An American guide to watching the 2019 Women’s World Cup final

(CNN)Ready to watch the United States take on the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final? Not only has the US team had a tremendous run, but it has courted controversy all along the way. From merciless takedowns to political jabs and even wild celebrations, the woman have shown they’re a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are Europe’s reigning champs. And they’re planning a fight for the ages. What will happen? You’ll have to tune in on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET to find out. Here are some suggestions on how to watch the showdown: If you’re feeling social… Sports bars are the way to go. Any pub, ale house, dive bar, saloon, speakeasy or tavern will …

Maradona and Naples created an unearthly and sometimes dark magic. I was there | Ed Vulliamy

A new documentary doesnt capture the way an underdog city both beatified and ensnared its favourite son, says former Guardian Italy correspondent Ed Vulliamy Sundays would begin and end at a bar called Bollicine bubbles behind Piazza Leopardi station in the Fuorigrotta quarter of Naples. It was kept by a man called Enzo Cosenza, who also led choreography and singing in the citys football stadium. Thats where we spent the time in between, across the span of two years with season tickets, watching Diego Maradona defy the laws of gravity and physics with a football. I was working in Rome, but commuting from Naples for romantic reasons, and I soon fell in love with Maradona as well. Ahead of Asif …

From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football

A special investigation into the racism crisis uncovers anger, despair and a warning that there will be an explosion unless the problem is tackled He was too shocked to talk, Sotirios Siminas says as he remembers trying to find out why one of his players was in tears at the end of a game that exposed the extent of the racism infecting the heart and soul of English football. Siminas, who coaches one of the under-12 boys teams at AFC Urmston Meadowside, in Manchester, can feel the anger rising. Six months on from that unpleasant Sunday morning, it is not easy listening to him explain what had happened to one of the children in his care. The other boys told …