Football is back and we are grateful but a crowd is not a sound effect | Jonathan Liew

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Nothing really prepares you for watching a Premier League game without a crowd for the first time. I was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to watch Chelsea v Manchester City and – after completing my temperature check, filling out my health questionnaire and negotiating the dozen or so security

A machine at the peak of its power – how Liverpool became champions | Barney Ronay

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No asterisks. No caveats. And let’s face it, no contest. For the last few months a theory has been doing the rounds that the ersatz nature of the Premier League endgame, five weeks of press-ganged summerghost-ball, would drain the colour from Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years. Fat chance. Death,

Barcelona and Juventus agree swap deal for Arthur and Miralem Pjanic

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Barcelona and Juventus have agreed a swap deal for the midfielders Arthur and Miralem Pjanic, with the Serie A champions also paying €10m (£9m).Arthur, the 23-year-old Brazilian, had been reluctant to move, initially wanting to stay at the Camp Nou, but Juventus convinced him. The deal values Pjanic at €60m

Derby’s Andre Wisdom in hospital after being stabbed and robbed in the street

The former Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is in hospital after being stabbed and robbed during a street attack. Groundbreaking report reveals racial bias in English football commentary The Derby County defender is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. He could leave hospital within the next two