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There when you need them: The Premier League’s best squad players

Football is a team game. That’s rule number one. If you haven’t had that drilled into you by now, then some of the PE teachers of this world haven’t …

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Tourist trials, ultra ink and pay cuts: the unconventional career of Dame N'Doye

The January transfer window has a reputation for facilitating over-indulgent and expensive deals. Since its introduction in 2003, it's proved …

Why Torino's raging bull could have the pick of clubs from England and Spain

The 60-second story<p>FACT FILE<p>After failing to control Fabio Quagliarella’s cutback, Matteo Darmian sprinted after the ball, moving swiftly across the …

Chelsea's UEFA Youth League triumph brings development debate into focus

On Monday, Chelsea won the UEFA Youth League, beating Shakhtar Donetsk in the final 3-2. The competition is sort of like a junior varsity Champions …

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Argentina striker Thomas Conechny plunges 10ft after falling out of hotel window while celebrating a goal on FIFA 15

Argentina striker Thomas Conechny plunged 10ft to the ground after falling out of a hotel window…because he became over-excited during a game of FIFA …

How Van Gaal's Manchester United revolution is FINALLY taking off

The 20-time champions were poor for much of the season but have turned it around with their last two performances as they march towards the Champions League<p><b>ANALYSIS</b> By <b>Greg Stobart</b> Follow on Twitter<p>A 90-minute documentary about Louis van Gaal was aired on <i>MUTV</i> this week in which the Manchester United …

Premier League: 10 questions ahead of the weekend - Telegraph

Derby day 'traitors' - they played for both sides - Telegraph

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Liverpool's defense sucks, so what if they just don't try to defend?

Trying to defend deep against Arsenal is usually a decent strategy, unless you're Liverpool. They should do the exact opposite.<p>Sunday's match against Arsenal is the biggest of their season to date for Liverpool, something we're going to have to say a few times until they're completely out of the …

Newcastle vs Sunderland: Jack Colback set for hot reception after crossing game's biggest divide

Midfielder has become a crowd favourite at Newcastle after turning down a new contract at Sunderland in order to move to St James's Park<p>Given that most of us kicked a ball about as a child with dreams of one day playing for the team we supported, few can blame Jack Colback for accepting an offer to …

Liverpool vs Arsenal: The day Thierry Henry got Arsenal's Invincibles back on track

Flashback: A crucial hat-trick against Liverpool a decade ago captured striker's value to Arsenal in 90 stunning minutes<p>When Thierry Henry was asked this week to select his greatest career moment, it was perhaps understandable that the romantic in him should select his extraordinary comeback goal …

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Marco Asensio the next great hope of Spanish football

Not many players get their face on the cover of <i>Marca</i>, the most read sports paper in Spain, at 18-years-old. Then, not many players are Marco Asensio.<p>In fact, going back over recent years, analysing the Spanish production line and its glory, it’s difficult to think of many players with more natural …

Liverpool betrayed a small-club mentality in allowing Arsenal to sign Alexis Sanchez

Anfield needed a marquee name to replace Luis Suarez in the summer and the club's failure to spend big on Chilean is now costing them dear this season, argues Jason Burt<p>When <b>Arsenal</b> bid £40million and £1 – wrongly believing it would trigger a non-existent release clause – to try and sign Luis Suarez …

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 …

Thierry Henry retires: Arsenal's inventive Invincible leaves a legacy of glorious goals and golden memories

No striker in the modern age scored goals quite like Thierry Henry - goalkeepers around the world can breathe easy now he has retired, says Henry Winter<p>To the relief of opposing goalkeepers everywhere, Thierry Henry has announced his retirement as a player. Now 37, Henry’s career will be remembered …

Liverpool FC: Nine reasons for optimism at Anfield

Liverpool may have made their worst start to a season since 1964, but it's not all gloom and doom at Anfield - here are nine reasons to be cheerful<p><b>1. At least they're shooting a lot</b> <b><br>Liverpool</b> average 14.7 shots per game in the Premier League this season - which shows that they are, at least, …

Newcastle's next two matches will decide Alan Pardew's future - he could end them a hero or be the enemy again

The Magpies face Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before Sunday's derby against Sunderland, and resentment towards Pardew remains<p>Alan Pardew is the dead man walking who somehow survived as <b>Newcastle United</b> manager. He is the manager who, when confronted by thousands of angry supporters …

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Champions League last 16 draw - Alan Smith's verdict - Telegraph

The top 20 best goalkeepers in the world

Why Sassuolo should be celebrated

The Emilian minnows do things differently, and for that they deserve recognition.<p>When you're a Serie A team expected to struggle near the bottom of the table, there are a few rules you'd normally follow. You usually spend the summer scrambling around to try and sign players too old to offer …

Chelsea in vanguard of Champions League optimism as England expects

Jose Mourinho’s bold statement of wish for Chelsea to face PSG in last 16 reflective of a growing English self-confidence following qualification of three Premier League teams<p>It can be hard sometimes with Jose Mourinho to know where the kidology stops and the candour begins, especially when he does …

Premier League: 10 questions ahead of the weekend - by Charlie Eccleshare - Telegraph

Man Utd v Liverpool: Is this really the biggest game in English football?

Jonathan Liew investigates: This Sunday's match at Old Trafford will be billed as the biggest fixture in the game, but do the statistics back this up?<p>Ah, <b>Manchester United</b> v <b>Liverpool</b>. Or, as Gary Neville dubbed it on Monday night, the Dog and Duck versus the Red Lion. United and Liverpool may both …

Best Manchester United players: Greatest XI of all time

It's hard enough selecting Manchester United's greatest manager when the outstanding candidates are limited to merely two exceptional Scots knights so the task of picking an XI of the club's best players over the past 140 years is both a mug's game and a privilege. It is, of course, very much a …

Arsenal's injury crisis this season - Telegraph

Manchester United cult hero Marouane Fellaini goes from 'lampshade' to part of the Old Trafford furniture

Few footballers divide opinion quite so starkly, but the shaggy-haired Belgian has shown he has the fighting spirit to overcome a disastrous first season<p>It was a statement made with the best of intentions, but just as <b>Manchester United</b> supporters were beginning to doubt the qualities Marouane …

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