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Last week, NBC agreed to pay nearly $3 billion for the rights to show every single Premier League game live for the next six years. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Getty

Way back in early 21st century America, live televised soccer was a hard-to-find commodity. Like tights and chocolate in second World War TWO London. (...)

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes scored a goal against Leeds that certainly would have been chalked off by VAR last season. Photograph: Rob Newell/Getty Images

For a couple of weeks, it looked as if they’d nailed it. A fortnight into the new season and there had been barely a murmur of complaint about referee(...)

 Former West Germany goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski (Centre L), Bahram Bahramov (C) and former England striker  Geoff Hurst stand by the statue of the 1966 World Cup final linesman Tofiq Bahramov  in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In most countries the most revered figure in football is a player. In some it will be a manager and in a handful it might even be a referee. But in on(...)

Carli Lloyd of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in the bronze-medal  match against Australia at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

At 39 Carli Lloyd was, by some distance, the oldest player on the United States women’s soccer team in the Tokyo Olympics. She wasn’t the same player (...)

About 7,000 people have been evacuated, 27 injured including five firefighters. Photograph: Securite Civile/EPA

One person has died during France’s biggest wildfire of the summer, which is raging in the countryside behind Saint-Tropez, local authorities have con(...)

A firefighting aircraft drops water at the scene of a forest fire in the town of Gonfaron, near Saint-Tropez, France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Thousands of people were evacuated from homes and holiday spots near the French Riviera as firefighters battled a fire racing through surrounding fore(...)

 Spain’s players celebrate after winning the shootout against Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Switzerland 1 Spain 1 (Spain win 3-1 on penalties) This time, penalties were a bridge too far for Switzerland. They took Spain all the way, riding th(...)

England will face Germany in their Euro 2020 last-16 match at Wembley on Tuesday evening. Kick off is at 5pm. File photograph: Getty Images

My first memories as a football fan are to do with England. I rooted for my national team in the semi-final duels in 1990 and 1996. Germany won both g(...)

Eoin Hand: ‘In my opinion VAR should only be used for the big decisions’ Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho/Presseye

Where has the Beautiful Game got to? I keep asking myself this question. The disgraceful “snakes and liars” episode around the formation of a Super Le(...)

For Those I Love (aka David Balfe) holds up a Shelbourne flag during his performance on Later with Jools Holland on BBC on Friday. Photograph: BBC screengrab

It’s not often you see a League of Ireland club represented on the BBC and even less often does it come on Later with Jools Holland. However, that’s w(...)

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