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Golden Games: The 50 greatest individual Premier League performances ranked

Golden Games: The 50 greatest individual Premier League performances ranked

In the breathless moments after the final whistle in the Premier League, a player is ushered into a makeshift interview suite, told he has been named the man of the match and invited to make grand, sweeping conclusions about the game and its significance. After a particularly impressive individual display, the player might be asked: …

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Manchester City and Liverpool try to outspend each other on strikers

Manchester City and Liverpool try to outspend each other on strikers

Darwin Núñez (l.)Photo: Getty Images The narrative between Liverpool and Manchester City has always been something like the A’s and Yankees from the early 2000s. The two powers of a league operating on completely different planes and through wildly different methods. The Big Bad with all the money that can buy their way out of …

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No, the Premier League fixtures haven’t been leaked in advance. Here’s what we know

No, the Premier League fixtures haven't been leaked in advance.  Here's what we know

Each summer football fans anxiously await the announcement of the upcoming season’s fixtures. And each summer, without fail, football fans start panicking and arguing with one another when a “leaked” set of fixtures is mysteriously published a few days in advance. True to form, this summer’s “leaked” fixtures made something of a splash on Monday, …

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Re-sign Lukaku but sell Lautaro? Inter warned by Cassano against transfer business with Chelsea

Re-sign Lukaku but sell Lautaro?  Inter warned by Cassano against transfer business with Chelsea

The former Nerazzurri forward sees no benefits at San Siro in doing a deal to bring the Belgian striker back onto their books Inter have been warned off a move to bring Romelu Lukaku back to San Siro from Chelsea, with Antonio Cassano saying the transfer would cause more problems than it solves – with …

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Imagining the (summer) 2022 World Cup: Suarez in goal, Perustralia and Pitbull

Imagining the (summer) 2022 World Cup: Suarez in goal, Perustralia and Pitbull

The 2022 World Cup finals would have kicked off today had FIFA not torn up the entire football calendar so Qatar could host it. The Athletic asked Jack Lang to neck industrial quantities of psychedelics use his imagination and consider what we might be missing… Fifi’s preamble Hello, man! Gather round, gather round. My name …

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Predicting the pass, in-game shape, player pressure: welcome to next gen of football analytics

Predicting the pass, in-game shape, player pressure: welcome to next gen of football analytics

Football analytics continues to innovate. For many years there have been two branches of football data. One is event data, which logs everything that happens on the pitch, such as passes, shots, interceptions or tackles. The other is tracking data, which logs the locations of every player on the pitch at a rate of 25 …

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Derby takeover latest: Kirchner’s company behind on payments to staff and Dallas Stars

Derby takeover latest: Kirchner's company behind on payments to staff and Dallas Stars

Slync.io, the company for which Derby County’s prospective new owner Chris Kirchner is chief executive, is more than two weeks behind on payments to at least several of its employees, The Athletic can reveal. It is also understood Slync.io has not fulfilled the arranged payments on its sponsorship deal with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and …

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Manchester United mailbag: De Jong, Kante, Phillips, Nunez and leaks

Manchester United mailbag: De Jong, Kante, Phillips, Nunez and leaks

We asked for your questions on Manchester United and you responded emphatically, with nearly 300 comments posing all manner of enquiries. The speed and depth of messages from subscribers hints at the burning interest in the club as Erik ten Hag takes his first steps. The various issues too. As expected, transfers dominated proceedings, Frenkie …

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‘We’ll see what happens’ – Man City star Bernardo Silva responds to Barcelona transfer rumors

'We'll see what happens' - Man City star Bernardo Silva responds to Barcelona transfer rumors

The Portugal international says he does not want to discuss his future until after the Nations League fixtures are over Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is staying quiet regarding recent reports linking him to a move to Barcelona. The Catalan side are said to be considering a move for the Portugal player amid reports the …

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David Raum: Germany’s breakout star who bases his game on Liverpool’s Robertson

David Raum: Germany's breakout star who bases his game on Liverpool's Robertson

Few things last forever, which is why an ex’s name is reportedly the most commonly removed tattoo. The latest ink on David Raum’s chest, a Christmas present to himself, does appear pretty future-proof, however. Whatever might happen in years to come, the 24-year-old is and will be “Living the Dream”: a football fairytale, going from …

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