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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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How the Indian Premier League clean bowled English T20 cricket | Barney Ronay

It is fascinating to recall now that when Twenty20 was starting out there were real questions about who would come to colonise this new worldThe weather forecast for Birmingham this weekend isn’t messing about. Usually weather in this country is descri…

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Is it too late to halt football’s final descent into a dystopian digital circus? | Barney Ronay

The game now is a homogenised, unceasing, geographically non-specific substance in which fans are not required and TV has total controlGradually, then suddenly. This is how history tends to work, a process in which most of the time things don’t happen,…

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Liverpool force Arsenal into familiar stranglehold in glimpse of old times | Barney Ronay

Andy Robertson summed up Liverpool’s triumph of will as they overwhelmed Arsenal in the season’s best opening half-hourWelcome back, then, English football; or at least something that looked quite a bit like it. For long periods this was another strang…

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The Dele-José story is far from over but the fear is Alli may have peaked at 21 | Barney Ronay

Tottenham midfielder’s talent shone brightly against Real Madrid three years ago – but when Mourinho starts calling you talented you need to worryLast year Sport England announced it would be spending £85m on The Talent Plan For England. The idea behin…

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Never waste a crisis: Covid-19 trauma can force sport to change for good | Barney Ronay

Elite sport will be fine in the end but the entire structure needs rethinking and taxpayers’ money should go to the grassroots Pack up the flags. Close the turnstiles. Cover the plastic seats with an inspirational tarpaulin. The gates are being closed….

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Liverpool’s peerless front three strike familiar tone to overwhelm Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Sadio Mané, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino combined to stunning effect to remind us they remain the standard-settersLiverpool haven’t signed any quality attackers. Liverpool are overly reliant on their front three. Liverpool need a genuine centre-forward…

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Frank Lampard’s blue privilege will go only so far against self-made Klopp | Barney Ronay

Backed by a clutch of costly summer arrivals, the bristling Chelsea manager must back his jibes with results “Only title you’ve won and you’re giving it the big ’un.”There were some fascinating shades to the touchline stramash between Frank Lampard and…

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Masterstroke or mistake? Who cares, Bale’s return to Spurs is intoxicating | Barney Ronay

The man in the YouTube reels may be seven years older but this is the kind of modern football moment too good not to enjoy As a long-term observer it is always tempting to look out for moments that capture the essence of modern football, those single i…

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Magical Marcelo Bielsa transforms Anfield into a delirious dreamscape | Barney Ronay

Leeds went toe to toe with the champions in a majestic opening half-hour that broke all the rules of football as we know itOh yes, you can definitely come again. This was, frankly, a bonkers game of football. At 5.30pm Michael Oliver blew the starting …

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s 101 Portugal goals a product of unceasing appetite | Barney Ronay

In passing an international century, Ronaldo has constructed a monument to himself that may never be surpassedEat, sleep, score against Armenia, repeat. And repeat. Then repeat again for the next 13 years until there are no more rungs left to climb, an…

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Welcome to a new Premier League season – a journey without maps

The top flight is ready to kick off again and if the bubble remains intact we may even have a two- or three-way title raceTo everything there is a season. And to some of those seasons, a subsequent season that follows the mini-season that followed the …

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England’s attacking riches wasted by Southgate’s paranoia football | Barney Ronay

The manager’s conservative style against Denmark shows stodginess is becoming his side’s defining flawJust before half-time in Copenhagen on Tuesday night Conor Coady could be heard shouting “Don’t get bored!” at his England teammates as they shuttled …

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Foden and Greenwood were stupid but let’s keep some perspective | Barney Ronay

Such a transgression in the era of Covid-19 will bring with it extra opprobrium but this is just young people doing what they have always doneBreaking news from Reykjavik: young people get bored and do silly things. Hold the front page, back page and i…

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Raheem Sterling the shining light in lacklustre England display | Barney Ronay

The Manchester City forward has matured as an international player by doing the things he knows he is very good atSquint a little and there was something weirdly retro about England’s victory in Iceland on Saturday night. This was a painful occasion fo…

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Phil Foden struggles to find his rhythm in England’s offbeat midfield | Barney Ronay

The England debutant showed only flashes of craft in a game where graft was the deciding factorIceland in September: still cold enough to give you the shivers. Four years on from the Gothic horrors of Nice 2016 England came to Reykjavik looking for cat…

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Reduced crowds at sport feel like a halfway-house destined to collapse | Barney Ronay

Surrey’s staff did an admirable job in preparing for the return of spectators but our sporting spaces were not designed for this“They choppered in the T-bones and the beer and turned it into a beach party. But the more they tried to make it like home, …

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Reduced crowds at sport feel like a halfway-house destined to collapse | Barney Ronay

Surrey’s staff did an admirable job in preparing for the return of spectators but our sporting spaces were not designed for this“They choppered in the T-bones and the beer and turned it into a beach party. But the more they tried to make it like home, …

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Reduced crowds at sport feel like a halfway-house destined to collapse | Barney Ronay

Surrey’s staff did an admirable job in preparing for the return of spectators but our sporting spaces were not designed for this“They choppered in the T-bones and the beer and turned it into a beach party. But the more they tried to make it like home, …

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Gareth Southgate’s constantly evolving England begin new journey | Barney Ronay

With fewer games behind them and more in quick succession ahead, this is no time for a young squad to pauseWelcome back, then, to the age of constant revolution. Remind me. Where were we again? There has been a temptation to see something comfortingly …

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Imagine the impact if Premier League players followed the NBA’s protest lead | Barney Ronay

Imagine footballers turning their shared scrutiny towards the power their existing club owners wield – such as the Trump supporters at Manchester United, Arsenal and Crystal PalaceAnd fade to black. There is a beautiful simplicity to the current protes…