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This is What You Asked for Roberto

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has his hands full with several unhappy players and a Premier League that may be as deep as every. (Photo Courtesy Paul Blank)

By Joe Meloni

Forgive me, please, if my only reaction to Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s plea with his players to keep their frustrations to themselves, was a loud, enthusiastic laugh. After backup goalkeeper Shay Given, who could likely start for at least half of the clubs in the Premier League, expressed hope to leave the Eastlands during the January transfer window, Mancini essentially went to the media to keep his players from doing so.

Hypocrisy at its finest. It’s funny that City – a club that spent more money than any other in Europe this summers – is demanding that its players stop making headlines for the wrong reasons. Essentially, Mancini wants his players to keep quiet because he thinks their complaints aren’t good for the time. In this regard, shockingly, Mancini is 100 percent correct. Still, the City players complaining most frequently – Given and striker Emmanuel Adebayor  – have every right to demand more playing time or ticket out of Manchester.
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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 25, 2010

Claudio Pizzaro (center) celebrates with teammates after he scored in the 105th minute against Sampdoria on Tuesday to send Werder Bremen through to the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. (Photo Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Well – Werder Bremen completes massive comeback to qualify for Champions League Group Stage

Werder Bremen completed massive come back against Sampdoria on Tuesday to earn a bid to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. After defeating the Italian club 3-1 in the first leg last week, Bremen fell behind 3-0 on Tuesday, which put them behind 4-3 on aggregate. However, a strike in the 93rd minute from Markus Rosenberg tied the clubs 4-4 and sent the match to extra time. In the 105th minute, Claudio Pizzaro scored for Bremen to seal the its place the 32-team group stage.

The Guardian – Robinho refuses to play in Turkey

Brazilian Robinho has turned down contracts Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Besiktas after deciding life in the country was not for him. The forward spent most of the summer embroiled in a struggle to remain with Brazilian side Santos before Manchester City demanded he return from extended loan spell. However, City’s summer spending spree deemed him expendable. After refusing to sign in Turkey, Robinho claimed he prefers to sign with an Italian or Spanish side, as many of his countrymen have succeeded in both nations.
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What The Soccer Guys are Reading – August 17, 2010

Geovanni becomes the MLS's 14th designated player after he signed with the San Jose Earthquakes. Courtesy SJEarthquakes.com

The Guardian – Mistakes cost Newcastle season opener – Daniel Taylor

Mistakes by newly-promoted Magpies sacrifices a rare win at Old Trafford, falling 3-0 to Manchester United in the season opener. Berbatov stared in beating with one goal and an array of chances to boot.

MLSsoccer.com – Geovanni slotted as 14th Designated Player in MLS – Frank Stranzi

Former Barcelona and Hull City midfielder joins San Jose Earthquakes as team’s first-ever DP. The creative midfielder will be depended on immediately to make plays for a team that is starving for goals.

The Daily Record – Hoops add Swedish stopper to shore up defense

Dainel Majstorovic signs a two-year deal with Celtic from Swedish club, AEK Athens. The 33-year-old international vows to make a difference at Parkhead. Majstorovic marks Neil Lennon’s eighth signing this summer.

Irish Times – Young Boys to play Spurs with utmost confidence

Despite the talent that Tottenham possess, the Swiss side seem to be heavy with belief and even respect of their oppenent ahead of today’s Champions League leg. The cup tie will be Spurs’s first since 1962.

Sky Sports – Liverpool look to Holland for more firepower

New manager Roy Hodgson is prepared to bid over £10 million for Ola Toivonen, the Swedish international and PSV striker. With five goals in his team’s first two games, the Reds see the 24-year-old as another asset up front.

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Newcastle Returns to the Premier League

Newcastle celebrates its title in the Championship last season. The win helped the club regain promotion after a year outside of the Premiership.

By Cameron Dickinson

July, 25 2009 is a day that has become infamous for newly promoted Newcastle United and its fans. July 25 was both the club’s lowest ebb for decades and the spark that ignited the push for an immediate return to the top flight.

That day saw Newcastle crash to a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient in a friendly at Brisbane Road, capping a miserable season in the Premier League which saw it relegated without little more than a whimper on the last day at Villa Park.

The Northeast club was for sale, without a manager and in disarray from top to bottom because no one knew who was going to be in charge in time for the start of the season. Continue reading

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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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