Sanford's Soccer Net Archives for January 2008

Italy: All Time Best 11 From Milan, Inter, Roma and Juventus

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AC Milan

Internazionale Milan

AS Roma

Juventus

Videira Signs with Revolution

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An attacking midfielder and a product of Milford, Mass., Videira played his college soccer at Duke, where he was a three-time semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy (2005, 2006, 2007) and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) third-team All-America selection in both 2006 and 2007.

Martin Rogers' Column

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Spain's glorious triumph at Euro 2008 was one of the stories of the year, and the manner of victory played its part in the makeup of Yahoo! Sports' Best XI from the last 12 months.




Recently acquired by Giggs, Ronaldo and van der Sar...

Player sets unwanted record with three-second dismissal

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Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee's whistle to start the game by saying "xxxx me, that was loud" and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.

Paul Jewell's year from Hell: Sex, slumps and Robbie Savage

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The Damned United
, a film about Brian Clough's 44-day disaster at Leeds United, will be released next year. An adaptation of David Peace's brilliant novel, it's billed as the inside story of the most catastrophic managerial reign in English football history.

And that's exactly what it was.

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Americans in the UK: Cottage Savior

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DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
vs. Celtic (Both DNP)


Neither American was involved in the Old Firm clash on Saturday as Celtic won a close battle 1-0. Both Beasley and Edu have had a hard time earning playing time this season. Edu is getting some quality reps with the Reserves, but Beasley's time has lessened this season.

Liverpool's Premier League title chances: 2008/09 v 1989/90 player-by-player

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard yesterday hailed the current squad as "the best" during his time at the club. Here, Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson assesses this season's table-topping team with the last Liverpool side to win the league title back in 1989/90.

Special - Stars Behind Bars

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In light of the recent revelations over Steven Gerrard's alleged involvement in an early morning assault, Goal.com glances through the police files of other fallen idols.

Gerrard Charged With Assault

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One report suggested Gerrard and a group of his friends were involved in an altercation after the man refused to allow them to choose the songs played on the venue's sound system. Gerrard is a big fan of Phil Collins and counts the singer's greatest hits as his favourite album. He is also partial to Coldplay.

EPL Report: Manchester United 1 - 0 Middlesbrough

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He is the type of player who would rather miss the bus than be seen breaking into a sprint, but, as a sense of urgency grew around Old Trafford last night, it was the languid figure of Dimitar Berbatov who ensured that Manchester United did not fall further behind schedule in their hunt for a third successive Premier League title.

EPL Review and Table

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Wins for Reds, Gunners, Baggies, Hammers, Latics and Toffees
REVIEW




Deuce's Deuce holds Chelsea...





Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Liverpool 20 13 6 1 45 2. Chelsea 20 12 6 2 42 3. Manchester Utd 17 10 5 2 35 4. Arsenal 20 10 5 5 35 5.

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Tim Vickery in Latin America

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Almost a decade and a half after his European adventure began, Ronaldo is back in his homeland and preparing for the new season with Corinthians.

Some see this as a sign of the growing strength of Brazilian domestic football, but I'm not so sure. To me it seems more like a sign of its weakness.

Jewell quits as Derby manager

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The Derby County manager, Paul Jewell, has resigned from his position with immediate effect, with the club's chairman, Adam Pearson, claiming the role had "taken its toll" on the 44-year-old.

EPL Preview: Manchester United – Middlesbrough

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What: Barclays Premier League, Matchday 20
Who: Manchester United (3rd, 35 pts/51 pts) vs. Middlesbrough (17th, 20 pts/57 pts)
When: Monday 29th December, 20:00 GMT
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Preview

The Insider at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Below-par Gunners paper over cracks

Richard Jolly at St. James' Park

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Newcastle 1 - 5 Liverpool
Liverpool inspired by peerless Gerrard

Ives: Subotic shuns U.S. colors for Serbia

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Another one got away.

That's the general consensus among American soccer fans who were faced with the disappointing news that highly regarded defender Neven Subotic of the German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund had chosen to play for Serbia rather than the U.S. national team. Subotic's decision ended a lengthy saga that saw him transform from Bosnian immigrant to U.

Liverpool skipper Gerrard held after 'bar brawl'

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The Liverpool captain was arrested along with five other people in the early hours of this morning after an alleged altercation at a licensed premises on Bold Street, Southport. Gerrard has spent the night at a police station and is still being questioned about the incident this morning.

The Fiver Super Deluxe Bumper Christmas Awards 2008 Special!

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Welcome to what seems like the 163rd Fiver Christmas Awards, although in truth they're actually only the ninth. Or are they the 10th? Nope, it's no good, we've lost both count and the will to live. Anyway, enough of the padding-ou ... hold on ... pleasantries. Let's get on with handing out these awards, and then we can all get on with our lives, eh?

Richard Jolly at Goodison Park + EPL Table

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Everton 0 - 0 Chelsea
Chelsea scuppered by Terry's dismissal
















Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Liverpool 18 11 6 1 39 2. Chelsea 18 11 5 2 38 3. Aston Villa 18 10 4 4 34 4.

Sid Lowe in Spain

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Mallorca, in debt and in danger, scrambled a draw with Sevilla at the weekend but the club remain in utter disarray.


Mallorca facing a battle with the banks and bulldozers

Martin Rogers Column: Handing out Premier League’s midterm grades

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Santa Claus brings nothing more than a pile of uncertainty for English Premier League clubs this Christmas. With the league choked at top and bottom, no one wants to end up as the festive turkeys.

The title is still wide open as the midway point of the campaign approaches, with the usual suspects of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all firmly in the hunt.

Kevin McCarra: Wenger fury is a rare constant in Arsenal's bleak new world

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Arsène Wenger's period of dominance is over, undermined by boardroom unrest and his own strategic errors.

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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David Beckham began his Milan charm offensive but his new side remain nine points off the pace in Serie A.

Beckham receives lukewarm welcome as Serie A enters its winter break.

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Americans On The Continent: Rennes Still Rolling

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Jozy Altidore was left in the stands for Villarreal's heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Barcelona.

The Rest

Americans in the UK: Friedel Shutout Moves Villa Up

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Clint Dempsey, Fulham
vs. Boro (90 minutes, 1 goal)

Dempsey grabbed his second goal of the season on Saturday, touching up Middlesbrough in the 59th minute for the third Fulham goal of the day. The 25-year-old midfielder scored after some great build up play from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy.

Phil Ball in Spain: Hasta la Vista

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Barcelona go off for their Christmas break ten points ahead of their nearest rivals, Sevilla, after coming back from one-down in an awkward game at Villarreal. In this final column for the season, I would expect to be able to say for certain that the Catalans will take the title when summer comes, but you never know.

Soccer: Only The Manliest Of Men Need Apply

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This is making the rounds all of a sudden. Cheers to JD and Ken for the heads up...

Injured Fabregas ruled out for 3-4 months

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Arsenal have suffered a bitter blow to their hopes of success this season with the news that Cesc Fabregas will miss up to four months with the knee injury he sustained against Liverpool on Sunday.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Action

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Roundup


Diarra completes move from Portsmouth to Real Madrid

Italy: Serie A Weekend Action + Table

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Wrap

Team of the Week

David Beckham's love match with AC Milan

Jose:
Ibrahimovic better than Ronaldo







Nº Team GP W D L Pts 1. Inter Milan 17 13 3 1 42 2. Juventus 17 11 3 3 36 3. AC Milan 17 10 3 4 33 4. Fiorentina 17 10 2 5 32 5.

English Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Chelsea

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What: Barclays Premier League
Who: Everton (7th, 25 pts) vs Chelsea (2nd, 37 pts)
When: Monday, 22 December 2008 – 20:00 GMT
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Preview

England: Premier League Weekend Action

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Weekend Review


Richard Jolly at the Hawthorns:
West Ham 2 - 1 Manchester City


Wenger:
Adebayor sending off was a joke

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Manchester United and Chelsea groundstaff in playground battle

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The confrontation between Manchester United players and members of Chelsea ground staff following United's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge was regarded by many as just one more example of the worst of the Premier League.



FA's handling of Evra affair under fire

Bundesliga fortunes heading into the winter break

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The Bundesliga's winter break has arrived and Hoffenheim have been crowned "Autumn Champions," courtesy of a draw against nine-man Schalke 04. Mönchengladbach have been experiencing a rough season, whereas Hoffenheim are having an excellent one. Werder are going through a mixed season.

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

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A draw to savour as the Champions League finally gets interesting

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Jose Mourinho's opportunity to outwit Sir Alex Ferguson again is just one of the intriguing sub-plots from a mouth-watering line-up for the last 16.

Liverpool eye chance to finally lay the ghost of Anfield '89 to bed

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Memories of Michael Thomas still haunt Liverpool, but they can finish off Arsenal's title hopes with a win at the Emirates.

Twente fan injured by hatchet in clash ahead of PSG game

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A Twente fan was injured by a hatchet in clashes with Paris St Germain supporters ahead of a UEFA Cup game at the Parc des Princes, police said on Thursday.





Lovely...

England: Premier League Preview, Team News & Predictions

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Liverpool's trip to North London on Sunday to face Arsenal is the marquee match of the weekend. Elsewhere, Everton host Chelsea, West Brom welcome Manchester City, Newcastle host Spurs, Villa are at West Ham, Hull host Sunderland, Fulham welcome Boro to Craven Cottage, Pompey go to Bolton and Blackburn play Stoke.

Quotes & Chants of the Week

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"I must admit I have a dressing room curiosity over Beckham. I want to see if he is equipped as he is in the underwear adverts."
AC Milan striker Marco Borriello looks forward to the arrival of Goldenballs.

David Pleat: "Here comes the surging Brazilian right-back... he's Argentinian actually.

UEFA Champions League: The Draw

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Holders Manchester United FC will take on FC Internazionale Milano in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League following today's draw in Nyon.

Steve Davis: Columbus the obvious choice to host Mexico

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Columbus Crew Stadium is the meat and potatoes of American soccer grounds.

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

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Sat 20 Dec 2008 (all times local)
20:00 Real Madrid - Valencia
22:00 Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
Sun 21 Dec
17:00 Mallorca - Sevilla
17:00 Osasuna - Getafe
17:00 Deportivo - Recreativo
17:00 Numancia - Valladolid
17:00 Racing - Malaga
17:00 Sporting - Almeria
19:00 Villarreal - Barcelona
21:00 Betis - Athletic
Ewan Macdonald looks ahead to the last weekend of Primera Division action in 2008.

Garforth's capture of Cafu is a publicity stunt well worth watching

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The Brazilian's desire to make the 2010 World Cup means he could light up the Unibond Northern League.

Yearender: Joy for Spain, Misery for Chelsea’s Terry

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Spain struck a joyous blow for the beautiful game as they finally shone on the international stage but the misery of Chelsea captain John Terry on a rainy May night in Moscow provided soccer's most vivid image of 2008.

Club World Cup = Who Cares?

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This tournament is totally retaaarded and worthless so I'll not be posting any links on the subject. I suppose I'd be excited if I were a Gamba Osaka fan and Manchester United came to play my team. But if I were a United fan I'd be furious that my club has to travel around the world to compete in what is simply a money-making endeavor for sponsors and organizers.

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Top 10: January Championship Transfer Targets

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Even as Premier League clubs are busy scouring the European market for January transfer window targets there is a wealth of talent available closer to home in the Championship.

Arsenal's Boardroom Bombshell

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Arsenal's future ownership was plunged into fresh doubt on Wednesday night when it emerged that Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith and Richard Carr, who between them own more than 20 per cent of the company's shares, have left the board of Arsenal Holdings plc.









Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith = Gone

San Lorenzo win ugly first playoff match in Argentina

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San Lorenzo beat Tigre 2-1 in the first game of a three-way Argentine championship playoff on Wednesday, the match ending in ugly scenes as the losers protested over a red card. Play was halted for nearly six minutes in stoppage-time after Tigre goalkeeper Daniel Islas shoved his hand in the face of San Lorenzo midfielder Pablo Barrientos.

Norman Hubbard: United enter the generation game

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There are many measures of sustained success, but one of the most intimidating was apparent at White Hart Lane on Saturday. When Sir Alex Ferguson decided upon a double change, the men introduced had a combined haul of almost 50 trophies and the best part of 1400 appearances for Manchester United.

Counterattack: Greatest American Player

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This week's Counterattack takes on the question of which American player has been the greatest overseas performer in history.










Big Brad during his forgettable stint at Liverpool...

Marcela Mora y Araujo in Argentina

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Rosario's two big football clubs are casting away past controversies to build a brighter future for fans.


Rosario: One big football city with a tale of two presidents

France's Govou caught five times over drink-driving limit

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Olympique Lyon's French international Sidney Govou was arrested and found five times over the French drink-driving limit, police said on Monday.

Liverpool best supported team in Premier League

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Liverpool are the best supported football team in the Premier League, as more than a third of football fans claim to support their team based on "past successes".

Allardyce to be appointed Blackburn Rovers manager

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Allardyce is reported to have been in discussions with the Ewood Park outfit since late on Tuesday night and he is now set to succeed Paul Ince.




Ugh...

Martin Tyler's Column

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English goals, Chelsea's blues, Carra in the red


Homegrown hotshots

Red-eyed Devils on the Town

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Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars looked bleary-eyed as they emerged from a swanky club after their Christmas party early yesterday.








Oh, dear...

Top 50 British Footballers of 2008

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You won't find Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard or John Terry here. We've tried to give the little-known and the under-rated their due by concentrating on those who have enhanced their reputations this year. The kind of footballers who took their game to the next level in 2008, no matter what level it was before.

U.S. to Play Mexico in Columbus

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The United States will play its home World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, for the third straight time following victories in 2001 and 2005. The Feb. 11 match will be the U.S. opener of the final round of World Cup qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.



Let's hope it looks like this in central Ohio for the match.

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'English women don't wash their genitalia', claims Napoli president

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has tried to dissuade his players from moving to the Premier League by claiming "English women do not wash their genitalia."

Is Berbatov the New Veron?

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It's too early to place the Bulgarian alongside the antichrist of Old Trafford, but there are disconcerting similarities.

A Banner Year for Americans Abroad

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As we draw ever nearer the end of 2008, it's time to take a look back at the year that was.

The United States national team had another successful campaign, storming through the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup 2010 qualifying and removing any doubt over its status as one of the top two teams in the region.

Eduardo Set For Arsenal Comeback

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Eduardo da Silva will, all things going well, take to the pitch once more in an Arsenal shirt today.

Americans in the UK: Top Four Villain

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Aston Villa has teased, poked, and threatened all season, and finally, the battle is for real as Villa supplanted Arsenal in fourth place after defeating Bolton on Saturday.

Eddie Johnson, Cardiff
Johnson played 17 minutes on Tuesday against Burnley as the Bluebirds coughed up a 2-1 lead and eventually drew 2-2 on the road.

Americans on the Continent: Gooch Gain

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Oguchi Onyewu spearheaded the Yanks playing in continental Europe, helping his side to the top of the Belgian table. In Germany, Neven Subotic and his Dortmund teammates got the upper hand over Michael Bradley's Monchengladbach.

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Nantes, 0-0, 90 minutes
Carlos Bocanegra and the nearly impregnable Rennes defense continued their stalwart run in Ligue 1 play, but again came up short in the final third, drawing with Nantes to leave them at 5th in the league table.

Joel Richards in Argentina

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The first three-way play-off for Argentina's Apertura title for 40 years silences all the conspiracy theories.

Boca, Tigre and San Lorenzo in three-way Christmas fight for title

The Big Interview: No one scared of Arsenal any more, says Vieira

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Opponents believe they will score when they face current crop, the former captain tells David Hytner.

Sid Lowe in Spain

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For the first time in the club's proud history La Liga champions Real Madrid appear to be celebrating a loss to their great rivals Barcelona.

Surely this cannot be Real as Madrid revel in el clásico defeat

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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The season's surprise package will go into the winter break on top but a tired draw against Schalke hints at tougher times ahead.

Hoffenheim hobble to Winter Championship

Kevin McCarra: Suddenly the Big Four look fallible in these frugal times

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The failure of the Premier League's established order to impose themselves has added an element of surprise to proceedings.

Blackburn Give Ince the Boot

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"I don't think Paul knew his best XI and I think that was the problem. When you are letting in an awful lot of goals you've got to rectify it and he didn't quite do that."

Phil Ball in Spain

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The Clásico In Review

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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Young guns Claudio Marchisio and Paolo De Ceglie excelled as Claudio Ranieri's side threw down an emphatic challenge to leaders Inter.

Youth trumps experience as rampant Juve expose Milan's creaks

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Richard Williams Column

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The Italian chose the ideal venue — the ground where he was idolised as a player — to demonstrate his management potential.

Zola summons West Ham performance of craft cast in his own image

Martin Rogers Column

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As we approach the midpoint of the English Premier League season, one statistical anomaly has lasted too long to be a coincidence.

Home comforts are meaning little this campaign, with five of the top seven EPL teams having won more away games than on their own territory. Now, it would be easy to disregard the evidence as a freak run of away results, but the evidence points more toward a shift in mentality.

Argentina title race ends in three-way tie

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The Argentine Apertura championship ended in a three-way tie on Sunday as leading trio San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Tigre all won their final games to finish level on points at the top and force a playoff.

Goal difference is not used to decide the title and a three-way playoff will be held, the first in the tournament's history, with matches on Dec.

Italy, Germany, England: Teams of the Week

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Serie A

Bundesliga

Premier League

Alan Hansen's Column

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The futures of Newcastle's Michael Owen and Liverpool's £20m summer signing Robbie Keane were on the agenda after a weekend of contrasting fortunes for the two strikers.

The Insider at Stamford Bridge

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As most of Chelsea's all-time greats are either deceased or still playing in their current team, this occasion was always going to be something of a novelty for the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Zola returns to upset Chelsea

Richard Jolly at the JJB Stadium

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Few have shown a greater gift for on-field defiance than Paul Ince. Among the iconic images of the England football team's history is Ince, bloodied and bandaged, but unbeaten, in Rome's Stadio Olimpico. Qualification for the 1998 World Cup represented his finest hour.

Pressure mounts on under-fire Ince

England: Premier League Weekend Wrap

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The top four all drew and Villa won so they move above Arsenal...


Wrap

Italy: Serie A Weekend Roundups

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Six goals in Turin as Juventus down Milan. Six goals in Milan as well as Inter down Chievo. Napoli go third...



Saturday

Sunday

Spain: La Liga Weekend Roundups

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Barcelona beat Real Madrid...


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Sunday

Look Alikes of the Week: Keith Richards & Kevin Kilbane

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Glimmer Twin



















Wigan Winger

Michael Johnson: the Manchester City star who lost his way

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This time last year it was hard not to get excited about a magnificent mop-haired midfielder who was the hub of a Manchester City team challenging for the Champions League places. Michael Johnson, then 19, had a retro haircut and a playing style to match, an elegant, upright approach that had many City fans comparing him with Colin Bell.

England: Fun with the EPL

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Grant: Chelsea players acted like children

Hull Striker King Arrested For Assault

Spurs players worse for wear after booze-up

Rooney could face three-match ban for stomp

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Barca & Real Renew El Clasico Rivalry

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This weekend a global audience of hundreds of millions will watch one of sport's fiercest rivalries.

At the 98,000-capacity Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona welcome rivals Real Madrid as two of world football's giants meet in La Liga for the first time this season.

England: EPL Weekend Preview, Predictions & Team News

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Manchester United's trip to White Hart Lane tops the fixture list this weekend. Elsewhere, Manchester City host Everton, Liverpool host Hull, Fulham go to Stoke, Wigan welcome Blackburn, Arsenal go to Boro, Villa welcome Bolton, West Ham go over to Chelsea, Newcastle travel way down to Portsmouth and Sunderland host West Brom.

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

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Milan's trip to Turin to face Juventus dominates the scene but there are some other clubs in action as well...


Preview

Spain: La Liga Weekend Preview

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Baptism by fire for Juande Ramos as he takes his struggling Real Madrid outfit to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona. Elsewhere, other teams in the league play against each other...

Preview

The Joy of Six: Great Football Headlines

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From sunken Armadas to a ballistic Super Caley, The Guardian looks at the moment-defining headlines that have become stories in themselves.

Norman Hubbard: Be careful what you wish for

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There was a time when Liverpool's No. 7 shirt ranked among the most prized in football, when, for a decade and a half, it was in the possession of first Kevin Keegan and then Kenny Dalglish. Now, however, an observer could be forgiven for thinking it denotes the greatest underachiever at Anfield.

Four teams fight for Argentine title on last day

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The Argentine championship is set for a dramatic finale on Sunday as four teams go into the final round of games with a chance of winning the Apertura title. Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and upstarts Tigre are level on 36 points from 18 games while Lanus are two points behind.

Juventus – Milan: A Classic Awaits

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One of the classic encounters of Italian football awaits Calcio fans on Sunday night.

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Phil McNulty: English Elite Face Euro Test

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The Premier League's elite quartet ensured it was business as usual in the Champions League as they made their way into the last 16 and the knockout phase - but the passage was not always smooth.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have cast a huge shadow over the tournament, with an English presence in every final since 2005.

Rogers: Ranking UEFA Champions League’s Sweet 16

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Even before the final round of UEFA Champions League group matches, 13 of the 16 teams had booked their place in the knockout phase. That's why Matchday 6 was an odd way for the competition to close up shop for the next couple of months. Several teams that had already advanced to the last 16 decided to rest key players this week.

Quotes & Chants of the Week

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It's impossible to win at Barca's stadium. They are devastating. I think it is their year."
Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster writes out his own P45.

"If I'd scored two goals in the old days it would have been straight to the pub for sausage and chips and a pint. Now it's a bottle of water and some wine gums - it's not quite the same.

Aalborg player claims Rooney 'jumped on my chest'

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Rooney was involved in a series of clashes with at least three Aalborg players throughout the match and appeared to bring down his studs on Kasper Risgard when his opponent was on the floor.

Top 10: European January Transfer Targets

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January's transfer window approaches as Kaka and co decide their futures...


10.
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy- Everton)
A £5 million move has been suggested and the Galaxy striker has already been contacted by Everton, with a view to a loan; he is sorely needed with Aiyegbeni Yakubu out for the season.

FA and Boro react sharply after racist fan avoids ban

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Barry Norman Hutchinson, 49, pleaded guilty to racist or obscene chanting under the Football Offences Act 1991 during the Magpies' 0-0 derby draw at Middlesbrough on November 29. His 23-year-old son, Andrew Barry Hutchinson, denies the same charge. Hutchinson Sr was fined £270 with £45 costs, but escaped a banning order which would have prevented him attending games anywhere in the country.

1999 U-17 squad retains special place in U.S. history

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Back in 1999, U.S. soccer put together the first U-17 national residency squad. It was an experiment, if you will, a European-style training center, set up in Bradenton, Fla. The mission? Resurrect the slumping game here.

Progress for the U.S. national teams, at times slowly, has followed.

Champions League Roundup

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Defending champion Manchester United, Bayern Munich, FC Porto and Juventus finished at the top of their Champions League groups on Wednesday, making them seeded teams for the knockout round ahead of next week's draw. Man United drew with Aalborg 2-2 in Group E, Bayern beat Lyon 3-2 in Group F, Porto defeated Arsenal 2-0 in Group G, and Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw by BATE Borisov in Group H.

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With Liverpool and Chelsea having safely negotiated their passage to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, Wednesday's action turns to Arsenal and Manchester United's bids to top their respective groups.

Spurs fans wanted in connection with Sol Campbell abuse

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Pictures have been released of the Spurs fans accused of chanting racist and homophobic abuse at Pompey's Sol Campbell.


Despite the abuse officers didn't arrest the fans at the time as they feared it may spark a riot.

Champions League Roundup

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Chelsea scraped through to the second round of the Champions League alongside AS Roma and Panathinaikos after beating CFR Cluj 2-1 on Tuesday. Cluj had no hope of a place in the next round but looked likely to deny Chelsea the victory it needed to be sure of advancing until last season's runner-up brought on star striker Didier Drogba as a late substitute.

Onyewu Linked With Move Back to England

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Reports out of Belgium have linked American defender Oguchi Onyewu with the struggling Blackburn Rovers of the England's Premiership.

Ives: MLS talent ripe for picking by European teams

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Here is a look at the 10 MLS players expected to draw the most interest from European clubs when the transfer window opens on New Year's Day:

Spain Dominate Team Of The Year Nominations

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Out of 55 names included on the list for the uefa.com team of the year award, Spain's victory at Euro 2008 has seen more than half their squad put forward for nomination.

Right backs: Aleksandr Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), José Boswingwa (Chelsea), Maicon (Inter), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

Americans On The Continent: Comeback Kid Altidore

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Another good week for Americans in Europe saw Jozy Altidore go the full 90 for Villarreal in a very exciting draw against Getafe.

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Away to Caen, 1-1, 90 minutes

Carlos Bocanegra and his Rennes teammates put in yet another solid defensive display, extending their unbeaten run to 15 games.

Americans in the UK: Simek’s Back

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Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek finally returned to action on Saturday, helping his club earn a late draw against Southampton.

DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers
Vs. Hamilton (79 minutes) Edu (DNP-Unused substitute)


Rangers ran wild on Hamilton Saturday, scoring 7 times after shockingly going down 1-0 within the first two minutes.

Why it's time to scrap the tiresome Champions League group stages

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Thirty years ago the European Cup had all the drama you could possibly want.

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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An absorbing rivalry is born in a pulsating top-of-the-table showdown between the Bundesliga champions and the newly promoted upstarts.

To Bayern the spoils, to Hoffenheim the plaudits in a David v Goliath classic.

Parkhurst to join Denmark's FC Nordsjaelland

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New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst has signed a contract to play for FC Nordsjaelland of Denmark's SAS Ligaen starting in January 2009, and was presented today a press conference in Farum.

Real Madrid Replace Schuster with Ramos

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Former Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur coach Juande Ramos has been handed a six-month contract at Real Madrid after the Spanish giants parted company with Bernd Schuster on Tuesday.
Real Madrid: 11 coaches in 10 years

Guus Hiddink - 1998 - 1999
John Toshack - 1999
Vicente Del Bosque - 1999 - 2003
Carlos Queiroz - 2003 - 2004
Jose Antonio Camacho - 2004
Mariano Garcia Remon - 2004
Vanderlei Luxemburgo - 2004 - '05
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro - 2005 - '06
Fabio Capello - 2006 - '07
Bernd Schuster - 2007 - '08
Juande Ramos - 2008 - present

Sid Lowe in Spain

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Madrid's coach reckons a battling home defeat to Sevilla leaves no hope for the visit to Camp Nou.

Time for Real Madrid fans to follow Schuster and accept the inevitable

Phil Ball in Spain

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My 13 year-old son's into some Canadian band called 'Sum 41'. I'd not heard of them myself but then again music did stop for me in 1982 when Captain Beefheart decided to call it a day. Anyway, my son asked me the other day, 'Dad. What does ''It's so easy when you're always in the Nile'' mean?

West Ham 0 - 2 Tottenham

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Ledley King and Jamie O'Hara give Harry Redknapp winning return.

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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The Argentine has proved his value yet again, upstaging a brash Sampdoria striker as Grifone maintained their winning momentum.

Milito cuts Cassano down to size with Genoa derby winner

Champions League Previews

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The final three spots in the second round of the Champions League will be filled after this week's final round of group matches, with Chelsea unexpectedly among those still trying to qualify. With 13 clubs already through to the next round, a haul of just one point from two matches has left Chelsea vying with AS Roma and Bordeaux for one of Group A's top two spots.

Germany: Last Gasp Luca Toni Strike Sees Bayern Down Hoffenheim

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The much hyped game of the season certainly lived up to its billing with a great game at the Allianz Arena. The Bavarians triumphed 2-1 but were made to work for the three points by Hoffenheim.

Bayern Munich 2-1 1899 Hoffenheim

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Alan Hansen's Column

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Emmanuel Eboue felt the full fury of the Emirates when Arsenal beat Wigan on Saturday - suffering personal abuse on such a level that he became the substitute who had to be substituted.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits that head injury and fatherhood changed his life

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech talks exclusively about how fatherhood and the fractured skull he suffered on the pitch made him look at his life in a new way, and how he owes his love of sport to growing up under the Communist system in Czechoslovakia.

Italy: Serie A Weekend Roundups

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Saturday:
Inter have little trouble with Lazio

Sunday:
Genoa win the Derby, Milan and Juventus keep pace

CLUB GP W L D PTS GD Internazionale1511133617 Juventus159333013 AC Milan15933308 Napoli15843277 Fiorentina15852268 Genoa15744256 Atalanta15762234 Lazio15762233 Catania1565422-1 Udinese15663213 Palermo1567220-1 Cagliari1567220-1 AS Roma1466220-2 Siena1556419-2 Sampdoria1446416-4 Lecce1526713-7 Torino1539312-9 Reggina1539312-16 Bologna1528511-11 Chievo Verona1521039-15

The Insider at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal 1 - 0 Wigan
Arsenal stumble over finish line

Richard Jolly at Old Trafford

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Manchester United 1 - 0 Sunderland
No Keane and no point for Sunderland

England: Premier League Wrap, Reports & Table

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Saturday Wrap


Everton 2 - 3 Aston Villa
Young's last-gasp strike stuns Everton


West Brom 1 - 1 Portsmouth
Crouch nets equalizer to keep Baggies bottom




Club Played Points Liverpool1637 Chelsea1636 Manchester United1531 Arsenal1629 Aston Villa1628 Hull City1626 Portsmouth1623 Everton1622 Fulham1520 Bolton Wanderers1620 Wigan Athletic1619 Middlesbrough1619 Stoke City1619 Manchester City1618 West Ham United1518 Newcastle United1616 Tottenham Hotspur1515 Sunderland1615 Blackburn Rovers1613 West Bromwich Albion1612

Premier League Preview: West Ham - Tottenham

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What: Barclays Premier League Matchday 16
Who: West Ham United (15th, 18pts), Tottenham Hotspur (17th, 15pts)
When: Monday 08 December, 8pm BST
Where: Upton Park, West Ham, London

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Spain: La Liga Weekend Roundups + Table

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Saturday:
Henry nets three as Barcelona cruise past Valencia

Sunday:
More woe for Real Madrid as Sevilla win in seven-goal thriller

Club Played Points Barcelona1435 Villarreal1429 Valencia1427 Sevilla FC1427 Real Madrid1426 Atlético Madrid1424 Deportivo La Coruña1424 Valladolid1420 Real Betis1418 Getafe1418 Málaga1418 Sporting Gijon1418 Racing Santander1416 Almeria1415 Numancia1414 Athletic Bilbao1413 Mallorca1413 Espanyol1413 Recreativo Huelva1410 Osasuna149

Thierry Henry 'pays wife £8m divorce settlement'

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The footballer Thierry Henry has reached a divorce settlement with his ex-wife reported to be worth £8million.


The pair, who have a two-year-old daughter called Tea, met while appearing in television adverts for Renault cars.

A Bitter End for Keane

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Over six years ago Niall Quinn sat in a news conference explaining why Roy Keane had left the Republic of Ireland's squad for the 2002 World Cup. On Thursday, Quinn found himself explaining a second Keane exit, this time announcing the 37-year-old's reign as manager of the north-east club was over after less than two-and-a-half years.

England: Weekend Previews & Predictions

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Chelsea go to Bolton, Liverpool are at Ewood Park, Keaneless Sunderland head to Old Trafford, Fulham host Manchester City, Arsenal welcome Wigan, Hull host Boro, Stoke are at St. James' Park, Everton welcome Villa, West Brom welcome Portsmouth, and Spurs head to East London to face West Ham.

Spain: La Liga Preview

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A pretty juicy clash this weekend as Barcelona host Valencia. Elsewhere, struggling Real Madrid have a tough match at home against Sevilla while Jozy Altidore and Villarreal host Getafe...



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The Joy of Six: Hot Football Funks

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From Diego Maradona gaining revenge on the Butcher of Bilbao to Franny Lee KO'ing Norman Hunter, Scott Murray looks at the footballers and managers who lost it big time.

Ronaldo admits he was 'within an inch' of signing for Arsenal

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Ronaldo also defended himself against accusations of diving. "You know Hercules? He was hefty and muscular but sometimes he fell," he said.






Hercules protects his face from being hit by a soccer ball...

UEFA Cup: Hamburg, Villa, Ajax Qualify From Same Group

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Former European Cup winners Hamburg, Aston Villa and Ajax qualified for the knockout round of the UEFA Cup from the same group Thursday— although one of them lost and another didn't play.





James clanger puts Pompey out of UEFA Cup

Italy: Serie A Weekend Preview

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Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano and Genoa striker Diego Milito can each claim to be the revelations of Serie A this season even if their clubs have been more inconsistent. The in-form pair will be on opposing sides on Sunday (1930 GMT) in the hotly-contested Genoa derby, a rare occasion for the two famous Italian clubs to snatch back some of the limelight from the dominant trio of Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.

Work to start on Philly area MLS stadium

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Workers are scheduled to break ground on a $115 million soccer stadium just outside Philadelphia.






The current site...seriously.

Germany: Bundesliga Weekend Preview

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With two rounds left until the winter break, the Bundesliga witnesses a David and Goliath clash this week as the mighty Bayern Munich take on minnows - yet league leaders - 1899 Hoffenheim. Elsewhere the teams at the bottom are looking for three points to give themselves some early Christmas cheer.

Quotes & Chants of the Week

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"I think I still have a couple of his studs in my ankle I can give back to him."
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has an early Christmas gift for Keano. He could do with some cheering up.

"Are you Bournemouth in disguise?

Mido fury at FA over repeat of racist taunts at Tyne-Tees clash

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Chants were directed against the Egyptian striker as he came on as subsitute at the Riverside in Saturday's goalless draw. The FA wrote to the Tyne and Tees clubs last August after a similar outburst from the stands and issued Newcastle with a final warning. But no banning orders have been handed out and the FA has simply promised a new investigation into the repeat incident.

Top 10: Worst Premier League Summer Transfers

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3. Heurelho Gomes (PSV Eindhoven – Tottenham, £7.8 million)

Gomes has become the latest custodian to fall foul of the goalkeeping graveyard that is White Hart Lane. A regular in the Champions League with former club PSV Eindhoven, Gomes was seen as the experienced, reliable answer to the problem of Paul Robinson, but instead has turned out to be a comedy turn whose fear of crosses is more pronounced than Dracula's.

More important than life and death: the escalating violence in Argentine football

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Estimates suggest more than 200 people have died in football- related murders in Argentina -
but why, and what can be done?

A Dubai apartment block is to be named . . . Steven Gerrard Tower

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Liverpool skipper Gerrard, 28, said: "I am truly privileged."







Stevie's is the one on the left...

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Sunderland Manager Keane Quits Club

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Roy Keane has resigned as Sunderland manager following a dreadful run of form that has plunged the club into the Premier League's relegation zone.

Donovan's Bayern Loan Length Released

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims that the loan deal for the Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is currently set to end before the start of the 2009 MLS Season.

Wednesday's UEFA Cup Round-up

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Crowd trouble overshadowed Udinese's passage into the UEFA Cup knockout phase alongside Galatasaray, Standard Liege, FC Twente and Metalist Kharkiv on Wednesday. Udinese became the first Group D team to qualify by beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in a match that was temporarily suspended when visiting Croatian fans launched flares onto the Italian pitch.

Carling Cup: Holders Spurs and United into Semis

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Tottenham maintained its League Cup defense Wednesday by rallying to beat Watford 2-1, while Carlos Tevez scored four times to put Manchester United into the semifinals with a 5-3 victory over Blackburn.

Americans in the UK: MK Dynamite

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Clint Dempsey, Fulham
vs. Aston Villa


Dempsey played a good game on Saturday, playing aggressively while also trying his best to hold his spot in the starting XI. He nearly opened the scoring for the London club as his 20-yard effort had to be tip over the bar by fellow American, Brad Friedel.

The 50 Worst Famous Football Fans

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From Sylvester Stallone's fondness for Everton to the soft spot that Adolf Hitler had for Schalke 04 and Osama bin Laden's connection with Arsenal, Kaveh Solhekol lists the famous fans you really don't want behind your team.

Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger in Germany

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I spent the larger part of Monday evening reading an article in a monthly magazine and then checking the reactions across various message boards. The magazine's cover, almost solely devoted to this one story, depicts your classic prohibition sign, with the diagonal line crossing a megaphone. Below that are the words "Silence, please!

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Phil Holland: Counting the cost of a pint

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Beer and football; two pleasures inextricably linked, but at a time when fans are tightening their belts and trying to cut down on frivolous spending it seems that the evil, money-grabbing football clubs in the Premier League are conducting a booze shakedown.
Premier League pints

Chelsea - £4
Arsenal - £3.

Americans On The Continent: Jozy Jubilation

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Jozy Altidore picked up a rare La Liga start for Villarreal. The 19-year-old striker has been eased into the squad since making his 7 digit move to Spain from Red Bull New York, but is starting to perform as he torments Recreativo Huelva.




And Michael Bradley scored an own goal.

England: Carling Cup Reports

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Burnley 2 - 0 Arsenal
Young guns crash out
What now for the kids?
Richard Jolly at Turf Moor


Stoke 0 - 1 Derby
Rams on the brink of Wembley








Beware the pink boots, Caldwell...

Sid Lowe in Spain

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Fans may be on the verge of forgiving derided coach Víctor Muñoz for his lack of glamour after he masterminded victory over Real Madrid.

Muñoz keeps his chin up as Getafe enjoy last laugh over dysfunctional Real.

Keane has lost the plot, says Dunphy

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Sunderland manager accused of stumbling around 'in a fog'

Raphael Honigstein in Germany

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Schalke's supporters have turned on sporting director Andreas Müller as their expensively-assembled team continues to fall short of expectations.

Müller in the firing line as Schalke's furious fans look for someone to blame.








Our favorite Schalke fan photo.

Paolo Bandini in Italy

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The Zebrette's Champions League hopes are fading, but Pasquale Marino may not have the resources to lift Udinese back into the European places.

Slender Udinese need to fatten up after Christmas.

Richard Jolly at the City of Manchester Stadium

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Manchester City 0 - 1 Manchester United
A Derby Day to Forget for Ronaldo

Phil Ball in Spain

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Quite a decent week for Barcelona, to quote a phrase. A 2-5 win in Lisbon in midweek followed by a 0-3 result in the Sánchez Pizjuan in Sevilla - never an easy place to visit - means that all is tickety-boo on the Catalan front. Messi even had time to lift his shirt and show us his flat tummy after his first goal, which was a little nod to the commentary team of La Sexta TV channel, who had suggested a while ago that he might have been a little overweight.

Liverpool blow chance to lay down title marker

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Gianfranco Zola handed Chelsea a multitude of reasons to revere him as their greatest ever player. Last night he gave them cause to toast his move into management as West Ham restricted Liverpool's rise to the top at an angst-ridden Anfield. Reaching the summit has rarely been greeted with such bewilderment in these parts.

England: Premier League Catch Up + Table

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Weekend Reports


Ferguson forecasts fight to the finish


Liverpool top, but for how long?


Adebayor reveals Arsenal's Achilles Heel


Fans taunt Mido again




Premier League Table
Club Played Points Liverpool1534 Chelsea1533 Man Utd1428 Arsenal1526 Aston Villa1525 Hull1523 Everton1522 Portsmouth1522 Bolton1520 Fulham1419 Wigan1519 Middlesbrough1519 West Ham1518 Stoke1518 Man City1517 Tottenham1515 Newcastle1515 Sunderland1515 Blackburn1513 West Brom1511

Still on Holiday

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I'm taking a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Back on Tuesday. And thanks to The English Pub in Naples, Florida, for their hospitality (and fine cask Fullers ESB ) during the Chelsea/Arsenal match. -Sanford