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‘Saban is a narcissist’: why two star college football coaches are at war

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The biggest feud in US sports right now is not between two rival teams or young-and-hungry athletes, but between a pair of head coaches who qualify for AARP membership. If you guessed that we’re about to discuss colle...

Pitch-invading football fans are simply copying players’ on-field histrionics

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The footballing authorities need to widen the scope of discussions in response to recent pitch invasions if they really want to control the unacceptable behaviour of fans (Authorities searching for solutions after pit...

Hybrid of Guardiola and Klopp tactics now dominate European football

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Perhaps what has been most striking about this season from a tactical point of view has been the degree of consensus. Money can skew games and there always remains the possibility of a brilliant player upsetting theor...

Adebayo Akinfenwa: ‘I was told I was too big for football and I’ve played for 22 years’

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“I think I’m technically unemployed, so any managers, hit me up on WhatsApp,” were Adebayo Akinfenwa’s words in a live television pitch-side interview after scoring at Wembley to clinch promotion to League One with AF...

Electronic Arts ditches Fifa for future football games

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Electronic Arts has announced that it will cease making Fifa-branded football games next year. From 2023, the series will continue under a new brand, EA Sports FC. In a press release on the decision, EA stated that li...

Freiburg’s football gods go missing as Champions League dream dissolves

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This should have been the day in which Freiburg made all their dreams come true. Sat in fourth place in the Bundesliga, with rivals RB Leipzig having come off a dreadful week of domestic defeat and European disappoint...

Scottish football writers’ body sorry as ‘next-level’ sexist jokes prompt walk-out

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A body representing football writers in Scotland has apologised after a speaker’s sexist and misogynistic jokes prompted attendees to walk out of its annual awards dinner. The backlash to remarks at Sunday’s Scottish ...

‘Given a chance’: teenage Ukrainian football talents find hope in Poland

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“It’s heaviest of all for the boys,” says Irina as she watches her son, Denys, play one-twos with a new teammate on an artificial surface in Warsaw’s northern suburbs. “His father isn’t here, and his older brother joi...

Zeros and heroes: the best non-league football stories you may have missed

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After 42 games, Dover Athletic sit at the foot of the National League with zero points. They have scored 34 goals but conceded 97 on their way to achieving literally nothing. There will, however, be an asterisk next t...

Everton re-energised while Leeds look limp – Football Weekly

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Max Rushden is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Robyn Cowen and Jonathan Liew after a weekend of Premier League football that saw Leeds’s relegation worries deepen How to listen to...

Dutch football pundit’s sexual abuse story on live TV sparks national outcry

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The Netherlands has been forced again to face questions about attitudes to sexual violence towards women after one of the country’s most famous football pundits appeared to admit live on air to assaulting an unconscio...

Football needs more than a new regulator to save it from itself

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About 15 years ago, I made a little film about a day in the life of a postman. It was an early start. As I helped him sort out his bag, we chatted about football. He was a Chelsea fan. I asked whether he had a season ...

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