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Liverpool defender Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury during England training on Wednesday. Is this fixture calendar fair on player welfare? File photograph: Getty Images

England’s game against Iceland could be played in Albania because of a mutated strain of coronavirus found in Danish mink farms. There you are: a perf(...)

 In the summer of 2010 Manchester City pulled off two of the biggest deals in the club’s history - David Silva and Yaya Toure. File photograph: Getty Images

“Sign Silva first, I will come.” In the summer of 2010, so the story goes, Manchester City’s chief executive Garry Cook was trying to pull off two of (...)

Stephen Ireland in action for the Republic against Slovakia in 2007. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

More than two years after his last competitive game of professional football, former international Stephen Ireland says he is planning to return to th(...)

City’s Sergio Agüero  celebrates after scoring in  the Champions League  match against  Atalanta at Etihad Stadium, Manchester,  on October 22nd. Photograph:  Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC

Some goals are bigger than others, as a Mancunian almost sang. But it’s true, you know. The thought returned on Tuesday night as Sergio Agüero scored(...)

Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola is aiming for a historic quadruple. Photograph: Getty Images

The history of the quadruple in England is a short one. No one has achieved it, indifference to the League Cup being a frequent and early stumbling bl(...)

Pep Guardiola: “We have to win. Are we going to be the team that lost against Newcastle or the team that won against Arsenal. That’s the challenge.” Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to score as many goals as possible in the knowledge that it could decide the title race. City will regain top(...)

  German magazine Der Spiegel has alleged that Manchester City cheated and presented a “tissue of lies” to comply with Uefa’s FFP rules. Photograph:   Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Uefa officials are examining the allegations made against Manchester City based on the “Football Leaks” of the club’s internal emails, to see whether(...)

Maurizio Sarri is expected to leave Napoli to take over at Chelsea. Photo: Carlo Hermann/Getty Images

At last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to convey the moment (...)

 Mauricio Pochettino watches his team lose their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

It feels as though Mauricio Pochettino’s career at Tottenham has been a battle with the club’s essential nature, with the need to end the curse of Spu(...)

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

City 1 United 1, Division One, May 1963 In a season that finished with Everton winning the title, both Manchester clubs were mired in relegation trou(...)

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