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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge to join Milan?

Today’s fluff is keeping it realWith the stock of Keylor Navas at Real Madrid having plummeted in recent weeks, the under-performing Spanish side remain in the market for a new goalkeeper. The Costa Rican has made quite the name for himself since signi…

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Will an old boy return to haunt Chelsea again? Can Burnley gatecrash the top six? And how long does Wayne Rooney’s romantic reunion have left? Related: Liverpool’s leaky defence, expected goals and expectant wives – Football Weekly Extra Continue read…

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Liverpool’s defensive problems do not begin and end with Alberto Moreno | Jonathan Wilson

The Reds have let in three or more goals four times this season but the main problem is not just in defence but more the lack of a proper holding playerAt around 10 to 10 local time on Tuesday Liverpool were leading Sevilla 3-0. The home side were pres…

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Chelsea did not give Mohamed Salah his chance to make it, claims Eden Hazard

• Liverpool the latest beneficiary of Egyptian forward’s eye for goal• Hazard intends to swap shirts when the teams meet at Anfield on SaturdayEden Hazard has conceded Mohamed Salah “did not get his chance at Chelsea” as the former club-mates prepare t…

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Swansea’s manager Paul Clement is confident the owners are supportive

• ‘They are not the sort of people to be bullied into making a decision’• Swans face lowly Bournemouth after six league defeats from sevenPaul Clement is confident his job is not on the line when Swansea City take on Bournemouth at home on Saturday and…

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Atalanta run Everton ragged on sorry Europa League night for David Unsworth

Everton did not pick the most auspicious day to announce they have just signed the land contract for a new stadium at Bramley Dock on the Mersey waterfront.Nearing the end of their doomed European non-adventure, a dead rubber against almost qualified A…

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England have right morals, says Jo Potter as Eni Aluko fallout continues

• Midfielder responds after Aluko accused former team-mates of lack of support• Potter maintains recent upheaval will not stop them qualifying for World CupJo Potter has said she and her England team-mates “know we have the right morals” as the fallout…

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Sehrou Guirassy penalty seals win for Cologne over Arsenal understudies

There is a limit to how much genuine disappointment Arsène Wenger will carry from Cologne after a flat performance and narrow Europa League defeat for his understudies. They are qualified as group winners, despite a going-through-the-motions 90 minutes…

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Italian court sentences Robinho to nine years in jail for rape

• Former Manchester City forward convicted as part of gang rape in 2013• Robinho says he is not guilty and vows to fight the ‘accusations’An Italian court has sentenced the former Manchester City and Brazil forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in …

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Blind Liverpool fan makes formal complaint against Seville police tactics

• Supporter left ‘vulnerable’ after he had his cane taken away at stadium• Calls for FA to do more to protect fans against ‘over-zealous’ policing abroadA blind Liverpool fan was left feeling “vulnerable” and discriminated against after claiming his ca…

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We need a culture shift, not just Rainbow Laces, for players to come out | Liam Rosenior

Society seems to be more inclusive than it was, but football still has its macho dressing-room as a barrierMy six-year-old daughter is football mad and her heroes are Neymar and Ronaldo. In the 21st century it’s not unusual for girls to choose football…

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Cologne v Arsenal: Europa League – live!

Updates from the 6pm GMT kick-off in Group HLive scores – all Thursday’s goals as they go inAnd you can email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.04pm GMT 2 min: Arsenal are quick to storm forward, Welbeck finding Wilshere, who instantly carves Cologne op…

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Not stark naked, merely ‘between outfits’

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now!A lot has happened in the month since Everton invited Ronald Koeman to explore new opportunities beginning with the words Do One. Leicester have appointed a new manager. West Ham have appo…

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It’s easy to want West Ham’s board out but would their exit improve the club?

Many big clubs have fallen into the wilderness through having the wrong people in charge. As a West Ham fan I am giving the board until the end of the season to show they can take things forwardWest Ham’s board really do divide opinions and cause many …

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Érik Lamela in frame for Tottenham first-team return, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Lamela could be part of squad to face West Bromwich on Saturday• Final decision with player after more than year out, reveals PochettinoÉrik Lamela may finally make his return to the Tottenham first team on Saturday, though Mauricio Pochettino says t…

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Marco Silva: the prize steak being tossed from one hungry pair of jaws to the next

After only 13 Premier League wins Watford’s manager is being seized on as a quick fix for every failed regime. Everton want him but it is time the middleweight miracle-man put down roots againAmbitious, astute, broodingly handsome, compared, inevitably…

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FA and PFA set up study into football’s possible links with dementia

• Glasgow-based doctors to compare former players with general population• Cases of Jeff Astle and England 1966 winners raised concerns about headingA Glasgow-based research team will investigate whether former footballers are more likely to suffer fro…

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The Joy of Six: unlikely football career twilights

From Micky Quinn’s eventful Greek swansong to Socrates’s freezing cold cameo in north Yorkshire, via Johan Cruyff sticking it to Ajax, George Best and moreIt is hard to imagine a striker as typically old-school as Micky Quinn choosing to broaden his ho…

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Memorable Gabba moments, Georgia Dome demolition and Jimmy Thunder

Our roundup also features Germán Lux forgetting the rules of football, Chad Johnson’s comedy and the best three non-league touches you’re likely to see1) England have got form when it comes to falling to pieces at the Gabba – just ask Steve Harmison an…

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When a terrace tune goes viral: the hunt for the source of the September chant | Paul MacInnes

Earth, Wind & Fire’s song September has been picked up by fans of several clubs in the way Seven Nation Army once was – but what makes a chant spread like a raspy cold?It is inescapable, the background accompaniment to every Premier League highligh…