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Europe’s youngest managers: From Brian Clough to Julian Nagelsmann, a potted history of managers under 30

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There has been a lot of talk recently about how managers are getting younger. Hearts caused a stir by appointing 30-year-old Ian Cathro to the top job in December, a man who is younger than some of...

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Harry Kane, Andy Carroll, Tom Davies…Names of the Premier League, week 22

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After a breather for the F.A. Cup well deserved after the festive and new year football feast the Premier League returned at the weekend with plenty of action to savour. Which players...

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Patrick Bamford at Burnley and six more Premier League 2016/17 summer transfers you forgot ever happened

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Football transfers windows are big business, and that's especially true in the Premier League. Every window England's top flight clubs fall over themselves to throw money at a fleet...

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Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Game in 13 Tweets as Pogba struggles and Zlatan rescues a point

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Last time Jose Mourinho's Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool locked horns, it resulted in a bore draw that was forgotten as soon as the final whistle blew. Back then, Mourinho...

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FA Cup 4th Round draw, 3rd round talking points and best goals as Rooney equals record

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There will be plenty of words written and said about whether the FA Cup still retains its trademark magic especially after Cardiff City played Fulham in front of sparse crowd of just over...

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January Transfer Window 2017 complete guide: 17 players who could be on the move around Europe

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It's January and you know what that means: transfer window time! The January transfer window 2017 is now open and Jim White, for one, is absolutely delighted about it. January is always a...

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Olivier Giroud or Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Battle of the backheel volley wonder goals

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You wait ages for an absolutely outrageous backheel volley goal and then two come along at once. Barely a week after Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored an outstanding scorpion-style pincer kick in Manchester...

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AFCON 2017: From Sadio Mane to Riyad Mahrez, 10 African stars who will be missed by their Premier League clubs

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With just a few weeks left until the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 starts in Gabon, which Premier League managers will be affected by the temporary losses of some of their...

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Demarai Gray, Victor Lindelof, Tiemoue Bakayoko… #JF70 top young talents in Europe, week 9

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It may be the festive and new year break for a lot of people, but we never stop bringing you updates on Europe's top young talents. Which of our chosen 70 young prospects are turning heads...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure… Names of the Premier League, week 18

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The Premier League's Boxing Day schedule may not have had the excitement of 53 years ago, but there was still plenty to hold the attention. So who makes our list of festive Names of...

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Manchester United: What is Jose Mourinho’s best team?

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It's that time of year. The January transfer window 'opens' earlier and earlier. As with its summer cousin, the major clubs try to conclude deals before the window actually opens....

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Bob Bradley sacked but Swansea City’s problems go deeper

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That didn't go well, did it? After all the controversy that greeted his appointment (though an experienced former international manager joining the Premier League really didn't need to...

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66 goals in 10 games: Remembering the Boxing Day goal-fest of 1963

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While other European leagues take a breather and allow their players to rest, recuperate, celebrate and maybe take in some warm weather training somewhere nice, the Premier League continues apace....

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Divock Origi, Alex Iwobi, Andre Silva… #JF70 best young players in Europe review, week 8

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It's that time again, #JF70 young stars of the week. Which of our 70 young startlets made us sit up and take notice this week? Let's take a look. #JF70 young talents of the week...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jay Rodriguez, Azpilicueta… Names of the Premier League week 17

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The games keep coming thick and fast in the Premier League. With the fixtures piling up, fatigue, injuries and suspensions will take their toll, but the best players just keep on impressing. But who...

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Game in 17 Tweets as Barkley flops and late Mane winner breaks Toffees’ hearts

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Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League at Christmas thanks to a 94th minute winner over Everton at Goodison Park. Sadio Mane was the hero for the Reds, reacting quickest to tap home...

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Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Game in 17 Tweets as Barkley flops and late Mane winner breaks Toffees’ hearts

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Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League at Christmas thanks to a 94th minute winner over Everton at Goodison Park. Sadio Mane was the hero for the Reds, reacting quickest to tap home...

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Andreas Pereira, Divock Origi, Nathan Ake… JF70 best young players in Europe, week 7

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Which of our 70 chosen young talents in the #JF70 Class of 2016/17 have stood out lately? Resident columnist Deji Faremi takes a look... #JF70 young talents of the week Nathan Ake Embed from...

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Andreas Pereira, Divock Origi, Nathan Ake… JF70 best young players in Europe, week 7

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Which of our 70 chosen young talents in the #JF70 Class of 2016/17 have stood out lately? Resident columnist Deji Faremi takes a look... #JF70 young talents of the week Nathan Ake Embed from...

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Christian Eriksen, Adam Lallana, Pogba… Names of the Premier League, week 16

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Football fans were treated to the pleasure of a bumper midweek round, this week, as the Premier League season heads towards Christmas and the halfway point. The results made certain that Chelsea...

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Christian Eriksen, Adam Lallana, Pogba… Names of the Premier League, week 16

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Football fans were treated to the pleasure of a bumper midweek round, this week, as the Premier League season heads towards Christmas and the halfway point. The results made certain that Chelsea...

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3 To See: Manchester City v Arsenal team news, Melbourne derby and Barcelona’s must win game

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While plenty of leagues may be in a festive slumber with Christmas around the corner, there's always exciting football to be watched somewhere on the globe. 3 To See this week features two...

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3 To See: Manchester City v Arsenal team news, Melbourne derby and Barcelona’s must win game

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While plenty of leagues may be in a festive slumber with Christmas around the corner, there's always exciting football to be watched somewhere on the globe. 3 To See this week features two...

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Sanchez, Firmino and Chelsea’s 3-4-3: Why Premier League tactical flexibility is the season’s key theme so far

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Tactical flexibility and positional innovation have been major themes of the 2016/17 Premier League season so far. Joel Rabinowitz explains how and why... There is a default tendency among...

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Sanchez, Firmino and Chelsea’s 3-4-3: Why Premier League tactical flexibility is the season’s key theme so far

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Tactical flexibility and positional innovation have been major themes of the 2016/17 Premier League season so far. Joel Rabinowitz explains how and why... There is a default tendency among...

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Midlands Chinese takeover: After Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City sacking how are WBA, Aston Villa and Wolves faring under new ownership?

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Birmingham City fans pinching themselves at being seventh in the Championship table with limited resources and finally rid of controversial owner Carson Yeung came back to reality with a bang this...

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Midlands Chinese takeover: After Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City sacking how are WBA, Aston Villa and Wolves faring under new ownership?

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Birmingham City fans pinching themselves at being seventh in the Championship table with limited resources and finally rid of controversial owner Carson Yeung came back to reality with a bang this...

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Graham Taylor

‘Kind, Considerate And Totally Without Ego’ – BBC Radio Presenter Mark Pougatch Delivers Wonderful Tribute To Graham Taylor (Audio)

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Tributes have been flooding in from all and sundry after Graham Taylorsadly passed away on Thursdayat the age of 72.

Shortly after receiving news that his former BBC Radio colleague had gone, Mark Pougatch put together a wonderful tribute in honour of his friend, which he subsequently delivered with aplomb live on air.

Graham Taylor, tabloid target and England statesman

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London (AFP) Graham Taylor, who died aged 72 on Thursday, was Watford's greatest manager and overcame a turbulent period as England boss to become one of English football's most fondly regarded figures.

Over 10 years, Taylor guided Watford from the Fourth Division to a second-place finish in England's top tier and an FA Cup final appearance.

Graham Taylor, tabloid target and England statesman

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London (AFP) Graham Taylor, who died aged 72 on Thursday, was Watford's greatest manager and overcame a turbulent period as England boss to become one of English football's most fondly regarded figures.

Over 10 years, Taylor guided Watford from the Fourth Division to a second-place finish in England's top tier and an FA Cup final appearance.

Former England Manager Graham Taylor Dies At The Age Of 72

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Awful news is reaching Pies that former England manager Graham Taylor has passed away today at the age of 72.

A statement issued on behalf ofthe Taylor family confirmed that the ex-Watford and Aston Villaboss suffered a suspected heart attack.

With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack.

Arsenal

English record goalscorer Kelly Smith retires

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London (AFP) England's women's record goalscorer Kelly Smith announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old striker who scored 46 goals in 117 appearances for England won five FA Cups with Arsenal, scoring six goals in the showpiece event.

She also played in Arsenal's historic 2007 UEFA Cup now the womens' Champions League success and they remain the only British side to have won the trophy.

English record goalscorer Kelly Smith retires

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London (AFP) England's women's record goalscorer Kelly Smith announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old striker who scored 46 goals in 117 appearances for England won five FA Cups with Arsenal, scoring six goals in the showpiece event.

She also played in Arsenal's historic 2007 UEFA Cup now the womens' Champions League success and they remain the only British side to have won the trophy.

Arsenal And England Legend Kelly Smith Announces Retirement At The Age Of 38

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Kelly Smith MBE, Britain's first professional female footballer, has announced her retirement from the sport today at the age of 38.

After signing her first pro-terms contract with New Jersey Lady Stallions in 1999, Smith went on to make her name with three stints at Arsenal Ladies, for whom she bows out as all-time record goalscorer.

Olivier Giroud, Dele Alli, Defoe… Names of the Premier League, weeks 19 and 20

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The Premier League games have continued to come thick and fast, with barely a break at all for some sides. Names of the Premier League continues too. So, who made fans sit up and pay attention over...

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The Rest

John Terry transfer: Chelsea captain wants stay, as Bournemouth show interest

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Chelsea captain John Terry has stated his wish to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this seasonl, according to a story in the Telegraph today. It was reported in November that manager Antonio Conte would be open to selling the defender in January. A host of Premier League clubs including Bournemouth and Swansea City are said to be interested, but the 36 year-old is set on staying on at his boyhood club.

Back from travels

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Now that we are back from the lady's first tour of America (and have had a few days to just sleep), I am back on patrol here. I'll drop a few stray opinions on recent soccer happenings now and then kick off a short series of non-soccer top five lists related to food and activities enjoyed during our cross-country jaunt (the already promised L.

Philadelphia Union sign Jay Simpson

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The English striker rumors are true as Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson completes a move to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of English striker Jay Simpson from England's League 2 side Leyton Orient earlier this afternoon. The 28 year old will occupy an international slot on the team, and has played a majority of his career in England's top leagues.