Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United host Chelsea on opening weekend


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• Manchester City start the defence of their title at West Ham
• Liverpool play opening match of season at home to Norwich

Manchester City will start the defence of their Premier League title at West Ham. The 2019-20 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola’s team an opening match at a venue which has proved to be productive for them since 2017.

City, who have won successive Premier League titles, have picked up three points in east London in the last three seasons – scoring four goals on each occasion.

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Manchester City’s Cas appeal against Uefa FFP referral likely to fail


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• Uefa’s rules do not allow for an appeal against FFP referral
• Clubs are permitted to appeal against only a final decisionManchester City’s appeal to the court of arbitration for sport against the referral of the club to Uefa’s financial fair play disciplinary body looks likely to fail because Uefa’s rules do not allow for an appeal against such a referral.

The Uefa rules governing the club financial control body (CFCB), which administers compliance with FFP, provide for clubs’ right to appeal against “a final decision of the CFCB”. City have not yet had a final decision, the case having at this stage been referred by the investigatory chamber (IC) to the adjudicatory chamber (AC).

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Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?


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Today’s tell-all is ruing another international semi-final defeat

One of several England defenders who failed to impress against the Netherlands last night, Kyle Walker may be disheartened to learn Manchester City are hitching their skirts at Juventus right-back, João Cancelo. Bought from Real Madrid for £26m, Danilo is expected to leave the Etihad this summer and City are reported to have rejected a £13m bid from Inter for the Brazilian. With Juve also believed to be interested in the full-back, a player-plus-cash deal could be in the offing.

One man who had a more enjoyable evening in Guimaraes was Matthijs de Ligt, who has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona but is now being tipped to join Paris Saint-Germain. With Leonardo due to return to his former role as sporting director with the French champions, ESPN say the Brazilian has been in constant contact with Mino Raiola, Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?”

Manchester City lodge appeal with Cas over Uefa’s FFP referral


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• Uefa sent case to adjudication after two-month inquiry
• City have denied allegations and said emails were stolen
Manchester City have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) against the decision at Uefa to refer the club to a disciplinary body for alleged violation of financial fair play procedures.

City’s appeal follows the club’s furious reaction last month after the investigatory chamber of Uefa’s club financial control body (CFCB) referred the club to its adjudicatory chamber, which in effect means City have been accused of providing misleading information.

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‘I’d run through a wall for Gareth’: Delph eager for Nations League glory | Paul MacInnes


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The Manchester City midfielder has barely played since the turn of the year and with other players jaded by a long season is desperate to play a part in making history in Portugal

Fabian Delph is looking back on his fourth year at Manchester City and his role within the squad. “In the second half of the season I never played,” he says. “But every time it’s a home game, I’m there and I’m ranting and raving. I’m speaking to people one to one, effing and jeffing, getting the team going.

“It’s always difficult when you’re not involved, and I go in with the mindset that I’ll probably take a bit of a back seat, just have a quiet word and then I end up like: ‘Come on then lads!’ It’s just in me, it’s how I’ve always been and it probably won’t change.”

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John Stones aims to feed winning addiction with vibrant England


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Manchester City man wants new trophy in Nations League and is likely to partner Harry Maguire against Netherlands

John Stones says winning trophies is “addictive” but the England defender, who has helped Manchester City claim successive Premier League titles, admitted he is desperate to taste success with his country, starting with the Nations League in Portugal this coming week.

If Gareth Southgate’s side beat the Netherlands in Guimarães on Thursday, they will proceed to the final of the two-game tournament in Porto next Sunday. Stones – who was part of a City side that celebrated winning a treble this season, lifting the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Premier League, as well as the Community Shield – has urged England to build on the achievement of reaching last summer’s World Cup semi-finals and hopes to end the week savouring silverware with his teammates at international level.

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Twenty years after: Paul Dickov and Manchester City’s 1999 play-off win | Jamie Jackson


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It seems inconceivable to younger fans but 20 years ago Manchester City were in the third tier for a season and it would have been longer but for an improbable Wembley comeback

Wembley, 30 May 1999: the Division Two play-off final stands at Gillingham 2 Manchester City 1 and as the clock reaches 95 minutes Joe Royle’s side face another season in England’s third tier.

Now, though, the ball drops to Paul Dickov and in front of the No 9 is Vince Bartram, Gillingham’s goalkeeper and also the best man at his wedding. With a sweet strike Bartram is beaten and Dickov sends City fans into ecstasy and himself on a knee-surfing celebration that has become an iconic image in the club’s rise to become England’s dominant team.

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Man City chairman accuses rivals of ‘jealousy’ amid financial fair play accusations – video


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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak has responded angrily to Javier Tebas after the La Liga president accused the club of distorting the transfer market and of damaging the European game due to with their ‘petrol and gas money’.

Last week, Tebas claimed City and Paris Saint-Germain are ‘playthings of a state’ who should be kicked out of European competition for violating Financial Fair Play rules, which both clubs deny. City are owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, and PSG by Qatar Sports Investment, which is linked to the country’s government by Nasser bin Ghanim al-Khelaifi, who is minister without portfolio and president of the French club. The government is headed by the Emir of Qatar. 

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Rivals are jealous of Manchester City, says chairman Khaldoon Mubarak


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• ‘With success there is a certain level of envy’
• Mubarak reacts to claims from La Liga president

Khaldoon Mubarak has responded angrily to Javier Tebas, accusing the La Liga president of “hypocrisy”, with the Manchester City chairman also claiming jealousy among rivals is driving them to try to smear the club.

City have just completed a historic domestic treble yet face several investigations including one by Uefa regarding an alleged breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, which they deny.

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Jordan Henderson: ‘City don’t stop at one trophy … we want more and more’


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The Liverpool captain is determined that a Champions League final win over Spurs would be just the beginning for his side

It is easy to see Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final on Saturday as a shot at redemption, a chance to make up for last year’s final disappointment and to gain tangible reward after a tremendous effort this season, though Jordan Henderson happens to take a longer-term view.

“No matter what the outcome of the final, we still need to push on and make progress next season,” the Liverpool captain says. “Even if we win it, it is still important to us all to win more trophies next season. Don’t get me wrong, this is a big game coming up, a massive opportunity, but whatever happens in Madrid, we’ll keep going and keep improving. This final isn’t all or nothing as far as the team’s progress is concerned. Continue reading “Jordan Henderson: ‘City don’t stop at one trophy … we want more and more’”

‘The best club’: Kompany bids farewell to Man City after open-top bus parade – video


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Manchester City celebrated their historic domestic treble with an open top bus tour through the heart of their home city. Celebrations culminated with an emotional speech from outgoing captain Vincent Kompany, who hailed City as ‘the best club in the world’ before leaving to become player-manager at Belgian team Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City to become Anderlecht’s player-manager

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Premier League 2018-19 review: our predictions versus reality


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We thought Manchester City would pip Liverpool to the title, but we also said Watford would go down

What we said: “Pep Guardiola’s talented side look well placed to become the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009.”

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Unforgettable photos: the best of the 2018-19 Premier League season


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Photo editor Jonny Weeks reviews a tumultuous football season through some of its best, weirdest and most defining images

On an average weekend, The Guardian receives around 12,000 photographs from Premier League matches via its staff, agency and contributor photographers. That’s almost half a million images per season. Some capture extraordinary joy and despair; some bear witness to defining moments in the title race; some owe greatly to the creativity of the men and women behind the lenses; and some, like this first one from August, feature the rare but always amusing sight of a referee nearly getting thwacked by a ball.

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Playing time key for Vincent Kompany in Manchester City contract talks


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• City captain wants to play as much as possible
• ‘I hope he can stay with us,’ says Bernardo Silva

Vincent Kompany wants to know how frequently he can expect to play for Manchester City next season before deciding whether to sign a one-year contract.

It is understood the club are willing to offer fresh terms to the 33-year-old but he wants as much game time as possible as he approaches the end of his career.

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Manchester City set to sign £47m Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes


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• City to offer players in deal to reduce £86m buyout clause
• United also inquired about signing Portugal international
Manchester City are set to beat Manchester United to the signature of the Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Pep Guardiola has been monitoring the Portugal international for a considerable time and City have now lodged a €55m (£47.2m) bid with the team currently third in the Portuguese league.

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Vincent Kompany is City’s man for all seasons, but will he stay for another? | Jamie Jackson


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Manchester City captain’s had already shown how valuable he still is to his manager in the last few weeks even before Monday’s heroic winning goal against Leicester

What a way, potentially, to go – via the sweetest of matchwinning, 30-yard goals. With almost 70 minutes played and Manchester City’s title defence in peril, up stepped Vincent Kompany to fire a rocket past Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel in the penultimate game of their season-long tussle with Liverpool.

If it proves the final significant act of Kompany’s stellar 11 years at the club, this will be a fitting, storybook ending. After a victory that means City can retain the title by beating Brighton on Sunday the 33-year-old denied he would retire. But Kompany did leave his future open by saying “nothing is written in stone”, a sense reinforced by Guardiola. “We are going to take a beer together and decide what is Continue reading “Vincent Kompany is City’s man for all seasons, but will he stay for another? | Jamie Jackson”

Pep Guardiola says Liverpool play with no pressure as City reclaim top spot


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• Manager says Manchester City win makes it easy for rivals
• Guardiola salutes ‘incredible human being’ Vincent KompanyAfter Manchester City placed one hand on the Premier League trophy Pep Guardiola hit back at Liverpool, claiming that City’s title rivals play “without pressure”.

City leapfrogged Liverpool once again in this exhausting championship race, thanks to Vincent Kompany’s 70th-minute thunderbolt which beat Leicester City 1-0, to leave Guardiola’s players with their destiny in their own hands.

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Bernardo Silva catches the eye before Kompany leaves indelible mark


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Portuguese tried to fill gap left by Kevin De Bruyne but Manchester City captain stepped up when all others had failed against Leicester

Blue Moon, Blue Moon!” This breathless contest ended with Vincent Kompany in tears and the champions’ supporters in fine voice. They heralded how their magnificent Manchester City team are favourites to claim a second successive title on the season’s final day.

Bernardo Silva had threatened to make it his show before Kompany’s 70th-minute intervention: a 30-yard piledriver that claimed a memorable victory before Sunday’s trip to Brighton where, if they win, City have a fourth Premier League crown.

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‘I said no shoot, Vinnie’: Pep Guardiola on Kompany’s long-range stunner for Manchester City – video


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Manchester City are one win away from the Premier League title after captain Vincent Kompany scored from 30 yards to give his side a 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

City, who are now top having won 13 straight league games, will once again lift the trophy if they are able to beat Brighton on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola‘s men have 95 points to Liverpool’s 94 and also have a superior goal difference over Jürgen Klopp’s side.

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Manchester City take title lead into last day as Kompany goal beats Leicester


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Perhaps Gary Neville put it best in his commentary duties from the television gantry: “Where do you want your statue, Vincent Kompany?” It was, without question, the goal-of-a-lifetime from the Manchester City captain and the rewards will be considerable if his team can extend their winning 13-game sequence by just one more match. It is simple now: a win at Brighton on Sunday and there will be nothing Liverpool, a point behind in second position, can do about it.

Kompany might not get a statue – not yet, anyway – but another championship winner’s medal will make up for that, one imagines, and if his team can make sure the trophy remains in Manchester there can be no doubt how people will remember the defining moment of the title race.

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