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Premier League/England

Solskjaer calls Man Utd players a ‘joke’ in dressing-room rant - Football365
Manager ‘lost it’ following Manchester United’s performance at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Aymeric Laporte: Man City defender has knee surgery, out for months | SI.com
The nature of the injury means he is unlikely to play again until the new year.

England friendlies spotlight defensive woes but Phil Neville deserves time | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Belgium and Norway games again exposed frailties at the back but their coach should be given a chance to make improvements.

Europe

Ultras: A Masterclass in making things worse - Serpents of Madonnina
The statement from the Curva Nord is an example of how pervasive the issue of racism is in Italian football.

’Emre Can “furious” about being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad | The Guardian
The midfielder has said he is shocked and furious after being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad.

Why homophobic incidents are scarring French football | Football | The Guardian
A standoff between ultras and the authorities forms the backdrop to banners and chants that have brought games to a halt.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Underdog status suits Republic says James McClean - BBC Sport
McClean says the players relish their underdog status ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland.

Neymar’s failed move: The definitive story of the biggest transfer that didn’t happen
Everything was set up for the biggest transfer of 2019, but at the last minute, it all fell apart.

MLS/Americas

Unpopular opinion: Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most overrated player of the modern era | FourFourTwo
The Swede has scored plenty of goals for big clubs in uncompetitive leagues, but never managed to make the difference on the biggest stages

USWNT: How Americans are monetizing themselves successfully
The players seized control of their group licensing rights in the last CBA with U.S. Soccer. Now, they’re on pace for $1 million in revenue this year, and “still barely scratching the surface.”

National Women’s Soccer League enters new era with U.S. Soccer’s role in league set to change - oregonlive.com
U.S. Soccer’s role in the league will change at the end of 2019.

Rest of the World

Fifa World Cup: Qatar 2022 emblem launched globally in Doha, London and New York - BBC Sport
Let the PR whitewashing campaign begin!

Jamaica women’s team on strike after not being paid – ProSoccerTalk
The side became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.