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One-Ninths of a flag... and counting

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Perhaps you saw this report linking Stoke handyman Geoff Cameron with interest from nine clubs in England and Germany. I have just started my dig on this, but can already confirm that Eintracht Frankfurt are definitely not in the market for him. It looks a pretty safe bet to add Schalke to the Offside Flag list, but let's just hold off until we can ripple it with complete certainty.

Bes Buy - Fast & Furious-er-ish

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By now, you probably saw or heard about this... 2 player announcements today #gameday #multitasking — Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) July 16, 2014 Do not get jumpy yet, however, because I am told neither of these is about Matt Besler (and if everyone I have talked to is on point, neither is about Graham Zusi).

Bes Buy?

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You have all been so patient and I appreciate it. To thank you, here is a decently comprehensive but also slightly "blurred out" photograph of the Matt Besler scene at this moment.In all, there are 10 European clubs at various levels of monitoring/interest/offer talks for the Sporting KC defender. Only one of those clubs currently hanging around is in the Bundesliga, and probably will not pony up

Theres Something About Matt

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Sorry, Freiburg fans, but the flag goes up for the second time in a month. As much as Kicker may think it is so, I have again been assured by those who would know that the Bundesliga club is not chasing Matt Besler. In fact, these folks are pretty confused, as Freiburg are not even looking for a center back.

Major League Soccer

While we're at it...

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Let's tidy up a few cases... SoccerByIves is also correct: I can confirm that the LA Galaxy have opened loan-with-buy option discussions over Sacha Kljestan. However, I am told these talks are currently in the infancy stage. Again, do not get over-heated just yet, but I have learned that Sporting CP (clearly still regrouping from the failure to lure Terrence Boyd) have made some introductory

Bes Buy - Part Deux

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I am not sure if this station website archives The Border Patrol show for later listening and did not hear it myself, but Matt Besler was on this morning. Apparently, he confirmed the Fulham offer and Sunderland interest we discussed yesterday.I expect to have more on this situation later on.- Greg Seltzer

English Premier League

Manchester City duo highlight the ironic contradictions of home-grown favouritism

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When news broke in May that James Milner had informed Manchester City he wanted to leave the club, and that not only were the Citizens desperate to keep him, but Arsenal and Liverpool were both in the hunt to sign the midfielder, it all seemed a little surreal.

Five players Chelsea could spend the £28m Romelu Lukaku money on

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Romelu Lukaku's Chelsea nightmare is finally over after completing a£28 million move to Everton, who he scored 15 goals for last season. Reaction from Chelsea fans is mixed: some mourning that head coach Jose Mourinho decided to sell one of the most promising young forwards in the game, some delighted at getting rid of a player with a perceived attitude.

Generation Next: Liverpool gems Ibe and Rossiter continue to rise through ranks in pre-season

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Generation Next is a feature on Just Football keeping tabs on the best up-and-coming young players in the world. After we spotted them a year ago how are Jordon Ibe & Jordan Rossiter getting on at Liverpool?

Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham

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Southampton exodus continues with Schneiderlin and Rodriguez set to join Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are close to joining former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur and join the Southampton exodus that has seen last season's team stripped down almost completely.

The Erik Lamela Experiment – Will 2014/15 see the birth of a new Bale at Spurs?

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The Erik Lamela Experiment Will 2014/15 see the birth of a new Bale at Spurs? is a post from: Just Football

For all the influence that Marcelo Bielsa has undoubtedly had on modern tactics, one of the many curiosities about the man is that he's never had the chance to manage a truly elite player at the peak of his powers at club level.

Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow’s ‘master race’ of Premier League managers?

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Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow's ‘master race' of Premier League managers? is a post from: Just Football

In the heady summer of 2011, one city ruled the Premier League. For once it wasn't Manchester, Liverpool, London or Norwich. It wasn't even an English city. It was Glasgow, with seven former residents of the Dear Green Place in charge of Premier League clubs.

Wayne Rooney impresses for Manchester United in RvP’s absence

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Wayne Rooney impresses for Manchester United in RvP's absence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney laid down a marker to new manager Louis Van Gaal on Sunday by scoring a brace and assisting the third goal as Manchester United beat AS Roma 3-2 in their pre-season friendly match in Denver.

Transfer Talk: Who else should Arsenal sign this summer?

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Transfer Talk: Who else should Arsenal sign this summer? is a post from: Just Football

by Carl Innes

Following the blockbuster signing of Alexis Sanchez, delighted supporters in North London have their eye on Arsenal transfer news as Arsene Wenger tries to complete more summer deals to get his side in contention for the Premier League title.

Herrera magic, 5-3-2 and Reece James – Four things we learned from LA Galaxy 0-7 Manchester United

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Herrera magic, 5-3-2 and Reece James Four things we learned from LA Galaxy 0-7 Manchester United is a post from: Just Football

The Louis Van Gaal era at Manchester United got off to a flying start in the Dutchman's first pre-season game with a hugely impressive 7-0 win over LA Galaxy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium in LA.

Arsenal Name 20-Man Squad For Friendly Against New York Red Bulls

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Arsenal Football Club has announced its squad for this Saturday's friendly against New York Red Bulls in the 2014 New York Cup.

Arsenal footballers, manager Arsene Wenger and staff departed England earlier today on their way to New York City. Meanwhile, Arsenal supporters from across North American and England will be making their way to Harrison, New Jersey for Saturday's match, which kicks off at 5pm ET (and will be shown live on ESPN2).

Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star’s final roll of the dice in ‘favorite position’

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Former Chelsea, Liverpool & England star's final roll of the dice in 'favorite position' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joe Cole has recentlycompleted an unexpected free transfer to struggling Premier League side, Aston Villa, and has stated that one of the key factorsbehind his decision was the chance to play in his favorite position: an attacking role in the center of midfield, just behind the strike-force.

Remy, Markovic, Can…Why it’s an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan

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by Simon Denavi

Liverpool lived and died by the sword last season, with a simple philosophy to score more goals than they conceded. In the wake of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Brendan Rogers is having a second crack at this age-old football mantra.

Why Wayne Rooney Should Not Be Named England Captain

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With the announcement of Steven Gerrard's international retirement, after 38 games as captain and 114 appearances, attention was quickly turned to one question. Who will wear the captain's armband next for the Three Lions?

Frankly, England isn't littered with options. Perhaps that is part of the reason the English performed so poorly in Brazil.

Steven Gerrard retires from international football – who do England turn to next?

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Steven Gerrard retires from international football who do England turn to next? is a post from: Just Football

After a dazzling 14 years and 114 caps at international level, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement. As we pointed out in England's World Cup Post-Mortem an ongoing series on Just Football looking at World Cup flops given his age Gerrard's international career was always likely to die out after a disappointing tournament in Brazil.

Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

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England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has today officially announced he will retire from international soccer.

Gerrard, 34, has taken his time to contemplate his future after the World Cup tournament, and has decided to call it a day on his international career.

He announced:

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won't pull on the England shirt again.

6 reasons why Louis Van Gaal is the right man to restore Manchester United’s pride

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The Louis Van Gaal era at Manchester United has begun as the Dutch manager took his first press conference at the club before heading off on United's pre-season tour of the United States.

Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m – Is he worth it?

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Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m Is he worth it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.

A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected?

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A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.

Time for Wenger to get tough with smoking Arsenal star Wilshere!!

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I know that the Arsenal players need to have a break in the summer to relax and recover from the stresses and strains that their minds and bodies are put under during a gruelling season. And those Arsenal stars that have been at the World Cup finals in Brazil will have a shorter break than [...]

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Steven Gerrard: England’s loss is Liverpool’s gain

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Steven Gerrard: England's loss is Liverpool's gain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England captain and Liverpool player Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after representing his country for 14 years. The 34-year-old Gerrard won 114 caps and scored 21 goals during his time at the national team.

114 Caps And Out As Steven Gerrard Announces Retirement From International Football

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By Chris Wright

After picking up his 114th and final cap against Costa Rica at the World Cup, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

Gerrard told theFA website:"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won't pull on the England shirt again.

World Cup

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – England

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The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 England is a post from: Just Football

The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

Crests For 32 World Cup Teams Ranked From Best to Worst

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Germany may have triumphed on the pitch, but today we're concerned with crowning the champion of a more esoteric field. Which World Cup country wore the best crest? The criteria for ranking each nation's badge of honor is the quality of graphic design, uniqueness, suitability for sport, its rendering on the shirt, and how well it conveys an aspect of national identity.

World Cup Fallout: England drop to 20th in FIFA World Rankings

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World Cup Fallout: England drop to 20th in FIFA World Rankings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Due to their disastrous World Cup campaign this summer, England have plummeted down the FIFA world rankings, now comingin at 20th, their lowest position in the table for 18 years.

Thanks to defeats to both Italy and Uruguay, England find themselves at the foot of the new-look top 20, with the likes of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, USA, Greece and Costa Rica now above the Three Lions.

Why Gary Neville Is Correct That England Should Not Copy Germany’s Model

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over. A sad state of affairs for England, yes, but now that we're officially in post-tournament mode there is still loads to talk about. Most of it will center around how one country got things right while the other 31 still have much work to do, or how the competition is going to impact the sport in years to come.

How The FIFA World Cup 2014 Was Fixed

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With our partners, we have produced a document indicationg the various ways in which the FIFA World Cup failed to be a tournament of integrity both in the particular and in the holistic.

We share the 16 section titles of this document with you.
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Matchfixing and Corruption linked to Roy Hodgson and England

The Role of English Media in Corruptions orchestrated within the England set up

Matchfixing linked to British Agents and English Bookmakers

An Assessment of German Strategies in comparison with England

Matchfixing orchestrated by the FIFA Family

Cabals of FIFA Referees working to achieve agreed outcomes via specific networks of Corruption

Insider Gambling by certain Referees

Issues with the selection of Referees being in the hands of Massimo Busacca

Exposing the Five Teams that utilised Performance Enhancing Substances

20% of FIFA World Cup Matches were Fixed - We reveal the full list

The Role of Offshore Dark Pool Markets in Matchfixing

A Thorough Analysis of Betting Patterns on all 64 matches

Areas of Impact of the South East Asian Markets and comparisons of control exerted by other Dark Pool Markets

A Listing of 30 Players involved in Matchfixing

A Bayesian Analysis on the Impact of the World Cup on Sabermetrics and the Transfer Markets

Configurative Analyses of Fitness, Tiredness and Travel and the Impact on World Cup as a Spectacle
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We are auctioning off one copy of this extensive consultancy documentto industry professionals.

England National Team

USA And England Fall In FIFA World Rankings While Germany Climbs to the Top

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FIFA has released its latest World Rankings, which ranks the strongest teams in the world based on the average number of points they gain in a match as well as a combination of other factors.

Germany climbs into first place for the first time in two decades, followed by World Cup runners-up Argentina.

England to Play in Scotland For First Time In 15 Years

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England has scheduled a friendly against Scotland to be played in Celtic Park on November 18. It's the first time England will play Scotland north of the border in 15 years.

The last time these teams met in Scotland, Paul Scholes scored two goals at Hampden Park to defeat the Scots in a Euro 2000 qualifier play-off first leg.

The Rest

Italian Football Federation Vice-Chief Carlo Tavecchio Caught In Race Row

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The leading candidate for Italian Football Federation president, Carlo Tavecchio, has drawn himself into a racism row following statements made this past Friday at the summer assembly of Italy's amateur leagues.

The 71-year-old gave his thoughts on the influx of foreign players into Italy, something that has been a flashpoint topic in the country since the national team was eliminated from this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Evening Ticker: Gerrard retires from International game; Shakhtar warns AWOL players; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a disappointing tournament performance, England will emerge post-2014 World Cup facing the international retirement of their captain.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement Monday, ending a 14-year career with the Three Lions.

League One Preview: Part 1

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So who has either been to a League One game, or even heard of the division? Anyone? No? Ok then... League One is England's third division, below the Premier League and Championship, and above League Two. It sends three teams up to the Championship and four teams down to League Two each year.

England Drop To 20th In FIFA Rankings, Three Lions’ Lowest Position Since 1996

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By Alan Duffy

FIFA's rankings aren't always the most accurate, with their complex formula of coefficients and points meaning that it occasionally throws up an anomaly or two.

However, following England's dismal show at the 2014 World Cup, the Three Lions' fall from 10th to 20th is within the realms of believability.

Grilling England's Beans

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Being that I exist in torrid forever love affair with food and am a complete Masterchef nerd, many of my impromptu folksy remarks and metaphors in conversation revolve around yummies. One of my go-to's is a verbal concoction where I explain pissing someone(s) off as if you prepared otherwise fine food for them with an entirely improper cooking method.

The Shit Squad

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We asked our Asian broker, a UEFA administrator, our future publishers and a former Norwegian international to choose the worst players, referee and manager at the World Cup in Brazil.

The selections were made based on matchfixing, motivational deficiencies and lack of professionalism.