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Soccer-Top transfers in the Premier League
LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - List of major Premier Leaguetransfers ahead of the new season which starts on Aug. ...
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Soccer-Liverpool face devilish start to new season
By Toby Davis LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could find himself under pressure sooner than expected with a host of new signings to bed in and a devilish run of fixtures to kick off the new Premier League campaign. There were rumblings of discontent among supporters after the club finished last season in abject fashion with an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at Stoke City to end a dismal streak that dropped them out of Champions League contention. Rodgers came under heavy fire from a disgruntled fanbase, who questioned his credentials following a third trophyless season at the...
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Football - PREVIEW-Man City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment
Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League
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Football - PREVIEW-Cech arrival adds substance to Arsenal's style
Arsenal have again been cautious spenders in the transfer market but by recruiting Petr Cech, one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers, they have added some
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Soccer-Humble Bournemouth to stick to winning formula
By Michael Hann LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - True to their humble roots Bournemouth have resisted the temptation to mark their new-found Premier League status with a splurge of spending, sticking to their principles as they prepare to mix it with the big boys. Manager Eddie Howe's attack-minded 4-4-2 system could be vulnerable against the heavyweights of the top flight, but Bournemouth will surely earn friends with their playing style. Whether or not they can earn enough points is another matter, but Howe will keep faith with largely the same group of players who excelled last season.
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Soccer-Cech arrival adds substance to Arsenal's style
By Tom Hayward LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Arsenal have again been cautious spenders in the transfer market but by recruiting Petr Cech, one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers, they have added some defensive substance to compliment their attacking style. Back-to-back FA Cup victories ended a nine-year silverware drought, but Arsenal have not been relevant during the punishing grind of a 38-game Premier League title race for a number of years. The north London club have addressed a number of issues which have held them back since the trophy-laden early years of manager Arsene Wenger's reign came to an...
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Soccer-Premier League club-by-club preview
By Steve Tongue LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Club-by-club preview ahead of the start of the Premier League season on Aug. 8: ARSENAL Goalkeeper Petr Cech may be the only major signing but manager Arsene Wenger is confident that after retaining the FA Cup and moving up from fourth to third in the league last season, his team can make further progress. ASTON VILLA Having avoided relegation by only three points, manager Tim Sherwood must now do without departed top scorer Christian Benteke and England midfielder Fabian Delph.
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Football - PREVIEW-Humble Bournemouth to stick to winning formula
True to their humble roots Bournemouth have resisted the temptation to mark their new-found Premier League status with a splurge of spending, sticking to their
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Soccer-Man Utd bank on Schweinsteiger for midfield mongrel
By Ed Osmond LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The signing of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich was a massive statement of intent by Manchester United. Not since Roy Keane swaggered round the Old Trafford pitch from 1993-2005 have United had a midfield enforcer with the skill, power and strength of character to run the team. The 31-year-old Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner and serial trophy accumulator with Bayern, has all the attributes to emulate the charismatic Irishman.
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Football - PREVIEW-Man Utd bank on Schweinsteiger for midfield mongrel
The signing of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich was a massive statement of intent by Manchester United.
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Football - Premier League club-by-club preview
Club-by-club preview ahead of the start of the Premier League season on Aug.
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Football - PREVIEW-Chelsea must be more unpredictable, says Mourinho
Chelsea must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defence of the Premier League title they won in some comfort
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Football - PREVIEW-Predictable Premier League excitement begins
England's Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most exciting in world football but as it embarks on its 24th season on Aug.
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Saturday's gossip column
Man City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m deal, Barcelona have no plans of selling Pedro, Berbatov set for Villa, plus more.
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Manchester United unveil new home kit
Manchester United reveal their new home kit, the first of a record-breaking deal with Adidas worth £75m a year.
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Football - Sharp: I turned down Owls
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has revealed he twice turned down the chance to play for city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
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Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday, Aug 1
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday: - - - - OLYMPICS Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics KUALA LUMPUR - The snow will be fake, but the very real financial muscle China boasts proved decisive on Friday when Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. ...
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Soccer-Chelsea must be more unpredictable, says Mourinho
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Chelsea must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defence of the Premier League title they won in some comfort last season, said manager Jose Mourinho. The Stamford Bridge club finished eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City in May but Mourinho said his players had to continue to evolve and could not afford to simply stand still. "We are trying to add new qualities to our game to improve what we did in the past," the Portuguese told reporters during Chelsea's...
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Soccer-Predictable Premier League excitement begins
By Steve Tongue LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - England's Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most exciting in world football but as it embarks on its 24th season on Aug. 8 is it also becoming one of the most predictable? Last term only Newcastle United and Everton, both of whom dropped down the table, moved more than four places either way, while two of the three promoted clubs went straight back down. While the usual suspects are expected to contest the title, however, none of them have managed to win it for two years in a row since Manchester...
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Football - FACTBOX-Top transfers in the Premier League
List of major Premier League transfers ahead of the new season which starts on Aug.
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Soccer-Man City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment
By Martyn Herman LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League begins next weekend. Unless, of course, you support Manchester City who made the 20-year-old forward the most expensive English player in history when they paid a fee of up to 49 million pounds ($76.31 million)to end his increasingly toxic relationship with Liverpool. City have been relatively restrained during the transfer window but the signing of Sterling, described by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as the best young player in...
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Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli should move to Qatar, suggests Al-Arabi boss Gianfranco Zola
Al-Arabi head coach Gianfranco Zola believes that troubled Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli and free agent Antonio Cassano still have plenty to offer and urged the pair to come and join him Qatar.
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Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez hails impact of Gareth Bale in No 10 role
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez believes he is already seeing improvements under his stewardship, less than a month after meeting his new charges for the first time.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would have found solution to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal's awful run against him
Jose Mourinho has piled the pressure on Arsene Wenger, saying he would have found a solution to the Frenchman’s dreadful run against him by now. Wenger has not beaten Mourinho in 13 attempts.
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Gary Neville Q&A: Manchester United great takes part in his most revealing interview... as he admits Jack Wilshere's chant on the bus was the best thing he's seen in years
Gary Neville is a man of many talents: musician, hotelier, England coach and football pundit. The 40-year-old former right back was interviewed by Sport magazine and it was extremely revealing.
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