English Premier League

Why Last Summer’s Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez Transfer Sagas Are Not Comparable

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As Liverpool edge towards an improbable league title and Tottenham fade away, many have taken the opportunity to compare the differing fortunes of the two clubs. Both teams started the season having finished outside the top four and were looking to break through this season. Both (initially) had young managers with much to prove.

Soccer News: Manchester City plan to fight in the Premier League

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Manchester City considers what they have to play for in the Premier League and MLS celebrates another expansion club. Read More

Premier League Manager Of The Year Candidates: Evaluating Rodgers, Martinez & Pulis

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The Premier League season is coming to an end and the race for first place is still up in the air.

Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have surprised many (if not all) by defying preseason odds and rocketing to the league's summit. Chelsea and Manchester City will still have a say as to who will be crowned champions in May.

Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup against Hull City

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Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup against Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday, looking to consolidate their fourth position in the Premier League table.

The Gunners moved back into the top four, after they earned a convincing 3-1 victory over West Ham in the mid-week and Everton, other top four contender suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing €40m Serie A superstar

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Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing €40m Serie A superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli will listen to offers for captain Marek Hamsik in the summer, according to reports from Italy, with Chelsea and Manchester United both said to be interested in the Slovakian international.

Top Five Candidates for the Premier League Manager of the Season

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Top Five Candidates for the Premier League Manager of the Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are just four game weeks away from the epic conclusion of what has been a nervy, jaw-dropping and gut wrenching Premier League season.

With several managerial changes earlier in the summer, we have witnessed tactical advancements this season which would surely be etched in our minds forever.

I Don’t Want To Hide Behind Four Successive Defeats

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Alan Pardew has held his press conference, and he has talked about the terrible run the Newcastle side is on, and the manager wants to see a good performance from the side on Saturday, and especially in the first half, and that should help to get the crowd behind the team. Ben Arfa struggling [...]

Major League Soccer

David Beckham's MLS dreams in Miami is facing huge backlash

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David Beckham is facing a huge backlash against his plans for a 25,000-seater soccer stadium in Miami.

An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer have launched a newspaper ad protesting against David Beckham's plans for a soccer stadium in Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.

MLS Insider: Pair of Aces

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MLS in Atlanta starts now

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MLS is set for an Atlanta debut in 2017, but the amount of work to get a team ready in time means a quick start. Read More

Hurley Unveils Phantom 2014 World Cup National Team Boardshorts

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Known for their surfing lifestyle apparel, wet suits and footwear, Hurley has launched a range [...]

RBNY Escapes With First Win Of MLS Season In Unimpressive Circumstances

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Last night, the New York Red Bulls sought out their first win of the season. They got it in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on a cold night in a thinly attended match.

As my son and I drove home from the game, he said something that is only half true. "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

Arsenal

Here’s how Arsenal CAN get the best from Podolski…

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The Enigma Called Lucas Podolski by Uche Lucas Podolski is one of the most efficient and lethal finishers in the Premier League, never mind at Arsenal. Just look at his conversion rate and variety of goals and you will agree to this without a doubt. So why oh why do we bemoan the absence of [...]

Flamini, Ozil and Ramsey to start for Arsenal at Hull?

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It is about time that Arsenal started to have some good news on the injury front and it is very timely as well. After a punishing two hours of football and penalties at Wembley, the Gunners had to dig deep against a physical and hard working West Ham side, so Arsene Wenger will be glad [...]

Only Hull City (and Wenger?) stand between Arsenal and Glory!

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Hull City games will be decisive for our season by Konstantin Mitov The way the season shaped out it looks like Hull City stand in Arsenal's way of the Top Four and the FA cup. We have an away game at the KC stadium on Sunday and i think a win would put us in [...]

World Cup

WATCH Brazil vs. Italy, 1982 World Cup Second Round; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered their way through the first group stage and into the second round of the tournament.

Landon Donovan talks World Cup, Klinsmann and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

As Landon Donovan moves closer to playing in his fourth World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team star has done plenty of reflecting on how much has changed since he first took the field in the 2002 World Cup.

Predicting The Roster For USMNT’s Pre-World Cup Friendlies

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The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies.

Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to who will fill these spots. So, here's my attempt at trying to predict the 30, knowing everything we know after the Ukraine and Mexico friendlies.

New York Red Bulls

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 1 - Red Bulls 2

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Poetry Corner Kicks expresses his frustration.

Well that didn’t go as planned. It was oddly reminiscent of how the New York Red Bulls got off the schneid last year: a 2-1 win in Harrison, NJ against the Philadelphia Union. The Union had the stats to back up a win, but as we have seen time and time again, stats don’t win games.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Red Bulls 2-1 Union

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In falling yet again at Red Bull Arena, the Union looked confused, disorganized and at times downright disinterested.

RBNY vs Union : We Won! Mr. Petke On a Long Term!

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After another lackluster fist half, the Red Bulls roared back and handed the #DOOP boys a 2-1 loss @The Cathedral of Football. A much needed victory for our boys, with Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam finding the back of the net. Philadelphia pulled one back late, through a penalty (committed by Sekagya - who saw Red on the play), and it was a very nervy 17 (or so) final minutes.

Lionel Messi

Classic Compilation of Lionel Messi’s Amazing First Touch

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He's probably the most skillful player ever to grace the football World? And here's just a snippet of why Lionel Messi is right up their with a the World's legend's forget the goals what about his first touch? It's awesome.

Culés insultan a Messi, Martino y todo Barcelona.

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Insospechado. Más allá de la cronología y de que alguna vez el reinado acabaría no podría suponerse que "hinchas" del Barcelona se tomaran la molestia de apostarse de madrugada (3.30) en las puertas del Camp Nou sólo para insultar a su técnico y jugadores.
"Messi eres una mierda", "Tata vete ya", "con lo que cobran.

What is wrong with Barça?

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Bale's wonder strike capped a miserable season for the Blaugrana Marc Bartra heading an equalizer and Neymar hitting the post in the final of the Copa del Rey encapsulated Barcelona's hit and miss season, while Real Madrid march on.

Barça might be third in La Liga but more worryingly failed to make the last four of the 2014 Champions League.

Jose Goncalves

Know Your Enemy: New England Revolution

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Hallowed turf.

OTF's Stephen Mangatis fired up...

Identity seems like it's something that should be solid, yet it's an always-changing thing. When you're a kid, you define yourself by your favoritebands, sports teams, and video games (Beastie Boys, Baltimore Orioles, GoldenEye).

Revolution Notes: Goncalves’ status up in the air, attack still sputtering, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The New England Revolution travel to play Chicago on Saturday, and it's still unclear if the team will have MLS Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves at its disposal.

Head coach Jay Heaps had no updates to provide on his captain's status after Goncalves was injured last weekend on a 38th-minute tackle that earned Houston's Ricardo Clark a yellow card.

Videos

Dejan Lovren’s Filthy Drag-Back Sends Southampton Team-Mates Doolally During Training Session (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during a passing drill, Dejan Lovren's downright filthy little drag-back through the legs of Harrison Reed sends the rest of his Southampton team-mates bloody doolally during a training session, with Adam Lallana even hooting that it was "the best one he's ever seen" at one point.

Freak Broken Leg Rules Chile’s Junior Fernandes Out of World Cup Finals

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Chile forward Junior Fernandes suffers a freak leg break while playing for Dinamo Zagreb last night which will rule the 25 year old Bayern Leverkusen loanee out of this Summer's World Cup Finals in Brazil!

Everton

Howard signs Everton extension through 2018

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard has been a staple for Everton for much of the past decade, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Everton announced Thursday that Howard has signed a contract extension with the club that will run through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy

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Any football team that is not drifting in the ether of mid-table will have any number of identifiable turning points in a season. An axis upon which the road forks and destiny manifests. Often players and coaches don't really even control these moments. They are usually presented to them at random.

Real Madrid

Valencia Police Issue Gareth Bale With Mock Speeding Ticket For ‘Reckless Over-Taking’ During Copa Del Rey Final…

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By Chris Wright

As picked up by Spanish newspaper AS, Valencia police have issued Gareth Bale with a speeding ticket and charged the Real Madrid forward with "reckless over-taking and crossing the continuous white line while exceeding the speed limit" in the act of scoring his winning goal in the Copa Del Rey Final on Wednesday evening.

Could Pep Guardiola Leave Bayern At End Of Season?

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Fascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola thathe would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the seasonif the club's hierarchy are not happy with his work.

Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.

The Rest

PAOK Fan Arrested For Dumping Crate Of Dead Fish Over Olympiakos’ Subs Bench

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By Chris Wright

Police in Thessaloniki have arrested a PAOK fan accused of dumping fish all over theOlympiakos bench during the Greek Cup semi-final tie between the two sides on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old man has been apprehended after a crate of dead anchovies was tipped over theOlympiakos (whose fans are nicknamed "anchovies") subs bench, causing the already-delayed game to be halted for just over half-an-hour during the second half while PAOK stadium staff cleaned up the briny mess.

El fútbol según García Márquez.

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No entendemos demasiado su definición del fútbol. Podemos inducir de ella, que empieza con un tono minimizador ("no es más que..."), que acaso no lo sintió o comprendió desde adentro. Al menos no ignoró su inevitable impacto. Gabriel García Márquez falleció hoy a los 87 años de edad dejando, sí, un legado digno de agradecimiento.

Eine geniale Trikotpräsentation…

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Eine geniale Trikotpräsentation...

Ja leck mich am Arsch! Wenn das hier nicht ein Spaßvideo ist, dann weiß ich jetzt wieso in Italien nichts mehr geht. Der Fussball am Ende, keine Zuschauer mehr in den Stadien und bei so einer bescheidenen Präsentation kaufen die Fans sicher auch keine originalen Trikots mehr.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Danny Williams came back from his latest knee setback this past Monday and now he has a golden opportunity to show just how healthy he really is.

Williams and Reading will play the second of their three matches in nine days when they visit Wigan Athletic in what is surely to be an intense match with promotional play-off implications on Friday.

Spending Hunt’s money on Chicharito

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Major League Soccer has been rocked (for better or worse, tbd) with the recent extravagant signings of big name players, and now the waters are stirring with news of Mexico's Javier Hernandez looking to find a new soccer home after this current season in the English Premier League. Could MLS be a destination, or even, *gasp*, Dallas?

As Bad As It Is, FOX Sports’ Soccer Coverage Is Here To Stay

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Here's a statement that may send shockwaves throughout the United States soccer-loving community: FOX is not good at covering soccer.

Although FOX has played a major role in the growth of soccer in the States for many years, their coverage has been problematic. Piers Morgan and Michael Strahan trying to explain the difference between football and fútbol before the 2011 Champions League Final, and throwing poor Gus Johnson into the proverbial fire, are prime examples of the misses on FOX's tote-board.

Superclasico of the Americas Between Argentina and Brazil is Heading to China

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CONMEBOL announced today that The Clásico de las Américas will be renewed starting this year and will take on a more international spin this coming year. The tournament was cancelled last year due to scheduling inconveniences, but now there will be some major changes to offer a greater appeal to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer.

Fire news and notes

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The Fire ran through training this morning on the pitch at Toyota Park, which seems to be in a little better condition than it has been for the previous two home matches. Players and coaches noted the difficulty of playing on the bumpy surface after games versus New York and Philadelphia but Frank Yallop feels they can get back to playing the style they'd like to play at home now.

Tigres UANL 2014 adidas Third Jersey

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Liga MX team Tiges UANL have followed winning the Copa MX earlier this week with [...]

Mata: This season isn’t just Moyes’ fault

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With reports in the press suggesting that David Moyes could lose his job at the end of the season and be replaced with a manager with a proven European pedigree, Juan Mata has urged everyone at United to stick together and not look to point the finger of blame.

"We have to be together," said Mata.

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Columbus blog Massive Report

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In which we check up with Pat Murphy from Massive Report to preview the Crew once again.

In D.C. United's first bid for revenge this season, they take on the Columbus Crew in Columbus. To preview the game, we went back to our friend Pat Murphy from Massive Report for his take on the Crew so far this season.

Has Wenger dumped youth for experience at Arsenal?

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We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn't have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that [...]

Is This Striker Good Enough For Newcastle This Summer?

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Newcastle need a number of new strikers brought in over the summer months, and at least three, given that Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong will all be leaving for different reasons this summer. Troy Deeney - Watford's top striker Newcastle have been linked with English striker Troy Deeney, who was born in [.

A closer look at MLS’s recent expansion

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not all things are created equal. MLS's recent expansion is a prime example of that.

Atlanta was added officially as MLS's 22nd team on Wednesday and the club is set to begin play in 2017 in a shiny new stadium that will open that year and also house the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

On Women’s Soccer: Is the USWNT’s 4-3-3 formation here to stay?

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

When Tom Sermanni was fired as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, it was clear U.S. Soccer didn't have much confidence in his vision.

But when Jill Ellis took over last week – quite possibly as an audition for the permanent job – she saw something in his approach worth keeping: the 4-3-3 formation.

Liverpool Players' Goals by Game State [Infographic]

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Luis Suarez is the king of scoring when Liverpool are already ahead – 21 of his 29 goals came with Liverpool in the lead – although Sterling's quite good at is as well. Which is little surprise considering how dangerous both are on the counter-attack, when running at defenders.

Conversely, 77% of Gerrard's 13 goals have been with Liverpool either tied or behind by a goal, including all three of his non-penalty goals.

My Trek to New York (Jersey)

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It had been almost two years since my last journey to the tin can that is Red Bull Arena. I traveled there filled with optimism of a victory, would I leave satisfied?

This was not the first trip I've made with the Sons of Ben, and it certainly won't be my last. I've traveled twice each to New Jersey and Washington DC respectively, but I hadn't traveled anywhere for the Union since August of 2012.

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.