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Archdale 73 Youth »
Claines Lane, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, U15, U14, U12
Blackpole Saints »
Droitwich Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, U13
Blisworth Youth »
Male, U12
Brackley Athletic Girls »
Springfield Way, Brackley, Northamptonshire
Female, U13
Brackley Athletic Youth »
Springfield Way, Brackley, Northamptonshire
Male, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U11
Brackley Town Juniors »
Churchill Way, Brackley, Northamptonshire
Male, U17, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Brackley Town Youth »
Churchill Way, Brackley, Northamptonshire
Male, U18
Brixworth Juniors Youth »
Male, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11
Broadway United Youth »
Childswickham Road, Broadway, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U12, U10, U9
Corby Kingswood Juniors Girls »
Female, U16, U14, U12, U11
Corby United Mini Soccer »
Male, Female, U9, U8, U7
Daventry Drayton Grange Girls »
Female, U16, U15
Daventry Drayton Grange Mini Soccer »
Male, Female, U9, U8, U7
Daventry Town »
Communications Park, Browns Road, Daventry
Male, U18
Evesham United Juniors »
Four Pools Road, Evesham, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U18, U16, U15, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Golden Valley Juniors »
Male, Female, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10
Hereford Lads Club Youth »
Widemarsh Common, Hereford, Herefordshire
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U12, U11, U10, U9
Hereford United Fc »
Edgar Street Athletic Ground, Edgar Street, Hereford
Male, U18
Hereford United Football In The Community »
Tillington Road, Burghill, Hereford
Male, U14
Kettering Generals Youth Girls »
North Park Playing Fields, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Female, U15
Kettering Grange United Youth »
Male, U16, U15, U14
Kettering Ise Lodge Mini Soccer »
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
Kettering Ise Lodge Youth »
Male, U18, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Kettering Town Girls »
Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Kettering Town Girls Mini Soccer »
Weekly Glebe Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10
Kettering Weekley Rovers Mini Soccer »
North Park Playing Fields, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
Kettering Weekley Rovers Youth »
Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Male, U16, U15, U12, U11
Kidderminster Harriers Girls Centre Of Excellence »
Court Road, Malvern, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U16, U14, U12, U10
Kington Girls »
Park View, Kington, Herefordshire
Male, Female, U12, U10
Kington Town Youth »
Mill Street, Kington, Herefordshire
Male, Female, U18, U15, U13, U12, U10, U9
Kislingbury Mini Soccer »
Beech Lane, Kislingbury
Male, Female, U9
Littleton Juniors »
South Littleton, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U11, U9, U8
Mawsley Mini Soccer »
Weekley Glebe Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U8, U7
Northampton Black Hawks Youth »
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Male, U12
Northampton Black Panthers Youth »
Kingsthorpe Park, Kingsthorpe, Northampton
Male, U14
Northampton Delapre Dragons Youth »
Delapre Primary School, Delapre, Northampton
Male, U12, U11
Northampton Eastern Eagles Youth »
Lings, Northampton, Northamptonshire
Male, U16, U11
Northampton Falcons Mini Soccer »
Harlestone Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U9
Northampton Kingsthorpe Jets Y.F.C. »
Harborough Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire
Male, U14, U12, U11
Northampton Wooldale Youth »
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11
Oldbury Park Tigers »
Oldbury Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8
Perdiswell & Worcester Girls »
Bilford Road, Perdiswell, Worcester
Female, U13
Raunds Town Youth »
Male, U18, U16, U14, U11
Rushden & Diamonds Fc »
Nene Park, Diamond Way, Irthlingborough
Male, Female, U18, U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Rushden And Higham United Yfc »
Rushden, , Northamptonshire
Male, U16
Rushwick Youth »
Upper Wick Lane, Rushwick, Worcester
Male, U13
South Rushden Junior Mini Soccer »
Wymington Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
St Johns Colts »
Henwick Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9
Towcester Town Mini Soccer »
Islington Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8
Warndon Villages Girls »
Droitwich Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U17, U16, U11, U10
Wellingborough Town 2004 F.C »
London Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Male, U18
Wellingborough Town Mini Soccer »
London Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Male, Female, U10, U9, U8, U7
Wellingborough Vicarage Farm Youth »
The Pyghtle, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Male, U14, U12
Wellingborough Whitworths Youth »
London Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Male, U18, U14, U12, U11
Wollaston Victoria Youth »
London Road, Wollaston, Northamptonshire
Male, U13, U11
Worcester City »
St Georges Lane, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, U18
Worcester City Girls »
Male, U15
Worcester City Wanderers Girls »
Droitwich Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Female, U14
Worcester City Wanderers Youth »
Male, U12
Worcester City Youth Development »
Bilford Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12
Worcester College Of Technology Ladies »
Female, U19
Worcester College Of Technology Mens »
Henwick Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, U19
Worcester Colts »
Droitwich Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U18, U11, U10, U9, U8
Worcester Hawks »
Off Ash Avenue, Brickfields, Worcester
Male, U13
Worcester Raiders »
Droitwich Road, Worcester, Worcestershire
Male, Female, U15, U12, U11, U10
Worcester Tigers »
Male, U18
Worcester Youth Afc »
Brockhill Lane, Norton, Worcester
Male, Female, U15, U14, U13, U10, U8
Worcestershire Fa Player Development Centre »
Station Road, Pershore, Worcestershire
Male, U15, U13, U12, U11

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» Liverpool’s Joël Matip set to be ruled out for months with knee ligament injury
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» Rice’s injury-time header gives Arsenal win over Luton in seven-goal thriller

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It marks the third straight year that Football Weekly has taken the prize, voted for by almost 500,000 football supporters. Barry Glendenning, a regular panellist on the podcast, and producer Joel Grove collected the award at Monday’s ceremony, which was hosted by Victoria Derbyshire at Nobu in central London.

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Having stayed up until the wee small hours to watch Spurs away to City live, I was thrilled and astounded by their intestinal fortitude in forcing a draw with City, playing with five automatic first-choice selections missing. One could describe it as a Spurs second XI. Ange Postecoglou has, in an incredibly short time, transformed the turgid, defensive yet fragile low-block play of the past several seasons, into a side that dares and is a great pleasure to watch, win lose or draw. As an ex-Brit now a proud flamin’ Aussie, go Ange, go Spurs and no more, ‘Lads, it’s Spurs’” – Richard Fernandez (and no other fate-tempting Tottenham fans).

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» Rice embraces mayhem to douse fire of Barkley and raucous Luton crowd | Nick Ames

Luton pushed the league leaders Arsenal to their limits, but this was the sort of white-knuckle victory that wins titles

Perhaps this topsy-turvy old venue, where the more sanitised precepts of the Premier League football experience simply do not apply, was always going to be the place where Arsenal surrendered themselves to the rollercoaster. Stability and control have been two of the buzzwords around a run that has traded some dazzle for durability; here, performing in a snapping chill to a snarling audience, they wheeled away with the kind of white-knuckle victory that wins titles.

Declan Rice was purchased to add precisely the composure Arsenal had lacked during their doomed title chase last spring. This time he brought the chaos, lighting the touchpaper with the final action of added time for a prolonged blur of limbs, wild‑eyed faces and tracksuited figures hurtling ecstatically down the touchline. With the victory confirmed, David Raya – at fault for Luton’s second and third goals, and seemingly destined to be the night’s villain – embraced his teammate with added meaning.

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» David Squires on … hot yoga and pure rage as Manchester City draw with Spurs

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» Bronze rages against dying of light with James the rising star | Louise Taylor

Lucy Bronze covered whole pitch but was lucky not to give away a penalty against Scotland as Lauren James scored twice

On a bitter Glasgow night when the thermometer dipped to -3C and freezing fog threatened to roll in from the Clyde, high summer in France seemed a parallel universe.

It also appeared a magnet, drawing Lauren James, Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead and co to ever greater heights as they strove to secure a chance of being in the hat for matches not merely in Paris but Marseille, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, Saint-Étienne and Nice at next year’s Olympics.

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» Team GB’s Olympic hopes hang in balance – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers, Suzanne Wrack, Marva Kreel and Tom Middler wrap up all the Nations League action and check in on events across the continent

On today’s pod: Don’t write Team GB off … just yet!

A come-from-behind win at Wembley for England against the Netherlands has kept Team GB’s Olympic dream alive.

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» West Ham offer £25,000 reward after burglars raid Kurt Zouma’s house
  • Defender and young family were in house during break-in
  • Zouma missed clash with Crystal Palace for “personal reasons”

West Ham have offered a £25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of burglars who raided Kurt Zouma’s home on the eve of Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace.

Zouma and his young family were in the house during the break-in, and he missed the following day’s match against Palace, with his club saying at the time that he was absent for “personal reasons”.

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» Premier League agrees new £6.7bn TV rights deal with Sky and TNT Sports
  • Number of live games set to grow substantially as part of deal
  • Match of the Day to continue after BBC buys highlights rights

The Premier League has agreed a new deal with Sky and TNT Sports in which the competition will receive £6.7bn over four years for its UK television rights.

In a swift resolution to what had been a highly anticipated process, the Premier League has renewed terms with its trusted broadcast partners. The deal, which runs from the 2025-26 season, will effectively keep its revenues stable although the number of live games is set to grow substantially.

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» Championship: Sunderland sack Tony Mowbray, Swansea dismiss Michael Duff
  • Mowbray loses job after Black Cats drop out of playoff places
  • Duff lasted just six months in role after joining from Barnsley

Sunderland have sacked their head coach, Tony Mowbray, after 15 months in charge. His departure comes two days after his side’s 1-1 draw at Millwall, which extended their poor recent run to one win from their past five games.

The Championship side, who have also parted company with Mowbray’s assistant, Mark Venus, confirmed that Mike Dodds will take over pending the appointment of a new head coach, starting with Saturday’s match with West Brom at the Stadium of Light.

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» ‘I don’t look at those things’: Arteta focused on Arsenal as City drop points
  • Guardiola had refused to make ‘an Arteta comment’ on referee
  • Arteta does not want Aaron Ramsdale to leave in January

Mikel Arteta insists he is not interested in what happens at title rivals Manchester City – either on or off the pitch.

Arsenal sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League before travelling to 17th‑placed Luton on Tuesday. Liverpool are their nearest challengers as City were held to a draw for the third league game in a row, with Tottenham taking a share of the spoils at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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» Manchester City charged by FA over failure to control players against Spurs
  • Referee’s controversial late call led to furious City reaction
  • Erling Haaland not subject to personal charges over behaviour

Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association following the furious confrontation with the referee, Simon Hooper, that blighted the end of an otherwise thrilling 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Premier League champions have been charged with failing to control their players after a set-to followed Hooper’s decision not to allow City a possibly important advantage in the final minutes of play. Erling Haaland, who led the complaints and was seen screaming at Hooper at close range, will not be subject to personal charges for his behaviour, nor for a tweet sent immediately after the match.

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» Women’s football must be wary of following men’s game into financial cesspit | Jonathan Liew

New breakaway competition is expected to attract massive investment but comes with familiar risks of vulture capitalism

One of the things I find most amusing about women’s football in England is the absolute level of fume and bristle that arises whenever a contentious refereeing decision occurs. “We need VAR now,” goes the seething howl. To which the only possible response is: maybe be careful what you wish for? And if you set aside the obvious corollary that perhaps people just like being furious, this is a situation that encapsulates the women’s game in this country quite well at the moment. Proud to be different from men’s football. But also, insulted and a bit outraged.

This is perhaps the central tension in a sport trapped between two competing, almost paradoxical forces: the urge to be a distinctive counterpoint and an alternative space to men’s football, with all its greed and toxicity and rapacious disaster capitalism, and the urge to emulate its growth and wealth, to thrive and prosper. Right now, those two forces are colliding in strange and unpredictable ways.

Do you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our letters section, please click here.

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» Alexander-Arnold masterclass shows hybrid players hold key to success | Will Unwin

The role of multi-position players is evolving rapidly as Premier League managers strive for innovative ways to gain an edge

Multi-position players have come a long way since Paul Warhurst was happy to fill in wherever required or Dion Dublin gave centre-back a go in the latter stages of his career. The modern game possesses a new breed who can adapt within a game, moving roles in tune with their intuition and where they think they can make the biggest impact.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was positioned at right-back on the pre‑match graphic against Fulham on Sunday, although that did not represent his afternoon’s work. As an inverted full-back he would appear in central midfield, looking to create an overload, or he slotted between the centre-backs with the aim of getting on the ball and using his passing range to change the dynamic of an attack.

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» Goals galore on a thrilling weekend in the Premier League – Football Weekly

Robyn Cowen is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Lucy Ward, and Barney Ronay to discuss all the weekend’s Premier League action

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: Robyn Cowen sits in for Max Rushden as the panel reviews all the weekend’s Premier League action including Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 draw between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Is Barney Ronay the latest Ange Postecoglou convert?

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» What now for women’s football after government backs Carney’s review? | Suzanne Wrack

If WSL and Championship clubs can agree to split revenue and support the FA-established NewCo then meaningful progress can be made

The government’s decision to accept all the recommendations made in the bold Karen Carney‑led review of women’s football should be welcomed. Coming six days after Women’s Super League and Championship clubs agreed to proceed with an independent new company (NewCo) being launched to take over the running of the top two divisions from next season, the response comes at a critical juncture.

The government acceptance of the review serves as a reminder of what a holistic approach to the development of the women’s game should include at a time when vested interests, particularly of clubs with Premier League men’s teams, risk arising. Central to the disagreement which delayed Championship clubs from fully supporting the proposed launch of NewCo initially, with some opposing it and others only conditionally supporting it, had been over the voting power of those clubs.

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» Premier League weekend awards: Alexander-Arnold makes it a three-way title race

From Marcus Rashford moping to the Fighting Sean Dyches, we hand out honors (and dishonors) from the Premier League weekend

No round of the Premier League is complete without drama. And thankfully (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), this weekend was filled with questions, controversies and an avalanche of goals.

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» Ageless goal king Cristhian Stuani cements his status as Prince of Girona | Sid Lowe

The most important player in Girona’s history moved more mountains to fire up their irresistible charge in the title race

Cristhian Stuani said it wasn’t him, an old school No 9 doing what no No 9 ever does, but no one cared, not even the referee. He could have the goal, he had earned it: a hundred times over, every minute of every day, the best days of their lives. All they wanted was the chance to share it with him, to hold him: their captain, their idol, the 37-year-old who had only been on the pitch 13 minutes, handed a rescue mission with his team on the verge of being beaten for only the second time in the most extraordinary season they had ever seen, and who had only gone and scored twice: first in the 82nd minute and now with just two minutes left to take them top. Them: Girona Futbol Club, leaders of La Liga, for goodness sake.

So there they were, everyone in Montilivi going mad, Stuani racing to the corner and everyone else running after him, including their manager, Michel, running down the wing again like it was 2012. What did it matter if the Uruguayan didn’t actually score the second? What did it matter if, far from claiming it the way he’s supposed to, greedily grabbing at everything he can get, he publicly insisted he hadn’t touched it, the ball instead accidentally put away by the other Cristhian, Valencia defender Mosquera? It was his goal really – he was the one in a familiar position, right there right when they needed him – and his goal officially too.

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» 'We are together': Erik ten Hag dismisses reports of disorder within club – video

Erik ten Hag dismissed the idea of disorder at Manchester United amid reports of dressing room unrest that led to the banning of several media outlets. United received severe criticism for an insipid display in the 1-0 loss at St James’ Park. Stories then emerged of the manager having lost the confidence of several players. When pressed, Ten Hag said: 'we are together. You can’t play such great football as we did lately if there is no unity.'

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» Police injured as violence erupts outside Villa Park before Legia Warsaw match – video

Police officers were injured after violence involving Legia Warsaw fans erupted before their game at Aston Villa. Missiles were thrown at police as the visiting fans were held in the coach park near Villa Park, before they were due to enter the stadium for the Conference League game on Thursday. Three officers were injured but the game – which Villa won 2-1 against the Polish side – started on time, although no Legia fans were allowed into the ground before kick-off. About 2,000 away fans had gathered, despite Legia having a restricted allocation of 1,000 following supporters’ behaviour at a previous group game in the Netherlands against Alkmaar. Villa said Legia fans 'engaged in planned and systematic violent acts against West Midlands police officers' about an hour before kick-off.

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» Erik ten Hag refuses to blame André Onana for Manchester United’s draw with Galatasaray – video

Erik ten Hag refused to blame André Onana after his two errors cost Manchester United victory in his side's 3-3 draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League. “He is OK,” Ten Hag said of the goalkeeper. “It is not about an individual. Individual errors in football can make a difference and you take responsibility for it, but it is always about the team." United can still qualify for the last 16 of the competition if they defeat Bayern at home on 12 December and Copenhagen drop points against Galatasaray.

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» Player scores outstanding long-range volley in Welsh seventh-tier game – video

Cwrt Rawlin FC's Harry Short scored a stunning goal in a game against AFC Penrhiwceiber in the Welsh seventh tier, with an amazing volley from near the halfway line. The goal helped Cwrt Rawlin to an impressive 5-2 victory.

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» 'A proper, proper man': Pep Guardiola pays tribute to Terry Venables – video

The Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, paid tribute to the late Terry Venables, who has died aged 80. The two briefly overlapped during Venables’ spell in charge of Barcelona from 1984-1987, while Guardiola was part of the club’s famous La Masia academy. Guardiola called Venables 'a proper, proper man' and said his death was 'a big loss for English football'.

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» Fans delay Argentina top flight match with barrage of fireworks – video

A match in the Argentina top flight between hosts Godoy Cruz and visitors Boca Juniors was delayed for almost two minutes when home supporters set off a barrage of fireworks just before stoppage time. Boca Juniors led 2-1 when the pyrotechnics were set loose, with some missiles landing on the pitch. The visitors didn't seem fazed however, as Boca Juniors went on the clinch the victory after the restart for their second straight win.

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» Calhanoglu 2.0 lives up to his big talk and shatters Mazzarri’s Napoli revival | Nicky Bandini

The Inter No 10, mocked for claiming ‘I’m not far off De Bruyne or Modric’, is starring – and scoring – in a more defensive role

This was supposed to be a tricky week for Inter, going away to the champions Napoli after playing in Portugal on Wednesday night. Having led Serie A for most of this season, they were overtaken on Friday by the same Juventus team that had held them to a draw the previous Sunday. The only path back to the top was to win at a ground where they had done that once in their last 17 league visits.

No problem. Hakan Calhanoglu broke the deadlock before half-time, Nicolò Barella added a second close to the hour mark and Marcus Thuram sealed a 3-0 victory. The night ended with the Frenchman twirling his Inter shirt over his head: an homage to the iconic celebration of his idol Adriano after a Milan derby-winning goal back in December 2005.

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» Luis Enrique has a dilemma at PSG: pick a shot stopper or modern keeper? | Luke Entwistle

The manager wants a goalkeeper who is comfortable in possession but Gianluigi Donnarumma does not fit the bill

By Luke Entwistle for Get French Football News

“Gigio did what I asked of him,” said Luis Enrique in an attempt to defend his goalkeeper. Gianluigi Donnarumma had been sent off in the 10th minute of PSG’s match against Le Havre for a reckless kung-fu kick on Josué Casimir but the manager was keen to deflect from the mistake. “I’m the one who asks the goalkeeper to cover the space. Most of the time it goes well. When it doesn’t, it’s my problem,” he added.

Luis Enrique has had to leap to the defence of his goalkeeper a few times in recent weeks. Errors against Reims and Monaco proved inconsequential, but his parried save into the path of Alexander Isak against Newcastle cost PSG vital points in the Champions League. It is not just the frequency of errors that is a cause for concern, but the diversity of them.

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» Experienced Matildas will look to take more risks, says Tony Gustavsson
  • Coach opts for more familiar line-up in second Canada friendly
  • Focus on improving possession game ahead of Olympic qualifiers

A more-familiar looking Matildas side is prepared to risk conceding goals in today’s second of two friendly matches with Canada if it means nailing down their focus on building up in possession.

Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter and Clare Hunt – who didn’t feature at all in the first game – will line-up in the starting XI today, while Mary Fowler, Kyra Cooney Cross, Alanna Kennedy, Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso will also start. Sam Kerr and Mackenzie Arnold are injured.

Australia play Canada in an international friendly at BC Place in Vancouver at 7pm local Tuesday (2pm AEDT Wednesday)

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» Nantes fan fatally injured in incident before club’s Ligue 1 game against Nice
  • Unnamed fan, 31, sustains fatal wounds near Beaujoire Stadium
  • Nantes head coach Gourvennec speaks of ‘inconceivable’ death

A supporter from Nantes died on Saturday following a fight that took place before the club’s 1-0 win against Nice in the latest outbreak of violence to mar French football this season.

Nantes said in a statement overnight that the fan was “fatally injured” close to the club’s Beaujoire Stadium. According to the L’Equipe newspaper, the fan was a member of the the club’s Brigade Loire group of fans.

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» St Pauli turn tables on Hamburger SV to become derby favourites

Club known for their underdog image and leftwing fanbase go into Friday’s clash with city rivals as 2. Bundesliga pace-setters

When Hamburger SV and St Pauli last met, at the Volksparkstadion in April, their roles were reversed. HSV were favourites for promotion and their opponents were breathing down their necks. St Pauli had been called “HSV-Jäger” (“HSV-hunters”) by the German press, having turned around their form so spectacularly that they had gone from relegation candidates to six points behind their derby rivals in third. A win would have closed the gap to three and HSV, wild-eyed and exhausted, might well have been ensnared.

In the end, though, the hunter became the hunted. Manolis Saliakas, St Pauli’s galloping wing-back, opened the scoring before wheeling away with his hands cupped behind his ears, but HSV rattled in three goals either side of half-time and, though the visitors rallied late on, it ended 4-3. When Jonas David, now on loan at Hansa Rostock, thundered in the equaliser from 25 yards, Tim Walter, the HSV coach, could not contain his relief, leaping on to the pitch along with most of his coaching staff and substitutes. At full-time, wreathed in a thick fog from the flares and smoke bombs in the stands, he and his team jumped to the rat-a-tat of the ultras’ drums and soaked in the adulation of more than 50,000 fans bathed in blue.

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» Success is not guaranteed for the USWNT. Just ask China’s Steel Roses

Before a World Cup final defeat to the US in the 90s, Chinese women’s soccer was a powerhouse. Now, the nation is plotting for greater success in the 2030s

Sporting history is littered with Sliding Doors moments, instances when future fortunes pivot on one swing of a bat, one toss of a ball or one swipe of a boot.

So named for the 1998 movie in which alternate realities of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lead character’s life play out simultaneously, diverging at the point at which she did or didn’t get on a tube train, the most consequential example of a Sliding Doors moment in the history of women’s soccer came on 10 July 1999 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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» Cristiano Ronaldo faces US$1bn lawsuit for promoting Binance NFTs

Class-action lawsuit alleges footballer’s promotion of world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange was ‘deceptive and unlawful’

Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a class-action lawsuit seeking at least $US1bn in damages for his role in promoting cryptocurrency-related “non-fungible tokens,” or NFTs, issued by the beleaguered cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida on Monday alleges the footballer’s promotion of Binance was “deceptive and unlawful”.

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» Vancouver coach Vanni Sartini hit with five-match MLS ban for playoff tirade
  • Whitecaps manager suspended for comments over referee
  • Sartini called Tim Ford’s performance ‘disgraceful’ after loss

Vancouver coach Vanni Sartini was suspended by Major League Soccer for the first six games of next season and fined $20,000 for his actions and comments about referee Tim Ford following a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles FC on 5 November that eliminated the Whitecaps from the playoffs.

Sartini called Ford’s performance “disgraceful” and made a joke about being a suspect if Ford were to be found dead. Santini had been given a red card in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, triggering an automatic one-game suspension.

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» Jude Bellingham and Paz fire Real Madrid to thrilling win against Napoli

If this had to be the last time, at least they were going to enjoy it. The final Champions League group game at the home of the club that has won more of them than anyone else was a farewell to the old format and a homage to Real Madrid’s astonishing taste for the epic, dramatic late comebacks delivered as standard. It was a hugely entertaining one too, Jude Bellingham at the heart of a 4-2 victory against Napoli which was finally secured by an unexpected hero.

Nico Paz, the 19-year-old son of the former Argentina international Pablo Paz, struck a superb shot to put Madrid 3-2 up with five minutes to go and there was still time for Joselu to add a fourth. He turned to the fans, apologised for the chances he had missed before and was instantly absolved. How could it be otherwise? They had had a blast, victory clinching top place and a classic chant going round again: “How could I not love you, if you won the European Cup over and over again?”

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» Shopping for a new smart TV? You’re going to want to read this …

From looking good to sounding great, it’s time we demanded a lot more from our TVs

It’s fair to say that in 2023 we want more from our TVs. Gone are the days when we were happy to point our remotes at an uninspiring box in the corner and flick mindlessly until we found something everyone could settle on (the one where you watch the same episode of Friends for the 387th time). We’re now living in, dare I say it, a golden age, where TV shows are packed with more A-listers than you can shake an Oscar at, and are as great as, if not greater than, many films.

Luckily, we have the tech to back it up – say hello (literally) to Sky Glass, the smarter TV that feels as if it’s from the future.

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» ‘We had a small wooden box’: why a TV can make (or break) your enjoyment of this winter’s sporting events

Sports lover Andrzej Łukowski truly suffered for his teams by watching them on less than perfect TVs over the years. Here he looks back at the bad and the ugly and celebrates the great of today

Little can beat the thrill of settling down on the sofa to watch live sport, although over the years I have had TV sets that have done their absolute best to scupper it.

The first telly I remember from childhood was a sort of corrugated wooden box that my family didn’t even own – it was rented. This might make me sound as if I’m in my 90s, or grew up behind the iron curtain. But no, this was 1980s Birmingham, where my formative memory of both TV and sports was Poland’s 3-0 thrashing by England in the 1986 World Cup, requiring my dad to tell me what was happening because to a five-year-old it wasn’t especially obvious from said small wooden box what was actually going on.

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» From viewing parties to gaming nights: how to be the ultimate host this winter

If you haven’t already heard, cosy season is here. But beware, the gravitational pull of a comfy sofa and a blanket can mean the death knell for social plans – unless, that is, you bring the party to you …

Sure, you can throw a gathering with a selection of the local offie’s finest, some Twiglets and a Spotify playlist; but the year is 2023, and you’re better than that! At home, you’re unlikely to be able to hit the levels of Secret Cinema or the immersive theatre Punchdrunk (though you may have fun trying) but there are still ways to make your party a truly interactive experience.

Rest easy, as the entertainment aspect can all be taken care of by Sky Glass, a smarter than smart TV with all of Sky’s services inbuilt – so there’s no need for a satellite dish or box – and which offers all the major streamers and sports.

Film and TV night

Sports night

Gaming night

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» ‘A gateway to entertainment’: how to choose the right smart TV for your family

From losing ourselves in films to watching history unfold, the TV is a core part of our households. Christine Ochefu explains what to think about when going for an upgrade

If you’re ever looking for a way to experience a moment of leisure when at home, one of the safest, most instant options is to put the TV on. It’s certainly the case for me anyway; in between work or alongside a meal, I’m always looking for a source of entertainment that doesn’t include using my phone like a phantom limb. Catching up on my favourite shows seems a bit more wholesome and slower-paced than scrolling, and there’s something quite soothing about losing oneself in a re-run or watching a film.

Generally, I’d argue that the kettle is TV’s only rival for the spot of most grounding appliance of the modern home. And culturally, television might have won the battle. The TV is surely the most central, standout and immersive appliance in a sea of home life mundanity, and not to mention something most people actually like using (have you ever jumped for joy picking up a vacuum cleaner?).

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» Euro 2024: group-by-group analysis

Both the holders, Italy, and hosts, Germany, are struggling for form while the favourites, France, must negotiate a tricky group

Scotland will feel entitled to scent blood when they kick off the tournament against a Germany side under huge pressure to deliver. The start of Julian Nagelsmann’s tenure has been clouded by friendly defeats against Turkey and Austria; he is presiding over a team in transition and Scotland, a well-oiled machine under Steve Clarke, will feel capable of landing an early blow. It is not a stretch to suggest Hungary, who qualified commandingly, will fancy their chances of competing for top spot. They drew with Germany in Munich at Euro 2020 and only 18 months have passed since they outplayed England at Molineux in the Nations League. Switzerland complete the quartet but will need to garner some momentum. After storming through the early stages of the qualifiers, Murat Yakin’s side stumbled to draws against Belarus, Israel and Kosovo before losing to Romania. Their tournament expertise means, though, that they cannot be discounted.

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» Premier League’s greed may consume it as Manchester City’s date with destiny looms | Barney Ronay

Ominous news that those epic financial charges will be judged, eventually, feels like an existential threat for league and club

Tick-tock. Humans love an extinction event. Entire religious mythologies, entire episodes of Star Trek tend to move this way, toward hubris and nemesis, the notion of end times.

The Mayans had the end of the world pegged at 21 December 2012, which might, in retrospect, have been a decent offer we should have accepted. The entire cultural history of the 1980s is basically Midge Ure walking through the Vienna mist in a leather overcoat surrounded by decaying grandeur and laughing Nazi-yuppies, waiting for megadeath to fall from the skies.

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» Newcastle’s prodigy with the brilliant brain: the rapid rise of Lewis Miley | Louise Taylor

Midfielder who ‘doesn’t look 17, doesn’t act 17 and doesn’t play 17’ has stepped into Eddie Howe’s first team with aplomb

Every so often one or two of the most promising teenagers in Newcastle’s academy are invited to train with Eddie Howe’s first-team squad. The experience is partly a reward and partly an introduction to the formidable challenges involved in becoming an elite footballer. Not too many youngsters are invited back on a regular basis.

Lewis Miley is a rare exception. The midfielder was only 16 and a few months out of school when he received the summons from Howe last year.

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» David Squires on … Terry Venables doing it his way

Our cartoonist looks back on the life of the former England manager with the help of a favourite Sinatra song

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» Football Daily | André Onana and the importance of a team over the individual

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In the full edition of yesterday’s Football Daily, the world’s most tea-timely football email flagged up a piece that had just been published on Big Website. A well-crafted paean of praise for André Onana, it detailed how Manchester United’s goalkeeper had finally rediscovered his mojo after an extremely jittery and gaffe-prone start to his career at Old Trafford. In this carefully considered piece, the author made the not entirely ridiculous point that, after keeping clean sheets against Luton and Everton, United have “finally stemmed the flow [of goals] at the back”, in a state of affairs that was due in no small part to “Onana starting to prove his worth”.

So, after the fifth round of Big Cup group games, Manchester United’s chances are up in the air and out of their hands. Just like the ball and André Onana” – Neil Bage.

In my humble opinion, all overhead/scissor kicks (Football Daily letters passim) in a crowded penalty area, should be deemed dangerous play. Bah humbug” – Jack Doyle.

Bob Mortimer’s autobiography (yesterday’s Football Daily) is indeed excellent, but with one major flaw: he doesn’t mention Glenn Hoddle in it. I studied for my law finals with Bob at Manchester Poly and we played in the same faculty football team (Bob was a bustling, skilful, but rather dirty midfielder). I was initially delighted when he nicknamed me ‘Glenn Hoddle’, a sobriquet which stuck and was adopted by my teammates. Given that I was, what might be termed an ‘agricultural centre-half’, I liked to think it was because of my hair, but in truth I suspect it more likely, despite his claim never to have expressed an opinion, that he was doing just that on my footballing ability and taking the p1ss” – John Myles.

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» What are the biggest football fixtures that have never taken place? | The Knowledge

Plus: chains of substitutes, sharers of Spurs’ injury-time pain and the legality of using an opponent’s back as a springboard

“What are the ‘biggest’ (competitive) international and club matches that have never occurred, ie the teams that have never played each other competitively?” asks David Mills.

Pete Tomlin kicks things off for us with the kind of researched answer that could put us out of work. “I have been looking at international matches and used the current Fifa rankings to decide which are the biggest matches that have not occurred, depending on the teams’ current placings,” he begins. “It also depends what you class as competitive – there are tournaments such as the Confederations Cup, Umbro Cup, etc which may be seen as competitive by some but are not officially.

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» WSL title challengers flex their muscles – Women’s Football Weekly

Faye Carruthers is joined by Suzanne Wrack, Sophie Downey and Tim Stillman to round up all the action going into the international break

On today’s pod: it was goals galore as the Women’s Super League’s top five had fun this weekend.

SEVEN says our vidiprinter as Bunny Shaw’s first-half hat-trick set Manchester City rolling at the expense of Spurs.

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» Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Bunny Shaw and Beth Mead make hay while Leicester and Bristol City show promise despite defeats

A 5-2 win made things look comfortable in the end for Chelsea as they extended their unbeaten run in the league. However, Leicester gave the champions plenty to think about. Despite conceding twice in the opening five minutes, the Foxes rallied with a display that exemplified the character and style of play they have been developing since Willie Kirk took charge of the team – aggressive, forward-thinking and strong in one-on-one duels. Leicester’s next step in their development will be keeping up the intensity of their performance for 90 minutes. Chelsea, meanwhile, have Lauren James. The 22-year-old is arguably the most technically gifted footballer in the country, and she put in another display that once again indicated her improving productivity. SD

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» Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Havertz delivers at key time, Chelsea anger Pochettino and practice makes perfect for Luton’s Ogbene

If injustice was Everton’s fuel, they never quite caught fire against Manchester United. Beyond their 10-point penalty, Goodison Park rattled with the sound of further injustice, with just about every refereeing decision barracked. It is not uncommon for fans to believe referees are biased against their club, such complaints are heard at every ground in the world but John Brooks actually ruled – and wrongly, as shown by VAR – in Everton’s favour when booking Anthony Martial for a dive when Ashley Young had committed an injudicious foul. A siege mentality is fair enough considering circumstances and during the first half there were signs it was an effective motivation tool. But becoming distracted by the perceived injustice of Brooks’s decisions only served to drop heads. Sean Dyche has form for deflecting towards officialdom but perhaps concentrating on creating better, clearer chances for his forwards would be a superior means of kicking against the pricks than enabling fans’ persecution complex. John Brewin

Everton 0-3 Manchester United

Tottenham 1-2 Aston Villa

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Newcastle 4-1 Chelsea

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» Mark Bonner’s Cambridge exit reminds us of the strange existence for managers | Max Rushden

After nearly four years in charge, he will be remembered fondly but it does make you consider the oddness of the profession

You may not know who Mark Bonner is. If you do, it’ll probably be in passing, perhaps after Cambridge United beat Newcastle in the FA Cup in January last year, or this week from a one-minute clip on Sky Sports News announcing his sacking as our manager after almost four years in charge. It may not have even registered. It’s just a man’s name and a League One club you haven’t thought about for a while.

So you may have to change the names, players and era in this thank you letter for it to resonate, but all fans spend intense periods of their lives loving, hating, cheering, yelling at a middle-aged man sitting in a tiny shed by the halfway line occasionally writing notes on a scrap of paper – before suddenly having to move on to the next one without time to process their impact.

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» Peru, Pelé and Grimsby: Henry Kissinger and his curious football links

Former US secretary of state visited Peru dressing room before eyebrow-raising 1978 defeat and claimed to have devised tactics that were forerunner of catenaccio

It was the final game of the second group phase. Earlier in the day, Brazil had beaten Poland 3-1, which meant Argentina had to beat Peru by four goals to make it to the 1978 World Cup final. Before kick-off, the Peru team were visited in their dressing room by Jorge Videla, the leader of the military junta that had seized power in Argentina in 1976, and Henry Kissinger, who had been the US secretary of state until the previous January. This, Peru’s players felt, was deeply odd.

Kissinger, who died on Wednesday, loved football and often attended games. In 1976, for instance, after flying to Britain to discuss the crisis in Rhodesia, he went to Blundell Park for Grimsby’s win over Gillingham with the foreign secretary, Tony Crosland, a passionate Grimsby fan.

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» Sergio Ramos and his 29 red cards: a retrospective

Back with his boyhood club, the defender has finally seen red for Sevilla nearly 20 years after his debut

Sergio Ramos may have won the Champions League four times, five La Liga titles, the World Cup and two European Championships but once again the defender is in the headlines for the wrong reasons. On Sunday night, the 37-year-old Sevilla defender was sent off against Real Sociedad – the 29th time in his career that he has seen red. Delve into Ramos’s back catalogue here:

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» Meet the AI-created football expert aiming to teach Infantino a lesson

‘Hope Sogni’ is launching a hypothetical Fifa election campaign to represent women and show game could be run differently

In March Gianni Infantino was re-elected unopposed as Fifa’s president to serve until 2027, having taken over from Sepp Blatter in 2016. “Those who love me, you are many, and the few who hate me, I love you all,” he said at Fifa Congress after confirmation he would continue in the role. Eligible to stand again, he could stay in post until 2031.

Frustrations with Fifa and Infantino fester in parts of the world on a variety of issues from inequities and inequalities in football to human rights abuses and the manipulated inevitability of a men’s World Cup in Saudi Arabia in 2034. Yet there is no viable alternative to him, given influence is so heavily concentrated in the hands of the federation’s president.

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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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