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Everton in with a convincing 2-1 win over SWANSEA.the big man cavani was the first to break the dead lock.following him,perotti also scored a 62nd minute goal...swansea tried to comeback with a goal from khedira late in the game but it proved just consulation.the stats were following:

Possession

40% 60%(Everton)

Total Shots

10 7(Everton)

Shots On Target

5 4(Everton)

Corners

5 7(Everton)

Yellow Cards

0 1(Everton)

Cavani was voted the man of the match for his magnificant performance we were short on total shots..we will try to recover it

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Norwich City 0 - 3 Blackburn Rovers

G.Pazzini 27

D.Hoilett 74, 87

Man of the Match: G.Pazzini

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(Super sub Hoilett helped Blackburn get their season off to a flying start)

Blackburn Rovers got their season of to a dream start as they managed to grab a fantastic 3-0 victory away from home at Norwich. This was a game that saw both sides field a completely different eleven to what they did in their first pre-season friendly, with both managers trying to strengthen their teams in every possible way before today. The team sheets looked rather even, but in the end, it was a rather comfortable win for Hammond's side.

The match started poorly. The first shot didn't come until the 27th minute and it ended up being a goal. After sloppy defending from Norwich, the ball bounced around their six yard box and Pazzini found himself one yard away from goal with the ball at his feet - he wasn't going to miss that. Blackburn grabbed the initiative and lead 1-0.

One minute later, the same thing nearly happened again. Another low ball was crossed into the Norwich area by Reyes which caused a lot of confusion, but this time Sissoko stepped up and booted it clear.

These two chances were the best of a really dull half. As the referee blew his whistle, Blackburn Rovers went in to a rather happier dressing room than Norwich. Half-time score: Norwich 0-1 Blackburn Rovers.

The second half started with a lot more pace and determination. Three minutes after the interval, Helton was forced to make his first save. Gomis found himself clean through but was kept out be a great reflex save by the Brazilian goalkeeper.

In the 60th minute, Blackburn Rovers boss Josh Hammond released his super sub, Junior Hoilett. His first contribution to the game was a fantastic cross that flashed across the face of goal, a touch by any of the Rovers players would have seen the ball nestle in the back of the net.

After seeing his side miss a simple chance, Hoilett decided he would take matters into his own hands. The Canadian showed why he is rated so highly by his manager by using outstanding skill to dart past the defenders to find himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper to which he finished coolly. His celebration was immense. Norwich looked demoralised, but they were straight on the attack. Right from the kick off, they passed their way through Blackburn before Fernando released a verminous shot that cannoned of the crossbar. It was the right way to reply after conceding a goal.

One minute alter they were at it again, but Helton kept his cool and pulled of a great save.

But with three minutes to go, Hoilett made them pay for their missed chances. After another mix up in the defence he found himself staring down an open goal to which he poked the ball home - probably the easiest goal he will ever score.

In the last minute Blackburn had a chance to add insult to injury. A cross from deep left Sulejmani in acres of space, but the young Serbian failed to capitalise on it.

The match ended their. Moans rung around Carrow Road as the remaining Norwich fans left the stadium disappointed, but Hammond will say it was a well deserved win.

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(The travelling away fans were treated to a great victory by their side)

Possession

42% 58%

Total Shots

15 6

Shots On Target

6 5

Corners

6 8

Yellow Cards

0 1

Red Cards

0 0

Norwich City Yellow Cards: None

Norwich City Red Cards: None

Norwich City Injuries: Francisco Fernando - Bruised Thigh (Three days/19th April)

Blackburn Rovers Yellow cards: Ibrahim Afellay

Blackburn Rovers Red Cards: None

Blackburn Rovers Injuries: None

SKY Sports caught up with Blackburn Rovers boss Josh Hammond after the game to get his point of view on a huge victory for his side:

We started the season with a fantastic away victory. Looks like changing the tactics at the last minute helped. I originally was going to set my team up to focus it's play down the middle until I noticed that Norwich had weak full backs, so I tried to exploit that by playing a mixed playing style (Down the middle and down the wings) and that seemed to pay off.

Once again Pazzini found himself on the scoresheet, picking up from where he left off in pre-season, in addition to picking up another Man of the Match award.

I also decided that I was going to let Junior (David) Hoilett have a run around in the 60th minute which seemed to pay off as he grabbed the last two goals to seal the victory.I think Norwich were a little bit unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but it means that our defence did it's job well.

All in all a great game, we picked up no injuries or suspensions so we can field a strong team against Tottenham on Thursday.

We also caught up with young Canadian winger Hoilett to see what he had to say with his performance:

Yeah, you know, coming off the bench you know you always have something to prove and sometimes you can only do that by scoring goals. In this case a managed to get two and secure what turns out to be a great victory for us. If I can perform like this consistently then who knows, maybe I will make the first team but for now, the team are off to a winning start and that is the most important thing.

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Bolton lost 2-0 to Fulham, not much you can do against the likes of Alexis Sanchez.

Lets quickly move on and & I'm looking forwad to the Wolves game.

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LEICESTER SIGN CHILEAN INTERNATIONAL MATIAS CAMPOS TORO

The Foxes transferred Matías Campos Toro, an Chilean international defender aged 22, from the Spanish club Granada C.F.

"Toro" was loaned out by the spaniards to the Chilean giants Universidad Católica.

The young defender signed a contract for 4 seasons with the Foxes.

The Chilean that played also for Audax Italiano can play as a LB or LM.

His current SM rating is 85, rised this month +1.

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"Toro" playing for his national squad, Chile

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Sunderland 1 - 2 Wolverhampton

Man of The Match: Lukas Podolski (Wolverhampton)

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The german strikers decided the game

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Sunday 15 Apr 2012

Stadium: Stadium of Light (49,000)

Attendance: 37,894

Referee: Edo Trivkovic

The game started with the home team looking for the goal. But at 10 minutes the game changed: attacking by the wings, Wolves staring to grow in the game, specially with Amalfitano down the right side. At 34 minutes, Grosskreutz and at 40 he nearly scored. But at 43' Klose "rises above the defender and glances a header inside the far post!". After this, the wasn't more time left at the first half to Sunderland change the marker.

The game restarted 15 minutes later, and only 1 minute after it, Lukas Podolski (also from Germany), scored the 2-0. Wolvrhampton continued pressing Sunderland, but at 51 minutes, Bargfrede did 2-1, hoping to, at least, get a draw untill the end of the match. After this the game continued balanced, with both sides creating chances of goal, but the game continued 2-1 and Wolverhampton got their first win of the season.

Possession

43% x 57%

Total Shots

15 x 9

Shots on Target

4 x 5

Corners

8 x 7

Yellow Cards

1 x 0

Red Cards

0 x 0

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Nike Euro 2012 Kits

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Nike has unveiled the new kits for some of the European footballing giants, including five of the countries – Croatia, France, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal – who will take part in European football’s biggest national tournament this summer.

Two of Arsenal new boys have hit the posters for this advertising campaign. Robert Lewandowski represented Poland who is co-hosting the competition, and Yann M’Vila don the France home kit. The other 3 players who were featured in the poster are Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric.

The Gunners boss said both his players will feature in their next league game. Yann M’Vila made the bench in their first league match and came on to score a goal for Arsenal, while Lewandowski missed out in that fixture.

-Daily Junk (Issue #1)

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French Connection UK

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Franck Ribéry becomes the latest member to join the new stellar cast at the Emirates as Arsenal prepare to mount a serious contention for trophies. The Gunners have been firing blanks for the past seasons and it is apparent that the management and fans are keen to end that fate.

The board brought in new manager D Voked and promoted Arsene Wenger to the Director of Football at the start of the season. The London club also saw major changes to their squad as with many other teams in the new & unique English affair of The High Rollers League.

After a less than impressive performance at their first game against Liverpool, the club decided to bring in another French international footballer, Franck Ribéry. That brings the French signing tally up to 4, adding to the earlier signings of Karim Benzema, Yann M’Vila and Adil Rami. The other two French players already at the club are Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna.

This particular interesting trend of signing French players suggests that Wenger has overseen some of the transfers made by the club, due to his influence in France. Mr. Voked described the signing of Ribéry as a massive boost to the club. Arsenal fans are also delighted that their club signed one of the best French player of his generation.

New Signing Review

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Franck Ribéry, 29, French

Versatile Offensive Midfielder

170cm/62kg/SM Rating 95

The flying winger has a nickname ‘Ferraribery’ and it does not take a genius to figure out the Frenchman has immense pace. He primarily plays on the left wing, but occasionally slots into the middle and right flank. His speed, trickery and eye for goals make him a fearful sight for opposition defenders and goalkeeper. Franck Ribéry will have a huge role to play at Arsenal.

-BBSee (Issue #6)

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BRAZILIAN DEFENDER CALDEIRA ARRIVES AT LEICESTER

Leicester managed to get the signature of Brazilian defender

Rômulo Caldeira from Fiorentina.

Rômulo (24 years old), who plays as a right back or right midfielder, was tracked by Santos and some Argentine clubs. Signed with the Foxes for 3 seasons.

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Romulo in his former club's shirt: AC Fiorentina

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TERRIERS PREPARE FOR WAR OF THE ROSES

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It is the 'War of the Roses' tonight in Division 3 as Huddersfield travel to Oldham to battle for not only 3 points, but the pride of their county. Huddersfield will be battling for the white rose county of Yorkshire whilst Oldham will have the red rose county, Lancashire behind them.

Terriers manager, Murray Elphinstone said,

"We hope to build on our result on Saturday with another dominant display but this time I hope we take our chances. The strikers have been on fine form in training and the whole team is learning each other's game, and I'm starting to wonder if they have set up telepathic signals as they seem to be doing passing moves without looking at where their man is or communicating."

"Of course as well there is the pride of Yorkshire that we are battling for so I hope that we can get the 3 points as well as the bragging rights, even though it is two of the smaller teams in their respective counties, in my short time here I have learnt that these Yorkshire people will take any win against any Lancashire team."

Key Match-Ups

Shefki Kuqi vs John Boye

Oldham's main man up front had a tough game against Charlton on Saturday, so he will be hoping to correct that tonight and show his new manager what he is about and why he has been in England for so long. However Terriers defender John Boye will be looking to keep Kuqi quiet for a second game in a row. This will be no easy game for either of these men but one of them will come out on top.

Asier Illarramendi vs Oscar De Marcos

Asier is likely to take up a similar role as he did on Saturday playing just in behind Kuqi, which gave Oldham some attacking opportunities, but he didn't really perform to his normal high standards. He will likely be facing Oscar De Marcos who lined up as the holding man in front of his back 4 on Saturday, which allowed him to pick his passes and show of his skills. Again both of these men will not have an easy night, but Oscar will likely be the one coming out on top.

Olivas Kiko vs Arouna Kone

Oldham's main man in defence will be up against one of his toughest tests in the division tonight, Arouna Kone. Olivas wasn't really at the races on Saturday, but Oldham fans will hope he can keep Huddersfield's main striker quiet during the game. Arouna had a good first game for Huddersfield coming up with an assist, however he will be hoping to open up his goal scoring account tonight. Will be another tough test for both these men but it will likely be Olivas who is in for the hard night.

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Bodmer keeping pace with the world's best

Bodmer The Unsung Hero

It is common knowledge that Stoke has invested heavily in Frenchmen since Seth Lark's arrival, even beating out Arsenal in a few bids. As a result, in came players such as Jeremy Menez, Loic Remy and club record signing Olivier Giroud. Understandably, Lark was going to build the team around these three players, but ironically a Frenchman has outshone them all.

To his credit, Menez has put in many exciting performances down both flanks since his arrival, but Remy and Giroud have not settled in just yet. Instead it is Menez's former PSG teammate Mathieu Bodmer that has set Britannia alight.

Bodmer's performance against Man City was excellent. The midfielder gave the Citizens a big shock when he opened the scoring at the Eithad. Man City fired back however to register a big win, and it seemed like Bodmer's performance would be forgotten, despite being Stoke's best player that day.

Indeed it seemed that way when the midfielder was rested for a comfortable victory over Olympiacos. But in his next match against Norwich, the 1.90 m tall Bodmer's header was the difference between the Potters and Norwich City at the Britannia. This goal firmly placed him among the top scorers list, having scored both of his team's goals so far.

Yet Bodmer did not have the fanfare when he came to the Britannia. He came in on a free transfer after PSG said they showed no interest in providing him a long-term contract. And to the delight of the Stoke faithful, he has proved PSG wrong.

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Blackburn Rovers 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

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M.Valbuena 17, 83

Man of the Match: J.Reyes

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(Valbuena hits a brace as Blackburn stun Tottenham)

Blackburn Rovers proved last night that there is a whole lot more than meets the eye as they managed to surprise not only us, but Tottenham Hotspur as well, as Josh Hammond's men picked up a 3-0 victory.

In a pre-season interview, Hammond claimed that his squad would not be able to compete with the big boys, well it seems that he was wrong, and with Manchester City up next, Blackburn may be able to prove that it was not a fluke.

The match started at a fast tempo, which in all honesty, didn't suit Blackburn Rovers, but they managed to soak up some early pressure from Tottenham and hit them on the counter attack. In the 10th minute, José Antonio Reyes found himself one-on-one with a defender, but rather than try and take him on, he just knocked the ball out of his feet and curled in a magical shot from the edge of the area. Not even the fantastic Brad Friedel could reach that. The underdogs were in front, they led 1-0. The volume in the stadium increased phenomenally. It was deafening.

With the pace of the game increasing further, Blackburn struggled to time their challenges, Jérôme Boateng was cautioned because of this.

With a 1-0 lead you would of thought that the blue and whites would have sat back...But no. They wanted more, and in the 17th minute, they got it. Pazzini raced down the wing and delivered a fantastic cross to which Valbuena had to convert, and he did. It was a simple header for the Frenchman, but he didn't care, he was just pleased to get his first goal of the season. This fantasy was looking more and more like reality for the Rovers and boy, didn't their fans know it.

Josh Hammond's men continued to push forward and were so near to their third goal. A wonderful strike by Giampaolo Pazzini was pushed away by Brad Friedel.

Tottenham Hotspur had to respond to this dominance by the home team, which is what they tried to do.

Helton was forced into his first save of the match when David Villa burst through the defence, but the Brazilian was alert to the danger and managed to parry away the drive.

The lilywhites' frustrations grew, and you could tell. Mirko Vucinic was lucky to escape with only a yellow card as he took out Hubocan with a forearm to the face. The Montenegrin was a lucky man indeed.

That was about all the action in the first half as referee Michael Dean brought it to a close. It finished Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur .

The second half started of a similar pace to the first, with both teams having no time on the ball. It looked like the Blackburn players were trying to slow it down by creating fouls, to which it worked. However, it saw Afellay take a card for his troubles.

Reyes went in search for another goal, and he nearly got it. In the 52nd minute, Brad Friedel had to pull of a marvellous reflex save to deny to Spaniard. It quite simply had to be the save of the match.

Arruda Helton tried to match this two minutes later as he stopped Gareth Bale from pulling his side back into the game, but it was nowhere near the quality of Friedel's. But taking nothing away for Helton, it was a good save.

The game slowed down a bit as both teams began to tire. However this didn't stop Tottenham from creating the best chance of the half. A great shot by Pedro cannoned of the post and fell to the feet of William Gallas who somehow managed to put it wide in-front of an open goal. That could have been their last chance to get back into the game...And it was.

Just under twenty minutes later Blackburn Rovers got their third goal. Mathieu Valbuena managed to beat two defenders and slot home a great solo effort past the helpless Friedel. It was both his second goal of the evening and the season. This wrapped up a stunning game. The jubilant Rovers fans stayed for well over an hour after the game, singing, jumping, celebrating; for this, was a historic victory.

Full-time Result: Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur.

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(Loyal supporters celebrating after the game)

Possession

50% 50%

Total Shots

19 17

Shots On Target

7 5

Corners

6 3

Yellow Cards

3 1

Red Cards

0 0

Blackburn Rovers Yellow Cards: Jérôme Boateng, Tomás Hubocan, Ibrahim Afellay

Blackburn Rovers Red Cards: None

Blackburn Rovers Injuries: None

Tottenham Hotspur Yellow cards: Mirko Vucinic

Tottenham Hotspur Red Cards: None

Tottenham Hotspur Injuries: None

SKY Sports caught up with Blackburn Rovers boss Josh Hammond after the game to get his point of view on a surprising victory for his side:

I am staggered. The boys put in a huge load today and without a doubt, deserved the victory. We outplayed Tottenham and I am honestly the proudest manager on Earth at the moment. We got our tactics spot on tonight and I am just generally pleased with how the game has turned out.

It is great to see Valbuena settling into the team too. He had a great game against Norwich last week getting an assist and his performance tonight was just world class, he deserved it [his two goals].

But I mustn't take anything away form the team, they played fantastic as a unit. The defence once again was unbreakable, and they definately deserved the clean sheet. We are the only team not to have conceded a goal this season in Division 1 and that is obviously very, very important to us.

In the end it was a fantastic performance and we will be fit and rearing to go on Sunday as we get set to face Manchester City. I will be hoping for more of the same.

We also caught up with Spanish winger José Antonio Reyes to ask what it is like to be back in England and to present him with his Man of the Match award:

Ha, thank you, well, it's a lot colder than I am used to be I'm sure I'll adapt. I love playing in the English Division 1, it's just so competitive and full of surprises, as you saw today. Like the boss said, it was a fantastic performance by all the lads and I hope it can continue throughout the rest of the season. Everyone feels fresh and we all just want the next game to come around so we can get back to doing what we enjoy. You better watch out City!

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DERBY COUNTY 1(S.CANALES 15)-5 IPSWICH TOWN(C.PIZARRO 3,49,56,71) M.BALLACK 82)

Sensational win for the Ipswich tonight with Pizarro proving his quality in front of goal, bagging 4 and deservedly the MoM award. After 2 under-par performances to start of the season, they finally managed to put together some quality, and let the whole of Division 2 they arent just here for the ride, by smashing another strong div.2 Derby outfit.

The game started fast - with Pizarro hitting the back of net inside 3 minutes with a powerful header. However the game then turned in favour of the home side, and then in the 15th minute, highly rated youngster Canales twisted his way in from the wing and curled a delightful strike into the top corner, past the hapless Abbiatti. It stayed that way until half time, but whatever the Ipswich manager said at half time seemed to work. Pizarro happily tucked away the 49th minute penalty, and then 7 minutes later completed his hat-trick with a diving header at the back post, from the cross of Tito (I believe). In the 71st minute Pizarro completed a perfect night by bagging his fourth, and in the 82nd the captain leading by example in the first 2 fixtures Michael Ballack once again got his name on the score sheet after lobbing the keeper Iraizoz.

Possession

45% 55%

Total Shots

13 9

Shots On Target

4 8

Corners

5 7

Yellow Cards

2 1

Red Cards

0 0

Although Ipswich had fewer shots, as you can see we were clinical in front goal with only 1 shot going wide, as to Derby's 9 off target.

Post match interview with Claudio Pizarro:

Well Claudio, an astonishing performance by yourself, and a good win today.
Yes. It's good for the boys to get a win today. We have worked hard all week.. well and all pre-season, and we were dissapointed with the first 2 results. So today was a big test against a tough team. And we proved our critics wrong, by pulling through a tough away win. And of course im so delighted about scoring 4 goals today. But most importantly we won the game.
Now, you and your team only had 9 shots, and scored 5 goals. Is that something your manager has put in place "only shoot if you think you can really score", or is it just how it works out for Ipswich?
Thats just the way it works. Of course, we could go around, and shoot from anywhere. The midfielders like Michael[ballack] and Tino[Costa] could shoot all the time from far out, but then we wouldnt score many, and especially me. So we focus on creating more realistic opportunities you know.
Congratulations on your performance and win today. Thanks.
Thankyou.. Thankyou..

B)

Leaves us undefeated after 3 games - 1 win and 2 draws. Happy to be back on the right track after 2 disappointing draws really. But at least we didn't lose them :D

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HULL DELIGHTED WITH UNBEATEN START AS FRANCOIS MODESTO WELCOMED INTO THE CLUB FOR DEFENSIVE COVER !

Hull's manager Ben says he is absolutely delighted with the clubs unbeaten start in the Npower championship.

The football club won their first, second and third match and await their forth match which will be held in Wales when Cardiff City are the opponents.

The first game of the season was a game away from home which was against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, Leicester managed get twenty three and half thousand into the ground for the first fixture of the season out of the stadium amount of 32,500, however Hull returned home with the three points as they got a 0-1 win, the goal was from Juan Iturbe in the 4th minute.

During the game against Leicester midfielder Ivan Perisic got sent off just 33 minutes into the game but hull held on.

The second game was Hull's first game at home and that was against Leeds United, Leeds won their opener 5-0 against Portsmouth which sent messages out to every team, Hull actually managed to beat Leeds 3-1, Zakaria Labyad put leeds ahead before Del Moral scored for hull and the main attacker at the club Stefan Kiessling got a brace.

The third game of the season was on Sunday when we faced Brighton and beat them 3-2 in a very good game, Brighton who came to hull went into the lead twice in that football match, Dimitri Payet pulled it back to 2-2 seconds before the half time whistle blew, Stefan Kiessling got the winning goal in that game which made it 3 from 3 for Hull.

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A special mention should probably go to French defender Francois Modesto, the 33 year old was signed on the morning of hull's third league game (Sunday morning, just gone) rumours suggested that the defender signed on the morning of the game for £3.1M + Will Atkinson.

Francois Modesto only signed less than 12 hours before the game kicked off, but with it being an home match and the defender didnt need to travel and he completed a fast medical the SMFA said that he could have a place on the bench but couldnt play anymore than half of the game.

The french defender was placed as a substitute and come on for the last half an hour in place of Fernando Amorebieta against Brighton, Rumours suggest that Modesto has been brought to fill in for 21 Year Old Aleksandar Dragovic, Austrian Dragovic is ruled out for three weeks because of a strained hamstring.

The manager of Hull City commented on Modesto after the brighton game and apparently the gaffer Ben signed the 33 year old french defender because of the positions he can play, he was cheap and the defender has also played near enough every game for Olympiacos in real life so the manager said that the signing suits the club for the short term because of the lack in depth and Modesto can play anywhere in defence aswell as in DM. :)

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IPSWICH TOWN 3 - 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY

Ipswich Town have triumphed over yet another strong Division 2 outfit Birmingham City, as they start to regain the form they achieved in pre-season.

Once again, captain Michael Ballack lead from the front, with another man of the match performance, after being involved in almost everything Ipswich put together.

The game started brightly for the away side, when after just 3 minutes Argentinian playmaker Belluschi signed from Porto, smashed a shot against the cross bar. It then evened out, and in the 16th minute Jermaine Jones found himself in space and smashed a shot into the roof of the net! 1-0 Ipswich.

Only 2 minutes later, with the momentum from the opener, Ipswich winger Varela delicately chipped the the keeper and just hit the wrong side of the crossbar. The game tired down until the 31st minute, when Ballack lost his marker thumped the ball into the back of the net. 2-0. Only 2 minutes later however, Guiseppe Sculli out-paced the aged defence of Ipswich and chipped the hapless Abbiatti. 2-1.

After the half time interval the game varied, with chances and half chances for each side. Ipswich seemed to have the better of the game, and a few more chances and better possession, but Birmingham put a spirited effort and created some decent goal scoring opportunities, but to no avail. The game was put beyond doubt however when Spanish winger Torres Juanfran followed up on a shot and finished into an open net. 3-1.

The game was fairly even, with Ipswich boasting a tiny bit more possession, and few more scoring opportunities, but over all it was a very enticing encounter.

Possession

57% 43%

Total Shots

19 17

Shots On Target

11 6

Corners

6 8

Yellow Cards

2 1

Red Cards

0 0

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Very happy with result, and how I have started the season. Looking forward to what looks like can be a very successful season, and maybe contend for the title/promotion. Not too sure what im expecting haha!

Undefeated after the first 4 games cant go too wrong though!:D:D

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Leicester City F.C. Transfer News

After getting the signature of Mikel San Jose (aged 22) - who showed that his transfer to England was not an flop - Leicester wants another defender from the Spanish team Athletic Club Bilbao: Borja Ekiza (aged 24).

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Borja Ekiza Imaz (centre-back) arrived at Athletic from the third club's team:

CD Baskonia, where he played his two senior years, from 2008 to 2008.

Subsequently, Ekiza played at the Bilbao's reserves: Bilbao Athletic,

in Segunda Division B, for 3 years (2008-2011).

Borja made his La Liga debut for Bilbao's first team in January 2011,

during the 1-1 draw against Malaga CF.

Ekiza will hopefully sign tomorrow with Leicester City for 3 seasons.

An preliminary agreement was signed before Borja will have today

the medical exam and testing with the staff of the Foxes.

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Ekiza in duel with Messi, on Camp Nou.

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Leicester City Sign Brazilian Goalkeeper Murara Neto From Fiorentina

After two weeks of negotiations, the officials of Leicester

managed to seal the deal with the Italian side for

the transfer of goalkeeper Murara Neto.

  • Full Name: Norbeto Murara Neto
  • Age: 22
  • Birth Date: Jul 19, 1989
  • Birth Place: Brazil
  • Height: 1.91m
  • Weight: 83 kg

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Norbeto Murara Neto (22 years old)

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Murara Neto in training with Brazil in Doha, Qatar

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Match Info:

Tonight, Leicester meets their rivals from Derby County, in the East Midlands Derby. The match will take place on KP Stadium (capacity: 32,500)

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It's the 1st derby of the season for Foxes, so it will be an interesting clash between 6th placed Leicester and 17th placed Derby.

This game is the first meeting between these teams in the past 3 seasons.

Players to watch:

Bruno Cesar: was transferred from Benfica and played 5 matches for Foxes, scoring3 goals and assisted 2 for Leicester City this season.

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A. Thiago: The midfielder who was transfered from FC Barcelona played 5 games for Rams, scoring 1 goal and assisted 2.

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Just in time for Arsenal

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Arsenal’s miserable start of the campaign has left the London club sitting lowly at 15th after 6 games.

They suffered losses to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while only managing draws with Sunderland and Aston Villa.

However, the club seems to have found their touch just in time for the big match against Manchester City at the Emirates this weekend. Arsenal managed 3 consecutive victories, the first over Valencia in SMFA Champions Cup, then claiming a 2-1 derby victory over QPR in The High Rollers League Cup, and most recently their first league win of the season by thumping Norwich 4-0 at Carrow Road.

The Gunners fans are excited that their club has hit form at the right time after a dismay start, but they are also wary about the upcoming big game. Their opponents from the blue half of Manchester proved not an easy target in recent history. Manchester City is currently 6th with 4 wins and 2 draws.

Their in-form striker Mario Gomez has 5 goals, only Radamel Falcao has scored more than him in Division 1. The oil-rich club also hosts an array of superstars which include Sergio Agüero, Andrés Iniesta, Mesut Özil, Cesc Fàbregas, Vincent Kompany and co.

The Arsenal boss must be looking at Robin van Persie, Franck Ribery and Thiago Silva to deliver an inspired performance, or some say a miracle to get away with anything from the encounter.

Skies Bet Odds:

Arsenal – 2.10

Draw – 1.95

Manchester City – 1.45

-Skies Sports (Issue #2)

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