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FA Cup final 2014: Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski to wear special boots in FA Cup tribute to Michael Schumacher

Podolski grew up near Schumacher in the North-Rhine Westphalia region of Germany as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continues his recovery from a ski accident

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FA Cup final 2014: Steve Bruce looking for a 'hero' to win the Cup for Hull

Hull will have to upset the odds if they are to defeat Arsenal and lift the FA Cup trophy for the first time in their history

Steve Bruce discusses tactics with his players during a training session this week

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Hull manager Steve Bruce and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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<b>Patrick Vieira - Arsenal to Real Madrid (2004) and Juventus (2005)</b><br/>
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FA Cup final 2014: How does the current Arsenal side compare to the 2005 FA Cup-winning team?

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FA Cup final 2014: Mesut Ozil 'convinced' Arsenal will beat Hull

The German sees FA Cup victory as springboard to more success

FA Cup final 2014: Kieran Gibbs claims current Arsenal side is 'best team for a long time'

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FA Cup final 2014: Mesut Ozil v Tom Huddlestone, plus other key battles between Arsenal and Hull

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FA Cup final 2014: Why will Tottenham fans be supporting Arsenal this weekend?

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