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Bolton Legend Jussi Jaaskelainen, 42, Confirms Reports Of His Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has scotched reports that he's decided to hang up his gloves at the tender age of 42.

It was announced in the Finnish media that, after being released by Wigan following their relegation back down to League One, Jaaskelainen had decided to call it quits and retire.

Jussi on His Way Out?

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Perhaps he doesn't like pink?

I will not pretend to know the complications of football contracts. There is a lot of pleasing to be done for multiple parties, and striking that balance must be difficult. That said, the whispers that Jussi's contract talks are not going well are worrying. I think it will be time for him to move on (or retire) quite soon, but the fact is that right now we don't have reliable back up for him.

Bolton’s American Roster

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Yes, out of the 30 photos from training in Orlando, I chose this one.

It's no secret that this hasn't been exactly the most exciting summer for the Bolton Wanderers, and any news is at least vaguely interesting. I mean, I read an interview with the kitman earlier today. I know exactly how many ankle socks they brought to America.

You Get A Deal, And You Get A Deal!

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With the news that Ali Al Habsi has packed up and moved to the pie factory next door comes a bit of encouragement to most Bolton Wanderers fans. It's being widely reported that long time Wanderers servants Ricardo Gardner and Jussi Jaaskelainen have agreed extended deals at the Reebok. Neither are exactly fresh in terms of age but are willing to prove that they still have what it takes.

Blackpool 4-3 Bolton: Cool, I guess.

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With the longest active losing streak in the Premier League at three games, Bolton have the potential to end their last five matches of the year with absolutely zero points to show for it. Blackpool need the full three points from a big win in order to have any shout of staying in the top flight for another year.

Bolton 1-2 Sunderland

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What is it with this team? Are we only allowed a certain amount of happy in one season? Are we being punished for enjoying ourselves earlier in the year? It would appear so, as we just watched our team fall to our third consecutive defeat in a fairly mediocre match. The most irritating thing is that it seems like we just don't know how to play anymore.

The Goalkeeping Decision

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I should preface this with the fact that I love Jussi Jaaskelainen. Even in the games in which Bolton was the moving manifestation of mediocrity under Megson, Jussi was solid. He's been with us for 14 years, and is one appearance shy of 500. The man is a legend. But, as much as I wish it were true, he's not ageless.

Newcastle v. Bolton Wanderers

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We're going streaking! Well, not really. Damn. This match at Newcastle is full of streaks, however. After that awful mid-season slump, Bolton have won 4 of 5 in all competitions and are unbeaten in 5 of 6. All of those matches without a loss were accompanied by a clean sheet courtesy of Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Premier League and Adam Bogdan in the FA Cup.

Wigan 0-1 Bolton

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Wigan away. What an unsavory meat pie of a fixture. This match, no matter when or where, is hardly ever an exciting prospect. Still, to advance to the 5th round of the FA Cup, it has to be played. The home result was a very predictable 0-0 back on January 29 meaning that the trip away was winner-take-all.

Bolton 0-4 Chelsea: Lifeless

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Winless in five of their last six Premier League matches, the Wanderers would look to turn fortunes around at the Reebok. Bolton would try to make an impact on what was already an emotional night following the death of the greatest Wanderer ever, Nat Lofthouse.

Bolton came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, keeping the ball in the Chelsea half for the entirety of the first three minutes.

Halftime: Sunderland 1-0 Bolton. Get It Together.

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At the start of the weekend, Bolton sit in 6th place with Sunderland just a point behind them in 7th. Results against the Black Cats have been hard to come by for the Whites, especially last seasn. Bolton opened their season against Sunderland last year with a 1-0 loss at the Reebok, Darren Bent the lone goalscorer.

Bolton 2-1 Blackburn

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The last time the mighty Whites beat Blackburn? 2006. El Hadji Diouf and Big Sam were still on our sidelines. Good news though as Stuart Holden made his return after two weeks out with a thigh problem. It's incredible how the 25 year old American has become our quietly brilliant midfield general in such a short amount of time and, in turn, how lost the midfield was without him.

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Andy Carroll injury a worry for West Ham after leaving stadium on crutches

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Andy Carroll left St Mary's on crutches after West Ham impressively held out at Southampton despite Adrian's dismissal a red card Sam Allardyce will be appealing.

If the east London side felt robbed by Manchester United on Sunday, it was Saints this time ruing missed opportunities after dominating possession and the shot count.

Andy Carroll injury a worry for West Ham after leaving stadium on crutches

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Andy Carroll left St Mary's on crutches after West Ham impressively held out at Southampton despite Adrian's dismissal a red card Sam Allardyce will be appealing.

If the east London side felt robbed by Manchester United on Sunday, it was Saints this time ruing missed opportunities after dominating possession and the shot count.

Who Is The Best Goalkeeper In Europe?

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That is a question I have been thinking about since research some stats on Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic earlier this week.

The most common measurements used to compare goalkeepers are number of clean sheets and number of goal conceded.

If you look at the top four leagues in Europe combined (Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Premier League) this is how the top goalkeepers stack up against each other

Most Clean Sheets

  • Morgan De Sanctis (Roma) – 9
  • Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) 7
  • Hugo Lloris (Spurs) – 7
  • Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) – 6
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – 6
  • Artur Boruc (Southampton) – 6
  • Tim Howard (Everton) – 6
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham) – 6

The one surprise name on the list is Jaaskelainen as West Ham are the team not in the top half of the table.

Names of the Premier League – Week 4:

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Names of the Premier League – Week 4: is a post from: Just Football

Names of the Premier League is a brand new feature on Just Football in which we'll take a look at five names (be they player or manager)who made a real impression over the weekend for better or worse.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 14-15 September

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1. It was a weekend for the new heroes to create goals. Both Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and Christian Eriksen at Spurs got debut assists. 2. The Special One might not enjoy such a special second stint if his side doesn't learn to convert its chances. 3. It's a good job the Aaron Ramsey death [...]

Jussi Jaaskelainen: One of Most Underrated Premier League Legends

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It is a well known fact that soccer is a team sport and every team member is as valuable as the other. But naturally, the recognition received by all the players of the team is not the same. As an audience, we rather watch strikers score goals than defenders preventing them. A spectacular last ditch tackle is not met with the same reaction as a spectacular goal.

Stevie Out To Sink Hammers Again

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In the absence of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard will be looking to continue his superb scoring record for Liverpool against West Ham on Sunday.
The Kop skipper has fired seven goals in 17 appearances against the Hammers. Only John Toshack (10), Ian Rush and Roger Hunt (eight each) have scored more for the Reds against the Londoners.

Man United And City Extend Lead At Top Of Premier League

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As we head towards December the Premier League title race appears to be a straight race between the red and blue sides of Manchester after United beat West Ham 1-o while City won 2-0 at Wigan. The gap between second place City and third place Chelsea is now 6 points, after Chelsea drew 0-0 at home to Fulham.

Newcastle Must Fight Back Against Swansea City – No Excuses

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We are now stuck in the middle of the table after our shock defeat against West Ham on Sunday, but when you consider the number of good saves that West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen made we could even have won that game, given the number of chances we created. Let's hope Alan Pardew is [...]

Top Performers From EPL Week 11: Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov keep on scoring

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Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

After a relatively goal tally emerged in the last weekend of Premier League action, the criticisms of English defending returned in Week 11 when the division once again found itself lacking in clean sheets.

In total, only four sides managed to not concede over the weekend, two of which played out a bore draw at the Madejski Stadium in what was a bit of a dull encounter between Norwich and Reading.

Who Are Ya? Raphael Spiegel (West Ham)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Raphael Spiegel Age: 19 Position: Goalkeeper Signed from: Grasshoppers Fee: Undisclosed Did you know? Perfectly suited to the vanity of the Premier League, his surname translates as 'mirror'. What's the deal? The Swiss under 20 international has signed a three-year deal, with an option for [.

Dempsey continues goal scoring for Fulham

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Fulham has won four English Premier League games this season, and each time Clint Dempsey has scored. Dempsey added to his American career record with his 38th EPL goal and an assist for Fulham in its 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Paul Kennedy of Soccer America reports on the American record-setting goal scorer.

Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers: Trotters Stuck In The Mud As Swans Fly High (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 29th October 2011

Time must be running out for Bolton boss Owen Coyle after his side slipped to their eighth league defeat in the last nine games. Swansea, on the other hand, are revelling in their maiden Premier League season, and remain unbeaten at home.

Van Persie double seals win over Bolton

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Robin Van Persie scored twice as Arsenal overran 10-man Bolton 3-0 to complete a one-sided Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium.

The home captain set Arsenal on the road to three much-needed points when he dribbled past Fabrice Muamba to thump the ball beyond Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from eight yards out on 47 minutes.

Bolton Wanderers 1 – 2 Norwich City

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Norwich earn first win at The Reebok
  • Saturday, September 17, 2011
  • Venue: The Reebok
  • Attendance: 21,223
  • Referee: Howard Webb
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen [9]
  • Anthony Pilkington [37]
  • Bradley Johnson [42]
  • Ivan Klasnic [45+2]
  • Nigel Reo-Coker [53]
  • Martin Petrov (Pen) [64]
  • Paul Robinson [80]
  • Grant Holt [90+3]

Home to Premier League newcomers Norwich may have been thought as an easy three-pointer for Bolton, but such results should not be taken for granted.

Match Report: Liverpool 3 - 1 Bolton

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Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam scored their first Liverpool goals as the Reds crushed Bolton to move top of the Barclays Premier League tonight.
The summer signings struck either side of a powerful Martin Skrtel header as the hosts, inspired by the outstanding Luis Suarez, produced an electrifying performance at Anfield.

One (Back) In, One (Maybe) Out

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Lots of talk around the Premier League of players moving, players staying, and Big Sam geting the old band back together on this day that the 2011/2012 fixtures are released. We've got a bit of all of this in today's news update.

One of Allardyce's transfer targets after securing the signatures of Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye for his West Ham reunion tour was our own Ricardo Gardner who has been nothing but a loyal servant to Bolton Wanderers FC.

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Monday Evening Ticker: Bale’s last second strike moves Spurs to third, Lazio ends Serie A skid, and more

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There might not be a more in-form player in the world right now than Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham winger scored twice his club's dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham United on Monday, including a 90th minute winner from distance Bale's other goal opened the scoring for Spurs, who moved into third place in the Premier League table with the win.

Wigan 2-1 West Ham – Ramis Wonder-Strike Fires Latics To First Home Win Of The Season (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wigan Athletic 2-1 West Ham United Premier League 27th October 2012

Wigan secured their first league win at the DW Stadium on Saturday after getting the better of West Ham.

Ivan Ramis opened the scoring after just eight minutes, courtesy of an outstanding volley, and for the rest of the first half the Latics bossed the game against a below-par Hammers.

Are You Listening, Mr Pardew?

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West Ham United have officially announced the signing of Mali international forward Modibo Maiga. The 24-year-old joins the Hammers from French side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £5million, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract with an option for a further two years.

When The Sun Comes Up

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West Ham United have completed their third summer signing with Mohamed Diame agreeing to join the Premier League new boys on a three-year deal. The Senegal midfielder will move as a free agent at the beginning of next month when his current deal ends with Wigan Athletic. Diame had been linked with a number of top-flight clubs and had already held talks with Liverpool before the sacking of Kenny Dalglish by owners Fenway Sports Group.

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Match Preview: Bolton vs Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Bolton on Saturday evening well aware anything less than three points at the Reebok Stadium will cast serious doubts over their already flagging top-four ambitions.
A seventh Premier League draw of the season at Anfield in last weekend's dire stalemate against Stoke has left the 18-time champions of England five points adrift of fourth place.

Teamsheets: Aston Villa vs Bolton

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Bolton come to Villa Park for the 3rd round of the Carling Cup, Alex McLeish has fielded a very strong side and Owen Coyle is able to hand Stuart Holden his first appearance since his knee injury at the tail end of last season.

Aston Villa Bolton 1 Shay Given 1 Adam Bogdan 2 Alan Hutton 2 Gretar Rafn Steinsson 5 Richard Dunne 5 Gary Cahill 6 James Collins 31 David Wheater 3 Stephen Warnock 11 Ricardo Gardner 19 Stiliyan Petrov 7 Chris Eagles 25 Barry Bannan 6 Fabrice Muamba 7 Stephen Ireland 8 Stuart Holden 12 Marc Albrighton 21 Darren Pratley 14 Nathan Delfouneso 28 Gael Kakuta 11 Gabriel Agbonlahor 24 David Ngog Subs Subs 22 Brad Guzan 22 Jussi Jaaskelainen 23 Habib Beye 4 Paul Robinson 34 Shane Lowry 20 Robbie Blake 16 Fabian Delph 16 Mark Davies 38 Gary Gardner 10 Martin Petrov 10 Charles N'Zogbia 14 Kevin Davies
Graham Burke 9 Tuncay Sanli League Cup 3rd Round Ties (K.

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Levante UD: Lingering Concerns

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Reo-Coker not putting a foot wrong

The preseason started and ended with a murmur. Just like the 1-0 loss to FC Tampa Bay right at the beginning, Bolton lost 1-0 to Levante UD at the Reebok. An uninteresting game that saw the only goal come from Iborra after he tapped in a Ruben free kick that banged off the crossbar.

Bolton 3-2 Aston Villa: Buzzing

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What a match! Even from a neutral's perspective, this was an exciting one. While neither team showed much on the defending side of things, the fast paced attacks coming from both ends made it difficult to blink. To me matches like this are better than watching Barcelona completely outclass some poor team.

The Rest

Swansea rough up comedic horror show West Ham, 3-0

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szólj hozzá: Swansea vs West Ham 3:0 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

What a shambolic display by West Ham! Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal just makes an unhloly mess as he reacts too late to Angel Rangel's shot allowing it to deflect off his hands straight to goal. Then more disaster as Michu steals James Collins's disaster of a chipped back pass and the rush is on but the Spanish midfielder beats Jaaskelainen for his third Premiership goal.

Arsenal lose grip on 3rd place

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With five games to go, 3rd place was in Arsenal's hands. It wasn't the season we'd hoped for, but considering how badly we started, we looked like saving some dignity. Four games later, we are looking at another typical end-of-season collapse.

Of course, it's nothing like last season, where the prize we'd lost was far greater.

Bolton 0-2 Manchester City: Whimper.

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This season started so brightly with this Bolton side surprising everyone with beautiful play in the midfield and strikers that could actually score. Not so much anymore with the Wanderers claiming just 6 points of their possible last 18 and recording 4 straight losses. There's lots to be analyzed about this campaign but that will be left for another day and another series of blog posts.