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Tottenham could beat Arsenal and West Ham to Ciprian Marica signing

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Spurs are set to pip Premier League rivals Arsenal and West Ham to the signing of free agent Ciprian Marica. The Romania international appeared to be free to choose between acting as backup to Olivier Giroud at the Gunners or leading the line for the Hammers in Andy Carroll's absence. But the Sunday People reports [.

Inter Milan interested in Manchester City defender

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Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is a target for Inter Milan, according to reports in The Sun. The England international suffered an injury-ravaged season last term. Inter are planning to take advantage of that by offering him the regular football that he is not guaranteed at the Etihad. In Richards' absence, Pablo Zabaleta has nailed [.

Premier League – QPR’s Johnson faces long absence

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QPR striker Andy Johnson is probable to lose most of the rest of the season after enduring a prior cruciate ligament injury. http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62937000/jpg/_62937009_150881990.jpg

Transfer Window Assesment

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Douglas McNeill is back with another guest post. Enjoy.

After my July piece on Fulham's finances, I promised a follow-up once the transfer window had closed. So here goes. I see eight key points.

1. There has been a marked reduction in squad size. Eleven players have gone (Dembele, Dempsey, Etuhu, Gecov, Gryhgera, Halliche, Johnson, Murphy, Pogrebnyak, Riise BH, and Sa) and only six have come in (Berbatov, Dejagah, Petric, Richardson, Riether and Rodallega).

Transfer Window Assesment

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Douglas McNeill is back with another guest post. Enjoy.

After my July piece on Fulham's finances, I promised a follow-up once the transfer window had closed. So here goes. I see eight key points.

1. There has been a marked reduction in squad size. Eleven players have gone (Dembele, Dempsey, Etuhu, Gecov, Gryhgera, Halliche, Johnson, Murphy, Pogrebnyak, Riise BH, and Sa) and only six have come in (Berbatov, Dejagah, Petric, Richardson, Riether and Rodallega).

Stoke v Arsenal Preview : Keeper Worry

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All gather around the prayer circle for this man please

The fight continues, probably none the more apt word to be used considering who we are up against today. Stoke City, have made quite a name for themselves (in our minds at least) since their promotion to the Premier League. They've managed to make themselves the scourge of Arsenal fans.

Rodgers Explains Agger Absence

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions of Daniel Agger's Europa League absence being an indicator of a move to Manchester City.
The centre-back was left out of the Anfield club's squad for Thursday evening's Europa League qualifier against FC Gomel and that sparked extra speculation.

Gerrard Excited By Lucas Return

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Steven Gerrard has backed the returning Lucas Leiva to once again underline his class to Liverpool fans.
The 25-year-old was displaying his most consistent form since joining the Reds in 2007 when he damaged his cruciate ligament at the tail end of last year.
Lucas, though, has now recovered from the injury and is poised to start the 2012/13 campaign at the heart of Liverpool's midfield.

Tottenham’s Scott Parker Out Until September After Achilles Surgery

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He needed pain killing injections in order to play for England this summer at the Euro's and Tottenham Hotspur's Scott Parker is paying for that decision now. Parker will miss the Premier League kick-off next month and he is expected to be out of action for six weeks.

By having the surgery now Parker will miss Spurs's first three Premier League games against Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich.

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas happy to have Sandro and Younes Kaboul back

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says he is happy to have Sando and Younes Kaboul back after long-term injuries. Brazil midfielder Sandro missed the second-half of last season with a knee problem, while Kaboul missed all but the first match of the season with knee and thigh injuries. Villas Boas said: "To see them back, [.

Post Match Chalkboard: Hungry Like The Rolfe

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Sunday was a great win by the Fire and the squad garnered 3 important points in the standings. As per usual, the Fire got the job done after going down a goal early. The Fire have come back so many times this year, that I'm starting to get a little complacent with conceding early goals. Hopefully the player don't start feeling the same.

Videos

Video: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski scores after 6 seconds (Germany vs Ecuador)

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Arsenal's Lukas Podolski opened the scoring after just six seconds as a second-string Germany side beat Ecuador 4-2. He nipped in to pinch the ball off defender Gabriel Achilier and stroke it into the far corner of the goal to grab one of the fastest goals of the year and the fastest of his career. [.

Vito Mannone to start against Stoke

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Wojciech Szczesny is out with a rib injury. With Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson filling in for Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna, this means more pressure on the back four to step up. Add Abou Diaby making his second Premiership appearance after a long, long injury absence and this could be a very long afternoon for the Gunners on set pieces and counterattacks.

Tito Vilanova era gets a rollout as Barca thump Real Sociedad, 5-1

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A brace from Lionel Messi, and goals from Carles Puyol, Pedro, and David Villa as Barca sauntered through their opening fixture against Real Sociedad. The opposition got a consolation from Chory Castro.

Perhaps no goal was as satisfying as Villa's coming back to the game after an 8th month injury absence.

Gareth Bale out: No expected return date

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If you watch the video it was a garden variety clip by Charlie Adam. Cynical yes, but not unusually so for this day and age. The history is a bit different. Adam while at Blackpool was the player who tackled Bale causing ankle ligament damage which led to a three month injury absence in 2011.

Don’t mention the Modric: Tottenham gag Gareth Bale over AWOL Luka

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Spurs appear to have banned their players from talking about Luka Modric's absence from their US tour if this footage from Sky Sports News is anything to go by. As soon as the subject is brought up by the reporter, a member of the White Hart Lane media team swoops in to whisk Gareth Bale [...]


Don’t mention the Modric: Tottenham gag Gareth Bale over AWOL Luka

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Spurs appear to have banned their players from talking about Luka Modric's absence from their US tour if this footage from Sky Sports News is anything to go by. As soon as the subject is brought up by the reporter, a member of the White Hart Lane media team swoops in to whisk Gareth Bale [...]


Chelsea

Kitman: Chelsea unveil new home kit

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Chelsea have unveiled the new home kit at the scene of a Smurf massacre. David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres and Oscar are all implicated in the vicious and sustained attack on the Smurfs, with the Stamford Bridge old guard are conspicuous in their absence from the main publicity photo for the new kit.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard favours Manchester United transfer

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Frank Lampard's preference is to make a summer move to Manchester United when his Chelsea contract expires, according to the Daily Star. The reports follow suggestions that Chelsea had yesterdat performed a U-turn on their decision to move Lampard on and offered the England midfielder a new deal. That talk of a new deal is [.

Modric – time to cash in?

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Luka Modric will be fined by Tottenham after refusing to train and his absence from their pre-season tour.

Whether you bet on politics or sport, you will know that this is perhaps a combination of both. The Croatian midfielder has expressed his desire to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid and did not turn up for training or travel on the tour of America.

FC Dallas

Schellas Hyndman: David Ferreira Getting Fouled Excessively is Something That Could Change

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When David Ferreira returned to the field for FC Dallas on July 4 against Toronto FC, it was a welcome sight for FCD fans on several fronts. Not only was it great to see "El Torito" back on the field after a 14-month absence due to injury, but his return sparked his teammates to up their own level of play.

Hackworth shoots down Adu trade rumors

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Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth took some time out from helping coach the MLS All-Star Team to address some internet rumors making the rounds that had the Union dealing Freddy Adu.

Adu's absence from Philadelphia's 2-0 loss to New York, and the Union's subsequent refusal to provide details as to why he was absent (saying only that it was an internal matter) helped spark some imaginations and led to the creation of some internet trade rumors, with the most popular being that the Union was going to trade Adu to FC Dallas for Brek Shea, who is out of favor in Dallas after a very public blow-up with head coach Schellas Hyndman.

New England Revolution

Revolution 2 - 0 Crew: Postgame Quotes and Highlights

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Doesn't it just feel good to get a win again? The Columbus Crew were probably the hottest team in MLS going into Wednesday night's clash in Foxboro; but they were exhausted and far from home, and the New England Revolution took advantage. It was a trap game for the Crew and a much-needed vote of confidence for the Revs.

Around The league this week looks at all the action, schedule congestion and Toja’s Mullet – Oh and all the correspondents!

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Chris and Ted take the reigns of the show and discuss all the week's action, MLS schedule congestion, and the return of the Toja mullet. They also of course bring in the correspondents to rag on Scott's absence, of course. Correspondents include: Montreal, Kansas City, New England, Portland, Los Angles, Colorado, and San Jse.

Arsenal

Arsenal and Wenger show perfect timing

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Arsene Wenger must have known what he was doing when he decided to choose this evening to announce the dreaded sale of Alex Song to Barcelona. The Gunners have not got the best record against Sunderland or Martin O'Neill, and with three new players bedding in along with the absence of last year's top goalscorer, [.

Arsenal vs Sunderland 0-0 Highlights 2012 Video

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The Sagna Conundrum

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The Sagna Conundrum

The first thing to know about the Sagna Conundrum is that it does not involve Bacary Sagna.

The Sagna Conundrum is a problem created not by his presence, but by his absence, and it comes down to this: when our super-consistent French right back is not available, who should take his place?

The Sagna Conundrum

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The Sagna Conundrum

The first thing to know about the Sagna Conundrum is that it does not involve Bacary Sagna.

The Sagna Conundrum is a problem created not by his presence, but by his absence, and it comes down to this: when our super-consistent French right back is not available, who should take his place?

The Rest

Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suarez is no longer Liverpool’s main man

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez cannot expect to be the club's "main man" when he returns from his 10-match ban. The Reds have been flying in Suarez's absence and Rodgers has made it clear that in-form striker Daniel Sturridge is very much on level pegging with the Uruguayan. He told the Sunday Mirror: [.

WHY Is Rooney Behind The Others?

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With several tabloids putting two and two together and making five, Sir Alex Ferguson has set the record straight on why Wayne Rooney was left out of the starting team against Fulham. Rumours have been rife that our striker was ready to leave the club this transfer window, with City being the team mentioned again.

Injured Bradley out for USA's World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica

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If the U.S. men's national team is to take a pair of World Cup qualifying results off of Jamaica, it will have to do so without the services of integral midfielder Michael Bradley.

Bradley's agent told FOX Soccer that he will miss the Sept. 7 and 11 matches against Jamaica after picking up a right thigh injury in training with AS Roma on Tuesday, one that is expected to keep him out for the next 2-to-3 weeks.

Blackout Mystery

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Once again I sat on my couch on Wednesday with hopes of watching a Red Bulls match on MLS Live and once again I was denied. In the Hartford area, the Red Bulls are blacked out despite the absence of any means to watch the games through cable television. Yet again, fans in a neighboring state are prevented from watching one of the league's hallmark franchises because of the league's complex blackout rules.

Logan Pause Injury Update

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Logan Pause Injury Update

In case you missed it, per the official Fire site, Logan is getting some light training work in. Although he is likely still 2-3 weeks from returning (which matches the original timeline given), it's still welcome news for Fire fans. I think a lot of fans take him for granted sometimes.

Half-time report: Milan 0-0 Sampdoria

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Milan got their season underway on Sunday afternoon at home to newly-promoted Sampdoria. After a summer where a host of stars exited the club, their absence was already showing after 45 minutes. Max Allegri's side looked disjointed and scrappy for large parts of the first period while the rearguard marshalled by 36-year-old Mario Yepes [.

Oxford United Sitting Pretty

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Despite quiet confidence in advance of this season's opening salvos, a tough sequence of fixtures added to the absence through injury of midfield playmaker Peter Leven will have left Oxford United fans cautious before the Capital One Cup visit to Bournemouth on August 14th. But their divisional betters from Dorset were seen off on penalties and the League campaign has started no less auspiciously – two of the favourites, Bristol Rovers and Southend have been vanquished and the performance in the latter game in particular was notable for its ease.

A Not-So Friendly Affair

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  • Absence of Major Stars annoys Hamburg Fans.
  • Messi was ruled out following a last minute injury.


FC Barcelona vs Hamburg Controversy

Barcelona management wouldn't have anticipated how quickly a normal pre-season friendly turned out to be everything other than that.

Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter

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Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus Meet Napoli In Fiery Supercoppa Encounter is a post from: Serie A Weekly Saturday's Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and Napoli saw the Bianconeri emerge as 4-2 winners in a hotly contested match. The most significant absence for the Serie A champions was manager Antonio Conte, who is.

Pardew Humbled To Lead Newcastle Back Into Europe

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Alan Pardew has always been well aware what a fantastic club Newcastle United is, and he has come out today and said he is humbled to take the club, one of the best supported football clubs in the world, back into European competition after an absence of six years. Derek LLambias attended draw in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday Glenn Roeder was the last Newcastle manager to [.

Hohlbein scores twice, 56ers take third

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Given a chance to end their season on a high note, the Madison 56ers did so by finishing some of their chances Saturday night.

Player-coach Jed Hohlbein (Middleton/UW), in charge of the team in coach Jim Launder's absence, scored twice as the 56ers held off the Bay Area Ambassadors 3-2 in the National Premier Soccer League third-place match at Del Norte High School in San Diego.

Preview: Champions League action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will look to bounce back at home against Zilina while Molde should have no problem protecting their aggregate lead over Ventspils despite Josh Gatt's likely absence.