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Apr 25

David Squires on … Arsenal and Chelsea reaching the FA Cup final

Our resident cartoonist looks back on the Wembley semi-finals, featuring a terrifying hoolie firm and the depth of Antonio Conte’s squad

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2017/apr/25/david-squires-on-arsenal-and-chelsea-reaching-the-fa-cup-final

Apr 25

Newcastle United: How Rafael Benitez turned relegation into promotion

The Rafa buzz, Gayle’s goals and few money well spent – BBC Sport looks at how Newcastle United secured Championship promotion.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39695457

Apr 25

Champions League set for goals landmark

With 364 goals scored in the UEFA Champions League this season, the 2016/17 campaign is set to be the most prolific since the competition’s launch in 1992/93.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2460145.html?rss=2460145+Champions+League+set+for+goals+landmark

Apr 25

Celta v Man. United background

Unbeaten in their last five European games, Celta will look to create a major upset in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals and get to the Stockholm decider at the expense of Manchester United.

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Apr 25

Ajax v Lyon background

Ajax are within sight of the UEFA Europa League final as they welcome Lyon for their semi-final opener, and will hope their excellent home form can help pave the way to Stockholm.

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Apr 25

The breakthrough Bleus in numbers

Adrenaline junkies, fruit machines, polls, droppings and helf from afar feature as FIFA.com reviews France’s FIFA World Cup conquest in statistics.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=the-breakthrough-bleus-in-numbers-2880339.html

Apr 25

Curran signs new Ross County contract

Ross County striker Craig Curran agrees a 12-month contract extension until summer 2018 with the Scottish Premiership club.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39700722

Apr 25

Newcastle United crush Preston North End to seal return to Premier League

As the final whistle blew the Tyneside air felt Arctic but Rafael Benítez bore the look of a man enjoying the warmth of the sun on his back for the first time following a long, hard winter.

A year after enduring the ignominy of relegation, Newcastle United’s manager had returned his team to the Premier League and, at a stroke, the sometimes untidy travails of a tough recent few weeks on the Championship treadmill melted away.

Related: Newcastle are back in the Premier League – what happens now depends on Mike Ashley | Louise Taylor

Related: Rafael Benítez puts owner Mike Ashley on notice after Newcastle are promoted

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/newcastle-united-preston-north-end-championship-match-report

Apr 24

Rafael Benítez puts owner Mike Ashley on notice after Newcastle are promoted

• Elated manager lays out requirements for top-flight return
• ‘We have to prepare to be strong enough for the Premier League’

Rafael Benítez had no sooner secured Newcastle United’s return to the Premier League than he subtly reminded Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, that he is most certainly not prepared to settle for second best next season.

Related: Newcastle are back in the Premier League – what happens now depends on Mike Ashley | Louise Taylor

Related: Newcastle United crush Preston North End to seal Premier League return

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/rafael-benitez-newcastle-united-promotion

Apr 24

Rafael Benitez: Newcastle boss needs transfer funds – Alan Shearer

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez must be given money for new players before their Premier League return, says club legend Alan Shearer.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39699186

Apr 24

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte says Premier League title would be his ‘greatest’ feat

• Manager wants to build side into a ‘real power’ for the future
• Conte aims dig at Manchester City and United over lavish spending

Antonio Conte would consider winning the Premier League title this season with Chelsea as the greatest achievement of his managerial career to date, with the feat carrying greater weight in the context of the lavish sums spent by both Manchester clubs last summer.

While City and United prepare for the derby at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday with Champions League qualification their priority, Chelsea can move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory against Southampton on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. Re-establishing that imposing lead would potentially inflict further psychological damage on second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, whom they beat in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Related: Antonio Conte’s new guard maintain Chelsea’s fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/antonio-conte-chelsea-southampton

Apr 24

Ander Herrera says Champions League place is at stake in Manchester derby

• Midfielder says clash with Manchester City will be ‘the game of the season’
• Yaya Touré would prefer to ‘play without a referee’ after error at Wembley

Ander Herrera believes the Manchester derby on Thursday will be the biggest match of their season, with United and City separated by only a point in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification for next season.

United go into the game at the Etihad Stadium on the back of three successive Premier League victories that have revived their hopes of finishing in the top four. Having starred in the 2-0 win against the leaders, Chelsea, last week, the Spain midfielder Herrera played a pivotal role in the 2-0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor and he admitted the meeting with Pep Guardiola’s side could be make or break for both teams.

Related: Liverpool need flawless finish and a Manchester City favour, says Emre Can

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/24/ander-herrera-champions-league-manchester-derby

Apr 24

‘I want to leave Celtic with a treble’

Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts is eager to bring the curtain down on his loan spell at Celtic by sealing a domestic treble next month.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39686914

Apr 24

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday’s Championship game between Wolves and Huddersfield Town.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39035260

Apr 24

The top goalscorers in Europe’s eight leading leagues

Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani are the top scorers in Europe’s highest-ranked domestic leagues for now, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s weekend strike sent him clear at the top in Germany.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2454846.html?rss=2454846+The+top+goalscorers+in+Europe's+eight+leading+leagues

Apr 24

Whyte’s offer for Rangers ‘seemed viable’

The former finance director of Rangers football club gives evidence at Craig Whyte’s trial.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39692561

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