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Premier League/England

Febian Brandy: Players left Man Utd & fell out of the game, but I want to stop it - Planet Football
From being a star in the Manchester United youth team to not getting paid in Greece, Febian Brandy has experienced the best and worst of football.

Norwich City 3-2 Hull City: Emi Buendia inspires Canaries win - BBC Sport
Norwich make it five Championship wins in a row with victory over Hull to move back above Leeds to the top of the table.

Sadio Mané,Virgil van Dijk take Liverpool past Bayern Munich | Football | The Guardian
Sadio Mané scored twice to give Liverpool a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and put them into the last eight.

‘We’re facing oblivion’: Port Vale fans push for change to arrest decline | Football | The Guardian
As Vale fight to stay in League Two supporters are protesting against Norman Smurthwaite, the owner once feted as a hero.

Emma Byrne To Be Inducted into FAI Hall of Fame | Arseblog News
A well-deserved honor for an Arsenal legend.

OWNA FC was supposed to change how football is run – but if it looks too good to be true… | FourFourTwo
A phone app promised to democratise club ownership and give power back to the fans. Now the company faces administration. What happened?

Europe

Neymar faces Uefa investigation for Champions League VAR penalty comments - BBC Sport
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar is under investigation by Uefa for comments made after his side’s Champions League defeat by Manchester United.

La Liga’s Best of The Rest? Getafe Charge At the Champions League Places | StatsBomb
Getafe’s push for Champions League qualification should be a fairytale story.

Liverpool’s Karius files claim against Bestikas after not being paid
FIFA have told ESPN on Wednesday that they ‘have a received a claim from the player Loris Karius against the club Besiktas.’

Barcelona 5-1 Lyon: Lionel Messi scores twice as Catalans progress in Champions League - BBC Sport
Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a record 12th consecutive year.

MLS/Americas

New York Red Bulls knocked out of Concacaf Champions League by Santos Laguna | Pro Soccer USA
MLS continues its tradition of not being the best league in North America.

Atlanta United defeats Monterrey in 2nd leg, exits Concacaf Champions League 3-1 aggregate | Pro Soccer USA
The best team in MLS shows its teeth, but it’s too little too late.

Concacaf Champions League: Houston Dynamo eliminated by Tigres UANL | Pro Soccer USA
Another year, another MLS capitulation.

MLS says other cities will have to wait behind St. Louis, Sacramento for expansion teams | Pro Soccer USA
MLS continues to expand.

Bob Bradley challenged Carlos Vela to be the Messi of MLS - SBNation.com
Everyone laughed at the quote, but it was smart.

Rest of the World

Behind the football: the uncertain role and influence of agents in the A-League | Richard Parkin | Football | The Guardian
In this Guardian Australia exclusive, Richard Parkin delves into the world of agents, brokers and intermediaries.

Other

When Saturday Comes: The case for changing the format of the penalty kick
It seems an excessively arbitrary reward that a foul committed anywhere inside the area earns a clear shot from 12 yards. Is it time FIFA’s law-makers went back to the drawing board?