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Liverpool star has anti-Arsenal clause in his contract

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According to Belgian news outlet, Le Soir (h/t Get French Football News) Liverpool star,...

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Transfer Roundup: Rival manager contacts Arsenal star regarding move as Gunners struggle to match his demands

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Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are expected to sign new contracts with the London giants soon.

Both players have been sensational for the Gunners ever since they joined from Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. However, reaching an agreement has not been too easy for the Premier League giants.

Photos: Arsenal training ahead of Basel game

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A photo posted by Arsenal Official (@arsenal) on Dec 5, 2016 at 5:40am PST Arsenal training at their London Colney base yesterday before travelling...

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Arsenal v Basel: a classic risk assessment

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Fans of Big Raddy are about to be seriously disappointed, although probably not entirely surprised. More than any, they will understand the challenges he faces in being a hippy, and the lasting effects of a life bombarded by cosmic rays and shit like that.

Right, me here, so brace up and deal with it.

Football Leaks: Eden Hazard contract details; Liverpool star's anti-Arsenal clause revealed

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Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino allegedly has a €98m release clause in his Liverpool contract, according to a report published in Le Soir as part of the Football Leaks series.

The most interesting part of his clause is that any club in this world can sign him if they meet his buy-out clause, except Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Video: Arsene Wenger and Granit Xhaka speak ahead of Basel vs Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Granit Xhaka faced reporters at a pre-match press conference ahead of this evening's Champions...

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FA Cup 3rd Round: Stam returns to Old Trafford, Chelsea and Liverpool handed easy draws

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Championship side Reading will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, the defending champions, in the 2016-17 FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the all-Premier League ties, while Everton will take on Premier League champions Leicester City.

Arsenal likely to field youngsters following favourable FA Cup draw

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Arsenalwillmake the long trip to take on Preston North End next month in the FA Cup,and will most likely be gifting experience to some of our young guns. Arsene Wenger is well-known for using the League Cup as a platform for his youngsters,but withthe coming FA Cup round following on shortly after a very busy [.

Alexis Sanchez or Man City behind Arsenal transfer rumour?

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Just because this latest titbit of Arsenal transfer news, or gossip if you think that the word news is a bit strong, was denied by the manager of Manchester City at the weekend, does not mean that it is not true. It would not be the first time that a football manager has been less [...]

Arsenal handed TRIPLE injury boost as EPL race heats up

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Even though it looks like Arsenal have gotten over the recent deep in form and results, while managing to minimise the damage that the nasty month of November often inflicts, the task of winning the Premier League still looks like it will be a very tough one. Chelsea may be riding their luck but under [.

AFP

Several British clubs hushed up abuse – lawyer

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London (AFP) There are claims "several" British football clubs have used gagging orders to silence victims of sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches, a lawyer working with victims has said.

Chelsea have apologised to former player Gary Johnson, who was abused by late chief scout Eddie Heath, after waiving a confidentiality clause in a 50,000 pounds ($63,850, 59,230 euros) agreement they made with him.

Several British clubs hushed up abuse – lawyer

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London (AFP) There are claims "several" British football clubs have used gagging orders to silence victims of sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches, a lawyer working with victims has said.

Chelsea have apologised to former player Gary Johnson, who was abused by late chief scout Eddie Heath, after waiving a confidentiality clause in a 50,000 pounds ($63,850, 59,230 euros) agreement they made with him.

How China’s not-so-big football spenders get by

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Dongguan (China) (AFP) Newly rich Chinese football isn't all about millionaire players and famous coaches just ask the smaller teams, who are living firmly in the shadow of their well-heeled neighbours.

Chinese Super League clubs took the transfer market by storm this year when they collectively splashed out more than $400 million on players, including some still in their prime.

How China’s not-so-big football spenders get by

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Dongguan (China) (AFP) Newly rich Chinese football isn't all about millionaire players and famous coaches just ask the smaller teams, who are living firmly in the shadow of their well-heeled neighbours.

Chinese Super League clubs took the transfer market by storm this year when they collectively splashed out more than $400 million on players, including some still in their prime.

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

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Brasília (AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

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Brasília (AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Hero In EFL Team Of The Week

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It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is in the EFL Team of the Week. There's not too many goalkeepers who can say they saved two penalties in the space of just 10 minutes but that's what Karl did to keep Newcastle in the game on Friday night at [...]

When We Scored The Fourth Goal The Pitch Was Shaking

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One of the most incredible finishes in Newcastle's long history happened this season at St. James Park on Wednesday 28th September. That's when YoanGouffran and Dwight Gale scored goals against NorwichCity in the fifth and sixth minute of stoppage time to pull off an incredible 4-3 win. DwightGayle after scoring sensation winner Isaac Hayden has [.

Newcastle Legend – His Heart Is In The Right Place

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer will be honored today by the Duke of Cambridge at a Buckingham Palace ceremony with an CBE and it's for his charity work. The Duke of Cambridge is the President of the Football Association. Alan has put in a lot of time for Charity in the north-east and he deserves [.

Player Praises Rafa’s Massive Experience And Tactical Knowledge

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Issac Hayden has been interviewed in the localpapers this morning and he has talked about just how goodRafaBenitez is and how the players now have a winning mentality. That's a lot different than under Steve McClarenlast season, when the players had a decidedly losing mentally and could lose any game quite easily and often [.

Rafa’s Issues Rallying Cry To Newcastle’s Players

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Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performances of referee Stephen Martin or Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury in a bizarre game on Friday night, when most of the important decisions allwent against Newcastle. Two penalties against the Magpies in the first half with two players sent off and a good goal from Ciaran Clark [.

Newcastle Want Rangers Midfielder In January

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The Scottish Sun is reporting that Newcastle are after Josh Windass, the 22 year-old Rangers midfielder and the report is the Tyneside club want him in January. This is the first time we have ever been linked with Windass. Windass only joined Rangers from Accrington Stanley in July on a four year contract along with [.

Videos

Chile: Universidad Midfielder Alejandro Camargo Scores Whopping 60-Yard Volley From Deep Inside His Own Half (Video)

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CD Universidad de Concepcion went and beat O'Higgins in the Chilean Premier League on Sunday, with a truly monstrous goal from midfielder Alejandro Camargo serving to encapsulate the storming nature of the 3-1 win.

Already 2-1 up as the game ticked over into the 95th minute, Camargo took full advantage of a looseclearance from O'Higgins goalkeeper Miguel Pinto to score an incredible volleyfrom deep within his own half.

‘Love Your City’ – Lukas Podolski Reaches No.1 In German Pop Charts With Debut Rap Single (Video)

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"He's got vomit on his sweater already, Mom's blutwurststrudel..."

As unlikely as it may seem, Lukas Podolski is currently at No.1 in the German urban chart after his single, 'Liebe deine Stadt' ('Love Your City') went straight to the top of the pile this week.

The rap ballad,produced in collaboration with Mo-Torres and Cat Ballou, is the most downloaded song in Germany, and also already has well over 695,000 views on Youtube.

Randers FC 2017 PUMA Home Kit

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Danish Superliga side Randers Football Club are the first professional team to wear a kit [...]

Serie A

Pies’ Christmas Football Gift Guide, No.4: Official Fiorentina Paperclips

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With the geese sufficiently corpulent and the big day crowning on the horizon, Pies are once again here to help with our annual Christmas Football Gift Guide.

You know what Italian football fans are like: volatile, disorganised, temperamental, papers always flying everywhere.

Thank heavens, then, that Fiorentina have sought to reign inthe chaos by producing their very own range of suitably purple paper clips.

Birsa spreca dal dischetto, 0 a 0 tra Chievo e Genoa. Danilo al 93′, festa Udinese

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Finisce a reti bianche, in Serie A, la sfida tra Chievo e Genoa. Occasionissima sprecata, nel primo tempo, dai ragazzi di Maran con l'ex genoano (solo 9 presenze nel 2011-2012, ndr) Birsa che fallisce un calcio di rigore, mentre il Grifone di Juric può recriminare per il palo colpito da Ninkovic (decisivo Sorrentino) in una [.

The Rest

Diego Simeone Talks Up Move To Inter Milan

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone deliberately opened up a can of worms on Monday saying that "everyone knows I'll Coach Inter one day" but "there's nothing to comment on" right now.

Speculation that he Simeone could be moving to Inter took a new turn last week when his son, currently playing in Serie A for Genoa, told Spanish radio that

"I think that at some stage my father will sign for Inter.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/6/16

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All the links you could want in today's post.

Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake Named to MLS Best XI
Blake joins Sebastien Le Toux in Philadelphia Union history with the prestigious honor.

MLS News

Atlanta United signs Miguel Almirón, hopefully sparking a trend of ambitious MLS signings
Like Nicolás Lodeiro before him, Almirón is an impressive signing, and the type of signing that MLS should focus on.

A Statistical Preview: FC Basel v Arsenal

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Expect significant changes to the Gunners starting XI when they face FC Basel in the final match of...

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Southgate cuts Lee from England coaching team

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London (AFP) Sammy Lee has left his role as England's assistant manager following Gareth Southgate's appointment as permanent manager, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool midfielder Lee, 57, was brought in by Southgate's predecessor Sam Allardyce, whose tenure lasted just 67 days after he was brought down by a newspaper sting.

Southgate cuts Lee from England coaching team

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London (AFP) Sammy Lee has left his role as England's assistant manager following Gareth Southgate's appointment as permanent manager, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool midfielder Lee, 57, was brought in by Southgate's predecessor Sam Allardyce, whose tenure lasted just 67 days after he was brought down by a newspaper sting.

Official: Sammy Lee Steps Down As England Assistant After Just Five Games

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The FA have confirmed that Sammy Lee has stepped down fromhis post as England assistant manager after just five games in the job.

The 57-year-old was originally sworn inas Sam Allardyce's right-hand man back in June, only to see his direct superior get himself canned one game later for the sole crime of being himself a massive, undulating, guffawing, cud-chewing foghorn of a man.

Basel v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

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So we come to Arsenal's final Champions League Group game and the team are on their way to Switzerland. There is very little chance of the Gunners topping the group, but Wenger has admitted he will be taking all the same players that travelled to West Ham last week with him, with one exception. "It's [.

4-3-3 v Dortmund: Zidane without 3 top class Real Madrid stars for must win UCL game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream info ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture.

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
7th December, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund live on BT Sport App / Fox Soccer 2Go

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday and both sides will be looking to qualify for the knockout rounds as the group winners.

WORLD SOCCER | THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

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Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Free rein on rainsday

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And just a little bit of Hamilton for good measure.

It's Tuesday! These are your Freedom Kicks! I haven't been following soccer super closely lately and therefore this is one of those Free Rein Freedom Kicks, in which you all share stuff and talk about what's up!

Doesn't that sound liberating and exciting, and not just lazy?

CONMEBOL: Chapecoense Awarded 2016 Copa Sudamericana Title, Atletico Nacional Receive Special ‘Fair Play’ Award

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After much deliberation, CONMEBOL have decided to award the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title to Chapecoense.

As you well know, Chape were all set to square off against Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamerican (the South American equivalent of the the Europa League) when their team plane crashed en route toMedellin airportlast Tuesday morning, killing 76 people.

Greek Tragedy: Makedonikos Kozanis Striker Suffers Woeful Miss From Approximately 15 Centimetres Out (Video)

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You'll have to forgive the slightly sketchy details here but, alas, Pies' Greek regional tier sources aren't as reliable as they might be.

Anyway, what we think we're looking at here is a swatch of action from a recent tie between Makedonikos Kozanis and Vatera down in the fourth-tier.

Specifically, you're about to witness Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis etchhis name in eternity by somehow failing to score from around 15 centimetres out despite leaving both the goalkeeper and defender on their backsides.

Alexis Sánchez: The Silent Arsenal of the Premier League

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Arsenal transferred Alexis Sánchez from Barcelona 2 seasons ago in hopes to fill the offensive void left by Robin van Persie. In his third season at the club, Sánchez seems to have finally arrived. While he had respectable seasons the past two years, Alexis Sánchez has reached new heights in this early season.

Five Big Talking Points from Arsenal’s win at West Ham

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FIVE CRITICAL POINTS FROM THE ARSENAL VICTORY OVER WEST HAM UNITED AT THE WEEKEND. Arsenal were at their best with a 5-1 win on the road against a strong West Ham side that had Dimitri Payet and the youthful talent of Ashley Fletcher going forward. The visitors ran riot against the hosts quenching some skeptical [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin returns to outdoor training

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A photo posted by Arsenal Official (@arsenal) on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:31am PST There was a promising sight for Arsenal fans at yesterday's...

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Reports: Roberto Firmino’s £82m Liverpool Release Clause Can Be Triggered By Any Club Except Arsenal

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According to the latest round of documents released by the Football Leaks group, Liverpool saw fit to include a rather particular clause in Roberto Firmino's contract when they signed the Brazilian from Hoffenheim in summer 2015.

It would appear that the Reds included an enormous€98million (£82.

Millen Baars confirms he has signed for Man Utd

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Dutch starlet Millen Baars has announced his transfer to Manchester United via his Instagram account. The 16-year-old left Ajax in the summer and has...

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Should the Ox now be an Arsenal starter?

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The Arsenal boss finally allowed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to play the whole 90 minutes of Saturday's win at West Ham United and rewarded Arsene Wenger with an excellent performance and even a very well taken goal. It is a sad fact that after last season's unconvincing form, it has taken a long time for him to [.

4 reasons why Harry Kane is the star of Tottenham's talented young squad

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I had a read through Twitter after Tottenham beat Swansea 5-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday, only to come across some idiotic and generally laughable comments on their striker Harry Kane.

Many of these tweets argued that Kane was a penalty or tap-in merchant. Others claimed Spurs’s number 10 to be a ‘two season wonder.

Chapecoense awarded 2016 Copa Sudamericana

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Brazilian football club Chapecoense have been awarded the 2016 Copa Sudamericana by South American football confederation Conmebol.

Atletico Nacional, who asked Chapecoense to be given the trophy, have been given a Fair Play award.

Antonio Conte's key quality is the main reason behind Chelsea's outstanding form this season

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Following a 3-1 win away to Manchester City, Chelsea are now on a 8 game winning streak, scoring 22 goals and conceding 2 whilst sitting at the top of the Premier League.

I put this down to the passion shown on the sidelines by Antonio Conte, after questionable performances against Liverpool and Arsenal.

UNC to Final Four - Sporting Academy in College

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There will be one school in the NCAA division 1 Final Four this coming weekend with a Sporting KC academy player on it. The UNC Tar Heels ended the Cinderella run of Providence with a 1-0 overtime win to book their ticket to Houston where they'll play Standford. Academy graduate Zach Wright has been a starter for UNC throughout the season, he's third on the team in goals with five while second on the team in assists with seven.

2016 Player of the Year

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my 2016 Player of the Year is the Rapids Goalkeeper. Yes, I'm splitting the award between Zac MacMath and Tim Howard. Both played the same number of games (19 league games, including playoffs), they both led a league leading defense, and they both dealt with the tough situation of being the #1 at different times of the year.