EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The influx of investment into Manchester City has seen the Manchester derby become one of the biggest games on the continent, and ahead of this weekend's clash between the age old rivals, there is plenty to get excited about.

Aside from the match between Manchester's finest at the Etihad, Germany and Russia both host their own version of "el Clasico", as arguably the biggest sides in each league go head-to-head.

Manchester United’s Defense Faces Its Biggest Test Against Manchester City

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Prior to last weekend's showdown at Old Trafford, it wasroundly statedthat Manchester United was going to face its biggest challenge of the new campaign when Louis van Gaal's side matched up with league leading Chelsea.

Following the contest,the majority offootball experts agreed that Uniteddisplayed their best performance of the early season by securing a last-minute draw against Jose Mourinho's men.

Bojan Krkic Still in Mark Hughes’ Plans at Stoke City

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Mark Hughes insists Bojan Krkic has a big part to play for Stoke this season.

The signing of the former Barcelona forward in the summer attracted plenty of attention but he has quickly become a peripheral figure.

Bojan's appearance in the Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Southampton on Wednesday night was his first for nearly a month, and just his third start.

Celtic’s Aleksandar Tonev Banned Seven Games For Racist Abuse

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Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been banned for seven games for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan during a Scottish Premiership match on September 13th.

The Bulgarian international, who is on-loan from Aston Villa, denied the charges but officials from the Scottish league have confirmed that the complaint had been upheld after a disciplinary tribunal.

Harry Kane Eyes League Start for Tottenham Hotspur

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Harry Kane notched his seventh goal of the season as Tottenham saw off Brighton in the Capital One Cup and now he wants to take his form into the Premier League.

The 21-year-old wrapped up the 2-0 fourth round victory over the Seagulls after substitute Erik Lamela had opened the scoring and Kane has now moved further clear as Tottenham's top goalscorer this season.

Seattle Sounders Wins MLS Cup in ‘Football Manager’ Simulation

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The makers of theFootball Manager computer game, fromSports Interactive and Sega Europe, have run the 2014 MLS Playoffs through its game to simulate who will be crowned 2014 MLS Cup champions.

According to the data, the 2014 MLS Cup champions will be Seattle Sounders, led by Clint Dempsey.

Radamel Falcao Seals Permanent Deal And Will Remain At Manchester United, Say Reports

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Onloan striker Radamel Falcao has already agreed a permanent deal and will remain at Manchester United past this season, according to reportsemanating fromEngland.

The fee for the Colombia international is believed to be £44 million, with the British publication The Independent reporting that the total package for the player will exceed £50m.

How New York Cosmos Star Signing Raul Compares to Frank Lampard and David Villa

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Spanish and former Real Madrid striker has been confirmed as the newest signing at the New York Cosmos, but how does his playing career and stats compare to fellow New York soccer signings Frank Lampard and David Villa?

Although signing prominent (yet past their prime) players is not necessarily a new concept for soccer stateside, as Major League Soccer clubs have managed to secure the signatures of players such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry, and Robbie Keane, the three newest stars set to arrive in America are equally as important to growing the sport here.

NBC Sets Record for Most-Watched Premier League Game On Network

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Sunday's game between Manchester United and Chelsea set a NBC record for the most-viewed Premier League match across NBC Sports since the broadcaster began televising the Premier League in 2013.

The game was viewed by an average audience of 1.29 million people, which was greater than the previous record set on February 8 when 1.

Diego Godin Calls For Transparency In LFP Awards After Atletico Madrid Players Are Shut Out

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Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has called for more transparency in the LFP awards voting after he and his teammates were shut out of the La Liga honors on Monday night in the Spanish capital.

Diego Simeone was named Best Manager, but Atletico players were overlooked in every other category, or were simply left off the three-man ballot.

Carlos Bacca: The Colombia Striker Man Utd Should Have Signed?

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After eight games, the leading scorers in La Liga are the usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi. However, Carlos Bacca is on the coattails of the Real Madrid star and the Barcelona pair, with the Colombia international maintaining the prolific form he has shown throughout his career and his goals taking Sevilla into second place early in La Liga season.

Analyzing Who Should Have Made The Ballon d’Or Candidates Shortlist

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FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn't receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to the annual battle for the award between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a lot of controversial choices down the years.

Manchester City Shocked by Newcastle United in League Cup

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Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko struck as Newcastle dumped holders Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

To compound City's woes, as manager Manuel Pellegrini's decision to field a strong side just four days before a Manchester derby backfired, key playmaker David Silva limped off injured early on.

Capital One Cup Quarter-Final Draw Unveiled; Underdogs Face Premier League Teams

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The Capital One Cup quarter-final draw washeld following the completion of the Newcastle United's 2-0 victory over title-holders Manchester City.

The standout tie will be Championship side AFC Bournemouth hosting Premier league giants Liverpool. The Cherries got to thelast-eightof the competition for the first time in club history by beating West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Swansea Manager Garry Monk Avoids FA Sanction For Criticism of Referee

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Swansea boss Garry Monk has avoided punishment after accusing Stoke winger Victor Moses of "clear cheating" and saw his wife rally to his support on Wednesday.

The Football Association announced Monk will not face any further action following his post-match comments on October 19, when he was incensed over Moses winning Stoke a penalty from which they equalized on their way to a 2-1 win over Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Real Madrid’s Unsung Clasico Heroes

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It's inevitable at a club that has Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, among others, that some players fall by the wayside and don't get the credit they deserve. That was the case in Real Madrid's win over Barcelona, when excellent performances from Dani Carvajal and Isco went largely unrecognized.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United & Spurs vs Brighton; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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Three more teams will book their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup tonight after the matches between Manchester City-Newcastle United, Spurs-Brighton and Stoke-Southampton are completed.

Programming note:Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can watch the League Cup games live on DishWorld for just $10 per month.

The Surprising Rise and Sudden Fall Of Athletic Bilbao’s Fortunes

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If it weren't for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid's title winning season last year in Spain, the story of the 2013-14 La Liga campaign may very well have been the surprising effortsput forth by Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Bilbao side.

The 50-year-old Spanish manager guided Los Leonesto a fourth place finish and Champions League qualification for the first time in sixteen years.

Previewing the Teams in the 2014 MLS Playoffs

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The MLS Playoffs beginWednesday, and whether you like the playoff system or not,it's an opportunity to make the most of it.

The ten-team knockout tournament that will be played for the next month across the United States– and possiblyCanada too – will be filled with drama, an unusual amount of farewells, pageantry, and pressure.

Top 3 Players Of Serie A Round 8

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AS Roma were the big losers of the round, slipping a further three points behind Juventus after drawing 0-0 against Sampdoria. On the other hand, their direct title rivals won 2-0 at home, with Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente on target for the league leaders.

Behind these two giants there's plenty of clubs battling it out for Champions League places in Serie A.

Carlo Ancelotti Believes It Is Impossible For Sepp Blatter ‘To Shut His Mouth’

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Speaking at his press conference ahead of his club's match against Cornella, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to comments made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter while the head of world football's governing body was speaking to local press on his visit to Moscow for the presentation of the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez Has Been Worth Every Penny

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Alexis Sanchez once again outshined everyone else on the pitch during Saturday's 2-0 victory away to Sunderland last Saturday. While both of Arsenal's goals were aided by defensive errors by the Black Cats, Alexis should receive credit for putting pressure on the opposing team and capitalizing with two cool, composed finishes into the back of the net.

Twitter Takeover: Matt Jones Will Answer Your Soccer Questions on Wednesday at 6pm ET

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World Soccer Talk writer Matt Jones will be taking over the @worldsoccertalk Twitter account on Wednesday, October 29 beginning at 6pm ET to answer questions from you, the readers about any soccer topic you're interested in.

Matt has been writing for World Soccer Talk since 2012. He's best known for his detailed and well-written columns about Everton as well as his popular Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV and The Heart of English Football columns.

Mario Balotelli Gets His ‘Just Rewards’ With Goal Against Swansea

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Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe felt Mario Balotelli got his "just rewards" with his goal in the 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea and agreed with Swans boss Garry Monk that Federico Fernandez should not have been sent off.

The fourth-round tie at Anfield turned the hosts' way after Balotelli was introduced as a substitute in the 79th minute.

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing Cesc Fabregas As A Defensive Asset For Chelsea

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It's August 30, 2014 in the 69th minute of a match between Chelsea and Everton. Steven Naismith has halved the Blues' lead with a goal and it is all Cesc Fabregas' fault.

But why is it his fault? Why do we blame the man who has set up so many goals for this team for the one that nearly opens this match wide open?

Jose Mourinho Hails ‘Special’ Drogba After League Cup Win

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Jose Mourinho saluted his special golden oldie after Didier Drogba helped spare Chelsea's blushes at Shrewsbury.

The striker fired in his third goal in as many games as the Blues edged into the Capital One Cup quarter-final with a 2-1 win at Greenhous Meadow.

Jermaine Grandison's late own goal won it following Drogba's opener, which followed the Ivorian's strikes against Maribor and Manchester United in the last week.

FIFA Club World Cup To Continue As Planned Despite Ebola Concerns

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FIFA has confirmed today that preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco are continuing "as planned" despite concerns over the Ebola epidemic.

The governing body has stated that it remains in contact with Moroccan authorities and are taking advice from the World Health Organization to "constantly update its position".

Russia Unveils Official Emblem For World Cup 2018

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The Organizing Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has unveiled the official emblemin Moscow.

"The launch of the Emblem is a wonderful event to kick things off and I'm certain that the World Cup will be a success here in four years," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Seemore — Official posters for World Cup 2018 Russia host cities.

Shrewsbury vs Chelsea and Liverpool vs Swansea: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Ten teams battle today to try to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, the first piece of silverware on the line during the regular 2014/15 season.

Programming note:Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can watch the League Cup games live on DishWorld for just $10 per month.

Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 9

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Gameweek 9 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:

Goalkeeper:

Adrian [West Ham United] Adrian has been a major reason for West Ham'spositive displaysthis season.

Former USWNT Star Mia Hamm Named To AS Roma’s Board Of Directors

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In an official announcement from AS Roma, former United States national team star Mia Hamm has been named to the Serie A club's board of directors.

Hamm, 42, is a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and the first woman to be inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame. While playing for the USWNT, she helped lead the team to two World Cup titles and three Olympic medals.

Diego Maradona Allegedly Seen Hitting His Ex-Girlfriend In Secretly Filmed Video

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The Argentine television program "Nosotros al Mediodia" has shown a video which appears to show legendary footballer Diego Maradona hitting his ex-girlfriend Rocio Oliva.

Oliva secretly filmed the episode which shows the former Argentina international shouting at her for using her mobile phone and then apparently hitting out at her twice.

Ronaldo Wins Three LFP Awards While Diego Simeone Named La Liga’s Best Manager

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldowas handed threeLFP awards in the Spanish capital on Monday night. His club were also the big winners at the La Liga ceremony; taking home a total of six trophies.

Ronaldo wasnamed winnerof the'Best Forward', 'Best Goal' and 'Best Player' in La Liga last season.

Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher Analyze Manchester United-Chelsea Game [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher analyzed the Manchester United-Chelsea game on Monday Night Football last night and, as always, they provided some stellar analysis.

Carragher and Neville discussed what Manchester United did so well to frustrate Chelsea, and what changes Jose Mourinho made to increase the intensity of his Chelsea side.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City League Cup Games are on beIN SPORTS

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The Capital One Cup (aka League Cup) games featuring Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and other teams will be televised on beIN SPORTS in the United States today and tomorrow.

The fourth round Capital One Cup games that are being shown on US TV and Internet are:

All times Eastern

Tuesday, October 28:

Shrewsbury Town vs Chelsea, 3:45pm, beIN SPORTS Español & DishWorld(plus shown on tape delay on beIN SPORTS at 7pm ET)

Liverpool vs Swansea, 4pm, beIN SPORTS & DishWorld

Wednesday, October 29:

Manchester City vs Newcastle United, 3:45pm, beIN SPORTS & DishWorld

Programming note:Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can watch the League Cup games live on DishWorld for just $10 per month.

Lee Dixon is at the Top of His Game For NBC Sports

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Sunday's entertaininggamebetween Manchester United against Chelseawas heightened by the world-class coverage from NBC Sports on US television. The combination of Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe in the US studio as well as Gary Lineker and Graeme Le Saux in the studio at Old Trafford was exemplary.

Reviewing The Premier League’s Key Refereeing Decisions From Week 9

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West Ham United continued their impressive form at the weekend. Diafra Sakho has been a key factor in the Hammers success and he scored the second goal in their 2-1 win over the reigning champions Manchester City. The use of goal line technology was crucial in the awarding of the goal. Joe Hart saved the shot behind the line, which was highlighted by the goal-line detection system.

Ballon d’Or 23-Man Shortlist Revealed; Suarez Omitted And Gareth Bale Sole British Player Nominated

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FIFA hasreleased the 23-man shortlist of contenders for this year's Ballon d'Or award.

In what will come as a surprise to some fans of the sport,the world organization has omitted former Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez from the list of nominees for World Player of the Year.

Clint Dempsey Reportedly Chased By Aston Villa, QPR And Stoke City For Loan Spell

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Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey is believed to be on his way back to the Premier League for a loan spell during the off-season in the MLS, according to a report published by the Mirror Online,

The clubs in question, believed to be interested in bringing the American playmaker into their respective squads, are thought to be Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa and Stoke City.

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho Unhappy With Del Bosque

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Jose Mourinho thinks Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is the man to blame for Diego Costa's recent injury troubles.

Costa began the season in prolific fashion, scoring nine goals in seven matches, but he has missed Chelsea's last three fixtures because of a persistent hamstring injury.

The former Atletico Madrid man had also been suffering from a cold in the build-up to Sunday's match against Manchester United, but Mourinho revealed it was injury, rather than illness that ruled the £32million signing out of the match at Old Trafford.

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

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Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason.

Before the league's best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field.

Mario Balotelli Has Hunger to Succeed at Liverpool, Says Assistant Manager

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Mario Balotelli is not affected by the scrutiny he is under and has the hunger to succeed as a Liverpool player, according to Reds assistant boss Colin Pascoe.

Balotelli has scored just once in his first 11 appearances for the Merseysiders and the maverick striker left his manager Brendan Rodgers less than impressed last week when he swapped shirts with Pepe at half-time during the 3-0 Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

Chelsea Captain John Terry Unhappy With Treatment From Manchester United

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Chelsea captain John Terry claims he and Branislav Ivanovic were "double headlocked at every corner" during Sunday's gripping 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Chelsea were denied their eighth win of the season thanks to Robin van Persie's injury-time header, which canceled out Didier Drogba's opener at Old Trafford.

QPR vs Aston Villa; Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is running out of excuses to save his job at Loftus Road.

All season long, Redknapphas been selling his QPR team short. In the summer, after promotion back to the Premier League, he said his team was decimated by injuries even though the club was stocked with so many overpaid footballers.

MLS Sets New Attendance Record In 2014

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Major League Soccerset a new record for average attendance in the league's 18-yearhistory last night. With the 2014 regular season now completed, the average attendance was 19,099 — which is a 2.63% increase compared to MLS's 2013 regular season.

The top 3 teams with the highest average attendance in the 2014 season were:

1.

Liverpool’s Reliance on Raheem Sterling is a Worry, Says Graeme Souness

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Liverpool and England are too reliant on Raheem Sterling, according to former Reds captain Graeme Souness.

The 19-year-old has been the best player at Anfield this season and he has become an increasingly effective player for the national team.

Against Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, Liverpool's game plan appeared to consist of just getting the ball to the teenager at any opportunity and he even played the second half as a striker after misfiring Mario Balotelli was substituted.

Bradley Wright-Phillips Continues to do the Business for New York Red Bulls

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Chris Wondolowski and Roy Lassiter hold the joint record for the top scorer in a MLS season with 27 goals. Now Bradley Wright-Phillips has joined themafter last night's emphatic 2-0 away win against Sporting KC. In a season where the focus has been mainly on the futures of Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry, Wright-Phillips has stolen the show and almost single-handedly propelled the Red Bulls back into the playoffs.

Spurs Supporters Need To Give Mauricio Pochettino Time And Patience

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For any Tottenham Hotspur fan, it must be extremely frustrating to lose to Newcastle United at home, especially on the day the club honored BillNicholson. For far too long these matches have been the club's Achilles heel, and it's almost demoralizing to see them still constantly going through struggles like this at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham vs Newcastle United Player Ratings

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The home defeat to Newcastle was one of the poorest displays from Tottenham this season. Newcastle weren't anything special, but managed to find a spark from good second half performances from Sissoko and Ameobi. This result will ease the pressure on Newcastle and shift a lot of the media attention on Pochettino's stuttering Spurs.

Heads Gone! (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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With so many talking points from the weekend Premier League matches, we start by discussing the drama at Old Trafford where Manchester United battled Chelsea before diving into all of the "heads gone" drama up and down the country during Gameweek 9.

Plus, we're giving away a copy of FIFA 15 from EA Sports, so listen to the episode for your chance to win the brand-new video game.

Manchester United Boss Van Gaal Blasts Robin Van Persie

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was labeled "stupid" by his manager Louis van Gaal after removing his shirt as he celebrated his last-gasp equalizer against Chelsea.

Van Persie, whose form had been questioned ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford, secured a 1-1 draw for his side by slamming home in the 94th minute.

Interview With Robin Burt; World Soccer Talk Podcast Analyst

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It's a pleasure to feature an interview with Robin Burt, a passionate soccer fan and a fascinating individual.With more than 25+ years of experience in the entertainment business, Robin has manylife experiences and interesting stories to share, as you'll see in the interview below.

Born and bred in London, this Hammers fan has lived in Los Angeles since 1991.

Watch Manchester United vs Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most anticipated Premier League games of the 2014/15 season, Manchester United faced Chelsea in a match that lived up to its expectations.

United played in a much-improved manner compared to previous games this season but were unable to find the opening goal. Up stepped Chelsea's Didier Drogba who took advantage of poor marking in the box to knock a header into the back of the net from a Cesc Fabregas corner.

Nashville NBC Affiliate Show Kids Cartoons Instead of Man United-Chelsea Game

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Nashville NBC affiliateWSMV made the embarrassing mistake of broadcasting children's cartoons instead of the Manchester United against Chelsea game on Sunday, causing soccer fans to miss the first 30 minutes of the Premier League match.

WSMV felt the wrath of soccer fans who blasted the TV network on social media, complaining that they shouldn't be watching "Poppy Cat" instead of the English Premier League.

Manchester United vs Chelsea; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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In what is traditionally one of the biggest fixtures of the season, Manchester United faces its first massive test of the season after a relatively easy schedule during the beginning of the season. Its opponent, Chelsea, couldn't be any stronger — currently undefeated and seemingly invincible.

For viewers in the United States, the Noon ET kickoff will be shown live on free-to-air NBC.

Jurgen Klinsmann Continues To Challenge American Soccer Both On And Off The field

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When Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to be the new coach of the US Men's National Team in 2011, there was much excitement over the appointment of a successful innovator that would help propel America forward in the world of soccer. Transforming the United States into an elite soccer powerhouse would not be easy but it seemed more possible than ever before under Klinsmann's tutelage.

Spurs vs Newcastle & Burnley vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 9 Open Thread

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In Europe last night, the clocks went back one hour which means that the time difference between Eastern Time in the United States and England is only four hours (until the United States moves its clocks backnext Sunday). As a result, the games today kick off an hour later than normally scheduled.

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Preview, Predicted Lineups and Score Prediction

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A square-off between the mentor and his protege occurs at Old Trafford on Sunday (Noon ET on free-to-air NBC in the United States) when Manchester United host Chelsea.

In the past decade, these two teams have competed with one another for the Premier League title on multiple occasions, from the start of Jose Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea to Carlo Ancelotti's two seasons at the club.

Eden Hazard Is Cementing His Status Amongst The Game’s Elite, But He Can Still Get Better

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While Old Trafford may not emanate the same aura of intimidation these days, going up against Manchester United in their own back yard is a always difficult challenge. That's a narrative that even applies to league leaders Chelsea, who will be the next team to face off against Louis van Gaal's bolstered Red Devils squad in Sunday's match (live on NBC at Noon ET in the USA).

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Starting Lineups, TV & Internet Schedule and Open Thread

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More than 400 million people around the world will watch today's el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which will feature the world's biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and many more.

Starting lineups:

Real Madrid:Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Ronaldso, Kroos, Benzema, James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Carvajal, Modric, Isco

Barcelona:Bravo, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Suarez, Messi, Neymar

When:Saturday, October 25, 2014
Pre-game show:
Begins at 11am ET/8am PT
Start time:Game kicks off at Noon ET/9am PT
TV coverage:beIN SPORTS (English language), beIN SPORTS Español (Spanish language)
Online coverage:DishWorld (English and Spanish languages are both available).

Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy Preview: MLS’ Biggest Game of the Season So Far

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This is the ending Major League Soccer was dreaming of when they paired the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders together for the final two weeks of the regular season.

Both teams were locked on 60 points with two games to play. The first game of the home and away series, played at LA Galaxy's stadium, was a tightly contested 2-2 draw that saw the Galaxy, with the league's best defense, give up a two goal lead.

Divock Origi vs Mario Balotelli Comparison

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Brendan Rodgersraised a few eyebrows over the summer when Liverpoolsigned Belgium strikerDivock Origi from French team Lille for around £10million and then quickly loaned him back to France for the 2014-15 season. Origi, a rising teenage star, impressed at the 2014 World Cup for his Belgium national team.

3 Defensive Options For Arsenal to Consider Due to Koscielny Injury

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Although Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are back from their respective injuries, and Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott will soon be featuring in Arsenal matches, Laurent Koscielny's injury appears to be a bit more serious than first expected. The central defender returned to London while on international duty earlier in the month because of an achilles injury.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: TV Times and Open Thread

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

West Ham vs Manchester City, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra
Liverpool vs Hull, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunderland vs Arsenal, 10am, mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra
Southampton vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Brom vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Swansea vs Leicester, 12:30pm, NBCand NBC Sports Live Extra

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

El Clásico: Predicted Line-ups for Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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Saturdaymarks the first Clásico of the 2014-15 campaign with the match perfectly set up to provide us with many moments of controversy, entertainment and downright footballing artistry. The main talking point prior to kick-off is just how FC Barcelona will fit the returning Luis Suarez into their starting line-up whilst the hosts Real Madrid will look to build on their emphatic victory over Liverpool at Anfield in the week.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 9

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In a change that was made late on Friday, NBC Sports has decided to switch Saturday's 10am ET game and show Liverpool vs Hull City instead of Sunderland-Arsenal. The game featuring Mario Balotelli will be shown at 10am ET on NBCSN, while Sunderland-Arsenal has been moved to mun2, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spanish Clubs Continue To Show That La Liga Is More Than A ‘Two Team’ League

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Heading into this weekend, the eyes of the football world will focus on the Santiago Bernabeu and this season's version of 'El Clasico'.

La Ligagiants Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the Spanish landscape winning 32 and 22 league titles respectively and are currently two of Europe's in-form clubs.

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

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If you're asking yourself "Where can I find el Clasico on television or Internet in the United States," here are all of the details you need.

There's only one TV network in the United States that has the rights to show the game live on television, and that's beIN SPORTS.

beIN SPORTS is available on most satellite and cable systems as its English-language channel.

Manchester City Boss Pellegrini Says Sergio Aguero Can Get Better

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero has the potential to become the best player in the world.

Aguero's superb start to the season, which as seen him score 11 goals in as many games, including four against Tottenham last weekend, has reignited debate over his standing in the world game.

3 Reasons the Sounders Will Win the 2014 Supporters’ Shield

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The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters' Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET).

It's a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they've already added one trophy to their cabinet this season.

Brendan Rodgers Admits that Liverpool Has Defensive Issues

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Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli's spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool's real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and a summer overhaul of the defence has not rectified an increasingly worrying issue.

Watch Erik Lamela’s Incredible Rabona Goal for Tottenham [VIDEO]

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Who said the Europa League is boring?!

Tottenham Hotspur's mystery man Erik Lamela scored a sensational goal on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League against Tripoli when his rabona shot caught everyone by surprise.

The sheer intricacy of the move as well as the confidence displayed by Lamela in attempting the shot were astounding.

Luis Suarez Is A Ferocious Soccer Enigma, And Must Start For Barcelona In el Clasico

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There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole.

Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus Real Madrid, el Clasico, a titanic spectacle that'll be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, one in which the effervescent Uruguayan will play a part in.

5 Things That Will Happen In The Premier League This Weekend

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The 2014/15 season is eight games old and Southampton and West Ham proudly inhabit the top four while Manchester United continue to be just two bad games from a full-scale crisis.

But even in the topsy-turvy unpredictable Premier League, there are certainties to be found.

Here arefive for the weekend ahead:

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Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The match between Spain's two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one.

Elsewhere, we've got the top two sides in Germany going head-to-head,while the Premier League also boasts a pair of intriguing clashes.

Paul Pogba Signs A New Contract Keeping Him With Juventus Until 2019

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Paul Pogba has signed a new contract with Juventus which will keep him with the Italian giants until June 2019. There had been speculation over the summer that the French midfielder had extended his contract with the club, but those reports were premature. But today, the Serie A side have ended the transfer speculation surrounding the 21-year-old's future in Turin by announcing his signing with an official statement on the club's website.

Poll: Who Will Win el Clasico? Real Madrid or Barcelona

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With el Clásico kicking off this Saturday at Noon ET, speculation is rife as to team selections, tactical tweaks and possible individual brilliance that could determine who will take the spoils in the first meeting of Spain's big two of the 2014-15 campaign.

It is one of the few matches in world soccerwhich engages the masses.

Top 10 Highest Scoring Soccer Clubs in England Top Flight History

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The graph below shows the ten clubs who have amassed the most goalsin the history of English football's top division, ranging from the pre-Premier League era (First Division) right through to the present day.

Rather surprisingly, particularly to those of a younger generation, Everton and Aston Villa head the list, beatingthe modern day behemoths of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: How to Watch el Clasico Online

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Saturday'sel Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona promises to be a scintillatinggame featuring the best players in the world on one pitch — Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez and others.

Programming note: If you live in the United States, the game is being televised on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español as well as being streamed live on DishWorld.

New Controversy for Liverpool Striker Mario Balotelli

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Police are investigating reports Mario Balotelli threatened a woman said to have taken photographs of his Ferrari vehicle.

The Liverpool striker is understood to have been visiting his mother's home in Manchester today when the alleged incident took place.

The woman called police at 3.

Victor Valdes to Train with Manchester United

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Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is to train with Manchester United, the club have announced.

The 32-year-old, a free agent after leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, will first continue his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament at United before training with the first team.

A statement from the Old Trafford club said:

"Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has offered the 32-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes a chance to complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury and to work his way back to fitness with the club.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: 3 Key Player Matchups in el Clasico

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The first el Clásico of the season kicks off on Saturday at Noon ETwith both Real Madrid and Barcelona looking to take the first set of points off their most fierce rival. The match itself comes quite early in the campaign with neither team having settled into a rhythm just yet. However this clash is like very few others in that the back-story involving a certain Luis Suarez is likely to dominate the back pages over the coming days.

Per Mertesacker: Arsenal’s Passing Game Isn’t Efficient Enough

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Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker accepts the Gunnersare still misfiring despite pulling off a dramatic late 2-1 win over Anderlecht in Brussels to stay on course for the Champions League knock-out stage.

The Gunners got away with a largely average display at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, where a second-half header from Andy Najar looked to have put the Belgians on course for a famous win to ruin manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday.

Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe to Host New Weekly Soccer Show On NBC Sports Radio

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Beginning this Saturday, NBC Sports Radio will debut a new weekly soccer show featuring Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, two of NBCSN's soccer analysts.

Entitled The 2 Robbies 'Football' Show, the live show kicks off at 5pm ET and will be available on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app.

El Clásico: How Luis Suarez Will Fit into the Barcelona team

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Luis Suarez's four-month long ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is almost up and with that the Uruguayan forward will be able to make his competitive debut for FC Barcelona this Saturday (Noon ET kickoff on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld)in the most appropriate of fixtures, the first Clásico of the season at the Bernabeu.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 25-27 October

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The big matches just keep on coming with this weekend's Premier League betting coupon seeing Man United host runaway leaders Chelsea while Man City take on in form West Ham at Upton Park. Arsenal travel to Sunderland with the Black Cats looking to recoup some pride following their 8-0 thrashing lastr weekend while at the bottom QPR take on free falling Aston Villa and Burnley look for their first win of the campaign as they take on Everton.

Diego Costa Battling Stomach Illness Since Returning From International Duty

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According to reports out of England, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been battling an illness that forced him to spend time in the hospital after returning from international duty with Spain.

Costa had already been struggling with a recurring groin injury, but it has now surfaced that the former Atletico Madrid striker has also been suffering from a 'stomach illness' which had him sent to the hospital.

Mario Balotelli Is A Concern, But There Are Much Bigger Problems At Liverpool

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"APOLOGISE" read the headline on the back page of the Liverpool Echo, as the newspaper demanded that Mario Balotelli says sorry to the Liverpool supporters after swapping shirts with Pepe at half time against Real Madrid.

It's a sensationalist claim, and taking a quick glance at the back page of the paper, you probably wouldn't have immediately noted the score from the game, such is the focus on the antics of the £16 million man.

English FA Contacts Garry Monk Regarding His Post-Match Comments Following Stoke City Game

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The Football Association has contacted Swansea City manager Garry Monk to seek his observations in relation to post-match comments he made following his side's 2-1 loss to Stoke City on Sunday.

Following the match, Monk branded referee Michael Oliver's decision to award Stoke City a penalty "a disgrace" after it appeared Victor Moses had dived, before turning his attention to the head of Premier League referees Mike Riley.

Appreciating Arrigo Sacchi and His All-Conquering Milan Side

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"I never realized that to be a jockey you had to be a horse first". One of the most famous quotes in the history of soccer came from a man under intense pressure from the Italian media. Having never played football as a professional player, Arrigo Sacchi's ability to manage a team trying to reach the pinnacle of European football was in scrutiny.

Mauricio Pochettino Says Spurs Are On Right Track

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Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a "very tough period", but believes something special is in the offing with silverware not too far away.

The past few seasons have been turbulent at White Hart Lane, thanks in no small part to the club's frantic search for a return to the Champions League.

el Clasico: The Fascinating History Behind Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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Our world has been saturated by the media's constant attention to the wars and rivalries between nations, many of which have existed for centuries. This is a truth that most of us have simply learned to accept and a few have even embraced, but for others, these never-ending battles between the people of this small, pale blue dot is not fought on the seas, in the air, or on hallowed grounds, it is fought on a 100-yard grass field by twenty two of the most athletic and respected footballers of today's modern game.

Watch Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sublime goal for Real Madrid against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday to open up the scoring at Anfield.

Ronaldo netted the goal in the 23rd minute at Anfield to score his first-ever goal at the stadium. With Liverpool looking more threatening in the first 20 minutes, Real Madrid's goal was against the run of play, but who other than Cristiano Ronaldo would score the goal to open up the scoring?

Watch Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Up until the 88th minute of the game between Anderlecht and Arsenal, Anderlecht was leading 1-0 and were on the verge of a shock result, but the Gunners fought back with two late goals to achieve an unlikely victory.

Kieran Gibbs scored in the 89th minute after a inch-perfect cross by Calum Chambers.

UEFA Champions League, Wednesday Round 3: TV Times and Open Thread

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The UEFA Champions League returns with eightmatchesthat will be shown live across US television and Internet starting off with CSKA Moscow playing behind closed-doors versusManchester City.

Forviewersin theUnited States, the games will be shown across several channels. In addition to ESPN sublicensing some of the games from FOX, you can also follow the games onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service (which is offering a free trial this week).

Robinho Under Investigation For Alleged Involvement In The Group Sexual Assault Of A Teenager

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According to the Italian publication Corriere della Sera,AC Milan striker Robinho (who is currently on loan at Santos FC in Brazil) is under investigation for his alleged involvement in the group sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman.

The teenager reported the attack six months after it took place, the publication stated, adding that there were "some doubts" as to her account.

UEFA Considers Men-Only Ban As Punishment For Racist Behavior

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UEFA may order clubs to allow only women and children into European matches as punishment for racist behavior by fans after deciding to take no action against CSKA Moscow for apparently having fans inside the closed stadium against Manchester City.

Some 200 to 300 people supporting CSKA were inside the stadium on Tuesday night but UEFA is satisfied the rules were followed.

Signing Ex-Real Madrid Legend Raul Would Be A Major Coup For New York Cosmos

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Pele. Franz Beckenbauer. Giorgio Chinaglia. Carlos Alberto. Shep Messing. Legendary players who helped the New York Cosmos version one fill up New Jersey's Giants Stadium in the 1970s. By the early 80s, Mick Jaggerand Henry Kissinger stopped popping in for post-match champagne and the most famous soccer club in American history folded.

Dixie Dean’s Record Still Stands Even After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Remarkable Goalscoring Achievements

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Cristiano Ronaldo will rock up on Merseyside this week boasting a phenomenal strike rate for the 2013/14 season.

The Portuguese sensation has 17 goals in nine appearances in domestic and European competition at the time of writing, and such is the standard of the Real Madrid man's remarkable goalscoring feats, questions will be asked about the milestones the former Manchester United man could potentially accomplish for Los Blancos this year.

6 Olympique Lyonnais Players To Watch Out For

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On Sunday night,October 19,Olympique Lyonnaisthrashed Montpellier 5-1. Yoann Gourcuff netted a brace with Nabil Fékir, Alexandre Lacazette and Steed Malbranque scoring the other goals. Oddly enough this match was a far tenser affair than Lyon's 3-0 triumph over Lille.

In the early stages Montpellier looked lively and wasted a golden chance to take the lead, when Lucas Barrios failed to convert a one-on-one opportunity when racing towards Anthony Lopes' goal.

Sir Alex Ferguson Gives Backing to Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal

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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal to restore the club's fortunes.

The 63-year-old Dutchman is currently attempting to revitalize United after replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford in the summer.

Writing in his updated autobiography, Ferguson described Van Gaal as "a good choice".

Time For Juventus To Make Their Mark In Europe Once Again

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The early concerns that accompanied Juventus' start to the campaign were understandable following the departure of Antonio Conte.

Under the former boss, the Bianconeri had evolved into the most dominant side in Serie A, reflected emphatically by a trio of consecutive Scudetto wins under the tutelage of the Italian.

Analyzing MLS Average Attendances For 2010-2014; Updated After Gameweek 32

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Editor's note: One of the most popular features of one of our previous incarnations of this website was theseries of articles about MLS attendances written by Peter C ofOverlapping Run. Peter graciously agreed to allow us to publish his research into attendances in this article.

Average MLS Attendances For Week 32 (5-year comparison):

Comparisons of Average MLS Attendances YTD From 2010 to 2014:

Average Attendances for MLS Clubs; 2014 vs 2013 Comparison:

For my 2013 calculations, I took the 1 remaining team playing in a football stadium, New England in Foxboro, and assigned maximum capacity to 22,500.

Alan Irvine Finally Showing His Managerial Mettle At West Brom

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Despite only being appointed in the summer of 2014, Alan Irvine's tenure at West Bromwich Albion was never expected to be one of longevity. The Baggies supporters greeted the his acquisition with a collective shrug of the shoulders; after all, for all Irvine's gentlemanly qualities, he's yet to truly make his mark as a top quality manager.

Carlo Ancelotti Has Real Madrid Hitting Their Stride Heading Into Two Big Matches

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At the beginning of the season, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti informed the media that it would only be a matter of time before his players settled inwith the La Liga giants. Los Blancos' boss believed that summer signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos would soon become comfortable with their new teammates and that his club would move forward following the departuresof Xabi Alonso, Angel di Maria and Diego Lopez.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United Made Decision to Hire David Moyes, Not Me

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Sir Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

Moyes took charge of the Red Devils in the summer of 2013 as defending Premier League champions following Ferguson's retirement.

Questions Over CSKA Supporter Ban After Fans Gain Entry to Manchester City Match

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UEFA will face questions over its enforcement of ground closures after a number of CSKA Moscow supporters appeared to gain entry to their side's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Khimki Arena.

The Group E match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was officially played behind closed doors after the European governing body punished the Russian club for repeated racist offences by their fans.

Sunderland Players Offer Ticket Refund To Supporters Who Traveled To Southampton

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Yesterday, Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone suggested that Black Cats players should reimburse supporters who had traveled to St Mary's on Saturday only to witness the club fall to a humiliating 8-0 defeat against Southampton.

"I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay [for the fans'] tickets and their trip," Mannone said.

UEFA Champions League, Tuesday Round 3: TV Times and Open Thread

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The UEFA Champions League returns with eight matches that will be shown live across US television and Internet starting off with CSKA Moscow playing behind closed-doors versus Manchester City.

Forviewersin theUnited States, the games will be shown across several channels. In addition to ESPN sublicensing some of the games from FOX, you can also follow the games onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

How to Watch Champions League for Free With FOX Sports GO

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One of the biggest secrets at FOX Sports is their free and seldom-promoted FOX Sports GO app, not to be confused with their FOX Soccer 2GO service, which is a different streaming product.

With FOX Sports GO, you can watch your favorite soccer games from FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 streamed for free to your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Analyzing Manchester City vs Tottenham; Premier League Tactics Corner, Gameweek 8

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Sergio Aguero is fast off the ball and perhaps even quicker with it at his feet. He skips by defenders in and around the 18-yard box weekly and evades them to find the two inches of space he needs to punish the opponent with a sublime finish. If he doesn't get off a shot, he'll get fouled to draw a free kick, which could be finished by any of the world-class players on the Manchester City roster.

World Cup 2022 Matches Could Start At 1am, Says Official

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Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who is considering challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, has suggested that some 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar kick-off as late as 1am; meaning matches could end as late as 3:30am local time.

The ex-Chilean football chief said moving the games to that time of night would avoid the worst of the heat and allow the world tournament to remain scheduled during summer months.

Jamie Carragher Suggests Leaving Mario Balotelli Out Against Real Madrid [VIDEO]

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has suggested that Brendan Rodgers leave striker Mario Balotelli out of his starting eleven in order to give his side the best chance of beating Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Speaking onSky Sports: Monday Night Football, Carragher urged the Liverpool boss to drop the Italian international from the lineup and moved Raheem Sterling further forward.

Highs and Lows of Weekend Premier League Soccer Coverage

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After a two week international break that felt like a month, it was a welcome return to see the Premier League back on our television sets this past weekend.

It almost felt as if the teams had bottled up all of their energy and excitement into one weekend of matches as there were arguably 10 entertaining games in store.

Adel Taarabt Hits Back at QPR Manager Harry Redknapp

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QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Redknapp launched an attack on the Morocco international after QPR's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, claiming Taarabt was "not fit to play football", adding, "I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight".

Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal: We Can Catch Chelsea

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Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United can still close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

United drew 2-2 at West Brom on Monday to drop more points as they try to catch Jose Mourinho's leaders, who they host on Sunday.

Daley Blind scored an 87th minute equaliser after Saido Berahino's sixth league goal of the season almost wrapped up victory for Albion.

Daily Fantasy Soccer Websites Changing The Game In USA

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If you've watched any sports programming on US television during the past fewweeks, you will have likely seen or heard TV commercials to play in a daily sports fantasy game for a chance to win large sums of money. But what is this phenomenon all about? Can you really win cash, and howare these games legal in the United States?

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United; TV Times and Open Thread

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After 36 goals in 9 Premier League matches from the weekend, all attention turns to the Hawthorns today to see if there'll be another goals extravaganza with West Bromwich Albion hosting Manchester United.

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

West Brom vs Manchester United, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra

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

Southampton, the Feel Good Story of the Premier League Season Thus Far

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Fresh off of an 8-0 thrashingof Sunderland, Southampton are sitting in third place in the Premier League standings, just one point behind the defending champions in Manchester City. While many figured that the Saints would struggle and perhaps even find themselves embattled in a relegation fight at the end of the campaign (although I predicted otherwise six weeks ago), the team from the south coast has more than held their own to begin the 2014-15 Premier League season.

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski Says ‘Hell Will Freeze Over’ Before He Joins Tottenham

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has responded to transfer speculation linking him with a move to London rivals Tottenham via Twitter.

The German international voiced his opinion on the social media site in response to arumor posted on the official BBC Sport Twitter account.

BBC Sport speculated that Spurs were lining up a £10 million January bid for the Gunner's forward, who has not seen much playing time this season.

Gareth Bale Doubtful for Real Madrid Against Liverpool Game

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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffering from a buttock muscle injury.

The 25-year-old Wales star was an unused substitute in Saturday's Primera Division win over Levante on his return from international duty, while reports in Spain said he also sat out training on Monday.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Frustrated by Diego Costa Injury

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of his simmering discontent over uncommunicative national team managers over the treatment of his players in the continued absence of striker Diego Costa.

Spain striker Costa is out of Tuesday's Champions League Group G clash with Maribor with a hamstring problem which has plagued him persistently this season.

Vito Mannone Believes Sunderland Should Reimburse Fans Following Southampton Beating

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Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio was interviewed on Sky Sports: Goals on Sunday yesterday and shared his thoughts on the Black Cats' embarrassing 8-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday. Di Canio commented that when he played, he would "punish himself" for such a performance and expressed that Sunderland's players and coaches should "pay something".

36 Goals (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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After two weeks of solitude on the international break, Premier League football has returned with a bang, featuring a fistful of red cards, controversial incidents, own goals and goals galore. Premier League, now that you're back, don't ever leave us again!

As always, let's get to it.

The pod crew discuss these and many more topics from this the eighth week of the Premier League season.

Player Ratings: Everton 3 Aston Villa 0

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Smiles were brought back to Goodison Park as the Everton faithful witnessed their team finally announce themselves for this season. The team's 3-0 win over Aston Villa was much needed, and much deserved.

Roberto Martinez had clearly worked hard with the team on the training pitch to improve the defensive side of Everton's game an area which had been the team's Achilles heel in their relatively poor start to the season.

Potential Arturo Vidal Sale Leaves Juventus With A Healthy Reinvestment Headache

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Dating back to the summer transfer window, Arturo Vidal's name has been mentioned more than most in transfer speculation columns. Juventus refused to sell the Chilean midfielder in the summer, but may follow a different line of thinking during the January transfer window. Claudio Marchisio's re-emergence as well as the fact that the Chilean was involved in a nightclub brawl could lead the Bianconeri to sell.

Free Preview of FOX Soccer Plus Available From October 20-26

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For soccer fans with DirecTV, DishNetwork, AT&T/U-Verse, Verizon/FiOS, COX, RCN and well as some other smaller providers, FOX Soccer Plus is being offered as a free preview for the next week. The timing couldn't be better as itincludes Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League and Europa Leagueas well as key matches in the CONCACAF's Champions League as well as CONCACAF's Women World Cup qualifying.

Swansea Manager Garry Monk Fumes at Victor Moses Penalty Decision

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Garry Monk accused Stoke's Victor Moses of cheating by making a "blatant dive" in Swansea's 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium, adding that the winger should be ashamed of himself and punished for his actions.

Swans boss Monk was left fuming at the Potters' equalizer in the Barclays Premier League contest, which came in the 43rd minute after Moses went to ground in the visitors' box under the attentions of Angel Rangel.

Interview With Nate Abaurrea; World Soccer Talk Podcast Analyst

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If you've listened to the World Soccer Talk Podcast this season, you'll be familiar with the voice of the Liverpool Football Club-lovingNate Abaurrea, the American who has added an unpredictability to the podcast with his wit, sharp analysis, football songs and walks down memory lane.

But that's just scratching the surface.

Brendan Rodgers Full of Praise for Raheem Sterling After Late Win Against QPR

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Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling's "courage and cleverness" in providing the perfect riposte to "unfortunate" criticism of his England omission as Liverpool tiptoed to a 3-2 victory at QPR.

Sterling shook off controversy over claims he complained of tiredness in the build-up to England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia to mastermind Liverpool's patchy Loftus Road win.

Watch the Arsene Wenger Interview That Labeled Him Arrogant and Patronizing [VIDEO]

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After Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Hull City on Saturday, BBC reporter Jacqui Oatley interviewed Arsene Wenger and asked him some point-blank questions about why he believes Arsenal are not winning as many matches as they should.

While the questions were pretty straightforward, Wenger was on the defensive and didn't like the manner of the questions.

Pardew Keen to Build on First Win After 1-0 Victory Against Leicester

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not allow his players to rest on their laurels after they finally ended their wait for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the eighth attempt.

A rare goal from French midfielder Gabriel Obertan was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Leicester at St James' Park in a game which was delayed by an hour because of problems with a newly-erected big screen.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Player Ratings

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League leaders Chelsea came to Selhurst Park attempting to keep their lead at the top of the Premier League at 5 points. Having suffered a defeat there last season, Chelsea made sure they were better equipped for Crystal Palace's pressure. They emerged victorious 2-1, with goals from Oscar and Cesc Fabregas.

QPR vs Liverpool and Stoke vs Swansea; TV Times and Open Thread

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Pressure is building on Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp. The R's are locked to the bottom of the Premier League table with just 4 points from 7 games. A heavy defeat at home could be sealthe fate of Redknapp at Loftus Road.

At the same time, Liverpool currently sits in 10th position with 10 points, but a win could leapfrog them into fifth.

Sunderland Manager Gus Poyet Embarrassed by 8-0 Rout Against Southampton

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Gus Poyet was left bemoaning the most embarrassing moment of his football career after his Sunderland side were hammered 8-0 at Southampton.

The Uruguayan saw the Black Cats score two own goals on their way to their biggest ever Barclays Premier League defeat as a Graziano Pelle brace, as well as goals from Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane sealed a memorable afternoon for the hosts.

ESPN FC Website Now Publishing Premier League Goal Highlights

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ESPN has begun publishing goal highlights from the Premier League on its ESPN FC website.

The new development began today during Gameweek 8 of the Premier League. Previously, the NBC Sports website had exclusive online rights to goal highlights from August 2013 onwards. However, the recent development reveals that NBC Sports must have agreed to sublicense online highlights to ESPN whereby both NBC Sports and ESPN share the Premier League highlights on their respective websites.

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce Celebrates 60th With Win Against Burnley

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Sam Allardyce headed off to begin his 60th birthday celebrations with a spring in his step after seeing West Ham defeat Burnley to go fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Allardyce turns 60 on Sunday and the former Blackburn manager is staying in the north west to mark the occasion.

Jose Mourinho Refuses to Call the Premier League Title [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho believes his unbeaten Chelsea side would be champions elect in any other championship than the Premier League after their scintillating start to the season.

Chelsea lacked "balls" in last season's defeat at Crystal Palace which saw Mourinho concede the title, but on their return to Selhurst Park the Blues secured a seventh win from eight matches this term courtesy of sublime Oscar and Cesc Fabregas goals in a 2-1 win.

Roberto Martinez Lavishes Praise on Barkley After Everton’s 3-0 Win Against Aston Villa

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the return of Ross Barkley after the England international's first appearance of the season contributed to their first home league win.

The 20-year-old played 65 minutes after recovering from a knee injury on the eve of the campaign and was instrumental in the 3-0 victory against Aston Villa, pulling the strings as Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku scored before Seamus Coleman, also coming back from injury, added the third.

Arsene Wenger: We Blame Ourselves After 2-2 Draw With Hull

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side only had themselves to blame after having to battle back to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull with a stoppage-time equalizer from Danny Welbeck at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, with a makeshift defense and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through a fine finish from Alexis Sanchez and looked on their way to victory.

Watch Cesc Fabregas Score Sublime Goal For Chelsea Against Palace [VIDEO]

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored a textbook goal to put the Blues 2-0 in front of Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Chelsea completed six passes to lead to the goal, with intricate one-touch passing that shredded the Crystal Palace defense. It was a goal that is a perfect example of how passing can unlock a static defense.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Starting Lineups, TV Schedule & Open Thread

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

Manchester Cityvs Spurs, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Crystal Palacevs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Arsenal vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra andselect movie theaters; Tony Jones & Davie Provan
Burnley vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Alan Curbishley
Everton vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Newcastle vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Ray Houghton
Southamptonvs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Brian Little

Starting lineups:

Manchester City:Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Milner, Lampard, Fernando, Navas, Silva, Aguero

Subs:Caballero, Kolarov, Boyata, Toure, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Dzeko

Tottenham Hotspur:Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Soldado.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 8

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NBC has announced the commentators for this weekend's Premier League matches that will be shown on television and Internet across the United States.

Here's the line-up:

Saturday, October 18:

Manchester City vs Spurs, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Arsenal vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra and select movie theaters; Tony Jones & Davie Provan
Burnley vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Alan Curbishley
Everton vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Newcastle vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Ray Houghton
Southampton vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Brian Little

Sunday, October 19:

QPR vs Liverpool, 8:30am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Stoke vs Swansea, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Kevin Kilbane

Monday, October 20:

West Brom vs Manchester United, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; TBD & TBD

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Ask Your Questions to Nick Webster Live at 3pm ET/Noon PT/8pm UK Time

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World Soccer Talk Podcast host Nick Websteris doing a Reddit AMA today (Friday, October 17) at3pm ET/Noon PT.

Join the Reddit AMA right now by clicking this link.

With a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), you can ask Nickany questions you like — whether it's aboutKlinsmann vs Garber, the state of US soccer, what it's like workingat FOX Soccer, hosting the World Soccer Talk Podcast, commentating Chivas USA games or anything else that's on your mind that you always wanted to ask Nick.

Serie A Gameweek 7 Preview: Action Returns to Italy After International Break

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The international break is finally over, and regular service resumesin the top leagues across Europe including, of course, Serie A.

Although it's been two weeks, the incidents sparked in the Juventus-Roma game are still fresh in the memories of Serie A fans and players.

ASRoma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis bashed Juventus one more time, saying that during his experience as a player, he always had the feeling of not playing on an even footing againstJuventus.

Preview – Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool

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Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool are two teams which thus far have failed to meet expectations for the 2014/2015 Premier League season. After a high profile transfer window with each team losing their main source of proven top-flight firepower, both QPR and Liverpool are struggling for form.

Last season's should have been champions, Liverpool, have by no means displayed poor footballing efforts in the grand scheme of things.

Yes, Walcott is Returning But Don’t Forget About Gnabry

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With most of the attention focused on Theo Walcott's anticipated return from lengthy injury, Serge Gnabry's own comeback from injury has managed to fly under the radar. The 19-year-old German youth international has not featured for Arsenal since last season's 1-1 draw away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on March 12.

Receive Weekly Soccer TV Listings With Our Free Email Newsletter

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Beginning today, you can now receive a comprehensive guide to the weekly soccer TV and Internet listings with a free newsletter delivered to your email in-box every Thursday night.

This Week In Soccer features TV and Internet listings for the Premier League, MLS, La Liga, Serie A, Liga MX, Bundesliga, Ligue Un, UEFA Champions League, international games, Championship and more.

Join Nick Webster For His Reddit AMA On Friday at 3pm ET

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Nick Webster, formerly of FOX Soccer and now the host of theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast,will be on Reddit on Friday afternoon, October 17at 3pmET/Noon PT for a Reddit AMA (ask me anything).

If you haven't had a chance to participate in a Reddit AMA before, it's a unique opportunity to ask questions directly to writers, authors, celebrities or people with interesting stories, jobs or life experiences.

Everton’s Key Men Must Rediscover Form Amid Current Injury Crisis

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As domestic and European football rolls back around, the upcoming block of fixtures is important for all those concerned with Everton Football Club.

For the team it's criticalthat results take a turn for the better after a difficult start and for the supporters, the prospect of the upcoming Europa League jaunt to Lille is an exciting and long awaited one.

Copa Del Rey Fixtures Released; Possible Madrid Derby And El Clasico Loom

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The draw for the fourth round of the Copa del Rey has been made with the first legs set to be played on Wednesday December 3rd and the return fixture to be contested two weeks later on December 17th; except for the tie between Cornella and the reigning title holders Real Madrid, which will be played on October 29 and December 3rd because of Los Blancos involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Alexi Lalas And Brad Friedel Close to Joining FOX Sports, Says Source

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FOX Sports is close to finalizing deals to acquireAlexi Lalas and Brad Friedel as its newest soccer analysts, says a source to World Soccer Talk.

If finalized, themove to acquire the talents of Lalas and Friedel will bolster FOX's soccer coverage, where the two former US Men's National Team players can lend their expertise to FOX Sports' coverage of MLSand select US games(beginning in 2015), as well as coverage of the UEFA Champions League and, of course, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in addition to the possibility of working the 2015 and 2019 Women's World Cup tournaments.

Men In Blazers TV Ratings Are Literally Sub-Optimal

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It's still only early days in Men In Blazers making the transformation to a weekly TV show, but based on the preliminary TV ratings for the first 3 shows of the season, the results are literally sub-optimal.

After 3 episodes thus far, the Men In Blazers TV Show is averaging 30,000 viewers, which is incredibly disappointingfor a show that had so much hype.

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview and Predicted Lineups

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This Saturday (10am ET on NBCSN for viewers in the United States)sees Chelsea take the short trip down the road to South London, where Crystal Palace await them. The last time these two sides met skipper John Terry scored an own goal, denting the Blue's title hopes and giving Palace a real hope of staying up.

Jurgen Klinsmann Criticism is Meant To Soften MLS’ Shell

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Our readers have already read a few stories about the Klinsmann/Garber mud-slinging affair. Don Garber finally took the bait, as Klinsmann had spent the better part of 6 months goading him into a war of words.

For instance, Klinsmann begrudgingly took a whole host of MLS players to the World Cup, only to watch them put in some of the ugliest performances the side has ever seen.

Manchester City vs Tottenham: Predicted Lineups and Preview

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The first fixture to satisfy our insatiable desire for Premier League football after the international break is at the Etihad, as two of the current top six prepare to fight it out in this crucial early period (kickoff time is 7:45am ET, and the game will be shown live on US TV on NBCSN).

Despite decent hauls of 14 and 11 points so far, both sides have been somewhat inconsistent so far this term.

6 Ways that FIFA 15 Can Be Improved

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The trend among many sports video games is to make iterations year over year instead of seismic changes. The video game publishers know that soccer fans will buy the new FIFA game each year, and as long as those numbers are strong, there doesn't seem to be the driving need to make big changes.

However, no matter how good FIFA 15 is, there is room for improvement to give FIFA players more value in future versions.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The international break yielded a much more tolerable set of fixtures than we're used to, but there's nothing quite like domestic competition to get the soccer senses stimulated. And this weekend we've got a host of different clashes to savor from across the globe, each with their own unique connotations and surrounding circumstances.

Africa Cup Of Nations In Doubt As Host Country Withdraws Due To Ebola Concerns

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Next year's Africa Cup of Nations isin doubt after the proposed host country Morocco pulled out of the tournamentdue tofears regarding the Ebola outbreak on the continent.

Last week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) received a letter from the Moroccan government asking for the tournament to be called off and had agreed to discuss the plans at the next executive meeting on November 2.

Watch ‘Mike Bassett England Manager,’ the Hilarious Mockumentary [VIDEO]

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It's every Englishman's dream to be the person who leads their country to World Cup success from the pitfalls of despair to the tears of joy and open-top bus parade around Central London. If you aren't one of the managers of the big boys this dream will also be an impossible reality. However for Mike Bassett, this becomes his reality.

Understanding Roy Keane When You Never Got To See Him Play

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Whenever Roy Keane speaks, the world seems to stop and take notice. For a figure who is disregarded by many as a rash instigator, his opinion matters.

Yet, unlike experienced reporters or long-time supporters who witnessed and maybe even grew up with Keane, I never got to see him shine at the Theatre of Dreams.

A Lowdown on Chelsea’s First Team Doctor, Eva Carneiro

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Her beauty matches her brains, and football pundits often take the mickey out of Chelsea players for staying down injured a tad too long, only to have their first team medic attend to their injury. Yes, she is Chelsea's highly qualified eye-candy, Eva Carneiro.

For many, the knowledge on this damsel ends at the beauty that manifests on her facade along with her acute know-how on how to diagnose and treat several immediate injuries that players that succumb to while sweating for the jersey – their jersey.

Why Don Garber’s Outburst Against Jurgen Klinsmann Is Good News For MLS

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This week's war of words between USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and MLS Commissioner Don Garber is exactly what the league needs to make it more entertaining and intriguing off the pitch than on it. It's just a shame that the teleconference call wasn't streamed online for the rest of the soccer community to hear.

Do You Support Team Garber or Team Klinsmann?

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Whether it's promotion and relegation, or major USMNT players leaving Europe for the riches of MLS, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken numerous whacks at Don Garber's piñata recently. And Mr. Garber, desperate not to lose any PR or standing in the eyes of the growing American soccer populace, fought back.

UEFA Charge Albania and Serbia After Euro 2016 Qualifying Melee

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In the wake of Tuesday's fracas between Serbia and Albania, which was ignited whena GreaterAlbania flag wasflown by a droneover the Belgrade stadiumduring the Euro 2016 qualifying match, UEFAhas charged both national teams.

UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, has opened disciplinary cases against the Serbian and Albanian football associations on the matter thatculminated to an on-field melee involving players and fans.

Louis Van Gaal Has Exceeded Expectations After 3 Months At Manchester United

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British newspapers today have begun calling out manager Louis van Gaal for statements made earlier this season that it would take three months for his 'philosophy' to take root at Manchester United.

The Dutch boss assumed control at Old Trafford on July 15 and variousnews outletshave taken the opportunity to give the United manager his "three month report card".

MLS Commissioner Slams Jurgen Klinsmann Comments As Detrimental to League

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber went on the offensive Wednesday during a teleconference call with reporters and criticized US Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's comments as being "detrimental to the league and the sport of soccer in the US" as well as criticizing Klinsmann for his treatment of Landon Donovan.

Newcastle United Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez Runs Marathon Despite Battling Cancer

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In September, the public was made aware ofNewcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez's battle with testicular cancer after the player thanked fans via his Twitter account and during an interview with Argentinian television.

At the time, the31-year-old confirmed that he had been receiving chemotherapy in Argentina and tweeted his appreciation for all of the fans' support: "Thanks for all the messages.

Interview With Everton USA Supporters Group

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Everton struck gold at the World Cup this summer. Withthe United Statesencapsulated by the performances of their national teamin Brazil, thecountry tuned in for the second round clash with Belgium. It was in this game that Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard produced one of the iconic World Cup displays, thrusting Everton to front-and-center of the world stage.

Watch Jozy Altidore Score For USA Against Honduras [VIDEO]

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USA striker Jozy Altidore scored in front of his hometown Tuesday night during the USA against Honduras friendly at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Altidore showed his physical presence to beat the Honduran defense and slot the ball into the corner of the net. The 10th minute goal will do a lot to boost the confidence of the Sunderland striker who is currently unable to break into the Premier League team.

Arsenal Receive A Welcome Boost With Theo Walcott Returning To Training

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Positive injury news for Arsenal as Theo Walcott returns to training Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has returned to training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground this week.

Walcott, 25, has been out of action since sustaining an injury in the 2-0 win over Tottenham back in January.

What We Learned – Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1

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The recently crowned World Cup champions, Germany, haven't had the best of starts to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. They won narrowly against a spirited Scotland side, lost for the first time in their history against Poland and were dramatically denied by a dogged, well-drilled Irish team.

Wayne Rooney is Worthy of Praise Despite Frustrating Moments

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As England struggled to break down Estonia's defense on Sunday, Wayne Rooney was once again a central figure for all the good and bad moments.

Like many other games with England, Rooney struggled in the final third. He missed chances, wasted crosses, showed a poor first touch and lacked control in crucial moments.

Carlsberg Presents: England vs. San Marino – An Inside Look at the Carlsberg Fan Squad

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Turning up six hours before kick off is something usually reserved for club staff, tourists and middle aged mothers who ‘want a little extra time to get there, just in case'. Despite being none of the above, that is exactly what I did last Thursday, as I stepped off the underground to face Wembley at 2pm for the England against San Marino game.

US TV Schedule For African Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Wednesday, October 15

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African Nations Cup reaches Matchday #4 of the final qualifying groups on Wednesday. The 28 remaining teams are fighting for 15 spots for African Nations Cup final tournament which will be held in Morocco from January 17thto February 8th, 2015. The 28 teams are divided into 7 groups of 4 teams each.

Javier Mascherano is One Of World Soccer’s Underrated Defenders

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In the 90th minute, as Arjen Robben raced through the center of Argentina's defence, the stage was set. Putting an end to the demons of four years ago, where his failure to beat Iker Casillas one-on-one in the World Cup final cost his team the trophy, Robben was now ready for redemption. But it did not happen.

Analyzing MLS Average Attendances For 2010-2014; Updated After Gameweek 31

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Editor's note: One of the most popular features of one of our previous incarnations of this website was theseries of articles about MLS attendances written by Peter C ofOverlapping Run. Peter graciously agreed to allow us to publish his research into attendances in this article.

Average MLS Attendances For Week 30 (5-year comparison):


Comparisons of Average MLS Attendances YTD From 2010 to 2014:

Average Attendances for MLS Clubs; 2014 vs 2013 Comparison:

Compared to gameweek 30, thebiggest movers and shakers in the MLS attendances for gameweek 31 were Seattle (55,765 against Vancouver)and Dallas (19,039).

Serbia-Albania Game Abandoned After Drone Incident Results In Violence [VIDEO]

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The Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania was abandoned by the referee on Tuesday after a drone carrying an Albanian flag interrupted in the game, which later led to a mass brawl on the pitch and Albanian players being hit by projectiles from the crowd.

The insane scenes happened after the drone hovered over the stadium, carrying an Albanian flag.

AS Roma’s Interest In Adrien Rabiot Raises Doubts Over Kevin Strootman’s Future

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In an interview with Canal Plus, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has admitted that he doesn't know whether or not he will play formanager Laurent Blanc'sside again.

The 19-year-old who has been a rumored transfer target of AS Roma, Arsenal and Chelsea confessed that he was very close to completing a move to Serie A this summer before the deal ultimately fell through for unexplained reasons.

3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues

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As we've discussed for weeks now on this site, the new MLS brand ("MLS Next") comes at a time of incredible importance to the league. For most of the front office and media, the focus has been on the league's future and how bright it looks. However, the league needs to take a hard look at the present if it even wants to have a future considering the American soccer landscape is more challenging than it seems.

10 Of The Worst English Soccer Transfers Of All Time

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In the world of soccer, so much of the attention by the media is focused on the enormous transfers and all of the stars who are playing at the top level. But very little, if any, focus is placed on the worst transfers —the ones that make you wonder what the manager and chairman was thinking when they signed a new player.

US TV Schedule For International Friendlies on Tuesday, October 14

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The International break comes to a close on Tuesday for all but the African nations who still have a full round of qualifiers on Wednesday. And its a busy last day as 9 friendlies will be available on various networks in the US:

beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTSEspanol and DishWorldwill start the day with a triple-header from the Far East:

• 8:00am ET Hong Kong v Argentina (LIVE)
• 10:00am Japan v Brazil (available LIVE on beinsportsconnect.

Newcastle United Players And Manager Alan Pardew Must Rally Together For Defining Month

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Two years ago, Fabricio Coloccini was named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year after captaining Newcastle United to the cusp of a UEFA Champions League berth. In attack, Newcastle flaunted a fluid, exciting unit comprised of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa, with Yohan Cabaye the architect from midfield.

Who Is Miguel Ibarra?

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Do not feel bad if you are one of the many that are unfamiliar with the California native who wascalled up to the US Men's National Team squad for last Friday's 1-1 draw against Ecuador, and is included in Tuesday's squad for the match against Honduras. Three separate websites have Ibarra listed at three different positions.

7 Best Soccer subreddits to Follow

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Quickly becoming one of the largest online active communities, reddit is a hive of daily debate, discussion and news from across the globe. Labeling itself as ‘the front page of the internet', the website is split up into specific subreddits that can deal with anything from random ‘shower-thoughts' to 19thcentury Russian literature reviews.

Watch the Football Manager 2015 TV Commercial [VIDEO]

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Sports Interactive has released its brand-new TV commercial to promote Football Manager 2015, the new version of the football manager simulation game that is adored by millions worldwide.

There are no stars and few surprises in the TV commercial, but it does a good job at summing up many of the questions you'll have to ponder in the game.

5 Maltese Footballers That You Might Have Heard Of

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Malta is hardly renowned for it's football successes with the national side having won only four competitive matches. Ahead of Malta's Euro 2016 qualifying match against the mighty Italy, here is a list of five Maltese players whose careers have been a bright light for Maltese football over the past three decades.

Landon Donovan Deserves Credit For Building US Soccer Culture

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It's fair to say that Landon Donovan and the US soccer public have always had a complicated relationship.

When he burst onto the scene all those years ago, everything about Donovan screamed insecure. He was talented – very talented – but every time he ripped off his shirt in a goal celebration, showed up with bleached hair, or fled from Europe defeated and craving the comfort of home, US Soccer reeled too.

David Moyes Can Begin To Repair His Reputation With European Role

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"I'm ready to go".

So says former Manchester United manager David Moyes in the Daily Telegraph.

The Scot is raring to return to football but this time around it'll be on his own terms.

"Picking my next job is vitally important, I'm well aware of that. I have an open mind as to what it will be and where it will be – if it's in the Premier League or in the UK that's fine but if it's abroad then I'm okay with that".

Why Cesc Fabregas Never Lived Up To His Potential At Barcelona

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On August 15, 2011, FC Barcelona had finally agreed a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal. The move occurred after one of the longest transfer sagas in history, and there was much hype surrounding the move. Just three days later, Fabregas made his debut in the Spanish Super Cup second-leg as a substitute, as Barcelona lifted the trophy against Real Madrid.

Catching Up With the Bundesliga, Gameweeks 1-7

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In the Bundesliga, there is an inevitable end, and it is dressed in red and blue — Bayern Munich will win the league. This does not make the league any less exciting though, and as we take a breather for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, it is a perfect time to assess where we have been and where we are going in Germany.

New York Red Bulls Edge One Step Closer to Playoffs

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Last night at Red Bull Arena, the New York team's playoff dreams took a step forward, while those of Toronto dimmed, especially with the Columbus Crew win against the Philadelphia Union. It is a close race to the finish this year with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference, followed by the New England Revolution, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew currently sitting in the top five.

Colombia Beat El Salvador 3-0 In Front of Sellout Crowd Of 25,000 In New Jersey [VIDEO]

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Last night after the Colombian national team's 3-0 win over El Salvador, headcoach Jose Pekerman spoke about the new chapter that his team is beginning to write on the field. Reaching the quarter finals at the World Cup in Brazil this past summer will be a hard story to follow.

Heading to the match, traffic smacked to a halt on the New Jersey Turnpike well before exit 15 W, then crawled through Harrison, a string of tail lights leading to the long metal curl of the arena.

Africa Cup Of Nations Will Go Ahead Despite Ebola Virus Fears, Say Officials

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Today, the African Football Confederation (CAF) insisted that there will be no change to the schedule of the Africa Cup of Nations, which is to be held in Morocco from January 17 to February 8 next year.

On Friday, it was learned that the Moroccan government wanted the biennial 16-team tournament to be postponed after a report by the country's health ministry detailed the possible spread of the Ebola virus; which has killed more than 4,000 people since March 2014 when the outbreak was first reported in west Africa.

Serializations Clouding The Bigger Picture With Soccer Autobiographies

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Currently, in the United Kingdom the serialization of a top sporting figure's autobiography is gripping the media and the sporting world. It has drawn responses from all quarters and no one involved comes out of this sorry saga looking terribly good.

Of course I'm referring to the autobiography of former England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen but I could have well been talking about Roy Keane's latest tome.

Must-Watch International Matches This Weekend

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With the international break now in full swing there have already been a number of shocks, goals and downright entertaining moments. Heading into the second week of internationals before domestic action resumes, here are a couple of must-watch matches.

1. Brazil vs Argentina, Saturday, 8am,beIN SPORTS,beIN SPORTS EspanolandDishWorld

The sponsorship driven circus that is the Brazilian national team heads to the Far East this weekend as the Selecao, fresh from their World Cup semi-final humiliation at the hands of Germany, face fierce rivals Argentina in Beijing in a friendly match.

David Villa Scores On His Melbourne City FC Debut [VIDEO]

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Former Spain international David Villa came on as a second half substitute for Melbourne City FC and took only 15 minutes to score on his debut for the A-League club.

Villa received a strong ovation from both sets of supporters at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney when he came on as a substitute in the 48th minute and was wellcontained by the home side for mostof his time on the pitch.

Looking Ahead at Chelsea, City, Arsenal, United and Liverpool’s Premier League Fixtures

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With nearly a quarter of the season played, the league is starting to take shape but what does the future hold forChelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United over the coming weeks. Let's look ahead to theirnext 6 Premier League match-ups and how rosy or wilted each teammay appear after the six matches conclude:

Chelsea

Chelsea is thePremier League favorites and, without question, the most complete side in top-flight English football.

11 Most Entertaining Pitch Invaders In Soccer History [VIDEO]

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The pitch invasion. Once a rare spectacle that would often be mentioned by commentators or pundits, but hardly ever seen. Here in the UK, cameras would pan to other areas of the ground or cut back to the studio. The thinking was to show such incidents would encourage them, despite the harsh penalties often handed to fans that dared to entire the field of play!

Steven Gerrard’s Attacking Midfield Cameo An Added Dimension For Liverpool

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The age-old myth of a player's lifespan in football is a constant discussion point around the world and for Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, there is persistent conjecture about his supposed waining effect on the pitch.

The 34-year-old is currently in his 16th season at Anfield and his achievements are there for all to see Champions League winner, two FA Cups, three League Cups, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Bored and Frustrated By International Breaks? Help Is Soon On Its Way

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In the far away distance of 2018, there is hope for likeminded football supporters and coaches who could all do without the numerous international breaks for friendly matches as UEFA have unanimously agreed to the formation of a Nations League that will replace international friendlies.

The 54 UEFA member associations have all agreed to the formation of a league system which will divide the 54 teams into four groups and will make use of a promotion and relegation process.

Bayern Munich Reaping The Benefits Of A Rewarding Summer Transfer Window

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In transfer windows, elite teams generally spend more money than their lesser counterparts. This is due to more success and larger war chests. Bayern Munich has pulled something of a U-turn on that school of thought.

The team had to spend a justifiably large wad of cash on AS Roma center back Mehdi Benatia, but other than that were very economical with their spending.

English Soccer Fan Travels to US to Watch MLS Games and Shares His Experience

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I have been a reader ofWorld Soccer Talk (formerly EPLTalk) for around the last 4-5 years and during that time have been one of a privileged minority. As a season ticket holder to Stoke City, I am on the British side of the pond, from a footballing perspective. I've learnt over this time that culturally we consume our sport relatively differently, have come to the conclusion that neither way is better or worse than the other.

6 Players That Arsenal Should Pursue In The January Transfer Window

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Although Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal brass had a successful summer transfer period (including signing Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, David Ospina, and Danny Welbeck), there appears to still be unfinished business with incoming transfers. While Arsenal won't secure all of the following transfers, let's take a look at six possible transfer targets for the Gunners in the upcoming January transfer market.

Comprehensive Team By Team Preview Of The 2014-15 A-League Season

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It's the 10th anniversary of the A-League this season, and interest in football in Australia has never been stronger in the wake of a captivating World Cup in Brazil.

At the beginning of the A-League's inception ten years ago, many thought the league would fail to make an impression in Australia's diverse sporting landscape.

UEFA To Consider Rules Change Targeting Manchester United and Real Madrid’s Debt

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UEFA has arranged a meeting on Monday to discuss newFinancial Fair Play regulations which would make debt reduction part of its guidelines. There has been growing criticism thatthe governing body's efforts are focused solely on theover-investment at European clubs,while ignoring the accumulation of debt.

5 Liverpool Youngsters Who Reds Fan Should Be Excited About

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Liverpool has one of the best youth academies in the world. However, there can be no argument that in recent years it has failed to produce any world-class home grown talent.

Since Steven Gerrard broke on to the scene in 1998, no academy graduate has seen a sustained run in the first team at Anfield.

What It’s Like Supporting Manchester United From Australia

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Supporting Manchester United as an Australian has been a difficult practice of late, given the club's downward spiral after Sir Alex Ferguson retired after 27 years at the helm.

David Moyes infamously replaced the legendary Scot, and that is when the United shambles began.

Like in England and many other parts of the world, non-United supporters took this moment as the perfect opportunity to have a laugh at United, because of course they had no reason to laugh in the 27 years prior.

Why It’s Imperative That Sepp Blatter Is Challenged At FIFA Presidency Election

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The 1stof June 2011 saw Joseph ‘Sepp' Blatter elected to his fourth term as FIFA President. He (in)famously was the only candidate listed as his challenger Mohammed bin Hammam had to withdraw from the election due to charges of corruption.

Blatter garnered 186 of the 203 votes and was duly ‘reelected' as FIFA president and stated that he would not run for a fifth term.

Breaking Down Everton’s Turbulent Start To The Season

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Typically, the international break is an unwanted blemish on the football calendar. But for Evertonians, this two-week hiatus will come as welcome solace.

It's not been a brilliant start for Roberto Martinez and his side to say the least. The Toffees are perched one place above the relegation zone after seven games, with the lofty days of last season—in which Everton accrued 71 points, attacked with endeavour, defended diligently and finished in fifth place—but a wistful memory.

Watch Roy Keane Defend Himself Against “Sir Alex Ferguson’s Lies” [VIDEO]

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Speaking at the launch of his new book at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, Roy Keane expounded on the stories written in his autobiography and attempted to clarify some of the stories which have been run in the press.

Here's a collection of sound bites from Roy Keane's press conference today announcing the official sale of his new autobiography, Roy Keane: The Second Half:

"I have to defend myself against lies.

Analyzing MLS Average Attendances For 2010-2014; Updated After Gameweek 30

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Editor's note: One of the most popular features of one of our previous incarnations of this website was theseries of articles about MLS attendances written by Peter C of Overlapping Run. Peter graciously agreed to allow us to publish his research into attendances in this article.

Average MLS Attendances For Week 30 (5-year comparison):

Comparisons of Average MLS Attendances YTD From 2010 to 2014:

Average Attendances for MLS Clubs; 2014 vs 2013 Comparison:

For my 2013 calculations, I took the 1 remaining team playing in a football stadium, New England in Foxboro, and assigned maximum capacity to 22,500.

Best Bets From Top 5 European Leagues

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The domestic season takes a back seat this week for Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures but it is a chance to take a look at how each of the big leagues are panning out throughout Europe. Tipster for Easyodds.com Ross Casey has been scouring the league tables and the betting odds for the top five leagues and offers you his best outright bets.

UEFA Introducing Changes To Champions League Seeding; Top Seeds Go To Title Winners Only

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UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed that the European governing bodywill introduce changes to the Champions League group-stage, so that only the winners of the highest ranking leagues and the title holders will be among the top-seeded teams.

Currently, UEFA ranks clubs over five years of results, leaving domestic champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among the number two-seeded teams(Pot 2) this season.

Why It’s Time for Premier League Clubs To Play League Games Overseas

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After news leaked this week that the Premier League isexploring possibilities about expanding globally to include league games played overseas in select markets,many in the English media were quick to share their disdain for the idea even though the chairman of one Premier League club (Huw Jenkins, Swansea) said "There's definitely going to be a run of games played abroad in 12 months or two years.

Why Trabzonspor Are Suffering Their Worst League Start In 40 Years

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It wasn't supposed to be like this for Trabzonspor. With the team suffering its worst start in the Turkish top-flight in 40 years four wins and a loss people have begun to speculate about the future of manager Vahid Halilhodzic. Trabzonspor have only had two wins in competitive matches this season.

8 Celebrities Who Are True Hardcore Soccer Supporters

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As soccer has become a truly global sport, it's no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn't surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it's common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan).

Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Soccer

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Instagram is one of the hottest social mediums for soccer, whether you're a footballer, brand or supporter.

If you're a soccer fan, here are our top 10 Instagram accounts to follow:

1).Soccer Bible [@soccerbible]: Featuring all the "latest in football products, players and culture," SoccerBible has amassed a following of 1.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Agent Rules Out Manchester United Return

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In an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, has denied his client wants to leave Real Madrid and was adamant that the reigning Ballon d'Or winner will finish his career in the Spanish capital.

"Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy," Mendez told Cadena COPE.

Alexis Sanchez Believes Premier League Is Tougher Than La Liga And Serie A

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has told the club's official website that he believes the Premier League is a tougher competition than La Liga and Serie A.

Thequestion of 'which league is better' is the topic of an endless debate between fans of the European leagues. Although there is no straightforward way of gauging the strength of each country's domestic competition, it won't stop supporters from claiming theirs as the best.

Liverpool Under Pressure To Retain Rising Superstar Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is starting to attract interest from at least two big clubs in Europe. Following reports a few weeks ago that Real Madrid is looking to lure the 19-year-old Sterling to the Bernabeu, Paris Saint-Germain have also recently joined the chase for the talented youngster. The French giants are even willing to triple Sterling's current wages to bring him to the Parisian club.

Eden Hazard And The Case Of Winning The Ballon d’Or One Day

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"I want to be the best; I hope one day I can win the Ballon d'Or, maybe not now but if I work every day and take pleasure from my game then why not?"

Following his Player of the Season award at Chelsea, Eden Hazard was interviewed after the ceremony and was asked what his goals were in his career, he claimed that winning the Ballon d'Or was something he was hoping to get the privilege of receiving one day.

Juventus Fed Up With Indiscretions And Could Be Ready To Sell Arturo Vidal

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Last summer Juventus decided to keep hold of Arturo Vidal, despite rumors of a big-money offer from Manchester United.

During last transfer market, Juventus Director General and Sport Department CEO, Giuseppe Marotta stood firm and claimed that the player never had any intention of leaving the Italian giants.

Watch a Documentary About the Building of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium [VIDEO]

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Arsenal have won one trophy in the last nine years and while patience is wearing thin for the club's performances on the pitch, one aspect that the club has succeeded tremendously has been off the pitch. The club recently signed a lucrative kit deal with Puma, which was preceded by a new sponsorship deal with Emirates for shirt and stadium rights.

Analyzing The Importance Of Defensive Midfielders

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Claude Makelele is widely acknowledged as one of the best defensive midfielders in history. In 2003, he was sold by Real Madrid to Chelsea. Following this move, Zinedine Zidane famously said, "Why add another layer of gold to the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?" And Zidane was not wrong, Makelele had a very successful career at Chelsea, and his impressive performances prompted the English media to call the defensive midfield role "the Makelele" role.

Premier League Tactics Corner – Gameweek 7

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Two of fluid attacks were on in form in the Premier League at the weekend via Manchester City and Southampton.

Manchester City

The 4-4-2 has a lot of critics in the modern game. Some say it cannot be played because the shape gets outmanned in midfield. Others say the 4-4-2 is too predictable – too old school.

Premier League’s Game Abroad Proposal Will Be Met By A Fierce Backlash From Supporters

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After pleading with your boss to let you out a few minutes early, you just about make the train in time. Still uncomfortable in work attire on a jam-packed carriage, you occasionally wonder why you bother. Why not just go home, get in your slacks and have a meal with the family after another long day?

Premier League’s Game Abroad Proposal Will Be Met By A Fierce Backlash From British Supporters

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After pleading with your boss to let you out a few minutes early, you just about make the train in time. Still uncomfortable in work attire on a jam-packed carriage, you occasionally wonder why you bother. Why not just go home, get in your slacks and have a meal with the family after another long day?

Barcelona To Be Barred From La Liga If Catalonia Gains Independence, Says Official

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According to the president of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, Javier Tebas, Barcelona and Espanyol will not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia breaks from Spain.

Leaders in Catalonia have agreed to push ahead with a referendum on independence on November 9th, defying legal blocks by the Spanish government.

Recount Of The Lyon Matchday Fan Experience

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Date: October 5th 2014

Location: Lyon, France

Match: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Lille OSC

It's not every day that I get to attend a Ligue 1 game. It's certainly not every day that I prepare to attend a Ligue 1 clash by watching live Premier League action as part of a program Match of Ze Day (yep that's what it's called).

Mesut Ozil Ruled Out For 10-12 Weeks With Knee Injury

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Mesut Ozil has suffered a knee injury that will rule himout of action for up to three months, the German national teamannounced today.

Ozil, 25, was assumed fit when he arrived for international duty, but a ligament injury was discovered by the team's medical staff, who have estimated he will spend 10-12 weeks off the field.

8 Premier League Clubs Whose Fans Have The Worst Sense of Entitlement

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Every sports fan on earth wants their team to win, right? It's the fabric of being a sports fan, no matter the sport or the country or the team. English football has been around for more than a century, and some teams have been much more successful than others. Fortunes change, teams get relegated, and hearts get broken; some fans expect a little too much from their team.

Arsenal’s Lack Of A True Midfield Enforcer Derailing Title Bid

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Rewind to May 17th 2014. Arsenal have just ended their nine-year wait for a trophy and everyone around the club is elated. This coupled with a 17th consecutive top 4 finish signified a great season for Arsenal Football Club. This happiness that I speak of continued throughout the summer as Arsenal approached a summer transfer window with no financial constraints for the first time since the beginning of the Emirates Stadium construction.

5 Best Matches Of The Premier League Season So Far

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With the 2014-15 edition of the Barclays Premier League now seven matches old, there have already been a number of hugely entertaining fixtures illustrating just why the English top flight is so highly regarded across the globe.

Ranging from goal-bonanzas involving Manchester United to touchline bust-ups involving the usually calm figure of Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, the Premier League has already delivered moments that will live long in the memory.

Premier League and UEFA Eye Expansion to United States, Says Report

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US soccer fansmay be in for an unprecedented treat. According to reports in the Daily Mail newspaper tonight, Premier League matches and pre-season UEFA competitions could soon be headed to the United States as officials looktoexpand the sport globally and increase revenues.

The Premier Leagueiscontemplating the feasibility of playing league games in the United States based on the recent successes of the NFL games in London.

Top 3 Players Of Serie A Day 6

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The polemic big match between Juventus and AS Roma was the most important clash of Serie A day six. Bianconeri took home a contentious three points, after two penalty kicks gave Massimiliano Allegri's side and a thunderbolt strike from Leonardo Bonucci earned his side a precious victory.

After the final whistle, Roma captain Francesco Totti launched a verbal attack on the referees and Juventus.

Alex Morgan Has The Skill And Charisma To Continue Landon Donovan’s Legacy as the Face of US Soccer

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In just a few days, U.S. soccer fans will witness the end of an era. This Friday, Landon Donovan will step onto the field as a national team player for the very last time, thus concluding one of, if not, the most illustrious career in American soccer history.

For the casual viewer, the friendly match against Ecuador will simply be the inevitable fruition of Donovan's retirement announcement back in August, and possibly a moment to reflect on his many record-breaking accomplishments.

Fantasy Premier League Tips To Ponder During The International Break

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So it's that time of year again: your baseball friends are glued to the postseason, and the NFL is heating up, while your Fantasy Premier League team is on a two-week vacation. Just great.

Who even needs international breaks anyway?

Well, the truth is, we all need them. We go through the same motions each gameweek.

Hey New York Times, Here Are Soccer’s Most Authentic People

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On Tuesday morning,The New York Times took over as the PR firm of New York City FC and wrote a puff piece on their most recognizable names, Frank Lampard and David Villa. The piece was primarily about the system of franchises Manchester City is establishing across the globe, but it also included a line about how these two stars are bringing an "authenticity" to American soccer.

Football Manager 2015 Features Enhanced Graphics, Scouting and Management [VIDEO]

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Sports Interactive has launched a new video to reveal the new features coming to Football Manager, which will be available for purchase on November 7 (or available two weeks earlier for customers who pre-order the game).

The 30 minute video (see below) is definitely worth watching as it contains an overwhelming amount of information.

WATCH ‘An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary’ [VIDEO]

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Sports Interactive, the makers of the famous Football Manager computer game, have produced a brand-new film entitled "An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary," which debuted across the UK and Ireland on October 7, and is now available for viewing on the web.

The 80-minute+ documentary examines the enduring appeal of one of the most popular computer simulation games.

Watch Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Neymar Star In Jeans Commercial [VIDEO]

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Barcelona players Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic star in a new commercial to flog jeans.

The commercial is hip, features a groovy soundtrack and some appealing eye candy, but no matter how trendy the ad tries to be hip, you could remove Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta and Pique from the commercial and it wouldn't make a single iota of a difference.

Top 5 Recommended Soccer Podcasts

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Finding quality soccer podcasts is sometimes like trying to find a needle in the haystack, such is the sheer quantity available. But to make your life easier in your search of the best of the best, here are the top 5 recommended soccer podcasts out there along with my video review of each one and details on how to subscribe.

FOX Sports Making Baby Steps to Improve Its Soccer Coverage

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It's no secret that we've been critical of FOX Sports' poor soccer coverage during the past two years where they've committed a catalogof mistakes and thumbed its noses at its core soccer audience. Thankfully, FOX Sports isbeginning to see the light based on a few improvements they've made during the past week.

How the Teams Are Doing in the Championship From Gameweeks 1-11

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The English Championship is usually a tight league but the early signs of this season show it to be the closest one yet with two points separating first to eighthplace in the table. The early season table toppers are Norwich City managed by former player Neil Adams. In recent weeks, they have drawn a few games and seem to concede goals before they are fired into action.

4 Footballers Who Rose From Construction Sites to the Premier League

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Before the start of this season, if you didn't follow the English Football League, you probably hadn't heard of Jamie Vardy. After his instrumental role in Leicester City's extraordinary come back against Manchester United, you'll know who he is now, and no doubt his rapid rise to the top. Three years ago, at the age of 24, he was playing for Halifax Town in the Northern Premier League, six divisions below the Premier League.

Roy Keane Speaks His Mind Because He Doesn’t Need Public Approval

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Fans should be prepared for the next few daysbecause they are about to receive a media blitz following the release of former Manchester United captain Roy Keane's new book, Roy Keane: The Second Half. The international break is upon us and news stories are normally hard to come by during this time.

If Frank Lampard Extends Loan at Manchester City, It’s Another Missed Opportunity for MLS

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Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea was an awkward moment. The legend embraced the Chelsea blue and seemingly would retire with the club. When he left London, it was for New York City and to become the cornerstone of the flashy new NYCFC franchise seemingly to leave behind his Premier League career. Except NYCFC doesn't exist, at least not for another year, so Lampard stayed in the league to play for the "sister" club, Manchester City.

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

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Since Landon Donovan's final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it's time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the Aral Sea, examining Landon's legacy is important. Whether he is the best player to ever represent the Stars and Stripes is debatable.

Euro 2016 Qualifying Games TV Schedule For US Soccer Fans

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No less than 52 EURO 2016 qualifiers will be played over a 6-day span starting this Thursday, October 9th. Most teams will be in action twice as two so-called ‘Matchdays' will take place. Here is the complete breakdown of where to watch the matches LIVE as well as some delayed coverage of matches on the main networks (all times US Eastern):

Thursday, October 9th:

2:45pm Slovakia v Spain(ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes)
2:45pm England v San Marino(FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO) (Delayed on FOX Sports 1 next day at 4am)
2:45pm Sweden v Russia(FOX Soccer Plus) (Delayed on FOX Deportes next day at 10am)
2:45pm Belarus v Ukraine(espn3.

Jamie Carragher is Wrong, David Silva is Not ‘Two or Three Levels Above’ Juan Mata

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Juan Mata has rather surprisingly split opinion since his January transfer to Manchester United for what was then a club record £37.1million and this week former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, has labelled Manchester City's David Silva 'two or three levels above' Mata.

Napoli: Spending Big Hasn’t Always Led to Winning Big

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Ever since Rafa Benitez took charge at SSC Napoli, the Naples based club has splashed the cash. In a spending spree partly fueled by the sale of Edinson Cavani, the Partenopei remade their squad last off-season not only in an attempt to finally surpass Juventus atop Serie A, but also to make serious strides in Europe.

Four Ways To Stop Jose Mourinho’s Dominant Chelsea Outfit

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We may be only seven games into the season, however Chelsea have already proved they are the team to beat, after a blistering start that has seen them amass 19 points from a possible 21. They have been putting sides to the sword with the lethal core of Nemanja Matic, Andre Schuerrle, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa forming an almost telepathic understanding amongst themselves.

Reviewing The Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions From Week 7

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Martin Atkinson had a very difficult afternoon at Stamford Bridge with numerous contentious decisions. The first was a foul from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez. It was a dangerous tackle in my view as he endangered Alexis' safety, I think it was a red card offence. Arsene Wenger was clearly annoyed with Chelsea's tactics to cut up play, but should not have gone into Jose Mourinho's technical area.

What We Learned From Week 6 Of The Serie A

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The main event of the sixth week of Serie A was the clash between Juventus and Roma, the only two sides with an open streak of five victories in the five opening games. The match did meet its lofty expectations, ending 3-2 for the Bianconeri after 90 thrilling minutes. Both teams played expansive football, searching for open looks to the net and confirming themselves as the best formations in Italy by far.

Two Reasons Why La Liga Should Be Very Worried About Barcelona This Season

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Heading into the international break, Barcelona are undefeated and sit on top of La Liga's table with nineteen points after seven matches.

Thus far, the only blemish on the Spanish giants' domestic schedule was a nil-nil draw against Malaga. The Catalan sidehave scored nineteen times in the Primera Division and have yet to concede a goal domestically.

Chelsea Mishandled Thibaut Courtois’s Head Injury

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois suffered a head injury during the London Derby Sunday when Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez accidentally collided with the Belgium international inside the Chelsea penalty box. Courtois went down right away, and while the Chelsea medical staff treated the keeper, he was allowed to continue playing for another 14 minutes before finally being substituted and taken to hospital.

UEFA Fines And Punishes Partizan Belgrade For Anti-Semitic Spurs Banner

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[Warning: This article contains language and a picture containing words which some readers may find offensive.]

Partizan Belgrade have been fined £31,430 and will be forced to play their next Europa League match in a partially closed stadium after a section of their supporters displayed an anti-Semitic banner against Tottenham Hotspur during the two clubs' opening group stage encounter in September.

5 Ways to Cure Your Boredom During the International Break

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If you're like most soccer fans who are already dreading the next week or so without any league matches due to yet other international break, we are here to help. Listed below are five ways soccer fanatics can still get their fix of their favorite club despite the ultra-annoying break:

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Roy Keane Reveals Reasons Behind His Manchester United Departure

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has shed new light on the reasons behind his Old Trafford exit in 2005.

Rumors have circulated for years that Keane's departure from the club stemmed from a MUTV interview where the United midfielderinfamously blasted teammates Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher, Kieran Richardson and Alan Smith.

Italian Football Federation President Calls For TV Replays After Juventus-Roma Clash

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Italian Football Federation President Carlo Tavecchio said he plans to request to FIFAthe use of television replaysforquestionable calls following widespread scrutiny ofofficiating decisionsduring Sunday's Serie A clash between league leaders, Juventus and AS Roma.

The president also called for players and officials at Juventus and Roma to 'tone things down' after both clubspublic criticism ofmatch referee Gianluca Rocchi.

David Villa Takes Part In His First Training Session With Melbourne City FC

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Earlier today, former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa took part in his first training session with Melbourne City FC.

Spain's all-time leading scorer had previously been training in New York prior to his arrival in Australia 24 hours ago. The striker will join the A-League side on a 10-game loan spell before returning to his parent club, New York City FC.

USMNT Roster Announced For Friendly Against Ecuador

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Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his squad for the US Men's National Team friendly against Ecuador, which will be played on October 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men's National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when he plays against Ecuador.

Shoving Matches (Premier League Weekend Review)

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There's plenty to discuss from this weekend's Premier League action, so not surprisingly the World Soccer Talk Podcast crew tackle the Battle of Stamford Bridge first before discussing and analyzing the other 9 matches from Gameweek 7.

As always, let's get to it.

The pod crew discuss these and many more topics from this the seventbweek of the Premier League season.

Manchester United vs Everton Player Ratings

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For the second week in a row, Manchester United has avery lucky win under itsbelt. Everton deserved a point from this game, and played very well in the second half. Manchester United will need to improve their play significantly to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City; whom they will play soon.

Diego Costa And Angel Di Maria Are Having Immediate Impacts In England

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Today, amid the celebrations of Diego Costa's goal which spotted Chelsea a 2-0 lead over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports announcer Martin Tyler asked the question: "Have you seen a foreign player adapt so quickly to the Premier League?"

Of course, the long-time commentator was adding his own verbal 'flavor' to Costa's splendid finish which saw the striker gently flick the ball over the head of Gunners' goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny.

Watch Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger Post-Match Interviews [VIDEO]

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Premier League managers Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger got into a spat during the first half of the Chelsea-Arsenal match on Sunday after Chelsea defender Gary Cahill made a nasty tackle against Alexis Sanchez in front of the two managers.

Wenger, obviously incensed by the foul, walked over towards Mourinho, but the Chelsea manager motioned that Wenger should return to his technical area.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 7: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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The Premier League fixture computer has squeezed four matches into today in order for teams to be finished in time for players to report to international duty. And based on the games scheduled today, it looks like there could be some scintillating matches.

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

Manchester Unitedvs Everton, 7am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Tottenham vsSouthampton, 9am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Chelsea vs Arsenal, 9:05am, NBCSN and Telemundoand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
West Ham vs QPR, 11:15am, NBCSN; Ian Darke & David Pleat

Starting lineups

Manchester United:De Gea, Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Valencia, Di Maria, Mata, Falcao, van Persie

Subs:Lindegaard, Thorpe, Blackett, Fletcher, Fellaini, Januzaj, Wilson

Everton:Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Pienaar, Mcgeady, Naismith, Lukaku

Subs:Joel, Gibson, Eto'o, Oviedo, Osman, Browning, Alcaraz

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Tottenham:Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Mason, Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela, Adebayor

Subs:Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Dembele, Townsend, Kane, Soldado

Southampton:Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S.

Papiss Cisse’s Performances Have Granted Alan Pardew A Stay Of Execution

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Over the past few weeks, it appeared Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was a dead-man walking. A large section of the club's supporters, who were fed up with a year's worth of dismal performances had focused their attention on the Magpies' fourth-year manager. Protests were organized and signs handed out demanding that Pardew be removed from his position at the club.

5 Reasons Why Rio Ferdinand Is Disliked By So Many Soccer Fans

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Rio Ferdinand. The name conjures up a myriad of emotions and thoughts for soccer fans, both positive and negative. A flamboyant and contentious personality like Ferdinand is bound to be divisive, and it often seems that the majority of fans (not just fans of rival teams) dislike Ferdinand. What is it about Ferdinand that is so easy to hate?

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Preview: Heavyweights Clash in London Derby

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This Sunday will provide us with a rare phenomenon: A Premier League match in which the two biggest names will be on the sidelines, as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal prepare to make the trip to Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho and Chelsea await. Even if this was not simply a match featuring the two biggest managerial names in the Premier League, the slow-burning rivalry between Wenger, the stoic professor, and Mourinho, the antagonistic gadfly, continues to escalate.

Manchester United vs Everton Match Preview

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Manchester United welcome Roberto Martinez's Everton side to Old Trafford this Sunday in what is arguably Louis van Gaal's first real test as manager of United as the Toffees look to replicate last term's domestic double over United.

United head into Sunday's fixture with no real let-up on the injury front with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all still missing.

Valencia Benefiting From A Season Outside Of European Competition

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Prior to his side's round of sevenLa Liga encounter with Valencia, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone told the media: "As they are not in European competition this season, Valencia will have to try hard not to be in the top four [in Spain]."

The quote from the Argentine boss had been perceived by some as a way of'unnerving' his opponent on Saturday.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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It's the last Saturday of Premier League matches before the international break ruins the pleasures of our soccer-watching experience. And we have six matches in store including a few tasty ties.

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

Saturday, October 4:

Liverpool vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Hull vsCrystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Dean Sturridge
Leicester vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Trevor Francis
Sunderland vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Efan Ekoku
Swansea vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra andselect movie theaters nationwide; Gary Taphouse & Andy Hinchcliffe
Aston Villavs Man City, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Manchester United vs. Everton Predicted Lineups

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Manchester United are facing a major personnel dilemma for their match against Everton, with Ander Herrera ruled out for four weeks with a broken rib, and club captain Wayne Rooney suspended after receiving a straight red card in the game against West Ham. It means Darren Fletcher and Juan Mata respectively are in line to replace the duo, whose names are added to a long list of unavailable players.

Liverpool’s Best Starting XI For the 2014/15 Season

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Liverpool have experienced a stuttering start to the new season and have already been on the end of four losses in all competitions.

Having come within two points of their first league title in 24 years during the last campaign, many expected much of the same this time around.

Brendan Rodgers required the services of nine new players during the summer, adding much needed strength and depth to his small squad.

Analyzing Roy Hodgson’s England Squad For Upcoming Euro 2016 Qualifiers

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Roy Hodgson this week announced his 21-man squad for England's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne and Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are the notable call ups in what is a very young squad.

This is Clyne's first ever time in England's senior squad, having previously played at u-19 and u-21 level.

Manchester United: Interview with David Herman of One United USA

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David Herman takes a prominent role in the running of the official Manchester United supporters group in the United States, One United USA and was kind enough to speak to us and answer a few questions regarding the group's foundation and future plans.

Chris Winterburn (Chris): Firstly David, how did One United USA form as a supporters club and were there any early difficulties, which the group faced shortly after its inception during the 1991/1992 season?

Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

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It wasn't an empty threat. And it certainly wasn't a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year's Women's World Cup.

FIFA can no longer ignore the campaign of Abby Wambach and other women's players from across the soccer landscape, as the group filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Ontario tribunal court against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).

Predictions And Suggestions for the Re-Branded Chivas USA in 2017

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With the news that MLS is basically imploding, the mess that is Chivas USA, in order to sell a new MLS team in Los Angeles, it's worth looking at what that team could and should do in order to be successful. It's not as if the team itself has been a complete failure since its inaugural season in 2005.

Aston Villa vs. Manchester City Predicted Lineups

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It's been an up and down week at Villa Park with the sudden high at the return of Christian Benteke after six months absence because of a ruptured Achilles. Followed by the nasty news that fellow striker Libor Kozak was to have another operation on his broken leg.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will play his 300thgame for the club if selected and City will also be strengthened with the return of the tireless midfielder Fernando.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 7

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NBC has announced the commentators for this weekend's Premier League matches that will be shown on television and Internet across the United States.

Here's the line-up:

Saturday, October 4:

Liverpool vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Hull vs Crystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Dean Sturridge
Leicester vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Trevor Francis
Sunderland vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; David Stowell & Efan Ekoku
Swansea vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra and select movie theaters nationwide; Gary Taphouse & Andy Hinchcliffe
Aston Villa vs Man City, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Sunday, October 5:

Manchester United vs Everton, 7am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Tottenham vs Southampton, 9am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Chelsea vs Arsenal, 9:05am, NBCSN and Telemundoand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
West Ham vs QPR, 11:15am, NBCSN; Ian Darke & David Pleat

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 7 is a post from World Soccer Talk.

John Stones Shining In Spite Of Everton’s Defensive Deficiencies

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It'sespecially pleasingto see a young player given their chance in a team and grasping it with aplomb. There's something innately refreshing about witnessinga fresh face make their markand typically, when a youngster yieldsa positive contribution, the watching crowd stir and purr a little more than usual.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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With the international break looming large, we implore you to immerse yourself in a fine set ofdomestic actionweekend. And as luck would have it, there's a quintet of wonderful fixtures to take in over the course of the next couple of days.

We've got two games from the Premier League—a division which has averaged a whopping 2.

Lionel Messi Faces Tax Evasion Trial After Appeal Denied

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Lionel Messi is to face a trial for alleged tax evasion after a Spanish court rejected the Barcelona star's appeal against his prosecution.

Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding the Spanishstate of more than £3.1 million ($5 million) between 2007 and 2009. They have denied any wrongdoing and will have five days to appeal against the ruling.

Jose Mourinho Won’t Apologize For Labeling Arsene Wenger A ‘Specialist In Failure’

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Speaking ahead of his club's Super Sunday showdown with Arsenal, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined an opportunity to apologize tohis counterpartArsene Wenger for referring tolong-serving Gunners' bossas a "specialist in failure" last season.

Mourinho reminded reporters that hemade the verbal taunt in responseto comments made by Wenger and would prefer to leave that moment in the past.

3 Things We Have Learned About The Champions League After Matchday 2

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Schone Shines

Ajax are going to be hard pressed to outpace either FC Barcelona or Paris St Germain. However, they look comfortable for the Europa League spot at the moment. If they do drop into that competition, I fancy them to do well. The star man for them through the first two fixtures has been Danish internationalLasse Schöne.

Arsenal Has Tallied Nearly 900 Injuries Since 2002

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Arsenal has suffered a ridiculous 889 injuries (including illnesses) since the start of the 2002-03 season, according to arecent report by Physioroom.com.

The nearly 900 injuries during the last 12 seasons (plus the first two months of the current campaign) is an astronomical number compared to other top Premier League teams.

Newcastle United’s August-September Progress Report

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Newcastle United's start to the season has been extremely dismal. No wins yet in the league, Newcastle fans are currently calling for Alan Pardew to be sacked. The under pressure manager seems to be reluctant to depart the club and Mike Ashley, the owner, seems even more reluctant to sack him.

Team Strengths –

Even though there has been very limited strengths for Newcastle this season there has been one positive and this has been the fans.

Previewing The USWNT’s Matches For December

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The United State Women's National Team will head south to Brazil this December to participate in a four-team international tournament, that includes host nation Brazil, China PR and Argentina.

The US return to Brazil for their first game in 17 years to close out their 2014 year that included 24 games.

Analyzing Liverpool’s Problems When Defending Against Set Pieces

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When Liverpool played AS Roma at Boston's Fenway Park in a pre-season friendly over the summer, the weather could best be described as sultry. Boston is a workingman's city, full of the blue collar and the white collar, and people are tired at 9 o'clock on a 90 plus degree Wednesday with high humidity.

Serie A Matchday Six Preview

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Serie A day six is the day of league leaders Juventus against AS Roma. The two major contenders for the Italian title are finally ready to battle face-to-face and provide us with more answers about who should be considered the favorite.

Bianconeri and Giallorossi are the only two Italian teams playing in Champions League this season.

Top 5 Premier League Bets For Gameweek 7, 4-5 October

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There's some massive fixtures on this weekend's Premier League betting coupon, with Chelsea v Arsenal and Man Utd v Everton on Sunday afternoon top of the billing. Easyodds.com editor Simon Hopper has an ROI of over 18% on his Premier League best bets since the start of the 2013/14 season and he's on hand with his five best selections from this weekend's action!

Barcelona Set Up For Domestic Success And Champions League Failure

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Last May, when Luis Enrique was appointed manager of Barcelona, the 44-year-old inherited a group of players that hadn't lived up to the lofty expectations ofprevious Barcelona sides. Former coach "Tata" Martino played a role in the Catalan club's domestic and European decline last season. The Argentinian's tactics and man-management upset the core of the squad, as Barcelona saw theirChampions League and La Liga campaigns ended by league rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Examining Why So Many Premier League Teams Are Poor Defensively in Europe

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Although Chelsea sampledChampions Leagueglory in 2012, it's been afew yearssince English sides made a prolonged impression at the very pinnacle of European football.

Between the years of 2005 and 2012, of the 16 European Cup Final spots available, English teams occupied eight. But since the Blues' wonderful victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, the Premier League's elite seem to be a million miles away from being crowned kings of Europe; there's been just oneEnglish semi-finalist in the last two years.

Danny Welbeck Benefiting From Consistent Play And Arsene Wenger’s Tutelage

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It only took Danny Welbeck two Champions League appearances with Arsenal to become only the sixth Englishman to score a hat-trick in the European competition. The23-year-old forward, who signed from Manchester United on Deadline Day, became only the third Gunner to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Thierry Henry and Nicklas Bendtner.

Analyzing Adidas’ Steady Decline In North America

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When thinking of the two main companies for sports, whether it may be footwear or kits, the names that immediately come to everyone's mouths are Nike and Adidas. A good example of this is two of the biggest football/soccer clubs in Europe, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Madrid is sponsored by Adidas, while FC Barcelona is sponsored by Nike.

Martin Odegaard Has All The Qualities To Become Norway’s New Superstar

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Football is always a game where being a young kid you dream of being the Roy of The Rovers superstar that grabs victory from the jaws of defeat. When I was 15 year's old, I was discovering Oasis, sitting exams, playing PlayStation and failing amicably in my attempts to re-create the Gazza goal against Scotland in Euro '96.

Hull City August-September Progress Report

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Team strengths: Strength in depth, Hull City have a very impressive squad as a whole, something that would've been a necessity if their European adventure was as successful as they would've had hoped. Bringing in players with the skill and experience of Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and Michael Dawson to name just a few, is something that Hull fans would never have expected.

Reasons Against Manchester United Playing Midweek Friendlies Abroad

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I would argue that no one who understands soccer thinks that Manchester United should play midweek friendlies abroad. However, as has become apparent, understanding soccer is not a prerequisite of being a club executive anymore. Before I outline why I think these friendlies are a bad idea, let me assure the reader that I am not a naïve soccer purist.

The Heartwarming Story Of FC United

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"It'll all be over by Christmas".

Alan Gowling (ex Manchester United striker) on the establishment of FC United.

For what it's worth I am a card-carrying member of FC United of Manchester. I made the decision to throw my support behind the club following the hostile takeover of Manchester United by Malcolm Glazer.

Burnley’s August-September Progress Report

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Life is often hard for a promoted team, and Turf Moor has seen some hard times so far. The Scott Arfield stunner against Chelsea feels as if it was eons ago as the Clarets find life under the lights to be just as difficult as advertised. They have three points, but only one goal to show for it. So, where do they go from here in order to stay up?

Arsenal vs Galatasaray Player Ratings

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Having spent 18 years in charge of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is still incredibly reluctant to dwell on past successes. Yet, as an avid student of the game, he would have also been keenly aware of a few key statistics ahead of Galatasaray's visit to the Emirates in the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal have never lost to a Turkish side in regular time and Galatasaray have yet to record a win on English soil.

Europa League Matchday 2, US TV Information

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Here is a complete list of LIVE showings for Matchday #2 of the Europa League to be played on Thursday, October 2nd (all times US Eastern):

11:00am Dinamo Moscow v PSV Eindhoven (espn3)

12:00pm FC Krasnodar v Everton (FoxSports-1 + espn3.com)

1:00pm VfL Wolfsburg v Lille (FoxSports-2)

1:00pm HNK Rijeka v Sevilla (ESPN Deportes + DirecTV/482)

1:00pm Slovan Bratislava v Napoli (FoxSoccer-Plus)

1:00pm Feyenoord v Standard Liège (DirecTV/481 + espn3.

West Ham United August-September Progress Report

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The stats are not terribly encouraging for West Ham United but perhaps it's wise not to read too much into them. Amongst the ‘doom' and ‘gloom' there has been progress which the West Ham team can build on. The attacking element of their game seems more varied and dynamic, the all round team play appears to be developing and the new signings have added a depth to the squad that they didn't possess last season.

Arsenal vs Galatasaray, Basel vs Liverpool & More Champions League: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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After Chelsea's narrow victory against Sporting CP yesterday and Manchester City's disappointing 1-1 draw with AS Roma, two more Premier League teams take the field today in addition to several other European powers.

Here are the TV listings for today's matches (all times Eastern):

2:45pm Arsenal v Galatasaray (FoxSports-1, Fox Deportes and FOX Sports GO)
2:45pm FC Basel vs Liverpool (FoxSports-2 and FOX Sports GO)
2:45pm Atletico Madrid vs Juventus (ESPN2, DirecTV-482, espn3)
2:45pm PFC Ludogorets vs Real Madrid (FoxSportsnet Regionals, ESPN Deportes)
2:45pm Bayer Leverkusen vs SL Benfica (DirecTV-483, espn3)
2:45pm RSC Anderlecht vs B.

Manchester City Still Learning To Perform In The Champions League Is Baffling

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Following Manchester City's 1-1 home draw with AS Roma, questions are being asked about the reigning Premier League champions' ability to perform in the Champions League.

Prior to the contest against Roma, City manager Manuel Pellegrini was asked about his squad's chances ofwinning the European tournament:

"I am absolutely sure that Manchester City will eventually win the Champions League," the Chilean boss responded.

WATCH John Oliver Interviewed By David Letterman On Topic of English Soccer [VIDEO]

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World Soccer Talk's favorite mainstream pundit and comedian John Oliver was on the Late Show With David Letterman last night to talk about his favorite topic — professional soccer.

Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on HBO, was the man who brilliantly summed up everything that is morally wrong with FIFA.

Entertaining Vincent Tan Will Add Spice to New LA MLS Team [PHOTOS]

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Just because Vincent Tan may become a minority investor in Chivas USA doesn't mean that the Malaysian is not going to actively involved in making key decisions at the MLS club, which is more than likely to relaunch in 2-3 years from now.

Out of the investors linked to acquiring Chivas USA, Tan is the only one with any experience in running a soccer team.

How a Ticketing System Is Ripping the Soul Out Of Turkish Soccer

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When one thinks of soccerin Turkey, the first thing that would come to mind is the passion of the fans. The fans in Turkey have the reputation for being some of the craziest in Europe. But currently this season, the Turkish Super League has seen declining attendances. Where fans have once chanted for ninety minutes straight, they havebeen relatively silenced for the most part.

Top 3 Serie A Players Of Matchday 5

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After Serie A matchday 5, Juventus and AS Roma are still watching everyone else from the top of the table, waiting for next week's direct clash.

Juventus won 3-0 in Bergamo against Atalanta, while AS Roma had to wait the last 15 minutes of the game against Verona, to score the vital two goals at the Stadio Olimpico.

Russian Football Union Investigating Claims Of Racial Abuse Against Brazilian Forward Hulk

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Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has informed the Russian Football Union of racial abuse directed towards him by Spartak Moscow fans during a Russian Premier League match this past weekend. The Russian Football Union is now investigating the incidents and will likely explain what action it will be take within the next 24 hours.

Review of Men In Blazers TV Show: The Mystery Science Theater of Soccer

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I am a big fan of Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, better known as the Men in Blazers. Like many soccer fans, I discovered their terrific podcast on Grantland two years ago and haven't missed an episode since. Their appreciation of all things soccer, their insightful analysis, and above all their contagious sense of humor – which runs the gamut from intellectually witty to schoolyard silly – continue to amass fans that they refer to as "GFOPs" ("Great Friend of the Pod").

Analyzing Manchester United’s Teenage Defensive Lynchpin Paddy McNair

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Had it not have been for the injuries to Englishmen Chris Smalling and Phil Jones along with that of a senior Jonny Evans and the suspension of the recently first-teamer, Tyler Blackett – millions of fans around the world would have been oblivious to the name Paddy McNair – at least for a couple of seasons.

Underrated Olivier Giroud Deserves His Arsenal Contract Extension

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Injured Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will soon be rewarded with a two-year contract extension with the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger announced during his Tuesday press conference that the deal will be ironed out and completed shortly. The new contract will keep the France international at The Emirates until 2018.

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri Proving His Doubters Wrong

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Massimiliano Allegri spent his last few months with Milan as a dead man walking with rumours circulating about his imminent sack hugging the headlines of Italian newspapers day after day. The results were simply not good enough. The once mighty AC Milan was a mess on and off the pitch.

During Allegri's reign with the Rossoneri, several players including Andrea Pirlo, Mark van Bommel, Filippo Inzaghi, Pato, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrossini, Gianluca Zambrotta, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all left the club, be it to another club or through retirement.

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 6

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Through wide areas, Hull City has found a lot of its success, and Steven Naismith has become the centerpiece of Everton's alternative system of play.

Hull Raids The Flanks

When Ahmed Elmohamady went on trial with Steve Bruce's Sunderland in 2009, the Egyptian flank-raider changed his career.

Manchester City vs AS Roma Player Ratings

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On a night when Manchester City looked to kick-start their European campaign following an opening day defeat to Bayern Munich, it was actually Rudi Garcia's excellently drilled AS Roma side who will leave the North West of England much the happier side.

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Hart made a number of impressive saves to keep City level.

5 Things We Learned – PSG 3 Barcelona 2

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Match day two of the UEFA Champions League saw two of Europe's heavyweights slug it out. Barcelona under new coach Luis Enrique was enjoying a relatively untroubled start to the new season whilst a struggling Paris Saint-Germain went into the game without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Both teams were unbeaten but the form book tipped the scales in Barcelona's favour.

Tottenham Hotspur Move A Poor Career Choice For Michel Vorm

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As has been the case for many seasons now, the summer transfer window has presented the Barclays English Premier League many eyebrow-raising moments. From the transfer of Carlos Tevez from Manchester United to Manchester City or the Robin van Persie switch from Arsenal to United, there have been some memorable and unfathomable moves within the league.

Vincent Tan as a Minority Investor At Chivas USA; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!

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The debacle that Chivas USA has become is an indictment of MLS's obsession with the shiniest new objects while their current properties rot. Reports are now flying that the team could be put on hiatus, folded, or neither, and as much as we may joke about the empty stadiums and anti-Galaxy fan base, this public wavering that would make Hamlet proud really does a disservice to the fans and players.