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Chelsea Doctor Did Well – Thibaut Courtois

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Chelsea’s handling of his head injury during the Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal. The Belgium international suffered the blow in a collision with Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, which left him dizzy and bleeding from one ear. Courtois was initially cleared to continue by Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, …

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Sullivan: West Ham Boss Deserves Credit

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has praised manager Sam Allardyce for re-introducing the ‘West Ham way’ at Upton Park. The Hammers sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League, having won three of their opening seven fixtures, and Allardyce was backed in the transfer market over the summer – with a change in approach earning plaudits in recent weeks. It is …

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Everton: Mixed Injury News For Toffees

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will resume first-team training next week, but his return has been offset considerably by the loss of defender John Stones for more than three months. England international Barkley was sidelined by a knee ligament injury on the eve of the Barclays Premier League season but is now potentially just a fortnight away from making a competitive …

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Arsenal Boss: I Don’t Regret Not Taking Cesc

Arsene Wenger has apologised for his touchline spat with Jose Mourinho and defended his decision not to resign Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has belatedly apologised for his touch line confrontation with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in their recent meeting at Stamford Bridge, a game the Blues won on a 2-0 scoreline. With 20 minutes gone in the ill …

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Former Dutch Legend Has A Go At Guus Hiddink

Dutch coach Guus Hiddinck finds himself under pressure after his side has lost two of their three opening games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, with former Oranje legend Ronald de Boer crticising the veteran coach. New Dutch boss Guus Hiddink is under fire as his team have had an atrocious start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The Oranje have  lost …

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Tottenham Target Italian International

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is weighing up a move for Juventus’ Sebastian Giovinco, while Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli are injury doubts ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Manchester City.  Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is keeping a close eye on Juventus’ Sebastian Giovinco who has not yet signed a new contract that would keep him at the Serie A club after his current deal expires …

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FIFA Told Yet Again To Reform Its Ways

FIFA bashing is becoming an art form in the media these days and unfortunately wanton pot-shots often obscure the importance of reform to football’s top body. This week, Michael Garcia, FIFA’s Chief Independent Ethics Officer, has warned his employers of the drastic need to reform. Garcia’s comments follow his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, possibly …

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Lars Lagerbäck’s Icelandic Job

When Lars Lagerbäck took over the reins at Iceland in 2011, the team was languishing in 134th in the FIFA World Rankings. Today the team sits comfortably in 34th position, ahead of Hungary, Austria and the Republic of Ireland. Last night, Iceland defeated Holland 2-0 at home and are currently top of their group with three wins from three matches, having …

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Manchester United Plan Lucrative Deal To Tie Keeper Down

Manchester United are set to offer their super-keeper David De Gea an exceptionally lucrative deal before Christmas. A new five-year contract is set to be penned in the next few months and will be worth £30 million. The offer breaks down as a sensational £120,000 a week in wages and this increased contract would double De Gea’s current wages, according to …

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Northern Ireland Hope To Capitalise On An Impressive Start

 Northern Ireland, who have enjoyed their best start to a qualifying campaign since 1968, face Greece in a Group F qualifier in Athens on Tuesday at 7.45pm. Northern Ireland have enjoyed an excellent start to their qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships, with two wins from two in their opening games in Group F. They managed a sensational late comeback to claim …

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How Do Arsenal Solve A Problem Like Ozil?

Sean Curtin reflects on whether Arsenal should cash in on the German star this January, with media outlets reporting the number 10 wants out. Would a deal less than 18 months into a five-year contract make any sense for the Gunners? Where do you even begin with Mesut Ozil? Never has an Arsenal player promised so much and delivered so little …

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Top Five European Qualifier Upsets

As we prepare for Ireland to do battle with world champions Germany, Conor Heffernan looks back on the top five European qualifier upsets. Let’s hope we’ll be adding another upset tonight. Last night Iceland beat Holland 2-0 at home. Limiting the Dutch to just four shots on target, the Icelandic team reminded us that football can be a fickle game. …

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A-League Roundup Week 1 – Duffer Delights

We’re off and running in A-League Season 10. After all the build up and what felt like a never ending pre-season, this was the real thing – preceded with an excellent montage of the highlights of A-League seasons past. All week long the question had been whether star man David Villa would start for Melbourne City. In the end, he …

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Arsenal Deal For Midfielder To Be Hijacked By The Blues

Chelsea have now overtaken Arsenal in the race to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the midfielder for some time but it now looks as though the Pensioners could steal a march on the North London club due to Real Madrid’s interest in out-of-favour Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, according to reports. Although …

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Fergie: LVG Will Make Manchester United Successful Again

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Louis Van Gaal to be a success at Manchester United and  has praised the Dutch manager for showing faith in young players. The former Manchester United great spoke to MUTV in his first interview after the appointment of Van Gaal in the summer and has backed the former Ajax manager to be a success at …

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Manchester United Midfielder: ‘I Want To Score More Goals’

Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has been speaking to Manchester United’s official website, stating  how much he is relishing playing in the Premier League,  The 25-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a broken rib, has managed to score two goals from midfield in his four appearances for the Red Devils but has stated that he would like to score more. The former …

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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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