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Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

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[W]hen Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the – apparently unilateral - decision to change the club's colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result.

Newcastle In Move For England International

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There are a number of even positive reports out that Newcastle have both been offered Cardiff City defender StevenCaulker, but he's not yet the finished product, but he's available for £8M since that's the supposed release clause in his contract. Steve Caulker while at Tottenham Andwe cannot find any information that Cardiff paid [.

Swansea’s Ashley Williams gets Twitter threats from ex-Cardiff and Newcastle striker Michael Chopra

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Swansea captain Ashley Williams has closed down his Twitter account after receiving threats from form Cardiff striker Michael Chopra. The...

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Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer invited ex-Man Utd team-mate Ryan Giggs’ grandparents into his office for a cuppa

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#51526556 / Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has revealed that his grandparents have visited Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar...

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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?

Wilfried Zaha wants to impress Van Gaal next season

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According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha hopes to return to the first team next season and make a positive impression on new manager, Louis Van Gaal.

Zaha endured a very disappointing last season at both United and Cardiff City.

Wilfried Zaha hits out at former Man Utd boss David Moyes

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#186224661 / Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has criticised the club's former manager David Moyes. The England...

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O novo craque do Bessa

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O Boavista ainda não pontuou neste regresso Primeira Liga e a direcção do emblema axadrezado decidiu fazer um esforço no sentido de dar a Petit mais e melhores opções. E eis que surpreendeu ao assegurar a contratação de Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, um extremo esquerdo que admiro há muito mas que, aos 28 anos, nunca conseguiu verdadeiramente "explodir" e confirmar o talento que demonstrou precocemente.

Arsenal set to make surprise move for £15m Tottenham target

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Arsenal are plotting a surprise move for Cardiff City goal keeper David Marshall, who is also a reported target of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners are searching for a replacement ofLukasz Fabianski and have targeted the 29-year-old, who is valued at£15m.

English Premier League

What We’ve Learned From the Cardiff, Crystal Palace and LMA Fiasco

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As evident in the recent revelations of text messages between former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay and former sporting director of Crystal Palace (also former Head of Player recruitment of Cardiff) Iain Moody, anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, and xenophobia are all still very much alive in British football.

Mackay & LMA Show the Worst of English Football

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When you have to issue an apology for a press release that was supposed to act in part as an apology, you know you're in big trouble.

The Malky Mackay situation went from repugnant to absurd to borderline comical after the LMA's press statement released on Thursday had the audacity to downplay racist, homophobic, and sexist texts exchanged between Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.

Former Premier League Manager Probed In ‘Sexist And Racist’ Text Messages Row

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The Premier League has been hit by another serious scandal. After Andy Gray and Richard Keys' sexist comments and John Terry and Luis Suarez's racism incidents, we now have a case with both the discriminations rolled into one.

Vincent Tan Delivers Revenge On Malky Mackay to Scupper Move to Crystal Palace

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Less than 24 hours ago, Malky Mackay looked set for a return to Premier League management with Crystal Palace following his acrimonious departure from Cardiff City last December. However the offer has now been taken off the table following the intervention of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan.

The exact details are as yet unclear.

Malky Mackay to Be Named Crystal Palace Manager to Replace Tony Pulis

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Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is set to be confirmed as the manager of Crystal Palace, to replace Tony Pulis who left the club by mutual consent last week.

In December, Mackay was sacked by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan despite the club being in 15th position in the Premier League.

Fraizer Campbell Finalizing a 3-Year Deal With Crystal Palace

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Reports from England are saying that Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell is in London to have a medical before a proposed move to Crystal Palace.

The 26-year-old was reportedly nearing a transfer to newly-promoted Leicester City, after the club triggered his release clause with the Welsh club.

PHOTO: Arsenal and Liverpool target joins another PL club

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Arsenal and Liverpool's hope of signing Steven Caulker has been dashed after the defender agreed terms to join Queens Park Rangers.

The 22-year-old left Tottenham Hotspur last summer and signed for Cardiff City.

Cardiff City’s Steven Caulker Set To Join QPR In £8million Deal

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Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker has had a medical this morning and is set to finalize a move to Queens Park Rangers.

According to reports in the British media, the two sides have already agreed a fee for the Bluebirds' captain in the region of£8million ($13.6 million).

The 22-year-old is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy and has been a target of R's manager Harry Redknapp for the past few weeks.

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.

Best Premier League Starting XI From Relegated Teams Fulham, Norwich and Cardiff

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Some would say this is a thankless task picking a starting XI and a bench from the three relegated sides. I examined the three relegated sides to see what could be salvaged and turned into a functional, if not stylish, Premier League team.

Stats, whether you love or hate them, paint a clear picture of why these sides struggled.

What The Future Holds For Relegated Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich

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After a long and grueling Premier League season, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich have bitten the dust. Instead of looking forward to another year of outings at Old Trafford, Anfield, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, these three clubs will travel to the likes of Ipswich Town, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

Top 5 Most Underrated Premier League Players of the 2013/14 Season

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It's awards season in the world of football and while the outstanding efforts of the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana are being duly recognized, some players are being somewhat forgotten. Here we take a look at those players who can count themselves unlucky not to have received more accolades after a great season.

Crystal Palace

‘I’m No Racist Or Homophobe, I’m A Human Being And I Made A Mistake’ – Malky Mackay Apologises Over Gay Snake-Gate

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By Chris Wright

Malky Mackay has publicly apologised forthe offensive text messages that have come to light as part of the ongoing FA investigations into Cardiff City's allegations of misconduct against their former manager.

In what is now being referred to across the board as "Gay Snake-gate", Mackay is alleged by Cardiff City to have sent and received a number of offensive texts from ex-Bluebirds sporting director Iain Moody.

LMA Release Statement To Apologise For The Lameness Of Their Malky Mackay Statement

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By Chris Wright

"Totally just called him a gay snake, mate! It was hi-la-rious!"

The League Managers' Association (LMA) have released a statement this morning to publicly apologise for the general lameness of their defence of former Cardiff City boss Malkay Mackay in the wake of what Pies will now be referring to as "Gay Snake-gate" from now on.

Malky Mackay No Longer In Crystal Palace Frame After Former Club Cardiff City Complain To FA About ‘Racist, Sexist And Homophobic’ Text Messages

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By Chris Wright

Despite looking to be the preferred candidate up until last night, it looks like Malky Mackay won't be taking the Crystal Palace job any time soon after the Eagles became aware of a dossier sent by the Scot's former club Cardiff City to the FA in which they haveoutlined their allegations of misconduct against the former Bluebirds boss.

Bolton Wanderers

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 Awards 2013-14: Worst Kit

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Of this season's horrors, Bradford City's redistribution of their traditional stripes into one vertical band of maroon on an amber background just didn't seem right, although at least its design was relatively clean and organised - too many others were marred by cumbersome sponsors' logos or template designs to mention.

5 Football League Players Coming to a World Cup Television Near You

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[I]n the run up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we ran a series of profiles of Football League players who had been named in their countries' squads. Hence, the likes of Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams (Australia), Ipswich's Tommy Smith (New Zealand) and West Brom'sGonzalo Jara (Chile) featured in our coverage.

Serie A

Chilean International Gary Medel On His Way To Inter Milan, Says Report

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In a story that has been gathering steam all weekend,Sky Sports Italiais now reporting that Cardiff City defensive midfielder Gary Medel is flying to Italy to finalize a move to Inter Milan.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Welsh club since it was relegated at the end of last season.

Cardiff Tells Inter Milan They Won’t Sell Gary Medel For Any Less Than £10million

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Cardiff City defender/midfielder Gary Medel has been linked with a move to Inter Milan for several weeks. The Chilean international made comments earlier this month that led many to believe that his days at the Welsh side were numbered.

"I remain a player of Cardiff, but now doors are open to play elsewhere and I hope that happens," Medel was quoted by the Chilean press.

Transfer News and Gossip

Cardiff star Gary Medel close to Inter move

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Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer wants the situation over Gary Medel resolved as Inter Milan inch closer to securing a deal, according to...

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QPR sign ex-Spurs defender Steven Caulker from Cardiff

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Welcome to #QPR, @Caulker4 #StevenSigns QPR FC (@QPRFC) July 22, 2014 QPR have completed the signing of Cardiff...

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Cardiff skipper Steven Caulker can join QPR if he wants, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Cardiff captain Steven Caulker is free to sign for newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers if he wants, according to Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer....

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Arsenal plot surprise move for Cardiff keeper and Spurs target David Marshall

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Arsenal are preparing a move for Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, according to reports. The Scotland international, who was in sensational form for...

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Liverpool want Swansea’s Michel Vorm and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker

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#488130795 / Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is planning a double swoop on south Wales to sign Swansea's Michel Vorm and...

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Spot The Error: Chelsea Take To Facebook To Thank Their ‘Superb’ Away Fans…

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By Chris Wright

Chelsea posted the following photo to their Facebook page yesterday in orderthank theclub'stravellingfans for their "superb away support as always"throughouttheir final game of the season against Cardiff City on Sunday.

There was, however, one small logistical error.

Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea – Below-Par Blues Battle To Victory In Wales (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea Premier League 11th May 2014

Chelsea had to work hard to secure a win on the final day as the already-relegated Cardiff pushed the Blues all the way. Craig Bellamy bagged an early goal and for much of the game the visitors struggled to make their mark.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Just before departing for their first U.S. Men's National Team camp, teenagers Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman returned to their respective clubs' lineups.

Rubin and Hyndman both earned starts this past weekend after failing to dress in recent games, with the former playing 57 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Heerenveen and the latter going the distance in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.

Welsh Sunday League Team Forced To Fold After ‘Contravening Rules’ By Playing On A Wednesday

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By Chris Wright

Welsh Sunday League side Malsters Arms FC have been forced to call it a dayafter contravening league rules by playing in a recent one-off fixture on a Wednesday evening.

We're as shocked and appalled as you are!

According to the Independent, Malsters Arms snagged themselvesthe chance to play in a friendly game at the home of Cardiff City after winning a Barclays "grass roots football" competition.

Newcastle Have Little Chance Of Signing This Defender

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Steven Caulker has been at Cardiff City only for one season, and that was after spending a season on loan at the other south of Wales club Swansea, but with Cardiff relegated last season, Steven now wants to move to another club probably in the Premier League. . Steven Caulker Cardiff center-back wants [.