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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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‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final

US rapper performs Same Love after a week of controversy in Australia due to his support for marriage equality The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final. The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows previously described Same Love as a song that deals with equal rights, human rights for LGBTI people. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are…

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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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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Shapovalov shocks Nadal to become youngest ever Masters quarter-finalist

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal before a partisan crowd in Montreal to become the youngest ever Masters quarter-finalist Canadian teenager DenisShapovalovupset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night. The 18-year-oldShapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, advanced to a quarterfinal meeting Friday night with Frances Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-3. Shapovalovhas taken major strides this week to reach his goal of cracking the worlds top 100 with wins over Rogerio Dutra Silva and…

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Jordan Spieth rambling his way towards golfs elite club in record time | Scott Murray

The Texan is only 24 and may feel like he has run out of worlds to conquer if he completes the career slam on Sunday by winning the US PGA Championship One of the most gloriously overblown lines in the history of sports broadcasting was delivered in 1984 by the peerless darts commentator Sid Waddell. Contemplating Eric Bristows effortless dominion over his peers, Waddell mused: When Alexander of Macedon was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Bristow is only 27. You have to…

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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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‘I don’t want tension’: Indian boxer beats China rival then offers belt back to heal border rift

Vijender Singh makes gesture of peace to Zulpikar Maimaitiali amid increasingly tense stand-off in Himalayas An Indian boxer won a title fight against a Chinese opponent before offering to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations which are locked in a territorial dispute in the Himalayas. Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on points on Saturday to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and take his opponents WBO Oriental super middleweight belt. After the unanimous verdict in Mumbai, Singh hugged Bollywood star Amitabh…

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Bolts time finally runs out, but he departs as the greatest champion of all

Injury took its toll and perhaps his last 100m was one too many. Tim Adams watches the poignant end for a peerless competitor The roar was not the same. This time around the cacophony of Super Saturday had a sadder, even an angrier note. Five years on from securing his legend at the 2012 Olympics, Usain Bolt had hoped to bow out of the sport he has for so long electrified, with one last trademark burst of unanswerable speed and joy. In the event, his last act as a solo…

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