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Manchester United

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hails ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison as a ‘genius’

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West Ham wonderkid Ravel Morrison is a "genius", according to manager Sam Allardyce. The former Manchester United trainee put the icing on the impressive cake that was the Hammers' 3-0 win over Spurs with a spectacular solo goal. And his boss was clearly delighted with what he saw. He said: "It's the genius of Ravel [.

United boss hints at “one or two” signings

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the club has not made significant progress toward signing any new player since the transfer of Shinji Kagawa but has indicated that "one or two" deals may be in the pipeline.

The 23-year old Kagawa recently completed a move from German champions Borussia Dortmund but no big name has yet followed him to Old Trafford.

Liverpool

Liverpool's biggest contribution: The Myth of Moneyball

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Liverpool's owners, die hard practitioners of Moneyball, pride themselves on the rigorous behind the numbers, value for money purchases that give them a leg up in the MLB. Entering the cash on steroids environment of the Premiership, they recruited Damien Comolli on the advice of Billy Beane, Mr Moneyball himself and ended up throwing £120m on transfers.

Dembele off to Spurs

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Usually when I find an episode of Inspector Morse on television it's about halfway through. I don't mind though – I quite like to just see what they're all doing, John Thaw's character being particularly intriguing to me. Hade doesn't like this – if we've missed the start we won't know what's happened, will we?

End of the Speedy Option?

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Speeding out?

The Champions League draw will be happening tomorrow and we'll find out who's in our group. We will definitely be one of the top 8 seeds and that should ensure a much easier task than say, Manchester City. On one hand, it would be better if we get weaker teams which should make our qualification to the next stage more comfortable.

Joe Cole Still Eager To Impress At Liverpool, But Has His Ship Already Sailed?

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By Alan Duffy

Ever the envelope-pusher, Cole introduces his new 'blowing the ball' skillz

From lightweight, free-thinking dribbling genius at West Ham to stocky, underachieving Mourinho-bot at Chelsea to forgotten man at Liverpool, the career of talented schemer Joe Cole hasn't really gone according to plan.

Chelsea ramblings: Hazard, Financial Fair Play and Champions League goodness

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Nicks' note: Our moving-towards-resident Chelsea writer Sahil is back with a criminally late post (the post is because of Sahil, it is criminally late because of me) about Chelsea; what they're doing, who they're buying, why they're so blue, and pictures of as many permutations of players lifting the Champions League trophy as he can muster.

Rumour Mongering: Managerial Soap Opera Edition

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FSG are genius saviours returning the club to glory, they have a plan in place, and the slightest doubt or skepticism means you're a fool for daring to question them. Just never mind they've been at the club for eighteen months now and are currently looking to sort their second managerial and director of football hires, while the man presumed to have the most sway in the matter will be overseeing a move to his fourth manager in two years.

Snapshot: Brendan Rodgers Rejects Liverpool On Grounds Of ‘Not Being A Miracle Worker’

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By Chris Wright

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has officially turned down an interview for the vacant Liverpool job this morning, opting to continue with his admirable work in South Wales instead presumably because he reckons there ain't enough ballast in the world to reverse the fortunes of that particular sinking ship.

Manchester City

Laudrup eyes stellar Sinclair replacement

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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has demonstrated his genius once again by lining up the brilliant signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez in anticipation for Scott Sinclair's move to Manchester City.

It was confirmed earlier today that the Swans had accepted a bid from the Citizens in the region of £8 million and the same source has indicated that Laudrup is engaged in talks with Valencia to bring Hernandez while Sinclair undergoes his medical in the Eastlands.

Perma-Crock Owen Hargreaves Gives It One More Go, Trains With QPR

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By Alan Duffy

Once hated by England fans and then loved by them, Owen Hargreaves, of this video genius, Â is now training with Queens Park Rangers in yet another attempt to regain his fitness and to salvage his injury-savaged career.

Despite signing a one-year deal with Man City last summer, the former Bayern Munich midfielder managed only 13 minutes of league action as his body, battered by injuries and bruised by countless operations failed to perform at the requisite level.

Soccer History

Radamel Falcao's hat trick as Atletico destroy Athletic Bilbao, 4-0

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That was some terrible defending. Kudos to Falcao but he was made to look sensational by a sleep walking Athletic Bilbao side. One has to say, Falcao seems to be perfecting the art or science of being at the right place and at the right time (see second goal) to take advantage of those errors which is a form of genius.

Falcao's bicycle kick against America De Cali

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In case anyone needed convincing Radamel Falcao is nothing if not genius. Cue frenzied transfer rumours. With Chelsea winning the Champions League all roads lead to Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal

Wenger – The whole Arsenal team need to share out the goalscoring this season

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Arsene Wenger is well aware that Arsenal have lost a goalscoring genius in Robin Van Persie, but he is certain that the Gunners new arrivals and our midfielders have the ability to make up for our loss. After ending the first two League games without a goal it was obvious that the Arsenal-loving media (sarcasm!

Numbers, arrivals and the Arsenal departure lounge

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Sometimes getting started is the most difficult part of writing a blog so I'll just jump straight in with Arsenal's announcement of the squad numbers for next season.

New boy Olivier Giroud will wear 12 while other new boy Lukas Podolski has not yet been allocated one despite many numbers being free.

What’s A Number To You?

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Yes, we decide to prank Podolski by not giving him a number

Hello again. Where do we begin today? Squad numbers you say? Right, let's go there. As is traditionally done, squad numbers are released ahead of the upcoming new season. It allows fans to deck their new kit with the player's name and make the club some additional money.

What is Arsenal?

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I spent too long on Monday explaining how little as fans we really know our team. Instead I tried to emphasize the anomaly that the club is, in a league of slightly predictable anomalies.

We know what Man United is. We know that when we look at the parts of the machine, there are few players in that team we would like over ours.

What is Arsenal?

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I spent too long on Monday explaining how little as fans we really know our team. Instead I tried to emphasize the anomaly that the club is, in a league of slightly predictable anomalies.

We know what Man United is. We know that when we look at the parts of the machine, there are few players in that team we would like over ours.

Euro 2012

I’m Amused…I Think

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I got this video sent to me via e-mail, asking me to share and spread the word. I watched it and by the end I felt confused. As an American soccer fan am I supposed to be amused or insulted? I assume their implication is that major international tournaments, like the just completed Euro 2012, brings people like this out of the woodwork.

Is Super Mario so often vilified because he is black?

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A slightly controversial headline today regarding Monsieur Balotelli from yours truly in preparation for today's Euro 2012 final. This is something which has been on my mind for a while but whether any of it is any true is entirely a different matter.

Anyway, firstly back to the game between the Germans and the assured Azzuri which was perhaps provided one of the most surprising results of the tournament so far.

Greatness Beckons

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Captains

A deep lying midfielder and a goalkeeper coming off the end of a successful Serie A season where they could not be beaten in any league game. Both and a few more of their team mates are on the verge of adding the European Championship to their honours list. A mad man (as many would like to call him) and the cause of consternation amongst fans, dividing opinions between that and that of a genius.

England v Italy predictions: OTP talks to Terry Venables

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Although the FA are famously allergic to him, Terry Venables remains closely nestled in many an England fans bosom. He was the man who squeezed the last drops of genius out of Paul Gascoigne and almost seduced football to come home at Euro 96. Since that unforgettable summer, the former Spurs manager has never been [.

Ronaldo Stakes Claim for World Recognition

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Cristiano Ronaldo's impressive performances at Euro 2012 have led some people placing a bet on La Liga to suggest that he is now the undisputed best player in the world.

While he still may be slightly behind Argentinian genius, Lionel Messi, in that category, there can be no argument that Portugal's talisman is gaining ground and, when at his best, is simply unplayable.

Euro 2012: Rooney’s understanding with Welbeck makes Hodgson’s choice easy

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There's always an attempt to replicate great moments — particularly goals — in the playground, though any young fan who enjoyed Danny Welbeck's winner against Sweden for England on Friday evening would have difficulty pulling it off. It was an audacious piece of skill; the fact that it was initially seen as lucky, cynically dismissed as a fluke, made it an altogether better goal as the replay showed Welbeck react instinctively to Theo Walcott's cross by turning, then letting the ball gently bounce onto the back of his boot away into the right of Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

Lionel Messi Completes Hat-Trick Vs Brazil With Stunning Wonder Goal (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

While Cristiano Ronaldo was struggling to find his mojo against Germany in Euro 2012, across the Atlantic, the Real Madrid man's nemesis was doing the business for Argentina against none other than Brazil.

Lionel Messi was the star of the show in the friendly game in New Jersey, netting a superb hat-trick, with the third goal the undoubted icing on the cake.

Now Standing: ‘Roy the Redeemer’

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This is marketing genius at its finest, surely.

What is the most ludicrously asinine thing one could do, well, ever? How 'bout erecting a temporary 100ft structure depicting Roy Hodgson as England's Christ the Redeemer on the shores of Dover, facing France with some 'tude.

Greatest Moments In European Championship History, Recreated with Lego [VIDEO]

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Eighteen year old genius Graham Love has created a lovely two minute video featuring the greatest moments in European Championship history, recreated in Lego with stop-motion camera techniques. The video includes everything from Paul Gascoigne's...

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‘If Someone Throws Bananas, I Will Kill Him’ – Mario Balotelli Vows To Smite Any Euro 2012 Racists

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By Chris Wright

There's no sitting on the fence with Mario Balotelli vis-a-vis the preemptive racism storm a-brewing ahead of Euro 2012. The new Italian No. 9 Â - who has endured more than his fair share of abuse in the past has vowed to 'kill anyone' who throws bananas at him in the street in Poland and/or Ukraine, telling France Football:

"If [racism] does happen I would leave the pitch and go home.

danny murphy

Danny Murphy leaves Fulham

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The thing here is that Danny Murphy was making important contributions to Fulham matches last season. It is well established that time waits for no man, but time has not yet left Danny Murphy behind he could still do his thing, and indeed was doing his thing as the season ran out in May.

Danny Murphy leaves Fulham

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The thing here is that Danny Murphy was making important contributions to Fulham matches last season. It is well established that time waits for no man, but time has not yet left Danny Murphy behind he could still do his thing, and indeed was doing his thing as the season ran out in May.

Sometimes there’s a man…

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I don't care if there's no 'end product'. I've honestly never seen a footballer who's as fun to watch as Mousa Dembele.

We sit in what I used to think of as "Paintil Corner", the area of the Riverside where John Paintsil was most active when defending the Hammersmith End. The thing with being that close to the action is that you lose a lot of perspective, but you do grow to appreciate the speed and nimbleness of top level football.

Sometimes there’s a man…

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I don't care if there's no 'end product'. I've honestly never seen a footballer who's as fun to watch as Mousa Dembele.

We sit in what I used to think of as "Paintil Corner", the area of the Riverside where John Paintsil was most active when defending the Hammersmith End. The thing with being that close to the action is that you lose a lot of perspective, but you do grow to appreciate the speed and nimbleness of top level football.

The Rest

Laser Through Ball By Lionel Messi

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Just a genius through ball by Lionel Messi that cuts out four Real Sociedad defenders.

‘Please, Please, Please, Please Don’t Call Me A Racist’ – John Terry Court Case: The Musical (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Beating Andrew 'The Toad Lord' Lloyd-Webber squarely to the punch, here's Fitba Thatba's latest West End production John Terry Court Case: The Musical, a work of pure melodramatic genius...

If you're wondering what the 'please, please, please, please' reference is all about, then take a gander at this little beauty.

Mario Balotelli will buy you dinner if you find someone else like him

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France Football published an interview with Mario Balotelli in their latest issue and the result was predictably wonderful. Touching on everything from his uniqueness to his zero tolerance policy for racial abuse to confirming that he definitely does have the overpowering self-confidence of a striker, Mario once against shows why he's so much fun.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary, introducing Hex, and officially closing the blog

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I put this blog on hiatus shortly before Christmas last year with the promise of being back in the new year with a clearer idea for the future. This might not be what anyone thinks of as "the new year", but here I am and it's not last year.

I've written and re-written this post countless times, but it always degenerates into a verbose, self-indulgent trip down memory lane.

Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ in 8-Bit MIDI Form

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This guy is either a genius or has way too much free time, either way this is fascinating bit of work as Radiohead's masterpeice 'Kid A' has been re-recorded in 8-bit MIDI format. That's right, it sounds like the music on your classic Nintendo console favorites. While this might not be the kind of thing you can regularly listen too, its pretty damn cool.

Neymar: Six Pack Sorcerer

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Santos' Neymar, who Ganso says is a "genius and a prophet" who sees the future, flashed his washboard stomach on stage at a samba concert earlier this week in what was hopefully a sign of more six packs to come.