MAPPED: Location of all 20 Premier League teams, right here

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Before the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where the game you’re watching is being played?

Do you ever sit there watching the action on TV and wonder, ‘where about’s in England is this?’

[RELATED: PL season previews]

With games from across the pond being beamed into your living room, here’s an idea of which cities teams are located in, how far you have to travel to find their closest PL rival and precisely where the stadiums are.

Below you will find all of that info and thanks to the folks over at Google Maps (thanks, guys) you can see a map of exactly where in England and Wales (don’t forget about Swansea) all 20 PL teams will be playing this season. Click on the images to enlarge.

Right, here’s your geography lesson. Compasses at the ready…

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: ALL 20 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS

 

Arsenal

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City: London (North)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Tottenham Hotspur, 4.4 miles

Aston Villa

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City: Birmingham
Stadium: Villa Park
Closest PL club, by distance: West Bromwich Albion, 3.8 miles

Burnley

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City: Burnley
Stadium: Turf Moor
Closest PL club, by distance: Manchester City 29.2 miles

Chelsea

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City: London (West)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Closest PL club, by distance: Queens Park Rangers, 4 miles

Crystal Palace

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City: London (South)
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Closest PL club, by distance: Chelsea, 8.3 miles

Everton

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City: Liverpool
Stadium: Goodison Park
Closest PL club, by distance: Liverpool, 0.9 miles

Hull City

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City: Kingston-upon-Hull
Stadium: KC Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Manchester City, 89.5 miles

Leicester City

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City: Leicester
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Aston Villa, 37 miles

Liverpool

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City: Liverpool
Stadium: Anfield
Closest PL club, by distance: Everton, 0.9 miles

Manchester City

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City: Manchester
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Manchester United, 5 miles

Manchester United

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City: Manchester
Stadium: Old Trafford
Closest PL club, by distance: Manchester City, 5 miles

Newcastle United

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City: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Stadium: St. James’ Park
Closest PL club, by distance: Sunderland, 11.8 miles

Queens Park Rangers

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City: London (West)
Stadium: Loftus Road
Closest PL club, by distance: Chelsea, 4 miles

Southampton

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City: Southampton
Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Queens Park Rangers, 72.9 miles

Stoke City

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City: Stoke-on-Trent
Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: Manchester United, 37.5 miles

Sunderland

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City: Sunderland
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Closest PL club, by distance: Newcastle, 11.8 miles

Swansea City

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City: Swansea
Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Closest PL club, by distance: West Bromwich Albion, 115 miles

Tottenham Hotspur

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City: London (North)
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Closest PL club, by distance: Arsenal, 4.4 miles

West Bromwich Albion

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City: West Bromwich
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Closest PL club, by distance: Aston Villa, 3.8 miles

West Ham United

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City: London (East)
Stadium: Upton Park
Closest PL club, by distance: Tottenham Hotspur, 8.3 miles

Podolski after golazo finale: “This is like a great movie”

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Lukas Podolski has won a EURO, a World Cup, and the Bundesliga with two different sides.

Only Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose have been capped more than Germany’s Polish born Podolski, and he received a hero’s send-off from the home crowd at Germany’s 1-0 win over England on Wednesday.

And of course he sent himself off in style with a gorgeous goal.

[ MORE: Guardiola close to adding $43m GK? ]

Podolski said there were more than 30,000 people from Cologne at the match, where he won one of his two Bundesliga titles.

“That’s when you know where you home is, and that you’ve done a lot of good, also off the pitch,” Podolski said. “That makes me very proud.”

It was a perfect night to say goodbye, and the goal made it almost surreal (Thomas Muller called it “cheesy”).

From Goal.com:

“This is like a great movie,” he told ARD. “We win 1-0 and I score the goal.

“I know I have a left foot that was probably gifted to me by God, or someone up there, and I can always rely on it. I am proud of these last 13 years.”

Feel good hit of the Spring.

Report: Guardiola close to adding $43m Benfica goalkeeper

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Year Two of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City could feature another big goalkeeper purchase.

Claudio Bravo hasn’t panned out in sky blue, and Joe Hart doesn’t look likely to be coming back. Wily Caballero is getting the lion’s share of the minutes right now, playing every minute aside from a trio of FA Cup matches since February.

[ MORE: Podolski scores screamer in German finale ]

$43 million is the fee noted by Abola when it comes to the latest target for Guardiola, a neck-tattooed Brazilian by the name of Ederson.

The Benfica backstop, 23, has 20 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season. He signed a new six-year deal in late January, but money may talk here.

Podolski goes out with super goal; Germany tops England

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The highlight of Wednesday’s international friendly docket was Lukas Podolski‘s final match for Germany, and the former Arsenal man did not disappoint his crowd.

But first, Canada plays its first match since unveiling new coach Octavio Zambrano.

[ MORE: Zlatan still bitter with Guardiola ]

Scotland 1-1 Canada

Zambrano saw plenty to like from his new side, as Canada went ahead early with a goal from former Scottish youth Fraser Aird. Toronto-born, the ex-Rangers and current Falkirk man got his first Canadian goal against the team he represented at U-17 and U-19 levels.

Norwich City’s Steven Naismith redirected Tom Cairney‘s shot to make it 1-1 before the break, but Scotland never found its way back into Canada’s net.

Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski scored his 49th international goal in his final cap for Germany, and it was spectacular.

Joe Hart didn’t stand a chance.

The match saw big stops from both ‘keepers, as Hart thwarted Leroy Sane on a second half break after Marc-Andre Ter Stegen defied Dele Alli in the opening 45.

Podolski subbed off in the 84th minute to wild applause, but it must sting slightly to know you finished an illustrious career one goal short of a nice, round 50. We guess he’ll have to rest on his millions and millions of earnings and loads of on-field honors.

Elsewhere
Vietnam 1-1 Chinese Taipei
Philippines 0-0 Malaysia
Cyprus 3-1 Kazakhstan
Yemen 0-1 Palestine
Cambodia 2-3 India

McClean to wear No. 5 in honor of deceased ex-teammate

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James McClean is a colorful personality who doesn’t shy away from strong opinions — he once called Jurgen Klopp “a bit of an idiot” — and the West Brom man is using the big stage of World Cup qualifying to proudly honor a deceased ex-teammate.

McClean has long before friends with Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who shockingly died hours after leading his side to a league win this weekend. Given his age (27), few saw it coming even after McBride admitted to feeling ill after the match.

[ MORE: Zlatan still bitter with Guardiola ]

McBride and McClean played together at Derry, and the latter was excused from Republic of Ireland training to attend funeral services this week.

He’s still expected to play a role in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday, and McClean will don the No. 5 of McBride. Irish defender Richard Keogh usually wears the number and agreed to the change.