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Nicky Butt: U23 football is rubbish, Rashford a £50m star

The head of Manchester United’s youth academy pulled no punches in an interview with The Times, discussing the new Under-23 league, the recently sold United youngsters, and Marcus Rashford.<p>In an interview with Henry Winter published in <i>The Times</i> today, Nicky Butt, the man in charge of Mancheser …

Man Utd vs Man City: The inside story on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola's toxic rivalry

There is a core belief shared by Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola which helps explain why, as long as the two managers are rivals, they can never be friends.<p>“When we fight, we want everyone to fight together. When we kiss, that is the same. When a problem comes up Jose always puts his face forward,” …

Arsene Wenger rebukes Thierry Henry: 'He sits in the best seats so cannot speak for Arsenal fans'

Arsene Wenger issued a terse rebuke to Thierry Henry today, saying that the former striker cannot pretend to speak for all Arsenal fans when he claims that he has never seem the home support as angry as they were after defeat to Swansea City on Wednesday.<p>Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s critical derby …

Arsenal transfer news: Chelsea want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Eden Hazard replacement

The Blues are resigned to losing the Belgian superstar this summer, and have identified Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a possible …

Manchester United Transfer News: Ricardo Rodriguez, Romelu Lukaku, Fresh Rumours

Manchester United are raising their interest in Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez after he confirmed Real Madrid haven't made a move for his services. Meanwhile, a £40 million offer for Romelu Lukaku is allegedly in the offing.<p>According to German newspaper <i>Bild</i>, the Red Devils are set to get …

Is Christian Benteke good enough for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp?

Accepted wisdom can change incredibly quickly, especially when it comes to transfers. Over the summer, when Liverpool bought Christian Benteke for …

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Wenger must guide Arsenal through FA Cup, Liverpool & Stoke clashes

Arsene Wenger faced damaging and hurtful accusations over his attitude to the FA Cup in the wake of a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in …

Soccer

Spain World Cup hopes in disarray as Madrid mess costs Lopetegui his job

The Basque coach was removed on Wednesday against the players' wishes and leaves La Roja in turmoil ahead of their opener against Portugal on Friday<p>Spain's World Cup preparations are in chaos. The president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach …

Luis Suarez's two-game ban is the latest controversy of his career

The ESPN FC panel decide whether they believe Luis Suarez should be punished for his alleged postgame remarks. With Luis Suarez receiving another …

Zinedine Zidane: the No10 overcomes his doubts to step into Real Madrid cauldron | Paul Doyle and Sid Lowe

People who have watched and advised the Frenchman explain why he can succeed as Madrid’s coach as he prepares for his first match, against Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday<p>“I spent four years telling him he was a good header of the ball and every time he replied: ‘No, I’m not,’” says Pierrot Labat, a …

Arsenal vs. Sunderland, FA Cup: Preview, viewing info

A weakened Sunderland comes to London to face a somewhat weakened Arsenal.<p>Here we are again, the first weekend of January. Which means one thing: the FA Cup is back. This year, it's not minnow vs. giant, necessarily, but Premier League relegation candidates Sunderland visit the Emirates in search …

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to score this weekend - projection

<b>Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 14-6 Messi</b><p>Two days before they go head-to-head -- with Neymar completing the shortlist -- for the Ballon …

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Zidane tells Manchester United & PSG they have NO hope of signing Ronaldo

The World Cup winner insists the forward is the "soul" of his side and says the Portugal international will be played in his most comfortable position<p>…

Freddie Ljungberg returns to Arsenal

The Gunners legend is rejoining the club in a coaching capacity for the U-15s.<p>Arsenal legend and hair icon Fredrik Ljungberg is a Gunner once again. If your initial thought is: "we're *that* desperate to sign players, we brought Freddie back? Isn't Bob Pires already here?", do not fret. The 38 …

Premier League video: The strange sounds of Claudio Ranieri

The Leicester City boss has displayed a habit of making curious noises during his press conferences - enjoy a medley of the Italian manager's …

Everton signs Swiss youngster Shani Tarashaj

Looking to get its business done early, Everton signed Swiss under-21 standout striker Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers, the Merseyside club …

Ex-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro attends tribunal

London - Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro attended a tribunal hearing on Wednesday regarding her constructive dismissal case against the …

Gareth Bale scores a hat-trick as Zinedine Zidane wins his first game in charge of Real Madrid 5-0

Zinedine Zidane's time in charge gets off to a good start, with Bale scoring a hat-trick and Karim Benzema a brace as Deportivo are blown apart

Wenger: Koscielny reminded me of Cannavaro when I first saw him

The Gunners boss also reveals he was concerned he would struggle with the ball in the air in England but feels he's "slowly getting there"<p>Arsene …

Exeter 2 Liverpool 2 FA Cup match report: Brad Smith equaliser spares Jurgen Klopp's blushes

Exeter vs Liverpool, FA Cup third round - League Two side twice lead but in the end have to settle for a draw against Jurgen Klopp's young team<p>The Grecians have their gift as the FA Cup Third Round announced itself in a raucous, good old-fashioned throwback of a tie, with League Two Exeter City …

Yaya Toure still a hit at Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini says

Manuel Pellegrini has defended Yaya Toure's form and says the midfielder can still "make a difference" for Manchester City.<p>Toure's performance in …

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Diego Llorente backs Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Having played under the legendary France midfielder last year, the 22-year-old says the new head coach can succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu<p>Zinedine …

AEPD 'demands' Dani Alves apology as it considers legal action

The body has stated it "demands a public retraction" of his statement, in which he branded the Spanish press as "f****** rubbish" on social media<p>The …

Blanc pleased to see PSG kick on after mid-season break

The French coach hailed his side for making a winning return to Ligue 1 action with a 2-0 victory at the Parc de Princes, leaving them 22 points clear at the top<p>Paris Saint-Germain picked up where they left off in Ligue 1 following the mid-season break by beating Bastia 2-0 on Friday to leave coach …

China stocks fall despite surprise 7pc GDP growth

The Chinese stock markets continue to fall, following a month of turmoil<p>China’s stock markets continued to be in turmoil on Wednesday despite better-than-expected economic data showing the region's economy had grown by 7pc in the past year.<p>China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell by 4pc to …

Tottenham vs Arsenal: Five things we learned from the north London derby

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina struggled on the big occasion at White Hart Lane - and four other things we learnt<p><b>Ospina isn't good enough in goal</b><p>The Arsenal stopper was guilty of a needless foul on Harry Kane in the penalty area, which he was lucky to get away with, and some poor distribution …

Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

<b>Date</b>: June 21, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina<p><b>Scorers:</b><p><b>Nigeria: Odemwingie 28</b><p><b>Venue</b>: Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba<p><b>Attendance</b>: 40,499<p><b>Match overview</b>: It was a big improvement for Nigeria, with Keshi proving he is a clever<br>tactician who is not afraid to make changes.<p><b>Key moment</b>: Midway through the …

Montenegro v England: Wayne Rooney has last chance to fulfil international potential in 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Wayne Rooney’s last visit to Montenegro brought a hefty windfall for the legal profession.<p>It took four Football Association lawyers to knock Uefa’s initial three-game ban down to two after <b>England</b>’s best-known player had inexplicably kicked the legs of a Montenegrin defender in a Euro 2012 …