What is the smallest football ground a European champion has lost at? | The Knowledge

Plus: the longest delay for any new stadium in history and the worst goal difference you can get away with and still qualify in the Champions League. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Real Madrid recently lost 3-0 to Eibar in a stadium that holds just 7,000 people,” begins Robin Tucker. “That got me thinking: have any former European champions lost a competitive match in a smaller stadium? This would be only counting results after their first European success, so games such as Liverpool’s 1959 defeat to Worcester City would not count.”A fine question, but it’s not even the smallest stadium a former European champion has lost in this season. The 1986 winners Steaua Bucharest, now snappily known as FCSB, have suffered plenty of turmoil recently, including a defeat earlier this month to Sepsi OSK. That was in front of an estimated 2,500 at the 5,200-capacity Stadionul Municipal. Continue reading...

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Jose Mourinho: How Manchester United manager's season collapsed

BBC Sport looks at six factors which contributed to Jose Mourinho’s downfall at Man Utd, from the departure of his “brother” Rui Faria to his fall-out with Paul Pogba.

19-12-2018

River Plate stunned by Al Ain in Club World Cup shootout

• South American champions beaten on penalties by UAE side• Real Madrid face Kashima Antlers on WednesdayThe South American champions, River Plate, were upset by Al Ain in the Club World Cup on Tuesday, losing in a penalty shootout after the semi-final finished 2-2 after extra-time.Al Ain’s players converted all five penalties before the goalkeeper Khalid Eisa saved Enzo Pérez’s fifth shot for River to seal a 5-4 victory. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Shaqiri, scrambles and Champions League draw thoughts – Football Weekly

Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Marcus Bean discuss the Champions League draw, dour management, Xherdan Shaqiri’s career revival, goalmouth scrambles and a message for listeners in TogoJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend’s football action, starting with Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which has done something for the Anfield side’s title-challenging credentials, and nothing for José Mourinho’s job prospects. 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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'Ecstatic. Wonderful news': Manchester United fans react to Mourinho's sacking – video

Manchester United fans outside Old Trafford reacted positively to the news of José Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday, saying it would give the team a boost on the pitchJosé Mourinho sacked: Manchester United to appoint caretaker – live!José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 yearsManchester United fans on Mourinho: the ‘serial winner’ who had to go Continue reading...

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Saints smother Panthers to close on home-field advantage for playoffs

New Orleans Saints 12-9 Carolina PanthersPanthers’ only TD comes from pass by RB Christian McCaffreyNew Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.The Saints’ defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held the former MVP to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers on a night when Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t get much going. Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Brees had 203 yards passing for the Saints (12-2), who took a one-game lead in the NFC over the Rams. The Saints close the season at home against Pittsburgh and Carolina; the Rams visit Arizona and host San Francisco. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

What next for Manchester United? Sort Pogba mess and show humility

The Old Trafford to-do list before a permanent manager comes must also include appointing a transfers expert Related: José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after worst start in 28 years Continue reading...

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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor

Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blameIf you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the tragicomedy that there are still 194 days before the six-year contract handed to David Moyes was supposed to lapse. Moyes lasted nine months and, in the process, seemed to age 10 years.Louis van Gaal gave Old Trafford two seasons of drift. And now José Mourinho is history, too – with his lip curled, his bank account swelled by a reputed £15m in severance pay and a very public decline in which he demonstrated that the higher a man climbs the more you see of his backside. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Manchester City rely on penalties to beat Leicester in Carabao Cup

History repeated itself in the East Midlands as Manchester City sealed their passage into the Carabao Cup semi-finals via penalties and at the expense of Leicester for the second season running. Arijanet Muric, City’s 20-year-old Kosovan goalkeeper, was the hero, denying James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu in a shootout that was not exactly a masterclass in the art of how to take a penalty.Christian Fuchs blazed his kick over the bar, Raheem Sterling fluffed his lines when attempting a Panenka and, without wishing to take too much credit away from Muric, both the penalties he saved were desperately poor. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Mauricio Pochettino does not need Manchester United job, says Unai Emery

• Arsenal manager praises Pochettino’s work at Spurs• Arsenal play Spurs in Carabao Cup quarter-finals on WednesdayUnai Emery has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want to leave Tottenham to join Manchester United next summer.The Arsenal manager, whose team play Spurs in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, is friends with Pochettino and claimed the Argentinian does not need to move. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was suspended at the time over their supplements saga.Flanagan and the club have until the end of January to respond to a breach notice, which is when the NRL will make its final determination. Until then Flanagan cannot have any official involvement with the club. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Geordan Murphy appointed Leicester coach despite dismal run

• Tigers have lost eight games on the bounce• ‘We are working hard to improve performances and results’Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats that has left the Tigers at “their lowest ebb”, according to the former Ireland full-back.Murphy, who has spent 21 years at Leicester as a player and coach, was handed the role on an interim basis when Matt O’Connor was sacked after the first game of the season but has managed four wins from his 15 matches in charge. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford ups and downs

BBC Sport looks back on Jose Mourinho's two-and-a-half years as Manchester United manager as the Portuguese coach is sacked with the club sixth in the Premier League.

19-12-2018

The 100 best male footballers in the world 2018: Nos 100-41

Our panel of 225 experts from 69 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2018. We will unveil 30 names a day until the top 10 on Friday. Meet our 2018 judges2017 edition | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012The 100 best female footballers in 2018 Continue reading...

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Lewis Hamilton 'used wrong words' in slums comment

Lewis Hamilton says he is "super proud" of hometown Stevenage after his faux pas at the SPOTY awards.

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