EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Draw Announced for Capital One Cup Quarter-Final Matches

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2013-14 Capital One Cup has been announced.

Leicester City vs Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Stoke City vs Manchester United

Southampton/Sunderland vs Chelsea

The matches will be played during the week of December 16.

MLS’s Poor Scheduling Decisions Undermine the Excitement of Playoffs

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Portland Timbers have clinched their first-ever Major League Soccer playoff game, which — for Timbers supporters — is a euphoric and monumental achievement. What makes their November 7 playoff match even more enticing is the possibility that if Seattle Sounders beats Colorado Rapids tonight, the Timbers will host the Seattle Sounders in a super-sized reincarnation of the greatest soccer club rivalry in the United States.

Gylfi Sigurdsson Scores A Beautiful Solo Goal to Put Tottenham In Lead Against Hull in League Cup [VIDEO]

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Tottenham attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a beautiful solo goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Hull City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, to put the Spurs 1-0 up against the Tigers.

Sigurdsson continues to show why Spurs decided to be aggressive when trying to sign the Icelandic international as Liverpool were close to signing the player, while Swansea tried to do the same.

Newcastle Utd vs Manchester City and Tottenham vs Hull City, Capital One Cup: Open Thread

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The final two matches of the Capital One Cup fourth round conclude today with Newcastle United against Manchester City and Tottenham versus Hull City. Both kick off at 3:45pm ET.

For viewers in the United States, only one of the two matches are scheduled to be televised. And that's Newcastle United versus Manchester City on beIN SPORT Play.

Andre Villas-Boas is Correct About Subdued Spurs Support, But It’s Not Exclusive To White Hart Lane

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Tottenham's manager Andre Villas-Boas took to brave step of criticizing his club's own supporters after their 1-0 win over Hull City. Villas-Boas was unhappy with the atmosphere created for his players at White Hart Lane and was quoted post-match that his side felt like the away team at times (from Sky Sports):

"I compliment the boys for what they did great work rate.

David Beckham Picks Miami for MLS Franchise: Nightly Soccer Report

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Nearly six months after David Beckham toured Miami and said that the prospect of owning a MLS team in the city was exciting, the Associated Press has confirmed what World Soccer Talk first reported yesterday that a source close to the star reveals that Beckham has selected Miami as his MLS franchise.

Brazil To Change Soccer Calendar for Clubs In 2015

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If you've heard managers of European players complain a lot about their grueling schedule, spare a thought for the managers and players in Brazil. The hosts of next year's World Cup have arguably the most grueling club soccer schedule in the world. Between the state and national tournaments, there are at least 60 matches that are played in a span of 11 months each year.

Is This Man the Number One Arsenal Supporter Out There? Watch NBC’s ‘I Was There’ [VIDEO]

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Is this man featured in the video below the number one Arsenal supporter? Perhaps, but there's no mistaking that he's a devoted fan who lives and breathes Arsenal Football Club.

One of the hidden gems of NBC's Premier League coverage has been their I Was There series, and this one is another insightful look into the life of people close to the sport that we love.

Juan Mata Scores For Chelsea to Beat Arsenal and to Reach Capital One Cup Quarter-Final [GIF]

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Chelsea won the bragging rights in London tonight with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Cesar Azpilicueta opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 25th minute when he capitalized on a defensive blunder by Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson who was unable to clear the ball to safety.

Arsenal vs Chelsea, Capital One Cup Fourth Round; Live at 3:45pm ET: Open Thread

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Arsenal plays Chelsea today at the Emirates in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, with both clubs fighting for a place in the quarter-final. In the battle of the London clubs, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never defeated Jose Mourinho in any competition.

For viewers in the United States, there's only one place to find Arsenal against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on US television and Internet today, and that's beIN SPORT.

What Does the Red Bulls Accomplishment Mean for American Soccer?

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The New York Red Bulls beat Chicago 5-2 on Sunday to win the MLS' Supporters Shield, the first major trophy in the history of the club.

At MLS HQ the relief must have been immeasurable. For much of MLS' existence ensuring a presence in North America's largest media market has been a priority.

Goal of the Weekend: Which One Of These 3 Is Your Favorite? [VIDEO]

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Premier League co-commentator was practically frothing at the mouth such was the incredibility of Luis Suarez's hat trick against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

All three goals were wonderful. And the beauty of it was that all three goals were so different.

We had a difficult time trying to pick a winner out of these three, so we thought we'd share all three instead.

Men’s Shortlists For FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 Revealed: Daily Soccer Report

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FIFA has announced the shortlist for the men's Ballon d'Or 2013 honors. The 23 nominees (featuring no English footballers) are:

Gareth Bale (Wales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).

Referee Mike Jones is Demoted After Wrongly Ruling Out Leroy Fer’s Unsporting ‘Goal’: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Referee Mike Jones is demoted after wrongly ruling out Leroy Fer's unsporting 'goal' — The Mail
  • Norwich boss Chris Hughton blasts Leroy Fer for his unsportsmanlike goal against Cardiff — The Mirror
  • Arsène Wenger seeks first blood in battle against old rival José Mourinho — The Guardian
  • Cardiff v Swansea: Mike Dean to referee derby game — BBC Sport
  • Sir Alex Ferguson gives Malky Mackay advice over Cardiff problems — The Guardian
  • Kyle Walker agrees six-year deal to stay at Tottenham — Evening Standard
  • Manchester United's Darren Fletcher makes comeback for under-21s — The Guardian
  • Man United boss David Moyes tells Anderson he can leave in January transfer window — 101GG
  • Crystal Palace may delay naming new manager until after West Brom trip — The Guardian
  • Winning ugly or losing pretty: The ethos of Tottenham Hotspur — Cartilage Free Captain
  • Mathieu Flamini to miss key Arsenal games through injury — BBC Sport
  • Will Arsene Wenger finally get his first victory over Jose Mourinho?

Premier League Away Day Experience At Villa Park: The Heart Of English Football

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Villa Park is one of my favorite grounds in England. It's what you'd call a proper stadium; home to an established club and accompanied by a set of knowledgeable, passionate supporters.

The home of Aston Villa has preserved so much of it's illustrious history. From the stylish, classical decoration on the outside of the stadium, to the long-standing banner that recites Brian Moore's famous commentary from Villa's European Cup winning goal.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 10: Neymar Strikes As Barcelona Take Clasico Honors [VIDEO]

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Barcelona eclipsed Real Madrid in the season's first Clasico, while Atletico Madrid also won to remain just a point behind the table-topping Catalans.

Playing in his first Clasico, Neymar was on target after just 19 minutes to give Barcelona a deserved lead as Tata Martino's men outplayed Real Madrid in the first half.

Where to Find Arsenal vs Chelsea On US TV & Internet Today: Capital One Cup

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There's only one place to find Arsenal against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on US television and Internet today, and that's beIN SPORT.

Programming note:Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access the channel live via an online streaming serviceDishWorldfor $10/month.

What Storm? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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If the weather is anything to go by then it is simple: predict storm weather it. Feel good about it not being so bad. Plenty of managers might agree with that this weekend as they feel that things could be much worse for their side.

At this point in the season there is still hope, a chance that you can make it to your goal.

Arsenal Face Chelsea As Giants Collide In Capital One Cup: Preview

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Who to play? Who not to play? That is the question facing Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho in the buildup to their Capital One Cup match at the Emirates scheduled for Tuesdaybetween two of the form teams in England. The must-see match kicks off at 3:45pm ET on Tuesday, October 29.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, the only place you can watch Arsenal against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup is on beIN SPORT.

Football Manager 2014 Product Review: Game Now Available For Download

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It's here. The game that, coupled with FIFA (or PES if you're one of those), will ensure that you have no life outside of staring at a screen until your eyes bleed. That's right, Football Manager 14 is here and I know that I could not be happier.

Now I'll level with you, I've played FM on and off throughout the years — mainly due to the fact that I've been more into console games rather than computer games, but whenever I've actually picked up playing FM, it's taken over my life.

Watch ‘This Week In Soccer’: Jose Mourinho, Luis Suarez and Michel Platini [VIDEO]

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WatchThis Week In Soccer, the soccer discussion show, live at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm BST today featuring Richard Farley, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna.

Today's topics are:

1.Mourinho's antics

2.The value of Suárez, and

3.

Fernando Torres is Instrumental to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea Success

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Jose Mourinho has always stated that soccer is a game that revolves around transition and change of possession. After his 2-1 victory over Manchester City, it's evident that Mourinho is crafting a deadly counter-attacking Chelsea side with Fernando Torres as his star-striker. It's the Chelsea manager's age-old formula of a hard-working side that exploits the phases of the game in which possession changes hands.

Atletico Madrid Continue To Succeed Despite Losing Star Players

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The summer transfer of Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid to AS Monaco has been well documented. The world class striker was sold to the French club for £52.8 million ($85.4 million).

Over the course of two seasons with the Spanish club, Falcao had scored 52 goals in 67 appearances and helped the club win the 2012 Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and the Copa Del Rey.

David Beckham Announcement Regarding MLS Team In Miami Expected Soon: Monday Soccer Insider

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I am hearing rumblings of an MLS announcement about David Beckham and a Miami franchise. My sources indicate it will be announced either in December at MLS Cup or in January at the Superdraft/NSCAA Convention. Either way, Orlando City will have been announced as moving from USL PRO to MLS by that time creating an instant Florida derby in the American top flight.

Arsenal Will Not Win the Premier League Says Alan Hansen: Daily Soccer Report

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Match of The Day pundit Alan Hansen believes that Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season.

Hansen, writing in his weeklyTelegraphcolumn, said:

"Despite their hugely impressive reaction since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, which has enabled them to move clear at the top of the table, I still believe that Arsenal will end the campaign in fourth place.

Martin Jol Plays Down Rumors of Clint Dempsey Heading Back to Fulham

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has played down rumors that Clint Dempsey could be returning to Craven Cottage on loan.

Last week, USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he wanted Dempsey and some of his US colleagues to play in Europe during the MLS off-season to stay match-fit in the lead-up to the World Cup next summer.

Italian Commentator Celebrates Michael Bradley’s AS Roma Goal, Calls Him Lex Luthor [AUDIO]

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Michael Bradley's winning goal for AS Roma yesterday over Udinese ensured that the Serie A club continues to top the table in Italy. AS Roma fans are getting excited by the team's performances this season, but one Italian commentator in particular was more excitable than others.

In the commentary byCarlo Zampa, the commentator goes wild after Bradley scores, screaming like a schoolboy and comparing Michael Bradley to Lex Luthor.

Michel Platini Announces Plans For a 40 Nation World Cup

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UEFA President Michel Platini wants to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams. Platini is expected to challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2015, and the interview may be the first step in the Frenchman sowing the seeds to win votes and hearts of soccer federations around the globe.

Platini said, in the interview withThe Timesnewspaper:

"It's not based on the quality of the teams because you don't have the best 32 at the World Cup.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani: The World’s Deadliest Strike Partnership

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Every season, there continues to be a debate over what team has the deadliest strike partnership. While many are convinced that the days of a two striker formation are numbered, they seem to be proven wrong on occasion by a handful of exceptionally talented players who just cant stop scoring regardless of the league they play in.

Tottenham Hotspur Launch Ambitious NFL Stadium Plans: Daily Soccer Report

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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in partnering with a London-based NFL team to share the new White Hart Lane stadium, which could be ready for opening in 2016.

According to Metro newspaper today, the combined effort could help build a new 65,000-seat stadium. Tottenham recently appointed new architects who could be drawing up plans for a stadium that would work for both soccer and American football.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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If you're a Sunderland supporter or you want to see Jozy Altidore do well today, there's good news. For the first time this season, a Sunderland manager has decided to start Altidore and Steven Fletcher at the same as Lee Cattermole and Sebastian Larsson.

It's good news because either Altidore or Fletcher have typically been played up top by themselves without the support of a second striker.

Julian Green Accepts USMNT Call-Up for Scotland & Austria Friendlies: Nightly Soccer Report

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USMNT hopeful Julian Green has accepted a call-up to the USA's upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria. The 18-year-old Bayern Munich footballer, who is a Tampa Bay native, won't be eligible to play, but he'll be training with the US squad.

He's ineligible to play because he has played for Germany's u-19 national team in the past.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero Are Hitting Their Stride for Manchester City

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Heading into their Super Sunday match at Stamford Bridge, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are in good form and that usually bodes well for Manchester City. In the past, the Spanish midfielder and Argentine striker have combined to be a dangerous partnership. Last season, both players endured injuries, battled fatigue from international duty and adjusted to managerial decisions while Manchester City struggled to regain the form from their championship season.

Don’t Sleep On The Tyne-Wear Derby Between Sunderland and Newcastle

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For most Premier League viewers in the US, this week's version of ‘Super Sunday' is all about the matchup between big money clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City. There are actually four other BPL matches on Sunday, two of them are on at the same time as Chelsea-City: Tottenham-Hull City and Swansea City-West Ham United.

Only The Players Can Save Manchester United’s Season

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Manchester United have been granted a brief reprieve with their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stoke City today. But for many supporters, the performance of the team for the majority of the match was extremely poor. If it weren't for the efforts of Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Chicharito, the Red Devils would have been answering some serious questions following the match at Old Trafford.

Watch All the Action From Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: Alexis’s Chip Wins It But Real Madrid Robbed By Missed Penalty Call [GIF]

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Barcelona have taken the bragging rights in the first El Clasico of the season with a 2-1 victory against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou Stadium in Catalonia.

Neymar opened the scoring for Barcelona with his first El Clasico goal:

However, Real Madrid will feel robbed by the referee's decision not to award the team a penalty when Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled in the box by Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona Fans Unveil Mosaic to Share Support For Tito Vilanova [PHOTO]

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Barcelona supporters unveiled a mosaic at the Camp Nou today before El Clasico with Real Madrid, to show their support for former manager Tito Vilanova who is battling cancer. The mosaic read 'Forca Tito!'

Vilanova resigned as Barcelona manager in July after he relapsed from his condition of parotid gland cancer.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clasico: Open Thread

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Arguably the biggest club match of the season thus far kicks off today at Camp Nou as Barcelona plays Real Madrid in el Clasico.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

DishWorld Product Review; Watch beIN SPORT Online Without TV Subscription

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For soccer fans in the United States, live streaming of beIN SPORT is now available for $10/month via a new service named DishWorld.

I had a chance to test drive the service this weekend, and here's how it works. DishWorld, not to be confused with DISH Network although they're part of the same company (you don't have to be a DISH subscriber in order to use DishWorld), and not to be confused with beIN SPORT Play (they're completely different products), is a live streaming service that features sports and international channels that you can watch on your TV, phone or Roku device.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Where to Find El Clasico On US TV and Internet Today

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If you live in the United States, here are details of where you can watch Barcelona against Real Madrid today on television and the Internet.

Real Madrid against Barcelona is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld. The game starts at Noon ET.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

Crystal Palace Third Shirt Unveiled for 2013/14 Season: Official [PHOTO]

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Earlier this season, we raved about the beautiful designs of the home and away Crystal Palace shirts. And now the Eagles have launched their third shirt.

Sadly, Crystal Palace's commercial department is just as useless as their record in the Premier League for this season thus far. We're already more than 20% into the season, so what's the point of launching a third strip?

Sir Alex Ferguson Comeback Possible Says Arsene Wenger: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he'd be surprised if Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't make a dramatic comeback to management in the next six months.

Wenger said this today:

"In six months we will know more about that.

"You cannot rule it completely out. It is difficult to take a drug for 30 years and suddenly get rid of it.

Chile Away Shirt for World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Following up on the leaked photo of Chile's home shirt for the 2014 World Cup, a picture of Chile's change shirt has also been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Puma, Chile's change shirt for the World Cup in Brazil is white with red and blue trim. There's a blue stripe down the side of the shirt, while the collar is a red v-neck with blue on the inside back of the shirt.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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Kick off your Saturday with some early morning Premier League action with one or more of the six EPL games that are scheduled today.

If you live in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Manchester United vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Aston Villa vs Everton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Fulham, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Before, during and after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

Preview of This Weekend’s Championship Matches, Gameweek 13

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After getting 58% of the predictions correct last weekend, I feel I deserve another shot at attempting to predict the outcome of this weekend's Championship fixtures!

All times Eastern. TV/Internet times listed for US readers/viewers.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, select Championship games are available exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 9

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 8 of Premier League matches across the NBC Sports Group networks:

Saturday, October 26:

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network; Peter Drury & Gary O'Reilly
Manchester United vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Network; Ian Crocker & Tony Gale
Aston Villa vs Everton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Daniel Mann & Ray Houghton
Liverpool vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Garry Birtles
Norwich vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Brian Little
Southampton vs Fulham, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Sunday, October 27:

Sunderland vs Newcastle, 9:30am, NBC Sports Network; Steve Banyard & Kevin Gallagher
Chelsea vs Man City, Noon, NBC Sports Network; Arlo White & Tim Howard
Tottenham vs Hull, Noon, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Dean Sturridge
Swansea vs West Ham, Noon, Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Barry Horne
Match of the Day 2, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Commentators for NBC's Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 9 is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Thierry Henry’s Most Memorable New York Red Bulls Moments Captured in a Flipbook [VIDEO]

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With 400 goals to his name, experience Thierry's brilliance through the mixed lenses of video, hand drawn flipbook art, and motion graphic animation with this brilliantly-produced video that captures his memorable moments for New York Red Bulls.

According to the creators of the video, Henry "also happens to be a fan of Old-school Hip Hop.

Open Letter to CONCACAF: Why the CONCACAF Champions League is a Joke

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Last night, I watched Arabe Unido (from Panama) beat Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League. Aside from the vile filth that was supposedly futbol, I could not help but notice a few reasons why CONCACAF will never have a successful Champions League like that of UEFA. As such, I felt the need to share the reasons in hopes that CONCACAF will one day realize it can no longer be run by a group of committee members who are out of touch with reality.

Watch the New Official Gameplay Trailer for FIFA 14 NextGen: Xbox One and PS4 [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released the official gameplay trailer for FIFA 14 NextGen version, where the game will be made available for Xbox One and PS4 next month.

The new gameplay trailer, entitled "FIFA 14 Is Alive," looks exquisite with incredible graphics, and the gameplay looks intense.

The features in FIFA 14 NextGen version include:

Elite Technique

Thanks to the power of the new consoles and the EA SPORTS IGNITE engine, FIFA 14 includes more than 1,000 new animations which create hundreds of new skills and behaviors.

Michel Platini Orders Probe Into Yaya Toure Racism Incident: Daily Soccer Report

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UEFA President Michel Platini has demanded an internal investigation look into why the UEFA protocol wasn't followed by the referee in the Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City earlier this week.

The new UEFA protocol to combat racism says that the referee should stop the game if he receives a complaint of racism (which City captain Yaya Toure informed the referee about during the game), and the referee must then instruct the public announcer to tell supporters to refrain from the racial abuse.

Liverpool Midfielder Steven Gerrard Stars In Commercial For Xbox One [VIDEO]

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Steven Gerrard stars in a new commercial to promote the Xbox One, which will be released later this year.

The Liverpool midfielder pulls one video gamer out of the stadium to beckon him to play a game of soccer with him. In the video, Quinto is in character as Star Trek's Spock and other stars, along with characters from top games titles – such as games Dead Rising 3, Ryse and Titanfall.

Switzerland Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring Switzerland's home shirt the national team will be wearing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Designed by Puma, the new home Swiss home is beautifully designed. The red shirt is radiant, with three iconic logos displayed across the chest — with the Swiss flag, Puma logo and Swiss Football Federation crests, in white, popping out from the red shirt color.

Chile Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of Chile's home shirt for World Cup 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

Chile will be wearing its traditional red color shirt as its home jersey at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Designed by Puma, the shirt features a white stripe down the sides of the shirt, as well as a traditional blue collar and blue and white v-neck design.

Italy Away Shirt For World Cup 2014 Revealed: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of Italy's away shirt for the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament has been leaked on the Internet.

Theazzurri will be wearing a white change shirt that features dark blue pinstripes and red and green stripes down the side of the shirt. Designed by Puma, the shirt features a v-neck collar and unusual shoulder design.

How Orlando City’s Move to MLS Will Impact the Other Soccer Teams in Florida

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For many years Florida was a barren wasteland for professional soccer. From 2002 to 2005, the state did not boast one professional franchise and a limited number of amateur PDL teams. Suddenly after only boasting a single professional team as late as 2009 (Miami FC) and three semi-pro/4thdivision clubs, the state now has five professional clubs and eleven semi-pro/4thdivision clubs.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television & Internet This Weekend

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Do you have plans this weekend? You might want to think about canceling them.

It was difficult to pick just five games this week's ‘must watch' selection, as the fixture computers from across the globe have churned out a succession of top class contests.

In the two main events, we will get to see arguably the best two sides in both England and Spain go head-to-head.

Manchester United Clinch Record 5-Year £300M Kit Deal With Nike: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United have clinched a record £300million shirt deal with Nike that will keep the Red Devils wearing the swoosh icon for another five years. The deal will be a world record fee for a soccer shirt deal.

It's more than triple the amount of money that United currently receive under their current deal with Nike, and it smashes the previous world record of £31million a year by adidas/Real Madrid.

World Cup Seeding, EPL Players of the Future & Playoffs In Soccer (This Week In Soccer)

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In the tenth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, the topics discussed are (1) Which footballers will carry the next decade of Premier League football? (2) The pluses and minuses of playoffs in soccer — discussing their role in promotion, relegation and other uses, and (3) Seeding alternatives for the World Cup.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale Takes Crossbar Challenge With a Rugby Ball [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Jese and Luka Modric participated in a crossbar challenge this week on their training ground, in the run-up to tomorrow's El Clasico against Barcelona.

Bale went back to his Welsh roots and encouraged his Real Madrid teammates to try hitting the crossbar with a rugby ball.

Top 5 Arsenal Transfer Targets in January Transfer Window

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Speculation as to who will be joining the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini during the January transfer window has been rife. Even though the Gunners have looked very good so far this season, there is still room for improvement and those improvements could come in any position.

World Soccer Talk has taken a look at the players Arsenal has been linked with, what these players could bring to the table and whether or not there's an actual chance of them coming over to North London.

Better Late Than Never, FOX Sports Steps Up Its European Soccer Coverage

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This week's European action was the best yet from a television standpoint in the United States since FOX took the rights for the Champions League away from ESPN in 2009. FOX's studio shows were well done, with commentary talent in Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Warren Barton appearing exceptionally well prepared unlike times in the past.

Barcelona and Real Madrid El Clasico Preview: More Than A Match

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This Saturday will mark this season's first head-to-head encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid. You will hear from various media outlets that this match is "arguably" the biggest game in all of sports. But there is no argument. This is the biggest game in all sports. It is big in the sense that a global audience of between 400-500 million viewers will tune in worldwide for a regular season match played by two Spanish teams.

Sheriff vs Tottenham, Swansea vs Kuban, Wigan vs Rubin Kazan, Europa League Gameweek 3: Open Thread

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Gameweek 3 of the Europa League kicks off today. For viewers in the United States, all of the matches are being shown live on eitherFOX Soccer 2Goor ESPN3.com, while a couple of the games will be shown live on television.

Here's a partial schedule of the games on deck today:

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Tottenham, 1pm, FOX Sports 1, ESPN3.

Jan Vertonghen Defeats 49ers Patrick Willis and Joe Staley at American Football Challenge [VIDEO]

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Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen participated in an American football challenge this week with two players from the San Francisco 49ers —Joe Staley and Patrick Willis.

The two American football players visited Tottenham's new training centre in preparation for their NFL game this weekend in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Are Burnley Serious Contenders for Promotion Back to the Premier League?

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In the SkyBet Championship in England, Burnley have made an outstanding start to the season. After a hard-fought 1-0 win at Portman Road last weekend, the Clarets sit proudly at the top of the Championship table with an impressive 29 points off their first 12 games.

The mood wasn't so positive at the start of the season.

Why Tony Pulis Is The Right Man to Replace Ian Holloway as Crystal Palace Manager

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If I was Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish, there's only one man I would be considering to replace Ian Holloway. Tony Pulis has to be the perfect fit for the club.

The Eagles are currently 19thin the Premier League with only 3 points off their first 8 games. That solitary win came against fellow strugglers Sunderland at home.

Yaya Touré Demands CSKA Ban After Racist Chanting Against Black Players: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester City's captain last night, Yaya Toure, has demanded that UEFA reacts to the awful racist chanting that he and his teammates received from the supporters of CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League match.

Toure informed the referee regarding the racist chanting, but no action was taken.

Discover Which Premier League Clubs Have Played The Most English Footballers This Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

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A revealing infographic has been published today that shows, out of the footballers who have played so far this season in the Premier League, what percentage of them are English.

Surprisingly, the team that's playing the most number of English footballers — roughly 44% — is a Welsh Premier League club.

Speculation Increases That Marcelo Bielsa Could Become the Next Coach Of Peru

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Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa is without a doubtone of the hottest commodities in soccer right now. Many teams and national sides will be making an offer soon to obtain his services for the upcoming World Cup, or even as a coach to start a long-term project for the next year at club level or for the 2018 World Cup.

Former Referee Mark Halsey Exposes Inefficiencies in Premier League Where Refs Work Under the Fear Factor: Exclusive Interview

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This week's guest on our weekly Voices Of Soccer interview show is former Premier League referee Mark Halsey who has published a book authored by writer and journalist Ian Ridley entitled Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey was the longest-serving full-time professional referee in the English game when he retired at the end of the 2012/13 season after a career that took in three seasons officiating in the Football League and a remarkable 14 in the Premier League.

Man United vs Real Sociedad, Real Madrid vs Juventus, CSKA Moscow vs Man City, Etc: UEFA Champions League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed yesterday's UEFA Champions League matches, or you want to see the highlights again, here are the eight UCL matches from Wednesday gameweek 3:

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Real Madrid vs Juventus CKSA Moscow vs Manchester City Anderlecht vs Paris Saint-Germain Bayer Leverkusen vs Shakhtar Donetsk Benfica vs Olympiakos Bayern Munich vs Plzen Galatasaray vs Copenhagen

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores This Amazing 25-Yard Goal to Complete Hat Trick In 19 Minutes Against Anderlecht [GIF]

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in top form today for Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored a hat trick in 19 minutes including this amazing 25-yard rocket against Anderlecht in Gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League.

Is there anything this man cannot achieve?

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CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City, UEFA Champions League: Open Thread

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Gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League continues today with several matches of note including CSKA Moscow against Manchester City, Manchester United versus Real Sociedad,

For viewers in the United States, here are some of the matches being shown live:

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City, Noon, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester United vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Austria Vienna vs Atletico Madrid, 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Juventus, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

DirecTV is offering a free preview this week to FOX Soccer Plus, so even if you don't subscribe to the channel, you'll be able to watch it for free.

BREAKING: Crystal Palace Sack Manager Ian Holloway, Says Report

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Crystal Palace have sacked manager Ian Holloway less than a year after putting him in charge of the Premier League club, according to a report by the BBC.

Holloway's team was on the receiving end of an emphatic 4-1 home defeat against Fulham on Monday night, and the club currently sits second from bottom in the Premier League with just three points after one win this season (against Sunderland, at Selhurst Park).

Why It’s Time For Sir Alex Ferguson To Let Others Do The Talking

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Sir Alex Ferguson, we know you're arguably the greatest coach in club soccer history.

We are fully cognizant of your greatness, where even begrudging Liverpool or Manchester City fans, or still bitter Bayern Munich or Chelsea supporters from those devastating European Cup finals nights where your team denied them the ultimate prize, can respect the resume you have built.

AC Milan vs Barcelona, Marseille vs Napoli & Austria Vienna vs Atletico Madrid Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed the highlights or you want to see the goals again, here are the video highlights from AC Milan vs Barcelona, Marseille against Napoli and Austria Vienna versus Atletico Madrid.

AC Milan vs Barcelona


Video: Full Milan 1-1 Barcelona

Marseille vs Napoli


Video: Full Marseille 1-2 Napoli

Austria Vienna vs Atletico Madrid


Video: Full Austria Wien 0-3 Atletico

Due to rights restrictions, the match highlights are only viewable in the United States.

Press ‘A’ To Shoot: Episode 3

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Press A To Shoot is back! Albeit down a man but that's why we have an academy. Kris Heneage joins Morgan Green this week and shares his views on the history of FIFA vs. PES. We discuss FIFA Ultimate Team and the pros and cons of the popular gaming feature.

In the final section we answer some reader e-mails, give some tips on how to avoid those dirty dirty quitters and a bit of a defensive tutorial!

Schalke vs Chelsea and Celtic vs Ajax Match Highlights, UEFA Champions League [VIDEO]

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British teams Chelsea and Celtic hoped to secure maximum points tonight to boost their chances of advancing from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Watch the highlights from both matches below:

Celtic vs Ajax


Video: Celtic v Ajax UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/22/13

Schalke vs Chelsea


Video: Full Schalke 0-3 Chelsea

Due to rights restrictions, the match highlights are only viewable in the United States.

Funding Approved For Orlando Soccer-Specific Stadium; Paves Way For Orlando MLS Team in 2015

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By a vote of 5-2, the Orange County Commissioners tonight approved funding for a soccer-specific stadium to be built in downtown Orlando, which paves the way for Orlando City Soccer Club to become a MLS team in 2015.

"We are ecstatic about the positive vote," said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins.

Robinho Makes an Amazing Flick, Scores and Misses an Open Goal All In One Game Against Barcelona [GIF]

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AC Milan striker Robinho showed how much of a frustrating footballer he is Tuesday night when he made an amazing flick, scored a goal and missed an open goal —all in one match against Barcelona.

Robinho unleashed an amazing flick against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League tonight, beating his defender but ultimately losing the ball.

Pellegrini Slams CSKA Moscow Pitch As Rain Threatens Crucial Champions League Tie: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini fears that the UEFA Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and his team could be called off in the next 24 hours if it rains due to the poor condition of the pitch.

As pictured above, the state of the pitch at the Khimki Arenais appalling with large amounts of sand deposited on the field.

US International Oguchi Onyewu Joins QPR With Aim Of Getting Club Promoted Back to the EPL

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US international defenderOguchi Onyewu has joined Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship as a free agent.

Onyewu, who played for the United States in the 2010 World Cup, left Sporting in August after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. During the past few weeks, Onyewu has been training with QPR, and the club must have been impressed by what they saw to have offered him a contract.

Sheffield United Appoint Nigel Clough As New Manager to Replace David Weir

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Sheffield United have appointed former Derby County manager Nigel Clough as the new manager of the Blades, to replace David Weir who was recently sacked.

Clough has signed a 2.5 year contact at Bramall Lane. He joins a club that is in twenty first position in League One with just nine points from 13 games.

MLS’s New York Obsession Almost Cost Orlando City

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All is well that ends well goes the saying. But it almost didn't end well as Major League Soccer's obsession with getting a second New York club almost cost the league the opportunity to elevate the most successful current lower division club to MLS.

In early May, when Major League Soccer was obsessed with placing a team in New York to counter the growing momentum of the New York Cosmos, an opportunity presented itself to get Orlando City's project partially funded at the state level.

Borussia Dortmund Are A Formidable Proposition Given Their Killer Instinct And Supreme Talent

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Borussia Dortmund ended Arsenal's perfect European record with a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium in week 3 of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp's side were not at their best throughout the contest, but showcased a clinical, killer instinct far surpassing that of their comparatively wasteful opponents.

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund, Steaua Bucuresti vs FC Basel & Porto vs Zenit Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League kicked off today. If you missed any of the highlights from Arsenal-Dortmund, Steaua Bucharest against Basel or Porto vs Zenit St Petersburg, watch the videos below.

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund


Video: Full Arsenal 1-2 Dortmund

Steaua Bucuresti v FC Basel


Video: Steaua Bucuresti v FC Basel UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/22/13

Porto vs Zenit St Petersburg


Video: Full Porto 0-1 Zenit

Due to rights restrictions, the match highlights are only viewable in the United States.

Sir Alex Ferguson Grilled On Politics, Control And Footballers [VIDEO]

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For once, someone has been willing to stand up to Sir Alex Ferguson, to ask him the tough questions and to put him on the defensive.

The interviewer, Jon Snow of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, grilled Sir Alex Ferguson on a variety of topics in conjunction with the release of his new autobiography.

New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos Both On The Verge Of Clinching Silverware

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New York area soccer fans haven't had much to cheer about recently. But all that could change this weekend as both of the area's active professional soccer teams could claim silverware. The New York Red Bulls, long a laughing stock of Major League Soccer, are one win away from claiming the Supporters Shield (MLS Regular Season title), while the revived New York Cosmos are a single point away from claiming the NASL Fall Season title and a berth in the Soccer Bowl that determines the NASL Champion for the 2013 season.

Review of ‘In the Box,’ A New Photobook About Subbuteo

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When I was asked to review a book about "Subbuteo," I thought I had been the victim of some sort of autocorrect. From there, my mind searched for memories of perhaps some Brazilian or Argentine defensive midfielder from the sixties or seventies. Failing to find anything, I simply looked it up. Subbuteo is a table top soccer (or rugby or cricket or hockey) board game.

UEFA Champions League, Gameweek 3: Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund, Schalke vs Chelsea, AC Milan vs Barcelona: Open Thread

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Gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League kicks off today with several matches of note including Arsenal against Borussia Dortmund, Schalke vs Chelsea and AC Milan against Barcelona.

Starting line-ups to come.

For viewers in the United States, here are some of the matches being shown live:

AC Milan vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Schalke vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Dortmund, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

If your TV provider carries FOX Soccer Plus, they're offering a free preview this week, so even if you don't subscribe to the channel, you'll be able to watch it for free.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 9: Real Madrid Close In As Barca And Atletico Drop Points [VIDEO]

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both dropped points for the first time this season, while Real Madrid won to narrow the gap at the top of La Liga. As a result, Barca have a one-point lead over Atleti, with Los Blancos a further two points behind.

Leaders Barcelona saw their unblemished record fall as they were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Osasuna at El Sadar.

Manchester United Put Finishing Touches On Their Singing Section at Old Trafford [PHOTO]

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Manchester United are putting the finishing touches on their singing section at Old Trafford, which they plan to unveil tomorrow in their UEFA Champions League match against Real Sociedad.

The section, named "The Scoreboard Paddock," has a "We are the Scoreboard, the Scoreboard Paddock" banner that has been hoisted in the corner of the ground where the away fans used to sit.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Is Hypocritical In His Criticism Of Cardiff City

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lambasting Cardiff City for time-wasting during his side's 4-1 win over the South Wales team. The Portuguese chief was sent to the stands for venting his fury at officials after what he believed to be devious tactics from the newly promoted outfit. Now, an FA charge looks imminent, but Mourinho is standing staunchly by his accusations:

"If I was in that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a median (average) of 21.

Sir Alex Ferguson Launches His New Autobiography; UK Press Salivates Over Every Word: Daily Soccer Report

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The UK media have been practically drooling today over the release of Sir Alex Ferguson's second autobiography. But based on the "revelations" that have been announced so far this morning, it all sounds rather boring.

We learned that Roy Keane was intimidating, that Ferguson thought Beckham's problem was when he fell in love with Victoria, Sir Alex Ferguson was approached twice to become England manager, Fergie tried to sign Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres but he didn't rate Gerrard as a top top player, and that Fergie didn't think much of Rafa Benitez.

Crystal Palace and the Premier League Would Lose A Good Manager If Ian Holloway Is Sacked

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Much has been made about the reported meeting between Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish and manager Ian Holloway following Monday night's game at Selhurst Park. Palacesuffered a 4-1 defeatto Fulham thanks in large part to two stunning first-half goals from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell.

Jose Mourinho Says Cardiff City Wasted Ticket Holders’ Money: Nightly Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho came out on the attack today against Cardiff City saying that the Welsh club wasted the money of people who paid for tickets to the Chelsea-Cardiff game from this past Saturday.

Mourinho said:

"If I was in that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a median (average) of 21.

Holland Home Shirt For World Cup 2014 Revealed: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Holland's home shirt for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Holland's home shirt for Brazil 2014 is a combination of a retro look with a modern shirt. The Netherlands team crest looks more retro and regal than previous crests used in the past. This is combined with a shirt that has a modern look to it, particularly the lighter shade of orange stripe that runs up the back, and over the v-neck collar of the front of the shirt.

Inaugural London Sports Writing Festival Illuminates Lords Cricket Ground

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Lords Cricket Ground, one of Great Britain's most iconic sporting venues, hosted the inaugural London Sports Writing Festival this weekend. The event saw some of the most talented sports writers around combine with a host of Britain's most popular sporting figures to deliver a fascinating insight into topical and age-old sporting discussions.

Watch ‘This Week In Soccer’ Live: World Cup Seeding, EPL Players of the Future & Playoffs In Soccer [VIDEO]

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Watch This Week In Soccer, the soccer discussion show, live at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm BST today featuring Richard Farley, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna.

Today's topics are:

1.Which footballers will carry the next decade of Premier League football?

2.

Fulham Score Two Stunning Goals Against Crystal Palace to Knock the Eagles For Four [GIF]

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After Crystal Palace opened up the scoring at Selhurst Park in the Premier League tonight, it looked like Crystal Palace may have finally found the formula to get three points. But Fulham struck back with two out-of-this-world goals courtesy of unsung heroes Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell.

Pajtim Kasami's goal, from the first angle:

Pajtim Kasami's goal, from the second angle:

Steve Sidwell's goal, that made it 2-1 to Fulham before half-time:

Fulham went on to win the match 4-1 with additional goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos.

I Was There: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United; The Barber of Tottenham [VIDEO]

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If you watched NBCSN this weekend, you would have seen the video short entitled 'The Barber Of Tottenham,' as part of the "I Was There" video series that NBC Sports has been producing.

In this episode, the video features an interview with an elderly Tottenham supporter discussing his love for the club.

Crystal Palace vs Fulham, Premier League Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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Crystal Palace play Fulham today in a relegation dogfight. For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 3pm ET on NBCSN.

Fourth from bottom Fulham play second from bottom Palace at Selhurst Park in a match where Fulham will see three players returning from injury —Scott Parker, Aaron Hughes and Maarten Stekelenburg.

Orlando City Does Not Have The Number of Votes Required to Get Stadium Passed: Monday Soccer Insider

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It has been reported that Major League Soccer officials have descended on Central Florida this week to influence Tuesday's Board of Commissioners vote for a soccer facility that will host the thirddivision Orlando City in their proposed move to Major League Soccer.

Will Brazil 2014 Be The Last Time The World Cup Matters?: Daily Soccer Report

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An article in the New Statesman today questions whether Brazil 2014 will be the last time the World Cup matters. The article raises the point that:

"International football could be the purest of competitions, but the dominance of the global club brands, the bloated finals tournament and lack of surprise factor together with distaste for FIFA mean that it's increasingly becoming irrelevant.

Like a Zoo! (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Some strange actions in the Premier League this weekend, made even more bizarre by the reactions to them. To discuss this, the panel take a look at the best and worst of the action.

Credit to Wenger? Credit to his team? Credit to creativity?

Plenty of chatter about race, in so many way and so the pod dive in.

Gary Neville Says Manchester United Are Struggling Because Their Midfield Play is Too Slow: Nightly Soccer Report

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has shared some salient criticism regarding why the Red Devils are struggling in the Premier League. Neville has pinpointed the club's midfield.

Neville said:

"There is still a sense that David Moyes is finding out about his players and his own way in the job.

European Play-Off Ties Revealed for 8 Teams Vying For Place at World Cup 2014

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FIFA this morning announced the playoff matches involving the eight European teams vying for a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The playoff matches (home and away) are:

Portugal-Sweden

Ukraine-France

Greece-Romania

Iceland-Croatia

Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, will play Sweden, led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which means that only one of those two superstars will be playing at World Cup 2014.

Tim Howard to Co-Commentate Chelsea-Manchester City On Sunday On NBCSN

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US Men's National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will be the co-commentator of NBCSN's match this weekend between Chelsea and Manchester City, which will be televised live on US television this Sunday at Noon ET.

Howard will be in the booth at Stamford Bridge alongside commentator Arlo White, one day after Everton plays Aston Villa in the Premier League.

This Incredible Own Goal Wins Goal Of The Weekend [VIDEO]

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We had a ton of different videos to choose from this weekend to find our goal of the weekend, and the winner is in fact an own goal!

Jackson of Brazilian team Internacional grabbed the goal of the weekend honors by lobbing his goalkeeper to gift Gremio the goal. If only he could have scored a goal like that into the other net.

Rafa Honigstein Does Wanking Gesture Live On Air On BT Sport [VIDEO]

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Bundesliga author and writer Rafa Honigstein, best known for his appearances on The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast, got into a spot of bother today when he gave the wanking gesture live on air on BT Sport.

Honigstein explained in a tweet afterwards that he thought the show was still in rehearsal, and didn't realize he was on live television.

Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan is the New Flavio Briatore

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For soccer fans, the relationship between a club's manager and owner is usually open to speculation. In most cases, the owner remains behind the scenes, offers few interviews, and only surfaces during an occasional match for their requisite camera shot while sitting in their private seats.

There are more outgoing individuals such as Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

Southampton Continue to Reach New Heights Under Mauricio Pochettino

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One of the more interesting developments during the 2012-13 Premier League season was the firing of Southampton FC manager, Nigel Adkins. Prior to his sacking, Adkins had only lost twice over a stretch of twelve games. He had the best post-war win percentage in Southampton's history and had overseen consecutive promotions.

Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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There's only one Premier League match being played today — Aston Villa against Tottenham Hotspur, which kicks off at 11am ET on NBC Sports Network (for viewers in the United States).

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation in the comments section below with football supporters from around the world.

Watch The Football Special: ‘The Last Farewell,’ The Final Episode [VIDEO]

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Malcolm Best hosts the final ever episode of The Football Special, blowing an emotional final whistle on the series. We take a look back at some of the best sketches in the show's illustrious past as voted by the TFS production staff including Joe Kinnear's controversial press conference, some advice from Gary Neville, a respectful footballer, a Stevie G car alarm, an Alex Ferguson team talk and even an appearance from Liam Neeson.

Tottenham to Begin Construction On New 56,000 Seat Stadium in 2014; Ready for 2016-17 Season: Daily Soccer Report

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Tottenham Hotspur will begin construction on their new 56,000-seat stadium in the summer of 2014, with the new ground scheduled to open in time for the 2016-17 season, according to a report today in Goal.com.

The article reports that the stadium will be partially completed by the 2016-17 season, but it'll be completely finished in time for the 2017-18 season.

Newell’s Old Boys 110-Year Anniversary Shirt, 2013/14 [PHOTOS]

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To celebrate their 110-year anniversary, Argentine club Newell's Old Boys have released a limited-edition new jersey that is designed by a company named Topper.

The club, who features players such as Maxi Rodriguez, will wear the black and red shirt this season. The intricate design features a special commemorative crest to mark the 110-year anniversary, in addition to the club's crest.

Barnsley Winger Dribbles Past Six Players To Score an Incredible Goal Against Boro [VIDEO]

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Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt scored an incredible goal Saturday against Middlesbrough when he dribbled past six players to help his team win the match 3-2.

McCourt, a 29-year-old Northern Ireland international who previously played with Celtic, beat six players plus Boro's goalkeeper. It's Barnsley's first win since August 31, and the three points helped lift the Yorkshire club off the bottom of the Championship, moving the side to third from bottom.

Fiorentina vs Juventus, Live on beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld at 9am ET: Open Thread

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With no early Premier League match scheduled today, it's perfect timing to watch a live Serie A match. This one is between third place Juventus and sixth place Fiorentina, live from Fiorentina'sArtemio Franchi stadium.

Today's Serie A match kicks off at 9am ET on beIN SPORT Espanol. If you don't have beIN SPORT, you can subscribe to DishWorld for just $10/month.

Watch Jack Wilshere’s Sensational Goal for Arsenal Against Norwich: Best Camera Angle [GIF]

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It's only October, but Jack Wilshere's goal today for Arsenal against Norwich will undoubtedly be up for contention at the end of the season as one of the goals of the season.

The interplay between Arsenal (and the build-up before this goal, which is unfortunately not captured in the GIF) was out of this world.

Osasuna vs Barcelona, Leo Messi Makes His Return From Injury; Live on beIN SPORT: Open Thread

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Leo Messi is expected to make his return for Barcelona today after recovering from injury, where he and his teammates are set to play against Osasuna.

Today's La Liga match kicks off at 2pm ET on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT Espanol. If you don't have beIN SPORT, you can subscribe to DishWorld for just $10/month.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores Crazy Back Heel Goal For Paris Saint-Germain [VIDEO]

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored another remarkable today with a reverse kung fu kick to put the ball into the back of the net for Paris Saint-Germain against Bastia in Ligue Un.

Ibrahimovic scored the goal at the Parc des Princes to put PSG into the lead before the Parisian club got another goal to make it 2-0.

Introducing Brazuca, the Official Ball For FIFA World Cup 2014 From adidas: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of adidas' official ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been leaked on the Internet.

The Brazuca, which means "national pride in the Brazilian way of life," isn't scheduled to be officially unveiled until the day of the FIFA World Cup 2014 draw on December 6. However, the leaked image shows an innovative design, which looks more attractive than the design for World Cup 2010′s Jabulani ball.

Controversial ‘Ghost Goal’ Sends Bayer Leverkusen Top of the Bundesliga [VIDEO]: Nightly Soccer Report

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A controversial goal scored by Bayer Leverkusen's StefanKiessling sent the German club top of the Bundesliga tonight, but incredibly the winning goal scored by Kiessling shouldn't have been awarded since the ball never went into the back of the net.

Watch the video below to see howKiessling's header appeared to go into the back of the net, but then watch the replays to uncover what really happened.

DishWorld Product Review; Watch beIN SPORT Online Without TV Subscription

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For soccer fans in the United States, live streaming of beIN SPORT is now available for $10/month via a new service named DishWorld.

I had a chance to test drive the service this weekend, and here's how it works. DishWorld, not to be confused with DISH Network although they're part of the same company (you don't have to be a DISH subscriber in order to use DishWorld), and not to be confused with beIN SPORT Play (they're completely different products), is a live streaming service that features sports and international channels that you can watch on your TV, phone or Roku device.

Newcastle United Supporters March to Protest Against Owner Mike Ashley [PHOTO]

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Newcastle United supporters marched through the streets today to protest against club owner Mike Ashley.

The march was through the streets of Newcastle before the match against Liverpool. The Toon Army supporters held banners that read "Get Out of Our Club" with pictures of Mike Ashley, Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew.

Adnan Januzaj Signs Five-Year Contract With Manchester United [PHOTO]

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Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old left winger, who scored two key goals for the Red Devils against Sunderland recently, attracted interest from several clubs around Europe including Manchester City and Juventus. The gifted footballer has decided to shrug off the interest from other clubs, and commit his future to United.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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Wahay! The Premier League is back after two weeks of the international break, and there's plenty of intriguing matches in store for us today.

If you live in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Newcastle vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Man United vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Arsenal vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Cardiff, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Man City, 12:30pm, NBC
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Before, during and after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

Cardiff City Gifts Goal to Chelsea After Goalkeeper Loses Ball While Bouncing It [GIF]

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Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall gifted a goal to Chelsea today at Stamford Bridge after he bounced the ball in his penalty area but the ball hit Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroon striker then teamed up with Eden Hazard for the Belgian to score the goal to equalize.

Should the referee have blown his whistle because Eto'o knocked the ball out of Marshall's hands?

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 8

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 8 of Premier League matches across the NBC Sports Group networks:

Saturday, October 19:

Newcastle vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network; Steve Banyard and Chris Waddle
Man United vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Network; Daniel Mann and Davie Provan
Arsenal vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver and Trevor Francis
Chelsea vs Cardiff, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker and Tony Gale
Everton vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones and Dean Sturridge
Stoke vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight and Barry Horne
Swansea vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse and Garry Birtles
West Ham vs Man City, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White and Lee Dixon

Sunday, October 20:

Aston Villa vs Tottenham, 11am, NBC Sports Network; Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Monday, October 21:

Crystal Palace vs Fulham, 3pm, NBC Sports Network; Martin Tyler and Paul Walsh

Commentators for NBC's Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 8 is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Preview of This Weekend’s Championship Matches, Gameweek 12

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Congratulations everyone, we have survived the international break. Now it's time to turn our attention back to the bread and butter of the league. We have now reached gameweek 12 of the SkyBet Championship and here are my predictions for the weekend in what is one of the hardest leagues in the world to predict.

Preview Of This Weekend’s Premier League Matches, Gameweek 8

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Huzzah! The international break is over. Saturday, Sunday and Monday will provide viewers with an interesting set of fixtures in the Barclays Premier League. A list of the fixtures, times, television broadcast, a quick set of key points and the latest on injuries are as follows:

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Newcastle United vs.

How Manchester City Can Unlock West Ham United’s 4-6-0 Formation

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For me, Sam Allardyce's reputation as a soccer "cave man" has been created in large measure by a media that has looked for lazy words to describe managers and needed a tag-line to explain Bolton's mid 2000′s success. But Allardyce has always been an innovator in his own right, from his rigid scouting methods, to his communications tools and to his training methods.

Get 20% Off Your Order of Soccer Shirts This Weekend Only; World Soccer Shop Promo Code

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World Soccer Shop is having a 20% sale this weekend only when you use a World Soccer Shop promo code.

The 20% sale is store-wide, and runs from October 18-20, 2013. World Soccer Shop is the official soccer merchandise store for World Soccer Talk.

The 20% discount applies site-wide, so browse through all of the categories of boots, T-shirts, balls and other merchandise in addition to the soccer shirts or shirts from any other team, league or country.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: When All Else Fails, Go Head to Head

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No matter your experience or expertise in relation to playing Fantasy Premier League, odds are your most essential objective is to finish as high in overall rank as possible. Naturally, anyone who signs up for FPL for the first time is automatically placed in the overall pool, and you can monitor their overall rank week to week.

The Remarkable Growth of the American Outlaws, Now 100 Chapters Strong [VIDEO]

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The American Outlaws, the US soccer supporters group with chapters across the country, have released a video to mark the remarkable growth of the organization.

The US soccer supporters group has now reached 100 chapters across the globe. On Thursday, the American Outlaws announced that Wichita has become the 100th chapter.

Why Major League Soccer Has Bigger Issues Than Just Poor TV Ratings

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Major League Soccer has begun the bidding process to determine who will acquire the US media rights to the top flight domestic league. The current deal between ESPN and MLS, which was agreed in 2006, and expires next year, was packaged together with rights to home USMNT games. ESPN is currently paying less than $9 million a year for the rights.

Manchester United to Consider Return of Safe Standing: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United have expressed an interested in investigating the viability of adding a safe standing area into Old Trafford.

According to a report inThe Independentnewspaper, the article reads:

"The Independentunderstands that the club's new chief executive, Ed Woodward, expressed a willingness to explore the idea when supporters' representatives put it to him at a recent fans' forum.

We All Hate Leeds. That’s Why the Premier League Needs Them

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"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Thomas Haynes Bayly

In their absence, it appears that opposing fans have developed a level of respect for what Leeds United accomplished during their time in the Premier League. The club did disrupt the natural order of the Football League First Division (later the Premier League) while boasting some of the more unique supporters in English football.

ESPN Faces Toughest Decision Of Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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ESPN has already announced its TV coverage plans for World Cup 2014, and has shared details regarding how the operation will be set up, but one of the most pressing decisions the network still has to make is who will be the main commentator for the 2014 World Cup Final.

Martin Tyler is under contract with ESPN through the 2014 World Cup Final, but so too is equally accomplished commentator Ian Darke.

Aston Villa: This Season’s Premier League Entertainers Aiming to Reach Greater Heights

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In English football, which club has the fourth highest total of major honors? What would your answer be?Most would assume Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal to take the top three positions andthey would be correct. But who has the fourth highest? Chelsea? The Blues have picked up the majority of their trophy haul in recent years.

Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera to Become Fourth Mexico Coach In Just Over One Month, Says Report

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The Mexico national team will have its fourth manager in just over a month, according to media reports.

Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera has been tipped by Record to replace Victor Manuel Vucetich, who has only been in the job since September 12. Vucetich led Mexico to a last gasp win against Panama, and a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica.

How Premier League Clubs Are Fleecing Their Own Supporters With High Ticket Prices [VIDEO]

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While there's been a lot of press this week about Newcastle United and how they've been trying to get their opponents to reduce the prices of away tickets in the Premier League, no one seems to be doing anything about the exorbitant cost of tickets to home matches, which is making it difficult for people —especially children —to be able to afford to go to matches.

England Are Coming to America In May Or June to Play 2 Friendlies; One Against USMNT: Daily Soccer Report

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Although nothing official has been announced yet, The FA are in talks with the USSF to finalize a friendly with England to be played on US soil in May or early June. The location of the game is yet to be determined, but it's very likely that England will play another game on US soil in Miami prior to heading to Brazil for World Cup 2014.

FIFA’s World Rankings to Determine the 8 Seeds For World Cup 2014 Is Flawed

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Now that we know 20 of the 32 teams who will be playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the level of anticipation for the World Cup draw on December 6 is growing. However, controversy has been building over the past 24-48 hours regarding what eight teams will be seeded, as well as the role that the FIFA world rankings play in the seedings process.

It’s Time For Troubled Chicharito To Leave Manchester United

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After a stuttering start to his campaign with Manchester United, the international break should have offered some welcome relief for Javier Hernandez.

But anyone who has followed Mexico's most recent qualifying campaign will have known this to be unlikely, as El Tri have been nothing short of atrocious as of late.

Sid Lowe Interview (Voices Of Soccer)

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Journalist Sid Lowe has just published a brand-new book entitled Fear And Loathing In La Liga, Barcelona vs Real Madrid. We had the distinct pleasure of spending time with him, to discuss the book in great detail, as well as how politics plays a role in the division between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as other aspects of these two Spanish giants.

Telemundo’s Coverage of Mexico vs Costa Rica Reaches 8 Million Total Viewers: Nightly Soccer Report

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Telemundo's coverage of Costa Rica against Mexico on US television reached a total viewing audience of 8 million on Tuesday night.

Called by Andres Cantor alongside Sammy Sadovnik providing analysis and commentary, the match ranked as the highest-rated Mexican National Team match of the year among total viewers in any network, and reached a cumulative audience of eight million total viewers and 4.

Watching The Unrivaled Drama Of The 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

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You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri — under their third manager in three months —were losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for.

New A-League Season Kicks Off With TV Coverage On FOX Sports in the USA

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Last weekend kicked off the start to the new A-League season. The league has been praised in the past for its competitive nature, and this season ahead doesn't look too dissimilar.

One of the big differences in the league this season is the fact that FOX Sports has signed an agreement to televise live A-League matches on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go.

11 Ways Playing Soccer Changes The Way You View The Beautiful Game

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I didn't play soccer as a child. I'm one of those American soccer fans who came to the sport as an adult.

I wasn't one of you. I'm new(er) but found that I could inhale a LOT of soccer knowledge via wikipedia, satellite TV, live games, blogs, podcasts, etc.

Pretty quickly, I become knowledgeable even if I wasn't authentic.

Front Covers Of Mexico Newspapers Praising USA Soccer Victory [PHOTOS]

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After the United States defeated Costa Rica 3-2 last night in World Cup qualifying, the victory meant that Mexico — despite losing 2-1 to Costa Rica — qualified for the World Cup playoffs, to play New Zealand in a home and away matches next month.

Amazingly, newspapers in Mexico — the United States's fiercest rival — essentially got down on their knees and thanked their neighbors to the north for keeping their World Cup dreams alive.

The Undervalued Importance of Assistant Managers

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It's safe to say that if an average soccer fan were shown a picture of José Mourinho and asked which club he managed, he would know the answer straight away. Same would be said for Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, or Massimiliano Allegri. Football managers quickly become the "face" of the clubs they lead.

The Fall And Rise Of Chester Football Club

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Chester is a city in the North-West of England that strays close to the Welsh border. It is a fascinating part of the country, steeped in culture and rife with historical relevance. Once a Roman fort situated in an ideal location on the River Dee, it was named Deva Victrix and remnants of those ancient times are still prevalent within the city to this very day.

Chicharito Says That ‘God Has Given Us Another Chance’ After USA Saves Mexico: Daily Soccer Report

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Mexico and Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez says that God has given Mexico another chance, after his nation were defeated last night against Costa Rica but still managed to qualify for the World Cup playoff due to the United States defeating Panama.

In an interview with ESPN, here's what Chicharito said post-game:

"This was not the best way to win but neither was it the worst.

Roy Hodgson Has Best Record As England Manager Since 1872

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Maybe it's time that the British press should give England manager Roy Hodgson some credit? According to the latest data from the excellent MyFootballFacts.com website, Roy Hodgson now has the best record percentage out of all of the England managers since 1872, when the Football Association formed its first England team.

Mexico Commentators Go Nuts After US Scores To Send Mexico to World Cup Playoff [VIDEO]

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If you missed last night's action in the CONCACAF World Cup qualification process, you missed one of the most unreal nights of soccer in years —since perhaps the injury time winner by Sergio Aguero to win the Premier League title for Manchester City in 2012.

With Costa Rica beating Mexico 2-1 and Panama defeating the USA by the scoreline, it looked like Mexico was going to miss out on qualifying for the World Cup playoff.

Will the British Media Finally Recognize Roy Hodgson’s Achievements?

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The self-loathing elements of the British press have had the short and long knives out for England manager Roy Hodgson for well over a year now. It is obvious that large elements of the media did not want Hodgson to get the job over Harry Redknapp. And once he did, he was pillaged for player selection and tactical decisions in a way no English-born manager has been since the end of Alf Ramsey's tenure.

Croatia Sack Coach Igor Stimac; Niko Kovac Appointed As Caretaker Manager

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Niko Kovac has been appointed as caretaker manager of the Croatia national team after the Croatian Football Federation accepted the resignation offer from coach Igor Stimac, according to 24 Sata.

Stimac offered his resignation after Croatia lost 2-0 to Scotland last night. In his post-match interview, he said that he didn't think Croatia would qualify for the World Cup via the playoffs and that he thought his position as coach was being questioned by those in Croatia.

Croatia Coach Offers Resignation Despite Team Qualifying For World Cup Playoffs [VIDEO]

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Croatia national team coachIgor Stimac offered his resignation tonight despite his team qualifying for the World Cup playoffs.

Stimac offered his resignation after Croatia lost 2-0 to Scotland at Hampden Park on the final day of the group matches in the UEFA confederation of World Cup qualifying matches.

Luis Suarez Dives Again to Earn Uruguay a Penalty Kick Against Rivals Argentina [VIDEO]

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In the World Cup qualifier between rivals Uruguay and Argentina on Tuesday night, Uruguayan and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was up to his old tricks again as he took a dive in the penalty area to earn a penalty kick for his national team.

After the referee awarded the penalty to Uruguay, up stepped Suarez to slot the ball into the back of the net.

Honduras, Chile and Ecuador Qualify For World Cup 2014, While Mexico Scrape Into Playoffs: Nightly Soccer Report

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On a surreal night of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Mexico lost 2-1 to Costa Rica but still managed to qualify for the World Cup playoff match against New Zealand after the United States came back from 1-0 down to beat Panama 3-2. To put it mildly, Mexico are extremely fortunate to still even be in consideration to play in the World Cup next summer after being outplayed by Costa Rica.

World Cup Qualifying, Jack Wilshere And Nationalism, Cheerleaders vs Haters (This Week In Soccer)

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In the ninth episode of This Week In Soccer, the topics discussed are (1) Qualifying formats for the World Cup, (2) Cheerleaders versus haters in terms of the way US media covers the England national team, and (3) Jack Wilshere and naturalized players.

The guests on this week's episode are:

Laurence McKenna (EPL Talk Podcast host)

Richard Farley (NBCSports.

Can Brad Guzan Challenge Tim Howard for the USA Number One Shirt?

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Tim Howard established himself as the United States number one right after World Cup 2006. While Kasey Keller was still in the US mix at the time, Howard was named the starter by Bob Bradley, then the interim Head Coach, a place he has retained since.

Howard has generally been good for the United States though he has come under some criticism through the years.

Panama vs USA, Costa Rica vs Mexico, Jamaica vs Honduras, Chile vs Ecuador & More: Open Thread

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As a soccer viewer, the hardest part about World Cup qualifiers is trying to watch more than one match at once, such is the sheer amount of matches that are available to watch at any given time.

Tonight is no exception as there are seven matches on deck in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifying rounds for the FIFA World Cup.

England, Spain, Russia and Bosnia Qualify For World Cup, While Playoff Spots Decided [VIDEO]

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England, Spain, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight, joining the teams who have already qualified — Brazil, United States of America, Australia, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany.

In Europe, there's still the playoffs remaining, where the following teams will compete for a chance to reach the World Cup in Brazil — France, Greece, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia and Romania.

No beIN Sport? Watch the US Men’s National Team Against Panama on DishWorld at 9:30pm ET Tonight

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Watch the US Men's National Team's final game of World Cup qualifying live on beIN SPORT tonight at 9:30pm ET. If you don't have beIN SPORT, no problem. You can subscribe to DishWorld for $10/month and get beIN SPORT, One World Sports (featuring Chelsea TV, Arsenal TV and Bayern Munich) and beIN SPORT Espanol via your computer, smartphone or Roku device.

England vs Poland Plus All of the World Cup Permutations: World Cup Qualifiers Open Thread

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World Cup dreams will be realized and destroyed today in the final day of the regular stages of the World Cup qualifying matches around the world. Teams will be battling for automatic qualification, while others will be trying to qualify for the play-offs, and other teams will be fighting for pride.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sends Signed Shirt to Dying Child in Sarajevo [VIDEO]

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Despite initial reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic had taken a flight immediately after an UEFA Champions League game to Sarajevo, to grant a boy his dying wish to see the Swedish striker in person, those reports were dismissed by the Paris Saint-Germain press officer.

Following up on that initial report, Ibrahimovic said he would see what he could do.

Ghana vs Egypt, World Cup Qualifier, First Leg; Watch It Live Beginning At Noon ET: Open Thread

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Watch Ghana vs Egypt, Noon ET, live on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

Don't be surprised if you see a ton of neutral soccer fans cheering for Egypt today in their first leg of their World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

Egypt's journey through the World Cup qualifiers in the past two years has been an incredible story, with the national team having to overcome so muchadversity such as their footballers having no national league to play for because it was shut down, the riots at the Port Said massacre, playing in front of stadiums where fans were shut out and, despite all of this, maintaining an undefeated record in World Cup qualifying.

England Team to Play Poland Sees Michael Carrick Recalled For Frank Lampard: Daily Soccer Report

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Michael Carrick is expected to start in midfield for England instead of Frank Lampard in the crunch match against Poland at Wembley (3pm ET on FOX Sports 1, for readers in the United States).

In training, Carrick has been playing alongside Steven Gerrard in preparation for tonight's match.

England manager Roy Hodgson is expected to start with the same formation that played against England with a 4-2-3-1.

Subscribe to beIN SPORT For $10/Month Via DishWorld

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For soccer fans in the United States, live streaming of beIN SPORT is now available for $10/month via a new service named DishWorld.

I had a chance to test drive the service this weekend, and here's how it works. DishWorld, not to be confused with DISH Network although they're part of the same company (you don't have to be a DISH subscriber in order to use DishWorld), and not to be confused with beIN SPORT Play (they're completely different products), is a live streaming service that features sports and international channels that you can watch on your TV, phone or Roku device.

UniMás Broadcast of Mexico-Panama Match Outdelivers Baseball Playoffs, College Football and NFL: Nightly Soccer Report

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The live broadcast on US television of Mexico against Panama on UniMas delivered TV ratings that beat the baseball playoffs, college football and NFL in key metered markets.

The match between Mexico and Panama was watched by 7.3 million people in the United States on UniMas, the Univision network.

Where to Watch Panama vs USA, Ghana vs Egypt & the World Cup Qualifiers On US TV & Internet

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If you're a soccer fan in the United States, you have a mammoth 29 live World Cup qualifying matches to choose from today, many of which have massive implications on what countries will be playing in the World Cup next summer.

First, if you want to watch Egypt, managed by Bob Bradley, take on Ghana today in the first leg of their World Cup qualifier, the match is being shown live on beIN SPORT.

Watch England 1-1 Poland; Highlights Of That Disastrous Night for The Three Lions in 1973 [VIDEO]

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For a walk down memory lane, England played Poland in 1973 with The Three Lions just needing a win to qualify for the 1974 World Cup. The match, which was played at the old Wembley Stadium, will live in history because of the brilliant performance by Poland goalkeeperJan Tomaszewski who kept England from winning the crucial match.

Where the Goals Are Coming From In the Premier League: A Team-By-Team Analysis

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The international break means no Premier League matches until Saturday. Some welcome the break, some loath it. Either way, we can all agree that it's way too long to go without seeing our favorite clubs play.

We don't have to waste this time though. The break is an excellent opportunity to analyze the statistical progress clubs have made in the early stages of this season.

Watch ‘This Week In Soccer’: Jack Wilshere and Naturalization, World Cup Qualifiers and More [VIDEO]

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Ladies and gents, we'll be broadcasting a live episode of This Week In Soccer today (and every Monday) at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm BST.

Today's panelists are Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Richard Farley. The topics that will be discussed are:

1.Qualifying formats for the World Cup

2.

Arsenal’s Ramsey, Mertesacker, Giroud & Szczesny Star In Car Magic Trick [VIDEO]

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Arsenal footballers Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Wojciech Szczęsny recently took a break from their training session to participate in a magic trick by magician Drummond Money-Coutts.

In the magic trick, which features a Citroën DS3 Cabrio, what do you think? Is it a bit of trick camera work, or is there an element of magic involved?

France Says the World Cup Playoff Seed Process Is Unfair

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France has complained that the World Cup Playoff seed process is unfair, and they've asked FIFA to review it ahead of next week's draw.

Spain is an almost certain to finish in first place in the World Cup qualifying group, and if they do, France will finish in second place, which means they'll have to defeat their opponent in a playoff match in order to qualify for World Cup 2014.

Goal Of The Weekend is a Tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic [VIDEO]

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The goal of the weekend comes from the most unlikely place to be featured on World Soccer Talk — the West Bank Premier League in Palestine, and it's a tribute to the incredibly gifted Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Details are few and far between regarding the goalscorer or the team he plays for, but there's no doubt that this is one of those goals that you can watch over and over again.

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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England's 4-1 thrashing of a good, albeit injury depleted, Montenegro side should be further evidence that the self-loathing elements of the British press just do not see what Roy Hodgson is building and why he has England playing the way he does.

Honestly, I don't see a lot of cracks in this England side.

Jack Wilshere Urinates During Live TV Broadcast of England’s Training Session [VIDEO]

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England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere urinated during a live television broadcast today during England's training session in preparation for tomorrow's match against Poland.

Wilshere relieved himself near a Vauxhall advertising signboard while England coaches and players —including Raheem Sterling, Phil Jones and James Milner —stood behind him to block the TV cameras from filming the episode.

Newcastle Have Been Harmed by Mike Ashley’s Lack of Football Understanding, Says Pardew: Daily Soccer Report

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says that the club have been harmed by owner Mike Ashley's lack of football understanding.

Here's what Alan Pardew said in an interview withSky Sports:

"Mike is a strong character. He comes from a background of whatever he's done in his business career, he's been a success.

FOX Sports Acquires US Media Rights to Bundesliga For 2015-2020

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The Bundesliga have received a massive boost by agreeing a deal with 21st Century FOX whereby the German top flight league and DFL-Supercup will be shown on US television and Internet from the 2015-16 season and ending after the 2019-20 season.

GolTV currently has the rights to the Bundesliga through until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Bordering on Borders (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Borders don't matter anymore do they? Or do they? The pod can't decide if they like the border protection policy of the English or if everyone involved in the situation is a complete hypocrite for even wanting to define foreign or not. To continue the debate, tune into TWIS for more international discussion.

Malky Mackay to Decide Cardiff City Future After Critical Board Meeting: Nightly Soccer Report

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay will decide his future at the club after a critical board meeting that's scheduled for Monday.

In an interview with Wales Online, Mackay's agent said:

"Malky understands there has been a lack of clarity and will insist at the end of the board meeting that the chairman or other senior directors provide supporters with a clear explanation of what has been going on.

Subscribe to beIN SPORT For $10/Month Via DishWorld

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For soccer fans in the United States, live streaming of beIN SPORT is now available for $10/month via a new service named DishWorld.

I had a chance to test drive the service this weekend, and here's how it works. DishWorld, not to be confused with DISH Network although they're part of the same company (you don't have to be a DISH subscriber in order to use DishWorld), and not to be confused with beIN SPORT Play (they're completely different products), is a live streaming service that features sports and international channels that you can watch on your TV, phone or Roku device.

West Ham Pay Manchester United £25,000 Every Time They Pick Ravel Morrison: Daily Soccer Report

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Under the terms of the agreement between Manchester United and West Ham United, the Hammers have to pay Manchester United £25,000 every time they pick Ravel Morrison, according to an article inThe Telegraphnewspaper. Under the terms of the complex contract, West Ham have already paid the Old Trafford club £200,000 for the midfielder's eight games this season.

What the International Break Feels Like …

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I freely admit that I'm a soccer nut. A day doesn't go where I'm not watching 2-3 matches a day (or more sometimes), so the coming down from a soccer high to cold turkey during international breaks is oftentimes a shock to the system to me. It may feel the same way to you, too.

Some critics would argue "get a life," or "go watch another sport," or "get out of the house.

If Each Major European Soccer League Had An All-Star Team, What Players Would You Choose?

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As a follow up to my article about forming national teams from players in the Premier League, I then thought of the idea of forming teams based on the best players from each of the major leagues. Following this thought, the same exact subject was mentioned on The Guardian'sFootball Weekly podcast this past Thursday.

Colombia Qualify for World Cup For First Time In 16 Years [VIDEO]

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Colombia joined Belgium, Switzerland and Germany today in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

While Belgium, Switzerland and Germany coasted to 2-0, 2-1 and 3-0 victories respectively, the match between Colombia and Chile was a much more entertaining and see-saw of a game, where Chile went ahead 3-0 but Colombia came back to draw the match 3-3.

Mexico Defeat Panama 2-1 With This Beautiful Bicycle Kick Goal By Raul Jimenez [VIDEO]

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Mexico defeated Panama 2-1 Friday night at Estadio Azteca to move one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

In what was a must-win game for Mexico, El Tri took the lead late in the first half after Peralta slotted home a goal from a Chicharito pass. In the second half, the likelihood that Mexico would win the match increased when Mexico were awarded a penalty kick in the 56th minute when Cummings brought down Aquino.

USA 2-0 Jamaica: World Cup Qualifier Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The US Men's National Team made a lot of hard work out of their 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Friday night in the World Cup qualifier match in front of a boisterous home support at Sporting Kansas City's stadium.

With the USA having already qualified, it was an opportunity for the men's national team players to fight for their positions and to prove to USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann why they should be in the squad that goes to Brazil next summer.

adidas Unveils Mexico Home Shirt For 2013/14 Featuring Innovative Design [PHOTOS]

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Mexico wore their brand new home kit designed by adidas on Friday night in their triumphant 2-1 victory against Panama at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Adidas describes the new home shirt as "With a bi tonal green base, white touches on the chest and sleeve and the iconic three stripes, the jersey forms a unique and exclusive design and premium look that help El Tri live up to its name.

Roy Hodgson: We Agonized And Argued Over Whether to Pick Andros Townsend Against Montenegro: Daily Soccer Report

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England manager Roy Hodgson is looking like a master tactician today after his decision to add Andros Townsend as a surprise call up to the England squad for the games against Montenegro and Poland, which was crowned by Townsend's goal that confirmed the win for England at Wembley.

The 4-1 scoreline may appear like a walk in the park for England, but for those of you who watched the match, you'll know it was getting nervy for England until Townsend scored his beautiful goal.

Belgium, Germany and Switzerland Qualify For 2014 FIFA World Cup: Watch Belgium’s Celebrations [VIDEO]

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On a busy day of World Cup qualifier action, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland will be heading to Brazil next summer to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

All three nations got the results they needed to book their tickets to Brazil. They'll be joining the countries who have already qualified, which are Brazil, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and South Korea.

Martin Skrtel Scores One of the Worst Own Goals You’ll Ever See [VIDEO]

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel scored an unbelievably awful own goal while playing for Slovakia against Greece in today's World Cup qualifier.

To be fair, it really wasn't Skrtel's fault, but his name will go on the scoresheet as the player who scored the OG. Skrtel made a harmless pass back to Slovakia goalkeeper (and former Everton back-up goalkeeper) Jan Mucha.

Andros Townsend Scores Long-Range Goal On His England Debut to Help Defeat Montenegro [GIF]

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend scored on his England debut tonight in the 4-1 win against Montenegro, which edges England one step closer to qualification for FIFA World Cup 2014.

With England fans sitting on the edge of their seat when Montenegro pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 to England, Townsend soon after put the game to bed by scoring a long-range shot that swerved, hit the post and went into the back of the net.

England Need to Naturalize Players Or Forget About World Cup Glory

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The debate this week about the potential use of naturalized players of non-English descent in the England national team has flared up once again. For me, it is partly an ugly debate that has elements of xenophobia in it but also a glorious debate demonstrating a nation and people determined to maintain standards of fair play and homogeneity in their football side.

Iceland’s Hopes of Qualifying For World Cup 2014 Boosted By Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s Form

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Normally only one man can outshine the constellation that is Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi has been able to do that remarkable feat for the past four years, but no other player has been able to eclipse the excellence of the Portuguese sensation.

No man other than Messi has come close to surpassing Ronaldo.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Charting His Manchester United Management Career From 1986-2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Where to Watch Today’s 28 World Cup Qualifiers Live On US TV & Internet: Open Thread

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You want soccer? You got soccer. If you live in the United States, here's where you can watch the 28 live World Cup qualifier matches on television and the Internet as well as the friendly between France and Australia.

First, the starting line-ups:

England are reportedly going to start with: Hart, Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Gerrard, Lampard, Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge

All kick-offs are Eastern Time.

Malky Mackay Was Asked to Resign By Cardiff City: Nightly Soccer Report

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay was asked to resign as manager of the club prior to this week, according to a club insider that was interviewed byThe Daily Mailnewspaper.

There are very few details known, but what we do know is that Cardiff City's head of recruitment Iain Moody has been removed from the club, and that he's been replaced by 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamovwho is a friend of Tan's son.

Ex-Arsenal Striker Gervinho’s Good Form at Roma is Down to Regained Confidence

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It's hard not to pull a look of bemusement when you hear how former Arsenal player Gervinho is faring after his transfer to AS Roma. In his seven matches so far, he has already scored three goals and provided one assist — three if you count drawing two penalties.

During his two seasons in the Premier League, the Ivorian winger was better known for some astounding misses, slapping Joey Barton and prompting many "he couldn't hit a-" statements.

Chelsea Boosted as Galatasaray Are Willing to Sell Burak Yilmaz: Daily Soccer Report

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Galatasaray President Unal Aysal says that the club are willing to sell highly-rated strikerBurak Yilmaz to Chelsea in January if an offer comes in for the Turkish footballer.

Galatasaray's president said:

"If Burak wants to go and Chelsea are interested then of course the deal will happen.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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International weekends are often a bit of a downer. But at least this weekend we've got some pretty decent, competitive fixtures to look forward to, rather than the pointless friendly games that regularly punctuate the domestic calendar.

It helps too when we're at the final knockings of a World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Football Special: The Arsene Wenger Sat Nav, England Are Still Cr*p And Sepp Blatter [VIDEO]

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Malcolm Best flies solo this week in another addition of The Football Special, as we see an inspirational prediction by Nostradamus ahead of the international fixtures this weekend. Plus Sepp Blatter is unable to hide his true feelings regarding Qatar 2022 and a Arsene Wenger sat nav leads a certain Jose Mourinho astray.

Why It’s Time For England To Accept Change And Begin Naturalizing Footballers

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Adnan Januzaj is the latest youth sensation to sweep the Premier League, and his two goals against Sunderland made everyone take notice, even the English FA. They have been in contact with David Moyes about Januzaj's potential eligibility when he qualifies for residency in 2 years.

Jack Wilshere, established England international that he is, doesn't seem to be too keen.

English Premier League vs La Liga: A 10-Year Comparison

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When you compare the Premier League against La Liga tables from the past 10 years, you can see some intriguing data points.

For example, while the top two positions in the Premier League and La Liga are very predictable, with the average points difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid also exactly mirroring the points difference with Manchester United and Chelsea, the drop-off from second to third place in La Liga is far more dramatic than the drop-off between second and third in the Premier League — an average points difference of 6.

Video Cameras Go Inside The Dressing Room With Peter Reid, Sunderland Manager, 96/97: NSFW [VIDEO]

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If you ever wondered what it used to be like in a dressing room either before a match, during half-time or after the match was over, here's some eyeopening footage of Peter Reid when he was Sunderland manager during the 1996/97 Premier League season.

The footage is part of a longer documentary about Sunderland's season in the top flight.

Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Jamaica’s Chances Of Qualifying For World Cup 2014

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It's that time again. The final set of World Cup Qualifiers. Time has come for celebrations and heartache. Some of the usual suspects have already booked their tickets to the World Cup – Brazil, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, United States and Argentina – along with a couple of teams who are not so common to recent World Cups – Iran and Costa Rica.

United States Are In Talks With England About Pre-World Cup 2014 Friendly: Daily Soccer Report

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USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann says that the USSF is in talks with England regarding a potential friendly to be played before the 2014 World Cup, according to an interview in Sports Illustrated.

Earlier this week, World Soccer Talk revealed that the United States are planning a pre World Cup tournament to be played on US soil around April-May in preparation for the FIFA World Cup.

Why Lower Divisions in US Soccer Prove Fertile Ground for Players from the British Isles

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When I worked as the communications officer for the second division North American Soccer League, I was often asked by English friends why so many players from the British Isles gravitated to the lower leagues of North American soccer.

To look at this phenomenon, we must first understand that no players are leaving Premier League or Championship sides to come to the North American lower divisions such as NASL or USL-PRO.

Your Guide to World Cup Qualifiers: Preview & TV Guide for October 11-15

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We're getting right down to it. We're under two months away from the FIFA World Cup draw in Brazil, and during these next two months, the field for the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet will be finalized. For some countries, these last World Cup qualifying group games will be blissfully academic.

What If National Teams Only Featured Premier League Footballers? Here Are Our 14 All-Star Squads

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In this international week, and inspired by this article recently posted on World Soccer Talk,I thought it would be interesting to look at forming international teams out of players who play in the Premier League. Little did I know how much work this would be! There are currently players from 65 countries on the books of Premier League teams, and that doesn't include the Adnan Januzaj multi-cultural phenomenon.

Man United’s Wayne Rooney Reignites Fergie Feud, Blaming The Scot for His Poor Form Last Season: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Man United's Wayne Rooney reignites Fergie feud, blaming the Scot for his poor form last season — 101GG
  • Wayne Rooney blames Fergie for playing him out of position; Old Rooney tweet states otherwise — 101GG
  • Man City players, coaches and Pellegrini have each donated money to halve the cost of away games for fans — MEN
  • Michael Laudrup admits link with Chelsea before return of José Mourinho — The Guardian
  • Swansea sign 18-year-old Barcelona youth team player — Four Four Two
  • State of the Game: Premier League now less than one third English — BBC Sport
  • State of the Game: How UK's world football map has changed — BBC Sport
  • Cardiff deny rumours Malky Mackay has been asked to resign by owner Vincent Tan — The Mail
  • Cardiff City Stadium expansion given green light — Wales Online
  • Gus Poyet happy to work with Roberto De Fanti at Sunderland — The Guardian
  • Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas delighted by return of Aaron Lennon — The Mirror
  • Marouane Fellaini set to recover quickly from wrist surgery, says Belgium team doctor — Telegraph
  • Gus Poyet set to make son Diego Poyet his first signing at Sunderland — Metro

International soccer

  • Bob Bradley is trying to lead Egypt to a berth in 2014 World Cup — Sports Illustrated
  • Arsene Wenger defends Jack Wilshere's 'English' comments — BBC Sport
  • USWNT will face Brazil on Nov.

Spain Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photographs of Spain's home shirt for the FIFA World Cup tournament have been leaked on the Internet.

Despite the poor image quality, you can clearly see the new design of the Spain shirt for 2014. The shirt features a gold crest, what appears to be either white, silver or gold stripes down the shoulders and sleeves, accompanied by red shorts.

Leighton Baines Must Take His Chance And Show Why He’s England’s Best Left-Back

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When the news broke that Ashley Cole was out of England's crucial game against Montenegro and possibly the team's next fixture against Poland, the hyperbole that usually accompanies the withdrawal of a key England player was unnervingly absent. It wasn't splashed across the back pages. It wasn't the top of the hour story on sports news channels and it wasn't really a major talking point on the usual social media platforms.

Safety Concerns Continue At Lower Division US Soccer Leagues

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Recently, many soccer supporters associated with lower-division clubs in the United States have discussed security and safety for traveling fans as a concern. On Saturday, the North American Soccer League (NASL) convened a supporters summit where this was raised as a key issue. The league is committed to improving safety standards for its teams.

The Impact of Jonjo Shelvey and the Europa League On Swansea’s Premier League Performances

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As a Swansea City supporter, it's been a frustrating experience watching the team play this season. It's not necessarily the results, or lack thereof. It's more that I know they can play better. I'm sure many of the Swansea footballers feel the same way, especially Michu who has cut a frustrated figure at times.

Steve Bruce Has Hull City Playing in His Image

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During his playing career, Steve Bruce was a centre back who played for five English clubs: Gillingham, Norwich City, Manchester United, Birmingham City and Sheffield United. While at Norwich City he became known for his energetic, "rampaging" play. Bruce wasn't a player who was blessed with natural ability, but he made up for it with his bravery, and by staying calm under pressure.

Dennis Bergkamp Reveals He Wants to Return to Arsenal to Work on the Club’s Coaching Staff: Daily Soccer Report

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Dennis Bergkamp says he wants to return to Arsenal to work as one of the club's coaching staff.

The Arsenal legend, who is currently assistant coach at Ajax, had this to say in an interview withThe Telegraphnewspaper:

"The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal.

Newly-Promoted Hellas Verona Continue Its Rise in Serie A

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In the first match day of this season's Serie A, there was the shock result that everyone was looking for. The 2-1 home victory for Hellas Verona over AC Milan caught everyone's eye, and all fingers were immediately pointed at Allegri's Milan for their ineptitude and inability to defeat the newly-promoted side.

Several Manchester United Players Attend NBA Game in UK While On International Break: Nightly Soccer Report

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Several Manchester United footballers attended a NBA game last night to relax while on their international break.

United players Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and former players Andy Cole and Quinton Fortune watched the game in the same arena as Patrick Vieira, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Jack Rodwell, Curtis Davies, Fabrice Muamba and others.

Comedic Relief For Soccer Fans (Unless You’re A Supporter of Manchester City)

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If you're in the need of some comedy relief, and you're not a supporter of Manchester City, watch the following video complete with the famous Benny Hill 'Yakety Sax' song.

City Bayern Benny Hill from Hans Müller on Vimeo.

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Jermain Defoe Interview (This Week In Soccer)

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World Soccer Talk had the pleasure of interviewing Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe regarding topics that are often ignored or overlooked by mainstream media – his role in charity work, his foundation where he helps underprivileged kids in St Lucia, as well as his roots growing up in London.

Watch ‘Cristiano Ronaldo – Footballing Superstar,’ The Full-Length ITV Documentary [VIDEO]

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British television station ITV launched a brand-new documentary about Cristiano Ronaldo last week entitled "Cristiano Ronaldo Footballing Superstar."

ITV described the documentary as "mining ITV's brilliant archive, combined with the best of his action from Spain, along with a host of eyewitness accounts from players, coaches, pundits and fans.

FOX Launches FOX Sports GO App For iPad and iPhone; Features Live Champions League Games

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FOX Sports has quietly released its FOX Sports GO app for iPad and iPhone devices.

The app, which was supposed to be ready in August to coincide with the launch of FOX Sports 1, was released on October 1. It's also compatible with the iPod Touch, but as of press time, no version is available for Android devices.

AT&T U-Verse Removes GolTV From Sports Tier Package

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Soccer fans who are subscribers to AT&T U-Verse, take note. GolTV has been removed from the sports tier package, and has been moved to the Latino package instead.

The move, which is certainly not going to please soccer fans, means that many subscribers will miss out on GolTV's coverage of the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Super Clasico and international matches.

Levski Sofia Ultras Force New Coach to Remove Club Shirt At His Own Press Conference [VIDEO]

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Angry Levski Sofia supporters forced new managerIvaylo Petev to remove his club's shirt at a press conference today because they believe he's a supporter of their rivalCSKA Sofia.

The press conference started like any other with a room full of journalists, photographers and cameramen preparing to hear newly appointed manager Petev answer questions.

Brazil Home Shirt for 2014 World Cup: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Brazil's new home shirt have been leaked on the Internet.

Brazil's home shirt for World Cup 2014 isn't scheduled to be officially unveiled until November, but the leaked photos above and below show a sharply dressed shirt featuring the famous yellow colors of Brazil with a green trim for the cuffs, and a unique green collar design.

Why Gus Poyet is the Ideal Selection As Sunderland’s Newest Manager

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The successor to the throne of Paolo Di Canio's reign has finally been found. Gus Poyet, the former Brighton boss, has replaced the Italian. After a faltering start to the Premier League campaign, Di Canio was sacked only after five games. His replacement brings with him Brighton backroom team of Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Belgium Footballers Who Are Making an Impact in the Premier League

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Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, various footballers from all over the planet have displayed their skill and talent in what is arguably the most competitive league in the world. We have seen a Dutch invasion, a French revolution and slew of talent from Africa and South America. However this time around it's the Belgians that are having their time in the spotlight.

If Belgium Select Adnan Januzaj For World Cup Squad, Januzaj Will Play For Belgium: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj will select Belgium as the country he'll play for if Belgium adds him to their World Cup squad, according to a report today on a Belgium website.

The newspaper says that a source close to the family said that Januzaj would choose Belgium as his national team if Belgium coach Marc Wilmots selects the Manchester United footballer for the World Cup 2014 squad.

The Premier League Away Day Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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For me, away days are the best thing about being an English football supporter. They encapsulate and preserve everything that is brilliant about the game: The passion and commitment of supporters traveling to watch their team. The elation when you score a goal in another team's back yard. And perhaps most importantly of all, having a brilliant day out and a few laughs with a great group of mates.

The Rise of Atletico Madrid, Re-Legislating Diving and Champions League Qualification Process (This Week In Soccer)

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In the eighth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, the panelists discuss the emergence of Atletico Madrid in La Liga, whether Cup winners should get spots in Champions League tournaments, and the topic of diving — and whether video should be used to enact retrospective punishment on divers.

Does the NASL Have a New York Cosmos Problem?

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The return of the New York Cosmos has been met with fanfare throughout much of the country. The revival of the 1970s superclub brought more attention and eyeballs on North America's Second Division than any time since the exodus of top second division clubs to MLS began with Seattle's 2009 move.

When the Cosmos return was announced by the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2012, it was indicated that the club would play the entire 2012 season.

Romelu Lukaku: “I Want to Score More Goals Than The Strikers of Chelsea”

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Last week, when queried about Romelu Lukaku's success on loan to Everton this season, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho replied, "It is one thing to play for Everton, another to play for Chelsea."

But surely a goal against Manchester City is a goal against Manchester City, regardless of the team it's scored from.

FIFA to Create an International League Table of Countries That Have a Problem With Racism: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

International soccer

  • FIFA plans league table of nations' racism issues— AP
  • Eric Wynalda doesn't hold back, swings on American soccer coaches, says "No Way" Qatar 2022 happens— Big Lead
  • Ashley Cole ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier with rib injury— The Guardian
  • Montenegro missing four key players for World Cup qualifier with England— The Guardian
  • FIFA's Jerome Valcke in Brazil amid stadium concerns— ESPN FC
  • Who is left to play for Wales?

Arsenal Home Shirt for the 2014/15 Season From Puma: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet that reveals the new home Arsenal shirt from Puma for the 2014/15 season.

Thierry Henry is wearing the new Arsenal home shirt for next season, while Bacary Sagna and athlete Linford Christie are also in the photograph. Olivier Giroud is wearing an Arsenal training top, also from Puma.

Sunderland Appoint Gus Poyet As The Club’s New Manager

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Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their new team manager.

Poyet replaces Paolo Di Canio and caretaker manager Kevin Ball in the job at the Stadium of Light. The Uruguayanwill be joined at the Stadium of Light by his backroom staff Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Poyet has agreed a two year contract at Sunderland and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.

What Are Your Favorite Soccer Books?

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It's that time of the year when many of us may start thinking about soccer book ideas either to give or receive.

Now is your opportunity to share with us in the comments section below your soccer book recommendations. Or, if you don't have any in mind, feel free to post your questions in the comments regarding what types of books you're interested in — so one or more of our readers can make a recommendation.

Watch ‘This Week In Soccer’: Atletico Madrid, Champions League and Diving [VIDEO]

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Ladies and gents, we'll be broadcasting a live episode of This Week In Soccer today (and every Monday) at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm BST.

Today's panelists are Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Richard Farley. The topics that will be discussed are:

1. How would the emergence of Atlético change Spanish football?

Orlando Moves Step Closer to MLS Team After Funding For Soccer Stadium Passes First Hurdle

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Orlando moved a step closer to having its own Major League Soccer team after the City of Orlando Commissioners today voted to approve funding for a soccer-specific stadium. The vote was the first of a series of two votes that will conducted. The second and final vote is scheduled for October 22.

"This is obviously a very big step toward our goal of bringing MLS," said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins.

Manchester United’s Old Trafford Is No Longer the Dream Destination for Young Talent

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After Manchester United wrapped up a nervy three points against the Premier League's bottom club on Saturday, many people were quick to praise the display of 18-year-old, Adnan Januzaj. The young Belgian showed a rare combination of skill and poise for a player with such a limited résumé.

Januzaj will be out of contract with United at the end of the season.

Reminder: Watch ‘This Week In Soccer,’ Live at 5:30pm ET Today

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Visit WorldSoccerTalk.com today at 5:30pm ET to watch the live episode of This Week In Soccer, the discussion show featuring Richard Farley, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna.

Today's topics will be:

1. How would the emergence of Atlético change Spanish football? How important is it for Spain that Simeone's project persists?

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany Out For Up to 4 Weeks With Groin Injury

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of action for up to four weeks after suffering a groin injury against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Kompany was substituted out of the game against Everton in the 34th minute. The Belgian saw a specialist today where it was confirmed he had a thigh injury.

USA Invites Iran to Participate In Pre-World Cup Soccer Tournament On US Soil

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The US Soccer Federation has invited Iran to play a friendly against the US men's national team, according to the head of the Iran Football Federation,Ali Kaffashian.

The Iranian national team, who are coached byCarlos Queiroz, will play against the United States in a tournament along with two other nations — one European and one from South America.

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini Ruled Out of Action For 7 Weeks Due to Wrist Injury

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Manchester United new signing Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of action for seven weeks after suffering a wrist injury.

Fellaini saw a specialist today after being ruled out of last Saturday's match against Sunderland due to the injury. According to ESPN, the Belgian signing from Everton damaged ligaments in his wrist, and will be out of action for up to seven weeks.

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Jose Mourinho is figuring it out, showing his tactical flexibility and his willingness to admit mistakes with his squad selection. Chelsea's side now looks more pragmatic yet able to play on the break. With a remarkable amount of depth and versatility, Mourinho has the luxury of rotating his side and allowing players to pop up in different areas of the pitch.

Sunderland Set to Announce Gus Poyet as Their New Manager Within Next 24 Hours: Daily Soccer Report

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Sunderland are set to announce Gus Poyet as their new manager within the next 24 hours, according to reports.

The Uruguayan is favored to replace former manager Paolo Di Canio. Poyet previously managed Brighton from 2009-2013, where he had a 44% win percentage and helped promote Brighton from League One to the Championship.

Oliver Stone Stars In World Cup Commercial With David Luiz, Kun Aguero & Radamel Falcao [VIDEO]

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A World Cup TV commercial featuring Oliver Stone, David Luiz, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao has been released to promote DirecTV Latin America's coverage of Brazil 2014.

The commercial features Oliver Stone sitting on the touchline in his director's chair, as if the game he's watching is a motion picture.

North/South (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Why always the divide? Geography seems to play so much of a part in football perception this season. Maybe that is why the perception of sides seems to swing so much in the media and public forum. So, who benefits from that?

Fulham finally get a win, but was it earn? Did Spurs deserve better despite their manager being out-thought by Clarke and his side?

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 8: Cristiano Ronaldo Late Show Rescues Lucky Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo struck a last-gasp winner for Real Madrid, Diego Costa hit another double for Atletico Madrid and there were comfortable wins for Barcelona and Villarreal as the top four in La Liga all won at the weekend.

Ronaldo's deflected shot four minutes into stoppage handed Real Madrid three points they scarcely deserved against a spirited Levante side that twice squandered the lead.

Redknapp Launches Attack On FA; Says Brendan Rodgers Was Lined Up As England Asst. Manager: Nightly Soccer Report

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who missed out on becoming manager of the England national team after The FA appointed Roy Hodgson, has launched a stinging attack on The FA.

Redknapp had a lot to say, and certainly didn't hold back. One of the most interesting insights is that he had lined up Brendan Rodgers, now Liverpool manager, to be his assistant ahead of Euro 2012.

Goal of the Weekend: Watch This Sensational Overhead Volley [VIDEO]

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This week's goal of the weekend entry is a sublime piece of skill. While a reader made a comment last week that he was getting tired of bicycle kick goals, this isn't one of those. There are several wonderful aspects to this goal, but the one that impresses me the most when I watch it over and over again is the sheer power of the shot.

Rafael van der Vaart Scores Incredible Scissor Kick Goal For Hamburg [VIDEO]

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Rafael van der Vaart scored an incredible scissor kick goal today for Hamburger SV against Nurnberg in the Bundesliga.

The former Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder scored the goal in Hamburg's 5-0 away win.

Here's the goal from a couple of different angles:

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Brazil to Return to South Florida After 10-Year Absence

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After a decade-long absence, Brazil returns to Miami. The Brazilian national team is scheduled to face Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on November 16th as part of their World Tour.

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) as well as promoters Kics International made the announcement on Saturday as there was talk of a stop in South Florida being in the works either in November or sometime in 2014 last September when they were up in Foxboro playing Portugal.

Michu Called Up to Spain National Team For World Cup Qualifying Games

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Swansea City's Michu has been called up to the Spain national team after David Villa pulled out of the squad due to an injury.

Michu, who can play either as a striker or attacking midfielder, will join up with the Spanish national team on Tuesday in preparation for his country's matches against Belarus and Georgia on October 11 and 15 respectively.

Glimpses Of Argentina and Japan Home Shirts for 2014 World Cup: Revealed [VIDEO]

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Argentina and Japan have both already qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.

While neither football federation has officially unveiled their new home shirts for next season, a photo and video have been leaked on the Internet that shows Leo Messi in a film shoot for an upcoming advertisement.

US Men’s National Team Squad Named For Games Against Jamaica and Panama

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The US Soccer Federation has named the US men's national team roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier matches against Jamaica and Panama.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

The US plays Jamaica on October 11 in Kansas City before playing its last match of the World Cup qualification process against Panama on October 15 in Panama City.

FA Want Adnan Januzaj to Play for England Says Manchester United Manager David Moyes: Nightly Soccer Report

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Adnan Januzaj, take a bow. The 18-year-old Belgium born left winger scored two goals Saturday on his Premier League debut, to rescue Manchester United from an embarrassing defeat at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland. But the big news tonight is that the English FA want Januzaj to play for England, according to David Moyes.

Is This Colombia’s Home Shirt For World Cup 2014? [PHOTO]

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Colombia are on the verge of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, but we already have a leaked photo of what may be the home shirt they plan on wearing.

Colombia's memorable yellow shirt will be designed by adidas, but the design of the new shirt is a departure for the international team. The shirt design features diagonal navy blue stripes across the shirt as well as a thicker band under the v-neck collar.

Norwich vs Chelsea & Southampton vs Swansea: Open Thread

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Today features four Premier League matches — the final matches before the international break.

Here's today's schedule for viewers in the United States:

Norwich vs Chelsea, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network
Southampton vs Swansea, 8:30am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Arsenal, 11am, NBC Sports Network
Tottenham vs West Ham, 11am,Premier League Extra Time
Match of the Day 2, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

In team news, Jose Mourinho has decided to start Juan Mata and Ba against Norwich.

beIN SPORT Offers Canada Free Online Access to Its Soccer Coverage

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beIN SPORT is now offering Canada free online access to its international sports coverage, which includes La Liga and Serie A.

The Miami-based international sports network has had exclusive rights to La Liga and Serie A in Canada since 2012, but has been unable to secure a deal to get its TV coverage on to Canadian TV providers.

adidas Release Limited Edition of White Copa Mundial Soccer Boots

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adidas have released a limited edition version of its Copa Mundial boot, which is in white and is reverse of the classic black and white boot from 1982.

According to adidas:

"Released in 1982, the Copa Mundial is the best-selling boot in football history and has been worn by some of the all-time greats including Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Zico & Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Football Special: Chris Hughton, Mesut Özil and Qatar 2022 [VIDEO]

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Malcolm Best is reluctantly joined by Norwich City manager Chris Hughton, as they discuss Mesut Özil's current form, plus the pair ponder the possible outcomes of this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Also, Greg Dyke makes some predictions of his own, Jose Mourinho confronts some home truths about his managing abilities, Ian Holloway is denied free speech at Crystal Palace and we look ahead to Qatar 2022.

We Are Witnessing the Final Stages of Liverpool’s Revival

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"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light." – John Milton, Paradise Lost

Don't go jumping to any conclusions. Liverpool Football Club still has work to do. However, the light is becoming clearer and stronger for the faithful supporters of the Anfield club.

It has been ages since Liverpool FC were under the leadership of chairman David Moores.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 7

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 7 of Premier League matches across the NBC Sports Group networks:

Saturday, October 5:

Man City vs Everton, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network, mun 2; Ian Crocker and Jim Beglin
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Network; Gary Weaver and Trevor Francis
Cardiff vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight and Dean Sturridge
Fulham vs Stoke, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker and Tony Gale
Hull vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell and Gary Birtles
Sunderland vs Man United, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network, mun 2; Arlo White and Lee Dixon

Sunday, October 6:

Norwich vs Chelsea, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network; Peter Drury and Clive Allen
Southampton vs Swansea, 8:30am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse and Efan Ekokou
West Brom vs Arsenal, 11am, NBC Sports Network; Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux
Tottenham vs West Ham, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones and Ray Houghton

Commentators for NBC's Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 7 is a post from World Soccer Talk.

beIN SPORT Acquires Rights to African World Cup Qualifiers Including Egypt vs Ghana: Nightly Soccer Report

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beIN SPORT has acquired the US media rights to the African World Cup qualifiers including the massive two-leg playoff between Egypt, managed by former US coach Bob Bradley, and Ghana.

Under Bradley, Egypt has been on an incredible run but now face a formidable side, Ghana. Having the matches shown live on English-speaking US television is a huge plus for soccer fans in the United States, many of whom will be cheering on Egypt to see if the remarkable story of a country overcoming riots and league shutdowns can make it all the way to Brazil 2014.

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United Preview: Premier League Gameweek 7

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Cardiff City Stadium: Saturday, October 5th, 10:00EST

As Round 7 of the Premier League approaches on Saturday, one of the more intriguing matchups will be outside of England in South Wales. Cardiff City host Newcastle United at the Cardiff City Stadium in what can only be described as a game between two teams searching for identity early in this Premier League season.

Manchester United’s Loss is Our Gain: Sir Alex’s Departure Has Delightfully Destabilized the Premier League

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It's now seven rounds into the new Premier League season, and with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from his longstanding position as manager, Manchester United are currently experiencing their worse start to a campaign since 1989.

United lost again last weekend, unexpectedly falling to West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Manchester City vs Everton: Open Thread

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Ladies and gents, get your English football fix this weekend because after Sunday, there's two weeks of no Premier League soccer due to the international break.

For viewers in the United States, today's TV schedule is as follows:

Man City vs Everton, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network, mun 2
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Network
Cardiff vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Stoke, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Man United, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network, mun 2
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Note:All matches shown on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Premier League Extra Time will also be shown live onNBC Sports Live Extra.

Kenny Dalglish Agrees to Join Liverpool’s Board of Directors

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Liverpool FC have added former manager and player Kenny Dalglish to its board of directors.

Dalglish was sacked as manager of the club in 2012 (doesn't it seem longer ago than that, 'eh?). But the Anfield club have extended an olive branch to Dalglish by inviting him to join the board, and Dalglish — it was announced today — has accepted the invitation.

Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

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Statistician wizardBen Mayhew has compiled a series of new graphics that cut through the hype, preconceived ideas and flood of data to get to the heart of what soccer clubs should care about, and what football supporters should know — which teams are the most effective attacking and defending in your favorite leagues including the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un.

Evaluating the Performance of Premier League Teams So Far This Season

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There's something special about the time just before the Premier League table begins to settle. Clubs that will eventually end up in the Championship next season can be near the top of the table, and for an instant, just an instant, their supporters can look on and revel. I fondly recall seasons when Wolves sat in Champions League spots.

An American Attending His First Premier League Match

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During the 2012/2013 season, I was studying abroad pursuing a Master's degree at Swansea University in South Wales. The University, located right on the coast about an hour drive from the Welsh capital of Cardiff, made their sporting facilities a joint training ground for the University teams and Swansea City's youth academy.

In Conversation With Gary Neville: A Revealing One-Hour Interview [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville's tactical analysis and observations on Monday Night Football are becoming so popular that soccer fans clamor for footage of his work on television even though the vast majority of the world don't have access to Sky Sports (unless you live in the United Kingdom).

I recently came across the following interview with Gary Neville that I hadn't seen before, and I thought it's worth sharing with you, the reader.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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It was difficult to pick out five fixtures for this weekend, as there are so many enticing encounters across the soccer landscape over the next couple of days. But in my eyes, here are the best five contests.

There's a bit of everything in there. A massive derby, title defining contests and financial juggernaut taking on unbeaten pretenders.

Support Your Favorite Team With Soccer Bracelets Featuring Your Club Colors

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As fans of The Beautiful Game, we all want to show off our team colors — whether it's wearing one of our club shirts, buying a scarf to wear around our neck, or finding another unique way to share our team pride.

Another novel way to show your support for your favorite soccer club is to wear a soccer bracelet.

The Early Season Roller Coaster Ride for Premier League Managers Continues

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The Barclay's Premier League season kicked off on Saturday August 17,2013. Each club has now played six matches and one manager has been fired (Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio). Even after just six matches, some Premier League managers have been riding one hell of a roller coaster ride. And you can bet there will be plenty more ups and downs over the course of the next thirty-two matches.

With Jermaine Jones Suspended, Schalke Has A Dilemma To Solve

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"We can compete for the title," were the words uttered by Schalke and USA midfielder Jermaine Jones back in the July heat of the Schalke training camp. Lofty words for a club that has not won a Bundesliga league title since 1958. But the atmosphere surrounding the club was one of optimism. Schalke came off a season where they defeated their arch rivals Borussia Dortmund twice, they managed to extend the contract of the second best German talent, Julian Draxler, something the hated rivals were not able to do with Mario Götze (the best German talent in case you were wondering) and they had also signed another great talent in Leon Goretzka who chose Schalke over Dortmund.

Philosophy Over New Money Sees Bayern Munich Rule Manchester City

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Crushed. Obliterated. Decimated. There were so many superlatives that came to mind as Sheikh Mansour's millions of petrodollars seemed to evaporate in front of his very eyes Wednesday night on the home field of Etihad Stadium.

On the pitch, his expensive assortment of foreign players crumbled right in front of the Manchester City supporters.

‘We’ll See What I Can Do’ – Zlatan In a Bind Over Dying Kid’s Wish: Nightly Soccer Report

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Despite yesterday's report that Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic boarded a plane after Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League win versus Benfica and headed to Sarajevoto grant a dying child's wish to meet him, the press officer for PSG says that the report is not true and that Ibrahimovic did not fly to Sarajevo.

Bacary Sagna Out for 3 Weeks as Arsenal Injury Problems Continue Ahead of West Brom Game: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for three weeks due to a hamstring injury, and will miss the match this weekend against West Bromwich Albion.

While Carl Jenkinson can slot in for Sagna, Wenger's other injury problems include Santi Cazorla — who Wenger says is not in contention to play against West Brom — and Yaya Sanogo, who should be back at full fitness after the international break.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: The Importance Of Balance On Your FPL Team

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Those of you familiar with the independent film of the early 80's may recall a documentary titled Koyaanisqatsi. It was a mesmerizing journey through the impact of man on the earth throughout our history, featuring some beautifulimages, while many of them were grim. The film title is derived from a phrase used by the Hopi tribe that means "life out of balance".

Tactics, Not Joe Hart, Are To Blame For Manchester City’s Woes

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A simple narrative blaming Joe Hart for Manchester City's problems has emerged. This one-dimensional analysis ignores the realities of the Blues new style and tactics under Manuel Pellegrini, a system that leaves City open to quick counter attacks by the opposition. While Hart has had more than his fair share of howlers early this season, the failure of the central midfield, which is often outnumbered in matches (with City playing a 4-2-2-2 versus the opposition's 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1), has led more directly to the problems Manchester City currently experience than any other factor.

Why Mathieu Flamini Could Be The Most Important Signing of the Premier League Season

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How many Arsenal supporters scratched their heads when Arsene Wenger announced the re-signing of former gunner Mathieu Flamini after his contract ran out at AC Milan? He wasn't the big name signing Arsenal fans so desperately wanted. He wasn't Lars Bender, Sami Khedira or Paul Pogba — names that had been thrown around in the media after the club announced a rather extravagant war chest Wenger was given to spend during the summer transfer window.

FOX Sports Ups Its Soccer Coverage After Years of Malaise

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American fans of the beautiful game have, by and large, lauded NBC's coverage of the Premier League. Many of those same fans were dissatisfied with how FOX Soccer and the other FOX Networks covered the Premier League prior to losing the rights to NBC Sports Group.

FOX treated the Premier League like a property that it could simply throw on air, broadcast with minimal effort or production and maintain an audience.

Europa League Gameweek 2 (Anzhi vs Spurs, Swansea vs St Gallen, Etc): Open Thread

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Twenty four matches are being played today across Europe in the second gameweek of the 2013/14 Europa League season. For fans of English football, Tottenham is playing away against Anzhi, while Swansea are at home against St Gallen. Wigan, on the other hand, are home against Maribor.

For viewers in the United States, all of games are being shown live onFOX Soccer 2Go, while some of the games are being shown on ESPN3.

Anzhi Makhachkala’s Rapid Demise From Russian Playboys to One of the Worst Streaks In Europe

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Two weeks ago, it was one of the few scoreless draws in this season'sEuropa League round of opening 24 games — a contest between Moldavian minnow Sheriff and AnzhiMakhachkala of Russia.

AnzhiMakhachkalawere the heavy favorite and appeared the likeliest to score a goal throughout the opening hour, but they were unable to break down the plucky side fromTiraspol.

FIFA Delay Decision to Confirm 2022 World Cup Switch; Forms Task Force: Daily Soccer Report

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FIFA executives must have been wondering how they could diffuse the negativity and tension regarding the decision whether to move the World Cup 2022 from summer to winter, as well as how to make the process of reaching a decision as fair as possible while giving the different countries a "voice."

So FIFA, in their "infinite wisdom," have decided to form a task force that will be focused on analyzing whether to move the Qatar tournament from the summer to winter.

Watch the Sir Alex Ferguson Interview On The Charlie Rose Show [VIDEO]

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The Charlie Rose Show have released their interview with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

In the interview, Ferguson dismisses any return to football management, backs David Moyes and shines light on his relationship with Wayne Rooney, and more.

For the transcript of the interview, read here.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores 2 Goals & Then Boards Flight to Grant a Dying Child’s Wish to Meet Him: Nightly Soccer Report

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a star both on and off the pitch. Tonight in the UEFA Champions League against Benfica, the Swedish striker scored two goals for Paris Saint-Germain. Then immediately after the match, the former Barcelona player boarded a flight to Sarajevo to grant a dying child's wish to meet him.

Moyes At Man United, Grass vs Turf and Qatar World Cup 2022 (This Week In Soccer)

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In the seventh episode ofThis Week In Soccer,the panel discuss three important topics: (1) What's a reasonable expectation for David Moyes's first season at United?, (2) To what extent is soccer just SUPPOSED to be played on grass? and (3) Should FIFA members begin speaking out against Qatar worker slavery now?

UEFA Champions League Match Highlights: Man City vs Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man Utd & Other Matches [VIDEO]

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Gameweek 2 of the UEFA Champions League match wrapped up today. If you missed any of the action or you want to see the goals again, watch the video highlights below. Note that the videos are only playable by readers in the US due to rights restrictions.

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich


Video: Manchester City v Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United


Video: Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

Leverkusen vs Real Sociedad


Video: Bayer Leverkusen v Real Sociedad UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

Juventus vs Galatasaray


Video: Juventus v Galatasaray UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

Real Madrid vs Copenhagen


Video: Real Madrid v FC Copenhagen UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

PSG vs Benfica


Video: PSG v Benfica UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

Anderlecht vs Olympiakos


Video: Anderlecht v Olympiakos UEFA Champions League Highlights 10/02/13

UEFA Champions League Match Highlights: Man City vs Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man Utd & Other Matches [VIDEO] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

The FA Announces England National Team Squad for Games Against Montenegro and Poland

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The FA has announced Roy Hodgson's England squad for the important World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. The Three Lions need to win both matches to guarantee qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers
Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

Defenders
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker

Midfielders
Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards
Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck

The FA Announces England National Team Squad for Games Against Montenegro and Poland is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Everton Reveal New Club Crest As Chosen By The Club Supporters

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Everton have unveiled their new club crest, which will be used from the 2014-15 season onwards. The new crest (design A) was selected by the Everton supporters as the new crest to replace the current one (which is being used for the 2013-14 season only).

Design A won 78% of the votes from the Everton supporters.

Transcript of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Interview On the Charlie Rose Show

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Sir Alex Ferguson was interviewed by Charlie Rose on Tuesday night on PBS. The famous American interviewer sat down with Ferguson for a candid, one-hour one-on-one interview.

While there are no plans by PBS to re-air the interview anytime soon, here's the transcript of the interview in case you missed the show:

Thanks a million to Tom Clare ofRed Newsfor the transcript.

Arsenal’s Sensational Early Season Form Stems From A Summer Of Overdue Stability

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It has been a remarkable start to the season for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side. Last night's win against Napoli was just the latest in a campaign that seems to be churning victories out on a metronomic basis. Positivity has gripped the Emirates and those who bellowed for Wenger's head in the aftermath of the opening day defeat to Aston Villa may feel a tad foolish now.

José Mourinho is Not the Same Manager He Was in His Last Spell at Chelsea

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On June 2, 2004, Chelsea unveiled José Mourinho to the English Press. In his first press conference, Mourinho was sharp in wit and lavish in self-praise. He was unapologetic in his confidence over his ability and what he expected for the club he was joining. It was here he provided his most infamous sound bite: "Please don't call me arrogant.

UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Wednesday: Open Thread

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The challenge with UEFA Champions League matches, particularly today, is that there are so many great matches being played simultaneously that it's impossible to watch each match attentively. But as they say on the Internet, that's a first world problem.

For viewers in the United States, here are the TV and Internet times for today's matches (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 2:

CKSA Moscow vs Plzen, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Copenhagen, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
PSG vs Benfica, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Anderlecht vs Olympiakos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Manchester City:Hart, Richards, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Aguero, Dzek

Bayern Munich:Neuer Dante, Ribéry, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Kroos

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Shakhtar Donetsk:Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitsky, Shevchuk; Hubschmann, Fernando, Taison, Teixeira, Douglas; Adriano

Manchester United:De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley, Welbeck; van Persie.

With Momentum On Their Side, It’s Time to Start Taking Arsenal More Seriously

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It's been relatively easy for many to discount Arsenal's excellent start to their Premier League campaign. After all, they lost their first game, the table they currently sit atop is still somewhat topsy-turvy, and consider the relative quality of their opposition thus far. Yet with Tuesday's authoritative 2-0 win over Napoli in Champions League group play, the Gunners are making the case that they may indeed be the real deal.

Andre Villas-Boas Slams FA’s Fernando Torres Decision As A Joke And Disgrace

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has slammed The FA's decision not to ban Fernando Torres after the incident that happened in the London derby on Saturday where the Spaniard clawed Jan Vertonghen's face.

At his press conference today, Villas-Boas said:

"It's extremely difficult to know where to start.

Manchester United Face A Defining Moment Against Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester United will be walking into a cauldron of noise when they enter Donbass Arena for their UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk today. Donetsk has never lost at home to an English team in the Champions League and their manager, Mircea Lucescu, has already started the mind games with Manchester United.

Why Purists and Football Romantics Should Hope for a Bayern Munich Win Against Manchester City

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Bayern Munich and Manchester City are two clubs that could hardly be more distinct from one another. Bayern's rise as a European giant with a tradition steeped in history after generations of hard work, success and self ownership that led to the identity they possess today is a sharp contrast in comparison to the drastic and artificially-induced rise of nouveau riche Manchester City.

David Peace Interview, Author of ‘Red Or Dead’ (Voices Of Soccer)

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David Peace is our guest on this week's episode of Voices Of Soccer. The author discusses his latest book, "Red Or Dead," which details Bill Shankly's period as manager of Liverpool football club from his appointment in 1959 to his unexpected resignation in 1974.

Host Kartik Krishnaiyer discusses several fascinating topics with Peace including the symmetry between Bill Shankly and the subject of Peace's previous book (Damned United)— Brian Clough.

Newell’s Old Boys Poised to Emulate One of Their Greatest Eras

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With the middle of the Argentine Inicialupon us, Newell's Old Boys are showing that a system is more important than the sum of all parts. More importantly, when those parts are functioning well within a system, things can change and they will remain the same.

In soccer, we always talk about how one person is not greater than an institution.

Derby Came Back From 4-1 Down at Half Time to Draw 4-4 After Steve McClaren’s Halftime Team Talk: Nightly Soccer Report

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All hail Steve McClaren. The former England manager in his first day on the job as manager of Derby County delivered such an inspirational halftime team talk that his side, who were losing 4-1 at the half against Ipswich, stormed back in the second half to tie the match 4-4.

McClaren was in the stands at the match to watch the game, but he got involved at half time when he saw his team losing 4-1.

Matt and Morgan Review FIFA 14 (Press A To Shoot)

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It's back! Though we're not entirely sure how, Press A To Shoot is back with a scintillating review of FIFA 14. Morgan and Matt discuss the pros and cons of the new FIFA including Manager Mode, the various online modes as well as expanding on their thoughts from Episode One on the game play. Plus Morgan goes on a rant in the section titled "Don't Be That Guy".

Ferguson Reveals That Abramovich Asked Him to be Chelsea Manager When He Bought The Club: Daily Soccer Report

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Roman Abramovich asked him to be Chelsea manager when he bought the club in 2003.

In the interview with Charlie Rose, which was shown on PBS last night, Ferguson said:

"They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said: 'No chance.

Arsenal Has the Perfect Mix of Youth, Experience and Creativity to Achieve Success

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With Arsenal off to their best start in the Premier League in five years coupled with strong performances thus far in the UEFA Champions League, there is definitely a different vibe around the Emirates so far this season. There is cause for long-term optimism as the quality has improved throughout all phases of Arsenal's game.

Why Shinji Kagawa Struggles To Find His Place With Manchester United

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When Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United in 2012 from Borussia Dortmund, many United supporters were ecstatic upon hearing the news. Kagawa was instrumental in Dortmunds's back-to-back Bundesliga titles and was the creative force behind their electrifying play. The attacking midfielder scored 21 goals in 49 appearances for Die Schwarzgelben as well as scoring a goal and providing an assist in Dortmund's 5-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final, which secured the double for them.

The Differences Between Zonal Marking, Man Marking and Mixed Zonal Marking

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In England, it's not uncommon to hear the saying that "Zonal marking is not defending." But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It's not that man marking is the be all and end all of defending. It's the system that leaks goals.

Basel-Schalke Champions League Match Interrupted By Greenpeace Protesters [PHOTOS]

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Greenpeace activists disrupted the UEFA Champions League match between FC Basel and Schalke today to protest against Schalke's main sponsor Gazprom.

The match was temporarily stopped while the activists were removed from the stadium, but was restarted after order was restored.

The protest is focused on trying to stop Russian energy company Gazprom from polluting the Arctic, as well as the campaign by Greenpeace to free the 30 protesters who were put behind bars for a peaceful protest against dangerous oil drilling.

UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Tuesday: Open Thread

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Gameweek 2 of the UEFA Champions League returns today as clubs look to build on the results from the first gameweek.

The schedule for today's games is:

Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Napoli, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Milan, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net andFOX Soccer 2Go
Celtic vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Schalke, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Marseille, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

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Starting line-ups:

Celtic:Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons; Stokes

Barcelona:Valdés, Alves, Bartra, Piqué, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Cesc and Pedro

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Steaua Bucharest:TBD

Chelsea:Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Schurrle; Torres

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Arsenal:Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Giroud

Napoli:Reina; Mesto, Albiol, Britos, Zuniga; Inler, Behrami; Callejón, Hamsik, Distinguished; Pandev

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Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

Write For World Soccer Talk; Seeking New Writers Who Are Passionate About the Beautiful Game

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World Soccer Talk is currently looking for new writers. If you're interested in writing about your favorite passion, and getting your articles in front of an audience of 1 million visitors per month, visit our get published page to learn more.

Since rebranding the website in June from EPL Talk to World Soccer Talk, we've expanded the number of leagues and topics that we cover.

Where to Find the UEFA Champions League Games On US TV and Internet This Week

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If you live in the United States and you want to catch the action from the UEFA Champions League, here's the TV and Internet schedule for today and tomorrow:

All times Eastern.

Tuesday, October 1:

Zenit vs Austria Vienna, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Napoli, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Milan, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net andFOX Soccer 2Go
Celtic vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Schalke, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Marseille, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

Wednesday, October 2:

CKSA Moscow vs Plzen, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Copenhagen, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
PSG vs Benfica, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Anderlecht vs Olympiakos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Where to Find the UEFA Champions League Games On US TV and Internet This Week is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Why A Soccer Manager Has The Toughest Job in the World of Sports

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On April 222012, Josep "Pep" Guardiola announced to the world that he would be stepping down as manager of FC Barcelona. That declaration was made by a forty-one year old man who had guided his club to thirteen titles in four years (two of those titles were UEFA Champions League trophies).

Guardiola wasn't leaving Barcelona for another club.

Sky Sports Monday Night Football is the Benchmark for Television Sports Coverage

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Most fans of English football in the United States have no clue what they are missing. Unless, that is, they are using alternative means to watch soccer matches broadcast on Sky Sports.

Sky Sports coverage is universally applauded for shows such as: Soccer Saturday, The Footballers Football Show, Sunday Supplement, and Goals on Sunday (I would like to add Soccer AM to this list, but I'm not sure how many people understand the comic genius of "The Hairy Strikers" and "Away Days").

José Mourinho Walks Out of Press Conference Over De Bruyne Omission [VIDEO]: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here's the video of Jose Mourinho walking out of his Chelsea press conference today after getting upset by the questioning of the media regarding Kevin De Bruyne and why the player has been demoted to the u21 squad.

Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • José Mourinho walks out of press conference over De Bruyne omission— The Guardian
  • Manchester United's David Moyes to be backed by Glazer cash in January — The Guardian
  • Gareth Barry becomes tenth member of 500 club — Premier League
  • Sunderland extend Kevin Ball's interim coach term after Di Canio exit — The Guardian
  • Match of the Day still sets the tone for TV coverage, says Gary Lineker — The Guardian
  • Gary Lineker defies Match of the Day critics with a striker's fervour — The Guardian
  • Napoli next for Arsenal as Arsène Wenger contemplates gap on his CV — The Guardian

Football League

  • Steve McClaren named as Derby County head coach — BBC Sport
  • Key Nottingham Forest figure Jim Price may not pass fit and proper test — The Guardian

La Liga

  • Marketing gone mad: Breaking down Gareth Bale's value — The Printsome

International soccer

  • Fifa head of ethics to gather World Cup 2018 and 2022 bid evidence — The Guardian

Turkish Super Lig

  • Roberto Mancini appointed Galatasaray manager on three-year contract — The Guardian

MLS

  • David Beckham to own new MLS franchise in Miami — The Mail

The Nightly Soccer Report is tomorrow's news today.

La Liga Roundup. Gameweek 7: Atletico Derby Win Widens The Gap

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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both maintained unblemished La Liga records after seven rounds of matches. Atleti took the spoils in the Madrid derby and, together with Barca, who defeated Almeria, extended their lead over Real Madrid to five points.

Rafa Benítez Hails Arsène Wenger as the Best Manager in England: Daily Soccer Report

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has hailed Arsene Wenger as the best manager in England. Both Napoli and Arsenal face each other later today in the UEFA Champions League, but while the praise for Wenger is worthy, you have to wonder how much of a dig that is for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Benitez and Mourinho have had a long rivalry, and the words by Benitez have got to sting Mourinho, who has had a rocky start to his return to Chelsea as manager — especially after Mourinho is the one who has replaced Benitez as Chelsea boss.

First Person Account of Everton Giving Newcastle The Monday Blues: The Heart Of English Football

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Editor's note: Today marks the first column of a new weekly series by Matt Jones entitled 'The Heart Of English Football' that gives you insight into what it's like to be a supporter who lives in England — capturing the experience, rituals and everything we don't get to see or feel via the television set.