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Author Archive for Gregg Bakowski

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The Fiver | The Premier League: soap opera-level drama and shoddy narrative

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It was good while it lasted but even The Fiver has to admit that lying around in our undies watching repeats of Keeping up Appearances while mainlining Tin for 100 days straight was going to grow old e…

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Football quiz: boastful quotes

Footballers and managers have never been shy to blow their own trumpets. Can you put a name to the boast?“I won’t be the King of Manchester, I will be the God of Manchester.”Zlatan IbrahimovicCristiano RonaldoEric CantonaNani”If you ask me if I am one …

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My favourite game: a perfect view of another Liverpool v Newcastle classic | Gregg Bakowski

Hope of a ticket was fading when I was spirited into Anfield pretending to be a TV technician to watch a thrillerI have never been one for obsessing about what view I have of a match. Just being able to see the pitch is enough. If I cared deeply enough…

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My favourite game: a perfect view of another Liverpool v Newcastle classic | Gregg Bakowski

Hope of a ticket was fading when I was spirited into Anfield pretending to be a TV technician to watch a thrillerI have never been one for obsessing about what view I have of a match. Just being able to see the pitch is enough. If I cared deeply enough…

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The Joy of Six: football’s wing wizards | Gregg Bakowski

From the ‘Wizard of Dribble’ to Ryan Giggs, via Garrincha and Jimmy Johnstone, we celebrate touchline-hugging wondersFormations in modern-day football, improved playing surfaces and the evolution of tactics have completely changed the role of the winge…

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The Fiver: Treating Premier League footballers like sheep to get them to market

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Our Land Rover-driving, Barbour jacket-wearing, fox hunting-supporting cousin, Get Orf My Land Fiver, knows a thing or two about how to keep their product clean so people will part with their hard-earn…

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Footballers’ names: are these players real or digital regens? – a quiz

Do these brilliantly monikered players exist in the real world or are they digital creations on Football Manager?Nortei NorteyRealRegenDanny InvincibileRealRegenPrince SalamiRealRegenIvica StrokRealRegenCreedence Clearwater CoutoRealRegenJazzi Barnum-B…

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Football quiz: can you identify the fixture from the fan photo?

Can you match the eye-catching photos to the games where they were taken?Frank viewsChelsea v West Ham, 2006Chelsea v Manchester City, 2015Chelsea v Derby, 2018Chelsea v Swansea , 2015Gunning for the managerNorwich City v Ipswich TownNorwich City v Col…

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Football quiz: pubs near clubs – name the stadium from the pre-match venue

If you are missing football and pubs during lockdown then these teasers may help fill a gapWhich ground is this pub near?The Valley (Charlton)Turf Moor (Burnley)Deepdale (Preston)Griffin Park (Brentford) Which ground is this pub near?Loftus Road (QPR)I…

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Unusual kits quiz: when did these eye-catching football strips go public?

Football’s history is pockmarked with weird, unique and shocking kits. See how much you can remember about themFootball kits: 30 of the weirdest – in picturesWhen did Barcelona air this homage to Sunny Delight?2008-092010-112012-132014-15When did Liver…

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Football transfer rumours: Alexandre Lacazette to Atlético Madrid?

Today’s fluff is hoping for a miracle We start with news that Mikel Arteta may be set for a summer spent wrestling with clubs in La Liga who want to make off with his strikers. Not only will the Arsenal manager have to fend off burly folk from Barcelon…

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Football transfer rumours: Billy Gilmour to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff has teeth, white and clean Pep Guardiola is already working out how to wrestle the Premier League title away from champions-elect Liverpool next season – and he’s figured that he needs a midfield tyro with experience of bossing a game aga…

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Uefa Nations League 2020-21 draw – live!

Updates from the tournament draw at 5pm GMT in AmsterdamCeferin warns against fixating on coronavirus ‘dark scenarios’Send your thoughts to Gregg by email or tweet @GreggBakowski 5.15pm GMT San Marino complete Group D 2: San MarinoLiechtensteinGibralta…

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Football transfer rumours: Sancho to Chelsea or Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is hoping to cut looseHaving been given the keys to the Old Trafford transfer kitty by Ed Woodward, Ole Gunnar Solskjær appears to be desperate to empty it this summer. Depending on where you consume your transfer guff, the Manchester Uni…

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Football transfer rumours: Jack Grealish to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff does not like long socksThe word in Manchester is that Paul Pogba has told his teammates that he will not be around after the summer, so United are going to need a new midfield poster boy. OK, so they signed Bruno Fernandes but he’s all a…

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Transfer deadline day: the latest on Mertens, Giroud, King and more – live!

Rolling coverage of the final day of the January transfer windowTransfer window interactive – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail gregg.bakowski@theguardian.com | Tweet @GreggBakowski 8.3…

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The Fiver | A philosophical question we’re clearly not clever enough to answer

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Jürgen Klopp’s decision to play a team of Liverpool whelps in the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury has gone down entirely as you’d expect, reader. Angry folk on various social media disgraces have had …

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Football transfer rumours: Thomas Lemar to join Arsenal?

Today’s fluff is is expecting to be underwhelmedHaving managed to get his Arsenal players to stop shrugging when things go wrong, run further, shout more and generally look like they give a damn when they take to the field, Mikel Arteta can now start t…

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Football transfer rumours: Agüero and David Silva to Inter Miami?

Today’s fluff is good at constructionInter Miami have not played a competitive game in MLS yet. In fact, they have only had two training sessions in their history. But that’s not stopped the club’s co-owner, David Beckham, from dreaming big when it com…

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Football transfer rumours: Cavani to Manchester United or Spurs?

Today’s piffle is older than you thinkWhile the world has been spinning Edinson Cavani has been quietly getting old in Paris. The once-galloping Uruguayan striker will be 33 in February! How did that happen? Cavani has been struggling with injury this …