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Newcastle United

This Could Be Newcastle’s Starting Eleven Against Palace

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We only have three players out for tomorrow' game at home to Crystal Palace. Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, and Massadio Haidara are not available although Massadio is finally back in training after [...]

There Could Be This One Change In Starting Line-Up Against Stoke City

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Rafa gave a positive update on the injuries at Newcastle during his press conference this afternoon, and only Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are not fit for the game. That means Chancel [...]

This Could Be Newcastle’s Strongest Side For Swansea City

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We doubt that Rafa Benitez will recall Jonjo Shelvey immediately to the Newcastle starting line up for our game at Swansea City tomorrow afterhe's served his three match ban. It will be [...]

Is This Newcastle’s Strongest Side For West Ham?

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I'll be at the hospital for most of the day so will not be around when Rafaholds his press conference later today. So we'll put out the team we think Rafa could [...]

Mikel Merino Starts In Place Of Shelvey At Huddersfield

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Rafa Benitez has just names his Newcastle team to take on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium this afternoon. Here's the team as put out on the Newcastle Twitter account. TEAM [...]

Predicted Team To Beat Barnsley This Afternoon

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This is the team we think Rafa could start today and bring a final day win to Newcastle United in front of a sold-out 52,300crowd in our last game in the Championship for many a long year. If we can get a better result today than Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park, we will [...]

Good News – Newcastle Have 3 Players In PFA Team Of The Year

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Seven years ago we had four players in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and this year we have close to that three. Two are fairly obvious choices goalscorer Dwight Gayle and play-maker Jonjo Shelvey, but the third one is just a little bit of a surprise. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is also included [.

Prediction – Here’s Rafa’s Team To Beat Wigan Athletic

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It looks like Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Paul Dummett and Daryl Murphy are all fit to play tomorrow against Wigan Athletic at home. It seems that only Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin (plus Rolando Aaronsand Jamie Sterry) are still not fit with Ciaran picking up that knee injury against Fulham almost three weeks ago.

This Could Be Rafa’s Team For Rotherham – 7 Changes

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A number of our first team players will return for the Rotherham game tomorrow afternoon after they had a game off on Wednesday night in the 3-1 win over Birmingham in the 3rd round replay of the FA Cup. Rafa made eight changesto the side for that game and started three youngsters who did well [...

Newcastle Top Championship Attendances – Details Of All Clubs

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Here is a table of all home attendances in the Championship for the 24 clubs and the table was compiled by soccerstats.com. It's interesting reading and notice Newcastle are top of all categories including average attendance, but also for the percentage of the stadium that is full. Newcastle have an average of 50,526 and [.

This Could Be The Newcastle Team Against Ipswich

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We have a hunch that Rafa Benitez will not make too many changes to the side that did so well on Tuesday night at Barnsley to come away with the 2-0 win that sent us to the top of the Championship with Norwich only drawing 2-2 at Fulham and Huddersfield losing 3-1 at Preston. Then [...]

Huddersfield Boss – Newcastle Were Better Side – Deserved To Win

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It just turns out that Huddersfield manager David Wagner was at St. James' Park last night to watch two of his promotion competitors in Newcastle United and Norwich City. But it turns out he didn't see the dramatic conclusion of the game in stoppage time when Newcastle scored twice in the last 90 seconds to [.

Rafa Is Spoiled For Choice For Tomorrow Night

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It's going to be interesting to see what team Rafa puts out tomorrow night for the tough game against QPR, who are fancied to be promotion candidates this season. It's always a difficult game at Loftus Road and with a home game coming up against Wolves on Saturday afternoon we expect Rafa to make maybe [.

Clark And Mmemba In Central Defense – Gouffran Starts

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for our third league game of the season tonight at home to Reading. Ciaran Clark comes into central defense and he partners Chancel Mbemba. with Grant Hanley and captain Jamaal Lascelles on the bench tonight. There are three changes from the team that started on Saturday against [.

Bundesliga

Projecting the Integration of Carlo Ancelotti’s Tactics at Bayern Munich

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Projecting the Integration of Carlo Ancelotti's Tactics at Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Pep Guardiola set to leave FC Bayern Munchen at the end of the 2015-2016 season, 3-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti has been picked to replace the Catalan man at Saebener Strasse next summer.

2015 European Player Rankings: Top 25 Wingers

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2015 European Player Rankings: Top 25 Wingers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This is the first in a series of European player rankings that will cover each position on the pitch. Each player is assigned to a position based on their natural propensity and where they were deployed this past season, with more weight given to the latter.

football transfers

Real Madrid Prepare €30 Million Offer for Juventus Defender Leonardo Bonucci

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Real Madrid Prepare €30 Million Offer for Juventus Defender Leonardo Bonucci - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With reports out of the Santiago Bernabeusuggesting the exodus of center back Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid are exploring contingency plans in central defense.

According to Mediaset Sport in Italy, the Spanish giants have approached Juventus with a€30 million bidfor 28-year old Leonardo Bonucci.

Arsenal forward denies transfer offers

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Arsenal forward denies transfer offers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski had been linked with the likes of Napoli during the summer but the German has said that he received no offers about a transfer.

The 29 year-old played just 27 times in all competitions for Arsenal last season, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out after just two seasons at the London club.

Arsenal forward denies transfer offers

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Arsenal forward denies transfer offers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski had been linked with the likes of Napoli during the summer but the German has said that he received no offers about a transfer.

The 29 year-old played just 27 times in all competitions for Arsenal last season, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out after just two seasons at the London club.

Arsenal and Liverpool target happy to stay put – for now

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Arsenal and Liverpool target happy to stay put for now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the London Evening Standard, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao looks set to remain at Monaco despite being linked with a variety of clubs over the summer.

After his side's 1-0 victory against Nantes, the 28 year-old said to Canal+: "I'm happy and hope to stay here.

£33m player rules out Chelsea and Manchester United move

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£33m player rules out Chelsea and Manchester United move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to ESPN, highly-rated defender Mehdi Benatia has ruled out a move from Roma this summer. The 27-year-old had been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea but it appears as though he will be staying in Italy.

Five Arturo Vidal alternatives for Manchester United

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Five Arturo Vidal alternatives for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Vidal: Staying put at Juventus

The Arturo Vidal transfer saga looks to finally have taken it's final turn. While the player's words at an airport interview were certainly interpreted wrongly in the media, Juve CEO Marotta's words certainly don't leave room for doubt about Juve's intentions to keep the Chilean.

Serie A giants Juventus appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new coach

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Serie A giants Juventus appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to The Guardian,former AC Milan manger Massimiliano Allegri has been appointed as the new manager of Juventus.

On Tuesday, Conte left the Italian Champions by mutual consent and according to reports in Italy, Allegri will sign a two-year contract at the club andhas been hired on a salary of €2m (£1.

From Italy: Chelsea legend set for Milan move claims bookie

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From Italy: Chelsea legend set for Milan move claims bookie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports from Italy have claimed that free agent Ashley Cole is set for a move to AC Milan in the summer. The story which has featured in Tuttosport claims that a bookie has revealed that the out of favour Chelsea defender is soon to join the Rosonerri at the San Siro.

From Italy: Manchester United set to swoop for AC Milan defender?

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From Italy: Manchester United set to swoop for AC Milan defender? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports from Italy have suggested that Mnachester United are looking for a possibility to sign AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata in the summer. The reliable Calciomercato Web have reported that the Red Devils are set to pursue the Colombian centre back who featured very little for the Rossoneri under manager Clarence Seedorf in the second half of the season.

Stricken Chelsea and Arsenal target to stay in Italy?

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Stricken Chelsea and Arsenal target to stay in Italy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Arsenal targetStephan El Shaarawy is set to stay in Italy and will not leave AC Milan in the summer, according to talkSPORT.

The Italian striker suffered a metatarasal fracture at the start of this season and after undergoing operation in December, the 21 year old is now back to full training.

Former Liverpool star eyes reunion with Rafa Benitez

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Former Liverpool star eyes reunion with Rafa Benitez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian side Napoli are keen to bring in Real Madrid's right wing back Alavaro Arbeloa in the summer, claims talksport.

Manager Rafa Benitez is keen to reunite withArebeloa, with whom he worked during his tenure at Liverpool.

World Cup

The outsider?

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Will Belgium be to the World Cup 2014 what Denmark was to the Euro 1992? Will the Red Devils do better than 4th in the 1986 World Cup?

Maracanazos like to dream once in a while.

Maracanazo II ?

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Brazil first to qualify as host country and....Uruguay last team to qualify....will the shadows of 1950 repeat themselves......Puma thinks so!!

Maracanazos like to think that history repeats itself!

Iceland: Underdog of the underdogs?

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True to this blog, it would be a fantastic feat if Iceland could qualify for their first World Cup. If it achieves that, Iceland would be the smallest country in terms of population to ever qualify for the final round of a World Cup. Iceland needs to beat Croatia though, not an easy task despite recent weaker performances by the team who finished 3rd in the 1998 World Cup.

A new Maracanazo 63 years after?

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No Maracanazo can equal the first one, certainly not this Confederations Cup. Still a shame though that Brazil Uruguay today is not staged at Maracana...do the Brazilians still have ghostly memories? The only Maracanazo that could come close to the first oen would be a remake on July 13 2014 but we're still far from that!

Euro

The Italian and German Revolutions

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Take a snapshot of how the Mannschaft and Nazionale are playing in this year's Euro and rewind some years ago. The contrast is flagrant. The whole philosophy has changed. Instead of reasoning in terms of preserving your own goal, Klinsmann and then Löw and Prandelli have built their strategy which prioritizes an attacking style that concerns all players, not only the offensive side.

Euro 2012 Teams – Carroll won’t settle for draw

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Andy Carroll is intransigent England will not follow a conservative attack against Ukraine and will go away for a romp in their last grouping contest. post.tv have all the news

Euro 2012 Teams – Bento proud of Portugal’s team display

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Portugal's Paulo Bento refused to single away Cristiano Ronaldo despite his sensational show against the Netherlands, whose manager Bert avant-garde Marwijk repented "uncertainness in defence". We have all the games

Euro 2012 Teams – Dutch players allege they were racially abused during a training session in Polish city of Krakow http://t.co/BVcYp6sq @bbcsport #euro2012

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The Rest

Colback, Perez, Gouffran And Mitrovic Start Against Barnsley

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Rafa has just announced his team for the final game of the Championship seasonthis afternoon at St. James' Park against Barnsley. TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up against @bfc_official this lunchtime (kick-off 12pm BST). #NUFC pic.twitter.com/qoTpjlKgCq — Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 7, 2017 The two center-backs are Isaac Hayden and Chancel [.

3 Dream Football League ideas to revolutionise the beautiful game

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3 Dream Football League ideas to revolutionise the beautiful game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"EXCLUSIVE!" cried the Times newspaper yesterday as its chief football reporter Oliver Kay ran a 3 page story claiming that the worlds leading football clubs would beoffered enormous financial inducements to participate in a 24-team tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states.

MLS Soccer Tryout Video (Actually Sent To All MLS Teams)

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – 7 Best Dressed American teams

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All uniforms are on, all ballots are in, and it's clip to uncover the better dressed American teams of the London Olympics. Some choices might stupor, other amazement, but we did our better to be fair. So who wins our first amber?

Football popularity and styles

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In my opinion, football has become popular in certain countries and not others because styles became rooted in the national imagination. Take for example the Argentinian toque or the Brazilian jogo bonito or the Italian grinta or the Uruguayan garra. Generation after generation have identified with these styles and this has become entrenched in how each of these countries takes pride in their own football.