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Joe Hart has Man City training pitch named in his honour

As of Friday, the goalkeeper training pitch at the Manchester City Football Academy will be known as the "Joe Hart pitch".

And just as the club did for Yaya Toure, City will mark the occasion by also unveiling a special custom mosaic of Hart on a plinth next to the pitch. 

What is more, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will join the 31-year-old and his family after City's game against Hart's Burnley on Saturday to present him with a replica of the mosaic and a lifetime season ticket.

Hart represented...

Liga MX W2W4 - America, Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul vie for first place

A battered Estadio Azteca hosts Club America and Tijuana

You don't expect to talk about the state of a pitch as the main storyline for a mid-season Liga MX game. Unfortunately, the horrendous work done on the Estadio Azteca pitch, spearheaded by a Costa Rican company last summer, has yielded more than its share of controversy for producing subpar conditions this season. Just when it looked like the pitch had recovered, a Shakira concert earlier this week held on the stadium grass has left it reeling...

Forget Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo: Krzysztof Piatek leads Europe's top five leagues in goals

Krzysztof Piatek now has eight goals in six games, after scoring twice against Frosinone at Stadio Benito Stirpe to earn three points for Genoa.
Maurizio Sarri feels Eden Hazard is the best player in Europe following his hat trick display against Cardiff City.

Forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi -- there are some new names challenging for the European Golden Boot this season.

Three of Europe's top five leagues -- La Liga, the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 -- have leading marksmen that few would have predicted at the beginning of the campaign. And while there are some familiar names topping the scoring charts in France, most of the chasing pack may not be as recognizable.

Last season, household names led the scoring charts...

Premier League quarter-season awards: Hazard, Lucas, Ramsey steal the show

One quarter of the way in, the 2018-19 Premier League season is shaping up to be among the division's best campaigns. There is a genuine title race -- Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea share first place after eight games -- plus plenty of competitive teams with, as I wrote in a recent column ranking styles of play, various managers reshaping their sides effectively to find a true identity. 

Here are some awards, based on the best we have seen so far.

Best player: Eden Hazard

Hazard has been...

Transfer Rater: Neymar to Barcelona, Marcus Rashford to Juventus

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Alberto Moreno to Arsenal

The Liverpool left-back has indicated that he is not going to sign a new deal at the club and will leave when his contract expires at the end of...

Marcelo Bielsa funds player hotel with games room, BBQ balcony for Newell's Old Boys

Marcelo Bielsa's perfect start at Leeds United continued into the Carabao Cup, with his side holding off Bolton to reach the second round.
Pontus Jansson's 88th minute header rescued an undeserved draw for Leeds who finished with 10 men following Luke Ayling's straight red card.
Mateusz Klich's excellent strike cancelled out a breathtaking Adam Reach goal as Leeds failed to extend their lead at the top of the Championship.
Newell's Old Boys fans still consider Marcelo Bielsa a legend
Marcelo Bielsa is already a club legend at Newell's Old Boys, who named their stadium after him in 2009.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is paying a reported  $2.5 million for a new training ground at Newell's Old Boys, which comes with a games room and a barbecue balcony, but insists he is "paying a debt" to his hometown club rather than a donation.

Bielsa's architect sister Maria Eugenia has designed a five-storey training complex for the Argentine side, which is due to open on Nov. 3 -- the day the of the club's 115th birthday -- and it will be paid for by the club legend. According...