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International Business Times UK
02/21/2014
Mesut Ozil Will Become an Arsenal Great, and Fans Mustn't Turn on Him

As Mesut Ozil stepped up to strike his ill-fated penalty against Bayern Munich, he will have been no stranger to the pressure on his shoulders. When Ozil left Schalke 04 for Werder Bremen, he assumed the pressure of being the most expensive teenager in Germany.

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08/21/2013
Spending is the new measure of success for a football club - Proven Quality

ou could be forgiven for assuming in recent weeks that football success is evident not in goals scored and games won, but in players signed; a team built in the boardroom and not the training ground. Welcome to silly season, where the points don't matter and the bids are all made up.

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07/11/2014
Arsenal: Riding on the crest of a wave - Proven Quality

ith a freshly-won major trophy glistening in the Emirates trophy cabinet, three players set to take part in the World Cup final, world class new signings being announced, and Arsène Wenger frolicking on a sun-drenched Brazilian beach having signed a new contract, Arsenal are in the midst of their most serenely positive summer break in recent...

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09/07/2014
Next Goal Wins: Film review - Proven Quality

ext Goal Wins opens with footage of the heaviest defeat ever suffered in an international match, the film's protagonists American Samoa losing 31-0 to Australia in 2001. At its essence, Next Goal Wins is the classic underdog movie, joining the lowest FIFA ranked team as they prepare for the South Pacific Games in the idyllic...

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05/17/2014
Andy Delort says goodbye to Tours FC

It was one of those moments that football is made for. With the Stade de la Vallée du Cher bathed in the honey glow of the spring sun setting over the main stand, Tours FC came out to play the last game of their Ligue 2 campaign.

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03/25/2014
William Carvalho scout report - Portugal defensive midfielder

he Portuguese Primeira Liga has a well-earned reputation for finding and developing top young footballing talent. The Três Grandes in particular (the three big Portuguese clubs - SL Benfica, FC Porto, and Sporting CP) have an incredible track record for bringing through young footballers from Portugal and abroad (notably South America) and turning them into big-league-ready superstars in waiting.

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04/18/2014
Is this the end of Barcelona's cycle? - Proven Quality

n the space of just seven days, Barcelona's current campaign looks to have fallen into ruin. Knocked out of the Champions League following a 1-0 second leg defeat by Atlético Madrid in the Vicente Calderón, Barca's Primera Liga hopes took a battering when a 1-0 defeat at lowly Andalusians Granada coincided with victories for title...

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02/14/2014
How do Premier League clubs fare after sacking their Manager? - Proven Quality

ith 26 games played in the Premier League, 7 clubs have already taken the decision to sack their manager. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the clubs have fared before and after these important decisions, and to try to answer the question, is it a good idea to sack...

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