EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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After last weekend's thrilling games featuring Everton-Liverpool, Cardiff-Manchester United and Manchester City-Tottenham, we can only hope that today's fixtures will be half as good!

Today's matches that will be shown live on US television and Internet are (Eastern Time):

Cardiff vs Arsenal, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Aston Villa vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Stoke, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Crystal Palace, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Fulham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Newcastle vs West Brom, 12:30pm, NBC

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

The Special One Faces Off Against The Silent One When Chelsea Meets Southampton

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Mauricio Pochettino once referred to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as "the best of the best". Prior to this weekend's encounter at Stamford Bridge, the Southampton boss was asked to expound on his thoughts regarding ‘The Special One'. Pochettino rarely speaks English during interviews and press conferences; the majority of his statements are made through an interpreter: "I think he's one of the best managers in football history.

Super Sunday Preview: Tottenham versus Manchester United

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Only a single point separates Tottenham and Manchester United heading into their clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Both clubs are in the mix of Top Four competitors along with seven other teams. Spurs are currently in ninth place in the league but they are only four points out of second place in what has turned out to be the most wide-open Premier League race in years.

World Soccer Talk Celebrates 8 Years Of Soccer Coverage

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This month, World Soccer Talk marks 8 years of continuous soccer coverage. We launched World Soccer Talk (then known as EPL Talk) in November, 2005. So much has changed since then in the world of soccer, including the popularity of the sport in the country where we live — the United States of America.

Micah Richards, John Guidetti and the Death of Manchester City Holism

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When Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini after defeat in the 2013 FA Cup Final, the club spoke of instituting a "holistic" approach to management. On Mancini's watch no former Elite Development Squad (EDS) player had been integrated into the first team at the Etihad Stadium. Despite the promise of many including John Guidetti, Denis Suarez, Abdul Razak and Karim Rekik, none had seen the pitch regularly.

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

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As we head towards the Christmas months, the soccer comes thick and fast. Whether teams are embarking on a convoluted set of festive fixtures or they're looking to continue momentum up until the cusp of the winter break, getting December off to a good start is imperative.

This weekend will have to go some to top last weekend's stellar selection, with our five choices producing a remarkable 19 goals (Yes, yes.

How to Book Your Dream Vacation to World Cup 2014 In Brazil

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The anticipation and excitement is already building for FIFA World Cup 2014. And with the destination being Brazil, it's a golden opportunity to go see the ultimate soccer tournament that's practically on your doorstep.

If you are serious about traveling to Brazil next summer to support your country's soccer team, or you want to just take in a variety of World Cup matches, now is the time to make your dreams come true — before the draw.

UEFA Europa League, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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While a lot of Americans will be watching the ball games on Thanksgiving Day today, there are plenty of soccer matches to choose from with a full schedule of Europa League games.

Here's the TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States:

Rubin Kazan vs Maribor, Noon, ESPN3.com
Tromso vs Tottenham Hotspur, 1pm, FOX Sports 1, ESPN3.

Manchester City Defensive Woes Continue

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Manchester City's defensive record was the best in the Premier League each of the past three seasons. Under former Manager Roberto Mancini, the club may not have played the most attractive style of football but tactical shape and defensive organization were considered the keys to success. However this season under new Manager Manuel Pellegrini and without Captain Vincent Kompany for almost the entire campaign, the Blues are struggling at the back, conceding seemingly countless opportunities to the opposition.

Happy Thanksgiving Day From World Soccer Talk

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On behalf of the team at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

We here at the World Soccer Talk HQ have a lot to be thankful for. First and most importantly, we want to thank you — the reader — for your continued support and loyalty. The past 12 months has been our most successful ever in our 8-year history.

Newcastle United Could Challenge for Honours This Season

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Newcastle United was in "crisis" we were told before the season began. That "crisis" intensified after a 4-0 opening weekend drubbing at Manchester City. As time goes on I realize it is critical not to make snap judgments about teams. This season's Magpies squad fits squarely into that category.

Alan Pardew's position was undermined before the season by Mike Ashley's ill-advised hiring of the comical and inept Joe Kinnear as Director of Football.

Arturo Vidal: Hat Trick Hero Seeks Juve Stay

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Entering Tuesday, Juventus Champions League campaign hanging by a thread, Arturo Vidal came through with his first career hat trick in a 3-1 win over FC København. With the victory Juve jumped from 4th to 2nd in the competitive Champions League group.

The Chilean International is considered one of the hottest possible commodities in European Football but he has pronounced his desire to stay in Turin.

Happy Chanukah From World Soccer Talk

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We'd like to wish our Jewish readers and friends a Happy Chanukah on behalf of the entire World Soccer Talk crew.

With the start of Chanukah and the Festival of Lights, the timing of the holiday runs into Thanksgiving Day this year. I wouldn't be too surprised if many families celebrating Chanukah will enjoy their turkey along with latkes and other Jewish dishes.

Press ‘A’ To Shoot: Ep.5 – Football Manager

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The Boys are back in town with special guest Kris Heneage in tow. This weeks episode takes a look at the ongoing Football Manager careers that everyone is playing. Kris is just starting his Russian adventure, while Morgan is pulling double duty managing both Senior and Junior Chelsea teams. Also, has Matt made it through a full season at Sunderland?

Manchester United’s Unbeaten Streak Faces Its Sternest Test Against Bayer Leverkusen

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It is safe to say that David Moyes assumed the toughest job in the world of football when he was handpicked to be Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United. The Scottish-born manager inherited a club rich in history, has become a global brand, and had just come off from winning its twentieth English title.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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After yesterday's exciting Champions League matches, we have another eight games in store today as clubs look to book their place in the next round of the tournament.

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

CSKA Moscow vs Bayern Munich, Noon, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bayer Leverkusen vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Plzen, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Copenhagen, 2:45pm, FSNandFOX Soccer 2Go
Paris Saint-Germain vs Olympiacos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Anderlecht vs Benfica, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

Wes Brown Red Card Rescinded

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The controversial red card issued to Wes Brown in Sunderland's 2-0 loss to Stoke City has been rescinded by an FA Panel.

Black Cats Manager Gus Poyet said the following regarding the decision:

"Of course it was hugely frustrating to have Wes sent off but we accept that officials are only human and, like everyone, they can make mistakes.

The Merseyside Derby Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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The Merseyside Derby is a unique fixture. Granted, the ‘friendly derby' tag is a little tired and not wholly accurate in the modern game. But supporters of Everton and Liverpool are a lot more accommodating and accepting of each other than a host of English football's other city rivals.

Resultantly, the build-up to the game is rather full-on.

Could Beckham’s Miami Experiment Kill Local Pro Soccer?

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers just completed a season where the club set an average attendance record for a local lower-division professional club, breaking a mark that was set a quarter-century ago in during the 1988 APSL season. The continued discussion of David Beckham's potential Miami MLS team has raised concerns about the long-term viability of pro soccer among some fans.

UEFA Champions League Tuesday, Matchday 5: Open Thread

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UEFA Champions League action returns today with eight matches being played across the European continent.

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

Zenit St Petersburg vs Atletico Madrid, Noon, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Marseille, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Celtic vs AC Milan, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FSNandFOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Napoli, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Austria Vienna, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Steaua Bucharest vs Schalke, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.

Fernandinho Turning Into Manchester City Stalwart

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This summer Manchester City took what many, including myself thought was a huge risk in buying Fernandinho who had played the last eight seasons in Ukraine for £30 million. The signing was not only City's most expensive of the summer but the third most expensive in club history. This for a player who at 28 has only four caps for his national team and who has never played in a top European league.

Can Emmanuel Adebayor and a Formation Change Reignite Spurs Attack?

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Spurs have scored only six open play goals in twelve Premier League matches and while the side has feasted on European opposition in the Europa League something is badly wrong domestically.

Andre Villas-Boas spoke after Sunday's humiliating defeat against Manchester City about possibly moving to a 4-4-2 formation to suit Emmanuel Adebayor.

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa, Premier League Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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The Midlands derby kicks off today with West Bromwich Albion playing Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.

Both clubs sit in relative safety right now near the middle of the table. If this derby can be even half as good as Everton-Liverpool from Saturday, then we're in for a cracking game today.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30pm ET, with the kick-off at 3pm ET.

UEFA Champions League and Europa League TV Schedule This Week For Soccer Fans In United States

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After a marathon of exciting matches from this past weekend, there's no rest for soccer fans as we have a ton of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches in store this week.

Programming note: U.S. Men's National Team and LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan joins FOX Sports' lead soccer studio team – Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride – as a guest analyst for Match Day 5 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stephen Ross Cools On Owning Piece of Beckham Miami MLS Team, Says Sources: Monday Soccer Insider

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I am hearing from multiple sources that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has cooled on owning a piece of MLS team in Miami. This may explain why most media reports indicate David Beckham has moved beyond Ross' Dolphins Stadium complex for a temporary home.

Crystal Palace’s Decision to Acquire Tony Pulis As Manager is a Wise One

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Tony Pulis has made a deserved return to Premier League football with Crystal Palace. Critics of the Welsh Manager are seemingly found at every corner in the British press. Yet his accomplishments with Stoke City, his previous Premier League job, have gone wildly under-appreciated. It seems when he was ousted this past summer from Stoke, champagne corks were exploding across Fleet Street.

A few feet (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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How much difference can a few feet really make to a performance? Apparently, about 6 difference...so let's talk about City and their great run of home games where things have gone very well. Tactical or a size issue? AVB was shamed either way:

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Wayne Rooney Lashes Out at Martin Tyler and Graeme Souness

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney took to twitter to lash out at Martin Tyler and Graeme Souness regarding commentary made during the Red Devils 2-2 draw at Cardiff City on Sunday. Rooney even referred to the former Liverpool legend Souness as "Sourness."

Just watched game back.

Celtic Park Is Set To Rock For One More European Night

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Celtic are facing a win-or-go-home scenario when they host AC Milan in Tuesday evening's Champions League group stage match. A win could see Celtic catapulted into second place; a loss would effectively eliminate the Hoops from this season's European competition.

For those who haven't seen a Champions League match from Celtic Park, you may only have one more chance to do it this season.

Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake, 2nd Leg Preview: One Step Away From the MLS Cup

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Tonight features the second leg of Western Conference Championship between Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. For viewers in the United States, the live broadcast begins at 9pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

What It Means For Portland, 2-1-0 #1 Seed in the Western Conference

The Portland Timbers' 2013 has been one of the most remarkable seasons in MLS history, as the Timbers climbed from the Western Conference cellar to the top of the league with panache, heart, and guts.

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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On the first Sunday of Premier League action after the end of the international break, there are two mouthwatering matches in store.

The first between Manchester City and Tottenham is a match that City desperately needs to win, or at least get a draw, if they're serious about the Premier League title ambitions.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, Eastern Conference Championship 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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After a scoreless first match, this MLS Conference Final is delicately poised ahead of the return leg in Kansas. The first game was uninspiring to say the least, with neither of these emerging rivals able to impose themselves within a frantic atmosphere.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Sporting Kansas City versus Houston Dynamo is being shown exclusively on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and NBC Sports Live Extra beginning at 7:30pm ET

In truth, both sides looked a little jaded having to dealt with some pretty packed schedules.

David Beckham Plans to Build 75,000 Seater Stadium in Miami For His MLS Team

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According to a report coming out of England tonight, David Beckham has decided that his Miami MLS team will temporarily play at Sun Life Stadium before moving to a brand-new 75,000 seater stadium that will be built with money from David Beckham and his investors.

If true, it's a logical move by Beckham.

Hooligan Walks on to Pitch and Punches Leyton Orient Goalkeeper During Match [VIDEO]

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A teenage hooligan walked on to the pitch and swung punches at Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones today in the match against Swindon.

The 16-year-old hooligan was removed from the pitch by stewards, and was arrested by police.

Orient manager Russell Slade said:

"That was the worst scene I've seen as a manager.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 12

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 12 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, November 23:

Everton vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network, mun 2; Steve Banyard and Jim Beglin
Arsenal vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Network; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Fulham vs Swansea, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Tony Gale
Hull vs Crystal Palace, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Dean Sturridge
Stoke vs Sunderland, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Barry Horne
West Ham vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBC, mun 2; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Sunday, November 24:

Man City vs Tottenham, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network; Peter Drury & Clive Allen
Cardiff vs Man United, 11am, NBC Sports Network, mun 2; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Monday, November 25:

West Brom vs Aston Villa, 3pm, NBC Sports Network; Martin Tyler & Paul Walsh

Bookmark thePremier League TV scheduleguide for upcoming TV and Internet times.

Everton vs Liverpool, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

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All around the globe, people are waking up with a bigger smile on their faces today knowing that the Premier League is back in action after a two week break. Fans are so thankful that one World Soccer Talk reader, Mufc77, even said "I'm so looking forward to the league getting started again I might just get out of bed early for the Scouse Darby.

Crystal Palace Appoint Tony Pulis As Manager

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Crystal Palace have appointed Tony Pulis as the club's new manager.

Pulis has signed a 2.5 year contract. He'll be in the crowd for their away match against Hull City, but he won't be managing the side today. That'll be the responsibility of caretaker boss Keith Millen.

If a report in a British tabloid is believed to be true, Pulis will receive a £1million survival bonus incentive if he manages to prevent Crystal Palace from being relegated this season.

Why the Next 2 Weeks Will Determine If Southampton Are Ready For a Top Four Challenge

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Southampton is currently third in the Premier League table and have already taken points from English giants Liverpool and Manchester United. Their early season success raises the question: "When are people going to accept Southampton as a serious Top Four threat?"

The rebirth of Southampton has been one of the better Premier League stories this season.

Everton vs Liverpool Preview: Roberto Martinez Must Set A Positive Precedent In Maiden Merseyside Derby

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As far as first impressions go, Roberto Martinez has made a pretty decent one at Everton. He is a amicable, studious and progressive manager. And these are all traits which have shone through in his early days at Goodison Park.

His side have been superb in stints; scything through teams with vibrant, passing football.

Forbes List Justifies High MLS Franchise Fees and Path of Lower Division Clubs to MLS

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Forbes Magazine's valuation of MLS teams justifies the large price tag Orlando City and Manchester City/New York Yankees have paid for admission to what is rapidly becoming one of the world's most exclusive footballing leagues from an ownership perspective.

The recent surge in values of MLS clubs is good news for the long-term health of the sport in North America and gives the league a potential position of strength in what are sure to be difficult negotiations regarding the next TV deal(s).

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

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With the World Cup roster settled, at long, long last we can look forward to extended spell of domestic soccer. Bliss indeed!

And as some leagues start to simmer and take shape, others are drawing to a dramatic conclusion. The result is that we have a host of different fixtures to look forward to across the globe this weekend, each with their own backstory and varying connotations.

TV Times For FIFA World Cup 2014 For Soccer Fans in the United States

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Now that the excitement is building for World Cup 2014, we've compiled a list of TV times when matches will kick off on Eastern Time in the United States.

World Cup 2014 is going to be the most ideal World Cup tournament in terms of kick-off times since 1994 when the tournament was hosted on US soil.

Sir Alex Ferguson and JFK: Honoring the Memory of John F. Kennedy, 50 Years After His Death

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Fifty years ago today in Dallas, United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. While today the US media is in a frenzy about the tragic day, those who have recently read Sir Alex Ferguson's recently released autobiography have learned that the study of JFK is one of Ferguson's passions outside football.

FA Urges Premier League Clubs Not to Play Friendlies After Season Ends in May: Nightly Soccer Report

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The English Football Association has called on Premier League clubs to give England a boost in the World Cup next summer by not sending Premier League teams on post-season tours in May, like many of the top Premier League clubs did last summer.

The 2013-14 Premier League season ends on May 11, and Hodgson has an England training camp scheduled for May 19-25 before England play a friendly at Wembley on May 28.

Interview With Declan Hill, Author of ‘The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing in Football’ (Voices Of Soccer)

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In the latest episode of our weekly interview series, we interview journalist and author Declan Hill, author of the critically-acclaimed book The Fix. Hill has just released a brand new book entitle The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football, which is available via Amazon.

During the interview, a range of topics are discussed including how to stop match fixing, how prevalent match fixing is, why some leagues have more match fixing than others, and more.

Bayern Munich to Play In 2014 MLS All-Star Game, Says Report

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Bayern Munich will play in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, according to a press report in Germany.

The match between Bayern Munich and the MLS All-Star Team will be played in Portland. A date hasn't been set for the game yet, but while the match is typically played in late July, this year's All-Star Game is more likely to be played in mid-August due to the World Cup finishing on July 13.

Newcastle United the Latest Club to Be Linked With A Clint Dempsey Loan: Daily Soccer Report

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Clint Dempsey can add Newcastle United to the list of clubs who are reportedly interested in signing the US international on a loan deal. Other clubs rumored to be interested include Everton, Aston Villa, and Fulham. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have the first right of refusal before any of the other clubs can sign the player.

Uruguay’s Ghost Of 1950 Returns To Haunt Brazil In New Puma World Cup Campaign [VIDEO]

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As soon as the final whistle blew Wednesday nightin Montevideo, Puma launched one of their most ambitious marketing campaigns of the last few years. The German sportswear company had the perfect client to be able to mix history and football with in the Uruguayan national team as many were going to be feeling ghosts of the past emerge when La Celeste became team number 32 in the World Cup.

How Chelsea’s Loanees Are Doing At Vitesse Arnhem

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Plenty of teams loan out players so that they can gain first team experience. This is often a way for younger players to develop when they have that certain something, but aren't quite at the level required to make first team appearances. While most teams will loan out their players to a host of different clubs, in recent years Chelsea has been using Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem as a farm system for a good amount of their loanees.

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play: One Rule For France, And Another For Everyone Else

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Clubs across Europe are trying to get their house in order to ensure compliance with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations are adhered to. But there appears less concern in Paris and Monte Carlo than in most other cities over the continent. The continued lavish spending of the Ligue Un clubs appear on the face of it to suggest an imminent suspension for PSG and Monaco in next seasons European competition.

Best Attacking Players in the Premier League So Far This Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

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More than 25% through the Premier League season, it's interesting to observe who are the best performing attacking players in the division thus far this season.

Not surprisingly, the SAS team (Suarez and Sturridge) are lighting up the charts (as well as hitting the woodwork more often). But the Liverpool strikeforce have plenty of competition from the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Julio Cesar Would Be An Ideal Fit to Give Joe Hart Competition at Manchester City

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Joe Hart's heroics at Wembley on Tuesday against Germany intensified the debate currently grappling Manchester City supporters. Should the Manchester City net-minder be replaced permanently by a long-term transfer target or should he be temporarily replaced to simply get through 2013-14? Media reports have raised the possibility of Julio Cesar, a top keeper who has been dropped completely by QPR, joining Manchester City on short-term deal.

Gerard Deulofeu Can Give Everton Merseyside Derby X-Factor

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For so many years, Everton supporters have learned to fear the name ‘Gerrard' in the build up to the Merseyside derby. But on the brink of the 221st meeting between the two sides, there is a name that might strike up a little more excitement for those of a blue persuasion.

Gerard Deulofeu's summer arrival on Merseyside from Barcelona was accompanied by a host of anticipation and excitement.

Manchester United Will Continue To Build On Their Momentum Against Cardiff On Sunday

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Manchester United travel to South Wales to take on Cardiff City on Sunday. The Red Devils are coming off their biggest win of the year over Arsenal and have rejoined the pack of teams who are challenging for this season's Premier League title.

For United, the match against Cardiff City is one where football managers find the most difficult to prepare their team for: the game following a big win and against a team they "should" beat.

Newcastle United Veto St James’ Park ‘Fun Slide’: Daily Soccer Report

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Newcastle United have vetoed the idea of building adult slides at their St James' Park Stadium, which would have sped up the exit from the ground to the parking lot and surrounding areas.

The company who was planning on building the fun slides at Newcastle's stadium had submitted plans to the council's planning committee earlier this year, but Newcastle United have changed their mind and have decided not to pursue the opportunity.

Why LeBron James’ Interest In David Beckham’s Miami MLS Team is a Smart Move

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Last week I stated for Beckham's Miami MLS dream to work he must cater to a largely Hispanic audience. But the potential addition of LeBron James to the ownership group changes this equation substantially.

James has mainstream credibility among an American sporting audience, English language dominant sports journalists and mainstream media in the country.

Uruguay World Cup Home and Away Shirts For 2014 From Puma: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Congratulations to Uruguay for qualifying for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Photos of Uruguay's World Cup home and away shirts have been leaked on the Internet. The South American side will wear their familiar blue and white shirts. Both the home and away shirts have a unique design at the bottom of the cuffs, incorporating part of the Uruguayan flag emblem.

Orlando City Interested In Signing Kaka As Designated Player, Says Report

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For months, discussion has floated around Florida soccer circles that when Orlando City moves to MLS, Kaka will be their first Designated Player signing. With the official news of OCSC's admission to MLS beginning in 2015, the discussion of Kaka moving to Orlando City SC has intensified according to BBC Sport.

After Egypt Decides Not to Renew Bob Bradley’s Contract, Bradley’s Next Job May Be In Norway

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Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided not to renew Bob Bradley's contract as coach of the national team after the nation exited in the World Cup playoffs stage due to their aggregate defeat to Ghana.

EFA Chairman Gamal Allam said:

"Bob Bradley's contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him.

Watch the Cristiano Ronaldo-Zlatan Ibrahimovic Cam to See Their Reactions to Playoff Goals [VIDEO]

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The second leg of the World Cup playoff earlier this week between Sweden and Portugal was a brilliant spectacle to watch. The hat trick by Ronaldo has convinced many that he is now the best player in the world. But one of the less reported storylines is the class that Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed on the pitch by applauding his fellow Ballon d'Or contestant after scoring one of his goals.

Where to Watch Uruguay vs Jordan On US TV and Internet; World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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The marathon of World Cup playoffs end tonight with the final match to determine who will qualify for World Cup 2014. Uruguay faces Jordan live at 6pm ET on beIN SPORT.

Similarly to Mexico, Uruguay convincingly won its first leg match, 5-0, putting the South American team in the driving seat to qualify for Brazil.

Break This (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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When Will Jozy Altidore Begin Scoring for Sunderland in the EPL?

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet spoke to the Sunderland Echo newspaper this week about his big American striker Jozy Altidore:

"He has many good qualities but the one that tends to get overlooked is that he has an unbelievable shot on him – so powerful.

"I still can't believe he is only 24, he hits the ball with such power and we have to use that power to best effect.

Algeria: 12 Die During Celebrations of World Cup Qualifier Victory: Daily Soccer Report

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After Algeria qualified for World Cup 2014 yesterday on the away goal rule, Algerians in their thousands took to the streets to celebrate. Sadly, 12 people died and 240 were injured as a result of the celebrations.

According to the AP,

"The statement from emergency services said five celebrating fans were killed when their van slid off the road into a ravine in the mountain town of Bejaia, east of Algiers, while four others died in the southern city of Biskra when two trucks collided.

Cristiano Ronaldo Voodoo Doll Ad Campaign Backfires for Swedish Soft Drink Maker [PHOTOS]

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An ad campaign by a Swedish soft drink maker backfired yesterday when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to knock Sweden out of the World Cup playoffs.

The soft drink maker run a campaign that featured images of a Cristiano Ronaldo doll near death. The ads featured Ronaldo as a voodoo doll, strapped to a train track and with a can smashed in his face.

Juan Agudelo’s Request for a Work Permit is Denied, Dashing Hopes of a Transfer to England

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Juan Agudelo's request for a work permit to join Stoke City has been denied by UK authorities, dealing a cruel blow to the striker's chances of playing in the English Premier League.

In August, Agudelo signed a pre-contract with Stoke Citywhereby the US international striker would join the Potters in the January transfer window.

Can Orlando City Be a Success In MLS?

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MLS has returned to the state of Florida with last night's announcement that Orlando City SC will move from USL PRO to MLS in 2015. While Orlando should be a top drawer market for the league, some question will persist.

1. What makes Orlando, with less professional soccer history, a safer bet than nearby Tampa Bay where the league contracted its team after six seasons in 2001?

Mexico’s Next Biggest Challenge: How to Integrate the European-Based Players Back Into the Team

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Mexico's decisive victory over New Zealand over two legs proves that despite the woeful year and constant mismanagement of the side, El Tri still has the quality to do damage in Brazil. The decision to field a completely domestic based side with many relatively inexperienced internationals reaped dividends as far as squad chemistry and harmony were concerned.

How Southampton Has Turned Into This Season’s Surprise Team

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Southampton has become the biggest surprise of this Premier League season. After being promoted just last year, they have catapulted themselves into third place after the first 11 matches. Even more amazing, they have the chance to go top of the league this Saturday if results go their way between Liverpool-Everton, and against Arsenal.

France Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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Immediately after France's win against Ukraine to qualify for World Cup 2014, the French team unveiled their kit for the summer 2014 tournament.

After qualifying for the tournament, we can now see what France will be wearing in Brazil next summer. France's shirt features a darker blue than their current shirt, and features a bold white collar and white French Football Federation crest.

Brazil vs Honduras, International Friendly: Neymar and Teammates Put On A Show in Miami [PHOTOS]

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Brazil played Honduras last weekend in an international friendly in front of 71,124 people in Miami.

Brazil ended up winning the match 5-0 with goals by Bernard, Dante, Maicon, Willian and Hulk.

Watching this Brazilian side play up close is a spectacle. Their ability to play so many styles of play makes them incredible dangerous and unpredictable.

England Set For Miami Friendly On Eve of 2014 World Cup: Nightly Soccer Report

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England are set to play a friendly in Miami on the eve of their 2014 World Cup competition, reportsThe Daily Mailnewspaper tonight.

If you've been reading World Soccer Talk for a while, you'll know that this isn't new news. Last month, the Evening Standard newspaper reported the same news, while one week prior to that Sports Illustrated reported that England were planning on coming to the States.

New Zealand vs Mexico, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Mexico take a commanding 5-1 victory from the first leg of their World Cup playoff into tonight's game against New Zealand. The Kiwis may as well go on the attack and hope for an avalanche of goals to give the nation any chance of qualifying for the tournament.

For viewers in the United States, here are the TV and Internet options:

New Zealand vs Mexico
2nd leg, Wednesday 1am, ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.

Where to Buy the Mexico World Cup Shirt for 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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Congratulations to Mexico on qualifying for World Cup 2014.

During the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil, Mexico will be wearing its new green, red and white home shirt that's designed by adidas.

The new jersey features a bi tonal green base, to form a unique and premium design, while the elegant white touches on the chest, sleeves and the iconic three stripes add to the overall look of the jersey.

Eidur Gudjohnsen Breaks Into Tears After Missing Out On World Cup In Final Game For Iceland [VIDEO]

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Iceland footballer Eidur Gudjohnsen broke into tears in a post-match interview after his country lost 2-0 to Croatia and failed to reach the World Cup tonight.

In the interview (skip to minute 2:25), Gudjohnsen was asked by the reporter: "You have now played with the national team since 1996 and had made some great memories for us.

World Cup Playoffs Recap: Who’s Going to Brazil and Who’s Staying Home [GIF]

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In a scintillating final 24 hours of World Cup qualifiers, congratulations go to Portugal, France, Greece, Croatia, Algeria and Ghana who booked their tickets to World Cup 2014 tournament after qualifying via the playoffs:

The six countries will be among the 32 who'll play in Brazil next summer to try to be crowned the best in the world.

Orlando City to Become 21st MLS Team and Will Launch in March 2015, Confirms Club President

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Orlando City will be officially announced today as Major League Soccer's 21st team, and will begin play in March 2015, confirmed Club President Phil Rawlins in one of the worst kept secrets in US soccer.

The official launch is scheduled for 6pm ET today in downtown Orlando with MLS Commissioner Don Garber scheduled to be in attendance.

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

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Ghana have qualified for World Cup 2014 after defeating Egypt in the World Cup Playoff. The Black Stars will be wearing a brand-new Puma design in Brazil during the summer of 2014.

Ghana's new home shirt features a one-of-a-kind collar design with the bold yellow, green, red and black colors and tribal design.

European World Cup Playoffs 2nd Legs Plus Austria vs USA & England vs Germany: Open Thread

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This is it. After two years of qualifying matches, today is the final day to determine which European teams will be heading to World Cup 2014. The countries that are fighting to qualify for Brazil today are France, Sweden, Portugal, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Iceland.

On top of that, there are two important friendlies with the US Men's National Team playing Austria, while England takes on Germany.

Where to Find Algeria vs Burkina Faso On US TV & Internet; 1:15pm ET Kickoff

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The final game of the World Cup playoffs from the African continent will decide whether Algeria or Burkina Faso will play in next summer's World Cup.

The first leg of this tie in Burkina Faso was one of the most exciting of the entire qualification campaign on any continent. Burkina Faso won 3-2 in a back and forth game, the winning goal was scored on a contentious late penalty.

Egypt vs Ghana, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Today will most probably mark the final day of Bob Bradley as Egypt manager. After losing the first leg 6-1 to Ghana, Bradley and his Egyptian team have an opportunity to hold their heads high today by getting a respectable result. It would be a miracle for them to win it by the 5-0 margin they need to qualify for World Cup 2014, but even if they draw or lose, Egypt needs to play well in front of their home crowd.

Tottenham Given Boost By News That Christian Eriksen Injury Is Not As Bad As First Thought: Daily Soccer Report

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Tottenham Hotspur received a boost this morning when a MRI scan of Christian Eriksen's ankles revealed that he has suffered a sprain of the lateral ankle ligament. Prior to the scan, there were concerns that Tottenham's attacking midfielder could be out of action for up to three months, but according to the club, "Christian's scan showed no sign of ruptured ligaments which will result in a shorter period of recovery for the attacking midfielder.

Japan World Cup Shirt For 2014 Tournament In Brazil From adidas: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled the home kit for Japan that they'll be wearing at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

The beautifully designed shirt features a blue color with red trim and white stripes. The shirt features a red splash of color across the back of the shoulders, as well as a unique design on the background of the front of the shirt.

Interviews With Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole About England [VIDEO]

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Nike has released a brand-new video called 'England Matters,' which includes interviews with Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole.

The four players discuss the role that the senior England footballers give to the younger players, as well as the pressure that's on the shoulders of the players.

World Cup Playoffs Guide: Previews Plus Where to Find The Games On US TV & Internet

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By Wednesday, there will be no more ifs ands or buts. The field for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be set in stone. Twenty-one teams have booked their places in Brazil. In the coming days, the last eleven spots will be filled. Those eleven spots will consist of five teams from Africa, four from Europe, and probably Mexico and Uruguay, who are so close to making qualification a certainty.

Schedule of Soccer Matches During International Break On US TV and Internet

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UPDATED: Soccer stars from around the world will be reporting for international duty tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming World Cup playoff matches and friendlies.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for the next two weeks:

All times Eastern; Schedules are subject to change

Wednesday, November 13

Jordan vs Uruguay(World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 9:45am, One World Sports andDishWorld
Mexico vs New Zealand (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 3:30pm, ESPN, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.

FIFA 14 Next-Gen Version Features Improvements to Crowd, Camera Angles and Stadiums [VIDEO]

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The Next-Gen version of FIFA 14 features marked improvements to the crowd, camera angles and stadiums that are featured in the game, compared to previous versions.

In previous years, there have often been complaints about how fake the crowd looks in the FIFA series. But as you can see from the video below, FIFA 14 Next Gen is in a different class.

Russia World Cup Shirt For World Cup 2014 From adidas: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled Russia's World Cup 2014 kit for the tournament that will be held in Brazil.

Russia's home shirt for World Cup 2014 is maroon with gold stripes down the sleeves, as well as different shade of maroon as a secondary trim color.

Original features of the shirt include a printed tribute to the Conquerors of Space celebrating Russia's great space achievements, three adidas golden stripes and the Flag of Russia.

England Are a Better National Team Than What The Critics And Public Paint Them to Be

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English football fans, part time or globe trotting devout followers, are normally a pesimistic group. If one looks at the facts, it is clearly obvious why. A nation claiming to be the founding father of the sport, a soccer obsessed public and only a solitary World Cup achieved 47 years ago (and counting) to show for it.

QPR and Malaga Are UEFA’s Whipping Boys in Financial Fair Play: Monday Soccer Insider

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The report in the Mail on Sundaynewspaper that QPR could run afoul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play standards and face a fine in the £60 million range is no surprise. Harry Redknapp has a history of pushing clubs beyond their economic means and, in QPR's case, he took an already bad situation and made it unsalvageable.

Ravel Morrison Scores A Goal From An Incredible Flick: Goal of the Weekend

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West Ham United and England u-21 midfielder Ravel Morrison scored an absolute peach of a goal yesterday in a training session for the England u-21 side ahead of their game versus San Marino.

Watch the goal of the weekend here. And afterwards browse through the goals of the weekend from previous weeks.

Mesut Ozil Pulls Out of Germany Squad to Face England: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has had to pull out of Germany's squad to face England tomorrow. Ozil has been given the time off to rest after training sparingly last week prior to Germany's friendly against Italy. Germany's coach wants to give other footballers an opportunity to play, so he's sent Ozil home along with Lahm and Neuer.

New York City FC Launches Campaign to Recruit Fans Starring Manchester City Footballers [VIDEO]

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New York City FC, the MLS team that will launch in 2015, has launched a campaign to recruit new fans of its club by featuring several Manchester City footballers juggling the ball around New York City.

The Manchester City footballers featured in the video are Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, James Milner, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Joe Hart, David Silva, Gael Clichy and Matija Nastasic.

Cameroon Home and Away Shirts For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Cameroon's home and away shirts for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Based on the official and leaked photos of the World Cup shirts we've seen so far this year, the Cameroon home shirt is by far the most unique. The Cameroon World Cup shirt is green in color and features tribal designs that repeat down the length of the shirt.

Referee Overturns Her Initial Decision And Awards Ghost Goal to Wrexham [VIDEO]

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In the Conference Premier match between Kidderminster and Wrexham this weekend, Wrexham scored a ghost goal when the shot went into the corner of the net, but the referee awarded a goal kick instead of a goal to Wrexham.

The referee and assistant referee didn't see the goal because the ball had gone through a hole in the net.

Ivory Coast Home And Away Shirts For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Ivory Coast's home and away shirts for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Ivory Coast, aka Cote D'Ivoire, will be wearing Puma in Brazil 2014. The home shirt is orange, while the away shirt is green.

If you look closely, you'll see some tribal designs along the shoulders, but overall these shirts are clean, simple and distinctive.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is Out Until 2014 as Recovery is Taking Longer Than Expected: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal's injury problems have suffered another setback with the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to be out until 2014 as his recovery is taking longer than expected.

The knee injury that Oxlade-Chamberlain got on the Premier League opening day game against Aston Villa is taking longer to heal.

Cameroon vs Tunisia, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Nigeria and Ivory Coast have already qualified for World Cup 2014 this weekend. Next we'll see if either Cameroon or Tunisia qualify for Brazil.

Cameroon got a solid 0-0 draw in Tunisia in the first leg, and will fancy their chances to qualify at home. Inspirational striker Samuel Eto'o is back on form, and back in the good graces of the Cameroon Football Federation after quitting the team and being reinstated all in the last few months.

Brazil Trounces Honduras 5-0 In International Friendly In Front of Record Miami Crowd

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When is a friendly a misnomer? When it's Brazil against Honduras, in a "friendly" match in Miami with both teams playing competitive and sometimes combative football.

The match between Brazil and Honduras was an ideal test for both teams. At World Cup 2014, Brazil will come up against tough, physical teams who are dangerous on the counter attack, such as Honduras.

Brazil vs Honduras, Friendly, Live on beIN SPORT at 7pm ET: Open Thread

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Brazil plays Honduras tonight in Miami in preparation for next summer's World Cup. Both countries have brought strong squads with them to South Florida.

Event organizers will be hoping that the match will break the record for the largest attended soccer game ever to be played in Florida. The previous record was70,080 for the Barcelona against Chivas de Guadalajara game that was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami in 2011.

Senegal vs Ivory Coast, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Who will be the next team in Africa to join Nigeria in next summer's World Cup? After Nigeria's victory earlier today against Ethiopia, an even bigger match is set for today with two African giants — Senegal and Ivory Coast — battling it out to see who will stay home and who will go to Brazil.

Sami Khedira Sees His World Cup Hopes Plunged Into Doubt After Being Ruled Out For Six Months: Daily Soccer Report

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German star midfielder Sami Khedira was injured yesterday during a friendly against Italy, and his World Cup future is now in doubt after being ruled out for six months.

Khediratore his anterior cruciate ligament. In a post-match interview with the German team doctor, he revealed that"Sami has to be treated surgically, we hope that he will be healthy again for the start of World Cup.

Nigeria vs Ethiopia, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Nigeria are just one step away from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup today. While Nigeria are favorites, Ethiopia will fight to try to qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history.

Programming note: Watch Nigeria vs Ethiopia today at 10am ET onbeIN SPORT,beIN SPORT EspanolandDishWorld Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming serviceDishWorldfor $10/month.

Freaky FIFA 14 TV Ad Turns Video Gamer Into Leo Messi [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released a brand-new TV commercial today for its Next-Gen version of FIFA 14, which is now available for PS4 and Xbox One.

In the video (see below), it turns the video gamer into a Leo Messi avatar. You can meet Avatar Leo at lifesizemessi.com

If you haven't done so already, be sure to read our review of FIFA 14 Next-Gen.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen ‘Out For Four to Six Weeks’: Nightly Soccer Report

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Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen was carried off the field during Denmark's friendly today against Norway, and may be out of action for four to six weeks.

According to Denmark national team manager Morten Olsen:

"Let's wait and see. We shouldn't expect the worst before we know for sure, but it looks like he won't be able to play the next couple of weeks.

Phil Jones is Better For Manchester United As a Midfielder Instead of Centre-Back

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Manchester United and England footballer Phil Jones has made it no secret that he is most comfortable playing for both club and country at the heart of defense. Yet he often finds himself playing at right-back or central midfield for the Red Devils.

Jones, who joined Manchester United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 for a fee in the region of £16.

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores to Help Portugal Beat Sweden In World Cup Playoff 1st Leg [GIF]

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a diving header Friday night to help Portugal defeat Sweden 1-0 in the first leg of the World Cup playoff.

In a closely fought game, Ronaldo's goal was the difference after grabbing the matchwinner in the second half for Portugal (watch GIF below).

Portugal play Sweden on Tuesday to decide who will go to World Cup 2014.

DishWorld FAQ: Streaming HD-Quality Soccer Games to Your Computer, Phone and Tablet

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During the past several weeks, we've received a lot of questions about DishWorld, so instead of continuing to reply to each comment or e-mail individually, we thought it'd be more helpful to everyone to answer your questions in this public post.

First, the basics. What is DishWorld?

Cristiano Ronaldo Will Not Attend Ballon d’Or Gala After Being Disrespected by FIFA, Says Report

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or gala scheduled for January because he believes he has been disrespected by FIFA, according to a report today in the Spanish media.

Ronaldo is believed to be upset regarding the treatment he's received from FIFA in recent months.

What Club Has Scored the Most Number of Goals in the Premier League In 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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What club has scored the most number of goals in the Premier League during 2013 thus far? The answer may surprise you. Or, if you're a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, the above graphic may be distressing despite the club's lofty position in the table.

Liverpool are on top of the goalscoring charts followed by Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and then Spurs.

World Cup Playoffs Plus Scotland vs USA and England vs Chile: Open Thread

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Get your snacks and drinks ready, your fingers warmed up and your TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones fired up. This afternoon features seven important matches, most of which are being televised concurrently. And then one match later in the day to help us recover from our Friday soccer high.

If you live in the United States, here's today's schedule of matches on TV and Internet:

Iceland vs Croatia(World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2pm, WatchESPN.

FIFA 14 Next-Gen Version On PS4 Earns a 4.5 Out Of 5 Rating: Product Review

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As I sit here yawning and with bleary eyes after spending an all-nighter playing the Next-Gen version of FIFA 14 on my new PS4, I still have a big grin on my face. Considering the other games I could have sampled that came with PS4, it was worth it. FIFA 14 showcases what a good launch sports sim could be and also shows the potential of what we could expect from the new and future gaming systems.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television And Internet This Week

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Of all the international breaks on the soccer calendar, this one will probably be the most enjoyable.

With the World Cup on the horizon and many of the play-off ties already in motion, we see some impassioned, dramatic and perhaps most importantly of all proper competitive soccer.

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Where to Buy the Colombia World Cup Shirt From adidas: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has launched Colombia's new shirt for World Cup 2014.

The base color is yellow, which is combined with elements of red, blue and white, mirroring the Colombian flag.

The new shirt is marked by three elements of major importance as symbols for Colombians, bringing a message of unity and pride for the country:

• The ‘Vueltiao' Hat: One of the most important national symbols of Colombian culture is printed on a blue strip in the upper front side of the jersey.

Wayne Rooney Set to Land £52million as Part of New Manchester United Contract: Daily Soccer Report

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Wayne Rooney is set to land a £52million deal as part of a new Manchester United contract, according to a report inThe Sunnewspaper.

The reports are that Manchester United are ready to offer Rooney a four-year extension to his contract, which would earn Rooney £52million over the four years from wages and bonuses.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Featured As Star Wars Characters On Newspaper Cover [PHOTO]

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are featured as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from Star Wars on the cover of a Portuguese newspaper today in the lead-up to the battle between Portugal and Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup playoff.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live at 2:45pm ET today on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

Schedule of Soccer Matches During International Break On US TV and Internet

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UPDATED: Soccer stars from around the world will be reporting for international duty tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming World Cup playoff matches and friendlies.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for the next two weeks:

All times Eastern; Schedules are subject to change

Wednesday, November 13

Jordan vs Uruguay(World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 9:45am, One World Sports andDishWorld
Mexico vs New Zealand (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 3:30pm, ESPN, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.

World Cup Playoffs Guide: Previews Plus Where to Find The Games On US TV & Internet

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By Wednesday, there will be no more ifs ands or buts. The field for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be set in stone. Twenty-one teams have booked their places in Brazil. In the coming days, the last eleven spots will be filled. Those eleven spots will consist of five teams from Africa, four from Europe, and probably Mexico and Uruguay, who are so close to making qualification a certainty.

David Beckham Needs to Embrace Hispanic Population in Miami For MLS Team to Be a Success

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David Beckham's much anticipated Miami MLS team cannot hope to be all things to all people. In a fickle sports market whose propensity for failing soccer franchises and under-appreciated sporting events of every stripe, the only way to go might be a hyper-local approach and Latino-centric approach.

Spain 2014 World Cup Shirt From adidas: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas officially unveiled Spain's World Cup shirt that they'll be wearing at the Brazil 2014 tournament.

The current World Champions will wear a brand new kit featuring a red shirt with gold trim as well as a gold crest for the Spanish Football Federation, a gold FIFA World Champions badge and a gold adidas logo.

Who Do You Want to See at World Cup 2014? Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) or Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)?

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Next summer's World Cup tournament brings soccer back to Brazil, where legend after legend has emerged and stamped their mark on the beautiful game. The greatest international competition is going to provide the world with a plethora of superstars fighting for supremacy, but two of the world's biggest talents have to battle it out for a place in Brazil.

Revealing! Distribution of TV Money For La Liga Clubs Compared to EPL Clubs

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The following two graphics show how the money from TV rights deals are distributed to clubs in La Liga compared to the English Premier League (EPL).

The first graphic shows the TV money distribution (in millions of euros) for the 2012-13 season in La Liga with Barcelona and Real Madrid taking far more revenue in comparison to the other clubs.

From Mesut Ozil to Julian Draxler, Schalke Continue to Produce Quality Attacking Midfielders

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Schalke is one of the most popular soccer teams in Germany, and one of the top 20 biggest clubs in the world. Many great players have competed for Die Knappen including the legendary Spanish forward Raúl, current Germany stopper Manuel Neuer, German legends Olaf Thon, Fritz Szepan, Klaus Fischer and Belgian legend and current Belgian national team manager Marc Wilmots.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Discusses His Love of Video Games and Xbox [VIDEO]

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In a new interview, Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses his love of video games, the types of video games he likes playing, gaming on an Xbox, how he met a stranger over Xbox Live and became friends in person, and how he decides which games to choose.

Ibrahimovic also discusses playing Diablo III, as well as how he enjoys playing video games with his two children, as well as his philosophy behind playing games.

FIFA Ethics Committee Is Unable to Remove World Cup 2022 From Qatar Even If Bribes Took Place, Says Report

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FIFA's ethics committee has no power to remove World Cup 2022 from Qatar even if bribes took place, according to a report today inThe Daily Telegraphnewspaper.

The newspaper quotes a source who said:

"If [FIFA ethics investigator Michael]Garcia finds something which was wrong, the ethics committee has the right to take sanctions.

Joe Hart Will Not Start in Goal For England Friendly Against Chile

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England manager Roy Hodgson said today that goalkeeper Joe Hart will not start in goal during tomorrow's friendly against Chile at Wembley.

Hodgson will choose between Fraser Forster or John Ruddy to start in the net for England. Ruddy has made one appearance for England after coming on at half time during the friendly against Italy in 2012, where he kept a clean sheet.

Why Rodney Marsh’s Assertion That Yaya Toure Is Not Happy At Manchester City Has Validity

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I flew through London Heathrow Airport the other day wearing a retro Manchester City shirt. When asked about it in Terminal 5, I simply stated it was a Rodney Marsh kit (which it is not — it is a generic kit from the 1971-72 season when Marsh joined the club and the team collapsed falling from firstin the table March 15to a finishing spot of fourth), which was understood by the gentleman asking the question.

Clint Dempsey Set For Transfer Back to the Premier League On Loan From MLS: Nightly Soccer Report

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Clint Dempsey is set for a transfer back to the Premier League on loan from the Seattle Sounders. Tottenham Hotspur have first right of refusal, butThe Mirrornewspaper is reporting that Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton are interested in signing the American striker.

Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer said:

"Clint's contract allows him to go on loan for the off-season.

Where to Buy the Argentina World Cup Shirt For Brazil 2014

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adidas has officially unveiled Argentina's home shirt for World Cup 2014.

Argentina will be wearing their famous blue and white stripes at Brazil 2014. For the first time, the shirt features,through the sky-blue stripes of the shirt, a reflective visual effect simulating a Argentinean flag on top of a pole, waving in the wind.

Why David Beckham’s Miami MLS Team Shouldn’t Play at Marlins Park or FIU Stadium

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David Beckham is considering either Marlins Park or FIU Stadium as the temporary home for his Miami MLS franchise, according to Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez as reported by The Miami Herald.

A final decision has yet to be reached. And the comment from the Miami mayor is, of course, self-serving and biased in his favor, so there's still an opportunity for Beckham to scout other locations than these two sites.

Where to Buy the Germany World Cup Shirt For Brazil 2014

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adidas have officially unveiled the World Cup shirt that Germany will be wearing at Brazil 2014.

The new Germany shirt features three red bands on the upper chest, representing the three times when Germany won the World Cup (1954, 1974 and 1990). The attention to detail by adidas is superb — including everything down to the intricate design on the cuffs, and "Die National Mannschaft" on the back of the collar.

Roy Hodgson, the Manager Who Is Respected Around The World, Except In England

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England manager Roy Hodgson is the ideal person to root for.

After being unable to break into the Crystal Palace first team from 1965-66, Hodgson played non-league soccer with Tonbridge Angels before moving on to Gravesend & Northfleet. At age 23, he completed his training to become a fully qualified coach.

Where to Find Mexico vs New Zealand On US TV and Internet: World Cup Playoff 1st Leg

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Time will stand still today in Mexico and New Zealand as the Kiwis take on El Tri in the first leg of the World Cup playoff in Mexico City.

For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 3:30pm ET on ESPN, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.com.

Starting line-ups:

Mexico:Moises Munoz; Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafa Marquez, Maza Rodriguez; Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Medina, Luis Montes, Carlos Pena, Miguel Layun; Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez.

Name Calling Continues At Hull City As Owner Refuses to Back Down: Daily Soccer Report

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It's been a depressing 24 hours for Hull City supporters with it appearing likely that the club will change its name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers. Plus, on top of that, Hull City have reported loses of £28million in the last 12 months.

On November 1, Allam met with Hull City supporters.

Why Michael Carrick’s Six-Week Injury Is Going to Hit Manchester United Hard

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According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the largest factor in last season's 20thleague title for Manchester United (aside from the signing of Robin van Persie) was the week-in and week-out performances of midfielder Michael Carrick. The legendary manager had been Carrick's biggest defender over the course of the player's first seven seasons at the club.

Why Bob Bradley Should Be Considered For Fulham Job Despite Meulensteen Appointment

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Fulham have been down the road of fighting relegation before during their current 12 year run of Premier League football. However, it seems every time the Cottagers were threatened with relegation, something either miraculous happened, or the grit and commitment of the squad came through. The current group of players at Craven Cottage however seem to be a hodgepodge of malcontents from other clubs and run-of-the-mill chance signings that Martin Jol has put together, proving a radical departure from the formula that long worked for the West London club.

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.

Where to Find Jordan vs Uruguay World Cup Playoff Match Live On US TV and Internet; 10am ET Kickoff

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Uruguay plays Jordan today in the first leg of their World Cup playoff to determine which team will qualify for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 10am ET today on One World Sports and DishWorld. The second leg will be played in Uruguay next Wednesday.

David Beckham Is In Miami, Hanging Out With Neymar, David Luiz and Lucas Leiva [PHOTOS]

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David Beckham is in Miami tonight, hanging out with several players from the Brazil national team ahead of their game against Honduras this weekend in South Florida.

Beckham met up with several of the Brazilian players including Neymar, David Luiz and Lucas Leiva in the downtown Miami hotel where the team is staying.

Roberto Di Matteo ‘Still Being Paid £130,000 Per Week By Chelsea’: Nightly Soccer Report

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Roberto Di Matteo is still being paid £130,000 per week by Chelsea, one year after being sacked by Roman Abramovich.

The astonishing revelation was brought to light by The Daily Mail's reporter Neil Ashton. He wrote:

"The Italian was unable to reach a settlement with owner Roman Abramovich on his three-year deal when he was fired six months after winning the Champions League as interim boss.

Arsenal Fan Loses His House In Bet After Manchester United Beat Gunners

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A man in Africa lost his house this past weekend after his Arsenal team were defeated by Manchester United.

Before last weekend's match between Manchester United and Arsenal, two men in Uganda placed a bet.Rashid Yiga, a Manchester United supporter, was so confident his team would win that he bet his wife and his Toyota car.

Watch the Gareth Bale Documentary, “Welsh Galactico”; Full-Length From ITV [VIDEO]

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Last week, British TV network ITV premiered a brand-new documentary about Gareth Bale, entitled "Welsh Galactico."

The 45-minute documentary tells the story of how Gareth Bale, a boy from the Cardiff suburbs, became the world's most expensive player.

Narrated by Ned Boulting, the documentary features interviews with those that have witnessed and aided Bale's rise to the top including Harry Redknapp and Michael Dawson.

Manchester United-Arsenal Game On NBCSN Scores 3rd Most Viewers Ever For EPL Game On Cable

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An average of 803,000 soccer fans tuned in to watch the live game between Manchester United and Arsenal on NBCSN on Sunday, November 10, making it the third most watched Premier League match on cable in US history.

In its first season of Premier League coverage, NBC already has televised two of the three most-watched EPL matches in US cable history:

1) Man United vs Man City, 4/30/12, ESPN, 1,033,000 viewers
2) Man City vs Man United, 9/22/13, NBCSN, 852,000 viewers
3) Manchester United vs Arsenal, 11/10/13, NBCSN, 803,000 viewers
4) Man United vs Man City, 4/8/13, ESPN, 611,000 viewers
5) Chelsea vs Arsenal, 12/27/10, ESPN2, 610,000 viewers

While Premier League viewership on US television continues to soar, MLS regular season viewership this year compared to last year was down 29% on ESPN and 8% on ESPN.

Schedule of Soccer Matches During International Break On US TV and Internet

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Soccer stars from around the world will be reporting for international duty tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming World Cup playoff matches and friendlies.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for the next two weeks:

All times Eastern; Schedules are subject to change

Wednesday, November 13

Jordan vs Uruguay(World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 9:45am, One World Sports andDishWorld
Mexico vs New Zealand (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2:45pm, ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes

Friday, November 15

Portugal vs Sweden (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 1:45pm, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo Lose The Ballon d’Or If Portugal Fail To Make The World Cup Finals?

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Cristiano Ronaldo continues to give many of his remaining critics, including Sepp Blatter, plenty of proof of his brilliance that could finally capitulate him to his legendary status as the world's best footballer.

This past Saturday, Ronaldo recorded another hat trick, this time at the expense of a disappointing display by the Real Sociedad defense.

Arsenal Consider £15million Bid to Sign Chelsea Striker Demba Ba

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After having failed with a late bid to land Demba Ba from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is back at it again. Arsenal is reportedly considering a £15million bid for the Senegalese international in January, in the wake of their recent 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney Massage Parlor Sex Stories Untrue, Phone-Hacking Trial Told: Daily Soccer Report

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In the UKphone-hacking trial, the grandmother who was at the center of the Wayne Rooney sex scandal testified in court that she didn't have sex with Rooney. Instead, the massage parlor employee warned Rooney to get out of the building before he destroyed his career.

In her testimony to the court, the woman said:

"I recall Wayne Rooney visiting the massage parlor with other males.

Scotland Home Shirt for 2014/16 From adidas: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Scotland's home shirt for 2014/16 have been leaked on the Internet.

The new images of Scotland's home shirt reveal a spider on the back of the shirt bottom, as well as clearer pictures of what the Scotland shirt looks like. With its navy blue design, red trim and silver lines down the sleeves, perhaps the spider is there to represent spinning the tartan/silver stripes down the side of the shirt and on the cuffs?

Kagawa-Reus Swap Rumor is Rubbish, But Ilkay Gundogan Transfer to England Could Be On The Cards

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We are still over a month away from the winter transfer window but the English media have wasted no time in pedaling the same rumors every time an international break arrives. Their creating rumors linking half of Dortmund's squad with moves to Premier League sides is a phenomenon that it nothing new, but the latest rumor of a Reus-Kagawa swap deal this winter doing the rounds is entirely baseless.

Fulham Eye Roberto Di Matteo And Dan Petrescu to Replace Martin Jol: Nightly Soccer Report

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Roberto Di Matteo and Dan Petrescu are in the running to take over from Martin Jol as manager of Fulham, if you are to believe whatThe Daily Mailnewspaper is reporting tonight.

The Mailis the first out of the starting blocks with rumors about Martin Jol's replacement.

Comcast Offers Its TV Customers Free Access to Sports Channels This Week Only

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Comcast xFinity is running a promotion called XFINITY Sportstacular! where several sports networks that broadcast soccer games will be provided for free through this Sunday to current Comcast xFinity TV subscribers.

Among the networks/channels being made available for free are beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol, NBC Sports Network, FOX Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Manchester City Defender Vincent Kompany Ruled Out Of Action For An Additional 3 Weeks

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As if the news couldn't get any worse for Manchester City, club captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of action for another 3 weeks on top of the 5 weeks he's already been out injured.

Belgium's medical team reports that he's not close to being back to full fitness, and needs another 3 weeks to recover from a thigh injury.

Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler Model Germany’s World Cup 2014 Shirt: Official [PHOTOS]

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The German football federation (DFB) have unveiled official photographs of Germany's World Cup 2014 home shirt designed by adidas.

The German players along with the DFB and adidas unveiled the new Germany kit in Munich today. As part of the unveiling,Thomas Mueller and Julian Draxler took a bus through Munich (see photo below), while Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Schalke's Julian Draxler wore the kit in front of the photographers on a pitch.

Watch the Trailer for the Manchester United ‘The Class Of ’92′ Documentary [VIDEO]

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From the studio that brought us the documentary 'Senna,' there's a new documentary coming soon entitled 'Class Of '92,' which covers the six players who came through the Manchester United academy and became superstars. Those six men are David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.

Argentina World Cup Home Shirt For Brazil 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Argentina's World Cup 2014 shirt have been leaked on the Internet.

The iconic blue and white striped shirt looks better than ever, with a bold black v-neck collar, black cuffs and back stripes running down the sleeves.

I particularly like the design on the lower half of the front of the shirt, which adds a unique look-and-feel to the classic stripes of Argentina.

How Jonny Evans Has Developed Into Becoming A Key Part Of Manchester United’s Team

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Last season was the best of Jonny Evans' Manchester United career. His sparkling late season form was rewarded with continuous team selection by Sir Alex Ferguson, and, with the old guard of Vidic and Ferdinand beginning to show signs of aging, the Northern Ireland international looked to be an integral part of United's backline going forward.

Holding On To Wayne Rooney May Have Saved Manchester United’s Season

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Manchester United didn't do much right during their first transfer window of the post-Alex Ferguson era. In fact it could be argued that the club only did one thing right from the time David Moyes took office on July 1stuntil the summer window closed on September 2nd. Moyes' ability to convince Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United while fighting off interest in the player from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea has saved Manchester United's season.

Paul Pogba Scores A Wonder Goal For Juventus Against Napoli: Goal of the Weekend [GIF]

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Juventus star Paul Pogba scored a wonderful goal Sunday in the Serie A game against Napoli yesterday.

The goal, which was the final one of the match (Juventus won 3-0), was a perfect example of the former Manchester United's talent, hitting the ball in off the inside of the post. The way he controlled the ball, and set himself up for shot was incredible.

Krul and the Gang (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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A Sunday packed full of football left City in crisis, Tottenham ill-tempered, and Arsene annoyed.

In section 1 we talk about the crescendo of the day's football as Arsenal took on Manchester United at Old Trafford. Has Moyes proved a point with his recent form, or are sterner tests lurking in the shadows?

CONCACAF Considers Letting New York Cosmos Play in Champions League, Says Sources: Monday Soccer Insider

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On Saturday night, the New York Cosmoswon the NASL Soccer Bowl for a sixthtime. According to my league and team sources, the Cosmos marketing prowess has CONCACAF considering finding a way to get the NASL, a second division team, into the continental CONCACAF Champions League.

USMNT Roster Announced For Scotland and Austria Friendlies

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The US Soccer Federation have announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

The roster is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 13: Barca Increase Their Lead As Atleti Slip Up

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Barcelona increased their lead in La Liga to three points with a win at Betis as Atletico Madrid dropped two vital points at Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid increase the pressure on their city rivals.

Barcelona hadan ultimately comfortable 4-1 win at Betis, who were left bottom of La Liga.

Referee Andre Marriner Faces Being Dropped After Failure to Spot Ramires Dive: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Referee Andre Marriner faces being dropped after failure to spot Ramires dive — The Independent
  • How Manchester United beat Arsenal with so little possession — BBC Sport
  • Swansea City turn to American military as they face battles at home and abroad — Wales Online
  • Robin van Persie has skills 'to match whatever Arsenal have got' — The Guardian
  • Lionel Messi transfer to the Premier League 'could be just two years away' — The Mirror
  • West Brom's Steve Clarke flabbergasted by penalty awarded to Chelsea — The Guardian
  • Martin O'Neill attacks his Sunderland successor Paolo Di Canio as a 'managerial charlatan' — Telegraph
  • Photos and video of Mike Myers at Anfield — Liverpool FC
  • BT Sport's Tim Lovejoy is poster boy for game's lost soul — The Telegraph
  • Michael Laudrup: Referee Robert Madley should apologise to Swansea for Stoke penalty — Metro
  • Norwich half-time shouting match fuelled win over West Ham reveals Robert Snodgrass — The Mirror

International soccer

  • Landon Donovan out for upcoming United States national team friendlies— Pro Soccer Talk
  • Manager Chris Colemanset to continue in Wales role — BBC Sport

Football League

  • Derby's Andre Wisdom gets lost on way to stadium, drives his Porsche straight into mud pit— FOX Soccer
  • Wigan's James McClean not dropped for poppy snub, says Owen Coyle— The Independent

MLS

  • Rule Change to Put Portland Timbers in the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League?

Manchester United Beat Liverpool to be Named Most Influential Club Brand in World: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United have beaten Liverpool to be named the most influential soccer club brand in the world.

United received top honors after being voted for by a panel of independent judges to determine The Licensing.biz Power List. One of the judges described Manchester United as "the only truly global British football brand.

Leo Messi Ruled Out for 6-8 Weeks With Injury, Says Barcelona

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Leo Messi has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with the injury he picked up yesterday against Real Betis, according to the official Barcelona website.

"The Club's medical services confirmed after tests this Monday morning that Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks.

Schedule of Soccer Matches During International Break On US TV and Internet

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Soccer stars from around the world will be reporting for international duty tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming World Cup playoff matches and friendlies.

For viewers in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for the next two weeks:

All times Eastern; Schedules are subject to change

Wednesday, November 13

Mexico vs New Zealand (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2:45pm, ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes

Friday, November 15

Portugal vs Sweden (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 1:45pm, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

Interview With Mike Gastineau; Author of New Book About the Seattle Sounders (Voices Of Soccer)

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In the latest episode of our weekly interview series, Mike Gastineau is our guest. Gastineau recently published a book about the Seattle Sounders entitled Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece: The Inside Story of the Best Franchise Launch in American Sports History.

During the interview, Gastineau discusses what made Seattle (and the north west) such a success in MLS.

Robin van Persie Opens the Scoring For Manchester United Against Arsenal [GIF]

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Robin van Persie opened the scoring for Manchester United in the Premier League match against Arsenal. The former Arsenal striker scored the opening goal of the game after heading the ball in to the net from a corner kick.

Van Persie scored the goal in the 26th minute to make it 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford:

Here's Robin van Persie celebrating the goal:

Meanwhile, here's video of David De Gea coming into contact with Nemanja Vidic.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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For soccer fans in the United States today, there's a triple header of games starting with Tottenham against Newcastle, followed by Sunderland vs Manchester City and then, last but not least, Manchester United versus Arsenal. And there's also Swansea City against Stoke for the die-hards like me.

In team news, Brad Friedel makes his first home Premier League start for Tottenham in over a year.

Watch the New Premier League Video Featuring Soccer Fans From the US, Africa and Asia [VIDEO]

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Barclays, the sponsors of the Premier League, have released another video in their Thank You series to thank soccer fans for following the world's most popular sports league.

This new one focuses on fans from North America, Asia and Africa, which captures what the experience is like for many as they watch their favorite club or league each week.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

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Whisper it quietly, but today's the last Saturday of Premier League football for two weeks due to the international break, so enjoy it while you can.

Chelsea have the opportunity to close the gap with Arsenal to two points with a win against West Bromwich Albion today. Liverpool are currently tied on points with Chelsea but have a -1 goal difference compared to Mourinho's team, so the Reds could leapfrog Chelsea even if the Blues win if Liverpool can stuff a dire Fulham side.

Why David Moyes Didn’t Sign Mesut Ozil For Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography recently revealedthat Wayne Rooney, much to the Scotsman's annoyance, told him he should have signed Mesut Ozil. "It was none of his business who we should have gone for," wrote Ferguson.

On top of that, current Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted last yesterday that he could have signed Ozil before Arsenal did.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 11

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 11 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, November 9:

Chelsea vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Network; Ian Crocker and Tony Gale
Aston Villa vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
Crystal Palace vs Everton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
Liverpool vs Fulham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time, Gary Weaver & Dean Sturridge
Southampton vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker & Garry Birtles
Norwich vs West Ham, 12:30pm, NBC; Steve Bower and Lee Dixon

Sunday, November 10:

Tottenham vs Newcastle, 7am, NBC Sports Network; Jon Champion and Clive Allen
Sunderland vs Man City, 9am, NBC Sports Network; Steve Banyard & Gary O'Reilly
Man United vs Arsenal, 11am, NBC Sports Network; Steve Bower & Graeme Le Saux
Swansea vs Stoke, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Barry Horne

Again this weekend, Arlo White will be in the United States commentating on Major League Soccer.

Moyes Admits Man United Passed Up Chance to Sign Mesut Ozil Before Arsenal Switch: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that he passed up the opportunity to sign Mesut Ozil this past summer because he couldn't find a way to find the German international into his squad.

Moyes said:

"We weren't close to buying him but something was mooted a little bit before that.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr Cech Plays Drums With Queen’s Roger Taylor [VIDEO]

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech had the opportunity to sit down and play drums with Queen drummer Roger Taylor recently for a BBC Football Focus episode.

Cech shared his passion for drumming with Taylor. The Queen drummer is also a Chelsea fan. The two met on a flight to Portugal, and have kept in touch ever since with the two having met up again, which included Cech going to Taylor's house for a jam session.

Scotland Home Shirt for 2014/16: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Scotland's home shirt for 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by adidas, the shirt isn't scheduled to be officially unveiled until next week. The navy blue shirt features silver on the three stripes, Scottish FA crest and adidas logo, while the v-neck collar features a red trim.

BT Sport Win £897m UEFA Champions League Rights Deal in UK: Daily Soccer Report

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BT Sport has scored a coup in the United Kingdom by winning the UK media rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League for £897million. BT has been able to secure the UCL rights away from the current rights holders Sky Sports and ITV. The three-year deal, which begins in 2015, is the first time a UK broadcaster has won the exclusive rights.

Championship Preview and Predictions, Gameweek 15: Leicester Battle to Reach the Top of Table

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The battle at the top of the Skybet Championship table is tight with both Leicester and QPR having chances to knock Burnley off the top perch if the Clarets slip up against Bournemouth. This is just one of the many storylines in the Championship this weekend.

Here are the fixtures for this weekend's Championship games:

All times Eastern.

Why Promotion is the Only Option for QPR This Season

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Queens Park Rangers have one of the largest and deepest squads in Europe. Yet they are not in a European competition of any kind and have one goal: to secure a quick return to the Premier League. Otherwise, they could potentially face financial armageddon.

Chairman Tony Fernandes has been more than generous in backing three successive managers in the transfer market, but this season after relegation to the Championship, the stakes are higher than ever for the side currently managed by Harry Redknapp.

10 Most-Watched Premier League Games This Season On NBC

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Here's the top 10 most watched Premier League matches on NBC Sports so far this 2013/14 season:

1. Arsenal vs Liverpool, NBC, November 2, 991,000
2. Everton vs Chelsea, NBC, September 14, 917,000
3. Crystal Palace vs Sunderland, NBC, August 31, 865,000
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Where to Watch Serie A On US TV and Internet This Weekend: Gameweek 12

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Torino put an end to Roma's perfect record in round 11, but the Giallarossi are still unbeaten and top of the Serie A standings. The Granata were the first team to avoid defeat against the capital club this season, securing a 1-1 draw after an inspired showing from Alessio Cerci; a boyhood Roma supporter.

Where to Watch La Liga On US TV and Internet This Weekend: Gameweek 13

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After a whirlwind of La Liga matches last week and UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches this past mid-week, the top flight of Spanish soccer is ready to battle again.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, La Liga games are shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

Rating NBC Sports’ Coverage of the Premier League On US TV and Internet

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With 100 games of the 2013/14 Premier League season completed, it's an opportune time to rate how NBC Sports is doing in its first season of its three season deal in broadcasting the Premier League to a US audience.

The acquisition of EPL US media rights by NBC Sports from FOX Sports has raised the bar on the TV coverage of English soccer in the States.

Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview: Clubs Put Their Undefeated Streaks On The Line

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For the past few weeks, Sunday's matchup between Manchester United and Arsenal has been the topic of conversation throughout the media and among Premier League fans. According to the press, this contest could "make or break" United's title run and/or it could define Arsenal as a legitimate front runner for the title.

Watch the New FIFA 14 NextGen Video Highlighting Elite Technique and In-Air Gameplay [VIDEO]

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EA Sports today released a new video highlighting some of the new benefits of the NextGen version of FIFA 14, which is available for pre-order.

The video below showcases the new Elite Technique and In-Air features of FIFA 14 for the Xbox One/PS4 consoles.

Elite Technique

Thanks to the power of the new consoles and the EA SPORTS IGNITE engine, FIFA 14 on Xbox One and PS4 includes more than 1,000 new animations which create hundreds of new skills and behaviors.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheriff Tiraspol, UEFA Europa League Gameweek 4 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League tonight after a home victory versus FC Sheriff Tiraspol.

If you missed the highlights, or you want to see the goals again, watch the video highlights before.

Note, that due to rights restrictions, the video is only playable to viewers in the United States.

Wayne Rooney’s Talk of Arsenal Implosion Means United Admit That Gunners Are In Title Mix: Nightly Soccer Report

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Wayne Rooney's hint that Arsenal could slip up between now and March is a sign that the Gunners are a serious threat and that they're in the title mix, arguesGuardianwriter David Hytner, in the build-up to this weekend's match between Manchester United and Arsenal (televised live at 11am ET Sunday on NBCSN for viewers in the United States).

MLS TV Ratings Down 29% On ESPN, 8% On NBCSN

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TV ratings for the 2013 Major League Soccer regular season were down 29% on ESPN and 8% on NBCSN compared to last season. At the same time, the average attendance was down 1% across the league compared to last year, according to Sports Business Daily.

With declining TV viewing audiences, and MLS currently in negotiations with ESPN and NBC regarding the next cycle of TV rights to the league that expire next year, it's time for MLS to decide whether TV ratings are a priority or not for the organization.

Colombia World Cup Home Shirt For Brazil 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Colombia have already qualified for World Cup 2014. And now leaked photos have been found on the Internet of the country's national home shirt for Brazil 2014.

Colombia's World Cup 2014 home shirt is a beautifully designed jersey with black diagonal stripes and a thick black diagonal bar across the upper chest.

Interview With Patrick Barclay: The Art Of Football Writing

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In the latest of our Art of Football Writing series, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting to author and writer Patrick Barclay.

In short, Paddy is one of the most talented and esteemed writers around. He has written for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent in his time as a journalist and now contributes to the London Evening Standard four days a week.

Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale Unveil New Wales Home Shirt for 2014 From adidas [PHOTOS]

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Welsh footballers Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Sam Vokes are featured in a photo spread to unveil the new Wales home kit designed and manufactured by adidas.

The Football Association of Wales couldn't have picked a better week to have Ramsey and Bale promoting the shirts. Ramsey, having his best season yet for Arsenal, scored the goal to beat Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League this week, while Bale was on fire for Real Madrid to help them secure a 2-2 draw against Juventus.

Is Now The Time For Promotion and Relegation In US and Canadian Soccer?

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On Saturday in Atlanta, the second division North American Soccer League will crown a champion for the 2013 season. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos who, despite not playing a full season, are eligible for the championship. The winner will be crowned champion but will not win promotion to Major League Soccer, the top flight league in the United States and Canada.

StatClash Product Review: Play, Win and Earn Money By Playing EPL and MLS Fantasy Soccer

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There's a new fantasy soccer game in town, and this one is quite unique.

StatClash is a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) game where you can join for free, play and — if you win — earn cash. It's completely legal, and StatClash has games you can play for the EPL and MLS.

The way it works is very straightforward.

Arsene Wenger Will Be the First to Tell Us When He’s Finished at Arsenal

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This week Wayne Rooney joined the ranks of those downplaying Arsenal's great start to the Premier League. While he admitted that Arsenal "are doing brilliant at the minute," he simmered down this praise by also saying "we've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away.

Despite Defeat to Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund Are Still The Better Team

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Wednesday's 1-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund was the second time Arsenal have won on German soil this year. Fans and media alike have wasted no time in indulging in some jingoistic chest thumping. The commentators shrieked in delight as the final whistle blew at the Signal Iduna Park. From the ensuing sycophancy and string of positive results, one may immediately get the impression that Arsenal have finally arrived and are now set to win some silverware this season, with some even going so far as to give the title of ‘best player in Europe' to Aaron Ramsey.

Hodgson Calls Up Southampton Trio of Lallana, Rodriguez and Lambert to England Squad: Daily Soccer Report

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Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany, and has included the Southampton trio of Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert in the squad.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.

Japan World Cup Home Shirt For Brazil 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photographs of Japan's World Cup home shirt for Brazil 2014 have been leaked on the Internet. And out of all of the World Cup shirts that have been leaked or announced thus far, this is my favorite design hands-down.

Japan will be wearing blue as their home color in World Cup 2014. No surprise there.

Spurs vs Sheriff, Kuban vs Swansea & More; UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 4: Open Thread

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Thirteen Europa League matches kick off today, which include fixtures for Tottenham, Swansea City, Lazio, Fiorentina, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Sevilla and many other European clubs.

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

Kuban vs Swansea, Noon, FOX Sports 1,FOX Soccer 2Goand ESPN3.

Arsenal-Liverpool Game Breaks Record for Most-Watched Premier League Match On NBC

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NBC's live broadcast of Arsenal against Liverpool on the free-to-air NBC network was watched by 991,000 viewers, breaking the record for the most watched Premier League match on any NBC network.

The match between the two historic English clubs was televised live from 1:30-3:30pm ET on NBC on Saturday November 2, and featured commentary by Steve Bower and Lee Dixon.

USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Travels to England to Watch US Striker Jozy Altidore

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann is traveling to England to see how US striker Jozy Altidore does for Sunderland against Manchester City in Sunday's game (live on NBCSN at 9am ET for viewers in the United States).

Altidore has failed to score in the Premier League thus far, but the American has one goal to his credit in the Capital One Cup.

Russia World Cup Home Shirt For Brazil 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

Designed and manufactured by adidas, Russia's new home shirt for 2014 features a red shirt with maroon sleeves and rounded collar, that's accentuated by a gold trim. The classy shirt also features the colors of the Russia flag on each sleeve as well the colors on the back of the neck on the reverse of the shirt.

adidas Launches World Cup 2014 Campaign With Brazil-Inspired Samba Collection [VIDEO]

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adidas has this week launched their Samba Collection of soccer boots/cleats that are inspired by Brazilian soccer.

The bright, bold colors are highlighted in the video below to promote the Samba Collection. As part of the Samba Collection, adidas has released a new boot from each of its four boot ranges, adizero f50, predator, nitrocharge and 11pro, with an array of new bright, exciting colourways.

Diego Simeone And Atletico Madrid Continue To Succeed And Are Hungering For More

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With their4-0 home win over Austria Wien today and Zenit St. Petersburg's 1-1 draw with Porto, Atletico Madrid is guaranteed to win Group G and has secured qualification to the Champions League Round of 16. Atleti have won all four of their Group G matches and currently are second place in La Liga with only a single point separating them from Barcelona.

Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal, UEFA Champions League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal recorded a famous victory tonight in Germany after keeping a clean sheet and winning the match thanks to a header by midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

If you missed the match or want to watch the highlights again, here's the video.

Note that the video is viewable only by US residents due to rights restrictions.

Racism In Soccer (This Week In Soccer)

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In the twelfth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we welcome special guest Mark Doidge to discuss a hot topic in world soccer —racism.

It's a topic that has raised its ugly head again. Doidge will be joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss what the situation is regarding racism in soccer, what solutions are there, whether football federations are using the correct measures to try to eradicate the disease, and other related topics.

Jurgen Klopp Says Arsenal Can Win the UEFA Champions League: Nightly Soccer Report

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who took his side to the UEFA Champions League Final last season, believes that Arsenal can win the tournament.

Klopp was speaking after his side was beaten on its own turf by Arsenal 1-0 in Germany. The Dortmund manager said:

"They are young, healthy and good technicians.

Gary Neville Praises Arsenal’s Victory Against Dortmund; Says “They’re The Real Thing” [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp were on Sky Sports last night where they praised Arsenal's victory against Borussia Dortmund.

Neville remarked how Arsenal have been able to accomplish this incredible clean sheet by using the same back four that had weaknesses last season. Plus Neville was impressed by how organized Arsenal's defense is.

Has the Curse Of Caricola Reared Its Head For New York Red Bulls?

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Myth, legend — it all ties into the tapestry of sport with a fluid ease. In baseball, it was Steve Bartman who famously endeared himself to Marlins fans while enraging his fellow Cubs fans by "Catching Hell" (as ESPN 30 for 30 coined it). Further East, there was the Curse of the Bambino that plagued the Boston Red Sox for almost a century.

Arsenal Record Famous Win Against Borussia Dortmund With Goal By Aaron Ramsey [GIF]

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Arsenal became the first English club ever to record a victory at Borussia Dortmund'sWestfalenstadion‎ after Aaron Ramsey scored from a header to record a famous victory for the Gunners.

With the win, Arsenal are sit atop first place in UEFA Champions League Group F.

Arsenal had so few clear-cut chances to score in the match, but Ramsey capitalized on some poor defending by Dortmund when Mesut Ozil chipped the ball into the box, which was headed into Ramsey's path by Olivier Giroud as the Welshman then headed the ball down and into the next past the sprawling goalkeeper.

UEFA Champions League Gameweek 4, Wednesday: Open Thread

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No offense Manchester United or Manchester City supporters, but today's UEFA Champions League matches are a lot more enticing than yesterday's affair. Borussia Dortmund against Arsenal promises to be an incredible match to watch, while Barcelona against AC Milan is quite intriguing too.

On top of that, there's plenty more in store no matter what your taste.

Sascha Riether Banned for 3 Matches After Accepting Charge of Violent Conduct For Stamping On Adnan Januzaj

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Fulham defenderSascha Riether has been banned for three matches by The FA after accepting the charge of violent conduct for his foul on Manchester United's left winger Adnan Januzaj.

The German defender fouled Januzaj in last Saturday's match at Craven Cottage. The incident, when Januzaj was backed into a corner where Riether stamped on his leg, wasn't seen by any of the match officials.

Tottenham Have A Fine Framework In Place To Build Towards A Promising Future

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There's been a fair bit of criticism for Tottenham following their 0-0 draw with Everton. Second place was there for the taking for either side, but the two teams canceled each other out and a draw was ultimately a fair result.

Focusing solely on the North London outfit, there seems to be a general consensus that a draw was an opportunity missed.

3 Reasons Why I Feel Sorry For Major League Soccer

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I feel sorry for MLS.

Sure, I think their business model is sort of wacky and elitist. Why can't they just adopt promotion/relegation like the rest of the world? Why can't they just have a single table with a balanced schedule? And salary caps? That's almost contrary to the spirit of world soccer!

Share The Sofa With Hernan Crespo Today For Barcelona vs AC Milan in the Champions League

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During each UEFA Champions League match week, Heineken invites soccer fans from all over the world to ‘share the sofa' with a former UCL legend – bringing soccer fans as close to the UEFA Champions League as possible.

Join Heinken on the sofa today at 2:30pm ET as former Chelsea and Inter Milan great Hernan Crespo will be watching Barcelona against A.

Spain World Cup Home Shirt for 2014 Brazil: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photograph of Spain's 2014 World Cup home shirt has been leaked on the Internet, following up on the two previously leaked photographs of the national jersey for the current World Cup champions.

Designed and manufactured by adidas, Spain's new shirt retains its famous red colors but is accentuated by gold trim — featuring the three adidas stripes running down the arm, the Spanish national football federation crest, stripes down the side of the shirt, the FIFA logo commemorating their World Cup champion honor and the adidas logo.

7 Stadium Options for David Beckham’s Miami MLS Team

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The return of MLS to South Florida is inevitable. All indications are that the franchise led by David Beckham is a go. The only two major questions that need to be answered are when the announcement will be made, and where the team will play.

For Major League Soccer to be successful in South Florida, the key ingredients are a winning team that plays attractive soccer, a world-class marketing machine and — perhaps most importantly of all — a stadium that's ideally located that will be able to welcome soccer fans throughout the region.

Paris Saint-Germain Announces Partnership With McDonald’s; New PSG Menu Revealed

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I Am Zlatan. May I Take Your Order?

It's not every day that you come across a story that makes you do a bit of a double take, but that's exactly what happened to me when I found this article announcing that PSG have formed a partnership with McDonald's. That obviously isn't the funny part, we've seen fast food chains mixing with football clubs in the past.

Press ‘A’ To Shoot – Episode 4

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Football Manager 2014 is here. Join Matt and Morgan as they host a love in for the greatest sports simulation known to man!

This week's episode looks at the new features for this years iteration, how the new look affects the way the game plays and also at the development of the Football Manager Classic mode.

40-Year-Old Arsenal Legend Robert Pires Set to Play in Indian Super League: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal legend Robert Pires, now 40, is set to join the Indian Super League. Other players short-listed to play in the league, which is scheduled to kick off next year, areHernan Crespo, Freddie Ljungberg, Dwight Yorke and Louis Saha.

Pires said:

"I'm on the shortlist to go to India and I cannot wait to be there.

In the Case of Hugo Lloris, Temporary Substitutes Can Prevent Playing Through Head Injuries

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Controversy over concussions has taken flight recently over the collision between Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Everton's Romelu Lukaku on Sunday. Lloris, who suffered the injury in the 78thminute, continued through the nine added minutes for injury time and the final whistle, even after stating he did not remember the collision.

What’s The Deal With The Black Hooded Monks In Robes At Soccer Games?

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Two weeks ago, you may have seen TV footage or photos on social media of a group of supporters dressed in black and wearing what appeared to be hooded robes at the match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester City. The eleven men who were sitting together in the Shed End were also spotted in the past two weeks at home matches for Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Watford Call For Goal-Line Technology After Controversy in Championship [VIDEO]

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Goal-line technology was thankfully introduced in the Premier League at the start of this season. It had been in the pipeline for quite some time and finally eradicated the controversy surrounding the ball crossing the line – an issue that became impossible to ignore following England's 4-1 defeat to Germany in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

UEFA Champions League Gameweek 4, Tuesday: Open Thread

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Gameweek 4 of the UEFA Champions League kicks off today with eight matches across the European continent being played, and chances for clubs to qualify for the next round of the tournament if results go their way.

For viewers in the United States, today's TV/Internet schedule is:

Real Sociedad vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Plzen vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net andFOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Copenhagen vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Olympiakos vs Benfica, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Paris Saint-Germain vs Anderlecht,2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Read: Real Sociedad vs Manchester United preview.

The Experience Of Going to a Home Match at Everton’s Goodison Park: The Heart of English Football

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I still get those butterflies when I wake up on a match day. I remember going to my first ever game about twenty years ago and being gripped with anticipation and excitement. That feeling has never changed as I've grown older.

This past Sunday morning was no different, even though I was many miles away from home in the picturesque northern city of York.

Germany Home Shirt for 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Germany's home shirt for World Cup 2014 has been leaked by German newspaper Hamburger Morgen Post.

Germany's home shirt for Brazil 2014 is a modern tribute to the stylish shirt that Germany wore in the 1990 World Cup when they won the tournament in Italy (see video below).

Designed by adidas, Germany's new home shirt is scheduled to be officially unveiled next week.

USA Leads Ticket Allocation For World Cup 2014, Followed By England and Germany: Daily Soccer Report

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Of the 889,305 tickets allocated for the first phase of ticket sales for FIFA World Cup 2014, outside of the host country Brazil, the highest number of tickets drawn was for residents of the United States (66,646), followed by England (22,257), Germany (18,019), Australia (15,401), Canada (13,507), France (11,628), Colombia (11,326), Switzerland (8,082), Japan (5,021) and Argentina (4,493), according to FIFA.

USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann On Short List for Switzerland Job, Says Report

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann is on the short list as one of the candidates for the Switzerland national team manager position, according to German sport website Spox. According to the newspaper, the Swiss have already begun discussions on who could take the job.

The Swiss Football Federation are looking for a replacement to succeed Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will resign from his position at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United’s Recent Form Will Be Tested Against Real Sociedad

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Despite their early season struggles in the Premier League, Manchester United enter today's Champions League encounter against Real Sociedad on top of Group A with seven points after three matches. With road games in Spain today and later in Group A in Germany (Bayer Leverkusen) followed by a home match with Shakhtar Donetsk, United know that collecting four points from these next three fixtures will guarantee their progression to the knockout stage of the European club tournament.

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 48 Most Unpredictable Goals In This Compilation [VIDEO]

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In isolation, there's no doubt that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a incredibly gifted footballer. When you take a step back and watch this video featuring 48 of his most unpredictable goals, it's easy to see why some people consider him the best soccer player in the world.

This is one of those videos to sit back and watch full screen, and then watch it all over again.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 12: Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa Lead Messi in Pichichi Stakes [VIDEO]

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The top three all won again at the weekend as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid continue to dominate La Liga. Neither Barca nor Los Blancos are in vintage form, while Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to eclipse Lionel Messi as Pichichi contenders.

Below par Barcelona saw off Espanyol 1-0 in the Catalan derby on Friday.

Miami Is A Complex Market, But Beckham’s MLS Team Can Be A Success Here

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The Independent newspaper recently published an article about the forthcoming announcement of David Beckham opening a MLS franchise in Miami. The author spewed lazy stereotypes that many US soccer journalists, bloggers and fans have hurled at Miami for years. They recite the reasons why the market is a failure, a "soccer graveyard" as the author puts it.

Julian Green Accepts Germany U-19 Call, But USMNT Future Remains a Possibility: Nightly Soccer Report

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In a blow to US Soccer, talented Bayern Munich striker Julian Green has decided to accept a call-up to the U-19 Germany squad instead of training with the US Men's National Team who will be preparing for their upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

Green recently accepted a call-up by the USMNT squad.

Racism In Soccer; Watch Our Special Live Video Coverage at 5:30pm ET (This Week In Soccer)

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In the twelfth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we welcome special guest Mark Doidge to discuss a hot topic in world soccer —racism.

It's a topic that has raised its ugly head again. Doidge will be joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss what the situation is regarding racism in soccer, what solutions are there, whether football federations are using the correct measures to try to eradicate the disease, and other related topics.

Where to Find the UEFA Champions League and Europa League On US TV and Internet This Week

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In the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this week, there are 29 matches to choose from — all of which are available live on US television and/or Internet.

To help guide you through all of the European action this week, here's the complete list of UEFA Champions League games (and Europa League games) on US TV and Internet.

Watch the 5 Goals Scored By Goalkeepers in the Premier League From 2001-2013 [VIDEO]

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In the past 13 years, roughly 0.38 goals per year have been scored by goalkeepers in the Premier League. So when a goalkeeper does score, it's such a rare treat that it's something you want to embrace and watch over and over again.

Only five goalkeepers are in the folklore of Premier League keepers who have scored in England's top flight.

Watch These 2 Documentaries That Examine How Dangerous Concussions are in Sport

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While this website doesn't cover American football, the topic of concussions in relation to sport is a very timely topic given the incident that happened this weekend with Hugo Lloris, as well as the recent Frontline documentary that focused on the NFL's years of denial that repetitive concussions can cause brain damage.

FA Charge Fulham Defender Sascha Riether With Violent Conduct After Foul On Adnan Januzaj [VIDEO]

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The English Football Association have charged Fulham defender Sascha Riether with violent conduct after his foul on Manchester United left winger Adnan Januzaj in last Saturday's match at Craven Cottage.

The incident happened in Manchester United's 3-1 victory against Fulham. During the match, Riether appeared to stamp down on Januzaj's leg, but the incident was missed by referee Lee Probert.

Why Sergio Aguero Would Be a Perfect Fit At Bayern Munich

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The latest rumor regarding Bayern Munich circling in the British press was that Pep Guardiola fancies Sergio Aguero as a transfer target for next season. Such rumors shall always be taken with skepticism, due to the fact that ridiculous rumors are always circulated on a regular basis. Such laughable rumors include the continual links of Robert Lewandowski with a move to the Premier League when, in reality, his imminent move to Bayern Munich next summer is all but confirmed.

MLS Edges Closer to Awarding Atlanta a Franchise, But Silverbacks Are Not Being Considered: Monday Soccer Insider

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On Saturday, Atlanta will be the locale for the NASL Soccer Bowl, the title game of North America's second division. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks have developed a strong side thanks largely to US Soccer legend Eric Wynalda, the club's technical director.

Hugo Lloris Risked Long-Term Health, Says Brain Expert: Daily Soccer Report

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The controversy regarding Hugo Lloris's decision to play on for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday despite suffering a concussion after he was accidentally hit by Romelu Lukaku continues to escalate.

An expert from a UK brain injury charity said today that:

"When a player suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention.

Watch the Goal of the Weekend Featuring A Thunderbolt From 25 Yards [VIDEO]

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Japanese international Hiroki Sakai scored an amazing goal for Hannover 96 against Werder Bremen at the weekend in the derby match between these two northern German clubs.

Werder Bremen announcer Christian Stoll described the goal as "that shot was a bit of Fukushima" (referring to the nuclear plant.

Andre Villas-Boas Admits Defiant Hugo Lloris Couldn’t Remember Lukaku Blow & Insisted He Stayed On: Nightly Soccer Report

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted Sunday that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris couldn't remember the blow he received to the head from Romelu Lukaku in the Everton-Spurs match, and that Lloris insisted that he play on in the match.

The surprising revelation from Villas-Boas underpins the argument that English football is notadequately prepared to handle concussions properly.

Back To Normal? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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You remember, just a few seasons (more) ago: Arsenal dominated the league with their own brand of football and swagger. What's new then? Well...this time they do it with a team that wasn't even supposed to finish the top 4 according to some pundits. What's changed? To discuss that, the pod look at their performance over the weekend against LFC.

Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina, Italy, the USA and What Might Have Been

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It's been a good week for Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi. He played in yesterday's 2-0 away win against AC Milan. And, while his team lost midweek, he scored from the penalty spot Wednesday, giving his side its only goal in a 2-1 home loss to league leaders Napoli. The goal was Rossi's ninth of the season and the New Jersey born striker is currently Serie A's leading scorer, sitting atop a list that includes names like Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Balotelli.

Premier League After 10 Games; Where Anyone Can Beat Anyone

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Cardiff City vs Swansea City, South Wales Derby; Premier League Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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It could be argued that today's South Wales Derby is the biggest match in the 101-year rivalry between the two clubs. It's the first time that Cardiff City have played Swansea City in the Premier League and England's top flight division. Plus, it'll be the most watched South Wales Derby in the long history of crunch matches between the two sides.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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In the United States, the clocks went back one hour this morning so today's early morning Sunday kickoff is back at its usual time of 8:30am ET. And the match to kick off today's British football festivities should be a fascinating one featuring two big contenders — Everton against Tottenham Hotspur.

MLS Cheapens Soccer Viewing Experience By Playing Games On Gridiron Lines [PHOTOS]

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If Major League Soccer wants to be taken seriously, it needs to come up with a better solution than playing high-profile playoff games on fields featuring gridiron lines.

By playing games like these on fields that are prioritized for American football, it cheapens the MLS game, and makes TV viewers feel like they're watching a second-class sport.

Sven-Goran Eriksson: I Signed Deal to Manage Manchester United in 2002: Nightly Soccer Report

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Surprising revelations are coming out of England tonight where Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted in his new autobiography that he signed a deal in 2002 to manage Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson had planned to retire in 2002, and Sven — according to his book — had signed on the dotted line to replace Ferguson.

Watch ‘Inside The Timbers Army,’ A Film About How Portland Timbers Fans Create Tifos [VIDEO]

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The creativity and passion that Portland Timbers supporters pour into making incredible tifos to help support their team is outstanding. Thankfully, filmmakers have captured the fans and the process on video to give soccer fans such as ourselves a better understanding of what goes into making these beautiful designs.

Red Star Belgrade Win Serbian Derby, Rival Partizan Fans Set Stadium On Fire [VIDEO]

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The fiery Serbian derby between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade bore a closer resemblance to a Rage Against The Machine music video than a soccer match today after Partizan fans literally set the stadium on fire.

The crazy Partizan fans ignited several fires on the concrete terraces around the stadium.

Cardiff City vs Swansea City Preview: Possible Starting Line-Ups, Team News and Prediction

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Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:00 ET on NBCSN

The 106thedition of the South Wales Derby will make its first appearance in the Premier League on Sunday. Cardiff City will host Swansea City in a fixture that has had its share of blood on and off the pitch. It is somewhat unfortunate that this derby has been absent for almost three years (last played on February 6, 2011).

Competition from Edinson Cavani Pushes Zlatan Ibrahimovic Towards His Best

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Edinson Cavani's move to from Napoli to Paris St. Germain was one of the surprise moves of last summer's transfer window. The Parisians, after all, already had a world-class striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having the two of them in the same side seemed almost like trying to cram two lead guitarists into the same group.

Cardiff City vs Swansea: How The South Wales Derby Takes the Premier League’s Center Stage

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There's a first time for everything. The Football League in England was founded in 1888, and since its inception there has never been a matchup in the top flight between two clubs from Wales. There are nine Welsh clubs competing in the English football league system and only two have ever won a major honor in England: Cardiff City (1927 FA Cup) and Swansea City (2013 League Cup).

Asmir Begovic Scores After 12 Seconds to Become Only Fifth Goalkeeper Ever to Score In EPL [GIF]

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Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic became only the fifth goalkeeper in Premier League history to score a goal today, joining the elite ranks of other scoring goalkeepers Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson.

Here are two camera angles showing Begovic's incredible goal:

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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.

Montreal Impact Set to Name Alessandro Nesta As New Coach, Says Report: Nightly Soccer Report

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Montreal Impact are set to name Alessandro Nesta as their new coach, according to a report tonight by Grant Wahl.

The Italian centre back, who has been capped 78 teams by his country, retired from playing soccer last month after spending his final two seasons of his footballing career with the Canadian MLS side.

Newcastle United vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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With UEFA Champions League matches returning on Tuesday and Wednesday, that means that the clubs competing in that tournament (i.e. the top clubs) play today in order to rest up before their important European matches. As a result, there are eight matches scheduled today with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in action.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 10

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 10 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, November 2:

Newcastle vs Chelsea, 8:45am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard and Jim Beglin
Fulham vs Man United, 11am, NBCSN; Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale
Hull vs Sunderland, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight and Dean Sturridge
Man City vs Norwich, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker and Davie Provan
Stoke vs Southampton, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell and Brian Little
West Brom vs Crystal Palace, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck and Barry Horne
West Ham vs Aston Villa, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones and Stewart Robson
Arsenal vs Liverpool, 1:30pm, NBC; Steve Bower and Lee Dixon

Sunday, November 3:

Everton vs Tottenham, 8:30am, CNBC; Alan Parry and David Pleat
Cardiff vs Swansea, 11am, NBC Sports Network; Steve Bower and Graeme Le Saux

This weekend, Arlo White will be in the United States commentating on Major League Soccer.

Where to Find La Liga Games On US Television and Internet This Weekend, Gameweek 12

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The non-stop La Liga schedule rolls on relentlessly, with Week 11 games finishing up on Thursday night, and the first Week 12 match starting up again on Friday night as Barcelona defeated Espanyol 1-0 in the Catalan derby at Camp Nou. The remainder of the Gameweek 12 La Liga games are scheduled Saturday through Monday.

Recent TV Viewing Audience Numbers Offer MLS A Ray Of Hope

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NBC Sports Network is doing everything it can to pump up TV ratings for its coverage of Major League Soccer. The network is showing some matches on free-to-air television. They're putting Arlo White back in the lead commentary booth this weekend (and putting stand-in Steve Bower in charge of commentating this weekend's Premier League matches).

Why Wenger’s Arsenal Are The Unquestionable Premier League Title Favorites

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Following Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the League Cup on Tuesday, we read analysis far and wide about how the Gunners title credentials had been unmasked by the result. These theories gained traction among many analysts during the course of this week, but they were laughable. Bashing Arsene Wenger has long proven to be a rite of passage in certain areas of the British press.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Analyze How David Luiz Is Changing Defending in the EPL [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher recently sat down on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football to analyze how defending has changed in the Premier League from when both of these English footballers were being coached compared to more modern defenders such as David Luiz and Jan Vertonghen.

Neville argues that the Premier League clubs should incorporate dynamic defenders such as Luiz and Vertonghen, as they (i.

Sore Losers and Classless Montreal Impact Out of MLS Playoffs After Finishing Game With 8 Men [VIDEO]

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Players from the Montreal Impact in MLS were described by TV commentators as "sore losers" and "classless" for the way they ended their MLS playoff hopes last night after losing 3-0 to the Houston Dynamo in a fiery match where three Impact players were red carded.

Nelson Rivas, Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio were all red carded for Montreal Impact in the second half of the match.

Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Back-Heel Goal Immortalized In a Flip Book [VIDEO]

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After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular back-heel goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bastia in Ligue Un two weeks ago, a video has been created that uses a flip book to immortalize Zlatan's beautiful flick.

Is it better than the flip book that was created to showcase Thierry Henry's goals for the New York Red Bulls?

Chelsea Are Cruising Under Jose Mourinho And Ready to Pounce When Arsenal or Liverpool Slip Up

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It's always wise to point a camera at Jose Mourinho. Train a camera on the man, and he'll pay you back with some remarkable scenes. Such was the case on Sunday as a revived Fernando Torres pounced on a cataclysmic piece of defending from Manchester City and their beleaguered goalkeeper Joe Hart to score and give the Blues their biggest triumph of the season, a 2-1 home win over their title rivals.

Joe Hart Dropped By Manchester City For Clash With Norwich: Daily Soccer Report

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Joe Hart has been dropped by Manchester City for tomorrow's clash with Norwich City, according to a report inThe Guardiannewspaper.

Costel Pantilimon will start in goal for City after making an impressive performance against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup midweek.

While Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remained coy in his press conference interview today and didn't say whether Hart or Pantilimon would be starting,The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reports that Pantilimon trained in goal behind City's defense today and that he has been given the nod to start.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 11: Real Madrid Hit Seven as Barcelona Lead The Pack

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Barcelona maintained a one-point lead at the top of La Liga after the midweek games in Spain. Barca won comfortably at Celta Vigo while Real Madrid hit seven against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid won at Granada.

Barcelona coach Tata Martino made five changes from the side that won El Clasico last Saturday as his side marched on with a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo.

Arlo White Interview: Discussing His Career Trajectory, Tim Howard, NBC Sports and More (Voices Of Soccer)

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In the latest episode of our weekly interview series, we sit down with NBC Sports commentator Arlo White to gain more insight into his favorite club, what it's been like covering the Premier League, the reaction that NBC Sports has received from the media, what it was like working alongside Tim Howard, and much more.

Sepp Blatter’s Bizarre Address to Oxford University: Full Speech [VIDEO]

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Last week, FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke for 45 minutes to the Oxford Union at Oxford University in England.

During the discussion, Blatter impersonated Ronaldo and compared him to a commander, blamed the UK media for misrepresenting him, called himself a Robin Hood, said that FIFA was not against goal-line technology, and defends his role as FIFA President to a crowd who, at times, asked some pointed questions.

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

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The top-class soccer is enjoyably relentless at the moment. Trawling through this weekend's contests, I had another dilemma on what games to select for our weekly must-watch selection.

So much so, that I've included a few honorable mentions this week. Some great games in their own right, and contests that might take your personal fancy!