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Manchester City sign Bernardo Silva for £43.6m – video

Bernardo Silva has joined Manchester City from Monaco in a deal worth £43.6m. The 22-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his squad over the summer

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How Georgi Kinkladze showed up Premier League’s early inability to evolve

Talented Georgian No10 was bought by Manchester City in 1995 but attempts to build a team around him failed partly because of English fixation with 4-4-2

The end of the Premier League’s 25th campaign provides an opportune moment to marvel at the division’s tremendous tactical and technical development during its first quarter of a century. At its inaugural season in 1992-93 the Premier League was largely based around 4-4-2, long balls and getting it in the mixer; 25 years on it is about 3-4-2-1, intricate combination play and gegenpressing.

The most significant progress occurred during the mid-1990s. There were various contributing factors: the backpass law meant teams were obliged to become more comfortable in possession, the huge surge in broadcasting revenue meant English football could attract top players and the end of the three-foreigner rule inevitably changed teams’ approach significantly. On its first weekend, in August 1992, only 11 non-British or Irish players started for the Premier League’s 22 clubs combined. By the end of the decade foreign managers were dominant and Chelsea had fielded an all-foreign starting XI. English football, traditionally slow to embrace tactical innovations from abroad, opened its eyes. It was a period of remarkable change and tremendous excitement.

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When Brighton last played in the top flight – and the FA Cup final – 34 years ago

Brighton have not played in the top division of English football since 1982-83, the most topsy-turvy season in their historyBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkAfter gaining promotion under Alan Mullery in the 19…

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Premier League 2016-17 review: vote for the best and worst of the season

Our writers nominated a few contenders, you suggested a few more runners and riders and now it’s time to cast your votes

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The Dozen’s dozen: our pick of this season’s best Premier League photos

As the curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Premier League season, we’ve had a look through our weekly roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight and picked out our favourite 12 pictures

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The best XIs from the big leagues in Europe this season

The league titles have been awarded and now it’s time to praise the players who made the difference in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Portugal

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

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How much do you know about the Premier League 2016-17 season? – quiz

Where did Burnley win? Who couldn’t catch Kane? And who used his head?

Harry Kane scored more goals than which club?

Sunderland

Middlesbrough

Watford

Hull

Who was the only player to make it to double figures for both goals and assists?

Eden Hazard

Harry Kane

Dele Alli

Alexis Sánchez

Who won the manager of the month award in August and was sacked in January?

Francesco Guidolin

Alan Pardew

Bob Bradley

Mike Phelan

Which team won their first six matches of the season?

Hull City

Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City

… And which team lost their last six matches of the season?

Sunderland

Hull City

Middlesbrough

Watford

Salomon Rondon scored a hat-trick of headers this season, becoming the first player to do so since …

Peter Crouch

Duncan Ferguson

Alan Shearer

Les Ferdinand

Which club did not field a player with the No1 on his back this season?

West Bromwich Albion

Arsenal

Watford

West Ham United

Which club used all three substitutes in every game?

Chelsea

Manchester United

Manchester City

Sunderland

Burnley won league matches at two stadiums this season. Turf Moor and …

The Stadium of Light

Anfield

Selhurst Park

Old Trafford

Chelsea set a new record for the most wins in a Premier League season. How many?

28

30

32

34

In which way did Cesar Azpilicueta emulate the feat achieved by Gary Pallister in 1992-93, John Terry in 2014-15 and Wes Morgan in 2015-16?

He captained his team for the first time on the day they won the league title

He won the title without making a single foul

He played every minute of a league-winning campaign

Which team scored the most goals and conceded the fewest?

Chelsea

Tottenham

Manchester City

Liverpool

Who was a club’s top goalscorer even though he left in the January transfer window?

Dimitri Payet at West Ham

Robert Snodgrass at Hull City

Glenn Murray at Bournemouth

Jake Livermore at Hull City

Which of the six English managers employed at the end of the season finished in the top half of the table?

Sean Dyche

Eddie Howe

Craig Shakespeare

Sam Allardyce

Steve Agnew

Paul Clement

Arsenal failed to finish in the top four for the first time since the 1995–96 season. Which team were fourth that year?

Aston Villa

Newcastle United

Nottingham Forest

Wimbledon FC

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Premier League 2016-17 review: innovations we need for the future

Tweak the double-hit rule, make managers accountable for cynical tactics and more. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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Premier League 2016-17 review: what we learned tactically from the season | Michael Cox

Chelsea’s switch to three at the back changed thinking in top flight while regaining the ball via pressing, rather than retaining it, is now regarded as fundamental

Unquestionably the Premier League’s dominant tactical trend was the three-man defence. A remarkable 17 of the 20 sides started with a back three at some point in the season, with only Southampton, West Bromwich and Burnley doggedly sticking to a back four.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: pundit of the season

Monday Night Football’s leading duo, a much-maligned staple of Match of the Day and a former Stoke defender feature here. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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Premier League 2016-17 review: gripe of the season

Dreadful defending at set pieces, broadcasting banal post-match tweets, Sky’s failed Friday night football experiment and more. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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Premier League 2016-17 review: gripe of the season

Dreadful defending at set pieces, broadcasting banal post-match tweets, Sky’s failed Friday night football experiment and more. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: flop of the season

From two underwhelming managerial stints in the north-east to a struggling goalkeeper at a leading contender. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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Premier League 2016-17 review: signing of the season

A defender still trying to shake off the stench of World Cup humiliation and a towering bargain from Southampton feature here. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

Our writers take stock after the Premier League season, naming their best player, finest goal, most enteratining match, biggest gripe and much more

Daniel Taylor: N’Golo Kanté. If he can keep Cesc Fàbregas out of the Chelsea team, he must be some player.

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Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

Our writers take stock after the Premier League season, naming their best player, finest goal, most enteratining match, biggest gripe and much more

Daniel Taylor: N’Golo Kanté. If he can keep Cesc Fàbregas out of the Chelsea team, he must be some player.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekend’s action

Jürgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southampton’s expectation levels threaten Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites

Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkley’s present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent headed for the exit during the close season. Still sitting on the contract offer from the club, Barkley was dropped to the bench this weekend and when he came on there was not much in the way of impact. “My focus is to improve the team,” Koeman said. “We will see if there is interest in players. They will knock on the door and talk to the board of the club and, if that happens, then we will speak to each other about that situation.” A statement on Barkley is due on Monday and it wouldn’t be a great surprise for the end of this Goodison story to be nigh. Amy Lawrence

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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