EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

WATCH Tim Sherwood Post-Match Interview; Admits Players Aren’t Improving Under His Watch [VIDEO]

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood was about as downbeat during his post-match interview as he seemed to be sitting in the stands at Anfield today. No passion. No conviction. No ideas. Clueless.

In the post-match interview, Sherwood's lack of emotion makes him sound like a man who has already given up.

Roberto Soldado Dismisses Post-Match Rumors And Urges Tottenham to Fight Together

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado has responded to the rumors circling around the club after today's 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Twitter went into a tailspin today with a handful of unofficial fan accounts claiming that Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood was involved in a post-match altercation with one of his players in the Anfield changing room.

Kaka Has Verbal Agreement to Join Orlando City In MLS Next Year, Says Source

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Brazilian maestro Kaka has a verbal agreement to join Orlando City in MLS next year, says Spanish newspaper AS. AndAC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Kaka can leave the club on a free transfer if AC Milan fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Milan currently sit in 11th position in Serie A, so UEFA Champions League qualification looks doubtful given the Italian club's current run of form under head coach Clarence Seedorf.

WATCH Brendan Rodgers’ Post Match Interview After 4-0 Win Against Spurs [VIDEO]

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his team are focused on their next game, against West Ham United next Sunday and are taking it one game at a time, and are not thinking about the Reds game against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, April 13.

In the post match interview, Rodgers said "We're just concentrating on the next game, and the next game is Manchester City.

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

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Is this Arsenal's away shirt for next season?

Last October, we shared with you a leaked photograph of the Arsenal home jersey that the club will wear in the 2014/15 season, designed by Puma. However, up until now, the Arsenal away shirt for the 2014/15 season has remained a mystery, but today's leaked photo of what appears to be the new Arsenal away jersey could be an indicator of what the Gunners will wear next season.

WATCH Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Poking Fun At Referees In New TV Commercial [VIDEO]

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Thumbs up to Mexico national team head coach Miguel Herrera for having a sense of humor.

The manager of the Mexico team stars in a new TV commercial where he's accompanied by a parrot. The parrot insults the refs, saying exactly what he thinks so he himself doesn't get into trouble.

Is it time for a parrot to sit on the shoulders of other managers, such as Jose Mourinho or Alan Pardew?

Is Mauricio Pochettino Ready to Replicate His Southampton Success At Another EPL Club This Summer?

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Fourteen months ago when Nigel Adkins was dismissed by Southampton and replaced by the Argentine former manager of Espanyol, critics came out of the woodwork to condemn the move by the club.

Former Chief Executive Nicola Cortese rebuilt Southampton from the depths of despair. He brought the club back to the top flight from League One in a relatively short period of time while building a sustainable business model.

Fulham vs Everton, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

Fulham vs Everton, 8:30am, NBCSN
Liverpool vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Fulham:Stockdale; Riise, Heitinga, Hangelaand, Kvist, Sidwell, Kasami, Holtby, Richardson, Riether, Dembele

Subs: Stekelenburg, Diarra, Kačaniklić, Dejagah, Roberts, Bent, Woodrow

Everton:Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman; Lukak

Subs:Robles, Alcaraz, Browning, Garbutt, Naismith, Mirallas, McGeady

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

Jose Mourinho Says Chelsea’s Title Hopes Are Over After Defeat to Crystal Palace [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea's Premier League title hopes are over after his side lost 1-0 against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In the post-match interview, Mourinho said that the title race is now out of his hands, while managing to also aim a dig at referee Chris Foy — who, Mourinho believes, may have cost Chelsea the title because he red carded Willian and Ramires in the 1-0 loss against Aston Villa.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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The front cover of Manchester United's matchday programme today remarks that "Rooney and (company) aim to finish the season with a positive run." The Red Devils get that opportunity beginning today with its home match against Aston Villa (8:45am ET kick-off, live on NBCSN for viewers in the United States).

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 32

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

Saturday, March 29:

Manchester United vs Aston Villa, 8:45am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Chris Waddle
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, 11am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Southampton vs Newcastle, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Ray Houghton
Stoke vs Hull, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Evans & Barry Horne
Swansea vs Norwich, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
West Brom vs Cardiff, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Garry Birtles
Arsenal vs Manchester City, 1:30pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Sunday, March 30:

Fulham vs Everton, 8:30am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & David Pleat
Liverpool vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Monday, March 31:

Sunderland vs West Ham, 3pm, NBCSN; Martin Tyler & Paul Walsh

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

Gus Poyet Analyzes Why Jozy Altidore Has Flopped at Sunderland: Nightly Soccer Report

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At this stage of Jozy Altidore's second season in the Premier League, you have to ponder which of his spells were worse — his season at Hull City or this current season with Sunderland. The young American striker has only scored one goal in the league for the Black Cats.

Up until this point, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been incredibly patient and supportive of Altidore, but the striker paid the price for his poor performances of late by not being included in the League Cup Final squad against Manchester City.

New York Red Bulls Are Confident That Slow Start to Season Will End Soon

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The New York Red Bulls are practicing on a rainy Friday at their arena in Harrison, New Jersey. There is still a little yellow grass behind the goal down in front of the supporters end, and a yellow blur of turf on the penalty spot. The reporters and staff waiting at the side of the pitch may joke about it, but they admit that it is one of the best fields in MLS right now, and you can tell that head groundsman Dan Shemesh is proud.

Why Ross Barkley Has To Be In England’s World Cup Squad

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Ross Barkley is a player who has excelled this season. And with the England squad so desperately in need of some creativity and flair, it's hard to see why he wouldn't be in the 23-man World Cup squad. But with so much competition, you never know just who is going to be on the plane to Brazil.

Since making his debut for Everton in August 2011, Barkley has transformed himself into an outstanding attacking midfielder.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Everyone loves an underdog story, don't they? After all, a team or an individual triumphing against the odds is one of the great things about sport.

But in soccer, the cutthroat, finance-geared nature of the modern game has diluted these instances where we get to see these unexpected stories.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 30: Barca Bounce Back as Sevilla Derail Madrid

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Real Madridsuffered a second successive defeat, losing at Sevilla as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both gained victories to pull clear of Los Blancos in the Spanish title race, but Barca's success was marred by aserious injury to goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Barcelonafollowed their 4-3 Clasico victory on Sunday by beatingCelta Vigo3-0 at Camp Nou.

World Soccer Talk App Now Available On Android Devices

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The World Soccer Talk app is now available for Android devices.

Filled with soccer news, podcasts, videos and more, the World Soccer Talk app for Android phones and tablets is free and can be downloaded herefrom the Google Play store.

The World Soccer Talk app is also available for the Apple iPhone.

WATCH Cristiano Ronaldo And Pele Star In A Brand-New Soccer Commercial [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, we posted a photograph of the new global football ambassador for Emirates, standing in front of a steamed mirror on board an Emirates A380 plane. We had no idea who the star was, so we asked you for your guesses — and we got everyone fromFabio Cannavaro, David Beckham and the Brazilian Ronaldo.

Gus Johnson To Commentate UEFA Champions League Game On April Fools’ Day

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Gus Johnson, "one of the best soccer commentators in the world" according to a FOX Sports pundit, is scheduled to make his return to the soccer airwaves on April 1 to announce the UEFA Champions League game between Bayern Munich and Manchester United. And no, it's not an April Fools' Day joke.

It's been over 8 months since Johnson has announced a soccer game on television, but FOX Sports will once again throw him in the deep end despite his very limited experience, this time for the high-profile UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Bayern and United, which will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:45pm ET on Tuesday.

Bolivar’s Win Against León in the Copa Libertadores Is A Victory For Azkargorta

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Bolívarmanager Xabier Azkargorta was always a motivator and a coach that maintained a positive outlook on things no matter how they were playing out on the pitch. In his office, he had a sign that read "Never Stop Going Forward. A Golazo For Life." On Wednesday, that golazo came in the 70th minute when Julio Ferreira scored a tremendous goal with one of the few opportunities he had in Bolívar's 1-0 victory over León in theCopa Libertadores.

WATCH The Short Film About The Decline of Leeds United: ‘A Leeds Lament’ [VIDEO]

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Ten years ago, Leeds United beat Manchester City in the Premier League. Since then, the fortunes of the two clubs have taken on a dramatic change with City becoming the richest club in the world while Leeds United are in a financial meltdown, with the club reportedly unable or unwilling to pay the wages of the manager and players because of the current owner row.

World Soccer Talk Launches iPhone App Featuring Soccer News, Podcasts, Videos and More

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World Soccer Talk today launched its official app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users that brings you the latest soccer news, podcasts, videos and more from us.

The World Soccer Talk iPhone app is a free download from the Apple iTunes store.

As you can see from the screenshots below, the World Soccer Talk app lists the most recent articles for you to choose from to read:

Plus you can listen to any of the recent World Soccer Talk Podcast episodes featuring Laurence McKenna, Kris Heneage, Morgan Green, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Matt Duncan.

3 England Fans Set Out On Walk to World Cup to Raise Money For Charity

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Ah, the World Cup. Undoubtedly the most anticipated event in all of sports. We wait four years for each one to come around, and that feeling of excitement when the tournament is fast approaching never gets old. In fact, sometimes the wait can seem to take ages; every passing day is spent looking at a countdown on your computer as you realize that it has only been a few hours since you last checked.

Premier League Power Rankings After Gameweek 31

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The arrival of spring means many things to people. The days get longer, snow melts as the sun shines again after it's wintery absence, flowers begin to bloom, and the English Premier League enters the business end of the season. It is in this final stretch where legends are made and unforgettable moments occur.

“Moyes Out” Plane Banner Will Do More Damage Than Good at Manchester United

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Firstly, I am not a David Moyes supporter. He wasn't my first choice as a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. For what it's worth, Moyes wasn't even on my list of potential candidates as Manchester United's new manager. But those decisions aren't in my hands. And unfortunately as a fan, we just don't have a say in those matters.

Arsenal Are Coming to America: Club Announces July Friendly Against New York Red Bulls

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Finally. After years of pent-up demand to see Arsenal play pre-season games in the United States, while all of the major clubs in the Premier League have toured the US of A for several years, Arsenal have announced that the club will play one match in America this summer.

Arsenal will play New York Red Bulls on July 26 (5pm ET kickoff) where the Gunners will come up against Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

Who Do YOU Want to See Win The Premier League?

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After the mid-week and last weekend's matches in the Premier League, the race for the 2013/14 title has narrowed down to a four horse race, and, by this weekend, could end being a three horse race if Manchester City beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, which of the four teams do YOU want to win the Premier League .

WATCH New Trailer For ’2014 FIFA World Cup’ Gameplay Series – Game Modes [VIDEO]

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The '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game launches on April 15, exclusively for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Fans get a two-month head start to try and lift the trophy themselves before the official tournament kicks off on June 12 in São Paulo.

EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup includes the deepest set of modes seen in a tournament title.

WATCH Sam Allardyce Discussing West Ham Fans Booing Team After Win Against Hull [VIDEO]

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says his players were distracted by booing from their own fans during Wednesday's 2-1 home win over Hull City.

Hammers fans grew impatient with their side as they struggled to break down Hull's 10 men for the majority of the game after goalkeeper Allan McGregor's was sent off in the 26th minute for bringing down Mohamed Diame.

WATCH Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland, Gameweek 31 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool climbed back into second place in the Premier League tonight with a 2-1 win against Sunderland at Anfield.

The Reds are now just one point behind league leaders Chelsea. Despite the win by Brendan Rodgers' side, the Liverpool boss still thinks it's Manchester City that are favorites to win the league:

"It's up to other teams to lose, so we will keep working hard.

UEFA Nations League Will Launch in 2018: What Is It and How Will It Work?

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UEFA's 54 member nations unanimously approved the launch of a brand new annual soccer tournament today named the UEFA Nations League, which will launch in 2018. But what is it, and how will it work?

The UEFA Nations League will be linked to the qualifying games for the European Championships, allowing teams an extra chance to qualify for — to begin with — EURO 2020.

Why Pep Guardiola Is One Of The Best Managers in the World

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"We are sons of the Dream Team, trying to emulate them," —a quote used from Pep Guardiola in 2009 to describe the Barcelona team he took over from Frank Rijkaard a year before. The quote was directed towards the ‘dream team' Johan Cruyff had created in his stint of the club. Guardiola was primarily used as a defensive midfielder; beginning his career for Barcelona ‘B,' he clocked 59 appearances for the team until Cryuff added the final piece to his brilliant jigsaw and stepped back and viewed what he had created, the dream team.

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 22-Man Squad For USMNT Game vs Mexico

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Mostly made up of Major League Soccer talent, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called up 22 players for the friendly on April 2nd versus border rivals Mexico.

The clock is ticking, and this will be the last time Klinsmann will be able to notice players before he calls his squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp

"This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case," said Klinsmann.

Fulham Re-Sign Mahamadou Diarra On Pay-As-You-Play Deal: Daily Soccer Report

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Fulham have re-signedMahamadou Diarra on a pay-as-you-play deal to try to prevent the Cottagers from getting relegated.

Diarra, who has previously played at Real Madrid, Monaco, Lyon and other clubs, has returned to Fulham after being released by the club at the end of last season.

According to the club website,

"The 32-year-old was out of action for a sustained period after struggling with a knee injury, but worked relentlessly to regain full fitness.

He’s One Of The All-Time Great Footballers, But Who Is He? [PHOTO]

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On Friday, Emirates, one of the official FIFA World Cup sponsors, will be announcing its new global ambassador. We don't know who it is yet but the only clues we've been given so far are (1) he's one of the all-time greats, and (2) you can see him in the above photo, making himself at home in front of a steamed mirror onboard the Emirates A380 plane.

Liverpool vs Sunderland and West Ham United vs Hull City, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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The final two matches of Premier League gameweek 31 are scheduled today with Liverpool against Sunderland the "main event," while West Ham against Hull City is a relegation tussle.

For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule today is as follows:

West Ham United vs Hull City, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs Sunderland, 4pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

West Ham United:Adrian, McCartney, Nolan (c), Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Collins, Demel, Diame, Downing

Subs:Jaaskelainen, Armero, Vaz Te, C.

Read a Free Excerpt of ‘Blue With Envy’ eBook About the Manchester Derby

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Hot on the heels of an emphatic 3-0 victory against Manchester United in the derby, Manchester City supporters must feel like they're on cloud nine today.

On the topic of the Manchester derby and English football, here's a new excerpt of the recently-released eBook by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer that touches on the derby and several other topics.

Clarence Seedorf Risks Being Sacked If Milan Loses to Fiorentina

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If the rumors circulating in the blood-thirsty Italian press are to be believed, Clarence Seedorf is in a fight for his future in his already short tenure at the helm of the Rossoneri. Reports in the La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport claimed the Dutchman was given an ultimatum — win against Lazio and Fiorentina or be sacked.

Which Soccer Commentators And Co-Commentators Do You Dislike?

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We all have our favorite soccer commentators or co-commentators, but many of us have ones that we dislike too — the ones that makes us groan whenever we find out they're announcing our team.

You know the one(s). They're the commentators that say the things that upset you — either by saying inaccurate statements or only seeing the negatives in your team.

Which Club Will Win This Season’s Premier League?

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The 2013/14 Premier League season is entering the home straight now, and there are four clubs still in the hunt for the league crown. Surprisingly Manchester United are not amongst them, as the Red Devils have fallen catastrophically from grace this season under David Moyes, while Liverpool have proven equally surprising title contenders under Brendan Rodgers.

It’s Time For Kagawa To Leave Manchester United; 3 Premier League Teams That Could Be A Good Fit

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It all started with such promise. A young Japanese attacking midfielder moves to one of the biggest clubs in the world after two impressive seasons under an up-and-coming manager at one of Europe's most likeable teams. The time seemed right for Shinji Kagawa to begin the next chapter of his career learning the ins and outs of Premier League football under the tutelage of one Sir Alex Ferguson.

Why It’s Time to Stop The Jokes About Miami Being A Bad Soccer Market

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When artist renderings of David Beckham's proposed Miami MLS stadium were unveiled on Monday, the Internet responded with its typical negative and stereotypical comments about Miami as a sports town. Some of the few choice comments included:

"looks good except the stadium will be half full most of the time"

"half full?

Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City: Moyes Keeps Digging A Deeper Hole For United

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A goal inside the first minute and a second for Edin Dzeko devastated Manchester United tonight at Old Trafford before Yaya Toure scored a late goal to help Manchester City win the derby 3-0.

The 3-0 away victory over Manchester United saw City climb into second place in the Premier League table with two games in hand compared to table toppers Chelsea.

Join the Kartik Krishnaiyer Reddit AMA At 9:35pm ET Tonight: Reminder

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World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer is doing a Reddit AMA tonight at 9:35pm ET.

Join the Reddit AMA right now by clicking this link.

With a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), you can ask Kartik any questions you like — whether it's about today's Manchester derby, his new book that charts the growth of the Premier League in the United States, his work as the former director of communications at NASL, David Beckham's Miami MLS team, or anything you like that you've always wanted to ask him.

Bumbling IFAB Gets In The Way Of Eliminating Triple Punishment Rule In Soccer

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Soccer is truly the world's game. Yet, the rules for all organized soccer are set by an anachronistic body made up of 8 members. Have you seen a picture of them? They look more like the Royal and Ancient organization that administers the rules of golf rather than the guiding board for the world's most dynamic and popular sport.

Paul Scholes Defends David Moyes But Blasts Arsenal On Sky Sports [VIDEO]

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Maybe it's better that Paul Scholes kept his words to himself because he made himself look rather silly tonight with his analysis on Sky Sports after his Manchester United team were ripped to shreds by Manchester City.

Unbelievably, instead of criticizing Manchester United for the weaknesses this season, Scholes criticized Arsenal's players for going missing and playing with no discipline (this coming from the Ginger Prince who was infamous for his poor tackling that often resulted in yellow or red cards).

Hertha Berlin 1-3 Bayern Munich: Bavarians Now Set Sights On New Club Record

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Bayern Munich wrapped up its 24th Bundesligatitle with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night where Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze and Frank Ribery found the back of the net to record the fastest Bundesliga championship title in history.

Defending their title with a record seven matches to spare, the Bavarian giants became the first Bundesliga club to win the title in March.

Tottenham Hotspur Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Tottenham Hotspur's away shirt for the 2014/15 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The unique design features a navy blue shirt with gold trim on the cuffs and down the sides of the shirt. The most remarkable feature of the shirt from Under Armour is the gold and navy mesh pinstripes down the center of the shirt.

WATCH Bayern Munich Win Quickest Bundesliga Title In History [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich today clinched the 2013/14 Bundesliga championship after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1.

Bayern Munich's impressive record reads:

•52 games unbeaten,
•25 victories,
•two draws,
•two or more goals in 19 successive games, and
•the quickest championship victory in history.

WATCH Manchester City Beat Manchester United 3-0 At Old Trafford: Goals [GIF]

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Manchester City scored a morale-boosting 3-0 victory against their rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford today with two goals by Edin Dzeko and a goal by Yaya Toure.

Despite the scoreline, there were moments in the game where Manchester United played quite well but just couldn't find the goal they needed to pull themselves back into the game.

WATCH Everton’s Ross Barkley Score One Of The Goals Of The Season [GIF]

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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley scored an incredible goal against Newcastle United today with an incredible run and dribble past several players to put the Toffees in the lead at St James' Park.

Barkley channeled the spirit of Paul Gascoigne with the run. If there was ever a doubt whether this is a future England star, today was the ultimate proof that Barkley is yet another incredible product from Merseyside.

David Beckham Meets With Politicians In Tallahassee In Hopes of Receiving Funding For Stadium

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David Beckham met with politicians in theFlorida State Capitol building in Tallahassee today, knowing that he needs their support and financial clout to help finance a stadium in Miami for Beckham's MLS team.

Beckham met with Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford (see above photo) as well as Florida Senate President Don Gaetz in closed-door meetings in the Florida capital.

Man United vs Man City, Arsenal vs Swansea and Newcastle vs Everton: Open Thread

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One of England's biggest matches of the season kicks off today under unfamiliar circumstances with the current Premier League title-holders playing against the team that is battling to win the title, while the red half of Manchester are fighting to finish in a European qualification spot.

Today's Manchester derby gives United an ideal opportunity to smash City's title chances, while finishing the season with some pride as long as Red Devils manager David Moyes can get his team into Europe by the end of the season.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches Today and Tomorrow: Gameweek 31 Midweek Matches

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

Tuesday, March 25:

Manchester United vs Manchester City, 3:45pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Arsenal vs Swansea, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Davie Provan
Newcastle vs Everton, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker & Dean Sturridge

Wednesday, March 26:

West Ham United vs Hull City, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Garry Birtles
Liverpool vs Sunderland, 4pm, NBCSN; Martin Tyler & Danny Mills

What are your thoughts on the selection of commentators this mid-week?

Soccer Returns to Citi Field With Olympiakos vs AC Milan In This Summer’s International Champions Cup

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With so much attention focused on European soccer teams coming to the United States this summer, it's important to note that the International Champions Cup returns to the five boroughs of New York in July when Olympiakos takes the field against AC Milan, where Citi Field turns its baseball diamond into a pitch for what has become an annual tradition of soccer at the stadium.

Arsene Wenger’s Tactics Are Hindering Arsenal’s Success

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In general, there are two types of managers or head coaches. One follows a philosophy no matter what the talent on the squad looks like, while the other switches their ideas to fit the side they are managing. Arsene Wenger falls in the former and it's been the hindrance of his team.

In a Sky Sports documentary to commemorate Wenger's 1,000 games leading the Gunners, former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said:

"Arsene is a football, I repeat, a football purist.

United Boss Feeling the Pressure Ahead of Today’s Derby

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In spite of winning three games in a row, including a pivotal 3-0 win in the Champions League against Greek side Olympiakos, since David Moyes became the new manager of Manchester United, results overall have been far from impressive. The Reds presently lie in seventh place in the Premier League, despite being the current champions, while they have lacked cutting edge against many big rivals.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen Fills Gaping Void Left by Rafael van der Vaart

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Tottenham Hotspur pulled off an inspirational win this weekend, coming from two goals down to send Southampton home scratching their heads. The win keeps them in fourth, which is quite an achievement when one considers the club's goal difference. But don't let the table fool you; Spurs are in turmoil and not just with regards to management.

The Sleeping Giants at Manchester United Might Finally Be Waking Up

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When Sir Alex Ferguson gave his final, impassioned speech as manager on Old Trafford's hallowed turf last May, he urged the Manchester United fans to stick with the new gaffer even through the tough times. After the win against Wigan in the Community Shield and with the demolition of Swansea early on in the season, he must have thought that he had left his title winning team in good hands.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 29: Barca Back in Business in Super Clasico

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An incident-packed Clasico saw Barcelona edge Real Madrid by the odd goal in seven to close the gap at the top of La Liga to a point while Atletico won at Real Betis as the Spanish title race took another intriguing turn.

The season's second Clasico delivered seven goals, three penalties, a red card and a Lionel Messi hat-trick as Barcelona left the Santiago Bernabeu with three points from a storming 4-3 victory over Real Madrid.

Messi’s World Cup

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Lionel Messi is the greatest player of his generation. The diminutive forward has guided Barcelona to some of the most fruitful years in their history. With six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, and a Balon d'Or, there is nothing at the domestic level that Leo hasn't won.

There can be no denying that Messi is in the upper echelons of footballing greatness, but he cannot be considered on par with the football gods Pele and Diego Maradona until he wins the World Cup.

Bomb Pops or Dominos Pizza Delivery Uniform? More Photos of USMNT’s Away Jersey For World Cup 2014

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New photos of the USMNT away jersey for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

The photographs above and below show shipments have begun to arrive early at a sports store in the United States. The photos are consistent with previously leaked images of the USMNT away jersey for World Cup 2014.

Join Kartik Krishnaiyer For His Reddit AMA On Tuesday at 9:30pm ET

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World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer will be on Reddit on Tuesday night at 9:30pm ET for a Reddit AMA (ask me anything).

It's an ideal opportunity to ask Kartik any questions that have been on your mind. Just hours after the Manchester United vs Manchester City match, you may want to ask Kartik about the Manchester derby, his new book Blue With Envy, his career in politics, what it was like working as the communications director for NASL, his views on the current state of US soccer or anything else you think of.

Top 5 Misconceptions About the Manchester Derby

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In the build-up to Tuesday's Manchester derby, which will be televised live on US television at 3pm ET on NBCSN, here are 5 misconceptions about the match between Manchester United and Manchester City:

1. Manchester United are more motivated than Manchester City

The Red Devils have plenty of motivation after being humiliated in this season's earlier meeting at Eastlands.

Feeling the Loss of One of Soccer’s Greatest Rivalries: The Old Firm

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There are many great soccer rivalries: El Clasico, the shared home of Milan, the highly anticipated Manchester derby, and Argentina's biggest rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate. But there is one feud in world soccer that just seems to surpass all others: The Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic.

Atención…ESPN Deportes Adds Hugo Sanchez To Its World Cup Coverage Lineup

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Most soccer fans are anxiously waiting to see the year's most anticipated games to be played this summer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Millions of Spanish-speaking fans in the United States will tune-in to ESPN Deportes to get the latest up-to-date coverage that will be offered, but who will be the voices they will hear?

What If European Soccer Clubs Got An ‘Americanized’ Makeover? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The name, colors, and identity are etched in the tradition of a soccer club. Recently, however, a couple of Premier League owners have tried to re-brand their clubs in an effort to appeal to a more international audience. Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan changed the club's traditional colors from blue to red and reportedly has discussed renaming the club to the Cardiff Dragons.

Stoke City Unveil Home and Away Shirts For 2014/15 Season From Warrior: Official [PHOTOS]

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Stoke City have unveiled their new home and away shirts for the 2014/15 season.

The Potters are the first Premier League club to reveal the kits they'll be wearing next season. The new designs are from Warrior, and thankfully the American sportswear company have learned their lessons after their abysmal Liverpool shirt designs.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 31

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By far the biggest talking point from the weekend's soccer matches was the decision from refereeAndre Marriner to send off the wrong player during Arsenal's humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clearly saved a shot from Eden Hazard.

It’s Not R… (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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A bizarre weekend in English Football! Go take a look. Really! It was. So the pod sit down and leave Kartik Krishnaiyer a very long message.

Arsene now has a lil time to think whilst Mou and his men move forward...and upward. Can they keep their position in the table with difficult trips still to come for them?

Arsène Wenger and Arsenal Players in Clear-The-Air Talks After Drubbing: Nightly Soccer Report

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It's been a difficult weekend for Arsenal players, fans and the manager. After Saturday's embarrassing performance against Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger uncharacteristically failed to turn up for his post-match press conference. And the club announced that Wenger wouldn't be doing a pre-match press conference for Tuesday's match against Swansea either.

Montreal 0-2 Seattle: Sounders’ Identity Becomes Clearer in Montreal

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At the end of the season, Sunday's match between Montreal and Seattle may be forgotten by many of us. For the Sounders, it will go down as three points against a team that may not be going anywhere this year. But what we saw was the Sounders identity becoming a little clearer.

This is a Sounders team that in its 6 year history has been known for making all the pretty passes, but sometimes lacked the grit that was needed to win on the road, and to win when your star was not there.

Here’s What David Beckham’s Miami MLS Stadium Will Look Like [PHOTOS]

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Artist drawings of the stadium for David Beckham's Miami MLS team were revealed today.

The detailed sketches reveal Beckham's plans to have the stadium built in PortMiami, on the edge of the waterfront that overlooks the downtown Miami skyline.

Beckham's stadium plan calls for a 25,000 seater on a contentious property that has been called the most expensive piece of land in the entire State of Florida.

WATCH Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona, el Clasico Goal Highlights In HD [VIDEO]

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Today's el Clasico had everything —7 goals, 3 penalties, 1 red card, 1 hat-trick and 1 Leo Messi, with Barcelona shocking many by securing a 4-3 win at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain's capital.

Ronaldo, in his post-match interview, inferred there was a conspiracy:

"There were many [refereeing] mistakes.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, el Clasico; Live at 4pm ET: Open Thread

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Today's el Clasico game between Real Madrid and Barcelona could end up going a long way to deciding the title particularly if Real Madrid wins, pushing Barcelona further back in the race for La Liga.

Make sure you don't miss one of the biggest games of the year in the soccer calendar. The game will be shown live on US television and Internet.

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes: Exclusive [PHOTOS]

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Current MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City defeated San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Saturday night with a goal in the 57th minute by Dominic Dwyer.

Here are the exclusive photos courtesy of World Soccer Talk photographer Mark Shaiken

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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It's going to difficult for Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa and Stoke to live up to the entertainment value of el Clasico later today, but more power to them if they can!

Here's the schedule for today's Premier League matches on US TV:

Spurs vs Southampton, 9:30am, NBCSN
Aston Villa vs Stoke, Noon, NBCSN

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

Where to Find Real Madrid vs Barcelona On US TV and Internet; El Clasico Live On Sunday at 4pm ET

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Sunday's el Clasico game between Real Madrid and Barcelona could end up going a long way to deciding the title particularly if Real Madrid wins, pushing Barcelona further back in the race for La Liga.

Make sure you don't miss one of the biggest games of the year in the soccer calendar. The game will be shown live on US television and Internet.

Liverpool Only Have Themselves to Blame If They Don’t Win the Premier League Title

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One year ago, Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield for the Reds first win against a team above them in the table that season. They finished the season in seventh, twelve points off the coveted fourth spot and twenty-eight points off the champions Manchester United.

Now, after Saturday's emphatic 5-3 away victory against Cardiff City, Liverpool sit second in the table, just four points behind Chelsea while Brendan Rodgers' side have one game in hand.

England World Cup Home and Away Shirts From Nike: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photographs of England's home and away shirts that the Three Lions will wear in Brazil at the World Cup this summer have been leaked on the Internet.

England's home shirt for World Cup 2014 is a beautifully designed white shirt that combines modern touches with a retro look that you could imagine England footballers wearing in the late 60s or early 70s.

WATCH Wayne Rooney Scores Goal From Halfway Line Against West Ham [GIF]

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Wayne Rooney scored a remarkable goal for Manchester United against West Ham United in the Premier League Saturday with a long-range effort that sailed into the Hammers goal.

It was reminiscent of the wonder goal that put David Beckham on the map for Manchester United many years ago against Wimbledon.

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Wenger’s Not So Memorable 1000th Game

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Before the Chelsea-Arsenal match, many Gooners were looking forward to the game against Jose Mourinho's team, as they dreamed of a memorable victory in Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge that would take the Gunners to one point behind Chelsea with a game in hand. To Chelsea however, this was but their next minor obstacle in their march to the Barclays English Premier League title.

WATCH Arsene Wenger Documentary On His 1,000 Games In Charge of the Gunners [VIDEO]

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Arsene Wenger takes charge of his 1000th game for Arsenal today, an incredible landmark achievement for a football manager.

Since joining the club in 1996, Wenger has revolutionized not only Arsenal but all of the Premier League. One of the areas where he changed the game was by instituting different training regimes as well as improving the health and fitness of players.

Jozy Altidore Could Get Start for Sunderland Today In Relegation Battle Against Norwich: Daily Soccer Report

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In January, I wrote an article about how Jozy Altidore's poor form and the fact that Sunderland had gone out and bought another striker was a worrying sign for the US striker's chances of playing in the first team.

Since then, Altidore was dropped from the Capital One Cup Final squad and was dropped from the first team, but today he has an opportunity to bounce back with a start against Norwich in a must-win relegation battle, which will be televised live on NBC's Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra at 11am ET today.

Chelsea vs Arsenal, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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Today's match between Chelsea and Arsenal kicks off the Premier League weekend, with Arsene Wenger managing his 1,000th match in charge of the Gunners.

Here is today's TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

Chelsea vs Arsenal, 8:45am, NBCSN, mun2
Cardiff vs Liverpool, 11am, NBCSN, mun2
Man City vs Fulham, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Swansea, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs West Brom, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Sunderland, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Manchester United, 1:30pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

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

Subs:Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Salah, Ba and Torres

Arsenal:Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs:Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Flamini, Kallstrom, Sanogo, Gnabry

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

WATCH Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs Get Sent Off For Handball by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [VIDEO]

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Referee Andre Marriner made a horrible decision in the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal today when he mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a handball in the area.

With Chelsea leading 2-0 with early goals by Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle, Chelsea took a shot on goal but it was saved on the line by Chamberlain, who handled the ball to direct it around the post.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 31

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

Saturday, March 22:

Chelsea vs Arsenal, 8:45am, NBCSN, mun2; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Cardiff vs Liverpool, 11am, NBCSN, mun2; Gary Weaver & Trevor Francis
Man City vs Fulham, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Daniel Mann & Tony Gale
Everton vs Swansea, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Dean Sturridge
Hull vs West Brom, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Ian Crocker & Barry Horne
Norwich vs Sunderland, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; TBD & TBD
West Ham vs Manchester United, 1:30pm, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Stewart Robson

Sunday, March 23:

Spurs vs Southampton, 9:30am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Paul Walsh
Aston Villa vs Stoke, Noon, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Iain Dowie

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

Read the First Soccer Tweets From Key Twitter Accounts

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This week, Twitter turns 8 years old. Lucky for us they've developed a nice little tool that allows you to find the first tweets of anyone who isn't locked. It's been great fun, especially seeing how all of the great Twitterers out there started their "legacy". That being said, here's a few of the better first tweets from personalities IN and AROUND the soccer world.

Despite No Players or Stadium, New York City FC Badge Unveiling Helps Propel Team Forward

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There was supposed to be a drum-roll. Instead there was an old fashioned New Year's Eve style countdown as the doors were opened to unveil the identity that will carry Major League Soccer's latest expansion team into the future. There is a new badge in town. It represents New York City FC, and designer Rafael Esquer says that he was as surprised by the choice as anyone else at the unveiling.

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

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In many respects, scrapping down at the bottom of the league is what the game is all about.

Only one team can win the title. Only three or four can make it into the Champions League. The rest? Well, it's a constant look over your shoulder, just hoping to get to a points total that will keep you safe, and building from there.

New York City FC Unveils Its Official Club Badge [PHOTO]

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New York City FC have unveiled their official club badge.

The new MLS team, which will debut in 2015, asked fans to choose between two badges. More than 100,000 votes were cast by the Club's fans.

The NYCFC badge features the Gotham typeface, while the navy blue, white and orange colors are drawn from the New York City flag.

New Soccer Documentary Series Coming To FOX Sports 1

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In what is sure to be the first of many soccer programs coming out prior to the World Cup, FOX Sports has announced a new documentary series showcasing six unique soccer stories from around the globe. The series titled Rise As One will air in more than 55 countries around the world and feature stories that are sure to peak the interest of every soccer fan.

The Emotional Rollercoaster of a Spurs Fan During Benfica-Tottenham Match [GRAPHIC]

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For moreTottenham news, analysis and opinion, visit theTottenham team page.

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Chicago Fire Missing Mike Magee In Cloud Of Confusion at Club

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Twitter is a wonderful tool. It is also a harbinger of rumor mongering. A faceless entity that does not discriminate, that was exemplified by the situation surrounding Mike Magee at Chicago.

The Illinois native was delighted to finally make his way home last season, and showed his happiness by collecting the league's MVP award and taking Chicago to the edge of the playoffs.

Blue With Envy (World Soccer Talk Special Podcast)

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Finally, Kartik Krishnaiyer has released a book: 'Blue With Envy'. To celebrate the pod sit down and quiz Kartik about his football history and motivation behind writing about his experiences as a City fan; how he found his team; watching soccer in the US; anglophilia and his 'author lessons'. World, let's Talk Blues.

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Draw Revealed

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The draw for the quarter-final stages of the UEFA Champions League has been made. The draw is as follows:

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich

So there you have it.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final Draw Revealed

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After this morning's draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the draw for the quarter-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League has been made.

The draw is as follows:

AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica
Lyon vs Juventus
FC Basel vs Valencia
Porto vs Sevilla

The final of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League will be played in Juventus's stadium in Torino, Italy on May 14.

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Predicting Who’ll Progress To The Last Four

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After a rip-roaring round of 16, the line-up for the Champions League quarterfinals was confirmed this morning.

Given the quality of the teams remaining in the competition, we always knew we were going to be in store for some more sensational ties in the last eight. But with the draw finalized, supporters can start gearing up for the big games whilst the managers and players can start plotting how they're going to get their hands "Ol' Big Ears" in Lisbon on Saturday, May 24.

el Clasico Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona Could Be Spanish Title Decider

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With 10 gameweeks remaining, it might be rash to suggest that the result of one match could determine the destination of Spain's Primera Division title but, come the end of the season, this weekend's Clasico in Madrid might in retrospect have had a significant bearing on the final outcome.

Real Madrid go into Sunday's showdown with Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu four points ahead of their deadliest rivals, knowing that a win would extend that margin to seven, leaving the Catalans playing catch-up for the rest of the campaign.

WATCH DishWorld Demo: How Soccer Fans Can Watch La Liga, Serie A And More [VIDEO]

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In the past several weeks, I've received many e-mails from readers asking questions about how DishWorld works, and how soccer fans can watch La Liga, Serie A, Championship and Ligue Un games. Even if you don't have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can use DishWorld to watch the best of European soccer via that network.

WATCH Europa League Highlights From Benfica vs Spurs, Fiorentina vs Juve and More [VIDEO]

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The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League is over, and we now know the eight teams that have qualified for the latter stages of the tournament.

If you missed today's Europa League games, or you want to see the goals again, watch the following videos:

Benfica vs Tottenham Hotspur


Video: Benfica v Tottenham UEFA Europa League Highlights 03/20/14

Plzen vs Lyon


Video: Plzen v Lyon UEFA Europa League Highlights 03/20/14

Valencia vs Ludogorets


Video: Valencia v Ludogorets UEFA Europa League Highlights 03/20/14

Fiorentina vs Juventus


Video: Fiorentina v Juventus UEFA Europa League Highlights 03/20/14

Anzhi vs AZ Alkmaar


Video: Anzhi v AZ Alkmaar UEFA Europa League Highlights 03/20/14

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Interview with Elliott Turner aka @Futfanatico, Soccer Writer and Author

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For some of you, the name Elliott Turner may ring a bell. Perhaps it's the articles he writes forThe Guardianabout soccer culture in the United States. Or maybe you've seen his witty tweets from his @futfanatico account and blog.

Whether you feel you know him or not, Elliott is a breath of fresh air in world soccer, often making you think or chuckle at his wit or ability to cut through a topic to get to the heart of the discussion.

Benfica vs Spurs, Anzhi vs AZ, Fiorentina vs Juve, Real Betis vs Sevilla; Europa League: Open Thread

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Europa League's Round of 16 kicks off today to determine who will advance to the quarter-final stages with several intriguing 2nd leg ties scheduled today.

For soccer fans in the US, here's today's Europa League TV/Internet schedule:

Anzhi vs AZ Alkmaar (0-1 on aggregate), 1pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Benfica vs Tottenham (3-1 on aggregate), 2pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Fiorentina vs Juventus (1-1 on aggregate), 2pm, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Ludogorets (3-0 on aggregate), 2pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Plzen vs Lyon (1-4 on aggregate), 2pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Napoli vs Porto (0-1 on aggregate), 4pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Real Betis vs Sevilla (2-0 on aggregate), 4pm, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
Salzburg vs Basel (0-0 on aggregate), 4pm, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Benfica: TBD

Tottenham:Friedel; Naughton, Fryers, Sandro, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Soldado

Subs:Archer, Ball, Ogilvie, Veljkovic, Eriksen, Winks, Kane.

Where to Watch Friday’s UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Draw Plus Our Predictions

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Over the past two weeks, the UEFA Champions League has featured a number of stellar individual performances, both in dead-rubber games and crucial deciding encounters. We select the best performances and bring you the team of the Champions league last-16 second leg.

Now the stage is set for Friday at 7am ET/Noon CET when UEFA conducts the draw for the quarter-finals of the ultimate club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League.

The Story Behind One of Soccer’s Greatest Embraces

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There are soccer fans all over the world of all shapes and sizes. The beauty of it all is what helps many of us gravitate towards this most magical of all sports.

The passion of soccer fans is limitless. Yet at the same time there are some that take the level of fandom to new heights, for better or for worse.

Promising Start By Jermain Defoe Bodes Well For Toronto FC This Season

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Sixteen and a half minutes. That's all it took for Jermain Defoe to explode onto Major League Soccer. Described by Toronto as a bloody big deal, Defoe certainly made it seem that way with his performance last Saturday. Grabbing a second inside half an hour, the forward showed the kind of predatory instinct that goes some way to justifying his Designated Player salary.

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

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The quarterfinal line-up for the Champions League is complete after the second legs of the final four last-16 ties were played out this week. And if you cast your eyes over the teams that remain, this season's tournament is shaping up to be the most hotly contested in years.

We've got a cacophony of different sides who love to play the game in their own unique styles and a mixture of squads at various stages of development.

Manchester United 3-0 Olympiakos: Match Report and Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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In a turning of the tables, it was Manchester United not Olympiakos who qualified for the UEFA Champions League quarter final Wednesday night.

From the first minute to the last, it was Manchester United commanding the pitch of Old Trafford. Talismanic Robin van Persie's hat-trick salvaged their Champions League dream against Olympiakos, to book their berth in the final eight.

ESPN Hire Jon Champion and Daniel Mann As World Cup 2014 Commentators

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ESPN has hired British commentators Jon Champion and Daniel Mann for its coverage of World Cup 2014, according to an AP report. The English duo will join Derek Rae, Ian Darke, Fernando Palomo and Adrian Healey on the commentator team that will be announcing the games live from Brazil.

For fans of the English Premier League, Champion and Mann are familiar voices that can often be found announcing games each weekend.

WATCH Behind the Scenes Footage of England’s Official World Cup Song [VIDEO]

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Earlier this month, singer Gary Barlow joined several England stars for the recording of the official England World Cup song. While we haven't heard the song yet, The FA released behind-the-scenes footage today featuring interviews with several of the players and musicians involved.

Former England captain Gary Lineker formed a 20-strong all star band to record the England World Cup song on behalf of Sport Relief.

WATCH Belgium’s Official Song For World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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Belgian music recording artist Stromae has released the official Belgium World Cup 2014 song, which is accompanied by a bizarre video featuring several Belgium soccer stars including Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne and many others.

If you want to hear what the song sounds like, skip to minute 05:10.

With Julian Green Joining USMNT, the Pressure Is Now On The Player to Prove His Worth

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Julian Green represents a significant capture for Jurgen Klinsmann after persuading him to ignore interest from Germany in order to commit his international career to the US Men's National Team (USMNT).

Born in Florida, little is really known about Green as a player. Described as more of a winger than a forward, sources close to the Frankfurt Camp were left suitably impressed by what they saw from the teenager.

USMNT Legend Steve Cherundolo Retires From Professional Soccer

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"Solid and, at times, unspectacular" described Steve Cherundolo's professional career. The American international, who won 87 caps for the US Men's National Team and played in three World Cups, retired Wednesday after persistent knee problems robbed him of an ability to feature in a fourth World Cup this summer.

Interview With DishWorld (World Soccer Talk Special Episode)

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In previous years, we've kept you updated on the latest developments about how to watch soccer on television and the Internet by interviewing executives from FOX Soccer, Setanta Sports, ESPN, FOX Soccer 2Go, ITVN and others. With one of the biggest matches on the world soccer calendar just days away with el Clasico on Sunday, we thought it'd be timely to feature an interview with DishWorld Managing Editor Chris Bernier.

Manchester United vs Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Manchester United's official matchday programmeUnited Reviewsums up the situation at Old Trafford today with the headline "Let's go for it!" emblazoned across the front cover. With United 2-0 down on aggregate, David Moyes's side has everything to do to try to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Charged With Improper Conduct By FA

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The FA have charged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with improper conduct for his behavior during Saturday's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

According to The FA, "it is alleged the Chelsea manager's behavior in re-entering the field of play in or around the 90th minute of the fixture and approaching the Match Referee amounted to improper conduct.

David Moyes Needs to Change Manchester United’s Tactics to Accommodate Juan Mata

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has his back against the wall if some media reports are to be believed. Despite signs that the manager was beginning to get the Red Devils turned in the right direction, time and again when the big tests have come his side has failed. The latest defeat was a shocking capitulation at Old Trafford against Liverpool, the club's biggest rival.

Timmy Chandler USMNT’s World Cup Hopes Dealt a Blow Due to Injury: Daily Soccer Report

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Timmy Chandler's hopes of playing with the US Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup have been dealt a blow after picking up an injury that will rule him out of the rest of the Bundesliga season.

Chandler suffered atorn meniscus in February but hasn't yet recovered from the injury.

A Trio of Manchester United Books That Shine A Light On The Club’s History And Future

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There are three books about Manchester United that are worth reading, and that combined may bring this season into a little better perspective. Two of them were published within the last year, but it's best to begin chronologically with the third, and perhaps best, of the three.

A Will to Win – Alex Ferguson

With all of last year's focus on the book My Autobiography by Sir Alex Ferguson having died down, it is a good time to look back at a season and a book that deserve a little more attention.

WATCH Chelsea vs Galatasaray and Real Madrid vs Schalke, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg [VIDEO]

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Tuesday night's action in the UEFA Champions League was largely an eventful affair with everything going to script as last week's matches did. Perhaps today's Champions League games will give us something to rave about?

Nevertheless, here are the match highlights from Chelsea-Galatasaray and Real Madrid-Schalke.

Cristiano Ronaldo Puts Personal Goals Ahead of What’s Best for Real Madrid

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With a 6-1 aggregate lead from the UEFA Champions League first leg against Schalke, Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti risked star forward Cristiano Ronaldo for the full 90 minutes in last night's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo scored two more goals against the Bundesliga side, but the injury to fellow teammate Jese showed the risk that Los Blancos took just five days before el Clasico.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 28: Barcelona Hit Seven as Top Three All Win

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In the past weekend action in Spain, leaders Real Madrid remain in pole position in La Liga after winning at Malaga while second placed Atletico Madrid are three points behind their city rivals after beating Espanyol. Barcelona put seven past Osasuna but stay third, trailing Atletico by a point.

Stoke City Sign Deal With Warrior to be Kit Supplier Beginning This June

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US company Warrior ha signed a deal with Stoke City to become the official kit supplier, which will begin this June. Warrior will design Stoke's home and away kits, as well as the club's training gear.

After the end of this season, Stoke City will no longer be wearing their adidas kits that they've worn for several years.

NBCSN to Launch Premier League 36 Series With Feature on Manchester City

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NBC Sports Group will debut its first Premier League 36 series this Sunday with the release of its documentary about Manchester City.

City opened its doors to NBC for 36 hours to let their crew film the on- and off-field activities at Manchester City FC. The program will be shown on Sunday, March 23 at 3:30pm ET.

NBC Delivers Most-Watched Premier League Sunday Doubleheader Ever On US Cable

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NBC Sports posted Super Sunday's best-ever ratings on US cable this past weekend for its live coverage of Manchester United-Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur-Arsenal.

The two matches averaged 725,000 viewers, with an average of 779,000 watching Manchester United-Liverpool, the fourth most-watched Premier League match on NBCSN this season, and fifth most-watched ever on cable.

Manchester City Announce Summer Friendly Against Sporting Kansas City

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Manchester City have scheduled a summer friendly against Sporting Kansas City, to be played at Sporting Park on July 23, 2014.

As of press time, it'll be their first of several preseason friendlies in the States this summer. After playing 2013 MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City, Manchester City plays AC Milan on July 27 (Pittsburgh), Liverpool on July 30 (New York) and Olympiakos (Minneapolis) on August 2.

Chelsea vs Galatasaray and Real Madrid vs Schalke, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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With Real Madrid steamrollering Schalke 6-1 in the first leg inGelsenkirchen, today's second leg is already a foregone conclusion, so the attention turns to Chelsea against Galatasaray, a match that is bound to create several surprises with the return to Stamford Bridge of Didier Drogba, albeit wearing the colors of a different club.

Manchester United Supporters Will Lift Their Club To One More Night Of European Glory

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"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manchester United is staring at what could be its last Champions League home match for some time when it faces Olympiakos in the second leg of their European tie.

Soccer’s 9 Best Attacking Trios From Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Eredivisie History

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While so much of the attention during the past few months has been on dynamic duos in soccer such as Luis Suarez-Daniel Sturridge, Alan Shearer-Chris Sutton and Andy Cole-Dwight Yorke, just to name a few, we thought we'd share some of our favorite trios instead.

9. Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema (Real Madrid)

This season, Real Madrid has the most attacking trio on the planet following the arrival of Gareth Bale for a world record €100 million.

WATCH Jose Mourinho Speaking About Tonight’s Game And His Champions League Record [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho sat down with adidas Gamedayplus to discuss tonight's UEFA Champions League game against Galatasaray, and his record in the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho discussed the future of Chelsea FC and the balance between the club's young talent and the experience of the older generation.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: EPL & MLS Weekend Review

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On World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, Nick and Danny look back at the weekend's soccer action in both the Premier League and MLS, discuss Moyes' Old Trafford nightmare and Defoe's delightful debut. Get involved with the show, send us a tweet @worldsocceradio or call us in-studio 800-878-PLAY!

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

Who’ll Win the World Cup?

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If you had to select the team you truly thought was going to win the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil – who would you go for? The obvious answer would be the home side and they are the current bookmakers' favourites at around 3-1. This, however, surely has more to do with home advantage than it does to current form and current squad strength?

Manchester United Boardroom Contemplating Replacing David Moyes as Manager: Daily Soccer Report

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Key members of Manchester United's boardroom are contemplating replacing David Moyes as manager, while Louis van Gaal has been tipped as a potential replacement,according to sources to ESPN.

According to the report, members of the Glazer family are now more open to considering the replacement of Moyes especially if United stumble in their next three matches — home to Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow, against West Ham this weekend and against Manchester City next week.

WATCH EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Gameplay Trailer [VIDEO]

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EA Sports has released the gameplay trailer for 2014 FIFA World Cup, the new video game coming out soon for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The trailer features the song, "The World Is Ours" by David Correy, which is the official Coca-Cola anthem of their World Cup 2014 campaign.

The game will not be made available for the NextGen machines (Xbox One and PS4).

After Wasting £107M On Gareth Bale Money, Tottenham Have 3 Defeats to Arsenal to Show For It This Season

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In the summer, Tottenham Hotspur had a legitimate chance of building a team to battle for a spot in the UEFA Champions League while elevating the club to become a contender in the Premier League. With £80million in the bank from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham had a once-in-a-decade opportunity to strengthen its playing staff with the amount of money that football chairmen and supporters could only dream of having.

Brendan Rodgers, the Catalyst for Liverpool’s Remarkable Rise

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Manchester United supporters bellowed out "20 times, 20 times" in the final minutes of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Despite being 3-0 down to their great rivals after an insipid display, they remained resilient, reminding the traveling fans from Merseyside of their decorated past.

3 Talking Points About Chelsea’s Defeat Against Aston Villa

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Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table was reduced to six points Saturday after Fabian Delph's second half goal at Villa Park. Chelsea's evening went from bad to worse against Aston Villa, as they had Willian and Ramires sent off, which means the Brazilian duo will miss next week's game against Arsenal.

What? (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Stop the presses (the ones still in existence) and all look at Manchester United. What is going on? Why are they losing? Is such big loss really so bad in the grand scheme of David Moyes? If penalties are the yard-stick for failure then United have huge problems. The podcast consider how long term this actually is.

Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool: Rodgers Humiliates Moyes; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester United barely put up a fight against Liverpool. The Reds absolutely embarrassed their hosts at the Theatre of Dreams with a sublime display. The most damning part of the monumental 0-3 defeat for Manchester United against Liverpool was that it looked over with even 20 minutes yet to go.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 30

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A superb weekend of Premier League soccer had many talking points, with a huge number of contentious decisions. Here's what was called correctly or incorrectly by the referees and the reasons why.

Starting with the early kick off at the KC Stadium, Vincent Kompany was sent off after just 10 minutes for bringing down Nikica Jelavic, therefore denying a goal scoring opportunity.

New York 1-1 Colorado Rapids: Lack of Imagination, Creativity and Finishing Hurt RBNY

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There were fireworks at Red Bull Arena Saturday but they were, for the most part, limited to the pre-game celebration of the Supporters Shield and the five minutes of added time at the very end of the game.

The New York Red Bulls began the game attacking toward their supporters' end and gave the appearance of controlling the game even though the statistics tell a different story.

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 FC Dallas: Exclusive Gameday [PHOTOS]

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FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the final minute of the game to tie Sporting Kansas City 1-1 at Sporting Park on Saturday night.

Here are the exclusive matchday photos from the game courtesy of World Soccer Talk photographer Mark Shaiken.

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Manchester United vs Liverpool & Tottenham vs Arsenal, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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Today's Super Sunday matches between Manchester United and Liverpool as well as Tottenham Hotspur versus Arsenal provide an opportunity to earn bragging rights. League positions matter today, but winning a local derby is often more important than anything else.

As usual, we have an open thread available today for you — the readers — to comment about the game.

Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC, Live at 4:30pm ET: Open Thread

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This weekend's marquee MLS game on NBCSN features Seattle Sounders versus Toronto FC.

It's the Canadian's side's first match of the 2014 MLS season, and not to put more pressure on the side that now features Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Julio Cesar, but the local Toronto papers exclaimed today that it's "Playoffs or bust" for TFC.

Alternative Commentary Feature Debuts Sunday For Man Utd-Liverpool and Spurs-Arsenal Games

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This Sunday, World Soccer Talk will debut a brand-new feature to our Open Threads. In addition to the usual (and popular) Open Thread where readers can join the conversation in the comments section while watching games, we'll be offering live alternative commentaries of Manchester United against Liverpool and Tottenham versus Arsenal.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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FA Cup semi-finalist Hull City plays League Cup winner Manchester City today in the first match of the day. With a win, Manuel Pellegrini's side will move back into second place in the league, at least temporarily until tomorrow. It's imperative that Manchester City wins today if the club wants to try to win the title.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 30

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

Saturday, March 15:

Hull City vs Manchester City, 8:45am, NBCSN; Daniel Mann & Dean Sturridge
Everton vs Cardiff, 11am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Fulham vs Newcastle, 11am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Southampton vs Norwich, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Efan Ekoku
Stoke vs West Ham, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Trevor Francis
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Brian Little
Swansea vs West Brom, 11am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Garry Birtles
Aston Villa vs Chelsea, 1:30pm, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & David Pleat

Sunday, March 16:

Manchester United vs Liverpool, 9:30am, NBCSN; Steve Bower & Tim Howard
Spurs vs Arsenal, Noon, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Read:NBC Makes 3 Important Announcements About This Weekend's Premier League Games

What are your thoughts about this weekend's line-up of commentators?

Mark Hughes Era At Stoke City Is Taking Shape

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After the hope and excitement last Spring among Stoke City supporters that a quality manager would be hired to take the Potters to the next level, a feeling of being underwhelmed swept through supporters when the news was announced that Mark Hughes would be the club's 38thmanager. After the sad but necessary departure of Tony Pulis, the fans thought big.

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

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Teams: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution
Location:
PPL Park
Date:
March 15, 2014
Time:
4:00pm ET

2013 Series:

Last season, the Revolution won the season series 2-1 with a 2-0 win on April 28, and a 5-1 victory on August 26.

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho Is Playing the Premier League Just How He Likes It

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While everyone is raving about the competitiveness of this Premier League season as we enter the final two months of play, it is entirely possible Chelsea will run away with the league still. Challenges remain for the Blues to overcome but it is becoming more likely the title race is decided before the final matchday of the season.

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

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Derbies are one of the best things about the game of soccer. They encapsulate the passion that accompanies the sport superbly; pre-game banter, on-the-pitch confrontations, superfluous managerial gesticulations on the sidelines and swathes of over-the-top supporter fandom in the stands.

Of course, tempers can boil over and whilst the commentators will instinctively quip that "nobody likes to see this part of the game," we all love to see a bit of needle really, don't we?

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Seattle Sounders Talk & EPL/UCL News

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On World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, Nick's Back! All the goings on in the Premier League, Champions League and our look at MLS continues with the voice of the Seattle Sounders, Ross Fletcher. Get involved with the show, send us a tweet @worldsocceradio or call us in-studio 800-878-PLAY!

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

It’s Now or Never For Arsenal’s Mission to End Its Almost 9-Year Trophyless Streak

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During Arsenal's now almost nine-years since the club has won a trophy, the squad has lost in an UEFA Champions League final, two League Cup finals, and hasn't come close to winning the Premier League. Thankfully for Gunners fans, though, Arsenal now faces its best opportunity to win some silverware in three years by knowing that if the club beats Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final, the Premier League side just has to beat either Hull City or Sheffield United to end its trophy jinx.

WATCH Europa League Highlights From Spurs-Benfica, Porto-Napoli, Sevilla vs Betis & Juve vs Fiorentina [VIDEO]

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While many of us are still recovering from the UEFA Champions League matches this week, there was a long list of Europa League games played today in the Round of 16.

If you missed the matches, or want to see the highlights again, here they are. Note that due to rights restrictions, the videos are only playable in the United States.

Barcelona-Manchester City Sets Record For Most-Watched Soccer Game On FOX Sports 1

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Wednesday's UEFA Champions League broadcast of Barcelona against Manchester City set a record for the most-watched soccer game on FOX Sports 1 to date, with 420,000 viewers tuning in to see Barca win 2-1.

That compares to Tuesday's broadcast of Bayern Munich versus Arsenal, which was seen by 363,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, which is the third most-watched Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 behind Manchester City vs Barcelona (395,000 viewers) on February 18.

NBC Sports Announces Partnership Deal With Soccerly

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NBC Sports has partnered with soccer website Soccerly to beef up the amount and breadth of soccer coverage NBCSports.com offers.

Soccerly.com was launched in January 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs and soccer fans. Based in San Diego, CA, Soccerly is owned by the same group that founded soccer site, mediotiempo.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Benfica, Porto vs Napoli, Juventus vs Fiorentina & More: Open Thread

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We've been so preoccupied with the release of the Blue With Envy eBook today that we almost forgot about the Europa League action, and there's plenty of it.

For THFC supporters, here's the TV/Internet schedule of today's matches:

Tottenham vs Benfica (Europa League), 4pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Many of the other Europa League matches are on FOX Soccer 2Go, FOX Soccer Plus and ESPN3.

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison: Daily Soccer Report

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Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison for tax evasion.

According to Pro Soccer Talk, "After initially being charged with evading $4.9 million in taxes, Hoeness later admitted to avoiding an additional $20.9 million before the court ultimately determined the 62-year-old owed a grand total of $39,940,000.

World Soccer Talk Announces Launch Of a Brand-New Soccer Book For EPL Fans

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World Soccer Talk is proud to announce its publication of a brand-new book that's written specifically for fans of the world's most popular sports league, the English Premier League.

Written by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer, Blue With Envy charts the meteoric rise of England's top-flight soccer league through the eyes of an American soccer fan that fell in love with the game in the early 1980s during the "British Invasion" when many players and teams from the UK began playing in the United States.

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

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On World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, it's a jam-packed Wednesday on World Soccer Radio as we are right in the middle of the Champions League last 16 second legs. We'll discuss those who are moving on and those who are headed home. Plus Kate Scott of CSN Bay Area joins the show to break down the San Jose Earthquakes as part of our MLS previews.

Confirmation That This Is USMNT’s World Cup Away Jersey For 2014: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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The first real evidence that the US Men's National Team away shirt for World Cup 2014 has been revealed today thanks to images leaked on the Internet.

The design of the shirt (alongside the training jacket) shows an actual photo of the USMNT away shirt in the wild. This corresponds with the previously leaked image/design of the shirt that we saw last week.

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Cruz Azul, CONCACAF Champions League [PHOTOS]

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In the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals last night, Kevin Ellis scored for Sporting Kansas City against Cruz Azul to help the MLS side take a commanding lead into the second leg.

Ellis scored the goal in the 17th minute in only his fourth career start.

Here are several exclusive photos from a memorable night in Kansas City courtesy of World Soccer Talk photographer Mark Shaiken:

Sporting Kansas City's next game in its MLS schedule is against FC Dallas on Saturday, which will be shown live on MLS Live at 8:30pm ET.

Barcelona vs Manchester City and PSG vs Leverkusen, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The second leg of the UEFA Champions League knockout games between Barcelona and Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain versus Bayer Leverkusen, produced some first-class quality football before our eyes. While City fans can keep their heads held high after a spirited performance, it's Barcelona and PSG who have made it into the quarter-finals of the biggest club tournament in the world.

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

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We have the first four of the eight Champions League quarterfinalists, as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all booked their place in the final eight after their respective second leg ties this week.

There were no major upsets in this quartet of last 16 encounters, but the contests certainly gave us food for thought as we edge ever closer to the final in Lisbon on Saturday 25 May.

Barcelona vs Manchester City and PSG vs Leverkusen, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Will today be a repeat of yesterday's UEFA Champions League matches where the leaders from the first leg went on to qualify for the quarter-finals? Or is an upset on the cards where Manchester City can overturn its 2-0 aggregate loss to beat Barca at Camp Nou, and can Leverkusen pull off the miracle of all miracles to beat PSG, or at least get a respectful result?

Argentine Soccer Sinks to New Lows After Rash of Violence

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The wave of insecurity in Argentina is reaching an alarming level. Much like any other aspect of society in that country, soccer is directly or indirectly involved. When you read soccer news from Argentina, it sounds more like a daily police blotter or sensationalistic articles about rumbles, shootouts, gunfights and death.

Liverpool Announce Friendly Against AS Roma to Be Played at Fenway Park In Boston

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Liverpool Football Club today announced a friendly against AS Roma, which will be played at Fenway Park in Boston on July 23. The game is part of Liverpool's 2014 preseason tour and will mark 30 years since the two clubs faced each other in the 1984 European Cup.

"We are pleased to announce the latest leg of our pre-season tour, which takes us back to Boston," claimed Billy Hogan, the club's chief commercial officer.

WATCH ‘World Cup Memories’: Film Features Interviews With ESPN Soccer Experts [VIDEO]

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World Soccer Talk is proud to reveal its latest soccer short film entitled World Cup Memories, which features exclusive interviews with soccer stars Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas and Craig Burley as they discuss their earliest memories of the World Cup, what it was like playing in the ultimate soccer tournament, and what it's been like working for ESPN.

Soccer Wage Hysteria Is Misguided, Says Michael Owen

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Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Michael Owen argues that soccer's current salaries are justifiable, and says that footballers only earn as much as athletes do in other sports. The former England striker Michael Owen further stated that wages for footballers are deserved due to the high amount of interest shown in the sport by numerous fans across the globe.

Why A Return to MLS Would Be Brek Shea’s Next Best Move

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At just over 6ft 2in, with a blonde mohawk, it seems Brek Shea was born to stand out. An athletic wide player with the ability to glide past defenders, the 24-year-old continues to be a polarizing figure for the US Men's National Team.

Alongside those who recognize and admire his potential are those who believe he will never realize it.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Ruled Out For 3 Weeks After Picking Up Injury Against Bayern Munich

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As if the news couldn't get any worse for Arsenal fans today, the club has revealed that Mesut Ozil could be out for the next 3 weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in the team's defeat against Bayern Munich, which sent the North London club crashing out of the UEFA Champions League.

In his post-match interview, Wenger revealed:

"I don't know (how long he will be out for), but for sure he is out (of the Tottenham game on Sunday).

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Champions League Discussion With Bobby McMahon

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On World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, the Champions League is back and so is one of our favorite soccer journalists, Bobby McMahon. Nick & Danny look back on all of the day's Champions League action and discuss Alan Pardew's 7 match suspension. Get involved with the show, send us a tweet @worldsocceradio

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

World Soccer Talk Is Seeking a Managing Editor Intern

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Do you know someone who might want to intern with World Soccer Talk as a managing editor?

We're currently seeking a hardcore soccer fan who has a core set of writing and proofing skills, and is interested in gaining valuable experience working for one of the leading independent soccer sites on the Web.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal and Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan: UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg Highlights [VIDEO]

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Two European giants exited the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League tonight as the matches went according to their scripts, with the teams leading from the first leg advancing to the quarter-finals of Europe's ultimate club competition.

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

Arsenal Midfielder Gedion Zelalem About to Jump Off the U.S. Soccer Radar: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem looks set to break the hearts of US soccer fans as he appears set to jump off the US soccer radar to pursue an international career with Germany instead of the United States, according to a report by NBC Sports writer Richard Farley.

The talented midfielder, who made his Arsenal senior debut aged 16 in January, has been called up to Germany's U-17 squad, and if he plays for that team, he won't be able to switch to the US for his international playing career.

Experiencing The FA Cup Quarterfinal In Person: The Heart Of English Football

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For those readers who haven't been to London, it's certainly an intriguing place. It's unfathomably vast, hugely diverse and there's something for absolutely everybody to do. The unwavering intensity of the place means I'd personally find it difficult to settle there, but I love a long weekend or a few days in the "Big Smoke.

Manchester United Shares Acquired By American Investment Firm

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With a reported new Nike kit deal worth €700 million seen as a major attraction, nearly a quarter of Manchester United's shares listed on the NYSE have been secured by investment firm Baron Capital this week.

Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, listed the club on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 but have retained a 90 percent holding in the company.

US and Russian Politicians Using Soccer As a Weapon In New Cold War Over Ukraine

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You know that soccer has made it in America when the politicians in the United States and Russia are using it as a weapon.

On Friday, Republican U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) sent a letter to FIFA president Joseph Blatter asking that he strip Russia's FIFA membership, ban the country from the 2014 World Cup, and move the 2018 World Cup out of the country.

Philipp Lahm’s Adaptability Will Inspire Bayern Munich and Germany To New Heights

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One my most vivid footballing memories from years gone by was watching the first game of the 2006 World Cup.

It was a marvelous encounter between the hosts Germany and Costa Rica, and it began with a stunning goal from a 22-year-old left-back called Philipp Lahm. Ever since that excellent strike, I've always paid especially close attention to Lahm; from his performance in that World Cup opener right up until his most recent showing against Arsenal in the Champions League just shy of eight years on.

WATCH Arjen Robben’s 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

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Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored zero goals but made two dives against Arsenal in today's UEFA Champions League match, with one of the dives resulting in a penalty for the Bundesliga club that was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Why a footballer of his calibre would resort to such blatant diving is beyond me, especially considering that Bayern Munich would have advanced through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League tonight even without his histrionics.

10 Reasons Why the Premier League Is Better Than The NFL

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Finding a soccer club has completely changed the way I view sports and makes me want to shout its merits from the rooftops to the unconverted. You definitely risk preaching to the choir on a soccer website, but there's a burning desire coming from within me to do so anyways.

These are my 10 best arguments for soccer fandom being better than American football fandom.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal and Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Due to the clocks moving forward in the United States this past Sunday, it means that today's UEFA Champions League matches will kick off at 3:45pm ET today because Europe hasn't changed their clocks yet.

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

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal, 3:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan, 3:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Bayern Munich:Neuer Dante, Thiago, Ribéry, Martínez, Mandzukić, Robben, Götze, Lahm (c), Alaba, Schweinsteiger

Subs:Starke van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Boateng, Müller, Kroos

Arsenal:Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Arteta, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs:Viviano, Jenkinson, Hayden, Flamini, Rosicky, Gnabry

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Atletico Madrid:Courtois, Godín, FLuís, Juanfran, Miranda, Suárez, Koke, García, Turan, Gabi, Costa.

Manchester City’s Premier League Ambitions Hang In The Balance

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When February began, Manchester City were flying high. Coming off a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the Blues sat atop the Barclays Premier League table and some pundits were predicting that City was close to running away with the title.

However, things abruptly changed on February 3rdwhen Manuel Pellegrini's side was beaten at home by Chelsea 1-0.

WATCH Trabzonspor Fans Throwing Fireworks, Bricks and a Doorknob On to the Pitch to Abandon Game vs Fenerbahce [VIDEO]

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Monday's match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce was abandoned after a rain of fireworks, bricks and other objects, including a metal door handle, were thrown on to the pitch by Trabzonspor supporters.

The match had been stopped twice by the referee in the first half before the match official decided to abandon the game late in the first half after the conditions on the pitch prevented the game from continuing.

FA Accept Tottenham’s Appeal Over Red Card Against Younes Kaboul

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The FA has dismissed Tottenham Hotspur footballer Younes Kaboul's red card that he received in the match against Chelsea last weekend.

Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, the one-match suspension for Kaboul has been dropped. Kaboul was sent off in the game for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity for Samuel Eto'o.

Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew Banned for 7 Games

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been banned for seven games for headbutting a Hull City footballer last week.

The seven match ban will include a three-match stadium ban and a four-match touchline ban. Pardew has been fined £60,000, and warned as to his future conduct.

The incident that generated the ban by The FA was from gameweek 28 of the Premier League when Pardew headbutted Hull's David Meyler.

Warren Barton Says That Gus Johnson Is One of the Best Soccer Commentators In The World

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FOX Sports soccer pundit Warren Barton says that Gus Johnson is one of the best soccer commentators in the world.

Johnson, who has only been commentating soccer games on TV for one year, is "as good as anybody in the world," according to Barton who was interviewed by The Big Lead. Here's what Barton said:

"I think Gus Johnson is as good as anybody in the world.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 27: Real Madrid Make Light of Barcelona Shock

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Real Madridare three points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Levanteon Sunday. Atletico Madrid won at Celta Vigo to trail the leaders by three points and Barcelona's shock defeat at Valladolid leaves them a further point behind in third.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 24th goal of the Primera season as Real Madrid overcame Levante 3-0.

Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

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Last week, two Republican senators told FIFA that they wanted Russia kicked out of the 2014 World Cup. Now, in retaliation, deputies in the Russian State Duma have called for the USA's FIFA membership to be terminated.

One of the Russian deputies wrote on his Twitter page:

"It's an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball.

Do You Dare to Zlatan? [VIDEO]

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Nike launched a new campaign today entitled "Dare to Zlatan" around soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Part social media campaign, part Nike collection and part game, we're still trying to figure out what it all means, but we do love the videos and hard rock soundtrack as shown below.

If anyone knows what the mystery is all about, please let us know in the comments section below!

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

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On World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, Geber is back and better than ever. Sort of. We discuss City's dismissal in the FA Cup, Arsene's opportunity and a whole lot more. Plus we'll look ahead to the week's Champions League matches. Get involved with the show, send us a tweet @worldsocceradio

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

Bayern Munich In Pursuit of Being First Team to Win Back-to-Back Champions League Trophies

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No team has won the UEFA Champions League trophy for two consecutive years since 1990, but there has never been a squad that looked more equipped to do so than the current holders, Bayern Munich. It can certainly be said that Bayern are perfectly placed to re-establish itself as a European powerhouse such as the club did from 1974-1976 when it won three consecutive European Cups.

Reemergence of André Schürrle Gives Chelsea A Boost In Premier League Title Race

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The timely reemergence of André Schürrle has allowed Chelsea to take firm control of the title race in addition to bringing the player back into strong consideration for Jogi Löw's Germany side this summer. This comes after a transfer window where the purchase of Mohammed Salah from FC Basle had appeared to make the German expendable.

NBC Makes 3 Important Announcements About This Weekend’s Premier League Games

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With the continued increase in TV ratings for Premier League matches on NBC Sports in its debut season, the network has announced three key changes for this weekend's coverage:

1. Tim Howard will return to the booth as co-commentator for NBCSN, this time for the Manchester United versus Liverpool match that will be shown live on Sunday at 9:30am ET on NBCSN.

Portugal Away Shirt For FIFA World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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

While Portugal's home World Cup shirt is bright and modern, Portugal's away shirt for 2014 is more modest with a white jersey, and navy blue trim and a unique collar. The Portugal football federation crest, in particular, really stands out on this shirt design.

WATCH Manchester City vs Wigan, FA Cup Quarter-Final Highlights [VIDEO]

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Sunday's match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic was a wonderfully entertaining game for the neutrals. It had a little bit of everything, and fair play to Wigan Athletic for putting in an inspired performance against the richest club in the world.

If you missed the match or you want to watch the highlights again, watch below.

New York City FC Invites Fans to Decide on Final Team Badge

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With its launch just a year away, MLS team New York City FC have launched a campaign to allow soccer fans to vote on the badge the club should wear.

Created by designer Rafael Esquer and chosen by the club, the two crests will be the team's identity. The winning crest will be unveiled on March 20.

Manchester United‘s 5 Likeliest Transfer Signings This Summer

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The summer will be here before you know it, and so there's no doubt that one club that will be busier than most in the transfer window will be Manchester United. Before I get to the 5 footballers who are the most likely transfer targets for the Red Devils, let me rewind and review the certain progression that a signing of a player undertakes.

Interview With Creator of ‘Premier League Team of the Week’ Images, Designer Chris Gilleard

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For the past several months, one of the treasures ofReddit's soccer section has been the brilliant and irreverent Premier League Team of the Week images. The intentionally retro design that looks like an 8-bit video game have been visually stunning. But for hardcore soccer fans such as myself and others, the team selection and slice of humor in each image always make Monday mornings something to look forward to in order to see what he does next.

Worrying Signs for South American Teams In Their Preparations For World Cup 2014

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Last week's international friendlies featuring South American teams revealed some trends and issues that could become major problems if they're not remedied soon especially with the World Cup less than 100 days away. Here's what we learned from the most recent matches:

Argentina

Outside of Leo Messi vomiting, there should not be a reason to worry about the Albiceleste's front line.

MLS Scores 283% Overnight Ratings Increase For 2014 Season Opener

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NBCSN's live coverage of the 2014 MLS season opener between Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City scored a ratings boost Saturday when the coverage netted a 283% increase over the 2013 season opener on NBCSN, based on overnight ratings.

Seattle-KC had an overnight rating of 0.23, which was 283% better than NBCSN's season opener (0.

Watching Soccer On Projectors: A Closer Look

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Every year, more and more people are letting their TVs gather dust in favor to using projectors, thanks to their increasing affordability and unparalleled image size and experience. Consumers that love having a movie theater-like experience in the comfort of their own homes know that there's no better way to get there than by using video projectors.

Tottenham Footballers Lacking Character, Leadership and Fight In Erratic Season

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Entering last Saturday's London derby with Chelsea, Tottenham appeared to be well positioned to crack the top four party. The early season crisis of confidence and character under sacked manager Andre Vilas-Boas had been replaced by more free-flowing and assured performances under Tim Sherwood.

Tottenham's record at Stamford Bridge since the inception of the Premier League is one of great shame around the club.

Kostly Week (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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It was a weekend of mixed competition. Cup, league: and to trail it all there was international football. So the pod take you all over the world with a range of views and news from around the competitions.

United get their second convincing result as they look forward to greeting Liverpool next week and Arsenal end up thrashing Everton with four goals.

Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 29

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Even with just five Premier League games this week, there were plenty of talking points to pick out from the referee's performances.

Starting at Stamford Bridge, Spurs conceded four second half goals in a 4-0 defeat. However, at 1-0 to the Blues, refereeMichael Oliver gave a contentious penalty after a collision between Samuel Eto'o and Younes Kaboul in the penalty area.

WATCH The FA Cup Semi-Final Draw, Live From Wembley Stadium at 11:50am ET [VIDEO]

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Beginning approximately at 11:50am ET, you can watch the draw for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 FA Cup live here on World Soccer Talk courtesy of The FA.

Ian Wright will be joined by his son Shaun Wright-Phillips to pull the balls "out of the hat" in order to determine who will play whom in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

WATCH Arsenal vs Everton FA Cup Match Highlights, Including Pitchside Highlights [VIDEO]

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Despite a nervy first half, Arsenal overcame Everton to qualify for the FA Cup semi-final that will be played at Wembley.

It was a match where Arsenal were in control, but there were a few nervous moments including the incident where Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was forced to retake his penalty.

FA Cup 6th Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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While there was only one FA Cup match yesterday where Arsenal thrashed Everton, today we have three FA Cup matches in store in determine who will make it into the semi-finals:

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

Sheffield United vs Charlton (FA Cup), 8am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Hull vs Sunderland (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic (FA Cup), Noon,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.

DC United Gives Eddie Johnson His Designated Player Contract, But is He Worth It?

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Eddie Johnson has been given his money.

Earlier this week, D.C. United announced that Johnson, acquired over the offseason in a trade with the Seattle Sounders, was given a contract extension that elevates him to Designated Player status.

Johnson, who had a fantastic 2013 season for the Sounders in which the forward scored nine goals, was being underpaid in and made it known with his now infamous post-goal "pay me" celebrationversus the Columbus Crew.

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City, Opening 2014 MLS Game: Open Thread

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Today's opening game of the 2014 MLS season between Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City kicks off at 3pm ET today on NBCSN.

It's one of the most highly anticipated MLS seasons in recent memory after a crop of big signings by the league, but now it's time for teams to do the talking on the pitch rather than off it.

3 of the Biggest MLS Games to Watch This Weekend On US TV and Internet

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With the MLS season set to kickoff this afternoon, below are three of the biggest matches of the weekend.

Seattle Sounders FC vs Sporting Kansas City, 3pm ET, NBCSN

Graham Zusi, and the rest of the MLS Cup defending Champions, travel to Seattle as they play a new-look Seattle Sounders FC at 3pm ET.

Arsenal vs Everton FA Cup, 6th Round and Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 29: Open Thread

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In England and Wales today, there are several matches of key importance as Arsenal-Everton battle it out in the FA Cup to determine who will play in the FA Cup semi-final, as well as the Premier League matches featuring relegation battles, a London derby and more.

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

Arsenal vs Everton (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
West Brom vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN
Cardiff vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBCSN

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

New Research Reveals First Manchester Football Club Was Founded In 1863, 15 Years Before United

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English football historian, author and researcher Gary James has published a new paper that examines the history of the sport in Manchester and reveals, for the first time, that there was another football club operating in the area during the 1860s, making that team the oldest in the region, not Manchester City (founded in 1880 asSt.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 29

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Here's the line-up of commentators for gameweek 29 of Premier League matches on US television across the NBC Sports Group networks this weekend:

Saturday, March 8:

West Brom vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Efan Ekoku
Cardiff vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN; Tony Jones & Trevor Francis
Crystal Palace vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker & Dean Sturridge
Norwich vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Ray Houghton
Chelsea vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

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

WATCH World Soccer Radio, On Replay; Tonight’s Topics: FA Cup and EPL Preview

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On World Soccer Radio, Danny is joined by journalist Joe Curley as the two wrap up an eventful week throughout the globe. Plus we provide our Premier League and FA Cup predictions ahead of the weekend. Get involved with the show, send us a tweet @worldsocceradio

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

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

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The mystery of what England's away shirt will look like for World Cup 2014 can now be revealed after a photograph has been leaked on the Internet.

Not surprisingly, England will be wearing red as their away shirt during 2014. Designed by Nike, the straightforward design features a bright red shirt, rounded collar and the infamous Three Lions crest on the chest.

2014 MLS Western Conference Preview

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Will it be the Eastern or Western Conference of MLS that will take the honors during the 2014 season? There's no doubt there's plenty of talent among the teams in the Western Conference, but there are plenty of question marks too.

Here's our preview of the 2014 MLS Western Conference (see below) as well asour preview of MLS's Eastern Conference.

Is This USMNT’s Away Shirt For World Cup 2014? [PHOTO]

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A design of what appears to be the US Men's National Team's away shirt for World Cup 2014 has been revealed on the Internet.

The bold design features a shirt that screams red, white and blue. If true, the USMNT away shirt for 2014 is red with a blue upper chest and white band of color across the upper middle of the jersey.

Top 5 Reasons to be Excited for the Opening Weekend of MLS

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MLS returns this Saturday for its 19th season as a top flight league in the United States. There's plenty to look forward, but here are 5 reasons in particular to be excited about the opening weekend:

1. Michael Bradley When reports first surfaced on Twitter that Michael Bradley may be heading back to Major League Soccer, there was a nervous excitement.

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

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Rejoice! Rejoice! After the a couple of weeks when UEFA Champions League action provided some superb midweek relief, we were "treated" to international friendlies this time round.

This weekend we've got a host of magnificent games to look forward to in a plethora of different competitions. Fans of English football can sift between the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Championship this weekend as the domestic season begins to come to the boil.

Interview With Peguy Luyindula, New York Red Bulls’ Versatile Footballer

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"Knowledge of positions is a good thing."

Attaquant polyvalent. It is the french description of the position on the pitch that Peguy Luyindula occupies. In English, it translates as versatile forward. He is a player who feels like the off-season lasts too long, that the end of the season just means waiting for the next one to begin.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Montreal Impact Preview & Review Of This Week’s Soccer Stories

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World Soccer Radio 9pm ET, we continue our MLS previews with the season now less than 48 hours away, and focus on the Montreal Impact. Plus David Mosse joins the show as we discuss all that has gone on this week in world football. Get involved send us a tweet @worldsocceradio or call us in-studio 800-878-PLAY!

QPR Set to Axe 26 Players After Championship Club Reveals £177m Debt: Nightly Soccer Report

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Queens Park Rangers, a blight on English football after the financial mess the club has gotten itself into plus the way they've mismanaged the club, are in an even worse state now after the club revealed it is £177million in debt. As a result, the club may be forced to axe 26 players in order to cut the wage bill, which is currently more than the wage bill at Borussia Dortmund, the finalists of the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.

Why Modern Football is Not a Business

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These days, it is common to hear soccer fans saying something like "of course, soccer is just like any other business now." It is a phrase intended to establish the speaker as a hard-nosed realist, puncturing idealistic delusions about the beautiful game with a knowing appreciation of the forces of profit and commerce that are now said to underpin the sport.

USMNT Announce Pre-World Cup Games In San Francisco, New Jersey and Jacksonville

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U.S. Soccer today officially announced that the U.S. Men's National Team will play three matches prior to the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The matches will be part of the Send-Off Series.

The USMNT will play in San Francisco, New Jersey, and Jacksonville as Jürgen Klinsmann and his squad put the final tweaks prior to the start of the World Cup.

With 10 Matches Remaining, How Will the 2013/14 Premier League Table Finish?

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There are just ten games to go in the Premier League (that's right, just ten games!) and as the "games remaining" figure ticks into single figures for a host of teams this weekend, it really is the time of the season to make an impression. And that applies for plenty of sides.

This season is rather unique in that respect, because aside from Newcastle United and Southampton both of who are somewhat marooned in mid-table every team has something to fight for as the end of the campaign draws close.

Small Steps for Spain Whilst Italy Experiment During International Friendly

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As the last two World Cup winners faced off in Madrid last night, there was very little learnt about the respective teams' prospects ahead of this summer in Brazil although Spain showed slight glimpses of the direction in which Vicente del Bosque wants to take the team through the ninety minute use of Spanish debutant Diego Costa.

With a 66% Win Percentage, Tottenham Appointing Tim Sherwood After Sacking Andre Villas-Boas Was Justified

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One is considered to be one of the best young managers in world football, having managed FC Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur despite being only thirty-six years of age. The other has won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers as a player and has been a coach at Tottenham since 2008. It is strange how, the first manager referred to, is unemployed, having been sacked by Spurs and replaced by his former assistant Tim Sherwood.

Clint Dempsey Is Falling Down On His Leadership Responsibilities With The USMNT

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Clint Dempsey's selection as captain of the United States Men's National Team a year ago by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann was a head scratcher at the time. Having not displayed discernable leadership skills on the pitch, one had to assume the manager felt the need to either reward arguably his best player or that Dempsey possesses some inspirational quality in the dressing room.

Why Roy Hodgson Was Always the Right Man for England

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"I wouldn't trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it," Harry Redknapp, in his autobiography.

With England's preparations for the 2014 World Cup going smoothly, particularly after a convincing first half display against Denmark last night in the 1-0 victory for The Three Lions, it's time to pat The FA on the back and acknowledge that they made the right decision in appointing head coach Roy Hodgson.

Modern Footballers Are Divers, Wimps, Overpaid and Act Like Divas

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Nowadays it seems that any tackle with a slight lashing of malice is scrutinized and condemned. With the increase of baby-faced and wrapped-in-cotton-wool footballers who refuse to be fouled as to protect their luscious and gelled infrastructure they call their hair, the ancient art form of the tackle is being clamped down to the point when you can barely touch your opponent anymore.

Nike Unveil Radical, New Soccer Boot Named Magista: Official [PHOTOS]

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Nike today unveiled a radical, new soccer boot named Magista. In a special presentation in Spain, Andrés Iniesta unveiled the new boot that features distinctive silhouette and Nike Flyknit technology.

The Magista boot incorporates Nike Flyknit technology that has been engineered for soccer for the first time, allowing the foot to get closer to the ball and to deliver better ball-feel and control.

USA’s Weaknesses Exploited In 2-0 Loss to Ukraine: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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This was an important match and the United States Men's National Team blew it in the biggest way possible.

The defense looked flat. Clint Dempsey seemed uninterested, and the USMNT let Ukraine score twice to leave Cyprus with the 2-0 win versus a World Cup-bound squad.

In a game that was the last time Jürgen Klinsmann could take a close look at his European-based players, the German must be feeling disappointed in the outcome.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Vancouver Whitecaps Preview & USMNT Review

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT An eventful day of internationals as we break down the US 2-0 loss to Ukraine and much more. Our MLS previews continue with former MLS goalie Paul Dolan, who is part of the Vancouver Whitecaps broadcast team.

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

Seattle Sounders Need to Be More Dangerous On The Field Than On Paper This Season

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Change has been abundant in Seattle this year. With a number of prominent first team members shipped out of Seattle Sounders, it facilitated the arrival of a number of new faces. The home of the Super Bowl champions, the city's soccer team is yet to feature in the show piece occasion of MLS. Regardless, they still had one of the biggest talking points last season when they acquired Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur.

Could Juan Agudelo And Terrence Boyd Be Better Striker Options For USMNT?

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Given the modern fascination with statistics and infographics, last week saw a particularly interesting nugget of information come to the fore. Blessed with 5 goals in 12 World Cup appearances, Landon Donovan has scored more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined (the quartet holding 3 in 31 games).

Martín Demichelis Doesn’t Deserve to be Manchester City’s Scapegoat

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Many Manchester City fans have created a frequent scapegoat in Martín Demichelis. Yet the Argentine defender has been solidly unspectacular this season helping the Blues stay in the title race to claim the first piece silverware this season — the Capital One Cup. When Demichelis's name comes up, three points are always made by critics:

1.

Ukraine vs USMNT, England vs Denmark, Spain vs Italy and Other International Friendlies: Open Thread

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Today's a soccer fan's dream, especially if you live in the United States, with a lucky 13 matches shown live on US television and/or Internet during this mini-international break.

The schedule for viewers in the US is:

South Africa vs Brazil, Noon, beIN SPORTSand DishWorld
Colombia vs Tunisia, 1pm,beIN SPORTS Espanoland DishWorld
Ukraine vs USA, 2pm, ESPN2 andWatchESPN.

Wiping The Slate Clean With Major League Soccer

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Over the past few years, I've been a critic of Major League Soccer, but I believe much of my criticism has been misconstrued by soccer fans in the United States. It's not that I want MLS to fail. Far from it. I would love to see the league continue to grow in this country, but any criticism of MLS is often misinterpreted as negativity or "an agenda" when it is in fact constructive criticism.

Can £261.1 Million Buy the 2014 FIFA World Cup? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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We all know that money is a huge factor in the success of a club football team. Sides like Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are able to buy the very best players, helping them compete at the highest level. But the same is true about international sides too, in a different way.

We can calculate the value of an international team and then use those numbers to determine which national teams are most likely to succeed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Why Does It Continue To Go Wrong For Arsenal?

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With Arsenal still effectively in the Premier League title race, still in the FA Cup and still in the UEFA Champions League, it probably seems a little misguided and somewhat pre-emptive to suggest that things are going "wrong."

But you can just sense things are about to unravel, can't you?

In Praise of Danny Higginbotham, A New Pundit and Gibraltar Footballer

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In this pervasive age of soccer coverage, I'm an unusual creature. If I'm not attending a live match in England, I very rarely watch the beautiful game on screen even when it's my own team. I much prefer radio coverage, finding the personalities and pundits a little more erudite than their high definition brethren.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: DC United Preview & Update On Chivas USA

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT We continue our MLS previews with a look at DC United...plus check-in with Marc Serber with more on Chivas USA. Plus on Landon Donovan's 32nd birthday, we look back at his incredibly memorable career.

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

adidas Launches Carnaval Pack: A Colorful And Beautiful New Soccer Boot Collection [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled Carnaval Pack, a series of colorful, designed soccer boots inspired by Carnaval; the festival that brings millions of people to Brazil every year.

Brazilians and tourists flocked to Rio de Janeiro over the weekend to enjoy the most famous festival in the world, and adidas has taken inspiration from the feathers and ticker tape by producing a special collection of boots colorful enough to grace any stage.

Sporting Kansas City Away Shirt For 2014 MLS Season Revealed: Media Event & Trophy Party [PHOTOS]

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More than 2,500 people attended Sporting Kansas City's media event this week for the unveiling of Sporting Kansas City's away uniform for the 2014 MLS season, as well as interviews with the press, and a trophy celebration party where fans had a chance to get their photograph taken with the 2013 MLS Cup.

Juventus’s 3 Biggest Challenges in Switching to a 4-3-3 Formation

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Juventus has run rampant through Serie A by employing a 3-5-2 formation that utilizes wing-backs. However, this formation has haunted the Italian giants in Europe as it failed to produce against Bayern Munich in last season's quarterfinals. It was also underwhelming in this year's group stage exit.

Tottenham Primed to Challenge For a UEFA Champions League Spot

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Roberto Soldado, whose £26m move to Spurs turned into the subject of much ridicule, finally scored a goal from open play in the Premier League this season. His goal on Sunday was the first in the league during 2014. However, much like he did with Emmanuel Adebayor, manager Tim Sherwood has begun a reclamation project with a high-profile striker.

Find Out Where to Watch This Wednesday’s International Friendlies On US TV and Internet

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National soccer teams around the world are playing matches mid-week as an opportunity to prepare for the World Cup (if they're in the final 32), reveal their new 2014 kits (for the majority of teams) and get some much-needed match practice in with their international teammates.

For viewers in the United States, that means there's a plethora of matches to watch on US television and Internet.

Nike Unveils Portugal World Cup Home Shirt For 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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Portugal have unveiled their home shirt they'll be wearing at the World Cup and in 2014.

Designed by Nike, the new Portugal home kit celebrates the Portuguese Football Federation's centenary by combining the best in performance innovation with powerful national symbols and design details, creating a unique and electrifying new look.

Greece World Cup Shirts Home And Away Unveiled For 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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Nike have unveiled the home and away kits for Greece that the team will wear at World Cup 2014.

Greece's National Team will wear its white shirt with blue trim as the home kit, while the away kit will be blue with white trim.

The design of the shirts is simple, clean and uses the Greece football federation's crest as a central focal point.

ESPN Debuts New 30-Second Ad to Promote Its Coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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Today marks 100 days until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. To coincide with the 100 days mark, ESPN has debuted a new 30-second ad to promote its coverage of the World Cup.

The 30-second ad, currently running on ESPN, highlights the tournament's rich history with Brazilian culture and its impact on the beautiful game.

Barcelona Is Atletico Madrid’s Best Chance of Winning La Liga This Season

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A "Must-win" game is a cliché that one might have used to describe this past Sunday's match between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, if one does not fully understand the gravity of that match. "Must-win" is one of those infinitely haranguing sports clichés that, while spoken in voices of lofty timbre about battles between gladiators, not athletes, is ultimately a hollow phrase; a platitude used to save lazy writers and analysts the trouble of actually thinking about what a particular match may mean for either side.

WATCH Panathinaikos Manager Gets Hit In Face By Large Drink in Athens Derby [VIDEO]

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Panathinaikos manager Yiannis Anastasiou was hit in the face by a large cup of Coke thrown by a fan during a match betweenPanathinaikos and Olympiacos this past weekend.

Presumably the projectile was thrown by a disgruntled Olympiacos fan because Panathinaikos went on to win the match 3-0.

Netherlands World Cup Home Shirt Unveiled: Modernity, Retro and Class Combined Into One: Official [PHOTOS]

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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Dutch football association, Netherlands will be wearing a retro soccer shirt this year that features a larger than normal crest than what has previously been on the Holland shirts.

Combining modernity, retro and class, the 2014 World Cup shirt for Netherlands is a beautiful piece of design, featuring the iconic orange shirts of the Dutch, with the aforementioned lion crest, a sleek v-neck collar and a typeface used for the letters and numbers on the back of the shirt that is delightfully retro.

Soccer Fans, Prevent Spoilers and Annoying Tickers With TickerBlocker

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We all love watching soccer, but many of you will agree that two of the most annoying aspects of watching the sport on television in the United States are 1) poor commentary by the play-by-play announcers, and/or 2) the tickers that run across the bottom of the screen.

But even if the soccer game features your favorite commentator, the experience can often be distracting when TV networks such as FOX Sports and ESPN run tickers across the bottom of the screen throughout the whole game.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET; Tonight’s Topics: Chicago Fire Preview & EPL Weekend Review

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TONIGHT on World Soccer Radio 9PM ET/6PM PT Danny Page takes you through a wild weekend in world football as the true contenders begin to separate themselves, specifically in England. Plus, we'll be joined by Jeff Crandall of the Chicago Fire as we continue our MLS previews ahead of the season.

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

Ukraine-USA Friendly Is Back On, According to US Soccer

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Despite initial confirmed reports that a senior Ukraine soccer executive had announced that the Ukraine-United States soccer friendly was canceled, the game between the two countries is now back on according to US Soccer.

US Soccer tweeted late Monday night that the game will go ahead as scheduled:

"The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed that their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.

Vincent Tan Offered Cardiff Players Illegal Bonus Before Spurs Game: Nightly Soccer Report

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As if Cardiff City's first and perhaps only season in the Premier League couldn't have gotten any worse, but now the league is investigating claims that club owner Vincent Tan offered his players an illegal bonus of £3.7million to avoid relegation.

The Guardiannewspaper reports that Tan met with the players before last weekend's game against Tottenham and offered the bonus, which would be split among the footballers as a reward for keeping the club in the top flight this season.

2014 MLS Eastern Conference Preview

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With the season scheduled to kick off this Saturday, World Soccer Talk brings you the 2014 MLS Eastern Conference preview.

There might be a shift in powers in the East after a few clubs made some huge offseason splashes, but one thing is for sure, Sporting Kansas City is still one of the favorites to repeat as MLS Cup Champions.

Ukraine Cancels Friendly Against United States Men’s National Soccer Team

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In a blow to the United States Men's National Team preparations for World Cup 2014, Wednesday's friendly game between Ukraine and the United States has been cancelled by Ukraine. The USMNT will now have to wait to debut the USMNT 2014 World Cup home uniform.

Ukraine cancelled their soccer friendly against the USMNT in Cyprus on Wednesday according to national football federation president Anatoliy Konkov.

David Moyes Needs to Learn From Bill Belichick and “Do Your Job”

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Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League, is a three-time Super Bowl champion and one of the winningest coaches in the history of the American sport. The overriding philosophy for Belichick and his teams has been a simple one: "Do your job."

In May 2013, at a sports symposium, Belichick described the basics behind his philosophy:

"What I've always told our team, and what I thoroughly believe in, is that every member of our team – players, coaches, support staff and so forth – is a shareholder.

MLS Reach Agreement With Chipotle Mexican Grill On MLS Homegrown Initiative

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Major League Soccer and Chipotle Mexican Grill have reached a partnership in which the restaurant will become the Official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS and 12 of its clubs.

Additionally, during the AT&T MLS All-Star Week in August, Chipotle will sponsor the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game featuring the nation's top Homegrown players from MLS Club rosters.

Premier League and NBC Enjoy Most-Watched Month Ever In US History

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NBC Sports says that February 2014 was the most-watched month ever for Premier League soccer on US television, where the networks of NBCUniversal saw a viewership increase of 76% compared to the previous best month in US history.

Certainly part of the boost was due to the Sochi Winter Games lead-in, but NBC Sports promoted its Premier League coverage heavily during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games coverage.

Italy and Puma Unveil 2014 World Cup Home and Away Shirts: Official [PHOTOS]

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Puma and Italy have officially unveiled Italy's home shirt for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The home kit will be worn by Gli Azzurri for the first time in their friendly match against Spain this week.

The design of the shirts is inspired by the heritage of the traditional Italian handcraft industry.

Win a Trip to the World Cup with Messi Fast or Fail Game [CONTEST]

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adidas today launched a brand-new game where you could be the lucky person to win a trip to the FIFA 2014 World Cup.

The new game titled Fast Or Fail, which features Leo Messi and celebrates the latest boot in his adizero F50 Messi line (debuted as he scored against Manchester City in February) becomes faster the more that people talk about Leo Messi online – giving players a better chance of winning the trip to Brazil.

Cups That Do/n’t Count (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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It was the League Cup Final weekend and the World Soccer Talk team is here to break down all the action. The pod discusses FFP and whether it is actually fair as well as whether Sol Campbell would have really been England Captain for a decade. World, let's Talk Soccer:

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Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 28

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Referees were kept busy this weekend with red cards, contentious penalty decisions and even a headbutt.

Here's what the officials called correctly and what they might regret.

The most bizarre incident of the season by far was Newcastle bossAlan Pardew's head butt on Hull midfielderDavid Meyler.

US Men’s National Team World Cup Jersey Unveiled By Nike: Official [PHOTOS]

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Be the first to wear the USMNT 2014 World Cup jersey by pre-ordering it today.

Officially unveiled today, the USA home shirt for 2014 is a beautifully designed soccer shirt that can be worn on the pitch, or off it as casual wear.

The shirt is available for pre-order from World Soccer Shop, a US-based company that is a trusted company, and will be available worldwide on March 5.

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.