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Chelsea’s Juan Mata thinks his injury niggles are behind him

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Juan Mata is hopeful that he has overcome the muscle injuries that dogged him during pre-season. The Spain international was playing catch up with his team-mates after an extended break following his participation in the Confederations Cup with Spain. The muscle problems arose just as he was trying to get his fitness levels on par [.

Chelsea players practice their basketball skills

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A training session with a difference for some of the lads at Cobham... #CFC pic.twitter.com/UlQQEfwguA Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 13, 2013 With just a few days until the new season starts, some of Chelsea's players have been putting the finishing touches... to their basketball skills. Many of the Blues' squad are away on international [.

Shakhtar Donetsk offer ‘best financial package’ for Arsenal target Bernard

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Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have made the best offer for Arsenal transfer target Bernard, according to his current club Atletico Mineiro. The Gunners, Shakhtar and Porto are all vying for the Brazil international's signature. Arsene Wenger's side were the favourites to land the 20-year-old just a few days ago, but they now appear to be [.

Crystal Palace play-off winner Kevin Phillips says he was spurred on by Watford boos

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Kevin Phillips says the boos from fans of former club Watford spurred him on as he secured promotion to the Premier League for Crystal Palace. The veteran striker started his long career at Vicarage Road, but was not given a warm reception by the Hornets supporters at Wembley. And they probably like him even less [.

Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Will Arsène ever be able to complete his vision?

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"Alas", said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.

Can Manchester United regain the initiative?

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Can Manchester United regain the initiative? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The events in the final game of last season had a suitably momentous feeling to them, as Manchester City snatched victory – and the Premier League title – from United in the dying seconds of the season. There could hardly be a more wounding way for United to lose their crown, with the combination of the fact that it was surrendered to their local rivals and in such dramatic fashion, making the pain all the harder to bear for supporters of the Old Trafford club.

Rodgers Casts Doubt Over Adam's Liverpool Future

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Charlie Adam has been warned by his manager that he may have to leave Liverpool if he wants regular first-team football.
Brendan Rodgers has indicated to Adam that he will only be a squad player at Anfield this season. Adam was not involved on Sunday as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Premier League champions Manchester City, and is understood to have acknowledged that he needs to move on.

Enrique - Reds Style Needs Time

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Jose Enrique is confident Liverpool will pick up plenty of points this season if they continue to perform to the same level as against Manchester City.
Liverpool twice led against the Premier League champions at Anfield on Sunday only for two defensive mistakes to allow City to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Rodgers Reveals City Offer

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he had an approach to join Manchester City prior to his appointment as Swansea City boss two years ago.
Rodgers was out of work after leaving Reading in December 2009 and he was invited to have a look around City with a view to a possible coaching role.
However, after being impressed by the set-up at the Etihad Stadium, the Northern Irishman was subsequently offered the job of Swansea manager.

Spurs target could be on the move

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Tottenham target Hugo Lloris could be on the move before the transfer window closes in just a few days, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitting that the star's future could lie elsewhere. Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the French goalkeeper, and has already had a bid for the shot-stopper rejected earlier this summer.

English midfielder eyeing French move

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One of the Premier League's most infamous midfielders could be on the verge of a move to France. Current Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has hinted that a move to Ligue 1 giants Marseille is inevitable, and it could just be a matter of days before he officially completes the move.

"Marseille won again as well.

Arsenal

Arsenal consider move for Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel

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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel, according to reports in the Portuguese media. O Jogo says Arsene Wenger is considering a £6m offer for the former Sevilla flyer. He will decide whether to firm up that interest with an official approach over the next few days. The reports suggest [.

Cazorla for Song is the completion of a midfield restructure

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The transfer window has shut, and as many suspected, we were largely inactive in the final few days, managing only to shift Bendtner and Park out on loan, trimming players from the wage bill who did not feature in our plans for the season ahead. Since then, there has been quite the reaction, with many dismayed at the lack of arrivals, particularly following the departure of Alex Song.

Besiktas confirm firm interest in Arsenal striker

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Arsene Wenger may be having trouble convincing Theo Walcott to sign a new contract extension, but he also has just a few days to offload the unwanted Arsenal squad players in cluding the Morrocan international striker Marouane Chamakh. But it looks like he has some good news on that front as the as the Turkish [.

Liverpool Sweat On Lucas Injury

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Liverpool is waiting to discover the extent of midfielder Lucas Leiva's thigh injury amid concerns that he could be out for up to two months.
Lucas came off five minutes into Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City after having felt the injury during the warm-up.
Manager Brendan Rodgers initially thought the 25-year-old had pulled a muscle, but is worried that it could be a tear that would keep him out for between six and ten weeks.

Arsenal Rumours Aug 28th – Bendtner, Chamakh, Isco, Mbiwa, Afellay and Cabaye

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There are loads of Arsenal transfer rumours popping up as we enter the last few days of the transfer window, and today is no different. Come on Arsene, we're all waiting for that "special player" you've promised us last week! Well first of all let's get one outgoing player out of the way, as the [...

Et tu Alex? Goodbye to Alex Song

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Well, I picked a pretty interesting week to go out of town from an Arsenal perspective. When I left last week there was hope that RvP might be staying put, everyone was jazzed up about the new signings, and there was talk of more to come. I land in San Francisco on Wednesday last week, turn on my phone, and immediately receive 5-10 texts from both Arsenal and ManUre fans about the now confirmed transfer of one Robin Van Persie to Manchester.

Striker reveals reason for Arsenal snub

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Mirallas Says He Choose Everton Over Arsenal by AM Everton's latest signing Kevin Mirallas has revealed that he rejected Arsenal in favour of Everton to gain more playing time. The former Olympiakos forward confirmed few days back that Arsenal were after him. Back then he said – 'There is still a chance I will move [.

Perhaps Nuri Sahin is negotiating a Lukas Podolski clause before moving to Arsenal

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Arsenal fans have been impatiently waiting for the news that Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has joined them on a season-long loan. The move has been widely expected for the past few days, but there has still been no announcement. Rumours abound that Jose Mourinho is insisting Sahin helps out his old mucker Brendan Rodgers [.

World Cup

Just win, mon

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Super Timmy Howard "Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into." -- Oliver Hardy The dust has settled, somewhat, from the U.S.'s "shock" defeat in Kingston to Jamaica on Friday night in the second round of CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying. Every round of qualifying for the United States is filled with some temporary peril, even if it only lasts a few days -- or hours.

SPAIN 5 - SAUDI ARABIA 0

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SPAIN defeated SAUDI ARABIA Coached by ex-Barça Coach Frank Rijkaard 5 - 0 in an International Friendly, before the important World Cup Group qualifier coming up in a few days against Georgia. Spain started with a line-up of players who don´t get the playing minutes that others do like Xavi, Xabi, Ramos, Iniesta,Casillas.

Galaxy sign Swedish veteran Wilhelmsson

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The Los Angeles Galaxy are gearing up for the stretch run of their MLS Cup title defense, and they've added a Swedish international midfielder with valuable experience to help them in the final months of the season.

With 10 days to go until the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Galaxy announced the signing of Christian Wilhelmsson, adding a 32-year-old wide midfielder who was part of the Sweden Euro 2012 team and also played in the 2008 European championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Newcastle United

Premier League Clubs Trying To Stop Crazy Overspending

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It seems that Michel Platini's statements of a few days ago are having an impact on the various leagues in Europe, and the UEFA President has warned clubs, especially the top clubs who are currently the most successful, that they need to balance their books or they will not be allowed to compete in Europe.

Premier League Clubs Trying To Stop Crazy Overspending

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It seems that Michel Platini's statements of a few days ago are having an impact on the various leagues in Europe, and the UEFA President has warned clubs, especially the top clubs who are currently the most successful, that they need to balance their books or they will not be allowed to compete in Europe.

Sunderland Road Sign – For Football Follow Newcastle – True!

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We were sent this photo last night and expect to be around the Internet in the next few days and it's valid too. This sign is in Sunderland too oh my! You would have believed it was dreamed up by the Toon Army but no, it's a road sign in Sunderland that is [...]


Will Newcastle Now Go After Mathieu Debuchy?

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With Ryan Taylor sustaining what may be a long term injury last night, Newcastle may go back in at the last moment for long term target,  Lille's Mathieu Debuchy. Mathieu Debuchy will Newcastle try one more time for him? With the news that Real Madrid had moved in for him over the last few days, and that they had even agreed [.

Fulham

Ex-Chelsea Forward Eidur Gudjohnsen Reportedly Coming On Trial With Sounders

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It would appear that the Seattle Sounders might not be done making moves, after all. Former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen told an Icelandic publication that he is joining the Seattle Sounders for a trial.

"I'm just going to see situations, I train there for a few days and see how I described on this," he's quoted as telling 433.

Clint Dempsey and American Exceptionalism

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It's a few hours before midnight on Deadline Day, and for all the "will he, won't he" drama of Clint Dempsey's move to North London, most everything seems right in the world. Clint got his long-relished move to a competitive side, Spurs added a versatile player likely to shore up a few problem areas, Fulham added a surprising number of quality reinforcements, and Liverpool.

Who is Dembele replacing?

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This was always going to be a busy few days for Tottenham after the sale of Luka Modric on Monday and it looks as if the first post-Luka deal will bring Fulham's Moussa Dembele to White Hart Lane. Nothing has been confirmed as yet but with the two clubs agreeing a fee last night it could only be a matter of time.

Manchester City

Presenting: The ‘Richard Wright Homesick Threshold’ Map…

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By Chris Wright

For those of you who missed the news yesterday, Manchester City signed Richard Wright on a one-year deal to provide cover for Joe Hart and Costel Pontoonpokemon and bump up their English squad quota by one which was slightly surprising as a couple of months ago Wright joined Preston only to request his contract be terminated after just one week at Deepdale due to homesickness.

New Manchester City keeper Richard Wright’s homesickness threshold is mapped

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Goalkeeper Richard Wright is a surprise signing for Manchester City, not least because he quit Preston last month citing homesickness. After just a few days at Deepdale, he said: "I've only been away from home for a few days and I know already that I cannot live that far away from my family." Wright's clan [.

The Rest

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci foils attempted armed robbery by punching mugger in the face

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Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci escaped unharmed from an attempt to rob him at gunpoint by punching his attacker in the face. The Italy international was leaving a Ferrari dealership in Turin with his wife and baby when he was approached. A man held a gun against his head and demanded Bonucci hand over his expensive watch.

Wolves’ Kevin Doyle says Ireland players ‘taking the piss out of’ Sunderland’s James McClean

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Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle told a press conference that the squad has been "taking the piss out of" James McClean after his controversial Twitter activity following Friday's win over Kazakhstan. Sunderland star McClean took to the social networking site to vent his frustration at being left on the bench, but Doyle says there [.

U.S. Men’s National Team – Jamaica Preview

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The U.S. men's national team's road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil hasn't been the smoothest. While the team managed a 3-1 win in its first World Cup Qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda in June, the Americans faltered a few days later on the road in Guatemala and tied 1-1. The next two qualifiers [.

Cologne Agree To Release Kevin Pezzoni After Thugs Turn Up On His Doorstep Threatening To ‘Beat Him Dead’

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By Chris Wright

Newly-relegated 2. Bundesliga side Cologne (or 'FC Köln' if you'd prefer) have been forced into cancelling the contract of Kevin Pezzoni after a prolonged campaign of hate against the 23-year old defender culminated in a gang of five thugs waited outside his flat, threatening to "beat him dead" this coming seven months after Pezzoni had his nose broken in a nightclub by a man believed to be a Cologne fan.

Espanyol Reserves Not Coming

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Indonesia will not be be facing a European reserve team.

The PSSI had recently announced the national team would be playing Espanyol reserves in Jakarta on 5th September in a friendly.

When I checked the Espanyol website a few days back there was no mention of this game. Which is odd.

MLS Spotlight: SKC anchor Besler relishes whirlwind summer

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Matt Besler, if nothing else, sure has stayed busy this summer.

The Sporting Kansas City centerback has been there for his team's surge back to first place. He also was a stalwart for the club's run to the U.S. Open Cup title, playing all 120 minutes and converting a penalty kick in the final earlier this month.

State of the MLS Run In: 10 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

It's been a week that would seem to dramatically shake up the playoff race, with the teams at the bottom of the playoff places in each conference struggling and teams just outside the playoff places going on great runs. And the commentary has certainly been on board. I must have read or heard at least 50 times on various media this week that Montreal, FC Dallas, Columbus, and even Chivas USA are poised at the edge of (or even, most breathlessly, odds on favorites for) the playoffs.