Seven footballing greats who have never won the Ballon d’Or

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By John O’Leary

This year’s Ballon d’Or winner is set to be announced early next month.

Pele and Diego Maradona – considered two of the greatest players to have ever taken to the pitch – weren’t legible to win this prestigious award due to being South American.

As of 1995, the rulings changed to allow South American footballers to be considered as long as they’re currently playing their club football in Europe.

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Mauricio Pochettino Counters Petr Cech Swipe at Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has made his counter point to Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who earlier this week told Spurs they must finally win a trophy in order to claim true progress. Cech fired the shots at Tottenham ahead of the North London Derby, which kicks off in a few hours.

Cech was answering a query about whether or not the balance of power has shifted in the NLD.

Pochettino said at his weekly news conference Friday that he would not trade places with Arsenal and their recent run of FA Cup titles in the past four years.

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Arsenal GK Petr Cech Fires Blatant Shots at Tottenham Hotspur Ahead of Derby

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This is the moment that “international break” transitioned to “North London Derby” week. We went from a void of discussion topics to “Omg! Did he really just say that? Expect a major fallout and repercussions from this.” Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has told rival club Tottenham Hotspur that they need to finally win a trophy in order to claim and convey progress.

With the two teams clashing Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, this is the very definition of “talking trash,” “throwing shade,” “shots fired” and “bulletin board material. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Spurs finished ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League last season, the first time that they have done so in 21 years.

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Manchester United News: Ryan Giggs, Shirt Sales, Andreas Pereira

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It’s international break, and hence a slower period of news, but there’s still a ton of Manchester United storylines circulating on the internet today. Let’s check out what is going on.

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Tottenham Hotspur May Pose Biggest Threat to Manchester City Title Hopes

Tottenham Hotspur were the last team standing between the last two Premier League champions and their eventual glory. They might be again. If not Spurs, it could be Manchester United or the defending champs, Chelsea, who give table topping Manchester City the best challenge for the title, all of them are long shots at this point.

That’s because Man City are running way with it right now, off to the greatest start in Premier League history, and holding an 8 point lead over United and Tottenham. They have 31 points to match their +31 goal differential in the first 11 matches.

Some are saying they could wrap this up, at least in a practical sense, by the time the festive period is upon us.

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Mauricio Pochettino Confident Harry Kane Will be Ready vs Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident that his star striker Harry Kane will be ready to face Arsenal a week from this Saturday. Both of Spurs’ Harrys, Harry Kane and Harry Winks, are not participating with England this international break. Kane has a minor hamstring problem, while Winks suffered a twisted ankle.

Another keys Spurs player, Dele Alli, won’t be on England duty either, as he has a hamstring injury.

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Premier League Big Six Clubs Lose Battle for More TV Revenue

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By John O’Leary 

The English Premier League’s big six clubs have lost their battle to secure more money for overseas television. They will not be seeing a penny more from their lucrative international broadcasting deals. Players that were worth a fortune will take a small dip now too, but there will be a dip nonetheless.

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There is No Board at Arsenal, Says Former Gunners Manager George Graham

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Arsenal football club, on almost every level of the organization, often gets slammed by supporters, supporters of rivals, neutrals and pundits these days. The main target is usually manager Arsene Wenger, but the club board and owner Stan Kroenke often come under fire as well.

This isn’t new of course, but a fresh batch of criticism is circulating this international break. Former Arsenal manager George Graham said that no actual board exists at Arsenal, because “nothing changes” in an interview with The Guardian.

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Arsenal FC Legends Rip Arsene Wenger, State of Current Club

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Arsenal football club and their manager Arsene Wenger have been under heavy criticism for quite some time. The scrutiny doesn’t end there, as owner Stan Kroenke and the Arsenal board are also consistently under fire. Right now, the north London club, on almost every level, is often getting slammed by supporters, supporters of rivals, neutrals and pundits in the global football community.

This isn’t new, but there is a fresh batch of criticism originating with more club legends this international break. Former Gunners Emmanuel Petit and Lee Dixon took massive swipes at the Wenger regime. Additionally, former Gunners manager George Graham took aim at club leadership, saying that there is no board at Arsenal.

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Arsene Wenger Blasts Officials, Calls Raheem Sterling a Diver

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Not many expected Arsenal to compete for the Premier League title this season, but today’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City probably eliminates any realistic chances they might have had. Their loss to the league leaders today now puts them 12 points off the top of the table.

No wonder embattled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was in a bad mood after the match and he sounded off on both the officials and Man City forward Raheem Sterling.

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Pep Guardiola Says City Could Have Scored Six on Arsenal

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has guided his team to the best-ever start to a Premier League season, but still maintains that his side can do even more. He hailed the impressive performance of his team in a 3-1 home over Arsenal, but claims the Citizens still have another level which can be reached.

While many are ready to declare the Premier League title race over now (Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did a few weeks ago), Pep Guardiola says there is still lots of season left to be played.

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Nemanja Matic Says It’s a Six Team Premier League Title Race

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic maintains that it’s a six team Premier League title race, and the current table certainly corroborates his statements. The proverbial big six are the exact same sides that currently reside in the top six slots in the standings, and they are the same exact six teams that Matic listed.

“It’s hard to say after 10 games that someone is going to be champion,” the Serbian said ahead of his side’s UEFA Champions League clash against Benfica on Halloween.

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