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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to swoop for Edinson Cavani?

Todays tittle-tattle is wearing tweedAh, the Glorious Twelfth! As you have no doubt been made aware by all the newspaper pull-outs, today marks the start of the season. The grouse-hunting season, that is, when certain people have willow ptarmigan for lunch every day and the perfect excuse to ramble around with loaded guns. So be careful, readers, this is no time to go drinking uninvited in moorland. Stick to the streets for a few months.Or the trains. Because in a few days the Premier League season kicks offs and that, following last weekends start to lower league campaigns, marks the beginning in earnest of the mass drinking on trains season. So heres to nine months of cracking open the first can at 8.30am, getting 17 trips to the toilet in before the first delay for engineering works, pulling into the station six minutes before kick-off, paying a taxi fare and oops! the 50 soiling charge to get to the stadium on time, belting out the same sweary anthems your lot have been singing for the last 35 years, then trudging back to the station with another bag of cans, a clutch of chips and hazy memories of the days events. Result! Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League 2014-15 preview: 11 things to look out for this season

From 5-3-2 tactics and touchline doctors to the battle of the pundits, the sack race and some choice new third kitsThis seasons must-have tactical look involves three cultured centre-backs, a packed midfield and a nifty playmaker. Its an effective set-up, if the players get it, and if the wing-backs are tireless. Pioneered by Carlos Bilardos 1986 Argentina, it was tried by Liverpool and Hull last season, and is set to be rolled out at a string of clubs this season, including Louis van Gaals Manchester United, Ronald Koemans Southampton, Alan Irvines West Brom and Harry Redknapps QPR. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Aston Villa sign left-back Aly Cissokho from Valencia

26-year-old joins Aston Villa subject to international clearance Cissokho spent last season on loan at LiverpoolAston Villa have announced the signing of the French defender Aly Cissokho from Valencia, subject to international clearance.The 26-year-old left-back, who spent last season on loan at Liverpool, has agreed a four-year deal with Paul Lamberts side. Continue reading…

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