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Arsenal

Arsenal prepare £20m January bid for Lars Bender

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Arsenal are plotting a second bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Arsene Wenger had an £18.5m offer turned down over the summer, but has not given up on landing his man. He will return with an improved £20m bid for the Germany international when the transfer window reopens, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Spurs and Arsenal target Christian Benteke ‘won’t necessarily accept’ being forced to stay at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he "won't necessarily accept" being told he has to stay at the club. The Belgium international was Villa's star man this season. Without his goals, Paul Lambert's side would probably have been relegated. While that has made him a hero at Villa Park, Benteke says he would have no [.

Rennes raises stakes on M’Vila as Arsenal risk losing out

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Arsenal in recent weeks have become the bookies' favourites to land hard-tackling Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this summer, but the French club aren't yet ready to let their star man go on the cheap, and are testing the Gunners with a £25 million valuation for the 21-year old club academy graduate.

Park Life: AV prematch

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Remember our last FA Cup game? One of the great moments in the history of the Emirates. An average performance completely dismissed by 5 seconds of theatre. Today I would love to see a 90 minute performance which will raise the despair around the ground following 3 defeats.

We have to accept that we are not going to be Champions this year yes, even you Peaches.

Park Life: AV prematch

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Remember our last FA Cup game? One of the great moments in the history of the Emirates. An average performance completely dismissed by 5 seconds of theatre. Today I would love to see a 90 minute performance which will raise the despair around the ground following 3 defeats.

We have to accept that we are not going to be Champions this year yes, even you Peaches.

English Premier League

GIF It: Branislav Ivanovic’s double balls-up (Chelsea 0-2 Swansea)

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Things are really hotting up in the Crappyteam Won Cup, the competition no self-respecting team wants to win. After Premier League side Aston Villa attempted to give League Two Bradford a bye to to the final in their semi-final first-leg on Tuesday night, last night it was the turn of European champions Chelsea to give [.

China In Their Hands – Man City Beat Arsenal 2-0 In A Rain-Soaked Beijing (Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Two of the Premier League's top three sides travelled all the way to China to meet in a rain-soaked Bird's Nest stadium, with the Citizens running out 2-0 victors.

Star of the show for City was Yaya Touré while a mix and match Gunners side, although decent in attack, showed their trademark defensive vulnerability once again.

Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd – Victory Over Black Cats Brings No Luck For Red Devils (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United Premier League 20th May 2012

While the Etihad Stadium was serving up more drama than an omnibus Corrie, Manchester United were going about their job in impressive fashion at the Stadium of Light.

Norwich 2-1 Wolves – Holt The Hero As Wolves Lose Again (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Norwich City Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League 24th March 2012


He may not look like an in-form Premier League hitman, but chunky hitman Grant Holt continues to blossom at the highest level in the land.

West Brom 4-0 Sunderland – Baggies Batter Black Cats As O’Neill Magic Wears Off (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Sunderland Premier League 25th February 2012


West Brom secured their first win at the Hawthorn ssince November in a comprehensive thrashing of in-form Sunderland.

Peter Odemwingie was the star man for the home side, bagging a brace, with one coming after just three minutes and the second coming three minutes into the second-half.

Ex-referee Jeff Winter’s website features bizarre anti-Catholic rant about Celtic

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Winter of discontent Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter has got a few questions to answer this morning after a strange sectarian article appeared on his official website. Winter has been blogging his travels around Australia and New Zealand over the festive period. But one of the blog posts takes a very peculiar take on [.

England

Rodgers Salutes Suarez

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Brendan Rodgers declared himself satisfied with Liverpool's performance after the 3-0 win over Gomel in the Europa League on Thursday and had special praise for Luis Suarez.
The Reds were made to work hard in the first leg in Belarus last week but were much more impressive at Anfield as goals from Fabio Borini, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson secured a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Gerrard vows to continue

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England were eliminated from the tournament on Sunday night after they went down 4-2 on penalties to Cesare Prandelli's side after 120 minutes of tense action failed to yield a goal.

Nonetheless, Gerrard successfully took England's first spot-kick in Kiev and is considered by many to have been the Three Lions' star man during their four matches in Poland and Ukraine.

♪ He scores with his left, he scores with his right ♫ (updated)

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.... aaaaaand he does other stuff well, too. Fulham star man Clint Dempsey just went up the ladder on a corner kick to nod home the 1-1 equalizer with nine minutes left against visiting derby nemesis Chelsea. That makes 16 on the EPL season and 22 overall on the campaign.UPDATE: It's a 1-1 final, and the clip has arrived from whence it came.

Euro 2012

Watch Spain vs Portugal Online Free

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Spain face Portugal in the first of the Semi-Finals of the Euro 2012 competition in what is sure to be an epic battle between two nations with a very fierce rivalry. Spain have been the dominant force in European and World football of recent years, something which Portugal will not have been impressed by, and so the Portuguese now have a chance to put Spain out of the Euro's and to try and claim their first silverware.

Russia's Arshavin Back To His Best In Czech Win

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Andrey Arshavin has not had a good time in the English Premier League in the season that just ended. The Russian captain fell out of love with the Arsenal faithful and more crucially, with Arsene Wenger. In a bid to ensure top condition for Euro 2012, Arshavin returned to Zenit St. Petersburg for regular football.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: England

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Perennial underachievers with rock-bottom expectations and a new manager. Coach: Roy Hodgson Parachuted in to replace Fabio Capello after completing his duties as West Brom boss, Roy Hodgson arrives with the lowest demands any England manager has every faced at an [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Ukraine

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Hosts hoping home advantage will help overcome patchy recent form. Coach: Oleg Blokhin The former Dynamo Kiev and Soviet Union striker is back for a second stint in charge of Ukraine. He enjoyed success between 2003 and 2007, albeit with a [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Sweden

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Unfancied best runners-up in decent form. Need 'good' Zlatan. Coach: Erik Hamren The 54-year-old is well known in Scandinavian football having managed in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Since taking over from Lars Lagerback in 2009, he's given a very good account [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Croatia

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Anything beyond the group stage would be a big upset. Coach: Slaven Bilic Everybody's favourite rock guitarist international manager is on stage for his encore. The much sought after Bilic is taking over as Lokomotiv Moscow gaffer after the tournament.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Republic of Ireland

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Rank outsiders relishing being back on the major tournament scene. Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni Vastly experienced / old, Trap has guided RoI to their first international tournament in 10 years. His reward is a draw against his home nation, Italy, and the [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Italy

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: In transition right now but always in with a shout. Coach: Cesare Prandelli The slick 54-year-old impressed in a five-year stint at former club Fiorentina before taking over from Marcello Lippi in 2010. He's just been handed a new contract, so [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Spain

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Defending champions, World Cup winners and red / rojo hot favourites. Coach: Vicente Del Bosque Win the World Cup and you're probably in a fairly strong position as an international coach. That's the situation in which 61-year-old former Real Madrid boss [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Portugal

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Post-golden generation Iberians hugely dependent on golden boy Ronaldo. Coach: Paulo Bento The former Sporting Lisbon coach took over from Carlo Queiroz in October 2012 following a poor start to Euro 2012 qualifying. They eventually made it, albeit through the play-offs.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Germany

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Tournament specialists make familiar trip to Poland with exciting generation. Coach: Joachim Low Jogi stepped out of Jurgen Klinsmann's shadow in 2006 and has left most people in no doubt that he was always the footballing brain behind the operation.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Denmark

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Good side find themselves made outsiders thanks to terrible draw. Coach: Morten Olsen Olsen is a true institution of Denmark's national setup. One of the greatest Danish players of all time, he's been in charge of the national team since 2000.

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 [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Russia

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Euro 2008 semi-finalist, Mother Russia, visits stepkids hoping for repeat. Coach: Dick Advocaat The vastly experienced former Rangers boss steps down after Euro 2012 to takeover at PSV Eindhoven. He'll be hoping to go out with a bang in his first [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Greece

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Worst ever Euro winners back again with bags of experience. Coach: Fernando Santos Greece won Euro 2004 with a homophobic German at the helm. Now they've gone for a Portuguese renowned for telling PAOK fans that they were "mistaking sardines for [.

Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Poland

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OTP gives you the lowdown on all the Euro 2012 teams. 10 word description: Lowly hosts banking on home advantage and a decent draw. Coach: Franciszek Smuda The 63-year-old veteran has been in the post since 2009. He's coached in Germany's lower leagues and if you're a Polish club and he hasn't managed you, you're [.

England’s Euro 2012 Chances

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England's Euro 2012 Chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There are always plenty of ‘if's, but's and maybe's' when It comes to England at a major tournament; Euro 2012, though, will take that to a whole new level.

It says a lot about the upheaval surrounding the Three Lions that star man Wayne Rooney's suspension for the first two matches of the competition is almost seen as the least of their worries.

Cassano’s Absence Could See Totti Again Become Italy’s Saviour

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On October 11 last year in the provincial city of Pescara, Italy ended their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland. It was the perfect ending as Italy finished top of their group. It was also just reward for coach Cesare Prandelli who managed to rebuild a strong Azzurri from the wreckage of the 2010 World Cup disaster.

Manchester City

Liverpool can't take Carling Cup for granted

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Last season's Carling Cup final was seen as a formality for Arsenal, who were pitted against a spirited yet pedestrian Birmingham City outfit. However, the men from the Midlands came away with a 2-1 win and, most importantly, the trophy, despite the Gunners' relentless pressure.

The news that goalkeeper Tom Heaton, defender Mark Hudson and midfielder Stephen McPhail are winning their respective battles against injury suggests that Cardiff may be significantly strengthened come Sunday.

Gerrard - Bellamy To Thank For

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Steven Gerrard recognized the contribution of Craig Bellamy after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.
The Reds booked their place in the final against Cardiff by playing out a 2-2 draw with City at Anfield on Wednesday - to maintain their advantage after a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago.

The Rest

Did Michael Carrick vote for himself as Manchester United’s Players’ Player of the Year

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Manchester United seem to have suggested that midfielder Michael Carrick voted for himself in the Players' Player of the Year award. A report on the club's official website says that Carrick was the "unanimous" choice after a vote by members of the squad. If nobody else received any votes, that means Carrick must have picked [.

Germany prepare for crucial game against dangerous Portuguese

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In Group B more than any other, losing your first game would be very bad news... which is a bit of a blow for Portugal, who kick off in Lviv against a German side who've forgotten what defeat feels like.

Actually, that's not really true. At the end of May, Jogi Low's boys conceded five in a friendly against Switzerland.

Sullivan - Ba future uncertain

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Newcastle United star Demba Ba could be set for a dramatic summer exit, according to West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan.


Sullivan has revealed a clause in Ba's contract could see Newcastle losing their star man. The Senegalese striker's move from West Ham last summer included a £7m release clause.