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On This Day In 1999: Liverpool Attempt To Sign Didier Baptiste, Fictional Character From Sky One’s ‘Dream Team’, For £3.5m

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Dream Team: Harchester United's entirely made-up squad (Photo: Sky One)

Every year, the 24th November marks a truly momentous anniversary in the cavernous annals of footballing stupidity: The day Liverpool attempted to sign Didier Baptiste, an entirely fictional player, for £3.5million.

To be clear, the gaffe wasn't made by Liverpool themselves, but by The News of the World newspaper, who erroneously peddled a rumour that the Reds were interested in signing the promising left-back a "French Under-21 international" no less from Monaco.

High Press: How Different Newspapers The World Over Reacted To Leicester City’s Miraculous Title Win (Photos)

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As we've seen over the past few weeks, Leicester's improbable gallop toward the Premier League titlehas slowly but surely become an international phenomenon.

As such, when the deal was sealed last night, the Foxes were splashed acrossfront and back pages worldwide.

Here's just a small glimpse into how Claudio Ranieri and his intrepid team were heralded by newspapers across the continent.

How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat

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This article titled "How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat" was written by David Conn, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 15th June 2012 12.57 UTC

At the Leveson inquiry this week, the current and last Conservative prime ministers reflected on the fact that Rupert Murdoch's News International had, over 20 years, cemented too much power.

Dennis Signy, the journalist with the best contacts book in football

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This article titled "Dennis Signy, the journalist with the best contacts book in football" was written by Roy Greenslade, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 7th June 2012 07.30 UTC

Dennis Signy, the freelance football writer who wrote for several national newspapers, especially the Sunday Express, has died aged 85.

Arsenal

Arsenal plan £27m double raid on Newcastle for Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye

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Arsenal are set to return to Newcastle with an improved £17m bid for Yohan Cabaye and they'll offer £10m for goalkeeper Tim Krul, according to reports in today's newspapers. The Sun on Sunday claims that Arsene Wenger is ready to up his offer for France international midfielder Cabaye from the £10m he initially offered [.

Boxing Day Drama

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Could Boxing Day become the day the Braclays Premier League title race came into focus. This British Tabloid thinks it could be and I hope they are right.

The $pecial One and $ir Alex

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It reads like a who's who of managers: Sir Alex, The Special One, and Carlo. The group heads the best-paid football managers in the world, list according to a Brazilian sports marketing group. The interesting thing about the list is some of the out of way clubs that employee these high priced managers, from Anzhi to Guangzhou to Swiss National Team.

Wenger Planning A December Surprise?

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In the hubbub of the last couple of days of the transfer window one comment from Arsène Wenger seems to have been largely overlooked.

Le Boss was pretty laid back in the final 48 hours, leaving the undignified scrambling to the likes of Totteringham and Liverpool.

"I am relaxed," he said.

Wenger Planning A December Surprise?

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In the hubbub of the last couple of days of the transfer window one comment from Arsène Wenger seems to have been largely overlooked.

Le Boss was pretty laid back in the final 48 hours, leaving the undignified scrambling to the likes of Totteringham and Liverpool.

"I am relaxed," he said.

Arsenal desperately need more firepower

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Time to live up to the Gunner name by TS So its no surprise this morning when you flick through the newspapers or watch the media, that everyone is talking about Arsenal's draw with Stoke. As usual, some players did well, others had a bad game. We all know who was who and this article [...]

Guardian and the AAA on high alert in talking up Glazer inspired finance deal for dysfunctional Arsenal

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By Tony Attwood

"Arsenal's prudence is an open invitation to be gazumped on players" read the headline in the Guardian newspaper in the UK.

It was not a balanced piece it was opinion. Nothing wrong with that for newspapers print "news" (occasionally) and "opinion". But the Guardian seems to be doing a lot of [.

Would You Sell Robin Van Persie For £30 million?

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Lots of reports in the newspapers over the weekend that Arsenal will sell Robin Van Persie for £30 million this summer if they cannot get him to sign s new deal. That is a new position for Arsenal, who previously said that they were willing to let van Persie leave on a Bosman in 12-months if they could not sign him, and that they were not interested in selling him.

Players who might sign this summer: Bas Dost

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By Tony Attwood

This series of articles is based around names of players that come up in newspapers and elsewhere as players "Arsenal are Tracking..."

Of course very few of them actually do come, but in my view it is always good to be prepared and we have over the years even got one [.

Wenger shows his class in the transfer market once again

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Who The F#@k Is Chamberlain? by MA I remember like it was yesterday when newspapers were claiming that Arsene Wenger has just signed a new winger for the club in the persona of 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton. The signature was coming after Wenger secured the services of Gervinho, another winger, and amid rumours about [.

Arsenal’s four midfield targets – Who should Wenger choose?

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The transfer window is near its opening day, and we all know that after securing the signature of German striker Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger is now likely to bring a midfielder to the club. There have been a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours regarding midfielders, and according to newspapers the Frenchman is interested in both [.

Newcastle Aiming To Hijack Arsenal’s Move for Jan Vertonghen

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Rumours have it that the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is already looking for players which can improve his team, especially if they manage to sneak into a Champions League place, and according to today's newspapers Pardew took a personal visit to the Netherlands to watch Ajax's game against De Graafschap.

Jack Wilshere Suffers Yet Another Setback.

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The most important injured player at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere, has suffered another setback according to today's newspapers which read that the young English midfielder will have to put his dreams to play at the EURO aside for a while. Wilshere suffered a knee injury which forced Wenger to put the midfielder on rest again, although [.

Spain

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas refuses to discuss Real Madrid bid for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas refused to answer questions on Gareth Bale's future following reports of an official bid from Real Madrid. Villas Boas has always straight-batted question about his Welsh star by saying that he would be staying at White Hart Lane. His decision not to even discuss Bale marked a noticeable change in [.

Blanked: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pretend they can’t see each other (Real Madrid v Barcelona)

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Sometimes supposed rivalries between sporting icons are played out in the newspapers and nowhere else. But relations between the two best footballers on the planet looked decidedly frosty after the final whistle in last night's Spanish Super Cup second-leg. Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were keen to shake hands with various opponents and the [.

Front Page Story: Spain Rule Europe Again

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Spain are the champions of Europe again after beating Italy 4-0 on Sunday. The debate will rage on over the next couple months if Spain is the greatest team ever. I will have more on that over the next couple of weeks. Here is how some papers in Spain covered their win.





Oh my; and other short revelations

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By Max Grieve

As Fernando Torres drifted into the dark behind the Italian defence, the ball sliding towards his feet, a sense of responsibility must have danced upon his thoughts. For near to three years now, the Spaniard has taken it upon himself to shatter any perception that he was once an accomplished striker – almost certainly, at one point, the best on the planet.

Manchester United

The Cover Story: Fergie Says Goodbye

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Around England, there is only one story this morning and that is the retirement of Sir Alex as manager at Manchester United. Its not just a big in England, its huge news all over the world. Here is a sampling of the front pages from around United Kingdom.












Cover Story: #champions2013

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The race for the Barclays Premier League title is over and the title is coming home as Manchester United cliched its 20th league title. Here is how papers in England covered it.





Coleen Rooney shocked by husband Wayne’s omission from Manchester United’s team

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Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen took to Twitter to express her surprise that her hubby didn't start last night's match against Real Madrid. Rooney was left on the bench for the Champions League match, with Coleen tweeting: "Can't believe @WayneRooney isn't starting tonight!!!" Some of today's newspapers are pondering whether the selection decision spells the end [.

The end of the treble

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Manchester United saw their dreams of a second treble come to end earlier today. The game against Real Madrid turned on a terrible red card against Nani. It's not often you get all of the English papers to agree but they did on the red card, using words like robbed and cheated.









Two faced.

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The British press has had a field day with United goalkeeper David de Gea. This photos sums up their feelings. They go back and fourth between him being superman and a terrible keeper.

Dimitar Berbatov reassures his fans, has his agent make dinner for him

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With four days left before the transfer window shuts, Dimitar Berbatov's still has yet to leave Manchester United for a club that actually appreciates his goal-scoring promiscuity. And just as word of a potential transfer to Fiorentina starts to get serious, Wayne Rooney has gone down with an injury that could shackle The Continental to Man United for a bit longer.

No Offers For Gaitan

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Nicolas Gatain's agent insists that no offers are on the table for his client, and he is happy at Benfica.
The Argentine playmaker has been linked with a move to England all summer, firstly with Manchester United and most recently Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has admitted he would be attracted by a move to England, but insists he is happy at Benfica.

Cover Story: A Blue Moon Kind of Feeling

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As a Manchester United fan yesterday was tough, I thought we had the title in our hands, but in the end Manchester City took it with the last kick of the season. Congrats to the Citizens on their title and I look forward to wars of the next decade. Here are some of the outstanding front pages from around England detail the drama of the seasons final day.

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Oh Golden Balls

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The winter transfer closed all over Europe and the biggest story in England was no other than Golden Balls. Ole Golden Balls signed with money bags club PSG on Thursday. The move was the lead of all the sports section in the England.





Money does not equal trophies

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For three high profile clubs around Europe, having a ton of money does not mean success or trophies. The Independent takes a looking at what happen. Money does not equal happiness for Manchester City, PSG, Malaga.


Transfers

The Silly Season that is the Summer Transfer Window

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The offseason (late May to mid August) provides a lot of free time for writers and that can result in the silly season known as the summer transfer window.

European media outlets will have reports of a player's imminent move to a club only to see nothing happen for weeks. Furthermore, that player could end up not leaving or moving to a different club.

Newcastle United Transfers – It’s Speculation Season!

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The speculation season has started in earnest for the British football press. With the domestic season over and the European Championships yet to begin, there is still a need for footy hacks to justify their bloated salaries and write stuff that sells newspapers. And they never let the truth get in the way of a [.

Fixture List

Rangers Seek To Buy Way Into English League, Bury Dismiss Bizarre Rumour

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By Chris Wright

"I have a cunning plan"

The directors of League One side Bury have issued a statement scotching the bizarre rumours circulating this morning that Rangers were planning to buy the club and start again in the English league in a bid to resolve their current financial woes.

Rangers Seek To Buy Way Into English League, Bury Dismiss Bizarre Rumour

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By Chris Wright

"I have a cunning plan"

The directors of League One side Bury have issued a statement scotching the bizarre rumours circulating this morning that Rangers were planning to buy the club and start again in the English league in a bid to resolve their current financial woes.

The Rest

Can we afford to release Gallas?

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We all suspected that there would be some clearing of deadwood at White Hart Lane and some newspapers are claiming this morning that as many as five players could leave Spurs before the season starts.

Most of those names won't surprise anybody – Jenas, Bentley, Bassong and Naughton but the fifth player on the list may cause some debate.

Sherjill MacDonald joining the Chicago Fire: His Own Words

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We first put something up about Sherjill MacDonald on June 26th and it's slowly coming together. Fox Soccer already has MacDonald listed on their transfer list for the summer. Multiple reports have come out of the Netherlands confirming MacDonald's exit. This morning, Sherjill MacDonald tweeted in his own words in addition to sharing words of congratulations for well-wishers.

The Cover Story: The Group of Death

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Yesterday the Group of Death of Euro 2012 wrapped up and it was full of drama. Ronaldo, answered his detractors, and shot Portugal into the knockout stages while the Dutch flamed out. The German cruised and won the group, while former European Champion Denmark was sent home. Here is how newspapers in each country covered the events


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Denmark

Germany
Portugal


Worldwide Press Reaction to Manchester City Winning Premier League [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City will grace many of the back covers (and some of the front covers) of Monday's newspapers, but the online editions already have the news regarding the new Premier League champions front-and-center on their websites. Even The New York...

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Grand Final memories

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A very good morning to you on this fine Grand Final day. Its always a shame when Melbourne Victory aren't involved so today I thought I'd share some special Grand Final memories from seasons past. First up, that unbelievable night in 2007.... The build up to the game and the buzz around Melbourne was phenomenal.