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Premier League/England

‘We all got a free electric shaver’: the story of Wolves’ last European campaign | Football | The Guardian
As Wolves prepare for a first European foray for 39 years, at home to Crusaders in the Europa League, three mainstays of their 1980-81 side compare eras.

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd reject £54m Inter Milan bid - BBC Sport
Manchester United reject a 60m euro bid from Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.

Could Liverpool’s attacking absences derail Premier League bid? - BBC Sport
Look up “Betteridge’s Law Of Headlines”, and remember this is preseason.

Klopp wants Liverpool to bring Dortmund playmaker to Anfield - Football365
Jurgen Klopp has reportedly asked Liverpool to explore the idea of bringing Marco Reus to Anfield.

Liverpool wait on Yasser Larouci tests after bruising Fenway Park friendly | Football | The Guardian
Alejandro Pozo scored in the 90th minute to give Sevilla a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Fenway Park in a game that was friendly in name only.

Premier League prepared for VAR controversies next season - BBC Sport
The Premier League says VAR will cause controversy next season but its interim chief executive says it is “prepared” for it.

Remembering the never-ending final: Everton, Aston Villa and the three games to decide the 1977 League Cup
Three games, three cities, 330 minutes and 205,000 fans: the 1977 League Cup between Everton and Aston Villa broke all the records.

Forest Green appoint first woman to run men’s English football academy - BBC Sport
Hannah Dingley has become the first woman to manage a club academy in English men’s football.

How much each Prem club will earn from shirt sponsorship in 2019-20 - Planet Football
Manchester United will make more money than any other club in the Premier League from shirt sponsorship in 2019-20.

Europe

Gareth Bale could be on his way to China as Real Madrid career nears end | Football | The Guardian
Real Madrid and Gareth Bale are working on his exit from the Bernabéu after six years in Spain, with China offering him a way out.

MLS/Americas

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits perfect hat-trick after claim he’s ‘best by far’ in MLS - BBC Sport
I do not enjoy listening to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but I will always admit he backs up his words with actions.

Christen Press responds to criticism over partnership with Barstool Sports | Football | The Guardian
USA star Christen Press has responded to questions about her involvement with Barstool Sports, a website with a history of misogyny.

AFCON/Rest of the World

Bounedjah’s lucky strike sinks Senegal, sends AFCON title to Algeria | Football | The Guardian
Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations over Senegal in the final in Cairo.

Other

Is there a point to handing in a transfer request? FourFourTwo investigates | FourFourTwo
As integral to the game as the net and goalposts, or a wheezing relic that needs putting out its misery?

Third-place games in international soccer do matter - SBNation.com
No one wants to play for bronze, but everything is a matter of pride.