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Premier League Table Update

October 3rd 2013 19:28
Following Oct 1st's matches. This is how the Barclays Premier League table stands.

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Premier League Standings - Oct 1st

Arsenal currently top the table, with Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham filling the remaining Champion's League places. Chelsea are currently in 5th, the UEFA Cup position, while down at the bottom in the relegation zone are: Fulham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

There is a long way to go until the end of the season so it all could change.

Who Will Win Premier League 2013/14?

August 8th 2013 19:49
So the new season of the Barclays Premier League is about to kick off. But who is tipped for the top and who is tipped for the drop? We have the latest odds and favourites for the upcoming season.

Odds to win outright:
Man City 9/4
Chelsea 9/4
Man Utd 5/2
Arsenal 9/1
Liverpool 28/1
Tottenham 33/1
Everton 250/1
Newcastle 1000/1
West Brom 1500/1
Swansea 1500/1
West Ham 2000/1
Southampton 2000/1
Fulham 2000/1
Aston Villa 2000/1
Sunderland 2500/1
Stoke 3000/1
Norwich 4000/1
Cardiff 5000/1

Hull 7500/1
Crystal Palace 10000/1

So it looks like the three clubs who achieved promotion last year; Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City are tipped for the drop. And Manchester City as joint with Chelsea tipped for the trophy. But who will make the best start to the season? We will get a good idea as the season kicks off in two weeks time.

Manchester: Manchester City has hired Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager to replace the fired Roberto Mancini.

The 59-year-old Chilean has been courted for months by City following impressive spells in Spain with Villarreal and Malaga. He also coached Real Madrid but was dismissed after one season despite guiding the team to its then-record points total in La Liga.

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Pellegrini named as new Man City Boss
Pellegrini’s primary task will be to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester United. But he will also be expected to improve City’s record in the Champions League after two straight exits at the group stage under Mancini despite heavy spending by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners.

Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract and will begin his job on June 24.

David Beckham Australian Move Declined

November 16th 2012 14:17
David Beckham's representatives insist the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has "absolutely no plans to play in Australia" despite an insistence from Down Under that the former England captain has been in preliminary talks with A-League clubs.

Beckham signed a new two-year contract with the Galaxy in January but has previously had two loan spells with AC Milan in Major League Soccer off-seasons. And Football Federation Australia (FFA) released a statement in which it said it had been approached by the Beckham camp with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League.

A Beckham spokesman was quick to refute the claim, however, describing it as "rubbish" before adding in a statement: "There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player. There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia, David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy."
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That stance contradicts the signals emanating from Australia. The FFA statement read: "The approach from David Beckham's people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in stature on a global basis.

"Beckham is a superstar on the world stage and he would be another massive signing for the Hyundai A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono. But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage."

FFA chief executive David Gallop also told reporters in Australia: "It's wonderful that David Beckham is thinking about the A-League as a potential destination. Beckham is a superstar on the world stage and Australian audiences have loved his visits here with the LA Galaxy.

"He would be another massive signing for the A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono. There are many hoops to jump through and I must stress this approach remains at a very preliminary stage."

Perth Glory have already stated an interest in Beckham and Lyall Gormal, executive chairman of new A-League franchise Western Sydney Wanderers, said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star would have obvious commercial appeal.

He told Sky Sports News: "We haven't had formal or informal contact over this, but clearly we are aware of the iconic vale of David Beckham.

"Beckham is outstanding. We've seen him here before on a couple of occasions. There was an 80,000 sell-out at the Olympic Stadium and he was here with the Galaxy the year before last for a game against the Newcastle Jets. He would be a fantastic commodity to bring to Australia."

Terry Found Guilty of Racial Abuse

October 10th 2012 20:41
Ex-England man John Terry may have dodged the bullet in the high court, but today The FA have found the Chelsea man guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in that infamous game at Loftus Road last season. His punishment? A four-game ban, half the length of the one they dished out to Luis Suarez. Is this fair? I’m not so sure.

Oh, he’s also been fined £220,000, a pretty decent amount, even by footballer standards. Let the debate begin! (again).

Here’s the FA’s statement:

An Independent Regulatory Commission has today found a charge of misconduct against John Terry proven and has issued a suspension for a period of four matches and a fine of £220,000, pending appeal.

[Mr Terry was charged] on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3[2] in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011.

The decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission is as follows:

- Mr Terry be suspended from all domestic club football until such time as Chelsea’s First Team have completed four competitive matches

- Fined the sum of £220,000

- The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course. Mr Terry has the right to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.

Terry has 14 days to appeal.

Obviously, the major bone of contention – as mentioned previously – will be the fact that Suarez was given a ‘double scoop’, i.e, eight games in the cooler (plus a report into the incident) for what appears to be exactly the same offence on the surface. We await to hear the FA’s explanation of that little cookie with bated breath.

Team GB Denied By Senegal

July 27th 2012 13:17
Craig Bellamy's first-half goal for Great Britain was not enough as they started their London 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Stuart Pearce led Team GB into their first Olympic match in men's competition since 1960, naming 19-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland in goal with Ryan Giggs skippering the side as expected. And it was another of Britain's over-23 players, Bellamy, who opened the scoring, only to see Moussa Konate find an equaliser with eight minutes remaining

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London 2012: UAE 1-2 Uraguay

July 27th 2012 13:07
The UAE went down fighting against South American powerhouse Uruguay 1-2 in their Group A opening match of the London Olympics at the Old Trafford, Manchester, on Thursday.

UAE were the first to score through Ismael Mattar. However, Uruguay bounced back and netted through Gaston Ramirez and Nicolas Lodeiro to romp home. UAE will take on Great Britain at Wembley on July 29

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Giggs Critical Of Senegal Tackling

July 27th 2012 13:01
Ryan Giggs critical at Senegal’s tough tackling after Team GB kicked off their Olympic campaign with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The GB team battling against injuries, its captain is cautious about the whole situation “you don’t want anyone to get sent off but there were a few naughty challenges in there and a few of our lads are probably struggling for Sunday now which is disappointing when you only have 18 players to choose from

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West Ham Bid For Andy Carroll

July 27th 2012 12:55
Liverpool FC have confirmed that they have officially received an offer from West Ham for striker Andy Carroll.

The Hammers have submitted a bid to take the England international on a season-long loan with a view to signing him for £16million next summer

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The 26-year-old, who captained City to their first top-flight title since 1968 last season, said he was pleased to extend his stay at the Etihad.

'For me if you are good somewhere then there is no reason to look elsewhere,' he told the club's official website

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