Football transfer rumours: Kosovo striker on Tottenham’s radar?

Eriksen to Madrid on a free? | Wolves to tie up deal for Vallejo? | Paderborn in for Palaces Riedewald? Having made excitable noises all summer about how lovely life would be in Spain at a big club like, say, Real Madrid, Christian Eriksen could be forgiven for feeling a bit down in the dumps as he continues to ply his trade under the slate grey skies of north London. But, if he can hang on just one more season, it looks like the sparky Tottenham playmakers Spanish dream could come true. You see, it says here that Madrid would rather save themselves bucketloads of cash by allowing Eriksens contract to run down and nab him on a free transfer …

England manager Phil Neville says links to USA managers job are flattering

The England Womens manager Phil Neville says he is flattered by links to the US job The England manager, Phil Neville, has dismissed reports linking him to the US womens national team. Last month it was announced Jill Ellis, Before Englands 2-1 defeat to Norway the Daily Mail reported Neville was the top target of US Soccer for the vacant position having impressed Ellis. Neville has been named on the shortlist alongside Ellis and Netherlands coach, Sarina Wiegman, for the Fifa womens coach of the year award. However when asked about the alleged interest, Neville batted it away, telling BBC Sport: There has been no approach. Neville is under contract with the Lionesses until 2021 and, at present, is committed …

Europa League draw: Manchester United given gruelling group

In Fridays Europa League draw, Manchester United were handed a tricky group including Astana and Partizan Belgrade, while Arsenal, Celtic, Rangers and Wolves were all give more forgiving fixtures Wolverhampton Wanderers were handed an encouraging draw on their return to European competition proper for the first time in 38 years, when they avoided big-name opposition in a Europa League group that pits them against Besiktas of Turkey, Braga of Portugal and Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia. Nuno Esprito Santo will be happier than Unai Emery with the draw, for Arsenals opponents in Group A include Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Lige, while Manchester United face demanding trips to Partizan Belgrade and Astana of Kazakhstan. Eintracht reached the semi-finals of the Europa League …

Tammy Abraham doubles up as Chelsea edge Norwich in five-goal thriller

Tammy Abraham scored twice as Chelsea secured their first win under Frank Lampard a 3-2 victory against Norwich at Carrow Road Frank Lampard stood in his technical area until the bitter end, a picture of tension as he urged his players on and applauded every tackle. This is what the job has done to Chelseas new manager. He was a bag of nerves until the sweet sound of Martin Atkinsons final whistle allowed him to march across the pitch and milk the applause of the adoring travelling support. After four games Lampard is finally off the mark, though he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement after gaining his first competitive win. Tammy Abraham was the hero …

Griezmann nets double in Barcelonas comeback win over Real Betis

Barcelona bounced back from their opening day La Liga defeat with a 5-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Real Betis 5-2. The coach Valverde called for Griezmann to be more involved in the game following an ineffective debut in the The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the nod ahead of Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Asmir Begovic to make his Bournemouth debut against his former club, having left Sheffield United for around 800,000 on deadline day in January 2017. At the time Chris Wilder was six months …

Aubameyangs Arsenal winner gives Steve Bruce losing start at Newcastle

A deft second-half finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James Park A little bit of a boycott and an awful lot of rain ensured that Steve Bruces Newcastle United reign began in downbeat mode as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang emphasised his enduring importance to Arsenal by cutting through the gloom and registering an exquisitely incisive winner. If it hardly bodes well for Bruce that Unai Emerys supposedly vulnerable backline managed that real north Londoners collectors item, a clean sheet on the road, at least the sight of the watching Andy Carroll keeping his ponytail dry by wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with the word Icon hinted at the prospect of potentially better days ahead. Unfortunately …

It’s official. Watching soccer can be good for your health

(CNN)With every painstaking second that ticks by you get that bit closer to the edge of your seat. This could be it, this could be the week your beloved soccer team wins that all-important three points. The recent study, due to be released soon, suggests watching your beloved soccer team romp home to victory has a positive impact on your health, with spectators experiencing physical stresses equivalent to going for a brisk 90-minute walk. Results also found that a win lifts a spectators mood for a whole 24 hours after the game has finished. “Ultimately supporting your team at a football match gives you a moderate cardiovascular workout and depending on the result of the match, a psychological boost or …

Paul Pogba says ‘question mark’ remains over his future at Manchester United

Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying this question mark remains Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying a question mark remains. The midfielder was pivotal in The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

Fifa looks to fast-track expansion of Womens World Cup to 32 teams

Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams. In a document seen by the Associated Press, Fifa asked council members Friday to approve adding eight more teams within days and without a formal meeting. Agreement would include urgently rebooting the ongoing bid contest to host the 2023 tournament. Fifa believes the 2019 World Cup, won by the United States in France this month, showed a bigger tournament is commercially possible, and would speed development of the womens game. Fifa President Gianni Infantino set the 32-team target in Paris on 5 July, and proposed doubling …

Daniele De Rossi completes move to Boca Juniors after 18 years at Roma

Boca Juniors have confirmed the signing of Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who leaves Roma after 18 years Boca Juniors have confirmed the signing of Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who has left Roma after 18 years at the club and joins the Argentinian side on a free transfer. De Rossi was received in the early morning at Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport and transported to have his medical done immediately. He is expected to join the squad for the first practice on Friday morning, and officially presented on Monday. At 36, many suspected the midfielder would retire as a one-club man when Roma did not renew his contract this summer. But rumours began to fly in May when at a …

The day Kieran Trippier met the fitness coach who strikes terror into players | Sid Lowe

The England full-back will be working with Oscar Ortega, the Atltico Madrid coach who makes players run until they vomit Oscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear, fascination and fondness too, his very name striking terror into footballers hearts. Atltico Madrids fitness coach, a 61-year-old Uruguayan drill sergeant who spent the morning of the cheek: El Profe ‘Amazing feeling’ to play abroad: Kieran Trippier on Atltico Madrid move video Trippier has taken the place of Juanfran, departing after eight years. He will compete with Santiago Arias for the right-back slot, but will anticipate being a starter. His inclusion in two consecutive starting …

Barcelona sign Antoine Griezmann and make buyout clause 800m

Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona from Atltico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120m buyout fee Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona from Atltico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120m (107.6m) buyout fee. The 28-year-old France forward will sign a five-year contract that ties him to the Camp Nou until 30 June 2024 though Atltico believe they are owed 80m more Griezmann. They claim the player made an agreement to join Barcelona before July, when the buyout clause was still set at 200m, and have announced their intention to take the Spanish champions to court. Atltico de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since it …

Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer’s record-breaking head coach

Lyon, France (CNN)A few hours before Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final, John Ellis will seat himself at his organ and play “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Liverpool Football Club’s stirring anthem. A Royal Marine commando who became a football coach, the 80-year-old is no vocalist, but nevertheless he will warmly sing the words and glance at a framed photograph of his daughter, Jill. It is a ritual the Englishman goes through every time the United States plays. “That song says it all,” he tells CNN Sport over the phone from his Florida retirement home.

England awaits either USWNT or France in semifinals after Lionesses beat Norway

(CNN)England scored the fastest goal of this year’s Women’s World Cup as it beat Norway 3-0 to progress into the last four of the tournament. “We’re going to go to Lyon, the atmosphere and the occasion will be incredible. My players have proven tonight, the bigger the occasion, they better they are.” Visit CNN Sport for more news, features and videos READ: Fighting for equality one world record at a time READ: Megan Rapinoe says she’s ‘not going to the f*****g White House’ White on fire On a warm evening in La Havre and with former men’s captain David Beckham watching on from the stands, it took England just two minutes and six seconds to race into the lead against …

Inter keen to sign Romelu Lukaku but need to sell Mauro Icardi first

Inter would like to sign the Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer but would have to offload Mauro Icardi first Internazionale would like to sign the Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer but would have to offload Mauro Icardi first to have any chance of financing the deal. Icardi is desperate to leave Inter and the new manager, Antonio Conte, would be happy to see the Argentinian depart but there are not that many suitors that would contemplate paying the 60m price tag the club have put on him. Juventus are currently the only club looking at possibly signing Icardi, who was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season. Should Icardi leave, Inter would put all that money …