English Premier League

The ONE thing Arsenal need to ensure strong EPL title challenge

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Football is a matter of opinions in some ways, even though it is on paper a simple game that is about getting a round bag full of wind into an oversized net, and this is highlighted perfectly by the very different sections of Arsenal fans that have become known as the WOB and the AKBs. [...]

Liverpool and Sevilla fined over Europa League trouble

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London (AFP) Liverpool and Sevilla were fined by UEFA on Monday following crowd trouble before and during the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel in May.

Sevilla, who won the match 3-1 for a third successive Europa League title, were fined 17,000 euros (£14,242) while Liverpool were fined 16,000 euros.

Liverpool and Sevilla fined over Europa League trouble

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London (AFP) Liverpool and Sevilla were fined by UEFA on Monday following crowd trouble before and during the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel in May.

Sevilla, who won the match 3-1 for a third successive Europa League title, were fined 17,000 euros (£14,242) while Liverpool were fined 16,000 euros.

David Moyes wants Adnan Januzaj reunion at Sunderland

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Newly appointed Sunderland boss David Moyes wants to sign Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan this summer.

Moyes was announced as Sam Allardyce’s successor last week after the Englishman was appointment as the new head coach of the Three Lions’ national team.

Januzaj was considered as one of the best young prospects in world football after netting four goals and providing three assists in just 15 league starts under David Moyes in the 2013/14 campaign.

Major League Soccer

The SBI View: Sounders should part ways with Sigi Schmid

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The Seattle Sounders are supposed to be competing for a championship, not the first round pick in the 2017 MLS Draft.

Yet it is the latter scenario that the Sounders frustratingly find themselves in through nearly two-thirds of the season.

MLS Ticker: Borchers, Dwyer and more

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The defending MLS Cup champions have suffered a big hit defensively, while there has been confirmed interest in one of the league's top strikers.

The Portland Timbers announced on Monday that defender Nat Borchers will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon after leaving Saturday's 2-1 loss against the LA Galaxy prior to halftime.

Sporting KC relies on fitness against Sounders to continue playoff push

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Under harsh midday heat, Sporting Kansas City was prepared forSunday's match tobe a struggle. However, the Western Conference contender fell back into their comfort zone on Sunday afternoon while displaying a desire to defend their home turf.

Theywere at home, and played like it, as Dom Dwyer scored a brace in Sporting KC's 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at Children's Mercy Park.

The Rest

Five Players who Antonio Conte may now deem surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

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Chelsea fans are eagerly anticipating the impact that new manager Antonio Conte will make following the former Italy boss' arrival at Stamford Bridge.
However, while people are keen to see who he brings into the club, what about those who may be deemed surplus to requirements in West London?
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Weary Persib Count Cost Of Long Distance Travel

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Indonesia Soccer Championship

Persipura v Persiba 1-1 (James Koko Lommel; Kurniawan Karman)
Semen Padang v Persib 4-0 (Sacremento 2, Vendry Mofu, Riko Simanjuntak)
PSM v Bhayangkara Surabaya United 1-2 (Ardan Aras; Thiago Furtuoso, Kairallah Abdelkebir)

1 - Madura United 12 8 3 1 20-12 27
2 - Arema 11 8 2 1 17-3 26
3 - BS United 12 7 2 3 18-12 23
4 - S Padang 12 6 2 4 17-9 20

Malaysia Premier League

Perlis v JDT II 1-0 (Mohamadou Sumareh) 1,356
PKNS v Negeri Sembilan 0-0 250
Sime Darby v Sabah 1-2 (Mateo Roskan; Maxsius Musa, Leopold Otong) 110
ATM v UiTM 3-1 (Khasan Abdukaromov 2, Faiz Ibrahim; Syafiq Syazwan) 275
Kuantan v Melaka United 3-4 (Shazalee Ramlee 2, Dao Bakary; Ilija Spasojevic, Tudosu Alexandrov 2, Yashir Pinto) 550
DRB HICOM v KL 1-0 (Kim Jin Ryong) 200

1 - Melaka United 15 10 4 1 34-17 34
2 - JDT II 15 10 1 4 32-18 31
3 - PKNS 15 9 3 3 37-20 30
4 - KL 15 8 4 3 27-19 28

Rapids Draw, Feels Like A Loss

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So in last week's recap I said:
At this point we just have to accept that this Rapids team isn't going to put teams away but they have great confidence in their ability to defend a 1 goal lead late.
Yeah, that confidence was a bit misplaced against the best offense in the league.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Community player ratings form

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Winning at Sporting Kansas City is not easy for any team, especially in the extreme heat. But what the Sounders need are points, period, so they needed a gameplan and the execution to escape Children's Mercy Park without losing. That wasn't to be, not even close.

We the raters get the fun task of spreading the blame around to the individual players for this, Seattle's 12th loss of the season.

Rosters set for Saturday's Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Games

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Nicolas Lodeiro gives airport interview, effectively confirming Sounders move

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Uruguay international expected to arrive Tuesday morning.

Nicolas Lodeiro's transfer may come too late to the save the Seattle Sounders' season, but it's now all but official. The Uruguay international was being interviewed at the airport where he was getting ready to fly to the United States and apparently sign with the Sounders.

Rooney still key to England plans, says Allardyce

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London (AFP) New England manager Sam Allardyce admitted Wayne Rooney has a significant part to play in his plans but refused to give assurances about the player's future as captain.

Rooney recently expressed a desire to continue as skipper, despite criticism following England's disastrous campaign at the 2016 European Championship in France.

Rooney still key to England plans, says Allardyce

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London (AFP) New England manager Sam Allardyce admitted Wayne Rooney has a significant part to play in his plans but refused to give assurances about the player's future as captain.

Rooney recently expressed a desire to continue as skipper, despite criticism following England's disastrous campaign at the 2016 European Championship in France.

REAL MADRID | MOST VALUABLE SQUAD IN SPORT

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Sporting Top Listless Seattle

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Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a slumping opponent that looks to have quit on their coach and were able to walk away with a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. From the first whistle Kansas City was on the front foot keeping the Sounders pinned back not allowing them to get forward much. Jacob Peterson almost put KC up 1-0 in just the sixth minute after running onto a deflected pass, but Stefan Frei palmed the ball away for a corner.

Liverpool’s Allen makes Stoke switch

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London (AFP) Stoke City have signed Wales international midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool on a five-year deal, the two Premier League clubs announced on Monday.

Stoke paid £13 million (15.5 million euros, $17 million) to make Allen the club's second signing of the pre-season after tying up a deal for Egyptian teenager Ramadan Sobhi earlier in the day.

Some Soccer News for Jul 25, 2016

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It's Day 207 of 2016.


MLS Week 20 results from the biggest games:
  • Dallas came back late to get the tie in Colorado. (While Dallas is the top team in the league by 3 points over Colorado, the Rapids have played 3 fewer games. How is that possible in a league with 20 teams?

Liverpool’s Allen makes Stoke switch

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London (AFP) Stoke City have signed Wales international midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool on a five-year deal, the two Premier League clubs announced on Monday.

Stoke paid £13 million (15.5 million euros, $17 million) to make Allen the club's second signing of the pre-season after tying up a deal for Egyptian teenager Ramadan Sobhi earlier in the day.

Zelalem headlines final Arsenal roster heading into MLS All-Star Game

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Arsenal has released the club's final roster for their upcoming U.S. trip, and one of American soccer's brightest prospects will likely takethe field when the Gunners face-off with the MLS All-Stars.

Gedion Zelalem was named to Arsenal's final roster on Monday afternoon. The squad, which also includes Petr Cech, Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere, will take on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday at Avaya Stadium before facing Chivas de Guadalajara three days later at the StubHub Center.

This Local Lad Is Excelling Under World-Class Rafa Benitez

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20 year-old Jamie Sterry has looked very good for Newcastle are right-back in pre-season and he is attempting to be in the match-day squad for our first game of the Championship a week on Friday at Fulham. The 20 year-old started the game at Lokeren last Saturday and he has appeared in every one of [.

Arsenal lose another key player for five months, Wenger’s hand could be forced

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Arsenal central defender Per Mertesacker could be out for up to a whopping five months,reports...

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FIFA president hopes Africa gets two more World Cup slots

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Abuja (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday he hopes Africa gets two more spots at the World Cup if his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams goes through.

There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.

Infantino, elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day visit to Nigeria.

FIFA president hopes Africa gets two more World Cup slots

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Abuja (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday he hopes Africa gets two more spots at the World Cup if his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams goes through.

There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.

Infantino, elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day visit to Nigeria.

Arsenal back in to try and sign creative midfield star

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Arsenal have returned to Inter Milan to enquire about the possible capture of Marcelo Brozovic this summer. The Croatian international enjoyed an impressive European Championships alongside Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic,although the Arsenal chief has long been in the know when it comes to his potential and talent.

Can we fix the MLS All-Star Game?

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It's an ongoing issue not just for MLS, but making the All-Star Game worth watching should be higher on the league's list of priorities.

NWSL clubs search for GK balance, Seattle finds it

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A common theme in talking about national team goalkeepers is the idea of giving time to the backups — making sure if you're number one goes down or is otherwise unable to play, you have a backup ready, willing and able to stand between the posts and protect your team. But for all the talk on an NWSL level about goalkeepers, the backups rarely get a passing mention.

What is Philadelphia’s soccer style?

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Earnie Stewart wants the Union to play a style that Philadelphia fans will like, but what is that exactly and is that a good idea?

On a recent Men in Blazers podcast Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart spoke with co-host Roger Bennett about his career and his current plans with the club.

How to watch Newcastle United matches in the Championship on US TV this season

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With an estimated fanbase of 6 million supporters worldwide, Newcastle United fans will be watching their favorite team in the Championship this season, and not in the Premier League.

Unfortunately for the Toon Army, you're not going to be able to watch as many Newcastle games as you did when they played in the Premier League.

How to watch Newcastle United matches in the Championship on US TV this season

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With an estimated fanbase of 6 million supporters worldwide, Newcastle United fans will be watching their favorite team in the Championship this season, and not in the Premier League.

Unfortunately for the Toon Army, you're not going to be able to watch as many Newcastle games as you did when they played in the Premier League.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We have to put this one behind us. It wasn't a Seattle Sounders performance." -Cristian Roldan

The Sounders will have to do better than this if they want to move up from the bottom of the Western Conference. Three of the next four matches are at home, where hopefully a familiar environment can put a spark into a team that looked absolutely listless in Kansas City.

CSKA Moscow 2016/17 adidas Home and Away Kits

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Defending Russian Premier League champions PFC CSKA Moscow debuted their 2016/17 adidas home kit during [...]

Galaxy strike quickly & Timbers can't fully overcome deficit in 2 to 1 loss

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The Portland Timbers brought a ton of confidence and a 9 match unbeaten streak into their match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. However, the road side struck with 2 goals in 11 minutes, and while the Timbers showed spirit to fight back and even add a goal of their own before the break, they couldn't overcome the early deficit.

Dortmund out to break ‘monsters’ Bayern’s hold

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis believes it's high time Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were knocked from the top of the German league after four years with an iron grip on the title.

Bayern have won the Bundesliga title for a record four consecutive seasons, but it is all change in Munich for 2016/17 with Carlo Ancelotti replacing Pep Guardiola as head coach while director of sport Matthias Sammer has resigned on health grounds.

Dortmund out to break ‘monsters’ Bayern’s hold

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis believes it's high time Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were knocked from the top of the German league after four years with an iron grip on the title.

Bayern have won the Bundesliga title for a record four consecutive seasons, but it is all change in Munich for 2016/17 with Carlo Ancelotti replacing Pep Guardiola as head coach while director of sport Matthias Sammer has resigned on health grounds.

Match Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC disappoint in 1-1 draw with Rochester Rhinos

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Bethlehem Steel FC come out the gates swinging, but can't close the deal against a lucky Rhinos side

"We're brutally disappointed not to pick up three points today." James Chambers is trying to light some fires in the Steel FC camp. After conceding a late second half goal, Chambers was trying to make something happen, even yelling at Anderson to go grab the ball after the defender won a free kick in his own half.

Which Reds Will Make Your Fantasy Football Team?

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It's that time of year again when all the fantasy football experts come crawling out of the woodwork, ready to find the perfect witty team name alongside a scribbled down list of potential forwards, midfielders, defenders and the most reliable goalkeeper money can buy. At the same time, I always seem to find myself joining in, usually via a work's league and then after about two months I completely forget about the whole thing but hey, it's all good fun eh?

The Best of NASL Week 15: Shipilane, Minnesota United and more

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While a few of the outcomes from NASL action this weekend were easily foreseeable, three results were particularly intriguing.

In Carolina, the RailHawks impressed offensively before failing in the back and settling for a 3-3 draw against Miami FC. Similarly, the New York Cosmos looked to have three points in the bag in Tampa Bay, but a late comeback kept the Rowdies in an upward trajectory.

Leicester officials meet to discuss key players, Mahrez to Arsenal

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Leicester City officials will meet in Los Angeles on Monday to discuss the likes of Riyad Mahrez,...

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Napoli Using Media To Put Pressure On Inter To Sell Icardi

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For all the mixed messages that have came out of Inter this summer, the club have been crystal clear on one topic. Captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi is not for sale.

May 31 president Erick Thohir:

"Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,' he said.

Lyon president speaks out on Lacazette’s future amid £40m Arsenal move speculation

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Cameroon qualifies for 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations

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The Philadelphia Union's Eric Ayuk and the Indomitable Lion Cubs will look to secure a berth in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup.

The Philadelphia Union will have another young player representing his country on the world stage, with Eric Ayuk and the Cameroon U20s having qualified for the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations.

PLAY: Balance – the secret key to developing young players… and how to coach balance in football

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Ryan Giggs reveals when he came to know he is leaving Manchester United

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Manchester United announced that Jose Mourinho will be their new manager in May and after the latter took charge at Old Trafford, he decided against including the Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs in his backroom staff.

The Welshman was a part of the coaching staff under David Moyes, where he had the role of a player-coach.

Around the Forest: Ridgy Beer Edition

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 7/25/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Sporting KC grabs a piece of MLS history, becoming the first team ever to hold an opponent to just one shot for a regular season game. They did it against the Galaxy earlier in the season, and against the Sounders again yesterday.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about the calamitous pre-season.

The Guardian discusses Allardyce's hesitation over naming Rooney England captain.

The Telegraph looks at United's transfer rumours.

The Evening News reports on Max Allegri's refusal to talk about Paul Pogba.

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10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 20 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Seattle Hits Rock Bottom

It might go down as the week that brought the curtain down on the Seattle Sounders' remarkable first MLS era.

On Wednesday night, the Sounders were 2-1 up in Carson against the LA Galaxy with a spot in the US Open Cup semifinals on the line, only to concede three times in the final fifteen minutes and lose 4-2.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 20 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. Seattle Hits Rock Bottom

It might go down as the week that brought the curtain down on the Seattle Sounders' remarkable first MLS era.

On Wednesday night, the Sounders were 2-1 up in Carson against the LA Galaxy with a spot in the US Open Cup semifinals on the line, only to concede three times in the final fifteen minutes and lose 4-2.

Player ratings & analysis: Montreal Impact 5-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union lost. Big.