- Euro 2016 roundup: Czech Republic and Belgium close on qualification
• Czech Republic beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to leave Holland in struggling • Goals from Fellaini, De Bruyne and Hazard see off Bosnia-Herzegovina Czech Republic maintained their six-point lead over Holland in second place of their qualification group with a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Yuri Logvinenko opened the scoring for the Kazakhs in the 21st minute but two second-half goals from Milan Skoda, including an 86th-minute winner, saw the Czechs keep their qualification on track. Turkey drew 1-1 with Latvia in the other Group A game. Related: Graziano Pellè leads Italy nearer Euro 2016 with winner against Malta Continue reading... Kevin De Bruyne is hacked at by Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Sead Kolasinac during Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifying comeback win in Brussels.
- Manchester United’s James Wilson hits England U-21 winner against USA
• England Under-21s beat a USA Under-23 side 1-0 • Gareth Southgate: ‘The mentality of the players was outstanding’ England’s Under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate, declared himself satisfied with his recruits after their 1-0 win over a United States Under-23 side at Preston. The substitute James Wilson proved the difference with a 71st-minute close-range effort as the team warmed up for the start of their European Championship qualifying campaign in Norway on Monday. Continue reading... James Wilson celebrates his winning goal for England’s Under-21s.James Wilson celebrates his winning goal for England’s Under-21s.
- Racist abuse on rise in football as Lord Ouseley hits out at David Cameron
• Reports of racist and discriminatory language up 21% • Kick It Out also receives 38% increase in complaints Reports of alleged racist and other discriminatory abuse made to the Football Association last season rose sharply to 887 incidents at all levels of the game, a 21% increase on the number reported to the governing body in 2013-14. Football’s anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out also received a large increase in incidents reported to it: 393 last season, a 38% rise from the 284 in 2013-14. Continue reading... Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out, called on the prime minister David Cameron to be careful when talking about immigrants and minorities.Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out, called on the prime minister David Cameron to be careful when talking about immigrants and minorities.
- Gordon Strachan: Scots take satisfaction at being in Euro 2016 running
• Scotland are out to exorcise ghosts of Georgia past in qualifier • Scott Brown: People are always looking for a banana skin. We must avoid it Any mention of Costa Rica, Peru or the Faroe Islands will prompt a shudder among otherwise jovial followers of Scotland to a far greater extent than Georgia ever could. Still, the return of the Scots to Tbilisi evokes wounding memories from 2007 within the Glengarry-wearing hordes of the Tartan Army. Then, as now, Scotland held a realistic chance of progressing to the finals of the European Championship. A 2-0 defeat by Georgia meant a Glasgow victory over Italy was necessary to prolong the dream. The rest need not be explained. This time it is the world champions, Germany, who lie in wait for the second part of Scotland’s key double-header. Continue reading... Gordon Strachan oversees training for Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.
- Iceland close to Euro 2016 place with surprise away defeat of Holland
• Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty proves enough for victory in Amsterdam • Bruno Martin Indi sent off in bad start for new coach Danny Blind Iceland moved a step closer to clinching a berth at Euro 2016 after a controversial penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson secured a shock 1-0 victory over 10-man Holland on Thursday. The referee awarded the spot-kick in the 51st minute even though Gregory van der Wiel seemed to win the ball in a challenge with Birkir Bjarnason. Sigurdsson squeezed the penalty under the goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to take Iceland to the brink of their first major championship finals. Continue reading... Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, centre, turns away to celebrate as his penalty beats the Holland goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, in Amsterdam.
- Graziano Pellè leads Italy nearer Euro 2016 with winner against Malta
Italy needed 69 minutes to break down a stubborn, tenacious Malta before Graziano Pellè struck to give them a 1-0 win in their Euro 2016 qualifier. Italy, without a win in their previous four matches, struggled to find a way through a massed Maltese defence in front of a sparse crowd at the Artemio Franchi stadium. Continue reading... Graziano Pellè celebrates after scoring in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: I’ve played through pain for the last two years
• England wideman set to win his 21st cap against San Marino • Arsenal midfielder believes injuries have taken their toll Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he has played the majority of the last two seasons in pain as he suffered the knock-on effects of the knee ligament damage sustained on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign . The Arsenal midfielder, who should gain his 21st cap against San Marino on Saturday, was ruled out for five months at the start of that season after straining the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a tackle with Aston Villa’s Antonio Luna. Continue reading... Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, right, smiles with Raheem Sterling, Nathaniel Clyne and Fabian Delph at St George’s Park as England prepare to face San Marino.
- Michael O’Neill calls for hard work from Northern Ireland to make history
• Win over Faroe Islands on Friday would push O’Neill’s side closer to Euro 2016 • ‘Northern Ireland needs [qualification]. Simple as that. We want to deliver’ Michael O’Neill says Northern Ireland must embrace the chance to make history and qualify for a European Championship for the first time, insisting the team and supporters “need” a place in France next summer. O’Neill’s team can take a significant step towards qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup by defeating the Faroe Islands on Friday. Victory at the Torsvollur Stadium, coupled with Hungary failing to beat the leaders, Romania, in Budapest, would give Northern Ireland the opportunity to secure a place at Euro 2016 with a win over the Hungarians in Belfast on Monday. “We want Romania to win the game,” O’Neill admitted. “We could still finish top but we are in a three-horse race so let’s eliminate the third horse.” Continue reading... The Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, speaks to his squad during training in Torshavn.
- Harry Kane laughs off one-season wonder tag after Alan Shearer pep talk
The striker is unconcerned by his lack of goals for Tottenham this season and talk of tiredness as he focuses on England and San Marino’s porous defence If Harry Kane is troubled by his goalless start to the campaign, confidence seeping away and experiencing the kind of pressure to which he seemed immune last season, it is certainly fair to say he disguised it well when he appeared before the cameras and the questions started about his shift in form. Four games hardly constitutes a goal drought and there were three other occasions last season when Kane went just as long without scoring, en route to the remarkable 31-goal haul that has established him now as a mandatory pick for Roy Hodgson’s squad. Continue reading... Harry Kane and his Tottenham team-mate Ryan Mason train with England at St George’s Park.
- Wales within reach of Euro 2016 finals as Gareth Bale downs Cyprus
The raucous celebrations said it all. A day that started with Wales climbing above England in the Fifa rankings for the first time ended in glorious fashion as Gareth Bale’s thumping header eight minutes from time put Chris Coleman and his players firmly on the road to France. Another victory over Israel in Cardiff on Sunday – it promises to be one hell of a party in the Welsh capital – and the dream of qualifying for a first major tournament since 1958 will become reality. Either way, with a home fixture against Andorra, the Group B whipping boys, still to come next month, it is now a matter of when and not if this Wales side will write their names into the history books. Continue reading... Gareth Bale scores with a header for Wales in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus.
- Cyprus 0-1 Wales: Euro 2016 qualifier – as it happened
A superb late Gareth Bale header gave Wales a 1-0 win over Cyprus and put them within just three points of qualification for Euro 2016 9.52pm BST That’ll do from this. Cheers for reading, and we’ll be back tomorrow night with some more qualifying action. 9.46pm BST Elsewhere, Iceland are now just a point away from qualifying after an extraordinary 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, a game in which Arjen Robben went off injured in the first half and Bruno Martins Indi was sent off. Here are the scores from the rest of tonight’s qualifiers. Continue reading... Gareth Bale celebrates with team mates and staff after scoring the first goal for Wales.Gareth Bale celebrates with team mates and staff after scoring the first goal for Wales.
- Irish eyes are on Scotland before Republic’s qualifier against Gibraltar
• Ireland hope Group D rivals Scotland slip up against Georgia • Robbie Keane is ‘fit and raring to go’ for Republic after injury problems The Republic of Ireland’s first away game against Gibraltar could go down in history for other reasons – such as a record victory for the Irish, or an unprecedented humiliation – but what would really satisfy Martin O’Neill is if Friday was remembered as the day when his team gained fresh hope of reaching the European Championship. The problem for O’Neill is he has no influence over the match that is likely to have the most ramifications for his team but if Georgia manage to take points off Scotland in Tbilisi, then the Irish will kick off against Gibraltar an hour later with renewed belief they could leapfrog Gordon Strachan’s side into third place in Group D on more than just a temporary basis. O’Neill will then be looking for a performance to strengthen that belief further, as well as evidence that some of his key players are in form before Ireland’s own meeting with Georgia, in Dublin on Monday. Continue reading... The Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, looks on during training.
- English football supporters’ groups to show ‘Refugees Welcome’ banners
• Aston Villa and Swindon Town fans first to follow German counterparts • Stan Collymore: ‘Our great club could and should do our bit to help’ Supporters’ groups in England are looking to follow the example set by their German counterparts in holding aloft “Refugees Welcome” banners at home matches in response to the crisis gripping Europe . Related: Bayern Munich to donate €1m to help city’s refugees Continue reading... People hold up a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner in Germany, where football fans have inspired their English counterparts to show their support for those fleeing war zones for Europe.
- MLS needs to look seriously at introducing international breaks
With more high-quality players coming to play in the US, teams often find themselves undermanned around international fixtures Fox Sports looked to have picked the perfect game for their MLS coverage this coming weekend, with Columbus entertaining Dallas in the prime-time 7pm slot on Sunday. It pits two in-form teams with serious title ambitions and plenty of firepower – including the league’s top scorer and one of the leaders for assists – in what should be a treat for the TV audience. Except that no fewer than 13 players will be missing on national team duty, including those top individual performers, as the league maintains its awkward stance of scheduling fixtures during international weeks. Continue reading... Sebastian Giovinco was set for a return to international football with Italy until injury intervened.
- Championship ticket prices: how did clubs end up charging £52 a game?
• Guardian survey looks into ticket prices at all 24 Championship clubs • Football Supporters’ Federation organising ‘Twenty is Plenty’ weekend Tickets at some Championship clubs have been described as “ridiculously expensive” after a Guardian survey found adult prices this season will regularly surpass £35, with Sheffield Wednesday charging £52 for certain games. According to the study, Wednesday’s category A* matches in the south stand at Hillsborough are the most expensive seats available, excluding premium hospitality sections across the league. Eighteen of the 24 clubs in the division have priced their dearest tickets at £35 or more. Five of those clubs – Brighton, Fulham, Ipswich, Leeds and Wednesday – sell their most expensive tickets at £40 or more. Continue reading... Championship side Sheffield Wednesday are charging £52 for certain games at Hillsborough this season.
- The Fiver | The most Arsenal that Arsenal could be
Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm BST, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving FELLA … When The Fiver has done something wrong, we tend to find the best policy is not to admit to it. Why would you own up to breaking that computer, or letting that plant die, or mistakenly putting that puppy in the tumble dryer because it went to sleep in the pile of warm washing so it’s really not our fault and the little mutt should be more careful, if there’s a decent chance nobody will find out about it? Roy Carroll had the right idea. When he shovelled that Pedro Mendes hoof about five yards over the line all those years ago, only for various shades of refereeing incompetence to declare that no, of course that wasn’t a goal, what did he do? Did he fess up, ruefully throw the ball towards the halfway line and concede that he had, well, conceded? Or did he act like nothing had happened and hope that nobody noticed? Continue reading... Two Arsenal irregulars, earlier.Two Arsenal irregulars, earlier.
- Premier League: transfer window summer 2015 – interactive
Use our interactive to explore the data behind this year’s transfer window and find out who the biggest spending Premier League clubs are, who strengthened which positions, who gambled on youth and which other leagues and countries the new players are coming from Continue reading...
- Bayern Munich to donate €1m to help city’s refugees
• German champions plan to donate revenue from special friendly • Club will also set up training camp for children arriving in Munich Bayern Munich will donate €1m (£729,000) to help refugees and will set up a training camp for those arriving in Munich, as the numbers of people coming to the city rises. Thousands have crossed into Germany via Hungary and Austria with Munich’s train station one of the main points of entry . Continue reading... Bayern Munich will be led on to the pitch at their next home game by children.Bayern Munich will be led on to the pitch at their next home game by children.
- Football Weekly Extra: transfer deadline day review plus a Euro 2016 qualifying preview
Real Madrid and Manchester United go to war over David de Gea. Plus, the best (and worst) of the transfer deadline day deals, and everything you wanted to know about the Euro 2016 qualifiers On today's Football Weekly Extra , AC Jimbo , Barry Glendenning , Gregg Bakowski and James Horncastle cast aside their unpleasant yellow ties and pick over the bones of transfer deadline day. Manchester United did their annual ballsing up of things , Chelsea made some uncharacteristic panic buys , and Saido Berahino was left thoroughly cheesed off that he didn't go Spurs . Yay, football! We also get Sid Lowe and Philippe Auclair on the blower to discuss all things David de Gea and Anthony Martial. Continue reading... Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea leaves the pitch after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Morocco at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Andrea Comas/REUTERS
- Australia cruise to 5-0 victory over Bangladesh in World Cup 2018 qualifier
Leckie 6, Rogic 8, Barman OG 20, Burns 29, Mooy 61 Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild of the Socceroos has taken another small step forward, with Australia cruising to an easy win over Bangladesh in Perth. It makes it two wins from two outings for the Socceroos in this early stage of Asia’s World Cup qualifiers. It was the champions of Asia against one of the confederation’s lowest-ranked teams, and it was a mismatch from the start. Mathew Leckie, who plays in the Bundesliga for FC Ingolstadt, needed just six minutes to find the net. Tom Rogic followed suit two minutes later. Continue reading... Massimo Luongo congratulates Mathew Leckie, who opened the scoring for Australia against Bangladesh.