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Nathaniel Clyne officially signed for Liverpool today, Brendan Rodgers sixth signing of the summer. But how will Clyne fit into Rodger’s system? To answer that we take a look at Nathaniel Clyne’s Southampton performances from the 2014/15 Premier League season

icc2015With only three weeks notice, organizers of the Manchester United v San Jose Earthquakes have moved their July 21 meeting from the 62,000-capacity Kabam Field at the University of California in Berkeley to the Earthquakes’ 18,000-capacity Avaya Stadium.

The move was made at the request of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal as he was concerned with the travel time to Berkeley.

A statement issued by the organizers said,

“Our campus representatives were informed by our promotional partner, Relevent Sports, that the Manchester United vs. San Jose Earthquakes match scheduled for July 21 at California Memorial Stadium, has been relocated to Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 Rivalry

dortmund-schalke-logoThe Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 rivalry is known as the Revierderby, translated the “territory,” or the Ruhr derby. The Ruhr reference is associated with the region of Germany in which both teams are located, which is North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The two football clubs first met on 3 May 1925. BVB had been in existence since 1909, while Schalke 04, also known as the Königsblauen, was founded in 1904. The initial meeting ended with Schalke winning 4-0. It was noted that the winner’s playing style consisted of a series of short, flat passes. Over three years, the two teams met a total of three times with the Königsblauen winning all three derbies. They did not play each other again until 1936 when the Gauliga was created.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund Rivalry

bayernvdortmundThe football rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga is relatively new. Although some media folks have dubbed it “Der Klassiker, ” it does not have the long history that defines so many other football rivalries. However, that does not make it any less real or intense. In a way, it’s perhaps even more wrought with emotion than longstanding rivalries because so many of the slights, ill-tempered moments, and bitter memories of defeat are fresh in both player and fan minds.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Rivalry

afc-thfcThe football rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one fueled by both neighborhood and team pride. Known as the North London derby, this competition is one defined by aggressive, passionate play on the pitch and loyal, loud fans in the stands. The two venues where these teams play, Emirates Stadium for Arsenal plays and White Hart Lane for Tottenham Hotspur, are within miles of one another, making this rivalry even more powerful.

Arsenal v Chelsea Rivalry

wengervmourinhoThe football rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea is an intercity one, as both clubs are located in London. Chelsea’s home pitch is Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal’sw is Emirates Stadium. This is more of a fan-based rivalry than a team induced one. The competitive nature of the fixtures involving the Gunners and the Blues became more intense in the 1930s even though the teams had been meeting for more than 25 years.

The first league fixture involving the two clubs occurred on 9 November 1907 at Stamford Bridge. The home team, Chelsea, beat Arsenal 2-1. The teams have met a total of 186 times. Since 2000, with the rise of Chelsea in the English Premiere League, the rivalry has taken on more importance.

Liverpool v Everton Rivalry

merseyside-derbyThe football rivalry between Liverpool and Everton is known as the Merseyside derby. Since 1955, the Liverpool/Everton fixtures have been referred to in this manner. The teams, both of which are from Liverpool, have been battling since 13 October 1894. Liverpool’s home pitch is Anfield, while Everton calls Goodison Park its home.

The rivalry between these two teams has traditionally been amiable. So much so that for years the fans of each team mixed together in the stands. There was no need to segregate Liverpool and Everton supporters, which is often done by other teams in order to disarm violent situations before they develop. Although it is still one of the few derbies that does not enforce fan segregation, the battles on the pitch have intensified and the Merseyside derby has, as of late, seen more red cards than any other Premier League rivalry.

Victor-Valdes-BarcelonaThe David de Gea transfer saga continues to drag on, and as it has, Manchester United have been linked with a host of goalkeepers this summer to replace him like Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Jasper Cillesen of Ajax and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

The one name that everyone overlooks is Victor Valdes and former striker Dwight Yorke believes that the former Barcelona goalkeeper is more than capable over taking over from de Gea.

“Victor Valdes probably thinks he would have a good opportunity.

“He’s got a wealth of experience and has won everything in the game. He will probably be a suitable candidate and fill that gap.”

petr-cech-signs-arsenalArsenal have signed goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. The 33-year-old Cech moves to the Emirates Stadium on a long-term contract after 11 years at Chelsea.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:

“Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.”

Cech added:

Ramos Tells Madrid He Wants United Move

Sergio RamosAccording to Sky Sports Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid that he wants to join Manchester United this summer.

United made an opening bid of £28.3 million (€40m) for the Spain international last week which was rejected by Madrid. However, after being informed of the offer, Ramos has made it clear to Madrid that he wants them to negotiate with United and reach a suitable agreement for his transfer to Old Trafford.

The news has reportedly stunned Madrid who viewed Ramos’s flirtation with Manchester United as nothing more than a negotiation tactic for a a new contract offer. That the central defender could actually follow through on his threat to leave has but the Spanish giants in a difficult position.