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GUARDIAN – Premier League pilgrims preaching to the converted in United States | Jamie Jackson

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have been in the United States this summer and demand among the public is high, providing an alternative to traditional American sportsCarlos Sepulveda is a 28-year-old LA Galaxy fan who has just watched his team suffer a 7-0 hiding by Manchester United at Pasadenas Rose Bowl.He paid $115 (67) to be one of an 86,432 crowd who were eager to watch what was, essentially, a meaningless friendly, though with tickets reaching a scarcely believable $433.59 the cheapest was $35 Sepulveda believes seeing Wayne Rooney and company compensated. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League 2014-15 statistical previews: Arsenal to Manchester City

In the first half of their season previews, WhoScored analyse Arsenal with Alexis Sánchez, Chelsea with Diego Costa and predict how Leicester and Burnley will fare in the top flight Having ended their barren run for a trophy with FA Cup glory back in May, Arsenal will now look to build on that and not endure another stint without domestic success. Fans debate whether the last decade has been a success for a club in their financial situation but Arsne Wenger is now competing with the transfer markets power-players. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester City face tough fight for Premier League title, says Manuel Pellegrini video

Speaking ahead of his side’s friendly on Wednesday against Liverpool, coach Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City face tough competition this season following other clubs’ investments in new players. City signed Brazil midfielder Fernando, former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna and ex-Málaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero for a total of £18m. Liverpool have spent a reported £100m Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool delighted to sign Divock Origi, says Brendan Rogers video

Speaking in New York, Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rogers says the club’s move to sign Belgian striker Divock Origi from Lille for £10m was a great decision. He also describes the recent withdrawal of talks to sign French striker Loïc Rémy from QPR as unfortunate. He says the team will not play any differently without forward Luis Suárez. Rogers says Liverpool’s training in the US has been positive Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Wilfried Bony to Tottenham?

The last transfer tattle of July aims to go out on a highMauricio Pochettino may not have been here before, but Tottenham have. This time last year it was Andr Villas-Boas wondering whether or not anyone on his transfer wish-list would make that small but important leap from being a rumoured target to a real-life-bonafide-holding-the-shiny-shirt signing.Then again, this time last year AVB was also still insisting that Gareth Bale was going to remain a Spurs player while the Welsh wizard was busy trying to become Cristiano Ronaldos best friend and learning how to spell galctico. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Harry Redknapp baffled by reports of QPRs Loîc Rémy failing medical

QPR manager says French striker has never had fitness issues Redknapp says Rémy will be welcomed back to Loftus RoadHarry Redknapp has refuted claims that Loc Rmys transfer to Liverpool broke down because of a failed medical, adding he will welcome the French striker back to QPR.Rmys was closing in on a 8.5m move to Anfield, only for last seasons Premier League runners-up to pull out of the deal amid reports of fitness problems for the 27-year-old, who scored 14 goals in 31 appearances while on loan at Newcastle last term. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Dejan Lovren looks ahead to Liverpool career – video

Following his signing on Sunday, former Southampton defender Dejan Lovren says his contract with Liverpool is a dream come true. He adds that he sees Liverpool as more than a club, praising the atmosphere at Anfield. He also says he will work as hard as he can because the fans deserve 100 per cent. Liverpool signed Lovren for a reported £20m Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Football transfer rumours: Douglas Costa on his way to Arsenal?

Todays tattle can wipe away the Monday morning bluesAs the Mill sits alone this fine Monday morning, without a soul it sight at Guardian Towers, and having quickly Googled famous quotes about solitude and decided that it doesnt really like any of them, it simply decides it is quite pleasant.The Mill also gets the feeling it can empathise with Southampton and their new manager Ronald Koeman. Reports that the big green Liver Bird is about free itself from its shackles, swoop down to the south coast and swallow up the Saints in one fell gulp are wide of the mark, but Brendan Rodgers is poised to reach into his pockets again and stump up some cold hard cash for Jay Rodriguez, just minutes after completing the 20m signing of Dejan Lovren. According to Psalm 149:1, the collective noun for a group of Saints is a congregation, and that is certainly what congregating at Anfield, with Rodriguez only adding to it, leaving nothing but a big ball of tumbleweed staring Koeman straight in the face. Rodriguez, lest we forget, is injured which is why he was not riding the pine for England at the World Cup, but that is not going to put Rodgers off. Economies of scale dictate that he will also have Southamptons kit man, two turnstiles and a set of corner flags. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool train before Olympiakos match in Chicago video

Liverpool prepare for their Sunday match against the Greek champions Olympiakos at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, home of the Chicago Bears American Football team. Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert are both present at the session although midfielder Adam Lallana is absent following a knee injury. This is Liverpool’s first Pool B match of the Guinness International Champions Cup Continue reading…

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