In or out? – Premier League teams submit squad lists

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On Wednesday all 20 Premier League teams had to submit their final 25-man squads for the new season.

Following the transfer window slamming shut on Monday, teams have had to reshuffle their players and abide by the homegrown player rule which states that if you select a 25-man squad, at least eight players must be homegrown.

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Some teams have struggled with that, including Chelsea who had named just 20 players in their squad as they only have three homegrown players. However, every PL team can also include their U-21 players in a separate list and can call on those throughout the season if need be. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have registered 59 players under the age of 21.

Notable inclusions to squads include Fabio Borini for Liverpool, who looked as if he was heading out of Anfield on loan all summer. While Benoit Assou-Ekotto has not been included in Spurs’ squad despite Mauricio Pochettino only naming 23 players. Manchester United have included Anderson and Marouane Fellaini in their squad despite both facing uncertain futures, while Stoke City left out Peter Odemwingie following his injury.

These lists can be altered again in January after the next transfer window closes, but for now, this is what they have.

Bonus: Check out the list published on the PL’s official website for some of the craziest middle names you’ve ever seen. We’re looking at you Jack Frank Porteous Cork…

Full squad lists for Premier League teams

Arsenal – Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Emiliano Martinez, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Wojciech Szczesny, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere

Aston Villa – Gabby Agbonlahor, Leandro Bacuna, Nathan Baker, Darren Bent, Christian Benteke, Aly Cissokho, Ciaran Clark, Tom Cleverley, Joe Cole, Fabian Delph, Shay Given, Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Alan Hutton, Libor Kozak, Matthew Lowton, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Kieran Richardson, Carlos Sanchez, Philippe Senderos, Benjamin Siegrist, Ron Vlaar, Andreas Weimann, Ashley Westwood

Burnley – Scott Arfield, Ashley Barnes, George Boyd, Aleksander Cisak, Michael Duff, Matt Gilks, Tom Heaton, Danny Ings, David Jones, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Michael Kightly, Daniel Lafferty, Kevin Long, Dean Marney, Ben Mee, Luke O’Neill, Steven Reid, Jason Shackell, Marvin Sordell, Matthew Taylor, Kieran Trippier, Sam Vokes, Ross Wallace, Stephen Ward

Chelsea – Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Gary Cahill, Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Oscar, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, Filipe Luis, Nemanja Matic, John Mikel Obi, Loic Remy, Mohamed Salah, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer, John Terry

Crystal Palace – Barry Bannan, Yannick Bolasie, Fraizer Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Kevin Doyle, Zeki Fryers, Dwight Gayle, Adlene Guedioura, Brede Hangeland, Wayne Hennessey, Mile Jedinak, Andrew Johnson, Martin Kelly, Chris Kettings, Joe Ledley, Adrian Mariappa, James McArthur, Paddy McCarthy, Jason Puncheon, Julian Speroni, Jerome Thomas, Joel Ward, Wilfried Zaha

Everton – Antolin Alcaraz, Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, Samuel Eto’o, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Arouna Kone, Conor McAleny, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Leon Osman, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar, Joel Robles, Francisco Junior, Christian Atsu

Hull City – Sone Aluko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Robbie Brady, Alex Bruce, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame, Ahmed Elmehamady, Maynor Figueroa, Stephen Harper, Abel Hernandez, Tom Huddlestone, Tom Ince, Eldin Jakupovic, Nikica Jelavic, Jake Livermore, James McGregor, Paul McShane, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn, Gaston Ramirez, Liam Rosenior, Yannick Sagbo, Robert Snodgrass

Leicester City – Marc Albrighton, Esteban Cambiasso, Adam Dawson, Ritchie de Laet, Danny Drinkwater, Ben Hamer, Dean Hammond, Matty James, Andy King, Anthony Knockaert, Paul Konchesky, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, David Nugent, David Nugent, Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Adam Smith, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Leonardo Ulloa, Matthew Upson, Jamie Vardy, Marcin Wasilewski, Chris Wood

Liverpool – Joe Allen, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Brad Jones, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero, Dedryck Boyata, Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Edin Dzeko, John Guidetti, Joe Hart, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard, Eliaquim Mangala, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Scott Sinclair, Yaya Toure, Richard Wright, Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester United – Ben Amos, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Anderson, David De Gea, Angel Di Maria, Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Rafael da Silva, Davide Petrucci, Marcos Rojo, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie, Marnick Vermijl, Ashley Young

Newcastle United – Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Facundo Ferreyra, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson

Queens Park Rangers – Charlie Austin, Joey Barton, Steven Caulker, Sandro, Richard Dunne, Max Ehmer, Rio Ferdinand, Robert Green, Karl Henry, Clint Hill, Junior Hoilett, Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar, Alex McCarthy, Brian Murphy, Jordon Mutch, Nedum Onuoha, Matt Phillips, Yun Suk-Young, Adel Taarabt, Armand Traore, Eduardo Vargas, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Bobby Zamora

Southampton – Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand, Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Cork, Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Jose Fonte, Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos, Paulo Gazzaniga, Shane Long, Sadio Mane, Emmanuel Mayuka, Graziano Pelle, Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama, Maya Yoshida

Stoke City – Charlie Adam, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi, Phil Bardsley, Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf, Dionatan Teixeira, Robert Huth, Stephen Ireland, Bojan Krkic, Victor Moses, Marc Muniesa, Steven N’Zonzi, Wilson Palacios, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shawcross, Brek Shea, Steve Sidwell, Thomas Sorensen, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson

Sunderland – Jozy Altidore, Ricky Alvarez, Liam Bridcutt, Wes Brown, Will Buckley, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Coates, Steven Fletcher, Emanuele Giaccherini, Jordi Gomez, Danny Graham, Adam Johnson, Billy Jones, Sebastian Larsson, Vito Mannone, John O’Shea, Costel Pantilimon, Jack Rodwell, Cabral, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini

Swansea City – Modou Barrow, Kyle Bartley, Wilfried Bony, Leon Britton, Tom Carroll, David Cornell, Rory Donnelly, Nathan Dyer, Marvin Emnes, Lukasz Fabianski, Federico Fernandez, Bafetimbi Gomis, Ki Sung-yueng, Jordi Amat, Jefferson Montero, Curtis Obeng, Jazz Richards, Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Gerhard Tremmel, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel

Tottenham Hotspur – Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Cristian Ceballos, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Federico Fazio, Brad Friedel, Younès Kaboul, Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon, Hugo Lloris, Ryan Mason, Kyle Naughton, Danny Rose, Roberto Soldado, Benjamin Stambouli, Andros Townsend, Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker

West Bromwich Albion – Victor Anichebe, Chris Baird, Sebastian Blanco, Chris Brunt, Luke Daniels, Jason Davidson, Craig Dawson, Graham Dorrans, Ben Foster, Cristian Gamboa, Craig Gardner, Brown Ideye, Joleon Lescott, Gareth McAuley, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu, Boaz Myhill, Jonas Olsson, Sebastien Pocognoli, Georgios Samaras, Silvestre Varela, Claudio Yacob

West Ham United – Morgan Amalfitano, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Guy Demel, Stewart Downing, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Matt Jarvis, Carl Jenkinson, Cheikhou Kouyate, Sebastian Lletget, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Adrian, Alex Song, Raphael Spiegel, James Tomkins, Enner Valencia, Ricardo Vaz Te, Mauro Zarate

LIVE, UCL: Liverpool, Man City in action; Dortmund-Tottenham

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Three Premier League teams are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday with Liverpool knowing a win at Sevilla will see them qualify for the knockout stage for the first time since 2009.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s side head to Spain in good form after three consecutive wins in the Premier League and are in a very healthy position in Group E.

Tottenham Hotspur head to Borussia Dortmund with Spurs’ place in the last 16 already secured and Dortmund (Christian Pulisic is out of the squad with an injury) needing a win to keep their faint hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive with Real Madrid heading to APOEL Nicosia in Group H.

Manchester City have also secured their spot in the last 16 and host Feyenoord in Group F. The Dutch side have lost all four of their UCL games so far this season but have taken a huge number of traveling fans to Manchester and they can still qualify for the Europa League via finishing in third spot ahead of Shaktar Donetsk.

Elsewhere Monaco host RB Leipzig in a pivotal clash in Group G.

Click on the link above to follow commentary on all the action, while below is the full schedule as we will have reaction and analysis on all the UCL action on Tuesday.

All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET, unless otherwise stated.


Tuesday’s UCL schedule

Group E
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Maribor – FT
Sevilla vs. Liverpool

Group F
Manchester City vs. Feyenoord
Napoli vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G
Monaco vs. RB Leipzig
Besiktas 1-1 FC Porto – FT

Group H
Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur
APOEL vs. Real Madrid

FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

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GENEVA (AP) Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.

They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.

“His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said Tuesday in a statement.

Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.

Two former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States.

FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”

Lai has agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.

In court, the American citizen pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.

Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy linked to the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights.

Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the trial of three other South American soccer officials who deny corruption charges.

One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.” Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Rocha was a FIFA staffer and was working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.

PL Playback: Pogba the key for Man United

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Paul Pogba‘s snake hips goal celebration had been dearly missed by Manchester United’s fans.

So too had his marauding runs from midfield since he injured his hamstring in early September. Jose Mourinho had previously said United were a totally different team without Pogba and his display in the 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday proved it.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, Pogba shared his belief that if all of United’s players stay fit they can challenge Manchester City for the title.

“The season is really long so we have to be fit – not only me but all the players,” Pogba said. “To win the league we need all our players. When you have one injured here, one injured there, it doesn’t help. It’s always better to have a full team. Zlatan’s back and Marcos after a long injury. It was hard for them but they kept believing and worked hard to come back. We need them to win the league and we’re really glad they’re here.”

Even if he didn’t jinx past Newcastle’s defense to clip in a wonderful cross for Anthony Martial to head home United’s first, or then make a 60-yard sprint to get on the end of Marcus Rashford‘s knockdown to make it 3-1, Pogba’s presence was felt.

His return gave United’s entire squad, and fanbase, a lift and everything is set up rather nicely for him to battle it out with Kevin De Bruyne in the Manchester derby on Dec. 10 at Old Trafford.

With Pogba this season United have played five games, winning four and drawing one.

Without Pogba United have played seven, won four, lost twice and drawn once in the Premier League.

His influence on this team is key to the way it has been assembled by Mourinho and his power, all-action displays and strong character get the best out of those around him. Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku tick because Pogba is linking the midfield and attack effortlessly with his energetic displays. Over the past two months there’s been a main reason why Lukaku had done seven games without scoring for United before last weekend: Pogba.

Pogba’s comments about United pushing City for the title if they stay fit appear misguided but if he stays fit then there’s no doubt United are the best version of themselves.


INFURIATING ARSENAL

When they play like they did on Saturday, the only team Arsenal will finish below this season will be Manchester City.

Seriously.

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The Gunners destroyed Tottenham Hotspur with a ruthless display in the first half as Mesut Ozil unlocked Spurs’ midfield and defense, Alexis Sanchez ran them ragged and Alexandre Lacazette played on the last shoulder of Tottenham’s disheveled defense.

Arsene Wenger was rewarded for a bold, attack-minded team selection and with Shkodran Mustafi back fit he now has his first-choice starting lineup at his disposal. If the Gunners stay fit, they can make real charge up the Premier League table in the coming weeks with a bunch of winnable games.

In four of their next five Premier League games they should beat Huddersfield, Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle, with the big tests at home against Man United (Dec. 2) and Liverpool (Dec. 22) showing just how far they’ve come so far this season.

The Emirates, so often the site of protests and fan unrest in previous seasons, is become a fortress for Arsenal who have now won 11 PL games there on the spin, their best-ever run of consecutive wins at the stadium.

Between now and Dec. 22 we will get a very good idea as to what way this season will go for Arsenal.

If Wenger’s players stay fit and he remains positive in his team selection, the Gunners could be rewarded with not only a place back in the top four but much more.


WEST BROM’S GAMBLE

Tony Pulis is the man you want in a relegation battle. So, why did West Bromwich Albion sack him?

A run of two wins in 21 Premier League games sealed Pulis’ fate but what exactly did West Brom’s owners expect would happen?

Pulis’ short-term bump from taking over in January 1 2015 wore off midway through last season and his methods, although lauded by many for preserving his proud record of never being relegation from the Premier League, wear players down over time. Even the wily old crew he had assembled at West Brom (they had the oldest average starting XI in the PL) couldn’t cope with it anymore.

[ MORE: Baggies sack Tony Pulis. but what next? ]

The old adage “losing the dressing room” is frowned upon by folks in the industry but it is clear that’s what happened here. Players believe they are better than perhaps they are, most of the time, and get sick and tired of being told to just clip the ball long, stay compact and try to score from set pieces. Most of Pulis’ training session focus on team shape and denying the opposition the ball. Having the ball is an afterthought. That’s too much for some to handle day in, day out.

And we all know, despite the Baggies being a solid midtable club for seven years in the PL now, that getting rid of one manager is much easier than a squad of players.

Getting rid of Pulis was the only available option.

Yet, after a summer where they did some great business to bring in Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kieran Gibbs, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez, things seemed to be on the up. Yet that recruitment and losing the likes of Darren Fletcher caused issues in the squad balance and Pulis all of a sudden had too many newbies on board who either took too much time to get used to his methods or didn’t want to adjust their game to do so.

All in all, West Brom are now left with very few options to replace Pulis other than appointing someone extremely similar to him. Sam Allardyce is from the area (a boyhood Wolves fan, West Brom’s bitter rivals) is the bookmakers favorite and he would seem to be the perfect firefighter against a Premier League relegation battle.

But, like many PL clubs who have sacked their managers so far this season (hello, Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham) or are contemplating it (Swansea, Southampton and maybe Stoke) the alternatives to their current boss aren’t plentiful. Keeping hold of Pulis was no longer an option West Brom had but, over time, it may seem like the correct one.


Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here

Champions League score picks: Week 5

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Round 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage is here and plenty of teams will seal their spots in the Round of 16 over the next few days.

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Below you will find score predictions for all 16 UCL games across Tuesday and Wednesday.

[ MORE: Group stage predictions ]

Feel free to join in down in the comments section.


Tuesday

Group E
Sevilla 1-3 Liverpool
Spartak Moscow 2-2 Maribor

Group F
Man City 5-2 Feyenoord
Napoli 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G
Besiktas 2-1 FC Porto
Monaco 2-2 RB Leipzig

Group H
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
APEOL 0-4 Real Madrid

Wednesday

Group A
Manchester United 2-0 Benfica
Basel 3-0 CSKA Moscow

Group B
Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Celtic
Anderlecht 1-3 Bayern Munich

Group C
Qarabag 1-4 Chelsea
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Roma

Group D
Juventus 1-2 Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon 2-1 Olympiacos