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Who Are Ya? Marco Van Ginkel (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marco Van Ginkel Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem Fee: Rumoured £8million Did you know? Van Ginkel joined Vitesse as a seven-year-old in 1999, making his first-team debut in April 2010. What's the deal? Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed to sign the [.

2011-12 Development Academy Season in the Books

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FC Dallas lifts the U-17/18 championship trophy on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston

Following Monday's U-15/16 championship match, the book is closed on the 2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.

Here's a look at the final placement for both age groups after the conclusion of Finals Week in Houston.

James McClean honoured after Ireland call-up

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Sunderland midfielder James McClean has been called into Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland squad for the friendly at Lansdowne Road on 29 February.

McClean tweeted after hearing the news of his international call-up: "Absolutely buzzin and honoured to be called up to represent my country.

Race to sign Ream hots up

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Bolton Wanderers and West Brom have stepped up their interest in the highly-rated New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream.

The 24-year-old USA international has spent time recently training with both Premier League sides and was impressed with what he saw.

He said: "I really enjoyed both clubs and I was treated very well.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #12 David Hillier

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Name: David Hillier In his 1990s prime for: Arsenal Lowdown: After joining Arsenal at the age of fourteen, Hillier impressed George Graham and made his first team debut in 1990, winning the league title the same year. Although never really being a regular starter during his Arsenal career, Hillier did play 43 games in 1992/3.

Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #12 David Hillier

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Name: David Hillier In his 1990s prime for: Arsenal Lowdown: After joining Arsenal at the age of fourteen, Hillier impressed George Graham and made his first team debut in 1990, winning the league title the same year. Although never really being a regular starter during his Arsenal career, Hillier did play 43 games in 1992/3.

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Fire captain Pause shakes off pain to return from injury scare in playoff hunt

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Nobody should question Chicago Fire captain Logan Pause's threshold for pain and drive to return to the field from injury after what transpired in the last month.

During an Aug. 12Â game against the Philadelphia Union, Pause, 31, was defending a corner kick when Bakary Soumare, his former teammate on the Fire and current Union defender making his team debut, elevated for the ball, inadvertently striking Pause from behind.

John scores for West Ham developmental squad, eyes first-team debut

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George John has yet to make his debut with West Ham United, but he soon could after putting together a strong showing in his first match since joining the club.

John, on loan from FC Dallas until the beginning of March, starred in his first game for West Ham's developmental squad on Tuesday, putting together a strong defensive outing while scoring a goal in the Hammers' 1-1 draw with Gillingham.


Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.

According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club Tuesday ahead of a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not receiving at Hoffenheim.

Bolton Eye Liverpool Starlets

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Bolton Wanderers are hoping to swoop on Liverpool duo Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan on-loan in the January transfer window.
Manager Owen Coyle is desperate for new recruits to salvage his team's season after two wins all season has left his side second bottom.
Winger Sterling, 17, is one of the most highly-rated teenagers in England and Coyle insists he can help the teenager's development in the same way he has done for Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge.


Young Atletico Madrid player learns not to shop at the Real Madrid store

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There is a lot young footballers must learn, especially coming up at a big club in a big city like Atletico Madrid, but one lesson that should go without saying is not to shop in your local rival's club store. And if you do, just don't stop to take pictures while you're still inside it.

Highly touted 17-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Oliver Torres did both of those things when he stopped by the Santiago Bernabeu to buy a pair of boots at the Real Madrid shop days after making his first team debut for Atletico.

John travels with West Ham first team

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The pieces are in place for it to be the weekend of the landmark appearance for Americans across Europe.

After Tim Ream was named to Bolton's matchday roster and Charlie Davies was named to Sochaux's, West Ham announced that centerback George John will be part of the 20-man traveling party for the club's match at Peterborough United on Saturday.

Gyau makes first-team debut in Hoffenheim cup loss

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Even though TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was unceremoniously dumped out of the DFB Pokal quarterfinals by second-tier Greuther Furth on Wednesday, the match carried significance for one American.

U.S. Under-23 winger Joe Gyau, made his first-team debut for Hoffenheim, entering as an 80th-minute substitute for U.

Gonzalez loaned to Nurnberg

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We now know Omar Gonzalez's destination.

Gonzalez has been loaned from the Los Angeles Galaxy to FC Nurnberg until at least mid-February, the German club announced on its website on Thursday. Nurnberg official Martin Bader said the club had hoped to make a move for Gonzalez in the summer, but that the opportunity to acquire the centerback came up.


Toulouse Ace Admits Premier League Lure As Liverpool Circle

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France midfielder Moussa Sissoko has put Liverpool on red alert after revealing that he is keen to quench his 'thirst' for Premier League football.
Sissoko, 22, currently plays for Ligue 1 side Toulouse, where he has established himself as a key player since making his first-team debut in 2007.
The 22-year-old, whose athletic style has seen him draw comparisons with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, is out of contract next summer and he believes he would be well-suited to life in the Premier League.

Suso Wanted On A Season Long Loan

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Bristol City boss Derek McInnes is looking at Liverpool's 18- year old wonder kid Jesús Fernández Sáez for a season long loan, suggest reports in the British media. The diminutive Spanish midfielder is yet to make his first team debut for the Reds, but has impressed at youth levels and McInnes thinks the player would provide the ideal dose of flair to his Bristol City midfield.


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Liverpool's Captain Steven Gerrard was in Ireland this weekend to promote, not the team, but a charity for Autism.


The Anfield legend appeared on Ireland's longest running chat show 'The Late late show'
where he talked about his Liverpool career, how he was given his first-team start under Gerrard Houllier at the age of 18.

Liverpool Face Losing Tello Battle

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Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello won't be making a summer move to Liverpool, according to Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
In a recent Q&A session, the Spaniard was asked to shed any light on speculation linking the 20-year-old forward with a potential move to Anfield.
Tello is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of next season, and has been targeted by several clubs, including Valencia, Malaga and Benfica in La Liga.

Liverpool Kids Have Earned Their Chance

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The future at Liverpool is looking bright. When you consider that the Reds went down to a 2-1 defeat against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, and have lost five of their last six games in the Premier League, it seems like an odd statement. But, looking past the first team's recent struggles in the English top flight, a core of young players are slowly emerging from the club's famed academy.

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The protracted transfer of Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen has now been officially confirmed by the club after his previous employers rubber stamped the termination of his contract.

While the club were announcing the deal on the official website, Spurs assistant Kevin Bond revealed that Nelsen was fit and available for Monday night's game at Liverpool.

Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy at United Nights

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The next United Nights is taking place on Friday, February 10th, the day before Liverpool. Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy will be joining David May at Walkabout bar in Manchester in the upstairs private function room for the event.

Sammy was the last youth player Sir Matt Busby signed for United when he moved from Belfast as a 15-year-old.

Liverpool to sign Sporting Lisbon Starlet for £1million

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It's being reported today that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon for their young midfield starlet Joao Carlos Teixeira, in a deal believed to be worth £1million.

Young Teixeira has impressed while playing in the NextGen series, scoring against Liverpool in the process.

While he hadn't made a first team appearance yet for Sporting, he is highly rated in Portugal and has already been compared to Deco.

Liverpool Keen On Danish Wonderkid Lucas Andersen

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Danish wonderkid Lucas Andersen could be on his way out of Aalborg in the winter transfer window, with Liverpool keen on a move for the teenager.
The highly rated youngster made his official first team debut for Aalborg in March 2011 at the tender age of 16, and has since developed into an important member of Aab's squad.

Carra in 9 great videos

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LFC: Carra in 9 great videos

Jamie Carragher today celebrates 15 years since he was given his first team debut by Roy Evans at Middlesbrough in 1997. To mark the occasion here are nine great videos.

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Liverpool Face Fight With Sevilla In Race For Dutch Sensation

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Liverpool are set to rival La Liga outfit Sevilla in the hunt for FC Twente sensation Ola John, after stepping up their scouting of the Dutch Under-21 international.
John has emerged as one of the Eredivisie's rising stars after a whirlwind 18 months which has seen him make his first-team debut and snub moves to both Manchester United and Arsenal.

"He's like John Aldridge". LFC LEGEND raves about Reserve striker...

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Liverpool legend Gary Gillespie has hailed the talent of Liverpool reserve-team striker Adam Morgan, comparing him to goal-poacher extraordinaire John Aldridge.

Gillespie played alongside Aldridge in the 1980s, so he's well qualified to make such a lofty comparison:

"I've likened him [Morgan] to John Aldridge more than anyone else I've seen.

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Chelsea dismiss reserve team player for setting off smoke grenade

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A smoke grenade went off in Chelsea's Cobham training complex earlier this month, forcing reserve, youth, and academy team players to be evacuated from the dressing rooms. An internal investigation was launched by the club and now, the Daily Mail reports that two reserve team players have admitted to being behind it.

Newcastle Interested In 22 year-Old French Midfielder

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News in the Daily Mail today that Newcastle are tracking AJ Auxerre midfielder Alain Traore. Alain Traore - 22 year-old Auxerre midfielder The 22 year-old started his career at Planete Champion in 2004 before joining Auxerre one year later. The 5'10″ midfielder made his first team debut for Auxerre in 2006, and has played 33 times [.


PIAZON: Called into first team squad - would you play him?

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As Chelsea fans and especially in recent seasons, we are always interested in seeing some of our promising youngsters come through into the first team squad. The likes of Betrand, McEachran, Van Aanholt and Bruma have featured last season but we haven't really seen much of the youngsters this term.

Nico Yennaris to decide who to play for

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By 1970's GoonerNico Yennaris had his first team debut for Arsenal only recently in the League Cup against Bolton. He played at right back and had a pretty good game. But now that everyone has seen his potential he has a choice to make. Does he continue representing England in the U19s or does he opt to play for his parents countries.

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Video: Lionel Messi signs his new Barcelona contract

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Lionel Messi has put pen-to-paper on a deal that will keep him at Barcelona until June 2018. It was well known that the new contract was in the pipeline, but the Argentine star officially signed the paperwork in front of the cameras yesterday afternoon. He told Barca's website: "I said it before in Europe [.

There’s No Chaos At Newcastle Any More – It’s Fantastic

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Shola Ameobi has seen lots of things happen while he's been at Newcastle, and he signed a pre-contract with the club in July of 1997 and made his first team debut under Bobby Robson in September of 2000, when he came on as a sub in the home game with Chelsea. Shola Ameobi brought [...]

Sporting KC Defeat US U-17's, Kronberg Out 4-6 Weeks

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Sporting KC's last announced preseason game is now in the books as the Wizards took on the US U17 team today out at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. Sporting took the lead through Konrad Warzycha who headed home a cross from trialist, Mozzi Gyorio. Shortly after KC grabbed the lead, the US team was level off of an indirect free kick inside the box.

The Future of the Prince, Lukas Podolski

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When I first started watching football as a child in the mid-1980's FC Cologne (1. FC Köln) was one of the traditional powerful clubs of the Bundesliga. Cologne was the first champion of the Bundesliga in 1963/64 and in 1978 won the "double," which to this day is the pinnacle of success in the Rhein city.

Schwarzer Out, Etheridge In, Stockdale back

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Oh boy.

Following an assessment by a specialist consultant on Tuesday evening, the Club can confirm that he has sustained a compression injury to his thoracic spine and that he will be unavailable for 4 to 6 weeks, and is expected to return to play towards the end of January.

The Club has exercised a clause in the loan contract of David Stockdale, and he has been recalled from Ipswich Town to join the squad.

Lletget optimistic about West Ham progress

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Midway through his third season at London-based club West Ham, Sebastian Lletget feels his choice to move abroad has already paid dividends as he draws nearer to a first-team debut.

God Speed – In Memoriam

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November 27, 2011 will long be remembered in footballing circles as a day on which on-field matters paled into insignificance. With the breaking news of Wales manager Gary Speed's tragic death, the sport was sent into a sudden state of paralysis. Stunned shock and overwhelming sorrow were expressed through an endless series of heartfelt tributes and fond memories from both those who knew him well and those who didn't know him at all.

Fergie: We’ve Wanted Jones For Years

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Manchester United's surprise transfer deal of the summer came when we paid £16m for Blackburn's Phil Jones. With plenty of other clubs circling, Sir Alex Ferguson decided now was the time to buy him, even if the original plan was probably to wait another year or two.

Ferguson has revealed that United have been watching Jones since he was in Blackburn's youth team, before Sam Allardyce gave him his first team debut.

Bristol Rovers Player Caught Short, Literally Takes The P*** In Front Of Corby Town Fans

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Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium, scene of the crime

Reports that Bristol Rovers midfielder Jordan Goddard relieved himself in front of visiting Corby Town fans during their recent FA Cup game are now being investigated by the Pirates.

The Joey Lawrence Appreciation Society Proudly Remembers Player Y

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Nothing breaks the heart like a candle whose flame is blown out by the wind. Noted actor Joey Lawrence's career burned with promise and brimmed with energy. From the very first episode of the late 90′s TV show Blossom, audiences fell in love his "whoa" and looked forward to decades of avant grade artistry.