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Thorns headed to second consecutive NWSL final after beating Seattle - Stumptown Footy
The Thorns beat the Reign for the second week in a row, 2-1

Time for the Women’s Champions League to spread its wings | Eni Aluko | Football | The Guardian
With more interest than ever in women’s football, Uefa must seize the initiative to ensure it continues to grow.

PSG team up with Jordan for Champions League | FourFourTwo
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and the rest of PSG's star names will wear Michael Jordan's brand logo during the Champions League this season.

England players need club games to keep places, says Gareth Southgate | Football | The Guardian
Gareth Southgate has warned England’s senior players they cannot expect to keep their places if they are not involved more regularly for their club sides.

Welcome to Miami? The bruising story of David Beckham's battle to become football's first superstar owner | FourFourTwo
His quest has been plagued by problems and setbacks, but that’s never stopped him before.

Spain’s anti-doping agency closes investigation into Denis Cheryshev | Football | The Guardian
An investigation has been closed about an injection the player took to treat an injury.

Nwankwo Kanu: ‘We have saved 542 lives. This means more than football’ | Football | The Guardian
Nwankwo Kanu, the former Arsenal striker, on how his heart problem inspired him to set up a foundation and why clubs should do more to monitor their players’ health

Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting | Football | The Guardian
Juve's 2-1 win over Sassulo was marred by Costa’s sending off.

The Dundee fan who skipped his own stag do to play for the club | Football | The Guardian
After supporting the club his whole life, Craig Robertson heard seven magic words: ‘How do you fancy playing for Dundee?’

Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona: Champions score two quick goals to maintain winning start - BBC Sport
Barcelona score twice in three second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Real Sociedad in La Liga.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Hoffenheim: Reiss Nelson scores with first shot in Bundesliga - BBC Sport
English teenager Reiss Nelson, on loan from Arsenal, scores on his Bundesliga debut but his Hoffenheim side lose.

Jon Parkin: How not to be a modern footballer – tales of a cult hero - BBC Sport
From pre-match burgers to naked wrestling, Jon Parkin is not your average footballer and admits he will go down as "the last of a dying breed".

Pellegrini admits talks West Ham owners over winless start
Pellegrini insists he does not feel under any undue pressure from West Ham's four-match losing start.

Arsenal inflict drubbing at Dripping Pan but Lewes ready for long haul | Football | The Guardian
Lewes, the ‘rebel’ club with a quirkily named ground, were beaten 9-0 by Arsenal in the Continental League Cup.