Spain beat England in European Under-19 Championship semi-final

SPAIN 3Pacheco 12, Keko 34, Canales 57 ENGLAND 1Bostock 37 Spain reached the European Under-19 Championship final after a convincing 3-1 win over England at Louis Villemer. Liverpool’s Daniel Pacheco opened the scoring, before a delightful finish from Keko climaxed a thrilling Spainish move. John Bostock’s tremendous volley gave England a lifeline, but Sergio Canales swept home a third after a beautifully worked free-kick in the second half. While the score line might suggest a comfortable win for Spain, in truth, due to England’s endeavour off the ball and their…

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Arsenal news – Gunners in for £10m defender, 4-0 friendly victory, Djourou injured

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: 4-0 friendly victory. Arsenal continued their build-up to the new season with a comprehensive 4-0 friendly victory against FC Neusiedl. The result saw Marouane Chamakh score his first for the club early in the second half after he was brought down inside the box and stepped up to coolly slot the resulting penalty. His strike added to early goals from Theo Walcott and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Carlos Vela then scored a…

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Spain vs England U19 European Championship preview – Stars of tomorrow could earn success today

If you mention international football to any England fan this summer the reaction tells you all you need to know. You are met with a look of disappointment that borders on anger, but hope and optimism could be just around the corner. Despite the senior team failing on the world stage this summer, England’s junior teams have been something of a revelation. The Under 17 side defeated Spain in the European Championships final and the Under 19 side will be hoping for a similar outcome in Tuesday’s semi-final, as an…

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Middlesbrough’s Old Firm Revolution

Aside from the millions being plundered on the likes of Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva and Yaya Toure to bring them to Eastlands, this post-World Cup transfer window has been one of the most understated in years. Unsurprisingly in these more austere times, the frugality has spread to the Football League with most teams looking to rein in the budgets rather than chase the dream. Gordon Strachan’s Middlesbrough are proving to be the exception. Rectifying the problems left by Gareth Southgate’s departure early into a disappointing return to the Football League…

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Arsenal news – Almunia in Osasuna link, Campbell set for Newcastle, Gibbs talks on comeback

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Almunia in Osasuna link. Spanish club Osasuna are looking to take Manuel Almunia away from North London, as he eyes a number one spot. The goalkeeper has fallen out of favour with the Gunners after numerous blunders last season, which left Arsene Wenger looking for a new goalkeeper. According to the Mirror, Atletico Madrid and Osasuna look to take Almunia back to Spain while numerous reports suggest Marten Stekelenburg or Igor…

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Newcastle Utd news – Campbell set for Magpies move, Raul to Newcastle? Enrique confident as only left-back

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Newcastle. Today: Campbell set to seal Magpies move. Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is set to have a medical at St James’ Park today. According to Sky Sports, the 35-year-old could sign a contract within the next 24 hours. The centre-back has been linked with a number of clubs since his short-term deal with the Gunners expired, and held talks with Celtic and Sunderland, but looks set to join up with Chris Hughton,…

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Kolarov Key To Premier League Glory For Manchester City

At Lazio, left-back Aleksandar Kolarov became affectionately known as ‘Serbia’s Roberto Carlos,’ and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has described him as an ‘extraordinary player.’ Whilst Manchester City fans will be relishing the thought of such a highly rated player lining up at Eastlands, those without an affiliation to the blue half of Manchester might be wondering why it cost £17m to secure the services of a defender who not only is a relative unknown in some parts, but more importantly had just a year left on his contract. Born…

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Barton Slams England, Again

Since his £5.8 million transfer to Newcastle three years ago, Joey Barton has been called many things. A potential solution to England’s problems has not been one of them. In an interview following Newcastle’s recent pre-season triumph over Carlisle United, Barton set about putting that right. “Watching some of the performances in the World Cup over the summer,” he surmised, still revelling in the aftermath of victory, “I think that, on form, I’m as good as anybody in this country.” Barton’s comments are sure to raise eyebrows considering their context.…

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Arsenal news – Wenger turns to Mertesacker, Fabregas to force transfer, Fabregas and RVP set to miss season start

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Wenger turns to Mertesacker. Arsene Wenger looks to renew his interest in German defender Per Mertesacker, if Everton refuse to budge on the asking price for Phil Jagielka. According to the Daily Star, a £10m offer is being lined up for the Werder Bremen defender who impressed during Germany’s impressive World Cup run. The Gunners still need reinforcements as William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre have already left the club. Fabregas and…

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Egomaniac Mourinho will need to maintain respect for new suitors Real

It is a footballing commandment of the highest order; the thesis “no one is bigger than the club” is something of an ingrained tenet of the modern game. But to the surprise of the Santiago Bernabeu press conference on May 31st, this hallmark was greeted with respect and honour by new Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho, as he sat picture perfectly addressing the world’s media ahead of arguably his greatest managerial challenge to date. The tone of Mourinho’s utterances in the media spotlight spoke elegantly about the importance of the…

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Arsenal news – Campbell to stay, Rosicky next for Gunners exit, Almunia sale likely

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Rosicky next for Gunners exit. Tomas Rosicky may be leaving the North London outfit, as CSKA Moscow and Borussia Dortmund have enquired about the Czech stars availability. According to the Mirror, Arsene Wenger wants to trim his squad, and a sale may interest him as he looks to set to bring talented youngsters. However with Eduardo leaving, attacking options seem limited if the Frenchman wants to sign defence minded players. Almunia…

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Backlash Begins As Premier League Clubs Ban Vuvuzelas

Of the many memories left behind by this summer’s World Cup in the rainbow nation, among the most colourful will be the debate over the tournament’s unofficial soundtrack – the Vuvuzela. The instrument, which has been described as producing a sound comparable to a swarm of bees, made a huge impact during South Africa’s inaugural hosting of the tournament, and received almost as much media coverage as the action on the pitch itself – most of it negative. FIFA reluctantly agreed to permit their use throughout the historic World Cup…

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Javier Hernandez: United’s New Solskjaer?

The World Cup grabbed its coat and headed for the exit, leaving club managers to assess their teams to see if the problems of spring were resolved, or if more wheeling and dealing was needed. For Manchester United the big problem last season was goals. Wayne Rooney led the charge with an impressive 34, but Dimitar Berbatov, with the next highest tally of 12, is yet to justify his transfer fee. Own goals accounted for 11 of United’s total. Michael Owen played little more than a cameo role, Mame Biram…

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Arsenal news – Eduardo message to the fans, Arsenal 3-0 Sturm Graz, Wilshere set for Gunners first team

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Eduardo message to the fans. New Shaktar Donestk star Eduardo has expressed his sadness at leaving his former club Arsenal. He told Arsenal.com, “The past few days have been very emotional for me. Although I have now left the club, Arsenal will always be in my heart. I will always look for the Arsenal results and of course, I wish Arsene Wenger and the great players at the club well for…

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Foggia welcome the return of a hero as Zdenek Zeman takes control

“US Foggia has mandated the technical management of the first-team to Mr. Zeman.”? These simple words from the club’s press release would have sent shivers down the spines of all those who follow the Satanelli. To many, this sentence would sound fairly inane – after all, it only states that a man called Mr Zeman will take over at a small club from Puglia; hardly front page news. That is unless you’?re a Foggia fan, to which in this case the news carries the same importance as if you were…

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Last chance saloon for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, one of Europe’s most unfulfilled talents

In the 2009 January transfer window, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar left Dutch giants AFC Ajax to join Real Madrid in a deal worth £17m. The move was expected to see the Dutch prodigy arrive on European football’s biggest stage and become the long-term replacement for fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy at the Bernabeu. The top all-time goalscorer for the Dutch Under-21s, Golden Player and Top Scorer awards at the 2006 European Under-21 Championships, and twice being the top Eredivise top goalscorer helped make Huntelaar one of the most sought after prospects in…

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Joe Cole to Liverpool – A peculiar transfer

One of the most talented players to be developed in this country over the past 15 years has finally ended the transfer riddle of the summer, by agreeing a four-year contract with Liverpool. The fans at Anfield will be buoyant over a signing who has that magical spark, the ability to create something out of nothing, with the only other England player capable of that genius ability being an Evertonian in Wayne Rooney. But the choice of Joe Cole’s move to Merseyside will leave people questioning the player’s ambition to…

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Tottenham news – Attention turns back to Bellamy, Pletikosa to complete deal, Stadium plans hit obstacle

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Tottenham. Today: Attention turns back to Bellamy. Harry Redknapp has given up on the idea of landing Joe Cole and has turned his attention to Craig Bellamy according to reports in the Mail. The Welsh striker has been a long-term target of the Spurs boss and could be brought in for as little at £3m this summer. Meanwhile, Joe Cole is expected to decide his allegiance within the next 48 hours with favourites…

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Liverpool midfielder Aquilani has point to prove

The player known as ‘Il Principo’ in Rome arrived at Anfield under a weight of expectation in August of last year. Viewed, wrongly, as a replacement for the outgoing Xabi Alonso, Alberto Aquilani’s £20m price-tag and reputation as a highly technical and creative central midfielder led the Kop to expect much from their new signing. Indeed, as the rehabilitation of Aquilani’s long-troublesome ankle dragged on, and Liverpool’s on-field fortunes went from bad to worse, the pressure on the diminutive Italian increased to almost gargantuan proportions. By the time Aquilani’s debut…

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Arsenal news – Gunners back in for Ozil, Eduardo exit latest, Wenger criticises new rules

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Eduardo exit latest. Arsenal are set to lose one of their strikers, as Shakhtar Donetsk close in on a £6m transfer for Eduardo. The Croatian has attracted the attentions of Valencia, Aston Villa and Besiktas according to the Daily Mail, but a high wage and Champions League football would favour a move to the Ukrainian side. The Brazilian born striker was pulled out of the Arsenals 4-0 victory over Barnet, at…

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Man Utd news – Ozil interest upped, Vidic wants Man Utd exit, Welbeck Sunderland move

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Manchester Utd. Today: Welbeck Sunderland move. Sunderland are eyeing up Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, according to the Sunday Sun. Black Cats head coach Steve Bruce wants to bolster his attacking options for next season and thinks the 19-year-old fits the bill. Sunderland actually tried to sign the striker permanently last week but failed to meet United’s £8m valuation. The North East side are now trying to sign the England under-21 international on a…

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Tottenham news – Yankees in £450m Spurs takeover talk, Ipswich want £10m for Wickman, San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Tottenham

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Tottenham. Today: Yankees in £450m Spurs takeover. The New York Yankees are hoping to become the latest investor in the Premier League with an astounding £450m takeover offer for Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Star on Sunday. Tottenham’s recent success has caught the eye of Yankee’s owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner who intend to finance Harry Redknapp ahead of an incredibly important season for Spurs. But the Spurs boss has commented on the…

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Arsenal news – Gallas, Sylvestre and Campbell to exit, Arsenal 4-0 Barnet, Wenger claims victory in Fabregas fight

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today: Gallas, Sylvestre and Campbell to exit. Arsene Wenger has confirmed that there will be departures from the defensive personnel for the coming season according to Sky Sports. With the out of contract William Gallas and Mika

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Chelsea news – Blues want £30m for Cole, Marseille in for Drogba, Torres transfer latest

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Chelsea. Today: Blues want £30m for Cole. Chelsea have made it clear to Real Madrid that the club want £30m for Ashley Cole unless the left-back makes it clear to the blue’s he wants to leave, according to The Independent. New Real boss Jose Mourinho was hopeful of reuniting with the Chelsea full back as part of his rebuilding at the Bernabeu. Cole is currently on Holiday and is not due to return…

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