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Marko Arnautovic jumping into Bojan Krkic's arms to celebrate his first goal.

Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic

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Stoke shock City!

Marko Arnautovic scores against City.Marko Arnautovic scored twice to give Stoke City a surprise win against Manchester City. The underdogs took the lead after only 7 minutes, when ex-Bayern Munich and Inter Milan player, Xherdan Shaqiri, went past three City defenders and delivered an inviting cross for Arnautovic to put past the goalkeeper. Only 7 minutes later, Stoke and Arnautovic had their second. Again the provider was Shaqiri, who played a perfect through ball for the Austrian international to put in the back of the net. Arnautovic could have had a hat-trick but he hit the post as Stoke looked like the team that was fighting for the Premier League title rather than sitting in mid-table. The front four of Stoke City: Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic had a great afternoon, and if Stoke continue to play like this, they will have many more good afternoons this season

"We tried the partnership with Arnautovic all week in training so we are happy that we scored in a game like this."  Xherdan Shaqiri - Stoke City player.

Who is Marko Arnautovic?

Arnautovic celebrating his second goal against City.Marko Arnautovic was born on 19 March 1989 in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Arnautovic has an Austrian mother and a Serbian father and is fluent in German, Serbian, Dutch and English. He has already played in four different countries. He made his professional debut for FC Twente in the Netherlands and stayed there for three seasons. After a short spell on loan at Inter Milan, Arnautovic signed for Werder Bremen in Germany in June 2010. In the summer of 2013, Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, paid £2 million to take Arnautovic to England. Now, in his third season in the Premier League, Arnautovic is finally showing why Hughes wanted him at the club. Arnautovic has been directly involved in 7 goals (3 goals, 4 assists) in his last 7 home matches. Arnautovic is also a regular in the Austrian national team and has 48 caps for his country. He started all 10 Euro 2016 qualifying matches for Austria, who finsihed as group winners to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998 (Austria played in Euro 2008 but qualified automatically as co-hosts).

"I want to show what sort of player I am - I want them to see my qualities every week."  Marko Arnautovic.

How good are Stoke's front four?

Arnautovic scoring a spectacular goal against Chelsea.Marko Arnautovic took many of the headlines as they beat Manchester City, but it was Stoke's attacking play that really stood out. Many people are starting to take notice of the attacking talents of Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic and the way Stoke City are building an attractive, attacking team. Stoke could easilly have scored 4 or 5 as they ripped apart the Manchester City defence. Xherdan Shaqiri set up both goals and had a wonderful match. Shaqiri is known as the 'Alpine Messi' in Switzerland and if he can produce the form that helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League in 2013, Stoke have a wonderful player. FC Barcelona bought Afellay in 2011 and he came on as a subsitute in the 2011 Champions League Final against Manchester United. Bojan Krkic is another Champions League winner with Barcelona and has played for Barcelona, Roma, Milan and Ajax. Any player that has been wanted by those football giants must be worth watching! 

How good is Stoke's attacking talent? Can they upset more of the bigger teams this season?

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Arnautovic has 48 caps for Austria.

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Did you know......?

  • Marko Arnautovic has been known for his bad behaviour on and off the pitch but he says the birth of his child has helped him 'grow up'.
  • Arnautovic has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.
  • Stoke City are the oldest team in the Premier League.
  • The Stoke manager, Mark Hughes, played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
  • Hughes also won the first ever Premier League title with Manchester United in 1992/93.
Arnautovic has helped Stoke beat Manchester City and Chelsea this season.

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Marko Arnautovic is part of an amazing front four at Stoke City. 

How good are Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Afellay and Krkic? 

Does any other Premier League team have more Champions League winners in their forward positions?

Can Stoke City spring more surprises this season?

 

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elghoul's picture
elghoul
10/12/2015
DZ
1409
points

Even if these four forward players are known for having played in great clubs they aren't among the bests. I don't think Stoke City can spring more surprises because as far as now beating City is the sole suprise. But who knows? Hugues might win his second title?


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elghoul
10/12/2015 14:47
Algeria
Arsenal
1409

Even if these four forward players are known for having played in great clubs they aren't among the bests. I don't think Stoke City can spring more surprises because as far as now beating City is the sole suprise. But who knows? Hugues might win his second title?

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aragorn1986
10/12/2015
ME
6882
points

All brilliant players. They use to play in bigger clubs than Stoke City but I have a feeling that they are very happy where they are at the moment.


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aragorn1986
10/12/2015 16:23
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

All brilliant players. They use to play in bigger clubs than Stoke City but I have a feeling that they are very happy where they are at the moment.

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aragorn1986
10/12/2015
ME
6882
points

I really wouldn't know the answer. I don't think so.


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aragorn1986
10/12/2015 16:24
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I really wouldn't know the answer. I don't think so.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
10/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Of course they can. They have good team and they believe they can beat strong rivals. That's the most important thing in the sport.


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aragorn1986
10/12/2015 16:26
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Of course they can. They have good team and they believe they can beat strong rivals. That's the most important thing in the sport.

AleksandarR
10/12/2015
ME
518
points

Well, i expected that they were going to fight for Europe from the start, they signed some great players.


AleksandarR
10/12/2015 20:04
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Well, i expected that they were going to fight for Europe from the start, they signed some great players.

AleksandarR
10/12/2015
ME
518
points

United have Rooney, Bastian and Carrick. I don't really know about others.


AleksandarR
10/12/2015 20:07
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

United have Rooney, Bastian and Carrick. I don't really know about others.

AleksandarR
11/12/2015
ME
518
points

And i forgot Mata, of course :)


AleksandarR
11/12/2015 09:33
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

And i forgot Mata, of course :)

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amaral
10/12/2015
AL
1915
points

They are very skillful.I like also Mame Biram Diouf.His goal at Man. City's home last season was extraordinary.No other Premier League team have so many Champions League winners in attack.No doubt Stoke City can upset more giants team.They have done it before and will do it in the future.After all ,I believe that this succes is due to a good management under Mark Hughes,rather than 'the fantastic 4'.


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amaral
10/12/2015 20:09
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

They are very skillful.I like also Mame Biram Diouf.His goal at Man. City's home last season was extraordinary.No other Premier League team have so many Champions League winners in attack.No doubt Stoke City can upset more giants team.They have done it before and will do it in the future.After all ,I believe that this succes is due to a good management under Mark Hughes,rather than 'the fantastic 4'.

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Rich
10/12/2015
ES
805
points

Mame Diouf is a great player but may have a few problems getting back in the team after this result. I just love all the Barcelona - Stoke City connections, including Mark Hughes of course. It absolutely amazes me that Stoke now have such high profile players in their team. 


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Rich
10/12/2015 20:43
Spain
Liverpool
805

Mame Diouf is a great player but may have a few problems getting back in the team after this result. I just love all the Barcelona - Stoke City connections, including Mark Hughes of course. It absolutely amazes me that Stoke now have such high profile players in their team. 

AleksandarR
10/12/2015
ME
518
points

They are always a strong opponent, especially when they play at home.


AleksandarR
10/12/2015 20:09
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

They are always a strong opponent, especially when they play at home.

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aragorn1986
11/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Stoke's attacking talent seems to be pretty good. That's strange because the club was always trying to grow old english style of football with specific long balls and hard tackles. But in the last two years they play fast and more concrete if I may use that word.


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aragorn1986
11/12/2015 00:27
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Stoke's attacking talent seems to be pretty good. That's strange because the club was always trying to grow old english style of football with specific long balls and hard tackles. But in the last two years they play fast and more concrete if I may use that word.

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aragorn1986
11/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Sure they can surprise more of the bigger clubs this season. Only that citizens were the first team that felt the anger of the potters. I can't wait to see the next team to face them on Britannia stadium.


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aragorn1986
11/12/2015 00:30
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Sure they can surprise more of the bigger clubs this season. Only that citizens were the first team that felt the anger of the potters. I can't wait to see the next team to face them on Britannia stadium.

Abdallah
11/12/2015
KW
1807
points

It was really amazing match for stoke and marko. I enjoyed watching the match .
He has perfect mentality and smart thinking showed how he scored . And shaqiri has brilliant dribble skill .
Chelsea have many players won The champions , such as Oscar , cesc, Ramires and Pedro.
If stoke continues performing as a solid team as they played against city , I'm certainly they will not only surprise the team but even they will be in top four


Abdallah
11/12/2015 06:15
Kuwait
Chelsea
1807

It was really amazing match for stoke and marko. I enjoyed watching the match .
He has perfect mentality and smart thinking showed how he scored . And shaqiri has brilliant dribble skill .
Chelsea have many players won The champions , such as Oscar , cesc, Ramires and Pedro.
If stoke continues performing as a solid team as they played against city , I'm certainly they will not only surprise the team but even they will be in top four

nikosonris
11/12/2015
UA
2453
points

These 'Big 4' players have formed a good partnership upfront. But we have to give credits to the Stoke City scouts and managers who succeeded in attracting those gems to the Britannia Stadium. They are in form and can spring many more surprises this season.


nikosonris
11/12/2015 12:08
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

These 'Big 4' players have formed a good partnership upfront. But we have to give credits to the Stoke City scouts and managers who succeeded in attracting those gems to the Britannia Stadium. They are in form and can spring many more surprises this season.

nikosonris
11/12/2015
UA
2453
points

The Alpine Messi - that's a nice nickname. I knew about Xherdan's abilities and was sure he would shine on at Stoke.


nikosonris
11/12/2015 12:12
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The Alpine Messi - that's a nice nickname. I knew about Xherdan's abilities and was sure he would shine on at Stoke.

nikosonris
11/12/2015
UA
2453
points

And just a minor correction in the 'Match up' activity: letters misplaced in the expression 'instead of somebody or somehting'


nikosonris
11/12/2015 12:23
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

And just a minor correction in the 'Match up' activity: letters misplaced in the expression 'instead of somebody or somehting'

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admin
11/12/2015
GB
7595
points

Thanks Nikosonris! yes


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admin
11/12/2015 17:41
United Kingdom
Arsenal
7595

Thanks Nikosonris! yes

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manucian19
13/12/2015
VN
18
points

"He started all 10 Euro 2016 qualifying matches for Austria, who finished as group winners to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998."
Does this sentence mean Austria has qualified for a major tournament the 1st time since 1998, or they finished up as a group winner for the 1st time since 1998? Cuz the last major tournament Austria played was Euro 2008 when they co-hosted with Switzerland


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manucian19
13/12/2015 05:58
Vietnam
Manchester United
18

"He started all 10 Euro 2016 qualifying matches for Austria, who finished as group winners to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998."
Does this sentence mean Austria has qualified for a major tournament the 1st time since 1998, or they finished up as a group winner for the 1st time since 1998? Cuz the last major tournament Austria played was Euro 2008 when they co-hosted with Switzerland

Rich's picture
Rich
13/12/2015
ES
805
points

Thanks for your comment manucian19. I wrote this because it is the first time since 1998 that Austria have qualified for a major tournament. As you say, Austria played in the European Championships in 2008 but qualified automatically because they co-hosted the tournament. I'll change the article to make this clearer. Thanks again!


Rich's picture
Rich
13/12/2015 07:26
Spain
Liverpool
805

Thanks for your comment manucian19. I wrote this because it is the first time since 1998 that Austria have qualified for a major tournament. As you say, Austria played in the European Championships in 2008 but qualified automatically because they co-hosted the tournament. I'll change the article to make this clearer. Thanks again!

mkoriev
15/12/2015
UZ
752
points

It was really interesting to read all comments. Even I am a fun of Man City I may applaud Stock players for the wonderful match! As for me this "Big four" can surprise any club. I like Shaqiri and Afellays' style and I am sure they can do thier best in Stock.

Austria, who finshed as group winners to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.
I think there "i" missed in a word finished, right?


mkoriev
15/12/2015 00:28
Uzbekistan
Manchester City
752

It was really interesting to read all comments. Even I am a fun of Man City I may applaud Stock players for the wonderful match! As for me this "Big four" can surprise any club. I like Shaqiri and Afellays' style and I am sure they can do thier best in Stock.

Austria, who finshed as group winners to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.
I think there "i" missed in a word finished, right?

Rich's picture
Rich
15/12/2015
ES
805
points

Thanks Mkoriev, I've changed the typo!


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Rich
15/12/2015 10:35
Spain
Liverpool
805

Thanks Mkoriev, I've changed the typo!

hichem hy
27/12/2015
DZ
123
points

The four players were doing a fantastic work, they must continue at this level if they want to spring more surprises.!


hichem hy
27/12/2015 16:49
Algeria
Manchester City
123

The four players were doing a fantastic work, they must continue at this level if they want to spring more surprises.!

nikosonris
28/12/2015
UA
2453
points

The three musketeers have done it again - 2 goals in the first half. Brilliant performance by the Stoke trio.


nikosonris
28/12/2015 15:57
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The three musketeers have done it again - 2 goals in the first half. Brilliant performance by the Stoke trio.

assemjuve
06/01/2016
PS
3433
points

These four players are really fantastic,i think that Stoke could spring more surprises against big teams.Man UTD and Chelsea have more UCL winners than Stoke City.


assemjuve
06/01/2016 12:49
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

These four players are really fantastic,i think that Stoke could spring more surprises against big teams.Man UTD and Chelsea have more UCL winners than Stoke City.

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HakanUslu1881
11/03/2016
TR
1750
points

As attacking players,They are literally perfect.


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HakanUslu1881
11/03/2016 08:07
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

As attacking players,They are literally perfect.

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3735
points

I don't think stoke city can spring any more surprises this season


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 16:06
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

I don't think stoke city can spring any more surprises this season

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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016
GH
3735
points

I believe those amazing four forwards helped stoke last season


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kwesimanifest
08/08/2016 06:37
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

I believe those amazing four forwards helped stoke last season

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