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Northern Ireland to host South Korea in March friendly

Northern Ireland will be hoping to be celebrate a goal or two when they meet South Korea in Belfast Northern Ireland will take on South Korea for the first time in a friendly at Windsor Park on 24 March. The game is a warm-up for the Koreans as they prepare to take part in the World Cup in Russia this summer. “They have a big squad so I’ve no doubt their players will be out to impress their manager with the World Cup looming,” said NI boss Michael O’Neill. “The…

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss ‘called referee Mike Dean a disgrace’

Arsene Wenger questioned referee Mike Dean after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled the ball Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was “very aggressive” and called referee Mike Dean “a disgrace” after the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at West Brom on New Year’s Eve, according to an FA report. Dean gave a controversial late penalty, which the Baggies scored in a 1-1 draw. Wenger entered the officials’ changing room and confronted Dean, according to the FA’s written reasons for the manager’s three-match touchline ban. The referee said Wenger accused him of being…

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Carlos Tevez: I was on holiday during Chinese Super League spell

Carlos Tevez joined Shanghai Shenhua in a deal worth a reported £40m Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has described his spell in the Chinese Super League as a “holiday”. The 33-year-old, who joined Shanghai Shenhua in December 2016, returned to boyhood club Boca Juniors this month. Tevez, who was reportedly one of the highest paid players in the world, scored four goals in 16 games and was widely criticised while in China. In an interview with Argentine TV, he joked: “It’s fine because I was on vacation for seven months.” He…

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BBC & Premier League start ‘Super Movers’

Arsenal Women’s captain Alex Scott MBE is a Super Movers ambassador The BBC and Premier League have started a campaign called Super Movers to help primary school teachers encourage children to become more active. The initiative intends to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning. The scheme will also encourage families to live active lifestyles. A Super Mover Live Lesson will take place for all schools on Thursday, 18 January. Teachers can access content on the Super Movers website, while there will also…

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Cyrille Regis: Ex-West Brom and England forward dies aged 59

Watch: Regis’ spectacular goal of the season Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom and England forward, has died aged 59. He scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for the Baggies before joining Coventry City for £250,000 in 1984. He was a pioneer for black footballers in the game when he played alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson at The Hawthorns. Regis, who was appointed an MBE in 2008, returned to West Brom as a coach before becoming a football agent. The trio of Regis, Cunningham and Batson, nicknamed the Three…

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Liverpool v Man City: Energy, belief and fantastic finishing – how Reds won it

Manchester City’s unbeaten run is over after their thrilling 4-3 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday but I certainly do not look at the Premier League leaders and think they are in trouble now. City will be annoyed that they gave away some sloppy goals at Anfield but Liverpool’s finishing had to be brilliant to punish them for that. What the Reds showed is what can happen when City are not quite at it, and face a high-energy team who press high and take risks. It meant that when Liverpool won…

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Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal – BBC Sport

Callum Wilson has now scored three goals in his three games against Arsenal Arsene Wenger said he would review Arsenal’s defeat in a “harsh way” as goals by Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe dented the Gunners’ pursuit of a top-four place. Wenger’s men are now without a win in five games in all competitions, and five points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League, after Bournemouth came from behind to extend their unbeaten run to four games and move further away from the bottom three. Defender Hector Bellerin…

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Gossip column: Sanchez, Ozil, Martins, O’Neill, Keita, Lemar

Three-way race for Sanchez? Liverpool are ready to join Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Sunday Mirror) As well as Sanchez, Manchester United want to sign 29-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil from the Gunners.(Independent on Sunday) United boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sacrifice summer moves for Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old France striker Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, in order to sign Sanchez on wages of £350,000 a week. (Mail on Sunday) The player…

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