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A freelance sports writer across various platforms, including Bleacher Report, HITC.com and uMAXit. Follow me on Twitter for all my latest work.

Giroud’s new contract a sign of intent from Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has signed a new contract to keep him at the Emirates until 2018, according to reports. One should be careful not underestimate the...

Cristiano Ronaldo set for another record breaking season, can he surpass Lionel Messi?

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Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have finally left his knee problems behind him, having experienced an outstanding start to the new season.  He scored a hat-trick in Real's...

Diego Costa the key to Chelsea’s Champions League tie vs Sporting

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Diego Costa could be thrown into Champions League action on Tuesday evening, as Jose Mourinho seeks his first three points in Group G. The Chelsea head...

Koeman’s Saints: Committed to the cause

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Ronaldo Koeman's new-look Southampton side may be sitting pretty as they occupy second place in the Premier League table, but the players are not...

Barca star’s return would represent shrewder business than big-money Ronaldo move

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Former Manchester United youngster Gerard Pique has found himself embroiled in speculation linking him with an exit from Catalan giants FC Barcelona in recent days....

Ross Barkley should stay at Goodison, despite City links

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20-year-old Ross Barkley has been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent days. The defending Premier League champions are reportedly plotting a £50 million swoop for...

Arsenal’s defensive crisis serves to further highlight Wenger’s transfer failures

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It's Saturday 16th August; the opening day of the season. Arsenal are at home to Crystal Palace; the first opportunity for the Emirates faithful...

Can Manchester City stop Diego Costa?

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Diego Costa has made a lightning start to life in the Premier League, following his £32 million switch during the summer transfer window. The...

Luke Shaw set to kick-off his glittering Manchester United career

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Having completed a £30 million transfer from Southampton this summer, in a deal that saw him become the world's most expensive teenager, Manchester United's Luke Shaw...

Early impressions suggest Liverpool signed the wrong striker this summer

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Mario Balotelli scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt yesterday evening, but his 82nd minute strike versus Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad overshadowed a largely disappointing...
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Drogba says goodbye to Chelsea as Torres grows impatient

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Despite leading Chelsea to Champions League glory on Saturday it appears Didier Drogba has played his last game for the club. France Football magazine has...

Why Germany Have What It Takes To Win Euro 2012

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Germany has the most decorated national team in the history of the UEFA European Championship. With three titles and three runners-up medals, Die Mannschaf is once again...

England’s Euro 2012 Chances

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There are always plenty of ‘if’s, but’s and maybe’s’ when It comes to England at a major tournament; Euro 2012, though, will take that...

Drogba Completes Roman’s dream

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Chelsea found redemption for the misery of Moscow and ended their long quest to win the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich on penalties...

England Euro 2012 Squad

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England manager Roy Hodgson (he with a 0% England win record) announced the Euro 2012 23-man squad today. His selections (and explanations) were largely...

Mancini, Carlos Tevez and Manchester City’s European Dream

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Roberto Mancini's reward for guiding Manchester City to Premier League glory will be a new £20million contract. Mancini, who has a year left on his current deal,...

Another Year of Scholesy!

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Yesterday evening, at Manchester United’s player of the year dinner, Sir Alex Ferguson announced that Paul Scholes will be staying on as a player...

England’s Latest Recruit

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New England coach Roy Hodgson has sprung a major surprise by appointing Gary Neville to his coaching team. The former Manchester United defender has signed...

A Dramatic End to a Crazy Season

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Yesterday, this year’s roller-coaster Barclay's Premier League season came to a dramatic end following an astonishing afternoon of football. Below is a round-up of how the...

Sneijder, Kagawa or Martinez? The Solution to United’s Midfield problems

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Manchester United are on the brink of having one of their worst seasons in the last decade, and their first trophy-less season since the...

What does the future hold for Tevez, Baines, Drogba and M’Vila?

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Here's a look at the top transfer stories circulating in the Premier League today, with guest appearances from Carlos Tevez (will he stay or...

Real Madrid’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Jose Mourinho has a successful season in charge of Real Madrid. The Spanish side have become the deserved winners of the La Liga and...

Eden Hazard: United or City?

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Eden Hazard is arguably the most sought after player in Europe at the moment. It  now looks like the Belgian dazzler has made his...

Arsenal v Tottenham v Newcastle: The Race for Third Place

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It seems the competition for third place in the Premier League is now going to be decided on the final day of the season....

Roberto Martinez to leave Wigan in the summer?

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Martinez’s last few months at Wigan have been incredible. The Spaniard has performed miracles at the DW Stadium since January. The Latics have won six...

Fulham’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Lack of finances usually dictates Fulham’s transfer policy. Over the years, managers at Craven Cottage have had to bring in players at the lowest...

Everton’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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With Everton, David Moyes has been deprived of funds for much of his time in charge. In recent years he’s had to meticulously assess...

Newcastle’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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It’s really quite amazing that Newcastle can still finish anywhere from 3rd to 6th place in the Premier League, with just one game to...

Tottenham’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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There's no hiding the fact that the wheels have come off Tottenham Hotspur's season, but what did fans expect at the start of the campaign? Whilst...