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Author Archive for Barry Glendenning

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The Fiver | Any self-respecting football fans celebrating a title win

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It having been quite apparent that Manchester City would stroll to victory in this year’s title procession playing some of the prettiest football ever seen in the English top flight, it seems strangely…

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Ipswich change was overdue but Mick McCarthy still deserved more respect | Barry Glendenning

Mick McCarthy leaves the Portman Road club in far better shape than when he arrived, but that was still not enough for some fansAfter announcing two weeks ago that he would be leaving his post at the end of the season, Mick McCarthy could be forgiven f…

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The Fiver | Etched forever in the memory of the handful of subscribers who actually saw it

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After the top story on one English tabloid’s website brought us the sensational news that footage recorded in the wake of Liverpool’s Big Cup win over Manchester City revealed the floor of their dressi…

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Football transfer rumours: Mousa Dembélé to leave Tottenham for Juventus?

Today’s tell-all is all about the money, money, money Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Mousa Dembélé has been one of several players to excel under Mauricio Pochettino in recent seasons and the man hailed as “a genius” by his manager has given play…

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Noisy neighbours: other Manchester derbies that really mattered

With City playing for the title at home to United on Saturday, we look back at meetings memorable for more than local prideIn a season that finished with Everton winning the title, both Manchester clubs were mired in relegation trouble and met at Maine…

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World Cup stunning moments: Andrés Escobar’s deadly own goal | Barry Glendenning

An own goal at USA 94 led to horrific ramifications for Colombia’s captain, who paid the heaviest of prices for the failings of society as much as his national teamLife doesn’t end here. We have to go on. Life cannot end here. No matter how difficult, …

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Unsung heroes not unfit stars must be Gareth Southgate’s cunning plan | Barry Glendenning

England manager must learn from his predecessor’s failings when he picks his squad for this summer’s World Cup in RussiaIf the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results”, it would come as no great s…

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Football transfer rumours: Spurs to swoop for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon?

Today’s fluff is batting its eyelidsFollowing the disappointment of Wednesday night’s Champions League mugging at the hands of wily, streetwise Juventus, Tottenham fans will have to console themselves with the knowledge that Ryan Sessegnon wants to mov…

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The Fiver | Tying himself up in knots with mindboggling stupidity

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Considering how much of his working life is spent apologising for his own shortcomings and those of the Football Association he seems to constantly undermine, you could be forgiven for thinking Martin …

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Spurs v Huddersfield, Watford v West Brom and more: clockwatch – live!

Live updates from Saturday’s 3pm kick-offsEmail Barry here or Tweet him here, if you fancyLive scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s matchesPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend 1.45pm GMT Premier League: It’s all square at Turf Moor,…

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Sol Campbell’s managerial genius may be the only thing holding him back | Barry Glendenning

When the former England defender said his was one of the great minds in football Oxford United, looking for a new manager, were entitled to wonder what he had to show for itSol Campbell found himself the subject of much public derision last week when h…

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Football transfer rumours: Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all loves an early-morning blast of Siberian air The future of Robert Lewandowski has become the subject of much speculative chitter-chat in recent days, after the Bayern Munich striker dispensed with the services of his longtime agent Cez…

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Football transfer rumours: Roma’s Alisson to be Liverpool’s new No 1?

Today’s tell-all has just taken three things for the team Considering the Rumour Mill’s stock-in-trade is high profile players who would rather be somewhere else, it would be a gross dereliction of journalistic duty to not to mention Harry Kane’s appe…

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Leaving The Fiver’s pluck-o-meter in a smoking, short-circuited mess

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Former football coach Barry Bennell has been branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years in prison. The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed during his trial has pr…

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Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale and £100m for Eden Hazard?

Today’s tell-all is sweeping all before it at the curling Eden Hazard has been persistently linked with Real Madrid and the latest reports suggest Chelsea’s playmaker with the magic dust sprinkled in his boots remains the Spanish side’s top target this…

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Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale and £100m for Eden Hazard?

Today’s tell-all is sweeping all before it at the curling Eden Hazard has been persistently linked with Real Madrid and the latest reports suggest Chelsea’s playmaker with the magic dust sprinkled in his boots remains the Spanish side’s top target this…

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Greg Clarke’s FA charm offensive in Qatar: what could possibly go right? | Barry Glendenning

The FA chairman’s trip to the 2022 World Cup host as part of a global charm offensive has left him on dubious moral groundGiven Greg Clarke’s track record in the field of diplomatic relations, the obvious question to ask upon learning the Football Asso…

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Real Madrid v PSG: Champions League – live!

Live updates on last-16 first leg at the BernabéuFollow the latest from Porto v Liverpool hereEmail barry.glendenning@theguardian.com or tweet @bglendenning 6.07pm GMT After last year’s monumental bottle-job against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain have …

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Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the last-16, first-leg tieBasel v Manchester City – live! Follow it with Scott MurrayAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 7.30pm GMT Well, good for those of us type minute-by-minute Champions League match re…

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The Fiver | A man complaining about his diamond shoes being too tight?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In 16 matches against Chelsea in all competitions, teams managed by Alan Pardew have won a respectable five times. Bottom of the table and seven points from what passes for the “safety” currently being…