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Liverpool In Transit

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By Kevin Koczwara

News coming from Liverpool’s home base, Anfield, hasn’t usually been the most uplifting news for a few years now. Owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks took on an investment too big for their bite that only got worse after the global economy tanked. Investors have come and gone in droves. Players have been upset by management and have been rumored to move during each transfer window with a lack of potential transfers moving to Anfield being slim.

This summer Rafa Benetiz was asked to leave his post at the club and then signed on to take over Jose Mourinho’s vacant post at Inter Milan, which are some heavy and big shoes to fill. The club was in flux and there seemed to be no end to transfer rumors for their talisman players (Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres), a shortage of cash, again, and a real limited supply of eligible, affordable, and qualified managers in the market to replace Benetiz — who really did need to go after he alienated much of the squad.

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2010-11 Could Be a Rough Ride for Chelsea

Chelsea celebrates its double win last year with its fans. The Blues earned the Premier League championship and FA Cup, but an interesting couple months since its wins have fans and the media wondering if the Blues can repeat this season. Photo courtesy TheNationalGame.com

By Cameron Dickinson

Last season Chelsea finally wrestled the Premier League title out of Manchester United’s grasp to regain its place on top of the English game after three years of trying.

Entering the season the Blues expected to rival Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant side, and that proved to be the case thanks to a number of devastating attacking displays which saw them score a record 103 goals.

Chelsea’s attacking prowess was undoubtedly the reason why it lifted its third title in six years, changing the style of the team from the efficient machine of the Jose Mourinho era in to one of the most open, exciting teams in Europe.

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Top Transfers of the Summer, So Far

By Kevin Koczwara

David Villa — Before the World Cup Barcelona made one of the biggest splashes in the transfer market of the summer. Villa’s move to Barcelona could be the best deal of the summer for both player and club. Villa’s asking price would have sky-rocketed after he helped Spain win the World Cup with his team leading and competition-tying five goals, but the Catalans got him for a fair price from Valencia. Villa will fit into the Barcelona squad with ease — I mean it consists mostly of Spain’s World Cup and Euro 2008 winning side that he helped lead.

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What the Home Grown Player Rule Means for the Future of the English Premier League

By Cameron Dickinson

Since England’s disastrous World Cup campaign everyone has been coming out of the woodwork to bemoan the complete lack of young English talent coming through the ranks in the Premier League, particularly at the top clubs.

The second round would be all the nation could hope for such is the dearth of players available to Fabio Capello; indeed that would be a great achievement in 10 years time when the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ retires.

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Capello and England Face Date with Destiny

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By Mark Duckworth

This World Cup was supposed to be different. This was supposed to be the one where England made its mark on the international stage and finally eclipsed that win back in 1966. But after two draws from two games, England is staring down the barrel of an early exit, and with Tyrant Terry causing more problems for Capello it could all end in tears come Wednesday afternoon.

“This is the big mistake, a very big mistake. But I hope that sometimes from the big mistake a big performance comes out.”

That’s what Capello told The Times regarding Terry’s outburst, and what he expects to see when his selected 11 walk into Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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Capello Finalizes England's Squad

By Cameron Dickinson of The National Game

All the speculation finally ended at 3 p.m. yesterday when Fabio Capello put the nation out of its misery by naming the 2010 World Cup squad.

Gone were the shock call-ups of the past (Theo Walcott in 2006 anyone?) as the manager appears to be placing his faith in those that have experience at the international level, rather than those with fewer caps.

Already some are willing to write off the tournament as they do not agree with some of the choices made by the Italian, but then this would be the case no matter who was in the final 23. At least the questions can stop for now, and we can now look forward to the greatest event in the world — which kicks off in just nine days.

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Capello Still Has Decisions To Make

By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

So the dust has settled on another Premier League campaign, and the attention will turn to South Africa and England as they look for glory. But before we get to June 11,  Fabio Capello has some choices to make and with the announcement of Capello’s 30 man squad today, Mark Duckworth takes a look at some of the old and new faces trying to get a seat on the plane to South Africa.

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