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Finishing school: how Fortuna Sittard are breathing life into young careers | Football

George Cox in discussions with Fortuna’s assistant manager, Kevin Hofland.

“Coming out here is definitely the best thing I’ve done,” George Cox says. The Brighton left-back is enjoying an interrupted season on loan at Fortuna Sittard, one of many players taking advantage of the chance to develop in the Eredivisie. Fortuna are open about their transfer policy: they acquire young …

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Own-goals all round as overpaid footballers get their usual kicking | Paul Wilson | Football

A political football is normally the cliche of choice when something that has nothing to do with football is booted back and forth between agencies attempting to deflect blame. These are far from normal times, however, and in the past week football became political even though its practitioners are now …

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Thousands of casual workers at major football stadiums ‘left without pay’ | Football

Thousands of casual workers at some of English football’s biggest stadiums have been left unpaid during the Covid-19 shutdown, the Guardian understands. A number of employees from Delaware North – which provides catering and hospitality services at venues such as the Emirates Stadium, London Stadium, Wembley, Craven Cottage and the …

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Survey shows many potential doping whistleblowers unsure where to turn | Sport

A groundbreaking survey of more than 400 British and US elite athletes and coaches has found that fewer than half feel their sport actively encourages them to report doping, the Observer can reveal. The study, conducted by Leeds Beckett University on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency, also discovered that …

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My favourite game: Australia v Israel, World Cup qualifier 1989 | Richard Parkin | Sport

Australia v Israel

Growing up in country Australia, football was never likely to be my passion. Ricky Walford. Brandy Alexander. Chicka Ferguson. An unshakeable loathing for the maroon of Queensland. These were my heroes, my abiding memories from childhood. Mum took one look at me: giraffe-neck, scrawny as a pencil, all elbows and …

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RFU hopes to avoid using autumn international proceeds to help others | Sport

The Rugby Football Union is hoping it will not have to offer struggling governing bodies elsewhere any financial handouts after the autumn internationals, according to its chief executive. The RFU is reluctant to agree to sharing its revenue should the summer tours to the southern hemisphere fall victim to the …

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The English Game’s few charms lie in the background, not centre stage | Jonathan Wilson | Football

Edward Holcroft as Arthur Kinnaird in playing action during The English Game

You can see how The English Game must have sounded in conception. It’s the birth of football. It’s toffs against proles, the rivalry of one of the great aristocrats of the early game, Lord Arthur Kinnaird, and the Glaswegian stonemason who was the first great professional, Fergus Suter. It’s about …

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Tiger Roll avatar foiled as Potters Corner triumphs in Virtual Grand National | Sport

Potters Corner wins.

Potters Corner became the nearest thing we will see to a Grand National winner this year when he was declared the winner of ITV’s Virtual Grand National on Saturday evening. The computer simulation was broadcast in the slot that would normally be occupied by the Aintree race, abandoned along with …

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Ireland replace coach Mick McCarthy with Kenny before Euro 2020 play-off | Football

Mick McCarthy will not lead the Republic of Ireland into their Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia after agreeing to put a premature end to his second stint in charge of his country. Stephen Kenny has stepped up from the under-21s to replace him with immediate effect. It was always the …

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