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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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Three Talking Points From Harry Redknapp’s Autobiography

Harry Redknapp has revealed three surprising claims in his new book ‘A Man Walks Onto The Pitch’, including the admission that he rates Paul Scholes as a better player than both Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane. “Too small, you would think – can’t run, dumpy little ginger nut – but then the ball would come to him and he would …

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Arsenal Injury Crisis Deepens

Arsenal

Under pressure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has more bad news to deal with, as both Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil face battles with injuries. Arsenal’s injury crisis deepens with the news that French international Laurent Koscielny has been sent home from his national squad due to an Achilles problem, according to The Independent. While the injury is not believed to be serious, the French …

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Liverpool Want To Sign Hammers’ Barca Loanee

Liverpool are being linked with a move for West Ham loanee Alex Song. The Barcelona player is on a season-long loan with the Hammers. The Reds want to sign Song permanently but will more than likely have to wait to wait until next summer due to both Barca and West Ham having to sanction a transfer, according to the London Evening Standard.  …

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Manchester United To Drop Down In Champions League Rankings

Manchester United are currently focusing on regaining  their Top 4 status, but if they manage to achieve it they may find themselves shunted down the pecking order on their return to Champions League football. ESPN has reported that Manchester United could drop down the rankings for Champions League seeding if they do indeed manage to qualify for next season’s competition. They …

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One Night in Hannover…

Conor Heffernan looks back at the time Ireland faced up to the world champions prior to the 1994 World Cup. This coming Tuesday will see the Republic of Ireland face off against the mighty Germans once more and hopes for an Irish victory are well…non-existent. This time two years ago saw Germany humiliate Ireland with a 6-1 defeat in Dublin …

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Aston Villa Star: Roy Keane Has Helped Players To Focus

Aston Villa have had a better than expected opening to their season and this early solidity which sees the Villains in a mid-table position is probably something Keane himself is more focused on than the recent talk concerning his second autobiography.  Aston Villa midfielder Charles N’Zogbia has heaped praise on Roy Keane and how he is influencing Villa’s training methods in particular Speaking to the Mirror, he said …

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Chelsea In For German Defender

Rumour has it that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to land Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, but faces serious competition to secure his signature. Chelsea are one of number of sides looking to land Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, according to the Express. The German had previously been linked with Manchester United while the player himself spoke highly of the Red Devils …

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Three Horse Race In Last Weekend of FAWSL

Sarah Fitzpatrick previews the crucial weekend in the FAWSL. upcomingLast season it was all too easy for Liverpool in the FA Women’s Super League as they won the league by five points and seemed like clear favourites throughout the season. Liverpool were favourites to retain the title again this season but it has been unbelievably competitive in 2014 with three teams …

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A-League Preview Part 1

This weekend sees the kick-off of A-League Season 10. It’s come a long way in a short space of time, and this year promises to be a highly competitive campaign so Gavin Bergin is here to preview this season’s A-League. Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart until being bought out and re-branded by Man City’s owners) join the likes of reigning champs …

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Jorge Mendes Dashes Hopes Of Manchester United Return For Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has stated that the Portuguese superstar will finish his career in the Spanish capital. The 29-year-old had been linked with a return to Manchester United next summer but the Madeira born player’s agent Jorge Mendes has stated that Ronaldo will finish his career with the La Liga giants. “Cristiano Ronaldo will retire at Real Madrid …

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