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All the game can share in English clubs’ dizzying European glory | Sachin Nakrani

Guardian - lør, 11/05/2019 - 14:19
Premier League monopoly of European finals has a global dimension that should not be ignored

George Sephton has been Liverpool’s stadium announcer for 48 years and is such a part of the furniture there that he is known as The Voice of Anfield. His is a low, rumbling, almost soothing voice that makes pre-match announcements, names goalscorers during the game and wishes everyone a safe journey home after the final whistle. From his office in the Kop, Sephton, a 73-year-old born and bred Scouser, also plays records, often capturing the mood perfectly.

That was the case a little before 10pm on Tuesday as the home spectators made their way to the exits following Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Barcelona. Suddenly, Imagine by John Lennon struck up.

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24 May 2000: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia The first intra-national European Cup final in the competitions's 45-year history acted as the stage for Steve McManaman to write his name into Champions League folklore. The Englishman secured victory for Real in Paris with a stunning 67th-minute volley, with Fernando Morientes and Raúl scoring the others.

Related: European finalists deliver a very English great football moment forged overseas | Barney Ronay

The venue: Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid (Saturday 1 June, 8pm)

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Poch: I'd be stupid to stay without plan

Sky Sports - lør, 11/05/2019 - 10:00
Mauricio Pochettino says he would be "stupid" to stay at Tottenham if the club aims to repeat their success without a change in business plan.

PL season: The 10 defining moments

Sky Sports - lør, 11/05/2019 - 08:00
It's been one of those seasons.

What's to be decided on final day?

Sky Sports - lør, 11/05/2019 - 08:00
So, 37 games down, one to go. The curtain comes down on an extraordinary season on Sunday, but what is still to be decided?

Merson's final-day predictions

Sky Sports - lør, 11/05/2019 - 08:00
It's the Premier League's curtain call but the title race is still to be decided - who's Paul Merson backing to lift the trophy?

Mauricio Pochettino could leave Tottenham if plan fails to convince

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 23:30

• Manager wants assurances from chairman Daniel Levy
• Tottenham have reached their first European Cup final

Mauricio Pochettino has said he would consider leaving Tottenham in the summer, possibly by taking a sabbatical, if he does not believe in the chairman Daniel Levy’s plan for the next phase of the club’s development.

The manager and his team have basked in the euphoria since their stunning Champions League semi-final win over Ajax on Wednesday and they have virtually assured themselves of a fourth consecutive top-four finish before the final game of the Premier League season at home to Everton on Sunday.

Related: Tottenham superheroes achieved near miracle at Ajax, says Pochettino

Related: Danny Rose promises to go out with a bang in final against Liverpool

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Man Utd & Spurs given WSL licences

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 18:31
Manchester United and Tottenham have both been awarded club licences for the Women's Super League for next season.

How English football rules Europe (with a little help from foreigners)

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 18:05
For the first time four teams from the same country will contest two major European finals. How has England done it?

As Eden Hazard walked up to take his penalty for Chelsea against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night he had not only his club’s fate in his hands but the chance to create history.

If he scored, Chelsea would reach the Europa League final and ensure that all four finalists in the two major European competitions came from the same nation, a feat never done before.

Related: Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

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Tottenham v Everton: match preview

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 18:04

Tottenham are euphoric after Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final triumph against Ajax but tired, with injuries and absentees piling up. Mauricio Pochettino will send out a patched-up side, against an Everton team that is finishing strongly, to ask for one final Premier League push. Another top-four spot has been virtually secured; it would take an outlandish eight-goal swing in favour of Arsenal with Spurs losing and their rivals winning to deny Pochettino’s side – and it is not like football is that ridiculous. Right? David Hytner

Sunday 3pm

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English fans hit out at Uefa over 'extortionate' cost of going to finals

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 17:56

Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea football supporters irate at high cost of attendance

Fans of the four English clubs to have made it to Europe’s two main football finals have joined forces to criticise Uefa’s disregard for the “extortionate costs” facing supporters trying to attend the games.

In the same week as a row erupted over the high prices facing Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur fans travelling to Madrid for the Champions League final, supporters of Chelsea and Arsenal will now have to pay similarly inflated travel costs after qualifying for the Europa League final in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Related: Football fans, how are you travelling to the European finals?

This is an excellent statement by Spirit of Shankly. AST backs every word. We are working with them and all supporters groups to fight the disgraceful way that UEFA treats supporters. Not just at finals but at every stage. The 6pm kick off just another example https://t.co/lMeeBILD83

I'm off to the Europa League final in Baku - via Kiev and Tbilisi, back via Odesa and Kiev. 5 flights, 1 sleeper train, 3 hotels, @AlexFinnis, @oliver_todd and others. Cannot bloody wait.

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European finalists deliver a very English great football moment forged overseas | Barney Ronay

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 17:47
They may be foreign-owned corporations featuring few homegrown players but we should celebrate English club successes built on the blurring, not the building, of borders

Nous sommes les meilleurs! Wir sind die Besten! We are the cosmopolitan, financially skewed, managerial-outsourcing champions!

It turns out the English aren’t coming. Look out of the window. We’re already here, in Madrid and Baku, Porto and Amsterdam, complaining about the milk, circling the cafe chairs, standing arms-spread on the hotel bar, simultaneously drunk on English exceptionalism and also deeply mistrustful of the phrase “English exceptionalism” because it contains a lot of syllables.

Related: How English football rules Europe (with a little help from foreigners)

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

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Football fans, how are you travelling to the European finals?

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 16:28

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, what steps will you take to watch your team play in a European final?

For the first time in history, English clubs have a clean sweep in the European finals. Liverpool and Tottenham meet in the Champions league final on 1 June in Madrid. The two clubs have been allocated 16,613 tickets each, but return flights have rocketed to more than £1,300. Face-value tickets cost up to £410 for a restricted view and resale tickets are being sold on StubHub for up to €50,000.

Arsenal and Chelsea fans face an even longer trip for the Europa league final. The London derby is being held in Baku, in Azerbaijan, and just 6,000 fans from each club will be allocated tickets. Would you endure a 2,468-mile journey to see your team play in the Europa League final?

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Tottenham vs Everton preview

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 15:15
Jan Vertonghen will miss out for Tottenham when they host Everton in the final Premier League game of the season, looking to consolidate a top four finish.

Power Rankings: Hazard or Salah?

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 15:00
Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard are neck and neck to win the Power Rankings crown on the final day.

Job interviews for Tory leader should focus on exes, pets and gardeners | John Crace

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 12:41

Rather than filling dead airtime with royal baby talk, let’s have more of these political confessionals

While Theresa May is suffering from a full-blown delusional episode, insisting – despite all the evidence to the contrary – she’s going to remain prime minister for ever and ever, that she’s the only person who can possibly deliver Brexit and no one is going to take her alive, the rest of the Tory party is openly campaigning to replace her. In the Sunday Times, Dominic Raab did a sepia-tinted, Hello!-style photoshoot of him and his wife at home in the kitchen. Not to be outdone, the following day Jeremy Hunt appeared in the Times gambolling through a garden, hand in hand with his wife. And in the accompanying text he even managed to remember she was Chinese rather than Japanese. We need more of these sorts of interviews. When selecting a new Conservative leader, nothing is more important than finding out that the person is happily married with shiny chrome kitchen appliances. But in a time of national crisis, I thought the papers should have probed a lot deeper. I want to see pictures of their parents, grandparents and domestic staff. You can tell a lot about someone by the look of their gardener. I mentioned all this on Twitter and thousands of others felt the same way. In fact, many demanded even more. Some wanted pets, but most wanted ex-wives, ex-husbands, current girlfriends and boyfriends, former girlfriends and boyfriends, disastrous one-night stands and anyone who thinks there is a chance the MP might be their parent. That way, Boris Johnson would not be excluded.

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Tottenham to host 2021 rugby finals

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 11:05
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been chosen to host the 2021 European club rugby finals weekend on May 21 and 22.

Liverpool, Spurs fans slam CL costs

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 10:23
Liverpool and Tottenham fan groups have condemned the high costs and limited tickets for the Champions League final in Madrid.

When is the UEFA Super Cup?

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 10:22
There will be an all-English UEFA Super Cup for the first time in history with Tottenham and Liverpool in the Champions League final and Chelsea and Arsenal in the Europa League final.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 09:14

Liverpool seek another miracle as relentless City close on title, changing of the guard at Leicester and a Zaha swansong?

Brighton are the 17th best team in the league, are already safe and can at best move up one place; Manchester City are the best team in the land and desperately need victory to seal the title. There is a massive disparity both of ability and motivation here. “They’re fighting for the Premier League and are going to do their utmost to do it,” said Lewis Dunk. “We’re just going out as professional footballers to win a game as you would do every week.” This should make this the single most predictable game of the week, and in all likelihood it will be, but still there must be some doubt. People have argued that the profusion of English clubs in major European finals this season proves that this, as many have always insisted, is the greatest league in the world, but Brighton would produce an argument much more compelling than the achievements of the elite if this limited team, a couple of hours from an extended holiday and with no obvious motivation, could nevertheless produce a performance good enough to change the destination of the title. SB

Related: Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

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