Robin Olsen is looking forward to becoming part of the Sheffield United family after drawing comparisons between the dressing room culture at Bramall Lane and the one which helped Sweden reach the quarter-finals of the last World Cup. The goalkeeper, who has been capped 50 times by his country, is set to make his second appearance since arriving on loan from AS Roma when Slavisa Jokanovic’s side visit Hull City today.
The Euros were postponed by a year and England will now host the tournament in 2022 England Women captain Steph Houghton believes her side can do “something special” when they host Euro 2022. The skipper, who has withdrawn from Friday’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia due to injury, remains in the captaincy role under new boss Sarina Wiegman, but the former Netherlands manager will pick her long-term captain after the international break.
League One will provide the ‘most movement, most action and most competition’ in English football this season. So says Wigan Athletic chief executive Mal Brannigan, who believes the third tier is where it’s at because of a number of off-field factors. “I think we were all surprised by the impact Covid has had upon the transfer market – and especially in our division – this summer,” he said.
Wiegman expects England to dominate against North Macedonia but knows it won’t always be this way as the build-up begins to the European Championship in 2022 Sarina Wiegman makes her bow as England women’s head coach against North Macedonia at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on Friday night, but she already has an eye on tougher challenges to come.
C&C, the Magners cider maker tipped to bring in a pubs industry veteran Ralph Findlay on board as its next chairman, has returned to profit. The FTSE 250 drinks maker, which also produces Tennent’s lager, suffered from pandemic disruption last year and parts of 2021 as lockdowns hammered pubs.
Tennent’s owner C&C Group said it would “remain vigilant” amid the current driver shortage crisis as it returned to profit in the first half. Releasing an update for the six months to the end of August, the Irish drinks firm flagged strong trading, driven by the gradual easing of on-trade restrictions since April and boosted further by a “summer of good weather”, the Euros football championship and a boom in staycations.
West Yorkshire Police's domestic abuse tweet ahead of Euros final between England and Italy was 'mistake'
A tweet by West Yorkshire Police suggesting "too much beer and excitement" can lead to domestic abuse was a "mistake", the region's deputy mayor for policing has said. Alison Lowe, who took up her role last month as an understudy to new West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin, said no offence had been intended from the tweet.
A search has been launched to find the heroes of the tourism and hospitality industry in North Wales after the “absolute nightmare” of the past 18 months. Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, hopes the glittering Oscars-style awards ceremony will herald a reboot for the sector that’s been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
How do you take the pleasure out of something so marvellous and joyful as Emma Raducanu’s US open victory last night? Easy — turn on Twitter, which spoils everything including sport. Raducanu’s victory is truly a great triumph; the most breathtaking sporting feat by a female British athlete in our lifetimes.
Sarina Wiegman led the Netherlands to victory four years ago England women’s new manager addresses media for first time The new England women’s team manager, Sarina Wiegman, has said that winning the home Euros next summer will be “much harder” than her victory with the Netherlands in 2017.
Ethan Galbraith has predicted more magical moments for the Northern Ireland Under-21 side after a 1-0 win at home to Slovakia. The skipper’s second-half penalty at Mourneview Park gave John Schofield’s team their first victory in qualifying for the 2023 Under-21 European Championships. After a disappointing 4-1 defeat in Malta, Northern Ireland were hungry to get up and running in Group C.
The Whites were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley in their last encounter, and will be keen to get a positive result against the Reds, ahead of an eye-catching run of fixtures that will see Leeds face the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham in quick succession.
Virgil van Dijk has insisted he is ‘fine’ after giving Liverpool fans an injury scare whilst on international duty. Liverpool had to make do without their influential defender for the majority of the 2020/21 campaign after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in last October’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, an injury which saw him also miss out on this summer’s Euros.
Lyndon Dykes says Scotland’s eagerness to experience another major tournament shone through in their superb World Cup qualifying victory over Austria. The Scots triumphed 1-0 in Vienna courtesy of Dykes’ first-half penalty, with the result moving Steve Clarke’s men second in Group F with four matches remaining.
Jordan Pickford could break England clean sheet record that has stood since 1966 in Poland qualifier
The Everton goalkeeper was frozen out of his club side just a year ago but now stands on the brink of history Jordan Pickford can write his way into England’s record books against Poland less than a year after he was battling to save his club career. The Everton keeper was under pressure at Goodison for much of last season after some indifferent form, and high-profile errors, saw him axed by then manager Carlo Ancelotti.
A Boston Spa Academy PE teacher is sharing his lessons for life after thrilling summer of sport. Following the success of the Euros, the excitement surrounding Team GB’s medal haul at the Olympics, as well as the Paralympic games, sport has been high on the agenda this summer.
Controversial proposals to stage the World Cup every two years could be decided as early as December. A vote will be put to 211 countries as to whether to go ahead with the plans put forward by Arsene Wenger to revolutionise the football calendar. The idea has so far been met with strong opposition - particularly from clubs - but Fifa hope to win support with a number of incentives including a guarantee of fewer international games during the season.
Twelve minutes on the clock, 117 names to guess. Remember to tweet your scores @FourFourTwo. Eric Cantona is often credited for being the footballer who changed the face of the Premier League. Why? Well... because he's French. Well obviously not just because of his passport.
The average spend per consumer per visit in hospitality settings increased by 3.9% in the 12 weeks to 11 July, according to new data from Lumina Intelligence. In a sign of consumers 'returning to normality', the first quarterly update over half of the UK adult population had an eating or drinking out occasion as restrictions eased across the UK during July.
Daniel James’ Euro 2020 experience has made the Wales winger all the more determined to get to the World Cup as the Leeds new boy looks to end the year with a bang for club and country. Gareth Bale’s dramatic stoppage-time hat-trick goal sealed a thrilling 3-2 qualifying win over Belarus in Kazan on Sunday, keeping hopes of Qatar 2022 qualification on track.