Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’

The former England and current Philippines coach discusses a recent stint in Sweden’s fifth division, missing out at Manchester City, and his one regret in footballSven-Göran Eriksson doesn’t really do regrets. The Swede has had an extraordinary career – and it is still going – having managed 16 teams in eight different countries but, he says on a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, there are not many things he would have done differently over the past 42 years.Not a single one? “Well …” the current Philippines coach says when we meet at a swish hotel next to the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Maybe one then … and that would be that last World Cup.” Continue reading...

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England in West Indies: Joe Root hits 87 in first warm-up game

Captain Joe Root returns to form before England collapse on day one of their first warm-up match in the West Indies.

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Djokovic and Federer pay tribute to 'friend, colleague, rival' Andy Murray – video

World No 1 Novak Djokovic reflected on 'friend and rival' Andy Murray after the Briton revealed the Australian Open could be his last tournament due to a persistent hip injury. Roger Federer also paid tribute to Murray, saying he was 'a little bit shocked' by the newsFearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near Continue reading...

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Football League launches investigation into Leeds spying on Derby training

• EFL starts inquiry after Bielsa admits spying on opponents• Leeds have apologised for the actions of their managerThe EFL has launched a formal investigation into the Leeds spying row. The Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, admitted before Friday night’s 2-0 win over Derby that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch the Rams training on Thursday.Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and move the individual on but he was not arrested. Leeds have since apologised to Derby and said they will remind Bielsa of his responsibilities. Bielsa insisted the practice was not unlawful or illegal, but he could still fall foul of EFL regulations which state clubs must behave towards each other in good faith. Continue reading...

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‘Football has no gender or religion’: Annie Zaidi’s journey into coaching | Suzanne Wrack

Solihull Moors Ladies’ head coach on how years of abuse could not quash her love for the game and how she owes her career to that fearlessness and Les Ferdinand‘I still have to pinch myself. Head coach. Ladies’ first team. At a club with so much credibility.” You can hear the giddy excitement in Annie Zaidi’s voice. The new head coach of Solihull Moors Ladies, who play in Division One Midlands of the Women’s National League, has worked hard for this opportunity – harder than most have to because the 34-year-old is not only a woman working in a profession dominated by men but has also had to battle racial and religious stereotyping and abuse as a Pakistani Muslim.She strives to avoid being defined by those labels, craving the day when her talent is all anyone notices. Widely known as “Coach Annie”, Zaidi has been working with Solihull’s boys’ youth teams since 2017. Continue reading...

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Tottenham lose Harry Kane until March due to ankle ligament injury

• Striker sustained injury in defeat by Manchester United• He will miss games against Chelsea and Borussia DortmundTottenham Hotspur’s worst fears have been realised after a scan on Harry Kane’s left ankle confirmed he sustained ligament damage during the defeat by Manchester United. The England captain is not expected even to resume training until early March.The striker had hobbled away from Wembley on Sunday after hurting the joint in a challenge with Phil Jones towards the end of the 1-0 loss and, while he had initially conceded he would miss at least a month in rehabilitation, medical tests on the ankle suggest his absence will extend further. Continue reading...

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Petr Cech’s trophy-strewn career the result of enduring excellence | Dominic Fifield

Cech, who will retire this summer, won every major honour with Chelsea and Arsenal, with the highlights being the Premier League and Champions LeagueIt feels appropriate to start with that night at the Allianz Arena almost seven years ago when, one by one, players of considerable reputation in Bayern Munich’s ranks withered in Petr Cech’s presence. Six different opponents strode up to take a penalty and, on each occasion, the Chelsea goalkeeper dived the right way. The three saves he conjured would effectively secure his club’s first European Cup.Cech, like his victorious teammates, did not sleep much after that giddy triumph in Bavaria with the celebrations rightly raucous and prolonged. But, on the morning after the night before, he offered an insight into the scale of the planning which had made that success possible. In his possession, as he sat in a small meeting room at the team hotel, was a two-hour DVD detailing every penalty Bayern had been awarded over the previous five years. He and his confidante, the goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, had studied each in meticulous detail, learning the takers’ habits and routines. He knew what was coming. Continue reading...

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Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Williams loses to Neil Robertson

World champion Mark Williams loses to Neil Robertson, while Barry Hawkins beats Shaun Murphy at the Masters.

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Why are Toronto Wolfpack buying into a rugby league club in London?

Toronto Wolfpack’s first league match was a 76-0 win over London Skolars in 2017. Now they are investing in the clubBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIn 2025, Super League could feature not just Toronto and Toulouse but also New York, Boston, Philadelphia and two clubs from London. Ambitious? Yes. Unlikely? Possibly. Unfeasible? Not at all. One of those breakthrough clubs is giving another a potential leg-up. Championship favourites Toronto Wolfpack are buying a stake of League One minnows London Skolars through David Argyle, their principal owner. Skolars chairman and co-founder Hector McNeil explains why.What exactly is the Wolfpack’s investment in Skolars? “Whether it comes from the Wolfpack or David [Argyle] himself is still to be decided – we’ve left that fairly open. The RFL rules are clear: you can have a shareholding in more than one club but you can’t have two controlling interests and they’ve defined that as under 25%. David’s vision has never been to take over Skolars. He wants to develop Skolars, package it up and, when it’s ready for Super League, bring in other investors who can take it forward from there.” Continue reading...

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Tom Rogic late show hauls Socceroos past Syria into Asian Cup last 16

Australia 3-2 SyriaMabil 41, Ikonomidis 54, Rogic 90; Khrbin 43, Al-Somah 80 penTom Rogic scored deep into injury-time to ensure the Socceroos emerged from a nervy game against Syria with the win they needed to progress from Group B in second place.Australia were ahead after 41 minutes when a terrific decoy run from the industrious Rhyan Grant created just enough space for Awer Mabil to lash a perfect curled effort past the outstretched Ibrahim Alma and into the top corner. Continue reading...

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David Squires on … the timeless magic of the FA Cup

Our cartoonist looks back at third-round weekend, some shocks and a helpful arrival at Old TraffordTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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British Cycling: BBC obtains email at centre of testosterone delivery

BBC Sport obtains an email at the centre of the controversy over a mystery delivery of testosterone to the National Cycling Centre.

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