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Strikers
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Strikers – Premier League clubs are going crazy for them this summer

The Premier League’s Top New Strikers Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United – £75-90m See here for more info on the big Belgian hitman. Álvaro Morata – Real Madrid to Chelsea – £58-70m The Spanish striker might not be as powerful as Diego Costa but he’s younger and more versatile. Plus, he’s a clinical finisher. Despite rarely being first-choice at Real Madrid last season, Morata still scored 20 goals. Now, he has his chance to be the star striker. Will

Newcastle
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Newcastle United 2017-18 – Reasons to Be Optimistic

The Manager Clubs don’t usually arrive in the Premier League with a manager like Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard’s record speaks for itself – Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan. He has won the Champions League, The Europa League, the Spanish League, the FA Cup and now the Championship. Last summer, Benitez sold big-name players like Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum and rebuilt his squad for promotion. The plan worked and now Newcastle are back in the big time. Premier

Everton 2017-18
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Everton 2017-18: Who’s in and who’s out

Ronald Koeman has been the Premier League’s busiest manager so far this summer. With big-money signings and big-money departures, there’s a revolution going on at Goodison Park. So what will Everton 2017-18 look like? Everton 2017-18 – Goalkeepers A strong stopper is the foundation of any great team. Most clubs know who their first-choice keeper is but last season, Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg played 21 games each. Robles started 2017 with three consecutive cleansheets but then the mistakes started

Liverpool transfer
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Liverpool Transfer Plans – Summer 2017

Goalkeeper Jürgen Klopp is right to think that an upgrade is needed here. Last season, neither Loris Karius nor Simon Mignolet was convincing. AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma would be a brilliant Liverpool transfer and there are also rumours about Sevilla’s Sergio Rico. Watch this space. Defence After Southampton’s complaints, Liverpool may now miss out on their number one transfer target Virgil van Dijk. However, another centre-back should be a priority for a club in the Champions League. Klopp doesn’t rate

Lacazette
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Alexandre Lacazette – is he the answer to Arsenal’s problems?

It looks like Arsène Wenger has finally got his man. French striker Alexandre Lacazette is set to join the Gunners for a club record fee of £52million. The Arsenal fans will be pleased to see another big money transfer, but is this the player they need to challenge for the Premier League title next season? Lacazette certainly ticks the age and consistency boxes. At 26, he is in his goalscoring prime and he has scored 91 times in the last

Chelsea Improvements
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Chelsea Improvements – Conte’s Plans for the 2017-18 Season

The Back Three Antonio Conte’s switch to 3 at the back was the talk of the 2016-17 season. The Italian looks likely to continue with that formation but Chelsea improvements are needed here. Kurt Zouma could be sent out on loan, while John Terry has been released and Nathan Aké has joined Bournemouth. That puts a lot of pressure on Gary Cahill, David Luiz and César Azpilicueta. Conte’s top centre-back targets were Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil van Dijk but Chelsea

Manchester United
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Manchester United – What Will Their Strikeforce Look Like Next Season?

The football world was shocked when José Mourinho decided not to renew Zlatan Ibrahimović’s Manchester United contract. Yes, the Swedish superstar is now 35 and recovering from a serious knee ligament injury, but he was far and away the club’s top scorer last season, with 28 goals in 46 games. Without Zlatan, where will United’s goals come from? Are the club’s young strikers ready to take centre stage? Last season, it felt like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were mostly

Confederations Cup
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2017 FIFA Confederations Cup – The Semi-finals

Confederations Cup Semi-final 1: Portugal vs Chile This should be the pick of the semi-finals, as both nations have brought very strong squads to the Confederations Cup. Euro 2016 winners Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and the 2 Silvas – new AC Milan signing André and new Manchester City signing Bernardo. Copa América Champions Chile, meanwhile, have their new record goalscorer Alexis Sánchez, as well as Claudio Bravo and Arturo Vidal. In Group A, Portugal brushed aside New Zealand and

Euro U21
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Euro U21 Semi-finals – Who And What to Look Out For

Euro U21 Semi-final 1 – England vs Germany Welcome to the latest edition of one of European football’s biggest rivalries. Germany won 1-0 when the teams met in a friendly back in March but Aidy Boothroyd’s England will fancy their chances this time in this Euro U21 semi-final. After a 0-0 draw against Sweden, they secured victories over Slovakia and Poland to finish top of Group A. They’re playing with confidence, grit and flair. Germany, meanwhile, had to qualify for

transfers
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Premier League Transfers – The Best of June 2017

1. Bernardo Silva, Monaco to Manchester City, £43million Pep Guardiola has started early with his transfers this summer. Goalkeeper Ederson arrived for £35million but Silva is the star signing. The 22-year-old midfielder was in scintillating form for Monaco last season, as they won the French league and reached the Champions League semi-finals. He scored 11 goals but it’s his creative play that City fans will be most excited about. Playing alongside his namesake David and Kevin De Bruyne, Silva could

European Under-21 Championship
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European Under-21 Championship – 5 Players to Watch

Marco Asensio, Spain Spain have an unbelievable squad  at the European Under-21 Championship but if you had to pick one standout star, it would probably be Asensio. The attacking midfielder showed off his talent with a brilliant hat-trick against Macedonia in the opening game. After spending the 2015-16 season on loan at Espanyol, Asensio returned to Real Madrid and played a key role in their double-winning campaign this year. Daniele Rugani, Italy Generation after generation, Italy just keep producing great

England Under-21s
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England Under-21s – The Approaches of Southampton and Chelsea

After a 0-0 draw against Sweden, the England Under-21s must now beat both Slovakia and hosts Poland to make it through to the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. People are questioning Aidy Boothroyd’s tactics, but also the big-game experience of his players. Are our top Under-21 players getting enough football? Here’s a look at the very different approaches of two of the major clubs involved, Southampton and Chelsea. 5 of the current England Under-21s either play or

2017-18
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5 Fixtures To Watch Out For In The 2017-18 Premier League Season

Fixture 1. Saturday 23rd September 2017 – West Ham vs Tottenham It was West Ham’s 1-0 victory in this fixture back in May that finally ended Spurs’ hopes of beating Chelsea to the Premier League title. Manuel Lanzini’s goal handed Mauricio Pochettino’s side their only defeat in the final 13 matches of the season. Tottenham will be looking for a solid start to their 2017-18 campaign, and some sweet revenge in this London Derby. Fixture 2. Saturday 16th December 2017

Mahrez
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What’s Next for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez?

The 2016-17 season didn’t exactly go according to plan for Riyad Mahrez. After plenty of transfer gossip linking him with a summer move to Arsenal, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year struggled to rediscover his title-winning form. Now, the transfer gossip has started again. Will he stay at Leicester City for another season? And if not, where will he go? It was always going to be hard for Mahrez to match his incredible 2015-16 numbers. The Algerian got 17

U-20 World Cup
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England’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Heroes

Meet England’s U-20 World Cup heroes: Freddie Woodman, Newcastle United Woodman’s penalty save in the U-20 World Cup final helped him to win the Golden Glove award. It seems like he’s now ready for Premier League football at Newcastle.  Jonjoe Kenny, Everton Kenny is the first of 4 stars from Ronald Koeman’s Everton squad. The right-back made his second Premier League appearance in May and 2017-18 could be his breakthrough season. Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea Tomori made his only Chelsea appearance

Scotland v England
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Scotland v England – World Cup Q Football

Scotland Last Chance Saloon Scotland come into this game knowing they need a victory.  They currently stand 6 points behind England in the table and perhaps more importantly they are behind Slovakia and Slovenia by 1 and 2 points respectively.  They know that at the very least they must draw this game with England. Unfortunately I cannot see this happening.  If we match the players up on each other there are mis-matches all over the pitch.  Very few have Champions

Lukaku
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Romelu Lukaku – Flat-Track Bully or Superstar Striker?

In March, Romelu Lukaku rejected a new Everton contract, saying that it was time to move on to a bigger club. But which one? It looks like it may be a case of moving back to a bigger club. This week, the Belgian striker announced that he knows where he wants to play next season. And the rumours are that it’s Chelsea, the club who sold Lukaku for £28million back in 2014. So, what has changed since then and is

Summer 2017
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Summer 2017 – The Best Football To Watch During the Off-Season

Mourning the end of the European club season? Worry not, there’s plenty more football to watch during Summer 2017. Summer 2017 – Under-21 UEFA European Championships Where: Poland When: 16th – 30th June Aidy Boothroyd’s England team are one of the favourites to win this tournament but the likes of Germany, Spain and Portugal stand in their way. First, England must top Group A above Slovakia, Sweden and the hosts Poland. Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek is missing through injury but otherwise it’s

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