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Premier League/England

Manchester City take title lead into last day as Kompany goal beats Leicester | Football | The Guardian
No, but seriously: have you seen it?

Pochettino takes heart in 1992 semi-final win against the odds | Football | The Guardian
Anybody know a good Italian restaurant in Amsterdam? Or, I guess, a bad one?

Lampard insists ‘Spygate’ is no concern ahead of Leeds meeting | Football | The Guardian
Derby County’s manager said he will block out talk of spies as his Derby County side prepare to face Leeds in the play-off semi-final.

Paul Pogba to push for Manchester United exit this summer - sources
Paul Pogba is determined to push for a move even if Manchester United refuses to sell him, sources have told ESPN FC.

London Stadium bosses criticised for spending by TaxPayers’ Alliance - BBC Sport
London Stadium bosses are criticised by lobby group the TaxPayers’ Alliance for spending money on “expensive PR strategies and pointless wheezes”.

Norwich’s promotion party stalls as parade bus breaks down | Football | The Guardian
The bus Norwich were using to celebrate their promotion to the Premier League with a parade around the city broke down, forcing them to find a replacement.

Crowd trouble at St James’ Park after scuffles in executive boxes | Football | The Guardian
Newcastle pledge to take action ‘against fans who passed on tickets as police confirm seven arrests and 22 ejections from St James’ Park where Liverpool fans entered the home section’.

Will the sun ever set on rift between Graeme Souness and Liverpool? | Daniel Taylor | Football | The Guardian
A club great as a player is a pariah because of his dealings with the Sun when manager, yet he seems deeply remorseful. Does he care enough to try to heal the wound?

Europe

Iker Casillas: Porto goalkeeper discharged from hospital after heart attack - BBC Sport
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he “does not know what the future will be” as he is discharged from hospital following a heart attack.

Luis Suarez: Barcelona striker won’t celebrate against Liverpool at Anfield - BBC Sport
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he will not celebrate if he scores against Liverpool at Anfield in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

MLS/Americas

Timbers sign Brian Fernandez as DP in big boost for attack | Pro Soccer USA
Timbers double their previous transfer record. As long as the player is double or more Lucas Melano is (which is a low bar!), that’s a win.

Antoine Griezmann On Atletico Madrid Playing In MLS All-Star Game
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann discusses his club’s recently announced trip to play in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game as well as the chance he could play in MLS someday.

Rest of the World

Young, gifted and African: The changing face of Australian soccer
The children of the African diaspora are breaking through in the A-league and the Socceroos, and are changing the face of the Australian game.

From the beautiful game to birthday parties: the brutal reality of what happened to Brazil’s World Cup stadiums
From hosting birthdays and weddings to disrepair and abandonment, Brazil’s various World Cup stadiums have become the whitest of elephants.

Other

How the new breed of hybrid central defender is catching up to the game around them
Where some have bemoaned the lack of great central defenders in the game today, now we're seeing the role catch up to the rest of the pitch.