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

Young Boys and Brugge gave a reminder of football’s sharp edges against stars mangled through a corporate machineWhen talking about Young Boys of Berne, who are always funny, and always funny in exactly the same way, it is important to remember that Yo…

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Romelu Lukaku is flying at Chelsea while Harry Kane is stuck in stasis

Two elite, 28-year-old strikers face-off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after a decade of changing fortunesPredator versus predator. There will be a strong temptation when Spurs and Chelsea walk out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday af…

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Liverpool produce the goods on Champions League tribute night | Barney Ronay

Jürgen Klopp will have mixed feelings after a wild, ragged game that showcased all the best – and worst – of his team‘Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, ex…

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Liverpool produce the goods on Champions League tribute night | Barney Ronay

Jürgen Klopp will have mixed feelings after a wild, ragged game that showcased all the best – and worst – of his team‘Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, ex…

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Liverpool produce the goods on Champions League tribute night | Barney Ronay

Jürgen Klopp will have mixed feelings after a wild, ragged game that showcased all the best – and worst – of his team‘Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, ex…

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Liverpool produce the goods on Champions League tribute night | Barney Ronay

Jürgen Klopp will have mixed feelings after a wild, ragged game that showcased all the best – and worst – of his team‘Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, ex…

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

The racism, violence and abuse are problems the sport can police, but only wider political and societal forces can solveAnd so, back to black. The Wembley gates have been rushed. Anthems have been booed, stewards punched, murals defaced, racism paraded…

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

Italy are deserved champions at the end of a tournament where football offered hope and warmth after 18 months of isolationIt was nearly complete, it was nearly so sweet. But it was, lest we forget, still sweet all the same.Italy and not England are th…

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

Italy are deserved champions at the end of a tournament where football offered hope and warmth after 18 months of isolationIt was nearly complete, it was nearly so sweet. But it was, lest we forget, still sweet all the same.Italy and not England are th…

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England expects: keep calm and glory is close for a side built on certainty | Barney Ronay

Italy are formidable foes but like Southgate’s side and his captain Kane, they lack established trophy-hogging stars – the Euro 2020 final is a thrilling prospectEngland expects. But what exactly? As Gareth Southgate’s England team prepare for the bigg…

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

The England manager’s success is about clarity and individual responsibility, about things that seem opposed to tribal politicsAt the end of England’s semi-final victory against Denmark Gareth Southgate appeared on the Wembley pitch and walked across t…

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Defeating ghosts: England have shrugged off history to make history

The run to the Euro 2020 final is not a sporting miracle or an underdog story. But this team do seem to offer a model of something, of leadership, of merit rewarded, of finding ways to let go of the pastAnd you may find yourself living in a place of so…

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England emerge into the light after night of noirish Nordic drama | Barney Ronay

Semi-finals are meant to be tense struggles and Denmark pushed Southgate’s side all the way on an enthralling nightOn into that new frontier. As Harry Kane turned to celebrate, with 103 minutes on the clock and the ball still spinning in Kasper Schmeic…

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Italy suffer for shootout win in emotional and authentic tournament tussle | Barney Ronay

Italy were on the back foot for most of semi-final but Roberto Mancini’s tinkering had the necessary impact against SpainThat train just keeps on running. On a gripping night under the gloom of high-summer London skies it looked for a while as though R…

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England’s next challenge: turn tense Wembley relationship into love match

The bond between team and stadium is complex but Gareth Southgate’s side can change the narrative against Denmark“You play at Wembley. These are your Euros.” It is two weeks since Jürgen Klinsmann spoke these words, sounding, as ever, like a kindly, sa…

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England’s next challenge: turn tense Wembley relationship into love match

The bond between team and stadium is complex but Gareth Southgate’s side can change the narrative against Denmark“You play at Wembley. These are your Euros.” It is two weeks since Jürgen Klinsmann spoke these words, sounding, as ever, like a kindly, sa…

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Whatever happens next at Euro 2020, this England team are unlike any other | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate has built an England team to challenge the old, misguided narrative created by previous failuresWe’re not creative enough. We’re not positive enough. We’ll go on getting bad results, getting bad results, getting bad results.An interest…

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Revitalised Harry Kane turns England into powerful attacking machine | Barney Ronay

The captain’s two goals against Ukraine were things of poetic simplicity and he has a spring in his step againAre you not entertained? Was this not what you wanted? So much was right for England it is tempting, for all the talk of hard-nosed tournament…

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Stripped-back Euro 2020 signals football’s shift away from cult of celebrity | Barney Ronay

Many of the game’s biggest stars have exited early, symbolising this tournament’s celebration of collective effortAs he strides the chinchilla-fur walkways of his personal quarters, power-snacking off moon rock and filtered grasshopper tears, and break…

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England face an even greater test of their Total Southgate philosophy | Barney Ronay

There will be the usual calls to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of Gareth. This, though, would be counterintuitiveVive “Le Jeu Prudent”. Who knows, with a little time L’Équipe’s description of the tone and texture of England’s victory against Germany …