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    FANS have been in disbelief after Pep Guardiola named an incredibly strong bench against Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City are facing Spurs in the Premier League as they hope to recover some ground on league leaders Arsenal. 2Kevin De Bruyne was on the bench for Man City against TottenhamCredit: PA 2Phil Foden joined the midfielder on the bench along with several other starsCredit: Getty However, in the vital match, Guardiola left a number of his star players on the bench. The Spaniard's options for substitutes consisted of Aymeric Laporte, Kalvin Phillips, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne, Stefan Ortega and Joao Cancelo. Fans took to social media to discuss the craziness of the bench as one tweeted: "The entire Man City bench would start for us." A second commented: "Man City's bench is stronger than our XI." A third wrote: "If there's been a better bench in Premier League history, I've not seen it. Ridiculous." A fourth said: "Every single outfield player on Man City's bench today gets into our starting 11 somewhere... agree?" A fifth...
    WORLD CUP winner Andre Schurrle has swapped football for the punishing challenge of trekking up a mountain half naked in ice cold conditions. The German hung up his boots back in 2020, four months before his 30th birthday. 4Andre Schurrle shared pictures of him topless in the freezing conditionsCredit: Instagram 4Schurrle won the World Cup with Germany in 2014Credit: Getty - Contributor 4He was praised for attempting the challenge by ex-Chelsea man Didier DrogbaCredit: Instagram 4The challenge was created by extreme athlete Wim HofCredit: Instagram He cited the "loneliness and endless competition" as the reasons for his premature retirement from the sport. Now Schurrle, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and Premier League with Chelsea the following year, is keeping himself fit in a rather unique way. The former Borussia Dortmund man shared several images on social media of him climbing a mountain topless in freezing weather. It is a challenge designed by motivational speaker and extreme athlete Wim Hof. Speaking on Instagram, Schurrle said: "Day 3 of the @iceman_hof experience and up the summit with our beautiful...
    FORMER Blackpool star Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored a blinding goal of the season contender from near the halfway line in a non-league clash. The ex-Premier League star, who is joint manager for Nantwich Town, had to be drafted into the squad at the last minute for a trip to Belper Town on the weekend. 4Taylor-Fletcher produced the moment of the match after coming off the benchCredit: @TheDabbers 4The former Blackpool star seized his opportunity and made this audacious long-range effortCredit: @TheDabbers 4Off his line, the opposition keeper could do nothing about Taylor-Fletcher's wonderful strike.Credit: @TheDabbers The pair both kicked off towards the bottom of the Northern Premier League, which is one of the divisions in the seventh tier of English football. Nantwich grabbed an important away win but the game will be remembered for the outrageous long range effort by Taylor Fletcher. The 41-year-old manages the non-league side alongside Ritchie Sutton but found himself added to the squad after striker Mwiya Malumo was unable to start the game. Ivan Urvantev came into the starting line while...
    AS the Premier League reaches its halfway point this weekend, millions of anxious fans are asking the same question. Where are Norwich and Watford to bail us out? 6Conor Coady and Everton are in real troubleCredit: Getty 6The Toffees face a reinvigorated Southampton, themselves still in danger, on SaturdayCredit: Rex Because while the title race might already be down to two teams, the fight to avoid the drop is wide open. Just five points separate the bottom eight and you can make a case for absolutely any of them to be relegated this season. That is because, unlike most years, there are no absolute bankers to go down, with even Fulham refusing to reprise their customary role of top-flight cannon fodder. So from bottom-of-the-table Southampton all the way up to Leicester in 13th, the absence of the usual safety net is making this year’s high-wire act more precarious than ever. The fact that six of the Frightful Eight are facing off this weekend only adds to the drama. And nowhere will the stakes be higher than at Goodison Park when...
    LIONEL MESSI is one of 14 players nominated for Fifa's The Best award - but Cristiano Ronaldo has not made the cut. Seven clubs are represented on the shortlist with Paris Saint-Germain boasting the most stars. 3Lionel Messi could win another award after scooping the World Cup Golden BallCredit: Getty 3Cristiano Ronaldo has not made the shortlist for the first time everCredit: PA 3Neymar and Mbappe have been nominated for the awardCredit: AP Four PSG players could win the award including Messi, who is amongst the frontrunners. He has hit form for his club this season with 13 goals and 14 assists in 20 games. But it is his World Cup win that could clinch The Best award for Messi, who scored six goals in seven games for Argentina in Qatar. Messi was recognised as the best player at the World Cup with the Golden Ball award and he could claim his second The Best Fifa award when the winner is announced on February 27. The 35-year-old has only won the award once since its inception in 2016 and another...
    THEY are loving the Premier League in this particular corner of the capital, but down the road at both Fulham and Brentford. Unbelievably, Chelsea are currently the third best side in West London and there are no great signs of things getting much better. 1Chelsea are below Brentford and Fulham in the Premier League tableCredit: Getty Graham Potter’s difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge continues to unravel, even though it is not all his fault. Defeat to Manchester City was not exactly a massive surprise. But a run of just one Premier League win in eight is rightly beginning to cause panic at Stamford Bridge even though, throughout this game, the crowd remained firmly behind the team and beleaguered Potter. Despite some encouraging performances in difficult circumstances, this was still a bad night for Potter, not helped by a total lack of concentration from keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga which led to Riyad Mahrez’s winner. But it was also a grim evening for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was signed by the club's new owners to boost their attack. A fifth minute substitute,...
    IF there is one consolation  for Frank Lampard, as he desperately clings  to his job, it is that nobody could reasonably claim Everton’s omnishambles is down to him. A quick glance at the managers who have tried and failed under Farhad Moshiri’s disastrous Goodison ownership confirms as much. 2Everton keeper Jordan Pickford looks dejected as Brighton romp to a 4-1 Prem win at Goodison park on TuesdayCredit: Reuters 2Frank Lampard appears to be going the same way as other big managerial names in recent years at Goodison ParkCredit: Getty Carlo Ancelotti, the most successful boss in European Cup history. Rafa Benitez, another Champions League winner. Marco Silva, the greatest over-achiever in the Premier League this season. And Ronald Koeman, who would go on to manage Barcelona. All of them have failed to turn around a club which has become a byword for wasteful mismanagement since Moshiri became Everton’s majority shareholder seven years ago. More than £600million was wasted on transfers before Lampard’s appointment almost 12 months ago — and yet now Everton’s only realistic aim is to avoid relegation. With...
    Michael B Jordan looks ready for the English Premier League after posing in a Bournemouth jersey for the first time since the $185m takeover earlier this week. The Black Panther star is involved in a group led by Bill Foley - the Vegas Golden Knights owner - that have bought the team based on the south coast on England. And Jordan is clearly excited by his new project. Taking to Twitter with a picture of him in a Bournemouth jersey with his name on the back, he wrote: 'Honored. See you on the pitch.' Bournemouth is currently 14th in the Premier League standings, with the season on pause due to the World Cup in Qatar. Michael B Jordan posed in a Bournemouth jersey for the first time since the $185m takeover Bournemouth is 14th in the standings of the Premier League and plays next on Dec. 20 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Bill Foley reveals he considered setting up an MLS franchise... Three Premier League clubs are interested in £20m-rated... Share this...
    MIKEL ARTETA produced a flash of the past as he tested out Arsenal's flair for the future. The Gunners' boss wowed fans with a magical piece of control as the ball spiralled out during the 3-0 win over Lyon in the Dubai Super Cup. 1Mikel Arteta gave guidance to his Gunners in Dubai not just with words but also with his touch as they prepare for the Prem returnCredit: Getty Arteta ???? pic.twitter.com/25sdxl0qTq— Arsenal Buzz (@ArsenalBuzzCom) December 8, 2022 And with Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City ahead of the Premier League return at Christmas, one fan said: "That’s a top of the table touch. Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira put the smooth-looking Gunners out of sight before the break. But in one nonchalant moment Arteta showed his 2011-2016 stint as a midfield stylist at the Emirates should never be out of mind. As the ball came spinning towards him from a great height, he kept his left foot planted as he stretched his right leg behind him to take it down with his heel. READ MORE...
    MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed he is open to returning to the Premier League, leaving Tottenham fans wondering what the future might hold. Pochettino, 50, enjoyed five years with the North London outfit before he was sacked in 2019. 1Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door to a Spurs returnCredit: AFP Since then Spurs are onto their third permanent manager after sacking Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo before landing Antonio Conte. Under much of their time with Pochettino Spurs were a Champions League team and even made the final in 2019, when they lost 2-0 to Liverpool. On the prospect of a return to the Premier League, Pochettino told talkSPORT: "I miss the Premier League. "Why not (return to manage in England)? We are open. "I love England, I love living in London and Barcelona. "But it's like my house and home. I love being in England. "I think the Premier League is one of the best if not the best league in the world because it's so competitive. "And of course if that possibility (to return) appears...
    FANS of Chelsea are most likely to pop pills to help score in the bedroom, according to a poll. Twenty per cent of Blues supporters admit taking the little blue tablets to keepy uppy. 2Chelsea fans are most likely to pop Viagra or something similar to score in the bedroomCredit: Getty 2 Arsenal fans were second with 19 per cent taking a pill, then Southampton on 18 per cent, and Man United and Spurs fans fourth on 17 per cent. But fans of misfiring Aston Villa perform off the pitch with just six per cent needing Viagra or a similar stimulant. Bets site freebets.com asked 2,000 Premier League fans if they used erectile dysfunction drugs. Spokesman Tim Agnew said: “It brings a whole new meaning to the time-honoured football chant of ‘Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough’. Read More on The SunHOUSE ABOUT IT We built a tiny house in our garden & Airbnb it out for £2,500 a month “It looks like that would be Chelsea fans according to the findings. “But on the...
    TOTTENHAM head to Manchester United looking to continue their best-ever start to a Premier League season – but they will be worried about a familiar face. Antonio Conte’s side currently sit third in the table and will be hoping to close the gap on leaders Arsenal to just a point with a victory at United. 7Christian Eriksen is set to face old club Spurs tonightCredit: PA 7Michael Carrick left Tottenham for Old Trafford in 2006 and was a huge successCredit: Getty But fifth-placed United, who trail Spurs by seven points, will be hoping Christian Eriksen can produce the goods to and help them down his old club. The Great Dane, 30, spent seven years in North London and helped them to reach the Champions League final before departing for Inter Milan in 2020. Following his terrifying cardiac arrest at the European Championship last summer, he returned to England with Brentford on a short-term deal before United snapped him up for free in July. Now he will be desperate to down his old employers later – but he is not the...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO has suffered his worst ever Ballon d'Or ranking. That's by coming 20th at this year's prestigious ceremony. 1Cristiano Ronaldo has come 20th at this year's Ballon d'Or - his worst ranking to dateCredit: Getty THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY… The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. Most read in Sport'TELL GISELE' Steelers fan taunts Brady with savage Gisele banner as GOAT has meltdownMAID OF HONOUR Stunning WWE history maker Kelsey Heather sizzles in 'mermaid' swimsuitKICKING OFF Tom Brady has massive meltdown at game amid 'divorce' rumorsIN THE DOCK Mason Greenwood due in court today on rape charge after 2 nights in police cell Topics Ballon d'Or man utd news Premier League Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunKARIM OF THE CROP Ballon d'Or 2022 live stream FREE - how to watch tonight's ceremonyGUNNED DOWN Why is Arsenal's match against Man...
    THE PREMIER LEAGUE is set to hold a pre-season tournament in the United States next summer, according to reports. Prem giants like Arsenal and Chelsea played across the pond over the summer and often visit the US in pre-season. 1Arsenal played Chelsea in a friendly in the summerCredit: Getty But a new initiative has been launched by the Premier League as part of a plan to begin holding competitive games overseas. Regular season fixtures are not part of that project but a friendly tournament is pencilled in for late July, report The Athletic. Six clubs could travel to America to take part in the round-robin competition, which could be made up of two groups of three teams. That would see each team play two friendlies in cities on the east and west coast of the United States. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLSTUD HARM Watch footballer get sent off after brutally scraping studs down opponent's head Stadiums are expected to sell out for the games, which will be broadcast on a potentially lucrative deal. Premier League branding will be on show while...
    ARSENAL managed to retain their spot at the top of the table with a win over Leeds... just. It was by no means an easy task for Mikel Arteta's men, who arguably put on their worst display of the season so far. 3Arsenal scraped a narrow win over LeedsCredit: Getty 3Bukayo Saka scored the decisive goal for the GunnersCredit: Getty 3Aaron Ramsdale kept Arsenal in the gameCredit: AFP But, nevertheless they live to see another day at the peak of the Premier League thanks to Bukayo Saka's first-half finish. Arsenal's star boy scored the decisive goal in spectacular style by placing the ball into the top corner from a narrow angle. But he offered little after that, as did Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli. Meanwhile, the back four showcased a defensive disasterclass. Read More on ArsenalGUNNERS LIVE Saka contract updates, Gakpo January pursuit LEEDS 0 ARSENAL 1 Bamford misses penalty as Saka keeps Gunners top after power cut & delay William Saliba, who has been one of Arsenal's highest performing players so far this season, made too many mistakes -...
    IT IS 1971 and a six-year-old Steve Davis stands on the South Bank terrace, held tightly by his father, Peter, and wrapped from head to toe in gold and black. He is swaying from left to right, as thousands of fans jostle to get the best view of their beloved team. 7Steve Davis applauds the Wolves fans after leading out the side at Chelsea last weekend 7Steve Davis as a boy, in his beloved Wolves kit 7Steve Davis also loved Wolves Speedway which he was obsessed with due to gold and black colours It is packed. Molineux is the place to be, and First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers are the team to watch. Davis remembers: “Molineux is a special place for me. I remember we would always park down West Park and walk up to the ground, passing the gold and black memorabilia and rosettes on the way. “My dad worked in Tipton with all of his mates who were Wolves fans, so he wanted to convert me as early as he could. "He would buy us...
    THE Premier League will have a very different look to it next season with the unprecedented winter Qatar World Cup taking place. The Middle East tournament has caused a switch-up of the schedule, and Prem chiefs have now CONFIRMED the full dates. 1The Premier League have confirmed their dates for next year What is the Premier League 2022/23 schedule? The Premier League starts next season on the weekend of August 6, 2022. It will then be played up to November 12-13, before players join up with their international squads from November 14. The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup final, which takes place 8 days before on Sunday 18 December. The final round of fixtures will be on May 28, 2023, when all games will be played simultaneously, as is tradition. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply) Premier League 2022/23 dates August 6, 2022: Premier League starts November 12-13: Premier League goes on break November 21: World Cup starts December 18:...
    Frida Maanum of Arsenal in action during the FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022 in London.Naomi Baker - The Fa | The Fa Collection | Getty Images LONDON — The England women's soccer team face their U.S. counterparts at London's Wembley Stadium on Friday night, in an international friendly that has already become a record breaker. All available tickets for the 90,000-capacity stadium were snapped up 15 minutes after going on sale, the U.K.'s fastest-ever sellout for the women's game. Fans are eager to see a showdown between the recent winners of the European Championship and the current World Cup holders. It is the latest in a series of records that have been set by the game in recent months, reflecting a massive uptick in its popularity, which was reflected in — and boosted by — the popularity of the Euros tournament over the summer. England's three group matches sold out months ahead, and the 87,192-strong crowd that watched the 2-1 victory over Germany in the final at Wembley...
    ERIK TEN HAG has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month. The Manchester United boss endured a dreadful start to life at Old Trafford after taking charge this summer. 2Erik ten Hag has been named the Premier League's Manager of the MonthCredit: PA The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on the opening day of the campaign. They were then thumped 4-0 at Brentford as alarm bells really started ringing. However, the Dutchman navigated the storm superbly as United bounced back with a victory over Liverpool followed by a win at Southampton. But it was United’s superb September that has led to Ten Hag receiving his first Manager of the Month award - even though the club only played two top-flight matches. READ MORE ON MAN UTDVAN DRIVEN MAD Van de Beek 'wanted to quit' Man Utd as Pogba 'turned up late' but played Jadon Sancho’s goal got it off to a flyer as that secured the points from their away game at Leicester. Then a thrilling display against Arsenal on September 4 made it...
    FOOTBALL fans have mocked the height difference between Erling Haaland and Lisandro Martinez ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend. Champions Man City host local rivals Man Utd at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in both sides' first match back from the international break. 2Haaland will be looking to keep up his remarkable start to life at City this weekendCredit: Rex 2Martinez has begun to impress after a difficult start to his Premier League careerCredit: Getty Haaland has made an incredible start to life in England, scoring 14 goals in his opening 10 matches for Pep Guardiola's men. Meanwhile, Martinez suffered a traumatic first two games in the Premier League as Man Utd were beaten 2-1 by Brighton and then thumped 4-0 away at Brentford. Since then, four wins in a row - including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal - have coincided with some thoroughly impressive performances from Martinez - who arrived from Ajax for £55million in the summer. But that upturn in form has not stopped football supporters from pointing out the huge size difference between Haaland and the...
    ONE in ten football fans would go celibate in exchange for winning the league, a survey claims. A poll of 2,000 supporters all over the UK found that 200 would be happy to sacrifice sex if it meant their team being crowned champions. 1One in 10 football fans would go celibate in exchange for their team winning the league, a survey claimsCredit: Getty Analysts quizzed fans from all 20 Premier League teams, 24 Championship sides and 12 Scottish Premiership outfits to see who was most willing to stop scoring. The most devoted were Liverpool supporters, with 17 per cent saying they would spurn nookie for a season in return for the Reds winning the English top flight, which they’ve only done once since 1990. Next were fans of Championship side Birmingham City (15 per cent), then Scottish Prem side Hearts (14 per cent), followed by Prem teams Manchester City (13 per cent) and Nottingham Forest (11 per cent). The least willing were supporters of Celtic and Rangers — with just six per cent saying they would impose a bonking ban...
    BRENTFORD boss Thomas Frank believes Arsenal are the second best team in the Premier League - behind only champions Manchester City. The Bees welcome Mikel Arteta's side to the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday in what promises to be an exciting London derby. 2Thomas Frank has lauded Arsenal ahead of Brentford's clash against their London rivals on SundayCredit: Reuters 2Mikel Arteta was named as August's Manager of the Month following the Gunners' impressive start to the seasonCredit: Getty Frank will be hoping to rack up consecutive home wins against Arsenal after their 2-0 win in the opening match of the 2021-22 season. But the Danish gaffer knows Arsenal are a team transformed this campaign as they sit top of table having won five out of their six matches. Arsenal head into the weekend sitting a point above champions City and their arch-rivals Tottenham. And Frank paid his compliments to Brentford's upcoming opponents in his pre-match press conference. READ MORE ARSENAL STORIESTAKING THE MIK Arsenal fans all say the same thing after Arteta named Manager of the Month He said: "We...
    CHELSEA chief Todd Boehly wants a Premier League All-Star game. While commonplace in US sports, the English top flight has never staged such a match. 3Todd Boehly wants a Prem All-Star gameCredit: Getty The occasion would bring stars from different Prem sides together, with Boehly proposing a North vs South format. He reckons that the cash generated could fund the English pyramid and help to "evolve" the game. The plan has already received opposition from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. But if such a match were to happen, which Prem stars would get the nod? Read More Football StoriesTODD'S GIFT Boehly wants North v South Prem All-Star game in radical format change Players from the ten clubs from Aston Villa and above would be eligible for the northern team, while those from London and the South Coast would provide the opposition. Starting with the southern team, it's hard to look too far beyond players from Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. Despite his gaffe at Leeds earlier this season, Edouard Mendy just about pips Hugo Lloris to selection in goal. Reece James is...
    FIFA season is here and in just a few short weeks we’ll all be able to play the latest game, FIFA 23. With not long before launch day, fans are getting ready by looking up ratings and choosing their player of the month. While the Premier League ratings were available early, we now have a full list of the best 10 players in the world, as ranked by FIFA 23. Here’s who the game thinks are the best footballers in the world. 10. Cristiano Ronaldo - 90 - Manchester United 10Ronaldo is the oldest player in the top ten. Placing number four in the Premier League, a one point drop for Cristiano Ronaldo means he only just makes the top ten in the world. This change was expected though. At 37, Ronaldo is the oldest player in the top ten. Joining Man Utd last year, he’s still been a strong force for the team, and remains their top player. Despite the change, 90 is still a solid score and a good choice for any FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT). More in...
    IKER Casillas has listed his top five keepers in the world - but could only find room for one Premier League star. The Spain legend, now 41, is regarded as one of the greatest shotstoppers of his generation. 2Iker Casillas has listed his top five keepers in the worldCredit: Getty Images - Getty However, he was forced to retire in 2020 - months after suffering a heart attack during a training session in 2019. But clearly Casillas has kept his eye on the game - and was able to rattle off his top five list with ease. Only one star on our shores was considered though, with three LaLiga keepers mentioned. Speaking to 433, Casillas named Real Madrid star Thibaut Courtois as his No1. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLINKED UP Fans all saying the same thing after Chelsea star Jorginho reveals new tattoos In second place came Man City's Brazilian goalie Ederson, who was the Premier League's only representative. Atletico Madrid's Slovenian international Jan Oblak came in third spot. Barcelona star Marc-André ter Stegen was fourth, according to Casillas. While, German...
    ARSENAL'S Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven is reportedly at risk of being postponed. Uefa have already taken the decision to postpone Rangers' Champions League game against Napoli by 24 hours. 1A minute's silence was held for The Queen during Arsenal's match at ZurichCredit: Getty And it is possible Arsenal's match on Thursday will not go ahead due to police shortages during a period of national mourning, report The Telegraph. There are also concerns about the next round of Premier League fixtures taking place next weekend including the Gunners' trip to Brentford, with The Queen's funeral on Monday. All Premier League and EFL matches this weekend were cancelled following the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. More to follow... Most read in SportMcBROOM VS GIB Latest fight updates as McBroom is RUSHED to hospital after BRUTAL KOON THE BILL McBroom vs Gib undercard - who else is fighting on YouTuber boxing card in LA?CADIZ 0 BARCELONA 4 Delayed game ends after lengthy medical emergency in the standsCON ARTIST McGregor says UFC should have axed 'smirking' Chimaev for failing to make...
    FIFA 23’s release date is fast approaching, and fans are excited to see how their favourite players will be ranked.  EA Sports has not only adjusted player ratings based on their performance last season. 11FIFA 23 launches at the end of the month.Credit: EA Sports Transfers will mean that players will perform differently based on their new teams. The top ten players have seen changes from FIFA 22, and five Premier League teams are dominating the top spots. Find out if your favourite player or team is included in FIFA 23’s top ten.  10. Erling Braut Haaland - 88 - Manchester City 11Haaland has proved his place early on in the season. Manchester City is lucky enough to have a few 88 rated players on their side.  More in FIFA 23SIGNING ON These transfers will COMPLETELY change up FIFA 23CAREER CHANGERS Career Mode has been improved and is coming back to FIFA 23 While Rúben Dias, Bernardo Silva, and João Cancelo all also rank at 88, we’ve picked Haaland due to his dominating start to the season. He has scored...
    There are few changes in Argentina’s squad to meet Honduras and Jamaica in this month’s FIFA dates, the last chance to warm up before the World Cup kicks off in November. This is hardly a shock. There is no need for radical alteration. This is a team that has been unbeaten for more than three years, and that last time out thrashed European champions Italy at Wembley in June before cruising 5-0 past Estonia. 3Premier League duo Cristian Romero and Lisandro Martinez could make up Argentina's defence at the 2022 World CupCredit: Getty But there is a little tinker round the edges, and it has to do with the Premier League. If there is one position in Qatar that might be up for grabs, it is that of the left sided centre back. Tottenham’s Cristian Romero is undisputed first choice on the right, and has made the position his own over the past 16 months. Alongside him is Nico Otamendi, the former Manchester City defender who, at the age of 34 has probably seen better days. Now at Benfica, Otamendi...
    SIX of the most expensive teenage summer transfers have been made by Premier League clubs - with Chelsea leading the pack. The Blues are planning for the future after losing experienced defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer. 1Six of the most expensive teenage signings ended up in the Premier League this summer Veteran Blues Cesar Azplicueta and Marcos Alonso are also on their last legs at the club. Which is why Thomas Tuchel's side splashed £20m bringing 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa. Chukwuemeka's acquisition was followed by the arrival of 19-year-old Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan, who cost them £17m. READ MORE CHELSEA NEWSChelsea news Fofana ANNOUNCED, Neymar 'offered' to Blues, £77m Gvardiol deal But the Blues aren't the only Prem side investing in fresh talent. Southampton also snapped up two budding stars in the form of Romeo Lavia and Sekou Mara. Lavia, 18, moved to St.Mary's from Man City for £14m, and the Saints bagged Mara for £11m from Bordeaux. Lavia showed his promise by scoring the opening goal in Southampton's 2-1 win over Chelsea on...
    THERE'S nothing more frustrating than finding out the team you support is being broadcasted live on TV - unless they lose of course. The TV football blackout law was introduced before the inception of the Premier League in 1992. 1Chelsea vs Liverpool in 2012 was the first FA Cup final to be moved from 3pm to 5:15pmCredit: EPA But it is a rule which is currently only being implemented in the United Kingdom. Find out more on the TV football black out law below... What is the TV football blackout law? The football blackout law is a rule which means that prohibits any Premier League, Football League or FA Cup match from being broadcasted on live television on Saturday's between 2:45pm and 5:15pm. Which is a rule that mostly affects 3pm Saturday kick-offs as they all fall between the blackout time restriction. Read More on Premier LeagueSUPER SUB How many substitutions can Premier League teams make this season?ON THE BOX Premier League fixtures on TV: Where to watch the matches this weekend Games can still go ahead at those times...
    ARSENAL are reportedly targeting a stunning transfer move for Shakhtar Donetsk ace Mykhaylo Mudryk. Foot Media claims the star - nicknamed the “Ukrainian Neymar” - has emerged as a late target for Mikel Arteta this summer. 1Arsenal are lining up a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk ace Mykhaylo MudrykCredit: Rex The Gunners boss remains convinced he needs an attack-minded central midfield added to his squad. Lucas Paqueta had been Arteta’s top target, but Arsenal have no intention of meeting Lyon’s £55million asking price. Mudryk is believed to be available for £17m in the final days of the transfer window. And Arsenal are now weighing up the possibility of making an offer for the talented 21-year-old. READ MORE ON ARSENALArsenal transfer news Tielemans top priority, Pedro Neto boost, Pino bid, Paqueta latest Mudryk has made 26 appearances for Shakhtar, scoring twice. It’s not the first time he’s been wanted by a Premier League side, with Brentford having a bid rejected in January. Mudryk confirmed at the time that he was keen on joining the Bees, but would respect Shakhtar’s final decision. The...
    THE Premier League is the most lucrative league in the world and all 20 clubs are guaranteed to earn huge sums from simply just being in the division. But how much can each team get in the 2022/23 season? Premier League prize money explained The league has not made prize money public since halfway through the previous decade but the breakdown is known and that means estimates can easily be calculated. And teams will take home even more this season, with the broadcast pot rising from last term's figure of around £2.5billion. The team that become champions will bag over £160m, but even teams that finish in the bottom three and drop out of the division will make over £100m from prize money alone. The league is able to do so part in thanks to the Premier League's enormous international fanbase and the fortunes made in TV rights agreements. 1The team that become champions will bag over £160m in prize money, but even teams that finish in the bottom three stand to make over £100mCredit: Alamy Premier League prize...
    THEY say never go back. It’s a motto close to home from my teenage years when countless girls were worryingly quick to decline a second date. 5Erling Haaland has hit the ground running at Manchester CityCredit: Getty And it’s a philosophy that stretches beyond failed romances into most walks of life. Yet it doesn’t seem to have occurred to managers like Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag as they plot their responses to the challenge being laid down by Manchester City and Liverpool. Last season’s Premier League top two sent a powerful message that they mean business with the summer signings of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez. Two strikers in their prime who have hit the ground running and look the real deal already. READ MORE FOOTBALL STORIESSUMMER HAAL-IDAYS Haaland shows off sunburn after flying to Marbella following Man City winFIGHT BACK Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk free bets and sign up offers for Saudi rematch Haaland looks so at home in English football that he has taken a mini-break in Marbella after scoring two goals in his first week...
    MANCHESTER UNITED will finish in the BOTTOM HALF of the Premier League table if they sell Cristiano Ronaldo, according to club legend Gary Neville. The Red Devils sit bottom of the Premier League table after two matches, beaten 2-1 by Brighton and humiliated 4-0 by Brentford on Saturday. 2Ronaldo has made it clear his desire to leave Old Trafford this summerCredit: Alamy 2Neville feels United could be worse off without Ronaldo at the clubCredit: PA Ronaldo has made it clear his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of Champions League football. But Neville feels if he leaves and United fail to replace him then things will only get worse for Erik ten Hag's side. Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, he said: “United are damned if they do, damned if they don't on Ronaldo. “It seemed like the best thing was to facilitate a move away. Now, if they lose him, there is NO goalscoring left. READ MORE ON MAN UTDRED DEVILS LATEST Aubemeyang lined up, Ronaldo 'eating ALONE', De Jong boost “If they don't bring...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are no longer the most supported Premier League club in the USA. And in more bad news for Red Devils fans they have been overtaken by one of their biggest rivals. 2Erik ten Hag's Manchester United are no longer the most popular club in the USACredit: Reuters A recent survey conducted by Morning Consult showed United have been knocked off their perch in the States, having long been considered as the most popular team in the land. The club built a huge following across the pond during Sir Alex Ferguson's glittering 26 years at the helm. But they are no longer the most supported club in a country where the marketing opportunity for Premier League clubs is enormous. The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton all jetted across the Atlantic before the start of the campaign on pre-season tour. Read More Man Utd NewsRED DEVILS LATEST Adrien Rabiot wage issues, Frenkie de Jong deal AGREED, Ronaldo latest Heading stateside during pre-season allows Prem clubs to tap into that huge market in the Land of...
    EVERTON and Chelsea's Premier League opener was halted after a medical emergency in the stands at Goodison Park. The game was reaching the final five minutes of normal time before it was brought to a stop. 1Everton's and Chelsea's Premier League opener was halted after a medical emergency in the standsCredit: Reuters After around three minutes, the match resumed in Merseyside and TEN minutes was later added on. The first-half saw EIGHT extra minutes after Ben Godfrey was stretchered off following an injury. Everton later tweeted: "We can confirm Ben Godfrey has suffered a lower leg injury and has been taken to hospital. "We're all with you, @BenG0dfrey!" Most read in Premier LeagueBIG BUCKS I won the $1.6BILLION Powerball lottery jackpot - here is how I picked my numbersFIERY CARNAGE Ellen's ex critical with 'severe burns' as horror pics show fiery car crashKIM-TENSE Kim flaunts TINY thighs in gym at $60M mansion as fans say she's 'too skinny'MAKING A RACKET Today's Savannah Guthrie show embarrassing injury bruised face live on air
    FANS will notice a changing of the guard among match officials in the early months of the new Premier League season. Experienced quartet Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson, Jon Moss and Kevin Friend will no longer be on the pitch while Tom Bramall is the sole new referee in the Prem. 1Ex-referee says it's sink or swim for new Premier League officialsCredit: PA And with the imminent departure of refs' boss Mike Riley, a shake-up will continue to take place ahead of Howard Webb's expected arrival in the winter. Promoted Bramall is young at 32 but is viewed as a promising prospect following his rapid rise through the leagues. My own refereeing journey was similar to Sheffield-based Bramall's pathway as we both spent two seasons in the National League before moving up to the Football League. After four seasons in the EFL where I've heard Championship managers rated him highly, Bramall is in the big time as the fifth ref to be promoted by the PGMOL in the last year. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Barcelona line up £67m Alexander-Arnold bid,...
    CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel was the MOANIEST Premier League manager last season, studies have shown. The Blues head coach guided his side to a third place finish after they fell out of title contention following a poor run of form post-Christmas. 3Tuchel is said to have made the most excuses during post-match interviews last seasonCredit: AP 3Tuchel tops the list for the moaniest Premier League manager last season It was by no means a dreadful campaign for Chelsea, particularly considering the uproar caused by the change in ownership when Todd Boehly took over from Roman Abramovich. But that did not stop Tuchel from topping the charts as the manager who complained the most in post-match interviews. According to The Athletic, the German raised "mitigating factors" during 11 of 19 interviews analysed last season. That gives him a "blame percentage" of 57.9 per cent, 2.4 per cent more than Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in second place. READ MORE ON CHELSEACHELSEA LATEST 'Aubameyang's goals interest me' - Tuchel, Cucurella SIGNS, Fofana latest In terms of actual excuses, Tuchel blamed Covid three times,...
    PREMIER LEAGUE fans will be anticipating more drama this season courtesy of VAR - but there could be a twist. The Video Assistant Referee was introduced to the Premier League in 2019 to liaise with the on-pitch referee for decisions during game play. 1VAR decided to not penalise Rodri for a potential handball decision last seasonCredit: Reuters But the controversial system has been heavily criticised since it came into play. However, the potential rule change for VAR in 2022/23 could be something for fans to get excited about. How will VAR work in the Premier League in 2022/23 season? All decisions which VAR were called upon last season, are set to continue in the 2022/23 campaign. However, a plan has reportedly been put into place for referees and VAR officials to publicly release conversations during games. Read More on Premier LeagueKick in the leg Leicester suffer huge blow as Ricardo Pereira ruled out for SIX MONTHSTOP GUNS Arsenal's incredible strength in depth revealed after £380m spending spree Reason being is to provide more transparency and to help fans get an...
    THE Premier League is BACK. After 75 long days since the end of the 2021/22 campaign, England's top flight resumes on tonight as Crystal Palace host Arsenal. 6Manchester City are seeking to win a fifth Premier League title in six seasonsCredit: Getty 6Nunez opened his Liverpool account in the Community Shield last weekendCredit: Alamy 6Haaland will be hoping to hit the ground running for the Premier League championsCredit: Getty 6Ten Hag takes charge of his first Premier League match against Brighton on SundayCredit: Reuters Football fans are giddy with excitement, particularly those who have watched their team attract new star signings. Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez, Raheem Sterling, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Kalvin Phillips, Christian Eriksen, Jesse Lingard, Julian Alvarez - the list is endless. The only managerial change made by any of the 20 Prem clubs during the summer was Erik ten Hag replacing interim boss Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United - but that looks set to provide as much entertainment as any number of appointments combined. Defending champions Manchester City kick off their title defence on Sunday away at West...
    Let’s get the bad news out of the way for Manchester City: As it stands, this will be the seventh and final season of Pep Guardiola’s trophy-filled time at the club. Seeing the back of a coach who has taken English soccer to new levels of excellency in his longer-than-expected time at City will be a relief to the rest of the Premier League. Now for all the good news. City returns for the new Premier League season, which starts on Friday, as the reigning champion, the team to beat once again and having been reinforced by the signing of one of the world’s best players. Erling Haaland, a 22-year-old Norway striker who was prolific in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and also has broken a number of Champions League scoring records, is the marquee acquisition of a wild offseason of transfer dealings in the Premier League. Big, strong, fast and a fantastic finisher, Haaland is regarded as a generational talent and beefs up a department of the squad City was most short in — don’t forget, City won the league...
    PHIL FODEN reckons “scary” Erling Haaland will be a nightmare for Premier League defences this season. Manchester City hotshot Haaland, 22, scored just 12 minutes into his debut last week against Bayern Munich in Wisconsin. 2Erling Haaland didn't take long to open his City accountCredit: Getty 2Phil Foden is excited to play with HaalandCredit: Getty Foden is yet to play alongside the £51.4million striker as his Covid vaccination status ruled him out of City’s tour of the USA. But the England ace has seen enough in training from the dangerman to expect something special at the King Power on Sunday in the Community Shield against title rivals Liverpool. Foden, also 22, said: “In front of goal he is scary. Everyone knows his goal record and how many he scores. “He’s coming into a different league, much faster football so it might take him time to get used to. Read More Football StoriesERLY DAYS Inside Haaland’s hometown from 'Fridge' training pitch to his favourite take-away “But I’m sure when he is in his flow he’s going to be unstoppable. “If we...
    ARSENAL signing Oleksandr Zinchenko is one of the most successful Premier League players ever. The £30million star spent five years at Manchester City where he made 76 Prem appearances. 3Oleksandr Zinchenko has won 81.6 per cent of his Premier League gamesCredit: Getty 3Arjen Robben is the only player who has won a greater percentage of Prem matches than ZinchenkoCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 3Many of the players in the top ten list have played for Manchester City Remarkably, Zinchenko won 62 of those matches as well as the league title on four occasions. That means he has won 81.6 per cent of the Premier League games he has played according to Opta - second only to former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben who boasts a record of 82.1 per cent. The top ten list consists of several of Zinchenko's now former City team-mates - and every player on the list has made at least 50 Prem appearances. Zinchenko's previous defensive team-mate at the Etihad Aymeric Laporte rounds off the top three with a win rate of 81.5 per cent. READ MORE...
    THE cheapest pint in the Premier League is at champions Manchester City, a survey has found. Fans at the Etihad Stadium pay £3.40 for a lager — compared to £5.10 at Manchester United and £6 at Brighton. 1The cheapest pint in the Premier League is at champions Manchester CityCredit: Getty The average cost for the coming season is £4.09, said casino website Top10Casinos. It added: “Not only do City fans see some of the best football, their pint is cheaper too. "United and Brighton fans must be wondering where it all went wrong.” READ MORE ON MANCHESTER CITYU.S.NAY Aymeric Laporte joins Ilkay Gundogan in missing Man City's US pre-season tourCITY BREAK Grealish and De Bruyne lead Man City stars for night out at restaurant Prem pints by price Man City, £3.40 Brentford, £3.50 Newcastle, £3.60 Leeds, £3.60 Nottingham Forest, £3.70 Wolves, £3.70 Liverpool, Fulham, Everton, Bournemouth, Southampton, all £4 Crystal Palace, £4.20 Arsenal, £4.30 Chelsea, £4.40 Aston Villa, £4.60 Leicester, £4.75 West Ham, Spurs, both £5 Man Utd, £5.10 Brighton, £6. Most read in The US...
    The Ukrainian Premier League is targeting August 20 for the return of the competition, despite the ongoing war and Russia targeting two of the three cities expected to host matches with missile strikes. In yet another brave show of defiance from Ukraine, the top flight has pressed on with plans to run a 16-team competition, starting in just under eight weeks and it has appealed to other European clubs for support. But Russian attacks on civilian targets in Kyiv and Lviv, and yesterday's attack on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk killing at least 18 people, will raise concern over current plans. Ukrainian Premier League set to return from August 20 after it was abandoned last season As President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the leaders of the G7 countries via video link in Germany on Monday, pleading for more weapons, Ukrainian football teams continued to return for pre-season training. The Premier League has committed to restarting the competition, after it was suspended and then abandoned last season following the Russian invasion on February 24. But while it has made an unambiguous decision...