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Prototype Playmaker Oscar Can Do Everything

OSCAR dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, to give his full name, arrived this summer from Internacional and was promptly given Didier Drogba’s number 11 shirt. If the diminutive Brazilian can achieve half of what the Ivorian legend managed, he will be a rip-roaring success.

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Michael Ballack: Farewell to a Chelsea Legend

LAST week, Michael Ballack called time on his career. As a Chelsea legend, I could not help but be surprised by how little media coverage his retirement received. After Chelsea finally won the Champions League last May, ironically in Munich, many supporters said Ballack was the former player they felt would have been most deserving […]

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England’s Central Defensive Options: Who Replaces Terry?

With John Terry’s retirement from International football recently, how are England looking at the heart of their defence? Do they have the players to replace Terry, will he be a massive loss, or is his unavailability for Roy Hodgson’s lineup a blessing?

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Premier League Week 4: Review & Selected Observations

A post-international Premier League weekend delivered a fairly tepid round of fixtures. Until Monday night that is, where Everton vs. Newcastle produced the most thrilling game of this season so far. All 10 grounds played You’ll Never Walk Alone, we had another ridiculous handshake-gate, and there were more calls for goal-line technology. All in a […]

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Premier League week 2: Selected Observations

This was another fascinating weekend in the self acclaimed, “Best League in the World”. This article looks at 3 selected matches, with observations on tactics, team selections, and talking points going forward. And it’s LIVE.

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Branislav Ivanovic: A Right Back in a Centre Back’s Body

Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea cult hero. He’s also a world class defender. But is the Serbian defender a centre back who can reluctantly cover at right back, or a right back with the physical attributes to cover in central defence?

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Chelsea 2012-13 Season Preview

I have decided to do this preview by category to allow for easier reading. As with any season preview at this stage of the transfer window – almost 2 weeks to go – there may still be significant movement, and even one quality signing can alter the squad’s balance enormously.

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