Miguel Delaney, The Independent

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Recent articles by Miguel:

‘We have the power to reach people’: Bayern Munich planning joint protest over George Floyd death

The Bayern Munich squad are planning a joint protest over George Floyd’s death, with Joshua Kimmich saying players “feel the responsibility to use their power to reach other people”. Football has been as influenced by the issue as every other aspect of society, and the weekend saw Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie all make public gestures of → Read More

All eyes on Richard Masters with how the world sees the Premier League at stake

Over the last two days, the Premier League has done a lot of talking about how they’re going to be watched. The broadcasters have been in intensive negotiations about the TV schedule, and who gets to show what and when. Among the issues is whether the BBC get the first Friday night game, but given that it may be Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United means that’s simply a → Read More

Common sense must prevail in football’s response to George Floyd’s death – even Fifa understands

As is the case with a lot in football right now, many are looking to Germany, to see what’s next. The Bundesliga yet again offers a test case for the game. Except, this goes way beyond football, and the key question is whether it goes beyond politics. The German federation announced on Monday it was reviewing the cases of Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie over → Read More

How Portugal became European football’s coaching production line

When you look at the Portuguese Primeira Liga, it’s impossible not to be drawn to the big clubs like Benfica and Porto that have dominated for so long, but there’s something underneath that has now driven the wider game just as much. → Read More

Revealed: Manchester United’s summer transfer priority list including Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Joe Rodon

United have a tiered system with English youngsters Sancho and Grealish ranked as high priority targets alongside RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly → Read More

Champions League to be completed in August but final could move from Istanbul

The FA Cup and European club competitions are set to be completed by the second part of August, with the added possibility that the Champions League final is moved from Istanbul. The Premier League was on Thursday the latest domestic league to announce its return, and will begin playing again on 17 June. → Read More

How the Premier League plotted a course through the pandemic

By the time the Premier League clubs came to vote on a return to actual football, it felt like the most natural decision possible for everyone. That, of course, marked quite a change from as little as two weeks ago. “It’s amazing how all the obstacles and criticisms have so quickly melted away,” one source said, “given how vociferous it was”. → Read More

Premier League clubs agree to restart season

The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, after the 20 clubs agreed to come back that week in Thursday’s ‘D-Day’ videoconference. While the official date proposed and agreed upon is 20 June, the competition has to complete those two games in hand first, and it is also possible that another fixture – → Read More

How Portugal became European football’s coaching production line

When you look at the Portuguese Primeira Liga, it’s impossible not to be drawn to the big clubs like Benfica and Porto that have dominated for so long, but there’s something underneath that has now driven the wider game just as much. → Read More

Premier League clubs to discuss plans for 20 June return date

The Premier League clubs will discuss proposals for a 20 June return date, as they vote on the final stage of ‘Project Restart’ at Thursday’s videoconference. It is now fully expected that the 20 clubs will vote to go back playing at that meeting – and may even be unanimous since so many obstacles have been cleared – but it is also possible that they agree an exact return date → Read More

Players on board with Project Restart as momentum builds for Premier League’s D-Day

The Premier League held productive meetings with managers and captains on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the decisive week for Project Restart. A number of leading players declared themselves reassured by plans for a return to contact training and it is now hoped the clubs will vote in favour of this on Wednesday, before voting on Phase Three – a return to matches – on Thursday. → Read More

Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich: Joshua Kimmich's sublime goal wins potential title decider

A masterpiece from Joshua Kimmich, a masterclass from Bayern Munich. They showed an inexperienced Borussia Dortmund how you win a title showdown, and how you win a title. → Read More

Borussia Dortmund desperate to rewrite history against Bayern Munich in Bundesliga’s biggest clash

It is a difference in mood that could yet make a difference in the match. While Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick was keen to play down the significance of Tuesday’s game in that way repeat champions with four-point leads can afford to do, the Borussia Dortmund squad were only getting fired up. Even Erling Braut Haaland had a few dressing-room words about how ready they are. They → Read More

Premier League managers and captains to meet over latest season restart steps

The Premier League will on Tuesday hope to fully convince managers and captains of the safety of contact training, before the clubs vote on those plans for phase two of Project Restart on Wednesday. If successful, the squads will go back to full training on Thursday. → Read More

Premier League ‘big six’ push back against new TV plans

The Premier League’s ‘big six’ are hugely resistant to some of the competition’s new plans for broadcasting, such as dressing-room footage and mid-game interviews. While that resistance is not seen as any way prohibitive to ‘Project Restart’, it could well affect the eventual television product. The Premier League has been in constant dialogue with broadcasters throughout the → Read More

Newcastle United sound out candidates for key roles as takeover edges closer

The deal is yet to receive Premier League approval but parties at the centre of the negotiations are still confident and have started to plan accordingly → Read More

‘Michael Jordan would get thrown out of our dressing room’: Why the Last Dance star’s competitive fire wouldn’t fly in modern football

In the Premier League chat groups, the players have been as engrossed by The Last Dance as anyone else, but there’s one element that has stood out. Michael Jordan is a personality they are in awe of. He is not, however, a personality they really recognise. → Read More

Premier League could move away from traditional weekend fixture schedule as Project Restart gathers pace

The Premier League has been brainstorming creative ways to make games behind closed doors a superior experience, and is also considering moving fixtures away from the traditional weekend schedule since supporters can’t go. The competition similarly plans a trophy presentation for the eventual champions, virtually certain to be runaway leaders Liverpool, but the idea of → Read More

Premier League doctors concerned over season restart plans, new survey reveals

Nearly half of Premier League medical practitioners, and almost 70% of those in the EFL, do not feel they have been sufficiently consulted by the football authorities regarding the return of competitions amid the Covid-19 crisis – according to a survey conducted by the Football Medicine and Performance Association . → Read More

Premier League eyeing 12 June restart date after latest round of positive talks

The Premier League is still focused on restarting on 12 June according to chief executive Richard Masters, although he admitted that there has to be a degree of flexibility around the date. → Read More