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Author Archive for Michael Butler

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The Fiver | Teenage YouTubers and apparent social media parodies

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Just like New York City and the poor woman that lives in the flat above Weird Uncle Fiver, football never sleeps. It’s mid-June and you should be outside being wholesome: fishing with your dad, running…

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Football transfer rumours: Nicolas Pépé to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is nearly doneAfter his costly miss on international duty with Wales, Manchester United have turned their nose up at signing Gareth Bale. The winger hasn’t scored in three months, with Ed Woodward unwilling to spend top dollar on a player…

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Football transfer rumours: Nicolas Pépé to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is nearly doneAfter his costly miss on international duty with Wales, Manchester United have turned their nose up at signing Gareth Bale. The winger hasn’t scored in three months, with Ed Woodward unwilling to spend top dollar on a player…

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The Fiver | Luka Jovic and Real Madrid making moves

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Everybody loves Madrid. Just ask Spurs fans. And Gareth Bale. And Catalonia. The allure is sometimes just too much: the glory of wearing the white shirt, as Cristiano Ronaldo did, before he was booed o…

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Football transfer rumours: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to China?

Today’s fluff can smell the moneyIt’s been a tough few weeks for Arsenal fans. Pipped to fourth place by Tottenham, an expensive and ultimately humiliating trip to Azerbaijan, and their north London rivals reaching the Champions League final has left m…

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Football transfer rumours: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to China?

Today’s fluff can smell the moneyIt’s been a tough few weeks for Arsenal fans. Pipped to fourth place by Tottenham, an expensive and ultimately humiliating trip to Azerbaijan, and their north London rivals reaching the Champions League final has left m…

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Lothar Matthäus: ‘With Putin I talked football, judo and Brexit’

The German legend discusses Bayern’s defeat by Manchester United 20 years on, Maradona and meeting Russia’s presidentIt is hard to define Lothar Matthäus. A box-to-box midfielder or a libero? Germany’s most-capped player but perhaps still a little unlo…

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Antoine Griezmann announces shock departure from Atlético Madrid

Frenchman expected to join Barcelona for €125m (£108m)Forward tells Atléti fans: ‘I’ve made the decision to leave’Antoine Greizmann has announced that he has told Atlético Madrid of his intention to leave the club, opening the door for a €125m (£108m) …

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Premier League 2018-19 review: young players of the season

This year’s suggestions are made up of players who were aged 21 and younger at the start of the seasonWelcome to theguardian.com review of the 2018-19 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to get th…

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Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt: Europa League semi-final, second leg – live!

Europa League semi-final, second leg updates (first leg: 1-1) Valencia v Arsenal – the latest from the MestallaAnd you can email Michael here or tweet him here 7.40pm BST It’s a very attacking line-up from Frankfurt, who also have Sebastian Haller on t…

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Aberdeen v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

Celtic need point to seal title in 12.30pm BST kick-offJoin Scott Murray for Bournemouth v Tottenham – live!Get in touch: email Michael or tweet @michaelbutler18 12.59pm BST 25 min: Good pressing from Celtic wins them the ball back in midfield, where R…

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Football transfer rumours: Portugal pair to Manchester United for £150m?

Today’s whispers are dozing offSigning the next big thing from Portugal can be a tricky business. You might end up with Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ll probably end up with either another Renato Sanches or Hélder Postiga. Still though, sometimes it’s worth r…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo demands Juve spending spree?

Today’s tattle is going tit for tatCristiano Ronaldo has issued Juventus with a six-man list of transfer targets, according to the Mirror, seemingly unaware the main reason Juventus won’t be able to buy those players is because they pay him too much mo…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo demands Juve spending spree?

Today’s tattle is going tit for tatCristiano Ronaldo has issued Juventus with a six-man list of transfer targets, according to the Mirror, seemingly unaware the main reason Juventus won’t be able to buy those players is because they pay him too much mo…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo demands Juve spending spree?

Today’s tattle is going tit for tatCristiano Ronaldo has issued Juventus with a six-man list of transfer targets, according to the Mirror, seemingly unaware the main reason Juventus won’t be able to buy those players is because they pay him too much mo…

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Chelsea v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the 8pm BST match at Stamford BridgeTitle race, top four, promotion and relegation – what’s still at stake?Feel free to email Michael or to tweet: @michaelbutler18 8.04pm BST 4 min: Is Hazard limping? He was passed fit for tonight a…

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Stoke v Norwich, Hull v Sheffield United and more: Football League – live!

Easter Monday updates from the Championship and beyondLive scores: all the goals from the Bank Holiday fixturesEmail Michael here. Tweet @michaelbutler18 2.41pm BST Thirty games kicking off at 3pm in the Football League, and I’ll try and squeeze and mu…

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Karel Poborsky: ‘They put me into a coma. All my face muscles were paralysed’

The former Manchester United winger talks about a visit from Ferguson, his relationship with Beckham and the brain infection that could have killed him“If I arrived at the hospital one day later than I did, this interview would not happen. I arrived at…

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Karel Poborsky: ‘They put me into a coma. All my face muscles were paralysed’

The former Manchester United winger talks about a visit from Ferguson, his relationship with Beckham and the brain infection that could have killed him“If I arrived at the hospital one day later than I did, this interview would not happen. I arrived at…

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Premier League team news, previews and Liverpool v Chelsea buildup – live!

All Friday’s football news and press conferencesPremier League: 10 things to look out forEmail Michael, tweet or comment below the line 9.41am BST Staying with the Europa League, young João Félix of Benfica had quite the night, three goals and an assis…