McDiarmid Park, home of St. Johnstone, may not be foremost in the minds of soccer fans, but on the 13th of August it did play host to a couple of firsts. It was Celtic manager Ronny Deila's first taste of action in the Scottish Premiership; but perhaps more importantly the match marked the first competitive game Craig Gordon has played in since 2012.
Gustavo Poyet performed a minor miracle in guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety last season following the disastrous start to the campaign under the stewardship of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan coach urged Sunderland supporters to persevere with the team until he was in a position to reshape the team in his image and start playing the football designed to attract supporters to the Stadium of Light.
Crystal Ball Gazing: Premier League 2014-15 predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barclays Premier League is back. The long hibernation is over and time for the 'real game' to begin. How to pull the curtain of yet another silly season? By doing something silly of course. And is there anything sillier than gazing at crystal ball and doing non-sense predictions that may or may not come true?
[O]ur divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade.
DONE DEAL: Manchester City midfielder signs five-year deal with Premier League club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sunderland have confirmed they have signed Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year deal.
"OFFICIAL: Midfielder signs five-year contract. Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City," a statement read on the Black Cats' official website.
Where should Jenkinson go on loan to? by KJ Sky Sports reported yesterday that Carl Jenkinson is to go on loan, with Arsenal's imminent acquisition of Calum Chambers. The four teams supposedly interested are West Ham, Hull City, Sunderland and Swansea. Which team provides the best opportunity for Jenkinson to grow?
After a spectacular performance for the United States at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, defender Matt Besler has received a wide variety of interest from a number of European clubs including official bids from Fulham and Sunderland. Besler admitted to wanting the deal done as soon as possible.
Sunderland have unveiled their home shirt for the 2014/15 season.
The challenge with a Sunderland home shirt is how do you differentiate it every season while making sure it retains the red and white stripes. In this year's design by adidas, they've added a gold trim to the cuffs and collar, as well as a black design underneath the arms.
Ex-Manchester City stopper Costel Pantilimon has joined Sunderland on a free transfer. The 6ft 8in Romanian was released from City after completing three seasons at the Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon is the tallest player in the Premier League and his arrival up north will surely daunt Vito Mannone as they battle for the number 1 spot.
Arsenal target could soon make Premier League switch, Chilean media claims deal done - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After Chilean media outlet Le Tercera claimed Napoli attacker Eduardo Vargas is set to have confided in his close friends about joining Arsenal, the trusted and respectable Gianluca Di Marzio have claimed that there are no confirmation of the rumours linking the player to the Gunners.
Liverpool agree £14m deal to sell striker Arsenal target to arrive at Anfield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool have recouped£75m by selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona and manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed the invest the money in the squad. He revealed that four signings Liverpool have made so far were independent to Suarez' departure and if we add money from potential player sales, the total transfer budget is expected to cross£100m.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still confident he will land Fabio Borini in a £14m deal, despite the striker flying out on a pre-season tour with Liverpool. The two clubs have agreed the fee for the Italian forward, but last night he was with the Reds in America. Poyet is planning to speak to Borini and his representatives today to thrash out personal terms and get the transfer finalized.
Jozy Altidore's unlucky hamstring strain in the U.S. Men's National Team opener in Brazil cut his time at the World Cup short, but it shouldn't interfere with his club season. Sunderland manager manager Gus Poyet said Thursday he expects Altidore to be ready to go for the Black Cats preseason starting after the World Cup.
The news on whether Matt Besler stays or goes continues to be a talking point among Sporting KC and US national team fans. The latest news has been coming from Greg Seltzer. Last week, Seltzer shot down the rumored move to Freiberg for Besler. He said that Freiberg isn't even looking for a central defender at this time.
As has been in the pipeline for a day or so now, Jack Rodwell has officially completed his £10million (at least that's the fee being reported) move from Manchester City to Sunderland, signing a five-year contract at the Stadium of Light.
Here's the first photo of Jack with his new work uniform.
A fund has been set up by a couple of Sunderland fans in support of the terrible tragedy of last Thursday, when a passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine that killed 290 innocent people, and it included two dedicated Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were on their way to [...]
The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be an opportunity for him to shine, to do away with all the criticisms about his inability to score after a rough season at Sunderland, to showcase his game on the grandest of stages.