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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Only fools rush in

News and links for Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Arsenal v CD Guadalajara Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Sometimes, falling for a football club really can change your life
Her great-grandfather's playing days may have brought her to Florence, but it was finding Fiorentina that helped the author find her place in the world.

West Ham news: Andre Ayew suffers injury lay-off until Christmas
The club's record signing lasted just 35 minutes of his debut at Stamford Bridge

Yanbian Fude rise to Chinese Super League prominence through teamwork - ESPN FC
Yanbian Fude FC will not attract the same global attention as Leicester or Iceland but Chinese football also has its own incredible story to tell.

Lacazette overcomes obstacles at Lyon to emerge as a 70m transfer prize - ESPN FC
At this time last year, Alexandre Lacazette was struggling and lacking in fitness. But what a difference 12 months can make, writes Julien Laurens.

The injustice of Barry Town, Welsh football’s greatest club
There was a time when Barry Town were beating the likes of Porto in the Champions League. Their demise, however, is one of the great football injustices.

Champions League: Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny & captain Stephen O'Donnell's dream - BBC Sport
How Irish club Dundalk went from a crowd of 226 and almost going out of business to the Champions League play-off round.