Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Newcastle Not Interested in Signing Brazilian Midfielder as West Brom Star Becomes Priority

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Newcastle Not Interested in Signing Brazilian Midfielder as West Brom Star Becomes Priority
Newcastle Not Interested in Signing Brazilian Midfielder as West Brom Star Becomes Priority
​Newcastle have no intention to pursue Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, according to Chronicle Live. Reports in France have linked the Premier League club with an interest in the Brazilian, claiming Rafa Benitez wants him on a season-long loan with the option to purchase permanently.  Yet the aforementioned are reporting that central midfield is not a priority area for the Magpies as they look ahead to next season. West Brom forward Salomon Rondon is understood to be top priority for Benitez and...

Jose Mourinho not expecting to be given the two new signings he hopes for

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Jose Mourinho not expecting to be given the two new signings he hopes for
United have only signed Brazil midfielder Fred, young full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant this summer.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Referee asks Ozil to sign his yellow card!

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Referee asks Ozil to sign his yellow card!
Referee asks Ozil to sign his yellow card!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Lopetegui revives Ceballos' spirit

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Lopetegui revives Ceballos' spirit
Lopetegui revives Ceballos' spirit

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Why it’s time to finally give Sergio Aguero the credit he deserves

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Why it’s time to finally give Sergio Aguero the credit he deserves

It’s impossible to believe there is still a debate.

It’s rare for a striker to boast a Premier League record of 143 goals in 206 games and yet still not be recognised as one of the best.

Sergio Aguero has dealt with this injustice for the past seven years in English football since he joined Man City.

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AP:Associated Press Name your top five Premier League strikers of all time, does Aguero make it?[/caption]

On the seventh anniversary of his transfer from Atletico Madrid, it’s time we begin to put the 30-year-old in the very top bracket of the Premier League’s best ever strikers.

The Argentine currently sits 12th in the list of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, with Jermain Defoe the only player still active in the top flight to rank ahead of him.

Aguero became City’s all-time record goalscorer in 2017, despite having his career at the Etihad somewhat written off after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Getty Images - Getty The pair have struggled to co-exist[/caption]

The young Brazilian became Pep Guardiola’s preferred option upfront, and it was soon clear that Aguero was not his manager’s ideal type of striker. His future was uncertain.

Despite frequent praise from Guardiola in public, there was an obvious friction between Aguero’s naturally selfish mentality and his manager’s team philosophy.

Guardiola challenged Aguero to change his game, perhaps sacrificing his hunger for goals to encompass a more team-friendly approach.

When other players might have sulked about having to change a style which had served both him and his club for so long, the striker listened to the advice and his game stepped up a level.

The pair share an interesting dynamic

Aguero’s goalscoring antics were soon to be matched with a new-found work rate to win back possession as well as assist his teammates on a more regular basis.

The striker finished the 2017/18 season with 21 goals to his name and became just the fourth player to score 20+ goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane.

The ability to adapt and evolve his game is another massive tick next to Aguero’s name and furthers his case to be mentioned amongst the very best.

AFP or licensors The goals don’t stop[/caption]

It took until last season for Aguero to finally be recognised by his peers, as he was voted in the PFA Team of the Year having been snubbed for the past six years.

Injuries at the wrong time of the season have often wrongly blighted his case for the individual end of the season awards.

PA:Press Association Injuries became an all too familiar sight[/caption]

Aguero has two years remaining on his current contract with City and it’s unclear where his long-term future lies.

The Argentine has spoken publicly in the past about wanting to return to his boyhood club Independiente to finish his career.

Surely Aguero has one more big contract left in him before he retires to Argentina.

If his future isn’t to be with City, a plethora of the world’s best clubs would be queuing up to take him.

PA:Press Association Front and centre alongside Vincent Kompany[/caption]

With three Premier League titles to his name, Aguero will go down as a City legend.

It remains to be seen however how he will be remembered by the rest once he leaves these shores.

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Arsenal vs PSG LIVE: Latest score, news, goal updates, how to watch online, International Champions Cup team news, TV channel information and line-ups

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Arsenal vs PSG LIVE: Latest score, news, goal updates, how to watch online, International Champions Cup team news, TV channel information and line-ups
Arsenal vs PSG LIVE: Latest score, news, goal updates, how to watch online, International Champions Cup team news, TV channel information and line-ups
Follow live coverage of the International Champions Cup 2018 clash

Friday, July 27, 2018

How long before the majority of football fans support players rather than clubs?

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How long before the majority of football fans support players rather than clubs?

This idea will cause many to shudder in repulsion.

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It’s not inconceivable that football fan culture may experience a paradigm shift that would change the way the sport is consumed drastically.

What if, in a few years’ time, fans supported players rather than teams?

A decade ago this notion may have been dismissed outright.

But Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s duopoly has changed the game.

It’s funny what ten Ballon d’Ors can doEPA

Prior to the former’s recent transfer to Juventus, the five-time Ballon d’Or winners were the respective figureheads for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The La Liga rivals are two of the most globally supported sports teams and the outrageous talent of their best players led to widespread tribalism.

But El Clasico has nothing on Messi v Ronaldo.

Real Madrid and Juventus have a combined 74.5 million followers on Instagram.

Ronaldo has 137 million.

Barcelona have 58.2 million followers.

Messi has 97.3 million.

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While the clubs would never admit it, these players, with their near-mythical legacies, are bigger than their employers.

It is difficult to measure the number of fans who have already switched their allegiance from Real Madrid to Juventus since Ronaldo’s transfer.

The Italian club have benefited from a significant spike in social media engagement since the announcement.

The Old Lady are on course for a record year in terms of shirt sales and Serie A viewing figures are expected to skyrocket.

Ronaldo’s gravity can not be underestimated.

More than a clubGetty - Contributor

Is it so ridiculous then, to imagine a future in which fans align themselves with certain players over a single club?

Such supporters would behave in a similar manner to the current generation; cheering on the team, relishing in a rival’s misfortune.

It’s just that the focus would be on a specific player and if they moved on, the fan would follow.

Such a trend is likely to occur for top-level individuals only — maybe just those who are universally considered to be in the top ten or twenty players at the time.

Man United have fans all over the world, but could his fandom also apply to specific playersPA:Press Association

Those who support their team because it is their local club, or a family tradition, are unlikely to sever semantic ties.

But as football increases its global reach and profile, those who live in countries deprived of a notable league will continue to follow the top European leagues.

These fans are no less passionate about the game but they are perhaps more inclined to feel attached to certain players, rather than the abstract concept of a club.

The future of footballGetty - Contributor

Think about it, rather than supporting Real Madrid, you decide to follow Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe.

You celebrate when they win, commiserate when they lose, you buy shirts with their name on the back.

And when they retire you simply move on to the next one.

It’s a concept that will disgust some, but it could happen.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson speaks publicly for first time since brain haemorrhage

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Sir Alex Ferguson speaks publicly for first time since brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson speaks publicly for first time since brain haemorrhage
'Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today,' says Manchester United legend

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Here’s why Burnley are in real trouble of getting relegated this season

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Here’s why Burnley are in real trouble of getting relegated this season

We’re all going on a European tour with Burnley and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Forget what Will from the Inbetweeners said in the first movie; Burnley fans don’t need to f*** off as they’re some of the best around.

After their stunning Premier League heroics last season, the Clarets begin their first foreign adventure in 50 years this week with a glamorous two-legged qualifier against, er, Aberdeen.

SIGN UP NOW – It’s time to pick your fantasy football team for the new season Burnley boss Sean Dyche is believed to be keen on bringing Michael Keane back to Turf MoorThat smile… that damned smilePA:Press Association

But, regrettably, I’m here to be a true party pooper.

The Europa League – a competition with unique travelling demands – can be a gruelling and cruel mistress.

Thursday to Sunday fixture patterns, long haul flights to the middle of Azerbaijan… is it really all that?

Sean Dyche has done a stellar job at Burnley‘What do you mean I have to take more than one flight there?’Rex Features

And many of the so-called ‘lesser sides’ in the Premier League have subsequently struggled with the added challenge of a European campaign, duly seeing their domestic form suffer as a result.

In recent years a number of clubs have seen their league form nose dive dramatically whilst distracted by the Europa League.

Swansea, powered by the unforgettable Michu, won the League Cup in 2012/13 and earned a Europa League place the following season off the back of it.

Action Images - Reuters Nice hair, dodgy football[/caption]

But, after finishing ninth the season before, Swansea fell to 12th in 2013/14 and Michael Laudrup was sacked by the start of February.

One season later it was a similar story for Everton, who could only manage 11th in the Premier League following their sixth placed finish the year before.

The Toffees were also knocked out of both domestic cup competitions in the first round in 2014/15.

Bradley Ormesher - The Times Where did it all go wrong?[/caption]

And what for Southampton? Yep, you guessed it.

The Saints finished above Liverpool in the 2015/16 season and marched into Europe as a result.

But the following campaign went slightly to pot on multiple fronts, failing to get out of their Europa League group and finishing a distant eighth in the Premier League – 15 points behind Everton in seventh.

Reuters Hey Siri, find me a photographic example of pathetic fallacy[/caption]

So, should they get through qualifying of course, what does that mean for Burnley?

Well our worry is, for a side who were tipped to go down last season, it might be a case of too much too soon.

They had one of the smallest squads in the Premier League last year and have signed the square root of f*** all so far this summer.

Zero incomings whatsoever. Zilch. Nada.

Sean Dyche also made the fewest amount of changes to his first XI last season; testament to the faith in his players, but also an indication of his lack of options.

Chris Wood leads the line for Burnley with eight goals this termBurnley were everyone’s second favourite team last seasonREBECCA NADEN

Maintaining their odds-defying exploits will be a hell of a challenge, let alone with the burden of European football.

It means a moving of the goalposts and a reality check may be required, with ensuring Premier League safety again the priority for Dyche and co.

Could they be victims of their own success?

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Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Chelsea move for Thiago Alcantara, Manchester United enter Yerry Mina chase, Domagoj Vida to Liverpool latest & Arsenal, Spurs

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Transfer news, rumours - LIVE: Chelsea move for Thiago Alcantara, Manchester United enter Yerry Mina chase, Domagoj Vida to Liverpool latest & Arsenal, Spurs
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Neymar: “I couldn’t look at a football” after the World Cup

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Neymar: “I couldn’t look at a football” after the World Cup
Neymar: "I couldn't look at a football" after the World Cup

Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation's quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup he couldn't look at a ball and didn't want to see any of the remaining matches.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Stefano Sturaro's Agent Confirms Leicester & West Ham Have Made Offers for Juventus Midfielder

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Stefano Sturaro's Agent Confirms Leicester & West Ham Have Made Offers for Juventus Midfielder
Stefano Sturaro's Agent Confirms Leicester & West Ham Have Made Offers for Juventus Midfielder
lder Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro has received offers from both Leicester City and West Ham this summer, according to his agent. The 25-year-old Italian's career has been at a standstill for the past few seasons and his lack of regular playing time could motivate him to seek an exit from the Italian champions. Sturaro was only afforded seven Serie A starts by I Bianconeri last season and it doesn't seem like the situation will improve next year either, given the competition for places....

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres both suffer defeats on J-League debuts

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Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres both suffer defeats on J-League debuts

Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres both crashed to defeat on their big debuts in Japanese football.

Spanish World Cup winners Iniesta and Torres have made the move to the Far East this summer after calling time on their club careers in Europe.

But neither was able to make the start to life in the J-League they wanted as their teams slipped to defeat on their first appearances.

SIGN UP NOW – It’s time to pick your fantasy football team for the new season Andres Iniesta tasted defeat in his first match in Japan since quitting BarcelonaAndres Iniesta tasted defeat in his first match in Japan since quitting BarcelonaAP:Associated Press

Inesta, 34, quit his beloved Barcelona at the end of last season before linking up with Spain for their World Cup challenge.

And he also announced he would be joining Vissel Kobe, the Japanese club run by the owner of Barca sponsors Rakuten.

Spain’s early exit from Russia 2018 meant he was able to link up with Kobe two weeks earlier than expected, and he was on the bench for today’s clash with Shonan Bellmare.

#イニエスタ 選手、#Jリーグ デビューに向けアップ中✨@andresiniesta8@vissel_kobe pic.twitter.com/eMXvvdHSCK

— Jリーグ (@J_League) July 22, 2018

Iniesta was unable to stop Vissel Kobe from crashing to a shock 3-0 defeat on his debutIniesta was unable to stop Vissel Kobe from crashing to a shock 3-0 defeat on his debutEPA

And despite coming on in the second half, he was unable to prevent his side from crashing to a shock 3-0 home defeat.

Iniesta has been followed to Japan by Torres, who decided to call time on his career in Europe when he left Atletico Madrid at the end of last season.

Fernando Torres failed to make an impact from the bench as Sagan Tosulost 1-0Fernando Torres failed to make an impact from the bench as Sagan Tosulost 1-0AFP

The 34-year-old then took the surprise decision to sign for struggling Sagan Tosu earlier this month, jetting out to Japan last week.

He was drafted straight into the matchday squad for their home match with mid-table Vegalta Sendai, although like Iniesta he started on the bench.

#トーレス 選手、#Jリーグ デビューに向けアップ中✨@Torres@saganofficial17 pic.twitter.com/hsMnmyTSRY

— Jリーグ (@J_League) July 22, 2018

And things did not turn out well for the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker either, as he came on but failed to make an impression as Sagan slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

The result means Torres’ new club now find themselves second from bottom of the J League, with just three wins from their opening 17 games.

After the game, Iniesta said: “It’s a shame we lost because I don’t like losing.

“But this is just the first step of an amazing new adventure. It was a physical game that showed the quality of the J-League.”

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Lewis Hamilton’s title hopes dented as Sebastian Vettel takes pole at Hockenheim

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Sebastian Vettel took pole at his home grand prix from Valtteri Bottas.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

LIVE: Cavani and Benzema linked with Serie A giants

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LIVE: Cavani and Benzema linked with Serie A giants
LIVE: Cavani and Benzema linked with Serie A giants

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pascal Chimbonda and 24 Other Classic Premier League Players: No. 18 – Stephen Warnock

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Pascal Chimbonda and 24 Other Classic Premier League Players: No. 18 – Stephen Warnock
Pascal Chimbonda and 24 Other Classic Premier League Players: No. 18 – Stephen Warnock
​Born: December 12, 1981, Ormskirk, England Age in 2005: 24 Premier League Clubs: ​Liverpool (2002-2007), Blackburn (2007-2009), Aston Villa (2009-2013) Position: Left back Career Before making an appearance for Liverpool, Stephen Warnock had already spent much of his young career out on loan. Fans of Bradford and Coventry were treated to a combined total of 56 appearances from ‘The Warlock’, where he even scored more than three goals (four).  On his return to Liverpool in 2004, his first-team...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season

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Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season
Atletico: Ins, outs, rumours and players of interest for the 2018/19 season

Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?

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Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?
Who will take Real Madrid's freekicks now?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

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Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe
Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

Hundreds of football fans flocked to cheer Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when he arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join his new club Vissel Kobe. The 34-year-old Spanish World Cup winner, who lifted 32 major trophies at Barca and made over 600 appearances for the Catalan giants, completed a big-money move to Japan in May. […]

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fantasy football: What could Alisson bring to the Premier League this season?

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Fantasy football: What could Alisson bring to the Premier League this season?

Alisson is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Liverpool and Chelsea with the deal big news for both sets of supporters and fantasy football fans.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, and is rumoured to be departing Roma in a deal that could be worth around £62million.

The 25-year-old started all five of his country’s games at the World Cup and was Tite’s first choice over Man City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.

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Alisson’s stock rose drastically following his impressive campaign with Roma last season.

The Brazilian shot-stopper played a crucial role in his side’s coupon-busting run to the Champions League semi-finals, before they were beaten by Liverpool at the penultimate step.

After making 31 appearances for Brazil, as well as having experience of Europe’s elite competition, it’s no surprise to see that Alisson is on the radar of so many top clubs.

Liverpool fans are so excited by the potential new arrival that they have even began to track private jets that could belong to the Roma man.

He’s more than your average goalkeeper.

Alisson could prove a huge fantasy football hit

The Brazilian is widely praised for not only his shot-stopping abilities and command of his area, but also for another trait.

Alisson is known to be very capable with the ball at his feet, with his impressive distribution perhaps the standout ability of the in-demand stopper.

If Liverpool or Chelsea were to agree any deal, they would be buying themselves a player in a similar mould to his countryman Ederson.

Getty - Contributor The Brazilian is far from your conventional goalkeeper[/caption]

What could Alisson bring to your fantasy football team?

According to Dream Team’s ratings provider WhoScored, Alisson had an impressive season in Serie A with Roma at 7.00.

The Brazilian was the highest-rated keeper in the league and made it into the Serie A team of the season.

Liverpool’s current goalkeeping options fail to compete with Alisson’s form at Roma. Both Loris Karius (6.70) and Simon Mignolet (6.49) had a lower average on WhoScored last season.

The Roma man also ranks higher than both of Chelsea’s goalkeepers, with Thibaut Courtois (6.63) and Willy Caballero (6.65) scoring lower than the rumoured new arrival.

 

Alisson moved to Roma from Brazilian side Internacional in 2016 for just £6million.

The 25-year-old was originally forced to act as the understudy to Wojciech Szczesny after the Polish international was on loan from Arsenal.

The following year, after Szczesny signed permanently for Juventus, Alisson was given the No1 jersey and the rest is history.

So, what will he cost on Dream Team?

As any transfer to the Premier League is yet to be officially confirmed, Alisson is still without a price for this season’s fantasy football game.

If Alisson does make the move to English football, we estimate him to cost Dream Team managers around £4m, judging on the prices of Ederson and David De Gea last season.

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Whilst the new season doesn’t get underway until August 11 you can already pre-register for the Dream Team game here.

If you’re an existing Dream Team player you can now pre-register for new new game online and on the app.

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Register to play Dream Team for free here Download the Dream Team app to keep up with all the latest tips, news and gossip at your finger tips The likes of Harry Kane will eventually have to be offered big wages to stay at the clubKane will be back on Spurs dutyREUTERS How does Premier League fantasy football work?

Every single season the Premier League gets more intriguing – and playing Dream Team really is the perfect way to enhance your experience of it.

You’ll be assigned a total budget of £50m for each side you pick and you’ll be able pick a maximum of 10 free teams.

The Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday, effectively meaning the new Game Week starts after the last Europa League games are completed.

PA:Press Association Arsenal and Chelsea will be in the Europa League again[/caption]

You get three transfers a month on the first Friday of every month so using them wisely is essential.

Every player on the game will be assigned a price at the start of the season which will then vary and fluctuate on a weekly basis dependent on their performances.

For example, last season we valued Mo Salah at £4m at the start of the season but the Egyptian King rocketed to over £11m by the end after his stunning goalscoring form.

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