Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal’s Buy-Back Clause…

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Cesc Fabregas, to be pushed out by Barca?? by PN Cesc Fabregas reportedly told Spanish radio station ‘Catalunya Radio' that "the whole situation is exaggerated". The situation he refers to, spells from his interview with Madrid newspaper ‘Marca' where he briefly spoke about his contribution, or lack there-of, as a player for the season so [.

Hull City want to take Mannone away from Arsenal

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Arsenal goalkeeper set for Hull City? by AH Hull City are set to contact Arsenal over the potential signing of goalkeeper Vito Mannone on a permanent basis. The Italian has spent the last two seasons on loan at the DW stadium and has impressed for them during both spells. Mannone took his place in the [.


Ibrahim Affelay departs for Schalke on loan

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Ibrahim Affelay who never really jelled at Barcelona having been injured for long spells in his two seasons departs for FC Schalke on loan with an option to buy. He will reunite with his old PSV Eindhoven coach, Huub Stevens. The German club sent Juan Manuel Jurado to Spartak Moscow which means Affelay is expected to fulfill the attacking midfielder role.

Spain mourns passing of Manuel Preciado

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Manuel Preciado died aged 54

Manuel Preciado, who only yesterday signed on with Villarreal CF to become their new coach from next season, has sadly died from a heart attack today, aged 54.

Preciado was mainly associated as a player with Racing Santander but also featured for clubs such as Real Mallorca and Deportivo Alaves.

Terengganu's New Coach

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Peter Butler has been appointed coach of Terangganu. He takes over from Mat Aziz who was controversially dismissed last week.

Butler, who played for West Ham United, will be up against one of his former clubs next week when Terengganu take on Kelantan in the AFC Cup in what promises to be a very tasty affair.


Skrtel lets City come back twice to draw Liverpool, 2-2

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szólj hozzá: Liverpool vs Man City 2:2 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

Martin Skrtel was responsible for three of the four goals scored today at Anfield in an engrossing match. Liverpool went ahead as Skrtel attacked a corner throwing himself at the ball and absolutely buried the ball past Joe Hart.

In the second half, Roberto Mancini introduced Jack Rodwell which allowed Yaya Toure to roam up front.

Aquilani - No Doubts Over Move

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Alberto Aquilani says he had no doubts about leaving Liverpool to join new club Fiorentina in Serie A.
Aquilani completed his move back to Italy last Friday after making only 30 appearances for Liverpool since his £20million move in the summer of 2009, as a replacement for Xabi Alonso.
New manager Brendan Rodgers allowed Aquilani to talk to the Italian side last week after deciding he did not want him as part of his plans for the upcoming season.

Alberto Aquilani Joins Fiorentina On Three-Year Deal, May Still Have A Future At Liverpool

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By Chris Wright

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has just announced that his club have secured the signature of Alberto Aquilani, signing him up on a three-year deal worth €1.7 million a year though he may still have a future at Liverpool if...

TORRES: "We've talked and I just want to start next season already!"

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After the Torres story broke soon after Chelsea won the Champions League, it's been good to hear an update from Nando as it was clear he needed to speak with the club. I wrote a post straight after the story broke and made it clear that he has never said he wanted to leave and what's wrong with wanting to confirm the clubs plans for him and the future!

Former England Boss Fabio Capello Still Loves Blighty, Eyes Up Job In Premier League

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By Alan Duffy

'Cor blimey, guv'nor, let's have a goold old fashioned knees-up!"

It seems that Fabio Capello hasn't toally fallen out of love with England despite his rather messy resignation earlier this year. The 65-year-old has a superb CV, following trophy-laden spells with AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid, but despite receiving a load of offers from Europe, the Italian tactician is now on the look-out for management job in the Premier League.


Attack Fails at Worst Time

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Jerry Bengtson's return couldn't save the Revs offense on Sunday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. For the New England Revolution, 2012's focus for improvement – publically, at least – was all about one area: the attack. Halfway through the season, visible – and statistical – progress was evident.

This Must Be Unprecedented! Not One … Not Two … but all 3 Surf Cup Titles!

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A clean sweep is what it was.

All three academy teams U10, U11, and U12 which Brian overseas, took home the hardware at the prestigious Surf Cup. Not a bad start to the new season.

  • The 10s are beginning to show some signs of keeping the ball and combination play.
  • The 11s have their spells of good possession where regular 5-touch sequences pop up, but that team needs a ton of work.

The Monday Profile: Chris Eagles

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My abiding memory of Chris Eagles came from an otherwise long forgotten episode of ITV's Football League highlights hosted by Matt Smith dating back about five years or so now. In that favourite director's technique, players were seen alighting from the team bus and amid the friendly smiles and poised pens for autographs, Eagles stepped down coolly, in possession of headphones the size of which would have shamed the participants of the Live Aid video.

The Monday Profile: Chris Eagles

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My abiding memory of Chris Eagles came from an otherwise long forgotten episode of ITV's Football League highlights hosted by Matt Smith dating back about five years or so now. In that favourite director's technique, players were seen alighting from the team bus and amid the friendly smiles and poised pens for autographs, Eagles stepped down coolly, in possession of headphones the size of which would have shamed the participants of the Live Aid video.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs linked with Roma striker

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The latest striker to be linked with a move to Spurs is Roma front man Marco Borriello but judging by his statistics, many Spurs fans could be forgiven for hoping that this one comes to nothing.

Borriello is 30 and certainly has the experience, but his scoring record is less than prolific.

Spurs duo with points to prove in GB squad

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Gareth Bale may have withdrawn from Team GB's squad for the 2012 Olympics but Stuart Pearce has included Danny Rose and Steven Caulker in his group for this month's games.

2012-13 promises to be a big season for both players and this is probably the best possible start as far as the two are concerned and if they are involved to any great extent, they could have an early opportunity to show the new Spurs manager what they can contribute.

Why David Moyes, Not Villas-Boas, is the Right Man for Tottenham

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Following the recent departure of Harry Redknapp from Tottenham Hotspur, attention has quickly focused on the search for his replacement. In recent seasons, the North London club has enjoyed spells of success in the Premier League and Champions...

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Victory sign Dilevski

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Melbourne Victory has announced today that they've signed former Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar midfielder, Spase Dilevski, on a one-year deal. After spells at Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven and English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, Dilevski returned to Australia in 2005 when he made his Hyundai A-League debut for the Queenslanders, before a second stint

JD’s parting legacy?

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In scoring our second goal in the win over Fulham yesterday, Jermain Defoe moved into the top ten of Tottenham's all time goal scorers with 118 goals in his two spells at the club.

"Great to hear that I've become one of Spurs' top 10 goalscorers of all time brilliant support today knew I'd score if given the chance," JD said on his Twitter feed.

English Premier League

Aston Villa Beat Philadelphia Unioin 1-0 In Friendly Game

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On Wednesday night, Aston Villa did something no other international team had done before: beat the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

The Union, who had been 4-0 in international friendlies at their home stadium coming into the contest, beating Schalke, Everton, Celtic and CD Guadalajara, but the streak ended as they lost 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from striker Nathan Delfouneso.

Clarke Leaves Liverpool

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The League Managers' Association has announced that Steve Clarke has left Liverpool, clearing the way for Brendan Rodgers to bring in his own assistant.
Clarke was taken to Anfield in January 2011 by former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.
Having forged a reputation as one of the finest coaches in the business during spells at Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham, the Scot was offered the opportunity to work alongside Dalglish as he attempted to bring the good times back to Merseyside.


NAS Returns To Tampines

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Singapore striker Noh Alam Shah is returning to Tampines Rovers. His contract has finished with Persib and is taking advantage of the Singapore transfer window to return home till the end of the season.

After spells with Arema and Persib with their fanatical support, Tampines will be a bit quieter but NAS has strong feelings for the club dating back several years.

Rahmat Affandi

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I've always felt kind of sorry for Rahmat Affandi. The striker is a victim of an Indonesian league that is reluctant to really trust in young players. Yes, one or two do breakthrough; Boas Solossa, Okta Maniani, Yongki Aribowo and Megia Kurnia spring to mind but for those names there are a score that don't.

Del Bosque Delighted With Spain’s Progression

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Vicente del Bosque has congratulated his players for progressing to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 despite widespread criticism of their performance in the 1-0 win over Croatia on Monday.

This was not a vintage Spanish performance in any sense of the world. Croatia were on the front foot for long spells of the game and if it was not for a great save by Iker Casillas from Ivan Rakitic's header Spain could be on the way home today.

Arthur Irawan

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Indonesia is no place for an ambitious young footballer to learn his trade. The domestic league is a mess at the best of times with clubs having difficulties paying players salaries and bonuses; training methods come from the Stone Age with coaches, often under pressure from club management, prioritizing stamina over ball skill and appalling match officials occasionally under pressure to ensure bias towards a certain team.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Group D: England top group as Ukraine fall to Rooney's goal, 1-0

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szólj hozzá: England - Ukraine Full highlights / Euro-2012

Wayne Rooney had the simplest of tasks left after Steven Gerrard's cross broke free with no Ukrainian defender dealing with it sufficiently. Roy Hodgson's decision to start him paid off just as it did with Andy Carroll against Sweden.

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions Ukraine 0-2 France

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1. It's always good to see a few brilliant flashes early in a match, but not at the expense of the game. There were some crazy scenes as the players ran for cover from the lightning bolts overhead. 2. Rain stopped play and in the end it could have been a cricket score. France [...]

Euro 2012: Group A: "Kuba" the hero in Poland's late equalizer against Russia

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szólj hozzá: polish 12/6

Poland was the better team for large spells including the first 10-15 minutes when Robert Lewandowski and Ludovic Obraniak kept Vyacheslav Malefeev very busy. This was an end to end affair with plenty of attacking football. Poland had a goal disallowed after a beautiful build up saw Eugen Polanski scoring from a marginally offside position.

Schmeichel Ready to Step in

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Young Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says he would grasp any opportunity given to him during Euro 2012 with both hands.

The Leicester City stopper is third choice in the squad behind Manchester United's Anders Linegaard and Evian's Stephen Andersen, though he insists he is proud to have even made the squad.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Czech Republic

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Not quite the same force but still a decent side. Coach: Michel Bilek Not to be confused with his near-namesake German midfielder, Bilek has been managing for just over a decade after a playing career that included spells with Real Betis [.

Thoughts on the summer and the transfer market

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Morning all.

Moving swiftly on from this weekend and we're now faced with that thing that football fans hate more than anything else in the world – having to have a bit of patience. With Euro 2012 on the horizon we may find that the business we need to do isn't done as quickly as we would like.

The Rest

2012 Olympics: Sturridge magic as Team GB bests UAE, 3-1

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szólj hozzá: GB

There are days when Daniel Sturridge could not hit a barn door even if it meant never having to suffer through a Adam Sandler or a Seth Rogen movie ever again. Yesterday, was not one of them. That was Messi-esque for team GB's final score.

Team GB moved the ball around with ease through Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Joe Allen, and Tom Cleverley.

Former England international keeper leaves new club after a week due to homesickness

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The summer transfer window has been open a short time now and a number of players have already made moves to new clubs, countries and even new continents, but former England goalkeeper Richard Wright might be the only to have already joined and left his new club.

The 34-year-old Wright, who signed a one-year deal with Championship side Preston North End one week ago after being released from his third spell with Ipswich Town, quickly realized that he couldn't stay in Preston while his family was back in East Anglia.

Carrick: All I Care About Is Playing For This Club

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Michael Carrick has been one of United's best players this season which has been crucial given how many injuries we've had in midfield.

Whilst he has often been on the receiving end of criticism since joining the club, Carrick insists all he's bothered about is what Sir Alex Ferguson and his team mates think of him.