Dyche provides Chris Wood update following New Zealand’s Olympics exit

By Conor Laird Published: August 1, 2021 6:57 pm Last Updated: August 1, 2021 6:58 pm   Burnley manager Sean Dyche this afternoon spoke out over the situation of Chris Wood, ahead of the opening of the fast-approaching new campaign. Japan march on Hitman Wood has of course long stood as one of the standout performers at Turf Moor. The 29-year-old has managed to hit double figures in the goalscoring charts in each of the last four Premier League seasons, proving integral to Burnley maintaining their top-flight status. This summer,…

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Euro 2020: Bjorn Kuipers to become first Dutch referee for Euro final

Bjorn Kuipers will become the first Dutch referee to take charge of a European Championship final when England take on Italy in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, the continent’s football governing body UEFA said on Thursday. Kuipers, who began officiating in the Dutch leagues before working his way up the ranks to become an international referee in 2006, will make his seventh UEFA competition final appearance. He has previously officiated two Europa League finals and one Champions League final and was also part of the referees’ team at Euro 2012 and 2016…

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The Donny van de Beek decision that could see Dutchman become key figure at Manchester United

Van de Beek’s Man United struggles Donny van de Beek signed for Man United during the delayed summer window, setting the Red Devils back around 35 million pounds. Van de Beek had spent his previous years impressing with Ajax, and at 35 million pounds, looked a fairly decent buy for Man United. However, despite the midfielder being signed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s watch, the Norwegian refused to hand the 24-year-old any sort of regular game-time throughout 2020/21. Van de Beek made 19 Premier League appearances, but just three of those…

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Euro 2020 Final: From the lowest of lows, England and Italy reach final summit

For all the differences in style and approach, there is a remarkable symmetry to the journeys taken by England and Italy towards Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. Both nations found themselves at historic low points with fans despairing at their decline and then discovered men who could bring change and quickly lead them on a path to success. For England, that nadir was elimination from Euro 2016 in the last 16 at the hands of Iceland while Italy’s despair came two years later when the four-times world champions failed to even…

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Bielsa to turn to Huddersfield midfielder after missing out on Gallagher

Leeds United transfer news In this article, we will bring you all of the Leeds United transfer news from today. Make sure to check back to the site for more daily transfer updates throughout the summer. Adama Traore targetted As per Goal.com, Leeds United are interested in bringing Adama Traore to Elland Road. The Wolves winger struggled in front of goal last season, netting just twice, and providing three assists. Will Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds be the club to reignite Adama Traore’s Premier League career? 🤔@NizaarKinsella has the details 👇…

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Colombia beat Peru 3-2 in the third-place match at Copa America

Colombia beat Peru 3-2 on Friday in the third-place match at Copa America after striker Luis Diaz scored a pair of goals, one of them assisted by goalkeeper Camilo Vargas. The final of the tournament between defending champion Brazil and Argentina will be played Saturday night at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Peru opened the scoring at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia with Yoshimar Yotun in the 28th minute, with an assist from Christian Cueva that allowed him to beat Colombia’s Vargas with a soft lob. Colombia’s…

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Ireland basketball CEO apologises for post about Raheem Sterling

The chief executive of Ireland’s basketball federation has apologised for an offensive social media post about England soccer player Raheem Sterling. Bernard O’Byrne wrote “BLACK DIVES MATTER!!!” in response to a BBC Facebook post about the controversial penalty won by Sterling in England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in the European Championship semifinals. The penalty was awarded by the referee in extra time. A video review of the incident confirmed the decision. “My choice of words commenting on a penalty incident were not thought out,” O’Byrne said in a statement issued…

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Olivier Giroud nets with first touch in AC Milan’s colours

By Conor Laird Published: July 31, 2021 11:05 pm Last Updated: July 31, 2021 11:09 pm   New AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud this evening got his career in the club’s colours off to the most ideal start imaginable. Maldini and co. hard at work French international Giroud of course represents just one of a whole host of arrivals on the red half of Milan thus far this summer. After securing a long-awaited return to the Champions League, those in a position of power at the San Siro have gone…

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Calling time: Restrained refs kept Euro 2020 games flowing

Playing at the European Championship has been a very welcome feeling for England defender John Stones. Thanks, in part, to the refereeing. While Premier League games are often punctuated by long pauses for drawn-out video review checks, that hasn’t been the case over the last month with refereeing overseen by UEFA at Euro 2020. A higher threshold for intervening to potentially overturn on-field decisions cuts out pauses in games. “They wanted everything to go quite swiftly and move and keep the game flowing,” Stones said Friday. “I’d like to see…

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Rodgers confirms birth of child behind Maddison’s absence vs QPR

  An explanation for the absence of James Maddison from Leicester City’s matchday squad to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday has been forthcoming. Arsenal links Speculation surrounding the future of gifted midfielder Maddison has of course been rampant across the summer to date. This comes with the 24-year-old, on the back of another fine campaign last time out, having been hotly tipped to depart the King Power Stadium. The outfit rumoured to be eyeing up Maddison’s signature? Arsenal. The Gunners are known to be on the lookout for creative…

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