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Cursed Euro 2020 might just give us what we need next year | Barney Ronay

The 1950s idealism behind the European Championship has been replaced by a ludicrously distended tournament but celebration and collectivism could re-emerge at Euro 2021 The lamps are going out. They will be lit again across Europe 15 months from now if current timescales hold. Although what traumas the 12 host cities for Uefas Euros of Everywhere might have endured by then is open to uncomfortable speculation. For now Romes piazzas are empty. Bucharest has declared a state of emergency. Madrid feels like a meteorite has fallen on us. As for…

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US Soccer says it offered women’s team equal pay for matches under its control

US Soccer says it has offered the womens national team pay equal to their male counterparts for matches under its control US Soccer says it has offered the womens national team pay equal to their male counterparts for matches under its control, but maintains the womens union wants bonuses for tournaments such as the World Cup to match those of the men. Since extending this offer, we have made multiple attempts to meet with the WNT to discuss these new options, the US Soccer president, Carlos Cordeiro, wrote in a…

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Manchester City sink Aston Villa to win third successive Carabao Cup

Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, the fourth time in five years they have achieved the feat Manchester City had no time for the romance of Aston Villas Carabao Cup final story. Pep Guardiola and his players deal only in the hard currency of domestic trophies and they extended their grip on it via a performance of near suffocating control. It was important to add the qualification. Goals from Sergio Agero and Rodri had put City in charge and, although Mbwana Samatta halved…

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Jordan Ayew strikes for Crystal Palace to keep Brighton in the mire

Jordan Ayew scored the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace ended their poor run with a 1-0 win at Brighton These are worrying times for Graham Potter. The Brighton manager watched his side suffer the ignominy of a first home defeat in the top flight at the hands of their bitter rivals that leaves them still waiting to record a victory in 2020. Jordan Ayews seventh Premier League goal of the campaign was enough to record victory for Crystal Palace as they gained sweet revenge for losing twice…

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Internazionale perform dramatic comeback to beat Milan in derby

Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring for Inter in an entertaining encounter at the San Siro Internazionale went top of Serie A on Sunday after completing a remarkable second half comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat AC Milan 4-2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebics opener before scoring with a header, as Milan held a deserved 2-0 lead at the break. But a Marcelo Brozovic volley and Matas Vecino strike in the space of two minutes saw Inter draw level at the start of the second half, before Stefan…

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Tottenhams Gazzaniga saves Deeney penalty to earn draw at Watford

Paulo Gazzaniga kept out a Troy Deeney penalty awarded for a handball by Jan Vertonghen with 20 minutes left as Tottenham drew 0-0 at Watford It is possible to read too much into the remarks of managers, but sometimes they give a new perspective on a match, particularly those as uneventful as this one. So it was that in the cheery aspect of Jos Mourinho and the repeatedly pragmatic remarks of Nigel Pearson, you could perhaps better discern who had come out best from this stalemate. Watford are the team…

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Why Manchester United cant see the Woodward for the trees | Barney Ronay

Batter your way through every executive vice-chairman the club can hire and you still come up against disengaged vulture capitalists Its the question on every Manchester United supporters mind right now. Is there any sales tactic, any favour to be called in that may persuade Internazionale to sign Ed Woodward? This is perhaps a bridge too far. But as the transfer window thrums into gear its hard to avoid the feeling January has become the most Manchester United time of the year. Not for the actual signings, because there havent…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Jrgen Klopp gets his game face on for a match Liverpool dare not lose | Andy Hunter

Jrgen Klopp was in no mood for joking as he landed in Salzburg with Liverpools Champions League campaign hanging in the balance The Austrian media who were expecting a bit of light-hearted banter with Jrgen Klopp at the Red Bull Arena were to be disappointed. It was not the time or place. There was confusion over where to sit alongside Jordan Henderson at the pre-match press conference, a TV light on full beam was shone directly into the face of the Liverpool manager, who then had to correct the interpreter…

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Liverpool 11 points clear despite Alisson red as Van Dijk sinks Brighton

Two headers from Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool a 2-1 win over Brighton and put them 11 points clear at the top, despite playing a dozen minutes with 10 men Was this the day Liverpool seized control of the title race? No, that happened when Manchester City were deservedly defeated here last time out. All that can be said for sure after Brighton were beaten at a surprisingly fraught Anfield is this was the day the Premier League champions disappeared from Jrgen Klopps rear-view mirror. A strange affair it was…

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Jose Mourinho and Tottenham: A match made in heaven … or hell?

(CNN)The past 12 hours at Tottenham Hotspur have felt more like a day in the life of a bored teenager playing Football Manager than reality. The Portuguese led United to the Europa League and League Cup to become the first manager in United’s history to win a trophy in his debut season at the club. It feels as though Tottenham is currently balanced precariously and when perhaps a calm, level head is required to steady the ship, the club has instead taken a gamble on a coach who has a…

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I will not change: Liverpools Sadio Man unrepentant about diving

Sadio Man has acknowledged Pep Guardiolas claim that he is a diver means the spotlight will be on him against Manchester City Sadio Man has acknowledged Pep Guardiolas claim that he is a diver means the spotlight will be on him in Liverpools top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City on Sunday but admitted he would dive again if it resulted in a penalty being awarded. The Senegal forward was accused of sometimes diving by the City manager after Liverpools being fixated on his team. Guardiola has since 94th-minute winner against Leicester,…

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Carli Lloyd says she hit ‘rock bottom’ during last World Cup cycle

Carli Lloyd won her second World Cup with the US this summer but its safe to say she did not enjoy the experience as much as her teammates Carli Lloyd was relegated to a role off the bench this time around, and had to play as a forward rather than in her preferred position as an attacking midfielder. Lloyd appeared on ESPNs has been linked to a move to the NFL as a kicker, but she said that her main focus is playing in next years Olympics. The US are…

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Manchester United faces long road back as record revenues overshadowed by failure on the field

(CNN)If success in soccer was measured solely by results in the boardroom rather than on the field of play, then Manchester United would be the team to beat. In fact, by the time United arrives at Old Trafford to face Arsenal on Monday it could already be out of the title race — if it was really in it to start with. Keane is hardly alone in criticizing this United side. Gary Neville, the former United defender, was similarly critical after the loss at West Ham. “I suppose I shouldn’t…

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