English Premier League

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Jonny Wilkinson helped me through depression

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Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.

United continue their campaign for the Premier League crown with visit to the Royals

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As the momentous month of December rolls upon us, signalled, as ever, by the many choruses of 12 Cantonas, Manchester United visit newly promoted Reading, seeking a win that would keep them top of the table before the monumental Manchester Derby next Sunday. Indeed, it is often in December that the title challengers are clarified [.

Harte’s Euro dream fading

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With the European Championships getting closer by the day, Reading full-back Ian Harte believes his hopes of playing for the Republic of Ireland again are drifting away.
The 34-year-old has been a loyal servant to his country over the years, since his glory days with Leeds United, playing football in the Champions League a decade ago.

Striker Linked With Reds Switch

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Liverpool is the latest club to take a look at Reading striker Shane Long with a view to making a possible move for the striker.
The Reds had scouts watching the Republic of Ireland international bag a brace during Reading's pre-season win over Northampton last weekend and they are the latest in a long line of reported interested parties.

Liverpool To Make Shock Move For Reading Striker

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Liverpool are lining up a shock summer move for Reading striker Shane Long.
The Republic of Ireland international was named Reading's Player of the Season after scoring 21 Championship goals this season, helping Brian McDermott's side into the play-offs.
Reading take on Cardiff tomorrow in the first leg of their play-off semi-final and Long is expected to start up front.


Reading fine Danny Guthrie for refusing to travel to Sunderland match

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Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has been fined two weeks' wages after he refused to travel to Tuesday night's relegation six-pointer at Sunderland. The Royals lost the match 3-0. But Guthrie, aged 25, had left training early on Monday after apparently discovering that he would not be in the starting line-up for the match.

Reading 3-3 Fulham – Six Goal Humdinger At The Madejski As Robson Kanu Rescues Royal Point (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Reading 3-3 Fulham Premier League 27th October 2012

Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu netted a precious last-gasp equaliser for Reading at the Madejski on Saturday in a superb goal-tastic clash with Fulham which joyfully dinged and donged like all good ding-ding battles should.

Swansea 2-2 Reading – Swans Rally To Stop The Rot As Royals Left Searching For Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea 2-2 Reading Premier League 6th October 2012

Two late Swansea goals rescued a point for the home side at the Liberty Stadium, a point which finally halted Michael Laudrup's losing streak as well as preventing Reading from enjoying their first win of the campaign.

Eden Hazard and linesman help Chelsea overcome Reading, 4-2

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szólj hozzá: Chelsea vs Reading 4:2 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

It was Hazard time again. The Belgian has been on fire and there is no mistaking his impact in two consecutive wins. 4 assists in two matches! Reading as did Wigan found out he was a handful in the box leading to an opening penalty with Frank Lampard duly converting.

Chelsea 4-2 Reading – Blues Survive A Right Royal Shock At The Bridge (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 4-2 Reading Premier League August 22 2012

Another pivotal performance from Belgian wing-wizard Eden Hazard helped Chelsea on their way to a second win of the season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, Premier League new-boys Reading made a proper game of it, and came close to pulling off a major shock.

Reading 1-1 Stoke – Le Fondre Le Hero As Royals Peg Back Potters (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Reading 1-1 Stoke City Premier League August 18 2012

A late late Adam Le Fondre spot-kick rescued a point for Reading on their return back to the big time.

Summer signing Michael Kightly had given the Potters the lead on 34 minutes, after 'keeper Adam Federici had made a right balls of a shot.

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Nottingham Forest entire-back Chris Gunter is to have an aesculapian at Reading before of sealing a £2.3m switch to the Royals. HTTP://

Reading’s 2012-13 Premier League campaign; what does Zingarevich’s takeover mean?

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On Tuesday newly-promoted Reading announced that Thames Sports Investment has completed a 51 per cent buyout of the club. The new owners, led by Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich, are rumoured to be ready to spend the required revenue to help the Royals compete in the English top-flight, and ensure their return to the big time is not on a temporary basis.

Reading FC 2006 and 2012: a Comparative Perspective

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Reading's extraordinary canter to the Championship title provokes inevitable comparison with the feat of their forebears of half a decade ago. The 106 points amassed by that vintage set a record and if we are yet to cover the 2005-6 Royals in our Great Football League Teams series, that's not to ignore the best second tier XI of all time.

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TweetThe In The Stands Wag of The Week is Katsia Zingarevich. She is the girlfriend of Reading's Russian owner Anton Zingarevich. Welcome to the Premier League girl! Zingarevich is the other half of Reading owner Anton Zingarevich. Zingarevich (Anton that is) celebrated his clubs' promotion this week after The Royals made a triumphant return to [.

Does Third Place Flatter Reading FC?

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On Thursday, I remarked to several friends that I thought Reading FC's position of seventh in the Championship was a flattering one. Now, after a 1-0 win over Burnley, the club has ascended to third and, having kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet and seen new acquisition Jason Roberts maintain a hundred per cent record of scoring in home games, the Royals are insisting they be taken seriously.

Prolific duo can fire Baggies to stability

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At first look, West Brom's lone win after their first four Premier League encounters may, to the untrained eye, be symptomatic of the struggles they have endured in past seasons as a "yo-yo" club, shuffling between second-tier triumphs and top-flight relegations.

But the performances put in by Roy Hodgson's side suggest more than the three points out of a possible fourteen, which sees the Baggies lie 13th currently.

Those We Have Lost: Elm Park, Reading FC

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The next in our series on the lost homes of British football comes from Reading, where Reading FC left Elm Park for The Madejski Stadium in 1998. Our thanks go to Rob Langham from the excellent The Two Unfortunates, for this story of the history and memories from Elm Park. We are still very much looking out for submissions on this subject, by the way.

Long aiming for the Premier league

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Ireland striker Shane Long is refusing to rule out a move to the Premier League - but he insists his burning ambition is to get there with Reading.

Long was again instrumental in Reading's 2-1 win over Preston this evening, providing the pass for Jimmy Kebe to put the Royals in front and being a constant menace in front of goal.


That'll teach 'em

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23,980 lucky folks witnessed last night's 5-7 Capital One Cup chaos between Reading and Arsenal, but a few Gooners apparently left the Madejskiearly as the Royals had raced into a four-goal lead on 37 minutes. I imagine those poor souls trudging miserably down the hill over autumn leaves, accompanied by the mournful roar of the M4 motorway, cursing Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke et al while their

David Beckham sets new personal best for goals in an MLS season, leaves keeper helpless

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Perhaps rejuvenated by winning the MLS Cup last season and making frequent trips back to England to visit the royals and serve as an Olympic mascot throughout this season, David Beckham is enjoying a very productive year. He now has seven goals on the season (his previous best was five in 2008, his first full season in the league) after scoring with a typically perfect free kick in a 2-0 win against Vancouver on Saturday.


Match Preview: Liverpool vs Reading

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Liverpool welcome Reading to Anfield still searching for their first home win of the season.
Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at home to Stoke last time out, while Reading picked up a 2-2 draw at Swansea before the international break.
The Royals won their last visit to Anfield in an FA Cup replay in January 2010 which was Brian McDermott's first victory as manager of Reading.

Liverpool set to offer trials for three rising stars from Ghana

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The Reds have offered trials for Bright Gyenfi, a 16-year-old defender and 18-year-old midfielders James Akaminko and Nurudeen Amed are on the books of Prampram Mighty Royals.

According to skysports, A number of Premier League giants are interested the trio but the the teenagers are set to arrive at Anfield by April.

Reds Eye African Trialists

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Liverpool is understood to have offered trials to three of Ghana's brightest young talents, Sky Sports understands.
Bright Gyenfi, James Akaminko and Nurudeen Amed are all due on Merseyside next month.
The trio hails from Prampram Mighty Royals Football Club, who recently produced starlet Masahudu Alhassan and has just made the breakthrough at Serie A outfit Genoa.

Seattle Sounders

Local teams Hotspur, Royals, Piranhas 2012 PDL Season Schedule Released

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Three Virginia teams that particpate in the Premier Developmental League can now start planning for their 2012 season matchups. The USL released the 2012 PDL Schedule today. The Fredericksburg Hotspur, Northern Virginia Royals, and Virginia Beach Piranhas will play in the South Atlantic Division of the PDL in 2012.

Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake - Three Questions

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Fortune favors the Seattle Sounders as they have the opportunity to put themselves ahead of Real Salt Lake on the first tie breaker with even just a tie. In the last meeting Seattle ended the Utah side's home unbeaten streak, which should be good news when facing a team that is poor on the road (12 points in 11 matches).

Morales Leg Break Mars Real Salt Lake Win

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With an injury unfortunately similar to Steve Zakuani's of the Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales suffered what looks to be a season-ending injury in RSL's match against Chivas USA. Â After a nasty challenge from Marcos Mondaini, Morales immediately went to ground signaling for medical help.

The Rest

McDermott not worried by controversy

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Reading boss Brian McDermott insists that everyone at the club is behind him despite the recent controversy surrounding his decision to drop goalkeeper Adam Federici.

The Royals have struggled since their promotion to the Premier League and have so far earned just a single point from their three games, a run that has left them languishing in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's trip to West Brom.

Irina Shayk: Lacy Lady

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Images via Our first reaction? She looks fierce. Irina Shayk rolled out her best Pucci (dress)Â and Gucci (heels)Â for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch party in London on Wednesday night. Whilst there she hobnobbed with Olympians, Royals, and Z list reality stars. It's also just been announced that Shayk will be taking over hosting [.

It's Game Day

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At the start of the season I posted this open letter to the players of Sporting Kansas City pouring a bit of my heart into how I felt heading into the season. Today, the day of the US Open Cup final my feelings haven't changed. As Robb said last night, I'm one of those that endured the empty cavern, the poor sight lines and screamed about the name change.

A Look At Potential HGP . . . Keegan Rogers

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Part seven of a seven part FanPost series looking at potential Home Grown Player signings on the Portland Timbers U-23s (qualifies without the "Richard's Rule")

Having trained with the Portland Timbers' first team before entering college, goalkeeper Keegan Rogers is in his second season with the Timbers U-23s.

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As last season was coming to a close, newly promoted Reading were linked with a surprise move for Tottenham's Ledley King. However, with the club captain set to retire, it's claimed today that the Royals have altered their sites and are considering a bid for Sebastien Bassong instead.

Seb seems to have been around for some time but he is still only 25 and therefore has to have real value for a side such as Reading, given his Premiership experience and relatively young age.

Sporting KC Making It Easy for Fans to Forget the Royals

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Without pro basketball and pro hockey teams and while the Chiefs are in the off-season, the Kansas City sports calendar revolves around baseball and Soccer.

But, Soccer is making mince-meat out of baseball.

Video: Jimmy Kebe pulls his socks up, gets Jack Collison sent-off (Reading v West Ham)

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One of the more bizarre incidents of the weekend's action came from the clash between Reading and West Ham. The Royals' Jimmy Kebe decided to rub salt into the Hammers' wounds with a bit of sock-related showboating. The Mali international chose to highlight the amount of time he was getting on the ball by pulling [.

Scott Sinclair's hattrick propels Swansea to the Premiership

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The first Welsh side to make it to the Premiership. They join already promoted QPR and Norwich City. In the playoffs against Reading the Swans scored three first half goals with Scott Sinclair, the Championship's highest scorer scoring a quick brace and Stephen Dobbie (video link)adding a third.

Raúl volverá al Bernabéu

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El Schalke 04 ha aceptado la invitación del Real Madrid para participar en el tradicional trofeo Santiago Bernabéu, que se disputará a finales del próximo mes de agosto.

El equipo alemán anunció la noticia a través de su web oficial, explicando que la fecha exacta del encuentro todavía está por confirmar, dados los compromisos del equipo blanco que tendrá que disputar la Supercopa de España ante el FC Barcelona.

Fox In Disguise

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I thought it was about time I reported in again.

Things have been gradually improving in my tempestuous love affair with the beautiful game.

And today I reached new heights.

I became a Fox in disguise.

I went to the Mad Stad to watch the boys live with three Royals fans.

A loss that feels like a win

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I was gonna talk about the San Francisco Giants fan who was hospitalized at Dodger Stadium last week, and What We Can Learn From It. Thank heaven, Salt Lake gave us something more fun to talk about.

Now I can admit it. I thought the Royals were going to get jobbed like an American boxer at the Olympics.