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Stoke boosted by Bojan return

Stoke City

Stoke continue to impress as Hughes plots move to next level

While Stoke will miss the talents of Asmir Begovic between the sticks, Shay Given is a more than adequate replacement.

Stoke have a new style under Mark Hughes and continue to push higher up the table each season in the Premier League. Here's a look at what to expect from Hughes' men as we approach the new campaign ...


Fans will be hoping the return of talisman Bojan Krkic, along with other high-profile arrivals will offset the losses of Asmir Begovic and Steven N'Zonzi to fire the Potters to yet another record-breaking finish under Hughes.

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There has been much to celebrate since last season,...

Afellay arrival provides Stoke City with left-sided depth

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he was encouraged by his sides performance in their 2-0 win over Singapore XI in the third-place playoff of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

With Stoke City manager and players arriving in France for a week long training camp in advance of the Colonia Cup in Germany, there was another kind of arrival on Monday in the shape of former PSV Eindhoven starlet and free agent Ibrahim Afellay, who joins the club on a two-year contract.

It should come as little surprise that his most recent employer was Barcelona and in swapping the Nou Camp for the Britannia Afellay becomes the fourth player to make a switch to the Potteries from the Catalan...

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Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay seals deal to join Stoke City

Ibrahim Afellay, right, played in the Champions League while on loan at Olympiakos last season.

Stoke have announced the signing of former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League club and will link up with his new teammates in France.

Afellay arrives at the Britannia Stadium after his contract with Barcelona expired over the course of the summer.

Capped 50 times by the Netherlands, he joins fellow...

Stoke close to signing ex-Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay - sources

Ibrahim Afellay is a free agent after leaving Barcelona.

Stoke City are poised to sign former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay, sources have told ESPN FC.

Afellay, a free agent after leaving Barcelona when his contract expired this summer, was undergoing a medical at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

The 29-year-old failed to establish himself at Barcelona after joining the Spanish giants from PSV Eindhoven in January 2011.

The Netherlands international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in his second season at Barcelona and he was subsequently sent...

Stoke midfield boosted by return of Bojan

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he was encouraged by his sides performance in their 2-0 win over Singapore XI in the third-place playoff of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

After a couple of weeks in Singapore, Stoke's players could be forgiven had they turned up to Wrexham on Wednesday evening less than enthused at the prospect of pitting their wits against the Conference North side in a preseason friendly.

As it happened though, they arrived in excellent spirits and mirrored the enthusiasm of their fans who filled the away end at the Racecourse Ground eager to get a glimpse of their side's new arrivals on home soil. A fortnight in the sweltering temperatures of...