EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

Topsy Turvy (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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This week's episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast features Tottenham Hotspur supporter Nicky Holender, Liverpool's secret weapon on the west coast (Nate Abaurrea) and Arsenal fan (and host) Nick Webster dissecting the weekend's Premier League matches from throughout England.

Plus, for World Soccer Talk Podcast listeners, we'll be announcing a brand-new contest to give away one copy of Football Manager 2015 (courtesy of Sega and Sports Interactive).

Pellegrini Open to Frank Lampard Stay at Manchester City

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Frank Lampard will struggle to tear himself away from Manchester City's Premier League title battle with former club Chelsea to join New York City FC, admits Manuel Pellegrini.

Former England midfielder Lampard is due to end his Etihad Stadium loan stint in January and link up with new club New York, after leaving Chelsea last summer.

Watch Tottenham 2-1 Everton Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Jan Vertonghen hailed a complete team performance after Tottenham came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

A stunning strike from Kevin Mirallas put Everton in front, but Christian Eriksen leveled before a rare goal from Roberto Soldado gave Tottenham a lead they kept to the final whistle.

Watch Southampton 0-3 Manchester City Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard's strikes took Manchester City up to second in the Barclays Premier League table and handed Southampton an ominous start to a daunting run of festive fixtures coming up.

Toure and Lampard provided the crucial calm finishes before Gael Clichy blasted home his first City goal in a 3-0 win at St Mary's which lifted the defending champions above Saints in the league standings.

Deportivo La Coruna Fan Dies Following Pre-Match Violence In Madrid

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A 43-year-old Deportivo La Coruna supporter has died after being injured during violence between rival fans outside of Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) had attempted to suspend Sunday's match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo following news of the violent incidents outside of the stadium, but according to the Spanish publicationAS,LFP officials were unable to locate any representatives of the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) who have the authority to issue the order to the match referee to stop the contest.

Tottenham vs Everton: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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It's been almost two months since Tottenham Hotspur has won a league match at White Hart Lane, so today will be a big test of whether the Spurs supporters will be on the back of the Tottenham players and how they'll cope.

Everton, meanwhile, have an opportunity to move into 7th place in the Premier League with a win today.

Watch New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to New England Revolution who advanced to the 2014 MLS Cup final after defeating New York Red Bulls on aggregate.

After beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 in Harrison, New Jersey last week, the Revs had the advantage playing at home this evening, but it ended up being a very nervy end to the match where RBNY just needed one more goal to guarantee qualification to the MLS Cup.

Jose Mourinho: No Way Diego Costa is a Problem

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defense of striker Diego Costa after a hard-fought encounter with Sunderland.

The in-form hitman failed to add to his 11 goals for the season at the Stadium of Light but escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at John O'Shea, before picking up his fifth yellow card of the season for catching fellow defender Wes Brown with a flailing arm during a 0-0 draw for the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Tottenham Boss Pochettino Gives Backing to Roberto Soldado

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Misfiring Roberto Soldado retains the confidence of Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose staff are creating training exercises to help get the Spaniard scoring again.

Having arrived last year to much fanfare, the 29-year-old has struggled to find the form which saw Spurs fork out B£26million for his services.

Sam Allardyce Enjoys Hammers Victory Against Newcastle United

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hailed a "massive victory" after Aaron Cresswell's first goal for the club proved enough to end Newcastle's winning streak at Upton Park.

The Irons moved back up to fifth place in the Barclays Premier League after a neat finish from left-back Cresswell, signed from Ipswich in the summer, proved enough to beat Newcastle 1-0, a side which came to east London full of confidence having won six successive league matches.

Southampton vs Manchester City: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Today's match between Southampton and Manchester City featuresa duel between second and third in the Premier League table with a lot on the line. A win for City will see them leapfrog Southampton into second place, six points behind Chelsea. But a win for Southampton will see the Saints close the gap with the Blues to just four points.

Watch Manchester United 3-0 Hull City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reflected on the most satisfactory performance of his Old Trafford reign after a comfortable 3-0 defeat of Hull.

United completely outplayed the visiting Tigers as they eased to three Barclays Premier League points with goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Watch WBA 0-1 Arsenal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Danny Welbeck bagged a crucial winner for Arsenal as the Gunners clinched a comfortable 1-0 win at West Brom.

In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson the striker nodded in to condemn the Baggies to a third straight defeat as the Gunners hit back from last week's defeat to Manchester United.

David Beckham And Eldest Son Escape Injury After Car Crash In England

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David Beckham and his oldest son Brooklyn escaped serious injury after they were involved in a car crash earlier today.

Beckham, 39, had just picked uphis 15-year-old son when his car was involved in a collision outside of the London Colney training centre. Both were spared serious injuries because the car's airbags deployed and were able to walk away from the incident.

Moussa Sissoko Has Been Key to Newcastle United’s Upturn in Fortunes

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When Moussa Sissoko burst into the English Premier League in January of 2013, it seemed the competition had welcomed a new superstar. A powerhouse display in his second outing for the club – scoring the equalizing and winning goals in a 3-2 win over Chelsea – announced his arrival in English football.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 13: TV Times & Open Thread

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

West Brom vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & David Pleat
Manchester Unitedvs Hull City, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Don Goodman
Liverpool vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
West Ham vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Swansea vsCrystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
Burnley vsAston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Brian Little
QPR vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Tony Gale
Sunderland vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

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

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 13

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After 12 days of the international break, club soccer finally returns across Europe this weekend much to the relief of soccer fans worldwide.

Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, November 29:

West Brom vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & David Pleat
Manchester United vs Hull City, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Don Goodman
Liverpool vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
West Ham vs Newcastle, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Swansea vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
Burnley vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Brian Little
QPR vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Tony Gale
Sunderland vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more: Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, November 30:

Southampton vs Man City, 8:30am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Spurs vs Everton, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Clive Allen

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

Tottenham Charged by UEFA Over Pitch Invaders

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Tottenham have been charged by UEFA for the pitch invasions that caused their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade to be temporarily suspended.

Spurs' progress to the knockout stages was overshadowed on Thursday night by the teams being led off in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip onto the White Hart Lane pitch.

Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman Focused on Crucial Period

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Ronald Koeman believes "something special" can be achieved at Southampton this season if they can prove their mettle in the coming weeks, starting this weekend against Manchester City.

An unparalleled talent drain in the summer led to much doom and gloom around St Mary's, yet the response has been nothing short of astonishing.

Arsenal Waits On Danny Welbeck Fitness

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Arsenal have doubts over several players for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom, including England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.

A Holiday Gift Guide For Soccer Fans

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If you're looking for ideas for soccer presents for you or your loved ones, you've come to the right place.

We've scoured the Internet to find an assortment of quality presents that would be a worthy addition to any soccer fan's home. Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Soccer Fans includes the best books, shirts, collectibles, video games, movies and technology.

Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino Reveals Safety Fears

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was concerned for his players' safety during the pitch invasions which leave the north London club facing the prospect of UEFA sanctions.

Spurs progressed to the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 win against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday, although that feat was overshadowed by a temporary suspension of play in the first half.

English Premier League Would be Better if ‘Smaller’ Teams Could Win Titles

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Admittedly I am a newer soccer fan. The 2006 World Cup helped me truly fall in love with the beautiful game to the point where I began to actively follow it online and on TV. Since that World Cup, I have become a fanatic, following multiple teams on multiple continents while writing for this site, starting a manuscript, and spending way more than I should on memorabilia.

Roy Keane Leaves Assistant Manager Role At Aston Villa

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Assistant manager Roy Keane has left Aston Villa with immediate effect.

The 43-year-old Irishman confessed that he had been struggling to combine his position with the Premier League club with the job he holds with the Republic of Ireland; Keane was hired as Martin O'Neill's number two in November 2013.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 29-30 November

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The Premier League is looking more and more like it will be in the grasp of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea once more this season, but what does this gameweek have in store? Tipster for Easyodds.com Ross Casey has been scouring the betting markets for all ten fixtures and has five of his best bets to offer.

Alan Pardew Thanks His Good Fortune For Signing Ayoze Perez

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Speaking ahead ofSaturday's matchagainst West Ham, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admitted his sidewere fortunate to find striker Ayoze Perez. The English clubwere able to beat out the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for the young forward's signature this summer.

The Magpies boss went on to praise the £1.

Brazilian Striker Brandao Handed One-Month Jail Sentence For Headbutting Thiago Motta

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Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence along with a £16,000 fine for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.

The Bastia player had already been given a six-month ban by the Ligue de Football Professionnel for an incident which took place at the Parc des Princes on August 16th.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Sundays are typically the best day of the week for soccer supporters. You can lay on the couch sampling a string of engrossing games with thoughts of the Monday morning alarm locked away at the back of your mind. And for those who love a lazy Sunday, this might just be the best weekend of the entire campaign.

Brazil Legend Pele In Sao Paulo Special Care Unit

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Pele, the Brazilian legend and humanitarian, has been transferred to a special care unit at the Albert Einstein hospital after having treatment for a urinary infection.

The 74-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Monday and is said to be "completely fine" and in "stable" condition.

The football great had previously been discharged on November 13th after having surgery to remove kidney stones.

Crystal Palace Manager Neil Warnock Adamant Yannick Bolasie Will Stay

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Manager Neil Warnock has vowed Yannick Bolasie will be staying at Crystal Palace after his eye-catching performances this season.

The enigmatic Congo winger dazzled in Palace's 3-1 defeat of Liverpool last Sunday which saw Warnock's men climb out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of this week's trip to Swansea.

Brendan Rodgers Refuses to Blame Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for another error which could have ended their Champions League dream.

The Belgium international has come in for criticism this season for a number of unconvincing performances and when he fumbled, Dani Abalo gave Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets a third-minute lead.

Jack Wilshere Out for 3 Months After Undergoing Surgery

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for around three months after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the Gunners have announced.

The England international was substituted during the second half of Saturday's defeat to Manchester United after damaging ankle ligaments and was subsequently sent to a specialist to be assessed.

Happy Thanksgiving From World Soccer Talk

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On behalf of everyone at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you a warm and sincere Happy Thanksgiving!

We're thankful for so many things. First of all, you! For being a loyal reader, listener and follower. Without you, World Soccer Talk wouldn't be anything, so we appreciate your comments as well as letting other people know about the site.

Test Your Fantasy Soccer Skills By Beating Us to Win Cash Prizes

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Think you know the Premier League? Show us your soccer expertise by playing a fantasy soccer game against The Gaffer and fellow World Soccer Talk personalities on Draft11.com. It's free to play, and if you finish in one of the top 5 positions, you'll receive a cash prize of $25!

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Analyzing 4 Former Premier League Players’ Serie A Form

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There were four players that arrived from Premier League clubs with big reputations and expectation at the beginning of the Serie A season. Despite their potential Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Ferando Torres have been underwhelming for their new clubs.

Here's an in-depth look at how each player has stacked up thus far.

Christian Eriksen Confident that Spurs Can Qualify for Champions League

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Christian Eriksen is confident Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League this season, one way or another.

Life at White Hart Lane has been tumultuous over recent years, thanks largely to the club's desperation to make a return to the continent's premier competition.

It is more than three-and-a-half years since they last competed in the Champions League, but Mauricio Pochettino does not appear to be under the same pressure as others at the helm in recent years.

Rickie Lambert Hails Improved Liverpool Display

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Rickie Lambert admitted a late equalizer for Ludogorets had left Liverpool "devastated" in Bulgaria but claimed their performance in the 2-2 draw ought to be enough to silence their critics.

A Simon Mignolet error gifted the hosts an early lead through Dani Abola, but Lambert's first Champions League goal leveled it before Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead eight minutes before the break.

In-form Cesc Fabregas Hails Chelsea Team-mates

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Cesc Fabregas believes he is playing the best football of his career and puts his scintillating form down to the quality of his Chelsea team-mates.

The Spain midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in the summer, insisting he had 'unfinished business' in the Premier League having previously spent eight years at Arsenal.

Watch Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's Champions League hopes remain alive after their first goals in the competition since mid-September but a late Ludogorets equaliser saw them leave Bulgaria disappointed.

A dogged performance with few of the hallmarks of manager Brendan Rodgers' preferred way of playing brought an end to a four-match losing run and would have repaired some badly damaged confidence had it not been for that late lapse in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, their hosts' home from home due to their own ground not meeting UEFA criteria,

They did, however, show resilience to recover from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's third-minute blunder as Rickie Lambert scored his second in as many games before Jordan Henderson scored the vital second just before half-time, only for Georgi Terziev to nick an equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at the death.

Watch Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal put their recent troubles behind them to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a match to spare.

The Gunners have endured their worst start to a domestic campaign for 30 years, and are eighth in the Barclays Premier League following Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Selects His “Dream” Starting Eleven [VIDEO]

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Paris Saint-Germain has released a video of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic selectinghis "dream" starting elevenon the club's official YouTube channel.

The Sweden international uses an adjective for each player in his squad, giving a little insight into what he thinks of his Dream Team teammates.

UEFA Champions League, Wednesday Matchday 5: TV Times and Open Thread

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For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Ludogorets vs Liverpool, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Basel vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO
Anderlecht vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Atletico Madrid vs Olympiakos, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Malmo vs Juventus, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Bayer Leverkusen vs AS Monaco, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3

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

Arsenal Photos From 1930s-1950s Colorized In Amazing Detail [PHOTOS]

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As a soccer fan and history buff, I love being able to see relics and old pictures of the beautiful game from generations past. Learning about the history of the sport, and also the specific team in which one roots for, is an extremely important thing in my mind. Putting a considerable amount of time and energy into a club without knowing much about their past successes and failures seems a bit senseless.

Watch Gary Neville Analyze Arsenal’s Defensive Deficiencies Against Man Utd [VIDEO]

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On this week's episode of Monday Night Football, Sky Sports soccer analyst Gary Neville analyzed Arsenal's defensive deficiencies they displayed against Manchester United where the Red Devils won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Neville illustrated why he was staggered by the way that Arsenal tried to play so desperately, and lacked the naivety to defend and attack.

Research Shows EA’s FIFA Soccer Video Game Has Huge Impact in US [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New research shows that EA's FIFA soccer game is a "gateway drug" to attract new soccer fans in the United States according to data released by EA Sports.

Not only is the video game loved and played by soccer fans both young and old, but it proves to be an ideal way to introduce sports fans to the passion of the beautiful game, so they can see on television how these footballers play in real life (as well as hopefully encouraging fans to go see these players in person).

Carlo Ancelotti Deserves More Credit For Real Madrid’s Accomplishments

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"Real Madridshould win La Liga and the Champions League every year with the talent in their squad."

"Anyone couldwin gameswith a squad full of players like that."

Football fans have either made or heard statements like these regarding Real Madrid since the time president Florentino Perezre-opened the club's"galacticos" policy during the early 2000′s.

8 Fantastic Facts About Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero

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Sergio Aguero commanded the headlines after scoring a stunning hat-trick for Manchester City against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport shares eight interesting facts about a player rated among the best in the world.

1. Aguero is known widely by his nickname 'Kun', a moniker that has stuck since childhood.

Alessio Cerci Finding Out About Life At Atletico Madrid

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Midfielder Alessio Cerci has been finding life at Atletico Madrid difficultsince he arrived in the Spanish capital from Torino in late August.

The Italian came to La Liga with expectations of being a major component in Diego Simeone's championship side. The 27-year-old was so excited about his imminent move to Spain that he prematurelytweeted news of his transfertwo weeks before it was officially announced by the Spanish champions.

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing Louis van Gaal’s Use of Pressing Tactics

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When talking about tactics, it's easy to get caught up in the hype over a formation and entirely ignore the system. There is a lot more thought put into the intricacies of how a team functions on a pitch than how it lines up.

Tactical thinkers, Louis van Gaal especially, are always quick to point out that the same formation can be played in many different ways.

Premier League Could be Set to Introduce Friday Night Matches

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With the battle for the new Barclays Premier League television rights set to begin at the start of the New Year, it is understood that the competing networks are keen on producing Friday night matches in the near future. BT Sport and Sky Sports are thought to be bidding up to an astounding £5 billion to secure the rights to air Premier League matches starting in 2016.

Top 3 Players of Serie A Gameweek 12

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Juventus midfielder Paul Poba is back to his best after a stunning display against Lazio in his side's 3-0 away win. AS Roma were able to grind out a victory that keeps them in the title picture with Juve, after Adem Ljaic starred for the team. However, the best player of the gameweek assured his place in Italian soccer folklore with another super display.

Bayern Munich President Says Xherdan Shaqiri Can Go To Another Club In January

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Honorary Bayern Munich President Franz Beckenbauer informed the mediathat midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri can go to another club in January because the German giants only want players who want to stay with the Bundesliga champions.

Rumors have been mounting for weeks regarding the out-of-favor midfielder afterthe player told the Swiss German-language tabloidBlickthat he wanted to leave Bayern during the summer.

Uruguay Football Association Wants Luis Suarez International Ban Reduced Before Copa America

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The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) is planning to talk with FIFA in order to have Luis Suarez's international ban reduced. Although the Barcelona striker can now play for his club, Suarez still has eight matches remaining on hisinternational ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger Will Not Change Jack Wilshere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere would not be the same player if you took away the determination which played a part in him suffering another injury blow.

The 22-year-old England international is set to see a specialist after damaging his ankle ligaments following a sliding challenge by Manchester United defender Paddy McNair on Saturday.

Criticism of Steven Gerrard is Unfair, Says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.

Watch Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Sergio Aguero struck twice in the closing minutes to complete a hat-trick and revive Manchester City's Champions League hopes with a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich.

City's challenge had looked all but over after Aguero's early penalty was cancelled out by quickfire goals from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski before half-time.

New Challenges Remain for Record-Breaking Messi

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Not content with the landmarks and trophies already scooped up in a 10-year Barcelona career, Lionel Messi this week reached twomilestones,breaking the records for the most number of goals in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.

The Argentina captain shows no sign of letting up just yet.

Watch Schalke 0-5 Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen to take on his Schalke side but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted in the build-up to this clash that his side needed to keep up their good form to avoid blowing their place at the head of Group G and ending up playing in the Europa League.

Win a Chance to See Arsenal in Training With Vitality

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A usual day at the Arsenal F.C. training centre consists of a strict regime of shuttle runs, stretching and ball skills but at a recent shoot for official wellness partners of Arsenal FC Vitality the players took the opportunity to take a breather from training with a few casual selfies on an unguarded smartphone.

UEFA Champions League, Tuesday Matchday 5: TV Times and Open Thread

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For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma, Noon, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
BATE vs Porto, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Schalke vs Chelsea, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO &FOX Soccer 2GO
APOEL vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Athletic, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Paris Saint-Germain vs Ajax, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Sporting Club vs Maribor, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3

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

Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 12

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Gameweek 12 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:


Fabianski [Swansea City] Lukasz Fabianski has been in great form for Swansea City this season.

Barcelona Weathered The Early Storm But Luis Enrique Expects More Struggles

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Heading into his side's Champions League Group F match against APOEL today (live on FOX Soccer 2GOat 2:45pm ET for viewers in the US), manager Luis Enrique has confessed that Barcelonahad a momentary drop in form following their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in late October.

Questions about the manager's tactics, his man-management and the team's chemistry most notably the relationship on the pitch between Lionel Messi, Neymar and new-signing Luis Suarez -quickly surfaced in the Spanish press following the convincing defeat in El Clasico.

5 Recommended Blogs For Soccer Fans

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We all love perusing the excellent content here on World Soccer Talk—why else would you be here!?—but there are plenty of other wonderful blogs that provide excellent content when it comes to the coverage of the beautiful game.

So while we encourage you continue checking in here to find out the latest thoughts from The Gaffer, Pete Quinn or Kartik Krishnaiyer, here's some of other places on the website where you might get an additional soccer fix.

Brendan Rodgers Calls for More Aggression From Liverpool Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Revealed; Bayern Munich Lead With 9 Nominations

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UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.

Real Madrid To Participate In 2015 International Champions Cup In Australia

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Victoria sports minister Damien Drum has confirmed that Real Madrid will take part in next summer's edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia fromJuly 18-24. The Spanish giants will be making their debut appearance 'down under' and play their gamesat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.

Poor Form of Premier League’s Top Clubs Making For The Most Competitive Season In Years

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If you were to ponder the current emotions of supporters from all 20 Premier League teams, only a small proportion would be completely contentwith the start their side has made to this engrossing season.

Chelsea and Southampton have began the campaign in spectacular fashion, while Newcastle United, Swansea City and West Ham United have also enjoyed unexpectedly fast starts.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne Will Fight for Top-Four Place

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Nathaniel Clyne has warned Southampton's top-four rivals the Saints are ready to fight for a Champions League spot.

The England defender is confident they can maintain their challenge ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at St Mary's.

Clyne scored in the Saints' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Paul Lambert Unfazed by Aston Villa’s Poor Attendance

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Boss Paul Lambert defended Aston Villa's fans after their lowest league gate for 15 years.

Just 25,311 watched Villa hold Southampton to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, where Gabby Agbonlahor's opener following Fraser Forster's gaffe was cancelled out by Nathaniel Clyne.

It was the lowest crowd in the Premier League at Villa Park since a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, when just 23,885 turned up.

Draw for 2015 Copa America Revealed; Mexico Avoids Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

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The draw for the 2015 Copa America has been revealed, so we now know who'll play each other in the opening rounds of the tournament to be played in Chile in June-July, 2015.

The draw is as follows:

Group A


Group B


Group C


The format of the tournament has the two top teams advancing from each group, as well as the two best third-placed teams.

Two Main Issues That Arsenal Need To Address

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Despite dominating both possession and shots, Arsenal fell to defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday at The Emirates. The 2-1 loss not only saw the Gunners drop down to eighth in the Premier League standings, but it also marked the first league defeat at home for the north London club in 15 months (also Manchester United's first league victory on the road since April).

List Of 9 Other Potential Lawsuits in Light of Valencia And DC Comics Saga

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For 75 years Batman has deftly defended Gotham City from the mass-murderous schemes of such villains as the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Now, the Dark Knight must tackle his most terrifying threat yet- an attack on his$11 billion merchandise empire. DC Comics is now battling La Liga's Valencia C.

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 12

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Jack Wilshere was lucky to escape a red card, let alone a yellow on Saturday against Manchester United at the weekend. The midfielder fouled Marouane Fellaini, then showed dissent towards Mike Dean, in an aggressive manner, which warranted a yellow card I felt. Wilshere then turned to Fellaini and leaned in with his head.

Arsenal Has Dilemma With The Wenger And Klopp Situation

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At 65 years of age, Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger is most likely nearing the end of an outstanding career as a soccer manager. Since going from a relatively little-known manager to being appointed as Arsenal's leader in 1996, Wenger has without a doubt become one of the greatest managers in Premier League history.

New York City FC Away Shirt for 2015 Season Revealed: [PHOTOS]

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New York City FC has unveiled its away shirt for the debut 2015 season.

After unveiling its home shirt in New York 10 days ago to a thumbs down from most bloggers and fans, the new MLS team today revealed its away shirt, which features a black shirt and sky blue trim.

Why, oh why New York City FC didn't decide to use this as their home shirt and relegate the sky blue one to a change shirt, I don't know (well, we do know, and it's because their parent club is Manchester City).

Product Review of Football Manager 2015 and FM 2015 Handheld Games

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In playing Football Manager 15, it's sometimes hard to imagine how Sega and Sports Interactive can still come up with a yearly iterationthat'sfresh and interesting, which is no less true with other annualsports franchises such as Madden and FIFA. Somehow, though, they've pulled it off. I haven't played Football Manager for the last 2 years, so I can really see how it's improved.

Pellegrini: Manchester City Will Fight in Champions League to the End

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised his team will fight to the end to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

City host Bayern Munich in a crucial clash on Tuesday knowing anything but victory could effectively end their hopes for another year.

Pellegrini's men have claimed just two points from four games in Group E and will be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

Arsene Wenger Needs to Learn From His Mistakes, Says Alisher Usmanov

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Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes and claims the Gunners need to strengthen the entire team to compete with the best in Europe.

The Russian billionaire, who owns 30 per cent of the club, was keen to emphasize his admiration for Wenger but believes the Frenchman is letting his principles stand in the way of Arsenal's success.

Aston Villa vs Southampton: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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Aston Villa celebrates tonight 140 years since the club played its first match in November, 1874.

The Villains will be hoping for a move to get them away from the relegation dropzone, while a win for Southampton will move the Saints within four points of first-placed Chelsea.

For viewers in the United States, here are today's TV times:

Aston Villa vs Southampton, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting lineups:

Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Cleverley, N'Zogbia; Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Ander Herrera Biding His Time While Louis Van Gaal Finds ‘Balance’ At Manchester United

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The lasttime Ander Herreramade an appearancefor Manchester United was against West Bromwich Albion on October 20th. The midfielder started the game but wasreplaced at halftime by Marouane Fellaini. It was learned that Herrera had "tweaked" his rib; an injury that had kept him out of United's lineup for the previous three weeks.

Playacting In Soccer WIll Continue As Long As Authorities Fail to Stamp It Out

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There have been a plethora of occurrences in recent weeks when players have reacted in bad to minor provocation. Christian Benteke and Gaston Ramirez were both sent off in games against Tottenham Hotspur for needless, erratic lapses in concentration. Both of their teams were 1-0 up at the time before going on to lose 2-1 to the Londoners after their respective red cards

And yet, while the two aforementioned players in question have done plenty tocost their team a much needed three points, it's the players on the end of those lapses—Ryan Mason and Jan Vertonghen respectively—that have received the baulk of the criticism for their subsequent reactions.

What’s Your Favorite Soccer Podcast?

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Soccer fans are an opinionated group of people. We know what we like, and there are plenty of choices to choose from.

Based on your opinion, whatsoccer podcasts are your favorite?

It's a broad topic and there are plenty of options available, so feel free to list your favorites! Share your honest opinion in the comments section below or on our social media platforms on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Reddit.

Book Review of ‘The Game Of Our Lives’ by David Goldblatt

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It is difficult to describe in wordswhat an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is. Following up on his remarkable works Futebol Nation and The Ball is Round, Goldblatt has tackled a topic few have managed to truly understand. – the emergence of soccerand the Premier League as a global window to the new more urbane and sophisticated (at least in theory) Britain.

Manchester City Manager Pellegrini Dismisses Leo Messi Rumors

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed "rumors" that the club could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi's future at Barca has been the subject of recent speculation despite the Argentinian's hero status at the Nou Camp and his phenomenal goalscoring record.

Timeless Samuel Eto’o Already Proving His Immense Worth To Everton 

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Signing players in the twilight of their career who have sampled illustrious glories always comes with a measure of risk. Having achieved all of their major ambitions, does the desire still linger? Do they still have the class to cut it at the top level? Can they help inspire a supposed lesser side to bigger and better things?

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Aware of His Situation

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Brendan Rodgers knows his position as Liverpool boss could start to come under scrutiny if their current poor form continues.

The Reds lost a fourth consecutive game in all competitions after going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and Rodgers' side are now 18 points off the pace of Barclays Premier League pace-setters Chelsea.

Watch LA Galaxy 1-0 Seattle Sounders Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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MLS team LA Galaxy took a narrow advantage in the first leg of the Western Conference Final today with a 1-0 victory at the StubHub Center, outside Los Angeles.

The game, which was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000, featured a goal from Marcelo Sarvas in the 52nd minute to give the LA team the lead.

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri Focused On Bayern Munich

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Samir Nasri welcomed Manchester City's return to winning ways but immediately turned his thoughts to the step up required in the Champions League this week.

French midfielder Nasri shone as City came from behind to edge out Swansea 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League with goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Fallen Hero (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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Arsene Wenger will be breathing a sigh of relief this weekend after Liverpool got demolished 3-1 against Crystal Palace, thus taking away a lot of the discussion about how both Arsenal and Liverpool —two mighty teams in England —are suffering from poor form.

Plus we discuss all of the latest Premier League matches from the weekend.

New York Red Bulls 1-2 New England Revolution: Ref Loses Control Of Game

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Earlier today, fans walked the long drive up to Red Bull Arena. There was no parking near the arena so they walked, most about a quarter mile, to the gates. Some had been coming to games the entire year, more to just a game here and there, and what seemed to be the majority were the fans for the afternoon.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen: We Must Do Better at Home

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Christian Eriksen has set his sights on curing Tottenham's White Hart Lane woe after getting the side out of jail at Hull.

Spurs' rocky first season under Mauricio Pochettino appeared to heading for another low ebb at the KC Stadium on Sunday when they went in at half-time 1-0 behind.

A team showing six changes largely injury-enforced were turning in a thoroughly disjointed performance when Tigers forward Gaston Ramirez was dismissed for kicking out at Jan Vertonghen.

Watch Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they let an early lead slip to lose 3-1 at struggling Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Only twice before have the Reds amassed fewer points at this stage of a Barclays Premier League season, but last year's runners-up are failing to hit the heady heights that saw them push Manchester City all the way and have now lost their last four matches in all competitions.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling Hopes to Build on Victory Against Arsenal

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Defender Chris Smalling is confident Manchester United's 2-1 win at Arsenal can serve as a platform on which to cement their place back in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

United recorded their first away win under Louis van Gaal after weathering an early onslaught from the Gunners, when goalkeeper David De Gea saved one-on-one from Jack Wilshere.

Watch Jamie Carragher Slam Liverpool As Mentally Weak [VIDEO]

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Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher slated the club's performances during 2014 today, labeling the side as having no leadership, showing no progress and being bullied and outclassed by a Crystal Palace side.

Carragher's arguments were televised on Sky Sports after the Palace-Liverpool game.

Watch New York Red Bulls 1-2 New England Revolution Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Fans of New York Red Bulls will feel hard done by in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Final today after Jermaine Jones should have been sent off for a reckless foul in the first half. But the USMNT player only received a yellow card and proceeded to grab a late goal and Man of the Match award to give New England a surprise win at the Red Bull Arena.

Review of Didier Drogba Comic Book, ‘From Tito to Drogba’

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When I first heard that Didier Drogba's story was being told in comic form, I waited in eager anticipation to get my hands on the book. See, I read comic books on a weekly basis and head straight to my local comic store after work each Wednesday to pick up new issues. I do this largely because I think some of the best stories being told right now are in comic books.

Mourinho On Game Against Schalke: It’s Not Me Against Roberto Di Matteo

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Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea versus Schalke on Tuesday night should not be billed as a clash between him and his opposite number Roberto Di Matteo.

The Portuguese, now in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, is a firm fans' favorite in west London, despite having been unable to secure the European crown he won at Porto and Inter Milan.

Arsenal Taking Nothing For Granted Ahead of Tough Champions League Challenge

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Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has warned Arsenal must not take qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League as a formality even though they need just a point from their final two Group D matches.

The Gunners would have already been through along with leaders Borussia Dortmund, whom they host on Wednesday night, had they not thrown away a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht on Matchday Four.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 12: TV Times & Open Thread

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

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, 8:30am, CNBCand NBC Sports Live Extra
Hull City vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand 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.

David Moyes Makes A Quiet Debut In Spain

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes made his debut in Spain yesterday as his new club, Real Sociedad, traveled to Deportivo La Coruna for the late match on the Saturday La Liga schedule.

His Spanish debutdidn't start with a "bang", in fact, he was almost late for his first match with the club because his team's plane had to be re-routed to Santiago De Compostela due to bad weather.

Sound Success Cheers Jose Mourinho After Win Against West Brom

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Jose Mourinho may be sorry for criticizing the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom.

At the start of November, the Portuguese risked the ire of his own supporters by saying it felt like the Blues were playing at an "empty stadium" when near neighbours QPR visited.

Watch Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Wayne Rooney hailed a "massive" win for Manchester United as a counter-attacking display earned them a 2-1 win at Arsenal.

A Kieran Gibbs own goal gave United the lead against the run of play and, as the hosts poured forward in search of an equaliser, Rooney took advantage of the acres of space at the back to make it two.

Robbie Keane to Appear on The 2 Robbies Show at 5pm ET Today

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features LA Galaxy and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.com(or via the player below). Both Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe want to make the show as interactive as possible, so this is your chance to call in with your questions to 855-323-4622, or to tweet the guys ahead of the show @The2RobbiesFS.

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche Proud After Win at Stoke

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche expressed his pride after the Clarets completed back-to-back victories with a 2-1 triumph at Stoke.

The previous outing for Dyche's men had seen them defeat Hull 1-0 at home the first win of what is the club's comeback Barclays Premier League campaign.

Having followed that by securing another three points at the Britannia Stadium, Burnley are off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, below 17th-placed Leicester on goal difference alone.

Cameron Joins NBCSN, McBride Leaving FOX, ESPN Renews Twellman Contract & FOX Announces WWC Draw Details

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It's been a busy week in the world of soccer broadcasting in the United States with several important announcements that will impact the viewing experience Stateside.

Geoff Cameron Joins NBCSN

U.S. Men's National Team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron makes his NBC Sports Group debut on Sunday, Nov.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 12: TV Times and Open Thread

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After a two week international break, the Premier League returns with a very busy Saturday of six 10am ET/3pm UK matches as well as the huge 12:30pm ET/5:30pm UK clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. The reason why so many matches are being played today is because of UEFA Champions League commitments, which means that Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea will have a couple days rest before playing mid-week.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 22-24 November

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Arsenal v Man United is the highlight of this weekend's Premier League betting coupon, while there are sure to be plenty of accumulators involving ‘banker' sides Chelsea (v West Brom) and Man City (v Swansea). Easyodds.com editor Simon Hopper is in great tipping form and has nailed 16/5, 22/5 and 26/5 winners in the last three weeks don't miss his top five bets for this weekend's action below.

Read Our Progress Report on Crystal Palace’s Performances for October-November

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Crystal Palace entered this season in a fragile state. A falling out between last season's heroic manager Tony Pulis fell out with the upper management of the club and Neil Warnock was dragged in as a last minute replacement for his second stint at Selhurst Park. The start of the season, accounting for this, wasn't as bad as expected.

Previewing The Milan Derby – AC Milan vs. Inter Milan

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Serie A matchday 12 pits AC Milan against their fierce rivals FC Internazionale in the eagerly anticipated Milan derby.

Both teams have experienced difficult times of late, however, the latest instalment is very important if either team wants to assert themselves in the fight for Champions League places.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 12

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After 12 days of the international break, club soccer finally returns across Europe this weekend much to the relief of soccer fans worldwide.

Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, November 22:

Chelsea vs West Brom, 10am, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Tony Gale
Manchester City vs Swansea City, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Everton vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs QPR, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; TBD & TBD
Stoke vs Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Alan Curbishley
Leicester vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Andy Hinchcliffe
Arsenal vs Manchester United, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more: Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, November 23:

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, 8:30am, CNBCand NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Geoff Cameron
Hull City vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Higginbotham

Monday, November 24:

Aston Villa vs Southampton, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Martin Tyler & Andy Townsend

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

Watch Seth Meyers and Keira Knightley Discussing West Ham On US TV [VIDEO]

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Seth Meyers and Keira Knightley are two of the most unlikely West Ham United supporters. Both are celebrities in the entertainment industry, but while Russell Brand is perhaps the most famous of all West Ham supporters, perhaps it's time for someone more elegant and cerebral to take the thrown away from the awkward Brand.

Paraguay 2015 Home Shirt For Copa America: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Paraguay finally have a new home shirt design for the first time since the 2011 Copa America.

In this leaked photo, you can see that Paraguay will be wearing its familiar red and white striped shirt in the Copa America. But if you look closely at the adidas design, you'll see intricate detail on the red stripes with the Paraguay Football Federation's logo featured.

James Milner Is The Ideal Man To Add Steel To Manchester City’s Central Midfield

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As players fully establish themselves, they're typically filed under a certain criteria. At extreme ends of this spectrum you've got the superstars—Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes—and you've got the parody figures, like Nicklas Bendtner, Kolo Toure, and Marouane Fellaini. But there are a few categories in-between too.

Colombia 2015 Copa America Home And Away Shirts: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring a photo of Colombia's home shirt for 2015′s Copa America.

Given the success of Colombia in the 2014 World Cup as well as their passionate supporters around the world, their 2014 home shirt must have been one of their best sellers ever.

For its 2015 home shirt that will be worn at the Copa America tournament in the summer, Colombia has returned to a more traditional design with its yellow shirt accompanied by red and navy blue cuffs, a navy blue trim at the bottom of the shirt and a unique navy collar.

Harry Redknapp Praises Mike Ashley Reign at Newcastle United

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a "fantastic" chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner.

Ashley has endured a turbulent relationship with Newcastle supporters, who have criticized the billionaire's off-field appointments, the renaming of St James' Park and a lack of investment in new players since he bought the club in 2007.

Jose Mourinho Is Managing Diego Costa’s Fitness Game by Game

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Diego Costa has at last shaken off his nagging injury problems ahead of a fixture marathon Jose Mourinho knows could take its toll on Chelsea's star turn.

Life at Stamford Bridge has got off to quite the start for the 26-year-old, who has already netted 10 goals for the west Londoners despite battling hamstring and groin issues.

Mexico’s Away Shirt For 2015 Looks Like Real Madrid: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Mexico's away shirt for 2015 have been leaked on the Internet.

After Mexico wore its well-designed red away shirt during World Cup 2014, El Tri have returned with an equally impressive shirt for 2015 and the Copa America with a white shirt and fluorescent green trim.

At first glance, Mexico's new home shirt for 2015 looks like a Real Madrid jersey.

Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud Relishing Danny Welbeck Link-up

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is confident he will return stronger from his three-month injury lay-off and can forge a dynamic strike partnership with England forward Danny Welbeck.

Giroud, 28, has recovered more quickly than expected since suffering a freak broken leg when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.

USA-All Blacks Rugby Match Gets More TV Viewers Than Any MLS Game On NBC

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NBC's live broadcast of the USA vs New Zealand rugby game on Saturday, November 1 had a larger viewing audience thanany MLS game on NBC this season.

An average viewing audience of 927,000 people tuned in to watch the New Zealand All Blacks defeat the USA Eagles 74-6 in front of a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Read Our Progress Report on Bayern Munich’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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With an injury-cursed Borussia Dortmund floundering at the bottom of the 2014 Bundesliga table and with a typically dominant Bayern Munich sitting pretty at the top, Der Klassiker may have lacked some of the drive that it has had in the past few years, as we have seen it determine the winner of the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the 2013 UEFA Champions League, yet watching the match one could have easily been fooled into believing otherwise.

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

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Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that's not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered.

Read Our Progress Report on Manchester City’s Performances for October-November

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Manchester City had a difficult time between the two most recent international breaks. While on paper the squad looks impressive, the lack of depth especially given the financial outlay on many of these players is quite worrying. Sergio Aguero has begun the season in terrific form, but there's always the fear that an injury might be right around the corner.

Arsenal And Liverpool Among “Eligible” Teams For Rising Belgian Star Praet

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Anderlecht's Dennis Praet is seen as one of the most promising young players in all of Europe. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder jumped onto the scene three years ago during the 2011 AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam. The 2011 version of the annual under-17 youth competition organized by AFC Ajax featured other clubs such as Bayern Munich, Fluminense, Celtic, D.

Read Our Progress Report on Leicester City’s Performances for October-November

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Our previous progress report on Leicester City's opening to the season left the reader with one resounding message if Leicester continue as they started, they would survive relegation from the Premier League. However, after strong draws against Everton and Arsenal and a thrilling 5-3 encounter with Manchester United, Leicester have gone on to take just a solitary point from their last six Premier League games.

YBIG Vent Anger at Football Association of Ireland With Failures And Lies Banners Against USMNT

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At the recent Republic of Ireland friendly versus the USMNT a banner was erected, representing the outrage of the loyal fans at the Football Association of Ireland. On it was written "Failures and Lies", the "FAI" in failures in bold.

The ongoing battle between the association and the fans of the national team, has heated up to a point where boycotting the team for the 2015/16 season is becoming a real possibility for many fans.

Argentina 2015 Copa America Home Shirt: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring Argentina's home shirt for the 2015 Copa America.

The World Cup runners-up will be wearing their classic blue and white striped shirt for their matches in Chile next summer. Designed and manufactured by adidas, the 2015 Argentina home shirt is a return to a simpler design.

Liverpool Mustn’t Panic When It Comes To Divock Origi

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Soccer has become a game that's very much needs must if you're looking to compete at the sharp end of the spectrum. So at this relatively early stage of the season, if it becomes apparent that a top side needs a forward, the January window presents a fine opportunity to bolster ranks. Typically, they'll splash the cash to make that happen.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Domestic soccer makes its return this weekend, and as is often the case on the back of an international break, some intriguing results will beanticipatedwhen various teams take to the field for a host of enticing matches.

We've got two ties from the Premier League involving teams looking to settle scores from last season, one of European soccer's most iconic derby matches and another intriguing clash from Serie A to savor.

QPR Needs to Move From Loftus Road to Thrive In Premier League, Says Fernandes

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QPR owner Tony Fernandes has stressed the need to move away from their Loftus Road home if the west London club are to continue to thrive in the Barclays Premier League.

However the club look set for a drawn-out legal planning process, with motor dealership Car Giant also determined to redevelop the site QPR have proposed for a new football stadium.

International Break Provides West Ham United With Fresh Injury Worries

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been left counting the cost of the international break as both striker Diafra Sakho and midfielder Stewart Downing are doubts for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.

Downing had just earned himself a recall to the England squad following fine form in the Hammers' promising start, but suffered a knee problem in the first half against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.

Watch Wayne Rooney’s Amazing Goal Celebrations vs Scotland From 2014 & 2000 [VIDEO]

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There's nothing quite like a wonderful goal celebration especially if it's against your archenemy, Scotland.

England captain Wayne Rooney had particular reason to celebrate after scoring his 46th goal for England, helping the side win 3-1 at Celtic Park. The goal also mirrored his first goal in the Victory Shield against the same opposition, some 14 years ago.

AS Roma Center-Back Leandro Castan To Undergo Brain Surgery

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AS Roma have confirmed that defender Leandro Castan will undergo brain surgery to resolve a malformation.

The 28 year-old Brazilian centre-back made his last appearance for the Serie A club on September 13th against Empoli. Castan was substituted at halftime after reportedly suffering from dizziness.

Watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Attempt to Recreate Thierry Henry’s Famous Goal Against Man Utd [VIDEO]

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Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has attempted to recreate one of Thierry Henry's most famous goals —the one he scored against Manchester United at Highbury in October, 2000.

Arsenal TV gave Oxlade-Chamberlain a camera crew and a mission. In this episode, Alex tries to recreate the goal with the help of Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Examining The Boca Juniors vs. River Plate Rivalry Ahead of Copa Sudamericana Clash

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Derby matches capture the essence of all that's wonderful about soccer, and while there are magnificent examples of these clashes across the globe, there are few more passionate, colorful and hostilethan when Boca Juniors and River Plate meet in ElSuperclasico.

And with the two sides set to add another raucous chapter in their illustrious history when they meet again in the semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana at Boca's La Bombonera stadium (live on FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 6:45pm ET tonight for viewers in the USA), what better time to take a brief look at this engrossing and often unfortunate rivalry?

What’s Your Favorite Soccer Shirt of All Time? Photos Please!

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We all have our favorite soccer shirt. The one we wear with pride, or remember with fond memories now that it's bit the dust.

But what's yours?

Club or country, share your favorite soccer shirt from the past or present in the comments section below, and include a link to a photo of it (try Google Images if you get stuck).

Liverpool’s Hopes Of Getting Divock Origi Rely On Lille Releasing Player

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Liverpool's hopes of bringing striker Divock Origi back to Anfield in January rely on former club Lille being prepared to release the Belgium international from his loan spell.

The Reds beat a number of European clubs to sign the highly-rated 19-year-old in the summer but a significant part of the success of that capture was a binding agreement to allow the forward to remain in France for one further season.

Arsene Wenger Welcomes Olivier Giroud Return to Arsenal Squad

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Fit-again striker Olivier Giroud can help offer Arsenal "different options", according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The France international has recovered quicker than expected from a fractured leg suffered when challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.

Sami Khedira Has Signed A Pre-Contract Agreement With Bayern Munich, Says Report

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Late yesterday, Spain's premier radio network Cadena SER broke news that Real Madrid would not be offering midfielder Sami Khedira a new contract. Speculation is the club was unhappy with the German international for failing to renew his contract with the Spanish giants last season.

Cadena SER also reported that officials at the La Liga side believed the midfielder has "lost importance in the Real Madrid dressing room", and the club has an agreement in place for next summer with another European clubreplacement for another midfielder.

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America.

Chelsea Fans Set to Pump Up The Volume at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea supporters expect an overwhelmingly positive response to Jose Mourinho's remarks on the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge this Saturday.

The Premier League leaders play West Brom in their first home match since Mourinho said he felt his side had been "playing in an empty stadium" during the defeat of QPR.

Read Our Progress Report on Middlesbrough’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Best XI:

Best Performer:

Many players have impressed this season, with the goalscorers Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin crucial to the team's success. However, there's no doubt about it, skipper and midfield general Grant Leadbitter has been the outstanding player this season, popping up with nine goals in 18 games a stat strikers would be proud of.

MLS Eastern Conference Finals Preview – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

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Boston versus New York. It's a rivalry that goes back more than a century. The Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox carry the honor of their city into battle against the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. Its now time for the Revolution and Red Bulls to throw their names into the mix.

Both teams earned their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, but did so using different paths.

Read Our Progress Report on Stoke City’s Performances for October-November

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The Potters have continued in their inconsistent start to the season and are yet to find their best form so far. In the five Premier League matches played in October and November, they won twice, lost twice and drew once, not forgetting their Capital One Cup misfortune at home to Southampton. The mixed results have seen Stoke go up and down the table, but they are perched in 9th place at the moment.

Read Our Progress Report on Tottenham Hotspur’s Performances for October-November

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It seems that I've written many Tottenham Hotspur progress report pieces since the last one came out on September 19thwithout actually calling it a "progress report". They've more been referendums on the slog at White Hart Lane. But since this one is an official progress report, I'll attempt to transcribe what my soapbox rants have sounded like since the October international break.

Analyzing Who Should Be The Preferred Center-Back Pairing For Liverpool

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Liverpool Football Club have not had a great season so far. Not their worst, but far worse than last season. The club have plenty of time, and a top 4 finish is a reasonable hope if the Reds can work out some of the kinks. Liverpool's toothless attack is one of the biggest issues right now, but a deeper and deadlier problem is the defense.

Read Our Progress Report on Real Madrid’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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As the La Liga title gets closer and closer, one squad is beginning to stand apart from the rest. Real Madrid has been firing on all cylinders due to a continued run of superb form from talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Their best player thus far, the Portuguese international has been absolutely sensational this term, scoring 18 goals already.

Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Silencing His Critics With Outstanding Play

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Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere always seems to find himself in the spotlight. The previous teenage soccer prodigy became Arsenal's youngest ever player to feature for the storied club at just 16 years of age. Two seasons later, Wilshere's stretch of outstanding play was good enough to see him win the PFA Young Player of the Year and be included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2010-11 season.

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months

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This is a disaster. That may sound like hyperbole, but for anyone who has watched Bayern Munich play soccer over the past few months, not to mention the past decade, knows how significant it is for Der FCB to lose captain Philipp Lahm for three months to an ankle injury. Not only is Lahm the team's captain, he is their most versatile and talented defender and is easily one of the best full backs playing right now.

Read Our Progress Report on Fenerbache’s Performances After 9 Gameweeks

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For a team that was tipped by some in the Turkish media to be champions, the first quarter of the season Fenerbahce have just about lived up to that billing. The team was already making headlines before the season even started, as manager Ersun Yanal was abruptly sacked three weeks before the season kicked off.

Juventus To Announce New Deals For Giorgio Chiellini And Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus will hold a press conference today where it is expected the Serie A club will announce it has signed new deals with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini. The contracts are expected to keep the players with the Italian champions until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Various reports believe that Buffon will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep the 36-year-old shot stopper in Turin until at least 2017, with the possibility of a further extension.

NBC Sports Has Televised 100% Of Liverpool Games; See How Your Team Compares

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Out of the entire Premier League season thus far, Liverpool FC is the only club who has been televised 100% of the time on NBC Sports (NBCSN, NBC or CNBC).

Even other clubs in the Premier League haven't been televised as much as Liverpool —including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and other teams —who have had some of their games shown live on Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports's overflow channel instead.

Real Madrid Will Not Renew Sami Khedira’s Contract; Have Agreement In Place For Another Midfielder, Says Report

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Spain's premier radio network Cadena SER is reporting that Real Madrid have refused to renew the contract of midfielder Sami Khedira. The German international will be out of contract with the Spanish club in June 2015.

Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation since last year when he failed togive Madrid officials a positive response following the club's offer of a new contract.

David Moyes Has Brought Immediate Changes To Training At Real Sociedad

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Real Sociedad's new manager David Moyes has wasted no time ringing in the changes at the La Liga club.

After overseeing the Spanish side's last three training last week, Moyes took full control and has immediately put his own stamp on things by scheduling two sessions a day since Monday. The double sessions are something that has not been common at the La Liga club.

Mexico’s Raul Jimenez Will Continue To Fight Until He Breaks Into Atletico Madrid’s Lineup

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Mexico internationalRaul Jimenez has been struggling to earn a place in Diego Simeone's starting eleven at Atletico Madrid.

The striker made a summertime switch from the Liga MX side, Club America, to the reigning Spanish champions for a reported fee of 8.5 million. It was expected that Jimenez would challenge Atletico's other new striker, Mario Mandzukic, for a position the Los Rojiblancos' starting eleven.

Mesut Ozil: Wenger Will Help Me Progress at Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil has complete trust that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can help make him a better player.

The Gunners' club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until early 2015.

Ozil, who helped Germany win the World Cup last summer, has often been criticised for perceived inconsistent displays, with questions raised over whether the former Real Madrid playmaker could cope under the physical demands of the Barclays Premier League.

It’s Back (EPL Weekend Preview Podcast)

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By the time the Premier League matches kick off this Saturday, it will be 12 days in the wilderness of international matches. Twelve long, arduous days. But it's back —as well as our preview of this weekend's 10 Premier League matches up and down old blighty.

But before we dive in, we want to put a special thank to a brand-new sponsor of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, and that's Draft11.

Watch Ireland 4-1 USA Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The USA is in a crisis right now after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday. They have won just once in their last 8 games, and for the first time under Jurgen Klinsmann have gone four games without a win. But that is not the major problem facing this team right now.

Rating Manchester United’s Potential Defensive Signings During The January Window

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The January window is a month and a half away and rumors of potential transfer moves arealready beginning to mount up around England.

While they were able to add some playersduring the summer window, Manchester Unitedare still lacking a holding midfielder, quality centre-backs and a serviceable right-back.

Daniel Sturridge Ruled Out for Additional 6 Weeks Due to Injury

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be sidelined until the new year after his latest injury setback.

The 25-year-old underwent scans on Wednesday after pulling out of a training session earlier this week with a thigh problem. While the injury is not a recurrence of the one he sustained on international duty with England in early September, Press Association Sport understands it could keep him out for up to six weeks.

Watch Scotland 1-3 England Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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When Scotland plays England, it's never a friendly. And as we saw at Celtic Park in Glasgow, the match between the two British teams was played in front of an electric atmosphere with both teams fired up and fighting for a win.

In a closely fought first half, it was England that took the advantage thanks to an inch-perfect cross from Jack Wilshere that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed in to give The Three Lions the lead.

Watch Arsenal Footballers and Actors Star In Funny Mockumentary [VIDEO]

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Arsenal players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere have taken part in a mockumentary video which sees actors including Ewen Macintosh of The Office take on the roles of their fictional relatives.

The four-minute video, entitled 'Face to Face with the Arsenal Family', introduces larger-than-life 'family' members of each of the featured players, telling the story of their journey to matchday at the club's Emirates Stadium in tandem with using vehicles from Europcar, a club sponsor.

Arsene Wenger is Right to Offer Abou Diaby a New Contract

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During the international break, Arsene Wenger has been asked a whole host of questions ranging from Arsenal's current form, possible transfer targets in January and just why his players seem unable to focus solely on defending when in a winning position.

However, one of the comments made by Arsene Wenger may well have slipped under the radar yet it is this comment that will perhaps once again split the Arsenal fan base.

Which Logo Do You Prefer for Los Angeles Football Club?

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New MLS team Los Angeles Football Club, scheduled to launch in 2017, have finally gone ahead and registered trademarks for two crests — one of which could be adorned on club jerseys, merchandise and anything and everything LAFC.

Headed by film producer Peter Guber, former NBA executive Tom Penn, investor Henry Nguyen, tycoon Vincent Tan and a string of minority investors too many to name, LAFC will let their fans decide in December which crest they'll use — presumably from the two featured below that the club and MLS has proceeded to get trademarked.

Read Our Progress Report on Manchester United’s Performances For October-November

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Since the last progress report, Manchester United have played six games, winning three, drawing two and losing against Manchester City. Compared to the abysmal results at the start to the season, this would be considered progress. Certainly, the team is two points off a Champions league spot an end of season position most United fans would be satisfied with.

A Converts Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

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While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak of being an Arsenal fan. Since its publication in 1992, it has launched many imitators as other authors have turned their own soccer experiences into compelling (or not so compelling) novels.

Read Our Progress Report on West Brom’s Performances for October-November

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Best XI

Best XI is a tricky one, not because it's a struggle to separate the close qualities in our side, more the opposite. Not a tough decision between our ball winning defensive midfielder or our creative spark. No, it is hard to decide our best 11 based on the complete drivel that Albion fans are enduring week in, week out.

Analyzing The Fans’ Experience Between NFL And England Matches At Wembley

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Wembley Stadium, London, England. The home of English soccer, having hosted England internationals, cup finals and promotion playoffs since the original Wembley opened in 1923. However, the stadium has recently become the home of a different type of football, American football, having hosted at least one NFL regular season game per season since 2007.

Frustrated Bayern Munich Star Xherdan Shaqiri Open to Move Away From Club

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Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has recently voiced his frustrations over the lack of playing time he is currently experiencing with the German giants. The Switzerland international has only been given three combined starts in Bundesliga and Champions League play. Despite the lack of time of the pitch, Shaqiri has managed to record two goals and two assists on the campaign so far (all within his last six appearances).

Vote for the Best of the 2014 MLS Season in Readers’ Choice Awards

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The 2014 MLS season is coming to a close, but you have an opportunity to cast your vote to determine which blogs, podcasts, players, books and more will receive the inaugural MLS Talk Awards to recognize the best of season.

In this Readers' Choice Awards, you get to decide who you think is deserving of winning each category.

On a Scale of 0-10, How Good of a Job is MLS Doing?

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With a TV deal looming next year as well as expansion sides making their debut in Orlando and New York City, MLS is entering a critical crossroad in the growth of the league.

Based on your personal opinion — ona scale of 0-10 — how good of a job is MLS doing?

Post your rating in the comments section below.

Draft11.com – The New And Exciting Way To Play Fantasy Soccer

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Every year, I push myself to make a fantasy soccer side. Usually based around the English Premier League, I pick my side that is going to see me top the world. And then I leave it. This year, I still have Olivier Giroud in the team, despite him being injured until the turn of the year. Two years ago, Alex Song stayed in my side for an entire season, despite him moving fromArsenalto Barcelona.

Scotland vs. England: Focus On Steven Naismith Caps A Remarkable Rise For Everton Man

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Rewind 12 months and there are few who will have branded Steven Naismith as a key man for neither club nor country. But on the cusp of Scotland's friendly clash with England—a match that is "more than a friendly" as we're so often told (live today on ESPN3.com in the US)—from a Three Lions perspective, the Everton forward is the player that'll be kept under closest watch at Celtic Park.

U.S TV Schedule For Final Round Of African Nations Cup Qualifying 

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Wednesday marks the final round of qualifying for the African Nations Cup. It will now take place in Equatorial Guinea between 17 January to 8 February next year as Morocco were officially removed as hosts due to their reluctance of hosting the tournament due to fear of the ebola epidemic. Six places are still up for grabs prior to Wednesday's fixtures.

Read Our Progress Report on Liverpool’s Performances for October-November

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As we get closer to the season's halfway point, analyzing Liverpool's progress has become less of an observe-and-report job and more of a dazed-and-confused stumble in the dark. The club currently sits in 11th place, which seems rather dire, but luckily 11th place on the current Premier League table means only four points from 4th place.

A Guide On How To Build The Perfect MLS Team

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Hey there, New York City FC and Orlando City FC. Welcome to the league LA #2. Your teams are the newest members of an exclusive club called MLS, a soccer league that is unique in the world. It is unique because the way to dominate the league is very different than the leagues you're used to, especially you, NYCFC owners.

Manuel Neuer Takes Subtle Swipe At Fellow Ballon d’Or Candidate Cristiano Ronaldo

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During an interview with the German publication Kicker,Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took a subtle swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo while talking about his chances of securing this year'sBallon d'Or award.

The German international believes that he has a chance of winning the prize, even though he doesn't have the same brand awareness as the Real Madrid star.

Luka Modric To Miss Three To Four Months After Sustaining Injury On International Duty

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According to Real Madrid's club doctors, midfielder Luka Modric sustained a torn left proximal rectus femoris tendon (thetendon to the top of the muscle near his hip) and will be out of action for between three and four months.

The setback occurred during Croatia'sEuro 2016 qualifier against Italy yesterday.

Italian Club Parma Miss Wage Deadline; Could Face Points Penalty

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Reports emanating from Italy have beenspeculating that the Serie A club Parma FC is in the midst ofsignificant financial concerns. Widespread reports believe that the Italian side were required to make an immediate capital injection of £12 million before midnight on Monday or face a points penalty.

Win a Copy of FIFA 15 With Draft11.com [CONTEST]

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World Soccer Talk has teamed up with Draft11.com to offer all of our readers the opportunity to win a brand new copy of EA's FIFA 15.

Draft11.com is a fantasy soccer website that brings a new dynamic to the more traditional fantasy soccer system. Picking a whole new team for each match weekend you wish to enter, Draft11.

What’s the One Thing That Needs to Change to Make Soccer More Popular in the USA?

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The popularity of soccer in the United States is growing by leaps and bounds, but there's still a huge amount of potential to make the sport an integral part of an average American's viewing experience.

Due to the size and tradition of the country, the US has — until recently — been a tough nut to crack for the beautiful game Stateside.

Best and the Worst Premier League Shirt Designs of 2014/15 Season

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Like it or loathe it,soccerteams are into the fashion of changing kits every season —even third shirts,which 75% of the teams in the Premier League currently wear and sell.

In today's world of instant social media and commercialization it's just as important to look good asbeing successful, so here is the top 20 in reverse order (an accumulation of all team shirtsto determine the list).

Ranking the 5 Best Defensive Partnerships In Europe

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The following defensive partnerships are based on current club form and collaborative performances over the past three seasons. Also taken into account is the overall strength of the leagues these defensive unions compete in, as well as any domestic and European achievements of their clubs have accumulated.

Roy Keane Walks Out of Press Conference: Read the Full Transcript

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane walked out of a press conference on Sunday after answering a series of pointed questions from reporters regarding the distractions that Keano is causing to national team manager Martin O'Neill and the team's campaign in Euro 2016 qualification.

Most of the questions revolve around the incident that happened last week outside the team hotel after Keane allegedly got into a fight with a supporter.

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

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You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified' silence.

In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full and thorough review of Michael Garcia's report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Read Our Progress Report on Bologna’s Performances After 11 Gameweeks

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Bologna Football Club is one of the three teams that suffered relegation from Serie A to Serie B last term, but is now considered one of the favourites to return to the Italian top-flight. Building a strong team has not been an easy task for the new manager Filippo Fusco though, because of the long-lasting financial problems that put at risk even the enrolment to Serie B last July, and consequentially the mere existence of the club.

Manchester United Midfielder Daley Blind Ruled Out For A Month With Suspected Knee Injury

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The hits just keep coming for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Earlier this weekend it was learned that goalkeeper David De Gea had dislocated a finger while training with Spain. Now it is understood that midfielder Daley Blind has been sidelined for between four to six weeks with suspected knee ligament damage.

San Antonio vs Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Match Highlights [VIDEO]; NASL Championship Final

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San Antonio Scorpions defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-1 on Saturday night to win the NASL Championship.

Playing on home turf, the Scorpions won the game with two clinically finished goals. The first, a bicycle kick by Rafael Castillo, was a beauty.

The Strikers pulled a goal back from Walter Ramirez in the 79th minute, but it wasn't enough to stop San Antonio from winning their first NASL title in their history.

Read Our Progress Report on Newcastle United’s Performances for October-November

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Since the 1-0 loss away to Stoke City at the end of September, Alan Pardew and his side have enjoyed an incredible October renaissance.

That result at the Britannia Stadium was perhaps the low-point of Pardew's tenure at Newcastle a time when the Londoner seemed certain to lose his job.

The performance produced by his side that day now seems a lifetime ago.

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying.

This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was, in fact, a practical joke.

Watch England vs Slovenia Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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England continued its unbeaten streak in qualification for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 3-1 victory against Slovenia today at Wembley Stadium in London.

While the first half was tedious and boring from England, the game sprung into life in the second half after the Three Lions conceded its first goal in Euro 2016 qualifying from an own goal by England midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Scotland Making Huge Strides Under Gordon Strachan [VIDEO]

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Scotlandhave not qualified for a European Championship or a World Cup since 1996 and 1998 respectively. The country has also never made a significant run in either tournament when it has achieved inclusion into thecompetitions. These are painful realities for that Tartan Army, as well as Scotland'scurrent and former players.

Experiencing USA vs Colombia Friendly in London With the American Outlaws

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Once a month every fall, the dreaded international break forces itself on the domestic soccercalendar, and it always seems to foist the ages old club vs country debate into the limelight.

Last month, Raheem Sterling was thrown into the limelight for complaining he was "tired" while on England duty after undergoing different recovery under Roy Hodgson as to what he has become accustomed to under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

The Case For Superstar Lionel Messi Leaving Barcelona FC

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It was always going to happen at some point Barcelona is getting old. Xavi is now 33 years old, Dani Alves is now 30 and they recently had to part with the legendary Carlos Puyol. The 'tiki-taka' team of five years ago is certainly long gone, with new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique brought in to start the first stages of a transition.

Arsenal Youngster Once Labeled the “Next Big Thing” Finally Hitting Stride

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Following five somewhat unsuccessful loan moves over the last four seasons, former Arsenal top prospect Benik Afobe is now firing on all cylinders during his time with League One side Milton Keynes Dons. Afobe, a England youth international, joined The Dons during the summer transfer period on a one-year loan and has scored an impressive 15 goals in 20 matches.

Football League Decides To Jump On Board The Vanishing Spray Bandwagon

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The Football League has announced today that it will begin using vanishing sprayin all of its competitions startingon January 1, 2015. The product had previouslyonly been used on a trial basis during the Johnstone's Paint trophy by the organization.

The spray achieved global recognition during this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but had previously been used in South and Central American leagues and tournaments; as well as various FIFA events.

Wayne Rooney Will Be Revered as an English Great, But He Should Have Been So Much More

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When Wayne Rooney earns his 100th cap for England against Slovenia in the Three Lions' upcoming European Championships qualifier on Saturday (live at Noon ET on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com in the US), it will be another wonderfulachievement for the Croxteth-born forward in what's been a magnificently decorated career.

Is It Time to Consider a Boycott of FIFA and World Cups 2018 and 2022?

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FIFA's latest revelations regarding the bidding processes for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have done little to shift the air of corruption that has emanated from the organization for an uncomfortably long stretch. It was a process that was supposed to provide closure, but instead, has merely dirtied the waters further.

Inter Milan Sack Walter Mazzarri; Roberto Mancini Expected To Be Replacement

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Inter Milan have announced that they have relieved first team head coach Walter Mazzarri of his duties. The club released an official statement on their website confirming the sacking of Mazzarri, who had been in charge of Inter for seventeen months.

"FC Internazionale would like to announce that Walter Mazzarri has been relieved if his duties as first team coach," the statement reads.

Santi Cazorla Says Current Spain Squad Should Not Be Compared With The Previous

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been included in Vicente del Bosque's 26-man Spanish national team squad for the country'supcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday and its friendly versus the defending World Cup champions Germany next Tuesday. The 29-year-old was alsoamemberof the Spain side which won the 2010World Cup and two European Championships.

New York City FC Puts On Quite a Show For Unveiling Of Home Shirt

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On Thursday, New York City FC (NYCFC) held an event in midtown Manhattan's Terminal 5 to unveil their inaugural kit for the club's first MLS season. Before the official business began, the floor crowded with supporters, press, and school children. Banners hung above the area showcasing the pride of New York, New Jersey and the official supporters club.

USA vs Colombia Preview: London Calling

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Since taking over as head coach for the USMNT in July of 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann has made a point of scheduling tough opponents for international friendlies. He's scheduled Italy in Genoa, France in Paris, Mexico at Azteca, Belgium in Brussels and Cleveland, and Brazil and Germany in Washington DC.

Read Our Progress Report on Southampton’s Performances for October-November

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The ball pops loose from a corner kick that Arsenal has managed to clear. It's a typical clearance of a corner with a header, and the ball rolls to the feet of Nathaniel Clyne. The Gunner clear the box, but stop as soon as Clyne gets the ball. The Englishman has time and in the Emirates, time freezes as well.

Read Our Progress Report on Norwich City’s Performances After 17 Gameweeks

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Soccer is often referred to as a game of two halves. Well, for Norwich City so far this season, with only 17 games played, it has already proven to be a season of two halves.

Norwich started with a flourish, and quickly raced to the top of the table, proving right many of the pundits who had backed them for an immediate return to the Premier league following relegation last season.

Read Our Progress Report on Sunderland’s Performances for October-November

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Gus Poyet's side has enjoyed a rather mixed bag of results throughout October and November with goals in good supply at both ends of the pitch. It is impossible to look past the hugely surprising 8-0 defeat away to high-flying Southampton, however that aside the past two months have seen Sunderland record important victories over Stoke City and Crystal Palace, as well as holding Everton to a 1-1 draw this past weekend.

Arsenal Target Clément Grenier An Intriguing Proposition

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With the January transfer window edging closer and closer, clubs are no doubt making preparations to ensure that they land their targets with a minimum amount of fuss. One such club is Arsenal who has been experiencing an indifferent season thus far.

Recent reports have linked the Gunners with Mattia Destro, Aymeric Laporte and Clément Grenier.

Analyzing The Club And Country Debate

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Chelsea's dynamic duo of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are the latest soccer stars to receive criticism for not training with their national team. Despite both Spanish players completing a full 90 minutes during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Liverpool, a reported groin injury for Costa and hamstring problem for Fabregas has seen Spain veteran Sergio Ramos question the duo's loyalty to their country.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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Are we a little too harsh on international soccer? While it's typically been perceived as a mere blemish on the domestic landscape, some revamps to the various competitions seem to have given teams an edge, thus facilitating a much more entertaining product.

That's certainly been the case as nations look to qualify for Euro 2016, with a host of intriguing ties to come over the weekend.

Southampton Hoping To Secure Toby Alderweireld Beyond Initial Loan From Atletico Madrid

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One of the many positive stories coming from Southampton strong start to this season's Premier League campaign has been the play of defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian international was secured on-loan from defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on the final day of the summer transfer window.

NBC Sees Net Gains in QPR-Man City and DC United-RBNY TV Viewing Audience Numbers

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The TV viewing figures are in for last Saturday's double-header of soccer that was televised on the free-to-air NBC network.

The 12:30-2:30pm ET game between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City was watched by an average of 908,000 people.

Meanwhile, the 2:30-4:30pm ET broadcast of the MLS playoff between DC United and New York Red Bulls netted an average of 607,000 viewers which, by MLS standards, is a considerable-sized audience.

England’s FA Charges Sunderland And QPR For Separate Issues Of Player Conduct

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England's Football Association has charged AFC Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers FC for separate incidents of player misconduct. The Black Cats have beenindicted with failing to control their players during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton at the Stadium of Light. While QPR stand accused of failing to control their players during an incident in their recent match against Manchester City.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Ruled Out A Further Seven Weeks Due To Knee Injury

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he will be out of the Gunners' lineup for a further seven weeks due to a knee injury.

The 25-year-old was diagnosed with a partial tear in his knee following Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea during the first week of October.At the time, the German informed the Gunners staff that he heard a 'crack' in his left kneewhile passing the ball with the outside of his foot.

Interview With Bruce McGuire, the Man Behind DuNord Futbol

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The year 2010 was the last time we interviewed Bruce McGuire, the US soccer blogger and podcast expert who has been running DuNord Futbol since 2005. While his blog is now a podcast, we thought it'd be a good time to catch up with McGuire,a respected figure in American soccer through a combination of his knowledge of the sport as well as his passion for soccer.

Ron Vlaar’s Agent Puts Arsenal and Man Utd On Alert By Saying Defender Is Ready For Big Move

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Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar's agent has put clubs on alert by admitting that his client has put himself in a position to make a "nice big move".

The 29-year-old Holland International has already told manager Paul Lambert that he will remain at the Birmingham club past the January transfer window.

Morocco Confirmed As FIFA Club World Cup Hosts Despite Ebola Concerns

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FIFA have confirmed that Morocco will continue as hosts of the Club World Cup despite the country's refusal to hold the African Nations Cup due to concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus.

Morocco recently declined to hold the African Nations Cup between January 17 and February 8, 2015 because of the risks associated with Ebola, which has so far infected more than 10,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 people and is the worst epidemic known since the virus was first identified in 1976.

New York City FC Unveils Debut Home Shirt: It’s Manchester City In Disguise [PHOTOS]

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New York City FC has unveiled itshome shirt for its debut MLS season. And other than having a NYCFC crest and a design by adidas instead of Nike, it makes the team look like Manchester City in disguise.

The shirt features a sky blue color and white rounded-collar as well as white trim. The only significant differences between the NYCFC and Manchester City shirts are the MLS logos on the sleeve, the NYCFC crest and the adidas logo.

Martin O’Neill And FAI Stand In Full Support Of Roy Keane Over Fan Incident

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has given "full support" to his national team assistant Roy Keane over an incident that took place at the team hotel on Wednesday.

Late last night, the British tabloid Daily Mail brokethe story of an alleged altercation between Keane and a individual outside of Ireland's team hotel in Portmarnock.

Argentina and Messi Light Up London With Victory Over Croatia [VIDEO]

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Editor's note: World Soccer Talk writer David Bronstein attended last night's Argentina vs Croatia game at West Ham United's stadium last night. Here's his match report from the evening.

East London was treated to some South American flair Wednesday night as Argentina took on Croatia at West Ham's Upton Park.

FIFA Report Clears Qatar To Host World Cup; Report Contains Erroneous Details, Says Investigator

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FIFA today announced that after an 18-month investigation by former New York district attorney Michael Garcia, there is not sufficient evidence to justify stripping either Russia or Qatar of the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert ruled that there was not enough evidence to justify re-opening the process.

Latest Premier League Odds On Who’ll Get Relegated

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Typically, the approach to predicting the Premier League's relegation candidates in pre-season goes like this: One, include the three newly promoted sides. Two, nclude three other teams that were just above the drop the previous season. And three, choose your least favorite mid-table team and assume they will have a bad year

And that approach works more often than not.

Read Our Progress Report on QPR’s Performances for October-November

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Since my August-September progress report, things could not have been more up and down for Rangers. Successive away game displays saw the R's lose to both Southampton and West Ham United. To be honest this seems longer ago than it actually was, thanks to an international break, and made Queens Park Rangerslook like a team that did not deserve or even want to be playing in the top-flight.

4 Ways That Tottenham Hotspur Can Resolve Their Current Cyclical Crisis

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"Club in crisis" is a broadsheet headline that sells many papers but doesn't really tell us much since every club is seemingly in crisis at every moment. However, while Tottenham Hotspur isn't in crisis in that sense, the atmosphere around the club is certainly not sunshine and roses. The club's current state is probably as bad as it has been since Juande Ramos was manager early in 2008.

Read Our Progress Report on Chelsea’s Performances for October-November

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In my previous report on Chelsea FC's start to the 2014/15 season, I had written about the excellent performances of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa as being the key to Chelsea's early season success. Come November, a typically poor time for the Blues, that still remains true. Despite missing games with his hamstring problems and illness, Diego Costa has banged in 10 goals in his first 9 matches for the club, including the game winner last weekend at Anfield.

Orlando City to Host German And Brazilian Giants in Florida Cup

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Before the Major League Soccer season begins in March, Orlando City SC and Disney Sports are set to host the Florida Cup, drawing powerhouse teams from Germany and Brazil to the unique tournament.

Two-time FIFA World Champion Corinthians, Champions League club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, four-time Brazilian Champion Fluminense and three-time German Champion 1.

Read Our Progress Report on Hull City’s Performances for October-November

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What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report? At the beginning of the season I said that Hull City had strength in depth, something that came in handy in recent weeks. I also mentioned that Hull's form would improve but it hasn't, they have 11 points from 11 games, in my last report they had six from six.

Underrated Rosicky “Not Sure What’s Going On” With Playing Time at Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky spoke to the Czech Republic press on Tuesday about his frustrations over a lack of playing time this season. The 34-year-old admitted that while he is currently on good terms with manager Arsene Wenger, he is not quite sure why he has seen a big drop off in time spent on the pitch since the end of the 2013-14 season.

Website Football As Football Merging NFL And Soccer Closer Together

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Many have often stated the difference between American Football and Soccer is rather profound with there being little evidence, at least on the pitch, to suggest that statement is untrue. However, a website by the name of Football as Footballhas rather ingeniously found a way to fuse both sports and produce completely original items of clothing.

Roy Keane Alleged To Have Punched A Man Outside Republic Of Ireland’s Hotel, Says Report

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The British tabloid Daily Mailhas learned that Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is under police investigation for an alleged assault on a man outside of the team's hotel in Portmarnock. Ireland are preparing to play Scotland in less that 48 hours and are currently staying at the Links Hotel in Dublin.

Carlos Vela Proves Worth The Wait For Mexico; Can El Tri Supporters Forgive His World Cup Refusal

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It didn't take long for Mexico striker Carlos Vela dust off his scoring boots duringEl Tri's friendly against the Netherlands in the Amsterdam Arena tonight.After a three-year self-imposed absence from the national team, it took Vela only eight minutes to blaze a shot past Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul and give Mexico an early one-goal lead in Holland.

David Goldblatt Shines a Light On His New EPL Book at Nevada Smiths

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Most people around the world get soccer. It comes at them packaged in so many ways for their consumption: on television, online, in print. They get it. It is available all the time. In fact, it is even more than available. It is there to indulge in, to feast on, even to glut on. There are, however, very few people who 'get' soccer.

Liverpool’s Striking Options Set To Improve As Daniel Sturridge Returns To Training

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has taken to his Twitter account to express his joy at returning to trainingfor the Merseyside club.The England international won't be able to return to full training until the rest of his Liverpool teammates return fromtheir national team duties.

Sturridge spent last week finishing off his rehabilitation sessions and has now returned to training.

Atletico Madrid and a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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Diego Simeone predicted this season that rather than retain the title, Atletico Madrid would spend the year competing with Valencia and Sevilla for a UEFA Champions League place. And after the champions lost to then managerless Real Sociedad, it seems Cholo's forecast is coming true.

Atletico are fourth in La Liga, four points adrift of Real Madrid and two behind Barcelona not a chasm by any means.

Luis Suarez Admits Leaving Liverpool For Arsenal Would Have Been A Big Error

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Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has admitted it would have been a "big error" to leave Anfield in order to join Arsenal during the summer of 2013. The Barcelona player also admitted holding conversations with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard about the possible move, and the Uruguay international gave Gerrard credit for convincing him to wait for a bigger club.

Ronaldo Denies Using Obsene Nickname When Referring To Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to his Facebook account to deny claims that he has an obscene nickname for Lionel Messi.

Tensions between the two players have long been the subject of speculation. Inhis new book about Messi, Spanish football expert Guillem Balaguereveals that the Real Madrid star routinely refers to the Argentina international as "motherf***er" behind his back.

Napoli And Inter Milan In Talks With Erik Lamela’s Agent Over Tottenham Exit, Say Reports

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Reports emanating from Italy claim that Napoli and Inter Milan have held discussions with Erik Lamela's agent over the past few days about a possible exit from White Hart Lane. The Argentinian midfielder joined Spurs on a £30million transfer in August 2013 from AS Roma, where he had spent the previous two seasons.

Preliminary US TV Schedule For Premier League Games From January 1-February 1, 2015

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We can now reveal the preliminary TV schedule of Premier League matches that will be played from January 1 to February 1, 2015.

Not all of the matches have been determined yet (NBC Sports typically doesn't decide until the Tuesday before which 10am ET Premier League game will be shown on NBCSN).

Saint Louis FC, An American Soccer Club On The Rise

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St. Louis, Missouri is well-known as a baseball town. Despite the popularity of the NFL in the United States and the growing appeal of live hockey, neither the NFL's Rams nor the NHL's Blues have been able to match the overwhelming popularity of MLB's St. Louis Cardinals. With the Cardinals 11 World Series championships, 19 National League Pennants, and a history dating back to 1882, the baseball town reputation is well-deserved.

English Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 11

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Matchweek 11 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:


Guzan [Aston Villa] Brad Guzan is continuing a rich history of American goalkeepers who excel in the Barclay's Premier League.

Analysis of The Past 11 Months at Leeds United Football Club

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Well, where to start. Leeds United have gone through a tumultuous few months at the club, to say the least. In order to get a full grasp on things, let's start in January.

Prior to current owner Massimo Cellino officially taking control of the club in April, Leeds United have been owned by a Middle East-based private equity group "GFH Capital," who finalized a 100% takeover of the club from prior owner Ken Bates in November 2012.

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 2: Review Of Highlights And Lowlights

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Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship.

Read Our Progress Report on West Ham United’s Performances for October-November

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Perhaps it's a bit trite to describe West Ham United as happy Hammers at the moment, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that the East London club is sitting pretty in fourth going into the international break.

Sam Allardyce's side is unbeaten in five games, winning three and drawing the other two.

Read Our Progress Report on Juventus’ Performances for October-November

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Juventus is on a roll at the present moment. Dating back to a late October road loss to Greek giants Olympiakos in the Champions League that jeopardized the team's chances in Europe, the Bianconeri have reeled off five straight wins. However, the last two victories are the most impressive Juve pulled out a 3-2 win over the same Olympiakos and thumped Parma 7-0 over the weekend.

Read Our Progress Report on Aston Villa’s Performances for October-November

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What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report?

In my last progress report I gave the defense massive praise and they've let me down in every game since. It's been painful to watch at times, due to injuries and loss of form the back four is a shadow of the one we saw in the opening weeks.

The Rise of English Young Gun And West Bromwich Albion Striker Saido Berahino

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West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is quickly climbing the ranks of quality forwards in the Premier League. Berahino, born in the small landlocked African country of Burundi, has been awarded for his outstanding play this season with his first senior call-up to the England national team.

The 21-year-old striker has scored eight goals in 14 total matches so far this campaign for West Brom, including seven Premier League goals (fourth best in the league).

Robert Enke’s Death Is An Example Of Why Depression In Soccer Needs More Attention

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November 10th seemedjust like another day in thesoccercalendar but the date marked the 5thanniversary of the death of Robert Enke.The former German international, who was tipped to be his country's No. 1 at the World Cup in South Africa, took his own life at the age of 32.

Enke had battled depression, but unfortunately felt that he only had one option open to him.

The Fascinating Story of Everton Legend Sandy Young

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Scottish strikers have featured heavily in Everton's history. Graeme Sharp, Andy Gray and Duncan Ferguson have all been heroes on the pitch for the Toffees. Steven Naismith has been impressive this season for Roberto Martinez's side, though not quite reaching the heights of his fellow Scottish frontmen.

Schedule of Euro 2016 Qualifiers and International Friendlies on US TV and Internet

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We have the US TV and Internet schedule for all of the international matches being played during the next week — including Euro 2016 qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches and friendlies.

The international break isa time when England looks like world beaters, USA plays meaningless friendlies and Brazil goes on another tour around the world.

The Fall Of Sean St. Ledger, the Irish Defender Who Was a Potential Superstar

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For those of you who do not know him, Sean St. Ledger is an Irish defender who was once tipped to become one of the Premier Leagues elite. But now at 29 years of age, he is yet to play a game in the top tier of English football and at the moment he is without a club.

He began his career at Peterborough and broke into the first team with ease.

Southampton’s Stunning Form And League Position Are Certainly No Fluke

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Last year Southampton were the apple of the Premier League's eye under Mauricio Pochettino with all of the homegrown English talent they produced. Under manager Ronald Koeman, with much of that talent now at other Premier League squads, the Saints are even better than before. They are second in the table with only two losses and one draw to their name.

Bayern Munich Chairman Says Louis Van Gaal Has A Huge Ego And Wanted to Van Gaal-ize Club

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In an interview with the German weekly news magazineDer Spiegel, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticized Louis van Gaal by saying he has a "huge ego" and that the current Manchester United manager wanted to "Van Gaal-ize" the Bundesliga giants.

Van Gaal took control of the German clubin July 2009 and subsequently led Bayern Munich to a league and cup double during his first year in charge, only missing out on the treble by losing to Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Madrid.

David Moyes Deserves Credit for Taking on Real Sociedad Challenge

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After an ill-fated spell at Manchester United, David Moyes went from one of the most revered and respected managers in the English game to a commodity not too far short of a laughing stock.

His reputation sullied, the 51-year-old went from the man who galvanized Everton into perennial over-achievementto a failure of a coach who couldn't handle the forensic focus heaped upon him at Old Trafford in just 10 turbulent months.

Ex-Manchester United Boss David Moyes Named Real Sociedad Manager

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has officially been named as the new manager of the Spanish club, Real Sociedad.

According to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Scottish manager had been considering the job for 'some time' and was in direct contact withthe San Sebastian-based club's president for as many as ten days.

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 11

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The evening game on Saturday between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City brought one of the most bizarre incidents of the season so far.

City were awarded a free kick inside their own penalty area. The man in the middle, Mike Dean was positioned on the halfway line. Joe Hart took the kick and seemed to pass it straight to Charlie Austin, who had no hesitation in scoring.

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash surely must qualify with its frantic pace, controversial calls (or non-calls depending on who you ask), and almost-goals.

Read Our Progress Report on Arsenal’s Performances for October-November

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After a promising Octoberfor the Gunners, the frustrations among Arsenal supporters are beginning to emerge after two poor results in a row – an embarrassing 3-3 draw at home against Anderlecht after leading 3-0, and a 2-1 away loss to Swansea City despite Alexis Sanchez putting the London side in the lead.

Swansea City Considers US investment Proposals to Further Club Ambition

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Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has spoken for the first time with regards to speculation that Swansea City Football Club were inviting US investment proposals in order to further the club's ambition and remain competitive financially with other Premier League clubs.

Jenkins revealed in his programme notes for yesterday's visit of Arsenal that the club were indeed considering going ahead with the idea of foreign investment into the club,

"There has been a lot of talk recently about potential new investment coming into the club.

Players Need To Solve Arsenal’s Defensive Issues Since Arsene Wenger Refuses To Make Adjustments

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It's that time of year again. The moment in the season when Arsenal'sresults leave Arsene Wenger's tactics open for debate.

Yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City shouldn't come as a complete surprise to Premier League fans.Swansea area better side than their points total would have led you to believe prior toSunday's kick-offagainst theGunners.

Assuming Chelsea Are Champions, It’s a Riveting Race for Positions 2-20 in the Premier League

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It's a foregone conclusion that Chelsea willwin the 2014/15 Premier League title. If you're a Chelsea supporter, you may disagree partly because you don't want the team to be jinxed or you don't want complacency to settle in. However, in a season where Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all misfiring and suffering from defensive lapses aplenty, it would be nothing short of a miracle if one of those top four sides could topple Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League table.

USA Announces 25-Man Squad For Friendlies Against Colombia and Ireland

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US Soccer has announced its 25-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

There are several surprise inclusions in the squad, most notably Jordan Morris from Stanford University, Rubio Rubin from Utrecht, Bobby Wood from 1860 Munich and Greg Garza (Club Tijuana).

Crisis In Motion (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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What a weekend of shock results in the Premier League as Arsenal lose to Swansea City, Tottenham lose to Stoke City, Manchester City scrape a draw against QPR and Burnley finally won a game in the Premier League after beating Hull City. Up and down the league, there are so many talking points from the weekend.

The Only Thing Slowing Real Madrid Down Is The International Break

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The only thing preventing Real Madrid from completely running away with La Liga is the fact that Carlo Ancelotti's side stumbled out of the starting blocks; losing to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid duringthe opening weeks of the Spanish campaign.

Since their loss in the Madrid derby on September 13th, Los Blancos have gone unbeaten (no losses or draws) and outscored their opponents 52-7 in all competitions.

Adnan Januzaj Experiencing Growing Pains At Manchester United

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Adnan Januzaj burst on the Premier League scene last season under former Manchester United manager David Moyes. The attacking midfielderwas initially signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Anderlecht in March 2011 and was eventually called up to United's senior squadtowards the end of the 2012-13 league campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur Young Gun Harry Kane Deserves Premier League Starts

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane shined once again in Europa League play on Thursday night in Greece. The 21-year-old helped guide Spurs to victory over Asteras Tripolis on the night, as he scored right before the end of the first half. The goal gave the Englishman five Europa League group stage goals for the season, tied for the highest in the European tournament, and nine total goals in all competitions for the campaign easily the club's leading goalscorer.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 11: TV Times & Open Thread

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The final four Premier League matches of the weekend kick off this morning. And unfortunately, three of them kick off at the same time, making it difficult to take in all of the games without going cross-eyed.

Each of the four matches is intriguing in its own right with story lines aplenty.

Rebecca Lowe to Appear on The 2 Robbies Show at 5pm ET Today

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features the one and only Rebecca Lowe, NBC's soccer presenter.

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.com(or via the player below). Both Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe want to make the show as interactive as possible, so this is your chance to call in with your questions to 855-323-4622, or to tweet the guys ahead of the show @The2RobbiesFS.

Cosmos And Red Bulls Both Have Opportunity to Win Silverware For New York

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These days New York's baseball, football, basketball, and hockey teams are as blah as a slice from one of Manhattan's now-ubiquitous 99-cent pizza joints.

The Yankees have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons and have a roster older thanWilford Brimley'sCocooncrew. The Mets have been selling hope longer than President Obama and haven't won a title since President Reagan was denying involvement in Iran-Contra.

Where to Watch Manchester United vs Crystal Palace on US TV and Online

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Manchester United's game against Crystal Palace at 10am ET Saturday will be shown on Premier League Extra Time (NBC Sports' overflow channels) and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra today. The game will not be shown live on NBCSN. Instead, in its place, NBCSN has decided to show Southampton against Leicester City.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea Predicted Lineups

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Chelsea take on Liverpool at Anfield in Saturday's early kickoff as they hope to extend their lead at the top of the table having made an unbeaten start to their 2014-15 Premier League campaign.

The Blues labored to a 2-1 win at home to QPR last week and could only manage a draw in their midweek Champions League tie with FK Maribor, but the men from Stamford Bridge are in fairly buoyant mood ahead of the weekend's big clash.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: TV Times & Open Thread

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Today's Liverpool against Chelsea match doesn't have the same build-up as the one near the end of last season that put Chelsea in the ascendency, but it's still an important match nonetheless. A win for Chelsea and the club will continue on its path for an inevitable long march to a Premier League title.

Latest Premier League Odds On Who’ll Win the League and Finish in Top 4

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For the 2014/15 Premier League season, based on the relative ELO rankings, the simulations indicated an easy top four finish for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. There was a four way scramble for fourth, with Arsenal having the edge. Manchester City were clear favorite to win the league with Chelsea a reasonably strong second.

Commentators for Premier League Matches On NBC Sports, Gameweek 11

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With the international break upon us next week, that means the Premier League have had to sandwich in the 10 games this weekend between Saturday and Sunday before the national team players have to report for international duty early next week.

And with Everton and Tottenham playing on Thursday in the Europa League, that means that Sunday morning is going to be chock-a-block with Premier League matches.

Manchester City in Urgent Need of Form after Shocking Champions League Performance

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Manchester City endured yet another disappointing night in the Champions League after a 2-1 loss against CSKA Moscow. This match perfectly summed up the European adventures for a club that has dominated the Premier League for the last few years. Nothing appeared to go right for the Premier League champions, as they find themselves bottom of group with two matches left.

Facts And Stats: A Look At The First 10 Gameweeks Of The 2014/15 EPL Season

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The 2014/2015 football season in England is already 10 gameweeks old with ups and downs aplenty. Southampton have unquestionably been the surprise package thus far while the promoted trio all struggling to settle in the top flight.

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United are hardly fairing any better results-wise than when under David Moyes but the mood seems to be less demoralizing this time round at Old Trafford.

MLS And USMNT Midfielder Jermaine Jones Could Be Unfortunate World Cup 2018 Absentee

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Perhaps the biggest break out star for the USA coming out of the 2014 World Cup was Jermaine Jones. The German-American midfielder played exceptionally well in Brazil and overnight became one of the more popular soccer stars in America. Jones capitalized on his World Cup performance and new found popularity by signing a multi-million dollar contract with the New England Revolution of MLS.

A Brief History Of The Modern Rivalry Between Liverpool And Chelsea

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Traditionally, soccer's great rivalries are founded and fed by political and geographical demographics. It's those age-old guidelines that make the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea a peculiar one.

There's a clear, longstanding needle between the two teams, but the classic stimulants for a rivalry don't really exist when it comes tothe Blues and the Reds.

Everton Continue To Impress In Europe, As James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku Shine

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The current campaign was always going to be a season of firsts for Everton. For Roberto Martinez, that was the case on a number of fronts, with the Catalonian having to deal with European football and all the accompanying connotations for the first time in his career. The players too had to get into an unfashionable routine of playing Thursday and Sunday matches, a combination that sides have struggled with in well documented fashion in seasons gone by.

Top 5 Premier League Bets, 8-9 November

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Liverpool v Chelsea is the standout fixture on this weekend's Premier League betting coupon, while Man Utd (v Crystal Palace), Southampton (v Leicester) and Man City (v QPR) are sure to be the bedrock of many an accumulator up and down the country. Easyodds.com editor Simon Hopper followed up 22/5, 21/20 and 26/5 winners from two weeks ago with 16/5 and 21/20 successes last week, including Newcastle to beat Liverpool!

FC Barcelona Agrees Deal With TuneIn Radio

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FC Barcelona has come to an agreement with radio giant TuneIn to broadcast the team's Digital Barça audio feed, which allows listeners around the world to access home and away matches for free. TuneIn will stream La Liga and UEFA Champions League matches in English, Spanish, and Catalan languages.

Manchester United Faces Injury Crisis With 8 Players Out After Rojo Will Miss Next 6 Weeks

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will be out of action for up to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder. The news was confirmed today by manager Louis van Gaal during his pre-match press conference.

Rojo joins an injury list that includes Rafael da Silva, Ashley Young, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling (suspended), Jesse Lingard, Radamel Falcao and Phil Jones.

Oscar A Vital Cog To Chelsea’s Title Aspirations

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Jose Mourinho displayed his anger with the performance of his Chelsea team against QPR on Saturday. According to Mourinho, only one player had played well on the day Oscar. The Brazilian scored an absolutely brilliant goal with the outside of his right foot, but his contributions to the game are greater than that.

Watch Metalist’s Incredible Bicycle Kick Goal in Europa League [VIDEO]

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For the second gameweek in a row, a stupendous goal was scored in UEFA Europa League action. Two weeks agoit was Erik Lamela's rabona. Today it's Vasyl Kobin's sensational bicycle kick for Metalist.

And while bicycle kick goals are always a rarity, and always beloved. This one was that much better because of the beautiful backheel/flip assist to put the ball in the air for Kobin to take the shot.

10 Reasons Why Steven Gerrard Should Join The New York Cosmos

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On Long Island, far from Manhattan's bright lights, thenewNew York Cosmos may be gathering a glittering constellation of fading stars. Last week Real Madrid legend Raúl announced that he's joining the clubthat already boasts his former Spain squadmate Marcos Senna. Now come reports that Steven Gerrard is considering crossing the Atlantic to play for the 2013 NASL champions.

Bayern Munich’s Domestic Stranglehold is the Only Factor Preventing European Domination

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Just over 13 months ago, Bayern Munich produced the kind of performance that makes soccer supportersrevere in awe at what they're witnessing.

The Bavarians dismantled Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, taking the English outfit apart with a display that was bristling with supreme quality.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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There are moments that typically come to define an entire season, and in the Premier League this weekend, the fixture computer has churned out a pair of matches that stir memories of unhinged drama from campaigns gone by.

Those two fixtures feature prominently in our list as does an enticing clash from Germany, which will see one of the Bundesliga's most underwhelming sides tackle one of the year's surprise packages.

Manchester City’s 2-For-1 Ticket Initiative Was Admirable, But Performances Are Vital To Stir Champions League Interest

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Empty seats at the Etihad Stadium has long been the most pertinent source of ammunition for cheap jibes at Manchester City. Sky blue specs have regularly been seen scattered about Eastlands on Champions League evenings in years gone by, and after another drab atmosphere was conjured against AS Roma in their previous European home match, the City hierarchy decided enough was enough.

CSKA Moscow Defender Pontus Wernbloom Claims His Side Knew Manchester City Were Vulnerable

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In an interview with UEFA.com, CSKA Moscow defender Pontus Wernbloom gavean assessment ofhis side's 2-1victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old Swedish international, who was fortunate to avoid dismissal from the contest after the match official booked his teammate instead of giving Wernbloom a second yellow card, commented that he and his teammates have gained confidence from playing four matches over the past two seasons against Manuel Pellegrini's side and stated City are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Harry Redknapp ‘Interested’ In Signing Toronto FC Striker Jermain Defoe In January

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp has expressed his interest in signing Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe during the upcoming January transfer window. Both the manager and player are familiar with each other from their time at Portsmouth and Tottenham.

"He's a player we'd be interested in in January, but it depends on the expense of the deal," Redknapp said.

England Squad Announced; West Brom Striker Saido Berahino Earns Call-Up

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England manager Roy Hodgson has announces his 26-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia next Wednesday,as well asthe Three Lions'friendly in Scotland on November 18.

West Bromstriker Saido Berahino has earned a call-up to the full England squad for the first time in his young career.

Watch Maribor vs Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It wasn't a good night for English teams in the UEFA Champions League as Chelsea, the leaders of the Premier League, failed to demolish Maribor in Europe.

With the score tied at 0-0 at the half, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made some two substitutions, but it was Maribor who opened the scoring in the second half.

Ever Wanted Your Team to Lose So Your Manager Gets Sacked? If So, When?

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For seasoned soccer fans, most of us have been in a situation —some more than others —where we've wanted our team to lose just so that the pressure can pile on the manager, leading to his eventual sacking.

We never want to see our team lose, but there comes a time when enough is enough, and the Chairman will only make drastic changes if the results worsen.

Analyzing The Predicament Liverpool Face With Legend Steven Gerrard

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It's been a whirlwind of information in the past week or so, kicking off with a statement by Liverpool's legendary captain Steven Gerrard regarding his contract with the club, which is set to end in the summer of 2015. Gerrard laid his views out, telling UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph that he fully intends to continue playing beyond summer 2015, and it was up to Liverpool whether or not that would be with the Merseyside club or not.

Newcastle United Attacker Ayoze Perez Has Ignited The Side’s Change In Fortunes

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Last month, Spanish publication AS mentioned Ayoze Perez in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

It was exhausted – if slightly exaggerated – praise for Newcastle United's newly acquired young striker, who joined from Spanish club Tenerife in June. AS were reacting to Perez's wonderful solo effort against Carlisle in a non-competitive match.

Southampton Officially Open The Markus Liebherr Pavilion Training Facility

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Five years in the making, Southampton finally opened the doors of the club's brand new training centre yesterday with tribute being paid to late owner Markus Liebherr in the naming of the new Staplewood centre.

The Markus Liebherr Pavilion, as it will be known, is a state of the art training facility that should give Southampton the platform to build on their successes since 2009 and safeguard the historic development of top-class footballers for which the club has become renowned for.

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 1: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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The first legs of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals are in the books and we finally got to see what teams really have to offer with their seasons on the line. Some stepped up while others crumbled. As is usually the case, the difference between a win and a loss is one or two moments of brilliance from a single player.

QPR Confident of Signing Jermain Defoe On 3-Year Deal

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According to the London Evening Standard, former Tottenham Hotspur star Jermain Defoe could very well be heading back to England to ply his trade in the Premier League come January. The current Toronto FC player, who moved to the MLS team earlier in the year, is reportedly wanted by another London-based club, Queens Park Rangers.

Telemundo Announces Broadcast Plans Ahead of 2018 World Cup

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Spanish-language television station Telemundo has announced that they will be broadcasting the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in the United States. The NBCUniversal Television Group station will be taking over the U.S. Spanish-language World Cup broadcasting rights from Univision. Not only will Telemundo be airing the world's largest soccer tournament four years from now, but they will also begin broadcasting additional FIFA soccer events starting in 2015.

Watch Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It wasn't a night to remember at the Etihad Stadium forManchester City, for a number of different reasons.

As is so often the case when City have played in Europe, the Citizens gave up an early goal and continued to be poor defensively as well as weak in midfield.

As if it couldn't get any worse for City, it did near the end of the match.

Man City vs CSKA, Chelsea vs Maribor, Ajax vs Barca; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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

Ajax vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, ESPN Deportes &FOX Soccer 2GO
Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO & FOX Soccer 2GO
Chelsea vs Maribor, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net & FOX Soccer 2GO
Paris Saint-Germain vs APOEL, 2:45pm, ESPN3.

Manchester City and Marco Reus Would Be A Match Made In Heaven

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Manchester City's longstanding core of magnificent players stood up and made themselves counted in the recent Manchester derby. Their captain Vincent Kompany was imposing and imperious, Pablo Zabaleta was eminently industrious, Yaya Toure rediscovered his intimidating swagger and Sergio Aguero was forensically clinical in front of goal.

Why Aston Villa May Benefit in the Long Term From Relegation

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Four games into the 2014/15 season, Aston Villa were the in-form team, starting the season with three wins and one draw that saw them moving up to an impressive second in the league. Of course, it was too early in the season to predict whether the form would last, but following six defeats in six games, the latest form hasshown that the Villa of old hasreturned.

NBC Unveils Liverpool-Chelsea Promo Spot; You’ll Never Walk Alone [VIDEO]

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"In the Premier League, singing is believing," says the brand-new promo spot from NBC Sports to promote this Saturday's Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea (7:45am ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

NBC's TV cameras walked through the streets and inside the pubs to capture the footage of Liverpool fans on matchday at Anfield.

Wenger Not Solely to Blame for Arsenal’s Collapse Against Anderlecht

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Many Arsenal fans took to Twitter Tuesdayevening to vent their frustration over their beloved team's squandering of a three-goal lead in a Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht.

The Gunners seemed to be in full control of the match after the hour mark at The Emirates following goals by Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; however, the team from Belgium prevented Arsenal from securing an automatic spot in the knockout phase of the European competition, scoring three goals in the final half of an hour to tie the game.

Orlando City Unveils Debut MLS Jersey [PHOTOS]

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Orlando City Soccer Club has unveiled its debut shirt for its first season in MLS.

Orlando City SC will kick off their first season in 2015 as a MLS team, and will be wearing their unique purple kits.

Designed by adidas, Orlando City's home jersey will be worn by Brazilian superstar Kaka and his Orlando teammates at their home games in Orlando, Florida.

Robin Van Persie Seen Having A Kickabout On The Streets Of Manchester [VIDEO]

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was spotted having a kickabout on the streets of Manchester.

The Holland international was seenjust off Potato Wharf which is five minutes away from central Manchester for what has been reported asthe filming of a freestyle football program. But according to the Manchester Evening News, the city council said it had not received any official applications to film at the location.

Luis Suarez Says He Will Not Celebrate Against His Former Club Ajax

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez claims he will not celebrate should he manage to score against his former club Ajax, during the teams'Champions League Group Fencounter on Wednesday night.

Suarez is set to make his Champions League debut for La Blaugrana at the Amsterdam Arena and spoke of his feelings on the moment, as well as his return to the club where he he initially made his name in Europe.

FIFA Hand Italian FA President Six-Month Ban For Alleged Racist Comments

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FIFA has imposed a six-month ban on Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Association, for an alleged racist comment he made in August. The sanction from the governing body means the 71-year-old is barred from holding any position with FIFA for six months, backdated to October 7th.

Watch Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League match was full of surprises —shocking team selection changes by Brendan Rodgers followed by a surprisingly sound Liverpool performance against a misfiring Real Madrid team.

Due to rights restrictions, the video is only playable in the United States.

Top 7 Soccer Movies to Watch on YouTube [VIDEO]

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While there are plenty of great soccer-related movies out there, not all of them are free to view on YouTube. If you are at the office and have time to kill, or just want to watch a good soccer flick while on the laptop at home, YouTube is a solid place to start. Listed below are seven outstanding, and free, soccer movies to watch on YouTube.

Arsenal Set to Offer Theo Walcott New Contract Extension

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Gunners manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the media on Tuesday about possible talks with Theo Walcott over a contract extension. The French manager stated, "We are starting to sit down with him. I think he has one and a half years to go on his contract in December and it is never an easy job with him, you know.

Top 3 Players Of Serie A – Round 9

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With AS Roma poised to heap more pressure on Juventus at the top of the Serie A table, it was Napoli who shocked the competition by claiming a 2-0 victory. A worrying trend has developed for Rudi Garcia's men, who are yet to win against a so-called 'big' side this campaign. Losses to Juventus and Bayern Munich were probably expected, but defeat at the hands of Napoli all but confirmed their fragility against the bigger sides.

Arsenal vs Anderlecht Match Highlights; UEFA Champions League

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In an entertaining match for the neutrals at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal failed to heed the warnings of how powerful Anderlecht are. It was only two weeks ago when Anderlecht almost defeated Arsenal in Belgium, and it was a similar story on Tuesday night despite the Gunners taking a 3-0 lead.

Due to rights restrictions, the video is only playable in the United States.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool Player Ratings

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Brendan Rodgers surprised many with what appeared to be a weakened team selection in the Bernabeu this evening. However due to a mixture of Madrid complacency and excellent Liverpool defending, the scoreline was kept to a mere 1-0 defeat for the English visitors.

Many of Liverpool's surprise selections impressed and have certainly given their manager something to think about ahead of the weekend's clash with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool & Arsenal vs Anderlecht; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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The big news out of the UEFA Champions League today is Brendan Rodgers' team selection for Liverpool where a few key star players have been dropped from the starting squad in order to be rested for this weekend's clash against Chelsea.Gerrard, Balotelli, Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson are on the bench.

Premier League Team of the Weekend, Gameweek 10

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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:


Fabianski [Swansea City]- Lukasz Fabianksi put in another impressive performance to keep a clean sheet against Everton this weekend.

Watch Gary Neville’s Analysis of the Manchester City-Manchester United Derby [VIDEO]

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher analyzed the Manchester derby in detail on Monday night during the latest episode of Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.

The duo dissected the match, discussing who "the burglar" was in the match, where Manchester United's passing let them down, how Manchester City are doing a better job than United at making runs into space and creating clinical passes, and how United are not getting the best out of Robin van Persie.

Azpilicueta is Best Premier League Defender Says Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher

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Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta was lauded as the best defender in the Premier League by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher this week during the Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports.

Neville and Carra analyzed why they think the Spanish international is at the top of his game, and how much of a difference he's made for Chelsea this season as the Blues continue to surge ahead at the top of the table.

A Comprehensive Guide To English Soccer TV Commentators and Co-Commentators

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One of the often-overlooked reasons why the Premier League is the world's most popular sports league is the expertise of the commentators. Whether it's the commentators or co-commentators (aka color commentators), the men bring the Premier League to life in our living rooms and in pubs on a weekly basis.

Top 5 Clubs Most Likely to Win UEFA Champions League, According to Latest Odds

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The 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League is halfway through the group stage and it is time to review the tournament to date. Are there any major surprises? What team is most likely to win the entire tournament? To find out the answers, simodds.comhas simulated the tournament a few hundred thousand times.

Aleksandar Kolarov Ruled Out For One Month Due To Calf Injury

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Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has been sidelined for up to one month with an injured calf. The 28-year-old suffered the problem during the warm-up prior to Sunday's Manchester derby. Gael Clichy replaced the Serbian international inthe Citizen's starting eleven against city-rivals Manchester United.

Manchester United Teenage Defender Paddy McNair Earns Northern Ireland Call-Up

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Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania. The international call-up is the first for the 19-year-old United youth academy product.Heis the only uncapped player in the 25-man squad which was announced today.

Real Madrid vs. Liverpool: Preview And Predicted Lineups

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European champions Real Madrid welcome Liverpool to the historic Santiago Bernabeu stadium tomorrow evening in the knowledge that the Spanish giants will secure their place in the knockout-phase of the competition with a victory.

Liverpool will have the memory of the recent 3-0 defeat at Anfield at the hands of Madrid fresh in their minds and will be determined to avoid a repeat, hence we can expect a much more defensive minded Liverpool setup this time around.

Antoine Griezmann Hitting His Stride At Atletico Madrid

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After a season which saw Atletico Madrid break Barcelona and Real Madrid's stranglehold on the La Liga title, the alarms bells went offover thesummer as Diego Simeone saw his two best players exit the Vicente Calderonto join Jose Mourinho' sideat Stamford Bridge.

The loss of Thibaut Courtoiswas significant to the Madrid club because the Belgian goalkeeper had been the best goalkeeper in Spain over the past few seasons.

No Case for the Defense at Manchester United

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Manchester United truly boast a roster of attacking players the likes of which has rarely been seen before. Between them, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao have scored almost 650 goals in their club careers and many more when internationals are considered. But Louis van Gaal is only a few injuries away from having to play one of them in defence.

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing The Manchester Derby

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Manchester United fans have hope. After a very rough start to the season, the Red Devils have picked up the pieces despite drawing with West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, before losing to Manchester City. It's was a rough start for Louis van Gaal, but there have been some encouraging signs.

Daley Blind

You get the feeling that as impressed as everyone was with the Blind at the World Cup, we hadn't see the best of the Dutchman.

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 10

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The biggest game of the weekend was of course the Manchester derby. Michael Oliver had a tough game and could have awarded three penalties in addition to Chris Smalling's sending off, which was ridiculous. After being booked for blocking Joe Hart's kick, he then went flying into James Milner. Louis van Gaal was correct to label it a "stupid" performance from the defender.

3 Things We Learned From The English Premier League – Round 10

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Quite a number of exciting matches took place this weekend with the pick of the bunch coming at the Etihad where "stupid" labelled as such by his manager in the post-match aftermath Chris Smalling's red card costManchester United on Sunday as Sergio Aguero's strike meant City retained the bragging rights in Manchester for a fourth consecutive time.

Manchester United Fans See Progress Despite Growing Discontent From The Media

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Following Sunday's derby day defeat to Manchester City,a large section of themedia have focused attention on the fact that Manchester United have now accumulated 13 points after ten games; the club's worst start to a domesticcampaign since 1986. There have also been numerous linksmade between United's start under Louis van Gaalas compared to the club's return during David Moyes' first fewmonths in charge.

NBC Sports Updates NBC Sports Live Extra With New Enhancements

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Regular users of the NBC Sports Live Extra app will have noticed several new enhancements added in the last few weeks as NBC Sports aims to make the content and stats to accompany each game even more useful.

The new functionality and visualizations include real-time lineupsand match statistics; minute-by-minute text commentary synchronizedwith the video stream and live tables that provide real-time league standings.

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet faces a stern test today to convince the club's supporters that he has the future of his team in his destiny after a series of poor results. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will hope to continue their good form under manager Neil Warnock.

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

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland, 3pm, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting Lineups:

Crystal Palace:Speroni; Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Ward; Jedinak, Ledley, Zaha, Bolasie; Chamakh, Campbell.

World Soccer Talk Launches New Enhanced Mobile Experience For iOS and Android Devices

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World Soccer Talk has launched a brand-new, enhanced mobile experience so you can enjoy our soccer news, analysis and opinion on your mobile phones and tablets.

In July 2013, we launched a mobile version of World Soccer Talk that was optimized for smartphones and tablets. Based on the success of that launch, we listened to your feedback regarding what was missing, which is why we decided to partner with a company named Marfeel out of Barcelona, Spain to bring you an even better mobile and tablet experience.

Chelsea Are The Premier League’s Only Hope For Champions League Glory

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Starting with the 2006-07 competition, there was a stretch of three successive Champions League campaigns where it could be argued that English clubs dominated the European tournament. Although a Premier League club only took the title once during thatthree-year span(Manchester United 2008),English sides made up three of the four Champions League semi-finalists in successive seasons ending with the 2008-09 campaign.

World Soccer Talk Celebrates 9th Anniversary

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Nine years ago, I launched what was to become World Soccer Talk from my bedroom. My mission was tocreate one of the biggest soccer websites in the United States, where fans from around the world could come to talk about their favorite sport.

After launching EPL Talkin November 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013, the site has grown year by year thanks to you, the readers, who continue to be extremely loyal and have built a tremendous community (with more than 250,000comments).

Thierry Henry Keeps New York Red Bulls’ Dreams Alive After Win Against DC United [VIDEO]

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Yesterday afternoon, as the sky darkened an hour early, and as the cold November wind blew around the arena, the New York Red Bulls kept a clean sheet against a DC United team and had Thanksgiving coming a few weeks early for their fans. Coach Mike Petke had talked about the importance of away goals in a press conference on Friday, talked about having the team keep it somewhere in the back of their minds, but few would have imagined a 2-0 result.

Puma Solves Arsene Wenger’s Zipper Malfunctions With New Design [VIDEO]

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In a slap in the face to Nike, Puma has released a brand-new video that discusses how the German manufacturer has designed a jacket for manager Arsene Wenger that won't suffer the multitude of jacket malfunctions that the Arsenal manager had when his Gunners wore Nike apparel.

As you can see from the video below, it shows a different side of Wenger that we normally don't see.

8 Potential Bargain Footballers in the January Transfer Window

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The January transfer window is only a couple of months away and no doubt clubs are already plotting potential moves. There are some high profile players whose contracts will be up at the end of the season, most notably Sami Khedira, Dani Alves, Giorgio Chiellini and James Milner, to name but a few.

2 Horse Race (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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In another eventful Premier League weekend, there's so much to talk about including the Manchester derby, Liverpool's decline, Tottenham's comeback, Chelsea's quiet supporters, Alexis Sanchez saving Arsenal, the juggernaut at Southampton and much much more.

Plus we answer questions from the readers and announce the winner of the FIFA 15 game.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Player Ratings

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Manchester City ran out 1-0 winners in the first Manchester derby of the campaign after Sergio Aguero capitalized on the visitors going down to ten men by scoring a second-half goal. United were spirited in their play but following Chris Smalling's dismissal, City were in the ascendency.

Manchester City

Joe Hart- 7

The England goalkeeper made an important contribution.

Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur; Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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After a thrilling Manchester derby with plenty of talking points and controversy, the second and final Premier League match of the day pits Aston Villa against Tottenham with both clubs desperate for a win in the league.

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

Aston Villa vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra

Starting Lineups

Aston Villa:Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar (c), Baker, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, N'Zogbia, Benteke

Subs:Given, Cole, Bent, Richardson, Clark, Grealish Agbonlahor

Tottenham:Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul (c), Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Mason; Adebayor, Soldado

Subs: Vorm, Fazio, Dembele, Stambouli, Lamela, Townsend, Kane

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccerfansfrom around theworld.

Get a Free Preview of the Manchester City eBook, Blue With Envy

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Read about the growth of the Premier League through the eyes of a Manchester City supporter with Blue With Envy, written by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer.

The eBook, which was published earlier this year, features anecdotes and personal stories about how a soccer-crazed American fell in love with Manchester City in the early 80s, and how that passion built over time even when City got relegated to the third tier of English soccer.

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

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The tables have turned in Manchester. There's no doubt any longer that Manchester City is the most powerful team in the city with a better team and more silverware in recent years. But the balance of power can shift, even for a few weeks, if Manchester United is able to get a hard fought victory against their noisy neighbors at the Etihad Stadium today.

Listen to the 2 Robbies Football Show at 5pm ET Today With Tim Cahill

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Today's episode of The 2 Robbies Football Show features a legendary guest — Tim Cahill of the New York Red Bulls, previously Everton and the scorer of THAT incredible goal for Australia (see above image).

Listen live to The 2 Robbies Football Show beginning at 5pm ET on www.NBCSportsRadio.

Why a Successful Toronto FC is Important to MLS Growth in Canada

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As an American soccer fan, I admit that at times I can get too caught up in what MLS is doing to develop American soccer players for the U.S. Men's National Team. I can get overly worked up when USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann takes a dig at MLS, wanting to quickly defend the league I find myself most passionate about.

Serie A Preview, Gameweek 10: Small Margins Separate Italian Clubs

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After Gameweek 9, the top of the Serie A table is split into two groups of teams. Roma and Juventus are dominating the championship, having both achievee22 points thus far, scoring and conceding the same amount of goals (16 and 4).Behind them, there are seven clubs within one point, batting it out for the third place.

Why Giroud, Not Welbeck, Should Be Arsenal’s Starting Center-Forward Once Healthy

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced during his customary Friday news conference that striker Olivier Giroud is actually ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle fracture. Wenger told reporters, "(He is doing) very well. He's three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Starting Lineups, TV Times & Open Thread

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

Saturday, November 1:

Newcastle vs Liverpool, 8:45am, NBCSN and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra;Jim Proudfoot and Chris Waddle
Chelsea vs QPR, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra;Tony Jones and Tony Gale
Arsenal vs Burnley, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra;Ian Crocker and Dean Sturridge
Everton vs Swansea, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra;Phil Blacker and Davie Provan
Hull City vsSouthampton, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra;Jonathan Beck and Andy Walker
Stoke vs West Ham, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra;Gary Taphouse and Ray Houghton
Leicester vs West Brom, 11am, NBC Sports Live Extra;Joe Speight and Trevor Francis

Starting lineups

Newcastle:Krul; Janmaat, S.