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Souness: Liverpool’s Balotelli Needs Attitude Adjustment

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes misfiring striker Mario Balotelli has to undergo a personality change to survive at Anfield. The Italy international was hauled off at half-time against Real Madrid after another lacklustre performance and with his side 3-0 down in their Champions League tie. He may have compounded the criticism coming his way by swapping shirts with opposing …

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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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Crystal Palace Boss Warnock In Trouble After Outburst At Referee

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his post-match comments following the home defeat by Chelsea on Saturday. Warnock appeared to infer that referee Craig Pawson was using double standards by not booking John Terry yet cautioning a Palace player for a similar offence. The FA said in a statement: “It is alleged that …

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Chelsea Boss Assesses Striking Options Ahead Of Old Trafford Visit

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy’s declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash at Old Trafford. Remy scored the opening goal in Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor before departing with a groin injury which saw …

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French International Free Agent Signs For Sunderland

Former France international Anthony Reveillere has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season, the club have confirmed. The 34-year-old full-back, who has been training with the Black Cats in recent weeks, is a free agent after being released by Italian side Napoli during the summer. Reveillere began his career at Rennes, but enjoyed his most successful spell with Lyon, …

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Big Sam Not Worried About Contract Situation At West Ham

Sam Allardyce insists he is not worried about being offered a new contract at West Ham despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Barclays …

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Sunderland skipper Looks For Redemption Against Arsenal

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged his team-mate to pay back the club’s fans in the best way possible – by beating Arsenal on Saturday. The Black Cats players this week offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the trip to Southampton last weekend and witnessed a humiliating 8-0 Barclays Premier League defeat. However, the 33-year-old …

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Tottenham Boss Insists Defender Is Happy At White Hart Lane

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected talk of an issue with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since arriving from Ajax in 2012, yet has found it hard to pin down a regular first-team berth this term. Vertonghen’s place …

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The Rise & Fall of The Iconic ‘This is Football’

Conor Heffernan gets all nostalgic and remembers the iconic PlayStation classic, This Is Football. Imagine a football game where you could dive, two foot the goalkeeper and play a classic Manchester United team featuring George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Yes such a game did indeed exist in the form of This is Football. For one brief moment in …

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Insight: Arsene Before Arsenal

Arsene Wenger turns 65 today. He now defines Arsenal as much as it defines him. But where did Arsene learn the ideals that helped him revolutionise the club? Sean Curtin investigates. When you look back on Arsene Wenger’s life, it’s easy to imagine his rise through management was some sort of manifest destiny. Looking back at what is known of …

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