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English Premier League

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Micah Richards has fun with Man City skipper Vincent Kompany’s shoes while he’s away

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Just because they're gucci doesn't mean they're nice

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 27-28 April

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1. QPR and Reading managed to reduce the relegation dogfight to a whimper. Both teams went down after their 0-0 draw on Sunday; neither side seemed particularly keen to do anything to avoid that fate. 2. Robin Van Persie managed to turn his return to Arsenal into a relatively successful afternoon. It wasn't looking promising [.

Dexy’s 2012-2013 season preview part 2 – The big 8

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Down to the final rankings predicted by myself and a few surprises which I'm sure you'll have something to moan about. Sorry Spurs, I see bad times on the horizon at White Hart Lane, good times over in Scouseland and very good times for the Chelsea and Man City again.

8Â Tottenham AVB has come in over the summer and to moi, it's a case of out of the Stamford Bridge frying pan into the White Hart Lane fryer.

Arsenal

Manchester City and Arsenal head the queue for transfer listed Valencia defender Adil Rami

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Valencia defender Adil Rami, transfer listed for criticising coach Miroslav Djukic, is a target for Manchester City and Arsenal. Reports in Spain suggest the France international has been fined and also told he can leave the club over an outspoken interview in which he complained of "confusion" at the Mestalla.

Arsenal would smash the infamous wage structure for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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Arsenal would be prepared to break their oft-discussed wage structure to secure the signing of Luis Suarez, the Metro reports. They claim that the Uruguay international would be offered a £160,000-a-week deal at the Emirates if an agreement can be reached between the two clubs. The Gunners have a strict wage structure that currently sees [.

Jack Wilshere fondly remembers former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been reminiscing about former team-team Emmanuel Eboue ahead of a reunion this weekend. The Gunners face Eboue's Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international was a firm favourite with colleagues and fans alike before leaving for Turkey in 2011.

Van Persie still thinks he is the Arsenal captain!

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Robin is in our dressing room at the moment. Because our food is better in our dressing room than in their dressing room! People who play together for five, six years [get on with each other]. ...... Look, at the end of the day we decided to sell him. We are rivals. You want us to make a guard of honour and to respect the champions, then you have to accept as well that respect exists after the game.

Arsenal Will Be The Surprise Of 2012/13

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There are many people out there spitting feathers over Arsene Wenger not bringing in some 'super, super quality' players yesterday.

Or any players. I even saw some Gooners so desperate for Arsenal to get someone in they wanted Micheal Owen. Even Emile Heskey's name was bandied about.

While I can understand the frustration brewing there's not a lot we can do about the fact we didn't make any signings.

Real Madrid

Roberto Carlos warns Chelsea about Samuel Eto’o

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Brazilian great Roberto Carlos has warned Chelsea that new signing Samuel Eto'o could disrupt their dressing room. The former Real Madrid left-back was team director at the Cameroon international's old club, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and has warned that the forward's presence can be "damaging".

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says photos of Gonzalo Higuain’s wife will get pinned to the wall

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Photos of Gonzola Higuain's actress wife are destined for the walls of Arsenal's dressing room if the Real Madrid striker completes his move to the club. That's according to Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who seemed impressed when, during a recent interview, he was shown a picture of Soledad Fandiño modelling underwear.

Man City star Samir Nasri talks up Pellegrini, criticises Mancini

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Samir Nasri has talked up Manuel Pellgrini's prospects of success at Manchester City while suggesting former boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get to grips with different personalities in the City dressing room. The France international was full of praise for the man widely expected to become his new manager.

Top 10 candidates to be the new Chelsea manager

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Roberto Di Matteo has left Stamford Bridge. Who will take over from him as Chelsea manager? OTP looks at some of the serious (and not so serious contenders). 1. Pep Guardiola Manchester City have been plumping up the Barcelona-themed cushions and waiting for a good reason to give Roberto Mancini the shove.

Cristiano Ronaldo too sad to celebrate his goals, is upset with Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo did not celebrate either of his first two goals of the season in Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Granada (video of the first here). After the match he made it clear that he did this with purpose, but he also left a bit of mystery about it all as he refrained from getting too specific.

Fabio Coentrao was shown a red card for yelling from Real Madrid’s bench

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Real Madrid followed up a draw in their first match of the season and a 3-2 loss in the first leg of the Supercopa to Barcelona by losing 2-1 to Getafe. In fact, it was such a bad day for Real that Fabio Coentrao was shown a red card without leaving the bench and Jose Mourinho said after the game that the loss was "absolutely deserved.

Manchester United

Speech by Man Utd’s Patrice Evra spurred France to victory, say team-mates

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been praised by his France team-mates for a half-time speech that spurred them on to victory against Belarus. Didier Deschamps' side was trailing 1-0 at the interval, but left-back Evra's intervention at the interval is being credited with a dramatic turnaround that resulted in France winning 4-2.

Video: Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck hogs Tunnelcam

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The Tunnelcam from last night's match between England and Moldova features Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returning to the dressing room from the pitch twice in different states of undress. Possible explanations: - Some sort of evil twin scenario - A revolving door at the other end of the dressing room that confused him - [.

Liverpool’s official Twitter account endorses offensive Munich tweet aimed at Man Utd fans

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Liverpool's official Twitter account made a massive balls-up last night when it appeared to support comments mocking the Munich Air Disaster. The Reds' account had asked Twitter followers to submit a three-song playlist to be heard at Anfield ahead of kick-off for Sunday's clash with United. Supporter Josh Mitchy submitted a distasteful playlist featuring songs [.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez frustrated by Man Utd transfer rumours

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has voiced his annoyance at the constant transfer speculation linking Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with moves to Manchester United. The Spaniard seemed to indicate that rumours Baines had asked the Toffees to sell him to United are wide of the mark. Martinez said: "It is getting a little bit too [.

Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez rejects Valencia move, agent claims

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The agent of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says his client has rejected the chance to join Spanish side Valencia. The Mexican forward found himself on the fringes at Old Trafford last season but has turned down a move to La Liga in a bid to win a regular place in David Moyes' starting line-up, [.

Everton defender Leighton Baines dodges Man Utd talk with Glastonbury trip

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The gossip columns told us that Leighton Baines was destined for a star-studded dressing room this summer. But instead of completing a widely anticipated move to Manchester United, the Everton left-back has instead been hanging out backstage at Glastonbury. Baines posed for photos with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and fellow scouser Miles Kane at [.

Manchester United’s players can expect to do some pre-season vomiting

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David Moyes is set to make his first mark on Manchester United by implementing a gruelling pre-season boot camp. Everton players will testify to Moyes' tough fitness regime, including his infamous 'Horseshoe Runs'. The intensive sprint sessions often leave players retching and barely able to stand by the time they've finished.

Sir Alex Ferguson drops the f-bomb during charades game with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex has proved that a blast of the hairdryer treatment doesn't always stay within the confines of the dressing room (and the eardrums of linesmen at White Hart Lane). Featuring as a guest on a quiz on the MUTV channel, the Manchester United legend was tasked with communicating 'Maradona Hand of God' through the [.

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he installed tanning booths at Manchester United to combat lack of sun

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he has beaten Manchester's infamously grim weather by installing at tanning booth for his players. Fergie opened up to Harvard Business School to share some of the secrets of his management success during his time at Old Trafford. And one of the things he cited was the steps [.

Distin eyes big time

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Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes the club are now ready to once again compete for a Champions League place following a summer of change at Goodison Park.

Manager David Moyes has long been praised for his ability to make shrewd signings for knockdown prices and he appears to have once again repeated the trick in recent months, by bringing Scotland international Steven Naismith to Merseyside and permanently re-signing Steven Pienaar.

Videos

Video: Spurs star Sandro plays guitar for his team-mates

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Spurs midfielder Sandro has treated his team-mates to an impromptu dressing room concert. The guitar-wielding Brazilian gave a performance which was captured by young striker Harry Kane and uploaded to Instagram. You can hear somebody on backing vocals in the background, so we're guessing that must be Paulinho or Heurelho Gomes.

Video: Bayern Munich team bus leaves Javi Martinez behind in Barcelona

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Bayern Munich were so keen to get home and start celebrating their Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona that they left star midfielder Javi Martinez behind at Camp Nou. The former Athletic Bilbao man's reward for another imperious performance against the Catalans was to be left hanging around in Barca's car park waiting to be [.

Video: Ref Mark Clattenburg forgets his cards (Reading 0-0 Liverpool)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.

Football joker Jimmy Bullard plays role of cowboy in music video

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It still hurts us to accept that former Wigan and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has hung up his boots for good.Happily,his comedy capers haven't totally dried up since he retired from the game back in October. In the music video above, Bullard plays the starring role for band Gorgeous George in their new song 'John [.

Southampton’s Jason Puncheon answers a ‘call of nature’ during Everton match

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Southampton's Jason Puncheon left the field for unusual circumstances against Everton tonight... as he had to use the toilet. The Saints were left with 10 men on the field while their winger left the field to use the club's facilities. He was welcomed back rather amusingly by chants of: "Jason Puncheon, he went for a [.

Super Cup: Chelsea 1-4 Atletico Madrid – Falcao On Fire As Blues Flop In Monaco (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

One imagines Roman Abramovich was standing outside the Atletico Madrid dressing room at half-time with his cheque-book open, after he witnessed a magnificent first-half hat-trick from Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao.

'El Tigre' tore Chelsea apart in an outstaning first-half performance, netting three superb goals as the Blues defence fell apart.

Ryan Giggs

Allen Loving Anfield Life

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Joe Allen claims to be 'loving every second' of his time at Liverpool, with the Anfield new boy living the dream after securing a summer switch to the Reds.
Brendan Rodgers raided his former employers Swansea during the summer transfer window for Wales international Allen, with a £15million deal taking him to Merseyside.

Not another grey day

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I owned that grey shirt and I loved it. Looking back now, I'm not entirely sure why, because it's pretty ugly, but I thought I looked the business in it. I can't imagine my parents were too pleased when I refused to wear it a few months after buying it. I wasn't a brat, I swear, but when the team stopped wearing it, I thought I should too.

The Rest

Original prankster. Jimmy Bullard: “I rested my nuts on Papa Bouba Diop’s forehead once”

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After the pretty unsightly mud-slinging between Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann, you would be forgiven for thinking that footballers on Twitter serve up nothing but negativity and hammed-up controversy. Well, here we have the perfect antidote to that increasingly prevalent disease. Step forward (if you still can!

QPR to hold dressing room meeting over Chelsea handshake snub

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QPR's players will today hold a meeting to plan vital tactics ahead of their clash with Chelsea: will they shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole or not? Terry stood trial earlier this year accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, while Ashley Cole spoke out in his defence. Ferdinand will not shake hands with [.

Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez sneaks into Athletic Bilbao’s training ground at 2am to get his stuff

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Spain international Javi Martinez has decided he's probably not welcome at former club Athletic Bilbao since forcing through a summer move to Bayern Munich. The German giants triggered Martinez's €4o million buyout clause and the midfielder was off. Without even stopping to collect his belongings, as it turns out.

El Shaarawy reveals that being Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammate similar to caring for a Mogwai

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Now that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Milan to score all of PSG's goals, Stephan El Shaarawy has spoken about the delicate care he requires from his teammates. Much like a Mogwai that can't be fed after midnight or get wet, a Zlatan requires certains things in order to keep him from turning into a gremlin.

AVB rues sloppy performance

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Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas was honest about the side's performance as we conceded another late goal for a second successive 1-1 home draw. After a busy week of transfer activity, new signing Moussa Dembele grabbed the lead on 68 minutes before a Robert Snodgrass effort ensured that the points were shared.

View From The Press Box: Revs v Chivas USA

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The New England Revolution met former captain Shalrie Joseph and Chivas USA in an entertaining 3-3 draw at an empty Gillette Stadium tonight.

New England came out on fire scoring three goals in the opening 20 minutes through Sene (2) and a McKenzie own goal. After struggling to score all season, suddenly the Revs had scored 6 goals in the last 1 1/2 games, and they seemed destined to go on and win this match.

Upside: Exact opposite

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Their Words "It was the exact opposite I asked for in the dressing room. If you don't close people down, you're going to get punished." Toronto coach Paul Mariner. Other Sources Looking ahead to U.S. World Cup qualifying - from Soccernet's Jeff Carlisle: The Americans knew to a man that they had ridden the defend-and-counter playbook to perfection.