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Recent articles by Miguel:

The football faded into the background on a historic, horrible night in Sofia

Monday in Sofia was one of those grim nights when a football journalist stops reporting on the sport and is instead writing about a live story, with far deeper societal dimensions. A different approach, for what was an unprecedented set of events. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England racism: Three Lions 'made bigger statement than any team ever has done', says Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate feels the England players have made a “bigger statement” than any team ever has in having their 6-0 win over Bulgaria stopped twice for racist abuse and choosing to play on, and believes it is an illustration that the approaches to the issue might finally work. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England racism: Gareth Southgate praises Tyrone Mings' 'outstanding leadership' in wake of abuse

Gareth Southgate praised the “outstanding leadership” of Tyrone Mings in what must have been one of the most challenging debuts possible, amid the racist abuse of the 6-0 win over Bulgaria. → Read More

How Diego Godin was able to defy the trends of modern football

The Century: This week, The Independent is counting down the 100 best players of the last twenty years. In at No 76, a defender who was vital to Atletico’s extraordinary La Liga triumph in 2013/14 → Read More

England vs Bulgaria racism: Debate over walking off is irrelevant given unprecedented choice made by players

There were a few different emotions in England’s Sofia dressing room, in accordance with what was a grimly chaotic night. Most depressingly, some of the backroom staff were “visibly emotionally upset” by the racist abuse the team had been subjected to by Bulgarian supporters. More encouragingly, some of the players were smiling. They felt they’d made “a major statement”, → Read More

Bulgaria vs England result overshadowed by racist abuse on a night no longer about mere football

This was a night of grimly unprecedented scenes in Sofia, which brought up so many present problems in the game and society, but may well prove a landmark for its future. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England: Game twice paused due to racism as referee warns crowd he will cancel game

England’s Euro 2020 qualification match against Bulgaria was twice halted by the referee on Monday night because of racist chanting in the crowd. Racist abuse could be clearly heard in the stadium throughout the first-half, with defender Tyrone Mings among the England players who complained about the chants to the referee. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England LIVE: Stream, team news and latest build-up from Euro 2020 qualifier

England will hope to get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign back on track when they take on Bulgaria in Sofia. Manager Gareth Southgate has handed Tyrone Mings his international debut, while Ross Barkley is also selected to start after his poor showing in the defeat in Prague. Follow latest coverage of the match below: → Read More

Introducing ‘The Century’: Why we are counting down the best 100 players of the past twenty years

The issue when attempting to separate the 100 greatest players of the new millennium is that it really comes down to separating distinct eras that are far more meaningful in football terms than those set by the Gregorian calendar. → Read More

Gareth Southgate: England should stick to their guns against Bulgaria despite Czech Republic "aberration"

Gareth Southgate has told his England players to stick with the plan for Monday’s match away to Bulgaria, as he insisted Friday’s defeat to Czech Republic was an “aberration”. The 49-year-old admitted that the 2-1 loss was one of the worst performances of his time in charge, but stressed that it shouldn’t cause panic, especially as regards wider issues like the formation. → Read More

England vs Bulgaria: Why response to Czech Republic defeat will answer greater questions than qualification

In the days since that shudder of a defeat to the Czech Republic, Gareth Southgate has corralled his England players together, for what have been some frank meetings. → Read More

England vs Czech Republic: Gareth Southgate’s side cannot control games with loss exposing series of problems

A night that started with expectation of qualifying for Euro 2020 ended with almost everything going wrong, and very sudden concern for the future. That is how galling this match in Prague was for England, just how much the mood changed. It was a performance that gradually started to expose more and more problems, every stage of the game just giving more and more for Gareth → Read More

England stunned by Czech Republic in Prague – but a performance like this has been coming

Czech Republic 2-1 England: It was England’s worst performance in some time, perhaps since their late win over Tunisia in the World Cup, even if much of it has been signposted → Read More

Czech Republic vs England: Players should celebrate if they clinch Euro 2020 qualification, says Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has said his players should enjoy a celebration if they do clinch Euro 2020 qualification with victory away to Czech Republic on Friday, arguing that such feats should “never be taken for granted”. → Read More

England vs Czech Republic: Gareth Southgate maintains group is ‘100 per cent united’ despite real tension off the pitch

If the path to Euro 2020 has been relatively straightforward for England, to the point that they could well achieve qualification in Prague against Czech Republic on Friday with two games to spare, the question that dominated the build-up to that game was anything but. Gareth Southgate had a lot of obstacles to navigate - and somehow did so smoothly, even for him. → Read More

What history reveals about the strength of Liverpool’s title lead – and how nothing is certain

In striving to finally end a wait now going on 30 years, Liverpool have already managed something that hasn’t been done in 34 years, and never before that. Their eight-point lead after a mere eight games is the highest that’s ever been seen at this stage of a season in the history of English football, with Manchester United in October 1985 the only previous side to achieve → Read More

After Liverpool left him tainted, Brendan Rodgers is rewriting the narrative of his career with Leicester

Back in Brendan Rodgers’s first few weeks as Leicester City manager, one football figure was going for a meeting with the club, and was mindful of some of the… perceptions of the Irishman. One story that had gone around was regarding a supposed comment made in contract talks with a former player. “If you’re as good as you think you are,” Rodgers was purported to have began, → Read More

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s words of optimism ring hollow after latest stumble

It was yet another night when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempted to come up with optimistic words that felt far removed from the utter hopelessness of the performance. Manchester United look like a team that have forgotten how to score goals. Many might say the manager should attempt to come up with some kind of attacking plan. For his part, no matter what he says in public, → Read More

How struggles of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea bear hallmarks of great Champions League era

After a hard-fought win over Lille, where Frank Lampard admitted he had prioritised this match due to the pressure of the group, the Chelsea manager added a comment that might well have been a wider analysis of the competition. “This Champions League level is something else,” he said, almost as he exhaled. → Read More

Lille vs Chelsea: Willian hits winner as Frank Lampard’s young side secure vital Champions League win

A first Champions League win for Frank Lampard to secure Chelsea’s footing in the group but, just as importantly, some much needed consistency in terms of results. This was three wins in a row and while that’s a small thing from a small sample, it will gradually foster a sense of cohesion and togetherness in this young team. It certainly reflected a growing character. → Read More