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Top football/soccer transfer rumors - Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds throughout world football. /foxsoccer/world/lists/transfer-rumors-february-24-march-2-football-soccer-players-teams-022414 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/24/022414-Rumor-Mill-GUNDO-GONE-DG-PI_20140224164223176_136_102.JPG
FOX Soccer Power Rankings - Feb. 21-28 FOX Soccer Power Rankings: Paris Saint-Germain return to top five after crushing Champions League win /foxsoccer/world/lists/power-rankings-february-21-28-paris-saint-germain-return-to-top-five-after-crushing-win-022114 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/21/drasticjump-pi_20140221180930519_136_102.JPG
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FOX Soccer Power Rankings - February 14-20 FOX Soccer Power Rankings: Lack of firepower have Arsenal going in the wrong direction /foxsoccer/world/lists/power-rankings-february-14-20-arsenal-going-in-the-wrong-direction-lack-of-firepower-021414 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/14/021414-SOCCER-FAILURE-TO-FIRE-OB-pi_20140214172035535_136_102.JPG
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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634363 What's in store? What%27s+in+store%3F England

Roy Hodgson's plan to bring Liverpool back to prominence in the Premier League is just one of the fascinating storylines heading into this weekend's kickoff.

With each new season in England comes a tantalizing batch of questions, predictions and hopes for the upcoming season. Every team begins the campaign on equal footing, but only one will raise the trophy next May.

Ives Galarcep ponders the ten biggest storylines ahead of this season's Barclays Premier League kickoff -- and you can catch it all season long on Fox Soccer Channel.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634283 Can Carlo Ancelotti guide Chelsea to hardware again? Can+Carlo+Ancelotti+guide+Chelsea+to+hardware+again%3F England

The Italian manager led the Blues to the double last season, but holding on to the hardware won’t be easy. The additions of Yossi Benayoun and Ramires should help, but Chelsea will once again live and die on the health and form of Didier Drogba and the stability of the defense, which just lost Ricardo Carvalho to Real Madrid.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11633816 Will Manchester United climb back to the top despite a light spending summer? Will+Manchester+United+climb+back+to+the+top+despite+a+light+spending+summer%3F England

It’s been a year since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United appears ready to head into another Premier League season without having spent a ton of money in the transfer market. Will the Red Devils have enough to catch Chelsea given the light transfer activity? Can Mexican striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez really be a star in year one? He might have to be if Sir Alex is going to add to the trophy case.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11633953 Will Cesc Fabregas lead Arsenal to glory, or sulk at missing a Barcelona move? Will+Cesc+Fabregas+lead+Arsenal+to+glory%2C+or+sulk+at+missing+a+Barcelona+move%3F England

A summer filled with speculation about Fabregas’ seemingly inevitable move to Barcelona have left him unsettled and has Arsenal fans wondering whether Fabregas will be focused this season. The fact is the Gunners will only go as far as Fabregas takes them and anything less than a focused Fabregas could doom Arsenal to a place outside the title race, if not the top four.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634303 Is Manchester City ready to crash the title race party? Is+Manchester+City+ready+to+crash+the+title+race+party%3F England

Summers filled with heavy spending have become the norm on the blue side of Manchester, but this summer Manchester City continued to splash the cash. The result was the additions of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and the anticipated addition of James Milner, just to name a few. Will it be enough to finally secure the Champions League birth that has eluded the club since its big-money owners took over?

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11633955 How will life after Rafa be at Liverpool? How+will+life+after+Rafa+be+at+Liverpool%3F England

Rafa Benitez spent six years with Liverpool and put his distinct stamp on the club. Now with him off to Inter Milan and Roy Hodgson in charge, the Reds are likely to undergo a transformation. Having Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres back should help the transition, though Javier Mascherano looks likely to depart. The additions of Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic should help, but it will be up to Hodgson to adapt Liverpool to his style quickly if the Reds are going to return to the top four.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11633817 How will clubs cope with new home-grown player restrictions? How+will+clubs+cope+with+new+home-grown+player+restrictions%3F England

The Premier League’s new homegrown player restrictions (teams must have eight home-grown players on their 25-man rosters) could force some teams to scramble this summer to re-shape their teams, while new roster size restrictions are already forcing bigger clubs, like Manchester City and Tottenham, to shed players. Clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool are feeling the pinch as they scramble to add players who qualify as home-grown players. One benefit of the roster size changes is that bigger clubs are being forced to unload talented players who are surplus to requirements. That means there are bargains to be had for smaller clubs looking for reinforcements, which can only make the Premier League stronger as talent filters down.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634383 Which Premier League newcomers will shine the brightest? Which+Premier+League+newcomers+will+shine+the+brightest%3F England

There are several new faces making their way to the Premier League this season and which of those newcomers can flourish in the league could determine who walks away with the Premier League title this season. Mexican striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (pictured) looks like a good bet to shine, while Spanish midfielder David Silva will be one to watch with Manchester City (as will Mario Balotelli if he ever signs). Brazilian midfield Ramires could slide in and be a key contributor for Chelsea, while Marouane Chamakh will be expected to spark Arsenal’s attack.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634285 Can Tottenham compete in the Champions League and maintain a Top 4 place? Can+Tottenham+compete+in+the+Champions+League+and+maintain+a+Top+4+place%3F England

The surprise of the 2009/2010 season, Tottenham is now reveling in Champions League glory and must now find a way to balance the demands of Europe with the grind of the Premier League. Harry Redknapp will have his hands full on both fronts, particularly given the relative lack of summer transfer activity by Spurs.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11634284 How will England players respond after the World Cup disappointment? How+will+England+players+respond+after+the+World+Cup+disappointment%3F England

The World Cup was a nightmare for many of the top players in England and how those stars respond will be key to the performance of several top teams. Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and John Terry are just some of the players who will be looking to put the disappointment of South Africa behind them. They can turn to David Beckham for inspiration. It was he who overcame his red card shame of 1998 to help Manchester United win the treble in 1999.

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England 177 43 Ten biggest Premier League storylines 11633954 Can Aston Villa overcome Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure? Can+Aston+Villa+overcome+Martin+O%26rsquo%3BNeill%26rsquo%3Bs+sudden+departure%3F England

Losing a long-time manager is never easy, but losing one just days before the start of the season is brutal. Villa must deal with that very scenario after Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure. It remains unclear who will ultimately take charge on a long-term basis, or who will stick around at Villa Park. Brad Friedel is rumored to be heading to Fulham, while James Milner seems set to join Manchester City. After two straight top six finishes, Aston Villa looks set to take a tumble.

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