Uefa is well aware of the depth of the tensions that exist between Azerbaijan and Armenia. There may even be some culture buffs at Uefa who read a report in February in the art journal Hyperallergic, which claimed that over the last 30 years the Azerbaijani government has engaged in the systematic destruction of traces of the country’s Armenian heritage, including Unesco-protected monuments, on a scale beyond that of the Islamic State’s dynamiting of Palmyra in the Syrian desert. … [Read more...] about Why did Uefa hand Azerbaijan hosting rights for the Europa League final?
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The Chelsea defender Blundell has been an important part of the division’s tightest defence, which has conceded only 12 times in 18 games. The forward Cuthbert has chipped in with six goals and four assists for Emma Hayes’s third-placed side, with the South Korea midfielder So-yun contributing five goals and two assists. … [Read more...] about PFA Women’s Team of the Year: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate
Yeovil in search of sustainability Birmingham finished fourth, just two points behind Chelsea and 13 ahead of Reading in fifth, after ending their campaign with a 2-0 win at Yeovil. It’s quite an achievement given that they don’t have anything like the resources of the three teams above them, and had to cope with a change of manager in the middle of the season. They have been very consistent, always hard to break down, and have consistently ground out positive results. They also give chances to young British talent such as Charlie Wellings, the 20-year-old who scored both their goals. They have a good mix of experience and youth, and clearly intend to sustain their standard of football by developing players. Yeovil meanwhile will drop back to semi-professional level at the end of a disappointing season both on and off the pitch. They should have gone into the campaign with a business plan robust enough to last the full season, but somehow it hasn’t worked out. … [Read more...] about Nikita Parris’s Manchester City exit a worry but United are ready for big time
The Nerazzurri are not typically so shy. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez sit third and fifth in scoring charts, respectively. Sometimes it is just not your day, although Inter have had a few such experiences lately. Four draws in six games have allowed Juventus to pull four points clear at the top. Lazio, too, can move ahead if they win their game in hand. … [Read more...] about Ciro Immobile makes Sampdoria suffer as Lazio join Serie A title race