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Author Archive for Barry Glendenning

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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…

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Winter may catch up with the English elite as Champions League resumes | Barry Glendenning

The Premier League’s lack of downtime is much maligned – but few clubs are truly idle over an ever more frenzied ChristmasThe Champions League returns this week and, for many, the most thrilling football tournament in Europe and arguably the world star…

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Football transfer rumours: Toby Alderweireld to Chelsea or Manchester City?

Today’s tell-all didn’t get where it is today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone and West GermanyJuventus entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and will hope to keep their 16th consecutive clean sheet. Max Allegri’s side last shipp…

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The Fiver | Never slow to pull the trigger on managers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In the aftermath of Chelsea’s annihilation at the hands of Watford, there was a very brief moment during Antonio Conte’s post-match interview with Sky reporter Patrick Davison when The Fiver thought th…

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Football transfer rumours: Carlo Ancelotti or Luis Enrique to Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is wholeheartedly in favour of a winter break At the time of writing, Chelsea’s official website leads with a quotes piece from Antonio Conte’s press conference in the wake of his side’s demolition at the hands of Watford and only tim…

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The Fiver | Shouting loudest on the internet

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!While it has recently been observed that the ridiculously paranoid siege mentality of Manchester United manager José Mourinho has spread to that small but ridiculously one-eyed section of the club’s fa…

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The Fiver | A costly ornament with no obvious practical purpose

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Barwick Park, located just south of Yeovil, has four follies, the largest and most ornate of which is called Jack The Treacle Eater. Built in tribute to a young messenger boy, the folly – in architectu…

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Notts County’s wild bunch plan another FA Cup heist against Swansea

Kevin Nolan’s band of ageing former Premier League stars hope to pull off one more big job against top-flight opponentsThere is a hint of The Wild Bunch about the Notts County squad managed by Kevin Nolan. Sam Peckinpah’s gritty 1969 western, a classic…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to Chelsea?

Today’s piffle is tallUnable to get a start in a Real Madrid team that is already 19 points off the pace in La Liga, Mateo Kovacic could be offered a change of scenery by José Mourinho, who has just signed a new contract of his own at Manchester United…

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Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for Atlético Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro?

Today’s fluff is the fluff that never sleepsAlexis Sánchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan might have slept the sleep of both the just and the just-signed-another-whopping-great-contract last night, but the Rumour Mill doesn’t get to rest. With the January tran…

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Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for André Schürrle and Joe Bryan?

The favourite No7 of today’s tell-all has always been the Mad Jack’s mule on The Life and Times of Grizzly AdamsAlexis Sánchez will wear the iconic Manchester United No 7 shirt after a photo of him taking a selfie in the garment previously occupied by …

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The Fiver | Sean Dyche and a can of worms

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Sean Dyche does not eat worms. We know this, because at a press conference on Thursday, a grown man working for a reputable media outlet asked him if recent revelations that he used to eat worms during…

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If you like tight title races, these are the European leagues to watch | Barry Glendenning

Unlike the Premier League, in Greece only five points separate the top four teams in the Super League while the top flights in Poland and Israel also look tighter than a drumDespite their reverse in the thriller at Anfield on Sunday, Manchester City st…