Archives for July 2020

Liverpool FC News and Transfer Talk: Alcantara, Carlos, Moore

Liverpool FC are done, with all competitions, until the Community Shield and the 2020/2021 season arrives. That said it’s going to be an interesting, exciting and eventful off-season, so let’s start covering some of the happenings. As the Shelbyville tow truck guy on that one episode of The Simpsons said, “there’s a doings a transpiring.”

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Jadon Sancho, Raul Jimenez

Regarding the Jadon Sancho to Manchester United transfer saga, most of us are at the point of “c’mon, let’s get this party started already!” According to ESPN reports, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is basically all of us, as he wants the deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger done ASAP.

It would be wonderful if United and BVB could finally get this done, and get it over the line before the Red Devils’ Europa League clash on Wednesday night.

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Frank Lampard Declares N’Golo Kante, Willian Fit for FA Cup Final

Chelsea fans recieved some great news, via manager Frank Lampard, on the eve of the FA Cup Final. Two star players that were strong doubts for the cup clash, Willian and N’Golo Kante, are fit and available for selection. There is some bad news however, as midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins fellow midfield man Billy Gilmour on the long term injury absentee list.

While Willian and Kante could play, it still seems unlikely that either, or both, will be in the first team.

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Christian Pulisic Says He Hasn’t Had Any Injury Issues Lately

When Christian Pulisic missed the FA Cup semifinal win over Manchester United last weekend, it was due to a mysterious, undisclosed injury. The following Wednesday, he only featured as a substitute, coming in midway through the second half, and absolutely bossing the portion of the game in which he was on the pitch.

He was then heavily involved during the Championship Sunday win over Wolves. Having missed some time for no clear specific reason, speculation mounted as to why he was absent. The American has now said that he didn’t have any injury issues, and that he’s good to go for Saturday’s FA Cup final.

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Man City News and Transfer Talk: Nathan Ake, Ferran Torres Kevin De Bruyne

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Manchester City are off until Aug 7, when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. However, there is still a lot of news to cover today, especially so in the transfer market. City have landed their first major signing of the summer transfer window, agreeing to a £41 million fee for AFC Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

That’s according to the PA news agency, who report the deal consisting of a guaranteed £40 million, with potential add-ons rising the sum another £1 million.

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Qualities Every Goalkeeper Should Look For In A Pair of Gloves

A soccer goalkeeper must wear the proper gloves during a match because this will help him defend his post. The gloves enhance his grip and also cushions his hand from the impact of the ball. Overall, the gloves aid him in blocking, catching, or punching the soccer ball. In line with this, below are some of the qualities that every goalkeeper should look for in a pair of gloves.

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Arsenal FC Team News vs Chelsea (FA Cup Final): Bellerin, Mustafi

Arsenal have provided an update on the team news ahead of their FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday and the Emirates club have some injury concerns going into the game.

The North London club ended their Premier League campaign with a 3-2 win over Watford which pushed them to eighth place in the points table. However, they will have to win the FA Cup to qualify for next season’s Europa League.

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Predicted Arsenal FC Starting XI vs Chelsea (FA Cup Final)

Arsenal will be playing their final match of the 19/20 season as they take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The Gunners need a win at Wembley to qualify for the Europa League. They finished the Premier League season in eighth place which isn’t good enough to secure an entry into European football.

Getting over the line against Chelsea will not be easy, given the form that they are in. With players such as Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount in fine form, it will be interesting to see how the North London club line-up.

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Liverpool FC Become Champions of the World

Liverpool is now undisputed champion of the world, Europe – and finally, after 30 long years of waiting, they are now champions of their own country. They have won many titles in-between, but the Premier League has always eluded them – until now. In the 2018/2019 season it was neck and neck with Manchester City all the way until they fell at the final hurdle – anyone betting on this would have got very even odds with it going right down to the wire.

However, this year they managed to secure the title way before the season ended. With fingernails being bitten by Liverpool fans  watching the game that decided it all – Chelsea v Man City, never had a game that didn’t involve Liverpool been so important to the Kop. [Read more…]

Manchester United News: Woodward, Sanchez, Lingard, Giggs


Manchester United are off until a week from tonight, when they’ll face LASK in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie. However, this is no slow news day, with plenty of news related to the summer transfer window, so let’s just dive right in.

United club legend Ryan Giggs believes that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will receive some strong backing in the window this summer, and that CEO Ed Woodward will get three transfers over the line for him between now and when the window closes.

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Lou Henson, Godfather of Modern Illini Athletics, Passes Away

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Lou Henson was the El Pedrino, “The Godfather,” of modern University of Illinois athletics. If you’re a generation X or younger Illini, then you already know how Henson is the Illini legend of all legends in modern sports. Sadly, we lost the Godfather today, as he passed away at the age of 88.

A private graveside service was held with family members earlier today (Wednesday) in Champaign. “It is a sad day for the Illinois Basketball family and Illini Nation as we mourn the passing of Lou Henson, the greatest coach in our program’s proud history,” reads a statement attributed to Illinois Basketball Coach Brad Underwood.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal (FA Cup Final)

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Olivier Giroud is one of the more intriguing storylines as we head into the London derby FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Frenchman notably proclaimed that the national stadium is his house after helping lead the Blues to a win over Manchester United in the FA Cup finale in 2018.

He’ll take on his former team here while riding a purple patch, having scored in his last four appearances. The 33-year-old has found himself to be Frank Lampard’s first choice to lead the line during the restart, and he’s responded by producing prolificly. Six of his eight league goals have been scored in the restart.

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