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‘Ineffective striker’: Lewandowski’s struggles on the road to glory | Nick Ames

Poland captain is the world’s finest centre-forward but former teammates and opponents recall very different timesDaniel Kokosinski remembers walking off the pitch in a huff. In the summer of 2006 he was a defender for Znicz Pruszkow, building a career…

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Lukaku scores twice and sends message to Eriksen in Belgium’s win over Russia

This was as comfortable an opening night as Belgium could have wanted and, in the circumstances, they will be mightily grateful. Russia barely asked a single question so Roberto Martínez’s team were able to pace themselves without coming close to full …

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Goran Pandev: leader of a nation, not just the North Macedonia team

No one at Euro 2020 is as revered as much back home as Goran Pandev, whose career spans much of his country’s existenceEarlier this week, Jugoslav Trenchovski took a call from Goran Pandev and decided to lightly tease his old friend. Pandev will be tou…

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Roberto Martínez upbeat as Belgium’s old guard have final tilt at major title

Vaunted golden generation hope to slay ghosts but De Bruyne and Witsel are unavailable for opening test against RussiaIt is almost three years since Roberto Martínez, offering a positive analysis as always but failing to mask his disappointment, sat in…

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Grealish backs England to use semi-final pain in Euro 2020 opener with Croatia

• Aston Villa attacker hopes to start after impressing in friendlies• Grealish: ‘We can definitely use it as inspiration’Jack Grealish believes England can harness the pain of their World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia to break their opening-day duck…

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Kevin De Bruyne fit for Euro 2020 but likely to sit out first Belgium game

De Bruyne had successful surgery on fractured eye socketRoberto Martínez does not expect him to use maskKevin De Bruyne will be fit to participate in Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign but is unlikely to be risked in their opener against Russia on Saturday, …

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Gareth Southgate welcomes Henderson return but Maguire doubts remain

England manager admits Harry Maguire selection is a riskJordan Henderson set for first game since FebruaryJordan Henderson is in line for his first action since February when England play Romania in their final warm-up game for Euro 2020 on Sunday, whi…

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England will take a knee before Euro 2020 matches

Manager Gareth Southgate insists that the team ‘is more determined than ever’ to ignore boos from the crowdEngland will continue to take a knee before their games throughout Euro 2020 and are “more determined than ever” to ignore any boos from the stan…

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Werner can put frustration behind him with starring role for Chelsea

The forward’s first season at the club has been a struggle but could yet end in triumph in the Champions League finalTimo Werner had scored 36 goals in his first year and a half at RB Leipzig but modesty prevailed when he was invited to assess his stan…

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Southgate’s England have enough depth not to burn out Grealish

The Aston Villa attacker’s fitness must be handled carefully, especially as England have options in the likes of Bukayo SakaThe biggest concern for Gareth Southgate is that, even in areas where England possess an embarrassment of riches, some of his je…

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Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal have rid themselves of damaging insiders

Manager says maintaining cohesion club’s biggest success‘There are so many people that are trying to hurt you’Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have overcome challenges posed by insiders who were “trying to hurt” the club earlier in the season and that maintai…

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Mikel Arteta sad to see David Luiz leave Arsenal at end of season

Defender’s contract runs out at end of June‘I’ve really enjoyed learning from him’Mikel Arteta feels “sadness” at the prospect of losing David Luiz, who will depart Arsenal at the end of June after two seasons. The 33-year-old has agreed to leave when …

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Chelsea ’did everything to lose’ against Arsenal, says Thomas Tuchel

Defeat leaves Chelsea with Champions League uncertaintyTuchel takes full ‘responsibility’ for seven changes to sideThomas Tuchel blamed himself for fielding a much-changed lineup that lost narrowly to Arsenal, saying his side received a “wake-up call” …

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Arsenal move to strengthen scouting network in latest recruitment reshuffle

Club appoint headhunting company to fill new scouting rolesGunners released Francis Cagigao and others in SeptemberArsenal have appointed a headhunting company to recruit new scouts in a number of key positions, nine months after gutting their previous…

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Arsenal’s squad needs changing, admits struggling Mikel Arteta

Manager believes he will get time and funds Arsenal face West Brom with Europe hopes almost goneMikel Arteta expects to be backed heavily by the Kroenke family in his efforts to reverse Arsenal’s slide and accepts significant changes to a floundering s…

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In trouble from top to bottom: chaotic Arsenal are failing in all areas | Nick Ames

From the Kroenkes to the technical director, from Arteta to his squad, nobody is standing out as a high performerEleven hours and, very possibly, a sleepless night after the worst moment of his managerial career, Mikel Arteta was asked to rake back ove…

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Ipswich shirts to be sponsored by Ed Sheeran next season

Musician to have his logo on men’s and women’s shirtsIpswich fan says ‘this is my way of showing my support’Ed Sheeran has signed a deal as shirt sponsor for the Ipswich Town men’s and women’s teams, marking another step in the League One club’s attemp…

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Ipswich shirts to be sponsored by Ed Sheeran next season

Musician to have his logo on men’s and women’s shirtsIpswich fan says ‘this is my way of showing my support’Ed Sheeran has signed a deal as shirt sponsor for the Ipswich Town men’s and women’s teams, marking another step in the League One club’s attemp…

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Aubameyang aims to ‘give something back’ by firing Arsenal to final

Striker speaks of ‘really difficult’ season before facing VillarrealArsenal trail heading into Thursday’s Europa League second legPierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he wants to “give something back” after a turbulent and regret-strewn season by firing Arse…

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Emery and Arteta, Arsenal’s past and present, to define club’s future | Nick Ames

Unai Emery, the Villarreal manager, stands between his former club and them saving their season in the Europa LeagueIt came as a surprise to Mikel Arteta when, soon after his appointment at Arsenal, he heard his predecessor would like a word. Handover …