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Sheffield United To Rename Brammall Lane Stand In Honour Of Jessica Ennis – Def Leppard Cruelly Overlooked Again

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By Chris Wright

Sheffield United have announced that they plan to name a stand at Brammall Lane in honour of Sheffield's very own Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, Jessica Ennis.

The stand in question is the Bramall Lane Stand, which the club will rechristen 'The Jessica Ennis Stand' ("two tickets in the Lower Ennis please")Â before this Saturday's League One game against Bournemouth.

Man charged with vandalizing St James’ Park, Newcastle fans offer to pay his fine

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When Mike Ashley honored the 120-year heritage of St James' Park by changing its name to the Sports Direct Arena in February this year, a number of Magpies fans were angered by the sportswear-selling antics of their club owner.

Supporter Michal Atkinson was so angry that he spray-painted "St James" on the wall where the stadium's famous moniker was once emblazoned.

George Rolls Unites Kettering And Weymouth In Suspicion

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How are the supporters of a football club to judge a new owner? Perhaps the answer to that is the question of how desperate for a new owner they are, but even in the most extreme of circumstances, one common theme of recent years has been that supporters have been more prepared to carry out their own due diligence on those that turn up, out of the blue, promising to repair their clubs.


Tottenham Hotspur Season Preview 2012-13. Take the Long View

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Pre-season previews used to be easy. Analyse the players, add the manager's likely tactics, stir in a liberal dose of unsubstantiated optimism masquerading as hitherto unfilled potential and there you have it. Swift appraisal of a few rivals, think of a possible final finishing position then go two places higher and pretend you know what you are talking about.

Tuesday Kickoff: Puyol doubtful for Euro 2012, Blackburn relegated and more

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Spain's European championship title defense is going to be a bit more challenging, as a vital component to its back line is unlikely to be available for the world's No. 1-ranked team.

Carles Puyol is doubtful for this summer's tournament after Barcelona announced that their captain and 34-year-old centerback requires arthroscopic knee surgery that will sideline him for around the next six weeks.

Ancelotti Confirms Paris Saint-Germain Interest In Suarez

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed his interest in signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
It was reported in February that the Ligue 1 giants were open to offering the Uruguay international a route out of England following his eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Rangers FC: Perfect Timing

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If you have trouble finding Kickette Island, Carlos, resort to your GPS. We're useless when it comes to giving and following directions. Images: Getty Images,

Rangers have a meeting with the league winners at Celtic Park on Sunday, which makes the news of striker Kyle Lafferty's two week suspension after a reported bust up with manager Ally McCoist all the more intriguing.

English Premier League

Vigilance & Optimism? New Owners For Nottingham Forest

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A period of turmoil in the history of one of Englands oldest clubs which began with the untimely death of the man that had previously rescued it from the brink of extinction, Nigel Doughty, moved towards a new beginning this week with the announcement that Nottingham Forest twice champions of Europe in an altogether more innocent age had been bought out by a family from Kuwait.

Chelsea’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Chelsea's Summer 2012 Transfer Targets - originally posted on

Chelsea resurgence under Roberto Di-Matteo has been truly impressive this season. However, he has inherited a squad whose quality and age has been questioned. Providing the Italian manager keeps the Chelsea job on a permanent basis, I'm sure he'll make quite a few changes in summer to re-invent the team as ‘his' side.

Football Debt – Under a Microscope & From Afar

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Everyday, a football club owner falls into the media's cross hairs for some reason or another. One of the common gripes is that Owen Owner is a no good corporate raider. Without a doubt, some investment banks and American executives fit this Barbarians at the Gate caricature perfectly. We can all thank our lucky stars that Liverpool ran out of town Gillete and Hicks before administration entered the equation.

The number 11 short is already "reserved" in China for Drogba!

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Fresh from scoring his 100th Premier League goal for Chelsea against Stoke at the weekend, there is yet more speculation about Didier in the press. Why is it when players leave the club, they just can't help themselves but to start rumours and speculation when if they say these people are "friends" they should just let them concentrate on the rest of the season!

Craig Whyte: Neither Fit Nor Proper, And The SFA Should Have Known This Sooner

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So, Scottish venture capitalist Craig Whyte is not fit and proper to be a football club owner and director. That is amazing. I'll be avoiding feathers for a few days, that's for sure, because you could knock me down with even one. In one sense, and possibly two senses, the Scottish Football Association's declaration that Whyte "is not considered a fit and proper person to hold a position within Association Football" is amazing.

MLS Champions want Mr. Chelsea

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From Barcelona to Manchester United, there has never been a shortage of interest in Frank Lampard's services over the years as the Chelsea midfielder continues to age brilliantly.

But despite the continuation of his superb form for the Blues, the fact remains that Lampard is approaching his 34th birthday and as many in Europe will say, it is ideal for him to look overseas for a more lucrative opportunity at this stage of his career.

AC Milan

Inter Milan ultras are very unhappy about their new red away jersey

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According to the Nike Store, Inter Milan's new away kit "honors" the team with "bold team colors and symbols." Fans of the Serie A champions, however, are inclined to disagree, as they can't help but notice that it's almost exactly the same hue worn by fierce rivals AC Milan.

The Curva Nord  — the collective of Internazionale's die-hard fans and ultras — are so displeased with the new strip that a representative has written to club owner and president Massimo Moratti to explain their intention to boycott it.

Hateley: Liverpool Striker Should Leave Anfield

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Former AC Milan player Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool's Andy Carroll to consider quitting Anfield for a move abroad.
Speaking to talkSPORT, ex-Rossoneri striker Hateley believes that Carroll would become a better all-round player if he switched leagues, following suggestions that Milan could well be interested in him.

Milan Vice-President Plays Down Carroll Rumours

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says the club will not make any further signings this summer, despite being linked to Liverpool's Andy Carroll.
Pier Silvio Berlusconi, son of club owner Silvio Berlusconi, had acknowledged that he would love to bring the 23-year-old to the San Siro - having seen him at Euro 2012.

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UPDATE: Portland Timbers Relieve John Spencer of Duties with Club

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We all knew it was going to happen since this morning, but the 2:30 press conference made it official: the Portland Timbers have fired John Spencer, the team's first coach of the MLS era. Gavin Wilkinson will serve as interim coach until the end of the season. Club owner Merritt Paulson and General Manager, Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement jointly at Jeld Wen Field today.

Monday Kickoff: Wynalda lands coaching gig, report links Nesta to Montreal, & more

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Eric Wynalda's quest to break into the professional American soccer coaching ranks has led him to Atlanta, where he has been hired to be the new interim head coach of the NASL's Silverbacks.

Atlanta announced the hiring on Monday morning, with Wynalda taking over for fired head coach Alex Pineda-Chacon.

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Roberto Di Matteo's chances at Chelsea permanence appear bleak

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This does not look good for Roberto Di Matteo's chances of staying on at Chelsea, at least as manager. Days after winning the most coveted prize a European club can hope to get and adding the oldest football trophy in the world to that bag, the club owner and the technical director are the ones calling the shots on the transfers.

Rechargeable Managing Batteries, Better Than Disposables?

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Fates. Met.

This past month or so has seen the firings of two high profile managers from two high profile positions in the greater European soccer community.

André Villas-Boas fired on March 4th from Chelsea, one month shy of celebrating his one-year anniversary.

The firing was not a surprise as club owner Roman Abramovich has shown a lack of patience in keeping managers.

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Administrators, Racism & The Twitter Bug

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My knowledge of the insolvency practice profession is limited to my football writing experiences, gleaned from research into articles on this and other sites. As a result, I have come to know of 'gentlemen' such as Gerald Krasner, Andrew Andronikou and Brendan Guilfoyle. And, as a result of that, my opinion of the insolvency practice profession is not high.

Andrew Hauptman opens up on the Chicago Fire 2012 season, new hire of Guillermo Petrei

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Chicago Fire Soccer Club owner Andrew Hauptman opened up to a small group of reporters following Thursday's partnership announcement at Quaker Plaza. Despite the fact that all of his official business was already taken care of, Hauptman was still around after the media had interviewed players, Frank Klopas, and MLS personnel.


The Suspension Of USA’s WPS League And What It Means For Women’s Football

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Que triste! It isn't a good week for fans of the US Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The board announced it would be "suspending play" this year due to complex legal issues involving a former club owner. This matters because some of the world's best female players ply their trade there including Abby Wambach, Marta, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo.

Breaking: WPS Elects To Suspend Season

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After working USSF to be sanctioned for 2012 despite not meeting the requisite requirements, the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPS) suspended operations today for the 2012 season.

The main culprit per league messaging: the mounting legal bills of attempting to finally close the Dan Borislow ownership situation.

The Rest

Doncaster Rovers Chairman Promises Player His Bentley If He Scores 20 Goals This Season

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By Alan Duffy

It's fair to say that footballers are rather fond of a flash motor, a penchant Pies have already featured today. And it's this love of high-end cars which Doncaster Rovers Chairman John Ryan is hoping will spur attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett on to great things this season.

The Billionaire Boys Club: Why It’s Time For Tottenham’s Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy To Spend

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The dismissal of Harry Redknapp and the new appointment of Andre Villas-Boas supposedly will usher in a new era for Tottenham Hotspur. Â Both club owner Joe Lewis but chiefly chairman Daniel Levy state they have a new and exciting vision ...

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New D.C. United ownership partners stress stadium need upon introduction

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WASHINGTON -- Upon their first public remarks after becoming major investors in D.C. United, the club's two newest owners wasted no time in addressing the one thing that the club's supporters have been eagerly and patiently waiting to have resolved: A new stadium.

Rangers: The Good, The Bad & The Loopy

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You can say what you like about Scottish media coverage of Rangers' financial crisis but you're certainly spoilt for choice. Unfortunately, that choice is all-too-often between parallel universes, with a tangential universe thrown in every time club owner Craig Whyte is within range of a microphone (Whyte's common criticism of HMRC as "living on a different planet to the rest of us" is top-of-the-range irony, I'm sure you'll agree.

Clive Palmer: Did you just get bored?

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Clive Palmer, A-League Club Owner and Billionaire tries to takeover football, all of it - yet he can't even get his own Franchise right.

Before we forget:

Here's five things Clive did really well -

Signed Jason Culina and made a splash.

Appointed Miron Bleiberg and got plenty of coverage.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Setting the tone for things to come, how opportunistically great is this Kickette Army soldier girl's epic photobomb?


- Joining the illustrious cast of "WAG: The Musicial" is Michael Chopra's ex. You remember them, Kickettes? They were the couple who fought out the demise of their brief marriage via Facebook.

Earthquakes get final approval for soccer-specific stadium

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It may have taken longer than they would have liked, but the San Jose Earthquakes will finally be getting a soccer-specific stadium to call their own.

At a public hearing inside a packed San Jose City Hall's council chamber late on Wednesday night, the San Jose Planning Commission voted 6-0 to deny an appeal against the construction of a soccer-specific stadium.

Newcastle remove St. James Park lettering, man arrest for painting it back on

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On Thursday, Newcastle took a crowbar to the St. James' Park lettering outside their stadium to make way for the Sports Direct Arena moniker they gave it back in November (free of charge!). A name change made to try and attract a corporate sponsor who isn't club owner Mike Ashley and will actually pay for the privilege.

Charity drive in memory of Nigel Doughty raises £1000 in a few hours

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A charity donation website has raised more than £1000 in memory of former chairman and club owner Nigel Doughty since it was started this morning [...]

Maroon Is The Colour

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I don't know how long Geylang United have worn green. Certainly for me I have always identified them as the team in green. Green befits them. So why change the colour to maroon for the new season? Apparently the club consulted with management and the Singapore FA before going ahead with the change.