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The decline of Holland: how Dutch are doomed by total obsession with past | Priya Ramesh

Nostalgia, arrogance and an insular group of Dutch legends turned coaches have stalled the Oranje Machine and left Holland failing to qualify for a second successive competition In Graham Swifts Cruyff and Van Hanegems cohort in the 70s, Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten and Koeman in the 80s, Bergkamps batch in the 90s and the 1983-84-born class of the 00s led by Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. In the wake of they have taken a step. There was always physical football, a lot of running. Now, there is a lot more…

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Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

Iceland sealed their place in Russia with a 2-0 victory over Kosovo, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup finals Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals. Heimir Hallgrimssons team knew a win against Group Is bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Evertons Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time. Sigurdsson also set up…

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Ban Kneeling Pro Athletes, Trump Repeats After Curry Slam

President Donald Trump, a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars — and at least one league and some athletes are giving it back to him. Hours after profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to disinvite National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry from a White House appearance traditional for championship sports teams. His winning team, the Golden State Warriors, said it won’t visit Trump. US President Donald…

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‘Merci!’: Montpellier, France sends misspelled football jerseys to Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont state capital, with one L, will receive professional football jerseys from French Ligue 1 club and give them to high school students The city of Montpelier, Vermont has said Merci to the French city of Montpellier after its mayor and professional football team announced plans to send some misprinted football jerseys its way. Bill Fraser, the city manager in Montpelier, Vermont, said the French football team with just one L instead of two. On Thursday he confirmed that the city in southern France had decided to send the shirts…

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Liverpool deny telling Barcelona Philippe Coutinho could go for 200m

Barcelonas claim that Liverpool made a deadline day attempt to sell Philippe Coutinho for 200m (183m), which the Spanish club rejected, has been dismissed by the Anfield club Liverpool have denied Barcelonas claims that they were prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho on Spains transfer deadline day for 200m (183m). The Catalan club had had three bids swiftly rejected for the Brazil midfielder and Liverpool had repeatedly insisted that he was not for sale but, with the 25-year-old handing in a transfer request and not training with his team-mates, citing a…

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Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Chelsea Liverpool, however, retain an interest in the midfielder Chelsea have kickstarted a frantic scramble for reinforcements in the final week of the summer transfer window by agreeing a fee of around 35m with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Stamford Bridge before the cut-off on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract,…

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Kylian Mbapp set to join PSG on loan with option to buy for 155m

Paris Saint-Germain have reached a deal with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbapp on loan for one season with an option to sign the 18-year-old for 155m Paris Saint-Germain have reached a deal with Monaco to sign Kylian Mbapp on loan for one season with an option to sign the 18-year-old for 155m (143m) plus a series of add-ons that could see the transfer cost a total 190m (175m). PSG have been locked in talks with Monaco and Uefa over the past week to try to reach a deal that would…

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

Liverpools defensive frailties, Wayne Rooneys nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester Uniteds unsung heroes 1) Looking beyond Lukaku is the key The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because Jos Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last…

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Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

Sleeperbot, which has raised about $2M in seed funding from Birchmere VC and Expa, and boasts hundreds of thousands of users, calls itself Slack for sports. Its essentially an app (and website) that lets sports fans have conversations around different subjects theyre passionate about. These discussions happen in channels some of which are created by the company and are general topics like fantasy advice, and some are created by users like an Eagles fan club. And now they are adding another feature that is sure to make it even more…

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Premier League 2017-18 preview No11: Manchester City | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola appears to have addressed last seasons defensive frailties but will they have time to defend if the manager sticks to an attacking philosophy? Guardian writers predicted position 1st (NB: this is not necessarily Jamie Jacksons prediction but the average of our writers tips) Last seasons position 3rd Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker) 15-8 Pep Guardiolas challenge can be crystallised into a simple question: will the manager allow Manchester City to defend this season? to Chelsea (3-1) and following an embarrassing last-16 second leg. His side arrived…

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Gerard Piqu winner lifts Barcelona over Real Madrid in pulsating friendly

Barcelona drew first blood against their rivals ahead of the upcoming season with a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in Miami Barcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami. The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season. Physically we are in good shape, the team is…

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Manchester United end US tour with underwhelming display in loss to Barcelona

Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing 1-0 to Barcelona in what was a pedestrian showing from Jos Mourinhos outfit Manchester United closed their pre-season tour of America on a dissonant note by losing this fifth outing in what was a pedestrian showing from Jos Mourinhos outfit. The manager has serially stressed results do not matter and Uniteds time here is all about fitness and team gelling. Thus he will return home content with the five matches that have certainly kick-started that process….

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

Jos Mourinhos men prevailed on penalties in Santa Clara after Jesse Lingards opener had been cancelled out by Casemiro Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly. Levis Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Reals, and to a lesser extent Uniteds, appeal to Californias large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved…

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Jose Mourinho guarantees David De Gea is staying with Manchester United

Uniteds managers says he is 100% certain De Gea is not leaving for Real Madrid or any other club Jose Mourinho has guaranteed 100% that 5-2 against Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0 against Manchester City. After the Real encounter United move onto Washington DC for their final match against Barcelona on Wednesday before flying back to Manchester. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/23/jose-mourinho-guarantees-david-de-gea-is-staying-with-manchester-united

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