Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Spurs pair Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele make a short stop-motion film

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Footballers usually use Instagram to show off from their holidays or plug their sponsor's new boots. But Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele decided to get arty. The pair, long-term friends as well as team-mates, shot a short stop-motion film starring Vertonghen and directed by Dembele. It's entitled "1st video by DemboVert Records" so [.

Video: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini looking for improvements from every player

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to see all of his players improve on their pre-season performances to date as they take part in the Audi Cup. The tournament gets under way tomorrow, with City up against AC Milan. Their Chilean boss is looking for signs of progression from their matches in South Africa [.

Shakhtar Donetsk offer ‘best financial package’ for Arsenal target Bernard

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Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have made the best offer for Arsenal transfer target Bernard, according to his current club Atletico Mineiro. The Gunners, Shakhtar and Porto are all vying for the Brazil international's signature. Arsene Wenger's side were the favourites to land the 20-year-old just a few days ago, but they now appear to be [.

Liverpool set to let Martin Skrtel join Napoli on loan

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It looks like retro Liverpool fans will be supporting Napoli this season. Hot on the heels of new manager Rafa Benitez and goalkeeper Pepe Reina being unveiled at the Serie A side comes the news that centre-back Martin Skrtel could be about to join them. The 28-year-old will be reunited with Benitez for a season-long [.

Pep Guardiola says Chelsea defender David Luiz will not be going to Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has rejected transfer rumours linking Chelsea centre-back David Luiz with a move to the European champions. The Brazil international was said to be a £40m target for Bayern, but Guardiola has denied that. He said: "He will not come to Munich. We have four, five centre-backs.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski gets some ‘Aha’ boots

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Yesterday, we brought you news that Lukas Podolski had become Arsenal's answer to Alan Partridge. The German striker has got a new catchphrase thanks to he involuntary exclamations of "Aha!" during the Gunners' pre-season tour. Poldi has now got a pair of boots sporting his slogan. See Podolski's "Aha" catchphrase in action.

Would Wayne Rooney be the latest in Chelsea’s past-their-best strikers?

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Manchester United are continuing to claim that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price. But should they be selling him to Chelsea and letting the Blues make the same mistake all over again? There's no doubt that Roman Abramovich holds the purse strings at Stamford Bridge. If he likes a player, they invariably [.

Gareth Bale’s parents spotted heading to Spurs meeting

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Tottenham star Gareth Bale's parents have been seen visiting the club's training ground for showdown talks with chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports in The Sun. Bale and his representatives reportedly met Levy to reiterate his desire to leave White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid this summer. But onlookers were surprised when the 24-year-old's [.

Video: Out-of-favour Man Utd winger Nani scores two goals against Crewe

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Fans who snapped up early tickets for last night's match between a Manchester United XI and Crewe might not have held out much hope for seeing star names since the first-team squad was in Hong Kong finishing its pre-season tour. As it happened, Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani were all returning from injury and [.

Ex-Tottenham manager David Pleat says Gareth Bale is too young to move abroad

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Former Spurs manager and director of football David Pleat says Gareth Bale is too young to play his football overseas. He reckons the 24-year-old would be making a big mistake if he choose to play his football abroad with Real Madrid. Pleat told BBC Sport: "I think he's a little bit young to go abroad.

Liverpool want to loan Benfica’s Lorenzo Melgarejo

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Liverpool are lining up a loan move for Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo. The 22-year-old would join the Reds on a year-long deal to provide cover for Jose Enrique, with the possibility of a permanent move if he impresses during his time at Anfield, reports the Liverpool Echo. Brendan Rodgers has previously been linked with a [.

Liverpool new boy Iago Aspas says pre-season is tougher than in Spain

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Liverpool striker Iago Aspas says pre-season training has been tougher than he's used to in Spain but he's determined to put the work in to start the season in the team. The £7m signing from Celta Vigo has faced the most difficult training sessions of his career since moving to Anfield. He hopes that [.

Man Utd target ex-Spurs star Luka Modric as Cesc Fabregas alternative

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Manchester United have lined up a possible move for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is they face up to the prospect of being unable to bring Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford. With Barcelona adamant that Fabregas is not for sale, the champions are now hoping to do business with their big rivals instead, according to [.

Video: Former Liverpool favourites Rafa Benitez and Pepe Reina are presented at Napoli

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Liverpool fan favourites Rafa Benitez and Pepe Reina have been officially presented to fans at their new club Napoli. Former Anfield boss Benitez and his regular goalkeeper were welcomed to the Serie A club, along with former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Benitez had a starkly different start than he had in his last job.

Video: Franck Ribery swaps his mascot for a shorter one

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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery traded his mascot at a charity match because he thought his was too tall. Ahead of Mark Van Bommel's testimonial match last week, the France international appeared to become concerned at the height of the child with whom he was holding hands. Spotting a much smaller model up ahead, the [.

Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas sings Gareth Bale’s praises

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Gareth Bale is one of the top three or four players in Europe, according to Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Casillas' club are currently desperately trying to ensure that Spurs star Bale is their player next season. And the Spain captain has been talking up the Welshman's ability ahead of a possible deal.

Juventus hope to pinch Man Utd starlet Adnan Januzaj

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Italian side Juventus are planning to sign highly-rated Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj just 12 months after doing the same with Paul Pogba. The Old Lady find United to be a decent feeder club at the moment, and hope to once again snatch a young star from the champions by promising them more regular [.

Newcastle aim to bring Loic Remy on loan from QPR

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Newcastle are hoping to sign QPR striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in The Chronicle. The Magpies seemed destined to capture the Frenchman in January until the R's swooped in with a very attractive salary package to win the race for his signature. Relegation to the Championship means both club [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes slept in his car at France 98

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he slept in his car at the 1998 World Cup because he was so desperate to study the games but couldn't afford hotel rooms. The then newly-appointed Preston North End manager secured some funding from the PFA to be able to travel to France. The funds covered [.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse explains Wonga U-turn

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Papiss Cisse has been explaining his decision to back down in his row over Newcastle's shirt sponsorship deal with Wonga. The Senegal international refused to wear the logo of the payday loan company, saying it was against his faith as a Muslim. But after talking to those close to him including Islamic teachers [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes refuses to comment on Rooney after Kitchee win

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Manchester United manager David Moyes stayed tight-lipped on Wayne Rooney's future after his side's 5-2 win over Hong Kong outfit Kitchee. Moyes indicated that there were no further developments since the champions had told the media that Rooney is not for sale. He said: "I couldn't give you any more update than already I've said [.

Report: Spurs and Real Madrid set Miami meeting to discuss Gareth Bale

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have arranged a meeting in Miami to discuss Gareth Bale's transfer, according to reports in the Spanish media. El Confidencial claims Levy will meet Perez in Miami during Real's tour of the USA. They say a meeting has been pencilled in for August 6 or [.

Video: Kitchee 2-5 Manchester United

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Champions Manchester United withstood a spirited fightback from Hong Kong side Kitchee to secure a 5-2 win in their pre-season friendly. United had raced into a 4-0 lead thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Fabio and Adnan Januzaj. But Kitchee let United know they were still in the game with a couple of [.

Ex-Birmingham striker and Spurs transfer target Christian Benitez dies

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Former on-loan Birmingham striker Christian Benitez had died in a car crash. The 27-year-old, linked with a possible move to Tottenham or Swansea earlier this month, passed away this morning, his agent confirmed. There are conflicting rumours as to whether he did in a car accident or due to complications arising from appendicitis at the [.

Arsenal set to miss out on Bernard as Hulk recommends Porto

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Arsenal risk losing out on the signing of Brazil international Bernard, according to the player's father. The Gunners are known to have a strong interest in the Atletico Mineiro player, but that has yet to turn into a firm transfer bid. Meanwhile, Bernard's international team-mate Hulk has advised the 20-year-old to join his former club [.

Man Utd don’t need Cesc Fabregas, says David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club can have a successful season even if Cesc Fabregas doesn't join them. The Scot is still desperate to bring the Barcelona midfielder to Old Trafford. But with the Catalan club playing hardball, Moyes has changed the narrative slightly to point out that United's hopes for next season [.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy flying in for talks to give Gareth Bale the silent treatment

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is planning to give Gareth Bale the schizophrenic treatment if you believe today's papers. The Daily Mirror reports that Levy is fed up with the speculation and the Bale camp's agitating over suggestions that the chairman has reneged on a promise to sell him if they failed to qualify for the [.

Thai Liverpool fans’ shocking ‘Munich 58′ banner aimed at Man Utd

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Absolutely shocking & embarrassing banner by some fake so called Liverpool fans. Probably Never even been to the UK! pic.twitter.com/ywNLRHAUyQ LFC flags & Banners (@LFC_Banners) July 28, 2013 Liverpool fans watching yesterday's friendly against Thailand were pictured with this nasty (and nonsensical) banner.

Pepe Reina hits out at Liverpool management

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has criticised the club's management for loaning him to Napoli without consulting with him. The Spaniard has been reunited with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez in a season-long loan deal. But the 30-year-old is disappointed that nobody bothered to mention it to him. He said: "If I have one regret, it [.

Ex-Aston Villa and Man Utd keeper Mark Bosnich explains Nazi salute at Spurs fans

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Mark Bosnich has been explaining why he made a Nazi salute towards Spurs fans during his Aston Villa days and he reckons the sitcom Fawlty Towers is to blame. Speaking at a charity event, he said he was mimicking the actions of John Cleese's character Basil Fawlty, and did not realise that the prank [.

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom says his hand is hurting from signing autographs

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Arsenal's Chuba Akpom has learned the true cost of being involved with the first-team: an aching hand from signing all the autographs. The youngster has played a key role in the Gunners' pre-season tour of Asia. And he says he's discovered a lot about what being an Arsenal player involves. He told the club's official [.

Crystal Palace plot loan move for Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh

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Crystal Palace are interested in taking out-of-favour Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan. The Morocco international could be offered a six-month move to salvage his Premier League career, reports The Sun. The former Bordeaux striker failed to make an impression at the Emirates after joining on a free transfer in the summer 2010 transfer window.

Is Joe Kinnear now ordering Newcastle’s boots?

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That's the word on the street after Newcastle youngster Sammy Ameobi posted a photo of Papiss Cisse's boots bearing the personalised slogan 'Sisse'. Kinnear, Newcastle's new director of football, made headlines shortly after his appointment by mispronouncing many of the players' names, most notably 'Yohan Kebab'.

Video: Arsenal star Lukas Podolski gets an Alan Partridge-style catchphrase

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Knowing me, Alan Partridge. Knowing you, Lukas Podolski. Aha! Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has returned from the club's tour of Asia with a new catchphrase. And he happens to share it with Alan Partridge. The Germany international was heard making his "aha" noise so often during the tour that it's now been adopted by fans [.

Red Star Belgrade players reprimanded for eating meat pies before pre-season training

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Who ate all the pies? Red Star Belgrade's players, by the sound of it. The squad have been ticked off by manager Slavisa Stojanovic for their fondness for meat pies and beer. Stojanovic spoke up after his side struggled to a 2-0 Europa League win over Icelandic minnows IBV. After drawing the second leg 0-0, [.

The Joe Kinnear factor – Newcastle close to signing Phil Bardsley on a free transfer from rivals Sunderland

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Newcastle are currently the only Premier League club not to make a signing this summer, and with Joe Kinnear at the helm many fans are growing even more disillusioned with the Director of Football's effect on the club. It is obvious to pretty much everyone that they need a striker in order to provide Papiss [.

Video: Everton left-back Leighton Baines gives some fans a lift to Blackburn friendly

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With injury ruling Leighton Baines out of his side's friendly against Blackburn, the left-back decided to perform a taxi service instead. The England international gave a lift to a group of Toffees who were making their way to Ewood Park. Since the fans in question were, by their own admission, a bit "bevvied" up, he [.

Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s post-match bikini posing

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When you're Zlatan Ibrahimovic, enormous levels of self-confidence come with the territory. Still, wandering round a football pitch in what appears to be a bikini is brave even by the Swedish striker's standards. This video comes from PSG's friendly against Real Madrid. After the final whistle, Zlatan stripped down to a heart rate monitor and [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas refuses to discuss Real Madrid bid for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas refused to answer questions on Gareth Bale's future following reports of an official bid from Real Madrid. Villas Boas has always straight-batted question about his Welsh star by saying that he would be staying at White Hart Lane. His decision not to even discuss Bale marked a noticeable change in [.

Cesc Fabregas ‘agrees to join’ Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told Manchester United that he wants to join them. The Daily Express reports that a secret meeting between the ex-Arsenal captain's agent Darren Dein and United vice-chairman Ed Woodward resulted in assurances that Fabregas did want to make the move. Woodward flew home from United's tour of Asia to handle [.

Video: Jordan Henderson drives Liverpool team-mates Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Alberto around in a tuk tuk

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Liverpool players Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Alberto took time out from pre-season training to bomb around in a Reds-themed tuk tuk. Midfielder Henderson took the handlebars of the engine-powered rickshaw to drive it round a short course in Bangkok. Supporters will not be overly surprised by Henderson's lack of accuracy as [.

Video: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho scores great individual goal vs Thailand

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Brazilian youngster Philippe Coutinho provided arguably the highlight of Liverpool's pre-season so far with this stunning individual goal against Thailand. The former Inter Milan man dummied a shot leaving a defender flat on his backside, checked inside and shot past the goalkeeper. Luis who? (He's on the bench, by the way.

Video: Luis Suarez left biting his nails on the Liverpool bench

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Luis Suarez again started from the bench in today's pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Thailand. The Uruguayan striker was shown biting his nails during the match, allowing the commentator to draw comparisons with Liverpool fans who are nervously awaiting news on his future. Anything that stops him getting the urge to nibble on an opponent [.

Spurs have resumed negotiations with Valencia over Roberto Soldado

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It is a deal that many had rather assumed was due to end in disappointment, but it appears that Spurs may yet be finally able to welcome a striker to White Hart Lane, after reports in Spain stated that the club were close to agreeing a deal with Valencia for Spain international Roberto Soldado. The [.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick’s interesting choice of formal footwear

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First-time visit for @carras16 as the players touch down in Hong Kong. #mutour pic.twitter.com/rDf61qMtwH Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2013 Michael Carrick has obviously found a loophole in his Manchester United contract that says that the need to wear a club suit doesn't extend to donning matching footwear.

Video: Manchester City 1-0 Sunderland

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Manchester City beat Premier League rivals Sunderland 1-0 to win the Asia Trophy pre-season tournament in Hong Kong. A stunning volley from Edin Dzeko was enough to secure victory for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Dzeko missed the chance to double his and City's tally with a comically bad penalty miss.

Video: Edin Dzeko’s comical penalty miss (Manchester City 1-0 Sunderland)

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko ballooned a penalty over the bar during today's Asia Trophy final against Sunderland. The hilarious spot-kick was not decisive though, with Manuel Pellegrini's side winning 1-0 courtesy of some more accurate shooting from Dzeko.

Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo donates blood to Spanish train crash victims

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The recent train crash in Spain has been an absolutely horrific incident, causing the loss of 80 lives and injuries to scores of others. It all appears to have been caused by a driver going too fast going through a tunnel, and Spain has held three days of national mourning after the accident. Whilst many [.

FAIL! Ex-Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has his own name tattooed onto his face

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Nile Ranger is a moron. There are numerous reasons for believing the above statement, but one of them has been demonstrated only this morning, when the former Newcastle United striker posted an Instagram photograph of his new tattoo. Whilst many footballers choose to have tattoos on their arms, chests, legs and even necks, Ranger has [.

Video: Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin scores his first goal in 14 months

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Ex-Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin found the net for the first time since May 2012 during last night's 1-1 draw between Zenit St Petersburg and Kuban Krasnodar. The Russia international came off the bench to slide in the opening goal in the second-half. Zenit were pegged back by Ivelin Popov's 79th minute strike.

Man City set to bid for Real Madrid’s Pepe as Manuel Pellegrini predicts more arrivals

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side have not finished their transfer business for the summer, despite already spending more than £90m. Real Madrid defender Pepe is believed to be one of City's last remaining summer transfer targets. The Premier League runners-up are expected to launch a £15m bid for the Portugal international.

Who Are Ya? Yannick Sagbo (Hull City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Yannick Sagbo Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Evian Fee: Undisclosed (reported £1.6m) Did you know? Sagbo's official website will drop an n-bomb on you approximately two seconds after you land on it. What's the deal? The Tigers are counting on the former Evian striker [.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly gets a marriage proposal in Bangkok

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Martin Kelly receives marriage proposal in Bangkok: @MartinKelly1990 #lfctour pic.twitter.com/aSWfh3CkJo Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2013 Martin Kelly's lovely new locks appear to be going down very well in south-east Asia. The Liverpool defender received a marriage-proposal-by-banner during the team's pre-season stay in Bangkok.

Barcelona prepare £25m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz

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Barcelona hope to take advantage of Jose Mourinho's uncertainty over David Luiz's defensive ability by launching a £25m bid for the Chelsea man. The Brazil international is a fans' favourite and enjoyed an impressive season last term, but is still prone to defensive howlers. Former Blues boss Rafa Benitez toyed with using Luiz as a [.

Video: South China 0-6 Tottenham

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Tottenham recorded an easy 6-0 win over South China in the Asia Trophy consolation match. Manager Andre Villas Boas will be delighted to emerge from a match he admitted he would rather his team didn't play with a positive result and no further injuries. Jermain Defoe bagged a hat-trick, with a Tse Sean Ka Keung [.

Marca’s verbatim account of Gareth Bale demanding to leave Spurs

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Gareth Bale has demanded to leave Tottenham in a furious meeting, according to Spanish daily Marca. Somehow the newspaper has managed to get a fly-on-the-wall version of events of what was said, including the exact words Bale said to Levy. Sceptical? Us too. They quote Bale as saying: "You made me a promise.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas confirms ‘possible improvements’ to Gareth Bale’s contract

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We reported earlier that Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas had revealed the club is in talks with Gareth Bale about a new contract. Now, here's video from a Hong Kong press conference of Villas Boas reiterating that point. He said: "We understand that we are speaking with his agent about possible improvements to his contract, [.

Who Are Ya? Gary Hooper (Norwich)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gary Hooper Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celtic Fee: Undisclosed (reported £5m) Did you know? Former Spurs youngster Hooper has never played for England at any level. Attempted call-ups to the Under-21, and reportedly the senior squad, have always been thwarted by injury.

Jail Chelsea’s Juan Mata for six months, jokes magistrate

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A magistrate joked about jailing Juan Mata for six months before fining the Chelsea star for speeding. The Spain international was given a £200 penalty for driving his Aston Martin at 63mph in a 50mph limit in Esher, Surrey. But not before a magistrate had suggested the Blues midfielder should be sentenced to "six months [.

Image: Evolution of a Liverpool transfer rumour on Twitter

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This excellent image shows how a comment made by The Times journalist Rory Smith that Liverpool had "looked at" Udinese striker Luis Muriel became a fully-blown Luis Suarez replacement transfer rumour reported by national newspaper. That's despite the fact that Smith had clarified that Muriel was not a current target or a Suarez replacement just [.

Video: Urawa Red 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal Yellow recorded a 2-1 win against Japanese side Urawa Red in today's pre-season. All the goals came in the second-half, with Lukas Podolski giving the Gunners the lead shortly after the break. Yuki Abe volleyed in an equaliser, before youngster Chuba Akpom took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the winner.

Video: Enjoy Man City new boy Stevan Jovetic’s hilarious ‘listening to English’ face

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It looks like Manchester City have move swiftly this summer to combat the threat posed by Phil Jones' funny face. Not wanting to let rivals Manchester United get one-up on them, they've signed their own gurning star in the form of Stevan Jovetic. If this is how the Montenegro international looks when he's listening intently [.

Video: Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker’s samurai fight

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Modern footballers and their play-acting, eh? Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker treated a crowd gathered for a pre-season event in Japan to an exhibition of their samurai skills. Dressed up as Japanese warriors, the pair bowed to the audience and to each other before starting a sword fight.

Cesc Fabregas ‘tells friends’ he wants to join Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told friends that he wants to move to Manchester United. The former Arsenal captain hopes to quit the Camp Nou in favour of a return to the Premier League, according to reports in today's Daily Mail. The champions have already had two bids for the 26-year-old turned down by Barca.

Brendan Rodgers to Luis Suarez: Swapping Liverpool for Arsenal ‘doesn’t add up’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned striker Luis Suarez that a move to Arsenal is a step backwards to a smaller club. The Reds boss says quitting Anfield for the Emirates would be a mistake on the Uruguay international's part. He said: "Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave Liverpool? Yes, 100 per [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez ready to let Premier League rule on his ‘£40,000,001′ clause

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Luis Suarez and his agent Pere Guardiola are ready to let the Premier League decide whether a £40m plus £1 bid from Arsenal triggered a release clause in his Liverpool contract. The Uruguayan striker believed his current side were contractually-obliged to accept the Gunners' most recent offer for him.

Villas Boas: Spurs in talks with Gareth Bale over new contract

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Gareth Bale is in talks with a view to signing a new contract at Spurs, according to manager Andre Villas Boas. The Welshman has been the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid this summer. But Villas Boas is hopeful that Bale will agree a new deal at White Hart Lane. Speaking from Hong Kong, [.

Video: Man City kitman, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart in Klinsmann dive contest

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The torrential rain that has blighted the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong hasn't all been doom and gloom. No, Manchester City's players used the waterlogged conditions to their advantage to hold a Klinsmann dive competition. Kitman Chappy was up first, and he put on quite a show. Captain Vincent Kompany and keeper Joe Hart then [.

Olivier Giroud says Arsenal need two or three new players

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says the club needs to sign two or three new players this summer in order to show the required level of ambition. The Frenchman says the Gunners need to open the chequebook to show the current squad and the fans that they mean business. And he's quite happy for the new [.

Brendan Rodgers knew Pepe Reina would be leaving Liverpool ‘from last season’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated it was well-known among the club's hierarchy that goalkeeper Pepe Reina would leave the club this summer. Reina has joined former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli on a season-long loan deal. And Rodgers' determination to bring Simon Mignolet in from Sunderland makes even more sense in light of [.

Chelsea launch bid for Brazilian defender Doria

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Chelsea have made a £8.1m bid for Botafogo central-back Doria, according to reports in the Brazilian media. An article in Lancenet suggests that the Blues want to add the 18-year-old defender to their considerable Brazilian contingent, which already includes Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Wallace.

Liverpool manager director Ian Ayre says Luis Suarez is still not for sale

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Ian Ayre, Liverpool's managing director, has reiterated that the club has no intention of selling Luis Suarez. Speaking from Thailand during the Reds' pre-season tour, Ayre maintained that two bids from Premier League rivals Arsenal had not persuaded them to consider parting company with their prize asset.

Video: Man Utd defender Chris Smalling gifts a goal to Cerezo Osaka

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Chris Smalling has only just linked up with Manchester United's pre-season tour after spending time recovering from the injury that forced him to miss the final six weeks of last season. Right now, they're probably wishing he'd stayed away for another day or two. In his first pre-season outing, the centre-back handed the opening goal [.

Cristiano Ronaldo back at the top of Manchester United’s wanted list

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Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club. Reports in today's Manchester Evening News suggest that the Real Madrid superstar is now David Moyes' top summer transfer target and that the champions will happily pay £80m to secure his return. As well as a great signing for footballing [.

Barcelona warn Man Utd that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price

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Barcelona have told Manchester United that they will not sell Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal captain is one of David Moyes' main transfer targets this summer. But Barca say they will not let him leave, no matter how much United offer. FC Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: "It doesn't matter what any offer from [.

Video: Cerezo Osaka 2-2 Manchester United

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Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw in today's pre-season friendly against Cerezo Osaka. A defensive howler from the returning Chris Smalling handed the Japanese side the lead. Local hero Shinji Kagawa grabbed an equaliser before Takuma Minamino restored Osaka's advantage. United appeared to be heading for defeat until new boy Wilfried Zaha scored [.

Video: BNI Indonesia All-Stars 1-8 Chelsea

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Chelsea managed a rout against a pretty poor BNI Indonesia All-Stars side, scoring all nine goals in an 8-1 win. Eden Hazard gave the Blues the lead from the penalty spot. Ramires added a second with his turn and shot, before Demba Ba and Gary Cahill made it 4-0 at half-time. After the break, triallist [.

Even the flash on Liverpool’s camera thinks Luis Suarez is a goner

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Waiting for us in Bangkok #lfctour #teambus pic.twitter.com/DE3mObyERC Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 25, 2013 It seems all but certain that Luis Suarez will leave Liverpool this summer. So much so, that even the flash on the club's press office camera has done its best to airbrush him out of his starring role on the [.

Video: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry shows off full-sleeve tattoo

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Want to suggest a nice tattoo for Thierry Henry's left arm? Tough: he's out of space. The Arsenal legend showed off his full-sleeve tattoo in an Instagram video posted by the Bang Bang tattoo parlour in New York. Henry's ink has clearly been heavily influenced by his time in the Big Apple playing for New [.

Michael Owen ‘shows off’ his commentary ‘skills’ during new BT Sport advert

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Forgive us for reserving outr judgement on whether Michael Owen's commentary skills will impress many on television, but BT have certainly taken a gamble on their man. Their latest advert shows the world that they have been putting Owen through his paces, and it's fair to say he's no Kenneth Wolstenholme just yet.

Manchester United players star in rather weird Japanese tomato juice advert

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFxi-V1q-ls&feature=player_embedded Manchester United are a club that take their brand recognition rather seriously, and perform advertising duties around the globe in order to further the club brand. This rather bizarre advert shows them swigging down what looks a rather disgusting tomato juice drink called Kagome.

Kitman – Celtic’s new yellow away shirt

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Celtic have officially released their away shirt for the upcoming season, after they released a rather 'busy' home shirt a few weeks ago. The club have got so hoop happy that they are even including them on their away shirt now, which is a yellow design with thin green hoops around the abdomen. As described [.

Arsenal ready for Bernard move after final scouting mission, Spurs cool interest

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Arsenal look set to bid for Brazil star Bernand after scouting him in last night's Copa Libertadores final second-leg. The 20-year-old helped his Atletico Mineiro side to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Paraguay's Olimpia to win South America's equivalent of the Champions League on penalties.

Man Utd boss David Moyes labelled ‘dinosaur’ over Robin Van Persie injury

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The only way to solve this problem in Jurassic Park is to improve education of these dinosaur coaches, fitness clowns & scientific cowboys. Raymond Verheijen (@raymondverheije) July 23, 2013 David Moyes has been branded a "dinosaur" by a former Wales assistant manager after Robin Van Persie picked up a pre-season injury.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s amazing disappearing act

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Arsene Wenger isn't just an astute football manager. He's also an accomplished magician. The Dynamo wannabe showed off his latest trick during an Arsenal pre-season training session. Behold, the incredible disappearing Professor.

Full highlights of Shinji Kagawa sitting on the bench (Yokohama 3-2 Manchester United)

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It's not unusual for a YouTube user to make a six-minute video of a player's individual highlights from the TV coverage of a match. It is a bit more unusual to be able to do that with footage of said player sitting on the bench. But that's exactly what someone has done with the array [...]

Kitman: New Chelsea third kit revealed

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Chelsea have today unveiled their Johnny Cash-inspired new third kit. Kit manufacturer Adidas has given the Blues a number of black change kits in recent reasons, but this latest effort promises to be the blackest yet, featuring "black-on-black" matte printing. That's black, folks. Oh no, sorry, it's actually blue.

Manuel Pellegrini: Man City players perform better under pressure

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New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side play better when they are under pressure. Speaking after a 1-0 win over South China in the Asia Trophy, the Chilean said the result didn't matter to him. His only concern was that City's players continue to improve on their previous pre-season outings.

Kitman: New Manchester United away kit revealed

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Premier League champions Manchester United have unveiled their new away kit for the 2013/14 season. And just like the new change strip of rivals Manchester City, black is a big theme. United have resurrected the infamous tablecloth gingham check from last season's home kit, blown it up and created this.

David Moyes says attempts to bring Cesc Fabregas to Man Utd are ‘ongoing’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are "ongoing". He was speaking at a press conference in Japan ahead of tomorrow's friendly match against Cerezo Osaka. Asked about the latest on the Fabregas deal, he replied: "Things are ongoing.

Michael Essien’s slightly creepy photo montage of sleeping Chelsea team-mates

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Some people collect stamps. Others collect football programmes. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien collects photos of his team-mates sleeping. The Ghana international has put together a photo montage of team-mates including Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole catching 40 winks during the Blues' pre-season travels.

Real Madrid deploy Cristiano Ronaldo as a striker to make space for Gareth Bale

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Another day, another 'Gareth Bale is on his way to Real Madrid' report from Spanish newspaper Marca. This time the theory is that Cristiano Ronaldo played as a central striker during last night's friendly against Lyon as manager Carlo Ancelotti works out how to accomodate the Spurs winger into his lineup.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez explains how to pronounce Gerard Deulofeu

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez gave the media a pronunciation lesson on how to say new signing Gerard Deulofeu's name. The on-loan Barcelona star's surname was proving tricky for reporters. Martinez noted: "You're struggling with that surname, huh?" The former Wigan manager then delivered the correct pronunication.

Everton spell Gerard Deulofeu’s name wrong at kit launch

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Everton suffered a replica shirt cock-up at their kit launch when they spelt new signing Gerard Deulofeu's name incorrectly. A shirt bearing the name 'Deufoleu' was on display. How would you like it, Etervon? Time for another lesson from Roberto Martinez.

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp expects Gareth Bale to stay

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp has said he expects Gareth Bale to stay at Tottenham this summer. The former Spurs boss believes the Welshman will remain at White Hart Lane to help the club into the Champions League. 'Arry told Sports Direct: "Spurs are within touching distance of becoming a Champions League club and Gareth has [.

Video: Andre Villas Boas says poor weather conditions made Spurs players ‘vulnerable’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said his players were left "vulnerable" to injuries after defender Jan Vertonghen was stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage. Spurs' Asia Trophy game against Sunderland was played over 80 minutes on a waterlogged pitch in Hong Kong. And Villas Boas seemed in no doubt that playing on the pitch [.

Video: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini throttles an opponent

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We told you about this incident this morning, but now video footage has emerged. Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini was sent-off after clashing with Rui Caetano during the Magpies' 1-1 draw with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira. Caetano was also sent-off for his troubles, though we're not sure his involvement was on the scale of Coloccini's.

Video: Tottenham 1-3 Sunderland

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Sunderland came from a goal down to beat Tottenham 3-1 in a rain-soaked Asia Trophy clash in Hong Kong.

Arsenal lose race for Gonzalo Higuain as he arrives at Napoli for medical

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Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport as he makes his way to Napoli for a medical. The Argentina international was thought to be Arsenal's top target for the summer, but a widely expected deal never materialised. Instead, the 26-year-old looks set to ply his trade in Serie A.

Video: Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta teaches you to play the killer pass

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As if to show Luis Suarez the sort of service he can expect if he joins Arsenal this summer, Mikel Arteta has released this tutorial showing you how to play a killer pass. The Spanish midfielder demonstrates how he makes defence-splitting passes. Body shape seems to be the main thing, although accurate passing ability probably [.

Video: Luis Suarez looks miserable as sin after setting up a Liverpool goal

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Footballers: they're an expressive bunch. Wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's reaction to setting up a goal for Iago Aspas did nothing to suggest he isn't quite keen on a move to Arsenal. Suarez came on as a sub during the Reds' pre-season match against Melbourne Victory. This assist led to the second goal in a [.

Video: Bayern Munich present Mario Goetze, Thiago Alcantara and Pep Guardiola, get carried away with smoke machine

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Bayern Munich's pre-season presentation turned into a passable impersonation of Stars In Their Eyes thanks to the European champions' liberal use of smoke machine. Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Mario Goetze, Thiago Alcantara and Pep Guardiola. The Bavarians presented their two star signings and their new manager to a decent crowd gathered at the [.

Liverpool reject Arsenal’s £40m + £1 bid for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal have had a £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suarez rejected by Liverpool. The Gunners launched the unusual bid spurred on by assertions from Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola that his client has a release clause for offers in excess of £40m. Liverpool appear to disagree and have turned down the offer. The Times reports that the [.

Spanish daily Marca says ‘mysterious’ Gareth Bale injury points to Real Madrid move

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The injury that has ruled Gareth Bale out of Tottenham's friendly against Sunderland is merely a cover story as he forces through a transfer to Real Madrid, according to a Spanish newspaper. Marca irked Spurs supporters with yesterday's splash claiming that Bale had agreed personal terms with Real. They've now followed that up with a [.

Video: Pacos de Ferreira 1-1 Newcastle

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A second-half Shola Ameobi goal secured a draw for Newcastle against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira. Rui Caetano gave Pacos the lead, but both he and Fabricio Coloccini were sent-off after coming to blows. The Magpies skipper ended up throttling the goalscorer in the ensuing melee. Ameobi fired in on the hour mark to ensure [.

Arsenal, Man City and Spurs target Eduardo Salvio given £34m price tag by Benfica

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Benfica have told Eduardo Salvio's various Premier League suitors that a bid of £34m will be needed to sign him. Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester City and Spurs in the race for the 23-year-old winger. But Benfica are hoping to dampen the interest in the Argentina international by giving him a whopping asking price.

David Ginola: ‘Gareth Bale transfer situation is not simple’

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Former Spurs favourite David Ginola says the situation regarding Gareth Bale's future at the club is not simple. The Frenchman said he and other people who love Spurs were desperate to see the Welshman remained at the club, but acknowledged the situation was out of the fans' control and that they would have to wait [.

Video: Sandro entertains Spurs team-mates with impromptu dinner concert

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Tottenham fans can take some comfort from this evidence that Sandro's dodgy knee is now strong enough for him to stand on chairs to sing for his team-mates. The Brazilian midfielder missed the second-half of last season with a knee injury, but was fit and well to entertain his team-mates during dinner on the club's [.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick breaks 11-year-old Bournemouth fan’s arm

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An 11-year-old Bournemouth fan had his arm broken by a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick during last weekend's pre-season friendly against Real Madrid. The Portuguese superstar fired his set-piece against Charlie Silverwood arm, breaking it in two places. The schoolboy waited until the final whistle before heading to hospital where he needed an operation.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry wants to know what Arsenal are smoking

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What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates? John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013 Liverpool owner John W. Henry has responded to Arsenal's bids for Luis Suarez by asking what the Gunners are smoking. The Reds own posted the rhetorical question to his official Twitter account. He wrote: "What do you [.

West Ham new boy Razvan Rat works in the ticket office

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Having snapped up their summer signings, most clubs are keen to put their new players through some serious pain in pre-season training. West Ham opted to make Romanian defender Razvan Rat to do a shift in the ticket office instead. The ex-Shakhtar Donetsk player fielded telephone calls from fans and used the Hammers' booking system [.

Arsenal target Bernard celebrated birthday with ‘Ben 10′ kid’s cake

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It looks like Arsenal transfer target Bernard has either got a penchant for kid's cartoon Ben 10 or novelty birthday accessories. This photo shows the 20-year-old Brazil international wearing a Ben 10 party hat as he stands over his Ben 10 birthday cake. At least Gooners now know that, if he signs for them, they'll [.

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez comes on as a sub against Melbourne Victory after Arsenal bid

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Luis Suarez came on as a 72nd minute substitute in Liverpool's pre-season match against Melbourne Victory just hours after Arsenal had a bid for him rejected. The Uruguayan striker was making his first appearance this pre-season following the extended leave he was allowed to take after the Confederations Cup.

Villas-Boas: Tottenham counting on Bale, Soldado is a great striker

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas has reiterated the club's determination to keep hold of Gareth Bale, saying the club is counting on him. Speaking from Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy, he said: "I don't want to become repetitive after what I have been telling you last season and what I have [.

Vincent Kompany senses that Manchester City are hungry

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The problem with relocating Manchester City away from Rusholme's Curry Mile is that good food just isn't as easy to come by as it once was for the club's players. That's the verdict of captain Vincent Kompany, who's detected some hunger among the squad. We jest, of course. Vinny is merely making the requisite pre-season [.

Who Are Ya? Cristian Cuevas (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Cristian Cuevas Age: 18 Position: O'Higgins Signed from: Chelsea Fee: £1.7m Did you know? Cuevas is nicknamed Cimbi due to the long, curly hair he sported as a kid, which apparently resembled Simba from The Lion King. What's the deal?

We’re going on a wild Guus Hiddink chase

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The news Guus Hiddink has resigned his post as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala is likely to have disappointed club presidents and chairmen across Europe, as the Dutchman suddenly becomes free after the top jobs have gone. Napoli, Real Madrid, PSG and even Chelsea may well have had a punt of the successful 66-year-old, who has [.

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan enjoys a spot of colouring in

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Sometimes footballers get an unfair reputation for being unintelligent, an enforced stereotype by those who suffer from jealousy and bitterness..... and then a photo like this appears and reminds us that those naysayers are spot on. One suspects that Norwich striker Luciano Becchio has stitched up his team mate Wes Hoolahan a touch, but this [.

Peruvian footballer dies during match

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Another example of just how lucky Fabrice Muamba was to have a heart specialist and a defibrillator nearby when he suffered his on-pitch cardiac arrest. The ambulance attending the Peruvian reserve match between Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso didn't have a defibrillator. When 18-year-old Sporting player Yair Clavijo collapsed during the game, medical staff could [.

Fail! Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse pictured in casino despite his religious stance over Wonga deal

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It becomes rather difficult for Newcastle United striker to make a moral and religious stance over the club's association with emergency loan company Wonga when pictures emerge of him wilfully ignoring other laws set out in his religion. Cisse has been training alone and missed the club's tour to Portugal following his refusal to wear [.

Kitman: Manchester City away kit 2013/14

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We brought you the leaked photos a while back, but now Manchester City's new away kit has been officially unveiled during an event in Hong Kong. A black kit at night in Hong Kong? A grey jersey on a sunny afternoon in Southampton sounds positively fluorescent in comparison, doesn't it. The new City kit puts [.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain mocks Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey over lack of pace

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was ridiculed by team-mates Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott over his lack of pace. The Welshman's post-match interview was hijacked by the Ox, who immediately quizzed him on his failure to get on the end of a long ball from Lukasz Fabianski. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain then took it in turns [.

Aston Villa send personalised replica kit to William and Kate for the Royal baby

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Aston Villa have sent a kid's kit with 'HRH 1′ on the back to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their newborn son. William is a self-confessed Villa supporter, so the club didn't want to miss the opportunity to snap-up the next generation of the Royal Family while also scoring some decent PR. The [.

Wayne Rooney plays golf near Chelsea’s training ground

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As if the Wayne Rooney transfer situation needed any stirring up! Now comes the news that the Manchester United striker has been spotted playing golf near Chelsea's training ground. Firstly, if you're trying to quell the rumours, you'd probably opt for one of the many golf courses in Britain that aren't near to Chelsea's training [.

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent smirks at talk of Newcastle move

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Darren Bent told an Aston Villa supporter that he is likely to leave the club this summer and gave a wry smile when Newcastle were mentioned. The autograph hunter quizzed England international Bent as he drove away from Villa's training ground. Bent didn't appear overly eager at the thought of joining Fulham, but when [.

Spoof: Wayne Rooney chases the Chelsea bus, just like Arsenal’s Running Man

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Hot on the heels of a Vietnamese Arsenal fan running alongside the team bus for several kilometres, and a whirlwind of speculation about Wayne Rooney's future, comes this video of a fake Rooney chasing the Chelsea bus. The Manchester United striker is widely expected to join the Blues this summer, prompting bookmakers Coral to create [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale ‘agrees six-year deal’ with Real Madrid

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Tottenham's Gareth Bale has agreed personal terms and a six-year contract with Real Madrid, according to reports in Spanish daily Marca. The newspaper claims that negotiations are still ongoing between the two clubs to finalise a fee. 'Operation Bale' underway since the end of last season is now nearing completion, says Marca.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t want mind games with Man Utd counterpart David Moyes

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on Manchester United boss David Moyes because he doesn't want to be accused of mind games. The Special One said that talking positively about the champions' new manager would be perceived as mind games in the media. And he hinted that it would be exactly the same [.

Video: Yokohama F. Marinos 3-2 Manchester United

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Manchester United lost their friendly against Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in a lively match. The 3-2 defeat was the second loss in David Moyes' first three games in charge. Yokohama took the lead after just 27 seconds when Marquinhos beat David De Gea at the second time of asking. United youngster Jesse Lingard equalised [.

Arsenal close in on £21m Bernard deal

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Arsenal are on the verge of completing the £21m signing of Brazil international Bernard. The Atletico Mineiro player will become the Gunners' first major signing this summer, according to reports in the London Evening Standard. The Brazilian has reportedly agreed a take home pay packet of £50,000-a-week with the north London side and is expected [.

Guus Hiddink quits Anzhi, tipped to become Barcelona manager

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Guud Hiddink is set to become the new Barcelona manager after resigning from his post with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Anzhi announced that the former Chelsea boss has stepped down with immediate effect on their website this afternoon. In a statement released by the Russian club, Hiddink said: "This decision was not easy to me, [.

Chelsea fear losing man of the match Bertrand Traore

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Chelsea triallist Bertrand Traore was man of the match in the 1-0 victory over a Malaysian XI, but his future at the club is far from certain. Manager Jose Mourinho made it clear he wants to keep the Burkina Faso international at the club, but fears work permit problems could scupper that. He said: "He [.

Video: Nagoya Grampus 1-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal recorded another comfortable pre-season win, this time against Arsene Wenger's former side Nagoya Grampus. In-form Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners the lead inside four minutes. Japan international Ryo Miyaichi added a second from the penalty spot, before Theo Walcott sneaked in behind the defence to score Arsenal's third.

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool would have to consider an offer ‘anywhere near’ Luis Suarez’s value

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool would have to consider bids that are "anywhere near" Luis Suarez's value, but says they have received no such offers at this stage. The Reds boss was speaking from Melbourne, where the unsettled striker has joined the pre-season tour. Rodgers said Suarez was in "great spirits" and settling in [.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas confirms Nacer Chadli signing

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Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the signing of Nacer Chadli. Speaking from Hong Kong ahead of the Barclays Premier League Asia Trophy, Villas Boas said that a deal had been finalised for the FC Twente winger. He said: "Nacer Chadli is a player that we have been following for quite some time and we [.

Who Are Ya? Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Nacer Chadli Age: 23 Position: Left winger Signed from: FC Twente Fee: £7m Did you know? As a young triallist at first club AGOVV Apeldoorn, he was forced to call himself Kaliffe to stop other clubs poaching him before he had signed a deal.

Brian Kidd: New signings won’t mean a sluggish start for Man City

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Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has rejected suggestions that a raft of new signings will result in a slow start to the new Premier League season. Kidd reckons manager Manuel Pellegrini's new arrivals will be able to gel before the new campaign gets underway. Speaking as City arrived in Hong Kong on Monday to [.

Video: Manchester United arrive in Japan

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Manchester United have arrived in Japan for their pre-season friendly against Yokohama F. Marinos on Tuesday. The team bus appeared to be greeted by Hawaiian-shirt wearing security guards (one way of softening the image) as they arrived at their hotel. Robin Van Persie is not quite into the pre-season swing yet.

Manchester United make improved £30m bid for Cesc Fabregas

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Manchester United have made a second bid for Cesc Fabregas, manager David Moyes has confirmed. Barcelona had rejected an initial £25m offer from the champions, but United have returned with an improved bid of £30m plus add-ons for the former Arsenal captain. Vice-chairman Ed Woodward has left the club's pre-season tour to handle the Fabregas [.

Video: Bournemouth 0-6 Real Madrid

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[FutbolHD.ru] Bournemouth 0-6 Real Madrid / ALL... by all-goals As pre-season friendlies go, we're not sure whether this is the absolute dream or some kind of masochistic nightmare. You invite along Real Madrid, bump up ticket prices to £60 and then watch as your team gets hammered 6-0. It does sound a bit like a [.

Man Utd striker Bebe escapes bailiffs by hiding in team-mates boot

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Manchester United flop Bebe reportedly hid from bailiffs at the club's training ground before fleeing in the boot of a team-mate's car. The 23-year-old was hunted by debt collectors at United's Carrington base, where he was training with the Under-21 squad. The bizarre reports from Goal.com suggest that bailiffs had tried to track the £7m [.

Arsenal provide Asian media with phonetic pronunciation teamsheet

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Arsenal attempted to make life a bit easier for commentators and journalists following their pre-season tour of Asia by providing a teamsheet featuring phonetic pronunciations of all their players' names. The teamsheet was presented to media at their open training session in Japan. Carl Jen Kin Son sounds like he might hail from Japan's neighbours [.

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez arrives in Australia to join pre-season tour

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Wantaway Liverpool star Luis Suarez has arrived in Australia to join the club's pre-season tour. The Uruguay international has been given extra time off after competing in the Confederations Cup, but will now be thrust back into the spotlight as he is reunited with his team-mates. Suarez flew into Melbourne ahead of the rest of [.

Liverpool aim to pip Tottenham to Valencia striker Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham could be set to miss out on yet another striker as Premier League rivals Liverpool attempt to hijack their move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Spurs have had a £17m bid for the Spain international rejected. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is now considering a £22m offer to catapult his side to the front of [.

Video: Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne scores a greal goal, but gets injured in the process

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Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne gave fans a glimpse of why they signed him 12 months ago with a well taken goal against a Malaysian XI. But the Belgian injured himself in the process of scoring the goal. The 22-year-old was involved in an awkward collision as he fired his volley into the net. Fans initially [.

Romelu Lukaku threatens to slap Chelsea team-mate Josh McEachran

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Chelsea's pre-season tour doesn't appear to be short of banter. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been keen to keep his social media followers updated with his every move along the way... and this doesn't appear to have been lost on his team-mates. After yet another late night tweet, midfielder Josh McEachran advised him: "Go to sleep [.

Video: Arsenal training ahead of Nagoya Grampus match

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Arsenal held an open training session and coaching clinic ahead of their match against Arsene Wenger's old side Nagoya Grampus on Monday. The highlight of the video is undoubtedly Le Professeur showing off his teaching prowess by convincing a group of very excited Japanese kids to sit down and listen.

Cricket commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd asked Spurs centre-back Michael Dawson if he’s in a boyband

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Legendary cricket commentator David 'Bumble' Lloyd is renowned for his entertaining mid-match stories. During the second Ashes test between England an Australia, Bumble told a story of how he had seen a young man he knew he recognised at the stadium. He couldn't place the face and asked the fella if he was in a [.

Video: Southampton players walk over hot coals

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Inspirational managers have long been said to have players who would walk over hot coals for them. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino opted for a more literal approach. Under the guidance of former Barcelona handball coach Xesco Espar, the players took part in a series of team-building exercises, including walking on hot coals.

Stoke City to offer free travel to away fans next season

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Stoke City have their detractors (largely regarding their playing style) but you have to give credit where it is due, and the club made an announcement yesterday that should be warmly applauded by all football supporters. The club have revealed that from the beginning of this season they will offer free transport to and from [.

Hey Big Spender! Be careful what you wish for, Arsenal fans

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It was the only finish to the season Arsenal fans could hope for. Having been told that Arsene Wenger had money to spend, but with the January transfer window not offering up the right players, the Gunners snaffled fourth place, the key to the promised land of the top bracket player. The club could offer [.

The Sun use Tito Vilanova’s cancer to create a Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United story

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It clearly isn't the most shameful thing that the Sun newspaper has ever done, but their take on the news that Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has been forced to resign after a relapse in his battle with cancer is still pretty hideous. Rather than showing their support for a man clearly facing a battle for [.

Are we nearly there yet? The ongoing journey of Tottenham Hotspur

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For all the excitement surrounding Tottenham in the last three or four years, in some aspects they've really not made much progress. A go at the title in 2011/12, along with what now seems a souvenir appearance in the Champions League, is little to shout about in the long term. And when they were pipped [.

Barcelona confirm Tito Vilanova has resigned due to ill health

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Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has stepped down to undergo further cancer treatment. The news was confirmed by president Sandro Rosell at a press conference this evening. Barca hope to announce a replacement next week. More to follow.

Christian Benteke signs new contract at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and signed a new contract at the club. Benteke had been linked with moves to other Premier League clubs, most notably Tottenham, after asking to leave. But he's now signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2017.

Video: Chelsea training in Kuala Lumpur

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Chelsea's pre-season tour has rolled on to Malaysia. The Blues squad trained in Kuala Lumpur ahead of Sunday's match against a Malaysia XI. Frank Lampard was a notable absentee. The Achilles injury that forced him out of the victory over a Singha All Star XI shortly before kick-off prevented him from training.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova set to resign due to illness

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Tito Vilanova is expected to stand down as Barcelona coach later today. The Catalan side have called a press conference for this evening and rumours coming out of the club suggest that president Sandro Rosell will announce Vilanova's departure. Vilanova missed a large chunk of last season when he travelled to New York for cancer [.

Video: Manchester United training in front of 20,000 fans in Sydney

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Some 20,000 fans watched Manchester United in an open training session in Sydney ahead of tomorrow's pre-season friendly against the A-League All Stars. Robin Van Persie and goalkeeper David De Gea both trained with the squad after joining the pre-season tour in Australia following their extended time off.

Video: Liverpool training in Jakarta

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Liverpool have prepared for tomorrow's pre-season friendly against an Indonesia Select XI with a training session in the stadium. New signings Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet all took part in the session, which was a pretty light one judging by the relative lack of action captured by the camera crew.

Video: Liverpool fan cries after seeing Steven Gerrard

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It's not unusual to be left in floods of tears after a brief encounter with Steven Gerrard, but you usually have to stand between him and the soothing sounds of Phil Collins first. Not so in the case of Indonesian fan Sarah Hapsari who was left sobbing after bumping into the Liverpool captain in the [.

Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas shows off his swimming pool head tennis skills

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has really put himself in the shop window by uploading an Instagram video showing him playing head tennis in a swimming pool. We assume that's the sort of thing that impresses Manchester United boss David Moyes. Or perhaps the video is intended to show why rainy Manchester isn't quite as appealing [.

Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs not very good at kicking a ball in a bin

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs took on BT Sport's Beat The Bin challenge and failed miserably. It looks like the broadcaster might have slightly miscalculated the difficulty of the challenge they were setting judging by the results. Pass-master Wilshere looks like he's got the right line with a couple of his efforts but [.

Manchester City legend Bert Trautmann dies

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Legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died. The 89-year-old was best known for playing on with a broken neck for the final 17 minutes of City's 1956 FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City. The German played more than 500 games for City between 1949 and 1964.

The Football League According To Twitter Infographic

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Twitter has had a big impact on the world of football. It's affected the way our clubs interact with us, the way we interact with players and the way journalists get stories about those players. This infographic looks at The Football League According To Twitter, ranking various leagues, players and rivalries based on the number [.

Video: Michael Laudrup says he was only ever staying at Swansea

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he was only ever going to stay at the Liberty Stadium for the new season. The Dane was linked with a host of jobs earlier this summer after his impressive debut season in south Wales. But he insists that there was nothing in the gossip. He said: "I never had [...]

David Moyes: Wayne Rooney’s still not for sale and I’m waiting to hear about Cesc Fabregas

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has reiterated that striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale at a press conference in Sydney. The Chelsea target was unsurprisingly the hot topic of conversation as the champions' pre-season tour rolls on to Australia. Moyes said: "The club's position on Wayne Rooney is there's no change to that.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger given £40m budget for Luis Suarez, Liverpool want £55m

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Arsenal have told Arsene Wenger they are prepared to spend £40m to bring Luis Suarez to the Emirates but Liverpool will demand £55m for their striker. After having a £30m bd rejected by the Anfield club, Wenger has had a frustrating wait while the club decided whether to sanction a higher bid for the [.

Video: Man Utd fan celebrates as Man City lose pre-season friendly

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Manchester City have lost a second successive pre-season friendly as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against South African side Amazulu. It wasn't just Amazulu fans cheering on their side. After the South Africans took a 2-1 lead, TV cameras cut to a Manchester United fan in the stand who didn't look like he could [.

Video: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke’s beaming smile at the mention of joining Spurs

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Christian Benteke appears to be so keen on a move to Spurs that he can't resist breaking into a massive grin at the mere mention of a deal. The Aston Villa striker was filmed stopping his car to sign autographs for fans. It soon emerges that there are both Villa and Spurs fans among the [...]

Video: Amazulu 1-2 Manchester City

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Manchester City fell to a second successive pre-season defeat as they lost 2-1 to Amazulu on their tour of South Africa. A crazy backpass from Matija Nastasic gifted the lead to Amazulu. James Milner blasted in an equaliser after an attempted headed effort from Yaya Toure dropped nicely for him. Carlington Nyadombo gave Amazulu victory [.

Three Liverpool legends sing You’ll Never Walk Alone in Indonesia

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When you have played for Liverpool for a significant time it sticks with you for the rest of your life. No matter which other clubs you play for, the atmosphere and significance of playing at Anfield just stays with players. Three legends of the club (well, perhaps two legends and one fine player) demonstrated that [.

Arsenal could be gazumped by Chelsea for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain

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Arsenal may have been chasing the signature of Gonzalo Higuain for most of the summer, but reports in Spain suggest that the club may face significant interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has been knocked back in his approach for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, and may therefore change his tact with a [.

Who Are Ya? Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Alvaro Negredo Age: 27 Position: Striker Signed from: Sevilla Fee: £20.6m Did you know? He's nicknamed La fiera de Vallecas (the beast of Vallecas) after the area of Madrid where he came through the ranks at Rayo Vallecano. What's the deal?

Newcastle’s unique way of keeping Liverpool away from Hatem Ben Arfa

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Behind bars. #Nufc pic.twitter.com/TWUo6gk06w George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) July 19, 2013 Hot on the heels that Liverpool have made a second enquiry for Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa comes this photo from The Times' North East football reporter, George Caulkin. It looks like Alan Pardew has resorted to caging the France international during the Magpies' [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says second choice players risk missing World Cup

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Questions about Wayne Rooney were banned at today's Chelsea press conference, but Jose Mourinho talked at length about the importance of playing regularly for your club team in order to make an impression at next year's World Cup. He was asked if having the tournament looming would make it tougher to motivate players for Chelsea.

Liverpool transfer target Alvaro Morata wants to stay at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has said he wants to stay at the club despite rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool. And the Spaniard believes new coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to keep him. He said: "I'm training well, we all are training well, I'm here for training like it was the last [...

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona wins crossbar challenge contest – he’s still got it!

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Eric Cantona retired from football too early for most people's liking, such was his supreme skill and, let's be honest, coolness. However, football's loss was the acting industry's game. But don't think for one minute that the film making may have diminished some of Eric's ability to kick a ball whatever its shape.

New West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka raps his initiation song at the Hawthorns

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Can you imagine Nicolas Anelka enjoying singing an initiation song? No, nor us. Despite the Frenchman surely getting used to such things now after joining is 34th club in England, Anelka looked to be rather awkward during his initiation at West Brom, choosing to rap his song rather than treat us with his dulcet tones.

Fail! Chelsea FC online megastore sells David Luiz shirt with name misspelt

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Just because there is a reputation that Americans don't know enough about football doesn't mean that Chelsea should be forgiven for selling off shirts with names spelt incorrectly, just on the proviso that they won't notice the error. It is the second time that the club's US website has cocked up recently after they were [.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini’s xenophobic slur against English mini-bar raiders

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It's well known that Liverpool like their strikers with a hint of racism (irony detectors to the 'on' position please, irate Reds). So it's probably of no surprise that Fabio Borini has opted for a heinous xenophobic slur in his pre-season tour video diary. The attacker reckons all his English team-mates have probably raided their [.

Video: Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe scores a screamer in training

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Jordan Ibe is really pressing his claim for a role in Liverpool's first-team squad this season. After finding the net against Preston, he's now fired in this effort during a pre-season training session in Indonesia. The 17-year-old will be hoping to keep up his performances in the run-in to the start of the new season.

Football Lookalikes: Jose Mourinho and Raiden from Mortal Kombat

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's use of training cones to shelter himself from the Thai sunshine has resulted in comparisons with Raiden from the Mortal Kombat game series. Finish him!

Video: Individual highlights of Wallace, De Bruyne and Van Ginkel’s Chelsea debuts

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Chelsea handed debuts to some of their summer signings in yesterday's 1-0 victory over a Singha All Star XI. Brazilian midfielder Wallace's individual highlights can be seen in the video above. Kevin De Bruyne also made his bow. And here's the best bits from Marco Van Ginkel's first game. Via 101GG

Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes sends QPR players to pre-season tour on Easyjet

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QPR's players were said to be stunned after flying to their pre-season training camp with Easyjet. The reality of relegation must have hit when they discovered that Air Asia tycoon and QPR owner Tony Fernandes had arranged for them to fly with the budget airline. Harry Redknapp's side flew to a Slovenian airport before getting [.

Yaya Toure wary of Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool signings

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he hopes his side will be fine in the new Premier League season, but is worried about the risk posed by the likes of champions Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool strengthening their squads this summer. The Ivory Coast international also expressed concern about the possibility of a Chelsea resurgence [.

Mourinho says Wayne Rooney is Chelsea’s only transfer target

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the club's last remaining transfer target for the summer. Asked if the club had bid for any other players, the Blues boss said: "No and we won't." He confirmed that a bid had been made for Rooney and said that it did not [..

Manchester United prepare £60m for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale

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Manchester United are on the verge of launching a £60m for Spurs star Gareth Bale. That's according to reports in the Daily Mirror, suggesting that the champions are about to kickstart their quiet summer on the transfer front. United's vice chairman Ed Woodward has returned home early from the club's pre-season tour of Asia and [.

Video: Brazilian air force releases drone footage of Neymar wonder goal

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The Brazilian air force has released footage of a Neymar wonder goal captured by one of its drones. The drone was on a routine security operation, having monitored the arrival of both teams and the presidential helicopter, but happened to be over the Mane Garrincha at the precise moment the Brazil star scored in the [.

Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suarez “very much” a Liverpool player

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says star striker Luis Suarez is not for sale. Speaking a press conference in Jakarta during the club's tour of Asia, the Reds boss confirmed that Arsenal's bid of £30m remains the only offer for the Uruguayan and that is nowhere near the value Liverpool place on Suarez.

Who Are Ya? Jose Campana (Crystal Palace)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jose Campana Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Sevilla Fee: Undisclosed (reported £1.7m) Did you know? It's nice for the Eagles to make an exotic signing, but his name translates as Joseph Campaign. So perhaps he's up for the Premier League battle ahead.

Video: Notts County defender Alan Sheehan kicks team-mate Bartosz Bialkowski in the face

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What's the last thing a goalkeeper wants after conceding? A full-pelt kick in the face from a team-mate, that's what. Notts County keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was treated to just that after Galatasaray scored past him on Tuesday night. Defender Alan Sheehan attempt to hoof the ball away in disgust at the goal but succeeded only [.

Chelsea and Spurs target Christian Benteke reports for pre-season training with Aston Villa on time

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has reported for pre-season training today as expected. The Belgium international has handed in a transfer request and is wanted by a host of clubs, including Spurs and Chelsea. Having made some noises about not necessarily agreeing to stay at Villa just because the club didn't want to sell him, [.

Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ press conference in Jakarta

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The headline from Brendan Rodgers' press conference in Jakarta was his assertion that Luis Suarez is "very much" still a Liverpool player. We brought you that news earlier, but here's the video footage.

Arsene Wenger’s top 10 worst Arsenal strikers

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Arsenal are clearly in the market for a striker this summer. The Gunners have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and a host of other forwards. Whoever Arsene Wenger gets, he'll hope they work out better than this bunch of no-hopers. The Frenchman has signed his share of dodgy strikers in his [.

Famous footballers’ superstitions

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Everyone knows that footballers can be more than a little superstitious when it comes to the world's favourite game – but some of these traditions can seem a little strange, and even downright weird. But then again, it's important to remember that these are all professional athletes achieving a great deal of success at their [.

Video: Singha All Star XI 0-1 Chelsea

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Chelsea beat a Singha All Star XI 1-0 in a pre-season friendly played in Thailand this afternoon. The Blues secured the win courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku penalty. Hardly a comprehensive victory, but better than Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to the same opposition. The only concerns for new manager Jose Mourinho were a lack of [.

Video: Vietnam 1-7 Arsenal

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Arsenal eased to a 7-1 victory in their pre-season friendly against Vietnam. French striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick his second is worth watching out for in the video above and was joined on the scoresheet by Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom (2) and Ignasi Miquel. Vietnam pulled a goal back late on [.

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez finds office work during ban

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Luis Suarez is occupying himself during his 10-match ban by working in office. At least that's what he's up to in this hilarious TV advert for Uruguayan internet firm Abitab. Unfortunately, the Liverpool striker is unable to leave his bad-boy tendencies on the football pitch and it turns out he's just as much of a [.

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova says Pep Guardiola wasn’t there when he needed him during cancer treatment

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Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has criticised Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola for not visiting him during his cancer treatment. Vilanova, Guardiola's former assistant at Barca, said his old boss was not there for him when he needed him. He travelled to New York for lengthy treatment and rehab but was not visited by Guardiola, despite [.

Video: Arsenal run football clinic in Vietnam, Theo Walcott predicts title challenge

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Arsenal have continued their Asian tour by running a football clinic with local children in Vietnam. Players such as Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Olivier Giroud put youngsters in Hanoi through their paces before taking part in a training session of their own. The Gunners are preparing for a pre-season match againstVietnam XI at the [.

Wayne Rooney ‘angry and confused’ at Manchester United treatment

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Wayne Rooney says he is "angry and confused" at the way Manchester United have treated him. The England international has likened the five months of negativity he says he has felt from United to "constructive dismissal". Rooney is thought to be particularly angered by new manager David Moyes' recent comments, which seemed to suggest that [.

The Great British transfer saga

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The English transfer window is well and truly upon us and, despite only officially opening at the start of July, newspapers, websites and social media have been rife with transfer gossip since the final whistle of last season. With most clubs, especially those in the top four, still holding their cards close to their chest [.

Are you suffering from Football Withdrawal Disorder?

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Research from a new medical study has found that since the football season ended, up to 23 million people in the UK could be experiencing a condition known asFootball Withdrawal Disorder. According to the study, a lack of football can severely affect a fan's mental, physical and social health. After being starved of football for [.

Video: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker performs strange duck dance in Vietnam

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Per Mertesacker entertained Arsenal supporters at a party in Vietnam by performing a bizarre duck dance. The fan party was held in Hanoi as part of the Gunners' pre-season tour. Mertesacker along with Bacary Sagna was the special guest and went above and beyond in his efforts to entertain those present.

Video: Gareth Bale finds the top corner (Swindon 1-1 Tottenham)

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Gareth Bale got his pre-season into full swing with a goal against Swindon Town last night. The Spurs star fired into the top corner to open the scoring against the Robins. But the Premier League side were pegged back and the game ended 1-1.

Man Utd reject Chelsea’s bid of Juan Mata plus £10m for Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea have had a bid for Wayne Rooney of £10m plus Spanish playmaker Juan Mata rejected. Manchester United have turned down the offer, which is also said to have given the champions the opportunity to take David Luiz instead of Mata, and have maintained their position that Rooney is not for sale at any price.

Five reasons Man Utd were right to reject Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Now, some of you have been quick to criticise Manchester United for rejecting an offer of £10m plus Juan Mata in exchange for Wayne Rooney. It's about time you thought this through. Here are five issues you face with Mata that make keeping Rooney the sensible option. 1. His weight problems Look how many cakes [.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse pulls out of pre-season tour over Wonga sponsorship row

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Papiss Cisse has not travelled on Newcastle's pre-season tour to Portugal due to his ongoing row over Wonga's shirt sponsorship deal. The Senegal striker refuses to where the payday loan company's logo, saying it is against his Muslim beliefs. The 28-year-old has been training alone since returning to pre-season last week.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stays quiet on Wayne Rooney and Christian Benteke

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Just days after hinting that he would like to bring Wayne Rooney to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has had a rethink on his transfer policy. The Blues boss is now refusing to be drawn on potential targets. He opted to deal with questions about Manchester United striker Rooney and Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke with a [.

Who Are Ya? Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: £6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes puts himself on eBay

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Paul Scholes has listed himself on eBay to raise funds for his son's team. The recently retired Manchester United midfielder is taking to the field one last time to play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. The club are auctioning the chance to line-up alongside Scholes for that match and bidding is already up to £4,100.

Video: Arsenal player laugh at Vietnamese fan who tripped while chasing their bus

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Arsenal's players were treated to some slapstick comedy as their bus made its way through Vietnamese traffic. A group of local fans took it upon themselves to run alongside the bus, with one fan reportedly sticking with the vehicle for at least 10 minutes. The fan's efforts impressed the players so much that they started [.

Video: Builder hides Portsmouth shirt inside Southampton’s training ground

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Video has emerged of a Portsmouth-supporting builder hiding a Portsmouth shirt and scarf within the walls of Southampton's new training ground. The multi-million pound training complex is currently being built at Staplewood. But despite the painstaking attention to detail that has gone into the project, it appears that Saints or Scum as they're known [.

Eden Hazard wants Chelsea to sign Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he would love to link-up with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Blues have been linked with a move for Rooney is recent days, with Jose Mourinho acknowledging he would like Rooney at the club. Any potential move would go down very well with their Belgian midfielder.

Video: David Villa takes thinly veiled swipe at Spurs

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Spain international David Villa has been unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player and the former Barcelona striker took the opportunity to knock his Premier League suitors. Villa was widely expected to sign for Spurs but made a surprise move to Atletico instead. Some Spurs fans were critical of chairman Daniel Levy's negotiating skills at [.

Arsenal release video of the Running Man

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While their players were briefly entertained by a fan who tripped up chasing the team bus, the real hero of Arsenal's pre-season tour so far was the Vietnamese fan who managed to run alongside the bus for more than 10 minutes. The supporter trailed the bus through the streets of Hanoi, catching the eye of [.

Everton line-up Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira in case Baines goes to Man Utd

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Everton are close to agreeing a deal that will see Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira join the club... if they lose Leighton Baines to Manchester United. The Toffees are making contingency plans in case former boss David Moyes lures Baines to Old Trafford. Siqueira, aged 27, is Roberto Martinez's preferred replacement.

Video: Joe Hart, Micah Richards and James Milner throw Man City press officer into the pool

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A press officer's job in pre-season used to be to keep the club's overseas shenanigans under wraps. Now the rest of the media team watches on while the press officer becomes part of the pre-season fun and games. At least that's the case on Manchester City's tour of South Africa, where Joe Hart, Micah Richards [.

Branislav Ivanovic wouldn’t have a problem with Chelsea signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says he wouldn't mind if the club signed Luis Suarez even though the Liverpool striker bit him last season. The Serbia international said: "I said straight after the game, on the field whatever has happened, it's finished there. "He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League and I [.

Manchester City closing in on signing of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina

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Whilst it seemed for a while that Alvaro Negredo may be the first forward through Manchester City's revolving door this summer, it now appears that Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina may be the club's initial replacement for Carlos Tevez. The Montenegrin is reportedly close to a £28million deal to move to Eastlands.

Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas tells Barca he doesn’t want to leave

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Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova says Cesc Fabregas has told him he doesn't want to leave the club. The former Arsenal midfielder was the subject of a £25m bid from Manchester United yesterday, but Vilanova says Fabregas is keen to remain at Camp Nou. He said: "I know he has received offers from other teams.

Sunderland fan gets huge Paolo Di Canio kneeslide tattoo

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Sometimes football fans remind you that they aren't the brightest bunch, and this is one of those occasions. Quite why in the name of all things holy you would decide to get something indelible and permanent to celebrate your manager's celebration at beating your nearest rivals one can only guess. The unnamed (but suitably shamed) [.

Liverpool chase Bayern Munich winger Xerdan Shaqiri

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With the arrival of Thiago Alcantara at Bayern Munich, it would seem that they have a surplus of midfielders. Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Luiz Gustavo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos seems plenty enough support for the club's new purchase, and it appears that Liverpool may be looking to take [.

Video: Spurs star Gareth Bale scores nice goal in pre-season training

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Gareth Bale has wasted no time in rediscovering his form from last season. At the start of the second week of pre-season training with Spurs, the Welshman played a nice one-two with Kyle Walker before firing the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Archer. Perhaps less headline grabbing is the news that Brad Friedel looks in pretty [.

Man Utd fan vandalises Cesc Fabregas’ Wikipedia page to troll Arsenal

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One Manchester United fan wasted no time in winding up Arsenal supporters following the news that the club have made a bid for Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona midfielder's Wikipedia page was updated with a new Manchester United section added. The passage quoted Fabregas as saying: "It is good to be playing for a team in [.

Manchester United prepare £35m for ex-Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas

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Manchester United are preparing to offer Barcelona £35m for midfielder Barcelona. Sky Sports reports that an official bid will be made very soon. The former Arsenal captain has been back at his boyhood club for the last two seasons. Although his performances improved last term, he is yet to establish himself as an integral part [.

Chelsea fan invades pitch at Shrewsbury vs Galatasaray for lingering hug with Didier Drogba

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Shrewsbury's friendly against Galatasaray at the weekend was attended by more than one Chelsea fan hoping to catch a glimpse of their former hero Didier Drogba. One supporter went well beyond a glimpse though, running onto the pitch to enjoy an uncomfortably long embrace with the Ivorian striker. At one point Drogba thinks he's broken [.

Did Thiago Alcantara pay €2m to avoid ending up at Manchester United?

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New Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara had seemed set for a move to Manchester United this summer. But it's now emerged that he was so desperate to ensure he went to the European champions that he personally paid €2m of the €25m transfer fee. German newspaper Bild reports that the former Barcelona player stumped up [.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard set to sign new contract

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Steven Gerrard will sign a new two-year contract at Liverpool within the next 24 hours. The Reds skipper is in the final 12 months of his current deal, but the 33-year-old will put pen to paper on his new contract later today or tomorrow. The extension will keep him at Anfield beyond his 35th birthday [.

Moyes tells Rooney: ‘Man Utd need you… but only if RVP is injured’

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New Manchester United manager David Moyes has told Wayne Rooney is no uncertain terms that he now plays second fiddle to Robin Van Persie. Moyes confirmed the England international's place in the pecking order by saying that United would need him if Van Persie got injured. He said: "Wayne can play up on his own, [.

Video: Supersport United 2-0 Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini's reign as Manchester City manager began with defeat as his side lost 2-0 to Supersport United. The Chilean mirrored Manchester United boss David Moyes' debut, with both men losing fairly straightforward pre-season fixtures in their first games in charge. The South African side beat the Premier League runners-up with goals from Mame Niang [.

Video: Indonesia Dream Team 0-7 Arsenal

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Arsenal recorded a comfortable win against an Indonesia Dream Team in their first pre-season fixture. The Gunners eased to a 7-0 win thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud (two), Lukas Podolski, Kris Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld. Although the result doesn't tell Arsenal fans too much about the season ahead, they will [.

Video: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien performs a dance at dinner

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Ah, the internet. Isn't it brilliant? Without it we may never have known that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien entertained the rest of the pre-season tour party by performing a dance for them at dinner. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the Ghana international stood up and showed everyone his moves.

Indonesian Arsenal fan mocks Spurs over phantom Newcastle equaliser

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Remember the climax of the last Premier League season, way back in May? This Arsenal fan does. He remembers that Spurs needed his side to drop points at Newcastle in order to stand any chance of Champions League qualification. He also remembers that false rumours spread around White Hart Lane that afternoon prompting Spurs fans [.

Mohamed Al Fayed signs off from Fulham with a comedy fake moustache

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It was probably a fitting way to sign off his Fulham tenure. This is a man that is notoriously zany, and we only need to look at the rather horrendous Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage for evidence of that. After selling the West London club to American Shahid Khan for £200million, Al Fayed posed [.

Video: Danny Welbeck’s woeful skills (Singha All Star XI vs Manchester United)

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck thought the pressure-free environment of a pre-season friendly against inferior opposition on the other side of the world was the perfect opportunity to show off some silky skills. Indeed, it probably was... just not the way he tried to do it. Not one for the YouTube montage, Danny.

Fail! MUTV name Dwight Yorke as Manchester United manager

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If there is one TV channel that should be able to name the Manchester United manager correctly it would surely be the club's own television station? Unfortunately, new boss David Moyes lost his first match in charge in a shock defeat to the Singha All Stars XI, and therefore needed a bit of an ego [.

Newcastle star Papiss Cisse training alone over Wonga sponsorship row

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been forced to train on his own following a row over the club's shirt sponsorship deal with payday loan company Wonga. The Senegal international says the company's business practices are at odds with his Muslim faith and refuses to wear its logo. He only returned from an extended summer break [.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly turns up in Paolo Maldini fancy dress

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Pre-season is not a time for taking life too seriously. Take Martin Kelly, for example. The Liverpool defender helped his side coast to a 4-0 friendly win over Preston North End while sporting a Paolo Maldini fancy dress outfit. We think. Kelly appears to been occupying himself during his 10-month injury layoff by growing a [.

Liverpool target Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is plotting a double swoop on Ajax to sign Christian Eriksen, and Toby Alderweireld, as well as signing Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand. Reports in the Sunday Mirror suggest a £22million double deal for 21-year-old midfielder Eriksen and 24-year-old centre-back Alderweireld.

David Moyes given unlimited budget to bring Cristiano Ronaldo and Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Man Utd

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has been given an unlimited budget to bring whoever he wants to Old Trafford. And he is plotting to spend his new found wealth on Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Sun. Moyes said: "Isn't it great that the club says, ‘There's no budget here, [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hints at Wayne Rooney bid

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Jose Mourinho has indicated he is plotting a move to bring Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Chelsea. Rooney is known to have asked to leave Old Trafford at the end of last season, and Mourinho was fairly candid in admitting that he would love to see him at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho said: "You know [.

Video: Arsenal arrive in Indonesia, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott get funky necklaces

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Arsenal have arrived in Indonesia for their pre-season tour and their first job was to praise the locals' enthusiastic social media support for the them. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis spoke of the huge numbers of Arsenal Facebook fans from Indonesia, while midfielder Jack Wilshere gave some anecdotal evidence from his own Twitter account.

Video: Manchester United boss David Moyes reiterates that Wayne Rooney is not for sale

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Manchester United manager David Moyes voiced his frustration at relentless questioning about Wayne Rooney's future while confirming that the striker is not for sale at any price. Speaking in Thailand during the club's tour of Asia, Moyes said: "Well, unless I was speaking double-Dutch I think we said Wayne Rooney's not for sale.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s comedy trip

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In the build-up to his return to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho was only too happy to tell us how much he loved and missed the UK. Among the main things he was pining for from Spain appears to be the comedy styling of Norman Wisdom. The Special One has now added a Wisdom-esque comedy trip to [...]

Manchester City pair Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott go fishing for new contracts

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott have used a pre-season tour video diary to plead for new contracts. Richards said he would need a new contract from City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak so that he could treat himself to a full-body massage machine that Lescott was using. He said: "If the chairman decides [.

Manchester United line-up Lazio star Antonio Candreva if Thiago Alcantara move fails

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Manchester United have lined up Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva as a target if their protracted efforts to bring Thiago Alcantara to the club fall through. The Lazio man is the next name down on David Moyes' lists, according to reports in the Daily Express. Thiago had appeared certain to move to Old Trafford this summer.

Fulham bought by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan

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Shahid Khan, owner of NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars, has bought Fulham. The financial details of the takeover have not been confirmed, but media estimates suggest Khan will have paid between £150m and £200m to buy the Cottager from Mohamed Al Fayed. The 84-year-old former Harrods owner has been chairman for 16 years, taking the club [.

Video: Singha All Star XI 1-0 Manchester United

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Manchester United suffered a shock defeat in David Moyes' first game in charge as they lost 1-0 to a Singha All Star XI. Teeratep Winothai scored a 50th minute winner, beating Ben Amos at his near post. Moyes said he wasn't overly disappointed with the loss. He said: "Well, it wasn't a brilliant result but [.

Video: Jordan Ibe scores first Liverpool goal

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Jordon Ibe Goal vs Preston by lfmostar Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 friendly win over Preston North End. The 17-year-old made his Premier League debut in the Reds' final game of last season against QPR. He will be hoping to build on that and feature more [.

New Southampton signing Victor Wanyama gives his first interview after move from Celtic

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There may have been strong competition from Cardiff, but Southampton have finally got their man. After spending £12m on Gaston Ramirez last summer, the Saints are again splashing the cash in order to try and kick on from their survival last season. They have signed Victor Wanyama for £12.5million from Celtic in a transfer which [.

Spurs defender Benoit Assou Ekotto helps children in Tanzania

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There is an awful lot to like about Benoit Assou Ekotto as a footballer. This is a man that admits to not particularly liking the sport, and therefore is able to leave his job at the end of the day, rather than allowing it to encapsulate every aspect of his life. He enjoys winning, we're [...]

Romelu Lukaku films Chelsea team-mate Kevin De Bruyne sleeping

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After spending a season on-loan at West Brom, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has now signed for Team No Sleep. Whatever that is. The young Belgian seems to pride himself on his ability to stay awake during pre-season bus trips. Not like compatriot Kevin De Bruyne, who was nodding off. Lukaku captured the moment in a [.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hints that new signing will be announced today

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Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that Manchester City might be able to announce a new signing today. The Chilean was speaking during the club's pre-season tour to South Africa. He said: "I don't know if before we finish here in South Africa we will have other names for our squad. Maybe the next day we have [.

Arsenal STILL can’t get rid of Nicklas Bendtner

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Like a stubborn best striker in the world you can't quite flush down the toilet, Nicklas Bendtner is determined to hang around at Arsenal. Despite the Gunners' best attempts to rid themselves of the Denmark international, they can't shift him. His transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt has fallen through, with the 25-year-old's wage demands proving to [.

Fulham ready to bid £5m for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates could be set for a move to Fulham. The Uruguay international has not made a major impression on the Reds' first-team since his arrival from Nacional. The arrival of ex-Manchester City defender Kolo Toure suggests that, even after Jamie Carragher's arrival, his prospects of regular game time will not improve.

Cesc Fabregas likes Instagram picture urging Arsenal to sign him

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Cesc Fabregas has dropped a massive hint that he wants to return to Arsenal this summer. The Barcelona midfielder's official Instagram account liked a picture that encouraged Arsene Wenger to re-sign his former captain. Instagram user ranbosingh uploaded a montage of photos from Fabregas' Arsenal days, accompanied by the message: "This guy has so much [.

Spurs offer Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Livermore or Huddlestone to land Christian Benteke

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Tottenham will offer Aston Villa a choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone, plus cash, as they battle for Christian Benteke. Spurs are aiming to take the initiative in the race for the young Belgian striker by dangling one or more proven Premier League player in exchange, according to reports in [.

Wayne Rooney “gutted” to leave Manchester United tour

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Wayne Rooney has described himself as "gutted" at having to fly home from Manchester United's Asian tour with an injury. He wrote on his Facebook page: "Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing [.

West Ham players have chosen unimaginative nickname for new signing Razvan Rat

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To be honest, given that we are dealing with a load of footballers here, we should be pleased that a team mate having the word 'rat' in his name didn't lead to a load of MEGABANTZ, but West Ham's players have pushed their intellects to the very limits with their nickname for new signing Razvan [...]

Video: Chelsea arrive in Bangkok for pre-season tour of Asia

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It seems like you're nobody unless you're arriving in Bangkok for a pre-season tour of Asia these days. Today was the turn of Chelsea. Jose Mourinho hidden beneath a pair of shades and his squad arrived in Thailand to be presented with some sort of giant bracelet each, which they accepted with varying [.

Sporting Lisbon fans try to kidnap Chelsea target Bruma

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Chelsea target Bruma was the victim of an attempted kidnapping by fans who don't want him to leave Sporting Lisbon, according to his agent. The 18-year-old wonderkid's representative Cátio Baldé claims a group of fans tried to snatch him from a hotel las night. He said: "Last night there was an attempted kidnap of Bruma [.

Dwight Yorke backs Spurs and Chelsea to challenge Man Utd for the title

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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke reckons Spurs and Chelsea will be contenders as his old club seek to defend the Premier League title next season. Yorke couldn't bring himself to name Manchester City, but said that United's "noisy neighbours" would also "definitely" challenge for the title.

Who Are Ya? Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Wilfried Bony Age: 24 Position: Striker Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem Fee: £12m Did you know? Bony is nicknamed Daddy Cool, for obvious reasons. What's the deal? The Swans have smashed their club record transfer fee to boost their goalscoring options for next season.

Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara agrees to join Bayern Munich [Cope]

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It is news that Manchester United fans would have feared. After a significant chase of Barcelona's young midfielder Thiago Alcantara seemed to be heading for a deal being done, a Spanish radio station believes that it has the scoop that Thiago will instead join Bayern Munich. It would be quite the blow for David Moyes, [.

Carlos Tevez let off from Community Service after move from Manchester City to Juventus

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Well, well, what a bloody surprise. After finalising a move to Italian giants Juventus, one of the questions surrounding Carlos Tevez was just how he would complete his Community Service, handed to him after a series of driving offences earlier this year. Tevez had completed only a handful of the 250 hours required, and had [.

Manchester City and Manchester United battle for £27m Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic

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Manchester United could be set to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. Reports in both The Mirror and The Sun suggest that City boss Manuel Pelligrini is in the box seat and that the Etihad remains the Montenegro international's most likely destination. But both newspapers also agree that Manchester [.

Chelsea online store sells Arsenal onesie

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In what appears to be either a case of some bizarre hacking activity or the world's worst merchandising decision, an official Chelsea shop started selling Arsenal onesie's last night. The Chelsea Megastore USA site had an Arsenal Crest Onesie for sale in its Kid's Gear section. The onesie was priced at $16.

Spanish newspaper AS claim a Gareth Bale shirt has been found at Real Madrid

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A shirt featuring Gareth Bale's name and number has been found at the Bernabeu, according to Spanish newspaper AS. In one of the more tenuous transfer rumours you're likely to see this summer, the newspaper's front page splash contains a suggestion that a 'Bale 11′ shirt has been found inside Real Madrid's stadium.

Video: Xabi Alonso backs Brendan Rodgers to succeed at Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso has backed manager Brendan Rodgers to bring Champions League football back to Anfield. The Real Madrid midfielder thinks the former Swansea boss can ensure the Reds return to compete among Europe's elite. He said: "Well, I think, especially at the end of the season, we could see the fruits of [.

Video: Manchester United arrive in Bangkok for their Asian tour, bus gets stuck under hotel roof

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Premier League champions Manchester United's pre-season tour didn't get off to the smoothest of starts. Their bus got stuck beneath a roof at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Hotel workers had to climb on top of the vehicle to help free it. The squad were already off the bus at the time. Nemanja [.

Video: Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has a David Icke moment

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Or a Jose Mourinho moment. We're not quite sure. More from Toure and Simon Mignolet's unveiling.

Who Are Ya? El-Hadji Ba (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: El-Hadji Ba Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Le Havre Fee: Free Did you know? Ba was linked with a move to Tottenham in 2011, before he had played a single first-team match. What's the deal? Sunderland have decided their rivals on Tyneside might be [.

Video: Liverpool unveil Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure

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Liverpool new boys Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure have faced the press for the first time as Reds at their official unveiling. Goalkeeper Mignolet, signed from Sunderland, says he is looking forward to the competition with Pepe Reina to become Brendan Rodgers' first-choice keeper. He said: "Competition is going to be in every single club.

Who Are Ya? Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gerard Deulofeu Age: 19 Position: Winger/Striker Signed from: Barcelona Fee: Season-long loan Did you know? Gerard Deulofeu was born on the day goals from Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler gave Liverpool a 2-1 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby: March 13, 1994.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini knows all about the Premier League… from a course at Lilleshall in 1988.

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New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellgrini says he knows all he needs to know about the Premier League after attending a course at Lilleshall in 1988 The Chilean was speaking at his first press conference as City manager. He said: "England is a different country this is the fifth country I have worked in [.

Video: Mark Schwarzer signs for Chelsea, talks about his move

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Chelsea have snapped up former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer. The veteran Aussie left Craven Cottage recently after turning down a new contract with Martin Jol's side. Instead, the 40-year-old has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge. He is likely to be on the bench, providing competition for Blues goalie Petr [.

John Terry’s dad charged with racially-aggravated assault, Anton Ferdinand has a field day

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Don't u just love it when ur music is on shuffle #nowplaying pic.twitter.com/cr3lrkCYTL Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand) July 9, 2013 John Terry's dad, Ted Terry, has been charged with racially aggravated assault. The allegations against 59-year-old follow an incident in Fenchurch Street, London, at around 8pm on March 22.

Video: Promo for new Arsenal away kit, featuring Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey

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Arsenal's British players have fronted a promotional video for the club's new away kit, which was unveiled yesterday. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey star alongside Arsenal fans as they all prepare for a match by following their own rituals. The video is built around the tagline: "Our Style.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini wants Premier League return

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is plotting a return to the Premier League. The AC Milan star has been offered a new two-year contract at the San Siro but is set to reject it in favour of moving back to England. He said his also considering offers from other countries. The Frenchman looked destined to become [.

Former Liverpool keeper Diego Cavalieri ‘leaves wife’ for talking about naked photo of him taken by Hulk

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Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has reportedly left his wife after she spoke to the press about a naked picture of him. The photo was uploaded to Instagram by Cavalieri's Brazil team-mate Hulk following their Confederations Cup win. While Hulk and defender Rever posed with the trophy in the foreground, behind them Cavalieri could be seen [.

Manchester United boss David Moyes ‘working hard’ to improve the squad

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New Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted the club are working hard to improve the squad despite an apparent lack of activity. In an interview with talkSPORT, Moyes was pressed on his new signings. And he claimed that fans shouldn't be worried that United haven't been as busy in the transfer market as some [.

Who Are Ya? Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jozy Altidore Age: 23 Position: Striker Signed from: AZ Alkmaar Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £6million) Did you know? Altidore's £5.7million move from New York Red Bulls to Villarreal in 2008 remains the most expensive MLS sale. What's the deal?

Tottenham’s deal for Croatian duo Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic collapses over school fees

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A widely expected Tottenham double signing has fallen through because of school fees. Highly-rated Dianmo Zagreb pair Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic were expected to move to White Hart Lane in a £15 million deal. But the move is believed to have collapsed, with the Croatian media suggesting the Halilovic family's demands were the stumbling [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez ‘laughs’ at Chelsea links, welcomes Arsenal interest

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Luis Suarez says he laughs at reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. The Liverpool striker reiterated his desire to leave the club and suggested that he was flattered by a reported bid from Arsenal. He told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890: "There have been no offers yet, but Liverpool know exactly what is [.

Man Utd Facebook page wishes Ashley Young a happy birthday, Man Utd fans don’t

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Manchester United's official Facebook page decided to wish a happy birthday to Ashley Young, who turned 28 today. Fans using the page were not feeling so generous towards their injury hit winger. The top two comments on the post ended up being suggestions that the ideal birthday present might be a move away from Old [.

Video: New Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola gives Arjen Robben a kick up the backside. Literally

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Throughout his career, Arjen Robben has been singled out as a player in need of a metaphorical kick up the backside. New Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola opted for a more literal approach, swinging his boot into Robben's behind during a pre-season training session. Fortunately, the notoriously temperamental Dutchman appeared to be all smiles after [.

Could Chelsea make a move for Burak Yilmaz?

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For a transfer to be likely you generally need three things: 1. Club needs to be willing to sell 2. Manager needs to want to rate player highly enough to want club to buy him 3. Player needs to want to move If we judge things by those standards, Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz could soon [...]

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke submits transfer request, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs linked

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Aston Villa's star striker Christian Benteke has asked to leave the club. The Belgium international, a £7m signing from Genk last summer, scored 23 goals last season, making him easily Villa's top scorer. But after the season ended, the 22-year-old began dropping hints that he might not be sticking around.

Video: Behind the scenes at Chelsea’s first day of pre-season training

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Chelsea's squad returned for their first day of pre-season training yesterday evening, with Jose Mourinho taking the first session of his second stint at the club. A total of 22 players trained in the session, including new signings Marco Van Ginkel and Andre Schürrle. The club's official YouTube channel paid particularly close attention to striker [.

Norwich striker Grant Holt moves to Wigan: a pie-eating match made in heaven

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Wigan have completed the £2million signing of big-boned Norwich striker Grant Holt. Having had his fill of mustard and Delia's cooking, Holt has moved to Wigan, where residents are known as 'pie-eaters'. Latics boss Owen Coyle said: "This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price.

Video: Benoit Assou Ekotto says he’s never heard of new Tottenham signing Paulinho

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Spurs left-back Benoit Assou Ekotto is well known for having absolutely no interest in football except for the 90 minutes he's playing. He has emphasised that point even further by revealing that he has never heard of his new £17m team-mate, Brazil international Paulinho. The boy from Brazil shouldn't feel too hard done by though: [.

West Ham Liverpool Reenactment Society considers bid for Stewart Downing

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West Ham's are set to up their efforts to create a full-scale working model of Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish with a bid for Stewart Downing. Having already spent £15m to bring Anfield flop Andy Carroll to the club, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is considering bringing in Downing to provide Carroll with some of the ammunition [.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew confirms interest in Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and QPR’s Loic Remy

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Alan Pardew has revealed that he wants to sign Darren Bent and Loic Remy as he seeks to bolster Newcastle's attacking options next season. The Magpies' strikeforce looked limited towards the end of last season following the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea. The club attempted to bring in Remy at that stage to share [.

Liverpool target Aly Cissokho praises ‘legendary’ club

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Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho is pretty keen on a move to Liverpool judging by his comments about the club. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield, and he is only too pleased about that link. But the France international insists he has not yet held talks with the Reds. He said: "I [.

Should Aston Villa fans be worried about their club having money to spend?

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The news that Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa will have alarmed some fans, but after the initial shock, they will surely come to the conclusion that making close to £20million profit on the Belgian in one year is pretty good business, especially if Paul Lambert can reinvest the money [.

Daily Mail mix up Pep and Pere Guardiola in their ‘Luis Suarez talking to Liverpool’ story

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Oh dear Daily Mail. We know that the newspaper generally tars all foreigners with the same brush, but we reckon a sports section of a national newspaper should be able to tell the difference between two sporting brothers. Pere Guardiola is a football agent and the brother of Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich's new coach.

Wilfried Zaha posts a photo of his first day at Manchester United

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Wilfried Zaha has been settling in at Manchester United and he seems to have enjoyed his first day at the club. The former Crystal Palace player signed for the champions in the January transfer window, but immediately returned to the Eagles on loan. Having helped Palace secure promotion to the Premier League, today was [.

Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham target David Villa

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Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Spain international David Villa, who was widely expected to join Tottenham this week. Barcelona had described Spurs' initial bid for Villa as laughable, but the clubs were expected to agree a fee this week. It was even reported that the 31-year-old had already agreed terms with Spurs.

Liverpool reject £30m offer from Arsenal for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal have had a club record £30 million bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez rejected. As we reported last week, some bookies have stopped taking bets on the Emirates being Suarez's destination this summer. It has now emerged that one of the reasons for a flurry of bets on that happening was an audacious offer [.

Kitman: New Arsenal away kit 2013/14

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Pictures of the new Arsenal away kit have leaked ahead of its official launch tomorrow. The new strip is a return to the trusty Gunners change colour of yellow. While opting for banana-coloured kits has thrown up some horrific jerseys over the years, this isn't one of them. The Nike made kit the sportswear [.

Tottenham to sign David Villa this week

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Barcelona striker David Villa will complete his move to Tottenham this week after he agreed a deal in principle. The two clubs now need to set a fee, which they have not yet been able to do, according to reports in the Mirror. Barca value the Spain international at £8.6 million, while Spurs chairman Daniel [.

Chelsea negotiate compensation package for West Brom youngster Izzy Brown

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Chelsea have all but signed hotly-tipped West Brom youngster Izzy Brown. The 16-year-old is already training with the Blues while the two clubs negotiate over a compensation package for the Baggies. Brown, who made his debut for Steve Clarke's side against Wigan at the end of last season, will slot in behind David Luiz as [.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew reprimands Joe Kinnear over mispronounced names

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the club's new director of football Joe Kinnear that he needs to show more respect to the players. The Magpies boss appeared less than impressed with Kinnear's dodgy pronunciations of some of the stars of his squad. He told BBC Radio Newcastle: "Some of the things Joe said he [.

Photo: Chelsea new boys Andre Schürrle and Marco van Ginkel ease into pre-season training with a game of pool

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There is lots of hard work ahead but the new boys @Andre_Schuerrle & Marco van Ginkel are settling in nicely... #CFC pic.twitter.com/kZvksl34Rs Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) July 8, 2013 New Chelsea signings Andre Schürrle and Marco van Ginkel haven't been throwing up their guts in pre-season training yet.

Kitman: New Tottenham home and away kits launched

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Tottenham have launched their new home and away kits for the 2013/14. The first things to say is that's a bold sponsor's logo. Hewlett Packard are certainly getting value for money compared to previous Spurs sponsors. The kits are again made by Under Armour and are said to be a nod to the club's kits [.

Will Arsenal be happy about Lukas Podolski driving a car at 170mph?

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Most footballers have things written into their contract that prevent them from doing certain activities for fear of injury. Bungee jumping and sky diving are just two of the things often ruled out, although Jon Parkin is also not allowed within two miles of a Burger King. Whether or not Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has anything [.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s charity match contains crazy 15 goals

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Charity games are always worth of being watched. They might not have the seriousness of league football, but with some top players on show you are always likely to see something memorable or spectacular. That was certainly the case during the match between Lionel Messi and Friends against a Rest of the World team, played [.

Usain Bolt will play for Manchester United in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial

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He has been saying for some time that he believes he is good enough to play for Manchester United, but Usain Bolt is a man that is confident in his ability to do most things. The fastest man in the world has continuously said that he wants to play for the side that he supports, [...]

Paulinho completes £17m Tottenham transfer

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Brazil international Paulinho has completed his widely anticipated move to Tottenham from Corinthians. The midfielder has been openly discussing his switch to Spurs, but the transfer was put on hold while he competed in Brazil's victorious Confederations Cup campaign. But he 24-year-old has now completed a medical and officially become a Spurs player.

Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan decides to join Borussia Dortmund

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Oh dear, it appears that Liverpool won't be getting their man. After weeks of chasing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, aiming for a purchase around £20million, it seems that Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund have nipped in to capture the Armenian international. German newspaper Bild broke the bad news, indicating that Dortmund officials had flown to [.

Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil falls asleep during training session

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You would have thought that Premier League players may have caught up on their sleep during their summer break, but it appears that pre-season training has come a little early for Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil. The German, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, went AWOL from training and was found asleep near a wall [.

Fergie told Moyes he was new Man Utd manager, Moyes had no choice

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Getting a new job normally involves an interview process or, if you're very lucky, simply being asked if you'd like the choice. In David Moyes' case neither happened: he was simply told that he would be the new Manchester United manager. Speaking at his first press conference since taking charge, Moyes revealed that Sir Alex [.

Video: Nicolas Anelka looks delighted to have signed for West Brom

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You don't become Le Sulk without being a pretty moody so-and-so. Even after signing a nice new contract to return to the Premier League, Nicolas Anelka was unable to lift the gloom. The Frenchman agreed a deal to join West Brom on a one-year contract. The Baggies become his sixth Premier League club, joining Arsenal, [.

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou Ekotto winds up an Arsenal fan on Twitter

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@danny1512boy no comment... LOL pic.twitter.com/PRTw9NuF6M Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) July 4, 2013 Spurs left-back Benoit Assou Ekotto got his own back on an internet troll with some trolling of his own. The Arsenal fan, Daniel Stevenson, contacted Assou Ekotto on Twitter to serve up some banter that was on par with his grammar.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba in talks with Anzhi Makhachkala

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Demba Ba is talking to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala as Jose Mourinho gets his Chelsea shake-up into full swing. The former Newcastle striker, who only joined the Blues in January, is surplus to requirements since the Special One returned to Stamford Bridge. With Mourinho hoping to add at least one big-name striker to his squad [.

Newcastle remember they’re only supposed to sign young Frenchmen, withdraw bid for Wigan’s Arouna Kone

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Newcastle have reportedly ended their interest in Wigan's Arouna Kone after a bizarre U-turn. Latics sources claim the Magpies are no longer in the race for the striker, according to Tyneside newspaper The Chronicle. The reason being circulated for the change of heart is that the 29-year-old Ivory Coast forward doesn't fit the club's "blueprint" [.

Video: Franck Ribery’s prank on Bayern Munich’s physio

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Even at the very top level, there's room for some fun and games at pre-season (especially if you've just won the Champions League). Franck Ribery and Bayern Munich team-mate Diego Contento conspired to play the old crouch and push prank on physio Gianni Bianchi. The oldest trick in the book, but one that was well [.

Video: Arsenal trio Wojciech Sczcesny, Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho try takraw

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Arsenal's Wojciech Sczcesny, Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho have been warming up for the club's tour of Asia by trying a new sport. What do you mean 'at least a couple of them could do with a new sport'? The trio took on the south-east Asian sport of takraw, which is essentially a game of flamboyant [..

Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling’s Woeful New Haircut

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During the summer months, there is a danger of resorting to just about anything to try and maintain our interest in football. Discussions of haircuts, however, would be barred from such thoughts on the basis that it is rather scraping the barrel...... but then you see Raheem Sterling's new haircut. It's part Fresh Prince of [.

Manchester City launch Tardis style programme kiosks

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Has Doctor Who's TARDIS had a #MCFC makeover or are these the new Etihad Stadium programme kiosks? pic.twitter.com/pEdBnlbLWX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) July 5, 2013 Manchester City have unveiled their new programme kiosks outside the Etihad Stadium and the club's official Twitter account has decided to get the Tardis jokes in before everyone [.

Oh dear – Peter Crouch brings back the Robot in Ibiza

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Good old footballers eh? Give them booze, sun and a dancefloor and they will normally do something of making the tabloids. Peter Crouch is no different. He first brought us his robot dance back in 2006 before the World Cup, and it shot to viral fame, largely because it made him look like a bloody [..

Arsenal honorary vice-president Nina Bracewell-Smith underwhelmed by Gonzalo Higuain move

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#Higuaín not good enough for Real Madrid yet is making news waves. Nina Bracewell-Smith (@NinaBracewell) July 5, 2013 Nina Bracewell-Smith, honorary vice-president of Arsenal, appears to be less than impressed by the Gunners' proposed business for the summer. With many Gooners excited about the imminent arrival of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, Bracewell-Smith is [.

Sevilla president says he’s had no offer from Spurs or Man City for Alvaro Negredo

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Sevilla's president says he has not received any offers for striker Alvaro Negredo and warned his Premier League suitors that there is no cut-price deal to be done. Negredo is thought to be a target for Tottenham and Manchester City, but Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says neither club has yet made an [.

Southampton boss Pochettino unveils transfer shopping list: Victor Wanyama, Leandro Damiao and Ever Banega

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has gone public with his summer transfer window shopping list. He identified Celtic's Victor Wanyama, Valencia's Ever Banega and Internacional's Brazil star Leandro Damiao as transfer targets, while also confirming that he only wants to bring in two or three players.

Is Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set for shock Arsenal transfer?

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Liverpool star Luis Suarez is rumoured to be on his way to Arsenal after bookies William Hill stopped taking bets on the deal. A series of massive bets made in Spain on the Uruguayan moving to the Gunners forced the bookermakers to close the market, with a spokesman adding that it "would suggest they have [.

Real Madrid end pursuit of Tottenham star Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid have given up on signing Gareth Bale, for this summer at least, according to reports in the Spanish media. Newspaper Marca says Real have put their hopes of signing the Welshman on the back-burner after yet another 'no' fro Spurs. In a swipe that can be enjoyed by Real Madrid and Arsenal fans [.

Joey Barton’s agent accepts the blame for his late return to QPR pre-season training

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For the record, I am brilliant at a lot of things but telepathy, isn't one. Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 3, 2013 Joey Barton's agent, Willie McKay, says he is the reason that his client turned up two days late for pre-season training with QPR. The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder has enjoyed a [.

Gonzalo Higuain on his way to London to complete Arsenal move

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Widespread reports in Argentina suggest that Gonzalo Higuain is travelling to Arsenal to put pen to paper on his contract with the club. The Real Madrid man is believed to have verbally agreed a three-year contract £100,000 a week. The move has been in the offing for some time and the player has been cleared [.

Roberto Mancini says Edinson Cavani is Manchester City’s top transfer target this summer

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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is the club's number one transfer target this summmer. And it was Mancini who made him the priority signing. The Uruguay international has been widely linked with a move to either City or Chelsea this summer. Mancini's comments seem to confirm that the Premier [.

Who Are Ya? Marco Van Ginkel (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marco Van Ginkel Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem Fee: Rumoured £8million Did you know? Van Ginkel joined Vitesse as a seven-year-old in 1999, making his first-team debut in April 2010. What's the deal? Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed to sign the [.

Thiago Alcantara cropped out of Barcelona advert. Is Man Utd move imminent?

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Rumours that Thiago Alcantara is close to joining Manchester United have been given extra weight after the Barcelona youngster was cropped out of an advert for the club's new kit. The midfielder was originally featured alongside Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol in an advert released by the Spanish champions.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to play in rock festival

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As recent photos of Manchester United and Manchester City players show, footballers are simple beasts. Stick them by a pool with a famous RnB artist and they'll be fine for a couple of months. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is a little different, however. Rather than keeping it all Timberland and Miami, Cech has instead been [.

Fail – Bayern Munich signing Mario Gotze commits impressive PR gaffe

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Bayern Munich have a pretty strong relationship with sportswear manufacturer Adidas. The company is German, they sponsor the club's kit and even own a 9.2% share in the Bundesliga champions. It is therefore fairly understandable that Adidas were a little put out when their new £32million signing Mario Gotze was unveiled to the media.

Kitman – Manchester City’s new away kit

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It's one of my biggest points of pedantry in football not enough black kits. Two personal favourites are Manchester United circa 1995 and Netherlands 2011, but now Manchester City have added their effort. There is just something about a black shirt that looks sleek and cool, and City's new away kit is certainly both [.

Who Are Ya? Olivier Kemen (Newcastle United)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Olivier Kemen Age: 16 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Metz Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £600,000) Did you know? Kemen had the chance to join Lyon's youth set-up three years ago but was impressed by Metz's academy and joined them instead.

Swansea complete signing of Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey

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Swansea have confirmed they have signed Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo rules out imminent Manchester United return

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will not be returning to the Premier League in the near future but admitted you "never know". Speaking during a trip to Singapore, the Portugal international spoke fondly of his time at Manchester United but said he is happy to stay in Spain for now. He said: [.

GIF It: The Tottenham 2013 summer transfer window GIF

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Tottenham's summer transfer business is the inspiration for the excellent new GIF. Based on a scene from Leonardo Di Caprio's new film The Wolf of Wall Street, the GIF features features Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, technical director Franco Baldini and manager Andre Villas-Boas dancing with Gareth Bale (who the club hope to retain this summer), [.

Tesco Mobile seemingly favours Arsenal over Spurs

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Big brand Twitter accounts are usually careful to avoid offending large constituencies of potential customers, which makes it all the more surprising that the Tesco Mobile account appears to have picked a side in the north London derby. Asked by one Twitter user whether the Spurs would make the top four next season, Tesco Mobile [.

Everton defender Leighton Baines dodges Man Utd talk with Glastonbury trip

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The gossip columns told us that Leighton Baines was destined for a star-studded dressing room this summer. But instead of completing a widely anticipated move to Manchester United, the Everton left-back has instead been hanging out backstage at Glastonbury. Baines posed for photos with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and fellow scouser Miles Kane at [.

Who Are Ya? Marc Muniesa (Stoke City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marc Muniesa Age: 21 Position: Defender Signed from: Barcelona Fee: Free Did you know? Muniesa became the second youngest player to represent Barca when he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2009. Unfortunately, he was (harshly) sent-off just minutes into his substitute appearance against [.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel eyes up girl in a bikini during interview

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John Obi Mikel struggled to stick to his media duties in a recent interview in Brazil during the Confederations Cup. The Chelsea midfielder, linked with a move away from the club this summer, appeared to be distracted by a bikini-clad woman walking past him during the interview. Screengrabs from the TV interview show the Nigeria [.

Liverpool accept bid from Swansea for Jonjo Shelvey

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Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is on the verge of completing a £6 million move to Swansea. The Reds have accepted a bid from the Swans, and Shelvey will now travel to south Wales to discuss personal terms, the BBC reports. Shelvey had seemed set to flourish under Brendan Rodgers, at first playing a key role [.

Roman Abramovich celebrates a decade at Chelsea – Here are his signings

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is this summer celebrating his ten-year anniversary at Chelsea. It is clear that he altered the fortunes not only of the West London club but also English football forever. The summer before the Russian arrived at Stamford Bridge, they bought Enrique De Lucas and a French youth player, and that's it.

We shouldn’t be suprised that Sunderland want Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone

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Yesterday we brought you the news that Sunderland had made a £5million offer for Tom Huddlestone, and it seems that this news shouldn't have surprised anyone one little bit. That's because Huddlestone players for one of Tottenham or Manchester United, and Sunderland can't get enough of players at these two clubs.

Beckham plays dirty to beat 10 year olds

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David Beckham may be a family man, but when it comes to winning it seems he will go to any lengths necessary to beat the opposition. Even if they are a bunch of 10-year-olds. Beckham was recently in China to promote football and improve its image after the game was rocked by match fixing scandals. [.

Sunderland considering £5million bid for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone

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Tottenham are preparing to sell midfielder Tom Huddlestone with Sunderland favourites to sign him, according to reports in the Evening Standard. The 26-year-old a £2.5m signing from Derby in 2005 has struggled to impose himself since Andre Villas Boas took charge at White Hart Lane. He made just 11 Premier League starts last [.

Chelsea target £30million AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy

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AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is a £30million target for Chelsea, according to media reports. The Express suggests the Italy international could become the first major signing of Jose Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge, while talkSPORT believe Fernando Torres will be offered to the Italian side in a part-exchange deal.

Newcastle prepare second bid for Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Newcastle are lining up an improved offer for Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with newly appointed director of football Joe Kinnear eager to complete the deal before he goes on holiday. Reports in The Journal suggest that Kinnear is eager to secure a major signing sooner rather than later to give him some credibility in [.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says photos of Gonzalo Higuain’s wife will get pinned to the wall

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Photos of Gonzola Higuain's actress wife are destined for the walls of Arsenal's dressing room if the Real Madrid striker completes his move to the club. That's according to Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who seemed impressed when, during a recent interview, he was shown a picture of Soledad Fandiño modelling underwear.

Video: Paulinho cries as he confirms Spurs move, gives Arsenal fans an instant punchline

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Brazil international Paulinho was reduced to tears as he confirmed that he will be moving to Tottenham. Although Arsenal fans will have their own theories about why that might be, the player himself said he was emotional at the prospect of leaving current club Corinthians. The 24-year-old said: "This is a very hard moment for [.

Top five managerial disasters

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The world loves a loser and 20 years of the Premier League has provided us with some gloriously chaotic characters to keep our hearts warm and full. Nowhere more so than in the dugout. Perhaps it's because when a team's season goes down the toilet it's the man in the hot seat that comes in [...]

What did the Confederations Cup tell us about World Cup 2014?

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The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil proved to be an enthralling tournament and a perfect taster for next year's World Cup. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been goals galore, controversial incidents and not forgetting the carnival atmosphere created by the crowds, who in turn, proved influential in roaring Brazil on to their [.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra discusses Ji-Sung Park bromance

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Patrice Evra has spoken of his bromance with former Manchester United team-mate Ji Sung Park. The left-back has revealed he hasn't been able to settle down with a new roommate for away trips since his South Korean buddy departed for QPR last summer. He told the United's official website: "I know a lot of people [.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski gets flirty with Rihanna

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Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has posed for a photograph with music star Rihanna. Poldi cuddled up to the Umbrella singer for a photo after her gig in Cologne at the weekend, before putting the picture on his Twitter account. Referring to one of her songs, the Germany international posted the slightly flirty message: "How can someone [.

Competition: Win a pair of miadidas camouflage Nitrocharge or Predator Lethal Zones boots

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OTP has teamed up with Adidas to give you the chance to win a pair of miadidas camouflage Nitrocharge or Predator Lethal Zones boots customised to your specifications. While we'd be a bit cautious about adopting Adidas' take on camouflage on the battlefield, we'd have no such qualms when it comes to the football pitch.

Who Are Ya? Andreas Cornelius (Cardiff City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Andreas Cornelius Age: 20 Position: Striker Signed from: FC Copenhagen Fee: £8.5m Did you know? Despite his burgeoning football career, including several caps for Denmark, Cornelius has also been keeping up with his academic career.

Keeper Mark Schwarzer heads Fulham clear-out

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Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is the most profile exit following an end-of-season clear-out at Fulham. The 40-year-old Australian joins Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Chris Baird, Giorgos Karagounis, Mladen Petric and Csaba Somogyi on a list of out-of-contract players leaving Craven Cottage. Schwarzer had been offered a new contract, but opted against staying with Martin Jol's [.

Video: David Moyes arrives for his first day in the job as Manchester United manager

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There was no sneaking in to work for David Moyes in his first day as Manchester United manager. The former Everton boss arrived at the club's Carrington training ground at 8am this morning. Unsurprisingly, there was quite a gathering of photographers and cameramen keen to see the Scot. Moyes very obligingly wound down his darkened [.

GIF It: Chelsea defender David Luiz’s incredible goal-line clearance (Brazil 3-0 Spain)

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Brazil's clean sheet in their 3-0 Confederations Cup final win over Spain was thanks, in no small part, to Chelsea defender David Luiz. The curly-haired centre-back delivered this miraculous clearance to block a certain goal for Pedro and somehow clear the ball over the crossbar. Via 101GG

Video: Chelsea’s Fernando Torres delighted to win Golden Boot with Spain… or not

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After years of winning just about any tournament you cared to put in front of them, Spain faltered in the Confederations Cup as they lost in the final to hosts Brazil. Chelsea striker Fernando Torres discovered that personal achievements like the Golden Boot feel a bit hollow if you haven't won the competition as well.

Video: Neymar’s Confederations Cup Final goal (Brazil 3-0 Spain)

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Neymar scored the pick of the goals as Brazil secured the Confederations Cup. The new Barcelona signing was the star of the show as he faced a team containing several of his future team-mates. This powerful left-foot strike was Brazil's second goal of the evening after Fred had scored a scrappy opener inside the first [.

Tottenham and Southampton haven’t bid for Leandro Damiao, say Internacional

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Brazilian side Internacional claim they are yet to receive a single bid for striker Leandro Damiao. The 23-year-old is a long-term Tottenham target who has filled many a gossip column over the last few transfer windows. But with a move to White Hart Lane never seeming to materialise, recent reports suggested that Southampton had stolen [.

Video: Independiente fans throw chairs at president during meeting

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A meeting between the fans and hierarchy of Argentine side Independiente descended into carnage when supporters began throwing chairs at the club president. The crisis meeting with president Javier Cantero was called following the club's recent relegation. Fans were given the opportunity to air their grievances directly to Cantero.

Tottenham set to sign Croatian teen pair Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic

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Croatian teenagers Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic are on the verge of joining Tottenham, according to media reports in their homeland. The Dinamo Zagreb duo, both aged 17, are two of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe. Dinamo president Mirko Barisic says a deal reportedly a £15 million combined fee for both players is [.

Manchester United set to sign Ezequiel Garay

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Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay is on the verge of becoming the first signing of David Moyes' managerial reign at Manchester United. The Argentina international isn't a Moyes signing as such, having been on the champions' radar for some time. But the incoming boss who starts his new job today is expected to give [.