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Arjen Robben: ‘If you ask what is the worst stadium for me, it’s Liverpool’

In his tenth and final season at Bayern Munich the Dutchman talks about his extraordinary decade in Bavaria and burning desire to avenge Champions League traumas at Anfield“‘Enjoy it, enjoy it,’ that’s what you say to young players.” Arjen Robben is wr…

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Adama Traoré: ‘I am self-critical, I need to do better in the final third’

Wolves’ Spanish winger tells Paul Wilson about leaving Barcelona as a teenager and why he slowed down to improve his game“A massive difference,” Adama Traoré says when invited to compare the tactics of Nuno Espírito Santo with those of Tony Pulis. “At …

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European roundup: Barcelona edge to win; Pizarro is oldest Bundesliga scorer

• Lionel Messi penalty enough for leaders against Valladolid• Pizarro breaks record with last-gasp goal for Werder BremenA first-half penalty from Lionel Messi was enough to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid to preserve their comfortabl…

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Phil Foden ‘brilliant’ for Manchester City against Newport, says Pep Guardiola

• Manager praises 18-year-old’s influence in hard-fought win• ‘He’s a player who is ready – ready to play’Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden for producing a “brilliant” performance against Newport County after the 18-year-old scored twice to help Manches…

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Sané and Foden send City through as dogged Newport are finally downed

“We couldn’t, could we?” wrote Michael Flynn, Newport County’s manager, in the match programme. No was the answer but Newport gave it one hell of a go on a day that will live long in the memory for every one of their supporters. Ultimately, Manchester …

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David Beckham sees Salford City beaten on first visit since becoming co-owner

• Salford lose in National League to struggling Dover Athletic• Beckham watching for first time since buying 10% stakeDavid Beckham saw Salford City suffer a surprise home defeat as he watched the National League club in action for the first time since…

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‘The whole village is united’: Warnock attends Emiliano Sala’s funeral – video

The Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, has attended the funeral of Emiliano Sala in the town of Progreso, Argentina. Sala was killed when the aircraft he was flying in crashed on 21 January, en route to Cardiff from Nantes, the player having signed wi…

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How Swansea City went from model club to desperate cautionary tale | Stuart James

Chaotic transfers and incompetence at the top have put the club into a downward spiral with no obvious source of salvationAs the clock ticked down on transfer deadline day last month, and chaos reigned behind the scenes at Swansea City, Connor Roberts …

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West Brom keep pace after win at Aston Villa as Blades carve up Reading

Sheffield Wednesday leave it late to draw at RotherhamPortsmouth throw away 3-0 lead for point at SouthendWest Brom did the damage in the five minutes before the break to stay firmly in the promotion hunt with a 2-0 win at Midlands rivals Aston Villa. …

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Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate

Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reign…

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Teemu Pukki scores twice for rampant Norwich in thrashing of Bolton

As ways of responding to a setback go, this ranked pretty highly. Norwich delivered the kind of performance that doubles up as a statement, scored three times inside 34 minutes, recorded their joint biggest win of the season and reclaimed the lead of t…

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Murray Wallace and Millwall put an end to AFC Wimbledon’s FA Cup fairytale

Millwall reached their third FA Cup quarter-final in seven years thanks to a resilient victory over AFC Wimbledon.Neil Harris’s side produced a solid performance to survive a physical test against the bottom team in League One, who lacked the wit to su…

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Newport County v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the tie at Rodney ParadeNewport County: inside story of a club that rose from the deadAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 4.40pm GMT Here’s what the Newport manager, Michael Flynn, has to say having just…

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Knockaert and Locadia put Brighton into last eight despite late Cole scare

Another admirable FA Cup exploit by Ashley Cole, a seven-times winner of the competition, was not enough to prevent Brighton from advancing to the quarter-finals. The 38-year-old full-back came off the bench to score but Frank Lampard’s Derby could not…

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AFC Wimbledon v Millwall, Football League and more – live!

All the latest updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offsDyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at WimbledonAny thoughts? Email John or tweet @johnbrewin_ 1.52pm GMT Fancy some Golden Goal action? Sachin Nakrani is your man for that. Related: Golden…

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Brighton v Derby County: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offHarry Wilson: ‘Rush phoned. I thought what do I call him?’And feel free to email Gregg or tweet him @GreggBakowski 12.08pm GMT Chris Hughton speaks. Glenn Murray is injured, apparently. “We have a…

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Golden Goal: Steve McManaman for Liverpool v Celtic (1997)

The midfielder was the Merseyside club’s most consistent attacking threat for a decade and dazzled in GlasgowIf there is a phrase that sums up Steve McManaman’s time at Real Madrid, a four-year spell in which the Spanish club won La Liga and the Champi…

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Marquis of Doncaster struts into Palace on mission to cause Cup upset

Rovers’ mischievous striker John Marquis is ready to ruffle feathers against Crystal Palace in the League One club’s first FA Cup fifth-round tie for 63 yearsAt first, John Marquis did not really warm to the idea of moving to Doncaster. “I was umming a…

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PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay

Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired…

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Sam Kerr’s Glory denied a W-League championship in a six-goal thriller

Sydney FC 4-2 Perth GloryUS imports shine as McCaskill and Huerta score beltersSam Kerr might be the star import in the American women’s football league. But it was Sydney FC’s American imports to the W-League who turned the tables on the celebrated Ma…