EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

Interview With Steve Bower, Soccer Commentator and Presenter

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World Soccer Talk interviewed commentator and presenter Steve Bower today on the eve of NBC's Premier League transfer deadline show that will be aired live on NBCSN in the United States from 6:30pm to 7:30pm ET.

During the interview, Bower discusses:

• What it was like working at Old Trafford at MUTV while Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at the club,
• How NBC's Premier League coverage has been perceived in the United States,
• Which British football commentators he learned from and gained advice from,
• Whether we can expect any Jim White moments from Bower during the transfer deadline show.

Tom Ince Signing Will Provide Crystal Palace With a Much-Needed Creative Spark

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Tom Ince offers Crystal Palace something completely different going forward than they currently have. The son of former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool star Paul Ince, the younger Ince is a versatile pacey player who can play in either wide position or in the hole right behind the strikers.

New Footage Leaked Of Andy Gray and Richard Keys Using Sexist Remarks Again [VIDEO]

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New footage of soccer pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys has been released, which shows the pair making more sexist remarks.

The footage, which appears to be from between 2001-2006 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, was released on YouTube today. In the video, Gray and Keys joke with Sky Sports reporterClare Tomlinson and sing "Get your t**s out for the lads" at her.

WATCH Racing Santander Forfeit Match After 1 Minute to Protest Against Club Owner [VIDEO]

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In the quarter-final second leg of the Copa del Rey in Spain, the match between La Liga side Racing Santander and Real Sociedad kicked off today, but the Racing players refused to play — and instead stood in the center circle in protest against their club owner. The substitutes and coaches also lined up in unison near the touchline.

New Striker Signed at Sunderland Spells Trouble For Jozy Altidore As Patience Runs Out

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One of the things that always bothers me about how most US soccer journalists cover the sport is that they always seem to focus on the positives. If Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore or any other American scores a goal in Europe, you can guarantee there'll be an article and video of the goal, with the journalist or blogger practically high-fiving the accomplishment.

If Relegated, West Ham Could Face Leyton Orient in the Championship Next Season

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West Ham United is currently in a lamentable era as the club continues to underachieve spectacularly. Since the departure of manager Harry Redknapp in 2001, the Hammers have bounced between the top two divisions of English football on multiple occasions and even when they've been in the Premier League, they have seemingly been permanently flirting with relegation.

Crystal Palace Sign Tom Ince On Loan Until End of Season After Paying Blackpool £1m: Daily Soccer Report

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Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing winger Tom Ince on loan for the remainder of the season, after emerging above Swansea, Hull, Sunderland, Stoke, Liverpool and Monaco among the clubs who were interested in signing the highly-rated footballer.

While Palace have not confirmed the news yet,The Daily Mirroris reporting that Ince has signed the deal with Palace with the club paying Blackpool a £1million fee.

Real Madrid Home Shirt for the 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Real Madrid's home shirt for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

The 2014/15 shirt for Real Madrid looks like another winner with the white shirt and black trim, a beautifully-designed button-down collar and —if you look closely —a striped star pattern.

On the back of the shirt are the words Real Madrid at the top of the shirt.

The World Cup’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Bad Boys Who May Well See Red In Brazil [INFOGRAPHIC]

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With the World Cup now just a few short months away, here at World Soccer Talk we're desperate to get our hands on any info, stats, and trivia we can to make the weeks pass just that little bit faster.

This week, Betfair published an infographic taking a look at the World Cup Dirty Dozen – 12 players likely to be shown red during the tournament.

Adel Taarabt Joins AC Milan, And Now Has a Chance to Prove The Cynics Wrong

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QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, who was on loan at Fulham this season, has completed a deal to join Italian giants AC Milan. This will end the career in English football of one of the most enigmatic and mysterious young players to have washed up on British shores in some time.

From brilliance one moment to indifference another, the player has never been consistent and has fallen out with multiple coaches and teammates throughout his time in England.

LA Galaxy Home Shirt For 2014 MLS Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of LA Galaxy's home shirt for the 2014 MLS season have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by adidas, LA Galaxy will be sporting a clean, bold white shirt this season with a blue sash across the front of the shirt. The attention to detail on the shirt design is a nice touch with the words "LA Galaxy" on the upper back of the shirt, as well as the hoops on the inner back of the neck.

Jose Mourinho Says West Ham Play 19th Century Soccer

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho today decried the tactics of his rival Sam Allardyce tonight in the 0-0 Chelsea draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

"[West Ham's style of football] is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world. This is football from the 19th century.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Topics: (1) Chelsea Drop Points & (2) Man United [VIDEO]

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 6PM PT/9M ET we'll look at all of today's big matches including Chelsea dropping points. We'll be joined by Nate Scott (@aNateScott) from USA Today and @forthewin who'll chat about his Manchester United story in USA Today.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Midweek Love (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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A strange feel to the football played during the midweek, because it doesn't feel like a weekend and these games should be something more continental. We appreciate the different feel and speed of the games. Two derbies, both on Merseyside and in the Midlands: along with a Manchester revival and City topping the table.

Arsenal and Julian Draxler in Advanced Talks Over £36 Million Deal: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal target Julian Draxler should be recovered from injury in seven days time to resume playing for Schalke. But before that happens, will Arsenal or another club in Europe sign the highly-rated attacking midfielder?

Arsenal are understood to have had discussions with Schalke regarding a deal for Draxler, but details and evidence is few and far between.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Just as yesterday's Premier League matches had so many intriguing implications, today's the same as Spurs battle Manchester City near the top of the table, there's the Midlands derby between Villa and WBA, Chelsea take on West Ham in a London derby while, last but not least, there's the relegation tussle between Sunderland and Stoke.

Newcastle Sign Striker Luuk De Jong On Loan Until End Of Season

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Newcastle United have signed Dutch striker Luuk De Jong on loan until the end of the season with an option for the deal to be made permanent.

De Jong moves to Tyneside from Borussia Monchengladbach. The 23-year-old forward will wear the number 18 shirt for Newcastle.

Newcastle United Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, said:

"We're delighted to bring Luuk de Jong to the Club.

How Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney Can Play Together For Manchester United

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has long preferred a tactic where he plays with two out-and-out wingers who can float inside when needed. Wayne Rooney isn't 100% match fit, so with the signing of Juan Mata, Moyes dropped Adnan Januzaj Tuesday night against Cardiff City and continued playing with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the wings.

Experiencing the Merseyside Derby In Person at Anfield: The Heart Of English Football

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Right, just to forewarn you all, if you're upbeat after making it through to Wednesday and feeling pretty decent as a whole, this write-up might be best avoided; I don't want to drag you down. We've got loads of brilliant stuff to peruse here at World Soccer Talk; the podcast is great, and there are some excellent pieces ahead of tonight's games that will keep your good mood well intact.

Liverpool in Talks Over £16million Move for Ukraine’s Yevhen Konoplyanka: Daily Soccer Report

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Liverpool are in talks over a £16million move for Ukraine internationalYevhen Konoplyanka. The 24-year-old footballer, who plays for Dnipro, can play either as a left winger, playmaker or striker.

Manager Brendan Rodgers faces a race against time to try to sign the versatile Ukrainian international, who has 35 caps for his country, before the window closes on Friday night.

Andre Schurrle Is Getting Squeezed Out In Crowded Midfield at Chelsea

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The signing of Mohamed Salah, the emergence of Willian and the continued strong play of Eden Hazard have dropped the highly-regarded German international André Schürrle further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

At Bayer Leverkusen, he had a great season last year prompting interest from Chelsea and a deal was essentially already in place when Jose Mourinho took over.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Topics: Reviewing EPL Matches & Merseyside Derby

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 6PM PT/9M ET Nick and Danny look at all of today's big matches including the Merseyside Derby. We'll be joined by David Mosse (@statmanmosse) from FOX Sports.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Liverpool Striker Luis Suárez Reports Everton Fans Throwing Coins At Him: Nightly Soccer Report

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Police are investigating reports that Everton supporters threw coins at Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in Tuesday night's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

When Suarez was preparing to take a corner next to the away end at Liverpool's stadium, TV viewers could see that he was being pelted by coins.

WATCH Behind The Scenes At ESPN FC: ESPN’s Daily Soccer Show [VIDEO]

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World Soccer Talk is proud to launch our latest exclusive short film. This one focuses on what happens behind the scenes on the most popular daily soccer show in the United States, ESPN FC.

Follow our cameras as we take you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, CT where we interview the people who make the show possible as well as how they create the special FX, and more.

Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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As a Premier League soccer fan, one of the toughest decisions to make is which matches to watch simultaneously — even when your favorite team is playing. Today is a perfect example of this as you have six matches, all of which are incredibly meaningful for different reasons.

You've got Juan Mata making his debut for Manchester United against a Cardiff City side where manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his return to Old Trafford.

Claude Makelele Was The Worst Thing That Happened in the Premier League, Says Les Ferdinand

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Tottenham Hotspur first team coach Les Ferdinand has criticized the defensive midfielder position and says that Claude Makelele is the first worst thing that happened in the Premier League, in a revealing interview in the Tottenham Journalnewspaper.

Ferdinand's words shine new light on how new Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes in playing compared to former manager Andre Villas-Boas who was a lot more conservative and defensively-minded in his tactics and player selection.

5 Things We Learned From Serie A Gameweek 21

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Many of the more interesting matches from the weekend were played on the European continent instead of the British Isles. Here are 5 things we learned from Serie A this past weekend:

1. Fiorentina's defense must improve if Montella hopes to reach the Champions League

This past weekend Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina had the opportunity to gain some ground on third place after Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw against Chievo.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 21: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid March On [VIDEO]

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La Liga's top three all won at the weekend to leave the Spanish title race too close to call. Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoyed home wins against Malaga and Granada respectively while Atletico Madrid put four past Rayo Vallecano.

Barcelona were unaffected by the week's political wrangling at Camp Nou as they registered a convincing 3-0 win over Malaga.

Newcastle Agree Fee With PSG To Sell Yohan Cabaye While Striker Luuk De Jong Heads to Tyneside: Daily Soccer Report

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Newcastle United face a busy day in the transfer window today as midfielder Yohan Cabaye looks set to join Paris Saint-Germain for £20million, while Dutch striker Luuk De Jong is heading from Borussia Monchengladbach to Newcastle on a loan deal.

With United striker Papiss Cisse rumored to be heading to the Middle East or Turkey in this transfer window, picking up De Jong (subject to a medical and agreeing terms) will be a good bit of business for the Newcastle club.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Topics: EPL Midweek Preview & FA Cup Review

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 6PM PT/9M ET Nick and Danny look back the weekend's FA Cup action and look forward to tomorrow's BPL matches with our always-accurate predictions!

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET.

The Stars Might Finally Be Aligning For David Moyes And Manchester United

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After twenty-two Premier League matches, Manchester United is sitting in seventh place; fourteen points behind league leading Arsenal and six points behind Liverpool/Tottenham for the final Champions League spot.

United's plummet from the summit of English football to its current state has only taken a few months.

Magic, Medicine, Myths and the Reality of Falcao’s Injury

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People always are enamored with the impossible storyline. You know the one I'm talking about; that plot in which the protagonist, with tangible characteristics that are overshadowed only by their immeasurable intangibles, overcomes an incident that had the potential to change their life forever.

From Arsenal With Love: Listen to the David Moyes Parody Based On Lionel Ritchie’s ‘Hello’ Song: NSFW

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Arsenal supporters are having a laugh at the expense of Manchester United manager David Moyes and the poor form the club has been suffering this season in the league, FA Cup (knocked out by Swansea) and League Cup (knocked out by Sunderland).

While the mood among Manchester United supporters will be buoyed by the signing of Juan Mata, the club still has a lot of work ahead of it in order to turn this season around so songs like these don't become more commonplace.

Manchester United Supporters: Order Your Juan Mata Number 8 Shirt

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If you're looking to buy a Manchester United shirt with Juan Mata's name and shirt number on the back of the official jersey, they're now available to order via World Soccer Shop.

Mata recently completed his transfer for a club-record fee of £37.1 million.

Mata, 25, has 32 caps for the Spanish national team and has played 135 times for Chelsea, scoring 32 goals since signing from Valencia in 2011.

Arsenal Announce Record-Breaking Shirt Deal With Puma; Here’s the Arsenal Puma Shirt For 2014/15

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Arsenal have announced the biggest shirt deal in the history of English football. Puma will pay a reported £150million over the course of the next five years with Arsenal wearing Puma kits from the summer of 2014 through 2019.

In addition to producing the playing and training kit for all Arsenal teams, Puma has acquired wide-ranging licensing rights to develop other Arsenal branded merchandise on a global basis.

Sunderland Threaten Legal Action Against Former Manager Paolo Di Canio

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In the past two weeks, former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been quite vocal in expressing his criticism about the players who he managed while he was at the club. Now, however, Sunderland Football Club have threatened legal action against Di Canio, stating "it is particularly disappointing to read such comments when there arelegal obligations in place to ensure such behavior does not occur.

Six Premier League Clubs Chasing Loan Signing of Tom Ince Including Liverpool: Daily Soccer Report

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Highly-rated Blackpool winger Tom Ince looks likely to choose between Liverpool, Swansea City and Crystal Palace as his next club after the Championship side has given him permission to leave on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ince, whose father is former Blackpool manager Paul Ince, has met with representatives at Swansea City and is now headed to London for talks with Crystal Palace.

Swansea City Sign Bolton Striker David Ngog Until End Of Season [VIDEO]

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Swansea City have signed Bolton Wanderers striker David Ngog for an undisclosed fee until the end of this season.

The 24-year-old French striker, who is best known for his time at Liverpool from 2008-2011, is hoping to receive approval from the Premier League in order to be available for Swansea's match against Fulham tomorrow.

adidas Release Limited Edition Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats [PHOTOS]

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Inspired by this summer's World Cup in Brazil, adidas has released five new sets of colorful Copa Mundial soccer cleats, to reinvent the best-selling soccer cleats of all time that were originally released in 1982.

The adidas Copa Mundial soccer cleats have been worn by some of the greatest soccer players ever including Zico, Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Sweet FA (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Cup competitions are a good time to judge a side, the balance, the anti-environment that they find themselves in. But at this point in the season: focus is on balance and finding that balance. Perhaps some managers have dined out on their imbalance for too long, in the league and now they are paying the price?

What to Expect From West Ham United’s New Signings, Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino

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West Ham United's double swoop for Italian internationals Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino this weekend enhances the East London club's chances for survival exponentially. While both players have been on the fringes of their respective Serie A clubs this season, Sam Allardyce can count on bags of experience and professionalism from both players to try and lift the Hammers spirit and play.

WATCH FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Live at 12:30pm ET [VIDEO]

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You can watch the draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round live on World Soccer Talk beginning at 12:30pm ET.

The draw will stream live from Wembley Stadium in England. The teams that are in the hat for the Fifth Round are as follows (the numbers for each team are included below too):

1 Sunderland
2 Cardiff City
3 Southampton
4 Charlton Athletic
5 Brighton & Hove Albion
6 Nottingham Forest or Preston North End
7 Hull City
8 Sheffield Wednesday
9 Arsenal
10 Stevenage or Everton
11 Wigan Athletic
12 Chelsea
13 Manchester City
14 Liverpool
15 Swansea City
16 Sheffield United or Fulham

For today's draw, Andros Townsend and his father Troy will pick the balls out of the hat.

FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Announced; Manchester City Will Play Chelsea, While Arsenal Play Liverpool

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The draw for the FA Cup Fifth has been made. The draw is as follows:

Manchester City vs Chelsea
Sheffield United or Fulham vs Nottingham Forest vs Preston
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Brighton vs Hull City
Cardiff City vs Wigan Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton
Sunderland vs Southampton
Everton vs Swansea City

The FA Cup Fifth Round matches will be played over the weekend of February 15-16.

Manchester United Consider Making Bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering making a bid for Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye in an attempt to further strengthen his team's midfield.

The Frenchman, who is rated at £25million, has been linked with potential moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal. According toThe Guardiannewspaper, PSG value Cabaye at £17million, while Arsenal made an offer of £10.

What’s Your Soccer Guilty Pleasure?

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Is there a league, team, footballer, hobby or aspect of soccer that is your guilty pleasure?

If so, let us know in the comments section below. There's no need to be shy. We all probably have one. Do you watch a league or team that's under the radar most of the time, or do you find yourself spending a lot of time on one or more soccer-related passions?

Lukas Podolski Could Be the Key for Arsenal in Premier League Title Race

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In all of the hyper-analysis about Arsenal's squad, surprisingly Lukas Podolski has been often forgotten. The versatile German international has a role to play however in Arsenal's quest for glory this season. Podolski can play wide on the left side or as an emergency lone striker, though he is more effective attacking from a wide position.

FA Cup Fourth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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The final two matches of the FA Cup Fourth Round remain today before the draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round is made (which World Soccer Talk will be bringing to you live immediately after the Chelsea-Stoke match). Which two teams will be added to the pot today?

Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Sheffield United vs Fulham (FA Cup), 8am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea vs Stoke City (FA Cup), 10:30am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

Manchester United Unveil Juan Mata As New Signing [VIDEO]

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After passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, Juan Mata was today unveiled as a Manchester United footballer.

The former Chelsea midfielder arrived at Manchester United's Carrington training complex via helicopter, where he was greeted by David Moyes. Later in the day, Mata was officially unveiled as a United player.

Will Monaco Replace Falcao in the January Transfer Window?

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With Paris Saint-Germain pulling further away from Monaco in the Ligue Un title race in recent weeks, Claudio Ranieri's side was potentially looking for additional players in the January transfer market. Ivorian striker Lacina Traore was bought from Anzhi but was loaned out to Everton until the end of this season.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Topics: Juan Mata & FA Cup With Special Guest Keith Costigan

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Tonight's show: Its the FA Cup! And Nick and Danny will chat with FOX Sports' very own FA Cup analyst and on-air personality Keith Costigan @keithcostigan about this weekend's matches. Plus of course we'll continue to follow the Juan Mata transfer and more.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Andy Gray to Return as Co-Commentator With BT Sport: Nightly Soccer Report

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Soccer pundit Andy Gray is returning to British television where he'll join BT Sport on Saturday to co-commentate the FA Cup match between Stevenage and Everton.

Gray was fired by Sky Sports in 2011 for unacceptable behavior after footage was leaked of him making sexist remarks on-camera. His colleague Richard Keys was also dismissed at the time.

FA Cup Fourth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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In the middle of a hectic January transfer window, the clubs throughout England and Wales are switching gears and participating today in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Based on the fixtures below, there's the opportunity for quite a few upsets.

Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sunderland vs Kidderminster Harriers (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bolton vs Cardiff City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Southend vs Hull City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Stevenage vs Everton (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Here's the complete schedule for the FA Cup Fourth Round.

WATCH Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry’s Appearance On The Graham Norton Show [VIDEO]

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry appeared on The Graham Norton Show Thursday night to discuss his career and answer Arsenal questions.

Henry discussed several topics including why he left Arsenal, whether he has any interest in managing Arsenal in the future, as well as his thoughts (or lack thereof) on Nicklas Bendtner.

Manchester United Confirm Signing Of Juan Mata; How United Should Line Up With Mata

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Juan Mata's move to Manchester United, the biggest January transfer made by a Premier League club in three seasons, has been officially confirmed by the Old Trafford club. All that remains is Mata passing a medical and agreeing personal terms for the deal to be completely finalized.

The Chelsea perspective on the deal is now clearer from a soccer perspective particularly after the signing of Mohamed Salah from FC Basel.

Arsenal Agree Fee With Schalke to Sign Julian Draxler, Says Report

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Arsenal have agreed a fee with Schalke for German attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, according to several reliable reports in Europe tonight.

Draxler will still have to agree personal terms, and there's no indication yet that even if a deal is agreed whether the player will join in this transfer window or the summer, but the report is encouraging news for Arsenal supporters.

USMNT Prospect Gedion Zelalem Makes His Debut For Arsenal at Age 16

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USMNT prospectGedion Zelalem made his debut for Arsenal tonight at the age of 16. The highly-touted midfielder — who is eligible to play internationally for the United States, Germany and Ethiopia — is the first footballer to play for Arsenal that was born after the date when Arsene Wenger was appointed Gunners manager in 1996.

Coventry City Supporters Protest Against Club Playing Its Home Matches 35 Miles Away [PHOTOS]

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Coventry City supporters protested today during their FA Cup match to ask why the club plays its home matches 35 miles away from its former Ricoh Arena stadium.

At around the 32nd minute mark, the away contingent of Coventry City fans at the Emirates Stadium raised signs that proclaimed "Why?

NBCSN to Broadcast Premier League Transfer Deadline Day Special

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NBCSN will broadcast a live Premier League Transfer Deadline Day special on its network on January 31 from 6:30-7:30pm ET.

The program, entitled Premier League Deadline Day Show, will be perfectly timed to bring you up to speed on all of the deadline day transfer dealings as well as any late breaking news that comes in before the 7pm ET (midnight UK time) deadline.

Out of the Shadows, Stevan Jovetic Returns for Manchester City

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Stevan Jovetic made his return to Manchester City's team after a long absence in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over West Ham in the League Cup semifinal second leg. While most of the headlines around the game were centered around Manchester City's 18-year old Marcos Lopes whose performance was simply scintillating, Jovetic's return to first-team action after a long absence was probably the most important takeaway from the game.

Arsenal vs Coventry (FA Cup) and Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): Open Thread

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Arsenal and Bayern Munich play this afternoon, although not against each other. We'll have to wait until February 19th for those two European powerhouses to meet.

Today, though, we have two important matches. Arsenal plays Coventry City in the FA Cup 4th Round, while roughly at the same time we have Borussia Monchengladbach against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

With Juan Mata’s Transfer, “The Special One” Puts “The Boring One” Label To Rest

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There were some concerns amongst a section of fans and the media that Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea and the Premier League wasn't living up to its billing. A few columnists had even gone so far as to re-brand the Portuguese manager as the ‘Boring One' as opposed to hisfavored nickname, "The Special One".

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

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We've been a little spoilt this week. The domestic cup competitions in Spain and Italy have provided some excellent midweek entertainment, and have set us up nicely for another weekend crammed with wonderful action.

But once again, we're treated to some superb midweek action, so we've saw fit to extend our top-five selections to feature some games from the Premier League's round of fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Manchester United Fan Trolls Chelsea Supporters Over Potential New Signings [VIDEO]

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A Manchester United fan stood outside Stamford Bridge recently and trolled Chelsea supporters by asking them to discuss potential new signings of footballers that don't exist.

The United supporter made up names of players such as Liam Ying (an anagram of I Am Lying), Win Nowt, Win Ding YouUp, Deanio (anagram of No Idea), Lugi Bell (anagram of Gullible) and others, and — for the most part —all of the Chelsea fans not only believed the names, but they also talked up the players as if they existed, and some of them said they had seen them play.

Official Matchday Ball For the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final [PHOTO]

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Which two teams will reach the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final where they'll use this ball to try to win the most prestigious club soccer tournament in the world?

We'll find out this May, but in the meantime here's a photo of the official matchday ball of the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.

Pellegrini Joins Wenger in Criticizing Juan Mata Transfer to Manchester United: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joined Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in their criticism of the Juan Mata transfer to Manchester United.

Pellegrini was asked about Mata's Chelsea to Manchester United move in today's City press conference. Here's what he said regarding the matter:

‘United are getting a very good player, but personally I do not agree that a transfer like this can happen in the middle of the season.

Juan Mata Capture Will Be A Catalyst For A Prosperous Summer Window At Old Trafford

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David Moyes looked as though he'd rather be anywhere else than at Old Trafford after Vito Mannone's penalty save sent Sunderland to Wembley. As his eyes closed with forlorn disbelief, he depicted a man riddled with dejection and hopelessness. He trudged down the touchline to the tunnel, glancing up at the Stretford End and applauded what fans remained with little conviction.

Arsène Wenger Questions Motives of Chelsea Decision to Sell Juan Mata: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the motives of Chelsea Football Club's decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United.

Wenger said today:

"[Mourinho] sums up what Chelsea's thinking is [about Juan Mata].

"I am surprised because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent.

The Threats Against Stan Collymore Must Stop

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Since I joined up with World Soccer Talk, I've been called a lot of things. The "worst pundit on the World Soccer Talk podcast," "a know nothing American," "a biased Chelsea fan," "a plastic glory hunter," etc. I've had my knowledge of sports in general called into question. I've been asked over and over why I continue to appear on the podcast if I'm so horrible at what I do.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: Juan Mata, USMNT & MUFC [VIDEO]

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Tonight's show: Nick and Danny discuss the Mata acquisition and United's transfer policies. Also, does Wenger have a good point to make about january transfers? Plus we're joined by special guest Brian Sciaretta (@briansciaretta) to talk about the USMNT and Yanks abroad.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET.

Why Manchester City’s Acquisition of Melbourne Heart is a Win-Win

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If someone asked me about A-League team Melbourne Heart afew weeks ago, my reply would have been one of two things — (1) their 19 game winless streak (since broken after last Friday's win against Newcastle Jets), or (2) that ever growing winless away streak that stretches to late December 2011.

LISTEN Drunken Man United Fan Calls 999 And Demands to Speak With Sir Alex Ferguson [AUDIO]

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After Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland on penalties in the Capital One Cup last night, one drunken Manchester United supporter called emergency services in England and asked to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The supporter called 999 (the UK's version of 911) and spoke to the emergency services operator.

Chelsea Making Push For Three Trophies With Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic Signings

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Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah give Chelsea more midfield options and a deeper side than ever before. These are two players that fit perfectly into manager Jose Mourinho's preferred style of play.

Matić has the potential to become remarkably influential in central midfield for Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho Should Have Kicked David Moyes And Manchester United While They Were Down

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A few years ago, I was working for a nationally ranked college basketball program (small college-NCAA Division II) and we were playing in the conference tournament against one of our biggest rivals. Earlier in the season, we had twice beaten this team by margins of 20+ points. The rumor before the conference tournament was that another poor result would lead to the rival head coach being fired.

Chelsea Agree Deal With FC Basel to Sign Winger Mohamed Salah

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with FC Basel to sign 21-year-old wingerMohamed Salah.

Personal terms have still to be finalized with Salah, and the player needs to pass a medical before he can officially become a Chelsea footballer in a transfer that has been reported as £11million. Chelsea reportedly wanted to announce the Salah news before officially announcing the Mata transfer.

6 Reasons How Sunderland Were Able to Defeat Manchester United in the Capital One Cup

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Most neutral fans of English Football must have a smile on their face tonight for the Black Cats after Sunderland defeated Manchester United on penalty kicks to reach the Capital One Cup final. Passionate, long-suffering Black Cats fans from the Northeast of England will see their side return to a Wembley cup final for the first time since 1992.

David Moyes Is The Right Man, But Only If…

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When the news broke that Sir Alex Ferguson was stepping down as manager of Manchester United and the name of his successor was revealed the following day, I was one of those who claimed that David Moyes was the logical and right choice. I expressed this belief on Danish television only minutes after Moyes had been officially "chosen", but as it happens, I did in fact already indicate in the bookStanding on the Shoulders of Giants that Moyes was the best bet, at least in terms of British candidates for the most impossible job in the world.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: MUFC, Juan Mata & More [VIDEO]

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Tonight's show: Nick and Danny discuss the League Cup, Juan Mata transfer to Manchester United, Rooney anywhere but United and other such tales. United bow out of Capital One Cup to Sunderland at Old Trafford. PLUS, we have EXCLUSIVE phone conversation between Moyes and Mourinho after the United loss at the Bridge.

Manchester City Are The New Owners of A-League Team Melbourne Heart: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester City surprised many tonight when they announced that they, along with a consortium that are the owners of rugby team Melbourne Storm, have acquired Australian soccer team Melbourne Heart. City's move to buy the club has been already approved by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA), and it immediately gives Manchester City a presence down under as they seek to expand their global brand.

Arsenal vs Coventry: A Chance For Fringe Players to Shine?

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Although Arsenal's main priority this season will be the Premier League title, a good run in the FA Cup, where they're listed as one of the favourites at Complete Betting, looks highly possible and would also serve as an added bonus for Arsene Wenger's men.

After dispatching North London rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the third round, the Gunners now host League One side Coventry at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

WATCH Manchester United vs Sunderland Match Highlights, League Cup Semi-Final [VIDEO]

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Manchester United's season just got even worse Wednesday night after they were defeated on penalty kicks by Sunderland, missing out on an opportunity for a Capital One Cup Final game against cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Some Manchester United fans will undoubtedly use the club's heartbreaking elimination from the League Cup as more reason to bash Manager David Moyes.

One Reason Why Liverpool Slipped From First to Fourth in the Premier League

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was so excellent before Christmas that he made our World Soccer Talk Premier League Best XI as our starting goalkeeper. So excellent was Mignolet that Liverpool sat atop the table entering Boxing Day and was being touted as a potential challenger to the excellent Thibaut Courtois who had helped lead Atletico Madrid to a similar position in La Liga, as Belgium's best keeper.

Chelsea Accept Manchester United’s £37million Bid For Juan Mata

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Juan Mata will have a medical at Manchester United tomorrow in advance of his £37million transfer from Chelsea to the Old Trafford club.

Chelsea have accepted the £37million bid and have released the player to Manchester United to have his medical conducted, according to a report inThe Daily Telegraphnewspaper.

Juan Mata Tells His Friends He’s Manchester United Bound, Says Report

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has told his friends that he's on his way to Manchester United for a deal believed to be in the region of £40million, according toThe Independentnewspaper. At the same time, Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague says that the deal is done and will be announced in the next 24 hours.

Manchester United vs Sunderland, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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All eyes will be on Manchester United's match against Sunderland in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup today given the news that Manchester United have placed a £35million bid for Juan Mata via a third party. The Chelsea midfielder didn't train with Chelsea today, so eagle-eye viewers will be trying to see if Mata is in the stands, or if David Moyes will drop any hints about whether the deal is close to being finalized.

Radamel Falcao Suffers Serious Knee Injury And Could Be Doubt For World Cup [VIDEO]

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Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao suffered a nasty ligament injury earlier today in a French cup game, which could rule the star out of this summer's World Cup.

Falcao was playing for Monaco against Chasselay in a Coupe de France match when, in the 40th minute he was on the wrong end of a challenge from a Chasselay defender.

More Than 1 Million Soccer Fans In US Watched NBCSN’s Coverage of Chelsea-Manchester United

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NBCSN broke through the one million viewers barrier on Sunday with its live coverage of the match between Chelsea and Manchester United. For the first time under NBC's contract, a Premier League match was viewed by an average of more than one million people. And the figure of 1.019 million viewers was the second most-watched Premier League game of all time on US cable television (the record was 1.

Breaking: Manchester United Bid £35m for Chelsea Midfielder Juan Mata: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United have entered a bid in the region of £35million for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, according to BBC Sport — which is one of the few reliable media outlets when it comes to football transfers.

According to BBC Sport reporter David Bond, Manchester United have denied making an official offer.

Roberto Mancini Takes Credit for Current Manchester City Success

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Roberto Mancini won a Premier League title and won the hearts of supporters at Manchester City. However, as this season has worn on with Mancini's replacement Manuel Pellegrini winning plaudits from fans and media, the narrative about the Italian has changed rapidly. From sympathy for the former manager, many supporters feelings have turned towards blaming Mancini for squad harmony issues, tactical errors and forcing a team with a huge wage budget to play negative and largely unattractive soccer during his tenure when compared to the open style of Pellegrini.

Juan Mata Move to Manchester United Breaks Two Unwritten Rules Of Football Transfers

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The potential sale of Juan Mata for a reported £40 million from Chelsea to Manchester United is shocking. It breaks two unwritten rules in football transfer dealings, and could be made by a manager in Jose Mourinho who doesn't make transfer errors very often.

The two unwritten rules are:

1- Never sell a player to a rival club,

2- Never sell a player of Mata's quality in January if you are in a title race

Jose Mourinho may be thinking tactically short-term though.

Where to Find Manchester United vs Sunderland, League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg On US TV & Internet

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Nine thousand Sunderland supporters are traveling via buses today from the North East of England to Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium, 146 miles away. "Gus's buses," as they're calling the convoy, are filled with Sunderland supporters dreaming of a final at Wembley if they can hold on to their 2-1 win from the first leg against David Moyes's team.

Real Madrid Prepare Summer Bid For Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: Nightly Soccer Report

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For the second day in a row,The Daily Telegraphnewspaper is reporting another major transfer news story that may have little to no basis in fact. Yesterday, the paper reported that Manchester United were preparing to bid for Juan Mata. As a result, the other British tabloids and media jumped on the Mata-to-United bandwagon.

Is This Liverpool’s Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season? [PHOTO]

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Earlier this month, we brought you a design of what appears to be Liverpool's home shirt for the 2014/15 season. And now a new image has appeared from the same source that previews what many believe to be the design of Liverpool's away shirt for next season.

While Liverpool's home shirt for next season is straightforward, the design of the Liverpool away shirt is a little more creative with a red stripe running across the upper chest of the shirt.

WATCH The Best of Gary Neville On This Week’s Episode of Monday Night Football [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were back on television in the UK last night for the British version of 'Monday Night Football.' As always, Neville and Carragher had plenty of salient points to share.

This week's episode has been broken down into eight separate short videos.

West Ham United vs Manchester City, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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West Ham United striker Andy Carroll makes his first start of the 2013/14 season against a Manchester City side that is not taking any chances.

Aguero and Negredo start up front for Manchester City, while Manuel Pellegrini's side has plenty of depth on the substitute's bench in case the manager needs to turn to them.

Luis Suarez Penalty Incident Raises Diving Issue Again; Reviewing Premier League Referee Decisions

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In the review of this past weekend's refereeing decisions in the Premier League, there's only one place to start and thats at Anfield where Luis Suarez was judged to be brought down by Aston Villa keeperBrad Guzan. The score was 2-1 to the away side at the time, so this was no doubt a huge decision for refereeJon Moss to make.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 20: Real Madrid Poised as Barca and Atleti Drop More Points [VIDEO]

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both dropped points but Real Madrid won again to close the gap on La Liga's top two to a point and leave all three clubs embroiled in a three horse-race for the Spanish title.

Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Levante at the Cuitat de Valencia.

With Nicolas Anelka Facing a 5-Match Ban, West Brom Need a New Striker

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Pepe Mel's West Brom debut as manager was solid if unspectacular. The Baggies drew 1-1 with Everton at the Hawthorns Monday night in a match that was more entertaining than one may have expected before the match.

The Spanish manager got a positive reception from the home crowd as he made his entrance to the pitch right before kickoff.

Swansea’s Premier League Hopes Hang In The Balance Under Jonjo Shelvey

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Sitting just three points above the relegation zone, Swansea City find themselves in the perilous position where the club desperately need to begin winning matches to climb up the table.

The team is seemingly coming apart at the seams. The police were called to training on Friday after a report of a standoff between defenders Chico Flores and Garry Monk.

With West Ham Unable to Entice New Players, Is the Writing On The Wall?

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In past January transfer windows, we have seen sides facing the drop load up on new signings and loan players in an effort to stay in the Premier League. This season we have already seen some movement in January window. One team though that has been repeatedly frustrated is West Ham United under manager Sam Allardyce.

David Moyes And Manchester United Need A Wembley Final

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Sometimes the best thing that can happen after a team loses a match is to play another one shortly thereafter. Manchester United has that luxury on Wednesday night when Sunderland arrives at Old Trafford to face United in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final; the Black Cats hold a 2-1 advantage from their first leg victory at the Stadium of Light.

Where to Find West Ham United vs Manchester City, League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg On US TV & Internet

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Despite a demoralizing 6-0 defeat in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, West Ham United have an opportunity today to mend their wounds and try to overcome the seemingly impossible aggregate score.

In the Semi-Final ties, if the aggregate score is level at the end of the second game an extra half-hour shall be played.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: MUFC Crisis, Suarez Witch Hunt & More [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick and Danny discuss the fallout from the Chelsea/United match and discuss the continuing crisis at Old Trafford. Also the discussion topics are the Suarez witch hunt and the selective memory of many football fans. Plus the Spurs resurgence and the race for fourth in the Premier League.

Manchester United Prepare to Make Record £37million Bid for Juan Mata: Nightly Soccer Report

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Tomorrow morning's British tabloids are jumping on the transfer gossip that Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata may be heading to Manchester United in a £37million deal.The Daily Telegraph hasthe exclusive. Meanwhile, the competition is trying not to get outdone, so they've added their own twist.

Manchester United Put US Summer Tour Plans On Hold, Says Report

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Plans for Manchester United's tour of the United States this summer for a series of friendlies in mid-July could be disrupted if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and have to play in the early rounds of UEFA Europa League qualification, depending on where the club finishes in the league this season.

West Bromwich Albion vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel will make his debut today as the new boss in charge of the Baggies. However, the match has already been clouded in controversy after the club's shirt sponsor threatened to axe their deal with the club if striker Nicolas Anelka was included in tonight's squad. And he has.

3 Theories About Jerome Champagne’s For FIFA Presidency

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Since Friday, when it became apparent that former French diplomat and FIFA insider Jerome Champagne was running for FIFA President, I have heard various theories about his candidacy from well-connected sources in the game. Champagne is a world soccer insider whose relationships with current FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were thought to be excellent.

3 Questions Remain About Clarence Seedorf As AC Milan Manager

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While Clarence Seedorf made a winning start to his life as a manager this weekend in a 1-0 AC Milan victory over Hellas Verona, several worrying signs were apparent.

The 4-2-3-1 formation that Seedorf set up the side in was certainly mouthwatering going forward. January signing Keisuke Honda linked well with Brazilians Kaka and Robinho to maintain possession in attacking areas and to press high up the pitch.

beIN SPORTS Now Available On iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Via DishWorld

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beIN SPORTS is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch so you can watch Barcelona, Real Madrid, Serie A, Capital One Cup, Ligue Un and other La Liga teams live via the DishWorld service.

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

NBCSN Begins Playing Mini-TV Commercials During Premier League Matches

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If you live in the United States and you were watching NBCSN's broadcast of Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday, you may have noticed that the network played a mini-TV commercial in the top left corner of the screen during the broadcast of the match.

The 10-second TV commercial for an automobile manufacturer appeared in the 67th minute of the match between two of the biggest teams in Premier League soccer.

David Moyes is The Only One to Blame For Manchester United’s Decline

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Whilst Manchester United manager David Moyes is still trying to get used to being manager of the biggest club in the world, I have been adapting to life as a married man. My darling wife has zero interest in English football, to the extent that she thinks Peter Crouch is famous for being married to Abbey Clancey.

Why Would Borussia Dortmund Sign Sunderland Striker Ji Dong-Won?

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Paulo Di Canio rightfully lost faith in the Korean youngster Ji Dong-Wonwhen he ducked out of the way of a cross in an August 31loss at Crystal Palace. But this came just weeks after the former Sunderland manager had reportedly turned down an offer from Borussia Dortmund reportedly in the neighborhood of £5million for the young striker.

Jason Puncheon is a Key Component Of Crystal Palace’s Revival Despite Penalty Miss

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Ian Holloway brought Jason Puncheon to Blackpool on loan from Southampton in January 2011 to try and avoid relegation from the Premier League in the Tangerines' first top flight season since the early 1970s. At the time it seemed odd. Why would a Premier League club take a player on loan from a League One club who was surplus to requirements?

Guzan’s Choice (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Like Kristan says... ‘evolve or die'. Makes sense this weekend as some people seem to be learning about change and others seem to be upset that they can't keep up. Difficult for so many to keep up in this league and yet there seems to be so much which is bringing the table that added sense of competition.

Luis Suarez Penalty Incident Shows that Video Replay Technology May Not Help After All

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One of the more interesting aspects of the Liverpool-Aston Villa penalty incident was that the TV video replay footage was inconclusive whether it should have been a penalty or not. Even after watching the replays multiple times, some pundits said it was a penalty while others said it was not.

The bottom line is that if video technology is ever implemented to help referees with tough decisions like this one, there's no guarantee that the video replays are going to help the fourth official or 'video review referee' make a correct decision 100% of the time.

Manchester United Will Find Strength From Their Defeat At Stamford Bridge

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"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the first time in recent history, Manchester United is failing on the pitch.

United has seen its share of obstacles over the years. But this season it appears everything that could go wrong, is going wrong for the defending Premier League champions.

Tottenham Win Shows Tim Sherwood Beginning To Grow Tactically

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Tim Sherwood's squad selection had become stale and somewhat predictable. A 4-4-2 with an attacking bent was the general trend his first several matches in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. But in this match, Spurs set up in a 4-2-3-1 with the two out-and-out wingers complementing the attacking influence of Christian Eriksen in the center of the attacking midfield line.

Chelsea Take Control of the Premier League Title Race

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A quick glance at the Premier League table shows Chelsea sitting in third position behind Arsenal and Manchester City. But a closer look at the remaining fixtures tells us that the Blues are actually in pole position to win the league.

Chelsea's remaining schedule features home matches against:

• Arsenal,
• Tottenham,
• Everton and
• Newcastle United

Meanwhile, Chelsea's away matches include trips to:

• Manchester City, and
• Liverpool.

WATCH Liverpool Fan Sees the Funny Side Of Gabby Agbonlahor Fall [VIDEO]

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While so much of the attention yesterday was focused on the penalty controversy in the Liverpool-Aston Villa match, one irreverent video we neglected to share with you is now embedded below.

It's pretty self explanatory, but I still can't help myself laughing every time I watch it. The Liverpool supporter's facial expression is priceless as is his penchant for snapping photos.

Manchester United Defenders Let David Moyes Down In 3-1 Defeat to Chelsea

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David Moyes was courageous in his tactics today attempting to take the game to a Chelsea side that has never lost a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho. The tactics that led to an open game were not typically what we see from a Moyes side away from home, but with the Red Devils excellent recent record on their travels, they could have been fancied to get something today.

David Moyes Says Top Players Want to Join Manchester United: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has gone on the offensive about his club, saying that they're the biggest in the world and that top players want to join his side.

That may true, although I'm sure Real Madrid and Barcelona fans would disagree, but the excerpts of the interview that were published in the British media today is poorly timed, putting additional pressure on Moyes and his teammates.

Gary Lineker And Lee Dixon Feature In Studio Today For NBCSN’s Chelsea-Manchester United Coverage

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If you even needed a reason to watch Chelsea against Manchester United today (live at 11am on NBCSN), NBC Sports has the added bonus today of Gary Lineker and Lee Dixon being on-site at Stamford Bridge to bring you even more analysis and insight.

Just as NBC won plaudits for its coverage of the Arsenal-Chelsea game where Gary Lineker was in studio alongside Tim Howard, today's match between Chelsea and Manchester United will feature Lineker in studio at the stadium, while Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will broadcast from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford.

WATCH Liverpool vs Aston Villa Match Highlights: Vulnerable Reds Get A Draw [VIDEO]

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Hosting an inconsistent and underachieving Aston Villa, Liverpool were forced to a 2-2 draw as an early tactical misstep from Brendan Rodgers left his side vulnerable and unable defend properly. Despite having his favourite strike partnership paired together in a fairly standard 4-4-2 (which with Coutinho and Sterling on the wings looked more like a suicidal 4-2-4), it was the central midfield pairing of Gerrard and Henderson which wasn't able to compensate for the overly attacking lineup.

Arsenal Are Interested in Taking Juventus Striker Mirko Vučinić On Loan For Rest of Season: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic on loan for the remainder of the season. However, talks could break down as Juventus is only interested in a permanent signing, while the Gunners are insistent on a loan deal.

Juventus rates Vucinic as a £8million player.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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We have two massive matches in the Premier League in store today. The first is going to be a real fight between Swansea, who desperately need a win to not get pulled into the relegation dogfight, and Tottenham, who need a win to climb into fifth place and remain in the fight for a top four place.

And then, of course, there's the Chelsea-Manchester United match afterwards.

Referee Got Luis Suarez Decision Correct In Awarding Penalty to Liverpool [VIDEO]

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The discussion about whether Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty against Aston Villa on Saturday has nothing to do with whether Luis Suarez dived or not, but that's not what mainstream media want to hear. What the focus should be on is whether referee Jon Moss made a correct decision.

With the aid of TV video replays, a luxury that Moss and his match official colleagues did not have, we can see that the referee made the correct call.

Why Arsene Wenger Should Not Sign Dimitar Berbatov to Arsenal

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Gossip continues to intensify that Arsenal will try and solve the club's current depth crisis at striker by acquiring Dimitar Berbatov. NBC's broadcast today of the Gunners 2-0 win against Fulham was filled with references to his potential transfer. Given the success of Arsene Wenger's side this season, I can think of no worse signing at this point in the season.

WATCH Did Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Dive to Win a Penalty Against Villa? [GIF]

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With Aston Villa leading 2-1 at Anfield in the second half, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had a one-on-one opportunity to score against Villa with goalkeeper Brad Guzan rushing out to try to stop the shot, but Suarez went down in the box and the Reds were awarded a penalty kick, which Steven Gerrard calmly slotted into the back of the net.

Chelsea Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne Joins Wolfsburg For £19million: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has joined Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on a five-year deal, the London club announced today. The reported transfer fee is £19million.

De Bruyne has been a touchy subject at Chelsea recently. In September, Jose Mourinho walked out of a press conference after being asked about De Bruyne's omission from Chelsea games.

With Samir Nasri Injured, Manchester City Have 3 Tactical Options to Consider

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This season, it could be strongly argued — statistics aside — that Samir Nasri has been the most influential attacking player at Manchester City. While some fans and journalists outside the club seems to have missed many of his contributions, many supporters are nervous about his long-term absence.

How NBC’s Winter Olympics Will Impact Premier League Coverage In the US

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The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin in early February. After its successful coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, NBC will broadcast the Winter Olympics to TV sets, browsers and apps across the United States. That's wonderful news for sports junkies, but what does it mean for NBC's Premier League coverage, and how will it be impacted?

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: EPL Weekend Preview [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: It's Nick and Danny's Friday Premier League preview show. Our picks are SO accurate you can take them all the way to the bank! Be sure to tune in to get our take on this weekends action and of course the big Chelsea vs Manchester United game. Or is it big? You tell us!

Watch tonight at 9PM ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra App Coming to Windows Phone

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The NBC Sports Live Extra app is coming to Windows Phone.

Whether you're a fan of the Winter Olympic Games or not, one benefit of the mammoth sports competition is that NBC Sports is pushing forward to have the Windows Phone version of the NBC Sports Live Extra app ready in time for the Olympics, which begin on February 7.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 22

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 22 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, January 18:

Sunderland vs Southampton, 7:45am, NBCSN; Ian Crocker & Dean Sturridge
Arsenal vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN; Daniel Mann & Tony Gale
Crystal Palace vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Efan Ekoku
Manchester City vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Norwich vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Ray Houghton
West Ham United vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon (world feed only is Steve Banyard & David Pleat)

Sunday, January 19:

Swansea vs Tottenham, 8:30am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Iain Dowie
Chelsea vs Manchester United, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux (world feed only is Peter Drury & Stewart Robson)

Monday, January 20:

West Brom vs Everton, 3pm, NBCSN; Martin Tyler & Paul Walsh

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

Sunderland vs Southampton, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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The Premier League fixtures calendar always seems to have a peculiar trait of producing a very timely and intriguing game right after a club is involved in a sticky situation. That example today is Southampton, who seemingly were fortunate to hold on to Mauricio Pochettino's services until the end of the season despite the club chairman resigning earlier this week.

Shirt Sponsor Threatens to Axe West Brom Deal Over Nicolas Anelka Salute: Daily Soccer Report

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West Bromwich Albion's shirt sponsor has threatened to immediately axe their deal with the club if Nicolas Anelka plays against Everton on Monday night, according to a report by industry publication MarketingWeek.

The initial controversy erupted after Anelka made the salute, which is a reverse Nazi symbol, in the match against West Ham United.

Willian’s Brilliant Season Proves How Chelsea Know How to Play the Transfer Market

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Chelsea over the festive period unleashed a new weapon on the Premier League. That weapon was thought by many, myself included, to simply be a "tactical" purchase last summer by Jose Mourinho to prevent the player from joining Tottenham Hotspur. That player's name is Willian.

The Brazilian winger could play a key role this weekend against Manchester United if selected by Mourinho.

WATCH Jose Mourinho Discussing Anti-Chelsea Media Bias In UK Media [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will appear on BBC's Football Focus this week to discuss several topics, one of which is the perceived media bias against Chelsea in the British media.

The words by Mourinho are another guarded attack on 'Match Of The Day' and other UK pundit shows where many of the analysts are ex-Liverpool players.

Update On Availability of Premier League Extra Time On AT&T U-Verse

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Subscribers to AT&T U-Verse who were frustrated last week that none of the Premier League Extra Times games were available on television can breathe a sigh of relief regarding this weekend's matches.

The matches featuring Manchester City vs Cardiff, West Ham United against Newcastle, Norwich versus Hull and Crystal Palace vs Stoke should all be available on AT&T U-Verse between 10am-Noon on Saturday.

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

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Right, here we go again.

Clubs are back into the swing of things after the winter break and the early rounds of the domestic competitions in England and Spain have been boxed off.

So teams should have total focus on this weekends games, which have churned up some key ties in title challenges, races for European qualification and the battle to beat the drop.

WATCH 5 Chelsea-Manchester United Matches Mired In Controversy [VIDEO]

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The Chelsea-Manchester United fixture has more often than not decided the Premier League title since Roman Abramovich's purchase of the Blues that broke up the Arsenal-Manchester United duopoly that dominated the Premier League for many years prior.

But beginning in 2009, this fixture has become infamous for controversial calls:

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Liverpool Will Qualify For Champions League Ahead of Manchester United, Says Rafa Benitez: Nightly Soccer Report

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez predicts that Liverpool will qualify for the UEFA Champions League at the end of this season instead of Manchester United because Liverpool do not have European competitions to worry about this season.

The former Liverpool manager, who had his fair share of tense moments and arguments against Manchester United over the years, said this in his column in The Independent newspaper tonight:

"I think it will be the season when my old club Liverpool will finish in the top four, and get back to experiencing the great Anfield Champions League nights which were very special to me.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: (1) Qatar 2022 (2) Southampton [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber talks with beIN SPORTS Qatar-based presenter Nicky Crosby about Qatar 2022 and the situation at Southampton. Also, Nick and Danny Page will chat about re-signing players that you once deemed not good enough.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Hull City Sign Shane Long From WBA, Giving Steve Bruce More Attacking Options

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Shane Long is now a Hull City footballer after joining the club for an undisclosed fee on a 3.5-year deal.

So far this season, Hull City has turned in efficient performance after efficient performance — especially at home. Yet the East Yorkshire club remains a relegation candidate just six points off the drop zone.

AC Milan Home, Away and Third Shirts For 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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AC Milan's 2013/14 season will be one to forget, but fans of the Serie A team may already want to start dreaming about next season particularly because Clarence Seedorf will continue to be their manager plus they'll be able to visualize what the players will look like after photos of the AC Milan shirts for 2014/15 have been leaked on the Internet.

Neymar Suffers Ankle Injury That May Rule Him Out Of World Cup [GIF]

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Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar suffered a serious injury in the Copa del Rey match today against Getafe, and the player could be out for quite some time —possibly even risking his chances of being ready for the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament.

Neymar injured his ankle in the first half of the match when he fell awkwardly in the penalty area.

Everton Need to Add Depth In Transfer Window Despite Current Good Form

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Roberto Martinez knows he must develop more options for Everton to continue its success. The manager understands that while critics feel his early stewardship of his club has been based entirely around slick soccer and passing principles, Martinez realizes he must increase the squad depth and account for the potential loss of loan players this summer if the Toffees are to show the staying power near the top of the table that so often eluded the club under David Moyes.

World Cup 1990: Match Highlights And Fond Memories Of Italia 90 [VIDEO]

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In the late 1980s, the chances of seeing live televised soccer were few and far between, even as I grew up in the UK. You'd get the odd cup match on the BBC and a few league games on a Sunday afternoon on ITV's The Match with Elton Welsby, but that was about it. However when the World Cup rolled around in 1990, it was glorious — not least because it meant hours of live soccer on TV at noon and night, featuring players I had only seen in magazines.

Why It’s Time To Scrap Unwanted and Outdated FA Cup Replays

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Picture the scene: It's FA Cup third round weekend and non-league Macclesfield Town are hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Williams has just scored a lovely equalizing goal for the underdogs with 12 minutes to go, and a woefully out of form Owls team look on the rack. The crowd of 5,873 roars, sensing blood and urging their team on to complete a major upset.

Leaked Photos of World Cup Shirts That The 32 Teams Will Wear In Brazil

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The vast majority of soccer shirts that the 32 national teams will be wearing at this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup have been unveiled on the Internet through a series of leaked images. Some of the shirts, especially from adidas, have been officially launched. But the majority of shirts are expected to be officially unveiled next month.

Ahead of Man United’s Match Against Chelsea, Adnan Januzaj Is One Bright Spot For Moyes This Season

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David Moyes has been blamed for just about everything going wrong at Manchester United whether it has anything to do with him or not. But one thing going clearly well for the Red Devils is the emergence of Adnan Januzaj.

Sir Alex Ferguson used a policy of loaning players out to develop the best talent from the Manchester United Academy.

Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino Says He’ll Stay At Club: Daily Soccer Report

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says that he's 100% committed to Southampton Football Club, and doesn't plan on leaving despite Chairman Nicola Cortese resigning from the club yesterday.

Pochettino announced his re-commitment to Southampton in today's press conference ahead of his side's match on Saturday against Sunderland.

England Officially Announce Two Friendlies To Be Played In United States This Summer

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England's National Team will play two friendlies in the United States this June, The Football Association confirmed today.

Both friendlies will aid in the team's preparation for World Cup 2014. The first match is against Ecuador on Wednesday, June 4 (3pm ET kickoff), while the second match is against Honduras on Saturday, June 7 (4:45pm ET kickoff time).

Where to Watch the MLS Super Draft On US TV and Internet Today

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The 2014 MLS Super Draft kicks off today in Philadelphia as club officials and prospective players from around the country converge on the NSCAA Convention.

For viewers in the United States, you can watch the MLS Super Draft live on ESPNEWS beginning at Noon ET, as well as online live at WatchESPN.

Julian Draxler Move to Arsenal Could Be Blocked By Spurs Stopping Lewis Holtby’s Move to Schalke

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Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to block a move for Lewis Holtby to move back to Schalke, which could prevent the Bundesliga club from selling Julian Draxler to Arsenal, according to a report today inThe Daily Mirror.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy doesn't want to hurt his own team's chances of Champions League qualification by giving Arsenal an advantage.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: Xavi to NYRB, Soton, Man City & More [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber and Danny Page discuss Xavi to New York Red Bulls, the turmoil at Southampton, can Manchester City all four trophies and should the Ballon d'Or be for journalists only to vote?

Nick and Danny will be joined by special guest Kartik Krishnaiyer tonight.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET.

Arsenal Executive: “We Can’t Compete Against a (Nation State Like Man City)”: Nightly Soccer Report

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An Arsenal executive took a shot at Manchester City on Wednesday by saying that the club can't compete against Manchester City because they have the financial resources of a nation state.

Manchester City are owned by Sheikh Mansour, who is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Manchester United Are Heading Into A Vital Four Day Stretch

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The fortunes of a club can change instantly. This is just how it is in football sometimes. One day you're the "in-form" team that everyone needs to "watch out for", the next minute you're "reeling" and your season is "on the ropes".

Manchester United has been riding this up and down cycle for the majority of the season to date.

Striker Lacina Traoré Given Green Light to Join West Ham United On Loan

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Lacina Traoré has been granted a work permit, which should clear through a loan deal to send him to West Ham United for the rest of the season. Traoré's loan move to West Ham could be the type of unheralded move that saves the Hammers in the ultra-competitive race against relegation. The young Ivorian striker is a highly-rated 6'8'' target man that combines his height with athleticism and good footwork.

Nicola Cortese Has Left Southampton; Now It’s Time For Saints Fans to Worry

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The running of Southampton Football Club has been turned into turmoil after the club has confirmed that club chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned.

The club have announced that Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr has taken on the role of chairman, while the club has begun a search for a CEO who will take over Cortese's duties.

Manchester City vs Blackburn (FA Cup Third Round Replay): Open Thread

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After Fulham defeated Norwich City in yesterday's FA Cup Third Round replay, Manchester City will want to do the business against Blackburn today in order to help manager Manuel Pellegrini move towards winning all four pieces of silverware that are in their reach thus far, according to the Chilean manager.

With Chelsea Signing Nemanja Matic, They Essentially Paid €50million For David Luiz

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Chelsea officially announced the signing of Nemanja Matic from Benfica today, for a sum of £21million. Matic, an attacking midfielder, was previously on the books of Chelsea from 2009 to 2011 but only made two league appearances for the Blues.

In January, 2011, Matic was used as a makeweight to help Chelsea sign David Luiz on transfer deadline day from Benfica.

Nikica Jelavic Completes £6.5 Million Transfer From Everton to Hull City

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Hull City have completed the signing of Nikica Jelavic from Everton for a club-record transfer fee of around £6.5million.

The talented Croatian striker joins the Tigers on a 3.5-year deal. The transfer fee is believed to be £6.5million but Everton will receive an additional £1million if and when Hull City avoid relegation this season.

West Ham United Allege That Fulham Have Tapped Up Ravel Morrison

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West Ham United claim that officials from Fulham Football Club tried to tap up Hammers midfielder Ravel Morrison to convince the player to move to the Craven Cottage club. And as a result, West Ham are contemplating issuing a complaint to the Premier League.

"Tapping Up" is when a club illegally approaches a player without the club's consent to speak to the footballer.

Uncertainty At Southampton Should Put Premier League Clubs On Alert

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The future of Southampton FC has been thrown into doubt with the recent admission that chairman Nicola Cortese wishes to leave his position due to on-going disagreements with ownership over the running of the club. According to Sky Sports, it has also come to light that owner Katharina Liebherr is looking to sell Southampton.

A Bad Weekend For Match Officials: Reviewing the Premier League Referee Decisions, Gameweek 21

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Starting at St James' Park, where the most controversial decision of the weekend took place. Newcastle's Cheick Tiote hit a superb strike, which flew into the net, following a corner. There were three Newcastle players in an offside position as the ball left Tiote's boot. As soon as the Newcastle players and fans celebrated the goal, Manchester City goalkeeperJoe Hart appealed for offside to the assistant referee.

Hull City Owner Vows to Quit If FA Rejects Tigers Name Change: Daily Soccer Report

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Hull City owner Assem Allam has vowed to quit if The FA rejects his request to change of his football club from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.

Some supporters may be wishing that Allam follows through on his promise given the opposition not only from Hull City supporters but from the soccer fans around the world who support the campaign by City Till I Die to leave the club name intact.

Fulham vs Norwich City, FA Cup 3rd Round Replay: Open Thread

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USMNT captain Clint Dempsey is on the bench today as Premier League teams Fulham face Norwich in the FA Cup Third Round replay to be played at Craven Cottage at 2:45pm ET.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live onFOX Deportes, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go.

In the first match earlier this month, the game ended 1-1.

USMNT Striker Juan Agudelo Says He Has Signed for Stoke City

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On the same day that Stoke City have signed John Guidetti on loan and Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal, the Staffordshire club are set to sign USMNT striker Juan Agudelo on a six-month loan pending work permit approval.

Agudelo revealed on his personal Twitter account that "There's no other club that has supported and believed in me like @stokecity FC has.

Liverpool and Everton Renaissance Can Only Mean Good Things For Roy Hodgson And England

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As a region, Merseyside is currently awash with positivity when it comes to soccer-related matters.

Supporters of a red and blue persuasion have been equally boisterous about the prospects of their sides as we kick-off 2014, with Liverpool and Everton sitting fourth and fifth in the table respectively.

Voting Process For FIFA Ballon d’Or Award Needs to Change to Remove Bias

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Enough ink has already been spent on whether Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win this year's Ballon d'Or award. Instead, I want to put a focus on the voting procedure and some issues with it.

National team managers and captains are given the opportunity to vote for the award. On the surface, this may seem fair but after examining the votes of several managers and players, I believe a change must be made.

Why Liverpool Should Focus On Qualifying For The Champions League, Not Winning The Title

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With the Premier League season now past the halfway mark, Liverpool has transitioned from early season surprise to what appears to be a solid squad that finds itself in the thick of the title race.

After sitting in first place on Christmas Day, the Reds dropped down in the table following consecutive losses to Manchester City and Chelsea before rebounding with wins against Hull City and Stoke City.

Real Salt Lake Home Shirt For 2014 MLS Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Real Salt Lake's home shirt for the 2014 season has been leaked on the Internet.

So far, it's the first MLS shirt that we've seen leaked for the upcoming season. The red Real Salt Lake home shirt features a thick yellow stripe across the upper chest, while the shirt sleeves appear to be navy blue with yellow stripes down the sleeves.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: The State of Serie A [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber and Danny Page discuss the state of Serie A with special guest David Mosse.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET.

Cortese Close to Quitting Southampton After Another Bust Up With Owner Liebherr: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here we go again. Southampton Chairman Nicola Cortese, who is one of the main reasons behind the club's success in the Premier League, is close to quitting the club after a bust up with club ownerKatharina Liebherr.

It was only last May when Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino threatened to quit the club if Cortese left, so you can understand why Saints fans are nervous tonight.

Bradley, Defoe and Dempsey Signings Signal Next Chapter Of MLS Growth

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Toronto FC put seven years of complete and utter futility behind them on Monday by announcing the signings of Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe in the same press conference. It doesn't erase it, but now it's not at the forefront of discussions about the club... except for Daniel Taylor of The Guardian.

Mark Hughes Will Be Able to Get The Best Out Of Stephen Ireland

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Stephen Ireland was once the best player on an expensively assembled Mark Hughes managed side. The year was 2009 and Manchester City had just been subject to a takeover from the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. At the time, Stephen Ireland was the best player on the Blues team that included Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Robinho and Daniel Strurridge.

Clarence Seedorf Breaks Down In Tears Before Joining AC Milan As Head Coach

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Clarence Seedorf yesterday broke down in tears after announcing his retirement as a professional footballer. The four time UEFA Champions League winner — with Real Madrid, Ajax and twice with AC Milan — has played his final game at Botafogo in Brazil, and will be announced this week as the manager of AC Milan after Massimiliano Allegri was sacked earlier this week.

Why Javi Garcia is Going to be Hugely Important for Manchester City

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The summer of 2012 is widely regarded by Manchester City supporters as a disaster and the catalyst for their disappointing 2012-2013 campaign where they failed to retain their Premier League crown.

It is believed that the boss at the time, Roberto Mancini, had firmly put all his eggs into one basket with regards to prying Daniele De Rossi away from Roma and spent the majority of the summer focusing on that one deal.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 19: Real Madrid Profit from Atleti-Barca Stalemate

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Real Madrid were the major beneficiaries from the weekend's La Liga action, narrowing the gap behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to three points after their slender win at Espanyol and the top two's goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona remain top of La Liga on goal difference after their top-of-the-table clash with Atletico Madrid failed to live up to the hype and finished goalless.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: (1) Who’s Next At AC Milan (2) EPL Review [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber and Danny Page discuss their take on the weekend's Premier League matches and who's next at AC Milan. Plus Nick Webster from RealFootyTalk.com gives us his views From The Terrraces.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

3 Reasons Why Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe Joined Toronto FC

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Toronto FC today announced two significant signings, spending a reported combined total of $19 million for Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley. In MLS, where the league has built its foundations on parity and stringent spending, this is a very big deal for the league and the Canadian club team.

Both Defoe and Bradley reportedly turned down offers from clubs in the Premier League and Serie A to come to MLS.

Clarence Seedorf Set To Be Named New AC Milan Coach On Thursday: Nightly Soccer Report

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Earlier today, AC Milan sacked managerMassimiliano Allegri after the club fell 30 points behind Serie A league leaders Juventus. Allegri had already recently announced that he was planning on leaving the club at the end of the season, but AC Milan cut his stay short. And now the Italian side are considering naming former player Clarence Seedorf who may take charge of the club as early as Thursday.

Leeds United News: January Transfer Window Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time

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Recent results have Leeds United supporters talking of another crisis. Saturday's heavy 6-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday reignited fears that the Whites are nowhere near returning to the Premier League.

In manager Brian McDermott, Leeds United has the right manager to push the club towards promotion despite some recent difficult results.

Samir Nasri’s Lengthy Absence Could Unhinge Manchester City’s Title Chances

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Samir Nasri's injury in the second half of a 2-0 win against Newcastle will undoubtedly make Manchester City's title chances less likely considering the Frenchman will be out of action for eight weeks. The creative midfielder has been in scintillating form recently, and without him in the side, the club will have to either change the way they play or force his replacement to try and replicate his movement and influence without the same set of skills.

Is West Brom Manager Pepe Mel The Next Mauricio Pochettino or Tony Mowbray?

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West Bromwich Albion should have learned from the 2008-09 season when manager Tony Mowbray had the team playing attractive football yet saw the side finish at the foot of the Premier League table. Yet now they have a manager in Pepe Mel, a Spaniard determined to deliver style over results and maintain Premier League sustainability.

Slovakia Home and Away Shirts For 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

While Slovakia did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2014, the national team will have a new set of home and away shirts for 2014 designed by Puma.

Unfortunately, the design by Puma is another cookie-cutter design using one of their templates where the shirts look too similar to other nations.

Arsenal Fans Will Get The Last Laugh At Robin Van Persie’s 2012 Transfer to Manchester United

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Robin van Persie's transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United in August 2012 was thought by many to reinforce a pecking order in English football, where Manchester United would always be at or near the top of the table while the Gunners would not compete for honors anytime soon.

On an episode of World Soccer Radio in August 2012, Nick Geber and I both voiced a minority opinion that Arsenal getting £22m for a player that at the time was 29 years-old and had a terrible injury record could help revitalize Arsenal.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2013 Ballon d’Or Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the recipient of the 2013 Ballon d'Or Award, beating fellow world superstars Leo Messi and Franck Ribery to win the prestigious award.

For the past three years, Messi has won the Ballon d'Or while Ronaldo has been runner-up. But in a 2013 year where Messi's season was disrupted by injury, Ronaldo was able to continue playing at the top of his game and climbing to new heights to finish off the year in style, which culminated in Ronaldo helping Portugal reach the 2014 World Cup.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Arsenal have an opportunity to move back to the top of the Premier League table today in a match against strugglers Aston Villa. Despite the Villans beating Arsenal on the opening day of the season, the Gunners have gone from strength to strength, but Aston Villa will want to reverse the trend of their poor home form.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Wins 2013 FIFA Puskas Award For This Goal Against England [VIDEO]

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Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named the winner of the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

The incredible overhead kick was one of several spectacular moments produced for club and country over recent seasons, and rounded off his hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly win in Stockholm.

Referee Dropped From Next Weekend’s Premier League Matches After Newcastle Controversy

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Referee Mike Jones, who was at the center of the controversy regarding the disallowed goal by Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote yesterday against Manchester City, has been dropped from this upcoming weekend's Premier League matches.

Jones refereed the match between Newcastle and Manchester City, but incorrectly made the decision to disallow Tiote's goal after discussion with the assistant referee.

WATCH 2013 Ballon d’Or Award Ceremony Live Now [VIDEO]

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The 2013 Ballon d'Or Award Ceremony is being streamed live courtesy of FIFA.

The 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Award will be presented to either Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi or Franck Ribery. The broadcast is being televised and beamed around the world, and will be shown on television and the Internet for viewers in the United States on FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and streaming live online atFOX Soccer 2Go

Or, you can watch the Gala live via YouTube beginning at 12:30pm ET:

If the stream doesn't work, click through to the YouTube page to watch it live.

WATCH Jermain Defoe Presented As Toronto FC Footballer: Live Press Conference at 11am ET [VIDEO]

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England striker Jermain Defoe will be unveiled to the public and media as Toronto FC's newest signing today at 11am ET at a press conference, which is being streamed live.

You can watch the Toronto officials and Defoe speaking and fielding questions below.

The live stream should begin at 11am ET.

Manchester United Must Address The Issue Of CEO Ed Woodward Before Next Transfer Window

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While David Moyes, his staff and the handful of healthy Manchester United players begin preparing for a trip to Stamford Bridge this Sunday, club officials should be preparing themselves for a very important transfer window in the summer.

With almost two weeks gone from the current transfer window, the realization that the numerous deficiencies within United's squad won't be solvedwithin the January market has finally started to settle in the minds of some of Manchester United's more disgruntled fans.

Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon Accuses Neil Warnock Of Taking Bungs

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Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has accused Neil Warnock of taking bungs.

Warnock is currently a pundit for talkSPORT Radio and writes a column forThe Independentnewspaper. He was previously manager at Queens Park Rangers when Puncheon was at the club on loan. Warnock has also managed at a string of other clubs including Sheffield United, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and others.

Local-Boy Adam Johnson Can Help Sunderland Avoid The Drop

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Sunderland has underachieved much of this season and are one of the teams, based on predictions made in the summer, performing well below their expected level. Winger Adam Johnson might be the most prominent of the underachievers. Johnson has gone from frequent England selection and Premier League Champion to the outhouse in a short period of time.

De-Fone-It-In (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Return of the forgotten strikers this weekend as they sail on the ripples of successful teammates: Jermaine and Nando both grabbing goals during tricky wins for London sides. SAS also made a gun-toting, hooting and hollering return to the league with an assist and goal compliment.

Elsewhere, Swansea made it hard work for United whilst other sides decided to dig deep and burst out of the relegation zone.

Newcastle’s Alan Pardew Apologizes For Insulting Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini: Nightly Soccer Report

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has apologized for his foul-mouthed comment to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini that was made in a heated match between both clubs earlier on Sunday.

Pardew called Pellegrini a f***ing old c***, which was caught on live TV.

"I hear my comments were picked up and I apologize for them 100%.

Austria Home and Away Shirts For 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

While Austria did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2014, the national team will have a new set of home and away shirts for 2014 designed by Puma.

Unfortunately, the design by Puma is another cookie-cutter design using one of their templates where the shirts look too similar to other nations.

Czech Republic Home and Away Shirts For 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Czech Republic's home and away shirts for 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

While the Czech Republic did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2014, the national team will have a new set of home and away shirts for 2014 designed by Puma.

Czech Republic's home shirt is red with blue trim and a v-neck collar, while the away shirt for the Czech Republic is white with blue trim.

‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ Book Review: A History of Manchester United That Looks Ahead

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The 2013/14 season is a period of intense transition for Manchester United, as former Everton manager David Moyes has become the first new manager of the team in more than 25 years.

Despite the recent adversity the team has suffered after defeats to Tottenham, Swansea and Sunderland, this is not the first time that the team has struggled or has faced transition in its history since 1878 as a recent book by author Søren Frank points out.

Where to Watch the Ballon d’Or Awards Live On US Television and Internet On Monday

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The 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or Award will be presented on Monday to either Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi or Franck Ribery. The broadcast is being televised and beamed around the world, and will be shown on television and the Internet for viewers in the United States.

The Gala begins at 12:30pm ET and will be shown live on television via FOX Soccer Plus and streaming live online atFOX Soccer 2Go.

ESPN Announces Studio Team For World Cup 2014 Featuring Van Nistelrooy and Gilberto

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ESPN have hired Ruud van Nistelrooy and Gilberto Silva to be two of their analysts for the network's coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014.

Joining former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Van Nistelrooy and former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto will be Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, Santi Solari and Michael Ballack.

Aleksandar Kolarov is the Difference Yet Again For Manchester City

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After three seasons of frustration under Robert Mancini, and frequent comments from supporters that he needed to leave the club to find his "level," Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is now contributing mightily to the Manchester City cause under Manuel Pellegrini.

Despite purchasing Kolarov for an inflated price from Lazio of £19 million in the summer of 2010, the Serbian left-sided defender was often blamed for faulty defending and lack of pace on the wing.

Could Xavi Be The Next Star to Join MLS After Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe Signings?

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Xavi is considering a move to Major League Soccer after the end of this season, according to several press reports in Europe.

The Barcelona midfield star hasn't addressed the possibility of moving to MLS, but he has said that "Being tied to Barcelona is a privilege, but I don't know what will happen in the future.

ESPN to Debut Feature-Length Documentary About Liverpool Hillsborough Disaster On April 22

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ESPN will debut a brand-new documentary about the Hillsborough Disaster on US television on April 22, just days after the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.

The tragedy, which is titled Hillsborough, will be the focus of ESPN's feature-length documentary. And it'll be the first new film that ESPN will launch this year to kick off its soccer film coverage.

Where to Find Espanyol vs Real Madrid On US TV and Internet; 1pm ET Kickoff: Open Thread

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After the stalemate between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid yesterday, Real Madrid have a golden opportunity to reduce the gap at the top of La Liga's table to three points if Los Blancos can defeat Espanyol.

The match between Real Madrid and Espanyol is being shown live on US television and Internet with a kick-off time of 1pm ET.

Patrice Evra Set to Leave Manchester United When Contract Ends in June: Daily Soccer Report

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Patrice Evra may leave Manchester United this summer when his contract expires, with the French defender contemplating a move to Monaco instead of staying at Old Trafford.

Evra, who will be 33 in May, is arguably past his prime as a defender and hasn't been at the top of his form in the past two seasons for Manchester United.

WATCH Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew Cussing Out Manuel Pellegrini [VIDEO]

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Incensed by the referee's decision to disallow a brilliant goal by Cheick Tiote against Manchester City, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew verbally abused Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on the touchline.

While there's no audio available of the incident, it appears that Pardew said (see video below) "Shut yours, you f***ing old c***.

Newcastle’s Cheick Tioté Scores Incredible Goal From Long-Range, But It’s Cruelly Disallowed [GIF]

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Newcastle United were robbed of one of the goals of the season today after Cheick Tiote's long-range effort against Manchester City was disallowed by referee Mike Jones.

After the goal was scored, the match officials discussed the incident and disallowed it, awarding a free kick to Manchester City instead.

West Ham On Verge of Signing Joleon Lescott From Manchester City: Nightly Soccer Report

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West Ham United are on the verge of signing Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, but the deal could collapse if the clubs are unable to agree a compromise.

The Daily Telegraphnewspaper is reporting that City don't want the player to leave until after January 20, but West Ham United are desperate to sign defenders as their central defense is decimated.

Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb Is The First Of Many Potential Revelations Of The Tim Sherwood Era

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Part of the mission of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas was to identify the top young talent in the Spurs system and to blend them into the side. Villas-Boas did well in identifying Tom Carroll, a young midfielder with a great passing range, Andros Townsend, who was handed a full England debut last fall, and Danny Rose, a left-back who had all but been forgotten by Harry Redknapp, are two more examples.

Newcastle vs Manchester City: Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Yesterday's Premier League matches went according to script for the teams near the top of the table. Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League table, but Manchester City can leapfrog both Arsenal and Chelsea to first place with a win today away at Newcastle United. Meanwhile, a win for Liverpool away at Stoke would leapfrog them over Everton and Spurs into fourth place.

ESPN To Air 8 New ’30 For 30 Films’ As Part of Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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ESPN's critically-acclaimed film series 30 For 30is set to release a series of eight films beginning in April, two of which will be feature-length films — one on the Hillsborough Disaster and the other about Argentina — plus 10 vignettes as part of the network's World Cup 2014 coverage.

Switzerland Home And Away Shirts For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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We now know what Switzerland will be wearing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as photographs of its home and away shirts have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Nike, Switzerland's home and away shirts are clean designs with the Swiss football federation, Nike swoosh and Swiss flag displayed across the chest, while stripes adorn the side.

South Korea World Cup Shirt For 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of South Korea's World Cup shirt have been leaked on the Internet.

Korea's home shirt for World Cup 2014 is red with a blue trim along the edge of the collar as well as stripes running down the shoulder to underarm area.

The collar itself is a distinctive design, while the Korea Football Association crest definitely stands out in blue.

NBC Sports Provides Update On AT&T U-Verse Premier League Extra Time Issue

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NBC Sports has issued a response in regards to the issues that impacted AT&T U-Verse customers today where they were unable to access the Premier League Extra Time channels.

"We expect Extra Time will be back on U-verse for its next slate of games next weekend (there are no Extra Time games tomorrow)," said a NBC Sports spokesperson.

Croatia World Cup Shirt For 2014 From Nike: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

Designed by Nike, Croatia will be wearing the familiar colors and style with a red and white checkered-shirt. This one has cleaner lines with a red V-neck collar and a very clean and distinctive Croatian football federation crest.

La Liga Plans to Launch Annual Tournament In US And Other Countries

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Spain's La Liga boasts two of three most marketable and recognizable club brands in world soccer. Still, with the exception of Latin America where La Liga enjoys a natural linguistic and cultural advantage, the Premier League has become a much bigger worldwide phenomenon.

That may be about to start to change.

Portugal World Cup Shirt From Nike: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

Portugal's World Cup shirt that they'll wear in Brazil features a unique red color with different horizontal bands of burgundy running down the front and back of the shirt. The shirt is accentuated by burgundy cuffs at the end of the short-sleeves, as well as a burgundy v-neck collar with green trim.

USMNT World Cup Shirt From Nike: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of the US Men's National Team shirt for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Nike, the USMNT home shirt for Brazil 2014 is a white shirt with a polo-shirt collar. The shirt features red trim on the bottom of the short-sleeves as well as on the edges of the collar.

Cardiff City Announce Signing Of Molde Midfielder Mats Møller Dæhli

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Cardiff City have announced the signing of Norwegian midfielderMats Møller Dæhli from Molde.

The 18-year-old midfielder from Oslo joins fellow Norwegian footballer Magnus Wolff Eikrem, who joined Cardiff earlier this week. Eikrem made his Cardiff debut in today's 2-0 loss against West Ham United.

Where to Find Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona On US TV and Internet; 2pm ET Kickoff: Open Thread

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As if this game wasn't big enough as it is, Lionel Messi looks set to make his return for Barcelona in a top of the table clash between first and second place in La Liga between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

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

NBC’s Premier League Extra Time Channels Temporarily Unavailable on AT&T U-Verse

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AT&T U-Verse customers trying to tune in to the 10am ET Premier League matches today via the Premier League Extra Time channels have been unable to watch the four games available — including Fulham against Sunderland where Clint Dempsey has made his 2014 Premier League debut.

We've reached out to NBC Sports and AT&T U-Verse to determine what the issue is, and whether it's temporary or permanent, but in the meantime, you can use NBC Sports Live Extra online or via the app to watch the four games that are being shown on Premier League Extra Time around the country (as well as Spurs-Palace on NBCSN).

Everton Sign Winger Aiden McGeady From Spartak Moscow

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Everton have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The player was paraded at Goodison Park before Everton's match today against Norwich City.

Manager Roberto Martinez tried to sign McGeady when he was in charge at Wigan Athletic, but was unable to get the former Celtic footballer.

Robin van Persie Could Be Out of Action For Another 6 Weeks With Thigh Injury: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie could be out of action for another six weeks with his thigh injury, after being sent to the Netherlands for more treatment. Van Persie will miss today's match against Swansea City, which makes it nine consecutive United matches that he has missed.

Van Persiesuffered the same injury at Arsenal in December 2007 and did not play in the Premier League between December 16 and March 9 — almost four months.

As ESPN’s Lead Commentator For World Cup 2014, Ian Darke is the People’s Choice

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To most fans of US soccer, Ian Darke wasn't a familiar name when he was hired in 2010 to commentate for ESPN at the World Cup in South Africa. After a debacle in 2006 with ESPN's embarrassing commentator Dave O'Brien, ESPN was stockpiling Brits for the record-breaking coverage from South Africa.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: (1) Michael Bradley (2) EPL & La Liga Previews & (3) Man Utd [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber and Danny Page discuss the continuing fallout over the Michael Bradley move, look at a big match this weekend in La Liga and of course, our weekend Premier League Picks. Plus Nick has a special treat for all you Man United Fans out there.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 21

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

Saturday, January 11:

Hull vs Chelsea, 7:45am, NBCSN; Daniel Mann & Danny Mills
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBCSN; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Cardiff vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Trevor Francis
Everton vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
Fulham vs Sunderland, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Efan Ekoku
Southampton vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Ray Houghton
Manchester United vs Swansea, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon (world feed, not on NBC, will be Steve Banyard & Clive Allen)

Sunday, January 12:

Newcastle vs Man City, 9am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux (world feed, not on NBCSN, will be Jon Champion & Chris Waddle)
Stoke vs Liverpool, 11am, NCBSN; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin

Monday, January 13:

Aston Villa vs Arsenal, 3pm, NBCSN; Alan Parry & Paul Walsh

What are your thoughts on the selection of commentators this weekend?

Poland Away Shirt For 2014; A Bold, Classic Shirt From Nike: Leaked [PHOTO]

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It's a crying shame that Poland will not be playing at World Cup 2014 in Brazil because their newest away shirt, designed by Nike, is a bold, classic shirt that would win the hearts of so many neutral soccer fans.

In a photograph leaked on the Internet, Poland's new away shirt for 2014 is a perfectly designed red and white shirt featuring a white stripe down the middle of the jersey.

Slovenia Away Shirt For 2014: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Slovenia's away shirt for 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

If you want to talk about a soccer shirt design that's out there, this is it. Taking inspiration from its mountainous topography, Slovenia's away shirt for 2014 features different shades of blue along with green and white stripes.

WATCH Gary Neville Discussing Messi, Ronaldo and the Modern Game [VIDEO]

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Everyone's favorite soccer TV pundit, Gary Neville, discusses the challenge he'd face if he were to pull on his boots again for real and what makes Messi and Ronaldo the best two players in world football.

He also shares some expert analysis on why the modern game is harder for defenders compared to just a few years ago.

Hull City vs Chelsea: Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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After the interruption of the FA Cup tournament last weekend, the Premier League returns this weekend with a full schedule of matches.

Starting line-ups:

Hull City:McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd, Sagbo

Subs:Harper, Rosenior, Faye, Quinn, Koren, Graham, Fryatt

Chelsea:Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Torres

Subs:Schwarzer, Essien, Mata, Mikel, Schurrle, Eto'o, Bertrand

Here's today's TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Hull vs Chelsea, 7:45am, NBCSN
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBCSN
Cardiff vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Sunderland, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Manchester United vs Swansea, 12:30pm, NBC

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

WATCH Newcastle United vs Liverpool From 1996; The Best Premier League Match Ever [VIDEO]

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In this week's Friday Flashback, the 1996 Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United was voted the best match of the first twenty years of the league's history. Entering the match, the Magpies —managed by former Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan —were still in position to win the club's first top-flight title since 1927.

Hull City Agree Fee With Everton For Striker Nikica Jelavic

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Hull City have agreed a fee with Everton to sign strikerNikica Jelavic just days after the club was reportedly close to signing West Brom striker Shane Long.

While Hull and Everton have agreed a fee, it's now up to Hull City and Jelavic to agree player terms as well as the Croatian passing a medical.

Interview With John Terry On Making 600 Appearances For Chelsea

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Chelsea captain John Terry recently made his 600th appearance for the club, joining a select group of Chelsea legends including "Chopper" Harris, Frank Lampard and Peter Bonetti who have reached the impressive tally.

Terry, who made his senior debut for Chelsea in 1998, recently sat down with Chelsea Magazine to discuss the achievement as well as other Chelsea-related topics.

Can Atlético Madrid Beat Barcelona?

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Since Valencia won La Liga 10 years ago, the title has since switched between El Clásico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. With the league having resumed after the winter break, Atlético Madrid are tied with Barcelona with 49 points at the top of the league and have a legit chance of breaking the streak.

Could ESPN Show Select Champions League Games As Result Of FOX-ESPN USMNT-MLS TV Deal?

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One of the possibilities of FOX and ESPN's expected acquisition of the joint TV rights to US Men's National Team and MLS for 2015-2022 is that it could allow ESPN to offer show some UEFA Champions League matches on its network or online as part of its deal with FOX.

A source to World Soccer Talk revealed that FOX discussed the possibility of sub-licensing some UEFA Champions League games to ESPN.

Leeds United Announce Strategic Partnership With San Francisco 49ers

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Leeds United have announced a strategic partnership with NFL team the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers will send senior staff to Leeds to, as the football club describes, "discuss key areas of the club's business, including ticketing strategies, sponsorship and commercial opportunities, technology, and retail and merchandising.

FOX and ESPN Could Land 8-Year USMNT-MLS TV Deal For Half A Billion

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FOX and ESPN are close to securing a landmark 8-year deal to acquire US media rights to the US Men's National Team and Major League Soccer games, generating a whopping $560M in revenue between the two US soccer bodies, according to an industry publication.

The parties are in advanced negotiations, but a deal is expected to be signed and announced next week at the MLS Draft in Philadelphia.

Manchester United Manager David Moyes Charged With Misconduct For Criticizing Match Officials

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged with misconduct after The FA investigated the comments he made about match officials after a 2-1 loss to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Moyes criticized the match officials after a free kick was awarded that led to Sunderland's first goal.

History Indicates That West Ham Chairmen Will Keep Faith With Sam Allardyce

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While West Ham's form and the seeming disinterest of a number of players would indicate that Sam Allardyce may be headed for the sack, West Ham United joint-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have in the past shown remarkable patience with managers. When the duo owned Birmingham City, they gave managers time to sort out issues with the club.

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

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After a festive hiatus, domestic football is back in earnest across Europe.

Whilst the Premier League continued to plough on through the December months, the vast majority of European leagues underwent a winter break. Most of the major leagues have either resumed or will be resuming this weekend and for many sides, this set of games marks the start of the season run-in.

Are These Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Home And Away Shirts For World Cup 2014? Leaked [PHOTOS]

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In their first appearance at a World Cup, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be wearing their blue and white colors this summer, but there's a question mark regarding whether the nation will be wearing kits at World Cup 2014 designed by clothing manufacturer Legea or Givova.

If it is going to be Legea, then these photos of the new shirts leaked on the Internet, that are scheduled to launch in April, could very well be Bosnia and Herzegovina's World Cup shirts for 2014.

NBC No Longer In The Running For MLS TV Rights, Says Report

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NBC Sports Group is no longer in the running to acquire the next round of MLS TV rights, which will begin with next season. According to a report tonight in Goal.com, sources are saying that the finishing touches are being made to the MLS rights deal, but NBC Sports is out.

The winning bidder of the MLS TV deal is expected to be announced next week at the MLS Draft.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: (1) NBC Passes On MLS (2) Michael Bradley [VIDEO]

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Tonights show: Nick Geber and Danny Page discuss Michael Bradley's return to MLS and what the implications are for the league, for US Soccer and for the development of American players abroad.

Plus NBC passes on MLS where does this leave the league and its troubled national TV situation?

Watch tonight at 9PM ET.

US Soccer Updates Its Crest In Time For World Cup 2014 [PHOTO]

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The US Soccer Federation has updated the crest that will be worn by the USMNT and USWNT teams for 2014, which will also be featured on the team jerseys that will be worn by the US Men's National Team at World Cup 2014.

Instead of completely changing the US Soccer crest, USSF has decided to evolve the crest design by removing the gold border and changing the blue to a lighter shade.

New Details Released About USMNT Home and Away Shirts For World Cup 2014

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New details have been released about the US Men's National Team home and away shirts for 2014 that will be worn at FIFA World Cup 2014.

First, pictured above is a leaked photo of the USMNT training top from Nike, featuring a clean look and sharp, dark blue lines down the sleeve.

Here's what we know about the USMNT home shirt for World Cup 2014:

— The USMNT home shirt will feature the new US Soccer crest,

— The USMNT home shirt will be white in color and will feature a dark blue trim (see color palette below),

— The USMNT home shirt will feature a white flat knit collar, which will resemble what you're used to seeing on a polo-shirt.

Roma Announces Sale of Michael Bradley to MLS for $10 Million: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

North American soccer

  • Roma announces sale of Michael Bradley to MLS for $10 million — Sports Illustrated
  • Chivas USA appoints Wilmer Cabrera new manager — Pro Soccer Talk
  • The forgotten story of .

Gus Johnson Has 2 ‘Pets’ That Are Plants Named Whittaker And Hector [VIDEO]

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FOX Sports lead soccer commentator Gus Johnson, who should be returning to the airwaves this year to announce soccer matches for FOX Sports 1, was asked an innocuous question last summer (we just uncovered the video), but the answer to the question was quite bizarre.

He was asked by FOX Sports about whether he had any pets.

Tottenham Announce July 23 Friendly Against Toronto and Jermain Defoe Transfer to MLS

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Jermain Defoe has been signed by MLS side Toronto FC. The transfer of the England and Tottenham forward will take effect on February 28, which will give Defoe time to either continue playing for Tottenham or be loaned to another English club to stay "in front of" Roy Hodgson to improve his chances of making the England World Cup 2014 squad.

English Striker Kevin Phillips Wants to Finish His 23-Year Career At A Midlands Club

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Kevin Phillips, one of the classiest and most effective strikers in English football over the course of the last two decades, left Crystal Palace on December 31 as Tony Pulis begins to retool his squad. Phillips plans on retiring from playing after this season ends, and wants to finish his playing career at a Midlands club near his home.

Venezuela Home Shirt For 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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It's a shame that Venezuela didn't qualify for the 2014 World Cup. If they did, they'd have one of the smartest kits on display.

A photo of Venezuela's home shirt for 2014 has been leaked on the Internet. Designed by adidas, Venezuela's shirt is maroon-colored with a beautiful silver trim on the cuffs and three stripes down the sleeves.

Sacking David Moyes Would Be a Setback For British Football Managers

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The media frenzy about David Moyes's ability to handle the Manchester United job has reached a boiling point with countless tabloid articles and speculation about the manager's future. But as a supporter of a rival club who enjoys seeing the Red Devils suffer, let me explain why I have a soft spot for Moyes and ultimately would like to see him succeed in some way.

West Bromwich Albion Appoint Pepe Mel As Head Coach to Replace Steve Clarke

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West Bromwich Albion have appointed Pepe Mel as the head coach of the club, to replace Steve Clarke who was sacked almost four weeks ago.

Mel has signed an 18-month contract and takes over from caretaker manager Keith Downing. The 50-year-old Spaniard's first match in charge will be the Monday, January 20 match at home against Everton.

ESPN Banks On TV Ratings In Appointment Of Ian Darke Over Martin Tyler For World Cup

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ESPN's announcement yesterday to appoint Ian Darke as lead commentator for the 2014 FIFA World Cup over Martin Tyler was a landmark decision by the self-acclaimed Worldwide Leader In Sports.

Both Darke and Tyler are accomplished commentators who have a wealth of experience announcing top-level matches.

WATCH Top 50 Goals in the History of Barcelona FC [VIDEO]

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YouTuber HQFootball24 has compiled a video compilation that features the top 50 goals scored in the history of Barcelona FC, one of the greatest soccer teams in the world.

Sit back and enjoy this 17-minute goalfest.

The top 50 goals are:

50 —Hans Krankl Goal vs Anderlecht
49 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Atletico Madrid
48 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Werder Bremen
47 — Guillermo Amor Goal vs Malaga
46 — Txiki Begiristain Goal vs Valladolid
45 — Michael Laudrup Goal vs Real Madrid
44 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Zaragoza
43 — Xavi Hernandes Goal vs Real Madrid
42 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Manchester United
41 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Stuttgart
40 — Txiki Begiristain Goal vs Logrones
39 — Pep Guardiola Goal vs Atletico Madrid
38 — Luis Enrique Goal vs Espanyol
37 — Patrick Kluivert Goal vs AIk Solna
36 — Samuel Eto'o Goal vs Panathinaikos
35 — Alexis Sanchez Goal vs Real Madrid
34 — Romario Goal vs Atletico Madrid
33 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Real Madrid
32 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Arsenal
31 — Amor Goal vs Sporting Gijon
30 — De la Pena Goal vs Zaragoza
29 — Ronaldinho Goal vs AC Milan
28 — Koeman Goal vs FC Porto
27 — Koeman Goal vs Trabzonspor
26 — David Villa Goal vs Manchester United
25 — Schuster Goal vs FC Porto
24 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Athletic Club Bilbao
23 — Maradona Goal vs Alves
22 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Chelsea
21 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Valencia
20 — Romario Goal vs Osasuna
19 — Rivaldo Goal vs Valladolid
18 — Pedro Goal vs Deportivo La Coruna
17 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Atletico Madrid
16 — Lionel MEssi Goal vs Zaragoza
15 — Ronaldo Goal vs Valencia
14 — Romario Goal vs Real Sociedad
13 — Rivaldo Goal vs Atletico Madrid
12 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Sevilla
11 — Bakero Goal vs Espanyol
10 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Real Madrid
9 — Iniesta Goal vs Chelsea
8 — Koeman Goal vs Sampdoria
7 — Romario Goal vs Atletico Madrid
6 — Maradona Goal vs Real Madrid
5 — Ronaldinho Goal vs Villareal
4 — Ronaldo Goal vs Celta Vigo
3 — Johan Cruyff Goal vs Atletico Madrid
2 — Rivaldo Goal vs Valencia
1 — Lionel Messi Goal vs Getafe

Editor's note: For the latest Barca news, analysis and opinion, visit the Barcelona team page.

It’s Time To Accept Simulation As An Undesirable Yet Unpreventable Part Of Soccer

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Despite the clamour to hang, draw and quarter those players who like to take a tumble at the slightest touch, you must a certain degree of, well, maybe not sympathy, but understanding as to why they fall to the ground after a tackle.

Earlier in the season in a game poised at 0-0 against Tottenham, Everton's Seamus Coleman was clipped in the box.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Fined By FA For His Post-Match Manchester City Comments

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 by The FA and given a warning after the manager accepted the charge of bringing the game into disrepute for his post-match comments after the Manchester City-Liverpool match.

Rodgers got into trouble after he mentioned that referee Lee Mason was from the Greater Manchester area, suggesting inherent bias, and asked whether we would ever see a match official from the Wirral refereeing a Liverpool match on Merseyside.

Why Shipping Michael Bradley and Other US Players From Europe to MLS Harms USMNT Development

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The news that Michael Bradley is likely to sign with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer was met with cheers from many fans of MLS while being greeted with snickers from Americans who are inclined towards the European game.

While the popularity of the European game has grown in the US, fewer and fewer top US national team players are playing in Europe.

England to Play 2 Friendlies In Miami This June

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England will play Ecuador and Honduras in Miami in early June in two friendlies to help prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

England was originally supposed to play a friendly against the United States in Boston or Washington DC in June, but due to England's opening match against Manaus, the national team will need to arrive in Brazil earlier than expected to better prepare for the heat and humidity.

WATCH Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg Highlights [VIDEO]

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Look away West Ham United supporters, this may sting —a hat-trick from Negredo, a brace from Dzeko and a solo effort from Yaya Toure helped Manchester City thrash West Ham United 6-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-final at the Etihad Stadium.

See all the goals as Manchester City hit West Ham United for six in the Capital One Cup semi-final in the video below:

Editor's note: For the latest Citizens news, analysis and opinion, visit the Manchester City team page.

Jermain Defoe Will Be Loaned Back to Spurs Until March After Completing Toronto FC Transfer

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of being signed by Toronto FC for a reported transfer fee of £6million, but Toronto will loan the footballer back to Tottenham until March when the MLS season begins, according to the Haringey Independent newspaper.

Toronto's first game of the 2014 MLS season is on March 15 when the team plays Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Borussia Dortmund Want to Sign Serge Gnabry to Replace Robert Lewandowski, Says Report

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After agreeing a contract with Bayern Munich to let Robert Lewandowski join the Bavarian club this summer, Borussia Dortmund are very interested in signing Arsenal attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry, according to a report inBildtoday.

The German international footballer played for Stuttgart as a youth and has made more than 20 appearances for Germany's national team at youth level.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: EPL Transfer Rumors [VIDEO]

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Nick and Danny discuss the January transfer window in the Barclay's English Premier League. Who needs what and who will match up where. Plus Danny explains why he thinks this January will be a massive DUD.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

English Football Is Reversing Its Recent Negative History on Homophobia

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Four months after retiring from the sport, Thomas Hitzlsperger today revealed that he is gay.

In a newspaper interview with Die Zeit, the former Aston Villa, Everton and Germany midfielder said:

"I am expressing my sexuality because I want to promote the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes.

European Soccer Calendar Needs to Change to Summer Schedule, Says Rummenigge

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge the Chairman of FC Bayern, the reigning Bundesliga and European champion, has a radical idea for the sport. He wants the European soccer clubs to move to a summer calendar especially in light of the potential move of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to winter. This suggestion will be music to the ears of many American soccer fans who have defended Major League Soccer's summer schedule but will certainly turn heads across the European continent.

Some Manchester United Players Question Moyes’s Ability To Reverse Losing Streak

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A leak in the Manchester United dressing room has revealed that some United footballers are questioning David Moyes's credentials and ability to reverse a three-game losing streak, according to a report inThe Guardiannewspaper tonight.

Some United footballers are particularly perturbed by Moyes's decision to get rid of the Manchester United coaching staff that featured Rene Meulensteen, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele.

Hull City On Verge of Signing West Brom Striker Shane Long for £5million

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Hull City are on the verge of signing West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long on a £5million deal, according to reports in the British media tonight.

The unsettled Irish striker could finally complete the transfer to Steve Bruce's side after the same move on deadline day in the summer transfer window was scuttled.

England to Play Friendly Against Honduras In Miami In Early June: Nightly Soccer Report

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England will play Honduras at Sun Life Stadium in Miami in early June as part of their 2014 World Cup preparations, according to a report tonight inThe Mirror.

Last year, Roy Hodgson traveled to Miami to evaluate whether the training facilities would be good enough for England before they head to Brazil this summer.

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

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For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Australia are going completely retro with their home and away shirt designs courtesy of Nike, according to photos of the shirts that have been leaked on the Internet.

Australia's shirts have gone retro with a 1970′s-style collar that was quite common among soccer shirts during the time.

Some Manchester United Fans Need To Stop Complaining and Start Supporting Their Team

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What a difference three games can make.

Just two weeks ago, Manchester United were riding a six game winning streak in all competitions heading into their home match against Tottenham. Had United won that match they would have trailed the final Champions League position in the league by only two points; after having suffered through an extremely difficult start to their campaign.

List of US Sports Events That Would Clash With FOX’s Coverage of a 2022 Winter World Cup

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The comments of Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's General Secretary, about the potential timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came as a shock to much of the world soccer community. But how specifically will a shift from summer to winter impact the United States in 2022?

If the World Cup 2022 is scheduled between November 15and December 15, the following traditional American sport events (just to name a few) will overlap with World Cup TV coverage by FOX Sports:

— Week 11-15 of the NFL regular season
— Several high-profile regional college football tivalries including Ohio State-Michigan, Florida-Florida State, Alabama-Auburn, UCLA-USC and Oregon-Oregon State
— The title games of every major college football conference including the SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12 and Big 10
— Several early season college basketball tournaments that generally include almost every school with a national following
— The final NASCAR race of the season where the points title is determined, and
— Early NBA and NHL regular season games.

USMNT Midfielder Michael Bradley On Verge of Signing With Toronto FC

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US Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of joining Toronto FC, according to reports today in the US media.

Bradley, who has been tipped with moves to Tottenham, Fulham and Sunderland, could be surplus to requirements at AS Roma after the Serie A club signed midfielderRadja Nainggolan yesterday.

Manchester City vs West Ham United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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West Ham United will take a lot of encouragement from Sunderland's shocking win against Manchester Unitedlast night in the League Cup semi-final. In many ways, today's Capital One Cup game against Manchester City will be a true test for manager Sam Allardyce to see how he can rally his troops against formidable opposition especially at the Etihad Stadium, which has been a fortress for City.

ESPN Names Ian Darke As World Cup Lead Commentator; Martin Tyler Departs ESPN

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ESPN has announced that Ian Darke is the lead commentator for the coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. Both Darke and Martin Tyler were in contention for the position, but ESPN ultimately decided to go with Darke, who became a cult hero among many Americans after his famous "goal, goal USA" commentary in the 2010 World Cup, as well as his regular appearances commentating Premier League matches for ESPN on Saturday mornings.

Tottenham May Be Interested In Signing USMNT Midfielder Michael Bradley, Says Report

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Michael Bradley's name continues to be mentioned in each successive transfer window as a player who could be on his way to another club from AS Roma. In previous months, his name has been linked with Sunderlandand Fulham. Now, the latest transfer rumor is that Tottenham Hotspur are very interested in signing the gifted USMNT midfielder, according toThe Daily Mirrornewspaper.

WATCH Didier Drogba Star In New Beer Ad As He Dribbles Around The World [VIDEO]

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African role model and world-class footballer Didier Drogba stars in a new beer commercial, where he's seen dribbling around the world, taking the road less traveled to reach his destination.

The TV commercial, which is for Windhoek Lager, reinforces what many of us have learned through the years.

Manchester United Manager David Moyes Risks Ban or Warning From FA After Criticizing Referees [VIDEO]

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Manchester United manager David Moyes could receive a ban or warning from The FA after comments he made after the Sunderland-Manchester United Capital One Cup semi-final defeat yesterday at the Stadium of Light.

A spokesperson for The FA has said that the comments made by Moyes are being investigated.

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez Shares His Vision For Club In Revealing Interview

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez recently sat down and revealed his vision and passion for the sport and the club in an enlightening interview with the Followtonians Podcast, a show hosted by Evertonians based in the US and UK.

In an enlightening interview, Martinez discusses:

— how adept the Everton players were to switching to a new formation and a new style of play,

— who his influences are in regards to the playing style he believes in,

— how the owners and chairmen play such a pivotal role in the long-term success of a club,

— what a typical training day is like for Martinez, his players and coaches, and his philosophy of making sure that the ball is an integral part of each training session,

— what the best job in the world is (and it's not football management),

– And much more.

Where to Find Manchester City vs West Ham United, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg On US TV & Internet

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West Ham United will take a lot of encouragement from Sunderland's shocking win against Manchester United last night in the League Cup semi-final. In many ways, today's Capital One Cup game against Manchester City will be a true test for manager Sam Allardyce to see how he can rally his troops against formidable opposition especially at the Etihad Stadium, which has been a fortress for City.

Abou Diaby Is Not Likely to Play Again For Arsenal This Season, Says Report

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Abou Diaby is not likely to return to action this season for Arsenal in yet another injury setback, which has ruled out thedefensive midfielder since March 2013.

Diaby was originally supposed to be back to full fitness in December, but the French midfielder who has suffered 35 different injuries in his Arsenal career from 2006-2013, is still trying to recover from his knee injury, according to a report by Goal.

Cardiff City Sign Norwegian Midfield Duo Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli

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Cardiff City have signed Norwegian duoMagnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli to boost the Welsh club's chances of avoiding relegation this season. Both footballers previously played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he managed Manchester United's reserve team.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem is a Norwegian national team player who has been signed fromHeerenveen in the Dutch league.

FIFA Says World Cup 2022 Will Move to Winter, But Then Backtracks On News

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In the world's worst kept secret, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said today that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar would not be played in the summer.

In an interview with a French radio station, Valcke said:

"The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 at the latest.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: The Manchester United Crisis [VIDEO]

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Tonight, host Nick Geber is joined by co-host Danny Page and special guest Nick Webster (of RealFootyTalk.com) as they discuss the crisis unfolding at Manchester United. Don't miss this one!

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Nemanja Vidic Could Leave Manchester United For Nothing in the Summer: Nightly Soccer Report

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As if things couldn't get any worse for Manchester United, defender Nemanja Vidic could leave the club on a free transfer in the summer after his agent has ruled out a contract extension at the end of this season.

Vidic has only six months remaining on his contract, but the Serb wants to evaluate his options before deciding whether to stay with United or move to another top club.

Experiencing The ‘Magic’ Of The FA Cup: The Heart Of English Football

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I admit it, I fell a little bit out of love with the FA Cup this past weekend.

Don't get me wrong, if Everton were to win the trophy this season I'd be celebrating until the 2015 final, but that romantic notion that is attributed to this wonderful tournament wasn't nearly as prominent this year for me; in truth, it's probably been dwindling for a while now.

PES’d Off (Press ‘A’ To Shoot)

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Morgan and Matt review PES 14, taking a look at the ups and downs of FIFA's main competitor. The boys also take a quick look at FIFA 14 on Xbox One and even a little FM banter.

EPL Talk: @epltalk

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The 7 Mistakes Manchester United Made In The Sir Alex Ferguson-David Moyes Transition

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Many Manchester United supporters are panicking at the string of poor results that the club are experiencing under manager David Moyes. In my opinion, it's unfair to pile all of the pressure and criticism on the back of the new manager. The footballers have got to take much of the blame, but ultimately Moyes is the one who has to face the critics.

WATCH Sunderland Defeat Manchester United In League Cup With Disputed Penalty [VIDEO]

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Manchester United lost their third match in a row after Sunderland defeated them 2-1 in the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg. The defeat will only pile more pressure on United manager David Moyes even though United have an opportunity to still advance to the Capital One Cup final depending on their result in the second leg of the semi-final, scheduled for Old Trafford on January 22.

Sunderland vs Manchester United, Capital One Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Manchester United plays Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final today at the Stadium of Light, giving David Moyes and his team an excellent opportunity to put the nightmare about crashing out of the FA Cup firmly behind them as the Red Devils aim to march on to their first piece of silverware.

NASL Supporters Launch a New Initiative to Reward League’s Best Team

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The North American Soccer League (NASL), the second-tier of American soccer, last season began a controversial split season format that saw the side that had the best overall points total (Carolina RailHawks) fail to reach the post-season while a team that played only half the season (New York Cosmos) were crowned as Champions of the league.

Atlanta Eliminates Head Coach Position, Eric Wynalda to Manage As Technical Director

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The Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier NASL have innovated in a way many thought not possible. They have opted not to hire a Head Coach to replace the terminated Brian Haynes who had been named 2012 NASL Coach of the Year. Instead they are allowing Technical Director Eric Wynalda to continue his work at FOX Sports in Los Angeles while more or less managing the team remotely.

A Tribute To Rory Delap, Who Recently Retired After 20 Years In The Game

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I've reached an age now where I shouldn't really have English football heroes; I should have grown out of it by now but English football gives you the excuse to behave like an eight year old, not an adult.

Every now and again, you'll spot a player at another team and take an interest in their progress.

5 Changes The FA Needs To Make The FA Cup Viable Again

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This past weekend's FA Cup Third Round saw most Premier League and some Championship sides play with watered down teams. Not quite a "B" team in most cases, but teams where the principle of squad rotation was maximized.

The FA Cup is a special competition and is in my mind the most unique and compelling cup competitions (including continental ones) on the planet.

Official Matchball for 2014 UEFA Champions League Final From adidas: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of the official match ball for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League Final has been leaked on the Internet.

The adidas ball will be used in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, which will be played atEstádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal — the same stadium where tens of thousands of fans recently went to pay tribute to Eusebio, one of the greatest legends in the game.

Manchester United Manager David Moyes Must Be Given More Time

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If you simply read posts on social media, you'd believe a majority of Manchester United fans want David Moyes sacked. But when you interact with thoughtful long-term supporters of the club, you realize the sentiments on the Internet do not represent the ethos of the club or its long-term supporters.

Where to Find Sunderland vs Manchester United, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg On US TV & Internet

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After Sunday's shock defeat for Manchester United in the FA Cup, the pressure is on David Moyes and his players yet again to put in a good performance in the first leg of the Capital One Cup against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today.

Manchester United are two step aways from playing in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against the winner of Manchester City versus West Ham United, but they face a tough Stoke City side in their path.

Eric Wynalda to be Named Atlanta Silverbacks Interim Head Coach For Second Time

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Former Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Brian Haynes won the NASL Spring Championship and the league's Coach of the Year Award. His reward was being sacking by Silverbacks management.

Tomorrow, the club will name the club's Technical Director Eric Wynalda as the Interim Head Coach for the second time, World Soccer Talk has learned.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topics: Eusebio, Man Utd, Arsenal & FA Cup [VIDEO]

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Tonight, host Nick Geber is joined by co-host Danny Page as they discuss the passing of a legend, Eusebio, as well as Wenger's dilemma, Manchester United's fleeting "My Little Pony" fan base and ask if its time to scrap the FA Cup replays.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

WATCH A Moving Tribute to Eusebio; Thousands of Benfica Fans Say Goodbye [VIDEO]

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Thousands of Benfica fans filled Benfica's Estádio da Luz today in a touching, moving tribute to one of the greatest footballers who ever played the game —Eusebio.

Eusebio's final wish was granted, to "say" his final goodbye in the centre of pitch at Benfica's stadium.

Watch the moving video below to gain an appreciation for how much Benfica supporters loved their great.

Aron Johannsson Needs to Stay In Holland to Improve Chances of Inclusion In USMNT World Cup Squad

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Published reports indicate that American international Aron Johannsson could be a transfer target for Stoke City this January. Johannsson, who replaced fellow American Jozy Altidore as AZ's main attacking threat, has scored eleven times in sixteen Eredivisie matches this season.

Johannsson might very well need to stay put to ensure his spot on this summer's US World Cup squad.

David Moyes to be Handed £200m to Rebuild Manchester United: Nightly Soccer Report

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David Moyes will be handed a £200million war chest to spend on rebuilding the Manchester United squad, according toThe Daily Mailnewspaper.

The British tabloid reports that the Glazer family will bankroll the funds over the next 18 months. The paper adds that Moyes has identified the positions on the pitch where he needs new footballers —two central midfielders, a striker, a left back and a centre back.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 18: Treble for Alexis as Barca and Atleti Maintain Lead

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There were wins for Spain's top three as La Liga resumed after the Christmas and New Year break. Barcelona defeated Elche comfortably, Atletico Madrid won at Malaga and Real Madrid overcame Celta Vigo.

Alexis Sanchez took full advantage of the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar as Barcelona strolled to an easy 4-0 win over Elche.

Is This Liverpool’s Home Shirt for the 2014-15 Season? [PHOTO]

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An artist's impression of what Liverpool's home shirt may look like for the 2014/15 season has been released on the Internet, based on reliable information regarding the design of the shirt.

The artist's impression of the shirt appeared on the RAWK (Red and White Kop) message board.

According to Liverpool fan @kop365, the above home kit mockup is from the same person who created mock-ups of this season's Liverpool home, away and third shirts last February before they were officially unveiled, and they were very close to the final product.

Betting Odds On Footballers Heading to Manchester United

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Two things that I love about the Premier League are the transfer window and the rampant, unashamed culture of gambling on sports in England.

In the United States, we have our trade deadlines for American sports, but they never quite reach the dizzying level of speculation that the transfer windows do.

Arsenal’s 3 Options To Keep Title Chances On Track Despite Walcott Injury

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The devastating news that Theo Walcott is out for the season is a potentially crippling blow to Arsenal's title hopes. Now with the transfer window open, Arsene Wenger has 3 options to consider:

1. Rely on Lukas Podolski.While often injured himself, Podolski is an option despite only having four league appearances so far this season.

WATCH Kaka Scores His 100th AC Milan Goal; Italian TV Presenter Goes Berzerk [VIDEO]

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AC Milan attacking midfielder Kaka scored his 100th goal of his AC Milan career today, which resulted in Italian TV presenterTiziano Crudeli to go into his typicalhysterionics.

We've reported on Crudeli before when he went into hysterics after Hellas Verona beat AC Milan in August, but today's show by Crudeli is even more wild and exaggerated than usual.

Can We Expect to See More Manchester United Fans Switching Allegiances to Other Teams?

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One of the critiques that soccer supporters of English clubs have of the globalization of the Premier League is the number of front-running fans that have no connection to the clubs they support who adopt teams. These types of foreign supporters have disproportionately through the years supported England's most successful and best marketed club – Manchester United.

Arsenal And England Suffer Blow As Theo Walcott Ruled Out For Rest of Season And World Cup

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Arsenal attacking midfielder Theo Walcott has been ruled out of action for six months with an injury he picked up in the FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The England and Arsenal footballer has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, according to Arsenal.

Copa America 2016 To Be Played In United States, Says CONMEBOL Source

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The on-again, off-again reports of Copa America 2016 being staged in the United States have gathered pace today with a report in the Spanish media that says that CONMEBOL have confirmed that Copa America 2016 will be played in the US, just one year after Copa America 2015 is played in Chile.

Copa America 2016 is being organized to commemorate 100 years of the competition.

Serie A Coverage in US Suffers Due to beIN SPORT Giving Higher Priority to La Liga & Ligue Un

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Juventus took another step towards making the remainder of Serie A's season, largely meaningless in terms of the title race, with a decisive 3-0 victory over their nearest title rivals AS Roma on Sunday. The match was competitive for the first half as Roma dominated possession and created a few scoring opportunities.

WATCH FA Cup Third Round Match Highlights Including Arsenal 2-0 Spurs [VIDEO]

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It wasn't the most memorable FA Cup Third Round weekend, but there were enough highlights and storylines to peak the interest of soccer fans around the globe.

The FA pointed out today that the average attendance during the FA Cup Third Round of 18,927 was the highest for this stage of the competition for 34 years.

FA to Take No Further Action Over Theo Walcott Gesture

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The Football Association has ruled that it will take no further action over Theo Walcott's gesture that enraged Tottenham Hotspur supporters during the 2-0 win for the Gunners in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday.

In a statement by the English Football Association, the organization said "The FA has contacted Arsenal's Theo Walcott and reminded him of his responsibilities regarding a ‘scoreline' gesture he made in front of away supporters during the game.

FA Clears Mark Clattenburg of Any Wrongdoing Over Southampton Adam Lallana Incident

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The Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of any wrongdoing over the incident involving Southampton's Adam Lallana.

In a statement from The FA, England's governing body said:

"The FA can confirm it received a complaint from Southampton concerning referee Mark Clattenburg and his alleged comments made to their player Adam Lallana.

Swansea Striker Wilfried Bony Finds His Form At The Most Opportune Time

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Wilfried Bony was one the most highly touted summer signings this season in the Premier League. However, settling in as a footballer in South Wales has taken some time for the Ivorian who had scored 51 times in Dutch League action over the past two seasons. The presence of Michu in the Swans team seems to limit Bony's touches on the ball and chances in front of goal early in the season.

Blatter Slams Brazil By Insisting ‘No Host Country Has Been So Far Behind’: Daily Soccer Report

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has slammed Brazil World Cup 2014 organizers by saying that no host country has been so far behind before in their preparations to host the major soccer tournament even though Brazil is the only host nation that has had so much time — seven years — to prepare.

Blatter slammed Brazil organizers by saying that six of the 12 host stadia have failed to meet the December 31 deadline while delays have also affected work on hotels, airports and roads.

Jermaine Jones And Oguchi Onyewu Not Offered New Contracts At Schalke and QPR Respectively

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In a blow to both players, Jermaine Jones and Oguchi Onyewu have both been told by their clubs that their contracts will not be renewed.

Defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones has been informed by Schalke that the Bundesliga club will not renew his contract when it expires this summer. The USMNT midfielder didn't travel with the Schalke team when they went to Qatar during the winter break, so Jones now has an opportunity to try to secure a move away from the German club in the January transfer window, or to wait until the summer when he'll be a free agent.

Juventus Defeat Roma 3-0 to Extend Lead At Top of Serie A Table

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Antonio Conte's Juventus has shown yet again its unmatched supremacy in the Serie A after a clinical 3-0 victory over Roma. This was the tenth Juventus win without conceding goals, and from the very start of the match the bianconeri seemed rarely troubled by Roma's inconclusive attacks. Even if the giallorossi had the majority of possession throughout the match, Conte's clinical side was defensively impregnable and direct with its attacking advances.

FA Coup (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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It's the cup weekend, what a wonderful way to continue into 2014 as the teams start an uncertain walk towards the end of the season. For some that walk became even more hazy as they crashed out of the cup, having tried their hardest. Other managers took the flack for ‘not being serious enough' about this time honoured competition.

West Ham Joint-Chairmen Give Support to Manager Sam Allardyce

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Under increasing pressure from disgruntled fans, West Ham United joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have written a letter to supporters, giving support to manager Sam Allardyce.

Big Sam has come under fire from a lot of West Ham United supporters for a string of poor results culminating in a 5-0 thrashing yesterday at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest in a game where Allardyce started several youngsters and played a 3-6-1 formation.

Was Sam Allardyce’s West Ham FA Cup Team Selection Career Suicide Or Pragmatism?

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West Ham United crashed out of the FA Cup with a 5-0 loss against Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Manager Sam Allardyce made the controversial decision to play a team made up largely of youth players. While some accomplished veterans like Stewart Downing and Alou Diarra were in the side, the Hammers fielded a team that was designed more to alleviate fixture congestion than anything else.

FOX’s FA Cup Soccer Coverage Still Pales In Comparison To Competition

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FOX had a mixed weekend covering the FA Cup, the first full-fledged weekend of soccer on the network's channels since the shutdown of FOX Soccer in September.

The wall-to-wall FA Cup coverage, that included FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX over-the-air, included extensive highlights and studio shows.

WATCH Liverpool 2-0 Oldham Match Highlights; FA Cup Third Round [VIDEO]

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Liverpool defeated Oldham Athletic today in the FA Cup Third Round to set up a Fourth Round match against either Bournemouth or Burton Albion.

The FA Cup match between Liverpool-Oldham wasn't shown on live television, so many Reds supporters missed out on seeing the Anfield club cruise to victory with a wonderful goal by Iago Aspas and an own goal by Oldham.

WATCH Manchester United Knocked Out of the FA Cup By Swansea City [GIF]

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Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup Third Round after losing 2-1 against Swansea City today in a demoralizing performance by the Red Devils. The defeat for United, their second in a row, will certainly pile the pressure on United manager David Moyes.

While much of the focus will be on Manchester United's woes, credit must go to Swansea City for withstanding the pressure from United as well as scoring two clinical goals courtesy of Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony.

WATCH Juventus vs AS Roma Live at 2:45pm ET on beIN SPORT & DishWorld: Open Thread

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Juventus plays AS Roma today in the Serie A today in a match between first and second in the table. After taking a two week winter break, the two Italian teams are ready to begin their 2014 in style.

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Juventus vs Roma is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT and DishWorld.

Atletico Madrid Versus Barcelona: The Stage Is Set For La Liga’s First Place Showdown

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(For US viewers: Atletico Madrid v. Barcelona will be shown LIVE on Saturday, January 11th at 2pm EST on beINSPORT)

For the first time in recent history, there's a fixture on the La Liga schedule worth watching other than 'El Clasico'.Atletico Madrid v. Barcelonawon't rival the global television ratings produced by the bi-annual El Clasicos, butthis gamewill still pull in a massive viewing audience from hardcore football fans from inside and outside of Spain.

WATCH Eusebio Documentary About One Of The Greatest Footballers [VIDEO]

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Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers ever.

Nicknamed the Black Panther, Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 appearances. Forty one of those goals were scored for Portugal, including a goal for Portugal against England in the 1966 World Cup semi-final.

Draw for FA Cup Fourth Round Announced

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The draw for the FA Cup Fourth Round has been made today, which features several mouthwatering ties between Premier League sides and Football League teams.

Sunderland or Carlisle vs Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City
Southampton vs Yeovil Town
Huddersfield Town vs Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth vs Brighton
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich or Preston
Southend vs Hull City
Rochdale vs Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal vs Coventry City
Stevenage vs Everton
Wigan or MK Dons vs Crystal Palace
Derby or Chelsea vs Stoke City
Blackburn or Manchester City vs Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton vs Liverpool or Oldham
Birmingham or Bristol Rovers or Crawley vs Manchester United or Swansea
Sheffield United vs Norwich or Fulham

Ties to be played over the weekend of January 25-26, 2014.

WATCH The FA Cup Fourth Round Draw Live at 9am ET [VIDEO]

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Watch the draw for the FA Cup Fourth Round, which will be streamed live on World Soccer Talk beginning at approximately 9am ET, courtesy of The FA. Find out who will play whom in the next round of the oldest club soccer tournament in the world.

The draw will be conducted by Martin Allen and Paul Allen, two former West Ham United footballers who are also brothers.

WATCH Boy Cries As Nottingham Forest Thrash West Ham In FA Cup [VIDEO]

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A young West Ham United supporter burst out in tears Sunday during the match between his club and Nottingham Forest, as the Championship side thrashed the Hammers 5-0 at the City Ground.

The young boy, who was in the away section with fellow West Ham United supporters, broke down in tears and had to be consoled by his father after Forest went three-nil up against the Premier League club.

West Ham Face £5m Payout If They Sack Under Pressure Manager Sam Allardyce: Nightly Soccer Report

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West Ham United face a £5million payout if they decide to sack manager Sam Allardyce, revealsThe Mirror.

While the amount may not seem like much to supporters of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool, it's a more significant fee for a club like West Ham United just to get rid of a manager and to replace him with one that may even be on higher wages than Allardyce.

Jermaine Pennant Wears Osama bin Laden Costume At New Year’s Eve Party [PHOTO]

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Stoke City midfielder Jermaine Pennant dressed in a Osama bin Laden costume on New Year's Eve, and was pictured holding fake dynamite.

The disturbing image, which was posted on Instagram by Pennant's fianceeAlice Goodwin, is yet another idiotic move by a troubled footballer. This is the same man who:

— had to wear an electronic tag on his ankle during a soccer match in 2005, after a string of driving offenses that included a drink-driving conviction,

— in 2005, when he was questioned by police after crashing his Mercedes into a lamp post, initially identified himself as Ashley Cole,

— in 2011, while playing in Spain, his abandoned Porsche was found in Zaragoza, filled with five months of parking tickets.

WATCH Bethlehem Steel: The Forefathers of American Soccer [VIDEO]

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The history of soccer in the United States started long before the New York Cosmos won the NASL championship in 1972. In fact, the modern game of soccer first saw signs of life in the United States in the 1860s-1870s as immigrants came through Ellis Island and quickly shared their love of the sport across the different communities where they lived in the States.

FA Cup Third Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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After yesterday's surprise win by Sheffield United against Aston Villa, there are a few more chances today for upsets in the FA Cup Third Round. If you're a betting man, you may want to put your money on Nottingham Forest defeating a depleted West Ham United side who have their minds on trying to stay in the Premier League.

RIP Eusebio, Portuguese Soccer Legend Dies, Age 71

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Eusebio, one of the legends of the sport of soccer, has died, age 71, after suffering a heart attack.

Considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 appearances. Forty one of those goals were scored for Portugal, including a goal for Portugal against England in the 1966 World Cup semi-final.

Huge Gaps in Tottenham Midfield Allow Theo Walcott to Prove His Attacking Prowess Again

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Theo Walcott showed his ability to play down the middle again in Arsenal's convincing 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup Third Round. The winger was forced into emergency duty up front at various points last season and impressed regularly. But once Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud returned to fitness, Walcott was pushed into a wide position again.

Chelsea Midfielder Juan Mata Could Be Heading to Napoli to Rejoin Rafa Benitez

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata could be heading to Serie A to team up with Rafa Benitez again, this time at Napoli, according to a report on the back cover of The Sunday Times newspaper (pictured above).

Mata has endured a difficult season under Jose Mourinho, where the gifted Spanish midfielder hasn't had the playing time or plaudits that he received when Benitez was the manager at Stamford Bridge.

WATCH Roy Keane Call Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Idiots After Reaction to Walcott Gesture [VIDEO]

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ITV Sport pundit and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane called Tottenham Hotspur supporters idiots on live television today after their reaction to Theo Walcott's gesture when he was stretchered off the pitch.

The incident happened during Arsenal's 2-0 victory versus Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium today in the FA Cup Third Round.

Are Bayern Munich Ruining the Bundesliga?

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Saturday's anti-climactic news that Robert Lewandowski has signed with FC Bayern Munich was further proof that the Bundesliga, the once hyper-competitive league, has become the exclusive province of the Bavarian giants. The Bundesliga once was comparable to the Premier League in terms of competition for titles (if not even more competitive), but it's rapidly descending into a one team hegemony.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott Trolls Tottenham Fans With Two Nil Hand Gesture [PHOTO]

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott rubbed in the Gunners victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Third Round today by reminding them of the score after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher in front of the Spurs supporters in the away end.

During the commentary of the match, former Arsenal footballer Stewart Robson criticized Walcott's actions, describing it as "pathetic behavior.

WATCH What Arsenal Defender Thomas Vermaelen Thinks Of Tottenham [VIDEO]

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Before the FA Cup Third Round match kicked off between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen revealed what he exactly thinks of Spurs.

As the TV cameras panned toward Vermaelen, the Belgian defender noticed that the Arsenal child mascot was holding a Tottenham Hotspur pennant.

WATCH Santi Cazorla Scores For Arsenal Against Spurs in FA Cup Third Round [GIF]

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In an evenly matched first half between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Third Round, Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla opened up the scoring in the game with a well-taken shot that sailed into the back of the net.

Other than Cazorla's well-taken shot, the key to the goal was Serge Gnabry's wonderful assist that spread Tottenham's defense and allowed Cazorla space and time to take the shot and score.

USMNT Striker Juan Agudelo Arrives at Stoke City In Hopes of a Move to the Premier League

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USMNT striker Juan Agudelo has been spotted at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium today, which is encouraging news that perhaps the MLS striker is close to securing a deal to The Potters pending work permit clearance.

The coincidence of Agudelo arriving in England combined with the fact that his name was included on the USMNT January training camp yesterday but then removed moments later by the US Soccer Federation, indicates that Agudelo is close to securing a deal to join a new club.

If You Live In Miami and You Want to Watch Arsenal-Spurs On FOX Today, You’re Screwed

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Despite regularly having some of the best TV ratings in the country for soccer programming, as well as all the hype from David Beckham romancing investors and politicians in hopes of finding a stadium for his Miami MLS team, the City of Miami won't be televising the live FA Cup match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Noon ET.

Bayern Munich to Sign Robert Lewandowski Today; BVB Striker Will Move In Summer, Says Report

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will sign a five-year deal with Bayern Munich today that will see the Polish striker play for Dortmund for the remainder of the season before moving to Bayern Munich in the summer on a free transfer, according to a report by German newspaper Bild.

The Polish striker traveled today from Warsaw to Munich to undergo a medical.

FA Cup Romance Is Over For Most Premier League Clubs Before A Ball Is Even Kicked

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert raised eyebrows this week with his comments about the FA Cup, questioning the importance of the competition.

"If they (Premier League managers) were being honest, they probably would do. Not just because of the money but survival in the league is vital.

WATCH Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Goal For Man United vs Liverpool in 1999 FA Cup [VIDEO]

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In honor of this weekend's FA Cup Third Round and the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Cardiff manager, we recall his unforgettable game winner for Manchester United against Liverpool in 1999. The match was in the FA Cup Fourth Round, played at Old Trafford —featuring commentary by Ian Darke.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: Cheating In Soccer [VIDEO]

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Tonight, host Nick Geber is joined by co-host Danny Page as ask what exactly is cheating in football? Plus they take a look at this Weekend's FA Cup fixtures.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET.

Injured Wayne Rooney Stalling On New Contract at Manchester United: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney is unwilling to discuss a possible contract extension partly because the 28-year-old wants to see whether the Red Devils will qualify for the UEFA Champions League at the end of this season.

Rooney has been stalling talks for several months, and will reportedly discuss his future at United after the World Cup this summer.

FA Cup Third Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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One of the highlights of the English football calendar is the FA Cup Third Round where there's the potential of cup upsets. It's also a rare treat for soccer fans to watch teams they don't usually see on television, and to get a good glimpse at what English football is like at the lower levels of the professional game.

QPR Will Meet With Everton Today to Discuss £3.5m Deal For Nikica Jelavic: Daily Soccer Report

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Queens Park Rangers will meet with Everton officials today to try to secure a £3.5million deal to sign Nikica Jelavic. At the same time, West Ham United are also very interested in signing the Croatian striker, but the Rs have the advantage of playing Everton today, which will make it easier for club officials to meet in private to try to finalize a deal.

WATCH Classic Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Clashes [VIDEO]

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While this weekend's marquee FA Cup match is Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur, there have been plenty of classic FA Cup encounters between the Gunners and Spurs in the past.

Names that come to mind include Paul Gascoigne, Alan Smith, Tony Adams, Gary Lineker, Patrick Vieira and many more. The Gazza free kick, in particular, will go down as one of the best FA Cup goals scored between the two sides.

Top 5 Worst Signings of the Summer Premier League Transfer Window

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With the January transfer window now open, we're taking a look back at the summer window to assess the worst buys from that transfer period for Premier League clubs.

The top five are:

1. Andy Carroll (West Ham from Liverpool) £15,500,000

Carroll has not yet featured in a match for West Ham United since his permanent move was agreed.

Serie A Returns From Winter Break With Top of the Table Clash: Weekend Preview

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As the Serie A season returns with the start of a new year, the table is tight after an incredibly open first half of the season. There are currently eight teams in the middle of the Serie A table, all within two points of each other. With the likes of AC Milan and Lazio stuck in that middle cluster, the rest of the season is shaping up to be a test of true grit as teams attempt to make up lost ground in hopes of a respectable finish.

Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo Fined £40,000 And Handed Three-Match Ban

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Following an independent regulatory commission hearing today, Southampton's Dani Osvaldo has been handed a three-match ban with immediate effect and a £40,000 fine for misconduct related to the end of match brawl at St James' Park against Newcastle United on December 14.

Osvaldo was charged with violent conduct, and the council found this to be proven.

Manchester United Is Facing The Defining Point Of Their Season

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With eighteen Premier Leaguematches left in the season, Manchester United trail league leading Arsenal by eleven points and are five points behind Liverpool in the race for the BPL's final Champions League spot; United would actually need to finish higher than their North West rival because Liverpool currently hold an advantage in goal difference.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Charged By FA Over Post-Match Man City Comments

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The Football Association has charged Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with bringing the game into disrepute after his comments he made after the Manchester City-Liverpool match.

In the game between Manchester City and Liverpool, the match officials made mistakes on two clear-cut decisions.

WATCH Bob Bradley’s Moving Introduction As Head Coach of Stabaek [VIDEO]

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The United States now has a favorite team in Norway to root for. Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley was today unveiled as the new manager of Stabaek, a Norwegian team in the country's top flight division.

By taking the job in Norway, Bradley now has the distinction of being the first American to manage a club in a European top flight league.

Arsenal’s Fighting Mentality Is Keeping Them in Premier League Title Race

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"Arsenal will keep falling away in the title race" seems to be the familiar refrain from so many pundits. Yet as we enter the second half of the season, the Gunners top the table ahead of more fancied and highly touted sides. What exactly has Arsene Wenger done this season so well? From the looks of things, Arsenal has a team spirit, and a fighting mentality that the North London club has so often lacked in the past.

US TV/Internet Schedule Revealed For This Weekend’s FA Cup Third Round Games

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The third round of the FA Cup, the oldest soccer competition in the world, kicks off this weekend featuring several Premier League and Football League teams, with several of the key matches scheduled to be aired live on US television and/or Internet.

Founded in 1871, the FA Cup will be beamed around the world.

Aston Villa Suffer Blow As Striker Ruled Out For Rest of Season With Broken Leg

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Aston Villa have suffered a blow as strikerLibor Kozak has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg. The Czech striker broke his leg during training today.

In December, Kozak made five appearances for the Villans, scoring twice. So far this season, he had scored four goals in 14 appearances.

A Glorious FA Cup Third Round Tradition Is Here: The FA Cup Map From Billsportsmaps

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Since 2006, sports fan and map connoisseur Bill Turianski has been creating custom soccer maps and posting them to his website to share with fellow sports fans who are enamored with the history, tradition and — most importantly — the location of soccer clubs.

Every year, Bill's website Billsportsmaps.

WATCH ‘World Soccer Radio’, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: Ole Joins Mad Vinny [VIDEO]

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Tonight, host Nick Geber is joined by co-host Danny Page as they look at the big January questions – who needs what players and how badly? Plus Ole Gunnar joins team Mad Vinny and Nick explains why throwing stones at buses is a waste of energy.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter@worldsocceradioor call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Diego Costa’s £32million Buy-Out Clause Won’t Halt Arsenal, Says Report

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Arsenal are interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, and the £32million buy-out clause placed on his head won't prevent Arsene Wenger from making an offer for the future Spain striker, according to a report tonight in the British media.

Last night, the same tabloid ran a story that Dimitar Berbatov was being tipped as a future Arsenal player.

Southampton Make Official Complaint After Accusing Clattenburg Of Verbally Abusing Lallana: Nightly Soccer Report

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Southampton have made an official complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, accusing him of verbally abusing club captain Adam Lallana during the match against Everton last weekend.

Lallana claims that the abuse from Clattenburg was of a personal nature. The complaint was filed with PGMOL —the referee body for the Premier League —on New Year's Eve.

Daniele De Rossi Jokes He Would Have Committed Suicide If He Had Joined Manchester United

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Italy and AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who was linked to a move to Manchester United during the summer, has joked that he's lucky he didn't move to United otherwise he would have committed suicide by now.

Respected Italian journalistTancredi Palmeri noted De Rossi's exact comment, which was:

De Rossi on Manchester United: "Luckily I didn't move to Mufc, otherwise right now I would have suicided"

- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 3, 2014

Manchester United currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Dimitar Berbatov Posts “Come And Get Me” Plea to Arsenal On His Facebook Page

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Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov posted a "come and get me" plea to Arsenal on his Facebook page today, after a British tabloid reported last night that Arsenal are interested in signing Berbatov, the highly talented Bulgarian footballer.

The photograph, which is on Dimitar Berbatov's official Facebook page, was posted to his timeline with the words "Could fire Arsenal to the title" next to an image of Berbatov wearing a Fulham away shirt.

Jose Mourinho’s Decision to Exile Juan Mata Has Been Proven Correct

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In August, several pundits (myself included) felt that Jose Mourinho had to integrate Juan Mata into Chelsea and build around the talented Spaniard to have any chance of success. The decision to freeze Mata out of the preferred starting XI led to numerous newspaper and blog columns slating the decision, which added to some very uneasy times among a large portion of Chelsea supporters.

Bob Bradley To Be Unveiled As Stabaek Coach On Friday, Says Report

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Six weeks after reporting that Bob Bradley may be heading to Norway to manage a club team in that country, it appears that Bradley will finally be unveiled as manager of Norwegian club sideStabaek tomorrow, thus becoming the first American to manage a club side in Europe.

Bradley's contract as manager of the Egypt national team was not renewed after the side failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2014.

Howard Webb Continues to Make Poor Referee Decisions: Reviewing the Premier League Referee Decisions, Gameweek 20

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From the Premier League matches on New Year's Day, we saw that referee Howard Webb had a poor game in Manchester Utd's fourth home defeat of the season, but it couldn't mask the huge problems the Champions have.

Manchester United slumped to defeat at the hands of Tottenham, who look rejuvenated under Tim Sherwood, now playing a 4-4-2 system.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

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We've spent a great deal of time the past few weeks on this site discussing the eccentric behavior of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. It seems Tan, having railroaded the well-respected Malky Mackay, needed to buy some credibility. He seems to have temporarily done so with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the once great late game sniper for Manchester United, who has won two league titles as manager in Norway.

Manchester City Showing Tactical Pragmatism That Was Lacking in Early Season Defeats

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Manchester City failed to win five of its first six away matches in the Premier League this season. Much of that was down to the naivety in how new manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose entire managerial resume was previously in South America or Spain, approached away matches in English football.

On September 30, following a loss to Aston Villa, I wrote the following:

Roberto Mancini proved that getting results away from Eastlands often meant being narrow and compact.

Chelsea or Manchester United May Play Barcelona In Qatar, While Man City Could Head to UAE

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Either Manchester United or Chelsea may play a February friendly against Barcelona in Qatar, according to a report in the Spanish media.

Under Barcelona's sponsorship agreement with Qatar Sports Investments, the Spanish club is being encouraged to play a high-profile friendly in Qatar against a Premier League club.

Kevin Nolan Fined £100k by West Ham For Costly Red Card Against Fulham: Daily Soccer Report

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West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan, who is seemingly on a mission to singlehandedly relegate the Hammers given his penchant for trying to get sent off, has been fined £100,000 by West Ham for the costly red card that he received against Fulham in the New Year's Day match.

Nolan has been fined two weeks wages for the second red card in four games.

Who Your Premier League Club Needs to Buy in the January Transfer Window

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The 2013 January transfer window has opened and closes on January 31 in England, while the window stays open through Febuary 2 in Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

With this season being one of the tightest Premier League races in years — for the clubs near the top of the table, and the bottom half of the table, expect there to be a lot of activity in this transfer window as clubs aim to improve or solidify their positions.

WATCH: Chelsea TV Discuss Pro-Liverpool Bias In British TV Media [VIDEO]

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Jason Cundy, a former Chelsea footballer and now talkSport pundit, joined a couple of other Chelsea pundits on Chelsea TV recently to complain about the perceived pro-Liverpool bias among the British TV media since so many of them are former Liverpool footballers (Hansen, Lawrenson, Carragher, Thompson, Redknapp, Souness, etc).

Watch ‘World Soccer Radio’, Live at 9pm ET: Tonight’s Topic: Manchester United’s Issues [VIDEO]

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Tonight, Nick Geber welcomes special guest David "Statman" Mosse from FOX Sports. They'll discuss the Premier League, Man United's long term issues and of course discuss your tweets and calls.

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter@worldsocceradioor call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

N.Y.Evens (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Happy New Year! Of course, new things come with the new year: right? Well, for some sides this was true. For others, the home comforts and sitting on the couch in front of the TV was too tempting to make them get up and actually bother at the football. We joke, of course. Some great games to start 2014.

Arsenal Interested In Signing Fulham Striker Dimitar Berbatov, Says Report

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The silly season of the January transfer window has begun. Believe it or not, or believe it maybe but one of the British tabloids is reporting that Arsenal are trying to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham to help resolve their striker conundrum with Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo out injured, while Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott can step in, when needed.

WATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team 2013 Highlights [VIDEO]

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In many ways, 2013 was a fantastic year for the US Men's National Team based on their qualification for World Cup 2014, which was their most important goal of the year.

Over the course of the twelve months, USMNT Head Coach (and now Technical Director) Jurgen Klinsmann took the opportunity to add to the depth of the US squad by bringing in players into his team.

Chivas de Guadalajara Away Shirt For 2014 Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Club Deportivo Guadalajara's away shirt for 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

In the 2014 season, Chivas will be wearing a shirt that features two different tones of grey colors. The shirt, designed by adidas, is reminiscent of the classic Newcastle United away shirts from the mid-90s (albeit with a different color scheme).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Named Cardiff City Manager: Official

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as manager of Cardiff City, to replace Malky Mackay in the job in the Welsh capital.

In a statement on the club's website, the club said:

"Cardiff City Football Club are delighted to announce that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has joined the club as first team manager.

WATCH Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Live at 9am ET On beIN SPORT & DishWorld: Open Thread

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Real Madrid plays Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain today at 9am ET in a friendly match in Doha at the Khalifa Stadium.

"It will be a great match between two fantastic clubs and a great opportunity for the people of Qatar. It could be a Champions League final," said Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Tottenham Manager Tim Sherwood’s Tactical Changes Outwit David Moyes

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Tim Sherwood's management style is evolving game by game. Today with the inevitable onslaught expected fromManchester United, the untested Spurs boss made two very curious tactical changes that perhaps showed his growth and bravery as a manager.

Ahead by a goal in the 64th minute, Sherwood brought on the highly-touted youngster Nabil Bentaleb in a holding midfield role.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard And Branislav Ivanovic Out For a Month: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea footballers Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will both be out of action for a month, according to Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager had originally thought that Ivanovic's injury wasn't as severe, but Mourinho confirmed to the Chelsea website that Ivanovic and Lampard would be out until the end of January.

Manchester United 1-2 Spurs: Devastating Loss to Tottenham Calls Into Question United’s Progress

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For the second consecutive season, Tottenham Hotspur held off a furious Manchester United rally to claim three points at Old Trafford. But unlike last season when the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson would cruise to the league title, this season the club is wobbling badly particularly at home.

Manchester United entered today's match on a six match winning streak in all competitionsagainst an underachieving Spurs side.

Newcastle United Defender Fabricio Coloccini Could Miss Next 6 Weeks With Knee Injury

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Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini could miss the next six weeks after picking up a knee injury in the Toon's 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns today.

The Argentine defender was substituted in the 65th minute after picking up the injury, and hobbled off the pitch. Coloccini sufferedmedial knee ligament damage, according to the Newcastle Journal newspaper.

Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff: Late Goals Help Gunners Maintain First Place [VIDEO]

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Arsenal began the New Year holding onto their top spot in the Premier League after defeating Cardiff City 2-0 to stay a point up over Manchester City.

The Gunners came into the match without four key members in their squad out due to injury. Kieran Gibbs is suffering from a calf strain, Olivier Giroud has an ankle issue, Mesut Özil has a shoulder problem, and former Bluebird Aaron Ramsey has a thigh strain.

Brek Shea Joins Barnsley On Loan From Stoke City: Official

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USMNT and Stoke City winger Brek Shea has joined Barnsley on loan, Stoke City have confirmed.

Barnsley are currently rooted at the bottom of the SkyBet Championship league in England, and need all the help they can get to stay in the division, while Shea needs playing time in order to try to make the US Men's National Team World Cup 2014 squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Flies On Vincent Tan’s Private Jet to Complete Cardiff Deal, Says Norwegian TV

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to become Cardiff City's newest manager after Vincent Tan's private jet was seen departing Norway presumably with Tan and Solkskjaer on board, according to Norwegian television station TV 2.

The TV channel reports that Solskjaer is expected to put pen to paper before Cardiff City's FA Cup match on Saturday away at Newcastle United.

Chelsea Finalize Signing of Bertrand Traore, Another Attacking Midfielder

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Chelsea have finalized the signing of 18-year-old attacking midfielderBertrand Traore, who has signed a 4.5-year contract from a club in his native Burkina Faso.

Traore agreed a deal in October, but now that the January transfer window has opened, the clubs and player were able to completely finalize the deal.

Happy New Year From World Soccer Talk

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On behalf of everyone at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.

Thanks for your support and loyalty in 2013, and we hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2014!

Don't stay up too late. There's a full schedule of matches on New Year's Day. For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule is:

Wednesday, January 1:

Swansea City vs Manchester City, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Southampton vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Cardiff, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs Norwich, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs Everton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Newcastle, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur, 12:30pm, NBCSN

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New Year’s Day, Premier League Gameweek 20: Open Thread

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There's a full schedule of Premier League matches on deck today with the early kick-off in Wales, and the late kick off in Greater Manchester.

Here's the TV schedule for today's matches on US TV:

Swansea City vs Manchester City, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Southampton vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Cardiff, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs Norwich, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs Hull, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs Everton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Newcastle, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur, 12:30pm, NBCSN

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

Top 10 Most-Viewed Stories On World Soccer Talk During 2013

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The year 2013 was a hectic one. On top of all of the seasons being played around the world, there was the Confederations Cup, the controversies regarding Qatar, managers galore getting sacked, Gareth Bale being sold for a record transfer fee and so much more.

Instead of seeing, reading or hearing about the "same old headlines" that make the news at the end of the year, we thought we'd do something different by sharing with you the top 10 most-viewed stories of the year that appeared on World Soccer Talk, which paints a picture of what many of our readers found most important.