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Bristol City 2-3 Manchester City (Agg: 3-5)

Kevin de Bruyne celebrated signing a new five-year contract at Manchester City with a goal Manchester City reached their first final under Pep Guardiola as the Premier League leaders beat battling Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. Already leading 2-1 from the first leg, goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne at Ashton Gate ensured Manchester City’s place at Wembley on Sunday, 25 February. They dominated the first half and Sane deservedly put the visitors in front shortly before the break, with his deflected shot bouncing in…

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Seamus Coleman: Everton right-back makes comeback 10 months after leg break

Seamus Coleman is yet to play this season for the senior team Seamus Coleman has made his Everton return 10 months after having surgery on a double leg-break. The Republic of Ireland full-back, 29, suffered tibia and fibula fractures in his right leg following a bad challenge from Wales’ Neil Taylor in a World Cup qualifier on 24 March 2017. Taylor was sent-off and later banned for the tackle. Coleman, who only returned to training earlier this month, played 58 minutes for the Everton Under-23’s on Tuesday. Source link

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Joey Barton claims 50% of professional footballers bet on matches

Joey Barton made one appearance for England in 2007 Ex-England player Joey Barton claims “50%” of professional footballers bet on matches, and says gambling is “culturally engrained” in the sport. The former Burnley midfielder, 35, was banned by the Football Association in April 2017 for breaching betting rules. He was found to have placed 1,260 bets on football matches over 10 years. “I think if they found out everyone who has been betting and cracked down on it, you’d have half the league out,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today…

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Manchester United remains football’s top revenue-generator

Image copyright Getty Images Manchester United have topped the table of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the second year in a row, and tenth time overall, says Deloitte. Its Football Money League, based on season 2016-17, also shows the combined revenues of the 20 clubs has risen 6% to €7.9bn (£6.97bn), a new record. Real Madrid, which held top spot for 11 years, were second and Barcelona third. There were a record ten English Premier League clubs in the top 20. The number in the top 30 was…

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Jimmy Armfield: BBC Radio 5 live’s John Murray on his friend and colleague

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has been described as “a national hero”, after his death aged 82. He was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, but did not play in the final. Former England captain Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82. As well as successful spells as a player and manager, Armfield worked as a football summariser for BBC Radio for almost 40 years. Here, his friend and former colleague John Murray pays his own tribute… It will be true for so many who read this…

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Jimmy Armfield: Blackpool and England legend dies at the age of 82

Jimmy Armfield played 43 times for England, 15 as captain Former England and Blackpool captain Jimmy Armfield has been described as “a national hero”, following his death at the age of 82. Armfield, who played a club record 627 times for Blackpool, missed England’s 1966 World Cup victory through injury. He went on to manage Bolton and Leeds in a career that also saw him work with the Football Association and BBC Radio. Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor said that football “is much diminished with our loss”. Armfield had…

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Watford: Javi Gracia named head coach after sacking of Marco Silva

What does Gracia have to do to turn Watford around? Watford have named Javi Gracia as their new head coach, hours after the Premier League club sacked Marco Silva. Spaniard Gracia, who has signed an 18-month contract at Vicarage Road, has been out of work since leaving Russian club Rubin Kazan last June. The 47-year-old previously spent two seasons with Spanish La Liga side Malaga, and also worked in Greece. Gracia is the 10th manager to work for Watford under the Pozzo family since 2012. He says restoring confidence will…

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Javi Gracia: ‘Effective, rather than thrilling’ – what can Watford fans expect?

Javi Gracia guided his Malaga side to a win in the Nou Camp in 2015 Watford sacked head coach Marco Silva on Sunday and quickly replaced him with Javi Gracia – a man largely unknown to English football fans. Spaniard Gracia has been out of work since June, when he left Russian club Rubin Kazan – his most recent job after a 10-year coaching career in his homeland and in Greece. He has signed an 18-month contract to become the 10th manager to work under the Pozzo family at Vicarage…

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