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Premier League/England

Petr Cech: ‘Frank Lampard sets the tone – he has done a remarkable job’ | The Guardian
Petr Cech says that while nothing beats playing, he is enjoying his new role at Stamford Bridge.

Demise of the clogger means fewer teams play the long game | The Guardian
Football has amassed a vocabulary of territory but, more and more, the game at the top level is about possession.

Sheff Utd 3-3 Man Utd: Oliver McBurnie scores dramatic late equaliser - BBC Sport
Sheffield United score a dramatic late equaliser to salvage a point.

Europe

Lottery winner completes Partick Thistle takeover
Lottery winner Colin Weir has completed his takeover of Scottish side Partick Thistle, saying he will hand over ownership to fans in 2020.

‘You’re playing into the hands of racists’ says Fifpro after Taison is banned | Football | The Guardian
The Brazil international Taison has been banned for one match after reacting to racist abuse from Dynamo Kiev supporters.

Steven Gerrard’s side keep pace with Celtic - BBC Sport
Rangers remain level on points with Premiership leaders Celtic after Ryan Kent scores twice in a 3-1 win at Hamilton Accies.

Roma 3-0 Brescia: Man Utd loanee Chris Smalling scores one and assists two - BBC Sport
Chris Smalling scores one goal and assists two others as Roma move into the Serie A top four with a comfortable victory over bottom-of-the-table Brescia.

MLS/Americas

Finding the Fire Inside: Our New Badge | Chicago Fire FC
This...is a choice.

Flamengo win Copa Libertadores with amazing comeback against River Plate | The Guardian
Gabriel Barbosa scored twice to give Flamengo their first Copa Libertadores for 38 years with a 2-1 victory.

Atlanta United ownership invests in Aberdeen FC | Pro Soccer USA
AMB Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of Atlanta United, announced a financial investment in Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen FC.

Other

Salary cap losing its relevance in changing landscape of women’s football | Football | The Guardian
Increased investment from top clubs into their women’s setups, TV rights and major sponsorships deals are adding to rapid growth off the field.

XXIII Capital: the company changing the face of football transfers | The Guardian
Millions of pounds of transfers, including Antoine Griezmann’s to Barcelona, have roots in a fund started five years ago.