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Gomez nears City exit?

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Mario Gomez is rumoured to be set to exit Manchester City for the second time in his career. There is strong speculation the German forward has been told his agent can talk to other clubs, whilst an un-named team has already inquired about his availability.

The move would occur as KopStar attempts to overhaul his squad for another time in order to regain their rightful position as Manchester's best team. Following Manchester Uniteds two seasons in the second division, they have come stroming back, knocking City out of the Sheild 5-2 last night. Manchester United won the derby earlier in the season 3-0 and sit equal first, whilst City sit 12th.

The two teams meet at Old Trafford tonight.

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Glory Days masterminds Red’s return to summit

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Liverpool players celebrate their promotion back into the Premier League

Liverpool F.C. has exceeded all expectations to seal their Premier League status by beating Hull City 5-1 in the English Championship play-off at Wembley this morning. The Reds gained their promotion thanks to goals from Andres Guardado (2), Pirmin Schwegler (2) and Robin Van Persie (1) while Hull City’s Andre Ayew replied with one goal of their own. The victory capped off a stupendous run of 12 games unbeaten (11 wins) for Liverpool and Reds manager has added another impressive notch to his career by gaining Premier League for Liverpool in the first time of asking and his third promotion of his team in four seasons.

The story of Liverpool’s success may have started at the end of last season when Fenway Sports Group relieved Jesse Roach of his post and went in search of a manager who would give their success not only in the short term but in the long term as well. Manager Glory Days seemed a natural fit for the club and rebuilt the side from the ground up in order to make them into a genuine promotion contending side.

Glory Days: “It all went according to plan”

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Although the main story would be Glory Days’ master plan to gain promotion for Liverpool, a less covered story of the play-offs is the rise of the supposed ‘fringe players’ into genuine first team players under Glory Days. Manager Glory Days has a reputation of taking unappreciated players from other teams and transforming them into a solid football team and Liverpool was nothing different

“Today all the credit needs to go to the players who played their absolute hearts out in order to get the result and not only get the result but to get it in such a emphatic manner”

No doubt praise should be heaped on the players who scored a staggering 9 goals in the two play-off matches and only conceded 2 goals but manager Glory Days has moulded a strong side that has unappreciated and underused players overachieving and giving them an opportunity to perform at the highest level, an apt example was 2 goal hero Mexican winger Andres Guardado who was voted by as the “Player of the Play-offs” ahead of fellow team-mate Robin Van Persie.

High praise but well deserved as he played a pivotal role on the left flank, being a constant terror with his pace, dribbling and accuracy of pass grabbing 3 goals in the process. Manager Glory Days went as far to say that it was Liverpool’s highest priority to get Guardado match fit for the final

“We are working around the clock to make sure that Andres (Guardado) is right for the final”

After joining Liverpool from Aston Villa in season 5, Guardado was dubbed a back up by most managers and played behind the likes of Frank Ribery and Jefferson Farfan however under manager Glory Days; the Mexican international experienced a new lease on life.

After the departure of Ribery to Manchester City, many in the media questioned whether Guardado had the talent to succeed at the highest level yet manager Glory Days never had any doubts

“Andres is a quality player who has been pigeon-holed by previous management but I have seen him play while managing at Leeds and thought that he would be capable of a lot more than others had given him credit for”
and he had repaid his manager’s faith in him by having his best ever season at Liverpool with 4 goals and 7 assists in 22 matches and proving that Glory Days had unearthed another “diamond in the rough”

The gleaming smile across manager Glory Days’ face during the post match press conference says it all, as he was both excited and relieved that his side had been promoted and his players with a belief of success instilled by him had exceeded many people’s expectations for Liverpool football club, many supporters wonder what else is in store for the Reds as they return to the top flight of English Football.

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Manchester City: A season in review

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Final League position: 14th

The team continued their lethargy in recent seasons and failed to gain any momentum. There were no major signings as KopStar hoped that the team could gain some chemistry during the season but this was not to be. Whilst he is happy to work with a similar squad next season, he has signalled his intent to bring in a few new faces in hope of achieving a top 4 finish next season.

High point of the Season

Manchester City 2-1 West Brom

This win was the only time the team had any consistency. This was the 4th win on the trot. Goals were scored by Ribery and fan favourite Vucinic. Previously the team had wins against Stoke (2-1), Peterborough (2-1) and Derby (2-1).

Low Point of the Season

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City

United had won the first meeting between the two sides in convincing fashion, 3-0. The two teams had met in the Shield Quarter final only a few days before this game with United running out 5-2 winners. But this match saw United win all 3 meetings between the sides in very convincing fashion.

Player's Player of the Season: Mirko Vucinic

Previous Winners:

Season 9- Steven Gerrard

Season 8- Mirko Vucinic

Season 7- Mark Schwarzer

Fan's Player of the Season: Mirko Vucinic

Previous Winners-

Season 9- Mirko Vucinic

Season 8- Mirko Vucinic

Season 7- Fernando Llorente

Golden Boot: Mirko Vucinic

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Liverpool: A season in review

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Manager Glory Days holds Play Off Trophy after winning 5-1 over Hull City

Final League Position: 3rd

Liverpool captain Pepe Reina thought that while Liverpool’s promotion was a surprise to some, the Reds were brimming with confidence coming into the finals series “We were confident that we could do it (get promoted), we all knew that if we did our jobs and played as a team we would gain promotion, the boss gave us that belief at the start of the season and although we didn’t always play well, we held a strong belief in our abilities”.

Funny what a season of change does to provide an upbeat perspective. Last season Liverpool were confined to mid table mediocrity under the disastrous reign of Jesse Roach who oversaw not only a 9th place finish but the relegation of one of the most prestigious clubs in England. The appointment of Glory Days was seen as a master stroke by Fenway Sport Group with his experience at promoting big clubs, pragmatism and building clubs around a philosophy.

Although most would deem Liverpool’s promotion into the Premier League as Glory Day’s greatest achievement this season, it was the rebuilding of the defence and solidarity of the back that was a greater highlight. Manager Glory Days had the job of rebuilding an aging defence which was seen to ‘creaking and leaking’ a number of crucial goals last season. Lowering the average age of the defence was a priority for Glory Days and he made a number of key acquisitions in the summer to help rebuild the defence.

An astute transfer was swapping former Liverpool hero Fernando Torres for Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao, the dealing was met with much distaste however Liverpool were struggling to find a suitable left full back as the aging Moretti and Capedevila weren’t doing the job anymore and Coentrao has proven to be a good acquisition as the season has worn on.

High Point of the season: Play off final: Liverpool 5 Hull City 1

When the final whistle was blown, a dream was finally realised by Liverpool. Promotion which was once a thing of optimism and conjecture was a reality for many millions of fans of Liverpool. Jubilation and relief flushed the face of supporters who had been on a roller coaster since they guaranteed a play-off place towards the final quarter of the season. A brace to Andres Guardado and Pirmin Schwegler along with RVP’s free kick finish sealed their promotion and in such emphatic fashion which suggests that the Reds may be headed for more than safety from relegation.

Low point of the season: English Cup round 3: Ipswich Town 1 Liverpool 0

A shock loss in the cup when it just wasn’t Liverpool’s night.

Player of the season and Golden Boot: Robin Van Persie

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The headline transfer coming into Liverpool after the arrival of manager Glory Days, Robin Van Persie came with the fan fare associated with a world class player however there were noticeable questions about the Dutchman’s mentality and ability to score goals. Added to that there were the departures of Fernando Torres, Frank Ribery and Daniel Sturridge who supplied 14 goals throughout the season.

However, Robin Van Persie has realised his potential at Liverpool by grabbing not only the player of the season but also the golden boot (16 goals). The importance of Van Persie cannot be simply explained statistically but by his impact on his team mates “RVP is world class player and the team is worser off when we don’t have him in the team” commented central defender Martin Caceres. His impact on scoring in the biggest occasions such as both play off matches has endeared him to the fans as much as to his manager “Robin is one of those special enigmatic players in the world game. There may have been detractors at the start of the season but now there can be no doubt, he is world class”

Fan’s player of the season: Martin Caceres

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A survivor of the Glory Days’ overhaul of Liverpool’s defensive unit, the Uruguayan International has quickly become ‘the rock’ along with fellow central defence partner Jean Kana-Biyik. Prior to Glory Days arrival, Caceres was used mostly as a left back but Glory Days shifted him to centre half and it has proven an inspired piece of management.

Since then, Liverpool had recorded the second lowest total of goals conceded in Division two, Caceres has emerged as a leader in the team and things are looking up for the Merseyside club.

Surprise Packet of the season: Albin Ekdal

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Little was known about Albin Ekdal when he arrived at Anfield as a part of $14 million deal which saw Claudio Marchisio move to the Blue side of Merseyside. Most supporters considered Ekdal as a dead weight for the transfer of Marchisio to Everton however Ekdal has shown to be an important cog in the Liverpool machine on their way to promotion. Underperformances from initial central midfield pairing of Raul Meireles and Maroaune Felliani left the door ajar for Ekdal who had had impressive showings in their cup side and his eye for goal in a dead ball situations resulting in 9 goals for the Swedish International making him an integral part of the starting XI. His performances in the first team have been so remarkable that it has kept the likes of Felliani out of the side and some supporters have even suggested that if he had performed at this level at the start of the season he could have potentially taken the Player of the season.

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Manchester City: A season in review

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Final League position: 9th

Much improved finish after previously being around 14-15th for the last few seasons.

High point of the Season

Manchester United 0-4 Manchester City

Crushing win over the big rivals. Doubles to Alves and Gomez for a perfect start to the season.

Low Point of the Season

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City

Was 6th consecutive draw meaning too many dropped points. Did fall in the middle of a 9 game unbeaten run

Player's Player of the Season: Mirko Vucinic

Previous Winners:

Season 10- Mirko Vucinic

Season 9- Steven Gerrard

Season 8- Mirko Vucinic

Season 7- Mark Schwarzer

Fan's Player of the Season: Thibaut Courtois

Previous Winners-

Season 10- Mirko Vucinic

Season 9- Mirko Vucinic

Season 8- Mirko Vucinic

Season 7- Fernando Llorente

Golden Boot: Mirko Vucinic (7 goals)

Previous Winners-

Season 9- Mirko Vucinic

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KopStar set to turn down Brazil job

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Belgium's manager KopStar has been offered the Brazilian national team job but he is set to turn it down in favour of staying with Belgium. The world renowned and highly admired manager, who manages Manchester City as well, feels there is more work to be done with the Belgium side.

Brazil have been on the lookout for a new manager after a disastrous world cup campaign but will have to continue the search. Belgium, on the other hand, have shown great progress and, with an average age of only 25 in their last game (including the 36 year old Timmy Simons), they still have a lot of potential.

Belgium have qualified for the last two world cups, progressing to the knockout stages both times. Their most recent world cup game was an agonising 1-0 loss to eventual winners, England. Star defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen were both out injured and had they started many thing Belgium would have won.

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VIDAL TO JOIN PRESTON NORTH END

Arturo Vidal has agreed to leave Manchester City to join Preston North End for a fee of Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo. The Chilean midfielder played 168 games for Manchester City since joining from Sunderland.

In Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba, Manchester City pick up one of the best midfield playmakers in the world as well as one of the best young players in the world.

Manager KopStar cited that such a huge fee was due to so much competition for Vidals signature.

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