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Souness: Liverpool Too Reliant On Sterling

Liverpool and England are too reliant on Raheem Sterling, according to former Reds captain Graeme Souness. The 19-year-old has been the best player at Anfield this season and he has become an increasingly effective player for the national team. Against Real Madrid in the Champions League last week Liverpool’s game plan appeared to consist of just getting the ball to …

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Manchester United Boss Blasts ‘Stupid’ RVP

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was labelled “stupid” by his manager Louis van Gaal after removing his shirt as he celebrated his last-gasp equaliser against Chelsea. Van Persie, whose form had been questioned ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford, secured a 1-1 draw for his side by slamming home in the 94th minute. Lost in …

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The Ultimate XI of FIFA Personalities

FIFA is proof that a video-game can take over lives. Garbh Madigan categorises the various types of FIFA Football players and how they hilariously react when their world crumbles down. Here is ‘The Ultimate XI of FIFA Personalities’.   1. Guys Who Play With One Star Teams These guys are the hipsters of the FIFA World. Characteristically they spend all their time …

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Liverpool Boss Backs Under-Fire Frontman

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers vowed to stick with Mario Balotelli after another goalless but encouraging display against Hull. Balotelli is still to score in the Barclays Premier League since moving to Anfield after the Reds were shut out by the Tigers in a 0-0 home draw. But after some underwhelming performances, and controversy in midweek after exchanging shirts at half-time …

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Shoulder Worry For West Ham Goalscoring Hero

Sam Allardyce saw serial goalscorer Diafra Sakho shoot down Manchester City but fears the striker may be set for a spell on the sidelines. The reigning Barclays Premier League champions fell to a 2-1 defeat at Upton Park as Allardyce’s West Ham moved to within a point of the visitors. Morgan Amalfitano, who opened his Hammers account in the recent …

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Newcastle Boss: We Should Be In The Top Ten

Alan Pardew admits his Newcastle team is a long way from where he wants it to be. The 53-year-old was handed a little breathing space last weekend when Gabriel Obertan’s first goal for two years finally secured an opening Barclays Premier League victory of the season against Leicester after seven previous attempts. But if Obertan’s strike eased some of the …

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Jose Expects Big Things From Chelsea

Jose Mourinho believes his Premier League leaders have the potential to be even better than the vintage Chelsea of his first spell, but warned his players they have won nothing yet. Chelsea are certain of topping the table for another week even if Louis van Gaal – Mourinho’s one-time mentor – masterminds a victory for Manchester United over the Blues …

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Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers & The Balotelli Problem

The red half of Merseyside has been inundated this week with newspaper columns criticizing wayward Italian striker, Mario Ballotelli  Since moving to Liverpool in the summer, Ballotelli has failed to settle. There’s no denying that. He has been lambasted for his inability to score, for not contributing enough to the team and most recently for not knowing when is the …

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British Footballers in Apartheid South Africa

Conor Heffernan looks back at the promotion of ‘whites-only’ football in Apartheid South Africa. In 1976 South Africa was formally expelled from FIFA due to a government policy of racial segregation known as Apartheid. FIFA had been relatively late to expel South Africa, a point of contention for many African States. The CAF had expelled South Africa as early as …

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Jordanian Prince to Challenge Sepp Blatter

Rumours are emerging that Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein has been persuaded to enter the race to become FIFA’s next President. Al-Hussein, who is currently Asia’s FIFA Vice-President would be the third candidate to step forward to challenge current FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter. Blatter is hoping to secure a fifth term as head of world football’s governing body but is …

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Injury Doubt For Chelsea Ahead Of Manchester United Clash

Chelsea striker Diego Costa could climb out of a hospital bed to play at Manchester United on Sunday. Jose Mourinho has bemoaned the absence of the £32million signing from Atletico Madrid, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games despite a persistent hamstring problem. The 26-year-old Spain forward missed the matches with Crystal Palace and Maribor and spent …

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Ex Mancheter United Legend To Quit Football

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season. The 35-year-old told Jonathan Ross in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday evening that this season with Rangers will likely be his last. “I probably think the end of this season,” Ferdinand told The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about …

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Chelsea & The Arsenal Invincibles: Combined XI

Patrick Vieira has come out this week and said the Current Chelsea side can match the unbeaten domestic season he enjoyed in 2003-04 season with Arsenal. That got us thinking… Once you start thinking about it, an unbeaten season for Chelsea really doesn’t seem so impossible. Their issue last season was never against the big clubs but dropping points to …

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Steve Bruce Defends Under Fire Liverpool Striker

Balotelli

Hull boss Steve Bruce believes Mario Balotelli may not have been wrong with his famous ‘Why always me?’ statement, claiming the striker has been scapegoated  Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now he is with Liverpool. He has endured a slow start to his Reds …

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Spanish Free Agent Trains With Manchester United

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced. The 32-year-old, a free agent after leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, will first continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at United before training with the first team. A statement from the Old Trafford club said: ” Manchester United manager Louis van …

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Lampard’s Manchester City Loan Deal Could Be Extended

Frank Lampard has an outside chance of recovering from injury ahead of Manchester City’s visit to another of his old clubs West Ham on Saturday. The 36-year-old missed the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow after being carried from the field on a stretcher against Tottenham last Saturday, but his injury is not a serious one. It is understood he …

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West Ham Boss Hopes To Have Star Striker Back

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham’s record-signing Andy Carroll could be fit and ready to play again in “two to three weeks”. The Hammers splashed out £15million to sign Carroll permanently in June 2013 but the England striker has started only 12 Barclays Premier League matches during an injury-ridden 16 months at Upton Park. The powerhouse centre forward missed the first …

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Diving Controversy: Swansea Boss Sticks To His Guns

Garry Monk felt patronised by the comments aimed at him as the fall-out from Swansea’s controversial defeat at Stoke last weekend shows no sign of ending. The Football Association contacted Monk on Thursday to “seek his observations” after the Swansea manager claimed Victor Moses cheated by diving to win a penalty for the Stoke equaliser and criticised referee Michael Oliver …

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