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Stoke City FC 2017/18 Macron Third Kit

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In the hunt for their first points of the new Barclays Premier League season when they meet Arsenal at the Britannia on Saturday, Stoke City Football Club have released a 2017/18 third kit from Macron. The Potters' new change kit uses the same polo collared Macron design as their 17/18 away jersey. It features a [.

Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United

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There's one nationally available MLS game on the weekend soccer TV schedule, and it's the late Sunday matchup between Seattle and Minnesota on FS1. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's the start of the 2017-18 Serie A season on beIN Sport. NBCSN has Sunday's London derby with Spurs hosting Chelsea.

How war in the Middle East changed English football

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In October 1973, Israel and a coalition of some Arab nations engaged in a conflict known as the Yom Kippur War. The discord commenced when the Arab coalition launched attacks on several Israeli-occupied territories on Yom Kippur or ‘The Day of Atonement’ – the holiest day in Judaism.

The fighting mostly took place in the Golan Heights, Sinai and the other areas under Israeli occupation since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Arsenal’s Xhaka ready to build on strong 2017

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Arsenal's Granit Xhaka is eager to prove his worth this season, after a mixed opening campaign in the Premier League. The Swiss international joined for around£30 Million last summer from Borussia Monchengladbach, but started life in North London in controversial fashion, picking up unnecessary cards and hindering his side in some matches.

Photo: Arsenal players travel to Stoke

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Conventional wisdom says that Arsenal players don't like away trip to Stoke City. Well, you'd never guess that from this photo, which was...

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Leicester defender offered contract by Turkish club

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Leicester City centre-back Yohan Benalouane has been offered a three-year contract by Turkish Super Lig club Osmanlispor, as per reports in France.

Born in France, Benalouane represented the country at youth level before switching his allegiance to Tunisia. Now according to French daily L’Equipe, Osmanlispor have offered the 30-year-old a contract but have not yet made a bid for Leicester to accept.

Chelsea youngster heaps praise on Mourinho

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Young Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has paid tribute to former manager Jose Mourinho for helping him develop as a footballer.

Abraham spent last season on loan at Championship club Bristol City where he scored an incredible 26 goals in all competitions. The 19-year-old has been sent out on loan again this season by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

West Ham agree deal with 29-yr-old, Star looking forward to playing for the Hammers

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West Ham have agreed to a new long-term deal with the New Zealand international Winston Reid.

The experienced centre back has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023 by signing a new six-year contract.

The West Ham fans and Slaven Bilic will be delighted with the news of Reid’s extension.

Pochettino insists Tottenham must make Wembley “home”

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham must rise to the challenge of playing their homes games at Wembley.

Spurs play Chelsea in their first ‘home’ Premier League game at the national stadium on Sunday, aiming to put last season’s difficulties at the venue firmly behind them.

Pochettino’s team struggled in the Champions League, Europa League and in the FA Cup at Wembley last term, but having defeated Juventus 2-0 in a recently friendly he believes his team are capable of producing their best form there.

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Mourinho believes Martial will come good

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed Anthony Martial to make a positive impact this season after the French forward failed to earn his trust last term.

United’s top scorer in his first season, Martial was used only sparingly in Mourinho’s maiden campaign, but came off the bench to score in last weekend’s 4-0 win over West Ham United.

Chelsea still a work in progress admits Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it could be years before his troubled team are capable of dominating at home and abroad.

Although Conte won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea, the Blues boss claims the champions still lack the solid foundations required to compete for top prizes every year.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

Leipzig boss determined to hold onto stars

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl says the challenge facing his side this season is to fend off bids for star duo Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita while coping with the demands of Champions League football.

The club were a sensation last season, finishing second behind Bayern Munich on their first campaign in Germany’s top flight to qualify directly for the Champions League group stage.

Spurs pay club record fee for Colombian defender Sanchez

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London (AFP) – Colombian international defender Davinson Sanchez became Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing of the close season on Friday when they paid a reported club record £42million (46m euros, $54m) to Dutch side Ajax.

The 21-year-old, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with last season’s Premier League runners-up.

Spurs pay club record fee for Colombian defender Sanchez

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London (AFP) – Colombian international defender Davinson Sanchez became Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing of the close season on Friday when they paid a reported club record £42million (46m euros, $54m) to Dutch side Ajax.

The 21-year-old, who was a pivotal member of the side that reached the Europa League final only to lose to Manchester United, signed a six-year contract with last season’s Premier League runners-up.

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids projected lineup to face D.C. United

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With Pablo Mastroeni no longer in charge, we're not sure what to expect from the Rapids

Predicting a team's lineup is sometimes very easy, but with the Colorado Rapids in recent seasons, it's been tricky. Pablo Mastroeni's willingness to replace one player with another or put a square peg in a round hole meant a lot of the normal logic went out the window.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids lineup: How many of the new guys will start?

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The new players will get a chance to show their stuff

D.C. United are traveling to Colorado this weekend to take on the Rapids, and this even though it is a road game this could be a great chance to get a win: a similarly bad team that just fired its coach and hasn't made the same kind of midseason moves that United has.

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Perisic set to follow in Griezmann’s footsteps

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Reports from Italy this evening have claimed that Ivan Perisic, a player linked strongly with Manchester United all summer, is set to sign a new £90,000-a-week contract with Inter Milan.

Perisic scored 11 and assisted 11 goals in 36 appearances last season. His crossing ability made him a key target for Jose Mourinho following the capture of Romelu Lukaku, with the hope the Croatian could boost our striker's goal tally.

Manchester United vs Swansea City preview

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Manchester United vs West Ham United preview ahead of Saturday's lunchtime kickoff at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea City vs Manchester United Premier League 2017-18 19th August 2017, 12:30 pm BST Liberty Stadium, Swansea Manchester United Team News & Preview No... Continue Reading →

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Arsenal players’ goodbye messages to Gabriel

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Arsenal confirmed the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel to Valencia earlier today. The centre-back's two-and-a-half year stint at the...

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Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool reject £114m bid from Barcelona

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Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to the BBC. The Catalan giants had...

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How to Watch MLS in Week 24, TV and Streaming Listings

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The 2017 MLS season is approaching the home stretch. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. After taking a few weeks off, Friday night MLS is back and they have an excellent game to return to as the New York Red Bulls travel to Cascadia to take on the Portland Timbers.

Former PSG star rates Ozil as best player in England

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has been hailed as the best player in the Premier League by Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The Palace midfielder has been linked with a move to the Emirates a few times over the years, but the move never materialised and he ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain, only to fail to break [.

Mourinho: I know Martial will be a better player this season

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Ahead of Saturday's game against Swansea, Jose Mourinho has spoken of his hopes for Anthony Martial in the season ahead. The Frenchman made a 10 minute cameo on the opening day of the season where he scored one and assisted another. The manager predicts this is a sign of what is to come for Martial in this campaign.

Mourinho believes Martial will come good

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed Anthony Martial to make a positive impact this season after the French forward failed to earn his trust last term.

United’s top scorer in his first season, Martial was used only sparingly in Mourinho’s maiden campaign, but came off the bench to score in last weekend’s 4-0 win over West Ham United.

Chelsea still a work in progress admits Conte

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it could be years before his troubled team are capable of dominating at home and abroad.

Although Conte won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea, the Blues boss claims the champions still lack the solid foundations required to compete for top prizes every year.

No Mbappe, no problem as Monaco set win record

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco shrugged off the absence of want-away star striker Kylian Mbappe as skipper Radamel Falcao’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory at Metz on Friday that saw them set a new French top-flight win record.

Falcao’s goal came with 12 minutes left at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and the win makes it three in a row at the start of the new season for Leonardo Jardim’s reigning Ligue 1 champions.

No Mbappe, no problem as Monaco set win record

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco shrugged off the absence of want-away star striker Kylian Mbappe as skipper Radamel Falcao’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory at Metz on Friday that saw them set a new French top-flight win record.

Falcao’s goal came with 12 minutes left at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and the win makes it three in a row at the start of the new season for Leonardo Jardim’s reigning Ligue 1 champions.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

Houston Dash vs Portland Thorns Preview: Dash looking to minimize Thorns to beat Portland

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The Dash are looking for a win over Portland to keep playoff push alive.

After beating the Boston Breakers in a historic seventh win on the season during a midweek game, the Dash are headed to Portland hoping to take their first win against the Thorns on their campaign for playoffs.

With a 1-1 tie at half, Janine Beckie sealed the victory for Houston on Wednesday with a nearly upper 90, beautiful goal on a Nichelle Prince assist.

Interview with beIN SPORTS about 2017/18 soccer coverage: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

On a special bonus episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, we feature an interview with beIN SPORTS’ Director of Programming Rafael Torres.

Among the items discussed are:

• A look ahead to the World Cup qualifiers in September featuring Honduras-USA on beIN SPORTS as well as CONMEBOL qualifiers,

• A brand-new show on beIN SPORTS en Espanol called el Club,

• Whether beIN SPORTS is interested in the rights to the Eredivisie,

• Plus other programming highlights to look forward to with the start of the new LaLiga and Serie A seasons this weekend.

Interview with beIN SPORTS about 2017/18 soccer coverage: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

On a special bonus episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, we feature an interview with beIN SPORTS’ Director of Programming Rafael Torres.

Among the items discussed are:

• A look ahead to the World Cup qualifiers in September featuring Honduras-USA on beIN SPORTS as well as CONMEBOL qualifiers,

• A brand-new show on beIN SPORTS en Espanol called el Club,

• Whether beIN SPORTS is interested in the rights to the Eredivisie,

• Plus other programming highlights to look forward to with the start of the new LaLiga and Serie A seasons this weekend.

It's All kicked Off.

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A smooth take off but there could be turbulence ahead. The JimmyG2 Column. . Tables stowed, window blinds open, arm-rests down and seat-belts fastened: here we go; here we go. At last we're up and running or rather up and flying after Newcastle. As you can tell I've just flown back from holiday. Watched first game in a vast pub with more screens than fans but very decent beer and

Explaining Expected Goals

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One of the statistic's pioneers sheds some light on why this stat is valuable.

We talk a lot about Expected Goals around these parts. Almost every week, it seems, a debate rages in the comments section about the stat's usefulness. A lot of times, there seems to be a genuine misunderstanding about what the number represents and what it is trying to say.

A returner, several newcomers bolster Philadelphia Union Academy

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Tonny Temple and Shanyder Borgelin highlight crop of players who have joined the Union youth academy

A former United States U17 residency player and a highly-rated prospect who trained with Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer highlight a crop of players who have joined the Philadelphia Union Academy ahead of its fifth season in the U.

Defensive questions return as USMNT enters stretch run

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - A familiar sinking feeling returned for many USMNT fans this week. Defender John Brooks is out with injury and will miss the September World Cup qualifiers. The commanding young center back made a major move earlier this year with a transfer – via the largest fee ever paid for an American player – from Hertha BSC to their Bundesliga counterparts Wolfsburg.

Hellas Verona 2017/18 Nike Home, Away and Third Kits

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Back in the Serie A after a one year absence, 1985 Italian champions Hellas Verona Football Club host title contenders Napoli at theStadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday. I Gialloblu (The Yellow and Blues) will wear a three match it range from official outfitters Nike for their upcoming Serie A and Coppa Italia seasons.

Some Soccer News for Aug 18, 2017

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It's Day 230 of 2017.


My new column for 1500ESPN - The New Loons are here! Rounding up and rating the newest members of Minnesota United.

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Sporting Kansas City has their 100th consecutive MLs home sellout this weekend. Before they opened their stadium they couldn't give tickets away.

Soccer This Weekend

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With the return of the final three major leagues, this weekend sees the true return of European action.

The Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A all kick off their seasons this weekend to headline a hectic period of soccer action. With MLS in full swing and Europe's top leagues back in action, the soccer schedule is sure to be loaded day and night with intriguing matches all over the world.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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Everybody hurts sometimes.

It's a quick turnaround for the Boston Breakers this week as they just played a midweek game against the Houston Dash (a very disappointing 3-1 loss) and will now have to set themselves to play the Orlando Pride.

The Breakers are in a trough right now. Playing the Dash was probably their best chance to pick up points as they were without key midfielders Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, but their own injuries took too severe a toll and they made several critical mistakes without being able to put the ball on frame themselves.

Spurs in advanced talks to sign Juan Foyth

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Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, according to The Guardian. Negotiations over a £9m deal for the...

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Fire v Toronto FC match preview

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Check out the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Joshua Kloke of The Athletic Toronto before diving into the match preview.

What Are They All About? Chicago Fire

Get it together. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire continued their recent road form by losing 3-0 in Montreal.

Man City plot improved £22m bid for Jonny Evans

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Manchester City are preparing a second bid for West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans, according to the Daily Mirror. The Baggies have already...

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Leipzig boss determined to hold onto stars

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl says the challenge facing his side this season is to fend off bids for star duo Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita while coping with the demands of Champions League football.

The club were a sensation last season, finishing second behind Bayern Munich on their first campaign in Germany’s top flight to qualify directly for the Champions League group stage.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

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The Union need to start getting things done on the road if they want any chance at the playoffs.

Game: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

Date: Saturday, August 19th

Time: 10:30 p.m. Eastern, 9:30 p.m. Central, 8:30 p.

Arsenal confirm transfer for defender

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Arsenal have confirmed the transfer of centre-back Gabriel Paulista to Valencia. The Brazilian joined the Gunners from Valencia's neighbours up...

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Spurs agree deal to sign Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced they have agreed a deal to sign Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez. In a tweet from their official account, Spurs...

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5 bold Manchester United predictions for this season

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EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 2

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After a memorable opening weekend of Premier League action featuring an upset of the defending champions, a wild back-and-forth affair between Arsenal and Leicester City in the league’s first ever Friday night opener, and a two-goal debut for major Manchester United offseason signing Romelu Lukaku, the second week slate features a matchup of last season’s top two clubs as Tottenham host Chelsea this Sunday, August 20, at 11 a.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 2

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After a memorable opening weekend of Premier League action featuring an upset of the defending champions, a wild back-and-forth affair between Arsenal and Leicester City in the league’s first ever Friday night opener, and a two-goal debut for major Manchester United offseason signing Romelu Lukaku, the second week slate features a matchup of last season’s top two clubs as Tottenham host Chelsea this Sunday, August 20, at 11 a.