5:27 AM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
The Fighting Cock 8 mins ago

Midfield madness

Spurs currently have nine central midfielders on the books with another looking to join in Morgan Schneiderlin. Toby Skeels looks at the options open to Mauricio Pochettino and argue who could be close to an exit out of the White Hart Lane revolving door.
Lion Of Vienna Suite 27 mins ago

Season Preview: Jonas

Jonas swears he went into writing his season preview feeling optimistic about the upcoming Wanderers' season. However, by the end of the process, he worries that Bolton fans are in for more of the same frustrating mediocrity. The 2013-14 season for Bolton Wanderers was a potpourri of encouraging and depressing streaks that ultimately saw the Whites stop the rollercoaster on 59 points and in 14th place on the table (Note: It should be pointed out that this was not one of those exciting rollercoaster rides that leaves you invigorated, but rather one of those old all wood numbers that you’re...
Thursday Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, July 31

Thursday Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, July 31

This is a teaching moment. Uncle Menno's gonna drop a little musical culture on you this morning.  If you haven't heard of Anouar Brahem, you'd be forgiven. He's the Tunisian master of the oud, an Arabic progenitor of the lute and the guitar. But set aside any preconceptions you have about "Arabic music" -- Brahem was classically trained in France, and his music effortlessly melds Arabian melodies with jazz, and even elements of French impressionism -- think Erik Satie, or Federico Mompou. I'm a bit of an evangelist for this guy. In this video from 2004, "C'est Ailleurs," the oud and piano...
The Liverpool Offside 7 hours ago

Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 (pen. 2-3): Raheem Sterling Does it Again

Liverpool move on to the final in the International Champions Cup™ as the squeak past Manchester City on penalties on the third stop of their US tour. Manchester City X: Jovetic 53', 67' Liverpool X: Henderson 59', Sterling 85' Penalties: Kolarov (-) (-) Sturridge Touré (-) (+) Can Navas (-) (+) Henderson Iheanacho (+) (+) Lucas There was no Lazar Markovic in the squad this time around--the young Serbian picked up a knock in training--but we did get the return of Philippe Coutinho in the midfield, with Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him and Joe Allen, Jordan...
Cartilage Free Captain 11 hours ago
Tottenham's preseason match got big TV ratings in the USA

Tottenham's preseason match got big TV ratings in the USA

America loves us! They really, really love us! Tottenham Hotspur's friendly against the Chicago Fire drew 383,000 viewers on ESPN, by far the highest rated preseason match of the weekend in the U.S. As a comparison, only 289,000 people watched Arsenal play the New York Red Bulls earlier in the day, and Fox Sports 1's exclusive MLB game drew a paltry 223,000 viewers. Basically, everyone in America loves Spurs because Spurs are the best. Of course, Tottenham had an advantage over the competition in that their match was the only one on ESPN. The main network draws significantly more viewers...
Anfield Asylum 11 hours ago

Samfield Road: Doing A "Spurs"

The discussion of the summer is whether Liverpool or doing a Spurs. Are they? And what is that? I am definitely feeling my Red oats this week after attending Liverpool's friendly here in Chicago. Sure, it wasn't quite the full house I might have expected, but a rabid crowd nonetheless. Is it because Liverpool just don't have the footprint here in the States they'd like to think they do? Man United sold out Soldier Field, but of course we know their global mark is higher than just about any club in the world. Chelsea played at Toyota Park when they were here, and Liverpool would have sold...
7500 To Holte 11 hours ago

Villa battered 3-1 by Chesterfield, but now slightly fitter

It's just pre-season. It's all about fitness. We know that. But it was still awful. Nobody got injured. Callum Robinson had a lively first half. Brad Guzan pulled off some spectacular saves and Jack Grealish looked a cut above anyone on the pitch. Frankly, that's the good news from Villa's 3-1 defeat away to Chesterfield, a match that saw Villa leave most of their first team at home. The First Half Villa served up an abomination for the first 45 minutes. A defence full of holes, a lazy midfield that didn't look remotely interested in keeping the ball and an isolated striker. They should be...

Ex-Wanderer Lands First Coaching Job in Qatar

We hardly knew ye Tuncay Sanli new coach of Umm Salal from Qatar, vía @turkfutbol pic.twitter.com/dNDtcn31Cp — Futbol del Egeo (@FutboldelEgeo) July 30, 2014 As the above tweet explains - ex-Bolton Wanderers, Stoke City and Middlesbrough man Tuncay Sanli has landed his first coaching job at Qatari Stars League outfit Umm Salal. Tuncay, who retired from football recently following his release from Turkish side Bursaspor, made 16 appearances without scoring in what was a frustrating loan spell at Bolton in 2011. Despite there being a provision to make the loan permanent, the deal was...
Royal Blue Mersey 12 hours ago

It's Official: Lukaku is a Blue

The club has held a press conference to officially introduce striker Romelu Lukaku as their latest signing. The long wait is over. The club have announced a record £28 million signing of Romelu Luaku from Chelsea. The 21-year-old Belgian international signed a 5-year contract. The press conference was delayed by approximately an hour which let manager Roberto Martinez to apologize for the delay and to affirm that good things are worth waiting for. I think we can all agree with that statement. Lukaku who had a breakout season while on loan at Goodison last year scored sixteen goals in 3...
The Tilehurst End 13 hours ago

2014/15 Position Previews: Midfielders

A position that makes or breaks any team, the midfield is certainly one that the Royals desperately need to work this coming season. Bucks Royal analyses Reading's current crop of wingers and central midfielders in our latest positional preview. Wingers Garath McCleary My pick for last year's Player of the Season award, Garath McCleary was at times unplayable, scoring some unforgettable goals against the likes of Burnley and Queens Park Rangers. He finished that season with some impressive stats- he chipped in with 12 assists, a mighty feat for a player in a team that mostly struggled...
The Liverpool Offside 14 hours ago
Manchester City v. Liverpool: Preview, Ways to Watch, and Live Coverage

Manchester City v. Liverpool: Preview, Ways to Watch, and Live Coverage

Preview, team news, ways to watch, and live coverage as Liverpool face Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in their second Champions Cup fixture. The International Champions Cup tournament has injected a small amount of life into what otherwise amounts to a bunch of popular teams jet-setting around the US and a very small section of Canada, and it continues today with Liverpool facing Manchester City at Yankee Stadium. There's standings and points--albeit strange ones, with Manchester United earning two last night in their penalty shootout win over Roma--and everything, but as has been...
Cartilage Free Captain 14 hours ago
Tottenham close to young defender signing

Tottenham close to young defender signing

This came a bit out of nowhere, didn't it? Mais Futebol claim Tottenham Hotspur are very close to signing Eric Dier from Sporting Portugal. If Portuguese outlet Mais Futebol are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur are very close to signing young defender Eric Dier. They claim that negotiations are ongoing, that the two sides are close to an agreement, and that it the deal could be finalized in a matter of a couple days, if not mere hours. Dier is English, but has lived in Portugal since he was 10 years old and came through Sporting Lisbon's youth academy. The 20-year-old has made some first...
Cartilage Free Captain 15 hours ago
Derby lining up loan for Tom Carroll

Derby lining up loan for Tom Carroll

Tottenham midfielder headed back to the Championship? Well we've all spilled a lot of blood and tears imagining a future where Tom Carroll is at the heart of Tottenham Hotspur's starting midfield, but it appears that future may have to wait a bit longer. According to the Herts and Essex Observer, Championship club Derby County is lining up a season long loan for Tom Carroll. The 22 year old midfielder has impressed at Spurs but played relatively few minutes. Finding playing time doesn't look to be getting any easier considering that Tottenham has recently acquired every midfielder that has...
The Short Fuse 15 hours ago
Spendy Wednesday: Attack of the Attacking Midfielders Edition

Spendy Wednesday: Attack of the Attacking Midfielders Edition

You may have heard that we are still in the market for a defensive midfielder. But Spendy thinks attacking midfielders are more fun, and many of them cost more as well. While much of the focus on Arsenal's transfer window of late has been on the mythical defensive midfielder, and questions of whether to Carvalho (now that we appear to be able to) or Khedira (because that saga won't yet die), we seem to have forgotten all about attacking midfielders. Alexis Sanchez should have been enough, yes? Not when a certain Mr. McWarchester's involved! Rumor has it that before Alexis signed on the...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 15 hours ago

Rumour Mongering: Borini to Sunderland Back On

Despite Fabio Borini signalling he would remain at Liverpool, rumours suggest Gus Poyet is making one final effort to convince him to move to Sunderland. Liverpool and Sunderland agreed a deal for Fabio Borini some time ago, and though Liverpool are happy to keep the 23-year-old attacker if he continues to reject the Black Cats' advances, they would be equally happy with the £14M on offer for him. As a result, Sunderland are still free to talk to Borini and his representatives; to try and convince him to make the switch. According to a handful of tabloids, they've done just that in recent...
Royal Blue Mersey 17 hours ago

Romelu Lukaku signs for Everton

EDIT: The Liverpool Echo's Greg O'Keefe has just confirmed the news - Confirmed. #Everton have completed a five-year deal for #Romelu Lukaku. Club will announce signing tonight. Massive coup for the Blues — Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) July 30, 2014 Is the wait nearly over? The most anticipated and protracted transfer of the summer could be at an end. The Belgian media are reporting that Romelu Lukaku has agreed a five-year deal to join Everton from Chelsea. The fee is believed to be around £24million - a price widely thought to have been set at the start of the summer, with Lukaku...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 17 hours ago
Rodgers Addresses Tottenham Comparisons in Midst of Summer Spending Spree

Rodgers Addresses Tottenham Comparisons in Midst of Summer Spending Spree

With Liverpool in the midst of a massive summer spending spree, Brendan Rodgers insists the situation at Anfield is different to that a year ago when Tottenham replaced Gareth Bale. Liverpool have made six signings this summer with more to come. It's part of a massive undertaking to make a Liverpool side widely considered too thin even to compete properly on one front deep enough to handle a return to Europe. With Luis Suarez departing, it's also become about replacing—though not necessarily on a one to one basis—the Premier League's top goalscorer. For many, this inevitably brings to...
Roker Report 18 hours ago
Report: Chelsea Winger Set For Sunderland Switch

Report: Chelsea Winger Set For Sunderland Switch

Things are starting to happen and stuff... Sunderland are closing in on the loan signing of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu according to Sky Sports. The Ghanaian was a big hit at the World Cup despite his nation crashing out at the group stage, and following an impressive season on loan at Vitesse looks ready to make a step up into the Premier League. That won't be at Chelsea, naturally, because even Romelu Lukaku can't even force his way into their squad, so Sunderland may just be the ones to benefit instead. Chelsea winger Christian Atsu given permission for talks with Sunderland over...
The Short Fuse 18 hours ago
Arsenal chase intensifies for Portuguese midfielder?

Arsenal chase intensifies for Portuguese midfielder?

William Carvalho, Portuguese defensive midfielder, might be more available that he was ten days ago. According to a report emerging from Portuguese newspaper The Record via Jamie Sanderson at The Metro, Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho--he of the "I'm going to tackle three people at once" school of defensive midfielding--might be more available for an Arsenal move than he was when we last reported about him ten days ago. Here is how Sanderson summed it up: Carvalho has now been put up for sale by Sporting, with the club looking to cash in this summer. Sporting are allegedly...
7500 To Holte 18 hours ago

Could Villa's Ron Vlaar be headed to Lazio?

Rumours have surfaced that Ron Vlaar has been connected to Serie A's Lazio. There's nothing to them. I was a bit shocked this morning when I noticed a headline on NewsNow linking Ron Vlaar to Lazio. We've heard Southampton, QPR, and Manchester United, but Lazio were a new name in the mix. And even though I was dubious, I clicked over to the Forza Italian Football story. The good news: you shouldn't be worried about Ron Vlaar headed to Lazio. Here's the money quote: LaLazioSiamoNoi report that Lazio have made a late charge as they look to reunite Vlaar with his international teammate in...

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