Footballer of the Year

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Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 4-5 May

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1. David Luiz is trying to develop a tabloid persona as 'the Smirker'. 2. It's getting tight at the bottom. 3. 'Agh win it late, C!' is an appropriate anagram of Wigan Athletic after Callum McManaman's late winner against West Brom. 4. Indeed, it was a day for late lifelines at both ends of the [...]

Kaka To Manchester United?

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Real Madrid have offered United Kaka on a season-long loan as they  prepare for the arrival of Luka Modric. Mourinho wants to get rid of Kaka, but he is finding the number of clubs that can afford his wages are pretty small. So he is considering sending him on loan with the idea of trying to sell Kaka next summer.

Where To Put Your Money: Everton vs United

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Manchester United are a top priced 1.91 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get their season off to a flying start with victory over Everton at Goodison and look bankers to do so.

Robin van Persie is in the squad after completing his £24m move from Arsenal in time, and the thought of him linking up with Wayne Rooney is a mouth watering prospect.

UEFA’s Best Player in Europe nominees

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Mario Balotelli, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo are in the running to win UEFA's Best Player in Europe award.

A 32-man long-list has been drawn up by selected journalists across each UEFA member country and Italy's three Euro 2012 stars were included.

Buffon and Pirlo were two of Serie A's three representatives after their fine form for Juventus over the last 12 months.

Who Are Ya? Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jan Vertonghen Age: 25 Position: Centre-back Signed from: Ajax. Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £9.5 million). Did you know? The move is likely to go ahead despite the best efforts of the Eredivisie trophy to make Vertonghen fail his medical.

Euro 2012: Robin van Persie running out of time to collect his medals

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Robin van Persie running out of time to collect his medals" was written by Kevin McCarra, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 12th June 2012 12.20 UTC

Robin van Persie must sometimes sigh over his medals. There are too few for a Holland striker of such accomplishment.

Backpage Roundup: More Individual Glory for RVP, Wilshere’s Olympics Issue and More

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RVP Claims FWA Gong Too

Just two days after being named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year, Arsenal FC captain Robin van Persie has snapped up the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award too.

van Persie Wins Football Writers' Award, Dempsey Finishes Fourth

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England's Football Writers' Association named Arsenal's Robin van Persie their Footballer of the Year. van Persie already won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year. Speaking for the Football Writers' Association chairman Steve Bates said in a press statement: "The considerable size of his majority in the votes cast by our members reflected the general view that he has been the season's most outstanding individual performer.

Dempsey Takes Fourth in Footballer of the Year Voting

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U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey finished fourth in the FWA Football of the Year voting.

Clint Dempsey of Fulham was voted fourth in the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie won the honor, followed by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes in second and third place, and Dempsey.

Can Tottenham catch both Man Utd and Man City and win the Premier League title ?

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A couple of days ago, I happened to comment on Twitter following Man Utd's 5-0 thrashing of Wigan at Old Trafford and Man City's 0-0 away draw with West Bromwich Albion, that the title was now down to a two horse race as both Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool had failed to beat either Wolves, Fulham or Blackburn respectively.

AC Milan

Kaka To Sao Paulo?

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According to reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday, Kaka's wife says that the former World Footballer of the Year is set to return to Brazil,

Caroline Celico told Brazilian magazine RG that she and her husband had no plans to move anywhere else.

"We are planning the return to Sao Paulo with all the family," Celico said.

AC Milan offers €13m for Kaka's return

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Adriano Galliani went on the charm offensive talking about Kaka.

"Certain love affairs never end. They go a long way away and then come back"

A day after, the club reportedly put together a €13m offer for Kaka's return to the San Siro after a disappointing number of seasons at Real Madrid.

Karanka Hints At Real Madrid Exit For Kaka

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Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka appeared to suggest that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu following his omission from Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo.

Kaka has been regularly linked with a move away from Real over the past 12 months, after struggling to justify the then-world record fee of £50.

Real Madrid Willing To Take €55m Hit On Kaka Transfer

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly willing to swallow his pride and offer Brazilian midfielder, Kaka for a reduced price of roughly €10 million, a €55 million loss after buying the player from AC Milan in 2009 for €65 million.

Manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the player and told the Brazilian that he will not be featured in the club's plans for next season, as they continue to look for a possible suitor, while at the same time continue negotiations with his successor, Tottenham's Luka Modric.

Pirlo for Ballon d'Or

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The race for European Footballer of the year appears to be a two horse race: Messi and Ronaldo, but maybe there is a third player that deserves a look.

Last season Andrea Pirlo left AC Milan to sign with fellow Italian League superpower Juventus. The move paid off for the Old Lady and Pirlo.

Pato, Neymar and Ganso In Brazil Squad For USA Tour

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On Friday Brazil announced its squad for its games against Denmark and United States in May and Mexico and arch-rivals Argentina in June.

While Pato made coach Mano Menezes's 23-man squad, which is made up largely of under-23 players as Brazil look to try and win the Olympic gold medal for the first time, missing was former World footballer of the year Ronaldinho.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi “Titanium” Skills Goals and Tricks in HD

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Sit back and relax, turn up your speakers and enjoy some of the best of Lionel Messi in this collection of Skills, Goals, and Tricks. The Messi video is nicely put together and set to the music and song by David Guetta featuring Sia, Performing Titanium...Soccer and Music at it's finest.

Just in case you've been living under a rock and have no idea just how good a soccer player Messi is or who he is.

Why Messi Isn’t The Greatest Ever

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Lionel Messi registered a record-breaking five goal haul last Wednesday, as a boisterous Barcelona swept aside a baffled Bayern Leverkusen outfit, to march promptly into the Champions League Quarter-Finals.

Messi once again exhibited his undeniable quality and complete understanding of the modern game, bringing to the boil the debate that has simmered under the surface since he adopted Barcelona's number 10 shirt from the majestic Ronaldinho in 2008.

Arsenal

Daniel Taylor on United as favourites and Rooney staying put

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Daniel Taylor, chief football writer for The Guardian and author of This Is The One, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Daniel Taylor: Lots of things.

Tomas Rosicky Plays Guitar On Stage With Czech Band ‘Tři Sestry’ (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which budding rock star Tomas Rosicky takes to the stage with his SG to rattle through a number with a band called Tři Sestry (Three Sisters) who, judging by the outfits, appear to be the Czech Republic's belated answer to the Village People had they been fronted by Captain Sensible.

Gunner discusses RvP transfer status

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Arsenal defender Andre Santos has admitted that there continues to be uncertainty regarding the future of in-form captain Robin van Persie but believes that the entire Gunners community is firmly pushing for the Dutchman to remain at the club.

The recent signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud inevitably led to suggestions that the Gunners are rolling out their contingency plan to prepare for van Persie's impending departure.

Arsenal supporters unveil top five

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The results are in and Arsenal fans have unsurprisingly chosen skipper Robin van Persie as the club's Player of the Season in a poll sponsored by EA Sports. Alex Song, Tomas Rosicky, Laurent Koscienly, and Mikel Arteta round off the list of top five players chosen by the Gunners' faithful.

Yet another accolade for RvP

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Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie scooped up one more award last week to add to his increasing collection that already includes the Premier League Golden Boot, the PFA Player of the Year, and the FWA Footballer of the Year for the 2011-2012 season.

RvP has now been honored for scoring the Gunners faithful's most favorite goal of last season, with his stunning match-winning volley against Everton beating other impressive strikes from Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry.

Robin Van Persie: ‘I’ll Always Be A Gunner’

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TweetRobin Van Persie was in London on Thursday to receive his award and had a message to all Arsenal fans sweating on his future with the club. The 2012 PFA Player of the Year and the current Footballer of the Year has just 12 months left on his contract with the club and is set [...]

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QPR's Tony Fernandes and Lakshmi Mittal Receive "Investors in Football" Award at Asian Football Awards...Loan Signing...Joint QPR-Chelsea Appeal

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QPR Report Tuesday: Awards Tonight for QPR's Tony Fernandes and Lashmi Mittal?

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The Rest

Ukraine coach says his strikers can’t score and his defenders can’t tackle

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Fresh from accusing Germany of poisoning his squad, Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has taken an unusual approach to motivating his side: telling the press that they're not very good.

Speaking before the co-host's first match with Sweden, the former European Footballer of the Year announced that his team — all of whom are based in Ukraine except Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk — have not played enough this season.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dempsey claims Fulham honor, Mathijsen sidelined and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Fulham's supporters just put the icing on the cake for Clint Dempsey's historic season.

The club announced Thursday that Dempsey has been voted Fulham's Player of the Season by the club's fans for the second straight year. The honor comes as no surprise for the 29-year-old, who scored 23 goals in all competitions despite logging most of his minutes in the Cottagers' midfield.

Eden Hazard is set to join Chelsea

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The French footballer of the year is soon to be a Chelsea man. Eden Hazard, the Lille midfielder with the growing reputation is ready to sign a five year contract which will pay him £170,000 a week. The transfer is worth £35m. In all, with the transfer fee, player wages, and agent fee, it amounts to £78m.

A tribute to Steven Gerrard’s greatest moments. YNWA Captain Fantastic

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Liverpool Debut November 29, 1998

Eighteen-year-old Stevie makes his first debut for the Reds, coming on as a sub for Vegard Heggem in a 2-0 win over Blackburn at Anfield. That was when the world got to see Steven Gerrard for the first time. Now, if only we knew what was in store for the future.

Yaya Toure: African POY, Mystical Magician

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Yaya Toure was named the CAF Player of the Year for being awesome in 2011, and rightly so. Possibly for his sartorial abilities.

Actually, he showed up in different dress, which makes one think that massive robe is a prize for winning the prize. A prize which immediately turns its wearer into a spiritual healer?