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Pompey's Tough Start

Pompey have been handed the toughest start imaginable to their new Premier League campaign.   They will visit Chelsea on the opening weekend, followed by a visit to Fratton by champions Manchester United. It means two games against Sir Alex Ferguson's men in a fortnight, with the Community Shield at Wembley on August 10, a week before the league kicks in. Keeper ....

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Diarra For Eastlands? Sleep Easy...

Pompey fans needn't worry over reports Manchester City are plotting an £8m bid for Lassana Diarra. For starters, Pompey won't let the star of the final four months of last season go for less than £10m. Add to that the fact Diarra would probably leave Fratton only for Manchester United and you have a story that is going to end in a non-story. Mark Hughes may well be getting his own ....

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Barca Star On Harry's List

Eidur Gudjohnsen is still interesting Pompey - but they have ended their interest in taking Milan Baros from Lyon after his loan spell came to an end. The News reports that Harry Redknapp has again spoken of his admiration for the Barcelona striker, a viable alternative to No1 striker target Peter Crouch.Redknapp is weighing up a move for the wantaway Icelandic international ....

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Season Holders To Get Wembley Priority

Pompey have announced that season ticket holders will get priority when Community Shield tickets go on sale. No details have been announced yet regarding the allocation for the game, which sees the Blues facing Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday, August 10, nor how much they will cost. But Pompey's official website says season ticket holders for 2008-09 will get the first chance ....

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Midfield Pair 'wanted In Italy And Portugal'

Sulley Muntari could be the subject of a £10m bid from Juventus while Pedro Mendes may be heading back to Portugal. In the other direction, it seems Peter Crouch's move to Pompey has stepped a tad closer with Liverpool dropping hisprice tag from £15m to £10m. These are just some of the latest stories doing the rounds as Pompey gear up for a busy summer in the transfer ....

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Our Euro 2008 Stars Are Going Nowhere

Euro 2008 kicks off with Pompey confident they will hold on to the two members of their squad who are in the shop window in Switzerland and Austria. There's already been interest reported in Niko Kranjcar and Lassana Diarra, who are both set to feature as Croatia and France kick off their respective bids to become European champions on Sunday and Monday. But Pompey officials reckon both will ....

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Brazilian And England Defender Are Linked

A Brazilian midfielder and another defender who could add to Pompey's England brigade have emerged as the latest potential transfer targets being eyed up by Harry Redknapp. Sky Sports are reporting that Pompey have moved for Panathinaikos' Brazil star Marcelo Mattos. The midfielder moved to Athens last summer from Corinthians, where he played ....

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Pompey's Internationals Are On A High

Jermain Defoe has told of his delight at following up his good start to life at Pompey with a regular place back in the England side. And another of Pompey's internationals has spoken of his hopes of finding Euro glory over the next month. Defoe started his second England game in a row as Fabio Capello's team eased to a 3-0 victory in Trinidad & Tobago, scoring a goal in each half after ....

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Shopping List Takes Shape At Fratton

Depending on which Sunday paper you read, and how much of what it contains you believe, you might be a little clearer about Pompey's summer shopping list. Let's start, as so many shopping list stories do, with strikers and Harry Redknapp's search for the perfect partner for Jermain Defoe. Chances of a bid for Peter Crouch seem to have increased with Redknapp reportedly saying talk he could ....

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Primus Eyes His Big Date

Linvoy Primus is eyeing up playing a part in the Community Shield and Pompey's UEFA Cup campaign as he nears the end of his recovery from knee surgery. The defender, who has recently signed a new contract, is pencilled in to join up with the squad for the start of pre-season around six or seven weeks from now. And having missed out on Pompey's run to FA Cup glory this season, he is ....

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Pompey Mourn Loss Of True Legend

Pompey's double division one championship-winning captain Reg Flewin has died aged 87. Flewin, who led the club to their top-flight title wins in 1948-49 and 1949-50, passed away peacefully on the Isle of Wight on Saturday.The powerful defender and leader will be remembered as the local lad who took his team to the pinnacle of English football. Leave your tributes on the messageboard - see ....

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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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