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Author Archive for Barry Glendenning

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Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?

Today’s tell-all is ruing another international semi-final defeat One of several England defenders who failed to impress against the Netherlands last night, Kyle Walker may be disheartened to learn Manchester City are hitching their skirts at Juventus …

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Portugal v Switzerland: Nations League semi-final – live!

Nations League semi-final updates from the 7.45pm BST gameAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 5.09pm BST Porto’s Estadio Do Drago is the venue, where European Champions Portugal are hosting Switzerland for a place in the final of th…

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The Fiver | The business end of the Nations League

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Fiver readers of a certain age and nationality will remember Turnabout, a daytime BBC TV quiz show that was as ludicrously complicated as it was utterly compelling. Despite nobody involved, least of al…

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Gareth Bale bemoans lost joy of childhood and joins the outcasts with limited options | Barry Glendenning

The Real Madrid winger’s dream has turned into a nightmare and he finds himself in the same boat as Özil and SánchezIn his documentary State of Play, an examination of the current wellbeing of football aired on BT Sport last week, Michael Calvin was gr…

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Football transfer rumours: Giovani Lo Celso to Tottenham Hotspur?

Today’s fluff is up and at it early doorsWhat now for Tottenham Hotspur, who must return to the drawing board following their defeat at the hands of Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid. While they were away, somebody sketched portr…

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The Fiver | Derby peering through the wrong end of their imaginary binoculars

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Having seen them spend the immediate aftermath of their Championship play-off semi-final win over Nasty Leeds making fun of Marcelo Bielsa’s penchant for spying, The Fiver can’t help but wonder if the …

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Aston Villa v Derby County: Championship play-off final – live!

Championship play-off final updates from the 3pm BST kick-offCharlton return to Championship after Bauer’s last-gasp winnerAny comments? Email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 11.00am BST “The league just turned into a cup,” reads the branding on Wembley W…

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Baku boycott would solve Arsenal dilemma rather than leave a man behind | Barry Glendenning

If Gunners refused to contest Europa League showpiece they would generate headlines that might force Uefa into climbdownLeave no man behind. A code embraced by the US military, it refers to army policy of doing everything and anything possible to avoid…

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The Fiver | Scotland manager Steve Clarke suffers his first crushing disappointment

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Finding itself on the back foot in the face of overwhelming global outrage for awarding the 2022 Ethics World Cup to Qatar, Fifa reacted with typically monotonous predictability and quickly hit upon a …

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Football transfer rumours: Harry Maguire to Manchester City?

Today’s tell-all is twisting my melon, man The imminent departure of Vincent Kompany from Manchester City will leave some big boots vacant and the Daily Mail reckons Harry Maguire is the man Pep Guardiola would like to fill them. A longtime Manchester …

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Manchester City v Watford: FA Cup final – live!

FA Cup final updates from Wembley, 5pm BST kick-offVincent Kompany: ‘Setbacks, racism – everything fed my fire’And feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 3.40pm BST A place in Europe up for grabs. If City win today, Wolves will qualify for…

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The Fiver | Rave reviews and precisely nothing to show for their efforts

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Many moons ago, The Fiver disgraced itself at a football awards ceremony at which the men behind The Square Ball won an award for Best Fanzine and collected a nice glass trophy for their troubles. Down…

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The Fiver | Rave reviews and precisely nothing to show for their efforts

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Many moons ago, The Fiver disgraced itself at a football awards ceremony at which the men behind The Square Ball won an award for Best Fanzine and collected a nice glass trophy for their troubles. Down…

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Manner of Ander Herrera’s exit reflects distorted priorities of United owners | Barry Glendenning

Manchester United’s status as the greatest club in England is increasingly in doubt under a Glazer stewardship that makes commercial considerations the priorityWhile Ander Herrera’s decision to leave Manchester United has come as no great surprise to t…

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Football transfer rumours: Alexis Sánchez to join Juventus?

Today’s tell-all was underwhelmed by Sunday’s denouement Eden Hazard has told Chelsea of his plans but fans must wait At last, some good news for Manchester United following a disastrous season that ended in ignominious defeat at the hands of relegated…

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Football transfer rumours: Alexandre Lacazette to Barcelona for £70m?

Today’s fluff is greying at the templesStill picking shrapnel from the blue and white striped kitchen sink complete with seagull insignia that Brighton threw at them on Sunday, Arsenal may have to put their disappointment at failing to finish in the to…

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Newcastle United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

The latest updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offHope and heart: Donald McRae’s special reportEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning 6.47pm BST Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Perez, Ki, Hayden, Atsu, Rondon.Subs: Shelvey,…

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Title tilts: more of the most nailbiting finishes around Europe

The Premier League is not the only exciting title race in Europe with Ajax and PSV deadlocked and Istanbul Basaksehir leading a three-horse race in TurkeyWhile the Premier League title race remains a particularly thrilling two-horse race in which Liver…

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Football transfer rumours: Lorenzo Insigne to Liverpool or Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is all about the bass, the bass, the bass Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has identified his former Napoli charge Lorenzo Insigne as one of several missing pieces of his Chelsea jigsaw puzzle, but has the minor inconvenience of a transf…

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Newcastle United v Southampton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offSign up and get The Fiver, our free daily football emailEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning your thoughts 4.34pm BST Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Perez, Ki, Hayden…