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Premier League/England

FA Cup draw: Shrews leave it late to seal fourth-round date with Liverpool | The Guardian
Meanwhile, Watford’s postponement means facing Tranmere as their third game in six days.

Former England striker Eni Aluko retires from football at the age of 32 | The Guardian
Eni Aluko, the former England international striker, has announced her retirement after a glittering career in which she won 102 caps, five FA Cups and three English league titles.

Shilton: ‘Maradona’s the greatest player in history but I don’t respect him’ | The Guardian
is OK Boomer a thing in England?

Mata strikes for Manchester United to inflict knockout blow on Wolves | The Guardian
Manchester United progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup in the third-round replay at Old Trafford.

Europe

Klinsmann: ‘No problem’ with coaching paperwork, says Hertha Berlin boss - BBC Sport
Hertha Berlin boss Jurgen Klinsmann says there is “no problem” with his coaching licence, after reports claimed it is no longer valid.

Real Madrid’s Hazard admits to holiday excesses - ‘I gained five kilos’
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has admitted to letting himself go while on holiday.

Monaco 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe scores twice to send his side eight points clear - BBC Sport
PSG beat Monaco in a rescheduled game to move eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Why RB Leipzig is the most hated soccer team in the Bundesliga
To casual soccer fans, the rise of RB Leipzig is a remarkable, rags-to-riches story. But if you ask around Germany, they’re seen as the enemy.

MLS/Americas

MLS, BodyArmor announce partnership with support from Kobe Bryant | Pro Soccer USA
Look out, Advocare, there’s a new drink gunning for MLS dollars. And this one’s available at 7-11.

Rest of the World

2021 Africa Cup of Nations moved to January, Cameroon FA announces - BBC Sport
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will start on 9 January, hosts Cameroon have announced.

Other

How the Deloitte Money League has changed over the last 10 years - Planet Football
Manchester United remain third in the Deloitte Money League, but their position as the Premier League’s highest revenue generating club is under threat.

Fifa Club World Cup: China to host first edition of expanded tournament - BBC Sport
This story was published a while ago, but since MLS fans seem to think that the CWC is the end-all be-all of validation on the world stage (SPOILER ALERT: it isn’t) and MLS is just about to get its season started again, it seemed relevant.

The story of professional fouls: from Willie Young to Federico Valverde | The Guardian
The red card shown to Valverde in the Spanish Supercup can be traced back to a foul in the FA Cup final 40 years ago.

How Nike, Adidas and E-commerce threaten the survival of mom-and-pop soccer shops – The Athletic ($)
The 2010s were a tough decade for local soccer stores. This is the story of why so many closed down, and how the hangers-on have survived.