Will Chelsea fall at the last hurdle?

  Liverpool did it in 2014, Arsenal did it in 2008 and Newcastle United did it spectacularly in 1996. Abrupt and unexpected capitulations are not a rare occurrence in the Premier League, and as unstoppable as Chelsea might have looked in the first half of this season, the real test – the test of champions – comes later. As we’ve seen so many times before, January can be a cruel, cold month for the league leaders. Within a few weeks, everything can change. Some of Chelsea’s rivals who looked lukewarm before…

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Dimitri Payet: Hero to Zero Within a Week

If you are an avid football follower, you would have already heard the news of Dimitri Payet putting his foot down with West Ham because he wants to leave the club, as a lot of fans have shared their unhappiness of his desire to leave. With that being said, a lot of fans don’t mind the fact players want to leave their beloved clubs, as they always expect it, but the way in which Dimitri Payet has handled his desire to leave is despicable. This is a player who last…

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Manchester United move ahead of Barca and Madrid to top the Deloitte’s Football Money League

Manchester United might be sitting on a lowly 6th position in the English Premier League but find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the Deloitte’s Money Football League (2015-2016) for the first time since 2003-2004. The Deloitte Football Money League measures clubs’ earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, and ranks them on that basis. Champions League holders Real Madrid were top of this table for last 11 years but slipped to the third position behind United and arch-rivals Barcelona despite crossing the €600-million barrier for the first time.…

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Chelsea forward seals move, Costa returns and more

  Middlesbrough have completed the signing of striker Patrick Bamford in a £5.5m deal from Chelsea. The 23-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Boro. He previously had a very successful loan spell with the Boro during the 2014-15 season. However, that spell was followed by disastrous loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley. He had recently cut short his loan spell with the Clarets and returned to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa has joined training with the first team for the first time…

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Plymouth player charged with rape, set to be dropped for Liverpool’s visit

David Goodwillie, who was an unused substitute when the Pilgrims took away an FA Cup 3rd round replay from Anfield earlier in January, is set to be dropped following a civil court ruling that found him and his former Dundee teammate David Roberton guilty of raping a woman.   Goodwillie, 27 is a former Scotland International who joined Plymouth last year. David Goodwillie and David Roberton have been ordered to pay £100,000 compensation to the mother of one, Denise Clair. The Plymouth forward was accused of serious sexual assault way back in 2011,…

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Joel Matip dropped from Liverpool squad amid FIFA fears

Klopp decides to leave behind fit-again Joel Matip for the trip down south to Plymouth Argyle for the FA Cup 3rd round replay at Home Park. Joel Matip was in contention to start against Mourinho’s Red Devils in the North-West derby earlier this week. The summer arrival could not be selected for the crucial fixture as confusion persisted concerning the former Cameroon defender’s eligibility to play. Matip, 25 refused to play for his national side in the going AFCON after being named in the preliminary squad. Confusion persists regarding a clearance…

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Four bizarre ways Dutch legend Marco Van Basten intends to revolutionize football

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The former AC Milan and Netherlands forward who won the Ballon d’Or thrice was appointed the technical director of FIFA in September 2016 to oversee innovations in the ‘beautiful game’. Here are the four most bizarre (read ludicrous) suggestions from the former World Player of the Year to make football more ‘honest, dynamic, interesting and attractive.’: ICE-HOCKEY STYLE SHOOTOUT Marco van Basten’s proposed PK change: “Maybe the player should start 25 meters from goal.” Hmm. https://t.co/9LAoW4wVKB — Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 18, 2017 Basten’s suggestion puts an end to…

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Spurs eye United defender as midfielder completes move to Swansea

Tom Carroll completed a move to Swansea City from Tottenham yesterday. The 24-year-old English man is said to have signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, with Swansea having to shell out a sum in the region of £5M for him. We’re pleased to announce the signing of @tom_carroll92 from @SpursOffcial. ✍️#WelcomeBackTomhttps://t.co/ah2ZOLjG3L — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 17, 2017   While a product of Tottenham’s lauded academy, Carroll is no stranger to the Welsh club as he spent the entirety of the 2014/2015 on loan there. Carroll had found game time hard…

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United agreed deal for Memphis, starlet goes on loan

Olympique Lyon have agreed on personal terms with Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, according to the French paper, L’Equipe. Memphis made a move to United during the summer months of 2015 under heavy expectations from millions of fans around the world, with him being labelled as the ‘New Ronaldo’. He has; however, failed to impress, his performances blowing hot and cold with a significant lean towards the latter. While the Netherlands international may not have lived up to expectations at Old Trafford, he is only still 22, and his talent…

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United reject Lyon bid for winger, set to make a move for forward and more

Manchester United are set to make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann during the summer, according to reports by the Independent. The 25-year-old Frenchman scored six goals during his country’s run to the finals of the European Championship and finished third in the subsequent Balon d’Or awards. Griezmann, a known United fan, has made little secret of his desire to play for the club. “I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United,” Griezmann said in an interview with Sky Germany back in November. “I think they are a…

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Neymar most valuable player in the world, Arsenal and Man Utd star also figure

Neymar Jr is the most valuable player in the world, according to the CIES Football Observatory. Presented in issue 172 of the Weekly Post, a comprehensive list of the most valuable players in Europe’s top five leagues was calculated using the CIES Football Observatory’s secret algorithm. This algorithm is said to consider variables such as player age and contract duration, performance data like goals and assists, and more abstract quantities such as the business models of the player’s current club and that of potential buyers. According to the list, Barcelona…

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West Ham man set for move to France, Zaza joins Valencia

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet is set for a move to French side Olympique Marseille, according to a report from reliable French publication L’Equipe. Over the last couple of days, conflicting stories have emerged in the media. BBC has claimed that the Hammers have turned down Marseille’s improved offer of £19m while the Guardian is claiming that the Hammers want the player to apologise for his behaviour. The Frenchman handed in a transfer request over a week ago to the chagrin of manager Slaven Bilic. Although Bilic came out to state the club’s…

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Verratti link with a runion with former boss, Pastore reaffirms dedication

Bayern Munich boss Carlos Ancelotti has set his sights on Paris Saint-Germain maestro Marco Verratti, according to a report from French publication Le Parisien. The Italian manager, who signed Verratti during his last season at PSG, is reportedly keen on bringing the midfielder over to Munich this summer. Verratti is expected to take the place of Xabi Alonso whose contract expires in June this year. The 24-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world and debatably the best among peers of the same age grade. He…

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Diego Costa trains alone as Conte turns eyes towards La Liga star

Following his row with manager Antonio Conte last week, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been spotted training alone at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, according to a report from the Express. Costa reportedly refused to train before their game against Leicester City on Saturday, citing an injury—an opinion not shared by the club’s medical staff and Conte. This saga has led to a new rumour claiming that Chelsea have reignited their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The 24-year-old Spain international moved back to Madrid this summer after a successful spell at…

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Bayern make double signing and star winger renews contract

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have secured the signatures of Hoffenheim duo Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy, according to the latest update on the official club website. The German internationals may have signed contracts but will continue to play for Hoffenheim before making the switch to Munich in the summer. Rudy, the 26-year-old Hoffenheim captain, was snagged on a free transfer and is expected to serve as a cover for Xabi Alonso in the defensive midfield position. Sule, 21, was signed for a sum reportedly in the range of €20M on a five-year…

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The Premier League Golden Boot – Contenders

It’s January again. Being the first month of the year makes it auspicious enough, but this month has a special meaning for fans of football around the world. It stands for the time of the year when the Premier League begins the second half of its season. August to December serve to pick out the metaphorical sheep from amongst the wolves. By January, the true title contenders have been recognised. Amidst the cacophony of noises created by the big teams vying for the title, a subdued game of attrition goes…

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Manchester United vs Liverpool – How it went down

Manchester United faced Liverpool yesterday in a thrilling game that had a massive impact on the Premier League title race. A Liverpool win would have seen Jurgen Klopp’s men keep up the pressure on leaders Chelsea with only five points between them. A Manchester United win would have them move level on points with rivals City earlier dropping points following a 4-nil thrashing at Everton. Both teams lined up in the normal fashion, with Liverpool missing a number of key players — with the likes of Mane, Clyne, Coutinho, Matip,…

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West Ham fans turn their backs on Payet with hilarious chant, Twitter reactions

Following Dimitri Payet’s request to leave West Ham last week, the fans have quickly turned their backs on him. His regular matchday chant has been revisited, to a hilarious—if a tad crude—result. As the Hammers cruised to 3-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace at London Stadium on Saturday, the home fans serenaded their former beloved with a new chant. “F*ck off,  Payet,” “Dimitri Payet,” “We just don’t want you anymore” “You’ve got some f*cking front,” *You money-grabbing c*nt,” *F*ck off Dimitri Payet.” One got to love the unified voice…

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‘Disgracefully Disrespectful’ Jermaine Lens leaves David Moyes fuming

Sunderland manager David Moyes was left fuming over recent comments from Jermaine Lens, who is currently on a season-long loan at Istanbul club Fenerbahce. The former PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kyiv forward, who has won 32 odd caps for The Oranje, recently suggested that Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship might facilitate his permanent move to Fenerbahce. Moyes was left fuming over Lens’s statement and retorted by saying, “It’s a disgrace to say that about your parent club. A lot of team-mates here who he played with are fighting every week with…

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Harry Kane hurricane helps hit a new landmark as Spurs thrash WBA

After outplaying Chelsea and ending their run of 13 successive wins, Mauricio Pocchetino’s Tottenham destroyed West Brom in a 4-0 defeat today. Spurs climbed within striking distance of the league leaders courtesy a blitzkrieg hat-trick from England International Harry Kane. The 23-year-old had a rather silent night against Chelsea where the limelight was stolen by the midfield duo of Christian Eriksen and Delle Alli, the former assisting the latter twice in an identical fashion. But, when Harry Kane scored past Ben Foster in the 12th minute of the game today,…

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Chelsea hitman refuses to play amidst speculation of massive China offer, fans react

BBC claims that Diego Costa has been dropped from the Chelsea squad that will travel to Leicester City this weekend. The Chelsea hitman has reportedly had a row with coaching staff and manager Antonio Conte over fitness issues. The player is said to believe he is carrying an injury, an opinion not shared by the club’s medical staff. Conte has given the staff his backing. This saga has come amidst rumours of a supposed £30M per year offer from China, an incredulous offer that may be playing a part in…

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Real Madrid, Liverpool, Newcastle, Burnley? Which European club had the most net profit?

UEFA’s club licensing benchmarking report for 2015 states that Liverpool FC recorded the highest Net-Profit for the financial year of 2015. HIGHEST NET PROFIT Liverpool recorded a Net-Profit of 75 million euros (£65.5 million) in a financial year that saw the Reds parting ways with their star striker Luis ‘El Pistolero’ Suarez for Barcelona making a sum of £75 million in the lucrative deal. Surprisingly enough, Newcastle United came in second with a net profit of 43 million euros, ahead of third placed Spanish giants and 11 times European Champions…

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Transfer Round: Evra returns, Depay to leave, Terry stays

January transfer window is known for its unsettling nature which involves players losing focus halfway through the season, panic buys and inflated deals. A Different League brings you the top transfer stories from the iconic day that today is, Friday the 13th. CHELSEA LEGEND JOHN TERRY GOING NOWHERE The 36-year-old central defender has found it difficult to break into Conte’s back three having made just four starts in the Premier League this season. Following the arrival of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, there were rumours linking the former England captain with…

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Arsenal legend Parlour plays a ‘shocking’ game of Blackjack

Arsenal great Ray Parlour left many in awe during his long and illustrious career with the Gunners. However, the ‘The Romford Pele’ cut out a helpless figure earlier this year and was left in ‘shock’ when he took on former TOWIE and Celebrity Big Brother star Amy Childs in a unique, but interesting, game of ‘Electric Blackjack’. The event was hosted by online casino specialists 888casino. Blackjack master John Scanlon (of Aspers Casino), trained both celebrities in the essentials of the game.  They further enhanced their knowledge of the game through Ultimate Blackjack…

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Marseille agree terms with West Ham star

Following West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s revelation that Dimitri Payet wants to leave the club, French publication L’Equipe, this morning, have reported that Marseille have reached an agreement with the Frenchman. Payet has reached an agreement with Marseille pic.twitter.com/hzJz353yiY — Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 13, 2017 The 29-year-old attacking midfielder had a blistering start to his career in England, capped off by an international call-up to the Euros. He, however, has found life harder this season, caused, in part by West Ham’s struggles to maintain their great form from last…

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