A long-awaited study into the links between heading a football and brain damage will start in January, the Football Association has announced.
Earth, Wind & Fire’s song September has been picked up by fans of several clubs in the way Seven Nation Army once was – but what makes a chant spread like a raspy cold?
It is inescapable, the background accompaniment to every Premier League highlight. The words to the chant go “woooooaaahhh [name of club cult favourite], wooaaahhh [skill unique to player] woooooaaahhh he never gives the ball awayyyyyy 1-2-3-4” and then repeats itself. Yes, you do know it. Yes, it has already become a little bit grating.
Set to the Earth, Wind & Fire song of the same name, the September chant has yet to acquire the full brain‑numbing ubiquity the Beach Boys’ Sloop John B acquired in recent years, but it is definitely on its way. Watford sing it about Abdoulaye Doucouré, Chelsea about Tiémoué Bakayoko, Aston Vllla about both John Terry and James Chester. At this point, the only hope of your club escaping the craze is by ensuring you have a team full of players unable to keep possession. Everton aside, that means everyone’s at risk.
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After providing the assist for all seven of PSG’s goals by opening the scoring for Celtic in the first minute at Parc des Princes last night, Moussa Dembélé is today being linked with a move to Manchester United. After scoring 32 goals in 48 games last season, the 21-year-old was courted by West Ham, Arsenal and Chelsea, among others, but remained at Celtic Park for this season’s Champions League campaign. L’Equipe report that the France U-21 international has already begun talks with United with a view to moving to Old Trafford next summer. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is resigned to losing Dembélé and the striker is likely to have no shortage of suitors.
The French sports daily also claim that PSG have offered Manchester United totem pole Marouane Fellaini a four-year deal and say Liverpool are interested in rescuing Julian Draxler from his Parisian purgatory in January. The 24-year-old has struggled for game time with the Ligue 1 leaders since they signed Kylian Mbappé and Neymar in the summer and may miss out on a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad if he doesn’t secure a move elsewhere.
The Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, says that his side would have beaten Basel nine times out of 10 following defeat in Switzerland on Wednesday night. Michael Lang prodded home late for Basel to condemn United to their first Champions League loss of the season. ‘At half-time, it should be 5-0,’ argues Mourinho
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