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Chelsea Midfielder Ramires to Serve 4-Game Ban After Accepting FA Charge of Violent Conduct

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires will serve a four-game ban after accepting The FA's charge of violent conduct as a result of elbowing Seb Larsson of Sunderland last weekend.

The incident wasn't seen by match officials, but was caught on video. A panel unanimously agreed that the elbow was violent conduct, and Ramires today accepted the charge.

The Madness of Last Minute Rescheduling of Premier League Games

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The Premier League claims that fans are the lifeblood of the game and it would be nothing without them. However, some of their actions make you wonder if they really mean that. Mega TV deals mean the Premier League has prioritized the broadcasters at the expense of fans. Despite the influx of enormous amounts of money, already sky-high ticket prices continue to rise, making it more cost-prohibitive to attend a match.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Semi-Finals

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The semi-final stages of the UEFA Champions League are typically tight, tense affairs. Especially the first-leg of the ties, where neither team wants to give an inch; after coming so far, it's understandable that the modus operandi for managers at this stage is "must not lose" opposed to "must win.

Chelsea’s €40m gem to be part of a new look Barcelona next season?

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Chelsea's €40m gem to be part of a new look Barcelona next season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I personally cannot remember a day when Chelsea's David Luiz wasn't been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and today is of no exception. Barcelona is again the suitor, with Spanish newspaper 'Sport.

Chelsea loanee ready to ditch bitter rivals and make Stamford Bridge return

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Chelsea loanee ready to ditch bitter rivals and make Stamford Bridge return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea loanee Victor Moses has insisted that his future remains in West London, but that he will do all he can to help Liverpool pip Jose Mourinho's side to the Premier League title this season.

Chelsea and Arsenal to fight over dazzling young Frenchman?

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Chelsea and Arsenal to fight over dazzling young Frenchman? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Guardian, Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle it out to land Paris St Germain's 19-year-old sensation, Adrien Rabiot, in the summer.

The French U-21 international has been a long term transfer target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has had sent scoutGilles Grimandi to track the youngster regularly this season.

Jose Mourinho, Ramires and Rui Faria Charged By The FA

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The FA have charged Jose Mourinho, Ramires and Rui Faria as a result of what happened during the Premier League match last Saturday where Sunderland defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been charged for violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

In Defense of Jose Mourinho For Chelsea’s Tactics Against Atletico Madrid

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Boring, boring Chelsea! What lowly scoundrels of asinine, archaic, and acerbic anti-football. How dare they let down the neutral fan with these putridly pedestrian performances! Don't they know? Soccer is all about entertainment; bringing bread and circuses to the hungry masses, not serving self-interest and chasing silverware.

Mourinho Set To Hand Liverpool The Title

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday's trip to league leaders Liverpool a move that could well hand Liverpool the title.

Brendan Rodgers side are five points clear of Chelsea with three games left but Mourinho wants to focus on the Blues' Champions League semi-final, level at 0-0 after Tuesday's first leg.

Manchester United

David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat

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David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When the news was confirmed early on Tuesday morning that Manchester United boss David Moyes had been sacked, it sadly came as no surprise as the writing had been on the wall for a while. The champions had 27 fewer points than they did after 35 games last season.

Top 5 Young Premier League Stars set to shine at the 2014 World Cup

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Top 5 Young Premier League Stars set to shine at the 2014 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This Premier League season has arguably been one of the most exciting in recent years, and we have seen a host of breakthrough stars arrive on the big stage; some of whom are very likely to further showcase their extraordinary talent in the upcoming 2014World Cup in Brazil.

Which £60m superstar could be Manchester United’s marquee summer signing?

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Which £60m superstar could be Manchester United's marquee summer signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the British press, Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of Uraguyan superstar Edinson Cavani, with the Star reporting just hours ago that United officials had flown to France to discuss the possibility of a transfer with PSG.

Premier League trio to battle it out for £24m Colombian flyer?

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Premier League trio to battle it out for £24m Colombian flyer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier league duo Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be keeping tabs on Juan Cuadrado, according to Italian Daily La Nazione, with Liverpool also in the mix.

The Fiorentina winger is believed to be valued at around £24 million and has been in fine form this season for the Italian side.

Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj commits to Belgian national team

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Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj commits to Belgian national team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to Belgium, with national team manager Marc Wilmots revealing the breakthrough on Twitter.

J'ai reçu la confirmation officielle qu'Adnan Januzaj se met disposition de l'équipe nationale belge pour la suite de sa carrière!

Who will survive the summer cull?

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Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.

Before Moyes' sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players.

Adnan Januzaj Selects Belgium As His National Team

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to select Belgium as the national team he would like to play for.

Januzaj was eligible to select from a number of different countries to play his national team football including England, Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Turkey. But the Belgium football federation have today announced that Januzaj has chosen Belgium.

Manchester United Got The Wrong Man: How Moyes’ Failure Puts Roberto Martinez’s Everton Season Into Perspective

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In soccer, taking the reignsat a clubafter thedeparture ofan enormously significant figureis always a perilously difficult task.

For managers, the man who follows "the man"is often handed a poisoned chalice; unable to live up to the magnitude of his predecessor and incapable of galvanizing the team in a comparable manner.

LMA Criticizes Woodward For Handling Of Moyes Firing

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The League Managers' Association (LMA) have issued a statement in which they say that United were guilty of behaving in an "unprofessional manner" in the way they handled the firing of David Moyes yesterday.

Everyone knew on Monday afternoon that Moyes was going to be sacked, but it was not until a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday morning that he was actually told he was being let go.

The Story Behind David Moyes’ Departure From Manchester United

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A grim reaper haunted David Moyes from the stands directly beside the dugout as the Scot returned to Goodison Park to watch his old side Everton host Manchester United on Sunday. A day later, a leak from Old Trafford spread across all media outlets suggesting that Moyes had lost his job. Two days later, Manchester United FC officially confirmed the news.

David Moyes Releases Statement While LMA Criticizes Handling of Sacking

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David Moyes has released a statement over his sacking as manager of Manchester United. It reads:

"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking it on.

Paul Scholes Returns to Manchester United as Interim Coach

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Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has brought Paul Scholes back to Old Trafford as an interim coach to help train the first team.

With the return of Scholes to Manchester United, he joins Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt at Manchester United's training complex.

Following the departures of David Moyes, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden, the trio of Scholes, Neville and Butt were alongside Giggs for this morning's training session.

Coaching

David Moyes Hot Favorite To Be Next Newcastle Manager

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If it's true that Mike Ashley tried to hire David Moyes twice once when Kevin Keegan left the club in September of 2008, and then again when Chris Hughton was ruthlessly sacked in December of 2010, then there's a good chance that if the last three results are as bad as the previous five [...]

This Is One Newcastle Player Who Has Impressed This Year

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In the last few months of his four year stint on Tyneside, Dan Gosling is finally getting a chance in the Newcastle first team in midfield, and he has looked a good player in the last three games. Dan Gosling impressive in last three games And Dan will be alerting a number of clubs [...]

Pardew – This Is The Position We’ll Be In This Summer

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Alan Pardew is surprisingly the Premier League's second longest serving manager, after being in the job at Newcastle United for three years and five months, and that's the longest anybody has served as a Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby Robson managed the club for five years from 1999 through 2004. Alan Pardew under pressure [.

Mike Ashley Alarmed At Newcastle’s Poor Results

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The Telegraph is reporting today that source close to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley have told them he is not happy with Newcastle's form this year and the results have taken a turn for the worse in 2014. Mike Ashley - alarmed at results We have lost 13 of the last 18 games and have [...]

Steve Bruce In The Frame For Newcastle

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When Sir Bobby Robson was surprisingly sacked in late August of 2004, Steve Bruce was Chairman Freddy Shepherd's first choice to replace Robson. Steve Bruce in the frame for Newcastle But at the time the Geordie, who was brought up in Daisy Hill near Wallsend, was managing Birmingham City at the time, and he [.

This Is What The Newcastle Manager Has To Put Up With

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Shola Ameobi may yet get a new contract at Newcastle this summer, but we'd be very surprised if he does but there seems to be no doubt that Shola has become a leader in the dressing room at Newcastle, and we heard yesterday that some senior officials at Newcastle want him to stay on [...]

Pardew – It’s Hard To Believe – I’m Absolutely Gutted

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Alan Pardew is getting severe criticism from Newcastle fans, after the terrible form and hopelessrun of results we've been on and Pardew knows the results are simply not good enough for Newcastle United. Alan Pardew gutted But nothing like the Newcastle fans are gutted and fed up Alan Pardew has now served his [.

Arsenal

Does Yaya just need a goal to kickstart Arsenal career?

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For almost all of the summer, it looked as if Arsenal would spend absolutely nothing on new players. With all the talk about our new financial strength, with Ivan Gazidis hinting that Arsenal were going to be challenging the likes of Man City and Chelsea in the transfer market, the signing of the unheard of, [.

José Mourinho is right, Chelsea should be treated better.

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There, I've said it.I feel sick now, I shouldn't have been forced to say such disgusting things.But I blame the wonks at the Premier League, Sky and BT Sport.

The reason?The Odious One was complaining about TV scheduling of this weekend's big match against the scousers, which sees the Chavs having to play a massive league match on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the second leg of the CL semi final on Wednesday againstAtléticoMadrid.

José Mourinho is right, Chelsea should be treated better.

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There, I've said it.I feel sick now, I shouldn't have been forced to say such disgusting things.But I blame the wonks at the Premier League, Sky and BT Sport.

The reason?The Odious One was complaining about TV scheduling of this weekend's big match against the scousers, which sees the Chavs having to play a massive league match on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the second leg of the CL semi final on Wednesday againstAtléticoMadrid.

Juventus set sights on prolific Arsenal target in the summer

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Juventus set sights on prolific Arsenal target in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A champions Juventus have set their sights on Arsenal target Mario Mandzukic in the summer, according to a cover page story by Italian newspaper 'Tuttosport'.

The Old lady are desperate to revamp their squad to mount a serious Champions League challenge next season and manager Antonio Conte believes that Mandzukic will be the ideal partner with Carlos Tevez up front for the Turin giants.

General Football News

Liverpool: £10m Barcelona winger could be a real steal for Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool: £10m Barcelona winger could be a real steal for Brendan Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona's Cristian Tello looks to be on his way out this summer, with talkSPORT claiming that Napoli, AC Milan and Liverpool are all vying for the Spaniard's signature.

The 22-year-old has only made two starts for Barca this season, coming on a whopping 19 times, scoring just twice.

Opinion: Pochettino could be the answer for Tottenham

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Opinion: Pochettino could be the answer for Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tim Sherwood never stood a chance at Tottenham.

From the moment he took over from Andre Villas-Boas, the former Spurs player was regarded with suspicion from many in the support-base, who, thanks to his persona, saw him as nothing more than a younger version of Harry Redknapp.

The Rest

Crisis hit Newcastle ripe for Arsenal onslaught

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If Arsene Wenger had to hand pick a team for Arsenal to play at the Emirates this weekend, with all three points absolutely critical in the Gunners' plot to secure another Champions League place next season, it would probably be Newcastle United. They have nothing to play for and their form has been nothing short [.

What a Difference One Year Makes In Coverage of the Premier League On US TV

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This is by no means scientific, but it's a few true anecdotes that have happened to me in the past several weeks that point to the rapid growth in interest of the Premier League in the United States.

For the past 12 months, I've been taking my daughter to soccer practices and games for her travel team.

American Soccer’s Very Own Recognitions

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Lo and behold, the NYTimes relocated/rebranded the Goal Blog but soccer popped up in the Style Section. The general theme was this: the young and hip urban class of New York has embraced soccer (albeit not MLS). This group of childless rapscallions flocks to bars or "pubs" on Saturday mornings to don scarves, drink overpriced imported beer, eat a warm British breakfast, and/or maybe watch grown men kick a ball on TV.

5 Things We’ve Learned From the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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As the English Premier League season comes to an end, everyone likes to reminisce about highlights, wonder goals, top performers and less skillful moments. Here are five takeaways from what is widely being touted as the best ever season in the modern Premier League era.

1. Give a New Manager Time To Work

Two words: Tony Pulis.

Liverpool Unveil New Designs for Anfield Expansion [PHOTOS]

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Liverpool Football Club have released new designs for the planned expansion of Anfield.

The regeneration of Anfield will see £260million invested into the local community as well as creating hundreds of jobs. The club will submit the new plans to the Liverpool City Council this summer. And if approved, construction will start next year and would be completed in time for the 2016-17 season.

Jozy Altidore: Take 2

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Starting 11 player to first team player to U-21 squad player. Jozy Altidore came into the 2013-2014 Premier League season with high hopes. He had signed a new contract with Sunderland and was coming off a 31-goal season with AZ Alkmaar. Altidore was returning to the Premier League to make amends for his lackluster season with Hull City in the 2009-2010 campaign.