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

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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.

English Premier League

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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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

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

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.

Roy Keane Joins Aston Villa, And is Now One Step Away From Becoming a Premier League Manager Again

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Roy Keane was appointed as assistant manager of Aston Villa Football Club this morning. In doing so, the former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United is one step away from returning to managing a Premier League club again. All that has to happen is for Villa manager Paul Lambert to take his club through a rough patch of form, and there's no doubt that Keane will be ready and willing to replace the Scot who has underachieved at Villa Park and scrambled to keep the club from being relegated for two seasons in a row.

EPL release fixture list for 2014/2015 season

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Fans of the English Premier League can officially begin the countdown to the start of the season.

The league released their full-season fixture list on Wednesday, which includes a whole host of mouth-watering matchups in the first month of the season, beginning with a ten-game slate on Saturday, August 16.

WATCH Ex-England International Joe Cole’s First Interview As an Aston Villa Footballer [VIDEO]

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Former England international soccer player Joe Cole, who scored one of the goals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, has joined Aston Villa on a free transfer after being released by West Ham United.

Cole officially was unveiled as an Aston Villa footballer today, becoming Villa's second signing of the summer after penning a two year deal.

PHOTO: Former Chelsea midfielder holds Aston Villa shirt after completing move

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Former Chelsea manJoe Cole has completed his move to Premier League side Aston Villa on a one-year deal.

Cole, 32, joins Paul Lambert's side on a free transfer, and will be charged with trying to reinvigorate Villa's lackluster attack, which seriously struggled when star striker Christian Benteke was sidelined.

Former Chelsea midfield star to join Aston Villa

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According to Sky Sports, former England international Joe Cole is set to join Aston Villa on a one-year deal, with the 32-year-old to have a medical at Villa Park on Tuesday.

Cole, who spent seven successful years at Stamford Bridge, has struggled to recapture the form which made him one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League since leaving the West London club, but is to be given a shot by Villa boss Paul Lambert next season.

Aston Villa 2014/15 Macron Away Kit

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Follwing last week's release of their new home strip, Aston Villa Football Club unveiled a [...]

Aston Villa Unveil Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Aston Villa have unveiled their away shirt for the 2014/15 season, just one week after revealing the Aston Villa home kit for next season.

According to the Villa club website, Villa worked closely with Macron, who are also partners with Napoli, Lazio and Monaco, to design a new away kit that complemented the longstanding traditions of the club while, at the same time, remaining in the forefront of sports technical fashion.

Swiss International Philippe Senderos Joins Aston Villa

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Fulham's relegation from the Premier League has given Aston Villa an opportunity to bolster its defensive corps. PhilippeSenderos who is on the Swiss World Cup team signed with Paul Lambert's side today. The former Arsenal defender will compete for a starting place in the side. Senderos said:

"I'm really delighted to be joining Aston Villa, a great club with such a big history, and for me this is a great step in my career," he said.

Manchester United legend looks set to join Aston Villa

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Roy Keane has pulled out of his ITV punditry commitments for the World Cup at the eleventh hour, to focus on his coaching career,and it looks like the move was to take up a role as assistant to Paul Lambert at Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

Race to sign Chelsea defender heats up

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Race to sign Chelsea defender heats up - originally posted on

After an impressive loan spell at Aston Villa, one of the few shining stars in a season of under-performing for the Midlands club, Ryan Bertrand is mulling over his future...

...and the attacking full-back isn't short of options.

Fire Sale At Villa Park

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Newspaper reports from the UK say that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has slashed the price he is willing to accept for Villa from £200 million to £150 million. Nothing like a 25% haircut to show prospective buyers how desperate you are about selling the club. Hasn't Lerner watched Million Dollar Listing on Bravo?

Aston Villa 2014/15 Macron Home Kit

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Aston Villa Unveil Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official Photos and Video

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Aston Villa Football Club have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2014/15 season.

Designed by Macron, Aston Villa return with the familiar claret and blue kit. The differences this time are pinstripes on the front and back of the shirt.

The collar is a modern adaptation on the classic polo neck, with detailed embroidery down the neckline and button-hole design.

Premier League 2013/2014 – a graphical review

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The BBC website produces match reports for all of the games every single Premier League side plays during the season. From Premier League and FA Cup, to Champions League to League Cup ties the BBC reports on them all. I thought it would be interesting to compile all of these reports for each of the twenty Premier League sides, and to produce word-clouds for each side.

Leicester City Transfer Rumors: Foxes Planning Busy Summer After Signing 4 Players

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Leicester City's return to the Premier League will have significance as, after six seasons without representation from the East Midlands, one of England's football rich regions returns to the top flight.

The ownership of the club by Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha means the club have the ability to spend generously in the transfer window.

Free Forwards!

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Coach Hackworth has made it clear that he is looking to add a forward, so we explore some options on the EPL's free transfer list.

Recently, John Hackworth has come out and said that the Philadelphia Union are looking for another striker. He stated that he's willing to make moves in order to clear up cap space, so the team is probably looking at a player that may demand a large salary.

Transfer News and Gossip

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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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner ‘set to sign for Aston Villa’

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Recently released Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is on the verge of signing for Aston Vila, according to reports in his native Denmark....

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Aston Villa release Marc Albrighton, Leicester set to sign him

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Aston Villa have released winger Marc Albrighton with newly promoted Leicester City the current favourites to sign him. The 24-year-old was once...

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Roy Keane

Aston Villa appoint Man Utd legend Roy Keane as their new assistant manager

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We are delighted to announce that Roy Keane has been appointed assistant manager. #AVFC #WelcomeRoy Aston Villa FC...

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Roy Keane Ditches ITV Pundit Job To Pursue Aston Villa Assistant Manager Position

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The always outspoken and controversial Roy Keane is in the news once again. This time it's due to him not traveling with ITV to Brazil to cover the World Cup as a pundit. Instead, he may become the assistant manager at Aston Villa. Keane is currently assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland, but returning to the Premier League could improve his future as a coach.

Swansea City

FIXTURES: Easy start for Van Gaal

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16 Swansea City H
23 Sunderland A
30 Burnley A

13 Queens Park Rangers H
20 Leicester City A
27 West Ham United H

4 Everton H
18 West Bromwich Albion A
25 Chelsea H

1 Manchester City A
8 Crystal Palace H
22 Arsenal A
29 Hull City H

2 Stoke City H
6 Southampton A
13 Liverpool H
20 Aston Villa A
26 Newcastle H
28 Tottenham Hotspur A

1 Stoke City A
10 Southampton H
17 Queens Park Rangers A
31 Leicester City H

7 West Ham A
10 Burnley H
21 Swansea City A
28 Sunderland H

4 Newcastle A
14 Tottenham Hotspur H
21 Liverpool A

4 Aston Villa H
11 Manchester City H
18 Chelsea A
25 Everton A

2 West Bromwich Albion H
9 Crystal Palace A
16 Arsenal H
24 Hull City A

The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview.

Netherlands Name 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Holland faces a difficult group at World Cup 2014, where they'll play Spain, Chile and Australia. But the Dutch have a strong squad filled with European experience despiteRafael van der Vaart pulling out of contention this week due to an injury.

Alan Duffy

Retro Football: Aston Villa’s 95/96 Squad Name Their Favourite Drinks In Riveting Club Video

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By Alan Duffy

What a riveting video this is. Aston Villa's players awkwardly name their favourite tipple, with Ribena apparently a big favourite. Although I find it hard to believe that Mark Bosnich really like the blackcurrant classic over the harder stuff, unless of course he means when it was laced with high-grade cocaine.

Retro Football: Steven Gerrard Claims Joe Cole Is Better Than Lionel Messi

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By Alan Duffy

Only four years ago, in an interview with MOTD magazine in 2010, Steven Gerrard claimed that Liverpool's then new-signing, Joe Cole, was better than a certain Lionel Messi. Stevie G said:

""Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better.

Matt Besler

2014 World Cup Squads: Landon Donovan Left Out of 23 Man U.S World Cup Squad

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Jurgen Klinnsmann has named his 23 man squad for next months World Cup Final's in Brazil and has all but divided the Nation following the exclusion of record goalscorer Landon Donovan who has been the poster boy of Soccer in America for over a decade!

It's a major gamble from the former World Cup winner given his home Country Germany, Portugal and Ghana make up Group G with both European sides Favourites to advance from the Group!

Donovan left out of World Cup squad and Fire notes

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Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the US soccer community today by naming the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The surprise exclusion of Landon Donovan, who is arguably the best American soccer player ever, has many fans wondering how the country's all-time leading scorer in international competition could be left off.

I need to go talk to some roasted chicken about all this.

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Like so much microwave popcorn, Jurgen Klinsmann has named his final 23 for World Cup in a virtual flash. G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia

Jurgen Klinsmann’s US Roster For World Cup 2014

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World Cup bound ... Kyle Beckerman.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

The Rest

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 [.

Roy Keane Takes Job As Aston Villa Assistant Manager, Retains Role With Republic Of Ireland

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By Chris Wright

"Hey Joe, get a feckin' wriggle on or these two are going straight up yer bollocks!"

As of moments ago, Aston Villa have announced that Roy Keane has joined their managerial staff as Paul Lambert's second in command.

A deal has been struck that will allow Keane to retain his similar position with the Republic of Ireland, granting him special leave for international games.

Liverpool and Tottenham interested in Chelsea's left back?

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As a Chelsea fan, you have to wonder what the future holds for Ryan Bertrand after being sent out on loan to Aston Villa for the second part of last season. According to the Press, both Liverpool and Tottenham are prepared to pay as much as £6-£8m to sign him.

As we have seen last season, Cesar Azpilicueta asked to fill in at left back for a game at Arsenal in the League Cup, impressed the boss so much that he made the position his own.

Portland Timbers And 4 Other Clubs Chasing Signing of Joleon Lescott

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Joleon Lescott, the 31-year old central defender, was let go by Manchester City but Lescott's value remains high as up to five clubs are reportedly interested in his services.

If Lescott wants to remain in England, then Aston Villa and West Ham are options. Portland Timbers, meanwhile, can offer consistent playing time.