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Is Jimmy Anderson the GOAT? Who cares, just enjoy him while you can | Barney Ronay

Overhauling Glenn McGrath’s Test tally has sparked a long and ultimately futile debate among England cricket fans this week when we should just be marvelling at the man in question“I think constantly of those who were truly great,” Stephen Spender wrot…

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England prepare to face the reality after beguiling midsummer dream | Barney Ronay

Spain are the visitors in the Nations League, the sort of side Gareth Southgate’s players struggled against at the World CupIt’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the 55 members of Uefa’s inaugural Nations League …

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Meet Nice José: Mourinho’s radical rebrand seems like a welcome move | Barney Ronay

After the Special One and the Grumpy One, the Manchester United manager’s new direction appears to be a popular oneThere may have been more rivetingly awkward televised football interviews in the last few seasons than José Mourinho’s rivetingly awkward…

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The Ben Stokes affair: a dismal tale of power without responsibility | Barney Ronay

No English cricketer has got so rich so fast but the all-rounder’s figures do not add up to a career as successful as it should beA few months ago a study was published warning against the use of hand dryers in public lavatories because of the high den…

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Liverpool can ensure Premier League is not eternal lap of honour for City | Barney Ronay

Now the white noise of the ‘non-football’ season has finished the Premier League needs Jürgen Klopp’s side to make the next eight months feel less predictableWell, at least that’s all over. Anyone who loves football will of course hate the transfer win…

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Hair of Hleb, essence of Bischoff but when will we see the real Ramsey? | Barney Ronay

Post-Wenger era at Arsenal gives the semi-explored player the chance to become the complete midfielder under EmeryHow can I begin anything new with all of yesterday inside me, a wise man once wrote: not talking about Arsenal in the post-Wenger days but…

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Four weeks of endless drama in Russia has re-energised World Cup | Barney Ronay

After a tournament that was gripping from start to finish with thrilling matches, marvellous midfielders, the rebirth of England and VAR controversy, Qatar has a lot to live up toThank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrill…

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Barney Ronay’s World Cup diary: ‘It’s been a wonderful tournament’

A missed birthday, the growth of Gareth, ‘dishwashing’ clothes and stacks of Serrano ham all topped with a little Swiss cheese feature in a frenetic final week for our Russian roverSundayThe walls are shaking. Fireworks pop. In Samara, where England ha…

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Tangled up in queues: Fifa’s World Cup media scrum spotlights obsession | Barney Ronay

The Wait List – and the frantic ticket-seeking scrum surrounding it – is a window into the Fifa machine and its ability to wring every last drop from a global passionAnd what did you see my blue eyed son? And what did you see my darling young ones? I s…

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Quaresma chooses liberation over conformity with the outside of his boot | Barney Ronay

Football does not value to the skill the forward showed against Iran but the World Cup should be an outlet for the unboundThere was a moment on Monday night in Kazan, as Ricardo Quaresma veered in off the right wing towards the Iran goal, shifting the …

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From Wayne to Kane: England excel after ditching Mr Big Stuff mentality | Barney Ronay

Since Rooney retired England are unbeaten and full of goals – and Kane is the perfect star of a team built without starrinessAs the final whistle was blown at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Kyle Walker grabbed the match ball and smashed it in a gleeful ar…

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Don’t believe the bad hype: even with José Mourinho, RT is actually good TV | Barney Ronay

Kremlin’s state-funded English language TV station is derided for its more sinister motives but its World Cup coverage has largely proved a pleasant surpriseTwo things in Russia are fairly constant. First, there is the scale. In St Petersburg I stayed …

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Don’t believe the bad hype: even with José Mourinho, RT is actually good TV | Barney Ronay

Kremlin’s state-funded English language TV station is derided for its more sinister motives but its World Cup coverage has largely proved a pleasant surpriseTwo things in Russia are fairly constant. First, there is the scale. In St Petersburg I stayed …

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If you value the Guardian’s World Cup coverage, we’d love you to support it

Our senior sports writer Barney Ronay explains how you can help keep the Guardian’s football coverage in play• Support the GuardianHere we go then. Russia 2018 is upon us: another impossibly exciting, complex, wild-looking Fifa World Cup. And in its sh…

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World Cup beauty and outrage takes on the dizzying oddity of Russia | Barney Ronay

Over the next five weeks the greatest show on earth will again show it has the power to enthral, kicking aside Fifa’s tarnished reputation and the murkiness of Vladimir Putin’s regimeWelcome, once again, to the world. Eight years, $19bn and two terms i…

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Daniel Bell-Drummond: ‘We want people from all backgrounds coming to cricket clubs’

Daniel Bell-Drummond talks of his ambition to climb into the Test top order as well as to develop cricket in low-income areasDaniel Bell-Drummond does not get recognised much as he walks around his home streets in Catford, south-east London. In fact he…

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Danny Rose’s story suggests that we should take extra care of athletes | Barney Ronay

Depression can afflict sportsmen and women more than the average person despite the healthy sheen they present so oftenWhen a well-known sports person speaks publicly about their struggles with depression it is a reflex response to talk about how a sho…

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AB de Villiers departs and leaves a Picasso-sized hole in cricket | Barney Ronay

AB de Villiers learned his craft before T20 was invented but made the game look easy, regardless of the formatIt seems odd now but English people really did used to hate Pablo Picasso, godfather of cubism and the great all-format all-rounder of 20th ce…

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Liverpool and Real Madrid prepare for battle of attack-minded aristocracy | Barney Ronay

Expect some sparkling fare from two great clubs who between them have claimed almost a third of all European CupsIls sont les meilleurs.Sie sind die Besten. Continue reading…

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Jos Buttler’s recall is a decadent pick that’s perfect for our times | Barney Ronay

It might seem odd that English sport’s great invisible superstar is back in the Test team on the back of his Indian Premier League status but his selection is bold and sensibleEvery year in the US five people die and 10 million dollars of damage i…