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Leicester City: Premier League champions! - Football Weekly

Leicester City: Premier League champions! - Football Weekly
theguardian.com — On today's Football Weekly - history. Yes, the 5,000-1 Foxes have done it, clinching the Premier League title just a year after scraping away from relegation and appointing Claudio Ranieri, all fresh off that post-season trip to Thailand. How did they do it?

Sassuolo show hare-brained Milan the value of simplicity and structure

Sassuolo show hare-brained Milan the value of simplicity and structure
theguardian.com — Giorgio Squinzi had a lot on his mind over the weekend. The Sassuolo owner's term as president of Confindustria, the Italian employers' confederation, was at an end. After four years representing the interests of some 148,000 companies - with more than five million combined employees - he needed to ensure a smooth handover to his successor.

NFL draft winners and losers: bongs, second-round kickers and the next Brady

NFL draft winners and losers: bongs, second-round kickers and the next Brady
theguardian.com — Jacksonville Jaguars The Jags secured their place in this category the moment they selected Myles Jack in the second round. Plenty of analysts had predicted that they could take the linebacker with the fifth overall pick, even after it emerged that he may require microfracture surgery in the future.

Claudio Ranieri: a gentle and principled man on the brink of immortality

Claudio Ranieri: a gentle and principled man on the brink of immortality
theguardian.com — Leicester City's players were not the first to hear Claudio Ranieri ring his imaginary bell. Danny Drinkwater provoked much amusement among the British press corps last month, when he revealed the manager's technique of saying "dilly-ding, dilly-dong" to restore focus whenever energy levels start to dip during training.

NFL mock draft: Rams go for Goff, Eagles take Wentz, and Chargers nab Ramsey

NFL mock draft: Rams go for Goff, Eagles take Wentz, and Chargers nab Ramsey
theguardian.com — Pick: Jared Goff, quarterback, California Pick: Jared Goff, quarterback, California It goes without saying that the Rams intend to take a quarterback. You don't pay as steep a price as they did to move up the draft order for anything less (well, unless you're Mike Ditka).

Juventus' relentless triumph suggests no end in sight to their dominance

Juventus' relentless triumph suggests no end in sight to their dominance
theguardian.com — There was not a lot of title talk to be heard in Turin on the morning of 29 October. Juventus had lost 1-0 away to Sassuolo the night before and, 10 games into the new season, found themselves adrift in the bottom half of the table.

Manchester United and Crystal Palace book FA Cup final spots - Football Weekly

Manchester United and Crystal Palace book FA Cup final spots - Football Weekly
theguardian.com — The podders look back on all the action at Wembley. Plus, Leicester power on without Jamie Vardy; Sunderland squeeze out of the relegation zone; and Champions League and Europa League semi-finals previews

Serie A talking points: Juventus close in on title as Inter chase third place

Serie A talking points: Juventus close in on title as Inter chase third place
theguardian.com — The fat lady has not yet started singing. But the Old Lady is ripping the foil off a bottle of fizz. Juventus will seal their fifth consecutive Scudetto if Napoli fail to win away to Roma on Monday afternoon, so we're holding back the main part of my weekly Serie A blog until after that match - which also has significant implications for both teams involved.

Why Francesco Totti remains Italian football’s Roy of the Rovers

Why Francesco Totti remains Italian football’s Roy of the Rovers
theguardian.com — Roy of the Rovers never found much of an audience in Italy. Perhaps that is just because nobody ever thought to translate it, although one suspects that people on the peninsula might not have taken kindly to the cartoon's routine depictions of their teams as being packed with cheats and complainers.

The Serie A title race is done, the real battle is down at the bottom

The Serie A title race is done, the real battle is down at the bottom
theguardian.com — No more talk of title races, please. Napoli's hopes of catching Juventus this season had already been dealt a fatal blow when they lost to Udinese two weeks ago, but now we are running out of space for nails in the coffin. Beaten 2-0 by Inter on Saturday, the Partenopei finished the weekend nine points off the pace.
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May 04, 2016

@No1isChelsea You can buy direct from website, or look under 8by8mag.com/stockists/ - click the international tab if in Uk.

May 04, 2016

(Cover illustration of Pogba by the similarly inimitable @NigelBuchanan2)

May 04, 2016

(That photo from the wonderful @RogerNeve. Plenty more from him of Verratti in the mag, too.)

May 04, 2016

And if all that's still not enough, then here's an @8by8mag pic of @MarcoVerratti1 in the bath eating spaghetti pic.twitter.com/ZY9aCXCYdD

May 04, 2016

As well as that cover piece on Pogba, there's a big interview from me with Maro Verratti & a short feature on Paulo Dybala, too

May 04, 2016

Always a treat to receive @8by8mag, but having the cover story even better. Especially with a illustration this cool pic.twitter.com/BzW0AtWE0e

May 03, 2016

Piece from me on similarities (and differences) between Atletico's win over Bayern & Inter vs Barcelona in 2010: httpthescore.com/chlg/news/1020…

May 03, 2016

This is fun. Probably not if you support either team, but for me.


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