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Premier League/England

Manchester City replace Nike with Puma in 10-year kit deal worth £650m | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City have signed a long-term kit deal with Puma, who will replace Nike from next season in a 10-year deal worth £65m per season.

When Coventry City had the most beautiful programmes ever made | Football | The Guardian
John Elvin went to Coventry in 1970 with a simple mission: to change the way football fans viewed the humble programme.

Inside Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds: ‘He has changed the culture of the club for good’ - BBC Sport
BBC Sport’s Guillem Balague reports back on four days spent observing Leeds United and their boss Marcelo Bielsa.

OWNAFC: Non-league football club could be run by supporters using a phone app - BBC Sport
There’s no way this will end badly.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær hints Antonio Valencia’s time up at Manchester United | Football | The Guardian
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has hinted Antonio Valencia’s Manchester United career is over after 10 years.

England can go toe-to-toe with world’s best teams, says Steph Houghton | Football | The Guardian
Steph Houghton played a starring role in the 2-2 draw with the USA in the SheBelieves Cup.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Reds’ title hopes hit by goalless draw in Merseyside derby - BBC Sport
Everton dent the title hopes of rivals Liverpool by holding them to a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby.

Knife crime: Troy Deeney says calling footballers role models is ‘lazy’ - BBC Sport
Watford striker Troy Deeney says social media creates a “snowball effect” for young people to carry weapons.

Mourinho insists Kepa is ‘not capable of confrontational attitude’ - Football365
Jose Mourinho is convinced the Maurizio Sarri-Kepa Arrizabalaga saga was down to a genuine misunderstanding.

West Ham ready £20m bid for Newcastle outcast - report
Jonjo Shelvey has slipped down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez in recent weeks since recovering from a thigh problem.

When Saturday Comes - Remembering Kenner Sportstars – the football toys that captured a moment in time
This endearingly anachronistic range of player figurines may have lacked accuracy and interactivity, but they provided an early window into the world of football

Manchester United’s Solskjaer fears Sanchez knee ligament damage
Alexis Sanchez left the pitch through injury during the 3-2 victory over Southampton and is now a major doubt for the clash against PSG.

Klopp rebutts suggestion Liverpool missed opportunity at Everton | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool’s manager reacted angrily to a query about his decision not to explore all his attacking options in the goalless Premier League draw away to Everton.

Struggling football fans everywhere can take heart from Oyston’s ousting | Daniel Taylor | Football | The Guardian
Blackpool supporters can finally talk of Owen Oyston in the past tense, which may just offer hope to those at Charlton, Coventry and elsewhere with inadequate or reviled owners.

Europe

Vero Boquete: the Spaniard so good she has a stadium named after her | Football | The Guardian
Vero Boquete, Spain’s record scorer, has revolutionised football in her home city and has petitioned to get female players on computer games.

Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers: Rivals contest fiery quarter-final draw - BBC Sport
Aberdeen and Rangers face a replay at Ibrox next Tuesday after their fiercely-fought Scottish Cup quarter-final finishes level.

Napoli 1-2 Juventus - BBC Sport
Champions Juventus take a huge step towards retaining the Serie A title by beating second-placed Napoli, with both sides reduced to 10 men.

Real Sociedad 0-2 Atlético Madrid - BBC Sport
On-loan Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata scores twice for Atletico Madrid in their La Liga victory at Real Sociedad.

MLS/Americas

MLS begins 2019 amid a massive transformation – The Athletic ($)
After years of relative isolation, MLS is opening up—and reaping the rewards.

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers - Football Match Report - March 2, 2019 - ESPN
A month ago, the lovely mrs. pdb and I thought about going to this game. I’m glad we went to a friend’s house to watch it instead.

The Next Wave in MLS Stadiums? Bring Your Walking Shoes - Soccer Stadium Digest
A look at the next wave of MLS stadiums reveals a commonality: An urban experience eschewing the old days of a facility surrounded by a sea of parking.

Proposed North-South American tournament in 2020 rejected by CONMEBOL - Stars and Stripes FC
Copa America Centenario plus four is off.

New Rules to Be Piloted at 2019 SheBelieves Cup - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer has received approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to pilot three changes to the Laws of the Game.