EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

Buy World Cup Soccer Jerseys: Official Shirts From All Countries Playing In Brazil

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For World Cup 2014, there's nothing like cheering your country and wearing the shirt of your national team.

This summer, 32 of the world's best soccer teams will play in Brazil to try to win the ultimate prize —the World Cup trophy. Help support your team by wearing the colors —whether it's the home and/or away shirts.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Post-Match Interview After 3-1 Loss to Atletico Madrid [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is never short for words, and The Special One was particularly talkative in his post-match interview after Chelsea were knocked out of the UEFA Champions in a 3-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

And for once, in a long time, he was humble and congratulatory (sincerely) to the opposition.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Take a moment and savor yesterday's entertaining display by Real Madrid against Bayern Munich. While today's game between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will be exciting, it'll be for much different reasons as both defensively-minded clubs clash to determine who will play Los Blancos in the final in Lisbon next month.

4 Players Who Warrant Places On Their World Cup Teams

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With World Cup 2014 rapidly approaching, there have been some players who are not regulars for their national teams who have impressed this season and have set their respective leagues alight. The reason for them not being regulars for their nations vary from their age or simply due to the quality that their national teams already possess.

Enter to Win a Trip To Brazil For World Cup 2014 [CONTEST]

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Now if you're not excited for the World Cup, then you are clearly on the wrong website. For those who are, which should be everyone, you will be delighted to know that a respected bookmaker is actually hiring.

TitanBet are looking to fly someone out to Brazil and employ them in a role that is best described as the bee's knees.

How Atletico Madrid Built a World-Class Team With Spiraling Debts

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Atletico Madrid's evolution from Europa League winner to UEFA Champions League contenders under their Argentine coach Diego Simeone has earned them a valuable amount of respect.

Simeone has forged a focused and committed unit that is capable of disrupting almost any team in the world. Looking at their statistics, one can surely be very impressed from the way their results have turned out – taking four points from Real Madrid in La Liga this season and beating them in last season's Copa Del Rey final, and recently eliminating Barcelona from Champions League.

The Neutral’s Guide to the Premier League Title Race

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Three teams still have a mathematical shot at lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy on May 11th. Let's look at each of the three from a neutral perspective.

Liverpool

Why neutrals should support Liverpool

1. The most traditional club of the three with 18 top flight titles but no title since 1990.

WATCH Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg Highlights [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo set a new UEFA Champions League record tonight with 16 goals in one Champions League campaign, which beat the previous record of 14 goals scored by Leo Messi in the 2011/12 season.

It was an awe-inspiring performance by Real Madrid, who completely swept Bayern Munich away in the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.

Relegation 2014 : Which Three Teams Will Go Down?

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With Chelsea's victorious visit to Anfield and City's win at Crystal Palace, headlines in world football are rightly dominated by the final league games and their implications on the title fight. This is a thrilling conclusion to an admittedly insane season of English Premier League football; however, I wanted to focus on the implication of the weekend's games on the bottom of the table, focusing on the form, fixtures, and fortunes of teams currently fighting for their lives.

WATCH Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Analyzing Newcastle United’s Terrible Defending [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher gave an enlightening analysis of the Liverpool-Chelsea game and the mistakes that Liverpool made that played right into Chelsea's plan.

On that episode of 'Monday Night Football' on Sky Sports, Neville and Carragher also analyzed Newcastle United's defensive mistakes and what they should be doing better to stop the flurry of goals that is being scored against its team.

World Cup 2010 Head Coaches; Where Are They Now?

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For a manager, the World Cup is often one long heart attack. These men often prepare four years to lead their team into the biggest tournament in sport, and all that's guaranteed is 270 minutes of soccer and a lack of predictability that make the games so much fun to watch.

Few managers make it out of World Cups unscathed.

Will Diego Costa Ruin Chelsea’s Champions League Dreams At Stamford Bridge?

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Didier Drogba spoiled Chelsea fans. The Ivory Coast international arrived at Chelsea in July 2004 for the bargain price of £24 million and made an almost immediate impact, helping lead the club to its second-ever top-flight league title in his first campaign. Throughout his tenure with Chelsea, Drogba consistently bailed Chelsea out at the end of close matches, scoring last-gasp equalizers and putting winning goals into the back of the net seemingly out of nowhere.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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You could definitely argue that today's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid is the biggest match of the season. Current Champions League title holders Bayern Munich needs to bounce back from a 0-1 aggregate score to beat one of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid.

Guardiola, Mourinho and Ancelotti Battle to Become First to Win UEFA Champions League 3 Times

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With the UEFA Champions League back in action this week, we have four of the top managers in the world competing to advance their team to the final in Lisbon — Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho.

No manager has ever won the Champions League trophy three times.

Tottenham Approach Frank De Boer to Become Next Spurs Manager

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Ajax head coach Frank De Boer has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have approached him in regards to replacing Tim Sherwood as the manager at the White Hart Lane club.

De Boer revealed the news when asked about the Tottenham job by a Dutch broadcaster. He said:

"I'm going to listen and talk (after the season ends next week).

Liverpool-Chelsea Game On NBCSN Most-Watched Early Match in U.S. History

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Viewing figures are in for NBCSN's live broadcast of Liverpool against Chelsea, the biggest match of the 2013/14 Premier League season. The 9am ET broadcast was watched by an average of 940,000 viewers, which ranks as the most-watched early (pre 10am ET) soccer broadcast ever in the United States and the third most-watched game ever on cable (behind the 1.

Follow World Soccer Talk On Social Media For More Soccer Coverage

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You're reading this article, which means you're probably somewhat familiar with the plethora of content we provide on the World Soccer Talk website. What you may not be aware of, though, is the even broader spectrum of content we post on our various social media sites. We're heavily active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Reddit, and we post plenty of stuff you won't find here.

Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew’s Future Hanging By a Thread, But Unfortunately Mike Ashley is Holding It

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"Alan Pardew, it's six in a row" was the reminder from the 2,000 strong Toon Army on Monday night that he is very much a man under pressure.

Pardew's time at Newcastle United has divided fans opinion more than any other manager in their history.

From 5th placed finishes to relegation scraps and mid table mediocrity, Pardew has always had his critics: negative tactics, excuse after excuse, not being able to handle big players and ‘Pardewing' a number of players, amongst some of the criticisms thrown at the ex-Charlton and West Ham manager.

Gus Johnson Fails to Give FOX Sports 1′s Soccer Ratings a Boost

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With the way that FOX Sports hyped Gus Johnson, you would expect by now after one year of announcing soccer games that Gus Johnson would be generating scorching hot viewing audience numbers that would help pay for the huge salary they're giving him. But based on recent viewing figures for the UEFA Champions League, the results have been underwhelming to say the very least.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 35: Barcelona Win For Tito Vilanova

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Just two days after the death of Tito Vilanova, Barcelona staged a remarkable comeback to beat Villarreal but Atletico Madrid remain on course to become Spanish champions after a narrow win over Valencia. Atleti are four points ahead of Barca and six in front of Real Madrid, who thumped Osasuna to keep up the pressure in third spot.

Chelsea’s Bigger Budget Doesn’t Mean That Jose Mourinho’s Team Should Play With Less Pragmatism

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Jose Mourinho and Chelsea came in for another round of criticism for playing what has been dubbed "anti-football" by critics this past Sunday at Anfield. The Blues won 2-0 to keep their league title hopes alive. This came after similarly negative displays at Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

WATCH Gary Neville & Jamie Carragher Analyze Chelsea’s Tactics Against Liverpool [VIDEO]

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Monday's edition of Monday Night Football on Sky Sports featured Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville analyzing the tactics that Chelsea made during the 2-0 victory against Liverpool.

Carragher looked closer at Chelsea's timewasting and tactics of parking the bus, and the mistakes that Liverpool made that played right into Jose Mourinho's strategy of trying to prevent Liverpool from playing.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 36

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Swansea cruised to a 4-1 victory against Aston Villa, ensuring the Swans' Premier League status for another season, but the win put Villa into deep trouble with tough fixtures remaining against Tottenham and Manchester City. But should Wilfried Bony's opener have stood? The picture above shows that the Ivorian was in an offside position when Jonjo Shelvey played the ball through.

Arsenal vs Newcastle United, Premier League Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US:

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal:Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

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

Newcastle United:Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Gosling, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Sissoko; Remy

Subs:Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Obertan, Armstrong, Shola Ameobi

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

Schedule of International Friendlies to be Played In US This Summer

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More than 45 friendlies will be played in the United States this summer featuring many of the best club and national teams from around the world. National teams will be flocking to the States to begin preparations for World Cup 2014. And then after the World Cup ends on July 13, many of the best club teams will head to the States for friendly games and exhibition matches to prepare for their seasons that kick off in August.

Why UEFA 2020 Will Be the Most Exciting Summer Tournament Ever

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In December 2012, UEFA announced that the 2020 European Championship will take place in "12 or 13" different European cities in as many countries, giving smaller soccer nations the chance to bring the European festival to their doorstep without having to shoulder the financial and logistical burdens of acting as sole or co-hosts.

With Nothing to Play For, Newcastle United Have Become the Whipping Boys of the Premier League

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With the season reaching its climax and the onus falling on the fights for the title, European places and relegation, the teams sat safely mid-table seem to have been all but forgotten.

The admirable but quiet mid-table Southampton and Newcastle teams have reached their limits this season but do the finances available to these clubs hinder their progression?

Were Gonna Win The League (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Again! Things have changed and Man City find themselves in the driving seat whilst Chelsea march on: where are Chelsea marching? At least they are marching out of the ‘middle-ages' with their buses in toe. Mourinho was rightly very happy with an Anfield victory and arguably outthought Brendan in many ways on Sunday.

The Jose Mourinho, Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis Way: Pragmatism is Not Cynicism

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Soccer is all about results. It's a results oriented business, not an entertainment first oriented charity. All too often supporters and many in the media seem to forget this reality. Obsession with style and aesthetic elements of soccer has always been prevalent, but recently the proponents of the beautiful game have become maddening in their dogma and willingness to chastise anyone who does not share their principles.

AC Milan Third Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of AC Milan's third shirt for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

The leaked photos reveal that AC Milan will be wearing a pale yellow shirt as its third shirt with green trim. The color combination gives the Serie A club a definite Brazil theme to coincide with this summer's World Cup.

PFA Names Luis Suarez Player of the Year While Eden Hazard Wins Young Player of the Year Honors

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Luis Suarez has been named Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season in the annual award competition, as voted on by the members of The Professional Footballers' Association. The Liverpool striker won the top honor, while Chelsea's Eden Hazard won the Young Player of the Year award.

Last season, Gareth Bale became only the third person in the history of the awards competition to win both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Post-Match Interview After Chelsea Defeat Liverpool 2-0 [VIDEO]

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Chelsea completely blew the Premier League title race wide open today with a negative, cynical and gritty 2-0 win at Anfield, smashing Liverpool's hopes of winning the title and putting the race firmly in the hands of Manchester City — if City can win all of their remaining games.

After Willian scored the second goal in the last few minutes of the game, Mourinho jogged down the touchline toward Anfield and celebrated in front of the Chelsea fans, thumping his chest and being the center of attention, again.

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Sings ‘Born To Be Wild’ In New Soft Drink Ad [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's Luis Suárez once again made headlines in his native Uruguay, but not for what he was doing on the pitch. After reports that he will be named Player of the Year by the PFA later today, Suarez continues to put a smile on the faces of Liverpool supporters.

Suarez is now the face of the Uruguayan national team in his home country and as he is on the verge of making history in the Premier League.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Borussia Dortmund: Match Report

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There was a first-half flurry of goals in the top-of the-table battle between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. The BVB, who recently had an impressive run of games against Real Madrid and Bundesliga toppers Bayern Munich, were held to a 2-2 draw at Bay Arena against Leverkusen in a thrilling end-of-the-season contest Saturday.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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Needless to say, today's a massive day in the Premier League with three gigantic games — the first is a relegation battle between the bottom two clubs in the league, Sunderland and Cardiff, fighting to avoid relegation. Then there's Liverpool vs Chelsea where the Reds could destroy Chelsea's chances of winning the league and could gain a massive boost to move one step closer to winning the league.

Manchester United Be Prepared, Louis Van Gaal Is A Character Driven By Success

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Premier League fans, be prepared. Louis Van Gaal it's not going to be a quiet introduction to the heady world of England's top flight.

The Netherlands national team head coach has already expressed an interest in managing in the Premier League (see video below) after the World Cup. And today's report indicates that a deal has been agreed in principle with Manchester United.

World Soccer Talk’s PFA Team of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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Editor's note: The Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Season will be released this weekend, so here at World Soccer Talk, our Kartik Krishnaiyer has put together his list of the best team of this memorable 2013/14 season.

Goalkeeper

Tim Howard was a difficult selection over the likes of Petr Cech and David DeGea.

Why Liverpool Need Daniel Sturridge Against Chelsea

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Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the Liverpool first-team against Chelsea on Sunday after missing the Reds' 3-2 win at Carrow Road last week.

A slight hamstring strain meant he was unavailable to play versus Norwich City but he will make his return to the side when his old side come to visit and try and spoil their Premier League title party.

Sir Alex Ferguson Is Right When He Says Ryan Giggs Should Be Permanent Manchester United Manager

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Sir Alex Ferguson says Ryan Giggs should be offered the permanent job as manager of Manchester United, according to report inThe Guardiannewspaper.

Giggs understands the ethos of the club better than any living person save Ferguson himself, and as the most decorated player in the history of the Premier League will lead by example.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 36

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

Saturday, April 26:

Southampton vs Everton, 7:45am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & David Pleat
Fulham vs Hull, 10am, NBCSN; Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge
Stoke vs Tottenham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Garry Birtles
Swansea vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Barry Horne
West Brom vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver & Tony Gale
Manchester United vs Norwich, 12:30pm, NBC; Steve Banyard & Jim Beglin

Sunday, April 27:

Sunderland vs Cardiff, 7am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Efan Ekoku
Liverpool vs Chelsea, 9:05am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon (world feed is Peter Drury & Jim Beglin)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City, 11:10am, NBCSN; Steve Bower & Tim Howard (world feed is Jon Champion & Clive Allen)

Monday, April 28:

Arsenal vs Newcastle, 3pm, NBCSN; TBD & TBD

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

Why the Trend Towards Younger Managers is a Positive Sign For Ryan Giggs at Manchester United

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With David Moyes finally getting the chop at Manchester United, the search for Sir Alex Ferguson's successor goes back to square one. Since taking over from Ferguson last summer, Moyes has never looked entirely comfortable at the helm and his sacking almost feels like an act of mercy. He always seemed to be a temporary manager mistakenly given a permanent position.

Seeing the New York Red Bulls Through A Fresh Pair Of Eyes

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On Wednesday night I went to the New York Red Bulls game with a friend who was seeing the Red Bull Arena for the first time. He is German, which both is and isn't a statement that is important to the story. It is, because he follows his hometown team and tries to cram in as many matches when he goes back to his family's home there as well as games of his Bundesliga division favorite, Borussia Dortmund.

The Writing Was On The Wall For David Moyes’ Managerial Career at Manchester United

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Anyone remember a player by the name of Teeratep Winothai? Yes? No? David Moyes may not recall him but Winothai scored the winner for the Singha All Star XI as Manchester United succumbed 1-0 in the Scot's first game in charge of the Red Devils.

Though the result seemed harmless enough, it was nonetheless an inauspicious start to David Moyes' tenure as Manchester United manager.

Manchester United Refuse to Deny Report that Louis Van Gaal Is Club’s Next Manager

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Manchester United have refused to deny reports that Louis Van Gaal will be the club's next manager.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the Glazers and Ed Woodward initially met with Van Gaal two weeks ago during a secret meeting, and that representatives from Manchester United met with this week at Van Gaal's villa in Portugal.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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There are several intriguing matches in store today with results that will have big consequences on the race for European qualification as well as which teams are heading for relegation.

Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US:

Southampton vs Everton, 7:45am, NBCSN
Fulham vs Hull, 10am, NBCSN
Stoke vs Tottenham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs Aston Villa, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs West Ham, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Manchester United vs Norwich, 12:30pm, NBC

Starting line-ups:

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, S.

World Soccer Talk Launches Forums For Hardcore Soccer Fans

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Beginning today, you can now access the World Soccer Talk Forums, a new feature to the website where you can start and participate in conversations with fellow soccer fans around the world.

The first question that probably comes to your mind is why do we need forums when we have the comments section under each article?

Former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova Dies Aged 45

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Former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova has died, aged 45.

The tragic news was announced by Barcelona football club today after the coach succumbed to throat cancer. In 2012, the club announced that Vilanova was suffering from throat cancer for the second time in his life. He was first diagnosed a year earlier with the condition.

WATCH Ryan Giggs’ First Press Conference as Manchester United Manager [VIDEO]

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Ryan Giggs attended his first pre-match press conference today as a Manchester United manager. The interim boss spoke to the press in advance of his club's game against Norwich City. Giggs was in a jovial mood and answered the questions in a forthright manner.

Watch the video of the press conference below:

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Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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In my household, Sunday's have always been synonymous with soccer. For me, the ideal weekend would be to watch my team win on the Saturday before settling in for a full day of soccer on the Sunday. That includes highlights from the games the day before early in the morning, previews for the games ahead that day and then the matches themselves.

Is Nike’s New World Cup Commercial The Best Soccer Ad Ever? [VIDEO]

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Nike has released a brand-new World Cup commercial that features an incredible number of world superstars including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar and many others.

In this game of winner stays, every touch of the ball proves that football will always belong to those who Risk Everything, even when it matters the most.

Nike Unveils New Images of World Cup Shirts: Soccer Eye-Candy [PHOTOS]

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Nike has released several new images of the national team shirts for World Cup 2014 that are beautifully photographed and look like they belong in an art gallery more than a soccer shop.

The photography, some of it verging on modern art, features the national team shirts for Brazil, Netherlands, England, Portugal and France.

WATCH Kobe Bryant In New World Cup TV Commercial, Wearing a USMNT Jersey [VIDEO]

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NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant stars in a brand-new World Cup TV commercial, and proudly wears the USMNT World Cup jersey.

The video takes Bryant back to his days growing up in Italy learning the game of soccer, and how those skills translate to his success on the basketball court. It's the first of three videos from Panini to promote its World Cup 2014 sticker collection that's now available in stores nationwide.

Ask Your Questions to Kartik Krishnaiyer Via Twitter Beginning at 6pm ET

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World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer will be answering questions via Twitter today beginning at 6pm ET.

Kartik will be taking over the @worldsoccertalk Twitter account. You can tweet your questions about Manchester City, Liverpool, David Moyes, NASL, USMNT, his Blue With Envy book, the Premier League or any other soccer-related topic to @worldsoccertalk.

So This Is What Jose Mourinho’s ‘Weakened’ Chelsea Team Will Look Like Against Liverpool [PHOTO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has toyed with the idea of fielding a weakened team against Liverpool in the biggest Premier League match of the season. If Liverpool wins the match at Anfield on Sunday and Manchester City drop points against Crystal Palace that same day, the Reds can clinch its first-ever Premier League title on May 5 against Crystal Palace.

What a Difference One Year Makes In Coverage of the Premier League On US TV

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This is by no means scientific, but it's a few true anecdotes that have happened to me in the past several weeks that point to the rapid growth in interest of the Premier League in the United States.

For the past 12 months, I've been taking my daughter to soccer practices and games for her travel team.

Chelsea Midfielder Ramires to Serve 4-Game Ban After Accepting FA Charge of Violent Conduct

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires will serve a four-game ban after accepting The FA's charge of violent conduct as a result of elbowing Seb Larsson of Sunderland last weekend.

The incident wasn't seen by match officials, but was caught on video. A panel unanimously agreed that the elbow was violent conduct, and Ramires today accepted the charge.

The Madness of Last Minute Rescheduling of Premier League Games

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The Premier League claims that fans are the lifeblood of the game and it would be nothing without them. However, some of their actions make you wonder if they really mean that. Mega TV deals mean the Premier League has prioritized the broadcasters at the expense of fans. Despite the influx of enormous amounts of money, already sky-high ticket prices continue to rise, making it more cost-prohibitive to attend a match.

Will the 2014 World Cup Be a Hit and Should We Care?

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We're officially in striking distance of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A decent enough hamstring strain has the potential to linger into the opening group stage games at this point. One of the traditions around World Cup years in the United States is the media asking whether or not this cycle is going to be the time where it all clicks and propels the sport onto the major national scene.

Interview With Charlie Stillitano About the 2014 International Champions Cup

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Today we feature an exclusive interview with Charlie Stillitano to discuss the 2014 International Champions Cup tournament as well as some of the high-profile friendlies involving national teams that will be playing in the States this summer.

The eight teams participating in the tournament this summer across the United States are:

• Liverpool
• Real Madrid
• Roma
• Manchester United
• Manchester City
• Inter Milan
• AC Milan, and
• Olympiacos.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Semi-Finals

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The semi-final stages of the UEFA Champions League are typically tight, tense affairs. Especially the first-leg of the ties, where neither team wants to give an inch; after coming so far, it's understandable that the modus operandi for managers at this stage is "must not lose" opposed to "must win.

5 Things We’ve Learned From the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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As the English Premier League season comes to an end, everyone likes to reminisce about highlights, wonder goals, top performers and less skillful moments. Here are five takeaways from what is widely being touted as the best ever season in the modern Premier League era.

1. Give a New Manager Time To Work

Two words: Tony Pulis.

Marcelo Bielsa Rejects Offer to Coach Paraguay National Team

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Marcelo Bielsa has rejected an offer to coach the Paraguay national team as revealed by Paraguay Football Association (APF) vice-president Alejandro Dominguez.

Following the sacking of Gerardo Pelusso last year, La Albirroja have been looking for a new permanent coach with Victor Genes having been placed in temporary charge for the final stages of the dismal 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.

WATCH Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Match Highlights, UCL Semi-Final 1st Leg [VIDEO]

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In the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, a solitary strike from Karim Benzema was enough to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.

The French striker poked home Fabio Coentrao's cross in the first half for the only goal of the game to inflict only a second defeat in the competition for Pep Guardiola's side.

Vancouver Whitecaps Striker Darren Mattocks Focused On Achieving Success in MLS

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Think Darren Mattocks and the term ‘outspoken' will often be found in his midst. A confident player, who sometimes falls into the realm of cocky, his explosion onto Major League Soccer started as soon as he was overlooked by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS Superdraft.

"They didn't choose me No.

Seattle Sounders Monthly Recap

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Going into this season, most analysts and supporters knew it was going to take time to attain team cohesion. This was the first time in their six seasons that the Sounders roster had to be overhauled. Gone were club originals Steve Zakuani and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, along with fan favorite Mauro Rosales.

Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Other European Teams That Capitalized on Recent Transfer Windows

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For a team to improve over the course of a few transfer windows, they often must bring in key players who greatly improve the team while also letting the right players leave in order to make way for upgrades. Tottenham is a key example of a team that didn't handle the transfer window well.

Here's a look at the teams that capitalized on the most recent transfer windows in order to improve.

Liverpool Unveil New Designs for Anfield Expansion [PHOTOS]

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Liverpool Football Club have released new designs for the planned expansion of Anfield.

The regeneration of Anfield will see £260million invested into the local community as well as creating hundreds of jobs. The club will submit the new plans to the Liverpool City Council this summer. And if approved, construction will start next year and would be completed in time for the 2016-17 season.

Jose Mourinho, Ramires and Rui Faria Charged By The FA

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The FA have charged Jose Mourinho, Ramires and Rui Faria as a result of what happened during the Premier League match last Saturday where Sunderland defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been charged for violent conduct following an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's tense defensive match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, today's UEFA Champions League encounter promises to be far more entertaining with Real Madrid facing up against Bayern Munich.

For viewers in the United States, Gus Johnson will be the announcer alongside co-commentator Eric Wynalda.

Adnan Januzaj Selects Belgium As His National Team

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to select Belgium as the national team he would like to play for.

Januzaj was eligible to select from a number of different countries to play his national team football including England, Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Turkey. But the Belgium football federation have today announced that Januzaj has chosen Belgium.

Manchester United Got The Wrong Man: How Moyes’ Failure Puts Roberto Martinez’s Everton Season Into Perspective

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In soccer, taking the reignsat a clubafter thedeparture ofan enormously significant figureis always a perilously difficult task.

For managers, the man who follows "the man"is often handed a poisoned chalice; unable to live up to the magnitude of his predecessor and incapable of galvanizing the team in a comparable manner.

In Defense of Jose Mourinho For Chelsea’s Tactics Against Atletico Madrid

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Boring, boring Chelsea! What lowly scoundrels of asinine, archaic, and acerbic anti-football. How dare they let down the neutral fan with these putridly pedestrian performances! Don't they know? Soccer is all about entertainment; bringing bread and circuses to the hungry masses, not serving self-interest and chasing silverware.

Real Madrid Only Team Possible Of Stopping Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League

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Bayern Munich is widely recognized as the most dominant team in European soccer but Real Madrid is the team with their best chance of stopping Bayern Munich from winning back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.

When Pep Guardiola took charge at Bayern Munich, there wasn't much he could do to make Bayern more intimidating than they already were.

The Story Behind David Moyes’ Departure From Manchester United

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A grim reaper haunted David Moyes from the stands directly beside the dugout as the Scot returned to Goodison Park to watch his old side Everton host Manchester United on Sunday. A day later, a leak from Old Trafford spread across all media outlets suggesting that Moyes had lost his job. Two days later, Manchester United FC officially confirmed the news.

US Soccer Announces Lottery System for Tickets to Match Against Turkey

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U.S. Soccer announced yesterday that tickets for the highly anticipated match versus Turkey on June 1 at Red Bull Arena will be distributed to the general public thorough a lottery system.

Unlike the match versus Nigeria in Jacksonville, in which fans can purchase their tickets on ussoccer.

MLS Going Against Its Own Principles In Rush to Launch NYCFC

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At Monday's press conference,New York City FC (NYCFC), who will begin playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015, announced they will be housed at Yankee Stadium for three years. This comes less than a year after what seemed like a rushed announcement giving Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees the franchise rights for the second New York team in MLS.

Bayern Munich Head Coach Pep Guardiola is A Genius Driven to Perfection

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Currently, Pep Guardiola is one of greatest managers on the planet, if not the greatest. He dominated world soccer, taking Barcelona to new heights and possibly turning them into one of the most dominant and greatest teams the world has ever seen. Now, he has left Barcelona and looks to carry on his dominance with Bayern Munich.

Reclaiming Its Identity Is The Key to Manchester United’s Future Success

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I was eleven years old when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. At the time, I was not aware of treble implications, David Beckham's unanticipated introduction into the starting eleven, or even Sir Alex's construction of a football dynasty. The only thing I understood was that the team in red never gave up, never surrendered, and never lost faith.

It’s Time For Change At Arsenal This Summer

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As the Gunners scrape toward another fourth place finish in the Premier League, both fans and the media are embroiled in the annual debates about the future of Arsenal. The failings of seasons past now have a familiar rhythm to them, though the scale and manner of multiple humbling defeats at the hands of title rivals has ratcheted tensions inside the Emirates to almost unbearable levels.

My Experience At The Coupe De France Final

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"This Coupe de la Ligue was very important; we owed it to ourselves to shine in one of the domestic cups."

The comments of Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc after their 2-1 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the cup final. I was at the game to witness the final and the state in which French football is currently standing, unfortunately it's not a state worth boasting.

Could the Case of Dexter Blackstock Be the Final Blow for Tackling in the Beautiful Game?

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Football has no doubt drastically changed in the last fifteen years. The influx of foreign players, greater financial investment, sports science and the styles of play have all added to the global appeal of the English Premier League; making it the most watched and most admired football league in the world.

Paul Scholes Returns to Manchester United as Interim Coach

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Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has brought Paul Scholes back to Old Trafford as an interim coach to help train the first team.

With the return of Scholes to Manchester United, he joins Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt at Manchester United's training complex.

Following the departures of David Moyes, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden, the trio of Scholes, Neville and Butt were alongside Giggs for this morning's training session.

David Moyes Releases Statement While LMA Criticizes Handling of Sacking

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David Moyes has released a statement over his sacking as manager of Manchester United. It reads:

"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking it on.

Jose Mourinho Threatens to Rest Key Players For Match Against Liverpool: Nightly Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has threatened to rest key players for his club's game against Liverpool at Anfield this Sunday. If Mourinho follows through on his promise, his actions will undoubtedly anger Manchester City supporters as they may feel that Chelsea will wreck City's best chance to win the league if Chelsea can defeat Liverpool this weekend.

Top 5: David Moyes’ Worst Matches as Manchester United Manager

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So it ends. David Moyes' 10-month reign as Manchester United manager came to an abrupt, rather unexpected conclusion this morning, with the Scot finally relieved of his duties after an exasperating 51-game stint in the toughest club job on the planet.

The Scot was deemed 'the Chosen One' by exiting legend Sir Alex Ferguson back in May, but following what has become United's worst ever season in the top flight, fans are now insisting that Sir Alex got his last and most important decision at the club very wrong.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Two of the most defensive teams in Europe clash today in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. This one could be a very tense affair indeed.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

All times Eastern

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Atletico Madrid:Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Mario, Gabi; Koke, Raul Garcia, Diego; Costa

Subs:Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Tiago, Sosa, Arda Turan, Cristian Rodriguez, David Villa.

Watch ‘Maradona’ and ‘The Opposition’ On ESPN At 7pm ET Tonight; Review of New 30 For 30 Films

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Last week's Hillsborough documentary was the first of eight films that ESPN will show over the next few months as part of its ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series. Films two and three will air tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with the debut ofMaradona '86andThe Opposition.

WhileHillsboroughwas a feature-length film,Maradona '86andThe Oppositionare closer to the lengths of films that many viewers are accustomed to watching in the 30 For 30 Series by ESPN.

Panini Stickers for 2014 FIFA World Cup Now Available In Stores Nationwide

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The quadrennial soccer ritual of collecting World Cup stickers is back. And Panini's collection of FIFA World Cup 2014 stickers are now available in stores throughout the United States and around the world.

The passion for collecting and trading soccer stickers in the US, in particular, continues to grow.

Atletico Madrid’s 4 World-Class Strikers Of The Last Decade

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While so much attention has been placed on Barcelona's academy system, one of the most overlooked stories of the past decade has been the incredible line of world-class strikers that have come through the Atletico Madrid system. Not all of them started their careers at the Spanish club, but the Spanish club has definitely made a difference in their careers, giving them the encouragement and experience necessary to take the next step up.

With a Side Made Up Mostly of British Players, Burnley Now Faces Its Next Big Challenge

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While a British manager was about to be sacked down the road at Manchester United, Burnley achieved a remarkable feat at Turf Moor on Monday – achieving promotion to the Premier League with a squad made up almost entirely of players from the British Isles.

Manager Sean Dyche was given a raw deal at Watford – sacked by the club's new Italian owners in the summer of 2012 despite overachieving with an underfunded club.

Write for World Soccer Talk: Seeking Writers Who Are Passionate About Soccer

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World Soccer Talk is currently seeking new writers to cover the Beautiful Game.

With the World Cup just around the corner and the European seasons coming to a close, the timing is perfect to begin writing for World Soccer Talk, to share your passion, opinions and analysis about the world's most popular sport.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 34: Barca Win But Atleti March On

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Atletico Madrid defeated Elche to take a four-point lead over Barcelona, who ended their losing streak with a win over Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid trail their city neighbours by six points, but have a game in hand as their match with Valladolid was postponed ahead of their Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich this Wednesday.

Premier League Power Rankings : Game Week 35

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"Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes

Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown."

As soccer continues it's "invasion" of American shores, I find it fit to pay tribute to the original British Invasion of the 1960s. Just like the Barclays Premier League, the Rolling Stones are synonymous with English culture.

David Moyes Sacked as Manager of Manchester United

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Manchester United have officially announced that David Moyes has been sacked as manager.

In a very brief statement by the club, Manchester United announced:

"Manchester United(NYSE:MANU) has announced thatDavid Moyeshas left the Club.

"The Club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.

5 Leading Contenders to Replace David Moyes as Manager of Manchester United

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The best-kept secret in English football is out. David Moyes has been sacked and will no longer be forced to prowl the Old Trafford touchline, scowling and wincing in equal measure, as Manchester United's season goes down the proverbial drain.

As with Sir Alex this time twelve months ago, soccer moves on relentlessly.

5 Highlights of David Moyes’ Tenure As Manchester United Manager

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While most of the media coverage today will be on all of the mistakes that Manchester United and Moyes have made in the past 12 months now that Moyes' reign has come to an end, let's take a look at five of the highlights of his short career in charge of the Red Devils:

5. Manchester United vs Wigan (Community Shield) – August 11, 2013

Had it been any other trophy, it surely would be #1 on the list.

Sporting Kansas City 4-0 Montreal Impact [PHOTOS]

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In front of a crowd of more than 20,000, Sporting Kansas City beat Montreal 4-0 on Saturday night with goals by Dominic Dwyer (2), Aurelien Colin and an own goal by Calum Mallace.

Here are the photos from World Soccer Talk photographerMark Shaiken:

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New York City FC Share Details About Converting Yankee Stadium From Baseball to Soccer

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Yankee Stadium. Kids playing sandlot games, stick ball and little league step up to home plate and imagine belting one out of this park. Next year, kids playing soccer will be able to imagine scoring goals in this same place. It's no secret that NYCFC, New York City's newest MLS team, will begin playing here for the 2015 season.

Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion, Premier League Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Time is running out for both Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion to finish their seasons in the best possible manner — with City needing a victory to keep themselves in the title race, while West Brom need a win to lift themselves away from the relegation mire. This one has the opportunity to come alive very quickly especially if there's an early goal.

Connor Wickham Leading Sunderland’s Fight to Try to Keep Club in Premier League

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Four years ago, Connor Wickham won the Golden Ball as the best player in the 2010 UEFA U-17 Championship. The striker followed that up with an outstanding year at Ipswich Town, and earned himself a £7.4million transfer to Premier League side Sunderland at the ripe age of 18.

Seemingly, Wickham had the world at his feet and would be the next great English striker.

WATCH Compilation of David Moyes’s Post-Match Press Conferences; A Season Of Despair [VIDEO]

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There's a worrying pattern in David Moyes' post-match press conferences that can be clearly seen in the compilation video below. It's no wonder that the number of Manchester United supporters backing Moyes continues to dwindle, while the rumors of Moyes' pending departure are rife in the media today.

Burnley Promoted to Premier League; Watch the Pitch Invasion [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Burnley Football Club for its promotion to the Premier League.

Burnley were one of the favorites to be relegated this season, but manager Sean Dyche has worked miracles at the club to get the most out of his players. With Burnley's 2-0 victory against Wigan Athletic today, the Clarets have guaranteed they'll be playing in the Premier League next season.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea Team Are On Precipice of Achieving Greater Success

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I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Jose Mourinho's post-match despair following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland was not born out of the fact the result had just about handed the ascendency in the title race to Liverpool but rather the fact that Jose Mourinho's outstanding record of seventy seven Premier League matches unbeaten at Stamford Bridge spanning across two spells at the club had been broken without the Chelsea team truly being his own.

David Moyes Could Be Sacked Soon While Ryan Giggs Would Take Temporary Charge

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David Moyes will be sacked soon after losing the support of the Glazer family, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph newspaper today.

Reporter Mark Ogden, who typically has good sources at Old Traffod, says that senior executives and the Glazer family have lost faith in Moyes, and that yesterday's 2-0 loss against Everton could be the final straw.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 35

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Referee Mike Dean was kept very busy at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with two key incidents changing the course of the game. The first was an obvious elbow from Ramireson Sebastien Larsson(see photo above). Dean was perfectly placed, but didn't spot the clash as he had given advantage to Chelsea.

Nor-were-we (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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That isn't it though is it? Chelsea still have to visit Liverpool and Liverpool still have to visit Palace and City still have all of those games in hand. But at least something is sure for Brendan's men: Champions League football next season. As Stevie says: "We go again" on the world soccer talk podcast.

The ‘United Way’ Will Endure, That Means Changes Will Be Made In Manchester

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The identity of a football club is something many fans and historians hold close to their hearts.

The best example of this would be at Barcelona where they believe they are "Més que un club" (More than a club). A bond between the club and the Catalan people was fortified during the Spanish civil war and in later years a style of play was introduced which became symbolic of the ‘Barcelona Way'.

Ghana Likely to Play Friendly Against South Korea In Miami This June

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Ghana is on the verge of officially announcing that its World Cup team will play a friendly against South Korea in Miami prior to heading to Brazil for the tournament. If finalized, it means that Ghana and South Korea will join the list of England, Ecuador and Honduras who will play warm-up matches in Miami this June.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Happy Easter to all of the readers of World Soccer Talk. We've got a schedule of three promising Premier League matches coming to you today, kicking off with the battle at Carrow Road between relegation-threatened Norwich and title-contenders Liverpool.

Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US:

Norwich vs Liverpool, 7am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Efan Ekoku
Hull vs Arsenal, 9am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Paul Walsh
Everton vs Manchester United, 11:10am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Jim Beglin

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

Paris Saint-Germain Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season [PHOTO]

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Winners of the 2013/14 French League Cup, Paris Saint-Germain will be wearing its familiar red, white and blue shirt next season, but the new design is one of their best ones yet.

Nike have produced a brilliant blue shirt that's balanced perfectly with the red and white stripes running down the center of the shirt.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Bitter and Sarcastic Post-Match Press Conference After Loss to Sunderland [VIDEO]

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Chelsea suffered a major blow to the team's chances of winning the Premier League today after they lost 2-1 to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The loss for Jose Mourinho was his first defeat in the Premier League in a game played at Stamford Bridge since 2004, snapping a 77-match unbeaten league record.

Iconic Photos of Soccer Stars Reimagined As Vinyl Album Covers [PHOTOS]

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To mark Record Store Day, here are 22 iconic photographs of world soccer stars re-imagined as covers of vinyl albums.

The beautiful designs are created byJames Campbell Taylor. Voila!

H/T Diario do Centro do Mundo.

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Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution, Live at 4pm ET on NBCSN: Open Thread

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Chicago Fire (0-1-5) vs New England Revolution (2-3-1)
Toyota Park
April 19, 2013
4 p.m (NBCSN)

Probable Lineup:

The Chicago Fire come into this game still looking for their first "W" of the season. The Fire reached a draw for a fifth consecutive match, playing to a 1-1 result with the Montréal Impact last Saturday.

David Moyes Planning A “Shock And Awe” Campaign For The Start Of The Transfer Window

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For those who are unaware, "Shock and Awe" is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an enemy's perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight.

>A high profile example of this tactic took place in March 2003 when the United States and its allied forces launched a massive aerial assault against Iraq following its government's continuous breach of U.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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With most teams only having four games left in the Premier League season, the fight to avoid relegation continues today with all six games featuring one team trying to stay up this season.

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

Tottenham vs Fulham, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Chris Waddle
Cardiff vs Stoke, 10am, NBCSN; Tony Jones & Garry Birtles
Newcastle vs Swansea, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker & Davie Provan
Aston Villa vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Jon Speight & Barry Horne
West Ham United vs Crystal Palace, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Chelsea vs Sunderland, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Jim Beglin

Starting line-ups:

Tottenham:Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Fryers, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane.

Tim Sherwood, Massimiliano Allegri, and the Security of a Di Matteo Tenure

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Having taken over the helm at White Hart Lane following the amputation of the arguably malignant Andre Villas-Boas in December last year, the former England midfielder signed an 18 month deal to be Tottenham boss until 2015, but as it has transpired, the contract he signed brought with it as much security as a small wooden hut built on the side of a volcano.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Home advantage counts for a lot. When preparing this feature, great sides traveling to tough venues is always one of the things I look for; it typically makes for an excellent contest. Games where the fans will galvanize their team, makes things difficult for the opposition and provide a brilliant leveler.

PES Manager Will Be Available Soon For iOS and Android Devices

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Konami announced PES Manager today as a free title for Android and iOS devices. Before anyone gets too excited, this title is not meant to compete with Sega's Football Manager Handheld. Instead, this game is meant to take on EA Sports' Ultimate Teams game.

This means you will be able to set tactics, train players, and even auto assign if you don't want to do all of the work.

Tony Pulis Has Built a Solid Foundation at Crystal Palace To Build Upon

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Tony Pulis' consultation with Sir Alex Ferguson about taking the Crystal Palace manager job reveals how difficult of a proposition it appeared to be at the time. But with 36 points in 23 matches since Pulis was named Eagles boss, the payoff has been enormous both in the continued growth of the Welshman's reputation in soccer circles as well as for the club who have maintained top-flight status for the first time in the Premier League era.

Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin

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As MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation try to create a modern soccer history, complete with its heroes, stories, and even villains, they often set aside our nation's soccer past to complete their narrative. We often forget that the United States had an incredible soccer history before 1994. Before the Seattle Sounders won three straight U.

Limited Edition ‘World Cup Marauders’ T-Shirts Now Available

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Getting your favorite player's face tattooed on your chest is a big commitment. As much as you love Andrea Pirlo, you can be forgiven for not wanting to permanently ink his mug on your body. Plus, the ink required for that beard is going to really shoot the cost up.

Luckily, I've found a solution: The "World Cup Marauders" t-shirt by Kassiano Nossa.

Tottenham to Appoint Massimiliano Allegri As Manager In July, Says Report

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Tottenham Hotspur will appoint former AC Milan managerMassimiliano Allegri as head coach in July, according to a front cover story in Italian newspaperCorriere dello Sport today.

According to the newspaper, Allegri has agreed financial terms with Tottenham. The Italian has been in London to begin familiarizing himself with the English language, and will officially become boss on July 1st.

Aston Villa Ownership Will Change Hands If Club Stays Up, Says Report: Daily Soccer Report

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Aston Villa are set for a £200million takeover by two American billionaires if the club stays up this season. Villa are currently two wins away from reaching the safety mark of 40 points in this Premier League season.

The Daily Telegraphnewspaper reports that an American consortium wants to buy the club but they'll pull out of the deal if Villa get relegated to the Championship.

Nominees Announced For 2014 PFA Player of the Year Award

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The nominees have been announced for the PFA Player of the Year award. Out of the six nominees for PFA Player of the Year, three of them are Liverpool footballers (Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez). The Anfield club also got the most number of players nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year with two footballers named (Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge).

Barcelona Home and Away Shirts For 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Images of Barcelona's home and away shirts for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

Barcelona's home shirt for next season is a combination of a retro and modern design. The retro feel is a result of the thicker vertical stripes and rounded collar, while the modern look is due to the unique collar design that incorporates the colors of the Catalan flag.

WATCH Brazil vs. Italy, 1982 World Cup Second Round; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered their way through the first group stage and into the second round of the tournament.

Predicting The Roster For USMNT’s Pre-World Cup Friendlies

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The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies.

Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to who will fill these spots. So, here's my attempt at trying to predict the 30, knowing everything we know after the Ukraine and Mexico friendlies.

Why Last Summer’s Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez Transfer Sagas Are Not Comparable

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As Liverpool edge towards an improbable league title and Tottenham fade away, many have taken the opportunity to compare the differing fortunes of the two clubs. Both teams started the season having finished outside the top four and were looking to break through this season. Both (initially) had young managers with much to prove.

As Bad As It Is, FOX Sports’ Soccer Coverage Is Here To Stay

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Here's a statement that may send shockwaves throughout the United States soccer-loving community: FOX is not good at covering soccer.

Although FOX has played a major role in the growth of soccer in the States for many years, their coverage has been problematic. Piers Morgan and Michael Strahan trying to explain the difference between football and fútbol before the 2011 Champions League Final, and throwing poor Gus Johnson into the proverbial fire, are prime examples of the misses on FOX's tote-board.

Superclasico of the Americas Between Argentina and Brazil is Heading to China

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CONMEBOL announced today that The Clásico de las Américas will be renewed starting this year and will take on a more international spin this coming year. The tournament was cancelled last year due to scheduling inconveniences, but now there will be some major changes to offer a greater appeal to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer.

Premier League Manager Of The Year Candidates: Evaluating Rodgers, Martinez & Pulis

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The Premier League season is coming to an end and the race for first place is still up in the air.

Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have surprised many (if not all) by defying preseason odds and rocketing to the league's summit. Chelsea and Manchester City will still have a say as to who will be crowned champions in May.

RBNY Escapes With First Win Of MLS Season In Unimpressive Circumstances

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Last night, the New York Red Bulls sought out their first win of the season. They got it in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on a cold night in a thinly attended match.

As my son and I drove home from the game, he said something that is only half true. "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

Does Tony Pulis Hold the Key to the Premier League Title Race?

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Let's imagine, just for a minute, that Chelsea come away with a draw from Anfield on April 27. It's certainly plausible considering the Blues' league-high defensive record, and the irrepressible Jose Mourinho's knack of getting his tactics in the big games spot on.

Surely then, if the 'title decider' ends in a stalemate, Liverpool will coast to a first Premier League title since 1990, with Manchester City unable to affect proceedings directly following their crippling 3-2 defeat last weekend and the 2-2 draw against Sunderland last night?

Cardiff Say Defeat Against Crystal Palace Should Not Stand; Send Formal Complaint to Premier League

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Cardiff City have sent a 5-page formal complaint to the Premier League to argue that the club's 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace should not stand because the Cardiff team line-up was leaked to Palace manager Tony Pulis before kick-off, according to BBC Sport.

The text message allegedly read: "Straight from Gunnarsson their line up is 4-4-2 Marshall, KTC, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Daehli, Medel, Mutch, Zaha, Campbell, Jones".

Football’s Coming To Its Second Home: An England Fan’s Guide

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It'll seem a little odd the dulcet tones of Vindaloo being belted out amidst the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran chanted to an orchestra of drums, violas, and the iconic Apito de Samba. But England fans have already snapped up their 51,000 ticket allocation for the summer, and what is guaranteed is that Brazil 2014 is going to be a bit of a cracker.

Manchester United Formation Dilemma – Where to Play Juan Mata When RVP Returns

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It's fair to say that David Moyes' reign at Manchester United has not gone quite as he would have liked. It has been a long season filled with disappointments and very little to cheer about.

Having the best away record in the Premier League,performances in the Champions League had featured some positives.

Diego Costa Will Be Chelsea’s Catalyst And Premier League Box Office

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The worst kept secret this season has been Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's pursuit of Atletico Madrid's star striker Diego Costa. Reports have linked the Brazilian-born forward to the London clubsince before the January transfer window.

The main reason Costa hasn't moved sooner is because his loss would have been catastrophic to Atletico Madrid's current season.

WATCH Gareth Bale’s Amazing Goal For Real Madrid Against Barcelona [GIF]

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Gareth Bale scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey final today in Spain, to give Real Madrid the 2-1 win. And in typical Bale fashion, this was a goal from the gods. It reminded me of his goal he scored for Wales in a recent friendly against Iceland (watch the YouTube video below).

First, here's his goal that completely ripped Barcelona to shreds:

And here's the similar one he scored for Wales in March 2014:

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Five-star Bayern Munich On Course for Another Treble After DFB-Pokal Win [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich booked their place in the final of the DFB-Pokal by crushing Kaiserlautern in a 5-1 victory. Pep Guardiola's men remained on track to emulate their achievements of last season, after a difficult time suffering a couple of losses recently.

After securing the Bundesliga title in March, Bayern Munich played five games but won only on one occasion, against Manchester United in their Champions League quarter finalssecond-leg.

WATCH Real Madrid Win Copa Del Rey Final Against Barcelona: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Man of the match Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal to earn Real Madrid their 19th Copa del Rey title against Barcelona on Wednesday. After Marc Bartra cancelled out Angel Di Maria's opener, Bale stormed out of the left-wing, running half the length of the pitch before poking the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 85thminute.

Clint Dempsey Finding His Form At Just the Right Time For Seattle and USMNT

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There was no celebration, no puff of the chest and no over exuberance from Clint Dempsey. The American forward had scored a goal and, much like Mario Balotelli, seemed to view it as no more impressive than a USPS employee delivering the mail.

A devilish free kick that kissed the underside of the bar this past weekend against FC Dallas — this was the Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders fans expected when he was unveiled at Century Link Field in July last year.

Mike Ashley, Not Alan Pardew is to Blame For The Woes at Newcastle United

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In recent days, the fan movement in Newcastle against manager Alan Pardew has grown to a fever pitch. The obvious and galling lack of ambition of the club is down more to the ownership than any management situation.

The club is the biggest in England that hasn't won anything in most of our lifetimes.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Man City vs Sunderland & Everton vs Crystal Palace: Open Thread

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It's another chock-a-block day of world soccer today with three big games in Europe featuring el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona to decide who will win the 2014 Copa del Rey trophy.

Plus there are two matches in the Premier League where we have battles at the top and bottom of the league.

Olivier Giroud Continues to Show His Worth to Arsenal But Does He Get the Credit He Deserves?

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The curious case of Olivier Giroud is one which has intrigued followers of English football both on the inside and outside of Arsenal Football Club for the past two seasons. The Frenchman has scored twenty goals in all competitions this season and is the club's leading goalscorer. However there is still great doubt as to whether or not he should be leading the line for the Gunners as we approach his third season with the club.

NBC Sports Announces TV Coverage Plans for Premier League Season Finale

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NBC Sports has announced its TV coverage plans for the final day of the 2013/14 Premier League season, which will occur on Sunday, May 11 when all twenty teams play in the same time window — 10am-Noon ET.

The 10 Premier League matches will be shown on the following NBC Universal networks:

NBC
NBCSN
USA
CNBC
MSNBC
Bravo
SyFy
Esquire Network
E!

Where to Find Real Madrid-Barcelona Copa del Rey Final On US TV & Internet

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of today's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. The game, which will be televised live in the United States on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 3pm ET, should be yet another intense encounter between the two Spanish giants.

With Ronaldo not being available due to injury, there have been a lot of questions arising about what tactics Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will use in the game.

MLS Stadium Plans Not Going According to Plan In New York and Miami

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On Monday, the New York Times broke the news that Major League Soccer's newest MLS franchise, New York City FC (NYCFC) — which is slated to begin play in 2015, will be playing its first three seasons in a baseball stadium.

NYCFC is set to publicly announce that the expansion franchise will play from 2015 through at least 2018 at Yankees Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt For 2014-15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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

Designed by Under Armour, the Spurs home shirt for next season is a beautifully designed jersey with the famous white colors of Tottenham Hotspur combined with a unique navy collar and horizontal strip of navy blue across the top of the chest.

Manchester United Confident of Securing Southampton Left-Back Luke Shaw for £30m: Daily Soccer Report

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Manchester United are confident of signing Southampton left back Luke Shaw, according to press reports in the UK. United are understood to be ready to secure a £30million deal for the highly-rated defender, but Chelsea are also chasing the player.

According to The Daily Telegraph, "United are pressing ahead with attempts to recruit the players the Scot has identified as key targets.

Gary Neville Says England is the Only Country in the World That Doesn’t Encourage Diving [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville appeared on television in the United Kingdom last night and criticized Matt Jarvis's decision not to dive in the penalty area after the West Ham United midfielder was fouled by Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna. Jarvis stumbled but stayed on his feet, but by that point, the ball had already left the penalty area and the opportunity to score was gone.

‘Hillsborough’ Documentary, Live On ESPN At 8pm ET Tonight: Open Thread

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TV viewers in the United States will have a rare opportunity tonight to watch a stunning new documentary about the true story of what happened at the Hillsborough Disaster. Be sure to watch what I consider the most important soccer film ever made, live on ESPN tonight beginning at 8pm ET.

The public in the UK won't get a chance to see the film until next year at the earliest due to the new inquest that began two weeks ago.

5 Teams Fighting to Avoid Relegation From Serie A to Serie B

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The Serie A season is coming to an end. While there are only five fixtures left, the title looks like it'll end up in the hands of Juventus FC who are enjoying an eight point lead on the pursuing Roma side. Antonio Conte's team will win a wonderful three-peat, and will also try to win the Europa League, a result that would slightly soften the blow of being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League last December.

WATCH Behind-the-Scenes Footage of World Cup Shirt Designers At Work [VIDEO]

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adidas recently shared rare behind-the-scenes footage of their soccer shirt designers hard at work.

If you ever wondered what some of the designers look like, the environment they work within and some of the aspects of shirt design that go through this mind, you may find the following video pretty enlightening.

Arsenal vs West Ham United, Premier League Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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After the 120 minutes of action plus penalties against Wigan Athletic on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal's footballers may be a little more tired than usual when they come up against a West Ham United side that hasn't played for 11 days.

With a victory, Arsenal will leapfrog Everton into fourth place.

LISTEN to an Interview With ‘Hillsborough’ Documentary Director Daniel Gordon [AUDIO]

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Listen to our interview with the director of ESPN's 'Hillsborough' documentary, Daniel Gordon. The film will premiere on US television on Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm ET on ESPN.

During the interview with Gordon, he discusses why he made the film, what makes this film different than other ones that have aired before, and how the myth of the Hillsborough Disaster has lasted for 25 years.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 33: Madrid Clubs First and Second as Barca Crash at Granada

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Barcelona slumped to defeat at Granada and both Madrid sides took full advantage to pile more pressure on Barca and their coach Tata Martino. Real Madrid's emphatic victory over Almeria and Atletico's win at Getafe mean Los Colchoneros are three points ahead of Los Blancos and four clear of La Blaugrana.

The Thrill of Chasing UEFA Champions League Qualification: The Heart of English Football

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The last time I wrote one of these columns, Everton's season looked all but done. A 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal seemed to have put an end to the Toffees' challenging for anything of note in the final knockings of the campaign. I was expecting a strong finish, but at best a spot in next season's Europa League.

WATCH Roberto Martinez’s Emotional Speech at Hillsborough Memorial Service [VIDEO]

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez gave an emotional speech today at the Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield, the home of cross-town rivals Liverpool Football Club.

"I know I don't have to tell you that Everton are with you. You know that," said Martinez. "We are with you today at Goodison Park with the fans are gathering with the board, players and staff because they want to send their prayers across Stanley Park to you.

USMNT World Cup 2014: So Many Questions, Doubts and Concerns About Klinsmann’s Team

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If you follow the United States Men's National Team closely, ask yourself this question: Are you more or less confident than you were when the World Cup draw was made on December 6, 2013 that the USA will advance from Group G?

Or how about this: How confident were you in the USMNT's progression to the knockout round of the World Cup before the draw was made?

WATCH Our Exclusive Interview With Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven’s GM [VIDEO]

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We got to sit down with a very busy Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, the newest NASL club in the United States. He talks everything from buying players to the growth of soccer in America.

We kept the background noise in to give you a better sense of the intimate workspace that Indy Eleven functions out of.

Why Serie A Needs The Azzurri To Be Successful

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At first glance, all seems right in Serie A this season. Traditional power Juventus is atop the league table with the scudetto seemingly in hand, a resurgent traditional power in A.S. Roma sits behind them, and in third is big-spender and recent title challenger Napoli. None of the top teams currently are tainted with scandal, all three have non-Italian internationals leading the team, and some of the country's own are shining in the league.

Reviewing Mark Clattenburg’s Refereeing Decisions in the Liverpool-Man City Match

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Referee Mark Clattenburg was kept very busy during Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Manchester City, in what was a huge game in the race for the title. There were several key incidents, which could have benefitted both teams.

Firstly, Edin Dzeko was brought down after a clumsy tackle from Mahamadou Sakho in the penalty area.

Premier League: Time for Refereeing Academies?

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Following a game that hinged on two contentious refereeing decisions, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce last week came out with an interesting concept that perhaps deserves more attention than his usual sardonic post-match complaints: an academy for referees.

While Allardyce's interviews have been known to end with Big Sam huffing and puffing about his lack of an Italian surname, it's refreshing to hear the veteran manager offer a solution instead of dwelling on the questionable decisions made in the preceding 90 minutes of English football.

ESPN Announce Hosts For Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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ESPN has announced its hosts for the network's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mike Tirico and Bob Ley return as hosts, and will be joined by newcomer Lynsey Hipgrave of BT Sport. The trio will anchor ESPN studio shows – SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight, pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, and other FIFA World Cup-related news and information programs – throughout the month-long tournament from ESPN's production headquarters at Rio de Janeiro's Clube dos Marimbás, a popular members-only boating club on the southern tip of Copacabana Beach.

Review Of ‘EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ Video Game Demo: A First Look

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The demo for the2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game is now available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now is a good time to get into the World Cup mood, and to get a feel for the game before purchasing it's released this week in North America and Europe.

The demo allows you to play as Mexico, Brazil, Australia, England, Ivory Coast, the United States or New Zealand.

Review of ESPN’s Explosive ‘Hillsborough’ Documentary; Will Air On ESPN at 8pm ET Tuesday

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Twenty five years after the Hillsborough Disaster, there are still people who question who was to blame for the tragedy that killed 96 fans. With Tuesday's premiere of 'Hillsborough,' a brand new documentary that will air on ESPN at 8pm ET, the myth that Liverpool fans were to blame can unequivocally be ruled out.

Univision Deportes President Discusses Network’s World Cup Coverage Plans

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The World Cup is a dream. In June, some 600 players from around the world will assemble at stadiums and training grounds throughout Brazil to contest that dream. For viewers in the United States, soccer fans will be able to turn that dream into a reality through a host of viewing options from ESPN and Univision on TV, via the Internet and on smart phones and tablets.

Flashback: The Hillsborough Disaster and the Fall of Steven Cohen

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On April 13, 2009, two days before the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster, Steven Cohen said something stupid. "In this weekend's Sunday papers in England, where they're all doing big commemorations about the 96, and why we should never forget, nobody discusses the six to eight thousand who showed up without tickets," Cohen said on the radio show World Soccer Daily.

Perspective on Manchester City’s Loss to Liverpool

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"We're not really here" is a mantra Manchester City fans sing with pride. That's why, despite the pain of a loss to Liverpool that might very well end our title hopes this season, we will continue to enjoy the soccer our club is providing and the indulgence in the club culture and ethos our ownership group provides.

How Manchester City Lost the Tactical Battle Against Liverpool

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The buildup to Sunday's mouthwatering title-impacting clash was largely about the players set with the backdrop of the 25thAnniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster as well as talk about Liverpool's desire to win a first league title in almost a quarter century. But the critical difference came in the tactical setups of the two managers.

April 15th (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Wow eh? On this weekend too. Liverpool with a late and dramatic victory to seal monumental win over the league favourites. Ask Brendan Rodgers if he expected that at the beginning of the season eh?

Elsewhere, Spurs had a massive draw with West Brom, or was it the other way around? Whilst Norwich suffered at the hands of Fulham.

WATCH Hull City vs Sheffield United, FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While soccer fans around the world were coming down from the highs of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City, many continued the viewing experience by watching Swansea against Chelsea. However, at the same time that the football match kicked off in South Wales, Hull City and Sheffield United were fighting it out at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final to decide who would play Arsenal in the final next month.

Swansea vs Chelsea & Hull City vs Sheffield United, Premier League Sunday & FA Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

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After an incredibly entertaining day featuring the Liverpool against Manchester City match, there are two more must-see games today in Britain — the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea, and the FA Cup semi-final between Hull City and Sheffield United.

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

Hull City vs Sheffield United (FA Cup), 11:07am, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Swansea vs Chelsea, 11:07am, NBCSN

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-Wigan FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal Football Club took a massive step towards winning its first piece of silverware in 9 years with a victory against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Gunners had to take the match to penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation, but after no goals were scored in the 30 minutes of extra time, Arsenal won the game with ease after dominating the penalty shoot-out.

NBCSN Will Air Special Tribute About Hillsborough Disaster Before Liverpool-Man City Game

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The Premier League's biggest match of the season kicks off on Sunday morning between Liverpool and Manchester City. A win for either club will significantly boost its chances of edging closer to the Premier League title. A loss could rock the team's chances and their confidence in the remaining weeks of the season.

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster: Open Thread

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It's going to be an emotional day on Merseyside today and around the world as soccer fans come together to share their respect and remembrance for the 96 innocent soccer fans who died at the Hillsborough Disaster 25 years ago. Plus, there's an English football match to be played as Liverpool takes on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League match of the season thus far.

MLS Team In Atlanta Is a Smart Move For League and Atlanta Falcons

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All indications are that Atlanta will be officially named as Major League Soccer's newest franchise on Wednesday, and that Hotlanta, not Miami, will be the 22nd team in MLS.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and MLS have scheduled a "major announcement" for Wednesday at 5pm in downtown Atlanta.

Zinedine Zidane Should Coach Monaco, Says Michel Platini

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UEFA President Michel Platini believes Zinedine Zidane should start his career as a head coach at AS Monaco. Zidane is currently working as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, but rumors also claim that Zidane may succeed Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

Platini, though, believes that the French legend is ready for club management, and stated that Monaco could be an ideal destination given that Les Rouges et Blancs are backed financially by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Former Valencia President Arrested After Plotting to Kidnap His Successor

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Ex-Valencia President Juan Soler has been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap the club's former chief Vicente Soriano. Soler, who was the club president at the club from 2004 to 2008, was released on bail after facing magistrates on suspicion of intending to abduct his successor.

Under the bail terms, the 58-year old construction magnate, who pushed for the Nou Mestalla stadium (currently on-halt project due to lack of funds) and left a lot of debt to the club, is now forbidden to leave the country and is compelled to attend court every two weeks.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 34

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

Saturday, April 12:

Fulham vs Norwich, 10:07am,NBCSN; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa, 10:07am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
West Brom vs Tottenham, 10:07am, Premier League Extra Time; Daniel Mann & Trevor Francis
Southampton vs Cardiff, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time; David Stowell & Ray Houghton
Stoke vs Newcastle, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Sunderland vs Everton, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Davie Provan
Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic (FA Cup), 12:07, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go; Not available

Sunday, April 13:

Liverpool vs Manchester City, 8:37am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Tim Howard (international feed gets Peter Drury & Jim Beglin)
Hull City vs Sheffield United (FA Cup), 11:07am, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go; Not available
Swansea vs Chelsea, 11:07am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & David Pleat

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

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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As a mark of respect and remembrance for the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough Disaster 25 years ago, all English football matches this weekend will kick off 7 minutes after the hour (the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest game was stopped at 3:06pm).

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

Fulham vs Norwich, 10:07am,NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa, 10:07am, Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Tottenham, 10:07am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Cardiff, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs Newcastle, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Everton, 10:07am,Premier League Extra Time
Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic (FA Cup), 12:07pm, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

TBD

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

England Tickets Now On Sale For Miami Friendlies Against Ecuador and Honduras

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It's been 9 long years since the England national team played a game in the United States, but soccer fans in the States will get a chance to see two England games this summer when the Three Lions play Ecuador and Honduras in World Cup warmup matches in Miami in early June.

Just as England will be using the matches to prepare for the 2014 World Cup, so too will opponents Ecuador and Honduras, who have also qualified for the tournament.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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So often within a long, arduous league campaign a title can hinge on the result of one game.

Sure if you want to be crowned champions there is a demand to be consistent over the entirety of the season. Sure you'll pick up some vital results along the way. But silverware at the end of a domestic season regularly teeters on the outcome of one result in the final knockings of the campaign.

Liverpool Unveil Home Shirt for 2014/15 Season: Official Video & Photos

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Liverpool Football Club have officially unveiled their home kit for the 2014/15 season, designed and manufactured by Warrior.

The new strip takes inspiration from the Roger Hunt MBE era in the 1960s where he was a major factor in the Club's success, including promotion to the First Division and the team's very-first FA Cup win.

Draw for UEFA Europa League Semi-Finals Revealed

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The draw for the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League have been made

Benfica vs Juventus

Sevilla vs Valencia

The first leg will be played on April 24, while the second leg will be played on May 1st. The draw puts together two Spanish teams, facing each other, which guarantees that one La Liga team will make it to the final, while the favorites to win the Europa League, Juventus, will play a tough match against Portuguese legends Benfica.

Draw for UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals Revealed

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The draw for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals have been made, and we now know who the four teams (Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich) will play.

REAL MADRID vs BAYERN MUNICH
ATLETICO MADRID
vs CHELSEA

Before the draw happened, if you were FOX Sports, you would have hoped for a Chelsea against Real Madrid final.

Watch World Soccer Talk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer and Morgan Green on a Live Google Hangout at 8pm ET

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World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer and Morgan Green will be participating in a live Google Hangout tonight at 8pm ET.

We'll embed the video here as soon as the live broadcast is ready.

Morgan Green will be interviewing Kartik Krishnaiyer regarding several pressing topics including:

• Sunday's must-see match between Manchester City and Liverpool,
• Kartik's new book (Blue With Envy) that discusses the rise of the Premier League in the US,
• The latest talking points in the Premier League and world soccer,
• And much more.

Gus Johnson is Just the Start of FOX Sports’ Soccer Issues

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Gus Johnson is the least of FOX Sports' issues with its soccer coverage. With just over one year to go before the network begins its broadcast of a worldwide soccer event — the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup — FOX Sports is more out of touch and disconnected from the average soccer fan in the United States than ever before.

When is the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Draw? Everything You Need to Know

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The draw for the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League will occur on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland. It'll be shown live on UEFA.com beginning at 6am ET.

With the Champions League quarter finals coming to an end on Wednesday night, the attention of the soccer world will now turn towards Friday's draw for the semi-finals, with coaches desperate to find out whom they will play as the competition nears the final show-down.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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After this week's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals concluded, now we have four remaining games in the Europa League to determine who will make it to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

All times Eastern

Juventus vs Lyon, 3pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Benfica vs AZ Alkmaar, 3pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sevilla vs Porto, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Basel, 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

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

Sold Out! More Than 100K Tickets for Real Madrid-Manchester United Game In Michigan Sell Out On First Day

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Tickets for the International Champions Cup game between Real Madrid and Manchester United that will be played in Michigan this summer have sold out on the first day of general sale, with more than 100,000 tickets sold.

The August 2nd game in Ann Arbor is on course to break the previous U.S.

Behind the Scenes at Indy Eleven, America’s Newest Soccer Club

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Editor's note: Indy Eleven plays its first match this Saturday eveningwhen the team battles Carolina Railhawks in the NASL, the second division of US soccer. The debut of a brand-new soccer club is an exciting milestone in the growth of the sport in the United States, so we wanted to capture the excitement and to find out what goes on behind the scenes before a league game is played.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Quarter-Finals

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Just four teams remain in the UEFA Champions League, and after a quartet of exceptional quarter-final ties, this tournament seems intent on getting better and better. At this juncture, each of the four sides left in the competition know they're a mere three games away from winning the biggest prize of them all.

Chelsea’s José Mourinho Fined and Warned Over Future Conduct by FA: Daily Soccer Report

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined and warned over his future conduct after his behavior during the club's match versus Aston Villa.

The Special One was fined £8,000 by The FA and warned about his future conduct following a hearing by an Independent Regulatory Commission.

According to a statement by The FA, "Mourinho denied a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behavior in re-entering the field of play and approaching the Match Referee in an attempt to speak to him, in or around the 90th minute of the game against Aston Villa on 15 March 2014, amounted to improper conduct.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United and Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, 2nd Leg: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed the UEFA Champions League second leg matches or you want to see the highlights again, here are the videos ofBayern Munich vs Manchester United and Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona.

Note that due to rights restrictions, the videos aren't playable outside the United States.

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona


Video: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Highlights 04/09/14

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United


Video: Bayern Munich v Manchester United UEFA Champions League Highlights 04/09/14

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Cristiano Ronaldo Out For Two More Weeks, Could Miss Copa del Rey Final

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury and is expected to be out for the next two weeks, which means he'll miss next week's Copa del Rey Final against Barcelona and possibly the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

The news is a massive blow to Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard Ruled Out For Two Weeks Due to Injury

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The injury that Eden Hazard picked up against Paris Saint-Germain has ruled him out for a minimum of two weeks.

Regarding the injury, Mourinho said:

"It is a calf problem, but I have no idea the dimension of his injury.

"Even when they are not serious, you cannot play for a couple of weeks.

Sir Alex Ferguson is to Blame for Manchester United’s Poor Season

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Despite scoring first against Bayern Munich both home and away, Manchester United were totally outclassed over the two legs, and the gulf between both sides was plain to see, where the best Manchester United could do was to block their penalty area with eight players in hopes of stifling Bayern.

After losing 4-2 on aggregate to Manchester United, and exiting the UEFA Champions League, the season for the Red Devils is effectively over.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United & Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Bayern Munich:Neuer, Dante, Ribéry, Mandzukić, Robben, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (C), Müller, Alaba, Kroos

Subs:Raeder, van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Weiser, Hojbjerg, Weihrauch

Manchester United:De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck

Subs:Lindegaard, Büttner, Ferdinand, Giggs, Januzaj, Young, Hernandez

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Atletico Madrid:Courtois, Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raúl García, Adrián, Villa.

Demba Ba Deserves More Starts As Chelsea Striker Instead of as Rarely-Used Super Sub

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Jose Mourinho has spent a lot of time trying to keep up appearances in his press conferences. Throughout the season, he has put together these mind games in order to (according to most) deflect pressure from his team: Things like calling Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure, downplaying his team's title hopes, and in general, discussing other teams.

ESPN Launches New World Cup TV Commercial Starring USMNT and American Outlaws [VIDEO]

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Finally! ESPN has released a video for its coverage of World Cup 2014 that better captures the passion of the World Cup —and, in this case, the US Men's National Team and the American Outlaws supporter groups from around the country.

The connection between the USMNT and American Outlaws is a close one.

New Photos Reveal Liverpool’s Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Liverpool's home kit for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

In the photos above and below, you can see how Warrior has created a bold design for Liverpool Football Club with white trim and a unique design around the collar. The gold liver bird is a main focal point on the shirt, as it should be, while the socks and shorts are also red to complete an impressively designed uniform.

Chelsea Third Shirt For 2014/15 Season Looks Like The Matrix: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Chelsea's third shirt for the 2014/15 season has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by adidas, Chelsea's third jersey will be black with a neon blue trim. The shirt features a very unique and modern design with blue lines running down the shirt, making it look like something out of the motion picture The Matrix.

Kicking And Screening Film Festival Opens In New York

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The Kicking and Screening Film Festival opened in New York last night with a look at the issue of identity. Each night beginning Tuesday, the festival will explore an aspect of soccer culture through films that focus on a central theme. Today, the theme is Coaches, Thursday, Inspiration — and Friday, Brazil.

Toronto FC Showing Early Potential Under Head Coach Ryan Nelsen

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From the moment Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley were announced as Toronto FC's new designated players, an air of intrigue enveloped the club. Described as a bloody big dealby the club's marketing department, it was a fair and accurate evaluation.

Here were two players that would significantly improve any roster in Major League Soccer, and they were choosing to join Toronto, a side that had often found itself near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Interview With Guillem Balague About Messi, Barca, Atleti, Liverpool and More

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Everton's Goodison Park hosted an "Evening of Spanish Football" last week that saw three iconic figures in the Spanish game share their opinions with an audience of hundreds.

On stage, Sky Sports' Spanish soccer expert Guillem Balague, Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro and editor of Spanish newspaper AS, Alfredo Relaño, offered typically insightful and highly intriguing opinions on a host of matters.

Pelé vs Ronaldo at 30,000 Feet

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We all love to argue who is the best player ever to have played the game, with the likes of Diego Maradona, Leo Messi, and Eusebio hot on everyone's lips. But luxury airline Emirates have taken things a step further, asking: Who is ruler of the skies?

Having started an official partnership with the FIFA World Cup back in 2006, Emirates have recently added Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to their list of global ambassadors, of which Brazilian legend Pelé, one of the All Time Greats, has been since January 2014.

Where Are They Now? Players From Bayern Munich-Manchester United 1999 Champions League Final

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Fifteen years after the unbelievable UEFA Champions League final between the European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United, the two teams clash again this week in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

There's no question that the 1999 Champions League final had one of the most dramatic final few minutes in the showpiece's history.

WATCH Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain and Dortmund vs Real Madrid Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In the second legs of the UEFA Champions League matches between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain & Borussia Dortmund versus Real Madrid, two of the teams had a convincing aggregate lead with PSG ahead 3-1 from the first match, and Real Madrid in the lead with a 3-0 win in Spain. But would both teams advance to the semi-finals of Europe's top club competition?

WATCH Bayern Munich vs Manchester United, 1999 Champions League Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Editor's note: This marks the first of a new series, entitled 'The Full 90 Minutes,' at World Soccer Talk where we bring you classic matches from years gone by. The concept of the series is that we'll hand pick the best matches. We won't include any spoilers, and we'll present the entire match in its entirety for you to watch.

New Photos of Arsenal’s Shirt For 2014/15 Season Revealed: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Puma, Arsenal's shirt for next season is a classic but modern rendering of the famous red and white shirt of Arsenal Football Club.

Read: Arsenal's away shirt for the 2014/15 season: Leaked photo.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Post-Match Interview After Chelsea Beat PSG On Away Goals [VIDEO]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that his run down the touchline after Demba Ba scored the decisive goal was not to celebrate the goal, but to give Demba Ba and Fernando Torres his tactical changes.

Mourinho added, "I think the team that decided to defend was punished, and the team that gave everything with their heart deserved to go to the semis.

Live Cricket Match On ESPN2 Scores Impressive Viewing Audience Number

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With record cable TV ratings for NBC's coverage of the Premier League on US television, and the fact that ESPN no longer has rights to the world's most popular sports league, ESPN tried a new tactic this past weekend, by showing a live cricket match on ESPN2 from 9am-Noon ET. The impact? ESPN2 had a viewing audience of 217,000 for Twenty20 final, which is quite an impressive number indeed for the first time the network has shown a cricket match live on US cable.

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Celebratory Run After Chelsea Beat PSG On Away Goals [GIF]

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated Chelsea's decisive goal against Paris Saint-Germain by running down the touchline and celebrating with his players.

With Chelsea leading 1-0 (but losing 2-3 on aggregate) after Andre Schurrle scored for the Blues in the first half, the clock was running down near the end with just minutes to go.

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi, Lucas; Cavani, Lavezzi.

Manchester United to Play LA Galaxy In Friendly at Rose Bowl

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Manchester United have announced an additional match on their 2014 summer tour in the United States with a friendly against LA Galaxy, to be played at the Rose Bowl Stadium on July 23. Kick-off time is 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET.

The LA Galaxy vs. Manchester United match is included in LA Galaxy's Season Ticket Members' plans.

Premier League Match On NBCSN Attracts More Viewers Than Baseball Games on FOX Sports 1

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Last Saturday's Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United, which was shown live on NBCSN beginning at 10am ET, was watched by more viewers than Saturday's Major League Baseball (MLB) games shown on FOX Sports 1.

Newcastle-Manchester United drew 469,000 viewers, which was greater than FOX Sports 1′s two MLB games that day — the 421,000 who watched the Giants against the Dodgers (televised at 4pm ET) and the Twins against the Indians (380,000 viewers), that was shown beginning at 1pm ET.

World Cup 2014 Magazine Now Available From USA Today

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USA Today Sports today launched a special World Cup 2014 magazine to commemorate this summer's soccer tournament.

The 100-page special issue hits newsstands in the United States on April 7, and features previews of each of the 32 teams as well as 8 groups, in addition to interviews with USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, ESPN's Jed Drake and much more.

Top 10 Referee Blunders in Soccer

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In recent years, referees have been in the limelight far too often, mostly for the wrong reasons. Some of these blunders have swung tournament outcomes and league title races in a matter of seconds.

This is in no way a definitive list of the worst 10 mistakes of all time, but here are some of the memorable worst refereeing decisions, all which have changed outcomes and created havoc among the media and soccer fans:

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Should AC Milan Cash In on Mario Balotelli? The Pros and Cons of Selling The Italian International

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Mario Balotelli is one of the most gifted strikers on the planet. Capable of truly awesome displays, the AC Milan striker can carry a team with his prolific goal scoring. He did just that for the Rossoneri last season as the Italian national's goals were one of the main reasons that Milan was able to qualify for the Champions League.

After Another Scintillating Start, Is FC Dallas For Real This Season?

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At the beginning of the 2013 MLS season, FC Dallas surprised fans and pundits with their quick start. After the first month of the season, Dallas had a league-leading 12 points with four wins and a single loss. By the middle of May, Dallas still led MLS with 24 points from 12 games, but the trend did not continue.

Why Not Take Luca Toni To The World Cup in Brazil?

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In Italy, there is a saying that there are as many Italian national team managers as there are people. Everyone wants to have their say on who should be wearing Azzurri at a major competition. Every two years everyone becomes an expert, a fantasy manager if you will. Coffee shops, restaurants, even laundromats, become a place for fans to discuss who they think should be representing Italy.

Capital Punishment (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Don't worry. Things are really changing up in the league, from week to week. So much so that the pod decided to change things up too...they are together in Euston on a reduced scale. Just Kris and Laurence as they decide to step out into Euston. It's only for one week so don't freak out. As with the podcast, so changes the league.

Premier League Power Rankings, Gameweek 33: Liverpool Climb to Top After 9 Game Winning Streak

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"You say the hill's too steep to climb,

Chiding!

You say you'd like to see me try,

Climbing!"

Fearless by Pink Floyd is a track off their album "Meddle". The track samples Liverpool's Kop and describes the story of someone aspiring to climb a metaphorical hill.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 32: Atleti Stay Top as Big 3 All Win Again

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It's "as you were" at the summit of La Liga as the top three all won once again. Athletic Madrid overcame Villarreal, Barcelona beat rock-bottom Betis and Real Madrid won well at Real Sociedad. Atleti are a point ahead of Barca, who in turn lead Real Madrid by two points with just six matches to go.

Who Will Be Michael Bradley’s Partner In Brazil?

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If one thing was apparent after the 2-2 draw to Mexico, it was that Michael Bradley is the most important player going into this year's World Cup. This is something that fans of the United States (USMNT) have known for a long time. After seeing his return to MLS and his performance in last week's match, it is apparent that Bradley is in top form and the US can be a force to reckon with in the Group of Death.

Why Manchester United Will Continue To Pursue Toni Kroos

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The Daily Telegraph's Oliver Brown recently wrote: "More than William Carvalho at Sporting Lisbon, or Ilkay Gündogan at Borussia Dortmund, it is Kroos who potentially offers the single most effective antidote to United's midfield malaise."

What Toni Kroos represents to Manchester United is the midfield engine, which has been missing at the club since the departure of Roy Keane.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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

Tottenham vs Sunderland, 3pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Tottenham:Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane

Subs:Friedel, Fryers, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Townsend

Sunderland:Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Brown (c), Cuellar, Vergini, Ki, Bridcutt, Cattermole, Johnson, Borini.

What to Expect From Nicolas Anelka at Brazilian Club Atlético-MG

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Earlier today, Atlético-MG President Alexandre Kalil announced the signing of free agent Nicolas Anelka, who recently had his contract terminated at West Bromwich Albion of the Premier League.

Anelka é do Galo.

- Alexandre Kalil (@alexandrekalil) April 6, 2014

A little less than a month after the Frenchman's dishonorable departure from West Brom, Anelka knew that it was time for move to a more exotic location.

Tottenham to Sack Tim Sherwood at the End of the Season

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Tottenham Hotspur supporters got the news this morning they had been wishing for — Tim Sherwood will be relieved of his managerial duties at the end of the season, according to Sky sources.

The manager, who was handed an 18 month contract on December 23 after replacing Andre Villas-Boas, currently has a win percentage of 45.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 33

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There were three major talking points from Liverpool's 2-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park. Referee Anthony Taylor was kept very busy all afternoon and didn't have a great game in my opinion. Here's why. The first controversy was when he awarded a penalty to Liverpool after James Tomkins was judged to have prevented the ball going past him, after Luis Suarez touched the ball to the side of the defender.

Massimo Cellino Offers Leeds United Hope For the Future

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No question exists that the takeover of Leeds United by Italian businessman Massimo Cellino is controversial. Cellino's attempt to acquire the club was initially rejected by the Football League, but that decision was overturned Saturday on appeal.

Leeds United fans have been through more than almost any other set of supporters in England over the past decade.

Norwich City Sack Manager Chris Hughton and Appoint Neil Adams as Replacement

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Norwich City have sacked manager Chris Hughton with immediate effect.

The Canaries announced today that Hughton and coaches Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope have been sacked, and that Neil Adams has been appointed as first team manager.

A statement from the club explained why they made the decision:

"The Norwich City Board has taken the decision to give the Club the maximum chance to secure the points required between now and the end of the season to ensure retention of our Barclays Premier League status.

Interview With Tony Meola, Legendary USMNT Goalkeeper

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World Soccer Talk got the chance to have an exclusive interview with U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola. The goalkeeper, who was a two-sport college athlete, made his name as the USMNT's No. 1 during the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Meola went on to a successful career in MLS, and is now heavily involved in coaching youth soccer at different levels.

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Real Salt Lake: Exclusive [PHOTOS]

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2013 MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City continued its run of scoring a low number of goals at home with its 0-0 tie against Real Salt Lake at the Sporting KC Stadium on Saturday night.

The key incidents in the game were the sending off of KC'sOriol Rosell in the second half, as well as spirited goalkeeping displays from both keepers during the game.

Luis Suarez: The Hero or Villain?

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Oscar Wilde once said that the ‘only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.' The quote epitomizes Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who in a record breaking season has redeemed himself to the Merseyside faithful. Nearly a year ago, Suarez was labeled the ultimate footballing pariah after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Why Jose Mourinho’s Criticisms of Premier League Rescheduling Are Valid

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Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho says lots of provocative things in post-match comments that are simply mind games or emotional overreactions. But one place where he is correct is in the rather odd situation that the Premier League has once again this season scheduled make-up dates in the last week of the league season.

ESPN to Broadcast Its First Live Cricket Match On US Cable Today

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For the first time in its broadcast history, ESPN will televise a live cricket match and will broadcast it one of its cable networks. The cricket match will be on US television today (Sunday, April 6) on ESPN2 beginning at 9am ET, featuring the finals of the World Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and India.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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

Everton vs Arsenal, 8:30am, NBCSN
West Ham United vs Liverpool, 11am, CNBC

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

Arsenal Need To Prioritize FA Cup Silverware Over 4th Place Finish

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The plight of a modern Arsenal fan is an amusing one. In Arsene Wenger they are saddled with a stubborn and previously successful manager, who showed them what greatness looked like, only to take it away. In just his second season, Arsenal did the double, winning the league and the FA Cup. Between 1997–2005 Arsenal won 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and 4 FA Community Shield trophies under Wenger.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders, First Cascadia Cup Of 2014 Season: Open Thread

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Who: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where:Providence Park, Portland
What time: 3pm ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

The first Cascadia Cup of the 2014 season kicks off today with Portland Timbers hosting Seattle Sounders in MLS action.

Everton vs Arsenal: Toffees Must Seize Their Champions League Chance

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Back in June 2013, Roberto Martinez was unveiled to the media as Everton's new manager. To his left, the Toffees' wide-eyed chairman Bill Kenwright waxed lyrical over the acquisition of the Catalan, rattling off the credentials that convinced him the former Wigan boss was the right man to take Everton forward.

Muriel Bowser’s Win Casts Doubts On DC United’s Stadium Bid

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While many DC United supporters may not be residents of Washington, DC, fans kept a close eye on the mayoral race earlier this week. The main reason is that the current mayor, Vincent Gray, last year gave his support on building a stadium in Buzzard's Point, across from the Nationals baseball stadium.

Newcastle ‘Celebrate’ Miserable Season With Open-Top Bus Parade [PHOTO]

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Newcastle United supporters celebrated their miserable season today with an open-top bus parade outside St James' Park.

The tongue-in-cheek celebration is a message to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley that they're sick and tired with the club striving for mediocrity. The club owner, manager and players lack ambition, and it seems that the club is only interested in Premier League survival instead of having a run in cup competitions or charging up the league table.

Leicester City Win Promotion to the Premier League: Watch Players Celebrating [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Leicester City on the club's promotion to the Premier League.

The Foxes have returned to the top flight of English soccer for the first time in a decade since getting relegated in 2004. Leicester defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Friday night, but had to wait until Saturday to see if their points total was enough to automatically clinch promotion to the Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson to Lecture at Harvard University

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to take up a long term teaching position at Harvard University in Boston. The 72-year-old Scot, who retired last summer from management after 26 trophy laden years at Old Trafford, will be lecturing Ivy League students on a course named The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports.

Massimo Cellino Wins Appeal to Become Owner of Leeds United

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Massimo Cellino has won his appeal to become the new owner of Leeds United Football Club.

The Italian businessman, who lives in Miami, was initially denied the takeover of Leeds after The Football League turned down his attempt to buy the club. Cellino, who said that the club would go bankrupt if he wasn't allowed to become the owner of LUFC, won his appeal.

ESPN Names Four Additional Analysts for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Nightly Soccer Report

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ESPN have added four analysts to its coverage of World Cup 2014 with the inclusion of Stewart Robson, Efan Ekoku, Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller.

The analysts will join the five World Cup analysts ESPN named in December, who are Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Santiago Solari.

Commentators for NBC’s Premier League Matches This Weekend: Gameweek 33

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

Saturday, April 5:

Manchester City vs Southampton, 7:45am, NBCSN; Bill Leslie & Danny Mills
Newcastle vs Man United, 10am,NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Aston Villa vs Fulham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Garry Birtles
Cardiff vs Crystal Palace, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis
Hull vs Swansea, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Dean Sturridge
Norwich vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Chelsea vs Stoke, 12:30pm, NBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Sunday, April 6:

Everton vs Arsenal, 8:30am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
West Ham United vs Liverpool, 11am, CNBC; Peter Drury & Stewart Robson

Monday, April 7:

Tottenham vs Sunderland, 3pm, NBCSN; TBD

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

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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

Manchester City vs Southampton, 7:45am, NBCSN
Newcastle vs Man United, 10am,NBCSN
Aston Villa vs Fulham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Cardiff vs Crystal Palace, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Swansea, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs West Brom, 10am,Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Stoke, 12:30pm, NBC

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

Jose Mourinho Makes Tremendous Gesture By Writing Letter to Family of Shawn Kuykendall

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Kudos to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for writing this letter to the family of Shawn Kuykendall, whose son — a former MLS and American University midfielder — passed away last month due to Thuymus Cancer.

Kuykendall's story has captivated the American soccer community and I must say it speaks volumes about Mourinho that he would send such a touching letter to the family.

Cristian Chivu Retires From Soccer At 33 After Injury Problems

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At the age of 33, Cristian Chivu announced earlier this week that he is retiring from the game. The Romanian international, who earned 63 caps for his country, played in Euro 2000 and Euro 2008, but he is perhaps best remembered for his glittering club career.

Chivu made a name for himself at A.

Kyle Beckerman Deserves to be Named in USMNT World Cup Squad

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It's been a long time coming for Kyle Beckerman. A player I personally watched closely as a youngster, when he was a "Nike Project-40" prospect that had just graduated from the Bradenton Academy and assigned to the Miami Fusion, is closing in on a World Cup spot for the US Men's National Team.

When Beckerman arrived in Fort Lauderdale in 2000 to play for the Fusion, it was obvious he was a uniquely gifted player.

Against Different Opposition, Chelsea’s Tactic of Playing Without a Striker Will Work

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In Chelsea's 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Jose Mourinho set up his Blues side without a recognizable striker in the starting XI. This tactic, while unconventional, worked for 55 minutes to maintain some possession and create occasional scoring opportunities on the counter-attack.

FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for is

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FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for issues off the pitch surrounding the World Cup. However, because of ambiguous tiebreaker rules, that focus could shift to the field of play in Brazil. Under very particular circumstances, a three-way tie could lead to confusion and more criticism for the governing body.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Qualification for the Champions League has become so vital for the biggest clubs in Europe. The glitz and glamor of the continent's premier club competition is envied by supporters around the world, but it is the prestige and the financial windfall that's become so important in the fast-moving, modern game.

Manchester United and Real Madrid to Play In Michigan on August 2

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Two of the biggest soccer teams in the world will play each other this summer in the United States.

As we exclusively revealed in January, Manchester United and Real Madrid will play each other in the United States this summer when their battle in the International Champions Cup takes them to the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on August 2.

Chelsea Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Video and Official [PHOTOS]

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Chelsea have unveiled their home shirt for the 2014/15 season, as part of their "Forever Blue" campaign.

The launch is accompanied by a video in which five Chelsea players are captured in their favorite Chelsea moment and immortalized in unique sculptures. Narrated by manager, Jose Mourinho, the video references iconic goals, saves and celebrations that will live long in the memory.

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Quarter-Finals

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The first-legs of four stellar quarterfinal ties were played out this week, as the eight remaining teams in the Champions League looked to keep their European dreams alive. It's becoming increasingly difficult to pick a potential winner from the remaining sides, and some wide open first legs did little to reveal an obvious champion.

Tottenham Moving Into New Stadium In 2017

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Tottenham have announced that they are hoping to be able to move into a new 58,000 seater stadium by the middle of 2017. The stadium's construction is expected to begin on the Northumberland Development Project, located next to the club's current home at White Hart Lane, later this year.

Club chairman Daniel Levy believes it is possible to expect the opening of the new stadium for the 2017-18 campaign.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Just as the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals were played this week, today's the chance for the eight teams left in the Europa League to make a mark in their first leg of the last 8.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

Lyon vs Juventus, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Sevilla, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica, 2:30pm, ET, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Valencia, 2:30pm ET,FOX Soccer 2Go

For viewers in the United States, the studio crew will be Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Janusz Michallik.

Bayern Munich Bans Two British Tabloid Newspapers For Schweinsteiger Insults

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Bayern Munich have banned British tabloid newspapersThe Sun and The Daily Mirror from attending the UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United next week, after deeming headlines about Bastian Schweinsteiger to be insulting.

The articles were published in the wake of the experienced midfielder's controversial red card in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday, using insulting headlines such as ‘You dirty Schwein' and ‘You Schwein' as a pun on the German word ‘pig.

Why Juventus Should Prioritise the Europa League?

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Very often, European football teams treat the Europa League as an inconvenient afterthought. It's a competition frequently used to give squad players and youngsters a run out, while a team's stars put their feet up and relax ahead of more pressing domestic matters.

It's no surprise. The Europa League is a gruelling competition, which throws up plenty of far-flung fixtures in Eastern Europe, features one extra knockout round than the Champions League and leaves precious little space between Thursday night and weekend league games.

Watzke Insists There Is No War Between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says that there is no war with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. The relationship between both sides grew tense after the transfers of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to Bayern, and was followed by the war of words between Bayern director Matthias Sammer and BVB coach Jurgen Klopp.

Popular Soccer App Changes Name and Adds New Functionality

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Soccer apps are an important part of a fan's way of following the Beautiful Game. Hot on the heels of the launch of World Soccer Talk's own iPhone and Android app, a German company has made significant changes to its own app, adding new functionality and featuring a new name.

Onefootball, formerly known as The Football App, is a soccer app that features news, scores, fixtures and more.

USMNT vs Mexico, 11:15pm ET Kickoff: Open Thread

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The US Men's National Team plays Mexico tonight at the University of Phoenix Stadium in a friendly match that will be televised live on UniMas, ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN3.com.

From 11-11:15pm ET, the pre-match coverage will be on ESPN2. The coverage will then switch to ESPN at 11:15pm ET for the game itself.

USMNT 2-2 Mexico: US Let 2-0 Lead Slip In Julian Green Debut

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After a strong first half that led to two goals, the United States Men's National Team looked lost in the second half as they let a 2-0 lead slip into a 2-2 final result against rivals Mexico in Glendale, Arizona.

Deciding to spice things up, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation that featured a diamond midfield, which included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.

11 Stars That Could Miss World Cup 2014 Due to Injury

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Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently joined the long list of high-profile players who risk sitting out this summer's World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Valdes' anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was torn in an innocuous incident during Barcelona's recent 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, not only ending his involvement this season with Barcelona, but even in the Spain squad as they look to defend their title.

Cristiano Ronaldo Equals Messi’s Record For Most Goals In One UEFA Champions League Season

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has equaled Lionel Messi's record for the most number of goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season. The Real Madrid superstar's strike on Wednesday night against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final first-leg at Santiago Bernabeu took his tally to 14 goals for 2013-14 campaign.

Barcelona to Appeal FIFA’s Decision to Ban Club For Next Two Transfer Windows

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FIFA hit FC Barcelona with a ban that forbids Barcelona from participating in the next two transfer windows, after an investigation alleged the club breached regulations relating to the registration and acquisition of foreign players less than 18 years of age. If the ban stands, it means Barcelona cannot make any new transfer signings until the summer of 2015.

Jose Mourinho Rues Sloppy and Ridiculous Defensive Mistakes in 3-1 Loss to PSG [VIDEO]

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In his post-match interview, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described the goals that his team conceded in the 3-1 loss to Paris Saint Germain as sloppy and ridiculous.

Mourinho was disappointed with the poor clearance that resulted in the first goal, the free kick that was conceded that led to the second goal (an own goal) and poor defending for the final goal by Paris Saint-Germain, where Javier Pastore dribbled past three Chelsea defenders to slot the ball into the back of the net.

NBC Sports Analyst Kyle Martino Heading to Mount Everest

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After Monday's match between Sunderland and West Ham United, NBC Sports analyst Kyle Martino surprised many by stating it was going to be his last show of the season for NBCSN, but that he would return in the summer for the next season of Premier League soccer.

Martino is heading to Everest as one of the analysts where Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mt.

David Moyes’ Tactical Switch Allows Danny Welbeck to Shine

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While more often than not this season, David Moyes has gotten his tactics all wrong in big matches, yesterday against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford he got his team sheet spot on. Moyes received praise for his use of Danny Welbeck in the 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal first leg drawbut to me it is a sign of what Moyes was missing during the season and the problems created by the forced inclusion of the expensive and volatile Robin van Persie.

Popularity of Premier League On US TV Boosts NBCSN’s Numbers

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The growing popularity of the Premier League in the United States is one of the reasons why NBCSN posted record numbers for the first quarter of 2014.

NBCSN's first quarter performance, excluding its coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, increased by 58% over 2013, which is a larger year-over-year increase than any other sports cable network in the quarter.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea and Real Madrid vs Dortmund, Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's entertaining matches between Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and Manchester United-Bayern Munich, we have two more treats in store today with the clash between "The Special One" and "The Only One" (PSG vs Chelsea) as well as another Real Madrid-Borussia Dortmund game (the two teams that always seem to face each other each year).

USA-Mexico Preview and Possible Starting XI For USMNT

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When: April 2, 2014
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium,Glendale, Arizona
TV:Pre-match coverage begins at 11pm ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Game kicks off at 11:15pm ET on ESPN, UniMas and WatchESPN.

The United States will face Mexico for the first since their 2-0 victory over "El Tri" last September.

Review of Pele’s New Book, ‘Why Soccer Matters’

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For many years soccer, Brazil and Pele have been linked in the mind of many around the world. You could say that for certain generations, they were the three hearts of the sport. When Pele was born in the Brazilian town of Tres Coracoes (Three Hearts) in 1940, his parents named him Edson Arantes Do Nascimento in honor of inventor Thomas Edison.

WATCH Manchester United vs Bayern Munich and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In both of the opening quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League tonight, the final scores were the same. The stage is now set for the second legs to be played next week, but if you missed the games or you want to watch the highlights again, watch below.

Note that due to rights restrictions, the videos are playable only in the United States.

WATCH Wayne Rooney’s Dive That Got Bastian Schweinsteiger Sent Off in Champions League [VIDEO]

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In the first leg of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Wayne Rooney got Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off at Old Trafford after he dived to accentuate the late tackle by the German midfielder.

The incident happened in the final few minutes of the game.

The Dumbing Down Of Soccer Announcing By Gus Johnson and FOX Sports

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Last season, it was the Gus Johnson Experiment, with FOX Soccer throwing basketball announcer Gus Johnson into the deep end to announce several high-profile European soccer games for US television. The "car crash" was filled with numerous mistakes, with Johnson learning on the job as he fumbled his way through until the summer, where he raised his game for the commentary of Gold Cup games.

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League kick off today with two matches that will be played simultaneously, making it a tough decision which one to watch.

For viewers in the United States, here is today's TV and Internet schedule:

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

For the Manchester United-Bayern Munich game on FOX Sports 1, the commentators will be Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda.

Photos of USMNT World Cup Away Jersey Modeled By Spike Lee, Andrew Luck, Eric Koston and Other Stars

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USMNT's away jersey for World Cup 2014 is now available, and Nike have featured several celebrities in photoshoots to promote the launch of the shirt that will be worn by the USA team during 2014.

The new away jersey has a modern crew-neck collar and consists of three bands representing the colors of the American flag.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 31: No Change in Spain as Top Three All Win

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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all registered wins at the weekend as the Primera Liga title race in Spain looks set to go right to the wire. Atletico were victorious in Bilbao, Barca won the Catalan derby and Los Blancos hammered Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico Madrid remain on top of La Liga after coming from a goal behind to inflict only a second home league defeat on Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames.

WATCH ESPN’s Ian Darke Commentating A Date In New World Cup Promo [VIDEO]

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ESPN today released a new promotional video in the lead-up to its World Cup 2014 coverage. The unique video features Ian Darke using his commentating skills in a different setting —a restaurant instead of a soccer stadium.

While there's a couple of moments in the video that produce a mild grin, the video is a let-down compared to the World Cup commercials that ESPN released in 2010 ahead of its coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Aston Villa Announce Summer Preseason Tour to United States; Will Play 2 Games In Texas

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Aston Villa will be playing two pre-season friendlies in the United States this summer as part of its preparation for the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Villa will play FC Dallas on July 23 and Houston Dynamo on July 26.It will be the Club's sixth US visit after a trip to Atlanta more than 30 years ago began the tours Stateside.

USMNT World Cup Away Shirt For Brazil 2014 Now Available: Official [PHOTOS]

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The US Men's National Team and Nike have unveiled the USMNT World Cup away shirt that will be worn this year and at the World Cup.

The USMNT red, white and blue away shirt features a bold design with a red shirt that features a blue and white top. The red shirt is complemented by red shorts and red socks.

Listen to the Bizarre Interview With Massimo Cellino, Potential Owner of Leeds United [AUDIO]

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Italian businessman Massimo Cellino will find out tomorrow whether his appeal to become the new owner of Leeds United will be approved or not. The Football League rejected his attempt to take over the club, but Cellino appealed the decision and now awaits the final decision.

In the meantime, an Internet radio station named White Leeds Radio released a 22-minute audio interview with Cellino this week, which has been taken down from Soundcloud.

Harry Redknapp to Replace Tim Sherwood As Spurs Boss At End Of Season, Says Source

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Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy has decided to sack manager Tim Sherwood at season's end, and will replace him with former manager Harry Redknapp, according to sources. While speculation has been rife about other names such as Louis Van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino, Levy believes that Redknapp is the man to take Tottenham back into the promised land of the UEFA Champions League.