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How war in the Middle East changed English football

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In October 1973, Israel and a coalition of some Arab nations engaged in a conflict known as the Yom Kippur War. The discord commenced when the Arab coalition launched attacks on several Israeli-occupied territories on Yom Kippur or ‘The Day of Atonement’ – the holiest day in Judaism.

The fighting mostly took place in the Golan Heights, Sinai and the other areas under Israeli occupation since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Nemanja Matic, Wayne Rooney, Sam Vokes… Names of the Premier League, week 1

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The Premier League returned this past weekend, and what a return. With 31 goals over the weekend's fixtures, there was plenty to keep the world's eyeballs glued to the games. But which...

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Manchester United defender’s performance gives England a boost

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Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday featured a host of impressive performances, with the likes of Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku amongst the players rightly praised for their displays.

However, one player whose performance went under the radar somewhat was defender Phil Jones.

Newcastle United 0-2 Spurs: Game in 10 Tweets as Shelvey madness costs Toon

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After a year in the Championship wilderness, Newcastle United returned to the Premier League today, the place many people, including their fans, of course, believe they belong. Spurs were the...

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Watford’s Andre Gray and other Premier League Transfers of the week (up to 11th August)

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It's back! Premier League football returned to pitches across the land this weekend, but the transfer window stays open until the end of the month. Deals will be getting done right until the...

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Hart insists West Ham move will help him retain England spot

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Joe Hart says he’s ready to fight hard to retain his place as England’s national team goalkeeper ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Hart’s reputation has taken a battering over the past year, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola making it clear that the 30-year-old has no future at the Etihad Stadium.

Who will win the Premier League Golden Boot? 12 candidates to be top scorer

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As the new Premier League season fast approaches, one question on everyone's mind, as always, is who's going to be the top goalscorer this season? Here are the top ten favourites to win the...

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From Chelsea to Arsenal and Manchester United… Why each of the “Big Six” will – and won’t – win the Premier League title

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With the new season merely hours away, fans are getting lost in traditional pre-season optimism. But which of the so-called, newly-labelled "Big Six" last season's top six...

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Liverpool summer signings: Who the Reds have signed so far and what they still need

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Though Liverpool fans have reasons to be excited after a successful pre-season, many fans are frustrated about their lack of transfer activity. Here is a review of who the Reds picked up so far over...

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From De Boer at Crystal Palace to Huddersfield’s hero: What to expect from the Premier League’s new managers

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With the big Premier League 2017/18 kick-off just days away, top flight managers across the land are puzzling over tactics, team selections and (in many cases) desperately hoping to hurry through...

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Fantasy Premier League: 8 bargain gems for your 2017/18 fantasy team

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The time has come again with the new Premier League season fast approaching. Fans are frantically starting to pick their Fantasy Football team. While the obvious picks of Harry Kane and Kevin De...

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Chicharito Hernandez, Jairo Riedewald, Mendy: Premier League Transfers of the Week (July 22nd-28th)

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Another week has gone by, and Premier League clubs have again splurged on new players by spending an eye-watering amount of money. To keep you in the loop as always, let's take a look at some...

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Wayne Rooney looks to reignite career after nostalgic Everton return… but can he still hit the heights?

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After 13 years and 559 appearances for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has returned home. It was no surprise to hear the boyhood Everton fan wax lyrical (in his own way, at least) about the love he...

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Alvaro Morata, Joe Hart, Kurt Zouma: Transfers of the Week (July 17th-21st)

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With the new Premier League season on the horizon, clubs are still scrambling to strengthen their squads ahead of the big kick off. Which moves caught our eye this week? Joe Hart ⚽️ 302 #PL...

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Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City: 5 pre-season talking points as Lukaku and Rashford down City

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It's pre-season, so naturally extensive conclusions and 'things we learned' can be somewhat overstated, but with new faces on show for both sides (along with some old ones ...

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Free Transfer XI: The best bargain Bosman deals your club could sign this summer

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With crazy sums being quoted for potential transfer moves this summer, it might seem that the notion of "value" in the transfer market has fallen by the wayside. Yet, it is not necessary...

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Ruben Neves, Abel Hernandez and Sunderland’s main man… Names of the Football League, weeks 2 + 3

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We're really back in the swing of things now, aren't we? The second and third gameweeks of the season have been and gone, and as usual for the Football League it was filled with wonder...

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Meet James Webster: The brains of Brightlingsea Regent and one of non-league’s best young managers

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Continuing our coverage of non-league football on Just Football ahead of the new season, after our exclusive interview with Danny Cowley and look at non-league players tipped to make it big in 2017,...

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Nelson Oliveira, Portsmouth, Luton… Star names of the Football League, week 1

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Well, it's started all over again. The new Football League season started on Friday night, with ten months of thrills, disappointment, rage, joy, tears and everything in between to come. The...

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John Terry, Ruben Neves and 8 more Championship signings to keep an eye on

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With less than a week to go until the English Football League the Championship through to League Two kicks off, managers are finalising their lineups. There might still be incoming...

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Cup Life

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We've had a handful of American light the lamp in domestic cup play this week, but most stateside observers may look past that to the (thigh?) injury suffered by Wolfsburg debutant John Anthony Brooks in their DfB-Pokal victory today. While we get our fingers crossed on that note, let's go to the video on those goals.

Pies Classics: Top 25 Sir Bobby Robson Quotes

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As mentioned previously, today marks the eighth anniversary of the death of the late and indisputably great Sir Bobby Robson.

While a dab hand at the practical side of the game, Sir Bobby also possessed a bewitching way with words, even if he didn't always get them in quite the right order.

Eight Years Gone: 18 Fantastic Archive Photos Of Sir Bobby Robson In His Prime

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of the day English football said goodbye to its spiritual grandfather, Sir Bobby Robson.

As a doff of the cap, Pies have cobbled together some fantastic archive shots of Bobby in his younger years, including a marvellous photo of the first time he harnessed the power of flight during a game between West Brom and Chelsea in 1957.

Classic Moments: Goalscoring Goalie Paul Robinson Glances Home Dramatic 90th-Minute Equaliser For Leeds, 2003 (Video)

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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from professional football today at the grand old age of 37.

Having spent last season on the books at Burnley, Robinson has decided to pack it in after once again succumbing to chronic back pain.

Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season.

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We are best team in Euro final, says Dutch striker Martens

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De Lutte (Netherlands) (AFP) – The women’s Euro semi-final rout of England sparked new confidence in the Netherlands team as it braces for Sunday’s final against Denmark, said striker Lieke Martens.

A crowd of more than 27,000 people watched the hosts sweep England 3-0 at Enschede on Thursday on the way to their first-ever Euro final.

We are best team in Euro final, says Dutch striker Martens

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De Lutte (Netherlands) (AFP) – The women’s Euro semi-final rout of England sparked new confidence in the Netherlands team as it braces for Sunday’s final against Denmark, said striker Lieke Martens.

A crowd of more than 27,000 people watched the hosts sweep England 3-0 at Enschede on Thursday on the way to their first-ever Euro final.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

Confident England face France at women’s Euro

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – A confident England will seek to extend their perfect record at the women’s Euro against France while Spain will take on newcomers Austria on the second day of quarter-finals on Sunday.

“We go into the game on a great run of form,” said England coach Mark Sampson, whose side thrashed Scotland 6-0, sank Spain 2-0 in a rain-drenched game, and edged Portugal 2-1 with a reserve team in the group phase.

Confident England face France at women’s Euro

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – A confident England will seek to extend their perfect record at the women’s Euro against France while Spain will take on newcomers Austria on the second day of quarter-finals on Sunday.

“We go into the game on a great run of form,” said England coach Mark Sampson, whose side thrashed Scotland 6-0, sank Spain 2-0 in a rain-drenched game, and edged Portugal 2-1 with a reserve team in the group phase.

England, Spain through after women’s Euro thrillers

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris gave England a 2-1 win over Portugal, sending the Lionesses to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Spain who lost 1-0 to Scotland on Thursday.

Duggan opened the score in Tilburg on seven minutes following a howler by Portuguese keeper Patricia Morais, who sent her clearance to the England striker and then watched as Duggan chipped the ball over her into the net.

England, Spain through after women’s Euro thrillers

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris gave England a 2-1 win over Portugal, sending the Lionesses to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Spain who lost 1-0 to Scotland on Thursday.

Duggan opened the score in Tilburg on seven minutes following a howler by Portuguese keeper Patricia Morais, who sent her clearance to the England striker and then watched as Duggan chipped the ball over her into the net.

England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

England face women’s Euro ‘battle of Britain’

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – England’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley said Tuesday she expected a tough physical game when the Lionnesses take on Scotland in their women’s Euro opener.

Ahead of Wednesday’s group D game in Utrecht she said: “We’re hoping that the game obviously goes in our favour but we’re expecting big things from Scotland, they’re a fantastic side with some really good players.

England face women’s Euro ‘battle of Britain’

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – England’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley said Tuesday she expected a tough physical game when the Lionnesses take on Scotland in their women’s Euro opener.

Ahead of Wednesday’s group D game in Utrecht she said: “We’re hoping that the game obviously goes in our favour but we’re expecting big things from Scotland, they’re a fantastic side with some really good players.

The Rest

Diego Maradona Announces He’s Very Much In Favour Of Video-Assisted Refereeing Being Used To Prevent Cheating In Football

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The hand that did the damage: Diego Maradona has just been unveiled as the new coach of FC Fujairah of the UAE

Diego Maradona has had his say on video-assisted refereeing (VAR), speaking out as a somewhat unlikely advocate of the controversial new system.

Maradona famously benefited from an absence of such technology at the 1986 World Cup, when he used his divine extremity to plink the ball over Peter Shilton and 'hand' Argentina the lead against England in the quarter-finals.

Major Link Soccer: Chicharito makes the move to West Ham United

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It's back to England for the Mexican striker. Sue Bird talks about her relationship with ‘Pinoe. Pete Carroll is ready for robot football.

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Seahawk's coach Pete Carroll is a big proponent of the use of data and analytics in player and team management, and that's not the only technology he'd like to see leveraged for the benefit of the NFL.