Quality Players


Liverpool sign Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea

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Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the season-long loan signing of Chelsea forward Victor Moses. pic.twitter.com/1N7PT2fXGU Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013 Liverpool have completed the loan signing of Chelsea's Victor Moses. The Nigeria international was widely expected to move to Anfield after being spotted in the crowd for yesterday's victory over Manchester [.

Rodgers May Look To Loans For Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers may tap into the loan market if his bid to secure new signings for Liverpool looks like failing to bear fruit.
Rodgers has been at the helm of the Anfield club for a couple of months, but he has so far only brought in striker Fabio Borini from Roma.
Swansea's Joe Allen and Fulham forward Clint Dempsey are confirmed targets of the Reds boss, but deals do not look imminent and Rodgers is prepared to plug the gap with temporary measures.


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Liverpool Manager is still looking to bolster his side with three or four new signings following the protracted departure of Rafa's Alberto Aquilani.

The Liverpool manager said: "There is nothing imminent just yet, not that I am aware of, but hopefully things will progress over the next couple of days.

Hughes Cools Bellamy Talk

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Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has played down reports that he is set to sign Craig Bellamy from Liverpool.
It has been suggested that Rangers are lining up a move to lure Bellamy away from Anfield this summer.
Bellamy's future at Liverpool has been the subject of speculation all summer with Cardiff declaring an interest in re-signing the forward.

English Premier League

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez eyes Manchester City’s Gareth Barry

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Rafa Benitez is set to continue his attempt to build a decent Premier League side circa 2008 at new club Napoli with a bid for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry. Former Liverpool boss Benitez has already signed Pepe Reina on a year-long loan deal and yesterday he was linked with a move for Reds defender [.

Sunderland Signs Adam Johnson And Steven Fletcher

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Big day for Sunderland on Friday as they signed Manchester City winger Adam Johnson and Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

"Adding quality players to the squad has been our main aim this summer and Adam certainly fits that bill," O'Neill said. "He has terrific ability, great delivery and I'm sure he is a player who will excite our fans.

MATA: Where should he fit into the puzzle?

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Here's a question for you:
Where do you think Juan Mata will fit into RDM's Chelsea puzzle this season?

The reason I ask? It's because of the problem with our left side again at the moment. I posted the other day after the Brighton performance, that we needed someone to get out there and do a job as it was obvious to me that Eden Hazard prefers not to play there.


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Liverpool are commendably putting up a fight to keep their prize-defender, Daniel Agger at Anfield.

Manchester City and Barcelona are very interested in signing the classy Danish centre-half, but Liverpool and Manager Brendan Rodgers do not want to let him leave Liverpool.

Mega-rich City have had informal bids of £15 & £18 million flatly turned down by the Anfield hierarchy.

Former Spurs boss hails top duo

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Harry Redknapp has praised the high potential of two Tottenham Hotspur players, describing Gareth Bale as "top-class" and Luka Modric as "irreplaceable".

Former Spurs boss Redknapp is known for candidly sharing his views on football and after supporting Stuart Pearce's selection for the Great Britain Olympics team yesterday, he ventured into more familiar territory.

France v England – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 11 June 2012

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Group D favorites England and France meet in their opening match of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. The match will take place at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

France manager Laurent Blanc

"We've had our own problems too. Don't worry, the English will show up ready for us.

Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it’s Top Four or the Door

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Welcome to Liverpool, Rodgers – it's Top Four or the Door - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Top four may not be a divine right for any club in the premier league given the competition has increased immensely over the past few years. Still the Manchester clubs remain clear favorites, Blue side with their versatile squad plus cash and Red side with their stability.


Video: Nicolas Anelka looks delighted to have signed for West Brom

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You don't become Le Sulk without being a pretty moody so-and-so. Even after signing a nice new contract to return to the Premier League, Nicolas Anelka was unable to lift the gloom. The Frenchman agreed a deal to join West Brom on a one-year contract. The Baggies become his sixth Premier League club, joining Arsenal, [.

Arsenal Will Be The Surprise Of 2012/13

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There are many people out there spitting feathers over Arsene Wenger not bringing in some 'super, super quality' players yesterday.

Or any players. I even saw some Gooners so desperate for Arsenal to get someone in they wanted Micheal Owen. Even Emile Heskey's name was bandied about.

While I can understand the frustration brewing there's not a lot we can do about the fact we didn't make any signings.

Arsene Wenger : We are still in the market (but not for a DM)… So no M’Vila?

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal are still "in the market" to try and add "quality players" to the squad, but he made it quite clear (unless he was being economical with the truth) that he is NOT looking for any defensive midfielders, which would seem to rule out any bid for Yann M'Vila. "I'm [.

Cameron Earns MOTM Honors in EPL Debut

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You only get one chance to make a first impression. So Geoff Cameron decided to make his EPL debut a memorable one.

On Sunday, the Attleboro (Mass.) native earned Man of the Match honors after helping Stoke City's hold off Arsenal for 90 minutes during a 0-0 draw at Britannia Stadium.

Will injuries ruin Arsenal’s season?

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Injury List by TS Although Arsene Wenger has admitted that he has been very busy with Arsenal during the transfer season, we've fallen short of living up to the hype of what many were expecting to be a refurbish and replacement of players. Having signed three quality players we still need a DM, a striker [.

Gervinho – The Arsenal squad are happy and going for trophies!

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Gervinho is remaining positive! This transfer window has been a mixed bag. Arsenal have signed 3 quality players in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla but have lost two key members of our first team in Alex Song and Robin Van Persie. But despite the changes (plus hopefully more to come) the Gunners winger Gervinho is still [.

Eduardo Wrong In Criticism Of Van Persie And Song Sales

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Former Arsenal striker Eduardo has described the club's decision to sell Robin van Persie and Alex Song as a "big mistake".

"It is a big mistake to sell them, they were the most important players last season," Eduardo told BBC Sport. "But they have other quality players to stay as a big club at the top.

Going for a Song

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Alex Song - necessary move, book balancing or both?

At the end of the past season, Arsenal fans were delighted to hear that money was available for new signings. And, there was optimism that the club was headed in the right direction when three top players were brought in: Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Backpage roundup: Sahin and Cazorla deals close, Giroud confident about winning silverware, Busquets likes Song and more

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Olivier Giroud (Wikipedia)

Sahin on the Verge of Joining Arsenal

Arsenal are reportedly close to acquiring Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin's services on a season-long loan deal. (Goal.com)

Recent media reports suggested that Real offered Sahin to Tottenham as part of their bid to bring Luka Modric to Santiago Bernabeu, but that hasn't deterred Arsene Wenger from making a move for the Turkish playmaker.

Is Real Madrid Midfielder Nuri Sahin Heading To Arsenal?

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Reports are coming out of Spain that Arsenal are on the verge of signing Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season long loan.

The 23-year-old Sahin joined Madrid from Borussia Dortmund last summer but has failed to establish a himself at the Bernabéu. Sahin was linked with a move to Spurs as part of the Modric to Real Madrid deal, but it appears that he will be heading to the red side of north London instead.

Sheik, rattle and roll

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Oil. It's marvelous stuff, isn't it? Look at JR Ewing. Where would he have been without oil? And Bobby. He'd probably still have been swimming like a spasticated seal under the water with his webbed hands and stuff.

It drives the world, literally, and now it's driving football. The investments in football clubs from people who have made bazillions from oil and the like continue apace.

Podolski, Giroud, Van Persie: Three’s company or three’s a crowd?

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I'm not a mind reader, but would assume there is one of two trains of thoughts going through Arsenal striker Robin van Persie's head at the moment. He's looking upon manager Arsene Wenger's impressive signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud as proof that Arsenal wants to help him out up front, or he realizes they've been brought in to replace him.

Giroud: Silverware a priority next season

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New Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud just had a brilliant domestic season to guide Montpellier to an unlikely Ligue 1 triumph and the France international is determined to do the same with the Gunners next season.

The last time Arsene Wenger brought a renowned Ligue 1 forward to his squad, it was Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh, who infamously went from a promising starter to a squad player with very little playing time in a matter of months.

Arsenal Complete Giroud Deal!

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In typical Arsene Wenger era Arsenal fashion, we have been scouring France for quality players and today I am happy to say, Arsenal have completed the transfer of Olivier Giroud from Ligue 1 champions Montpellier for a transfer of £12 million. This should not be a shock to any Gunner fans, as this has been in the works for a few weeks now, with each week news from both the media and the pertinent clubs stating progression on the transfer front was moving along well.

Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market

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Liverpool Need to Act Swiftly in the Transfer Market - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the announcement of Premier League fixtures, it seems that no other team faces a tougher start to the campaign than Liverpool Football Club. The reds will have to play Top 3 teams in the league i.

Has Arsène Finally Found The All-Conquering Formula?

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Youth + Wenger-Gems + Established Quality Players =

The All-Conquering Formula! (But we need to hold on to our players....).

We at the Academy, feel that Arsene could have given some of the kids a chance and maybe put them on the bench and given them a run-out, especially in games where you're winning 3-0, but I also understand he has to get results and he's super-cautious.

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Portland Timbers @ Chivas USA Player Ratings: Another One Bites the Dust Edition

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Another road game, another loss. I'm coming up empty with why and how the Portland Timbers are having a worse season this year than last. On paper, the Timbers should be better in every aspect. They've been paying longer as a team, they have higher quality players, and more depth all around and yet.

Philadelphia Union Fire Peter Nowak

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Peter Nowak has paid the price for the Philadelphia Union's horrible start to the season as the Union have announced that have gotten rid of the only head coach in the club's three seasons in MLS. Assistant coach John Hackworth, who served as Nowak's right-hand man will take over as the interim head coach, effective immediately.

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Quotes, Stats and Links: Rivalry Edition

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I will start with some quotes followed by 2 videos of John Spencer and Steven Smith.


Timbers head coach John Spencer

Thoughts on the game:
"I'm very, very happy. I thought the first half was a tremendous performance. Expected Seattle to come out and do what they did in the second half.

Germany Throws Gauntlet But How Will Spain Respond

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They have clicked into gear

Spain plays tonight with a challenge thrown to them. They are joint favourites with Germany and the nationalmannschaft throws down the gauntlet with a dominating display which sent Greece home. The 2004 winners tried to compete but once the Germans clicked into gear, there was ever only going to be one outcome.

The Rest

Transfer Window Review: Southampton

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PHOTO: New #SaintsFC striker @danistone25 poses with First Team Manager Mauricio Pochettino. #WelcomeOsvaldo pic.twitter.com/74i4M2QBnB Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 19, 2013 Five word review: Top quality where it's needed. In: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Roma, £15m), Victor Wanyama (Celtic, £12.

Quote Sheet: Antigua Barbuda 1 - USA 2

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Coach Jurgen Klinsmann On the match overall: "We knew they would take this game as the game of their lives, and that's what they did. We mentioned it to the players many times and made them aware of it. We expected the game to be very difficult. They have quality players in their side that can surprise you, which they did when they scored the equalizer.

AC Milan Shocked As The Serie A Season Gets Underway

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When you sell your two best players during the summer, and let almost all of your most experienced players leave on Bosman's, the fact that AC Milan lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Sampdoria probably should not be a surprise.

Still nobody gave Sampdoria much of a chance in the San Siro, but the Milan faithful were stunned when
Andrea Costa scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute from a corner and, although the Rossoneri hit the woodwork twice, their fans made their feelings clear at the final whistle.


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New Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers has made clear his intentions to sign three or four new signings to his Liverpool squad following the final depature of Italian mis-fit Alberto Aquilaini to Fiorentino
The Liverpool manager said: "There is nothing imminent just yet, not that I am aware of, but hopefully things will progress over the next couple of days.

Capital Football Girls Program - Is there one?

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So where have you been!

You've seen the Capital Football report on communication and it's not pretty is it! The Girls program despite having the wonderful leadership of Canberra United is clearly in disarray.

Hardly worthy of the name High Performance is it.

The girls and there are many of them, the girls and their parents deserve better.

Top 2012 MLS All Star Snubs

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Andy Gruenebaum has had a banner season so far for Columbus. (Getty Images)

Yesterday afternoon the rest of the 2012 MLS All Star roster was announced. Quality players like Eddie Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and Dan Kennedy were added to the game day roster. Ben Olsen has plenty of quality players to pick from and did so but there of course were a few names left out that immediately spark the usual snub talk from everyone.

Chelsea Friendly Ticket Giveaway

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Thanks to the fine people at Allstate, a World Football Challenge sponsor, we have two pairs of tickets that we'll give to a lucky reader here. Allstate is supplying these tickets to us so we can let you know that former United States National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will be at the Allstate Fan Zone prior to the Seattle Sounders match versus Champions League winner Chelsea FC.

Defence is key for Irish against Spain – Kilbane

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"I think the key will be the defence. Everybody realises that and accepts that. They've got real quality in attack, the Spanish have. It's heavy billed as the Real Madrid and Barcelona team, they've got a lot of quality players. But I think all the Irish need to do is remain disciplined throughout.

Netherlands v Denmark – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 9 June 2012

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The Netherlands begin the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament against Denmark in Group B play. The match will take place at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk

"They say they're going to be underdogs and I think so as well, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy for us.