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Manchester United’s Injury Crisis Examined

Since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, the rate of injuries at the club has nearly doubled under both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. What the hell is going on with United?  Love him or loathe him, Ferguson was a great tactician and motivator. It now seems he may have been somewhat of the physio too. Louis van Gaal’s …

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Big Month Ahead For Struggling Sunderland

Gus Poyet and Sunderland face a tough few weeks ahead as they aim to improve on what has been a less than impressive beginning to this season’s Premier League campaign. The Black Cats boss performed a miracle last season by keeping the Wearside club in the Premier League and reaching the League Cup final. However, this term Poyet is sure …

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Daniel Sturridge: Is the Liverpool Striker Permanently Crocked?

Daniel Sturridge has suffered yet another injury setback in training. On Tuesday it was widely reported that the prolific striker has suffered yet another thigh strain. He will go for a scan at some point this afternoon. Sturridge netted 25 goals last season but with the departure of Suarez, his absence this season has been the most noticeable as Rodger’s …

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Are Daniel Levy & Tottenham About To Change Their Spots?

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Southampton’s Head Of Recruitment Paul Mitchell is on his way to Tottenham after handing in his notice at St. Mary’s. Does this mean Daniel Levy is in it for the long haul with Pochettino? Or is this just as much about Levy keeping himself in a job? Who is Paul Mitchell? Well, he’s a former midfielder who most notably played …

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Everton Chairman: Wayne Rooney Return Possible

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright believes it is possible that Wayne Rooney may one day want to return to Goodison Park to finish his career with the Toffees. Rooney, 29, came through the youth ranks at Everton, but left the blue half of Merseyside in 2004 to join Manchester United for £27million. At the time Rooney left Merseyside in acrimonious circumstances, …

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Manchester United Set To Reveal Financial Woes

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Manchester United will on Tuesday reveal the first definitive figures on the financial cost of missing out on the Champions League. The club have estimated revenues will fall this season by between £38 million and £48 million – a drop of between 8.77 per cent and 11 per cent on last season’s overall revenue figure of £433 million – as …

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Top Five Bearded Footballers

With the news that Turkish club Genclerbirligi’s chairman Ilhan Cavcav has banned his players from sporting beards, we have decided to fight back against this outrageous policy by compiling a list of the top five bearded footballers playing today. 5. Gerard Pique First on our list is the bearded defender of Barcelona – Gerard Pique. Aerodynamically it may not help when Pique is tasked …

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Footballing Clichés XI

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Here Tom O’Connor presents a “footballing cliches XI” along with a list of possible candidates for each position. Brian Kerr and his “dead-eye dick finish” comment regarding Brian Gartland’s composed finish in the recent Dundalk vs Cork City title-deciding game sparked off an idea in my head. This writer had never heard that comment before but how many clichés do we hear …

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A-League Roundup Week 6 – Brisbane Come Roaring Back

Here’s this week’s roundup of all the action from A-League week six by Gavin Bergin. The team has not yet won a game this season, there have been widespread reports of in-fighting within the dressing room, and two of their players were openly arguing on the pitch after their latest defeat. How do they respond? In the case of Brisbane Roar this week, they simply …

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Arsenal Boss Wants Podolski To Stay

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Lukas Podolski is “not for sale” – even though the German forward indicated he could look for first-team football elsewhere when the transfer window opens in January. Podolski has yet to start a game for the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League this season, instead used as an impact player from the bench – as …

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Controversial Wonga To Remove Logo From Newcastle Shirts

Controversial payday lender Wonga has agreed with Newcastle United to remove its logo from all children’s replica shirts and training wear from the 2016/17 season. Wonga said it followed a review of its marketing launched by new chairman Andy Haste in July to ensure that none of it could inadvertently appeal to the very young or vulnerable. It has already …

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Roy Keane Wants Everton Talks

Roy Keane has called for talks between the Republic of Ireland and Everton’s coaching staff over the management of the Toffees’ internationals. Republic assistant Keane and manager Martin O’Neill are hoping Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy can help them qualify for Euro 2016. Midfielder McCarthy has missed the last three qualifiers through injury, though, including Friday’s loss to …

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Daley Blind Blow Adds To Manchester United Woes

Manchester United appeared to have been dealt another injury blow after midfielder Daley Blind suffered suspected torn knee ligaments while playing for Holland on Sunday night. Blind hobbled out of the game in Amsterdam against Latvia, which Holland would go on to win 6-0, after 20 minutes following a fall in a challenge with Eduards Visnakovs. After the match, Dutch …

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Garrincha – The Greatest Brazilian Of All?

Callum Connolly remembers the career of one of the greatest Brazilian footballers of all time, Garrincha. “He stood by the touchline dressed in the familiar black and white stripes of Botafogo Football Club, with the ball at his feet and his opponent opposite him. In a flash he bolted to the right and with the defender in hot pursuit he …

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The Top 3 Sporting Movies Waiting To Be Made

For every Raging Bull there’s a Green Street. For every Escape to Victory there’s a Goal!. For every Caddyshack there’s a Caddyshack II. The history of sports movies lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous. David Sheehan counts down three stories that are ready made for Oscar worthy attention.   3. ‘A Danish Fairytale’ – Denmark come off the beach …

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Republic of Ireland vs USA: Previous Encounters

USA are favourites on paper to win this Tuesday’s friendly with Ireland in the AVIVA stadium, sitting 38 places higher in the FIFA World Rankings and achieving an impressive last 16 finish in the World Cup. This will be Martin O’Neill’s last chance to experiment before the important qualifier at home to Poland next June. We look at the five …

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Ennis-Hill Request Admirable In Ched Evans Case

Olympic gold medallist winner Jessica Ennis-Hill took the brave step of speaking out against a section of Sheffield United’s fans and asking for her name to be removed from a stand in the stadium if former Blades striker Ched Evans is allowed to return to the team. Evans, 25, was released from prison after spending two years in prison after …

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Aston Villa Defender’s Agent Hints At ‘Big’ Move

Ron Vlaar’s agent has admitted the Aston Villa skipper has a chance to make a “big” move in the not-too-distant future. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and will be allowed to talk to other clubs in January. He will not be sold in the transfer window though and Villa boss Paul Lambert, who …

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