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Author Archive for Jacob Steinberg

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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West Ham should not fear playing at the London Stadium, says Manuel Pellegrini

• West Ham have won only 18 home games in last two seasons• Club still awaiting sanction for crowd trouble against BurnleyManuel Pellegrini has said there is no reason for West Ham to fear playing at the London Stadium.They have struggled since leaving…

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Eyes down for kick-off in La Liga, where Barcelona remain the team to beat

Real Madrid are in transition without Zidane and Ronaldo, and Atlético are still the most likely to upset the old duopolyOn 16 May Barcelona met Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in Johannesburg. The Mandela Centenary Cup was the prize, Barcelona beat So…

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Eyes down for kick-off in La Liga, where Barcelona remain the team to beat

Real Madrid are in transition without Zidane and Ronaldo, and Atlético are still the most likely to upset the old duopolyOn 16 May Barcelona met Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in Johannesburg. The Mandela Centenary Cup was the prize, Barcelona beat So…

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Premier League: countdown to the new 2018-19 season – live!

News and buildup to the opening weekend in England’s top flightTransfer window verdict: how every Premier League club faredPremier League power shown by spending of clubs outside eliteEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | tweet @JacobSteinberg 9.12am…

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Premier League 2018?19 preview No 19: West Ham United | Jacob Steinberg

Last season was a tempestuous one, but with a new manager and a more nuanced transfer policy in place West Ham kick off with increased optimism and a maverick vibeGuardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Jacob Steinberg’s …

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Football transfer rumours: Is Spurs’ Danny Rose heading for PSG?

Today’s fluff is sifting through the debrisAfter a wonderful transfer window for Manchester United, news has emerged that Mino Raiola has been hawking Paul Pogba to Barcelona and Juventus. Remember, European clubs have until 31 August to make signings,…

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Football transfer rumours: Is Spurs’ Danny Rose heading for PSG?

Today’s fluff is sifting through the debrisAfter a wonderful transfer window for Manchester United, news has emerged that Mino Raiola has been hawking Paul Pogba to Barcelona and Juventus. Remember, European clubs have until 31 August to make signings,…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga praises Chelsea for their ‘great bet in taking me’

• Young goalkeeper unconcerned by £71.6m world-record fee • ‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me’Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he believe…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga praises Chelsea for their ‘great bet in taking me’

• Young goalkeeper unconcerned by £71.6m world-record fee • ‘I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me’Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he believe…

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Kyle Walker: ‘As long as I am playing football, that is what keeps me happy’

England international cut short his break after the World Cup to win another title with Manchester CityGiven that no team have retained the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2009, it is not unreasonable for the chasing pack to wonder if M…

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Five things on Maurizio Sarri’s mind as Chelsea approach the big kick-off

The Thibaut Courtois situation needs resolving, how will the players adapt to a four-man defence, and can anyone fill the long-gone Diego Costa’s shooting boots?1. In different circumstances it would make sense for Thibaut Courtois to complete a £35m m…

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Jorginho first piece in the puzzle as Sarri risks friendship for midfielder

The new Chelsea manager was prepared to blow his relationship with Pep Guardiola to sign the Italian midfielderIt is a measure of how important Jorginho is to Maurizio Sarri that Chelsea’s new manager was willing to risk a friendship to sign him from N…

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West Ham aim to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazil winger Bernard

• Bernard is free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk• Winger has won 14 caps for BrazilWest Ham have revived their interest in Bernard after learning the Brazil winger could be persuaded to lower his wage demands.Manuel Pellegrini targeted the 25-yea…

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Spat with Anthony Martial shows José Mourinho needs to buy a waistcoat | Jacob Steinberg

Manchester United’s grumpy manager should take a leaf out of Gareth Southgate’s England book and stop clinging to an old-fashioned, confrontational management styleIt is strange to think everyone in England was stocking up on waistcoats this time last …

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The making of Frank Lampard: why Derby manager can be a success

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink feels his old Chelsea teammate has what it takes to be a good manager as he embarks on his debut season in the dugoutTaken in isolation, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s description of Frank Lampard as a player without an awe-inspiring…

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The Fiver | Waiting longer than all the other suckers

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!With the Premier League’s transfer window set to shut early this year, The Fiver recently sat down for a chat with Jim White to hear how the Sky Sports News presenter has had to alter his pre-season pl…

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Crystal Palace closing in on Max Meyer signing after positive talks

• Germany midfielder is free agent after leaving Schalke• Palace cool interest in West Ham’s Cheikhou KouyatéCrystal Palace are poised to win the race for Max Meyer after holding productive talks with the former Schalke midfielder.Meyer has been a free…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea in for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey?

Today’s fluff is brought to you with great enthusiasmWith Mount José in danger of erupting at any moment, you’d think that Ed Woodward would have sprung into action by now. At the very least, Manchester United’s chief suit could have invested in a big …