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‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

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It was a big moment for English football talent when Real Madrid poached Paul Burgess from Arsenal in 2009. After starting his career at Blackpool FC, Burgess had arrived at the north London club in 1999, rising to pr...

Let’s be having you! Which football team has the best famous fans?

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It didn’t take more than a few minutes after the final whistle of the Champions League final last month for the cameras to find Liam Gallagher in the stands looking sad. It wasn’t really a surprise to see him in Porto...

TV football pundits accused of helping to push gambling on young fans

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A viral social media campaign featuring high-profile BBC and ITV football pundits has been accused of normalising betting among the young and encouraging problem gambling during the Euro 2020 tournament. Sky Bet last ...

‘Wales away’: not just about football, but a bilingual counterculture too

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Dylan Llywelyn is one of the many friends I’ve made from watching Wales over the years, and he’s now in Azerbaijan for Wales’s first game of Euro 2020 against Switzerland. I asked him why he was making the effort. “In...

From Bend It Like Beckham to Diego Maradona: the best films about football

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Gurinder Chadha’s feelgood comedy was really the first film to get the hang of how to show football action on screen with loose-limbed energy and fun. Keira Knightley made her breakthrough as the up-and-coming footbal...

Euro 2020 countdown and the big Spurs search – Football Weekly Extra

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Max Rushden is joined by Marcus Bean, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, Mark Langdon and Sid Lowe to discuss the strongest Euro 2020 squads, Spain’s Covid outbreak and the potential of Paulo Fonseca taking over at Spurs ...

Krept and Konan make a football anthem for modern England

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Does rap music belong on an England football song? John Barnes would probably say yes given his success on 1990’s World in Motion by New Order. Since there’s been a distinct lack of football rap, but all that is chang...

Your ultimate Euro 2020 preview – Football Weekly

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Max Rushden is joined by Nicky Bandini, Lars Sivertsen, John Brewin and Marcus Christenson to preview every team at Euro 2020 How to listen to podcasts: everything you need t...

David Squires on … the unlikely Marxist takeover of English football

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Our cartoonist on the booing of England players taking a knee, radical leftist positions and Harry Maguire’s ankle Tue 8 Jun 2021 07.41 EDT

Southgate selections, booing and Euro 2020 ones to watch – Football Weekly

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Max Rushden is joined by Jonathan Wilson, Jacob Steinberg and Jonathan Fadugba to discuss England, Wales and Scotland’s final friendlies before the Euros, booing of the taking the knee and the National League play-off...

It’s not just football – it’s a barometer of diversity. Bring on the Euros…

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Last week, after more than a year of playing in empty stadiums, the England men’s football team finally walked out into the Riverside stadium in Middlesbrough in front of a small, socially distanced crowd. This warm-u...

From football T-shirts to Ikea orchids: this week’s fashion trends

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Orchid revival Designer Halston spent a reputed $40,000 a year on his. Luckily, Ikea does one for £6.50. Cor! mats With people opening up their homes, status doormats are the new potted plants. We like Off White, Hay ...

England waits on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury – Football Weekly Extra

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Ewan Murray, Ben Fisher and Philippe Auclair to discuss the midweek international friendlies How to listen to podcasts: everything...

Now is the time for football fans to cheer when players take the knee

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It was at the League One play-off final on Sunday when I experienced it for myself. We were getting ready for the game, going through the now familiar pre-match ritual of players taking the knee, when there was a roar...

England’s squad selected and arrivederci Ancelotti – Football Weekly

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Jonathan Wilson and Andy Hunter to discuss the England squad, Ancelotti’s departure from Everton, the Copa America in turmoil and more ...

Caglar Soyuncu: trailblazing defender who transformed Turkish football

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This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries...

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