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Transfer Balls: Manchester City Take Vow Of Silence On Fabregas Move

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TRANSFER Balls update: The Daily Fabregas has news on the Barcelona star:

On June 1, the Daily Telegraph told readers:

Spain international will be allowed leave the Nou Camp with Manchester City now clear favourites to land the midfielder

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Tom Cleverley Trying To Board The England Team Plane

MANCHESTER United Balls: Tom Cleverley trying to board the England team plane

Just a joke, of course. And a funnier one than would-be Norman Wisdom impersonator Simon Brodkin being dragged away by the suits:

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Adam Lallana Signs For Liverpool For £10m Less Than Southampton Demand

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Adam Lallana heading out of Southampton? Where is he going?  Let’s see what the newspaper experts have been reporting the summer so far?

First up, Lalllana was Manchester United bound. And he was better than Arsenal’s young English star. So said the local Manchester newspaper.

March 6, Manchester Evening News: “Better than Wilshere: Why United are right to target Lallana”

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Trigger That Fabregas £175m Release Clause

WHEN Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal For Barcelona, the Daily Mail said his contract contract had a £130m buy-out clause.  The BBC said that was rubbish – the clause was worth £175m.

The Telegraph told readers:

While Barcelona believe the deal is worth no more than €40 million (£35 million), Arsenal value the transfer at almost £40 million after Fabregas agreed to waive a £4 million loyalty bonus.

We also learnt:

Arsenal will receive €14.5 million up front, with another €14.5 million to be paid in October. A further €1 million will be released for each year of a contract that lasts until 2016.

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Remy Dreams Of Chelsea But Signs For Arsenal

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TRANSFER Balls: A look at how the media experts have been reporting on QPR’s Loic Remy. As ever, the aim of the desperate Press is to link every player with every top club:

May 25, Daily Mail:

Arsenal and Liverpool target Loic Remy can leave for £8m, says QPR boss Harry Redknapp

May 27, Daily Express:

I’m dreaming of Chelsea! Loic Remy ready to snub Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs for Blues

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The 14 Grandest, Corniest And Most Overblown Moments From FIFA World Cup Films

WITH the play-offs and European finals out of the way, it’s full-on World Cup season in the media.

 

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The BBC has hit the ground running, with its toy-pundit trails, and is now screening the official FIFA World Cup Films – from 1930, when the refs wore suits, to the modern era when they became more famous than some of the players. See them here

In their day, these were the best available record of the tournaments. They were filmed using state-of- the-art cinema cameras and even given theatrical releases.

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Fabregas Rejoins Arsenal Who Then Sell Him To Liverpool To Spite Manchester City

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TRANSFER Balls looks at Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas’ summer in the news media. Can he fill space to deadline? What utter balls can he news media say of the player?

May 19, Daily Mail:

Fabregas’ suitors have already been told that it will take £45million to get him…

May 21, Indy:

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United, Arsenal Get Juve’s Alexis Sanchez As Liverpool Prepare Bid

TRANSFER Balls: The contest in the national Press is to link every big English team with Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.

Daily Star:

Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd target Alexis Sanchez

October 2013, Daily Star:

SNAPPED: Barcelona ace Alexis Sanchez dons a Manchester United shirt! ALEXIS SANCHEZ is pictured for the first time in a Manchester United shirt – but it’s only a Starsport impression!

May 10, Daily Mirror:

Wenger has been tipped off the Chile international will be sold this summer and is set for a £20million tug-of-war with Juventus

May 11, Daily Mail:

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Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Real Madrid Balls: Find Out Who Ronaldo Dedicates His Goals To

REAL Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the subject of the Sun’s story:

Ronaldo: Every goal is dedicated to my dad

Really? Because in the past we have read…

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Miranda In Time For A Deadline

TRANSFER Balls: Have Manchester United signed Miranda? The Daily Mail says they have:

United trigger £24m release clause for Miranda, as reports in Spain say Atletico defender has agreed four-year deal and is looking at schools.

Or as the Mail’s Ian Ladyman puts it on twitter:

The #MUFC Miranda link would appear to be a load of old guff. Another one for the cutting room floor.

That would be the cutting room floor where the Mail sources its scoops?

Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Political Footballers: When Desperate Leaders Use The National Game To Touch The Common Man

ALEX Salmond is the latest politician to succumb to the temptation to pose in public with a football, and, with the sad inevitability of England conceding an injury-time winner, he is the latest to be reminded that the effects are rarely edifying.

 

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The SNP leader was not in fact smacked in the face by a stray shot. He was playing head tennis with Scotland under-21 midfielder Kenny McLean.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Hated Malcolm Glazer Dies A Buccaneers Hero

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MANCHESTER United owner Malcolm Glazer has died. he was 85. On the club’s website there is not a word on the man who oversaw five league titles and Champions’ League triumph. But on the website of another club he owns, the Tampa bay Buccaneers, there is a eulogy:

Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Buccaneers since 1995, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85…A pioneering thinker, Glazer rebuilt the Buccaneers into a model franchise and a Super Bowl winner [see above photo].

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Southampton Balls: Murat Yakin Admires You For Admiring Murat Yakin

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MURAT Yakin could be the next manager of Southampton FC. The Swiss man about town might be the vainest man in football.

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Mauricio Pochettino Totally Looks Like This Naked Male Model

BEST of luck luck Mauricio Pochettino, new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. As Danny Kelly advises, “If Daniel Levy drives you mad, you can always go back to the modelling!”

 

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United And Arsenal Make Fabregas Hungry

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TRANSFER Balls: Today we look at how the Press have been talking about Cesc Fabregas.

May 19, Daily Mail:

Fabregas’ suitors have already been told that it will take £45million to get him…

May 21, Indy:

Speculation over midfielder leaving Barcelona fuelled as star is left out of club’s kit launch

May 22, Telegraph:

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: It’s 25 Years Ago Since The Catharsis At Anfield (And I Was There. Were You?)

ON May 26, 1989, Arsenal did it. After years of nothingness but huff and puff and plod and dreariness and disappointment and hope, they won the league. On the last day of the season. With pretty much the last kick of the last game. On a Friday night. In Liverpool. And I was there.

Nothing beats watching your team win against all the odds and then remembering “I was there”.

 

 

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It’s up for grabs now…!

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Buy Benzema On A Wenger Whisper

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THE Daily Star’s Colin Harvey says “Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger drops MASSIVE hint about imminent Karim Benzema bid”.

Because if there is one thing we know about Wenger it is that always hints about players he is going to buy. This is the man who told us:

“I read some transfer rumours in the newspapers and they are all wrong. All of them. So you do not even need to ask me one name – they are all wrong.”

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Posted: 26th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Schweinsteiger Becomes Manchester United’s Fourth Bayern Munich Capture

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HOT on the heels of Mike McGrath’s scoop that Bayern Munich were keen to sell Arjen Robben to Manchester United (no, they’re not), comes today’s Sun sensation:

LOUIS VAN GAAL will turn to Bastian Schweinsteiger to kick-start his Manchester United revolution.

That’s the Bayern Munich star, who will leave the best side in his native Germany to play for an English team that failed to reach the Champions’ League. Wow! Go on:

Van Gaal has given his new club a list of targets including the German as he looks to raid Bayern Munich.

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Posted: 25th, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Robben Follows Kroos To Manchester United On A Golden Turd

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IT’S too early award the Golden Turd Cup for the most bullshit transfer story of the season. But the Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler is going to be a hard scribe to beat. On May 21, Wheeler announced that Manchester United had signed Toni Kroos and were in for his Bayern Munich teammate Arjen Robben:

 

 

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Posted: 24th, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR Fans Outside Loftus Road With Their Tickets For The Match Against Chelsea In 1970

QPR V Chelsea on February 15 1970:

A group of youths outside Loftus Road, the Queens Park Rangers football ground in London, with their tickets for the match against Chelsea.

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Posted: 24th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Toni Kroos Snubs Manchester United After Signing For Them

WHAT really happened with the Toni Kroos to Manchester United story?

Today the Sun says that the Bayern Munich star has “snubbed” Manchester United:

 

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So. Kroos turned down United.

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Posted: 23rd, May 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Diego Costa Joins Chelsea For £80m And Lukaku Scratches His Head

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TRANSFER Balls: Anorak’s seasonal look at the bilge and to-deadline guesswork passing for news in the mainstream media. Today the Telegraph reports:

Chelsea are already hopeful of signing the Atlético striker Diego Costa

Indeed, as the Tele reported on April 15th:

Chelsea closing in on £80 million Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa

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Posted: 23rd, May 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0