When are Tottenham's friendlies? All the details for Mauricio Pochettino's first pre-season

Christopher Lee

This pre-season could well be crucial for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino.

will be keen to hit the ground running in as he bids to secure Champions League football.

There will be no doubt plenty of new faces to gel into the team framework while he has the whole existing squad to get to grips with too.

The early friendly fixtures may well be a good gauge on how well he’s doing behind the scenes.

Here’s a look at who Spurs have on the schedule and when.

July

19 July Seattle Sounders (A), 9pm, CenturyLink Field, USA

21 July Toronto (A),  midnight, BMO Field, Canada

27 July Chicago Fire (A), 1am, Toyota Park, USA

August

2 August Celtic (N), 2.30pm, Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland

9 August Schalke 04 (H), 5.30pm, White Hart Lane

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When are Everton's friendlies? All the details for the Toffees' 2014/15 pre-season

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Roberto Martinez has set himself quite the benchmark at Everton.

surpassed all expectations in his first season on Merseyside in guiding to the brink of the Champions League.

But time stands still for no man and at least a repeat will be expected this time around.

With several of his loan rangers heading back to their parent clubs this offseason there will be plenty of changes in the playing staff too, and plenty of tinkering to boot.

The pre-season will give fans a good look at just how Martinez is getting on – here’s who they have and when.

July

22 July Tranmere Rovers (A), 7.45pm

27 July Leicester City (N), midday, Bangkok, Thailand

August

3 August Porto (H), 4pm (Leon Osman testimonial)

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Who is Emre Can? 7 things you need to know about Liverpool's newest singing – Ben Burrows

Liverpool have snapped up German midfielder Emre Can with Bayer Leverkusen.

and fits the mould of the type of upgrade Brendan Rodgers is wanting to make to this summer.

But how much do you know about him?

Here’s our comprehensive guide to the newest Red.

Who is he?

Can was born in Frankfurt and began his footballing career with minnows SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt.

After six years he joined Eintracht Frankfurt before making the move to the youth ranks of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

After only four first team appearances for Bayern he made the switch to Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

Where’s he from?

He has represented Germany at U15, U16 and U17 level but, because of his Turkish ancestry, is eligible to play for their national team.

However, Can has stated on numerous occasions he sees himself as German and "likes playing for Germany very much, and wants to make it in the DFB".

(N.B. Video created prior to Can signing for Liverpool).

Why did Bayern get rid of him?

It wasn’t for lack of talent that’s for sure.

Can displayed a lot of promise in his early career with Bayern II, but such is the competition at the Allianz Arena, they deemed him surplus to requirements and moved him on.

Not before they inserted a fixed-price return clause in his contract though. More on that later…

Where does he play?

Can is a versatile operator who has proven adept in a number of positions while with Bayer.

As well as his favoured central midfield role the 20-year-old has been deployed at the back at times both centrally and in both full-back positions.

Who does he play like?

Clive Rose 

He is a thoroughly modern midfielder, technically sound with two good feet, who is not content with simply getting and giving it.

In the mould of a Bastian Schweinsteiger – albeit not yet as polished – Can also gets forward when the need arises netting three times in the Bundesliga last season.

Where would he fit in at Anfield?

Can will likely compete with Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen for a spot alongside skipper Steven Gerrard in the middle at Anfield.

That said, both in age and positional terms, Can is perhaps a better fit as Gerrard’s long-term replacement in the deep-lying playmaker role.

What are the details of his Liverpool deal?

Can has joined on a £10million deal after meeting the youngster’s release clause.

The Reds have moved quick to snap up the 20-year-old this summer and that may have a great deal to do with Rodgers’ relationship with Can’s agent who facilitated the Nuri Sahin and Samid Yesil deals.

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Beer biter: Luis Suarez bottle opener putting the Liverpool striker's teeth to good use

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striker Luis Suarez has had his penchant for nibbling opponents put to good use by one clever company.

– who for the third time in four years decided to bite an opponent during the World Cup – has been hit by FIFA with a four month ban following his latest indiscretion.

But his teeth are now being put to good use.

Being sold by Chinese website Taobao.com, the ‘Luis Suarez biting beer bottle-opener’ is now for sale.

Wearing the same Uruguay kit that he wore when nibbling at Chiellini, the bottle opener is available – according to the website – for the low, low price of £2.35!

 

Liverpool's post-Luis Suarez plan: Daniel Sturridge as the main man and more new faces

John Powell

Daniel Sturridge will be given the chance to become Liverpool’s new main man when when Luis Suarez joins Barcelona.

Liverpool are close to confirming Suarez’s departure and boss Brendan Rodgers wants Sturridge to lead his new-look all-England forward line.

Rodgers’ preferred formation is 4-3-3 and he sees Sturridge as the focal point of attack, flanked by two men he knows from the Three Lions’ World Cup squad – Raheem Sterling and .

Sturridge bagged 25 goals last season and Rodgers believes he can make up for the loss of Suarez.

to use his windfall , which is expected to be around £70million, to strengthen his attack and he has been looking at Alexis Sanchez, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.

Luis Suarez’s goals – 2013-14 season:

Liverpool's Luis Suarez scores their second goal 

Arsenal expect to beat him , although he has been given permission to talk to the Merseysiders, but Serbia winger (see him in action below) and Liverpool are discussing a £9.8m deal .

Origi has impressed at Brazil 2014, but Rodgers’ plan would be to loan him back to the French club for next season to continue the teenager’s development.

 

Rodgers also has the option of .

The Reds showed an interest in the Swiss World Cup star (below) at the beginning of the finals last month.

Shaqiri would be an alternative to Sanchez and it is understood he will either sign a new deal with Bayern Munich or move to Liverpool.

Rodgers is already planning for life without the Uruguay striker and it is reported Suarez has verbally agreed to move to the Nou Camp.

 

and he has made no secret of his wish to play for Barcelona.

Suarez, who is banned for four months for biting Giorgio Chiellini, is even prepared to take a £50,000-a-week pay cut to secure his dream move.

Barca will offer him a five-year £200,000-a-week contact, compared to the £250,000-a-week deal he agreed with Liverpool in January.

Liverpool are due to have further talks with the Spanish giants as the clubs try to agree a fee and the details of the payment schedule and add-ons.

The Reds are keen to sort Suarez’s move swiftly, having decided to negotiate with Barcelona, and the transfer could be done as early as next week.

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Liverpool's bite-ban striker Luis Suarez CAN train during 4 month suspension declares FIFA

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be allowed to train during his four month ban from "all footballing activity," FIFA have confirmed.

Already today, the world game’s governing body – with Barcelona closing in on a £75million deal for the Uruguay striker after negotiations with the Reds.

It had previously been thought that FIFA meant Suarez wouldn’t be allowed to train when he returns to Liverpool.

But now they appear to have cleared – banned after his third bite on an opponent in four years – to take part in pre-season training, whether at Melwood or at Barca.

Claudio Sulser, the head of FIFA’s disciplinary committee, stated: "No you can’t limit those rights to the player, because it would be disproportionate."

 

Uruguay which rules the 27-year-old out of their next eight fixtures – thus effectively ruling him out of next year’s Copa America.

Sulser, when asked for his thoughts, added: "This is still an ongoing case and an appeal has been filed, so I prefer not to give my opinion.

"When the committee was analysing this case, one thing I mentioned in my capacity as the chairman is we don’t need to impose an exemplary sanction, we need to have justice and reach the sanction in a very severe case."

The initial FIFA Disciplinary Committee statement had read as follows:

The player Luis Suárez is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 lit. d of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) (assault), and art. 57 of the FDC (an act of unsporting behaviour towards another player).

The player Luis Suárez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches in accordance with art. 38 par. 2a) of the FDC.

The player Luis Suárez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months in accordance with art. 22 of the FDC.

A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suárez in accordance with art. 21 of the FDC as follows: the player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban (point 3). The player Luis Suárez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension (point 2).

The player Luis Suárez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000.

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Pictured: New Southampton kits sees Saints return to stripes for the new season

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Southampton have unveiled their brand new Premier League home kit.

Stripes are back on the south coast after switching to a plain red shirt for their first two seasons back in England’s top flight.

The new shirt is said to celebrate the long and , with a design that is unique to the St. Mary’s club.

The stripey jersey will be accompanied by black shorts, while the socks will be red with four black hoops.

A new era is beginning at the Saints as they have recently appointed Dutch manager Ronald Koeman, but require to bolster their squad after .

Southampton fans will be able to purchase the new shirt from Saturday 19 July.

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