Inthestands.co.uk Archives for January 2011

You’re a Racist! Rio Ferdinand Tells John Terry

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has broken his silence and lashed out at John Terry accusing him of using language that was 'blatantly racist'. Ferdinand has watched television footage of the incident in which John Terry seemingly called his brother Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers last [.

Your a Racist! Rio Ferdinand Tells John Terry

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has broken his silence and lashed out at John Terry accusing him of using language that was 'blatantly racist'. Ferdinand has watched television footage of the incident in which John Terry seemingly called his brother Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***" during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers last [.

Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid; Higuain Goal Sends Real Top

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Gonzalo Higuain's first half strike was enough to give Real Madrid a slender 1-0 win away to Real Sociedad and reclaim top spot in La Liga. The goal came in the ninth minute and was the perfect response for Jose Mourinho's men who were temporarily dethroned at the summit of La Liga after champions Barcelona [.

Inter Milan 1-2 Juventus; Claudio Marchisio Goal Settles Derby D’Italia

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Goals by Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio gave Juventus a priceless 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in the Derby D'Italia as Antonio Conte's men sent out a warning to the rest of Serie A. Could this be the year, the first year since 2003 when the Old Lady reassumes her position at the summit of [...] Related posts:
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Barcelona 5-0 Mallorca; Messi First-Half Hat-trick Inspires Barca Romp

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Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick within the first 30 minutes as Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win over Mallorca in La Liga The Argentine got the first of his 30-minute treble from the penalty spot before calmly tapping home the second. Messi then volleyed in Daniel Alves' superb cross for 3-0. Youngster Joan Isaac Cuenca [.

Inter Milan 1-2 Juventus

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Juventus sent out an ominous warning to everybody in Serie A that they mean business as Antonio Conte's men won the Derby D'Italia 2-1. Could this be the year, the first year since 2003 when the Old Lady reassumes her position at the summit of Serie A? It sure seems like it as Juventus [...] Related posts:
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Chelsea Hat-trick Hero Robin Van Persie Salutes 5-3 Win

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has hailed his sides' thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Arsene Wenger's men shot themselves into contention for a UEFA Champions League spot. Van Persie was the hero as he bagged a hat-trick to down third place Chelsea and seal a fantastic 5-3 win for Arsenal at [.

Roma 2-3 AC Milan; Milan Edge Roma in Thriller at Stadio Olimpico

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AC Milan continued their title charge after bagging a 3-2 win over AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in a Serie A thriller. Related posts:Serie A: Lecce 3-4 AC Milan; Kevin Prince Boateng Hat-trick Saves Milan AC Milan 2-1 Inter Milan: AC Milan Win Thrilling Supercoppa Italiana Clash Germany Edge Brazil 3-2 In Thriller Related posts:
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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Classic Matches

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Over the years matches between Chelsea and Arsenal have been thrilling affairs and In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu recalls five clashes between the London rivals which have particularly stood out. When Chelsea meet Arsenal the rest of the Premier League expects goals, action, a brooding set of fans and more importantly, quality matches.

Adolf Hitler Reacts to Manchester U 1-6 Man City!

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Sitting in his bunker surrounded by his generals, German dictator Adolf Hitler has just found out that Manchester United have been thrashed 6-1 by Manchester City...and the Nazi leader is not happy! Sorry Mr Hitler, blame Mario Balotelli and an utterly shambolic United defence! Related posts:Sky Sports Fanzone: Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City Manchester United [.

Inter Milan vs Juventus: Classic Matches

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Saturday night in Serie A sees a mouth-watering 'Derby D'Italia' clash between Inter Milan and Juventus at the San Siro and In The Stands looks back at five classic encounters between Italy's most fierce rivals. Inter Milan vs Juventus was not nicknamed the ‘Derby D'Italia' by the late Italian sports writer and novelist Gianni Brera [.

Our Season on Football Manager 12 – Who Shall I Manager?

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An Idea we had for this year is one that involves playing the new Football Manager 12 at the current Premier League pace. Frustratingly, this means that we will have to start our game three months in advance! But that's not our biggest problem because we  really need your help in picking a Premier League [.

John Terry is No Capitan

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'To be a leader you need to be devoted, you to be trusted and, most importantly, you need to lead by example' -Â John Terry doesn't know what these worlds mean laments James Shaw... Â In the absence of feeling or integrity (or the World of Football) John Terry continues to prosper. He parades around like [.

XXX-Rated Mario Balotelli Caught Reading A Porn Magazine!

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Another day another Mario Balotelli story with the Manchester City striker being caught flicking through a porno magazine whilst his girlfriend had her back turned. The incident occurred whilst Balotelli and his girlfriend and WAG Raffaella Fico were out shopping in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.

VIDEO: Mario Balotelli Answers Your Questions On Twitter #AskMario

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli took the time out to answer a host of questions via twitter and managed to once again add to his growing list of admirers Balotelli has become the man-of-the-moment following his fabulous performance during Manchester City's 6-1 hammering of neighbours Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Meet Raffaella Fico The WAG Of Mario Balotelli

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The name is Fico, Raffaella Fico and she is the girlfriend of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Life just does not get any better for Manchester City's most talked about striker ever who has been seen in-and-around Manchester with his 23-year-old stunner. The Cercola-born model reportedly also had a fling with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano [.

Carlos Tevez Set To End Manchester City Woe And Join Corinthians

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Corinthians club President Andrés Navarro Sánchez has confirmed that outcasted Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is close to signing for the club once again. Sanchez confirmed the news to reporters in Brazil amidst mounting speculation concerning the Argentine striker's future at Eastlands. "Tevez has one foot in Corinthians, even if a lot of people don't [.

Serie A: Juventus 2-1 Fiorentina; Matri Strike Sends Juve Top

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A second half strike by Alessandro Matri gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Fiorentina at the Juventus Arena to send Antonio Conte's men top of Serie A Juve had been knocked off top spot at the weekend after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Genoa, but bounced back in style with a n [...] Related posts:
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Granada 0-1 Barcelona; Xavi Free-kick Sends Barca Top of La Liga

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Xavi scored a superb first-half free-kick to give Barcelona all three points over nine-man Granada and send Pep Guardiola's men top of La Liga albeit temporarily. The midfield maestro was making a record-breaking 392nd La Liga appearance for the Catalans who were seeking to get back to winning ways after losing their 100 per cent [.

Sky Sports Fanzone: Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City

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Two fans both from one city, the first representing the red half of Manchester the other representing the blue half and in the wake of that 6-1 victory by Manchester City it is obvious to see who was the happier of the two! It makes for some hilarious viewing. Watch especially for that little alien-like [.

6-1, Why Always Me & Now A Fireworks Ambassador – We Love Balotelli!

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Sorry but you just cannot keep Mario Balotelli out of the headlines so much so that it is becoming obligatory to write something about Manchester City's most talked about striker ever! Meet Mario Balotelli Manchester's new ambassador for fireworks safety! Balotelli Warns Against Playing With Fireworks "It is important children should not mess with fireworks.

WAG Of The Week: Macarena Lemos – Lionel Messi’s Ex-Girlfriend

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Meet In The Stands' WAG of the week Macarena Lemos. She is only the ex-girlfriend of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and she has an interesting story to tell! Read on... Macarena Lemos, a young model, claims that Lionel Messi's mother threatened to deck her with a frying pan whilst she was seeing the two-time World [.

Juventus 2-2 Genoa; Juve Held At Home To Genoa

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Juventus missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of Serie A as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Genoa at the Juventus Arena. Juventus took an early lead through Alessandro Matri before Marco Rossi equalized for Genoa in the 11th minute. The hosts then shot themselves back in front in [...] Related posts:
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FA Charge Chelsea For Failing To Control Their Players

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The FA have charged Chelsea FC with failure to control their players in the wake of their 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. In a bad-tempered West London derby, Chelsea had Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba sent off after receiving straight red cards whilst a further seven of their team-mates were booked by [.

Mario Balotelli Set to Light Premier League Aflame

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The most talked about Premiership player get talked about again! This time Nicholas Spiller sticks his oar in...  The young man knows how to set fires, as evidenced by his recent escapade involving fireworks and his home bathroom. Mario Balotelli also knows how to light up the scoreboard on the pitch.

The Daily Rant: A Mission Statement from a Football Agent (or me)

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Seeing as everyone has given up on the game of football I thought I would write a mission statement that epitomised how the game should be managed.....  INT. MIAMI HOTEL ROOM (My Flat) NIGHT Jerry's James'eyes open. Breathing strangely. Trembling, he holds onto the nightstand for grounding. He gets up, takes a few gulps of air, walks to [.

Lecce 3-4 AC Milan; Kevin Prince Boateng Hat-trick Saves Milan

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Champions AC Milan came back from 3-0 down to beat Lecce 4-3 with midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng bagging a hat-trick. Related posts:Goal of The Week: Kevin Prince Boateng Goal; AC Milan 2-0 BATE Borisov AC Milan 2-1 Inter Milan: AC Milan Win Thrilling Supercoppa Italiana Clash Serie A Round-Up: Catania 2-1 Inter Milan; AC Milan [.

Mario Balotelli ‘Why Always Me?’ T-Shirts On Sale Now!

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Mario Balotelli's fabulous T-shirt asking 'Why Always Me?' is now on sale for $13.90 and is set to come to a shop near you! Balotelli curled in the opening goal at Old Trafford for visitors Manchester City before the striker stood still in Eric Cantona-like fashion, looked dead straight before brandishing a powerful, yet humorous [.

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City?! Who Predicted That?!

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A double from Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and solo goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva saw Manchester City crush Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford in an unbelievable Premier League encounter. The ‘noisy neighbours' have not only created a racket, they have taken over the streets, all avenues, the high roads and the city [.

Tottenham Ready To Take Gamble On Carlos Tevez

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has expressed his desire to take ousted Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez to White Hart Lane. "I would take him if he were available for sure. If Manchester City want to let me have him on loan and subsidise it, I'll take him tomorrow," the Spurs boss was reported as saying [.

La Liga Round-Up: Lionel Messi Misses Penalty As Barcelona Are Held 0-0 By Sevilla

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Lionel Messi saw his injury-time penalty kick saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas as Barcelona were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou In a match in which the hosts utterly dominated the three points eluded them thanks to a heroic performance between the sticks by Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas who denied [.

Juventus 2-2 Genoa; Serie A Leaders Held

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Juventus missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of Serie A as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Genoa at the Juventus Arena. The league leaders took an early lead through Alessandro Matri before Marco Rossi equalized in the 11th minute. The hosts then shot themselves back in front in [...] Related posts:
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What To Expect As Barcelona Open New ‘La Masia’ Youth Academy

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Thursday saw the opening of the new 'La Masia'; that is Barcelona's freshly constructed youth training facility which promises to bring forth the next generation of Catalan prodigies from the conveyor belt. The new La Masia was opened to a fun filled atmosphere which featured a special appearance from Andres Iniesta one of Barcelona's [.

Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview & Prediction

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In The Stands looks ahead to the first Manchester derby of the season as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Our crystal balls are out! So when do 'noisy neighbours' become more than a nuisance. When do they become more than a racket and more specifically do those noisy neighbours annoy you more [.

Malaga 0-4 Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo Grabs Another Hat-trick

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the moment as he bagged a first half hat-trick as Real Madrid crushed Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled Malaga side 4-0. There was no mercy from Jose Mourinho's title chasing Madrid side who blew money-bags Malaga out the sky with an emphatic 4-0 win at the Estadio La Rosaleda.

Here’s What To Expect From Barcelona’s Opening of New La Masia

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Thursday saw the opening of the new 'La Masia'; that is Barcelona's freshly constructed youth training facility which promises to bring forth the next generation of Catalan prodigies from the conveyor belt. The new La Masia was opened to a fun filled atmosphere which featured a special appearance from Andres Iniesta one of Barcelona's [.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Classic Matches

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Manchester United vs Manchester City matches of recent years have produced some absolute classics whether they were at Maine Road, the Etihad Stadium or at Old Trafford. In the wake of Sunday's mouthwatering clash, In The Stands looks back to some truly epic Manchester derbys. "I think it will be a lot of fun – [.

Wayne Rooney Overhead Kick vs Manchester City; ‘Never Again’ Vows Micah Richards

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards still has nightmares about Wayne Rooney's stupendous overhead kick winner at Old Trafford last season and has vowed to ensure it never happens again. In a tight and edgy top-of-the-table clash, Wayne Rooney scored the Premier League Goal of The Season 12 minutes from time when he executed a perfect [.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Balotelli Warns United Fans

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has stoked up the flames ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby by telling United fans that they cannot wind him up. Let the mind games begin! Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford is perhaps the biggest yet with both clubs separated by just two points at the top of the table.

Manchester City To Back Carlos Tevez Over Roberto Mancini

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Carlos Tevez is set to be given a reprieve after Manchester City failed to endorse coach Roberto Mancini's claims that he refused to come on as a substitute. Tevez seemingly refused to come on as a substitute with Manchester City trailing 2-0 to Bayern Munich in their crucial Group A UEFA Champions League clash in [.

Manchester City Move To Back Carlos Tevez!

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Carlos Tevez is set to be given a reprieve after Manchester City failed to endorse coach Roberto Mancini's claims that he refused to come on as a substitute. Tevez seemingly refused to come on as a substitute with City trailing 2-0 to Bayern Munich last month sparking a furious backlash from boss Roberto Mancini who [.

Did You Know? Colonel Gaddafi’s Son Al-Saadi Played In Serie A!

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It's true indeed. Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, the third son of dead Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi played football at the highest level having spells with Perugia, Udinese and Sampdoria! Al-Saadi al Gaddafi, perhaps Libya's most and only recognizable footballing 'star' (if that is what we can call him) had spells in Serie A with Perugia in 2003/2004, [.

UEFA Champions League Matchday 3: What Did In The Stands Learn?

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Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League flew by without a moments notice and in our panic the IN The Stands team are scrambling to chronicle exactly what we managed to pick-up after another action packed week on the continent. So here are a few things we learnt from Matchday 3 and needless to [...] Related posts:
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UEFA Champions League Matchday 3: What Did In The Stands Learn?

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Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League flew by without a moments notice and in our panic the IN The Stands team are scrambling to chronicle exactly what we managed to pick-up after another action packed week on the continent. So here are the things we learnt from Matchday 3 and needless to say, [.

UEFA Champions League Matchday 3: What Did In The Stands Learn?

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Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League flew by without a moments notice and in our panic the IN The Stands team are scrambling to chronicle exactly what we managed to pick-up after another action packed week on the continent. So here are the things we learnt from Matchday 3 and needless to say, [.

Did Suarez Really Say That?

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Patrice Evra of Manchester United is not stepping back from the alleged racial slurs that he received from Uruguayan international Luis Suarez. Â Suarez has denied any such thing, and has even posted a comment on his Facebook: "I'm upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected and respect [.

Goal of The Week: Kevin Prince Boateng Goal; AC Milan 2-0 BATE Borisov

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In The Stands' Goal of The Week comes from Kevin Prince Boateng whose blockbuster strike against BATE Borisov helped Milan grab a 2-0 win and remain joint top of Group H. The strike had a Tony Yeboah-type-feel to it although the Leeds striker was more renowned for striking the ball sweetly from a volley.

1-0 Win Over Marseille Shows Arsenal Are Finally Back On Track

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Substitute Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to score the winner as Arsenal secured a priceless 1-0 away to Olympique Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. Defensive solidarity, confident in the result as well as a ruthlessness hitherto unseen so far this season. Such qualities were clearly on show for Arsene Wenger's men on Wednesday as [.

Chelsea 5-0 Genk; Fernando Torres Off The Mark in Europe

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for Fernando Torres after his two goals helped Chelsea overcome Genk 5-0 to take charge of Group E "He [Torres] wanted to play," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports after the match. "It was important for him to play for the Spain national team and he has been keeping [.

Exhibition Football at Camp Nou As Barcelona Beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0

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Andres Iniesta and David Villa were on the scoresheet as UEFA Champions League holders Barcelona put on a classy display to topple Viktoria Plzen 2-0 at the Camp Nou. Incidentally, this was the first ever time the Spanish giants had won a matchday 3 group game under coach Pep Guardiola having been previously thwarted by [.

Robbie Savage Takes His Ballroom Dancing To The Pitch…

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I'm sure you have heard that Robbie Savage is doing Strictly Come Dancing this year, you may have even tuned in to watch him flopping about. Â Well the footballer-cum-pundit decided to provide some unique half-time entertainment for the fans at the Madejski stadium on Tuesday night... We all know Savage was a twat when he [.

Wolves Fan Pissing On The Pitch At West Brom After Defeat…

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The Truth About Foreign Owners Wanting To Get Rid Of Relegation…

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It's not going to happen, so STOP TALKING ABOUT IT! LMA chief Richard Bevan is a bellend for even mentioning the subject. The fact of the matter is the FA can veto any motion that 14 Premier League chairmen clump together and try to ratify. So if foreign ownership in the Premier League does rise [...

Highlights: Otelul Galati 0-2 Manchester United

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In The Stands sticks two fingers up at UEFA licences and brings you the best of Tuesday's Champions League action with Manchester United's 2-0 win over Otelul Galati. Wayne Rooney proved decisive as he netted two second half penalties for Sir Alex Ferguson's men who also had defender Nemanja Vidic sent-off for crude lunge.

Real Madrid 4-0 Olympique Lyon; Ronaldo & Co. Run Riot

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Real Madrid all but secured top spot in Group D of the UEFA Champions League after destroying Olympique Lyon 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Goals by Karim Benzema, Sami Khedira, Sergio Ramos and an own goal by Hugo Lloris did the damage as Jose Mourinho's men continue to show that they are serious contenders for [.

Mancini Targeting Top Spot As Manchester City Beat Villarreal 2-1

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini still believes that first place in Group A is a possibility after seeing his side edge past Villarreal on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero came off the bench to tap home the winner in injury-time to hand Manchester City a priceless three points as they bagged their first win in Europe this [.

Alessandro Del Piero Best Goals

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After the announcement that Alessandro Del Piero will be leaving Juventus at the end of the season In The Stands looks back to some of the finest of the Italian's goals. 205 goals in 495 matches is a record which must be noted with appreciation especially given that it emerged from Serie A – one [.

ITS Salutes Leaving Juventus Legend Alessandro Del Piero

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Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli has announced that striker Alessandro Del Piero is set to leave the club at the end of the season bringing the curtain down on a 19-year spell in Turin. The news was broken on Tuesday and was tentatively accepted by Juve fans the world over as club legend and Juventus' [.

Olympique Marseille vs Arsenal: UEFA Champions League Group F Preview

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Olympique Marseille host Arsenal at the Stade Velodrome as the two leading sides in the UEFA Champions League Group F lock horns. The hosts Marseille current sit at the summit of the group having grabbed six points from two matches with second placed Arsenal two behind on four points. Despite both sides monopolizing what did [.

Manchester City vs Villarreal Group A Clash Could Prove Decisive

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Manchester City host Villarreal at the Etihad Stadium on Matchday 3 as Group A in the UEFA Champions League begins to take shape. Both sides urgently need a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying from the Champions League's 'Group of Death' and with leading pair Napoli and Bayern Munich battling it out in [.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday 3: Pick of The Matches

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Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League swings by with every member of each group facing a double header. With qualification very much still open, In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu singles out the pick of matches this week. Group A: Manchester City vs Villarreal Manchester City's must win clash with Spanish outfit Villarreal is amongst [.

Lazio 2-1 Roma; Miroslav Klose Settles Pulsating Rome Derby

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Miroslav Klose scored an injury-time winner as Lazio came from behind to steal a 2-1 victory in Sunday's Rome derby. Playing as the 'home' side, the hosts Lazio started the better of the two sides and were unfortunate to go behind when Roma forward Pablo Osvaldo ghosted inside the box to slot the ball past [.

Performance Against Sunderland Shows Why Arsenal Must Keep Robin Van Persie

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Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie bagged a brace as a misfiring Arsenal side overcame Sunderland 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium leading to heaped praise from boss Arsene Wenger. Signed as a highly talented yet petulant young forward from Feyenoord in 2004, a wide-eyed Robin Van Persie admitted that he dreamt of making Arsenal history like [.

Serie A Round-Up: Catania 2-1 Inter Milan; AC Milan Thump Palermo 3-0

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Both Milan sides were in action on Saturday night with very differing results as Claudio Ranieri's Inter Milan side lost 2-1 to Catania whilst champions AC Milan grabbed a resounding 3-0 win over Palermo. With League leaders Juventus not in action until Sunday night the Milanese giants both had the opportunity to put their disappointing [.

La Liga Round-Up: Barcelona 3-0 Racing; Real Madrid 4-1 Real Betis

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Barcelona stayed top of La Liga after a comfortable 3-0 win over Racing Santander with goals by Xavi and a brace by Lionel Messi proving decisive. Elsewhere, Real Madrid scored an impressive 4-1 win over high-flying Real Betis with Gonzalo Higuain bagging a hat-trick. Pep Guardiola's men produced a classy display at the Camp Nou [.

Did Luis Suarez Racially Abuse Patrice Evra?

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The FA are set to investigate claims by Patrice Evra that he was racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Anfield. Evra made the claim after the match on French television and the FA have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the Manchester United defender's allegations.

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United: Reds Denied By Javier Hernandez Header

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Javier Hernandez's header cancelled out Steven Gerrard's opener as Liverpool and Manchester United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw In a match which saw Wayne Rooney demoted to the bench and Reds captain Steven Gerrard return to first team action for the first time in 7 months, it was the champions who emerged the happier [.

Team News: Liverpool vs Manchester United – Wayne Rooney Benched

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After the shock of being banned for all 3 of England's group matches at Euro 2012 Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has suffered another setback with the striker being benched against Liverpool Rooney has been left on the bench at Anfield alongside the likes of Anderson, Nani, Javier Hernandez and Michael Carrick.

Bad News For Cheryl As Ashley Cole Sleeps With Rihanna’s Dancer!

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has let his gigantic libido get the better of him once again as he bedded a backup dancer for Rihanna at his marital home in Surrey. The news, broken by The Sun is sure to shock ex-wife Cheryl Cole who is rumoured to be contemplating taking her ex-husband back after the [.

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger Are Doomed Warns Emmanuel Petit

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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has spelled out an ominous warning to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal football club by predicting that the North London club will be finished if they continue to sell their top players Arsenal sold captain Cesc Fabregas and later playmaker Samir Nasri in the summer to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.

Wayne Rooney Ready To Unleash His Anger on Liverpool!

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After the shock of being banned for all 3 of England's group matches at Euro 2012 Manchester United star Wayne Rooney will be looking to blow-off some steam against eternal rivals Liverpool. Pissed off, angry, hurt, victimized and vengeful. These were just some of the emotions England striker Wayne Rooney would have felt having learnt [.

Manchester United v Liverpool Classic Matches

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Perhaps the biggest game in the English calendar takes place this afternoon as Manchester United host Liverpool. So with excitement in our hearts, In The Stands have delved deep into the archives to recall some previous classics between the pair. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool, FA Cup Final 1996 In a match more memorable for the Liverpool team [.

Links That We Like…

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It's Friday and here are five of our favourite articles and videos from the week just gone. Enjoy.  - As always, we will start with the wonderful Fitbathatba Top 11 Managerial Noses -For  Surreal Football  by @reverse_sweeper Money Swallows the Universe in a Liverpool World For SB Nation by Twisted Blood The 20 Current Premiership Wingers [.

Wayne Rooney Banned For All 3 England Euro 2012 Group Matches – Its Over

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The UEFA judges have delivered their verdict and England striker Wayne Rooney has been banned for the first three matches of England's Euro 2012 campaign. The decision was made on Thursday night and means that Rooney will miss all of England's group matches at Euro 2012 after the Manchester United star was red carded in [.

Wayne Rooney Banned For All 3 England Group Matches – Forget Winning Euro 2012

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The UEFA judges have delivered their verdict and England striker Wayne Rooney has been banned for the first three matches of England's Euro 2012 campaign. The decision was made on Thursday night and means that Rooney will miss all of England's group matches at Euro 2012 after the Manchester United star was red carded in [.

ITS: Euro 2012 Play-Off Draw Predictions

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The draw for the Euro 2012 play-off matches pitted the Republic of Ireland against Estonia, Turkey against Croatia, Portugal clashing against Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Czech Republic meet Montenegro. Estonia vs Republic of Ireland Before the draw a pensive Shay Given was quoted as saying that he hopes the Republic of Ireland gets, quote; "somebody [.

Mr. Ian Ayre or How I Started Worrying about Money and Learned to Hate Sport

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Football is as financially unfair a sport as any in the world. Ian Ayre, Liverpool's Managing Director, hates this. Ian Ayre believes it could be more unfair. American sports lead the way in the distribution of profit, keeping their leagues exciting and stable. They not only share television rights but merchandising and tickert sales.

Goal of The Week: Cristiano Ronaldo Free Kick vs Denmark

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In a week filled with some thrilling international football, In The Stands singles out the pick of the goals with Cristiano Ronaldo's ferocious free kick against Denmark during Portugal's 2-1 Euro 2012 Group H qualifying defeat coming out on top. If a picture tells a thousand words, then a video must tell one million more.

Euro 2012 Line-Up Is Almost Set – Full List of Euro 2012 Qualifiers & Play-Off Contenders

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Its been 13 long months with plenty of goals, twists-and-turns, boos, surprises, rants as well as media out-roars, but at last the 12 nations who will be partaking in next summer's Euros have been finalized, and the eight teams who will vie for four more spots via the play-offs is now known. There have admittedly [.

Cristiano Ronaldo May Miss Out on Euro 2012!

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Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo faces a nervous two-legged play-off tie in order to seal his countries place in Euro 2012 after Portugal lost 2-1 to Denmark in their Group H decider. An early goal by midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli and a strike by Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner just past the hour proved decisive as Morten Olsen's [.

Spain Shatter Scottish Euro 2012 Dreams

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A brace by David Silva and a neat finish by David Villa gave Spain a comfortable 3-1 win over Scotland to finally end Scottish hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 Scotland needed to match or better the result of Group I runners-up rivals The Czech Republic or else face qualification heartache yet again.

Dissilusions of a Football Blogger: 22 (Twenty Two)

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I'm back, and I'm more disillusioned than ever. Now to start my rant I give you the number 22. You see 22 is a bullshit number. On the show Most Evil, for example, a forensic psychiatrist scales from 1 to 22, evilness is mentally evaluated – thus making 22 the most evil. Then you have Catch-22, which doesn't help anyone.

ITS: Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 Review

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In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu jumps ahead of the queues, grabs a packet of milk and cookies and brings forth a comprehensive review of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 – it's a screamer! In a week which saw the release of the mightily impressive FIFA 2012, Konami's latest Pro Evolution Soccer release has much to [.

Top 10 of the Week: Players to Consider for the Euro 2012 squad

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With England through to the European Championships in 2012, what ten players should Fabio Capello trail between now and when he decides on his 23-man squad. Lets face it, In 2012 Fabio Capello will probably pick these 23 players: Hart, Carson, Fielding, Cole, Terry, Cahill, Ferdinand, P. Jones, Jagielka/ C.

Euro 2012: The Four Key Qualifying Matches to Follow

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With one final round of qualifying matches to go the race for Poland/ Ukraine 2012 is at boiling point. So, while trying to hold back his excitement, Nicholas Speller picks out the four matches not to be missed this Tuesday night! As the qualifying rounds come to a close in preparation for the Euro 2012 [.

10 Reasons Why England Will Not Win Euro 2012

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For once Gary Neville has spoken some sense. The former Manchester United and England defender believes that the current national team are "not good enough" to win the European Championships next summer in the wake of a poor 2-2 draw with Montenegro. England grabbed a point in Podgorica to officially seal their place in next [.

Shakira Opens Up Euro 2012 Olympic Stadium

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Colombian singer and dancer Shakira was the centre of attention as she helped open up the Kiev Olympic Stadium in Ukraine scene of next summer's Euro 2012 final. The singer was accompanied by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich who made a political speech celebrating his countries achievements as the footballing world descends on Ukraine and [.

5 Wayne Rooney Moments of Madness

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Wayne Rooney was sent off during England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro as once again his temperament was brought into question. Of course this is nothing new with the Manchester United striker prone to the occasional moment of madness as In The Stands chronicles below. So what do you get if you mix a hardened-up English [.

The Race for Euro 2012…

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With only a few spots up for grabs, the race for Euro 2o12 is  starting to hot up. And, while struggling to hold back his excitement, Nicholas Spiller has hand picked seven matches that are sure to excite... As the qualifying rounds come to a close in preparation for the Euro 2012 International tournament next summer, prepare [.

Harry Redknapp Slams ‘Stupid’ Wayne Rooney

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Harry Redknapp has blasted Wayne Rooney for his petulant sending off against Montenegro which resulted in a straight red card and an impending ban from the opening game at Euro 2012. England were leading 2-1 with just over 15 minutes left on the clock when a frustrated Wayne Rooney tangled with Miodrag Dzudovic before swinging [.

3-1 Win Over Turkey Shows Joachim Loew’s Germany Are The Team To Beat

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Germany clinched their ninth successive victory in Group A after a superb 3-1 win away to Turkey to prove that they are arguably the best team in Europe right now. Goals by the in-form Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller and a late Bastian Schweinsteiger penalty sealed an impressive 3-1 win for Germany at the Turk Telecom [.

Howard Webb Caught Up In Greece v Croatia Riot

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English referee Howard Webb was caught in the middle of ugly scenes as Greek hooligans attacked Croatia fans during their crucial Group F qualifier in Athens on Friday night. Webb was forced to suspend play for a full six minutes as officials, security and stadium guards struggled to contain a rambustious Greek crowd.

Montenegro 2-2 England; Rooney Off As England Seal Euro 2012 Place

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England secured qualification for Euro 2012 after a 2-2 draw against Montenegro thanks to goals by Ashley Young and Darren Bent however the victory was tarnished by Wayne Rooney's sending off. In truth it was a very mixed night as Fabio Capello's men stumbled rather than waltzed their way into next summer's European Championships after [.

Sorry Carlos Tevez But Nobody Wants You!

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Carlos Tevez's determination to quit Manchester City has been dealt a fresh blow after Corinthians general manager Edu ruled out any future attempt to sign the Argentine. Tevez is currently suspended from playing for Manchester City after his refusal to come on as a second half substitute during his sides 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich [.

The Daily Rant: My England Prediction

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"I decree today that life Is simply taking and not giving England is mine it owes me a living" – The Smiths, Still Ill In true Joey Barton fashion, I open my article with a quote. And I do this for two reasons: ‘I strive for recognition. A cultural capital that sets me [...] Related posts:
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Montenegro v England; Euro 2012 Group G Qualifier Preview

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England will be looking to confirm their place in next summer's European Championships when they take on Montenegro in a potential Group G decider. The Stadion Pod Goricom in Podgorica is expected to be a scene of triumph as Fabio Capello's men seek to officially seal their place in Euro 2012. Currently sitting at the [.

Isn’t Wayne Rooney’s Arrested Father Ugly?!

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Following the news that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's father was arrested on Thursday in connection with an alleged football betting scam, we at In The Stands have brought out our devilish side! 'Wayne Rooney senior' was arrested at his place of residence in the West Derby area of Merseyside on Thursday afternoon to a [.

‘Arsene Wenger Should Be England Coach’ Says Sven Goran Eriksson

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Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has singled out none other then Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger as the man who can lead the national team after Fabio Capello departs. Speaking ahead of England's decisive Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro, Sven Goran Eriksson insisted that Wenger has all the qualities and understanding of the game to [.

Top 5 Worst Tackles Ever

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In the wake of Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell having his controversial red card against Liverpool rescinded by the FA, In The Stands looks back to a few horrific tackles and leg-breaks which have left us almost in tears. Who said football was a game for pansies and show-ponies? The dangers of the modern game have [.

Luis Suarez is Right; Only United, City, or Chelsea Can Win The League

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted that the Premier League crown is beyond them before insisting that only Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea have what it takes to win the title. Hopelessly fatalistic or a shrewd, wise understanding of the enormous mountain standing before him and his team-mates?

2-1 Defeat To Tottenham Proves Arsenal Are Finished

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Goals by Rafael Van Der Vaart and Kyle Walker gave Tottenham a 2-1 win over neighbours Arsenal in the North London derby on a day where Arsenal's status as a top four club officially died. Asinine, awkward, apoplectic, amused, angry; these cornucopia of emotions rankled amongst the small pocket of watching Gooners situated at the [.

England Squad: Ferdinand Dropped, Kyle Walker, Zamora, Phil Jones & Welbeck In

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England coach Fabio Capello has named his full 24-man-squad ahead of England's decisive Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on Friday, with former captain Rio Ferdinand being excluded from the list Capello was at White Hart Lane watching the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal and was seemingly impressed with man-of-the-match fullback Kyle Walker who [.

La Liga Round-Up: Sporting Gijon 0-1 Barcelona; Espanyol 0-4 Real Madrid

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Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga after a hard fought 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon at the Estadio Molinon courtesy of a first half strike by Adriano. The champions were far from their imperious best after a superb 5-0 midweek thrashing of BATE Borisov, but managed to squeeze past a determined Sporting Gijon [.

Serie A Week 5: Juventus 2-0 AC Milan; Juve Stun Milan To Go Top

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Two late goals by Claudio Marchisio gave Juventus an impressive 2-0 win over ten-man AC Milan at the Juventus Arena to send them top of Serie A The hosts remained dominant throughout the match and Antonio Conte's men were duly rewarded for their efforts three minutes from time when Marchisio followed up on Bonera's weak [.

Does Manchester City’s 4-0 Rout Over Blackburn Prove Roberto Mancini Does Not Need Carlos Tevez?

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A superb individual performance by Mario Balotelli coupled by goals from Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic saw Manchester City put the woes of the week behind them as they crushed Blackburn Rovers 4-0 and proved that they may not need Carlos Tevez after all. The victory at Ewood Park under the awkward October [.

Serie A Round-Up: Inter Milan 0-3 Napoli; Ten-Man Inter Crushed By Napoli

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Ten men Inter Milan were crushed 3-0 at home to Napoli as coach Claudio Ranieri suffered his first loss as Nerazzurri boss. The turning point in the game came when a run down the right-hand side by Christian Maggio was halted by Inter midfielder Joel Obi, who was adjudged to have pushed the central-midfielder inside [.

Barcelona Ready To Move For Bolton’s Gary Cahill!

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Barcelona are ready to make a move for highly rated Bolton defender Gary Cahill who has been a target for a string of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United. No this is not a misprint, no we at In The Stands have not gone mad, and April Fools Day is a long way [...] Related posts:
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Emmanuel Adebayor Prepares For Hostile Match As Tottenham Host Arsenal

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Emmanuel Adebayor is ready to renew hostilities with his former club as Tottenham take on Arsenal at White Hart Lane in Sundays North London derby. The Togolese hitman spent three solid seasons at the Emirates Stadium before being packed off to Manchester City where, amidst profound jeering and insults, found that Gooners everywhere had turned [.

‘Oi, Hands Off Robin Van Persie!’ Wenger Warns Manchester City

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has issued a stern warning to Manchester City by insisting that they refrain from any attempt to land star striker Robin Van Persie. Speculation has arisen that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is eyeing up a January swoop for Van Persie who he sees as a replacement for rebel forward Carlos [.