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Why Balotelli at Liverpool will work

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Mario Balotelli looks set to become a Liverpool player, after a £16 million price was agreed with AC Milan. But can the Italy forward keep himself in the starting lineup and out of trouble?

As a Liverpool supporter, news that that Liverpool had spoken to AC Milan over a possible loan deal made me optimistic that the player could have a big impact in Liverpool's league finish.

AS Roma Officials Open Talks With Manchester United Regarding Mehdi Benatia, Say Reports

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Reports of Mehdi Benatia joining Bayern Munich from AS Roma appear to have been premature, as the defender's transfer saga continues with more twists.

The Morocco international was rumored to make the switch to Manchester United on Saturday, then speculation in Italy was he would renew his contract with Roma this week, and yesterday it was reported that his agent Moussa Sissoko had reached a deal on personal terms with Bayern Munich; subject to the clubs reaching agreement for Benatia.

Liverpool Agrees £16million Deal to Sign Mario Balotelli On 5-Year Contract

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Liverpool has secured a £16million deal to sign striker Mario Balotelli, the striker will sign a five-year contract with the English club.

The player's agent, Mino Raiola, flew to England last night to negotiate the contract with last season's Premier League runners-up.

During his last training session with the club, Balotelli informed teammates that it was to be his "last day in Milan.

Chelsea Offer Torres On Loan To Land Promising Young Roma Striker

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Chelsea Offer Torres On Loan To Land Promising Young Roma Striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is incredible to many Chelsea fans how Fernando Torres has remained at the club for so long, despite never being able to scale the heights from his Liverpool days. There have been several talks and rumours of a move away from Stamford Bridge, but nothing has ever materialised.

Liverpool Considers Move For Mario Balotelli On Loan or Permanent Deal, Says Report

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Fresh rumors of Liverpool's interest in signing Mario Balotelli heightened tonight after credible reports emerged from the UK and Italy.

Ever since the departure of Luis Suarez, Liverpool's transfer dealings have been numerous and varied. Early dealings in the window saw former Southampton stars Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren head to Merseyside for fees totaling around £50million.

Juventus Executive Puts a Stop To Any Arturo Vidal Transfer Speculation

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Speculation over the past few weeks was that Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal had left the door open for a possible move from Italian champions Juventus. The player had been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months.

But following today's comments from Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta, that door has effectively been slammed shut.

Marouane Fellaini Loan Move To Napoli In Doubt Following Training Ground Injury [PHOTO]

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini's potential season-long loan move to Napoli has been put into serious doubt following news of a training ground injury suffered by the player.

Fellaini was pictured heading to the hospital on crutches with his left foot in a protective boot following yesterday's practice.

Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below).

Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game UEFA Champions League coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini to Join Napoli On Loan Pending Player Approval

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Manchester United and Napoli have agreed to a move that will send Marouane Fellaini to Italy on a season-long loan. The transfer will be finalized as soon as the Belgium international gives his approval to the switch.

The Italian newspaperGazzetta dello Sportis reporting that Napoli has agreed to pay United a fee of £4million in order to secure the services of the 26-year-old midfielder.

Arsenal Target Chilean Striker Completes Shock QPR Switch

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Arsenal Target Chilean Striker Completes Shock QPR Switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli's Eduardo Vargas has completed a move to Premier League new-boys Queen Park Rangers, Italian website Gianluca Di Marzio has reported. The Chilean forward will have a medical tomorrow and apply the finishing touches to his loan move.

Man Utd Target Mehdi Benatia Will Re-Sign With AS Roma Within 48 Hours, Says Report

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Rumors circulating around AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia went into overdrive on Saturday after Sky Sports reporter Jim White tweeted news that the AS Roma defender was on his way to Manchester United.


That news was quickly followed by reports of the player flying to England to speak to United officials.

Top 10 Worst Haircuts in Soccer

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Over the years, soccer has seen some of the worst haircuts in humanity. From Rene Higuita to Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle, the Premier League alone has experienced some terrible trims.

Let's take a look at some of the worst haircuts on the market, both past and present:

10. Raheem Sterling

Liverpool forwardRaheem Sterling's hairdo is just awful.

Manchester United Agree £24 Million Deal To Sign Mehdi Benatia From AS Roma, Say Reports

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Manchester United has had a £24 million bid accepted forAS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, according to several reports.

The Morocco international had been rumored to be closing in on a move to Chelsea in recent days, but United entered the race to sign the defender in the past 48 hours and appear to have beaten their Premier League rivals to the highly-rated player.

Why It’s Time to Adopt a Favorite Second Team for the 2014/15 Season

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Celtic barely advancing in the Champions League and Ted Lasso videos mean one thing to the serious soccer fan – it's back. After a tasty appetizer of the World Cup, European club soccer returns this month beginning with the Premier League this weekend. While MLS fans would counter that their season is six months old, the lure of seeing the best players in the world teaming-up Guardians of the Galaxy style (with Per Mertersacker as Groot) and compete against each other for more than one fleeting month is a moment to celebrate.

From France: Liverpool join the race to sign €25m Argentine striker

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From France: Liverpool join the race to sign €25m Argentine striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan have done few smart signings this summer already. They are looking to keep hold of some of their star players at the same time as the Serie A giants are targetingto mount a serious challenge for the Europeanspot this season.

Manchester United and Barcelona in tug-of-war to land €50m World Cup star

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Juan Cuadrado, one of the stars for Colombia during the World Cup in Brazil,knows very well that his days at Fiorentina are numbered. But what he doesn't know is where will he land up in the next couple of weeks before the transfer window slum shut.

Cagliari Calcio 2014/15 Kappa Home, Away and Third Kits

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Cagliari Calcio have launched their home, away and third kits for their 2014/15 Italian Serie [...]

Your Best Fantasy Soccer Starting XI For the 2014/15 Season

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The new soccer season in most European countries is just around the corner, and thus so is the fantasy league for Europe. Using a budget of 100 million on Euro Fantasy League, here is my fantasy Starting XI that I recommend you consider.

Goalkeeper: Salvatore Sirigu

Defenders: Flilipe Luiz or Cesar Azpilicueta, Rami, Barzagli, Pablo Zabaleta

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Cesc Fabregas, Raheem Sterling, Luka Modric

Forwards: Radamel Falcao, Jan-Klaas Huntelaar

Subs: John Stones, Bojan Krkic, Aaron Ramsey

I based my choice by selecting players who are more likely to be in a team that manages to achieve a clean sheet as well as players who I think can produce assists and/or goals.

Chelsea Flop Closing In On Fiorentina Move

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Chelsea Flop Closing In On Fiorentina Move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marko Marin's time at Chelsea has been torrid, to say the least. Signed by Roberto Di Matteo in the summer of 2012, the German has made only 6 league appearances for the Blues thus far. After spending his first season on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, he was loaned out Spanish side Sevilla.

Paul Pogba ‘Uncertain’ Of Arturo Vidal’s Future At Juventus

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Speaking ahead of his club's exhibition match against FOXTEL A-League All Star Team in Sydney, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba confessed that he and his teammates are concerned about the future of Arturo Vidal with the club.

According to a report from The Sydney Morning Heraldtoday, the Italian champions went through a complete team session at the WIN Jubilee Stadium, but Vidal was left to train on his own before going through some supervised drills due to a knee injury.

Diego Lopez On the Verge Of A Switch To AC Milan

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez has agreed to personal terms with Italian giants AC Milan and is scheduled to have a medical on Monday.

Lopez's agent, Manuael Garcia Quillon negotiated the deal last night and finalized it this morning following face-to-face meetings with Milan representatives.

Lazio Reject Liverpool Offer For Promising Young Striker

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Lazio have rejected a€20 million from Liverpool for their 19 year-old prodigy Keita Balde Diao, reports from Forza Italian Football have stated. The Spanish striker is on the radar of clubs like Juventus and Manchester United as well, after impressing with his performances in Serie A last year.

Transfers & Rumours

AC Milan Website Confirms Mario Balotelli Has Said His Goodbyes As £16m Liverpool Move Looms

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By Chris Wright

It's on. It's on like mother-flippin' Donkey Kong mother-flipper!

With Balotelli himself telling Sky Italia this morning that today would be his final day with the club, AC Milan have just confirmed via their website that the striker has said his good-byes to all of the players and staff at Milanello.

Liverpool Enter Talks To Sign Mario Balotelli, Potential Loan Deal Nixed Over ‘Bad Behaviour’ Clause

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By Chris Wright

The big news on the transfer front this morning is that Liverpool, in their ongoing search for a first-rate striker, have reportedly entered talks with AC Milan over the signing of Mario Balotelli.

According to BBC Sport among several others, Liverpool are more than willing to meet Milan's valuation of Balotelli (believed to be around€25million) and as such have opened negotiations with the Serie A side last night.

Diego Lopez’s Farewell Letter To Real Madrid Fans Is A Really Rather Classy Affair

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By Chris Wright

Published via Real Madrid's official website, departing goalkeeper Diego Lopez has written a really rather lovely farewell letter tothe club and their fanson the eve of his move to Italy.

Having spent the majority of his early career at Real, Lopez returned to Los Blancos at the beginning of the 2013/14 season after spending seven years away with Villarreal and a further one at Sevilla.

Fiorentina

Barcelona Considers Spending Spree to Snatch Marco Reus And Juan Cuadrado Before Transfer Embargo, Say Reports

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Fresh from the news that its appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA, Barcelona is considering signing Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund and Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, according to reports emanating from the Catalan press.

The transfer ban is set to take effect at the beginning of September 2014 and end at the start of January 2016.

Snapshot: Marko Marin Looks Like He’s REALLY Enjoying His Fiorentina Medical…

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By Chris Wright

We don't know what they're doing to him, but it looks like Marko Marin is really and we mean really! enjoying his medical at Fiorentina ahead of the wee German winger's impending loan move from Chelsea...

In attesa dell'ufficialit, Marin sta svolgendo le visite mediche!

Juventus

Antonio Conte Named New Italy Manager

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The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Andrea Pirlo Flummoxes Singapore ‘Keeper By Nonchalantly Sliding Free-Kick Under The Wall (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With Serie A not farting back into life for another fortnight, Juventus continued their pre-season warm-up with a friendly against aSingapore XI last night, with Andrea Pirlo scoring the opener with a typically nonchalant free-kick flummoxing the goalkeeper by sliding his set-piece effortlessly underneath the wall.

Juventus Fever Grips Sydney, But A-League All Stars Push Bianconeri Close

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Sport is part of the fabric of Sydney, Australia, something that's perhaps best illustrated by the multi-purpose ANZ Stadium—where five different sports are played—that was bristling with excitement as Juventus tackled the A-League All Stars this weekend.

Indeed, even in the days that preceded Juve's friendly game with the Australian top flight's finest, the streets of Sydney, plus collective mass of civilians and tourists alike were sprinkled with Bianconeri colors.

2014/15 Kits & Jerseys

UC Sampdoria 2014/15 Kappa Home, Away and Third Kits

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Former Italian champions Unione Calcio Sampdoria launched a three kit 2014/15 match collection from Kappa [...]

SSC Napoli 2014/15 Macron Third Kit

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Italian Serie A team SSC Napoli unveiled their mainly white 2014/15 Macron third kit during [...]

Italy

Italy Appoints Antonio Conte As Head Coach On 2-Year Deal

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Former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte, has been appointed as the new coach for the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed today. Since the unexpected resignation of former Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, in the wake of their dismal World Cup 2014 group stage elimination, the position had remained vacant.

Patrick Vieira Finds The Appointment Of Carlo Tavecchio Hard To Believe

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Former France international Patrick Vieira, who spent time playing for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, has shared his thoughts on Carlo Tavecchio being named president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Yesterday, Tavecchio defeated rival candidate Demetrio Albertini with a majority of the vote, despite having battled allegations of racism during the weeks leading up to his election.

Executive Who Made Racist Comment Elected New President Of Italian Football Federation

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As expected, Carlo Tavecchio has been elected the new president of the Italian football federation by a majority vote, replacing Giancarlo Abete.

For readers who are unaware, Tavecchio had been battling allegations of racism in the weeks leading up to the election.

In late July while speaking at the summer assembly of Italy's amateur leagues, the 71-year-old gave his thoughts on the influx of foreign players into Italy.

Challenges in Serie A Epitomized By Lack of Spending in Transfer Window

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The Serie A transfer market has been pretty disappointing so far this summer.

Italy used to attract the best players in the world, but due to the lack of cash in the league among many teams, it's turning into a sad summer transfer window.

This year, the only top player coming from abroad has been bought by FC Juventus, as Alvaro Morata joined the Bianconeri for €22million from Real Madrid.

The Rest

Bayern Munich Agrees Deal to Sign United Target Mehdi Benatia, Says Report

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In a transfer saga that has taken multiple turns thus far this summer, it appears as if we are closer to knowing the future of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia with French newspaper L'Equipe suggesting an agreement had been reached between the player and Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

In a saga that has seen both Manchester United and Manchester City weigh up respective moves for the Moroccan international with neither putting in a formal offer, it looked as if Benatia would remain in Italy's capital city with Roma offering him a new contract.

Shit Lookalikes: New Italy Coach Antonio Conte & This Terrible John Travolta Waxwork…

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By Chris Wright

It's been pointed out that newly-appointed Italy coach Antonio is looking particularly shiny these days...

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FAIL: Keisuke Honda Files Strong Contender For ‘Worst Corner Ever’ Against Valencia (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We've already seen a fine effort fromNantes midfielder Serge Gakpé this weekend, but Keisuke Hondawent above and beyond the call of duty in his attempt to claim the "worst corner kick ever" title with a truly audacious display of craptitude during Milan's pre-season friendly against Valencia last night.

AC Milan Send Robinho To Santos On Loan

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AC Milan forward Robinho will be returning to the club where he began his soccer career, Santos.

The Brazilian club has confirmed a season-long loan deal for the 30-year-old player who made 23 appearances in Serie A last season.

Robinho began his career in Santos' youth system before spending three seasons with their senior squad.