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Liverpool FC: Transfer Signing and Rumours this Transfer Window

The winter transfer window is never the busiest one, but some clubs do beef-up their options in the areas that they?ve identified weak links in their sides through the first half of the season. It often takes January signings a while to settle in, and they often don?t perform at their optimum levels while they get used to the physicality and busy fixture list in the UK. Many of the big clubs have struggled in one position or another and…
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The FIFA presidential candidates

The five candidates vying for the votes of the 209 national football associations in the contest due to take place on February 26 in Zurich are surely the most impressively named candidates for any election ever: Gianni Infantino, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale. On this page we briefly evaluate their campaigns, chances of success and public pledges of support. A candidate needs a two third majority of voters to win in…
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5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise

Taking on the role of manager of a top flight football club is a precarious task to say the least. Even the most respected managers can get it wrong, while the incompetent can be sacked in the blink of an eye. While some managers seem to have what it takes to turn a team around and keep it successful, here's 5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise to both fans and pundits alike. 1. Paolo di Canio…
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Why January transfer window spending may go through the roof

The January transfer window opened on Saturday for clubs in England, Scotland, Germany and France with expectations of a high spending round dependent on early sales to set the merry-go-round in motion. Transfer windows open today in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with Turkey following tomorrow and Ireland on Thursday. Switzerland’s window doesn’t open until the 16th, Poland’s on the 18th and Romania’s not until the 26th. Premier League clubs have until 11pm on February 1st to complete their…
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Why Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world

For almost ten years now, the question about the best player in the world has had one of two answers: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. If you round up 100 football fans and ask them who they view as football's best player, 50 would say Ronaldo while the other 50 would say Messi. While the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Neymar have all cut the gap between themselves and the top two, it's still hard to make an…
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Championship clubs suffering increasing debt threat

Whilst Premier League sides continue to thrive by pulling in huge amounts of revenue each and every season thanks to ticket sales, lucrative television deals and merchandising, things aren’t quite as rosy in the finance departments of many teams in the lower tiers of English football. Accumulated debt in the Championship reached a staggering £1.1 billion last season, nearly double the amount England’s second division currently generates in revenue, so what gives? Despite pulling in £646.4 million in revenue this…
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How embedded is football sports betting in the Premier League?

Whilst Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says the Premier League will not accept a betting partner and against the background of horseracing’s move to banish betting companies who don’t contribute to the sport, we look at how fully embedded sports betting sites are in the Premier League. The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act which came into force a year ago requires gambling operators that provide facilities for remote gambling or advertise to consumers in Britain to obtain a licence from the…
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