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Author Archive for Niall McVeigh

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From Vardy to Lewandowski, vintage traditional No 9s are thriving again

The modern game was supposed to have left such centre-forwards behind, so why are they topping the scoring charts?Ever since Hungary swaggered into Wembley in 1953, deploying Nandor Hidegkuti as a “false nine” and shattering England’s superiority compl…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Croatia survive Slovakia scare to join Germany in finals

Croatia fight back to win 3-1 and secure qualificationGermany and Austria both wrap up place in finalsGermany, Croatia and Austria all sealed their places in the Euro 2020 finals with wins on Saturday, while a draw in Northern Ireland also confirmed qu…

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Football transfer rumours: Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they knowIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip t…

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Football transfer rumours: Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they knowIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip t…

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Norwich City v Watford: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from Carrow Road, 8pm GMT kick-offRonaldinho on Liverpool and Manchester City’s BraziliansAnd you can email Niall or tweet him @niallmcveigh 7.44pm GMT This isn’t the only massive game on this weekend – Liverpool are playing Manc…

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The Fiver | ‘In the words of Miley Cyrus, it’s the climb.’ Or not

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!2019 hasn’t been kind to many of us, not least your fifth-favourite tea-timely football email. But spare a thought for Nathan Jones. The Welshman’s hopes of becoming “the world’s best manager” have sta…

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Ashleigh Barty v Petra Kvitova: WTA Finals – live!

Live updates from the Red Group match in ShenzhenWorld No 1 Barty doubles career earnings in stellar 2019Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh with your thoughts 11.16am GMT First set: Barty 4-3 Kvitova* (*denotes server) Both players having some issues w…

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‘Real-life Championship Manager’: the incredible rise of Dorking Wanderers

Marc White started the club in 1999 with mates – 11 promotions later he is managing them in the National League SouthSeptember 1999. Wimbledon are sinking towards Premier League relegation, with rumours of a relocation refusing to go away. One weary Do…

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Ireland v Russia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Rugby World Cup updates from the Pool A matchHow they stand: results, fixtures and tablesAnd you can get in touch with Niall by email or Twitter 10.25am BST In today’s early kick-off, Fiji earned their first win of the tournament, brushing Georgia asid…

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The Fiver | Bayern, the most destructive guests at a new home since Mother!

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In the era of the fly-on-the-wall football documentary, losing is the new winning. Sunderland’s slide towards League One and Nasty Leeds’ Spygate-tinged season were big on drama. Manchester City’s chro…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: France v USA – live!

Updates from the Pool C game, 8.45am BST kick-offRugby World Cup fixtures, results and tablesGet in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.00am BST France: Ramos, Raka, Guitoune, Fickou, Huget, Lopez, Machenaud; Baille, Chat, Setiano, Le Roux, Gab…

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Italy v Canada: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the 8.45am BST kick-off in FukuokaHow Canada almost became a world rugby powerGet in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.09am BST Italy: Minozzi, Benvenuti, Campagnaro, Hayward, Bisegni, Allan, Braley; Lovotti, Bigi, Ferrari, Sisi,…

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Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa win Fifa fair play award for Aston Villa game

Bielsa ordered team to let Villa equalise in crucial matchLeeds’ controversial opener sparked melee at Elland RoadLeeds United and their manager, Marcelo Bielsa, have won the 2019 Fifa Fair Play Award at the governing body’s annual award ceremony in Mi…

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Women’s Super League – live!

WSL updates from Leigh Sports Village, kick-0ff 7.30pm BSTWomen’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s actionFeel free to email Niall or tweet @NiallMcVeigh 7.58pm BST 29 mins: Montemurro looks a little peeved on the touchline, as another at…

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Football transfer rumours: Oblak to replace De Gea at Manchester United?

Today’s gossip is so fresh, so cleanWith the window firmly shut and an international break in full swing, today’s tidbits are a story of what may be, in a distant dystopian January, and what might have been.The Mill should probably start paying Neymar …

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Ten of the best value-for-money signings around Europe this summer

Two Ajax youth products, a Dutch goal machine and players turned down by Arsenal and Liverpool feature on our listTen astute Premier League summer signingsTransfer interactive: catch up with all the dealsThe Lyon playmaker almost signed for Liverpool l…

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Norway v England: women’s international friendly – live!

Live updates from Brann Stadion, kick-off 5pm (BST)The impact of England success on women’s footballFeel free to email Niall or tweet @NiallMcVeigh 4.34pm BST Lucy Bronze will be wearing the No 8 shirt today, so one assumes she is going to be in midfie…

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Newcastle United sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton for club-record fee

• Fee for Brazilian is reportedly in the region of £40m• 22-year-old signs six-year deal and will wear No 9Newcastle United have announced the signing of Hoffenheim striker Joelinton for a club-record fee, believed to be in the region of £40m.“I’m real…

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Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan

Zidane claims it was Bale’s choice not to play against BayernUnai Emery hints at loan deal for Real midfielder CeballosZinedine Zidane has denied disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claimed the Welsh winger was left out against Bayern Munich because he did …

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Australia v New Zealand: Netball World Cup final – live!

Follow score updates from the final in LiverpoolNew Zealand hold off England to reach finalEmail Niall here or tweet @niallmcveigh 4.48pm BST Q1 12:00 Aus 3-3 NZ Bassett gets the first score before Maria Folau levels after a fine take. At the other en…