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Incredible Hulk blasts Shanghai to victory

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Seoul (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk blasted Shanghai SIPG to a 1-0 victory over FC Seoul but the big-spending Chinese giants needed to survive a penalty and a red card before winning their AFC Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Hulk’s rocket of a strike on 53 minutes got Andre Villas-Boas’s team off to a winning start in Group F, where they lie second on goal difference after Urawa Red Diamonds’ 4-0 demolition of Western Sydney Wanderers.

Incredible Hulk blasts Shanghai to victory

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Seoul (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk blasted Shanghai SIPG to a 1-0 victory over FC Seoul but the big-spending Chinese giants needed to survive a penalty and a red card before winning their AFC Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Hulk’s rocket of a strike on 53 minutes got Andre Villas-Boas’s team off to a winning start in Group F, where they lie second on goal difference after Urawa Red Diamonds’ 4-0 demolition of Western Sydney Wanderers.

Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Gameiro starts for Atletico football match in Leverkusen

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Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro comes into the Atletico Madrid starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Bayer Leverkusen after coming off the bench to score a hat-trick at the weekend.

The Frenchman played less than half an hour away to Sporting Gijon on Saturday but he scored the second-fastest hat-trick in La Liga history, three goals in five minutes securing a 4-1 win.

Gameiro starts for Atletico football match in Leverkusen

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Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro comes into the Atletico Madrid starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Bayer Leverkusen after coming off the bench to score a hat-trick at the weekend.

The Frenchman played less than half an hour away to Sporting Gijon on Saturday but he scored the second-fastest hat-trick in La Liga history, three goals in five minutes securing a 4-1 win.

Monaco teen Mbappe starts against Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim sprang something of a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday’s last 16 first-leg match at Manchester City.

Mbappe, whose 11 goals this season include two hat-tricks, replaced Valere Germain in one of four changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Bastia in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Manchester United’s Rooney still not fit to play – Mourinho

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – England captain Wayne Rooney is still not ready to return for Manchester United despite training on Tuesday morning, manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

Rooney trained with his United team-mates in Manchester on Tuesday morning but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France for Wednesday’s last 32 second leg.

Manchester United’s Rooney still not fit to play – Mourinho

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – England captain Wayne Rooney is still not ready to return for Manchester United despite training on Tuesday morning, manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

Rooney trained with his United team-mates in Manchester on Tuesday morning but was not part of the 20-man squad that flew to France for Wednesday’s last 32 second leg.

Leicester must forget fairytale – Vardy

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Misfiring Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy insists the time has long gone for the Foxes to gloat over their incredible Premier League triumph as they face up to the reality of a relegation battle.

The story of Vardy’s rise from non-league to Football Writers’ Player of the Year honours last season was transformed into a movie script as his 24 goals fired Leicester to the most unlikely of title triumphs.

Leicester must forget fairytale – Vardy

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Misfiring Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy insists the time has long gone for the Foxes to gloat over their incredible Premier League triumph as they face up to the reality of a relegation battle.

The story of Vardy’s rise from non-league to Football Writers’ Player of the Year honours last season was transformed into a movie script as his 24 goals fired Leicester to the most unlikely of title triumphs.

Second-tier Blackburn football seek new manager after Coyle departure

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London (AFP) – English second-tier strugglers Blackburn Rovers are seeking their seventh full-time manager since Indian owners Venkys bought the club in 2010 after Owen Coyle left by mutual consent on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Scot - who guided them to just 11 wins in 37 matches since taking over in June last year - leaves with the former English champions second from bottom of the Championship and three points adrift of safety.

Hernandez in race to reach Germany for Champions League tie

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Madrid (AFP) – Centre-back Lucas Hernandez was dashing to Germany on Tuesday in a desperate bid to make kick-off for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League clash at Bayer Leverkusen after being released by a court.

Hernandez and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to domestic violence in a Madrid court earlier on Tuesday before the case was adjourned.

Manchester United

Falcao – once a red, always a red

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Radamel Falcao returned to Manchester this evening after his disappointing season on loan at Manchester United in 2014-15.

His Monaco side took on Manchester City at the Etihad and he scored the equalising goal for the French team before they scored a second away goal.

"I want to thank Manchester United and all its fans of every word and gesture of support they gave me in every match," he said when he loan ended.

Video: Jose Mourinho hints that Wayne Rooney could move to China this month

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Mourinho: Rooney might play in the final

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Wayne Rooney has missed Manchester United's last four games with injury and Jose Mourinho has confirmed the captain will not return for tomorrow's game against St Etienne.

While Rooney will certainly miss the Europa League fixture, Mourinho has said it is yet unknown whether he will recover in time to play in the League Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.

Arsenal

Italian journalist confirms Arsenal interest in Napoli star

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Do Arsenal need leadership and Hart?

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Arsenal have been accused of lacking leadership following their self-destruction in midweek,and their lack ofpermanent captain is proving frustrating. Dean Saunders this week claimed that the Gunners are most in need of a leader, who can demand more from his fellow players on the pitch, much like he has witnessed first-hand from Patrick Vieira previously.

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Mullins signs contract extension, Minnesota inks right back and more

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One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.

Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.

San Diego’s MLS expansion bid is more than a stadium

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San Diego aims big with an MLS expansion bid that makes the stadium the focus of a large mixed-use development.

Orlando Pride

NWSL home openers announced: Breakers will play Sky Blue FC April 23

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NWSL has finally released home opener information and Boston will start off away.

NWSL has finally released home opener information and the Boston Breakers are scheduled to play FC Kansas City away on April 16, then will return the following weekend to open at home against Sky Blue FC on April 23.

Washington Spirit announces 2017 NWSL home opener

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The Spirit's home opener is set for April 15 against North Carolina Courage

The Washington Spirit will open their 2017 NWSL season on April 15 against the North Carolina Courage at the Maryland Soccerplex. The following week, the Spirit will travel to Florida to face the Orlando Pride. The full schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

UEFA Champions League

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League headlines a busy Tuesday, but it's far from the only competition boasting interesting matchups throughout the day.

Manchester City's clash with Monaco serves as the main event, as Pep Guardiola and co. look to push on in continental play. Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid collide in the day's other match as last year's runners-up look to start hot on the road.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Manchester City hosts Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen faces Atletico Madrid, and more

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The final four UEFA Champions League round of 16 series begin on Tuesday with matches in Germany and England. Most of the matches a week ago were one-sided affairs, and there is potential that this week's showdowns across the continent will feature the same results.

The most intriguing matchup of the quartet may not be the one that immediately sticks out on paper, but Manchester City and Monaco have the potential to put on a show over two legs, starting at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The Rest

A Tale of Two Harry's

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What no Fatted Calf Mauricio. . The JimmyG2 Column. . Being of a gloomy frame of mind after Thursday I thought I would wait until after the second game in our Premiership break and lump them both together under the heading 'Pochettino out' or something equally dramatic. However a strong team gave a strong performance and earned a home tie against Millwall in the quarter-final of the FA

Some Soccer News for Feb 21, 2017

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It's Day 52 of 2017.


I have always thought that current Club America coach Ricardo LaVolpe was a bit of a lunatic and a villain, and this pretty much seals it: On Saturday he wandered onto the field and intentionally tripped a Chivas player, then played dumb. From Soccer America.

Thorns to Host Orlando in Home Opener

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Once again, the Thorns will host the Orlando Pride to open the NWSL season at Providence Park

The NWSL announced the schedule for the first two weeks (plus one game of Week Three) of the NWSL this morning; hopefully the full schedule will follow later this week. Right now, all we know is that Thorns will be facing the Orlando Pride in their home opener on April 15th.

Mourinho gives no guarantees on Rooney future

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was coy on questions over Wayne Rooney’s future at the club as he confirmed the striker was still not fit enough to return for their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne.

There have been rumours that Rooney, who is no longer an integral part of the United side under Mourinho, could eventually leave for the mega-rich Chinese Super League.

A Testament to Mr. Sounder

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Puget Sound charitable soccer matches go back more than 100 years, but the Zach Scott Testimonial may be the best yet.

Of all the salutary-type matches chronicled in Seattle's colorful soccer annals, the March 1 Zach Scott Testimonial will check all the boxes.

Here you have a sweat-drenched, workmanlike player who wrung every ounce out of his career, who is devoted to his adopted community and who serves as an inspiration to every kid who wonders whether there's a place in the pro game for a bulldog bent on out-working all comers to earn that roster spot, again and again and again.

Ranieri seeks matadors inside faltering Leicester

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Under fire Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on Tuesday called on his players to show the courage of “matadors” to cause a huge Champions League shock against high-flying Spaniards Sevilla.

A year on from winning the Premier League title against all the odds, Ranieri’s men lie just a point above the relegation zone.

Ranieri seeks matadors inside faltering Leicester

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Under fire Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on Tuesday called on his players to show the courage of “matadors” to cause a huge Champions League shock against high-flying Spaniards Sevilla.

A year on from winning the Premier League title against all the odds, Ranieri’s men lie just a point above the relegation zone.

Should Wenger leave if Arsenal win the FA Cup but fail in Top Four race?

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It would have been an absolute disaster if Arsenal hadn't beaten Sutton yesterday and also if weren't to beat Lincoln in the next round. Assuming that the Gunners win against another non-league side, Arsenal would then find themselves in the semi-finals, with a trip to Wembley a date in the diary. A semi final, and [.

Stars trip up in Ontario, still hold advantage

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The Tacoma Stars had a rough first half, but a better second half in the 7-5 loss.

The Tacoma Stars (10-7) tried to improve on the 2-7 road record thru 9 away games. The Stars visited the Citizens Business Bank Arena to face the Ontario Fury (7-8) who are hot on the the Stars tail for a playoff spot.

Monaco teen Mbappe starts against Manchester City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim sprang something of a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday’s last 16 first-leg match at Manchester City.

Mbappe, whose 11 goals this season include two hat-tricks, replaced Valere Germain in one of four changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Bastia in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Seattle Reign will kick off 2017 season against Sky Blue FC

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Mark your calendars: The home opener is April 15.

On the heels of an historic broadcast deal with A+E Networks, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday the 2017 home openers for all 10 teams. Seattle Reign FC will, for the second year in a row, face off against Sky Blue FC in its first home match of the season.

Herivaux Injury Leaves Revolution Dangerously Thin at Defensive Midfield

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Recovery time for Zachary Herivaux, Xavier Kouassi presents challenge with March 4 season opener looming.

Add Zacahery Herivaux to the list of midfield uncertainties for the Revolution.

Per a report from Revolution Senior Writer and Editor Jeff Lemieux, Herivaux will need "several weeks" of treatment after suffering ankle and knee injuries during last week's match against the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle Sounders v. Atlanta United, Carolina Challenge Cup: Three Questions

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At 4:30 PM on Feb. 22 Seattle faces expansion side AUFC for the first time. On March 31 they play for real.

In 2017 two new teams enter MLS. The Carolina Challenge Cup gives the Seattle Sounders, and us, an opportunity for a dress rehearsal against Atlanta United FC. Atlanta and Seattle face in the CCC on Wednesday night and then just over a month later they play for real.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Gonzalez, Williams, Arriola and more

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The CONCACAF Champions League resumes on Tuesday and Omar Gonzalez will likely play a vital role.

Gonzalez and Pachuca face a tough test in Costa Rican powerhouse Saprissa asthe CCL quarterfinals kick off. The U.S. Men's National Team centerback started three of the team's group stage matches as the Mexican side cruised out of a group featuring Honduras' Olimpia and Belize's Police United.

Second-tier Blackburn football seek new manager after Coyle departure

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London (AFP) – English second-tier strugglers Blackburn Rovers are seeking their seventh full-time manager since Indian owners Venkys bought the club in 2010 after Owen Coyle left by mutual consent on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Scot - who guided them to just 11 wins in 37 matches since taking over in June last year - leaves with the former English champions second from bottom of the Championship and three points adrift of safety.

Mourinho: Shaw needs to follow Mkhitaryan’s example

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It appears as though Luke Shaw is still out of favour with Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho. The left-back has not travelled to France for the game against St Etienne despite not being injured.

Mourinho has claimed that if Shaw wants to play, he needs to work harder, and follow the example of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Incredible Hulk blasts Shanghai to victory in AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk blasted Shanghai SIPG to a 1-0 victory over FC Seoul but the big-spending Chinese giants needed to survive a penalty and a red card before winning their AFC Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Hulk’s rocket of a strike on 53 minutes got Andre Villas-Boas’s team off to a winning start in Group F, where they lie second on goal difference after Urawa Red Diamonds’ 4-0 demolition of Western Sydney Wanderers.

Incredible Hulk blasts Shanghai to victory in AFC Champions League

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Seoul (AFP) – Brazilian forward Hulk blasted Shanghai SIPG to a 1-0 victory over FC Seoul but the big-spending Chinese giants needed to survive a penalty and a red card before winning their AFC Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Hulk’s rocket of a strike on 53 minutes got Andre Villas-Boas’s team off to a winning start in Group F, where they lie second on goal difference after Urawa Red Diamonds’ 4-0 demolition of Western Sydney Wanderers.

D.C. United re-signs Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract

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The target man is here to stay

Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.

Martial: I love Manchester United and I love the fans

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Ahead of Manchester United's second leg game against St Etienne, Anthony Martial attended the press conference and spoke in French to the media.

It is just because last year I played a lot, I had the possibility to play back-to-back games. Now I enjoy playing and we have to wait.

This Newcastle Player Shows He’s Made Of The Right Stuff

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Apart from the two goals we conceded at Norwich the Newcastle defense has been a lot more solid of late and last night's 2-0 win against Aston Villa was our third clean sheet in the last four games. That's since we also conceded two goals at home to QPR in the 2-2 draw and another [...]

The Day I Met Paul Scholes

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They say you should never meet your heroes, for therein lies only disappointment. Sage advice, no doubt. So, when I was asked to go and interview Paul Scholes for Republik of Mancunia, did I heed it? No. I cleared my diary and told everyone I knew, and even a few people I didn't know.

The way you feel about some footballers can be difficult to put into words.

Major Link Soccer: Robot Enslavement in soccer

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Is VAR the robot enslavement we've been warned of and where should Adu try next?

Seattle

Our local butt tattoo is picking up overseas fame; UK newspaper the Mirror picked up the story because...Celine Dion?

YachtCon II was a success and because you miss it, here are the 10 best Yacht Rock albums.

Hernandez in race to reach Germany for Champions League tie

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Madrid (AFP) – Centre-back Lucas Hernandez was dashing to Germany on Tuesday in a desperate bid to make kick-off for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League clash at Bayer Leverkusen after being released by a court.

Hernandez and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to domestic violence in a Madrid court earlier on Tuesday before the case was adjourned.

fubo Premier vs. fubo Latino: Differences between streaming services

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In February 2017, fuboTV launched two brand-new products - fubo Premier and fubo Latino. Both of them are legal streaming services that offer consumers in the United States a way to watch HD-quality channels without needing a cable or satellite subscription. But what are the differences between the two products and which is the right one for you?

fubo Premier vs. fubo Latino: Differences between streaming services

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In February 2017, fuboTV launched two brand-new products - fubo Premier and fubo Latino. Both of them are legal streaming services that offer consumers in the United States a way to watch HD-quality channels without needing a cable or satellite subscription. But what are the differences between the two products and which is the right one for you?