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FA council member slammed over ‘ethnic minority’ comments

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London (AFP) – Anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out will complain to the Football Association after one of its council members made controversial comments about the involvement of “ethnic minorities” in reform of the English game’s governing body.

The FA already found itself under fire this week after the House of Commons passed a “no confidence” motion in the organisation’s ability to reform itself, with criticism its board is failing to reflect and represent the diversity of the game.

FA council member slammed over ‘ethnic minority’ comments

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London (AFP) – Anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out will complain to the Football Association after one of its council members made controversial comments about the involvement of “ethnic minorities” in reform of the English game’s governing body.

The FA already found itself under fire this week after the House of Commons passed a “no confidence” motion in the organisation’s ability to reform itself, with criticism its board is failing to reflect and represent the diversity of the game.

English Premier League

Arsene Wenger Says Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez are Alike

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Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is like Luis Suarez and "made for the English game".

Wenger takes his Arsenal side to Liverpool on Sunday with Sanchez in his team, rather than among the opposition.

The Frenchman's pursuit of the Chile forward began at the end of May and he snared his target, signing him from Barcelona, despite Liverpool being linked with Sanchez as a replacement for the Nou Camp-bound Suarez.

Arsene Wenger Says Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez are Alike

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Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is like Luis Suarez and "made for the English game".

Wenger takes his Arsenal side to Liverpool on Sunday with Sanchez in his team, rather than among the opposition.

The Frenchman's pursuit of the Chile forward began at the end of May and he snared his target, signing him from Barcelona, despite Liverpool being linked with Sanchez as a replacement for the Nou Camp-bound Suarez.

RODGERS NEEDS TIME TO BE A SUCCESS AT LIVERPOOL

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With the Premier League now firmly underway we are starting to see glimmers of what we might expect for the new season.

We should know by now that any early judgements we make are likely to be rubbished by Christmas, but there are signs of alarm for certain clubs.

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: The Championship

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With less than 48 hours to go, Rob Freeman interrupts the Premier League Previews to bring the first of three previews of the football league. In a break from tradition, the previews are mainly predictionless, considering that most clubs won't finalise their squads until the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Chelsea ace: Signing can create history

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Frank Lampard believes that Chelsea's summer signing Eden Hazard can go down as one of the top players in the history of the club when all is said and done in the young Belgian's career.

Lampard, 34, has only trained for a few days with the 21-year old Hazard but has seen enough glimpses of brilliance to feel that the starlet has very bright prospects ahead.

Art on the streets: the beauty of futsal

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By Caleb Cousens

"Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." – Frederic Chopin

Throughout the history of this beautiful game we have seen the rise and fall of many magnificent and effective playing styles.

New Direction for Supporters Direct?

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It is clear that there is a conflict of interests running throughout English football. A conflict that lies between the different ways in which fans and owners see 'their' clubs. It is inherent in the running of a football club as a commercial organisation as opposed to a club's community and social function.

Premier League TV Rights Sold To BSkyB And BT For £3bn

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The Premier League have sold the domestic broadcast rights for the 2013-16 seasons to BSkyB and BT for a whopping £3.018billion. That is a remarkable £1.254billion increase on the current deal, which is shared between Sky and ESPN and shows that the popularity of the Premier League shows no signs of waning.

The End of The World But Nothing’s Changed

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The dread anticipation of the Doomsday Scenario was hideous, elongated as it was over several weeks as first the semi-final and then the season's final day played out. Goals and sendings-off that weren't, the bitter tease of a former Spurs keeper throwing three goals into his net, yet another rearguard action, all of this involving not just any club, not just one rival but both of our bitterest enemies.

Would QPR be missed?

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The likes of Norwich and Swansea haveoffered something new and exciting, in what has been a tough seasonfor the Premier League, with both sides playing great football and entertaining fans of soccer betting beyond their respective fan bases.

The reality remains, however, thatfellow newly-promoted team QPR have become an outfit that is all tooeasy to dislike.

Liverpool Plan To Bring Park To Anfield

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Liverpool have identified Celtic's chief scout John Park as a leading candidate to replace Damien Comolli as director of football, it has been claimed.
Comolli was relieved of his duties last Thursday following a number of failed signings, and with the Reds faltering in the Premier League.
The Frenchman was responsible for bringing the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing to Anfield for exorbitant fees, and paid the price for the failings of the pitch of his numerous expensive acquisitions.

What An Incredible Fluke XXVII!

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Most entertainment industries, and football is no longer a competitive sport but rather a corrupted spectacle, select their best actors for the major theatrical extravaganzas.

Ah! But the Premier League is different.

On a day with huge global television coverage due to both the holidays and the absence of many other leagues, the EPL gave us Lee Mason to ruin one game (Mason lives just fifteen minutes from Old Trafford and is yet to referee a Man Utd defeat) and PC Martin Atkinson who, in his old day job, could have arrested Mario Balotelli three times in the first half for actual bodily harm but chose instead to try to keep his beloved Chelsea's 4th place hopes alive instead of applying the rules of the game.

Coates Wants More Action

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates is keen to adapt more to life in the Premier League and secure further first-team football for Kenny Dalglish's side.
The Uruguay international made the move to Anfield from Nacional in his homeland in the summer and has had to be patient on his debut season in England.

Pavel Progrebnyak Eyes Fulham Stay

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Having been performing well during his stay with Fulham, Pavel Progrebnyak, who is currently on-loan from Stuttgart, is apparently eager to continue playing for the Cottagers next season.

The player revealed that his decision to stay with the club is pretty much based by the fact his getting along well with coach, Martin Jol, who Progrebnyak believes is the perfect mentor for him.

David Moyes: Roman why not look within the English game?

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Chelsea these days has a reputation within football and in Europe as a big club now. Continued and sustained qualification into the Champions League and our record in the competition has given us that. So it's no surprise really that in recent times Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board have looked for big name managers with European or World experience to come and manage our club.

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.

Ballon d’argent

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Interesting to learn of Damian Comolli's departure from Liverpool. This isn't (as has been suggested) the death of Moneyball because as far as I can tell, Moneyball was never born in Liverpool.

Simply put, Moneyball is about getting the most out of undervalued resources. Despite what the press has talked about, it's not necessarily about statistics, it's about finding ways to win.

Ballon d’argent

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Interesting to learn of Damian Comolli's departure from Liverpool. This isn't (as has been suggested) the death of Moneyball because as far as I can tell, Moneyball was never born in Liverpool.

Simply put, Moneyball is about getting the most out of undervalued resources. Despite what the press has talked about, it's not necessarily about statistics, it's about finding ways to win.

Leeds United

Does a slap in the face warrant more than a slap on the wrist?

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On Friday night Sheffield Wednesday met Leeds United in a fiery Yorkshire derby full of ferocious tackles and debatable refereeing decisions. Everything that is good about occasions like this was ruined by one Leeds fan who slapped an unsuspecting Chris Kirkland across the face.

Nowadays, in the English game as soon as the media get one sniff of racist abuse or the actions of violent fans, everything is blown out of proportion and the press hit the panic button.

Tuesday Ticker: England to hire technical director, Gotze extends and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After years of seeing its national team underperform despite boasting some of the world's best players and most-expensive coaches, the English Football Association has decided it is time for a change.

The English FA said Tuesday that it will hire a technical director in the near future, marking the first time in 10 years that it will do so.

Arsenal

Can Arsenal win at Montpellier’s Carrelet?

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I love the late summer CL fixtures. Warm nights and the opportunity for fans to watch decent football midweek.

Our first game is challenging playing the French champions even sans OG will be difficult. A compact ground filled with 33,000 fervent fans awaiting (what I believe will be) their first CL game.

Can Arsenal win at Montpellier’s Carrelet?

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I love the late summer CL fixtures. Warm nights and the opportunity for fans to watch decent football midweek.

Our first game is challenging playing the French champions even sans OG will be difficult. A compact ground filled with 33,000 fervent fans awaiting (what I believe will be) their first CL game.

George Best: The Shining Star – Part 1

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Ducky's Note: A guest post on George Best's birthday from our reader Vignesh Murali. As they said, Maradona Good, Pele Better, George Best.

Almost 7 years have passed after the demise of George Best and Manchester United are still appertained to the mercurial Irishman who changed the face of the club and the English game forever.

Sex and Drugs and Robin van Persie, Sex and Drugs and Robin van Persie

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Ian Dury and The Blockheads' famous song ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘N' Roll' is often on my mind when something exciting happens in my life. The lyrics of this song are rubbish, but the title is very strong as it captures in a few words those diversions that provide us with a lot of pleasure in our lives that help us to relieve our worries, fears and occasional boredom, a lot.

Sex and Drugs and Robin van Persie, Sex and Drugs and Robin van Persie

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Ian Dury and The Blockheads' famous song ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘N' Roll' is often on my mind when something exciting happens in my life. The lyrics of this song are rubbish, but the title is very strong as it captures in a few words those diversions that provide us with a lot of pleasure in our lives that help us to relieve our worries, fears and occasional boredom, a lot.

Muamba tragedy should trigger less cheating in the game

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Muamba: Football world brought together in hope of a full recovery

The sight of the prone figure of Fabrice Muamba on the White Hart Lane pitch early on Saturday evening was one that shocked football to the extent that Real Madrid players sported wording on their match shirts wishing him a full recovery the following evening.

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Squad Appraisal: The curious case of Chelsea’s strike force

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Much has been spoken and written about Liverpool's wafer thin striker line up for the current season. Luis Suarez has been particularly wasteful in front of the goal and Fabio Borini hasn't shown any resourcefulness either. To add to their compounding woes, their pony-tailed striker Andy Carroll has moved to West Ham on loan (with Big Sam at the helm, it's a match made in heaven).

‘I Must Go Now, For My Work Here Is Done’ – Didier Drogba Confirms Chelsea Departure

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By Chris Wright

"I must go now, for my work here is done"

As some fella once said: Go out on top and always leave 'em wanting more. Didier Drogba has just confirmed via the Chelsea website that, after eight long years at the club, he is to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer when his contract dwindles to nothing on June 30th:

"I wanted to put an end the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea.

The Rest

EURO U21s – The Best Bits: England 1-3 Italy (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England crashed out of the EURO U21 group stagesafter losing 3-1 to Italy inOlomouc, a result which will no doubt spark another debate over the future of the English game.

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Boss Gareth Southgate brought inBrighton's Jake Forster-Caskey, with Everton'sJohn Stones also starting along with Danny Ings and Jesse Lingard.

Malaysia Wrap

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OK the Malaysian season has finished. The Malaysia Cup will be drawn at the end of July and will start after Ramadhan.

Kelantan won the Super League and the FA Cup. They are still going strong in the AFC Cup, facing Arbil home and away in September.

The Malaysians have decided it has been a few years since they last changed the format of their league so in 2013 the top flight will have 12 teams instead of the present 14 so we have a mad rush to escape the drop.

Joseph Pep Guardiola - The Miracle Manager

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Joseph Pep Guardiola

What Josep Pep Guardiola achieved with Barca in four years cannot be termed anything less than a miracle. May be it cannot be termed as a miracle in the literary sense, simply because this was nothing unexpected and also was carefully planned.

Spoof: Alton Towers to launch new ‘Managerial Merry-Go-Round’ ride

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Alton Towers the UK's largest theme park today announced their new ride for the summer of 2012. After much anticipation of a colossal rollercoaster that would test the laws of physics, the park's chief went for something much more low-key and unorthodox: a merry-go-round where ‘at least 50 per cent' of the allotted [.

George Best: The Shining Star – Part 1

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Ducky's Note: A guest post on George Best's birthday from our reader Vignesh Murali. As they said, Mardona Good, Pele Better, George Best.

Almost 7 years have passed after the demise of George Best and Manchester United are still appertained to the mercurial Irishman who changed the face of the club and the English game forever.

Lukas aids Recovery?

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Lukas Podolski likely can't wait to pull on an Arsenal shirt.

His final game for FC Köln saw the team relegated, and his thank-you lap-of-honour was spoiled by scenes of unrest on the terraces. It was far from a fitting end to a career that had seen Podolski break into the Köln side at the tender age of 18, before returning to the club in 2009 after a three-year stint at Champions League finalists Bayern Munich.

Suffolk Punch: How Ipswich Town Shocked The Football League In 1962

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It is entirely appropriate that Ipswich Town should have chosen last Saturday's home league match against Barnsley as an opportunity to rename their South Stand as The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, for this month marks a very special anniversary in the history of the club. It is fifty years ago this month the Ipswich Town became, against all odds, the champions of England, an achievement made all the more remarkable for the fact that just five years earlier they had been playing in the Third Division South of the Football League and was playing its first ever season in the top division of English football.

Fans, idols, and managers

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When I was about eight years old, my mother took my younger brother and me to Yankee Stadium and introduced us to third base coach and future general manager Gene Michael. As two boys growing up just outside New York City, we should have been thrilled to meet our hometown team's coach, but we didn't really care.