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News On Siem De Jong Still Not Encouraging

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One of the reasons Newcastle haven't done too well so far this season, is that Siem De Jong has been out basically all season for us, and as far as we know, he will not return until some time next year. Siem de Jong still more than two months away from comeback The Newcastle [...]

Time To Sign Up Fitness Director On Long Term Deal

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If you watch Alan Pardew's press conference on nufcTV today, at the beginning you will see Fitness Director Faye Downey taking the training. Faye Downey - Newcastle's Fitness Director has made a difference And we've got to say it seems like Faye has made a huge difference, and we've had very few injuries this [.

Arsenal tour of Asia has proved valuable for lots of reasons

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Was Arsenal's preseason Asia tour a success? by KJ

Arsenal finished their final match of the Asia tour against Urawa Red Diamonds with a win and will now return to England to prepare for the Emirates cup next week. My question is though, was this pre-season tour a success? For me, it's a resounding yes.

Hard pre-season is conditioning Arsenal players for success

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It has been clear in both of the Arsenal pre-season friendlies so far this season, that the players were struggling to cope with the hot and humid conditions, and we have seen pictures of them using ice baths during training. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained just how difficult it has been, but they all know that the suffering now should pay off once the Premier League season kicks off in four weeks.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Season Could Depend On This Striker’s Form

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We had reported yesterday on some good news for Newcastle that both Ryan Taylor and Papiss Cisse had returned to training following long term injuries, and when they are both fully fit they will strengthen the Newcastle squad, and also add some experience to the side. Papiss Cisse suffering broken knee-cap earlier this [.

What’s Happened To This Newcastle Defender?

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Curtis Good is one of our promising young defenders whowe brought in a couple of years ago from Melbourne Heart for around £400K, and he made his debut for Newcastle about a year ago against Morecambe in the League Cup, and after the first 20 minutes or so of that game he settled down well, [...]

New Fitness Coach Thrashing The Life Out Of Newcastle Players

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There was talk earlier this summer of Steven Taylor may be leaving Newcastle United, the home town team he has played for since 2004 when Sir Bobby Robson gave him his big chance, but the local lad seems to be loving it in pre-season, and Steven has revealed that new fitness coach Dave Billows has [.

Hamstring Injuries Could Be Concern For New Signing

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New signing Siem de Jong hopes to be stronger than he was last season, when he missed a lot of playing time at Ajax, and at one point in the season he had a collapsed lung. Siem de Jong in training After playing 47 times in the previous season for Ajax with 16 goals, [...]

Newcastle Complete Important Signing

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Newcastle did quite well with injuries during the first part of last season, but then during the second half we seemed to be as bad as ever, andsuffered over 50 different injuries in total last season. Dave Billows while at Everton Newcastle announced yesterday that they had signed Dave Billows as the new Head [.

Abu Dhabi Trip Arranged Before Cardiff Debacle

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Alan Pardew has said today that the squad's trip to Abu Dhabi was arranged before Newcastle went out of the FA Cup at the first attempt again when we lost at home to Cardiff City a team that had now won in their previous ten games before beating a poor Newcastle side [...]

What A Difference A Year Makes – 8760 Little Hours

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What a difference a year makes last year at this time we were struggling and 13 points worse off than we are at the moment after 17 games, and we are even 3 points better off than we were two years ago, when we eventually finished in 5th place in the Premier League [...]

Newcastle Star To Get Chance At Old Trafford On Saturday?

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Newcastle were without both Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa for last night's game with Swansea, which we lost 3-0, and both were out sick. Hatem Ben Arfa fit for Saturday Alan Pardew has talked about losing two of his stars before last night's surprise 3-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium: "We lost Papiss [.

Newcastle Announce Stunning New Benton Training Complex

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Newcastle have today announced a stunning new state of the art complex to be built at the current Benton training center, and work will start on it in eighteen months time, and it will take just over six months to complete and will be ready in early 2016. This shows Newcastle do have ambition. Fact.

Pardew – It Was All Good News For Us

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Alan Pardew held his first press conference for a couple of weeks after coming off two fantastic league wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, but now we are up against a Norwich City side who we cannot under-estimate and manager Chris Hughton would like nothing better to get his first win at St. James Park since [.

Newcastle’s Best Signing Of The Summer Was Not Remy

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We had a terrible time of it with injuries last season, and one of the reasons was that we just didn't have a big enough squad of players for the extra 14 games in the Europa League, and injuries tend to happen when players play in too many games, without sufficient rest. Faye Downey [...]

Full-Back Now Doubtful For Season Opener – But Jonas Fit

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There are reports in the local papers today that Italian International Davide Santon is not fit enough to start in the Newcastle side at the Emirates, and it seems he's picked up a hip flexor muscle injury.. Davide Santon scoring last season at Wigan And just when we though Newcastle were doing very well [.

Much Better News On Newcastle Striker

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Loic Remy was in training on Thursday at the Benton Training grounds and that was a good sign that the French International striker could still make the start of the season a week on Monday at the Etihad Stadium, even if he starts on the bench at Manchester City. Loic Remy with Kinnear Joe's [...]

These Improvements Should Make Newcastle Very Competitive

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There seems to be some disagreement among Newcastle fans about just how strong our squad will be this season, compared to say two years ago, and it's good that we got Loic Remy through the door, because at least we now have one more striker than we had in the second half of last season, [...]

Newcastle Captain Picks Up Groin Injury – Tim Krul OK

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One of the things that has been encouraging in this pre-season, is that Newcastle haven't had too many injuries, and we hope that's due to the work of performance director Faye Downey, who is acting as a fitness consultant at the club. Fabricio Coloccini slight groin injury But last night the Newcastle captain Fabricio [.

Pre-Season So Much Harder But Everyone Is In Top Shape

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Steven Taylor has given a good interview in the Evening Chronicle today, and he says the training is very tough in the bright sunshine and heat of Portugal. Steven Taylor much harder then last year When Alan Pardew returned for pre-season, and finally broke his summer silence after Joe Kinnear had been appointed, he [.

This Could be Newcastle’s Top Signing This Summer

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There's some good news today that Newcastle have been able to hire Performance Director Faye Downey as a fitness consultant for the coming season. Faye Downey fitness consultant for Newcastle that's good Faye is a top class strength and conditioning coach, and it seems that's what is needed after Newcastle had one of [.

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Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway tells a journalist he’s dropped after Southampton defeat

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway sidestepped some searching questions after his side slipped to another Premier League defeat in comical fashion. The Eagles boss refused to be drawn on what he would say to his players after the 2-0 defeat to Southampton. Instead, he opted to turn the tables on the reporter posing the questions.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: Gareth Bale will play on the right against Villarreal

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal tomorrow and that he will be deployed on the right wing. He didn't say whether Bale would start or be named on the bench. On the Welshman's fitness, he said: "We play 100 per cent. I don´t know if [...]

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny: ‘Arsene Wenger was right to drop me’

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And another BIG thank you to Audi Whetstone for making one of my dreams cone true today pic.twitter.com/6OX6OOw0 Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) October 10, 2011 Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to leave him out of the team last season. The Poland international was dropped in favour of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, with [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger won’t comment on Benzema and Di Maria, says Flamini is working on his fitness

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Wenger: 'I would rather have [had] the squad in place at the start of the season' http://t.co/22pXcqOt84 #FFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/7FfzXCCXF8 Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 23, 2013 Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a double-raid on Real Madrid for Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.

All Arsenal’s international players text Arsene Wenger to say they are OK

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Arsene Wenger's mobile phone was busy last night and this morning as Arsenal's international players text their boss to report that they had come through their respective matches unscathed. The Frenchman would have anxiously awaiting news on his players' fitness with just days to go until the start of the new Premier League season.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says it’s a plus that Wayne Rooney is playing for England

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is a plus for him that Wayne Rooney is playing for England against Scotland this evening. Rooney has not featured in any of United's official pre-season matches, but Moyes claims it is good for him that his wantaway striker can build his match fitness while playing for his [.

Gareth Bale unlikely to play in Spurs’ Premier League opener, says Andre Villas Boas

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his wantaway star Gareth Bale is not likely to feature in next weekend's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. The Spurs boss was left answering awkward questions following his side's 1-1 draw with Espanyol yesterday. Bale did not feature in the match and was not even in attendance.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas refuses to discuss Real Madrid bid for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas refused to answer questions on Gareth Bale's future following reports of an official bid from Real Madrid. Villas Boas has always straight-batted question about his Welsh star by saying that he would be staying at White Hart Lane. His decision not to even discuss Bale marked a noticeable change in [.

Transfer Talk

Video: Juan Mata says he is happy to be at Chelsea

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Juan Mata insists he is happy at Chelsea despite a series of rumour linking him with a move away from the club during the transfer window. The 25-year-old was being touted for a transfer to Manchester United, Arsenal or Paris St-Germain over the summer, but none of those moves materialised. Mata claims he is committed [.

Liverpool hit transfer fee deadlock over defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool are struggling in their attempts to bring at least one new defender to the club after deal for both their targets ran into problems. The Reds wanted to pay £6m to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori, but the Portuguese side are demanding £17m for the 20-year-old. That's despite the fact that the youngster [.

Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney has discussed his future with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard

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England captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that wantaway Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has confided in him over his plans. Liverpool skipper Gerrard said Rooney has spoken to him about his club future, but would not reveal details of that conversation. He said: "It wouldn't be fair on Wayne for me to talk about that [.

Is former West Ham striker Carlton Cole on trial at Tottenham?

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Spurs could be lining up a shock move for Carlton Cole after the ex-West Ham man played for them in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Reports suggest he scored two goals against non-league Enfield Town in a game played at Spurs' training ground yesterday. Tottenham fans are desperate for manager Andre Villas Boas and chairman Daniel Levy [.

QPR’s Joey Barton asks Everton to sign him

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Joey Barton has contacted his boyhood club Everton to ask them to sign him. And he offered to take a 50 per cent pay-cut to make sure the deal goes ahead. The QPR midfielder spent last season on loan at Marseille. With a permanent move to the French side now looking unlikely, the 30-year-old contacted [.

Videos

Video: Spurs’ Lewis Holty scores 25-yard curler against West Ham U21s

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Lewis Holtby is back and it looks like he means business. Everbody's favourite Germglishman is back to fitness and played for Spurs Under-21s as he seeks the match practice he needs to break into Andre Villas Boas' team. He certainly succeeded in catching the eye during last week's clash with West Ham Under-21s.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal midfield

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his midfielders after recording a 3-0 win at Fenerbahce. Aaron Ramsey was on the scoresheet and named man of the match. He was ably assisted by Jack Wilshere, albeit you could tell the England international was short of match fitness. And the likes of Tomas Rosicky and [.

Arsenal release video of the Running Man

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While their players were briefly entertained by a fan who tripped up chasing the team bus, the real hero of Arsenal's pre-season tour so far was the Vietnamese fan who managed to run alongside the bus for more than 10 minutes. The supporter trailed the bus through the streets of Hanoi, catching the eye of [.

The Rest

Läuferische Statistiken vor dem Halbfinale der WM2014

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Läuferische Statistiken vor dem Halbfinale der WM2014

Das Halbfinale der WM2014 rückt näher und unsere Elf hat es auch unter die letzten Vier geschafft. Von verschiedenen Seiten hört man, dass das nur mit sehr viel Glück verbunden war. Ich aber behaupte, dass nicht Glück, sondern Fitness bisher einer der entscheidende Faktoren war und dass das auch im.

Thomas Berthold steht auf eine Kokosnuss

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Thomas Berthold steht auf eine Kokosnuss

Ach du große S****...angesichts dieses Webfundstückes hätte es mich heute morgen beinahe vom Stuhl gehauen. Was sich unser 90er Weltmeister Thomas Berthold dabei gedacht hat wird nur er selber wissen. Oder vielleicht seine Frau, denn die scheint da ja auch ganz groß involviert zu sein.

Philippe Coutinho tells Liverpool fans: ‘I’ll be back soon’

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has declared the operation on his shoulder a success and vowed to back in the team soon. The Brazilian star required surgery after falling awkwardly following a foul by Ashley Williams during the 2-2 draw with Swansea. But Coutinho says the procedure went well and he is now on his way [.