Free Kick Issue 3

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If you’re viewing this online, activate full screen at the bottom right hand corner of the slideshow viewer Issue 3 Diego Mardona Jr. Verminator: Judgment Day BARCA/INTER Previews Club History: Arsenal

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Verminator: Judgment Day Thomas Vermaelen has been signed for Arsenal as a replacement for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure. The Belgian international is only 182 cm but his tremendous leap lets his tower over opposing players. "He is a player who has intelligence, physical strength and a good technical level," Arsene Wenger told the club's official website. "If you analyze him well you see that he has all the ingredients needed to be successful in the Premier League.” The “Verminator” debuted in the Gunners’ 6-1 win at Goodison Park on the opening day of the season, and the player made his Champions League debut against Celtic at Celtic Park. He then made his 3rd type of debut, a home debut against Portsmouth. Based on his first few performances for the Gunners, it’s time for Judgment Day whether or not he’ll become a great solution in the long-term.

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Against Everton, Celtic, and Portsmouth, Vermaelen showed off his many talents. He exhibited courage, leadership, strength, a huge leap, and a strong tackle. His size is only 182 cm but his magnificent leaps allowed him to tower over tall opposition players such as his Belgian international teammate Fellaini. Vermaelen seemed like he wanted to be everywhere, and he showed that he has the physicality essential to Premier League defenders. Against Everton, he scored a goal created by an excellent Robin Van Persie free kick. He showed that his leaps and heading skills could be a help to the Gunners in attack as well as defense. Every time Everton sent a long ball to their strikers, Vermaelen was there to head it away. Vermaelen said that his dream debut was partly due to his defensive partner, William Gallas. The former captain linked up really well in defense with Vermaelen and seemed much happier than his years playing with Kolo Toure.

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Against Celtic, he picked up where he left off and went flying in on significant defensive tackles and dominated Celtic’s three strikers in the match aerially. In Vermaelen’s first ever competitive game at the Emirates, he latched onto an Andrei Arshavin free kick. The ball went straight to William Gallas; it hit the Frenchman’s knee then went onto his face and into the goal. Vermaelen had linked up so well with Gallas in defense—and now the duo had teamed up again to score a goal. Having a defensive partner Gallas can get along with has undoubtedly resulted in him having the best form in his career; he has three goals in three games and has been an absolute rock in defense! The question now is whether Vermaelen can keep it up after his great start. The 23-year-old is still young and still has time to improve if we find a weakness in his play. However, so far it looks pretty promising, and great things are expected of the former Ajax captain.

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Michael Owen’s goal against Wigan Athletic was his 145th Premier League goal. He is the 7th top Premier League scorer of all time. He is only inches away from securing 5th spot. Owen must score 5 more Premier League goals to be ahead of Utd legends Teddy Sherringham and Les Ferdinand in the rankings. If he can restore his world class form he had at Liverpool FC, he will probably be able to reach 2nd place, beating Andrew Cole’s tally of 187 goals. Owen is only 29 so there still is time for him to place himself high up in the record books for centuries to come. Owen Closes In On Records

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The Moral Choices of Football Management It is not as easy to snub a player such as Abou Diaby, Andiry Voronin, or Gary Neville, even when the fans are calling for their heads. They are real genuine people. They have real emotions, real hearts, and real thoughts. As you can see, it’s certainly a tough job being a football manager—and moral choices and dilemmas are major parts of the job. Most coaches know their best XI, but it is not easy leaving quality loyal professionals on the bench. As we can see in the Lescott to Man City situation, a relationship can be formed between a manager and player, yet it can easily be broken. And all David Moyes wants is to keep a player…yet if one of the club’s best players truly wants to leave, would you be like Moyes and try all out to save the player from leaving or would you let the player have his way so he wouldn’t bring a bad attitude to the entire squad? This is just a part of football management…and as David Moyes would probably say, this is quite possibly the toughest part.

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Inter: Anche in questo caso i vincitori? New season…new expectations Serie A is back!!! The season’s curtain raiser, the Super Coppa, was a cracker and this bodes well for the new season! Here is the preview of one of the top team’s season ahead, from the Champions League to Serie A.

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SQUAD Last season’s run away champions have done well in the transfer market this summer. The summer started with the signings of Thiago Motta and Diego Milto, two amazing performers last season with surprise package Genoa. Thiago Motta dictated Genoa’s midfield to perfection last season and proved he was back after a few injury plagued seasons. Milto was at his goalscoring best as well. He banged in 24 goals and had around 5/6 wrongly disallowed despite missing quite a large number of matches through injury. He is now ready to continue his superb form with Inter. Next came Selecao captain Lucio. This was a real bargain for Inter as they used the money from bench warmer Maxwell to bring in one of the best defenders in the world. He has already shown how important he will be to Inter’s defense with stalwart performances against Milan and Lazio. Yet the biggest transfer was the Eto’o and Ibra swap. No one knows exactly who has won in this swap but Inter have the added bonus of around 50 million Euros added to Moratti’s bank account. Eto’o was named as the 8th best player in the world last season, according to Nicolas Burdisso has left to go to Roma on loan but Lucio has come in, so he should not be missed.

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What the team still needs: That renowned trequartista is now becoming annoying. Everyone knows Inter need a trequartista to succeed. So many names have been mentioned…Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Ribery, Gourcuff and even lately Giuseppe Rossi by his agent. But who shall it be? I have a strong feeling that it will be one of Sneijder or Van der Vaart, the Dutch duo from Real Madrid. Prediction for next season: What could you say, Inter seem to be favourites for winning Serie A next season, especially if they sign a trequartista who will add pace and guile to Inter’s attack. The Champions League is very VERY difficult for Inter to win and I do agree with Mourinho’s percentage of Inter’s chance of winning: 10%. Most of it will depend upon Inter’s strong defending and the lethal duo of Eto’o and Milto. If these two are well fed in front of goal they will take their chances! Also a good dose of luck is imperative as proven by last season’s Champions League. By: Gravid Best

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Improving a treble winning team was never going to be easy. Guardiola and his staff had to make some changes but not too many…They took an already great squad and in the shadow of Real Madrid’s transfer activity, they brought in some excellent players to give them strength in depth.. Now let's take a look at Barca's transfer activity .

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Players In: 1) Keirrison (Palmeiras): The young Brazilian was a very hot prospect targeted by many big European clubs this summer, such as Liverpool, Juve, and Valencia, but he made it no secret that he wanted to go to the treble winning team at Barcelona. The deal was almost done more than 1 month before it was made official. The young Brazilian is a very good player who can finish, and is looked as a player for the future. He has been loaned out to Benfica to gain some European experience. 2) Maxwell (Inter): Many looked at this transfer as panic buy to calm down the fans that were worried about Madrid’s transfers. But the 28 year old was once one of the best left backs in the world and he will be great for Barca’s left flank. Abidal has had some very poor moments recently for club and country so Maxwell has a great chance of staking a place in the starting XI. Maxwell also can play as left winger which will be good for giving the squad strength in depth. 3) Ibrahimovic (Inter) : One of the biggest transfers of the summer, if not all time, many looked at Barca just getting jealous of Madrid who were spending crazy money but Barca have actually been targeting Ibra since last summer. Eto'o (valued 25 million) will be going the other way plus 45 million Euros. Ibra is exactly what Barca need: he is tall and is a very good aerially which Barca needed sometimes last season, such as when they played against Chelsea. They clearly missed that. Also, before Barca's headache usually comes from Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi but now we can also count Ibra who can dribble past players and create chances for the entire squad.

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Possible Arrivals: 1) Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal): Very unlikely as Barca are not ready to spend this much money once again this summer. Arsenal may not want to sell. 2) Vincent Kompany (Man City): He would be great for Barca and wants to move. However, City don't need any money. 3) Bruno Alves (Porto): The price Porto are asking is too high, especially since his contract expires next year. 4) Juan Mata (Valencia): it was rumoured that he will buy his contract from Valencia but cooled things down buy saying that his focus is on his current club.

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Players Out: 1) Samuel Eto'o (Inter): A Barca legend, scored in 2 UCL finals and many saw leaving him is a big mistake. He left as a part of Ibra deal. 2) Martin Caceres (Juventus loan): The player came last summer for 16 million Euros from Villareal but didn't get many chances. Juve have the option to buy for 14 million Euros. 3) Aliksander Hleb (Sttutgart loan): The player who had a miserable season was rumoured to be leaving for Inter as a part of Maxwell deal but refused and moved to Stuttgart on a loan deal. 4) Keirrison (Benfica loan): The new Brazilian moved to Benfica to gain European experience. The transfers seem to be great with Ibra completing an even more deadly attack alongside Messi and Henry. Maxwell will be covering the LB role which was poorly covered by Abidal. I see that Barca used this transfer market for present and future by buying Ibra (28) and Keirrison (20) who has the potential to replace Ibra in the future. By: Messi_10

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Beach Soccer: Diego Mardona Jr The Beach Soccer World Cup is an annual tournament featuring the best international beach soccer countries. Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona coaches the French team, who hosted the tournament last year in Marseille. This year it will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates. Italy striker Diego Mardona Jr. was on the losing side in last year’s final, which Italy lost to Brazil 5-3. Yes, you heard me right. Diego Mardona Jr. is a 22-year-old beach soccer player, son of the famous Diego Mardona. He is a former Serie A youth player. He trained with Genoa and Napoli.

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Premier League Histories A to Z Arsenal was originally founded in 1886 by a group of workers at the Woolwich armaments factory in south London, and the club was originally known as Dial Square. The name soon changed to Royal Arsenal, but when the club when professional in 1891, the name was changed to Woolwich Arsenal. Once again, the name was eventually changed to Arsenal Football Club, who we all know and adore today. Arsenal first reached the English 1st Division in 1904 but were relegated in 1913. After the first World War, Arsenal were voted back into the 1st Division and they have never looked back. The legendary Hubert Chapman was appointed manager in 1925 and made Highbury, the stadium, a fortress, and the “Gunners” won all kinds of trophies. Arsenal became a great English club throughout the years. One of the most memorable was in 1989. Arsenal played Liverpool on the final day of the season. All Liverpool had to do was avoid defeat by two goals to win the title, but the Gunners wanted to score those two goals to snatch the title from the Merseyside club. Arsenal scored once midway through the match, but didn’t score again until the fantastic Michael Thomas scored in stoppage time to give Arsenal the most famous of famous title race victories ever.

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In 1996, the club hired French manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger took captain Tony Adams as well as world class striker Dennis Bergkamp, and crafted his team around the two players. The famous back line of Seaman, Winterburn, Adams, Keown, and Dixon became legendary but Wenger, however, decided to make his team focused on attack. He taught the team to play beautiful attacking football and players such as Patrick Viera, Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Robert Pires, and Fredrik Ljumberg helped Arsenal become very successful and win trophies. The Gunners remain a Champions League club, now led by young Spaniard Cesc Fabregas. With Arsenal investing heavily on youth, the future looks bright for the Gunners. Revenue is also now maximized after moving to Emirates Stadium in 2006. In summer 2008, all-time top scorer Thierry Henry was voted the Gunner’s best player of all time, ahead of Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright, and Tony Adams.

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Staff Section Note from the Editor: Hello, again. Thank you for reading our 3rd free football magazine; we hope you enjoyed it. It’s great to see the European leagues back in action. We’ve seen some exciting Champions League games and we’ve seen how unpredictable the Serie A and Premier League were, well, predicted to be this season. I’m personally a fan of Arsenal and I must admit I am every bit shocked about our start. I would not like to be a smartass and say this is exactly the way I predicted it’d be, we’re so good, etc, but I must say that I’m sure no one predicted a start like this beforehand. Especially at Goodison Park; we should have lost there last season. This season looks to be one of the most memorable ever. Liverpool and Manchester United have already experienced early season losses and there are many questions waiting to be asked. Will Aquilani effectively replace Alonso? Where will Utd’s goals come from against the best clubs? Will Man City play like a team? Will the Galacticos II epically fail? How will Milan play after losing Kaka, Maldini, Beckham, and Senderos? This season’s so exciting…and Spurs are top of the table as I write. I’m a Gunner but…But I wouldn’t like to have it any other way. Editors: Main Editor Bloodbore, Website Developer Iamlegend, and magazine contributors

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Next Month --The Premier League Heats Up! --Serie A and La Liga Returns! --Premier League Histories A to Z Continues! --New Magazine Features! --Fantasy Premier League Game Tips --And Much More!

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