6 days ago

Ruler of the ranch: the rise and fall of Yves Jean-Bart, Haiti's king of football

Ruler of the ranch: the rise and fall of Yves Jean-Bart, Haiti's king of football

Special report: The president of the Haiti FA was once feted by Fifa, but a Guardian investigation led to him being handed a life ban over allegations of the sexual abuse of young female players Everyone still calls it “the ranch”. Situated in Croix-des-Bouquets, one of Port-au-Prince’s poorest suburbs and where Wyclef Jean spent [...]
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6 days ago

'It was a midweek night in Stockport. What we achieved was bizarre'

'It was a midweek night in Stockport. What we achieved was bizarre'

Stockport County’s heroes of 1996 remember dumping West Ham out of the League Cup as the Premier League side prepare to return in the FA Cup Ludek Miklosko, Marc Rieper, Mark Bowen, Slaven Bilic, Julian Dicks, Michael Hughes, John Moncur, Ilie Dumitrescu, Ian Bishop, Hugo Porfírio, and Iain Dowie: the West Ham team packed with internat[...]
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6 days ago

Luton Town Fans Verdict: Youthful Royals Fall To FA Cup Defeat

PA Images via Getty ImagesHarry rounds up the reaction of the Loyal Royals as they watched their team fall at the first FA Cup hurdle. From Veljko Paunovic’s comments in his pre-match media duties, I think we all expected to see a much-changed line-up for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Luton Town, and he stuck to his word. There was no J[...]
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6 days ago

The Wodge: can London's tallest new skyscraper survive the Covid era?

The Wodge: can London's tallest new skyscraper survive the Covid era?

Nicknamed The Wodge because of its girth, the capital’s tallest ever office has just muscled onto the skyline. But in the age of coronavirus, who wants to jostle for 60 lifts with 12,000 others? With the City of London deserted once more, its streets only populated by the occasional Deliveroo driver or tumbleweed-seeking photographer, it seem[...]
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6 days ago

'I have so much respect for Mourinho': Marine's Neil Young thanks Tottenham

'I have so much respect for Mourinho': Marine's Neil Young thanks Tottenham

‘He gets English football,’ says non-league manager of Mourinho ‘It’s incredible for them to have Bale here,’ says Spurs coach Neil Young, the manager of eighth-tier Marine AFC, said the club was indebted to José Mourinho and Tottenham for fielding the likes of Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko in a t[...]
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6 days ago

José Mourinho takes a supporting role in Marine's drama of homespun charm

José Mourinho takes a supporting role in Marine's drama of homespun charm

Watched over garden fences in the middle of a bleak winter, Spurs’ FA Cup win was a rare occasion of comfort and uplift With 19 minutes gone at Rossett Park, and the score still 0-0 between Marine AFC and Tottenham Hotspur, something almost-brilliant almost happened. Neil Kengni, Marine’s right winger, took the ball on the halfway line[...]
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7 days ago

Carlos Vinícius's hat-trick for Tottenham ends Marine's adventure

Carlos Vinícius's hat-trick for Tottenham ends Marine's adventure

There was no shock to end all shocks – really, how could there be? – but the surrealism of Tottenham visiting Marine in the third round of the FA Cup was not erased by a straightforward away win. As Gareth Bale sprayed passes around Rossett Park, José Mourinho sat on a chair with the garden of 19 Rossett Road behind him and a car[...]
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7 days ago

Fran Kirby scores four times in emphatic Chelsea victory at Reading

Fran Kirby scores four times in emphatic Chelsea victory at Reading

At the end of an awful, often acrimonious, week blemished by an amalgam of controversy, Covid-19 and multiple postponements, Fran Kirby cut through the gloom engulfing the Women’s Super League. The renascent England forward’s four goals in the sole top-tier fixture to take place lifted Chelsea to second place as a mix of coronavirus out[...]
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7 days ago

European roundup: Conte anger at Inter's late slip, Dembélé set for Atlético

European roundup: Conte anger at Inter's late slip, Dembélé set for Atlético

Mancini scored late on for Roma to make it 2-2 Dembélé asks to leave Lyon for La Liga leader Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte said his players’ anxiety played a part in conceding a late equaliser to Roma in their 2-2 Serie A draw. Related: European roundup: Real Madrid slip up in snow after Barça thrash Granada Con[...]
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7 days ago

Morelos double sinks Aberdeen and extends Rangers' Premiership lead

Morelos double sinks Aberdeen and extends Rangers' Premiership lead

Alfredo Morelos made a stunning return to form against 10-man Aberdeen as his brace fired Rangers 22 points clear at the top of the Premiership. While the Rangers captain, James Tavernier, failed to make it 10-in-a-row from the penalty spot, Steven Gerrard’s team claimed another huge result in their quest for title number 55 thanks to Morelos[...]
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7 days ago

Reading FCW 0-5 Chelsea FCW, WSL: Post-match reaction

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images2021 belongs to Fran Kirby The WSL spotlight was on Madejski Stadium as Reading Women FC hosted Chelsea FCW in the league’s only weekend matchup to avoid postponement. Chelsea had several weeks off but were sharp throughout and needed no time to shake off the rust. It was a dominant team display, but Fran [...]
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7 days ago

Women’s report: Reading 0 Chelsea 5

Women’s report: Reading 0 Chelsea 5

A devastating performance by Fran Kirby helped the Blues start 2021 in style at the Madejski Stadium, as Super Fran netted four times in a thumping win over her former club.
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7 days ago

UK TV streaming subscribers can no longer access live sport when in EU

UK TV streaming subscribers can no longer access live sport when in EU

Sky, Amazon, Netflix and BT Sport lose right to let UK viewers automatically watch all content after Brexit transition UK customers of TV streaming services can no longer watch live sport, including Premier League football, when visiting the rest of Europe, following the end of the Brexit transition period. Related: UK lockdowns fuel record year f[...]
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7 days ago

WATCH: Ji So-Yun wraps up Chelsea five-goal trouncing of Reading

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesGoals galore A delightful goal from Ji! The substitute scores the Blues' fifth of the afternoon! pic.twitter.com/jD7ObJreDq— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) January 10, 2021 One last goal for the Blues today, and this time it is not Fran Kirby who does it. Midfielder Ji So-Yun receiv[...]
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7 days ago

Marine v Tottenham: FA Cup third round – live!

Marine v Tottenham: FA Cup third round – live!

Minute-by-minute updates as Mourinho goes to Merseyside Meet Marine’s band of brothers gunning for Spurs’ FA Cup scalp Any comments? You can email Rob.Smyth@theguardian.com 1.23pm GMT Donald Trump? Not interested! Covid-19? Do one! For the next few hours we can ignore real life and lose ourselves in romance. It’s Marine v Spur[...]
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7 days ago

Crawley score three second-half goals to stun Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds in FA Cup

Crawley score three second-half goals to stun Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds in FA Cup

There is a grisly quality to Leeds’ FA Cup record over the past two decades. Only five times have they progressed beyond the third round and sometimes they have not even made it that far. Their supporters still shudder at a couple of crashes from the dark days of League One – against Hereford and non-league Histon in rounds one and two [...]
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7 days ago

Werner and Havertz end goal droughts as Chelsea breeze past Morecambe

Werner and Havertz end goal droughts as Chelsea breeze past Morecambe

If Frank Lampard was not working for one of the most ruthless clubs in England, he might have viewed a visit from a League Two side in the third round of the FA Cup as the perfect opportunity to blood a few youngsters. After recent events, however, the merest hint of an upset was not a risk worth taking for Chelsea’s manager, especially again[...]
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7 days ago

Bernardo Silva's double sees Man City coast to cup win over Birmingham City

Bernardo Silva's double sees Man City coast to cup win over Birmingham City

As Manchester City paid tribute to a goalscoring midfielder, another belatedly remembered how to find the net. City emerged in shirts featuring the No 8 worn by Colin Bell for much of his distinguished career at Maine Road, along with a banner proclaiming “the king”, their late, great player of the 1960s and ’70s. Related: FA Cup[...]
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7 days ago

WATCH: Fran Kirby adds a fourth for Chelsea against Reading

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesPerfection Guess who? It's only @frankirby with her goal of the game! #BarclaysFAWSL pic.twitter.com/ySmlTxAkB5— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) January 10, 2021 Goalscoring tiredness is not a factor for Fran Kirby, especially when it comes to facing Reading. The Chelsea attac[...]
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7 days ago

WATCH: Fran Kirby completes hat-trick to make it 3-0 Chelsea against Reading

Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty ImagesWhat a player FIRST-HALF HAT-TRICK! ✅@frankirby is on this afternoon!!#BarclaysFAWSL pic.twitter.com/onpUQVIRq7— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) January 10, 2021 Perhaps we should not expect anything different from Kirby at this point. The Chelsea at[...]
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7 days ago

WATCH: Fran Kirby opens the scoring for Chelsea against Reading

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesInevitable Against her former club! @frankirby scores the first #BarclaysFAWSL goal of the year at the Madejski! pic.twitter.com/RsWwzuY4kE— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) January 10, 2021 If there is a thing in the world such as a “sure bet”, one of them must be Chels[...]
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7 days ago

Dundee condemn 'disgusting' racist abuse sent to striker Jonathan Afolabi

Dundee condemn 'disgusting' racist abuse sent to striker Jonathan Afolabi

On-loan Celtic forward targeted after cup tie winner ‘Sadly this isn’t the first incident in the last seven days’ Dundee have condemned “vile racist messages” received by the on-loan Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi. Afolabi shared a string of racist abuse messages he received from one user on his Instagram account aft[...]
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7 days ago

Reading v Chelsea: Women's Super League – live!

Reading v Chelsea: Women's Super League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the only WSL game this weekend Fallout from Dubai trips threatens civil war within WSL Any comments? You can email Rob.Smyth@theguardian.com 1.06pm GMT ⚪️ TEAM NEWS ⚪️Here’s our Starting XI for this afternoon’s @BarclaysFAWSL clash against Chelsea at Madejski #REACHE pic.twitter.c[...]
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7 days ago

FA Cup third round: Chelsea v Morecambe, Crawley v Leeds and more!

FA Cup third round:  Chelsea v Morecambe, Crawley v Leeds and more!

Minute-by-minute updates from around the grounds Crawley’s Watters ready for starring role in El Loco v hot shot Any comments? You can email Daniel | tweet @danielharris 10.35am GMT This coverage is meant to be unbiased and impartial so I apologise for the slight to journalistic integrity, but: I love the FA Cup. Whatever people try to tel[...]
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7 days ago

View From The Dolan: The Magic Of The Cup

PA Images via Getty ImagesBen’s take on Reading’s 1-0 defeat at Luton Town, as a young side is knocked out of the FA Cup. Well, what a year we’ve had! And thank God it’s coming to an end! *Checks notes and calendar* Ah. It’s only the 10th of January. Still, lots to look forward to, no doubt... The first of these things[...]
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7 days ago

Watford and Brentford among Championship quartet chasing QPR man

Watford and Brentford among Championship quartet chasing QPR man

Watford, Bournemouth, Brentford and Reading are all interested in a move for QPR attacker Ilias Chair, a report from a print edition of The Sun (10/01, p59) has claimed. Chair has scored five goals in 22 league appearances for QPR so far this season, but while he has impressed, Mark Warburton’s side still find themselves […]
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7 days ago

Our son may be left-handed – but he can throw food with both…

Our son may be left-handed – but he can throw food with both…

Holding a pen with your left hand is no longer seen as sinister… unless you count drawing on the sofa I’m watching my son use his tools carefully. Pencils, forks, the fiddly bits on his toys. I’m not just doing this for our benefit – although his propensity for scribbling on our sofa is prodigious – but because I&rsqu[...]
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7 days ago

Veljko Paunovic Proud But Frustrated After FA Cup Exit To Luton Town

Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty ImagesThe manager’s full thoughts as Reading’s 1-0 defeat at Luton puts them out of the FA Cup. The Royals’ journey in the FA Cup is over for another year after a 1-0 defeat against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The youngsters were given their chance in the first team and, in the whole squad, there we[...]
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7 days ago

Match Report: Arsenal 2 – 0 Newcastle

Arsenal (0) 2 Newcastle United (0) 0 (after extra time) FA Cup Third Round Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, London N5 1BU Saturday, 9th January 2021. Kick-off time: 5.30pm (4-2-3-1) Bernd Leno; Cédric Soares, David Luiz, Pablo Marí, Kieran Tierney; Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock; Nicolas Pépé, Willian Borges da Sil[...]
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7 days ago

2021: a year of hope or chaos for the biggest events in world sport?

2021: a year of hope or chaos for the biggest events in world sport?

From the Australian Open to the Ashes, our writers assess the chances of the year’s big-ticket sporting highlights taking place It has been billed as a golden year of sport. But, as our team of reporters has discovered, there are growing doubts about whether the biggest jewels in the 2021 calendar will take place in all their glory – or[...]
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7 days ago

Kerr loving life as a Blue

Chelsea Women return to league action against Reading this afternoon and Sam Kerr says the Blues are raring to go following the Christmas break.
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7 days ago

Frank Lampard expects no favours from Roman Abramovich

Frank Lampard expects no favours from Roman Abramovich

Chelsea manager does not want to rely on sentimentality Poor recent run bodes ill for Morecambe FA Cup tie Frank Lampard believes his legendary status at Chelsea will not save him from the sack if results remain poor. The manager is under growing pressure after an alarming dip and he does not believe that his relationship with Roman Abramovich is [...]
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