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Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday

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London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

Szczenstational sztuff szomething szomething … yeah

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Morning all, I know I'm prone to weird dreams, but this morning, between snoozes, I dreamed that I was watching Football Focus, and Alex Ferguson's answer to Robin van Persie's goal drought was simple.

'We're going to find the biggest mains tap we can, stick it up his arse, and turn it on full blast.

Rio Ferdinand, Vassili Berezoutski and karma responsible for Man Utd defender Phil Jones’ own goal

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Jones keeping up with the Berezoutskis szólj hozzá: M0-1S Manchester United youngster Phil Jones has blamed defensive colleague Rio Ferdinand for his midweek Champions League own goal against Roma. The wonderkid revealed he had been laughing at CSKA Moscow defender Vassili Berezoutski following his comedy own goal in the early kick-off on Tuesday evening.

Jose Mourinho

VIDEO: Full Jose Mourinho interview with BBC's Football Focus.

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Jose Mourinho was featured in episode of the BBC's Football Focus yesterday ahead of today's clash with Manchester United. Jose talks, his love for Chelsea, the new project here, Juan Mata and more.


Carefree & KTBFFH!



Samuel Eto’o says he hated Jose Mourinho before he loved him

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Samuel Eto'o and Jose Mourinho won the treble together at Inter in 2010 and now they've been reunited at Chelsea. But the good relationship that brought them back together was not always so good, at least according to Eto'o.

From the BBC:

"The relationship I have with Jose is something really interesting," he told Football Focus.

BBC

Mark Bright offers South American pronunciation tips

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We are costantly spoonfed the concept that Team GB are taking the Olympic football tournament seriously, but can we really believe that the BBC are doing the same by using Mark Bright as a co-commentator? Usually saved for minnow FA Cup games and Football Focus appearances, the BBC rolled out their B team for the [.

Gareth Bale To Leave Spurs?

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Gareth Bale says he'll have to "see what's best for myself" if Spurs don't reach the Champions League.

A run of one win in nine league games has seen Spurs slip from title challengers to fifth place, outside the Champions League berths and facing the prospect of a second season of Europa League football next term.

Gareth Bale To Leave Spurs If No Champions League Football Next Season

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Gareth Bale says he'll have to "see what's best for myself" if Spurs don't reach the Champions League.

A run of one win in nine league games has seen Spurs slip from title challengers to fifth place, outside the Champions League berths and facing the prospect of a second season of Europa League football next term.

Rio’s Twitter Row With Journo Over JT

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Rio Ferdinand was booed throughout United's 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Whilst Rio has never been a popular player with Chelsea fans, given his West Ham and Leeds history, as well as the issues over the England captaincy, it was clear that Rio was singled out for special abuse yesterday thanks to John Terry's charge for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

ARSENAL LEGEND raves: Liverpool star is "one of the all-time greats..."

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Liverpool fans are overjoyed to see club captain Steven Gerrard back playing for the club regularly, and his inspirational impact on the team is being praised across the board. Former Arsenal stalwart Martin Keown joined the chorus of approval during the BBC's 'Football Focus' program' on Saturday.

VIDEO: Jong Sae-Te’s Tears For North Korea vs Brazil

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The death of long time North Korean leader Kim Jung Il was greeted with shed loads of tears by North Koreans living within the secretive Communist state. Kim Jung Il's death has also triggered memories of Jong Sae-Te's heart-wrenching tears before North Korea's match with Brazil at World Cup 2010. It was eye-opening stuff and [.

BBC Football Pundit: Agger Falls Into Both Categories

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Football Focus pundit Garth Crooks has praised the performances of Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger this season.
The Danish international has been keeping Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher out of the side, with Kenny Dalglish persisting instead with a centre-back partnership of Martin Skrtel and Agger.

The Big Interview – Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam

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The Big Interview Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam

In an in-depth interview with Football Focus, Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam discusses his "dream" summer move to Anfield, his relationship with Reds manager Kenny Dalglish and the club's form this season.

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A news article on 2011-12-10 12:35:57 from: BBC

This news item has been reproduced from today's media.

Carroll needs time to settle at Liverpool – Adam

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Carroll needs time to settle at Liverpool Adam

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam tells Football Focus that young players, such as team-mate Andy Carroll, need time to settle in after signing for a new club.

View the full story here: BBC

A news article on 2011-12-09 17:06:37 from: BBC

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ITS’ Top 10 Football Moments of 2011

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What a year 2011 was for Football! We have had fireworks, management fallouts, enthralling top-of-the-table encounters, relegation scraps and transfer embargos to drive any football fan round the twist. So without wetting your appetite any further, here is In The Stands' top ten football moments of 2011.

Video Tribute: Brazil World Cup 1982 Legend Socrates Dies of Illness

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Former Brazil captain and World Cup 1982 legend Socrates has died it was announced on Sunday morning after a long struggle with intestinal problems as In The Stands salutes a true genius of the game. Socrates is said to have suffered a septic shock in the early hours of Sunday morning and the 57-year-old died [.

Brazil Legend Socrates Dead: Video Tribute

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Brazilian footballing artist and legend Socrates has died it was announced on Sunday morning after a long struggle with intestinal problems as In The Stands salutes a true genius of the game. Socrates is said to have suffered a septic shock in the early hours of Sunday morning and the 57-year-old died at 04:30AM Brazilian [.

Gary Speed: Football Focus Interview and Video Tributes

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OIg_rIj_vM Gary Speed appeared on Football Focus, the BBC football show, earlier on Saturday alongside former Leeds United teammate Gary McAllister for a discussion regarding several topics. Eerily, it would be his last TV...

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Mark Lawrenson blog: It’s the man Gary Speed was that makes this so hard to accept

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Mark Lawrenson blog: It's the man Gary Speed was that makes this so hard to accept

Gary Speed was in typical mood laughing, joking, full of enthusiasm about life, his career and family. That was on Saturday afternoon at the BBC studios. Myself and Alan Shearer sat watching the lunchtime kick-off, preparing for Match of the Day.

VIDEO: Gary Speed’s Final Appearance For The BBC On Football Focus

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Gary Speed's last ever television appearance was as a guest on BBC 1s popular Football Focus programme on Saturday 26, November, 2011 with host Dan Walker. The late Wales boss was found dead at his house on Sunday morning with police deeming the cause of death as suicide. Shocked friends, relatives, players and anybody who [.

Me versus Lawro

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I'm sure we all come across Lawro's predictions each and every week:Â http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/football_focus/15861497.stm So if it's good enough for Lawro (that formerly 'tached demigod), then it's good enough for me... it's time for my weekend predictions that will inevitably fall completely flat.

Steve McClaren on Football Focus

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Today's interview with Steve McClaren on BBC One's Football Focus, I'll let you draw your own conclusions... Dan Walker: "A third victory in four for Forest. You've had a few weeks to reflect on what went wrong, so what did go wrong in your eyes?" Steve McClaren: "A lot longer than the minute we've got [.

English Premier League

Manchester City’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Manchester City's Summer 2012 Transfer Targets - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Backed by their wealthy owners, Manchester City have spent a fortune on players including Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez in recent seasons.

It's fully expected that the Manchester club will continue to spend big to bring in new, quality, players as soon as the transfer window re-opens.

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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On Friday we started a new diet that only allowed us gin and tonics for 48 hours straight.

All in all, it was the first diet we ever seriously stuck to and as a result, we lost two whole days!

Saturday

- Football pundit and former Strictly Come Dancing participant, Robbie Savage, announced via Twitter that his hero and best friend his father had passed away at the age of 64.

Happy to be Written Off

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So that's the title challenge put to bed for another year- I must say it was terrific fun while it lasted. Barely had I got the blue and white bunting down from the loft after our win against Everton, was I then tossing it into the fire with all my tax returns again on Saturday evening. Easy come, easy go.

BBC Football Pundit Lauds Consistency Of Towering Liverpool Star

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Football Focus pundit Garth Crooks has praised the performances of Martin Skrtel in light of the towering centre-half's superb individual effort at the weekend.
The Slovakian international scored Liverpool's second goal during the 2-0 win against Aston Villa and the 27-year-old has been one of Kenny Dalglish's most consistent performers.

Wales Manager Gary Speed Dies Of Apparent Suicide

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Shocking news today that Wales manager David Speed is dead. Speed was found dead at his home near Chester in an apparent suicide.

A spokesman for the Cheshire Police said:

"At 7.08am today, Cheshire Police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntington, Chester.

Wales Manager Gary Speed Dead

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Shocking news today that Wales manager David Speed is dead. Speed was found dead at his home near Chester in an apparent suicide.

A spokesman for the Cheshire Police said:

"At 7.08am today, Cheshire Police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntington, Chester.

RIP Gary Speed, football has a lot of catching up to do

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The news of Gary Speed's death today is as surprising as it is sad, with a true gentleman and Premier League great suddenly gone without a hint of a warning.

It is perhaps a bit of a cliche to say he was one of the last you would expect this of, but it really fits right now; never in his distinguished career has Speed been known for anything other than being a model professional, and it is alarming that there has, presumably, always been something lurking under the surface that he never felt comfortable sharing with anyone.

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Divine intervention – Football Focus fire alarm cuts off Martin Keown mid-sentence

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We knew the Tyne and Wear derby would be a hell-raising affair, but not so fiery that a mere pre-match discussion of the dual would set off the fire alarm. That appeared to be the case in the Football Focus studio in Salford on Saturday as a loud fire siren did the right thing and [...]


Yorkies Cards 2011 - Pack 8

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We are nearing the end of this elaborate gag. It's been a journey of laughs and "what the hell were we thinking" type moments. With Champs League just around the corner, we will finally be resuming our regular actual football focus shortly. Hey, what does a 'down homer', a model, and Doneil Henry have in common?

gary speed

Speed's sad death shocks the football world

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"All we've done is cried. None of this makes sense. I don't know if we'll ever know." Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive, Football Association of Wales.

For once Sepp Blatter said the right thing in calling Gary Speed
, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, "a model professional and a fantastic ambassador for the game".

R.I.P Gary Speed – Wales Manager Found Dead At Home

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By Chris Wright

This really is terrible. The Football Association of Wales have confirmed reports that Wales manager Gary Speed has been found dead at his Cheshire home after apparently committing suicide this morning. 'No suspicious circumstances' is the official Police line.

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Garth Crooks Delivers Clinic In World Class Nodding During ‘Football Focus’ Interview (Video)

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Adding yet more credibility to the theory that heis a humanoid synth sent back from the future to try our collective patience on a weekly basis, footage has emerged of Garth Crooks appearing to suffered a bio-mechanical glitch.

While interviewing Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 'Football Focus', the Crooksbot began ticking wildly ashis sensors attempted to process and express human understanding.

BBC presenter apologizes for saying pair of fans were ‘on the Ronaldo diet’

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Dan Walker of the BBC's Football Focus has apologized for commenting that two fans at a Southampton match looked like they were "on the Ronaldo diet" on the program last season. But his apology wasn't directed at any of the people you would suspect.

From the Telegraph:

The BBC One show had just featured a Gary Lineker interview with Ronaldo, the Brazilian footballer who has put on weight since his playing days.

Remembering Hillsborough

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On April 15th, 1989, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium. Reds across the world unite today, the 23nd anniversary of the disaster, to remember the lives lost, the impact the disaster has had on the club, and the continued fight for justice.

Mario Balotelli debunks stories about himself for Noel Gallagher

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Part of the reason so many fantastical Mario Balotelli stories are able to exist as truth is that Mario doesn't do interviews very often. Also, because we want them to be. But Mario's understandable distrust of the media apparently does not exclude talking to former Oasis songwriter and professional Man City fan Noel Gallagher for the BBC's Football Focus.

LFC LEGEND claims: "Liverpool are not good enough..."

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Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson is often criticised by fans for his outspoken views on the club, and when asked about Liverpool's top 4 chances a earlier today, the European Cup winning defender was in typically honest form.Speaking on Football Focus, Lawrenson argued:"To make the top 4: City, obviously; United, Tottenham, and I'm going with Chelsea.

Steve McClaren v Nottingham Forest; PLUS bid for a signed Chris Gunter shirt (it’s for charity!)

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As most of you will know by now, Steve McClaren appeared on Football Focus the other day. As my friend [...] Read the original post on eighteensixtyfive