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Rob Hughes

The grace and magic that makes Mohamed Salah the world's best

The Egyptian footballer, dubbed The Egyptian King by Liverpudlians, is a fine man and even finer player, writes ROB HUGHES

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Football has become a game that cares about your money, not your motives

It doesn't matter your intent, the sport will take your money anyway, argues ROB HUGHES

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When football becomes the generation game

Sporting talent can run in the family. Just take it from the Maldinis who have dominated football for generations...

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The builder of Madrid starts his latest project

Real Madrid remains focal to European football. Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid president, is both responsible for this and has hindered it

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The balancing act between precocity and psychology

Like Emma Raducanu, Jamal Musiala has become the new Wunderkind of his sport, writes ROB HUGHES

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The proposal of a biennial World Cup is wrong

Arsène Wenger has proposed the idea of having a World Cup every two years. ROB HUGHES asks if this his own voice speaking, or that of his paymasters at FIFA HQ

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The transfer window closes and new money trumps old for Italy

Italy is not only in it's financial conundrum. The summer transfer window shows the unequal distribution of wealth in global football, writes ROB HUGHES

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Manchester United's mathematics hope Cantona and Brady makes Ronaldo 2.0

If Bryan Robson is right, the value of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United could extend beyond the pitch, writes Rob Hughes

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Requiem for Der Bomber, Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller, who died earlier this month, was not only a Bayern Munich icon but a man who gave Germans their pride again. So when he fell, club and country helped pick him up By ROB HUGHES

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Lionel Messi: Why the new prince of Paris may not keep his crown for long

Lionel Messi’s signing for PSG completes a glittering attacking line-up, but an ageing one, says TNE football writer ROB HUGHES

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Did Team GB's rowers blunder over German coach Jürgen Gröbler?

A tale of two Jurgens and the power of German coaching

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Can Louis van Gaal turn back time with the Netherlands?

Louis van Gaal celebrates with Robin van Persie of the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup finals. The Dutch came third in the tournament but have failed to qualify for the 2016 Euros and 2018 World Cup sincePhoto: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

As he approaches 70, the veteran coach is ready to make the orange brilliant again

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How long can Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi play on?

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England paid the penalty of caution. Now they must commit to attack

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Will this be the summer when respect comes home?

England's footballers have brought joy to the nation. Nonetheless, ROB HUGHES explains how our opponents still have much to teach us

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How Roberto Mancini remade Italy into Euro 2020 challengers

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Why the Japanese want their country to cancel the Olympics

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The doctor who helped Christian Eriksen win the game of life

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Will France's new water carrier carry off another trophy?

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The hard man who won a hard victory the hard way

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Why this all-English Champions League final won't mean glory at the Euros

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Why Leicester's Khun Top is the best owner in football

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Nothing special: Mourinho is in decline.. so why does he keep getting top jobs?

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The delusion of English football fans

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The photograph that shows football is about more than just money

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The Spanish billionaire and the battle for football's soul

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I warned football 50 years ago that heading causes dementia

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Blue Bomber: Why Agüero's basic instinct makes him this generation's Gerd Müller

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Greed, not Covid, is killing football

Rob Hughes on the financial calculations that mean the ball must keep rolling during a pandemic... if only to keep the money rolling in.

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Covid has wounded football, but greed is killing the game off

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Depressed: Have Jurgen Klopp's relentless tactics broken Liverpool?

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Appreciating European football's greatest assets

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Why Pique could one day be the off-field saviour of scandal-hit Barcelona

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The trade that shames football

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Life after Lionel the linchpin?

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Tom Moore and Marcus Rashford - two men who epitomise Englishness

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The rutting stags of Milano

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