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Author Archive for Rob Smyth

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Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL final 2018 – live!

Over-by-over commentary from the IPL decider in MumbaiPakistan thump woeful England in first TestAli Martin: Hundred trials could take place in UAEEmail your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 11.38am BST Hello. Let us give thanks to England: their …

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Real Madrid v Liverpool: Champions League final 2018 – live!

Champions League final updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offA dentist agent, Messi the dog … meet the teams for KievAnd you can email your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 5.19pm BST A bit more pre-match reading Here’s Sid Lowe on pantomime villain…

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Football transfer rumours: Gianluigi Buffon to Liverpool?

Today’s whispers can get you a toe by three o’clockYou don’t care about the Mill. You don’t want us to make ourselves happy by starting this bulletin of tittle-tattle with a playful, circumlocutory and almost entirely narcissistic introduction. No, you…

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World Cup stunning moments: Josimar charms the world at Mexico 86 | Rob Smyth

The right-back was unknown, uncapped and unemployed before scoring two monstrous goals – but his fairytale became a cautionary taleIn the summer of 1964, England took part in the Little World Cup in Brazil. It was a simple four-team league involving Po…

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Liverpool v Brighton: Premier League – live!

Minute by minute updates on the 3pm BST kick-off at AnfieldNewcastle v Chelsea, Southampton v Man City and more – live!Feel free to drop Rob an email 2.11pm BST There are nine other games in the Premier League today, and Simon Burnton is literally all …

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The Fiver | Huddersfield and a night of diligent rehydration

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In years to come, somebody will write a cracking book about David Wagner’s Huddersfield. It won’t be The Fiver, because by then we’ll be in the retirement community, rocking back and forth and boasting…

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Nessun Dorma podcast: from Eric Cantona to Glenn Hoddle and Kenny G

The pod discuss the greatest player of all time, musical failures, televised football and Manchester United’s first title for 26 yearsModern life is a great advert for nostalgia. That’s why we started Nessun Dorma, a semi-regular podcast about football…

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to join Real Madrid?

Today’s guff can’t spakeThing is, what nobody knows is that a young Neymar had a dream. “One day,” he told his imaginary friend, Cecil, “I’ll play for every single one of the G-14 superclubs.” If today’s rags are to be believed, he will move one step c…

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

Live updates from El Clásico, kick-off 7.45pm BSTAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 7.58pm BST 12 min Nacho is booked for planting his studs into the back of Suarez’s leg. 7.56pm BST Brilliant goal. Suarez, in his own half, flicks a lovely pass b…

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West Brom v Tottenham, Bournemouth v Swansea and more: clockwatch – live!

Live updates from the Premier League and beyondStoke relegated after defeat against Crystal PalaceFollow all Saturday’s live scoresEmail Rob with your thoughts 3.08pm BST “Hi Rob,” says Felix Wood. “Why doesn’t Will Hughes get mentioned for England? We…

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the 4.30pm kickoff at Old TraffordWenger out to avoid final Old Trafford indignity with ArsenalEmail your thoughts to Rob 3.47pm BST At its furious peak, the United/Arsenal rivalry brought out the Danny Dyer in almost all of us. I h…

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – live!

Live updates from Old Firm derby as Celtic look to win leagueLive scores: follow all the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail your thoughts to Rob 11.24am BST An email! “What do you think of the fact Gerrard is apparently about to become Rangers mana…

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Football quiz: Liverpool in Europe

Today’s questions have got a big night ahead of themJürgen Klopp: ‘I have this helping syndrome. I care about people’Against which French team did Liverpool famously overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit in 1991-92?MetzLilleAuxerreParis Saint-GermainWho wer…

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Juventus v Napoli: Serie A – live!

Serie A updates as Juventus take on Napoli, kick-off 7.45pm BSTRoma warm up for Anfield with easy win over SpalAnd feel free to email Rob to get in touch 7.56pm BST 10 min Benatia is booked for a foul on Mertens, who was running onto a through pass. It…

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Chelsea v Southampton: FA Cup semi-final – live!

Latest updates from the FA Cup semi-final at WembleyFollow Arsenal v West Ham in the Premier LeagueEmail Rob your thoughts 2.04pm BST Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson; Willian, Hazard; Giroud.Su…

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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live!

FA Cup semi-final updates from the game at WembleyNemanja Matic: ‘I have to have serious hair like Gary Neville’And feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 4.45pm BST When Spurs reach an FA Cup semi-final, we are contractually obliged to link to this…

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West Brom v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-off Klopp backs team to close gap on Manchester City next seasonAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 11.31am BST West Brom (4-4-2) Foster; Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, McC…

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When Arsène Wenger and Alex Ferguson fought bitterly to be top dog | Rob Smyth

The Battle of Old Trafford, Pizzagate and that FA Cup replay are recalled in a riveting documentary about the feud between Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s managersThe Premier League is the richest league in the world but money cannot buy hate. Englis…

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When Arsène Wenger and Alex Ferguson fought bitterly to be top dog | Rob Smyth

The Battle of Old Trafford, Pizzagate and that FA Cup replay are recalled in a riveting documentary about the feud between Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s managersThe Premier League is the richest league in the world but money cannot buy hate. Englis…

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World Cup stunning moments: Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goal | Rob Smyth

On 4 July 1998 the forward took three divine touches, scored the perfect goal and sent the Netherlands into the semi-finalsBobby Moore never got a bathmat wet in his life. Mike Summerbee, who sometimes shared a room with Moore on England trips, said he…