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Diarra May Well Move On - But Not Yet

It's the question on everyone's lips: Will Lassana Diarra still be at Pompey come the start of next season? The French starmade no secret of the fact he saw his move to Fratton as a stepping stone to bigger things - nothing wrong with that, most would say, although others might have thought him wise to keep quieter about his intentions. There's no questioning his impact at Fratton, with the ....


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A Date For Tony And Niko's Diaries

Pompey will begin their UEFA Cup campaign on Thursday, September 18 - and it looks like Tony Adams and Niko Kranjcar will both be around to be part of it.   The Blues go straight into the first round of the UEFA Cup without needing to take part in the qualifying rounds after winning the FA Cup.  Pompey will contest the Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley on ....


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Time To Honour Harry - But How?

The clamour is growing for Harry Redknapp to be honoured for bringing the FA Cup back to Pompey. There are two schools of thought: one is that he should have a statue built, perhaps at the new training ground; the other is that he should be knighted for his services not just to Pompey but to football in general. One national newspaper has already done a mock-up of how a Harry statue would look, ....


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Lazy Journalism Can't Upset Pompey

Wembley is two days away - and a few lazy, half-baked stories in the nationals saying Harry Redknapp may quit Fratton after the Cup final aren't going to upset the party. Redknapp is said to be furious over un-backed-up reports claiming he will quit Fratton Park after Saturday's Cardiff clash and retire from football.Chief executive Peter Storrie told The News he had spoken to a ....


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Walking Wounded? Not Any More

David James has allayed fears he won't be fit for Wembley - and it seems others will be joining him in being fine for the big day. James missed the final three league games with a calf strain, but had said he could have played against Fulham last Sunday. Boss Harry Redknapp was more cautious, saying it was impossible to judge how soon James would be ready for action before he'd joined ....


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This Could Top The Lot For Kanu

Kanu says helping Pompey win the FA Cup on Saturday would be a new highlight of an honour-laden career. The man whose goal got the Blues to the final says he feels like he is in a dream as he prepares to lead the line for Pompey against Cardiff at Wembley. 'I am very happy because we all dreamt of reaching the final and now our dream is coming true,' said the striker, who, like Sol Campbell and ....


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Redknapp's Reassurance Over Last Game

Harry Redknapp is insisting Pompey will be going all out for victory when Fulham come to town for the final league game of the season. And he has dismissed talk he could be thinking of walking away from Pompey if he leads them to victory in the FA Cup final next weekend. Fulham arrive at Fratton probably needing a win to stay up as they do battle with Reading and Birmingham to try to avoid the ....


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Stop The Rot Before We Go To Wembley

Sylvain Distin has warned his Pompey team-mates they must find their form again if they expect to propser in the FA Cup final. The defeat at Middlesbrough means they have now played four games without a win, and have lost three in a row. Distin felt Pompey got what they deserved at the Riverside. He told The News: 'It is exactly the same as what happened for the past three or four ....


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Pompey Can Put On A Show At Wembley

Tony Adams is confident Pompey can give a better account of themselves in the Cup final than they did in reaching it. Pompey's assistant manager is hoping the Blues can settle and play their normal passing game against Cardiff in just over a fortnight's time - much more effectively than against west Brom in the semi-finals. But he has also warned the players they are not just there for a day ....


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Why Cup Final Means A Lot To Defoe

Jermain Defoe has told how he will forget his disappointment at not being able to play in the Cup final to cheer his team-mates towards a dream he can be part of at Fratton Park - European football. The striker is Cup-tied, having played part of Spurs' win over Reading early in the competition, but says he will be at Wembley on May 17 hoping to see his side beat Cardiff. A win would guarantee UEFA Cup football - something Defoe says he and his team-mates are ready for. He also revealed how ....


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Blues World Cup 'bid' Has Mileage

Hopes that Pompey could be one of the hosts if England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup have been boosted by news FA bosses have already visited the city to check out its credentials. Staff from Soho Square visited a few days ago to discuss the idea of Pompey's new stadium being one of the venues for matches if the FA's application to host the tournament is successful, reports The News. Portsmouth is the only city in the south east so far been approached by the association - a move first ....


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Pompey Hand Fans A Wembley Ticket Boost

Pompey have more FA Cup final tickets left over for fans who have been to one or two games this season than had been expected.  The final phase of selling takes place on Tuesday (April 29), with 3,900 left for sale - around 500 more than expected after all the other phases have been satisfied.   The final batch will be on sale through Ticketmaster from 11am until 10pm to supporters on the club’s database who have bought tickets to one or two games at ....


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Nugent Stakes A Claim, But Needs More

Like everyone in the Pompey squad, David Nugent is desperate to play his way into contention for a place against Cardiff in the FA Cup final. And he is hoping he has taken the first step towards realising that dream with a goal for the reserves at West Leigh Park. He helped the seconds to a 1-1 draw against Reading, but realises he will need to get a look-in at first-team level in the remaining league games if he's to have any hope of playing at Wembley. Nugent told The News: 'I was due a ....


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New Grounds For Optimism At Pompey

Fans have given a warm welcome to Pompey's fresh plans for their state-of-the-art new training ground, which they now want to build in Gosport. Following problems with Fareham council and English Heritage over their scheme to build it near Titchfield Abbey, the club have been working with Gosport council - and this proposal seems miuch more likely to be granted. Initial opinion from supporters has been positive, with fans delighted the club have been working behind the scenes to get a ....


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Blues Aren't Taking Their Eye Off The Ball

Niko Kranjcar has insisted Pompey are not taking their foot off the gas in their remaining league cup games to protect themselves for the Cup final. Some fans have questioned the side's desire after their weak defending at the City of Manchester Stadium, but Kranjcar says it is vital they chalk up some good results to keep confidence up ahead of the clash with Cardiff. Kranjcar told www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: 'We've had a great season and we still hope to continue. We will try to get as many ....


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Pompey's World Cup Stadium Plan

Pompey may be helped by the FA to become one of the host venues for the 2018 World Cup if England's bid to stage it is successful. The exciting news comes from FA chairman Lord Triesman, who says bosses havew begun scouring the country for grounds already good enough to stage matches in the tournament and others which have the potential to be developed. It seems the FA are considering offering Pompey financial incentives to redevelop Fratton Park - although whether they might also be ready ....


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Jamo's Warning To Pompey Team-mates

It's the theme of the week - and one which is being continued by David James. And it goes along the lines of: We mustn't let the fact we're in the FA Cup final distract us from trying to finish fifth in the leage. Pompey's hopes will be boosted tonight if Everton fail to beat Chelsea at Goodison Park. The Blues head to Mancchester City on Sunday and after that will have just three games left. James followed in the thoughts of Jermain Defoe when he said the push for Europe must continue ....


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Fifth Place Is Still Wanted By Pompey

Harry Redknapp has admitted the FA Cup final is now Pompey's top priority - but his players insist they will still be going all out for fifth place in the league as well. And that seems particularly true of one man who is not able to be part of the Cup campaign - cup-tied Jermain Defoe. He brushed off his first goalless appearance in a Pompey shirt at Fratton Park last Saturday to talk of the desire to finish the league season strongly - starting at Manchester City on Sunday. Defoe ....


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How You Can Get Your Wembley Ticket

Here they are - the full details of the ticket allocation for the FA Cup final and how different groups can get their hands on them. This is the wording lifted staight from www.portsmouthfc.co.uk for anyone who has trouble getting on to the official site. Tell us what you think of the shareout on the messageboard. Portsmouth Football Club today outlined plans to sell its 24,789 allocation of tickets for the FA Cup Final against Cardiff City at Wembley on Saturday, May 17. Tickets will be ....


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How To Buy ... And Who To Buy

Talk of who Pompey will bid to sign in the summer is gathering pace - but fans are more concerned with buying Cup final tickets, not buying players. Sunday is always the day when names are put in the frame, some old, some new, and this week is no exception. There's fresh rumours that Harry Redknapp will bid to snap up Peter Crouch from Liverpool at the end of the season, seeing him as the ideal partner for his England squad-mate Jermain Defoe next season. Crouch has already spoken publicly ....


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Wait Fot It On Details Of How To Buy For Final

Fans will have to wait until Monday to find out how they can get their hands on one of the near-25,000 tickets Pompey have been given for the FA Cup final. But what we do know already is that they will be priced £95, £80, £60 and £35 for adults, £85, £70, £50 and £25 for children and over-60s, and that the Blues - who will again be in all blue - will be backed by supporters at the eastern end of Wembley, as in the semi-final. Pompey's website ....


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Fa Considering Cardiff's Uefa Case

Pompey's path into Europe may not be as clear as it seemed as the FA indicated they might be willing to allow Cardiff to represent England in the Uefa Cup - even though City come under the jurisdiction of the FA of Wales. The current rules of the competition indicate that should Cardiff win the trophy they would be barred from entry into Europe next season, leaving the place clear for Pompey. However, after Uefa president Michel Platini said that he would want to see Cardiff take their place ....


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On Video: Pompey Win At Wembley

Plenty of Pompey fans have been posting video clips featuring various highlights from Wembley. Click here to see a selection.....


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Redknapp's West Brom Warning

Harry Redknapp has issued the old FA Cup underdogs warning as the countdown continues to Pompey's FA Cup semi-final with West Brom - while his opposite number says the Baggies have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, Pompey have marked the end of the selling of their 33,000 tickets for the game by defending the way they handled demand. Redknapp has been talking about what it's like to be involved in FA Cup shocks as he drums into his team there will be no room for complacency against Tony Mowbray's ....


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New Right-hand Man For Wembley?

Milan Baros appears likely to be Pompey's right-hand man if John Utaka loses his fight to be fit to face West Brom. Utaka's hamstring injury is not as straightforward as thought at first and he is running out of time to get back in training and sharp enough to take on the Baggies at Wembley on Saturday. Assistant boss Tony Adams has indicated that does not necessarily mean the Blues ditching the 4-5-1 formation they often use away from Fratton Park. And manager Harry Redknapp has been talking ....


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