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Berbatov v Mihaylov and the battle for Bulgarian football’s future

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Two years ago, almost to the day, Bulgarian football made headlines for all the wrong reasons. On the pitch Bulgaria lost 6-0 to England in a record home defeat. Off the pitch, in the stands of the Vasil Levski stadiu...

Newcastle United sale is a new low in football’s corruption by money

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Barney Ronay is right that “English football has reached a particular kind of extreme” by agreeing to the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United (Newcastle’s Saudi takeover will cause faux morality of football to collapse...

Miro Rys: US football’s first teenage star was killed before his prime

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During a locker room celebration after a World Cup qualifying win over Canada on 20 ottobre 1976, Miro Rys could not have been more elated. The 19-year-old striker not only scored the opener of the US’s 2-0 triumph bu...

TV stasera: how former players have stood up to football’s racism

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As anyone with a passing interest in football will know, the furore over the taking of the knee is the tip of a vast iceberg. The presenter of this fine documentary, Beniamino Sofonia, has fallen back in love with f...

Football’s coming home: legal right to retrieve a lost ball in Belgium

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The problem of the grumpy neighbour who refuses to return a wayward ball over a fence will be a thing of the past in Belgium. A partire dal 1 settembre, anyone who accidentally kicks or throws their ball into a neighbour’s gar...

It was only yesterday we saved football’s soul. We might be losing it again

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It was like the football version of the race between Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos to be the first dick in space. The race, questo è, to pull off the most stratospheric transfer deal. Di giovedì, Chelsea announced th...

Football’s Olympic status is too much of a joke for it to remain in the Games

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Nine years ago, I had a front-row seat at the Olympic Stadium in London for what would become known as Super Saturday. The ley lines of that evening are now firmly etched into the sporting lore of the UK: the triumpha...

May I have a word about… English football’s 55 years of hurt

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Now that the footballing side of things is out of the way at Euro 2020, a small inquiry: when exactly did England become such an anguished nation? If I saw one headline with the word “redemption” in it, I saw a dozen....

Football’s coming to Rome? Italy fans look to Wembley showdown

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Tens of thousands of English football fans at Wembley tried to send a message to Italy on Wednesday night: Sunday’s Euro 2020 final will be hell for the Azzurri. Italians heard the deafening cheers of the home support...

Stripped-back Euro 2020 signals football’s shift away from cult of celebrity

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As he strides the chinchilla-fur walkways of his personal quarters, power-snacking off moon rock and filtered grasshopper tears, and breaking now and then from his daily round of 12,000 neck-crunches for a 40-minute p...

Who are international football’s ultimate one-goal wonders?

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“After a few beers my mates and I wondered if Kieran Trippier is the best ‘one-goal wonder’ in international football or has a player scored his only international goal in the World Cup final?” tweets Andy Brook. Trip...

Jürgen Klinsmann: ‘We were singing Football’s Coming Home at Euro 96’

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Jürgen Klinsmann is arranging a 25th-anniversary celebration for Germany’s victorious Euro 96 squad this September. Despite everything – the humiliating exit from the last World Cup, il 6-0 drubbing by Spain, the hom...

What are football’s fastest returns from relegation to European glory?

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“Villarreal were relegated in 2012. Is that the quickest time from relegation to winning a major European trophy?” asks Paul Savage. There were plenty of replies to this one, and the Yellow Submarines were by no means...

After football’s revolt, where is the outcry over golf’s Saudi-led breakaway?

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People often ask about the difference in media approach between top-level footballers and golfers at an identical level. The widespread understanding would be that football players, bereft of educational qualification...

Cricket unites to join British football’s weekend boycott of social media

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English and Welsh cricket will join this weekend’s boycott of social media by football clubs and players in a show of solidarity against online racism and discrimination. The England and Wales Cricket Board will be jo...

Chaos and collapse: European football’s not-so-super league – podcast

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Plans for a breakaway super league rocked European football this week as fans, politicians and the game’s governing bodies united in fury. After two chaotic days, the whole scheme had collapsed. David Conn looks back ...

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