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» Arsenal fans convinced Gunners made well-timed Ben White point to Gareth Southgate
Ben White enjoyed an impressive season with Arsenal but is not in England's squad for Euro 2024 and the Gunners appeared to have a little dig at that fact following the draw with Denmark
» Gary Neville labels Cristiano Ronaldo 'illegal' as he's stunned by 'not right' revelation
Cristiano Ronaldo remains a central figure for Portugal and his outstanding goalscoring record left Gary Neville completely bewildered when previewing his nation's clash with Turkey
» Cristiano Ronaldo breaks new record after howler from Man Utd's forgotten man
TURKEY 0-3 PORTUGAL: Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't find the net but Portugal breezed to a simple win over Turkey - as goalkeeper Altay Bayindir made a dreadful error
» Chelsea submit opening bid for defender as Man Utd consider £20million transfer battle
Both Chelsea and Manchester United are showing interest in teenage Boca Juniors centre-back Aaron Anselmino, who is widely considered one of the best young prospects in not only Argentina but all of South America
» Olivier Giroud makes France demand as Didier Deschamps responds to major failure
France have taken four points from their opening two matches despite the pre-tournament favourites not actually scoring a goal themselves so far, and with Kylian Mbappe having broken his nose in their opener
» Gareth Southgate urged to drop Harry Kane as Ally McCoist demands 'bold' decision
Following England's disappointing display against Denmark at Euro 2024, manager Gareth Southgate has been told he should drop Harry Kane for their upcoming clash with Slovenia
» Euro 2024 viewers furious as ITV miss goal and show Cristiano Ronaldo tantrum instead
Portugal opened up a two-goal lead in their Euro 2024 match against Turkey in bizarre fashion, but those watching the game weren't able to see all the action in real time
» Man Utd and Arsenal offered chance to sign goal machine in cut-price transfer
Premier League big-hitters Manchester United and Arsenal are both targetting attacking reinforcements after Benjamin Sesko confirmed he wouldn't be joining either club
» Arsenal told to make £100m bid for 'next Thierry Henry' after Benjamin Sesko rejection
Arsenal are in the market for a new striker this summer and Mikel Arteta and Edu have been advised to complete a transfer for the 'next Thierry Henry' in time for next season
» Rory McIlroy's knee-jerk US Open decision vindicated by Xander Schauffele admission
Xander Schauffele has been in the hunt at the TPC River Highlands all week but he has admitted he is feeling the effects of a busy schedule after a fast start to the season
» Euro 2024 substitute booked as he enters pitch as referee applies rarely used law
Giorgi Gvelesiani was handed a bizarre yellow card after coming on in Georgia's Euro 2024 clash against Czech Republic thanks to an obscure rule applied by the referee
» Ryan Reynolds and Wrexham win transfer 'scramble' to sign Arsenal ace
Wrexham had been in a transfer battle to sign one of their number one targets this summer, and have now announced their man who joins on a three-year deal in a huge boost for the 2024/25 season
» Liverpool 'make contact' with transfer target who was snubbed by Man Utd twice
Liverpool are searching for their first signing since's Arne Slot appointment and Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has emerged as an option as he stars for France at Euro 2024
» Gareth Southgate faced with 'uncomfortable' Luke Shaw theory as England risk backfires
England star Luke Shaw has yet to be involved in a Euro 2024 match and doubts are rising about his ability to play a significant role in the Three Lions squad's efforts to win the tournament
» Sam Allardyce calls out Gareth Southgate for 'bad statement' about England squad
Sam Allardyce has waded into Gareth Southgate's bizarre Kalvin Phillips reference in the wake of England's abysmal performance against Denmark at Euro 2024
» Sir Jim Ratcliffe plan becomes clearer as Hollywood star hired for Man Utd role
Manchester United are set to release their home and away kits for 2024/25 next month and are calling on help from actor Barry Keoghan for their promotional campaign
» Chelsea decide next move with two signings on agenda after Michael Olise snub
Chelsea chose to walk away from the negotiating table for Michael Olise and they're prepared to move onto alternative attacking targets swiftly after also seeing bids rejected for Atletico Madrid striker Samu Omorodion
» Michael Olise's staggering Bayern Munich salary emerges as Man Utd fail with late move
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all failed to land Michael Olise - and the Crystal Palace star is now set to complete a transfer to Bayern Munich this summer
» England star Jordan Pickford's dad changed family surname after being cruelly teased
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could have been known by a different name had his father Lee not changed the family surname by deed poll when he was a schoolboy
» Erik ten Hag in hot water with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Man Utd chiefs over TV interview
Erik ten Hag appeared on Dutch television days after Manchester United decided to keep him as manager, and the Red Devils boss went public with a number of supposedly private details
» England given Trent Alexander-Arnold solution and role change – and it keeps him in midfield
Trent Alexander-Arnold's midfield experiment has been the talk of the town in England's Euro 2024 campaign as a former Three Lions ace suggested a solution to Gareth Southgate's midfield issues
» Gary Lineker calls out Gareth Southgate for 'insulting' England stars – and Alan Shearer agrees
Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer were left concerned by Gareth Southgate's comments about his midfield following England's dreadful draw against Denmark
» Cristiano Ronaldo question causes furious response hours before Portugal Euro 2024 game
Ronaldo played for the full 90 minutes of Portugal's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Leipzig on Tuesday, but his lack of movement in attack did sometimes stifle the 2016 European Champions
» Ryan Reynolds' private text messages to Wrexham players sums up co-owner
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have been praised by Wrexham players for sending private text messages to their stars and being involved on a daily basis

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» Belgium v Romania: Euro 2024 – live

Everyone is very keen to state that Belgium have not scored in their past three matches at major tournaments. Will that change tonight?

I wrote about Doku a while back, including some insight from his Belgian youth coach.

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» Portugal into last 16 as Silva and Fernandes sink Turkey

On a clammy, boisterous afternoon in Dortmund Portugal ensured they will now top Group F with a disarmingly low pulse rate 3-0 defeat of an outmatched Turkey. This was a statement victory for Portugal, not because of what they did, but because of what they didn’t have to. At times it felt a bit like watching a team of grown-ups strolling past the local primary school XI. The biggest obstacle Roberto Martínez’s team experienced here was an excessive number of spectators (five of them) running on to take stolen selfies with Cristiano Ronaldo.

If Portugal were able to play in battery-saver mode it is tribute to the coherence of the-set up here, a 4-3-3 with strength in every position and a beautifully fluid sense of control in the centre. Many English pundits seem to be convinced England’s hand of talent is the envy of the world. Portugal have a stronger team man for man, a more natural balance, a Portuguese way of playing that everyone comes in understanding.

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» Palmer in, Trippier to the right and Saka to the left: my blueprint for England success | Karen Carney

Gareth Southgate is learning the best players don’t always make the best team. He needs to change formation and personnel

There appears to be anxiety in the England camp. Their two performances have not been what anyone expected. The important thing, however, is that Gareth Southgate’s experimentation has not cost too much, leaving his team top of the group with a game to play but with plenty of improvement required.

The best teams are balanced and England have not found that. The win over Serbia and draw against Denmark have to offer an awakening to the players and management before it is too late to correct the problems. Tuesday’s game against Slovenia is a chance to prepare the team for the knockout stages. A dominant victory would give momentum and rhythm and rebuild confidence. If England fail to win they could finish second in the group and face Germany in the last 16 or even end up third.

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» Mikautadze and Georgia denied historic victory as Schick saves Czech Republic

If Georgia’s stay in Germany does end against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday, oh what a blast they have had. Episode two of Georgia’s first European Championship was much like their first, an almighty ball: loud, fraught, dogged and occasionally ridiculous, a Royal Rumble of sorts as they and the Czech Republic tried to earn a priceless win in pursuit of the last 16. Georgia have recorded a historic first point on this biggest of stages but it could have been so much more, with the substitute Saba Lobjanidze guilty of missing a dream-like chance to clinch victory with the last kick.

It was the moment of the match in a game that had plenty. There were 94 minutes and 45 seconds on the clock, 15 seconds of allocated added time to run, when Georgia poured forward on the counterattack after the Czechs got carried away, committing numbers in search of a winner. Suddenly – inconceivably – Georgia were 3 v 1 against the Czech centre-half Robin Hranac. Giorgi Chakvetadze, another substitute, stormed forward, galloping about 50 yards before spying Lobjanidze to his right. Lobjanidze took the shot first time but spooned his effort over. The substitutes anticipating ecstasy on the touchline collapsed in disbelief. Those in Georgian red crashed to the turf.

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» Transfer roundup: Bayern close on Olise, Chelsea seal €60m Estêvão Willian signing
  • Bundesliga side ready to meet £55m release clause
  • Villa teenager Kellyman poised for £19m Chelsea move

Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of Michael Olise after Chelsea once again admitted defeat in their pursuit of the Crystal Palace forward. Olise is understood to have agreed personal terms, with Bayern expected to meet his release clause of around £55m.

Chelsea made another approach for Olise last week despite the France Under-21 international’s decision to reject a move to Stamford Bridge last summer and sign a new contract at Palace. But after receiving initial encouragement that Olise was open to rejoining the club where he spent seven years as a youth player, Chelsea are believed to have pulled out of the race due to concerns about how much it would cost to complete the signing.

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» Kieran Tierney injury gives Scotland a headache and puts his future on hold

Steve Clarke left to ponder whether to retain 3-5-2 formation that was designed to accommodate defender

Kieran Tierney had plenty to ponder as he boarded a Friday flight to London. A penny for the thoughts of Steve Clarke as one of his star men succumbed to what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury as he crumpled to the turf during Scotland’s draw with Switzerland.

Tierney, by his own admission, is “heartbroken”. And no wonder, in terms of the big picture: time and again, fitness woes hamper Tierney just when he seems to be making progress. A summer move from Arsenal not only appeared to be on the cards but felt essential. Now, clubs will pause while awaiting news of how long he faces on the sidelines.

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» Nagelsmann out to balance solidity and style as Germany show rolls on

Hosts are riding a swell of optimism but final group game against Switzerland on a poor pitch still poses problems

In the months leading up to Euro 2024, we heard a lot about the German passion for “das Public Viewing”. Interviews with players would frequently lapse into nostalgic childhood memories of watching the 2006 World Cup in parks or town squares. Friends enthused about the way whole neighbourhoods would come to life in tournament summers, joined together in what was by now an authentically German cultural experience. You’d smile, and nod, but silently you’d think: “All right pal, we’ve all seen a big screen before.”

Then, around the start of June, the screens started to spring up. Not only the big set-piece screens outside the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, but smaller screens, everywhere. The local kebab place with three tables has a screen up. The local Italian restaurant that doesn’t take credit cards has somehow summoned the technological expertise to attach a 75-inch ultra HD television to the side of the building. The Spätis – basically off-licences – have screens outside with benches where you can sit with cans. The newspaper stand across the road has installed a screen and six deckchairs.

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» Call me Fabián: midfielder steps out of shadows to be a face of the new Spain

PSG player has tended to be overlooked during six years in the national team, but he is moving on to a higher plane

His name is Fabián but you can call him, erm, Fabián. On the night before Spain faced Italy, the first thing the midfielder was asked in the pre-match press conference was how he should be addressed. Which might sound like a stupid question – sitting before them was a man who has commanded £76m in transfer fees and has been in the national team for six years, not some unknown – but it wasn’t, and if anyone was to blame it was Luis de la Fuente. As for not some unknown, that was the point. “If he wasn’t called Fabián,” the coach had insisted, “you would talk about him much more.”

So, what then? Fabinho? Fabiano? Fabianski? Or maybe, like César Azpilicueta, you could just call him Dave. “Fabián,” Fabián said. “That’s my name. I’m proud of my name, and being Spanish.”

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» Euro 2024: the five best TV pundits and commentators so far

After week one of the tournament in Germany, who has made a winning start on the BBC and ITV microphones?

It is no surprise, really, how good Cowen has been as a commentator during this tournament given her experience in the role, most notably during Euro 2022, when she was the BBC’s lead voice during England Women’s march to historic glory. Cowen has carried her excellent levels of professionalism and enthusiasm into what is her second men’s European Championship, demonstrated most emphatically so far with her narration of Portugal’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Czech Republic on Tuesday. One of the few female commentators currently working for a major UK broadcaster, Cowen remains a skilled and crucial trailblazer.

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» Newcastle keen to bolster forward line with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin
  • 27-year-old forward has 12 months left on his contract
  • Everton sign midfielder Iroegbunam from Aston Villa

Newcastle hope to bolster their forward options by signing Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The 27-year-old has 12 months left on his contract and although signing a new deal has not been completely ruled out it is understood that the likelier scenario is the striker leaving Goodison Park this summer.

Newcastle, who could sell Callum Wilson and want to provide competition for Alexander Isak, have been interested in Calvert-Lewin for a while and are keen to push ahead with a move for the England international. Everton will not want to lose him on a free next year.

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» Euro 2024 diary: pastry hunting in Frankfurt and marching miles with England fans

Our roving reporter takes in the sights, sounds and food of Germany during the second week of Euro 2024

Gelsenkirchen and the day of my first England match at an international tournament since Ronaldinho sent David Seaman on to his backside in Shizuoka 22 years ago (gulp). This game was a degree less noteworthy and, instead, I’ll remember being part of a stream of thousands of fans forced to march four miles in the pouring rain due to a lack of transport from station to stadium. With most still drinking and even more requiring emergency toilet breaks on the side of a dual carriageway we all made it, even the guy who exclaimed in the saddest voice I have heard upon clocking a road sign: “How can it still be 2.5km to go?”

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» Euro 2024: complete guide to all 622 players

Everything you need to know (and more) about every squad member in Germany. Click on the player pictures for a fuller profile and match ratings

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» On a journey through Germany, the horror of the past lurks close to the surface | Barney Ronay

I have loved being in this warm, friendly place for Euro 2024, a homecoming of sorts. But that doesn’t stop it terrifying me

A week into Germany’s mega-fussball-spielfest and Euro 2024 feels good. Following the games through Munich, Essen, Düsseldorf and Cologne has been a privilege and a joy.

The football has been gripping and at times agreeably chaotic, as though the players have themselves felt liberated outside the elite club game, a high-summer holiday from the latest touchline control freak in executive trainers.

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» From Rabiot to Thuram: France’s draw with the Dutch shows all is not well

The 0-0 draw against the Netherlands showed that life without Mbappé is harder than Deschamps makes out

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

In the absence of Kylian Mbappé, Didier Deschamps opted for a typically conservative approach in the 0-0 draw against the Netherlands. While France’s defence thrived, their (very few) attacking elements looked lost and inefficacious.

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» Long-range belters leading the goals trend in Euro 2024 group stage

There have been a number of stunning goals in Germany while the own goal count is up to five

There is no finer sight in football than a goal lashed in from distance and Euro 2024 has produced a plethora of memorable strikes to punctuate an almost endless succession of pulsating group games.

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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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» Copa América: Mexico’s struggles a symptom of an insular approach

An impatient federation has forced a roster reboot in preparation for 2026 but the quality of the squad has dwindled as players shun the chance to play abroad

When Guillermo Ochoa landed at the Mexico City airport in August 2019, he was greeted by hundreds of fans, some in the terminal, some outside where a brave few hopped on to the roof of the vehicle that was taking the goalkeeper from the airport to the headquarters of Club América.

Everyone was desperate to break through the sea of humanity to catch a glimpse of the legendary Mexico goalkeeper as he returned to his boyhood club. Now, it feels like nobody wants to see him at all.

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» Craig Bellamy in the running to be next Wales manager after Page’s sacking
  • Former Wales forward is in interim charge at Burnley
  • FAW would consider hiring a non-Welshman

Craig Bellamy is among those to be considered for the Wales vacancy, with the Football Association of Wales weighing up its options after sacking Rob Page. Bellamy, who won 78 caps for his country, was placed in interim charge of relegated Burnley after Vincent Kompany’s departure to Bayern Munich.

Wales are in no rush to make a decision on their next manager given their next round of matches are in September, when they face a Nations League double-header, at home to Turkey and then away to Montenegro. It is thought the FAW hierarchy could favour a young, high-profile candidate. They have not appointed a non-Welshman to the role since Bobby Gould in 1995 but are open to doing so.

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» Claudio Bravo saves Chile in bruising Peru draw at Copa América
  • Keeper becomes oldest to play in tournament
  • Canada Soccer investigate claim of racist abuse

Chile had goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to thank for securing a 0-0 draw against Peru in their Copa América Group A opener on Friday. The teams nullified each other in a bruising first half that was low on quality, with the best chance falling to Chile’s Alexis Sánchez in the 15th minute, but the attacker sent his shot over the bar.

Peru came out with intent in the second half and created a number of promising opportunities, but Chile’s Bravo pulled off a string of saves to keep the scores level, including a remarkable double save to deny Gianluca Lapadula and Paolo Guerrero.

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» Kick It Out hopes to appoint Samuel Okafor as new chief executive
  • Former footballer is director of private bank Coutts
  • Anti-racism charity wants to improve links to players

Kick It Out wants to appoint Samuel Okafor, a director of the private bank Coutts, as the anti-racism charity’s new chief executive. The Guardian has learned that the wealth manager and former professional footballer has emerged as Kick It Out’s preferred candidate after an extensive search process in which it received more them 100 applications for the job.

Okafor’s career began in football as an apprentice at Colchester United before he moved into banking after his hopes of making it as a professional petered out. The 42-year-old Nigerian made one appearance in League One for Colchester towards the end of the 1998-99 season before moving on loan to Conference club Dover Athletic, for whom he made four appearances.

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» West Ham make £25m offer for Max Kilman but Wolves set to hold out
  • New manager Julen Lopetegui an admirer of 27-year-old
  • Wolves’ hand may be forced by raised bid of £45m

West Ham have made the first move in their attempt to sign Maximilian Kilman, Julen Lopetegui’s top target in central defence, but will have to improve on their opening offer of £25m for the Wolves captain.

Lopetegui is keen to reinforce his defence and it is likely that West Ham will not drop their interest in Kilman. It is believed that Wolves will struggle to hold on to the defender if they receive an offer of about £45m.

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» Friedkin Group enter exclusive talks with Moshiri over Everton takeover
  • Texan billionaire Dan Friedkin to assess club’s finances
  • Company that also owns Roma seeks to buy 94% stake

Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has entered exclusive negotiations with the Friedkin Group over a possible purchase of the club. The Friedkin Group, which owns Roma, is looking to buy the 94% stake held by Moshiri’s Blue Heaven Holdings.

The exclusivity period will allow the Friedkin Group, spearheaded by the Texan billionaire Dan Friedkin, to conduct due diligence and assess the club’s financial position as he seeks to strike a deal with Moshiri.

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» Argentina furious with ‘disaster’ pitch in Atlanta following Copa América win

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni expressed his unhappiness with the pitch at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium after his team’s 2-0 win over Canada in the Copa América opener on Thursday, saying it was unsuitable for this level of competition.

The venue, which hosts matches for Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, usually has an artificial pitch but a temporary grass surface was installed ahead of the tournament opener.

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» England shirt hangs heavily on Gareth Southgate’s edgy and frazzled team

Despite four points from two games, team is unconvincing and dream of winning Euros feels like a burden

How did this happen? The motif of the Gareth Southgate years has been the relative lightness of the England shirt and it has been well documented how the manager has gone about making it so; the cultural reboot, the relaxed and empathetic environment, the moves to seize control of the narrative. Having a host of top players helps, too. But all of a sudden, it has come to look awfully heavy again.

It is worth saying that England have four points from their opening two ties at Euro 2024. They have never won the opening pair of games at the tournament. They are on track to qualify as the winners of Group C. There have been calls for calm and positivity. “Nothing needs ripping up, there’s no need to panic,” Kieran Trippier said.

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» Harry Kane is England’s quick fix and key element to Gareth Supremacy | Barney Ronay

Southgate still has the best solution to kick-start a faltering Euro 2024 campaign – use the best player in the correct way

Everyone likes a quick fix. Simple Solutions to Complex Problems: this already sounds like a hugely successful podcast hosted by an inspirational former speedway presenter in a roll-neck jumper. It also sounds like a familiar response to England in Germany, and a classic slow-motion descent into sludge and uncertainty.

How to fix this? During the final minutes of the agonies of Frankfurt, during which England seemed to be trying to play football with an over-steamed white cabbage, the TV director cut to the unused Cole Palmer on the England bench, in the process forging a narrative. Here we have it, a clear and obvious oversight, an unused silver bullet. Chuck on another attacking player to go with the seven already tried. Only this time: a slightly different one.

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» Robert Page’s Wales were a team trapped in between two eras | Ben Fisher

Manager introduced a new generation of players in wake of Bale’s retirement but embarrassing results cost him his job

On the morning of Poland’s match with Austria in the grand surrounds of the Olympiastadion Berlin, where supporters applied face paint to one another on the final descent to the ground before the rain moved in, it must have been impossible for those inside the Football Association of Wales to escape the sense of what might have been. Wales, of course, would have been in Poland’s shoes had things panned out differently in a typically tense penalty shootout in Cardiff in March.

Saying that, they had their minds on other things, announcing the termination of Rob Page’s contract, which had two years to run. The timing is a little strange but such had been the grim mood among supporters his position was slowly growing untenable. Wales’s failure to reach the finals did not help but it was hardly his biggest crime. That was surely the embarrassing 4-2 Euro qualifying defeat at home to Armenia, which Page himself described as haunting, or perhaps the recent stalemate against a Gibraltar team that had not kept a clean sheet since November 2022. In that time Wales have been to a World Cup and back. It was hardly overwhelming evidence of things moving in the right direction. Page had the challenge of re-energising a team – an entire nation – in this eerie post-Gareth Bale era. It always threatened to be a thankless task, and so it proved.

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» Confused and timid: England journey through the past at Euro 2024

Southgate’s selection gambles are not paying off, especially on the left, with an underwhelming exit the likeliest outcome

The longer England’s malaise goes on, the more this begins to feel like a weird mesh of previous tournament disasters. After almost a decade of positive vibes and considered, thoughtful management under Gareth Southgate, the end is threatening to unravel in a way that was supposed to have been consigned to the past.

Never before have England looked so dysfunctional and misshapen under Southgate. Watching them labour to their 1-1 draw with Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena, it was hard not to conclude that it could have been Sven Göran-Eriksson, Fabio Capello or Roy Hodgson in the dugout. The only difference, perhaps, was that Sven’s “first half good, second half not so good” line did not even apply to this display. Confused, timid and exhausted, England were second best long before half-time.

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» ‘Winning the whole thing’: USMNT stars on what success will look like at Copa América

Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic discuss the pressure of a tournament in front of a home crowd and their expectations for this summer

“Do you feel pressure?” Tyler Adams asks teammate Weston McKennie. “I don’t feel pressure.”

Speaking before the USMNT’s first major tournament on home soil since 2016, McKennie echoes the sentiment of his captain. “I wouldn’t say it’s added pressure, I would say it’s added excitement. We spend our careers playing over in Europe and we come back [to the US] every once in a while with the national team. I think the World Cup and Copa América allow friends and family that maybe haven’t been able to see us play in a long time to watch us, and also fans who can’t get over to Europe to watch a game or to even introduce new people to the game.

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» Reporting on women’s football has been quite a journey – but there is so much left to do | Tom Garry

I am delighted to have joined the Guardian as a women’s football writer with the aim to cover the good, the bad and the ugly of an ever-expanding game

The first time I reported on an England women’s international fixture from a stadium’s press box rather than from the distant vantage point of a desk in a far-away office next to a television, the Lionesses were playing a friendly against Italy in April 2017 at Port Vale’s Vale Park, a ground which – please forgive me, any Vale fans reading this – I think it’s fair to say could have benefited from a little TLC, compared to the facilities the European champions have become accustomed to more recently.

Such was the relative informality of the occasion, I found a parking spot down a rather poorly lit side road in Burslem behind some rusting garages and quickly realised a member of an England player’s family was reversing to try to fit into the small space immediately behind me. After the match – a rather forgettable yet interesting 1-1 draw attended by 7,181 fans – half a dozen reporters sat around a small table with chairs hastily arranged for an impromptu post-match chat with the coach then, Mark Sampson. The BBC’s very dedicated women’s sports reporter Jo Currie conducted broadcast interviews, but that aside, it was a quiet press room. All of these things felt perfectly normal at the time, for the level of media attention the national squad were receiving.

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» Messi says 'winning is the most important thing' as Argentina win Copa América opener – video

Lionel Messi stressed the importance of getting Argentina’s Copa América campaign off to a winning start, after the reigning champions beat Canada 2-0 in Atlanta. With South America’s championship moved to the United States for the second time, Messi set a Copa América record with his 35th match, one more than Chile’s Sergio Livingstone from 1941-53. Messi extended his own record with his 18th assist. Yeah, we've always known how tough the opening game is. The most important thing is to get off to a winning start, Messi said. That calms things down because you suffer a lot when you start off losing. But we always play the same way. Argentina now play Chile on Tuesday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, then close the first round against Peru on 29 June in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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» Germany fan lights up Euro 2024 with amazing saxophone skills – video

A Germany supporter has been getting the parties started and wowing the crowds at the European Championship with funky renditions of popular songs

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» ‘It was very stop-start’: England fans frustrated at draw with Denmark – video

England fans expressed dismay and frustration after the team's 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday at the Waldstadion in Frankfurt. England remain unbeaten in this tournament and still lead Group C, but the performance was widely viewed as lacklustre

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» 'André is not even my name': Amadou Onana forced to correct reporter – video

The Belgian midfielder Amadou Onana was left visibly frustrated after a reporter called him 'Andre' in a post-match interview. 'Andre is not even my name, mate. Do you know what I mean?' he said, calmly rebuking the journalist who had been trying to get his attention. André Onana, whom Amadou had been mistaken for, is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United. The video has gone viral online and fans have been marvelling at Onana's seamless switch from French to a clear English accent as he addressed the new reporter.

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» 'We need him': France wish Mbappé a swift recovery after broken nose – video

Kylian Mbappé’s future in Euro 2024 has been put into doubt after he suffered a facial injury during France's opening game against Austria. An aerial head-on-shoulder collision with Austria’s Kevin Danso left Mbappé with his nose bloodied and swollen late in the game. After the match, the France captain's teammates wished him a rapid recovery and admitted 'If we lose him that will make a huge difference for the team'

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» Homeless Euro 2024: tournament organised to 'give people chances' – video

Underprivileged people from eight nations have gathered in Germany to compete at the Homeless Euro 2024 tournament, which is running parallel to the main championship. The tournament intends to share the joys of football with those who have suffered on the street. Teams from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Sweden paraded into Hamburg's fan zone at the start of the week-long event organised by local charity Anstoss (Kickoff) and was funded by donations. Unlike the main Euro 2024, the alternative version kicked-off in front of a smattering of people at a small pitch inside the fan zone. Four-person teams of both men and women played games of seven-minute halves

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» Australian coach Joe Montemurro takes reins at women’s football giants Lyon
  • Former Arsenal and Juventus manager signs two-year deal
  • Montemurro will link up with Matildas star Ellie Carpenter

Joe Montemurro, the Australian who guided Arsenal and Juventus to national titles in England and Italy, will hope to repeat the trick at French giants Lyon after being named manager of Europe’s most successful women’s club.

The eight-times European champions Olympique Lyonnais Féminin named the 54-year-old Melburnian as their new boss on a two-year deal on Wednesday – the first time a non-French coach has taken the reins of the powerhouse in the club’s 20-year history.

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» From Endrick to Adams: 10 players ready to shine at Copa América

With the tournament kicking off this week, we look at the players who will be decisive in the US this summer

One of the beautiful things about soccer in the Americas is the mix of players who suit up at the international level. Peru will once again trust 40-year-old Paolo Guerrero at a Copa América, Chile will turn to 41-year-old goalkeeper Claudio Bravo while future stars like 17-year-old Kendry Páez of Ecuador and 19-year-old Valentín Carboni of Argentina will play in their major international tournament.

Between the extremes, there are plenty of players in their primes who will dazzle. We trust you’re familiar with Lionel Messi, Vinícius Júnior and Luis Díaz, so here are 10 players who should star – if not shine as brightly as the Ballon d’Or contenders – in the US this summer.

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» US-based soccer fans: what team are you rooting for at this year’s Copa América?

We’d like to hear from soccer supporters based in the US about which team they want to win the Copa América

Copa América 2024 begins on 20 June and this year the soccer tournament – featuring men’s national teams from South America, North and Central America and the Caribbean – is being hosted in the US.

The host team in any sport typically enjoys a home field advantage with thousands of extra fans. However, in games hosted in the US against Mexico and South and Central American teams, the US men’s national team has consistently struggled to achieve a pro-US crowd.

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» ‘Stop sending me money’: Singapore keeper deluged after saves help China
  • Hassan Sunny denied Thailand to aid China in World Cup
  • Sunny’s food stall receives business in person and online

The Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny has urged Chinese football fans to stop sending him money after his saves in a 3-1 defeat by Thailand helped China reach the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

The 40-year-old made 11 saves on Tuesday as Thailand fell agonisingly short of a spot in the draw for the next round on 27 June, despite their 3-1 victory. Thailand needed to win by three clear goals, or to score at least four with a two-goal victory margin, to climb above the Chinese in the standings. Hassan went viral on Chinese social media and the payment QR code of the food stall he runs with his wife was circulated online, with Chinese fans using it to send money.

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» Borussia Dortmund name Nuri Sahin as head coach as Hummels confirms exit
  • Former Dortmund midfielder replaces Edin Terzic
  • Hummels to leave following 13-year association with club

Borussia Dortmund have named Nuri Sahin as the club’s new head coach following the resignation of Edin Terzic from the post on Thursday.

Having led Dortmund to last month’s Champions League final, where they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid, Terzic declared it was time for the club to start a “new era” and that will commence under the guidance of Sahin. The German-born former Turkey midfielder played 274 matches for Dortmund and won the Bundesliga title there under Jürgen Klopp. The 35-year-old also had a brief loan spell at Liverpool a little more than a decade ago, as well as representing Real, Feyenoord, Werder Bremen and Antalyaspor.

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» Fifa to leave ‘best possible’ Paris offices after staff departures and tax setback
  • Fifa moving to smaller premises after three years
  • Staff numbers have dropped by more than half from 35

Fifa is set to leave offices at the ­prestigious Hôtel de la Marine in Paris after only three years and ­relocate its bureau to smaller premises in the French capital after staff ­numbers dropped by more than half, the Guardian understands.

The Hôtel de la Marine bureau, opened in 2021 by president ­Emmanuel Macron, is one of 12 ­established by world football’s ­governing body as part of what Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, has described as “our ambition to make football truly global”.

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» Sam Kerr gives Chelsea big boost by signing two-year contract extension
  • Australia forward’s deal was running out this summer
  • Staying at Chelsea means a lot to me, says 30-year-old

Sam Kerr has signed a contract extension at Chelsea with the new deal keeping her at the club until 2026. The Australia forward’s contract was running out this summer and there had been speculation that she would leave west London after four-and-a-half years.

The news will be a significant boost to the new manager, Sonia Bompastor, who is replacing Emma Hayes this summer. There had been fears that there would be an exodus of players after the departure of the popular Hayes, who has taken over as USA national team coach, but the only players who have left are Fran Kirby, Maren Mjelde and Ann-Katrin Berger.

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» Madrid gonna Madrid and the mighty Williamses: La Liga review and awards

It’s The Sids … featuring the revelation that was Girona, a big year in Bilbao and the Beatles besting the Stones

In the end the calendar was cruel, serving up a metaphor for the season, for football and for life. Like something out of a sitcom, someone had double booked a celebration and a funeral. Same time, same place: mid-May, a Saturday evening at Los Carmenes. Newly confirmed league champions Real Madrid had come to play Granada, who had just watched on television in the hotel as the relegation they long knew was coming finally got sealed, players sitting in tears en route to the ground, where it was all they could so to stand in formation, applaud their opponents on to the field and then lose again.

As for Madrid, they came, played, won and got out quietly, the party postponed. The Federation had suggested giving them the trophy that evening, but they said no. Instead, it was silently handed over behind closed doors the following morning, then taken on a bus down the Castellana to the statue of Cibeles, goddess of fertility and meeting point of Madridisimo. Carlo Ancelotti wore the shades, smoked the cigar, danced with Eduardo Camavinga, sang a while, and then got back to work ensuring they would be back again a fortnight later.

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» Imperious Inter show Mourinho and Allegri the door: Serie A season review | Nicky Bandini

Simone Inzaghi’s side won the league in the most satisfying way while their rivals imploded and managers exploded

The Serie A season ended on Sunday with a showdown between two European finalists. Atalanta’s game against Fiorentina had originally been scheduled for 17 March but was postponed after the Viola’s chief executive, Joe Barone, suffered a cardiac arrest at the team hotel. He was taken to hospital and placed on life support but died two days later.

His passing was felt deeply by a club who lost a captain, Davide Astori, under similar circumstances six years before. Yet the football calendar pressed on. Fiorentina reached the final of the Europa Conference League and the semi-final of the Coppa Italia. Atalanta won the Europa League, after losing to Juventus in the domestic cup final.

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» England look terrified and they have no functioning midfield | Barney Ronay

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Declan Rice had no chemistry in this formation. Was it ever likely to work, simply slotting in a talented passer?

In the search for positives from an afternoon of ghost football in Frankfurt, you did at least have to give England one thing. This team has so far shown complete electoral neutrality in Germany. England are both laboured and conservative. Is there time to fix it?

Two things about this England team leap out at this stage. Frankly, they look like atomised, shot, terrified. And second, the most obvious problem England have had is a complete lack of centre ground. This is a tournament semi-favourite without a functioning midfield. It is something Gareth Southgate took into this tournament, tinkered with, worried away at, and which he has not been able to fix.

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» England hit new low with dire performance too bad to be boring | Jonathan Liew

Such was the amusing ineptitude on show, it felt like watching a Woolworths 1990s football bloopers video

So you probably already watched that, which means that if you’re still reading this you’re either a masochist, a sadist or a Scot. Is it really worth kicking this twitching corpse any further? Of course it is. We may have lost two hours of our lives, but in return we have gained five days of rich, delicious discourse. England: proudly taking with one hand and giving with the other since autumn 1966. Fingers on temples. Let the bloodletting begin.

And what was most immediately arresting about this performance was that it tasted a little different to the usual tournament gruel. Normally when England draw against a smaller nation in the group stage – think the United States in 2022, Scotland in 2021, Russia in 2016 – they are more guilty of being boring than bad, lacking in inspiration and invention rather than possessed of any particular malignance.

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» Italy thankful to avoid a hammering from Spain’s deftly modern superstars | Jonathan Wilson

It quickly became apparent for the holders that this was about survival – but at least they kept the score down

Scorelines can be great deceivers. At half-time it was 0-0 but that made little sense. It didn’t make much sense it was only 1-0 at full time. There was one side playing deft, modern football and there was one clinging on. Because that side was Italy, and because of their history and reputation, the thought lingered that perhaps they could somehow see it through. They could not.

These meetings have become something of a Euros tradition. Spain beat Italy on penalties in the quarter-final in 2008, a game that, given their complex about the Italians, was seen as a pivotal psychological moment in Spain’s ascent to winning three tournaments in a row, and since then the nations have met at least once in every Euros. They drew in the group then Spain won 4-0 in the final in 2012, Italy won 2-0 on the day England lost to Iceland in Euro 2016, and then Italy put Spain out on penalties in the semi-final three years ago. Which perhaps justifies the Spanish paranoia about the Italian capacity to defy logic and find a way: Italy had won only one of their previous 11 meetings and yet had somehow eliminated them in each of the past two Euros.

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» Euro 2024 Daily | Can 11 Englishmen be on the same pitch without looking confused?

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The debate that used to dominate the hot England narrative was always about whether midfield tyros Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard could work together in the centre of the park. The answer was generally “no” but it still got England to the quarter finals in most tournaments. Thankfully – a difficult word to say, just ask Stephen Warnock – things have moved on and the big question is: can 11 Englishman be on the same pitch without looking completely disjointed and confused?

“Maybe I needed to give them more rest. Probably more days off because we gave them a day and a half [off] and thought that was the right decision after looking at the GPS data, but there was too much of a gulf. We were constantly stretched and never able to squeeze the gaps” – Italy boss Luciano Spalletti blames himself for overworking his players before the 1-0 defeat by Spain and gets us wondering just how far he had them running if they were being measured by a global positioning tracker.

Despite England’s latest pitiful performance, it’s good to see that Big Website’s Countdown winning (on eight consecutive occasions, no less) football writer Jonathan Liew managed to entertain himself by writing a paragraph of his match report without using the letter ‘a’. As it happens, at the same time, I was also so bored out of my mind that I also tried writing about England but without using the letter ‘c’, although sadly I couldn’t get beyond the first line” – Noble Francis.

Watching Slovenia I noticed they have mountains on the shirts as they are quite an alpine nation. Not enough geographical features on shirts in my humble opinion. Maybe England could follow and put rivers full of [beep – Euro 2024 Bad Words Daily Ed) on their shirts?” – Antony Train.

Are you sure Ossie Ardiles (Thursday’s Quote of the Day) wasn’t confused and was actually at, well, any game England has played of late” – Paul Arnold.

Does Gary Neville going to Berlin to act as a pundit for the Euros qualify as one of his mini-retirements?” – Martyn Shapter.

The only thing better than the Swiss fan getting hit in the mush during the Scotland game [Thursday’s letters] is the same clip, with the ‘boing’ bit of the Grandstand theme added” – Jim Hearson.

This is an extract from our daily Euros football email … Euro 2024 Daily. To get the full version, just visit this page and follow the instructions.

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» The Knowledge | The curious case of the seven-match goals trend at Euro 2024

Plus: free-agents winning the Euros; capped parents and offspring; and England’s record of opening the scoring

“As of Monday morning, with seven games completed in Euro 2024, no game has had more goals than any of the earlier games. Is this the longest such run at the start of a major international tournament?” asks Artie Prendergast-Smith.

As of Monday afternoon that run ended at seven matches when Romania put three unanswered goals past Ukraine. But we still thought seven matches wouldn’t be hard to beat. We were wrong. We underestimated what a quirky run of results Euro 2024 has delivered.

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» David Squires on … the major stories from the opening weekend of Euro 2024

Our cartoonist rounds up the key talking points from the early stages of the European Championship in Germany

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» Moving the Goalposts | What we learned from the Women’s Under-17 Euros in Sweden

Spain’s talent has been brewing for some time, with the emergence of great players starting more than a decade ago

When Celia Segura scores her second goal of the final, she runs to the bench to pick up a cuddly toy, which she puts on her head and smiles as the team rejoices around her. It’s for her teammate Silvia Cristóbal, who got injured in the semi-final of the tournament. To cheer her up Segura promised to celebrate her goal with the octopus, Cristóbal’s favourite animal.

Eight nations arrived in a sunny Malmö and Lund in Sweden to play the European Women’s Under-17 Championship, with three spots at the Under-17 World Cup in the Dominican Republic up for grabs. The tournament, featuring a group stage, semi-finals and final, plays a crucial role in providing international experience. Star players such as Aitana Bonmatí and Leah Williamson honed their skills in this competition, and young talent like Lena Oberdorf and Vicky López, individually recognised with the player of the tournament award, have gone on to excel at the senior level.

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» Barcelona reign and retain Champions League title – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers and Suzanne Wrack are joined by Sophie Downey and Ceylon Andi Hickman to review Barcelona’s 2-0 over Lyon in Bilbao

In today’s episode, the panel discuss the impact of Jonatan Giráldez as the Barça manager bows out on a high, beating Lyon in a fantastic display in Spain at the weekend and Ceylon Andi Hickman talks about how it felt to clinch promotion with her Dulwich Hamlet side last week.

Despite the club season only just ending, the panel look ahead to the Lionesses’ European qualifiers against France and the Republic of Ireland ahead of next summer’s tournament. And finally, away from European football, it is the start of a new era as Emma Hayes takes charge of the USA for the first time against the Korea Republic. The panel try and foresee how she will get on.

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» Nice try Dortmund, but Real Madrid are kings of Europe again – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson, Archie Rhind-Tutt and Jonathan Fadugba for the final pod of the domestic season

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

On the podcast today; Real Madrid are outplayed for large parts of the game as Borussia Dortmund miss chance after chance in the first half but none of that matters does it? Because Real Madrid always win.

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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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» Fans left sidelined and with nowhere to go thanks to Uefa’s bumbling genius | Jonathan Liew

Transport system failed to cope and supporters were left walking in the rain to get to England’s game against Serbia

The No 107 tram pulls up next to a racecourse just outside Gelsenkirchen and judders to a halt. We wait. And wait a little more. Five minutes become 10, and then 15. Songs and idle chat gradually turn to sighs and anxious hubbub. One England fan thinks this tram might be getting diverted back to Essen. Another thinks it might be going straight to the stadium. In fact, its final destination is Gelsenkirchen railway station, where – as one of the few passengers with working phone signal confirms – the crowds are “utter carnage”.

Which is also a pretty decent description of the tableau unfolding outside the windows. Here thousands of England fans in various states of distress and confusion, some in shirts and some not, are swarming in all directions across the pasture: some staggering, some running, some trying to clamber over the metal crash barriers in an attempt to reach the tram, some succeeding and some failing comically.

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» Have England ever really had an all-rounder like the brilliant Bellingham? | Barney Ronay

The Real Madrid star is a marauding matador, a player whose creative will lifted his teammates in Gelsenkirchen

With 28 minutes gone in Gelsenkirchen, Declan Rice headed a bouncing ball in the direction of Jude Bellingham, who waited and then did something extraordinary, arching his back and roundhouse‑pinging it across the pitch into the centre‑backs, with a sense in that moment of complete mastery of his craft, the day, this entire high‑stakes pursuit everyone else in here seems so anxious about.

It was the kind of pass you might attempt with a tennis ball against a classroom window, or while doing balloon keep-ups at Christmas; a pass to express the strange physical theatre of being in possession of such an excess of talent, even among the excessively talented.

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» Marvel of Eriksen’s recovery reminds us that glory comes in many forms | Jonathan Wilson

The Dane’s presence at these Euros is less about creative inspiration than an affirmation of the game’s greatest values

It was the third game of the Euros. There was a slow sense of familiarity returning. The night before, Italy had beaten Turkey 3-0 in Rome. Earlier in the afternoon, Wales and Switzerland had drawn 1-1 in Baku. In Copenhagen, Denmark would face Finland. Covid restrictions meant there would be only 13,700 at Parken. But a year after it should have been played, the fact Euro 2020 was going ahead at all was a symbol that, whatever the lingering effects of the virus, something approaching normal life could return.

Finland’s 3,000-strong contingent were giddy on the euphoria of playing in their first tournament; the Denmark fans were, like everybody, glad that football was possible again and that they were hosting a game at a major finals for the first time. The long days of lockdown were in the past.

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» Kevin Campbell obituary

Versatile Arsenal and Everton striker who went on to become a popular football commentator

The footballer Kevin Campbell, who has died aged 54 after a short illness, won a league title, the FA Cup, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup over a four-year period from 1990 until 1994 with Arsenal, the club he had supported, and joined, as a boy.

As a striker he scored eight times in 10 matches during the second half of the Division One championship in 1991, and during the victorious 1993–94 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign he contributed four important goals across the knockout stages, including one in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

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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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