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English Premier League

West Ham won’t be widening doors for ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison’s big head

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They might be preparing for a move to the Olympic Stadium, where no doubt the doorways and corridors are a bit wider than Upton Park, but West Ham will not be widening them any further to accommodate Ravel Morrison's big head. Manager Sam Allardyce says he is working hard to keep the former Manchester United [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini wary of Stoke’s aerial threat

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is getting into the swing of Premier League stereotypes by claiming he is concerned about Stoke's aerial threat ahead of today's match. The Chilean's side face the Potters at the Britannia Stadium today. City have looked vulnerable from set-pieces this season, so Pellegrini seems to be in no doubt as [.

Who Are Ya? Gary Medel (Cardiff City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gary Medel Age: 26 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Sevilla Fee: Undisclosed (reported £11m) Did you know? He's nicknamed Pitbull or The Chilean Gattuso, which should tell you everything you need to know about his temperament and playing style.

Video: Andre Villas Boas says poor weather conditions made Spurs players ‘vulnerable’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said his players were left "vulnerable" to injuries after defender Jan Vertonghen was stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage. Spurs' Asia Trophy game against Sunderland was played over 80 minutes on a waterlogged pitch in Hong Kong. And Villas Boas seemed in no doubt that playing on the pitch [.

Top 10 Premier League transfer flops of the season 2012-13

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With the dust about to settle on another Premier League season, OTP looks at the top-flight teams' dodgiest transfer investments. 1. Chris Samba (QPR) QPR's super-heavyweight defender tops our list after his arrival in January. Brought in to bolster the R's brittle defence, he succeeded only in adding an extra dimension of calamity.

Goggles on! J-league match falls into dissaray thanks to sopping wet pitch

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Players have got it pretty good in the Premier League nowadays. Any standing water on a pitch and the game is called off in a heartbeat the chances of looking like complete amphibious clowns are minimal. Thankfully, such killjoy measures have clearly not quite made it to the J-League in Japan just yet.

Will Arsene save his prodigy Cesc?

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Poor Cesc: torn between the love for his adopted family in London and his birth family in Catalonia, he decided last summer to return to his original home, only to find himself not fitting in properly there anymore.

Will Arsene save his prodigy Cesc?

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Poor Cesc: torn between the love for his adopted family in London and his birth family in Catalonia, he decided last summer to return to his original home, only to find himself not fitting in properly there anymore.

Wenger – Nicklas Bendtner Still Has A Long Term Future At Arsenal After Season Long Loan To Serie A’s Juventus Is Finished

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who signed Nicklas Bendtner in 2004, still believes featured player N.B-52 can still succeed at Arsenal and in the Barclays Premier League. The Boss reckons a season in the tough league of Serie A will no doubt benefit Nicklas' game because he says it can be very difficult for strikers.

Arsenal fans must get behind Olivier Giroud! Show your support!

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Summer signing Oliver Giroud has had a bit of a rough time in the English Premier League so far, by both the fans and the pundits. His performances have deserved some criticism as he hasn't performed to his maximum, but every player takes time to adapt, its different for individual players. There's no doubt that [.

Johnson Confident Liverpool Can Be Successful Under Rodgers

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Glen Johnson says Brendan Rodgers has made his philosophy clear to the Liverpool players and he has backed the manager to be successful in time.
The Reds have made a disappointing start to the new season under Rodgers, picking up just one point from their opening three Premier League matches.
Rodgers was appointed earlier in the summer after building a reputation with Swansea, and Johnson has called for patience as a long-term project develops.

The Robin song does us no credit

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I don't think there is a better or noisier group of away fans in the Premier League than ours.

At the weekend, while the commentators pleasured themselves as they murmured about the "famous Anfield atmosphere" our boys and girls out-sang the Scousers all game long.

They were loud, supportive and funny.

The Robin song does us no credit

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I don't think there is a better or noisier group of away fans in the Premier League than ours.

At the weekend, while the commentators pleasured themselves as they murmured about the "famous Anfield atmosphere" our boys and girls out-sang the Scousers all game long.

They were loud, supportive and funny.

Manchester United

Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘shocked’ by Man City defeat

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David Moyes has admitted he was shocked by that nature of Manchester United's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday's derby match. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup game against Liverpool, Moyes said he had but the City loss behind him. He said: "Well it's gone now so I can't do anything about it.

Photo: Wayne Rooney celebrates away from his Man Utd team-mates

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In case anybody was still unsure about Wayne Rooney's current levels of happiness a Manchester United, he provided this rather neat illustration during yesterday's victory over Swansea. Rooney was alone in splendid isolation as the rest of United's team celebrated. To be fair, it was a surprise to even see him on the pitch, let [.

Video: Usain Bolt dedicates gold medal to Manchester United

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Usain Bolt has dedicated his 100m World Championships victory to Manchester United. The Jamaican sprinter regained his world title in Moscow yesterday evening, but his thoughts were also on the Community Shield at the time. After his race, he said: "I think if they [Manchester United] dedicated their win to me and I dedicated my [.

Would Wayne Rooney be the latest in Chelsea’s past-their-best strikers?

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Manchester United are continuing to claim that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price. But should they be selling him to Chelsea and letting the Blues make the same mistake all over again? There's no doubt that Roman Abramovich holds the purse strings at Stamford Bridge. If he likes a player, they invariably [.

Top five most promising youngsters in Europe

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1. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) If you hadn't heard of Raphael Varane before the double El Clasico and the Champions League tie against Manchester United then no doubt you seriously took note of his performance. Aged just 19, he looks so incredibly comfortable yet so unbelievably reassuring in defence at one of the greatest clubs [.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez expects to be blamed for fixture pile-up

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Chelsea's interim manager Rafa Benitez has joked that he expected the club's supporters to blame him for their current fixture congestion. The Blues have a busy run-in. They have been playing fixture catch-up for most of the season after a trip to the Club World Cup and a run to the semi-finals of the Capital [.

Should Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have been sent-off for two-footed lunge on Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey?

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In the fallout from yesterday's match between Liverpool and Manchester United, some Kopites are pondering who exactly was lunging in with two feet off the ground in the incident that saw midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent-off. While Shelvey's dive and scissor movement was deemed to be reckless, this conveniently paused freeze-frame shows that Manchester United defender [.


Spurs striker Roberto Soldado wants to give something back to fans

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado says he wants to give something back to the club's supporters after getting a great reception for his first match at White Hart Lane. The Spaniard found the net on his debut. Afterwards, he said: "Obviously it feels wonderful to get such a fantastic reception and now what I need [.

Southampton’s Jason Puncheon answers a ‘call of nature’ during Everton match

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Southampton's Jason Puncheon left the field for unusual circumstances against Everton tonight... as he had to use the toilet. The Saints were left with 10 men on the field while their winger left the field to use the club's facilities. He was welcomed back rather amusingly by chants of: "Jason Puncheon, he went for a [.

Pottymouth! Dutch legend Edgar Davids drops the f-bomb during Goals On Sunday

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If you weren't aware that Edgar Davids has rejoined English football, your attention will certainly be drawn to it now. The former Holland international and current Barnet FC player-manager washappilychatting away on Goals on Sunday yesterday morning when he accidentally turned the air blue. Detailing his bemused response to recently finding himself on the bench [.

Panama fans treat World Cup qualifying opponents Canada to impromptu late night firework display

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Canada's players were given a very warm welcome as they arrived in Panama for a World Cup qualifier. The squad were no doubt hoping to settle in for an early night on Monday evening and relax ahead of today's match. Instead they were treated to a street party outside their hotel. The fiesta got into [.


Spurs’ Gareth Bale’s and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott were the underwear bandits

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Theo Walcott has revealed that he and Spurs star Gareth Bale were the self-styled "underwear bandits" during their Southampton days. That was the name they gave to their bizarre antics, which involved putting pants on their heads and terrorising team-mates in the Saints' academy by rampaging into their rooms and attacking them with pillows.

Sweden adds verb ‘to Zlatan’ to official national dictionary

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Whilst England's press and football pundits haven't always appreciated thewizardryof Zlatan Ibrahimovich, there is certainly no doubt that his countrymen are head-over-heels in love with him so much so that they have added a new dictionary entry to honour him. As of next year, the verb 'to zlatan' will be added to Sweden's national [.

FA Cup

England cruise to a win over Moldova but questions remain

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I have to admit that watching England make easy work of the Moldovan national team on Friday in their opening World Cup Qualifier for Brazil 2014 was a pleasant experience in direct contrast to their previous competitive match in the Euro2012 Quarter Final loss against Italy in the early summer.

Harry’s Back In The Game – Redknapp Takes Advisory Role At Bournemouth

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By Alan Duffy

A be-mulleted Redknapp at Bournemouth in the 1992

Only a few weeks into his new Match of the Day pundotry gig, and good ol' Henry James Redknapp has been lured back into the crazy world of football proper, courtesy of an 'advisory role' with AFC Bournemouth.

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Chivas USA Scouting Report: Second Verse Same as the First?

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Just two weeks ago the scouting report on Chivas was that they were a miserly team that didn't score much but didn't allow many goals either. So naturally their following game versus the Seattle Sounders featured 8 goals, including Fredy Montero's first hat trick and some pretty unimpressive defending from Seattle that meant a 10 goal game wouldn't have been unthinkable.


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Colombian International & ATLETICO DE MADRID forward RADAMEL FALCAO is hot property in World Football at this moment. His HAT- TRICK performance against Chelsea FC  in the UEFA Super Cup showcased & cemented the "Best Nº 9 in the World" tag. In fact, there is no doubt that Falcao is a goal-square "predictor" & deadly in his finishing.


MLS MVP Race Shows Sounders Too Talented To Win Award

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First off, the leader is Chris Wondolowski and unless San Jose starts to fade or the stretch run has someone go made (maybe like another couple 6 goal months?) he should be the MVP. There is no doubt he is the Most Valuable Player in the league right now. Where it gets interesting for Sounders fans is that they have four players that received at least one vote on the 20 ballots.

Rodgers - Issues To Iron Out

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Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's owners have been very honest with him but admits there are operational matters to sort out to help the club in the next transfer window.
The Reds manager was left short of strikers at Friday's deadline after failing to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll, who joined West Ham United on loan.


Fergie: Rooney is no Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney's fitness after claiming on Friday that his injury was a "blessing". Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he's the highest paid player at the club.

Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his fitness.

It’s Transfer Deadline Day!

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It's TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY! Deals can get done until 11pmBST tonight (= 6pmET), and no doubt there will be plenty of last minute wheeling and dealing. Follow along via the Guardian's liveblog if you're so inclined.

Amid all that is some actual action on the field. The European super cup is today the UEFA Champions League winner vs the Europa League winner, so Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid.

The Rest

No sympathy for Cesc Fabregas

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Speaking just for myself and not Arsenal supporters in general, if the rumours are true that Cesc Fabregas wants to come back to the Gunners, I have a couple of choice words for him and they're not too kind. The way Fabregas left the team was one of the most annoying and distasteful situations in recent memory for me.

Schellas Hyndman: Seattle Very Effective at Bottling up David Ferreira

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There's no doubt how great of a player David Ferreira has been since joining FC Dallas but also around Major League Soccer. However, the fact that the entire attack is built around "El Torito" also presents some problems, namely if a foe is effective at collapsing the middle of the field and marking Ferreira doggedly, it can often result in a long and unproductive night for Schellas Hyndman's club.

How was Newcastle United’s transfer window for you? Let us know!

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As you no doubt know only too well, the Summer transfer window ended at 11pm on Friday evening. But are you happy, or not, overall, with the comings and goings at the club? Reviewing the ingoings and outgoings at Newcastle United during this particular window (see table below), nine players have left the club and [.

Football GIF: Pepe Reina Lets One Slip Through His Fingers vs Hearts

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By Chris Wright

Liverpool squeaked through to the Europa League proper last night, with Pepe Reina leaving Luis Suarez with a couple of minutes to rectify the situation and restore their aggregate lead to 2-1 after letting David Templeton's shot fart through his fingers in the 85th minute of the match.