Zinedine Zidane returns to coach Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has made a surprise return to coach Real Madrid less than a year after leaving the Spanish giants in the wake of one of its great European successes. The 46-year-old Frenchman led Real to three consecutive Champions League trophies during his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu but then stepped down in May 2018. Zidane replaces sacked former teammate Santiago Solari, who was promoted to the role of Real coach after Julen Lopetegui was dismissed following a poor run of form in October. https://twitter.com/realmadrid/status/1105158556976861184 “Real Madrid appreciates…

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Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack on Jack Grealish

A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby. Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind on the pitch about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game. Mitchell, 27, admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier. He “cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning”, his solicitor said. “His initial foolish intention was to just go on to the pitch and whip up the crowd,” said Vaughn Whistance, defending. Mitchell, of…

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Why fans should concentrate on supporting their teams the traditional way

It is not a common sight. You attend a football match generally to enjoy the entertainment on display, surrounded by hundreds or thousands – depending on the size of your club’s following – of like-minded individuals all gathering together to support and cheer on your team of choice. There are the usual matchday rituals, of course – and the walk to the stadium among a sea of shirts displaying your team’s colours always gets the hairs on the back of the neck to rise a little. When the game kicks…

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