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Leicester have to plan for life after Vardy, admits Rodgers

Leicester have to start planning for life without Jamie Vardy, manager Brendan Rodgers admitted on Monday, but he believes the 34-year-old still has plenty to offer. "Of course, the backdrop is the club always has to be looking forward and planning forward, not just in Jamie's position but in every position -- it's something which is an on-going process with every player," said Rodgers.


Brzeczek leaves job as Poland coach

Jerzy Brzeczek has left his job as Poland coach despite helping the team qualify for Euro 2020, the country's football federation (PZPN) announced on Monday. The 49-year-old Brzeczek extended his contract last November after helping Poland finish top of their qualifying group for the European Championship, which will be held this year after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Jack Wilshere's career could have been so different, but it's great that he's rejoined Bournemouth

Things could have been so different for Bournemouth's new signing Jack Wilshere


Neil Lennon accuses media and government of 'hypocrisy' in astonishing rant

Neil Lennon has come out swinging at Celtic's critics after another player tested positive for COVID-19.


Ibrahimovic double as Milan pull clear of Inter on top of Serie A

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first start in two months as AC Milan beat Cagliari 2-0 on Monday to pull ahead of city rivals Inter on top of the Serie A table. Ibrahimovic, 39, got the first from the penalty spot after seven minutes, adding a second just after the break in Sardinia. Milan, targeting their first league title since 2011 when Ibrahimovic last played in the team, pull three points ahead of Inter who beat champions Juventus...


Across the Romaverse Podcast, #24: Derby Wrap, Coppa Italia Preview & More

We put a brief wrap on the Derby della Capitale before looking ahead to Tuesday’s Coppa Match Up with Spezia.


Arsenal 3 - Newcastle 0 match report: takin’ care of business

You couldn’t have scripted it much better.


Ozil adds spice to German minister's trip to Turkey

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tried his diplomatic best on Monday to sidestep the delicate issue of German international Mesut Ozil's high-profile transfer from Arsenal to Istanbul's Fenerbahce. "Yes, this issue is more sensitive than the vaccination issue," Maas said with a cautious smile at a press briefing in Ankara that was otherwise devoted to Turkey's uneasy relations with EU member states. "I know people in Turkey are very emotional...


AC Milan Submit An Offer To Sign FC Porto Winger On A Free Transfer

Milan ae looking to get a head start on the summer and potentially cover for a redemption falling through.


Messi sees red, 'fearful' Juventus, PSG back top: Talking points from around Europe

Frustration got the better of Lionel Messi as he saw red in the Spanish Super Cup final, while Inter dealt a major blow to Juventus's Serie A title hopes but Paris Saint-Germain are back on top in France. AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from across the continent: - Messi's first red card for Barca - Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in 753 appearances for Barcelona at the end of his side's 3-2 extra-time defeat by...


Everything wrong with Neil Lennon's latest meltdown

Neil Lennon went swinging for Celtic's critics in the wake of their Dubai Covid scandal


Atletico to appeal again after FIFA confirm Trippier 10-week ban

Atletico Madrid will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after Kieran Trippier's 10-week ban for breaching betting rules was upheld by FIFA on Monday. Atletico will request Trippier's suspension is again put on hold while the appeal is being heard, raising the possibility of the defender again returning to action. As it stands, Trippier is banned until February 28 and is due to miss eight La Liga fixtures, as well as Atletico's...


English clubs spend most, but FIFA report highlights pandemic's impact on transfer market

The number of international transfers of male players in 2020 dropped by 5.4 percent compared to the previous year, while total transfer fees were down significantly, by 23.4 percent, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a FIFA report published Monday revealed. In its Global Transfer Market Report, world football's governing body said that the total amount spent on transfer fees of $5.63 billion was down by $1.7 billion on 2019, a fall of...


Youssef En-Nesyri: Things to know about the Moroccan striker

Who is reported West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri?


Dynamo acquire forward Maxi Urruti from Montreal

Defender Kiki Struna heads to Canada in the trade.


Coppa Italia Probable Formations: Roma vs Spezia

The Giallorossi will square off against Aquilotti twice in four days, so expect some turnover after Friday’s derby embarrassment.


Manchester City's resurgence summed up by outrageous defensive stat

The defensive statistic that sums up Manchester City's dominant form this season


Maguire hails Man Utd progress but says there is room to improve

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire hailed the huge progress the Red Devils have made in his 18 months at the club but said much more improvement was needed to deliver major trophies. United extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches and their away record to 16 without defeat with a 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday to remain top of the Premier League. A mammoth 33 points divided the sides last season as Liverpool romped to their first...


Manu’s Grab Bag: Knocked Out

We talk whether this is the end, Giorgi Chiellini dueling Romelu Lukaku and the 2015 Boston Red Sox starting rotation.


Juventus: An airing of grievances

Juventus' defeat to Inter has shifted the balance of power in Serie A.


Leonardo claims there is 'place reserved' for Lionel Messi at PSG

PSG sporting director Leonardo has left the door open to a move for Lionel Messi


Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal pile more misery on Newcastle

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a double as Arsenal's rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. The Gunners were facing an unlikely battle for survival less than a month ago, but 13 points from a possible 15 have lifted Mikel Arteta's men into 10th and within seven points of the top four. Despite Aubameyang doubling his tally of league goals from open play this season,...


Mohamed Salah hints he is happy to stay at Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has said he would be happy to stay at Liverpool but says his future depends on the club, having previously flirted with Real Madrid & Barcelona.


Celtic confirm second coronavirus case as Lennon blasts 'hypocrisy'

Celtic confirmed a second player had tested positive for coronavirus on Monday after a much-criticised training camp in Dubai but manager Neil Lennon hit back angrily at what he labelled "hypocrisy" over the trip. Lennon also addressed comments made by former Celtic striker Andy Walker who, speaking in his role as a pundit, criticised the club for "dismal governance" over the trip, which he labelled "a jolly".


Football moments to cheer you up on Blue Monday

10 football moments to cheer you up on Blue Monday, including Kylian Mbappe meeting fans, Wayne Rooney's old tweets, Alan Pardew's dance & more.


Premier League set to introduce concussion subs from 'next week'

Premier League to introduce separate concussion substitutions


Leicester vs Chelsea preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, team news, kick off time & prediction

Preview and prediction as Leicester host Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday night.


Bayern Munich must prepare for life after David Alaba with defensive reinforcement

Bayern Munich must address the imminent departure of David Alaba with some immediate defensive reinforcements


Shrewsbury boss to watch Saints FA Cup match from hospital after virus scare

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill will be cheering on his team in Tuesday's FA Cup match at Premier League club Southampton from hospital after spending time in intensive care with coronavirus. The 56-year-old spent part of the weekend being given oxygen in intensive care and remains in hospital.


DC United makes Argentina's Losada youngest MLS head coach

Hernan Losada, manager of Belgian first division side Beerschot, was named Monday as head coach of DC United, becoming Major League Soccer's youngest head coach at 38. The Argentine had served as manager at Beerschot since 2019 after spending three stints with the Belgian club during a 15-year career as a midfielder. Losada replaces Ben Olsen, who was fired last October after DC United won just five of 23 matches and finished second last in the...


Borussia Dortmund will not sell Erling Braut Haaland this summer — reports

The transfer dance begins


Inter confirm name will not change during upcoming club rebrand

Inter will re-brand as Inter Milano, ditching the 'Internazionale' name that the club has had since it was founded in 1908.


AC Milan director Paolo Maldini confirms impending transfer of ‘perfect’ Tomori

Maldini should know


Real Madrid and David Alaba Reach Agreement on Four Year Contract—Report

The Austrian will arrive from Bayern Munich on a free transfer in July


Meet The Draftees: Hannah Betfort

Betfort was the Thorns’ final pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft.


Top four, not title race, the priority for Lampard at Chelsea

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea's priority is to get back into the Premier League top four after a barren run rather than targeting the title. However, the former England midfielder is hopeful the Blues fortunes can change for the better as quickly as they have deteriorated over the past month. Chelsea eased back up to seventh thanks to just their second win in seven league games at 10-man Fulham on Saturday. However, they briefly topped the...


Torino sack coach Giampaolo

Serie A strugglers Torino on Monday sacked coach Marco Giampaolo as the club sit in the relegation zone. Giampaolo, 53, took over last August after the Turin side finished last season in 16th position. But the club are struggling third from bottom of the league with just two wins this campaign and none at home. Torino owner Urbano Cairo on Saturday blasted "the worst match of the season" after a goalless draw at home against minnows Spezia who...


Free agent Wilshere joins Championship side Bournemouth

Championship club Bournemouth announced on Monday they had completed the signing of former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere until the end of the season. He had been training with Bournemouth in recent weeks ahead of his signing as a free agent.


Henry Wingo joins Hungarian club on nearly $1M transfer fee

Sounders retained a sell-on percentage, meaning they’ll collect something close to $200,000.


FIFA 21 Ultimate Team: Everything you need to know about TOTY

Everything you need to know about FIFA 21's TOTY, including release date, voting close time, pack information & more.


Tactical Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz

Dortmund peppered the visitors goal constantly, conceded a top class goal, and then seemed to run out of steam


Luke Shaw is quietly enjoying his best season at Manchester United to date

Luke Shaw's resurgence in form could translate into his best season as a Manchester United player.


Blackpool Send Liverpool Winger Home After Disappointing Half-Season Loan

Blackpool chose not to extend Ben Woodburn’s loan following a half season with the League One side.


Timely return of Thomas Partey boosts Arsenal's European hopes

Arsenal dismissed Newcastle on Monday and Thomas Partey was at the heart of it all


First team potential to 3. Liga sub: Will Fiete Arp catch a break at Bayern Munich?

Fiete Arp just can’t seem to catch a break and get closer to breaking into Bayern’s senior squad.


Nos Audietis: Talking social justice with Joshua Ford and Sean Muldoon

It wasn’t necessarily intended as a Martin Luther King Day episode, but the time of Jeremiah’s conversation with Sounders Academy goalkeepers coach Joshua Ford and Head Strength and conditioning coach Sean Muldoon worked out pretty perfectly. Ford and Muldoon have been two of the bigger behind-the-scenes forces in terms of helping raise awareness of various social justice causes among the Sounders. Perhaps most notably is their efforts to bring...


Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Player ratings as Aubameyang masterclass dismisses dreary Magpies

Arsenal ran riot against Newcastle as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace.


Morocco begin bid for back-to-back CHAN titles with victory

Yahya Jabrane converted a retaken penalty to give Morocco a 1-0 victory over Togo Monday in Douala as they seek to become the first back-to-back winners of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). In the second match of a Group C double-header at the Stade Reunification in the Cameroonian economic capital, Rwanda and Uganda drew 0-0. Jabrane had his first spot-kick saved by Abdoul-Moubarak Aigba, but the goalkeeper moved forward off his line...


USA vs. Colombia: how to watch and match thread

Let’s go first USWNT game of 2021.


Stefan Savić is Atlético Madrid’s new defensive leader

Simeone’s shift to a 3-4-1-2 formation has improved not only Atlético’s attack, but its league-best defense, too.