Category Archive: English Premier League

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Mar 29

Leicester sacking was biggest shock of my career, says Claudio Ranieri

• Ranieri: ‘The first thing that comes to mind is the sense of surprise’
• Italian says he will talk more about exit when in England in April

Claudio Ranieri has said his dismissal as the Leicester City manager came as a shock and that he was surprised to be relieved of his duties, nine months after leading the club to an unprecedented Premier League title.

The 65-year-old Italian was removed from his post in February, less than a year after taking a team of 5000-1 outsiders to the domestic title.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to splash £40m on Eric Dier?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/29/claudio-ranieri-leicester-city-football-sacking-shock-surprise

Mar 28

Humble & quiet, intelligent & athletic – how do you create the next N’Golo Kante?

What shaped him? Just how good is he? And what are Premier League clubs doing to create the next N’Golo Kante?

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39248977

Mar 28

Seamus Coleman expected to leave hospital on Wednesday, says Martin O’Neill

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill says Seamus Coleman is expected to be released from hospital on Wednesday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39425641

Mar 28

Climate change fears over new Everton stadium

Researcher says rising sea levels call into question the wisdom of Everton’s waterfront stadium plans.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39419843

Mar 28

Adam Lallana: Liverpool midfielder suffers thigh injury on England duty

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana suffers a thigh injury while playing for England that could keep him out for up to a month.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39422738

Mar 28

Liverpool v Everton: Seamus Coleman injury can offer motivation says Phil Jagielka

Everton will draw motivation from the horrific leg break suffered by Seamus Coleman when they travel to Liverpool, says captain Phil Jagielka.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39419362

Mar 28

What are the missing lyrics in these football songs? – quiz

These lyrics make Liam Gallagher look like Morrissey. Do you remember them?

What is the missing line from the original Three Lions song: “I still see that tackle by Moore, and when Lineker scored, Bobby belting the ball. And …”?

Gazza drinking

All our chances

Geoff Hurst blasting

Nobby dancing

Chelsea released this song in 1972 to coincide with their appearance in the League Cup final (which they lost to Stoke City). What is the missing line: “Blue is the colour, football is the game. We’re all together, and …”?

We’re so glad you came

We’ll have a good old time

Winning is our aim

We have something to proclaim

Complete the spoken word intro to Vindaloo: “Where on earth are you from? We’re from England. Where you come from … “?

Do you see great Albion?

Do you have the fun?

Is it this humdrum?

Do you put the kettle on?

Who is the missing Manchester United player in this lyric from their 1994 FA Cup song Come On You Reds: “Schmeichel, Parker, Pallister. Irwin, Bruce, Sharpe and Ince. Hughes, McClair, Keane and Cantona. Robson, Kanchelskis and … “?

Dublin

Blackmore

Ferguson

Giggs

What is the missing line from West Ham anthem I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles: “I’m forever blowing bubbles. Pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high, nearly reach the sky. Then like my dreams they … “

Make me cry

Go high and dry

Hit a pie in the sky

Fade and die

What is the next line from Scotland’s World Cup 1998 song Don’t Come Home Too Soon: “The world may not be shaking yet, but you might prove them wrong …”?

We have McAllister and Hendry

We’ll say ‘oui, oui’ in Paris

Stranger things have happened

Even long shots make it

What is the missing line from the Anfield Rap (Red Machine in Full Effect): “How’s he doing the Jamaica rap? He’s from just south of the Watford Gap. He gives us stick about the north/south divide. Cause they got the jobs. Yeah, but … “?

Not our dockside

We will abide

Our hits go worldwide

We got the side

We have civic pride

Which FA Cup finalists were celebrated with these lyrics in an eponymously titled song in 1972: “There’s a red-headed tiger known as Billy. And he goes like a human dynamo. Mick the Mover, of course, he can work like a horse. And Topcat Cooper’s always on the go”?

Stoke City

Leeds United

Arsenal

Aston Villa

What is the first line of Spurs’ 1982 FA Cup song: “Tottenham, Tottenham … “

We won in Birmingham

Come on Saturday 3pm

We’ll show them

No one can stop them

Complete this lyric from Pass & Move (It’s the Liverpool Groove): “Ho shimmy shimmy, Skippy take it away. Shaggy’s in flight, now it’s judgement day. Digger in the middle, weaving his spell. Jason McAteer … “

Knows his hair gel

The blonde bombshell

Sweeter than carmel

Strong enough for NFL

Like a bat outta hell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/28/lyrics-football-songs-quiz-three-lions-anfield-rap-vindaloo

Mar 27

‘The day I told Mourinho I wanted to leave’

Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair recalls the day he told Jose Mourinho of his desire to leave Manchester United.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39412592

Mar 27

Man City fined £35,000 over penalty protests

Manchester City are fined £35,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the draw with Liverpool.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39411403

Mar 27

Graham Stack: the Arsenal Invincible who has more fans in India than Islington

Graham Stack was on the bench for Arsenal on the day they won the league at Tottenham in 2004, but that fixture offered little preparation for life in Kerala

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Graham Stack knew that playing football in India was going to be different. The goalkeeper enjoyed a successful season with Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League last year, but a single game, a 5-0 defeat against Mumbai City FC told him the fans there were unique. “I had let in a hat-trick from Diego Forlán,” he remembers. “It was an away game, so when we returned to Kerala I was a bit nervous about facing our fans. First time I see them after this bad defeat, they’re all profusely thanking me for trying my best and assuring me that the team would come back stronger. I thought I’m seriously a long way from home now.”

Stack started his career as a goalkeeper in the Arsenal academy and graduated to become part of the famed Invicibles squad in the 2003-04 season. The former Republic of Ireland U21 goalkeeper lifted the Premier League trophy at Highbury surrounded by Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira. As a member of that great squad, Stack is welcome at the club any time and he recently visited Arsenal’s training ground for lunch with his old boss, Arsène Wenger. Stack’s privileged football education in north London shaped him and he continues to apply the lessons he learned at Arsenal for Eastleigh in the fifth tier of English football.

Related: Why would anyone drop the All Blacks to play for Ulster? Charles Piutau explains

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/behind-the-lines/2017/mar/27/graham-stack-arsenal-invincibles-goalkeeper-india-kerala-eastleigh

Mar 26

Tony Yeboah’s bonus scheme lacked the flexibility to succeed | Sean Ingle

Leading sports lawyer Ian Lynam believes rewarding players based on a team’s performance – rather than individually – is a sensible model for clubs

It was a classic local newspaper story from the mid-90s, joyfully regurgitated for the social media generation. “I’ve had enough Yorkshire puds, says United star Yeboah” ran the clipping from a 1996 copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post which did the rounds on Twitter last week, along with the story of how the Leeds striker’s unique bonus – two puddings per goal, plus one for each for his team-mates – had ended because “the Ghanaian hotshot’s goal-grabbing exploits have earned him so many puds he had to say ‘no more thanks’.”

I thought of that heartwarming tale while listening to the sports lawyer Ian Lynam, who has spent more than a decade acting for players and clubs on transfer deals and contracts, make a fascinating admission: that despite all the money that has flooded into the Premier League since then, most teams are getting their pay and bonus cultures wrong.

Related: Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations

Related: Leicester City’s Premier League title brings in record £129m income

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/26/premier-league-football-wages-flexibility-key

Mar 26

Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 2: Manchester Utd to West Ham

With eight weeks to go, fans assess the season so far, and what lies ahead
Click here for part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

What’s the mood among fans? The games are coming thick and fast – you expect that when you end up in the Europa League but belong in the Champions League. Most fans would take winning in Stockholm over fourth place but both are attainable. Then for some big work in the summer: we’re still in transition, so José Mourinho will have to add to the squad again and ship out the dead wood, regardless of their previous status.

Related: Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

We’ve seen Southampton at the San Siro and at Wembley, but there’s a nagging sense of underachievement

Mauricio Pochettino is providing Tottenham fans with the best football for 30 years

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/26/premier-league-fans-verdicts-run-in-part-2-manchester-united-west-ham

Mar 26

Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

With eight weeks to go, fans assess the season so far, and what lies ahead
• Click here for part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

What’s the mood among fans? With all the uncertainty about Arsène Wenger’s intentions and the increasingly likely exit of our two world-class talents, the ‘end of days’ mood around N5 couldn’t be stronger. Fans of most clubs would be delighted with a Wembley semi and a continued push for the top four – but we’re just dreading the prospect of an extended 10-game wake. And then there’s having to turn my phone off for the entire summer, should we end up finishing below our neighbours for the first time in 22 years.

Related: Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 2: Manchester Utd to West Ham

I can’t believe there’s a single Burnley supporter who isn’t fully behind Sean Dyche

Sadio Mané has been Liverpool’s player of the season – he’s a joy to watch

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/26/premier-league-fans-verdicts-run-in-arsenal-manchester-city

Mar 25

Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by the top four | Paul Wilson

The teams in the top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand

When the Premier League returns after the international break it does so as if making up for lost momentum; a full midweek programme follows this coming weekend’s fixtures and by the time everyone has played twice in four or five days the remaining games will be down to single figures and the run-in will be under way.

Chelsea’s 10-point lead means they are universally regarded as a shoo-in for the title, though by that reckoning Arsenal have no chance of overhauling Tottenham, who are nine points ahead of their London rivals. While Arsenal have a game in hand, they also have a testing match coming up with the visit of Manchester City.

Related: If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors | Marina Hyde

Related: José Mourinho thinks Premier League power is too divided, but is he right? | Paul Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/25/chelsea-stay-on-top-arsenal-miss-out-league-runin

Mar 24

Everton’s Coleman suffers broken leg in Republic draw

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffers a broken leg in his side’s goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39388290

Mar 24

Why Eden Hazard eclipses the N’Golo Kanté cult and is player of the year | Barney Ronay

The stifling orthodoxy that N’Golo Kanté is the top flight’s most important player ignores the bravery and skill of Chelsea’s Belgian playmaker alongside him

There are some things in sport that you’re just not allowed to say, lines that must not be crossed. For a long time it was more or less impossible to say in public that you thought Paul Scholes was simply a very good footballer, as opposed to a chasteningly complete distillation of perfection and a one-man anti-glam debunking of the Premier League star system. You might think this. But saying it out loud is still technically an offence under the Scholes Act 2009, punishable by being stabbed in the eye with a skewer by the Queen.

The same goes for Sachin Tendulkar, the most astonishingly hyped player in the history of cricket, a very good, enduring batsman whose po-faced messianic persona conferred a kind of devotional light on his fine strokeplay and solid defence. To point out that, actually, you’d rather watch Virender Sehwag is to admit not just to idiocy but to heresy, punishable by being publicly garrotted with a piece of twine by a group of sad, betrayed children. These are, of course, inappropriate opinions and anyone who holds them should be ashamed.

Related: Real Madrid aim to prise Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

There is a tribal element to this. With relentless monotony Kanté has been used as stick with which to beat Paul Pogba

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/24/eden-hazard-ngolo-kante-barney-ronay

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