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Football transfer rumours: Neymar dreaming of Messi reunion at Barça?

Today’s fluff needs something to rely onNeymar is sad and bored and lonely in Paris and is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo. “Paris is a great city,” it notes, “but its climate is not that of Barcelona, nor is the Parc des Prince…

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Online aggression skews debate over suspended West Ham youth coach | Jacob Steinberg

Disreputable or an individual’s right? Battle lines on social media have sent the temperature soaring regarding the actions of West Ham’s Mark PhillipsWhen Kick It Out contacted West Ham about the youth coach who went on the Democratic Football Lads Al…

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Footballer dropped from Italian team for supporting far right

Teammates of Concetta ‘Titty’ Astarìta refused to play after she was dropped from pro-integration Afro-Napoli sideFrom the stands of the Scarfoglio stadium, just outside Naples, fans on Sunday anxiously awaited the teams’ arrival. The game should have …

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill stands firm amid growing calls for dismissal

• Defiant O’Neill says he will lead Ireland to Euro 2020 finals• Manager expects Roy Keane to stay as assistant until 2020Martin O’Neill has declared, amid growing calls for his reign as Republic of Ireland manager to be terminated and dwindling number…

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill stands firm amid growing calls for dismissal

• Defiant O’Neill says he will lead Ireland to Euro 2020 finals• Manager expects Roy Keane to stay as assistant until 2020Martin O’Neill has declared, amid growing calls for his reign as Republic of Ireland manager to be terminated and dwindling number…

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Karen Carney spot on but Chelsea find Fiorentina hard nuts to crack

• Women’s Champions League: Chelsea 1-0 Fiorentina• Carney 8 penChelsea shook off their crushing defeat by Arsenal and moved to within touching distance of a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after a penalty from Karen Carney gave them a fir…

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Karen Carney spot on but Chelsea find Fiorentina hard nuts to crack

• Women’s Champions League: Chelsea 1-0 Fiorentina• Carney 8 penChelsea shook off their crushing defeat by Arsenal and moved to within touching distance of a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after a penalty from Karen Carney gave them a fir…

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Barcelona douse Glasgow City dreams in crushing Champions League win

• Barcelona 5-0 Glasgow• Scottish champions suffer in last 16 before big domestic week“The Champions League is there for us to enjoy,” the Barcelona full-back Marta Torrejón insisted and they certainly enjoyed this. For Glasgow City, by contrast, this …

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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Thierry Henry will seek to emulate Pep Guardiola’s approach at Monaco

• Henry a big admirer of the former Barcelona manager• ‘Pep is the reference for me, I’m not saying for everyone’Pep Guardiola will provide the “reference” for Thierry Henry as he begins his managerial career at Monaco.The Manchester City manager worke…

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A-League 2018-19 preview part two: Newcastle Jets to Western Sydney Wanderers

Sydney FC have recruited well, Perth and Newcastle are contenders, but a long season awaits Phoenix and WanderersSeason preview part one: Adelaide to Melbourne VictoryIns: Mitch Austin (Victory), Jair (Yanbian Funde FC), Lewis Italiano (Stirling Lions)…

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Eleven Sports to stop showing live European matches at 3pm on Saturdays

• Digital-only broadcaster has rights to Italian and Spanish games• Andrea Radrizzani’s firm under pressure from stakeholdersEleven Sports are to abandon their controversial tactic of screening European football matches on Saturday afternoons.The digit…

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West Ham inquiry into Mark Phillips to see if he brought club into disrepute

• Youth coach attended Democratic Football Lads Alliance march• DFLA has been condemned by anti-racism campaignersWest Ham’s investigation into the youth coach who went on a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by…

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Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry

• Head of foundation Carl Everall’s behaviour investigated• Crewe back in spotlight after Gradi and Bennell casesCrewe Alexandra have suspended their head of foundation because of a safeguarding issue that has led to the club notifying the Football Ass…

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The Fiver | Sergio Ramos and a masterclass in deflection

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Who’d have thought it? A couple of months in and the Uefa Nations League can almost be considered a qualified success! England have finally found something they’re a little bit better at than Germany; …

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Things already looking bleak for clubs near the Premier League basement | Paul Wilson

Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff are all without a victory after their first eight games and appear unlikely to reach anywhere near 40 pointsThere is a certain symmetry about the Premier League table at the moment. Three teams at the top are still u…

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Wembley will not be sold by the FA after Shahid Khan withdraws offer

• Fulham owner pulls out of proposed deal to buy stadium• FA says stadium will stay under its ownershipWembley stadium will not be sold by the Football Association after Shahid Khan withdrew his offer.The FA had been poised to sell the stadium to the b…

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Hugo Lloris is not given the credit he deserves for France’s success

Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove in Russia and David de Gea was picked in Fifa’s team of the year. What about Lloris?By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIndividual acclaim for a goalkeeper is rare. No goalkeeper has won the Ba…

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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde

The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substanceEven in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glaz…