EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

If David Beckham Can Create a Soccer Legacy in Miami, It’ll Be One Of His Greatest Achievements

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Someone once said that "the great thing about Miami is that it's so close to the United States." While that canbe taken to mean a number of things, it is clear that Miami is a different sort of place. Anyone who has strolled Coconut Grove's salsa and perfume-laced sidewalks on a Friday night, felt the Atlantic breezes saunter across Ocean Drive's Art Deco strip, or even driven the desolate stretch of Old Card Sound Road before entering the Florida Keys, knows.

World Cup TV Schedule For Canadian TV and Internet

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For soccer fans in Canada, here's the TV and Internet schedule for World Cup 2014:

All times posted below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Matches from June 12-22 will be on CBC. From June 23 on, they will be shown between CBC and SportsNet when matches are on at the same time, but exclusively on CBC otherwise.

England 3-0 Peru: Goal Highlights From England’s World Cup Warmup Match

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England cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory against Peru on Friday night, in their final send-off match at Wembley before The Three Lions head to the United States for training and two additional World Cup matches.

While England started off slowly, the team quickly got into gear particularly in the second half with two of the three goals coming from defenders.

Tickets Available for Cotton Bowl Showdown Between Real Madrid and AS Roma

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The International Champions Cup match between AS Roma and UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid will take place in Dallas, Texas on July 29 in the Cotton Bowl. This will be the team's second match each of the tournament with Roma having played Manchester United and Real Madrid playing Inter Milan three days before.

Deco Wins Court Case To Clear His Name From Doping Accusations

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Nearly a year once Portuguese international Deco announced his retirement from soccer, he's back in the spotlight with a vengeance. The former playmaker was cleared on Thursday by the Brazilian Court for Arbitration of Sport but he is now considering taking legal action against the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, as well as Brazilian-based Ladetec.

England vs Peru, World Cup Warmup Match: Open Thread

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England kicks off its next match in a series of three World Cup warmup games. Today's game against Peru will be England's last match before heading to Miami, where they'll play two friendlies next week — one against Ecuador and the other against Honduras.

Peru should present a suitable opponent for England who will be looking to put in an impressive confidence in their send-off match in front of their home supporters.

FIFA Prepared to Combat Match Fixing At World Cup In Brazil, Says Exec

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FIFA have been notified by the governing body's internal security representatives that the World Cup is under threat from match fixers.

Ralf Mutschke, FIFA's head of security and a former Interpol Executive, is prepared for the potential of fixing attempts. In a recent interview, he said:

"We know warm-up matches were thrown in the last World Cup so that is also useful information to help us counter things.

BBC and ITV Will Win UK Broadcast Rights to World Cup 2018 and 2022, Says Report

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The BBC and ITV will split broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the UK per a report in the Telegraph. The other contenders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, have dropped out of the running.

For ITV, which recently lost rights to the UEFA Champions League but has shown every World Cup since 1966, the news will come as a relief helping to keep the broadcaster in the football business.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 13 – Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa [VIDEO]

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No. 13: Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa (South Africa, 2010)

Soccer is a gamethat pits players with various moral dilemmas.Should you dive to win your team a penalty? Should you move the ball forward those extra few yards when the referee has his back turned? Should you waste time when your team is leading?

Top 25 Twitter Accounts To Follow For World Cup 2014

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Twitter and soccer are a wonderful marriage. The social media platform has become a vital, virtual companion when watching the beautiful game, with immediate reaction instantly accessible at the touch of a button.

But for those that are relatively new to the game but a pro on Twitter, or perhaps even the other way round, you might not be utilizing Twitter to its maximum potential.

Tim Howard Thinks USMNT Youth Will Be A Huge Factor in World Cup Success

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Even before Jürgen Klinsmann made the shocking decision to leave Landon Donovan out of the final 23 players that will play in Brazil, this U.S. Men's National Team was heading to Brazil as one of the least experienced US teams in a very long time.

This is USMNT'sfirst World Cup since 1990 where a single center-back has zero World Cup experience.

West Ham United Hire Former Player Teddy Sheringham As Attacking Coach

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West Ham United have hired Teddy Sheringham as attacking coach to work on Sam Allardyce's coaching staff at the Boleyn Ground in east London.

The hiring of Sheringham serves two purposes. First, it placates the West Ham United supporters who have grown tired of Allardyce's style of football, which they consider not the "West Ham United Way.

Brendan Rodgers’ Extension May Be Liverpool’s Most Important Piece of Business This Summer

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The summer transfer season has yet to kick into full gear but Liverpool has already completed its most important bit of business this offseason. Brendan Rodgers' contract extension at Liverpool may not come as much of a surprise to fans. Understandably, a manager signing an extension is not nearly as exciting as the club welcoming in a new player.

Univision Deportes to Kick Off 24/7 Coverage of World Cup 2014 On June 9

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To coincide with the World Cup beginning June 12, Univision has announced details of its 24/7 coverage of World Cup 2014 that will beamed across the United States. Along with airing all the 64 matches in the competition throughout their networks, Univision Deportes will begin live coverage of the tournament in Brazil starting June 9,providing analysis to preview the World Cup.

Barcelona Must Pass The Torch From Xavi To Cesc Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas has become a victim of his own fans' boos. An example was against Athletic Bilbao on April 20 when he replaced Xavi in the 70thminute. It's not his fault that Barcelona endured a mediocre season by their standards. The team was unable to adapt to Tata Martino's tactics and were plagued by injuries.

Ghana and the USMNT: Two Unlikely Rivals Meet Again in the World Cup

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To say that the USA and Ghana are unlikely rivals would be an understatement. One nation is a global superpower at the center of almost every international engagement, and the other is a sovereign West African nation that has made great strides in their region over the years – not that many outside of that region take notice.

UK World Cup TV Schedule For BBC and ITV Subscribers

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Got your wall chart pinned up? Sticker book nearly finished? Sweepstake sorted?

The start of the 2014 World Cup is creeping ever closer. So if you've yet to sort out any of the aforementioned pre-World Cup rituals, here at World Soccer Talk we've made things a little easier for you, by providing a full schedule on where all of our UK readers can catch the games.

Arsene Wenger Signs Contract Extension At Arsenal to Stay Until 2017

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed to sign an extension to his contract, which will keep the French manager at the Emirates Stadium until 2017.

Wenger is the longest serving current manager in the Premier League, having joined the club in 1996.

Today's news regarding his extension will be a relief for many Arsenal supporters.

Belgium (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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Oh the excitement surrounding Belgium eh? That unknown of a youthful zest for a mid-European side and their newly found lease of audacity, mystery and fame. How will they do though?

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Rangers Football Club Schedule Friendlies in United States, Canada and Scotland

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Glasgow Rangers Football Club will be touring Scotland, Canada and the United States in a pre-season tournament this summer. Starting July 1, Rangers will head to Scotland for a 6-day trip where they will play Buckie Thistle on July 3 at Victoria Park then will face-off against Brora Rangers in Dudgeon Park on July 6.

Arsenal Defender Bacary Sagna Confirms He’s Leaving Club

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One of the worst kept secrets in English football has now been officially confirmed by the player. Bacary Sagna's Arsenal career has ended.

"It's no longer a secret: I'll leave Arsenal," Sagna told L'Equipe. "They tried to make an effort, but the discussions have not gone in the direction I wanted.

Rickie Lambert In Talks to Join Liverpool From Southampton For £9million

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Liverpool are reported to be in-line for a shock swoop for Rickie Lambert The 32 year-old Southampton striker could provide critical depth for the Reds as they prepare to compete in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in five seasons.

The reported £9million deal would be a good return for the Saints.

Interview With The American Outlaws About Traveling to Brazil And Supporting USMNT

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This week, World Soccer Talk spoke with Korey Donahoo, President of The American Outlaws, the US supporters group, on their plans to go to the World Cup in Brazil and cheer on the U.S. Men's National Team with a group of 530 soccer-mad supporters. Incredibly, the American Outlaws have chartered three planes to take all of the fans to Brazil.

David Villa to Sign 3-Year Contract With New York City FC, Says Report

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Atletico Madrid and Spain striker David Villa will sign a 3-year contract to join New York City FC, the new MLS side that is scheduled to launch in 2015.

After reports in the Spanish media during the past 48 hours speculated that Villa is close to a deal, reputable reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed that Villa will play next season in the United States.

Celtic Have Asked Permission to Speak With Roy Keane About Manager’s Job

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Glasgow Celtic have asked permission to speak with Roy Keane about the vacant manager's position at the Scottish Premier League club.

Keane wasn't at the Republic of Ireland press conference today, but Martin O'Neill was. O'Neill confirmed that he received a call from Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond asking to speak to Keane.

How Liverpool Supporters Will Be In For a Surprise If They Sign Michel Vorm From Swansea

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Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański joined Swansea City from Arsenal on a free transfer today. The Polish goalkeeper will add depth to a department of Swansea City that is already brimming with talent. Swansea manager Garry Monk shared his thoughts regarding the move:

"I hope we can help [Fabianski] progress as a player and in his career because at 29 he has got to the age where he wants a new challenge.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 14 – Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage [VIDEO]

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No.14: Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage (France, 1998)

When it comes to World Cup memories, positive ones have been pretty scarce for England in recent years.

Prosperous and promising qualifying campaigns haveonly paved the way formajor tournament disappointment since Bobby Robson's Three Lions side reached the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup.

England Needs to Play Like Liverpool in the World Cup, Says Paul Scholes

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Livepool's scintillating brand of soccer brought them within a whisker of a Premier League title this season. In the process, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge all emerged as great hopes for England in a World Cup year.

The style of play was so refreshing that even a club legend at Liverpool's biggest rival feels England should emulate the way Brendan Rodgers structured his team.

Liverpool Have Made a £16million Bid For Highly-Rated Spanish Left Back

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Liverpool have made a bid worth £16 million to Sevilla for Alberto Moreno, according to published reports. The Reds have had a revolving door of left-backs over the course of the past few seasons with veterans Jose Enrique and Ally Cissokho (who has returned to Valencia after a loan stint on Merseyside) failing to make a lasting impression.

Colombia Midfielder Edwin Valencia Ruled Out World Cup

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It seems like a team with injury problems is more the rule instead of the exception as we are 15 days away from the beginning of the World Cup in Brazil. Colombian midfielder Edwin Valencia was finally sent back home on Wednesday after being unable to recover from a muscular injury that prevented him from practicing with the national team over in their Los Cardales complex just outside Buenos Aires.

ESPN’s ‘Hillsborough’ Documentary And 30 For 30 Soccer Stories Now Available On Netflix

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ESPN's explosive Hillsborough documentary as well as six other films from ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series are now available for viewing via Netflix's streaming service in the United States.

All seven films have covered a range of topics including national tragedies in Ireland and England to the disappearance of the Jules Rimet Trophy, each as exciting and different as the last.

Brian McBride on the World Cup, Landon Donovan and Giving Back to the Community

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Brian McBride spoke with World Soccer Talk about Allstate's community outreach program, Good Hands F.C., the U.S. National Team's chances in Brazil and what it was like to go to McBride's bar in Craven's Cottage.

What motivated you to start playing soccer?

"When I was a kid, I just loved being outside and playing sports.

Manchester United Owner Malcolm Glazer Has Died, Age 85

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Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died, age 85.

In 2005, Glazer purchased Manchester United. Since then, the club captured five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title. During his leadership of United, the owner was often criticized by sections of the United crowd who launched anti-Glazer campaigns such as the LUHG one ("Love United, Hate Glazer").

5 Things We Learned From the USA 2-0 Azerbaijan Victory

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The USA national team defeated Azerbaijan 2-0 in their first pre-World Cup friendly on Tuesday night at Candlestick Park. Here are five observations from the game:

1. Nothing About This Friendly Was A Good Idea

The reasons the US played Azerbaijan started and ended with Berti Vogts, who is the Azerbaijan manager and a special advisor and close friend to Jurgen Klinsmann.

Luis Suarez Likely to Make Uruguay Return Against England in World Cup

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Luis Suarez has told his Liverpool teammates he will be fit to face England in Uruguay's second group game in this summer's World Cup against England. Suarez underwent a minor operation last week following a knock he picked up in the Reds final Premier League match of the season against Newcastle on May 11.

With Adam Lallana Possibly On His Way, What Will A Pochettino Tottenham Team Look Like?

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Now that Mauricio Pochettino has officially become Tottenham manager, the work to mold a team begins. Much has been made of the swashbuckling style of Southampton's play under the Argentine coach. And Spurs fans will be expecting to see a similar approach from Tottenham next season. In fact, given the belief that Tottenham's squad is better than Southampton, Spurs fans will be expecting good football AND good results.

Real Madrid to Pay Tottenham £6.5million After Gareth Bale Wins Champions League

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Gareth Bale is no longer the €100 million man. With Real Madrid's triumph in the UEFA Champions League Final, the price of the Welsh international has risen to about €110 million with bonuses, according to a report in the Spanish media. Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy negotiated a clause into Bale's transfer to Real Madrid that would add€10million to Tottenham's coffers if Real Madrid won the Champions League.

Manchester United Close to Signing Brazil And Atletico Madrid Defender Miranda, Says Report

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Manchester United are close to securing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid and Brazilian defender Miranda, according to a report in the Spanish press. Manchester United's defensive overhaul looks set to begin with the signing the centre back. The 29-year old Brazilian was a mainstay at the back for the La Liga champions and European runners-up.

Inzaghi Will Not Solve Milan’s Woes

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Recently, I wrote a piece pointing the finger for AC Milan's woes at one man, Silvio Berlusconi. While I hope you read and comment on the article, the short summary is that Milan needs new ideas (and more money) to break free of the status quo they increasingly are stuck in. However, with the reported hiring of Filippo Inzaghi as their new manager, the club is instead doubling down on a losing bet.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 15 – Brazil Crumble At The Maracana [VIDEO]

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No.15: Brazil Crumble At The Maracana (Brazil, 1950)

If there's any moment on our list that's most applicable heading into the 2014 World Cup, it's perhaps this one, whenBrazil last hosted the tournament 64 years ago.

Back then, the format was a little different from what we are accustomed to in the modern game.

ESPN Announces 2014 MLS Television Schedule

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Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls will kick off ESPN's 2014 coverage of Major League Soccer. The network will be airing a total of 18 games for national broadcast in the United States (17 on ESPN2 and 1 on ESPN). ESPN Deportes and Watch ESPN will also carry the games to their providers.

The schedule is highlighted by many of MLS' high profile rivalries and the MLS All Star Game vs Bayern Munich on August 6th.

Adidas Release Emergency Spain Third Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Spain will be taking a third kit to them this summer in the World Cup as a last-minute change requested by FIFA because both of Spain's home and away shirts for Brazil are considered dark colors.

FIFA's regulations for World Cup 2014 mandate that teams need to have two very distinguishable shirts — where one is a lighter color and the other is a darker one.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 16 – The Black Panther Purrs [VIDEO]

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No.16: The Black Panther Purrs (England, 1966)

The history of the World Cup is littered with players who have shone, but ultimately fallen just short of glory. Think of Michael Ballack in 2002 and Paul Gascoigne in 1990. But there are no players that have impressed so much in a tournament without lifting the ultimate prize quite like Eusebio did in 1966.

Crystal Palace to Tour United States This Summer

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One of the great success stories of this year's Premier League campaign is coming to the United States this summer.

Crystal Palace were the odds-on favorite for relegation after the club only took four points from its first 11 matches. Their next move was to cut ties with manager Ian Holloway and bring in the experienced Tony Pulis.

5 Things Mauricio Pochettino Needs To Do At Tottenham

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And so the Tottenham managerial merry go round picks up another passenger. This time the man taken for a spin will be Mauricio Pochettino, the highly rated manager of last season's surprise package Southampton, who has agreed to a five-year deal. The former Argentine international turned manager comes with a reputation for high intensity, high pressing, attacking football which sounds eerily close to the mythical "Tottenham" way.

Mauricio Pochettino Named Tottenham Head Coach After Resigning From Southampton

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Mauricio Pochettino has resigned as manager of Southampton, and has agreed a five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur to become their new head coach.

The announcement was made by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club today.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy said:

"In Mauricio I believe we have a Head Coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our Club.

Winners of World Soccer Talk Awards Announced For 2013/14 Season: Best Soccer Podcasts, Blogs, Website and More

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Voting for the best of the 2013-14 Premier League season has closed, and thewinnersof the 6th World Soccer Talk Awards can now be revealed.

In one of the most competitive awards since its creation in 2009, more than 38,000 votes were cast by soccer fans worldwide in the awards to recognize the best that the Premier League has to offer including everything from blogs, footballers and books to podcasts, commentators, forums and more.

QPR Home, Away And Third Shirts Unveiled for 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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After gaining promotion to the Premier League via the Championship Playoff Final, Queens Park Rangers have unveiled their home, away and third shirts for the 2014/15 season.

QPR's new shirts are designed by Nike. The home shirt features QPR's classic blue and white hoops, this time with a rounded collar.

AC Milan Set to Sack Clarence Seedorf and Replace Him With Filippo Inzaghi, Say Reports

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If reports in Italy's three sports papers Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosportare to be believed, AC Milan is going from one legendary player to another as manager. The club looks to chop and change managers again by replacing Clarence Seedorf with Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi who is currently managing the Rossoneri's youth side.

WATCH ESPN’s New World Cup Video: Every 4 Years, the World Has One Time Zone [VIDEO]

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ESPN have released another new video in their series of promos for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While this one won't win any awards, it's a smart concept and it's something that illustrates how important and pervasive the World Cup tournament is around the world.

Entitled "Time Zone," the video shows how when the World Cup starts, every fan around the globe has to adjust their schedule to Brazil's, which means they have to make a little extra effort to watch their team's matches.

ESPN May Offer Major League Soccer Online, No Proof-of-Cable Required: Nightly Soccer Report

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Despite initial reports that ESPN would make available its MLS games starting next season on ESPN3.com via authentication, where the soccer fan would have to log in to prove s/he has a TV subscription to ESPN, the latest reporting is that ESPN may offer Major League Soccer online without authentication, so no proof of cable would be required.

WATCH Mario Balotelli Interviewing Mario Balotelli About the World Cup and Italy [VIDEO]

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Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli appears in a new video where Super Mario interviews himself.

In the interview, Balotelli discusses why he has always believed in himself, where he watched Italy win the tournament in 2006 and who's the best player in the Italy World Cup squad.

The video is part of a new campaign from Puma, the manufacturers of the Italy kit for World Cup 2014.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 17 – Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina [VIDEO]

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No.17: Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina (France, 1998)

There are certain moments when watching soccer that become etched into your memory. For me, Dennis Bergkamp's marvelous goal in the 1998 World Cup is one of them.

Already in this feature we've spoken of the marvelous Dutch teams of the past, and how their "Total Football" approach captured the imagination of the watching world.

Why Landon Donovan Breaking MLS Goal Scoring Record Doesn’t Mean He Should Be In World Cup

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If you think for one minute that Ghana, Portugal or Germany will be anywhere near the hopeless level of the Philadephia Union, think again. I give Landon Donovan credit where credit is due. He absolutely dominates Major League Soccer. Always has and always will. But after watching his Los Angeles Galaxy dismantle an utterly useless Union squad on Sunday evening 4-1, I have come to the conclusion that if I get fit and am willing to live off of $35,000 a year, I too can play for the Union.

Leicester City Transfer Rumors: Foxes Planning Busy Summer After Signing 4 Players

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Leicester City's return to the Premier League will have significance as, after six seasons without representation from the East Midlands, one of England's football rich regions returns to the top flight.

The ownership of the club by Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha means the club have the ability to spend generously in the transfer window.

West Ham United to Sign Argentine Striker Mauro Zarate On 3-Year Deal

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West Ham United are on the verge of securing a three-year deal with Mauro Zárate, who will return to the Premier League after a six year absence. The Argentine striker led his domestic league in scoring last season and returns to Europe after spending last season at Vélez Sarsfield.

The player had difficulty at Inter in the 2011-12 season and played just once for Lazio the following season before returning home to Argentina.

Why QPR’s Return to the Premier League Should be Different This Time

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Queens Park Rangers (QPR) secured a quick return to the Premier League with a 1-0 playoff final victory over Derby County at Wembley on Saturday. The victory may have appeared undeserved on the surface, but it owed itself to a fantastic team spirit Harry Redknapp built for the promotion playoffs despite a bloated squad and question marks over both his future and that of the club.

World Cup 2014: Our Pick On Who Will Lift The Trophy

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Who's going to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup then?

It's a perilously difficult question to answer.Soccer—as the old cliché goes—isn't won on paper. Most of the time, the team with the most desirable combination of players, manager and mentality come out on top. But those small margins, the differentials that ultimately separate those teams who sample glory and those who endure despair, often come down to blind luck.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 18 – Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! [VIDEO]

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No. 18: Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! (Germany, 2006)

Is there a more gut-wrenching way to lose a game than in the very last minute of extra time?

As a supporter, by that point you naturally cast your mind towards a penalty shootout and what could potentially happen there.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 19 – Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste [VIDEO]

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No. 19: Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste (Germany, 2006)

One of the great things about soccer is the way in which supporters can appreciate different types of goals.

A player in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo picking the ball up, beating a couple of men and then smashing a strike into the top corner is thrilling to watch.

Who Are Ya Designs Launch Redesign of Popular T-Shirt Website

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Who Are Ya Designs got an online makeover with a new more modern look to their popular T-shirt website. Along with a new look, the company is introducing some exclusive World Cup apparel, releasing more than 20 new designs featuring some tournament favorites and some underdogs as well. The website will also feature limited time only shirts featuring the U.

From Bad to Worse, Gus Johnson and FOX Sports’ Coverage of Champions League Sinks to a New Low

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During the past two weeks, FOX Sports' PR representatives have been busy at work securing interviews with top media outlets such as Esquire, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, New York Post and, bizarrely, Rolling Stone. Their mission was to generate positive press about soccer commentator Gus Johnson in the lead-up to the UEFA Champions League Final in order to combat all of the negativity about the voice of FOX's soccer coverage.

Real Madrid Win Historic 10th European Title In Dramatic Circumstances: Goal Highlights [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid won the historic La Decima with its tenth European title today after coming so close to losing to Atletico Madrid in regulation time, but bouncing back to win the match 4-1.

Note: Due to rights restrictions, the videos below are only playable in the US:

Here are the highlights of the goals:

Diego Godin heads Atletico Madrid into the lead

Video: Godin goal breaks Madrid deadlock

Sergio Ramos grabs a late equalizer; Gus Johnson almost loses his voice

Video: Sergio Ramos nets last minute equalizer

Gareth Bale heads in the goal to give Real Madrid the lead

Video: Bale gives Real Madrid 2-1 lead

Real Madrid's Marcelo puts the game out of Atleti's reach

Video: Marcelo doubles Real Madrid's lead

And Cristiano Ronaldo puts the icing on the cake with this late penalty.

WATCH Atletico Madrid Diego Godin’s Goal Against Real Madrid [VIDEO]

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Atletico Madrid scored the opening goal in the UEFA Champions League today after Diego Godin's header sailed over Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and ended in the net.

Here's the exciting commentary of the goal by the FOX Deportes commentators (as opposed to the empty FOX commentary with Gus Johnson where it sounded like he didn't know whether it was a goal or not, at first).

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League Final: Open Thread

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Real Madrid are on the verge of history tonight. A win against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League will achieve La Decima for Real, the 10th European Cup/Champions League the historic Spanish side have won.

In its path is Atletico Madrid, who are looking to achieve the double this season after winning the Spanish La Liga title last week.

Where to Find Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Champions League Final On US TV & Internet

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All eyes of the soccer world are on one game as the UEFA Champions League, the world's most-watched elite club soccer competition, crowns its champion. Spanish powerhouses and crosstown rivalsReal MadridandAtletico Madridsquare off in the final at Lisbon's Stadium of Light for the world's most coveted club prize, live onSaturday, May 24,on FOX at2:00 p.

QPR vs Derby County, Championship Playoff Final: Open Thread

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Make sure you don't miss one of the biggest games of the year in the soccer calendar. The game will be shown live on US television and Internet. And here are the details of where to find QPR against Derby County on US television and Internet:

QPR vs Derby
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Game coverage begins at 10am ET

Starting line-ups:

QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Onuoha; O'Neil, Kranjcar, Barton, Hoilett; Austin, Doyle

Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keogh (C), Forsyth, Thorne, Hughes, Hendrick, Russell, Ward, Martin

Subs: Legzdins, Bryson, Sammon, Bamford, Whitbread, Dawkins, Eustace

TV listings:
Watch Derby vs QPR onbeIN SPORTS,beIN SPORTS EspanolandDishWorld

Programming note: For viewers in the United States, today's Championship Playoff Final is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld.

Last Chance to Vote for the Best Podcasts, Blogs & More of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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The deadline for voting in the sixth-annual World Soccer Talk Awards is tomorrow, and time is running out to vote for the best of the 2013/14 Premier League season featuring the best-of-the-best soccer podcasts, blogs, footballers, websites, forums and more.

So far, many of the categories have been extremely competitive.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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Bosnia possess a great attacking panel, but will they be able to hold up against a team with talented forwards and a staunch back-line? The pod look at the roster and how much of the talent will shine in Brazil. Let's Talk World Soccer:

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David Luiz Says Goodbye to Chelsea Fans In Farewell Letter

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Brazilian defender David Luiz has bid farewell to Chelsea fans in a farewell letter that he posted on his official Instagram account.

Luiz will be joining Paris Saint-Germain, pending personal terms and passing a medical fee, for a whopping £48million transfer fee. Before he officially joins PSG, he wrote this heartfelt message to Chelsea supporters:

"Thanks Chelsea for the three and half years of a great partnership.

Predictions and Betting Advice for Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Champions League Final

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In September, I placed a bet that Real Madrid would win the UEFA Champions League. I believed that Real Madrid would win the Champions League when I made that wager, and eight months later nothing has changed. That's not to say that Atletico haven't had a fantastic year that has been profitable for savvy betters.

Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone On The Verge Of Creating History

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In April, Atletico Madrid's fans in the famous Shed End at Stamford Bridge were electric as their manager,the former Argentina international and Atletico Madrid player, Diego Simeone, dared to dream. When Atletico Madrid's players and staff jumped off the plane in London, they arrived thinking that only one team was going to dictate the play, and that team was the red and white half of Madrid.

WATCH adidas’ World Cup Commercial Featuring Leo Messi and Luis Suarez [VIDEO]

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adidas has released its official advert for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, starring some of the world's best footballers including Leo Messi, Dani Alves, Luis Suárez, Robin van Persie, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Xavi. The advert, titled "Leo Messi's World Cup Dream", officially marks the start of the adidas "#allin or nothing" 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil campaign.

Where to Find QPR vs Derby Championship Playoff Final On US TV & Internet (10am ET Kickoff)

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The entire Championship season comes down to one game today to decide which final team will be promoted to the Premier League. Queens Park Rangers, who are hoping to bounce back after being relegated from the Premier League last season, come up against an in-form Derby County side managed by Steve McClaren.

Landon Donovan’s Impressive Career Stats With the USMNT

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Landon Donovan's fact sheet is as long as it is impressive.

The American legend began his soccer career at the age of six, and was later accepted into the U.S. Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program at the age of 15. He made his debut for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2002 where he scored his first international goal against Poland in the 83rd minute.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Underdogs Atleti Hoping For Poetic Win Against Real Madrid

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This Saturday we're going to see the first inner-city UEFA Champions League final when Real Madrid go head to head with Atletico Madrid in the Estadio da Luz, Lisbon.

The Bernabeu museum is aching to put the 10th UEFA Champions League trophy in its cabinet, and perhaps Balon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and tactical mastermind Carlo Ancelotti will finally satiate everybody's thirst.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Luck Star In New World Cup Panini Sticker Commercial [VIDEO]

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US sports stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Luck star in the third and final spot of Panini's World Cup "Who Do You Collect" series. The video showcases how growing up in Europe both Kobe Bryant and Andrew Luck played the game of soccer and how they became fans of the World Cup and how that experience translates to their success on the basketball court and football field.

PBS to Show Documentary About Bob Bradley and Egypt National Team

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American Pharaoh is a documentary produced by PBS detailing the struggles in Egypt and one soccer team's journey to qualify for the ultimate tournament, the FIFA World Cup. American Pharaoh follows the Egypt National Team's former manager Bob Bradley, who also coached the U.S. Men's National team from 2006-2011.

Jurgen Klinsmann Says Landon Donovan Step Behind USMNT Players In Certain Areas

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Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with members of the media today from the U.S. Men's National Team's camp in Stanford, California. The topic on everyone's mind was Landon Donovan being left off the final 23-man roster.

When asked about Donovan's exclusion, Klinsmann said, "We coaches felt like the guys we choose are a little step ahead of Landon in certain areas.

Patrice Evra Signs One Year Extension at Manchester United

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Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

The French left back has decided to stay at Old Trafford, taking the World Cup footballer into his tenth season at United.

So far, Evra has made 379 appearances at the club, scoring 10 goals. The defender was initially signed from Monaco in January 2006, and has gone on to win five Premier League titles, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League during his time in England.

Top 47 Players Released By Premier League Clubs Today

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The Premier League today revealed the list of players that the 20 Premier League clubs plan on retaining for next season, as well as those that have been released.

More than 150 players have been released from their clubs, but we've listed the 47 players below that are important to know. Take note, however.

PSG Close to Signing Chelsea’s David Luiz for £50million to Break World Record Fee For Defender

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Chelsea are currently in talks for a deal to sell defender David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain for nearly £50million, which would be a world-record fee for a defender. The two clubs have been in talks for some time and the deal should be made official before the start of the World Cup.

Luiz was signed to Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 for £23.

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole Released By Chelsea

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Chelsea veterans Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have been released by Chelsea Football Club.

Lampard, 35, joined Chelsea in 2001 from West Ham United. During his 13 years at Chelsea, he played in more than 420 matches and won medals in 3 Premier Leagues, 4 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Europa League and 2 League Cups.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 20 – South Korea’s Sensational Run [VIDEO]

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No. 20: South Korea's Sensational Run (Japan & South Korea, 2002)

Being the host nation or city in any tournament can typically gives rise to a duo of far removed scenarios.

Some teams can crumble under the enormous pressure that accompanies this tag. The build-up, the fandom, the unrelenting intensity of proceedings can prove too much for some.

Jürgen Klinsmann’s 5 Biggest Moments as USMNT Coach [VIDEO]

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With a friendly against Azerbaijan next week, and the World Cup not too far off, Jürgen Klinsmann has selected a 23-man World Cup squad that looks better than what Bob Bradley left to him. While far and away from the world beaters at this time, the USMNT under Klinsmann are still fighting for respectability in anticipation of the World Cup group games against strong sides of Germany, Ghana and Portugal.

Greece (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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Greece are on of ‘those' teams aren't they? Soft spot, solid back line and some stories to pull you in. Ultimately: they are not in the right place to win in Brazil so what can we expect from the tournament for Greece and their transitioning team? Let's Talk World Soccer:

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How Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup Squad Decisions Mirror Germany 2006

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It's not just Landon Donovan's exclusion from the US 23-man squad for Brazil that should make people take notice. It's far deeper than that. Jurgen Klinsmann is taking his formula from years gone by and updating it, just wearing different colors. In order to understand this US roster, we must first look back at Germany's from 2006 because a close examination will make nothing released today seem surprising.

No Landon Donovan Will Deal Devastating Blow to USMNT World Cup Hopes

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We're going to look back and say this is the moment where it all fell apart.

No Landon Donovan.

Apparently, 156 games, 57 international goals, twelve World Cup games, five World Cup goals, an unassailable position as the best American player ever, a position of leadership and a whole lot of motivation to ride off into the sunset on a high doesn't get you a place on Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster.

Landon Donovan Disappointed With Jurgen Klinsmann’s Decision to Drop Him

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USMNT midfielder Landon Donovan posted a message on Facebook this evening to express his disappointment with the decision made by USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann to drop him from the final 23-man World Cup squad.

Donovan said:

"It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups.

Landon Donovan Has Only Himself To Blame For USMNT World Cup Squad Omission

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Everybody is all over Jurgen Klinsmann about his decision to drop Landon Dononvan from the USMNT and not take him to Brazil. What is there to be surprised about? Big time sports is all about "what have you done for me lately," and Donovan has not been lighting the world on fire for club or country for some time now.

Chelsea Unveil Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Following on from the launch of the new 2014/15 home shirt in April, adidas and Chelsea Football Club have revealed the new look away shirt, inspired by famous yellow kits from the club's past.

Chelsea in a yellow away strip conjures up memories of Peter Osgood in the 1960s and 1970s, through Clive Walker in the 1980s, Gianfranco Zola in the 1990s up, and to Frank Lampard's memorable winner in the FA Cup final of 2009.

WATCH Landon Donovan’s 57 Goals For US Men’s National Team: 2000-2014 [VIDEO]

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Many soccer fans in the United States are still in shock that Landon Donovan has been cut from the US team for World Cup 2014.

Donovan holds the records for the most number of goals for the United States as well as the most number of assists. Plus he's been such an integral part of the USMNT team for the past 14 years that the decision to not include him in the final 23 has left many soccer fans awestruck.

Why Jurgen Klinsmann’s Decision to Cut Landon Donovan From World Cup Team Is A Wise One

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USMNT Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann made a courageous decision today that will move the sport of soccer forward in the United States. The US Men's National head coach and technical director dropped Landon Donovan from his 23-man World Cup squad, which means that the all-time leading US goalscorer will not participate in a fourthWorld Cup unless he's called into the squad due to an injury to one of the 23.

USMNT Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Landon Donovan Dropped From Squad

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US Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014, and has cut seven players including USMNT midfielder Landon Donovan.

Donovan, 32, who was the iconic hero of the 2010 USMNT World Cup squad after scoring a late goal against Algeria to earn the US a first place finish in their opening group, made the 30-man squad but was cut from the 23-man squad named today.

Manchester United Set To Lose Out On Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos Signings: Nightly Soccer Report

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In a blow to Manchester United supporters who were hoping that Louis Van Gaal would be able to convince Thomas Müller to join the Red Devils, the German international looks set to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford. While, at the same time, Van Gaal has ended his interest in trying to sign Bayern Munich midfield star Toni Kroos.

View World Cup Posters For All 32 Teams At Brazil 2014 From ESPN

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ESPN has released all 32 World Cup-themed posters for Brazil 2014. The entire series is designed exclusively for ESPN by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira. The 33 portraits, created in collaboration with creative agency Wieden + Kennedy New York, feature a rendition of stories and key players from each of the 32 nations competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Saturday’s Championship Playoff Final Worth £134 Million to Winner: Preview

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The world's most lucrative single soccer fixture will take place Saturday at Wembley as Derby County and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) will fight for a spot in the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League. It's a one-off match with implications unlike any other in England.

The two clubs fighting for the final Premier League spot have dramatically different business models and ownership groups.

Test Your Football Knowledge For A Chance to Win 2 Tickets to England vs Peru at Wembley

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The England national team will take to the field for the final time on home soil ahead of the World Cup when they meet Peru on Friday, May 30 2014. And Carlsberg are giving you the chance to be at Wembley to roar on the Three Lions before they jet off for friendlies in the United States and then the real deal in South America.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 21 – Total Football [VIDEO]

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No. 21: Total Football, (Germany, 1974)

Every so often, one team can capture the imagination of the watching world. Typically, they are sides that play in a striking style, with unique ideas and ultimately, sample their fair degree of success.

In 1974, the Dutch national team—competing at their first World Cup in 36 years—did exactly that.

Browse Through All of the World Cup 2014 Kits: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Part of the magic of the World Cup is seeing players suit up and represent their countries in the world's biggest tournament. Ask any player and they'll tell you it's an incredible honor putting on his nation's colors and playing for all his fellow countrymen watching. In the history of the tournament there have been some really great kits, and some really horrid ones as well.

Review of Futebol Nation Book By Author David Goldblatt

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David Goldblatt has done it again. His 2007 masterpiece The Ball is Round is the most definitive and analytical global history of soccer ever written. That work looked at every corner of the globe the development of the sport, the institutions of soccer and the political and societal issues around the game's history in each region.

Uruguay Striker Luis Suarez A Doubt For World Cup After Knee Surgery

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Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is a doubt for this summer's World Cup after news spread that he is to undergo keyhole surgery today torepair damage to his meniscus.

Experts say that it can take anywhere from 15 days to a minimum of four weeks before Suarez can return to full fitness. The length of his absence will depend on the extent of his injury, which will be known today after the surgery is completed.

Paul Scholes Offers Advice On How to Get the Best Out Of Wayne Rooney At World Cup 2014

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Paul Scholes has chastised Wayne Rooney and given some advice to England manager Roy Hodgson as the 2014 World Cup approaches. Scholes, who played for eight and a half seasons with Rooney at United and recently coached him for a handful of matches following Ryan Giggs appointment as caretaker manager, had keen observations he gave in his new weekly column:

"The England management team has to get the best fromWayne Rooneyfor the World Cup.

WATCH Movie Trailer For ‘United Passions’ Film About FIFA: Major Motion-Picture Propaganda [VIDEO]

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'United Passions' is a brand-new film about the founding and history of FIFA, soccer's top governing body. The major motion-picture features stars Tim Roth, Gerard Depardieu and Sam Neill. Based on the trailer for the film (see below), it's a sweeping story that ranges from a period piece (when FIFA was founded) to a mystery thriller as it examines the alleged corruption and politics within the organization.

Portugal (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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The pod question if Portugal are the side that they are billed to be as the World Cup begins. Exciting? At times. Frustrating? More often. The huge star is there but with the talent surrounding him can Portugal make a run at the World Cup? A dark horse, front-runner or has-been scenario? World, let's Talk Soccer:

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Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Leaves Club; Tipped For WBA or Norwich Jobs

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has left the Glasgow club.

A source toThe Daily Recordnewspaper said that:

"It's a sad day, but Neil has been talking to the club for some time about his situation, he feels he needs a fresh challenge and a break from the strains of this job.

Why Arsenal Need to Build Off The FA Cup Triumph

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On Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I left my open beer sitting on the table next to me untouched for 75 minutes in the second half and stoppage time of the FA Cup.

Like many soccer fans, I tend to enjoy a cold adult beverage during my favorite soccer teams' matches, primarily to calm my jittery nerves.

What Liverpool’s Youngsters Can Offer England in the World Cup

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The inclusion of five Liverpool players in England's World Cup squad is fitting considering Liverpool's unprecedented resurgence in the Premier League this season. The youthful trio of Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge were just as integral to the Liverpool cause as the experienced duo of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson.

ESPN Airs Part 2 of ‘Inside U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil’ Tonight

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The second part of ESPN's "Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil" will air tonight at 10pm ET on ESPN. The six part series premiered Tuesday May 13th and continues until June 11th, one day before the World Cup kick-off. The half-hour long specials feature an inside look into Jurgen Klinsmann and his team's preparations for the World Cup at Stanford University, and will also follow the team during the Send-Off Series matches.

Watch the Most Memorable World Cup Moments On ESPN2 Tonight at 9pm ET

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As part of their preparations for the World Cup, ESPN FC has compiled a list of the top 10 best World Cup moments of all times. The "Most Memorable FIFA World Cup Moments" is a one-hour special set to air Wednesday May 21st at 9pm on ESPN2 and will be hosted by ESPN FC's Dan Thomas. The countdown will be a compilation of the most important moments in the tournament's history.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 22 – Zidane Loses His Head [VIDEO]

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No. 23: Zidane Loses His Head, (Germany, 2006)

Soccer is a game that can render you speechless. In awe at what you've just seen, dumfounded by whathas happenedout on the pitch.

World Cup final's are occasions that regularly give rise to a bout of speechlessness. Typically due to the sheer drama they concoct, the outpouring of emotion we see from teams who have won the trophy and the raw despair thatgrips the runners up.

Barcelona Put £45million Price Tag On Cesc Fabregas to Test Arsenal and Man United’s Interest

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F.C. Barcelona has put a £45million price tag on Cesc Fabregas' transfer fee. The Spanish club is looking to trade a few of their players if the right price comes in, trying to clean house and make room for new talent. Two clubs with reported interest in Fabregas are English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal.

Should Wild Card Berths Be Offered in the Europa League to Teams Like Man United and AC Milan?

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At the start of next season, two of the biggest powerhouses in Europe will be missing from continental soccer altogether. Manchester United and AC Milan tried to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, but both fell short in the final matches of their respective league campaigns.

In numerous sports, wild cards can be awarded to players/teams failing to qualify through normal means, usually at the discretion of the governing body.

Who Will Make It Into Italy’s 23-Man World Cup Squad And Why

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The Italy National Team have started preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Coach Cesare Prandelli has called up 31 players (30 plus the 4th goalkeeper Mirante). This list must be reduced to 23 before heading to Mangaratiba, 100 km from Rio de Janeiro, where the Azzurri will have their headquarters during the tournament.

France (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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After so much turbulence in recent years France are back to...well...this side. Somewhat of a compromise side when you look at what the team could and should have been. Yet, there is almost a belief that this team might have shirked some of the issues that previous generations of the French side might have embodied.

5 Reasons Why Louis Van Gaal Will Be Successful at Manchester United

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Exciting times are ahead at Manchester United. After suffering their worst season in recent memory, there is quiet optimism among the club and fans that a return to normalcy, and winning trophies, is close. While the sacking of David Moyes may have caused this new wave of optimism, the announcement of Louis Van Gaal as the new manager has really carried it.

Best Premier League Starting XI From Relegated Teams Fulham, Norwich and Cardiff

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Some would say this is a thankless task picking a starting XI and a bench from the three relegated sides. I examined the three relegated sides to see what could be salvaged and turned into a functional, if not stylish, Premier League team.

Stats, whether you love or hate them, paint a clear picture of why these sides struggled.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 38: Atletico Madrid are Worthy Spanish Champions

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Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Primera title on the final day of the season with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona. At the other end of the table, Osasuna and Real Valladolid were relegated and will join Real Betis in La Segunda.

Atletico Madridwon their first La Liga title since 1996 after drawing 1-1 with Barcelona in the championship decider atCamp Nou.

Prozone Planning On Releasing Version of its Software to Soccer Fans

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There is a new way of looking over soccer tactics, conducting team practices, and giving management a better understanding of their soccer club and players: Performance Analysis. We are starting to see more companies provide information in regards to performance analysis — companies such as StatDNA and Opta provide club teams or fans information on how a certain player is performing and/or look at the team overall.

Download the Panini Collectors App to Organize Your World Cup Sticker Collection

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Admit it, you're addicted to collecting the Panini World Cup stickers. You've bought tons of packs and now you're turning to friends in order to trade for those specific players you want in your album. Keeping up with all the stickers can be difficult though, and flipping through you album to see who you need can really slow down the trading process.

It’s Time For USMNT Fans To Brush Up On MLS Before World Cup 2014

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Soccer in this country has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Some of that growth has been spurred on by the success of the U.S. Men's National Team as well as the U.S. Women's National Team. Undoubtedly, some of that growth is a result of a more financially stable MLS. However, most of that growth is a result of the large presence of European club teams in the US.

Portugal Name 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Portugal, one of the group stage opponents for the United States, has released its final 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup. The shock cut was that of Ricardo Quaresma who made the squad for Euro 2012 but did not feature in that tournament. Braga's Rafa Silva appears to have been selected in Quaresma's place.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 23 – Senegal Shock The World [VIDEO]

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No. 23: Senegal Shock The World (Japan & South Korea, 2002)

Nowadays it's traditional for the host nation to play in the World Cup opener, but back in 2002, it was the current holders France who started the first ever World Cup to be played on Asian soil.

The French side were the favorites for the competition, and understandably so.

Why NBC Sports Will Lose the Premier League in 2016

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Last week during "upfronts," those giant press conferences where television networks pimp their new programming to advertisers, ESPN president John Skipper was asked whether his network would bid on the next Premier League contract, which would begin in 2016.

"We'll be interested in it," Skipper told the press.

An American-Style Salary Cap Would Be a Fairer System For European Soccer Clubs Than FFP

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Last week, UEFA levied severe Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions against Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain, among several clubs. In the wake of the settlement that averted a potential court case for the governing body of European football, much has been written about FFP. I have for a long while felt that FFP is a system designed specifically to protect the biggest clubs in European football.

Wayne Rooney May Get Pushed Out At United Due to Louis Van Gaal’s Favoritism For Robin van Persie

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tweeted yesterday that he is looking forward to working with Louis Van Gaal. And I sincerely believe that is true. Perhaps Rooney, Robin van Persie and Van Gaal can propel United to heights forgotten. However, I believe it is more likely that this will turn out to be Rooney's last season at Manchester United and, honestly, it's probably warranted.

Ryan Giggs Thank You Letter to Manchester United Fans Gives a Taste of What is to Come

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Ryan Giggs retired from professional football Monday penning a letter to Manchester United fans thanking them for their support. Giggs' retirement coincided with the appointment of Louis Van Gaal as manager and Giggs taking on a new role as assistant manager. Van Gaal is not a long-term solution.

3 Secrets Behind Diego Simeone’s Success at Atletico Madrid

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The final of the 2014 UEFA Champions League, on Saturday May 24, will be the fifth one-country final, and Atletico Madrid's first Champions League final in history.

Diego "El Cholo" Simeone has singlehandedly transformed a team that was falling behind before his arrival in 2011. The season before Simeone, Atletico finished 7th in La Liga, and was eliminated from the Copa Del Rey as well as the Europa League in group stages.

Catch Up On 6 of the ESPN 30 For 30 Soccer Series Films You May Have Missed [VIDEO]

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Part of ESPN's 2014 World Cup coverage included eight new 30 For 30 documentaries with two feature length films and six shorter 30-minute films. All eight films have covered a range of topics including national tragedies in Ireland and England to the disappearing of the Jules Rimet Trophy, each as exciting and different as the last.

Netherlands World Cup 2014 Preview: A Test of Youth Mixed with Experience

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The Oranje. The Royal Netherlands Football Team (KNVB), aka Netherlands or Holland, is a team well known for its moments of brilliance, but so often eclipsed by moments of madness. Their fans can always be seen wildly cheering on their team decked out in orange with a smattering of red, white, and blue.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 24 – Gemmill’s Solo Stunner For Scotland

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No. 24: Gemmill's Solo Stunner For Scotland (Argentina, 1978)

Whilst it may seem an unfathomable prospect these days, Scotland were actually a very good soccer team towards the back end of the last century. I kid you not!

Boasting arguably the world's finest footballer at the time in Kenny Dalglish, the toughest player in the world in Graeme Souness, and exciting talents like Archie Gemmill and Lou Macari, the Scots qualified for the World Cup finals in Argentina in 1978 with high hopes.

Your Predictions for the Final 2013-14 Premier League Table; How Did You Do?

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For the past seven years I've posted my predictions at the beginning of each season for how the final Premier League table will look. And, at the same time, I've always opened it up to you, the readers, to cast your predictions too. So how did we do?

First up is my prediction, which was a complete failure this season.

Manchester United Name Louis van Gaal as Manager and Appoint Ryan Giggs as Assistant

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Manchester United have confirmed that Louis van Gaal is set to become manager after Netherland's World Cup journey ends this summer.

Van Gaal, who has won multiple titles in Holland, Spain and Germany, has signed a three-year contract, which will see him take over at the club in time for the 2014/15 season.

Debunking 3 Myths About Liverpool’s Capitulation in the Premier League Title Race

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Though it is certainly tempting to call Liverpool's 2ndplace finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season a capitulation, it was not that. Despite not winning the title, Liverpool pushed Manchester City all the way – a situation few could have predicted after the previous season's 7thplace finish.

Dispelling the Top 4 Cliches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The World Cup is nearly upon us and as the anticipation is ramping up for the biggest sporting event on the planet, so will the debates, talking points, narratives and clichés. No doubt soccer fans from all over will gather together with like-minded friends and discuss everything there is to talk about regarding the World Cup.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 25 – Donovan Sends The States Crazy

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No.25: Donovan Sends The States Crazy (South Africa, 2010)

After draws in their opening two games of the 2010 World Cup, the United States Men's National Team knew that they had a wonderful chance of making it to the knockout stages.

A hard earned 1-1 tie with England was followed up by a pulsating 2-2 draw with Slovenia, a game in which the USMNT rallied from two goals down, with Michael Bradley netting a late equalizer.

Australia Unveils Its 30-Man Provisional Squad For World Cup 2014

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Australia Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has selected his 30-man Provisional Squad for the upcoming World Cup.

"We're excited to announce the preliminary 30-man Socceroos squad for the World Cup.... We've selected a squad we believe will represent the people of Australia with pride on the biggest stage in world sport," Postecoglou said at the official press conference, unveiling the squad.

The 25 Most Exciting World Cup Moments – Preview

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Can you believe it? It's just 26 days until the World Cup gets underway in Brazil.

The host nation will kick off the tournament against Croatia in the competition curtain raiser, paving the way for a month jam-packed with top quality soccer. Lovers of the beautiful game will be able to sit back and sample 64 games over the course of 32 days before a backdrop of fervent Brazilian colour and fandom.

Gerardo Martino Steps Down as Barcelona Manager After Atletico Madrid Win La Liga Title

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Gerardo Martino has stepped down as manager of FC Barcelona.

According to a brief statement issued by Barcelona, Martino will leave the club by mutual constent. The decision was made shortly after Atletico Madrid tied Barcelona 1-1 at Camp Nou, which was enough to help Atleti win the 2013/14 La Liga title.

WATCH Match Highlights of Arsenal Winning the 2013/14 FA Cup Final vs Hull City [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Arsenal FC on winning the 2013/14 FA Cup Final.

In typical Arsenal style, the Gunners didn't make it easy after Hull City deservedly scored two early goals to give the Arsenal players, manager and supporters a shock to the system. But the Gunners bounced back after an exquisite free kick from Santi Cazorla pulled them back into the match.

Arsenal vs Hull City, 2013/14 FA Cup Final Open Thread

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Arsenal and Hull City battle today in the final of the 2013/14 FA Cup, which will be played at the legendary Wembley Stadium. It's truly a clash of David against Goliath. It's also an opportunity for Arsenal to win its first trophy in nine years, as well as Hull City's first chance to win the FA Cup trophy.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga Title Decider: Open Thread

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The entire La Liga season comes down to one game today to decide who will be crownedchampionsof the 2013/14 season. Atletico Madrid, who have had an incredible season undermanager Diego Simeone, need only a draw or a victory to break the Barcelona-Real Madrid monopoly. But withBarcelonaplaying at home at Camp Nou, a win for the Blaugrana will knock Atleti off itsperch, which will be a cruel way to end the seasonfor the Madrid team.

Where to Find Arsenal vs Hull City FA Cup Final On US TV and Internet

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Today marks the second time ever that the FA Cup Final will air on US broadcast television. Arsenal and Hull City clash at Wembley Stadium in London, live today on the over-the-air FOXnetwork.

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the FA Cup Final from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles with analysts Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

Where to Find Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid La Liga Title Decider On US TV and Internet

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The entire La Liga season comes down to one game today to decide who will be crowned champions of the 2013/14 season. Atletico Madrid, who have had an incredible season under manager Diego Simeone, need only a draw or a victory to break the Barcelona-Real Madrid monopoly. But with Barcelona playing at home at Camp Nou, a win for the Blaugrana will knock Atleti off its perch, which will be a cruel way to end the season for the Madrid team.

Why Silvio Berlusconi Needs to Leave AC Milan For the Betterment of the Club

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By the time the final whistle blows on the Serie A season this Sunday, the odds are that AC Milan will be without European football next season. There is a chance they can jump a few clubs into sixth, but they do not control their own destiny. Already the blame is being assigned and fingers are being pointed as usually happens when Milan fails to win any trophies.

FA Cup Winner Will Lift a Brand-New FA Cup Trophy [VIDEO]

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The winners of the 2013-14 FA Cup will lift a brand new trophy at Wembley today only the third edition of the world's most famous domestic Cup.

The 2014 trophy will replace the 1992 edition, which in turn replaced the first iteration of the current design in 1911.

Made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London, the new trophy is made from 6.

Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Says ‘We Will Do Everything to Win The FA Cup’ [VIDEO]

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Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup final today in a bid to end their 9 year wait for a trophy. FATV spoke to Arsenal stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny on his excitement, the desire to win this trophy, the talent of Sagbo and playing at Wembley.

Koscielny discusses what Arsenal will need to do in the FA Cup Final to try to win it, as well as how a victory would relieve so much pressure off the Arsenal team.

What The Future Holds For Relegated Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich

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After a long and grueling Premier League season, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich have bitten the dust. Instead of looking forward to another year of outings at Old Trafford, Anfield, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, these three clubs will travel to the likes of Ipswich Town, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

WATCH The Music Video For The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song Starring Pitbull and JLo

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RCA Records has released a remix of the official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup featuring Miami rapper Pitbull along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.

The trio shake their stuff in a song that you will literally hear hundreds of times between now and July 2014. Watch the video below or listen to the original mix of the song.

US Soccer Appoints Jill Ellis as New USWNT Head Coach

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The United States Women's National team has named Jill Ellis as the new head coach,who served as interim coach after Tom Sermanni was fired in April. This will be the third head coach the USWNT has had in the last two years and the eighth head coach in the team's history.

Currently ranked number one in FIFA's Women's World rankings, the team experienced success under previous coach Pia Sundhage who led the team to two Olympic gold medals and a second place finish in the 2011 FIFA World Cup.

Louis Van Gaal Appointing Ryan Giggs As No. 2 Will Pave Way For Future At Manchester United

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As Louis Van Gaal begins to poke his way around Manchester, he will have the best assistance that could be offered. According to published reports, Ryan Giggs will take a role as Van Gaal's number two while the Dutch head coach fills out his prospective coaching staff at Old Trafford.

Giggs offers a degree of continuity and continues the "spirit of 99," United's treble winning side, around the club.

‘Papers in the Wind’ By Eduardo Sacheri: Book Review

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One of the things that bugs me most about popular culture is the lack of quality fictional moves about soccer.Bend It Like Beckham may have been the last good fictional account where soccer played a prominent role, and even that is not that wonderful of a movie. Arguably The Damned United is fictional (and there is no argument about how good it is) but heavily based on real life events.

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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How often do we hear that old cliche in soccer, "this is our cup final"? A vital game, in which winning is the only option; nothing else will do.

As we approach the final knockings of the European domestic campaign, the calendar is packed with these "cup final" clashes in the league, not to mention some actual, proper finals to cap off the season.

Luca Caioli’s ‘Neymar’ Book Is a Must-Read Before the World Cup

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When Luca Caioli writes a book about a player, it is not your average biography. What you can expect is a well written, well researched look at his subject. His most recent book Neymar looks at this young superstar with a thoroughness that shows his development into arguably the best Brazilian soccer player of his time.

Samuel Eto’o Takes Parting Shot At Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho's odd comments about Samuel Eto'o's age were ignored by the striker while he continued to play for Mourinho at Chelsea. But now with the season over and Eto'o seemingly headed for the exit, the three-time European champion Eto'o has shot back at The Special One.

Eto'o made the following comment this week:

"I am 33 years old.

Australia’s Young Socceroos May Be Underdogs But Should Not Be Underestimated

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The recent retirement of two key international players for Australia, along with the inconsistent form and injury problems of their captain, have Socceroos fans concerned about their team's chances in Brazil. This has alarmed the wider soccer community, who had already written off Australia for the World Cup after they were drawn into a really tough group with Spain, Netherlands, and Chile.

ESPN to Debut ‘Virtual Presenter’ Technology In Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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During World Cup 2014, ESPN will introduce new technology codenamed Virtual Presenter that could give viewers a unique perspective on watching the world's game.

"We are going to use technology that's an extension of what we do with ESPN Axis. We are now going to be able to take our commentators live and put them into the play," explainedESPNCoordinating Producer Amy Rosenfeld, who revealed the details in an exclusive interview with World Soccer Talk.

While Inter Milan Has Given Walter Mazzarri the Vote of Confidence, Is He Cut Out For The Job?

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Walter Mazzarri's first year with Inter Milan and the Nerazzurri hasn't been an easy one. I don't believe Inter fans should complain too much, however. Inter just clinched 5th place in Serie A and a spot in the Europa League. Undeniably Inter has been a boring and slow moving team during this season.

Swansea City Announce US Preseason Tour Including Game Against Chivas de Guadalajara

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Premier League club Swansea City have announced that the team will be flying to the United States this summer for a training camp in Chicago as well as a series of preseason friendlies.

The only Welsh team in the Premier Leaguewill conduct a training camp in Chicago from July 6 to July 20, which will be interspersed with preseason friendlies against Chivas de Guadalajara on July 16 in Milwaukee, as well as a July 19 friendly against Minnesota United in Blaine.

Top 4 Transfer Targets for Liverpool This Summer

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Liverpool's collapse in this season's Premier League title race will haunt fans for a long time in the future. After Steven Gerrard's unfortunate slip that allowed Demba Ba to race through on goal, giving Chelsea the advantage at Anfield, the title was back in Manchester City's hands. Last Monday's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace all but ended Liverpool's hopes of the title; requiring three points against Newcastle United and praying that City would lose at home against West Ham United.

FOX Soccer Plus Has Become Completely Irrelevant to Soccer Fans

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With all of the focus on FOX Sports 1 and the dismal ratings on FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus has gotten lost in the shuffle. The channel has seemingly become the red headed stepchild at FOX Sports.

With all of the changes at FOX Sports in the past 12 months, FOX Soccer Plus has become less relevant than ever before.

Ciro Immobile is Dortmund’s Ideal Replacement for Robert Lewandowski

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Borussia Dortmund is looking to replace senior forward Robert Lewandowski, who will join Bundesliga's rivals Bayern Munich this summer. The German giant's likely number one target is Torino forward Ciro Immobile, the Serie A's top scorer. The 21 year-old striker scored 22 goals with Torino this year, but he is co-owned with FC Juventus.

Pinball Wizard Jack Wilshere Hits the Jackpot For England In New Nike World Cup Ad [VIDEO]

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England's pinball wizard Jack Wilshere is ready to unleash his skills at World Cup 2014, as well as risking everything on the pitch as can be seen in the video below where Super Jacky Wilshere scores a goal against the odds.

The video is part of a three-part series released thus far, which also features Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Blue Moon Rising: Is This The Start of a Dominant Era for Manchester City?

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As the curtains falls on the 2013/2014 Premier League season, many fans and pundits have been left to catch their breath after what has been an enthralling year packed with drama at both ends of the table. The battle for the title and to avoid relegation went right down to the wire in a season which could arguably be considered amongst the best in the league's 22 year history.

NBC Scores Big with 31 Million Total Viewers of 2013-2014 Premier League Season

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NBC's presentation of the 2013-2014 Premier League season reached a total of 31.5 million viewers, including almost 5 million for their coverage of Championship Sunday. For the first time ever all 380 matches were shown on live television, 196 matches shown on NBCUniversal networks and 184 were shown on Premier League Extra time TV packages and available via online live streams.

Ambiguous Rules Could Lead to World Cup Controversy Involving USMNT, Portugal and Ghana

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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.

Listen to the Unofficial USMNT World Cup 2014 Song Entitled ‘Bet They See Me Now (USA Soccer Mix)’

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Former soccer playerKwame Darko has released a song entitled "Bet They See Me Now (USA Soccer Mix)," which is in support of the US Men's National soccer team who will be heading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Darko, who played for the University of Maryland soccer team in college, was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC.

New York Red Bulls Still Searching For An Identity

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There are teams that have stars. You know them. You watch them. Their names are synonymous with their clubs. Real Madrid and Ronaldo; Barcelona and Messi, just to name two. Last year when the Red Bulls announced their lineup just after the National Anthem and moments before the match officially started, only the first names of the players were needed the crowd filling in the last.

Roberto Martinez Interview: Everton Boss Believes Premier League B Teams Will Improve English Football [AUDIO]

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the way to improve England's national team is to introduce a Premier League "B" Circuit. The idea of this "B" league is tentatively titled League 3 and has the backing of FA Chairman Greg Dyke. Martinez believes that B teams can work in England "100 percent" and states the reasons in the Followtonian's podcast.

Manchester City Home Shirt for the 2014-15 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Manchester City's home shirt for the 2014/15 season have been leaked on the Internet.

The Premier League champions will be wearing a new sky blue shirt with navy blue trim. The biggest differences in the shirt design are the unusual collar design (which is being termed a Johnny Collar).

Top Contenders for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball Trophy

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The World Cup is inching ever nearer, and there are plenty of betting markets for punters to get involved with over the month long tournament. A lot of focus will be on the Golden Ball winner (player of the tournament) with the best players in the world vying to join a list of winners that includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Bobby Charlton.

ESPN Adds Classic World Cup Games to Programming Schedule

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With the World Cup only a month away, ESPN is bringing even more coverage with the combination of re-airing of classic World Cup matches as well as friendlies, which will air on ESPN Classic. Along with the games, ESPN Classic is scheduling repeats of their 30for30: Soccer Stories series.

Netherlands Name 30-Man Provisional World Cup Squad

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On loan Premier League defenders Karim Rekik (Manchester City) and Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea) headline Louis Van Gaal's 30-man Netherland World Cup preliminary squad. While the exclusion of Gregory Van der Wiel got the most headlines, the willingness of Van Gaal to give Dirk Kuyt and Rafael van der Vaart one last go in the side is worthy of discussion.

Why Samir Nasri’s Omission From France’s World Cup Squad Makes Sense

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Samir Nasri's omission from the France World Cup squad caused great surprise among many fans and pundits during the past 24 hours. However, for a nation that has had its share of player revolts and theatrics over the course of the last four major tournaments, head coach Didier Deschamps cannot be faulted for his desire to weed potentially divisive influences out of Les Blues' dressing room.

WATCH Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Dribble Past Monster In New World Cup Ad From Nike [VIDEO]

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Arsenal and England attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stars in a new video from Nike featuring commentary from Clive Tyldesley.

In the video, The Ox has to dribble past a creature with tentacles as he tries to score for England against Brazil. It's the second in a series of videos from Nike.

UEFA Europa League Final: Benfica vs Sevilla: Open Thread

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In Turin, Benfica and Sevilla will battle it out today to decide who will be the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League champion.

Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US (commentators are listed in parenthesis):

Benfica vs Sevilla (Europa League Final), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go

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

UEFA Europa League: In Defense Of Europe’s Second Tier Competition

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"The Europa League, eh? Well, you're going to struggle next season!"

Unfortunately, European football's second tier competition has managed to fashion itself a pretty diabolical reputation over the past few years. It's a status so damaging that qualification for the tournament has become almost bittersweet in the eyes of many.

Cal FC Looks To Pull Off Another Magical Run in the US Open Cup

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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest ongoing soccer competition in the United States. This year marks the 101stedition of the tournament and features a record 80 teams – 42 amateur teams and 38 professional clubs.

Vote for the Best of the 2013/14 Premier League Season: Blogs, Footballers, Podcasts, Commentators and More

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You gave us your nominations, and now it'syourturn to have your say on the best of the 2013-14 Premier League soccer season in the sixth annual World Soccer Talk Awards. The award competition includes everything from your favorite footballers, blogs, podcasts, commentators and much more.

England (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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The 30 came out and England rejoiced that the squad actually looks somewhat adventurous. Roy Hodgson at the head of it though and so there is a tapered optimism in England for the World Cup. Listen to the podcast team preview their starting 11, who will be a key men and where England will make in the cup.

Top 5 Most Underrated Premier League Players of the 2013/14 Season

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It's awards season in the world of football and while the outstanding efforts of the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana are being duly recognized, some players are being somewhat forgotten. Here we take a look at those players who can count themselves unlucky not to have received more accolades after a great season.

Tickets Are Available for Liverpool vs Olympiacos Game In Chicago

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All eight teams competing in the second International Champions Cup

Tickets are still available for the International Champions Cup game between Liverpool and Olympiacos, who will face off in Chicago on July 27th at Soldier Field. Both teams have been placed in Group B with Manchester City and AC Milan.

ESPN to Broadcast TV Segments On USMNT, Messi, Pele, Dempsey and Qatar Tonight

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Tonight is a big TV night for soccer fans in the United States.

As the start date of the World Cup fast approaches, ESPN is planning a full schedule of friendly matches, documentaries and insight into the USMNT's preparations for Brazil. Beginning tonight, May 13th at 7pm EST, ESPN will show the first of a six part series titled Inside: U.

Mario Kempes And His World Cup Experiences: Exclusive Interview With ESPN Deportes Analyst and Argentina Legend

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One of my most memorable moments that embodied Mario Kempes as a person was when he was walking around during the 2006 World Cup coverage and he was en route to the studio to tape a show. He walked by a group of employees that were joking and laughing with a former US international that was telling them about his World Cup experiences.

Spain Names Its Provisional 30-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Spain has named its provisional 30-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado and Real Madrid starlet Isco are the most glaring omissions as the World and European champions announced their squad today.

Fernando Torres, who has been dropped from the last few Spain squads, was included.

Orlando City Soccer Club Reveals MLS Logo

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The 21st MLS team, Orlando City Soccer Club, has announced its new logo for its upcoming 2015 season where they will be participating in MLS play for the first time.

David Brotherton, a fan and graphic-designer who purchased season tickets in 2011, designed their new lion logo. Brotherton also submitted designs for a stadium and ideas for what could go alongside the new stadium in Downtown Orlando.

Belgium Names Its Squad For World Cup 2014; Januzaj In, Thorgan Hazard Out

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Belgium released its 24-man squad for World Cup 2014 today. The squad will be reduced to 23 before June 2. Depending on the fitness of goalkeeper Koen Casteels, one player will drop out of the final squad to meet FIFA's 23-man squad requirement.

There weren't many major surprises in the side other than the snub to Thorgan Hazard, who many experts rate as a better footballer than Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who was included in the squad.

Rio Ferdinand’s 12 Years of Service at Manchester United Won’t Be Forgotten

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Rio Ferdinand has been a titan of English football and of Manchester United for the last twelve seasons. Yesterday it was announced that he will be leaving the club this summer at the same time as his long-time central defense partner Nemanja Vidic.

His move to Old Trafford from Leeds United for, then a British record fee of, £29 million was controversial as he was moving from one rival to another.

A Look Back: When Uruguay Shocked Brazil in the 1950 World Cup

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On July 16 1950, Brazil and Uruguay faced each other in the first World Cup final after World War II. The match was played at the open-air Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio, with Uruguay monumentally upsetting the hosts by winning the game 2-1.

Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues described the loss as the country's "Hiroshima," while Uruguay's win inspired a new Spanish noun, Maracanazo, literally meaning "The Maracana Blow"- with the term used to signify the historic result.

World Cup 2014: Predicting Italy’s Squad

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With the World Cup in Brazil just weeks away, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has some extremely difficult decisions on his hands. Italy is considered by many to be a dark horse, but some (self-included) even consider them to be a serious threat to win. The Azzurri face a demanding group that features England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and there is a possibility that Italy may fail to get out of the group stage for the second straight World Cup.

WATCH Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney and Donovan Undergoing Intergalactic Training in New Film [VIDEO]

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A new video has been released, which features the fantasy-inspired world inhabited by star players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan and Oscar dos Santos, where they show off their "out of this world" football skills enhanced by the latest cutting edge technology and devices

The four-minute Training Video provides fans a first-hand look into the unique and rigorous training that the Galaxy 11 team is currently undertaking to prepare for their "winner takes Earth" match against aliens this summer.

Chelsea Agree £32million Fee For Diego Costa, Says Report

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Chelsea has agreed a £32million fee with Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa, according to Sky Sports sources.

Costa is reportedly in talks to secure a transfer to Chelsea sometime this summer. The English club is trying to tie up contracts and are most likely to make an announcement by June.

Brazil Struggling to Finish Preparations in Time For World Cup 2014

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Brazil is not finished with preparations for the 2014 World Cup, despite the kick off being only five weeks away.

The first game is set to take place in Sao Paulo's Itaquera stadium between the host nation and Croatia on June 12th. However, aquarter of the stadiums across the country are not finished.

Tottenham Hotspur Sack Manager Tim Sherwood

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Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Tim Sherwood with immediate effect.

Club chairman Daniel Levy released the following statement today:

"We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the Club.

"We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.

Win a Retro Shirt Of Your Favourite Football Club [CONTEST]

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Time is running out to enter the World Soccer Talk and Campo Retro contest to win a brand-new personalized Campo Retro shirt. This is your chance to try to win one of the unique and personalized retro shirts available from the Campo Retro site in time for the World Cup.

With classic shirts and track jackets ranging back from the 1950s to the 2000s, not only that, but Campo Retro will also print any name and number that you want on the back of the shirt to make it extra special.

7 Ways NBC Sports Can Improve Its Premier League Coverage Next Season

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In the United States, more than 30 million Americans watched the debut season of the Premier League on NBC during 2013/14.

There's no doubt that NBC far surpassed the expectations of most Americans. In fact, throughout the entire season, NBC raised the bar of soccer coverage on US television and achieved a near perfect broadcast from August to May to provide the best coverage of a soccer league ever witnessed on TV screens.

Why I’m Scared What FOX Sports Will Do With Its World Cup Coverage For 2015-2022

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In 390 days, FOX Sports will begin its first broadcast of a World Cup tournament it paid FIFA $500 million for the rights to as part of the World Cups from 2015 to 2022. The tournament is the FIFA Women's World Cup, which the network will broadcast live from Canada.

Whether it's the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup or World Cup 2018 in Russia or World Cup 2022 in Qatar, I am seriously concerned that FOX Sports is going to ruin the viewing experience of the biggest soccer tournaments for people in the United States.

Parking The Bus Won’t Stop Wayne Rooney: England Star Featured In New Nike World Cup Video

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England star Wayne Rooney is featured in a brand-new World Cup TV commercial from Nike, where even a parked bus won't stop Rooney from scoring.

While Nike's new video isn't better than the best soccer commercial ever, I love how it marries match footage with what looks like a scene from a video game!

USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Announces 30-Man Roster for World Cup 2014

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US Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 30-man roster for World Cup 2014.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Klinsmann will reduce the squad to 23 names at a later date.

TV Rating For Premier League Season Finale Up 79% Compared to Last Year

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NBCUniversal scored a big gain in its viewership of 10 games on 10 networks on Sunday with a 1.56 metered market rating when combined for all games, according to The Nielsen Company. This number is up 79% from the previous 2011-2012's Championship Sunday coverage that featured six games on six channels across FOX and ESPN networks with a viewership of 0.

5 Concerns About the US Soccer and MLS 8-Year TV Rights Deal

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Today's announcement that US Soccer and MLS have signed an eight-year TV rights deal worth $90 million a year with FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision is a major boost for MLS, which will help the league finance its growth and raise the level of competitiveness among America's top flight division. However, a dose of reality is needed to cut through the hype.

WATCH MLS and US Soccer Press Conference to Announce New TV Deal at 1pm ET [STREAMING]

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Major League Soccer and US Soccer will be making a significant announcement today at 1pm ET regarding the reported $90 million a year TV deal. You can watch the press conference live beginning at 1pm ET (see video below).

Its expected that Don Garber along with Sunil Gulati and TV executives from ESPN, FOX and Univision will announce the biggest TV deal for US Soccer and MLS.

WATCH Match of the Day’s Montage of the 2013/14 Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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At the end of every season, BBC's Match Of The Day program always does a video montage that captures many of the memorable moments from the Premier League season. And on Sunday night, this season's montage was narrated by MOTD's Alan Hansen, who has announced he's retiring from the program after 22 years.

WATCH Sky Sports’s Video Montage of the 2013/14 Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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Not to be outdone by BBC's Match of the Day, Sky Sports has produced its own annual obligatory video montage that sums up the 2013/14 Premier League season (the best they can in a five minute video).

While the BBC one was narrated by Alan Hansen, the montage from Sky Sports focuses on some of the memorable commentary sound bites and visuals from the season.

MLS And US Soccer to Announce $90 Million Per Season TV Deal With FOX, ESPN and Univision

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Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation are set to announce an eight-year contract with ESPN and FOX Sports today at 1pm ET. The multi-network contract is said to be valued at $75 million a year between both networks as well as an added $15 million from Univision for an exclusive Spanish-language deal.

West Bromwich Albion Sack Manager Pepe Mel

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Despite rescuing West Bromwich Albion from relegation, the club has sacked manager Pepe Mel today with immediate effect.

The club decided to sack Mel after a meeting between the board and the manager today. According to the club, both the manager and Board of Directors decided to part company with Mel by mutual consent.

Aston Villa Is For Sale Confirms Billionaire Owner Randy Lerner

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Billionaire owner Randy Lerner has had enough of Aston Villa and has put the Premier League club up for sale.

The Aston Villa owner hopes to complete the sale in the next six weeks, and has employed two major US banks as advisors, hinting that the club could be sold to investors in the US, as has long been rumored.

England Manager Roy Hodgson Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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England manager Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling

Midfielders:Frank Lampard, Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere

Strikers:Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

Standby: John Ruddy, Tom Cleverley, Jon Flanagan, Andy Carroll, John Stones, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick

Notable players who have been excluded include Ashley Cole, and Kyle Walker.

WATCH England Manager Roy Hodgson Discussing World Cup 2014 Squad [VIDEO]

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England manager Roy Hodgson addressed the media at 9:15am ET at a press conference in England, which was streamed live across the Internet and will be available below.

Hodgson will discuss the 23-man squad he named today for World Cup 2014, and will answer questions from the media.

Goalkeeper:Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster

Defenders:Leighton Baines, Luke Shaw, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling

Midfielders:Frank Lampard, Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere

Strikers:Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

Standby:John Ruddy, Tom Cleverley, Jon Flanagan, Andy Carroll, John Stones, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick

Watch the press conference via the video below.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 37: Spanish Title Chase Goes to the Wire Between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona

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Atletico Madrid were unable to overcome Malaga and Barcelona were similarly frustrated at Elche as the race to win La Liga remained unsettled after the weekend's action. Real Madrid's faint title hopes evaporated as they were beaten 2-0 at Celta Vigo. Atleti's failure to win means the title will be decided next Sunday when they face Barcelona in a showdown at Camp Nou.

Ashley Cole Announces Retirement From England National Team After World Cup Snub

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Chelsea left back Ashley Cole, long considered one of the best left backs in the world, has announced his retirement from the England national team.

Cole announced the news on his official Twitter account, stating that he received a phone call from England manager Roy Hodgson to break the news to him that he would not be included in the 23-man England squad for World Cup 2014 that will officially be revealed on Monday at 9am ET (which will be streamed live via World Soccer Talk).

Foregone (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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As so much of the season was decided before the last weekend, this final weekend didn't feel like it did the season justice. But when you look back, this really has been one of the most mixed up, compelling and downright surprising seasons of the Premier League. There was absence of old narrative with SAF, but creation of new lines with Rodgers and Martinez making Merseyside prominent again.

WATCH Post-Match Interviews With Manchester City Players After Winning Title [VIDEO]

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Minutes before the trophy celebration at Etihad Stadium to crown Manchester City as Premier League champions, City footballers Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart were interviewed, where they shared their glee at winning the 2013/14 title.

Watch the interviews here:

Joe Hart Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero Pablo Zabaleta

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WATCH Sky Sports’ Favorite Quotes of the 2013/14 Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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It's been a very memorable Premier League season for so many different reasons, but many of the storylines centered around the words of some of our favorite managers and personalities within the game.

Sky Sports has assembled their favorite quotes of the Premier League season, including an array of Jose Mourinho classics, Alan Pardew on his headbutt on David Meyler, banter between Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in the MNF studio and Steven Gerrard's title war cry.

Watch Highlights of Liverpool’s 2013-14 Premier League Season In This Incredible Animation [VIDEO]

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Liverpool lost the Premier League title to Manchester City by just two points, but as we've pointed out before, Liverpool fans should have nothing to be ashamed of after playing a wonderful brand of soccer this season that Liverpool fans and neutrals can be proud of.

And now famed soccer artist Richard Swarbrick has created another piece of brilliant artwork, so we can remember the Liverpool season and what a wonderful turnaround it was compared to recent seasons.

Manchester City Win 2013/14 Premier League Title

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Manchester City are the 2013/14 Premier League champions.

City clinched the title today after a comfortable victory against West Ham United, even though Liverpool beat Newcastle United at Anfield. After today's matches, City ended up winning the title by two points, to claim its second Premier League trophy in 3 years.

Bradford City Stadium Fire Disaster: In Memory of the 56 People Who Died 29 Years Ago [VIDEO]

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Twenty nine years ago on this date, 56 people tragically died when a fire erupted at Bradford City's Valley Parade ground

The day was supposed to be one of celebration for Bradford who had just won the Third Division trophy. However as the game against Lincoln progressed, a fire began just before half-time in the stand that ran alongside the pitch.

Manchester United Supporters: Do You Want to Qualify For Europa League Or Not?

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In 1558, the French drove the English from their stronghold in the city of Calais and out of continental Europe. England had held Calais and other lands in France for more than 200 years. It would be almost 200 more before England again seized a continental slice by snagging Gibraltar in 1704. Now, the Manchester United empire and its supporters are staring down the end of 23 consecutive years of European campaigns and wondering just when they will rain terror upon its shores again.

Where to Watch Championship Sunday On US TV: Premier League Gameweek 38 Open Thread

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Schedule for Championship Sunday

This is it. After 10 months of an incredible season, the 2013-14 Premier League season ends today where we'll find out whether Manchester City or Liverpool will be crowned champions, as well as whether Tottenham or Manchester United will qualify for the Europa League.

WATCH Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2010/11 La Liga; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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There was a sense of palpable anticipation on the cusp of Jose Mourinho's first ever Clasico contest.

Unbeaten in La Liga, the Portuguese boss seemed to have settled in to his new role well at the Bernabeu. Madrid had already were looking more compact and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to be flourishing under the tutelage of his compatriot.

ESPN To Debut USMNT Documentary, “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,” On May 13

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There's good reason for U.S. soccer fans to be excited for this summer's World Cup. Not only does the team get the chance to face some of the best players in the world, but the network broadcasting the English-language rights tothe tournament in the United States — ESPN — have plenty in store to entertain USMNT fans.

Laurent Koscielny Extends Contract With Arsenal Football Club: Nightly Soccer Report

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French defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new contract with Arsenal Football Club.

The news will come as a boost to Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger. Koscielny joined the Gunners in 2010 from French club Lorient, and has become a popular and key part of the Arsenal defense, where he has formed an effective partnership with Per Mertesacker in the middle of the back four.

NBC Schedules Premier League Viewing Parties at Pubs Nationwide For ‘Championship Sunday’

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NBC Sports plans on ending its debut Premier League season with a bang. In addition to live coverage of all 10 Premier League games of the final day of the season across 10 different TV networks, as well as all of the shoulder programming scheduled, NBC Sports has announced that it has scheduled Premier League Viewing Parties in more than 70 bars nationwide.

Unlikely Heroes: Why Manchester City Deserve To Win The Premier League This Season

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Having been steamrolled out of the way by a rampant Manchester United last season who wrestled the trophy back out ofManchester City's hands, the Citizens must have known they had an opportunity to win it back this season with Sir Alex Ferguson gone. Last spring, the City executives acknowledged immediate changes were required at the club.

Real Madrid and Inter Milan to Play in Berkeley, California On July 26

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Real Madrid and Inter Milan will face off in theInternational Champions Cupat Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on the University of California, Berkeley campus on Saturday, July 26. The match, set to be broadcast in more than 150 countries internationally and on Fox Sports 2 in the US, will kick off at 3 pm PT.

Mexico Announces 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Mexico has announced its 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.

The squad that will be traveling to Brazil is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (América), Francisco Rodriguez (América), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Rafael Marquez (León), Miguel Layún (America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Salcido (UANL)

Midfield: Juan Carlos Medina (America), Carlos Pena (León), Luis Montes (León), Juan José Vázquez (León), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul)

Strikers: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Raul Jimenez (America), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Alan Pulido (UANL), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal)

Out of the 23 players listed above, 35% of the team play for Club America or Leon.

Wigan vs QPR, Championship Playoff Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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In today's Championship playoff semi-final 1st leg between Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers, we have two teams who were relegated from the Premier League last season battling it out to try to gain an opportunity to go straight back up to the promised land.

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

Wigan vs QPR (Championship playoff semi-final, 1st leg), 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS andDishWorld

Programming note:Forviewersin theUnited States, Championship games are shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS and DishWorld.

Bacary Sagna Could Be the Perfect Replacement For PSG-Bound Dani Alves at Barcelona

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Barcelona's long-serving right-back Dani Alves is reportedly on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), with L'Equipe reporterJerome Touboulclaiming the Brazilian is '99.9% certain' to join the French champions in the summer. This move could well be the catalyst for Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, who is said to be set on leaving the Emirates, to complete a spectacular move to Camp Nou.

How Did We Miss This beIN SPORTS Viral Video to Attract New Subscribers? [VIDEO]

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beIN SPORTS released a new viral video several weeks ago to encourage soccer fans to subscribe to its network.

That we didn't notice it until now is a sign that the video didn't work that well, and that beIN SPORTS did a poor job of announcing it. However, that aside, it's still worth watching.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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The final few games of the campaign are wonderful. Nine months of grind seems geared towards these final knockings, as fans across the globe pray that their team has what it takes to stand up under pressure and get the job done.

For many, these last few games are somewhat meaningless. But for others, portable radios will be clutched with clammy palms and social media pages will be refreshed relentlessly; desperate to know what's going on elsewhere and how it affects your own team.

Which Countries Do Premier League Footballers Come From? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Have you ever wondered where most of the footballers in your favorite Premier League club squad come from? In light of FA Chairman Greg Dyke's proposals to encourage Premier League teams to launch B teams in a new League 3, that would be sandwiched in between League 2 and the Conference, the question of whether England is doing everything it can to produce as many quality footballers as possible has raised its head.

5 Players to Watch: Scottish Footballer Stars of the Future

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Scotland gets a lot of stick for being somewhat of a talentless league at times. It does not have the financial power of the English Premier League or the crisp tiki-taka style employed throughout Spain. But Scotland has its fair share of decent players.

Here are 5 footballers who could become future world-class stars:


Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Fined £10,000 For “Fantastic” Comments; Escapes Ban

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £10,000 for comments made about referee Mike Dean and referees' chief Mike Riley after Chelsea lost to Sunderland by a score of 2-1 on April 19.

Meanwhile,Mourinho's assistant Rui Faria was recently given a 6-match stadium ban following his reaction to the referee's calls during a previous Premier League match.

Univision Deportes Acquires Spanish-Language Rights to Copa America 2016

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Univision Deportes has acquired the exclusive Spanish-language rights in the United States to the first-ever Copa America Centenario, which will be played in the summer of 2016 throughout the US and will feature the best teams from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

The 2016 edition of Copa America will celebrate 100 years of the tournament.

Are These Manchester United’s Home and Away Shirts for 2014/15? Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Manchester United are close to a deal with adidas to be the official kit supplier beginning with the 2015/16 season, but until a decision is reached, the Red Devils will continue to wear Nike shirts for the 2014/15 season, featuring a brand-new sponsor emblazoned across the front of the shirts.

Whether the above shirts are legitimate leaked photos of what Manchester United will be wearing next season, we'll have to wait and see.

NBC Sports Shares More Details About ‘Championship Sunday’ TV Coverage

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The team crests for this season's Premier League

For the first time in the history of soccer on US television, all 10 weekend Premier League matches will be shown live via US cable and network television.

When NBCUniversal purchased the rights to the English Premier League in a three-year deal worth $250 million, they probably didn't foresee this exciting of a season with the league lead changing over 20 times.

Brighton vs Derby, Championship Playoff Semi-Final, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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The race is on to determine which one of the four Championship clubs will be promoted to the Premier League, to join Leicester City and Burnley in the world's most popular sports league.

The first match of the playoffs kicks off today with the battle between Brighton and Derby County, in the first leg of the semi-final.

David Beckham May Have Finally Found a Site For His Miami MLS Stadium

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David Beckham's new MLS team could very well be making a change for the better.

While all the attention was on PortMiami, the controversial site for a proposed Miami MLS stadium in an area of the city with limited space and poor access to parking and transportation, David Beckham's group's real estate advisor John Alschuler announced on the Ultras Alive podcast that he and Beckham had received a letter from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez asking them if they would consider another piece of land.

World Cup Collectibles and Memories That Last a Lifetime

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England's 1966 World Cup triumph over Germany at Wembley was one of the nation's finest sporting moments and ever since then we have all had to endure constant reminders that it has been now nearly forty years since England defeated Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium enabling Bobby Moore to proudly hold aloft the Jules Rimet trophy on home soil.

Khedira Earns Shock World Cup Call For Germany

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Germany coach Joachim Löw has sprung a surprise by including Sami Khedira in his provisional 30-man World Cup squad, even though the Real Madrid midfielder has not played for five months because of a serious knee injury.

The 27-year-old former Stuttgart star had an operation in November after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a friendly international against Italy and was not expected to feature in Brazil.

Michel Platini Is Playing Favorites With UEFA’s Heavy Financial Fair Play Fines

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UEFA President Michel Platini's pet Financial Fair Play (FFP) project has this week reportedly been responsible for a £50 million fine directed towards Manchester City. Platini and his cohorts are determined to make FFP the cornerstone of the former France international and Juventus great's administrative legacy to European club football.

NBC Sports Announces TV Schedule for Premier League Season Finale

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After today's emphatic win by Manchester City against Aston Villa that puts the Citizens in the driving seat to win the 2013/14 Premier League title, NBC Sports has announced its schedule of 10 live matches that will be shown across the NBC networks on Sunday beginning at 10am ET.

The games will be shown as follows:

Manchester City vs West Ham, 10am, NBC and Telemundo
Liverpool vs Newcastle, 10am, NBCSN and mun2
Cardiff vs Chelsea, 10am, CNBC
Fulham vs Crystal Palace, 10am, E!

Adidas Poised to Land Record-Breaking Deal with Manchester United

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Adidas, the sportswear company based in Germany, are in talks with Manchester United to close a colossal deal worth £60 million a year to United and take the rights away from long time partner Nike. Although Nike still retains the rights, the American company will be allowed to make a counter-offer but are unlikely to be interested in increasing their current deal of £300 million over 10 years that is set to expire in 2015.

Manchester City’s Ability to Unlock Aston Villa’s Defense Bodes Well For Game Against West Ham

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On a rain-soaked pitch, Manchester City found breaking down Aston Villa Wednesday evening very difficult. In the first half, the Blues were reluctant to shoot from distance, and the 4-2-3-1 formation Manuel Pellegrini set up created lots of pressure but only two dangerous goal scoring opportunities.

Louis van Gaal Says He Would Love to be Manchester United Manager

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Louis van Gaal, the current head coach of the Netherlands team, is reportedly going to be offered the position of manager at Manchester United early as next week. "I would love the job.I hope that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in the world and it's a fantastic challenge," said Van Gaal in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

Univision Deportes Announces Talent Lineup for World Cup 2014 Coverage

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Univision has announced an impressive lineup of talent encompassing presenters, commentators, color commentators and pundits for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup. The Spanish-language network will broadcast every game of the tournament live to viewers in the United States.

Univision Deportes will provide 24-hour coverage for 31 days across all of its broadcast and digital platforms, including live telecasts and streaming of all 64 matches plus live pre- and post-game commentary and reporting from Brazil's 12 tournament cities.

Experiencing The Premier League Run-In: The Heart Of English Football

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As a supporter, trying to grasp perspective during a wonderful run can be difficult.

Youbecome so immersed in your soccer team when it's going well; reading every match report after a win, trawling through social media to sample opinions of your team and counting down the seconds until the next fixture.

Our Picks for the US Men’s National Team World Cup Squad

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With only 35 days until World Cup 2014, USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is getting closer to naming his final 23-man squad for the tournament where the USA will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

Klinsmann has plenty of difficult choices ahead of him to finalize the list to the 23 best players.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa and Sunderland vs WBA, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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After 37 weeks of Premier League soccer, Manchester City has a chance to put the fate of its Premier League title chances in its hands with a win today against Aston Villa. A draw may be good enough too, but all 3 points will push City two points ahead of Liverpool with just one game to go after today.

If Goals Were Followers, Who Would Win This Year’s World Cup? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If Twitter Followers equalled goals scored, which country would win Brazil's World Cup 2014? Stay Sourced, who are experts in promotional products, have done this research so you don't have to. If you want more information on individual teams, the dream team, the full list of Social World Cup Rankings from the Final 16,click here.

Mauro Icardi And Maxi Lopez Controversy Spills Over to New Viral Video [VIDEO]

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The World Cup is a time to see the creative mind of ad companies trying to innovate and make campaigns go viral. Unfortunately, recently Pepsi launched their newest campaign in Argentina but have done so for all the wrong reasons.

Striker Mauro Icardi has become one of the most controversial figures in Serie A and not because of what he does on the pitch.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Will Agree 4-Year Contract Extension, Says Report

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Anfield until 2018, according to a report in The Guardiannewspaper. Rodgers will officially sign the contract extension after the season ends on Sunday.

According to his current deal with Liverpool, owned by Boston-based Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool FC are required to inform Rodgers this season if they want to extend his original three-year deal to a four-year deal.

Why Swansea City’s Decision to Appoint Garry Monk As Manager Is a Wise One

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Swansea City today announced that Garry Monk has been appointed manager on a three-year deal. The former Swansea captain and defender was promoted to interim manager in February after Michael Laudrup was sacked by the club.

In his short spell as interim manager, Swansea defeated derby rivals Cardiff City.

Coppa Italia Final Overshadowed By Fan Violence [VIDEO]

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The spectacle that took place outside and inside the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday was probably missed by most soccer fans. The lead-up to the Coppa Italia final was full of anticipation – both Fiorentina and Napoli play an open and exciting brand of soccer. And Rafa Benitez, with a win, could secure a trophy with his new club.

World Cup 2014: Honduras Name Squad, While Brazil, Holland and Nigeria Reveal 30-Man Teams

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With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, the national teams are beginning to narrow down their squads to determine who will be in the final 23-man squads as well as who'll be in the provisional 30-man teams that will eventually be reduced to 23.

Honduras are one of the first teams to announce their 23-man squad for the World Cup (see below), while Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Brazil and Nigeria have named their provisional squads.

Gedion Zelalem Moves a Step Closer to Becoming Eligible for USMNT

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The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) might be on the verge of acquiring yet another high profile European in the near future. According to Steven Goff of The Washington Post, Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is on the verge of becoming an American citizen. And by doing so, he'll be eligible to represent the red, white and blue on the pitch.

Atlanta Phoenix Is Best Choice For Name Of MLS Team

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Last week, that Atlanta Business Journalnewspaper created a poll asking readers what they thought the name of their new 2017 MLS franchise soccer team should be. After over 1,000 entries, the results are in. With over 29% of the votes, the fans decided that Atlanta Phoenix would be the perfect name.

They May Not Win the League, But Liverpool Have Won New Fans With Their Breathtaking Style

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Liverpool Football Club may not win the Premier League title this season, but to many soccer fans worldwide the brand of football displayed by Brendan Rodgers' Reds this season has been refreshing and, at times, wonderfully exhilarating. They have played the game in a manner the game ought to be played.

Manchester United vs Hull City, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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Several Manchester United footballers may be playing their last home match for the club if reports are true regarding a fire sale this summer. One player who we know is leaving is Nemanja Vidic who plays his last match at Old Trafford. But at United today, it's out with the old and in with the new, as United youngsters James Wilson and Tom Lawrence are both handed their debuts against Hull City.

Liverpool May Have Won The Title If Brendan Rodgers Was More Pragmatic

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Despite throwing away a 3-0 lead that ended in a draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week, Liverpool has made remarkable progress under manager Brendan Rodgers this season. Rodgers took charge of Liverpool in July 2012, and his first six months were all about getting both the players and manager in tune.

Arsenal Defender Bacary Sagna Wants to Join Chelsea or Manchester City, Says Source

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Bacary Sagna is said to be looking to other English Premier League teams instead of taking a closer look at offers from clubs like Inter Milan and Galatasaray in what could be the latest in a trend of Arsenal players leaving the Gunners for another Premier League team. As reported by the French daily newspaper L'Equipe,Sagna is unhappy with Arsenal's latest offer but is interested in remaining in England, and is specifically looking to play with either Manchester City or Chelsea.

USA Has Caught World Cup Soccer Sticker Fever

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The World Cup sticker album from Panini has been one of fascination for kids and adults alike, and has been for at least every four years.

In 1998, on the heels of the World Cup, my dad bought me my first ever World Cup sticker album. Gluing stickers into an album seems elementary, but the excitement one gets when opening a pack and seeing that one card they've been missing is hard to duplicate.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 36: Shock Defeat for Atletico as Barcelona and Real Madrid Stumble

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The Spanish championship race took another twist as Atletico Madrid slipped to a surprise defeat at Levante. Neither of their title challengers were able to take full advantage, Barcelona drawing 2-2 with Getafe and Real Madrid held to the same scoreline by Valencia.

Atletico Madrid remain three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, despite being beaten 2-0 at mid-tableLevante, a result that has given renewed hope to the Catalans and third placed Real Madrid.

Sergio Aguero Will Miss Manchester City Game Against Aston Villa

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Manchester City have been dealt a blow after the club confirmed today that striker Sergio Aguero will miss Wednesday's Premier League match against Aston Villa due to injury.

"Sergio Aguero couldn't recover 100% from his groin problem so he is not in this squad list," said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City to be Fined £50million By UEFA For Breaching Financial Fair Play Rules

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Manchester City are set to be fined £50million, as well as having their UEFA Champions League squad restricted to 21 players, as a result ofbreaching the Financial Fair Play rules, according to sources.

City are reported to be ready to appeal the sanctions, which means the case will be presented to panel whose non-negotiable decision will be final.

FIFA and the FA Should Follow NBA’s Lead on Racism

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L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been under heavy scrutiny following his recorded conversation with associate V. Stiviano where he was quoted as saying "(It) bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people." Protests within the NBA followed, fans brought signs to the games showing their support towards the Clippers and their disproval towards Donald Sterling.

How Juventus Starting XI Will Change for the European Comeback

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Roma's heavy defeat against Catania last Sunday has given FC Juventus their 30th Serie A title and the 3rd straight under manager Antonio Conte.

While the Serie A path has always been pretty easy for the Bianconeri in the last few years, next season's challenge will be becoming competitive in the Champions League.

WATCH Brendan Rodgers Post-Match Interview After Liverpool’s 3-3 Draw Against Palace [VIDEO]

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After an incredible Premier League match full of theater, drama and wonderful entertainment as well as agony, an emotionally spent Brendan Rodgers gave a post-match interview to Sky Sports where he admitted that Liverpool have lost the title, and admitted that his team made defensive mistakes.

Watch the video interview here:

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Watch Luis Suarez In Tears As Crystal Palace Stun Liverpool With 3-3 Draw [VIDEO]

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was emotionally upset and in tears Monday night as Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace, to end the game 3-3 and hand the advantage to Manchester City to win the 2013/14 Premier League title.

Joe Allen opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 19th minute, before Daniel Sturridge made it 2-0 and Luis Suarez, equaling the all-time Premier League record of 31 goals, made it 3-0 to the Reds.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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Today's must-watch match in the Premier League between Crystal Palace and Liverpool is crucial for a couple of reasons. First, Liverpool have to win convincingly to keep the club's hopes alive of winning another Premier League title. Second, this one match could go a long way to deciding who will be manager of the year —Tony Pulis or Brendan Rodgers.

Toure Brother’s Relationship Put to the Test as Premier League Comes to a Close

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Kolo Toure (top) and Yaya Toure (bottom) are brothers competing in the Premier League.

Sibling rivalry has taken a toll on brother's Yaya and Kolo Toure's relationship during the race for the Premier League according to Manchester City's midfielder. Liverpool looked like a lock for the championship until their recent loss to Chelsea at home where they were shut out 2-0.

Ed Woodward Can’t Dither In Selecting Manchester United’s Next Manager

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In Ed Woodward's ideal world, he would be congratulating David Moyes on delivering the Premier League title.The midfield duo of Cesc Fbregas and Thiago Alcantara both signed early in the transfer window thanks to the combined convictions of Woodward and Moyes, inspire United to a 21st league success.

World Cup 2014 Wall Chart Featuring Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Suarez And Others

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Two of the many great traditions of World Cup tournaments are (1) collecting Panini World Cup stickers, and (2) posting World Cup Wall Charts on your wall at home or in your office/cubicle. While the Panini stickers have already hit the streets, the first World Cup Wall Chart is now available.

The poster includes Neymar, Messi, C.

Nominations Now Open for Best Soccer Blogs, Podcasts, Footballers And More In 2014 World Soccer Talk Awards

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It's the time of the year to nominate the best-of-the-best of the 2013/14 soccer seasons in the 2014 World Soccer Talk Awards. This year, we've expanded the Awards, making it our biggest one ever. In addition to recognizing the best talent, media and footballers in the Premier League, we're also going to focus on the best from La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Championship and US soccer.

Down (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

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Here we go then! It's almost finish line time but already the runners are breaking away. Relegated? Yes, unless the technicality around ineligibility comes back to bite Sunderland: bringing Norwich and friends back into the fold.

The second coming? Giggs might not be so sure anymore...

At the top of the table, City pull back into poll position whilst Chelsea find themselves held by the desperate Norwich.

Manchester City Launches Its Own Digital Sticker Collection

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The soccer sticker craze has hit digital formats, highlighted last week by Manchester City's launch of a new digital sticker album in various formats including tablets and smart phones. The album is a partnership between Manchester City and online collectible company 2STIC.

Last year, Topps — a sports card manufacturer — launched interactive Premier League cards on iOS devices both for collecting sets of teams and players but also as a fantasy football game.

Why We Should Care About “We Are All Monkeys,” Even If It Was A PR Campaign

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It is easy to be cynical in the modern sports era, so it is easy to have doubts about the spontaneously wonderful viral social media campaign "We Are All Monkeys". The campaign sprung up last weekend after a banana was thrown onto the Villarreal pitch at Barcelona's Dani Alves. Alves picked up the banana and ate it.

Chelsea vs Norwich and Arsenal vs West Brom, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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West Bromwich Albion are mathematically not safe yet for another Premier League season, while Arsenal have confirmed a UEFA Champions League spot after Everton's defeat yesterday, so you would expect the Baggies to give it their all today at the Emirates Stadium in the first match of the day.

In team news, Abou Diaby makes his first return to an Arsenal squad is more than 13 months, with an appearance on the bench.

7 Transfer Targets For Barcelona to Consider

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Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Getafe on Saturday was a big blow to the Catalan giant's title hopes. Given their performances in domestic and international competition this year, FC Barcelona could use new signings to upgrade their aging core. Combine this with the impeding transfer ban that is under appeal, the club will need to act fast to secure the right players for the long term.

Fulham and Cardiff City Relegated As Sunderland One Step Away From Safety

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Sunderland's win against Manchester United at Old Trafford coupled with heavy defeats for Fulham against Stoke (1-4) and Cardiff against Newcastle (0-3) means that both Fulham and Cardiff were relegated today, while Sunderland are just one step away from safety.

After Sunderland's impressive 1-0 victory against Manchester United, Sunderland will be guaranteed safety if Chelsea beat Norwich tomorrow.

Newcastle United Fans Stage Walkout at St James’ Park Against Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley [VIDEO]

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Newcastle United supporters staged a walkout at St James' Park today in the 69th minute against Cardiff City as a protest against owner Mike Ashley and manager Alan Pardew.

In a hostile atmosphere at Newcastle's stadium, fans sang "It's never your fault," "It's our club" and "We want Pardew out," while stewards attempted to remove banners and tried to escort some fans out of their stadiums.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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Here is today's TV/Internet schedule formatchesbeing shown in the US (including commentators):

West Ham United vs Spurs, 7:45am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Clive Allen
Manchester United vs Sunderland, 10am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan
Aston Villa vs Hull City, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Phil Blacker & Dean Sturridge
Newcastle United vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Gary Taphouse & Barry Horne
Stoke City vs Fulham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Joe Speight & Tony Gale
Swansea vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time; Jonathan Beck & Ray Houghton
Everton vs Manchester City, 12:30pm, CNBC; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Starting line-ups:

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing.

WATCH ESPN’s New World Cup Soccer Video Entitled ‘Global Issues’ [VIDEO]

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ESPN today launched a brand-new World Cup video that focuses on how global the World Cup is, showing examples of everyday life and how soccer fans have their own opinions regarding which teams to look out for.

ESPN describes the video as, "This June, no matter where you're from, everyone will be taking about the World Cup.

NFL Quarterback Andrew Luck Stars In New Soccer Commercial [VIDEO]

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Like Kobe Bryant, Andrew Luck spent part of his early childhood living in England and Germany where he grew up playing the game of soccer and became a fan of popular international teams (rooting for U.S. players) and the FIFA World Cup, along with the Houston Dynamo and that affinity for the game continues to this day.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Is there any scenario that makes it acceptable to want your own team to lose?

In many respects, to pomp for the opposition goes against some of the game's core mantras: Uniting behind a cause, backing 11 men who represent the supporters through thick and thin, no matter what. But what if a win for your team directly facilitates the ascent of a fierce and often bitter rival?

Yannick Djalo Seeks Fresh Start in San Jose

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The halls of Sporting Club de Portugal's academy are famed, their graduates plentiful. Over the last two decades wingers have been of consistent emergence. Luis Figo, Simao, Ricardo Quaresma, and Cristiano Ronaldo have all graduated from the academy in Alcochete, Portugal. Anyone who emerges from Sporting's academy will draw comparisons and some pressure, just ask Yannick Djalo.

WATCH Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund Documentary [VIDEO]

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The following documentary examines the rivalry between two teams from Germany's region Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. When the two teams face each other, it's known as the Revierderby, or also known as the Ruhr derby.

While dated, the passion demonstrated by both sets of fans in this 42-minute documentary is still relevant.

WATCH The Goal of The Century Scored By Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup [VIDEO]

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It was an unforgettable match that will long go down in history as one of the most talked about World Cup games of all time. It featured three goals, but only two of them are talked about religiously. Both goals were the creation of Diego Maradona.

Rather than dwelling on the controversial Hand of God goal from Diego Maradona, the following video sums up the incredible goal and the passion that erupted in the stands and in the commentator's booth after it was scored.

ESPN Press Conference to Announce its World Cup Broadcast Plan

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ESPN will today announce more details regarding its broadcast plans for the 2014 World Cup.

The press conference featuring ESPN President John Skipper, his fellow executives and several ESPN soccer personalities kicks off at 11am ET at the Paley Center in New York City.

World Soccer Talk will be there covering the news and conducting interviews to bring you the latest World Cup broadcast news.

Frustration With Traffic Sports Growing Among Fort Lauderdale Strikers Fans

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As we've seen by developments this week, Traffic Sports USA has been responsible for organizing many international soccer events and has owned the Fort Lauderdale Strikers since they joined North American Soccer League as an expansion team since 2010 but, in my opinion, Traffic does a poor job at running a local community-based professional soccer franchise.

Nigerian Eagles Set to Soar at World Cup 2014

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Not since the 1994 and 1998 World Cups have the Super Eagles of Nigeria had a better chance of progressing to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup. Subsequent World Cups, however, were nothing to write home about. Nigeria did not even qualify for the 2006 edition held in Germany.

At the turn of the 21st century, soccer in the Nigeria was on the decline.

Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Juventus vs Benfica & Valencia vs Sevilla: Open Thread

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Today we'll find out who will be playing in the 2014 Europa League Final after the semi-finals are completed between Juventus and Benfica, and Valencia vs Sevilla.

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

Juventus vs Benfica, 3pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Valencia vs Sevilla, 3pm ET, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go

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

Soccer’s Cyclical Nature Means There Will Never Be A “Right Way” To Play

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It's no bad thing for a soccer team to have a clear stylistic identity.

The annals of the game's history are rife with iconic philosophies associated with different teams. Phrases like "Catenaccio," "Total Football," "Tiki-Taka" all stir memories of sides that played the game in unique ways, all sampling their own various successes.

Win a Retro Shirt Of Your Favorite Soccer Team [CONTEST]

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World Soccer Talk and Campo Retro have teamed together to offer all fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a unique and personalized Campo Retro shirt and free delivery.

Campo Retro have a wide range of retro shirts available. With classic shirts and track jackets ranging back from the 1950s to the 2000s, not only that, but Campo Retro will also print any name and number that you want on the back of the shirt to make it extra special.

Newcastle United Hit New Low With Gray Away Kit: Official [PHOTOS]

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Newcastle United, the club that is quickly becoming a laughing stock in the Premier League, sunk a little deeper today after the club and Puma unveiled United's away shirt for the 2014/15 season. United's new away kit perfectly sums up the mood on Tyneside — Even though Puma says it's silver, the United away kit is a depressingly gray jersey.

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

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We seem to have come a long way in such a short space of time during this UEFA Champions League campaign.

After another competition of high drama, controversy and spades of quality, the finalists for this year's competition are set. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the two teams that will battle it out at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Saturday, May 24th for the right to be called European Champions.

WATCH Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid, Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea fans, look away. The highlights of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid will be tough to watch for Blues supporters except for Fernando Torres's goal that opened the game. But at least some Blues supporters can take comfort in knowing that Diego Costa will probably be wearing a blue shirt next season instead of red and white stripes.