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Premier League/England

Premier League appoints Guardian’s David Pemsel as chief executive | The Guardian
Clubs say Pemsel hired because of his ‘straightforward style and personal integrity’.

Liverpool fined for fielding ineligible player Pedro Chirivella - BBC Sport
Liverpool are fined £200,000 - half of which is suspended - for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round Carabao Cup win against MK Dons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær not risking Paul Pogba because of ‘worst’ pitch | Football | The Guardian
The Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar, which is being played on an artificial surface, is too risky for Pogba as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Lucas Moura unhappy at lack of Spurs playing time - Football365
Spurs forward Lucas Moura has admitted he ‘gets a little upset’ at spending so much time on the bench.

Statistically unusual players in the early games of the Premier League season | StatsBomb
Everybody loves an outlier! Here are six individuals who have statistically stood out as unusual so far this season.

Europe

Mo Salah earns jittery Liverpool 4-3 win after RB Salzburg storm back | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool raced to an early 3-0 lead but were pegged back in the second half.

Lille 1-2 Chelsea: Willian volley earns Champions League win in France - BBC Sport
Chelsea overtook Lille in their second Champions League group stage match in France.

Valencia 0-3 Ajax: Hakim Ziyech sets up comfortable win - BBC Sport
Ajax continue to impress in the Champions League with a convincing victory in Valencia.

Real Madrid and Zidane fail to convince after Bernabéu horror show | The Guardian
Recovering to draw 2-2 at the Bernabéu keeps them alive but the 13-time European champions have problems stacking up.

MLS/Americas

Gregg Berhalter names MLS-heavy 26-man USMNT roster for Concacaf Nations League | Pro Soccer USA
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has named his roster for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League matches.

Klinsmann: “Nations League is a waste of time.”
For once, Klinsmann says something I agree with.

Different data providers tell us different versions of what happened — American Soccer Analysis
Recently, a tweet created a small firestorm in the soccer analytics community.

Other

The Muffs’ Kim Shattuck dead at 56 | Pitchfork
Kim was the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for one of my favorite bands of the 1990’s, and she died after a two year battle with ALS. Seriously, everyone: this band was so damn good.