Anthony Martial Upset Club Gave Ibrahimovic his Kit Number

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20-year-old Anthony Martial was reportedly a target of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before Manchester United signed him for £36 million on last summer’s deadline day. He was worth every penny and more, as Soccerex now rates Martial the most valuable U21 player alive.

He was huge for the Red Devils this past season, providing a spark plug for an offense that was quite often stuck in neutral. He even took home the Premier League Player of the Month Award for September.

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“Negative Recruiting” Against James Franklin? MSU, OSU Coaches Respond

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Throughout the spring and summer, more shocking revelations about Joe Paterno have emerged. These findings further damn his legacy. Prior to this year, it was widely known that Paterno was made aware of the fact that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child rapist.

What we’ve learned in 2016 is that Paterno knew his second-in-command was a child rapist as far back as 1976. It goes without saying how awful this fact is, and how that affects the Penn State football brand.

That damaged brand obviously affects recruiting, and provides serious obstacles for James Franklin.

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Mike Arteta Wipes All Arsenal FC Posts Off His Instagram

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Several iconic figures in Arsenal Football Club history, who had all gone on to become Arsene Wenger proteges, have recently left the club. Thierry Henry might be the most high profile of the group.

Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta also left, to join Manchester City, with the former then moving on to New York City FC, who are share the same ownership group as Man City. With the case of the former midfielder Mikel Arteta, it appears the divorce was quite bitter.

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What Would a Donald Trump Presidency Look Like? Go Rent “Idiocracy”

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In 2016, America is more politicized than ever. Politics are the new spectator sport, and The Sports Bank does and always has gotten political once in a great while. You can’t separate politics from other facets of life anyway. TSB is always about entertainment and pop culture too, so you’ll probably enjoy this piece I wrote on the film “Idiocracy,” and how much Donald Trump is emulating the President in the movie.

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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid, Won’t Choose Sides

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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Chelsea FC Squad Numbers Revealed: Kante #7, Michy #23

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Chelsea FC have landed in the United States. Their plane touched down in Los Angeles, California and they have commenced training for the International Champions Cup, a meaningless preseason faux-tournament. On Saturday, they’ll face Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest of any outside of North Korea.

The last time a soccer game was played there, in August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United, a new record was set for American soccer single game attendance.

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Liverpool FC Complete £13 Million Joe Allen Deal with Stoke City

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In the past few days, Liverpool FC formally announced the arrival of Ragnar Klavan to boost their central defense. So they’ve made a purchase and a sale recently (and also seen one of their free agents, Kolo Toure find a new home).

Additionally, Liverpool and Stoke City today announced the completion of a £13 million, five year deal for midfielder Joe Allen.

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Kolo Toure Leaves Liverpool; Reunites with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

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In the spring of 2015, when he was manager at Liverpool FCBrendan Rodgers hinted at his simmering frustrations with Dejan Lovren by suggesting Kolo Toure‘s commitment on a daily basis was the reason that Toure had been selected ahead of Liverpool’s £20 million signing.

Rodgers was a huge fan of what Kolo Toure proverbially brought to the table, and now the two men are reunited.

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Luke Shaw, Juan Mata Apologize to Man United Fans for Cancelled Game

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The Manchester Derby, summer preseason friendly version, was scheduled for tonight, but now it won’t actually be taking place.

The game, part of the International Champions Cup exhibition, was supposed to be played at the 91,000-capacity Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, China. (Only about 40,000 tickets were sold) 

However, serious flooding engulfed the region and the first Premier League meeting between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola had to be cancelled. The training and practice pitches were in such horrendous shape, that this game was inevitably going to be called off. They even had to hold press conferences outside. 

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Man United’s China Tour Turns Even More Disastrous

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Jose Mourinho can’t wait for Man United to complete their preseason tour of China, and proverbially get out of Dodge. You certainly can’t blame him, given the all the disasters unfolding around him. Due to catastrophic flooding, tomorrow’s friendly between Man United and rivals Man City was a serious doubt to even occur.

Some still believed the match should go on as planned, despite serious issues with the playing field. Well a pitch in very poor shape has now led to the cancellation of the game.

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Donald Trump: How the International Community Laughs at Us

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If Donald Trump wins the Presidency in November, then his name will become the go-to retort for any non-American attempting to put us down these next four years, or God forbid, eight. Actually, this scenario is already here right now. The Donald is the knee-jerk USA punchline as I observed and experienced during my two week, four nation odyssey across the British Isles this month.

Yes, when the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland and I got into a Twitter back and forth, they immediately played the Trump card without hesitation.

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Liverpool FC Fan, USWNT Star Carli Lloyd Wants to Play for LFC Ladies

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Carli Lloyd, winner of both the Ballon d’Or (World Player of the Year) and Golden Ball (World Cup MVP) made her triumphant return to action on July 11th. Two weeks ago, Lloyd came on for Lindsey Horan at halftime of the United States 1-0 win over South Africa at Soldier Field today, which marked her first appearance since April 10th. 

She suffered a sprained MCL with the NWSL’s Houston Dash on April 23, and that day marked a chance for her to get “knocking the rust off” ahead of the Olympics which begin next week in Rio.

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