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Pompey Linked With Marseille Star In January

Pompey are being linked with a January swoop for out of favour Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa according to reports in France. The 22-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Stade Velodrome since the arrival of Didier Deschamps as manager and a number of Spanish and English clubs are thought to be prepared to give him the chance to show what he can do. The attacking midfielder, ....

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In Form Dindane Gets Ivory Coast Recall

Aruna Dindane's return to form and fitness have earned him a recall to the Ivory Coast squad for their match with Guinea next weekend. Dindane bagged a hat-trick in Pompey's 4-0 win over Wigan last weekend. The striker is in ther 23-man squad for the game and it is the first time he has been selected by Ivory Coast manager Vahid Halilhodzic. Dindane hasn't played for the Ivory Coast since ....

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Hart Targets Table Bonus Without Injured Finnan

Pompey will be without Steve Finnan for Saturday's trip to Blackburn as Paul Hart's men bid to move off the foot of the table for the first time this season. And victory at Ewood Park would also see Pompey escape the bottom three - at least until Sunday's fixtures. “I think that would make a massive difference to the players. They’ve been working hard for not an awful lot of ....

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Inland Revenue's Case Against Storrie Is 'seriously Flawed' Say Pompey

Pompey have sprung to the defence of Chief Executive Peter Storrie, describing the charges brought by the tax authorities against him as 'seriously flawed', after a date for his court case was set. Storrie has been charged with tax evasion and will appear at City of Westminster magistrates on November 16. The prosecution by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, relates to an alleged payment ....

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Utaka Is Looking For Pompey Way Out: Agent

Pompey midfielder John Utaka won't rule out a transfer window move from the club, but his agent has expressed surprised that he is 'available for transfer'. Reports at the weekend suggested Utaka was one of a five players Pompey would be happy to sell in January, notably because his wages are now thought to be among the highest at the club. However the Nigeria international's agent Cees van ....

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Old Boy Pamarot's Reigning In Spain

Former Pompey defender Noe Pamarot is back in business at Spanish second division club Hercules and he is enjoying every minute. The former Martigues, Nice and Spurs defender joined Pompey in January 2006, but was released when his contract ended last summer. He had looked set to join a French cloub, with Saint Etienne, Grenoble and Nice all interested, but he decided his best offer came ....

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World Cup Calling For Pompey's Algeria Duo

Hassan Yebda and Nadir Belhadj have both been called up for Algeria's crucial World Cup qualifier with Egypt on November 14. Algeria need to avoid defeat by more than one goal in the game in Cairo to secure their place in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. Belhadj scored in the previous qualifier against Rwanda in October and Yebda is a new recruit, the French-born midfielder ....

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Youthful Pompey Give Young Gunners The Blues

Pompey reserves kept the club's feel-good factor going with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Arsenal in front of watching new Director Mark Jacob. Jacob, representative of new owner Ali al-Faraj and a Spurs fan, will have enjoyed seeing a young Pompey side with no first team experience defend stoutly and pick off Arsenal on the break. Triallist Gianfranco Apicerni, formerly of Roma, was first to ....

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Dindane Reveals The First Goal Is The Hardest...

Pompey hat-trick hero Aruna Dindane has acknowledged that getting his Premier League account up and running was the hardest part of the job. The Ivory Coast international had scored just once in the Carling Cup at Carlisle and he had been in the spotlight afte a high-profile miss against Spurs two weeks ago. But he put all that behind him with an outstanding display against Wigan. 'The hardest ....

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Pompey Hope To Resolve Latest Cash Crisis Soon

Pompey could be back able to sign players again by the end of this week, as they hope to have convinced the Premier League they have paid off their outstanding football debts. The club were suspended from buying or selling players earlier this month, although it appears manager Paul Hart only became aware of the problem when he tried to sign out-of-contract Eugene Bopp earlier this week. The ....

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Pompey Outclass Stoke En Route For The Quarter Finals

If only this had been a league game! Pompey cruised to victory against a much-changed Stoke side in the fourth round of the League Cup to secure a place in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup thanks to goals from Frederic Piquionne, Danny Webber and a classy finish from Kanu. While Stoke may well have made ten changes from the side which beat Spurs at the weekend, Pompey made more than half a ....

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Pompey Look To Stoke Up Hopes Of A New Club Record...

In case you had forgotten, as the latest round of infighting at the top at Fratton Park rages, Pompey are still a football club and it is back to the action on the field we turn on Tuesday (7.45pm) as Stoke come to town for a League Cup fourth round tie. Unlike the league, this is a competition where Pompey have won matches and scored goals, albeit against League One and Two opposition, and a ....

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Al-faraj Moves To Reassure Fans, But Other Investors Are In The Background...

Pompey owner Ali al-Faraj has hinted that the club will be spending in the January transfer market and has tried to clear up the confusion over his reported remarks in the Saudi press last week. A report in the Saudi newspaper Asharq Alawasat newspaper last week suggested that al-Faraj was only planning a short stay at Fratton Park and was looking to sell on for a profit quickly. But in an ....

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Hart's Troops Head For Hull Ready For A Battle

Pompey put their chaotic season on the road once more for the latest in a line of 'must-win' games against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday (3pm). The hosts lie just two places and four points above Pompey and a victory would put Pompey well and truly back in contention in the relegation battle and if they could follow three points up with another three against Wigan, the club might be ....

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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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