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On This Day in Football: Celtic humiliate Rangers while Norwich stun Bayern

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On this day in 1957, Celtic beat Rangers 7-1 in the Scottish League Cup final. The score line still remains as the biggest margin of victory in an Old Firm derby.

This humiliating defeat at the hands of their greatest rival is also Rangers’ record defeat in a game and the biggest score line in a major British cup final.

Ronald Koeman has ‘total support’ of the Everton board despite poor form

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that he has ‘total support’ of the Everton chiefs despite the Toffees’ inconsistent start to the 2017/18 season.

Everton splashed over a £100 million on new recruits following the big money move of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but have registered just two wins in eight Premier League games this season and sit two points above the relegation zone.

Former Rangers star urges Celtic to move to England citing lack of competition in Scotland

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Celtic have been Scottish Premiership champions for six years running. Lack of competition coupled with rivals Rangers’ faltering fortunes has made the Hoops undisputed challengers for Scotland’s premier competition.

Former Rangers midfielder Jorg Albertz has the opinion that Brendan Rodgers’ side should move to the English Premier League to suit their ‘high profile’.

On This Day in Football: The city of Leeds gets a brand new football team

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On this day in 1917, Leeds United were founded following the disbandment of Leeds City.

City were formed in 1904. After one season in the West Yorkshire League, the club joined the Football League second division. Billy McLeod was signed from Lincoln City in the 1906-07 season.

Lovren accuses Lukaku of intentionally kicking him in the face

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Liverpool and Manchester United had to settle for a dull 0-0 draw when the two sides met at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.

Despite the match being a dull affair, an incident involving Dejan Lovren and Romelu Lukaku has caused much stir among both sets of fans. The two players were involved in a scuffle just before the half time interval, resulting in Lovren rolling on the floor holding his face.

Guardiola explains how De Bruyne can reach Lionel Messi’s level

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the best players in the Premier League since his move from Wolfsburg in 2015.

The Belgium international has racked up an impressive 25 goals and 37 assists in a century of matches for the Mancunians. The former Chelsea player was in dazzling form once again in his side’s 7-2 drubbing of Stoke City at the Etihad on Saturday, drawing high praise from manager Pep Guardiola.

Newcastle legend calls for new owners who ‘get the club and the area’

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale. And former Magpies defender Steve Howey wants any potential new owner to be someone who ‘gets the club and the area’.

Ashley bought Newcastle back in 2007 for £134 million but the club has undergone two relegations since then.

Pochettino urges Kane to follow Francesco Totti’s footsteps

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Harry Kane should stay at Spurs for the remainder of his career and be a one club man like AS Roma legend Francesco Totti.

Kane’s stellar form in front of goal in the past two seasons has attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in world football, including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

On This Day in Football: Intercontinental woes for United

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On this day in 1968, Estudiantes won the Intercontinental Cup by beating Manchester United over a highly charged two legged final.

United travelled to Buenos Aires for the first leg expecting a hostile reception from the local fans considering the violence that marred the previous year’s final between fellow British club Celtic and Racing Club.

On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

On This Day in Football: Football under floodlights begin and a Dutch legend bids farewell

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On this day in 1878, Bramall Lane in Sheffield staged what is believed to be the first football match in history played under floodlights.

It was an exhibition game between two sides made up of local players. Wooden towers were built to carry the lighting system which was powered through generators.

On This Day in Football: Arsenal complete world record transfer

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On this day in 1928, Arsenal completed the world record transfer of forward David Jack from Bolton Wanderers for a massive fee of £10,890.

Interestingly, this was not the first time that a club paid a world record fee to secure Jack’s services. Born in Bolton, Jack began his footballing career with Plymouth Argyle.

Slaven Bilic defends Andy Carroll despite poor strike rate

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has come to the defence of striker Andy Carroll, claiming that he should not be judged on the number of goals he scores.

It is an odd statement to make while defending a player whose primary job is to score goals but Bilic insisted that the former Liverpool forward brings in other qualities to the team that are invaluable.

Sky Sports pundit suggests drastic measure to address Özil conundrum

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Arsenal are fifth on the Premier League table after recording four wins in the seven games played so far.

After a disappointing run of form early on in the season, Arsenal head to Watford this weekend at the back of four successive wins. The sudden upturn in fortunes has coincided with the absence of one player through injury – Mesut Özil.

Shakespeare set to ditch usual system in a bid to get more out of Leicester

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Only a year after being crowned Premier League champions, Leicester City are facing a potential relegation battle.

The Foxes have won just one of their opening seven games in the league while drawing two and losing four. The dreadful start to the new campaign has relegated Leicester to 16th on the table.

Newcastle star eager to give everything for Benitez in newfound role

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Newcastle United have lost just one of their last five games and currently sit in the top half of the Premier League table at ninth.

After a difficult start to the new campaign, the Magpies are seemingly back on track to target a respectable finish on the league table. One of the key reasons for that has been manager Rafael Benitez’s decision to trust Ayoze Perez in the No.

Jurgen Klopp dreamed of coaching Manchester United, claims mentor

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp always dreamed of working in the Premier League. But before donning the red of Merseyside, the German coach’s chief ambition was to manage Liverpool’s greatest rivals Manchester United.

That is the claim of Eckhard Krautzun, Klopp’s mentor and predecessor at Mainz 05.

On This Day in Football: Spurs thrash Everton, Pele trumps Eusebio, US hosts first game of soccer

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On this day in 1958, the late great Bill Nicholson was appointed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The same afternoon, overseeing his first game in charge, Nicholson guided Spurs to an emphatic 10-4 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane.

Not a bad start.

Nicholson, a formidable wing-half, spent the entirety of his senior playing career at Spurs amassing over 300 appearances for the club.

Fiorentina striker confirms Arsene Wenger’s interest

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Fiorentina’s 18-year-old striker Martin Graiciar has confirmed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted to sign him but a deal sadly never materialised.

The Czech Republic youth international spent some time with Arsenal’s youth set up when he was 14. But an unfortunate injury coupled with his age, restricted him from making his short stay in North London a permanent one.

Klopp ‘perfect man’ to lead the Reds, insists former Liverpool chief

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According to former Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow, manager Jurgen Klopp is under no pressure whatsoever and is the ideal man to take the club forward.

Liverpool will face Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. United are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the league table.

Spurs, Palace and Newcastle send scouts to watch Turkish superstar

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Premier League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are tracking Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, as per reports in Turkey.

All three English clubs sent scouts to watch Tosun in action against Iceland at the New Eskişehir Stadium in a World Cup qualifier.

Moyes reveals two players he missed out on as United boss

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed the two world class players he missed out on during his ill fated tenure at Old Trafford.

With United languishing outside the top four, Moyes was sacked before the 2013/14 season was over. Current United boss Jose Mourinho claimed that the club ‘failed to evolve’ in three years following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

On This Day in Football: FIFA hits new low and MLS welcomes Chicago

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On this day in 2015, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA President Michel Platini were suspended for 90 days from all football related activity by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

World football’s governing body was hit with a major scandal in 2015 after United State federal prosecutors disclosed evidence of corruption by FIFA officials and associates.

On This Day in Football: Hibs beat Real, Keegan resigns as England boss from Wembley toilet

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On this day in 1964, Scottish side Hibernian beat Real Madrid 2-0 in a friendly at Easter Road.

The 1964-65 season had begun and Hibernian had lost the Edinburgh derby to Hearts. Manager Jock Stein decided to invite Miguel Muñoz’s world conquering Real side for a friendly game of football to boost morale.

Former England ace reveals why the ‘Golden Generation’ failed to deliver

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Adam Crozier, the ex-chief executive of the Football Association, once dubbed the likes of Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard among others, as the ‘Golden Generation’ of English football, destined to achieve great things for the Three Lions.

But despite having the likes of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry at the back, Scholes, Gerrard and Frank Lampard to choose from in the midfield, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney leading the attack, England consistently failed at international tournaments under both Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.

Football pundit warns Everton star to ‘come down off his high horse’

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea among a host of clubs vying for his signature.

Fathan Moshiri, a majority shareholder at Everton, confirmed back in September that Barkley had agreed personal terms with Chelsea but changed his mind at the last minute.

England legend cites Spurs ace as key to Three Lions’ World Cup hopes

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Former England international Kevin Keegan believes that the Three Lions’ FIFA World Cup dreams will receive a big blow if Harry Kane got injured.

Keegan of course is well aware of the repercussions of having one of your best players getting injured during a major international tournament.

On This Day in Football: Newcastle unshackle Len, Andrade meets sad end

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On this day in 1946, Newcastle United beat Newport County 13-0 at St. James’ Park in a Division Two fixture. Len Shackleton who was making his debut scored six of the goals.

The Magpies signed Shackleton from Bradford Park Avenue for £13,000 as a replacement for Albert Stubbins who was transferred to Liverpool for the same fee.

Leeds United eye January move for Liverpool striker

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Leeds United look set to move in for Liverpool forward Danny Ings in the January transfer window, as per reports from ESPN.

Ings arrived in Merseyside in the summer of 2015 from Burnley but an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in a training session in October that year ruled him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Newcastle United raided over fears of ‘systematic abuse of the tax system’

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Custom officials have raided Newcastle United after evidence surfaced of a ‘systematic abuse of the tax system’ which suggests that secret payments were made to players and agents.

Warrants were issued by the HM Revenue and Customs officers to search the premises of St.

Harry Kane is worth more than Neymar, claims Sky Sports pundit

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Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale has made a very bold claim that Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane is worth more than Paris Saint-German superstar Neymar.

The Brazilian sealed a world record £198 million move from Barcelona to the French capital this summer. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are speculated to be preparing a blockbuster move for Kane who has scored 92 goals in 139 goals in the past three campaigns, excluding the 11 goals he already has this season.

Van der Sar reveals strategy behind his Champions League winning heroics in Moscow

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has revealed all the preparation that went into his European Cup winning penalty save in Moscow back in 2008.

Signed from Fulham in 2005, the Dutchman was a a pivotal part of the globe conquering United side of the late 2000s.

Former Newcastle star backs Benitez to take club forward

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Former Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor has given his vote of confidence to Rafael Benitez while insisting that the Spaniard is the right man to lead the club.

The 33-year-old spent five and a half seasons at St James’ Park and was part of the Magpies squad that reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League back in the 2011/12 season.

football history

On This Day in Football: Competitive football begins in Scotland, First ever Milan derby kicks off

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On this day in 1873, Renton beat Kilmarnock 2-0 in the first ever Scottish Cup match.

League football in Scotland did not commence until 1890, therefore making this game the first ever competitive match in Scottish football history. Renton reached the semi finals stage of the competition, losing out 2-0 against eventual champions Queen’s Park.

On This Day in Football: First international match in continental Europe takes place

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On this day in 1902, the Austrian and Hungarian national teams met in Vienna in what was the first international game of football not involving a British or an Irish team.

The two neighbouring countries battled it out at Wiener AC’s ground. Austria won 5-0, with all the goals coming from the Viennese club’s players.

On This Day in Football: Totti dons the Azzurri, Green makes England history

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On this day in 1998, Francesco Totti made his debut for the Italian national team in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in a Euro 2000 qualifier.

Born in Rome, Totti spent the entirety of his career at AS Roma, amassing over 750 appearances for the Giallorossi and scoring over 300 goals.

On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.

Daily Football Headlines

Back to basics for Caixinha in a bid to address Rangers’ leaky defence

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Despite scoring the second highest number of goals in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers’ have conceded 11 goals – a worse record than Hearts, Motherwell and Aberdeen.

But over the international break, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha made it a priority to address his side’s leaky defence as they prepare for their trip to St.

Leeds United make offer for Polish goalkeeper, confirms club scout

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Leeds United have made an offer for Polish goalkeeper Kamil Miazek, according to club scout Jakub Bokiej.

Miazek is currently available on a free transfer, and Bokiej who works as a scout for Leeds’ academy, confirmed earlier that the club has made an approach to tie him down on a permanent deal.

The Rest

Bayern Munich midfielder announces international retirement

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Arturo Vidal, midfielder for Bayern Munich and Chile, has announced his retirement from the national team, reports Sky Sports.

The news comes after Chile suffered a 3-0 defeat to Brazil in their final World Cup qualifier – a game he missed through suspension. In his absence, the South American outfit were thrashed at the Allianz Parque and finished one point off the playoffs places in Round 1.