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World Cup

Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women’s World Cup last 16 | Football | The Guardian
The Matildas captain led from the front as she scored all four goals in the Matildas’ 4-1 win over Jamaica in their crucial final Group game.

Marta becomes record scorer at World Cup finals as Brazil beat Italy to reach last 16 - BBC Sport
Marta’s 17th World Cup goal gives Brazil victory over Italy in Group C and a place in the last 16 in France.

Women’s World Cup: empty seats and Fifa’s warped priorities | Football | The Guardian
Great on-field achievements at France 2019 are undermined by the governing body’s apparent undervaluing of the event.

Don’t blame VAR for Women’s World Cup controversies – it’s the new rules that are the problem | FourFourTwo
Retaken penalties have reignited debate over the use of video replays in football. But the truth is that has nothing to do with it.

Premier League/England

Chelsea reject two £35m bids for Frank Lampard favourite - Football365
Frank Lampard said Chelsea’s Willian “could easily play in any team in the world” last March.

Europe

Celtic’s Champions League campaign kicks off against Sarajevo | Football | The Guardian
Celtic will open at home to the Bosnian side Sarajevo in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

Riding the La Liga coaching carousel | StatsBomb
Last summer, nearly half of the teams in La Liga changed their coach.

Real Madrid: Can they afford Paul Pogba and stay within Financial Fair Play rules? - BBC Sport
Real Madrid have spent around £300m since last summer.

Gold Cup/Copa America/MLS

VAR cancels out Brazil goals in Venezuela draw | ESPN
Two goals, two offsides.

United States vs. Guyana - Football Match Summary - June 18, 2019 - ESPN
The US kicked off the 2019 Gold Cup, playing a game that matters for the first time in a while.

Rest Of The World

Inside the Workers’ Stadium: discovering China’s fast-growing football culture | FourFourTwo
Familiar names, thorough security checks, and splintered groups of ultras - China’s got it all.

39 goals scored in Macau FA Cup game as players protest against World Cup withdrawal - BBC Sport
The teams engaged in a playing protest against the country’s withdrawal from a World Cup 2022 qualifier over security concerns.

Other

Supermarkets, dodgy feeds & Rod Stewart: When cup draws don’t go to plan - BBC Sport
Two people pulling numbered balls out of a velvet pouch - what could possibly go wrong?