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'Game's gone': 10 signs that modern football is out of control

Craig Burley chimes in how modern football is now 'out of control' with fans watching the game through their phones and players swapping shirts at halftime.

It's a phrase that can be heard whenever something happens in the football world that seems to be another step in the decline of the global game.

Everything from managers being sacked after a handful of matches to water breaks for players on hot days has been met with the same despairing resignation: "Game's gone."

But has the game gone? Or is it just the redundant cry of those who aren't willing to embrace change? Have a look at some of the odder elements of modern football and decide for...

UEFA unveil Euro 2020 mascot Skillzy: Is it among 5 best or worst of past tournaments?

Skillzy is a 'larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture'.

With qualification for the tournament now well and truly underway (live on ESPN+ in the U.S.), UEFA has revealed the official mascot for the 2020 European Championship.

Skillzy was unveiled in front of 55,000 fans on the pitch at the Amsterdam Arena ahead of Sunday night's qualifier between Netherlands and Germany.

According to UEFA, it's a "larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture".

Fans from all 12 Euro 2020 host nations are now invited to follow Skillzy on...

Tottenham's new stadium finally hosts first event, earns rave reviews from fans, media

Tottenham's new stadium cost over £1 billion, but boy are the first images impressive.

On Sunday the public finally got to enter and see the new state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and while the day came over eight months later than expected, the reviews were extremely positive and the images sublime. The stadium which was originally scheduled to open in September against Liverpool, has had its opening pushed back several times since but was opened Sunday for the first test event, a Tottenham Under-18s match with Southampton.

While the wait has dragged on too long...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic picks 'Zion' to win in his NCAA tournament bracket

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Pardon the Interruption to outline which MLS records he hopes to break and the responsibility of being named captain of LA Galaxy.
Darwin Quintero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlos Vela are amongst an elite group in Major League Soccer who both score and assist just as much.

This is Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second year in the United States, and he continues to adjust to the culture. The latest example? He's filled out an NCAA tournament bracket. Kinda.

Like many experts, the LA Galaxy forward seems to think Duke will win it all -- or rather, that "Zion" will, proof that Blue Devils star Zion Williamson has another high-profile admirer. (But don't discount the possibility that Zlatan, noted fan of Zlatan that he is, went to pen his own name as the champion before correcting...

Can you guess the famous father from the son on Father Day's in Europe?

It must be annoying having a famous dad, especially one who has achieved a lot in the game you're trying to make your own way in.

These guys have it tough, but can you guess who the father is from a picture of their son?

Griezmann Mbappe baby name ruled out because of 'likely harm to child'

Stevie Nicol addresses the latest rumours surrounding Jadon Sancho, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and more in Transfer Rater.

A French couple who attempted to name their new-born child Griezmann Mbappe as a tribute to two of France's World Cup winners have been thwarted by a judge.

In November, La Montagne reported that the couple, from Brive-la-Gaillarde, wanted to name their child in honour of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

But the Brive registrar said that was "against the child's best interests or infringing on the rights of third parties to protect their family name"...