New Tottenham stadium given the go-ahead

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Tottenham Hotspur may now begin building work on a new 58,000 capacity stadium. The club have been in the process of clearing land next to current stadium White Hart Lane for two years, and may now move ahead to constructing the arena after local government approved the plans. Spurs hope to open the stadium in 2017.

Spurs, founded in 1882, spent their first six years playing on public fields in Tottenham Marshes. They then moved to Northumberland Park for one year, before taking up residence at White Hart Lane in 1889.

The original White Hart Lane had one stand, which could hold 2,500 people. That’s changed, of course, but the ground’s capacity remains small. At 36,230, current capacity is not the smallest in the Premier League, but there are nine top-division stadiums that hold more fans (as well as two lower-division grounds in Hillsborough and Elland Road).

Plans made the new stadium envision a 56,250 – strong crowd, which would help absorb the more than 20,000 that are currently on the waiting list for Tottenham season tickets. The new venue would be larger than St. James Park but smaller than the Emirates, home to rivals Arsenal. Old Trafford boasts the biggest capacity, holding 76,212.

With the ability to hold 20,000 more fans, Spurs will be able to boost revenues. In doing, they hope to be in a better position to challenge both for the Premier League title and the chance to play in the Champions League.

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.