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  1. Premier League Performance of the Week: Robbie Keane

    by , 25th January 2012 at 02:31 PM (11v11 blog)
    This week's Performance of the Week goes to Robbie Keane (Aston Villa) at Wolverhampton Wanderers
    In a month that has been enriched by remarkable player comebacks, it was almost inevitable that Robbie Keane would play a significant part on his return to the home of his first club.
    It is 14 years and £70 million in transfer fees since he marked his debut for Wolves with two goals against Norwich City.
    On loan from LA Galaxy, Robbie’s two-goal match-winning salvo means he has become the seventh player to score for six different clubs in the Premier League joining Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Craig Bellamy, Peter Crouch, Nicky Barmby and Marcus Bent.
    The Republic of Ireland international insisted that the respect and gratitude he feels towards Wolves meant he ...
  2. Premier League Goal of the Week: Gareth Bale's goal against Manchester City

    by , 25th January 2012 at 02:25 PM (11v11 blog)
    This week's goal of the week surprisingly goes to Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) for his goal at Manchester City.

    Due to Mario Balotelli’s last gasp penalty and Jermain Defoe being unable to convert the glaring chance that Wales star had set-up, Gareth Bale’s top quality strike in the clash at the Etihad Stadium was in vain.

    Nonetheless, his clinical finish from the edge of the box was of such high calibre that Sunday newspaper transfer speculation of a £150 million price tag seem a little less far fetched.

    Gareth Bale was named earlier in the week as the only Premier League player to be selected in the UEFA team of 2011.
  3. Premier League and Football League transfers 17-23 January 2012

    by , 24th January 2012 at 08:53 PM (11v11 blog)
    With a week to go before the January Transfer Window closes, it's still relatively calm before the storm of the frantic final day.
    However, there's still plenty to mull over in this week's transfer list.

    Date Player From To Type
    20/01/2012 AIREY, Phil Newcastle United Gateshead Loan
    17/01/2012 ANDERSON, Russell Derby County Aberdeen Free
  4. Premier League and Football League suspensions weekend of 21 January

    by , 21st January 2012 at 11:26 AM (11v11 blog)
    Apologies for the slight delay in this week's entry, but here are the details of the current suspensions relating to the Premier League and Football League clubs.

    Start Date Player Club Term
    01/01/2012 JOLLEY,Christian AFC Wimbledon Three Match Ban (02/01,14/01,21/01)
    15/01/2012 YAKUBU,Ayegbeni Blackburn Rovers Three Match Ban (21/01,01/02,04/02)
  5. Premier League Preview Stats 21-22 January 2012

    by , 18th January 2012 at 09:09 AM (11v11 blog)
    Barclays Premier League
    21 -22 January 2012

    Saturday 21 January

    Bolton Wanderers

    • Liverpool have won all of their last ten meetings with Bolton Wanderers (all Premier League).
    • Bolton Wanderers have lost 15 games in the Premier League this season, one less than the whole of last season.
    • Liverpool have lost only two of their last 21 games in all competitions.

    Blackburn Rovers

    • Everton have won four of the last six Premier League encounters with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.
    • Everton have not scored in the first-half of their last ten Premier League games.
    • Blackburn Rovers have failed to go on to win any of the last 17 Premier League games when they have been level at half-time.
  6. Premier League Performance of the Week: Swansea City

    by , 17th January 2012 at 11:58 PM (11v11 blog)
    Swansea City are awarded our performance of the week for their 3-2 win against Arsenal

    • Nine years ago to the day, Arsenal sat top of the Premier League as they chased a third Premier League title under Arsene Wenger. By stark contrast, Swansea City were six points adrift at the foot of the Football League, staring into a non-league abyss.
    • The perceived wisdom has been that the only way for a Premier League newcomer to beat Arsenal would be through strong-arm tactics. Far from getting into their collective face, Brendon Rodgers’ Swans played and beat the Gunners at their own game to become the new pass masters.
    • In a game that was identified by one newspaper as ‘Strictly come passing’, figures showed that Swansea made 526 passes during the thrilling 90 minutes compared
  7. Premier League Goal of the Week: Paul Scholes v Bolton Wanderers

    by , 17th January 2012 at 11:53 PM (11v11 blog)
    Our goal of the week is Paul Scholes' v Bolton Wanderers

    • Paul Scholes provided one of the season's most unexpected twists when he came out of retirement to play in the FA Cup win against Manchester City last week and completed his fairytale return when he scored the crucial opener against Bolton Wanderers in first-half stoppage time - his first senior goal since August 2010.
    • It was his 151st goal for United (in his 678th appearance) moving him into the club’s top ten all-time scorers above Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
    • Having already missed a penalty, Wayne Rooney played an integral role when the deadlock finally was broken. An incisive run and one-two from Nani opened up space in the box, before his lay-off found Rooney who slide the ball across goal, and Scholes took
  8. Premier League and Football League transfers 10 - 16 January 2012

    by , 17th January 2012 at 04:06 PM (11v11 blog)
    It maybe cold outside but the January Transfer Window has got a little hotter following the completion of Gary Cahill's protracted move from Bolton Wanderers to Chelsea.
    Here's our summary of the transactions that have been completed in the last week.

    Date Player Club from Club to Fee
    10/01/2012 ALLAN, Scott Dundee United West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed
  9. Trust in Pompey

    by , 16th January 2012 at 10:51 AM (11v11 blog)
    The future of Portsmouth has once more been thrown into doubt after the Championship club’s owner and his business partner were arrested in London in November after Lithuanian authorities issued extradition warrants.
    Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas appeared in court in connection with the alleged asset stripping of Snoras Bank in Lithuania.
    Both were bailed by magistrates in Westminster last month with a preliminary hearing set for March and a longer case scheduled for May.
    Whatever the outcome, it all signals another uncertain year for the club which became the first Premier League member to enter administration in February 2010.
    In the aftermath of such recent financial traumas, Dan Brett from the Independent Portsmouth FC site wonders if ...

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 10:57 AM by 11v11 (Change title and add link)

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  10. Spurs hit four-figure mark

    by , 16th January 2012 at 10:28 AM (11v11 blog)
    After their best start to a league season since their famous double-winning side of 1960-61, Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions were dented on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.
    The goal that denied Spurs another three-point reward also meant they have become the first club to concede a total of 1,000 goals in the history of the Premier League.
    The current top ten of all-time Premier League goals conceded is, as follows

    Club Total goals
    Tottenham Hotspur 1,000
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