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Meet Nice Jos: Mourinhos radical rebrand is a welcome move | Barney Ronay

After the Special One and the Grumpy One the Manchester United managers new direction appears to be a popular one There may have been more rivetingly awkward televised football interviews in the last few seasons than Jos Mourinhos rivetingly awkward post-match exchange with the BBCs Juliette Ferrington on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. But not many of them. And none as rivetingly awkward in quite the same way awkward to an end, pointedly awkward, awkward with a certain kind of gain in mind; and above all, just really…

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Mourinho says he is one of the great managers and quotes Hegel to prove it

Jos Mourinho has quoted the philosopher Hegel to demonstrate why he is one worlds finest managers and said finishing second with Manchester United last season was a great achievement Jos Mourinho has described himself as one of the greatest managers in the world and quoted the philosopher Hegel to defend the stance. He made the claim when asked what it meant to him to be in charge of Manchester United. I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I am also one of the…

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Eden Hazard confirms he will not leave Chelsea this month

Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity. Hazard has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time, and particularly so after strongly hinting last month, following Belgiums involvement at the World Cup, that his time in west London had come to an end. 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, Hazard insisted he is not going anywhere,…

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Wayne Rooney thrust into unfamiliar role in MLS: an out-and-out goalscorer

The former England captain has had a successful start to his career with DC United as he adapts to a new approach to the game across the Atlantic If ever there was a moment to illustrate all that is good about Wayne Rooney, it came in his winner against Liverpool also in 2005, when having taken abuse from the home crowd at Anfield, he fired home to give Manchester United three points. Rooney plays best with gritted teeth and a furrowed brow. This is the line along which Rooneys career…

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Maurizio Sarri ready to lock horns with Guardiola even if Chelsea are not

Maurizio Sarri has barely had time to work with his Chelsea players but is keen to start strongly against the champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday Maurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared to cut his teeth in English football against Guardiolas Manchester City team in Sundays Community Shield, his mind went back to a meal they shared in mid-June. It was in Milano Marittima, the beach resort on Italys Adriatic…

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The weird world of football’s greatest conman Carlos Kaiser | Rob Smyth

In an extract from his new book Kaiser!, which accompanies the film of the same name, Rob Smyth looks at some of the tricks used by footballs greatest con artist Eri Johnson, one of Brazils most famous actors, will never forget the first time he met footballing royalty. The first time I saw Kaiser, he says, he was crossing the street with such swagger that I thought, That guy must be one of the best footballers in the world. As a big football fan, Johnson had no idea who Kaiser…

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Sombre Jos Mourinho looks a beaten man before the season even starts

Jos Mourinho should be enjoying the California sun but his constant complaining, valid or not, does not augur well for Manchester Uniteds chances in the months ahead An illustration of the pressure Jos Mourinho may be feeling, and the sombre mood he has been in during Manchester Uniteds tour of the United States, came at their UCLA training base this week. The manager was due to sit down with a TV reporter who had travelled to Los Angeles for a pre-arranged interview on behalf of a prominent broadcaster. Yet just…

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Croatia’s real World Cup star? The president in the stands

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi saw all but one game at her own expense while sporting a national team shirt She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a Golden Ball award winner, Luka Modri, as well as Ivan Perii and Mario Manduki. More than 80% of the stories were positive, Mediatoolkit said, for a woman who travelled to Russia at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands missing only the semi-final against England because it clashed with the Nato summit. Boris Deulovi,…

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Photographer proves a good shot after getting squashed by Croatia players

Celebrating Croatians fall on Mexican photographer Yuri Cortez, who gets a kiss on the forehead for his troubles Give their proximity to the field of play, perhaps it is a surprise it does not happen more often. But when one World Cup photographer found himself at the bottom of a Croatian pile-on during the World Cup semi-final against England, he got closer to the action than he might have imagined. At Moscows Luzhniki Stadium to record proceedings from behind his camera, Agence France-Presse snapper Yuri Cortez became part of the…

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No more tears or pain now this young England team deserve our applause | Barney Ronay

A young, unheralded bunch of players have gone further than those before who were considered more obviously talented, more golden, more authentic Leave the flags out. Have another glass. Take another look, if you can, at those moments from Kaliningrad to Moscow when this capable England team played above itself and turned a drowsy, toxic summer back home into something else. Lets not have any anguish this time. Englands four and a half weeks at the World Cup deserves a little better, even after a Colombia and against England fans…

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Brazil knocked out of World Cup by Kevin De Bruyne and brilliant Belgium

A Fernandinho own goal and Kevin De Bruynes fine strike gave Belgium a 2-1 win over Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final In years to come, when this stadium is a crumbling white elephant, they will sit in almost empty stands, hear the wind whisper across the marsh that surrounds it and believe what they hear is the ghosts of giants. In three games Kazan has claimed the winners of 11 World Cups. First Germany went, insipid against South Korea. Then, in a full-blooded epic, Kevin De Bruyne Roberto Martnez…

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Neymar hits out at campaign to undermine him after acting accusations

Brazil coach Tite tried to calm the furore over Neymars histrionics against Mexico, after the forward claimed the criticism was designed to put him off his game After another controversial match in which he was accused of diving and feigning injury, Neymar insisted the hum of talk around his behaviour was just opponents trying to put him off his game. Juan Carlos Osorio, without mentioning Neymar by name, had made clear he felt his antics and fake fouls had been responsible for Mexico losing their rhythm as, after a promising…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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Edinson Cavani sends Uruguay to World Cup last eight as Portugal bow out

Edinson Cavani scored twice to secure Uruguays path to the World Cup last eight as Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal crashed out in a 2-1 defeat Cristiano Ronaldo walked Edinson Cavani out of this game, helping the Uruguayan to the touchline, but not before Cavani scored the goals that put Portugal out of the World Cup. Cavani departed with 20 minutes remaining, slowly making his way around the edge of the pitch, limping slightly, a lost look on his face after he felt a pain in his calf that prevented him from…

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