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Barcelona monitoring Chelsea’s Spanish trio

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Barcelona are tracking Chelsea's Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta, according to reports in the Spanish media. The Sport newspaper claims that the La Liga champions are keeping tabs on all three following Jose Mourinho's arrival at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has publicly admitted that he doesn't believe Mata currently merits a place in his [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms Samuel Eto’o will make his debut

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Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Samuel Eto'o will make his Chelsea debut against Everton tomorrow, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Blues boss didn't say whether the Cameroon international would be in his starting line-up or on the bench, but indicated that he was likely to [.

Willian vows to respectfully fight his Chelsea team-mates

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Chelsea signing Willian has promised to fight his new team-mates but he's going to do it with respect. The Brazilian is keen to carve out a place in the Blues' starting line-up. And given the array of attacking midfielders at Jose Mourinho's disposal, the 24-year-old knows he will have to scrap it out for [.


Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson targets England right-back spot

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Carl Jenkinson believes he is the long-term answer to England's right-back problems just as soon as he can overtake Bacary Sagna in the Arsenal pecking order. The 21-year-old thinks he can find another gear if he gets regular first-team football and hopes that would help him to secure a spot in Roy Hodgson's starting [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will both play plenty of games

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have healthy competition in midfield this season. The Gunners boss said he expects injured Mikel Arteta to be able to force his way back into the starting line-up, but says the Spaniard, recent signing Mathieu Flamini and his other midfielders will all have plenty of chances to play over the course [.

The Ox and The Coq

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A matter of luck

Looking back at the start of the season (I know it has only just begun and we haven't played that many games but allow me to indulge in it) and especially after the departure of Alex Song, at that time I really thought that Francis Coquelin would be a confirmed starter. It's no rocket science that he is one who could play in a similar role to the one vacated by Song.

Backpage roundup: Diaby ‘Is a complete midfielder,’ RVP feeling special, Bendtner still has Arsenal future and more

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Diaby 'Is A Complete Midfielder' Deschamps

France manger Didier Deschamps called Abou Diaby the 'complete midfielder' after the Arsenal man scored his country's only goal in a 1-0 win over Finland on Friday in their opening World Cup qualifying game.

Backpage roundup: Sagna voices displeasure at summer sales, Vermaelen highlights Bould’s influence, Fabregas’ thoughts on Highbury exit, Frimpong’s return

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Sagna Unhappy With Summer Sales

Bacary Sagna has voiced his displeasure at summer sales of Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song, and said that the star duo's departure from Arsenal has left 'a lot of questions.'

In an interview with French magazine L'Equipe, the injured right back said: "Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise.

Arsenal manager admits midfielder worry

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Arsene Wenger admits that Abou Diaby long-term absence from Arsenal's midfield left him concerned about the player's ability to return to full fitness.

Diaby, 26, made only five appearances across all competitions for the Gunners in an injury-plagued campaign last season but has made a strong comeback this season.

Clinical Gunners down the Reds at Anfield

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Two of Arsenal's summer signings, namely Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, struck either side of the break to win 2-0 at Liverpool and force the home side to remain without a single win in the Premier League this season.

Podolski made his impact right in front of the Kop at the half-hour mark when he finely struck from the left side of the box to give Pepe Reina no chance of a save.

Transfer News Latest : Liverpool hope to complete Sahin signing in the next 48 hours

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The Spanish football press are reporting that Nuri Sahin has recently decided against a switch to Arsenal and should finalize a deal with the Reds in the next 48 hours.

Spanish newspaper Marca reports the players agent Reza Fazeli travelled to Anfield on Monday to iron out the details of the deal.

Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 : Rusty Gunners

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New boys. Like duck to water, for Santi at least

One game. Not 3 points, just the one but a clean sheet achieved. Not the most ideal of starts I'll give you that. Yet, hardly the right time to go overboard with the reactions. Lots of teams draw games, just that it happened to us in the first game of the season.

Going for a Song

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Alex Song - necessary move, book balancing or both?

At the end of the past season, Arsenal fans were delighted to hear that money was available for new signings. And, there was optimism that the club was headed in the right direction when three top players were brought in: Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.

Arsenal v Koln Preview, line-up and score prediction

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Arsenal vs Cologne preview with starting line-up and predicted score! by KJ Today we've finally got an Arsenal game on our hands. What makes this more special than a usual preseason game are: - We will finally have the opportunity to see our 3 new signings (Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla) in an Arsenal shirt and [.

Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale could play at left-back for Real Madrid, Spurs fans smirk

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Tottenham fans will allow themselves a wry smile this morning at the news that Gareth Bale could be deployed at left-back by Real Madrid. Spurs played the Welshman as a full-back at the start of his White Hart Lane career, before realising they had one of the world's best wingers on their hands. And the [.

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This could be the trickiest line up of all to predict, bearing in mind that there could be some significant changes in personnel between now and 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

For now however, it's worth looking at what we have got and whether Moussa Dembele or indeed Emmanuel Adebayor could start the game.

Ben Arfa Injury A Ruse – Magpies To Field Strong Side In Athens

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We were shocked when Ben Arfa made the starting line up yesterday, although very happy too, but it seems it was a deliberate ploy by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to catch Spurs off-guard, and of course Ben Arfa was ultimately the match winner for Newcastle yesterday, Â with an excellent performance out on the wing.

Manchester United

Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez rejects Valencia move, agent claims

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The agent of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says his client has rejected the chance to join Spanish side Valencia. The Mexican forward found himself on the fringes at Old Trafford last season but has turned down a move to La Liga in a bid to win a regular place in David Moyes' starting line-up, [.

Video: Singha All Star XI 0-1 Chelsea

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Chelsea beat a Singha All Star XI 1-0 in a pre-season friendly played in Thailand this afternoon. The Blues secured the win courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku penalty. Hardly a comprehensive victory, but better than Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to the same opposition. The only concerns for new manager Jose Mourinho were a lack of [.

New Signings Start For The Reserves

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Angelo Henriquez and Alex Büttner are both in the starting line-up for the Manchester United Reserves game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight. Henriques has been confirmed as United's new number 21, taking Rafael da Silva's old shirt.

"New Signings Start For The Reserves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money: Everton vs United

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Manchester United are a top priced 1.91 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get their season off to a flying start with victory over Everton at Goodison and look bankers to do so.

Robin van Persie is in the squad after completing his £24m move from Arsenal in time, and the thought of him linking up with Wayne Rooney is a mouth watering prospect.

Lucas Moura Gone and No Progress On RVP

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Sir Alex Ferguson rarely confirms who are transfer targets are so when he opted to tell the media that we were trying to bring in Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo and Robin van Persie, conspiracy theories started to circulate amongst some United fans. Was he under instructions to make the club look more competitive to help with the IPO?

Lucas Frenzy Out Of Control As PSG Bid €45m For Brazil Reserve

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The bidding frenzy for San Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has taken another crazy turn. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for the midfielder, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

The Inter President has came to his senses and pulled his club out of the Lucas sweepstakes telling Sky Sport Italia:

"We would never have gone up to that sum," Moratti said.

Newcastle United

Reading fine Danny Guthrie for refusing to travel to Sunderland match

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Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has been fined two weeks' wages after he refused to travel to Tuesday night's relegation six-pointer at Sunderland. The Royals lost the match 3-0. But Guthrie, aged 25, had left training early on Monday after apparently discovering that he would not be in the starting line-up for the match.

Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson And Shola Ameobi All Start

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Alan Pardew has named a strong line-up for the game against Hartlepool United tonight, with Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi all in the starting line up. Youngsters James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano are also in the starting line-up and Hatem Ben Arfa is on the bench, and the French International [.


Video: Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates Europa League goal with a dummy

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ليون 2 : 1 سبارتا براغ by kooralive There was no shortage of clubs naming some very young players in the starting line-ups for last night's round of Europa League games, but Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis took it too far. The France international whipped a baby's dummy as in a dummy that would ordinarily [.

Possible Debut Against Former Team Fitting for Soumare

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Ninety minutes in a reserve league game have prepared Bakary Soumare for a possible debut for the Philadelphia Union. The 6-foot, 4-inch tall central defender has waited a few months to make his first appearance for the Union.

"I've never had to wait so long," Soumare told reporters at a press conference, which included interim head coach John Hackworth, today.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie: De Gea’s Mistake Cost Him His Place

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Sir Alex has explained that David de Gea has been left out of the starting line-up for Southampton because of his mistake against Fulham last weekend. United were comfortably winning 3-1 but after failing to make a cross his own, Fulham were let back in to the game and we looked fairly shaky from then on.

Fergie: Rooney is no Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney's fitness after claiming on Friday that his injury was a "blessing". Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he's the highest paid player at the club.

Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his fitness.

Man City dig deep to overcome a spirited Saints side, 3-2

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szólj hozzá: Man City vs Southampton 3:2 HIGHLIGHTS

What an absolutely engrossing match. City showing the fortitude and strength to dig deep to come back to equalize and then score the winner gives an indication of how hard it will be to stop them from repeating as Premiership winners. This was on a continuum from the last match of last season with the title on the line against QPR and then Sergio Aguero producing that immortal moment in the very last minute.

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Barca - 1, Real Madrid - 2

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  • Real Madrid beat Barca to win the Super Cup.
  • Messi scores a brilliant free kick in a 2-1 defeat to arch-rival.

Lionel Messi against Real Madrid

Real Madrid won the 2012 Spanish Super Cup with a resounding 2-1 victory over Barca at teh Santiago Bernebeu.

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

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The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn't really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan's best performance of the Games, stayed there.


Liverpool Set To Renew Sturridge Interest

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to make another move to bring Daniel Sturridge to Anfield - with a deal for Chelsea forward believed to be within touching distance at last.
Sources close to the Reds have told ESPN that Rodgers has been pursuing Sturridge all summer, with the glut of attacking midfield signings at Chelsea this summer pushing the Team GB Olympic star down the pecking order of Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo.


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Young Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling scored his debut goal for Liverpool after just 3 minutes at Anfield on Sunday. Brendan Rodger's new side have embraced the possession and attacking game readily. John Joe Shelvey, in particular, has flourished under the new manager's philosophy of pass and move with the ball.

Liverpool 3-0 Gomel

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Borini 21'
Gerrard 41'
Johnson 71'

Maybe we shouldn't get carried away after beating the third-best Belorussian team in the qualifying stage of the Europa League, but it's hard to avoid getting carried away when Liverpool look light years better than last week or in any of the previous preseason matches.

The Rest

Eric Abidal’s liver donor cousin travels with Barcelona to Bayern Munich

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Gerard Abidal has travelled to Munich with the Barcelona squad to witness part of his liver playing in a Champions League semi-final. Gerard donated a section of his liver to his cousin, Barca defender Eric Abidal, who had a tumour removed in 2011. After a successful liver transplant last year, Abidal made an incredible return [.

Hulk starts for Brazil against China 10 September 2012

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Mano Menezes has thrown Hulk into Brazil's starting line-up against China. The FC Zenit forward was impressive after coming off the bench last Friday to score the goal that spared Brazil's blushes against South Africa. Leandrão Damião drops to the bench. Brazil struggled against a South Africa side ranked 74th in the FIFA World rankings and were roundly booed in São Paulo.

Bould’s influence apparent as the season starts

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It's back, baby. Whilst the rumblings of the transfer window continue to, errr, rumble, it is very good to have some on pitch action to ruminate over again. Even if the result on the opening day wasn't quite what we wanted, frankly I'm still happier than Andre Santos on half a gram of MDMA. That said, as I alluded in the opening sentence, the spectre of the transfer window still dominates conversation and that's a symptom of our ducks not quite being lined up yet.

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United - MLS #25 - Preview

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The Chicago Fire will take their three-game winning streak to the nation's capital Wednesday night to battle a struggling D.C. United side who has one win in their last five games. However, United have yet to lose a home game since the opening week of the season having logged an 8-1-3 record with a +15 goal differential.

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio demonstrates his unique man-management skills… again

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Paolo Di Canio has stripped Swindon captain Paul Caddis of the armband and will leave him out of his starting line-up for the new season. The fiery Italian only appointed Caddis three months into last season over deciding he'd gone off previous skipper Oliver Risser. And he's pulling no punches when it comes to explaining [.