Dépêche Mode: Arsene Wenger Wears Funky Custom Arsenal Trainers For Bayern Munich Friendly (Photos)

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This very week, Arsene Wenger officially became the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.

As of Monday, Wenger has outlasted the 7,582 days that Sir Alex Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United in the Top Flight™, though of course the Scot did spent over five years at the United helm before football began in 1992.

Hello Arsenal, Shanghai Shenhua calling”

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32 year old Carlos Tevez transferred from Boca to Shanghai for £70M.

Oh, and if you think that's funny, then let me tell you his wages: £615,000. Per week.

We're talking New World Order stuff here, and I reckon David Beckham could be lacing up again any minute. I would.

These are exciting times, but like all good things, the window of opportunity will be small, and by that I mean the gulf in value between some old has been and serious investment value European old world value.

Maradona nunca firmó el contrato que le dieron a Mancuso

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17.08.2012 - Después de declarar que "me gustaría dirigir en China", Diego Maradona se tomó el avión y, de paso, llegó para aclarar temas contractuales.
Días después del Mundial de Sudáfrcia 2010, una empresa China de videojuegos envió a Maradona un contrato por el uso de su imagen publicitaria.

Letters from Shanghai

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Letters from Shanghai

Yes, they do actually play soccer in China. Yes, it is almost as exciting as it is here. Aging euro-stars that aren't performing up to expectations? Check. Fierce rivalries complete with epic trolling? Check. All-Star team at the bottom of the table? Check. Interestingly enough, they may actually have a hooligan problem.

United veteran: “I love pre-season”

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Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his excitement at finally returning to the football field after a summer without any competitive action.

Ferdinand, 33, was not selected in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad and waited patiently for the Red Devils to finally return to pre-season training.

Having seen the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell join the squad, Ferdinand has already observed the excitement building up at Old Trafford ahead of the 2012-13 campaign and the defender admits he cannot wait for pre-season activities to be in full swing.

Letters from Shanghai: The team functions without its star, the media does not.

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

The full time whistle had barely sounded when Shanghai Shenhua's goalkeeper, Wang Dalei turned to the home fans behind him with a face of unchecked elation. Overwhelmed with relief, stalward Yu Tao fell to the ground and remained there for several minutes.

Letters From Shanghai: Captain Anelka?

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

With the Chinese Super League (CSL) now in full swing, Shanghai Shenhua, having spent an offseason gleefully cranking up expectations, are now being forced to finally back up their big talk - and so far it is not going well.

Selección Femenil viaja a China

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La Selección Nacional Femenil Mayor tendrá un nuevo reto, cuando participe en el Torneo Internacional Femenil Yongchuan que tendrá lugar en la provincia del mismo nombre, en la región de Chongqing, en China.En la prestigiosa justa internacional donde el Tricolor es invitado, participan, además de la escuadra local de China, Corea del Norte y Corea del Sur.

Imaginary Enemies

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Nicolas Anelka will soon be playing professional soccer in China. This is surprising because Nicolas Anelka is still a talented, effective soccer player who would help all but about 10 teams in the world. This is not surprising because Nicolas Anelka is going to a place where they'll pay him an exponent of a number it'd take me years to count to.

Blog on: livechina: China makes comeback win over Laos at World Cup qualifer

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livechina China makes comeback win over Laos at World Cup qualifer - 2 hours ago from Shanghai Daily: Latest News - Comment - Like CHINA rallied from two goals down to beat Laos 7-2 at the home leg of the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifers today.

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Mid-Day Ticker: Galatasaray sign Drogba, Xavi inks extension, and more

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Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray has reportedly captured their second massive signing of the January transfer window, signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba from China's Shanghai Shenhua.

The 18-month deal for Drogba comes a week after Galatasaray finalized a transfer for Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder.

Drogba Asks Shanghai To Release Him

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Italian media claim Didier Drogba wants his Shanghai Shenhua contract terminated, sparking a bidding war between Juventus, Lazio and Milan.

The former Chelsea striker has reportedly sent a letter to Shanghai Shenhua asking for his deal to be terminated. That would then open the door to a free transfer back to Europe.

Letters from Shanghai: Limitations arise and the Asian Champions League dream is lost

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

All good things have to come to an end eventually and the long shot that was Shanghai Shenhua belatedly saving their season and qualifying for the Asian Champions League is now off the table after the team was humiliated 4-2 by the high-flying Guizhou Renhe on Sunday.

No Arsenal offer for Drogba…..yet!

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Wenger dismisses Drogba reports-or does he? by TS We all know Arsene Wenger keeps his cards close to his chest and even when he doesn't you can never tell what he's up to. However, I want to think what he had to say about Drogba being linked with Arsenal is true. Wenger insisted that Arsenal [...]

Backpage roundup: Arsenal linked with Drogba swoop, Wenger downplays Diaby injury, Cazorla loving Arsenal life, Giroud gets booed and Jenkinson reveals his ambition

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Arsenal Linked With Shock Drogba Swoop Arsenal are purportedly trying to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, according to a report published by The Sun. The big Ivorian moved to the unglamorous world of Chinese football at the end of last season but his future in the country's Super League [.

Silly Season not over yet! Drogba linked with Arsenal

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International break is over and now it seems the media have switched their attention back to who may be moving where, come the January transfer window. In a shock report, The Sun are claiming that Arsenal have made an attempt to prise Didier Drogba away from Shanghai Shenua. Its no secret the Chinese club is [.

Letters from Shanghai: From relegation battles to hopes of the Asian Champions League

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai. View all letters here.

Two months into the second phase of the Shanghai Shenhua revolution, with Didier Drogba freshly installed as the team's new alpha male, the team have gone unbeaten over seven games.

The really random pre-season friendlies post

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Keeping with our recent tradition of doing really random posts in the off-season, we must now naturally move on to pre-season friendlies. Pre-season friendlies are a time of joy for the marketing heads of football clubs, assorted brands and Chinese-names-on-tshirt-writers. The global tours of English clubs this summer have practically reached the opposite ends of the world, everyone apparently glad to avoid the traffic back home during the Olympics.

Didier Drogba arrives in China to a pop star reception

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We all knew that Didier Drogba would be a sensation in China, but the reception in Shanghai's airport must have surprised even the Ivorian. As he made his way through customs, adoring fans sung the striker's name, and as he exited the airport building hundreds of supporters surrounded a chauffeured car waiting to take him [.

Didier Drogba To Open Talks With Barcelona Days After Signing For Shanghai Shenua?

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By Chris Wright

Oh, what a wierd and wonderful world football is. Days after signing a contract with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua, Didier Drogba is to fly into Barcelona this afternoon ahead of a meeting with the club's directors on Wednesday morning.

Didier Drogba Heading To China

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By all accounts Didier Drogba has told his Chelsea teammates that he is leaving to go to China.

Drogba is expected to link up with former team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai in China in a £200,000-a-week deal.

Drogba said:

"Even though it's been three years since I said that I wanted to leave, I find it hard to admit that it's over with this club — especially since I did not want this end.

Letters from Shanghai: The mediocrity remains, but is Drogba on the horizon?

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

The dust has started to settle on the ugly coup that ousted Jean Tigana from the Shanghai Shenhua dug out last month- but that doesn't mean things have improved.

Shenhua's last game, another dull, uninspiring 0-0 draw against Shanghai Shenxin at the Hongkou was the fourth game in a row that the former have gone without scoring a goal.

The number 11 short is already "reserved" in China for Drogba!

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Fresh from scoring his 100th Premier League goal for Chelsea against Stoke at the weekend, there is yet more speculation about Didier in the press. Why is it when players leave the club, they just can't help themselves but to start rumours and speculation when if they say these people are "friends" they should just let them concentrate on the rest of the season!

DROGBA: "I think Drogba SHOULD be joining us, if all goes well".

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Nicolas Anelka has been outspoken since he left Chelsea hasn't he. We hardly heard a peep out of him during his time here but since he left he has taken the opportunity to "comment" on how he left the club and now his attention has turned to "his pal" Didier Drogba.

Anelka speaking after being introduced to the Chinese media and press has apparently let slip the fact that it looks more or less certain that this will be Didier Drogba's final swansong at Chelsea this season.

If Drogba leaves what will Chelsea do?

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It appears likely that Didier Drogba is set to move to Shanghai Shenua. It is not quite clear whether the move is scheduled to take place during the January transfer window or in the summer of 2012 but it has become quite clear that Didier Drogba is set to move away from Stamford Bridge and Chelsea.

Letters from Shanghai: The non-Asian "Asian" signing

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

Despite the city starting to slow down for the Chinese New Year, Shanghai Shenhua's PR machine remains as busy as ever. The club's website is more brightly coloured than usual and images of the new manager, Jean Tigana, and his star player, Nicolas Anelka, flicker across the screen whilst behind them, four silhouetted figures stand in the background.

Manchester United

Manchester United players celebrate as coach driver avoids arrest

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Manchester United's players dedicated a chant to their coach driver after he smooth-talked his way out of trouble with Chinese police. United's coach was stopped on a busy road in Shanghai by police after reportedly using the wrong lane. Officers hauled the driver away for questioning. The coach was surrounded by fans while the driver [.

Wednesday's TV: Olympics and ASG

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ESPN2 has the Liverpool - Roma friendly at 6:30pm followed by the MLS All-Stars vs Chelsea at 8:30pm. The USA Women's Olympic runs starts on NBC sports Network against France at noon. Fox Soccer has the Manchester United - Shanghai - Shenua friendly at 8am. DFB Cup on GolTV: 'Gladbach - Bayern Munich at 12pm.

Has Manchester United Agreed On A £26m Deal For Lucas?

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According to the Daily Mirror, United have finally landed Lucas Moura after agreeing on a £26 million transfer fee with Sao Paulo. United still need to agree personal terms with Lucas, but I don't expect that to be an issue.

Ferguson, speaking in Shanghai on United's pre-season tour today said: "We haven't reached an agreement for the player.

Evra talks about a Manchester United institution

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This may sound arrogant, and maybe it is, but the truth is that Manchester United is no longer a mere football club. It has become a world institution with a brand name which stands alongside giants...

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Book Review: The Smell of Football

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The Smell of Football by Mick 'Baz' Rathbone Published by Vision Sports Publishing July 2011, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1907637148 I have a regular correspondent who likes to talk football. A Liverpool die-hard, man of Shrewsbury, our exchanges normally concern the current wiles of his personal idol, Rafael Benitez, or his affection for his hometown 'Salop!

Anelka’s Chinese deal done – and Shanghai plan Drogba move too

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Anelka's Chinese deal done and Shanghai plan Drogba move too

Chelsea veteran will earn £6m-a-year

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Liverpool FC To Expand Its Retail Empire Into Southport

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Liverpool FC is looking to expand its retail empire – but its sights are focused on Southport, rather than Shanghai.
In an exclusive interview with LDP Business magazine, which is published tomorrow, Liverpool FC chief executive Ian Ayre outlined the short-term plans to reach more fans with its retail offer.

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POTD : Nicolas Anelka Receives Gift From Fan

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Nicolas Anelka received a special gift from a fan last week upon his arrival at Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua. Let's hope the cookies he got in that jar are worth £6million a year! / via Reuters

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Chelsea strikers £175,000 per week swansong?

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I love Nico Anelka as I think the bloke is class. I have said it before time and time again on here and posted my tribute to him and his time at Chelsea the other week.

Since then, we obviously heard the news that he handed in a transfer request last week that has been accepted by the club and is now training away from the first team and will not be involved anymore.

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Cristiano Ronaldo & Marcelo Argue Over ‘Bowling’ Game, Mourinho Settles It With Fancy Strut (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo indulge in a spot of 'football bowling' from the dug-out in Shanghai, quibble over who's won, bring in Fabio Coentrao and Pepe to adjudicate, realise that they are useless and go over their heads to Papa Mou who promptly breaks out his high-faluting 'fancy walking' measuring techniques to settle the barney.