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Warriors Reignite SLeague Title Race

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Another year and the SLeague fails to disappoint. For so long it seemed the title was DPMM's for the taking under former Blackburn Rovers coach Steve Kean.

With Rodrigo Tosi (22 goals) and Roy O'Donovan (15) leading the way, DPMM have scored the most goals and conceded the least. Defeat Warriors last night in Brunei and they would have been six points clear of nearest challengers Tampines.

Rams To The Slaughter

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Former Blackburn Rovers coach Steve Kean saw his DPMM charges romp to an 8-1 victory over Woodlands Wellington last night in Brunei but he wasn't surprised.

'The boys (have) looked fresh and sharp (in training over the last dew days). If not for the fantastic goalkeeping, it could have been double figures,' Kean said after the match as quoted on the SLeague site.

Leeds United

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

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[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

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[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.

Top 5 Surprises in the Championship So Far This Season

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We are fast approaching Christmas and the Sky Bet Championship is really taking shape. Like every other season, the Championship has already thrown up some real surprises. Here are the five things that have made it an eye-opening first half of the season.

1. Burnley leading the way

Very few people would have predicted Burnley to be in the automatic promotion places as we head into the middle of December.

Preview of This Weekend’s Championship Matches, Gameweek 13

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After getting 58% of the predictions correct last weekend, I feel I deserve another shot at attempting to predict the outcome of this weekend's Championship fixtures!

All times Eastern. TV/Internet times listed for US readers/viewers.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, select Championship games are available exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld.

English Premier League

American Midfielder Jermaine Jones Will Not Celebrate If He Scores vs. Germany

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German-born American International Jermaine Jones will not celebrate if he scores against his native country. The former German National Team midfielder who filed a one-time national team switch with FIFA in 2009 has become a critical player inJürgen Klinsmann's US National Team setup. The midfielder who now features forBeşiktaş in the Turkish League after a difficult first half of the 2013-14 season with Schalke 04 in Bundesliga.

Top 10 Premier League strikers of all time

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Top 10 Premier League strikers of all time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When stripped to its foundations, getting goals is the aim of the beautiful game, and strikers are generally charged with providing the goods. The Premier League has been graced with a plethora of some of the world's greatest forwards since its inception, with English punters perennially debating which striker takes the crown of the best ever on English soil.

5 Classic Premier League Footballers From The Past: A Walk Down Memory Lane, Part Two

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After the first part of classic Premier League footballers was well received, I decided to continue the series. Here are five more greats from memory lane:

1. Emerson

The Brazilian central midfielder came to the Premier League during the Bryan Robson days and set the league alight, for a few months at least.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Listen to Our Live Commentary From 12:15pm-2:30pm ET

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Nineteen years after Eric Cantona kung fu kicked a spectator in the crowd at Selhurst Park, Manchester United return to Crystal Palace in a much different scenario. That season, Crystal Palace were relegated while Manchester United lost the title on the final day of the season to Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal Knock Spurs Out Of FA Cup While Man City Are Held By Blackburn

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Arsenal are through to the FA Cup fourth round after beating North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Saturday.

A terrific Santi Cazorla shot put the Gunners ahead in the 31st minute and then Tomas Rosicky wrapped up the win when he dispossessed Danny Rose on the halfway line before coolly beating Hugo Lloris, to seal a convincing win.

Cardiff City Keen On Paul Ince If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Turns Down Vincent Tan: Daily Soccer Report

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Cardiff City are interested in signing Paul Ince as the manager to replace Malky Mackay if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turns down an approach from club owner Vincent Tan, according toThe Daily Mailnewspaper.

The newspaper reports that Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman is planning on having more talks with Solskjaer's representatives today, while sources close to Tan reveal that Paul Ince is a possibility.

Blackburn’s DJ Campbell arrested in football spot-fixing probe

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Blackburn's DJ Campbell arrested in football spot-fixing probe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Blackburn Rovers forward DJ Campbell is one of the six people arrested in connection with a football spot-fixing investigation, his club have confirmed.

On 28th November, we covered a story based on the reports of The Telegraph that said six people were arrested including a former Premier League player as a part of an ongoing investigation on suspicion of fixing English football games, but due to confidential reasons, the name wasn't published then.

Draw for the FA Cup Third Round Revealed

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Here's the draw for the 3rd round of the 2013-14 FA Cup:

Ipswich Town v Preston North End;
Derby County v Chelsea;
AFC Bournemouth v Fleetwood or Burton Albion;
Birmingham City v Bristol Rovers or Crawley Town;
Grimsby Town v Huddersfield Town;
Everton v QPR;
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading;
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur;
Sunderland v Carlisle Utd;
Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool;
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City;
Norwich City v Fulham;
Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd;
Macclesfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday;
Charlton Ath v Wrexham or Oxford Utd;
Manchester Utd v Swansea City;
Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle;
Newcastle Utd v Cardiff City;
Rochdale v Leeds Utd;
Wigan Ath v MK Dons;
Doncaster R v Stevenage;
Stoke City v Leicester City;
Southampton v Burnley;
Middlesbrough v Hull City;
West Brom v Crystal Palace;
Kidderminster H v Peterborough;
Nottingham Forest v West Ham;
Bristol C v Watford;
Southend U v Millwall;
Barnsley v Hartlepool U or CoventryC;
Yeovil Town v Leyton Orient;
Liverpool v Oldham A or Mansfield T;

Matches will be played over the weekend of 4 and 5 January 2014.

Watch the 5 Goals Scored By Goalkeepers in the Premier League From 2001-2013 [VIDEO]

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In the past 13 years, roughly 0.38 goals per year have been scored by goalkeepers in the Premier League. So when a goalkeeper does score, it's such a rare treat that it's something you want to embrace and watch over and over again.

Only five goalkeepers are in the folklore of Premier League keepers who have scored in England's top flight.

Arsenal

Video: Former Spurs keeper Paul Robinson leads a chant of ‘Stand Up If You Hate Arsenal’

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Blackburn Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was given a great reception as he returned to former club Spurs for Ledley King's testimonial. The White...

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Video: Ex-Spurs, Arsenal and Blackburn man David Bentley explains where he’s been

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Former Tottenham, Arsenal and Blackburn winger David Bentley has been talking about how he has fallen out of love with football. The ex-England...

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Manchester United's Defensive Star: I Want to Play at Centre-Back

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Phil Jones was regarded as one of the finest English defenders when he was still making his name at Blackburn Rovers. It was not surprising to see Manchester United part ways with £16.5 million for the youngster. He is turning out into an important member of the squad especially due to his versatility.

Kean's New Home?

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This story comes from Reuters

COMMENT - remember the story yesterday about former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean heading to DPMM in the SLeague? Another story today by the way suggested former Arsenal, Everton etc etc striker Francis Jeffers may be heading for a trial there.

Blackburn

Newcastle Could Do Worse Than Sign Top Championship Striker

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Newcastle have been interested in 24 year-old Blackburn strikerJordan Rhodes since he was playing for Lee Clark at Huddersfield over two years ago. Jordan Rhodes Blackburn and Scotland striker And Jordan finally signed for Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £8M, and since then he has continued to score [.

Blackburn vs Manchester City 1-1 4 January 2014

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Blackburn’s DJ Campbell Arrested In Connection With Match-Fixing Investigation, Allegedly Fiddled A Yellow Card

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By Chris Wright

Blackburn striker Dudley Junior Campbell has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged spot/match-fixing and corruption in the English Football League, his club have confirmed this morning.

"Following reports in today's national media, we can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested," Blackburn said via a statement on their official site.

Blackburn striker DJ Campbell arrested in match-fixing investigation

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Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell is one of six people arrested as part of an investigation into match-fixing. The former QPR, Birmingham and Blackpool man is alleged to have deliberately picked up a yellow card during his side's game against Ipswich last Tuesday evening. His arrest is connected to a story published in The Sun [.

Championship

How Burnley became the Championship’s surprise package

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[L]ater today, Burnley and Leicester City meet in what amounts to a real Championship decider, the two teams having been far and away the best and most consistent the Football League has had to offer in 2013-4. To our shame, we have criminally under covered Burnley so far this season so by way of redress, we are delighted to welcome Jamie Smith, Editorof the Clarets blog nonaynever.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes spotted at Blackburn vs Burnley

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For all the criticism he has received, you can't argue that David Moyes has been watching a lot of football as he plans for a summer rebuild at Manchester United. One of his own players appears to be the target of his latest scouting mission. The United boss was at Ewood Park yesterday to watch [...]

Video: The booking that prompted DJ Campbell’s arrest for alleged spot-fixing

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Footage has now emerged of the yellow card that has led to DJ Campbell's arrest for alleged spot-fixing. The Blackburn striker was booked for this challenge on Ipswich Town's Aaron Cresswell in a game last Tuesday.

Eye Witness Assessment: Blackburn Rovers have no choice but to sell Jordan Rhodes

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In his programme notes for Saturday's less than thrilling 0-0 draw with Reading, Blackburn Rovers' quietly impressive manager Gary Bowyer told of the outcome of his recent visit to India to meet with the club's owners, the by now notorious Venky's. The meeting was planned a number of weeks in advance, because there was an international break.

Thirty-Six & A Half Million Holes In The Accounts In Blackburn, Lancashire

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At least, the supporters of Blackburn Rovers may choose to console themselves this evening, at least the team won yesterday afternoon. For the first time since the start of last month, Rovers have three points under their belt with a one-nil win against Middlesbrough being enough to lift the team to ninth place in the Football League Championship table.

Videos

Cruz Azul Score ‘Team Goal Of The Year’ With Brilliant Triple Header Build-Up Play (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After beating them 1-0 in the first leg, MLS side Sporting KC thundered out of the CONCACAF Champions League last night by losing 5-1 against Cruz Azul in the second leg, with the Mexican side rubbing salt into the wound by scoring one of the finest team goals we've seen in a good long while their fifth and final goal of the evening.

FA Cup: Man City 5-0 Blackburn – Citizens Stroll Into Fourth Round After Another Eithad Massacre (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 5-0 Blackburn Rovers FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 15th January 2014

Man City produced yet another goal-fest at the Etihad on Wednesday night, putting five past Blackburn to take their total for the season, in all competitions, to 99.

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Ifs ands Orrs and Butts

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 Less than a week after the BBC reported in earnest that Blackburn Rovers' defender Bradley Orr was set to join TFC, it has become official. While it's not necessarily another #BloodyBigDeal it could plug up one of the few glaring holes left in The Reds' starting eleven.

While there are still depth questions at the centreback position, the rightback role was looking like it would have to fall to MLS novice Mark Bloom by default.

THE WORD: Good Orr bad?

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Oh, you're a happy fellow...
Have you ever wanted to climb onto the pitch and attempt to give one of The Reds a headbutt?

Do you feel that TFC lost their prominence in the league's important bar-brawl statistics since Miguel Aceval left town?

Do you enjoy red cards?

Crystal Palace

New Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis wants Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes

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Incoming Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has targeted Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes as the man who will fire the Eagles to Premier League safety. Former Stoke boss Pulis takes over at Selhurst Park today and wants to sign Rhodes in January to bolster his new side's attack. The Daily Mirror claims Pulis wants to make [.

Academy Report: Loan Report

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There may not have been any Chelsea academy action last week but there was Chelsea players in action as always across many leagues out on loan so this weeks academy report is basically just a loan report.

Starting in the Premier League and Romelu Lukaku and Everton fell to their second 0 - 0 draw in 2 games this time away to Crystal Palace, it was another 90 minutes for Lukaku that will be very beneficial for him but it is goals that Lukaku will be looking for.

The Rest

Roy Keane Reveals The Hilariously Predictable Reason He Didn’t Sign Robbie Savage For Sunderland

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By Chris Wright

As yet more excerpts and quotes from Roy Keane's second autobiographycontinue to ooze out all over the internet, one anecdote has caught Pies' eye this morning.

It centres around Keane, then manager of Sunderland, and his quickly-aborted pursuit of Robbie Savage, then of Blackburn Rovers' bench.

Blackburn Rovers FC 2014/15 Nike Home and Away Kits

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Blackburn Rovers Football Club released their 2014/15 Nike home and away kits during their now-concluded [...]

On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

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It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody's Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years.

Man City vs Blackburn 5-0 FA Cup Highlights 2014 Negredo Dzeko Aguero Goals Video

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