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Chelsea win FA Cup Thriller over Tottenham

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London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham faced off in a wildly entertaining FA Cup Semifinal at the iconic Wembley Stadium. These two clubs are the best of English football at the moment, as Chelsea are on top of the league table, four points ahead of Spurs. Saturday’s Cup clash provided a chance for both sides to gain much needed confidence and momentum heading into the final stretch of a long season.

Liverpool silent as reports of potential transfer ban emerge

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As Liverpool approach a big game this weekend, they have remained silent on allegations of a banned inducement offer to a 12-year-old Stoke schoolboy

The Reds haven’t made any comments on this claim, and if found guilty of “tapping up” the Stoke youngster, they could face a fine or a transfer ban on academy players, according to The Telegraph.

Manchester United closely monitoring Roma defender

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Roma’s Kostas Manolas could be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer. The Greek centre-back has been subject to huge interest in the past couple of years among Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

In October 2016, he rejected at extension on his contract in the Italian capital over wage disagreements.

Chelsea midfielder signs contract extension until 2021

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2021. The Blues reported the news via there official website today. The Nigerian has signed a two-year extension, after becoming a regular in the first team this season under Antonio Conte.

Moses’ future seemed destined to be away from Chelsea at the start of the campaign.

Leicester City sacking Claudio Ranieri is the sad reality of modern-day football

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The entire world seems to have united in support of Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The affable and cheerful Italian was liked and respected by friends and foes alike. It’ll take some effort to find someone that has a bad word to say about him.

3 areas in which Chelsea still need to improve

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There aren’t too many people who would bet against Chelsea lifting the Premier League title in May. The Blues are currently sitting comfortably at the summit, 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Antonio Conte’s men have been a pillar of consistency thus far, and another good run of results should see them seal the deal.

Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal this season?

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There’s been a lot of banter among the Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans in recent times over whether London is red, white or blue respectively. North London though, has unequivocally been red. The Gunners have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons, and have all the bragging rights in the area.

Chelsea press conference: Antonio Conte addresses Paulo Dybala rumours

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Antonio Conte was his jovial yet furtive self in the pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.

Conte was spotted in Juventus’ 1-0 win over Inter last weekend, a day after Chelsea beat Arsenal. Even though it was Blues loanee Juan Cuadrado who scored the winner with an absolute screamer, there were rumours that the manager was in Turin to scout striker Paulo Dybala.

Arsene Wenger admits interest in signing “next Thierry Henry”

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Arsene Wenger’s search for his next superstar has taken him to a familiar destination in his home country in France. He is interested in bringing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, according to a report today in Le 10 Sport.

Mbappe is only 18 and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry.

5 most important Branislav Ivanovic goals for Chelsea

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has reportedly agreed to a move to Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg. The Serbian is set to call time on his Blues career after nine eventful and successful years with the club. There were several doubters when he arrived in January 2008. He didn’t make a single appearance for the club in the second half of the 2007-08 season, and was linked with a move away in the summer.

Antonio Conte makes history, named Manager of the Month again

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has become the first man in the history of the Premier League to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on three consecutive occasions. The Italian was awarded the gong for December following his victories in October and November, the Premier League confirmed on their official website.

Crystal Palace set to sign Patrice Evra from Juventus

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Sky Sports have reported that Crystal Palace are close to completing the signing of defender Patrice Evra. The Frenchman has recently expressed interest in returning to the Premier League after leaving Manchester United for Juventus in 2014.

New Palace manager Sam Allardyce has said that a priority this transfer window is to bring in defenders.

John Terry transfer: Chelsea captain wants stay, as Bournemouth show interest

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Chelsea captain John Terry has stated his wish to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this seasonl, according to a story in the Telegraph today. It was reported in November that manager Antonio Conte would be open to selling the defender in January. A host of Premier League clubs including Bournemouth and Swansea City are said to be interested, but the 36 year-old is set on staying on at his boyhood club.

Chelsea must bounce back in Premier League immediately with a win against Leicester City

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Chelsea have been the seemingly unstoppable team so far this season in the Premier League, as they currently sit comfortably on top of the table with a five point cushion over second place Liverpool. Last season’s misery has long been forgotten under Antonio Conte, as his side are playing incredible football so far this season.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Antonio Conte's key quality is the main reason behind Chelsea's outstanding form this season

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Following a 3-1 win away to Manchester City, Chelsea are now on a 8 game winning streak, scoring 22 goals and conceding 2 whilst sitting at the top of the Premier League.

I put this down to the passion shown on the sidelines by Antonio Conte, after questionable performances against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Chelsea transfer news: Club to offer Victor Moses extension amidst Barcelona interest

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Chelsea are planning to shoo away any interest from Barcelona by offering Victor Moses a contract extension. It was reported three days ago that the Catalan giants were planning a move for the Nigerian winger. The versatility displayed by Moses by carrying out the right wing-back role at Stamford Bridge this season has seen Barcelona view him as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves.

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: 5 observations from Blues’ comeback win

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Chelsea made it seven wins in a row to remain top of the league with a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Blues conceded their first goal in 600 minutes when Christian Eriksen scored an absolute beauty to give Spurs the lead inside the first quarter of an hour.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte’s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

These 3 signs prove that Jose Mourinho has lost his touch and is likely to fail at Man Utd

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It seems a long time ago that Chelsea were lifting the 2014/15 Premier League trophy after a season of utter dominance. At the helm sat Jose Mourinho, looking set for years of continued supremacy at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese was a darling in these parts, and he shared the same affection with the fans too.

Frank Lampard nominated for MLS award after blistering season

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Frank Lampard has been short-listed for the MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award, after a fantastic season with New York City. His fellow nominees are Kevin Molino and Chris Pontius from Orlando City SC and Philadelphia Union respectively. The award will be announced on November 16. Here’s the full list of nominations on the Major League Soccer (MLS) website.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea: 3 major talking points as Blues pick up another Premier League win

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It seems a long time ago that Chelsea were getting hammered 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. The Blues were clueless, hapless and lacked any sort of intensity on that day in September. In the second half though, manager Antonio Conte made a couple of changes that have changed the entire dynamic, and the fortunes of the club.

Mourinho charged with improper conduct by FA for his comments before the Liverpool clash

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Manchester United manager has been charged with improper conduct for his comments on the referee ahead of his side’s game against Liverpool last week. The Football Association stated on their official website that the Portuguese would have until 6pm on Monday, October 31 to respond.

Mourinho has been hit with this charge for giving his opinion on referee Anthony Taylor officiating the game between Liverpool and United at Anfield on October 17.

Uber Stadium: Tottenham in talks with taxi giants over stadium naming rights

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Tottenham could soon be playing in the “Uber Stadium” if reports from Squawka are to be believed. The Lilywhites are apparently in talks with taxi giants Uber over £20m-a-year naming rights of a new home.

Spurs want to agree on a similar lucrative package, reportedly worth £20-25m for between six and 15 years for the new stadium.

5 teams that can win the Premier League title this season, Man Utd will struggle to challenge

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The Premier League season is well under way and after nine games, the title race is as close as it gets. The top five teams are all separated by a mere point with three teams tied on top of the table. After Leicester City’s upset last season, it seems as though the normality has been restored in the Premier League, with the usual top teams battling for first place.

Premier League club could face points deduction because of this unbelievable mistake

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Watford are being investigated by the English Football League (EFL), following an article in the Daily Telegraph which claims the Premier League club supplied false financial information to the organisation.

The Daily Telegraph claims a forged banking letter was provided shortly before the club’s 2014/15 promotion-winning campaign.

Antonio Conte could transform Chelsea's fortunes if he can sign these three players in January

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It’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan for Antonio Conte since his arrival at Chelsea.

The Italian arrived at Stamford Bridge with the reputation of a man who prioritises defensive strength and builds from the back.

However quite frankly, the Blues have been dreadful at the back this season, and they must make a change in January.

World Class star says he is happy at Chelsea, but wants La Liga return in future

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Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has addressed his comments from a fortnight ago, where he said he wanted to return to Spain one day. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the former Atletico Madrid man said that he felt “half-Spanish”, and would consider his future at Stamford Bridge when his contract ended in 2018.

World Cup

FIFA struggles to attract sponsors for Russia’s 2018 World Cup

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The next FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14 in Russia next year, and there has been much anticipation around it. The Volunteer Programme has been a massive success, and 150,000 applications have been received, setting history.

Worryingly enough, however, two-thirds of the sponsorship slots remain unsold.

Russia hooligans issue warning: 'Festival of violence' awaits England fans at World Cup 2018

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England fans have been issued a warning – they are “100% guaranteed” to be the target for Russian hooligans at the 2018 World Cup. They have also said that the tournament will be “a festival of violence” for some locals.

Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions.

El Salvador football team share recording of a man offering money to fix match

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El Salvador football players shocked the football world as they claimed at a Monday night press conference at their Vancouver hotel that they had been offered money if they manage one of three specific results in Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match vs. Canada at BC Place Stadium.

Tuesday’s game between Canada and El Salvador is being played simultaneously along with Mexico vs.

UEFA Champions League

PSG will be without this top quality defender for crucial match against Arsenal

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Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal. PSG were naturally very displeased with the turn of events.

The 23-year-old Ivorian was given a two-month suspended prison sentence in September for assaulting a police officer.

New UEFA boss will face tough start as President with European football split over Champions League

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For the uninformed, UEFA will be choosing a new president on Wednesday, whose primary task will be to stop what European authorities say is an inflexible slide towards a breakaway football Super League open just to richer clubs, like Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, a legal advisor from Slovenia, and Dutchman Michael van Praag, an accomplished football director, are the men seeking election to replace the disgraced Michel Platini.

Man City v Steaua Bucharest, Champions League Play-off 2016: Team News, Starting Lineups, TV Info

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Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest
Champions League Qualifying Play-Off, Second Leg
24th August – 19:45pm BST
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
TV Info: Live on BT Sport 2

Pep Guardiola’s Man City take on Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off on Wednesday evening, taking a surely insurmountable 5-0 lead over from the first leg, with passage into the 2016/17 Champions League proper already all but assured.

The Rest

Real Madrid's transfer ban reduced to one window by Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Real Madrid have managed to get their ban on signing players reduced to one transfer window, following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA had imposed a one-year transfer ban on Real Madrid back in January, following which the Spanish club appealed to CAS. Its appeal panel confirmed the sanction to take effect in 2017, but only partially as they will only effectively not be able to sign players in the coming winter or January transfer window.

Sarai Bareman becomes Fifa’s first Chief Women’s Football Officer

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New Zealander, Sarai Bareman, became Fifa’s first Chief Women’s Football Officer. In the process, she became the world’s most influential figure in women’s football. She will head the governing body’s newly created Women’s Football Division as part of Fifa’s management board.

Why Football Needs Video Replays

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Football has definitely had its advances, from uniforms to training facilities, team tactics to new cleat and ball designs. One piece of technology that the highest levels of professional football have incorporated into the game is goal line technology. Installing advanced cameras in the frame of the goal notifies the center referee when the ball has crossed the line via his watch.