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Pies Classics: Top 25 Sir Bobby Robson Quotes

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As mentioned previously, today marks the eighth anniversary of the death of the late and indisputably great Sir Bobby Robson.

While a dab hand at the practical side of the game, Sir Bobby also possessed a bewitching way with words, even if he didn't always get them in quite the right order.

Retro Football: Johan Cruyff Discusses Dennis Bergkamp, The Notion Of Greatness And The Perfect Footballer, 1994 (Video)

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On the day of his 48th birthday, we can't help but hark back to the highest praise Dennis Bergkamp ever received, and from Johan Cruyff no less.

Shortly before the 1994 World Cup, Cruyff gave an in-depth interview to Hugo Camps for Het Laatste Nieuws, in which shared his thoughts on a wide array of footballing issues.

Fulham debutant Dimitar Berbatov reveals what you have to do to make him smile

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Two-goal Fulham new boy Dimitar Berbatov says you just have to play him and he will smile. After bagging his debut brace, a relatively ecstatic Berba claimed he just needs to be on the pitch to avoid slipping into his sulky ways. He said: "I feel great because I'm on the pitch, I'm playing, I'm [...]


West Brom boss Steve Clarke doesn’t sound like a broken record, but a broken gramophone

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The Premier League is now into its third decade, but this might just be the first time that a gramophone has been mentioned in a post-match interview. West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the man who needs to upgrade his audio system. Traditionally, people who repeat themselves sound like a broken record..

Arsenal

‘Let’s See What Happens’ – Arsenal Right-Back Hector Bellerin Openly Flirts With Idea Of Returning To Barcelona

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Having previously remained diplomatically schtum on the matter, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has broken his silence on the prospect of returning to his boyhood club, Barcelona.

Bellerin has always made a point of nippingtalk of a return in the bud, but his latest interview with Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo appears to show a tangible shift in stance, with the young full-back hintingseveral times that hemay be open to persuasion.

Quotes Of The Day: Wenger On Arsenal’s Title Chances, Rodgers On Liverpool’s Top 5 Ambitions, Mourinho On Chelsea Buying Messi

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Quotes of the Day: Wenger on Arsenal forthe title and Jack Wilshere's health; Pelligrini on Man City's lust for Pep; Rodgers on learning lessonsfrom Stoke City; Mourinho on the power of foreign giants.

Arsène Wengeron Arsenal's TitleChances

I believe we are able to handle it and we want to handle it.

Quotes Of The Day: Wenger On Arsenal’s Title Chances, Rodgers On Liverpool’s Top 5 Ambitions, Mourinho On Chelsea’s Messi Dream

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Quotes of the Day: Wenger on Arsenal forthe title and Jack Wilshere's health; Pelligrini on Man City's lust for Pep; Rodgers on learning lessonsfrom Stoke City; Mourinho on the power of foreign giants.

Arsène Wengeron Arsenal's TitleChances

I believe we are able to handle it and we want to handle it.

Are Arsenal really interested in this Premiership midfielder?

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As the January transfer windows draws ever closer, Arsenal are being linked with many top class players around Europe, but I am finding it very difficult to believe that Wenger is chasing West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu, despite the player himself claiming that the Gunners have approached him. He was quoted in the Metro, amongst other [.

Ivan Gazidis gives Arsenal fans a bad feeling of deja vu!

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The Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis yesterday gave his usual rousing speech about Arsenal aiming to win trophies next season, not simply aim for the Top Four. He has vowed to back Arsene Wenger in the transfer market to give the Gunners the toools to win trophies.

With the renewals of season tickets set to begin today, Gazidis said: "It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the Club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s confusing messages on jeopardising Jack Wilshere’s career

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Arsene Wenger has been giving some conflicting reports on Jack Wilshere's welfare. The Arsenal boss has admitted that he 'rushed' the England international back into first-team action for Saturday's victory over Norwich. The midfielder played for 59 minutes of the 3-1 win. Wenger said: "I rushed Jack back a bit.

Arsenal’s £80,000-a-week Andrey Arshavin loves his McDonald’s discount vouchers

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Dining in swanky over-priced restaurants seems a natural by-product of having a grotesquely large disposable income. But true to his delightfully unconventional nature, Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin bucks this trend quite dramatically. According to McDonald's workers in the Hampstead branch of the ‘restaurant' chain, the diminutive Russian is a regular.

Montpellier star admits Arsenal made a bid for him

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No Mapou Yanga M'Biwa for Arsenal There was heavy interest by Arsenal for the Montpellier defender, Mapou Yanga M'Biwa as the window drew to a close. His versatility and youth was probably one of the most attractive factors to Wenger. However, it looks extremely unlikely that Wenger will get his man with M'Biwa's latest quotes: [.

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.

The Players Are Responsible Too

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Today is the day we as fans and supporters of football clubs join hands in prayers. If not with each other, at least clasping our very own hands. As today is the day that the players that we support goes out to play for the respective national teams. Captain, Thomas Vermaelen is one such concern but injury happens all the time and probably isn't down to club specifics.

Spain

Samuel Eto’o: ‘I’d rather sell groundnuts in my village than to play for a pathetic team like Chelsea’

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It sounds like nut salesman jobs in Samuel Eto'o's village have been hit by the global economic crisis because he has opted for the lesser option of playing for Chelsea. Remember those heady days of 2005 when the needle between Chelsea and Barcelona was at its height? Barca star Samuel Eto'o waded in on the [.

Spurs star Gareth Bale is too expensive, says Real Madrid legend Raul

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Legendary Real Madrid striker Raul has indicated that he believes his former club is being asked to pay over the odds for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer, but Raul has expressed his concern about the transfer fees being quotes. He told the official website [.

Spanish media stalk Tottenham’s Gareth Bale on Wales duty

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Reporters from two Spanish newspapers have been tasked to follow Gareth Bale while he's on international duty with Wales. Journalists from AS and Marca are both at the Newport base of Chris Coleman's squad to keep tabs on the Real Madrid transfer target. The Tottenham star will not feature in Wales' friendly against the Republic [.

SERGIO RAMOS | QUOTE FROM SAMI KHEDIRA

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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup supports paying rival teams to win games

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Michael Laudrup says he has no problem with clubs offering financial incentives for rivals clubs to win games. The Swansea manager was asked about the current Italian match-fixing scandals because of his experience of playing in Serie A. But instead of straight-batting the questions, he strangely decided to open a debate on what constitutes match-fixing.

English Premier League

Innuendo bingo with Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann

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With their excellent combination play against Liverpool, Aston Villa strikeforce Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke looked like a Premier League partnership to rival Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. And it seems that there is definitely similarities in the respective relationships. After the match, Weimann was asked by Match of the Day whether he enjoyed playing [.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says Sam Allardyce deserves to work at ‘a really top club’

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West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has done his best to bring any Hammers hanging on to the memories of their 'World Cup-winning' squad by saying manager Sam Allardyce deserves to be a top club. The midfielder, who had previously played under Allardyce at Bolton, reckons Big Sam deserves to leave the East London minnows behind [.

Chelsea

British athlete Darren Campbell promises to get Fernando Torres firing again

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With Fernando Torres struggling for form (and by struggling I mean in danger of his career success being over), there are a whole host of people lining up to offer advice to the Spanish forward. The latest of these is Darren Campbell, the British sprinter who won a gold medal in the 100m relay, who [.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair forgets his ‘best decision ever’ in order to join Manchester City

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Young footballers often face a tricky decision: stay on the fringes at a big club or play every week at a lower level. Scott Sinclair had tried both and had come to the conclusion that getting the games is definitely better for your development. In fact, just last summer the pacy winger said: "Leaving Chelsea [.

Manchester United

Eric Cantona wants Manchester United manager’s job, rolls out new bizarre fish-related quote

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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has revealed he would like to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils' manager and he unleashed a new nonsensical fish-themed metaphor to mark the occasion. Famed for his talk of seagulls, trawlers and sardines, the Frenchman again took to the seas to explain that he wants the [.

New Blackburn boss Henning Boss calls himself mad and says he has no credibility in Back To The Future kind of way

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Henning Berg is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow morning. The Norwegian's decision to return to his former club to take over the lead role in the Ewood Park pantomime might seem a little crazy to some. Indeed, just a few months ago it seemed that way to Berg. [...]


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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Deja Vu Edition

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The Timbers held a short, early practice today before flying to Colorado this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Practice was closed after a brief warm up as the travel squad broke off to prepare for the game while the rest of the team played a game of 5v5.

Trialist Pablo Di Fiori and practice player Cam Vickers were the only non-roster players with the team today.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Talking Tickets and Dropping Hints Edition

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After a busy weekend that saw both the Timbers first team and reserves play at Jeld-Wen Field, the Timbers held a short practice session at their Beaverton training facility this morning. With all the furor around the possible announcement of a new head coach this week and this morning's announcement about the lack of a raise in season ticket prices, team owner Merritt Paulson was at practice and spoke to the press despite being in obvious discomfort due to a herniated disc.

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Sweden Women’s National Team To Play With Inspirational Quotes On Shirts Instead Of Their Names (Photos)

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The Sweden women's national team have decided to drop their names in favour of plastering inspirational messages across their shoulders.

The shirts are being produced for the upcoming Algarve Cup, with each player selecting their own quote of choice from fellowprominent Swedish women.

Team captain Lotta Schelin has opted for a quote pinched from the Twitter feed of politician Gudrun Schyman that reads, "Never look down on someone unless it is to help her up".

On patience, signings, and a few quotes.

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Some while back I tweeted the following quote, which I thought was an apt summation of what it's like being a football fan in the close season.

Patience: "A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue". (Ambrose Bierce).

But I have to say that I have been remarkably zen about the summer so far.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez wrestles with our football cliches

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Wigan don't exactly play dirty football under Roberto Martinez, so you can understand why the Latics boss' outstanding English has some limitations when it comes to defending ridiculous tackles. The Spaniard was mitigating for Callum McManaman's horror tackle against Newcastle yesterday. He riffed on the standard 'hasn't got a malicious bone in his body' defence.

New Wolves manager Dean Saunders tells his ‘troops’ to stay out of McDonalds

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Newly-appointed Wolves manager Dean Saunders has heralded his arrival at Molineux with a speech that veered between military discipline and nutritional advice. The Welshman wants his players to be unquestioning soldiers, working selflessly towards a common goal. But that doesn't necessarily mean laying down their lives.

Diego Maradona ‘set to manage Iraq’

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Diego Maradona is reportedly on the verge of becoming the new manager of Iraq's national team. In an unlikely union between two of the world's main sources of chaos, the Argentine legend is set to be confirmed in the role before the end of the year. Spanish newspaper AS quotes Maradona's agent Hernan Tofoni as [.

Stating the obvious: Jan Vertonghen says Christian Eriksen could play for Tottenham

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No offence to Jan Vertonghen, who's a very good player, but at the start of last season if Alexander Armstrong had asked a pair of Pointless contestants to name a current Ajax player we reckon more people would have heard of Christian Eriksen than Vertonghen. In fact, Vertonghen might have been pointless.

Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci does ridiculous dive, team-mate Nicklas Bendtner mocks him

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Conversations around diving are getting more and more airtime on our televisions as officials try to clamp down on the practice, but are still conned by players falling to the ground too easily in an effort to gain an advantage over the opposition. However, I think we can all agree that there isn't much better [.

Spartak Moscow striker Emenike blames form on team-mates’ jealousy

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Footballers are not know as the most humble bunch, and Spartak Moscow's Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has done little to change that particular mindset. After hitting a run of good form last season, 25-year-old Emenike was linked with moves to Chelsea, Spurs and Juventus. However, as Spartak have struggled in the league this season so [.

QPR striker Bobby Zamora reveals he’s not really into football

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QPR fans could be forgiving that very few of their current team are big football fans. Some of them are performing like they've never watched a game in their life at the minute. But now one of the squad has broken ranks to reveal that he never watches a match if he can help it. [...]


Roberto Mancini provides a bit more gross negligence evidence for Manchester City’s HR team

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has publicly admitted that he didn't prepare his side properly for a match for the third time. The Italian blamed himself for tonight's 3-1 defeat to Ajax, claiming his build-up to the game was at fault. He said: "It was probably my fault because I prepared badly for this game, [.

"Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game," Sounders goalkeeper Michael...

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"Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game," Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning said. "It's always amazing in front of this crowd. Before the game, if you walk through the tunnel, [and hear] the clap-clap, you get goose bumps. It's amazing."

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