PSG would cope without Neymar but would French football suffer?

Neymars popularity in Paris has plummeted but his presence still attracts attention, TV viewers and money for Ligue 1 clubs Neymars absence from PSGs first game of the season against Nmes on Sunday was initially attributed to an injury. Speaking on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel said he was reluctant to risk his star player given that he had only just returned to training after missing the Copa Amrica this summer. However, the full truth emerged later, when PSG sporting director Leonardo …

Christian Pulisic: From Pennsylvania to London (via Brackley Town and Dortmund)

(CNN)The youngest foreign player to score in the German Bundesliga; the youngest player to score two Bundesliga goals in a single game; the youngest player to score for the US men’s national team; the youngest player to captain the USMNT and the most expensive American player (transfer fee-wise) of all time. READ: Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’ An English taster Born in Pennsylvania to Kelley and Mark Pulisic in 1998, Pulisic was exposed to football …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the …

Paul Pogba says ‘question mark’ remains over his future at Manchester United

Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying this question mark remains Paul Pogba has re-opened the uncertainty over his future at Manchester United after saying a question mark remains. The midfielder was pivotal in The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

Referee Stphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of Frances very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday Referees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to make an exception before their match against Strasbourg in April. It was a historic occasion, the first top-flight mens match in France to be refereed by a woman, Stphanie Frappart. Welcome to the Stade de la Licorne, …

It’s official. Watching soccer can be good for your health

(CNN)With every painstaking second that ticks by you get that bit closer to the edge of your seat. This could be it, this could be the week your beloved soccer team wins that all-important three points. The recent study, due to be released soon, suggests watching your beloved soccer team romp home to victory has a positive impact on your health, with spectators experiencing physical stresses equivalent to going for a brisk 90-minute walk. Results also found that a win …

Modern football kits are stretching credibility they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarn In 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch entirely through the medium of dance. Darrells ballet is historically pretty accurate, James Kennedy wrote in his review for the Guardian. The events, as here transmuted into classical dance, did (more or less) happen. Why …

Transfer deadline day: Whatsapp messages, spinning plates and a ‘Catch-22’

(CNN)It’s the day the dollars are splashed, headlines are made nerves are frayed, and football fans flock to their club’s stadium to surround television reporters in the desperate bid to catch a glimpse of a new superstar signing. As the clock ticked down on Thursday the likes of Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho are both being linked with a move to Tottenham, while Christian Eriksen is reportedly seeking a transfer away from the north London club …

Harder and Eriksson: After the photo people wrote and said how much wed helped

Swedens Magda Eriksson and Denmarks Pernille Harder talk about their kiss in Paris that went viral, what it was like coming out and joining Common Goal It was the most normal thing in the world to Magda Eriksson when, after anyone was taking a photo, Eriksson says. But somebody had and the noise on social media had nothing to do with the fact that the girlfriend in question, the Denmark international Pernille Harder, was wearing the shirt of her countrys …

Derby hold talks over potential player-coach role for Wayne Rooney

Derby County have held talks with Wayne Rooneys agent over a potential player-coach role for the former England captain Derby County have held talks with the former England captain Wayne Rooney over a potential player-coach role. The 33-year-old still has more than two seasons left on his DC United contract but Derbys owner, Mel Morris, believes Rooney could inspire a squad which went so close to promotion under Frank Lampard last season. Lampards move to Chelsea. Initial talks between Derby …