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Cameron asks to leave Stoke City

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were wondering just why Geoff Cameron was nowhere to be found when Stoke City lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, the reason has become a bit more clear.

Cameron has asked Stoke City for a transfer, and a growing list of clubs are interested in acquiring the versatile U.

Sweary Aston Villa Fan Sticks Two Fingers Up To Sanitised Corporate Football (And Some Stoke Fans)

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By Alan Duffy

Take away all the selfies, sponsorship deals and multicoloured boots and football remains a game full of angry, portlyfans, spitting bile and flicking two fingers at whoever they like. And why shouldn't it!

This Aston Villa fan perfectly imbued the soul of our national game on Saturday, hurling his beautiful abuse at Stoke fans on Saturday and even attempting to organise a bit of fisticuffs outside the ground, albeit rather half-heartedly.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan could not have asked for a much betterseason opener.

Kicking off the new Premiership campaign with a road test against Stoke City, Guzanposted a cleansheet en route to helping Aston Villa pick up a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

English Premier League

Aston Villa 1 – Stoke City 0, Everton 2 – Leicester City 2

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Premier League Mini Cooper’s Spotted On the Streets of New York City [PHOTOS]

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For the opening weekend of the Premier League season, NBC Sports and Uber partnered in New York City to offer free Uber rides to soccer fans in the Big Apple.

There's a fleet ofMini Cooper Countrymans on the streets of New York City, so we thought we'd share photos collected from Twitter of the Premier League cars in the wild.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Arsenal had a busy summer revamping their roster ahead of a challenge for the English Premier League title, and the first step toward trying to win the EPL crown sees the Gunners take on Crystal Palace today in the opening weekend of league play.

Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will make his debut at the Emirates, while Arsene Wenger trots out a new-look defense to shut down the underdogs from Crystal Palace.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 1: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Saturday's first dose of five Premier League matches played at the traditional time of 3pm GMT kicks off today, with opportunities to see what the 2014/15 editions of the Premier League sides have to offer.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Leicester City vs Everton, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs Spurs, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra andselect movie theaters,
QPR vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Stoke vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Brom vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Leicester City:Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent

Subs:Hamer, Hammond, Schlupp, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Wasilewski, Wood

Everton:Howard, Baines, Jagielka, McGeady, Lukaku, Naismith, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Stones

Subs:Robles, Mirallas, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Coleman, Alcaraz

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West Ham United:Adrian, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Nolan, Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Cole, Vaz Te

Subs:Jaaskelainen, Zarate, Demel, Diame, Poyet, Valencia, Burke

Tottenham:Lloris, Rose, Kaboul, Lennon, Adebayor, Lamela, Dier, Naughton, Eriksen, Capoue, Bentaleb

Subs:Friedel, Davies, Dawson, Holtby, Townsend, Kane, Soldado

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QPR:Green, Dunne, Ferdinand, Caulker, Simpson, Traore, Mutch, Faurlin, Barton, Remy, Austin

Subs:Hill, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Murphy, Hoilett, Zamora

Hull:McGregor, Davies, Chester, Bruce, Elmohamady, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass, Ince, Jelavic

Subs:Harper, McShane, Figueroa, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Aluko.

Aston Villa 2014/15 Season Preview: Lack of Buyer Casts Dark Shadow Over Club

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Aston Villa head into a Premier League season with expectations at a record low. Following an announcement that the club was for sale at the end of last season, there has been little to no movement on that front with Paul Lambert once again forced to look high and low for bargain transfers in a very difficult market.

Stoke City 2014/15 Season Preview: In Bojan We Trust

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Saturday ‘s match against Aston Villa marks the start of Stoke City's 2014/15 Premier League season. Pre-season matches have been more about fitness than flash, with results being draws or close defeats, and a solitary victory against Real Betis at the Britannia Stadium.

Squad changes have been swift and significant this pre-season, which is something of a shock to hardened Stoke fans used to being prime contenders in Sky's transfer deadline day festivities at the end of August.

Will Spurs defend their Premier League basket case title from West Brom, Aston Villa and co?

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Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

Barclays Premier League Predictions Part 2

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Sorry Liverpool fans, I couldn't resist (theguardian.com)

Try and hold it together for three more days, folks. In part two of the BPL predictions, Ben Miklavcic looks at the teams that should comfortably avoid relegation.

11. West Ham United
2013-2014 record (league finish):11-7-20 (13th)
In 2013-2014, West Ham was a team that appeared to be flirting with a season in the Championship.

Premier League Preview: Relegation Candidates

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Premier League Preview: Relegation Candidates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This weekend marks the beginning of the 2014/2015 Premier League season, with Manchester City looking to retain their crown and win their third league title in four seasons. However, the battle to avoid relegation will be just as exciting, with no club guaranteed safety.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Aston Villa fan on Keano, the importance of Joe Cole and being right about Moyes

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In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.

Damian Dugdale writes for The Villa Blog. Follow @AVFCblog on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2013-14 for Villa?

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Premier League Preview 2014-5

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[O]ur divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade.

Most Instrumental Players at Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Burnley

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Soccer is far from being a one-man game. However having instrumental players in-form in key games surely increases the chances of winning any match by any team against any opposition. The following is part one of a four-piece feature where I choose one player from each English Premier League team who I believe will be key in his side's chances achieving their objectives, be it avoiding relegation, reaching the top 4 or winning the title.

Premier League 2014/15: Will newcomers Leicester, Burnley & QPR avoid the relegation trapdoor?

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As pre-season mercifully winds to a close, much of the chatter ahead of the upcoming Premier League season has centred around the title race – and rightfully so considering it will be one of the most competitive in years.

Roy Keane Could Be ‘The Grim Reaper’ Standing Beside Paul Lambert

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Paul Lambert is one of the more respected managers in English football. The 45-year-old Aston Villa boss stepped into his position with the Birmingham club two seasons ago and has safely navigated his squad from the trap door of Premier League relegation during both seasons.

Prior to his two years working at Aston Villa, Lambert led Norwich City to successive promotions while steering the Canaries to the English top-flight.

How Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia Saved Their Manchester United Careers

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The pre-season tour of the USA could not have gone any better for Manchester United. Wins against elite European opposition and against the old enemy has buoyed Manchester United fans worldwide. Clearly, the Dutch manager has lifted the spirit of the entire club and instilled belief into the players once more.

Aston Villa Closing In On Valencia Defender

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Aston Villa Closing In On Valencia Defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paul Lambert's shopping spree in the transfer market is set to continue. Aston Villa have brought in two former Premier League winners in Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson along with ex-Arsenal defender Phillipe Senderos so far.

Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow’s ‘master race’ of Premier League managers?

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Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow's ‘master race' of Premier League managers? is a post from: Just Football

In the heady summer of 2011, one city ruled the Premier League. For once it wasn't Manchester, Liverpool, London or Norwich. It wasn't even an English city. It was Glasgow, with seven former residents of the Dear Green Place in charge of Premier League clubs.

Arsenal, Spurs & Southampton’s race for “World Cup’s best defender” about to intensify

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Arsenal, Spurs & Southampton's race for "World Cup's best defender" about to intensify - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Philippe Senderos joined Aston Villa on a free transfer this summer and has declared his (possible) new team-mate, Ron Vlaar, as the best defender at the World Cup in Brazil.

Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts

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Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Several Premier League clubs are currently over in North America on pre-season tours to get the squadprepared and to test out new formations for the up-coming season in Britain.

Early Signs Look Good For Manchester United, But They Are Still A Work In Progress

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Of course, it's the first match of the preseason and Manchester United were lined up against a fourth place MLS squad that have been struggling of late.

Arguably the LA Galaxy's best player, Landon Donovan, was benched at the start of the friendly because his manager felt the former Everton-loanee had been "sub-par" in his past few league matches.

Burnley Home and Away Shirts for 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Burnley recently announced their new kits for the 2014/15 season, with a traditional claret and blue and a daring all black away jersey.

As with such an historic club like Burnley, the home kit has been tampered with very little. Sky blue sleeves and piping surround the claret body, with the Puma logo on the right side of the chest and the Burnley crest matching it on the right.

Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star’s final roll of the dice in ‘favorite position’

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Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star's final roll of the dice in 'favorite position' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joe Cole has recentlycompleted an unexpected free transfer to struggling Premier League side, Aston Villa, and has stated that one of the key factorsbehind his decision was the chance to play in his favorite position: an attacking role in the center of midfield, just behind the strike-force.

Would James Milner to Liverpool transfer be pointless for both parties?

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Would James Milner to Liverpool transfer be pointless for both parties? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

James Milner has been rumored to be on Liverpool's list of transfer targets, but what could Brendan Rodgers give the England midfielder that Manchester City don't already offer? IE a place on the bench.

A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected?

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A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.

Transfer News and Gossip

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert criticises Southampton’s Ronald Koeman over pursuit of Ron Vlaar

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has been slammed by Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert over comments he has made about Villans defender Ron...

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Aston Villa sign former Liverpool loanee Aly Cissokho

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Aston Villa have announced the signing of former Liverpool loanee Aly Cissokho. The Valencia player spent last season on loan at the Reds but Brendan...

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Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar set for talks over Southampton move

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Ron Vlaar is reportedly set to hold talks with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert this weekend to discuss interest from Southampton. The Villa skipper...

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QPR linked with Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar

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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen to take Netherlands World Cup star Ron Vlaar to Loftus Road. Rangers will test Aston...

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FC Dallas

Match Photos: Aston Villa at FC Dallas

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Our terrific photog Matt Visinsky made it out to the FC Dallas friendly (a.k.a. scrimmage) against Aston Villa at Toyota Stadium last night. Enjoy the photos won't you.

FC Dallas’ long unbeaten run now a thing of the past after EPL’s Aston Villa comes to town

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By STEVE HUNT

Special Contributor

FRISCO — FC Dallas' eight-game unbeaten streak across all competitions is now a thing of the past after Aston Villa FC of the English Premier League handed FCD a 2-0 defeat in an international friendly on Tuesday at Toyota Stadium.

Aston Villa’s preseason tour of Texas kicks off today against FC Dallas

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By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

FRISCO — Aston Villa FC's tour of Texas starts Wednesday against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. And even though first-kick temperature figures to be near 100, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects the trip, which will also see his side play Houston on Saturday, to be a rousing success.

The Rest

Arsenal set to lose chief commercial officer to Aston Villa

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Arsenal's chief commercial officer Tom Fox is close to becoming the new chief executive of Aston...

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Official: Aston Villa Sign Colombian World Cup Star Carlos “The Rock” Sanchez

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By Alan Duffy

One of Colombia's best performers in their memorable2014 World Cup campaign, holding midfielder Carlos Sanchez has joined Aston Villa from Ligue 1 side Valenciennes in a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old, who joins Paul Lambert's side for an undisclosed fee, is a top-notch ball-winning midfielder with 48 international caps under his belt as well as six years in Ligue 1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Olof Mellberg Rousing Send-Off As ‘Best Swedish Defender Ever’ Announces Retirement

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By Chris Wright

After 18 years spent shoring up defences for the likes of Aston Villa, Olympiakos, Juventus andVillarreal, veteran centre-half Olof Mellberg announced his retirement yesterday at the grand old age of 36 after agreeing to pulp his contract with FC Copehagen.

Lovren Move To Liverpool Imminent After Southampton Accept £16m Bid

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Dejan Lovren is set to join Liverpool from Southampton in the next 24 hours.
Reports earlier today suggested that the Saints were preparing to let Lovren leave as they lined up a bid for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.
But reports in Croatia suggest that a deal is now imminent and could be confirmed as soon as this evening.

Newcastle In For Belgium International Striker

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There is news in the local papers that Newcastle may be interested in Belgium striker Christian Benteke who had a great first season at Aston Villa two years ago but didn't do as well last season. Christian Benteke would be good signing for Newcastle And since American owner Randy Lerner is trying to [.