February 17, 2022
Greek football's struggles with violence resulted in tragedy. Now a country in crisis tries to make sense of a young man's killing
‘The whole thing is broken, really’: Promoted clubs and the uphill battle to survive
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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United future: This time it’s different
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Chelsea used an emerging tactic against Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final - a decoy penalty taker. But why? And does it work?
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Against Madrid, Pochettino's PSG were structured and dominated the ball, then when they did lose it, they pressed to win it back
The easier Manchester City make it look, the less credit they get
Kylian Mbappe shows why Real Madrid are obsessed – he’s a player they need to sign
Eight Champions League players to watch
Where this season’s UCL last-16 ties will be won and lost
Kylian Mbappe, his complicated relationship with Paris and a showdown with his dream club
Joey D'Urso and Adam Crafton97
Brighton can give any team a game anywhere – losing at Old Trafford was a missed opportunity
Leader Trippier has already transformed Newcastle on and off the pitch – his absence will be keenly felt
Is Conte telling Spurs’ players they aren’t good enough really the right approach?
Dan Burn was Newcastle’s unheralded signing, but may well become the most significant
Alan Shearer: Manchester United have become a leaky, noisy & messy club
With news that former owners still control stakes in Sunderland, the club's supporters could be forgiven for feeling fundamentally misled
Philip Buckingham and Michael Walker23
Bruce has the fans on side – for now. Next he needs to sort out the attack
‘No desire, no drive, no direction’: Protests a sign of the brewing storm at Reading
Sheffield United are flying – now they need McBurnie to find form too
The result of the Steve Gibson versus Mel Morris match: hope
Skilful ‘technician’ Keinan Davis is dominating matches as Forest climb the table
The latest news and opinions from Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
Bayern have said they would be open to a play-off format to make the league more exciting. But how popular is the idea among other clubs?
Malinovskyi and his ‘impossible’ goal keep Atalanta in the hunt for top four
Gareth Bale comes in from the cold
Arnaut Danjuma: Villarreal’s ‘Rolex player’ thriving under Unai Emery and learning from Anthony Joshua
Aaron Hickey: The Scottish teenager taking Serie A by storm on pasta, parking and playing for Mihajlovic
Explained: Why Bundesliga clubs are going to court over Germany’s COVID-19 stadium restrictions
We spoke with footballers past and present to analyse their style of play.
In an exclusive interview, Tyler Adams analyses key moments from his own career, particularly for RB Leipzig and the US men’s national team
Rudiger and Alonso explain how Chelsea need consistency now if they're going to win a league title again
If xG, tactics, chances created per 90 minutes and expected goals conceded is your thing, look no further.
Hasenhuttl was critical of United in defensive transitions but Southampton were guilty of providing their opponents' best chances on counter
How Brighton are starting to reap rewards for attention to detail on corners
Andy Naylor and Mark Carey8
Analysed: The fearsome simplicity of Manchester City’s corners
Sam Lee and Nedum Onuoha9
Manchester United are asking Harry Maguire to be something he’s not
Visualising possession: Where is every PL team having more of the ball than their opponents?
Europe’s elite are circling Raphinha. So, where would suit him if he does leave?
Southampton medical checks, gels and team talks between 60th-70th minute: coincidence or plan?
Allan interview: If it was down to me I would return to Liverpool one day. It would be perfect
Manchester United show the true value of tackling against Brighton
‘It can take a year for a coach’s ideas to come across on the pitch’ – Is Pochettino finally taming the PSG circus?
Alkis Kampanos, a 19-year-old Greek football fan murdered for supporting the wrong team
Senior Writer, Warriors
Nuggets dagger the Warriors with a buzzer beating 3 for the win. Warriors enter the break 1-4 in their previous five games. They just blew an 8-point lead in the final 2:37. Defense continues to struggle and Draymond Green still won't be there when they return from the break.
Staff Writer, 76ers
The Sixers' 48-point loss to Boston was tied for their seventh-worst defeat in franchise history. No James Harden (who would've helped offensively), and a little bit of outlier shooting in both directions, but there is no explaining away getting destroyed at home by that amount of points. They had no answer for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
And finally, James Harden on if he thinks the Sixers can win a title this season: "Hell yeah." We will have more coverage to come.
James Harden on if Kyrie Irving's part-time availability played a part in his exit: "Very minimal, honestly. Like, obviously me and Ky are really good friends, whatever he was going through, or is going through, that's his personal preference, but it definitely did impact the team, because originally me, Kyrie, KD on the court, and winning covers up a lot of that stuff."
James Harden on Joel Embiid: “We’re both at a high level to where we’ll figure it out. Joel does everything on the floor. So we got guys on our team that are very smart, we communicate and we have coaching that is going to put is in positions to be successful. Listen here, they have something great already going on, I’m just here to contribute."
Daryl Morey on trading first-rounders in the Harden trade: "We’re in the window of Joel, James and Tobias right now. And making sure that Tyrese Maxey is here, making sure Matisse Thybulle is here, those were the big priorities. We wanted to give up nothing but you have to give up something to make a trade and get a Hall-of-Famer and a player that can put us into a different tier of competing."
James Harden still has the opportunity to opt in to the final year of his contract and said that he's going to do that when he's eligible to: "Everything [at the deadline] happened so fast, I just wanted to get here and take my time and most importantly focus on the end game, and that’s winning a championship."
Some takeaways from James Harden's presser, the first is that he called the Sixers a "perfect fit." Harden: "Originally, I was going through everything I was going through in Houston, Philly was my first choice, it just didn’t happen. The details, I don’t really want to get into the Brooklyn situation, I just knew for a very long time this was a perfect fit."
Senior Columnist, NBA
Simmons says he had “a ton” of friends in the Sixers’ organization, so he wasn’t saying the franchise as a whole was responsible for how he felt.
Ben Simmons says there were a lot of things that happened internally in Philadelphia that led to his trade. Asked specifically what went wrong there, he said, “if I knew, I’d tell you everything.”
Benoit Assou-Ekotto: ‘An Italian club said they liked me but couldn’t tell their fans they were signing a player with my hair’
‘It was brutal – but it changed my life’: Carl Magnay on winning Football Icon and a contract at Chelsea
The rise of the decoy penalty taker
Cox: Mbappe-Messi link-up and a classic goal help PSG dominate Real Madrid in battle of systems
The Arnold Clark Cup: Wiegman’s England get their first true test in 10 months as Euros edge ever closer
2022 SheBelieves Cup guide: USWNT newcomers and opposition, match times, how to watch
Bev Priestman on going from the ‘lowest moment’ of her career to winning Olympic gold
‘I’m not Julian Nagelsmann 2.0. I’m Matthias Jaissle’: How Salzburg’s 33-year-old manager is making a name for himself
John Murtough: The man tasked with trying to fix Manchester United
Eight Champions League players to watch, including Diaz, Vinicius and Locatelli