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» Gareth Southgate got Harry Kane call wrong to cost England in Euro 2024 final
Gareth Southgate substituted captain Harry Kane during the second-half of England's defeat to Spain in the final of Euro 2024, with the striker having struggled for much of the tournament
» Arsenal allow player rated by Thierry Henry and Jurgen Klopp to leave for third time
An Arsenal midfielder who arrived at the club with great promise – and who was rated by both Thierry Henry and Jurgen Klopp – has left the club ahead of the 2024/25 season
» Emile Smith Rowe’s stance on leaving Arsenal after two transfer bids rejected
Arsenal academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe saw opportunities dwindle with the Gunners last season and could be set to leave the club, despite offers from Premier League rivals being rejected
» Marcus Rashford comments will be news to the ears of Man Utd amid Chelsea transfer talk
Marcus Rashford has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this window, but Chelsea have been advised not to take a risk in paying big money for the forward
» Liverpool transfer news: £50million target rules out move as Arne Slot closes on ex-Everton man
New Liverpool head coach Arne Slot has yet to make a signing for the Reds, but he is closing in on another new member of staff ahead of the new Premier League season
» Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta receives Viktor Gyokeres boost as departure confirmed
All the latest transfer news from Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new Premier League season after saying goodbye to another midfielder
» Man Utd transfer news: Huge new Mason Greenwood offer as Casemiro upgrade discussed
Mason Greenwood will leave Manchester United this summer but after Marseille's interest appeared to be ended abruptly by their fans, an Italian club has moved to the front of the queue
» England's last remaining World Cup winner backs Gareth Southgate to STAY as manager
Questions over the future of Gareth Southgate as England manager are being asked following the Three Lions' defeat in the final of Euro 2024 by Spain
» How old Harry Kane and England squad will be by time the next Euros rolls around
After Spain defeated England 2-1 in the Euro 2024 final, attention has already turned to the future and when the next Euros is, along with how old members of the current squad will be by then
» Olivier Giroud makes heart-wrenching admission as ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star retires
Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is set to leave Europe with a move to MLS side Los Angeles FC but has announced his retirement from international football ahead of the move Stateside
» Colombia FA president arrested after Copa America final descends into chaos
Colombian Football Federation president Ramon Jesurun was arrested alongside his son after the Copa America final on Sunday night, with police making 27 detainments
» Copa America organisers issue statement and pass blame for shameful final scenes
Chaotic scenes outside of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday overshadowed the Copa America final between Argentina and Colombia - before the former country won
» Kieran Trippier refuses to accept England excuse for defeat in Euro 2024 final
England fell short at a major tournament again as their long wait for a trophy continues but defender Kieran Trippier insists a lack of fitness is not to blame for their shortcomings
» Wolves' Hwang hee-chan 'suffers racist abuse' in friendly before team-mate punches opponent
Wolves forward Hwang hee-chan was allegedly racially abused in a friendly with Como before team-mate was Daniel Podence was sent off for punching an opponent in retaliation
» Wrexham confirms two new signings and departure to make room for new arrivals
Wrexham has welcomed Callum Burton and Sebastian Revan to the club, bolstering their defence, while also saying goodbye to Luke McNicholas, who has been loaned out to Rochdale
» James Maddison shows true colours with message to England team-mates after Euro 2024 final
Tottenham midfielder James Maddison has reacted to England's loss in the Euro 2024 final by sending a touching message to his team-mates on his social media account
» Man City respond to £25million Ederson transfer offer after making contract ultimatum
Manchester City are determined to keep hold of Ederson amid interest in the goalkeeper from Saudi Arabia - and the Premier League champions have now received a formal bid
» Every confirmed Premier League transfer as Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea spend big
Premier League clubs have quickly got down to business in the 2024 summer transfer window with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all committing big sums to strengthening their squads
» Arsenal to hand Euro 2024 winner 'contract of a lifetime' after being rejected by team-mate
Arsenal are keen to add to their squad this summer under Mikel Arteta and they have a brave idea to swoop for a Euro 2024 winner after being turned down by one of his Spanish teammates
» Ruthless Erik ten Hag hammers Manchester United players after losing pre-season opener
Manchester United travelled to Norway for their opening game of pre-season against Rosenborg, and Erik ten Hag was far from impressed with what he saw
» Casemiro suffers X-rated tackle as Erik ten Hag left furious at Man Utd friendly
Manchester United midfielder Casemiro was one of the senior players to play in the club's first pre-season friendly, but the veteran was on the wrong end of an X-rated challenge
» Liverpool boss Arne Slot given green light to pursue £65million transfer for Euro 2024 star
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has given Marc Guehi a glowing endorsement and tipped him to play for a top club following his impressive performances at Euro 2024
» Kasper Schmeichel set for surprise reunion after failed Liverpool transfer
Scottish giants Celtic are closing in on their first signing of the summer with Brendan Rodgers getting a deal over the line for one of his ex-Leicester players who he also tried to sign at Liverpool
» How Man Utd got on in opening pre-season match as Erik ten Hag left furious
ROSENBORG 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED: Erik ten Hag named Marcus Rashford, Casemiro and Mason Mount among his starters in the Red Devils' opening friendly, but they were beaten by the last kick of the game

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» The FA’s task when Gareth Southgate goes is simple: get Jürgen Klopp | Barney Ronay

The German would be the perfect successor to a man who is ready to go after suffering toxic abuse as England manager

Gareth Southgate looked ready to go at his post-match press conference deep in the cod‑classical grey concrete dungeon of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Not ready to go as in ready to crunch the data and plan for the Nations League date with Republic of Ireland in September, but ready to go, go.

Southgate has said he will “give myself a few days” to work out what to do next. This is in itself very Southgate. No doubt those days will be spent doing something moderate and restorative, walking the Jurassic trail, learning Mandarin, recording an inspirational Ted Talk called Dare To Dare or Managing To Fail.

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» Howe, Potter and Tuchel on England shortlist if Southgate steps down
  • Manager has said he will make quick decision on future
  • Pochettino and Carsley among others likely in frame

Eddie Howe, Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel will be near the top of the Football Association’s ­shortlist if Gareth Southgate steps down as England manager after a second consecutive defeat in a European Championship final. Southgate has not made a final decision, with the FA hopeful of convincing him to stay and lead the team into the 2026 World Cup, but it would not be a surprise if he chose to leave after eight years in the job.

Southgate, whose contract expires in December, said before England’s defeat by Spain in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday that he would need days rather than weeks to make his mind up. The 53-year-old, who said he was “devastated” after losing against Spain, had to deal with plenty of criticism from fans and pundits ­during the tournament. He cut a weary figure at times and could decide he needs a new challenge, even though he retains the support of the England squad and the FA.

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» Oyarzabal shows value of De la Fuente’s ‘true team’ on road to winning Euro 2024

Spain players helped Euro final match-winner on his way back from injury and now ‘the future is theirs’, says their manager

At 1.22 in the morning Berlin time, Henri Delaunay headed towards Checkpoint Charlie hidden inside a plain metal trunk. It wasn’t until he was safely on board the bus beneath the Olympic stadium that Álvaro Morata opened the case and took the cup out again, the European champions rolling out into the dark and the direction of a hotel on Marlene Dietrich Platz, less than a mile from the crossing, where families and friends waited for them. They had actually done it, let the party continue.

That afternoon, a few hours before the biggest moment of their lives, five Spain players were chatting after lunch. A month earlier, before they had even set off for Germany, Morata had insisted that it was going to be a substitute that decided it; now, sitting round a table at the Grand Hyatt hotel, Álex Remiro, the third-choice goalkeeper and the only member of the squad who had not played a minute at Euro 2024, told Mikel Oyarzabal that tonight he was going to be the one. And so it was.

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» Sarina Wiegman tells Lionesses to go for win in vital Sweden qualifier
  • One point enough to reach 2025 finals in Switzerland
  • England manager: ‘We are never playing a match to draw’

Sarina Wiegman says her England side will go on the attack in their decisive European Championship qualifier against Sweden and are still hoping to win their group, insisting they are not thinking about the draw that would secure them a spot at the finals in Switzerland next summer.

Only the top two sides in the group will qualify automatically for Euro 2025 with the teams in third and fourth having to settle for a place in the two-round playoff process this autumn. England, the defending European champions, would drop into the playoffs if they lose in ­Gothenburg on Tuesday.

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» Wolves to make formal complaint after Hwang Hee-chan suffers alleged racial abuse
  • Wolves were playing Serie A side Como in Marbella
  • Gary O’Neil: ‘I’m proud of the fact he wanted to carry on’

Wolves will submit a formal complaint to Uefa after their pre-season match against Como was overshadowed by alleged racial abuse towards Hwang Hee-chan.

The South Korea forward reported the incident midway through the second half, after which Daniel Podence was sent off for punching an opponent, but the training game was completed. Podence was among the Wolves players left incensed at an alleged racist remark. Como were promoted to Serie A last season with former Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts as caretaker.

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» Euro 2024 Daily | England endure Spain pain and Chiellini grin on grim night in Berlin

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At the end of last season, West Ham had a managerial conundrum, one that divided the board room and the fanbase. Should they punt David Moyes – a man who brought silverware back to the club for the first time in 43 years – out of a east London door marked ‘Sod Off’, or keep him, despite another underwhelming season where the Scot’s own brand of stodgy pragmatism hadn’t quite hit the ideals of the so-called Academy of Football. The Hammers chose the former, replacing Moyes with a Spaniard with ideas, and Moyes left as a well-liked, well-respected manager, who everyone can pretty much agree had both flaws and success. We’ll find out soon enough if West Ham’s decision to appoint Julen Lopetegui was a good one, or whether, in a few months from now, Moyes will appear as a guest on Monday Night Football, gleefully whistling Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi down the barrel of a camera.

The start of the second half was a Shakespearean tragedy. England, incapable of anything, yielded before a superior Spain and only some unwise Spanish decisions avoided a hammering. The injury suffered by Spain’s helmsman, Rodri, made little difference: the Premier [League] stars found themselves kneeling before a Spanish generation that is afraid of nothing” – Spanish daily El Mundo gets stuck into England’s performance. For more excitable press reaction from Spain have a gander at Sam Jones’s roundup here.

As England lost against the first good team we came up against (yet again), presumably now all the bandwagon jumping wannabes in Boxparks who don’t actually like football and only bothered watching England games from the semi-final onwards, wearing brand new retro England shirts from 1982, 1990 or 1996 and throwing £10 pints in the air performatively, can now slink off so football can return to those of us who actually bother to watch it season in, season out. I’m not sure what we’ll do without them though. It’s like the Beatles without Yoko Ono (not that I’m bitter)“ – Noble Francis.

Disappointed Nacho didn’t start. I had a bet on him or Rice being the first player named after a carbohydrate-based snack to score in a final since Bryan Breadsticks in 1962” – Paul Griffin.

This is something I really have a problem with. Why is it 58 years of hurt? The first tournament after England won the World Cup was in 1968 so surely the clock didn’t start until then, therefore it’s only 56 years of hurt. If I’m wrong and England had beaten Spain would we now be on one day of hurt?” – Alistair Moffat.

So, there were six winners of the ‘Euro’s Golden Boot’ award. Uefa missed a great opportunity to provide some extra excitement to the event … a penalty shootout among the six to decide the true Golden Boot winner” – Mike Haines.

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» From Paris to Berlin: my journey of a lifetime following England to final

Travel disruption threatened to ruin the chance to watch Euro 2024 decider but nothing would stand in the way

Lightning does, in fact, strike twice. In February, a combination of a Sydney storm and Wellington airport’s curfew delayed our arrival in New Zealand by 24 hours, complicating a holiday of a lifetime. On Friday night, similar weather, with the airport affected this time being Munich’s, threatened to ruin the journey of a lifetime – or at least one that had been going on for well over 30 years.

My first England game: March 1985, a friendly win at Wembley over the Republic of Ireland, with Leicester’s Gary Lineker scoring his first international goal. My first away game: November 1991 in Poland, Tottenham’s Gary Lineker scoring his last competitive goal. Now, at my 12th tournament following the men’s team, I had a ticket to watch them play in their first final on foreign soil.

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» Harry Kewell sacked as coach of Japanese club Yokohama after seven months in charge
  • Socceroos great led Marinos to an Asian Champions League final
  • Fellow Australian John Hutchinson will take the reins on interim basis

Socceroos great Harry Kewell is back in the coaching wilderness after he was sacked by J1 League powerhouse Yokohama F. Marinos after less than seven months. Kewell, who replaced compatriot Kevin Muscat last December, reached the Asian Champions League final in his first season at the helm but has battled in Japan’s top flight.

Despite breaking a four-game losing run with a 4-1 victory over Kashima Antlers on Saturday, Yokohama (8-5-10) sit 12th, just seven points clear of the relegation zone and 20 points back from leaders Machida Zelvia. The club confirmed Kewell’s departure on Tuesday, with fellow Australian John Hutchinson taking the reins on an interim basis.

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» Willy Kambwala leaves Manchester United for Villarreal in €11.5m deal
  • Defender rejected offer of new contract
  • Club have buy-back option for three years

Willy Kambwala has left Manchester United for Villarreal in a €11.5m (£9.6m) deal. United decided to sell the 19-year-old defender after he rejected the offer of a new contract.

United have retained a buy-back option for three years on Kambwala, who had a year remaining on his current deal, as well as a considerable share of any sell-on price.

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» ‘Football has to be a show’ – Miquel joins Leicester Women as new manager
  • 40-year-old Frenchwoman signs three-year contract
  • Appointment ends long search after Willie Kirk’s sacking

Leicester City Women have confirmed the appointment of Amandine Miquel as their new manager on a three-year contract.

The 40-year-old Frenchwoman had previously been in charge of Reims for seven years and her former side finished fourth in the French top flight in the 2023-24 campaign. She is understood to have impressed Leicester through multiple rounds of interviews.

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» Euro 2024: the big quiz of the tournament

How much do you remember about the 24 teams, 51 matches and 117 goals over the last 31 days?

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» Sir Geoff Hurst: ‘It’s been fantastic under Southgate. I’d like him to stay’

Hero of 1966 says England manager has been unfairly criticised and has backed his young team for glory in future

For Sir Geoff Hurst and the rest of England, the wait goes on. The last surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning team had been convinced that 58 years of hurt were finally coming to an end when Gareth Southgate’s side reached a second successive final of the European Championship.

Spain had different ideas and ensured Hurst’s iconic hat-trick that inspired victory against West Germany at Wembley remains the achievement that every England men’s side is judged on. Despite the criticism that Southgate has received since Mikel Oyarzabal’s late winning goal crushed a nation’s hopes, Hurst doubts whether even Sir Alf Ramsey could have prevented the painful defeat.

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» Who shone and who flopped? England’s Euro 2024 players rated

We assess the performance of all 21 squad members who made an appearance in Germany

Jordan Pickford (GK) Another excellent tournament for England’s No 1. Pickford made saves at vital times, particularly in the second half of the final against Spain, and excelled in the penalty shootout victory over Switzerland. He was often forced to kick the ball too long but he was faultless in other departments and is unlikely to be displaced by Aaron Ramsdale or Dean Henderson any time soon. 8

Kyle Walker (RB) Was this the vice-captain’s swansong? Walker has been talked out of retiring from international football before but it could be time for a younger player to step up (will Reece James stay fit?). There were hints of creakiness in Germany, not least against Slovakia, and he was exposed in the second half against Spain. Walker’s speed endures and he played key roles in goals against Denmark and Serbia but it is getting harder to keep bursting up and down the right. 5

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» ‘It is coming’: Jude Bellingham certain of England success after Euros near miss
  • Midfielder believes team have ‘a lot of potential’
  • Bellingham says he felt exhausted at tournament

Jude Bellingham feels certain an England major tournament win is on the horizon after their defeat by Spain in the Euro 2024 final. The Real Madrid midfielder, who said the “crazy” fixture calendar meant he was mentally and physically exhausted at the tournament, believes the squad’s profile offers a near-guarantee of success.

Bellingham was one of seven England players aged 25 or under in the final. He accepts it is incumbent on the men’s squad to secure a trophy and said: “It’s a young team – a lot of potential. I know people will be frustrated that we haven’t delivered yet but I definitely feel it is coming.”

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» Euro 2024: the tournament’s best pictures

Our picture editor, Jonny Weeks, chooses his favourite images from Germany including a distraught Luka Modric and delighted Jordan Pickford

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» Argentinians celebrate a Copa title – and consider the beginning of the end for Messi

In Buenos Aires, fans took to the streets after a record-breaking 16th continental championship. But there is also an acknowledgement of a changing of the guard

Each year, the US has 11 federal holidays. In Argentina, that number is 19, the 11th-most in the world. Celebration and commemoration are mandatory for Argentinians, but for almost three decades they were denied the kind of festivities the capital city of Buenos Aires craves.

The country’s football team is making up for it now though. On Sunday night, a third successive party arrived as the city celebrated the team’s 2024 Copa América triumph, its second in a row after the 2021 title, sandwiched around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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» Men’s transfer window summer 2024; all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

Latest transfers and club-by-club guides for every team in Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A

After financial fair play concerns stifled the January transfer market, what is the outlook for this summer? One club who have already strengthened are Real Madrid. The European champions have signed Kylian Mbappé on a free (but with a €125m signing bonus going to the player), while Brazilian sensation Endrick will join up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this summer, 18 months after a deal was agreed with Palmeiras.

There have been coaching changes at several European heavyweight clubs already this summer. Vincent Kompany (Bayern Munich), Hansi Flick (Barcelona), Arne Slot (Liverpool), Enzo Maresca (Chelsea), Antonio Conte (Napoli) and Juventus’s incoming new manager, Thiago Motta, will all surely be planning to spend money on reshaping their squads.

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» Women’s transfer window summer 2024: all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

Every deal in the WSL, Liga F, Frauen-Bundesliga, Division 1 Féminine and Serie A Femminile as well as a club-by-club guide

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» Mediocre Euros and Copa América show there is such a thing as too much football

Neither tournament produced high-level play and proved the present fixture list is unsustainable for players and fans

On the one hand, the best side in both the Euros and Copa América ended up triumphant. On the other hand, there was just about everything else, from the general quality of play to the fact football’s authorities seem to have entirely lost the capacity to stage matches. However bad Uefa’s organisation of various aspects of the Euros was, what happened at Hard Rock Stadium was on a different level.

An inquiry will presumably be held to determine exactly who or what was to blame for the scenes that delayed kick-off by 75 minutes and led to as an estimated 7,000 fans without tickets gaining access to the ground, but what is clear is that there is need of major improvement before the stadium hosts seven games at the World Cup finals in 2026. It’s not just a question of more security: lengthy queues in searing heat are not a solution to anything.

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» Manchester United sign striker Joshua Zirkzee for €42.5m from Bologna
  • Netherlands international signs five-year deal
  • Forward becomes first signing of Ineos era

Manchester United have made the Netherlands international Joshua Zirkzee their first signing of the summer – and the Ineos era – for a fee of €42.5m (£35.8m) from Bologna. The striker has agreed a five-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a ­further season.

Zirkzee, who represented his country at the Euros, started his professional career at Bayern Munich before moving to Italy permanently in 2022 after loan spells with Parma and Anderlecht. Last season he won Serie A’s under-23 player of the ­season award, finishing as Bologna’s top scorer as they qualified for the ­Champions League.

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» Luis Suárez denies Canada as Uruguay snatch third-place at Copa América

Uruguay needed a late equaliser and penalties to beat Canada in Saturday’s Copa América third-place playoff match, with head coach Marcelo Bielsa insisting the South American side had performed well below their level.

Uruguay, ranked 14th in the world, were on the verge of a shock defeat to the 48th-ranked tournament debutants before Luis Suárez scored a stoppage-time goal to force a penalty shootout, which Bielsa’s side won 4-3. Canada made several changes to their lineup for the match and looked the fresher side as they caused Uruguay a number of problems.

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» Transfer latest: Villa close to £50m deal for Everton’s Onana, Ipswich sign Delap
  • Sale will bolster Everton resolve to keep Branthwaite
  • Parrott leaving Tottenham for AZ in €8m deal

Aston Villa are closing in on a £50m deal for the Everton midfielder Amadou Onana. The 22-year-old moved to Goodison Park for £35m from Lille two years ago.

Onana, who was in Belgium’s team for all their Euro 2024 matches, endured a difficult final couple of months of the season and started only two of Everton’s last six games – the final two when top-flight status had been secured.

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» Russo and Stanway push England past Republic of Ireland and close to Euros
  • England 2-1 Ireland; Russo 5, Stanway 57pen; Russell 90+4
  • Lionesses need just a point in final qualifier

It took just 41 seconds after kick-off at Carrow Road for “football’s coming home” to break out in the stands. In the eyes of women’s football fans, never mind Sunday, football “came home”’ two years ago, and on Friday England took another big step towards ensuring they will be in Switzerland next summer to defend their title.

It was Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp who was truly coming home, as the winger from North Walsham returned to Norwich, where she began her career at the club’s centre of excellence, and a slight disappointment for the fans, on a predominantly positive night for the Lionesses, was that their local heroine was not on the scoresheet. Nonetheless, Hemp, like many of her teammates, was in strong form as the World Cup finalists outclassed their opponents.

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» Aleksander Ceferin encouraged to renege on pledge and continue as Uefa president
  • Smaller federations want lawyer to stand again in 2027
  • Re-election would pose political problems for FA

Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, has held talks with a number of European federations about reversing his pledge to step down in 2027. Ceferin announced at the Uefa Congress in February that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term, but the Guardian has learned that he is being encouraged by several smaller federations to stand again.

Ceferin has yet to give any indication of his intentions, but Uefa insiders have said there are suspicions in Nyon that the Slovenian lawyer could be persuaded to stand again if a suitable successor fails to emerge. No candidates have even privately put themselves forward to replace Ceferin since his surprise announcement. The president of the Romanian Football Federation, Razvan Burleanu, has ruled himself out.

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» Southgate oversees familiar failure – a tale of hope but lacking a clear plan | Jonathan Liew

Perennial contenders may have been tournament’s great triers but that was not enough against a far superior side

The metal crinkle of squashed pilsner cans runs up the train carriage like electricity. A song goes up: “His name is Johnny, Johnny fucking Stones, de-der der der der der de-de-de-de der.” An announcement: “Nächste station, Olympiastadion.” Another song: “Phil Foden’s on fire and he’s playing the Germans off the park.” Doors slide open. The air smells of sweat, piss, bratwurst and possibility.

There is a montage on the big screen. There are some rondos on the pitch. There is a largely forgettable musical hors d’oeuvres which sounds like a group of guys trapped under the rubble of a collapsed nightclub, screaming for help over a pounding disco beat. Pennants are exchanged. Flags draped over the barriers like beach towels. The Spanish comfortably outnumbered. This could be Benidorm or anywhere.

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» It’s Hampton v Earps: race to be England No 1 at Euro 2025 is on

The two goalkeepers have been rotated before but Wiegman selecting the 23-year-old Chelsea player for the game against Republic of Ireland felt significant

For a split second on Friday night, given the ferocity of the cheer coming from one corner of the stand behind the substitutes, you could have been forgiven for wondering if England had surreptitiously scored another goal in the Euro 2025 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Not quite. The din was merely in response to Mary Earps jogging down the touchline to warm up. The England fans’ love for the BBC sports personality of the year is stratospheric.

And much later on Friday, a quiet, touching moment offered a prime example of why Earps has such popularity. Long after full time, the new Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was up in the stands, spending time making somebody’s week. She was speaking to a girl who was accompanied by a first-aider and who had been experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Earps had helped calm her down and put the biggest of smiles on her face with a simple act of kindness.

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» Euro 2024 final review – ITV wins quality match between nation’s broadcasters

Terrestrial TV proves it is unbeatable on the big occasions as BBC One and ITV1 both deliver bumper four-hour coverage

As Spain triumphed over England at Olympiastadion Berlin, an equally tense battle was being fought in the UK’s TV studios as both BBC One and ITV1 aired live coverage. With a combined 30 million people expected to tune in, this clash was high-stakes: who would be bringing the broadcast bragging rights home?

Both channels spread the match across four-plus hours of primetime, infuriating Countryfile devotees in the process. Both began their breathless buildup 90 minutes before kick-off. Armchair fans merely needed to decide in whose company they would rather spend a nerve-jangling night.

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» As the beer rains down, one thing is clear: Uefa’s complacency puts all of us at risk | Jonathan Wilson

Journalists are not the only ones to have had plastic cups thrown at them at Euro 2024 so what will it take before the organising body reacts?

It was shortly after the final whistle had blown on England’s semi-final victory over the Netherlands that the barrage began. First one plastic cup landed in the press box, beer exploding from it in a sticky fountain, then another and another until all you could hear other than the insistent PA was the crump of plastic on desk and the shouts of journalists taking hits and trying to protect their laptops.

Looking up towards the tier from which they came, there was a terrible beauty to it, the cups with their furls of lager illuminated in the floodlit sky, falling slowly with an implausible grace before their liquid detonation.

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» Gary Lineker: ‘Lamine Yamal blows my mind. I’ve not seen anything like this’

The former striker on what he was doing at 16, his respect for Harry Kane and why England are a bit like Real Madrid

“I hadn’t reached puberty yet,” Gary Lineker says, cracking up. Then he stops and adds: “It’s true, I’m not lying. I used to hide in the showers”. Talk has turned, inevitably, to Lamine Yamal, the school kid who stands before England’s hopes of winning a first trophy since 1966, what their former captain calls his “lifetime’s ambition” as a player and broadcaster, and has everyone asking the same question: what were you doing at 16? “I had just joined Leicester City as an apprentice,” Lineker recalls. Which isn’t bad, and beats trying to blag your way into pubs with fake ID, but isn’t this. And this, he says, is “unfathomable”.

Lineker has watched Euro 2024 from in front of the Brandenburg Gate and describes the tournament as one where “the fans were the highlight, showing human beings can get on even when they’re tribal”, as well as one that “started well” but got a “bit turgid” late in the group stages and was lit up by Spain, Germany, Austria and Turkey. “Teams playing brave, attacking football tended to be successful, which is encouraging,” Lineker says, but it has been a “cautious, mixed” Euros, during which he infamously described England v Denmark as “shit” – which is not, he stresses, the same as saying England are. Now, though, a competition with a “flawed” group format has “the dream final”.

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» ITV’s VAR pundit Christina Unkel: ‘It’s made decision-making more accurate’

Former referee who has made waves with her clear-headed rules analysis says technology is a force for good in football

Euro 2024 has been awash with ­eye-catching new footballing talent, from Spain’s wunderkind Lamine Yamal to Turkey’s precocious teenager Arda Guler. Yet one of its most conspicuous stars has not been on the pitch, but closely watching ­slow-motion clips from it.

Referee analyst Christina Unkel, who has featured in every game broadcast by ITV, has won over fans with her calm and detailed explanations, and clear mastery of the rules of the modern game.

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» Spain receive heroes' welcome in Madrid following Euro 2024 victory – video

Spain's players received a warm welcome back home in Madrid after beating England 2-1 in the Euro 2024 final in Berlin. Thousands of fans lined the streets of the capital to get a glimpse of the players as they made their way to the centre of the city on a bus, championship trophy in tow. England faced heartbreak for the second time in a row on Sunday, four years after their devastating Euro loss to Italy at Wembley

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» Goalkeeper fixes hole in pitch mid-match with conveniently placed shovel and dirt – video

The goalkeeper of the Scottish League Two club Stirling Albion halted their game against Raith Rovers to point out a hole on the pitch. He then ran over to a pile of dirt at the side and used a shovel to carry it back and fill in the hole before play continued

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» Argentina fans celebrate Copa América victory as Colombia supporters are left heartbroken – video

Fans in Buenos Aires and Miami celebrated wildly after Argentina secured a record 16th Copa América title by beating Colombia 1-0. Fans partied in the streets with songs, drums and fireworks. Some even hung from lampposts. Meanwhile, fans in Bogotá were left proud of their team despite the loss. One fan insisted that 'Colombia keep their spirits and heads high'.

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» Fans climb through vents to get into Copa América final – video

The Copa América final between Argentina and Colombia was delayed by more than an hour after thousands of fans without tickets tried to force their way into the stadium. Footage shows fans climbing into air vents and over fences to access to the stadium ahead of the game.

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» 'We came here to win': Jude Bellingham on Euro 2024 heartbreak – video

England’s Jude Bellingham said it was 'heartbreaking' and 'cruel' to lose the Euro 2024 final to Spain by conceding an 86th-minute goal in a 2-1 defeat at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Spain won a record fourth European Championship title after Mikel Oyarzabal’s late goal clinched victory over England, whose painful decades-long wait for a major trophy goes on. England have now lost back-to-back Euro finals and are still without a major title since winning the 1966 World Cup. Ending on a positive note however, Bellingham said: 'I came here to win. We came here to win ... I know people will be frustrated that we haven't delivered yet, but I definitely feel it's coming.'

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» Spain fans celebrate Euro 2024 triumph as England supporters left to rue defeat – video

Fans in Madrid went wild at the final whistle of the Euro 2024 final as Spain secured their fourth Euros title. England supporters were left disheartened after their national team fell short in their second successive European Championships final

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» Martínez inspires Argentina to historic Copa América title in chaotic final

A dramatic extra-time winner from substitute Lautaro Martínez ensured Argentina retained their Copa América title, edging out Colombia 1-0 in a thrilling game in Miami.

The Golden Boot winner’s cool 112th-minute strike settled a scintillating game, which had simply lacked a finishing touch until his arrival on 97 minutes. Martínez latched on to Giovani Lo Celso’s pass to dispatch the ball past a gallant Camilo Vargas in the Colombia goal.

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» Injury concerns mount as Matildas fall to late Canada strike in final Olympics tune-up
  • Sharn Freier opens scoring but Australia lose 2-1 in Marbella
  • Caitlin Foord joins lengthening injury list 11 days out from Games

The key image from Australia’s 2-1 defeat to Canada on Saturday evening in Spain – the final warm-up before the teams head to the Paris Olympics – probably wasn’t captured on the field of play. The sight of Caitlin Foord, caught by cameras early on in the contest sitting in the stands with an ice pack strapped to her quadricep, was the most arresting.

Just 11 days from the Matildas’ Olympic opener against Germany in Marseille on 25 July, Foord has become the latest in what is a lengthening number of injury headaches for coach Tony Gustavsson. The key attacker was withdrawn from the starting XI for the friendly hit-out in Marbella after feeling tightness in her upper leg. “All focus is on players [being] available,” for the Games was the word from a Football Australia spokesperson.

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» Sophia Smith cracker lifts USA women over Mexico in pre-Olympic friendly
  • Smith’s fourth goal in four games lifts USA to 1-0 win
  • USWNT have not conceded in three games under Hayes

Sophia Smith scored in the 64th minute and the United States got revenge for a loss to Mexico earlier this year with a 1-0 victory in the rematch on Saturday.

The friendly match at Red Bull Arena was the first of two tune-up games for the United States ahead of the 2024 Olympics. The Americans will play Costa Rica on Tuesday at Audi Field in Washington before departing for France.

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» USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter sacked after dismal Copa América performance
  • Berhalter spent six years as national team coach
  • The US dumped out of Copa in group stage

Gregg Berhalter was fired as US men’s soccer coach on Wednesday, nine days after his team’s first-round exit from the Copa América raised doubts he was the right person to remain in charge for the 2026 World Cup.

Berhalter’s second term as coach was cut short 10 months after he returned to the job with high hopes and proclaimed the team’s goal was “to change soccer in America forever.” In his second stint as coach, the US won seven games, lost six and drew once, leaving his overall record at 44 wins, 17 losses and 13 draws.

Technical director Matt Crocker rehired Berhalter and will also make the recommendation on his replacement. The team will next play in September friendlies against Canada and New Zealand.

“Our immediate focus is on finding a coach who can maximize our potential as we continue to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, and we have already begun our search process,” Crocker said in a statement.

Jürgen Klopp, Thierry Henry and Marcelo Bielsa are among the candidates being touted as potential replacements for Berhalter, along with Jesse Marsch, Hugo Pérez, Pellegrino Matarazzo, David Wagner, Steve Cherundolo, Jim Curtain, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino.

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» Copa América scrapped extra-time. Should other knockout tournaments?

Knockout rounds in the South American championship advance straight to penalties after full-time to help ease the burden on players

Fans enjoying the feast of football served up this month by Copa América and Euro 2024, running concurrently on either side of the Atlantic, will have noticed one key difference between the two tournaments: there is no extra time at the end of tied games in the knockout stage of the South American championship.

Conmebol, South American soccer’s governing body, decided that there would be no extra time played if scores were level at full-time in the quarter- and semi-finals. Instead, as was the case in three of the four quarter-final fixtures, the teams skipped straight to a penalty shootout. Only if all is square between Argentina and Colombia at the end of 90 minutes in the final will there be the conventional extra period of 30 minutes.

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» From Greece to Argentina: how tournaments have been won in past 20 years

The past two World Cups have been won with some flair but defence and possession were key before that

Otto Rehhagel’s Greece clinched the trophy courtesy of a 1-0 victory against their Portuguese hosts. “King Otto’s” deeply unfancied side had beaten Portugal 2-1 in Group A’s tournament opener. They proceeded to draw with Spain and lose to Russia, finishing second in the group before really hitting their stride and recording a trio of 1-0 knockout wins against France, the Czech Republic and, ultimately, Portugal. Rehhagel claimed to have little interest in tactics but confused opponents by deploying a man-marking system while playing 4-5-1 against lone strikers and 5-4-1 when confronted with front twos. With sometime-sweeper Traianos Dellas shining in central defence and Angelos Charisteas, scorer of the winner in the final, a specialist at heading goals from crosses and corners, Rehhagel reminded everyone that, sometimes, sitting deep before undoing opponents with ultra-direct counterattacks really works. Fortune does not always favour the brave.

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» Ecuador sack coach Félix Sánchez after Copa América defeat to Argentina
  • Ecuador lost on penalties in the the quarter-finals
  • Sánchez signed a new four-year contract in 2023

Ecuador have sacked head coach Félix Sánchez after Thursday’s Copa América quarter-final defeat by Argentina, the country’s football federation (FEF) said in a statement.

Ecuador reached the last eight for the third time in the last four editions but were knocked out by the defending champions in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1.

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» Canada hold nerve in penalty shootout to set up Copa América semi-final with Argentina

Canada claimed a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Venezuela on Friday to reach the Copa América semi-finals for the first time after an absorbing contest finished 1-1.

With the teams all square after five attempts each, Wilker Ángel had his spot-kick saved by Maxime Crépeau in the shootout and Ismaël Koné buried the winning penalty to send Canada through.

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» Igor Stimac’s rough breakup with India drags on after World Cup failure

Disappointing results, heart disturbances and astrological accusations led to sacking and incendiary statements

Back in 2013, the wife of South Korea’s national team coach, Choi Kang-hee, complained that having three weeks of solid drinking with officials, journalists and sponsors was making her husband ill. That’s nothing; Igor Stimac’s parting shot after five years as India’s head coach was to accuse the All India Football Federation (AIFF) of making his life so difficult that he needed heart surgery. There have been a few rough breakups in football, but this particular one has resulted in legal threats and a 1,500-word rebuttal statement.

Stimac was fired on 17 June. On his way out, the 56-year-old former Croatia international jumped into a press conference with the kind of robust challenge that West Ham and Derby fans of a certain age will remember well, telling Indian reporters that their football had been “imprisoned” by an AIFF which he claimed was more interested in looking good than actually improving anything. “The sooner Kalyan Chaubey leaves, the better it will be for Indian football,” Stimac said on 21 June. “The president of the AIFF gets pictures with people in important positions just for social media attention.”

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» Ten players at Euro 2024 who have increased their transfer value

From Turkey’s Ferdi Kadioglu to Slovakia’s Ivan Schranz, we look at players who have caught the eye in Germany

The all-action Fenerbahce defender was outstanding during his side’s run to the quarter-finals in Germany, providing a constant attacking threat down the left flank and also dropping into midfield at times. Kadioglu had been linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester City after excelling for his club, with Brighton, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund reported to be the latest to have shown an interest. IScouts from nine clubs were at the last-16 game against Austria when the 24-year-old broke a tournament record by covering 7.58 miles (12.2km) during Turkey’s 2-1 win.

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» Three years on from Wembley, I still fear for England’s black penalty-takers | Xaymaca Awoyungbo

My anxiety for the team, the black players and myself mean I hope England can win Euro 2024 final in normal time

England are playing Spain on Sunday in the final of the European Championship 2024. Let that sink in. Despite all the negativity from the media and fans for most of the tournament, Gareth Southgate’s side are in a second successive Euros final. I’m delighted.

But I’m also wary. Football culture is intense and often toxic. How will we react if the team wins or loses?

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» Citizen Mbappé taking on far right lends pride to France’s Euros exit | Philippe Auclair

He skied the chance to equalise against Spain but Kylian Mbappé’s eloquence has elevated his team

It is not because Kylian Mbappé spoke out, twice, about the necessity to take a stand against “the extremes” and, more to the point, the National Rally, that he skied a shot that would have brought France level with Spain in their semi-final. But it is because he and others, such as Marcus Thuram and Jules Koundé, did speak out that it will be possible to look back on France’s frustrating Euro 2024 with something like pride. “Never at such a moment, never such a player, never in such a trenchant, brilliant, mastered fashion, never in the history of the French national team, had we witnessed the conjunction of a major moment in French political life, the words of a captain and a great sporting event,” L’Équipe enthused.

The French sports daily had a point, even if other French footballers had taken political stances in the past. The Saint-Étienne forward Dominique Rocheteau had not hidden his unease about taking part in the World Cup held in General Videla’s Argentina in 1978, though he didn’t go as far as the Swedish players who lent their support to the mothers demonstrating on the Plaza de Mayo during the same tournament. More recently, Zinedine Zidane had called on the French electorate to vote against Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean‑Marie, in the 2002 presidential election, calling what was still the Front and not yet the Rassemblement National “a party that does not correspond at all to the values of France”. Kylian, Marcus, Jules et les autres are the heirs of Zizou in more ways than one.

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» Spain v England: who will win? And the Southgate verdict - Football Daily podcast

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Jonathan Wilson to preview the Euro 2024 final between England and Spain

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On the podcast today: England play Spain on Sunday in the final of Euro 2024, but before we preview that, can Barry and Barney agree on Gareth Southgate’s place in the pantheon of largely disappointing England managers?

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» Euro 2024 Daily | England forging disparate elements into the most harmonious whole

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“Of course I [effed] up,” sings Black Sherif in his classic single Kweku the Traveller. “Who never [effed up], hands in the air … no hands.” And, though he wasn’t singing about England he could’ve been, because if there’s one thing of which the last couple of weeks have reminded us, it’s that we all make mistakes, all of the time – sometimes massive ones which unnecessarily and gratuitously harm ourselves and those around us. This, though is part of what it means be human – the trick is to be honest and brave in evaluating our lapses before being honest enough and brave enough to leave them behind in favour of something better.

So, it’s come to this. That long-awaited time for fatuous national comparisons is here. Sunday night is all about pie versus paella, Rioja to enduring Rio’s analysis, the rain in Spain measured against the flow from Old Trafford’s roof, Flamenco countering cries of ‘Flamin’ Nora’, the Costa Blanca or the cost of living, olé against Ollie and loads of bull on both sides” – Mark McFadden.

Betteridge’s law of newspaper headlines states that ‘any headline that ends in a question mark can simply be answered by the word no’. Apropos of nothing, in The Scotsman …” – Noble Francis.

This is an extract from our daily football email … Football Daily. To get the full version, just visit this page and follow the instructions.

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» David Squires on … England’s performance art on their run to the Euro 2024 semis

Our cartoonist looks back on some wonky displays in the last eight of the European Championship

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» What are the most boring (and exciting) goalless draws at the Euros? | The Knowledge

Plus: long-shot winners of the Euros, double trouble in major tournaments and Chris Nicholl’s stunning feat

“After the Portugal/France game I’m wondering what was the most boring Euro game on record (no goals, fewest shorts on target, fewest corners, etc)?” tweets Nicholas Stuart.

There have been 37 goalless draws in the men’s Euros, including a record six at this year’s tournament. The first was in 1968 when Italy beat the Soviet Union on a coin toss. We can’t find the vital statistics for that one, but Sofascore has detailed data for all the others. We’ve based the answer on their “big chances” metric, even though we’re not wholly sure what that entails. Where the games are level, shots on target and then total shots are the tiebreaker.

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» Spain surge into Euro 2024 final and Lamine Yamal takes breath away – Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Philippe Auclair and Semra Hunter as Spain see off France to extend march towards glory

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On the podcast today; Spain get a deserved 2-1 win over France as they progress to the final of Euro 2024. Lamine Yamal, how do you talk about him without mentioning he’s just 16? What a goal he scored.

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» The sad demise of Reading Women – and why we should have seen it coming

Reading not being able to compete in next year’s Championship is an example of what happens when we compel women’s sides to be dependent on men’s football

Were it not for some diligent reporting you would probably have missed the most significant women’s football news – that Reading told the FA they would not be able to compete in the Championship next season. Women’s FA Cup semi-finalists in 2019, Reading have a rich history in the game, competing in the top division throughout the WSL’s formative professional years.

It would have been harder to miss that Manchester United are moving their women’s team to portable buildings to give the men’s team access to the women’s training facilities while their own are being upgraded.

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» David Squires on … Scotland facing the music after another early tournament exit

Our cartoonist on a predictably Scottish outcome, England being England and Ronaldo finding his benevolent side

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» History for Georgia and heartbreak for Ukraine - Football Daily

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Fadugba as Georgia make history by reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2024

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On the podcast today; Georgia stun Portugal to reach the last 16, they looked to have scored too early but maintained the level all game and left enough in the tank for the historic scenes at the end. Elsewhere in the group, Czech Republic are out, not quite doing enough against Turkey who progress.

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» The 100 best male footballers in the world 2023

Erling Haaland has been voted the best player in the world for 2023 by our 218-strong panel, with Jude Bellingham finishing second

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» The 100 best female footballers in the world 2023

Aitana Bonmatí, Sam Kerr and Salma Paralluelo top the list of female footballers in the world in 2023 according to our judges

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» Erling Haaland voted the world’s best player – and he’s just getting started | Niall McVeigh

The Norwegian is only 23 but his devastating goal record has seen him voted as the No 1 player in the world by the Guardian’s expert panel

When Pep Guardiola tearfully claimed Manchester City could not replace the departing Sergio Agüero in May 2021, he didn’t just create a meme. Guardiola was soft-launching a global audition for his team’s new attacking talisman. An unsuccessful pursuit of Harry Kane in the summer of 2021 came between two title-winning seasons where Ilkay Gündogan (13) and Kevin De Bruyne (15) were the club’s top league goalscorers. Guardiola’s slick creative machine needed a new front man, and they found him in Erling Haaland.

Like Agüero before him – and in contrast to many of City’s most successful Pep-era signings – Haaland arrived as a bona fide superstar, a plug-and-play addition to an already stellar lineup. Whether he was a bargain is another question. The release clause paid was €60m (£51.2m), but some reports suggest Haaland’s five-year deal could cost the club in the region of £300m. And while there was an ominous logic to the move for City’s rivals, questions remained.

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» Spain and Barcelona lead way in women’s football after year of success | Rich Laverty

Aitana Bonmatí the clear winner of the Guardian’s best 100 female footballers in the world with 15 Spaniards on the list

After Alexia Putellas reigned in 2021 and 2022, her Barcelona and Spain teammate Aitana Bonmatí has been crowned the top female footballer of 2023 by the Guardian’s panel of 112 experts. The World Cup winner triumphed by a clear margin, finishing more than 500 points ahead of second-placed Sam Kerr.

Injuries and a World Cup meant there was a definite changing of the guard feel to this year’s list, sadly emphasised by the fact last year’s top two – Putellas and Beth Mead – missed a large chunk of our 12-month voting period with ACL injuries.

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» Like Lamine Yamal, I mixed school with football’s glare – and it is no bad thing | Karen Carney

Being thrust into the spotlight as a teen can be freeing and fun. Spain’s young star is proof of this

A lot is being made of Lamine Yamal being a prodigious 16-year-old at the Euros but by the time the final against England kicks off on Sunday, he will be an old hand after celebrating his 17th birthday on Saturday. He has already come of age by mixing playground football with decision-making beyond his years. Like Lamine Yamal, I made my first-team debut while still at school – I was 14 when I was fast-tracked by Birmingham City. Some might see it as a daunting prospect to be brought into an adult environment while most people of the same age are worrying about exams but, and I know it sounds weird, I believe it is the best time to move up to elite football.

I played in a European Championship when I was 17, scoring an injury-time winner against Finland in front of a huge crowd, and it was pure excitement to be part of the national team at such a young age. Becoming an international footballer as a teenager means you have been on an upward trajectory your whole life, so it is important to keep doing what has helped you succeed and not change because circumstances have.

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» Martin Ødegaard: ‘It’s good to get some rest but I would prefer to be at the Euros’

Arsenal captain says it took time to get over missing out on the Premier League title on the season’s final day

After a heartbreaking climax to the Premier League season, the last thing Martin Ødegaard wanted was to be sitting at home watching most of Europe’s best players battle it out in Germany. But that is exactly the position the Arsenal captain found himself in after Norway’s failure to qualify for Euro 2024, their chances having been ended by Scotland last year.

“I wanted to be in the Euros and I’m pretty disappointed that we didn’t qualify,” he says. “The amount of games we play, the intensity in the games and how tough it is to play football at the biggest stage, it is really demanding so it is a good thing to get some rest. But I would prefer to be there.”

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» Euro 2024 is a party – but continent’s fractures are there for all to see | Jonathan Wilson

This Germany team could not emulate side of 2006 in a tournament intertwined with complicated nationalism

For much of Germany’s Euro 2024 quarter-final against Spain, it had seemed like a modern rewrite of their 2006 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. In both games the technically more accomplished Spanish-speakers took the lead about five minutes after half-time, before the doughty Teutons ground their way back, taking advantage of some debatable substitutions, equalising in the final 10 minutes with a left-wing cross that was headed on to the goalscorer.

A German victory on penalties seemed inevitable, the only question whether Manuel Neuer would ostentatiously consult notes scribbled on hotel notepaper and secreted in his sock before each kick as Jens Lehmann had 18 years previously.

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» Portugal v France: a galactic battle lost in the black hole of one man’s ego | Jonathan Liew

This Euro 2024 clash could have been an all-time great quarter-final, and instead a part of it was stolen

Even his absence feels like a kind of presence. The cameras continue to seek him out. The fans in the stands in their replica Manchester United tops screech a little louder, scowl a little harder. The less he does, the more important he becomes. The more he disappears into this game, the heavier it feels, like a black hole sucking everything into its vortex.

And ultimately Portugal too. The sabotage is complete. One of the most talented squads ever assembled at this level of football disappears into that self same black hole, a Vegas-era Elvis act ultimately notable only for its ability to make us gawp and keep gawping. It’s too awful to watch. It’s too awful not to watch. The clock ticks into its third hour, the second quarter-final suspended like a sentence that can never end, and yet with the knowledge of exactly how it ends. Meanwhile, Gonçalo Ramos and Diogo Jota sit on the bench.

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» Next Generation 2023: 60 of the best young talents in world football

From Warren Zaïre-Emery to Endrick, we select some of the best players born in 2006. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

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» Next Generation 2023: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs

We pick the best youngsters at each club born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007, an age band known as first-year scholars. Check the progress of our classes of 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 and look at the editions from further back

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» From Saka to Ackermann: what happened to Next Generation 2018?

Five years ago we picked 80 of the most talented players in the world to follow their progress in a cut-throat business

It is the time of year when we check in on the Next Generation players we picked in 2018 to follow for five years, to assess their progress amid success, setbacks, injuries, trophies won and transfers made.

Next Generation started in 2014 with the aim of showing the difficulties that even the best prospects in the Premier League (we pick one from each club at first-year scholar age) and the rest of the world (we choose 60 born in a specific calendar year) face on their way towards the top.

A defensively minded midfielder who is incredibly strong (he used to be a wrestler) but with an excellent touch to go with his physicality. Made his debut in the Swedish top flight as a 16-year-old last year and captained Sweden as they reached the quarter-finals of the Euro Under-17 tournament in England this summer. Has taken an unusual path to the top. He left the top-flight side IFK Göteborg for sixth division Angered MBIK as a 14-year-old as he felt that he was not getting the right support for his football education. Another Gothenburg club, Häcken, snapped him up in 2017 and he made his senior debut that season. Has signed a new contract with the club from Hisingen until 2021 despite interest from Real Madrid and Benfica and trials at both Manchester clubs.

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