EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Dissect Man Utd vs West Brom on Sky Sports MNF [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were in fine form again tonight on the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports.

The duo dissected many of the mistakes that Manchester United made against West Bromwich Albion from this past weekend.

World Soccer Talk writer Peter Quinn described the video as "Carragher and Neville are having a 'You Tube moment.

Liverpool’s 3-4-1-2 Formation The Best Way To Facilitate Talents Of Both Sturridge And Suarez

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Liverpool are second in the Premier League table after their emphatic 3-1 win over managerless Sunderland. The Reds, inspired by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, had far too much firepower for the Black Cats yesterday and never looked in real danger of surrendering their 2-0 half time lead.

For the second time in a week, Liverpool set-up in an unfamiliar 3-4-1-2 system.

Watch ‘This Week In Soccer,’ Live at 5:30pm ET: Moyes at Man Utd, Grass vs Turf and Qatar World Cup [VIDEO]

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Watch today's broadcast of 'This Week In Soccer,' live at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm UK time via video.

Today's topics are:

1.What's a reasonable expectation for David Moyes's first season at United?

2.To what extent is soccer just SUPPOSED to be played on grass?

Everton vs Newcastle, Premier League Gameweek 6: Open Thread

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Everton faces Newcastle United tonight at Goodison Park in a match where Roberto Martinez is hoping for another special night.

Martinez said:

"We rely on our fans and that's why when you play at home you look forward to playing at a full capacity Goodison. As a player you really enjoy playing with that support that we get as a home team.

Is This Bicycle Kick The Goal of the Weekend? [VIDEO]

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In a weekend where there were plenty of wonderful goals scored by the likes of Bryan Ruiz, Aron Johannsson, Aaron Ramseyand Gylfi Sigurdsson, one stood out in particular. And it's probably one that you, like me, haven't see until now.

The goal was scored byCésar Pereyra for Belgrano in his team's 3-0 victory against Racing.

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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In the Championship, not enough credit or attention is being placed on the job Paul Ince has done at Blackpool thus far this season. The Tangerines have a thin squad, and I tipped them to be relegated to League One this season. But Ince has been resourceful, playing players out of position and spurring on performances.

Moyes Says Manchester United Squad Lacks Quality Needed to Win The Champions League: Daily Soccer Report

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David Moyes is under criticism today for comments he made this past weekend after Manchester United's 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion.

Moyes said:

"To win the Champions League, you have to have five or six world class players. If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six nearly world-class players.

Mid-land Crisis (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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If there was a surprise weekend of the season this might be it so far. We might need a scale for surprise, because actually this wasn't as surprising as we wanted it to be. Maybe showing the quality of the league doesn't come from the quality of the football but actually the diversity.

In that diversity, Arsene and his men go top whilst Spurs force the point against a passive feeling Jose.

Martin Jol Rues Fulham’s Lack of Financial Resources After Defeat to Cardiff: Nightly Soccer Report

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Fulham manager Martin Jol is under pressure at Craven Cottage after supporters again chanted "Jol out," this time on Saturday after the Cottagers lost to Cardiff City.

Jol didn't mince his words regarding the criticism:

"I can't criticize them. They pay their money to watch us and express their feelings.

Rudi Garcia’s Roma Continues To Lead Serie A With Sixth Consecutive Victory

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At the start of the season, it looked like the Serie A would have its most competitive season yet. The old powerhouses patched themselves up over the summer: Juventus bringing in Carlos Tevez, the return of Kaka to Milan, and Inter hiring the man who could be their most stable manager since Jose Mourinho.

David Moyes Brought in His Own Coaching Staff Against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Advice

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Manchester United manager David Moyes decided to bring in his own coaching staff and remove the legacy coaches against the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson. That's according to a new interview with former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele in the United fanzine United We Stand.

Moyes had the opportunity to retain Sir Alex Ferguson's coaching team that included Rene Meulensteen, Eric Steele and Mike Phelan, but he decided to axe them in favor of his own men — Steve Round, Phil Neville, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden.

Watch Or Listen to ‘This Week In Soccer’ Every Monday at 5:30pm ET

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Beginning today, the weekly World Soccer Talk discussion show is moving to a live format. Every Monday at 5:30pm ET/10:30pm UK time, you can watchThis Week In Soccerlive at WorldSoccerTalk.com.

The weekly soccer show featuresintelligent discussions about many of the big topics in world soccer that are often overlooked or not given enough time to discuss.

Why Luis Suárez is The Roy Keane of Liverpool

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In some Manchester United circles, it might be blasphemous to say one of their players shares the same characteristics as a Liverpool player. Especially when the Liverpool player is the "evil" Luis Suárez. On the other hand, Liverpool supporters might consider it sacrilege to have one of their players compared to the "vile" Roy Keane.

Crystal Palace ‘In Takeover Talks’ With Dubai-Based Consortium: Nightly Soccer Report

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Crystal Palace are in takeover talks with a Dubai-based consortium who are interested in purchasing a Premier League club, according to a report tonight inThe Mirrornewspaper.

The British tabloid doesn't list any sources in the story, but says that they believe a senior club official has met with a Moroccan businessman who is the front man for the group.

Barcelona’s Leo Messi Out for 2-3 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

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Barcelona's Leo Messi will be out of action for two to three weeks after injuring his hamstring yesterday against Almeria.

The hamstring injury will force Messi to miss Barcelona's next two games — against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, and in La Liga next weekend against Valladolid.

The Return of Luis Suarez Is the Boost That Liverpool Needs to Bounce Back

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Luis Suárez makes his Premier League return today when Liverpool takes on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. And with him could come a boost to Liverpool's chances to stay in the title race this season.

Liverpool got off to a quick start to the season without Suárez thanks to some solid defense and the goal scoring of Daniel Sturridge.

Stoke City vs Norwich City and Sunderland vs Liverpool: Open Thread

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For followers of the Premier League, one of the advantages of having mid-week games in the UEFA Champions League is that it means there are fewer matches on a Sunday. That sounds odd, but today is a good example. Instead of trying to watch bits and pieces of four EPL games on a Sunday, some of which are being played concurrently, we can watch two games back-to-back today, allowing us to concentrate on the games at hand and watch some teams more closely that we otherwise may pass on.

Why Manchester United Are Having Their Worst Start For 24 Years

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"King" Cantona will not be strutting out of the Old Trafford tunnel with all his confidence and swagger this season. David Beckham will not be unleashing one of his trademark free kicks at opposing goalkeepers. Roy Keane will not be leading Manchester United to victory after being down 2-0 like he did against Juventus in 1999.

Adnan Januzaj, One of Manchester United’s Few Bright Spots In a Testing Season So Far

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Manchester United's season thus far has been anything but spectacular. David Moyes is yet to figure out his best squad and the team is struggling to not only score goals, but to prevent them. With a tough fixture list to start the season, the players needed to step up, which they have not done. In this disappointing start to the season that reached new lows with the loss to West Brom, there are positives to be taken, albeit slight.

Derby County Sack Manager Nigel Clough After Nottingham Forest Defeat

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Derby County have sacked manager Nigel Clough after his side were defeated 1-0 in the East Midlands Derby against Nottingham Forest.

Nigel Clough's side were undone by a first half goal scored by Jack Hobbs in the early kick-off today. The loss left Derby 14th in the Championship table

Clough, who had been manager at Derby since 2009, was sacked this evening.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga Gameweek 7: Open Thread

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Today features the Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on beIN SPORT beginning at 3:55pm ET.

Atleti sits in second place in La Liga, two points ahead of third place Real Madrid. Los Blancos will be wanting to grab a victory today at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in order to leapfrog over Atletico Madrid and close the gap with Barcelona to two points.

US International Aron Johannsson Scores a Brilliant Goal For AZ Alkmaar [VIDEO]

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US international Aron Johannsson scored a brilliant goal today for AZ Alkmaar against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.

The American born striker, who can also play as a winger, scored a goal that helped Alkmaar defeat PSV 2-1. Johannsson was involved in a tug of war between Iceland and the United States before the footballer finally decided on giving his future to the USMNT.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey Scores a Wonderful Team Goal Against Swansea [GIF]

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Arsenal scored a wonderful team goal against Swansea City on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey getting the ball into the back of the net after great build-up play by Ramsey to Wilshere to Giroud and back to Ramsey to score to make it 2-0 to the Gunners.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey Scores a Wonderful Team Goal Against Swansea [GIF] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Images From Sporting Kansas City 0-1 Philadelphia Union [PHOTOS]

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It was a first for Philadelphia Union last night for several reasons. The Union scored for the first time in four games, and they picked up their first away victory against Sporting Kansas City in a 1-0 win thanks to goal from Conor Casey.

Photo credit:Mark Shaiken

Images From Sporting Kansas City 0-1 Philadelphia Union [PHOTOS] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Bryan Ruiz Scores A Sensational Goal For Fulham Against Cardiff [VIDEO]

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Fulham have scored the goal of the day so far.

With Fulham losing 1-0 in the first half at home against Cardiff, manager Martin Jol made a gutsy move by bringing off AlexanderKacaniklic, who wasn't injured, in the 43rd minute of the game, and replacing him with Bryan Ruiz, the Costa Rican striker.

Manchester United and Manchester City Suffer Defeats to West Brom and Aston Villa [GIFs]

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Manchester United and Manchester City both suffered embarrassing defeats today in the Premier League when West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa respectively beat the two Manchester clubs. It's the first time that both Manchester clubs have lost on the same day since September 2008.

Playing at Old Trafford, Manchester United lost 2-3 to West Bromwich Albion.

John Terry Equalizes For Chelsea Against Tottenham Hotspur [GIF]

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After Jose Mourinho's half-time substitution to bring Juan Mata on for John Obi-Mikel, the move paid dividends for Chelsea when Juan Mata's pin-point free kick found the head of John Terry to equalize against Tottenham today at White Hart Lane.

1 Juan Mata records his first Premier League assist of the season after registering 25 over the past two seasons.

Sunderland Hold Talks With Rene Meulensteen About Replacing Paolo Di Canio: Nightly Soccer Report

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There are so many great stories tonight — AFC Wimbledon could be returning to the home where Wimbledon FC played (Plough Lane). Plus The New York Times writes about the NBC coverage that we've been raving about for two months. Nice of them to catch up!

But the main news headline tonight is that Sunderland have opened talks with former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen over the vacant manager job.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 6: Barcelona and Atletico Madrid Are In Charge of La Liga

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both made it six wins out of six and, with Real Madrid also winning, there was no change at the top of La Liga after the midweek matches in Spain.

Barcelona answered recent criticism of coach Tata Martino in the best possible way with a 4-1 thumping of Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea: Open Thread

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The Premier League returns today with hopefully several twists and turns in the Premier League season.

The first match of the day is Tottenham against Chelsea.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Paulinho, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.

Gylfi Sigurdsson Opens Scoring For Tottenham With Goal Against Chelsea [GIF]

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Tottenham attacking midfielderGylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring for Tottenham Hotspur today in their London derby against Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

The goal came from wonderful interplay between Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Sigurdsson. Eriksen made a beautiful sharp left turn to open up Chelsea's defensive third, and made a crisp pass to Soldado, who knocked the ball beautifully into Sigurdsson's path, where the Icelandic international cooly slotted the ball into the back of the net past Petr Cech.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 6

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For viewers in the United States, the schedule of commentators for this weekend's matches in the Premier League is as follows:

Saturday, September 28:

Tottenham vs Chelsea, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network — Peter Drury and Clive Allen
Aston Villa vs Man City, 10am, NBC Sports Network — Gary Taphouse and Trevor Francis
Fulham vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time — Joe Speight and Dean Sturridge
Hull vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time — Jonathan Beck and Garry Birtles
Man United vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time — Gary Weaver and Davie Provan
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 10am,Premier League Extra Time — Tony Jones and Tony Gale
Swansea vs Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBC — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Sunday, September 29:

Stoke vs Norwich, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network — Jon Champion and Efan Ekoku
Sunderland vs Liverpool, 11am, NBC Sports Network — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Monday, September 30:

Everton vs Newcastle, 3pm, NBC Sports Network — Martin Tyler and Paul Walsh

The most notable commentary news above is that we'll get a chance to hear the great voice of Martin Tyler announcing a Premier League match once again.

Murciélagos, the Soccer Club That Gives Supporters the Power to Make Coaching Decisions Via the Web

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During a recent trip to Mexico, I heard a story about Murciélagos FC, a team in the third tier of Mexico that gives its supporters the power to manage their team.

While the experiment in England with Ebbsfleet United eventually failed, the case study of Murciélagos FCis a different story.

Wayne Rooney’s Resurgence Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time For Manchester United

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After Manchester United's 1-0 victory against Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday night, the Sky Sports commentary team aptly described Wayne Rooney's summer transfer window escapades as playing "hard to keep" as opposed to "hard to get." The reigning Premier League champions stood firm during a summer of ludicrous transfer dealings and even more unfathomable outbursts to the press from their main man (cue, "I'm angry and confused").

The Transformation of Aaron Ramsey Into Arsenal’s Not-So-Secret Weapon

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In recent seasons, Aaron Ramsey has been too aggressive, too arrogant, and too full of self-confidence. Lacking in pitch awareness, focus and control, he has helped win some games, but also either directly helped to lose or didn't contribute enough to help win. He's been cocky, only briefly showing signs of the talent that led Arsenal to sign him and Arsene to believe in him.

Tottenham Supporters Face Expulsion and Banning Orders at Chelsea Game If They Chant Yid Army

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The controversy over whether Tottenham Hotspur supporters should or shouldn't sing their "Yid Army" chants will come to a head tomorrow during the London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham and Chelsea have warned supporters that the Metropolitan Police will be adopting a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abusive or offensive behavior or chanting.

The Football Special: Paolo Di Canio, Man United Is Sh*t and Topless Tops [VIDEO]

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Barry Deane steps into Malcolm Best's shoes for one week only as he's joined by the controversial former Sunderland manager, Paolo di Canio. We hear what the Secret Footballer has to say about Clarke Carlisle, take a look at what David Moyes gets up to in his new office and take a trip back in time to see what Nostradamus has to say about the situation at Old Trafford.

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

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So, on the brink of another bumper weekend of soccer, we've scoured the globe (and the TV guides) to help pick the best five games for you to watch this weekend. So put your feet up and get ready to enjoy two huge local derbies, a guaranteed goal-fest and the return of a world class striker.

All kick off times are Eastern Time


FIFA Holds Secret Talks With FOX Sports Over Switching 2022 Qatar World Cup to Winter: Daily Soccer Report

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FIFA have held secret talks with FOX Sports regarding compensation if the 2022 World Cup is moved from summer to winter, according to a report in The Telegraph newspaper.

The newspaper reports that FIFA may be open to letting FOX pay less for the rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament if it's moved from the summer to winter — where World Cup matches would conflict with NFL broadcasts.

Bookies Slash Odds On Sir Alex Ferguson Becoming Manager of Republic of Ireland

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Bookies in Ireland have slashed the odds on Sir Alex Ferguson becoming manager of the Republic of Ireland from 66/1 to 20/1 after a flood of large bets came in today.

"We laid some large bets onSir Alex Fergusonat 66/1 on Friday morning and the cut him into 33/1. The support continued to come and we were forced to cut him again, into 20/1," said Leon Blanche, of Boylesports, in an article in The Irish Independent newspaper.

André Villas-Boas: ‘I Don’t Lose Sleep Over Break-Up With José Mourinho’: Nightly Soccer Report

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In the lead up to Saturday's grudge match between Tottenham and Chelsea, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says he doesn't lose sleep over his break-up with Blues manager Jose Mourinho.

Villas-Boas revealed:

"Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something extra [at Inter] and I wanted further involvement for the job I was doing at the time, which was scouting and match preparation.

Watch ‘Being Paul Gascoigne,’ the ITV Documentary On Gazza [VIDEO]

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This week, ITV in Britain aired a brand-new documentary about Paul Gascoigne, one of the most gifted British footballers of the past 25 years.

It's a very personal, up front documentary about his battle against alcoholism. It also includes heartfelt words from Gascoigne, his family and friends about the ups and downs of his life in the last few years.

Atletico Madrid Attempt to Break Up Spanish Monopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona

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Six games into the 2013 La Liga season, and the top of the table seems about right. Barcelona have won all six of their matches with a goal difference of +17, while right behind them are Atletico Madrid with six wins and a +13 goal difference.

Real Madrid have gotten off to another slow start in La Liga.

How Emphasis On Team Play Instead of Individual Brilliance Has Diminished My Love Of Soccer

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During a recent conversation with my friends during a lunch break of an otherwise grueling weekday, I said in passing that "I do not crave watching soccer anymore."

"Are you kidding," blurted out one of my friends, knowing how crazy my love for the sport is.

"No, I'm not," I replied.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: How Out-Of-Position Players Can Boost Your Points Total

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Before the start of every Fantasy Premier League season, veterans of the game such as myself have their own version of Christmas morning when the game goes live, and more importantly, when the prices of players are released. Much scrutinization occurs over the next several weeks over which players look a value at the start of the season.

Top 5 Passing Teams in the Premier League for the 2013/14 Season So Far [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The Premier League have revealed the top five "pass masters" of the 2013/14 Premier League season thus far.

Top of the table is Swansea City who have the highest passing accuracy as well as most total passes. The Swans got off to a rocky start this season with back-to-back losses against Manchester United and Tottenham, but they've since turned things around with wins against West Brom and Crystal Palace as well as a draw against Liverpool.

Luis Suárez ‘Has Damaged’ Liverpool’s Brand, Says Managing Director: Daily Soccer Report

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What is Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre thinking?

Luis Suarez has just completed a 10-match suspension and returned to action last night. And now that he's back and that episode is over, the Reds have finally gotten a chance to wash away the Suarez storyline and to focus on the rest of their season.

Southampton Aiming For Champions League Qualification In Two Years

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Currently showing immense intent to pursue the aspirations of the motivated chairman, Southampton are continuing their journey to rise up the English soccer ladder.

Understandably, the Italian chairman was doubted when he decided to sack Nigel Adkins in January last season, following a run of just two league losses in 12 matches.

David Moyes Has The Best Start of Any New United Manager Since Matt Busby In 1946: Nightly Soccer Report

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You can twist statistics to say a lot of different things, but there's no denying that Manchester United manager David Moyes received a massive boost tonight with his side's 1-0 victory against Liverpool in the League Cup thanks to a Chicharito goal.

To put the win into context as far as how the season is going, the boffins at BBC Sport have figured out that Moyes "has now won five of his first eight games in all competitions the best start of any new United manager since Matt Busby in 1946.

Is This The Most Creative Free Kick of the Season So Far? [VIDEO]

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Fourth division German side Rot-Weiss Essen scored one of the most creative free kicks this season last weekend when they used five decoys to trick the goalkeeper.

This is one of those videos you can watch over and over again to see the different movements of the players, and how the designated free kick taker remained calm until it was his moment to shine.

Bradley Tank Crashes Into a Barrier At San Jose Earthquakes Training Session [VIDEO]

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A Bradley Tank crashed into a barrier at the practice for MLS team San Jose Earthquakes yesterday. While there were no players hurt, it'll certainly be a practice that the Quakes players will remember for quite some time.

The Bradley Tank crashed into a wall approximately 10 feet from where Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch was training.

Vincent Kompany Has Earned The Right To Be Considered Amongst World’s Best Defenders

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It's not often that a defender is lauded as man-of-the-match following a 4-1 win. But after City trounced United in the season's first Manchester derby, amongst the many contenders for the accolade was Vincent Kompany, as the City captain put in a typically inspirational performance.

Sky Sports's Jamie Carragher, a pundit notoriously difficult to appease from a defensive perspective, was waxing lyrical about the Belgian's showing in his post game analysis:

"As a centre-back myself, watching that performance I was just in awe.

Revealed: Draw For Fourth Round of Capital One Cup

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The draw for the fourth round of the Capital One Cup has been completed.

Sunderland vs Southampton

Leicester City vs Fulham

Birmingham City vs Stoke City

Manchester United vs Norwich City

Burnley vs West Ham United

The winner of West Brom against Arsenal vs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City

Newcastle United vs Manchester City

Ties to be played the week of October 28.

Nearly 10 Million Tune In to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Coverage

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NBC Sports Group posted record-setting numbers through the first five weeks of its exclusive coverage of the Premier League across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Telemundo, mun2, the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package and the NBC Sports Live Extra live streaming product.

Almost 10 million people have tuned in to NBC Sports Group's Premier League television coverage – featuring 36 telecasts on five networks (four on NBC, 22 on NBCSN, one on CNBC, nine on mun2 – does not include Telemundo).

Chicharito Scores Opening Goal For Manchester United Against Liverpool in League Cup [GIF]

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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored the opening goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup third round match at Old Trafford this evening.

Hernandez, who made a rare appearance starting for United, scored for the Red Devils in the 46th minute after hitting the ball first time from a Wayne Rooney corner kick.

Manchester United vs Liverpool; Capital One Cup Third Round: Open Thread

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Five matches remain in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight, but most of the attention will be focused on Old Trafford where Manchester United play Liverpool in a match where we may see the return of Luis Suarez.

Suarez, who was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, is playing tonight, with manager Brendan Rodgers wanting to give him some match time.

Watch ‘Ray Hudson’s Miami Fusion,’ the Rise And Fall Of South Florida’s MLS Team [VIDEO]

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The soul of soccer in South Florida was completely ripped out of the region in 2001 when MLS decided to fold the Miami Fusion.

Twelve years on, it's still difficult for me to write or talk about the Miami Fusion. It was a team that was so near and dear to my heart that when the team contracted, I cried.

World Cup 2022: Investigation Reveals Deaths, Modern Slavery and Inhumane Conditions in Qatar

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An investigation into the conditions that workers are under to prepare Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022 has revealed evidence of forced labor on a huge infrastructure project, as well as exploitation of workers and inhumane living quarters, according to a report, released today, byThe Guardiannewspaper.

Interview With Mystery Tromso Fan Who Pulled On Arsenal Shirt At White Hart Lane [VIDEO]

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The mystery of the girl who pulled on an Arsenal shirt at White Hart Lane during last week's Europa League match between Spurs and Tromso has been solved.

The girl's name is Lena Mari Edvardsen. She's a Tromso supporter, and traveled from Norway to London to watch her team play. But she's also an Arsenal supporter.

New TV Commercial Captures The Rollercoaster Ride of a Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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A Danish brewing company have released a new TV commercial that sums up the rollercoaster ride of what a typical Premier League season feels like.

Entitled "That Premier Feeling," the 60-second video features a cast of characters including Jimmy Bullard, Chris Kamara,Robbie Fowler, Gareth Southgate, Marcel Desailly and 200+ extras.

Manchester United Are Set to Repeat Same Mistakes That City Made Last Year

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Since Sunday's derby match between the Manchester clubs, the alarms have been sounding (louder than usual) from Manchester United supporters. Soccer pundits have been quick to throw water on the fire by saying it is still early in the season for fans to worry. While they also point out that this United team is still the current champions of England.

Gus Poyet is Sunderland’s Number One Target to Replace Di Canio As Manager

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Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has emerged as the frontrunner to become the next manager of Sunderland Football Club.

According toThe Guardiannewspaper, Poyet has had positive talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short. However a decision isn't expected to be reached until at least 48 hours, and isn't expected until next week.

Chelsea Has Established a Strong Position As America’s Second Team: Nightly Soccer Report

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While Manchester United are America's most popular English soccer club, Chelsea have established itself in a strong position as America's second favorite club side.

According to new research compiled by EA Sports from FIFA 13, Manchester United is the most popular Premier League club in 45 of the 48 continental states.

New Managers, Negativity in Sports and League Transparency (This Week In Soccer)

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In the sixth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we tackle three topics — namely (1) To what extent should new managers adapt their style to inherited personnel? (2) What place does negativity have in healthy coverage of sport?" and (3) Are leagues obligated to be transparent? And to the benefits of accountability offset sacrificing control and flexibility?

Chelsea Await Injury News on Marco van Ginkel and Ramires: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea are awaiting injury news on Marco van Ginkel and Ramires, who were both injured in last night's 2-0 win against Swindon in the League Cup.

Van Ginkel was substituted in the ninth minute after injuring his knee. The fear is that the Dutch player may be out for the rest of the season with a torn cruciate ligament.

Olivier Giroud’s Slow and Steady Rise From French Football to Arsenal’s Star Striker

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He has never been highly sought after. He has never been highly touted. At one point, he was just glad to have a professional contract. His manager once said that he "did not have the level to play among the elite." Long before his current days as the starting striker for Arsenal, before the name recognition, the ample wages, and the cushy lifestyle, Olivier Giroud was just another face in the crowd.

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke Ruled Out for Up to 6 Weeks With Hip Injury

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Bad news tonight for Aston Villa supporters and fantasy football fans everywhere. Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out of action for 4-6 weeks after suffering an injury in the Premier League match against Norwich City on Saturday.

Villa manager Paul Lambert had this to say about the injury:

"It is not as bad as we feared it was going to be.

Jan Vertonghen Pulls Down Aston Villa Striker’s Shorts in League Cup [VIDEO]

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This is something you don't see everyday.

In the Capital One Cup game between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur tonight, Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius was running towards goal but Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen tripped and accidentally pulled down the shorts of the Danish striker.

Record Audience of 852k Watched Manchester City vs Manchester United on NBCSN

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One week after NBC Sports recorded its largest viewing audience ever for a Premier League match when 917,000 people watched the September 14 game between Everton and Chelsea on the over-the-air NBC network, NBC has broken its record for the most number of viewers on NBCSN for a Premier League match.

Swindon v Chelsea, Aston Villa v Tottenham & 9 Other Capital One Cup Third Round Matches: Open Thread

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The third round of the 2013/14 Capital One Cup kicks off tonight with several key matches being played around England.

The list of matches is as follows; All games kick off at 2:45pm ET (US time):

Swindon Town v Chelsea (for viewers in the US, live on beIN SPORT at 2:45pm ET)
Aston Villa v Tottenham (to be shown on tape delay on beIN SPORT at 4:45pm ET)
West Ham United v Cardiff City
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Southampton v Bristol City
Watford v Norwich
Leicester City v Derby County
Fulham v Everton
Hull City v Huddersfield
Sunderland v Peterborough United
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

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

Pep Guardiola Finally Gets It Right At Bayern Munich

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It may have taken nearly two months for him to figure out, but Pep Guardiola seems to have finally discovered the correct combination that brings the most out of the array of talent at his disposal at Bayern Munich. After a string workman-like performances and lackluster victories, Bayern finally appear to have turned the corner and switched gears with a pair of dominant displays.

Why the Time is Right for Roberto Di Matteo to Return to Management in the Premier League

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Despite sources in Italy saying that Roberto Di Matteo may not be interested in the Sunderland job, Sunderland's Director of Football Roberto De Fanti is recommending Di Matteo for the manager position, but Ellis Short and the Sunderland staff have their work cut out for them if they want to hire the former Chelsea manager as the man to replace Paolo Di Canio.

FIFA 14 Reviewed: It’s What’s Under The Hood That Counts

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If you live in North America, FIFA 14 is available in stores and online today (and later this week in Europe). Not surprisingly, many soccer fans are excited about what may be the final iteration in this current generation's version before the Next Gen consoles monopolize the industry.

I won't re-hash everything that I said about the demo.

Interview With Tottenham Legend Ledley King (Voices Of Soccer)

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We're proud to bring you our exclusive interview with Tottenham legend and former captain Ledley King.

The autobiography, entitled King: My Autobiography, was published this month. King discusses why he decided to publish his autobiography, how he dealt with injury problems, how he overcome psychological hurdles in his career, as well as what he attributes his positioning skills to.

Robin van Persie Ruled Out of League Cup Match Against Liverpool: Daily Soccer Report

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David Moyes has ruled Robin van Persie out of tomorrow's League Cup match against Liverpool due to his injury.

The Dutch striker picked up a groin injury prior to the match against Manchester City. And now Moyes is saying that the player has an"outside chance" of featuring against West Brom in the Premier League on September 28.

Arsenal’s Injured Theo Walcott Could Miss England World Cup Qualifiers That Will Decide Their Fate: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Arsenal's injured Theo Walcott could miss England World Cup qualifiers that will decide their fate Mirror
  • Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet look set to spurn Sunderland The Guardian
  • Sunderland eye Gianfranco Zola as their next manager after sacking Paolo di Canio Mirror
  • Liverpool's Luis Suárez 'chomping at the bit' to return after bite ban — The Guardian
  • Mathieu Flamini allegedly warned by FA for threatening to blind Stoke's Marc Wilson — Off The Post
  • Premier League headed by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur follows script The Guardian
  • Paul Gascoigne admits that he has returned to drinking due to an urge to kill himself— Telegraph
  • Paul Gascoigne says he spent £60,000 on gadgets to detect phone hacking—The Guardian
  • Nicklas Bendtner set to make his Arsenal return against West Brom two years after his last appearance for the Gunners— Independent
  • Aston Villa suffers injury crisis ahead of League Cup clash with Spurs—Cartilage Free Captain
  • Liverpool news: Injured Glen Johnson has leg brace removed— Metro
  • Will Dish Network dare to drop ESPN?

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 5: Pedro Treble Keeps Barca On Top

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A Pedro Rodriguez hat-trick kept Barcelona at the summit of La Liga as the Catalans won 4-0 away at Rayo Vallecano while Atletico Madrid remained level with them on maximum points with a 2-0 victory at Real Valladolid.

Pedro struck after half an hour and twice more after the break as Barcelona made quick work of the Madrid minnows.

The Top 20 Greatest Soccer Club Teams Of All Time, Complete With Video Evidence

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Four Four Two magazine just released their list of the top 20 greatest club sides ever. To help take a walk down memory lane, or to revisit these wonderful teams, we've incorporated video footage of each club.

Here's our guide to bring you up-to-date with some of the most successful teams in world history.

Unbeaten Everton Already Reaping The Benefits Of Roberto Martinez’s Influence

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It's still there. That Everton spirit. The coveted togetherness that many predicted would cease the second David Moyes walked out of Goodison Park. In fact, it's been more prominent than ever in the past seven days. It's helped Everton to their first two victories of the campaign and of Roberto Martinez's tenure as manager; they remain unbeaten in the opening five games.

BBC’s Match Of The Day Dictates England’s Soccer Dialogue, For Better Or Worse

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Here's a fun game. Next time you go watch a soccer match in a bar, pub or somewhere else in public, just spend a moment and try and catch some of the conversation flying around. Not the endless droves of ‘banter' thrown between groups of hardened males but specifically the talk concerning all things soccer.

Left Back: The One Position Where the England National Team Has So Much Talent

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There has been much ballyhoo throughout the entire soccer world about England having trouble developing its talent, especially compared to rivals Spain and Germany at the moment.

Many have snickered at the Three Lions' international performances throughout the last several years, since they were blitzed by Germany in that 2010 World Cup round of 16 match.

League Cup Third Round Preview Including Manchester United vs Liverpool

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This week marks the third round of the Football Association League Cup, better known these days as the Capital One Cup. But before we get to the preview, here's some history regarding how the tournament first started.

In the late 1950's, the competition came to mind by a gentleman named Alan Hardaker, who happened to be the secretary of the governing Football League.

Turbulence (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Fast and furious. That was just Paulo. As Sunderland become the first team of the season to sack their manager, the pod take a look at where Sunderland can go from here. Who would you like to see as Sunderland Manager in the near future? Do they have good options? After all that reform, why get rid of a man who has only started on the next chapter?

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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For starters, congratulations to my local club the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on a (revived) club record 7,653 in attendance for the renewal of the old NASL rivalry with the New York Cosmos. The Flight 19 Supporters Group, which I am a member of, unveiled a TIFO that gained attention and helped create a great atmosphere.

Is This The Goal of the Weekend? [VIDEO]

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If you had to pick out the best goal from the weekend, it's a tough choice. Sone Aluko's goal for Hull City against Newcastle United was out of this world. Wayne Rooney's free kick against Manchester City was sublime. The two free kicks by Leighton Baines for Everton against West Ham United were sensational, too.

US and Everton Goalkeeper Tim Howard Shows Off His New Tattoos [PHOTOS]

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US and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard showed off his new tattoos on Instagram over the weekend, giving the public a glimpse of a tattoo artist working on Tim Howard's latest fresh ink.

Liverpool-based tattoo artistAlex Rodriguez did the work.

At this rate, it looks like Howard is running out of space for new tattoos to be added to his upper body.

Mario Balotelli Was Shown a Red Card For Dissent After Final Whistle Against Napoli [VIDEO]: Daily Soccer Report

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Mario Balotelli had one of those crazy days yesterday that he's renowned for. In one match, he missed the first penalty of his career. He scored a last minute penalty for AC Milan. And then immediately after the game, he got a red card (watch the video below) after flipping out at the officials.

No wonder some people call him Crazy Mario.

Sunderland Decided to Sack Paolo Di Canio After Training Ground Argument With Players

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Sunderland owner Ellis Short decided to sack manager Paolo Di Canio after the managers and players had an ill-tempered training ground meeting on Sunday morning, reportsThe Guardiantoday.

The newspaper reports that in analyzing Sunderland's defeat to West Brom, Di Canio criticized his players (again), but Sunderland footballer Lee Cattermole (the midfielder Di Canio stripped of his captaincy) told Di Canio that the squad had lost faith in his controversial methods.

3 New Options for Everton Crests Unveiled [PHOTOS]: Nightly Soccer Report

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Earlier this year, after launching a brand-new club crest, Everton faced a backlash from its supporters who were upset that the club removed their Latin phrase and unleashed a new crest without consulting the entire Everton supporter base. Everton made a quick U-turn and said they would only use the new crest for this season, but then opened up the process of finalizing a new crest to the fans.

PSV Eindhoven Supporters Unveil GTA V Banner At Match Against Ajax [VIDEO]

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Supporters of PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie unfurled a GTA V banner prior to their match kicking off against rivals Ajax Amsterdam.

The banner was inspired and designed to look like the typography and style of GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V), the new hit video game that has generated over $1 billion in revenue during the first week of its release.

MLS Player Scores A Goal and Celebrates By Eating A Slice of Pizza On the PItch [VIDEO]

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Ghanian footballer Dominic Oduro scored a goal in MLS Saturday night and celebrated in a unique way by eating a slice of pizza near the corner flag.

Oduro scored the goal for Columbus against Chicago in a match that ended 3-0 to the Crew.

After scoring the goal, Oduro celebrated in front of the fans but then turned around and ran over to the corner of the stadium where one of the Crew employees was holding a pizza box.

Istanbul Derby Between Besiktas and Galatasaray Abandoned After Fans Invade Pitch In Injury Time [VIDEO]

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The Istanbul derby between Besiktas and Galatasaray was abandoned Sunday after Besiktas fans invaded the pitch in the 92nd minute with their team losing 2-1 to Galatasaray.

Dozens of Besiktas fans ran on the pitch and began throwing chairs at theAtatürk Olympic Stadium. The referee stopped the match and sent the two teams to the locker room.

Mario Balotelli’s 100% Record of Scoring Penalties Ends After Pepe Reina Saves No. 27 [VIDEO]

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Mario Balotelli's perfect record of never having missed a competitive penalty has come to an end. After not missing any of the 26 penalties he took for AC Milan, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Italy, Balotelli's record was finally broken today when Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved penalty number 27.

Sunderland Sack Paolo Di Canio After Zero Wins in Five Matches This Season

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Sunderland have sacked manager Paolo Di Canio with immediate effect after a disastrous run of five Premier League matches with no wins.

A statement on the Sunderland club website read:

"Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Monaco, Ligue Un Gameweek 6: Open Thread

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Paris Saint-Germain plays Monaco in a top of the table match between two of the best sides in Ligue Un.

PSG currently sit in third place, just two points behind top of the table Monaco. It should be an entertaining match featuring two of the best strikers in the world — Edinson Cavani (PSG) against Radamel Falcao (Monaco).

Watch Manchester City vs Manchester United via On Demand: Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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The on-demand version of Manchester City against Manchester United is available for viewing for those of you in the United States.

If you missed the match, or want to watch it again, here it is via NBC Sports Live Extra. Note that the game is available via online only and not via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

Geoff Cameron Scores His First Premier League Goal For Stoke City [GIF]

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US international and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron scored his first Premier League goal today.

Cameron scored in the first half at the Emirates Stadium on his 40th league appearance for the Potters. Since joining Stoke in 2012, Cameron has been a regular feature in the back four for Stoke City, but his first goal has eluded him —that is, until today.

West Bromwich Albion vs Sunderland Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In a match where both teams wanted to win badly, there was only one winner.

Sunderland continued their slump with another loss. They're now the only team in the Premier League who hasn't won so far this season. West Brom, meanwhile, were able to kick on after disappointing results to move further up the table to safety, for now.

West Ham United vs Everton Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining matches of the day, Everton came back from being 2-1 down to grab victory at West Ham United thanks in large part to the bravery and brilliance of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

On top of that, there were two brilliantly-taken free kicks from Leighton Baines.

Liverpool vs Southampton Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool suffered their first loss of the season today against Southampton in a match where the Saints put in a strong performance that really tested the Anfield club.

Liverpool were unable to find a goal in a match where both teams had their chances to score, but the winner came down to Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren who won the match with a header.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

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We have an exciting Sunday in store for fans of Premier League soccer culminating in the Manchester derby. But there are plenty of other exciting matches scheduled.

For viewers in the United States, please note that the early kick-off is on CNBC instead of NBCSN.

Here are the starting line-ups:

Arsenal:Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Gnabry, Giroud

Stoke:Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Wilson, Nzonzi, Adam, Arnautovic; Jones

Crystal Palace:Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Guedioura, Bannan, Puncheon, Jerome, Chamakh

Swansea:Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas, Selvey, Dyer, Routledge, Michu, Vazquez

In Arsenal team news, in a last minute change, Theo Walcott is out of the Arsenal lineup and is replaced by 18-year-old Serge Gnabry.

Norwich City vs Aston Villa Match Highlights, Premier League Gameweek 5 [VIDEO]

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In the first match of the Premier League weekend, Norwich City hosted Aston Villa in an eventful match.

If you missed the game or want to see the highlights again, watch the video below. Note that it's only for viewers in the United States due to rights restrictions.

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Chelsea vs Fulham Match Highlights, Premier League Gameweek 5 [VIDEO]

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Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League table today with a relatively unconvincing win against Fulham in the west London derby.

If you missed any of the action or you want to see the highlights again, play the video below. Note that due to rights restrictions, the video only works for users in the United States.

Newcastle United vs Hull City Match Highlights, Premier League Gameweek 5 [VIDEO]

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One of the most entertaining matches today was Hull City's comeback win against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Everything seemed to be going well for Newcastle United after Loic Remy scored two goals, but the match turned with an absolutely incredible goal.

Watch the highlights below.

Watch Today’s Premier League Matches On Demand, Saturday Gameweek 5; US Only [VIDEO]

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If you'd like to watch any of the Premier League matches from today on demand, click on any of the links below to watch the games online, for free —as long as you live in the United States and have an active subscription to your TV provider (and a subscription to NBC Sports Network).

The matches aren't available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app, but they are available via the web only.

Romelu Lukaku Hit His Head So Hard He Didn’t Even Realize He Scored Everton’s Winner [VIDEO]

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With eight minutes to go in the game at Upton Park, with West Ham United beating Everton 2-1, it looked like the Hammers were on course for a victory in front of the home crowd. However, that all changed when Leighton Baines scored his second goal of the match from a free kick in the 83rd minute to tie the match.

Paolo Di Canio Confronts Supporters After Sunderland Lose 3-0 to West Brom [VIDEO]

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Paolo Di Canio faced the supporters after Sunderland lost 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

In my 36 years of watching soccer, I've never once seen a manager do this before. After Sunderland were convincingly defeated against West Bromwich Albion today, Di Canio walked over to the Sunderland away supporters and appeared to apologize and asked that they keep their chins up.

José Mourinho Says: ‘I Don’t Like The Way Chelsea Have Played For Two Years’: Nightly Soccer Report

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Jose Mourinho is the master of the blame game. After three defeats on the trot for Chelsea, and the worst start to a Premier League campaign in ten years, Mourinho is blaming everything from the playing style and lack of maturity in his squad rather than taking the blame for his poor starting lineup selections and unwillingness to give Juan Mata a key role in the team.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

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The first match of the day today takes us to Carrow Road and East Anglia for Norwich City against Aston Villa.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, September 21:

Norwich vs Aston Villa, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Liverpool vs Southampton, 10am,NBC Sports Network
Newcastle vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Everton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Fulham, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network, mun 2

Before, during and after today's matches, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

UK Retailer Says That Arsenal Mesut Ozil Shirts Are Outselling Gareth Bale Shirts 5 to 1

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A UK sports retailer recently reported that the Arsenal shirts with Mesut Ozil's name on the back are outselling Gareth Bale Real Madrid shirts by five to one.

A representative from the UK sports retailer said:

"While it would be untrue to say there is not an interest in Bale shirts, our sales data shows he is being significantly outsold by Mesut Ozil and is not attracting the same level of attention generated by Neymar when he transferred to Barcelona earlier in the summer.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 5

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Here's the list of commentators who will be calling the Premier League matches this weekend on NBC:

Saturday, September 21:

Norwich vs Aston Villa, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network; Peter Drury & Efan Ekoku
Liverpool vs Southampton, 10am,NBC Sports Network; Joe Speight & Trevor Francis
Newcastle vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker & Barry Horne
West Brom vs Sunderland, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver & Garry Birtles
West Ham vs Everton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Dean Sturridge
Chelsea vs Fulham, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network, mun 2; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Sunday, September 22:

Arsenal vs Stoke, 8:30am, CNBC, mun 2; Jim Proudfoot & Stewart Robson
Crystal Palace vs Swansea, 8:30am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
Cardiff vs Tottenham, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Brian Little
Man City vs Man United, 11am, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

I'm sure the Arsenal supporters are looking forward to listening to Stewart Robson as the co-commentator on Sunday morning, 'eh?

Watch the Intro to FIFA 06: “The Beauty Of Football” [VIDEO]

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For a walk down memory lane, watch this intro to the EA Sports game FIFA 06, which features several world-class stars as well as the poster boys of FIFA 06 —Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho.

The intro, which includes a voiceover by a Scottish bloke trying to sound like Sir Alex Ferguson, showcases an excellent video that leads into the game.

Watch the ’101 Great Goals’ Video Featuring the Best Goals From England Of The 1960s-80s [VIDEO]

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Before there was the Internet, YouTube and 24/7 TV sports networks, VHS tapes were a rare commodity for soccer fans, who could use them to watch soccer highlights over and over again. There was one video collection of goals that was one of the most popular — 101 Great Goals.

The 65-minute videotape was released in 1987, and featured highlights of goals from the golden generation of English football — the 1960s through the 1980s.

Why Wayne Rooney’s Intangible Qualities Are The Linchpin for Success at Manchester United

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At times, this week's Champions League encounter between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen was a closely fought contest. But the difference in world class quality ultimately made the contest a convincing win for David Moyes' men in the end.

And no one was more instrumental than the rejuvenated Wayne Rooney.

What is Chelsea’s Best Starting Eleven?

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There's no getting around Chelsea's slow start the season, both in the Premier League and the Champions League. Mourinho has experimented with different lineups and, as we saw Wednesday versus Basel, formations. Mind you, the squad isn't unfamiliar with this kind of rotation. Benitez had Chelsea in a constant state of fluctuation last year that allowed them deep cup runs and an eventual Europa League title.

Media and Supporters to Blame For ‘Premier League Club In Crisis’ Merry-Go-Round

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Today's world of rolling sports news, hourly club updates and saturated soccer coverage has given birth to a relatively modern but ever-present phenomenon – the club in crisis. Usually rearing its head sometime before Christmas, it's a brooding cloud of uncertainty ready to strike any club with a lightning bolt of panic at any time, although this year the crisis talk has emerged at record speed.

6 Memorable Moments From the Manchester Derbies, 2001 to 2012

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As the classic A Tale Of Two Cities begins, "It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times." However this weekend's protagonists have a long and fabled history against one another with the backdrop being the city of Manchester — with the dominance for the best team in Manchester on the line.

Japan’s J-League Switches to Two-Stage Season in Bid to Boost Fans And Revenue: Daily Soccer Report

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Japan's J-League has decided that it's going to switch to a two-stage season in a bid to boost fans and revenue. The two-stage season, similar to the apertura and clausura for many Latin soccer leagues, the Mexican league and the NASL, will begin in 2015.

The change has been forecast to boost revenue by $10million.

Sir Alex Ferguson Attempts to Build Bridges With Wayne Rooney Praise [VIDEO]: Nightly Soccer Report

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Sir Alex Ferguson has done his first interview since his retirement, and has attempted to build bridges with Wayne Rooney by praising the Manchester United striker.

Ferguson said that Rooney is 'back to what we remember' in the Bayer Leverkusen win.

Here's the complete interview by MUTV:

Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Wayne Rooney praised by his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson— The Guardian
  • Richard Keys: 'The novelty of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher will wear off and then what?

Tottenham Hotspur v Tromso: UEFA Europa League Highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham Hotspur convincingly defeated Tromso 3-0 tonight in the UEFA Europa League.

Striker Jermain Defoe scored two goals to take his European tally to 20, which is just two goals behind the record number of European goals scored by a Tottenham Hotspur player. The current record holder is Martin Chivers.

Clint Dempsey’s Seattle Sounders Move Puts Him Back in a More Influential Role

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Clint Dempsey's move to the Seattle Sounders from Tottenham Hotspur was one of the more surprising moves of the summer transfer window. At the eve of last season, the American forward was a major transfer target and was one of the deadline-day dramas as Spurs plucked him away from a seemingly dithering Liverpool.

The Football Special: Jonjo Shelvey, Premier League Managers and Pep Guardiola

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The latest episode of The Football Special, the weekly soccer/football animated series, is out. And it's a good 'un.

Malcolm Best is joined by one nervous looking Jonjo Shelvey after his mixed performance against his former club. Also, The Football Special see Rickie Lambert as they've never seen him before, Martin O'Neill has a tough decision to make at his local job centre, there's more nonsense from mascots and TFS hears from the current FA chairman, Greg Dyke.

Robert Lewandowski Stars in New FIFA 14 Video Alongside the Ghost of Isaac Newton [VIDEO]

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Borussia Dortmund and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski stars in a brand-new FIFA 14 video that features the Ghost of Issac Newton.

The video demonstrates how real ball physics come into play in FIFA 14. Instead of creating a boring tutorial video, you have to admit that FIFA used quite a bit of creativity in this one to get the point across.

Watch the Football Manager 2014 TV Commercial [VIDEO]

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Sports Interactive, the developers of the computer game Football Manager, have released their TV commercial for Football Manager 2014.

The popular football management simulation game is scheduled for release on October 31, 2013.

Pre-order Football Manager 2014 today.

Watch the Football Manager 2014 TV Commercial [VIDEO] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

FIFA 14 Demo Reviewed: Anticipation Building For Another Great Release

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FIFA 14 will be released next week, while the FIFA 14 Next Gen version won't be released until mid-to-late November. It may be safe to say that this may be one of the biggest and last current gen sports releases before EA firmly sets its sights on the PS4 and XBox One versions. So after playing with the demo for FIFA 14, will this be worth getting next week or, if you are one of the many getting new systems, should you hold out?

Inside NBC’s Coverage of the English Premier League: A Typical Saturday at NBC Studios

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Getting ready to record NBC's EPL coverage

A few weeks ago, World Soccer Talk had the pleasure of sitting in on a typical Saturday production of the Premier League by NBC at their studios in Stamford, Connecticut. We wanted to go to see what a typical day was like, and to give you — the readers — a better understanding of NBC's attention to detail.

Valencia 0-3 Swansea City, Europa League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Swansea City completely outplayed Valencia today in their first game of the Europa League Group Stage, recording the Welsh club's first win on the European continent since 1982 — 31 years ago.

Swansea silenced the Valencia fans at the Mestalla when record signing Wilfried Bony opened the scoring for the Swans in the 13th minute.

A Tale Of Two Clubs: How Ajax Are In Decline While Barcelona Continue Their Rise

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AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona — has there ever been a pair of clubs, not from the same country, whose legacies and histories are so intertwined?

Ajax, the Dutch masters of the 1970s, the team that invented Total Football and whose players catapulted the Netherlands to two straight World Cup Finals (and two straight losses) in 1974 and 1978.

Manchester United Targeting Lucrative US Market For New Revenue: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United have set their sights on the United States as a market that is ripe for new commercial deals to bring the club millions more dollars to pay off their debt.

Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said:

"The US market is under penetrated. It is a very big media market, the most developed sports market in the world.

Europa League Preview: Group I-L

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How would Tottenham, Lazio and Olympique Lyonnais fare?

Group I

Lyon and Real Betis are heavy favourites to qualify from Group I. Top spot in the group can really go either way – Lyon's depth and experience in Europe gives them a slight edge, but Real Betis will want to do well in their first foray into Europe since the 2005/06 Champions League.

NBC Scores Record 917k Viewers For Everton vs Chelsea Match On US Television

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NBC Sports achieved their largest viewing audience ever for a Premier League match last weekend when 917,000 people watched the September 14 12:30-3pm ET broadcast of Everton versus Chelsea live on the over-the-air NBC network, according to Sports Business Daily.

The 917,000 viewing figure beat the number of viewers who tuned in for the opening Premier League match on free-to-air NBC on August 17 when Swansea played Manchester United (with an average viewing audience of 792,000).

Fantasy Premier League Tips: How to Master the New Bonus Point System

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The Fantasy Premier League game isn't just about goals, assists and clean sheets. That would be too simple. No, there's much more to it than that, and that is what makes this game so intriguing. It is as complex and absorbing as a manager chooses to make it. This game is about prediction. No one has the superpower of predicting everything spot on.

UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

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Today kicks off the Group Stage of the 2013/14 Europa League with a whopping 24 matches available to watch on US television and Internet.

Take your pick from the matches to watch. Personally, I'll be watching my beloved Swans take on Valencia.

Starting line-ups:

Swansea:Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Dyer, Michu, Bony

Valencia:Guaita, Barragán, Rami, Mathieu, Guardado, Fuego, Éver, Feghouli, Fede, Canales, Postiga

Here are today's 24 matches:

Valencia vs Swansea, 1pm, ESPN Deportes,WatchESPN, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Zulte Waregem vs Wigan, 1pm, ESPN3 andFOX Soccer 2Go
PSV Eindhoven vs.

Europa League Preview: Group E-H

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How would Fiorentina, Sevilla and Bordeaux fare?

Group E

Fiorentina are favorites to win the group, but it is never going to be easy. They were unlucky not to finish ahead of Milan in the league, and Italian sides rarely pay much attention to the Europa League.

Michael Jackson Statue to be Removed From Fulham’s Craven Cottage

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The Michael Jackson statue that stands at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in west London is to be removed.

"The statue is not part of the Riverside development of the stadium and will be returned to the former chairman in due course," said a Fulham spokesperson.

The statue was erected in 2011 by the wishes offormer Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Europa League Preview: Group A-D

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The Group Stage of the 2013-14 Europa League kicks off on Thursday with several major clubs participating. As part of our three part series leading up to the Europa League matches, here's a preview of Groups A through D.

How would the likes of Valencia, Swansea and Wigan fare?

Group A

Group A is tight at the top – Valencia, Swansea and Kuban all have realistic chances of winning the group.

Manchester United to Trial Singing Section at Old Trafford in Bid to Improve Atmosphere: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United have announced that they'll trial a singing section to Old Trafford for the team's upcoming UEFA Champions League game against Real Sociedad.

United will move the away section from the south east corner of the stadium, where away fans are usually housed, to the East Stand.

FIFA 14 vs PES 2014 Demos Plus Fantasy Premier League Therapy (Press ‘A’ To Shoot)

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In this, the debut episode of Press 'A' To Shoot, a brand-new weekly show from World Soccer Talk, hosts Matt Duncan and Morgan Green bring you the latest opinions and analysis regarding the latest soccer video games, computer games and fantasy football.

Matt and Morgan discuss the pros and cons of the demos for FIFA 14 and PES 2014, first impressions of the new soundtrack, what grates Morgan about Pro Evolution Soccer and how you, the listeners, can help Matt improve his Fantasy Premier League team that is floundering.

UEFA Members Back World Cup 2022 Being Moved to Winter

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UEFA's 54 member nations have given their backing to the 2022 FIFA World Cup being moved from the summer to winter, and they have admitted that the tournament cannot be played in the summer due to health reasons.

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce said:

"What has come out of this meeting is that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their third shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The third kit for Tottenham Hotspur is dark blue with a greenish-blue trim.The new Tottenham kit will be worn for the first time at this weekend's encounter versus Cardiff City.

What's your opinion about the shirt?

ESPN to Broadcast Europa League Games Online This Season In Addition to FOX

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FOX Sports has sub-licensed the Europa League Spanish-language rights to ESPN Deportes this season, which means that soccer fans in the United States will be able to watch Europa League action on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com in addition to English language broadcasts on FOX Sports and FOX Soccer 2Go.

Hype of Overrated Premier League Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

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Last week, I gasped after ESPN FC released its latest power rankings composed by former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. The video seemed to be the ultimate proof that being a former player does not guarantee being a competent soccer analyst. The list displayed Hislop's rather comical understanding of the European landscape.

Are These the USMNT Home and Away Shirts for the 2014 World Cup? [PHOTOS]

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Are these the USMNT home and away shirts that the USA will wear at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil?

The leaked images are supposedly the new home and away jerseys that the US men's national team will wear. Before we discuss the designs, it's important to note that the shirt designs have retained the centennial national team crest that has been worn by the USA this year.

FC Basel Defeat Chelsea in Champions League Thanks In Part to This Beautiful Goal [VIDEO]

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FC Basel'sMohamed Salah scored an exquisite goal at Stamford Bridge tonight to equalize against Chelsea, before Basel'sMarco Streller scored in the 82nd minute to win all three points.

The goal by Salah was a perfect example of the teamwork by the Swiss side. Plus, the way Salah struck the ball first time into the net is something to watch more than once.

Lionel Messi Scores An Inch-Perfect Free Kick to Give Barcelona the Lead Against Ajax [GIF]

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Lionel Messi opened up the scoring tonight for Barcelona in their UEFA Champions League match against Ajax.

Messi's inch-perfect free kick was curled in, hit the post and then banged into the back of the net to help Barcelona take the 1-0 lead at half-time.

Surprisingly, today's match between Barcelona and Ajax is the first time the two teams have ever played each other in a competitive game.

UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

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It's going to be almost impossible for today's UEFA Champions League matches to conjure up some of the incredible goals we witnessed yesterday during the Champions League matches, but I'm sure the 16 teams participating today will give it a shot.

For viewers in the United States, here's today's TV and Internet schedule of all of the live games (all times Eastern):

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

In team news, here are the starting lineups for many of the teams playing today:

Dortmund:Weidenfeller Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer Bender, Sahin Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus Lewandowski

Arsenal:Szczęsny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Walcott, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud.

Win a Copy of FIFA 14 With the Celebrations Pre-Order Pack [CONTEST]

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We've got one copy of FIFA 14 with the special Celebrations Pre-Order Packto give away to one lucky World Soccer Talk reader.

The winner will have a choice of FIFA 14 either for PS3 or Xbox 360. The contest is only open to residents in the UK or USA.

Here's how to enter:

Between now and Noon ET on Friday, September 20, post the following tweet to your Twitter account:

I just entered to win a copy of FIFA 14 from @worldsoccertalk at http://worldsoccertalk.

Konami Release TV Ad For PES 2014 [VIDEO]: Daily Soccer Report

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Konami have released their TV ad for PES 2014, the latest version of the classic soccer video game, which is due for release in Europe on September 19 and in North America on September 20.

The TV commercial combines shots of the game interspersed with real-life athletes playing on an outdoor pitch.

Watch This Incredible Goal By Portuguese Defender Manuel Da Costa in the Turkish League [VIDEO]

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Who said defenders can't score goals like this?

Portuguese defender Manuel Da Costa scored a thunderbolt of a shot at the weekend for Turkish side Sivasspor against EskiÅŸehirspor. The goal helped his side Sivasspor go on to win the match 3-2 in the Turkish Super League.

Was Da Costa's goal as good as the goals scored in the Champions League yesterday by Ronaldo, Robben, Van Persie or Toure?

Image of Tottenham Hotspur Third Shirt Leaked On FIFA 14 [PHOTO]

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An image of Tottenham Hotspur's third shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet, as featured in the forthcoming release of FIFA 14.

Tottenham's third shirt isn't officially scheduled to be unveiled until tomorrow, but the third shirt (pictured above) looks authentic — with a navy blue shirt and light blue trim as well as the Tottenham cockerel, Under Armour and sponsor logos in white.

Dortmund Showing That There’s Life After Gotze, But Can Aubameyang And Mkhitaryan Fire Them To Glory?

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Losing in the Champions League final is always something of a body blow. It's even worse when you're beaten by a domestic rival. And when that team has already snaffled your best player too? Well, that's just piling on the misery.

Of course, this unfortunate series of events occurred in the final weeks of Borussia Dortmund's season.

Manchester City Third Shirt For 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City have unveiled their new third kit for the 2013-14 season.

City wore the third shirt for the first time yesterday when they beat Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League. The white shirt with sky blue and black stripes down the left side of the shirt give the jersey a new and unique style.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney Challenged to Rewrite Club History By Moyes: Nightly Soccer Report

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Now that Wayne Rooney reached the massive figure of 200 goals for Manchester United, manager David Moyes wants Rooney to rewrite club history by breaking through the record books and reaching 250 goals — which would put him down in the history books as the footballer who scored the most goals ever for United, breaking the previous record held by Bobby Charlton with 249 goals.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 4: Bale’s Debut Goal Not Enough as Atletico and Barca Lead The Way

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Gareth Bale marked his Real Madrid debut with a goal, but his new club failed to match Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who both extended their winning start to the campaign to four games.

Following victories for the Catalans and Los Colcherones, Carlo Ancelotti's men could only draw with Villarreal – who also went into the game with a 100 per cent record – 2-2 at El Madrigal.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Ruled Out of Action Until End of October With Injury

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Liverpool have suffered a setback afterPhilippe Coutinho has been ruled out until the end of October due to a shoulder injury.

Coutinho sustained the injury in Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Swansea on Monday night.

According to the Liverpool club website, "After being assessed by the Reds medical staff, it's been decided that Coutinho will now have surgical stabilization on the AC joint in his shoulder.

Manchester United Announce Record Annual Revenue of £363.2 Million

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Manchester United announce record annual revenue of £363.2m for the year to June 30.

United won the 2012-13 Premier League title under the last season of Sir Alex Ferguson in charge of the side. Off the pitch, United has been extremely busy in signing lucrative commercial contracts around the globe, bringing on sponsors galore.

Why Mourinho Needs to Make Juan Mata Central To His Plans at Chelsea

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Juan Mata has been a fan favorite at Chelsea since joining in 2011, and for good reason. His contributions on the field and social presence off of it have made him a totem for Chelsea supporters to rally behind. But much to the dismay of Chelsea fans, Mata has seen far less playing time under José Mourinho.

Who Scored the Best Champions League Goal Today – Ronaldo, Van Persie, Robben Or Toure? [VIDEO]

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Goals were the name of the day in the opening day of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League tournament with 30 goals being scored in eight matches.

There were four goals in particular that were spectacular. Take a look at the ones below and then post in the comments section below and let us know which one was your favorite.

Galatasaray Fans Unveil Amazing Tifo With Lions Chasing Ronaldo and Pirlo [VIDEO]

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In the wonderful build-up to Galatasaray's match against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League today, the Galatasaray fans unveiled an incredible tifo behind one goal that practically took up an entire end of the stadium.

The Galatasaray tifo had a picture of lions chasing Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo (Real Madrid and Juventus are in Galatasaray's group).

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

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A photograph of what appears to be the Netherlands away shirt for the 2014 World Cup has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new Holland away shirt is blue with orange trim. One of the unique features is the retro design of the Dutch lion as the crest for KNVB (aka the Royal Dutch Football Association).

UEFA Champions League Tuesday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

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The UEFA Champions League has returned, and there are eight matches to choose from — all of which are kicking off at the same time.

It's time to enjoy the lovely, familiar tune of the UEFA Champions League theme song:

For viewers in the United States, here's today's TV and Internet schedule of all of the live games (all times Eastern):

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

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

Manchester City Want to Sign Adnan Januzaj From Manchester United: Daily Soccer Report

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After impressing on his Premier League debut at Old Trafford at the weekend, Manchester United left wingerAdnan Januzaj is in talks to sign a new contract with United. However, due to the back-and-forth negotiations dragging on for six months, Manchester City are reportedly trying to convince the Belgian player to sign for their club instead.

Where to Find This Week’s UEFA Champions League Matches On US Television and Internet

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Today kicks off the first day of the UEFA Champions League, and there are several mouthwatering matches to choose from. If you live in the United States, there have been several significant changes since last season of UEFA Champions League coverage — namely that FOX Soccer went out of business, and Champions League matches are now spread across several different FOX networks, some of which may be new to you.

Manchester United, Underestimate Champions League Group A at Your Peril

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After the draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League was made several weeks ago, many pundits were discussing Arsenal's difficult task of being drawn in the same group as Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille, while Manchester United's group, Group A, was dismissed as another easy opening group for the Red Devils.

How New Signings Ozil, Eto’o, Barry, Eriksen, Sakho & Fellaini Fared In Their Debuts

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Having had to wait two weeks, supporters of Premier League clubs finally got to see some of their last-minute signings in action this weekend just gone.

The capture of a new star stirs excitement amongst a fan base, but ahead of a big debut, nerves do remain prominent.

Will the new signing adapt to English football?

If Summer 2022 World Cup Is Moved to Winter, Australia Wants Compensation From FIFA

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Australia's soccer federation chairman wants his country to be compensated by FIFA if the World Cup 2022 in Qatar is moved from summer to winter.

This follows on yesterday's story that FOX Sports in the United States is also opposed to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being moved. Plus, we already know that the Premier League is vehemently opposed to the tournament date being changed.

Howard Webb Will Referee Manchester City vs Manchester United Derby: Nightly Soccer Report

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The referee for this Sunday's Manchester derby has been decided, and it's going to be Howard Webb. That means that neither Manchester City nor Manchester United supporters will be satisfied as they both will argue that Webb favors the other side.

Hopefully Webb will be referee a good game so that the main talking points are the match itself, not the officiating.

Jonjo Shelvey Apologizes to Swansea Fans in Emotional Post Match Interview [VIDEO]

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Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey had a rollercoaster of a night for Swansea today in the entertaining 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

After mis-hitting a shot and then quickly gaining control of the ball, Shelvey scored in under two minutes to put Swansea City one-nil ahead of his old club. But before Swansea had a chance to savor the lead, Shelvey was caught in defense where he hit a poor back pass into the path of Daniel Sturridge who quickly equalized to steal Swansea's thunder.

Monday Night Football With Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher: Ashley Young and Scholes vs Gerrard [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher returned to their regular slot on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports tonight.

According to World Soccer Talk reader Pete Q, he describes tonight's episode as:

"Again, MNF on Sky Sports is must see TV. They always end the show with questions from Twitter.

FOX Sports Opposed to Switching 2022 World Cup to Winter, Says Report

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FOX Sports opposes FIFA's plan to move the 2022 World Cup from the summer to winter, according to a report in Bloomberg.

In 2011, FOX agreed to pay FIFA $425 million for the US media rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments with the understanding that the competitions would be played in the summer.

Swansea City vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread

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Swansea plays Liverpool today in the final game of the weekend. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins on NBCSN at 2:30pm ET, building up to the 3pm ET kick-off.

This is an intriguing match to me. All of the pundits and bookmakers are predicting a Liverpool win tonight, so as a Swansea City supporter, it's a weird feeling knowing that no one is rating your club to win.

World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradley’s Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

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Egypt, coached by Bob Bradley, have accomplished so much in the past two years under the leadership of the American — even despite the Port Said riots and the national league being shut down. Against all the odds, Egypt qualified for the World Cup play-off round on the African continent, but now faces an extremely difficult two-leg tie against Ghana to try to reach the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament.

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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In Ligue Un, it was a difficult turnaround for Laurent Blanc to face his former side Bordeaux, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title in 2009 with such a quick turnaround after much of his side featured on international duty. I know TV contracts dictate Friday night matches in France and Germany, but both leagues should strongly consider dumping the Friday matches coming out of an international break.

Interview With Duncan Hamilton, Author of Biography About George Best (Voices Of Soccer)

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In this week's episode ofVoices Of Soccer, Kartik Krishnaiyer interviews critically-acclaimed author Duncan Hamilton about his brand new book entitled Immortal: The Definitive Biography of George Best.

During the interview, Duncan Hamilton discusses how remarkable George Best was, how he was given permission to write the authorized biography, Best's time with Manchester United and in the United States, as well as the political and social climate of the 1960s when Best came on to the scene as one of the best footballers in the history of Manchester United.

Martin Jol Admits He Wants to Take Fulham Boo Boys Outside After Game: Daily Soccer Report

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Watch out Fulham supporters. Martin Jol wants to pick a fight with you.

Last week, Jol said that Fulham supporters needed to lower their expectations. And now, after Fulham let in a late equalizer against West Brom on Saturday, and where some fans were chanting "Jol Out," Jol has fired back at his critics — a minority of the Fulham supporters.

Welcome Back! (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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International break over, so it's good to have your company again. In fact, the league has been preparing for you. Managers making adjustments, closing windows and working out where things fit best. Some have worked it out, others are clearly still working it out. Does that mean that they are too late?

Ex-Premier League Ref Mark Halsey Was in Direct Contact By Phone and Text With Sir Alex Ferguson

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Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey was in direct contact by phone and text with Sir Alex Ferguson, according to the retired referee in his new book.

Ferguson was reportedly on friendly terms with a number of Premier League referees including Halsey. The revelation casts a negative light on the PGMOL (Professional Game and Match Officials Ltd), the referee organization.

Phil Jones to Miss Manchester United’s Game Against Bayer Leverkusen: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled out of the UEFA Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. He suffered an ankle injury against Liverpool a few weeks ago, but hasn't recovered in time to help United in their opening European match.

The absence of Jones is a blow to United manager David Moyes who will be without Jones, Rafael and Chris Smalling.

Barnsley Footballer Scores Goal From 35 Yards; Contender For Goal of the Season [VIDEO]

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Barnsley footballer Polish player Tomasz Cywka scored a fantastic free kick against Nottingham Forest yesterday from all of 35 yards beating the keeper at his near post.

Nottingham Forest went on to win the match 3-2, but the free kick from Barnsley has got to considered as one of the best goals scored so far this season.

Southampton vs West Ham United, Premier League Gameweek 4: Open Thread

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Southampton hosts West Ham United today at St Mary's Stadium in the only Premier League match of the day. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins at 10:30am ET on NBCSN, while the match itself kicks off at 11am ET. For viewers in the United Kingdom, the match will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Everton vs Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining matches of the day, Everton got a deserved win against Chelsea in a closely fought match at Goodison Park.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle will have won few friends today with some glaring misses for Chelsea, but Everton deserve a lot of credit for continuing to push Chelsea to their limits.

Emmanuel Adebayor Asks Tottenham for £1m Pay Off to Quit the Club: Nightly Soccer Report

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Emmanuel Adebayor has asked Tottenham to give him a £1million pay off to leave the club after being banished to the reserves, according to a report inMetronewspaper today.

Adebayor is interested in leaving the club and joining Queens Park Rangers or a club in the Middle East as a free agent.

NBC Launches Premier League Matches On Demand: Today’s Matches Are Now Online [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports followed through on their promise this weekend to make the broadcasts of the Premier League available on demand via the web.

It's messy, but all eight matches today are now viewable online. The messy part is that the links to the videos are hard to find (we only found them because one of our readers happened to come across a blog post on Pro Soccer Talk).

PES 2014: Sneak Peek of Master League, Featuring First 20 Minutes [VIDEO]

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In this new PES 2014 video, you can take a sneak peek at the first 20 minutes of Master League —the game within the game of Pro Evolution Soccer.

Don't forget that the PES 2014 Demo is available via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network for users in the United States. The demo is also now available in the United Kingdom for PS3, and will be available tomorrow in the UK for Xbox 360 users.

Cristiano Ronaldo Agrees to Sign £14million-a-year Contract Through 2018: Daily Soccer Report

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Real Madrid have scheduled a press conference for today to announce that Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new contract. According to reports inMarca, Ronaldo will sign a new £14million-a-year contract that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2018.

It's incredible to consider how far Ronaldo has come.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If there was one shock result in the Premier League today, it was this one. With Newcastle United suffering from poor away form, and their team falling apart at the seams, it was a shock when Newcastle took the lead in this match against Aston Villa at Villa Park. The victory for Newcastle was just what Alan Pardew needed to take the heat off him.

Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Fulham manager Martin Jol is feeling the pressure tonight after his side drew 1-1 against West Brom, after giving up a last minute equalizer to deny the Cottagers all three points.

With the draw, Jol responded post match and said that Fulham supporters need to lower their expectations this season.

Stoke City vs Manchester City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City supporters were thoroughly dejected by a poor performance from their footballers today during a hard fought 0-0 draw for Stoke City.

Former City manager Mark Hughes will be feeling more pleased with the result given how Stoke City were the better team during spells of the game.

Sunderland vs Arsenal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Today's match between Sunderland and Arsenal had a little bit of everything —a manager getting sent to the stands, a goal being unfairly disallowed, some sensational skill leading to goals, and much more.

It also marked the Arsenal debut for Mesut Ozil, as well as two more goals for hot-to-trot midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is having the season of his life.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester United manager David Moyes got his first victory as a manager at Old Trafford today after his Red Devils cruised to a two-nil victory.

Although Crystal Palace's chances were few and far between, except for a lovely attempt by Dwight Gayle, this wasn't a classic Manchester United performance.

Hull City vs Cardiff City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If both owners have their way, this would have been Hull Tigers against Cardiff Dragons, which sounds more like a game between two rugby league sides or unlicensed team names in Pro Evolution Soccer. Nevertheless, it's still Hull City against Cardiff City, for now, who battled each other as two of the recently promoted sides.

Barcelona 3-2 Sevilla: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Barcelona managed to maintain their 100% record in La Liga today, securing a 3-2 victory against Sevilladespite letting a two-goal lead slip. Plus, on top of all that, Sevilla had a goal that was incorrectly disallowed earlier in the game.

The back-and-forth match was entertaining to watch, and included several moments of incredible skill.

Gareth Bale Marks Real Madrid Debut With Goal [GIF]

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Gareth Bale scored a goal in his debut appearance for Real Madrid.

The Welshman, who started the game on the right wing, scored in the 38th minute after an excellent pass by Carvajal. Bale's goal was a simple tap in, but it was an important one as it helped Los Blancos equalize in a game that they were losing 1-0 after Cani scored in the 20th minute.

Borussia Dortmund 6-2 Hamburg: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Borussia Dortmund continued their domination in the Bundesliga this season by demolishing Hamburg 6-2 to stay on top of the league table.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski both scored two goals each, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored one in addition to one from Marco Reus.

Watch the highlights below.

Everton Defeat Chelsea 1-0 With Header By Steven Naismith And Brilliant Assist By Nikica Jelavic [GIF]

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Everton defeated Chelsea 1-0 today at Goodison Park after a goal from Steven Naismith broke the deadlock.

While the first half was a tentative match between both sides, Naismith grabbed a goal for Everton just before the first 45 minutes ended. It was excellent build-up play that led to the goal, but the decisive moment was Nikica Jelavic's header back across the box to gift Naismith with an easy header in front of goal.

Barcelona vs Sevilla and Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Gareth Bale Set to Make His Madrid Debut: Open Thread

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Gareth Bale will make his debut for Real Madrid today in the away game versus Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins at 3:55pm ET on beIN SPORT.

Bale is expected to make an appearance as a substitute on the right wing.

The earlier La Liga game features Barcelona against Sevilla, with a broadcast start time of 1:55pm ET, again on beIN SPORT.

Jozy Altidore Robbed Of A Clear Goal For Sunderland Against Arsenal [GIF]

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Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was robbed of a clear goal against Arsenal Saturday after he scored for the Black Cats, but the play was called back for a free kick that was awarded by referee Martin Atkinson.

With a sight on goal, Altidore jostled for the ball with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, but Altidore managed to get himself free and then calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Manchester United Bid €150M For Gareth Bale, Says Report

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Manchester United bid€150million for Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window, according to a report today in L'Equipe newspaper.

On Friday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said:

"I know that Tottenham had a higher bid than Real Madrid's for Gareth Bale.

Wayne Rooney Scores His First Goal of the Season for Manchester United [GIF]

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scored his first goal of the Premier League season today after firing in a free kick from outside the penalty area against Crystal Palace.

Rooney scored the goal late in the second half. His inch perfect free kick sailed into the lower corner of the net, out of the reach of Palace goalkeeper JulianSperoni.

Robbie Mustoe Interview (Voices Of Soccer)

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World Soccer Talk had a chance to catch up this week with NBC Sports analyst Robbie Mustoe.

Along with Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino, Mustoe is a valuable asset to NBC's coverage of the Premier League on US television. A former player and coach, Mustoe brings a wealth of experience to his insight and analysis.

Watch ‘The Football Special’: England Examined, Joe Kinnear Builds and the Stoke Bus Song [VIDEO]

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In this week's episode of 'The Football Special,' Malcolm Best is joined by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as England's lacklustre draw in Kiev is examined. Plus we get a glimpse into Stoke City manager Mark Hughes' personal thoughts. Also, Joe Kinnear returns as an expert builder, we hear from another controversial mascot and Jim Daly finishes up by waxing lyrical about The Potters' fabulously free transportation.

MLS Expansion: Miami is One of Three “Spoken For” Expansion Sites: Nightly Soccer Report

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Miami is one of the three "spoken for" expansion sites that MLS Commissioner Don Garber referenced on Wednesday, according to a report tonight in the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

According to Garber, three of the four MLS expansion teams have been spoken for, to be added between 2015 and 2020, which will expand the league to 24 teams.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 4: Open Thread

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The Premier League returns today after a two week absence due to international break. And kicking things off today is David Moyes hoping for his first Premier League win in charge at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace. Everyone expects United to win comfortably today, so the pressure really is on Moyes more than it is on Ian Holloway.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 4

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The commentators have been announced for this weekend's Premier League matches on US television. Drumroll please.

Saturday, September 14

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester United v. Crystal Palace: commentated byJon ChampionandClive Allen

10 a.

Why Manchester United Are The Most Vulnerable of the Top Four Sides This Season

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"What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly run football clubs" tweeted Gary Neville on August 12, right as the soccer supermarket sweeps were starting in earnest. It's doubtful that a man who practically bleeds little Red Devils was referring directly to his beloved Manchester United at the time, but it could well have been a prophetic statement.

Everton vs Chelsea: Victory Over Mourinho’s Men Can Jolt Toffees’ Season To Life

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After what seemed like an neverendinghiatus from the joys of club football, it'll be back in shed loads this weekend. This includes the Premier League of course, and arguably this weekend's most high-profile encounter will be at Goodison Park as Everton – still searching for their first win under Roberto Martinez – entertain Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side.

Watch the Preview of NBCSN’s Newest TV Show, ‘Premier League Download’ [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) debuts a brand-new Premier League TV show tonight at 9pm ET entitled Premier League Download.

NBC describes Premier League Download as exploring "what it is that's so intensely loved — and loathed — about England's top flight league. Long-time supporters will enjoy the lively commentary, while new fans will learn the language of the only league that matters.

Renaming the 20 Premier League Clubs: If Hull City Owner Assem Allam Can Do It, We Can Do Better

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While many of you were laughing at businessman and self proclaimed Leader Assem Allam for his views on rebranding clubs, I actually took the time to analyze his statements.

All in all, Mr. Allam is correct. The world is a changing place and soon teams will have to adapt to it or be left in the dust.

International Breaks, Homegrown Players and Bundesliga vs Premier League (This Week In Soccer)

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In the fifth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we dive into three very meaty topics — international breaks and the roles of club versus country, the issue of homegrown players in the Premier League, and — last but not least — a debate about an article on World Soccer Talk this week regarding whether the Bundesliga is better than the Premier League.

A Seamless Tactical Reintegration Of Luis Suarez Will Be The Cornerstone For a Strong Liverpool Campaign

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Liverpool haven't had a bad start, have they?

They sit atop the Premier League with maximum points obtained, no goals conceded and in possession of a striker in red-hot form. The early signings of Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet have all settled well, whilst deadline day captures of Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Llori and Victor Moses also look astute acquisitions.

NBC Will Make All Premier League Games Available On Demand via NBC Sports Live Extra Beginning This Weekend

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Beginning this weekend, all Premier League matches will be available on demand via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Up until now, only one to two select games each weekend have been available on demand. During an exclusive interview with a NBC Sports executive in late August, he said that NBC Sports was working diligently on making all the games available on demand.

Hull City Owner Suggests Manchester City Should Change Its Name to Manchester Hunter: Daily Soccer Report

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After recently stating that Hull City was going to rebrand their team name as Hull Tigers, Hull's owner Assem Allam has now suggested that more clubs in England should change their name, giving the example that Manchester City should be renamed as 'Manchester Hunter.'

In an interview with The Guardiannewspaper, Allam said:

"In a few years many clubs will follow and change their names to something more interesting and I will have proved I am a leader – remember this discussion.

Major League Soccer Moves a Step Closer to Expanding to Atlanta: Nightly Soccer Report

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is in significant discussions with Major League Soccer about bringing an expansion franchise to the city, according to a report tonight in theAtlanta Journal Constitutionnewspaper.

A new stadium is scheduled to be completed in 2017, and there are reports that the new Atlanta Falcon stadium could host a MLS team.

Gareth Bale Set to Make His Real Madrid Debut Against Villarreal, Says Carlo Ancelotti

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Despite warnings from Wales manager Chris Coleman that Gareth Bale is not fit to play 90 minutes of a soccer match, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed today that Bale will play in tomorrow's match between Real Madrid and Villarreal.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on beIN SPORT beginning at 3:55pm ET on Saturday.

Interview With Robbie Mustoe, NBC Sports Analyst (Voices of Soccer)

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World Soccer Talk had a chance to catch up this week with NBC Sports analyst Robbie Mustoe.

Along with Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino, Mustoe is a valuable asset to NBC's coverage of the Premier League on US television. A former player and coach, Mustoe brings a wealth of experience to his insight and analysis.

England: A Footballing Nation in Decline

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It is an unequivocal fact that the English Premier League sits atop the throne as the most popular sports league in the world. Whether it be in terms of viewing figures, TV revenue or sponsorship deals, the likes of La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga immediately forfeit pole position to the Premier League.

USA Climbs Six Spots to Number 13 in Latest FIFA Rankings

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The United States Men's National Team climbed six spots in the latest FIFA world rankings, coming in at No. 13 in the world rankings that were released on Thursday.

It is the highest ranking for the U.S. since July 2010 and has been built on a run that has seen the Americans win 13 of their last 14 matches.

Bundesliga Gameweek 5 Preview: German Soccer Returns

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After a long international break, the Bundesliga season returns this weekend with several enticing matches.

As the season progresses, title favorites Bayern Munich has already lost ground to Borussia Dortmund. The "Schwarzgelben" have won every one of their games so far and will be facing Hamburg on Saturday.

Mexico Name Victor Manuel Vucetich As National Team Manager; Mexico’s Third Coach In One Week

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Mexico have today namedVictor Manuel Vucetich as the new manager of the Mexico national team.

The Mexican is the third person to be in charge of coaching the Mexican national team in just one week. Last Friday night, Chepo was fired after the team's loss to Honduras. He was replaced by interim manager Luis FernandoTena who coached the team for the 2-0 loss against United States on Tuesday, and nowVictor Manuel Vucetich has been named as the coach of the Mexico national team for the two remaining games of the World Cup qualification process.

Jurgen Klinsmann Has Built USMNT Into A Team Brimming With Confidence

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Clint Dempsey's penalty miss in the dying moments of the United States National Team's 2-0 victory over Mexico Tuesday night carried an overwhelming sense of poetry and fate.

A conversion from Dempsey would have made the final score 3-0. Three-nil is a thumping in soccer — a thorough, convincing, deserved scoreline.

Cape Verde Suspended from World Cup Play-Off for Fielding Suspended Player; Tunisia Go Through Instead

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FIFA today announced that Cape Verde have been suspended from their World Cup qualifying play-off for fielding a suspended player. As a result, FIFA has awarded Tunisia a 3-0 victory, and now Tunisia will go through to the play-off match instead of Cape Verde.

Originally, Cape Verde had trailed Tunisia by six points with three matches to play.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: How to Choose The Right Captain to Rack Up The Points

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You can make some great decisions in the Fantasy Premier League game: bringing the right players in and out at the right time, choosing the right defenders to bench each week, and so on. But the most important decision, the one that will make or break your Gameweek more often than not is choosing the right captain.

Watch the FIFA 14 TV Commercial Featuring Messi, Bale, El Shaarawy and Others [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released its brand new TV commercial for FIFA 14, which features Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, Stephan El Shaarawy, Chicharito and a whole host of other footballers as they cruise through a desert while playing FIFA 14.

Download FIFA 14 today via:

United States:

Demo— for Xbox 360, PS3 or PC
Pre-Order NOW to reserve your copy of FIFA 14.

Watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem ‘The World is Ours’ [VIDEO]

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Coca Cola today launched their official 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem with a song called "The World Is Ours," performed by David Correy, and featuring samba rhythms from famous Rio percussion group Monobloco.

"We always try to bring to light our campaign ideas through music and in 2014 we're talking about the World Cup and bringing the world together," says Joe Belliotti, Director of Global Entertainment Marketing at Coca-Cola.

USA vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifier on UniMás Draws 7.5 Million Total Viewers: Daily Soccer Report

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Tuesday night's broadcast of USA vs Mexico on Spanish-language television in the United States drew 7.5million viewers total viewers.

The broadcast, on UniMas, ranked as the 4th most-viewed telecast ever on UniMás among both Adults 18-49 and total viewers.

In addition to the 7.5 million who watched the game on UniMas, the broadcast on ESPN was seen by an average of 2.

EA Sports Unveil Revised FIFA 14 Cover for UK Market [PHOTO]

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EA Sports have unveiled the revised cover for FIFA 14 that will be made available in the United Kingdom beginning September 27.

The UK cover of FIFA 14 still features Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, but Bale's kit has been changed to reveal the Real Madrid colors instead of Tottenham Hotspur.

American Outlaws Supporters’ Group Featured in National TV Commercial [VIDEO]

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The American Outlaws, the unofficial US supporters' group, are featured in a new nationwide TV commercial.

The commercial reads:

"Powered by unity,

Powered by pride,

Powered by dedication,

Powered by passion."

The footage in the commercial features USMNT supporters in the stadiums and pubs, cheering on their country.

Washington DC and Providence Are Top Markets for Watching EPL On NBC and NBCSN

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NBC Sports shared some interesting numbers today. Out of the 17 times when Premier League matches have been shown so far this season on NBC and NBCSN, Washington DC and Providence have ranked among the top 10 US markets 13 times over the first three weeks of the season.

Hats off to Washington DC and Providence for being super fans of the English Premier League.

Former Toronto Mayor Returns Toronto FC Season Tickets, Cites Frustrations With Management

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Former Toronto Mayor David R Miller is so frustrated at the developments at the way MLS club Toronto FC is being run that he's sent a letter to the club's management, handed back his season tickets and has published his letter for other to see.

Here's the public text of David Miller's letter to Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, owners of MLS club Toronto FC:

Dear Sirs:

TFC Management Changes

I am writing because I believe that the recent management changes at TFC, and your president's comments on football/artificial turf, have seriously jeopardized the future of this club.

First Person Account of the USA vs Mexico Experience in Columbus

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It all started early that day at 4thStreet Bar. Well, that's not completely accurate. It really started as I drove into Columbus. There was a discerniblechange in the atmosphere as cars drove past me sporting "United States is going to Brazil" and "USA vs Mexico" on their windows. The city was charged.

Roy Hodgson Must Establish A Common Identity If England Are To Become A Major Force Again

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It wasn't quite Rome 1997 or Istanbul 2003, but England emerged with what looks like a decent draw in their crunch tie with Ukraine on Tuesday evening. Despite a rallying call from captain Steven Gerrard that the Three Lions would do everything in their power to win the game, Roy Hodgson's side seemed pretty happy to settle for a solitary point early on.

Behind The Scenes of NBC’s Premier League TV Coverage, Pt. 2 (EPL Talk Bonus Audio)

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World Soccer Talk recently had the opportunity to interview NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Pierre Moossa, to sit down and discuss what goes into a typical Saturday broadcast of the Premier League.

Moossa discusses the ins- and outs of NBC's coverage, as well as discussing his mentors Sam Flood, Dick Ebersol, Fred Gaudelli, Tommy Roy and Jim Bell.

PES 2014 Demo Now Available For Download for Xbox 360 and PS3

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The demo for PES 2014 is now available for download to soccer fans.

PES 2014 Demo is available via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network for users in the United States. The demo is also now available in the United Kingdom for PS3, and will be available tomorrow in the UK for Xbox 360 users.

In the PES 2014 Demo, you can select from the following teams:

Bayern Munich
Santos FC
Manchester United
Boca Juniors

If you like what you see, pre-order PES 2014 today so you'll get it on your doorstep the day it's released.

Clint Dempsey Stars In New FIFA 14 Commercial [VIDEO]

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Clint Dempsey is featured in a new FIFA 14 TV commercial that features his goal celebrations.

The Seattle Sounders and US international striker surprises a US soccer fan at home, and encourages him to copy his famous goal celebration. Here's the video:

Meanwhile, download the FIFA 14 Demo today via:

United States:

Demo— for Xbox 360, PS3 or PC
Pre-order FIFA 14.

What the Matchday Experience is Like At Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium

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Since Southampton's return to top flight football, St Mary's Stadium has once again received frequent appearances on shows such as BBC'sMatch of the Day, as well as being broadcast into the living rooms of homes around the world. But for those of you who have only seen St Mary's through the television and haven't experienced the thrills of a match day in the south coat of England, let me visualize it for you.

USA Defeats Mexico 2-0 & Books Place In FIFA World Cup 2014: Match Highlights & Analysis [VIDEO]

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After defeating Mexico two-nil in Columbus, Ohio, the United States have qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 thanks to the three points plus the fact that Panama was unable to defeat Honduras in San Pedro Sula, where the two teams tied 2-2.

Watch the highlights of the historic 2-0 win by the United States below.

Yaya Sanogo Injury Leaves Arsenal With Olivier Giroud As Only Fit Striker: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has returned to the Premier League club after picking up an injury while on duty with the France under-21 squad.

Sanogo suffered a back strain, and will undergo intensive treatment at the club's Colney facilities in order to try to recover in time for this Saturday's match against Sunderland.

Incredible Scenes of US Soccer Fans Celebrating 2-0 Win vs Mexico Including US Players Chugging Beer [VIDEO]

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There were two victors Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio. The first was the US men's national team who coasted to another 2-0 win on home turf against Mexico, ensuring that the United States of America qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The other victor was, without a doubt, the US soccer fans.

Giovanni Trapattoni Quits Republic of Ireland Job After Defeat to Austria: Daily Soccer Report

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Giovanni Trapattoni has parted company as Republic of Ireland manager by mutual consent after Ireland were defeated by Austria on Tuesday night.

Under his coaching, Trapattoni helped Ireland qualify for Euro 2012 where his side exited the tournament after defeats versus Italy and Spain. The legendary Italian manager almost got Eire into World Cup 2010, but Ireland were foiled by a blatant handball by Thierry Henry who helped France beat Ireland on aggregate, sending the French team to South Africa.

ESPN Scores Highest Overnight Rating Ever for a FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match

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ESPN's coverage of the USA versus Mexico game earned the highest rating for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on US television.

The live broadcast of the game scored a 1.9 overnight rating, based on the metered markets. The previous high was a 1.6 overnight rating for Mexico against United States on March 26, 2013, which was played at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.

Download the FIFA 14 Demo For Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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Video gamers rejoice! EA Sports has launched the demo for FIFA 14.

The game has already received the "Best Sports Game" award at the 2013 Gamescom conference. In the demo, you can play a match in the Camp Nou as FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester City, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Boca Juniors, NY Red Bulls or as one of the unique demo FIFA Ultimate Teams.

USA vs Mexico; FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Open Thread

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One of the biggest soccer rivalries in this hemisphere kicks off tonight at 8pm ET on ESPN as the United States plays Mexico in a FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier. If the United States wins, while Honduras prevents Panama from winning, the USA will clinch qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Judah Friedlander Stars in Debut Episode of ‘Premier League Download’ This Friday Night

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NBC Sports Network will debut its newest Premier League TV show Friday night at 9pm ET on NBCSN entitled Premier League Download.

NBCSN's newest Premier League show will look at the heroes, rivalries and traditions of England's top league.Premier League Downloadwill feature Arlo White, Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Judah Friedlander.

USA Aiming to Beat Mexico Tonight and Clinch Qualification to FIFA World Cup 2014

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The U.S. men's national team will take the pitch tonight in Columbus, Ohio, with a chance to make it a very special night.

Jurgen Klinsmann's team is currently in second place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, one point back of Costa Rica. The Ticos defeated the Americans on Friday night to break their 12-match winning streak.

Watch a Brilliant Lionel Messi Animation With Commentary By Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen [VIDEO]

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The skills of Lionel Messi are captured in a brilliant new animation by artist Etoilec-1. Using a flip book to draw Messi in action during some of his most memorable goals, the artist flips through the book and captures all of the beautiful moments. Plus, the animations of his goals are backed by some brilliant commentaries including many of them by beIN SPORT's Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen.

Watch our USA vs Mexico Post-Match Debate & Analysis Show Tonight Live at 10pm ET [VIDEO]

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Log on to WorldSoccerTalk.com tonight at 10pm ET for a live analysis and debate video show after the USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying match.

The pundits who will be live and on-air tonight will be:

Dave Denholm — Play-by-play announcer for FOX Soccer,

Kris Heneage — Writer for ESPN FC, and

Kartik Krishnaiyer — Senior writer for World Soccer Talk.

World Cup Qualifiers Including Ukraine vs England: Open Thread

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It's another hectic afternoon of World Cup qualifiers with Ukraine against England just one of many important matches to keep track of today.

If you live in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for this afternoon:

ESPN Whiparound Coverage, 2-5pm, ESPN3
Spain vs.

100 Caps and Counting: Frank Lampard Deserves One Last Crack At Major Tournament With England

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England were 3-0 up against Estonia at Wembley on 12th May 2007; cruising to victory and playing well under a new manager. But suddenly, midway through the second half, boos rang out around the home of English football. The reason? Had an opposition player put in a deplorable challenge? Had an overexcited fan ran onto the pitch?

Barcelona Third Shirt for the 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

Designed by Nike, Barcelona's third shirt for this season will be black with a yellow stripe down each side of the shirt. The back of the shirt collar features the red and yellow stripes from the Catalan flag (and from part of the Barcelona crest).

Premier League Summer Transfers By Club, Country, Age and Position: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Number-crunched: Premier League summer transfers by club, country, age and position— Sporting Intelligence
  • David Silva thigh problem adds to Manchester City's injury woes— Metro
  • Crystal Palace's Florian Marange says he is 'disgusted' by his treatment since signing for club— Telegraph
  • Kyle Walker apologises after inhaling 'hippy crack— The Mail
  • Crystal Palacenew-boy Jack Hunt out until new year after injuring ankle in training— The Mirror
  • Cardiff City reveals latest moves to increase Cardiff City Stadium's capacity— Wales Online
  • Crystal Palace to re-open Mile Jedinak contract talks amid Villa and Stoke interest— The Mirror
  • Emmanuel Adebayor says that he can be the No 1 striker at Tottenham Hotspur— Telegraph
  • Yossi Benayoun set for Getafe move following Chelsea release— The Mirror

International soccer

  • Blatter: Everyone complains about winter 2022, but what about discrimination — Inside World Football
  • World Cup 2014: Jorge Sampaoli's Chile continue to entertain fans — BBC Sport
  • Tribute to the goalkeeping and Italian football institution that is Gianluigi Buffon — Football Italia
  • World Cup 2014: key qualifiers as the race for Brazil places hots up — The Guardian
  • Video of the phantom foul that has Matt Besler suspended for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier — Pro Soccer Talk
  • Roy Hodgson could be forced to look to the Championship for England talent — The Mail
  • Gareth Bale facing new injury, reveals Wales boss Chris Coleman — Metro
  • Frank Lampard to earn 100th cap for England in 'cup final' against Ukraine — ITV
  • Giovanni Trapattoni admits his Republic reign almost over — BBC Sport
  • Klinsmann says Mexico will qualify for World Cup — Record
  • Aaron Ramsey could be set to reclaim Wales captaincy — Wales Online

Football League

  • Saudi Arabian prince who has taken over Sheffield Utd rejected the chance to invest in Leeds — Yorkshire Post

La Liga

  • Real Madrid scores record revenue and team's value increases to $3.

West Ham United Sign Mladen Petric On Free Transfer To Solve Striker Crisis: Daily Soccer Report

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West Ham United have signed former Fulham striker Mladen Petric on a free transfer to help solve the striker crisis at Upton Park after it was revealed that Andy Carroll has picked up a new injury.

Fulham manager Martin Jol coached Petric was they were both at Hamburg in the Bundesliga. Last season, Petric scored 5 goals in 10 starts for Fulham.

Schedule for Today’s World Cup Qualifying Games On US TV and Internet

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If you live in the United States, you have a choice of 28 live international matches to choose from today that will be shown across television and the Internet. The vast majority of them are crucial World Cup qualifiers to determine which countries will qualify for next summer's World Cup tournament in Brazil.

West Ham United Suffer Another Setback After Andy Carroll Picks Up New Injury

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West Ham United have suffered a major setback today after striker Andy Carroll picked up a new injury during training.

Carroll, who signed for West Ham United on a permanent deal in May for a transfer fee of around £15million, has been injured since the beginning of the season. Carroll suffered the injury to his right foot during his return to full training today.

Derby County Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season Looks Like Thunderbirds Uniform [PHOTOS]

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Derby County have unveiled their third shirt for the 2013-14 season. And lo and behold, it looks like something out of the British science-fiction TV series Thunderbirds.

While I'm sure Derby County and Kappa didn't intend the shirt to look anything like the TV show created byGerry and Sylvia Anderson, the similarities are quite striking.

In the Closest North London Rivalry In Years, Who Will Reign Supreme? Arsenal or Spurs?

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With six London clubs currently plying their trade in England's Premier League, there will be plenty of local derby matches to look forward to this season. None of these fixtures, it can be argued, will be more fiercely contested than those between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The return of The Recently More Diplomatic One will have injected some spice into already key games with perennial title hopefuls Chelsea, but there is still something special about the north London rivalry.

England’s Line-Up That Could Win The 2022 FIFA World Cup

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So, England should be looking to win the World Cup in 2022? In case you missed it, this wasthe view of new FA Chairman Greg Dykelast week.

And it might not be quite as ridiculous a notion as it sounds. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is, after all, the best part of a decade away. Let's not forget, nine years before Spain set off on their spell of sustained dominance, they were still renowned as perennial bottlers.

U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifying Preview: 4 Talking Points and 3 Keys to Victory

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After disappointing losses on Friday for both the United States and Mexico, the two sworn enemies come face to face Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying game where both teams will want to win for very different reasons.

Here's what has changed since last week:


Nike Lines Up £1bn Kit Deal With Manchester United & Hated Owners The Glazers: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Nike lines up £1bn kit deal with Manchester United and hated owners the Glazers— More About Advertising
  • Paolo Di Canio fuming as Sunderland's behind-closed-doors friendly defeat to reserve side is leaked — Mirror
  • Mesut Ozil: How Arsène Wenger convinced me to join Arsenal — The Guardian
  • FA launch new u21 cup to further develop youth soccer but Man Utd, Liverpool & Spurs opt out— Independent
  • Football Manager craze has matured into a full-grown national obsession— The Guardian
  • Chelsea's loans spree at Vitesse Arnham causing Eredivisie unrest— Pro Soccer Talk

International soccer

  • Samuel Eto'o rumored to be considering international retirement — L'Equipe
  • What's wrong with FIFA World Cup Qualifying and how to fix it — Forbes
  • Mesut Ozil to the rescue as Germany physio breaks his finger — Metro
  • Craig Bellamy set to retire from Wales duty or sake of his kids — The Guardian
  • Martin O'Neill installed as favorite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager — The Mail
  • Fifa urged to pressure Russia and Qatar over anti-gay legislation — The Guardian
  • Roy Hodgson's nightmare as the FA keep silent on Kyle Walker's drug lapse — The Mail
  • Scotland's Jordan Rhodes and Charlie Adam to miss Macedonia game — The Guardian
  • English bigwigs hold secret summit to try and unravel Qatar 2022 World Cup mess — The Mail
  • England needs to tap into diverse communities – not tap up Ilori — The Independent

La Liga

  • Mesut Ozil slams Real Madrid, says he would have joined Arsenal for free — 101GG


  • Gerrard declares Frank Lampard "too good" for Galaxy and MLS — Pro Soccer Talk

The Nightly Soccer Report is tomorrow's news today.

England Fans Injured In Ukraine After 30 Fans Attack Them With Knives [VIDEO]: Daily Soccer Report

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England fans were injured in Kiev, Ukraine last night after 30 hooded Ukrainians attacked them with knives ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier between the two countries.

After the attack happened, the 30 Ukrainians fled, but no one has been arrested.

Three England football supporters were taken to hospital —one with a stab wound, one with a head injury and a third with severe bruising.

Recognizing the Important Role of a Kit Man and How Premier League Clubs Still Have an Impact on Local Communities

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There are often people at different football clubs who play a pivotal role in the day-to-day running of the business who are often overlooked by the average football supporter. One example of this is the kit man, the person responsible for ordering, sorting and maintaining all of the kits and equipment for the playing staff.

Why the Bundesliga is Better than the Overrated Premier League

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Countless articles have been produced, one after another, linking half of Borussia Dortmund's squad with a transfer to Arsenal. The irony is obvious in that the English side are chronic underachievers, having failed to win a single piece of silverware for eight years and counting, whereas Borussia Dortmund have already established themselves as a European power in their own right by following up their back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a defiant UEFA Champions League run to the final last season by making the marquee signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang this summer.

Homegrown Player Lists for 2013/14 Premier League Squads

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The 20 teams in the Premier League have unveiled their homegrown players for the 2013/14 season

Before we reveal the homegrown players rule, here's a refresher on the squad rules thanks to the BBC Sport. Important notes are bolded.

- Clubs register a squad of up to 25 players, which must include at least eight 'home-grown' players, at the end of each transfer window.

60,000 Celtic Fans Turn Out for Stiliyan Petrov Charity Match: Highlights [VIDEO]

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A capacity crowd of more than 60,000 fans turned out today for a charity match to honor Celtic and Aston Villa legendStiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian, who recently retired from playing due to being diagnosed with acute leukemia, played in the charity match for the Stiliyan XI (managed by Kenny Dalglish) against a Celtic XI team (managed by Martin O'Neill).

Brazilian Pitch Invader Stops Certain Goal to Help His Team Advance: Incredible Must-See [VIDEO]

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A pitch invader entered a Brazilian Serie D soccer match Saturday to prevent a last minute certain goal from being scored, and helped his team advance in the playoffs. And the pitch invader happened to be the masseur for the club who advanced.

In the first leg, the score ended 1-1. In the second leg, the score was tied at 2-2 with only a minute to go.

Watch ‘Around Pep Guardiola,’ A Documentary About His Rise to Fame At Barcelona [VIDEO]

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We all know the history of Pep Guardiola, the gifted Spaniard who rose to fame as a footballer and manager at Barcelona, becoming the youngest manager ever to win the UEFA Champions League.

But what we haven't seen much of is the behind-the-scenes footage of Guardiola at work and the thoughts of the players and people closest to him.

beIN SPORT “Working Hard” On Launching Network in Canada

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beIN SPORT recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, but there's still no sign of the network on television in Canada, where they have the exclusive rights to Serie A, La Liga and Ligue Un.

In an interview with Yahoo,deputy managing director for beIN SportAntonio Briceño, had this to say:

"We are very keen to launch in Canada.

All-Star Premier League XI of Players Who Are Almost Always On The Bench

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It's still early in the Premier League season, but we've already had a lot of good football, and even some bad football. While the samples are incredibly small, certain managers' tendencies for team selection are becoming noticeable, and some of them are real head-scratchers that leave fans (and perhaps players) wondering how certain players will be used at their club, if they even have a future.

England’s Daniel Sturridge Ruled Out of Ukraine Match With Thigh Injury: Nightly Soccer Report

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England's attacking options for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifying match are dwindling. With Danny Welbeck out due to an accumulation of yellow cards, and Wayne Rooney still injured with a gash in his head, Roy Hodgson found out today that striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out due to a thigh injury.

Orlando City Breaks Record Attendance With 20,000+ Fans at USL Pro Final: Daily Soccer Report

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Orlando City Soccer Club won the 2013 USL PRO Championship Game Saturday night after defeating Charlotte Eagles 7-4 in front of 20,886 fans at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando.

The 20,000+ attendance was the largest attendance ever for an Orlando City game and an USL PRO match.

"To play in front of more than 20,000 tonight was amazing," said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath.

Liverpool Fear that Glen Johnson Could Be Out for 10 Weeks Due to Injury, Says Report

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Liverpool fear that defender Glen Johnson could be out for 10 weeks due to the injury he sustained in the match against Manchester United, according to The Mirror.

Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain in the 1-0 victory against Manchester United on September 1 when he collided with Patrice Evra.

FOX Soccer Daily Averages 31,750 Viewers On FOX Sports 1; ESPN FC Light Years Ahead

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In the battle of the daily soccer TV shows that launched in August between ESPN2′s ESPN FC and FOX Sports 1′s FOX Soccer Daily, there's one clear winner — ESPN FC.

For the episodes that were broadcast in August, FOX Soccer Daily is averaging 31,750 viewers on FOX Sports 1.

Luiz Gustavo Scores A Brilliant Goal For Brazil; Commentary By Ian Darke & Macca [VIDEO]

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Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo scored his first-ever international goal for Brazil in sensational fashion today against Australia.

In the United Kingdom, the match was televised live by BT Sport, which means that the clip below features commentary by a duo who are very familiar to the ears of American listeners — Ian Darke and Steve McManaman.

The Football Special: Transfer Deadline Day, Barack Obama and Roy Hodgson [VIDEO]

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This week's latest episode of The Football Special is now live.

The recently shut transfer window is the main topic of conversation, as host Malcolm Best takes us through Daniel Levy's reflection on Spurs' dealings, Liam Neeson's role in the market and even some executive decisions from The White House.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: What to do During the International Break

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It's that time of the season where the transfer deadline day has ended, the first international break of the season is upon us, and we have time to sit on our hands to contemplate what we should do to improve our Fantasy Premier League team.

As mentioned in last week's column, there's always a wild card to be played, and this is the first Gameweek of the season where one can validate its use.

ESPN’s ‘FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify’ Program is a Valuable Show for Soccer Fans

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During previous international breaks, the sheer amount of international games being televised simultaneously has been overwhelming for soccer fans in the USA.

Yesterday afternoon, for example, there were more than 20 matches shown live on US television or Internet at the same time. However, hats off to ESPN for launching a brand-new feature called FIFA World Cup Whiparound Quest to Qualify, which was so helpful that it made me wonder why no one had thought of doing it before.

Transfer Madness, Shirt Sales and Relationships Between Clubs & National Teams (This Week In Soccer)

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In the fourth episode ofThis Week In Soccer, we welcome guest Bobby McMahon to discuss three hot topics: transfer madness, the importance of shirt sales in transfers, and whether national teams have an obligation to allow clubs to request limitations on minutes/action during friendlies.

Manchester City Defender Vincent Kompany Could Be Out Until October

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Manchester City's defensive woes continued this week.

After picking up a groin injury on the opening weekend of the Premer League against Newcastle United, City captain and centre half Vincent Kompany was originally scheduled to be out of first team action for four weeks or more. However, the latest reports are that Kompany may be out until October.

Portsmouth Owe More Than £6.7million to Former Pompey Players: Daily Soccer Report

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Only three years after being relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth still owe more than £6.7million to former Pompey players.

Portsmouth, who are now in League Two and are owned by the club's supporters, still have massive debts to pay off to former players including£1,633,333 that's owed to defender Tal Ben Haim.

England vs Moldova Match Highlights, World Cup Qualifier [VIDEO]

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England climbed back to the top of their World Cup qualifying group Friday night after a comfortable 4-0 win against Moldova at Wembley Stadium.

Southanpton striker Rickie Lambert grabbed his second goal of his England career, as well as playing a pivotal role in Danny Welbeck's two goals. Unfortunately, Welbeck will be suspended from England's game on Tuesday after receiving a yellow card for taking a shot on goal after the referee had blown his whistle.

Jose Manuel de La Torre Fired as Head Coach of Mexico National Team

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After losing a World Cup qualifying match at Azteca Stadium for the first time since 2001, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has fired national team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre (aka Chepo).

Mexico lost 2-1 against Honduras Friday night in an important World Cup qualifier. The loss for Mexico, who have already been reeling from a poor qualification process, means that the national team sits in fourth place in the CONCACAF qualification group with only three matches remaining in qualification — and one of them is Tuesday against the United States in Columbus in a match that the US will desperately want to win after losing to Costa Rica last night.

Costa Rica vs US Men’s National Team Match Highlights: World Cup Qualifying [VIDEO]

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The United States continued its run of never winning an away World Cup qualifying match in Costa Rica Friday after losing 3-1 on a disappointing night for the red, white and blue.

US midfielder Michael Bradley pulled out of the match after injuring his ankle during warm ups, which dealt the USMNT a big blow.

Costa Rica vs USA & Mexico vs Honduras: World Cup Qualifying Open Thread

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After a whirlwind of World Cup qualifying matches earlier today, we're now set for the next round of games featuring teams in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule tonight is:

Paraguay vs. Bolivia, 6:25pm, beIN SPORT
Chile vs.

AT&T U-verse Adds beIN SPORT; Good News For Soccer Fans

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Just in time for the crucial World Cup qualifying match between the United States and Costa Rica (9:30pm ET tonight on beIN SPORT), AT&T U-verse has added beIN SPORT to its programming guide. Both beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Espanol debut today nationwide in HD and SD.

In addition to tonight's match between USA-Costa Rica, beIN SPORT has exclusive coverage of La Liga, Serie A, Ligue Un, the Championship and other leagues.

20 World Cup Qualifying Matches On US TV & Internet This Afternoon Incl. England-Moldova: Open Thread

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If you're a soccer aficionado and you live in the United States, you're spoiled with a choice of 20 live World Cup qualifying matches on television and Internet this afternoon.

The matches at your fingertips are:

Friday, Sept. 6
Czech Republic vs. Armenia, Noon, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN & ESPN3
Macedonia vs.

Southampton’s Refreshing Crop of Young, Talented English Footballers

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This past week, FA chairman Greg Dyke expressed his fears about the future of England's young footballing talent. Premier League teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all spent tens of millions of pounds this summer. Yet they have predominantly bought non-English players. Dyke fears that this sort of trend will leave young English players neglected from a chance at first team domestic football, meaning they will not excel at an international level.

Mesut Özil Will Spark A New Era At Arsenal Football Club

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In David Winner's excellent book entitled Brilliant Orange, he included a quote from Dutch sculptor Jeroen Henneman:

"When Bergkamp was playing with Nicolas Anelka, Anelka would be covered, like this, by two men. So Bergkamp would give a very beautiful curved pass forward and a little to the side.

Jurgen Klinsmann Not Happy with Choice of Mexican Referee vs Costa Rica: Nightly Soccer Report

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On the eve of an important World Cup qualifier for the United States against Costa Rica, USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann is not pleased with CONCACAF's choice of Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez as the official in charge of the match.

Klinsmann said:

"I don't doubt that Marco Antonio Rodriguez is a great referee.

VfB Stuttgart 120-Year Anniversary Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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To celebrate their 120-year anniversary, Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart and Puma have launched a brand-new home shirt that features no shirt sponsor name, is limited to only 5,000 available and features a design that harkens back to 1950 when the club won their first Bundesliga title.

The back of the shirt features the number 1893 to mark the year the club was founded.

Ramires: The Unsung Hero at Chelsea Football Club

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When Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2010, many supporters admitted they had little knowledge of the tenacious midfielder and were unsure on the type of role he would be playing at Stamford Bridge. Not being a household name, Ramires had a clean slate to begin his Chelsea career on and had the chance to mould it in to what he wanted.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Pep Guardiola Was A ‘Spineless Coward’ at Barcelona: Daily Soccer Report

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In his new autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out on the attack against Pep Guardiola — specifically about Barcelona's semi-final exit in the Champions League to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan side in 2010.

Ibrahimovic says he confronted Guardiola in the dressing room after the match:

"I yelled: 'You haven't got any balls!

Football Manager 14: New Features Announced For Popular Computer Game

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For fans that have followed the Football Manager 14 series, which will be available for download on December 1, it's time to start getting excited about the new release. As always at this time of the year, Sports Interactive has given us plenty to ponder, so without delay, here are some of the new features of the upcoming football management game:

Play Anywhere
In Football Manager 14, you'll be able to save your games in the cloud.

Tottenham Hotspur Now Have the Players to Break Into the Top Four

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So the Gareth Bale saga that became that annoying buzzing sound in the background of your entire summer is finally over. Tottenham can see the move as a huge success for them having earned a debatably high £85.3 million for a player they paid only £7 million for back in 2007.

Bale's ability to single-handedly dominate and win games earned Spurs the unpleasant label of a one-man team and will likely be missed as the main force of the side.

AS Roma’s Third Shirt for the 2013-14 Season, Chosen By Their Supporters [PHOTOS]

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AS Roma have unveiled their new third shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Roma's third jersey was selected by their supporters. After the club experienced quality control issues with their shirt manufacturer not meeting their high standards, AS Roma decided to design and manufacture their home, away and third shirts themselves this season.

The Football Special: Malky Mackay, Jamie Carragher and Shahid Khan’s ‘Tache [VIDEO]

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In this week's episode of The Football Special (sorry for the day in posting it), Malcolm Best is joined by Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay to discuss the lighter side of football. Plus we hear from Jamie Carragher and his England ambitions, Joe Kinnear returns as an "expert" plumber, and we witness the efficiency of a Brendan Rodgers narrated Sat Nav.

Watch Our Short Film ‘Behind the Scenes of NBC’s Premier League TV Coverage’ [VIDEO]

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Last Saturday, NBC Sports Group allowed World Soccer Talk inside their International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut, to gain insight into what goes into broadcasting their 10 hours of Premier League coverage on a typical Saturday.

While we soccer fans at home have enjoyed the coverage thus far, we at World Soccer Talk wanted to get a better understanding of how everything worked.

Manchester United Winger Nani Signs New 5-Year Contract

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Manchester United winger Nani has ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract with the Old Trafford club.

Nani signed for Manchester United in May 2007, and helped the club win four Premier League titles, two League Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League in his six seasons at Old Trafford.

The Day Harry Redknapp Brought a Fan On to Play for West Ham: Daily Soccer Report

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Whether you're a supporter of West Ham United or any soccer club, today's story inThe Guardian(which is reprinted from Howler Magazine) features the incredible heart warming true story about the time when Harry Redknapp plucked a Hammers supporter out of the crowd to play for the mighty Irons.

Arsenal’s Ozil Wanted To And Was Set to Join Manchester United But Bid Never Came: Nightly Soccer Report

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German midfielder Mesut Ozil wanted to, and was set to, join Manchester United but the bid never came, according to Spanish football reporter Graham Hunter.

Hunter reports that Ozil and Ozil's father were frantically waiting for a call to come in from Manchester United. But unfortunately the call never came in.

First Images of Mesut Ozil Wearing Arsenal Kit: Official [PHOTOS]

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Arsenal unveiled the first official photographs of new signing Mesut Ozil wearing the colors of Arsenal Football Club today.

The transfer fee that Arsenal are believed to have paid Real Madrid for Ozil is £42.5million for a five year deal. The transfer makes Ozil the most expensive German footballer of all time and broke Arsenal's previous club transfer record fee.

I Was There: Fulham vs Arsenal and Crystal Palace vs Sunderland [VIDEOS]

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Throughout the summer, NBC Sports has been releasing a series of 'I Was There' videos, one-by-one, that capture the excitement, atmosphere and pure ecstasy of victory. In addition to the 'I Was There' videos for Crystal Palace-Watford (in the Championship Playoff Final), Liverpool-Stoke (from the opening day of the season), and now two new ones — Fulham versus Arsenal, and Crystal Palace against Sunderland.

Mesut Ozil is the Game Changer Arsenal Needed to Achieve Greater Success

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After signing Gareth Bale for a world-record transfer fee, Real Madrid's pain of losing Mesut Ozil is Arsenal's gain.

Once Bale was signed, Ozil's departure was seemingly inevitable. Despite Los Blancos' varying fortunes on the pitch, a direct result of the political battle waging between those that supported Mourinho and those against him, Real Madrid boasted a side possessing arguably the richest attacking wealth, and every match provided a genuine selection headache for the manager.

Help Save Kettering Town From Extinction By Making a Small Donation

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On the same day as transfer deadline day when Marouane Fellaini completed a £27.5million move to Manchester United, while Gareth Bale was still reveling in the world transfer record fee that had been broken just 24 hours earlier, 141 years of football history was destroyed by the modern game.

Sadly, Kettering Town FC were wound up on Sunday for failing to pay £58,000 in rent.

Chelsea Strengthen in Positions They Don’t Need to and Ignore Positions They Do

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There were relatively few positions Chelsea needed to address in the summer transfer window. Two or three signings would have given them nearly a complete squad and, with the addition of José Mourinho, locked them in as favorites for the title. But, in a series of strange moves, the club brought in players in positions that were already bursting with talent, and all but ignored their real needs.

Percentage of English Players in the Premier League Drops to 32%

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The pool of English players in the Premier League has dropped by 16% since the 1998/99 season, according to Sky Sports.

This decrease backs up the claim of current England manager Roy Hodgson that he is having to pick from an ever dwindling pool of talent.

Although Premier League clubs spent a record breaking £624million on player transfers, only 10% of that investment was on English players.

Your Guide to the International Break: World Cup Qualifiers Preview & TV Guide for September 6-10

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After the thrills of two narrow 1-0 victories for Arsenal and Liverpool against Spurs and Manchester United this past weekend, and the mayhem of transfer deadline day, a crucial international break awaits. With World Cup qualifying winding down, countries can punch their tickets to the FIFA World Cup, or fall out of the running as we move closer to Brazil 2014.

Manchester United Inquest Begins After David Moyes Era Opens in Farce: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Manchester United inquest begins after David Moyes era opens in farce — The Guardian
  • Will Ed Woodward become Old Trafford's Garry Cook after dismal transfer window for Man Utd? — Telegraph
  • Marouane Fellaini gave up £4m in loyalty bonuses to save Man United move from collapse — Telegraph
  • Luis Suarez will play on the flank when he returns from his 10 match ban — 101 Great Goals
  • Gary Medel is one of the best signings Cardiff City will ever make, says Malky Mackay — Wales Online
  • Nicklas Bendtner releases a statement, says Arsenal blocked his move to Crystal Palace — 101GG
  • Galatasaray claim Manchester United tried to buy Wesley Sneijder during transfer window — ESPN
  • Sustainability limits are stretched by the global battle for the talent — The Guardian
  • Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tried to stop Mesut Ozil's transfer to Arsenal — 101GG
  • Tottenham Hotspur: Prove how partnership with Real Madrid helps the club, or end it — Yahoo
  • West Ham: Carlton Cole set for Hammers return — BBC Sport
  • Alan Pardew insists Newcastle should stay positive despite deadline day drought — The Mirror
  • Dani Pacheco leaves Liverpool for Spanish side Alcoron — Sky Sports
  • Chelsea sweat on Eden Hazard achilles problem as Belgian star is forced out of training — The Mail
  • Ander Herrera's Manchester United move: what made the deal collapse — The Guardian
  • Sunderland lift Bardsley ban after apology — Shields Gazette
  • Liverpool's Andre Wisdom misses out on Wigan loan move after Glen Johnson injury — The Mirror
  • Manchester United vow to sign Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines in January window — 101GG
  • Steve Bruce furious with WBA after £5m deal for Shane Long falls through — Telegraph

La Liga

  • Sergio Ramos: "If it were up to me, Özil would be one of the last to go" — Marca

International soccer

  • Jozy Altidore clear to resume workouts with U.

Marouane Fellaini Will Prove Doubters Wrong And Become A Fan Favorite At Manchester United

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It's always a wonderful feeling when your team scores. But sometimes, when a certain player sticks one away, it just seems to mean that little bit more. As an Evertonian, when players like Duncan Ferguson or Tim Cahill netted important goals for the club, there was always a sense of something extra special in the air.

Samir Nasri Says He Wants to Play in MLS After Leaving Manchester City

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says he's interested in playing for a Major League Soccer team after he leaves Manchester City, and before he finishes his playing career at Olympique Marseille (OM), the club where he began his professional career.

Quoted in L'Equipe newspaper, Nasri said:

"Clearly, economic reality stops me from thinking about playing at OM right now.

FA Chairman Sets England Performance Goal of Winning 2022 World Cup: Daily Soccer Report

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FA Chairman Greg Dyke has set a performance goal for the England national team of winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Dyke, who publicly shared his vision today, wants England to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and win the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar.

In my opinion, it's an empty speech.

Arsenal’s Signing of Mesut Ozil Doesn’t Address the Holes Where the Team Needs Strengthening

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As the clock struck 11pm in England on Monday, the summer transfer window and so-calledsilly season came to a close. A transfer window that had a lot of movement and broke several records culminating in the most money spent in one window, with a total of £630million. Teams smashed their own club records.

Why Southampton Are Struggling to Find the Back of The Net

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The opening three games of the 2013/14 Premier League season may have seen Southampton pick up four points, but the South coast side have struggled to find the back of the net so far this season.

Southampton's first goal came in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, whilst their second came in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's against Sunderland.

30 Rock Actor Judah Friedlander Tells the Story About the Day Bob Bradley Cheated [VIDEO]

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Comedian, table tennis aficionado and soccer-loving '30 Rock' actor Judah Friedlander sat down in front of the camera this week to tell the true story of a coach's sneaky substitution.

Friedlander goes back into the archives to remind us how coach (then New York Metrostars coach, now Egypt national team manager) Bob Bradley took advantage of a loophole in MLS rules to gain an advantage against DC United.

Villarreal Join Big Three at La Liga Summit: La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 3

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Promoted Villarreal are the surprise team in La Liga after three rounds of games, joining last season's top three on maximum points after the weekend's matches. Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona overcame Valencia 3-2, while Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1 with an Isco double.

Mesut Ozil’s First Interview as an Arsenal Footballer [VIDEO]

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Mesut Ozil has completed his first television interview as an Arsenal footballer.

Arsenal's newest signing was interviewed by Sky Sports News in Germany, where Mesut Ozil described how he's looking forward to playing in the best soccer league in the world. Ozil even found a way to slot in a "Let's go Gunners" soundbite.

Everton Unveil Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTO]

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Everton unveiled their third shirt for the 2013-14 season today.

New Everton loan signing Gareth Barry is pictured in the new shirt alongside Everton manager Roberto Martinez. According to the Everton club website "the 2013/14 third shirt is a dazzling white pearl and dark navy combination and features a high v-neck collarless design.

Prosperous Deadline Day For Everton, But Keeping Baines Is the Toffees Best Bit Of Business

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There was a point during deadline day, at about 10pm local time, that things were looking pretty bleak for Everton Football Club. The Toffees were understandably lambasted by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, with a £12million bid for James McCarthy – in which payments were staggered over four years – laughed off.

Manchester United Sign 17-Year-Old Right Back Saidy Janko From FC Zurich

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Manchester United have announced the signing of 17-year-old teenage right back Saidy Janko from FC Zurich today for an undisclosed fee, according to Manchester United's official club website.

Janko had a trial spell with Manchester United recently, where he impressed the United coaches. Born in Switzerland, Saidy has a Gambian father and Swiss/Italian mother.

Why Belgium Will Be One Of The Most Exciting Teams to Watch at World Cup 2014

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Spain, the back-to-back European Championship winners and current holders of the FIFA World Cup, have been unbeatable. Their attractive style of play encompasses a combination of passing the opposition to death whilst constantly pressing the opposition, and starving them of any attacking impetus. However, they are starting to show signs of mortality after they laboured until the final of their second continental victory, received a crushing three- nil defeat to Brazil and suffered a nervy penalty shoot-out win against Cesare Prandelli's Italy to get there.

Kaka Receives a Hero’s Welcome On His Return to AC Milan [VIDEO]

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Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka returned to Italy yesterday after completing a free transfer from Real Madrid to AC Milan.

On his return "home" to Italy, he was greeted with a hero's welcome from the AC Milan supporters who were jubilant. When Kaka played for AC Milan from 2003 to 2009, the player was a fan favorite after helping the club win the Serie A title in 2004, the Italian Super Cup in 2004 and, in 2007, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Gareth Bale Not Fit to Play 90 Minutes For Wales in World Cup Qualifying Matches: Daily Soccer Report

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After being the subject of a world-record transfer fee on Sunday between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale is with the Wales squad in preparation for the upcoming World Cup qualifier matches against Serbia and Macedonia. However, Wales manager Chris Coleman says that Bale is not fit enough to play 90 minutes against Serbia or Macedonia.

Manchester United Waiting to Confirm Signing of Fabio Coentrao From Real Madrid: Nightly Soccer Report

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There's no clear answer yet whether Fabio Coentrao has signed for Manchester United or not tonight. There are a series of conflicting press reports (see below) that claim that Coentrao signed for United, didn't sign for the club, or is awaiting final word from the Premier League.

We'll find out for sure in the morning.

Marouane Fellaini’s First Interview as a Manchester United Footballer [VIDEO]

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The soft-spoken Belgian Marouane Fellaini was interviewed for the first time tonight as a Manchester United player. Watch the video below from his first interview as a Manchester United footballer.

Here's what David Moyes said about Fellaini, who was signed by United for £27.5million:

"I have worked with Marouane for five years and I'm delighted he has decided to join Manchester United.

Watch the Final Seconds of FOX Soccer’s Last TV Broadcast [VIDEO]

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FOX Soccer is no more.

The 24/7 soccer TV network aired its last show on Monday before morphing into FXX, which is ironically a comedy channel. But before FOX pulled the plug on FOX Soccer, the network aired these final few seconds.

Thanks for the memories, FOX Soccer.

Watch the Final Seconds of FOX Soccer's Last TV Broadcast [VIDEO] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Huge Season Ahead for England World Cup Hopefuls

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Domestic success for English footballers in the Premier League won't be the only thing resting on the minds of players this season. In less than a year, English footballers up and down the country will be desperate to book their seat on the flight to Brazil World Cup 2014. Hopefuls know they will have to endure a successful domestic season, at least, to put them within contention of being selected.

Replay Our 10 Hours of Transfer Deadline Day Coverage [VIDEO]

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Today, we clocked 10 hours of continuous live coverage of the final day of the 2013 summer transfer window.

As with most windows, this one didn't disappoint. Plenty of transfer signings came through on the final day including Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, Kaka to AC Milan, Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, Kei Kamara to Middlesbrough and plenty more.

Demba Ba a Target For Arsenal After Chelsea Say He Can Leave Stamford Bridge: Nightly Soccer Report

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been told that he can leave Stamford Bridge tomorrow, but whether he'll move to Arsenal or another club is the question that needs to be answered.

The Telegraphnewspaper reports that Arsenal may be Demba Ba's destination despite the fact that the article contains no source or tidbit of information leading the reader to think that Arsenal is his destination.

Valencia 2-3 Barcelona Match Highlights; Lionel Messi Scores A Hat Trick [VIDEO]

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In what has been one of the most entertaining matches of the 2013/14 season so far, Barcelona scored three goals courtesy of Lionel Messi to grab an away win against Valencia at Mestalla Stadium.

It looked like a walk in the park for Barcelona in the first half as they coasted to a 3-0 lead courtesy of Messi and co.

Stoke City Acquire Marko Arnautovic, While West Brom Sign Morgan Amalfitano On Loan

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Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have been busy in the transfer market today with both clubs picking up a new footballer for the season.

Stoke have acquired Werder Bremen forwardMarko Arnautovic who can play either as a striker or winger. The Austrian has made 27 appearances for his national team, and helped Inter Milan win the Serie A title in 2010 when he was at the club.

Farewell to FOX Soccer; FOX Pulls The Plug After 16 Years Of A Love-Hate Relationship

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FOX today pulled the plug on FOX Soccer, the 24/7 soccer network, that was replaced by FXX — a new comedy channel — at 6am ET.

After debuting in November 1997 as FOX Sports World, the channel was later renamed as Fox Soccer Channel before becoming simply FOX Soccer. Despite 16 years of hard work by the network, all that hard work and brand equity will disappear today forever.

Live Footage of Gareth Bale Being Unveiled as a Real Madrid Player At Bernabeu

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Live Footage of Gareth Bale Being Unveiled as a Real Madrid Player At Bernabeu is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Jose Mourinho's second act at Chelsea is starting very much where his first left off with the manager's comments becoming more a caricature of himself than anything deep and thoughtful. While I felt the almost universal skepticism in the British press upon the return of The Special One to Chelsea was out of place, I am beginning to see precisely why some well-respected writers had doubts about Jose Act II.

Transfer Deadline Day Special: All The Transfer News and Analysis: Watch Our Live Video Stream

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Watch our live video stream today from 8am-6pm ET (1pm-11pm UK time) for all of the transfer news, speculation and analysis on the final day of the summer transfer window in England that closes today at 6pm ET/11pm UK time.

We'll be bringing you live coverage courtesy of myself and a team of pundits who will be joining me throughout the day.

New New (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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New managers mean new rivalries and these kinda rivalries are good ones to have as the Premier League actually has a Super Sunday. A London Derby and something so much more in the North-West. New vs Old. Old, becoming new. There were so many cross-overs of story lines that the news could barely keep up.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is typically one of the most exciting and unpredictable matches of the season. While this one wasn't the greatest ever, it was entertaining from start to finish with plenty of key moments, incredible saves and wonderful skill.

Plus on top of that, the atmosphere was electric.

Liverpool vs Manchester United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The clash between the two most successful clubs in English football is over, and it was absorbing to watch.

With David Moyes never having beaten Liverpool in the league at Anfield, the pressure was on the former Everton manager to get a result, while Brendan Rodgers was hoping for a win to move Liverpool into the top spot in the Premier League.

Arsenal Are In Advanced Talks to Sign Mesut Ozil From Real Madrid, Says Report [VIDEO]

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Arsenal are in advanced talks with Real Madrid to sign Mesut Ozil, according to reports in the Spanish media and on Sky Sports.

Sky Sports says that according to their sources, a deal could happen by the close of the transfer window tomorrow. See their video report below:

However, the "Sky Sports source" is probably Spanish media outlet Cadena SER, who report that:

"Mesut Özil could still leave the Real Madrid on the last day of the market and go to Arsenal.

AC Milan Agree Deal With Real Madrid to Sign Kaka; Personal Terms Still Need to be Finalized

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AC Milan have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka on a free transfer, four years after Real Madrid paid £55million to sign the footballer from Milan. Personal terms still have to be finalized

If the player — whose full name is Ricardo Kaka — agrees torejoin the Serie A club where he played from 2003 to 2009 and won the Serie A title, Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, it'll finally put an end to a disappointing career at Real Madrid where he often had difficulty getting into the first team squad.

Manchester City Sign Defender Martin Demichelis On a Two-Year Deal

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Manchester City have signed defender Martin Demichelis on a two-year deal.

The Argentine defender, who played for Atletico Madrid, has joined Manuel Pellegrini's side and will play for a side managed by Pellegrini for the third time in his career. Demichelis will wear the number 26 shirt at City.

The Team That Tottenham Hotspur Bought, All For the Price of Selling One Gareth Bale

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The Gareth Bale transfer saga was always going to be the biggest story of the summer. Ever since Real Madrid showed interest in the Welsh star, any news of his potential transfer dominated headlines across England. While the football world has been wrapped up in in speculation around Bale, Tottenham as a club certainly haven't.

Gareth Bale Official Real Madrid Shirts Now Available

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Now that Gareth Bale has officially joined Real Madrid, you can order your very own Gareth Bale Real Madrid shirt with his name and number on the back.

The authentic Real Madrid shirt features, for the first time in Real Madrid's storied shirt history, a collar and sleeve in orange. The front of the shirt has also undergone changes with a horizontal block pattern giving the shirt a different texture which disrupts the plain white feel in certain light.

EA Sports Launches New FIFA 14 Trailer Featuring Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released a brand-new teaser video for FIFA 14 that features Gareth Bale in the colors of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid officially confirmed the signing of Gareth Bale today for a transfer fee believed to be a whopping £86million. But video game maker EA Sports didn't wait too long until releasing this teaser video below.

Real Madrid Agree £86million Deal With Tottenham to Sign Gareth Bale [OFFICIAL]

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Gareth Bale has officially joined Real Madrid.

After a long, agonizing summer of "will he or won't he" join the Spanish giants, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid have inked a major deal to send the Welsh attacking midfielder to the Bernabeu.

The transfer marks an important milestone in the British game with one of the most exciting young prospects moving to Spain to better his game, play alongside some of the greats and to establish himself as a world-class player in the UEFA Champions League.

Turkish Footballer Walks Off The Pitch In Tears After Abuse From Crowd [VIDEO]

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During a recent Turkish soccer match, a footballer walked off the pitch in tears after being on the receiving end of verbal abuse from a small set of supporters of his own team.

The incident happened during last week's match between Trabzonspor and Rizespor in the Turkish Super League. The footballer,Volkan Sen, walked off the pitch in tears after verbal abuse from 1-2 fans of his own club got the better of him.

Liverpool Agree Season-Long Loan With Chelsea For Victor Moses

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Liverpool have agreed a season-long loan deal with Chelsea to sign Victor Moses, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

With Chelsea signing Willian for £32million as well as several other midfielders in the past twelve months, Moses has become surplus to requirements at the Stamford Bridge club.

Arsenal Agree Deal For Season-Long Loan of Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, Says Report

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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan, according to Metro newspaper.

The 27-year-old Italian goalkeeper has earned 6 caps for the national team, as well as having a playing career that spans Inter Milan, Brescia, Palermo, Bologna and, most recently, Fiorentina on loan.

Chelsea Confirm Signing of Attacker Christian Atsu From FC Porto: Daily Soccer Report

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Here are today's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Chelsea confirm signing of attackerChristian Atsu from FC Porto — Chelsea FC
  • Manchester United must up their offer for Ander Herrera, say Athletic Bilbao — Metro
  • Paolo Di Canio insists his methods will work in the Premier League — Newcastle Chronicle
  • Arsene Wenger could never see himself working under a director of football — Evening Standard
  • Kevin Theophile-Catherine has signed a four-year deal with Cardiff — Sky Sports
  • Swansea City could be priced out of deal for West Brom star Peter Odemwingie — Wales Online
  • Swansea tell Arsenal they'll "fight tooth and nail" to keep Michu and Ashley Williams — Off The Post
  • Football's ‘cajillionaires' go on record summer spending spree — Financial Times
  • Has NBC Sports found the secret of selling soccer to U.

Liverpool vs Man United, WBA vs Swansea and Arsenal vs Tottenham: Open Thread

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Before the match between Liverpool and Manchester United kicks off today at 8:30am ET (coverage to begin at 8am ET on NBC Sports Network, for viewers in the United States), the football supporters at Anfield will give an one minute applause to the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week.