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English Premier League

Former Manchester United captain says Tottenham defender has been unprofessional

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Ex-Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville believes Danny Rose has acted unprofessionally by trying to engineer a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

Rose was forced to issue an apology after criticising Tottenham’s lack of activity in the transfer market this summer during an interview with The Sun newspaper.

West Ham to sign Juve & Italy defender

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West Ham to sign Juve & Italy defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Angelo Ogbonna, the Juventus & Italian international defender is in London undergoing a medical with West Ham as Slaven Bilic looks to increase his defensive options before the start of the new season.

Of course this could just be an attempt from David Sullivan to save face after embarrassingly publishing a photo of Ogbonna on Twitter when announcing the arrival of Pedro Obiang whilst another target, Aymen Abdennour, looks as though he's on his way to Atleti.

Who is Tiago Illori?

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Who is Tiago Illori? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Outside of Portugal, little is known about the defender, but he's certainly been making a name for himself in the last six months.

A host of sides across Europe have been linked as potential suitors Liverpool, Tottenham, and AS Monaco most notably, but who is the player they are talking about?

Tottenham looking to bolster their defence

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Tottenham looking to bolster their defence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in the market for defensive recruits after being left thin on the ground with a number of current personnel sidelined with injury.

The London side have recently shot themselves in the foot after selling highly-rated young centre-back Steven Caulker to newly-promoted Cardiff City.

Barcelona to step up chase for a centre-back

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Barcelona to step up chase for a centre-back - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

La Liga champions Barcelona have been in the market for a central defender for a number of years. With the ever-ageing Carles Puyol no longer first choice for the Catalan giants, manager Gerardo Martino pictured has been forced to find new personnel.

Manchester City

Five things to know about defender Benjamin Mendy

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Paris (AFP) – Five things on Benjamin Mendy, who signed a five-year contract to join Manchester City from Monaco on Monday to make him the world’s most expensive defender:

#BlueMendy – New Order

Fans of Manchester band New Order will have been tickled to see the witty #BlueMendy hashtag the world’s most expensive defender posted on a video he tweeted Monday telling City fans he’d see them soon.

Five things to know about defender Benjamin Mendy

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Paris (AFP) – Five things on Benjamin Mendy, who signed a five-year contract to join Manchester City from Monaco on Monday to make him the world’s most expensive defender:

#BlueMendy – New Order

Fans of Manchester band New Order will have been tickled to see the witty #BlueMendy hashtag the world’s most expensive defender posted on a video he tweeted Monday telling City fans he’d see them soon.

Arsenal

Poll: Pick your Arsenal centre-back pairing

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We move onto the defence for our next poll subject, as we start to build the rest of our team, as chosen by our readers. I don't think there is any element of doubt over our best full-back options, so we will not waste anybody's time with a Hector Bellerin or Mathieu Debuchy debate, nor [...]

Parlour on what Arsenal need for success next season

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The Romford Pele himself, Ray Parlour, has been giving his thoughts on Arsenal and the season which is now drawing to a close with the usual fight for fourth place when we all expected and hoped for so much more from the Gunners this time. He stopped short of blaming the boss, even though he [...]

Is Fabian Schar really going to sign for Arsenal?

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Agent confirms Arsenal's interest! Really? by Ash Ahead of the January transfer window, which is set to open in just under two weeks time, the rumours surrounding players that could potentially be joining Arsenal is a hot topic to discuss and today the latest rumour surrounds FC Basel defender Fabian Schar.

Is Ignasi Miquel ready for the Arsenal First Team?

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What to do with Miquel? by AH

Ignasi Miquel is a player whom I'm sure you are all familiar with because although he doesn't play of a regular basis, he often features in the clubs domestic cup run competitions of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.

As captain of the Arsenal under 21's Miquel is one of the more experienced players in that squad and will no doubt soon make the step up to the first team squad soon, after being in and around it for a few years now.

Arsenal Debate – Is it time for Vermaelen to be sold?

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The decline of Vermaelen and the importance of Koscielny. by KJ

This season our Arsenal team has been riddled with defensive errors that have cost us many goals and therefore a lot of vital points. This in my opinion has been mainly down to the decline of Thomas Vermaelen. I remember when we first saw him on the Arsenal scene and many were saying in hush voices that we could have our best defender since Sol Campbell (not really saying much though).

Another top-class centre-back admits Arsenal interest

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Arsene Wenger made no changes to Arsenal's defensive line-up during the summer transfer window, but it is beginning to emerge that they had made approaches to certain players in that position that didn't come off. Yesterday the Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga M'Biwa, told the world that he had been approached by Arsenal, and now today [.

Per Mertesacker should keep his place in the Arsenal defence – He’s earned it!

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Mertesacker- New and improved! by TS So our defensive line is looking good you say? Not conceded a goal in the EPL yet, you announce? Well, Ill have you know, that you're RIGHT! That's right, Arsenal have got the best defensive record! Early days, sure, but who cares? If it was any other team, they'd [.

Arsenal scouting young England international defender

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Arsenal chasing young Leicester defender by AM Arsenal have joined the race to sign talented young defender Liam Moore from Leicester City according to Metro. Tottenham, Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester United have already been tracking the youngster's progress for some time now. But now United and Arsenal are considered to be favorites to land [.

Mikael Silvestre coming back to Arsenal!

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I have some good news for Gooners! by AH Now, please take note that the title is sarcastic, but I thought that this recent piece of news would be good to share with the readers on justarsenal.com. According to a few media outlets including the Daily Mail, Mikael Silvestre will soon return to Arsenal to [.

Arsenal linked with versatile top-class French defender

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Arsenal set their sights on Mbiwa by TS Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa remains a top target for Arsenal and AW as we look to strengthen our defense. The player, who is also captain for Montpellier, has a contract which runs out at the end of the season. The club is reportedly willing to let go [.

The Next Ten Days Are Vital For Arsenal

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A vital ten days for Arsenal's season by SC After the result against Sunderland at the weekend there is a great demand on the club to spend money on creative talent along with a quality defensive midfielder. Overall Arsenal need to make at least two signings, one strong central midfielder to control the game from [.

Arsenal’s Johan Djourou set for €10m move to Italy or Spain

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So it seems that Arsenal could still be in the market for another defender this summer as it has now been revealed by Johan Djourou's agent that Swiss international defender has been receiving offers from Serie A and La Liga, and that he has set up a series of meeting with possible suitors. There have [.

Arsenal chasing Swiss international defender to replace Djourou

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Arsenal are set to engage in a battle royale with the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan for the signature of 21-year old Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic currently plying his trade with Swiss Champions FC Basel. The youngster, who joined Basel from home town club Austria Wien, has already been capped 14 times for [.

Arsenal enter the race for top Serie A defender

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According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have decided to enter the battle to get Lazio defender's signature, Stefan Radu, who is also being tracked by Manchester City. The Romanian international is considered to be one of the best defenders in Italy, being compared to Cristian Chivu in his early years of football.

Arsenal interest in top Ligue 1 defender confirmed (plus video)

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Aymen Abdennour "the Tunisian beast" – By JG For a short while a couple months ago, Aymen Abdennour was at the top of Arsene Wenger's transfer list (in relation to defenders). This was exciting news because I had been watching his games for months and was extremely impressed. Abdennour was named defender of the season [.

Johann Djourou is finally looking like a real Arsenal defender

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Djourou has proved me wrong by KJ I just recently wrote my post match analysis of the game against Wolves and I completely disregarded anything to do with Djourou simply because it merited an Article in itself. He was our best defender last night. You don't understand how much it pleases me to say it.

Matt Besler

Sporting KC Season Preview - Defenders

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Today on the preview of Sporting KC's roster ahead of the 2016 MLS season we'll take a look at the defenders. With today's announcement about the mutual termination of Marcel de Jong's contract there is one fewer defender on the roster for Sporting KC. The loss of de Jong though doesn't appear to be too big as the team is still two deep at each position along the back line at this time.

Season Review - Defenders - Once Again Injuries Plague the Back Line

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Continuing to work up from the back on our review of the Sporting Kansas City season, we reach the defense. You can read my review of the goalkeeper position here. Sporting's defense in 2015 suffered one of the main issues that plagued the team during their 2014 run. Injuries were a big issue for the team with Chance Myers, Ike Opara, and Seth Sinovic, all three considered starters, missed considerable time due to different injuries.

What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here - Defenders

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Yesterday I looked at Sporting KC's goalkeeping play in the 2014 season and what to look ahead to in the 2015 season. Now I'm going to look at Kansas City's defense.

The stories written about Kansas City's 2014 season will always talk about the bulk of injuries that Kansas City suffered through in the 2014 season.

Who Starts at Center Back Sunday?

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Sporting Kansas City came into the 2014 season with five center backs on their roster, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Lawrence Olum, Ike Opara, and Erik Palmer-Brown. With Besler set to miss about a month in May for the World Cup, it seemed that the four other central defenders on KC's roster would be able to shoulder the load through May and June until Besler's return.

A Look at the Depth Chart - Defense

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Continuing the look through the roster and moving up the field, it's not time to take a look at the defense. Every player that played minutes for KC in competitive games in defense this past year have returned for the upcoming season. It gives KC stability in the position, which is key with a new goalkeeper in net.

2012 MLS Best XI

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Major League Soccer announced the Best XI for 2012. The League divides the voting among players, club leadership, and members of the media. Voters pick according to a 3-4-3 formation. Goalkeeper – Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City) Defender – Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes) Defender – Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Defender – Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City) Midfielder – Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC) Midfielder – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) Midfielder – Chris Pontius.

Sporting KC’s Besler named MLS Defender of the Year

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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler was a consistent force for the Sporting Kansas City defense, helping the unit emerge as the stingiest defense in the league. His steady and continuously improving play turned heads in 2012, earning him a look from the U.S. Men's National Team and now the first major award of his career.

Besler Named MLS Defender of the Year

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MLS announced today that Sporting KC defender, Matt Besler had won the league's Defender of the Year Award. Besler finished with 70.51 of the weighted total, winning 46.97% of the media vote, 10.35% of the club vote, and 13.19% of the player vote to top Victor Bernardez who finished with 64.39 (15.

Besler wins Defender of the Year

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Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler is the latest Major League Soccer award winner, named Defender of the Year on Tuesday. "I am very humbled, yet ecstatic, to be honored as MLS Defender of the Year," Besler said in a press statement. "To be a part of such a great team and backline, you could make an argument for any of the back four for Sporting Kansas City.

Injury Crisis Grows for KC

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Heading into a very busy part of their schedule, KC is starting to find things a little thin on the team. Yesterday I mentioned Luke Sassano being out for 2 months due to his surgery, and today we learned that Matt Besler is going to miss one to three weeks due to appendicitis. Besler joins a growing list of players on the defensive side of things that are on the injured list.

Olympics

Olympics 2012 Football – Hull City bring in defender Faye

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Hull City mark seen Senegalese defender Abdoulaye Faye on an one-yr trade, after he was released by West Ham. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61685000/jpg/_61685888_pa-13116621.jpg

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Rams sign Coventry defender Keogh

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Derby mark Coventry defender Richard Keogh for an anchorage believed to be in nimiety of £1m, with Callum Ball moving the other mode on debt. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61687000/jpg/_61687759_keoghclose.jpg

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Spurs defender King quits playing

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Tottenham defender Ledley King retires from professional football and will act on an ambassadorial part at the club. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61679000/jpg/_61679030_ledley_Rex_getty2.jpg

The Rest

Revolution Add Defender Joshua Smith in 4th Round of MLS SuperDraft

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The San Francisco Dons player is a PDL standout with academy experience in Germany and the USYNT ranks.

The New England Revolution selected University of San Francisco defender Joshua Smith in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft this afternoon. As the 75th overall pick, Smith joins Vermont forward Brian Wright and Kentucky midfielder Napo Matsoso, who were selected as the 20th overall and 31st overall picks respectively last Friday in the MLS SuperDraft.

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho Reckons Paul Pogba Would Make ‘Phenomenal’ Central Defender

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With Paul Pogba still looking slightly unsure what he's been brought back to Manchester United to do, Jose Mourinho has added to the general air of confusion by declaring that he thinks his £89million man would make a "phenomenal" central defender.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of tonight's EFL Cup Mancunian derby, Mourinho said.

Opara Out with Ruptured Achilles Tendon

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The news regarding the injury that Ike Opara picked up in Sporting's 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake is not good, the team announced today that the center back, and team's leading scorer had ruptured his Achilles Tendon. Opara will now miss at least four months and could be out for the season recovering from the injury.

Union Negotiating With Jeff Parke To Bring The Out-Of-Contract Defender Home

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Speculation has pointed to the Philadelphia Union's offseason transfer target list focusing upon the acquisition of players with scoring touch, but the newest link for the Union is out of the backline.

The Brotherly Game has learned that veteran defender Jeff Parke is in talks with the Union to bring the out-of-contract defender home to the Philadelphia area.