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On This Day in Football: The death of Bican, Sao Paulo become world champions

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On this day in 2001, footballing legend and former Rapid Vienna and Slavia Prague forward Josef Bican passed away at the age of 88.

According to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Bican scored 805 goals in competitive football and 1468 overall, making him the most prolific striker in the history of professional football.

On This Day in Football: Battle of Britain, Arsenal play their first ever game

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On this day in 1886, Arsenal played their first ever match as a football club, beating Eastern Wanderers 6-0.

The Gunners were of course known as Dial Square back then after being formed by a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal armaments factory. The peculiar idea of naming the club ‘Dial Square’ came from the sundial that adorned the entrance to the factory.

On This Day in Football: Sheffield Utd score 10, Epic clash between Newcastle and West Ham

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On this day in 1892, Sheffield United set a new Football League record by beating Port Vale 10-0 away from home in a Division Two fixture.

Port Vale, of course, were known as Burslem Port Vale back then and hosted United at their old Athletic Ground home in Codbridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

Merseyside Derby: Top 5 matches between Liverpool and Everton

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Everton might have won their last three matches across all competitions but the sternest of tests awaits Sam Allardyce and his men when they visit Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool for the highly anticipated Merseyside Derby.

So ahead of this epic clash between the two sides, we take a look at the five best Premier League matches between Liverpool and Everton.

Manchester Derby: Top 5 Classics at Old Trafford

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Manchester United host Premier League table toppers Manchester City at Old Trafford this Sunday for the first derby encounter of the season.

So ahead of the highly anticipated clash between the two city rivals, we take a look at five classic Manchester Derbies played at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

On This Day in Football: Independiente beat Liverpool, Messi sets new record

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On this day in 1984, Argentinean club Independiente beat Liverpool 1-0 to win the Intercontinental Cup.

Played in front of 62,000 fans in Tokyo’s National Stadium, Liverpool were stunned by a sixth minute strike from Independiente’s 19-year-old striker Jose Percudani. The young attacker made a darting run towards the d-box to receive a long pass from midfield before slotting the ball neatly past Bruce Grobbelaar with a left footed finish.

On This Day in Football: Britain’s highest scoring game of the 20th century

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On this day in 1984, Stirling Albion beat Selkirk 20-0 in the first round of the Scottish Cup to set a British record.

Eight Stirling players got on the score sheet as 371 fans watched the game at Annfield. The half-time score read 15-0 so it is a miracle that the second half produced just five goals.

Antonio Conte on PSG shortlist to replace Unai Emery

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is one of the candidates shortlisted by Paris Saint-Germain to replace Unai Emery, as per reports in France.

The Parisians are nine points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table and have qualified for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League but several members of the squad have apparently shown their discontent with the way Emery has run the club so far.

Injured Sunderland striker receives letter from Real Madrid

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Sunderland fans are all too familiar with striker Duncan Watmore’s heartbreaking struggle with injuries.

The 23-year-old had to undergo a cruciate knee operation that will effectively keep him sidelined until next season. This latest setback came just days after returning from a similar injury that had kept him out for 10 months.

Mark Clattenburg: I quit the Premier League because of Mourinho

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has revealed that he decided to quit English football following a tirade by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

Clattenburg, who made his Premier League debut back in 2004, confirmed in February that he had accepted an offer in the Middle East to become the head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

Liverpool legend blasts Pogba for not having a ‘basic understanding of his position’

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Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has slammed Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba for making ‘schoolboy errors’.

The Anfield legend was on punditry duty on Irish television channel TV3 for United’s UEFA Champions League clash against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

On This Day in Football: Arsenal score 26, Sunderland destroy Newcastle

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On this day in 1905, Arsenal beat a Paris XI side by the incredible score line of 26-1.

Led by the Scotsman Phil Kelso, the Gunners were still known as Woolwich Arsenal back then. Kelso had taken over the newly promoted Arsenal side in the previous season and guided them to a respectable tenth place finish.

On This Day in Football: Arsenal stop the Wunderteam, Liverpool make incredible comeback

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On this day in 1933, Arsenal faced the Austrian ‘Wunderteam’ at Highbury and won 4-2.

The Austrians were at that time one of the best sides on the planet and were led by their legendary manager Hugo Meisl. The respect between Meisl and Gunners boss Herbert Chapman was mutual with the Austrian going as far as declaring the Arsenal legend as the “leading man in association football throughout the world”.

On This Day in Football: Turin gets a new club, Pele becomes a knight

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On this day in 1906, Torino Football Club is founded by a group of Juventus dissidents.

Several football clubs existed in the city of Turin prior to the formation of Torino, including 1898 Internazionale Torino, Football Club Torinese and Ginnastica Torino. Alfred Dick, former president of Juventus, disagreed with the club’s stride towards professionalism and therefore approached a few members of the other Torinese teams to form a brand new club.

On This Day in Football: The Professional Footballers’ Association is formed

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On this day in 1907, the Professional Footballers’ Association was formed at the Imperial Hotel in Manchester as the Association of Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union.

This was the successor to the Association Footballers Union which was founded in 1898 in Liverpool.

Paul Pogba shares his opinion on how much Delle Alli is worth

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has shared his opinion on how much Tottenham Hotspur star Delle Alli is worth in today’s market.

The France international rejoined United in a world record transfer of £89 million in 2016 but has since then been overtaken by Neymar as the most expensive player on the planet following the Brazilian’s eye-watering €200 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Watford want Leicester’s Islam Slimani as Okaka is set to leave club

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Watford are eyeing a move for Leicester City forward Islam Slimani in the January transfer window to boost their attacking arsenal.

Hornets boss Marco Silva and Slimani are very familiar with each other since their Sporting Lisbon days but Watford fear that they could be priced out of a move for the player who joined Leicester for a massive £30 million in 2016.

David Moyes reveals what he told Sam Allardyce after Everton drubbing

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West Ham United manager David Moyes has shared what he told new Everton boss Sam Allardyce after his side lost 4-0 to the Toffees in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Moyes, a former Everton manager himself, was left stunned by a revitalised Toffees side who, thanks to a hat-trick from Wayne Rooney, dealt a heavy blow to the Hammers.

Aberdeen on alert as Rangers chairman eyes Derek McInnes

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Rangers chairman Dave King has suggested that managers out of job do not have the credentials to become the new manager at Ibrox.

The Light Blues sacked Pedro Caixinha earlier in the season after a run of poor games before appointing Graeme Murty as caretaker manager. King hopes to announce a permanent successor to Caixinha in “another week or so”.

Pochettino defends out of form Dele Alli as criticism mounts

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended star midfielder Dele Alli who has been heavily criticised for his lack of form on the pitch.

Alli’s dip in form has coincided with a poor string of results for Spurs as they find themselves at seventh on the Premier League table, one point behind Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Javier Mascherano reveals why he left Liverpool

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Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has revealed why he left Liverpool back in 2010 to move to the Nou Camp.

The 33-year-old is nearing the end of his time at the Catalan club as his contract runs out in 2019. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has used Mascherano sparingly this season handing him just seven starts and a few substitute appearances.

Chelsea & Spurs on alert as Marco Silva hints that Richarlison could leave

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Watford manager Marco Silva has admitted that he would not stand in the way of players wanting to leave the club next summer.

And one player in particular has attracted the attention of a host of clubs, including the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur among others. Signed from Brazilian club Fluminense in the summer transfer window, winger Richarlison has been fantastic for the Hornets since making his debut in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

On This Day in Football: Viv Anderson breaks the code, River Plate finally get their trophy

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On this day in 1978, Nottingham Forest defender Viv Anderson became the first black player to start a full international for the England national team.

The Three Lions hosted Czechoslovakia at Wembley and won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Steve Coppell in the 69th minute.

Born in Nottingham, Anderson started his footballing journey with his hometown club before thriving under Brian Clough with whom he won two European Cups and a First Division title.

Wenger refuses to rule out sale of Ozil and Sanchez in January

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could leave in the January transfer window if “something unbelievable” happens.

By “something unbelievable”, Wenger obviously means an offer big enough for Arsenal to not refuse. Both the players are out of contract at the end of the season and run the risk of walking out on a free transfer.

Gareth Bale’s agent responds to transfer rumours amid Man United interest

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Gareth Bale has enjoyed a bittersweet time in Madrid ever since his world record transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Despite winning three UEFA Champions League titles and a La Liga trophy among others, the Welshman has endured a terrible battle with injuries in the Spanish capital and it has continued this season as well.

Leeds United star reveals club’s minimum target for the season

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Leeds United forward Caleb Ekuban has claimed that the club is more than capable of getting into one of the play-offs positions while insisting that he and his colleagues can achieve much more than that.

The 22-year-old, signed from Serie A side Chievo Verona in the summer, believes that not many sides are better than Thomas Christiansen’s stalwarts in the Championship this season.

On This Day in Football: Hartlepools bombed by Germans, George Best immortalised

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On this day in 1916, Hartlepools United’ Victoria Park became the first British football stadium to be bombed in an air raid during World War I.

The Royal Flying Corps confronted a German zeppelin that had jettisoned itself above Victoria Park. The Germans dropped a bomb that destroyed the main stand on Clarence Road.

On This Day in Football: The mighty Hearts go to war, England dismembered by Hungary

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On this day in 1914, following the outbreak of World War I, 16 members of the Heart of Midlothian squad enlisted for military service, thus becoming the first British club to support the war effort in such large numbers.

Britain officially entered the fray in August by declaring war on Germany but football continued for the 1914/15 season.

Former Arsenal star plays down Man City’s invincible credentials

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Former Arsenal defender has deemed the talk of Manchester City repeating the Gunners ‘invincible’ season to be premature.

The Cameroonian was part of Arsene Wenger’s stellar squad that went the whole of 2003/04 unbeaten in the Premier League. With Pep Guardiola’s City side off to a phenomenal run in the league this season, many have debated whether City are capable of repeating Arsenal’s monumental feat.

Everton are close to appointing new manager, reveals Moshiri

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Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has revealed that the club is ‘close’ to appointing a full time manager.

Under-23 boss David Unsworth was appointed as caretaker boss following the sacking of Ronald Koeman earlier this season. But the Toffees have been dreadful under Unsworth and are 16th on the Premier League table with just 12 points from 12 games.

Rangers striker forced to do extra training in a bid to end goal drought

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Rangers’ caretaker manager Graeme Murty has forced striker Alfredo Morelos to do extra target practice in a bid to end his goal drought.

The Colombian’s start to life at Ibrox kicked off in phenomenal fashion as he scored eight goals in his first nine games for Rangers.

Manchester City

Conte insists Chelsea’s target is to finish in the top 4

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Manchester City grabbed another three points after registering a win in the Manchester derby courtesy goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi.

Meanwhile, Chelsea succumbed to their fourth loss this season after Marko Arnautovic’s early goal on Saturday secured David Moyes his first victory as West Ham United manager.

Robinho: Former Man City player given 9 year prison sentence for gang rape

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Former Brazil forward Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison after an Italian court convicted him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.

The court in Milan ruled that the footballer and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time after intoxicated her with alcohol in a discotheque.


Arsenal striker Lacazette to miss United clash with injury

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Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette scored the first goal for the club against Huddersfield last night. Unfortunately, in a blow to the club, the striker will miss the United clash with an injury he sustained in the last match.

Wenger confirmed the striker’s injury after the imposing 5-0 win.

Sean Dyche angered by Arsenal’s late penalty; “the bigger clubs seem to get the decision”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche said bigger clubs seem to get more favourable refereeing decisions after his side lost 1-0 to an added-time penalty for Arsenal.

Burnley would go with a point from the game after holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw till the dying stages, before it ending in heartbreak.

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino admits Spurs have missed Erik Lamela

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that Spurs have missed long-term absentee Erik Lamela. The winger returns to action after a gap of 13 months and will be part of the squad to face Leicester City. Pochettino spoke a great deal about what the Argentine, who signed in 2013 for £30 million, can bring to the team.

Manchester City point lead is massive, admits Spurs boss Pochettino

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After dropping two points against West Brom on Saturday, Tottenham are now ten points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s team has been in sensational form this season and comfortably lead the table with ten points which could become thirteen if they manage to beat Huddersfield Town on Sunday, in the last game of this gameweek.

The Rest

Gareth Southgate to keep England job irrespective of Russia 2018 performance

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In an overwhelming display of support, FA chief executive Martin Glenn has told Gareth Southgate that he will keep his England managerial job irrespective of England’s Russia 2018 World Cup result and even if the three lions lose all the group stage matches.

“Gareth has a long-term contract,” said Glenn.

Gay fans warned of ‘dangers’ at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

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FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay football fans that will be in attendance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia of aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Anti-gay sentiment in Russia remains strong despite homosexuality being decriminalised in 1993, especially after a law was introduced in 2013 that prohibited the dissemination to minors of “propaganda” that legitimised homosexuality.

Fears that Australia can be stripped of its place in 2018 World Cup

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FIFA is threatening to sack the current Football Federation Australia board and replace it with a committee to run the sport on an interim basis. The FFA board’s failure to appease A-League clubs and the nine-state associations could soon result in the extraordinary sacking of the board.

FIFA has the power to scrap the board under its statutes regarding member association.