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On This Day In 2002: Teenage Wayne Rooney Takes 10 Minutes To Entrench Himself In The Premier League With Stonking Goal Against Arsenal (Video)

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Why, it seems like a lifetime, but 15 years ago this very day, a 16-year-old brute who looked like he was on day release from borstal emerged from the Everton bench and promptly entrenched himself deep in the topography of English football.

With a thick neck and forearms like Popeye, that young toe-rag was Wayne Rooney, who found himself thrown on against Arsenal as an 80th-minute substitute with the score level at 1-1, only to bring the Gunners'30-game unbeaten run to an abrupt end 10 minutes later with his very first Premier League goal.

Super Cup: Marco Asensio Continues Amazing Goal-Scoring Debut Record As Real Madrid Emerge Victorious Over Barcelona In First Leg (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid emerged from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup with a commanding lead over eternal rivals Barcelona, winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Indeed, Real looked to be firing on all cylinders before a ball was even kicked in anger if this footage of their mesmerising pre-match training drill is anything to go by.

Prodigal: Wayne Rooney Scores 199th Premier League Goal On Second Debut As Everton Pip Stoke At Goodison (Video)

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Just as the prophecy foretold, Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal on his second debut for his boyhood club as Everton narrowly pipped Stoke City.

Mere seconds before half-time, Rooney rose like a trout to headDominic Calvert-Lewin's deep cross past Jack Butland the release of tension almost palpable in the ensuing celebration.

Retro Football: Henrik Larsson Gets Celtic Career Off To An Absolute Bloody Stinker, 1997 (Videos)

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day Henrik Larsson first pitched up at Celtic Park with a glint in his eye and a head festooned with matted off-beige tendrils.

Celtic paid just £650,000 to purloin the Swedish striker from Feyenoord and, by the time he left for Barcelona in 2004, he'd arguably just about paid for himself.

Back With A Bang: Wayne Rooney Scores Powerful 25-Yard Drive On Second Everton Debut (Video)

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Wayne Rooney made his second debut for Everton this afternoon, starting in a pre-season friendly against Tanzania's Gor Mahia FC.

Looking slightly trimmer than he has done of late, Rooney collected the ball some 25 yards out, took a couple

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On This Day In 1991: Ryan Giggs Enters The Fray At Manchester United For The Very First Time (Video)

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Giggs in 1991, back when the world was still black and white

It was on this day, a quarter of a century ago that a gangly 17-year-old whippetcalled Ryan Giggs made his first team debut for Manchester United.

The opponents at Old Trafford were Everton and the Reds went on to lose 2-0.

Diego Forlan Score’s 40 Yard Lob on J-League Debut

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Diego Forlan shows he still has an eye for goal with this stunning 40 yard lob on his Cerezo Osaka debut in the J-League having joined the Japanese side in the January transfer window.

Everton Debutant Lacina Traore’s Back-Heel Goal v Swansea

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Everton handed a home debut to Lacina Traore and the striker took just 4 minutes to repay Roberto Martinez's faith in him as he grabbed the opener with a back-heel as Everton beat Swansea 3-1 in the FA Cup with Traore's replacement Steven Naismith scoring one and being fouled for the penalty which Leighton Baines dispatched past Tremmel with relative ease.

Adel Taarabt Scores Brilliant Individual Goal Against Napoli on Debut (Video)

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Goal Taarabt Napoli 0-1 Milan 08-02-2014... by Bein2014

Adel Taarabt scored this brilliant individual goal as he picked up the ball deep inside his own half before sprinting through on goal and slotting home from just outside the area as AC Milan took a 1-0 lead against NapolI.

Video: Man Utd youngster Jesse Lingard scores four goals on loan at Birmingham

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Jesse Lingard was one of the Manchester United youngsters to earn rave reviews from supporters during pre-season. He's now gone out on loan to Birmingham to get regular first-team football and he marked his debut by scoring an incredible four goals. The 20-year-old scored a 14-minute hat-trick in the first-half against Sheffield Wednesday.

Video: Christian Eriksen’s Spurs debut vs Norwich

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Tottenham new boy Christian Eriksen put in an impressive performance for his debut in yesterday's 2-0 win over Norwich. You can see all the Dane's individual highlights from the match in the video above.

Spurs flop ruins Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale's Real Madrid debut was ruined by a former Tottenham team-mate. Spurs flop Giovani Dos Santos scored a late equaliser to earn Villarreal a 2-2 draw against Real. The Mexico international fired the ball into the net after goalkeeper Diego Lopez's parry fell nicely for him. Bale had earlier scored his first Real goal [.

Video: Spurs old boy Gareth Bale scores on his Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale needed just 39 minutes as a Real Madrid player to score his first goal for the club. The world's most expensive player drifted off the flank to score an equaliser for his new side. Bale had not made much of an impact in the game against Villarreal until he found himself in the [...]

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: Gareth Bale will play on the right against Villarreal

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal tomorrow and that he will be deployed on the right wing. He didn't say whether Bale would start or be named on the bench. On the Welshman's fitness, he said: "We play 100 per cent. I don´t know if [...]

Video: Gareth Bale says he is ‘behind physically’ compared to his Real Madrid team-mates

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Gareth Bale says he is lacking in the fitness department compared to his new Real Madrid team-mates but is hoping to catch-up soon. He hinted that his chances of playing against Villarreal this weekend hang in the balance, although it would be a huge surprise if manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn't hand him a debut [.

Video: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans what they’re missing on Roma debut

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Sorry, that should have read: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans he's still missing on Roma debut. The Emirates flop appears to have taken his Arsenal form to Serie A with him after he fluffed two one-on-ones in his first outing since his switch from the Gunners. The Ivory Coast international spurned some excellent chances in his [.

Video: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

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Chelsea continued their winning start under Jose Mourinho with victory over Aston Villa in a spiky encounter. The Blues took an early lead when Villa's Antonio Luna was unfortunate to deflect Eden Hazard's effort in to his own net. The Spanish defender had scored a debut goal against Arsenal on Saturday, but scored at the [.

Video: Spurs signing Roberto Soldado wants 20 goals and Champions League qualification

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Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado is targeting 20 goals in his first season in the Premier League and hopes his tally will fire the club into the Champions League. The Spaniard found the net on his debut against Espanyol last weekend and is hoping to carry his goalscoring touch into Spurs' Premier League campaign.

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado wants to give something back to fans

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado says he wants to give something back to the club's supporters after getting a great reception for his first match at White Hart Lane. The Spaniard found the net on his debut. Afterwards, he said: "Obviously it feels wonderful to get such a fantastic reception and now what I need [.

Video: Supersport United 2-0 Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini's reign as Manchester City manager began with defeat as his side lost 2-0 to Supersport United. The Chilean mirrored Manchester United boss David Moyes' debut, with both men losing fairly straightforward pre-season fixtures in their first games in charge. The South African side beat the Premier League runners-up with goals from Mame Niang [.

Video: David Beckham makes his PSG debut against Marseille

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David Beckham made his Paris St Germain debut in a cameo appearance against Marseille yesterday and he actually impressed. Having completed possibly the most photographed warm-up routine in the history of world football, the former England captain came on as a 76th minute substitute for Javier Pastore with the score at 1-0.

Video: Mario Balotelli’s two debut goals and highlights (AC Milan 2-1 Udinese)

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Mario Balotelli made quite an impact on his debut for AC Milan, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Udinese. The former Manchester City striker put in an impressive performance, which is captured in the individual highlights reel above.

Newcastle fans can enjoy Moussa Sissoko’s debut assist against Aston Villa

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Newcastle fans can breathe easy. Whenever your club makes a January signing there's always a certain trepidation, but it turns out that Toon new boy Moussa Sissoko can pass a football. In fact, he can do it rather well. The 23-year-old former Toulouse midfielder fed Papiss Cisse for the Magpies' opening goal in last night's [.

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Photo: Mesut Ozil explores the Arsenal trophy room

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After being presented to the media on Thursday, taking part in his first training session the same day and making his debut on Saturday, all that was left for Mesut Ozil's Arsenal induction was a tour of the trophy room at the Emirates Stadium.

Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal

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Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.

Cesc Fabregas’ sorrow over missing Arsenal shirt

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Cesc Fabregas has expressed his sadness that he doesn't have a number 57 shirt from when he broke into Arsenal's first-team. The Barcelona midfielder uploaded a photo of his collection of Arsenal, Barcelona and Spain jerseys to his social networking sites but there's one that's missing. When he made his debut for the Gunners [.

Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain hospitalised after seaside fall

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Recent Napoli signing Gonzalo Higuain has been taken to hospital after slipping on a rock during a visit to the seaside today. The former Arsenal target, who joined from Real Madrid earlier this summer, had his accident at the resort of Capri. He is said to have slipped on a rock during a boat trip [.

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Liverpool striker Iago Aspas would recommend the Premier League to anyone

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Contento x el debut la victoria y el golito!!sera el primero de muchos #YNWA pic.twitter.com/K8rSJ5Gakw Iago Aspas Juncal (@aspas10) July 13, 2013 Liverpool's summer signing Iago Aspas says he is loving life at the club and would recommend a move to the Premier League to any player. The 26-year-old feels he is adapting well [.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to start for England vs Moldova

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Rickie Lambert will make his first start for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. The Southampton striker is the beneficiary of Roy Hodgson's injury woes. With Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ruled out with a thigh injury. Wayne Rooney was already out of contention because of a cut to his head.

Transfer Talk

Man Utd target Southampton’s Luke Shaw as an alternative to Everton’s Leighton Baines

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Manchester United are being linked with a £10m move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if Everton refuse to sell Leighton Baines to them. The champions' "derisory" £12m bid for Baines has not endeared them to Everton. The Toffees could now make a point of refusing to sell the England full-back to former manager David Moyes.

Spurs complete Roberto Soldado signing

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Welcome to Spurs, Roberto! More on the signing of @R9Soldado > http://t.co/bN3Gxz2MUL #THFC pic.twitter.com/chcIy96wTT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 5, 2013 Tottenham have officially completed the signing of Roberto Soldado. The former Valencia striker was already a Spurs player in all but name, but has not completed a medical and finalised his deal.

Liverpool make £21m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

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Liverpool have launched a £21m bid to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. The offer is said to have triggered a release clause in the 24-year-old striker's contract, which means the Spanish side will have to accept it. The Brazil international, who made his debut for the national team in March this year, scored 10 [.

Tottenham’s deal for Croatian duo Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic collapses over school fees

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A widely expected Tottenham double signing has fallen through because of school fees. Highly-rated Dianmo Zagreb pair Tin Jedvaj and Alen Halilovic were expected to move to White Hart Lane in a £15 million deal. But the move is believed to have collapsed, with the Croatian media suggesting the Halilovic family's demands were the stumbling [.

Chelsea negotiate compensation package for West Brom youngster Izzy Brown

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Chelsea have all but signed hotly-tipped West Brom youngster Izzy Brown. The 16-year-old is already training with the Blues while the two clubs negotiate over a compensation package for the Baggies. Brown, who made his debut for Steve Clarke's side against Wigan at the end of last season, will slot in behind David Luiz as [.

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End Of An Era: Chelsea’s Longest-Serving Player To Leave Club After Seven Years (Without Making One Single Appearance)

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There's a chance you won't have the foggiest who he is, but Chelsea's longest-serving player has announced he is planning to leave the club after seven years of service.

Despite originally signing from Inter Zapresic in 2010, Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac has yet to make a single senior competitive appearance for the Blues, instead enduring 10 separate loan moves during his sparse tenure.

Prodigious: 13-Year-Old Wunderkind Karamoko Dembele Makes Debut For Celtic Under-20 Team (Photo)

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As if you weren't sat there feeling decrepitenough already, last night a fetus born in the year of our lord 2003 went and made his debut for Celtic's Under-20 team.

At the tender age of just 13, Karamoko Dembele came on for the final ten minutes of the Bhoys' 3-1 victory over Hearts at Cappielow.

Howard Webb Show’s He’s a Dab Hand at Charade’s on Sky Sports Debut (Video)

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Former referee Howard Webb made his Sky Sports debut alongside Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher last night and showed his credential's at being a mean charades competitor.

Webb ended his 25 year career as a referee in August to take up the position of Technical Director at Professional Match Officials Limited and although he was technically sound on his Sky Sports debut his over articulate hand gestures stole the show somewhat.

Portland Timbers@Seattle Sounders FC (Clint Dempsey’s Home Debut)

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Spurs captain Michael Dawson praises new signing Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson says that striker Roberto Soldado will prove to be a "top signing" for the club. Former Valencia star Soldado made his debut against Espanyol last weekend, and scored from the penalty spot. Dawson says it was Spurs supporters' first chance to see the quality that he has witnessed from Soldado in [.

Tigres UANL: ¿Es el momento de Espericueta?

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Han pasado dos años desde el campeonato mundial sub-17 que ganó México en nuestro país, en un torneo lleno de anécdotas y partidos memorables.

De todos esos jóvenes que lograron la hazaña, la realidad es que ninguno de los que ha debutado en primera división ha logrado, más o menos, tener regularidad en sus equipos.