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Barcelona’s Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar too good for Juventus

Luis Suárez celebrates his goal for Barcelona v Juventus - Champions League final

Just when the rolling tide was black and white, when it was Juventus’s players imploring their fans to raise the volume, as if they even needed asking, when the nerves were Barcelona’s and the tension was rising, just moments after Leo Messi appeared to be struggling, the stride slow and the brow heavy, he was […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

How Barcelona’s Luis Enrique proved everyone wrong – and ended the hunting season

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Luis Enrique declared hunting season open in the first week of November and it lasted well into the new year. Barcelona had just been beaten at home by Celta de Vigo, the first time the Galicians had ever won at the Camp Nou, and the Catalans’ coach, who had watched the criticism grow almost from […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Arsenal’s Wilshere in foul-mouthed anti-Spurs outburst on FA Cup parade

Jack Wilshere has been reminded of his responsibilities by Arsenal after leading foul-mouthed songs mocking Tottenham Hotspur following an open-top bus parade to celebrate winning the FA Cup. Wilshere took the microphone outside the Emirates Stadium, with the rest of the squad alongside him, and shouted to thousands of Arsenal fans below: “I have one […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United evolution: who stays and who goes

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Definitely staying Víctor Valdés Age 33 Games last season 2 Valdés describes Louis van Gaal as the “most important person” in his career after the Dutchman handed him his debut at Barcelona in 2002 so he has a chance of being the next first-choice goalkeeper. Was shaky under the high ball in Sunday’s full debut […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Radamel Falcao: a fallen superhero who deserves sympathy, not scorn

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Just over a year ago Radamel Falcao walked into a room in Madrid to greet a cluster of schoolboys flown over from Colombia to meet their hero. One of them, a 12-year-old boy who had built his own museum dedicated to the player back at home in Bogotá, was so overcome to see his icon […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

England Under-21s: Harry Kane in European Championship squad

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been included in the England squad for the 2015 European Under-21 Championship. West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Burnley forward Danny Ings are also named in the squad, but Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw is left out. Gareth Southgate’s England side have won 13 of their last 14 matches. The […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Leeds United set to approach Uwe Rösler to take over from Neil Redfearn

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Uwe Rösler is a leading contender to be appointed Leeds United’s head coach, despite Neil Redfearn not yet having left the club. Rösler is among a number of individuals whom Massimo Cellino has considered in recent days. The German has been out of work since leaving Wigan Athletic in November, having also managed Brentford from […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger: £5bn TV deal has caused Uefa’s climbdown on FFP

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Arsène Wenger believes that Uefa has caved in over the robustness of its financial fair play regulations because of pressure from Europe’s top clubs, who have been uneasy about the Premier League’s new £5.14bn TV deal. The Arsenal manager was reacting to the comments of Michel Platini, the Uefa president, who said that the governing […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

QPR appoint Chris Ramsey as permanent head coach until 2018

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Chris Ramsey has been charged with overseeing the long-term rebuilding of Queens Park Rangers following his permanent appointment as head coach, but will do so without the club’s leading goalscorer this term, Charlie Austin, as Southampton lead the race for his signature. The QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, confirmed on Tuesday that Ramsey has signed a […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »

Raheem Sterling has exposed flaws in Liverpool’s desire to play fair Andy Hunter Andy Hunter

Raheem Sterling with his daughter and a supporters' award

The news will have struck with force in Boston and might, just might, prompt Fenway Sports Group to revise the strategy it has pursued at Liverpool since acquiring the club at the high court in October 2010. We are talking of Michel Platini’s announcement that Uefa is easing its rules on financial fair play, of […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Football,Sport | Read More »