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Al Faraj 'interview' Claim Is Denied

Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat threw Pompey into turmoil for the second time in under a week tonight, but claims made that Ali al-Faraj has been interviewed by the medium have been denied. Last Friday an interview with Pompey's former owner and current minority stakeholder Sulaiman Al Fahim which put the cat among the pigeons, with Fahim apparently claiming to have made a £10m profit and ....


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O'hara And Diop Stake Their Claim As Reserves Slump To Fulham

Paul Hart will be relieved Jamie O'Hara and Papa Bouba Diop came through Tuesday's reserve game with Fulham unscathed, but there was precious little else to cheer him as an experienced side went down 2-0. Diop was coming back from injury and may well have played himself into contention for Saturday's trip to Hull after safely negotiating most of the match. O'Hara, who missed Saturday's defeat to ....


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Al-fahim Claims 'profit' Remarks Were Mistranslated

Pompey chairman Sulaiman al-Fahim claims was misquoted in an interview which appeared in a Saudi Arabian website, which suggested he had made '£10 million' out of the sale of the club and that he still owned the 'real estate' around Fratton Park. Al-Fahim sold 90% of his stake in the club a fortnight ago to Ali al-Faraj, and his reported remarks are thought to have irritated the new ....


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Jilted Pompey Fans May Yet Show Harry Some Respect...

They say that familiarity breeds contempt and that is very much the case as Pompey prepare to take on Spurs at Fratton Park (3pm) in a game in which the fans of the other team are almost as likely to recognise the opposition as their own players. This game is, in short, more in bred than an exhibit at Crufts as Younes Kaboul, Kevin-Prince Boateng and (from the stands at least) Jamie O'Hara come ....


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When Harry Loved Pompey: How Redknapp Nearly Turned Spurs Down...

Harry Redknapp's PR spin is in overdrive as the countdown to his latest Fratton return is well underway. The former Fratton boss will inevitably divide opinion as he takes his place in the visitors' dug out on Saturday as Spurs' boss, but he is doing his best to try to mitigate his reception. In a set piece interview with The News Harry made it clear Pompey is a club that remains close to his ....


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Begovic The Bosnian Upsets His Adopted Canada

Pompey goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has upset the Canadian football authorities as he switched his allegience to Bosnia-Herzegovina once and for all by coming on as a late sub in his country's World Cup qualifier with Estonia at the weekend. Begovic has snubbed his country of adoption - having represented Canada in the World Under 20 championships in 2007 - for the country of his birth. But the ....


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Yebda 'forgets' Pompey As Belhadj Puts Algeria Closer To South Africa

Hassan Yebda claims he 'forgot' Pompey the moment he set foot in Algeria ahead of his country's vital World Cup showdown with Rwanda. The midfielder, who is on loan from Benfica and scored last week against Wolves, has recently opted to play for the country of his parents rather than France, the country where he was brought up. While Yebda was buoyed by his club form, he said that he didn't ....


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Speculation Links Gaydamak With Nice Move

Reports in France suggest that Alexandre Gaydamak could be about to invest in French Ligue 1 club Nice. Last week Gaydamak gave his approval to a deal which saw Ali al-Faraj take control at Fratton Park from Sulaiman al-Fahim. Although he sold his stake in the club at the end of August, he is still implicated nin the ownership and sale of parcels of land surrounding Fratton park crucial to the ....


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Pompey Announce Half Season Ticket Deal

Pompey have announced prices for half season tickets which go on sale from Monday October 19. The tickets start from the Arsenal game, which has been moved to Wednesday December 30 (7.45pm) from its original holiday Monday date. Adult prices start from £275 in the family section, to £350 in other parts of the ground, representing a saving of up to £3 per match. Fans can buy ....


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Al Faraj Rues 'wasted Opportunity' After Six-week Delay

Pompey's new owner has expressed his regret over the 'wasted opportunity' in the summer transfer window after his initial bid to buy the club was rejected. Ali Al Faraj was throught to be close to tieing up a deal for the club in late August, only for previous owener Sacha Gaydamak to stun everyone by opting to sell to Sulaiman Al Fahim instead. In the six intervening weeks, Al Fahim has ....


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Grant's Reappointment Is To Be Welcomed...

Pompey have reappointed Avram Grant as Director of Football as the revamping of the club gets underway after the takever by Al Al-Faraj. The former Chelsea boss was at Fratton Park in a similar role in 2006-07 under Harry Redknapp, before the Israeli moved to Stamford Bridge. Chief executive Peter Storrie insisted though that the appointment wasn't a threat to the present boss: “Paul Hart ....


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New Regime Already Has A Long Agenda, But Signs Are Looking Good

Pompey fans are waiting with interest to see what new owner Ali Al Faraj has in store for the club, but all the signs are that it could well be an exciting few months. Peter Storrie, who brokered the deal for Al faraj to buy the club, has already gone on record and said that there is likely to be new players arriving in January. 'Ali Al Faraj wants to take the club forward, he wants to build a ....


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Pompey Have New Owners As Al Faraj Takes Control

Portsmouth Football Club has a new owners, with a consortium led by Saudi property developer Ali Al Faraj set to buy a controlling 90% stake in the club from Sulaiman Al Fahim. Al Fahim will retain a ten per cent stake in the club and will retain the role of Chairman for at least the next two years. The deal has been hammered out in London on Monday and the legal papers have been signed, with ....


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Pompey Set To Unveil New Owners On Monday Or Tuesday... All Being Well

The takeover of Portsmouth Football Club could be completed as early as Monday afternoon and by Tuesday at the latest, barring an unexpected turn of events. A deal which will see a consortium fronted by Ali Al Faraj, a Saudi businessman, buy 90% of Sulaiman Al Fahim's stake in the club is set to be signed on Monday or Tuesday. The sale has still to be ratified by previous owner Alexandre ....


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Deal To Takeover Pompey Agreed?

Pompey are set to be taken over after a deal was apparently struck which will see Sulaiman Al Fahim retain a ten per cent stake in the club and remain chairman. Speculation that a deal was in the offing has been building since Friday evening, but it was though erstwhile owner Alexandre Gaydamak was the key to unlocking the deal. And now it seems an agreement might have been reached - believed ....


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Storrie Attempts To Broker Face-saving Deal

So it seems a diplomatic solution to Pompey's current imbroglio may be on the horizon. Peter Storrie, Sulaiman Al Fahim, Sacha Gaydamak and other investors, including the Al Faraj brothers, are locked in negotiations to try to find a way to end the civil war which has ripped the club apart since the summer. With Al Fahim and Storrie apparently at loggerheads as the club finally ran out of cash ....


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Pompey's Season Still Heading For The Rocks...

Pompey's listing season lurched closer to the rocks today as confusion still reigned over whether the players had finally been paid their salaries, while owner Sulaiman Al Fahim languished in a Dubai hospital. And the rumour mill was linking Pompey with a sensational return for Harry Redknapp! A chaotic 36 hours which saw the club's bankers refuse to cover the shortfall in September's salaries, ....


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Pompey Slash Stoke Cup Tie Ticket Prices For Season Ticket Holders

Pompey’s season ticket holders can take advantage of a very special offer for the Blues’ Carling Cup clash against Stoke on Tuesday, October 27. For one week only, they will be able to load the game onto their season cards for a special reduced price. Between Monday, October 5 and Friday, October 9 they will be able to purchase their seat for just £15 for adults, £8 for ....


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Mcallister And Pompey Fail To Find Agreement

Gary McAllister will not be joining Pompey as assistant to manager Paul Hart. Earlier today it seemed likely the 44-year-old former Leeds boss would be coming to Fratton Park, but it emerged at lunhtime that negotiations had stalled. It appears McAllister wanted a longer contract than Pompey were prepared to offer and sources at the club have confirmed the deal is not going to ....


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Grateful Storrie Remains Committed To Pompey After Fans Appreciation

Peter Storrie is set to stay as Pompey Chief Executive after he was touched by fans appreciation of him at the game against Everton. Fans on the Fratton End sang his name early in the match and a ripple of applause in support echoed round the ground in response. As a result a grateful Storrie is understood to feel he couldn't leave the club in its current situation. And it also seems the ....


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Unlucky Pompey Come Unstuck Against The Toffees

There was a grim inevitablity about the outcome of this game. Don't get me wrong. Pompey played well. Very well in patches, but the truth is that yet again they were found wanting where it mattered in front of goal. Pompey had the better of Everton in chances created and the defence, with Tal Ben Haim switched to left back and Marc Wilson in the centre, looked far more solid. Unfortunately, the ....


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Al Fahim Reassures Fans Over Administration Fears

Sulaiman Al Fahim has reassured Pompey fans that the prospect of administration - and the inevitable relegation the points deduction such a move would invoke - is not about to happen. At a meeting of supporters' groups on Friday night - hastily re-organised after Al Fahim initially pulled out 24 hours ago then reconsidered - the club's owner revealed that he hoped to secure a £50 million ....


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Al Fahim Backs Out Of Fans Meeting

Pompey Chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim has pulled out of a meeting scheduled with fans on Friday night on the ground that the press coverage of the event would interfere with the team's preparation for the game with Everton. Mr Al Fahim had been due to meet with around 30 repsresentatives of websites under the Pompey Virtual Alliance umbrella - including truebluearmy.com and pompey-fans.com - as well ....


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Carlisle Cup Tie Is Not A Distraction

Pompey gear up for their third round Carling Cup clash against Carlisle this evening with all at the club realising the game is much more than a distraction from the terrible league campaign so far. A win will see the Blues edge into the last 16 of the competition, and avoid a public humiliation at the hands of the league one side. Manager Paul Hart also says the game is a chance for the ....


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Editorial: When Fans Begin Losing Patience Signs Of Progress Are Not Enough

Pompey's awful start to the season has now gone beyond club records and has become a matter of setting worst league start for x years records- and manager Paul Hart's words of encouragment mean little to the frustrated home support. The defeat to Aston Villa yesterday means Portsmouth have played six and lost six, offering only three goals in those six games. And the Blues' situation looks ....


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