English Premiership

Chelsea’s Oscar to wear No. 8 this season


Chelsea have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming season, with Oscar taking the No.8 shirt previously worn by club legend Frank Lampard. The England international made the shirt his own during his 429 Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge, during which time he scored 147 top-flight goals. The jersey was so well associated with Lampard, widely regarded as the ...

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Preview: Manchester United v Swansea


Barclays Premier League Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 16 August Kick off: 11:45 TEAM NEWS Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has a hamstring injury that could keep him out for a month. Jonny Evans missed Tuesday’s friendly win over Valencia and could join the likes of Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick on the sidelines for Louis van Gaal’s first game ...

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No Chelsea option to sign Everton’s Barkley and Stones

Roberto Martinez: No deal with Chelsea to have option on Ross Barkley

Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea have been given first option to sign Everton duo Ross Barkley and John Stones. Everton signed Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea last season before completing the permanent capture of the Belgium international earlier this summer. Chelsea winger Christian Atsu moved to Goodison Park on loan this week and that has prompted claims ...

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Man United won’t win the Premier League – Scholes

No slacking: The Dutch manager watches on as the players are put through their paces in Miami

Louis van Gaal has brought “fear” back into the Manchester United players but will not win the Premier League this season, according to Paul Scholes. Van Gaal was named manager of United at the of the end 2013-14 campaign after David Moyes oversaw the club’s seventh place finish in his debut season at Old Trafford. The Dutchman only arrived in ...

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Tottenham boss Pochettino not worried about the sack


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is not concerned about the pressure of the job or the threat of the sack at White Hart Lane. Pochettino left Southampton to take charge at Tottenham in the summer and he became the ninth manager to be appointed since Daniel Levy became chairman in 2001. Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed by Levy last December and ...

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Goalkeeper Lindegaard considering Man United exit


Anders Lindegaard is considering a move away from Manchester United, according to the goalkeeper’s agent. Lindegaard, who joined from Norwegian side Aalesunds, has acted as back-up since moving to Old Trafford in 2010 and has managed just 29 appearances for United in all competitions. The 30-year-old’s first-team chances appear to be increasingly slim in the forthcoming season with David de ...

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Aguero signs five-year contract extension


Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has signed a new five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2019. The 27-year-old joins Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium. Aguero famously scored the last-minute goal which won the Premier League title on the final day of the 2011/12 season. “Last ...

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Zenit St Petersburg sign Garcia from Man City for £13m


Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia has joined Zenit St Petersburg on a five-year contract for a fee of £13m. The Blues paid Benfica £16m for the Spain international, 27, in July 2012. Although Garcia won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup last season, he was not a regular starter either for Manuel Pellegrini or his predecessor as manager, ...

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How to say “van Gaal” and other EPL names


As we count down the minutes until Premier League football returns to fill the void left by the end of the World Cup, here is the Pronunciation Unit’s guide to a few of the new names, and one familiar one. Stressed syllables shown in upper case, -uh denotes a weak vowel as “a” in “sofa” or “ago”. Manchester United manager ...

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Pulis quits Crystal Palace ahead of EPL opener


Manager Tony Pulis has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent less than 48 hours before the start of the season. Pulis, 56, met with chairman Steve Parish on Thursday as tension between the pair  came to a head. The former Stoke boss, who won the Premier League’s manager of the year award last season, had been frustrated by the failure ...

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