Messi reverses Argentina retirement decision

Lionel Messi has been named in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers squad, less than two months after retiring from international football. Messi, 29, quit after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile in June. But in a statement reported by media in Argentina, the Barcelona striker said he made the U-turn for the “love of the…

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It's back! What you need to know about the new Premier League season

Ninety days after the curtain came down on a season full of surprises and drama, the Premier League is back. There are new faces in the dugout and on the pitch, new rules to grasp and shows to watch – plus the arrival of the most expensive player in the world. If you’ve been busy…

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Gary Lineker: Will Match of the Day presenter really do programme in his pants?

Match of the Day returns as the new Premier League season gets under way on Saturday – and there is only one question on everyone’s minds. Will Gary Lineker really present the show in his pants? The former England captain promised he would in December, back when league champions Leicester were still in the early…

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Premier League 2016-17: BBC Sport pundits pick their champions

The Premier League starts again on Saturday, with surprise champions Leicester City defending the title they won by 10 points last season. Who will win it this time, and how will the Foxes fare? We asked 32 BBC TV and radio pundits, presenters, journalists and commentators – and one super-computer for their one-two-three-four and an…

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Man Utd: Why £89m Paul Pogba deal is a bargain

Manchester United paid a world record £89m to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus – a player they let go for only £1.5m four years ago. The deal has been cited as the final example of a sport gone money-mad, and described as former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistake. But with the Old Trafford club…

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Where will your Premier League club finish?

It is the most difficult task of the season – trying to predict who will finish where in the Premier League. Last term I was only 19 places out with my prediction for champions Leicester City, although I suspect I was not on my own getting that one badly wrong. After a summer of change…

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Paddy McNair & Donald Love: Sunderland sign Manchester United defenders

Sunderland have signed Manchester United defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love for a combined £5.5m. The 21-year-olds have agreed four-year deals with the Black Cats. McNair, who represented Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, made his United debut in September 2014 and played 27 times for the club. Scot Love, who spent time on loan at…

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EFL Cup: Runners-up Liverpool begin at Burton Albion as Everton host Yeovil

Last season’s runners-up Liverpool will begin their EFL Cup campaign away at Championship side Burton Albion. Manchester City beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley to win the cup last season. Chelsea will face either Bristol Rovers or Bristol City, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton will host League Two Yeovil.…

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Conte's call, Hollywood stars, the X Factor – Premier League pre-season quiz

A new Premier League season is about to start after a summer of managerial changes and record transfers. But just how much attention have you been paying? Why was new West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli suspended by Valencia last season? Why did newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte want to speak to Leicester boss Claudio…

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Ashley Williams: Everton sign Swansea and Wales defender

Everton have signed Wales captain Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £12m. The 31-year-old defender is new manager Ronald Koeman’s third summer purchase after Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. They are also in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland defender…

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