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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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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…

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Coherent, convincing and modern: Gareth Southgate offers touch of hope | Barney Ronay

The manager spoke with sound good sense, offering perfectly pitched reasoning for every decision, every close call – to the extent you almost missed the old hysterical jingoismKnow ye by this press conference that we, the FA, consent to the contracting…

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Gareth Southgate’s time has come to stick to his England principles | Barney Ronay

Southgate is picking his World Cup squad and there are players he should choose even if they lack international experienceIt is that time of year again. The hawthorns are in bloom. The cow parsley is high. Men in shorts have already begun to gather cau…

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Premier League of stasis still has a compelling narrative all of its own | Barney Ronay

Somehow, with no title race since 2014 and Manchester City all but wrapping up this one in October, it has still been enthrallingAnd now the end is near. And so we face the final curtain or at best a rather demob-happy, oddly tension-free final flutter…

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Farewell then Yaya Touré, Manchester City’s clanking midfield giant | Barney Ronay

The Etihad Stadium said goodbye to the Ivorian this week and he leaves with the feeling that the Premier League never quite appreciated how good he was at his peakBeing a parent isn’t easy. Over time you just hope you can pass on as many of your own fl…

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Maybe magic does hang over Real Madrid, the game’s greatest club dynasty | Barney Ronay

The defining image of this Real team isn’t a priestly boot room or the intellectualism of total football. The defining image of this team is Cristiano Ronaldo’s absOh. He’s here again. The man with the rapacious desire for annihilating success in his e…

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Jürgen Klopp’s thrash-metal style strikes a chord with English ideal | Barney Ronay

Created by a German and given a dusting of genius by an Egyptian, Liverpool are oddly indigenous in their styleAccording to Benjamin Disraeli Rome symbolises the ideal of conquest. Not quite yet, it doesn’t. Liverpool may have earned their moments of u…