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Premier League/England

Manchester United’s failure to hire a director of football reveals the indecision gripping the club | FourFourTwo
It seemed Old Trafford bosses had identified the hiring of a sporting director as the solution to their woes. So what’s the delay?

England fans baton-charged by Portuguese police in riot gear | Football | The Guardian
Hundreds of England fans have been baton-charged by Portuguese police in riot gear after throwing bottles at them in a packed fan zone in Porto.

Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard after agreeing fee with Chelsea | Football | The Guardian
Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club agreed a fee in the region of €100m (£88.5m) plus add-ons with Chelsea.

VAR replays to be shown on screens at Premier League matches - BBC Sport
Some decisions that go to the video assistant referee are to be shown on big screens in Premier League grounds.

‘The public only see the highs’: the reality of Premier League youth teams | Football | The Guardian
Brighton coach Simon Rusk explains how he encourages young players while also preparing them for life outside the game.

Christian Eriksen says he is ready to leave Tottenham for new challenge | Football | The Guardian
Christian Eriksen has said that he would be open to leaving Tottenham this summer.

Europe

Jose Antonio Reyes: Extremadura pay tribute to former player - BBC Sport
Spanish second division side pay an emotional tribute to former player Jose Antonio Reyes in their first game since he died in a car crash.

James Rodriguez: On loan Real forward asks Bayern Munich not to buy him - BBC Sport
Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is to leave Bayern Munich when his loan finishes, after asking the German club not to take up their option to buy him.

Portugal 3-1 Switzerland: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick seals Nations League final place - BBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a superb hat-trick as Portugal reach the Nations League final with victory over Switzerland in Porto.

The bull with a butterfly’s step: The story of Christian Vieri at Atletico - Planet Football
In the summer of 1997, Christian ‘Bobo’ Vieri swapped Juventus for Atlético Madrid in a move that surprised plenty in the world of football.

MLS/Americas

Frank de Boer has changed some to turn his fortunes around at Atlanta United, but not much
After rough stints in England and Italy, Frank de Boer’s fortunes are changing with Atlanta United. But that doesn’t mean de Boer has changed much himself.

Rest of the World

World Cup: Bob Marley’s daughter saves Jamaican women’s soccer team
Cedella Marley, the daughter of legend Bob Marley, played a key role in resurrecting the Jamaican women’s soccer team and its quest to the World Cup.

Caf Champions League: Esperance ordered to return medals and face Wydad Casablanca again - BBC Sport
Esperance are ordered to return their African Champions League trophy and replay the second-leg of the final after controversy.

African ‘twin sisters’ Addo and Chawinga tackle Chinese football together – Ghana Sports Online
Tabitha Chawinga and Elizabeth Addo call one another “twin sister” and together they are making waves in Chinese women’s football.

The Englishman looking to make football bigger than cricket in Bangladesh | Ben Fisher | Football | The Guardian
Jamie Day, a former Arsenal trainee, goes into World Cup qualifiers aiming high as manager of Bangladesh.

Other

Fifa: Gianni Infantino re-elected as president for a second term - BBC Sport
Gianni Infantino is re-elected unopposed as president of football's world governing body Fifa for a second term.

FIFA women’s World Cup 2019: The top 50 players
Women’s soccer has never been more competitive, and the World Cup Golden Ball race has never been more wide open.

Maradona: ‘I’m the man’ to fix Man United
Diego Maradona has told Manchester United he is the man to help restore them to former glories.