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Premier League 2013/14 season: fixtures on Sky Sports and BT Sport

11 July 2013 12:18:27 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

See which of the channels will be airing key fixtures this autumn Sky Sports August Swansea City v Manchester United - Saturday 17 5:30pm Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 18 1:30pm Chelsea v Hull City - Sunday 18 4pm Manchester City v Newcastle United - Monday 19 8pm Aston Villa v Liverpool - Saturday 24 5:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester City - Sunday 25 4pm Manchester United v Chelsea- Monday 26 8pm Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Saturday 31 5:30pm September Liverpool v Manchester United - Sunday 1 1:30pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 1 4pm Everton v Chelsea - Saturday 14 5:30pm Southampton v West Ham - Sunday 15 4pm Swansea City v Liverpool - Monday 16 8pm Chelsea v Fulham - Saturday 21 5:30pm Arsenal v Stoke City - Sunday 22 1:30pm Manchester City v Manchester United - Sunday 22 4pm Swansea City v Arsenal - Saturday 28 5:30pm Stoke City v Norwich City - Sunday 29 1:30pm Sunderland v Liverpool - Sunday 29 4pm Everton v Newcastle United- Monday 30 8pm October Sunderland v Manchester United - Saturday 5 5:30pm Norwich City v Chelsea - Sunday 6 1:30pm West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Sunday 6 4pm West Ham United v Manchester City - Saturday 19 5:30pm Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 20 4pm Crystal Palace v Fulham - Monday 21 8pm Southampton v Fulham - Saturday 26 5:30pm Chelsea v Manchester City - Sunday 27 1:30pm Sunderland v Newcastle United - Sunday 27 4pm November Arsenal v Liverpool - Saturday 2 5:30pm Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 3 1:30pm Cardiff City v Swansea City - Sunday 3 4pm Norwich City v West Ham United - Saturday 9 5:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Sunday 10 12pm Sunderland v Manchester City - Sunday 10 2:05pm Manchester United v Arsenal - Sunday 10 4:10pm Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 23 5:30pm West Ham United v Chelsea - Sunday 24 1:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester United - Sunday 24 4pm West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa - Monday 25 8pm Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday 30 5:30pm December Hull City v Liverpool - Sunday 1 1:30pm Chelsea v Southampton - Sunday 1 4pm Fixtures correct at: 11/07/13 Details correct at time of print. Schedules will change according to fixtures. BT Sport August Liverpool v Stoke - Saturday 17 12:45pm Fulham v Arsenal - Saturday 24 12:45pm Man City v Hull City - Saturday 31 12:45pm September Man Utd v Crystal Palace - Saturday 14 12:45pm Norwich v Aston Villa - Saturday 21 12:45pm Tottenham v Chelsea - Saturday 28/09/13 12:45pm October Man City v Everton - Saturday 5 12:45pm Newcastle v Liverpool - Saturday 19 12:45pm Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Saturday 26 12:45pm November Newcastle v Chelsea - Saturday 2 12:45pm Everton v Liverpool - Saturday 23 12:45pm Tottenham v Man Utd - Saturday 30 12:45pm Sports rights Sky Sports BSkyB BT Sport Television industry Premier League Sport TV Television guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 12:18:27


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Premier League 2013/14 season: fixtures on Sky Sports and BT Sport

11 July 2013 12:13:09 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

See which of the channels will be airing key fixtures this autumn Sky Sports August Swansea City v Manchester United - Saturday 17 5:30pm Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 18 1:30pm Chelsea v Hull City - Sunday 18 4pm Manchester City v Newcastle United - Monday 19 8pm Aston Villa v Liverpool - Saturday 24 5:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester City - Sunday 25 4pm Manchester United v Chelsea- Monday 26 8pm Crystal Palace v Sunderland - Saturday 31 5:30pm September Liverpool v Manchester United - Sunday 1 1:30pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 1 4pm Everton v Chelsea - Saturday 14 5:30pm Southampton v West Ham - Sunday 15 4pm Swansea City v Liverpool - Monday 16 8pm Chelsea v Fulham - Saturday 21 5:30pm Arsenal v Stoke City - Sunday 22 1:30pm Manchester City v Manchester United - Sunday 22 4pm Swansea City v Arsenal - Saturday 28 5:30pm Stoke City v Norwich City - Sunday 29 1:30pm Sunderland v Liverpool - Sunday 29 4pm Everton v Newcastle United- Monday 30 8pm October Sunderland v Manchester United - Saturday 5 5:30pm Norwich City v Chelsea - Sunday 6 1:30pm West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Sunday 6 4pm West Ham United v Manchester City - Saturday 19 5:30pm Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 20 4pm Crystal Palace v Fulham - Monday 21 8pm Southampton v Fulham - Saturday 26 5:30pm Chelsea v Manchester City - Sunday 27 1:30pm Sunderland v Newcastle United - Sunday 27 4pm November Arsenal v Liverpool - Saturday 2 5:30pm Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday 3 1:30pm Cardiff City v Swansea City - Sunday 3 4pm Norwich City v West Ham United - Saturday 9 5:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Sunday 10 12pm Sunderland v Manchester City - Sunday 10 2:05pm Manchester United v Arsenal - Sunday 10 4:10pm Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 23 5:30pm West Ham United v Chelsea - Sunday 24 1:30pm Cardiff City v Manchester United - Sunday 24 4pm West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa - Monday 25 8pm Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday 30 5:30pm December Hull City v Liverpool - Sunday 1 1:30pm Chelsea v Southampton - Sunday 1 4pm Fixtures correct at: 11/07/13 Details correct at time of print. Schedules will change according to fixtures. BT Sport August Liverpool v Stoke - Saturday 17 12:45pm Fulham v Arsenal - Saturday 24 12:45pm Man City v Hull City - Saturday 31 12:45pm September Man Utd v Crystal Palace - Saturday 14 12:45pm Norwich v Aston Villa - Saturday 21 12:45pm Tottenham v Chelsea - Saturday 28/09/13 12:45pm October Man City v Everton - Saturday 5 12:45pm Newcastle v Liverpool - Saturday 19 12:45pm Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Saturday 26 12:45pm November Newcastle v Chelsea - Saturday 2 12:45pm Everton v Liverpool - Saturday 23 12:45pm Tottenham v Man Utd - Saturday 30 12:45pm Sports rights Sky Sports BSkyB BT Sport Television industry Premier League Sport TV Television guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 12:13:09


Premier League Fixtures 2013-14: All the fixtures and reaction as it happened

19 June 2013 16:13:30 mirror - Sport

A recap of all the analysis and reaction from the release of the fixtures list from the people that mater

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 16:13:30


Premier League fixtures 2013-14: New Man United boss Moyes starts with Swansea, Chelsea and Liverpool

19 June 2013 11:08:10 mirror - Sport

FIXTURES! FIXTURES! Get your steaming hot fixtures right here for EVERY Premier League team...

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 11:08:10


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures: the complete list

19 June 2013 11:06:41 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• All the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season • Moyes to make Old Trafford bow against Chelsea • Manchester City v Liverpool the Boxing Day pick Click on a header to sort the table. Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 11:06:41


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures - by team

19 June 2013 11:05:15 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

David Moyes has been handed a baptism of fire in next David Moyes has been handed a baptism of fire in next year's fixture list, coming up against José Mourinho in only the second game of the new season. Find the individual fixtures for your team across the 2013-14 season by clicking on the link Arsenal Aston Villa Crystal Palace Cardiff City Chelsea Everton Fulham Hull City Liverpool Man City Man Utd Newcastle United Norwich Newcastle United Queens Park Rangers Reading Southampton Spurs Stoke Sunderland Swansea West Brom West Ham Wigan Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

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Premier League 2013-14 fixtures: the complete list

19 June 2013 11:05:15 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

• All the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season • Moyes to make Old Trafford bow against Chelsea • Manchester City v Liverpool the Boxing Day pick Click on a header to sort the table. Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 11:05:15


Premier League 2013-14 fixtures - by team

19 June 2013 10:56:23 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

David Moyes has been handed a baptism of fire in next David Moyes has been handed a baptism of fire in next year's fixture list, coming up against José Mourinho in only the second game of the new season. Find the individual fixtures for your team across the 2013-14 season by clicking on the link Arsenal Aston Villa Crystal Palace Cardiff City Chelsea Everton Fulham Hull City Liverpool Man City Man Utd Man Utd Newcastle United Norwich Newcastle United Queens Park Rangers Reading Southampton Spurs Stoke Sunderland Swansea West Brom West Ham Wigan Premier League guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 10:56:23


Premier League fixtures for 2013-14 season: Manchester United and Chelsea on early collision course

19 June 2013 10:48:08 Sport

Henry Winter: The Premier League fixture computer retains its mischievous streak: Jose Mourinho's first away game back as Chelsea manager takes him to Old Trafford.        

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:48:08


Football fixtures 2013-14 announced

19 June 2013 10:42:51 BBC News - UK

New Man Utd boss David Moyes faces a trip to Swansea as the 2013-14 Premier League fixtures are announced.

Vice All News Time19 June 2013 10:42:51


Premier League Fixtures 2013-14: 10 dates for your diary

19 June 2013 10:36:43 mirror - Sport

Happy fixtures day! To celebrate we've got the top 10 dates you don't want to miss next season from derbies to old friends being reunited

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:36:43


Celtic fixtures 2013/14 and Scottish Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 10:27:02 Football | Mail Online

Scottish champions Celtic start their title defence against Ross County. See all the fixtures for the 2013/14 SPL season here....

Vice Football Time19 June 2013 10:27:02


League Two fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:27:02 Football | Mail Online

Portsmouth begin life in League Two at home to Oxford United as newly-promoted Newport County get started against Accrington. Find out the rest of the 2013-14 fixtures here...

Vice Football Time19 June 2013 10:27:02


Premier League fixtures 2013/14: David Moyes first Old Trafford game v Chelsea

19 June 2013 10:27:02 Football | Mail Online

David Moyes' first home game as the new Manchester United manager will be against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. Find out all the fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season here.

Vice Football Time19 June 2013 10:27:02


Celtic fixtures 2013/14 and Scottish Premier League fixtures

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

Scottish champions Celtic start their title defence against Ross County. See all the fixtures for the 2013/14 SPL season here....

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


League Two fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

Portsmouth begin life in League Two at home to Oxford United as newly-promoted Newport County get started against Accrington. Find out the rest of the 2013-14 fixtures here...

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


Premier League fixtures 2013/14: David Moyes first Old Trafford game v Chelsea

19 June 2013 10:20:07 Sport | Mail Online

David Moyes' first home game as the new Manchester United manager will be against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. Find out all the fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season here.

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:20:07


Norwich City Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Canaries start with Everton

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

Find out who the Canaries will face in the 2013-2014 Premier League season

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Everton Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Toffees start with Norwich away

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

Find out who Roberto Martinez faces in his first season as Everton boss in the 2013-14 Premier League season

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Full details of all the games for every top flight club

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

FIXTURES! FIXTURES! Get your steaming hot fixtures right here for EVERY Premier League team...

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Stoke City Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Mark Hughes era starts with Liverpool clash

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

Find out who Mark Hughes' team will face in the 2013-14 Premier League season

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Manchester City Premier League fixtures 2013-14: Pellegrini starts with Newcastle at home

19 June 2013 10:15:39 mirror - Sport

Find out who Manuel Pellegrini's new look team will face in the 2013-14 Premier League season

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:15:39


Premier League fixtures 2013/14

19 June 2013 10:09:23 Sport | Mail Online

David Moyes' first home game as the new Manchester United manager will be against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. Find out all the fixtures for the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season here.

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 10:09:23


Premier League Fixtures 2013-14: Live reaction and updates

19 June 2013 09:43:53 mirror - Sport

It's fixtures day! We'll be getting reaction from the people that matter and dissecting where the Premier League will be won and lost

Vice Sport Time19 June 2013 09:43:53


Premier League pre-season fixtures and results 2013

22 May 2013 20:26:53 Football | Mail Online

Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on all the pre-season fixtures and results for the Premier League teams ahead of the start of the new 2013/14 campaign.

Vice Football Time22 May 2013 20:26:53


Premier League pre-season fixtures and results 2013

22 May 2013 14:33:34 Sport | Mail Online

Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on all the pre-season fixtures and results for the Premier League teams ahead of the start of the new 2013/14 campaign.

Vice Sport Time22 May 2013 14:33:34


Premier League and FA Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend

10 May 2013 10:42:35 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

A weekend of farewells, death or glory for Wigan and why Emmanuel Adebayor could be the difference at Stoke City 1) The tears will flow like the Irwell at Old Trafford Sir Alex Ferguson is not the type to inspire sentiment. Nor to seek it. His abrasiveness and remorseless will to win at Manchester United for the best part of three decades have made him the subject of respectful admiration and/or fear and loathing, depending on your view-point. But since Wednesday's bombshell announcement that, from next season, he will no longer be a part of our sporting lives , everybody seems to have melted. It is partly because, for better or for worse, the seemingly indestructible Glaswegian has provided so many frames of reference that he came to feel strangely reassuring. Now that he is going, what certainties remain? In time, even his enemies will smile at the foibles and the bloodymindedness that have driven them to distraction. The sense of nostalgia is everywhere, which means emotion and, for the manager's last home game against Swansea City on Sunday, the prospect of grown men, whether United fans or otherwise, feeling lumps in their throats and wondering what they can do about them. Pass the hankie. David Hytner 2) Moyes will enjoy a send-off Only the hardest Evertonian would begrudge David Moyes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to manage Manchester United , especially after all that he has done at Goodison Park since his arrival from Preston North End in March 2002; the body-and-soul dedication and the consistent level of achievement. Few will be happy to see him leave but there cannot be the sense that he is somehow doing the dirty on them. It will be interesting to see how the club handles any ceremony in what will be Moyes' farewell game at Goodison against West Ham United on Sunday but it feels sure to be an occasion when the home crowd expresses its gratitude. DH 3) Wembley rising Roberto Mancini's record against Wigan is seven victories in seven games with 13 goals scored and none conceded since taking over as Manchester City's manager. And given the ease with which City dispatched another set of cup final virgins Stoke City in 2011 (only 1-0 but a one-sided match for more than three-quarters of it), a pragmatist would not bet against them winning their sixth FA Cup on Saturday evening. For City it will be interesting to see whether James Milner, one of the few who have been consistently better this season than last, makes the starting XI having played last weekend and on Tuesday night and if so, whether his muscular tenacity will be an asset on the right against Wigan's three-man defence and the attack-minded wing-back Jean Beausejour (if the Chilean passes a fitness test). Meanwhile, Wigan place their hope in James McCarthy, whose touch with both feet, range of passing, drive and vision have made a convincing argument that he would improve almost all other Premier League sides, and Shaun Maloney, the Aberdonian Juan Mata. Rob Bagchi 4) Death or glory? Wigan Athletic have eight days to make history. If they win the FA Cup final, but slip into the Championship next weekend, they will become the first club to exit the top flight as Cup winners. Six other clubs have faced a similar trajectory. Chelsea (1915), Manchester City (1926), Leicester City (1969), Brighton (1983), Middlesbrough (1997) and Portsmouth (2010) all achieved the counter-intuitive feat of making the Cup final but going down. None of them won the trophy, and Middlesbrough even lost the League Cup final for good measure. Premier League survival has been fetishised in recent years, with the forthcoming windfall from BT and Sky making top-flight football all the more valuable , but what should Wigan fans wish for: the first FA Cup trophy in their history or the comfort of another year in the Premier League? Paul Campbell 5) Newcastle face a test of nerve Given the club's recent home form and the attendant scars from the fixtures against Sunderland and Liverpool , it might feel opportune that Newcastle will seek to end the doubts about their Premier League status with a fixture at Loftus Road, and against the worst team in the division. Queens Park Rangers' season, in the words of their chairman Tony Fernandes, has been akin to a Shakespearean tragedy . But Newcastle will be stalked to west London by the nightmare scenario: lose and they would feel the jaws of relegation. All it could take thereafter would be a home defeat by Arsenal and a last-day home win for Wigan Athletic over Aston Villa. It is squeaky bum time and Newcastle must show the required composure to get a result against QPR. DH 6) Adebayor is belatedly on the up When teams go to Stoke City, there is always the temptation to pick the big men and it would be no surprise if the Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas started Jan Vertonghen at left-back, recalled Steven Caulker in the centre and persisted with Tom Huddlestone in midfield. Emmanuel Adebayor, though, deserves to keep his place up front after his excellent performance at Chelsea and his mixture of aggression and finesse could prove to be crucial. The centre-forward has endured a difficult season but his focus is on finishing strongly. Tottenham are consumed by the need for a favour from elsewhere. They must do themselves one first at the Britannia Stadium. DH 7) The farewell will be more poignant at Villa Park It being Manchester United and Everton's final home games of the season, fans of both clubs have a last chance to see Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes patrolling their touchlines/complaining to the fourth official in their respective shrines this weekend. With Everton quiet on arrangements and United insisting there are no special plans for Ferguson, expect the works: chanting, guards of honour, giant banners and Bill Kenwright balling his eyes out. Yet the most poignant send-off of the weekend will be at Villa Park, where club captain Stilian Petrov will lead out the Villa players and their families for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of Saturday's home match against Chelsea, following his retirement as he continues to battle acute leukaemia. Petrov's footbal

Vice All News Time10 May 2013 10:42:35


Premier League and FA Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend

10 May 2013 10:33:58 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

A weekend of farewells, death or glory for Wigan and why Emmanuel Adebayor could be the difference at Stoke City 1) The tears will flow like the Irwell at Old Trafford Sir Alex Ferguson is not the type to inspire sentiment. Nor to seek it. His abrasiveness and remorseless will to win at Manchester United for the best part of three decades have made him the subject of respectful admiration and/or fear and loathing, depending on your view-point. But since Wednesday's bombshell announcement that, from next season, he will no longer be a part of our sporting lives , everybody seems to have melted. It is partly because, for better or for worse, the seemingly indestructible Glaswegian has provided so many frames of reference that he came to feel strangely reassuring. Now that he is going, what certainties remain? In time, even his enemies will smile at the foibles and the bloodymindedness that have driven them to distraction. The sense of nostalgia is everywhere, which means emotion and, for the manager's last home game against Swansea City on Sunday, the prospect of grown men, whether United fans or otherwise, feeling lumps in their throats and wondering what they can do about them. Pass the hankie. David Hytner 2) Moyes will enjoy a send-off Only the hardest Evertonian would begrudge David Moyes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to manage Manchester United , especially after all that he has done at Goodison Park since his arrival from Preston North End in March 2002; the body-and-soul dedication and the consistent level of achievement. Few will be happy to see him leave but there cannot be the sense that he is somehow doing the dirty on them. It will be interesting to see how the club handles any ceremony in what will be Moyes' farewell game at Goodison against West Ham United on Sunday but it feels sure to be an occasion when the home crowd expresses its gratitude. DH 3) Wembley rising Roberto Mancini's record against Wigan is seven victories in seven games with 13 goals scored and none conceded since taking over as Manchester City's manager. And given the ease with which City dispatched another set of cup final virgins Stoke City in 2011 (only 1-0 but a one-sided match for more than three-quarters of it), a pragmatist would not bet against them winning their sixth FA Cup on Saturday evening. For City it will be interesting to see whether James Milner, one of the few who have been consistently better this season than last, makes the starting XI having played last weekend and on Tuesday night and if so, whether his muscular tenacity will be an asset on the right against Wigan's three-man defence and the attack-minded wing-back Jean Beausejour (if the Chilean passes a fitness test). Meanwhile, Wigan place their hope in James McCarthy, whose touch with both feet, range of passing, drive and vision have made a convincing argument that he would improve almost all other Premier League sides, and Shaun Maloney, the Aberdonian Juan Mata. Rob Bagchi 4) Death or glory? Wigan Athletic have eight days to make history. If they win the FA Cup final, but slip into the Championship next weekend, they will become the first club to exit the top flight as Cup winners. Six other clubs have faced a similar trajectory. Chelsea (1915), Manchester City (1926), Leicester City (1969), Brighton (1983), Middlesbrough (1997) and Portsmouth (2010) all achieved the counter-intuitive feat of making the Cup final but going down. None of them won the trophy, and Middlesbrough even lost the League Cup final for good measure. Premier League survival has been fetishised in recent years, with the forthcoming windfall from BT and Sky making top-flight football all the more valuable , but what should Wigan fans wish for: the first FA Cup trophy in their history or the comfort of another year in the Premier League? Paul Campbell 5) Newcastle face a test of nerve Given the club's recent home form and the attendant scars from the fixtures against Sunderland and Liverpool , it might feel opportune that Newcastle will seek to end the doubts about their Premier League status with a fixture at Loftus Road, and against the worst team in the division. Queens Park Rangers' season, in the words of their chairman Tony Fernandes, has been akin to a Shakespearean tragedy . But Newcastle will be stalked to west London by the nightmare scenario: lose and they would feel the jaws of relegation. All it could take thereafter would be a home defeat by Arsenal and a last-day home win for Wigan Athletic over Aston Villa. It is squeaky bum time and Newcastle must show the required composure to get a result against QPR. DH 6) Adebayor is belatedly on the up When teams go to Stoke City, there is always the temptation to pick the big men and it would be no surprise if the Tottenham Hotspur manager André Villas-Boas started Jan Vertonghen at left-back, recalled Steven Caulker in the centre and persisted with Tom Huddlestone in midfield. Emmanuel Adebayor, though, deserves to keep his place up front after his excellent performance at Chelsea and his mixture of aggression and finesse could prove to be crucial. The centre-forward has endured a difficult season but his focus is on finishing strongly. Tottenham are consumed by the need for a favour from elsewhere. They must do themselves one first at the Britannia Stadium. DH 7) The farewell will be more poignant at Villa Park It being Manchester United and Everton's final home games of the season, fans of both clubs have a last chance to see Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes patrolling their touchlines/complaining to the fourth official in their respective shrines this weekend. With Everton quiet on arrangements and United insisting there are no special plans for Ferguson, expect the works: chanting, guards of honour, giant banners and Bill Kenwright balling his eyes out. Yet the most poignant send-off of the weekend will be at Villa Park, where club captain Stilian Petrov will lead out the Villa players and their families for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of Saturday's home match against Chelsea, following his retirement as he continues to battle acute leukaemia. Petrov's football

Vice All News Time10 May 2013 10:33:58


Tim Krul eager to feel rush of the daddy of derbies against Sunderland

14 April 2013 00:13:53 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Eight years at St James' Park have led to Newcastle's Dutch goalkeeper developing an obsession with beating Sunderland Tim Krul glances out of the window, admiring the carpet of white cloud beneath the wings. In the background, the steady drone of the Boeing 737's engines suggest it has reached cruising altitude. "It's great to be back travelling with the team again," says Newcastle United's goalkeeper, his imposing frame filling the business class seat he occupies alongside his friend and team-mate Steven Taylor. Alan Pardew's squad are flying to Lisbon for their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Benfica. Krul is set to make an impressive comeback following five weeks spent recovering from ankle ligament damage but a big part of his mind seems preoccupied by forthcoming events in north-east England. The Tyne-Wear derby is looming and thoughts of most other things, even Krul's hopes of being Holland's first-choice goalkeeper during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil, have been placed on hold. "Newcastle-Sunderland is one of the games you live for, one of the reasons why you're a footballer" says the 25-year-old. "It's so special. For me, it's the game of the season." The one on Sunday will be spiced by real tension. While Sunderland remain embroiled in a relegation struggle, safety is not quite assured for Newcastle as they prepare to meet opponents now under Paolo Di Canio's controversial, colourful and, very possibly, cleverly calculating management. "This one was going to be a really interesting derby but now it's really massive," Krul says. "And we need three points." In the course of eight years at St James' Park, playing under eight managers, the former Den Haag junior has developed an obsession with beating Sunderland akin to that harboured by the locally reared Taylor and Shola Ameobi. Sitting across the aisle wearing glasses and quietly reading a book, Ameobi does not quite look the part of his alter ego, "the Mackem Slayer" – a soubriquet bestowed in recognition of his penchant for scoring against the Wearsiders – but Krul confirms this fixture has a transformative effect. "It does something to you," he says. "When you walk out on to the pitch against Sunderland, in front of 52,000 people, in front of all that black and white, it takes you to a different place, puts you on to a different level. You can never block out the noise, the crowd. The intensity is amazing. It's so exciting. It's the best." Behind him the air is filled with the sound of young men speaking French. Alan Pardew's squad contains 14 Francophone players and for the five January signings from Ligue 1 – Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haïdara – Sunday's game will represent quite a culture shock. "We're explaining the derby to them," says Krul as Taylor smiles. "But they'll love it, they've adapted to English football incredibly quickly and become incredibly important to us." That January influx almost certainly saved an injury ravaged Newcastle from a much more serious dalliance with relegation while also prolonging their interest in the Europa League. "Usually it takes even very good players two or three months to adapt properly," says Krul, who has "a bit of French" to complement his fluent Dutch and English and decent German. "But I think it helped that we already had quite a few French speaking players here already. He dismisses notions that the dressing room could be in danger of dividing down linguistic lines. "No, there's definitely not a problem at all, we don't have too many players from France," Krul says. "The new boys are all willing to try to learn English really quickly but, with the quality they've brought to the club, I don't care what language they speak. "What matters is that they're fantastic players. We don't really socialise off the pitch – we've had too many games for that – but we're a really tight group. We all know that Newcastle United has massive potential. If everyone's fit we've got a fantastic side. We belong among the top teams in the Premier League but, right now, we've got to prove it. "I think we've been unlucky this season though, we've had a lot of injuries – I've had a few myself – and the Europa League has had a massive impact on results. Playing Thursday and Sunday has been the hardest things but it's also been great experience." Newcastle are a radically different club from the one Krul, whose typical excellence could not prevent Benfica progressing into the semi-finals , joined. At the training ground where party animals and vanity signings once nursed hangovers and dialled agents, Pardew's seven Muslim players worship in a newly constructed multifaith prayer room. The influential Yohan Cabaye regards a trip to the cinema accompanied by a bottle of sparkling mineral water or a Newcastle University advanced English evening class as a good night out. "It's changed a lot over eight years," says Krul, with some understatement. "I've seen a lot and learnt a lot. Having a lot of managers has taught me loads." Signed by Graeme Souness, he made his debut at 18 in a Uefa Cup tie against Palermo in Sicily under Glenn Roeder. "That was a special trust," he says. "Glenn was a massive influence on me. I was very lucky Glenn gave me that chance. "Sam Allardyce was great with me, too, then came Kevin Keegan, a true legend. Joe Kinnear had a very different view of the game, he was a bit unusual but I learnt things from him. Then Alan Shearer took over. He was fantastic. I loved Shearer. Such a nice guy and really honest. It's such a shame it didn't work out for him here. I think he could be a really good manager somewhere." The pain of Shearer's post-relegation departure was eased by Chris Hughton's installation. "I really love Chris," he says. "He's a very good manager." So, too is Pardew, the man who made him the first-choice goalkeeper after so many years spent understudying Shay Given and Steve Harper. "Alan Pardew's brought stability to Newcastle, which is really important," Krul says. "He's got the players' trust, which is vital. He's our leader. It's good to know the manager is going to be here for the next few years at least. Everyone can concentrate on their jobs and not wonder what's going to happen next all the time." During the turbulent times Krul always felt reassured by the presence of Given and Harper. "They were fantastic," he says. "I was always waving my arms about by my sides instead of holding them in front of me, ready for a shot, so one day Shay and Steve tied my wrists together. I got the message. They were like big brothers." They say goalkeepers are different and, as an only child, Krul probably always possessed the independence and self-reliance required to occupy football's loneliest role, even if he fell into it by accident. "I was a left- winger, tricky, speedy, think Gareth Bale," he jokes. "Then, when I was 10, our goalkeeper moved away and I filled in. Straightaway, I knew it was meant to be. Six months later I was scouted by Den Haag." Next Newcastle representatives turned up at his parents' home in The Hague and demanded the family make an emotionally tough decision. "As an only child coming to England at 17 it was hard for me and hard for my parents," Krul says. "You don't really know your way a

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Tim Krul eager to feel rush of the daddy of derbies against Sunderland

14 April 2013 00:08:27 Football news, match reports and fixtures | theguardian.com

Eight years at St James' Park have led to Newcastle's Dutch goalkeeper developing an obsession with beating Sunderland Tim Krul glances out of the window, admiring the carpet of white cloud beneath the wings. In the background, the steady drone of the Boeing 737's engines suggest it has reached cruising altitude. "It's great to be back travelling with the team again," says Newcastle United's goalkeeper, his imposing frame filling the business class seat he occupies alongside his friend and team-mate Steven Taylor. Alan Pardew's squad are flying to Lisbon for their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Benfica. Krul is set to make an impressive comeback following five weeks spent recovering from ankle ligament damage but a big part of his mind seems preoccupied by forthcoming events in north-east England. The Tyne-Wear derby is looming and thoughts of most other things, even Krul's hopes of being Holland's first-choice goalkeeper during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil, have been placed on hold. "Newcastle-Sunderland is one of the games you live for, one of the reasons why you're a footballer" says the 25-year-old. "It's so special. For me, it's the game of the season." The one on Sunday will be spiced by real tension. While Sunderland remain embroiled in a relegation struggle, safety is not quite assured for Newcastle as they prepare to meet opponents now under Paolo Di Canio's controversial, colourful and, very possibly, cleverly calculating management. "This one was going to be a really interesting derby but now it's really massive," Krul says. "And we need three points." In the course of eight years at St James' Park, playing under eight managers, the former Den Haag junior has developed an obsession with beating Sunderland akin to that harboured by the locally reared Taylor and Shola Ameobi. Sitting across the aisle wearing glasses and quietly reading a book, Ameobi does not quite look the part of his alter ego, "the Mackem Slayer" – a soubriquet bestowed in recognition of his penchant for scoring against the Wearsiders – but Krul confirms this fixture has a transformative effect. "It does something to you," he says. "When you walk out on to the pitch against Sunderland, in front of 52,000 people, in front of all that black and white, it takes you to a different place, puts you on to a different level. You can never block out the noise, the crowd. The intensity is amazing. It's so exciting. It's the best." Behind him the air is filled with the sound of young men speaking French. Alan Pardew's squad contains 14 Francophone players and for the five January signings from Ligue 1 – Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haïdara – Sunday's game will represent quite a culture shock. "We're explaining the derby to them," says Krul as Taylor smiles. "But they'll love it, they've adapted to English football incredibly quickly and become incredibly important to us." That January influx almost certainly saved an injury ravaged Newcastle from a much more serious dalliance with relegation while also prolonging their interest in the Europa League. "Usually it takes even very good players two or three months to adapt properly," says Krul, who has "a bit of French" to complement his fluent Dutch and English and decent German. "But I think it helped that we already had quite a few French speaking players here already. He dismisses notions that the dressing room could be in danger of dividing down linguistic lines. "No, there's definitely not a problem at all, we don't have too many players from France," Krul says. "The new boys are all willing to try to learn English really quickly but, with the quality they've brought to the club, I don't care what language they speak. "What matters is that they're fantastic players. We don't really socialise off the pitch – we've had too many games for that – but we're a really tight group. We all know that Newcastle United has massive potential. If everyone's fit we've got a fantastic side. We belong among the top teams in the Premier League but, right now, we've got to prove it. "I think we've been unlucky this season though, we've had a lot of injuries – I've had a few myself – and the Europa League has had a massive impact on results. Playing Thursday and Sunday has been the hardest things but it's also been great experience." Newcastle are a radically different club from the one Krul, whose typical excellence could not prevent Benfica progressing into the semi-finals , joined. At the training ground where party animals and vanity signings once nursed hangovers and dialled agents, Pardew's seven Muslim players worship in a newly constructed multifaith prayer room. The influential Yohan Cabaye regards a trip to the cinema accompanied by a bottle of sparkling mineral water or a Newcastle University advanced English evening class as a good night out. "It's changed a lot over eight years," says Krul, with some understatement. "I've seen a lot and learnt a lot. Having a lot of managers has taught me loads." Signed by Graeme Souness, he made his debut at 18 in a Uefa Cup tie against Palermo in Sicily under Glenn Roeder. "That was a special trust," he says. "Glenn was a massive influence on me. I was very lucky Glenn gave me that chance. "Sam Allardyce was great with me, too, then came Kevin Keegan, a true legend. Joe Kinnear had a very different view of the game, he was a bit unusual but I learnt things from him. Then Alan Shearer took over. He was fantastic. I loved Shearer. Such a nice guy and really honest. It's such a shame it didn't work out for him here. I think he could be a really good manager somewhere." The pain of Shearer's post-relegation departure was eased by Chris Hughton's installation. "I really love Chris," he says. "He's a very good manager." So, too is Pardew, the man who made him the first-choice goalkeeper after so many years spent understudying Shay Given and Steve Harper. "Alan Pardew's brought stability to Newcastle, which is really important," Krul says. "He's got the players' trust, which is vital. He's our leader. It's good to know the manager is going to be here for the next few years at least. Everyone can concentrate on their jobs and not wonder what's going to happen next all the time." During the turbulent times Krul always felt reassured by the presence of Given and Harper. "They were fantastic," he says. "I was always waving my arms about by my sides instead of holding them in front of me, ready for a shot, so one day Shay and Steve tied my wrists together. I got the message. They were like big brothers." They say goalkeepers are different and, as an only child, Krul probably always possessed the independence and self-reliance required to occupy football's loneliest role, even if he fell into it by accident. "I was a left- winger, tricky, speedy, think Gareth Bale," he jokes. "Then, when I was 10, our goalkeeper moved away and I filled in. Straightaway, I knew it was meant to be. Six months later I was scouted by Den Haag." Next Newcastle representatives turned up at his parents' home in The Hague and demanded the family make an emotionally tough decision. "As an only child coming to England at 17 it was hard for me and hard for my parents," Krul says. "You don't really know your way aro

Vice All News Time14 April 2013 00:08:27