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Middlesbrough Fan Banned From Every Football Ground In England For Tearing Pages Out Of The Koran

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By Chris Wright

Kick It Out have confirmed that a Middlesbrough fan has today been banned from entering every football ground across the country after being caught tearing pages out of a Koran in the crowd during her side's 2-2draw away against Birmingham City last December.

Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Best XI:

Best Performer:

Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Best XI:

Best Performer:

Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

Video: Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford scores with a neat finish (Rotherham 0-3 Middlesbrough)

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Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, who is on loan from Chelsea, was on target with a neat finish in his side's win over Rotherham...

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Spurs starlet Milos Veljkovic set to join Middlesbrough on loan

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Tottenham Hotspur youngster Milos Veljkovic will join Championship club Middlesbrough on a three-month loan deal as he looks to step-up his progress....

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How the Teams Are Doing in the Championship From Gameweeks 1-11

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The English Championship is usually a tight league but the early signs of this season show it to be the closest one yet with two points separating first to eighthplace in the table. The early season table toppers are Norwich City managed by former player Neil Adams. In recent weeks, they have drawn a few games and seem to concede goals before they are fired into action.

Video: Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 in epic Capital One Cup penalty shootout

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Liverpool eventually overcame Championship side Middlesbrough to win last night's Capital One Cup encounter. The Reds took the lead in normal...

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Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho latest Liverpool injuries

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Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho are the latest players to be added to the Liverpool injury list, according to boss Brendan Rodgers. It means...

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Capital One Cup Preview: Liverpool vs Middlesbrough

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Liverpool will be desperate for a win when they welcome Middlesbrough to Anfield on Tuesday night. They are struggling to meet the high standards...

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Middlesbrough Winger Albert Adomah Joins Yeovil Town Cheerleaders For A Dance After Final Game Of Season (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Following the conclusion of the final game of the 2013/14 Championship season at HuishPark yesterday, Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah ventured back out onto the pitch to join Yeovil's in-house cheerleading troupe, Viva Pitch, for a spot of interpretive dance.

Middlesbrough Boss Aitor Karanka Embroiled In Blazing Row Over Photocopying Costs At Doncaster Library

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By Chris Wright

Okay, perhaps not 'blazing', but still...

Anyway, it would appear that Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka recently became embroiled in a bit of a tetchy row about unpaid photocopying debts at a library in Doncaster a week or so ago.

With Boro in town to play Donny two Saturdays back, Karanka had his back-room staff traipse down to the local library to get a few of his tactics sheets copied before the game.

We Are Going Up! Interview: Podcasting the Football League

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[H]aving made a number of appearances on podcasts in recent years including Two Footed Tackle andThe Tilehurst End, our founder writers Lloyd and Lanterne Rouge are perhaps inclined to go in the corner and hide, such are the demands of stationing oneself behind the microphone. Hence, we are in admiration of anyone who has stuck at it, let alone done it really well indeed.

Former Man Utd assistant manager Mike Phelan new favourite to become Middlesbrough boss

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Mike Phelan's odds of becoming the new Middlesbrough manager have tumbled, making him the new favourite for the job. Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant has overtaken Tony Pulis as the frontrunner to land the Riverside Stadium hot-seat. Phelan has been out-of-work since being told he would not be needed as part of David Moyes' backroom [.

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10 Of The Worst English Soccer Transfers Of All Time

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In the world of soccer, so much of the attention by the media is focused on the enormous transfers and all of the stars who are playing at the top level. But very little, if any, focus is placed on the worst transfers —the ones that make you wonder what the manager and chairman was thinking when they signed a new player.

DONE DEAL: Chelsea confirm latest transfer

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DONE DEAL: Chelsea confirm latest transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have confirmed their striker Patrick Bamford has joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of this year.

A statement on the Blues' official website read, " Patrick Bamford has today (Friday) completed a loan move to Middlesbrough until 1 January.

DONE DEAL: Jose Mourinho allows another player leave Chelsea

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DONE DEAL: Jose Mourinho allows another player leave Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has left Stamford Bridge to extend his loan spell at Middlesbrough for another season.

A statement on Boro's official website read, "Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has finalised his return to Middlesbrough on a season long loan.

Middlesbrough FC 2014/15 adidas Home and Away Kits

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Middlesbrough Football Club unveiled their new look for the 2014/15 season on Thursday with the [...]

5 Classic Premier League Footballers From The Past: A Walk Down Memory Lane, Part Two

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After the first part of classic Premier League footballers was well received, I decided to continue the series. Here are five more greats from memory lane:

1. Emerson

The Brazilian central midfielder came to the Premier League during the Bryan Robson days and set the league alight, for a few months at least.

Kei Kamara

Kamara Still Searching for a Club, Preki Wins USLPro Title - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Since his release from Middlesbrough, former KC forward, Kei Kamara has been looking for a club. There were rumors of a return to MLS, except he couldn't return to MLS until January. This week, Kamara has been on trial with Championships side, Wolverhampton. Unfortunately Kamara is leaving Wolves without a contract after work permit questions came out.

Kamara parts ways with Middlesbrough by mutual consent

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Less than one year after joining the club, Kei Kamara is on his way out at Middlesbrough.

The English club announced Thursday that they had parted ways with the formerMLSforward by mutual consent, ending astint that began in September 2013. The 29-year-old Kamara made 24 appearances for the club and scored four goals.

Kamara Continues Good Form - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Kei Kamara has continued his good run of form since his move to England. The Sierra Leone international scored his third goal for Middlesbrough since he moved to the club in their 4-1 win over Yeovil Town. Here's the rest of this week's update.

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Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 82 minutes in Montreal's 1-0 loss to Houston.

Liverpool

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert says he was proud to captain the side

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Rickie Lambert has revealed it was a "great honour" to be given the Liverpool captaincy in their dramatic win over Middlesbrough in the...

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Thirty Penalties But Reds Eventually Make It Through To 4th Round

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In a joint record for the competition Liverpool were crowned eventual winners against Middlesbrough last night after the penalty tally read 14-13. A phenomenal end to a difficult night for the Reds who looked to have sealed things with a Suso goal late on only for Raheem Sterling to make a terrible pass, forcing Kolo Toure to concede a penalty.

Suso pleased to help Liverpool to dramatic penalty win but wants more game time

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Liverpool midfielder Suso has pleaded with boss Brendan Rodgers to give him more playing time after helping his side to a dramatic penalty shoot-out...

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Liverpool vs Middlesbrough 2014 Penalties 14-13 Shootout Capital One Cup Highlights 2-2 Rossiter Fernandez Saez Goals Video

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Liverpool v Middlesbrough 09.23.14

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2:45pm ET, not live on TV in the US. Delayed on BeIN Sport at 4pm ET.

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Boro (a) 02.28.09
2-1 Liverpool (h) 8.23.08
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.23.08
1-1 (a) 01.12.08

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 West Ham (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h); 0-1 Villa (h)
Middlesbrough: 4-0 Brentford (h); 1-0 Cardiff (a); 2-1 Huddersfield (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: n/a
Middlesbrough: 3-1 Preston (h); 3-0 Oldham (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Balotelli, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Middlesbrough: Leadbitter 7; Kike 5; Tomlin 2; Adomah, Ayala, Bamford, Williams 1

Referee: Mike Jones

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Lucas Rossiter
Lallana
Markovic Lambert Borini

I have but one request.

Reds Face Boro In League Cup

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After a somewhat dismal week for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side can pick themselves up and progress past Middlesbrough in tomorrow night's league cup tie. The two sides have met on numerous occasions and were last drawn against each other in this competition back in 1998!

Book Review: Falling for Football

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Falling for Football editedby Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald Published by Ockley Books 2014, £11.99 [F]alling for Football is a highly significant book and not just because of the way it expertly conjures up why we fall for the sport, its tribulations and tensions, its vitality and emotion, in the first place.

Football and High Speed Rail 2: The Pros and Cons

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[O]ne of the more emotive of political causes in recent times has been the plan to build a new high speed rail line between London, the North of England and the Midlands; the now notorious High Speed 2 project – often abbreviated to plain HS2. With construction due to begin in 2017, the plan is for the line to extend north westwards from Euston station in the capital to Birmingham before branching in the shape of a Y towards Manchester and Leeds.

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TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

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[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

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[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.

Back in the Ex-USSR: Former Soviet Nationals in the Football League

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[A]mid the relentless cacophony of last Friday's transfer deadline day, Radio Five Live's needlessly exhaustive coverage did include an interesting discussion on the whys and wherefores of signing players from the former Soviet Union in the light of Liverpool's failed bid to take Yevhen Konoplyanka to the club from Dnipro.

Book Review: Tales From The Secret Footballer

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Tales from the Secret Footballer Published by Guardian Books November 2013, £7.99 [T]he Secret Footballer columns run by The Guardian for three years or so now have been an entertaining sideshow to the usual Premier League spotlight but in recent months, interest in this cleverly nurtured phenomenon has dropped off a little – for there can be very little doubt now that the man in question is Dave Kitson.

Preview of This Weekend’s Championship Matches, Gameweek 13

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After getting 58% of the predictions correct last weekend, I feel I deserve another shot at attempting to predict the outcome of this weekend's Championship fixtures!

All times Eastern. TV/Internet times listed for US readers/viewers.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, select Championship games are available exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld.

Championship Finances: Five Key Takeaways

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[O]n August 1, the peerless blog The Swiss Ramble published an invaluable presentation of the profit and loss accounts for Championship clubs in the 2011-12 season. Of course much has happened since including the arrival in the competition of Queen's Park Rangers; a club the financial wealth of which will be decidedly byzantine and worthy of a week-long series of articles.

The Rest

More on the Championship, SD scores

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Having a quick look at last season's Championship table a few things stand out.

The top six teams were all among the division's best defences: only Middlesbrough missed the "defend well and make the playoffs" bus.

Saying that, nobody had an absolute shocker defensively (the worst team in the league allowed 77 in 46 contrast with Fulham's 86 in 38 last season).

5 Football League Players Coming to a World Cup Television Near You

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[I]n the run up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we ran a series of profiles of Football League players who had been named in their countries' squads. Hence, the likes of Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams (Australia), Ipswich's Tommy Smith (New Zealand) and West Brom'sGonzalo Jara (Chile) featured in our coverage.

Bolton 0 – Leicester City 1, Reading 2 – Middlesbrough 0

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Leicester City won the 2013-14 Championship with a shutout of Bolton and Reading remain in the playoff race with a win over Middlesbrough. Read More

MATCH REPORT: U-18s vs Middlesbrough

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Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 chances of note in the whole game, both by James Wilson and were well beaten by the end.

Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

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[L]ast month The Economist hit the headlines for publishing a distinctly unflattering portrait of several British towns including Wolverhampton, Hull, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. As the stats - for unemployment in particular, but also educational standards, welfare cuts and numbers of empty retail units - made clear, the towns and cities in question are undeniably enduring tough times.