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Manchester United

Man City star ties former-Man Utd player for Premier League Record

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Manchester City eventually overcame Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2-0 win in their season opener this evening.

It wasn't until the 70th minute that Pep Guardiola's multi-million squad finally broke down a tired home defence, with Sergio Aguero firing home shortly after Dale Stephens had easily conceded possession for the hosts.

Manchester United academy sales

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1991-1992
Mark Robins – £800k (£1.5m)

1992-1993
Darren Ferguson – £250k (£450k)
Lee Martin – £350k (£630k)

1993-1994
Colin McKee – £265k (£470k)

1994-1995
Keith Gillespie – £1m (1.

American football

Very interesting read

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This is about American Football, but I think worth your time.

It talks about how the great quarterbacks see the field of play, how really very difficult this is, and how they have mental shortcuts to managing this task.

I think there are.... or could be... implications for midfield play.

Very interesting read

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This is about American Football, but I think worth your time.

It talks about how the great quarterbacks see the field of play, how really very difficult this is, and how they have mental shortcuts to managing this task.

I think there are.... or could be... implications for midfield play.

Fulham

Why Fulham are Set to Surprise in 2013-14

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While many of you would probably have expected to me say Sunderland, Southampton or West Ham as the next most likely club to surprise this season, I have to give full respect to Fulham and the smart work that Martin Jol continues to do in the transfer market.

The manager released a healthy dose of players at the end of the season and over the summer seeing a vast majority of the over 30 group let go.

Keeper Mark Schwarzer heads Fulham clear-out

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Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is the most profile exit following an end-of-season clear-out at Fulham. The 40-year-old Australian joins Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Chris Baird, Giorgos Karagounis, Mladen Petric and Csaba Somogyi on a list of out-of-contract players leaving Craven Cottage. Schwarzer had been offered a new contract, but opted against staying with Martin Jol's [.

Match Preview: Fulham vs Liverpool

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Liverpool takes on Fulham at Craven Cottage without star duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
Fulham will be looking to end a run of four successive defeats to secure their Premier League status.
The Cottagers have not won a Premier League game for six matches since their 3-2 win over the QPR on April 1st to leave them nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation dogfight.

Man City 3-0 Fulham: Snow Problem For Citizens As Fulham Freeze At The Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-0 Fulham Premier League 4th February 2012


Manchester City put the disappointment of that midweek defeat against Everton behind them at a snowy Etiahd Stadium on Saturday, coasting to victory against a Fulham side who rarely threatened Jose Hart's goal.

On the Sunny Side of the Street

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Following the International break, we are back in the full swing of club football with Arsenal playing their third game in a week; what with City on Tues, Wigan on Saturday and Olympiakos the following Tues, we are busy. Long may it remain thus because it means we are in all competitions.

Today brings Martin Jol's Fulham to the Emirates.

Arsenal v Fulham Preview : Making Martin Suffer

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Come on Robin be honest, you can't dribble past 4 players can you?

One more match before the return of Samir Na$ri to the Grove. Not as if Arsene Wenger sees Manchester City as any kind of a threat. Such is the confidence of the team at the moment, the manager looks to put his second string side to face the league leader.

Reunions

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Well, we're off to Dnipropetrovsk. Rather than this be some random trip to the heart of The Ukraine against a side with a really cool badge, there's actually some levels of familiarity amongst the two sides.

First, the coaches.

Just about four years ago, after a few months of flirtation, Ramos was plucked from Sevilla to succeed Jol as manager of Spurs.

End of a Gera (sorry)

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The most emotional goal we've ever seen?

Having decided not to renew his contract at Fulham Zoltan has come back to the club where he started his career in England," said Hodgson.

"The last time he played at West Bromwich Albion he was a very popular figure with everyone at the club, not least of all the fans.

Europa League: Fulham 3-0 NSI Runavik – Cottagers Begin With A Win (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Decked out in their new, all-white home strip, a near full-strength Fulham team successfully got both their Europa League campaign and their 2011/12 season off to a winning start with a comfortable victory over Nes Soknar Itrottarfelag Runavik at the Cottage last night with goals from Damien Duff, Danny Murphy and Andy Johnson giving Martin Jol's side a 3-0 advantage going into the away leg against the Faroese part-timers.

Fulham 3-0 NSI Runavik

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First things first: the white shorts do look pretty good. They're still morally incorrect, but a sartorial triumph. The players look like Imperial Stormtroopers who've hit the gym. The effect is quite imposing.

Not that it worked especially tonight. NSI Runavik organised themselves into a 4-1-4-1 formation which could also be described as 9-0-1.

Fulham v Arsenal Preview : One More Before The Break

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These good people needs a good season end send off from Arsenal

Finally, we've come to the last match of the season. I'm sure everyone of us would still want to be involve until next weekend, which would mean we qualified for the Champions League final, but I'm not quite sure we would've deserve that spot.

Fulham v Arsenal Preview : One More Before The Break

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These good people needs a good season end send off from Arsenal

Finally, we've come to the last match of the season. I'm sure everyone of us would still want to be involve until next weekend, which would mean we qualified for the Champions League final, but I'm not quite sure we would've deserve that spot.

Liverpool 5-2 Fulham

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Reina
Johnson Carragher Skrtel Flanagan
Spearing Lucas
Kuyt Meireles Maxi
Suarez

Goals:
Maxi 1' 7' 70'
Kuyt 16'
Dembele 57'
Suarez 76'

After months of anger, disappointment and regrets, now we're wishing the season wasn't about to end.

Platoon: or the DuffDaviesdilemma

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The 1958 Cleveland Indians baseball team used two players at First Base. Mickey Vernon, a good left-hander who was adept at getting on base, and Vic Power, a right handed hitter and flashy defensive player who once, having been informed that the restaurant he was in did not serve coloured people, replied: "That's OK, I don't eat coloured people.

Fulham 3-0 Bolton

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There was a joy to Fulham's play tonight, and Bolton took a good old fashioned hammering. It's the sort of game that encourages a good hard think: if we can defend really well (and we can) and attack really well (we sometimes can) then is the sky the limit? Probably not, as we won't play a team as accommodating as Bolton again for a while.

Wolves 1-1 Fulham

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These points all count, you know. Wolves are a poor side by reputation and by league position, but they are also strangely dangerous, and will have certainly seen today as a great chance to take three points. That they didn't was a result of Fulham's spirited and occasionally excellent display, and especially Andy Johnson's late equaliser.

New feature: top fives! Danny Murphy’s Fulham assists

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Inspired by Chopper's venture into listmaking...

Number 5: four minutes on the clock at Stamford Bridge, Murphy sends Nevland clear, and Nevland did what Nevland did so well, and we're a goal up. It didn't last (for Fulham or Nevland himself: Chelsea got 3; Nevland went off injured) but for a moment there.

Fulham 0-0 Chelsea. Enough of the doom and gloom!!!.

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Last night Chelsea dropped another two points drawing 0-0 with a hard working Fulham side and it could have been worse as Petr Cech saved a Clint Dempsey penalty in the last minute of injury time. That's football and especially the Premier League this season.

Now I could be one of those Chelsea "voices" out there that jumps on the Carlo Ancelotti band wagon or could sit here being all doom and gloom this morning but I refuse to do that.

Funny Feeling Friday: Simon Davies

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Fulham play twice this Fantasy Premier League gameweek and while Clint Dempsey is the more popular choice owned by 9% of fantasy managers, Simon Davies costs just 4.7M and should also start both matches. Look for Davies to pick ... Continue reading →

Let’s have some Fulham news

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There's a lack to talk about Fulham these days. The euphoria of last season, with the Hodgson army battling their way to the Europa League final, has somewhat died.

Like an inflating balloon, the media rushed in during their European cup run: all full of praise for Roy's lads who rose above the odds to scalp Shakhtar, Juventus and Wolfsburg.

Carson Craven Cottage clanger...!

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Scott Carson produced yet another major gaffe in West Brom's 3-0 defeat at Fulham.
Simon Davies' long-range shot bounced off his fingers into the net to give Fulham the opening goal..
The wierd thing about this is that just about a year ago,the very same Carson was doing the very same thing.

Fulham 3 - West Bromwich Albion 0

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Clint Dempsey took his usual place in Fulham's starting lineup and scored the second goal in a 3-0 shutout of West Brom on Tuesday. Simon Davies opened the scoring in the 45th minute, with Dempsey making it 2-0 in the 56th by heading in a corner kick. Brede Hangeland finished off the scoring in the 65th minute.

Fulham 3-0 West Brom

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Let's not get too excited -Â West Brom are a bad team in worse form but you can't beat a good 3-0 home win to boost morale, can you?

A strange game in the end.  Fulham bossed the first 20 minutes without looking threatening, and when West Brom grew into the game it felt like West Ham all over again.

Andy Johnson as Zamora-McBride

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So I completely missed yesterday's match as I was flying across the country after spending Christmas in rainy Seattle. But considering the result, I'll try it more often.

Excluding our only league away win last season, Fulham haven't kept a clean sheet on the road, and won, since May 16 2009 when we beat Newcastle 1-0.

Fulham 1-3 West Ham

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My first game since Stanley's birth, and while I'd been warned that all was not as it should be at Craven Cottage, this still came as a nasty surprise.  If you can't beat the worst team in the league on your own turf, well, what then?  Miserable.

A game featuring two struggling sides almost had to be cagey, so an early goal would really be useful.

West Ham Felt Christmas Magic At Craven Cottage

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Christmas magic is surely being felt by West Ham United as the bottom table club successfully lifted themselves out of the last position temporarily after picking up a win in Boxing day despite playing away against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Making things more magical for West Ham, the away team picked up their first away victory this season after trailing one goal first in the 10th minuted when Aaron Hughes nodded home Simon Davies cross and set the Cottagers' fans on their feet.

Damien Duff

Past 5 Matches

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With the exception of a forced change here or there, it would not be a stretch to say Martin Jol has settled on HIS lineup as of late.

And, its interesting to note the name and age of the lineup. Especially when looking at the players who are not playing.

Below are all the players and their ages that saw at list 1 minute of playing time in the last five matches:

David Stockdale 26 Brede Hangeland 30 Philippe Senderos 26 John Arne Riise 30 Stephen Kelly 27 Danny Murphy 34 Steve Sidwell 28 Damien Duff 32 Simon Davies 31 Clint Dempsey 28 Bryan Ruiz 25 Mark Schwarzer 38 Chris Baird 29 Stephen Kelly 27 Dickson Etuhu 29 Moussa Dembele 24 Marcel Gecov 23 Aaron Hughes 31 Pavel Pogrebnyak 28 Andy Johnson 31 Mahamadou Diarra 30 Kerim Frei 18

When crunching the numbers, our squad age in this span comes out to be:

Average: 28.

Our Duff Dilemma

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True or False: Damien Duff did not complete a single pass in the second half on Sunday.

Okay, that's a trick question. He didn't even attempt one.

Here is yesterday's passing chart. I don't know if the Guardian staffer fell asleep or it really was that atrocious.

What may be worse than the sheer lack of passes is where three of the four completed outfield passes went to: behind and to his left.

Europa Squad for Group Stages Announced

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This seems to have flown under the radar a bit with all the hand-wringing about Sunday, but our squad for the Europa League group stages has been announced. Not too many surprises, except one.

Goalies
1 Mark Schwarzer
22 Csaba Somogyi
38 Neil Etheridge*
41 Marcus Bettinelli*
44 Jesse Joronen*

Defenders
2 Stephen Kelly
3 John Arne Riise
5 Brede Hangeland
6 Chris Baird
14 Philippe Senderos
18 Aaron Hughes
26 Zdenek Grygera
28 Matthew Briggs*
39 Stephen Arthurworrey*
40 Alex Smith*

Midfielders
4 Steve Sidwell
10 Pajtim Kasami
13 Danny Murphy
15 Marcel Gecov
16 Damien Duff
20 Dickson Etuhu
21 Kerim Frei
23 Clint Dempsey
37 Courtney Harris*
43 Josh Pritchard*

Forwards
8 Andrew Johnson
9 Orlando Sá
25 Bobby Zamora
30 Moussa Dembélé
35 Richard Peniket*
42 Marcello Trotta*

No, the surprise is not Ruiz.

Match Preview: Liverpool v. Fulham, 12.18.10

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Collective "awww" as Roy Hodgson and Fulham are reunited at long last.

What, you're not feeling all gooey and gushy inside? Heartless bastards, the lot of you.

I've actually been a bit surprised at the lack of the aforementioned gushing in the build-up a few mentions here and there, but for the most part, the aim has been on the need for Liverpool to start to play with some sort of consistent quality.

White Hart Lane

Harry haters must eat their words

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My first visit to White Hart Lane came in February 2001. It was an FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Stockport County. My uncle had driven up from Southampton on the morning of the game and surprised me with a ticket.

I fell in love with the stadium and the atmosphere. I loved being part of the crowd and watching Spurs easily dispose of the opposition as they won 4-0.

Jamie’s report: Tottenham 1 Fulham 0

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Jamie R was at White Hart Lane today:

No luck at White Hart Lane and another frustrating afternoon for Mark Hughes' toiling troops. Perhaps you could say this was an encouraging performance – we kept one of the league's in-form teams impressively in check and on another day could easily have sneaked a better result.

JOHN TOSHACK

Who Wouldnt Want Giggs In Their Team?

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Since being unveiled as the new Wales manager yesterday, Gary Speed has wasted no time in re-opening the lines of communication with the veterans that former incumbent John Toshack systematically put out to pasture – insisting that the door is open should ageing stalwarts like Ryan Giggs, Simon Davies and Robbie Savage wish to overturn [.

‘Who Wouldn’t Want Giggs In Their Team?’ – Gary Speed Opens The Door For Wales’ Old Guard

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By Chris Wright

Wales' old guard: Simon Davies, Ryan Giggs, Robert Page and Robbie Savage

Since being unveiled as the new Wales manager yesterday, Gary Speed has wasted no time in re-opening the lines of communication with the veterans that former incumbent John Toshack systematically put out to pasture insisting that the door is open should ageing stalwarts like Ryan Giggs, Simon Davies and Robbie Savage wish to overturn their respective international retirements.

The Rest

Defending Bryan Ruiz

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I know Bryan Ruiz frustrates people but to my untrained eye he's a player we should keep on the field at all times, both because he has vision and creativity lacking elsewhere in the team (real final ball quality) and because he needs the minutes to adjust.

On that, there seems to be a common enough scenario whereby some foreign players need a season to adjust to English football.

Back to the boards: Davies v Bolton, Gudjohnson against Bolton and Sunderland, Zamora against Sunderland

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Simon Davies was awesome against Bolton. The chalkboard shows just how much work he did in that critical final third. Bolton's defence must have been begging him to leave them alone by the time 90 minutes was up.

Eidur Gudjohnson reminds me of a fairly mobile basketball centre.