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Marc Skinner: Man Utd name ex-Orlando Pride boss as new head coach to replace Stoney

Manchester United have appointed former Orlando Pride and Birmingham City boss Marc Skinner as head coach on a two-year contract.The 38-year-old, who left the National Women’s Soccer League side last week, replaces Casey Stoney.Stoney, 39, resigned at …

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou says he has not been clear enough about need for signings

Last updated on 28 July 202128 July 2021.From the section CelticCeltic manager Ange Postecoglou says he has not “done a good enough job of convincing” the club’s hierarchy of the need for squad reinforcements, following their Champions League exit.The …

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Midtjylland 2-1 Celtic (agg 3-2): Postecoglou’s side undone in extra time

Beleaguered Celtic’s Champions League hopes ended in the second qualifying round for the second consecutive year as a callow side were undone in extra time by Denmark’s Midtjylland.Raphael Onyedika side-footed home the crucial blow three minutes into t…

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Heading in football: Dawn Astle welcomes new limit in training for professionals in England

Last updated on 28 July 202128 July 2021.From the section FootballNew guidelines on limiting heading in football are “extremely welcome”, campaigner Dawn Astle says.Professional players in England will be limited to 10 “higher force headers” a week in …

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Chelsea fans will have to show full vaccination proof or negative Covid-19 test to attend games

Chelsea say fans attending their home games will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated or show evidence of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test.The criteria will apply for men’s and women’s games involving the club.The changes will apply for t…

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Raphael Varane: Does defender mean Man Utd are Premier League title contenders?

Raphael Varane has been described as being a “Rolls-Royce” and “an absolute bargain” after his £34m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was agreed.He will join fellow new arrivals Jadon Sancho, signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, and free tr…

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Heading in football: Professional players in England limited to 10 ‘higher force headers’ a week in training

Professional footballers in England are to be limited to 10 “higher force headers” a week in training under new guidelines for the upcoming season.It comes after recent “multiple studies” were conducted into concerns about the long-term dangers of head…

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Raphael Varane: Man Utd confirm agreement with Real Madrid to sign defender

Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign defender Raphael Varane.It is understood the clubs have agreed an initial fee of £34m, which could rise to £42m, and that Varane, 28, has agreed terms on a four-ye…

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Women’s Olympic football: USA held to draw by Australia

World champions the United States were held to a goalless draw by Australia in their final group game in the women’s football tournament at Tokyo 2020.They finished runners-up in Group G after Sweden beat New Zealand 2-0 to claim top spot with three wi…

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Women’s Olympic football: Team GB top group after late draw with Canada

A late equaliser from Scotland’s Caroline Weir sent Great Britain through to the quarter-finals of the women’s football tournament in Tokyo 2020 as group winners following a 1-1 draw with Canada.Weir’s long-range effort took a heavy deflection as GB ca…

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Raphael Varane: Man Utd agree fee for Real Madrid defender

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is near to joining Manchester United for an initial fee of around £34m.Final details are still to be agreed – but Varane, 28, had told Real he had no wish to extend his current contract, which has a year to run. The …

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Tottenham sign Bryan Gil as Erik Lamela joins Sevilla

Tottenham have signed Sevilla winger Bryan Gil, with Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela joining the Spanish club as part of the deal.Twenty-year-old Gil, who has agreed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, made his Spain debut in March and is part of the…

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John Terry: Aston Villa assistant leaves role to pursue management

John Terry has left his role as Aston Villa assistant head coach to pursue his “objective of becoming a manager”.The former Chelsea and England defender joined Villa boss Dean Smith’s coaching staff in October 2018.Terry helped Smith guide Villa to Pre…

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Jadon Sancho: How would you fit new signing into Manchester United XI?

Jadon Sancho has finally completed his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United.But how will he fit into the United team? Will he take Mason Greenwood’s place on the right or do you think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should reshuffle to fit him in with…

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FSA chief says making proof of vaccination mandatory at football matches could cause ‘chaos’

Making proof of full vaccination mandatory at Premier League matches could cause “chaos” at some clubs, the Football Supporters’ Association has warned.”I think if they’re going to do this with big football crowds they need to have the resources to do …

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Olympic football: France win after Gignac hat-trick and Brazil held at Tokyo 2020

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; live text and video clips on BBC Sport website and app.Andre-Pierre Gignac scored …

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Georginio Wijnaldum ‘didn’t feel loved and appreciated’ by some at Liverpool

Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says he “didn’t feel loved and appreciated” by some during his time at the club. He had joined the Reds for £25m from Newcastle United in 2016.Wijnaldum made 237 appearances for Liverpool and helped them…

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Toby Alderweireld: Spurs defender in talks with Qatar’s Al-Duhail

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is in talks with Qatari club Al-Duhail.The Belgian, who joined Spurs in 2015, is understood to have flown to Doha for further discussions over a move.Tottenham are thought to want £13m for the centre-back, 32.Alderw…

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Olympic women’s football: Team GB beat Japan to qualify for knockout stages

Great Britain guaranteed their progress to the knockout stages of the Olympic women’s football competition with victory over hosts Japan in Sapporo. Ellen White scored the winner, taking her tally to three goals in the tournament, nodding in a cross fr…

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Tokyo Olympics: Ellen White gives Great Britain the breakthrough against Japan

Ellen White scores Great Britain’s only goal against Japan to book their place in the knockout stages on day one of the Tokyo Olympics.Watch highlights of Tokyo 2020 on BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayerCOVERAGE DETAILS: Tokyo…