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Author Archive for Nick Ames

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Thousands of casual workers at major football stadiums ‘left without pay’

Delaware North says it is trying to see if they can be furloughedWorkers at Emirates Stadium and London Stadium affectedThousands of casual workers at some of English football’s biggest stadiums have been left unpaid during the Covid-19 shutdown, the G…

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My favourite game: Lithuania v Bosnia-Herzegovina, World Cup qualifier 2013

A 1,125-mile trek to Kaunas brought the Bosnian diaspora together to celebrate a momentous qualificationAbdulah had been the previous three days’ life and soul but now he stood still, arms outstretched, at the edge of a precarious concrete overhang. He…

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The Fiver | Happy birthday Teddy, the player who reminds us of good times

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The old saying that “the first yard is in the head” was never particularly good news for The Fiver. So it made us fall out of our dentist’s chair to learn Edward Paul Sheringham MBE, the man that adage…

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‘Our players are afraid’: Nicaraguan football ploughs on amid the crisis

Diriangén are unhappy games continue in a nation where sport represents a vision of stability for strongman president OrtegaOn Wednesday night the players of Diriangén, the oldest club in Nicaragua, will put on their face masks before they line up for …

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How Sonny Pike, the wonderkid who fell to earth, is guiding young players

Former prodigy is running classes to help wannabe footballers develop skills and resilience, and says he is happy at lastOn this spot of land, a couple of minutes off the M25 and surrounded by stables, Sonny Pike can see his past fade over the horizon …

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The Fiver | A society based on patience and willingness to tolerate each other

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When all this is over, we will have learned to practise kindness and become more generous towards our fellow man. The flatmate you’ve spent the last 12 weeks in isolation with who leaves the oven on ov…

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The Fiver | A society based on patience and willingness to tolerate each other

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When all this is over, we will have learned to practise kindness and become more generous towards our fellow man. The flatmate you’ve spent the last 12 weeks in isolation with who leaves the oven on ov…

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No easy solutions: clubs across Europe in the dark as players battle wage cuts

Clubs across the continent from FC Sion to Dinamo Zagreb are facing standoffs with their playing staff as they look to contend with the coronavirus crisisAs clubs across Europe move to reduce or defer their footballers’ salaries, one thing is crystal c…

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The Fiver | Ashley Young, the world leader we never knew we needed

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver largely exists in order to cock a snook. To take the proverbial. To offer the dreaded “sideways look”. But maybe all these trips between bed, toilet and fridge are mellowing us because this a…

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Arsenal put indefinite stop to training one day before planned return

Club take action amid coronavirus crisisArsenal say it would be ‘irresponsible’ to restartArsenal have put training on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus crisis continues to develop, stating that it would be “irresponsible” to return to action on Tue…

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Mikel Arteta recovering well as Arsenal reopen training facilities

Arsenal manager tested positive for coronavirus last weekStill uncertain when first-team squad will return to trainingCoronavirus – latest updatesMikel Arteta is on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with coronavirus a week ago, and Arsenal’s t…

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Euro 2020 becomes Euro 2021: the possible winners and losers

Kane and Rashford can recover, Haaland can get even better but Belgium, Ronaldo and Modric could be on the way downEveryone Continue reading…

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Euro 2020 becomes Euro 2021: the possible winners and losers

Kane and Rashford can recover, Haaland can get even better but Belgium, Ronaldo and Modric could be on the way downEveryone Continue reading…

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Arsenal’s head of medical rejects Liverpool offer to stay at Emirates

Gary O’Driscoll had initially accepted offer from league leadersLiverpool seeking replacement for departing Andrew MasseyArsenal have been boosted by the decision of their long-serving head of medical services, Gary O’Driscoll, to reject a move to Live…

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Olympiakos v Wolves: Europa League last 16 – live!

Live updates from Karaiskakis Stadium, kick-off 8pm (GMT)Follow Rangers v Leverkusen with Daniel Harris!Feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 8.34pm GMT 33 min: Semedo is the home side’s best defender so that was definitely a big blow for them. …

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The Fiver | Doing the properest thing of all in football

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!If there’s one thing The Fiver likes, even more than finding a stray pork scratching under its desk, it’s proper football. You know, proper football. Proper football! And there’s nothing more proper in…

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Mikel Arteta ready to take another step out of Pep Guardiola’s shadow

The Arsenal manager faces his Manchester City mentor and remains determined to follow his own path to successThe question came less than 10 minutes into Mikel Arteta’s first media briefing after taking the Arsenal job and it was, as if anybody should h…

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Leicester City v Aston Villa: Premier League – live!

Follow the action as third hosts second-bottom (8pm GMT KO)Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s actionEmail Nick or tweet him with your thoughts on the game 7.33pm GMT For your ears only – it’s the brand new Football Weekly! Related: Ma…

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The Fiver | I don’t agree with that in the workplace

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!We’ve all had a difference of opinion in the workplace before so let it concern no one that, following a particularly mishap-strewn early evening at the coalface, Bernardo Silva and Pep Guardiola did n…

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‘I respect his values’: Mikel Arteta praises his former manager David Moyes

Arteta played for Moyes for six and a half years at Everton‘He has always been very supportive’, says Arsenal managerMikel Arteta has spoken glowingly about the impact of David Moyes on his career, rejecting any idea that the West Ham manager is out of…