Barney Ronay

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The Blizzard: “Maybe you’re not interested in history or politics per se. But you’re reading the Blizzard and you’ve got a story about a coach who escaped from a concentration camp.”

The late Stuart Hall wasn’t kidding when he described as “pretty horrendous” the difficulties of bringing together the words “popular” and “culture”. (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s equalizer against Moscow in the Champions League during the week. Photograph: AP.

Eric Cantona, who has a good line on most things, had a good line on the Manchester derby. “The Blues and the Reds invade the streets, and if your (...)

Brendan Rodgers has shown a remarkable thirst for on-the-hoof rebuilding. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

  It is no more than a handy coincidence but there was an unavoidable resonance about Liverpool’s first post-Balotelli performance at the (...)

Cesc Fabregas scores Chelsea’s opening goal  during the Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17th  last at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Home has always been a portable concept in football, but it is still hard to recall a more complex collision of domestic loyalties than Cesc Fabregas(...)

 Fred wins a dubious penalty against Dejan Lovren. Photograph:  Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil 3 Croatia 1: So far, so Brazil. On a fretful, at times sleepy, ultimately rousing night in Sao Paulo Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team came from behin(...)

Eoin Morgan of England speaks with Michael Clarke of Australia during game three of the One Day International Series  at Sydney Cricket Ground. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

England did not just lose the Carlton Mid ODI series in Sydney. They may have also lost a captain as Alastair Cook, cutting an increasingly hangdog an(...)

England practice their catching during the nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

With its grand central harbour and flocks of strolling pleasure-seekers Sydney tends to have the air of a city of departures and farewells.Not least f(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores the only goal of the game  past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson during their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg game in Lisbon. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP Photo

PORTUGAL 1 (Ronaldo 82) SWEDEN 0 This was not quite the high-velocity collision of twin attacking greats the build-up had promised. But by the end Cri(...)