Marcus Rashford can be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, says Solskjær

• Rashford having his most prolific season at Manchester United• Solskjær: ‘It’s very easy to compare the two of them’Ole Gunnar Solskjær has encouraged comparisons between Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo and admitted the England forward has the …

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Fans must take it upon themselves to resist football’s politics of hate | Barney Ronay

As poison drips from parliament, racism in football has surged. Clearly our leaders cannot be trusted to set the right toneGary Neville was right. It might have struck a jarring note in the post-match Sky Sports studio, sandwiched between the unsmiling…

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Martinelli and Pépé spark Arsenal comeback victory against West Ham

Rarely can one small step in the right direction have felt so satisfying. At half-time the grim post-mortems were being prepared. Arsenal had been booed off by supporters who were starting to wonder if their team were sliding into a relegation battle a…

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Martinelli and Pépé spark Arsenal comeback victory against West Ham

Rarely can one small step in the right direction have felt so satisfying. At half-time the grim post-mortems were being prepared. Arsenal had been booed off by supporters who were starting to wonder if their team were sliding into a relegation battle a…

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Jürgen Klopp gets his game face on for a match Liverpool dare not lose | Andy Hunter

Manager in no mood for joking as he landed in Salzburg with his side’s Champions League campaign hanging in the balanceThe Austrian media who were expecting a bit of light-hearted banter with Jürgen Klopp at the Red Bull Arena were to be disappointed. …

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Liverpool ‘will go for everything’ in key Salzburg game, says Jürgen Klopp

• Defeat in Austria could eliminate holders Liverpool• Klopp: ‘We are still ambitious like crazy’Jürgen Klopp has warned Salzburg that Liverpool “are still ambitious like crazy” and will not be stopped from achieving their aims by the most intense sche…

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Liverpool ‘will go for everything’ in key Salzburg game, says Jürgen Klopp

• Defeat in Austria could eliminate holders Liverpool• Klopp: ‘We are still ambitious like crazy’Jürgen Klopp has warned Salzburg that Liverpool “are still ambitious like crazy” and will not be stopped from achieving their aims by the most intense sche…

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Wada acts on Russian doping but has it gone far enough?

Caveats and compromises in the small print mean there is a good chance Russian athletes and footballers will appear at the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World CupIt makes for an alluring headline: Russia finally banned from international sport for four ye…