EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Brazil vs Spain, Confederations Cup Final: Open Thread

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After an entertaining Third Place match earlier today, the stage is set for the final match of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil, the hosts, playing Spain, the current European and World champions, in a match that should be a thrilling end to an enjoyable tournament.

For viewers in the United States, the coverage begins at 5:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Tottenham’s Brad Friedel Has the Vision For How to Make the USA a World Soccer Power

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has the vision of how the United States can become a world power in soccer and create an abundance of creative American soccer players that the national team system is lacking.

Friedel was in Baltimore recently as part of Tottenham's Global Coaching Program, helping develop grassroots soccer across the world and encouraging youngsters to play with style, passion and flair.

Italy vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup Third Place Match: Open Thread

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I've never been a fan of the third place match concept. While the games often feature lots of goals, the idea of the match itself is practically meaningless. Yes, they decide who finishes in third place in a tournament, but who cares? Without looking, do you remember the third place winner at Euro 2012 or World Cup 2010?

Could FIFA’s Role in the Brazilian Crisis Be Little More Than A Convenient Scapegoat?

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A generation from now, naughty children around the world will be hushed into submission by whispers of a hideous and sinister figure from the darkest corner of history. Disobedient little ones will tremble at the mention of his name, balk at stories of his villainous deeds and offer prayers that wherever he is now it's a place far, far away.

Why Borussia Dortmund Are The Model Club For Europe and Beyond

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Borussia Dortmund's stadium Signal Iduna Park, formerly known as Westfalenstadion until an insurance company secured naming rights until 2021, is arguably one of the most exhilarating sporting venues. The atmosphere generated is electric even hours before kick-off.

The stadium holds 80,720 people; the numbers alone vividly paint a picture of the atmosphere in itself.

Jozy Altidore Claims He Would Consider a Return to the Premier League: Nightly Soccer Report

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AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore says he would consider a return to the Premier League to play top flight soccer in Britain.

The former Hull City striker is a hot property in the European transfer market with Sunderland and other clubs interested in signing the 23-year-old American.

Altidore, who scored 31 times for AZ Alkmaar in all competitions last season, considers his time at Hull as a learning experience at a young age, and is looking forward to the prospect of perhaps playing in England again:

"It is a fantastic league, anyone will tell you that.

World Cup 2014 Is Australia’s Chance to Cement Its Place Amongst Soccer Elite

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Ten days ago, on a cold winter's night in Sydney, rain bucketed down as an entire nation sat on the edge of their seats. With the score deadlocked at 0-0 and with less than 15 minutes left on the clock, the Australian national team faced a tough task. Unable to break through a resilient Iraqi defense, the Socceroos needed a result in order to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Chivas del Guadalajara Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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Chivas del Guadalajara, one of the most successful teams in Mexico, have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season of Liga MX.

Las Chivas, 'The Goats,' as they're nicknamed will be wearing their famous red and white shirt next season but with a difference.

The new home shirt, designed by adidas, has blue sleeves, which is quite a change from last year's shirt that looked more like a Sunderland or Stoke City jersey.

New adizero F50 Messi from adidas [PHOTOS]

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It's not often that we write about soccer boots on World Soccer Talk, but when photos of the new Adizero F50 Messi came into our in-box, we couldn't resist to share them with you.

The boots (or cleats, as Americans calls them) are described by adidas as "the next iteration of Messi's f50 boots [that] feature the new, bright TURBO / BLAST PURPLE / WHITE colourway.

Aaron Evans Aims To Be First Coach With Disability at a Top Level Club

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Aaron Evans was born in Liverpool in 1987 with a serious illness called Cerebral Palsy, which affects an area of the brain.

On top of that, Evans was diagnosed with a chronic stomach illness in 2009 while playing for an academy soccer team. Despite these setbacks, they have never stopped Evans and his love for the beautiful game.

Andre Villas-Boas Wants to Quit Management in 5-10 Years to Race Dakar Rally: Daily Soccer Report

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Andre Villas-Boas says he plans on quitting management in the next five to 10 years to realize one of his lifetime ambitions, which is to drive in the Dakar Rally.

The Tottenham Hotspur manager made the comment toPortuguese newspaperO Jogo. Here's what he said:

"For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching.

Official Nike Balls for Premier League, Serie A and La Liga 2013-14 Season Revealed: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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It's not just photographs of soccer replica shirts that are being leaked this time of the year. It's also balls — in particular, photographs of the official balls for the 2013-14 season for the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, all three designs are from the same design family.

Chelsea and adidas Extend Shirt Sponsorship Deal Through 2023

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Chelsea and adidas recently extended their global partnership, which will keep adidas creating their club kits and sportswear through 2023.

More importantly, it means that Chelsea will reportedly receive approximately £30million a year from adidas — for a whopping grand total of £290 million over 10 years.

Tottenham Hotspur Home, Away and Third Shirts for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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A photo of Tottenham Hotspur's home, away and third shirts for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

In what appears to be the new official shirts from Under Armour, the Tottenham Hotspur shirts feature the name of what is allegedly the new shirt sponsor for Spurs — HP. Not HP Sauce, but Hewlett Packard.

Brazil vs Spain, 2013 Confederations Cup Final Preview

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The tournament hosts Brazil will play the World and European Champions Spain on Sunday at Estadio do Maracana.

For viewers in the United States, the broadcast for the match will kick off at 5:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Spain confirmed their place in the final on Thursday evening after beating Mario Balotelli-less Italy 7-6 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation and after extra time.

Chelsea Poised to Sign Edinson Cavani Pending Napoli Agreement, Says Report

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Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but have not yet reached an agreement with his club Napoli, according to media reports in Italy.

According to Sky Italia reporter Tancredi Palmeri:

"There are reports of Chelsea having found an agreement with Cavani over personal terms, pending an agreement with Napoli.

ESPN Deconstructs What Makes Man United and Mexico Striker Chicharito So Dangerous [VIDEO]

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ESPN recently deconstructed what makes Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez such a threat in front of goal.

In a special segment during ESPN's coverage of the Confederations Cup, here's how their Sports Science's department figured out what makes Chicharito so special.

MLS Game Tape Delayed By Yu-Gi-Oh! TV Show

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Today's MLS game between Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake isn't going to be shown live on television in Utah because, wait for it, the local TV station is going to air an episode of the children's cartoon Yu-Gi-Oh! instead.

Toronto against Real Salt Lake kicked off at 1pm ET and is being shown live on Canadian TV channel TSN.

Huddersfield Town Launch New Home Shirt With Blast From The Past [PHOTOS]

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Huddersfield Town — three time winners of the English top flight and one time FA Cup winner — recently unveiled their new home kit in grand style by fusing the past with the present.

The Yorkshire club, who are celebrating their 100th year of wearing their blue and white stripes, coincided the launch of their new home shirt with a campaign called#HTAFCGREATEST where they asked fans (and famous supporters) to name the greatest Huddersfield Town side from the club's history since being founded in 1908.

Optimism Is High At Southampton In Advance of New Season

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After the success of back-to-back promotions to earn a spot in the Premier League, Southampton found life difficult initially. They weren't assisted too well by an extremely difficult first few months of the campaign, and ultimately seemed destined for a year-long relegation scrap.

That is until things turned around when Saints' new manager Mauricio Pochettino arrived to the club and ushered in a new high-pressing style and fast-paced tempo for the club to play with.

Newcastle United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photo of Newcastle United's home shirt for next season has been leaked on the Internet.

The major difference between the previously leaked photo of Newcastle United's shirt and this new one is the inclusion of Newcastle's new shirt sponsor for next season — a payday lender.

In this new photograph, it's also easier to see the blue lines that run down the side of each black stripe, which is quite a departure for Newcastle United but complements the color of the shirt sponsor logo.

PES 2014 Game Features Explored In Detail [VIDEO]

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Konami have released a brand new video that highlights the new game features in PES 2014.

The new installment of the game is scheduled for release on September 20, 2013 —four full days before FIFA 14 is available.

The 6 minute video goes into more detail than previously about each of the main new game features.

FIFA 14 Cover Revealed For USA And Mexico [PHOTO]

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EA Sports has revealed the cover for FIFA 14 that will be sold in the United States and Mexico beginning this September.

On the cover, Lionel Messi and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez are featured, which will be used on all of the packaging for the game sold in Mexico and the US. As you can see, there are no MLS or USMNT players to be seen.

Revealed: Final Results of the ‘Beat The Manager’ Prediction Game

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The final results are in for the prediction gameBeat The Manager, which we ran all season long. The free game tasked players with trying to predict the starting lineup for their favorite team. As well as predicting what was the best starting line-up for said team.

Over the course of the season, we gave away six brand-new Apple iPad Mini tablets.

FFS: Gary Lineker, the Respectable Footballer and Jason Brown [VIDEO]

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In this week's episode of FFS (Friday Football Special), the gang take an exclusive look at Gary Lineker's preparations for Match of the Day next season, the Respectable Footballer takes a moral break during the break, plus Malcolm and Barry analyze Welsh goalkeeper Jason Brown's tweets.

Subscribe to FFS on iTunes.

Tottenham Want Barcelona Forward David Villa, But Not For £12m: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Tottenham want Barcelona forward David Villa, but not for £12m — The Guardian
  • Chelsea's Marko Marin is set to join Spanish club Sevilla on a season-long loan deal — BBC Sport
  • Dutch international defender Erik Pieters signs 4-year deal with Stoke — Stoke City
  • Newcastle continue to look to France for new recruits as manager Alan Pardew is overruled — Telegraph
  • Cardiff make new offer for Cetic's Victor Wanyama — The Mail
  • Subbuteo catalogue, 1969 — The Football Attic
  • Sunderlandagree fee with Arsenal for goalkeeper Vito Mannone — The Telegraph
  • Newcastle players WILL wear club shirts after Wonga row — The Independent
  • Gary O'Neil to sign new West Ham contract after agreeing terms — Sky Sports
  • Mark Halsey banned from referees' summer conference — The Mail

International soccer

  • Hoddle says England should target Euro 2016 rather than the World Cup to win trophy — BBC Sport
  • Brad Friedel: "U.

Jonathan de Guzman Agrees New Season Loan Deal At Swansea: Daily Soccer Report

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Jonathan de Guzman has agreed a new season-long loan at Swansea City. The talented Dutch midfielder is still registered as a Villarreal footballer, but the Spanish club agreed a new one year deal with the Swans to keep him in Wales until the end of the 2013-14 season.

De Guzman started off slowly at Swansea last season, but his performances improved greatly to such a point where he was one of the first names on the team sheet each week.

What Role Will Yaya Toure Play Under Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City?

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In Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City have acquired an astute tactician who, unlike many of today's top managers, has shown his ability to be flexible in his choice of tactics.

Throughout his career, Pellegrini has used a variety of formations, some of which include 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-2-2-2 and 4-4-2.

RIP Google Reader: How to Continue Subscribing to World Soccer Talk

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Google Reader will shut down on Monday and will no longer be available ever again. For many of you, myself included, Google's RSS reader has been practically a life saver (well, at least a huge time saver). But now that Google is shutting down the service, here are a few alternatives in order to make sure you don't miss a single article from World Soccer Talk:

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FC Cologne Use Afro, Mullets And Muscle Car to Promote Their New Home Shirt [VIDEO]

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It's that time of the year when new kit launches are coming thick and fast. Most of them are very predictable in terms of the marketing and kit designs. But here's one that's quite unique — the launch of the new home kit for FC Cologne.

In this one-of-a-kind video and series of photos, three FC Cologne players dressed up in the 1970′s gear (afro, mullets, shades and more) to model the new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

Southampton Fans Express Outrage at New Official Home and Away Shirts [PHOTOS]

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Southampton supporters will have little to smile about today as their new home and away kits were released for the 2013-14 season.

The Premier League club, who finished 14thlast season, have teamed-up with the famous sports manufacturer adidas, who are sponsors of many kits in English football.

Swansea City Officially Unveil New Home and Away Kits [PHOTOS]

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Swansea City have officially unveiled their new home and away kits for next season, as well as their new sponsor.

The new shirt sponsor for the Swans is an Asian investing company named Goldenway.

Here are the home and away kits for next season. Read my review of them here.

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Are Spain A Better Side Without Xabi Alonso?

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Are Spain a better side without Xabi Alonso?First and foremost, pondering this question is in no way a slant on Xabi Alonso's ability. His record speaks for itself anyway: Champions League, double European Championships and World Cup winners medals make up just a segment of the honors he has picked up in a glittering career.

Arsenal Set to Start Wayne Rooney Bidding War At £25m: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal are expected to start the bidding war at £25million for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, according to the Manchester Evening News today.

The newspaper reports that while Rooney was looking forward to working under Moyes again, the player still sees his future away from Old Trafford.

Man United Poised to Launch New Bid to Sign Everton’s Leighton Baines After Rejected Bid: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United are poised to launch a new bid to try to sign Everton left back Leighton Baines after United's initial bid of £12million was rejected by the Goodison Park club, according to an article tonight byThe Telegraphnewspaper.

The Timeswere the first to get the exclusive on Manchester United putting in a bid for Baines.

What EPL Fans Can Expect With ‘Premier League Extra Time’ From NBC Sports: Screenshot

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Ever since NBC Sports unveiled their Premier League coverage plans in April, there's been a lot of excitement about not only the quantity of games that will be available, but also the new options to experience the world's most popular sports league.

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of NBC's Premier League coverage plans is their Premier League Extra Time service that will allow TV viewers to watch several live games at once (as long as your TV provider has signed up with NBC to offer the service to you).

Southampton Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photograph of Southampton's home shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

Following up on the previously leaked image of Southampton's home shirt for next season, the design of the Southampton home shirt pictured above is similar. The red shirt — with no stripes despite the objections of Southampton supporters and myself included — is plucked from an adidas template with a white trim and the sponsor's name, club crest and adidas logo all in gold color.

FOX Soccer Plus to Continue Next Season In More Prominent Role

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Beginning this August, FOX Soccer Plus will play a prominent role in soccer coverage on US television.

In the past, FOX Soccer Plus was the often neglected sister channel of FOX Soccer. But now that FOX Soccer will be shutting down later this summer, and despite the fact that FOX Sports says that no decision had been made in early June about the future of FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO, it appears now that both will continue running next season, as FOX Sports execs revealed in a recent interview with industry publication Multichannel News.

Details Emerge About FIFA 14 For Android and iOS Devices

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EA Sports have released details about the upcoming release of FIFA 14 for smartphones and tablets that run Android and iOS.

For FIFA 14 on mobile devices, the game will feature unique, new creative controls where you'll be able to touch the screen to select players, tap to pass and defend, and swipe to shoot, according to Pocket Gamer.

2013-14 Scottish Premier League Season Will Be Shown on US TV

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With FOX Soccer shutting down either in August or September, and many of its soccer rights transferring to FOX Sports 1 when the new network launches on August 17, there have been a lot of questions regarding the status of the Scottish Premier League and whether fans will still be able to watch the league in the United States.

USA Crashes Out of U-20 World Cup: Can the MLS-USL PRO Partnership Help Fix the Continued Decline of US Youth Development?

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This was supposed to be a different type of United States U-20 team. Managed by US Soccer legend Tab Ramos, the team has more professional players than its predecessors and is in the process of integrating a universal style advocated by Jürgen Klinsmann.

The US crashed out of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Ghana, a defeat that could have been much worse had it not been for the stellar play of Southampton's American Goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Spain vs Italy, Confederations Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

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Spain plays Italy today in the second semi-final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The winner will face Brazil in the final on Sunday, while the losing team will play against Uruguay in the third-place match scheduled earlier on Sunday.

Between Spain and Italy, the pressure is on Spain to win the semi-final.

The Story Of When Manchester United Called Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium Home

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What comes to mind when someone mentions Anfield? For the majority, it's the sight of 45,000 Liverpool supporters with their scarves aloft, bellowing out ‘You'll Never Walk Alone." The stadium is a symbolic venue, exclusively associated with one of English football's most decorated and illustrious sides.

Spain vs Italy, Confederations Cup Semi-Final: Preview

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The second semi-final is an all-European affair, with reigning world champions Spain taking on Italy, the runners-up at UEFA Euro 2012. This match is also a re-run of last year's continental final, which ended in victory for Spain.

Italy have vowed to use their imagination in the semi-final against the world and European champions, but Spain were already favorites before the Italy squad had been struck with injury problems.

Klinsmann’s Experimental US Squad For Gold Cup Will Reveal True Depth

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Mexico has won the last two Continental Championships in CONCACAF defeating the United States in the final on both occasions. Prior to that, the United States had won three of the previous CONCACAF Gold Cups, and had exerted a level of dominance over El Tri that perhaps led to a sense of complacency among American soccer supporters and elites.

US Soccer Announce 23-Man Squad for 2013 Gold Cup: Landon Donovan Returns

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US Soccer have announced their 23-man squad for the 2013 Gold Cup.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (3):Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS (5): Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

The US team is in the same group as Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba.

Rangers Home, Away and Third Shirts for 2013-14 Season Unveiled: Official [PHOTOS]

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Rangers have unveiled their new home, away and third shirts for the 2013-14 season, designed by Puma.

Glasgow Rangers were promoted from the Scottish Third Division last season, and will begin their new season in the Scottish Second Division beginning this summer. Some of the teams they'll be facing in the upcoming season are East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Stenhousemuir,Airdrieonians andDunfermline.

Swansea City Home and Away Shirts for 2013-14 Season: Preview [PHOTO]

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Swansea City have today unveiled their new home and away shirts for the 2013-14 season. Tomorrow, they'll be unveiling the shirt sponsor name to reveal the complete picture of home and away kits for next season.

Let's start with the Swansea home shirt first. It's plucked right from one of the latest adidas templates.

Everton Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Launched: Official [PHOTOS]

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Everton have officially unveiled their new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

Designed by Nike, this one is a mixture of great features ruined by a ugly double hoop design on the sleeve.

Everton's home kit is blue, features a classic (and classy) white collar and also includes the new Everton club crest (which will be only used for one season thus making this shirt quite a collector's item).

Confederations Cup Viewership Up 26% On ESPN Compared to 2009

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Not including today's semi-final, the first 12 matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 on ESPN and ESPN2 were seen by an average audience of 485,000 viewers, an increase of 26 percent in viewers to the 384,000 average who watched the matches during 2009.

The numbers are impressive when you consider that there's no USA men's national team like there was four years ago.

Everton Exploring Site For Potential New Stadium ‘Close’ to Goodison Park: Nightly Soccer Report

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Everton Football Club are exploring options to build a new ground near Goodison Park in Liverpool.

"We have identified a site close to Goodison and we have a [Liverpool] council at the moment who are extremely positive in their desire to help us," said Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. "If we take forward what we're looking at now, I think you would be happier than sharing with the Reds.

Real Madrid to Play Inter Milan in St. Louis On August 10

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After the success of the Manchester City against Chelsea friendly in St. Louisin May, where 48,000 tickets sold out in 20 minutes, world-class soccer is returning to St. Louis this summer when Real Madrid plays Inter Milan in a friendly scheduled for Saturday, August 10. That's according to a report by FOX News 2.

Real Madrid Announce Signing of Spain u21 Star Isco: Daily Soccer Report

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Real Madrid have announced the signing of Spain u21 playmaker Isco on a five-year deal. The Spanish attacking midfielder was being chased by Manchester City, and will come as a blow to new manager Manuel Pellegrini who coached the player at Malaga.

The lure of Real Madrid was obviously more enticing for Isco than City, but let's hope that the summer transfer window can produce some star signings coming to the Premier League.

Chaos In Brazil: The Wrath of a Nation Holds FIFA In a Vice

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Anyone following the FIFA PR machine as it trips and skids its way through its response to the chaos unfolding in Brazil could be forgiven for thinking we're in pantomime season. As the Confederations Cup quickly turns from close-season money spinner into a full frontal exposure of a nation in crisis, the villainous outline of Sepp Blatter looms large over the country.

Real Madrid Offer Higuain & Coentrão Plus Cash For Gareth Bale, Says Report

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Real Madrid are willing to offer Tottenham star players Gonzalo Higuain, Fabio Coentrao plus cash in order to sign Gareth Bale, according to a report inThe Timesnewspaper.

Under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid are looking to sign a star attacking midfielder. At the same time, the Spanish club realize that Tottenham Hotspur are in need of a new striker and left back.

Brazil vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

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The TV broadcast for today's semi-final of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Uruguay begins at 2:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

The starting line-ups have been announced:

Brazil starting lineup: Cesar, Alves, Thiago, Luiz, Marcelo, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Gustavo, Paulinho and Hulk.

Jim Cassell Who Built Manchester City’s Academy Into a Force Leaves the Club

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Jim Cassell, one of the stalwarts of Manchester City Football Club left the coaching setup the club confirmed today. The Manchester City Academy was long among the top developmental programs in England and today's announcement though expected closes the chapter on a successful run.

The players developed by Cassell in his time at Manchester City are an impressive read.

Watch the World Cup 2014 Music Video; ‘Todo Mundo’ By Gaby Amarantos And Monobloco [VIDEO]

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The 2014 World Cup is less than one year away, and the first music video has been released to get people excited about the world's largest and most popular sports tournament.

Watch the music video for "Todo Mundo," featuring singer Gaby Amarantos (MTV Brazil's 2012 Artist of the Year) and samba supergroup Monobloco.

Cristiano Ronaldo Will Meet With Manchester United Officials to Discuss Move, Says Report

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Cristiano Ronaldo's future is again under speculation following reports in Spain suggesting that the Portugal captain will meet Manchester United officials before heading back to pre-season in Madrid.

A Madrid daily newspaper (El Pais) has reported that both teams will deny the meeting, which is supposed to be held within the next few days, as it breaches a FIFA ruling.

beIN SPORT Acquires US Media Rights to Russian Premier League

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beIN SPORT has acquired the US media rights to the Russian Premier League beginning with the new season.

The 2013-14 season of the Russian Premier League kicks off on Saturday, July 13 and runs through May, 2014. The Russian Premier League features several top sides including Anzhi, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan.

The Tragic Tale of Manchester United, Liverpool and the 1915 Match Fixing Scandal

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These days, it is impossible to imagine Liverpool and Manchester United doing any favors for each other. But just shy of a century ago, before the rivalry between the two escalated to the hyperbole that it is today, the two sides conspired together in creating what remains one of the biggest scandals the English game has ever seen.

Millwall Add Charity As Shirt Sponsor Instead of Greedy Payday Lender [PHOTO]

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Millwall Football Club have made a brilliant move by deciding to select a charity as their shirt sponsor, for free, instead of going with a sponsorship deal with a money-grubbing payday loan company.

Here's what Millwall's CEO said regarding the shirt deal:

"If displaying the Prostate Cancer UK logo on our shirts, providing regular information in our publications and around our ground, and having health professionals available on matchdays to discuss issues in an informal setting, helps saves lives, we will have achieved something even greater than three points on a Saturday afternoon.

Moments In Football: Brilliant New Soccer Animation From Richard Swarbrick [VIDEO]

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Talented animator Richard Swarbrick, famous for his exquisite Gareth Bale against Inter Milan animation, is back with another wonderful piece of art. This one is entitled "Moments In Football.

The video features animated action from Cruyff, Zlatan, Marco van Basten, Gazza, Rene Higuita, Pele, Maradona, Zizou and Baggio.

Brazil vs Uruguay Preview; Confederations Cup Semi-Final

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Brazil host Uruguay in the first semi-final of the 2013 Confederations Cup today (2:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN), a match which will add a little extra spice to what promises to be an intriguing encounter with a reinvigorated Brazil side, the first meeting between these old rivals since 2009.

The fact there have been no previous encounters between the sides in four years means that many of the players running out at the Mineirao on Wednesday will be facing each other for the first time in their international careers.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Spotted in London Hotel to Force Through Liverpool Move: Daily Soccer Report

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Shakhtar Donetsk midfielderHenrikh Mkhitaryan is trying to force through a move to Liverpool after he was spotted in a London hotel today.

The £23million-rated Mkhitaryan is supposed to be in Austria with Shakhtar Donestk during their pre-season training. The team have threatened to fineMkhitaryan for missing training.

Martyn Lancaster Interview: Atlanta Silverbacks Captain Discusses Team and Wigan Athletic

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World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer caught up with Atlanta Silverbacks Captain Martyn Lancaster earlier this month to discuss the resurgence of the Silverbacks, and Lancaster's professional career which has taken him to four different countries. Lancaster's home town club Wigan Athletic is also discussed.

Simon Mignolet Completes £11m Move From Sunderland to Liverpool: Nightly Soccer Report

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Simon Mignolet has finally completed his transfer from Sunderland to Liverpool for a transfer fee believed to be £11million.

The talented Belgium goalkeeper, who made 90 appearances for Sunderland when he was at the Premier League club, is highly rated by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"I am delighted that we have been able to sign one of the top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League.

Spartak Moscow Home and Away Shirts for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Spartak Moscow's home and away shirts for the 2013/14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

First up is Spartak Moscow's new home shirt designed and manufactured by Nike:

And here are photos of Spartak Moscow's away shirt for next season:

H/T Todo Sobre Camisetas.

Inter Milan Home and Away Shirts for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Inter Milan's home and away shirts for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

After several poor designs by Nike earlier this summer, the latest round of designs have been wonderful. Add the Inter Milan home and away shirts to that list. These classy, simple and iconic shirts will be proudly worn by Inter supporters around the world.

If You Want Your EPL, Time Warner Customers, It’s Time To Take Action

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If you're a Time Warner customer and you're a fan of watching the Premier League, you could miss out on up to 49% of all matches that will be shown live by NBC Sports beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Currently, Time Warner is one of the major cable companies in the US who are refusing to budge on providing soccer fans with the access to all of the Premier League matches available.

Juventus Sign Manchester City Striker Carlos Tevez In £7.6million Deal, Says Report

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Juventus have agreed a £7.6million deal to sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City on a three-year contract, according to media reports in Italy.

At Juventus, Tevez will be on wages of £90,000 per week. This comes after City, Tevez and Juventus finally were able to agree the terms of the deal.

Chelsea Close In On Edinson Cavani Signing, Says Reports

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Chelsea have shown continued interest in signing Edinson Cavani following a reported £49.3m fee has been agreed by the two clubs.

At the same time, there's conflicting reports regarding whether a deal has been struck or not. Chelsea are reported to be in talks with Napoli regarding the Uruguayan striker.

Manchester City Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photo of Manchester City's away shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The Manchester City away shirt with gold trim features a two-tone black colored-shirt. One half of it is jet black. The other is a slightly lighter black color, resembling a charcoal color. Although it's difficult to saw for sure based on the images we've seen.

Arsenal Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Confirmed: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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Arsenal's away shirt for the 2013-14 season has been revealed in a new photograph that has been leaked on the Internet.

The away shirt for Arsenal has been one of the worst kept secrets with plenty of previously leaked images, but this one looks the best yet with a promotional image that looks similar to other ones produced by Nike for other club kits.

Juventus Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Leaked photographs of Juventus's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been released on the Internet.

Designed by Nike, Juventus's away shirt is a bold design featuring a yellow shirt with black and white trim. The collar design looks quite unique, with a lot of detail, unlike other soccer shirts.

Watch ‘Tim Cahill: From AUS to NYC’ On Debut Episode of MLS Insider [VIDEO]

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Former Everton legend Tim Cahill, who now plays for New York Red Bulls, was the lead story in NBC Sports' brand-new show entitled MLS Insider that debuted last Friday night.

The episode on Tim Cahill is a fascinating look at his upbringing and what motivates him as a footballer to succeed. The video provides a rare glimpse into Cahill's life.

6 Potential Midfield Targets Manchester United Could Sign

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Although Manchester United cruised to their twentieth Premier League title last season, they were far from a perfect side. Inconsistent wingers, coupled with a lack of options in center midfield, weakened a team that boasted one of the most deadly attacking trios in United's history.

While players such as Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia should rebound this coming season, given the chance of course, the center of the park will still be a problem for Manchester United if they fail to strengthen this summer.

Southampton Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Bad news for Southampton supporters and English football traditionalists. After the outcry from Saints supporters last year that the club decided to ditch their traditional red and white stripes in favor of a red shirt, Southampton Football Club have yet again decided to ignore the supporters of their club.

Southampton Talk to Victor Wanyama After Agreeing £12m Fee: Nightly Soccer Report

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Southampton have agreed a £12million fee with Celtic for the signature ofVictor Wanyama (pictured above left). However, the signing of the Kenyan is far from completed with Cardiff City also reportedly very interested in signing the footballer after allegedly putting in a bid of £10million.

On top of that, there are transfer rumors ofVictor Wanyama's agent demanding a king's ransom in an agent fee before the deal is finalized, so don't be surprised if this transfer saga drags on and on.

Galatasaray Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Turkish club Galatasaray have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season, and it's a winner.

Familiar faces such as Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop, and Johan Elmander will be wearing the new shirt for Galatasaray next season. Designed by Nike, the two-tone colored shirt features a classy asymmetricaldesign.

Former Norwich Defender Elliott Ward Will Aid Bournemouth in Championship

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has moved to secure his first signing of the transfer window as the Cherries prepare for their return to the Championship. Despite being backed financially by wealthy Russian owner Maxim Demin, the Cherries have had to be smart in the window as they try to comply with the financial fair play regulations.

Wigan Athletic Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: [PHOTOS]

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Wigan Athletic have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The current FA Cup holders, who were relegated to the Championship, will be playing in their familiar colors of blue and white vertical stripes next season.

Designed by Mi-Fit, the new Wigan home shirt features a traditional v-neck collar, and white cuffs at the end of the short-sleeve design.

Carlo Ancelotti Appointed Real Madrid Boss As Blanc Heads to PSG: Daily Soccer Report

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Carlo Ancelotti has today been confirmed as the new manager of Real Madrid on a three-year deal to replace Jose Mourinho. At the same time, Laurent Blanc will replace Ancelotti to become manager of Paris Saint-Germain. Ancelotti officially takes charge on July 1.

Ancelotti's move to Spain will now undoubtedly set off a string of transfer gossip stories in the British tabloid press linking any eligible players who used to play under Ancelotti to Real Madrid.

BBC Lost Its Sense of Perspective When They Ambushed Gus Poyet

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Poor old Gus Poyet. The former Brighton boss must feel like somebody's been sneaking into his world and pulling threads with the way his career has been unravelling lately. Since his side blew their favorites tag to go crashing out of the Championship play-offs to a Crystal Palace team in wretched form on May 13,the Uruguayan has been the football media's number one fall guy, suspended from his job and panned by his club for failing to attend a disciplinary hearing into the undisclosed charges hanging over him.

West Bromwich Albion Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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West Bromwich Albion have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The Baggies new away kit is designed by adidas and features a red shirt with black stripes. It's distinct, looks modern and should be a hit at the Hawthorns.

From the shirt design, the v-neck collar looks aesthetically pleasing with its red and black colors.

Why It’s Time To Bring Landon Donovan Back to the USMNT For World Cup 2014

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On top of the Hex, and looking a sure bet for a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it may seem like this isn't time for the United States men's national team to make changes to their soccer team. Things are finally starting to click after two rocky years under Jurgen Klinsmann – leaders have emerged, a captain has been named, and a goal-scorer has been rediscovered.

Stoke City Add Philadelphia Union Match to Schedule For US Summer Tour

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Stoke City have added a third match to their 2013 summer tour of the United States.

The Potters had already announced matches against Houston and FC Dallas. Now their third match of Stoke's US tour will be against Philadelphia Union on July 30 at PPL Park.

Philadelphia's match versus Stoke City marks the fourth time the Union have faced an English squad in a friendly and the third played at PPL Park, previously squaring off against Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa.

West Ham United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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West Ham United unveiled their new home kit for the 2013-14 season recently.

Designed by adidas, the new Hammers home shirt evokes memories of retro adidas designs with the old-fashioned collar, three stripes down the sleeve and simple-yet-effective design.

Overall, it's a great design that's far better than West Ham United jerseys from the last decade.

Roberto Martinez Can Help Ross Barkley To Flourish at Everton in 2013/14

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As the England U20's became the latest crop to put in a lackluster showing for the Three Lions, watching Everton supporters could forgive themselves for feeling rather positive.

Toffees youngsters Ross Barkley and John Lundstram both started the game for Peter Taylor's side and both put in promising showings.

FA Cup Holders Wigan Athletic Announce US Summer Tour

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Wigan Athletic, the current FA Cup holders, have announced a US tour, which will see them play three matches Stateside.

On Saturday, July 13, Wigan Athletic will play Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Ohio. That'll be followed by a game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on July 19. Wigan also plans on adding a third match to its itinerary against a team to be determined.

NBC Sports Releases New Ad To Promote Premier League Coverage: Sounds [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports has released its latest 30 second spot to promote the group's coverage of the Premier League, which kicks off on NBC on August 17, 2013.

In the latest ad, NBC focuses on the sounds that make the Premier League quite unique.

In case you missed any of the other ads, here they are:

Forget Downton Abbey,
Premier League Chant, and
Every.

Fulham Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Preview [PHOTOS]

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Fulham have released a preview of their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

For the new season, Fulham's shirts will be designed by adidas instead of Kappa.Fulham have worn adidas shirts throughout their history between 1977 and 1981, and 1997 and 2003, with many of them being memorable kits.

Kyle Martino Joins NBC’s Premier League Studio Team: Why He Deserves Another Chance

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NBC Sports has announced that Kyle Martino will be joining NBC's studio team for its coverage of the Premier League beginning this August. Martino will rotate with Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe as one of NBC's Premier League analysts, and will work alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe.

Martino joined NBC Sports Group in 2012 as lead MLS game analyst and served as a men's soccer analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-4 Cruzeiro: Friendly Overshadowed by Brazilian Protesters and Anti-FIFA Message

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A nice crowd at Lockhart Stadium in addition to a national television audience on Univision Deportes witnessed Cruzeiro's 4-0 friendly win over NASL outfit Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But the real story wasn't the match but the continued growth of the protest movement in Brazil and how ex-pats in the United States feel about it.

Gus Poyet Finds Out He’s Been Sacked By Brighton On Live TV: Nightly Soccer Report

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You've got to feel sorry for Gus Poyet. The former Tottenham Hotspur star found out on live television that he had been sacked tonight as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion.

While Poyet was working for the BBC tonight analyzing games from the Confederations Cup, Brighton published a story on its website saying that Poyet had been informed that he had been sacked as manager.

Cardiff City Agree Fee With Blackpool for Winger Tom Ince: Daily Soccer Report

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Cardiff City have agreed a fee with Blackpool for the signing of winger Tom Ince.

For the past 12 months, several clubs have been reported to have an interest in signing the skillful winger including Swansea and, his former club, Liverpool. But it appears that Cardiff are close to finalizing a deal pending Ince agreeing personal terms and successfully passing a medical.

Could Monaco’s Big Gamble Effect World Cup Qualifiers?

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"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax," so said a fairly well-known German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein. Clearly if income taxes puzzled one of our great geniuses, more than likely they would cause problems for the average Russian billionaire football club owner.

Nigeria vs Spain and Uruguay vs Tahiti, Confederations Cup: Open Thread

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Today's the last day of the first round of the Confederations Cup, we've got Nigeria against Spain and Uruguay vs Tahiti.

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

Nigeria vs Spain (Confederations Cup), 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs Tahiti (Confederations Cup), 2:30pm, ESPN2/WatchESPN

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

Joe Kinnear Hits Back at ‘Clueless Coach’ Alan Shearer in Newcastle Row: Daily Soccer Report

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Newcastle United Director of Football Joe Kinnear has hit back at club legend Alan Shearer by calling him a clueless coach.

The criticism is in response to Shearer who earlier this week said he was sickened by the Newcastle PR disaster surrounding the recent events that had turned the club into a laughing stock.

Are A-League Stars Signing With Bundesliga Clubs A Growing Trend?

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On a cold winter's day in the city of Düsseldorf, as patrons of the city sat in the Esprit Arena watching their side go up against former Bundesliga champions VFB Stuttgart, the Fortuna faithful looked on worried, as their side may be staring at a fifth successive game without a win.

The Flingeraner were flirting dangerously close to the relegation places, as the game was drawing to its end.

Tottenham ‘Close’ to Signing Brazil’s Paulinho With Deal Believed to Have Been Agreed: Nightly Soccer Report

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Social media has been abuzz today with Tottenham Hotspur supporters practically drooling over the impending arrival of Brazil star Paulinho. The player is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to join the north London side.

The 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder is currently playing in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

FFS: Moyes’ Muse, Agent Bond and David Beckham [VIDEO]

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It's the summer without Premier League football, but that hasn't stopped the fine folks at FFS from producing another great new video.

In this episode, Agent Bond drives another hard bargain with his devastating charm, we have analysis of David Moyes' new role at Manchester United, Jim Daly sings about David Beckham's world-famous hair.

Italy vs Brazil and Japan vs Mexico, Confederations Cup: Open Thread

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For the old fogies like me, Italy against Brazil conjures up memories of the 1982 World Cup in one of the greatest World Cup matches in the history of the tournament.

Italy faced Brazil in the second round. For a trip down memory lane, here are the wonderful highlights from the match:

If today's match between Italy and Brazil can come even close to the great 1982 match, we're in for a treat.

Stage Is Set For Evolving Mourinho to Reach New Heights at Chelsea

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All the great managers learn. They evolve and adapt. Failure doesn't give them blind, reckless motivation to win; it teaches them, directs them, and makes them better. When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May, it was impossible to finger a tactical legacy, because the manager's style evolved consistently over time.

Liverpool Have Completed Signing of Spain Forward Luis Alberto from Sevilla: Daily Soccer Report

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Liverpool have signed Spanish youth international forward Luis Alberto, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old former Sevilla star can play anywhere across the front line, and is Liverpool's third major signing of the summer after acquiring Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure.

In the 2012-13 season, he played on loan at Barcelona B where he scored 11 goals in 38 appearances.

Manchester United in Battle to Prise Thiago From Barcelona: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United are in a tussle to try to signThiago Alcântara from Barcelona after the midfielder has been one of the stars of the u-21 European Championship tournament.

David Moyes is reportedly interested in triggering the £17million release clause to try to make Thiago his first major signing of the summer.

Sunderland Interested in Signing Jozy Altidore, Says Report

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Sunderland are interested in signing striker Jozy Altidore for a transfer fee believed to be around £5million, according to a report.

Altidore is currently on a goalscoring hot streak after scoring four consecutive goals for the US men's national team in the past month. Plus, he scored 31 goals for AZ Alkmaar in the 2012-13 season — a record for an American while playing in Europe.

Liverpool Agree Fee With Sunderland for Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool have agreed a fee with Sunderland for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to Sky Sports.

Neither Liverpool nor Sunderland have officially confirmed the news yet. Plus, Mignolet will need to agree personal terms and pass a medical before the deal can be finalized, but it's still encouraging news for Liverpool supporters who will see Mignolet as a quality goalkeeper to give Pepe Reina and Brad Jones a fight for the starting spot as goalkeeper for the Anfield club.

Higuain Would Be Arsenal’s Most Significant Signing Since Dennis Bergkamp

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Each day that passes seems to bring yet another report that Gonzalo Higuain has taken one more step closer towards signing for Arsenal.

Some of the media coverage has focused on the idea that, at a potential value of£22m, Higuain's transfer-fee would smash Arsenal's biggest-ever transfer, that of £15million for Andrei Arshavin in 2009.

10 Youth Prospects to Watch in the 2013-14 Premier League Season

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The summer transfer window is the golden opportunity for Premier League managers to delve into the depths of the transfer market to pick out that next star player, the next goal machine and, for some, the next great shot stopper.

No doubt there will be millions spent in the window as clubs look to progress higher up the Premier League table, but the next fan favorite for numerous clubs could already be in the clubs ranks.

Pressure Is Already On Newcastle United and Sunderland to Improve Next Season

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What a difference a year makes. At the end of the 2011/12 Premier League season, Newcastle United and Sunderland fans rejoiced after respectable seasons. Newcastle were sitting fifth, just five points behind a Champions League place while Sunderland were sitting mid-table with highly regarded Martin O'Neill at the helm.

Spain vs Tahiti and Nigeria vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup: Open Thread

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Spain, Tahiti, Nigeria and Uruguay play their second matches of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup today.

After Spain's convincing 2-1 victory against Uruguay, the current World and European champions faces Tahiti in a true David vs Goliath match. Who would have thought a few years ago that the tiny South Pacific island would be facing the current world champion?

Why Manuel Pellegrini is a Worthy Replacement to Roberto Mancini

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After three successful years in charge at Malaga, and months of speculation regarding his managerial future, Manchester City finally announced the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, coming a month after the the sacking of Roberto Mancini. And according to City's official club website, the Chilean will officially take up his managerial post on June 24th.

FIFA Confederations Cup Should Always Be Held in Footballing Nations

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FIFA's Confederations Cup has demonstrated precisely why major international tournaments should be held in football crazy nations. The crowds in Brazil for this tournament which has previously been viewed by many a pundit as glorified friendlies has helped give the tournament a feel that was missing in many of the previous editions of this tournament.

Premier League’s 10 Most Memorable Moments From 1992-2002 [VIDEO]

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After more than two decades of the Premier League, it seems fitting to pay tribute to the first decade that laid the foundations to propel the Premier League onto the global stage it currently occupies.

Here are few of the great goals by the legends who have graced the game and some of the most memorable moments in the first decade from 1992-2002.

Brazil vs Mexico and Italy vs Japan, Confederations Cup: Open Thread

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Two key matches are on deck today in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Brazil, who defeated Japan 3-0 on Saturday, face Mexico who are still reeling from a 2-1 defeat against Italy in their opening game.

In the second match today, Italy plays Japan. It's an opportunity for the Asian side to show what they're made of after a disappointing performance against Brazil at the weekend.

Regardless of His Talent, Neymar’s Move to Barcelona is Still a Gamble

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Two weeks ago was an exciting day for football and could quite well go down as a date in history where another divine footballing marriage was sealed. That was the day when Brazil's most prodigious talent since Ronaldo — Neymar da Silva Santos Junior — completed his long-awaited transfer to Barcelona.

Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson’s Sterling Wide Play Critical to American Success in June

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Wingers Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson both played an important role in the perfect qualifying haul for the United States in June. The United States won all four June matches including a spectacular 4-3 victory in Washington against Germany to celebrate the US Soccer Federation Centennial. While much of the clamoring at the start of the month among US supporters was for a return of Landon Donovan, the exiled one-time poster boy of the game in the states, now the discussion revolves around the quality, commitment and consistency demonstrated recently by Jürgen Klinsmann's side.

Last Chance Saloon for Harry Kewell, Australia’s Golden Boy

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Almost a decade ago, the world witnessed one of the rising stars in the English game move to Liverpool. His name was Harry Kewell. Fast forward 10 years later, the once sought after and most gifted Australian footballer of his generation recently signed with A-league minnows Melbourne Heart on a reported AU$48,000 a season deal.

Top 10 Players Likely to Leave Their Premier League Clubs This Summer

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We've already seen several key signings by Premier League clubs this summer with many new prospects coming in from La Liga. But in reality, we're also going to probably see several key players leave their Premier League clubs this summer.

Here are the top 10 high-profile players most likely to leave:

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Spain vs Italy, Under-21 European Championship Final: Open Thread

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The final of the under-21 European Championship kicks off today with two brilliant sides facing each other in the final in Israel.

Spain, who have been a joy to watch this tournament —especially Isco, who has been a revelation —faces an Italy team who will be confident after defeating the Netherlands in the semi-final.

Top 5 Premier League Teams From 1992-2013 Revealed

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Since its inception, the Premier League has witnessed some phenomenal teams. Some are universally celebrated, but others never garner the attention they truly deserve. Remaining impartial, my breakdown of the top five teams was not decided solely by what the teams won. My fundamental criteria was the manner in which they played and the enjoyment they delivered to football supporters around the world.

US Soccer Legend Eric Wynalda Co-Authoring a “Worst to First” Story in Atlanta

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The Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) are close to completing an incredible feat. They currently sit atop the NASL Spring Season standings with just three matches remaining. A year ago at this time they sat anchored to the bottom of the NASL table, a year after setting a record for the least amount of wins by a second division American side in a twenty-eight game season.

Why A Move For Nani Away From Manchester United Is The Best Move

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The impending departure of Nani from Manchester United evokes more questions than answers. Undoubtedly talented, arguably the most skilful member of the present United squad, Nani is an enigma. His departure from the Premier League is certainly a negative in terms of entertainment, but unfortunately given a player of his calibre, his departure will not grab the headlines other transfers of lesser known players nominally garner.

Win A Real Madrid Home Shirt in A Beautiful Presentation Box

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It is that time of the year again folks. Fans and players alike gather around their club to see which colours and configurations they will be adorning themselves in throughout the coming season. As Real Madrid launch their new kit for the 2013-2014 season, World Soccer Talk is lucky enough to have one brand new shirt to give away in a beautiful presentation box.

Guide to Premier League Players at the Confederations Cup

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As Brazil continues to host the Confederations Cup, Premier League teams will have a number of their scouts in the country searching for new players to sign, while also keeping an eye on their own players. Ten years ago, there were hardly any Brazilians and Spaniards in the Premier League, but nowadays almost every team in the top four has at least a Spaniard in their ranks.

Tahiti vs Nigeria, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

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Tahiti, a tiny island in the South Pacific, battle African powerhouse Nigeria today in the third day of matches in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Ranked number 138 in the world, and featuring a team of amateurs, not much is known about the Tahiti side, but it's certainly a Cinderella story.

Here'a promotional video from Tahiti to give you an idea of how this side plays, as well as the field conditions they played on in their island:

Nigeria, meanwhile, have brought over a younger side than normal, so it'll be a good test to see what depth the current Africa Cup Of Nations champions has.

Interview With Jemal Johnson, Former Blackburn and Wolves Winger [VIDEO]

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American winger/striker Jemal Johnson has a unique story. Born in New Jersey, he grew up in Macclesfield in Cheshire and spent time with Manchester United before becoming a professional with Blackburn Rovers. A veteran of all four divisions of English professional football, Johnson moved back to the United States and currently plays with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL, US's second division.

Everton Home Shirt For 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photographs of Everton's home shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Nike, the most striking characteristic of Everton's new home shirt is their unusual sleeve design that looks far better on a long-sleeve shirt instead of the short-sleeve shirt. On the short sleeve version, they just look like big white cuffs.

Newcastle Appoint Joe Kinnear as Director of Football in Surprise Move: Nightly Soccer Report

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Joe Kinnear has confirmed in an interview that he is set to become Director of Football on a three-year deal at Newcastle United. The controversial signing is thought, by some, to put Alan Pardew's job in jeopardy by undermining Pardew's authority on Tyneside.

Here's what Kinnear said:

"I've been very fortunate in my life as a manager, I've been manager of the year three times and I've had a great football career, so I think I'm ideal for this situation.

FFS: That Was The Season That Was – Best Of FFS 12/13, Part 3

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Long before Suarez decided that England and vegetarianism wasn't for him. Long before Roberto Martinez was talking about Champion's League, but was checking the parachute for the drop. And long before David Moyes found himself in a corporate management office instead of sharing a room with the cleaner.

5 Reasons Why Andre Villas-Boas Has Succeeded at Tottenham Hotspur

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Even though the Champion's League dream didn't come to fruition in the end, and despite whatever Adrian Durham says, I think most Spurs fans would agree that Andre Villas-Boas' first season at the Lane has been a success. Although Gareth Bale was the obvious star of the team, AVB deserves credit beyond simply getting Bale to play at an outstanding level.

Mexico vs Italy and Spain vs Uruguay, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

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After Brazil's impressive 3-0 victory against Japan yesterday, we have a double treat on hand today as Mexico plays Italy (2:30pm ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) and Spain faces Uruguay (5:45pm ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).

In the first match today, Mexico battles Italy at the Maracana, the rebuilt stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

José Mourinho Reveals His Secret Pact With Sir Alex Ferguson: Nightly Soccer Report

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he had a secret pact with Sir Alex Ferguson where they both agreed to keep each other's secrets quiet. Several months ago Ferguson told Mourinho that he was retiring at the end of the season. And, Mourinho confided with Ferguson that he longed to return to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool Close In On £9m Deal for Sunderland Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Daily Soccer Report

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Liverpool are holding talks over a potential £9million deal to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgium goalkeeper would be a fine addition to the Anfield squad and would give Liverpool goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Brad Jones serious competition for the starting spot at the club.

What Premier League Fans Can Expect From Manuel Pellegrini, Jesus Navas and Iago Aspas

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The worst-kept secret in football was finally revealed this week as Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini signed a three-year deal as Roberto Mancini's replacement at Manchester City. With Sevilla midfielder Jesus Navas also arriving at the Etihad and striker Iago Aspas joining Liverpool from Celta Vigo, what can Premier League fans expect next season from the new arrivals from La Liga?

Why The Fuss About Brazil’s Neymar Is Well-Deserved

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The protracted transfer of Santos and Brazil'sflamboyant forward Neymar came to a closure recently when he formally joined Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of $75 million on a five-year contract. Even though Barcelona had made a down payment of $13 million a while back, with the view tocompleting the transfer after the 2014 World Cup, Real Madrid were lurking, and Barca decided not to take chances, completing the transfer a year early, and in the process stumping-up a further $22 million for the earlier-than-scheduled move.

Brazil vs Japan, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

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The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup begins today with host Brazil facing Japan. For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on ESPN and WatchESPN. The kick-off is scheduled for 2:30pm ET.

Brazil opens the tournament at a brand-new stadium in Brasilia, a 68,000 capacity stadium named Estadio Nacional.

Marcos Senna Signing Shows That New York Cosmos Mean Business

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The revived New York Cosmos announced the signing of Villarreal legend and European Champion Marcos Senna on Thursday. Senna's signing is further indication that the revived Cosmos, now in the second-tier of football in America, the North American Soccer League (NASL) are serious about building a high-level side despite the restriction of not being in the American top-flight league.

How the Premier League and Football League Fixtures Are Compiled: Daily Soccer Report

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On Wednesday, the 2013-14 Premier League fixture list will be released. Soccer fans around the world will be scouring through the schedules to see who they play on opening day, as well as when the derbies are scheduled and when they'll play some of the top teams in the league. But few people realize the complexity of compiling the fixtures and trying to balance it where it's as fair as it can be while taking into consideration a long list of requirements from the different organizations such as police.

Rupert Murdoch Plans Summer Tournament for Soccer’s Top Clubs: Nightly Soccer Report

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A billionaire is planning an international tournament to be played in the summer featuring 16 of the world's best teams competing around the planet. Sound familiar? No it isn't the Qatari Dream Football League, which was later revealed to be a hoax. This time it's billionaire Rupert Murdoch, owner of FOX Sports, Sky Sports and parent company News Corp International who wants to create an annual competition that would rock the soccer world.

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know

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While we're less one than year away from the first match of FIFA World Cup 2014, the FIFA Confederations Cup starts tomorrow. The tournament, which is a dry-run for the World Cup, features eight teams from around the world competing over two weeks. The teams competing are Brazil, Spain, Nigeria, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Uruguay and Tahiti.

Manchester City Appoint Manuel Pellegrini On 3-Year Deal: It’s Official [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City have officially confirmed that Manuel Pellegrini is their new manager to replace Roberto Mancini.

The announcement, which was made today, locks Pellegrini down to a three-year contract with the Premier League club.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:

"Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record.

Liverpool Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photo of Liverpool's third shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

While Liverpool's away shirt for next season is an embarrassment, some argue that the third shirt is even worse. Liverpool's third shirt reminds me of something a court jester would wear. The only thing missing is a goofy hat.

Kevin Mirallas Can Be Everton’s Key Man Under Roberto Martinez

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Looking at Everton's squad as a whole, there are some players that you would expect to take their game to an enhanced level next year. Compared to the pragmatic and sometimes rigid tactical blueprint of his predecessor David Moyes, Roberto Martinez will look to implement a fluent, versatile attacking style.

Owen Coyle Confirmed As New Wigan Athletic Manager: Daily Soccer Report

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Owen Coyle has been confirmed as the new manager of Wigan Athletic to replace Roberto Martinez, says Wigan chairman and owner Dave Whelan. The Wigan owner said,"If anyone can get us back to the Premier League, I think Owen is the manager to do it."

Let's hope that Coyle's managerial record, this time, will be better than the last time he switched positions to manage a club in the North West.

Liverpool Agree £7.6m Deal to Sign Iago Aspas From Celta Vigo: Nightly Soccer Report

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Liverpool have finally sealed a deal for highly-rated Spanish striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo.

When Aspas heard that Liverpool were interested in signing him, the 25-year-old passed on an opportunity to sign with Swansea.

Here's a highlight reel of Aspas:

Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Liverpool agree £7.

Given Schurrle Signing, Mourinho Has Crowded Chelsea Midfield On His Hands

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Jose Mourinho the self-proclaimed "Happy One" has a wealth of riches in attacking midfield for his second stint at Chelsea. That's why today's announcement of Andre Schurrle's signing is odd, especially given the praise heaped on Kevin De Bruyne who is coming off an outstanding loan season with Werder Bremen.

Sunderland Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Sunderland have unveiled their new away kit for the 2013-14 season.

Designed by adidas, Sunderland's new away shirt looks like a goalkeeper jersey. All that's missing from the bright yellow shirt with dark blue trim is a pair of goalkeeper gloves, and the design is complete.

The shirt, which features a new sponsor, also has a pink trim alongside the side of the shirt.

What’s Going Wrong With The England Football Set-Up?

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The writing has been on the wall for Stuart Pearce for some time now. But having already lost the opening two matches of the European U21 tournament, a third defeat led the England manager to blame his players for the team's shambolic performances. Having already bemoaned the FA for preventing him from utilizing his best players, you sense it was one final swipe at those he has perceived to have let him down from a dead-man walking.

Michael Laudrup Staying at Swansea Despite Agent Exit: Nightly Soccer Report

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The last two weeks have been a hectic time at Swansea City Football Club. There has been plenty of speculation in the press that the relations between manager Michael Laudrup and the Swansea board are broken. And now, we learned today that Swansea have completely cut ties with Laudrup's agentBayram Tutumlu who, Swansea City claimed, was trying to dictate the club's transfer policy.

Chelsea Reach Agreement to Sign Andre Schurrle From Bayer Leverkusen: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign German international Andre Schurrle.

"Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of André Schürrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical," read a statement on the Chelsea club website.

New FIFA 14 Gameplay Videos and Press Conference at E3 [VIDEOS]

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This week at E3, EA Sports has released more insight into what FIFA 14 will look like when it's available in September. The excitement is building for the next version of game.

The first video is the EA Sports FIFA 14 press conference at E3, which is very heavy on Barcelona:

The next video is FIFA 14 on the current gen of gaming machines (Xbox 360, PS3, etc):

Lastly, here's another video of what FIFA 14 looks like on the current gen machines.

PES 2014: New Trailer and Gameplay Videos From E3 [VIDEO]

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New videos have emerged from E3 where Konami have been demoing PES 2014 to video gamers.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 looks like a big step forward for Konami with a new engine and a ton of new features.

Take a look at the video below, and then let us know what you think about the game in the comments section below?

ESPN Announces Commentators and Pundits for 2013 Confederations Cup

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The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off Friday with hosts Brazil facing Japan, which will be shown live on ESPN beginning at 2:30pm ET. The complete TV schedule as well as coverage plans are available, and today ESPN announced the talent that will be bringing you the games.

Ian Darke and Stewart Robson have been announced as the lead match commentator team.

Geoff Cameron’s Midfield Role for USA Gives Stoke City New Options to Consider

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While US beat Panama on Tuesday in a critical World Cup qualifier, the real story was Stoke City man Geoff Cameron. Out of necessity, USA manager Jürgen Klinsmann pushed Cameron into a holding midfield role due to the injury suffered by Jermaine Jones in Friday night's qualifier. The returns were excellent with Cameron proving both an effective shield in front of the back four, linking up well with the US attack.

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

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The US men's national team got an all-important victory last night against Panama to move the team two points clear at the top of their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group. With Mexico drawing yet again, this was a huge victory for the United States in Seattle.

Not only was the three points vital, but the performance by the US men's national team was impressive in a very open attacking display against a strong Panama side.

Andre Villas-Boas On Paris St-Germain’s Radar To Replace Ancelotti As Manager: Daily Soccer Report

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If Carlo Ancelotti leaves Paris Saint-Germain to become manager at Real Madrid, the owners of the Ligue Un club would be very keen to speak with Andre Villas-Boas about moving to France, according to a report in the Evening Standardnewspaper.

According to the newspaper article,

"Villas-Boas is happy in north London but remains an ambitious coach who would be keen to listen to PSG's Qatari owners, who have plans to make the French club one of the most powerful in Europe.

Aston Villa Home and Away Shirts for 2013-14 Season Revealed [PHOTOS]

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Aston Villa have unveiled their new home and away shirts for the 2013-14 season.

Designed and manufactured by Macron, this is by far my favorite home and away shirt combo of the 2013-14 season thus far. Aston Villa's home shirt retains the familiar claret and blue colors, but the collar is the major difference — a stylish striped v-neck design.

Monaco Set to Make World Record £85m Bid For Cristiano Ronaldo: Nightly Soccer Report

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Expect the majority of headlines and Sky Sports News tomorrow to report on the news that Monaco are set to make a world record £85million bid to try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The explosive story is in tonight's edition of The Independentnewspaper.

According to the article by Jack Pitt-Brooke:

"The Ligue 1 club, funded by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have already spent over £110m this summer on Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid and James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho of Porto.

Javier Mascherano Kicks Medic And Gets Sent Off in Argentina-Ecuador Match [VIDEO]

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Javier Mascherano was sent off last night for kicking a medic during Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

The fiery defender, who picked up a knock in the 86th minute, was being carted off the pitch by the medic. It then appears that the medic reached for his water bottle and squirted it.

Spain vs Ireland, Mexico vs Costa Rica and USA vs Panama: Open Thread

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Several national soccer teams are in action tonight as Spain plays Ireland in a friendly at Yankee Stadium (8pm ET, beIN SPORT Play), while Mexico faces Costa Rica (8pm ET, ESPN and ESPN3.com) and USA battles Panama (10pm ET, ESPN and ESPN3.com) in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches.

In addition to those three games, Venezuela plays Uruguay (8pm ET, beIN SPORT), Chile faces Bolivia (8:30pm ET, beIN SPORT en Espanol) and Honduras battles Jamaica (9pm ET, beIN SPORT Play).

Jesus Navas Signs For Manchester City: It’s Official [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City have officially announced that winger Jesus Navas is their latest new signing.

It's been approximately twelve days since Sevilla and City agreed a deal for Navas, but the finishing touches to the paperwork were delayed due to Navas being on tour in the United States with the Spanish national team for two friendlies prior to the Confederations Cup later this week.

Liverpool Should Retain Some of Their Dignity And Let Luis Suarez Go

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At a press conference and again in a recent interview, the temperamental Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has expressed his desire to leave Liverpool Football Club to ply his trade in another country, due to him feeling unfairly singled out by the UK press. The Suarez question is the first major transfer test for Rodgers this summer and, if the Northern Irishman and the Liverpool board have any sense, they should do their best to cash in on Suarez as soon as possible.

S1TV: Exclusive Interview with the ‘Special 1′ [VIDEO]

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As Jose Mourinho was unveiled at Chelsea FC press conference, Betfair and Special 1 TV secured an exclusive interview with the man himself. He talks about Roman Abramovich his time at Inter and Real Madrid and of course being back home at Chelsea.

Watch the Special 1 TV interview with The Special One right here:

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EA Sports Announces FIFA 14 Next Gen Details [PHOTOS]

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EA Sports announced more details regarding its Next Gen version of FIFA 14 today at the E3 conference. Plus, they revealed two new screenshots (see above and below).

Here's their press release with all of the details:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 10, 2013 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 will feel alive with players who think, move and behave like world-class players, and dynamic stadiums that come to life, on Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®4.

Sunderland Sign 3 New Players, Chief Scout and Director of Football: Nightly Soccer Report

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Sunderland were incredibly busy today with the appointment of a director of football, a new chief scout, two new defenders and a new midfielder.

Director of FootballRoberto De Fanti has worked closely with new Chief ScoutValentino Angeloni at Udinese and Inter Milan, and both men will work on restructuring the entire player recruitment process at Sunderland FC.

Wenger Is Not Scared to Spend Money, Says Arsenal Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsene Wenger is not scared to spend money, according to Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, but he has to believe he's getting a top-class player for his money. And there's the catch. While it's admirable that Wenger wants to be fiscally responsible, it's Wenger fascination with believing he's getting the most value for his money that has hurt the club in the past when they haven't been able to bid as much as other clubs.

FIFA 14 Official E3 Trailer For Xbox One and PS4 [VIDEO]

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The focus of the video gaming world is on E3 today where Microsoft gave an exciting presentation to share more details about the games that will be on their Xbox One, which is scheduled for release this November. Meanwhile, Sony will be giving a presentation this evening to showcase the new games expected to be released on the PS4.

Derby County Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Revealed [PHOTOS]

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Derby County have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The Rams new home kit is designed by Kappa. Other than the distracting sponsor name on the front of the shirt, the design is really classy including everything from the old-fashioned collar, the famous Ram crest and the black armbands on the sleeve.

Andreas Weimann Signs 3-Year Extension With Aston Villa

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Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann has signed a three-year extension to his contract with the Premier League club.

Weimann, who had a fantastic season at Villa last year along with colleagues Christian Benteke and Brad Guzan, put pen to paper today to stay at Villa Park through 2016.

The 21-year-old Austrian international forward had this to say:

"I'm really happy that I've signed.

Club America Home Shirt for 2013-14 [PHOTOS]

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Club America today unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura.

The design is elegant, subtle and incorporates classic Club America shirt designs with a design that features the 'V' motif similar to the golden era of Club America uniforms from the 1980′s.

Club America's new home shirt is designed and manufactured by Nike.

Hull City Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTO]

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Hull City have unveiled their away shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Hull's away shirt for next season will be blue with white and red trim. The new away kit will be on sale beginning June 15, 2013.

The new away shirt is a conservative design. Nothing flashy, but it's not obnoxious either.

Which Premier League Made the Best Manager Hire? Everton, United, Chelsea or City?

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A brief leadership vacuum emerged in the Premier League's upper echelon at season's end. But even though Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United moved swiftly to fill the void with Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez, Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes respectively, each manager steps into a precarious position.

Winners Announced for Who Are Ya Designs T-Shirt Contest

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Today is the day! Announcing the winners of the Who Are Ya Designs contestcontest (drum roll please)...

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Winners, Who Are Ya Designs will be emailing you shortly to get your contact information.

Mourinho Says Lukaku and De Bruyne Are Part Of His Plans at Chelsea: Daily Soccer Report

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Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne are part of Chelsea's plans for the future, according to Jose Mourinho.

In this morning's press conference, Mourinho said, "I think they are ready, I think they are ready to be part of Chelsea."

That's welcome news for both Belgium footballers. Lukaku had an explosive season on loan at West Bromwich Albion where he scored 17 goals in 20 league appearances for the Baggies.

Jose Mourinho Says He’s Prepared to Stay at Chelsea For a Long Time [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho gave his first press conference as new manager of Chelsea Football Club today where he seemed in a more reflective and humble mood than in the past.

Mourinho labeled himself as 'The Happy One,' he set the record straight by saying that he wasn't sacked last time but left by mutual agreement, he said he's looking forward to working with his former Chelsea footballers, and that he is prepared to stay at Chelsea for a long time now.

Despite Imminent Sacking, Stuart Pearce’s Entire England U-21 Tenure Wasn’t A Failure

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Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side has crashed out of the European Championships with a whimper. But it would be unfair to label Pearce's tenure a failure. Sometimes managers stay too long at the international level. It's a four year job at most, and Pearce overstayed his welcome at this level.

José Mourinho Damaged Spanish Football, Says Andrés Iniesta: Daily Soccer Report

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Spain and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta shared his disgust for Jose Mourinho and his brand of football during an interview today with El Pais newspaper.

Here's what he's quoted as saying:

"You just have to look at the facts.Yes he damaged Spanish football, in general more harm than good.

EPL Talk is Now World Soccer Talk; Why We’ve Made The Change

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Ladies and gentlemen, EPL Talk is now World Soccer Talk.

I've decided to rebrand EPL Talk to a name that is more appropriate to the breadth of soccer coverage that we're bringing you.

Several months ago, an executive at a major TV soccer network in the United States mentioned to me that he was interested to seeing what the next chapter EPL Talk would evolve into.

Man City Prepare £34m Bid for AC Milan Forward Stephan El Shaarawy: Nightly Soccer Report

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Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Manchester City are preparing a £34million bid for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The 20-year-old striker scored 16 goals in 37 appearances for Milan in 2012/2013. And according to the reports in Italy, Manchester City are keenly interested in trying to sign the centre-forward who they reportedly showed an interest in signing as early as January.

Spain 2-1 Haiti: Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas Seal the Win In Miami

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A sunny afternoon crowd of 36,535 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami saw the world champions Spain hold off a spirited Haitian side 2-1 today.

Champions League winner Javi Martinez got the start for Spain ahead of Sergio Busquets in place of the injured Xabi Alonso. Of interest coming into the match is how Spain would cope without Alonso.

Spain vs Haiti, International Friendly: Open Thread

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Spain plays Haiti today in an international friendly at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. The match, which kicks off at 4pm ET, will be televised live on beIN SPORT.

Featured among the 26 players called up to the Spain squad for today's match are 19 that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and 20 that won the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

England vs Norway, u-21 European Championship: Open Thread

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After England's disappointing one-nil loss against Italy in mid-week, Stuart Pearce's under-21 team has an opportunity to pick up all the pieces and start all over again today in the team's match against Norway, scheduled to kick off at Noon ET.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

Fernando Torres – I’m Staying At Chelsea

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Fernando Torres has dismissed reports he is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager.

The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli, that would once again see him reunited with Rafa Benitez. Signing a five-year-deal when he joined the club in 2011, Torres maintains that he is looking forward to working with Mourinho, dismissing any suggestion he could be leaving London.

Pepe Reina Understands Luis Suarez’s Plight

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Pepe Reina has admitted he can understand Luis Suarez's desire to leave Liverpool, but hopes his teammate will remain at Anfield.

The Uruguayan international has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield, citing media pressure and the toll it has taken on his family as a strong factor in his desire to relocate.

Jamaica vs US Men’s National Team Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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The US men's national team picked up a vital win on the road in World Cup Qualifying yesterday to lift the team into second place in their CONCACAF group.

In case you missed the game, or if you want to see the goals again, here are the highlights from the June 7 match between Jamaica and the United States from Kingston.

Club Loyalty Versus Career Success: The Dying Age of One-Club Footballers

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At what point as a player do you sacrifice club loyalty for personal success? It's a question that surrounds professional soccer today as we see lots of players leaving the clubs that helped shape them into the footballers they are today with the prospect of more success.

As soccer fans we all have our favorite club, and when we see a great player leave, it's never easy.

Mario Balotelli Smashes Wall After Being Red Carded Playing For Italy: Nightly Soccer Report

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On a day filled with international matches, Italy striker Mario Balotelli stole the headlines tonight with two yellow cards in four minutes while playing for Italy. But that wasn't enough for Super Mario, as he took out his anger on the way down the player's tunnel by punching and kicking a wall.

Here's the video of Balotelli in action:

Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

International soccer

  • Mario Balotelli beats up a wall after collecting two yellow cards in four minutes— Dirty Tackle
  • England's play-off hopes suffer setback after Ukraine beat Montenegro— The Guardian
  • Colombian fans have their jerseys confiscated by Argentina security; Refused entry otherwise— 101GG
  • Robert Snodgrass earns Scotland shock qualifying victory in Croatia— The Guardian
  • The American Outlaws are leading a U.

Argentina vs Colombia and Jamaica vs United States, International Matches: Open Thread

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The United States men's national team plays Jamaica tonight in a crucial World Cup qualifier match. The game, which is being played in Kingston, is being shown live on beIN SPORT at 9:30pm ET.

In other matches today,

> Argentina faces Colombia, which will be shown live on beIN SPORT at 6:05pm ET tonight.

Spain Prepare for Confederations Cup With 2 Friendlies On US Soil

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Spain, the currentWorld and European champions,are in the United States in prepare for the Confederations Cup that kicks off on June 15. But before they head to Brazil, a full-strength Spanish national squad will play Haiti tomorrow night in Miami. And then on Tuesday Spain will play Ireland in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

EPL Talk is Now World Soccer Talk; Why We’ve Made The Change

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Ladies and gentlemen, EPL Talk is now World Soccer Talk.

I've decided to rebrand EPL Talk to a name that is more appropriate to the breadth of soccer coverage that we're bringing you.

Several months ago, an executive at a major TV soccer network in the United States mentioned to me that he was interested to seeing what the next chapter EPL Talk would evolve into.

James McCarthy Would Be An Ideal Signing For Arsenal, Spurs or Everton

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As the transfer season is now in full swing, one player that will arguably be crucial to the plight of several leading Premier League teams is James McCarthy. A skilled midfielder who has certainly achieved all he can at Wigan, the question as to where he ends up next season must be occupying the minds of numerous managers across Europe.

FFS: Memories of the Premier League Season That Was 2012/13 [VIDEO]

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Friday Football Special, the video show, is back with parts one and two of their look back at the 2012-13 Premier League season.

The regular cast of characters bring you the best bits of FFS from this past year. Quality!

Part 1:

The season has come to an end and you'd think we have nothing to do, but there is.

Last Chance to Win $175 Worth of Gift Certificates to Who Are Ya Design

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Today's your last chance to win a gift certificate to Who Are Ya Designs, the online soccer T-shirt store filled with irreverent designs.

All you have to do is to come up with an original and creative soccer T-shirt idea in your head, and then then submit it today on this online form.

If you need ideas or creative stimulation, browse through the shirt designs on the Who are Ya Designs website.

Edinson Cavani Wanted By Manchester City and Chelsea, Says Napoli President

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Edinson Cavani is being chased by both Manchester City and Chelsea, according to Napoli PresidentAurelio De Laurentiis.

The talented Uruguayan striker who plays for Napoli could be headed to the Premier League next season, but will Chelsea or Manchester City win the race to sign him?

Here's what De Laurentiis said:

"Chelsea are interested in Cavani and they will call me soon.

No Next Gen PES 2014 Version Gives FIFA 14 A Clear Advantage

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Konami announced this week that PES 2014 will not be making an appearance on the new Next Gen consoles and the reason is partly due to developers wanting to produce something entirely new rather than port their existing game over.

On one hand, you could applaud the move as anyone who played Madden 2006 when it launched with the Xbox 360 could attest to how shoddy the game was.

Arsene Wenger Will Waste Arsenal’s £70million Transfer Kitty, Says Stewart Robson

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Following up on the speculation last night that Arsenal are close to signing a deal for Marouane Fellaini while, at the same time, Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis was bragging that Arsenal could afford Wayne Rooney if they wanted to, former Arsenal footballer Stewart Robson says that Wenger shouldn't be handed the £70 million war chest because he'll simply waste the money.

Premier League Clubs Agree to Give TV Channels More Access to Players: Nightly Soccer Report

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Premier League clubs have agreed a landmark deal that will have a profound impact on the TV experience of matches on television. They've agreed to give TV channels around the world more access to players, which means pre-match interviews and more insights and connections to bring the TV viewers closer to the game.

Will Arsenal Really Launch a £24million Bid For Marouane Fellaini?

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Today Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said that the club can afford to sign a £25million player who earns £200,000 a week, and said they could afford Wayne Rooney or someone making even more wages.

Gazidis added that Arsenal is ready to "compete with any club in the world."

Also today,The Timesis reporting that Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Manchester United Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photograph of Manchester United's away shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet, and this one confirms previously leaked images regarding the design of the shirt.

The photograph features Danny Welbeck wearing the new Manchester United away shirt in a red mist just like the official photographs for Manchester United's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Guillermo Varela Will Have Medical With Manchester United Today: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United are on the verge of signing u-20 Uruguay international Guillermo Varela for around £2.3 million from Penarol.

The 20-year-old right back traveled from Uruguay to London yesterday, will take his medical today and will then return to play for the Uruguay u-20 squad.

Varela spent some time with the Old Trafford club last season on trial.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Stars in Video to Promote PSV’s 100-Year Anniversary Kit [VIDEO]

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Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy along with two other former PSV stars are featured in a new PSV/Nike promotional video to promote the club's new home shirt and to celebrate PSV Eindhoven's 100-year anniversary as a soccer club.

Van Nistelrooy played for PSV from 1998 to 2001 before joining Manchester United.

Fernandinho Signing May Signal Big Changes For Gareth Barry and Man City’s Playing Style

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Manchester City's signing of Fernandinho has raised eyebrows largely because of the massive transfer fee reportedly paid for a 28-year old that has never been a regular international.

While we've seen some dazzling play from the player in the Champions League and in important Ukrainian League fixtures, Fernandinho is an adept passer out of a deep-lying midfield spot and has the athleticism and pace to get forward and join the attack when needed.

Bolton Ditch Payday Loan Sponsor, Change Club Crest & Unveil New Home Shirt, All In 24 Hours

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Bolton Wanderers Football Club has had a busy 24 hours. Yesterday they announced that they decided to ditch a payday loan company that was going to be featured as their new shirt sponsor, and instead replaced them with a different company. That same day, they unveiled their new club crest. And then today, they launched their new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

No Decision Made Yet Regarding FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go

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No final decision has been made yet regarding the future of FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go.

While we know that FOX Soccer will morph into FXX later this Summer or early Fall, and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast matches from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and other soccer rights including Sky Sports News, the future of FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go is still up in the air.

Watch Gareth Bale’s 31 Goals During 2012-13 For Spurs and Wales [VIDEO]

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Watch all 31 goals that Gareth Bale scored for Tottenham Hotspur and Wales during the 2012-13 season.

Bale, who won the PFA Player of the Year Award for 2012-13, scored his first goal of last season in August for Wales and continued scoring throughout the season up until the final match of the season, where he netted a goal against Sunderland.

Jose Mourinho Has An Opportunity to Build a Legacy At Chelsea

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Most Chelsea fans from London to Lagos are dancing, chanting, and cheering the appointment of Jose Mourinho. After the six and half years since he left, the man, the myth, the Special One has returned from his stint on the continent to his beloved Blues. While his return to Chelsea may have been the worst kept secret in football, it has been met with no less joy from Chelsea fans.

Manchester City Confirm Signing of Fernandinho [VIDEO]

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Manchester City have officially announced the signing of Shakhtar Donestk midfielder Fernandinho for a transfer fee believed to be £34 million.

The 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder has completed a medical and will wear the number 25 shirt at City.

He will arrive in Manchester looking to add to his impressive collection of medals, which so far includes six Ukrainian titles (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), four Ukrainian Cups (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), three Ukrainian Super Cups (2008, 2010, 2012) and one UEFA Cup (2009).

Swansea City Sign Pre-Contract Agreement With Jose Canas

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Swansea City have signed a pre-contract agreement with Real Betis for midfielder Jose Canas.

As long as no complications arise, Swansea will be able to officially sign Canas as soon as the transfer window opens on July 1.

The 26-year-old Canas helped Real Betis finish in seventh place in La Liga, booking the club into a Europa League Play-Off spot.

FIFA 14: All the Details About The New Video Game [PHOTOS] & [VIDEO]

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EA Sports have announced a ton of details about FIFA 14, so we've broken it down to give you the answers you need.

Watch the following video for a walk-through of the new features:

Key features:

  • Precision Movement—Now every step counts as players plant, pivot, cut, and shift momentum with the agility and explosiveness of real footballers.

Watch the FIFA 14 Official Gameplay Trailer For Xbox 360, PS3, PC [VIDEO]

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The official gameplay trailer for FIFA 14 has been released.

FIFA 14 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on September 24 in North America and September 27 in Europe.

And here's the official gameplay trailer:

What are your thoughts about the new trailer? Excited? Or are you more looking forward to the release of PES 2014?

Revenue Made by English Football Clubs Tops £3bn For First Time: The Nightly EPL

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For the first time in the history of English football, the amount of revenue generated by all 92 clubs in the top divisions has broken the £3billion barrier.

Here's whatThe Guardiannewspaper says tonight: "The combined annual revenue of the 92 clubs in the top four divisions has eclipsed £3bn for the first time, with earnings in thePremier Leagueonce again dwarfing those in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A.

Changes (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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Who'd have known that changes would come so quickly after the season? Clubs eager and anxious to get their summer in shape and be ready for the new season. For that reason it really doesn't feel like there's a rest from football for those involved.

At least at management level, there must be a feeling of shift in the hierarchy and setup of so many clubs.

Mark Hughes Releases 7 Players From Stoke City Squad: Daily Soccer Report

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New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has released seven players from Stoke City including notable names such as Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Dean Whitehead,Mamady Sidibe, Matthew Upson and Carlo Nash.

On top of that, Stoke City have announced that six members of the club's coaching staff have left the club including QPR legend Gerry Francis.

Chelsea Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Unveiled: Official [PHOTOS]

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Chelsea have officially unveiled their new away shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Designed by Adidas, the new Chelsea away shirtleads with white as the primary color, the sixth time a Chelsea away kit has featured this color scheme. The strip is an homage to the Chelsea's iconic white kits with blue and red trim during the 1960s.

EPL Talk is Now World Soccer Talk; Why We’ve Made The Change

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Ladies and gentlemen, EPL Talk is now World Soccer Talk.

I've decided to rebrand EPL Talk to a name that is more appropriate to the breadth of soccer coverage that we're bringing you.

Several months ago, an executive at a major TV soccer network in the United States mentioned to me that he was interested to seeing what the next chapter EPL Talk would evolve into.

Liverpool’s Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Unveiled [PHOTOS]

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Official photos of Liverpool's new away shirt have been unveiled.

As we feared, the previously leaked images of Liverpool's new kit have been confirmed and are as bad as we thought. It takes quite an achievement to create a truly horrendous shirt design that can be laughable at the same time, but Warrior Sports has done it.

Liverpool Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season From Warrior: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Liverpool's third kit for the 2013-14 season were recently leaked, but I didn't post them before because they were accompanied by the design of Liverpool's away shirt. And the away jersey looked so fake and terrible, that I decided not to post the third shirt.

Now today we've learned that the Liverpool away shirt is, in fact, the real deal, which lends a lot more credence to the leaked images of the third shirt being the real thing.

What Jesus Navas Means For Manchester City

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Despite having no manager in place, Manchester City have made their first signing of the summer. Spanish international winger Jesus Navas will don the sky blue strip next season, after a reported transfer fee of £17m was agreed between the Mancunians and the Andalusians. You can only speculate that the man tipped to take the hot-seat, Manuel Pellegrini, has had some influence on the deal.

Andy Carroll Wants Pay-Rise to £100k-A-Week to Sign For West Ham: The Nightly EPL

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Andy Carroll is reportedly holding up a permanent transfer from Liverpool to West Ham because the striker wants a pay-rise to £100,000 per week.

If that's true, who does Carroll think he is? He's certainly not worth that type of money even though he can be a game changer for a team such as West Ham United.

Manchester United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Manchester United's home kit for the 2013-14 season has been officially unveiled.

Designed by Nike, Manchester United's home shirt for next season returns to a more traditional plain red shirt. The shirt is accentuated by a black collar and looks like a classy polo shirt.

The detail on the back of the shirt (see photo below) is nicely done with the addition of a Red Devil icon near the top back of the Manchester United shirt.

Roberto Martinez Appointed Everton Manager On Four-Year Deal

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Roberto Martinez has been appointed as manager of Everton Football Club on a four-year deal to replace David Moyes at Goodison Park.

"Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager," said a statement by Everton FC. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park.

Wayne Rooney Says United Will Get Best Out Of Him As A Striker: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney has said that the club will get the best out of him in the future as a centre-forward.

Rooney's position on the pitch has slowly drifted into a midfield role, but he's been featured less and less as a true number nine on the pitch, and has played a number 10 role for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Why Kenwright Was Wrong to Reveal Martinez Will Get Everton Into Champions League

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Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is sometimes criticized by Evertonians for being out of his league in the way that he manages the club. In a perfect example of this, today he blurted out in the Roberto Martinez press conference that almost the first words out of Martinez's mouth was that the Spaniard will get Everton into the Champions League.

Manchester City Agree £34 Million Deal for Fernandinho, Says Report

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Manchester City have agreed a £34 million deal for Fernandinho, the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, says a report.

According to reports,The Mirroris quoting a £22 million transfer fee, while Sky Sports is reporting that the transfer deal is believed to be £34 million.

The 28-year-old arrived at a Manchester hospital earlier today for his medical, and was at Etihad Stadium this afternoon to sign the paperwork to finalize what is rumored to be a £34 million transfer, which will be Manuel Pellegrini's second signing of the summer before he's even joined the club.

Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci to Leave Arsenal

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Arsenal have announced that Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will be leaving the club at the end of this month.

The contracts for each of the three players are set to expire on June 30, and the club has announced that they don't plan on extending the agreements with the footballers.

Manchester City’s Best Summer Signing?

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Manchester City's late spending flurry in the Summer 2012 transfer window yielded a hodgepodge of players that had varying degrees of success. Much like Arsenal in the summer 2011 window, late panic buying led to a mixed bag of results. But one purchase that could pay dividends next season and beyond is that of injury-prone midfielder Jack Rodwell.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

Real Sociedad Seal Champions League Spot as Barcelona Reach 100 Points

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Barcelona reached 100 points on the final day of the season in Spain, while Jose Mourinho signed off with a win. Real Sociedad pipped Valencia to the final Champions League place, but Mallorca, Zaragoza and Deportivo La Coruna were all relegated.

Goals from David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Martin Montoya and Andres Iniesta gave Barcelona a resounding 4-1 win over Malaga at Camp Nou to bring up 100 points for the season, matching Real Madrid's achievement of last season.

Best Rated New Signings in Europe From the 2012-13 Season

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The website WhoScored.com have announced the best rated new signings in Europea from the 2012-13 season, and there are some surprises in the starting XI and substitutes selected.

There are no La Liga players in the starting XI. From the Bundesliga, meanwhile, there are four players selected.

Best Rated New Signings in Europe From the 2012-13 Season

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The website WhoScored.com have announced the best rated new signings in Europea from the 2012-13 season, and there are some surprises in the starting XI and substitutes selected.

There are no La Liga players in the starting XI. From the Bundesliga, meanwhile, there are four players selected.

Real Sociedad Seal Champions League Spot as Barcelona Reach 100 Points

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Barcelona reached 100 points on the final day of the season in Spain, while Jose Mourinho signed off with a win. Real Sociedad pipped Valencia to the final Champions League place, but Mallorca, Zaragoza and Deportivo La Coruna were all relegated.

Goals from David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Martin Montoya and Andres Iniesta gave Barcelona a resounding 4-1 win over Malaga at Camp Nou to bring up 100 points for the season, matching Real Madrid's achievement of last season.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci to Leave Arsenal

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Arsenal have announced that Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will be leaving the club at the end of this month.

The contracts for each of the three players are set to expire on June 30, and the club has announced that they don't plan on extending the agreements with the footballers.

Manchester City’s Best Summer Signing?

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Manchester City's late spending flurry in the Summer 2012 transfer window yielded a hodgepodge of players that had varying degrees of success. Much like Arsenal in the summer 2011 window, late panic buying led to a mixed bag of results. But one purchase that could pay dividends next season and beyond is that of injury-prone midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Manchester City Agree £34 Million Deal for Fernandinho, Says Report

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Manchester City have agreed a £34 million deal for Fernandinho, the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, says a report.

According to reports,The Mirroris quoting a £22 million transfer fee, while Sky Sports is reporting that the transfer deal is believed to be £34 million.

The 28-year-old arrived at a Manchester hospital earlier today for his medical, and was at Etihad Stadium this afternoon to sign the paperwork to finalize what is rumored to be a £34 million transfer, which will be Manuel Pellegrini's second signing of the summer before he's even joined the club.

Why Kenwright Was Wrong to Reveal Martinez Will Get Everton Into Champions League

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Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is sometimes criticized by Evertonians for being out of his league in the way that he manages the club. In a perfect example of this, today he blurted out in the Roberto Martinez press conference that almost the first words out of Martinez's mouth was that the Spaniard will get Everton into the Champions League.

Wayne Rooney Says United Will Get Best Out Of Him As A Striker: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney has said that the club will get the best out of him in the future as a centre-forward.

Rooney's position on the pitch has slowly drifted into a midfield role, but he's been featured less and less as a true number nine on the pitch, and has played a number 10 role for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Roberto Martinez Appointed Everton Manager On Four-Year Deal

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Roberto Martinez has been appointed as manager of Everton Football Club on a four-year deal to replace David Moyes at Goodison Park.

"Everton Football Club is today delighted to confirm the appointment of Roberto Martinez as its next manager," said a statement by Everton FC. "The 39-year-old Spaniard joins from Wigan Athletic and has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park.

Manchester United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Manchester United's home kit for the 2013-14 season has been officially unveiled.

Designed by Nike, Manchester United's home shirt for next season returns to a more traditional plain red shirt. The shirt is accentuated by a black collar and looks like a classy polo shirt.

The detail on the back of the shirt (see photo below) is nicely done with the addition of a Red Devil icon near the top back of the Manchester United shirt.

Andy Carroll Wants Pay-Rise to £100k-A-Week to Sign For West Ham: The Nightly EPL

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Andy Carroll is reportedly holding up a permanent transfer from Liverpool to West Ham because the striker wants a pay-rise to £100,000 per week.

If that's true, who does Carroll think he is? He's certainly not worth that type of money even though he can be a game changer for a team such as West Ham United.

What Jesus Navas Means For Manchester City

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Despite having no manager in place, Manchester City have made their first signing of the summer. Spanish international winger Jesus Navas will don the sky blue strip next season, after a reported transfer fee of £17m was agreed between the Mancunians and the Andalusians. You can only speculate that the man tipped to take the hot-seat, Manuel Pellegrini, has had some influence on the deal.

Liverpool’s Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Unveiled [PHOTOS]

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Official photos of Liverpool's new away shirt have been unveiled.

As we feared, the previously leaked images of Liverpool's new kit have been confirmed and are as bad as we thought. It takes quite an achievement to create a truly horrendous shirt design that can be laughable at the same time, but Warrior Sports has done it.

Liverpool Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season From Warrior: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Liverpool's third kit for the 2013-14 season were recently leaked, but I didn't post them before because they were accompanied by the design of Liverpool's away shirt. And the away jersey looked so fake and terrible, that I decided not to post the third shirt.

Now today we've learned that the Liverpool away shirt is, in fact, the real deal, which lends a lot more credence to the leaked images of the third shirt being the real thing.

Can Jose Mourinho Work Under Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emenalo?

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Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea should be a triumphant one. Inheriting a team that, player for player, is far superior to any other in the Premier League, and with some awe-inspiring young talent, "The Special One" seems destined for great things again.

Frank Arnesen, who clashed with Mourinho in the summer of 2007 and hastened the manager's departure in his first Chelsea stint, has long left the club and was recently dismissed by Hamburg.

PES 2014 Will Feature New Engine To Give FIFA 14 A Run For Its Money

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Konami today announced that PES 2014, scheduled for release later this year, will feature a brand-new game engine that will allow for "the most comprehensive advance for the PES range since its inception."

The new system for PES 2014 will use the Fox Engine at its core. "The team have extended and enhanced Fox Engine to match the bespoke and complex demands of a football title," says Konami in an official statement.

FOX Sports to Split European Qualifiers With ESPN For Euro 2016 & World Cup 2018

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As we exclusively revealed last week, FOX Sports has won the US English-speaking media rights to the European qualifiers for Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018. But in a new development, announced by FOX Sports today, FOX has a sublicense arrangement with ESPN where both networks will split the games 50/50.

Liverpool Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of what may be Liverpool's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet, but we hope — we really do — that this is a bad joke gone viral.

We've seen photos of the new Liverpool away shirt before, but these new photographs are close-up images that look to be more official.

West Ham’s £14.5 Million Bid For Alvaro Negredo Rejected By Sevilla

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Sevilla have rejected a £14.5 million bid from West Ham for striker Alvaro Negredo, according to Sky Sports.

Everton reportedly tried to sign Negredoon deadline day in the January transfer window, but the deal never materialized. Now the Hammers are trying to sign the highly-rated Spanish striker.

Jesus Navas Reveals Decision to Join Manchester City Was Made Months Ago: The Daily EPL

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Sevilla have confirmed that the club has accepted an offer from Manchester City for winger Jesus Navas for a transfer fee believed to be around £24 million. The Spanish international will need to pass a medical before the transfer can be completed.

But surprisingly, Navas has said that he's been in talks with Manchester City for four months.

Nike Already Planning to Launch New Kits for England Next Spring: The Nightly EPL

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Nike only just unveiled the new England home shirt less than two weeks ago, but they're already planning on launching a new England home kit in the Spring for World Cup 2014 if/when England qualify.

In Nike's defense, they want to issue new shirts on a two year cycle (World Cup 2014, Euro 2016, etc).

Andros Townsend Banned For Four Months For Betting, Subject to Appeal

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Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend has been suspended by the English Football Association and fined £18,000 subject to an appeal.

"At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend was suspended from all football and football activity for a period of four months, subject to any appeal, backdated to the 23 May 2013 when the player voluntarily withdrew from the England Under-21 squad," read the statement from The FA.

Why Arsenal Can Challenge For The Premier League Title Next Season

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The Arsenal trophy drought has been very well documented. For supporters so used to picking up silverware on a regular basis, it has certainly been a tough spell. The owners, the manager and the players having all been held accountable at one point or another.

But despite the eight barren years, Arsenal will be in a strong position to challenge for the top honors next season.

Everton Says Deal for Roberto Martinez Not Done Yet; Discussions Still Continuing

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Everton Football Club has hit back at reports that the club are close to announcing a deal to unveil Roberto Martinez as their next manager.

On Monday afternoon, according to Wigan owner Dave Whelan, the club had agreed a compensation fee with Everton for the release of Roberto Martinez from his contract.

USA Defensive Frailties Gives Jurgen Klinsmann Reasons For Concern

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Jürgen Klinsmann has tried to meld the US into a more stylish, free-flowing side playing a 4-3-3 with an emphasis on possession. While the United States has continued to perform well on the attacking end, defensive frailties that were not evident for a decade prior to the 2010 World Cup are now being regularly exposed.

Watch Jose Mourinho’s First Chelsea Interview After Being Reappointed Manager [VIDEO]

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New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given his first interview since being appointed boss today. The Special One sat down for a one-on-one interview with Chelsea TV. Here's the video of the interview, as well as a written transcript:

Here's the transcript of the interview:

Q: Welcome back, how are you?

Wigan Agree Compensation Fee With Everton For Release of Roberto Martinez, Says Dave Whelan

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Wigan have agreed a compensation fee with Everton to release Roberto Martinez from his contract, according to Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

The compensation fee clears the way for Martinez to agree personal terms with Everton to become the new manager at Goodison Park, replacing David Moyes.

Fulham Sign Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Says Roma Director

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AS Roma's sporting director Franco Baldini says that Fulham have finalized a deal for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to join the Craven Cottage side.

Fulham's pursuit ofStekelenburg is well documented. Martin Jol tried to sign the former Ajax goalkeeper in the January transfer window. But embarrassingly forStekelenburg, the deal for Fulham to sign him collapsed while the goalkeeper was mid-air on his way to London.

Arsenal Has Pre-Contract With David Villa, Says Report: The Daily EPL

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Spanish striker David Villa has a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal, claims a report by a Spanish journalist.

Report Axel Torres says:

"I've been told he's showed a pre-contract with Arsenal to the board of Barcelona.

"He's showed he had an agreement with Arsenal, but it's not the final agreement – He doesn't want to be a Barcelona player.

Chelsea Reappoint Jose Mourinho As Manager In 4-Year Deal: It’s Official

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Chelsea have announced that they have reappointed Jose Mourinho as manager of the club in a four-year deal.

Mourinho will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

"I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea," said Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay.

‘Jose Mourinho: Football’s Greatest Managers’: Full-Length Documentary [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea after managing some of the top teams in the world.

To highlight what makes Mourinho 'The Special One,' here's a full-length documentary about Jose. The 30-minute documentary is produced by Sky Sports and was first aired around Christmas 2011 as part of a series that also included some of the other greatest soccer managers in the history of the game including Bill Shankly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bob Paisley, Giovanni Trapattoni, Fabio Capello, Arrigo Sacchi, Rinus Michels, Mário Zagallo and Ottmar Hitzfeld.

West Ham United Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of West Ham United's third shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

West Ham's third shirt for next season is black with red trim down the sleeves, with blue along the sides of the shirt.

MORE — West Ham United's home and away shirts for the 2013-14 season leaked.

Daniel Sturridge Could Face Four Months On Sidelines After England Injury: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be out of action for four months due to an injury he picked up for England against Ireland on Wednesday.

The worst-case scenario is that Sturridge's ankle injury could keep him out until the end of September, which will severely impact Liverpool's strikeforce since Luis Suarez is out suspended until that time.

USA vs Germany and Brazil vs England, International Friendlies: Open Thread

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Both Roy Hodgson and Jurgen Klinsmann are under pressure to make sure that their respective team produces a better performance than the one we saw mid-week against weaker opposition compared to what England and the United States will face today.

Below the equator, England plays Brazil at the first game to be played at the renovated Maracana Stadium, which will be the site for Confederations Cup games later this month as well as next year's World Cup Final.

Jose Mourinho to be Named Chelsea Manager on Monday, Says Premier League: The Nightly EPL

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Oops! Talk about embarrassing. The Premier League leaked the news today by accident that Jose Mourinho will officially be named manager of Chelsea Football Club on Monday.

It's not unusual for articles to be pre-written in order to be moved live when the news is officially announced. But in this particular case, someone at the Premier League clicked the publish button before Chelsea have had an opportunity to announce the news.

David Beckham Says Prospect of Owning Miami MLS Team is Exciting: The Daily EPL

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Former England captain David Beckham has put Miami in pole position to possibly become the 21st team in Major League Soccer after constructive meetings and tours of stadiums in South Florida yesterday.

Beckham, who was courtside at a Miami Heat game on Thursday night with Miami billionaire Marcelo Claure, toured Sun Life Stadium and FIU Stadium in Miami on Saturday, where he met the county's mayor and local soccer fans.

‘Swansea City – The Fall And Rise’: Full-Length Documentary [VIDEO]

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In the past two years, I've heard and read so many cliche stories about the rise of Swansea City. Not that none of them were true, but they're the same tired, old accounts of how the Swans were down on their luck and then they bounced back.

So, as a Swansea City supporter and a fan of the sport in general, it was refreshing to watch Swansea City: The Fall And Rise, a new TV documentary from BBC One.

Suggest Your Own Soccer T-Shirt Idea For A Chance to Win a $100 Gift Certificate

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It's time to get your creative mojo on! Who Are Ya Designs is giving away $175 in gift certificates as well as the chance for you to have your very own soccer T-shirt idea produced and sold in their online store.

With over contests where you have to jump through hoops and be the lucky person out of hundreds of thousands or millions of people in order to win, this one is much simpler and your chances of winning are far, far easier.

Interview With Toby Charles From Soccer Made In Germany: From The Archives

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Today, we're beginning a new feature where — from time to time — we'll delve into our archives to dust off some of our work from the past 7.5 years and to bring it to your attention in case you missed it the first time.

Since the United States men's national team is playing Germany tomorrow in a friendly in Washington DC, we thought it'd be timely to share with you an interview we did with the one-and-only Toby Charles ofSoccer Made In Germanyfame, which was one of the most influential soccer programs ever on TV in the United States.

Top 20 Fantasy Premier League Players in 2012-13 EPLTalk.com Private League

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During the 2012-13 Premier League season, 4,259 of you participated in the private EPLTalk.com Fantasy Premier League game. During the beginning of the season, our mini-league was in the top five best performing leagues world-wide, but as the season progressed, we dropped out of the top five — understandably so, since the mini-league certainly takes a lot of time, persistence and dedication to ensure you don't miss a single gameweek.

RIP Mario Machado, Pioneer of Soccer On US Television

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Mario Machado, an important man in the history of soccer on US television, died earlier this month aged 78.

Machado whose soccer commentary helped bring the sport into millions of American homes in the 1970s and 1980s was the first Asian-American newscaster in the United States of prominence, and was best known for TV news work as well as his acting role over three decades in several films including Brian's Song,Scarface, Rocky III and all three RoboCop films.

Aston Villa Agree £2.5m Fee for Winger Aleksandar Tonev: The Nightly EPL

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Aston Villa have agreed a £2.5million deal with Lech Poznan to sign Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev.

The 23-year-old winger, who has played 11 times for his country, is expected to finalize the transfer this weekend. According to The Sunnewspaper, sources close to Tonev say the lure of the Premier League swung the deal for Villa ahead of a host of top European clubs.

Premier League Managerial Changes Are Cure For The Summertime Blues

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When Crystal Palace began celebrating a return to the Premier League for the first time in eight years, it signaled that slightly depressive thought a world without soccer. Only this summer brings an air of intrigue unlike previous off-seasons, triggered by a series of managerial changes at the three leading clubs.

Michael Laudrup’s Agent to Meet Swansea Chairman Next Week For Clear-The-Air Talks: The Daily EPL

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup's agent will meet with the club's chairman Huw Jenkins next week for clear-the-air talks to resolve Laudrup's concerns about how much money Swansea are willing to spend in the transfer window this summer.

According to press reports, Laudrup is insistent on spending far more than what Swansea have been used to in the past to add a new striker and depth to the squad.