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How the 1990s saved English football | FourFourTwo
A very interesting look at the history and transformation of the game in the 1990s.

Sanchez 'expected better' from United move - Football365
If everyone around you is an asshole, etc

Portrait of an icon: Brian Clough - Football365
On what would have been his 83rd birthday, F365 looks at the career and life of Brian Clough.

Manchester United apply to have professional women's team - BBC Sport
Premier League side Manchester United apply to have a professional women's team for the 2018-19 season.

Nikita Parris guides Manchester City past Linköping towards semi-finals | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City beat Linköping 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals and will be confident of finishing the job in Sweden.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann: Future will be decided before World Cup
because it's never too early for a summer transfer rumor.

Boris Johnson compares Russian World Cup to Hitler's 1936 Olympics | Politics | The Guardian
Fears over safety of England fans mount as Russia expels liaison diplomat and closes British consulate.

Kyle Martino: US Soccer election reflection, our youth problem |
I ran for U.S. Soccer president and lost. This is my recollection of the experience and how the process opened my eyes to the ground-level issues plaguing the sport in our country.

Chris Mepham: ‘It’s surreal that Ryan Giggs wants to have a chat with you’ | Football | The Guardian
Four years ago the defender was a Sunday league player. Now he is thriving at Brentford, wanted in the Premier League and set for his Wales debut.