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The competition was founded as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The deal was worth around £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with Sky and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league is a corporation in which the member clubs act as shareholders, and generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.Clubs were apportioned central payment revenues of £2.4 billion in 2016–17, with a further £343 million in solidarity payments to English Football League (EFL) clubs.

Rooney: I'd 'lock myself away and just drink' to cope with pressure

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Wayne Rooney has admitted he often turned to alcohol during his first few years at Manchester United to cope with the pressure that weighed on him as a young, high-profile footballer.The 36-year-old, who's now manager of troubled Championship club...

How Guardiola corrected Manchester City's Champions League problems

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Pep Guardiola's decision to pick a three-man defense and plug the midfield for last season's Champions League elimination to Lyon was jarring.It was at odds with Manchester City's usual attacking style. It seemed to confuse the players. The Spaniard...

Alcantara is not suitable for Liverpool

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Liverpool fans were extremely happy when Thiago Alcantara completed his transfer from Bayern Munich for 20 million in September last year. The Spanish international was named one of the best midfielders in the world after helping Bayern Munich win the...

Mourinho: I do not think Lampard would like to talk to me

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Jose Mourinho does not think he should contact Frank Lampard after his dismissal from Chelsea, because he thinks the Englishman would not want such a thing. The Blues decided to fire the 42-year-old on Monday, while Thomas Tuchel is expected...

7 thoughts from the Euro 2020 quarterfinals

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The Euro 2020 quarterfinal stage is in the books. Below, we examine the biggest takeaways from another enthralling round of matches, and look ahead to the semifinals on tap next week.Good day for the goalkeepers' unionYann Sommer. Unai Simon....

5 takeaways from the Premier League's Boxing Day fixtures

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theScore dissects the biggest talking points from a busy Boxing Day slate in the Premier League.Rodgers struggles with 'Gaard dutyLeicester City disintegrated against Liverpool in Wednesday's League Cup fixture. They lost on penalties after surrendering a two-goal lead, and...

Ronaldo reaches 5th World Cup, Portugal ends North Macedonia's hopes

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Portugal did what Italy couldn't do: beat North Macedonia for a place at the 2022 World Cup.A Selecao punched their ticket to Qatar with a straightforward 2-0 victory in Tuesday's playoff final, ensuring Cristiano Ronaldo will have at least...

Arsenal is offered the opportunity to transfer Eriksen, PSG and Dortmund enter the race

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Inter have offered Arsenal the opportunity to buy midfielder Christian Eriksen, while Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund have also entered the race for the services of the unwanted Dane at the San Siro. But despite the possibility of offering the...

10 thoughts from the weekend's Premier League action

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theScore examines the most important Premier League developments from the weekend, dissecting the biggest talking points after a busy slate of action.Pep finally gets it right against TuchelThis was the first time Thomas Tuchel had faced Manchester City's strongest...

Winners and losers from Messi's uncomfortable compromise with Barca

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Ten days after Lionel Messi's astonishing request to leave Barcelona on a free transfer, and we're back to where we started: Messi is still a Barcelona player.But it wouldn't be a debacle without wounding egos and damaging reputations, or...

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Zidane: This was not a football match, it had to be...

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Real Madrid equalized goalless with Osasuna in the 18th week of La Liga, which made it impossible for them to grab the top of...

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