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We will not underestimate Korea Republic - England Boss Gharib

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England coach Ahmed Gharib has warned that his side must not underestimate Korea Republic when the two teams meet at the Vicente Calderón in their World Cup Group stage clash tonight..

"This is a big competition and we are wary. It's a wonderful challenge and we want to break England's disappointing run in the recent World Cups," he declared at a press conference before stating that the crowd can play a vital part.

"We need our supporters to fill the Vicente Calderon to the rafters and the people can give us a hand. The crowd is vital. We want to go as far as we can in this World Cup. Tonight we may lose, but it is impossible to win so many matches underestimating the opposition. We have not done that and never will."

Gharib refused to comment on his future with the English national team, adding fuel to the rumors that he could leave for the Egyptian national team after the world cup. .

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Argentinas 23 man squad named against fellow continental Uruguay.

The following are

GK:

Mariano Anjubar

Sergio Romero- Aston Villa

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Defenders

Nicolass Burdisso- Hull City

Gabriel Milito

Martin Demichelis

Nicolas Otamedi- West Ham

Walter Samuel

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Mids

Esteban Cambiasso

Javier Mascherano

Angel Di Maria- Chelsea

Pablo Maxi Rodriguez- Blackburn Rovers

Javier Zanetti

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Fwds

Lionel Messi- Arsenal

Diego Milito- Aston Villa

Gonzalo Higuain- Liverpool

Carlos Tevez- Liverpool

Javier Saviola- Tottenham

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Switzerland Vs Japan - Preview Match

Switzerland face Japan at a sold out Santiago Bernabau tonight in a must win game, Switzerland find themselves in group B with European Giants Germany, Minnows Macedonia and Japan. "The game must be won tonight we are in big trouble if we don't, to lose tonight would be disasterous, I expect Germany to fly through this group but it will be tough between the rest of us, I expect us to beat Macedonia but I expect Japan to as well, its gonna be very close and I hope that my experience will be the deciding factor in tonights game"

Here are the rankings for the World Cup

#1 - England

'Higgys England are in fine form going into the World Cup but with his resignation decided can he take home the World Cup'

#2 - Spain

'The hosts had automatic qualification and clearly the best team in the tournament but will that come together when it counts'

#3 - Netherlands

'Ryans Netherlands can be the black horses with an immpressive qualification and an immpresive squad they can win'

#4 - Brazil

'Aarons Brazil need to impress in the World Cup but with some weird choices of the team will this backfire'

more to come later!

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THE HIGGY CHAMPIONSHIP - SEASON 2

LAWRO'S START OF SEASON LEAGUE TABLE PREDICTION

Heres a bit of fun for you. Lets test Lawro's skills to the max! He will now predict what the Higgy's Championship league table will look like at the end of the season! Seems pretty impossible for a task right now doesnt it. Lets see anyway...

THE LEAGUE TABLE

1. Hull City

2. Reading

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3. Swansea

4. Wolves

5. Sheffield Utd

6. Leicester

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7. Coventry City

8. Bristol City

9. Preston N.End

10. West Bromwich Albion

11. Millwall

12. Middlesbrough

13. Derby County

14. Ipswich Town

15. Cardiff City

16. Stoke City

17. Blackpool

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18. Peterborough

19. Doncaster

20. Barnsley

Lawro's Words: Firstly, I would just like to say how competitive this particular division is going to be this season. In terms of fierceness, pride, passion, determination, fight, and closeness - it could be the best Championship season weve ever seen before - thats inclduing real life campaignes!

You really cannot call this easily. One thing that I can almost certainly guarentee is that one, maybe 2 teams are going to end this season extremly upset, and may consider leaving this setup im afriad!!! Lets for a neutral and being part of it - hope not!

Firstly I think Hull are going to win the league - for 2 reasons. They have got the best team - and 2 they have the best manager, with the most experience. You'll see why I think!

I think they will be joined by the suprise package of the entire season - Reading! Your going to see some sort of improvement I think from these - as they have such a good team in my eyes. 2nd will go down to the wire though - unlike 1st. I think they are going to pip Swansea, and Wolves on probably the last day of the season!

I think the playoffs will consist of Swansea, Wolves, Sheffield Utd, and Leicester. Interestingly - no Stoke, nor Coventry mentioned. I think Coventry are going to miss Gadga next season. Theyve just blown the best chance in a long time to get back to the top division - by losing Gadga. Unreplaceable really.

I think the race for the playoffs will also be very close - however not as close as Season 1. I think we'll have about 2 games left with it sealed up. I hope Im wrong though.

The biggest flops will be Stoke. Woeful in the Premierleague in Season 1 - and I think they'll be filmed out of place again in this division. They'll be caught red handed this time around im afriad.

Relegation... I think Stoke are this season's version of West Brom. Hugely dissapointing, and they'll be relived to still be playing in this league potentially. However - as Ive mentioned - 1 or 2 teams are going to feel really upset at the end of the season. Emotion is going to be running really high. I can see that at Doncaster, Barnsley, and most of all - Peterborough United. Dan Tomlins has done unbeliveably well to keep them in the Championship last season - really well done for that. However they'll find it a lot tougher this season I think, and they'll find that out sadly. The teams going up are a lot stronger - let alone the teams going down (ignoring Stoke).

If im right - Im a genious!!!! Thats how likely I can see that happening - Basically - I could be totally wrong :)

Good luck everyone!!!

THE MATCHES CHOSEN FOR LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE FROM BOTH THE BBC AND SKY SPORTS HAVE BEEN DECIDED - BUT THEY WILL BE OFFICIALLY RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC AS OF TOMORROW AT APPROXIMATLY AROUND 9:45 AM (BST) & SM GAME TIME!

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Merida Joins Cobblers On Season-Long Loan

Fran Merida will look to have a succesfull season at Northampton

Swansea City have agreed to loan out Fran Merida to Divison 4 club Northampton Town ahead of the new season, with boss Neil Matterson being looked upon by his chairman to battle it out for a promotion place. The Swans boss will look to help out the Northampton boss in anyway he can, as a good friend of the Cobblers boss, with Nolan Roux spending the end of last season at Northampton and now Merida joins Northampton who will be optomistic after a strong end to last season.

The Swansea manager did recieve another bid, from arch rivals Cardiff City under there new manager, but a loan deal at Cardiff wouldn't be popular and it would risk Merida's future at the club. And some fans are delighted that he hasn't joined Cardiff, and instead joined Northampton. This means that Joe Allen & Mark Davies will get a bigger chance of first team action aswell as set to be involved in the Youth Cup with Merida's exit.

Merida's glad to have joined Northampton for the season, and is looking forward to a season of first team-action where he's sure he'll have a lot of good experiences and improve a lot under Neil Matterson whose a manager he'll be looking forward to working with. He does want to stay at Swansea for the long term though, where he's rated very highly at a club who are used to having British players in the Youth squad for long-term stays, but Merida is a Spaniard who Radford does like a lot.

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Smith set for English comeback

Ex Newcastle midfielder, Alan Smith is made a surprising move back to England to join Peterborough after leaving Newcastle at the mid point stage of last season to join Ukrainian side, Vorskla after his services we're no longer wanted at the Geordie club. However, only a couple of months into life in Ukraine and the Englishman hinted at a possible comeback to England which was today completed as the 29 year old moved back to his home land only months after leaving. Peterborough we're said to be interested in Smith back in March, but Vorskla we're adamant to keep the Englishmen until Alan Smith placed in a transfer request at the end of last season saying he was no longer happy at the club and was interested in a move away from Poltava and Ukraine all together.
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Smith seen kissing the Newcastle badge for the final time back in February.

Smith made 8 appearances at Newcastle in which he only started 3, the most memorable of them 3 starts would of come in his final game where Newcastle won 6-0 against Northampton in the first round of the English shield. Smith is expected to line up this weekend against Preston North End, in which he and his new team mates hope to repeat there remarkable 3-0 victory at Deepdale again.
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LIVE TELEVISED CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES FOR SEASON 2

Turn 1

Wolverhampton Wanderes vs Stoke City

SKY SPORTS

Bristol City vs Derby

BBC 1

Turn 3

Hull City vs Reading

SKY SPORTS

Turn 4

Coventry City vs Swansea City

SKY SPORTS

Turn 6

Millwall vs Sheffield Utd

SKY SPORTS

Turn 8

Middlesbrough vs Peterborough

SKY SPORTS

Cardiff vs Swansea

BBC 1

Turn 11

Swansea City vs Sheffield Utd

SKY SPORTS

Stoke City vs Hull City

BBC 1

Turn 13

Barnsley vs Middlesbrough

SKY SPORTS

Turn 14

West Bromwich Albion vs Coventry

SKY SPORTS

Leicester City vs Swansea

SKY SPORTS

Turn 16

Ipswich vs Derby

SKY SPORTS

Turn 18

Swansea vs Bristol City

SKY SPORTS

Turn 19

Coventry vs Hull City

SKY SPORTS

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Ionita To Leave?

Reports coming out of Hereford today are suggesting that their star player and captain Alexndrou Ionita could be on his way out of the club. This news has shocked Hereford fans this morning as they were expecting him to be here for a while. However Hereford Manager Adam Devitt has confirmed there will be 3 three new faces joining the club in the run up to the start of the season. Ionita joined Hereford from Rapid Bucureşti for a fee of £350k + Nathaniel Wedderburn. However Hereford are not allowing him to go cheaply rumours are that they are asking in the region of £5.5m which would see them make more than £5m on him.

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On his way out?

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Swansea Announce New Seasons Kit

Former players Garry Monk & Alan Tate test out the new All-White Swansea kit

As the new season approaches, with loan signings being made in and out of the club and the fixtures are announced along with Swansea's shirt numbers for the new season, it's only natural that the new Swansea shirt for Season 2 was to be announced. Former Swansea Captain and Vice Captain, Gary Monk & Alan Tate tried out the new kit for the new season, with both players still very close to the club after long spells in Swansea despite both moving on from the club last season.

Swansea's new all-white kit is a big improvement on last years kit, which has been described as the worst Swansea kit of all-time, a big collar with "jail cell" black stripes involved in last years kit along with a lot of red and black involved. But this year it will be all-white, apart from the badge and the sponsor on the shirt which will certainly make it a Swansea City kit rather than some pimped out kit designed by an Italian which infact makes the kit worse. The sponsors remains as betting company, 32 Red, and the kit was made by Umbro.

The Swansea manager is loving the new kit, and happy with the work Umbro have done and he feels that it is more important then first meets the eye. Good kits do help the team morale, and morale is everything towards the squad, if there happy they'll play in the right attitude and that's what we want. The squad travell to Oakwell on Thursday Night, in preparation for Saturdays big kick-off, and the Swansea manager feels his players are in the right condition and state of mind going into the game.

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Srna Heads To Portsmouth

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The 28 year old will bring some much needed depth to the Pompey defence

Croatian internationalist, Darijo Srna, today completed his move to Portsmouth FC from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of £1.8 million with Zdenek Grygera and French youngster Emmanuel Riviere also heading to the former Soviet state.

The signing was greeted with much enthusiasm from Pompey fans as the side looks to build on last season's poor league campaign. Manager, Patrick Coll, had hinted that he needed more competition for places in the right back area after former Pompey right back, Grygera, failed to really challenge Glen Johnson for the right back slot, after making the move from Juventus earlier in the season, and could only make 3 appearances throughout the course of his career on the south coast.

The Scotsman has also said that he wants to bring in at least 1 or 2 top class signings in the next few weeks but has also admitted some of the current crop will be leaving. Indeed, reports today suggest veteran centre half Sami Hypia could be on his way to English 2nd division outfit Leicester City within the next 48 hours but both parties have failed to comment on the matter so far.

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BREAKING NEWS: Gharib to resign?

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Goal.com have exclusively learnt from close sources to Gharib that the founder of EC 5579 may be resigning from West Ham United over the coming 2 weeks. This news comes a shock to Hammer and Premier league fans alike.

Gharib who started EC 5579, enjoyed a decent season with West Ham United were he built an impressive young squad and managed to beat the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

A close source to Gharib exclusively revealed to Goal.com that Gharib has personal Issues and will be leaving the country for the whole season. There are reports that there could be a stand in Manager who would manage West Ham for the season until Gharib Returns

All is uncertain at the moment. But an official announcement from West Ham United is expected within the coming hours.

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Yeovil Town Squad Numbers Announced

1. Anton Amelchenko

2. Serhiy Kryvtsov

3. Matteo Piccinni

4. Shogo Nishikawa

5. Andile Jale (loan)

6. Leroy Fer

7. Vladimir Weiss

8. Yusuke Tasaka

9. Leandro Bacuna

10. Ken Tokura

11. Sergio Ariel Escudero

12. Naoki Hatta

13. Thomas Rogne

14. Ramirez Hector Rodas

15. Miguel Dachelet

16. Christoph Menz

17. Tsubasa Yokotake

18. Hrvoje Milic

19. Jeroen Appeltans

20. Ronnie Schwartz

21. Striker To Be Named Later

22. Nika Piliev

23. Jonathan Obika

24. Charlton Vicento

25. Pawel Wojciechowski

26. Tomoya Ugajin

27. Sekou Oliseh

28. Glen Van Asten

29. Savvas Siatravanis

30. Nikita Malyarov

31. Andrew Little

32. Marc Muniesa

33. Sergio Piccoli Neuton

34. Kian Hansen

35. Tim Ream

36. Shinji Tsujio

37. Damian Lizio

38. Kang-Min Lee

39. Yevhen Selin

40. Andiy Tovt

41. Vladimir Torbica

42. Petros Mandalos

43. Artak Aleksanyen

44. Amine Linganze Koumba

45. Gianluca D'Angelo

46. Masaaki Higashiguchi

47. Luis Cabezas

48. Hasan Ahmet Sari

49. Jo Christiaens

50. Punch Masenamela

51. Roberto Ardiles

52. David Monsalve

53. Scott Fox

54. Joonas Pontinen

Squad Stats

Number of Players

53

Youngest Player

Savvas Siatravanis(17)

Oldest Player

Vladimir Torbica

Number Of Nationalities In Squad

33

Best Player

Leroy Fer(87)

Average Age

21

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Vela Joins Swansea, as Cover on Either Wing

Vela Joins Swansea for the Season, on-loan from Arsenal

Swansea currently don't have too much cash to spend, so there transfer negotiations for the time being has been limited to loan signings, having failed to reach an agreement with Bradford for the sale of Nassim Ben Khalifa yesterday. Swansea have agreed the deal to bring in Darron Gibson to the club for an extended season, although suprisingly a deals not been finalised as of yet with the Manchester United manager leaving his club in trouble as it currently stands. But they'll look to finalise that loan deal for Darron Gibson, who is at the moment unsettled as he just hopes for a deal to be finalised as he currently trains with Swansea.

Swansea's main intentions as far of loan signings are concerned, were a strong holding midfielder which they've looked to have got in Darron Gibson, and cover for the wings which has been secured with the loan signing of Carlos Vela. Bentley & Gera are the main wingers at the club, but there's just no cover and another winger was purely needed to be signed in the summer and despite not having the funds they've still managed to bring in Vela on loan. With Vela more than enough cover at the moment for Swansea, although if they have the funds to bring in a player a winger will be there main priority.

Vela will wear the empty number 14 shirt, reserved for the replacement winger and he's happy with picking that shirt up but it's not too bothered on something which he feels doesn't matter. Vela made 2 sub appearances for Arsenal last season, along with a start for West Ham on-loan and only impressed. He also had a loan spell at Ipswich towards the end of last season, which he also impressed in. Vela is an expensive loan signing as far as wages are concerned as he'll earn £21,250 a week despite not even set to be a regular as Swansea prepare for next season.

Swansea are glad to have signed a player of Vela's quality and are looking for some good performances from the Mexican winger over the course of the season. In signing Vela, they also missed out on Aaron Ramsey, but Vela's impressed wherever he's been and the Swansea Boss is hoping that he'll keep that going at Swansea and put together a good season in all. He has said that Vela isn't odds on for a regular starting place, but a bit of form strung together when he's given a chance will give him a run in the first team, the same case as Ilan who became Division 2 player of the season.

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Kevin Ready To Leave Switzerland Post

New Switzerland Manager Kevin Heaton is sensationally ready to leave post at Switzerland only 2 Games into his World Cup run Goal.com Reports. Kevin has received a high amount of interest from Turkey and Uruguay and is also favourite to take the soon to be vacant England post. Switzerland won their opening match against Japan 2 - 1 but Kevin has announced interest in taking up England when current manager Gharib leaves the post at the end of the World Cup. "Gharib is a fantastic manager he's done a fantastic job at West Ham and I hope he doesnt leave the post anytime soon."

According to Kevin's agent he could immediatly leave the Switzerland post if Uruguay go through with their planned buy out of his current contract, Turkey are also ready to offer Kevin a contract if he rejects the Uruguay post. Kevin's first choice was Russia until he was snubbed for more experienced manager Longnose, Kevin released a statement later that day "He is a fantastic manager, if I was too miss out the post i'm glad it was too a brilliant manager like him, I wish him luck at the team and I hope and I know he will manage to fulfil his duties at the team" Kevin's Switzerland have also drawn with Germany 1 -1 but Kevin has told the Swiss FA he will be making his decision later tomorrow.

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Gharib future is uncertain

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West Ham United have officially announced that Gharib's future at the club is uncertain, confirming earlier reports that he could step down.

An official statement on West Ham United's official website read: "West Ham United F.C. Would like to confirm earlier reports that Gharib's future at the club is uncertain, due to personal issues. We are working on a soloution at the moment and an official announcement will follow soon".

This announcement came hours after an exclusive report was published that Gharib could step down due to perosnal issues, although it seems that West Ham United may employ a 'caretaker coach' to manage the club until gharib returns.

Gharib is currently with the English National Team in the World Cup and he has been quoted saying "It would be an honour to win the World Cup before leaving" from an unnamed source.

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"I'm off after the World Cup"Says Switzerland Manager Kevin

Kevin announced Sensationally that he will be stepping down as Switzerland manager when Switzerland are eliminated from the World Cup. Goal.com can confirm that the new manager is off after the World Cup. "I have to leave after the World Cup, I decided I was going from the start, Switzerland aren't the team for me, i'm enjoying my time here but I knew from the start it was only temporary" Kevin's Switzerland sit 2nd in Group B of the World Cup and with Japan eliminated it is down to 3 teams. Kevin tops the list of possible managers to take over England when current manager Higgy leaves.

"Higgy will win World Cup"Says Swiss Manager Kevin

Kevin told Goal.com that he expects Higgy to leave England with a bang and win the World Cup, England are currently favourites to win but with a slow start to the qualifiers there place is in doubt as is Spain. But Kevin today told Goal.com that he expects England to overcome their hiccup and become World Beaters. "I have massive confidence in Higgy, he is a top manager, I hope he stays at West Ham, I expect him to go out with a bang he can and will win the World Cup"

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Blacburn Rovers Commence Training

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Manager Yhanick Scot welcomed his players back to Ewood Park for the first day of pre-season training on Monday, as preparations for the club's 2nd Season in Division One got underway.

The full senior squad of Rovers began their conditioning work where they will spend the next few days building up their fitness levels before the opening pre-season friendly at home to Potsmouth on Thursday and the season opener against newly promoted Newcastle on Saturday.

Pereira Denilson is one team member the manager is happy to have back in his line-up as the player was injured for the past seven (7) weeks with a fractured cheek bone. He will play in the friendly to see how ready he can be for the opener.

Notable new comers to the Rovers squad was Pablo Piatti. The player signed at the end of last season from Almeria. He along with the likes of Erik Pieters, Stefano Celozzi and Siem De Jong the manager hopes to be the future of Rovers football. Other new faces who will be making their debut are (GK) Maarten Stekelenburg and (RB) Marcio Rafinha.

The manage believes much of their success will rely on Bulgarian hitman Berbatov. The player is believed to have received the full backing of the manager and is confident that he can do extremely well. The manager said there is no pressure at all on our team. We want to take it one game at a time and the final outcome is of no concern.

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Arsenal Rejects Bid For Torres

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Despite speculation linking Barcelona and Chelsea with

big-money bids for the Spain striker, his agent

Jose Antonio Peton has offered assurances about

the player’s commitment.

‘For the moment I can assure fans Fernando

will continue at Arsenal next season,’ he said.

‘Everything is down to Arsenal’s attitude but for

the time being Fernando is happy at the club and

has a good contract.

‘Arsenal have not spoken to us about his

future so he is just concentrating

on playing at the World Cup.’

Torres had moves to Arsenal last season

where Liverpool where managed by Bail

for 40 million pound

‘It’s been a very difficult season,

added the former Atletico Madrid star.

'When you start a campaign you hope you

will be able to fulfil your dreams, winning titles,

not having injuries, enjoying ourselves, and i

t’s been just the opposite. But there is a

lways a tomorrow and this summer, the World Cup.

‘I’ve put aside the club, the bad season, and I

want to finish in the best way possible by

making history with my country.’

"I Think moving to Arsenal is a bad things

I have ever done.If I stayed at Liverpool,

maybe I have crowned the EPL title."

It is reported Chelsea has offered Arsenal

10 Million Plus Drogba for the Spaniard that have

been rejected.

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Match Preview [Turn 1]

Rafael Nadal, the second manager in 2 years at

Stamford Bridge, is charged with getting Chelsea

win the Premier League. Didier Drogba, will miss

the first match against Gadga after banned for

3 match.

Fulham manager Gadga could

hand debuts to his summer signings when his

side visit Chelsea in the first match of the

Barclays Premier League season on 12 june.

Wendel and Adler will go straight into the

squad and could be joined by fellow new

boys Cris Marques and Raul.

Missing for Fulham are knee-injury

victims Anderson Hernanes,which is

expected to recovered on 13 June 2010

but striker,Ivica Olic is fit again after

recovering from a neck complaint.

Drogba And Luis Fabiano both will

miss their first game, Drogba received red cards at the

Last match for last season has give Nadal

a lot of problem.

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Chelsea new signing,Cristiano Ronaldo will be

on the starting line up against Fulham.

Nadal will rest up his captain,Carles Puyol

and also his RB Maicon in this first game.

Di Maria also expected to start on the bench

after his position has being taken by

Gosling.

Nadal said:

"This is my first season outside Malaysia

so it is a bit different, but I want to do well with

my team. I am happy, not afraid. There's no tension

or pressure.

"It is new but not the unknown. I'm not in the dark.

I know my team very well. I appreciate the squad

over the week I've had here, and the quality of this team.

"The ambition is to remain competitive until the end

of the season in all the competitions - in the FA Cup,

the Premiership and the Champions League.

"In England the championship is more competitive

because, in Malaysia, three or four teams can

win. Here I think that more teams can win the league.

"To win a season in England is not easy for

any team. It's not easy for us, Liverpool or Manchester United,

and also for Arsenal.

"To win here is very difficult.

It's a difficult start tomorrow. We'll have to

overcome difficulties in every game.

Referee: Jerome Laperriere

Previous Meetings: Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea 3 – 2 Fulham

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After a somewhat disappointing first season in the top flight, Birmingham City manager Jack Harvey has dipped into the transfer market and made 9 signings to try and improve his squad. The vast majority of the deals saw unwanted Birmingham players head in the other direction.

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INS: Sercan Yildirim, Bafetimbi Gomis, Bojan, Mario Fernandes, Zhano Ananidze, Fabian Rinaudo, **** Diakhate, Bob Schepers & Ever Banega.

OUTS: Neil Mellor, Jhon Cordoba, Sylvain Wiltord, Gaizka Toquero, Sebastian Boenisch, Aritz Aduriz, Christian Benitez, Sanjurjo Oier, Roger Johnson & Barry Ferguson.

POSSIBLE STARTING XI VS ASTON VILLA

Hart

Diakhate ---- Friedrich ---- Rolando

Hargreaves

Pablo Hernandez ----- Banega ---- Rinaudo ---- Alvaro Pereira

Bojan ---- Gomis

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ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP 5579

DIVISION 3 SEASON PREVIEW

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Yaya Touré looking to quit Plymouth Argyle after the team failed to gain promotion.

English Championship 5579 is set to kick off the new season on Saturday, June 12th. Division 3 is loaded with talent this season, both on and off the bench. With Shrewsbury, Brighton and Hartlepool coming from Division 4 and Shorpe, Wednesday and Palace completing the relegated trio from Division 2, we're looking at a very, very tough division.

Players like Jeronimo Cacau, Adam Johnson, Jeremain Lens, Pierre Ducasse, Daniele Gastadello, Cesar Delgado, Stefan Kiessling, Yaya Touré, Roberto Canella, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Mehmet Topal and many more will leave even the most well equipped Division 1 teams green with envy.

Will the heartbroken Plymouth, Charlton and Norwich once again be chasing promotion? Will the relegated clubs from Division 2 be looking for quick promotion back to their old grass patches? Will any of the promoted Division 4 team surprise everyone and grab two promotions in a row? Stay tuned and get all of your questions answered!

Plymouth Argyle

Last season
6th
Key player
Yaya Touré
Prediction
1st

Led by an aging Del Piero and Jankulovski, Plymouth should once again be challenging for promotion, this time successfully.

The manager's prized possession, Yaya Touré, could according to rumors be leaving
Home Park
within the next month or so. The cash will most likely be reinvested immediately, so the manager can keep the team in a competitive state.

Charlton Athletic

Last season
4th
Key player
Daniele Gastadello
Prediction
2nd

The Addicks
had a rather unlucky finish to the season 1 where a dip in the team's form saw them go from practically a D2 team to yet another season in familiar D3.

The combination of a very experienced manager and a highly rated squad should put Charlton up among the favorites once again. The gaffer will be looking to Mauricio Pinilla (new Palermo striker) and Daniele Gastadello (Sampdoria's best defender) to get the job done in both ends of the pitch.

Shorpe United

Last season
18th (D2)
Key player
Pierre Ducasse
Prediction
3rd

If their manager can stay away from controversy
The Iron
could very well be on their way back to Division 2.

The team looks good on paper with a lot of Ligue 1 based talent leading the pack such as Beria (Lille), Ducasse (Bordeaux) and N'Dinga (Auxerre). Their weakest point could very well be the defense and manager Johansson will most likely be looking to bring in some defenders on loan.

Norwich City

Last season
3rd
Key player
Adam Johnson
Prediction
4th

Manager Ryan Barry will be looking to duplicate his achievement from last season and go for promotion.

If we are to see a repeat from last season,
The Canaries'
diamond in the rough, Adam Johnson, should be looking to better his relatively average season and start delivering more assists from the left.

Shrewsbury Town

Last season
1st (D4)
Key player
Maxi Lopez
Prediction
5th

Shrewsbury's
D4 Manager of the Season
has quite the assignment ahead of him. The chairman expect a serious promotion challenge.

The Shrews enjoy a strong possession game in midfield with super striker Maxi Lopez finishing off the attacks. Expect especially
The French Revolution
- Joris Marveaux, Florent Balmont, Arnold Mvuemba - to dominate through the season.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Last season
2nd (D4)
Key player
Salvatore Sirigu
Prediction
6th

The Seagulls managed to gain direct promotion from D4 last season. They will be looking to solidify their place in D3 perhaps even with a chance of grabbing one of the playoff spots at the end of this season.

Manager Ed Moses has filled the team's biggest need by securing the loan signing of Italian up-and-coming goalkeeper Sirigu. He will most likely turn out to be one of the best keepers in D3 this season. Great signing! Brighton's Achilles' heal is their lacking depth beyond the first team. Ed will probably be looking to bring in some plug-and-play players after selling Patrick Helmes back to German football.

Crystal Palace

Last season
20st (D2)
Key player
Jeronimo Cacau
Prediction
7th

Based on their squad Palace should really be looking to get straight back into D2. One could even question how the team ever got relegated.

The gaffer manages a strong first team, but lacks depth in the reserves. With a backbone consisting of Nestor Muslera in goal, Marco Donadel in midfield and Jeronimo Cacau/Loius Saha in attack, few will argue that Palace aren't a contender for promotion. Like several other D3 teams, Palace are weak in defense and time will tell if that will be their nemesis.

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Pacey Argentinean, Cesar Delgado, looks to impress for Southend United in Division 3.

Southend United

Last season
13th
Key player
Cesar Delgado
Prediction
8th

With a relatively new manager at the helm Southend are optimistically anticipating the start of the new season. No doubt that both the manager and the fans are expecting a higher finish than last season's 13th place.

The Shrimpers are desperately seeking a new goalkeeper for the upcoming season. In the other end of the pitch,
The Seasiders
are looking awesome with a lot of speed in former Lyon striker, Cesar Delgado and former Udinese man, Antonio Floro Flores. Expect them to grab a top half finish.

Wycombe Wanderers

Last season
12th
Key player
Jeremain Lens
Prediction
9th

The Blues
are a slim squad that are dependent on a handful of great players to perform every time they walk onto the field.

The gaffer clearly appreciates the importance of having a solid backbone running through the team, exemplified in Colombian International David Ospina in goal, Jack Hobbs in defense, Esteban Granero in midfield and Jeremain Lens in attack.

Hartlepool United

Last season
3rd (D4)
Key player
Marco Perez
Prediction
10th

Manager, Andy Howat, will probably recognize that promotion this season will be a tough task for
The Monkey Hangers
. Even 10th could seem a bit high based on ratings.

Hartlepool are stacked with talent though, most noticeably in attack where the gaffer can count on Das Boost and Marco Perez to supply the goals. The team's biggest need at the moment has to be a quality goalkeeper.

Sheffield Wednesday

Last season
19st (D2)
Key player
Stefan Kiessling
Prediction
11th

Last season ended in heartbreak and Wednesday will do everything to shake off the experience.

The team is still looking shaky at the back, but maybe the opposition won't be as unforgiving as in D2. In the attacking part of the game Sheffield have some interesting names in Eduardo Salvio, José Sosa and the crown jewel, German International striker, Stefan Kiesling

Nottingham Forest

Last season
10th
Key player
Roberto Canella
Prediction
12th

During the break Forest have experience quite the turmoil behind the scenes. After a proverbial game of musical chairs, the club finally came to their senses and appointed manager, Lucas Radebe.

The gaffer is still to put his stamp on
The Tricky Trees
but even without any reinforcements, Nottingham should steer safe of relegation easily.

Milton Keynes Dons

Last season
8th
Key player
Djaló Yannick
Prediction
13th

A couple of good loan deals could very well have secured
The Dons
another acceptable season in D3. Djaló Yannick, almost characterized as a new arrival, will be looking to make an impact this season having only appeared four times during the end of last season.

Tranmere Rovers

Last season
14th
Key player
Sebastian Puygrenier
Prediction
14th

The Rovers
seem to insist on gambling on a rather unproven manager.

The club's sports director has recently signed
The Undertaker
, Kevin-Prince Boateng to bolster the teams midfield. It is said that defense wins championships. Tranmere, who are able to field an impressive defensive unit, seem to believe the old proverb.

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Will Southampton's Roman Pavlyuchenko reproduce the form that saw him win

D3 Player of the Season in season 1?

Southampton

Last season
7th
Key player
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Prediction
15th

A very skinny squad could prove to be too big of a gamble for the manager even though last season's
Player of the Season
in this very division, Roman Pavlyuchenko, once again will be spreading fear in opposing defenses.

Brentford

Last season
11th
Key player
Aaron Ramsey
Prediction
16th

With a prevailing focus on youth, the manager probably won't be looking for promotion this time around.

Expect Arsenal loanee, Aaron Ramsey, to shine at Griffin Park where he will be marshaling the midfield.
D3 Bargain of the Season
, Orlando Sa, will play an equally important part at Brentford. It's almost impossible to imagine him doing a better job than last season where he had 18 goals and 13 assists to his name.

Leeds United

Last season
15th
Key player
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Prediction
17th

The team's predominant focus on unproven youth players won't get them promoted in the near future. Look for Leeds to be battling against relegation.

The manager will hope that Aubameyang will live up to his hype and start performing up to his potential.

Colchester United

Last season
9th
Key player
Maurice-Junior Dale
Prediction
18th

Last season's "D3 Overachievers of the Season" have a tough season ahead of them. The division has been enriched with six highly rated teams, all vying for promotion. Colchester are praying that their experienced manager will pull a bunny out of a hat and save them once again.

Former Arles striker, MJ Dale, will have to have the season of his life if he is to guide his teammates to safety.

Bristol Rovers

Last season
17th
Key player
Michele Paolucci
Prediction
19th

It looks to be another difficult season for Bristol Rovers.

If they are to survive the relegation race some reinforcements are to be brought in, especially in midfield. The fans are hoping that the duo of Michele Paolucci and Sekou Cisse will be enough to guide them to safety.

Exeter City

Last season
16th
Key player
Chris Weale
Prediction
20th

The club has a new man at the reigns following a poor first season.

Exeter really need reinforcements in midfield if they are to survive a difficult D3. Hopefully the gaffer can count on former Leicester goalkeeper, Chris Weale, to help keep the balls out of
The X's
net.

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Exeter City seem doomed to go down this season. Will they defy the odds?

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Goodbye and Good Luck Steve

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In a news conferance today Ashley Duffy has announced that roumers earlier in the week about Steve Sidwell's departure were true and the tough tackling midfielder is currently having a medical at MK dons with a deal hoping to be concluded by tonight.

This is what Duffy had to say on the matter:

"Yes the roumers are true steve is going and i would like to thank him for his time with us here at Bolton. He will tonight be having a medical at the Mk dons training complex and if succesful a deal will be completed tonight and Steve will be one of there players. The fee is around the £8,000,000 mark which enables us to improve areas of our team were we need to and also to improve the squad in general. I would also just like to wish Steve the best of luck at Mk dons and hopefully he has a great time"
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Curtis Named as Radford's Number Two

Swansea faithfull, Alan Curtis, has been confirmed as Aidan Radford's right hand man

Swansea City Manager Aidan Radford has named Alan Curtis as his assistant manager ahead of new season, as Swansea prepare for a season where they will be looking to battle at the very top of the divison as they aim for promotion, and improving on last years success where they finished 5th but were knocked out of the play-offs in the Semi-Finals to Coventry. But Swansea also reached the Shield Final, at Wembley, in what was a very succesfull season for the South-Wales club but Swansea will look to improve on that next season.

Radford was without an assistant manager last year, but has been told that he can employ an Assistant Manager starting from the new season and he's chosen Alan Curtis to become his number two without a shadow of a doubt. Curtis will now help Radford out in small things like collecting cones, to match day influence with decisions and it's a job that doesn't come to the ordinary. Radford wont beable to stay in Swansea for all of the matches, so Curtis will take charge when Radford was away which was the main reason he was given the option to employ an assistant coach.

Curtis has worked for Swansea for years, in the coaching side of things but in the old legs of the Welshman is a former Welsh International Forward and possibly the best ever player to play for Swansea. He, along the management of John Toshack, were the main influences into Swansea reaching the old Divison One aswell as finishing 6th in there first season there, Swansea's highest ever finish, but Swansea were relegated the following year and have never quiet recaptured that magic influence Curtis gave in his playing years and have never reached the top flight of English football, but all that is looking to change under the reign of Aidan Radford.

Forget Arouna Kone, Alan Curtis is as big as it gets when concering Swansea football club. With Curtis racking up 364 appearances for Swansea in three seperate spells at the club in a total spell of 18 years, with 96 goals to his name in a hugely succesfull time at the club. He was at the club for 12 years in total, although not consecutivaly, and wasn't given a testomonial with the regulations at the time, but was finally handed his testimonial in 2005, in the first ever game at the Liberty Stadium where he was brought on as a sub against Fulham in a 1-1 draw at the age of 51.

But Curtis is now looking towards his second spell as the clubs Assistant Manager, and admits talking of his playing days isn't all that nessecary as it was some 20 years ago since he put on the white of Swansea. He's happy to be working with Radford, and will look to help him out wherever he can, he's hoping for a succesfull season and is looking forward to working with the Swansea strikeforce quiet closely, in a front-line that features England International forwards Gabby Agbonlahor & Peter Crouch aswell as former Premiership title & La Liga winner Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Curtis in his playing days

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Milos Krasic joins the Lions revolution

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Today was another great day for Millwall fans. When John G Berylson (Millwall owner) hired Hans Parker as the new manager, eyebrows were raised. The guy came out from nowhere. Nobody even knew who he was but John had faith in him. Now it looks like the gamble to name Parker as the manager was one of the best thing that has happened to this football club for a very long time. In his first season with the club, he's completely changed the squad. The team has more depth and most importantly the quality is of a higher standard. Fans who used to watch the likes of Darren Ward now have the opportunity to watch internationals such as Daniel Agger at the back. The midfield used to consist of some average midfielders but a few days from now, Millwall could end up having one of the best midfield in the division. Their academy is now producing some real talents. Players such as Griezmann, Scholotto and Coates have all broken in the first team and it looks like more and more will break through over the next few seasons.

Straight after the season finished, Parker got straight to work with the aim of improving his squad. He transfer listed a couple of players and had a shortlist put into place. First to come in the door was goalkeeper Diego Alves from Almeria for a fee around £7 million. This immediately showed Millwall's intent for season 2. They aren't going in the championship to kid around. They are going there and the mean business. Diego Alves seemed like he was on his way to Ac Milan but somehow it looks like Parker managed to get the brazilian to change his mind and join the London based club. Parker was delighted with this deal and told his fans to expect more dealing and wheeling in the transfer market. And here we are today. Another big name player is set to join the revolution. It was announced today on Millwall's official website that Milos Krasic will be joining subject to him passing a medical and he should complete the deal in the next few hours if everything goes to plan. This signing will get the fans buzzing. They will be wondering how they managed to sign the player ahead of the likes of Manchester United Blackburn Rovers Sunderland who are all established premiership sides. What will shock the fans more will be the price paid. They have managed to seal this deal by offering £2 million + Alejandro Dominguez (a player bought for £5 million halfway through the season). Dominguez never really became a fan favourite despite scoring 8 goals and setting up 4 goals in his 16 games for the club.

Now after selling Dominguez questions will be asked. Has Parker got a replacement in mind? Is he going to trust going with Dombia. Muniain and Griezmann next season. To find out sm news broadcasted a small interview with the man himself.

"So Hans we hear that you're on the brink of signing Krasis. How much of an impact will he have on the team."

"He should be joining us in the next couple of hours. He just needs to finalize some paperwork and he'll be a Millwall player. I believe he'll have a big impact on the team. Him being versitile will be a huge advantage. He can play as a winger and he can also play as an attacking mid so his versitality will be great. Also having a player like him around will be great for the younger players. Griezmann and Munian will benefit training with him and he will play a vital part in this team's future."

"We also know that Dominguez is heading the other way. Were you disapointed to see him go."

"Yeah Dominguez is going to CSKA as part of the deal. We feel like letting him go would be the best option if the club is to move forwards. He's been fantastic with the goals he's scored in his short spell but privately he told me that he wanted to go back to Russia. He didin't settle well here and letting him move on was always an option during this transfer window. He also didn''t have the best relationship with the fans so taking that into consideration I would say we got a preety good deal ."

"Will you be looking to replace him in the coming days"

"We'll see what we can find in the transfer market and we'll decide what's best for the club. If we see a player at a resonanle price within our budget then I'll surely buy him but if I can't then I'm happy with Antoine (Griezmann), Seydou (Doumbia) and Iker (Munian).

"Can we expect to see more arrivals before the seasons start"

Again I'll decide after seeing how much money I have in the bank. We'll try to raise funds from selling a couple of players but I can't guarantee and more signing. If we were to sign a player then I'll expect it to be a player with an eye in the future.

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Christian Pasquato Completed His Move To Chelsea

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Reigning Premier League and European champions Manchester United have now fattened their squad

by one more member after sign Christian Pasquato

Chelsea have confirmed that they have signed the

20-year old Pasquato from Italian giants Juventus.

All the paperwork has been accomplished and the

young hopeful shall officially become a Chelsea player

on June 10 2010.

This is what Christian Pasquato had to say about

his big leap to Chelsea:

“I’m going to Chelsea to do a medical exam, but I will return in three days. I hope everything

will be okay, but I must confess that it’s hard to leave my club Juve.

“When I was replaced in the game against Roma,

it was so strange and a hard feeling. I sat on the

bench any said to myself this could be my last game

for Juventus.

“But I hope that I will return one day. Of course,

there is a big feeling of pride, I’m off to sign for the biggest club i

n the world, which is my favorites from my early years.

“My goal is to continue progress as footballer and I want

to show Chelsea that my transfer wasn’t a bad thing.”

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Chelsea have also claimed that

they have confirm the signing of another up-and-coming

English in the next few hours. 21-year old Febian Brandy.

Brandy which is born from Manchester United academy before

moving to Flamengo.Chelsea and Flamengo claimed that the

deal cost 500 K.

Seems like Nadal is now looking forwards to

sign new boys for Chelsea future.Hopefully the young lads shall be

able to do well for Chelsea.

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