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Arsenal v Manchester City: Community Shield live!

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:39
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Liverpool fire four-goal warning to rivals with win over Borussia Dortmund

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:03
Liverpool 4-0 Borussia Dortmund
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A-League All-Stars push Juventus close in Sydney friendly

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:56
  • A-League All-Stars 2-3 Juventus
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Huddersfields Mark Robins becomes first managerial casualty of season

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 09:18
Mark Robins leaves after opening-day rout by Bournemouth
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Portugal's Porto hope for revival with help from Spanish neighbours

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 09:00
The annual sale of the league's top players has taken place, with FC Porto hoping to push Benfica harder for the title this year Continue reading...






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Football's glory days in pictures

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 08:00

A new book, The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s, captures the years when footballers still smoked and the game was rooted in the local community

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Were the 70s football's golden age?

Guardian Football News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 08:00
As a new photography book celebrates the glory of 70s football, Ed Vulliamy charts his own relationship with the game, from bunking into an FA Cup final to the death of innocence at Heysel

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Football in brief

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 22:44
Tottenham end pre-season with win over Schalke
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Samir Nasri: France squad place is not worth how much my family suffers

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:30
Midfielder explains his reasons for quitting internationals
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Samir Nasri ready to make the best moves for himself and Manchester City

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:30
A hostile reception at todays Community Shield with Arsenal will not concern the player who has always put his own career first

Samir Nasri bridles at the less than flattering description of Sundays Community Shield. It is not a glorified friendly, he rebuts with a shake of the head. Against Arsenal and the supporters who guarantee a hostile reception for the clubs former midfielder at Wembley, how could it be? They see it as treason or that I betrayed them, says Nasri of his £24m switch to Manchester City in 2011. Its not like that. I just look at what is best for me. That perspective explains why the Frenchmans international career is over at the age of 27.

Nasri is attending a free coaching school organised by City in the Community when he confirms his retirement from France after 41 caps. The juxtaposition is striking. Behind the now former international are dozens of schoolchildren eager to impress and dreaming of a career like that of the two-time Premier League champion. The only disillusionment in the air emanates from the coaching schools special guest himself having evaluated his international future this summer and decided it was no longer best for him.

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Fitness ace may be Arsène Wengers and Arsenals best new signing

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:00
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Why Louis van Gaal may use United captaincy to motivate Wayne Rooney

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:00
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Premier League 2014-15 fans previews part 2: Manchester Utd to West Ham

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 20:19
How LVG has changed Uniteds mindset; QPRs new system looks vulnerable; and rebuilding Southampton is a task and half
Part 1: season previews from Arsenal to Manchester City

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Premier League 2014-15 fans previews part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 20:18
Villa fear a tactically and strategically inept campaign; Chelsea need a striker; plus why it could be Jordon Ibes time to shine
Part 2: season previews from Manchester United to West Ham

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Football League: your thoughts

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 19:09
How did your team fare on the opening weekend? Has early season optimism been amplified or has the doom set in?

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Ian Holloway condemns Millwall fans over obscene Jimmy Savile chants

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 19:03
Songs taunted Leeds supporters over citys links to Savile
Holloway: Its obscene it brings football into disrepute

Ian Holloway has condemned disrespectful Millwall supporters for goading Leeds United fans about their citys links to Jimmy Savile.

Holloway, whose side won the game at The Den 2-0 with goals from Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams, said the behaviour had undermined what was an impressive performance Millwalls first opening-day victory since 2010.

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Why Premier League new boys Burnley, Leicester and QPR need not be afraid

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 19:00
Promoted trio all have recent top-flight experience and can continue trend of surviving beyond their first season

It always used to be so easy to predict. The three clubs promoted to the Premier League would ruffle a few gilded feathers before ultimately returning from whence they came 10 months later, promising to be back soon.

Yet in the landscape of ever-more lucrative television rights and parachute payments, those days now seem in the dim and distant past. Not since the 200708 season when Birmingham City and Derby County the latter with a record-breaking low of 11 points and a solitary victory went straight back down has more than one promoted club failed to survive in their debut season. Four of the last 15 teams to try their luck in the Premier League duck hunt have ended up back in the Championship as the yo-yo phenomenon of the 1990s and 2000s has largely been consigned to history.

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Ipswich Town hold out against Fulham fightback to make winning start

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 18:37

Welcome back, Fulham, and yes, the Championship is harder than you might have remembered. This is an unforgiving league, one that punishes even the smallest of weaknesses, and Fulham had plenty of those on display here. While it is far too early to make definitive judgements about any side, Felix Magath should definitely be worried by Fulhams lack of quality and their failure to match Ipswich for commitment and endeavour.

It was Fulhams first match outside the Premier League in 13 years and while Magath could argue that they are a work in progress, they need to find their feet quickly, or else opponents will take as much delight in playing them as Mick McCarthys side did. The one consolation for Magath was the way his team roused themselves after Tim Hooglands late deflected strike set up a frantic finale, but Ipswich clung on for an impressive victory.

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Ipswich v Fulham: Championship as it happened

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 18:13

Felix Magaths young Fulham side learned a harsh lesson at Portman Road, with goals from Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick giving Ipswich the win

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Scottish roundup: Lee Erwin gives Motherwell a winning start

Guardian Football News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 18:11
Motherwell beat 10-man St Mirren 1-0
Inverness suppress newly promoted Hamilton 2-0

Motherwell made a winning start to their 2014-15 Scottish Premiership campaign with a goal from Lee Erwin enough to beat 10-man St Mirren 1-0 at Fir Park.

Last seasons runners-up were off the mark in the 64th minute as Erwin scored his first goal for the club by following up a parried Lionel Ainsworth shot, and their opponents misery was compounded when player-coach Jim Goodwin was sent off nine minutes later.

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