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Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty issue

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of a Video Assistant Referee system in English football is a welcome move after the technology was used in his side’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Wenger’s side faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the second match in England to have access to the VAR technology.

Wenger welcomes VAR despite penalty issue

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of a Video Assistant Referee system in English football is a welcome move after the technology was used in his side’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Wenger’s side faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the second match in England to have access to the VAR technology.

Hodgson praises VAR system after English football debut

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal.

Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on Monday but, with suggestions of handball, there was confusion among players, fans at the ground and TV viewers over whether VAR had had any influence on the decision.

Hodgson praises VAR system after English football debut

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal.

Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on Monday but, with suggestions of handball, there was confusion among players, fans at the ground and TV viewers over whether VAR had had any influence on the decision.

Brighton beat Crystal Palace on VAR debut

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Substitute Glenn Murray grabbed Brighton and Hove Albion a 2-1 FA Cup third-round victory over rivals Crystal Palace on Monday as video technology made its bow in England.

It was the first time the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had been used in English football for a one-off trial, but was never needed to overturn any decision by referee Andre Marriner at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton beat Crystal Palace on VAR debut

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Substitute Glenn Murray grabbed Brighton and Hove Albion a 2-1 FA Cup third-round victory over rivals Crystal Palace on Monday as video technology made its bow in England.

It was the first time the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had been used in English football for a one-off trial, but was never needed to overturn any decision by referee Andre Marriner at the Amex Stadium.

City players unfazed by fixture pile-up

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s players do not appear to share manager Pep Guardiola’s concern about a congested fixture list as they prepare to host Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Guardiola is worried that City have more matches than they can cope with as they compete for success in four competitions.

Manchester City join Arsenal in League Cup semis after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – A much-changed Manchester City held off a spirited challenge from Leicester on Tuesday to reach the League Cup semi-finals following a dramatic penalty shootout, as Arsenal also progressed.

Pep Guardiola showcased the riches at his disposal by making nine changes as his runaway Premier League leaders held their nerve to edge through 4-3 on spot-kicks after the two sides were locked at 1-1 following extra time.

Allardyce and Pardew set for Premier League returns – reports

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew could both return to the Premier League as managers of Everton and West Bromwich Albion respectively as soon as Wednesday, according to British media reports.

With both clubs just two points above the bottom three, the experienced English duo’s history of keeping clubs in the Premier League has led to them being linked with two sides desperately battling to beat the drop.

Allardyce and Pardew set for Premier League returns – reports

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London (AFP) – Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew could both return to the Premier League as managers of Everton and West Bromwich Albion respectively as soon as Wednesday, according to British media reports.

With both clubs just two points above the bottom three, the experienced English duo’s history of keeping clubs in the Premier League has led to them being linked with two sides desperately battling to beat the drop.

Moyes off the mark as West Ham draw with Leicester

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London (AFP) – David Moyes saw West Ham secure a first point of his reign as the Premier League strugglers’ manager in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City on Friday.

The hosts fell behind early on at the London Stadium to a goal from Marc Albrighton before Cheikhou Kouyate equalised on the stroke of half time.

Moyes off the mark as West Ham draw with Leicester

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London (AFP) – David Moyes saw West Ham secure a first point of his reign as the Premier League strugglers’ manager in a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City on Friday.

The hosts fell behind early on at the London Stadium to a goal from Marc Albrighton before Cheikhou Kouyate equalised on the stroke of half time.

English FA’s lofty ambitions at risk: sports minister

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London (AFP) – British Sports Minister Tracey Crouch warned English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA) their desire to bid for top events could be curtailed if they don’t “get themselves in order”.

Crouch, a qualified FA coach, told the Daily Telegraph FA chairman Greg Clarke was “wrong” to believe the government lacked the powers to run the rule over the FA as the imminent implementation of the Government’s Code for Sports Governance will give her the powers to do just that.

Premier League clubs in record £1.4 bn transfer window

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London (AFP) – English Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion, 1.5 billion euros) on players in a summer transfer window but were still living “well within their means” according to figures published by football analysts Deloitte on Friday.

The window, which closed in England on Thursday, also saw teams from English football’s top tier set a new deadline day spending record of £210 million.

FA under pressure over allegations against head coach

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London (AFP) – English football’s ruling body the Football Association on Tuesday came under increasing pressure to hold another enquiry over allegations made by women’s football star Eniola Aluko against England head coach Mark Sampson.

The FA through an independent enquiry cleared Sampson, who recently guided England to the Euro 2017 semi-finals which included a famous win over bitter rivals Germany, of racial discrimination, bullying and harassment of Aluko last year.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

Thousands mourn as body of Tiote brought home

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Abidjan (AFP) – Around a thousand fans and some twenty international teammates were present at Abidjan airport on Thursday to pay their respects as the body of football star Cheick Tiote, who died in China earlier this month aged 30, was brought home.

A key member of the Ivory Coast team which ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, his manager from that time Herve Renard had made the trip as had teammates Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita and Wilfried Bony.

Ex-Russia boss Leonid Slutsky named Hull City coach

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London (AFP) – Relegated Hull appointed Leonid Slutsky as their new coach on Friday, the ex-CSKA Moscow boss becoming the first Russian to hold a managerial position in English football.

The 46-year-old, who also was in charge of Russia at Euro 2016 whilst still at CSKA, replaces Marco Silva, who left after City were relegated from the Premier League last season and has since joined Watford.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield at Wembley

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

‘Fed up’ Harry Redknapp takes Birmingham job

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London (AFP) – Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp said he had returned to football as the new boss of Championship strugglers Birmingham City on Tuesday because he was “fed up” with his time away from the sport.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur boss has replaced Gianfranco Zola, whose dismal four months in charge of second-tier Birmingham ended on Monday with the Italian declaring “I sacked myself”.

Arsene Wenger

Slaying the Giant-Killers

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FOREST'S WIN OVER ARSENAL AND OTHER 3RD ROUND MIASMAS
Another Third Round Saturday and another unappetising serving of false shocks and watered-down lineups.

Where are the soccer gods when you need them to save the game's oldest competition and revive its famous magic?
Arsene Wenger dominated the headlines again with another hapless setback but within a day the fuss over Arsenal's humiliating 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest had died down, such is the diminution of the Cup and the Gunners' chronic failure syndrome under the Frenchman.

Huge transfer raid on Barcelona to make Arsenal great again?

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A large number of Arsenal fans are of the belief that the Gunners will never get the glory days back while Arsene Wenger is still the manager, while many others feel that the Frenchman could propel Arsenal back to the top of English football if he was willing and able to match the really big [...]

The Rise and Fall of Arsene Wenger – It’s time for Arsenal fans to act

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A breakdown of Arsene's downfall and what happens next? by Konstantin Mitov Hello Arsenal people! Talking about tactics with Arsene in charge is a waste of time so instead I'd like to review what led to this situation? When Wenger arrived in English football 15 years ago he introduced new training methods and discipline at [.

Does cup final ref prove FA hate Arsenal and Wenger?

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It could be either Arsene Wenger or Arsenal Football Club in general that some wise head from the English football authorities is not too keen on, to be honest, or maybe even the fact that they just love Chelsea or Antonio Conte. I am certainly not going to suggest that the multi billionaire Roman Abramovic [.

English Premier League

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The Premier League scheduling on a Sunday can often make or break a weekend of football watching. This Sunday, there’s nothing else to do other than settle down and enjoy what promises to be a brilliant double header.

The top two in English football’s top flight will take on the teams currently occupying fifth and fourth, respectively.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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The Premier League scheduling on a Sunday can often make or break a weekend of football watching. This Sunday, there’s nothing else to do other than settle down and enjoy what promises to be a brilliant double header.

The top two in English football’s top flight will take on the teams currently occupying fifth and fourth, respectively.

Mourinho Defends Tactics As United Draw At Anfield

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Jose Mourinho defended Manchester United's lack of ambition as he once again threw a blanket over the biggest game in English football.

United's unbeaten start to the season continued after they ground out a 0-0 draw at Liverpool but they needed a stunning save from David De Gea to deny Joel Matip to escape with a seventh clean sheet in eight Premier League matches.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 8

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Second-place Manchester United visit Liverpool in a match between the two most successful clubs in the history of English football, this Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo, kicking off NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week. Manchester United, who are coming off a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, are level on points with first-place Manchester City, and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season (six wins, one draw).

Big Sam: Criticism of Everton star unfair; Tottenham duo beware, fans too harsh

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Sam Allardyce believes English football suffers from an “epidemic” of people wanting our top players to fail.

Wayne Rooney has come in for criticism after Everton’s poor start to the season, while Tottenham star Dele Alli has also received plenty of stick for his recent performances.

The former England boss thinks too many fans are quick to pile pressure on players when they don’t reach their usual high levels.

Benitez Admits He Disappeared For A Year – Praises Everything Newcastle

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For Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle not only meant he would visit very small grounds with facilities he hadn't confronted since his early days as a manager, but he would literally disappear from view on thew world scene because everything in English football is about the Premier League everything.

The Rest

England international heaps praise on Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is arguably the brightest young thing in English football right now. The 19-year-old has made an excellent start to the 2017-18 campaign, scoring five goals in 10 appearances across all competitions, predominantly from out of... Continue Reading →