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Groundskeeping: Calm before the storm

While everyone's national teams play today, we can look at the news and views in the world of world (fantasy) football.

Ross Kinnaird

English Premier League

Adkins set for Reading - Report - TEAMtalk | Latest Football News, Results and Fixtures

Reading are reportedly close to naming former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager.

Adkins, who was dismissed by Saints in January after a three-year stint at St Mary's, is expected to take over at the Madejski Stadium ahead of Saturday's Premier League match at Arsenal.

The necessary reinvention of Aleksandar Kolarov -

Not quick enough to play on the wing, not defensively sound enough to play left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov needs to reinvent himself after last night's 2-0 defeat to Croatia.

Poor little Michael - ESPN FC

Two seasons into his Newcastle career, Owen managed 12 games for England but only 14 for the club who by that point had already shelled out over £27million on him.

Chelsea's perilous goalkeeping quandary - ESPN FC

But there is another area which must be dealt with that has dogged the club for several years, but, thankfully seen fortune smile upon them so far. That is the problem of Petr Cech's understudy.

Time to drop the big names? - ESPN FC

So who are the players in good scoring form? Do you drop a van Persie or a Mata?

Major League Soccer

Peguy Luyindula delivers mixed performance in New York Red Bulls debut |

Luyindula may not have turned in a dream debut for New York, but head coach Mike Petke was impressed with the former Paris Saint-Germain striker all the same.

Monday Postgame: Time to panic in Seattle and Chicago? Not quite |

Another week, another round of results proving that parity is to Major League Soccer what voluptuousness is to Kate Upton – maybe not defining, but pretty hard to ignore.

2013 MLS Soccer Power Rankings Week 4 - Major League Soccer - ESPN FC

Take a look at's 2013 Week 4 Power Rankings to see which teams reigned supreme in the MLS

Ligue 1

Sakho feeling on fringes for PSG but starring for France - ESPN FC

Mamadou Sakho is in the unenviable position of being first choice for country, but not guaranteed a starting berth for his cub.

I'm fascinated by this story and hope Sakho finds himself in the Premier League - or at least settled and starting - next season.