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  Blatantly plagiarising from my friends on the Tottenham and Manchester City blogs, though I suppose it takes one to know one, right Matt, I’ll put together my own Stoke City end of season awards ceremony, with various categories of awards.

Player of the Season
There really is only one possible candidate here, a true Stoke City hero, the indomitable Abdoulaye Faye. He has been simply magnificent this season, producing numerous fantastic defensive displays, as well as coolly putting away some vital goals. Though his strength and passion are a joy to …

Please can I say, before we start, these are all personal opinions, so if you want to comment, don’t slate who I have put where, let me know what you think. Let’s keep this nice shall we?
Player of the Season – Pablo Zabaleta (Don’t slate me, it’s my opinion!)

He is a real asset to the club and I can say that I have never seen a player adapt so well to English football in his first season, bar Vincent Kompany. He’s able to adapt to a variety of positions. So …

Having taken maximum points from their opening five matches in Group 9 of World Cup qualifying, Holland go into their next match with Iceland knowing that a win would guarantee progression to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Bert van Marwijk’s side currently top the group which also involves Scotland, and they will be eager to secure qualification as soon as possible.

Team 

Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts

 Netherlands
5
5
0
0
12
1
+11
15

 Scotland
5
2
1
2
4
6
?2
7

 Iceland
5
1
1
3
5
8
?3
4

 FYR Macedonia
4
1
0
3
2
7
?5
3

 Norway
3
0
2
1
2
3
?1
2

Head-to-Head
        In the nine times the two nations have met, Holland have come out on top on eight occasions, with a hitherto unbeaten record drawing the other; also …

Turkey take a break from their qualifying for the 2010 World Cup with a friendly double header against two teams of varying difficulty.

Fatih Terim’s men face Estonia in September as they look to qualify for South Africa next year, and will face Azerbaijan on Tuesday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium before travelling to the Stade de Gerland to take on France on Friday.

On paper, Azerbaijan – nicknamed Odlar Yurdu, or the ‘land of fire’ – are the simpler of the two games for Terim’s charges. Their last six …

Sheffield United midfielder Lee Hendrie has been charged by the Football Association after his outburst at referee Mike Dean in the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final.

Lee Hendrie – charged by the FA
Hendrie, who only came on as an 85th minute substitute as United went down 1-0 to Burnley, was sent off by Dean for foul and abusive language after the final whistle after remonstrating against the official’s poor performance in the final, in which he turned down two stonewall penalty appeals for United.
And the 32-year-old former England international has now received …

The Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final will take place a week before the League One and Two Finals in 2009/10, because of the 2010 World Cup.
The season starts on August 8 and finishes on May 2nd. There will be no games on New Year’s Day or Eve – the FA Cup third round will take place on Saturday 2nd January.

The official United fixture list will be released on Wednesday 17th June, and the club have released a provisional schedule which is still subject to change.

CCC = Coca-Cola Championship
LC = League Cup
FA …

Kevin Blackwell knows his failure to lead Sheffield United to promotion will impact upon his transfer budget – but could be buoyed by news that two of his former targets have been handed free transfers by their respective clubs.
Blackwell, who is also bracing himself for a flurry of summer bids for his star names including Matthew Kilgallon and Kyle Naughton, is preparing to rebuild his squad without the aid of a Premier League parachute payment after four loanees, Greg Halford; Arturo Lupoli; John-Joe O’Toole and Craig Beattie, returned to their …

Rangers FC have had a tremendous season. We wrestled the title away from Celtic after the disappointment of losing to Lithuanian outfit Kaunas and missing out on the Champions League. After that reslut, alot of fans were calling for Walter Smith to go, which is understandable as we should never have been beaten by a team like Kaunas. Not after finishing 2nd in the UEFA Cup a few months before, though some people may say that this result is what handed us the title. It’s all we had to go for. …

Danny Webber is the most notable casualty as Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell announced his list of released players.
Webber played over 100 times for the Blades, including 22 appearances in the Premier League in 2006/07. However, a succession of injuries saw him fall out of favour at Bramall Lane, and he was informed that his contract wouldn’t be renewed after Monday’s Play-Off Final defeat to Burnley.

Former England international Ugo Ehiogu will also leave the club after suffering similar injury problems, and loanees Greg Halford, Craig Beattie, Arturo Lupoli and John-Joe …

Despite failing to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League, Sheffield United will still show some Italian flair on the Bramall Lane pitch next season… in the shape of their 2009/10 home kit, manufactured by Italian sportswear giant Macron.
Bramall Lane officials have signed a seven-figure deal with the designer to produce United’s kits for the next four seasons, and will work closely with Macron to develop a special third kit to celebrate the club’s 120th anniversary. The limited edition black kit will have the names of every single player to …