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  • Shanghai SIPG fans cheer as Oscar arrives in China

    Shanghai SIPG fans cheer as Oscar arrives in China

    Brazilian international midfielder Oscar was cheered by supporters of his new Shanghai club yesterday where some media reports said he would earn nearly $500,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player in the world. Financial details of Oscar’s...

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    Darlington boss Martin Gray missed his side’s game at Halifax on New Year’s Day because he was getting married and his assistant Brian Atkinson wasn’t there either… he was best man. It may look like poor planning from the Quakers manager, but the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Watford: Watford duo Juan Zuniga and Nordin Amrabat have joined a long list of players struggling to be fit for today’s game at Stoke City. Zuniga was withdrawn from the starting line-up against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day after feeling...

  • Defensive concerns for United as Bailly heads off to Africa Cup

    Defensive concerns for United as Bailly heads off to Africa Cup

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is frustrated with Ivory Coast after they refused to delay Eric Bailly’s African Nations Cup departure by 24 hours. Bailly returned to the starting XI in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and Mourinho was...

  • Cahill only focused on beating Spurs and not the record books

    Cahill only focused on beating Spurs and not the record books

    Gary Cahill has told record-seeking Chelsea to focus on the task in hand on Wednesday – winning at Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues won for a 13th straight game on Saturday, beating Stoke City 4-2, and lead the Premier League by six points from...

  • Southgate targets world no.1 ranking for England

    Southgate targets world no.1 ranking for England

    New England manager Gareth Southgate wants to make the under-achieving nation the world’s top football power, however long it takes, he said in a New Year message yesterday. England have slumped to 13th in FIFA’s rankings and have failed to make...

  • Rodgers hails Celtic temperament

    Rodgers hails Celtic temperament

    Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was so worried his team would get caught up in Saturday’s Old Firm frenzy he made them practise with 10 men. The Hoops boss was left fearing that premonition could come true when skipper Scott Brown was given a early...

  • Leicester boss hails ‘amazing, unforgettable year’ for Foxes

    Leicester boss hails ‘amazing, unforgettable year’ for Foxes

    Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri hailed the champions’ “amazing, unforgettable year” after they bowed out of 2016 with victory against West Ham United on Saturday. Islam Slimani scored his sixth goal for the Foxes to secure a 1-0 win and lift...

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    Gianfranco Zola says he sees signs of improvement after gaining his first point as Birmingham manager with a comeback draw at Barnsley. Goals from Tom Bradshaw and Sam Winnall had the hosts 2-0 ahead on Saturday but Jac-ques Maghoma pulled a goal...

  • Sporting briefs

    Henderson: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt to face his former club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this afternoon. The midfielder was forced off midway through the second half of Saturday’s win over Manchester City with a heel...

  • Not a great advert for football

    Not a great advert for football

    Without doubt the funniest thing I have seen this festive season is Thiago Alcantara passing the ball to Father Christmas by mistake. The amusing incident happened during Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig. Alcantara was in the middle of the...

  • Prandelli slammed for ‘giving up’ on ailing Valencia

    Prandelli slammed for ‘giving up’ on ailing Valencia

    Outgoing Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli was fiercely criticised yesterday for “giving up” on the ailing Spanish giants and for looking for excuses to walk out on the team as they hover above the relegation zone. The former Italy coach announced...

  • Gomez accepts some of the blame for Wolfsburg’s struggles

    Mario Gomez has accepted his share of the responsibility for Wolfsburg’s poor first half of the season and has praised Julian Draxler for his attitude, despite him wanting to leave the Bundesliga club. Gomez arrived at Wolfsburg in the summer from...

  • O’Neill confident Ireland’s prospects are bright

    Martin O’Neill will head into 2017 confident that the Republic of Ireland’s dreams are safe in the hands of a new generation of national heroes. Ireland end the current year sitting proudly at the top of World Cup qualification Group D ahead of...

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    Jose Mourinho has been reluctant to give Memphis Depay the chance to resurrect his Manchester United career because he is expecting him to leave this month. The 22-year-old midfielder arrived at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven in 2015 but failed...

  • Sporting briefs

    New record: Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints have beaten Ajax’s 44-year-old world record for the longest winning streak in top-flight football. TNS secured a 2-0 win over Cefn Druids on Friday to secure their 27th straight win,...

  • Wenger thinks Chelsea are the ‘super-favourites’

    Wenger thinks Chelsea are the ‘super-favourites’

    Arsene Wenger admits Chelsea are the “super-favourites” for the Premier League title as they close in on the record winning run set by his Arsenal side more than a decade ago. The Blues sit six points clear at the top of the table having won their...

  • Top match at Anfield

    Top match at Anfield

    Liverpool, buoyed by their handsome 4-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, have a tough task to keep their second place in the standings as they clash against third-placed Manchester City at Anfield this evening. Reds boss Juergen Klopp reckons his...

  • Rangers boss staying calm ahead of derby

    Rangers boss staying calm ahead of derby

    Rangers boss Mark Warburton is refusing to panic ahead of facing Brendan Rodgers’s rampant Celtic – despite potentially having a defensive crisis on his hands. The Englishman admits skipper Lee Wallace and centre-back Clint Hill have just a 50/50...

  • PFA chief Taylor suggests heading ban for under 10 players

    The English FA is continuing its research into the health effects of heading the ball after players’ chief Gordon Taylor suggested a ban on headers for players under the age of 10 should be considered. There are long-standing concerns that the act...