Manager A shrewd, experienced and highly decorated manager, Dick Advocaat etched his name into Sunderland folklore last season as he steered the club to English Premier League safety in the season’s penultimate game. The Dutchman was appointed on a temporary basis, replacing the sacked Guys Poyet and coaxing a series of determined, disciplined team performances 

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The summer break often has mystical powers when it comes to football fans. Any disappointments from the previous season become fading memories and the positives can be somewhat embellished; a few new signings and the magical optimism returns. The excitement builds as your team travels to the four corners of the world to play either 

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  Do they really need a striker? When Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov claimed his team were just one player short of challenging for the title this forthcoming season, it didn’t take too much examination to work out which position the Russian business magnate was referring to. Lyon’s Alexander Lacazette and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain have both 

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Major transfers IN: Maarten Stekelenburg – £4.7 Million- Roma; Sasha Riether – £1.2 million- Cologne; Fernando Amorebieta – Free – Athletic Bilbao; Derek Boateng – Free – Dnipro Major Transfers OUT: Mark Schwarzer- Free – Chelsea; Simon Davies – Released; Mladen Petric- Released   Martin Jol has a big job on his hands to keep 

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Major transfers IN: Arouna Kone – £6 million – Everton; Antolin Alcaraz – Free – Wigan; Gerard Deulofeu – Loan – Barcelona; Joel Robles – £2 million – Atletico Madrid Major Transfers OUT: Phil Neville – Retired   Everton start the season with a new manager for the first time since 2002 with the departure 

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Major transfers IN: None Major Transfers OUT: Andrei Arshavin – Free – Zenit; Andre Santos- Undis. – Flamengo; Johan Djourou- Loan – Hamburg; Gervinho – undis. – AS Roma; Marouane Chamakh – undis. – Crystal Palace This season looks to be a defining one for Arsène Wenger even though he is now the longest serving manager in 

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After last season’s dramatic and largely controversial season, Chelsea fans have got what they wanted, the return of Portuguese manager and club legend Jose Mourinho. With an apparently settled and largely deep squad, this season could well be the Blues’ best for some time yet.   Expectations Roman Abramovich would not be Roman Abramovich if 

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  1) Review of Last Season It can be said that the 2012-2013 Premier League season was shaped by two key moments for Southampton. The first was on a cold mid-November afternoon in West London. A match dubbed ‘El Sackico’ between Saints and fellow strugglers QPR, resulted in only the second win of the season 

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After the unquestionable snooze fest that was World Cup 2010, I thoroughly enjoyed Euro 2012. There was much more of an attacking intent from the teams involved, but one constant remained: Spain again emerged victorious, showing the importance of creation, movement and being able to keep possession. The Spanish method, it would appear, has resonated 

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Taken from Fantasy Premier League Blog After finishing last year’s season in 13th place, Martin O’Neill will be hoping that he can take the Black Cats to the next level, but all that will depend on O’Neill’s transfer activity in the next three weeks.  If O’Neill brings in some high calibre signings then the passionate 

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