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The grass freshly cut. Net stretched.

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Pitch lines repainted.

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The ball, freshly pumped up, like me.

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It is the new season of the Premier League, folks.

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Bring it on.

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Good

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Good morning.

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What a feast of sport we have on the table.

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The Olympics are in full swing and the new Premier League

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season has arrived.

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So where better for Kickabout to start than here?

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The Olympic Stadium of 2012, newly transformed into the home

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of West Ham United.

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Here is what is coming up on today's show.

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We will be giving you an exclusive sneak peek around this stadium

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and reliving some of those golden moments from London 2012.

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It will be two gold medals for Great Britain.

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Beautiful.

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John Farnworth heads to newly-promoted Middlesbrough

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to share his skills with the stars of the future.

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And of course, we look ahead at all the action and round up

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who has bought who for how much in this year's transfer market.

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Just four years ago, this place was absolutely rocking

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as it witnessed some unforgettable moments of sporting glory.

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And this track is where it all went down.

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Mo Farah is going to make it two gold medals

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for Great Britain. Beautiful.

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Usain Bolt is pulling away, he is going to win the gold.

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A champion becomes a legend.

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It is not Bolt, Mo and Jess that the crowd will be cheering,

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but Payet, Carroll and Lanzini.

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Yes, after a hundred years at Upton Park,

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the Hammers have a new home.

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They have to wait eight days until they can play their first

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Premier League game here, but this grass has already seen

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a fair bit of entertainment.

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NK Domazale were swept away 3-0 to ensure their progress

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in the Premier Europa League with Cheikhou Kouyate scoring

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the first ever goal in the stadium.

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But mighty Juventus proved too much, winning here 3-2 last Sunday.

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Some pre-season highs and lows for the Hammers but pre-season

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doesn't just mean the odd game.

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There are foreign tours, tonnes of trading and some

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eye-watering kit launches. Take a look at this.

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This summer, Premier League clubs have been jetsetting all over

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the world in preparation for the new season.

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The team that travelled the furthest was Spurs who flew a whopping

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21,178 miles in total.

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Harry Kane and co not only had a gruelling 22-hour flight

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to Melbourne and back to contend with, but their travels also took

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them to Norway via London and while they were back home

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in England, they got a rather unusual visit from one

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of the most famous American footballers on the planet.

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Check this out.

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And it wasn't just Spurs who tested their skills

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with different sports.

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Tottenham's east London rivals West Ham swapped football

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for basketball as colleagues took on the famous NBA

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half court challenge.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea, and their new boss Antonio Conte

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travelled around 12,000 miles in total, taking them to Austria

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and America, where they played tough games against Real

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Madrid and Liverpool.

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The Reds topped off their very own US tour with a game at Wembley

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against Spanish giants Barcelona, who they beat 4-0.

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The Catalans may have temporarily lost their ticker tacker tekkers,

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ingrained in them by former manager Pep Guardiola,

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but the Spaniard now in charge of Man City is making

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new friends in Manchester ahead of his first season in England.

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Hello. Hello.

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How are you? Good.

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Give me a hug. Give me a hug.

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The most famous fan. Sit down.

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Take a seat.

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Is it really you?

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Yes. I am.

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Is it really you? I am!

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Who do you think it is? A lookalike?

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Pep Guardiola. Yes!

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And lastly, it is that time of year when you see your favourite stars

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run out in their teams' brand-new kits of the season ahead.

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But could the new Norwich City third strip top the lot?

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I will let you guys decide on that one.

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All that was going on in the footballing world,

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spare a thought for the team that had to transform this amazing

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from an Olympic venue to a footballing one.

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I've got some super fans with me to help reach show me around.

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Hi, I'm Matthew. Hi, I'm Tom.

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We are massive West Ham fans and this is our new stadium.

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Boys, nice to meet you, I'm Tyler.

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Right, you are my super fans and will be showing me

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around the stadium today, right?

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Well, look at this, it is the home dressing room,

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shall we go and check it out? Let's go.

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So here, boys we are in the home dressing room.

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How does it feel to be here? Amazing.

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Who is your favourite player? Antonio.

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Payet. He works magic.

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He is a little bit of a magician.

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Any new signings this year?

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We have a couple.

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Our main one is Andre Ayew.

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20 million. From Swansea.

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Hopefully he lives up to his expectations.

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What do we have here then?

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It looks like we have a hot tub and cold tub.

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OK, a bit of luxury for the players, they should be playing football, not

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sitting in hot tubs.

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This is amazing, we're outside Bilic's office.

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Shall we go and have a look inside? Yes.

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So, this is where the big boss sit, what do we think of him at West Ham?

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He is great.

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We got our highest points total last year and we came seventh and we got

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European football.

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Considering we got relegated a couple of seasons

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ago, it is not bad.

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It is promising. He is doing things.

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Do you think you will appreciate you sitting in his chair?

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Do you like the big boss? A bit power happy?

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As we walk out of the tunnel, to just stand here and take

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in that amazing feeling...

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So we here at such an incredible view but the seats are

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quite personal to you?

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They are ours.

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How does it feel to be looking at the pitch from this view?

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It feels quite amazing because from the old stadium,

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we were on that side of the stadium and we were facing right down

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and we were so close to the pitch.

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Now, because we are so far away, we can see the whole pitch.

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As well as this shiny new stadium, West Ham have also added some shiny

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new players to their collection.

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Among them is Ghana striker Andre Ayew.

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As the boys said, signed from Swansea City for ?20 million.

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This is just a small drop in the transfer madness

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so let's have a look at some of the other done deals.

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Finally, Paul Pogba is a United player again,

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for a whopping ?89 million.

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Across Manchester, City have signed England defender

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John Stones for 47.5 million.

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It makes everybody else's transfer spend seem quite small.

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Behind the gossip and large sums of money, have you ever actually

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wondered what it is like to sign for a massive club?

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This is what happened when Umtiti was unveiled at Barcelona recently.

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APPLAUSE

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Well, a boy can dream, can't he?

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I may not be West Ham's new signing and I may not be able to do as many

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keep-me-ups to impress the fans but I do know a man who can.

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The Premier League is back and so is John Farnworth.

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When clubs get promoted to the Premier League,

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they worry about one thing more than anything else - scoring goals.

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So I have come to the north-east of England to meet the massive

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Middlesbrough fans and I'm going to teach them

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and you all about the art of finishing.

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Let's go.

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Are we ready to go? All: Yeah!

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Three, two, one... Let's go.

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To become the perfect finisher, there are three main steps.

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Number one, find space, you are always going

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to have a defender with you so you have

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got to lose him.

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He has got me! He has got me!

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HE LAUGHS Oh, man, got me with a double!

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Step two - pick your spot and keep your calm.

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The best players in the world, they know where to put the football.

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Before you hit it, think about which corner

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you want to go into.

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Step three - hit it clean and hit the target.

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When I mean hit it clean, it through the middle

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of the ball and of course, we are never going to score

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if we don't hit the target.

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Imagine you are in Wembley and that is your moment,

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you have got all the time in the world, no one

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is on you and it is your chance to shine.

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Whoa!

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To become the ultimate finisher, you have to have persistence

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and you need to keep your head up.

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Even the best strikers in the world miss but what sets them apart

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is that they keep their head up and they practice every single day.

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If you put all that together, you make life a lot more difficult

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for goalkeepers like these guys.

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Good luck to Boro as they welcome Stoke to the Riverside today.

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If you have been to a soccer school this summer or you have been

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in the back garden perfecting your football skills,

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why not get someone to film you in action and uploaded

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to the Kickabout website just like this lot did?

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Amazing skills, please keep those clips coming in.

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Singer Imani released her debut single Don't Need No Money just

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a few weeks ago and let me tell you, you would be changing your tune

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if you were going to buy these players.

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My name is Imani and this is my dream five-a-side team.

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In goal, I pick Manuel Neuer.

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He plays for Bayern Munich and he is the best goalie

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in the whole world.

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In defence, I pick Laurent Koscielny.

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He plays for France and Arsenal and I pick him because he smashed

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the Euros this year.

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Koscielny's front challenge, needed to be.

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In midfield, I pick myself because I could showcase

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my attacking skills.

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I would also pick Gareth Bale who plays for Wales and Real Madrid

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and I pick him because he will score us a lot of goals.

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And there is the man with a plan!

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Upfront, I pick Messi, he plays for Barcelona and he scored

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over 50 goals last year.

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Messi takes it again and he dances away and he scores!

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Lionel Messi!

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Thanks, Imani.

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As last season was so unpredictable, we thought it would be fun to ask

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some of the Kickabout family their predictions and then

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at the end of the season, we can laugh at how wrong we were.

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Thanks Tyler, well my predictions for this Premier League

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season are champions, I've got to say Chelsea.

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I think the Hammers are going to do well this year but I do think

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the team that will win the Premier League

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are Manchester United.

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I also think Middlesbrough could be really exciting.

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The three teams to get relegated, I think are going to be West Brom...

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I've got to say Hull City are the prime ones...

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Hull...

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Burnley, bit of an unknown quantity...

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And Burnley.

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I'm going to stick my neck out and say Watford...

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And the top scorer... I think will be...

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I've got a feeling...

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I'm going to go for the tried and tested Harry Kane.

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Ibrahimovic.

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Whether our predictions are spot on or laughably off target,

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there is only one thing I can say for certain.

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It will be a brilliant ride and I can't wait

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for you to come with us. See you.

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