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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde

The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substanceEven in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glaz…

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Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino possibly meant well in saying ‘this virus of women’s football will spread’ yet 2019’s showpiece is on the same day as the Copa América and Concacaf Gold Cup finalsLike anyone else waking up after being cryogenically frozen since the 19…

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Wada appears to have complied with Russia – wasn’t it meant to be the other way round? | Marina Hyde

The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore the clamour from outraged athletes and national doping federations and relax its ban on RussiaHas a performance ever felt less enhanced than that of World Anti-Doping Agency? The body notionally responsible…

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It’s A Knockout Cup anyone? How Uefa might sate its competition thirst | Marina Hyde

Europe’s governing body wants yet another tournament so here are some modest proposals, from a Cup Losers’ Cup to a tournament only for ArsenalSet your sights on adventure, because there is some highly called-for news out of Uefa. The governing body of…

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Nike’s commercial cynicism is clear but Colin Kaepernick ad is a sign | Marina Hyde

From the Tiger Woods ‘Did you learn anything?’ advert to denials about the benefits of anti-racism campaigns, Nike are easy to see through. But they do back winnersOnce, it used to be said that conservatives start culture wars and liberals win them. Th…

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How Lazio’s ultras must wish they had the cash reserves of Man City | Marina Hyde

City’s acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentary shows the soft power that has been bought by their Abu Dhabi ownersIt was the best of times, it was arguably not really the worst of times. Either way, we once again have football public relations to thank…

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Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde

The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yetI am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray tri…

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‘Cancelling Christmas’ and poppygate: Premier League guide for new arrivals | Marina Hyde

So you’ve swapped Serie A or the Bundesliga for life in England. Here’s a crash course in what to expect from your new leagueWelcome, talented football player from Abroad! As one of our age-old sayings goes: to be signed to an English Premier League si…

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Manchester United are missing a trick with José Mourinho: the reality show | Marina Hyde

Manager’s soap diva histrionics perfect for a fly-on-the-wall production guaranteed to take ratings through the roofIn 2007, coinciding with the moment David Beckham made his debut for LA Galaxy, I was at their Home Depot Center ground in Los Angeles t…

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England team have world on their side as political order collapses back home | Marina Hyde

Tories, let’s be clear – distracting everyone by bringing down the government this week, of all weeks, is unacceptableThanks to David Davis and Boris Johnson, England are now one of those World Cup sides that can be described sympathetically as “playin…

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Inside the Wimbledon wormhole with Boris, Martina … and Arron Banks? | Marina Hyde

The verbal rallies have started at SW19 as Martina Navratilova came out on top in a joust with the Brexit financier while Boris Becker was left stumped by Sue Barker’s opening gambit“To everyone’s surprise,” reflects a character at the start of sci-fi …

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England’s unknown unknowns leave us clueless about their World Cup trajectory | Marina Hyde

I don’t know what is happening, but … I think I like it? I certainly like the fact that most England fans’ joy cheerfully acknowledges that it’ll probably go tits-up any minuteNobody knows anything, runs William Goldman’s famous line about Hollywood. P…

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The World Cup provides a chance to be reminded of our self-delusions | Marina Hyde

I cannot wait for the tournament to start. I just feel like I’m going to be happier arguing about VAR than about nerve agentIn 2012, the Pointless host Richard Osman conceived the World Cup of Crisps, in which 32 big-hitting varieties of crisp were pit…

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Fifa’s ‘hardline approach’ at World Cup will be to take the money and run | Marina Hyde

Ruling body still seems to care more about ambush marketing and trademarks infringement than racism and homophobiaIt is almost two years since Fifa wound up its anti-racism task force, declaring it had “completely” fulfilled its mission and was therefo…

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Australia becomes the latest host country unwilling to ‘share its dream’ | Marina Hyde

Reaction to the 250 or so Commonwealth Games athletes and officials seeking to stay underlines a basic rule of thumb: never believe what a country says about itself during a mega-eventAfter the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne 61 athletes and officials …

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Colin Graves: the blazered Terminator with his sights locked on cricket | Marina Hyde

The ECB chairman seems determined to push on with his plans for The Hundred despite the outcry the prospect of the new format has caused across the gameThere is no fiercer battle than the one to be the least appealing individual in British sporting gov…

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And the winner is … whoever gets rid of the endless glut of football awards | Marina Hyde

The rash of individual awards ceremonies in the game tells us little about the winners, but much about the organisers’ egosThe ever-multiplying camera positions, the reaction shots, the slow motion beads of sweat, the meticulously produced highlights r…

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Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling tours | Marina Hyde

Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odysseyBy the time you read this column, ideally, it will have been overtaken by fast-mov…