What does Luis Suarez’s ban mean for Uruguay, Liverpool? Which games will he miss?

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We all knew it was coming, and now we know how long Luis Suarez will be out of action for, it is time to discuss the impact his absence will have.

Banned four months from all soccer-related activity, Suarez is out of the World Cup. He will not be able to train, play or even attend a game inside a soccer stadium across the planet.

One of the greatest soccer players in the world has been exiled.

While Suarez sits there twiddling his thumbs between now and October, two teams will badly miss the supreme, yet flawed, talent. His national team Uruguay, and his club team Liverpool.

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Without Suarez in their side, Uruguay will struggle to make it out of the Round of 16 at the World Cup. They face Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janiero and many would expect a Suarez-less Uruguay to get knocked around by a talented Colombian outfit. Even if they make it through that, they will face hosts Brazil or fellow South Americans Chile in the quarterfinals. With a misfiring Edinson Cavani up top as Uruguay’s only other attacking option, Suarez has let his country down when they needed him most. Without him they wouldn’t have beaten England, as Suarez’s two goals secured the crucial victory and his tenacious display either side of his inexcusable bite, wore down Italy’s defense. He is the ‘X’ factor that a defense-minded Uruguay need to unlock other teams. Now, he’s gone.

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Suarez bite Italian defender Chiellini on Tuesday, as the Uruguayan bit another player for the third-time in his career.

As for Liverpool, Suarez will not be around for the first three months of the Premier League season and will not play until the first week of November. Below is a list of the 13 games Suarez could miss for Liverpool.

Just like last season when his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic carried over to the first few months of the 2013-14 campaign, Liverpool will be without their star man. They coped pretty well without Suarez to begin the last season. Can they do it again?

They do have Daniel Sturridge to rely on up top, as the English striker scored 21 PL goals last season and was the second-highest scored in the league behind, you guessed it, Suarez. They also have acquired Rickie Lambert over the offseason to bolster their attack. Liverpool should get by just fine in the PL during Suarez’s absence, but they will miss his supreme talents in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s elite. It remains to be seen whether or not they sell Suarez or sue him for breach of contract, as this story is far from over.

Suarez’s absence will hurt Liverpool and Uruguay, as his latest act of lunacy will impact club and country. Big time.

GAMES SUAREZ WILL MISS

16 August 2014: Southampton (H)

23 August 2014: Manchester City (A)

30 August 2014: Tottenham (A)

13 September 2014: Aston Villa (H)

16-17 September 2014: Champions League fixture

20 September 2014: West Ham (A)

23-24 September 2014: Capital One Cup third round

27 September 2014: Everton (H)

30 September – 1 October 2014: Champions League fixture

4 October 2014: West Bromwich Albion (H)

18 October 2014: QPR (A)

21-22 October 2014: Champions League fixture

25 October 2014: Hull (H)

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 3

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In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.

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There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.

Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.