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Chelsea Striker Costa omitted from Spain squad

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s squad for their forthcoming fixtures with Belarus and Germany. The striker’s fitness has been one of the talking points of the season – the problematic hamstrings he had at Atletico Madrid still hampering him – and last month club boss Jose Mourinho said he thought his troubles were coming because of …

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Manchester United Boss Van Gaal Says: “I Feel Lousy”

Louis van Gaal says he feels “lousy” after Manchester United’s poor start to the season. Van Gaal’s appointment was greeted with great fanfare at Old Trafford, but after 10 matches United are 10th in the Barclays Premier League. “It’s not good enough,” the United boss said when asked to evaluate his team’s start to the season. “I feel lousy.” Van …

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Arsenal Boss Wenger Says His Side Can Improve

Arsene Wenger questions the role of fifth officials as his side let a three-goal lead slip against Anderlecht in the Champions League. Anderlecht secured one of their most memorable European nights in recent history as they came from 3-0 down to rescue a point in their Group D clash at the Emirates Stadium. Anthony Vanden Borre struck twice for the …

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Premier League Preview – Burnley Vs Hull City

Bottom of the table Burnley look to get their first win of the season up against a Hull City side coming off the back of a narrow defeat to Southampton, Gavin Bergin is here with a preview of the match. The Clarets’ early season habit of drawing games has faded away and they now find themselves coming into this one …

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Premier League Preview – Southampton Vs Leicester City

Southampton, the surprise package of the season, host a Leicester City side struggling for form this weekend, Gavin Bergin previews the game. What a feeling it must be to be a Southampton fan this season. They continue to roll on despite the very public clear-out at the club during the summer. They’ve unearthed a new hero, or rather two new heroes, in …

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Lambert Not Fearing Aston Villa Axe

Paul Lambert is confident he will survive Aston Villa’s rocky spell and pointed to Sam Allardyce’s success at West Ham as proof. The Villa manager has lost his last six games ahead of the trip to Upton Park on Saturday. Hammers chief Allardyce has backed Lambert and insisted he has sympathy for his opposite number. Allardyce was under pressure last …

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Premier League Preview – Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United host the Eagles this weekend with rumours abound that Robin van Persie may be dropped in favour of youngster James Wilson. Can anyone put a finger on where Manchester United are currently at? Louis van Gaal asked to be judged after three months in the job, a milestone which has been and gone, yet we’re still no closer …

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West Ham Boss: True Love Will Make Carroll A Better Player

Deciding to settle down can only help Andy Carroll’s mindset when he is fully fit and returns to the West Ham attack, according to manager Sam Allardyce. Carroll, 25, has yet to feature this season after undergoing ankle surgery, but if he shows no ill effects from a behind-closed-doors match against Southend in midweek he could come into contention for …

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Leicester City Boss shrugs off ‘pressure’

Boss Nigel Pearson has dismissed any extra pressure as “ludicrous” despite Leicester slipping into the drop zone. The Foxes go to Southampton on Saturday having lost four of their last five games to fall into the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three. Leicester earned plaudits for their start, beating Manchester United 5-3 and drawing with Arsenal and Everton before their mini-slump. …

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QPR Boss Redknapp Backs Austin For England

Six years ago Charlie Austin was a bricklayer and Poole Town player but QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes he is now good enough to make the England squad. Austin helped Poole win the 2009 Wessex Premier Division – the ninth tier of English football – with 46 goals in all competitions while also holding down a day-job on a Bournemouth …

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Andrea Pirlo Reaches Champions League Landmark

On Tuesday the 4th of November 2014, Champions League fans would have witnessed another football legend reach another landmark as classy Italian midfielder Pirlo made his 100th appearance in the Champions League. Andrea Pirlo stepped out with his Juventus teammates in a crucial Champions League group game against Greek side Olympiakos. It did begin well for Juventus and Pirlo as …

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Liverpool F.C. – When Will The Slide End?

Following Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, Liam Cairns looks at the reasons why the Anfield club have found it so difficult to recapture the form they managed last season. Few, if any Liverpool fans across the globe will feel euphoric with the current state the club finds itself in. Still within touching distance of the top 4 but overall …

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A-League Roundup Week 4 – Wanderers Champions Of Asia

In what has been a historic week in the A-League with Western Sydney Wanderers winning the Asian Champions League, Gavin Bergin discusses this and all the other action from week four. The story of Western Sydney Wanderers’ success in the Asian Champions League will live long in the memory of Australian football fans. They are the first Australian club to …

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FA Explains QPR Defender Punishment

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand “should have known better” than to become involved in a Twitter row which has seen the QPR defender suspended for three matches, according to the Football Association. The 35-year-old was handed a £25,000 fine as well as suspension for using the term “sket” – which is a term for a promiscuous girl or woman – …

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Five Famous Footballing Philanderers

Sometimes afternoons at work can be a struggle, so to help you shut the game down for the final half hour we have the perfect wind down…..a tabloid style countdown of football’s most notorious love rats. Soccer players are known for their dissolute lifestyles and while they are often found wanting in the heat of battle their pursuit of sexual conquests …

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Teams’ Playing Styles: Southampton

In the first of a series looking at Premier League teams’ playing styles, Gavin Nolan takes us through the style of play which Ronald Koeman has got his Southampton side playing this season. In 2007 Southampton were in fear of relegation to League Two. Last Saturday, they solidified their second place position in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over …

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Keegan Enjoying Newcastle Revolution

Alan Pardew has harnessed the support of his Newcastle players to both save his job and reverse ailing fortunes at St James’ Park, according to Kevin Keegan. Former Newcastle and England manager Keegan hailed Pardew’s resolve in riding out nine dismal months to guide the Tynesiders to four straight victories. Newcastle laboured through two wins in 17 matches before victories …

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Injury News: Britton Nearing Swansea Return

Midfielder Leon Britton is on course to be in the selection mix for Swansea’s Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester City later this month. Britton, 32, has not played so far this season after suffering a knee injury during the summer. However, the Swans announced on their official website that he took part in training on Tuesday and will continue …

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