central defender

English Premier League

Is this midfielder to be our Luiz-type centre-back for Arsenal this term?

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Mohamed Elneny has been used as a makeshift central defender in pre-season this term, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is open to using him as a ball-playing type. The Gunners made the switch to the 3-4-2-1 formation which helped Chelsea to steal a march on all rivals as they comfortably secured the Premier League title [.

Liverpool linked with promising central defender to replace Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool are weighing up a bid for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez as a replacement for the soon-to-be-offloaded Sebastian Coates.

With Sunderland seemingly set to pay £4million to make Coates' loan last season into a permanent deal, the Reds are on the lookout for cover at centre-back.

Press Association Sport understands Gomez, aged 18, is of interest and while no formal offer has yet been made, the club believe there is a possibility of signing the England Under-19 defender for about £3.

Liverpool linked with promising central defender to replace Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool are weighing up a bid for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez as a replacement for the soon-to-be-offloaded Sebastian Coates.

With Sunderland seemingly set to pay £4million to make Coates' loan last season into a permanent deal, the Reds are on the lookout for cover at centre-back.

Press Association Sport understands Gomez, aged 18, is of interest and while no formal offer has yet been made, the club believe there is a possibility of signing the England Under-19 defender for about £3.

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany could be out for a month

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Vincent Kompany could be out of action for a month with the groin injury that forced him off during Monday's Premier League opener against Newcastle. The Manchester City skipper initially said he was hoping to make a quick return from the setback. But more than 24 hours after the injury was sustained, the swelling still [.

Chelsea targeting Corinthians defensive star Paulinho to add defensive depth

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Corinthians defender Paulinho (Photo via Tom Dib)

Chelsea know that their central defensive area has been shy some depth for the past year or so. With only three recognizable center backs in the form of Captain John Terry, Gary Cahill and the flamboyant and at times reckless David Luiz there is room for more additional support.

Manchester City told to stump up for Martinez and Garcia

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Manchester City told to stump up for Martinez and Garcia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Mancini was vocal in the need for Manchester City to strengthen their squad in the aftermath of his side's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, but the Premier League champions will not get any of their targets for cheap.

Backpage Roundup: Ljungberg Retires, Sahin Slipping Away, Ox Resumes Full Training and More

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Resumes Full Training

Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaine has resumed full training after missing the first match of the new Premier League season due to injury.

The England international is expected to be a part of the Gunners' travelling party that will take on Stoke City on Sunday at Britannia Stadium.

Agger Wants Reds Stay

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Daniel Agger has admitted he would like to stay at Liverpool, but admits the situation is out of his hands.
Manchester City and Barcelona are chasing Agger with Premier League champions City believed to have seen two bids already rejected for the classy central defender.
City is thought to be readying a third bid for Agger with Roberto Mancini keen to bring in the defender before the close of the transfer window.

Cameron wins work permit appeal

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US natioanl team central defender Geoff Cameron has won his appeal case for a UK work permit and has finally completed his move from the Houston Dynamo to Stoke City of the English Premier League.

Koscielny for Captain?

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Koscielny to be our new captain, now that he has agreed a new five-year contract?

The Guardian has been reporting this weekend that Koscielny has agreed a new five-year contract, and if this is true then that is fantastic news.

With TV and Mertesacker already on long contracts, it should mean that we can finally expect some consistency in our central defence.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich face challenge of how to cope with central defense injuries

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During Bayern Munich's 3-1 victory over Augsburg, you may have noticed staff and players of the three-time defending Bundesliga champion wearing a T-shirt.

The message on the shirt was to support defender Holger Badstuber as he broke an ankle in practice and is expected to be out for three months.

Bayern Munich face challenge of how to cope with central defense injuries

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During Bayern Munich's 3-1 victory over Augsburg, you may have noticed staff and players of the three-time defending Bundesliga champion wearing a T-shirt.

The message on the shirt was to support defender Holger Badstuber as he broke an ankle in practice and is expected to be out for three months.

Bayern Munich Sign Javi Martinez For €40 million

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According to the German newspaper Bild, Bayern Munich have signed Javi Martinez from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao. The transfer was triggered after Bayern activated a €40m buy-out clause in Martinez's contract. The size of the deal is a record for a German club.

"I am very happy and looking forward to playing for a club with such a history," Martinez told Bayern Munich's official TV channel.

Bayern Munich Sign Javi Martinez For €40 million

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According to the German newspaper Bild, Bayern Munich have signed Javi Martinez from Spanish club Athletic Bilbao. The transfer was triggered after Bayern activated a €40m buy-out clause in Martinez's contract. The size of the deal is a record for a German club.

The 23-year-old Martinez signed for Bilbao from fellow La Liga side CA Osasuna for €6 million in the summer of 2006.

Sunderland

Wenger happy with Arsenal’s spirit and Sagna’s performance!

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was obviously impressed with his team's back to the wall performance against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend, and thinks that if the team continues with this spirit then they can overcome any difficulty.

In fact he thinks that going down to ten men may have helped them to be more resilient.

Arsenal v. Sunderland Match Preview – The New Season Begins…

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Arsenal v Sunderland
Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 10:00 AM EST.
TV (stateside): ESPN, ESPN3

Last Meeting: Arsenal 2 – Sunderland 1 (Feb 10, 2012)

Lineup Prediction:

Arsenal
Starting: Szczesny; Djourou, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Song, Ramsey, Arteta; Walcott, Podolski; Giroud.

FC Barcelona

Backpage roundup: Djourou still In Wenger’s plans, Coquelin’s ‘Play me or lose me’ threat, Sagna criticises English players and Baines linked with Arsen

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Djourou Still Has Arsenal Future Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that Johan Djourou still has a future at Arsenal despite the fact that the centre-half wanted to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Djourou made just 14 first-team appearances for the Gunners last season and hasn't featured at all in the club's 2012/13 campaign.

FC BARCELONA 2012 | JAVIER MASCHERANO

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The Argentine International JAVIER MASCHERANO came over from Liverpool FC to FC BARCELONA as a midfielder way back 2010. Since then the player has matured, vastly improved & has consolidated himself as a central defender, one of the Best in Europe. The decision by ex-Barça Coach Guardiola to give defensive responsibilities to the Argentine has changed the whole Football career of the player,

Reds To Consider Agger Sale

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Sky Sports understands Liverpool is considering selling Manchester City target Daniel Agger to raise funds for other signings.
As revealed by skysports.com last week, City has seen two bids rebuffed by Liverpool for Denmark international Agger.
City is expected to come back with a third bid with Roberto Mancini keen to bring the central defender to the Etihad Stadium.

FC BARCELONA EYES LIVERPOOL AGGAR?

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Been letting this particular transfer rumour slip these days but the intensity is & has  picked up locally. It is said that FC BARCELONA has on its signing agenda LIVERPOOL FC Danish Central Defender DANIEL AGGER. Aggar The rumour grabs strength because Liverpool did not call up the player for yesterdays Europa League qualification game.

Barcelona Look To Give Puyol A Contract Extension

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Barcelona are ready to offer captain Carles Puyol an extension to his contract as he made his return to training after being out for two months with an injury.

Spanish daily Sport reports that the club will offer the 34-year-old a new contract as he is in the final year of his current deal.

Vincent Kompany

Wales 0-2 Belgium

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Wales chance's of beating Belgium were all but ended in the 25th minute when James Collins was red carded for what the referee saw as a two-footed lunge which in replay's looked very harsh to the central defender who up to that had being immense, Belgium took the lead through Vincent Kompany who scored from a headed corner before Jan Vertonghen's pile-driver ended any Welsh hope of a share of the spoils.

Manchester City And Barcelona Chase Livepool Defender

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has become a target for Premier League champions Manchester City, after the Danish international told manager Brendan Rodgers that he sees his future away from Anfield.
The Daily Mirror report that Manchester City have already tabled a bid of £13 million for the 27-year-old, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also monitoring the availability of Agger, who has voiced his desire to move on.

Major League Soccer

Handicapping the Rookie Of The Year Race

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Austin Berry has been flying high for the Fire this season. (Getty Images)

Programing note:Â ...and we're back. Yeah, I had to take yesterday completely off and I won't apologize for it at all either. As some probably found out, yesterday was my wedding anniversary so there was little need for writing yesterday.

SBI College Preview: Focused Schoenle returns ready to lead West Virginia

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By AVI CREDITOR

For West Virginia University centerback Eric Schoenle, a junior season that started out with so much promise and potential did not exactly end in the most ideal manner.

Galaxy Gameday Sunday in Seattle

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Galaxy at Seattle Sounders, 6 p.m. ESPN2 Hot day, hot rematch with the Sounders' Eddie Johnson in scorching form for the first time in years and another designated player waiting in the wings. Will the Galaxy risk central defender Omar Gonzalez and his still recovering knee on the fake field

O'Dea joins Toronto

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Darren O'Dea is the newest member of Toronto FC, the club announced on Friday. O'Dea was mot recently with Celtic, where he spent the 2011-12 season on-loan to Leeds United. He won two Scottish Premier League titles as a member of Celtic and has 14 appearances for Ireland. "Darren addresses our need for an experienced, no nonsense central defender," Toronto coach Paul Mariner said in a press statement.

Toronto FC

Santos Laguna, Toronto FC meet again with CCL fortunes at stake

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Five months ago to the day, Toronto FC and Santos Laguna kicked off the semifinals of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League at BMO Field, with the Reds holding the Mexican power to a 1-1 draw before ultimately succumbing a week later in a 6-2 rout at Estadio Corona.

U.S.

Toronto FC signs Irish centerback O'Dea

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Toronto FC's search for a dependable centerback to help correct the club's defensive woes has culminated with the signing of Irish international Darren O'Dea.

After the club's pursuit of Swedish international Olof Mellberg did not come to fruition, TFC signed O'Dea Friday, adding a 25-year-old centerback in his prime and one with experience in Scotland and England.

Chicago Fire

Possible Debut Against Former Team Fitting for Soumare

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Ninety minutes in a reserve league game have prepared Bakary Soumare for a possible debut for the Philadelphia Union. The 6-foot, 4-inch tall central defender has waited a few months to make his first appearance for the Union.

"I've never had to wait so long," Soumare told reporters at a press conference, which included interim head coach John Hackworth, today.

THE MATCHUP: No time for a Day Off

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"Something -'Dea defending. Anyone? O'Dea defending"CHICAGO VS. TORONTO
 
TOYOTA PARK - SATURDAY 8:30PM ET
TV: GOL TV RADIO: THE FAN 590
 
THE KICKABOUT:
While not exactly "on Fire", TFC have at least a 1-Alarm smoulder going on right now with 4 wins in their last 5 competitive matches.

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HAVE LIVERPOOL SIGNED JOE ALLEN?

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Latest reports from Kopsource and The Times say that Liverpool have finally met Swansea's buy-out clause of £15 million for one Joe Allen.

Michael Laudrup had laughably suggested that Allen was worth closer to £20 million, considering thats what Liverpool paid for Stuart Downing from Villa last year.

Match Report: Gomel 0 - 1 Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers' first match in charge of Liverpool ended in victory after a 1-0 win against Gomel in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie at the Central Stadion in Belarus.
Stewart Downing's 25-yard effort midway through the second half was enough to give the Reds the edge going into the second leg match at Anfield next Wednesday.

The Rest

Rangers Sign Two Trialists

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The Swope Park Rangers continued to add to their roster ahead of their first season, signing two trialists from preseason camp. The team announced that they had signed central defender Amer Didic and defender/midfielder Tyler Pasher. The pair of Canadians have both represented their country in different competitions, Didic with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport team for the 2015 Summer Universiade.

Cristian Roldan belongs in the middle

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A strong rookie season in 2015 was partially hidden by poor role selection.

Chance creation in soccer is driven by both skill in distribution and player role (e.g. a central defender should be expected to generate a scoring chance in relatively few circumstances on the field), so the list of Sounders leaders in that category should come as little surprise.

Spurs look to defensive reinforcement

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With Sebastien Bassong's move to Norwich now finalised, Spurs are looking a little thin at the back even with Michael Dawson in the squad. If Daws does leave then it may be right to assume that there is a plan to bring another senior central defender but the club may be looking at other options too.

No cure for the summertime blues - TFC 2 Timbers 2

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I have been away. I am back.
Summer travel is one of the true joys of life and I am blessed to have a partner who feels the same way as I do. When you go on the right travel adventure, time seems to almost wait for you and you learn to go with the flow of life beyond your workday routine. I would rather be back travelling than struggling with life in Toronto.

DeMerit solid in unexpected 90 minute performance against Chelsea

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CHESTER, Pa. -- The plan was never for Jay DeMerit to go the distance against Chelsea. No, the plan MLS All-Stars head coach Ben Olsen originally had drawn up included replacing DeMerit at halftime so as to limit his minutes ahead of he and the Vancouver Whitecaps' visit to Real Salt Lake on Friday.

Hines inks new Boro deal

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After a long series of negotiations, American central defender Seb Hines has inked a new three year extension with Middlesbrough.

Portland Timbers @ FC Dallas Player Ratings: Woeful Edition

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I'm going to make this intro section brief. I have nothing good to say here and, honestly, I would rather just not say anything at all and just get to the player ratings.

Word to the wise though, it's going to be brutal...

Starting XI

Troy Perkins: 1

Lowest score ever for Perkins on this site.