EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 26: Real Madrid Hold the Lead in Spain

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Real Madrid top La Liga after finishing all-square with Atletico Madrid in the city derby. Carlo Ancelotti's men are just a point ahead of Barcelona, who won at home against lowly Almeria, while Atleti trail the Catalans by two points.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to secure a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid in a pulsating capital city derby against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

AC Milan vs Juventus and Paris Saint Germain vs Marseille at 2:45pm ET: Open Thread

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For viewers in the United States, the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus will kick off at 2:45pm ET onSunday, March 2, 2:45PM, beIN SPORTS, andDishWorld, while Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille will be shown live on beIN SPORTS Play at the same time.

The fixture between Milan and Juventus is typically one of the most hotly anticipated on the Italian football calendar, and whilst Milan may be loitering down in the lower reaches of Serie A, it still maintains a certain sense of grandeur.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, Spurs vs Cardiff, Swansea vs Palace & Aston Villa vs Norwich: Open Thread

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The problem with world soccer games is that there are often times where there are too many excellent matches on at the same time. Which one(s) should we watch?

Today's a perfect example as there are four key matches on at the same time — the Madrid derby, Tottenham Hotspur versus Cardiff, the relegation battle between Swansea and Crystal Palace and, last but not least, Aston Villa versus Norwich City.

Capital One Cup Final – Manchester City vs Sunderland: Open Thread

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For viewers in the United States, the 2013/14 Capital One Cup Final between Manchester City and Sunderland kicks off at 9am ET on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Espanol.

The match to determine who will be the League Cup winner will be televised live from Wembley Stadium in London, England. The commentary will feature Ross Dyer and Ian Joy.

Top 7 Candidates to Replace Manchester United Manager David Moyes

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There's little breathing room left for Manchester United manager David Moyes. The fans and press have turned against him, and now seemingly there are people within the Manchester United squad who are wanting the boss to leave.

After the UEFA Champions League last 16-first leg match between Manchester United and Olympiacos, there was an outburst by the United fans.

Out With The New, In With The Old (Commenting System, That Is)

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The readers have spoken. Two weeks ago, World Soccer Talk launched a new commenting system to replace the previous one. Despite the commenting system (Matchchat) having a number of cutting edge features, we've decided to revert back to the previous system due to unanimous feedback from the readers.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

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Winter is over according to the Premier League. Beginning today, the yellow balls have been put away and the white balls return to denote that Spring has arrived.

There's no early kick-off in the Premier League this weekend, so we have a choice of four matches being played from 10am-Noon ET (including the west London derby between Fulham and Chelsea) followed by Southampton versus Liverpool from 12:30pm-2:30pm ET.

Manchester United Will Play Friendlies Overseas If They Don’t Qualify For Europe: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United are contemplating playing several high-profile friendlies overseas if the club doesn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League or Europa League at the end of this season. Not qualifying for Europe represents £20million less in the coffers of the Old Trafford club, so United are considering playing friendlies in the Middle East, Asia and America as a way to make up for the loss in income.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; beIN SPORTS’ Ian Joy Joins to Talk League Cup Final & Weekend Preview

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT we get you set for all the weekend's matches around the world. Ian Joy from BeIN Sports joins the show to look ahead to the Capital One Cup Final as well as a host of other big matches on the network this weekend including the Madrid derby.

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

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 28

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

Saturday, March 1:

Fulham vs Chelsea, 10am,NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Tony Gale
Stoke vs Arsenal, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker & Trevor Francis
Everton vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Hull vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Barry Horne
Southampton vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Sunday, March 2:

Manchester City vs Sunderland (League Cup Final), 9am,beIN SPORT&DishWorld; Ross Dyer & Ian St John
Spurs vs Cardiff, 11:30am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
Swansea vs Crystal Palace, 11:30am, Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Neil Mellor
Aston Villa vs Norwich, 11:30am, Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Efan Ekoku

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

Clint Dempsey Pictured Wearing New USMNT World Cup Kit: Leaked [PHOTO]

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USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey is pictured in a series of new images to promote the upcoming launch of the USA's World Cup home uniform, which will be unveiled by Nike next week.

In the promotional image, Dempsey is pictured in an action shot, wearing the new US Men's National Team World Cup kit — giving us a first glimpse at the shorts and socks the team will wear, as well as new close-up images of the jersey itself.

Manchester City vs Sunderland, Capital One Cup Final Preview

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The 53rd League Cup final will take place at Wembley this Sunday, with Manchester City taking on Sunderland. Manchester City have had a relatively straight forward route to the final, with their 2-0 win away at Newcastle the toughest test before they went on to beat West ham 9-0 on aggregate in the semi-final.

WATCH Jurgen Klinsmann Discussing USMNT Squad For Ukraine Friendly, Live at 11:45am ET [VIDEO]

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Join USMNT Head Coach and Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann at 11:45am ET/8:45am PT today for a live Google Hangout where he'll be discussing the roster and expectations for the USA's upcoming friendly against Ukraine.

You can watch the live discussion and interview via the video below beginning at 11:45am ET.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Julian Green (2) Toronto FC (3) Tottenham

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT We look at Spurs sensational come from behind win in the Europa League, and discuss what this team should focus on going forward. Then, a chat about rising Bayern Munich star Julian Green and his call-up to the USMNT. Plus we chat with Kurtis Larson of the Toronto Sun as we look at TFC.

WATCH Ruud van Nistelrooy Taking Target Practice In Complete Darkness [VIDEO]

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Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy participated in a one-of-a-kind target practice recently where he showed his shooting and heading ability in complete darkness inside a gymnasium.

You'll have to watch the video to see how he did it.

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Barcelona and Bayern Munich Show Premier League Clubs the Way Forward

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The UEFA Champions League matches that featured Premier League clubs last week really emphasized the gulf in class that currently exists between the top teams in England and the giants that lead the way in the Spanish and German divisions.

In soccer, I was always told to "make the ball do the work" and there was no better example of this when Barcelona and Bayern Munich took apart Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

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

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It's hard to believe just how quickly this season has gone. It only seems a matter of days ago that we were preparing for the opening weekend of the campaign, and here we stand more than two thirds of the way through. In the Premier League, there are just 11 games to go and we're on the brink of seeing this season's first piece of silverware awarded!

Dempsey, Bradley and Green Among 24 USMNT Players Called Up For Ukraine Friendly

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Earlier today, Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 24 players that he's called to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany as the USMNT prepares for its match versus Ukraine on Wednesday, March 5 in Cyprus (live on ESPN2 at 2pm ET).

Twenty one of the 24 players called to Frankfurt for the training camp are players who are currently playing in Europe.

NASL Announce New Playoff Format, “The Championship”

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North American Soccer League (NASL) is once again changing its playoff format.

The 2014 NASL season will debut the new-look postseason format as four clubs will qualify to play in "The Championship" that will decide the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship.

The league will still have a Spring and Fall Champion.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Dnipro, UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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For viewers in the United States, here's the TV/Internet schedule:

Tottenham vs Dnipro (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches (there are plenty of other Europa League matches kicking off today), join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Napoli vs Swansea City, Europa League Round Of 32, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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If any soccer hater complains that nil-nil draws are boring, have them watch last week's incredibly thrilling game between Swansea City and Napoli in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg.

It was an open, attacking match from both sides. The only thing that was missing were goals, but both Swansea and Napoli created plenty of chances, but they were foiled by two goalkeepers (actually three, after Napoli's goalkeeper was replaced by Pepe Reina in the second half), who kept the final score at 0-0.

Belgium World Cup Shirts (Home, Away and Third) Unveiled For 2014: Official [PHOTO]

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Belgium have officially unveiled their home, away and third shirts that the nation will be wearing at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Designed by Burrda Sport, the designs of Belgium shirt offer a different, vibrant approach to what we've been seeing so far from Nike, adidas and Puma. Belgium's home and third shirts feature a noticeable royal crown as an imprint on the front of the shirt.

Nicolas Anelka Banned For 5 Matches For Quenelle Gesture

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West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 after a hearing by an independent panel ruled that there was a racist element to his Quenelle gesture he made after scoring a goal against West Ham United.

In addition to the ban and fine, Anelkahas also been ordered to complete a compulsory education course.

England Name Squad to Face Denmark In International Friendly; Luke Shaw Among Call-Ups

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Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been named in the England squad to face Denmark. The young English defender will earn his first international call-up to the senior squad.

Joining Shaw will be Southampton teammates Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Also on the list is striker Jermain Defoe, who will move this month from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC in MLS.

Spain, Germany, Italy and England’s Midfield-Striker Dichotomy at World Cup 2014

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The World Cup will dominate television sets this summer and per usual, most of the elite European nations (as well as a few South American teams) will be considered as favorites, or at the very least serious contenders. There'll be lofty expectations placed on teams like Italy, England, Germany and defending champion Spain.

WATCH Schalke vs Real Madrid and Galatasaray vs Chelsea, Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Wednesday's matches in the UEFA Champions League were a tale of two cities. In one match, you had a brilliant goalfest —a one-sided affair. And in the other one, it was a closely fought match with few goals to savor.

If you missed the highlights, or you want to watch them again, here they are.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Round of 16 Games

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The first legs of every last-16 Champions League tie were concluded this week and we're beginning to establish a clearer picture of who looks likely to be challenging for the European Cup come the final in Lisbon on Saturday May 24.

After the first four games saw no goals for any of the home sides, those teams on their own patch were able to fare slightly better this time round.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: UEFA Champions League Review

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny look at the conclusion of the opening round of matches in the UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage, as Chelsea were frustrated in Turkey and Real impressed in Germany. Nicholas Mendola from NBC Sports is our guest as we look at the Champions League, BPL and more.

Anticipation Building For Official Release of USMNT World Cup Shirts [PHOTO]

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The anticipation is building for the official unveiling of the US Men's National Team home and away shirts for 2014 that will be worn in this summer's World Cup.

An announcement is expected from Nike today with details on the shirts, where to pre-order them and whether or not the USMNT will wear the new home shirt or away on March 5 when the teams plays Ukraine in a friendly that has been rearranged in Cyprus.

Watch the Capital One Cup Final Live on beIN SPORTS And DishWorld This Sunday: Manchester City vs Sunderland

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The 2013/14 Capital One Cup final between Manchester City and Sunderland kicks off this Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised live around the world, including on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld in the United States.

I've been bombarded by e-mails this week from soccer fans worrying that the final wouldn't be shown on US television or Internet.

Galatasaray vs Chelsea & Schalke vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Chelsea will be walking into a loud and intimidating cauldron at Galatasaray's Turk Telekom Arenaas the Blues try to get something none of the English clubs have done in the Champions League or Europa League this week or last — get a draw or a victory.

Meanwhile, over at theVeltins Arena in Germany, Schalke host Real Madrid in a match where Carlo Ancelotti's team are the strong favorites.

‘Blue Revolution: The Inside Story’ Of Chelsea FC: Film Review

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"You have to be pragmatic and ask the Chelsea supporters if they are happy with the Cup or if they would prefer to play a Brazilian Samba game and go home without the Cup" – Jose Mourinho on winning the League Cup, 2007

Last year, Chelsea made two trips to the United States. On their first trip over, just after the season, they played one game in St.

Can Liverpool Win The Premier League Without Lucas Leiva?

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Anfield's faithful may have breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news that Lucas Leiva's latest knee injury will keep him on the sidelines for 8 weeks, as opposed to the rest of the season. However, there should be some genuine concern about Brendan Rodgers' failure to buttress the Reds' midfield and defensive capabilities during the January transfer window; a move that may impede the club's pursuit of a top four finish and ultimately scuttle what's left of their slim title chances.

Scotland Away Shirt For 2014-15 Is Colorful And Historic: Official [PHOTOS]

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The Scotland national team are under a resurgence thanks to manager Gordon Strachan. But whatever happens on the pitch during the European Championship qualifiers, the Scots can be assured that they'll be one of the best dressed teams in Europe with their retro home kit design and now this, the brand new and colorful away kit for Scotland the brave.

WATCH Jose Mourinho Previewing Galatasaray Game and Discussing His Chelsea Players [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is featured in a new interview from adidas, where he previews today's Galatasaray match in the UEFA Champions League, as well as discussing some of the Chelsea footballers who he wants to praise.

Here's the transcript of the interview with Jose Mourinho:

"The Champions League is the competition that I think everyone wants to win in football.

Argentina’s Crazy Relegation System Could Relegate Top 2 Teams

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If you looked at Colón three months ago in Argentina's top league, they were dead in the water. Many had gone as far as already putting them in the second division after they were docked six points after the Falcón ordeal with Mexican side Atlante. They were a squad that had very little to offer back then and have even less now.

Olympiacos vs Manchester United & Zenit St Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The second week of UEFA Champions League matches kicked off today with two matches —Zenit St Petersburg against Borussia Dortmund in the early match, which was then followed by Olympiacos against Manchester United.

If you missed the matches, or you want to see the highlights again, watch the videos below.

The Experience Of Attending Away Matches In London: The Heart Of English Football

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After witnessing Everton lose 1-0 to Tottenham in their recent Premier League outing in undeserved fashion, I decided to hold off on penning this piece.

Not because the team had lost — I've fronted up previously, before you accuse me of that!—but with another trip to London to face Chelsea on the horizon, I harbored admittedly slim hopes for a better result second time round.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Manchester United’s Big Defeat (2) MLS Preview

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny break down Manchester United's big defeat away to Olympiakos. Is this Moyes' worst moment yet in Manchester? We discuss that, plus we begin our MLS previews with Marc Serber, play-by-play broadcaster for Chivas USA last season.

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

Two Chelsea Fans Stabbed in Turkey Ahead of Champions League Game Against Galatasaray: Nightly Soccer Report

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Two Chelsea supporters were stabbed in Istanbul last night ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray in Turkey.

The Guardian reported that:

"At least twoChelseasupporters were stabbed in clashes around Istanbul's Taksin Square on Tuesday night, the eve of the first leg of the club'sChampions Leagueknockout tie againstGalatasaray.

3 Manchester United Footballers Who Are Dragging David Moyes Down

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This season has been a tough time for Manchester United. After the first few months of David Moyes' Manchester United career went poorly, many expected the team to finally pick up in the second half, an expectation that failed to materialize. Now, languishing at sixthin the table while its future in the UEFA Champions League tournament is hanging by a thread after a 2-0 loss against Olympiacos, more pressure than ever is being hurled at Moyes from all sides of the media, with blame for the disappointing season almost exclusively placed on his shoulders.

Olympiacos vs Manchester United, UEFA Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Manchester United topped a potentially tricky group containing Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad and have been rewarded with a tie against not only the weakest team left in the competition, but a team who sold their outstanding player in the January window. With that in mind, there is no excuses for Moyes and United not to progress to the last eight of the competition.

Zenit St Petersburg vs Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Reminder: Today's match between Zenit St Petersburg and Borussia Dortmund is an early kick-off with the broadcast beginning at Noon ET, followed later by Olympiacos versus Manchester United.

A draw against Dortmund looks like a tough one on paper for Zenit St Petersburg, but Jurgen Klopp's men have suffered with injuries and inconsistencies this campaign.

Chelsea Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season Revealed: Leaked [PHOTO]

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New photos of Chelsea's away shirt for the 2014/15 season has been leaked on the Internet.

For the 2014/15 season, Chelsea will be wearing a bright yellow away shirt — inspired by the Brazil World Cup team — which will feature a blue trim. Chelsea's away shirt features a blue collar that can be folded up or down, while the sleeves feature the famous three stripes from adidas.

What the World Cup Can Do For Leo Messi’s Place in History

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What can the World Cup do for Leo Messi's legacy in soccer? In a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, Messi's Barcelona teammate Xavi gave his take on the subject."Leo doesn't need to win the World Cup to be considered the best player ever. I say that for those who demand he wins the World Cup to be considered the greatest ever in history.

How Well Do You Know Your Premier League Team?

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How well do you know your favorite Premier League team? Do you consider yourself an expert, or are there parts of the club's history, achievements or stadium that you need to brush up on? Either way, a new, fun quiz called ‘How Well Do You Know Your Team?' is a perfect way to test your knowledge.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: Is MLS Worse Off Today Than it was in August 2011?

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny discuss the weekend's Premier League results and are joined by Zac Wassink @ZacWassink of Yahoo! Sports to discuss his assertion that MLS has not developed positively since 2011.

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

Ilkay Gundogan and Toni Kroos Are the Answers to Manchester United’s Midfield Problems

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With Manchester United needing to strengthen its midfield this summer, there are so many questions revolving around their reported interest in two footballers currently playing in Germany. Are Manchester United thinking along the right lines with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich players, as they look to finally solve their midfield problems?

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 25: Basques 2 Leaders 0

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Real Madrid beat Elche to go three points clear at the top of La Liga, as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both succumbed to Basque opposition. Barca were well-beaten by Real Sociedad while Atletico were humbled at Osasuna. The title race is poised to take another twist next weekend when Los Blancos visit the Vicente Calderon.

ESPN Announces TV Schedule For FIFA World Cup 2014

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ESPN have announced its TV schedule for FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be televised live and in HD across ESPN, ABC and ESPN2, as well as WatchESPN and WatchABC.

Impressively, 43 of the 64 matches will be shown on ESPN, while ESPN2 will only show 11. All matches on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available live via WatchESPN.

Hull City vs Brighton & Sheff. Wed vs Charlton, FA Cup 5th Round Replays: Open Thread

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Today features two FA Cup replays to determine who will make it into the quarter-finals of the 2013/14 FA Cup. Could we see an all-Sheffield derby in the next round?

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

Hull City vs Brighton (FA Cup), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton (FA Cup), 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

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

MLS Jerseys For 2014 Season Revealed For All 19 Teams: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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The 2014 MLS season kicks off on March 8 when Sporting Kansas City, the defending MLS Cup champion, plays Seattle Sounders.

The anticipation for the upcoming MLS season is already building, and we're starting to see many of the jerseys the clubs will be wearing this season leaked on the Internet.

5 Classic Premier League Footballers From The Past: A Walk Down Memory Lane, Part Two

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After the first part of classic Premier League footballers was well received, I decided to continue the series. Here are five more greats from memory lane:

1. Emerson

The Brazilian central midfielder came to the Premier League during the Bryan Robson days and set the league alight, for a few months at least.

Traveling to World Cup 2014? Save Big By Camping in Brazil

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One of the common stories we've been hearing about FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is the lack of affordable accommodations that are available this summer for soccer fans from around the world. Depending on what city you'll be visiting, many hotels are already sold out. But one option you may want to consider that is safe and affordable is camping.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Deconstruction of Serie A

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Italian soccer has declined as of late. While domestic kings Juventus look on track to claim their third straight scudetto, the rest of Serie A is suffering.

The league is not what it once was. Gone are European powers Inter and AC Milan. Napoli and Roma seem on the rise, but both have a long way to go if they want to catch up with the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Ruud van Nistelrooy Announces He’s Coming Out Of Retirement [VIDEO]

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Former Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced that he's coming out of retirement.

The Dutch striker appeared in front of a press conference to announce his intentions and answer questions from the media. In the videos below, there's also footage of him getting ready for the new season as well as discussions with his manager and agent.

Tiny Margins (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Another weekend of Premier League football is in the book and the Pod is back to cover it all. This weekend we had the pleasure of being joined by Spurs fan Matt Lichtenstadter to help us break down the games this weekend. We also give our thoughts on the Wayne Rooney contract as well as delving into the Champions League ties for Arsenal and Man City.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 27

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After another eventful Premier League weekend where Chelsea continued their dominance at the top of the table, and both Liverpool and Arsenal scored four goals, there were quite a few key refereeing decisions that changed the results of games, which are examined below:

Liverpool continued their superb home form, winning a 7 goal thriller against Swansea, but this game was not without controversy.

Looking At Another Classic – The Glory Game by Hunter Davies

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"The fears, the tensions, the dramas, the personality clashes, the tedium of training, the problems of motivation, injuries, loss of form, the highs and lows, new people coming through, old stars beginning to fade, that sort of stuff goes on, and will go on forever."

More than anything else, this quote by Hunter Davies in the introduction to The Glory Game explains why it is still being read and why it is rightfully considered a classic of the sport.

US Men’s National Team Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: New Closeups [PHOTOS]

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New closeup photographs of the US Men's National Team home shirt that will be worn at the 2014 World Cup have been leaked on the Internet.

Following up on the previously leaked photos here and here, the new photos of the USMNT World Cup shirt reveal more detail about the jersey and the material.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

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Every match matters in a Premier League season, and today's three matches are a perfect example of that. In the game between Liverpool and Swansea, you have one team fighting to avoid relegation while the other is bombing up the table to try to finish in the top four. Over at St James' Park, you have a club trying to gain respect after a turbulent season (and one where the manager could get sacked if poor results continue) versus a Villa club who are trying to avoid relegation.

Euro 2016 Qualifying Draw Revealed

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The draw has been made for the Euro 2016 qualification process to determine which 24 teams will end up playing in the Euro 2016 tournament that will be staged in France.

The qualifying matches will start in September 2014 and proceed until its conclusion in late 2015. Current champions Spain will participate as will Gibraltar, who are playing in a major international competition for the first time.

Columbus Crew Home Shirt For 2014 MLS Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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An image of Columbus Crew's home shirt for the 2014 MLS season has been leaked on the Internet.

Columbus Crew will be wearing its familiar yellow shirt with black trim in a shirt that's designed and manufactured by adidas. The shirt features a rounded collar and three stripes down the sleeve in a design that's straight out of an adidas template.

FC Dallas Home Shirt For the 2014 MLS Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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FC Dallas will officially unveil their home shirt for the 2014 MLS season on March 6, but an image of the shirt design has been leaked on the Internet.

The iconic red and white hoops of FC Dallas have disappeared, replaced by a red shirt with a variety of thin and thick bands across the front of the shirt.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Listen to Our Live Commentary From 12:15pm-2:30pm ET

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Nineteen years after Eric Cantona kung fu kicked a spectator in the crowd at Selhurst Park, Manchester United return to Crystal Palace in a much different scenario. That season, Crystal Palace were relegated while Manchester United lost the title on the final day of the season to Blackburn Rovers.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 27

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

Saturday, February 22:

Chelsea vs Everton, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin
Arsenal vs Sunderland, 10am, USA Network; Gary Weaver & Tony Gale
Cardiff vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Barry Horne
Manchester City vs Stoke, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Daniel Mann & Trevor Francis
West Brom vs Fulham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
West Ham vs Southampton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Ray Houghton
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Sunday, February 23:

Liverpool vs Swansea, 8:30am,NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Newcastle United vs Aston Villa, 8:30am, Premier League Extra Time; Bill Leslie & David Pleat
Norwich vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Efan Ekoku

In one notable change, MLS lead play-by-play announcer John StronghostsPremier League Livepre-game, halftime and post-game shows instead of Steve Bower (who has presumably returned to England to take up his duties for the BBC).

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) EPL Weekend Preview (2) Chivas USA

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny continue on from yesterday's discussion of MLS' takeover of Chivas USA and also look ahead to this weekends' Premier League matchups.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET. The show is on every weeknight, and features Nick Geber, best known for his Fox Football Friday and World Soccer Daily shows.

Jose Mourinho Expects On-Loan Keeper Thibaut Courtois to Start Next Season at Chelsea: Nightly Soccer Report

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The 21-year-old talented goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on the books at Chelsea but playing on loan at Atletico Madrid, will return to Stamford Bridge next season to compete with Petr Cech for the starting position at Chelsea.

When asked whether Courtois would be a Chelsea player next season, Mourinho said:

"I believe so, I don't think he will be loaned out.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

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

Chelsea vs Everton, 7:45am, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Sunderland, 10am, USA Network
Cardiff vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Manchester City vs Stoke, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Fulham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Southampton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, 12:30pm, NBC

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

Spurs TV is Coming to beIN SPORTS in the United States and Around the World

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Tottenham Hotspur supporters, rejoice. Spurs TV is coming to the United States and around the world after a deal has been agreed between beIN SPORTS and Tottenham Hotspur to bring THFC programming to a larger global audience.

The recently signed deal will bring Spurs TV to the following networks around the globe:beIN SPORTS in Asia (including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand), USA, Canada, France, North Africa and the Middle East; Sony in India; Sky in New Zealand and Arena Sport across the Balkan region.

Arsenal-Liverpool FA Cup Game Sets Record Viewing Audience On FOX Sports 2

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The broadcast of the FA Cup 5th Round game between Arsenal against Liverpool, which was televised live on FOX Sports 2 on Sunday, February 16, set a record this week for the most-watched program on FOX Sports 2 since its launch in August, 2013.

The match was shown live on US television on Sunday morning, featuring two of the most historic teams in English football.

Registration Closes On Monday For the World Soccer Talk European Experience

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Registration for the soccer trip of a lifetime ends this Monday, February 24. Tickets for Chelsea-Arsenal are already sold out, and only a few remain for Manchester United-Manchester City. Meanwhile, tickets are going fast for el Clasico featuring Real Madrid against Barcelona.

The opportunity to see Real Madrid-Barcelona and Manchester United-Manchester City — all in-person during the same week — is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you'll get to travel to Madrid and Manchester, to see some of the best football in the world in the cathedrals of Santiago Bernabeu and Old Trafford.

Premier League Clubs Are Champions of England But Pretenders of Europe

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Something is rotten in England. Over the past two days, the country that is allegedly home to the strongest, deepest professional soccer league in the world saw two of its three best teams lose to two of the rest of Europe's best teams in embarrassingly spectacular fashion on its home soil. The English representatives, Manchester City and Arsenal, did not just lose to their counterparts, FC Barcelona and Bayern München, they had their trousers pulled down in front of a global viewing audience.

USMNT Home Shirt For FIFA World Cup 2014 From Nike: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A new photograph of the US Men's National Team home shirt that the team will wear at this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been leaked on the Internet.

Nike's shirt matches the previously leaked photos of the USMNT home shirt. The one aspect of the new photo above that is more visible is the series of thin horizontal lines across the front of the shirt, which adds depth to the shirt instead of a plain white color.

Manuel Pellegrini Charged By UEFA After Comments Made About Referee

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been charged by the UEFA after his comments that he made in his post-match interview after his team played Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week.

UEFA issued the following statement regarding the comments:

"Following an investigation by the UEFA disciplinary inspector, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against Manuel Luis Pellegrini concerning the press interviews given to media after the above-mentioned match.

Mesut Ozil Could Be Like Dennis Bergkamp And Never Take a Penalty Again,’ Says Arsene Wenger: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that midfielder Mesut Ozil will bounce back from his penalty miss, but he could end up being like Dennis Bergkamp where he won't take a penalty again.

Ozil's penalty miss against Bayern Munichwas a turning point in the game against the current UEFA Champions League champions, in a match where Arsenal were on top and looking very likely to take an early lead.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: MLS Buys Chivas USA

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny discuss the BIG news coming from MLS the takeover of floundering Chivas USA by the league. We'll be joined by Kyle J McCarthy, MLS editor at FoxSoccer.com

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

Wayne Rooney Agrees New 5.5-Year Contract With Manchester United

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Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has agreed a new 5.5-year contract with Manchester United.

The contract negotiations have been happening for several weeks, and were reportedly held up due to discussions on image rights, but BBC Sport is reporting today that Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half-year contract that will keep the United and England striker at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.

2014 International Champions Cup: Schedule & Where to Buy Tickets

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The summer schedule for the 2014 International Champions Cup has been officially confirmed.

The eight participating squads include international club teams from Spain, England, Italy and Greece. Following is a list of all participating teams with their corresponding groups:

● Real Madrid CF – Group A
● Manchester United – Group A
● AS Roma – Group A
● Inter Milan – Group A
● Manchester City – Group B
● Liverpool FC – Group B
● AC Milan – Group B
● Olympiacos – Group B

The matches and ticket information is as follows:

Thursday, July 24, 2014:

Olympiacos vs AC Milan, 8pm ET, Citi Field, New York

Saturday, July 26, 2014:

Manchester United vs AS Roma, 4pm, Sports Authority Field, Denver
Real Madrid vs Inter Milan, 5pm, University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix

Sunday, July 27, 2014:

AC Milan vs Manchester City, 4pm ET, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Liverpool vs Olympiacos, 6pm, Soldier Field, Chicago

Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

Manchester United vs Inter Milan, 7pm, FedEx Field, Washington DC
Real Madrid vs AS Roma, 9:15pm, Cotton Bowl, Dallas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 7pm, Yankee Stadium, New York City

Saturday, August 2, 2014:

Real Madrid vs Manchester United, venue TBD
Inter Milan vs AS Roma, 1pm, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Olympiacos vs Manchester City, 3pm, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Liverpool vs AC Milan, 6:30pm, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Monday, August 4, 2014:

International Champions Cup final (Winner Group A v.

UEFA Europa League, Round of 32 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Welcome back UEFA Europa League. We've missed you. Thursday's haven't been the same since December.

Today marks the first matches in the Round of 32 with two English teams participating as well as several other intriguing games.

Dnipro vs Tottenham (Europa League), 1pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Swansea City vs Napoli (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

WATCH UEFA Europa League Away Days: Dynamo Kyiv vs SK Rapid Wien [VIDEO]

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With all of the protests happening in Ukraine right now, specifically Kiev, plus the Europa League matches scheduled for today, we thought it'd be perfect timing to share this video with you where adidas Football presents UEFA Europa League Away Days. SK Rapid Wien played FC Dynamo Kiev in their last Group Stage game and adidas joined a group of Rapid fans on their European Away Day in Ukraine.

Hull City Owner Considers 50% Increase In Season Ticket Prices If FA Say No To Tigers Name: Daily Soccer Report

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Hull City have threatened to increase the prices of season tickets by 50% next season if The FA decides to block the requested name change from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.

Ehab Allam, who is the son of Essam Allam, says that the club will increase prices if they don't get their way because they have shirt sponsorship deals for next season that are contingent on the name change being passed.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From the Opening Round Of 16 Games

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The Champions League is back in earnest after the first-legs of the opening four knockout ties were played this week. As is typically the case with Europe's premier club competition, we've already had our fair share of quality, controversy and confusion just a quarter of the way through the last 16 games.

WATCH AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While so much of the attention today was on Arsenal against Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid scored a big victory in the UEFA Champions League tonight by securing a win at the San Siro stadium in Milan.

You can guess who scored. But here are the highlights of the AC Milan against Atletico Madrid match, in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Champions League Review & Europa League Preview

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny talk Champions League soccer with FOX Sports' very own David Mosse (@statmanmosse). We'll look at all of this week's results and even take a peek at tomorrow's Europa League fixtures.

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

WATCH Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich Match Highlights, UEFA Champions League [GIF]

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It was always going to be tough for Arsenal, but the battle against Bayern Munich got even tougher when they went down to 10 men in the first half.

Arsenal started brightly in a match that featured end-to-end action, resulting in Arsenal winning a penalty early in the first half.

Here are the highlights of the key incidents from the match:

Mesut Ozil's penalty in the first half for Arsenal:

Later in the second half, Arjen Robben was pulled down in the box:

David Alaba stepped up to take the penalty for Bayern:

Toni Kroos opened the scoring for Bayern Munich with this pearler:

And Thomas Muller put the game out of Arsenal's reach with this wonderful header:

WATCH Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich Match Highlights, UEFA Champions League [GIF] is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich and AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid: Open Thread

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After yesterday's matches where both away teams ended their matches with victories, will it be the turn of the home teams to win their first legs in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16?

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

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go

Programming note:There's no soccer game on FOX Sports 1 today due to NASCAR, but FOX Sports is offering a free trial to FOX Soccer 2Go this week so you can watch both of the above games live on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Australia Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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Australia have unveiled their home shirt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Designed by Nike, Australia will be wearing its iconic yellow shirts in Brazil this summer, but the design on the latest jersey design from Nike features a retro look. The retro collar makes the shirt look quite distinct, while the green trim and one-of-a-kind Australian crest makes the shirt stand out even more.

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Which Pep Guardiola Side Is Better?

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The first season Pep Guardiola managed FC Barcelona in 2008-09, his side became the first Spanish squad to accomplish the continental treble. Currently in his first year at the helm of Bayern Munich, the Catalan native is on pace to accomplish the same feat. While he's only halfway through his debut with Die Roten, an interesting debate has arisen about which Guardiola-led team is better.

WATCH Bayer Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Paris Saint-Germain took a massive step yesterday toward booking its place in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League with a convincing win against German side Bayer Leverkusen.

It was one of those matches where, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was going to score a spectacular goal, but he surprised many by scoring it with his weaker left foot.

Ravel Morrison Becomes 32nd Squad Member to Join QPR’s Bloating Ranks: Daily Soccer Report

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Queens Park Rangers continues to be the dumping ground for highly talented misfits. The Championship club has added another one to its ranks — expanding its squad to 32 players, mostly journeymen — with the loan signing of Ravel Morrison from West Ham United, who will spend the next 93 days trying to get the R's back into the Premier League.

Arrigo Sacchi Believes Atletico Madrid Should Be Wary Of AC Milan

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Sacchi, 67, enjoyed spells with both the Rossoneri and Atletico Madrid during his managerial career, and helped Milan achieve successive European titles while at the club in the late 1980s. Although Atletico are currently sitting third in La Liga, level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sacchi believes the Italian giants have enough European experience to cause the Spanish side problems.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Barca Outfox Man City (2) PSG Crush Leverkusen

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny discuss today's Champions League action and what the future holds for Man City with Kartik Krishnaiyer of World Soccer Talk. Also, we'll follow up on the weekend's FA Cup results and loads more.

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

Cesc Fabregas Says Critics Need to Shut Up For A Few Days After Barca Beat Manchester City [VIDEO]

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In his post-match interview, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas sent a message to critics by saying they'll have to shut up for a few days after his club convincingly defeated Manchester City 2-0 at Etihad Stadium.

"Everyone was saying 'Barcelona is not the same Barcelona.' Some people talking a bit too much, as usual.

WATCH Barcelona Defeat Manchester City 2-0 to Take Commanding Lead: Goals [GIF]

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Manchester City have a mountain to climb in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League match after Barcelona took a commanding 2-0 lead in the first leg.

The turning point in the match was when Manchester City defender Martin Dimichelis fouled Leo Messi, resulting in the referee sending Dimichelis off and awarding a penalty to Barcelona.

Manchester City vs Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen vs PSG: Open Thread

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Welcome back UEFA Champions League. We've missed you.

Today marks the first matches in the Round of 16 with two mouthwatering games in store featuring Manchester City against Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen versus Paris Saint-Germain.

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

Manchester City vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Bayer Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

Programming note: FOX Sports is offering a free trial to FOX Soccer 2Go this week so you can watch both of the above games live on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Win a UEFA Champions League Match Ball Signed By Patrick Kluivert [CONTEST]

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To celebrate Heineken's UEFA Champions League sponsorship, World Soccer Talk would like to offer 4 lucky readers the chance to win a UEFA Champions league match ball signed by former Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert.

During each UEFA Champions League match week, Heineken invites soccer fans from all over the world to ‘share the sofa' with a former UCL legend – bringing soccer fans as close to the UEFA Champions League as possible.

UEFA Champions League Team-By-Team Guide: Preview, Likely Lineups, Key Players and Predictions

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The resumption of the UEFA Champions League knockout phase is the prime indicator that the serious business is about to kick off in European soccer. It's crunch time, in short, and teams will resume their respective European commitments with dreams of glory and hopes of parading the trophy around the Estadio Da Luz, Lisbon come May 24, 2014.

Mexico Away Shirt For 2014 FIFA World Cup Goes Red And Black: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas presents the official away kit of the Mexican national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The new away kit of the Mexican team stands out through an innovative combination of red and black, reinterpreting classic jerseys of the national team worn in previous World Cups.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 24: Messi Moves Closer to All-Time Record [VIDEO]

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Lionel Messi broke one record and moved closer towards another as Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano with ease. Real Madrid won 3-0 at Getafe and Atletico Madrid beat Real Valladolid by the same score as the three title contenders remain separated only by goal difference.

Lionel Messi rewrote the record books as Barcelona completed a 6-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou.

3 Tips to Succeed in the Football Manager Computer Game

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When starting with a Championship or Premier League club, the long-term goal in Football Manager is for complete domination unchallenged as the top club in Europe for a sustained period of time. Priority however is building a lasting legacy rather than quick success. Simple rules to live by

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Spain’s Away Shirt For the 2014 FIFA World Cup Is Black and Neon: Official [PHOTOS]

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Spain's change shirt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is black and neon.

adidas, in collaboration with the Spanish National Football Team, introduces the away jersey that will accompany their reconquering adventure at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

The black and neon gear has been inspired by meaningful features of the cheerful, alive, bustling, social and colorful Spanish culture.

See Real Madrid-Barcelona and/or Man United-Man City In Person Before Tickets Sell Out

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Reminder: The registration deadline for the World Soccer Talk European Experience closes today.

Just 10 days ago, we launched the World Soccer Talk European Experiencewhere we offered you a chance to go see Chelsea-Arsenal, Real Madrid-Barcelona and Manchester United-Manchester City.

Who is Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s New £11 Million Man?

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Many were surprised when Chelsea announced the signing of FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, late in the January transfer window. The young wideman, who started his career at Egyptian Premier League side El Mokawloon, joined the Blues for £11million, and will wear the number 15 shirt, after being heavily linked to Chelsea's Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Brighton And Hove Albion vs Hull City, FA Cup 5th Round: Open Thread

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Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Oscar Garcia leads out his south coast team against Hull City in the FA Cup 5th Round today, in the last match of this stage of the FA Cup tournament.

The winner will play at home against Sunderland in the quarter-finals of the oldest club cup competition in the world.

Premier League Managers Can’t Contend With Jose Mourinho’s Mind Games

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On Friday, Jose Mourinho called Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure. This is definitely not the first time the Portuguese manager has said something controversial about the three-time Premier League winner. Who could forget the "voyeur" comment from 2005? The two-time Champions League winner came back to England very respectful and appreciative of Wenger and his accomplishments, but now that the Gunners are a serious title contender, Mourinho is back to his disrespectful ways.

WATCH An Interview With Freddy Adu Reflecting On 10 Years Since His MLS Debut [VIDEO]

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Ten years after bursting on to the scene in Major League Soccer, Freddy Adu is now training and on trial with Blackpool in the Skybet Championship.

"I love football in England. In America, all we watch is football in England. It'd be a dream come true to play here some day. I don't know when that'll be, but I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

5 Reasons Why Barcelona Will Overcome Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League

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Any passionate soccer fan looks forward to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and undoubtedly the tie of the round (sorry Arsenal fans) is the heavyweight clash between Manchester City and Barcelona. Here I look at five reasons why I think the tiki-taka wizardry of the Spanish side will overcome the goal scoring powerhouse of Manchester over what are set to be two enthralling legs of football.

Analysis of Howard Webb’s Refereeing of Arsenal-Liverpool FA Cup Match

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Sunday's FA Cup match between Arsenal against Liverpool was superb. A classic cup tie with end-to-end goalmouth action resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Gunners, against an in-form Liverpool looking to build on a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal, only a week ago.

However, this game was packed with controversial decisions.

Manchester City’s Tactical Changes That Made The Difference Against Chelsea In Their 2-0 Victory

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On Saturday, needing a victory against Chelsea for psychological reasons, Manuel Pellegrini made three courageous decisionsin the FA Cup 5th Round. Jose Mourinho's mastery of Pellegrini required the Chilean to get one over on his Portuguese rival on this occasion. City won 2-0 on Saturday but only after the manager shook up his side with several changes.

Cup Comments (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Cup weekend! But there is so much more on the podcast this week as Laurence is away. Liverpool and Arsenal had another classic match with much to remember whilst other sides progressed in a smoother fashion. Can Gus do anything wrong in a cup right now?

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WATCH Arsenal vs Liverpool, FA Cup 5th Round Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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One of the matches of the past weekend was Arsenal against Liverpool in the FA Cup 5th Round at the Emirates Stadium in north London. The match was a re-match of the Premier League game between both sides that was fresh in the minds of players and supporters of both clubs, but this time it was a different final score.

Arsenal Striker Olivier Giroud Apologizes On Twitter For Extra-Marital Affair

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud apologized on Twitter today after a British tabloid newspaper exposed details of the footballer having an extra-marital affair.

Giroud allegedlyspent a night in a hotel with a lingerie model named Celia Kay before Arsenal's 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace earlier this month.

FA Cup Draw for 6th Round Revealed: Possibility of Merseyside and Steel City Derbies

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The draw for the 6th Round of the FA Cup has been made, which has conjured up the possibility of a couple of plum derby matches in the quarter-finals if Liverpool can overcome Arsenal to play Everton in the next round, and if the Sheffield clubs can win their respective matches to play against each other in the final eight.

WATCH The FA Cup 6th Round Draw Live At 10:30am ET [VIDEO]

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At 10:30am ET, watch the draw for the 6th Round of the FA Cup live here on World Soccer Talk courtesy of The FA.

The teams that are in the hat for the FA Cup 6th Round draw are (including the number of each team):

1 Manchester City
2 Sheffield United or Nottingham Forest
3 Arsenal or Liverpool
4 Brighton & Hove Albion or Hull City
5 Wigan Athletic
6 Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic
7 Sunderland
8 Everton

The FA Cup 6th Round matches will be played during the weekend of March 8-9.

WATCH Manchester City vs Chelsea, FA Cup 5th Round Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In Saturday's FA Cup action in the 5th Round of the tournament, Manchester City stole the headlines with an impressive and surprisingly comfortable 2-0 win against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. It was a complete team performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side, which Mourinho admitted that the best team won.

FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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

Everton vs Swansea (FA Cup), 8:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

World Soccer Talk Launches New and Improved Commenting System

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World Soccer Talk has launched a new commenting system effective immediately to improve the options for readers who comment in our article threads.

One of the aspects of World Soccer Talk that we're most proud of is the vibrant community, where readers like you and thousands of others participate in the comments threads for each post.

WATCH The 1964 BBC Panorama Special On Liverpool And The Kop [VIDEO]

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The Kop at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium has always been a magical place full of song, passion and intimidation. But it used to be a lot different, as evidenced here in this 1964 short film from BBC's Panorama show.

Before there were fencing and other "safety" measures instituted at grounds across England, The Kop (and stands like it) contained a swaying mass of English football supporters cheering their local team.

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea Did Not Fail Against Manchester City: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was poetic in defeat after his team lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup Fifth Round yesterday, saying that "Chelsea did not fail against Manchester City" and that "Two weeks ago, the best team won. Today the best team won. When the best team wins, football is in peace.

David Beckham Tells Miami Soccer Fans To Do As He Says, Not As He Has Done

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Following up on all of the discussion about David Beckham bringing a MLS team to Miami, writer Steve Clare from Soccerly offered an intriguing viewpoint regarding David Beckhamrecently questioning whether fans in Miami should do as he says and support their local team, or not, since Beckham hardly has a track record of doing the same.

What to Expect From Fulham Manager Felix Magath

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Felix Magath's appointment as the new Fulham boss brings one of the most enigmatic, controversial and successful Bundesliga managers of the last decade to the Premier League. Magath becomes the first German to manage in England's top flight as well as the first man of American/Puerto Rican descent (his father was a US serviceman) to manage in the Premier League.

WATCH The Top 10 World Cup Commercials Of All Time [VIDEO]

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With World Cup commercials, an all-time list of the best 10 isn't quite all time because of the lack of commercials that are easily accessible prior to 1998. Still, there are plenty of gems to be watched again and again as anticipation builds for Brazil, and we're already seeing betting odds on the World Cup.

Is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard the Best Player in the Premier League?

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After Chelsea's 3-0victory over Newcastle, José Mourinho said of Eden Hazard: "He's the best young player in the world. Under 23, under 24, he is for sure the best in the world and if he continues in this direction, who knows where he can arrive?" Hazard may have failed to lead Chelsea to victory against a West Brom side fighting off the specter of relegation, but the Blues still remain on top of the Premier League table (thanks in part to Manchester City's match against Sunderland being delayed, admittedly.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Mourinho vs Wenger, (2) Fulham Merry-Go-Round (3) FA Cup Preview

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT:

Nick and Danny are joined by Fox Sports' own Keith Costigan @KeithCostigan. We discuss the Prem's own WWE smackdown with Mourinho and Wenger, Fulham's managerial merry-go-round, Liverpool and of course the FA Cup 5th Round matches this weekend.

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

Julian Green Has Decided to Pick USMNT Instead Of Germany, Says Source: Nightly Soccer Report

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German-American winger Julian Green has reportedly decided to play for the US Men's National Team instead of Germany, according to a report tonight inBild, a German publication. Additionally, the USSF has confirmed that Green will practice with the USMNT in Frankfurt ahead of its upcoming friendly against Ukraine.

FA Cup Fifth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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

Sunderland vs Southampton (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Cardiff vs Wigan (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Chelsea (FA Cup), 12:15pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

Beckham x Miami (World Soccer Talk Special Podcast)

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So much talk over the past week has been about Beckham and his venture into the MLS, on the owner side. We are a little late to the party, but here we are to go through the coverage and the ideas that we can put together to work out what is going on in South Florida.

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A Love Song For Your Favorite Premier League Club

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Hello there to all you boys and girls out there in love land tonight, I'm your host Casey Kas....Morgan Green, here to take you on a journey......of love. Love is a beautiful thing and it comes in all forms. Lets take a look at some of the requests we've received from your clubs tonight shall we?

*Puts on Glasses*

*Fires up record player*

Chelsea: I'll Make Love to You by Boyz 2 Men

There were always going to be sparks flying when Jose returned to the Bridge, and just like this classic song, Jose is giving the Chelsea fans all of his love this season.

England Legend Sir Tom Finney Dies, Age 91

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Tom Finney, one of the greatest footballers ever to wear an England shirt, has died, age 91.

Finney played 75 times for England, scoring 30 goals. But it was his club career at Preston North End where he received most of his acclaim, making 473 appearances and scoring 210 goals. Finney only played for Preston throughout his club career, while on the international stage, he was only one of two footballers from England's 1950 World Cup squad that was still alive (Roy Bentley is now the sole survivor from that England team).

Fulham Sack Rene Meulensteen and Appoint Felix Magath As His Replacement

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Fulham owner Shahid Khan has sacked Rene Meulensteen as manager of the club, and have replaced him with former Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath.

Magath has been appointed under an 18-month contract.

In reaction to the news, Khan said in a statement on the club website:

"I am very happy to welcome Felix Magath to Fulham Football Club.

WATCH Jose Mourinho Saying That Arsene Wenger is a “Specialist In Failure” [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger is a "specialist in failure," according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The Special One uttered those words today in a press conference ahead of this weekend's FA Cup matches between Chelsea and Manchester City (and Arsenal versus Liverpool).

But Mourinho's words are the latest in his mind games as he tries to unsettle Arsenal in the race for the 2013/14 Premier League title.

Richard Scudamore Confirms Plans for a Premier League ‘B’ League: Daily Soccer Report

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed plans today to launch a Premier League B League, which will be played at Premier League grounds, be televised and will feature U-23 players as well as four over age footballers.

The league will replace the current U-21 league format, andwould involve the same teams that are in the Under-21 league which is those who are classed as category one in the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

99 Red Crosses (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Here it comes! Don't just head it away or throw yourself at it, make something of the podcast. There is an opportunity here to make something of this season as teams posture and present themselves into...draws...

Others were unlucky with the weather, both letting them play or stopping a good game of football.

Germany Away Shirt For World Cup 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled the new away jersey for the German national team in collaboration with the German football Association (DFB). At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, national coach Joachim Löw's team will play for the first time in jerseys with black & red horizontal stripes. Özil, Schweinsteiger, Müller & Co.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Preview of MLS 2014 Season (2) Piers Morgan & Arsenal

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT:

Nick and Danny chat with Kyle McCarthy, MLS Editor, at @foxsoccer about MLS calendar changes, expansion and a peek ahead at the upcoming MLS season. Also, we'll chat about Arsenal and ask if @piersmorgan is right in calling for Wenger to go.

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

Millwall Release Their Home Shirt Design For 2014, Chosen By Fans [PHOTO]

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The supporters of Millwall Football Club have chosen the club's home shirt for the 2014/15 season from a selection of choices, deciding to go with a retro-looking shirt designed by Macron.

Millwall's home shirt for 2014/15 features a dark blue shirt with a classic designed collar (a v-neck) and the club crest and shirt manufacturer logo in white.

Pep Guardiola: A Great Manager or A Manager of Great Teams?

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Despite being the most successful manager in the history of FC Barcelona, there are those who consider the current Bayern Munich manager to be overrated. Guardiola won thirteen trophies in four years as manager of FC Barcelona, including two UEFA Champions League titles, beating English powerhouse Manchester United in 2009 and once more in 2011.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 26

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The introduction of goal line technology this season has resulted in key decisions being made correctly through the use of the referee's watch, which beeps whenever the whole of the ball crosses the goal line.

During Tuesday's game at the KC Stadium between Hull City and Southampton, there was a goalmouth scramble where 3 shots were fired towards the net in quick succession.

NBC Breaks Its Record After 1.2 Million Watch Swansea vs Cardiff On US TV

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NBC Sports delivered its most watched Premier League broadcast to date when 1.2 million average viewers watched the South Wales derby between Swansea City and Cardiff live on the over-the-air NBC network.

The 12:30-2:30pm ET broadcast on NBC edges closer to the all-time Premier League record viewing audience in the United States, which was 1.

Start Your 7-Day Free Trial to FOX Soccer 2GO

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FOX Sports is offering a free 7-day trial of its FOX Soccer 2Go streaming service, that lets you watch the best in Champions League, FA Cup, Europa League, A-League and more on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

The 7-day free trial to FOX Soccer 2Go ends on February 20, so your best bet to get the most out of the free trial is to sign up today.

Andy Gray to Return to BT Sport This Weekend Despite Sexism Video: Daily Soccer Report

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Soccer co-commentator and pundit Andy Gray will return to BT Sport this weekend to commentate the FA Cup match between Arsenal and Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup despite the controversy regarding a recently leaked video showing Gray making sexist remarks.

Gray returned to UK television last month for the first time in several years when he co-commentated the game between Everton and Stevenage.

Newcastle Supporters Dream Of Better Times Than These At St James’ Park

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Two seasons ago the Magpies were flying. Alan Pardew had offloaded problem players Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, creating a harmonious dressing room atmosphere. Last January, with the side struggling against relegation, owner Mike Ashley opened his wallet up and signed several marquee French players, individuals of a high enough standard that had previously been pursued by the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, On Replay; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Arsenal vs Man Utd (2) Liverpool’s Resurgence

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Nick and Danny discuss the Premier League title race and discuss the travails at Arsenal and United as well as Liverpool's resurgence. We are joined by @NicholasMendola from NBC's ProSoccerTalk.com.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET. The show is on every weeknight, and features Nick Geber, best known for his Fox Football Friday and World Soccer Daily shows.

Tim Sherwood’s Back to Basics Approach Has Got Tottenham Scoring Again

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After enduring a different start to the 2013/14 season under Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham seem to have turned their fortunes around under new boss Tim Sherwood.

While Villas-Boas was in charge, Tottenham mainly used a 4-2-3-1 strategy, which left Soldado isolated up front.

Colombia Away Shirt for World Cup 2014: New [PHOTOS]

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After launching the new, beautiful Colombia home shirt in November, photos of Colombia's away shirt for the 2014 World Cup have now been revealed.

The red away shirt features white stripes down the sleeve, while there's a black or navy blue trim. The shirt features the words Colombia on the back top of the jersey.

Real Salt Lake Home Shirt For 2014 MLS Season. Beard Not Included: Leaked [PHOTO]

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

This version looks different than the previously leaked image of the Real Salt Lake shirt. The red shirt still features the blue sleeves and yellow stripes down the sleeve, but the design featuring the yellow band that runs from the sleeves across the chest looks different.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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Weather conditions are going to play havoc with some of the games in England today with heavy wind and rain threatening to impact matches being played in the north of England.

There's heavy rainfall at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City against Sunderland, while heavy winds could force the postponement of Stoke-Swansea (or, at the very least, a very trying time to play football).

Is Wayne Rooney Worth His £300k Per Week Deal?

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Manchester United currently look like slaves to Wayne Rooney's financial ambition. In their current position, United are scared to lose one of their best players, and Wayne knows it. The situation has evolved to the extent that Rooney can essentially name his price and Manchester United will be obligated to pay the ransom.

Worrying Signs For Cardiff City’s Chances of Avoiding Relegation

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Cardiff City came away from yet another home fixture last night with a solitary point following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in early January, the form of the Welsh club has been indifferent at best with defeats coming at Manchester United and fierce rivals Swansea whilst there have been positive results at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Form Of Newcastle United Players is Declining Under Alan Pardew

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This week brought about yet another nonsensical comment from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"We like to think we put down the right foundations here for success.

"All the players that have come here have improved, I can't think of one who hasn't.

"That is the most important thing when you are looking at your coaching strategy.

What to Expect From Fulham’s Kostas Mitroglou, Greece’s Star Striker

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Kostas Mitroglou has arrived in the Premier League, and I could not be happier. You see, Mitroglou is a perfect example of what is wrong with Greek football, not just at the moment, but for most of recent memory. His career path is one that has been taken by many young Greek footballers over the years, yet it's a path that has failed to produce any real world-class players.

How Arsenal Can Still Win The Title Even If Olivier Giroud Gets Injured

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The January transfer window was a tough time for Arsenal fans as we saw a number of opportunities to strengthen the team fail miserably. Rumors of Diego Costa, Julian Draxler, Alvaro Morata and Miroslav Klose were all names linked with the Gunners throughout January, yet nothing seemed to pan out except for signing a player on loan who is injured for the next 6 weeks.

5 Things We Learned From Serie A This Weekend, Gameweek 23

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In a bizarre weekend of Serie A action, Juventus dropped points to a newly-promoted team, the Rome derby ended goalless, while Adel Taarabt stole the headlines (for a few minutes) with a wonderful debut goal. As Inter Milan and Napoli bounce back from their defeats, Fiorentina continue to fight for the last Champions League place.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: (1) Beckham And Miami (2) Man City

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Nick is joined by Fox Sports David Mosse (@statmanmosse) to discuss the current state of the Premier League and today's results. At 9:40pm ET Nick will be joined by World Soccer Talk's own Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) for a discussion of Manchester City and Beckham in Miami. CALL IN LIVE 800-878-PLAY or Twitter @worldsocceradio.

From Champions to Also-Rans: Dealing With The Fall of Manchester United

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Manchester United is not just a football club. Manchester United is an idea. The idea is that they are exceptional in some fundamental way. The idea is that the general rules somehow do not apply to them — They do not struggle, they do not lose and they do not accept anything less than the best.

Craig Bellamy Suspended For 3 Matches After Accepting FA Charge of Violent Conduct

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Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy has been suspended for three matches after he accepted a charge by The FA of violent conduct for his behavior in the defeat against Swansea City.

After running up behind Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, Bellamy punched him in the side of the face. Presumably Bellamy was getting frustrated by his hometown club getting thrashed by Swansea in the South Wales derby.

Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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There's no rest for the wicked, as there's another full schedule of Premier League matches today and tomorrow, followed by the FA Cup this weekend, and then the return of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League next week. Phew!

Here are this afternoon's matches on US TV and Internet:

Cardiff vs Aston Villa, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Southampton, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Norwich, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Chelsea, 3pm, NBCSN

Check out the schedule for tomorrow's matches and the ones for the remainder of the season on our Premier League TV schedule page.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 23: Atletico Madrid Stunned At Almeria [VIDEO]

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Atletico Madrid lost their outright lead at the top of La Liga, their defeat at Almeria providing the story of the weekend. With Barcelona and Real Madrid both winning against Sevilla and Villarreal respectively, the top three are all level on 57 points, Barca having the advantage of a superior goal difference.

Football Manager is More Than A Game; It’s A Gift From The Soccer Gods

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Formerly Championship Manager, now Football Manager (or FM, for short), the FM revolution is an exquisite slice of heaven handed to us from the soccer gods. If you haven't played it, you don't know what you're missing.

Over the 15 years that I've been playing the game, I have experienced several different types of games within the game itself.

Jose Mourinho Says Yaya Toure Decision Lets Players Do Anything They Want: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned that Premier League footballers now have carte blanche to do what they want if the referee doesn't see it, after Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was not charged with violent conduct after stamping on Norwich'sRicky van Wolfswinkel in the match on Saturday.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: Is Moyes the Problem?

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Join us live at 9PM ET/6PM PT as Nick and Danny discuss the meltdown at United in the wake of their 2-2 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford. Is Moyes to blame? We'll also check in with @nickwebster of realfootytalk.com and see what he has has to say. Plus we'll chat Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and of course, your calls and tweets at 800-878-PLAY or @worldsocceradio.

Fulham Against Liverpool May Be Postponed Due to Underground Strike

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Fulham's match against Liverpool, scheduled for Wednesday night at Craven Cottage in west London, may be postponed due to safety concerns resulting from a potential London Underground strike.

Fulham released a statement on its club website that read:

"Following a number of enquiries regarding how the potential London Underground strike action may affect Wednesday evening's fixture against Liverpool, the Club can confirm that it is currently proceeding on the basis that the game will go ahead.

‘It Was Like Being Back In the Conference,’ Fulham Defender Says About Man United: Daily Soccer Report

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After this past weekend's 2-2 draw against Manchester United, Fulham defender Dan Burn compared defending United's crosses to playing in the non-league conference:

"I've never headed that many balls since the Conference. We knew that was going to happen and I was happy for them to play like that.

Reviewing Premier League Referee Decisions: Gameweek 25

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Here are the key refereeing decisions from this past weekend's Premier League matches:

Eden Hazard starred in a 3-0 victory for Chelsea against Newcastle, with the third goal coming from the penalty spot after Samuel Eto'o was wrestled to the ground by Magpies centre backMapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

NBC Scores Record Overnight Rating of 2013/14 Premier League Season Thus Far

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NBC's live coverage of the South Wales derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City posted the network's best overnight rating of the 2013/14 Premier League season thus far, with a 1.0 overnight rating.

The 1.0 metered rating beat the previous record overnight rating, which was 0.79 for Arsenal against Liverpool that was played on November 2, 2013.

England Home Shirt For 2014 World Cup From Nike: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of England's home shirt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been leaked on the Internet.

OK Nike. We take back everything we've said about how Umbro's shirt designs for England have been classier in the past. Nike has finally hit design perfection for the England national team with a shirt design that marries the best parts of what we loved about Umbro in the past — clean, simple yet elegant designs.

Samuel L. Jackson 5 (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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When the top of the table sees such a significant shift in just a few hours you know that it's a good season! La Liga can keep their table shifts, the EPL is just as competitive at this point and maybe because the football is going through a diversity of change throughout the league. Arsenal lose away whilst United are held at home and then City fail to capitalise on Wenger's problems.

WATCH Manchester United 2-2 Fulham Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In a match where everybody expected Manchester United to come out with three important points, the Red Devils were held by a Fulham side who sit bottom of the table.

It looked more of a mismatch with the quality of players Manchester United had in their starting line-up against a struggling Premier League side who are currently trying to avoid the relegation zone.

Tottenham vs Everton, Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

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

Spurs vs Everton, 8:30am, USA Network
Manchester United vs Fulham, 11am, USA Network

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

WATCH Russian Police Sing ‘Get Lucky’ At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony [VIDEO]

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The best moment of the 2014 Winter Olympics has already happened today with members of the Russian Police singing and dancing to Daft Punk's hit Get Lucky

The song was sung as part of the opening ceremony to the games, which is being held in Sochi at the Fisht Stadium, which will be one of 11 stadiums in Russia that will host the 2018 World Cup.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: EPL Weekend Preview

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9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny preview the weekend's big Barclay's Premier League matches including Arsenal's showdown with Liverpool. Joining the show from Qatar is BeIN Sports Nicky Crosby, as she helps us look ahead to the big weekend. CALL IN LIVE 800-878-PLAY or twitter @worldsocceradio

Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

Liverpool vs Arsenal, Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

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

Liverpool vs Arsenal, 7:45am, USA Network
Chelsea vs Newcastle, 10am, USA Network
Aston Villa vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Man City, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Hull City, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs Cardiff, 12:30pm, NBC

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

Book Review: Arthur Hopcraft’s Classic, ‘The Football Man’

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Football does not ask for faith: it compels examination.

So writes Arthur Hopcraft in the introduction to The Football Man, reissued late in 2013 as part of the Aurum Press Sports Classics series. When I started reading the book, I kept a blank piece of paper as a bookmark to take notes, a simple page number and one word of a sentence that stood out.

Andy Carroll’s 3 Match Ban Will Stand Following FA and West Ham Independent Arbitration Tribunal: Daily Soccer Report

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West Ham United have been dealt a blow by The FA's decision to let the three match ban against Andy Carroll stand, despite the club threatening legal action and taking the matter to high court.

Sam Allardyce and West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold were hopeful that The FA would overturn its decision to give Carroll a three match ban.

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

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Prepping this piece, I was very tempted to make this week's feature a "Top Ten" games to watch, such is the outstanding calibre of the matches on offer this weekend. But for continuities sake, I decided to stick with five.

In short, there is an absolute shed-load of top class action. Somehow I picked five out as our main events (taking into account kick-off times, significance and playing styles), but there are another SIX honorable mentions to savur if you fancy another contest, or just feel like gorging on even more top quality soccer.

Nemanja Vidic Decides to Leave Manchester United at End Of Season: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester United's number one defender Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season, according to the official Manchester United website.

In a statement issued by the defender, the Serbian said:

"It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: Preview of Upcoming MLS Season

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9PM ET/6PM PT Nick and Danny are joined by Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) the @MLSFantasy Expert. & Sr. Analyst at Opta. Stats and Injuries for @MLS. We'll discuss the upcoming MLS season, bad blood between MLS and NASL and of course, Beckham in Miami. Plus we'll talk about the situation at West Ham and the Pandora's Box about to open and ask the question should Sin Bins come to football?

Swansea vs Cardiff Preview: Garry Monk Will Give The Swans the Spark They Need

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In what is surely the biggest game ever between the two South Wales football clubs, all attention has been drawn to the sacking of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and the appointment, albeit temporary, of Garry Monk as his replacement.

Whilst this article was going to be a full preview of Saturday's match in which the Swans will be looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium, we cannot ignore what has happened these past seven days.

Pressure On Manchester City Relieved as Talk of Quadruple Fades

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The talk among many Manchester City supporters about a quadruple had reached a fever pitch following last Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane. Delusions of grandeur and historically unprecedented feats had begun to sweep City's fandom with those (myself included) who wrote off the possibility of winning more than two trophies this season as "non-believers.

Why David Beckham’s Current Plan for MLS Miami Is Destined For Eventual Failure

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After David Beckham's press conference to formally announce that he has bought the franchise rights to a Major League Soccer team that will call Miami home, I walked away from the event with more questions than answers, a lack of confidence that Beckham and his investors are anywhere close to having a sound financial plan in place, and — most worryingly of all — the opinion that Beckham does not understand the Miami market.

WATCH USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey Live Via Streaming Video at 1:30pm ET [VIDEO]

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Watch Clint Dempsey live at 1:30pm ET in a livestream event where he'll be answering questions from soccer fans who post their questions on Twitter using the hashtag #ClintLive.

Plus, Degree Men will be awarding one fan during the livestream with a trip to Brazil this summer to see Clint Dempsey and the USMNT play.

Take the Soccer Trip Of Your Lifetime to See Chelsea-Arsenal, Real Madrid-Barcelona and Man United-Man City

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World Soccer Talk has teamed up with Fandeavor to bring you an exclusive World Soccer Talk European Experience package so you can see several of the best teams in the world all in person during seven unforgettable days.

Your trip to Europe will include the best of world soccer featuring:

Chelsea vs Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

Real Madrid vs Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu, and

Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford.

EA Releases Trailer And Details For 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has announced more details regarding the upcoming launch of its 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game, which will be made available for the PS3 and XBOX360.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game, which will be released on April 15 in North America and on April 17 in Europe, features 203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil.

Michael Laudrup Breaks Silence On His Swansea Sacking And Reveals He’s Taking Legal Advice: Nightly Soccer Report

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Michael Laudrup has broken the silence on his Swansea City sacking and reveals he plans on seeking legal advice regarding his departure from the club.

The League Managers Association published a letter from Laudrup where he explained his side to the story. Some of the key parts of the letter include:

"I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City.

David Beckham’s Miami MLS Press Conference: Photos And Video

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David Beckham officially and publicly announced his acquisition of a MLS franchise on Wednesday in Miami in front of 200-300 members of the media as well as local dignitaries and the Southern Region local supporters group.

While there was little news to chew on, it was an opportunity for Beckham and Miami to make headlines around the world regarding the future launch of the team, which may happen in the 2016 or 2017 season.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topic: Will David Beckham Succeed in Miami?

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio at 6:05PM PT/9:05PM ET Nick and Danny break down Beckham's big move to Miami. The former England and LA Galaxy star believes he can lure top talent to Miami and help put MLS even further on the map. We break down Becks' big move and much more tonight on World Soccer Radio.

Is No News Good News For David Beckham And Don Garber In Miami?

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David Beckham exercising the option in his contract to purchase an MLS expansion franchise is old news. It's also old news that he was going to do this in Miami, which is apparently his adopted home now. But today's "big announcement" was nothing more than the expected; the obvious to anyone in the know.

What’s Going Wrong at Fulham Under Manager Rene Meulensteen?

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Yesterday evening we witnessed Fulham's ignominious exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League 1 relegation candidates Sheffield United at Craven Cottage. Such was the despondency around the ground following the Blades' one hundred and nineteenth minute winning goal, there is now a genuine worry as to whether or not manager Rene Meulensteen will be able to rally his troops in a fight against relegation but what exactly is going wrong with a club that very few tipped for relegation this term?

The Leveler (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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We waited until Monday to record the podcast, but then we ran into technical problems and weren't able to release it until Wednesday.

The featured game this week was the penultimate-matchup between MCFC and CFC as Jose pulled away in the psychological games, in which he seems to set the rules.

Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest, FA Cup Replay: Open Thread

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The fourth round replay of Preston against Nottingham Forest kicks off today after yesterday's FA Cup replay where Sheffield United defeated Fulham.

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

Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest, 2:45pm ET, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

WATCH David Beckham Miami MLS Press Conference; Live At 10am ET [VIDEO]

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It's been 13 years and counting since a Major League Soccer team has played in the southeastern United States, but finally an ambitious entrepreneur is ready to take the risk of launching that team. That man is David Beckham.

Beckham and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce today that Miami will become the 22nd team in MLS.

Glenn Hoddle to be Interviewed For Swansea City Job In Next 48-72 Hours: Nightly Soccer Report

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BBC broadcaster James Pearce reports tonight that Glenn Hoddle will be interviewed for the Swansea City job before this weekend.

The former England manager is currently in Doha. Hoddle hasn't managed since 2009 when he resigned from Wolverhampton Wanderers after the club supporters turned against him.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET With Bobby McMahon; Tonight’s Topics: La Liga & Laudrup

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio at 6:05PM PT/9:05PM ET Nick and Danny discuss the surprise sacking of Michael Laudrup and Swansea's next step. Bobby McMahon joins the show to discuss, among other things, his recent article for Forbes breaking down the financial perils of Spanish football. All that and much more tonight on World Soccer Radio.

2014 International Champions Cup Press Conference [PHOTOS]

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The event organizers for the 2014 International Champions Cup yesterday officially announced the teams and dates for this summer's competition.

As we exclusively revealed last week, the teams competing are Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan, Olympiacos, Inter Milan and AS Roma.

Swansea City Supporters Deserve Answers to Why Michael Laudrup Was Sacked

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The decision by Swansea City's board of directors to sack manager Michael Laudrup today makes very little sense at a side that has been a role model on how to successfully run a Premier League club.

There's no denying that Swansea have had a poor run of form — only winning one of its last 9 league matches.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 22: Atletico Madrid Top La Liga After Barca Loss

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There was finally a shift at the top of La Liga as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad to go top, while Barcelona were beaten by Valencia. Real Madrid were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao and remain third.

Atletico Madrid went top of La Liga for the first time since 1996 after an impressive 4-0 victory against Real Sociedad at the Vicente Calderon.

Michael Laudrup Leaves Swansea City; Garry Monk Takes Temporary Charge

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Swansea City have parted ways with manager Michael Laudrup, and have installed captain Garry Monk as head coach for the foreseeable future who will work alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis.

Despite defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round and qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League where the Swans will play Napoli, Swansea sit in 12th position in the Premier League, two points off the relegation drop zone.

Tickets for the 2014 International Champions Cup Final Go On Sale

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The event organizers for the 2014 International Champions Cup today officially announced the teams and dates for this summer's competition.

As we exclusively revealed last week, the teams competing are Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, AC Milan, Olympiacos, Inter Milan and AS Roma.

Liverpool Home, Away And Third Shirts for the 2014/15 Season: New [PHOTOS]

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New renderings of what Liverpool's home, away and third shirts will look like next season have been released on the Internet.

The home and away shirts for Liverpool are consistent with previously released designs of the shirt that have been confirmed to be reliable. Now we have a rendering of what the third shirt will look like.

Chelsea’s Matić and Willian Win Midfield Battle Against Under Strength Manchester City Side

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Chelsea's 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night gave Jose Mourinho's side the inside track on the Premier League title. With a much more favorable run-in than their title rivals, Mourinho's men have put themselves in an advantageous position to win the title. The match at the Etihad was won by Chelsea midfield, most particularly Mourinho signings Willian and Nemanja Matić.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9:05pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: City-Chelsea, Joe Kinnear & More

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio at 6:05PM PT/9:05PM ET Nick and Danny look at an extraordinary weekend in the Premier League. City and United lose, Liverpool drop points, Sunderland win big and Joe Kinnear says Kabaye! Plus Jose shows why he's the best manager in the world and Kartik Krishnaiyer from World Soccer Talk joins us.

Reviewing Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 24

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Rather bizarrely, it was a quiet weekend in terms of controversial refereeing decisions. I have picked out three that are the most talked about following Gameweek 24.

DuringChelsea's superb performance in a 1-0 win againstManchester City, there was an incident late on involving Matija Nastasic and Oscar as Chelsea tried to break on a counter attack.

‘Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning’ by Guillem Balague: Book Review

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This morning as the Staten Island ferry docked at its slip in Manhattan, it left behind it a wake of open water through the ice floe that has been building up in the harbor. It is an apt metaphor for looking at Guillem Balague's book Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning. What could have come across as slick and cold, a recounting of victories and statistics, it's instead openly infused with warmth and life.

Manchester City vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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Here we go. The biggest Premier League match of the season with so much on the line. Everyone's predicting a cagey 1-0 match. Pellegrini and Mourinho may have a different scoreline in mind.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on NBCSN at 3pm ET.

The starting line-ups are in:

Manchester City:Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Kolarov, Navas, Demichelis, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo

Subs:Pantilimon, Boyata, Clichy, Milner, Rodwell, Lopes, Jovetic

Chelsea:Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Eto'o

Subs:Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Salah, Ba

Team news: Torres is out due to an injury.

José Mourinho Says Chelsea ‘Can’t Compete’ With Manchester City’s Cash: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager and master manipulator Jose Mourinho says that his club can't compete withe Manchester City's cash, as the two clubs are set to face each other in one of the biggest games of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

In his press conference, Mourinho said:

"If City want to make it impossible [to follow FFP rules], yes it's impossible because we are not competing outside what is important for us: the fair financial fair play.

Diego Simeone’s ‘Philosophy’ Has Led Atletico Madrid To The Top Of La Liga

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has repeated time and time again that his team lives "game by game." That has been the Argentine's philosophy since he took over leadership of the club two years ago.

Every day, Los Colchoneros train for an intense 45 minutes with Simeone overseeing the entire process, and they train the same way they play, they put everything on the pitch.

Diego Simeone’s ‘Philosophy’ Has Led Atletico Madrid To The Top Of La Liga

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has repeated time and time again that his team lives "game by game." That has been the Argentine's philosophy since he took over leadership of the club two years ago.

Every day, Los Colchoneros train for an intense 45 minutes with Simeone overseeing the entire process, and they train the same way they play, they put everything on the pitch.

NBCSN’s ‘Transfer Deadline Day’ Program Failed to Live Up to Expectations

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NBCSN'sTransfer Deadline Day program that aired on the final night of the 2014 January transfer window was a poor substitute for the coverage we received from FOX Soccer in previous years when they simulcast the live feed from Sky Sports News.

FOX Soccer ended its agreement to show Sky Sports News on June 30, which meant that last August's final day of the transfer window was the first time in recent memory when the transfer deadline day wasn't televised live on US television.

Manchester City Facing New Threat of European Expulsion: Nightly Soccer Report

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Manchester City's place in the UEFA Champions League next season could be challenged by Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal because of detailed new UEFA rules over Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to an exclusive report in The Independent newspaper tonight.

The newspaper reports:

"A new problem has emerged in the obscure though highly significant small print of the new FFP rulebook.

West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool, Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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

West Brom vs Liverpool, 8:30am, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, 11am, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

WBA:Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Berahino, Vydra, Brunt (c)

Subs:Myhill (gk), Dorrans, Anichebe, Lugano, Reid, Sinclair, Amalfitano

Liverpool:Mignolet, Flanagan, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge

Subs:Jones, Kelly, Ibe, Allen, Alberto, Aspas, Moses

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

Is This Manchester United’s Home Shirt for the 2014/15 Season? [PHOTO]

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Is this Manchester United's home shirt for the 2014/15 season?

Beginning with the 2014/15 season, Manchester United will have a new shirt sponsor emblazoned across the front of their shirts. The car manufacturer's logo is a central part of this design featuring the famous red of Manchester United with black trim.

LISTEN to the Official Song For FIFA World Cup 2014 Starring Pitbull, JLo & Claudia Leitte [AUDIO]

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The official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be "We Are One (Ola Ola)" by rapper Pitbull alongsideJennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.

The song will be sung during the opening ceremony for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before the opening game between Brazil and Croatia on June 12.

"I'm honored to join Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together," said Pitbull.

Winners and Losers of the January Transfer Window – Premier League Clubs

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Depending on what Premier League club you support, the January transfer window was either thrilling, dull, disappointing or, if you're a Newcastle United fan, thoroughly depressing.

Here are the winners and losers in the January transfer window based on the Premier League clubs:

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WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Transfer Deadline Roundup & EPL Preview

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 6PM PT/9M ET join Nick and Danny as they talk about the creaking close of the transfer window and give our spot-on predictions for this weekend's Premier League clashes.

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

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 24

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

Saturday, February 1:

Newcastle vs Sunderland, 7:45am,NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon
West Ham vs Swansea, 7:45am,Premier League Extra Time; Peter Drury & Stewart Robson
Stoke vs Manchester United, 10am, NBCSN; Daniel Mann & Trevor Francis
Cardiff vs Norwich, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Everton vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Barry Horne
Fulham vs Southampton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Efan Ekoku
Hull vs Spurs, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Garry Birtles

Sunday, February 2:

West Brom vs Liverpool, 8:30am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Efan Ekoku
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, 11am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Paul Walsh

Monday, February 3:

Manchester City vs Chelsea, 3pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Tim Howard

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

Reviewing Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 23

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Better late than never, here's a review of the key refereeing decisions from the mid-week Premier League matches — and what the match officials got right and wrong.

Beginning at White Hart Lane, the home side were 1-0 down and half time was approaching, when a free kick from Christian Eriksen was converted by an onside Michael Dawson.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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

Newcastle vs Sunderland, 7:45am,NBCSN
West Ham vs Swansea, 7:45am,Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs Manchester United, 10am, NBCSN
Cardiff vs Norwich, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Southampton, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Spurs, 10am,Premier League Extra Time

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