Premier League Lessons – Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer’s 260 Premier League goals see the Geordie striker sit at the very top of a star-studded list as the all-time highest Premier League goalscorer. His closest rival sits a spectacular 73 goals behind and this statistic in itself is why the Newcastle United legend is also a Premier League legend. An illustrious career started with Shearer ditching his northern roots as Southampton offered him a shot at the big time in 1986. Two years later, and at the tender age of just 17, Shearer made his debut with…

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Tottenham join summer race for Sessegnon

Tottenham are ready to challenge some of Europe’s top sides in order to secure the services of Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon, reports the Telegraph. The 18-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season, meaning this may be the last chance for the London side to cash-in on the highly rated left-winger, who was strongly linked with a move to Spurs last summer too. However Tottenham face competition from French giants PSG,German side Red Bull Leipzig, and in the Premier League from Manchester United. The figure reported is around £30m.…

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Comeback kings set up all-English Champions League Final

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will go head-to-head in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1 after sealing spectacular victories in their respective semi-final ties. The Reds recovered from a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona by recording a thrilling 4-0 success in the return fixture to spark wild celebrations at Anfield. Spurs battled back from three goals down after 35 minutes of the second leg of their tie with Ajax to make it 3-3 on aggregate and progress to the final on away goals. Read on as we…

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Klopp Laughs Off “Curse” Talk

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic of his team’s title ambitions this season despite a demoralizing 3-0 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou. The defeat left the Reds a mountain to climb as they need to score a minimum of three goals at Anfield within regulation time to keep their hopes of playing two consecutive UEFA Champions League final alive. Liverpool fans might have to endure seeing their beloved team ending the season empty handed despite mounting a formidable title charge both home and Europe. The Reds will agonizingly miss…

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Most Improved Arsenal Players Under Unai Emery

Unai Emery

A smooth transition of power at the dugout from Arsene Wenger to Unai Emery has proven to be something magical for Arsenal football club. There were heavy cry outs from the Gunners fans for a managerial change at the club. And finally the back then Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis heed the call and sign Unai Emery as a new club coach.  Unai Emery is a well-decorated coach in Europe, having won a back to back Europa league competition with Sevilla. He is someone you cannot underrate. But coming to a…

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Son backs Spurs to perform in Kane’s absence

Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son has insisted he feels no extra pressure with the injury to star striker Harry Kane, and backs Brazilian Lucas Moura to help the team get goals in his absence. Son, 26, has scored 12 league goals this season in just 19 starts, including two goals in Tottenham’s first three matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He is likely to be required to fill in for Kane who could be out of rot remainder of the season with ankle ligament problems suffered in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League…

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Benayoun announces retirement at 38

Former Israel international attacker Yossi Benayoun has retired from football, after a career that saw him play for some of England’s top clubs. Benayoun came to the Premier League from Spain, where he had played with Racing Santander, joining West Ham in 2005 where he scored 8 goals in 63 matches. His performances got the attention of Liverpool, who paid £5m for the forward, where he spent three years until 2010, where he player 92 games and scored 18 goals. He moved on to Chelsea for £5.5m, but failed to…

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Bierhoff regret over Ozil Germany exit

Mesut Ozil

Germany Technical Director Oliver Bierhoff has expressed regret over some of his comments following Mesut Ozil’s retirement from international football, admitting he was partly at fault. Following a hugely disappointing World Cup campaign in which he was roundly criticised for his performances, Ozil wrote an open letter claiming institutional racism was at play in the German Football Federation, with President Reinhard Grindel given particular focus. “People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual‑heritage families.…

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Premier League clubs reject Champions League proposals

Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed proposals for changes to the UEFA Champions League format which would increase the number of games during the first half of the season and also wipe out end-of-season races for qualification to Europe’s top continental competition. The changes were being proposed for implementation during the 2024-25 season, but clubs in England’s top flight have banded together to reject the plans. With England having four of the final eight in this season’s tournament, as well as the Premier League’s standing as one of the top…

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Solskjaer plans mass Utd changes in the summer

Manchester United’s new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face one of the busiest summers in the club’s recent memory, according to Sky Sports, with up to six first team regulars preparing to depart Old Trafford for pastures new. The futures of some other players are also up in the air, while prospective transfer targets look as though they may be difficult – or at the very least highly expensive – to bring in as the club seeks to return towards the top of the Premier League next season. Ander…

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Rose laments lack of action on racism

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has once again hit out at the level of racism in football, this time going as far as to say that he “can’t wait” to retire from the sport and get out of the game. The 28-year-old was one of several England players who were subjected to vile chants from home supporters when the Three Lions travelled to Montenegro for a Euro 2020 qualifier last month, and while the players in question were clearly supported by their own team-mates and management the host nation essentially denied…

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Sheffield United Showing that You Don’t Have to Spend Big for Championship Success

Sheffield United have been one of the big success stories of this Championship season and, with seven games to go, they are assured of a playoff spot and could still bag one of the two automatic promotion spots that are up for grabs. Their success has been a real team effort and, while others around them have been splashing the cash on big name signings for the league, The Blades have quietly gone about their business, making astute signings to become a real force in the second tier. United were promoted…

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Real Madrid close to Hazard agreement

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is ‘on the cusp’ of agreeing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to a report in The Sun this morning. Last week it was reported that moves had begun to bring the Belgian to the Bernabeu, but those links appear to have grown over the weekend, and an agreement for a summer transfer could be found this week. It is thought a fee of £100m will be accepted. Hazard, 28, has been linked with a Stamford Bridge in the last two close seasons, but…

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West Ham Dzeko links return

Edin Dzeko

West Ham could be lining up a summer move for AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to reports in the Express. Dzeko, 33, played under Hammers manager Mauricio Pellegrini at Manchester City, with the Bosnian scoring 50 goals in 130 matches, on his way to winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, League Cup and Community shield. West Ham have struggled for goals this term, currently having netted 41 times in the league, and their top scorer is midfielder Felipe Anderson, on 8 goals. Dzeko’s goalscoring has also slowed…

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Gotze makes new Liverpool hint

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze has spoken again of his admiration for ex-boss Jurgen Klopp, prompting rumours of a potential reunion in the Summer. Gotze, 26, played under Klopp at Dortmund before both departed, with the Germany international heading to Bayern Munich for 3 years, before returning to the Signal-Iduna-Park stadium in 2016. But with just one year left on his contract, the World Cup winner, with 63 caps, has hinted that a potential link up with his old boss could be something he’d want to consider, having had discussions…

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Pogba set for Man Utd stay as double exit planned

Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to stay at Old Trafford this summer, despite reports linking him with Real Madrid recently. The French World Cup winner has experienced an up and down season, with most of his good form coming following the exit of Jose Mourinho and arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However despite recent links away from the club, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has reportedly suggested that United would not want to sell him seeing as they intend to offload Spaniards Anders Herrera and Juan Mata. A further…

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Will Zidane make Real Madrid a force again?

Zinedine Zidane

There was widespread surprise amongst residents of planet football in March as Frenchman Zinedine Zidane announced he would return as manager of Real Madrid just 10 months after leaving the La Liga kingpins. The former player walked in May of last year after guiding Blancos to a third straight Champions League trophy, but the club has struggled to find success following the Frenchman’s departure and were delighted to see him sign a deal that would keep him in charge until 2022. Zidane arrives at the Bernabeu with the 33-time Spanish…

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Is it time for Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea were once again defeated in the Premier League on Sunday by Everton for 2-0. Maurizio Sarri said that his team has reached a ‘limit’ and in fact, this could be true in lots of different ways. The Italian boss was probably thinking about the different in his side’s first and second half performance. He also said that in the first 45 minutes he saw the best performance of the season while in the second half his side had a ‘recurrent’ mental block. But will the limit he was talking…

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Solskjaer edges nearer and nearer towards full time United job

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Man Utd caretaker manager following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho back in December, opinion was divided. The United faithful were ecstatic to have a club legend back at Old Trafford, but many neutrals argued that Solskjaer’s sole foray into management in England had been little short of disastrous. The Norwegian had been sacked from Cardiff following the Bluebirds’ relegation from the Premier League back in 2014, lasting just a few games into the Championship campaign before his dismissal. He returned to Molde –…

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Guardiola plans Gundogan renewal

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has indicated his desire to keep Ilkay Gundogan at the club beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next year. The Germany international refused to commit his future to the Citizens, admitting he could be tempted by challenges elsewhere when his current deal is finished. He did also imply that he is happy at the club, however – and so the former Barcelona boss is seemingly no closer to knowing whether to plan for life without Gundogan beyond next season’s climax or not.…

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Why fans should concentrate on supporting their teams the traditional way

It is not a common sight. You attend a football match generally to enjoy the entertainment on display, surrounded by hundreds or thousands – depending on the size of your club’s following – of like-minded individuals all gathering together to support and cheer on your team of choice. There are the usual matchday rituals, of course – and the walk to the stadium among a sea of shirts displaying your team’s colours always gets the hairs on the back of the neck to rise a little. When the game kicks…

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Ecstasy in Paris Has Luke Sure Solskjaer Will Get the Job

If it were up to Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would immediately be awarded the job at Old Trafford on a full-time basis. Shaw was speaking after what can only be described as pandemonium in Paris as Manchester United pulled off one of the great escapes and gave their supporters a night in France’s capital that they will never forget. The 23-year-old is ‘certain’ that Solskjaer will get the job and in all honesty, Shaw probably speaks for everyone in the footballing world. Few things convince the…

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Claudio Ranieri Has Struggled To Turn Fulham Around

Right around this time of year, we start to zero in on the race fo the Premier League title. This year that’s looking like a particularly fun race, with Liverpool and Manchester City in position to battle down the stretch, and Tottenham not entirely out of the picture yet. Not everything is about the top of the table, however, and looking toward the bottom there’s an interesting story beginning to develop. Early season hire Claudio Ranieri has struggled mightily to turn Fulham around, and with the Cottagers facing the very…

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Pochettino rules out move for Rossi as Italian looks to prove fitness

Following reports on Thursday linking Giuseppe Rossi with a move to Tottenham, Coach Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a move for the Italian-American in his weekly press conference. After being asked about the reports, Pochettino said: “There are many names that appear in every transfer window. I think he is another name to add on the list but it is only a rumour. We have not considered him.” The Spurs manager will be without star striker Harry Kane for up to 10 matches with an ankle injury, while Heung-Min Son will…

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The path Solskjaer followed to reach management of Manchester United

The playing career of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was highly successful, albeit after a slow start.  For five years he played in the lowly Norwegian leagues for Clausenengen, until close to his 22ndbirthday.  At that time, just prior to the start of 1995, he got the big move, which he waited patiently for, to Molde. In his first season with them, Solskjaer scored freely.  He developed a good strike partnership with Arild Stavrum.  Between them, they scored 36 Tippeligaen goals, 20 of which were Solskjaer’s.  The pair’s good form helped their…

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