Quiz: Every England player to score in European Championship qualifiers

England got their 2020 European Championship qualification process underway with a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday and take on Montenegro next. Next year’s tournament promises to be very different from the 15 that have preceded it. Not only will, for just the second time, 24 countries be involved but games will take place across Europe to celebrate the competition’s 60th birt...

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Out-boxed Atlético face missed opportunity and an identity crisis

It’s unlikely Atlético Madrid are going to be anything other than underdogs when assessing La Liga’s potential title contenders at the start of each season. They cannot match the finances and star power of Barcelona and Real Madrid, a fact that isn’t going to change any time soon. But this could have been their year. After last season’s Europa League success, and following...

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Assessing the seven stars on Real's summer shortlist

After years of setting the benchmark for transfer-market extravagance, Real Madrid have steered away from their big-spending ways in recent seasons. Although they have continued to be successful, winning three Champions Leagues since their last £50million-plus signing – James Rodríguez in 2014 – now on their third manager of the season, it is clear that Los Blancos need to spend big on a squad reb...

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Football's high-profile players who'll become free agents in 2019

It is getting increasingly difficult for football clubs to find value in the transfer market. However, those that are smart – and Juventus are a great example of this – supplement big-money arrivals with free agent signings. The Italian club have made this their hallmark over recent years. The likes of Dani Alves, Kingsley Coman, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo all joined the Turin-based club for noth...

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