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    Arsenal confirm talks underway over new deal for Robin van Persie

    Arsenal confirm talks underway over new deal for Robin van Persie • Forward has 18 months left on his current contract • Arsène Wenger: 'I'm confident he'll sign a new deal' Arsenal have opened negotiations with Robin van Persie over extending his contract, Arsène Wenger has confirmed. Van...
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    Arsenal vs Swansea (Saturday 10 September 2011)

    Haven't done one of these for a while, but Calum's gone and got himself banned so I feel duty-bound. ---------------- TEAM NEWS Arsenal At the back Arsenal have had more bad news after it was reported that Thomas Vermaelen could be out for a matter of months having undergone surgery on his...
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    Football Manager 2012 Announced

    LONDON (August 11th, 2011) – Sports Interactive Ltd. & SEGA® Europe Ltd. today unveiled the latest version of their successful football management simulation series, Football Manager™ 2012. Planned to be in stores before Christmas, Football Manager 2012 will once again allow you to take charge...
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    A guide to Europe's football press

    For those of you who’ve been keeping tabs on the daily tittle-tattle, speculation and gossip which has been drip feeding football fans since the end of the season, you may have noticed the number of foreign sources to which news stories are attributed. Always eager to fill any gaps in the...
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    Norway: Blast near prime minister's office in Oslo

    A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings. Initial reports suggested Mr Stoltenberg was unharmed. At...
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    Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. are all massive twats: Discuss!

    News of the World axed by News International Sunday edition of Murdoch's tabloid to be last in the aftermath of political and commercial fallout from phone-hacking scandal News International announced on Thursday that it is closing the News of the World after this Sunday's edition, with no...
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    Just how fair is Michel Platini's financial fair-play ruling?

    Just how fair is Michel Platini's financial fair-play ruling? Uefa's well-intentioned new ruling on club spending may merely serve to help the rich get richer Michel Platini deserves great credit for pushing through Uefa's financial fair play rule, but will it have the desired effect...
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    England move above Brazil to fourth in Fifa rankings

    BBC Sport - England move above Brazil to fourth in Fifa rankings God knows why...
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    The Pivot Midfield: How to make it work in Football Manager 2011

    T H E P I V O T M I D F I E L D and how to make it work in Football Manager 2011 The ‘double pivot’ is a term used to describe a fluid partnership in midfield, where two players make attacking or defensive decisions in relation to each other’s movements. The simplest form of...
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    "A Football Revolution": The use of statistics in football

    A football revolution By Simon Kuper Every tiny aspect of a football match can now be recorded and scrutinised. FT Weekend Magazine commissioned artist Giles Revell to create a series of images of the recent Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United, using exclusive data...
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    Martin Jol confirmed as Fulham manager

    Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Maarten Jol as its new manager. Maarten joins Fulham on an initial two year contract with the Club having an option to extend for a further year. He will arrive at our Motspur Park training ground in advance of the players return...
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    European goal of the season: Vote now

    Last week we asked for your suggestions for European goal of the 2010-11 season (as well as making a few suggestions of our own) - might have forgotten to post a thread for that - Now it's your chance to choose which goal will join past winners Benjamin Huggel and Grafite as your No1 goal...
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    FAO: Computer Wizzes

    Let me tell you a little about my current dilemma. Basically, I slightly stupidly un-installed my wireless adapter (NETGEAR: WG111 v3 if that means anything to anyone) but when it WAS installed, the NETGEAR wireless wizard/programme never actually ran and my wireless network stuff came from...
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    The Secret Footballer: The FA has helped devalue its own Cup

    The Secret Footballer: The FA has helped devalue its own Cup Whether by hosting semi-finals at Wembley or pressuring Manchester United out in 2000 the game's so-called governing body has failed to protect its showcase event The FA Cup final used to be a major event on the calendar...
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    Millions paid in bribes for Qatar's 2022 World Cup votes, report claims

    Millions paid in bribes for Qatar's 2022 World Cup votes, report claims • Financial deals allegedly arranged in exchange for votes • Qatar strongly denies claims as 'entirely false' Qatar has denied allegations that it paid for World Cup votes. Qatar's controversial success in taking the...
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    The Secret Footballer: Why battle of Bernabéu sent me to bed cursing

    The Secret Footballer: Why battle of Bernabéu sent me to bed cursing What angered me was the way both sets of players, but particularly Barcelona's, kept hitting the ground Sergio Busquets of Barcelona, left, deserved the Oscar for his theatrical performance against Cristiano Ronaldo's Real...
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    Why FA and police must come down hard on disgusting chants and abuse.

    Like everyone else lucky enough to be at White Hart Lane last Wednesday night, I enjoyed the North London derby immensely. It was a mesmerising match between two fine attacking sides, played at a relentless pace in a rousing atmosphere and peppered with brilliant goals. But one thing spoilt it...
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    The Arsenal Thread

    Not the best time considering our season has just imploded. Again. But there's a thread for the other non-trophy winners; Chelsea and Liverpool - so why not Arsenal? The greatest team the world has ever seen. Discuss! (H)
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    Arsenal's failure to win trophies is not down to faint hearts

    Arsenal's failure to win trophies is not down to faint hearts The fallacy that only British players have spirit means Arsène Wenger's team are regarded as gutless Stuart Pearce epitomises the 'passion' that Arsenal are supposed to lack but even the most rousing display of passion is as much...
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    PFA Awards

    Gareth Bale is fourth Welshman to win PFA player of the year award • Tottenham winger follows Rush, Hughes and Giggs • Jack Wilshere wins young player of the year award Tottenham's Gareth Bale has been named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year. The 21-year-old beat six...
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