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European Super League: how did the clubs get to this point?

It was only on Saturday morning that a senior executive of one of European football’s biggest clubs realised that the long-rumbling talks about the breakaway European Super League were suddenly – in his words – “about to go nuclear”. For months, clubs had batted round proposals for a €6bn (£5.2bn) breakaway league, that would see […]

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Explainer: how will the new European Super League work?

On Sunday night 12 European football clubs announced the formation of a new competition, the Super League, to widespread criticism from governments, their own domestic leagues, football federations as well as Uefa and supporters around the world. It would be the biggest shake-up in the history of the European game although Uefa has said it […]

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Melbourne Victory face long road back to respectability after hitting rock bottom

Grant Brebner must have thought he had already encountered his lowest ebb with Melbourne Victory. It was supposed to the 6-0 loss to Melbourne City of six weeks ago that ought to have been the point of no return, the catalyst for either a painstaking crawl back into the realm of respectability or a swift […]

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund not joining European Super League

The Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have said they will not join the breakaway Super League launched by 12 of Europe’s top clubs on Sunday. The three clubs, as well as the German Football Association, are committed to the European Club Association (ECA) and are backing Uefa’s proposed reforms to the […]

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Toto Wolff rebukes George Russell over Imola F1 crash with Valtteri Bottas

The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has dismissed George Russell’s suggestion that his crash with Valtteri Bottas at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was caused because the Finn feels his future is under threat from the British driver. Wolff issued a stern rebuke to Russell and warned how the incident at Imola could have an […]

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‘Exceptional’ North Texas football recruit among those killed in Austin shooting

A talented football player set for a college career with North Texas was among three people killed in Sunday’s shooting in Austin. Willie Simmons III was a linebacker at Elgin High School and was set to join North Texas this summer after signing with the college in December 2020. Elgin Independent School District confirmed Simmons […]