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Author Archive for Gregg Bakowski

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Euro 2020 countdown: all the latest as the finals kick off – live!

Buildup to the Euros as Italy and Turkey prepare for first gameEuro 2020: your complete interactive guide to all 622 playersAnd you can email Gregg, tweet @GreggBakowski or post BTL 8.35am BST Good morning! So, just the 364 days after it was supposed t…

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Premier League 2020-21 review: gripes of the season

‘Draught excluders’ and fake fans were annoying among the more serious problems of social media abuse and the ESL. Also: Players | Managers | Goals | Flops | Young players | Matches | Flops | Signings Welcome to the Guardian’s review of the 2020-21 Pre…

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The Fiver | The Premier League finale or some touchline cojone-grabbing?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver loves Maltesers. The way the outer layer of chocolate melts, leading you to the honeycomb centre that you can either crunch or suck slowly as it fizzes and dissolves in your mouth, creating a…

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The Fiver | Fulham’s latest whistlestop tour of the Premier League

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When The Man told us to write about Fulham FC, The Fiver struggled to keep focus, drifting into a state of severe ennui that only got worse as we caught sight of a daddy long-legs bashing its body from…

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The Fiver | Mike Ashley and ‘dark forces’

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In a week when Manchester City and Chelsea exposed Qatar FC and Real Madrid as combustible nearly men and the world’s most expensive but underpowered over-35s team, you might think we’d end it talking …

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The Fiver | Mike Ashley and ‘dark forces’

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In a week when Manchester City and Chelsea exposed Qatar FC and Real Madrid as combustible nearly men and the world’s most expensive but underpowered over-35s team, you might think we’d end it talking …

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Wolfsburg v Chelsea: Women’s Champions League quarter-final – live!

Updates from the 1pm BST kick-off in Budapest (first leg: 1-2)Be brave, Taylor tells Manchester City before Barcelona returnAnd you can email Gregg here or tweet @GreggBakowski 12.00pm BST Wolfsburg: Kiedrzynek, Hendrich, Janssen, Huth, Popp (c), Rauch…

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Barcelona v Manchester City: Women’s Champions League quarter-final – live!

WCL quarter-final first-leg updates, 11.30am GMT kick-offBarcelona’s Guijarro: ‘Bronze is a defender but she’s spectacular’Get in touch! Email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 11.58am GMT 25 min: And then Hemp clips a ball to the far post , where Kelly ca…

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Football transfer rumours: Maitland-Niles to West Brom? Gordon to Liverpool?

Today’s fluff is looking on the bright sideWe begin down at the Emirates, where Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been kicking up a fuss about being placed into cold storage by Mikel Arteta. Word of the utility player’s restlessness has reached Sam Allardyce,…

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Football transfer rumours: Maitland-Niles to West Brom? Gordon to Liverpool?

Today’s fluff is looking on the bright sideWe begin down at the Emirates, where Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been kicking up a fuss about being placed into cold storage by Mikel Arteta. Word of the utility player’s restlessness has reached Sam Allardyce,…

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Football transfer rumours: Tuchel to target Upamecano and Haaland?

Today’s fluff is enjoying some classic anxiety dreamsLet’s start up in north London, where speculation about Dele Alli’s will-he-won’t-he loan move to PSG continues to hover over the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium like a particularly stubborn patch of fog. …

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Football transfer rumours: Ødegaard to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid?

Today’s piffle is grateful to have made it through another weekReports in Spain say that the world’s 74th best player, Martin Ødegaard, is this close to completing a move to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. The 22-year-old former child star has been k…

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The Fiver | Churning out a substandard product and somehow clinging on to our job

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver knows a thing or two about churning out a substandard product and yet somehow clinging on to our job. We’ve been dodging our appraisal with The Man for the best part of two decades. When it c…

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff is ready for more bus-stop method divisionLike 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest fr…

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff is ready for more bus-stop method divisionLike 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest fr…

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff is ready for more bus-stop method divisionLike 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest fr…

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff is ready for more bus-stop method divisionLike 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest fr…

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Football transfer rumours: Danny Ings and Nicolò Barella to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff is ready for more bus-stop method divisionLike 48% of Britons, Danny Ings thinks his life would be better if he was part of an elite European club and is stalling on signing a new Southampton contract in the hope of attracting interest fr…

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Football transfer rumours: Aguéro to Barça or PSG? Mbappé to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is doubting the arrival of the Beast from the East 2Having seen Luis Suárez propel Atlético Madrid to the top of La Liga with the best goals per game ratio in Spain, Barcelona have finally twigged that perhaps Lionel Messi was right and t…

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Football transfer rumours: Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard to join Newcastle?

Today’s piffle is not a believer in buying when borrowing will doThe Mill was amazed to find out that Steve Bruce still has contacts at Manchester United, and that he intends to lean on them heavily to bolster his paper-thin Newcastle squad with a trio…