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  • Ominous pre-season a worry for USG's title rivals

    Ominous pre-season a worry for USG's title rivals

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    Ominous pre-season a worry for USG's title rivals

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - There are ominous signs that Paris St Germain will begin the Ligue 1 season at full throttle, which is worrying for their rivals hoping to prevent a fourth consecutive title for the mega-rich capital club. In the last three seasons PSG have struggled to impose their superiority early in the season, being forced to play catch-up. The Qatar-funded club, who are poised to add Argentina forward Angel Di Maria to their already enviable attacking options, have …

  • Mourinho seethes as Arsenal land Wembley blow

    Mourinho seethes as Arsenal land Wembley blow

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    Mourinho seethes as Arsenal land Wembley blow

    The bad blood between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho bubbled to the surface after the Frenchman's Arsenal team defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the season-opening Community Shield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's smart first-half strike settled matters at Wembley Stadium and gave Wenger, embarking on his 20th season at the Arsenal helm, a first win over his Portuguese nemesis at the 14th attempt. The sprightlier of the two teams, Arsenal were good value for their win and would have prevailed more …

  • The 5 young players to watch ahead of the 2015-2016 Premier League season.

    The 5 young players to watch ahead of the 2015-2016 Premier League season.

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    The 5 young players to watch ahead of the 2015-2016 Premier League season.

    Signed from Bristol City as a teenager, Aarons has pace and tricks in abundance. First entering the radar of Newcastle fans during last summer’s pre-season campaign, his season was ultimately disrupted by injury. Netting in the Premier League during a home draw against Crystal Palace, he added to that with a fantastic individual effort against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. …

  • 'It was weird', says Rooney after Everton return

    'It was weird', says Rooney after Everton return

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    'It was weird', says Rooney after Everton return

    Wayne Rooney admitted it felt "weird" putting on the blue shirt of his boyhood club Everton once again in a testimonial match for Goodison Park cult hero Duncan Ferguson on Sunday. Rooney, who started out with the Toffees before being sold to Manchester United in 2004, came off the bench to a standing ovation for the final 15 minutes of the match against Villarreal which the Spanish side won 2-1 before a crowd of almost 35,000. United manager Louis van Gaal will be relieved that Rooney …

  • Rodgers hails 'incredible' Benteke in Liverpool win

    Rodgers hails 'incredible' Benteke in Liverpool win

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    Rodgers hails 'incredible' Benteke in Liverpool win

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed new signing Christian Benteke after his wonder goal set the Premier League giants on their way to victory at third-tier Swindon Town in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday. $50.7 million dollars) arrival from top-flight rivals Aston Villa last month -- scored a spectacular 20-yard volley just after half-time as Liverpool triumphed 2-1 at the County Ground. "Christian's goal was incredible, whether it was a pre-season friendly or in a league or …