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    Wales assistant Albert Stuivenberg quits Dragons to focus on role as Mikel Arteta’s No2 at Arsenal

    ALBERT STUIVENBERG has quit as Wales assistant boss to focus full-time on his role at Arsenal.The Dutchman worked alongside interim Dragons manager Robert Page at Euro 2020 but will now concentrate on his daily job as Mikel Arteta’s No2.
    Albert Stuivenberg has stepped away from his job as Wales’ assistant-managerCredit: Rex
    The Dutchman wants to focus on his role at Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s No 2Credit: Getty
    Stuivenberg joined the Welsh set-up in 2017 after being appointed by Ryan Giggs.
    The 50-year-old said: “It has been an honour to be part of the coaching set up with Wales.
    “It has been an exciting period in the history of the game and I have learnt a lot both on and off the field.
    “I thank all the players for the hard work and the incredible, passionate supporters.”
    Page has been in charge of Wales’ last 12 games.
    He is expected to continue as temporary boss for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September after Giggs stepped aside following his arrest last year.
    FAW president Kieran O’Connor said: “The FAW wishes Albert the very best of luck at Arsenal.
    “And are grateful for the commitment and hard work that he’s put into the national team over the past four years.”
    Wales got out of Group A at the Euros with four points.
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    Stuivenberg will be focused solely on the GunnersCredit: Getty

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    They beat Turkey 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Switzerland before a narrow 1-0 defeat to eventual winners Italy.
    But they were no match for semi-finalists Denmark – losing 4-0 to the Danes in the last 16.
    Kasper Hjulmand’s men were eventually knocked out at the last-four stage by England – losing 2-1 in extra-time.
    Last Thursday, a court heard Giggs ‘threatened to email his ex’s boss with details of their sex life’.
    The former Man Utd winger was also alleged to have ‘kicked his ex-girlfriend in the back and chucked her naked from a hotel room during three years of abuse’.
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    Euro 2020 hero Declan Rice rides jet ski and enjoys Ibiza summer holiday before heading back to West Ham for new season

    ENGLAND hero Declan Rice has been relaxing in Ibiza as he is one of many Three Lions stars to enjoy a well-earned holiday after Euro 2020.The West Ham midfielder was pictured smiling broadly as he rode a jet ski ahead of his return to London for the new Premier League season.
    Declan Rice has been pictured riding a jet ski during a well-deserved summer holiday
    The West Ham star was one of England’s standout performers during Euro 2020Credit: AFP
    Rice was previously seen kicking back alongside international teammates Mason Mount and Luke Shaw before his latest trip.
    The latter has since joined Jack Grealish in Mykonos while former Chelsea starlet Rice journeyed to Ibiza.
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    He has now posted a picture of himself riding a jet ski and many of his England pals couldn’t resist poking fun in the comments.
    Mount wrote: “The boy loves a jet ski”, while Harry Maguire teased: “Looking tanned mate”.
    Rice will soon link up with his West Ham teammates who ramped up their preparations for the new season with a 6-2 win over Celtic on Saturday.
    But the England international still has the last of the sun to soak up abroad as do the likes of Kyle Walker, Ben White, Ben Chilwell, and Kalvin Phillips who were recently out in Mykonos.
    Walker’s performances were near-perfect during the Euros and he was seen letting off some steam by belting out Sweet Caroline as the group had lunch together.
    Rice and Mount were seen leaping off a yacht with the West Ham man nearly bottling it after looking petrified.
    The young stars won the heart of the nation this summer after helping the Three Lions reach their first major final in 55 years.
    England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been having fun after a superb tournament, with his family and friends throwing him a huge party.
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    The Everton stopper won the Golden Glove award after keeping a record FIVE clean sheets in the tournament.
    And Pickford wasn’t the only England star to get a hero’s welcome, with defender Harry Maguire and others having a deserved celebration.
    The Three Lions enjoyed a well-earned Euros after-party following their penalties defeat against Italy in the final, reuniting with their loved ones after weeks apart.
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    Marcus Rashford mural destroyed by heavy rain after fans left messages of support to cover racist abuse

    THOUSANDS of heartfelt messages left on the mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford have tonight been washed away by heavy rainfall.The tributes were due to be removed tomorrow so they could be preserved by some of the city’s galleries and museums.
    Heartfelt messages left on the mural of footballer Marcus Rashford have been washed away by heavy rainfall.Credit: Zenpix
    But torrential downpours destroyed the tributes on the artwork on Moorfield Street, off Copson Street in the centre of Withington village.
    It had symbolised a rejection of hate after it was defaced the morning after England’s defeat in the European Championship final.
    The offensive graffiti on the side of the Coffee House Café on Copson Street was covered up.
    People then came to leave notes with messages of support for Marcus and for his England teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
    They were racially abused online after missing penalties in England’s shootout defeat to Italy at Wembley.
    Renowned street artist Akse resprayed and repainted it.
    Soon after the number of messages continued to grow, with some people travelling several hundred miles to come to see it. 
    But amid high humidity, Greater Manchester was battered by thunderstorms this evening, causing flooding in some parts.

    Daniel Martinez, who lives nearby, told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s a total shame because I live a 30-second walk from it.
    “It’s had visitors every day since the Euros.”
    The mural had been set to be preserved by Manchester Art Gallery, Central Library’s Archives Department, the People’s History Museum, the National Football Museum, the University of Manchester, and the Withington Walls project who first commissioned it.
    “Racist abuse will never be tolerated, for club nor for country. If you see any form of abuse or discrimination, act and report it,” the club tweeted.
    Trolls vandalised a mural of Marcus Rashford in Manchester the day after England’s Euro final defeatCredit: MEN Media
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    Louis van Gaal set to manage Holland for THIRD time as ex-Man Utd boss agrees deal ahead of World Cup 2022

    LOUIS VAN GAAL looks set to embark on a third stint as Holland boss amid reports of him reaching an agreement on the role with the Dutch FA.The ex-Manchester United manager will be tasked with helping the side reach the 2022 World Cup following their disappointing last 16 exit from Euro 2020. 
    Former Man United boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly in line to become Netherlands bossCredit: PA:Press Association
    The reports come weeks after Frank de Boer stepped down as Holland coach after his team crashed out of the Euros following a shock 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
    Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims Van Gaal, 69, has met Holland’s football chiefs’ criteria for the role. 
    And it is thought Dutch FA’s director of football Nico-Jan Hoogma was looking to hire a national gaffer with the aura of Ronald Koeman. 
    Van Gaal, who is one of the world’s most successful club managers, has taken charge of Holland on two separate occasions from 2000-2002 and from 2012-2014. 
    The former Ajax chief, who turns 70 in August, led a memorable run to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    It was a run that started with that Robin van Persie header against Spain, and ended with a 3-0 victory over the hosts that meant they finished third at the tournament.
    But the Amsterdam-born gaffer endured a disappointing stint during his first spell in Holland’s hot seat. 
    His side, who were considered outside favourites to win the 2002 World Cup, failed to qualify for the contest after a shock loss to the Republic of Ireland.   
    It is thought Van Gaal will bring in three assistants to help him during his next spell in the dugout with the Netherlands set to face three tricky World Cup qualifiers in September. 
    De Telegraaf claims Frans Hoek, Henk Fraser and Danny Blind – the father of ex-United star Daley Blind – will take on the roles.
    And the squad will play Norway, Montenegro and Turkey in their first group stage qualifying games in September before clashes with Latvia and Gibraltar in October. 
    Van Gaal’s return to international management will come as a surprise to some following his sacking from Manchester United in 2016 two days after leading the side to an FA Cup win.
    He has not managed a team since that brutal dismissal.
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    However, the former Red Devils boss reportedly said he “would not say no” if the Dutch FA asked him to return as head coach. 
    Van Gaal, who began his managerial career with AZ Alkmaar in 1986, has won 20 major trophies with five European clubs. 
    Silverware wins include two LaLiga titles with Barcelona, one Bundesliga crown with Bayern and three Eredivisie championships with Ajax.
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    Ex-Arsenal star Mesut Ozil sends touching message of support to Bukayo Saka after England star’s Euro 2020 racism hell

    MESUT OZIL shared kind-hearted words about Bukayo Saka following sickening online racial abuse aimed at the England starlet after his Euros 2020 penalty miss. The ex-Gunners playmaker revealed he “felt very much” for his former Arsenal team-mate and praised the youngster for taking a pen in a major match. 
    Mesut Ozil said he felt for his former Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka following his Euros penalty missCredit: Getty
    The 2014 World Cup winner, 32, was speaking almost two weeks after Saka saw his vital spot-kick saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
    The dramatic penalty shoot-out led to Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri winning the tournament.
    Misses by Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in addition to Saka would later lead to all three being targeted by trolls posting racist comments and monkey emojis on social media. 
    Saka, 19, who reflected on his experiences, has pledged to overcome negativity and called on social media companies to take action against online hate. 
    And his sentiments have been echoed by Ozil who plays for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.  
    I felt very much for Bukayo, I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penaltyMesut Ozil
    The ex-Germany playmaker also saw one of his spot-kicks saved by Donnarumma in Arsenal’s loss to Bayern Munich in a  2014 Champions League clash. 
    Ozil told Sky Sports: “I felt very much for Bukayo, I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penalty.
    “In a final, as the last one, to take on the responsibility of an entire nation as a young player – respect. Not many players would dare to do that.
    “There will always be people who racially abuse and scapegoat people of different backgrounds and skin colour when they lose.
    “Unfortunately, there will always be a small part of our community that racially insults and threatens players.
    “We should focus much more on the positive messages that keep players strong.”
    The abuse endured by Saka, Rashford and Sancho has led to leading football figures and politicians to demand action from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  
    And the Arsenal ace’s club boss Mikel Arteta is among those who have called for tougher measures to stop players being targeted by accounts posting racist messages. 
    Arteta said: “He (Saka) has received a lot of love and support from the world of football, not only from Arsenal but with the national team and all the English fans because he doesn’t deserve anything like he has been through.
    “He’s had a phenomenal season and in football, if you want to be part of the greatest you have to know at 19 that you will lose more than you win unfortunately in this game and there’s no exception to that rule.
    Arsenal and England starlet Saka has vowed to overcome negativity following online abuse he receivedCredit: Getty

    “Hopefully we can use this to make a strong statement and we have to stop racist abuse on social media and people using social media to hide and put people in really bad places.
    “Hopefully, the laws will be stronger.
    “We are all going to make a strong case out of that and it can make a big impact because I think it’s the moment to put it right.”
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    Lando Norris mugging: Man, 24, arrested after McLaren F1 star mugged for £40k watch at Wembley as cops release pics

    A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after F1 driver Lando Norris had his £40,000 watch stolen as he left the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.The Bristol-born racer, 21, was left “shaken” after his watch, one of only a small number in circulation, was taken.
    F1 ace Lando Norris, 21, had his £40,000 watch stolen at Wembley as fans ran riotCredit: PA
    Police have released this photograph as they launch an appeal for informationCredit: PA
    Met police confirmed that on Sunday a 24-year-old man was arrested in Liverpool on suspicion of robbery.
    He has been bailed to return on a date in mid-August.
    And cops have now released an appeal for information over the stolen watch — sharing more images of the timepiece in the hopes someone with information will step forward.
    While it has not been confirmed which watch was stolen, Lando is often seen wearing Richard Mille timepieces, reports watchcollectinglifestyle.com.
    One of them is reportedly the RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat.
    Met Police said a 21-year-old, believed to be Norris, had left the stadium and returned to his car which was parked in the yellow car park in nearby Rutherford Way.
    In a statement, cops said: “He was approached by two men who engaged him in conversation.
    “A short time later he was assaulted and held by one of the men while his watch was removed from his wrist.
    “The victim was understandably shaken but did not sustain any lasting injuries.”
    The suspects had already left by the time police arrived, the statement added.
    Scotland Yard have appealed for witnesses, in particular one person who claimed to have captured the incident on their dashcam but left before giving police his details.
    Detectives are “very keen” to speak to the person and obtain any footage.

    A statement from Formula One last week said: “McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, during which the watch he was wearing was taken.
    “Thankfully, Lando was unharmed but he is understandably shaken. The team is supporting Lando and we are sure that racing fans will join us in wishing him all the best for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
    “As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.”
    Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has been approached with a view to buying the watch should call the investigation team on 0777 667 3655 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    Norris was at Wembley watching the Euros finalCredit: Instagram/@landonorris
    Lando Norris was mugged at the wheel of his McLaren supercar at Wembley’s car park
    Stewards replace barricades after they were knocked over outside Wembley at the Euro finalCredit: AP
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    Watch ten Uefa goal of the season contenders including Alli bicycle kick, Pogba stunner and Schick from halfway line

    WATCH Uefa’s TEN contenders for 2020-21 Goal of the Season – including stunners from Dele Alli, Paul Pogba and Patrik Schick.Ahead of the 2021-22 season, check out all ten efforts – including some stunners from the Champions League and Euro 2020.
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    MEHDI TAREMI
    Chelsea vs PORTO – April 13, 2021
    Sub Taremi scored an acrobatic overhead kick in the 93rd minute of Porto’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
    The goal was in vain though, as Chelsea reached the semis 2-1 on aggregate.
    Taremi scored a superb overhead kick against Chelsea in the Champions League quartersCredit: Getty
    Schick scored from the halfway line at Euro 2020 as Czech Republic beat ScotlandCredit: The Sun
    PATRIK SCHICK
    Scotland vs CZECH REPUBLIC – June 14, 2021
    Schick had already give the Czechs the lead in their Euro 2020 Group D clash at Hampden Park when he left jaws on the floor with a goal from the halfway line.
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    Roofe scored a long-range effort of his own from well over 50 yards in the Europa LeagueCredit: BT Sport
    Standard Liege vs RANGERS – October 22, 2020
    Roofe scored a truly outrageous effort from 54.6 yards out – the longest-range goal in Europa League history during Rangers’ group stage game against the Belgians.
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    GERMANY U21s vs Holland U21s – June 3, 2021
    In the European Under-21 Championship semi-final, Wirtz scored a sublime goal from the edge of the box to send Germany to the final – which they won.
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    DELE ALLI
    Alli showed off his athleticism with a superb overhead kick in the Europa LeagueCredit: The Sun
    TOTTENHAM vs Wolfsberger – February 24, 2021
    Alli, out of the team for much of the season, scored a sensational overhead kick in the 4-0 mauling of Wolfsberger as Spurs stormed into the Europa League last 16.
    LORENZO INSIGNE
    Insigne scored a gorgeous solo goal as Italy moved past Belgium at Euro 2020Credit: Getty
    Belgium vs ITALY – July 2, 2021
    The Italian scored one of the best goals of Euro 2020 after running from the halfway line before curling home an unstoppable shot as the eventual champions KO’d Belgium in the last 16.
    PAUL POGBA
    Pogba’s screamer for France against Switzerland turned out to be in vain as they lost to SwitzerlandCredit: AFP
    FRANCE vs Switzerland – June 28, 2021
    Seemingly sealing a last 16 win over Switzerland, Pogba curled home a sumptuous, long-range strike to put France 3-1 up.
    The Swiss fought back to force extra-time, though – and would eventually win on penalties.
    SARAH ZADRAZIL
    Zazrazil scored a long-range beauty as Bayern Munich lost to ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Chelsea vs BAYERN MUNICH – May 2, 2021
    Zadrazil smashed home a screamer from 25 yards which swerved and crashed into the net off the underside of the bar.
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    FERRAO
    BARCELONA vs Dobovec – April 28, 2021
    In the quarter-finals of the Futsal Champions League, Ferrao unleashed a quality volley as Barca beat their Slovenian rivals 2-0.
    Paulinho completed an amazing team move during Braga’s six-goal thriller against LeicesterCredit: Getty
    PAULINHO
    BRAGA vs Leicester – November 26, 2020
    Paulinho fired home following a superb team move in a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Europa League group stage.
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    Ministers ‘want independent review’ over scenes of chaos at Wembley during Euro 2020 final as emergency talks held

    MINISTERS are calling for an independent body to take over the FA’s investigation into last week’s chaos at Wembley in light of corruption allegations.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has already called in Mark Bullingham, the FA’s Chief Executive, for crisis talks after reports emerged hooligans bribed matchday officials to let them in during last weekend’s Euro 2020 final.
    Around 5,000 hooligans bulldozed through security barriers and personnel to enter Wembley last SundayCredit: Reuters
    The FA has promised a thorough investigation, but Westminster says an independent body should be in chargeCredit: Getty
    The minister was forced into action following a Times probe that found multiple security breaches and stewards being paid thousands to let ticketless fans in.
    This comes as a row heats up over the UK’s ability to host the 2030 World Cup after thousands of ticketless fans bulldozed through security barriers and personnel during the England-Italy final last Sunday.
    The Times’ investigation found six breaches of disabled entrance and exit doors and says it has evidence of more.
    There are also claims security were pocketing thousands of pounds to open emergency exit.
    The hooligans are reported to have assaulted Italy fans, smuggled in cocaine, and continued their streak of violence long after the match finished.
    Trust between Westminster and the footballing body has gotten so frayed that Dowden ordered Bullingham in for emergency talks last Monday.
    Dowden wants the FA to hand over control of its investigation of the incident to an independent body, but stopped short of ordering a fully independent inquiry.
    One inside source told The Times: “Ministers were deeply concerned and want there to be thorough examination of the decisions made to ensure such shaming scenes are never repeated.
    “They think someone independent should review what happened.”
    The FA has promised to “carry out a full review and investigation” and highlighted staffing number were higher than what was required for the night.
    It also hit out at “people who illegally forced their way into the stadium”.
    ‘WE’VE JIBBED WEMBEY BEFORE’
    Some hooligans entered by tailgating ticket holders through turnstiles while others bribed security staff.
    One hooligan, called Dominic, said corruption among matchday officials was so rampant that “jibbers” – people who cunningly acquire an item with the exchange of cash – were shopping around to get the best prices.
    “We’ve jibbed Wembley before and thought because of the empty seats there would be no real issue.”
    “It’s well known that Wembley is probably the easiest jib in the business,” he continued.
    He and a friend were set to pay a steward £150 each to enter but decided to rush through with the crowds instead.
    “We approached a few [stewards] outside the ground and one or two came up to us but they wanted too much,” he told The Times.
    He said ticketless fans were thrown out of disabled entrances by stewards only to be “left to try [it] again”.
    Two 18-year-old stewards from east London have so far been arrested after allegedly advertising their passes on Facebook.
    They have both been released under investigation.
    Ten men are wanted by police in connection with the chaos caused at Wembley Stadium last SundayCredit: PA
    This comes as cops released pictures of ten men wanted in connection to the storming of the stadium.
    The Met Police issued an appeal for help identifying “those who we think have questions to answer”.
    An estimated 5,000 ticketless thugs barged and blagged their way into Wembley Stadium last Sunday in an attempt to watch the game between England and Italy.
    Crowds of people were filmed streaming up Wembley’s outer stairwells ahead of the match, which saw England defeated 3-2 in an agonising penalty shootout.
    The Met Police said in a statement that after the match “officers began the painstaking process of reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV and body-worn video content from Wembley Stadium and other key locations”.

    It added: “The meticulous investigation will continue to identify further people of interest or indeed other offences which may have occurred.”
    Anyone who can identify the people in the released images is urged to contact the police.
    Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson, from the Met’s Public Order Crime Team, said: “Following the scenes of disorder both at Wembley Stadium and in central London, we made a commitment that those responsible would face consequences. More