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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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England and Spurs need to recognise that a half-fit Harry Kane is no use | Barney Ronay

Club and country must ease the burden on the striker who was rushed back from injury for the Champions League final and then unnecessarily taken to PortugalWith one minute gone in England’s Nations League play-off game in Guimarães, Harry Kane did some…

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Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmers for an icon fighting off the dusk | Barney Ronay

Portugal captain enters Nations League showdown knowing an undying drive cannot sustain his career for ever‘How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of many things across his…

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England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson made an appearance in Guimarães on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influenceBack in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally f…

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Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah meet as icons craving their first taste of nirvana | Barney Ronay

Champions League final’s star forwards have countless goals between them – but no major trophies. In Madrid one will shed the nearly-man tagHanging on to a rising balloon presents you with a difficult decision: let go before it’s too late, or hold on a…

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Eden Hazard looks to the future having proved he can make time stand still | Barney Ronay

Bewitching Belgian is set to depart Chelsea as an old-fashioned showman whose majesty cannot be told in numbersOne of the things that always stood out watching Eden Hazard play for Chelsea was the way the game sounded a bit different when he had the ba…

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Football plays with fire as it merrily fans the flames of hate and division | Barney Ronay

There is rapacious ambition in so many parts of this industry now, albeit often concealed behind the same mask of sickly piety worn by Sven-Göran Eriksson and his ball project“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was that it was impossible to …

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Marcelo Bielsa’s play-off agony with Leeds was a lesson in beautiful failure | Barney Ronay

Leeds fell short against Derby but it was a reminder of the joys brought by football’s great nonconformistFail again. Fail better. When Pep Guardiola was planning for his second life as a manager he went to meet various hand?picked tactical super-brain…

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Marcelo Bielsa’s play-off agony with Leeds was a lesson in beautiful failure | Barney Ronay

Leeds fell short against Derby but it was a reminder of the joys brought by football’s great nonconformistFail again. Fail better. When Pep Guardiola was planning for his second life as a manager he went to meet various hand?picked tactical super-brain…

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Europe may define Guardiola’s City era but home rule is no mean feat | Barney Ronay

FA Cup success on Saturday would make it five domestic trophies out of the last six for Manchester City under a manager who has made domestic dominance a habitVeni, Vidi, City. With the Premier League title retained and an FA Cup final to follow there …

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Put the smartphone down Aggers old chap. This spat really isn’t cricket | Barney Ronay

The BBC has reprimanded its cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew after a foul-mouthed rant against journalist Jonathan LiewOh, stop it Aggers. The news that Jonathan Agnew MBE, the BBC’s voice of cricket, has been reprimanded by the corporation for rep…

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Emiliano Sala: season’s saddest saga shines light on game’s dark places | Barney Ronay

Cardiff striker’s death continues to cast its shadow, a tragedy revealing much about football’s unseemly financial wrangles and middlemen. It has some distance left to run yetWith an hour to go before kick-off on a lovely soft spring day, the Cardiff C…

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European finalists deliver a very English great football moment forged overseas | Barney Ronay

They may be foreign-owned corporations featuring few homegrown players but we should celebrate English club successes built on the blurring, not the building, of bordersNous sommes les meilleurs! Wir sind die Besten! We are the cosmopolitan, financiall…

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It really is Lionel’s world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From U9s in parks to Pep Guardiola’s champions, no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sport’s footprint as Barcelona’s superstarThere was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilli…

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End of county cricket age groups is another blow for grassroots sport | Barney Ronay

The genuine grassroots, casual, amateur sport, has been terribly neglected – all professional sports should fight this declineThis is a column about children’s sport, the commodification of play and the exclusion of some sections of the population from…

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End of county cricket age groups is another blow for grassroots sport | Barney Ronay

The genuine grassroots, casual, amateur sport, has been terribly neglected – all professional sports should fight this declineThis is a column about children’s sport, the commodification of play and the exclusion of some sections of the population from…

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The Bernardo principle, Alexis Sánchez and Manchester City’s great paradox | Barney Ronay

Alexis Sánchez might have been in Bernardo Silva’s place on Wednesday had things panned out differently but that would have gone against the tone and texture of Pep Guardiola’s teamOf the many telling facts, stats and scalding-hot takes to emerge from …

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Manchester United can still inflict telling blow on City’s title hopes

In a game that may decide who wins the Premier League, United’s players have a chance to react with the race for the top four still wide openThis is the one, this is the one – we have waited for. Although perhaps not quite like this. There have been pl…

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Liverpool and Manchester City are both deserving of title-winners’ confetti | Barney Ronay

Two jousting sides are rushing towards the point of crisis, becoming freer and more fearless as the Premier League finish line approachesAnd still they come. It is one of football’s great truisms that the league table never lies. But it can tell the od…

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Liverpool and Manchester City are both deserving of title-winners’ confetti | Barney Ronay

Two jousting sides are rushing towards the point of crisis, becoming freer and more fearless as the Premier League finish line approachesAnd still they come. It is one of football’s great truisms that the league table never lies. But it can tell the od…

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For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs don’t want to follow their rivals’ path since 2006the short interval since Tottenham’s wild, fun, chancy away-goals victory at Manchester City in the Champions League there …