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'Football's coming home': England fans ecstatic after late Harry Kane winner – video

tir, 19/06/2018 - 13:56

England fans have hailed captain Harry Kane as their hero after the team beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening World Cup match on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd. The Tottenham striker scored twice including a stoppage-time winner as he led his side to a last-gasp win prompting many supporters to chant "football's coming home" in the stadium and across England

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Son Heung-min hoping for World Cup miracle to avoid military service | John Duerden

søn, 17/06/2018 - 15:57

South Korea forward will earn an exemption if team do the seemingly impossible – otherwise all may rest on Asian Games

South Korea begin their World Cup campaign against Sweden on Monday but, remarkably, it may not be the most important tournament for Son Heung-min this summer.

The Tottenham forward is running out of time to earn an exemption from 21 months of military service and the best opportunity to skip that obstacle comes at the Asian Games in Indonesia in August and September.

Related: South Korea World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

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'We've had a lot of banter': Kieran Trippier says England morale is high – video

fre, 15/06/2018 - 13:20

The full-back has said that there is a good atmosphere in the squad, and revealed that several players have been playing video game Fortnite during their downtime. 

England get underway against Tunisia on Monday with Trippier expected to make the starting line-up, and the Spurs defender is 'delighted' to be involved only a year after his international debut

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Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Manchester City start at Arsenal

tor, 14/06/2018 - 14:59

• Champions travel to Emirates for Unai Emery’s Arsenal debut
• Spurs’ new ground not ready until Liverpool on 15 September
Premier League fixtures 2018-19 in full

Manchester City will start their Premier League title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, handed Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking team an Emirates Stadium opener on the weekend of 11-12 August – a fixture that will be Unai Emery’s first competitive match as the Arsenal manager.

City, who amassed 100 points and 106 goals en route to finishing 19 points clear of Manchester United in 2017-18, do not face another side from last season’s top six until the trip to Liverpool in October. Games against the newly promoted trio of Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are part of a sequence that also includes Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton – the three teams who came up in 2017.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Lazio's Thomas Strakosha?

Arsenal v Manchester City
Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolves v Everton

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Danny Rose’s openness about his mental ill health is commendable | Amy Izycky

lør, 09/06/2018 - 10:00
Elite athletes are especially vulnerable, and the England defender has done sport a favour by speaking out

In an unprecedented move this week, Gareth Southgate and his communications team decided that they wanted to let all 23 members of the England World Cup team talk to the media ahead of the tournament. Something that was even more unprecedented was the 12-minute interview given by Danny Rose, the Tottenham Hotspur defender, who spoke about his recent struggles with depression. One of the triggers was a knee injury sustained in January 2017 that resulted in him being sidelined for eight months. “It led to me seeing a psychologist and being diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about. I had to get away from Tottenham … I was on medication for a few months.”

Rose is not the first professional sports person to speak out about mental ill health. In recent years, the many household names who have shared their experiences have included Jonny Wilkinson, Kelly Holmes, Victoria Pendleton and Marcus Trescothick. What therefore seems so surprising is that we should continue to be shocked. We place our sporting heroes on a very high pedestal. They inspire us, bring hope and bring the nation together. It is perhaps hard for many to acknowledge that they are also everyday people like you and me. If mental health problems exist in the general population, they will of course exist in the sporting population, too.

Related: Danny Rose’s story suggests that we should take extra care of athletes | Barney Ronay

Related: 'Immense pressure': Ian Thorpe calls for an end to medal targets

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Harry Kane signs new six-year contract as Tottenham smash wage ceiling

fre, 08/06/2018 - 15:47
• England captain to earn £200,000 a week plus bonuses
• Move is statement of intent as club tie up biggest names

Harry Kane has signed a new six‑year contract at Tottenham Hotspur worth up to £200,000 a week including bonuses as the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, dramatically raised the wage ceiling of the squad.

Kane, who is preparing to lead England as captain at the World Cup finals in Russia, was previously on a basic wage of £100,000 a week. Under the terms of that deal, which he signed in December 2016 and was due to run until 2022, he also earned hefty bonuses.

Related: Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

ons, 06/06/2018 - 16:08

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profit

Financial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2016-17. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Crystal Palace have missed the deadline for filing their accounts; as a consequence, all rankings of clubs are out of 19, not 20. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are listed according to the wording in individual club’s accounts and are each rounded up or down, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure.

Related: Premier League clubs soar into profit with record £4.5bn revenues

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‘Mini Messi’ Marcus Edwards seeking to leave Tottenham this summer

ons, 06/06/2018 - 10:03
• 19-year-old sees no chance of first-team breakthrough at Spurs
• Pochettino favouring experienced internationals in squad

Marcus Edwards will seek a move away from Tottenham this summer, having reluctantly accepted that his chance of a first-team breakthrough under Mauricio Pochettino has gone.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has the reputation as one of England’s most exciting talents for his age, despite playing only 15 minutes for Spurs’ senior side. He has starred for England’s youth teams from under-16 to under-20 level.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Caglar Soyuncu to Liverpool or Arsenal?

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England’s Dele Alli not shackled by history as he lives schoolboy dream

lør, 02/06/2018 - 23:30

The Tottenham forward is showing no signs of stage fright and says he is looking forward to the World Cup in Russia

There is nothing like a World Cup for making one feel old. It is not only the reminder that four years have passed every time one comes round, or even that four or five decades have flown by since events that still seem real and recent. More alarming still is the sudden realisation that what one regards as well-known modern history means little or nothing to the present generation of participants.

Take Dele Alli, for instance. Spurs’ midfielder-cum-secondary striker has an impetuous side to his nature that has led to the odd disciplinary issue over the past couple of years, so it seemed reasonable to ask whether he was aware that World Cup referees were often stricter and less forgiving than those encountered in club football.

Related: Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey sees red as Dele Alli has last laugh for Tottenham

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Pochettino still 'excited' by Spurs project amid Real Madrid interest – video

fre, 01/06/2018 - 17:32

Mauricio Pochettino has been identified as the preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid but insists he is focused on returning to Tottenham. The Spurs manager was speaking at an event to promote his new book in Barcelona


Mauricio Pochettino ‘happy’ at Spurs but keeps Real Madrid door open

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Mauricio Pochettino ‘happy’ at Spurs but keeps Real Madrid door open

fre, 01/06/2018 - 12:46
• Spurs manager is wanted to replace Zinedine Zidane
• ‘When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them’

Mauricio Pochettino has said he will not force a move away from Tottenham but has not ruled out joining Real Madrid in the future.

Pochettino is Real’s preferred candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane, despite the Spurs manager having signed a five-year contract only last week. Speaking at an event to promote to his book A Brave New World in Barcelona on Friday, Pochettino reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham, although appeared to keep the door open to a potential switch, depending on the chairman, Daniel Levy.

Related: Zidane is latest proof coaching Spain's super-clubs can be intolerable

Related: Real Madrid target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zidane

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Real Madrid target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zidane

tor, 31/05/2018 - 20:55

• President Florentino Pérez makes Argentinian first choice
• Spurs insist Pochettino’s contract contains no Madrid clause

Real Madrid have identified Mauricio Pochettino as the principal candidate to take over as manager after Zinedine Zidane’s surprise decision to walk away. Tottenham, however, are adamant the Argentinian’s new contract does not contain a clause that allows him to join the triple European champions.

Related: Real Madrid target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zidane

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Crystal Palace set to offer Wilfried Zaha new contract to ward off interest

ons, 30/05/2018 - 15:14

• Ivory Coast forward is wanted by Tottenham and Chelsea
• Palace confident Sako, Cabaye and Ward will remain at club

Crystal Palace look set to offer Wilfried Zaha a new contract after his performances helped secure the club Premier League football for a sixth successive season.

The Ivory Coast forward enjoyed his most productive campaign yet as Palace recovered from losing their first seven matches to finish 11th after hiring Roy Hodgson as manager. Zaha scored nine goals in 29 appearances, having been sidelined for two separate spells in August and March, with Palace failing to record a single victory in the nine games he missed.

Related: Cafu picks his all-time Brazil XI

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Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

fre, 25/05/2018 - 07:00

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegal

Football tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk.

Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster.

Related: Secondary ticketing: how it works, law, pitfalls and future

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Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur

tor, 24/05/2018 - 17:13
• Manager commits long-term future to Premier League club
• Pochettino hails ‘one of the most exciting jobs in world football’

Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur worth up to £8.5m each year. The manager had refused in recent weeks to guarantee he would lead the club into their new stadium in September and he sparked alarm on the final day of the season when he appeared to suggest that his future was linked to how Daniel Levy approached the summer transfer window.

Pochettino called upon the chairman to “be brave and take risks” and it was clear that the Argentinian, who has led Spurs to three successive top-three finishes and Champions League qualifications, was positioning, at the very least, to win certain concessions. Pochettino has worked effectively on relatively meagre budgets during his four seasons at the club and is determined to strengthen the squad in order to challenge for major trophies.

Related: Manchester United close in on €50m Fred but balk at Milinkovic-Savic fee

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