David Silva confirms he will leave Manchester City at end of next season


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• Midfielder will depart after 10 years at the club
• ‘City were talking about two more years,’ player saysDavid Silva has laid out his intentions to leave Manchester City at the end of next season. The 33-year-old, who has amassed 395 appearances for the club, says the 2019-20 campaign will be his last in Manchester.

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Transfer roundup: Spurs close in on £55m defender Ndombélé, West Ham ponder Rondón


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• Pochettino moves in on No 1 summer target
• West Ham will sign Rondón if they can sell HernándezTottenham have made a club record £55m (€62m) bid for the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé and are confident of closing a deal for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino has made the 22-year-old France international his prime summer target as he seeks new impetus at the club after spending five years in charge, and negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Yaya Banana gets holders Cameroon off to winning start


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• Group F: Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau; Ghana 2-2 Benin
• Benin’s Mickaël Poté scores twice as Ghana finish with 10 menCameroon, the five-times winners and current holders, put a pre-tournament pay dispute behind them to beat the rank outsiders Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in their opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ismailia.

The Indomitable Lions took more than an hour to break down stubborn resistance before Yaya Banana and the substitute Stéphane Bahoken scored in a three-minute spell to give Clarence Seedorf’s side a winning start in group F.

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Jill Scott: Lionesses feeling mentally strong as World Cup hots up


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• ‘Psychological support helped composure against Cameroon’
• ‘Games are going to get even more emotional,’ Scott adds

Sports psychologists still polarise opinion but Jill Scott is a fully subscribed believer. The veteran England midfielder is convinced that hours of work in the Lionesses’ “mind gym” paid dividends as Phil Neville’s players refused to rise to Cameroon’s extraordinary provocations in Valenciennes on Sunday.

“We do a lot of work away from the pitch about conserving emotion at certain times in games and how to always think logically,” Scott said. “In the round-of-16 win against Cameroon we saw that work actually tested on a football pitch and the girls handled it fantastically. In those moments where you might normally react we didn’t.”

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Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan


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Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute the Dutch record goalscorer Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Lyon’s Saki Kumagai and the referee, Melissa Borjas, pointed to the spot. Lieke Martens, whose lovely back-heel had given the Netherlands the lead, converted.

Japan made three changes to the starting XI that disappointed against England, Yuika Sugasawa, Yui Hasegawa and Narumi Miura stepping into the breach, and it was the combination of the former two with the always dangerous Mana Iwabuchi that would provide the Japanese with the fluidity they had been searching for – combining wonderfully for the leveller – but it was not enough.

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Ghana v Benin: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – as it happened


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Netherlands 2-1 Japan: Women’s World Cup 2019 last 16 – as it happened


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Valentina Giacinti steers Italy into quarter-finals as China brushed asides


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Error-prone England Under-21s leave Boothroyd with questions to answer


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After a winless European Championship, defensive frailties and the coach’s handling of Phil Foden will be high on the agenda

England’s winless and error-prone Under-21s boarded a private plane for home on Tuesday while Romania, Germany, France and Spain prepared for European championship semi-finals. Players dispersed on arrival in Birmingham but Aidy Boothroyd could not escape so easily. The inquest into what wentwrong throughout England’s 12 days in Italy and San Marino is about to intensify.

The England head coach and his back‑room staff will convene at St George’s Park on Friday for a debrief into a tournament approached with high hopes but ruined with two defeats in four days. Should their diaries allow, Boothroyd will also hold talks with Gareth Southgate to hear the senior manager’s opinions on the development – or lack of it – of the next generation of English talent. As Boothroyd admitted after Monday’s 3-3 Continue reading “Error-prone England Under-21s leave Boothroyd with questions to answer”

A soft penalty and questionable selection: the US got lucky against Spain | Hope Solo


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Questions remain over the US defense and goalkeeping. When they face France in the quarter-final they may need to rely on their talented attack

The United States got lucky against Spain. They didn’t score from open play and their second penalty was very soft – if it was a penalty at all. I watched the replay in the broadcasting booth over and over again, and none of us could see if Rose Lavelle was touched or not.

Spain’s quality should not have been a surprise. If you’d been properly prepared and watched their recent games – and then re-watched their games – you would know that this team was going to cause the US trouble, and could beat them.

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Italy v China: Women’s World Cup 2019 last 16 – as it happened


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The Fiver | It’s a sorry farce that matches are being played at all


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And so to Africa, where the Cup of Nations has stumbled into action in conditions steamier than Weird Uncle Fiver’s rare collection of stamps. It’s made for some sticky pitches and the kind of ponderous football not even José Mourinho would be proud of. Mind you, with the thermometer set to reach a sizzling 41C (105.8F) in Ismailia when Cameroon kick off against Guinea Bissau later on, it’s a sorry farce that matches are being played at all. It’s the first tournament that has been held in summer after organisers could no longer bear listening to the loud and prolonged whinging noises emanating from Europe over the loss of players every other winter, so they gave in and voted to shift it. So much for player welfare!

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Bizarre sit-down protest during promotion play-off in Argentina – video


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San Jorge de Tucaman players held a sit-down protest during a match against Alvarado de Mar del Plata in the second match of a promotion play-off in Argentina. The players protested against what they considered to be a bad performance by the referee, who sent off two San Jorge de Tucaman players in the first half. The referee suspended the game and gave the win to Alvarado de Mar del Plata, who were promoted to Nacional B, the second division of the Argentinian football pyramid

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Nottingham Forest demand former owner return replica of 1959 FA Cup


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• Fawaz al-Hasawi hit with legal letter after taking trophy
• Kuwati prepared to oblige but insists he paid for silverware

It was the greatest achievement in the history of Nottingham Forest during what has become known as the years BC – Before Clough. Yet the Guardian has learned about an extraordinary legal wrangle involving the club, their former owner, Fawaz al-Hasawi, and a replica of the 1959 FA Cup that has gone missing from the City Ground’s trophy cabinet.

In another sign of the deteriorating relations between the club’s current and former regimes, the two-time European Cup winners have brought in lawyers to write to Hasawi saying their information is that he removed the FA Cup at some unspecified point – and stating that they want it back.

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Arsenal hope to secure Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £18m


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• London club already had bid of £15m turned down
• Celtic value 22-year-old left-back closer to £25m

Arsenal are preparing to make a second offer to Celtic for Kieran Tierney, and they are hopeful that a figure of around £18m will get the deal done – even though the Scottish champions value the left-back at £25m.

The London club are in daily talks over Tierney and they believe that the 22-year-old wants to join them. Arsenal have already had one bid for him worth £15m turned down.

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USA relish ‘a total shitshow circus’ as they set up France World Cup showdown


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Arguably the two best teams at the World Cup will meet in the quarter-finals. And the reigning champions got the test they perhaps needed against Spain on Monday

The US are through to the quarter-final of the World Cup after a less-than-convincing 2-1 win over Spain. It wasn’t pretty for the Americans, and the reigning champions finally look vulnerable. Here are the key takeaways from Monday’s round of 16 match.

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Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt


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Zamorano took a break from watching the Copa América to talk about his days with Inter, Real Madrid and the national team

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Iván Zamorano smiles and lets out a little laugh. “The idea came about because the best in the world had arrived,” he says with a knowing glance. “I had to hand the No 9 over to him.”

Zamorano was at the top of his game when Ronaldo joined him at Inter in the summer of 1997. He had won the Copa del Rey and La Liga with Real Madrid, picking up the Pichichi prize for top scorer in his last season in Spain before moving to Inter, where he was well on his way to becoming a legend. But he was humble enough to know he had no choice. Zamorano says he “did not play with Continue reading “Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt”

Chelsea get permission from Derby to hold Frank Lampard talks


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• Chelsea want to appoint Lampard as manager
• Club ready to pay Derby £4m in compensationFrank Lampard’s widely anticipated move to Chelsea has edged towards its completion after Derby granted him permission to open talks with the London club regarding their managerial vacancy.

Derby made a statement to confirm the development and they added that “with pre-season fast approaching for both clubs, it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions”.

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Sad departure of Rafa Benítez says everything about Newcastle’s woes


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Owner Mike Ashley’s decision to let manager go is a further sign of a club paralysed by short-sightedness and underinvestmentJust over three weeks ago, there was a palpable though repressed gasp of relief on Tyneside as news began to surface that an investment firm in the Middle East was on the brink of taking over Newcastle United. Just days earlier, a feeling of optimism had coursed through the streets of the city after promising contract discussions between the much-adored manager, Rafa Benítez, and the woeful owner, Mike Ashley.

The masterly and reassuringly calm presence of the Spaniard looked increasingly likely to stay, as his boss – though more often than not, adversary – appeared finally to be on his way out. There was therefore a sense of astonishment that accompanied news on Monday that Benítez, after three and a half years of unrelenting graft and unrewarded loyalty, was to Continue reading “Sad departure of Rafa Benítez says everything about Newcastle’s woes”

David Squires on … the Women’s World Cup, VAR – again – and Newcastle


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Our cartoonist on a dramatic set of games in France, including England’s win over Cameroon

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