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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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English clubs make European history

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 09:00
English clubs have made European football history by securing all four places in the Champions League and Europa League finals.

Poch shows what United are missing

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 07:00
As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's revival stalls, Mauricio Pochettino is showing Manchester United what they are missing, writes Adam Bate.

Your club's Player of the Season...

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 07:00
The 2018/19 Premier League campaign is over but which players earned individual recognition from their clubs, peers and fans?

Maurizio Sarri hails English standards after Chelsea reach Europa League final

Guardian - fre, 10/05/2019 - 01:44
• Chelsea manager calls Premier League ‘best in the world’
• Four English teams in the two European finals

Chelsea will play Arsenal in the Europa League final on 29 May with both of Uefa’s major showpieces to be contested by Premier League sides, the first time a single nation has completed a clean sweep of participation at that level.

While Unai Emery’s Arsenal were winning impressively in Valencia courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick, Eden Hazard scored the decisive spot-kick at Stamford Bridge after Kepa Arrizabalaga had made two saves to deny Eintracht Frankfurt in a penalty shootout.

Related: Eden Hazard shows what Chelsea will miss if this was his home farewell | Ed Aarons

Related: Chelsea beat Eintracht Frankfurt in shootout to reach Europa League final

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Rose: I want to go out with a bang

Sky Sports - fre, 10/05/2019 - 00:07
Tottenham defender Danny Rose wants to 'go out with a bang' if the Champions League final is his last outing for the club.

Chelsea and Arsenal into Europa League final as English teams seal full house

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 23:47
  • Chelsea and Arsenal will face each other in Baku
  • Spurs and Liverpool already into Champions League final

Arsenal and Chelsea have qualified for the Europa League final, completing an historic week with European football’s two major finals now featuring Premier League teams.

The London clubs will face one another in Baku on 29 May while Liverpool will take on Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on 1 June.

Related: Arsenal and Chelsea get only 6,000 tickets each for Europa League final

Related: Chelsea beat Eintracht Frankfurt in shootout to reach Europa League final

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

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 23:30

• Left-back one of many Spurs players with uncertain futures
• Pochettino plots rebuild despite admitting Real tempted him

Danny Rose has promised to sign off in style if next month’s Champions League final against Liverpool is to be his or some of his teammates’ last game for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of the need for a “painful rebuild” at the end of the season, which has fuelled the sense the club is approaching a crossroads. Rose has been among a host of players linked with a summer exit.

“I keep seeing my name that I’m being sold, so if that’s the case and it’s going to be my last game for Tottenham against Liverpool, I’m hoping to go out with a bang and lift a trophy,” the left-back said. “It’s a Champions League final so individual situations have to take a back seat and you have to put the club first. We are going to do that. We do realise we have a chance to make history.”

Related: Lucas Moura: from São Paulo prodigy and PSG outcast to Tottenham hero | David Hytner

Related: ‘The joy is tainted’: Liverpool and Tottenham fans face high price for success

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Lucas Moura: from São Paulo prodigy and PSG outcast to Tottenham hero | David Hytner

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 21:11
The Brazilian took time to settle at Spurs and may not have faced Ajax but for injuries yet his hat-trick showed his talent

Lucas Moura put the earphones in and looked down at the iPad screen, the peak of his dark NYC cap obscuring his eyes. It was late on Wednesday night and the Tottenham forward, whose sensational second-half hat-trick had slain Ajax in the Champions League semi-final, had stopped to talk to Brazilian TV.

The journalist from his homeland wanted him to watch how the station had covered his final goal in the 96th minute, which gave Spurs an away-goals triumph after a 3-3 aggregate draw to set up a final against Liverpool on 1 June – the first time that the club have reached the showpiece.

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

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: Belief fuels era of remarkable Champions League comebacks | Jonathan Wilson

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Southgate: Klopp and Poch 'incredible'

Sky Sports - tor, 09/05/2019 - 20:47
Gareth Southgate has described Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino’s achievements this season as ‘incredible’ after the pair set up an all-English Champions League final.

Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots | Letters

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 19:24
UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves an appropriate headline

How long before the Europhobic tabloid press and the xenophobic Brextremists hold up the recent Uefa Champions League semi-finals results as irrefutable proof that European Goliaths are no match for plucky British Davids and the UK can show Johnny Foreigner what it’s like to be a world leader?

However, before wrapping themselves even more tightly in the union flag, I do hope a brief glance at the winning players’ names and origins and those of their respective managers will bring them down to earth and explode the myth of British superiority in all things. Whether the more important message will get through the seemingly impenetrable fog of prejudice and ignorance, that almost half a century of European integration and cooperation has enriched all our lives, is sadly more doubtful.
Malcolm Bower
European Movement

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‘The joy is tainted’: Liverpool and Tottenham fans face high price for success

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 18:21

Supporters’ groups cry foul at soaring price of tickets, flights and accommodation for Madrid Champions League final

Now that they have caught their breath, many Liverpool and Tottenham fans say their delight at qualifying for the Champions League final has been tempered by the prices they are facing to get to Madrid to watch the game.

The cost of seats on flights to the city have rocketed to more than £1,300 on the weekend of the 1 June game – more than 12 times the usual rate. At the same time Airbnb bookings have been cancelled by hosts demanding triple the price they originally offered. And the face-value price even for some restricted view match tickets is more than £400.

Related: Arsenal and Chelsea get only 6,000 tickets each for Europa League final

Related: Spurs live a north London fantasy to break apart Ajax’s butterflies | Barney Ronay

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

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Vertonghen injury 'not too serious'

Sky Sports - tor, 09/05/2019 - 17:21
Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen is expected to be fit for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

‘A fairytale with a very bad ending’: Ajax and Netherlands in disbelief

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 16:53

Frenkie de Jong summed up Ajax’s devastation after Spurs ended their European miracle and his pain was echoed by their fans, the Dutch media and even rivals such as Dick Advocaat

It is a day of drying hot tears in Amsterdam and in almost every part of the Netherlands; of trying to pick things up again, taking it slow. The 71-year-old Dick Advocaat’s eyes were as wet as those of the toughest Ajax ultra’s and the smallest children who were allowed to stay up late for a miracle that collapsed in their faces.

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

Football can be so beautiful, but this is cruel. So close to the final and then this brutal ending. Incomprehension. Rage. Grief. Disbelief.

Related: Belief fuels era of remarkable Champions League comebacks | Jonathan Wilson

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Champions League semis leave LeBron James cheering and Steve Nash in tears

Guardian - tor, 09/05/2019 - 16:41
  • LA Lakers star is a minority owner of Liverpool
  • US sports stars drawn in by stunning few days in Europe

The Champions League semi-finals left large swathes of Europe glued to their TV sets this week but there was plenty of interest across the Atlantic, particularly among America’s athletes.


.@SteveNash was in tears at full-time of Tottenham's win

These last two games have been UNBELIEVABLE.#ChampionsLeague

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Champions League final FAQs

Sky Sports - tor, 09/05/2019 - 16:24
Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in an all-English Champions League final on June 1st, but can fans get hold of tickets and can they get to Madrid? Five key questions answered here.
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