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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells Serge Gnabry to take his big chance

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Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.

Stan Kroenke: ‘Nothing would be cooler than Arsenal winning the title’

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has set his sights on seeing his side winning the Premier League while he's still around to see it. The 66-year-old tycoon said it would be cool if Arsene Wenger's side could win the title. He said: "There would be nothing cooler, I've never experienced it over here, to win the [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 24-25 August

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1. Manchester United old boy Fraizer Campbell has struck the first blow in the title race with his two goals for Cardiff against Manchester City. 2. Roberto Mancini might have allowed himself a smugger-than-usual smile yesterday afternoon. 3. Tottenham are the Premier League's new penalty kings. They didn't get a single spot-kick last season, but [.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway disappointed with lack of belief against Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match. The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the [.

Pardew the Premier League sack race favourite ahead of new season

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With summer seemingly behind us, that can only mean one thing: the new Premier League season is upon us. Fans of top flight clubs across the country are itching for the new campaign to get underway but with the optimism that most fans will be filled with comes the trepidation that others will feel ahead [.

Hull rebrand as Hull City Tigers ahead of new Premier League season

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Hull City will be formally known as Hull City Tigers for the new Premier League season. The decision to make the club sound like a speedway team for their return to top-flight football has been made by owners Assem and Ehab Allam. They're ditching the 'AFC' from the end of the current name and replacing [.

Sunderland considering £5million bid for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone

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Tottenham are preparing to sell midfielder Tom Huddlestone with Sunderland favourites to sign him, according to reports in the Evening Standard. The 26-year-old a £2.5m signing from Derby in 2005 has struggled to impose himself since Andre Villas Boas took charge at White Hart Lane. He made just 11 Premier League starts last [.

Ferguson’s retirement caps a crazy season on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round

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It is almost impossible to believe that come June 1, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be the fifth longest serving manager currently working in the Premier League! Rodgers will have been in the Anfield hot seat for one year but given the nature of the modern Premier League, he has overtaken 15 rivals in the [.

Cardiff City secure promotion to the Premier League, mount impressive pitch invasion

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It's official: next season the league known to most people outside the UK as the English Premier League will be one-tenth Welsh. Cardiff City last night confirmed their promotion to the top-flight with a 0-0 draw against Charlton. That ensured that they will go up against south Wales rivals Swansea next season.

Liverpool v Stoke: Potters never won in 49 games at Anfield

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Liverpool v Stoke: Potters never won in 49 games at Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are 1.5 with Betfred and Paddy Power to beat Stoke at Anfield, and the stats are firmly in their favour.

Stoke have never won away in the top flight against the Reds in 49 attempts (W0 D10 L39) the most winless games by one team at the home of another in top flight history.

Chelsea to remain at top of Premier League

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Chelsea to remain at top of Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea look bankers at 1.22 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues currently sit top of the Premier League and their Champions League group, and come into the game on the back of a 4-0 win at FC Nordsjaelland in midweek.

Bolton perfect training ground for loanee Spearing

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Liverpool's Jay Spearing has a great opportunity to further his career after the youngster joined Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers on transfer deadline day. The loan move is just the latest in a number of young midfielders Coyle has helped develop at the club.

Spearing, who signed a new contract with Liverpool back in May, has dropped down the pecking order at Anfield following the £15m arrival of Joe Allen.

QPR Report: Barton's French Ban...Diakite Update...QPR CEO re Financial Fair Play Meet...Gerry Francis Vs Trevor Francis Flashback...

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ESPN - PL chiefs consider imposing Financial Fair Play

David Gill: 'A lot of clubs would be happy to have Financial Fair Play regulations as laid down by UEFA' © Getty Images

Premier League chairmen and chief executives are to hold talks over the financial future of the division at the quarterly shareholders' meeting on Thursday.

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ESPN - PL chiefs consider imposing Financial Fair Play

David Gill: 'A lot of clubs would be happy to have Financial Fair Play regulations as laid down by UEFA' © Getty Images

Premier League chairmen and chief executives are to hold talks over the financial future of the division at the quarterly shareholders' meeting on Thursday.

Former Premier League Legends sign for FC Wembley!

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Wembley FC play in the English Combined Counties League which is eight divisions below the top-flight have not only gone Stateside thanks to the help of sponsors Budweiser but they have also signed several former Premier League stars in a bid for FA Cup glory or at least qualify for the first round proper at least.

Podolski: Special connection with teammate

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski admits that the connection he has established both on and off the field with fellow summer signing Santi Cazorla is a special one.

The general feeling emanating from the Gunners squad is that there is a strong chemistry within the entire team, but the partnership struck by Podolski and Cazorla seems to stand out.

Newcastle to dominate Aston Villa

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Newcastle to dominate Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle look a cracking bet at 1.62 with bet365 and Betfred to beat Aston Villa at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew's men Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League home games (W8 D2 L1), whereas Villa have won none of their last nine away matches (W0 D4 L5) a run which started with defeat at this ground.

Arsene: Signings can follow TH and Pires

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski can emulate legendary duo Thierry Henry and Robert Pires at the club, despite starting off slowly at the Emirates Stadium.

Henry and Pires also took their time to make an impact with the Gunners but ultimately went on to enjoy stardom together, particularly in the 2003-04 Premier League winning campaign as 'The Invincibles'.

Reds striker finally completes loan move

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Andy Carroll has finally been loaned out to West Ham United, with reports indicating that the striker did not feature in Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' immediate plans.

Carroll, 23, may return to Anfield as a Liverpool player next summer but many believe that his journey would likely mirror that of Alberto Aquilani, who was sent out on loan to Juventus and AC Milan before being sold to Fiorentina earlier this summer.

QPR’s ambition

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QPR escaped Premier League relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, securing their top-flight status on the last day of the campaign despite losing 3-2 to Manchester City. The club's owner Tony Fernandes is obviously keen to avoid ... Continue reading →

Rovers can challenge despite off-field issues

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Despite the latest unseemly outburst from a Blackburn Rovers official, on the pitch at least the Lancashire club look well-placed to secure promotion from the Championship in the coming season and a quick return to the Premier League awaits.

Rovers were distracted by all sorts of off-field problems last term when they were relegated from the top flight.

Huddersfield stay the best for Rhodes’ international career

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Scotland seem to have unearthed a new star striker in the form of Jordan Rhodes, who scored his first international goal for his country in their 3-1 win over Australia earlier this month.

Rhodes is set for a prolonged spell in the Scotland set-up as boss Craig Levein prepares his squad for a difficult World Cup qualifying campaign, and although unproven at a level higher than League One, the Huddersfield Town striker should only improve his game in the months to come.

Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal vs Tottenham: A Yank investigates the North London Derby

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I am in north London talking about Gareth Bale's penis. It's huge, according to the three Tottenham Hotspur supporters seated across from me. We are in a vintage clothing shop recording a football podcast, even though I'm woefully under-qualified to talk football. I appreciate the game but I'm American: tactics are lost on me.

Tottenham and Chelsea make approaches for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Chelsea and Spurs have both approached Southampton to sound-out a possible move for Luke Shaw. The young left-back has impressed for the Saints in his debut season of Premier League football, prompting enquiries from two of the top flight's top five. The Times reports that both London clubs hope to take advantage of the uncertainty [.

MNT on the Move

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The final day of the European transfer meant moving day for several veteran players of the U.S. Men's National Team, with deals being decided literally at the last minute. The changes represent a big opportunity, including moves to bigger leagues, bigger clubs, and European Cup competition. Here's a review:
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Of Murky futures and smirking keepers

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Lyon vs. Valenciennes

Stade Municipal de Gerland, Week 4, Ligue 1

Yep, Hugo Lloris has left for Tottenham. I couldn't help going back three years in time when a friend said Lyon is better than Tottenham. "Tottenham?!", I cried, "Why would you even mention the two teams in the same sentence?

Manchester City

Instant redemption: Jon Walters manages to find the right net to send Stoke to the FA Cup fourth round

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After an unimaginably poor performance at the weekend, including two own goals and a missed penalty, Stoke striker Jonathan Walters managed to score two again last night. Luckily this time they were in the right end! The Potters hitman made amends from his Chelsea disaster to help book his side a home tie against Premier [.

Match Preview: Liverpool v Arsenal

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Liverpool and Arsenal on Sunday lunchtime meet at Anfield when both clubs will be looking for their first Premier League wins of the season and Nuri Sahin could make his debut.
Neither side have yet to collect a three-point haul in the wake of eventful summers, which have set both clubs into new eras.

Videos

Superclásico Inicial 2012: River Plate 2 – 2 Boca Juniors (video)

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Thesuperclásico returned to Argentina's top flight after a one-and-a-half year absence on Sunday, and although River Plate had largely the better of the play in a tetchy match, Boca Juniors midfielder Walter Erviti got a stoppage time equaliser to wipe ... Continue reading →

Swedish Minnows Langholmen 9-0 Down Against IFK In Cup, Supporters Find Another Way To Amuse Themselves (Video)

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By Chris Wright

9-0 down in the Swedish cup against top flight IFK and bored senseless, a group of fans of sixth-tier side Langholmen decide to amuse themselves with a spot of classic linesman mimicry...

"Shhhh! Don't tell! Don't tell!"

Via 101GG.

Major League Soccer

Red Bulls Notebook: McCarty talks Cahill partnership, Marquez update, and more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls latest Designated Player, Tim Cahill, has been outspoken about his transition into Major League Soccer but what does his new partner Dax McCarty think?

The 25-year-old veteran of the American top flight has found a solid form all season long while teaming with a plethora of different options in the middle.

New York Cosmos – The rebirth continues…

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by Jason Carr

The names may be the same, but don't expect to see a new flood of international stars descending on New York next year.

July's announcement that the New York Cosmos would field a team in the North American Soccer League was greeted with much excitement.

Sounders: Gudjohnsen trial ‘out of the blue’

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Seattle, currently third in the Western Conference and poised for a stretch run towards the MLS Cup, could be on the verge of adding another piece of the championship puzzle to their roster.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, formerly playing with European giants Barcelona and Chelsea, recently joined the Sounders on a trial and began training with the club on Wednesday.

The Rest

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland all want Burnley’s Danny Ings

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Burnley are bracing themselves for January transfer bids for star striker Danny Ings. Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland are reported to be among a host of Premier League clubs looking very closely at the Championship forward. The 21-year-old has seven goals in nine games so far this season as Sean Dyche's side find [.

Greek Super League team travels 17 hours by bus for match

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While Greece's cash-strapped amateur clubs take on brothels as shirt sponsors, the country's top flight clubs, also cash-strapped, are taking far more tedious measures to balance the books. Veria FC, currently seventh in the Greek Super League, made the 497-mile trip to fourth-place Asteras Tripolis by bus instead of plane as one of two harsh measures to save money on the day.

Tough season ahead for Saints

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The season may only be a month old but already many who enjoy betting at Bet Victor are starting to see signs of who will be competing at the top and bottom of the Premier League table.

The top is already taking a familiar look, while at the bottom one club is finding life back in the top flight difficult.

Marco Schneuwly Scores Incredible Never to be Seen Again Volley v Servette

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FC Thun's Marco Schneuwly Scored an incredible never to be seen again volley against Servette in the Swiss top-flight at the week-end, what would you name it?

Shanghai East Asia FC: A new young hope for football in China

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These are exciting times for Shanghainese football. Not just because of Shanghai Shenhua's brash, noisy acquisitions of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba but because lower down a division, another team from the city, Shanghai East Asia are within touching distance of promotion to the Chinese Super League.

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.