silly season

Arsenal

Southampton V Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

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The silly season has well and truly started with Arsenal having to play every three days from now until Christmas. We easily brushed aside BATE on Thursday with our reserve side and it will be a refreshed first team that takes the field against Southampton at St Marys this afternoon. Their confidence may have taken [.

Arsenal Tactics – Ozil to come back as a winger?

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Ahh the silly season. Three weeks to go and I'm sure you're all as eager as I am to read about potential additions that we're looking at, but if the media outlets are anything to go by we are in a bit of a quiet period. Either that or they've finally ran out of players [...]

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 [.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Jelle Van Damme linked to Royal Antwerp, Nigel de Jong in talks with D.C. United, and more

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With the league neck-deep in the last few weeks of the silly season, a pair of big name moves are circulating around MLS.

First comes a potential move out for a defensive star, as LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme has reportedly been offered a contract by Belgian side Royal Antwerp at the end of his contract this year.

Major Link Soccer: James Rodriguez needs a new home

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Where the Colombian will go is unclear, but I recommend Seattle.

Seattle

We brought you the winners of the WA beer festival before, but now the arguably more important US Open Beer Championships have been held, and - of course - some Puget Sound brewers picked up awards.

MLS

It's now officially MLS's summer silly season, so what does that mean?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's clothing line sparks rumors of LA move

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As we approach the silly season, rumors abound, and crazier things have been foreshadowed from less than a tweet by a clothing company.

A-Z Sportswear, the clothing line of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sent out a tweet that has many in the community buzzing about a potential move to Los Angeles in the near future.

Are the Philadelphia Union a finalist for DeMarcus Beasley?

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Well here's a rumor sure to get the attention of Union fans who support the USMNT.

Transfer season is silly season and silly season can be fun season. For many, it is a chance to speculate and dream away about their favorite players joining their favorite club.

For the Philadelphia Union, a team of many needs especially on their back line and along the left wing (sorry Danny Cruz), it is natural for them to be linked to a versatile player like Beasley who can play both left back and left wing.

It’s Official: Tim Cahill To The Red Bulls

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 The New York Red Bulls on Thursday announced they have finalized a deal to bring Australian international Tim Cahill to the club. As the silly season of the summer transfer window in Major League Soccer nearly comes to an ...

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D.C. United

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: D.C. United spared in MLS Expansion Draft

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Atlanta and Minnesota spare D.C. United in the MLS Expansion Draft, Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he should have more Ballons d'Or than Lionel Messi, MLS silly season begins, Dortmund tells Liverpool to lay off Christian Pulisic and Oscar weighing a move to China...Freedom Kicks be kickin!

Happy Wednesday folks.

Silly season has officially begun: D.C. United is "monitoring" in West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole

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According to a local English paper, D.C. United is monitoring West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole, along with FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire.

A Thanksgiving Day gift from the English papers to D.C. United fans everywhere is the beginning of silly season! According to a local English paper, D.

Silly season in full effect: Is D.C. United interested in Mario Tajima?

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The silly season is starting to churn for D.C. United. After announcing trialists this morning, there are now reports out of Peru saying that D.C. United is interested in 20 year old midfielder Mario Tajima, currently of Club Universitario de Deportes. Tajima was born in Bolivia and was just naturalized as a Peruvian citizen, and is of Japanese and Bolivian descent.

D.C. United Remains Quiet While Other MLS Teams Begin Trading Players

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The MLS silly season has seemed just a bit sillier than usual this season.

With MLS Cup 2012 just two days behind us, the offseason has begun, and several teams have wasted no time with making moves. Surprisingly, it's been two playoff teams that have made the most moves so far, with Real Salt Lake abandoning huge parts of their roster, and the New York Red Bulls adding more players than they can fit on the field.

English Premier League

Is Fanendo Adi Headed Overseas? Probably Not Anytime Soon

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With the end of the season approaching all across Europe, so is the so-called "silly season" and the plentiful transfer rumors that tend to come with it. These rumors seem to touch teams all across the globe and the Portland Timbers are not exempt from that.

The latest rumors linking a Timbers player to an overseas move cropped up yesterday as a report from Yahoo Sports had Timbers striker and leading scorer Fanendo Adi is "drawing interest" from English Premier League side Crystal Palace and French Ligue 1 club St.

Latest January transfer window deals and news (up-to-the-minute news)

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It's the silly season, aka January transfer window, and we'll be keeping you updated throughout the entire month with up-to-the-minute reports and confirmed deals. Feel free to bookmark the page and keep on returning to it throughout the month.

For the Premier League, the January transfer window opens on January 1 and closes at 6pm ET on Monday, February 1.

Latest January transfer window deals and news (up-to-the-minute news)

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It's the silly season, aka January transfer window, and we'll be keeping you updated throughout the entire month with up-to-the-minute reports and confirmed deals. Feel free to bookmark the page and keep on returning to it throughout the month.

For the Premier League, the January transfer window opens on January 1 and closes at 6pm ET on Monday, February 1.

OPINION: Should Chelsea "Dare to Zlatan"?

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It's silly season! In this edition Chelsea are reportedly being linked with a move to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer from PSG!

What are your personal opinions of Ibrahimovic? Do you rate him as much as people make him out to be or do you think that despite his natural talent, he is overrated and would struggle in the Premier League if he was to come here next season?

The Designated Player Situation In Philadelphia

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Can the Union afford to bring in another Designated Player? Does Carlos Valdes return from stops in Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil? Does Maurice Edu remain in Philadelphia or is he bound to return to the English Premier League? Silly season may just be be sober season for the Philadelphia Union.

That most wonderful time of year is almost upon us.

Arsenal Interested In Signing Fulham Striker Dimitar Berbatov, Says Report

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The silly season of the January transfer window has begun. Believe it or not, or believe it maybe but one of the British tabloids is reporting that Arsenal are trying to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham to help resolve their striker conundrum with Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo out injured, while Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott can step in, when needed.

Arsenal’s Signing of Mesut Ozil Doesn’t Address the Holes Where the Team Needs Strengthening

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As the clock struck 11pm in England on Monday, the summer transfer window and so-calledsilly season came to a close. A transfer window that had a lot of movement and broke several records culminating in the most money spent in one window, with a total of £630million. Teams smashed their own club records.

Gareth Bale to Man United, Luiz Gustavo to Arsenal and Other Ridiculous Rumors: Nightly Soccer Report

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Tonight's transfer speculation in the media is a perfect example of why it's called the silly season. For the past 10 days, there's been plenty of talk about Bayern Munich's Luiz Gustavo being interested in moving to the Premier League, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressing an interest. However, there's nothing concrete there, butThe Guardianfinally ran a story about it.

£60m bid for Premier League star behind Woodward’s return?

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If ever proof was needed that the summer transfer window does indeed deserve the "silly season" label, over the last couple of days United have provided abundant evidence that June, July and August fully deserve the nickname. United's transfer window has so far resembled a soap opera, floating between the farcical and the hilarious and, [.

Not Buying Brendan Rodgers When He Says Reina Is Not For Sale

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists goalkeeper Pepe Reina will not leave the club at the end of the season.

The Spain international goalkeeper has played 29 times in the Premier League this season, registering 13 clean sheets in the process.

Rumours that the 30-year-old may be on the way out of Merseyside in the close-season have been around for months, with Barcelona thought to be interested in re-signing their former player.

Why Arsenal Shouldn’t Be Duped Into Paying Theo Walcott £100k per Week, And Why January Transfers Often Don’t Work

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As silly season descends upon the Premier League again and the transfer rumours start heating up, it becomes quite easy as fans to forget about things like budgets and stability and start dreaming of shiny new player acquisitions to help ......

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The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

The Rumour Mill

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I have posted on here before of my amusement at the intensity of fans during the summer break, I know I am in the minority but I simply cannot be bothered to get wound up by the rumour mill and media circus. Thank god this superb Olympics has pulled so many of the scribes away from their dubious fabrications within the football silly season and directed them to a more worthwhile and fulfilling portrayal of fact rather than fiction.

Sir Alex Ferguson, The Glazers & The Future Of Manchester United

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The silly season is well and truly upon us, and with football now demanding twenty-four hour, three hundred and sixty-five day a year media coverage the next few weeks seem likely to bring more stories to the back pages of newspapers that might otherwise not have been deemed worthy of such coverage.

Philadelphia Union

Transfer rumors: Breaking down Bedoya, McFadden, and the others

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Transfer rumors are swirling around the Philadelphia Union, with James McFadden, Colin Kazim-Richards, Alejandro Bedoya, and Fernando Aristeguieta all being linked to move to the Union. We give them all the sniff test to see how likely they are to come true.

With silly season firmly upon us, it's time to break out the ol' B.

Silly Season Kicks Off on Twitter

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It appears that the wait for Union related news is over. Silly Season has officially kicked off on Twitter with two current Union players and one former Union defender talking about the practice facilities. Oh yeah and apparently the Union made a bid for the returning Michael Bradley as well.

Around 2 PM EST, news started to break via twitter that Michael Bradley was going to sign for Toronto FC.

Rüştü Reçber: Still Open To Proposals After Rejecting Union's Contract Offer

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Soccer's silly season of transfers and trades has provided Philadelphia Union fans with stories of major names and unknowns for over three offseasons. This year's pre-international transfer window has been no different for the team.

Rüştü Reçber told the Brotherly Game, through friend of the site Ahmet Turgut, of Turkish Soccer, that the Union sent his manager an offer, but that he was not happy with the salary they submitted.

Chelsea

Here are the top ten Chelsea transfer rumours so far this summer!

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It's silly season in the press and with a busy summer predicted for most clubs, I wanted to focus on what I personally believe to be the top ten Chelsea transfer rumours we have all read so far. There have been some that seem to have real substance about them and some that are simply ridiculous!

Silly season has started - £30m for Busquets!

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When it comes to any transfer window in this country, the press and media like to have a field day with all sorts of people being linked with moves from one club to another. It's also a chance for football agents to line their pockets trying to broker a move for their client or to try and get a better contract at the club his is at.

Manchester United

Breaking down David Moyes’ United

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Now 'silly season' is over I agree with many that the time is right to stop griping about the horror show transfer window and focus on how David Moyes can maximize results with the squad we have.

These are my own theories as to what I hope David Moyes does with the team by breaking down the positions, players and formations.

Moyes to turn to plan F?

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They call summer the "silly season" and, considering how United's business in the transfer window has developed, it is a perfectly deserved adjective. However, if today's back pages are to be believed, Ed Woodward and David Moyes seem determined to upgrade "silly" to "pantomime". United are apparently lining up one final bid for Barcelona midfielder [.

Transfer Stories

10 of the best Silly Season transfer targets

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The grass is green, the sun is out and the beaches are jammed to capacity. Summer has taken over and, of course, that also means the "Silly Season" is in full bloom. As we head into August and the beginning of the season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Red Devils, Manchester [...]

Lewandoswki, Falcao, Wanyama…let the silly season begin

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Despite the season being not over for another three weeks, newspaper are dedicating an increasing number of columns to transfer rumours and, as usual, United find themselves right in the middle of it. The next few months could be absolutely crucial for United's future, something Sir Alex Ferguson hinted to in the immediate aftermath of [.

The Rest

Payne moves from Groningen to Excelsior in search of more playing time

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The silly season in Europe is upon us, and one of the first Americans to move is a prospect plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

Right back Desevio Payne has moved from FC Groningen to Excelsior pending a physical with his new club. The move comes after the fullback made sporadic appearances with Groningen, featuring just six times this season.

Silly Season is here - Juande Ramos - are you kidding me!

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Come on, let's be serious now! I know I have advocated the firing of Jose, but for Juande Ramos to be his interim replacement begs disbelief. Out of work since 2014 and his successes so deeply rooted in the past, how can he seriously be considered - except for the fact that he is immediately available.

Marcos Senna a reminder that lack of rumors indicates little

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When, exactly, the Sounders were trying to sign the former Spain international, the fact that we're only hearing about it now is telling.

Silly season is just gearing up. Rumors of inbound players will surely start to fly. Some of those signings will come to fruition (Román Torres was a recent fanciful example) and a lot more don't (oh man, remember when we were signing Diego Forlan before he was really old?

Timbers Mailbag - Looking at the silly season before training camp starts

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The Timbers Mailbag gets opened with questions about current transactions, Timbers news and MLS rules in general, and we do our best to address them while the 2015 MLS Super Draft adds new depth for Portland.

Forest Managerial Change a Farce

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And we all thought October was the silly season! The news that Nottingham Forest manager, Sean O'Driscoll, has been sacked just hours after his side engineered an emphatic 4-2 victory over Leeds United on Boxing Day staggered many English football fans, with the finger clearly pointed at chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi.