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Gunnersaurus and 2,000 Arsenal fans return to Emirates for Europa League clash vs Rapid Vienna

Gunnersaurus made an emotional return to Arsenal as fans were welcomed back to the Emirates on Thursday evening. Arsenal’s official mascot was let go by the club as part of cost-cutting measures in October. However, he was back, along with 2,000 fans for the first time since March for the Gunners’ Europa League clash with […]
TalkSport - 03.12.2020 21:16

Italy to host Nations League finals next year-UEFA

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF THE ALLIANZ STADIUM IN TURIN AND THE SAN SIRO STADIUM IN MILAN, RECENT AND FILE FOOTAGE OF THE FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM, FILE FOOTAGE OF THE BELGIUM, ITALY AND SPAIN NATIONAL TEAMS SHOWS: TURIN, ITALY (FILE - OCTOBER 4, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. EXTERIOR OF ALLIANZ STADIUM - JUVENTUS' HOME GROUND - WITH ROAD LEADING UP TO ENTRANCE FOR TEAM BUSES TURIN, ITALY (FILE - MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 3. JUVENTUS SIGN 4. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM, SIGN FOR "JUVENTUS STORE" ON WALL 5. SIGN ON EXTERIOR OF STADIUM, READING (English): "END OF THE MATCH" TURIN, ITALY (FILE - JUNE 12, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. PUDDLE OF WATER ON PATH NEAR TO THE ALLIANZ STADIUM 7. SIGN ON SIDE OF STADIUM, READING: "ALLIANZ STADIUM" 8. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 9. ALLIANZ STADIUM LOGO ON SIDE OF STADIUM 10. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM 11. CLOSED TURNSTILES AND GATES OUTSIDE THE STADIUM 12. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM MILAN, ITALY (FILE - MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS AL...
Yahoo - 03.12.2020 17:44

Barcelona's interim president admits selling Messi would have been helpful

‘Economically speaking, I would’ve sold Messi in the summer’Neymar says he wants to play with Messi again next seasonBarcelona’s interim president, Carlos Tusquets, feels the club should have cashed in on Lionel Messi during the summer transfer window. Messi was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and sent a recorded delivery (burofax) letter stating his intention to leave. He later said the decision was due to being disillusioned with the direction in which the now former board had taken the club. Continue reading...
Guardian - 03.12.2020 15:01

Premier League agrees £250m package with EFL to help struggling clubs

£50m fund for clubs in League One and League Two £200m loan facility available for Championship interest-freeThe Football League has accepted an enhanced £250m rescue package that will involve League One and League Two clubs being given an immediate £30m grant to help them to survive the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.The deal, approved on Thursday at a Premier League shareholders meeting after months of deadlock and government pressure on the top clubs to do their bit for the wider game, will also provide a further £20m as a “monitored grant” to the bottom two divisions. The Premier League said clubs would be “able to apply for it based on ‘need’, with a joint EFL and Premier League panel to determine club eligibility”. Continue reading...
Guardian - 03.12.2020 13:47

The making of Gabriel: the skinny kid who went from Avaí to Arsenal

When Gabriel signed for his first club as a teenager, he only lasted a week. But he kept fighting and never gave up his dreamBy Josué Seixas for Yellow and Green FootballGabriel Magalhães had to travel nearly 500 miles for the trial that changed his life. He did not have enough money to stay in Florianópolis for more than a couple of days so Avaí FC had to make up their minds quickly. It took just one training session for Gabriel to convince the club he was their new centre-back. However, despite his obvious talent, his first stint with the club lasted a mere week. Gabriel was homesick in the south of Brazil and quickly returned to São Paulo to be with his family.He was 15, cried a lot and had trouble fitting in with his teammates. Yet this was a chance to help his loved ones seal financial security. After speaking to his father, Gabriel called Diogo Fernandes, who still coaches at Avaí, and told him that he would like to return. Diogo agreed. Continue reading...
Guardian - 03.12.2020 12:04

Borussia Dortmund dealt major blow as red-hot striker Erling Haaland ruled out until at least January with hamstring injury

Borussia Dortmund confirmed Erling Haaland has been ruled out of action until at least January after he suffered a torn hamstring. The German giants announced the injury news prior to their 1-1 Champions League draw with Lazio on Wednesday evening. Boss Lucien Favre admitted that he may have made a mistake by not giving Haaland […]
TalkSport - 03.12.2020 12:02

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent career as a sub but couldn’t see Fred needed to come off – Manchester United boss accused of poor management against PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been accused of ‘poor management’ after the Manchester United boss failed to take Fred off at half-time during the 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. It was a tale of two Brazilians at Old Trafford as Red Devils midfielder Fred got sent off and Neymar struck twice for PSG to leave Group […]
TalkSport - 03.12.2020 10:43

Neymar strikes twice as PSG win at Old Trafford

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH ENGLISH TRANSCRIPTIONS AND SCRIPT. FRENCH TRANSLATIONS TO FOLLOW. VIDEO SHOWS: POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCES WITH MANCHESTER UNITED COACH OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER AND PARIS ST GERMAN COACH THOMAS TUCHEL AFTER PSG BEAT MAN UNITED 3-1 IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE / STILLS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 2, 2020) (REUTERS STILLS VIA ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF PARIS ST GERMAIN'S NEYMAR IN ACTION WITH MANCHESTER UNITED'S FRED AND SCOTT McTOMINAY 2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF NEYMAR SCORING THEIR FIRST GOAL OF THE NIGHT MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 2, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020".) 3. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS ST GERMAN COACH, THOMAS TUCHEL, SAYING: "(Translation to follow)." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 2, 2020) (REUTERS STILLS VIA ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF PARIS ST GERMAIN'S, M...
Yahoo - 03.12.2020 01:22

Olivier Giroud scores FOUR as Chelsea win Champions League group with stunning victory over Sevilla

Olivier Giroud scored four goals in a stunning night in Spain as Chelsea thumped Sevilla 4-0 to secure their place as group winners in the Champions League. The Blues had already qualified for the knockout stages ahead of this clash, but sealed their place at the Group E summit in fine style with Giroud running […]
TalkSport - 02.12.2020 22:56

The Fiver | Fans are back! But avoid using toilets during peak times

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!If nothing else, the last few months have proved conclusively that the old adage “football without fans is nothing” is bull, tish, pish, balls, balderdash, piffle, waffle, yap and mummery. True, football without fans is not very good. But imagine what the last nine Covid-infused months would have been like without any football at all. The Fiver can only speak for itself, but we’d either be in prison, a gutter or rehab. Or on the run. Or maybe we’d have used the time spent watching the likes of Leicester v Fulham at 5pm on a weekday to learn a new language, or get round to reading Finnegans Wake, or whatever it is you haven’t done either. Leicester v Fulham is better, though, isn’t it? Continue reading...
Guardian - 02.12.2020 17:21

Jamal Musiala shines for Bayern with flashing feet, touch and tackles

England Under-21 international got his first Champions League start against Atlético Madrid and made a significant impactAn hour had gone at the Wanda Metropolitano when the 17-year-old kid with the Nigerian dad, the German mum and the English upbringing playing for Bayern Munich looked over to the touchline where three men were preparing to come on and pointed at his chest, but his number was not up yet. It would be another 15 minutes before the board showed 42, finally bringing his first Champions League start to an end and, exhausted, Jamal Musiala headed towards the bench where Hansi Flick was waiting with a big smile and a bigger slap on the back.“This was a very nice night,” the Bayern manager said; one in which his team were introduced to a new feeling while everybody else was introduced to a new generation. For the first time in 15 Champions League games Bayern had not won but there was only optimism, Flick declaring himself “very, very happy”. A late Thomas Müller penalty earn...
Guardian - 02.12.2020 12:37

Is James Milner the only footballer with a door named after him? | The Knowledge

Plus: who has the longest career-spanning teammates, club suffixes grouped together in tables and England moustaches“Under a Guardian article about the ‘James Milner Door’ at Liverpool’s new training ground, a comment from Bludred67 stated that no other footballer has a door named after them. Is this bold statement true?” asks John Tait.That depends on whether it has to be official or not, John. “At the Allianz Arena in Munich there is a small door within the larger doors to the tunnel, which red-carded players can use to head back to the changing rooms without the rigmarole of opening the main doors,” begins Pieter van der Riet. “On a tour of the stadium in about 2014 the guide told us that this was nicknamed the ‘Van Bommel’ door, owing to the frequency with which Bayern’s hard man Mark van Bommel used this facility. My friends in Munich had not heard this though, and it was not mentioned by the guide on a subsequent tour, so this may be just that guide’s whimsy.” Continue reading...
Guardian - 02.12.2020 11:00

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Federer, Coric In Best Grand Slam Matches Of 2020

ATPTour.com today kicks off our annual season in review series, beginning with Part 1 of our look at the best Grand Slam matches of the year. This week we'll also look at the biggest upsets and comebacks at the Slams in 2020. Next week, we'll look at the best matches, comebacks and upsets at ATP Tour events. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Tennis fans and players also went through seasons of darkness and light, hope and despair, all within one challenging and unpredictable roller coaster of a year. Though in the tennis world, the period of despair occurred in the spring and early summer, when it was unclear if the season could move forward at all. Tennis’ spring of hope came a few months late, as the US Open and Roland Garros moved forward, giving the world a much needed dive...
ATP - 01.12.2020 02:10

Andy Murray calls for ATP Tour to create domestic abuse policy

Comment follows allegations against Alexander ZverevMurray hopes players will take vaccine for ‘good of the sport’Andy Murray says the Association of Tennis Professionals, which governs men’s tennis, should take domestic abuse cases such as the one which has engulfed Alexander Zverev over the past month “extremely seriously”.The German world No 7 – who lost to the eventual champion Daniil Medevev and the world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP Tour Finals in London last week – denied on an almost daily basis claims by Olya Sharypova that he had abused her during their long relationship. Related: Postponing Australian Open could bring much-needed economic boost to Victoria I know I will perform and win big matches if I can get properly fit and healthy for an extended period of time Related: Team GB coaches see talent emerging but grassroots tennis needs nurturing Continue reading...
Guardian - 24.11.2020 23:30