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Birmingham dismayed by ‘ridiculous’ gap between Women’s FA Cup ties

Blues face Everton on Wednesday after Sunday’s extra-time win‘It’s an injustice,’ says manager Carla Ward before the semi-finalBirmingham’s manager, Carla Ward, has branded as “ridiculous” the decision to give her team only two clear days between their…

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The Fiver | Fulham and the need to post criticism on Social Media Disgrace Twitter

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Even in the immediate aftermath of Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League, Scott Parker seemed strangely forlorn. As if he realised that, in masterminding unlikely victory over a strangely subdued Br…

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Salomón Rondón: ‘If I have a chance to sign again for Newcastle I will do it’

Dalian Pro striker on working with Rafa Benítez and being confined to a Chinese hotel for two months with barely a day offSalomón Rondón remembers his hairs standing on end when, wearing Newcastle’s No 9 shirt for the first time, he ran on to the St Ja…

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Salomón Rondón: ‘If I have a chance to sign again for Newcastle I will do it’

Dalian Pro striker on working with Rafa Benítez and being confined to a Chinese hotel for two months with barely a day offSalomón Rondón remembers his hairs standing on end when, wearing Newcastle’s No 9 shirt for the first time, he ran on to the St Ja…

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West Ham keen on Slavia Prague’s Vladimir Coufal to fill right-back gap

Coufal is a 28-year-old Czech Republic internationalFirst-choice right-back Ryan Fredericks injured against WolvesWest Ham are interested in the Slavia Prague right-back Vladimir Coufal after confirming that Ryan Fredericks will be out until after the …

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The Klopp-Keane exchange tells us much about how football has changed | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool are not so much sloppy as playing the popular high-risk game that late-period Alex Ferguson eschewedFootball has changed. Most disagreements between managers and pundits are tedious affairs, rooted in complex and broadly impenetrable codes of…

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David Squires on … being trapped in a Premier League fever dream

Armpits! Penalties after full-time whistles! Everton! Our cartoonist is struggling to wake up right nowBuy a copy of this cartoon in the Guardian print shopAnd take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Lazio sign Andreas Pereira on loan and Leeds edge closer to Cuisance signing

Manchester United player to join Lazio with option to buyLeeds have offered €20m for Bayern Munich midfielder Lazio have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Andreas Pereira on loan for the 2020-21 season with an option to buy the midfielder fo…

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Football transfer rumours: Bayern to rival Barcelona for Max Aarons?

Today’s tittle-tattle believes in this projectWith Chelsea’s porous defence perpetually under the microscope, it might be better for a Blues defender to be out of their team than in it. Perhaps that’s what Antonio Rüdiger reckons anyway, having been le…

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Deadly Dychonomics: Premier League clubs won’t care if EFL teams go under | Jonathan Liew

Why would English football’s elite worry about propping up a system they have spent years actively seeking to obliterate?One by one, they lined up to condemn the madness. “It’s certainly destroying my enjoyment of the game of football,” said Roy Hodgso…

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Tony Gustavsson: Swede to be named Matildas coach by Football Federation Australia

Former USWNT assistant set to succeed Ante MilicicFour major tournaments in as many years await MatildasTony Gustavsson, the experienced former US women’s national team assistant coach, is set to lead the Matildas to a World Cup on home soil with Footb…

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Jürgen Klopp hits back at Roy Keane and says Liverpool looked ruthless

Manager rejects Roy Keane’s claim his team were ‘sloppy’Klopp says he ‘loved every second’ of 3-1 win over ArsenalJürgen Klopp said he “loved pretty much each second” of Liverpool’s convincing 3-1 win over Arsenal and rejected suggestions from the Sky …

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Liverpool force Arsenal into familiar stranglehold in glimpse of old times | Barney Ronay

Andy Robertson summed up Liverpool’s triumph of will as they overwhelmed Arsenal in the season’s best opening half-hourWelcome back, then, English football; or at least something that looked quite a bit like it. For long periods this was another strang…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek may leave Chelsea on loan, says Frank Lampard

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could play in Carabao Cup against Spurs‘I want to find the best path for Ruben and for us’Frank Lampard has said Chelsea are considering whether to aid Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s rehabilitation from an achilles injury by sending the midfie…

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Diogo Jota makes his mark as Liverpool prove too strong for Arsenal

Liverpool made it three wins out of three to join Leicester and Everton at the top of the table after coming from behind to beat Arsenal, consigning Mikel Arteta’s side to their first defeat of the season.Coming from behind makes it sound as if Arsenal…

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Manchester United make offer for Alex Telles and consider Jadon Sancho bid

Brazil left-back valued at £18m by PortoUnited considering formal bid for Jadon SanchoManchester United have made an initial bid for Porto’s Alex Telles, with the club valuing the left-back at around £12m as he can be signed without a fee on a pre-cont…

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Aston Villa keep up winning start and leave Fulham looking out of their depth

It was hard not to feel sorry for Bobby Decordova-Reid as he saw the claret and blue shirts swarming towards him. The Fulham winger knew his hopes of sparking a counterattack were fading. Decordova-Reid had no support from his teammates and he could do…

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Liverpool v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offTen talking points from the Premier League weekendAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 7.31pm BST “Under Arteta, Arsenal seem to have coherent strategies,” writes Juan. “Team selection is easy to…

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Handball law gives Fifa consistency and fans something to rail against | Paul MacInnes

Change is meant to remove ambiguity so referees need not decide whether a player touched the ball deliberatelyIn these troubled times, scraps of normality glint like a jewel in the dirt. Three cheers, then, for a weekend when the football discourse was…

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Hurricane Suárez unleashed in spectacular Atlético Madrid arrival | Sid Lowe

In a debut lasting less than 23 minutes, Atlético’s new signing won and lost a penalty, hit the post and scored two goalsThere was a smattering of applause from the 60 or 70 people sitting in the shade of the stand and then someone started shouting: “U…