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Safety concerns keeping Mkhitaryan from final
Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku simply because he's Armenian.

Guardiola insists 'real captain' Kompany will be back at City
Pep Guardiola paid a final tribute to long-serving Vincent Kompany who leaves Man City after 11 years at the club.

Liverpool vs Tottenham Champions League final team news: Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita back in training
Naby Keita has been named in Liverpool's 26-man squad for their warm weather training camp in Marbella. The 24-year-old has been sidelined with a groin injury but travelled with the rest of his team-mates to Spain on Monday. Keita had been expected to miss the rest of the season when he limped off in the first-leg of Liverpool's semi-final against Barcelona three weeks ago, but is currently ahead of schedule with his rehab and could yet play a part in the final against Tottenham.

Transfer Profile: Paul Pogba
A closer look at Manchester United's Paul Pogba, who is strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer.

Transfer Profile - Alexis Sanchez
A closer look at Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez who is rumoured to be leaving the club this summer.

England reveal retro kit for World Cup campaign
England have revealed their kit for the World Cup, inspired by their 1992 team.

Transfer Profile: Eden Hazard
A closer look at Chelsea's Eden Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a summer transfer to Real Madrid.

Del Bosque defends Spanish teams' performances in Europe
Vicente del Bosque has defended the standard of Spanish football following this season's all English Europa and Champions League finals.

Nice to be linked with Juventus, but I'm staying with France - Deschamps
France head coach Didier Deschamps admits it's nice to be linked with a club as big as Juventus, but says his future lies with Les Bleus.

Exploring the real science behind tackle football's risks
New book and an international group of neurologists say hype about the dangers of tackle football has gone beyond the real science

I feel privileged to have coached Cech - Emery
Unai Emery said he feels privileged to have coached Petr Cech with the goalkeeper retiring after Arsenal's UEFA Europa League final with Chelsea.

Every Arsenal fan wants to come with us...but Baku is far - Emery
Unai Emery said all of Arsenal's supporters would want to travel with the Gunners to the Europa League final but it is too far and expensive to get to Baku.

Five players Man United should sign
But which five players should United make their top targets this summer as they aim to push their way back into the top four of the Premier League? Even though United have been through struggles in recent seasons, the allure of playing for one of the most popular clubs on the planet and dragging them back to the top of the game will attract plenty of players. So too will the fact that United's finances allows them to pay top dollar.

FIFA clarifies ticket controversy
FIFA is confident problems for the Women's World Cup will be resolved.

Transfer Profile - Wilfried Zaha
A look at Wilfried Zaha who is rumoured to be a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal this summer.

Man City 2018-19 season in review
Man City's title defense appeared to be in trouble due to a combination of injuries and difficult games in December, but Pep Guardiola's team rebounded in a big way.

Bale could make the difference for Man Utd, but Spurs move would be amazing – Redknapp
Gareth Bale could “make a difference” at Manchester United, believes Harry Redknapp, but a return to Tottenham for the Real Madrid forward would also be “amazing”. Redknapp was in charge of Spurs when Bale's career ignited and he became a talismanic presence with the ability to tempt Madrid into a record-breaking move. Now 29 years of age, the fleet-footed frontman has enjoyed plenty of highs at the Santiago Bernabeu, including four Champions League triumphs, but has also suffered a number of lows.

My blood is blue - Giroud relishing facing Arsenal in Europa League final
Olivier Giroud is relishing facing his old club when Chelsea take on Arsenal in the Europa League final. Giroud is expected to lead the line in the May 29 showpiece, with his 10 Europa League goals the most anyone has scored in this season's tournament. The World Cup winner left Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 but has been linked with a return to Ligue 1 for more playing time at the end of the season.

City parade historic treble in Manchester
Manchester City have been parading through the city with their season's trophy collection from both the men' and women's teams.

Toni Kroos extends Real Madrid deal
Midfielder Toni Kroos has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2023

AFC Champions League Review: Spain great Xavi ends playing career with defeat
Spain and Barcelona icon Xavi played the final match of his playing career in Al Sadd's 2-0 AFC Champions League defeat to Persepolis on Monday. One of the most decorated players in football history, Xavi won 19 honours during his 17-year Barca stay and also enjoyed great success on the international stage, winning the World Cup and Euro 2008 and 2012 with Spain. He joined Qatari club Al Sadd in 2015 to see out his playing days and on Monday he pulled on their jersey for the last time after announcing his impending retirement earlier this month, as he bids to embark on a coaching career.

US defenders John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin to miss Gold Cup
The Americans open training camp next week in Annapolis, Maryland, but some Gold Cup players will not report until the following week. Among the omissions on the preliminary roster are goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and forwards Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten. Winger Tyler Boyd is on the preliminary roster after FIFA approved his switch from New Zealand to the U.S. Others on the 40-man list include 20-year Fulham defender Marlon Fossey, 22-year Celtic defender Andrew Gutman who is on loan to Charlotte, Derby midfielder Duane Holmes and Duisburg forward Joe Gyau.

Silva cool on Everton link with Inter midfielder Joao Mario
Everton boss Marco Silva has rebuffed reports linking Inter star Joao Mario with a move to Merseyside. There was speculation last week that the Italians had offered the 26-year-old midfielder to Everton in a £15 million deal. Blues' director of football Marcel Brands and Silva have drawn up a summer wish list in a bid to make a push for a top-six berth in the Premier League next season.

English Premier League broadcast rights rise to $12 billion
Caption Close LONDON (AP) — The cost of English Premier League broadcast rights has risen almost 8% to 9.2 billion pounds ($12 billion) for the next three seasons. Despite a drop in the value of domestic rights, interim chief executive Richard Masters says foreign broadcasters are paying about 30% more for games. Masters says overseas companies who can show all 380 games live each season are paying 4.2 billion pounds in the 2019-2022 cycle, up from 3.1 billion pounds. Masters told the FT Business of Football Summit that domestic broadcast rights have dropped in value from 5.4 billion pounds to 5 billion pounds despite 200 games being sold rather than 168 in the 2016-19 cycle. Comcast-owned Sky

Bolivian football referee dies after collapsing during match
The shocking scenes took place at the Bolivian Primera Division match between Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero held at the El Alto Municipal Stadium, considered the highest professional football stadium in the world at 4,150 metres above sea level. Hurtado was rushed to the El Norte Hospital but was declared dead an hour later. The Bolivian Football Federation confirmed Hurtado¡'s death in a statement which expressed their solidarity with Hurtado's family.

Whitecaps FC-Red Bulls Preview
Coming off the type of victory that builds confidence for bigger things to come, the New York Red Bulls seek their fifth win in six matches Wednesday night when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Supporters' Shield winners last year with 71 points, the Red Bulls (5-5-2) got off to a slow start thanks to a sputtering offense that totaled eight goals in the first seven matches. Three-time 20-goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips has found the back of the net just once, and coach Chris Armas has been searching for alternative sources of offense.

Mbappé, Di Maria and Thauvin headline this Ligue 1 weekend
Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria were the two best players during PSG's 4-0 win against Dijon. The other standout players of the weekend were Memphis Depay (Lyon), Falcao (Monaco) and Florian Thauvin (Marseille).

Italy could play an important part at Euro 2020 - Mancini
Roberto Mancini says he's happy with his first year as head coach of the Italian national side, and believes they could play an important part at Euro 2020.

5 things... Barca clinch 26th La Liga crown
Barcelona clinched their 26th La Liga title, moving them to within seven of Real Madrid's record of 33.

Completed A-League 2019-20 transfers: Signings, departures, managers & current squads
After Sydney FC won a fourth A-League championship, the attention of many has already turned to the 2019-20 season. It's set to be a big one for the competition with Western United joining the A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers to play in a new stadium and a number of clubs set to welcome new coaches. With Keisuke Honda departing Melbourne Victory, a new big-name marquee will be on the agenda as every A-League club looks to assemble a competitive squad.

Mora wants JDT to keep pushing in the ACL
One more group match to go and JDT are still in contention to become the second team from Group E to reach the Round of 16, an idea no one had when the Malaysia Super League champions headed into their first ever foray in the AFC Champions League. Gyeongnam FC stands in their way for a coveted place in the next stage of the most prestigious club competition in Asia and to carry on their dreams, JDT will have to do something they have been unable to do in the previous matches, which is to win away from home. Two similar results in the away matches at Kashima Antlers and Shandong Luneng saw JDT narrowly beaten 2-1 but after an inspired 1-0 win over the former at Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, JDT should be motivated and confident heading into the match at Changwon Football Center.

5 things you didn't know... Ribery breaks record before bowing out of Bayern
Franck Ribery is now a nine-time German champion. No other player has ever won this many Bundesliga titles.

'Kylian will continue' - PSG issue response to Mbappe's 'more responsibility' statement
Paris Saint-Germain have issued a response to Kylian Mbappe's comments about his future by assuring he will remain with the club next season. Mbappe raised eyebrows after accepting the awards for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year when he told reporters he had reached a “turning point” in his career. "Strong links have united PSG and Kylian Mbappe for two years and that same story will continue next season,” PSG wrote in a statement published on social media.

Lippi hints that Pochettino could be next Juve boss
Former Juventus head coach Marcello Lippi says the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri could be announced following the conclusion of the season - hinting that Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino could take over after the UEFA Champions League final.

French Bulldog shows off impressive soccer skills
A friendly soccer match took a turn when a French Bulldog named Cookie started showing off its impressive soccer skills.

New Maradona film tracks highs and lows, intimate family moments
A new documentary about soccer great Diego Maradona shines a light on intimate moments with his family and teammates through previously unseen footage that capture the giddy highs and also the lows of his rollercoaster career. The former Argentina team captain, 58, missed the glitzy premiere of "Diego Maradona" in Cannes on Sunday due to a shoulder injury, the film's publicists said, and has yet to see it screened, though he was interviewed as part of it. quot;We are dealing with archive from way back, there will be lots of images that he himself hasn't seen of himself, of his family, of his kids," director Asif Kapadia told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

Manchester United: Give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time, says Robin van Persie
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead Manchester United and must be given a fair chance to reverse their decline, former striker Robin van Persie told BBC Sport. After impressing as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, ex-United forward Solskjaer oversaw a dismal end to the season as they missed out on a top-four finish. But Van Persie said: "I think it's the perfect match, it's just they're having a bad spell." He added: "Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you're out. Is that the solution? "Give someone time, especially if it's a kid from the club." United dismissed Mourinho on 18 December and planned to make a

Bologna draws 3-3 at Lazio to secure Serie A safety
Bologna secured Serie A football for another season after drawing at Lazio 3-3 in a thriller on Monday. Bologna moved four points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining. Lazio was still celebrating winning the Italian Cup midweek and Joaquin Correa fired the capital side in front in the 13th minute.

Transfer Profile: Christian Eriksen
A closer look at Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, who has been strongly linked with a summer transfer.

'These are the best players we have' - Argentina's Scaloni defends exclusion of Icardi
Lionel Scaloni admits it was difficult to leave players out of Argentina's 2019 Copa America squad but is confident he has chosen the country's 23 best players. Paulo Dybala has made the cut despite a disappointing season with Juventus, while Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been called up for the first time since last year's dreadful World Cup campaign. However, there is no room for Inter striker Mauro Icardi after a controversial season with the Serie A club, which saw him left out of the team and stripped of the captaincy.

Pakistan name World Cup squad
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali have been called into Pakistan's World Cup squad.

Abelardo opts to leave post as Alaves coach
Highly rated coach Abelardo has decided to leave Deportivo Alaves. Abelardo replaced Gianni De Biasi in December 2017 and comfortably steered the club to safety, winning three of their final five matches of the season. Alaves built on that with a remarkable start to 2018-19 and spent most of the campaign in the running for a top-four finish.

Oran Kearney: St Mirren manager favours one-off play-off final
Media playback is not supported on this device St Mirren manager Oran Kearney believes there is a "big argument" for the Scottish Premiership play-off final to be a one-off showpiece game. Kearney's side face Championship side Dundee United in Thursday's first leg at Tannadice, before the return in Paisley three days later. But the Northern Irishman, whose side finished second bottom of the top tier, would favour a single match. "There's a big argument for the one-off game in a neutral venue," he said. McGinn happy to be underdogs 'Utd's big game players can handle pressure' Kearney, who managed Coleraine for four years before he took over from Alan Stubbs in September, thinks there is value

The team of the week featuring Thauvin
For the third consecutive season, Florian Thauvin (OM) scored 15 league goals after scoring a brace on Matchday 37 against Toulouse. The two goals move the winger to fourth in the L1 goal scoring charts.

Lobi Stars head coach Solomon Ogbeide dies
Nigerian football has been thrown into deep mourning again after the news of the death of Lobi Stars head coach Solomon Ogbeide broke. It was reported that Ogbeide died on Monday morning after he collapsed and was unable to be revived, shortly after he complained that he was feeling unwell. Goal learned that Ogbeide was rushed to a nearby hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

Ligue 1 teams to play US exhibition tournament
Four teams from the French top-flight will play in an exhibition in the United States in July as part of Ligue 1's attempts to boost its international profile, league officials said on Monday. Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Montpellier will play in the tournament at Washington's Audi Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's DC United, between July 18-21. Didier Quillot, chief executive of the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), told a press conference the tournament provided a chance for French clubs and Ligue 1 to "promote their brand" in a strategic market.

LIVE Transfer Talk: United won't let Pogba go without formal transfer request
ESPN TOP STORY: United demand transfer request for Pogba exit The Paul Pogba to Real Madrid saga has taken another turn, with Manchester United telling the France international he must hand in a formal transfer request to get the move, according to the Sun. As Zinedine Zidane begins to rebuild his side, he has warned countryman Pogba that it's a case of now or never if he is to join him in Spain. While United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly conceded that Pogba does not want to play for his side any more, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has said losing their record signing would only harm them further after failing to qualify for the Champions League. And that means Pogba will have

Lacazette adamant he's in the form of his life
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is convinced he is in the form of his life after a strong campaign with the Gunners. The former Lyon star has scored 19 goals and set up another 11 across all competitions for Arsenal, with his partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thriving. Although he was left out of the latest France squad on Tuesday, the 27-year-old believes he has been at the top of his game this season, even if his Premier League goal haul of 13 was one less than last term and way off his personal best of 28 for a single campaign in the 2016-17 Ligue 1 calendar.

Diego Costa injures ankle in Atletico Madrid friendly
Atletico Madrid says Diego Costa sprained his left ankle in the team's 2-1 loss in a friendly against Beitar Jerusalem on Tuesday. Costa left the field on a stretcher in the first half of the match in Jerusalem, which marked his return to the squad after missing the final part of the season because of a suspension. More exams will be conducted after the team returns to Madrid to assess any possible ligament damage.

Morning Leeds-in for 22 May: Samu Saiz's staying in Spain, but probably not at Getafe
Samu Saiz's loan deal at Getafe is up, but it appears that he's not going to be coming back to Leeds. Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that while it's almost certain that Getafe won't take up the £6 million option to buy, Saiz isn't wanted at Leeds and will likely find a new club in Spain. Saiz's Getafe career wasn't great, as he started only two games for the team from the Madrid suburbs. Getafe just barely missed out on Champions League football, as Valencia's win in the final match of the La Liga season guaranteed that they would be in the Champions League and Getafe would be in the Europa League instead. Saiz burned his bridges at Leeds, and now that he couldn't really get a

Graham Potter named Brighton manager after Hughton sacking
Graham Potter was named as Brighton manager on Monday and said he would aim to consolidate the club's place in the Premier League after replacing the sacked Chris Hughton. The Englishman, 44, who made his name as a manager at Swedish club Ostersund, impressed as boss of second-tier Swansea last season. Hughton was dismissed last week despite keeping Brighton in the Premier League for a second successive season.

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