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Director Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego and Maradona were two different people’

Film director recalls the long and rocky road to meeting the mercurial subject of his filmFootball is a huge part of my life. I was 14 when Diego Maradona scored the two goals against England – the hand of God and the wonder goal. Despite the first goa…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale question use of images in Fifa 21

Best-selling computer game uses likenesses of footballers Players want to know if entitled to proceeds from gameSeveral of the world’s most recognisable players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale have questioned the right of football’s govern…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale question use of images in Fifa 21

Best-selling computer game uses likenesses of footballers Players want to know if entitled to proceeds from gameSeveral of the world’s most recognisable players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale have questioned the right of football’s govern…

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Deadpool goes to Wrexham … wary footie fans ponder their star benefactors

The purchase of the north Wales club by two American actors provoked joy – and a little bemusementPalm-lined boulevards, sun-kissed beaches, celebrity-filled pool parties: these are not the images that come to mind on a damp November afternoon in Wrexh…

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Sunday with Vinnie Jones: ‘I put the kettle on and watch the deer and foxes’

The football hardman and actor on golf, fry-ups and chilling outAre you an early riser? I get up at 5.30am with the larks every day, mate. I put the kettle on and watch the deer and the foxes to keep an eye on what’s going on. First light is the best t…

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Magnus Carlsen: ‘Chess has not been very kind to women over the years’

The world champion has praised Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and thinks it would be close if he played the fictional Beth HarmonOn his Instagram feed, Magnus Carlsen imagined a photoshopped match against Beth Harmon, the fictional heroine of Netfli…

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Has Ted Lasso doomed American managers to yet more mockery?

US players are winning more respect on the pitch, but Apple TV’s recent comedy shows the ridicule reserved for their coaching counterparts is still alive and wellThe joke is a familiar one. A tired one. “AFC Richmond is gonna give you everything we got…

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Rashford launches book club so ‘every child’ can experience ‘escapism’

Player promoting reading and literacy among children‘Let our children read that they are not alone’The Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford is launching a book club so that all children can experience the escapism of reading.Teaming…

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Rashford launches book club so ‘every child’ can experience ‘escapism’

Player promoting reading and literacy among children‘Let our children read that they are not alone’The Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford is launching a book club so that all children can experience the escapism of reading.Teaming…

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How to get good at chess

You don’t have to be a polymath like Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit to improve your gameThe first thing to say about chess is that we are not all natural geniuses like Beth Harmon, the star of The Queen’s Gambit, who is taught the game by grumpy but…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Joining the world’s first gay rugby team changed my life. So I made a film about it | Eammon Ashton-Atkinson

At school, the homophobic bullying was worst on the rugby pitch. But the Steelers helped me rediscover my love for the game – and myselfWhen I read Dan Palmer’s brave and honest coming out column in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, suddenly I was j…

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Arsène Wenger: ‘I try to read everything that helps me understand human beings’

The erudite Frenchman who transformed English football takes questions from politicians, artists, readers – and José Mourinho. Introduction by Tim LewisArsène Wenger often imagines what he will say to God when he dies. In most of these exchanges, God a…

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Marcus Rashford given MBE in birthday honours for school meals campaign

Footballer urges PM to extend scheme after being included on diverse list delayed by pandemicThe footballer Marcus Rashford has urged the government to extend its provision of free school meals as he accepted an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list…

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Cruyff turn: musical about Dutch football legend planned for 2021

14 de musical, named after the number on the back of Johan Cruyff’s shirt, will be staged near AmsterdamA musical about the life of Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff is set to start late next year, paying tribute to one of the game’s greatest-ever players….

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Airborne jubilation at the Women’s World Cup: Rob Cianflone’s best photograph

‘I was about to shoot Alex Morgan, captain of the USA team, celebrating – when Kelley O’Hara flew in, fists clenched and ponytail up in the air’The key to a great sports shot is timing … and a lot of luck. There might be an amazing shot about to happen…

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Tim Key: when the Ashes and the Edinburgh festival aligned in 2005

The poet, comedian and actor takes on his generation’s big one. And, yes, he is well aware of the responsibilityBy Tim Key for Wisden Cricket MonthlyYou think I’m not nervous writing about the 2005 Ashes? You think I don’t understand the responsibility…