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POLL: Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City or United – Who do you think will win the Premier League 2014/15?

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You've seen all the teams once, now it's time to have your say. After an interesting, if perhaps predictable, opening day (besides Manchester United, bless 'em) which of the top teams have impressed you most and who do you think will win the Premier League?

Sigurðsson, Fàbregas, Cabella: Names of the Premier League, week 1

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The Premier League has returned and with it so has theNames of thePremier League- a weekly column where we offer you the best performers of the first week.

Gylfi Sigurðsson, Swansea City

Returning to the Welsh side after a two-year stint with Tottenham, Sigurðsson celebrated his homecoming in a grand fashion – spoiling the much-anticipated debut of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Generation Next: Harry Kane – Spurs’ young English striker with curiously little hype

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Generation Nextis a feature onJust Footballkeeping tabs on the best up-and-coming young players in the world. After breaking into the Spurs first-team last season, we assess Harry Kane's chances of becoming a household name over the coming year.

Where Your Favourite Club Should Be In The English Football Pyramid

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If you were to consider the history of your club in the post-World War II years until the end of last season, which league would your favorite team be placed in? If you're a supporter of Manchester United, Everton or Arsenal, for example, the answer is easy — the Premier League. But for supporters of other teams, the answers may surprise you.

Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United – Game in Ten Tweets

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After a long, torturous month of pretending to care about preseason football, the Premier League is back. And in a big way. Spoiling the debut of Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal, Swansea City won 2-1 – handing United their first home opener loss since 1972.

3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis’s Manchester United

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The Premier League has returned and so hasThree to See– the preview column by Just Football looking at the most intriguing fixtures. This week, the pick of the Premier League, a big clash in the MLS and one of the biggest derbies in Russian football:

Manchester United vs Swansea City (Premier League)

Saturday 16th August – Kickoff 12:45 BST, BT Sport 1

As ever the return of the Premier League is hugely anticipated, the weeks of waiting and preparation are over, this is it.

Manchester City 2014/15: Four reasons City won’t retain the title (and one reason they will)

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by Neil Quinn

Manchester City

Major Honours: 4 league titles, 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups.

Big season for: James Milner.

Chelsea 2014/15: Mourinho at a crossroads after two years of turbulence

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Chelsea

Big Season For: Eden Hazard the kid is good enough to be a Ballon D'Or contender but hasn't quite shown it consistently enough at Chelsea yet, and disappointed in Brazil.

Liverpool 2014/15: What does the Post-Suárez era holds for the Reds?

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A week ofPremier League 2014/15 season previewscontinues now onJust Footballwith our preview ofLiverpool, by Andrew Schofield:

Liverpool

Major Honours: 18 League Titles, 8 League Cups, 7 FA Cups, 5 European Cups

Big Season For: Martin krtel.

Arsenal 2014/15: Can the Gunners cash in on their newfound optimism and be champions?

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Arsenal

Major Honours: 13 League Titles, 11 FA Cups, 2 League Cups

Big season for: Jack Wilshere. With the Arsenal midfield becoming more and more crowded with each passing transfer window, Wilshere needs to assert his place on the squad with a strong performance this year.

Manchester United 2014/15 preview: Louis Van Gaal is not the messiah, but he’s not you-know-who either

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A week of Premier League 2014/15 season previews continues now on Just Football with our preview of Manchester United, by Jonathan Fadugba:

Manchester United

Major Honours: 20 English league titles, 3 European Cups, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Club World Cup.

Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

Southampton 2014/15 season preview: Gotta have faith as Saints seek stability

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by Connor Armstrong

Southampton

Major Honours:1 FA Cup(1976)

Big Season For: Gastón Ramírez.

Gunners Looking To Go All The Way This Term

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After a somewhat disappointing domestic campaign last term, one which can only be described as ‘typical Arsenal', Arsene Wenger has been hard at work preparing for August and the start of the new Premier League season as the gunners go in search of lifting the trophy they last captured in 2004.

Arsene will be desperate to win English football's biggest prize – well, he and the 100 million fans across the globe- and the Frenchman has been busy over the summer; not only has he been on the beach in Rio as part of a French TV's World Cup coverage, but he's kept his eyes closely on the tournament, bringing in the likes of Chile's star man Alexis Sanchez, compatriot Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and English prospect Calum Chambers.

Everton 2014/15: Why the Toffees must turn optimism into a challenge for honours this season

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by Gary Maiden

Everton

Major Honours:9 league titles, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 5 FA Cups.

Big Season For:Romelu Lukaku.

Premier League 2014/15: Besic, Fabregas, Tadic – 10 best transfers of the summer so far

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One of the best things about the opening day of the new season is it's the first opportunity for us fans to see our new signings. Due to the new TV money coming into the Premier League all 20 clubs have a considerable amount of money to spend and the fewest number of new signings that any club has made is three (Crystal Palace, Manchester United, QPR, and Tottenham Hotspur).

Tottenham Hotspur 2014/15: Does style matter more than substance in Pochettino’s first season?

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Tottenham Hotspur

Major Honours: 2 league titles, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 8 FA Cups, 4 League Cups.

Big Season For: Erik Lamela.

Premier League 2014/15: Ramsey? Rooney? Sturridge? Who will take up Suarez’s mantle as the league’s best player?

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A week of Premier League 2014/15 season previews continues now on Just Football with the question: Who are the Premier League's big stars now Luis Suarez has left for sunny Spain?

Premier League 2014/15: Will newcomers Leicester, Burnley & QPR avoid the relegation trapdoor?

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As pre-season mercifully winds to a close, much of the chatter ahead of the upcoming Premier League season has centred around the title race – and rightfully so considering it will be one of the most competitive in years.

Premier League 2014/15: Five players with something to prove this season

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The trolley-dash nature of the transfer window can often obscure the wealth of talent already available at Premier League clubs, with even players purchased just 12 months before tarnished as old news in comparison to the shiny, new youngster currently starring in gossip columns.

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester City – Game in 10 Tweets

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Arsenal breezed to the 13th Community Shield in their history with a comfortable 3-0 win over Manchester City in the opening game of the 2014/15 season. In a game the Gunners dominated almost from start to finish, goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, coupled with a lacklustre display from Manuel Pellegrini's men, made this almost a walk in the park for Arsenal.

Southampton To Sign Celtic Goalkeeper For £10 Million

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Southampton To Sign Celtic Goalkeeper For £10 Million - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a summer full of high-profile departures, there is some good news at last for Southampton Football Club. Almost every one of last season's superstars including Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren have left the Saints.

Squad Analysis: Liverpool’s summer transfer window reviewed

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It's been a busy summer at Anfield and the steady stream of transfer business shows no signs of letting up, with Liverpool aiming to build upon last season's unexpected Premier League title challenge.

Tottenham: 5 Questions To Answer Before The Start Of The Season

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Following the almost non-stop turmoil of last season, Tottenham's 2014/15 pre-season has been notable for its lack of headlines. Aside from a well publicized attempt to snatch Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, Spurs have just made a couple of low profile acquisitions in Swansea's Ben Davies and Michael Vorm and future prospect Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon.

Alexis Sanchez and Tactical Cohesion – Why Arsenal’s Chilean star will offer more than just goals

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The day was February 8th 2014, but with Arsenal and Liverpool both sitting in the top four of the Premier League and eyeing up a title challenge, nobody would have blamed you for thinking it might be 1989.

CONFIRMED: Spurs Sign Promising Youngster Eric Dier

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed on their website the capture of highly rated defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. The Englishman joins the London club on a five-year deal for a fee of£4 million, after completing his medical today.

Americans Abroad

The Dutch side of the force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be... (dramatic pause) ... unnatural.

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I have a morsel of a possible goodie for you. Not sure where this murmur originated, but I can confirm that sudden Ameri-philes FC Utrecht have made contact over apparent Stoke City outcast Brek Shea. Do not get ahead of the game, though, because I cannot yet say which type of transfer these discussions cover, nor am I sure how hot the flirtation is.

The Emerson Show

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In case you were unable to catch the impressive Saturday debut of Fulham midfield whippersnapper Emerson Hyndman, BigSoccer regular Chance was deluxe enough to put together an every-touch video clip of the performance - (complete, for some outstanding reason, with music that makes you want to shut out the whole world and hold that special person close.

Well now!

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Surprise, surprise? Emerson Hyndman starts in midfield for Fulham in their season opener. If you are in beIN Sports subscriber, you can watch it through their Connect online streaming service. Kickoff is in about 10 minutes. Fulham team to face Ipswich Town #ffc #coyw pic.twitter.com/O15DY8qLAN — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 9, 2014 - Greg Seltzer

The Recovery Ward

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Do not be stunned or overly dismayed if news of American accomplishments in club ball overseas is slow to flow this season. As you can see, at the moment, various injuries (and the resulting recovery periods) have us one keeper away from a rather workable European-based USMNT program line-up with scary attack subs.

England National Team

Friday Ticker: Everton lose Barkley for 6-8 weeks; ter Stegen out with back injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Everton's season has been rocked one day before it kicks off.

According to multiple reports in England, talented Everton midfielder Ross Barkley suffered a knee injury in training on Friday, one that could keep him out for anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Top 4 Tactical Innovations in Soccer

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Following the impressive performances – most notably the 5-1 victory over the defending champions Spain – of Louis van Gaal's Dutch side in the World Cup, a new formation seems to be in vogue...the 3-5-2. In reality, many sides have utilized a back four in the last decade with Marcelo Bielsa's Chile, Roberto Martinez's Everton and Wigan, Walter Mazzarri's Inter, Edy Reja's Lazio, Gian Piero Gasperini's Genoa, Roberto Donadoni's Livorno, Antonio Conte's Juventus and Steve Bruce's Hull City all coming into mind.

Transfers

Yedlin talks Spurs move

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Lemme tell ya, this was a very curious situation all the way around. I may get into that later, and the same goes for the curiosity that is the actual structure of this transfer. For now, though, the stage goes to DeAndre Yedlin, who is now scheduled to become a Spurs player next summer. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player- Greg Seltzer

This guy is 100% correct.

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I have not been able to confirm much about Tottenham yet, but I can confirm this tweet about Roma still being in the hunt for DeAndre Yedlin is accurate. They have not thrown in the towel. Just spoke to a #roma official who says club is still dealing @yedlinny he's not tottenham's yet. #MLS — Julian Cardillo (@JulianCardillo) August 9, 2014 - Greg Seltzer

♪ Do you know the way to DeAndre? ♫

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A few days ago, I was informed that the Roma move for DeAndre Yedlin had snagged. It seems Seattle/MLS had raised the fee suddenly. Naturally, I have been trying to learn more since. Reports broke yesterday that Spurs were in hijack position, but I have not been able to pin down a confirmation. And then, the Seattle Sounders ace was not in training today.

English Championship

3 to See: Marseille, Rangers and Norwich top the bill as the new season begins!

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The new European season is back in most countries this weekend and so is Three to See the preview column by Just Football looking at the juicy fixtures. This week, the pick of Ligue 1, a big Scottish clash in a smaller Scottish league and the return of the Championship:

Bastia v Marseille (Ligue 1)

Saturday 9th August 2014 Kickoff 20:00 BST, ESPN

While it is difficult to see past PSG dominating the French top flight once again this season, there are many intriguing sub-plots to keep track of as Ligue 1 gets underway this weekend, including the return to management of Marcelo Bielsa.

Life in the Duchâtelet network brings both optimism and fear for Charlton Athletic

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By Sam Cooke

In early 2014, Belgian businessman Roland Duchâtelet acquired Charlton Athletic for a fee believed to be in the region of £14 million.

The Rest

Welcome Home As another summer winds to a close, club football...

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Welcome Home

As another summer winds to a close, club football returns to English cities and towns. And while much of what makes that significant happens on the pitch, the signs of the beautiful game's return can be seen even more poignantly in the elements that surround the match.

Ted Lasso to the Foxes?

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- Greg Seltzer

Scotland Ramps Up Scouting Program to Recruit Young England Footballers

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Scotland has taken a novel approach to find some of the best young talent south of the border in England by hosting a training camp not in Glasgow or Edinburgh, but deep in the heart of England to scout almost 70 youth players who would be eligible to play for Scotland.

The training camp was set up in the Midlands and attracted talent from a host of Premier League academies as well as Spanish-born Jack Harper of Real Madrid.