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Mid week notes - Chimbonda, Amarikwa, roster cuts

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With less than two weeks remaining until First Kick the Fire are close to set on a final roster. A few spots remain open and the club will use the final two preseason contests to further evaluate players before final cuts are made. One of the players on the bubble is Premier League veteran Pascal Chimbonda.

Defender: Spurs an unhappy place

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Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has hit out at the way Harry Redknapp treated him during his three-year stay at White Hart Lane and described the club as a demoralizing place for many players.

Hutton, who moved to Villa Park this summer, has enjoyed featuring regularly for Alex McLeish's side but ahead of today's visit to QPR, the Scotland international made it a point to criticize his former club.

Wigan fighting for their lives on Survival Sunday.

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This town is a rugby town. The red and white horizontal stripes of the Warriors have always been the biggest team in the Greater Manchester town of Wigan, dominating the Rugby Super League with names such as Martin Offiah, Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell standing tall as the sons of Wigan. The blue and white vertical stripes, those that share the DW Stadium with their rugby league brothers, are represented as the lesser sibling of the Warriors in a town that is synonmous pie eating and harsh North Western living conditions.

Spurs, Redknapp and The Transfer Window

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I was planning on leaving this until after the transfer window had shut but to be honest I'm sick and tired of reading, writing and talking about what stadium we might be playing in come 2016 or whatever date it ends up being. I'm sure I'm not the only one. It's important of course but the longer it goes on and the more talk there is the closer I feel like I support a company and not a football club.

Paul Konchesky is not walking through that door

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(For reference on the saying, go here then here).

I saw this little diddy in the Daily Mail and it made me sigh deeply.

A return to his old club is the 29-year-old's only option in the Barclays Premier League because he made one appearance for Fulham in August before joining Liverpool, and the rules state that players cannot represent three top-flight teams in the same season.

Berbatov Show Leads United Scoring Fest at Old Trafford

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Dimitar Berbatov's season is really full of ups and downs as being scoreless for the last few matches, the Bulgarian strike the jackpot once again on Saturday as he amazingly scored five goals in a game against Blackburn Rovers to put his team winning with a 7-1 scoreline.

The striker bagged two goals in the first half and added a hattrick in the second period to cap a brilliant performance that surely brings back the love that the ex-Tottenham Hotspurs bomber had in the early part of the season.

Brilliant Berbatov hits five to destroy Rovers

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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United moved top of the Premier League as an incredible five goals from Dimitar Berbatov helped Sir Alex Ferguson's side humiliate Blackburn Rovers 7-1 on Saturday. Wayne Rooney made his first Old Trafford start since he almost left Manchester United last month, but it was Berbatov who stole the show on [.

How do you solve this problem, then Martinez?

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Wigan find themselves in a precarious position at present. Sitting just one place above the relegation zone, they have been struggling for consistency since the opening day of the season when they were thumped at home 4-0 and 6-0 by Blackpool and Chelsea respectively, only to go and beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane the next week.

Premier League Injury Report: Week 5 – The Broken Leg Edition

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Seventy-two hours after Bobby Zamora (S) recorded the first broken leg of the season, Antonio Valencia (RW) found himself owner of the second. Initially feared as missing the remainder of the season, Valencia is now expected back some time in February or March of 2011.

Is the Premier League The Best In The World?

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After a Champions League week in which both Arsenal and United cruised through, the media in UK goes overboard. There are rarely any shades of grey in press coverage here. You're a hero or a zero and that's pretty much it. At the moment you'd think Rooney had actually invented heading the ball, so extreme has the praise of his goals been.

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El-Hadji Diouf Signs for Doncaster Rovers

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Controversial striker El-Hadji Diouf has dropped down to the Championship to join Doncaster Rovers on a three-month deal. The move is still to be rubber-stamped but the Senegalese player has decided to sign for Dean Saunders' Yorkshire outfit after being released by Blackburn in the summer. The two-time African Footballer of the Year is well known in these parts after spells with Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and Rangers and he has, of course, been in his fair share of trouble.

Match Report: Liverpool 2 - 1 Blackburn

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Striker Fernando Torres marked his first start since January 13 by scoring the winner in an ill-tempered 2-1 victory over Blackburn at Anfield.

The Spain international hit his 13th goal in 17 Premier League appearances just before half-time, having missed five weeks at the start of the year after a knee operation.

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The Monday Profile: David Bentley

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For our Monday profile this week, we follow previous studies of the likes of Joey Barton and Pascal Chimbonda with another man whom our 2006 selves might express surprise would be plying his trade in the Football League come the second decade of the millennium. David Bentley's decidedly up and down fortunes are pondered upon by Olly Cooper.

The Monday Profile: Pascal Chimbonda

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A look at the list of players that have decided to procure the services of Willie McKay as an agent makes interesting reading. Few from a roster that includes Henri Camara, Joey Barton, Amdy Faye and Charles N'Zogbia have been shy of entering into contract disputes and the subject of today's study, Pascal Chimbonda is no exception - the Guadeloupe born defender having joined Doncaster Rovers on

Championship Transfers – Prem de la Prem

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So did your favourite club bag a Premiership bargain?

Who are they borrowing from the top division and can they hep them fight for the title or for survival?

What do you think of your club's 2011 signings?

Take a look at our quick guide to which Championship clubs have signed players from EPL clubs in the January transfer window:

BARNSLEY
Frank Nouble (West Ham, CF, loan)
Jacob Melis (Chelsea, MID, loan)
Matt Hill (Wolves, DEF, loan)

CARDIFF CITY
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, MID, loan)
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Arsenal, CF, loan)

CRYSTAL PALACE
James Vaughan (Everton, CF, loan)

DONCASTER ROVERS
Matthew Kilgallon (Sunderland, DEF, loan)
Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur, MID, loan)

HULL CITY
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, GK, loan)
Cameron Stewart (Manchester United, CF)

IPSWICH TOWN
None

LEEDS
David Gonzalez (Manchester City, GK, loan)

LEICESTER
Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea, DEF, loan)
Yakubu (Everton, CF, loan)

MILLWALL
Craig Eastmond (Arsenal, MID, loan)

NORWICH CITY
Henri Lansbury (Arsenal, MID, loan)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Paul Konchesky (Liverpool, DEF, loan)

PORTSMOUTH
Jonathan Hogg (Aston Villa, MID, loan)
Ritchie de Laet (Manchester United, DEF, loan)

PRESTON NORTH END
Amine Inganzi (Blackburn Rovers, MID, loan)
Eddie Johnson (Fulham, CF, loan)

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Danny Philliskirk (Chelsea, CF, loan)
Joe Mattock (West Bromwich Albion, DEF, loan)
Marcus Bent (Birmingham City, CF, loan)
Shane Lowry (Aston Villa, DEF, loan)

QPR
Pascal Chimbonda (Blackburn, DEF, loan)
Wayne Routedge (Newcastle, MID, loan)

West Ham:- Robbie Keane loan deal done

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West Ham United have officially confirmed the signing of striker Robbie Keane on loan from Tottenham Hotspur till the end of the season. The news of Keane going on loan to West Ham comes hours after Jamie O'Hara was loaned out by Spurs to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Related posts:Tottenham Hotspur re sign Robbie Keane After Jermain [.

Wright to leave Tractor Boys

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Ipswich Town defender David Wright is looking for a new club after being told by boss Roy Keane that he was surplus to requirements at Portman Road. Wright has not been able to cement a starting place in Keane's lineup, but was hopeful of being handed a new deal by the club after starting Ipswich's last [.

Would you ever catch a rugy player wearing longjohns?

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For those who haven't heard, former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has been under the spotlight in Germany for wearing grey longjohns under his red Bayern Munich kit. "The German Federation want a single colour," Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger said. "We'll either have to dye them or he'll have to find another pair.

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The Carling Cup doesn't matter

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The selection of a child in Tottenham's lineup added fuel to the suggestion that Redknapp wasn't too bothered about the Carling CupFredi Kanoute, Michael Brown, Jermaine Jenas, Pascal Chimbonda, David Bentley, Jamie O'Hara and now Roman Pavlyuchenko and Massimo Luongo. It's just as, if not a little bit more, depressing a list as Pearce, Waddle, Southgate, Batty, Vassell, etc.

On that showing, Manchester United look like worthy champions

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Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers: Match Observations

That was more like it. While, rightly so, Dimitar Berbatov will steal all the headlines, this was a complete team performance and United, dare I say it, had the look of champions. It was truly beautiful to watch for Anderson and Michael Carrick had passed Rovers to death, Nani had dribbled seamlessly as if he hadn't a care in the world and Wayne Rooney, well, he was close to his very best.

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Pienaar, Madrid muggings, BAE Brilliance and Newcastle

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Apologies for being a bit M.I.A over the last week. Here's a scarily efficient round-up of the events we may have missed:

Steven Pienaar

Say what you like about whether we need him or not - he cost £3 million, for goodness sake. We could sign him twice and it'd still be a good deal.

TEAMS: QPR vs Coventry - Routledge Starts for QPR

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QPR vs COVENTRY - LINEUP

QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin, Helguson, Gorkss, Routledge, Connolly, Smith.

QPR Report Sunday Update....QPR's Prospects

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- On This Day in Football: January 23

- Chelsea Youngster, Josh McEachran on loan?

Wayne Routledge

QPR Report Saturday Update...Assessment of Signings...Routledge Flashback...Warnock's Weekly Column

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Obviously, the two signings have been announced, with WBA's Miller reportedly on the cusp of being officially announced!

QPR Report Friday Snippets

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The future’s orange

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I was digging around the internet looking for Martin Jol's transfer dealings when Ken V on TIFF posted the following, which lists them all.

Some of the dealings, then:

2004/05 in: Paul Stalteri (free), Andy Reid (£4m), Michael Dawson (£4m), Michael Carrick (£2.75m), Pedro Mendes (£2m)
2004/05 out: Simon Davies (£3m), Kasey Keller (£.

West Ham United

The bench

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How good is good enough?

We keep reading how Jonathan Greening, Eddie Johnson and Stephen Kelly are 'not good enough'.  (At various times almost everyone in the squad has not been good enough, so there's no need for these players to take it personally).

What is expected of them, though?

West Ham United Tried To Buy Pascal Chimbonda

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According to Sky Sports News, Blackburn defender Pascal Chimbonda explained that West Ham United made a bid for him at the transfer deadline and that he would be happy to sign a new deal with Blackburn. Chimbonda said,

"It is true West Ham tried to sign me on transfer deadline day, but Blackburn decided to keep me .

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Blasts From The Past: 20 Former Premier League Footballers You Probably Won’t Believe Are Still Playing

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With the shock news today that Alex Manninger has been training with Liverpool with a permanent deal on the cards, we thought we'd scout around and cobble together a list of some of the other ageing ex-Premier League pros that you assumed retired years ago but are in fact still plugging away out there.

Sacré Bleu! Former French International Pascal Chimbonda To Line Out For Non-League Market Drayton

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By Alan Duffy

French left-back Pascal Chimbonda, he of Le Havre, Bastia, Tottenham, Sunderland, Wigan, QPR, Blackburn and Doncaster fame, is set to appear for Evo-Stik League side Market Drayton Town in a pre-season friendly against Notts County on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old former French international (courtesy of a solitary cap) is currently without a club after leaving Donny last season and has been cajoled into playing for Market Drayton by his former boss at Wigan, Chris Hutchings.

Fire prep for final phase of pre-season

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The Fire are training in Charleston, South Carolina for the next two weeks in the final stage of pre-season camp. A match against the Houston Dynamo this Saturday will be the first of three contests in the annual Carolina Challenge Cup warm-up. Frank Klopas talked about the decisions remaining to be made as the season approaches during his weekly press conference call this morning.

Dean Saunders: ‘Doncaster foreigners might squeal on the floor because they used to wear uniforms or something like that’

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Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders gave a strange interview to this morning's Soccer AM in which he found some very strange ways of preaching against xenophobia in football. We think. Responding to a question from Helen Chamberlain about how his experiences playing overseas help him as a manager (we think she was expecting something about [.

England Euro 2012 team (probable)

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OTP gazes into its crystal ball to see who might take to the pitch to face France on June 11. 1. Shaka Hislop [Bloody Trinidad and Tobago] David James 2. Pascal Chimbonda [Passport TBC - but he's already played for two international teams so shouldn't be a problem] 3. Julian Dicks 4. Izzy Iriekpen 5.

French Football League XI 2010/2011

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French Football League XI

Between the sticks is the unfortunate Romain Larrieu of Plymouth Argyle, he played eighteen games in an ultimately doomed season for the Pilgrims who were relegated to the fourth tier. Across the back is former Spurs and Wigan fullback Pascal Chimbonda of QPR, Jean-Yves M'voto of Oldham Athletic, Maxime Blanchard of Tranmere Rovers and Stephane Zubar of Plymouth Argyle.

Maxi Rodriquez Getting Up To Speed With Premier League Pace At Liverpool

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It has, on more than one occasion, looked as if things have been happening far too fast for Maxi Rodriguez.

Signed from Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window, he was thrust into Liverpool's squad during a time when they were struggling for form and needed to fight their way out of a tight spot.