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Thursday cannon fodder: union ambition

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Premier League/England

Gordon Taylor’s exit kicks open door for rise of a players’ union with bite | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian
PFA has for too long masqueraded as a union because it is funded to the tune of £23m a year by its members’ paymasters.

Women’s Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain Féminines 2-1 Chelsea Women (2-3 agg) - BBC Sport
Maren Mjelde scores a dramatic injury-time goal at PSG to send Chelsea through to the Women’s Champions League semi-finals.

Jersey referees to strike over bad behaviour - BBC Sport
Referees in Jersey are to go on strike on Saturday in protest at continued poor behaviour by players and fans at games.

Why Chris Wilder deserves Championship Manager of the Season ahead of Marcelo Bielsa | FourFourTwo
The Sheffield United boss has been picked as the finest second-tier boss by the EFL this year.

Kane tells Tottenham - I’ll stay if you show ambition
Harry Kane has told ESPN it is important that Tottenham match his ambition to win trophies amid speculation over his future at the club.

Karren Brady defends West Ham’s stance on Democratic Football Lads Alliance | Football | The Guardian
West Ham’s vice-chair Karren Brady has defended her club’s record on fighting discrimination and says singling out the DFLA gives them ‘oxygen and publicity’.

Premier League: Chelsea’s Robert Green describes life as a third-choice goalkeeper - BBC Sport
Former England number one Robert Green explains what life is like as a third-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League.

Premier League managers – the satisfaction index 2018-19 | Football | The Guardian
Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have the expected high ratings, Mauricio Pochettino’s stock is slowly slipping and Chelsea’s incumbent is probably lucky to be in lower mid-table.

Europe

An inside look at Christian Pulisic’s rise at Borussia Dortmund | Pro Soccer USA
Former defender and current Borussia Dortmund international ambassador Patrick Owomoyela gives an inside look at Christian Pulisic’s rise in Germany.

MLS/Americas

USA vs Chile: Friendly shows USMNT areas that need improvement | SI.com
The match showed the current limitations of the squad during its work in progress under Gregg Berhalter.

It is more expensive to watch the US than world champions France. Why? | Football | The Guardian
Fans paid up to $600 to watch the USMNT against Chile.

Other

Searching for playground football to feel less lonely... - Football365
When you're fat, in your 30s and haven't played from school, getting back into playing can be intimidating.

How baseball owners came to value profits over World Series titles | Sport | The Guardian
Ironic that a news source who covers the most ruthlessly capitalistic of any sports league in the world has the take “profits are bad for the sport”.