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Mainz v RB Leipzig: Bundesliga – live!

All the action from the Opel ArenaEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com 2.18pm BST Leipzig could do with a goal or three from Timo Werner today. He’s scored 21 league goals this season – but 18 of them came before Christmas. Related: Bundesliga, Premier Leag…

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Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt: Bundesliga – live!

Bundesliga updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offHertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin: Boyata caps derby routAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 4.42pm BST Bayern Munich (4-3-3) Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Muller, Kimmich, Goretzka; Com…

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Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin: Bundesliga – live!

Bundesliga updates from the 7.30pm BST kick-offBundesliga table: take a look at the latest standingsAnd you can send your thoughts to Rob by email 6.58pm BST Pre-match entertainment Related: David Squires on … biosecurity and the Bundesliga: fussball i…

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The Fiver | Doing unto football as Justin Timberlake did unto sexy

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Week two, and they’re still playing football in Germany. A big part of The Fiver, the part that doesn’t answer the door to anyone selling positive news, assumed there would be a load of positive tests …

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Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen: Bundesliga – live updates!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.30pm GMT kick-offWorld watches with relief as Bundesliga stays safe – for nowThoughts on the match? Email Rob here 6.50pm BST Pre-match reading“Gedämpfte Freude” – muffled joy – was how the headline in Monday’s editi…

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The Fiver | A Bundesliga knowledge to match Tim Lovejoy’s Ramones expertise

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The belated success of the Fiver’s STOP FOOTBALL campaign came as a great shock, even to us. The campaign was launched during a seismic meeting in our local, The Failure & Acceptance, in the summer…

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Union Berlin v Bayern Munich: Bundesliga – live!

Live updates from the 5pm BST kick-offHow they stand: the latest Bundesliga tableAnd you can get in touch with Rob by email here 4.25pm BST The early game has finished Cologne 2-2 Mainz. Cologne seemed to be cruising to victory when they led 2-0 after …

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Milan v Barcelona: 1994 Champions League final – live!

Relive one of European football’s classic finals, as it happenedLook back at other retro MBMs of classic events in our series hereEmail Rob with your thoughts here 7.36pm BST 22 min “I wish we’d had Laudrup v Laudrup,” says Danica Christensen. “Would h…

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Milan v Barcelona: 1994 Champions League final – live!

Relive one of European football’s classic finals, as it happenedLook back at other retro MBMs of classic events in our series hereEmail Rob with your thoughts here 7.36pm BST 22 min “I wish we’d had Laudrup v Laudrup,” says Danica Christensen. “Would h…

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Football quiz: the players who missed out

Not everyone can win everything. Do you know which achievements these players have missed out on in their careers?Who has scored the most Premier League goals without ever winning the trophy?Jermain Defoe Robbie FowlerJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Harry Kane…

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Football quiz: the players who missed out

Not everyone can win everything. Do you know which achievements these players have missed out on in their careers?Who has scored the most Premier League goals without ever winning the trophy?Jermain Defoe Robbie FowlerJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Harry Kane…

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Internazionale v Sampdoria: Serie A, 1990-91 – live!

Our retro MBM of one of the all-time great Serie A matchesAs it happened: more of our as-live report rebootsEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com with any thoughts 4.13pm BST Hello. This match has been circled on the wallchart for months: Internazionale v Sa…

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The Fiver | Neutral venues, artificial atmosphere and a few bars of Vera Lynn

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!<Big Brother Bloke> Day whatever number it is, and everyone’s still maintaining the pretence that the Premier League season can be completed in a dignified manner</Big Brother Bloke>. Yep, …

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The Spin | A bittersweet time travel back to Edgbaston 2005: why not?

The BBC is replaying the whole TMS commentary of the second Ashes Test from 2005 as live from Thursday, if you don’t have anything else onWho fancies a Proustian rush? Actually, who fancies three-and-a-bit days of Proustian rushes? From 10.30am on Thur…

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The Fiver | The Less Obviously Nihilistic One

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!How the mighty have fallen. Fifteen years ago today, Jose Mourinho delivered Chelsea’s first title in 50 years. He was the best manager in the world, adored by his players, with a roguish twinkle in hi…

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Cricket quiz: England in the 1990s

Who scored? Who misspoke? Who was ‘the prat without a hat’?Which England batsman was the world’s leading Test runscorer in the 1990s?Alec StewartMike Atherton Graham Gooch Graham Thorpe Devon Malcolm made South Africa history by taking 9/57 at the Oval…

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My favourite game: Van Gerwen v Van Barneveld, 2017 PDC World Championship | Rob Smyth

This was darts at its most compelling and brilliant, and from Van Gerwen came a display of genius under pressureI have a few favourite games, probably around 20. Most are memorable for reasons of drama or partisan euphoria, but there are a couple that …

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Italy v Brazil: 1982 World Cup, second round Group C – live!

Updates from the 1982 World Cup clash in BarcelonaWatchalong: view the whole match on Fifa TV Take a look back at our other nostalgic live reportsShare your thoughts below the line or email Rob 7.45pm BST Team news You know what they say: if it’s perfe…

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Italy v Brazil: 1982 World Cup, second round Group C – live!

Updates from the 1982 World Cup clash in BarcelonaWatchalong: view the whole match on Fifa TV Take a look back at our other nostalgic live reportsShare your thoughts below the line or email Rob 7.45pm BST Team news You know what they say: if it’s perfe…

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Football quiz: when Blackburn won the Premier League 25 years ago

Who lifted the trophy? Who scored the goals? Who complained?More quizzes: misses, photos, assists, managers and rantsWhich sponsorship logo adorned Blackburn’s shirts that season?Foster’s ExportMcEwan’s LagerTennent’s SuperCarlsberg Special BrewWho mis…