English Premier League

Garry Monk pleasantly surprised by signing of Jack Cork from Southampton

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has expressed surprise that he has been able to capture Jack Cork from Southampton.

Cork has completedhis move to Swansea afterpassing hismedical on Friday afternoon in south Wales to put the finishing touches on the £3million deal.

Swansea head to Southampton on Sunday for a Barclays Premier League game but Cork's signing will come too late for the 25-year-old to make his debut for the club at St Mary's.

Garry Monk pleasantly surprised by signing of Jack Cork from Southampton

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has expressed surprise that he has been able to capture Jack Cork from Southampton.

Cork has completedhis move to Swansea afterpassing hismedical on Friday afternoon in south Wales to put the finishing touches on the £3million deal.

Swansea head to Southampton on Sunday for a Barclays Premier League game but Cork's signing will come too late for the 25-year-old to make his debut for the club at St Mary's.

Done Deal: Jack Cork leaves Saints for Swans

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Done Deal: Jack Cork leaves Saints for Swans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Now former SouthamptonmidfielderJack Cork has agreed personal terms with Swansea City, and will be available for their game against Sunderland next Saturday.

The English midfielder, who made 109 appearances for Southampton, will join up with Garry Monk and his squad as they look to retain a place in the Premier League's top ten.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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Liverpool must prepare themselves to face West Ham on Saturday as they pick up the pieces after their unfortunate loss to Chelsea in the League Cup semi final on Tuesday evening. The huge positive for Liverpool of course is the return of Daniel Sturridge who will surely be anxious but raring to go.

The bleak mid-winter battle

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On the 21st of September around 12.45pm, United fans were sat back with their feet up or pint in hand brimming with excitement at the idea of a season with this new look United side under the brilliant Van Gaal.

Half an hour later most had switched off their televisions in disgust, sank a few more alesand taken to the internet to discuss why this would be another season of abject failure.

Predicted lineups for Chelsea vs Manchester City

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In the biggest match of the season, and one that could go a long way in determining this season's title winners, the league's top two clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (live at 12:30pm ET on NBC for viewers in the United States).

Chelsea come into the match with a five point advantage and could go eight points clear with a win, something that would be very damaging to City's title bid.

Predicted lineups for Chelsea vs Manchester City

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In the biggest match of the season, and one that could go a long way in determining this season's title winners, the league's top two clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (live at 12:30pm ET on NBC for viewers in the United States).

Chelsea come into the match with a five point advantage and could go eight points clear with a win, something that would be very damaging to City's title bid.

Former Goalkeeper Tries To Quell Newcastle Fears

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Steve Harper was at Newcastle for 20 years when he was signed in the summer of 1993 by Kevin Keegan and then left the club 18 months ago when his contract ran out and since then he's been at Hull City with Steve Bruce. But he averaged less than 10 games a year since [...]

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Manchester City

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Can Figo Make a Difference – SY 1-29-15

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On this week's Soccer Yanks Podcast: Our long holiday break is over, it's a short one, but a good one this week: Figo throws his hat in the ring for FIFA presidency. The Lampard fiasco and what it means for both NYCFC and Manchester City. Other ways to listen:..

Done Deal: World Cup star rejects Manchester United for Chelsea

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Done Deal: World Cup star rejects Manchester United for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have managed to beat Manchester United in signing Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado.

The Colombian international has been constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer after impressing for his national side during the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Juan Cuadrado has joined Chelsea according to Fiorentina coach

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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has confirmed that Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will not play for the Viola on Saturday, with the Colombian winger finalizing his permanent move to Chelsea.

Cuadrado is expected to undergo a medical in London on Friday with Fiorentina's permission after both clubs agreed a transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

Juan Cuadrado has joined Chelsea according to Fiorentina coach

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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has confirmed that Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will not play for the Viola on Saturday, with the Colombian winger finalizing his permanent move to Chelsea.

Cuadrado is expected to undergo a medical in London on Friday with Fiorentina's permission after both clubs agreed a transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

Newcastle Offer Intenrational Midfielder To Arsenal

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The Mail is reporting that Arsenal have turned down the chance to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote in Jnauary. Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast colors There was news in the summer that Arsenal were interested in signing Cheick, who is currently on International duty for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

Chelsea vs Manchester City: 3 key battles

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Chelsea vs Manchester City: 3 key battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Manchester City face off in a top-of-the-table blockbuster on Saturday, in a game that will go a long way to deciding where the Premier League trophy will end up in May. Defending champions City trail the Blues by 5 points going into this game and Stamford Bridge, and Manuel Pellegrini will know that losing is not an option.

Blanc: Financial Fair Play Really Impacting Paris Saint-Germain

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Some very interesting comments from Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc that the French champions are unlikely to make any signings in this transfer window due to UEFA's financial fair play sanctions.

PSG, along with Premier League winners Manchester City, were punished when UEFA issued its first wave of FFP punishments last summer.

Liverpool Transfer: Reds must sign Danny Ings

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Liverpool Transfer: Reds must sign Danny Ings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have entered the race for Burnley striker Danny Ings.

The England forward is out of contract in the summer and has been courted by several Premier League clubs over the last few weeks. It is believed that Burnley are willing to accept an offer of around 3-4 million pounds for their star striker as they are reluctant to lose him on a free.

Man United’s Michael Carrick out for four weeks

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Just when it seemed like they were finally getting healthy, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick will miss up to a month of action for Manchester United after rupturing a muscle.

Carrick is set to miss Premier League games against Leicester, West Ham, Burnley and Swansea and the FA Cup replay against Cambridge, plus a potential fifth-round tie against either Preston North End or Sheffield United.

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Gary Neville reacts to Man Utd signing

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Leicester Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Well lets make no mistake about it, last Friday's dismal 0-0 draw with totally unacceptable. United's shortcomings were seemingly paled into relative insignificance just 24 hours later with the likes of Chelsea, City, Southampton and Spurs all falling to lesser fancied sides, yet it's hard to take too much solace given our ineptitude to take care of the League Two minnows.

Man Utd target Kevin Strootman out with another lengthy knee injury

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Almost Done: Manchester United star having medical ahead of transfer move

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Almost Done: Manchester United star having medical ahead of transfer move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Leicester City, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has confirmed in his press conference that Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical at West Ham Unitd ahead of his proposed transfer move.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about the future of Van Persie and Van Gaal.

Scott wrote for The Metro about Paul Pogba.

Paul Scholes' column for The Independent talks about the stick Ronaldo got in England.

The Guardian reports on Michael Carrick's latest month long injury.

Campo Retro have brought out some new 'Legend Tees'.

Retro Snapshot: 11-Year-Old Darren Fletcher Signs For Man Utd, 1995…

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By Chris Wright

Bedraggled,scrawny and willing: Darren Fletcher

After joining as a boy and spending his entire career at Manchester United, it looks like its the end of the road at Old Trafford for Darren Fletcher, with the Scottish midfielder looking increasingly likely to join West Ham in the next couple of days.

Previews

Crystal Palace v Everton Match Facts and Predictions

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Crystal Palace v Everton Preview

Crystal Palace have looked a formidable top half side since Alan Pardew's appointment as the former captain remains unbeaten thus far and the visit of a very unconvincing Everton side will hold no fears for the Eagles faithful!

Prediction
Crystal Palace17/10

Scorecast:
3-1 @20/1

First Goalscorer:
Dwight Gayle @13/2

Match Facts

Only one of the last eight meetings in all competitions has ended as a home win in this fixture (two draws, five away wins).

This is South Korea: Asian Cup final 2015 preview – Player-by-player Analysis

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West Brom v Tottenham Match Facts and Predictions

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West Brom v Tottenham Preview

West Brom look defensively better under Tony Pulis's stewardship and the visit of Tottenham won't be too much of a worry for the Baggies however if Tottenham are to keep their outside Champions League hopes alive they must turn this tricky away tie into a win and could just sneak it if there Leugue Cup Semi-Final win during the week on aggregate wasn't celebrated too much!

Liverpool v West Ham Match Facts and Predictions

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Liverpool v West Ham Preview

The imminent return of Daniel Sturridge will surely have the Kop in full voice tomorrow as they look to squeeze into Champions League contention with a win against West Ham who blitzed them 3-1 at Upton Park in September, however Liverpool have shown signs of returning to their attacking play of last season since the turn of the year and with a potent striker to lead the line could easily just sneak this one at Anfield tomorrow!

Manchester United v Leicester City Match Facts and Predictions

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Manchester United v Leicester City Preview

Despite Manchester United looking far from convincing at the back, with half the season gone surely LVG's men couldn't be beaten by Leicester City again who still prop up the Premier League table on 17 points and a revenge mission for the club's most embarrassing loss in the league this season is surely on the cards despite the Foxes recent turn in form a win at Old Trafford tomorrow is surely beyond them?

Chelsea v Manchester City Match Facts and Predictions

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Chelsea v Manchester City Preview

The loss of Diego Costa through suspension for his stamp on Emre Can in midweek could be a major factor in Chelsea's clash with Champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, who like Chelsea don't seem to be firing on all cylinders lately with both side's enduring embarrassing defeats in the FA Cup last week, and with both sides looking to avoid defeat for opposite reason's this one could turn out to be a game which offers more hype than bite!

Major League Soccer

Juan Agudelo joins the New England Revolution

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Juan Agudelo is once again a member of the New England Revolution, with the club keeping his MLS rights after he left the league. Read More

Playing up in American soccer

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The Sacramento Republic are following Orlando City's lead by building a potential MLS expansion team in USL PRO. Read More

PSP talks with Danny Cruz about the CBA

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PSP talked with Danny Cruz to learn more about how he, along with Brian Carroll, came to be Union's MLSPU representative for the current CBA negotiations, what issues he feels are important, and how he and his teammates interact during the ongoing process.

Transfer News and Gossip

Tottenham plot last-ditch move for Everton’s Kevin Mirallas

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Tottenham Hotspur are planning a move for Everton winger Kevin Mirallas before Monday's transfer deadline, according to the Daily Mirror. The...

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Swansea City sign Jack Cork from Southampton

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BREAKING: We are delighted to announce the signing of @SouthamptonFC midfielder @jackcork1 for an undisclosed fee. pic.twitter.com/klFaGIZ8sc ...

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Chelsea ‘sign Juan Cuadrado’, says Fiorentina boss

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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says that Chelsea have completed the signing of winger Juan Cuadrado with Mohamed Salah moving in the...

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Copa del Rey

Arda Turan celebrates birthday with “boot cake” following dust up with linesman

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan celebrated his 28th birthday last night and was presented with a "boot cake"by family and friends.

The celebratory dessert was decorated in the club's colors and was an obvious reference to the controversial incident fromWednesday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Barcelona when the Turkish player hurled his boot at a linesman.

Arda Turan celebrates birthday with “boot cake” following dust up with linesman

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan celebrated his 28th birthday last night and was presented with a "boot cake"by family and friends.

The celebratory dessert was decorated in the club's colors and was an obvious reference to the controversial incident fromWednesday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Barcelona when the Turkish player hurled his boot at a linesman.

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After no games for 45 days due to the Bundesliga winter break, Bayern Munich returns to action today with its match against Wolfsburg, which will be shown live for viewers in the United States on GolTV.

If you don't get GolTV, you can watch the game live on your computer, smartphone, tablet or Roku with fuboTV PRO with their free 14-day trial.

Watch Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich live at 2:30pm ET with a free trial of fuboTV PRO

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After no games for 45 days due to the Bundesliga winter break, Bayern Munich returns to action today with its match against Wolfsburg, which will be shown live for viewers in the United States on GolTV.

If you don't get GolTV, you can watch the game live on your computer, smartphone, tablet or Roku with fuboTV PRO with their free 14-day trial.

Internationals

This is Australia: Asian Cup final 2015 preview – Player-by-player Analysis

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Generation Next: Thievy Bifouma – The lost boy finding his way at AFCON 2015

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Were Arsenal RIGHT to turn down Tiote transfer?

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There will be a lot of pressure on the young shoulders of Francis Coquelin between now and the rest of the season, especially if Arsenal do not sign the top class central midfielder that many were expecting from Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window. It does look increasingly like the Gunners have wrapped up [.

Here’s Something From Newcastle To Warm The Heart

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Mike Ashley is not generally liked by Newcastle fans and therefore when some good things are done by the club, there's not muchcredit given out, and one case of that are the improvements that will soon take place to make thetraining grounds at Benton a state of the art facility and one of the best [.

Manchester City

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa loses appeal and suspended for 3 games

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been suspended for three games after losing his appeal against his violent conduct charge for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Costa will miss the Premier League games against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton after he was found guilty of deliberately stepping on Can during Chelsea's Capital One Cup semifinal second-leg victory over Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Rest

Jurgen Klinsmann changes formations

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Jurgen Klinsmann changed formations against Chile, with that move revealing a lot about his USMNT plans for 2015 and beyond. Read More

PICTURE: Fletcher as a child with Ferguson

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Darren Fletcher is on the verge of signing for West Ham. Here he is as a child with Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team” – HBO Documentary

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"Dare to Dream" PART 1

"Dare to Dream" PART 2

"Dare to Dream" PART 3

Dare to Dreamis a fantastic three-part HBO documentary that chronicles the journey of the US Women's National Team and the obstacles they had to overcome to revolutionize the landscape of women's soccer in the United States.

Four Washington Spirit players to join United States women's national team against France and England

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Four members of the Washington Spirit will join the United States women's national team in their games against France and England

Despite reports of a broken hand, Ashlyn Harris will be one of the four members of the Washington Spirit to join the United States women's national team for their matches against France and England.