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England & Liverpool In Dispute Over Player Fitness Again

England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised Brendan Rodgers’ approach to fitness and recovery in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s absence from the England starting line up against Estonia. The relationship between England manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers continues to deteriorate with a new disagreement regarding recovering time. On the last international break Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury that …

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The Strange Story of Harvey Esajas

Harvey Esajas is a name not many of us know, but he has a story that needs to be told, writes Conor Heffernan. Born in Amsterdam in 1973, Esajas’ footballing career began at an early age when he was snapped up by the famed Ajax youth academy. There the promising defender rubbed shoulders with some of Ajax’s greatest ever players, …

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Today I Learned: Ali Daei is the World’s Greatest Goalscorer

All the talk in the media about Robbie Keane becoming the highest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship Qualifying Rounds has set off my interest into the greatest international goalscorer of all time. Puskás was the first name that came to mind, so imagine the shock when none other than Iran’s Ali Daei emerged top of the all …

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Mike Bassett: England Manager – Top 10 Moments

To celebrate the announcement that there will be a sequel to Mike Bassett: England manager, we decided to compile our greatest moments from the original 2001 comedy. No.10  We start off with Mike Bassett’s measured and insightful halftime team-talk during the Mexico game. _____ No.9 As Bassett boards the England bus following a poor performance against Egypt he gets to know the fans a …

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Renewed Speculation On Manchester United Transfer Target

Juventus’ Arturo Vidal may end up at Manchester United yet, with renewed speculation linking him to a January move with Juan Mata going in the opposite direction, but Real Madrid  may also be interested in landing the Chilean. The Arturo Vidal to Manchester United rumour is back on again it seems after a brief pause. United fans had to endure a …

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There’s Finally Going To Be A Sequel To Mike Bassett: England Manager

Three cheers for Mike Bassett! If this doesn’t win an Oscar, there’s no justice! The news we’ve all been waiting for, Mike Bassett is back! Everyone’s favourite England manager will be hitting the screens for Mike Bassett: Interim Manager.  The film is being funded on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. If you’ve got some cash lying about, there’s no better investment! Richard …

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Five Talking Points From The Indian Super League

The Indian Super league kicked off last night with Peter Reid’s Mumbai City losing 3-0 to Atletico de Kolkata. The ten-week, eight-team tournament is a new venture in Indian football designed to kick-start an Indian Football Revolution. Key players from yesteryear such as Del Piero, Robert Pires and Elano have been brought in. Money is in the air and financiers …

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The Premier League’s War on Vine

Everyone’s done it at some point or another. In a desperate search for match highlights we trawl through the Internet in a vain attempt to see our beloved team play. Finally we give up and go onto Vine to try to piece together match highlights in six-second segments. For some of us it’s a funny ritual and for others a …

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Ex-Newcastle Striker Set To Return To The North East?

Andy Carroll could be returning to his old Newcastle stomping ground with West Ham apparently offering the frontman up for sale in the January window, according to Chronicle Live. Carroll is set to return from injury soon so it may seem unusual that they would be willing to let him go, but West Ham have splashed out in forward areas this …

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Arsenal Midfielder Linked With Move To Bayern

Mesut Ozil could be on his way out of Arsenal as soon as January with fresh reports linking the German international with a move to Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga side are willing to pay about £30 million for Ozil’s services, according to the Daily Mail. Mesut Ozil has been at the centre of any scrutiny aimed towards the Gunners’ midfield this …

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Tottenham Almost Offloaded Gareth Bale For £5 Million

Martin Jol has said that he could have signed Gareth Bale for £5 million when he was in charge at Hamburg back in 2008. Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol has told TalkSport that he almost signed Welsh superstar Gareth Bale when he was in charge of Hamburg. The Dutchman was sacked by Spurs following a poor start to the 07/08 and took …

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Smaller Teams, Smaller Hopes: The Race Against The Euro 2016 Wooden Spoon

Conor Heffernan assesses the race against the Euro 2016 Wooden Spoon, following comprehensive defeats for some of the qualification phase’s minnows. Qualification for the European Championships can be cruel and unusual punishment for some of the smaller footballing nations. Forced to face off against much stronger teams with better resources, it’s little wonder we see high scoring matches. Ireland’s 7-0 victory over Gibraltar …

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Manchester United Keeper Targeted By Spanish Giants

Manchester United net minder David De Gea has been targeted as a possible future replacement for Iker Casillas at Real Madrid. The European champions are hoping to land De Gea who is out of contract in 2016, according to Spanish outlet Marca. David De Gea was named as United’s player of the year last term. The Spain international was the first …

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FC Barcelona Could Face Possible Exclusion From La Liga

FC Barcelona will continue to support Catalonia’s push to vote on secession from the rest of Spain despite warnings that they could be excluded from La Liga. Liga de Futbol Profesional president Tebas has stated that a ‘yes’ vote would see both Barcelona and city rivals Espanyol unable to play in the Spanish top flight. “Barcelona and Espanyol would not play …

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3 Reasons Overseas Premier League Games Aren’t So Stupid After All

With several media outlets reporting that the Premier League was once again considering the idea of playing competitive matches abroad, Pundit Arena asks, is it really such a bad idea? In 2008, Premier League Chief Exec Richard Scudamore mooted plans for teams to play an additional 39th competitive fixture in one of five cities across the world. The idea received …

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A-League Preview Part 2

Gavin Bergin is here with Part 2 of his A-League Preview, as the new seasons gets underway. Newcastle Jets It’s been an off-season of huge changes at the Jets, with no fewer than 12 of their first team squad departing the club. Phil Stubbins has been appointed to oversee what is sure to be a hugely transitional season for the …

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Roy Keane Hype is Good For Ireland

There were opinions flying around this morning that Martin O’Neill should get rid of Roy Keane for the sake of the Irish team. The main point was to bring the focus back onto the welfare and progression of soccer in Ireland. With Keane, there is no attention on the team. It is all about him, his book, his beard, etc.   …

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