Snodgrass continues to shine as Rhodes remains on the side lines

From Middlesbrough’s team in each of their five English Premier League games this season, there has been one notable absentee, Jordan Rhodes. The 25-year-old striker played an important role for Middlesbrough as they were promoted from the Championship last season, whereby after joining the club from Blackburn Rovers in January he scored six goals in 18 appearances. Despite that, so far this campaign Rhodes has yet to make a competitive appearance in any competition, since as well as being unused in the Premier League, he remained an unused substitute in…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Real Madrid to sign Newcastle player, former Arsenal target to depart to France

Real Madrid are ready to loan out players to Newcastle United in exchange for Moussa Sissoko, according to the Guardian. Los Blancos are keen on signing the France international, who is valued at £35 million by the Magpies, this summer. Real, who have turned attention to Sissoko after missing out on his compatriot Paul Pogba, are prepared to send youngsters Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente on season-long loans in the opposite direction. The Magpies, currently managed by former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez, have already signed Mo Diame, who could…

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La Liga clubs fight over unlikely Euro 2016 hero for Wales

Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu is a man-in-demand following his exploits for the Wales national team at Euro 2016. The 27-year-old shot to fame after scoring a goal following a Cruyff turn in the quarter-final victory over Belgium in the summer’s tournament. Robson-Kanu, who is a free agent after his contract with Championship club Reading City expired this summer, has reportedly attracted interests from some of the major clubs in Europe. Sky Sports (via Wales Online) reports that La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are involved in the pursuit to secure…

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Football fans are split on the FA’s latest rule change

Starting from next season, teams will be allowed to use a fourth substitute in extra-time in this season’s FA Cup from the quarter-final stage, according to the BBC. On Twitter, a bunch of football fans opposed the new rule: EFL Trophy with academy sides in it and a fourth sub for ET in latter stages of cup competitions… Destroying English football! — Lorch (@Lorch_tlg) 27 juli 2016 fourth sub allowed in fa cup ? geez what next drop back goalies — darren ferla (@dferla73) 27 juli 2016 Fourth sub in extra…

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Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star to play in the Championship

Championship club Reading have been linked with an audacious move for former Real Madrid and Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart. The veteran midfielder, who is currently signed to La Liga side Real Betis, is reportedly available in the transfer market after being told by Betis that he has no future with the club. Get Reading claims that informal discussions have already taken place between the former Dutch international and the Royals, and the player hasn’t ruled out a return to England. Reading’s newly appointed manager Jaap Stam has been…

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Arsenal targeting a quartet of new signings

Arsene Wenger is currently undertaking an intensify effort to strengthen his Arsenal squad ahead of the new season, as the club are being heavily linked with moves for a quartet of new players, according to the Independent. Wenger interested in defensive duo High on the French manager’s list of priorities this summer is to bolster his defensive options, which he is understood to be interested in doing by signing Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund. In order to sign the defensive duo, Wenger’s is willing to…

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Arsenal announced their new signing in an epic manner

Arsenal today announced their third signing of the summer transfer window. The Gunners reportedly completed the signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding earlier this week, and it was considered only a matter of time before they made their acquisition public. The North London now announced that they have signed the 20-year-old, and the manner they did it in was unprecedented. The Arsenal fans must be aware of the change in the direction club’s official Twitter has taken of late. Arsenal social media team nowadays never leave an opportunity to amuse their…

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Arsenal very close to securing second summer signing

Arsenal are very close to secure their second signing of the transfer window – Bolton Wanderers centre-back Rob Holding. The North London club’s interest in the 20-year-old first came to light in May, and since then they have maintained a close watch at the player’s situation at Bolton. Arsenal’s initial bid for the England Under-21 international was deemed too low by Bolton earlier in the transfer window. Now, according to the Bolton News, the Gunners have made an improved bid of around £2 million, which has been accepted by the Trotters.…

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Twitter couldn’t believe one player being on UEFA’s list of Europe’s best players

On Monday, the UEFA announced the 10-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe Award. As expected, some of the biggest names in football made it, but further down the list fans found one big surprise. The award is voted for by journalists from across Europe, who list their five best players of the 2015-2016 season. Lionel Messi won the first UEFA award in 2011 and also collected the trophy last year. The other winners are Andres Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribery (2013) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2014). The ten nominees, in alphabetical order, are:…

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The prolific Jordan Rhodes braced for debut season in the Premier League

Over the course of the last four seasons, one striker has scored far more prolifically in English football than any other. All Rhodes lead to goal From August 2012 until the present day, Jordan Rhodes has established himself as the leading goal-scorer in the top four divisions of English football by scoring 91 goals in 179 league games. The Middlesbrough striker’s career statistics are equally impressive with the 26-year-old averaging a goal every 1.94 league games, as he has scored 172 times in 334 appearances. After beginning his career with…

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Newcastle to demand staggering fee for Euro 2016 star

Newcastle have told potentoal suitors will have to come up with a staggering £35 million offer if they are to lure Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko away from St James’ Park, according to a report by talkSPORT. The Toon midfielder has gone on holiday after France’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final but will return to the Magpies later this month. Newcastle’s preference is to hold on to Sissoko, as Andros Townsend has already left after Crystal Palace activated the £13 million escape clause in his contract. Therefore,…

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Middlesbrough preparing for return to Premier League after seven year absence

Middlesbrough secured a return to the Premier League, following a seven year absence from the division, by finishing second in the Championship last season. Promotion winning season After drawing their last game of the season 1-1 with Brighton at the Riverside, Aitor Karanka’s side were automatically promoted ahead of their final day opponents on goal difference. The margin by which they were could scarcely have been finer, with Middlesbrough’s goal difference being just two superior to Brighton’s. Nevertheless, after occupying one of the top two spots throughout the season, Middlesbrough thoroughly…

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Gayle and Townsend trade the colour of their stripes

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace on a five year contract, with the Magpies winger Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction in a different deal. After joining Palace from Peterborough for £6m in July 2013, Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 games for the South London club. However the 25-year-old endured a frustrating 2015-16 season as he was only used sparingly by manager Alan Pardew, whereby Gayle started only 10 games and made the same number of substitute appearances. Nevertheless he still scored…

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Relegated trio progress preparations for Championship challenge

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are continuing preparations for a challenging season in the Championship. Whilst both Newcastle and Norwich have previous experience of playing in the division, Aston Villa do not and are set to compete outside the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987. Less lucrative life in the Championship The financial implications of doing so are quite severe due to the Premier League’s new £5 billion TV deal for the 2016-17 season,…

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Two staggering Euro 2016 stats about Norwich City and Joe Hart

The Brexit at Euro 2016 is almost complete, as England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland were all eliminated in the round of 16. That means only Wales remain in the tournament, but Gareth Bale and his fellow Welshmen are facing a strong Belgium side in the quarter-finals on Friday July 1. Belgium’s golden generation produced an extremely polished performance to beat Hungary 4-0 and breeze into the quarter finals of Euro 2016, where they will play the Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another…

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Newcastle land goalkeeper from Champions League sensation

Newcastle United are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side KAA Gent, according a report by Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The 24-year-old is reportedly set to undergo his medical tests at the club before signing a five-year contract with the Magpies. The transfer fee Newcastle will be paying is currently unknown, but it is said Gent rate their goalkeeper at £5 million. The Belgian side surprised the football world with a stellar run in the Champions League last season. They were able to qualify for the…

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Leicester offer star to Real Madrid, make bid for defender

Leicester City star N’Golo Kante has been offered to Real Madrid, according to Spanish source AS. The France international has a £ 19.8 million release clause and has been linked with a number of big clubs after impressing during the Foxes’ surprising Premier League title run. With another busy season ahead, the 25-year-old will bring further defensive cover to the team alongside Casemiro, who’s Real’s only true defensive midfielder. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been open with his praise for the France international, who joined Leicester from Ligue 1 side Caen…

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Championship Season Review – Reading, Rotherham, Sheff Wed, Wolves

Reading: 17th It was clear that Reading underachieved badly in 2014-15, so manager Steve Clarke quickly set about building a squad that would make a bid for the play-offs at the very least. Some high profile loan signings arrived including Chelsea starlet Lucas Piazon and Benfica’s Ola John, but it did not spark a flying start as results early on proved tough to come by. That was until the end of August, when something clicked and they were suddenly unplayable, wiping the floor with both Brentford and Ipswich Town in…

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Championship Season Review – MK Dons, Nott’m For, Preston, QPR

Milton Keynes Dons: 23rd (relegated) After knocking on the door for several seasons, MK Dons finally achieved promotion to the Championship in 2015, and having wiped the floor with many of the teams in the third tier it appeared as though they would have little trouble acclimatising to playing at the higher level. Some key players departed over the summer, but their absence was not felt initially as a resounding win at Rotherham United on opening day was not long followed by victory at home to Bolton Wanderers. However, things began…

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Championship Season Review – Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough

Hull City: 4th (promoted via play-offs) Manager Steve Bruce offered to resign after failing to keep Hull in the Premier League in 2015, but the club managed to convince him to stay on. That persuasion eventually paid off as the club returned to the top-flight at the first attempt by coming out on top in the play-offs. They were in the mix all season as a strong start immediately had them among the promotion contenders. The only early blemishes came in away defeats to Charlton Athletic and fellow pace setters…

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Championship Season Review – Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Charlton Athletic: 22nd (relegated) A season which began in encouraging fashion soon became one to forget as Charlton descended into turmoil, suffering relegation to the third tier after four seasons back in the Championship. It was never in doubt once the downward spiral began, with results on the pitch eventually marred by the sheer weight of protests towards the club’s Belgian owners. After a mid-table finish in 2015 there was optimism around in South London and that was enhanced by an opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers. Further positive results…

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Championship Season Review – Brighton & HA, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff

Brighton & HA: 3rd In almost any other season, 89 points would be more than enough to win automatic promotion, and comfortably at that. For that reason Brighton can consider themselves massively unlucky not to have secured top-flight football for the first time since 1983, with a second chance in the play-offs having also failed to deliver the status befitting of their stadium, facilities and their fan base. There was clearly ability within a squad that had been added to by the signing of Israeli striker Tomer Hemed and left-back…

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Championship Season Review – Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Brentford

Birmingham City: 10th For the second year in a row, Birmingham City have finished 10th in the Championship, but the contrast between the two seasons is massive. In 2014-15 Gary Rowett took over a side that looked to be headed for relegation and galvanised them, whereas this time around they were very much in the play-off picture until fading away during the closing weeks as a strong home record deserted them. At the beginning the aim was to stay clear of danger and maybe push for another top half finish,…

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League Two Season Review 2015-16

They may have been plagued by off-field tribulations due to a tumultuous change of ownership, but throughout the 2015-16 season Northampton Town were a machine, powering past and reigning over all those who stood in their way. Having the look of a strong outfit from the start, they won the title at a canter and ended with a 24-match unbeaten run. Manager Chris Wilder had been managing in League Two for several seasons without being able to sustain a promotion bid, but this time his charges were unstoppable and he…

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