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Danielle Foxhoven: Horror stories from the Russian Premier League | SI.com
Former Portland Thorns forward Danielle Foxhoven played pro soccer in Russia, but the experience was not what she was expecting.

EFL requests ‘full explanation’ from Twitter over Carabao Cup draw farce | Football | The Guardian
The EFL has apologised after live coverage of the draw for the quarter-finals was delayed for nearly two hours on Thursday

Fans’ Bilic abuse has me questioning my desire to be a football manager | Liam Rosenior | Football | The Guardian
At least 90% of my coaching course has absolutely nothing to do with football – the treatment dished out to Slaven Bilic last week shows why

Rangers: Pedro Caixinha sacked as manager after board meeting - BBC Sport
Rangers dismiss manager Pedro Caixinha after seven months in charge, with Graeme Murty taking over on an interim basis.

The band plays on but dissatisfaction with the Premier League is growing | Jacob Steinberg | Football | The Guardian
Many top-flight clubs have been stripped of the right to dream of anything grander than existing. The result is boredom in some places and anger in others

Pogba throws shade at Lingard's Drake-inspired celebration vs. Swansea - ESPN FC
Jesse Lingard celebrated his brace vs. Swansea with a Drake-inspired celebration. Teammate and pal Paul Pogba wasn't impressed.

Berbatov Picks Messi Over Ronaldo: 'He's the f*****g greatest' | SI.com
Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has described Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer to ever play the game.

West Ham fan takes tumble tries to catch Mark Noble's shirt ahead of kid - ESPN FC
There was some instant karma when a West Ham fan who tried to grab Mark Noble's shirt ahead of its intended young recipient fell flat on his face.

Match made in paradise: Portland's love for Diego Valeri goes far beyond the field | FourFourTwo
There is one exception to my feeling that pro athletes are better seen from a distance and not known in person, and it’s this guy.