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Hard times force new equality on the Premier League's economic miracle

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by theguardian.com

John Terry reacts after Aston Villa's James Collins headed the winner at Villa Park in October. The question we all dread from foreign visitors to these islands is: "What does Britain actually do?" All we can say is that we surge into cities on overcrowded trains and then disperse mysteriously, pointlessly invade far-off countries and talk an awful lot about the Premier League. England's highe...Full Story »

David James wants reunion with Harry Redknapp at Tottenham

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by theguardian.com

Calling Harry? David James may be heading for Spurs. Photograph: Allstar David James has said he welcome a move next month from Portsmouth to Tottenham Hotspur, where he would be reunited with Harry Redknapp. The goalkeeper is a target for the Spurs manager, under whom he had a successful spell at Portsmouth, and believes the transfer would strengthen his hopes of going to next summer's World ...Full Story »

Man City 2 - 0 Stoke

Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009 by BBC.com

Mancini (left) celebrates the first goal of his reign with assistant boss Brian Kidd Roberto Mancini calmed the turbulence around Eastlands as he started his reign as Manchester City manager with a comfortable victory against Stoke City. Mancini was warmly greeted by City's fans after taking charge following the controversial sacking of Mark Hughes - and his opening victory will have been gree...Full Story »

RSL end magical season with MLS Cup

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by MLSnet.com

Salt Lake caps move to top by winning first Anschutz Trophy Once they claimed the 2009 MLS Cup as their own, Real Salt Lake came full circle during a sometimes turbulent season.RSL went from a team touted as one of the top Western Conference teams in the preseason to a group seemingly on the verge of not even making the playoffs in just a few months. When Real finally put together an amazing ...Full Story »

Five big questions for Real Salt Lake

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by MLSnet.com

With the 2009 season in the rearview mirror, here are the answers to some of the biggest questions surrounding Real Salt Lake as the club prepares for 2010:WHAT DO REAL NEED TO DO TO DEFEND THEIR 2009 MLS CUP TITLE? Simply put, Real Salt Lake must find a way to duplicate their newfound ability to win away from Rio Tinto Stadium. Once RSL overcame continued road game struggles in the playoffs,...Full Story »

Keith Andrews: 'We should have walked away and let everyone resent the French team'

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by The Independent

Left in tears by Henry's infamous handball, written off as a lightweight at Blackburn, Keith Andrews has come through a tough 2009. He tells Ian Herbert he's confident the dark clouds will clear next year. Keith Andrews is sitting in his club's education facility examining a Plasticine model of himself – and given the way his emotions have been stretched this way and that across the cours...Full Story »

Talent 2010: The sportsman, Jack Wilshere

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by The Independent

Not the least remarkable fact about Jack Wilshere is that his first name is not Jacques or Juan. This is because the 17-year-old is not only a rare English football talent but is also seen as potentially a vital force in the future of Arsenal, the club who frequently send out a team minus a single native-born player. Club manager Arsène Wenger has already displayed extreme enthusiasm for...Full Story »

Wenger relishing Gunners title challenge

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by FIFA.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has been at the Gunners helm for 13 years, believes his side is in great shape for a Premier League title challenge despite a trophyless four years. Arsenal have not won anything since the 2005 FA Cup triumph against Manchester United, by far the longest barren spell since the Frenchman arrived in 1996. "The last four years have been the most challenging," adm...Full Story »

Mancini: City lack winners' mentality

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by The Independent

Robinho singled out as key to club's success as new manager echoes targets set by Hughes and attitude of Eriksson "For the amount of time they've been in the top tier of football they [Manchester City]should have won more trophies. We are trying to change the mentality of everyone here and that takes time." Mark Hughes. March 12, 2009 "We want to arrive on top – because of this we mu...Full Story »

Football: The top 20 European January transfer targets

Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 by theguardian.com

1/20Sergio Aguero (Atlético Madrid)Interested Chelsea, Man City, Man UtdPotential fee £50mLinked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January, the Argentinian staked his claim for a Premier League move by scoring twice against Chelsea in November Photograph:Getty Images 2 / 20Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan)Interesting Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Birmingham, TottenhamPotential f...Full Story »

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