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‘We want to take the next step’: John Carver backs Scots for Euros progress

The assistant coach is confident of Scotland’s qualification from Group D, where they face Czech Republic, England and CroatiaJohn Carver always listened intently when Bobby Robson reminisced about managing England at international tournaments but litt…

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Frank de Boer creates ‘team of friends’ in bid for Netherlands glory

Manager has unsuccessful recent past at club level but Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt give the Dutch side some true classThe Hotel Woudschoten sits amid a secluded clearing in the middle of a forest near the central Netherlands town of Zeist. Its…

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After much waiting Euro 2020 opener shows football’s restorative powers | Louise Taylor

One year and one day after the tournament was due to start, Rome played host to the ultimate in delayed gratificationDelayed gratification is supposed to be good for the soul but, particularly in a pandemic, it is easy to become tired of waiting.Yet if…

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Scotland will not take knee at Euro 2020 but pledge to ‘tackle racism’

Team will stand before kick-off rather than kneel Andy Robertson says gesture is ‘best way to show solidarity’Scotland have decided against taking the knee during Euro 2020 but will continue to stand up to racism. Steve Clarke’s squad switched from kne…

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Newcastle’s Steve Bruce eager to extend Joe Willock’s stay after loan success

Bruce: club will ‘test Arsenal’s resolve’ to keep midfielderMikel Arteta expects Willock to remain an Arsenal playerSteve Bruce will test Arsenal’s apparent resolve to retain Joe Willock in the wake of the 21-year-old loanee’s stunning impact at St Jam…

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Sunderland desperate to overturn play-off deficit against Lincoln

Having lost the semi-final first leg 2-0, Lee Johnson’s side have an uphill task if they are to avoid a fourth season in League OneAs the sun set over Sincil Bank on Wednesday Sunderland’s hopes of escaping League One seemed to be fading in synch with …

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Chelsea bounce back from Barcelona defeat with FA Cup win over Everton

A wet and windy Kingsmeadow proved the backdrop to the final act of the women’s season as, fittingly, Chelsea finished the campaign on a high. Although Everton made them work hard at times, winning plenty of second balls, goals from Guro Reiten, Sam Ke…

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Hayes reveals disappointed Chelsea players made vow to Abramovich

Squad pledge to return to Women’s Champions League finalOwner visited dressing room after defeat 4-0 by BarcelonaEmma Hayes revealed that Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich visited her team’s dressing room to commiserate with the players following their …

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Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona: women’s Champions League final player ratings

Keira Hamraoui and Lieke Martens were outstanding for Barcelona while Melanie Leupolz and Sophie Ingle had a tough night in GothenburgAnn Katrin-Berger Not her most assured evening but Chelsea’s demolition was not the German goalkeeper’s fault. 5 Conti…

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How European women’s football elite sharpened their financial elbows

Chelsea and Barcelona have displayed stellar management and team building, but money has helped tooWhen Chelsea signed the Denmark forward Pernille Harder from Wolfsburg for a record fee early last September, they were not so much parking as amassing t…

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How European women’s football elite sharpened their financial elbows

Chelsea and Barcelona have displayed stellar management and team building, but money has helped tooWhen Chelsea signed the Denmark forward Pernille Harder from Wolfsburg for a record fee early last September, they were not so much parking as amassing t…

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Honest and innovative, Casey Stoney is a big loss for Manchester United

US could be the next destination for a coach who built United from scratch and was seen as ‘unbelievable at team bonding’Once Casey Stoney’s players were through the door it seemed as if they had entered another country. It was a land inhabited by some…

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Steel City faces sombre summer after relegations for United and Wednesday | Louise Taylor

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday must rebuild after seasons that started full of hope ended in relegation for bothPrince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud likes to relax by playing Fantasy Premier League but recently admitted his online…

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Ellen White’s volley ensures Manchester City finish WSL with win at West Ham

This is becoming a bit of an unwanted habit for Manchester City. In each of the four seasons since winning the 2016 WSL title – five if you include the 2017 Spring Series – they have had to settle for second place and, once again, modern history repeat…

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Emma Hayes leans into lessons from geese to find Chelsea a V for victory | Louise Taylor

The Chelsea manager wants her side to ‘honk hard’ and seal the WSL title with victory over Reading on SundayEmma Hayes has been showing her Chelsea team films of geese flying in V formation and, by way of proving the point, does a decent impression of …

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Emma Hayes praises Chelsea’s ‘one-club’ approach as WSL reaches finale

Chelsea will seal title with victory over Reading‘It’s one club. That’s the DNA – and it breeds winning’Emma Hayes has credited Chelsea’s inclusive “one club” policy for helping transport her team to within touching distance of the Women’s Super League…

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Emma Hayes praises Chelsea’s ‘one-club’ approach as WSL reaches finale

Chelsea will seal title with victory over Reading‘It’s one club. That’s the DNA – and it breeds winning’Emma Hayes has credited Chelsea’s inclusive “one club” policy for helping transport her team to within touching distance of the Women’s Super League…

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Mikel Arteta ‘devastated’ as Arsenal fall in Europa League semi-final

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery takes Villarreal to finalArteta: ‘It’s a huge blow. I feel the pressure all the time’Mikel Arteta admitted he was “devastated” after being outwitted by his predecessor, Unai Emery, as Villarreal knocked Arsenal out of …

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‘Dark forces’ preventing Newcastle from being ‘powerhouse’, says Mike Ashley

HMRC ends long-running investigation into club’s affairsAshley files claim against Premier League after failed takeoverNewcastle United’s owner, Mike Ashley, has claimed “dark forces” are preventing the struggling Premier League club from emerging as a…

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Everton’s Nicoline Sørensen: ‘Everyone says my studies sound exciting’

The Denmark forward is on an innovation engineering course which she believes benefits her on and off the pitch Nicoline Sørensen is on a twin mission. The Denmark forward wants to propel Everton into Europe while also taking every opportunity to help …