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Pep Guardiola the frustrated antihero seeks out drama at Manchester City

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Never, ever get comfortable. Watching Pep-era Manchester City cruise through the past five years of beautifully engineered success, backed by perhaps the most supportive, frictionless, economically impregnable environ...

Jimmy Greaves: peerless player whose legacy is etched in football history

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Farewell, dan, Jimmy. Sporting celebrities come and go but Greaves, who has died at the age of 81, was something different, not just a peerless English goalscorer but a footballer who remained etched in the memory of...

We should relish results that jolt the toxic Ronaldo and Messi fanfare

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When talking about Young Boys of Berne, who are always funny, and always funny in exactly the same way, it is important to remember that Young Boys are in on the joke. In fact it was their joke in the first place, the...

Anfield offers reminder of its magical power on Liverpool rollercoaster ride

24 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

“Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, exchanging darts and overloads, as the crowd generated that rolling surge of heat an...

Tokyo says goodbye to the Games with grace and sense of relief

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Farewell then, Tokyo 2020. On a sweltering night at the Olympic Stadium, Japan said goodbye to its troubled, quietly glorious Games with a closing ceremony that was by turns elegant, sombre and hilariously unbound. No...

Kindness and control freakery: life inside the Tokyo Olympic experience

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Crouched behind a bush in the shadow of the vast Tokyo Big Sight building, the bearded American man from the small Ukrainian magazine said: “I’m writing an article about smoking at the Olympics.” A little ragged, a li...

ROC’s Olympic successes mean ‘absent’ Russia are more present than ever

29 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

We will ROC you! Let’s face, it the retro-cold war touches dripping away at the back of Tokyo 2020 were always likely to run hot at some point. In the end it took a particularly ticklish men’s backstroke 200m to turn ...

GB rowers swerve off course as era of Olympic dominance starts to sink

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Swerving off course, veering out of its lane at the last. Sport loves a metaphor. As Britain’s Olympic rowers reeled off a series of wholehearted but ultimately disappointing finishes at the Tokyo 2020 waterfront it w...

Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka highlight the untenable pressures of Big Sport

28 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

There are so many well-worn quotes about sport and pressure. Pressure makes diamonds. Pressure is for tyres. The greatest pressure is the pressure we put on ourselves. People often say cliches exist because they’re tr...

Ellen White’s flash of subtle brilliance lights up Team GB’s sluggish display

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For long periods in Sapporo, as this Group E game between Japan and Team GB meandered and sagged at the edges, Ellen White did very little of note. White moved into useful spaces, found interesting angles and offered ...

The Olympics are here, for better or worse: time to get on with the show

33 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Unloved, uncertain, but somehow oddly unstoppable. Tokyo 2020 is finally at the door, a little weathered and wild, a year out of whack, skinny hand rapping at the knocker. It turns out this really is going to happen a...

Gold medals are illusory, world-class public facilities should be the goal

33 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

There was a memorable moment at the emotional zenith of the London Olympics, back in that strange time when it seemed so vitally important the home Games was a success, so deeply shocking that George Michael played “n...

England the country – not the football team – needs to take a look at itself

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And so, back to black. The Wembley gates have been rushed. Anthems have been booed, stewards punched, murals defaced, racism paraded across social media. The lads are gacked up on Cake and Russel Dust outside Bella Pa...

England suffer cruel defeat but Gareth Southgate and his players lit up the summer

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It was nearly complete, it was nearly so sweet. But it was, lest we forget, still sweet all the same. Italy and not England are the champions of Europe after a gruelling, draining, occasionally wild Euro 2020 final wa...

Engeland verwag: keep calm and glory is close for a side built on certainty

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Engeland verwag. But what exactly? As Gareth Southgate’s England team prepare for the biggest game of their lives, on Sunday night, kick-off 8pm, there is something a little different about the tides of energy and noi...

Gareth Southgate’s special qualities can be lost amid political squabbles

24 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

At the end of England’s semi-final victory against Denmark Gareth Southgate appeared on the Wembley pitch and walked across to commune with the England fans. A bit frazzled, but still dapper and trim and looking, as e...

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