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Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez Recieving Treatment After Being Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez Recieving Treatment After Being Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

Get Well Soon - Jonas Gutierrez (Image from PA)Since his arrival on Tyneside, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has established himself as a fan favourite at Newcastle. So it will come as a shock to them that Gutierrez is taking some time off from playing for the club to battle against testicular cancer. Diagnosed several months ago, the winger has already undergone surgery in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle and the cancerous tumour…

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When Will The Nightmare End For Fulham?

When Will The Nightmare End For Fulham?

Fulham continue to slide as Magath looks elsewhere for answers (Image from Getty)

Like a nightmare that they cannot wake from, Fulham fans find themselves in the depths of despair watching their beloved clubs sink into the abyss. Rooted to the bottom of the Championship with only one point in six games, Fulham look lost at sea with hope of turning the situation around disappearing over the horizon. At the helm of this sinking ship is manager Felix Magath, the German coach who…

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AC Milan Show Grit Needed To Lift Serie A Title

AC Milan Show Grit Needed To Lift Serie A Title

Milan grabbed all three points in an epic match with Parma (Image from Getty)

As far as excitement goes, the Serie A clash between Parma and AC Milan at the weekend had it all. Nine goals, two sending’s off, some sublime finishes and an outrageous own goal in what turned out to be one of the highlights of a goal filled Sunday in Italy’s top league. The gauntlet had been thrown down earlier on by AC Milan’s arch rivals and neighbours Inter who thoroughly thrashed Sassuolo…

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Wanted - One New Owner To Instill Pride Back Into Fallen Giant

Wanted – One New Owner To Instill Pride Back Into Fallen Giant

Wanted - New Owenr (Image from Google)

Wanted – One football mad billionaire to invest in well established and popular club with significant history of success. Glasgow Rangers is looking for a buyer who can end the non football related turmoil at the club and restore it to its former glory. Must be able to handle boardroom drama, petty bickering and fat cats lining their pockets with cash. New owner will be expected to clear house…

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Munir Enters The Fold With A Bang

New Prospect - Munir El Haddadi  (Image from Getty)

With all the recent changes at Barcelona and the high profile arrivals of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen, the emergence of Munir El Haddadi into the first team could have gone unnoticed. But the young Spanish striker of Moroccan descent decided that he wanted to enter the fray with a big splash rather than sliding in under the radar. And how he did that. Under new head coach Luis…

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Portugal Defeat Spells Trouble For Bento

Portugal Defeat Spells Trouble For Bento

Much to Ponder - Paulo Bento (Image from GETTY)

After a disastrous World Cup campaign where Portugal failed to get out of first gear, many questioned were asked whether Paulo Bento should remain in charge. The former Sporting Lisbon coach has only been in charge since September 2010 but his time has been less than spectacular. Despite a positive start to his international managerial career, which saw him lead Portugal to the Euro 2012 semi…

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India Gears Up For Football Frenzy With ISL Kick Off

India Gears Up For Football Frenzy With ISL Kick Off

India gets set for ISL inaugral season (Image from Getty)

In just over a month’s time, the inaugural season of the Indian Super League is set to begin with anticipation in the country reaching fever pitch. The league, which comprises of eight teams, was founded last year in a bid to make football into one of the top sports in India and put the country firmly on the international footballing map. Set up to run similar to the MLS, the league operates…

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Argentina Gets World Cup Revenge With A Little Help From An Angel

Argentina Gets World Cup Revenge With A Little Help From An Angel

Argentina's Angel  - Di Maria (Image from Getty)

Less than two months after Germany snatched the World Cup away from Argentina in extra time, the two sides met again in a friendly in Dusseldorf last night with the result somewhat of a surprise. This time it was Argentina who took the plaudits with a stunning 4-2 win that saw Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria take centre stage. The electric winger was on fire in the North Rhine-Westphalia…

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Defoe To Remain In Toronto, For Now

Defoe To Remain In Toronto, For Now

Under Pressure - Tim Bezbatchenko (Image from Getty)

It was a very long day for Tim Bezbatchenko and one that he won’t necessarily forget any time soon. Just a day after sacking manager Ryan Nelsen and his entire coaching staff for what he deemed as a run of poor results, the Toronto FC general manager was back in the trenches again trying to prevent Jermain Defoe from leaving the club. Three English Premiership clubs including QPR were actively…

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September Poll - Best Transfer Deadline Day Move

September Poll – Best Transfer Deadline Day Move

Falcao arrives at United (Image from MUFC)

And breathe. After a breathtaking transfer deadline day which saw some surprise moves and a few shock transfers, fans can start to rest easy knowing that their team is safe, at least until the next transfer window in January. Many Manchester United fans will be celebrating today after the Old Trafford Club signed Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on a year-long loan deal. The former Porto and…

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BOTN Transfer Window Premiership Special - Predicting Who’s In And Who’s Out

BOTN Transfer Window Premiership Special – Predicting Who’s In And Who’s Out

 Transfer Window (Image from SkySports)

Ah the transfer window is upon us again. It’s an anxious filled day for fans who dream about celebrating new signings but dread the departure of their star players. The rumour mill kicks in weeks before causing those anxiety levels to rise and rise only eventually relieved as the window slams shut tonight. For the clubs in the Premiership, it’s their last chance until January to balance their…

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Almunia Forced Into Retirement Due To Heart Condition

Almunia Forced Into Retirement Due To Heart Condition

Manuel Almunia has been forced to retire due to a heart condition (Image from Getty)

The news that Manuel Almunia has retired from the game probably raised few eyebrows given the long successful career that he has had. At aged 37 he was in the twilight of his career and after being released by Watford at the end of last season, many assumed that his body had caught up with him and he could no longer perform at the highest level. But in fact Almunia was days away from signing a…

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Defender Becomes Ludogorets Legend With Double Penalty Shoot Out Saves

Defender Becomes Ludogorets Legend With Double Penalty Shoot Out Saves

Cosmin Moti becomes a legend with two penalty saves (Image from Getty)

The Champions League qualifier match between Bulgarian champions Ludogorets and Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest should have been fairly non news worth game but instead turned into a memorable affair, at least for one player in particular. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Ludogorets had it all to do in this game if they were to secure a spot in the Champions’ League group stage. The…

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Friends Rally To Support Gazza’s Ongoing Battle With Alcoholism

Friends Rally To Support Gazza’s Ongoing Battle With Alcoholism

Paul Gascoigne, England Legend (Image from PA)

The pictures released last week of Paul Gascoigne were startling to many including close friends of the former Rangers, Lazio, Newcastle and Tottenham player. Being helped into an ambulance by police, a frail and weathered Gascoigne looked nothing like the joker he once was and way beyond his 47 years. The cause of this is alcohol which has ravaged the player for over a decade now since…

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Moody And Mackay Careers In Football in Doubt After Text Scandal

Moody And Mackay Careers In Football in Doubt After Text Scandal

Schoolboy antics - Moody and Mackay (Image from EMPICS)

Schoolboy antics - Moody and Mackay (Image from EMPICS)

The ongoing soap opera that is Crystal Palace Football Club this season took yet another unusual twist yesterday with the clubs Sporting Director Ian Moody forced to resign after revelations about inappropriate communications he made during his time at Cardiff. It’s alleged that Moody sent several hundred text messages and emails to then manager Malky Mackay of a racist, sexist and homophobic…

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