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Niko Kovac drags Eintracht Frankfurt into the future with a retro approach

Hey Bundesliga? Si senõr, the league is on. Ten games into the 2016-17 season, there are the old, familiar, expected faces at both ends of the table – FC Bayern (unbeaten und unconvincing) at the top, Hamburger SV (clueless, rudderless, irreparable) at the bottom – but otherwise, it’s a jolly good mess of smart overachievers, former giants growing in stature, elite sides mired in inconsistency and an array of sporting disasters of varying magnitude.

Gareth Southgate: ‘Only Gazza could have done that celebration’

Celebration after Paul Gascoigne's goal v Scotland - Euro 96

It was while Gareth Southgate was looking ahead to England’s game against Scotland and reiterating the importance of “emotional control” in these fixtures that his mind went back to Euro 96 and the kind of sketch that probably felt perfectly normal then bearing in mind the identity of the man around whom the story revolves.

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In praise of Peru's Paolo Guerrero: captain, record-breaker, warrior

Let me begin by saying that Ramiro Funes Mori is a fine player. Since making his international debut last year, the 25-year-old Everton defender has emerged as an important member for Argentina, as his versatility (he can play center-back or left-back) mixed with his strength and aerial dominance make the ex-River Plate player a valuable asset for the Albiceleste.