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Klopp, Tuchel, Rangnick and the Premier League’s Germanification

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As Michael Carrick gallantly stepped aside on Wednesday night, the exit of the old and the arrival of the new was officially signed off. When Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United for the first time against ...

Premier League’s high-end soap opera returns with promise of real title race

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It was another autumn international break, almost exactly five years ago, that ignited Chelsea’s push to their most recent Premier League title. It is a little startling that what seems now like a mundane shift of sha...

David Squires on … the Premier League’s mechanical pencil of Damocles

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It’s been a busy week of managerial comings and goings as our cartoonist takes a look at Villa, Norwich, Newcastle and beyond

Premier League’s sacking season seems to be back in full swing after hiatus

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As Dean Smith would no doubt testify, being a Premier League manager is a precarious business. The now former Aston Villa manager headed into the international break this time last year having racked up five victories...

‘Not good for us’: Bayer Leverkusen CEO on Premier League’s spending power

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The Bayer Leverkusen CEO, Fernando Carro, believes the Bundesliga risks turning into a “development league” for the Premier League if it cannot find a way to bridge the gap between the TV revenue earned by both league...

Eighteen NBA players charged over defrauding league’s health plan of $4m

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Eighteen former NBA players have been arrested on charges alleging they defrauded the league’s health and welfare benefit plan out of about $4m, according to an indictment on Thursday. By late morning, 16 of the defen...

‘It’s going to be tough’: rugby league’s London future looks uncertain

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Rugby league is about to enter a new era, with a reduced broadcast deal with Sky Sports likely to result in restructuring and a reduction in the number of professional clubs. Some will fold and the sport will look dif...

Champions League’s group stage is oddly palatable in a stale world

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There is, perhaps, no better indication of how broken modern football is that the return of the Champions League group stages feels almost like a palate cleanser. With the Swiss system to be introduced in 2024, and pl...

Wheelchair rugby league’s James Simpson: ‘I want them to be inspired’

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To many of those who know him best, James Simpson is an inspiration. A superhero, even. But in his own words: “I’m simply James Simpson the rugby player.” It is a remarkable show of humility from a man who will be one...

World Cup postponement adds to uncertainty over rugby league’s future

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Rugby league is no stranger to finding itself in a state of flux. If anything, few sports are defined by their issues and problems more, but this week, more than ever, uncertainty hangs over the game in Britain like n...

Football Manager reveals plan to add women’s leagues to game

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The maker of Football Manager has announced that it will be adding women’s leagues to the simulation video game. Sports Interactive, which launched the Football Manager series in 2004, said the move would “cost milli...

Men’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

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All the summer’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A deals and club-by-club guides Mon 7 Jun 2021 10.00 EDT Last modi...

Women’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues

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Latest deals and club-by-club guides for the WSL and leagues in Italy, France, Germany and Spain Tue 1 Jun 2021 04.00 EDT

Footballers winning their league’s Golden Boot and suffering relegation

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“Giorgos Giakoumakis has finished as the Eredivisie’s top scorer (by some margin) yet his team, VVV-Venlo, have been relegated,” writes Willem Cleven. “Has any Golden Boot winner suffered such an ignominious fate befo...

Battle for Europe: how the Premier League’s places will be decided

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The top four teams are guaranteed places in the group stage. Manchester City and Manchester United have qualified and two of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester will join them. A win at Aston Villa would guarantee Chels...

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