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Video: Man City’s Micah Richards mimics Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s goal celebration dance

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's slightly irritating goal celebration dance is becoming very well known after his excellent start to the season. In fact, it's so well known that players at other Premier League clubs are now making their own tribute videos. Here is Manchester City defender Micah Richards doing his interpretation of Studge's celebration.

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will miss start of new season

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Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the new season with an ankle injury. The Manchester City centre-back was stretchered off during his side's pre-season clash with Sunderland in Hong Kong last month. City have been assessing the injury since then and it is now confirmed that he will be out of action for at [.

Manchester City pair Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott go fishing for new contracts

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott have used a pre-season tour video diary to plead for new contracts. Richards said he would need a new contract from City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak so that he could treat himself to a full-body massage machine that Lescott was using. He said: "If the chairman decides [.

Fulham ready to bid £5m for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates could be set for a move to Fulham. The Uruguay international has not made a major impression on the Reds' first-team since his arrival from Nacional. The arrival of ex-Manchester City defender Kolo Toure suggests that, even after Jamie Carragher's arrival, his prospects of regular game time will not improve.

Inter Milan interested in Manchester City defender

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Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is a target for Inter Milan, according to reports in The Sun. The England international suffered an injury-ravaged season last term. Inter are planning to take advantage of that by offering him the regular football that he is not guaranteed at the Etihad. In Richards' absence, Pablo Zabaleta has nailed [.

Video: Man City defender Micah Richards compares frames with New York Giants’ Justin Tuck

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Given that he's ripped, Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is used to being the muscliest man around most of the time. But confronted by New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck, it doesn't take the England international long to note that the American footballer is considerably bigger than him.

Video: Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone sings Manchester City anthem Blue Moon on the bench

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Given his game-changing substitute appearance, there's no doubting Tom Huddlestone's commitment to the Tottenham cause. But he did provide a comedy moment when TV cameras caught him joining Manchester City fans in a rendition of Blue Moon from the comfort of the Spurs bench. It is a catchy tune. This follows hot on the heels [.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards sings Manchester United’s Michael Carrick song

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This bizarre footage comes ahead of Manchester City catching the train to London for yesterday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Defender Micah Richards can clearly be heard strolling along the platform at Stockport station singing Manchester United fans' chant in honour of Michael Carrick. Richards sings: "Hard to believe it's not Scholes, it's Carrick, you [.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta and his birthday cake doppelganger

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Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta has been treated to a birthday cake that's very much made in his own image. The Argentina international turned 28 yesterday yes, we thought he was about 33, too and celebrated by tucking into himself. He tweeted a photo of his birthday cake with the message: "Muy graciosa, [.

Video: Linesman John Brooks wades in on the Arsenal vs Manchester City ticket price controversy

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Match officials are usually only thrust into the limelight when they make poor decisions, but linesman John Brooks is set to gain cult status (at least one letter apart from the status fans usually afford linesman) after commenting on Arsenal ticket prices within range of a TV microphone. Brooks could be heard telling Manchester City [.

Lookalikes: Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany’s red cards against Arsenal and Manchester United

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Dangle the ball a bit too close to Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and he just can't resist diving in with two feet. His red card against Arsenal this afternoon was almost a carbon copy of the red card he received in an FA Cup tie against Manchester United last season. He's perfecting the pretending [.

Scotland 0-0 Serbia – Hampden Playes Host To Disappointing Draw (photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Craig Levein and his Scottish charges failed to secure a vital home win against Serbia on Saturday.

Both sides huffed and puffed, but in truth they game lacked a real spark. Man City defender Aleksandar Kolarov was key to the majority of the Serbs' good play while new Stoke man, Charlie Adam, did his best to make things happen for the Scots.

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure gives Community Shield medal to fan

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Out-of-favour Manchester City defender Kolo Toure reportedly gave away his Community Shield medal in protest at being snubbed by manager Roberto Mancini. The 31-year-old was not picked for the victory over Chelsea and, as a consequence, was not overly appreciative of his silverware. The Ivorian centre-back exchanged angry words with Mancini after giving the medal [.

Mid-Day Ticker: Lucas lured by PSG, Spurs make move for Damiao and more

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Paris St.-German have struck again.

The high-spending French power swooped in to sign rising Brazilian star Lucas Moura, outbidding the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan for the Sao Paulo attacking midfielder. Reports Tuesday had PSG making a €45 million move for Lucas, who is currently on the Brazilian Olympic team that is vying for the gold medal in London.

Man City star relishes Chelsea battle

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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is ready for his side's Premier League title defense next month but before that, he is focused on making a statement against European champions Chelsea in the Community Shield.

The annual face-off between the league champions and the FA Cup winners takes place a week before the title race begins all over again.

Gunner excited to team with United icon

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Aaron Ramsey has been an active ambassador of Team GB's upcoming Olympics campaign but ahead of the team's July 26 kick-off, the Arsenal midfielder has identified Manchester United's Ryan Giggs as one of the keys to success this summer.

Ramsey is one of five Welshmen in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad squad, with Swansea City duo Neil Taylor and Joe Allen, Liverpool's Craig Bellamy, and Giggs being the other four.

Liverpool Eye City Defender

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Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.
According to various English and European publications, new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers keen to broker a deal.
Despite forming part of a City rearguard that helped the club to their first Premier League crown, Lescott could be forced out of the club as Roberto Mancini looks to sign a new centre back.

Blanc Chickened Out, England Hopes Hodgson Doesn’t

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No where to go

Spain are now just two steps away from retaining their European Championship title and become the first team to ever do it. They have a chance to do so because they beat France yesterday. A French side that conceded defeat to the defending champion even before a ball was kicked in anger.

Blanc Chickened Out, England Hopes Hodgson Doesn’t

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No where to go

Spain are now just two steps away from retaining their European Championship title and become the first team to ever do it. They have a chance to do so because they beat France yesterday. A French side that conceded defeat to the defending champion even before a ball was kicked in anger.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain families sadly to skip Euro 2012

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Not to put a damper on the upcoming European Championships, but there's been a lot of news lately regarding possible racial attacks on players and fans in Ukraine. There has also been video news footage of organized, political hooligans taking part in military-style training camps.

This doesn't bode well for England and it's believed a lot of supporters are simply going to stay home this summer and watch the tournament on TV instead of dealing with any possible aggravation and the sky-high hotel prices.

Top 10 longest Premier League bans

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OTP brings you the Premier League bad boys who have picked up the longest bans (minus drugs bans). 1. Eric Cantona nine months The powers-that-be determined that a kung-fu kick on a supporter was to be frowned upon, no matter how to despicable the individual in question happened to be. Cantona effectively lost a [.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany wins EPL Player of the season award

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Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has been awarded the Player of the season award for the 2011-12 EPL season. The press release (courtesy of Manchester City's official website) is below.

The central defender has been a rock at the back for the title favourites and his leadership has been recognised by a panel of experts in winning this award.

Newcastle Boss Alan Pardew And Man City Captain Vincent Kompany Pick Up Premier League Gongs

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By Alan Duffy

With the season all but over, the Premier League have named Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as their 'Manager of the Season' while Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has picked up the prize for 'Player of the Season'.

Pardew, once a fierce critic of teams who fielded too many foreign players, has recently embraced all things French and African, with the likes of Papiss Demba Cissé, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa inspiring the Magpies to the cusp of Champions League qualification.

Manchester City Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring what appears to be Manchester City's new home kit for the 2012-13 Premier League season. Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is pictured wearing the new Manchester City home shirt. As you...

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Team GB For London 2012 Olympics: Pick Your Starting XI

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By Chris Wright

With the kit being unveiled earlier today, we thought it high time to for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

The only rules you have to abide by are the criteria for the actual selection: All players must be aged 23 or under as of January 1st 2012 (with the exception of a maximum of three designated 'over age' choices) and, perhaps more importantly, actually be British - English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish.

Toure keen on Tevez return

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Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is looking forward to the return of Carlos Tevez and is confident he will add to a City side short on confidence.

The Argentina star has not featured for the club since September after a touchline row with manager Roberto Mancini in Munich and followers of Victor Chandler will not have expected him to return.

Top six Mark Hughes handshake controversies

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No Premier League manager has ever turned handshakes into such a pullava as Mark Hughes. In fact, if Mark Hughes and Luis Suarez are ever in the same room, a magnetic handshake field causes them to repel. The QPR boss is always turning basic post-game etiquette into minor diplomatic incident. Here's six of Sparky's best [.

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Are Newcastle Still After A Center-Back?

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Sky Sports reported yesterday that several Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United, were tracking 19 year-old Leicester City defender Liam Moore, hut of course we have no idea if that news is true. Liam Moore - talented young Leicester defender Liam was born in Loughborough, and can play at center-back or right back, so he is the kind of young versatile defender [.

Newcastle After Another Center-Back – Given Up On Douglas?

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Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United looking again at Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, and we've been linked with this player a number of times, the first time being two years ago, but Ashley isn't exactly a youngster these days, and turns 28 next month. Ashley Williams very good center-back Williams played very well in [.

Newcastle Lead The Race For The Next Michael Essien

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We had some news yesterday that Newcastle were after 17 year-old Coventry City defender Jordan Willis, and it seems Newcastle are still after another top young star at the same club 18 year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who's been likened to Michael Essien. Gael Bigirimana with his Championship Apprentice of the Year award That's because the [.

Newcastle’s Top Young Target Could Cost Too Much

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Newcastle had scouts at last night's England U21 international game with Belgium, which was a European Qualifying game at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium. Wilfried Zaha in action last night for England U21s England easily won that game 4-0, with goals from Arsenal's Henri Lansbury (2) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Swansea City defender Steven Caulker.

Newcastle Interested In Scottish International Defender

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There are reports coming out of East Anglia that Newcastle are one of the sides interested in Norwich City defender Russell Martin. Russell Martin Newcastle interested In the summer Martin, who is 26, will have just one year left on his Norwich contract, and could be acquired in a good deal hopefully.

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Reaction From a First Timer

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After training this morning, we asked Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler what it felt like to put the U.S. gear on for the first time.
"It was amazing," said Besler. "You want to handle yourself like you've been here before, and the reality is that you have butterflies in your stomach the first time you put on the crest.

22 are Headed to Mexico City

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As you have seen, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced a 22-player travel squad that will gather in Mexico City for the first friendly meeting between the teams on Mexican soil since 1984. There are plenty of notes in the roster announcement, so here's a few more to add to the mix:
  • Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 143 international appearances.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City (photos)

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An 41st minute own goal by Sporting Kansas City defender Chance Meyers was enough to bring two streaks to an end last Saturday night at JELD-WEN Field in front of yet another sell out crowd of 20,438. Timbers-SKC-Sunset-TC.JPGRick Curwen, community blogger5:25 PM, Sunset Transit Center. Over two hours before kick-off fans head downtown to JELD-WEN Field.

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Battery score late to top Hammerheads, claim USL Pro Championship

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the second time in three years, the Charleston Battery are the USL Pro champions.

The Battery ended their dream playoff run on by grabbing a 1-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Pro Championship at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday night, giving Charleston their second title since 2010 and fourth overall.

Upside: The more I play

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Their Words "Obviously, the more I play with the guys, the better our understanding will be. So, hopefully today was the first step, and now we can hopefully build upon that and continue to get better collectively." Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron. Other Sources San Jose announce groundbreaking date for new stadium - from MLSsoccer.

Wales manager Chris Coleman will ask Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey before calling up Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross

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Wales manager Chris Coleman will consult captain Aaron Ramsey before deciding whether to invite Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross to join the squad. It's safe to say there's a bit of history between the pair Shawcross broke Ramsey's leg in six places in 2010 and Coleman is reluctant to upset his skipper.

Stags' AFC Cup Ambitions End

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A disappointing evening for SLeague champions Tampines Rovers as they bowed out of the AFC Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium, drawing 0-0 with Hong Kong side Kitchee.With one game remaining, away to Vietnamese side Song Lam Nghe An, Tampines have just five points from their five group games and a single win; admittedly a surprising one away to Malaysian side Terengganu.

Exeter City’s Danny Coles Breaks Back In Training, Waits For Doctor’s Report

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By Alan Duffy


A pulled hamstring or a twisted ankle are all part and parcel of the game of football, but you don't expect to hear about a footballer breaking his back during a training session. However, that's exactly what has happened to Exeter City defender Danny Coles.