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World Transfer Records No.9 – Warney Cresswell to Sunderland

Ever since the introduction of professionalism in football by the English FA in 1885, there have been 43 world transfer records. Over the next few months, Karl Graham will be bringing us up to date with the history behind every single record. A new one shall be revealed on the site every week, from the very first one in 1893 …

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Teams That Were Great While They Lasted: Parma 1998-1999

Inspired by the recent mass exodus of players from Atletico Madrid and Southampton to England’s elite clubs, here’s a look at some other teams whose potential was cut short. First up it’s the 1998-1999 Parma AC team. For Parma, the 1997-98 season wasn’t good enough, a 6th place finish, semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and failure to get out of the group …

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El Clasico – Who Will Come Out On Top in 2014/15?

The La Liga fixtures were released on Thursday 24th of July, and of course the first fixtures discussed were the dates for El Clasico. The meetings between Barcelona and Real Madrid have always been key fixtures in the season but they should become even more exciting in 2014-15 due to the world class players that have been brought into the …

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Liverpool Table £39m Bid For Edinson Cavani

According to French paper L’Equipe, Liverpool have made a bid of £39m to acquire the services of Edinson Cavani with the striker reportedly unsettled at PSG due to his second fiddle role to main man Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Last week reports in the Liverpool Echo had indicated that the PSG striker was a target for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Cavani only joined PSG …

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Celtic / Legia Warsaw Fiasco is Farcical on Several Levels

Brian Barry speaks passionately about the fiasco between Celtic and Legia Warsaw that has engulfed European football. Following the decision by UEFA to uphold their reinstatement of Celtic in the Champions League, questions are posed surrounding the entire process. Firstly, Legia Warsaw must consider themselves extremely unlucky to have fallen victim to an atrocious act of double standards by the …

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TBT: New York Cosmos – The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth

This week’s Throwback Thursday looks back at a unique club who assembled a team of international superstars in a country bereft of love for the game. Karl Graham discusses the rise, fall, and subsequent rebirth of the New York Cosmos. While there was a lot of talk over the stature of football in the USA during the World Cup, efforts to …

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Summertime Madness: Jay Jay Okocha – The Magician Of Bolton

It was only a matter a time wasn’t it before we looked at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton. Our series into the weird and wacky of the football transfer window would be incomplete without Big Sam’s Bolton. During his time at Bolton, Allardyce brought in Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, Gary Speed and a certain Nicolas Anelka. Not bad for a club that …

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Toby Alderweireld Linked With Liverpool Move

Reports coming from Spain indicate that Atletico Madrid could be willing to offload Belgian international, Toby Alderweireld for as much as £8 million, with as many as three Premier League clubs reportedly interested, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Express. A transfer to a team in England cannot be out of the question when one looks at Alderweireld’s …

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Real Madrid Set For First Departure Of The Summer

Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez is set to leave the club and join AC Milan after club president Adriano Galliani confirmed the move, to Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport. “Diego Lopez to Milan is a done deal at 99%.” Lopez joins the Serie A club on a free transfer and the keeper, who was number one at the Bernabeu last season ahead of …

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Real Madrid vs. Sevilla – Uefa Super Cup Preview

Tonight’s match in the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 19:45) pits last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla against Spanish neighbours and Champions League winners Real Madrid. With Gareth Bale back in his home town he will surely take centre stage as the two Spanish sides aim to get their hands on their first piece of silverware of the 2014/15 season. _____ Real …

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