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Premier League/England

Football League: Championship promotion hopefuls suffer shocks | The Guardian
Promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest and Bristol City were beaten at home, while Wycombe moved clear in League One.

Moise Kean: Substituting the substitute nothing personal, says Everton boss Duncan Ferguson - BBC Sport
Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson says there was nothing personal in substituting Moise Kean just 18 minutes after he came on at Manchester United.

Danny Higginbotham reveals the dark arts of Stoke’s success against Arsenal - Planet Football
It’s fair to say that Stoke City ruffled quite a few feathers after winning promotion to the Premier League under Tony Pulis - and it’s fair to say the manager, players and fans absolutely loved it.

Europe

Europa League progress for Celtic and Rangers should not bring wild celebration | The Guardian
Scotland’s big two merrily portray themselves as global powerhouses so let’s leave the superlatives over reaching the last 32.

Santi Cazorla is making a mockery of everything we thought we knew - Planet Football
When Santi Cazorla left Arsenal, that was meant to signal the end of his career. Few of us expected to see the new beginning we’ve witnessed.

Rayo Vallecano match abandoned after ‘Nazi’ chants; Real Madrid draw | The Guardian
In Spain the second-division match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was abandoned at half-time after chants were heard accusing the Albacete forward Roman Zozulya of being a Nazi

Juventus 3-1 Udinese: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in comfortable win - BBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Juventus beat Udinese to go temporarily top of Serie A.

Atlético Madrid and the crisis that wasn’t | StatsBomb
Missing chances begets missing even bigger chances, and on and on it goes.

Roberto Soldado: ‘Someone should have slapped me and said: what are you doing?’ | Football | The Guardian
The former Tottenham striker talks about being a spoilt brat at Real Madrid, thriving at Granada and his son’s love for Harry Kane.

MLS/Americas

Julie Ertz named US Soccer Female Player of the Year | Pro Soccer USA
Julie Ertz, midfield anchor for the United States women’s national team and Chicago Red Stars, claimed U.S. Soccer’s top honor for female players.

United States finishes decade atop FIFA women’s world rankings | Pro Soccer USA
The United States women’s national team remained first in FIFA’s final women’s rankings of 2019.

U.S. Open Cup News: New format, longer competition announced
The U.S. Open Cup will start earlier than ever and provide the potential for more lower division sides to take on MLS opponents.

Carlos Vela apparently has an offer from Barcelona - Barca Blaugranes
Is a winter move in the offing? Probably not.